West Seattle, Washington
It happened shortly after midnight last night, but the scanner was so busy, we heard no followup; tonight, police confirm that Papa John’s Pizza in West Seattle was indeed robbed again. Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams says, “One male suspect entered, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect was wearing all black clothing with a black beanie cap and a black mask.” He got cash and took off. No one was hurt; no injuries reported. The restaurant at 5252 California SW was also robbed three months ago (WSB coverage here).
Thanks to our first photo-sharers of 2011. First, from JJ, an image of tonight’s spectacular sunset – taken from Alki, but we can attest to the fact it was gorgeous further south, too. And then, a while after sunset, “Jopuget” got this shot of Mount Rainier’s silhouette:
That was taken from High Point. Next, Brian Fenske reports, “My father-in-law from Arizona has been “enjoying” our frosty, sunny days,” and that includes this image – which he credits to Ralph Hergenrader:
Last but not least, from David Hutchinson:
David explains, “This is one of two West Seattle seal pups that Seal Sitters responded to on the last day of 2010. This one was taking advantage of the sunny weather and a convenient log to work on his tan.” (Full story at Seal Sitters’ blubberblog.org site.)
We noticed “West Seattle Christmas tree recycling” is the most popular Google query pointing people to WSB this afternoon, so we’ll repeat the information we published last weekend: If you’re deciding what to do with your tree now that the holiday season is ending (yes, we know, the Epiphany is yet to come), you have three main options here. First, curbside pickup continues through January 9th, as long as you follow the city rules (and if you live in a multifamily building, your rules may vary). Second, you can take it to the transfer station, slightly different rules. Third, you can take it to the Rainbow Girls‘ fundraising tree dropoff event one week from today, 9 am-2 pm Saturday, January 8, in The Junction – details here, along with one bonus: How to recycle your old holiday lights, working or not!
That scene requires a slight amendment to a classic line, so let’s just say: “Elvis has left the water.” The King was part of the sizable crowd – more than 100 – who dove right into 2011 with the West Seattle/White Center Polar Bear Swim about half an hour ago at Alki. Most were in and out in a matter of seconds, as our video shows:
For some, it was a party:
And for some, a victory:
The water was warmer than the air, which was still just before freezing when the “swimmers” took the plunge at 10 am.
Hello again, and happy 2011. Some of the basics for this holiday Saturday – Metro‘s on a Sunday schedule. No mail; banks are closed; no trash pickup, and the transfer station’s closed; city libraries are closed; these parks facilities are closed. As for coffee/grocery stores/restaurants: Please note that what follows is NOT the same type of list we published for Thanksgiving and Christmas – for this holiday, rather than call every establishment in West Seattle to find out their plans, we tried an online experiment, checking businesses’ websites, Facebook pages, and/or Twitter accounts (and any other online sources). Many did not have easily findable “holiday hours” info online, but here’s what we did turn up (certainly others are open, and if you know of any firsthand, please comment or let us know and we’ll add):Read More
Driving along Harbor Avenue just before the Space Needle fireworks at midnight, we noticed how many photographers were interspersed with spectators – and we have a few of their views to share. Above, a time-lapse from David Rosen of SlickPix Photography; next, one of the views provided by Cheryl Nellis of Cnellis Photography:
Last but not least, this is just for fun … Junior Member of the Team wielded the camera for the first five minutes of 2011 at Seacrest, while we idled the car in Harbor Avenue traffic (note to self, if deciding to watch fireworks from Seacrest, go get spot early). Some fireworks, some revelry, some cheering, shaky but if you like slice of life, here you go: