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West Seattle biznote: FastSigns going into ex-laundromat on 35th

Quick note from the “what’s going to be there next?” file – happened onto this while wandering city online files tonight: The space at 6323 35th SW (map), recently vacated by a laundromat/coffee stand, will be the new home of a FastSigns franchise. So says both the city-permits page for the address and the FastSigns website itself.

West Seattle Crime Watch roundup: Alan Polevia out of jail; 4 reader reports

Topping tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup:

(WSB photo, June 11th)
12 days after his arrest in Arbor Heights, the latest in a series of incidents also including a March manhunt in Shorewood and a February escape from Harborview while handcuffed, repeat offender Alan Polevia is out of jail. We’ve been checking daily as promised but commenter Tophat Topcat spotted it first; the jail register shows Polevia posted bond and was released just after 4:30 pm. As reported here Thursday, his bail was down to $2,500 after he went to court Wednesday and had about $5,000 of bail reduced to “personal recognizance.” The $25,000 additional bail set after the arrest was dropped earlier – the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office told WSB a week ago it didn’t get evidence in time to “rush-file” a charge related to the June 11th arrest, though something’s still possible in the future. How far in the future, hard to say; the March charges he finally answered on Wednesday were filed six months after this West Seattle incident. The condition of his release in connection with that case is that he live at his father’s apartment in the 11900 block of 16th Ave. S. in Burien “for the duration of (the) case.”

Meantime, we have four reader reports from this week – read on:

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West Seattle weekend scene: Summer’s lowest low tide

If you missed the lowest low tide of the summer today – you have one more chance: Tomorrow’s low tide also will be -3.7, at 12:06 pm, just as far out as it was late this morning, when Diane, who kindly shared these photos, was checking out tidepools with myriad other curious people:

Among the stars of the show … the stars!

The Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists will be out again during low-low tide the next three days – here’s the schedule.

Followup: Skylark staffer among victims in overnight crash

4:14 PM SUNDAY: We’ve learned today that one of the two people hospitalized with major injuries from the 17th/Cambridge crash early today (here’s our previous story) is 29-year-old Logan Wicker, a staffer at Skylark Café and Club in North Delridge who was on his way home from work when his car was hit (in our photo, it’s mostly hidden by the van). Skylark is closing early tonight, 7 pm, as a result. A family friend tells us that Logan is a 2002 West Seattle High School graduate. The driver of the van that hit Logan’s car was booked into jail for investigation of DUI/vehicular assault; we haven’t been able to check on her status or record yet because the jail-register information system is currently down, but most likely, she will have a bail hearing tomorrow, so we will be following up through the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

10:52 AM MONDAY UPDATE: Checked with Harborview, where a spokesperson tells us Logan is now in serious condition, still in intensive care. We don’t know how the other victim is doing – they couldn’t check for us without a name.

1:21 PM UPDATE: Also on the subject of names, we have learned that the driver who was arrested did not have ID and wouldn’t give officers her name, so she is jailed as “Jane Doe” – which is why we haven’t been able to find out more about her yet. Police expect to be able to identify her through fingerprints.

Work crew at Lincoln Park tomorrow for creosote cleanup

On behalf of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, West Seattle’s “Diver Laura” James sends word of a major creosote cleanup planned all day tomorrow (Monday, June 24) on the beach at Lincoln Park, 8 am-5 pm. Soundkeeper is a partner in the cleanup “with the Department of Natural Resources, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and Restoration Logistics, with funding from the Department of Fish & Wildlife,” according to the official announcement, which continues:

Creosote (is) a toxic potion of chemicals created by the distillation of tar. It is commonly used to preserve and waterproof the wood used for dock pilings, telephone poles, and fence posts. Unfortunately, many of these creosote pilings wash up on beaches where they mix with regular drift wood. While in the water, creosote leaches into the marine environment and mixes with sediments where it can enter the food chain. On the beach, creosote can seep out and affect both wildlife and human health.

Creosote is a phototoxin, meaning it becomes more toxic when exposed to sunlight and higher ambient temperatures. It is also present in high amounts, at approximately 7 pounds per cubic foot of wood. Creosote contains toxic PAHs, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PAHs are known carcinogens and are associated with other human health risks as well. (The removal project is intended) to get creosote-treated lumber out of the environment, away from beachgoers, and dispose of it properly in a landfill.

If you encounter creosote treated lumber on a beach near you, we want to hear about it! Call our pollution hotline 1-800-42-PUGET or fill a pollution report out online. Your efforts will help us direct future cleanup projects. However, it is important to be careful- avoid contact with treated logs whenever possible and always wash skin exposed to creosote with soap and water.

Parkgoers, be forewarned – tomorrow’s removal work will include “a work crew with heavy machinery and hard hats removing all the big creosote logs,” Laura adds.

Update: Parks Department says it’ll remove Alki mystery ‘installation’; someone beats them to it; another appears

The mystery “installation” – first noted here on Saturday, when it originally held a flag across which the word ENOUGH had been painted – is still at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. It’s been further altered, per the photo above sent by Jennifer this morning. But it won’t be there much longer, Sandra DeMeritt from Seattle Parks tells WSB:

The Parks Department will leave it in place for Sunday but it will be removed at some point on Monday and brought to the Southwest (Parks) Headquarters. Anyone interested in claiming it can contact me after Monday. Since we will have to pick the piece up with a front loading tractor, it may get damaged in the process.

We did move the sculptural pieces off of the sponsored brick work on Sunday. It is all now sitting on the concrete pad directly beneath the Liberty Statue. We noted that some paint did drip onto the brickwork but hopefully we can get it removed this week without any damage to the bricks.

We are currently checking on one report of another “installation” elsewhere in West Seattle.

ADDED 11:43 AM: A few minutes after we published this, Alki resident Misa Moore sent photos including this one:

Misa wrote, “We live across the street from the statue, so when I looked out this morning I noticed the profile had changed, I went to check it out and it looks like the artists came back last night with a ton of new installations. It looks like a lot of work went into it; we didn’t hear or see a thing either time.”

1:08 PM UPDATE: It has been dismantled, as commenters reported.

2:01 PM UPDATE: Adding photos. Our photographer spoke with the man whom bystanders told us chopped most of it up with an ax/hatchet. He wouldn’t identify himself but said he did it because he believed it was “illegal.” The pile of resulting pieces in the photo above is by one set of trash cans, while these components that had been added last night are by another:

Police reportedly arrived at the scene after our crew left; we went back as soon as we got word of that, but they were gone by the time we arrived. Meantime, earlier we mentioned word of another one elsewhere:

If you don’t recognize the spot, that’s the southeast corner of California/Alaska, vacant almost a year now because of the two-building mixed-use development whose groundbreaking has since been postponed indefinitely (the owners have ceased commenting publicly on when it’ll get going). The mats say SIMPLE LIBERTY OR … TYRANNY.

Seven highlights for your West Seattle Sunday

June 23, 2013 6:43 am
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(Bushtit with dried ocean spray, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s new at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. (10 am-2 pm)

(added) POP-UP SHOPPING: The Fashion Bar Airstream is at the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard till 2 pm. Hotwire proprietor Lora Swift says a former employee (who worked for her while getting a master’s degree) started it “with a couple of friends.” (4410 California SW)

CAR SHOW: 11 am-1 pm at Daystar, across from Westwood Village, which is where Daystar requests you park. (2615 SW Barton)

LOW-LOW TIDE: 11:19 am, it’s out to -3.7 feet on West Seattle shores. From 10 am-2 pm, you’ll find Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists out at Constellation and Lincoln Parks.

(added) CAR WASH: Only one charity car wash that we’ve heard of today – WSHS Cheer Squad at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (35th/Webster)

BATTERY AND CELLPHONE RECYCLING: It’s day two of the five-day collection that’s also part of a neighborhood-vs.-neighborhood competition begins; drop your recyclables off during regular daily hours at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, which is open today 1-5 pm. Find more info in our preview from earlier this week. (2306 42nd SW)

LOVE GARLIC? Make something with it and bring it to the West Seattle Cooking Club‘s meeting today, 3 pm at Beveridge Place Pub. (6413 California SW)

HAPPY HOUR: WSB sponsor Endolyne Joe’s is offering a “Full Moon Happy Hour” in honor of this weekend’s “super moon,” restaurant-wide from 3 pm to close today/tonight. (9261 45th SW)

ROY ZIMMERMAN RETURNS: He’s at Kenyon Hall tonight, 7:30 pm, with his new show, “Wake-Up Call,” described here. (7904 35th SW)

More on the calendar!

Update: 2 to hospital, 1 arrested after crash in South Delridge


ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:36 AM: Big emergency response right now at 17th and Cambridge. Two vehicles involved. More to come.

3:09 AM UPDATE: This was a T-bone crash, with both vehicles ending up on the sidewalk – two people had to be extricated, described as the male driver of the Honda and female driver of the van; both were taken to Harborview Medical Center. The extrication is what made it an “automobile rescue” call, if you watch the online 911 log. Via Twitter, SPD says the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is responding, as it does to major crash scenes, which means the scene will likely be closed off for a few hours.

9:09 AM UPDATE: Updated information from SPD BLotter:

Two people were injured in an early morning collision. This morning just shortly after 2:00 a.m., an adult female was driving a full sized van N/B on 17th AV SW, and drove through the stop sign at SW Cambridge ST without stopping.

The van hit a small car travelling W/B with 2 occupants, pushing it completely through the intersection, and up the sidewalk into a fence, and crushing the driver’s side halfway into the passenger side of the car.

Both occupants of the car sustained critical injuries. Seattle Fire responded and treated them on scene. Both were transported to an area hospital.   The 4 occupants of the suspect van got out and ran westbound across Delridge Way, where responding officers caught them.

The female suspect/ driver was processed and booked into King County Jail for DUI – Vehicular Assault.

MONDAY NOTE: Again, please see our updated story from Sunday, with Monday additions, for the newest information.