West Seattle, Washington
(WSB photo, substituted for cameraphone photo that was originally published)
8:11 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response on the way to Sylvan Way/SW Morgan in High Point, for a reported two-car crash, with one car on fire, and people reported to be trapped in the other car. More to come.
8:22 PM: Two people are reported to be injured – one seriously. The scene is just east of Neighborhood House’s High Point Center at Sylvan/Lanham, on the westbound side of the road. The more-seriously hurt patient will be taken to the hospital by SFD medic unit, the other by private ambulance. Police are investigating the possibility of DUI.
8:38 PM: Eastbound lanes will be reopened soon, police are saying, while westbound will be closed a while. The crash involved a Honda Pilot and Subaru Forester (the latter is the one that caught fire, and is in the foreground of our top photo). At this point, the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is *not* being called out, which indicates they expect both people to survive. A 128 bus was having some trouble getting through the area a few minutes ago, so if you rely on that route, you might seem some delays.
9:34 PM: SPD just announced via emergency radio that Sylvan is open again, both ways.
10:08 PM: Just published to SFD’s Fire Line website, a summary identifying the Subaru’s driver as a 26-year-old man who was pulled, unconscious, from the burning vehicle by a Good Samaritan before fire crews arrived. He was “alert, oriented and conscious when medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center,” SFD reports. The driver of the Honda Pilot is described only as male; he’s the one who was taken to the hospital by private ambulance, indicating less-serious injuries.
The banner’s up and we’re now counting down to West Seattle’s next fall festival – the WS Junction Association-presented 3rd annual Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm next Sunday (October 26th), with co-sponsors including WSB. Its components:
*10 am-2 pm, West Seattle Farmers’ Market vendors will be out in the street, on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska
*10 am-2 pm, local organizations and businesses offer “harvest activities” at booths and tables that also will be out in the street – games, art, more
*11:30 am, costume parade starting from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska
*Noon-2 pm, trick-or-treating at businesses throughout The Junction
We’ll get deeper into the details as the week goes by; make plans to stop by our booth for the return of the legendary (?) WSB-branded ice scrapers (haven’t had a bad winter since we gave them away two years ago; maybe it’s like garlic and vampires) and for our featured activity, iPhone microscope plankton-viewing with “Diver Laura” James.
P.S. Is your business/organization presenting an activity? Please let us know so we can mention it ahead of time, too, including in the Harvest Festival listing in the just-published WSB Halloween Guide. See you there!
(CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE)
FIRST REPORT, 2:24 PM: In, and out, of the sun – the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on!
Above, our quick Instagram clip showing some of the decorated cakes awaiting the Cake Walk – you are encouraged to admire them and vote:
Then join in the 3:15 pm walk (for which some not-as-ornate-but-yummy-looking-too cakes are available as well). The cakes are in the Emerald Room (downstairs) at The Hall at Fauntleroy in the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Other festival activities are in and around the schoolhouse (including a petting zoo on the west side):
… and Fauntleroy Church / YMCA across the street – look for the tent with pumpkin painting, birdhouse making, and more. Address here is 9131 and 9140 California SW, and the festival’s on until 5 – get here!
2:47 PM UPDATE: Lots of music at the festival – the Epitones Jazz Quartet at the schoolhouse right now:
Elsewhere on the festival grounds, Toni Reineke was in brass mode; you probably know her best for her leadership of what’s now the West Seattle Community Orchestras:
And a festival fave – the Endolyne Children’s Choir:
The official festival schedule shows you the full lineup – including the West Seattle Big Band at 3:45 in The Hall at Fauntleroy’s Emerald Room, inviting you to indulge in a little (or a lot of) swing dancing.
3:42 PM UPDATE: SFD’s Engine 37 is a hit:
It’s parked by the church. That’s also where you might meet royalty:
That’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court Queen Bianca Carufel.
4:23 PM UPDATE: The festival’s three-hour span goes by so fast – but many have come to enjoy the afternoon:
That includes the indoor crowd for the cakewalk we mentioned earlier:
In the cake-decorating contest, the winning entry was a double-entry by Carolyn Tucker:
In the first-timers’ category, Lindsay Morgan Tracy‘s Frankencake scared up the win:
Still more to show you … as the all-volunteer-produced festival goes into its final half-hour.
5:22 PM: Festival’s over, cleanup’s on. We’ll be adding more photos and video – caught the WS Big Band’s final number …
Some classic rock on the church-parking-lot stage with B Sharp Studio & the 5 Buck Band …
and also some earnest last-minute birdhouse-making:
The festival was free for visitors, supported by community donations and sponsors like the Fauntleroy Community Association, which is now set up to accept online membership payments (if you’re a local resident/business/organization interested in joining) and festival donations – see the donation button here! (And see many more photos on the festival Facebook page, whose editor Irene Stewart was making the rounds of the festival grounds all afternoon long.)
P.S. Next Sunday afternoon, you’re invited back to Fauntleroy to help drum, sing, and chant to call the salmon home – 5 pm (October 26th) by the Fauntleroy Creek overlook, across from the ferry dock.
Two reader reports – first, from Amy:
My car was broken into yesterday @ 400-445 pm while my boyfriend and I were with our dogs at the Westcrest dog park. We noticed a suspicious vehicle nearby. Watched them park. But leave briefly after. They were driving a Tahoe dark charcoal gray with 22′ inch rims or bigger with blacked-out windows. Passengers were white males. They broke my back-side passenger window and stole my purse. They got away with some jewelry + prescriptions + makeup + Jean purse.
Second, someone tried to break into Annalisa‘s house on Friday:
We had an attempted break in at our house on 20th and Trenton. They did not get into the house, but they did crack our window and lean the window screen nicely back up against the house … It occurred between 3:45 and 7:15. They tried to break into our baby’s room, which is all the more frightening.
Meantime, your next chance to bring neighborhood crime/safety concerns/questions to Seattle Police is this Tuesday, when the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets for the first time in a few months – 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster). No guest on the agenda, so the entire meeting is a chance to hear from and talk with police.
It’s a pre-Halloween hoedown in Highland Park next Friday! From Holly with the HP Elementary PTA:
Highland Park Elementary is hosting a square dance on Friday, October 24th. This is a free event and open to the public. Dinner will be served from 6-7 and the dance will be from 7 – 9. Free pumpkins to take home, while supplies last! Donations will be accepted as a PTA fundraiser.
Highland Park Elementary is at 1012 SW Trenton.
Again this year, we’ve collected all the info we have about Halloween-related (and alternative) West Seattle events, and turned it into a one-page, by-category list of what’s happening over the next two weeks. Almost everything on it was already on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, but you might find this a more convenient way to find out what’s up. See it here. It’s linked from the WSB navigation tabs, too. If your business/ school/organization/neighborhood/etc. has a community Halloween happening that’s NOT on our list, please let us know so we can add it ASAP – email@example.com – we’ll be updating the page as the spooky season continues. Thanks!
8:47 AM: We’ve confirmed by phone with a WSDOT spokesperson that the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection work ended early, so they will NOT be closing Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel again today after all. The closure from the tunnel north to Valley St. IS continuing, though, so if you’re using the NB Viaduct, you’ll have to exit at Western Avenue (if not sooner).
SUNDAY NIGHT NOTE: The northern closure ended early, too, so Highway 99 is fully open both ways.
(Added: Lynn Hall‘s photo of this morning’s sunrise colors)
Again today, we start the daily highlight list with a traffic reminder:
(updated info, 8:59 am) VIADUCT/99 *NOT* CLOSING TODAY … from the West Seattle Bridge to the Battery Street Tunnel, after all. WSDOT confirms the inspection work they did on Saturday was all that needed to be done, so that part of today’s closure is canceled.
But the closure from the tunnel itself until Valley Street, planned until tomorrow morning, IS continuing. And the 520 Bridge remains closed until tomorrow morning, too.
(back to original report) All of that led to very slow going on Saturday (on the surface alternatives 1st and 4th too), so if you are going off-peninsula, unless you are biking or walking, plan extra time, just in case. Bus-reroute info is here.
*8:21 am note –
However, we suspect today will be quieter until early afternoon, because of the game at the heart of our next highlight:
BREAKFAST WITH THE SEAHAWKS: Well, sort of. Many local big-screen-equipped venues are opening early so you can have breakfast and watch the 10 am game (Seattle at St. Louis). And if you’re looking for an all-ages place to go, you can tailgate starting at 9 am at Highland Park Improvement Club at 12th/Holden. Go, Hawks!
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: No big screens, just big flavors. Cranberries are back this week, for example. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)
IN SEARCH OF FOREVER HOMES: Friends of the Animals Foundation‘s cat/kitten-adoption event continues 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Next to Nature in The Junction.
FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL: 2-5 pm at, in, and around the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse and Church grounds, it’s the annual autumn extravaganza, celebrating community, art, music, food, fun – from our Saturday preview, here again is the schedule:
Those three hours go by fast, so get there early and don’t miss a thing. Admission’s free; food/drink available for purchase. (9131 & 9140 California SW)
FOREST AND FISH OF THE DUWAMISH: 2-4 pm, free walk-and-talk, naturalist-guided program starting from the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and heading across to the Duwamish River. Details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
SEATTLE GREEN SPACE COALITION: The group that started out with a focus on keeping West Seattle’s surplus substations as open space has now expanded to a citywide focus – but the WS work remains front and center, including a new addition to the list, as noted in the agenda for today’s meeting, to which you’re invited, 3 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)
SINGING FOR SWYFS: As of early today, you’re not too late to RSVP for a one-of-a-kind benefit performance – a recital by the Opera Belles with a wine and cheese reception, in a beautiful house on the beach at Fauntleroy Cove, great views and acoustics, 4-6 pm. It’s a fundraiser for Southwest Youth and Family Services and its community work (from early education to violence prevention and more). $50 tax-deductible donation; sign up online here ASAP to reserve your space and receive location info.
NIGHTLIFE: Yes, even on Sunday! Karaoke, trivia, live music – see the listings on our calendar.
This weekend’s local high-school football wrapped up with Seattle Lutheran‘s homecoming game Saturday afternoon at West Seattle Stadium. Rainier Christian went home with a 44-6 victory, but the Saints had some bright spots. They rallied late in the game, with their sole touchdown from #10 Roberto Duenaz (top photo), who ran back a Rainier Christian kickoff in the third quarter for the TD.
Also in the second half, quarterback #3 Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (photo above) ran well; #88 Josh Meyer (photo below) had an interception and critical pass reception that jumpstarted the Saints offense:
Otherwise, Rainier Christian had a solid ground game that saw them score in the first minute of the game. Late in the game, Lutheran found some holes in their defense, but it was not enough. Ahead, our photos of the Saints’ homecoming royalty, plus, what’s next in the season: