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Search for hit-run driver after crash on 21st SW

If you heard/saw the big callout to the 4700 block of 21st SW (map) – that’s what it’s all about – a two-car crash with one driver reported to be on the run, according to the Seattle Fire tweet. The road’s blocked in the area, so stay away if you have to head out.

(Added: WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
11:45 PM: Tow crews are already at the scene, so it should clear before long.

Heard of TED Talks? Coming to West Seattle – FRED Talks!

Want to be inspired and informed? Check out a great slate of speakers without crossing the bridge. Just announced by Kol HaNeshamah, their first “FRED Talk”:

Listen to what Harborview Medical Center Medical Director, J. Richard Goss M.D., has to say about Ebola, Obamacare and other hot topics which impact our community Sunday, Nov. 23, from 3-5 PM at Alki UCC/Kol HaNeshamah, 6115 SW Hinds, as part of West Seattle’s first FRED Talk.

If you are familiar with Ted Talks, you will understand FRED Talks. FRED, which stands for Fresh, Relevant, Educational & Dynamic Talks are a way for community members to come together to hear from those who are on the front lines working hard in our community each day.

“We see one another at the grocery store, ride busses together, attend our children’s’ games or performances and say hello,” says Kol HaNeshamah Rabbi Zari Weiss, “but we seldom take time to really learn about the challenges and the joys we face on a daily basis at work. FRED Talks are designed to give us the opportunity to hear more from one another about why we do what we do each day.”

Other speakers, November 23, include Scott Schill, producer of Frank vs. God, a full-length feature comedy currently making a splash at film festivals around the country, Danielle Eidenberg-Noppe, education ombudsman at the Washington State Office of Education, and Alice Braverman, the development director at Navos Mental Health Solutions.

FRED Talk speakers will share stories of gumption, grit and gratitude and allow time for questions. Attendees will hear from all four speakers with a short intermission along the way. Suggested admission is $18 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Children’s activities will be available, ages 3-11, for $5 a session.

“We are excited to invite community members from West Seattle and beyond to join us for this interesting and engaging afternoon,” Weiss says.

Proceeds from this event will go toward KHN, West Seattle’s progressive synagogue community.

Fauntleroy talks traffic. City reps listen. But did they hear?

From last night’s traffic/transportation forum organized by the Fauntleroy Community Association: Residents voiced frustration at what they saw as a history of all talk/no action, leaving them bringing up the same problems year in, year out. So here’s what was talked about, in that context:

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Green Seattle Day tomorrow – with a local ravine looking for you

November 7, 2014 3:45 pm
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 |   Environment | How to help | West Seattle news

(Photo courtesy Cindi Barker: Some of the plants that await you!)
Four West Seattle sites are part of the citywide Green Seattle Day workparty-a-thon tomorrow – but just one comes with the added notation “Needs some love” on the signup list: Orchard Street Ravine in the Gatewood/Morgan area. Organizers say it’s “a big effort (that) can use lots of willing hands”:

We are finishing some clearing and have 150 plants that need to get into the ground. After planting we will be laying burlap and bark down in preparation for the winter. So there are tasks of all kinds, please come for some or all of the time, tools will be provided, just bring your own gloves.

They’ll be working 9 am-1 pm, but even if you can only be there for part of that time, that would still be a BIG help. Directions are on this page, which is where you also can RSVP right now, to let organizers know help is on the way!

Update: Why Denny, Sealth, Roxhill were ‘sheltering in place’

2:13 PM: Police are checking out a report of a man seen in the Roxhill Park vicinity “with a handgun,” and that has led to Denny, Chief Sealth, and Roxhill “sheltering in place.” No injuries, no gunfire reported, but it’s a precaution.

2:24 PM UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools has just tweeted that the “shelter in place” has been lifted, and schools are dismissing at normal times.

One week from tonight: Help the West Seattle Helpline!

November 7, 2014 2:09 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

Every year, the West Seattle Helpline is a lifeline for people in need of short-term emergency help, and the community’s generosity is what enables that to happen. One week from tonight, you’re invited to help the Helpline and have a good time at its annual dinner/auction, 6:30-9 pm Friday, November 14th, at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle (4705 W. Marginal Way SW). Getting your tickets is quick and easy – go here.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Have you seen this stolen car?

Latest reader report of a car stolen in West Seattle: Red ’99 Civic with an Air Force bumper sticker, license A0E7374, stolen “sometime last night outside our home on 34th Ave SW & Morgan (behind Walgreens).” Call 911 if you see it.

West Seattle Friday: Bazaars; jobs; authors; actors; more…

November 7, 2014 10:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Fall colors along Harbor Ave, by Don Brubeck, via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BAZAAR AT THE MOUNT: 10 am-4 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent, with a special raffle, as noted in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD BAZAAR: 11 am-4 pm today (and tomorrow) at White Center Library, its Guild is hosting the annual holiday bazaar and book sale. Shop for a good cause! (11220 16th SW)

FINAL SALMON WATCH: No new fish since last week, so if that trend continues, the volunteer Fauntleroy Creek salmon-watchers will officially wrap up their work for the season after today.

METROPOLITAN MARKET JOB FAIR: 2-7 pm at Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor), hiring for MM jobs around the region. More info in this WSB Jobs-section post. (41st/42nd/Admiral)

WORDS, WRITERS, & WEST SEATTLE: This one will shake you up! Sandi Doughton, author of “Full Rip 9.0,” explains why:

As explained on the Southwest Seattle Historical Society website, she’ll read from her book (and as you heard her say in the video clip, that’s not all) 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. (2600 SW Barton)

CHIEF SEALTH INT’L HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 7 pm game vs. White River, at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2601 SW Thistle)

AUTHOR APPEARANCE: West Seattle author Sarah Alisabeth Fox reads from Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West,” 7 pm tonight at Elliott Bay Books. (1521 10th Ave.)

‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’: Night 2 for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production of Tom Stoppard‘s spinoff from Shakespeare‘s “Hamlet.” 7:30 pm, WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’ 7:30 pm curtain time for tonight’s performance at ArtsWest in The Junction. (4711 California SW)

SLAGS AT THE POGGIE: Poggie Tavern doesn’t have a calendar online but every so often we hear from one of the acts, and tonight, it’s The Slags, 9 pm. (4717 California SW)

12TH STORE! West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) says it’ll have a “huge announcement” today involving a Seahawk. Keep an eye on its Facebook page.

West Seattle whale-watching: Humpback said to be back

Quick note for whale fans: We’ve received a couple reports that the humpback seen in the area recently is in the Lincoln Park vicinity right now.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday alerts; weekend notes

November 7, 2014 6:39 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The cameras are back! SDOT fixed the ones whose problems made it tough to monitor yesterday’s multi-problem morning commute. We’ve also added the 11th/Spokane view, since at least as of first thing this am, it’s still pointing to the low bridge. Now, on with notes and previews, while we can:

BATTERY STREET TUNNEL CLOSURE: One more reminder – the BSTunnel will close overnight tomorrow night for fire-system testing – original announcement here.

CITYWIDE WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERT: From Oprah (tonight/tomorrow) to the Seahawks (Sunday) – useful info here.

REROUTE RAPIDRIDE IN THE JUNCTION? Here’s our report on the first official open-to-the-public presentation, during Wednesday night’s Southwest District Council meeting.

10:18 AM: This morning’s rollover scene is cleared and Admiral Way has just reopened between 59th and 61st.

Update: 2 hurt in crash that closed Admiral Way for 6 hours

(First two WSB photos by Tracy Record)
4:40 AM: At least two people are hurt – one seriously – after a crash at 60th/Admiral. One texter says Admiral’s blocked off. We’re en route to find out more.

5:08 AM: This is a one-car rollover. 19-year-old woman driving, very seriously hurt. Passenger hurt too. TCIS is coming, police told us at the scene, so Admiral will be closed here a while; on the east side, it is blocked at 59th. Lots of debris in the road, as shown in our short Instagram clip panning the scene (and photo below). Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

The car ended up on its side in the planting strip on the south side of Admiral (top photo).

5:58 AM: Metro just texted its reroutes caused by the Admiral Way closure: “Routes 50 and 56 are currently routed off Admiral … Use stops east of 59th SW or west of 61st SW.” (added) The 775 Water Taxi shuttle reroute: “Use stops on SW Admiral Way east of 59th or on Alki SW east of 61st.”

7:48 AM: Still closed. We’ll update here and the daily traffic watch as soon as it reopens.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
8:53 AM: Just back from checking the scene. A tow truck driver had arrived and was doing some cleanup; SPD has been calling for SDOT to do more.

10:10 AM: According to our crew back at the scene, Admiral is reopening, after further cleanup by SDOT and SFD.

10:21 AM: And Metro has just sent a text alert that its routes in that area are back to normal.

Southwest District Council, report #2: More opposition to matching-fund changes; ‘Let’s Talk’ followup; new co-chairs

They’re the biggest grants the city offers to neighborhood groups – and big proposed changes in the process and eligibility are leading to big pushback from neighborhood advocates, as evidenced again when the Southwest District Council met on Wednesday night. That tops our second report from the meeting (first one is here), which concluded with the election of new co-chairs for next year:

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West Seattle schools: Denny’s Community Success Dinner

November 7, 2014 1:40 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos and info from Wednesday night’s “Community Success Dinner”:

(Wednesday) night, the community of Denny International Middle School came together for a special night of food and fun! Hundreds of Denny families and staff enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal together, games, and opportunities to get family portraits and winter clothing.

A huge thank you to Roxana Amaral, Amber Brown, our whole Communities in Schools and City Year teams, many Denny staff, volunteers, and all of the scholars and families who came to make this event such a success! A special note of congratulations goes to Denny Scholar, Bertha Chavez, for her vision and organization of the games! We are very proud of our scholars for what they do every day and for how they helped! As a whole community, we would also like to thank the Safeway on Roxbury for their generous partnership with this event.

Go Dolphins!

More big events are ahead at Denny, including a clothing-donation drive and information night about Internet safety for kids – all the details are on the school’s home page.