West Seattle, Washington
(SUNDAY UPDATES – scroll down)
(12th fish! Fauntleroy Schoolhouse shared the photo taken out front)
Miscellaneous West Seattle Super Bowl spirit – some of which we’ve mentioned before, some of which we hadn’t, but it’s time now to collect it all in one place and just add to it if more comes in before the game:
BIG PICTURE: South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) is taking an all-campus photo at 11:15 am Friday, outside the library, by the statue. If you have any involvement with the college, be there, in gear (or at least in blue and/or green)!
12TH FLAG RALLY: As previewed here earlier this week, the official pre-Super Bowl raising of the 1,500-square-foot “12” flag at Delridge/Andover is set for 12:12 pm Friday, during an 11 am-1 pm rally.
PARTY SUPPLIES? Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor) is offering a 10 percent discount and next-day delivery on football-themed items for your party – as long as you order by 11 am Friday. Use the code SUPERBOWL.
FREE TEMP TATTOOS: West Coast Entertainment in The Admiral District continues giving away Skittles to West Seattle Segway tour-takers this week, and on Friday you can stop by WCE HQ (2705 California SW) 9 am-5 pm for “your FREE Seahawks airbrush tattoos. There will even be FREE popcorn while you wait!”
HOMESTREET BANK (WSB sponsor) 11:02 am update – now out of piggy banks!
SUNDAY AND SOONER
MARINATION MA KAI: This WSB sponsor is closing early on Sunday, 3 pm. But you can order food for your party, and more:
Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings! (Only available Feb. 1st) $12 gets you 12 chicken wings and a pretty tasty bite for during the big game!!! Wings can be pre-ordered by calling 206-328-8226 any time this week.
12th Man Taco or Slider packs! Get 12 tacos or sliders for only $30 bucks, walk-in only.
*Lastly, we are offering a 12% food discount to those wearing Seahawk gear all week long! Go Hawks!*
At Seacrest Pier. (1660 Harbor SW)
HOTWIRE ONLINE COFFEEHOUSE: This WSB sponsor is closing at 3 pm on Sunday and serving up a menu including special Seahawk-themed drinks in the meantime. (4410 California SW)
‘UNITED IN BLUE’ FOOD DRIVE: Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) continues collecting food as part of a coast-to-coast challenge vs. New England churches – here’s how to donate. (3940 41st SW)
‘SOUPER BOWL’ FOOD DRIVE: Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood will take your dropoffs at the Thistle St. doors any time through Sunday, or inside the church at 8:30 am-1 pm on Game Day:
The church is at 39th/Thistle.
(added) AGAIN AND AGAIN KIDS’ CONSIGNMENT: Sale until kickoff – at least 12 percent off. (4832 California SW)
HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: This WSB sponsor is open 11 am-3 pm on Super Bowl Sunday. (6032 California SW)
FEEDBACK LOUNGE (WSB sponsor): Click through to their website to see both versions of their Seahawks/Super Bowl poster, including the one NOT involving the colors blue and/or green. Open 11:30 am on Sundays, Super Bowl and otherwise.
PEEL AND PRESS: From proprietor Dan, “We will be opening on Sunday and having a Seahawks viewing party starting at 1 pm and going until 8 pm. We will have a menu limited to pizza and appetizers for the day but will have full bar, take-out and growler fills available during those times.” (6503 California SW)
(added) FRESHY’S COFFEE: From proprietor Amber, “Freshy’s will be projecting the game on a big screen today. Come and celebrate with yummy pulled pork sandwiches, beer and mimosa specials…or just coffee for those who just want a chill place to watch!” (2735 California SW)
SKYLARK CAFE: “We’ll be showing the game on all 3 screens, including our giant 112″ screen above the stage. Brunch service is from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., then we switch to the dinner menu for gametime!” No reservations so get there early. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
(added) SUPER BOWL AT THE BRIDGE: Via e-mail, “We are so excited to be a part of this crazy energy for the second year in a row!! For Super Bowl we are opening up at 9 am, offering brunch from 9 am-2 pm and selling Bridge Super Bowl T-shirts for $12, includes a Bridge glass and Skittles. Available while they last.” (California/Graham)
ADMIRAL BIRD: First coffee shop we’ve heard to be hosting a Super Bowl party. (California/Admiral)
TRINITY WEST SEATTLE: First church we’ve heard to be hosting a Super Bowl party, as announced: “… with three huge HD screens and a pretty epic sound system. Last year we had a great turnout from our neighborhood and wanted to open it up for folks that might not have a party to attend or place to watch the big game. We’ll have food and drinks around 2:30 and kickoff is at 3:30 this Sunday.” (35th/Ida)
SUNDAY ALTERNATIVE – FAMILY SWIM: From Southwest Pool, “Not a football fan? Bring your family to a specially priced Family Swim for only $2 per person. Children must be accompanied into the water by an adult.” 2-3 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
P.S. Thanks to the tipster who shared this link – KING 5 went to Providence St. Joseph’s to talk with the “12th Nuns.”
P.P.S. Anything to add? email@example.com – ASAP – thanks! Go, Hawks!
Thanks for the texts/other messages about Guardian One circling for a few minutes in the north Lincoln Park/Morgan Junction area a short time ago. Mystery to us until G-1 tweeted:
Assisted @SeattlePD on a family disturbance in West Seattle.
— KCSOAirsupport (@KCSOAirsupport) January 30, 2015
They’ve since moved on.
Don’t know if it’s the same coyote, but two people reported sightings in the same general area of Gatewood/Upper Morgan (map) this afternoon. The photo is from John, who e-mailed to say: “Just took this pic this afternoon on Willow, between 39th and 38th. I was walking my dog and this coyote ran out in front of us, crossing the street into the backyard in the alley.” We also got a phone call from someone who reported seeing a coyote on SW Frontenac between 39th and 40th, headed east, around 4 pm. Our most recent round of sighting reports was Gatewood-centric, too. Remember that as advised by wildlife experts, best thing to do if you see one is to try your hardest to scare it away.
6:15 PM: Seattle Fire is arriving at a 6-story apartment building in the 1500 block of Alki to check out a possible fire. More to come.
6:21 PM: Not a full-blown fire; some SFD units have already been dismissed.
6:30 PM: SFD tells us at the scene, just a fireplace fire gone a bit out of control with smoke and embers. Everyone’s OK and this is wrapping up.
(Photo courtesy Edgar Riebe)
4:03 PM: On SW Morgan between 41st and 42nd, just east of West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), police and fire are dealing with the flipped car you see above. Thanks to everybody who’s texted, called, sent photos. Metro says Route 128 is re-routed as a result – use the stop on Morgan east of 38th. More to come.
(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
4:09 PM: Added another photo. Our crew at the scene tells us the driver of the flipped car (added: 73, per SFD) was taken to the hospital; she hit a parked car that’s also seriously damaged.
Tow crews are at the scene now.
4:46 PM: The road is open again – Metro just texted that Route 128 is back to normal routing.
Updates on two West Seattle fire stations that will soon be on the move, temporarily:
INTERIM ADMIRAL FIRE STATION 29: Fencing went up today at the SDOT-owned triangle that will house Station 29 while its permanent home a block away is undergoing renovations and upgrades. This is the site where neighbors didn’t find out until the last minute that the planned site had changed. After more than a week of concerns, they had a meeting two Saturdays ago, organized by Councilmember Tom Rasmussen:
(January 17th photo courtesy Ted Johnson)
Neighbors’ safety concerns weren’t fully resolved – they’re still worried about blindspots on 44th, especially at SW Hill and Ferry, even with the city saying that parking won’t be allowed on the east side of 44th. That’s another impact that concerns them, as they’ve been told 12 street parking spots will be removed around the site, in all. Regarding the trees, they were given permission for a neighbor to rescue one of the existing trees, a gingko, and they have been promised tree restoration once the interim fire station is gone. Neighbors did not get a commitment for street improvements post-fire station but vow to keep pressing the point and hope to work with the Admiral Neighborhood Association on that. As for what’s next at the site, just as we were finishing this story, we heard back from Julie Moore at the city:
We had been waiting for a signed work order from the contractor, the street use permit from SDOT and for SPU to move its water testing equipment. All of that fell into place over last week and the beginning of this week. As such, some activity has begun, including installation of no-parking signs, the Honey Bucket, and temporary fencing. Over the coming weeks, additional work will occur, including grading of the site, preparation for utilities and ultimately delivery of the temporary trailer and assembly of the tent that will house the fire engine. Because preparation for and installation of the temporary facility involves various components that require the work of different trades and inspections, some of the work will be spaced out, so there may be days without visible activity.
Meantime, in The Junction:
INTERIM JUNCTION FIRE STATION 32: Temporary buildings are now in place on the 40th SW site between Alaska and Edmunds that will house Station 32 for more than a year; this site just north of the 4745 40th SW mixed-use development will eventually become a city park. The latest status report says construction is scheduled to start any day now at the 37th/Alaska home of Station 32, which will be torn down and replaced by a brand-new station on the same site.
4:43 PM UPDATE: For this one, Julie Moore from the city says, site work will actually start closer to late February, but crews will start to move out sooner: “The tentative move schedule shows the medics from FS 32 temporarily moving to FS 37 on Feb. 9, the other crews from FS 32 moving to temporary FS 32 at 4731 40th Ave. SW on Feb. 10, and the Battalion Chief from FS 29 moving to the temporary FS 32 on Feb. 17.”
(Delridge/Holden stairway where robbery is reported to have happened)
We had asked Seattle Police to confirm a report of another student robbery today. Now, we have details. Parents from Denny International Middle School are getting robocalls, and this has just appeared on SPD Blotter:
An armed robber pulled a gun on a teen and stole her backpack as she walked to school in West Seattle this morning.
The 13-year-old victim was walking down a staircase near 20th Avenue SW and SW Holden Street when a man approached her on the staircase, pulled out a gun, and told her to “give me everything you’ve got.”
The suspect patted the teen down looking for a cellphone and money. When he found neither, he snatched her backpack and fled. The teen walked the rest of the way to school and reported the incident. She described the suspect as a black male in his late 20s, muscular, wearing a purple bandana over his face, a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Officers searched near the scene of the robbery, but were unable to find the suspect or the victim’s bag.
Police are working with Seattle Public Schools officials to ensure the safety of students on their way to and from school. If you have any information about this case, please call 911.
This comes two weeks after the first in a recent string of West Seattle robberies, though police have said they haven’t found a connection between any of the cases except for the two in Admiral. The first one was January 15th near Myrtle Reservoir, in which a 14-year-old was robbed of his backpack while heading to a bus stop near 35th/Myrtle.
1:48 PM: Denny IMS principal Jeff Clark has sent us the letter that has gone out to Denny and Sealth families. Note that the location is described a bit differently, and this one is the same that we heard in a bit of police-radio discussion:
Dear Denny and Sealth Scholars and Families,
We want to share with you information right away regarding a crime that occurred in our community this morning.
At approximately 7:15am this morning an eighth-grade Denny scholar was walking down the staircase at Delridge Way SW and SW Holden St. When she arrived at the stair landing, an African American male who appeared to be in his late 20’s came into view. He pointed a gun at her, patted her down, robbed her, and then let her go. When the scholar arrived at school, she did the right thing by reporting this to school staff right away. Denny staff immediately notified the Seattle Police Department, who are actively investigating.
The safety of our scholars is our top priority. After school today and before and after school on Monday, the Police, Seattle Public Schools Safety and Security, and school staff will be in that area.
You can help your children stay safe by talking to them about personal safety. Tips to discuss are:
• walking in pairs or groups and being aware of their surroundings at all times
• report anything suspicious to a trusted adult (school staff and family member)
More tips and information can be found on the Seattle Police Department website: seattle.gov/police/prevention/child/default.htm.
The letter is signed by Denny principal Clark and Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer. We have more safety information in our report on this week’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, at which police talked about the robberies as well as how to best try to protect yourself.
P.S. Reminder that Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is coming to West Seattle next Tuesday for her first “community conversation” here, 6:30 pm February 3rd at the SW Precinct (Webster/Delridge, just a block from where today’s robbery happened).
FRIDAY MORNING NOTE: We checked with precinct leadership and they don’t know yet if this one was connected to any of the others. Capt. Steve Wilske did say in a note to neighborhood-council leaders, “We will be focusing a significant number of on duty and off duty resources toward this issue starting Monday morning, and for the foreseeable future until we either make some arrests or see the incidents stop.”
(April 2013 WSB photo by Nick Adams)
A Facebook post by ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (WSB sponsor) confirms what we had just heard from a reader via e-mail: Former ArtsWest artistic director Christopher Zinovitch has died at just 43 years old. According to ArtsWest, “a short battle with cancer” took Mr. Zinovitch’s life. He left AW in summer 2013, after a year and a half as artistic director, following a decade in other roles with the organization, which remembers him today by saying that “during that time, we were blessed with an incredible body of work that he brought to our stage, his unrelenting passion for hard work and theater, and for the many lives he touched as he nurtured new artists.” Mr. Zinovitch had most recently been working as artistic director of Dakota Stage Ltd. in Bismarck, North Dakota. No memorial information yet but we’ll add it if/when we get it.
The West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball continues to be one of the top teams in the state, 14-2 after winning again last night, though head varsity coach Sonya Elliott reports it was close:
We beat Bishop Blanchet 51-48. It was a battle. We were up by 3 going into the half and then came out of the locker room blazing, ending third quarter up by 11. Blanchet fought back in the fourth and we pulled off the 51-48 victory. Scoring: Lydia Giomi 13, Lexi Ioane 10, Emily Fiso 10, Charli Elliott 9, Gabby Sarver 9. We play Garfield at West Seattle High School this Friday, January 30th, in a Quad game with the boys:
High School Basketball – West Seattle vs Garfield @ WSHS tomorrow:
3:30 – JV Girls
5:00 – JV Boys
6:30 – Varsity Girls
8:00 – Varsity Boys
The WSHS gym is right off the south end of the school’s parking lot at 3000 California SW.
Thanks to Gary Jones for the series of bald-eagle photos (mature and juvenile) from Alki (taken in this past Monday’s sunshine) – we’re mingling them with highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 1:30-3 pm, Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School‘s having an open house for prospective parents. (20th/Roxbury)
KINDERGARTEN TOURS AT LAFAYETTE: If you don’t have a reservation, call fast! 1:45 pm today. RSVP info’s in our listing. (California/Lander)
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS OPEN HOUSE: 7 pm tonight, visit Seattle Lutheran High School (WSB sponsor) and find out what J-Term is all about, among other things. Here’s our preview. (41st/Genesee)
ALL OF THE ABOVE IS JUST THE BEGINNING … options and opportunities for tonight, tomorrow, and beyond, are browsable right now on our calendar.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Lessons on staying safe and updates on crime/safety concerns were offered at the first West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting of the year on Tuesday night.
More than two dozen people were at the meeting, not counting WSBWCN leaders Deb Greer and Karen Berge and four Seattle Police reps including precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, and Community Police Team Officers Jon Flores and Erin Nicholson.
We’re welcoming Seattle Lutheran High School as a new WSB sponsor, and sharing their invitation for families to visit the school during its Open House tonight at 7 pm. SLHS executive director Dave Meyer says they’ll be highlighting a unique feature of Seattle Lutheran’s curriculum:
The J-Term Experience at Seattle Lutheran High School has transformed the learning experience. The environment is focused on students and their ability to build confidence, instill hope, develop integrity and find their passion. The January-term or J-term experience is one that allows all of these to come alive in the student leaders who attend Seattle Lutheran High School. The course selection and guest speakers bring education alive. We are a school of leaders, each young adult in our building is viewed as a leader. I am proud to guide them as we lead this transformation in the learning experience.
You’re invited to tonight’s Open House to learn more about J-Term, to see the students work, and to “hear more about the innovative approach to education offered right here in West Seattle at Seattle Lutheran High School.” The school is at 4100 SW Genesee just north of The Junction, and online at seattlelutheran.org.
(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:04 AM: Good morning! So far, so good. Reminder that this is the last day of the week for Seattle Public Schools, which are closed for the “day between semesters” tomorrow (Friday).
8:01 AM: Still quiet. The calm before the Super Bowl. Speaking of which, we’ll be updating the WSB list of West Seattle Super Bowl-related notes later today – anything to add? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
12:58 PM: Just a reminder that we often have traffic-related notes on Twitter that don’t appear here on the site – sometimes they’re short-lived, or we didn’t get back in front of the laptop in time, or they’re more observations than anything else. Today, we mentioned 35th/Juneau utility work we happened onto, around 9 am, and then something else we didn’t expect – an SPD motorcycle officer doing traffic-enforcement work near WSB HQ. Between 9:40 am and 11:20 am, we saw the officer take off nine times to cite drivers who ran a stop sign at the California/Thistle 4-way stop – specifically, they all had driven through the westbound Thistle to northbound California turn without stopping. Over the years, many drivers who fail to stop there, and don’t even seem to bother looking all ways before proceeding, have almost broadsided us, and I’m sure some of our neighbors. If the prospect of injuring/killing someone doesn’t make you think twice about ignoring a stop sign or stop light – ANY place you find one – maybe the triple-digit fine will?