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YOU CAN HELP! Kiwanis Food Drive on Saturday

March 31, 2016 8:26 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

Just getting this on your radar for Saturday, if you’ll be out and about and able to donate – it’s the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle‘s annual donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank. Volunteers and collection bins will be at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) and Junction QFC (42nd/Alaska). If you catch them as you go into the stores, you can get specific wish lists for the WSFB’s Home Delivery and Mobile Food Bank programs, which “deliver nutritious food to the homes of the homebound elderly and disabled neighbors unable to access the food bank.” And if you shop at Thriftway, give them your receipts, too, because the store will donate back 1 percent to WSFB. The drive is set for 9 am-2 pm this Saturday (April 2nd).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Another Junction-area burglary; tires slashed; prowler on video

Three reports in tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup:

CHURCH BURGLARY: Thanks for the tips. Another non-residential Junction break-in – what was on the Tweets by Beat log as a “commercial burglary” reported Tuesday morning in the 4100 block of 42nd SW was a break-in at Holy Rosary Church, according to police report details we were finally able to obtain today. The report says someone got in through a window and stole items including cash and credit cards, but left behind “evidence” that police have collected and are following up on.

TIRE SLASHING: John reports from North Delridge:

I just want to let you know that several cars including one of my own had their tires cut last night. All the cars were parked on 28th Ave SW across the street from The Dragonfly Pavilion Park Between Yancy and Nevada. I have heard this is a growing problem in West Seattle.

PROWLER ON VIDEO: From the Shorewood/Arbor Heights area:

I wanted to send you a video I caught (Tuesday) at my house of a prowler. We had numerous packages stolen last week and set up this camera.

Nothing was stolen (so far as) we can tell.

The area the man is seen walking into, and emerging from, leads to and from the house’s side yard and backyard. A police report is filed – #2016-108242 – if you have any information.

Thanks for the tips and reports – 206-293-6302 text/voice if urgent, if not – as long as you have already called 911/SPD!

See the all-in-one-place breakdown of Seattle property-tax bills

That slide deck is from the agenda for a City Council committee meeting tomorrow morning, and it’s the first time we’ve seen an all-in-one-place visual breakdown of a subject that comes up in discussion often – property taxes.

The 9:30 am meeting is actually the entire City Council meeting as the Select Committee on the 2016 Housing Levy, and one of its agenda items is a general discussion on property taxes in the city, as they consider the proposed levy, which is double the one that’s about to expire. If you scroll through the slide deck – or get it here as a PDF – you’ll see that it looks at the taxes on a “median”-valued home in the city (half are worth more, half worth less), valued at $480,000, paying $4,553 a year. As shown on page 5, a little less than a third of that – $1,472 – is from/for the city, and in turn, about half of that goes to 7 voter-approved levies, including the housing levy that is expiring:

*Transportation levy, $279
*Park district levy, $140
*Families/Education levy, $98
*Housing levy, $61
*Libraries, $51
*Preschool, $43
*Campaign financing, $9

If you want to hear how this is presented and discussed tomorrow morning, you can go to the meeting at City Hall or watch live via Seattle Channel, cable 21 or

UPDATE: Fire call in 1400 block SW Cambridge

March 31, 2016 2:38 pm
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 |   West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

2:38 PM: A large Seattle Fire response is in the 1400 block of SW Cambridge for a “fire in building” call. We’re en route to see what’s happening.

2:45 PM: The call’s just closed, meaning SFD has left the scene. If we find out anything about the original reason, we’ll add it.

Attack plan for brown water: Seattle Public Utilities plans large-scale West Seattle flush

(Reader photo from a brown-water situation earlier this month)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After months of intermittent but intense West Seattle brown-water incidents that we’ve been covering – going back to last fall – the city is making plans for a major operation to try to attack the underlying problem: Rust in the pipes.

The rust isn’t unusual and isn’t unhealthy, Seattle Public Utilities stresses – but there shouldn’t be this much of it stirred up when something happens such as a hydrant opening or pipe break, and it should clear faster (as commenters have pointed out, it often lingers longer than they were told it would).

So SPU is planning a “unidirectional flush” – something that utility managers say hasn’t been done anywhere in the city in more than a decade.

It’s not one big operation at one time but will play out over the course of months. We got an early briefing during a visit to the SPU Operations Control Center, following up on our recent behind-the-scenes look at how water safety and quality is monitored.

We met there with drinking water quality director Wylie Harper and other SPU water managers, including operations director Dave Muto. First, some context. Two-thirds of the 1,800 miles of pipeline in SPU territory is unlined cast iron – and this is the primary source of what discolors the water in certain circumstances:

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West Seattle Thursday: ‘Addams Family’ opens at WSHS; Multicultural Night at CSIHS; Squirrel Butter at C&P; more…


Thanks to David Hutchinson for another baby photo from the resident Canada geese. *Scroll to the end of this story for his side note regarding the photo. First – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR: 11 am-3 pm at Daystar – details in our listing. (2615 SW Barton)

CHIEF SEALTH IHS MULTICULTURAL NIGHT: 6 pm, everyone’s invited to the Chief Sealth International High School Galleria: “One of CSI’s favorite community events, Multicultural Night is a fun-filled evening of cultural performances, community information, and free food that represents the ethnic diversity of our student body. This is one of the events that truly make us a global village!” (2600 SW Thistle)

SQUIRREL BUTTER & SCOTT KNICKERBOCKER: An evening of American roots music @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover; tips appreciated. (5612 California SW)

‘SAVE A UNICORN’ BENEFIT: 7 pm at The Skylark, benefit to help Amanda Hutchins conquer cancer. Singing, dancing, rope-jumping, more – it’s a variety show. Tickets available here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘ADDAMS FAMILY’ AT WSHS: The new West Seattle High School Drama Club & Music Department musical comedy opens tonight in the WSHS Theater! 7:30 pm; ticket info here, production info here. (3000 California SW)

MORE FOR TODAY/TONIGHT/BEYOND … on our complete calendar.


*The side note from photographer David, mentioned above: “I know that Canada geese aren’t the most popular bird on the planet, but this little guy is kind of cute. This is another good reason for compliance with the dogs on a leash rule. These geese are generally terrified of dogs (especially large or active ones), even if the dogs are leashed but the owners approach too close. Over the years I have noticed that when the geese make a break to escape to the water by scrambling over the large rocks lining the shore, the small goslings can’t keep up and frequently fall in the large gaps in the rocks and are then trapped – or injure their legs trying to jump across. My wife and I have taken quite a number of the injured ones to PAWS where they usually end up having to be euthanized.”

Free West Seattle Water Taxi rides during April 10th celebration

One week from tomorrow, the West Seattle Water Taxi starts its spring/summer 7-days-a-week schedule. Two days later, you’ll get to ride the new M/V Doc Maynard – twice the capacity of its predecessor – for free during Community Appreciation Day on Sunday, April 10th, hosted by the King County Marine Division at Seacrest Pier. Full announcement after the jump:

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UPDATE: Emergency response for boat in trouble

March 31, 2016 8:23 am
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8:23 AM: Big emergency response for a boat reported to be in trouble off the 10400 block of Maplewood Place SW [map], which is in southwesternmost West Seattle.

8:28 AM: From the scanner, 50-foot boat, “foot of water in the bilge,” three people on board, no injuries, “the boat is secured but not to shore yet.”

8:43 AM: Our crew has arrived. It’s a fishing boat, and this is all taking place on private shoreline. The Coast Guard is helping Seattle Fire.

(ADDED: Photo texted by Kathleen)

8:50 AM: More information from SFD – the boat lost power, ran aground, and sprang a leak. Two of the three people on board were taken to an SFD boat by a small USCG craft, while the third worked to fix the problem and get the boat under way again.


9:04 AM: Added photos. The incident commander tells us the boat will head back toward the Duwamish River, and that a fireboat is following just in case there’s any more trouble.


(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:21 AM: Good morning – welcome to the last day of March. No incidents in/from West Seattle so far.

AVALON/YANCY/30TH/ANDOVER PROJECT: As of yesterday afternoon, crews on this pedestrian-safety project had closed Andover at Avalon.

7:54 AM: Matt says via Twitter that lower Spokane St. is jammed east of the low bridge but isn’t seeing why; no incidents that we’re seeing logged, either.

8:46 AM: Crash reported at Olson/Myers – one south/westbound lane of Olson is blocked.

UPDATE: What Guardian One was doing

March 31, 2016 1:01 am
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1:01 AM: Lots of questions this past half-hour about a helicopter just south of the city/county border. Flight-tracking showed it was Guardian One but there was little discussion on the scanner and no reports of ground activity, so we didn’t know what it was up to until this tweet just after it left the area: “Assisted White Center patrol on person with a gun call in 18 Ave SW. Led patrol in to person in front yard of house. Subject is detained.” That would be a King County Sheriff’s Office case and we’ll follow up later this morning.

ADDED 5:14 PM: We finally have additional information to share. From KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West: “Around midnight, we responded to the area of the 10400 block of 18 Ave SW for a report of a suicidal man who possibly had a gun. We contacted the man in the area and did not locate a gun. The man was transported to a hospital for a mental-health evaluation. The man is a 66 year old living in the vicinity.”

West Seattle scenes: Sunset, sunrise


As we close out the last Wednesday of March …some beautiful views of its sunset and sunrise. The top photo is from Colleen Brenize; below, from Howella:


After the jump, more of the colors with which the day ended and began:

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BASEBALL: Another win for league-leading West Seattle HS

West Seattle High School is at the top of the Metro League baseball standings. Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the report and photos from today’s victory:

The Wildcats traveled over the pond to take on the Crusaders of Eastside Catholic. Junior Ryan Kimsey [#15, above] started on the mound for Westside. He would go on to throw a complete game of shutout baseball, giving up only two hits and striking out three. Again West Seattle’s defense was strong behind their pitcher.

Juniors Jack Page and Nathan Johnson led the team with two hits each.

Andrew Burggraff [#39, above] had a double in the 4th inning to hit in an insurance run. In the end, behind the strong pitching of Kimsey and the great defense, West Seattle topped Eastside Catholic 3-0 and now sits atop the Metro League standings at 6-0 in league play.

Next game is 3:30 pm Friday against Ballard at Whitman Middle School.

See the full league standings on the left sidebar of this page.

Seattle Public Schools bell-time changes: New family survey

With school start-and-end times – officially known as bell times – changing next year at many Seattle Public Schools, the district says it knows the change “has presented some significant logistical, scheduling, and programmatic challenges, and appreciate the feedback from schools, families and community members on the impact.” So it’s asking families to take a survey focused on how the changes will affect “Nutrition Services (Breakfast and Lunch), Before and After School Programs, and Athletics.” Find the survey here, in six languages. (And if you haven’t checked your school’s bell times, find them here.)

UPDATE: Crash causes water woes in Fairmount Springs


7:35 PM: Thanks for the tips and photos – neighbors near 39th and Raymond [map] report a semi-truck took out a fire hydrant, sending water into the street, and reducing water pressure in nearby homes.
Seattle Fire Department is there. No report of injuries – the call is classified as “investigate, out of service.”

7:42 PM: Another texter just sent word of brown water at a home nearby. Having just toured the city drinking-water control center today (story tomorrow) – we can confirm the hydrant problem would definitely cause something like that, though we would still advise making sure Seattle Public Utilities knows – 206-386-1800.

9:36 PM: Commenters in the affected area say SPU’s telling them water could be out until about 4 am.

Delridge-Highland Park Greenway complete, says SDOT

Construction of the Delridge-Highland Park Greenway is done, SDOT announced this afternoon – aside from “a few minor tasks,” such as:

​*Finish sign installation and road striping

*Replace temporary handrail with permanent handrail on the new stairway on 17th Ave SW

*Reseed planting strip on 21st Ave SW just north of where 21st Ave SW and 22nd Ave SW merge

Seattle City Light will turn on the new signal at 15th Ave SW and SW Holden St

And Seattle Public Utilities continues with the Delridge Natural Drainage Project. If you live/work in, and/or frequently travel through the greenway area, you’re invited to answer this survey. Meantime, scroll down the project webpage for the city’s before/after images of spots along the greenway.

FOLLOWUP: Illegal West Seattle tree-cutting brings assessment investigation, and more

(Saturday WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Whether or not they’re directly responsible for the illegal tree-cutting in the Duwamish Head Greenbelt, nearby property owners may be taxed for it, sooner rather than later.

Checking the status of the investigation and other revelations, we found out today from City Councilmember Lisa Herbold that the King County Assessor has received a “constituent request (to) increase 2016 real-estate tax to reflect View Property status.” She says the Assessor’s Office already “has sent division directors out to visit the site and will be sending an appraisal team out shortly.”

Speaking of valuation, Herbold told us there’s something else that she’s emphasizing to the City Attorney’s Office and others who are investigating:

I want to be sure the evaluation of the value of the trees takes into account the role the trees play in maintaining soil stability in an environmentally critical area by absorbing water, thus lessening the risk of landslides onto a major arterial.

Further, trees maintain air quality by absorbing carbon —an important issue in West Seattle, which sits adjacent to SODO and the Duwamish industrial area. The Green Cities Research Alliance 2012 Report, Seattle’s Forest Ecosystem Values, has additional information about Seattle’s trees, estimated to have a replacement value of $4.9 billion — an important capital asset.

If you’ve been away or are otherwise just tuning into this, The Seattle Times broke the news last Friday night that the city was investigating the illegal cutting of more than 100 trees on parcels owned by the city Parks and Transportation Departments in the Duwamish Head Greenbelt, north of 35th SW and northwest of 34th SW/City View.

We followed up on Saturday and on Monday, which is when the City Attorney’s Office disclosed the cutting was brought to the city’s attention in January, and that a lawyer for at least one of the guilty parties had written to the city about it in early February. We published a statement from lawyer Clayton Graham in our Monday report. We now also have a copy of his February 5th letter and the proposed restoration-plan outline, both obtained from the City Attorney’s Office. Here’s the letter (PDF); below is the restoration-plan outline, which Graham said on Monday was provided to the city on March 9th. The city stresses that it has NOT approved the plan; we publish it to show you what was proposed before this all came to light:

Hire contractor approved by SPRD for following activities:

SITE PREPARATION Spring/Summer 2016
Install erosion control along perimeter of site per SPRD and DPD guidelines
Move cut logs to accommodate work and utilize as erosion control and terraces as possible
Invasive Shrub/Vine Removal following SPRD guidelines within perimeter of exposed canopy
Invasive Tree Removal/Herbicide (if necessary) under SPRD guidelines within perimeter

Broadcast Herbicide (if necessary) under SPRD guidelines within perimeter
Mulch to a depth of no greater than 6” consisting of arborist chips, straw or burlap will be installed across area to suppress weeds, increase moisture retention and limit erosion potential

PLANTING Fall/Winter (2016)
Install trees, shrubs, groundcovers in species and numbers as prescribed by Green Seattle Partnership – SPRD guidelines for similar sites.

Planting will be done in the suggested mosaic for the site with adaptation for existing native plants.
Location and species of trees planted to be determined based on discussion with City staff and owners’ urban forester.

IRRIGATION Winter/Spring (2016)
Installation of a temporary water reservoir and drip irrigation system in the spring is requested. Water will be supplied by adjacent property owner

If system is not approved contractor will be engaged for 3 seasons of watering and continued invasive species control and erosion monitoring

ESTABLISHMENT WEED CONTROL Spring-Summer (2017-2020)
Invasive weed control and plant health monitoring will be contracted for three growing seasons to assure success of plantings and site

Again, that is what the one unidentified homeowner proposed in early February, and it has not been approved by the city. Graham’s Monday statement said he and his clients “offered to provide a detailed restoration plan (complete with tree size, species, placement and ongoing care obligations) from our client’s urban forester when the City was ready to review it.” (Since that apparently has not yet been received by the city, we’re asking Graham if his client would make it public.)

Whether it’s from that plan or not, will the city take any action to start restoring the cut slopes before it’s decided whether those responsible will be prosecuted, and how they will be penalized? We asked the Parks Department that question yesterday and are still awaiting the answer.

Finally, if you haven’t already seen it in our previous story’s comment thread, this online petition is in circulation, asking the City Council to toughen the laws governing incidents like this.

If we get any more new information today, we’ll add it to this story.

ADDED 4:59 PM: Parks spokesperson Christina Hirsch‘s reply to our question about whether any immediate restoration work is planned:

Right now we are working with our own restoration experts and are also consulting with outside advisers to figure out the plan to restore this area. This is a unique situation and restoration will be a challenge, both because of the scope of the damage and because it is such a sensitive and environmentally critical area. Because the situation is so severe, it could take years to get the area back to where it needs to be. Restoring this area is something that we need to do and we are working diligently with our team to put together a plan. We don’t have a complete timeline for restoration, but we do know that restoration in this area will not be something we can complete in one attempt; we will have to work on restoration on an ongoing basis.

City-run community centers to get wi-fi via Google grant

More free public wi-fi is en route to West Seattle, as part of the city’s Digital Equity Initiative, but via public funding. A public-relations firm for Google just sent this:

Google has provided $344,000 in grants to fund WiFi access points at all 26 Seattle Parks & Rec community centers, including Delridge, South Park, Alki, Hiawatha, and High Point Community Centers, which will improve public events, classes, camps and learning programs, and to provide WiFi to low-income families in Seattle Housing Authority housing. Some community centers will also get new computers — the funding will be used to replace 31 outdated and obsolete computers at five RecTech Community Technology Labs, including Delridge.

Last year, you might recall, Google bought borrowable wi-fi hotspots to make available through Seattle Public Library branches.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car stolen, and other thefts

Four notes in West Seattle Crime Watch:

SEEN THIS STOLEN CAR? Susumu e-mailed Tuesday to say his silver 2-door 1997 Honda Civic stolen from the apartment parking lot at 6901 Delridge late March 19 or early March 20, plate AYL1636, is still missing. Call 911 if you see it.

SHOPLIFTING CASE #1: Two shoplifting suspects who police say had fled the RiteAid store south of The Junction wound up crashing at 41st and Brandon Tuesday evening.


At least one person was in custody – we had to break away from the scene to go to the 15th/Henderson crash so that’s all we know so far.

SHOPLIFTING CASE #2: Mike from Sound Advice (the Verizon store in The Junction) reports two iPhones were shoplifted on Tuesday while the store was full of customers. The two shoplifters were caught on HD video that is already in police hands, he says.

HIT-RUN: Shelly sent word of this last night:

Everyone keep a lookout for a red/maroon sedan with substantial front end damage. Saturday at about 6 am, it bumped into my neighbors cars, then smashed into my car and took off. They hit my car so hard it jumped the curb and caused substantial damage. The police have pieces of their car as well as descriptions of the people/car, but any leads would be super helpful. This happened on 30th between Myrtle and Othello.

Thanks for the tips and reports – 206-293-6302 text/voice if urgent, if not – as long as you have already called 911/SPD!

West Seattle Wednesday: From stories to songs

20160326 143126 First Canada Goose goslings - Elliott Bay - 1024x579

It isn’t spring on WSB without a Canada-gosling(s) photo by David Hutchinson, whose note accompanying the photo above said, “Noticed these 3 goslings with parents heading for shore along Harbor Ave this past weekend. Spring has arrived.” (Scroll down for Lise Thivierge‘s photo of goose and goslings on shore.) And now, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

4 STORY TIMES: Coming up at local libraries in the hours ahead – Toddler Story Time at 10:30 am at Southwest Library (35th SW/SW Henderson), Preschool Story Time at 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW), Baby Story Time at 11:30 am at High Point Library, and Somali Story Time at 5 pm, also at High Point (35th SW/SW Raymond).

DREAM DINNERS ‘FREEZER SALE’: 10:30 am-12:30 pm, see what’s pre-assembled and ready to buy in the freezer at Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), on the street-level outer east side of Jefferson Square. (4701 41st SW)

ENTREPRENEUR MEETUP: Bring your lunch to West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), noon-1:15 pm, and meet other local entrepreneurs. (6040 California SW)


FINAL WEEK FOR ‘VIOLET’: Been to the musical @ ArtsWest yet? Time’s running out. Tonight, it’s a 7:30 pm curtain. (4711 California SW)

TALARICO’S TRIVIA: The biggest local trivia night, 8:30 pm at Talarico’s Pizzeria in The Junction. Details in our listing. (4718 California SW)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates & alerts

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:50 AM: Good morning. Notes so far:

PIONEER SQUARE INVESTIGATION: If your commute takes you through/to Pioneer Square, note that SDOT reports 2nd is closed between Yesler and Washington for a police investigation (two people shot, one killed).

YANCY/AVALON/30TH SAFETY PROJECT: Work began on Tuesday, with 30th closed at Avalon.

SOUND TRANSIT 3 COMMENT TIME: The monthlong comment period has begun for the Sound Transit 3 draft plan made public last Thursday (including light rail to West Seattle in 2033). You’re invited to share comments via this survey, and a community meeting at West Seattle High School is set for 5:30 pm April 26th. The final plan will be approved this summer and go to voters in November.

7:01 AM: JayDee texted to say the 56 is running 25 minutes late.

8:43 AM: Metro says bus operation downtown in the aforementioned investigation zone is back to normal. See the comments for discussion of Admiral bus woes – we don’t know whether they have anything to do with what had been happening downtown.

West Seattle scenes: Spring sunset


8:30 PM: Thanks to Kanit Cottrell for that view of tonight’s sunset, from Gatewood – the most vivid sunset so far this spring. Among the views shared via social media – Stacy directed this one our way via Twitter:

Tomorrow night looks promising too!

ADDED 10:08 PM: One more view – by David Hutchinson at Alki:

20160329 185000 Alki Beach sunset - 1024x579

ADDED AT MIDNIGHT: And from Jamie Kinney in Fauntlee Hills:



UPDATE: ‘Automobile rescue’ crash call at 15th/Henderson

March 29, 2016 7:27 pm
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7:27 PM: If you are hearing the sirens – a sizable emergency response is en route to a crash at 15th and Henderson.

7:41 PM: Eastbound Henderson is blocked at 16th. An ambulance has been summoned for one person.

8:07 PM: Two vehicles collided; they have since cleared to the side, SFD has left the scene, and a passenger from one vehicle has been taken to the hospital. The road was reopening after some debris cleanup.

YOU CAN HELP! Donate clothing for students

March 29, 2016 7:08 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

From the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA:

Chief Sealth International High School sends out a big THANK YOU to our community, especially the Westside Universalist Unitarian Congregation and St. John’s Episcopal Church, for their generous donations of clothing, school supplies and funds. Our students appreciate not only the useful items they get from the Clothing Closet, they are grateful that their community cares about them.

We have many students looking for gently used 2-piece business suits, white dress shirts and ties (thinner is more on-trend for youth) for their college, job and internship interviews. We can use all sizes and especially sizes that will fit slim young men. Donations can be dropped off at the front office Monday-Friday or contact Lisa Conley at to make other arrangements. Thanks!

Sealth is at 2600 SW Thistle; this year’s bell times are 8:40 am-3:10 pm, if you’re timing a donation dropoff.