West Seattle, Washington
In West Seattle Crime Watch, the newest reader reports start with a stolen classic car:
STOLEN 240Z: The 45-year-old car at right has been stolen. Nick says it’s “a dark blue 1971 Datsun 240z, pretty hard to miss. It was last seen at Dere automotive at 9201 35th Ave SW. It disappeared sometime last night before dawn. I appreciate any leads I can get, and any info should be reported to SPD, it is in the system.” The car has “collector plates,” #35707.
ANOTHER CAR WINDOW: We had two Crime Watch reports over the weekend with more than a few car-window-vandalism incidents (here and here – and see the comments for more reports). We’ve since received two more reports – first, from Brian:
Just a heads up for those in Gatewood. On Saturday night/early Sunday morning, someone broke the driver’s side window of our neighbors’ vehicle on California Ave at Holden [map]. It was an older Ford Explorer.
And from Elizabeth, also in Gatewood, noticed today: “Car window smashed on Thistle Street between 37th and 39th. [map] No theft, looks like window just smashed.”
FOLLOWUP – WHAT VANDALISM CAN COST: And if you think window-breaking sounds like a petty crime, consider the note we received from the first person to report his window and car were hit more than a month ago (yet another Gatewood victim): “We finally got the car back from the body shop and the repairs were about $3600 and three weeks with a rental car, so the total cost is approaching $5,000. Did the police ever find the person responsible for this?” Not so far as we’ve heard; we have an inquiry out to the precinct, too, but haven’t yet received a reply.
BURGLARY: Artur e-mailed us today about a burglary at his home last week, 7100 block of 34th SW [map]:
I had left my door unlocked and woke up to my dog barking at somebody who had opened my door and was standing at the doorway. By the time the cops came (10 mins), the man had left. Reminder to keep doors locked even if you’re at home.
CAR PROWL: Jenny reports spotting a car prowler in progress at 36th and Brandon [map] early today. Police responded but the suspect had fled in this case, too.
NEXT CRIME/SAFETY MEETING: As previewed here earlier today, the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets tomorrow (Tuesday) night at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), 6:30 pm. All welcome – hear from (and bring your questions/concerns to) precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis and special guest City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.
A big baseball win for West Seattle High School this afternoon – thanks to Caryn Johnson for the photos and report:
The weather cooperated for baseball players and fans this afternoon. West Seattle took on powerhouse O’Dea at Bannerwood Ballpark in Bellevue. The game didn’t look like it was going to get off as it was raining right up until the 1st pitch.
Westside jumped out fast with two back to back hits by Jack Page (#9, photo above) and Morgan McCullough (#3). Anthony Coats (#4) then came up and drove in the first run of the game.
Key hits also came in the 5th inning with bases loaded, Jamie Maples (#6, photo above) hit a double into center field to drive in two more runs. Jamie also took to the mound for West Seattle. He would keep the O’Dea bats quiet until the 5th inning where they would try to start up a rally, but the West Seattle defense backed up their pitcher and only gave up one run. Jamie would go on to pitch a complete game, striking out 7, walking 2, and only giving up 5 hits. In the end, the Wildcats came out victorious against O’Dea 3-1.
Next game is Wednesday against Cleveland at Hiawatha, first pitch 3:30 pm.
Another win for the undefeated Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks – 9-1 today over Franklin HS. Thanks again to head coach Ernest Policarpio for the box score: Sealth pitcher Isaac Hamilton got the win, with 3 strikeouts in five innings; offensive stars included Jackson Chilcott, who went 1-1 with a triple-RBI hit, 2 walks, hit-by-pitch, and 2 runs scored, and David Johnson, who had 2 RBIs, going 2 for 4. Sealth next plays Lakeside, 3:30 pm Wednesday at Magnuson Park.
Thanks to Sam for the tip – we just stopped by the Short Stop convenience store in Morgan Junction and confirmed that tomorrow is its final day of operation. It’s found a new location – in the Pierce County town of Milton.
Since the dry cleaner next store is already closed, this will clear the way for Seattle Parks to demolish the 6311 California SW building that’s on the site of the quarter-acre it purchased for $1.9 million in 2014 to expand Morgan Junction Park. But the demolition equipment won’t be showing up any time soon. Though the teardown permit was issued more than four months ago, there’s some other work to do first, we found out from Lise Ward with Seattle Parks. She tells WSB that once the building’s vacant, they’ll call in environmental specialists to test for hazardous materials and determine what kind of abatement will be required before teardown. They’ll also take steps to seal it off until demolition, Ward says, which they’ll do as soon as they can. She says they’re thankful to the community for their patience.
The original purchase was to “landbank” the site for future park development. Money to plan and design it is on the Seattle Park District levy’s funding list for this year.
Maybe “everybody’s got a hungry heart,” as Bruce Springsteen sings, but no one HAS to have a hungry belly, if we all help each other. And with that in mind, Judi Yazzolino from the West Seattle Food Bank shares the news that Springsteen’s helping the WSFB while in town this week, as he has before:
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are bringing their “River Tour” to KeyArena, this Thursday, March 24th. While in town, they’ve chosen the West Seattle Food Bank as their partner charity.
If you are lucky enough to have tickets to Bruce’s sold-out show, please look for the West Seattle Food Bank volunteers with the signs in the arena, say Hi and give generously to help the adults and children in our community that are in need of nutritious food and other services.
What do you want your City Councilmember to know about safety/crime in your neighborhood? The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network has just announced that Councilmember Lisa Herbold will be their guest tomorrow (Tuesday) night, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. She’s already addressed a variety of public-safety topics – you can scroll through her blog-format website to see – but this is your chance to hear from her, and ask her questions, firsthand. You don’t have to be part of a Block Watch to attend – all welcome; the precinct is at 2300 SW Webster, and the meeting room is right off the parking lot.
Saturday, May 14th, is the date for this year’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – one day, many sales of many sizes, all over the peninsula! We’re mentioning it again today because we are now two weeks away from the start of registration – we’ll open signups on April 4th, early as usual so that there’s (a) plenty of time for people to register and (b) plenty of time for us to make the map/listings packet that’s available a week before sale day.
Since our last mention, we also have confirmation from Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) that they’ll again open their courtyard and the one to the east at Ginomai (both just south of the California/Genesee corner) for individual sellers who don’t have enough room for a sale, or just have a bit of stuff to offer. If you’re interested, watch for word of signups there and anywhere else that offers a group spot; meantime, set the 5/14 reminder for shopping and/or selling, and the 4/4 reminder for open registration!
West Seattle once had two Irish pubs; now, it has none. The Celtic Swell on Alki has changed its name to Alki Beach Pub. Its ownership changed sometime back, but the name stayed through St. Patrick’s Day. The old name has been removed on the awning and the new one is on a blackboard by the door (as shown in our photo), noting also that it has a new menu and is “family-friendly until 8 pm, last minors served at 7:15.”
(Bushtit – a really tiny bird! – photographed by Mark Wangerin)
The final full week of March is the first full week of spring. Here are the highlights, most from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
HOLY WEEK AND MORE: Our special page with events and services for this week includes Tibbetts UMC (WSB sponsor) labyrinth-walking 9 am-2 pm and 6 pm-9 pm today/tonight. (3940 41st SW)
COMMUNITY ORCHARD MEETUP/WORK PARTY: 4-6 pm, you’re invited to the Community Orchard of West Seattle on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus to find out more about COWS and see how to help. (6000 16th SW)
HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY PTA: Monthly meeting tonight, 6 pm. From PTA president Holly Briscoe: “We will continue our Vision, Mission, and Core Values work, hear from Ms. S, our counselor, and learn about upcoming events (Hint, hint, Earth Day Cleanup). There will be snacks, child care, and a Spanish interpreter. All are welcome!” (1012 SW Trenton)
Q&A FOR FUN, #1: 7:30 pm, it’s trivia/quiz time at The Skylark in North Delridge, all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Q&A FOR FUN, #2: 8 pm, it’s pub-quiz night at Shadowland in The Junction. 21+ (California SW/SW Oregon)
(SCROLL DOWN for updates on traffic effects of Vice Presidential visit)
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:07 AM: Good morning! The first Monday of spring is under way (and rainy). Notes for today:
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: The system is now on its spring schedule, which began Sunday.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: VP Joe Biden is coming to Seattle today for an event with Sen. Patty Murray as well as a visit to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Since that means potential traffic effects when he’s in transit – for times, the Boeing Field VIP advisory is usually the best source; it cites a window of roughly 10:30 am-3:40 pm, “subject to change.”
10:24 AM: Preps are under way as the Vice President’s arrival nears. Remember that the West Seattle Bridge exits by/to I-5 close for the motorcade. WSDOT is providing updates via Twitter:
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) March 21, 2016
We’ll update once we hear he’s on the ground and on the move.
11:18 AM: Regional media says he’s arrived.
11:45 AM: Northbound Battery Street Tunnel is closed because of a crash – not related to the VP’s visit; he’s reported to have now arrived downtown, via I-5.
3:02 PM: VP Biden is at Fred Hutch – arriving later than planned, so we don’t know what that means to the rest of his schedule – but that means the next leg of his journey will be to Boeing Field.
— Meghan Dubyak (@Dubyak44) March 21, 2016
Be mindful of freeway ramp closures from the West Seattle Bridge, again.
4:50 PM: The VP’s late-starting Fred Hutch visit is reported to be wrapping up.
5:20 PM: WSDOT is reporting I-5 closures – so the motorcade is or will shortly be on the move.