West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to JayDee for sharing the photo of summer’s last sunset. Fall arrives at 7:21 am our time tomorrow (Thursday); as previewed here last weekend, you can celebrate by joining Alice Enevoldsen for her 30th quarterly sunset watch at Solstice Park – sunset’s expected just before 7 pm, and Alice suggests you arrive around 6:35 pm. (The forecast sounds promising.)
One last reminder in case this is an issue about which you feel strongly: Tomorrow night is the public hearing for the draft citywide People, Dogs, and Parks Strategic Plan. The citywide Board of Park Commissioners is presiding over the public hearing, 6:30 pm at Miller Community Center on Capitol Hill (330 19th Ave. E.). Here are the details, as first published in August on the Parks Department’s Parkways website; we first wrote about the draft plan when it was made public back in June, including the improvements it recommends for West Seattle’s only off-leash park, Westcrest Park in Highland Park.
P.S. If you can’t make it to the public hearing, you can comment via e-mail – send your thoughts to Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.Gov by October 14th.
On Tuesday, we showed you the first photo mural to go up on the north side of Aura on 35th SW south of Avalon. The management told us another one would be up today, so we just went over to look, and it is:
As noted in yesterday’s story and in a comment today by the SODO firm that treated the historic photos for installation, Grand Image, these 4-story-high installations are based on historic photos – the ferry West Seattle from 1907, and the trolley from 1930 – obtained via the Log House Museum.
With three days to go until the “party with a purpose” that officially kicks off the work of Hate-Free Delridge – born from community concern following the hate crime targeting a Pigeon Point family – the group has another announcement: A vigil next month. From Stu Hennessey on behalf of HFD:
Hate-Free Delridge is calling for a “Stand Against Hate/Candlelight Vigil” on October 15th at 6 pm. The vigil will take place at the Alki Statue of Liberty (Alki Ave. SW and 61st Ave. SW).
This is an opportunity for those who feel our local and national dynamics have drifted toward a pattern of hate as a rationalization for actions by government or citizens. Most do not feel they have a voice to reject that premise.
If you missed the earlier announcements about this Saturday’s event, it’s at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), doors open at 4, free dinner at 5, gathering continues until 8 pm, all welcome.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
12:23 PM: Thanks for the tips – if you’re seeing police in North Delridge (we’ve heard 26th SW/SW Graham and the 5900 block of Delridge Way, as well as points west), they’re looking for someone they were trying to arrest in connection with a warrant, not a current incident. Apparently the suspect fled as police were moving in. Helicopter involvement too, tipsters are telling us.
12:33 PM: Our crew has arrived in the area and has confirmed the same thing – no info on what kind of warrant (except that it’s for a felony case). The ground search includes a K-9 team.
West Seattle Junction notes:
PARKING-LOT WORK: On an errand this morning, we discovered that the southwestern most free-parking lot is closed today for pavement work.
The work should be done tomorrow, according to Lora Swift, director of the West Seattle Junction Association. If you can’t tell from the photo, this is the lot on 44th SW just north of SW Edmunds.
(AFTERNOON UPDATE: WSJA says the work will be done by 5 pm today.)
COFFEE SHOP SOLD: By the way, Swift – whose position leading the WSJA just became permanent – is out of the coffee-shop business. She has sold Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) after 16 years. You might know its new owners from their other business, Flying Apron, the vegan/gluten-free bakery whose goods have been among Hotwire’s offerings for 6+ years. The coffee-shop name is staying the same.
COFFEE SHOP FOR SALE: Meantime, across the street, Red Cup Espresso (4451 California SW) is up for sale. Co-proprietor Samir Baillie tells WSB, “I have recently accepted another job, and my wife Breanna wants to concentrate on her other growing business, so we are desiring to pass the torch on to another coffee enthusiast! They can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org – please, no walk-in/phone inquiries!” Samir and Breanna bought Red Cup five years ago.
GLOW MEDISPA OPEN HOUSE: After moving to The Junction over the summer, Glow Medispa (4409 California SW) is having an open house tomorrow, 4-8 pm, to officially introduce itself to neighbors and other interested community members. More info here.
(Barred owl, photographed in Lincoln Park by Mark Wangerin)
Lots on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight – here are some of the highlights:
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Second-to-last chance for fresh-picked produce at the farm stand this year, 4-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
SOMALI STORYTIME: 5 pm at High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
‘DOG DAYS’ AT ARBOR HEIGHTS SWIM & TENNIS CLUB: Second day for the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club to raise $ for its teams by inviting dogs to swim after the pool has closed its season for humans. 5-7 pm; details in our calendar listing. (11003 31st SW)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: As previewed last night, the DNDC has invited City Councilmembers to talk with them about district councils’ future. Also on the agenda, ranking Neighborhood Street Fund projects now that SDOT has done its assessment of the community-generated proposals. 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: 7-9 pm, WordsWest kicks off its new season at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) with “Library Lit: It Takes a Community,” featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall & friends. More info in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)
MORE NIGHTLIFE and other listings on our complete calendar – find it here!
–Free coworking continues 9 am-5 pm today, tomorrow, and Friday, just bring your laptop; drop in for an hour or two, or all day. Coworkers range from entrepreneurs to telecommuters – great way to skip the bridge!
–Weekly community meetup noon-1:15 pm today – tour WSOJ while you’re there
–Amateur Standup and Storytelling Night 7-10 pm tonight: “Not entirely sure what to expect
from this one? Neither are we. Bring your standup routine, spoken-word-mind bender, funny story, or improv idea and let’s just see what happens! We will provide drinks and light snacks.”
–Costume Pub Crawl in Morgan Junction Friday night, meet at Office Junction 7:30 pm “dressed up with your favorite funny hat, feather boa, Superhero suit, or just some animal ears.
West Seattle Office Junction is at 6040 California SW.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:57 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.
STADIUM ZONE TODAY: The Mariners play a day game (12:40 pm vs. Toronto).
SUNDAY REMINDER: Seattle Summer Parkways event means parking/traffic changes on Harbor and Alki Avenues all day Sunday – we published the newest info here last night.
7:29 AM: Crash reported at Delridge and Genesee, but the SFD response cleared quickly, so no major injuries.
7:57 AM: No further word on that, nor any other incidents.
WEST SEATTLE GREENWAY SURVEY: If you have a few minutes, the city has a new survey. It was billed as being about helping choose a route for the next West Seattle greenway; we took a quick look and it includes a lot of other questions about transportation and how you use it. The survey starts here.
8:47 AM: Still “normal.” Another bit of transportation-related news:
ART FOR NEW DOWNTOWN WATER TAXI TERMINAL: When Colman Dock is overhauled, Pier 50 – where the West Seattle and Vashon water taxis dock – will be too. Just found this link via Twitter – an artist has been commissioned for a public-art project at the new dock.