West Seattle, Washington
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
WESTWOOD SEARCH: Thanks for the texts. Just northeast of Westwood Village, the King County Sheriff’s Office search is related to this car:
Deputies tell us they tried to pull it over and the driver wouldn’t stop. Finally he pulled over, got out and bolted. The description: White man, white T-shirt, possibly a scrape-type injury to the head, and “lips” tattooed on his neck. If you think you see/have seen him, call 911.
(added) And yes, this is why the Guardian One helicopter is/was in the area.
(8:53 PM) Commenters say the suspect was caught. (Texted photo added)
We’re headed back to see what we can verify.
(9:05 PM) We talked with SPD officers who originally responded to back up KCSO. They arrested the suspect after their K-9 found him in blackberries near 23rd/Trenton. He’s been turned iver to KCSO.
(Back to original report) Also tonight, another dumped, likely stolen bicycle:
BICYCLE FOUND: Marci says this bicycle turned up on Aikins SW, which is upslope from Beach Drive, and no one in the neighborhood recognizes it. Let us know if you know whose it is.
7:02 PM: Until 8 pm, Caspar Babypants is onstage – with and without photobombing fans like the one above! – on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center. Again this year, his bouncy kindie-rock is closing out the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series – this is the sixth of this year’s six free Thursday night concerts.
ADDED 10:26 PM: More of the fun – first, video. “Pushy the Tug” is a West Seattle song if we ever heard one:
Before the show, the concert series’ new organizers Stephanie Jordan and Josephine Davis (wrapping up their first season) conferred with Mr. Babypants:
Leslie and Christi from Dream Dinners-West Seattle, a series co-sponsor as well as longtime WSB sponsor, were there to let the many families in attendance know about their service:
Hey, look! Towering over the crowd, it’s CB:
At his feet, many young fans:
No moshing, though:
That’s it for this year’s series, but we cover the Admiral Neighborhood Association – which has presented the annual concert series every summer since 2009 – throughout the year, so watch our reports for updates on planning for next year.
Announced late today by Seattle City Light – work that will close the eastbound bridge ramp to NB 99 for about five hours tonight, starting at 9 pm:
A little over two months until this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (co-sponsored by WSB), and the menu of competitors in the Chili Cookoff is already filling up! Five spots remain as of the announcement sent this afternoon by Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association:
The Junction Association is sponsoring a fundraiser for the West Seattle Food Bank at our 6th Annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 29th.
Our neighborhood restaurants will bring their best pot of chili and compete for bragging rights of Best Chili at Harvest Festival – 2017. It’s free for restaurants or caterers to enter.
The West Seattle public will vote by buying a flight of chili and choosing their favorite!
100% of the donations collected will go to the West Seattle Food Bank to help our community.
Some logistics and rules to enter. Participants must:
*Be a West Seattle business or caterer.
*Bring three gallons of hot chili made in a commercial kitchen in a commercial container.
*Provide a chili server who has a current Food Handlers Card.
*Be ready to serve at 11am! With 3 gallons of chili, we’ll be able to serve about 150 flights and the competition will probably be done by 1pm.
We’ll provide everything else: tasting spoons, trays, napkins, individual chili containers, voting forms, warmers (thanks, Jack Miller).
To register … complete the Harvest Festival registration form.
Deadline Friday, October 6th – HURRY, though, we only have five spots remaining!
P.S. Even if you’re not a chili creator (or you are, but you’re not a restaurateur or caterer), there are other ways to be part of the Harvest Festival – check them out here!
Sorry for the same-day notice – we had been asking about this, but just got word today: The first meeting of the city’s new Community Involvement Commission is tonight at City Hall downtown. This is the group whose formation was announced by Mayor Murray more than a year ago in his plan to “replace the District Council system.” Its appointed members are listed here; representing West Seattle/South Park is Jeniffer Calleja, who’s profiled here. The commission meeting is open to the public, 6 pm in the Boards and Commissions Room on the lower level at City Hall (600 4th Avenue); see the agenda here.
P.S. While no longer receiving the previous ~$500/year city funding, West Seattle’s two district councils are still alive and well and continuing as independent groups composed of reps from smaller organizations such as community councils and nonprofits. The Southwest District Council meets first Wednesdays, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building; the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meets third Wednesdays, 7 pm, next location TBA.
Last spring, Metro launched two surveys about simplifying fares. The second one asked about two options. Today, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the County Council will be asked to approve one of those options – a $2.75 flat fare. That would be a fare reduction for some riders. Otherwise, the announcement notes:
An estimated 35 percent of Metro boardings take place during off-peak hours, and those passengers would pay 25 cents more.
21 percent of off-peak riders pay full adult fares without any subsidy or employer-sponsored pass.
14 percent of off-peak riders use employer or organization-sponsored transit passes.
About 31 percent of Metro riders qualify for ORCA Lift, youth, senior and disabled fares. They would see no change.
The ordinance would include additional funding to help passengers who earn very low incomes not covered by ORCA Lift and passengers least able to pay during off-peak hours:
-Increased funding for the Human Services Ticket Program, from $3.6 million to $4 million, to offset higher cost for social service agencies that distribute discount tickets. Forty-four percent of tickets sold through the program are for off-peak trips.
-Working with ORCA partners to reduce fees for adult and youth ORCA cards and eliminate the $3 card fee for seniors and people with disabilities.
-Continuing to work with schools, colleges and universities to enhance fare programs for students.
The announcement says the soonest this could take effect is July of next year. Here’s more background on the process that led up to this proposal.
Just announced by the city – a round of Neighborhood Matching Fund grants that includes three projects in West Seattle:
$100,000 to Gatewood Elementary School PTA to rebuild the existing one-half acre grassy field area within the playground. Improvements are based upon the Master Plan and full construction documents created with community input. The physical improvements will occur this fall. (Community match: $78,185)
$60,000 to Delridge Neighborhood Development Association to organize the Delridge Neighborhoods Let’s Talk Race Series. The 12 events will use film, dialogue, restorative justice, and storytelling to transform the narrative around institutional and historic racism and build stronger relationships between community organizations, individuals, and groups. (Community match: $47,860)
$27,500 to Longfellow Creek Neighborhood Path for 24th Ave SW to create a more intentional Longfellow Creek Trail connection along 24th Ave SW between SW Willow St. and SW Graham St. This project will coordinate with a design project by the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group to reduce flooding, improve drainage, and restore habitat along Longfellow Creek. (Community match: $27,047)
The grants are from what is now called the Community Partnership Fund, the larger of two NMF grants the city offers. Meantime, the fund’s citywide grants also included one for South Park:
$50,000 to Sea-Mar Community Health Center to produce Fiestas Patrias, a free 2-day cultural festival which provides opportunities for the community to come together to celebrate Latin American arts, culture and heritage through music, dance, food and more. (Community match: $29,500)
Fiestas Patrias includes a parade, festival, and health fair in South Park on Saturday, September 16th, and Sea-Mar is inviting parade participation – here’s their post in the WSB Forums.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The Camp Second Chance residents who gathered Wednesday afternoon to hear from city reps and their future fiscal agent/operator had one main question:
Will they be allowed to keep their self-imposed rules under new management – particularly, no drugs and alcohol?
They did not get an immediate commitment from Sharon Lee of the Low-Income Housing Institute, which is expected to assume the city contract that is currently held by Patacara Community Services, withdrawing from its management of the city-sanctioned camp after questions about the status of privately donated money, as first reported here last Friday.
At multiple times during Wednesday’s meeting, held under a canopy on the camp’s fenced site at the city-owned Myers Way Parcels, Lee said it was too soon for her to be able to say how things will work once her organization takes over, expected to happen at the start of September.
But the rule is imperative for the camp’s survival, she was told.
On this morning, we look back at what Mark from Gatewood – who shared the photo above – called “a stunner of a sunset.” A few items down, it’s JayDee‘s view from Upper Alki, including the moonset. Will we see the sun today? Forecast suggests it’ll be back. Here’s what else is ahead:
ACTIVE DADS’ PLAYGROUP: 10 am-noon Thursdays at Neighborhood House High Point. Free, open to the public, babies welcome too. (6400 SW Sylvan Way)
WADING POOL AND SPRAYPARK UPDATE: The only West Seattle wading pool still open for the season is Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way), but (UPDATE – 9:50 AM) it’s closed today because of the weather. However, Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open.
WEST SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ‘AFTER HOURS’: This month’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce mixer is at Brookdale West Seattle, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free to members, $10 nonmembers. Info in our calendar listing. (4611 35th SW)
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA FINALE: 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series – presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with co-sponsors including WSB – wraps with Caspar Babypants. What? Haven’t seen him before? From the announcement:
Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants’ alter ego) is also well known as the singer of The Presidents of the United States of America. How does someone transform from mega rock star to children’s songwriter? In 2002, Ballew lent his talents to “PEPS Sing A Long,” an album of traditional children’s songs supporting the nonprofit Program for Early Parent Support. Later, he was inspired by the work of his wife (collage artist Kate Endle) to make music that “sounded like her art looked”. Ballew began writing original songs; his first album “HERE I AM!” was released in 2009 and he began performing as Caspar Babypants the same year. Since then, he manages his own label and produces and masters his albums himself.
Ballew describes his show: “Caspar Babypants sings songs for parents and kids ages 0-6 with a catchy simple sing along good time folk acoustic country rock and roll feel that will make you smile and dance at the same time.” He takes great care to ensure that the music is wonderful, but also that noise levels are appropriate for very small children and babies.
Free! Bring your own chair/blanket. The weather‘s supposed to get better by then, too. (Walnut/Lander)
PROUD & NASTY: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
7:11 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/near West Seattle so far.
WEEKEND REMINDER: Remember that the Cosmo 7K/5K is this Sunday morning (August 27th) along Alki Avenue SW, so be aware of parking restrictions/road closures.
8:16 AM: Crash reported on the eastbound bridge at the exit to NB I-5.
8:52 AM: SDOT says the incident is no longer blocking the ramp – just one lane from the bridge to Columbian Way.
Kersti Muul sent that photo of what she identified as a two-foot-long Atlantic salmon, caught tonight at Seacrest Pier in West Seattle. She wondered about the timing, given that it turned up days after thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon escaped from a collapsed pen in the North Sound. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release about the situation says there’s no size or catch limit for Atlantic salmon, as long as you’re fishing in an area where it’s already open for Pacific salmon, among other caveats – here’s the latest info on salmon fishing in Elliott Bay.
Here’s a state-produced page showing how to identify Atlantic salmon. The North Sound pen collapse has rekindled long-running concerns about farming them in Northwest waters; as summarized by WDFW: “Potential impacts by escaped Atlantic salmon include competition, predation, disease transfer, hybridization, and colonization.
If you know a family in need, with one or more kids who don’t have a bed, Beds for Kids might be able to help. They’re accepting referrals as well as donations, and will be distributing beds next month. The flyer above was forwarded to us by Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge; you can also see it here (PDF). The Beds for Kids program involves the nonprofit Seattle Police Foundation and business sponsors as well as SPD.
Just as we were headed over to Arbor Heights to find out why police were searching for someone, we got word they had found the suspect they were seeking. Police at the scene tell us the call started as a report of possible domestic violence, and as they arrived, the suspect took off running. They found him, with the help of a police K-9, near 37th SW and SW 97th. We’re told the suspect has an arrest warrant in an unrelated case, so he’s being taken into custody in connection with that, for starters. No injuries in the original call, so far are we know.
Two weeks after our last update on the track resurfacing at West Seattle Stadium, we have new views courtesy of Mark, who says the project reached a milestone this week – the new track’s being laid down.
Parks says the $950,000 project should be complete in “early September.”
After our friends at Beach Drive Blog published a report of a warning sign on the beach at Cormorant Cove Park, in the 3600-3700 block of Beach Drive, we started checking around with public agencies today. From Andy Ryan at Seattle Public Utilities:
Yesterday (8/22), SPU responded to a report of an active side sewer leak, at 3601 Beach Drive SW. We contacted the property manager, who was unaware of the leak, and who then called the plumber to arrange for repairs. SPU’s inspector posted beach-closed signs and reported the leak to: the state Department of Ecology; Public Health — Seattle & King County – King County; the state Department of Health and Seattle Parks. SPU will coordinate with the property management to ensure the repair is completed and, as advised by Public Health — Seattle & King County – King County, will begin to take water quality samples after the leak is stopped.
2:56 PM: Sorry this took a while, and thanks for all the calls and texts about the helicopter search in the High Point area. We finally found police on the ground to ask – on our second trip to the precinct: A medic call just before 2 pm near Neighborhood House High Point was for a pedestrian hit by a hit-run driver. Police were looking for what was described as a male driver in a silver SUV. Hasn’t been found yet. The victim was not seriously hurt, so far as we know – they weren’t transported by Seattle Fire medic unit – but we’re confirming with SFD.
5:16 PM: SFD says the victim was a boy, “approximately” 13, taken to the hospital by private ambulance in stable condition.
The newest reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN CAR: Deborah hopes you can be on the lookout:
Our 1998 black Honda CRV was stolen last night in front of our home on 48th Ave. SW just off Admiral Way. License AMS 2778 . This has been reported to police but if anyone sees it, please call us … Thank you.
(8/25 UPDATE: The car’s been found; phone number has been removed.)
THEFT OR COLLISION? Libby wondered if a damaged car that appeared Tuesday between 37th and 38th on Juneau was stolen and dumped. (We note that it also could have been damaged in a crash.) She says it’s “an older model – mid to late ’90s – Honda Accord station wagon … dark gray or black with a at least 2 flat tires and front passenger damage around the wheel well. WA License # AYS9288.” She’s reported it to police.
BICYCLE THEFT ON VIDEO: Sent by Nels:
Nels elaborates: “Schwinn, dark green and gold two tone. Tattered seat. Taken (Tuesday) on Thistle in the mid 20’s blocks. This bike also has a bright blue rear brake cable. (The person shown in the video) is wearing a Harley X tee-shirt over white logo on front. Hair cut short on sides over ears; longer on top.” We don’t have the police report # yet but you can reach Nels at 206-643-5040.
Meantime, what might be parts of stolen bicycles have turned up:
BIKE FRAMES DUMPED: Al sent this photo:
He says this stack of bicycle frames turned up a few days ago on the Spokane Street pedestrian bridge “east of Harbor Avenue.” Elsebeth also sent us a note today that we believe refers to the same pile.
Next item was found at Hiawatha, so it might really just have been lost rather than stolen, but in case you haven’t seen it in the WSB Forums‘ Non-Pets Lost and Found section:
FOUND – KIDS’ BACKPACK: The listing is here.
HIT BY PACKAGE THIEVES? A recent victim whose case was featured here says she got some revenge and suggests others might try the same thing:
Recently, I had a box of diapers stolen from my front door during the night. I thought through all the options of what to do. The blog was kind enough to post my loss. It’s then that I saw how many other people this happens to on a weekly basis and that really made me mad. It seemed like no matter if you have a camera, description, license plate, it’s useless. So, I decided to send the thieves a message. When I received my replacement box, I took out the contents and then filled the box with trash and resealed it and left it on my doorstep. Two nights later, it had been stolen. This time, I was happy about it. If we all send a similar message, perhaps we will as a community be left alone. It’s worth a shot.
Three weeks ago, SDOT said it was going ahead with the plan to convert 59th/Admiral to an all-way-stop intersection, with the first phase of work to be done before school started. Since that’s just two weeks away, we asked SDOT’s Dawn Schellenberg for an update on the timeline. She tells WSB today that the stop signs will be installed next Monday or Tuesday, and once they’re in, the pedestrian signal at the intersection will be set to flashing red. The plan from there is what was announced in early August – to evaluate how it works for a few months, and if it’s a keeper, to go ahead with phase 2, which includes “decorative painted curb extensions, a relocation of the westbound bus stop, and a red flashing all-way stop beacon.”
(WSB file photo from past CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search)
Imagine your dog on a magazine cover. Every year, local dogs get to compete for a chance, thanks to CityDog Magazine, whose West Seattle-based founder Brandie Ahlgren shares the tail-wagging news about what’s happening this Saturday:
Unleash your dog’s inner supermodel at the 12th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. Big dogs, little dogs, young dogs, old dogs… ALL dogs are welcome to ‘walk the catwalk’ for the chance to be on the cover of CityDog Magazine. And, because CityDog thinks all dogs are supermodels, each and every canine contestant will get their photo in the magazine!
It’s part of the West Seattle Thriftway Dog Days of Summer: Saturday, August 26, 2017, from noon to 2 p.m.; $10 per dog to benefit the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic. Simply come by the CityDog booth at West Seattle Thriftway any time between noon and 2 and we will take your pooch’s picture for the magazine as well as for the chance to be on the cover! All proceeds go to a great cause, the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic (if you would like to bring food, bedding and supplies to donate to Doney, please do…every bit helps)!
If you’ve brought your dog to this in the past – note that while it’s historically been on a Sunday, this year, it’s on Saturday. (West Seattle Thriftway, a WSB sponsor, is at 4201 SW Morgan.)
(Black Turnstone, photographed at Duwamish Head by Mark Wangerin)
Some of what’s ahead for the rest of your Wednesday:
WADING POOL AND SPRAYPARK: The only wading pool still open for the season is Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way); it’s open 11 am-8 pm today, as is Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), both open daily through Labor Day.
BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Library, bring your up-to-one-year-old wee one(s) for a fun half-hour. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Monthly group meets 3-4:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: You can buy vegetables and fruit, steps away from where it was grown, 4-7 pm at the weekly High Point Market Garden Farm Stand. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
‘HEALTHY FAMILIES’ EVENT: At Neighborhood House High Point, 5-7 pm, free!
*30+ vendors sharing information about healthy resources in the community, plus free food and snacks.
*There will be a field day in the park with a remote control race-car relay race
*A Woodland Park Zoo ambassador animal
*“Minute to win it” challenges
*We will be giving away backpacks for youth
*Free blood and glucose testing for adults
*Support to help families with health insurance enrollment
(6400 SW Sylvan Way)
JOE ROSS AND THE BIRD WATCHERS: New Orleans-style jazz at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
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Please join us in wishing our Executive Director, Kristina Dahl, well as she transitions into a new position as a high school English teacher. Under Kristina’s leadership, NW Hope & Healing has grown, and more women than ever have been helped with our grants and healing baskets. We are sad to see her leave, but wish her all the best in her new endeavors.
We are excited to announce the selection of Karyn Blasi Hellar as our interim Executive Director. Karyn has served as Board President at NWHH, and is prepared to lead NWHH with enthusiasm, knowledge of the organization and our patients’ needs, and a commitment to our cause.
Karyn will be working with Kristina Dahl to seamlessly transition Executive Director leadership.
Karyn brings a wealth of experience to her new role. While managing breast imaging for Swedish Hospital, First Hill, she was asked to join the NWHH Board where she filled roles on the executive team as Board Chair and Vice Chair. Prior to her tenure at Swedish, for a decade she worked for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where she more recently managed the breast cancer program.
“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with Seattle’s dynamic community in this new capacity,” remarks Karyn. “I am dedicated to supporting and developing NWHH because it provides vital resources to those in need, contributing to this region’s quality of life.”
Kristina’s last day was August 18th. Please join us in wishing her well in her new endeavors, and also in welcoming Karyn to her new role.
As noted here last weekend, NWHH is no longer presenting the Alki Beach 5K, but is the beneficiary for the event that has replaced it, the Cosmo 7K/5K, happening on Alki next Sunday morning.
7:12 AM: We start with a Metro bus cancellation, just tweeted/texted:
Transit Alert – The last Route 37 to downtown Seattle due to leave SW Oregon St & 35 Av SW at 7:10 AM will not operate this morning.
— King County Metro 🚌 (@kcmetrobus) August 23, 2017
No traffic incidents so far.
SUNDAY ALERT: Reminder that the Cosmo 7K/5K is this Sunday morning (August 27th) along Alki Avenue SW, so watch for parking restrictions/road closures.
7:36 AM: Via Twitter, Sue tells us the lane closures for the 4th Avenue S. repaving project just north of the West Seattle Bridge are starting earlier – the right lane has just closed at Lander.
8:16 AM: Metto just sent an update that the aforementioned last 37 “did operate” — about 35 minutes late.
That was the view across a sea of showgoers during last August’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha finale, starring the same performer who’s closing out this year’s series too – Caspar Babypants. Showtime is 6:30 pm this Thursday (August 24th), on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW, but the lawn is along Walnut SW, south of SW Lander). New here? Caspar Babypants is the yellow-T-shirted kindie-rock alter-ego of Seattle rock star Chris Ballew, and his songs not only charm the littlest music fans, they will also likely leave you with an earworm or two, too.
The Admiral Neighborhood Association brings you Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, with the support of community businesses who sponsor the series (including WSB – this is the ninth season, and we’re proud to have been a co-sponsor since the start). The show’s free … just bring your own chair/blanket, a picnic dinner if you feel like it, and come have a great time.