West Seattle, Washington
Congratulations to two divers from West Seattle who are headed for district-championship competition this Saturday! From Christine Leahy:
Kate Leahy, a junior at Seattle Preparatory School (left), and Lauren Canto, a senior at Bishop Blanchet High School (right), placed 5th and 4th consecutively in the Metro League Division 3A Diving Championships (1 Meter) last Saturday at Juanita Aquatics Center in Kirkland.
Kate is a graduate of Westside School and Lauren graduated from Holy Rosary.
Both divers qualified for and will be competing in the District Diving Championships this Saturday, 11/4, at 9:30 am at Juanita Aquatic Center in Kirkland.
8:19 PM: Thanks to Mark for the tip – SDOT confirms there’s a crash on the West Seattle Bridge. The SFD dispatch is to the eastbound side, parallel with Admiral. SDOT describes it as blocking the right lane, but Mark says he saw, “Multiple cars – some backwards.” So if you’re heading out, heads up. More as we get it.
8:28 PM: The SFD incident log shows the aid car originally assigned to the call was put back into service, which indicates no major injuries.
8:49 PM: SFD has now cleared the scene. Looking at the nearest SDOT camera, it appears SPD is still there. (Lindsay reports on Twitter that the crash bumped out part of the jersey barrier at the center of the bridge.)
9:38 PM: Per scanner, police are still finishing clearing the scene, so you may encounter some temporary stoppages and ramp-blocking until towing (etc.) is complete. SDOT adds via Twitter that they have two different scenes – one closer to Admiral ramp, one closer to Harbor ramp.
9:56 PM: SDOT reports both scenes are now clear.
Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
TRESPASSING: From Annika:
The vacant homes on the corner of Fauntleroy and Brandon have attracted squatters. Unfortunately, we were informed that this has become a problem throughout the area.
The owners of both vacant properties (5251 Fauntleroy Way SW & 3914 SW Brandon St) have been notified and the police have been out multiple times this week. While an arrest was made on Monday evening, there does not seem to be much that be done to deter this.
As concerned neighbors, we will continue to notify the owners or both houses when we see individuals on the properties and will contact the police.
As reported in our community-meeting coverage, vacant homes are indeed a problem throughout the city. Police have to have permission from their owners to “trespass” people found squatting, so in some cases, they have been able to get that permission in advance so it doesn’t have to be sought anew every time. Meantime, we checked city files for the addresses, wondering about the sites’ future; both have redevelopment proposals on file – 5251 Fauntleroy, for three-unit rowhouse and two single-family houses, and 3914 Brandon for a six-unit rowhouse.
FOUND BICYCLE: Carmine spotted this bike at Lincoln Park:
DRIVER ON BICYCLE PATH: Yesterday on Reddit, a member reported seeing someone driving a car on the Alki Trail, pursuing a bicyclist with whom they had just had some kind of confrontation. The member reported having recorded it on video, and then posted it in a separate thread today. Caveat: It is shot from a distance, and the narration is full of profanities. We invited the witness – who was planning to take their video to police – to contact WSB, but have not heard from them, so we don’t know the status of the case, and all we can do is link to their posts. (Thanks to the people who flagged us to this – we do read the Seattle subreddits regularly but hadn’t seen this until we got the first note about it.)
Three weeks until Thanksgiving but never too soon to plan – and that’s why West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is hosting its annual Holiday Taste event right now. Above, the samples include lots of cheeses … below, locally crafted ice cream from Sweet Lo’s:
And of course, main-course samples:
About 50 vendors this year, Thriftway tells us! Stop in (4201 SW Morgan) before 7 pm to taste for yourself.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 3:22 PM THURSDAY: The afternoon forecast is out and the National Weather Service put the “s-word” back in for late tonight and tomorrow morning – at least, on the highest hills. Possible rain/snow showers after midnight tonight, with the snow level around 500 feet (that’s the highest point in the city, just southwest of High Point, 35th/Myrtle), dropping to around 400 feet tomorrow morning. And SDOT reminds you it has winter-weather maps – both interactive (showing where salting, sanding, plowing has happened) and printable – linked here.
ADDED FRIDAY MORNING: Some snow did fall on the higher hills, as noted in our morning traffic/weather coverage.
Along with shopping at fabulous independent West Seattle bricks-and-mortar businesses this holiday season, you have beaucoup bazaars/art-and-craft sales to visit, starting as soon as this Saturday! We have already received (updated) 14 announcements for the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – and if you have something to sell, four are still accepting vendors, so we’ll start with those:
SALVATION ARMY CRAFT FAIR: 10 am-5 pm Saturday, November 11th, at the Salvation Army center in South Delridge. Booths can be purchased via this link or e-mail Capt. Lisa Barnes at email@example.com. (9050 16th SW)
ALKI MASONIC CENTER HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 am-4 pm Saturday, November 25th. Potential vendors can e-mail Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or use this form. (4736 40th SW)
FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE HOLIDAY MARKET: 4-8 pm Friday, December 1st, and 9 am-3 pm Saturday, December 2nd. Potential vendors can e-mail email@example.com. (9131 California SW)
THE KENNEY HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm Saturday, December 2nd, at The Kenney. Handmade items! Potential vendors can call Danette for more information and to reserve a space, 206-937-2800. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
Other bazaars/fairs we have received notice of, so far:
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART & HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 5-8 pm Friday, November 10th; 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 11th; 11 am-2 pm Sunday, November 12th, at Fauntleroy Church. (9140 California SW)
HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm Saturday, November 11th, at Highland Park Improvement Club, with more than 20 vendors signed up. (1116 SW Holden)
SHOREWOOD HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 11th, at Shorewood Elementary. 60+ vendors, and more – details in our calendar listing. (2725 SW 116th)
THE MOUNT’S BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE: 9 am-4 pm, Friday-Saturday, November 17-18, at Providence Mount St. Vincent – details in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)
TIBBETTS UMC HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: 10 am-2 pm Saturday, November 18th, at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor). Bake sale as well as art, crafts, gift baskets, more. (3940 41st SW)
PEACE LUTHERAN HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: Arts and crafts, silent auction with themed baskets, fair trade/global gifts, bake sale at Peace Lutheran Church … 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 18th, and noon-3 pm Sunday, November 19th. (39th SW/SW Thistle)
ARROWHEAD GARDENS HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 18th – details in our calendar listing. (9200 2nd SW)
Having a bazaar, art/craft fair, or other holiday-related sale this season, but haven’t sent us info yet? Please do that as soon as you can! Nothing fancy needed, no graphic/poster, no attachment, just write the basics in the body of your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
As mentioned in our coverage of last night’s Southwest District Council meeting, Sound Transit reps will be in West Seattle in two weeks for a presentation and Q&A about where the light-rail project stands. We’ve just confirmed with ST that the meeting is set for 6:30 pm Wednesday, November 15th, at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon). Though the line to West Seattle is not scheduled to start running until 2030, planning is under way, and this is the time to get your comments in. The Junction Neighborhood Organization notes, “This is a great opportunity for the community to voice their support for an underground light rail station at the West Seattle Alaska Junction.”
In case you didn’t happen to be looking at the view across Elliott Bay last night – thanks to Carolyn Newman for the photo. The Russell Investments Building, famous for putting “12” in lights in honor of the Seahawks and their fans, had one for Sounders FC, hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps for a playoff match tonight. The theme: “Born in ’74” (founding year of the original Sounders team, part of the North American Soccer League). According to this mention on the Sounders FC website, the lights will be up tonight too (the game’s at 7 pm).
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
CONSTRUCTION STORY TIME: 11:30 am at the High Point Library, which is close to the only construction site in West Seattle that has a tower crane – though probably not for long, as it looks to have topped out. Construction workers read to the kids! (35th SW/SW Raymond)
THRIFTWAY’S HOLIDAY TASTE: Always a hot ticket. Actually, no ticket required – it’s free to go sample the annual West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) Holiday Taste, 4-7 pm, to get ideas for your holiday celebrations. (4201 SW Morgan)
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS @ MISSION: At Mission Cantina in The Admiral District: “Light a candle at our ofrenda (altar) to honor departed loved ones. Pig roast & drink specials start @ 4:00 pm, Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana @ 7:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information, see our website.” (2325 California SW)
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS @ WHITE CENTER LIBRARY: Sugar Skull Decoration at White Center Library, 4-5:30 pm:
Learn how to decorate a pre-molded sugar skull, the making of ‘papel picado and a small banner in honor to a loved one. A significance of the Altar will be discussed, where sugar skulls play an important part, among others elements such as: marigolds, candles, photos, pan de muerto, etc. Class will be illustrated with books, photos and colorful memorabilia about Dia de los Muertos.
(1409 SW 107th)
ALKI ELEMENTARY PTA: 6:30 pm meeting. (3010 59th SW)
‘WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS’: What do you get when you blend The Bard with The Force? See for yourself in the West Seattle High School Theater as the new WSHS production debuts tonight at 7:30 pm. (3000 California SW)
‘GHOST GAME XI: BEYOND THE VEIL’: While no longer available online, this page for The Cabiri‘s show suggests tickets might remain for tonight’s show, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
‘THE NANCE’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest Playhouse, “a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque,” directed by AW artistic director Mathew Wright. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)
Thanksgiving is three weeks from today and it’s time to start talking holidays. If you haven’t already seen the listing in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, this year will be the 19th for the free, open-to-all Thanksgiving dinner at The Hall at Fauntleroy. It’s a chance to give as well as receive, as explained in the announcement:
Expect a full sit-down meal, from salad to unlimited trips to the dessert bar. Hours will be noon to 3 pm, with seating whenever you arrive.
This meal is for all comers. If cooking is too much for you this year or your plans change at the last minute, come. Many guests arrange to meet friends or family members there.
A feature of this dinner in the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California Ave. SW) is the giveaway table for guests in need. Donations of kids clothing are encouraged, with an emphasis this year on new socks (any size) and blankets. Pies, cookies, and other desserts are especially welcome.
Bring donations to The Hall at Fauntleroy on Thanksgiving 10 am – 1 pm or call 206-932-1059 to arrange your drop-off the afternoon before.
P.S. If you have a holiday-season event to announce, please send us the information as soon as you can (email@example.com – plain text in the body of your e-mail) so we can get it into the calendar and the forthcoming WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – thank you!
7:06 AM: The city’s cameras are back. Meantime, SFD has just been dispatched to a two-car crash reported on the left side of NB 99 just north of the West Seattle Bridge.
7:13 AM: SDOT says the crash is blocking the left lane. Via scanner, SFD says the scene is about half a mile north of the bridge.
7:18 AM SDOT says 2 lanes are blocked.
7:36 AM: Crash scene cleared.
9:43 AM: Multiple-vehicle crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge at the high rise.