West Seattle, Washington
Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN CAR: From Amy:
My son’s car was stolen on 24th & Holden sometime between 10 pm yesterday and 2 pm today (Thursday 5/10). Blue/green color, 4-door 2000 Honda Civic. License plate AVS9683. Cracked windshield and dented rear bumper. It’s been reported to police and he hopes to recover it, as sentimental-value items were in the trunk. If spotted, please call 911.
SPD incident # 2018-167234.
STOLEN BICYCLE: From Dawn:
Yet again another Cannondale bike was stolen from behind my apartment building. This is the 3rd one ! The U Lock was cut off. I’m getting tired of these thieves in our neighborhood. This is my only means of transportation. We are not allowed to bring our bikes into the building, so I invested in a U-Lock and it didn’t stop the thief or thieves from stealing it. It is a black Cannondale, with the writing Beast from the East on the frame. Please call Dawn @ 206-422-3785. Thank you.
STOLEN PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS: From Fred:
My car was broken into (Tuesday) night in the 1600 block of California Ave SW. Window smashed and black suitcase full of percussion instruments (bells, guiro, claves, drumsticks) stolen. There’s a slight chance that the thief dumped it somewhere once he or she realized that there was nothing of value, and I’d love to have it back. I have reported this information to the police.
P.S. Your next chance to check in with local police is next Tuesday, May 15th, 7 pm, when the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster). Special guest will be talking about transportation safety – SDOT’s Jim Curtin.
Now 36 hours away from the 14th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day this Saturday!
WEATHER: Sunny, 70s
SALES: 320+ – all sizes, all neighborhoods – mapped here
WHO’S SELLING WHAT? Search tips are below the map. For example – search for “tools” and you’ll find 54 sales come up, including #13 at the West Seattle Tool Library (which was launched in 2010 with the help of tools collected on WSCGSD) … search for “toys” and you’ll find 75 sales come up … then there are 114 sales whose listings mention furniture! And a few shorter lists, in addition to the ones we’ve already linked from the map:
#27: 9238 20th Ave SW
#74: 2719 47th Ave SW
#214: 6600 High Point Dr SW
#226: 5914 34th Ave SW
lemonade promised at
#46: 4622 SW Dakota St
#47: 3212 40th Ave SW
#148: 2645 California Ave SW
#244: 3715 SW Rose St
#251: 3911 SW Elmgrove St.
#256: 6016 42nd Ave SW
#331: 10021 42nd Ave SW
and Italian sodas at
#19: 8403 9th Ave SW
Reminder … if you’re shopping, check the map page before you head out Saturday morning because we’re continuing to note last-minute cancellations there. And whether you’re shopping or selling, share photos – cool find? or? – email@example.com, or text to 206-293-6302, or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @westseattleblog.com. More tomorrow!
Seal-pup season is starting, and Seal Sitters Marine Stranding Network is recruiting – and training – volunteers. From Robin Lindsey:
There are still spaces left for Seal Sitters Volunteer Training, Saturday, June 9th, from 10 am-12:30 pm (see details here). Doors open at 9:30. Due to limited seating, RSVP is required at the website link to ensure a seat.
Seal Sitters is always in need of dedicated volunteers to keep marine mammals safe and educate the public. We do encourage children (must be accompanied by adult) to join Seal Sitters and become environmental stewards at a young age. It is empowering for those of all ages to be able to protect marine life and truly make a difference.
Harbor seal pupping season is getting underway in Washington. There are numerous pregnant seals in Central and Puget Sound. Harbor seals are generally born in our area from late June thru early September; however, there has already been a premature birth, so we can expect pups soon. We have had newborn pups in West Seattle as early as June 9th. If you are heading to the outer coast of Washington now and over the next couple of months, you might very well encounter a newborn pup. Always stay back to avoid abandonment and contact the area stranding network (for maps, go here).
To learn in-depth about harbor seal pups and to view a pupping season map, go here.
Here in West Seattle, we never know what kind of activity each season will bring. Wildlife is predictably unpredictable! That’s why Seal Sitters needs predictably reliable volunteers – since each day can bring new challenges, anything from keeping a resting seal pup safe from harm to responding to a stranded whale.
As always, if you see a seal – or other marine mammal – on a West Seattle beach or in trouble offshore, please call Seal Sitters hotline @ 206-905-SEAL (7325). Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network is a partner in NOAA’s West Coast MMSN and responds to reports of ALL marine mammals, dead or alive.
Robin adds that her photo above is “of weaned seal ‘Uno,’ who spent many days onshore in January and February resting near the water taxi.”
Here again is tonight’s map/venue list – with places you’ll find food and drink specials, as well as places with art:
ADDED 6:37 PM: Stop by Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW) and meet artist Heidi Bruns Shank:
The display description explains that her “series ‘Adapting Clarity’ explores individuality of sight and perception.”
7:30 PM: Also in The Junction, Graystone Mortgage in Jefferson Square is featuring art by Chief Sealth International High School students – including Tuvy!
Says the WSAW preview: “The student art … on display represents work from the beginning Drawing/Painting class and the International Baccalaureate Art program.” Between there and WSB HQ, we stopped at Locöl for Graham Vittum, presented by the Bruno B Art Colletif:
Next month’s Art Walk – always the second Thursday – is June 14th.
Another new sign that’s going up in the West Seattle Junction area: Quail Park Memory Care Residences (WSB sponsor). We got a mini-tour this week as the center at 4515 41st SW gets close to accepting its first residences, pending final inspections/certifications.
Having areas with familiar themes and scenes is important at memory-care centers, and in this case, you’ll recognize the scenes from Pike Place Market. Each floor will also have a lounge with an aquarium. There’s also a restful terrace:
Here’s a single room, awaiting its first resident:
The project was certified LEED Silver. There are 48 rooms with a capacity of up to 66 people. If you have questions before they officially open, you can drop by their Discovery Center at 4506 California SW.
2:02 PM: Two days after West Seattle’s first homicide of 2018, no arrest yet in the shooting death of 44-year-old Lorenzo Marr at WS Stadium. That’s according to Seattle Police; we talked with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis before he spoke to today’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting at The Kenney. He said the belief that it wasn’t random is the newest information on the case, and they are continuing to look for a silver Toyota Camry – sightings reported so far have not panned out. Mr. Marr was identified publicly by friends and family last night as they launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover funeral costs. According to the Rainier Beach Track Club – one of two community-center track clubs (along with High Point) there for a meet on Tuesday night – Mr. Marr was a club dad. The shooting happened about 7:30 pm Tuesday in the stadium parking lot; the victim, who police say was shot multiple times, was rushed to Harborview Medical Center but could not be saved. (Photo: Lorenzo Marr Memorial Fund page)
ADDED 3:49 PM: From Seattle Parks this afternoon:
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is deeply saddened by the events that took place on May 8 outside of West Seattle stadium during an SPR youth track meet. Our thoughts are with the families, children, and staff who were present at the stadium.
We are grateful to staff and parents who quickly responded to keep children and families safe and sheltered. Johnnie Williams, Luwam Ogube and Brieah Marino as well as other staff, acted heroically and we cannot thank them enough for their quick judgement and bravery.
We have scheduled a Community Healing Circle with Reverend Harriett Walden on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am-1 pm at Rainier Community Center (Gym #2). We invite all those seeking support to attend.
We are canceling the Lowell Barry track meet that was scheduled for Saturday, May 12.
City Championship track meets will take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 14 & May 15 at Chief Sealth HS Stadium. Monday’s meet is for ages 7-10, and begins at 5:30 pm. Tuesday’s meet is for ages 11-18, and begins at 5:30 pm.
We have reached out to Seattle Police Department to request their presence at both championship meets.
Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, the families and children who were participating, and the SPR staff and volunteers who run the track and field program. Again, we are incredibly grateful to our staff who quickly reacted to keep our kids and families safe during this event, and we will be considering how to offer active shooter training for all youth athletic coaches, volunteers, and staff.
Thanks to Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems in The Junction for the photo – the 7-11 at California/Erskine is finally getting its sign replaced. Particularly if you drive by at night, it has been an odd sight, rows of LEDs atop a pole. We’re not sure how the 7-11 lost its sign this time, but it wasn’t the first time.
A month and a half after 34th District State Senator Sharon Nelson announced she wouldn’t run for re-election, campaign season launched in earnest last night as five hopefuls appeared at the first major candidates’ forum. It made up the bulk of last night’s monthly 34th District Democrats meeting. From left are Lois Schipper, Sofia Aragon, Lem Charleston, Shannon Braddock, and Joe Nguyen. Topics included tax reform, health care, education funding, gun safety, and more. No endorsement vote yet; next week is the official filing week, so we’ll know then who else, if anyone, is jumping into the race.
Topping the list for what’s ahead today/tonight – the May edition of the West Seattle Art Walk. Here’s this quarter’s map/venue list:
Starting at 5 – some venues may vary – and continuing until “late,” you’ll find not only art and artists, you’ll also find some restaurants, bars, and tasting rooms with special deals to support the Art Walk and everybody out participating.
From tonight’s official Art Walk-wide preview, WSB sponsors featuring artists this month: Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW) featuring Elyssa Cichy and Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW) featuring Jessie Summa Russo (and no tasting fees for Art Walk-ers)
Also for your Thursday:
SPD AT WEST SEATTLE CHAMBER: This month’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce lunch features Seattle Police Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis. 11:30 am-1 pm – if you’re not already RSVP’d, check with the Chamber to see if there’s still room. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
SECOND THURSDAY OUT! 50+ LGBTQ group meets at the Senior Center of West Seattle for social hour, dinner, and “share a story.” 6 pm, no RSVP necessary – just be there! (4217 SW Oregon)
AERONAUTICAL TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE: If you’re interested in this South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) program, tonight’s the night to drop in and learn more about it. 6-7 pm – details here. (6000 16th SW)
LOCAL STUDENTS @ PARK BOARD: 6:30 pm, the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners meets at Seattle Parks HQ downtown, with two presentations by local students on the agenda – Annie Means from West Seattle High School talks about recycling, followed by the water-related research of Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) students. (100 Dexter Ave. N.)
AND THERE’S MORE! See it all on our complete calendar.
We have the answer to a popular seasonal question: When is the Tony’s Market produce stand opening for the season? As we explain to those who ask, we usually find out by watching for signs of activity at the 35th/Barton site and pulling over when we see someone. That’s what happened yesterday, and so we were able to ask proprietor Joey Genzale about his plans. He says the stand will soft-open tomorrow (Friday, May 11th), around 9 am.
6:54 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
8:57 AM: In case you missed the story Thursday, we should remind you that Admiral Way between 57th and 59th has repaving planned today/tomorrow.