West Seattle, Washington
10:05 PM: Two crashes affecting traffic right now – one at 36th/Fauntleroy/Avalon, one in the 1600 block of Harbor SW. We’ve heard via scanner that the latter has police routing traffic off Harbor/Alki, up onto California Way/Lane. No other details so far.
10:14 PM: The photo above is from Carolyn Newman, who says southbound traffic is what’s being diverted. Scanner traffic indicates this is a single-vehicle crash, while the other one involved two. No serious injuries reported in either incident.
10:19 PM: Above, another view just texted to us.
8:48 PM: Thanks for the tips – we are told Fauntleroy Way SW is blocked at Dawson because of a police response. It is reported to be a “person in crisis” situation involving a juvenile. We are on our way to find out more. Avoid the area in the meantime.
9:04 PM: Our crew says this is ending and the juvenile is safe. Police tell us the road should reopen within 15 minutes or so.
Tomorrow night, the monthly WordsWest Literary Series event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) has a special start time and a special theme – it’s the annual summer-reading event with a focus on kids, starting at 6 pm, featuring authors Suzanne Selfors and Dana Simpson. Here’s the announcement:
Kick off school’s end and the start of summer reading season with acclaimed authors Suzanne Selfors and Dana Simpson in a magical evening for kids and the adults they bring with them.
Suzanne Selfors is a national best-selling author who writes for kids of all ages. She’s received five Junior Library Guild awards and earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Library Media Connection and Publisher’s Weekly. The Sasquatch Escape won the WA State Book Award and was an Amazon Best Children’s Book. Suzanne’s most recent books are Wedgie and Gizmo vs. the Toof (2018) from Harper Collins/Katherine Tegan Publishers and Spirit Riding Free: Lucky and the Mustangs of Miradero (2017) from DreamWorks/Little Brown. The animated series, Spirit Riding Free, is on Netflix. Though her books can be found all over the world, Suzanne lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest where she hopes it is her destiny to write stories forever after.
Dana Claire Simpson, a native of Gig Harbor, first caught the eyes of devoted comics readers with the internet strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn (originally known as Heavenly Nostrils), which is now syndicated in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There are five book collections: Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Unicorn on a Roll, Unicorn vs. Goblins, Razzle Dazzle Unicorn, and Unicorn Crossing, and a graphic novel, The Magic Storm. Simpson’s books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and have won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. She lives with her husband and her cat in Santa Barbara, California.
The Favorite Poem Project, a vital part of WordsWest’s monthly literary events, invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. On June 20, we welcome the Summer Reading Table and a favorite poem read by Jenny Cole from indie bookstore Page 2 Books.
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw, and this season’s intern/co-curator is Joannie Stangeland. Grant funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.
No admission charge, though – everybody’s welcome!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Ten years, five shops, two kids.
It’s been an eventful decade for Justin Cline and Ann Magyar since they opened the doors of Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center on June 20, 2008 – where their tenth anniversary party is (updated) set for Saturday.
Yes, this level of success and expansion – including more than 200 wholesale outlets around the Northwest – surprised them. “We didn’t have a business plan,” admits Justin, who now spends more time business-running than ice-cream-making.
“We never would have opened if we’d had a business plan!” laughs Ann, wrangling their 15-month-old daughter Ruby as we talk at a table in the original store, which still sports the lemon-lime paint we remember from photographing it pre-opening.
With a variety of Seattle Housing Authority properties in West Seattle, there’s certainly grounds for interest in how the SHA spends its money and time. It currently has a survey going, and whether or not you have a direct SHA connection such as tenancy, the SHA is interested in your answers. You can find it here.
SDOT says today marks the start of its annual Crack Seal Program, which “proactively extends the life of roadways” by filling “cracks in the pavement with a cost-effective low-tack sealant, to reduce the infiltration of surface water. delaying the formation of potholes and other distresses that deteriorate pavement. The annual work helps make for the smoother sailing of bikes, buses, and car wheels, holding pavement together an extra 3-5 years.” The list of scheduled locations citywide includes these five in West Seattle (no specified dates):
🦑 47th Ave SW – from #10203 to #10226
🦑 Halleck Ave SW – from SW College St to 53rd Ave SW
🦑 53rd Ave SW – from Halleck Ave SW to Alki Ave SW
🦑 Marine View Dr SW – from SW Roxbury St to 42nd Ave SW
🦑 2nd Av SW – from 1st Av SW to Highland Parkway SW
SDOT’s announcement adds, “Our crews will move the crack-sealing operation from block to block and reopen the lanes as they are completed. Lanes will close intermittently for 3-4 hours and parking will be restricted. Bus stops and sidewalks will remain open.”
(WSB photo from past Summer Fest Eve – when you can wander in the streets, enjoy music, and more)
The night before West Seattle Summer Fest – this year, that’s Thursday, July 12th – has evolved into a street party all its own, and this year it’s getting bigger. Here’s one way: As usual, it’s also West Seattle Art Walk night, and this year along with the ongoing venues, there’ll be art in – and on – the streets! If you’re an artist, you’re invited to apply to be part of it. Here’s the announcement:
We are looking for artists to take it to the streets and create chalk art for our July 12th edition of the West Seattle Art Walk. We’ll be closing down the street in preparation for Summer Fest, the biggest party of the year! We’ll provide the chalk, the space, and promotion on social media; you will provide your artistic talent. Artists will be drawing on the streets from 6-8 pm.
We will select up to eight artists and close submissions on July 6th with jury-selected artists notified on July 9th. If selected, you may bring up to five original pieces of your art as well as your business cards to display next to your work.
HOW TO APPLY: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, website, two JPEGs of your work and primary social media handle.
Stay tuned for more details of Summer Fest Eve – as well as the festival itself!
This is both a closure and coming-soon tidbit from White Center: CTO, aka “Chinese Takeout,” has closed in the Beer Star/Lil’ Woody’s building at 16th SW/SW 98th – but the space won’t be empty for long. The CTO webpage announces, “Beginning on Monday, June 25th, we will be opening Southside Pizza, featuring whole pies, slices, and pizza joint classics that will have something for the whole family. Chef Manny is bringing his years of working with pizza to White Center and we’re excited about this new beginning.” Southside has menu info (minus pricing) on its in-progress website.
(Anna’s Hummingbird sipping from ‘Hot Lips’ Salvia, photographed by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COLMAN POOL: Second day of the 7-day-a-week schedule for outdoor, saltwater Colman Pool in Lincoln Park, noon-7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WEEKLY FARMSTAND: Fresh produce, 3-7 pm at the Delridge Grocery Coop‘s summer farmstand. (5441 Delridge Way SW)
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE GRADUATION: This year’s SSC graduation is part of the Seattle Colleges combined ceremony at Safeco Field, 4 pm:
Seattle Colleges students from across the district will join for a combined commencement ceremony at Safeco Field. The combined ceremony brings together graduates from all three campuses — South Seattle College, Seattle Central College and North Seattle College. The larger venue allows more family and friends to attend, offers convenient parking and public transportation options, and provides technology and space to support graduates, faculty/staff and guests who have audio, visual, and mobility needs. A Promising Future is this year’s commencement theme, recognizing the promise of our graduates and the work of faculty and staff toward their success. Students, their families and friends, Seattle College employees, and community members are all encouraged to attend.
(1250 1st Ave. S.)
SOUTHWEST SEATTLE YOUTH ALLIANCE CELEBRATION: The alliance invites you to its Celebration of Youth Successes, 5:30-7:30 pm at Southwest Teen Life Center: “Free food, mural exhibit, student-led social-justice projects.” (2801 SW Thistle)
EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:30 pm at High Point Library, come talk about this month’s book, “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. (3411 SW Raymond)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct. Bring your questions and neighborhood concerns to local police. Spotlight guest will bring the latest information on regional drug trends. (2300 SW Webster)
UNPLUGGED! 5-7 pm, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) welcomes acoustic musicians to join in. (5612 California SW)
GOT SOMETHING FOR THE CALENDAR? Send the info to email@example.com – thanks!
9:21 AM: Thanks for the tips about a power outage at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point. It never did show up on the City Light map so we tried calling the school – just got through and they tell us it WAS out but just came back on.
10:12 AM: We asked City Light about the outage. Here’s what Tony White can tell us about it so far:
There was a short outage this morning for some customers in the West Seattle/Delridge area due to a momentary outage on a feeder line coming from the Delridge Substation. It’s possible the outage at Pathfinder K-8 was related to this feeder outage, but not yet confirmed.
Crews have yet to determine the cause of the feeder outage, and are currently investigating to ascertain what happened. When they conclude their investigation of the feeder outage, they will be more informed about the possible cause of the Pathfinder outage. … They are currently walking the lines investigating the feeder outage, which has the potential to affect numerous customers if it were to happen again. When outages occur, City Light’s response prioritizes life safety first, followed by emergency services and then by repairs which will bring the largest number of customers back into service.
7:06 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND: If you’ve missed our early alerts, time to start including this in morning traffic – southbound Highway 99 will close between here and downtown from 9 pm Friday to 6 am Sunday, for tunnel-related work.