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4TH OF JULY: Holiday transit notes from Metro and Sound Transit

June 30, 2018 9:53 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

If you haven’t locked in your 4th of July plans yet – here’s how transit plans to handle the holiday:

Revelers celebrating Independence Day this year will be able to ride Link trains until 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 — an hour later than normal. For bus riders, King County Metro will deploy more than 40 extra buses from 10:30 p.m. to midnight as needed on routes serving Seattle Center, Gas Works Park, downtown and light rail stations to help crowds get home. Bus riders should use regularly published timetables and schedules for their routes, and expect possible delays during busy times and when there are crowds.

The last southbound Link train from University of Washington Station will leave at 2 a.m. The last northbound train from Angle Lake Station will leave at 1 a.m. Southbound trains from the UW will operate every 30 minutes starting at midnight. Northbound trains from Angle Lake will operate every 30 minutes starting at 11:30 p.m. The downtown transit tunnel, which will stay open late to accommodate extended light rail service, will close at 2:20 a.m.

Light rail trains will otherwise operate on a Sunday schedule on July 4. Link service will resume normal weekday operating hours on July 5.

Metro will add 250 hours of service, augmenting 20 bus routes that serve large crowds after July 4 festivities, as well as routes that connect with Link light rail. Routes with extra service as needed will include 5, 8, 26, 28, 31, 32, 40, 44, 49, 62, 70, 120, RapidRide A, B, C, D and E lines, and ST Routes 545, 550, and 554. Metro supervisors will monitor crowds during the evening and deploy the extra service where it is needed.

Metro bus customers are reminded that Metro is switching to a simple fare of $2.75 on July 1.

Several ST Express bus routes will not operate on July 4, while other routes will run on a Sunday schedule. Sounder commuter rail service also will not operate on July 4. Except for the extra buses described above, Metro will operate on a normal Sunday/Holiday schedule. More holiday schedule information is available at or

Also of note, the West Seattle Water Taxi is running a Sunday schedule on the 4th.

Remembering Gertrude Manly, 1926-2018

The family of Gertrude E. Manly is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Gertrude Elaine Manly, beloved daughter of William and Mary Agnes Schneider, was called home June 27, 2018, at the age of 91, after a short illness. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Mabel DiCaro (Carl), husband James, longtime companion Geoffrey Warren, and granddaughter Katie Chale.

Born in Ouray, Colorado, in the fall of 1926, she grew up in many places, including Ouray, the Philippine
Islands, and Southern California. As a military wife, Gertrude and family followed James’s Navy career, living in San Diego, Long Beach, Portland, OR. Bremerton, and Guam. Later she raised her family in Kansas and California before settling in West Seattle in the mid-’60s, working for Montgomery Ward, J.C. Penney, and Grange Insurance.

Gertrude enjoyed volunteering with the Boy and Girl Scouts, chaperoning high-school-band trips to Victoria, B.C., and watching parades in the summertime with her family. A real treat was seeing the Rose Parade in Pasadena with her son Bill and his wife Roberta, and a trip to England with her companion Geoffrey. One of her favorite activities was a good home BBQ with family.

Gertrude is survived by her sons Bill (Roberta), Dan (Becky,) daughters Dolly Chale (Jeff), Fran Coy (Karl), eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

In lieu of a service, at Gertrude’s request, family and friends will gather for a celebration of life in her honor.

Memorial gifts are suggested to:
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 1150, Vashon Island, WA 98070
Vashon Island Community Care Center Foundation,
Medic One Foundation,

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

Whales in The Junction! GreenLife @ 2018 West Seattle Summer Fest

June 30, 2018 5:56 pm
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 |   Environment | Sustainable West Seattle | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

Now that West Seattle Summer Fest 2018 is 13 days away – Friday-Sunday, July 13-15, in The Junction – it’s time to start counting down. First up, let’s talk about GreenLife, the sustainability expo/festival-within-a-festival that you’ll find at Summer Fest again this year. From Stu Hennessey:

The GreenLife Festival will focus on the issues surrounding the failing Southern Resident Killer Whale population and the health of the Salish Sea. There are many solvable issues connected to the decline of our local waters, including Puget Sound. We will examine these issues at the Junction Plaza Park location.

Much of the marine wildlife is in decline, (including) the salmon that our Orcas depend on for survival. The 3 days of the festival will be divided into Day 1: What can we as individuals do? Day 2: What is being done with legislation? And Day 3: What solutions are already helping?

This will be very enlightening for the whole family. We will have a virtual reality underwater tour of the Puget Sound with 3D headsets, presented by “Diver Laura” James. There will be a mechanical Orca whale ride for the kids. You will hear a lot about what is being done by our local governments, and on Saturday night, July 14th, we will be showing the movie “DamNation” at the West Seattle Senior Center (Oregon and California). The movie is free and starts at 7 pm. We hope you are concerned about the decline of our native Orcas and will want to learn more about what can be done. The GreenLife Festival is a project of Sustainable West Seattle. Sponsors include Verity Credit Union, Alki Bike and Board, West Seattle Nursery, PCC, West Seattle Electric and Solar, and Waste Management.

And as part of that:

Governor Inslee’s task force on the Southern Resident Orca crisis wants to hear from you. Task force director Stephanie Solien will be coming to the GreenLife Festival on Saturday, July 14th, at 12 noon.

The objective is to present the task force mission and to hear from the public their concerns and comments about the failing status of our iconic Orca population.

Your concern and your comments can have an impact on what the task force will recommend to the Governor for future action.

You can find out more about the task force here; its other members include West Seattleite Donna Sandstrom, founder of The Whale Trail.

UPDATE: Water rescue response at Lowman Beach Park

(Added: WSB photo)

4:05 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a water-rescue response to the 7000 block of Beach Drive SW (Lowman Beach vicinity), including some units to the Don Armeni/Seacrest area, where anyone rescued would be taken. We haven’t yet heard the circumstances of who might need rescuing. More to come.

4:10 PM: Per scanner, the report was that two kayakers are possibly in trouble.

4:12 PM: And now – SFD says it’s found the kayakers, and they’re already out of the water.

4:19 PM: Added a photo – looks like a different type of watercraft; SFD assisted in bringing it up from Lowman Beach. Our crew confirms everyone’s OK.

PHOTOS: ‘Families Belong Together’ march in West Seattle

12:09 PM: That’s just part of the line of demonstrators who marched around High Point Commons Park and then up to and north along 35th. No roads blocked – all on sidewalks. They were planning to turn back to the park after reaching the library. It’s one of many similar rallies/marches around the US today. Photos and video when we are back at HQ.

1:09 PM: A few more photos:

2:31 PM: Panorama from the middle of the march while it was still winding around the park:

Tamsen Spengler sent this photo:

She explained, “The most remarkable thing about today was that the organizers never showed up. This lady just led it on her own with input from us as to where to March. We stayed on public sidewalks. Wish I had gotten this lady’s name!” The original announcement was published via the website, which listed hundreds of marches/rallies around the country; the nearest to West Seattle was held outside the federal detention center in SeaTac.

UPDATE: West Seattle Junction recycling event – and what you need to know if you are bringing documents for shredding

11:20 AM: The recycling/shredding event happening right now in The Junction is a multi-station setup – Goodwill for reusables, Friendly Earth for electronics and metal, plus spots to drop off cardboard and even styrofoam. And then there’s the big hit of the day … shredding.

The truck is almost maxed out and is going to have to leave to get emptied – you can either just leave your shreddables or wait and don’t bring them until noonish. The overall event is on until 1 pm in the WSJA lot off 42nd – use the entrance closest to Oregon.

11:55 AM: Lora Swift from the Junction Association, which is presenting this along with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, just sent word the shredding truck has teturned.

West Seattle Saturday: Recycling/shredding in The Junction; exploring the beach at low tide; marching from a new location; more!

(WSB photo – seen at Lincoln Park during a Friday night walk)

Here’s what’s ahead as your pre-holiday weekend begins:

RECYCLING/SHREDDING EVENT: Gather up your recyclables and your in-need-of-shredding documents and get yourself to the West Seattle Junction‘s east-side parking lot, 9 am-1 pm. Free! Read this first for the info you need before you go. (42nd SW south of SW Oregon)

‘FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER’ MARCH, NEW LOCATION/TIME: As noted here last night, this march has moved to High Point Commons Park, 10 am gathering, 11:30 am marching. (Sylvan/Lanham)

DIAPER DRIVE + DISCOUNT: Gift shop Alair offers you a deal if you bring diapers:

Alair is a dropoff point for the WestSide Baby diaper drive! This weekend only, everyone that brings in diapers or wipes for those in need will receive 25% off any one item in the store. The diapers do not have to be a brand new package- WestSide Baby accepts open packages of diapers that the kiddos outgrew as well.

Alair is open 10 am-7 pm today. (3280 California SW)

GARDEN CENTER SALE: 25 percent off plants at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center today. Open 10 am-3 pm on the north end of campus. (6000 16th SW)

WADING POOLS: We’re awaiting the city’s daily announcement (usually by mid-morning) of whether they’ll be open today. If they are, your West Seattle wading pools today will be Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Hiawatha (noon-6:30 pm; Walnut/Lander)

LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out at Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive) and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) 11:45 am-1:45 pm because the tide is out to -1.4 feet at 12:57 pm.

NORTH DELRIDGE CRIME/SAFETY/POLICE CHAT: 2 pm at Delridge Library, share your thoughts on these topics with Seattle University researchers who are working with SPD on the Microcommunity Policing Plans. Can’t get there? Share feedback here. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

DUWAMISH TRIBE BENEFIT GALA: 4 pm, doors open at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse for the 12th annual gala fundraising dinner and auction. Online ticket sales have ended but you can call to see if tickets are available at the door. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SYML AT EASY STREET: 5 pm acoustic set by SYML at Easy Street Records, free and all ages. (California/Alaska)

THREE BANDS: Star Meets Sea, Racoma, Garden Chat, 8 pm at The Skylark, $8 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)