West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to John Dexter for the photo, which shows two things of note: First, an aircraft carrier heading outbound – we believe it’s the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – and second, the smoky sunset. The smoke is attributed to fires in B.C. and Siberia (thanks also to @WestSeaWX for noting that).
7:15 PM: We’ve just arrived at 31st SW and SW 106th in Arbor Heights, where we heard via scanner that police were setting up a command post and calling for the mobile precinct, but didn’t hear why, so we headed out to see what we could find out. It’s a “person in crisis” situation but it’s in the process of getting resolved – the person in question is now in custody.
7:23 PM: The lieutenant at the scene tells us that the person is going to be taken to the hospital by private (AMR) ambulance for an evaluation – as is common in “person in crisis” situations – and the police response will be winding down.
4 PM: Just in from Sedro-Woolley – the West Seattle Little League All-Star 12s are state champions, beating Pacific (in their third faceoff) 8-4. Thanks again to Cami MacNamara for the updates, and thanks to Barry J. White for the photo above (added 4:13 pm). Barry adds, “The team now plays as Washington in the Northwest regional. Play begins next weekend in San Bernardino, CA.” More later!
ADDED 4:28 PM: The double play that ended the game:
Thanks for the video (by Stephen Foster)!
ADDED 8:32 PM: More photos/highlights from Barry J. White:
The teams and umpires arrayed for the national anthem.
Tristan Buehring is greeted at home following his three-run homer to right that capped a five-run second inning for Westside.
The players huddle before each at-bat to motivate for hits and runs. It seemed to work. West Seattle scored 60 runs in seven games to easily outpace the tournament field.
Eli Palmer got the start three days after a rough outing against the same Pacific side. He came through in the clutch today, pitching into the fifth inning and giving up three runs on six hits.
Caden Fahy steams to third following Palmer’s double in the bottom of the fifth.
Robbie Foisy reacts to his teammates in the dugout after a two-out double that scored Fahy and Palmer. It put Westside up 8-4 after Pacific had rallied to within a run.
Parker Eley jumps into the arms of Miles Gosztola after third baseman Bobby Trigg started a crisp 5-4-3 double play to end the game. Eley recorded the final five outs to pick up his second save in as many days.
Scenes of delirium on the infield.
Skillful play, camaraderie, and class won Westside a lot of new fans during their runs through the district and state tournaments. West Seattle can be proud of their first representative on the regional stage. Manager Mike Fahy and coaches Sean Eley and Brian Sherick have done a masterful job keeping the kids motivated and focused during their winning run.
And Kathy Powers, WSLL communications, wants to be sure you know the names of all the state-champ players:
Blake Taft, Bobby Trigg, Caden Fahy, Eli Palmer, Jake Daily, Joe Sherick, Matthew Hazlegrove, Matthew Henning, Miles Gosztola, Parker Eley, Robbie Foisy, Simon Vance, Tristan Buehring, Wyatt Glover
Regionals, she tells us, start one week from today – August 5th.
P.S. Thanks to Cami and Kathy for word that this is the first WSLL 12s (Majors) team to win a state championship. This team won the 11s championship last year but that age group does not move on to regional competition – this one does, and it’s a WSLL first.
You have a little more time to go browse at the beach as the 2018 Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored by WSB) continues until 6 pm. More than 80 artists, plus two stages of music:
That’s COCO, performing on the main stage (east of Alki Bathhouse) when we stopped by earlier this afternoon (trivia from fair staff, we’re told the band members all work for Starbucks). Here’s the full music schedule; here’s our preview from earlier this week with the artist/vendor list; here’s our Saturday coverage. You can still catch the shuttle to/from the fair (which is all along the beach boardwalk, Alki Avenue SW between 59th and 64th) until 6:30 – details on the AAF website.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today, both involving broken car windows:
WESTCREST PARK: That photo is from K, who says it happened at Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area today and wants to warn others that “someone is there prowling today.” She adds, “They stole shoes and a few other items.”
SEAVIEW: Lori also sent a photo and report, saying someone shattered her car’s rear window Friday night:
“Not sure what they used, but it made a big hole in the side area. We are in 5600 block of 49th Ave SW. Our car is a 1996 white GEO Prizm.”
The Duwamish Rowing Club reports it was a beautiful day for their 3rd annual Dieter Hotz Regatta. Sarah Blum sent the report and photos from the July 21st event:
Entries from Eastside Prep, Lake Union and Lake Washington clubs rounded out the field with singles, doubles, coxed and coxless quads, plus coxed fours took off about every ten – fifteen minutes to race up the 1000-meter course to cheering crowds in the park overlooking the finish line. There were both youth and master’s races throughout the morning. Rowing on the Duwamish is alive and well!
It was a youth rower from Eastside Prep that took the coveted Boeing trophy for her race in a single scull.
Lake Union Crew took the overall points win for the Dieter Hotz trophy and a good time was had by all.
One of the most exciting races was the coxless quad race between Lake Union and DRC (Duwamish Rowing Club).
As the boats neared the finish line Lake Union was in the lead, the crowd was cheering on the DRC boat and in the sprint they passed the LUC boat by about 8 inches at the finish.
Anyone can learn to row. DRC had learn-to-row classes through June and one of the new rowers, Matt White, raced in the master’s four like a pro. Matt’s daughter is in the youth program at DRC.
Winners of the ECOSS trophy for 2018 was the Lake Union Crew:
The DRC is our area’s only rowing club, based in South Park but also serving West Seattle and other communities along and near the Duwamish River.
With another hot day ahead, Trileigh Tucker‘s photo of young bushtits hoping their mom (at right) will bring them food is also a reminder – keep fresh water out for the birds! Meantime, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights of what’s ahead:
ALKI ART FAIR, SECOND DAY: 10 am-6 pm today, with music on two stages. Booths stretch along the boardwalk/promenade west of Alki Bathhouse; inside, you’ll find a silent auction.
Take the free shuttle to get there – details on the AAF website.
(Alki Avenue SW and 59th-64th SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: In the street in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
SDOT AT THE MARKET: As SDOT collects feedback on a possible Restricted Parking Zone in The Junction, they’ll have a booth at today’s market. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
BREAST EXPRESS: As previewed here, the Pumpspotting bus tour is stopping at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction today, 10 am-2 pm. All welcome to visit! Details in our calendar listing. (4727 44th SW)
WADING POOLS: Sunny, hot weather means they’ll be open today. Your West Seattle wading pools on Sundays: Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Delridge (noon-6:30 pm; Delridge/Genesee)
MANDY ROWDEN: C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) performance by this Austin-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who recently released a new album. (5612 California SW)
It’s becoming a summertime tradition – a Duwamish Waterway Park exhibition by Lucha Libre Volcánica, the Renton-based troupe specializing in Mexican-style masked-wrestling – and the luchadores were there today during the Water Festival.
The performers are usually heroes or villains – during our ringside visit, we saw heroes …
When all was said, done, thrown, and pinned …
… the heroes won. As did the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, sponsor of the Water Festival, which continued into the evening.
West Seattle Outdoor Movies never charge admission – but if you can, bring a few $ for raffle tickets – every week benefits a different nonprofit and brings some cool raffle prizes. Tonight, WestSide Baby is getting the raffle $ and giving away the prizes listed above. We photographed WS Baby’s booth at tonight’s movie outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle:
WS Baby reps were wit reps from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor and tonight’s spotlight sponsor for the movie, “Secret Life of Pets“). Next weekend (August 4th), the Saturday night movie is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”:
Next week’s spotlight nonprofit is the West Seattle Food Bank. We’ll have other details later in the week – just make plans to be outside the Y (3622 SW Snoqualmie) before the movie starts at dusk!
6:03 PM: Now police and fire are at the scene of another shooting incident in southeast West Seattle, with someone found outside the Arrowhead Gardens senior-apartments complex (9200 2nd SW) with what is reported to be a gunshot wound to the arm. No other info yet; we’re headed to that scene.
6:23 PM: As you probably know, this scene is not far from the earlier homicide on 1st Avenue S. Though the victim here does not have life-threatening wounds, a Homicide Unit detective is here, and they will only say they are looking to see whether the two incidents might be related. The victim here, meantime, has two wounds to the arm; he will be taken to the hospital by private (AMR) ambulance.
5:48 PM: Just a reminder if you missed our earlier alerts – northbound Highway 99, including the Alaskan Way Viaduct, is closed right now for the Seafair Torchlight Run. And if you’re looking for an alternate route to/through downtown, remember there are other road closures (primarily 4th Avenue) for the Torchlight Parade, which follows the run. The run course has a must-clear time of 7:30 pm so 99 should start reopening no later than then – we’ll update here when it does.
7:49 PM: The Viaduct is now open again, including the West Seattle Bridge exit to NB 99.
4:05 PM: Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the southeast edge of West Seattle, in the 8400 block of 1st Avenue South, in the industrial zone on the west side of Highway 509 (map). No other details yet.
4:25 PM: SFD tells us the victim was an “adult male.” Other info will come from SPD, which has sent a public-information officer to talk with media, so we hope for a briefing soon. Meantime, note that 1st Avenue S. is closed on both ends of the investigation zone – on the south (photo above), where the street turns into S. Cloverdale, and on the north, by the Shell station that’s at the 509 exit.
5:16 PM: SPD spokesperson Det. Patrick Michaud just briefed media at the scene. He said someone called police to say two men were scuffling; police arrived and found the victim dead. A gray car – no other description – was seen leaving the area. We have the briefing on video and will upload to add here once our crew is back at HQ. (Added – here it is:)
This is West Seattle’s fourth homicide case of the year, after the stabbing deaths of Michael Abay eight days ago in South Delridge and Jonathan Pecina near Luna/Anchor Park in June, and the shooting death of Lorenzo Marr in May at West Seattle Stadium.
3:32 PM: The West Seattle Little League 12-year-old All-Stars bounced back with a victory in their must-win game at Sedro-Woolley, so they’re off to the state championship game tomorrow! The photo and report are from Barry J. White:
Scenes of joy in the Skagit as the West Seattle Little League All Stars hang on for a thrilling 7-6 win over Pacific to advance to the winner-take-all state championship game and a trip to regionals. The two teams meet for the third time in four days tomorrow at Tesarik Field in Sedro-Woolley. Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, today’s game of spectacular defensive plays, hitting stars, and unlikely pitching heroes will live long in memory.
More later! Thanks also to Cami MacNamara for updates via Twitter, including the moment of victory and jubilation that followed:
— Cami MacNamara (@webcami) July 28, 2018
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: Barry’s photos of game highlights:
A Pacific solo home run in the top of the first staked them to an early lead, which was quickly answered by a solo shot from Tristan Buehring in the bottom of the frame. The hit helped ignite offense in the early innings for Westside.
Miles Gosztola (L) worked four innings, allowing two runs and striking out nine. Multiple baserunners and long at-bats ran up his maximum pitch count earlier than desired, and he was replaced by a trio of relievers. Parker Eley (R) was pressed into service to work the the sixth, and he struck out the final hitter to end the game, stranding two runners in scoring position.
Manager Mike Fahy visits the mound to settle down his starter.
Second baseman Joe Sherick makes the defensive gem of the tournament with a diving catch of hot line drive, and from the seat of his pants nails the runner trying to return to second. Pacific had loaded the bases with no outs but came away empty.
Joy at home as Robbie Foisy ends a long at-bat with a solo home run in the fourth. Gosztola would follow with his own long ball later in the inning, giving Westside a 7-2 cushion. They would need all the runs to withstand a late Pacific rally.
UPDATE: As noted in comments, the championship game is at 2 pm Sunday.
What a glorious day at the beach – and the first day of this year’s Alki Art Fair is part of it. As previewed here last night, 89 artists and 11 food vendors (from tamales to Thai) signed up for booths along the boardwalk. And you’ll find the first-ever Emerging Artists spotlight just west of Alki Bathhouse.
Inside the Bathhouse, it’s a benefit silent auction, so don’t miss that. Elsewhere at the fair, you’ll find art of many kinds, including jewelry (one artist makes his from chandelier crystal!), yard art, paintings, pottery, wearable art, stickers …
You’ll also find kids’ activities.
Plus community-partner organizations including Seal Sitters, whose volunteers will be happy to answer your questions about marine mammals. Booths are open until 6 today, 10-6 tomorrow, with music continuing until 9 tonight on the main stage (we’re sponsoring the busker stage toward the west end of the boardwalk; here’s the lineup for both stages).
That’s Levi Graves, first up today on the busker stage (photos added 2:11 pm).
For a third day, dozens of canoes are in West Seattle waters. This time, it’s for the day of racing hosted by the Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club, “Da Grind.” The long-course (12 miles, around Blake Island and back) racers started at about 10:20 am; half an hour after they’re all back, a shorter race begins.
Some canoe clubs come a long way for the annual event!
Announcers and spectators are on the sand east of the Bathhouse – since the boardwalk is busy with the Alki Art Fair (separate update on that shortly).
The winners will be added to this trophy:
(Not familiar with outrigger canoes? Here’s the SOCC’s background page.) Award ceremonies are expected to happen around 3:30 this afternoon.
11:29 AM: Two WSB commenters mentioned that family and friends of Michael Abay, stabbed to death in South Delridge a little over a week ago, planned a car-wash fundraiser near the scene at 16th SW and SW Cambridge. And now a texter has sent word that it’s under way and that Mr. Abay’s family was setting up a benefit barbecue there too. “I happened to stumble on them as they were setting up. I gave the day’s first donation and they gave me a big hug. Don’t know why it brought me to tears!” said the texter. No arrest reported in the case yet. (Photo from Abay family’s GoFundMe page)
2:04 PM: Another texter says the car wash will continue until 4 pm and sent this photo:
We start with three traffic alerts for today/tonight:
TORCHLIGHT PARADE FLOATS: Until 10 am, you might spot them on Harbor Avenue SW en route from Terminal 5 to this afternoon’s pre-parade Fanfest, which is why that stretch has “no parking” signage.
ADMIRAL WAY RAMP CLOSURE: Scheduled through 4 pm, SDOT crews are doing landscaping work that will require closure of the Admiral Way offramp from the westbound West Seattle Bridge.
TORCHLIGHT RUN NB VIADUCT CLOSURE: The northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct will close for tonight’s Torchlight Run. WSDOT says 4:30-7:30; the alert signs say 6-7:30 pm.
And now, your Saturday highlights:
FRIENDS OF ROXHILL NEEDS YOU: 9 am work party at the new playground:
Friends of Roxhill Elementary is hosting what we hope to be a final work day at our new playground at E.C. Hughes on Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m. Wear good shoes and come help us smooth out gravel and other small projects before the last of the wood chips go in. Thank you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
(7740 34th SW)
ALKI ART FAIR, FIRST DAY: 10 am-6 pm today, with music on two stages, continuing to 9 pm on the main stage east of Alki Bathhouse. Booths stretch along the boardwalk/promenade west of the Bathhouse.
-Music schedule here
-Overview and artist/vendor list here
(Alki Avenue SW and 59th-64th SW)
STUFFED CAKES’ CLOSING PARTY: 10 am-3 pm, Stuffed Cakes says goodbye: “We’ll have a face painter, free mini cupcakes (while supplies last), and refreshments so we can THANK YOU for making this the best ride!” (9003 35th SW)
LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Not a mega-low tide, but -1.1 feet at 12:01 pm is low enough that Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-1 pm.
WADING POOLS: Delridge and Hiawatha are both open noon-6:45 pm; Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; and Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. Addresses are on the citywide wading pool/spraypark schedule.
CATIO TOUR: 10 “catios” (outdoor enclosed areas for cats) are being showcased in the noon-4 pm tour, including this one in West Seattle:
You have to buy your ticket online here; you’ll then get a map and other info.
WATER FESTIVAL, FEATURING LUCHA LIBRE: ECOSS presents the Water Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, 1-7 pm, including Lucha Libre Volcanica at 1:30 pm and a lantern launch at 6 pm. Full schedule here. (7900 10th Ave. S.)
WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES – BRING DIAPERS! Outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor): “Secret Life of Pets” is tonight’s movie; WestSide Baby is the spotlight nonprofit and still collecting diapers for the Stuff the Bus drive. Also there: The Macho Burgers food truck. Bring your own chair/blanket and get a spot as early as 6:30 pm; the movie’s at dusk. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)
YES, THERE’S MORE … see our complete calendar!
12:41 AM: The big Seattle Fire response is headed for a report that a truck has crashed into Longfellow Creek near 28th/Yancy. It’s a “rescue extrication” response in case someone has to be freed from the truck. More to come.
12:43 AM: The first units to arrive are saying it appears to be an RV that has crashed.
12:46 AM: SFD says two people have minor injuries but should be able to get themselves out of the vehicle.
12:52 AM: The two are reported to be out of the vehicle, which is reported to be leaking fuel.
1:09 AM: Both are being taken to the hospital. The wrecked RV is partly visible, in the wooded area on the east side of the health club parking lot.
1:33 AM: Just talked to an officer at the scene. He said a tow truck’s been ordered. The man and woman who were in the RV were headed eastbound on Yancy when their brakes went out. They had a dog in the RV too; it’s been taken to a vet to be checked out.
8:57 AM: Just went back to check. The RV was indeed removed.
Debris remain and a couple parking spots are blocked off.
That cake was part of the party tonight at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), where the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association celebrated its first quarter-century with a dinner celebration tonight. (Thanks to member Gail Ann Wodzin for the tip!) Gdynia, a port city in northern Poland, is one of Seattle’s 21 sister cities (here’s a bit of backstory). And of course the dinner featured VIPs:
From left, guest speaker Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe, Gdynia city councilmember Maja Wagner, Gdynia deputy mayor Bartosz Bartoszewicz, Seattle deputy mayor David Moseley, and the association’s president Zbig Konofalski. The Sister City Association has another event coming up in West Seattle – its summer picnic is this Sunday in Lincoln Park.
Though construction is complete at the new Aegis Living of West Seattle (4700 SW Admiral Way; WSB sponsor), a mobile crane was on the site today. Here’s what it was lifting:
That’s a replica of the tugboat Norene, which was the inspiration for the name of Aegis Living founder/CEO Dwayne Clark‘s mother-in-law. Her father had such an inspiring experience working aboard the tug in Puget Sound, he gave that name to his daughter, who is the mother of Dwayne Clark’s wife T Clark. The custom replica was brought in as a centerpiece of the new memory-care/assisted-living center’s Mediterranean theme, to anchor the courtyard on the west side of the complex.
Aegis Living expects its first West Seattle residents to move in soon, with a grand-opening celebration next month, and an open house announced for noon-4 pm August 25th. It’s been almost five years since Aegis Living bought the former Life Care Center site at 47th/Admiral/Waite.
8:45 PM: Thanks again to Barry J. White for the photo and report on today’s game in Sedro-Woolley:
It was equal parts relief and elation as the West Seattle All-Stars rallied for five runs in the fifth and held on for a 5-3 win over Sammamish to stay alive in the 2018 State Tournament in Sedro-Woolley. The win knocks Sammamish out and sets up a rematch with Pacific at 12:00 tomorrow at Tesarik Field. Westside needs to win to set up a winner-take-all game on Sunday.
Barry promises more later – so check back for additions!
ADDED SATURDAY MORNING: Game highlights as promised:
Westside turned to Matthew Henning to keep the season alive and he responded with a strong outing, pitching into the sixth inning as he surrendered two runs while striking out seven. Caden Fahy inherited a bases-loaded jam but limited the damage to pick up the save.
Miles Gosztola prepares to be mobbed by teammates at the plate after his one-out home run in the bottom of the fifth finally got Westside on the board and tied the score. Westside had stranded multiple runners in three of the previous innings.
Jake Daily watches his two-run home run, his second in the last two games, clear the left field fence. Eli Palmer would follow with a solo shot for the third homer of the inning.
The team takes a traditional postgame walk past the stands to salute its supporters.
In and around the Alki Bathhouse, setup is under way for this weekend’s Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored by WSB). We’ve already published the music schedule, and West Seattle’s own PNTA is on site setting up the main stage:
Here’s the overview from fair organizers, including what’s new:
We have 89 artists and 11 food vendors schedule to attend – over half of our artists are returning vendors! For the first time in 2018, the Fair will have an Emerging Artist Booth. We will be featuring 10 first-time Alki Art Fair artists who are just beginning their career. This booth was made possible by a grant we received this year from the Office of Arts and Culture.
Also for the first time, the Fair will have a Children’s Music Time from 10am to 12pm on Sunday morning. We will have children’s musicians at 10 am followed by Brian and Danika Duo (of Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies) at 11 am. The Little Gym of West Seattle will also be setup doing activities during that time. All weekend long we will have our Children’s Art Activities Booth (located right next to the Bathhouse) and our new Fairy Garden (located at the far end of the boardwalk). We hope to see more families come down and enjoy the event!
The Fair will run a FREE shuttle again from the West Seattle Park & Ride to the Fair. The shuttle will run continuously Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. It will pick up under the West Seattle Bridge at the West Seattle Park & Ride. It will go up Admiral Way, stopping at the Metro bus stop on the northwest corner in front of the Chevron station, and then will drop off in front of the Starbucks on Alki Ave. It will reverse this route on the way back to the Park & Ride. This is a great option to avoid circling the neighborhood for somewhere to park!
We received some wonderful donations from local West Seattle businesses for our Silent Auction which is held in the Bathhouse. Many of our artists also donate pieces of their work to the Auction.
We are also incredibly thankful for all of our sponsors this year which include: Full Circle, Getaround, Gutter Helmet, Office of Arts and Culture, Northwest Art & Frame, Renewal by Andersen of Seattle, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Therapeutic Associates of West Seattle, and West Seattle Blog. Our community sponsors are: Seal Sitters, Sea Shepherds, Log House Museum, and Aegis Senior Living.
The Fair goes from 10 am to 6 pm both days, with music until 9 pm on Saturday.
Here’s the full list of artists/vendors (including visiting food vendors).