West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The task force originally convened to tackle trouble on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry route is now reviewing two draft options for the route’s first schedule change in a long time.
The drafts were unveiled when the Triangle Route Task Force met Wednesday in Fauntleroy, its last meeting until November. It was a joint meeting with members of the route’s three Ferry Advisory Committees, some of whom also are on the task force. The drafts are one of the last steps until a proposed new schedule is goes out for public comment this fall, aimed at finalization by the first of the year and implementation next June.
Ferry system boss Amy Scarton sat in on the start of the meeting; she opened it by thanking everyone for their service. “This route is so unique,” she said, with its own task force “to work on solutions.” She said she had spent an hour earlier in the day with the UW researchers who are studying some issues on the route. She also listed some of the unique factors of the route, from the Southworth growth to the Fauntleroy dock’s renovation needs. “You can’t really find a silver bullet but there are a lot of ideas to throw on the table.”
The presentation was led by WSF service planner Justin Resnick, who said he had joined WSF just four months ago from elsewhere in WSDOT. He noted that the task force had reviewed some individual daypart possibilities in recent months and now he’s “stitched together” some possibilities into full-day options, which he stressed are “in no way set in stone.”
Someone texted us at sunset wondering if that was another movie crew at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, with bright lights and a luxury motor home nearby. Nope – just the setup for an “installation” by three “influencers,” to be open for viewing 8 am-8 pm tomorrow in honor of National Thrift Shop Day. Backstory’s in the preview we published after a PR person pinged us Tuesday.
6:49 PM: The temperature – and air quality – are perfect for getting outside and enjoying some fresh rock ‘n’ roll right now. We’re on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, where the summer’s second-to-last Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show just got under way. As previewed here, tonight’s band is The Service Providers and though it’s a relatively new band, they have deep roots in Seattle rock ‘n’ roll, with ex-Posies and ex-Fastbacks among others. The show’s on until about 8 pm – free; just bring your own chair/blanket, and family/friends/neighbors/whomever, and enjoy the music! They just joked that this is their first all-ages show and first one “by the harsh light of day.” A bit of video:
The Service Providers – including ex-Posies and ex-Fastbacks – onstage now at Summer Concerts @ Hiawatha pic.twitter.com/Mni8hTjZF5
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 17, 2018
They’re about to release a record – go here to find out about that.
ADDED LATE THURSDAY NIGHT: Two more photos:
Next Thursday night, the series finale for this year – Caspar Babypants, always a huge draw! 6:30 pm Thursday, August 23rd.
Thanks for all the texts about the Guardian One helicopter over North Delridge. We hadn’t heard about any corresponding ground activity so started heading that way – and they promptly left. But on Twitter they’ve responded to our mention by saying they were helping find a stolen vehicle that was emitting a LoJack signal. They say SPD is recovering it now.
(Wednesday) someone walked into our driveway and stole our “moped.”
This was a project that my husband and my son have worked on together for the past two years. The value is simply theirs- a father / son project that means something to them; time working on a project. To make this moped work takes some tinkering and may not have much value to anyone else. I suspect it may be quickly dumped. If anyone spots it or it turns up, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, it would mean a lot to us to get it back. It is an old school red Trek Mountain bike that got me through college, “modified “into a moped / scooter.
It’s been reported to police – early tracking number T18010209.
(King County Assessor website photos of 1772, 1774 Alki SW houses to be replaced by 5 townhouses)
Almost two months after the city launched a calendar and website for a new component of the Design Review process known as Early Community Outreach, the first West Seattle project has turned up in the pipeline: 1772 Alki SW, five townhouses planned to replace two houses (at 1772 and 1774), with 8 offstreet-parking spaces.
The new process is intended to formalize something that some developers had been doing and some hadn’t – reaching out to community members before the project design got to the formal comment phase. The Early Community Outreach meeting for this project is set for 10 am Saturday, September 8th, at Alki Community Center (5817 SW Stevens) and is open to all.
SIDE NOTES: If you receive – or have already received – a direct notification about this meeting, please consider letting us know (email@example.com), as we’re interested in seeing how this new process plays out. … Also of note regarding this particular project, it’s next to, but apparently separate from, a similar project, six townhouses replacing two houses at 1778 and 1780 Alki SW, with an application notice in today’s Land Use Information Bulletin.
Still a lot of summer left – with big events ahead, including the 2018 West Seattle Car Show, presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors). It’s happening 10 am-3 pm Saturday, August 25th, in the huge lot on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus. If you have a vehicle to show off, pre-registration is closed but you’re welcome to show up starting at 8 am on show day and sign up on the spot (info’s here). For visitors, admission is free and this year will include:
*City-presented Don’t Drip and Drive inspections
*SSC Automotive Technology students (whose program is supported by show proceeds) will be doing bulb safety checks
*West Seattle Kiwanis will be barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs you can buy for lunch
*Northwest Wine Academy‘s wine garden open for wine and coffee; kids activities will be set up there too
*Adjacent Seattle Chinese Garden will be open for tours
This is the 11th year of the West Seattle Car Show, and WSB is a co-sponsor again this year – see you there!
(Band-tailed Pigeon, photographed in Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WADING POOLS: Open today – but remember, this is the last week for many. Today’s West Seattle pools are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) 11 am-8 pm, EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden) noon-7 pm, and Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander) noon-6:30 pm.
COURTYARD DEDICATION AND FILM SCREENING: Providence Mount St. Vincent dedicates a courtyard in honor of Dyke R. Turner, “the architect whose passion and vision helped bring The Mount’s Intergenerational Learning Center to life.” The event starts with a film screening at 4 pm and continues with the dedication at 5:15 pm, followed by a reception. Details are in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)
BARBECUE AT THE KENNEY: The annual outdoor community barbecue at The Kenney is today, 5:30-7 pm. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: This year’s fifth free show at 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, this week featuring The Service Providers, as previewed here. Presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with co-sponsors including WSB. (Walnut south of Lander)
WHAT ELSE IS UP? Find out any time by checking our complete calendar.
If someone in your family is living with memory loss – you might want to sign up for Camp Momentia, happening next month in West Seattle! Here’s the announcement:
Camp Momentia: A day-camp experience for people living with memory loss and family and friends. Explore, create, and connect at historic Camp Long in West Seattle. Enjoy nature, art-making, storytelling, s’mores, singing around the campfire, and more!
Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16*, 10 am – 3 pm
Registration: Required. One-day registration only. $20 to register, includes lunch. One care partner per participant is welcome free of charge.
Space is limited. Contact Cayce Cheairs by Wednesday, August 29: 206-615-0100, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Sunday is a family-friendly day, welcoming youth over 9 years old free of charge.
Transportation: Optional van transportation is available from Northgate and Rainier CC.
Offered in partnership: Seattle Parks and Recreation, PNA-Greenwood Senior Center, Providence Mount St. Vincent, Senior Center of West Seattle. Sponsored by: Aegis Living on Madison, Aegis Living of West Seattle, and Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle
Momentia is a grassroots movement empowering people with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community. www.momentiaseattle.org
The announcement is from West Seattle High School‘s new volleyball coach Abby West:
West Seattle High School volleyball tryouts will be Monday (8/20), Tuesday (8/21), and
Wednesday (8/22) from 4:30 pm-7:00 pm in the West Seattle High School gymnasium. All interested participants must have a Fall Sports Packet turned in to the high school front office no later than 3 pm on Friday (8/17). If you have any questions, please contact Coach West at email@example.com
Police released photos Wednesday night of four people they describe as “associated with” one of this year’s four remaining unsolved West Seattle murders – the July 20th stabbing death of 34-year-old Mike Abay. From SPD:
Detectives are attempting to identify two men and two women associated with the July 20th fatal stabbing that occurred at 16th Avenue SW and SW Cambridge Street. All four were captured on surveillance cameras in the area of the stabbing.
If you recognize any of the individuals, or have additional information, please call the tip line at 206- 233-5000.
Police did not elaborate on why or how they believe these people are “associated” with the July 20th stabbing. That night, police said, someone called SPD to report a man down in the street, and when they arrived, Mr. Abay was already dead.