West Seattle, Washington
Just in case you wondered … here’s what we found while checking school calendars online.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Harbor School (WSB sponsor)
Holy Family (half day)
Holy Rosary (half day)
Hope Lutheran (half day)
Our Lady of Guadalupe (half day)
Vashon Island School District (except kindergarteners)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Seattle Public Schools (except kindergarten)
Highline Public Schools (except kindergarten)
Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor)
Tilden School (half day; WSB sponsor)
West Seattle Montessori School & Academy
Westside School (WSB sponsor)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Kindergarteners in Vashon Island School District
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Kindergarteners in Seattle Public Schools and Highline Public Schools
Anything to add? Let us know – thank you!
Last Wednesday, we brought you the story of a hit-run crash right outside Fire Station 32 in The Triangle, with an arrest made because a firefighter saw the driver leaving the scene and gave information to police. Today, we got to talk with that firefighter, Felton Tate. He explained that even as he and his colleagues rushed to help the woman injured by the driver, he spotted the suspect’s vehicle:
We don’t know how the 34-year-old victim is doing – her dog was not hurt in the Tuesday night incident, Tate said – but online records show that the 26-year-old driver arrested for suspected DUI and hit-run spent a day and a half in jail before posting bond and being released on Thursday. Meantime – when SFD answered our original inquiry last week, they described Tate as a “new firefighter” just out of probation; that means, we learned today, he’s been a firefighter for a year. Currently he’s assigned to Engine 32, which is based at Station 32 along with three other vehicles and their crews – Ladder 11, Medic 32, and Battalion 7. He explains he wanted to be a firefighter ever since he was a kid, impressed by firefighters who responded to a kitchen fire at his grandma’s house, saying he never forgot how “helpful” they were.
Thanks for the tips about that big police response midblock on California SW between Alaska and Edmunds. We got there just as they were wrapping up. They tell us they were called about a man harassing passersby and people in businesses; when the first officers on the scene made contact with the suspect, he was uncooperative and they called for backup. He is now in custody; no injuries reported.
That’s West Seattle artist Mindi Katzman with the AC/heating tech who came to her home last week. She explains why his visit was a full circle of sorts:
I am in the midst of a renovation at my house in the Morgan Junction.
When the contracting crew, BYD Construction, tore down the stairs, they found the most charming letter tucked away by a previous owner who was doing a little renovating in 1995. I have included the note [and pictures that accompanied it] below.
Flash forward to this past Thursday, when the AC/Heating guy [from Greenwood Heating & AC] showed up to fire up the new system.
It turns out he is the little boy in the picture all grown up, Kalin Helmbrecht, and he used to spend many weekends at the house as a child.
What were the chances of his being the one sent out to test the new system at his grandparents’ former house? They are still around and live in Beverly Park.
Thanks to Mindi for sharing the story! From breaking news to “found this in the attic,” that’s what has made WSB a community-collaborative news publication for 11 years now – here’s how to reach us any time.
Got questions about the upcoming Avalon Way rechannelization/repaving project, but couldn’t get to the recent SDOT open house? You have another chance for Q&A when the Southwest District Council meets on Wednesday – it’s one of three major items on the SWDC agenda. Project communicator Adonis Ducksworth is scheduled to brief the SWDC. Also on the agenda, The Whale Trail‘s Donna Sandstrom, with an update on local orcas (she’s also on the Governor’s Southern Resident Killer Whales Task Force). And on the “announcements” section of the agenda is the proposal to form a council that advocates for the areas that comprise City Council District 1, which has historically had three neighborhood-district councils – Southwest (western West Seattle), Delridge (eastern West Seattle), and part of Greater Duwamish (South Park). All are welcome at the SWDC meeting, which is at 6:30 pm Wednesday (September 5th) at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
A reader texted that while on business in the Luna Park area off Manning this morning, they found empty Amazon packages, possibly evidence of theft. The addresses were for an apartment in the 2200 block of Alki, a house on the 5600 block of 37th SW, and the Amazon Locker outside Jefferson Square Safeway. They called police but absent reports from the theft victims, the calltaker would only refer them to the illegal dumping hotline. So the finder asked us to put out a general package-theft alert.
(Pileated woodpecker, photographed in Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)
The holiday weekend continues! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
CLEAN UP MORGAN JUNCTION: All ages welcome as the Litter League meets up at 9:30 am at the Morgan Junction BECU ATM to fan out and clean up. Just a little time makes a big difference. Bring and wear gloves – everything else supplied. (6540 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction, see what’s fresh! (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
POOLS: Will today’s weather be warm enough for Lincoln Park wading pool to open? We’ll update when Parks decides. Meantime, Colman Pool will be open noon-7 pm as the end of its season nears – today, tomorrow, and next Saturday-Sunday. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
LAST CHANCE TO TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: This is it! Last Sunday afternoon of the season for free tours of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. 1 pm-4 pm, but don’t get there any later than 3:45 pm. (3201 Alki SW)
BYSTANDER INTERVENTION WORKSHOP: 2 pm at Admiral UCC – details in our calendar listing. (4320 SW Hill)
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