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How can the Seattle Public Library better serve you? West Seattle ‘community conversation’ Wednesday with SPL leader Marcellus Turner

Just in case you haven’t seen it already on our calendar or elsewhere: Seattle’s chief librarian Marcellus Turner comes to our neighborhood this week for one of the “community conversations” he’s holding around the city. He will be at Southwest Library 1-2 pm Wednesday (October 3), and the Seattle Public Library announcement says it’s a chance to:

-Tell the chief librarian how the Library can better serve you and your neighborhood

-Learn about innovative services that are meeting changing community needs

-Understand how the Library’s goals and priorities support learning for everyone

-Find out results from a recent patron survey on Library programs and services

Southwest Library is at 9010 35th SW. All welcome; refreshments are planned. (WSB file photo: Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner during a 2017 visit to High Point Library)

How can you help the Southern Resident Killer Whales? Talk about it Tuesday with The Whale Trail

October 1, 2018 8:23 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | Wildlife

(Southern Resident Killer Whale J19, photographed last month in the North Sound by Kersti Muul)

What can you do to help save the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales from extinction? That’s a topic every time The Whale Trail hosts a gathering – and next one is tomorrow (Tuesday, October 2nd) night:

Tuesday October 2nd, 7:00 – 8:30 — Doors open at 6:30
C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
$5 suggested donation at the door; kids free

Celebrate Orca-tober with The Whale Trail! The SRKW will make their seasonal return to local waters this month. Join us to hear updates on the SRKW, Gov. Inslee’s Task Force, and the road ahead on the The Whale Trail! Bring a dessert to share. Hope to see you there!

Whale Trail executive director Donna Sandstrom is a member of the Task Force, which released its draft report a week ago and is taking comments for another week – read the report here; comments are being taken here.

UPDATE: Crash at Roxbury/Olson

6:43 PM: Avoid Roxbury/Olson for a while – a crash is reported to have left a vehicle on its side. It’s on the eastbound side of Roxbury, per dispatch.

7:03 PM: Just checked out the scene. Adding photos. (Top photo is ours; photo above this line was sent by Mel – thanks!) The vehicle is on its side in the median on Roxbury just east of 5th. Traffic is getting by both ways, but slowly.

West Seattle weather: Be ready for ‘breezy’ Tuesday

The predicted wind is not at an alert/warning level, but the National Weather Service wants you to be aware that tomorrow could be “breezy” enough to bring down some tree branches, which ups the risk of power outages. The predicted speed, with the wind switching from south to north, will be 15 to 25 mph, possibly gusting to 35 mph. You know the advice: Charge everything, just in case! (Thanks to @WestSeaWx for the tip.)

UPDATE: Fire call in 10000 block 47th SW

4:11 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a full response to the 10000 block of 47th SW for what’s described as a “room fire.”

4:23 PM: SFD says the fire is out and no injuries are reported. We have just arrived at the scene, which is on the long dead-end stub of 47th south of Fauntleroy.

4:31 PM: 47th is blocked at the scene until SFD clears out but that shouldn’t be long, they tell us. Also: SFD says damage primarily involved a computer desk.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Mural vandalized; burglary arrest; mailbox theft

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports:

MURAL VANDALISM: Two readers report that someone has vandalized the new community-inspired mural at the northeast corner of the Roxhill Elementary at EC Hughes campus. It’s been reported to the school and to Friends of Roxhill, the community group that led the project; we’re checking with them on cleanup/restoration plans.

CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARY: Got some questions today about an early-morning police response to the mixed-use building site under construction at 4532 42nd SW. Police were called to the site after a report of someone seen there after midnight, stealing tools. After a search and what neighbors tell us were loudspeaker warnings (along the lines of come out or they’ll send the K-9 in), officers arrested a 44-year-old man.

MAILBOX THEFT: Chris sent the video of a driver going through mailboxes in Arbor Heights just before 1 am Saturday:

He says the car was a silver 2006 Honda Accord with aftermarket wheels.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Grounds now open

(WSB photos)

Three months ago, we mentioned that a coffee shop to be called West Seattle Grounds was on the way to the former mortgage-broker space at 2141 California SW, next to Mioposto. Now it’s open (thanks to Adam for the tip).

West Seattle Grounds is serving Caffe Umbria coffee, along with baked goods, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and salads. Hours are 5:30 am-8 pm Mondays-Saturdays, 6:30 am-8 pm Sundays.

P.S. As posted in our West Seattle Jobs Offered section, they’re hiring!

TRAFFIC ALERT: Pole problem in Gatewood

October 1, 2018 1:57 pm
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 |   Gatewood | Utilities | West Seattle news

Noticed this while out on an errand: A utility pole knocked sideways on the west side of California SW near Fontanelle in Gatewood. SDOT is on the scene and told us City Light had a crew en route. We didn’t hear the call in real time but the SPD Tweets by Beat log (which you can see on our Crime Watch page, continuously updated) shows a collision reported there this morning; no SFD call, so apparently no injuries.

Talk with local police Wednesday at next Coffee with a Cop

October 1, 2018 12:47 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle police | Westwood

(WSB photo from 2017 Coffee with a Cop)

If you have a concern/question for local police but haven’t been able to get to the regular evening meetings – we just got word that they’ll be at Westwood Village Starbucks (the standalone shop on the east side of the center) this Wednesday (October 3), 1-2:30 pm, for National Coffee with a Cop Day.

ALERT: Health authorities add West Seattle shores to unsafe-shellfish warning

October 1, 2018 11:49 am
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 |   Health | West Seattle news

Announced this morning by King County Public Health:

Paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels along Alki Beach south to the Pierce County line as well as on all Vashon-Maury Island beaches. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed these shores to recreational shellfish harvest.

The closure includes all species of shellfish including clams, geoduck, scallops, mussels, oysters, snails and other invertebrates; the closure does not include crab or shrimp. Crabmeat is not known to contain the PSP toxin, but the guts can contain unsafe levels. To be safe, clean crab thoroughly and discard the guts (“butter”). Working with partners, Public Health – Seattle & King County is posting advisory signs at beaches warning people to not collect shellfish.

Commercial beaches are sampled separately and commercial products should be safe to eat.

Anyone who eats PSP-contaminated shellfish is at risk for illness. PSP poisoning can be life-threatening and is caused by eating shellfish containing this potent neurotoxin. A naturally occurring marine organism produces the toxin. The toxin is not destroyed by cooking or freezing.

A person cannot determine if PSP toxin is present by visual inspection of the water or shellfish. For this reason, the term “red tide” is misleading and inaccurate. PSP can only be detected by laboratory testing.

Symptoms of PSP usually begin 30-60 minutes after eating the contaminated shellfish, but may take several hours. Symptoms are generally mild, and begin with numbness or tingling of the face, arms, and legs. This is followed by headache, dizziness, nausea, and loss of muscle coordination. Sometimes a floating sensation occurs. In cases of severe poisoning, muscle paralysis and respiratory failure occur, and in these cases death may occur in 2 to 25 hours.

If symptoms are mild, call your health care provider or Washington Poison Center (800-222-1222), and Public Health (206-296-4774). If symptoms are severe, call 911 or have someone take you to the emergency room immediately.

Recreational shellfish harvesting can be closed due to rising levels of PSP at any time. Therefore, harvesters are advised to call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the Shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Puget Sound.

6 for your West Seattle Monday

October 1, 2018 10:53 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, as October begins:

PECOS PIT DINE-OUT BENEFIT: 11 am-9 pm, dine at, or take out from, Pecos Pit (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle today/tonight and a portion benefits West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. (4400 35th SW)

HOMEWORK HELP: Volunteers are at High Point Library to assist students, 4-7:30 pm. More info here. (3411 SW Raymond)

COMMUNITY SAFETY GRANTS: The city is seeking to “co-design” community-safety grants and looking for input tonight. 6:30-8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, south classroom. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

PUGET RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: Live in the Puget Ridge area? Join your neighbors to talk about community improvements and issues! 7 pm at Puget Ridge Cohousing. (7020 18th SW)

WEST SEATTLE QUILTERS: The group that put on the recent show at the Senior Center/Sisson Building welcomes all interested quilters to their regular meeting!

Same site for tonight’s meeting, 7 pm. (4217 SW Oregon)

PUB QUIZ: Don’t end the start of the week without some fun. 8 pm pub quiz at Shadowland in The Junction. (4458 California SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … get advance word of big events later in the week, month, and beyond, via our complete calendar!

West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide: Send us your event info!

October 1, 2018 9:43 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Holidays | West Seattle news

As we do every year, we’ll be publishing the West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide page, listing all the special events coming up this month, and they’re starting soon, so we’re working on it sooner than usual! If your organization/business/school/facility/group/etc. is planning something that’s open to the public, please e-mail us the info as soon as you can – just the basic what/when/where details, and a website link if you have one – – thank you!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch, as October begins

October 1, 2018 6:57 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:57 AM: Welcome to October! As the new month and new week begin, no incidents are reported in/from West Seattle.

FERRY CHANGES: Washington State Ferries schedules changed Sunday, and today fares change.

CLOSURES AHEAD: Nothing announced for next weekend (October 6-7). But two Highway 99 closures are planned later this month – here’s the info for planning ahead.