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2 blessing events ahead for West Seattle pets

(WSB photo, 2017 Blessing of the Animals outside St. John’s)

Blessing events for pets and their people are traditional this time of year, around the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, and we have received announcements for two in West Seattle in the days ahead:

THURSDAY: This one is new – Resting Waters (9205 35th SW) invites you to a “blessing of the pets” event tomorrow night, 6:30 pm, including in memory of those you’ve lost. Calendar listing with details is here.

SUNDAY: The traditional “blessing of the animals” presented by St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, in the parking lot next door at West Seattle High School (3000 California SW), 1 pm. Calendar listing with details is here.

CONGRATULATIONS! ‘Player of the Week’ honors for Cyrus Storlie of West Seattle HS

(WSB photo from September: WSHS #2 Cyrus Storlie)

Congratulations to West Seattle High School quarterback Cyrus Storlie, announced today as a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Player of the Week after his performance in the Wildcats’ first win of the season last Friday. From the WIAA announcement: “Storlie controlled the Wildcats to a 51-8 win over Franklin, on 16 of 19 pass(es) for 319 yards and five touchdowns.” WIAA explains the honor as recognition of “varsity athletes who exhibited an outstanding performance for the previous week (based off nominations). All varsity level students in good academic standing at their schools are eligible … Students may win the award once during any given academic year.” This Friday at 7 pm, Storlie and his WSHS teammates are back at home at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), hosting Ingraham.

BIZNOTE: Shug’s Soda Fountain opening ‘mini’ outpost in West Seattle

Thanks for the tips! First we heard a rumor – now a sign is up, and we have confirmation: The West Seattleites who run Shug’s Soda Fountain at Pike Place Market are opening a “mini” version here. We talked today with co-proprietor Colleen Wilkie, who says they’re “excited to be in the neighborhood” since it’s where they live – “we feel we could fit right in.” The space is at 3800 California SW, the north corner at Rally, in one of the live-works that have drawn an eclectic collection of businesses (including WSB sponsor Welcome Road Winery, as well as Olympia Coffee and several retailers) to the outer ring of townhouses on the ex-Charlestown Café site. Colleen says they’ve already become friends with some of the other entrepreneurs in the complex. But now the big question: What will they serve? Ice cream (Lopez Island Creamery is their supplier), with some sundaes (Shug’s makes its own toppings), maybe sodas, hopefully (license pending) champagne floats as they do downtown – they’re hoping to be an all-ages establishment, not just families for ice cream, but grownups out for a treat too – “date night,” ladies’ night out, etc. And coffee (no decision yet on whose coffee they’ll serve on this side of the bay), which means they can offer affogatos too.

Shug’s won’t open in West Seattle until spring/summer next year – Colleen has another project in the works, a baby due in March! – but when they do, they’re planning to be open until 9 nightly.

READER REPORT: Stuck sailboat pulled away from Beach Drive shore

Thanks to Beth for sending the video! She says a rescue operation got the SV Pointless away from Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook on Beach Drive a little while ago. We first mentioned the stuck sailboat on Tuesday; its owners publish Beach Drive Blog and wrote about the situation there.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen bike & trike; car prowler steals sunglasses

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports, and an FYI about newly available data:

STOLEN BICYCLE: Thomas reports this bicycle was stolen Tuesday around 4:30 pm from the 3100 block of Alki SW:

He reports a “white (man) in his 20s with blond hair and blue eyes” was seen cutting the lock and stealing the bicycle. It’s been reported to police.

STOLEN TRIKE: This also happened in the Alki area, 3000 block of 61st SW. Autumn‘s purple Schwinn Meridian adult tricycle was stolen from under a cover in her backyard sometime between Friday night and Saturday afternoon last weekend. A police report is also on file in this case.

CAR PROWL: Yma reports a car break-in in Gatewood, 4100 block of SW Portland, overnight, adding: “Not much of value taken – as we didn’t have much in there. If anyone finds some Rx Sunglasses – those would be nice to have back; they won’t be of any value to the scum that took them.”

NEW SPD DATA: We’ve talked about it in comment discussions over the years – many 911 calls for Seattle Police have nothing to do with crime. Now you can see what all those calls are about, and what areas of the city generate what number of calls, via a new SPD “data dashboard.?+: Here’s the SPD Blotter post announcing it.

Delridge RapidRide H Line: Open house announced

Last time we mentioned the now-set-for-2021 Delridge Route 120/RapidRide H Line transition, an upcoming open house was noted. Today, details were announced – one week from tonight, Wednesday, October 10th, 5:30-7:30 pm. The event announcement from SDOT – which is partnering with Metro on the project going back to when it was under the “Delridge Multimodal Corridor” umbrella, since the transition will also “redesign” much of Delridge – includes:

In the Delridge corridor, we are proposing:

Bus lanes
Landscaped medians
Crosswalk improvements
Protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenway connections
Signal upgrades
Water and sewer pipe upgrades
Spot parking and bike lane removal
Public art

Learn more and give specific feedback about this early design work at our upcoming open house with King County Metro.

Attend our open house: Wednesday, October 10 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Mount View Elementary School
Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room
10811 12th Ave SW, Seattle
*Child care provided

For more information about the open house, please click here to see our postcard.

Stay tuned for an online open house with survey questions if you can’t make the event. Check out our website and keep an eye out for additional email updates from us to learn about additional opportunities to review the preferred option and provide feedback.

If you’re not on the e-mail list already, send a note to We first reported back in July that the H Line launch date had been pushed back to 2021.

FOLLOWUP: Demolition day for Charmann Apartments

We mentioned last month that demolition was ahead for the Charmann Apartments at 5917 California SW, long boarded up after a history of complaints. Thomas, who lives nearby, sent the photo and word that the teardown is under way today. As reported here in February, a redevelopment proposal is in the works for the site – eight townhouses.

West Seattle Wednesday: Meet the chief librarian; talk with police; hear from your city councilmember; walk in the park; more…

(Northern Flicker, yellow-shafted, photographed by Mark Wangerin, who explains that the red-shafted flickers are what we usually see)

Quick reminders about what’s ahead today/tonight:

EMERGENCY TEST MESSAGE: As previewed here, don’t freak out if this shows up on your cell phone at or around 11:18 am.

MEET THE CHIEF LIBRARIAN: 1-2 pm at Southwest Library, meet Seattle Public Library‘s leader Marcellus Turner and talk with him about how SPL can better serve you. (9010 35th SW)

COFFEE WITH A COP: 1-2:30 pm, drop by Westwood Village Starbucks to talk with local police. (9023 25th SW)

ROXHILL PARK WALK: Walk with Sound Steps at 3 pm: “Join your neighbors for a walk on the Longfellow Creek Trail, through Roxhill Park on a .5 mile loop – stop there or continue on for another loop for 1 mile total. Meet at the trail entrance on Barton.”

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARMSTAND: Weekly farmstand open for you to buy organic produce grown where it’s sold, 4 pm-7 pm – closes for the season later this month so don’t miss the chance to check it out! (32nd SW & SW Juneau)

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, with guests including City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Other spotlight topics include Anti-Hate Alaska Junction and a proposed sports complex on Harbor SW. See the agenda here. (4217 SW Oregon)

ALKI ELEMENTARY PTA: Meeting at the school at 6:30 pm. (3010 59th SW)

THAT’S JUST THE START … there’s more on our complete calendar.

UPDATE: House fire on Beach Drive; damage estimated at $275,000

(Added: SFD photos)

6:33 AM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is arriving in the 6700 block of Beach Drive (map).

6:43 AM: Crews report they have “water on the fire,” which SFD says is in the attic, reporting that everyone is safely out of the house.

6:50 AM: Though the fire is reported to be relatively small, two more engines are being sent to keep it from spreading. The fire has just been declared “under control.”

7:01 AM: The fire’s now declared “tapped” and some units are being dismissed. Metro also has sent an alert that Route 37 is rerouted, since this area of Beach Drive has no outlet between the south end of Emma Schmitz Overlook and the north end of Lowman Beach.

7:12 AM: SFD confirms, no injuries. Their investigator has arrived to look into how the fire started.

7:26 AM: More units have been dismissed; 10 are still on the call, so Beach Drive in that area will remain blocked for a while longer.

1:35 PM UPDATE: SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells WSB, “Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental and determined it started in the attic space. There were two potential sources of ignition, and not enough evidence to rule either option out. The fire was caused by either an overheated fireplace flue that ignited nearby materials, or overheated electrical wires. Estimated loss is $275,000.”