West Seattle, Washington
The West Seattle Water Taxi crew’s rescue of a boater in August led to a special recognition event today. Here’s the official news release:
Pulling out of West Seattle’s Seacrest Dock on August 30, the crew of the King County Water Taxi MV Doc Maynard saw a man in the water and immediately went into action to get him out of the water and onto their vessel.
During an afternoon sailing of the Doc Maynard to West Seattle today, Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe McDermott recognized ship Captain Jeff Bearden and the crew of the Doc Maynard for their quick response to the water emergency.
“It’s an honor to know Captain Bearden, Ms. Cook and Mr. McDougall. These are true professional public servants,” said McDermott. “Their skillful response to a dangerous situation should give confidence to everyone in King County that we’re in excellent hands on this very important regional transit service.”
When the man, who had fallen out of his boat, was spotted in the water, Captain Bearden steered the water taxi near his location and notified authorities of a person in distress. Deckhand Amanda Cook quickly threw the man a life jacket and prepared the equipment used for a man overboard. Deckhand Bob McDougall went into the water after getting into a rescue suit and helped the man out of Elliott Bay and onto the vessel.
“What impressed me most was the efficiency with which our crew responded to the man in the water and worked in unison to do as we’d trained,” said Capt. Bearden. “From the instant we first spotted him in the distance to the moment the paramedics were giving him a clean bill of health at the dock, only 15 minutes had elapsed and we were back on our way.”
Friends and family of Jackie Dupras will gather this Sunday (October 7), 1-3 pm, at The Hall at Fauntleroy for what her husband Ed Dupras describes as “a wake” in her memory. Jackie – who had been diagnosed with dementia – was missing for two weeks before her body was found last weekend on a greenbelt slope in South Alki. She was long active in the community, especially with the 34th District Democrats, for whom she served as the longtime newsletter editor; the group honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Ed Dupras says the event will be informal – open microphone if there are memories you want to share, but no official program. No flowers – he says “the guest of honor” wouldn’t have wanted them. The Hall at Fauntleroy is at 9131 California SW.
By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Three major topics when the Southwest District Council met Wednesday night at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, with featured guests City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Susan Oatis of Anti-Hate Alaska Junction, and Lisa Corbin of Friends of Southwest Tennis:
Tennis & More?
According to Lisa Corbin, there are 35 outdoor tennis courts in West Seattle, but proper resources for winter weather are much more limited, with just 20 indoor courts in the entire city.
Corbin’s group, Friends of Southwest Tennis, has been working to expand the area’s indoor options for the game, citing the need for more facilities to be able to introduce children to the game outside of summertime.
The group had originally begun discussions to convert the courts west of Southwest Pool/Teen Life Center into a covered, revenue-generating solution, but were told earlier this year that the property would not be made available. So now they’re pivoting.
One of the dormant SDOT projects in West Seattle is about to start up again. Just out of the WSB inbox:
Crews plan to begin striping the intersection of Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St tomorrow, Friday, October 5. This work must be completed in dry weather conditions and may be postponed to Monday, October 8. Striping will take approximately 2 days to complete.
Due to a manufacturing delay, crews are unable to activate the bike signal until late October. Initially crews hoped to activate the signal and complete road striping at the same time. However, striping cannot be completed in the rainy months, so it may occur before the bike signal can be activated. Later this month, crews will also install fencing along the bike path and complete plantings.
Traffic impacts during striping and signal activation:
*Westbound SW Spokane St will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Harbor Ave SW, except during peak hours (3 PM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday), when it will remain fully open
*2 uniformed police officers will be direct traffic at the intersection of Harbor Ave SW from SW Spokane St during work hours
*Sidewalks will be maintained for people walking and biking
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor: West Seattle Coworking! Here’s what proprietors Crystal and Rosario would like you to know about what they offer:
We love our coworking place! We are a West Seattle family who believes in the power of community and the benefits of sharing. Our office is great for those who are not as productive working from home or from a coffee shop. Many times people working at home feel isolated or are easily distracted by household tasks like laundry, dishes, pets, cleaning, etc. Some also find it hard to separate personal life from work hours, while others don’t like the isolation that can occur when working from home. Coffee shops present other challenges. They can become loud and distracting, or it can be hard to find an appropriate location to have a professional meeting, either in person or over the phone.
When West Seattleites come to our shared office at West Seattle Coworking, they will find a community-oriented group. A group of friends and neighbors who are there to be productive but not alone. We have a meeting room for in-person meetings as well as phone booths for private calls. We have printers, a fax machine, fast internet, and anything else one might need to have a productive day of work. And we are open around the clock. Many of our members will tell you that they are much more productive since they joined our community!
We invite anyone to come take a tour in our Morgan Junction location (6040 California Avenue SW), call us to ask questions (206.531.0557) and see what we have to offer. You can find more info at
westseattlecoworking.com or by following our Facebook page.
We thank West Seattle Coworking for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Morning through night, here are highlights of what’s ahead:
‘STEREOTYPE THREAT & IDENTITY THREAT’: 11 am presentation at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) with Stanford psychology professor Dr. Claude M. Steele. (6000 16th SW)
FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: Parents/guardians and caregivers are invited to bring preschoolers to meet firefighters and learn about fire safety during this special story time, 11:30 am at High Point Library. (3411 SW Raymond)
RAINWISE AT YOUNG’S: Young’s Restaurant in South Delridge is the first local restaurant to join RainWise, and you can learn about it there during an open house starting at 4:30 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (9413 16th SW)
CITY BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING: Got something to say about the proposed city budget? The City Council will be there to hear it at the first public hearing on the budget, 5:30 pm at City Hall downtown. (600 4th Ave.)
CANDIDATES’ FORUM: 34th District State Senate candidates Joe Nguyen and Shannon Braddock are the main event on the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council agenda tonight, 7 pm at North Highline Fire District HQ. All welcome. (1243 SW 112th)
JIM PAGE: Singer-songwriter performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
MORE! See for yourself on our complete calendar.
Got your ticket(s) for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the West Seattle Helpline fundraising dinner that’s now eight days away? Ticket sales end tomorrow (Friday). Helping the Helpline means you’re helping prevent homelessness; providing emergency assistance to help people stay in their homes is a big part of what the nonprofit does. Your ticket gets you a seat at the 6 pm October 12th event at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), which starts with music, a cocktail hour, and silent auction, continuing through dinner, a live auction, and dessert dash. Tickets are available online here.
6:57 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
STADIUM ZONE: 7:30 pm CenturyLink concert tonight – Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
7:55 AM: SFD response for a crash at 32nd/Cloverdale.
9:50 AM: Caller reports a collision blocking westbound lanes of Admiral at 61st in the Alki area.