West Seattle, Washington
Three more West Seattle Crime Watch reports from the WSB inbox tonight:
STOLEN BLACK HIGHLANDER: Maybe you can do for Jill what Kathy did for Patsy earlier today – find her stolen car. Jill’s 2013 black Toyota Highlander with a black cargo box was stolen just over the line in White Center tonight, near the roller rink. “It was pretty much out of gas, so I hope it didn’t go too far,” Jill says. Plate BEC5570. Call 911 if you see it.
CAR WINDOWS BROKEN: From David in Gatewood:
I live on SW Webster Street (3700 block), and we came out to go somewhere at around 3 pm, and saw that someone had broken the driver’s side window on our red Forester that we park in front of our
home. After a cursory cleanup, we drove up the street and saw that at least one other car had gotten the same treatment — broken window, glass on the street. Nothing was taken, they just broke the window. So for those of you tracking that sort of thing, it’s still happening.
CAR PROWL: From Jerry in Seaview:
Our car was prowled sometime last night or early evening today. It was locked, so no idea how the perp got in. Some change was missing and no damage. 5900 block of 46th between Raymond and Juneau. Be aware!
Something for Crime Watch? Report it to police (911 if it’s in progress!), and then to us, so all your WS neighbors can be aware – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you.
While some were cheering for the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Dodgers earlier tonight, this group was cheering for the Fauntleroy Creek Coho. No spawner sightings yet this season, but hopes remained high during the annual gathering to drum and sing and welcome them home.
Some of the younger participants wore salmon hats made during last Sunday’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival with the help of creek steward Judy Pickens, whose creekside carport hosted the gathering, providing cover from the showery weather.
This year added some fish jokes (example: Why don’t fish play basketball? They’re afraid of the net). But caring for the creek is serious business. Hundreds of students visit every spring to release fish they’ve raised via the Salmon in the Schools program, with which Judy and husband Phil Sweetland are also closely involved. (See its newest annual report here [PDF].)
Judy promises updates as always if and when spawners are sighted. You can peek at the creek from the public fish-ladder overlook at Fauntleroy/Director – across from the ferry dock – any time.
You might notice extra utility-pole work – some installation of cabinets and antennas, some full replacements of poles – in the next month. Seattle City Light announced via its Power Lines website that it’s working with “contracted crews” to get this work done around the city, including these four areas of West Seattle (each item on the list links to a map of the work zone):
In case you’ve missed our repeated mentions in morning traffic coverage, tonight’s the last night of this year’s 7-day-a-week West Seattle Water Taxi schedule. Starting tomorrow and continuing until late March, the foot ferry runs Mondays-Fridays, am and pm commute times only; you can see the schedule here. This offseason will have a twist – as we first reported last month, the West Seattle Water Taxi will add a second vessel, plus a park-and-sail lot, while Highway 99 is closed for the viaduct-to-tunnel transition starting January 11th. We’ll be following up soon to seek specifics.
Three Crime Watch reports related to auto theft – first, an update:
STOLEN BLUE HONDA DEL SOL: From Igor:
Before midnight on October 27th, 1994 Honda del Sol was stolen. Color: blue. Address: intersection of 17th and Barton.
Plate AXH4129. Call 911 if you see it, or this one:
STOLEN BLACK HONDA CIVIC: From Leah in South Park:
My car was stolen sometime between 7:00 pm Friday and 1:00 pm Saturday from S Donovan St and 8th ave S.
Black 98 Honda Civic hatchback, license plate Washington ANB1384. Has bicycling bumper sticker on the back, hail-damage dings all over the body. Attached is a pic of the car from a few years ago.
I’ve reported to SPD (case # 18-402534). The car has been stolen previously from this same area twice before; I had a Club on the steering wheel… Don’t have any idea who could be doing this, but it makes me sad for the neighborhood. If anyone has any info, I would really appreciate it.
2:27 PM: Big response for possible fire in the 6500 block of Sylvan Way, but it’s being downsized as arriving crews aren’t finding any sign of smoke or fire.
2:39 PM: The call has closed.
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10:39 AM: One of the changes for this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival – the chili cookoff started earlier than usual, so if you head here right now, it’s awaiting you! On the southwest corner at California/Alaska, $10 donation to the West Seattle Food Bank gets you a flight of chili tastes by all the contenders, and a vote.
More chili than last year too. Also happening now – free activities presented by dozens of local businesses and organizations, including Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor):
And Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor):
Somehow this fish escaped being hooked:
Costume parade is at 11:30 am (starts from the park on the northwest corner of 42nd/Alaska) but costumes are already here in abundance. Activities are on California between Alaska and Edmunds; the Farmers’ Market is on California north of Alaska; the Root Beer Garden ($3.50 for root beer with Husky Deli ice cream) is on Alaska west of California, next to chili. More coverage to come!
11:02 AM: Costumed adults aplenty, too. Above, masquerading as an emoji, is Jennifer Danner, SPD’s Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator. Family costume themes are everywhere:
11:30 AM: The costume parade is starting!
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 28, 2018
By the time the parade circles around, it's a bit free-form. pic.twitter.com/nsGdXf7cBL
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 28, 2018
Overheard on the parade sidelines: “Santa? What’s Santa doing here?”
11:45 AM: The parade has circled back to Alaska/42nd, with the WSHS Band wrapping up with “Thriller.” Now it’s almost trick-or-treat time.
12:15 PM: Above, the Junction Association volunteers with whom we’re sharing the Info Booth during today’s festival have candy – so if you’re trick-or-treating at California/Alaska, see them on the south side of the booth. WSJA’s executive director Lora Radford is here, in costume of course.
Thanks to Steve Thiele for the photo. Besides our as-it-happens pics, we have photographer Leda Costa roaming for festival scenes and we will publish a separate gallery later.
12:41 PM: Bulletin – the Chili Cookoff is sold out. And that’s with more this year than past years! Winner (a flight got you a vote) will be announced shortly. Meantime, our vote for best Farmers’ Market vendor costume – a murder of crows at Whistling Train Farms:
1:08 PM: The chili-cookoff votes were tallied and announced a little earlier than planned. Duos in a landslide:
For the win – a trophy, medal, and apron.
Meanwhile, though the election is just nine days away, we’ve had only one political sighting today:
I-1631 is one of four state initiatives on your ballot. Whomever and whatever you’re voting for, Tuesday, November 6th, is the deadline.
1:40 PM: Last scheduled event of the festival – kids’ pie-eating contest – just wrapped up!
Festival concludes at 2, same time as the Farmers’ Market. Great turnout – thanks to everybody who’s been part of it! Gallery later! (Added: Here it is.)
One day after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah plans a vigil tonight, and welcomes everyone who wants to be there. Rabbi Zari Weiss announced it in a message to her congregation:
… At times like these, we need one another – among other things, for solace and comfort. Tomorrow (Sunday, October 28th) evening at 6:00 p.m. at Kol HaNeshamah, we will come together as a community for a prayer vigil. We will pray for the healing of those who have been wounded, as well as those who have lost loved ones, and we will recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for those who have been killed.
Everyone is welcome, Kol HaNeshamah tells us, regardless of your faith status. KHN is co-housed with Alki UCC at 6115 SW Hinds.
PUGET PARK TRAIL WORK PARTY: 9 am-noon, the hardy volunteers who regularly work in this area of the West Duwamish Greenbelt could use some help, as explained here. (Meet at 19th/Dawson)
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: Rain or shine, on California between Oregon and Edmunds and on Alaska between 42nd and 44th, the Harvest Festival, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association with co-sponsors including WSB, is on! Festival runs 10 am-2 pm, with free, fun activities throughout (here’s the list); chili cookoff ($10 to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank) starts at 10 am and continues while the chili lasts, costume parade at 11:30 (meet by Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska), trick-or-treating starts at noon. Rain or shine! We’ll be there for as-it-happens coverage.
FARMERS’ MARKET: Part of the Harvest Festival! 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California between Alaska and Oregon)
TERRY BROOKS: The West Seattle-residing best-selling author will be at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village at 1 pm to speak and to sign books, including his newest, “Street Freaks” and “The Skaar Invasion.” (2600 SW Barton)
PAUL DORPAT: Not in West Seattle but lots of West Seattle connections to this book launch, including that local author/journalist/historian Clay Eals edited the book: 1 pm at the Central Library downtown, it’s the launch event for “Seattle Now and Then, The Historic Hundred.” Free admission but get there early – seating is first-come, first-served. (1000 4th Ave.)
TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP: 2-4 pm at Delridge Library. “Teens are invited to join poet Ann Teplick in a poetry-writing workshop that explores the themes of self-care and resilience. … Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or fully-charged laptop.” (5423 Delridge Way SW)
CORREO AEREO: Music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
DRUM TO CALL THE SALMON HOME: It’s a Fauntleroy Creek tradition. 5 pm, gather at the fish ladder overlook across from the ferry terminal and up the slope (event moves to nearby covered carport if the rain hasn’t stopped – follow the driveway just east of the viewpoint). Bring fish jokes as well as whatever you want to use to drum. Or just bring yourself! All ages welcome. (Fauntleroy/Director)
HALLOWEEN MUSIC: “The Heebie Jeebies will once again play an all-ages show at 6:00 pm at The Skylark. We will be joined by Runt and the Heebie Jeebie Juniors.” $5 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)