West Seattle, Washington
9:42 PM: West Seattle High School‘s girls-soccer team is going to the state tournament! Tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, the Wildcats defeated Holy Names 2-1 in double overtime, taking third place in the Metro League. Midway through, the match was 0-0; West Seattle’s Lilli Bedell scored their first goal at 61 minutes.
Then Holy Names tied it, and it was on to two overtimes until Wildcat Juliet Anawalt‘s goal won the match.
10:35 PM: Photos added. This is head coach Todd Veenhuizen‘s second year with the WSHS girls. State tournament play starts November 5th.
TUESDAY NIGHT: During the summertime Delridge Day festival, Southwest Precinct police are at the grill cooking for community members. Today, somebody came to the precinct to grill up lunch for the officers – and he didn’t have to go far. Brendan Moran is in the loss-prevention division at The Home Depot and explained that the company periodically shows up at police stations near their stores to provide lunch in appreciation of their help. Brendan noted that you can’t get much nearer to a Home Depot store than this precinct happens to be! He was there for a few hours starting at 11 am to catch officers coming and going at first-to-second-watch shift change.
ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: Lt. Steve Strand sent the following photo along with “huge thanks” to the Home Depot crew:
It’s Halloween Eve and we just wanted to remind you one more time about the array of activities in our West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide. Trick-or-treating starts early, with costumed candy-seekers welcome at businesses in Admiral (starting at 3), Westwood Village and White Center (starting at 4), and things get spookier from there … animatronic shows … even Halloween Trivia with a costume contest and prizes! See the full list here.
The long-shuttered Morgan Junction restaurant Kokoras now has a notice hanging on the door. (Thanks for the tip!) It’s a letter from an attorney for the building’s owner, to the tenants who took over the restaurant two years ago, alleging they are in violation of the lease. Not a matter of nonpayment, according to the notice, which says the violation is that the building’s been closed and empty and allowed to deteriorate into what the notice describes as “deplorable conditions.” The notice mentions “pest droppings” found recently as well as a gallon of old cooking grease that’s allegedly been left to sit in there for a year. As reported here a year ago, the restaurant abruptly closed, first posting a notice attributing the shutdown to “employee conflict,” then undergoing what a worker we found at the site told us was “remodeling.” The newly posted notice alleges that work was unauthorized. Last January, we noted that a banner appeared outside the restaurant (top photo) with word of a “grand opening” for TeriFresh, the name by which the tenant operated an eatery in Maple Valley, according to what Kokoras’s then-manager told us in 2016. But no opening ensued, and the banner eventually vanished; this week’s notice says the building’s owner also was told of a reopening plan last January that didn’t happen. The notice – dated October 25th – says it’s giving the tenant 10 days to “cure” (fix the problems) or vacate; we’ve checked court files and aren’t seeing anything there yet.
As the planned Alaskan Way Viaduct closure gets ever closer – we’re now 2 1/2 months from January 11th – WSDOT has announced another tunnel project milestone:
Close followers of the project know that our website is home to an archive of contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners’ monthly schedule updates. These updates don’t show all the construction that’s happening on the project, but they do give an indication of critical work activities that must be completed to achieve an important contract milestone – “substantial completion” of the tunnel.
STP reached substantial completion earlier this month. This is the first of three contract milestones in STP’s work on the tunnel. It means the tunnel is far enough along for STP to officially hand the facility over to WSDOT. It doesn’t mean STP’s work is done, but it does mean the tunnel could be technically operated as designed.
What comes next is a variety of wrap-up work elements that, once completed, will result in the tunnel reaching the second milestone, known as “physical completion.” Meanwhile, as STP works toward physical completion, WSDOT will continue to train maintenance and operations staff to ensure the tunnel and those responsible for its operation are ready to go in early 2019.
The final contract milestone, aptly named “final completion,” will be achieved when paperwork and documentation are done. The tunnel will open before this final milestone is reached. You can see the latest schedule update – along with those from previous months – on our schedule page.
P.S. Got questions about the upcoming viaduct-to-tunnel transition? Your next chance to ask them is this Thursday night, when WSDOT reps are among the guests at the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting in White Center (7 pm Nov. 1st, 1243 SW 112th).
Seattle Parks sends the reminder that West Seattle’s Camp Long is moving to winter hours and will be closed Sundays starting this weekend, continuing through November, December, January, and February. Also:
Camp Long will begin to take cabin rentals starting on January 2, 2019. Cabins are available for use beginning on March 1. More information is available here. Questions? Please contact Camp Long at 206-684-7434.
12:19 PM: Last week we reported that this area was experiencing the city’s highest percentage increase in motor-vehicle theft. The trend doesn’t seem to have slowed. Two more reported this morning:
CONTRACTOR’S TRUCK STOLEN: That’s Jackie‘s truck. She says it was stolen in Highland Park, and adds:
My work truck was stolen between Monday evening 8 pm and Tues morning 8 am. I am a general contractor and it has all my tools in it. Black Ford F250 Diesel Lariat Crew cab with gray canopy. Army sticker on back. License B39968F. This truck is my livelihood. I have been a woman owned and operated GC in West Seattle for 20 years.
We asked her if there are any particular tools people should watch out for: “Hilti Roto hammer, Dewalt impact driver set 18v, Makita 12v impact driver, Milwaukee Sawzall, but nothing distinctive just expensive tools.”
RED CIVIC HATCHBACK STOLEN: Kelly sent the photo and report on behalf of her sister:
My sister’s Red Honda Civic EX hatchback, 1994, stolen either last night or early this morning 10/29-10/30 on the corner of SW Graham and 48th Ave SW. (Seaview/Morgan Junction) As you can see in the photo there are a couple of stickers on the rear window and the license plate is #BHL5092. She is recently divorced and homeless and this is all she’s got. We would be forever indebted if someone located this car for her! Thank you in advance.
If you see either stolen vehicle, call 911 immediately. WSB readers have spotted at least two so far already this week; police say stolen cars are most often used to get from point to point and then dumped, so they could be anywhere.
1:52 PM: Jackie just e-mailed to say Seattle Police found her truck.
The photo collage provided by librarian Jane Gibson shows just some of the two-dozen-plus artists participating in this year’s Southwest Artist Showcase at Southwest Library. If you haven’t been by to see their work yet – today is the last full day of the show; the library (9010 35th SW) is open until 8 pm. If you’re a participating artist, SW Library reminds you to please stop by tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday to pick up your work!
TODDLER PUMPKINPALOOZA: For ages 1-5 at High Point Community Center, 10 am–noon. “Join the High Point Community Center staff and enjoy age-appropriate Halloween games, booths, face painting, arts and craft activities, and snacks.” $5. (6920 34th SW)
EARLY DESIGN REVIEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR 5009 FAUNTLEROY: 5 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, an early community discussion for feedback on this proposed 6-unit project. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
FREE MEETUP TO LEARN ABOUT POWERAPPS: 6-8 pm at West Seattle Coworking (WSB sponsor), you’re invited to a free meetup to learn about building apps with the help of a Microsoft application called PowerApp. No, you do NOT need to be a code expert to work with this. Details here. (6040 California SW)
SUGAR SKULLS: Make them at White Center Library, 6-7 pm:
Learn how to decorate a pre-molded sugar skull, the making of ‘papel picado,’ and a small banner in honor of a loved one. Significance of the Altar will be discussed, where sugar skulls play an important part, among other elements such as: marigolds, candles, photos, pan de muerto. Class will be illustrated with books, photos and colorful memorabilia about Dia de los Muertos.
(1409 SW 107th)
SPOOKY STORIES: Come hear some at Southwest Library – plus a craft activity! “Miss Amanda will read classic ghost stories at the Southwest Branch. Prepare to be spooked! Intended for ages 5 and up.” 6:30-7:30 pm. (9010 35th SW)
TALES FROM THE HEARTH: West Seattle Toastmasters invite you to come listen to “tall tales, impromptu humor, and suspense,” 6:30-8 pm in the Theater Room at Brookdale West Seattle. More info in our calendar listing. (4611 35th SW)
SOCCER PLAYOFFS: The West Seattle High School girls play for Metro third place tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, 7 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
“WELCOME TO NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE”: A spooky homemade show on Alki Avenue with a story. Read about it at nightfall1031.wordpress.com. Rain hampered preps to launch it last night but its creator invites you to visit tonight, 7:30-10:30 pm. Alert that it “might be too scary for younger children.” (2130 Alki SW)
From Robin Graham of the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA:
Some of the classrooms at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 have chosen to participate in the Sister Schools program. Through pictures and stories, our students have learned about the overwhelming difficulties faced by children in Ugandan schools and orphanages. Following the presentation, a supply drive has been organized, and all children are encouraged to participate in ways personally meaningful to them. Both NEW and LIKE NEW items are being accepted at STEM and will be sent through Sister Schools to Uganda. Below is a list of items in order of importance that we will be collecting and we wanted to invite the community to support this drive.
School Supplies: Pencils, pens, paper, pencil sharpeners, erasers, chalk, three-ring binders, spiral notebooks.
Books: Dictionaries, atlases, children’s books, beginning readers, textbook sets, reference works.
Sports Equipment: Soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, playground balls.
Arts and Crafts: Crayons, colored paper, glue, scissors, rulers, coloring books, paint sets.
Health and First Aid: Toilet paper, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, Band-Aids, sewing supplies.
Clothing: Shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, hats, raincoats, socks, shoes, light sweaters and jackets.
Toys: Board games, puzzles, toy figures, cars, etc..
Please drop off donations in the school office 8-5 M-F. Louisa Boren STEM K-8 is located at 5950 Delridge Way SW. The last day to bring in donations for Sister Schools is November 1 (this Thursday).
To learn more about Sister Schools (including a link to make direct donations) visit: sisterschools.org
7:08 AM: Good morning! Just got a text about a crash blocking the left lane on NB 99 “just after the onramp from (West Seattle) Bridge.”
STATE FERRIES: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth is back to 3 boats.
Another West Seattle Crime Watch roundup with good news and bad news:
THE GOOD NEWS: Another stolen car featured here has been found because a WSB reader saw it. This time, Jill‘s black Highlander. Thank you to everyone for keeping an eye out!
SO HERE’S ANOTHER STOLEN CAR TO WATCH FOR: From Austin:
I had my car stolen sometime between 10:30 AM and 1 PM on Thursday, October 25th, from the corner of Andover St. and 42nd Ave. It’s a 1999 burgundy Honda Civic, license # AUU7229. It has peeling paint and a small Seahawks helmet sticker on the rear bumper, and a U.S. Navy sticker on the rear window. This car has been a part of my family forever and I’m still holding out hope that it’ll be found!
Call 911 if you see it – and if you see this bicycle:
AND A STOLEN BIKE TO WATCH FOR: Scott was visiting a friend on 21st SW in White Center when his bicycle, with child seat, was stolen around midday on Sunday:
It’s a orange color Mtn Bike custom built with Fox Forks, Shimano Brakes/shifter, and Easton 26” Wheels. Also has a Green kids seat mounted on the handlebars as shown in this picture of me riding it with my daughter. Police Report # is; C18047087