West Seattle, Washington
Back in October, during opening ceremonies for the fall Duwamish Alive! event, Willard Brown was honored as a Green-Duwamish Champion for his work saving and restoring the Delridge Wetlands Natural Area – a former Seattle City Light substation site. Today he got to celebrate the award at the site with some of his youngest partners in the restoration work:
Students from nearby Louisa Boren STEM K-8 use the site for outdoor environmental education. Today they were going to plant a tree in Willard’s honor, but the ground was too hard to dig after multiple mornings with sub-freezing lows! So that’ll have to wait for a warmer day.
Willard led the wetland project as part of his work for the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, from which he recently retired. DNDA executive director David Bestock talked with the students about his accomplishments.
Willard is one of the first to be honored as a Green-Duwamish Champion; the Duwamish Alive Coalition explains that the award is meant “to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to improving the health of the Green-Duwamish Watershed,” adding:
Willard’s dedication to a wholistic approach of engaging and improving the community, its environmental health, education, and wellbeing is exceptional. His vision of “kids across all demographics, income, language, race, culture, all are equal in their support and stewardship of the habitat that they inherit,” has been his driving motivation, supplied by his never-ending positive energy which has helped Nature Consortium/DNDA open a new chapter in its legacy.
The Delridge Wetlands site is at 23rd/Findlay.
Hit and run outside of Fauntleroy Hall. Two cars pushed up on curb. Suspect fled with car. Didn’t get far. Ditched it in the Y parking lot and fled on foot. Called the cops.
Another tipster via Twitter reported seeing an arrest in progress when he went by. When we got there, in addition to the car, we found one officer who told us he was on scene awaiting the last tow truck, but he was able to confirm that three vehicles were involved and that one person had been arrested. No SFD callout logged, so apparently no injuries of note.
2:28 AM FRIDAY: Cross-referencing jail and Municipal Court records, we’ve discovered that the driver who was arrested is a 28-year-old woman booked into King County Jail, under investigation for DUI, driving without an ignition interlock, and driving with a suspended license. Records show a prior DUI, from 2014, also in West Seattle.
7:08 PM: First police received reports of possible gunfire heard in South Delridge – now there’s a “scenes of violence” call at Delridge/Barton. We’re on the way to find out more.
7:17 PM: SFD tells us they’re transporting a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound. Police have a K9 out searching in the area. That’s all we have so far. Northbound Delridge is blocked to traffic at Henderson.
7:23 PM: Police confirm they’re looking for a suspect. If you’re hearing sirens, that’s because of the K9 search. The victim has been taken to Harborview by Medic 32.
7:48 PM: Guardian One has joined the search.
8:15 PM: We’ve gone back to the scene to check on the situation. No word of anyone in custody yet. But Delridge has reopened both ways.
9:09 PM: No new info from SPD yet; the victim is now described by SFD as “approximately 30 years old” and in serious condition at the time of transport.
9:58 AM FRIDAY: Here’s the update from police via SPD Blotter:
… The victim, a 26-year-old man, was shot in the shoulder and is being treated at the hospital. The injury is not considered to be life-threatening.
Just before 7:00 pm Thursday, a resident in the 8800 block of Delridge Way SW reported a burglary in progress when he observed a man attempting to break into his home. Officers responded and located the possible burglar. The man had been shot in the shoulder. Officers immediately provided first aid and called for Seattle Fire to respond. The victim reported to police that someone had broken into his home nearby and fought with him. During the struggle the suspect shot him and then fled. The victim ran to the location on Delridge seeking assistance.
The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment. A K-9 team responded and attempted a track. The Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Guardian One, also provided assistance, but officers were unable to locate the suspect.
Officers learned later from the victim that he may know the suspect, and detectives will follow up on that information.
As the holiday season continues, we’re showcasing bright lights around West Seattle, and appreciate your sighting reports! This photo was sent by Susan, who says these lights are at 5106 SW Stevens. We’ll be adding them to the list in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. Got a suggestion, with or without photo? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
At last night’s Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors meeting, the board chose its leadership for the next year. Leslie Harris, the Highland Park resident who represents West Seattle and South Park, is continuing as board president. She was first elected to the board in 2015, became its vice president in 2016, then president in 2017. Rick Burke will continue as vice president, with Zachary DeWolf the board executive committee’s new member-at-large.
This afternoon, we’re welcoming Daystar Retirement Village as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they’d like you to know:
Daystar is making a difference in the lives of our seniors here in West Seattle through providing a safe and secure environment. Our activity program will keep you on the run or enjoy our beautiful gardens. Our location is very user-friendly, with access to public transportation available right in front of our building, and the Westwood Village mall across the street for convenient shopping.
Right now Daystar is offering a move-in special. Move in before the end of January and you can lock in your rate on selected one- or two-bedroom units. Also, if you act before December 31st, you might be eligible for $1500 off your first month’s rent.
Located on SW Barton near Westwood Village, Daystar has been family owned and operated since 1987 by the Powell family of Federal Way. Come and experience our family and let us carry the responsibilities of cooking and cleaning. Call 206-937-6122 or e-mail email@example.com.
We thank Daystar Retirement Village 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.
2:14 PM: Thanks to Dave for the tip – we confirmed with the Seattle Public Utilities crew on the southeast corner of California and Edmunds that they’re fixing a water break. Some traffic effects at that 5-way intersection as a result.
3:54 PM: Elaine Yeung of SPU replied to our inquiry seeking more info, saying the break was “caused by a tree root. Crews have now finished working on the pipe, placed temporary paving, and opened the street back to traffic.”
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
JUNEAU MARKET BURGLARIZED: The photo is from early this morning, when Juneau Street Market (5901 California SW) discovered burglar(s) had smashed their front door and stolen their cash register and cigarettes. It’s impeded their ability to make transactions since credit-card processing was hooked up through the register. If you saw anything/anyone suspicious, the SPD incident number for reference is 18-454606.
CAR PROWL: Devan reports a driveway-parked car near 38th/Raymond was broken into overnight late Tuesday/early Wednesday: “Unfortunately it is my time to report a car prowl. I had packages stolen out of the back of my car (I was going to return them after work) as well as my gym bag full of gym clothes, shoes, headphones, and other misc things in my car. They ransacked my car, throwing around things that had no value (papers from a meeting I had).”
Since we’re enjoying one last rainless day – and night – we’re spotlighting this first! From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
SHOP LATE THURSDAY: This is the first of three holiday-season Thursdays during which you can shop late in The Junction, as part of Hometown Holidays. The West Seattle Junction Association has put together a list spotlighting some of the participating businesses – see it here. Among the participants, longtime WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW), where you’ll find Naked Truth Beauty‘s pop-up, 5-8 pm.
FIRE TRUCK FOOD DRIVE: For the second of two nights, retired fire trucks will be in West Seattle – with Santa! – traveling neighborhood streets to collect your nonperishable food donations for the Union Gospel Mission.
We featured this on Wednesday after finding out about it at the last minute. Steve Hickey, who owns the trucks and has been taking them around the region to do this, says tonight’s plan (5-8 pm, *confirmed*) is “42nd to 40th from Hanford down to Manning. AND 39th to 37th from Manning to Olga.”
And from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:
OPEN HOUSE AT SSC: 1-4 pm, visit the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) TRiO Educational Opportunity Center:
Come see our space, learn more about the services we offer, and enjoy some food! GIVEAWAYS throughout the day!
Services We Offer:
-Financial Aid Advising & Application Assistance
-Referral to Funding Opportunities
-Help with Scholarship Search & Application
-Academic & Career Guidance
-High School Completion & GED Information
-English Proficiency & ESL Classes
-College Admissions Assistance
(6000 16th SW)
4 ELECTED OFFICIALS IN 1 PLACE: Tonight the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council hosts four elected officials at its meeting in White Center, 7 pm at the NH Fire District’s headquarters. All four represent West Seattle, too: State Sen.-elect Joe Nguyen, recently reelected State Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, and County Council Chair Joe McDermott. Full meeting preview here. (1243 SW 112th)
TWO ROUNDS OF TRIVIA: One at 7 pm, one at 8 pm, both free! Great American Diner and Bar is where to play. (4752 California SW)
10:23 AM: Just heard from Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail that southbound orcas are off Bainbridge Island and headed this way, likely in view from West Seattle shortly. Please let us know if you see them!
11:39 AM: In addition to commenters’ reports, we also got a text of orcas in view from Lowman Beach.
12:41 PM: Updates from Kersti Muul in comments and Donna by phone – the orcas (J Pod) have turned around and are now headed northbound.
2:51 PM: Added a photo sent by Kersti, of her photo taken as a second group of orcas headed NB around 1:30 pm, closer to this side of the Sound.
Two West Seattle chefs are part of the lineup for a first-ever fundraiser next week, “10 Chefs and Causes” – next Wednesday (December 12) at The Sanctuary at Admiral, 6-9 pm. The Diversity Center of Washington is hosting the event and inviting everyone. Admission is by suggested donation, $20-$200: “we want to include everyone, so pay what you can afford.” Tickets are available here. The announcement and chef lineup:
Featuring 10 rising star diverse local chefs; each will share their creation in a BITE. The menu will WOW our guests with the variation that melds our humanity. Neighbors will participate in a unique community engagement GATHERING grounded in good food, multicultural music, Annie’s rabbit petting zoo to meet Tilli and LoLa, and an auction. Proceeds from the evening will be equally shared by the 10 Causes. Here are the Chefs and Causes we will be showcasing:
*Chef Melissa Miranda/Musang for FEEST
*Chef Logan Niles/Pot Pie Factory for Post Prison Education Program
*Chef Mariela Camacho/Comadre Panaderia for Green Plate Special
*Chef Emme Ribeiro Collins/Alcove Dining Room NW for Immigrant Rights Project
*Chefs Fareed & Jennifer Al-Abboud/Medzo for Refugee Women’s Alliance
*Chef Panithit Chummee (right)/Buddha Ruksa for Care to Help Thailand
*Chef Mutsuko Soma/Kamonegi for WSU Bread lab
*Chef Killian/Killian Drake & Saturnalia for REST
*Chef Tom Douglas for The Diversity Center of Seattle/Washington
*Chef Joshua Collins/DUOS Catering for One Million Tampons
(Duos, as you may know, manages The Sanctuary, which is at 42nd/Lander in The Admiral District.) You can read more about the chefs, the dishes they plan to make, and their chosen causes here (PDF).
7:04 AM: Good morning! No transit alerts or outbound traffic incidents reported so far.
FERRY ALERT FOR TONIGHT AND FRIDAY NIGHT: WSF is canceling late-night/early-morning sailings on the Triangle Route the next two nights so work can be done at Southworth – details here.
7:29 AM: If you travel to/through South Park, we’re hearing via police radio that an incident involving a semitruck is blocking westbound Cloverdale and will likely last for “an extended period.”