West Seattle, Washington
The montage and message are from Lisa McGinty of Friends of Lincoln Park:
A grateful thankYOU to the awesome volunteers who came out last Sunday! 100 more trees and shrubs planted and a large patch of invasive plants removed!
If you get a chance to visit the park over the holidays, don’t forget to take a deep breath and thank the forest for all the hard work it’s done for us this year! See you in 2019 🌿✌️🌲
FLiP and other organizations kindly share work-party announcements with us for the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – so you know when and where to help out!
This year, we are particularly susceptible to charming outdoor trees and stars in light displays … and this house in Gatewood has both. It’s one of several nice displays you’ll see on SW Portland; this one is on the south side of the street, west of 41st SW. Still a few nights until Christmas, so we appreciate suggestions – firstname.lastname@example.org – and you can see what we’ve featured so far by scrolling through this WSB archive category.
Yes, you can shop on this Saturday night before Christmas! At VAIN (4513 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction right now, the salon/boutique is hosting the opening for a show of hair-art prints by stylist Sam Brown. Stop in before 9 pm to celebrate “the psychedelic art of hair”!
Sam’s been at VAIN for 11 years and says she was encouraged to start making these prints after posting Instagram images of the “fantasy hair” in which she specializes.
Another suspect in a high-profile West Seattle case has been found competent to stand trial after treatment at Western State Hospital. That was the ruling in a hearing Thursday for 26-year-old Keelan T. Malone, charged with indecent liberties and burglary with sexual motivation in last June’s 13th/Roxbury break-in. He was found incompetent back in September and ordered sent to WSH. He is now back in King County Jail, held in lieu of $500,000 bail. The next hearing in his case is scheduled for January 9th.
You might have heard about the murder of 14-year-old Natalie Gulizia in regional news; her mother is charged with shooting her while Natalie was calling 911. Though it happened in Renton, Natalie has links to West Seattle, where a prayer vigil is planned tomorrow. The announcement from Hope Lutheran (which provided the photo):
Last Tuesday, former Hope School student Natalie Gulizia passed away in a tragic situation. Natalie graduated from Hope in 2016 and was attending Kennedy Catholic High School. As our community grieves, we would like to invite you to join us for a Prayer Vigil for her on Sunday, December 23, at noon in the Hope Church sanctuary. All are welcome.
The church is in The Junction, at 4456 42nd SW. A post on the Hope website describes Natalie as “a bright, talented, and extremely well-loved young lady.”
Reminder – as previewed here on Friday, the tower crane at 4754 Fauntleroy Way SW (The Foundry) is coming down today, and that’s narrowed the traffic lanes between SW Alaska and SW Edmunds – one lane each way.
The contractor said in the notice to nearby residents and businesses that they hope to be done by 5 pm. This crane’s removal leaves 2749 California SW – the mixed-use project with a new PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) store and Luna Apartments – as the only current West Seattle project using one.
HANDMADE ITEMS STOLEN FROM VAN: Above and below are photos showing some of what was stolen from a van parked in West Seattle, sent by Sydney:
I wish to report items stolen from my boyfriend Victor’s van between 10:30 pm and 430 am (Thursday night) on 47th SW. The culprits busted out the lock on the back doors (the end of the vehicle facing the street) and stole a large plastic bin which contained several custom handmade leather witch and pirate hats (aka tri-corners), 4 large handmade, hard-cover leathe= bound books, as well as a red roll around duffel bag which contained a generous variety of hand made pewter cloak clasps and other brooches and pins. When Victor left the house to search the neighborhood, he found the plastic bin abandoned on the side of the street south of our house, but they left nothing else.
We’ll add the police report number when it’s available. If you have any information on items like these having been dumped and/or offered for sale, we can in the meantime connect you with Sydney.
POLICE PATROL FOR PACKAGE THIEVES: From the Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team:
Seattle PD Southwest Anti-Crime Team has been running a special program this holiday season to make sure all the boys and girls on the “Nice List” receive their presents.
A special bonus related to this program is the chance for package thieves on the “naughty list” to spend Christmas in jail.
See something/someone suspicious? Call 911.
(March 2010 view of the “low bridge,” from its tower, by then-Councilmember Tom Rasmussen)
With the Alaskan Way Viaduct‘s permanent shutdown and tunnel transition now three weeks away – 10 pm Friday, January 11th – recaps and reminders are rampant. New information continues to emerge, too. In her weekly update, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold includes this:
(T)he U.S. Coast Guard, which regulates bridge openings, has approved a temporary restriction from January 11 to February 9 to limit Spokane Street Bridge openings (i.e. the “lower bridge” adjacent to the West Seattle Bridge). The restrictions will be in place from 7-10 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., and prohibit openings for vessels of 5000 or more gross tons (see page 3 of the Coast Guard’s Notice to Mariners).
Though the “low bridge” is a city-owned structure, the Coast Guard has jurisdiction over the waterway’s use for maritime traffic, and it’s generally rejected calls over the past decade-plus for longer-term restrictions on the times when it “closes” to vehicle traffic. The Coast Guard did agree to pm restrictions during the 2011 closure related to demolition of the AWV’s southern section.
Here’s what’s happening on the first day of what will be for many a four-day holiday weekend:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: Mobile blood drive in The Junction, 9 am-3 pm. More info here. (42nd/Alaska)
DONATE HOMEMADE COOKIES: Thousands of homemade cookies are needed by The Christmas People to feed and cheer those in need! Bring them to Alki Masonic Center between 9 am and 3:30 pm daily, today through Tuesday. (4736 40th SW)
HOLIDAY MUSIC AT THRIFTWAY: We 3 Carolers at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), noon-2 pm, and Gary Benson 2-4 pm. (4201 SW Morgan)
KIDS’ COOKIE-DECORATING PARTY: Cookie and apron decorating party, holiday crafts, for kids, presented by The Christmas People, 1-3 pm at Alki Masonic Center. (4736 40th SW)
SANTA AT THRIFTWAY: Meet him at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 2-5 pm. (4201 SW Morgan)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: 3-5 pm at Southwest Library, Leslie Harris – elected Seattle School Board director for West Seattle/South Park as well as board president – hosts a drop-in community conversation. (9010 35th SW)
CAROLING FOR SHOPPERS: At Westwood Village – 3-5 pm, strolling. (2600 SW Barton)
ART OPENING AT VAIN: Art opening for Sam Brown at VAIN (WSB sponsor):
We will be hosting an art opening 6-9 pm for VAIN super stylist, creative powerhouse, and West Seattle resident Sam Brown! She will be presenting prints of her hair art. She colors, cuts, braids and styles hair in bold styles then photographs and manipulates the images into psychedelic hair art. She loves shifting textures and colors in the salon and in her photography. Refreshments will be served.
(4513 California SW)