West Seattle, Washington
9:10 PM: Thanks for the tips. A police search is under way in Morgan Junction. We’re headed that way to find out more.
9:17 PM: Police tell us this started as a shoplifting incident at nearby West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) that turned violent, which turns it into a robbery case.
9:09 PM: Police and fire are headed to an address in the 9200 block of 17th SW for a ‘scenes of violence’ callout. More when we get it.
9:32 PM: SFD has closed out the call. Police will only tell us they responded to a report of a single gunshot.
10:16 PM: A Seattle Fire spokesperson tells us their role in the call closed quickly because the person had already died.
Five weeks from today – on Saturday, May 11th – for the 15th consecutive year! – one-of-a-kind treasures will have new homes after the peninsula’s biggest person-to-person recycling event of the year, West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (coordinated by WSB).
We opened registration three days ago and sellers have signed up from North Admiral to south Arbor Heights, Highland Park to Fairmount Park to Lincoln Park, Genesee Hill to Gatewood to Westwood, and other neighborhoods all around the peninsula. If you’re planning to have a sale, here’s where to sign up. If you’re planning to shop, watch WSB for the map – clickable and printable versions, both with up-to-20-word descriptions of each sale’s highlights – available one week before sale day!
Three weeks from tonight, a local fundraiser promises to transport you thousands of miles away … without leaving West Seattle … all to educate children. Last September, we reported on A Child Becomes Preschool (WSB sponsor) launching its biggest service project yet, one that literally spans the globe – building a preschool in rural South Africa. It’s open, and now A Child Becomes is working on opening a second one. You can be part of it on Saturday, April 27th, by enjoying “an evening of adult beverages, tasty bites, music, and an Eastern Cape Market featuring student artwork.” It’s an adults (21+)-only evening at A Child Becomes (4320 SW Hill), with tickets available at ReachForSouthAfrica.org. The goal:
Help fund preschool in South Africa!
Our first school is up & running, and we’re fundraising now for our second school to open in January 2020. These newly built preschools in rural South Africa will work with our students at A Child Becomes in West Seattle creating an extremely personalized cross-cultural experience. Your donation is greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
Can’t make the event? Please consider supporting in the following ways:
– Donate goods and services for our silent auction
– Provide desserts for the event
– Make a cash donation: ReachForSouthAfrica.org
The preschool’s director, Michelle “Teacher Shelley” Neal, has a special interest in South Africa; that’s where her husband Ralph is from, and they travel there each year. The Eastern Cape area – inspiration for the April 27th event – is where they opened the first preschool a few months ago; you can read Shelley’s journal here (and see video of the preschool building’s arrival!). And if you can attend the April 27th party, there you’ll find out even more about what’s happening now as well as the plan to open the next preschool next year.
2:19 PM: Thanks for the tip – those tree limbs that fell on SW Othello east of California SW in Gatewood [map] are the first effects we’ve seen of the bursts of wind and rain that have moved through a few times so far this afternoon. Inbetween – some sunbreaks like the one we’re in right now. The National Weather Service’s Wind Advisory alert remains in effect until 7 tonight. If the weather causes any trouble where you are, text or call 206-293-6302 to let us know – thanks!
4:39 PM: The NWS just announced it’s ending the Wind Advisory early.
Passing by 35th SW and SW Barton, we saw the sign … “Tony’s OPEN.” So we stopped by to verify, and indeed, it’s day 1 of the 2019 season for the little family-owned produce stand in the red/green/white tent on the corner. Tony’s Market is open 9 am-7 pm daily and will be adding something new this season – a few select garden supplies, such as bark. Watch for that soon – some flower plants are already available:
This is an earlier opening for Tony’s than the last few years – they started in May last year and June the year before that. The market usually stays open through spring and summer before transitioning to Halloween pumpkins and then Christmas trees.
10:57 AM: Even before the wind kicks up, it’s a challenging day on the roads. One lane is blocked on the westbound West Seattle Bridge. And if you are trying to use either direction of I-5 just south of the bridge, a multiple-truck incident is still causing trouble:
Thanks to the texter who sent that photo of part of the scene. A State Patrol spokesperson explains, “Semi traveling NB I-5 lost control, went through the barrier. One trailer on its side in the NB lanes and the can and other trailer rolled into the SB lanes. Light pole down in SB lanes minor injuries to driver.”
1:45 PM: The I-5 situation still isn’t fully cleared. Update from WSDOT just now: “Just the HOV lane is blocked in each direction of I-5 just south of the West Seattle Bridge. Still a lengthy backup to Capitol Hill in the southbound direction.” State Patrol, meantime, says, “According to investigators, it appears that the driver fell asleep.”
Welcome to the first day of the first weekend in April! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE RUNNER’S 9TH ANNIVERSARY, DAY 2: The 8 am group run at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) starts the second of three days celebrating WSR’s 9th anniversary. Raffles, treats, and deals too – details in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)
SHOW SOME FAIRMOUNT RAVINE LOVE: This is the 27th year that neighbors have led a community cleanup in Fairmount Ravine. The more helping hands, the better! Meet them at the south end of the ravine at 8:15 am. Just a little of your time will make a big difference – details are in our calendar listing. Refreshments provided! (Fairmount & Forest)
YMCA GARAGE SALE & BAKE SALE: 9 am-1 pm, the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) welcomes you to stop by and check out the sales! (3622 SW Snoqualmie)
HIKE THE WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT: New season of hikes! 10 am – “Bird watching hike with Scott Markowitz, an international birder, member of the board of directors at Tahoma Audubon.” Meet at Puget Park trailhead. (4418 21st SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: Spend part of your Saturday morning at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 11-11:30 am. (2306 42nd SW)
DANNY McMILLIN PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW: Not in West Seattle, but not far – and you’ve probably seen some of the photographer’s work here on WSB! “Birds in the ‘Hood,” 6-10 pm at The Bakeréé in Georgetown. 21+. (74 S. Lucile)
SUN BREAKS: 7 pm live in-store at Easy Street Records, all ages, free. (California/Alaska)
AT KENYON HALL: Singer/composer/filmmaker Alexandra Blakely, 7:30 pm. (7904 35th SW)
THREE BANDS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, First Saint Street, Aromatics, Phood perform. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE THE REST OF WHAT’S UP … by checking out our full calendar!