West Seattle, Washington
Thanks for the tip about a police search tonight north of The Junction. The tipster reported that “two men in their 20s were robbed at gunpoint at about 8:20 pm by two others, also in their 20s. A victim knocked on my door to call 911. … Apparently phones were stolen.” We went to the search area (41st/42nd/Dakota/Bradford) but police there wouldn’t comment on the circumstances, sowe went to the precinct where the desk officer confirmed the search was related to a street robbery and that the robbers were after phones. No injuries reported, and so far no word of arrests, but we’ll follow up tomorrow.
A few notes from last night’s lightly attended Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting:
FORUM OR NO FORUM? Rather than have a candidates-side-by-side forum for the District 1 City Council race, DNDC will invite candidates in for one-at-a-time conversations during the next few meetings – say, one candidate at the meeting’s start, one at the end, to discuss Delridge-specific issues.
AS FOR THOSE ISSUES: One of next month’s biggest events in eastern West Seattle, the Bee Festival, will likely be an opportunity to check in with current community concerns. DNDC chair Mat McBride will be there. It was suggested he might consider a tried-and-true tactic from other community events, for example, inviting festivalgoers to create/add to a list of what’s on their minds.
SPEAKING OF FESTIVALS: Pete Spalding provided an update on Delridge Day in August, which continues to grow, this year adding Sustainable West Seattle‘s GreenLife (previously featured at Summer Fest in The Junction) and including e-bike tours with SWS’s Stu Hennessey (of Alki Bike and Board, a WSB sponsor) and skating lessons/competition overseen by Skate Like A Girl. Live music, too, plus returning features like Seattle Police “Picnic at the Precinct” demos and visitors.
DELRIDGE GROCERY: Doris Rahmig says the progress she reported at February’s DNDC meeting continues, with the co-op close to signing a contract with DESC for the space it’s long held for them at Cottage Grove Commons (5444 Delridge Way SW).
FUTURE TOPICS: Though DNDC has been focusing on neighborhood conversations rather than governmental guests, the Port of Seattle is interested in visiting a future DNDC meeting to talk about the Terminal 5 modernization work that’ll start soon.
The Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meets the third Wednesday most months, 7 pm, currently at Neighborhood House High Point.
(WSB file photo)
You might know Rick Cook best for his iconic “Psychic Barber” neon sign (read the backstory here), but he’s also known for getting displaced by development. It’s happening again, so he’s sent this announcement of his impending move:
I will be moving Rick’s Barber Shop once again for “progress” (38 micro apts.) from 6016 California Ave SW to 4845 California Ave SW. Former home to a hair place and a psychic place. I love irony. Phone # will remain the same, move will be last week of May. A bit more than of a block north of Rite Aid, (my old location) and two buildings south of 7-11. (Soon to be 60+ micro apts.with no parking). Hope this is my last move for “progress.”
Rick’s been in his current location a little over six years, and he’s been in business in West Seattle for 40+ years. We asked if the “Psychic Barber” sign will go along in the move; yes, he said, “But I’ll have to get a new one made to accommodate the window.”
Lafayette Elementary is celebrating its centennial, and, as we reported in January, its Leopard Leaders are celebrating with a donation drive to help others – with your partnership. Here’s how it’s going; the update is from 5th grader Thea Harnish:
Here is an update on how the Lafayette community is progressing on their goal to collect 100 pairs of socks and shoes per grade level to donate to youth in need through Westside Baby and YouthCare. We have surpassed our goal for socks with a current collection of 792 pairs of socks. But we need more help with the shoes. We have 175 collected toward the goal of 600.
We have been fundraising through popcorn sales and gift wrapping as well as requesting donations from businesses in person to buy new shoes. Please see attached a photo of part of the collection. We have raised over $1000 to buy shoes.
With Earth Day around the corner, we are hoping to get the word out to sort through your shoes and see what doesn’t fit anymore and what you can donate. Even adult sizes can work for Youthcare, which supports kids 12 to 21 who live on the streets of Seattle. The deadline is fast approaching and shoes can be dropped off at Lafayette Elementary during school hours, Attn: Leopard Leaders.
Lafayette’s entrance is just north of the northwest corner of California and Lander.
(2017 photo courtesy West Seattle Bee Festival)
It’s your chance to “bee” in a parade,among other things – the 7th annual West Seattle Bee Festival is now exactly one month away. 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, May 18th, you are invited to the West Seattle Bee Garden on the north end of High Point Commons Park and vicinity for fun including music, kids’ activities, an Urban Survival Skills Fair, and the aforementioned parade (11:30 am, costumes welcome, everybody follows the Big Bee around the park). See more here and set your calendar to “bee” there.
Didn’t hear about this one until it turned up this afternoon on SPD Blotter:
Police were called to a dispute at a West Seattle P-Patch on Wednesday after a gardener hosed down a man who tried to treat the patch as his personal compost bin.
Just before 4:30 PM, officers responded to the 5000 block of 25th Avenue SW and met with the gardener. The woman told police she was working in the P-Patch when she saw a man dumping a tarp full of leaves, collected from his yard two houses away, onto P-Patch property.
She confronted the man and accused the man of illegally dumping the leaves. The man shrugged, walked off, and returned a short time later with another pile of leaves.
The woman told police she squirted the man with a garden hose as he was dumping the leaves, and that the man then started coming toward her. She alleged the man tripped her, knocking her to the ground.
Police contacted the man, who was sitting on a bench in the P-Patch, and he disputed the woman’s account, saying he had pursued her because he was trying to get the hose away from her. Officers noted the man’s shorts appeared wet.
The man said there was no sign regarding dumping, and agreed not to enter the P-patch again.
And now a PSA regarding dumping compostable items at P-Patches: “I would say it’s frowned upon,” says Department of Neighborhoods spokeswoman Lois Maag. “While we can’t condone spraying your neighbor, you should just use your own compost bin.”
Another West Seattle project has appeared on the city list for the “Early Outreach” design-review process, which calls for informal community feedback before the project design is too far down the road. This time it’s 2347 44th SW [map], described as four single-family houses with four offstreet-parking spaces, replacing a 110-year-old house. The Early Outreach program calendar shows a community site walk scheduled one week from tonight, 5:30 pm Thursday, April 25th.
P.S. We were at the “Early Outreach” meeting earlier this week for the Junction 7-11 site mixed-use project and expect to publish that report later today.
Friendly reminder if you are still deciding whether to have a sale on Saturday, May 11th, which will be the 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – registration is open for one more week, until next Thursday, April 25th, when we get busy mapmaking! So far we have more than 150 sales registered – from individual sales to block sales to business sales, moving sales to “kids outgrew their stuff” sales, “vintage” sales, furnishings, collectibles, sports gear … if you’re looking for something and don’t mind that it’s used, WSCGSD will be the day to find it. We publish the map in clickable and downloadable versions a week in advance so shoppers can plan, and that’s why we cut off registration. So if you’re ready to sign up a sale, don’t procrastinate – just go here now!
First, from the WSB Easter/Passover/Etc. Guide:
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICES: More than half a dozen local churches that sent their schedules to us have special services tonight. Our guide has times, places, descriptions.
Now, from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ENVIRONMENTAL SLAM: Student competition at Youngstown Cultural Arts Station, 6:30 pm:
The Environmental Slam is a regional, student-focused, community event that features short presentations by middle and high school youth on a local and actionable environmental issue of their choosing. Student teams or individuals present their environmental issue in front of a live audience in the spirit of a “slam” style performance which is characterized by a short (5 minutes) informative and entertaining presentation. The Slam is intended to educate both the community audience and the students themselves as they research and develop their presentation.
(4408 Delridge Way SW)
ORCA TALK: Worried about our local orcas? 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), ind out the latest about them and efforts to help them at The Whale Trail‘s Orca Talk. Featured speaker: “Recovering the Southern Residents: lessons learned from other populations,” by Dr. Timothy Ragen. More info in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)
SUPER KREWE: Brassy live music, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $8. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)