West Seattle, Washington
Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
LOOK FAMILIAR? LK spotted that dumped-and-likely-stolen bicycle in Arbor Heights. Let us know if it’s yours.
CAR PROWL: Amanda reports, “My car window was broken into between 4/24 10 PM and 4/25 6 AM. The entire window was smashed. The car was parked in a rear alley off Beach Drive. A red Sleepypod (pet carrier) was stolen. If anyone sees this around, it would be nice to get it back.”
HIT-RUN: It’s been a few weeks since this incident but Tom sent this in hopes someone has info:
On Friday afternoon 4/12/2019, my neighbor driving a gray Mazda CX5 was traveling north on Highland Park Way and making a left turn onto SW Holden when she was struck by a green Dodge Durango. The driver of the Durango sped away southbound on Highland when he almost struck another car. The Durango should have front end damage due to the hit and run. If you have any information, please contact the Seattle Police Department (2019-130096).
The photos and report from this week’s Super Science Night at Madison Middle Schoolt are courtesy of educator Fred Jenner:
Excellent job to Madison Middle School’s science department, Ms. Bell, guest presenters, adult volunteers, and student volunteers for making it a great Super Science Night.
Our guests had a great sampling of activities for students and families to interact with, including Microsoft HoloLens, computer coding, physics and chemistry experiments, owl pellet dissection, a Ruben’s tube experiment, science trivia competitions, delectable root beer floats, and a great selection of books on sale.
Thank you again to all who offered support and who participated in making it a successful and interesting night!
Something cool at YOUR school? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Two quick reminders about opportunities this weekend to get rid of what you don’t need:
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm Saturday, take unneeded/unwanted/expired medication to the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) and drop it off. No questions asked. We asked SPD if there were any restrictions on what type they’re accepting – the reply is, no.
RECYCLE ROUNDUP: This also is a twice-yearly event. 9 am-3 pm Sunday at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), bring your recyclables – as long as they’re on this list – and drop them off, free. Organizers request that you come as early in that window as you can to avoid an end-of-day backup.
Mahimahi sails weekly between Seattle and Hawaii. The last regularly scheduled container operations at T-5 were in 2014.
Matson previously called at T-30 on the south end of the downtown waterfront.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
AVALON PROJECT: As the project’s second week of ~14 months of work concludes, project team reps came to WSTC. So what’s new? When the 35th work starts in early May, that street will be down to one lane each way, said project spokesperson Adonis Ducksworth. And some early 35th work could start as soon as next week, which is one week before the big work starts, he said. First, the latest weekly update on the project, received a few hours before the meeting:
This week, crews are demolishing and removing the road on the east side of SW Avalon Way from SW Genesee St to SW Yancy (Zone B) so we can rebuild the base before beginning to pave on the east side of SW Avalon Way as early as Saturday, May 4. Paving is highly weather dependent so it can be postponed if weather is wetter than anticipated.
From Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, May 5, we will be closing the east side of the intersection of SW Avalon Way and SW Genesee St to make water utility repairs. Crews will need to work across multiple lanes of traffic in the intersection. We also anticipate work on 35th Ave SW (Zone E) to begin as soon as the week of May 6. You can expect to see no-parking signs go up as early as next week. …
Overview of upcoming work for next week:
*Lots of construction activity including jackhammering, removing the east portion of the roadway, large trucks, machines, noise, dust, and vibrations.
*We will coordinate with residents for driveway closures.
*Uniformed police officers will typically be onsite
*Typical work hours from 7 AM – 7 PM (no noise from equipment like jackhammers before 9 AM on Saturday and Sunday or before 8 AM on weekdays)
*We have heard that Seattle Public Utilities will be working to make some water service renewals along SW Avalon Way. They will coordinate directly with neighbors as their work is scheduled.
*Buses are making in-lane stops. Please follow the safe passageways set up for your safety. Starting Monday, April 22nd the northbound stop at Genesee will be temporarily closed.
*The contractor is coordinating with King County Metro to reroute route 50 from Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, May 5.
Project questions included the closure of 30th SW, with WSTC board member Chas Redmond saying it reduced part of the access to that neighborhood and Ducksworth contending it was a safety issue, and board member Marty Westerman asking about Avalon business access, with Ducksworth mentioning what SDOT had told us in a pre-construction briefing – that they are trying to do some early work there. Some discussion of the project’s effects on bicycle riding also ensued. At some point, travel will be on ground-down pavement, Ducksworth warned, while also saying there would not be plates in the road during May, which is “Bike Everywhere Month.” WSTC board member Deb Barker also wondered what further steps SDOT would take to communicate important messages – more on-site signage and enforcement, she suggested. The project team said another sign was planned, for starters.
SAM ZIMBABWE: He joked he gets “like one more week of being the new guy” before recapping his background. We recorded his entire appearance:
12:31 PM: At the Sound Transit board room downtown, the Elected Leadership Group that’s been working on West Seattle-to Ballard light rail just finished its meeting for recommendations to be made to the ST Board. Comprehensive report to come later, but in the short run, the West Seattle recommendations were not dramatically different from those sent to them by the Stakeholder Advisory Group last week. Perhaps the biggest difference: This group wasn’t given a directive to come up with one recommendation “if extra money is found” and another if it’s not. As summarized by ST’s Cathal Ridge at meeting’s end, the major support was for crossing the Duwamish River south of the existing bridge, the Delridge area would be “blue line with refinements” in hopes of “reducing neighborhood effects,” and for The Junction, “blue tunnel/red modified” with no further consideration of the orange option. Full details, video, and more, later.
5:26 PM: Pending our full report tonight, here’s our video of the hour-and-a-quarter in which the ELG members made their recommendations:
Seattle Channel also records ELG meetings but its video isn’t available yet.
We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor today!
Snip-its Haircuts for Kids is open in West Seattle, joining Snip-its of Bellevue in providing a magical space full of fun distractions, and a happy haircut adventure for kids. Duc Quan is the local owner of both locations and is a West Seattle resident with husband Brian and 6.5-year-old daughter Justine.
Duc noticed that there were no kid-focused salons in the area and parents were driving a significant distance for a children’s salon or taking them to a local adult salon that might not be equipped for kids. Duc and his family are very excited to have found the right space in the Alaska Junction to open the second Snip-its in the PNW.
Everything at Snip-its is about helping kids look and feel great all while making haircuts relaxing for parents. Every haircut adventure starts with a Snip-its Adventure Pass, then the stylists work their magic while kids play games and watch videos on kid friendly tablets. At the end of each haircut, kids turn in their adventure pass and get a prize from the Magic Box! There are other goodies like crackers, lollipops, and balloons that make getting a haircut so easy. But this salon is more than just haircuts- Snip-its will offer kid friendly spa services and birthday parties. There will also be a fun play area in the lobby and families are welcome to come play, even if they don’t need a haircut yet!
Snip-its parents love that their kids look forward to getting a haircut and that our stylists are so kind and patient to their littlest clients. They often comment about how their first visit at Snip-its was the first time their child actually enjoyed a haircut, which is extremely rewarding to hear.
Snip-its has also partnered with Autism Speaks to develop a training program where stylists are certified to work with kids on the Autism spectrum. All kids, all abilities, are welcome! It’s fitting that the salon is opening during Autism Awareness Month.
Duc loves the West Seattle community and is connecting with local family-focused no-profits about possible partnership opportunities. And since the salon is located on the Farmers’ Market block, Snips (the Snip-its mascot) will make frequent appearances on Sundays to say hello to community members while staff provide fun, free activities such as temporary hair color for kids.
Soft-opening is today, at 4506 California SW! Appointments can be booked on the salon webpage, coming soon. In the meantime, the Snip-its West Seattle Facebook page has all the information and updates. Come check us out and see why we say #WeSpeakKid!
We thank Snip-its Haircuts for Kids of West Seattle 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.
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Special guests at the meeting: Members of the Guardian One helicopter team from the Air Support Unit of the King County Sheriff’s Office, who talked about their work in the skies of West Seattle and the surrounding area.
Happy Friday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
SOUND TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL: The Elected Leadership Group meets at 9:30 am at the ST board room downtown – with a public-comment period toward the start of the meeting – to recommend which West Seattle-to-Ballard routing/station locations they want to see go into environmental studies. We’re there and will be updating on Twitter as well as publishing a story as soon afterward as we’re able. (401 S. Jackson)
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: 10:30 am-2 pm at Daystar. Visitors welcome for all or part of the meeting; agenda info is in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle. Today’s movie is 1955’s “Soldier of Fortune.” $1 members, $2 nonmembers, free popcorn. (4217 SW Oregon)
COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD’S OFFICE HOURS: 2-7 pm, drop-in hours with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold meeting with constituents at the Southwest Customer Service Center adjacent to Southwest Pool. (2801 SW Thistle)
PLANT SALE: The White Center Library Guild is selling plants at the library 10 am-2 pm today. (1409 SW 107th)
GARY BENSON: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
‘WIZARD OF OZ’: Student production at Seattle Lutheran High School, 7:30 pm curtain in the gym. (4100 SW Genesee)
JOHNNY & THE MOLES, STINGSHARK: Live at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … via our complete calendar!
7:13 AM: Thanks for the tips. We start with word of a crash on Harbor Avenue SW not too far north of the West Seattle Bridge. Avoid the area. A texter says it’s on the southbound (toward the bridge) side.
7:52 AM: The SFD response on that crash was canceled fairly quickly, so apparently no serious injury. No further info on the scene’s status – please let us know if you find it cleared.
BEACH DRIVE PAVING: This is the last scheduled day for the project between Weather Watch and Me-Kwa-Mooks Parks (we’ll check the area this afternoon).
4TH SW CLOSURE STARTS NEXT WEEK: Here’s our update on the month-plus closure scheduled to start next week just south of Roxbury.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Mariners are home, 7:10 tonight, vs. the Rangers.