West Seattle, Washington
This Saturday is going to be sunny, warm, and busy. Not just for buying and selling during the 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (get the map here!) …. here are two ways it’ll be a day of giving, too:
STAMP OUT HUNGER: Saturday is the 27th annual nationwide food drive with letter carriers picking up bags of nonperishable food left by mailboxes/slots. Before you get going for the day, consider putting out a donation bag.
GARAGE SALE DAY ‘LEFTOVERS’: It’s become a tradition to offer opportunities for sellers to donate anything unsold at WSCGSD’s end. From our list on the WSCGSD website, here’s what we have so far:
*Stop ‘n’ Shop Thrift Store at the Senior Center of West Seattle in The Junction (4217 SW Oregon): Staying open late, until 6 pm, with “extra helpers ready to unload your vehicle from our back alley”
*Stuff the Truck @ Holy Rosary: All day, 9 am-5 pm, @ school parking lot (4139 42nd SW) – clothing, books, toys, small household items
*West Seattle Christian Church: 2-5 pm, accepting donated items for West Seattle Helpline and Goodwill at WSCC Community Building (4401 42nd Ave SW)
*West Seattle Cares, a newly formed group with a focus on reaching out in friendship and service to our unhoused neighbors, has just announced:
We are collecting supplies needed for those living unsheltered in our community. If you are participating in the WEST SEATTLE GARAGE SALE DAY and have any of the following items in GOOD condition remaining at the end of the day we would be happy to come collect them from you and donate to those in need.
Text Lashanna at 206-715-5262 by 4 pm on 5/11 for a pickup or email email@example.com.
Items for donation include:
*Tents, sleeping bags/pads, tarps,
*Men’s clothing size medium or larger: jackets, sweat shirts, pants, shoes (sneakers, hiking, work boots), socks
*Backpacks: medium/larger size
If you drove by American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle this evening and noticed SPD and yellow tape – here’s what brought them there: A case of flag-burning. We found out from a texted tip (thank you); the tipster said the Ladder 11 crew from Station 32 across the street had not only extinguished the fire, they had quickly donated a flag to replace the one that had been burned, and sent this photo:
When we arrived, police were getting ready to leave; we talked to the Station 32 crew, and to Post 160 commander Keith Hughes. He told us the flag was ignited by a man who’s been helping out around the Post for a while in exchange for permission to sleep on the porch. He does a variety of odd jobs and has been very helpful, Hughes said. But today, he took down the flag that flies outside Post 160 – then put it up again, brought it down again, and then for unknown reasons, set it on fire. That brought SFD – you’ll see the “illegal burn” call on the Real-Time 911 log – and police. The suspect, meantime, took off and had not been found when we talked with officers at the scene. What remains of the burned flag is in this bag:
Hughes tells us they’ll keep it until their next scheduled flag-disposal ceremony.
If you missed the advance alerts and haven’t been through the area yet today, the photo taken a short time ago is your reminder that the Avalon/35th/Alaska project has now added a zone to the first phase of work – 35th SW between Avalon and Alaska. As noted in our April preview, this work will replace a water main as well as completely rebuilding the road, and it could last up to seven months. It was very slow going both ways when we went through around 4 pm, with one lane each way as shown above. Work continues on Avalon, too. (SDOT’s latest full project update is here.)
26-year-old Keelan T. Malone, charged in a sexual assault and burglary near 13th/Roxbury almost a year ago, has been ordered to be sent back to Western State Hospital for attempted restoration of competency. We last updated his case in December, when he was found competent to stand trial after treatment at WSH, but since then, a new evaluation changed that assessment and led to the new order. Malone is due back in court in July. He is charged with burglary with sexual motivation and indecent liberties for one in a series of break-ins that terrified the neighborhood last year.
12:21 PM: Avoid Delridge/Brandon [map] – an emergency response is arriving for a report of a wheelchair-using pedestrian hit by a driver and injured. The intersection is reported to be at least partially closed. Updates to come.
12:34 PM: Our crew reports the person, a man in his 50s, is being taken to Harborview. The truck involved in the collision is marked Seattle Public Utilities. This happened at the SE corner of Delridge/Brandon. SB traffic is getting through.
12:44 PM: Photo added. The victim’s wheelchair is beneath the truck grille. We are waiting to hear from police whether Traffic Collision Investigation detectives are being sent out..
12:52 PM: Police confirm TCI is coming to the scene. For now SB Delridge remains open but that could change depending on what the detectives need to do for their investigation, which is likely to last a few hours.
3:13 PM: Though we heard a while back that SPD was expecting to reopen NB Delridge shortly, we haven’t heard confirmation yet. SFD says the pedestrian, a 52-year-old man, was in serious condition when transported. We have some other followup questions out and will update as replies are received. We should also note that this is the same intersection where a 52-year-old man was hit and killed in November 2014.
4:20 PM: Just confirmed firsthand that the scene is clear.
5:50 PM: From SPD Blotter:
Shortly after noon today, officers responded to 911 calls of a collision at Delridge Way SW and SW Brandon Street. The large utilities truck was stopped for a red light, facing northbound on Delridge. The driver of the truck then began to make a right turn, colliding with the 55-year-old male in the wheelchair, who had entered the crosswalk in front of the truck. The impact from the collision caused significant injuries to the pedestrian.
Seattle Fire responded and transported the male victim to Harborview Medical Center. The driver of the utility truck was evaluated at the scene for any sign of impairment, which is standard protocol in injury collisions. The driver did not exhibit any signs of impairment.
We had also asked SPU for info; their only comment, “Seattle Public Utilities is aware of the incident involving an SPU vehicle and is investigating.”
When Chef Case Justham announced the closure of Brass Knuckle Bistro (9602 16th SW) – as reported on our partner site White Center Now – he added, “We’ve got a great buyer taking over, an iconic local spot that will be a perfect fit for the neighborhood, that I’m sure everyone will be extremely excited about.”
Post-closure, a handwritten note on the door named that “iconic local spot” as Biscuit Bitch, a sassy spot for breakfast/brunch, with three downtown locations – Pike Place, Pioneer Square, and Belltown. We’ve finally confirmed the White Center expansion plan, after reaching BB by phone today. No estimate yet for when they’ll open, we were told, but they’ve taken over the space. Never been to Biscuit Bitch? Here’s the menu.
Low-low tide this afternoon might bring a sight like the one Gary Jones photographed off Constellation Park on Monday – harbor seals hanging out on a “barely exposed rock island.” Read on for the tide time and five more highlights for the hours ahead:
FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER: Today/tonight until 10 pm, dine at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) and part of the proceeds help keep the Fauntleroy Fall Festival free. Gift baskets are being raffled, too! (9261 45th SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE: As previewed Monday, it’s out to -1.9 feet at 1:21 pm.
TOASTMASTERS CLUB 832: All are welcome at the 6:30 pm meeting at Brookdale West Seattle! Get your speaking and leadership skills in tune. (4611 35th SW)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 6:30 pm meeting at Neighborhood House High Point, all welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
WAX & OIL: Live painting and DJs at Parliament Tavern. 8 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
JAZZ OPEN MIC: 8 pm at The Skylark. “Come sit in with Jazz giants Clipper Anderson and Randy Halberstadt.”
MUCH MORE ... on our complete calendar!
Even if you’re not a track-and-field fan, if you live/work/travel through the Westwood area, this might be a helpful heads-up: Meets announcer David Feinberg emailed (thank you!) to say, “In case anybody may want to know, there are two big 2-day track and field meets scheduled for the Southwest Athletic Complex this week and next: Wednesday and Friday, 5/08 and 5/10 … Metro League Championship. Wednesday and Friday, 5/15 and 5/17 … SeaKing District 2 4A and 3A State Qualifier.” Competition is scheduled to start by mid-afternoon on all those dates and continue into the early evening. We’ll have daily reminders in our previews those days, too/
7:04 AM: Another sunny day! No transit alerts or incidents reported in our area so far.
ROAD WORK REMINDER: The next work site for the Avalon/35th project – on 35th south of Avalon – starts up as soon as today; here’s the updated SDOT map:
“We asked the cats and they don’t want our stuff.”
“Secrets to a long and meaningful life.”
“Curious variety of objects looking for a new home.”
“Will make your wildest dreams come true.”
Reviewing the ~300 listings for this year’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – now just four days away! – we took notes including those memorable mentions. Now it’s all down to you, whether you’re just planning to wander over to your nearest sale(s) or planning a grand tour, north to south, east to west. The map to Saturday’s sales is your guide, explorable online, and downloadable in PDF. If you print out the latter to make your plan, please still be sure to check the online map page on sale day for last-minute cancellations/changes. Meantime, three more mini-lists –
*Sales with pottery: #3, #60, #74, #111, #192, #214
*Sales with Legos! #43, #111, #133, #146, #251
*Sales with one or more kayaks: #183, #224, #263, #291
Looking for something specific? Use the online map’s search function (explained on the map page) or use browser search to comb the PDF listings. More previews ahead!