West Seattle, Washington
Before the weekend wraps, we have one more community meeting from this past week to recap: The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network‘s final meeting before summer hiatus. Here’s what happened when the WSBWCN gathered Tuesday at the Southwest Precinct:
PRECINCT UPDATE AND COMMUNITY Q&A: Capt. Pierre Davis said crimes against persons are up 14 percent, largely because of the string of robberies earlier in the year. Property crimes are down 13 percent. Citizen diligence remains helpful – he admits you’ve heard it many times, but, “if you see something, say something.” In the Southwest Precinct jurisdiction, South Park remains an area of emphasis – the Anti-Crime Team is there, serving warrants. Alki Beach is a West Seattle area of emphasis and they started early this year, including one group of dedicated traffic officers.
Thanks to Faye for the photo from today’s Seattle Pride Parade downtown. She photographed West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah participating. Any other West Seattleite sightings? Send a photo and we’ll add! (firstname.lastname@example.org) Fay also sent a photo of the city’s most prominent Pride flag:
(WSB file photo from Duwamish Head during a minus-three-foot low-low tide)
The lowest low tides of summer are coming up this week. It’ll be out to -3.0 feet at 11:14 am Tuesday, -3.4 at 11:58 am Wednesday and at 12:43 pm Thursday, and -3.0 at 1:31 pm Friday. Expert advice will be available for your (careful!) exploration, with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation and Lincoln Parks each day – see those times here. (The only other chance this year that you’ll get to visit the shore during a minus-three-feet-or-more low tide is August 1st.)
Any of those items look familiar? From Julie: “Found these in a bag behind a bush near 21st and Delridge. Includes keys and fob. Contact at jules654 (at) gmail (dot) com if it’s yours.”
The weekend began with a big volunteer show of support at Alki Beach. If only the trash they picked up hadn’t been left behind in the first place! The photos and report are from David Hutchinson with Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network:
The “Sentinels of the Sound” Alki Beach cleanup Saturday morning was a great success. Over 80 volunteers showed up at the Alki Statue of Liberty before spreading out to remove litter from the beach and Park. When they returned, the material they collected was weighed and bagged for disposal. Seal Sitters would like to thank Seattle Parks & Recreation and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance for providing the cleanup supplies.
Seattle Parks and concerned Alki residents always work hard to keep the area clean but a good amount of litter was removed during the 2½ hour event. This included over 100 pounds of trash and hundreds of cigarette butts as well as a discarded insulin syringe.
Volunteers from the sponsoring groups, Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network, SR3 and Sno-King Marine Mammal Response, staffed display tables, talked with and answered questions from passersby.
Just a quick reminder, harbor seal pupping season is now underway in our area, so if you come across a vulnerable pup (or any marine mammal) on a West Seattle beach, please call Seal Sitters’ Hotline at 206-905-7325.
So much still to come as we head toward the heart of summer! One of the biggest days is now less than 3 weeks away. Saturday, July 20th, starts with the return of the Float Dodger 5K, presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) at 9:30 am (register here!), then continues with the second annual PAWrade at 10 am (you and your dog are invited to be part of it!), and then the West Seattle Grand Parade at 11 am. Just wanted to make sure those are on your radar! More specifics as we get closer.
Happy Sunday! Calendar highlights:
PRIDE WEEKEND CONCLUDES: The West Seattle Junction Pride flags go back up this morning; you can join volunteers in taking them down at 5 pm – meet at Cupcake Royale (California/Alaska) … Arthur’s in Admiral (2311 California SW) is again today donating 10 percent to Camp Ten Trees … Downtown, the big Seattle Pride Parade starts at 11 am; see the route here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, it’s that time of the summer when the vegetable and fruit options are ever-more plentiful. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL, DAY 2: 11 am-6 pm at Camp Long, this free festival offers opportunities to enjoy and engage in art in a multitude of formats and settings. Here’s the performance schedule. Just go wander the park and see what you discover! Here’s our Saturday coverage. (5200 35th SW)
VAN HUNT LIVE AT EASY STREET: 3 pm in-store performance at Easy Street Records, free, all ages. (California/Alaska)
BLUEGRASS JAM: Come play/sing at Parliament Tavern, 7 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
12:50 AM: SFD has sent one engine to a crash reported at Orchard/Dumar, just off Delridge. According to a tipster and police radio, it involves a flipped car, in the shrubbery by the Shell station. That’s the only vehicle reported involved. One person is reported to be hurt.
2:16 PM: SPD is investigating this as possible DUI. A 24-year-old man was arrested and booked into the King County Jail, according to online records.