West Seattle, Washington
10:19 PM: Traffic alert if you are outbound tonight or tomorrow: At the lower right of the traffic-camera image above, SDOT trucks and crews have two lanes of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge blocked near 1st Avenue S. so they can do pavement repairs/resurfacing. The SDOT alert says this work could continue until 7 pm tomorrow.
4:11 PM UPDATE: Still working. You can check the camera here.
8:47 PM: Though this was supposed to be done by 7 pm, camera shows the work zone is still blocked off.
The beer is cold and the music’s cool as the first night of the second annual West Seattle Beer & Music Festival continues at Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th SW). We were there as the live music got going with Fly Moon Royalty:
Next up onstage, Marmalade, scheduled for 8:15 pm, followed by DJ Indica Jones. The music’s on the north side of the site, with beer booths on both sides, including local faves like White Center’s Future Primitive Brewing:
Above are Dave, Shelley, and Andrew. (See the music and beer lists here.) The festival (including tomorrow’s 2:45 pm .5K Run4Food) is raising money for the West Seattle Food Bank, and you can stop by their booth on the south side to find out how they help thousands of your neighbors every year:
Above are WSFB executive director Fran Yeatts with volunteer Bobby. Not far away, food trucks with options from tacos to banh mi. The festival segues into the #NotDoneYet afterparty at 10 pm; tomorrow’s the long day, with VIP tickets getting you in at 1:30 pm, music starting with Willow at 2:15 pm, general admission at 3 pm. Tickets/info here!
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
STOLEN SCOOTER: From Garrett:
Make/model: 2018 Honda Metropolitan
Color: Dark blue body, beige seat
It was stolen from the 3500 block of Walnut Ave SW.
Call 911 if you see it.
MAIL THEFT: Jim reports this happened last night in the 3500 block of SW 100th:
Our mailbox (which is a locking mailbox- see attached) was pried open with some sort of a tool (screwdriver I assume?) and our mail was stolen. Our neighbors said they heard a commotion around 3am and saw an SUV pull up and then pull away a minute or two later. It looks like they attempted to hit several of the mailboxes in the cluster of mailboxes (and items were taken from mailboxes that do not have locking mechanisms.)
The neighbor also reported that he saw the person/persons walking up to doors of the homes in the area to see if they were locked. I guess it all happened so quickly he did not have time to call the police.
In the last 3 months, our car (in an off-street carport) was broken into as well and several items were taken.
As the weekend begins, you can plan to be part of a fun event that’s happening toward its end – “bring a non-perishable food item and enjoy fun soccer-related games and activities with Highline Premier Football Club coaches and players,” 5-8 pm Sunday (August 25th) at Walt Hundley Playfield. Donated food will go to the West Seattle Food Bank‘s ongoing assistance for thousands of your neighbors. The field is at 34th SW and SW Myrtle.
Three and a half months after we first reported that Biscuit Bitch would expand to White Center, its opening date is set. We talked with proprietor Kimmie Spice at the new location (9602 16th SW) today and she told us it’ll open Thursday, September 5th. It’s just about ready to go:
Biscuit Bitch already has three locations downtown; see the menu here.
(2013 aerial of Dragonfly Garden/Pavilion, by Long Bach Nguyen)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Sometimes one face-to-face conversation is worth a thousand email chains.
On Thursday, Parks Department staffers met with community volunteers at the Dragonfly Park garden in North Delridge (28th/Dakota), to listen to concerns about a Parks plan to cover its distinctive but weed-plagued beds with grass (reported here last week).
A sizable portion of the meeting was spent straightening out one reason for the volunteers having been blindsided by news of the plan: Though they had been in communication with Parks for years – including the recently retired lead gardener – their group’s existence was not officially on record. They had done their part, filling out documentation of work parties, even working toward the type of official agreement Parks has with “Friends of” groups that donate a lot of time and effort to some parks … but it had never been finalized and entered into the system.
Parks is in a time of transition, explained the four staffers who were there – not just with new leadership (Jesús Aguirre‘s recent return as superintendent), but also with 100 jobs open and a lot of other changes, such as, they said, the department being down to 6 crew chiefs from the previous 9.
A hit-run crash in Morgan Junction back on Tuesday led to this message from Heather:
I wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who came to my aid after a car accident on 8/20 on California Ave and Graham. Within a few seconds of the crash, I had around 20 people holding my hand, comforting me, helping me in any way they could. It was absolutely amazing and I am truly overwhelmed by your kindness and care. This incident, while it hurt my body and my car, brought comfort to my heart and increased my love for the WS community. Thank you for all you did for me. It means more than you know.
Also, if anyone knows where the it and run driver is, please contact me. It was a 2000’s model Toyota Camry, maroon, with heavy front-end damage. He left the scene at high speed and turned west on to Fauntleroy toward the ferry dock. I’m hoping a camera might have picked up a license plate number. If you have any info, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Police incident # is 19-309656.
(Swainson’s Thrush, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
It’s the gateway to your weekend!
BINGO: Weekly bingo! 11 am-2:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: WSBMF is back for a second year, starting tonight at 5. First, a video invitation from Michael Browder of Project 968 (a festival sponsor, and a WSB sponsor too):
The festival starts at 5 pm at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction. Here’s the schedule – with music starting when Fly Moon Royalty takes the stage at 6:45 pm. Even more info on the ticketing page. See you there! (4736 40th SW)
CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT: 5:30 pm, dinner’s available for purchase; 6 pm, music begins. 85th Street Big Band‘s classic sounds close out the series tonight. Free, bring your own chair/blanket. South side of Providence Mount St. Vincent campus. (4831 35th SW)
‘BOBCAT BOB’: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), music with Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
JOHN STEPHAN BAND: Blues/rock at Poggie Tavern, 9 pm. 21+. (4717 California SW)
THE LAST-MINUTE MAYBES: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE! See it all on our complete calendar.
You are invited to an event tomorrow (Saturday, August 24th) in honor of Margaret Miaullis turning 100. The announcement:
Margaret is a 72-year resident of West Seattle and has been active in the community for many years.
She was the owner of Margaret’s Apparel in The Junction for 38 years, retiring in 2003 at age 83. During those years, she belonged to the West Seattle Chamber and Junction Merchants Association, where she did all the promotions for The Junction including the merchants’ sidewalk sales; which she turned into the West Seattle Street Festival and did all the coordinating of the festival for 21 years. Margaret was known as the “Queen of West Seattle.”
Margaret received many awards for her work in the community, including the 2005 Hall of Fame induction from the Washington Festival and Events Association. “Making a difference in West Seattle.” She was on the board of the West Seattle Senior Center for several years. Cooked meals at the center, among many other things. Was an avid golfer and captain of the West Seattle women’s golf club/team. Also, sponsored and bowled on a team at West Seattle Bowl since the 1950s. Since her retirement, for the past 15 years, she has been doing fundraising to benefit the American Cancer Society/WS Discovery Shop, raising over $40,000 and going strong.
In honor of her 100th Birthday, there will be an open house on Saturday, August 24th, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the West Seattle Eagles. Stop by and wish her a Happy 100th!!!
The Eagles’ aerie is at 4426 California SW.
6:52 AM: Good morning!
BRIDGE WORK TONIGHT/TOMORROW: As announced by SDOT, work is planned on the eastbound bridge tonight and tomorrow.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR AVALON/35TH PROJECT: The newest weekly update includes a warning of intersection closures ahead, plus work outside the zone.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners are back home starting tonight, 7:10 pm game against Toronto, followed by fireworks.