West Seattle, Washington
The sunset was a no-show. But several hardy people showed up to join Alice Enevoldsen‘s change-of-seasons sunset watch tonight at Solstice Park anyway. When turnout’s a bit bigger, Alice gathers everyone into a circle for a grand demonstration of what exactly happens in the solar system at the time of equinox or solstice. Tonight, things were a little more casual. Mark your calendar for the next sunset watch; this year’s winter solstice is on Saturday, December 21st.
Somebody needs to take over the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council.
Longtime chair Mat McBride (right, WSB file photo) announced at this month’s DNDC meeting that it’s time for him to step away.
Three other people were at the meeting, held last Wednesday in the lobby of Neighborhood House High Point due to a key snafu. None of them volunteered on the spot to take over. One, in fact, said she had moved out of east West Seattle.
McBride’s long been a cheerful and energetic neighborhood advocate, with his 11 years of work including helping get other efforts launched, among them the now-dormant Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council. He coordinated the volunteers who built a new Roxhill Park playground in 2012. Three years ago, on short notice, he turned a scheduled DNDC meeting into a defiant rally of neighborhood district council reps from around the city after then-Mayor Ed Murray announced he wanted to cut official ties with the groups.
Many of the NDCs kept going anyway, including Delridge – but now its future is uncertain. McBride planned to talk with at least one longtime member who wasn’t there Wednesday night. In the meantime, here’s what else he and the attendees discussed:
SDOT says it’s NOT paving on Avalon tonight after all. The update:
Due to wet weather, paving on SW Avalon Way from SW Spokane St to 35th Ave SW (Zones A-C) has been cancelled for tonight, Monday, September 23.
Paving is tentatively scheduled to take place overnight on Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25. This work is very weather dependent, and we will continue to provide updates on our paving schedule if dates change due to rain.
Four notes in West Seattle Crime Watch:
DRUG SUSPECT CHARGED: Continuing to follow up on the search warrant and arrest in High Point last week, we have charging documents from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, filed today. 47-year-old Richard S. Schaan is charged with two drug felonies. He remains in the King County Jail, bail set at $50,000, with an arraignment hearing scheduled October 7th. (The photo at right is from the Department of Corrections, which had it on record from time he served in 2010.)
BACKYARD BREAK-IN: From Laura near 22nd/Barton:
Back yard was broken into (Sunday) evening around 7 pm. We believe this is Jessica Detrick based on neighbors recognizing her from past incidents.
The dog is the giveaway here, as compared to past coverage here.
SOMEWHERE THERE’S A BAREFOOT TRESPASSER: Ashley southwest of The Junction wondered if this somehow connects to anything else nearby:
We woke up to these shoes under our patio table and clearly this person sat at the table for a while. Haven’t noticed anything missing. I wanted to let you know to see if anything happened to those around us. We live off Dawson and 47th.
BLOCKWATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK TOMORROW: You don’t have to be a captain or even in a Block Watch at all to attend – all are welcome at Tuesday’s meeting, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), featuring a guest from the city’s 911 center.
From Seattle Public Utilities:
Seattle Public Utilities crews will conduct routine hydrant flow testing near 3084 SW Avalon Way starting at 11:30 pm on Tuesday, September 24, and lasting until 5:30 am on Wednesday, September 25. During and after testing, some customers in the area may experience temporary discolored water. If this happens, the water should clear on its own- or try running the cold tap for a few minutes. If the problem persists, contact SPU’s 24/7 Operations Response Center at 206-386-1800.
That’s the number to use any time you get unexplained brown water, as we’ve reported many times.
Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s proposed 2020 budget is out and we’re browsing it in search of West Seattle specifics. One of her office’s accompanying news releases singles one out: $3.5 million for long-in-search-of-funding Highland Park Way/Holden improvements. The money would come from the city’s “Mercer Megablock” sale proceeds, according to page 5 of the SDOT budget doc (PDF):
The big question is – what will this money buy? The mayoral news release says the work will “includ(e) intersection modifications at Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street with traffic calming, new sidewalks and curb ramps, and new transit stops.” As we reported in May, the estimate for the long-proposed roundabout jumped to more than $7 million, with signalizing the intersection estimated at $3 million. We’ll be following up on that, and other budget details of West Seattle interest.
In addition to everything else we’ve been covering this past hour-plus, we’re getting questions about an alarming-looking situation involving a Washington State Ferry and other boats. Here’s the explanation from WSF:
Federal, state and local agencies are scheduled to hold an active-shooter drill on board the M/V Kittitas without passengers while underway in Puget Sound Monday afternoon. Community members or waterway users may see increased maritime activity around the ferry during afternoon hours.
12:58 PM: The big SFD/SPD response to Beach Drive SW is because someone spotted a paddleboard offshore, unoccupied, and is worried someone might be in trouble. Updates to come.
1 PM: Responders are saying the paddleboard appears to be tied to buoy(s). No person(s) in sight.
1:15 PM: Call’s closed, and crews were gone by the time we arrived in the area a few minutes ago.
12:15 PM: The emergency response for what’s reported as a flipped-car crash is blocking SW Holden near 13th SW in Highland Park. Avoid the area. We’re on the way to find out more.
12:25 PM: Photo added. Two vehicles involved; no one hurt. Tow truck’s on scene, so street will likely reopen soon.
12:40 PM: Officers at the scene just told dispatchers that Holden has reopened both ways.
11:57 AM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for word that Southern Resident Killer Whales are in the area again! Southbound off Bainbridge Island – still north of Elliott Bay – at last word.
1:35 PM: In comments, Robin Sinner reports: “1:15 pm, just saw two breaches from Constellation Park in West Seattle, southbound to red buoy.”
11:48 AM: Got a couple questions about this – sorry we didn’t hear about it in advance, but if you too saw it and wondered, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, just arrived in Seattle. They’re visiting the Museum of Flight today. (Thanks to the commenter who saved us research time post-flyover!)
12:03 PM: The Museum of Flight tweeted video of the arrival:
— The Museum of Flight (@museumofflight) September 23, 2019
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, as fall begins:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: 1-7 pm, mobile blood drive at Our Lady of Guadalupe – walk-ups welcome but note that it’s closed 3-4 pm for a break. (7700 35th SW)
HOMEWORK HELP: Students will find it with volunteers at High Point Library 4-7:30 pm. (3411 SW Raymond)
ALICE’S EQUINOX SUNSET WATCH: Even if it doesn’t look too likely the sun will make an appearance, come to Solstice Park 6:30-7:30 pm for NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen‘s equinox-sunset watch. All ages welcome. Learn what “equinox” really means, and more. Upslope from the tennis courts. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
QUIZFIX TRIVIA: At The Skylark, free, all ages, with prizes! 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Family and friends will gather Friday to celebrate the life of Brian A. Willett. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:
Brian A. Willett, age 43, born April 5, 1976 in Bozeman, MT, died suddenly June 24, 2019 in Seattle.
Brian’s formative years were spent in Montana, where he graduated from Bozeman HS in 1994. His first year of college was spent at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his studies at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1998 with a BA in Political Science. Brian was elected President of the Young Democrats while attending college. He served as an intern for Congressional Representative Ron Wyden, who is now Senator Wyden of Oregon.
Professionally, Brian’s career took hold in the medical field. Employers included Oregon Medical Labs, Harborview Medical Center, Merck, and finally BloodWorks NW (a blood bank in Seattle).
Brian had a lifelong love of travel and of maps. In his childhood, he was a regional champion in the geography bee. While still in grade school, Brian took a round-the-United States trip with his older sister Terry. The trip cemented his love of learning about people and places different than himself. That love led to several European trips as well as countless travels across the United States and Canada.
He had an extraordinary eye for photography and combined this skill with his passion for fine dining. The subsequent Facebook posts are legendary.
Brian’s gentle ability to call people back to their better selves on social media will be sorely missed. Facebook friends remained friends even after Brian let them know (always privately) that they had overstepped boundaries or were making themselves look foolish.
Brian is survived by his mother Bea and father Walt of Billings, MT; two sisters, Terry Wheeler of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Tammy Novakovich of Red Lodge, MT; and a brother, Paul of Billings, MT. Brian is also survived by his partner of five years, David Anderson of Seattle.
A memorial/celebration of life will be held Friday, September 27, 7 PM at Structure Cellars, 3849 1st Ave S, Seattle. Online donations, in lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Brian’s other loves (Blade and Sienna), can be made to the National Basenji Rescue – www.basenjirescue.org.
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6:52 AM: Welcome to fall, which arrived six hours ago. Some notes:
METRO’S SERVICE CHANGE: First weekday since this took effect on Saturday. Here’s our roundup of West Seattle changes.
NEW ISLAND AT FAUNTLEROY/ALASKA: As shown here last night.
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: Fall quarter classes start today at SSC (WSB sponsor), so be ready for more traffic on 16th SW.
The video is from “Diver Laura” James, who explains:
This is ‘the monster’ (as we dubbed it in 2012), a large stormwater outfall directly off Alki Beach between 55th and 56th street on Alki (NOT the CSO).
This storm drain gets the street runoff from the whole hillside up to Admiral Way. That’s a LOT of polluted stormwater runoff!
We can’t stop the rain, but we CAN reduce the flow of polluted stormwater runoff by following some simple personal actions.
learn more here: www.tox-ick.org