West Seattle, Washington
Most of this month’s 34th District Democrats meeting was devoted to a “town hall” Q&A event with our area’s state legislators – Sen. Joe Nguyen, Rep. Eileen Cody, and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon. Rachel Glass and Jordan Crawley moderated the event Wednesday at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Here’s our video:
Ahead, our toplines from what was asked and how it was answered:
In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
WESTWOOD VILLAGE CAR PROWL: Reader report received this evening:
I was the victim of a car prowl outside 24 Hour Fitness last night (11/16) between 7:30pm-8:50pm. It was disappointing because it was my first real visit to the gym after starting a membership earlier in the week.
When I left the gym, I found the driver-side window of my car smashed in, and some Seattle Public Library CD’s and personal CD’s in the passenger seat that were taken. Nothing of real value, but now I’m stuck with cost of replacing the broken window, which is money I don’t have.
When I went back inside the gym to report the incident to employees behind the front desk, one of them asked, “Did you park on the Marshall’s side?”. I said yes, and he said there had been at least 4 recent car break-ins in that same area of the parking lot.
We checked Tweets by Beat – which, it should be noted, does have gaps – and found four car-prowl calls logged to WWV addresses since Oct. 1st.
CAR PROWL/THEFT PREVENTION: This month’s educational bulletin from Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner focuses on those two crimes – read it here (PDF) or below:
SHOTGUN SUSPECT FOLLOWUP: One update in a case we’ve been following – that of 48-year-old Michael J. Mullen, who originally made news in a June incident involving a “heavily altered” shotgun. Four weeks ago, we reported that he was back in jail, charged with misdemeanor domestic-violence harassment after an incident involving a roommate. Checking online court records, we see that case has since been dismissed but he was kept in custody on a “remand” in the gun case. Now he’s been found incompetent to stand trial and ordered to spend up to 45 days at Western State Hospital for attempted competency restoration.
7:10 PM: Another crash toward the west end of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. This one has just been dispatched as a rollover, “on its top,” so SFD is sending a “rescue extrication” response. If you have to use the bridge, avoid that end for a while.
7:14 PM: Police are closing the eastbound Fauntleroy entrance to the bridge because of the crash. No injuries reported so far.
7:39 PM: The incident log shows all SFD units have now closed out their part of the call. SDOT’s live camera at 35th/Fauntleroy shows the eastbound bridge entrance is still closed.
7:52 PM: Now reopened.
As previewed in our Sunday highlight list, a camel – technically, a dromedary – was at Ounces in North Delridge this afternoon as part of the beer garden/taproom’s third-anniversary celebration. Crackle is from a farm on the Eastside. (We would have photographed Ounces’ proprietors too, but Laurel and Mike Trujillo had stepped away just before we got there. Happy anniversary!)
3:41 PM: Avoid the eastbound bridge from Fauntleroy for a while – a crash, and the SFD medical response for it, is blocking at least one lane.
5:04 PM: Just in case you’re wondering- yes, this did clear.
Thanks to Doug for the tip! Another West Seattle playground has improvements on the way. New equipment is planned for Cottage Grove Park Playground at 5206 26th SW, as part of the 2018 Your Voice, Your Choice! process, “to make the play area more usable for young children.” Seattle Parks is having a community meeting at 6:30 pm Monday, December 2nd, for input on the new equipment. All are welcome at the meeting, which will be in Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW) – see the full flyer here (PDF).
No football, no rain (yet) – here’s an option this afternoon: It’s all about the home-made and hand-made at Peace Lutheran Church‘s holiday bazaar, on until 3 pm. Above, the card for the kimchi is right next to the bake-sale tables. Other tables offer sewn, knitted, crocheted creations at bargain prices:
The bazaar’s in the church’s daylight basement, entrance just north of the northeast corner of 39th/Thistle in Gatewood.
P.S. One week from today – on Sunday, November 24 – Peace Lutheran celebrates its 75th anniversary. Events start at 9:30 am and continue into the afternoon – details in our calendar listing.
The Chief Sealth International High School PTSA is inviting everyone interested to a free showing of the film, “Screenagers: Next Chapter.” It’s been in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar a while but in case you haven’t seen the listing yet, it’s 7:30 pm this Thursday (November 21st) in the CSIHS Auditorium. From the producers, here’s some info about it:
Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience — a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age — Delany Ruston’s award-winning 2016 film — was the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions. Screened more than 8,000 times (and counting) to 4 million people in more than 70 countries, it has been featured on PBS NewsHour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and more. What started as a personal story grew into a national movement, helping millions of youth and their families find their way in a world with instant access to screen time.
In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.
We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.
If you’re interested, you can RSVP here. The CSIHS PTSA adds, “This viewing is free but we will be collecting donations at the door to pay for the screening rights and the district AV crew.”
(Dark-eyed Junco, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
First, from the just-launched WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
PANCAKE-BREAKFAST TICKETS: Get yours in advance for a discount at the West Seattle Kiwanis booth at the south end of the Farmers’ Market today, 10 am-2 pm. The breakfast – with Santa photos! – is on December 7th. (California/Alaska)
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Peace Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale, noon-3 pm. Free kids’ crafts. (39th/Thistle)
And from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: See what’s fresh, 10 am-2 pm, in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE ARTIST AT MCCAW HALL: In conjunction with Pacific Northwest Ballet‘s “Locally Sourced” performances, which conclude at 1 pm today, local artists including West Seattle’s Babs Fulton are showng work at the hall. Here’s one of three pieces being shown by Babs:
She explains, “My 3 pieces are funky tributes to Seattle, our music history and of course the ‘gone, but not ever forgotten’ Viaduct!” Ballet ticket info here. (321 Mercer St.)
OUNCES ANNIVERSARY PARTY, WITH CAMEL! 2 pm-5:30 pm, the taproom/beer garden in North Delridge conclues its third-anniversary party – with Crackles the camel there 3-5:30 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
HIGHEST OF HEELS, OKAY-ISH, LEILANI NITKEY: 5 pm at The Skylark, all ages, $5 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
BLUEGRASS JAM: 7 pm at Whisky West. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)