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HOW TO HELP: West Seattle Small Business Relief Fund launched

(Photo courtesy WSJA)

When the coronavirus crisis eases and businesses are allowed to reopen, how many will be able to? That question is doubly important since the closure of the West Seattle Bridge means our community will have to be more self-reliant than ever. To help small local independent businesses hang on, the West Seattle Junction Association soft-launched the Small Business Relief Fund this past week. As explained on the WSJA website:

Love your favorite merchants? You can support yours through the Junction Small Business Relief Fund. Here you can support your favorite by donating to one or many businesses. Enter the name of the small business, then pick the dollar amount. 100% of the funds will be distributed directly to the business; the Junction will pay the credit-card processing fees.

If you want your donation to benefit a non-Junction business, that’s OK too, says WSJA executive director Lora Radford. The fund is off to a promising start and every additional donation helps give another small business a fighting chance. There are four ways to donate – all explained here.

CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 4/12 roundup

As we continue into the seventh week since the first King County COVID-19 case, our nightly roundup:

NEWEST LOCAL NUMBERS: Seattle-King County Public Health has now moved to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday news-releawe schedule, but is still updating numbers daily on its COVID-19 page. For today:

*Positive test results: 4.426 (up 164 from a day earlier)

*Deaths: 292 (up 8 from a day earlier)

One week ago, those numbers were 3,167 and 208.

ONE MORE WEST SEATTLE DEATH: The county’s by-zip-code breakdown now shows 98126 with 3 deaths; 98106 and 98146 stlll have 2 each, 98136 has 1, 98116 has none.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

MAJOR PARKS’ CLOSURE, DAY 2: We drove along Alki around 5 pm. Few people in view on the promenade or beach. South of Alki Point, though, Beach Drive traffic/parking along Constellation Park (which is officially part of Alki Beach Park too) was busy.

The closures are scheduled to end at 4:30 am tomorrow.

IF YOU HAVE TO DRIVE, IT’S TOO FAR: No, the “stay-home” order does not mean “stay INSIDE your home.” But you shouldn’t be driving somewhere to walk, run, etc., the state Health Department reiterates in a post today:

Do: Walk!

A lovely walk around our neighborhoods with the people (or dogs) who live with us is great for our physical and mental health. We can enjoy the sunshine, clear our minds, and get some exercise.

Don’t: Drive to your walk

Please avoid the areas that crowd easily like playgrounds or walking paths. Stay around your home. If you need to drive to your walk, that is too far away.

FERRIES EXTEND WINTER SCHEDULE: With usage way down, Washington State Ferries has extended the winter schedule until June 20th.


WATER TAXI TOO: Its reduced schedule is here.

SPRING BREAK: Since school campuses are closed, you won’t see a change there, but this week is officially “spring break” for Seattle Public Schools.

SEEN IN GEORGETOWN: A “trap” for our times:

(Thanks to John Bennett, the West Seattle entrepreneur who also has a stake in G’town, for the photo.)

GOT A PHOTO? INFO? TIP? Email or text/voice our hotline, 206-293-6302 – thank you!

FOLLOWUP: With community help, Nucor’s PPE production is booming

(WSB photo, last month)

Since we first reported a week and a half ago on West Seattle’s strong>Nucor Steel making face shields with 3-D printers, the effort has scaled up in a big way. Here’s an update Nucor sent us to share with you:

After the initial deliveries, the massive scope of the shortage of appropriate personal-safety equipment became more apparent.

To scale up production beyond its initial capability of 100 face shields per week, Nucor Seattle turned to the community, collaborating with the West Seattle Blog to help elevate the effort in the West Seattle neighborhood, where Nucor Seattle’s mill has operated for more than 100 years. The resulting response included several area high schools, technical schools, and residents, who have loaned idle equipment or are using personal equipment to print components and donate supplies for assembly at the steel mill.

Nucor now estimates its capacity at around 100 face shields per day and growing.

School partners include: Franklin Pierce School District, West Sound Tech, Seattle Christian, the
Chehalis School District, and the Tacoma School District.

The first production of about 20 face shields was donated April 2nd to Providence Mount St. Vincent, a long-term-care facility located around a mile from Nucor Seattle’s mill and with which Nucor Seattle has partnered for the last decade.

Since last week, around 500 shields have been delivered to area hospitals, clinics, and care facilities. The team at Nucor Seattle has so far focused on immediate support for the public health response:

• Donation of excess Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local area medical centers, including hundreds of N95 dust masks and nitrile gloves.

• Organizing on-site additive manufacturing (3D printing) capabilities and expanding efforts to include teammates, local schools, and community resident-owned equipment to help address critical shortages in PPE.

Nucor Seattle engineers specializing in additive manufacturing have worked around-the-clock to research needs and test designs. Currently, the effort is focused on producing National Institutes of Health (NIH) approved face shields for medical workers and frontline caregivers. Nucor is now printing holders for these face shields and has purchased and received donated plastic and straps under the guidelines issued by the NIH. Nucor is also researching and designing various forms of respirator components that can be fitted with household media such as coffee and vacuum filters.

“Our teammates are working hard to design, optimize and produce materials approved by the National Institutes of Health, as well as reaching out to local medical centers and caregivers to learn how we can best support them on the frontlines of this public health crisis,” said Patrick Jablonski, Environmental Manager. “When our community learned of this effort, they stepped up to help and we have gone from 100 face shields in a week to about 100 face shields per day. We are proud to be able to use our resources to contribute to solutions but we are even more humbled by the response and immediacy with which our neighbors acted to help. We are all in this together.”

More than 300 people work at Nucor in West Seattle, which describes itself as “the biggest recycler in Washington State, using recycled scrap to produce materials used in building projects.”

WEST SEATTLE SCENES: Easter bunnies, one without fur

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Before Easter ends, bunny sightings from the inbox:

Along Alki Avenue this morning, Stewart L. saw that skateboarding “bunny.” Later in the day in Gatewood, Troy Sterk saw the more-common kind:

Also caught on video, more running than hopping:

Thanks again for all the photo contributions!

NEIGHBORHOODS: Music at a distance

We’ve heard several reports of West Seattle musicians serenading their neighbors – at a safe distance. This one came with video. Singer/songwriter Larry Murante‘s concert for his block in Westwood included percussion by Chris Odell.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen silver Legacy, with kayak (update – found!); dumped-maybe-stolen bicycle. with cart

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes this afternoon:

STOLEN CAR AND KAYAK: John‘s silver 1993 Subaru Legacy was stolen last night in the 4800 block of 48th SW, orange-and-white kayak and all. (We’ll add the plate # when we get it.) If you see it, please call 911. (update – found!)


Someone left this bike with tow cart in the 6700 block of 14th Ave SW (near Myrtle and green belt), last night/early morning. Possibly stolen.

WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Pre-Easter seals and sea lions

We’ve been saving up these contributed photos (THANK YOU!) over the past week:

Above, from Mindi Katzman; below, from Jeffrey Jones:

Below – if you saw this, you might think it’s a passing orca, but it’s not:

That’s a sea-lon behavior known as “sailing” (explained here in the past). Above, from Jim Spraker; below, from James Moore:

Later today, some great bird photos from the past week (not The Turkey, who by the way is still in Burien at last report!).

West Seattle Sunday: Easter and more, including ways to help and be helped

(Art by Tara J., photographed by Ann Anderson)

Good morning! Notes for the day ahead:

ONLINE EASTER SERVICES: Two dozen West Seattle churches are on our list – with services as early as 6:30 am.

DONATION DRIVE: Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds) invites you to be a helper on this holiday:

The COVID19 pandemic is disproportionally hurting our most vulnerable neighbors. Here’s how you can help!

This Easter Sunday, there will be donations barrels outside Alki UCC, for your donations of clothing and non-perishable foods. Social distancing observed! The bins will be available from 10 am to 5 pm.

Food donations will be distributed by the White Center Food Bank. Top requests include Canned Meat/Soup/Fruit (pop-top cans, if possible); Rice, Noodles, Peanut Butter, Oats, Toilet Paper; Diapers, Similac Formula, Baby Wipes, Cleaning Supplies and Hand Sanitizer.

Clothing Donations will be distributed via the West Seattle Clothesline and the King Country Drug Court, which serves our neighbors receiving treatment for minor drug offenses. Many men have been moved into supportive housing during the current crisis; they need shirts, jackets, pants, shoes, underwear, socks, etc. for a smooth transition back into our community. Alki UCC’s Easter Service will be streaming live beginning at 10:00 am. If you’re in the neighborhood before 11:30 am or so, you’ll be able to enjoy a bit of the service music as you walk or drive by.

GROCERY SHOPPING TODAY? Some different hours for the holiday – see our Saturday story.

EASTER TAKEOUT: We’re continuing to update our West Seattle (etc.) restaurant list – some are even offering Easter dinners.

FREE TO-GO DINNERS: High Point Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)

(added) MORE FREE MEALS: This offer is from the West Seattle Eagles (4426 California SW):

2 FREE MEALS at your West Seattle Eagles !!!

First up, Gabby and her Mom Debbie will step into the Kitchen from 12 – 2 pm. Our delicious Easter Brunch menu offers up Eggs Benedict, Potatoes and Fresh Fruit.

Round 2 begins at 5.30 pm, when John hits the kitchen to prepare his WORLD FAMOUS SMASH BURGERS !!! You can’t just eat one…

As always, all meals are FREE and open to the PUBLIC !!!

Please enter through the blue door located at the SE corner of the building. We adhere to all CDC Social Distancing Guidelines, so please follow the 6 feet rule. Donations gladly accepted.

And two reminders:

THREE PARKS CLOSED: Stay out of Alki, Lincoln Park, and West Seattle Stadium, which are closed until early Monday.

NO FARMERS’ MARKET … though it apparently almost happened.