West Seattle, Washington
In the big group below are Surf Scoters, photographed by James Tilley:
The next two photos are by Mark MacDonald – first, Sanderlings:
Next, a Horned Grebe:
You’ll of course recognize the Bald Eagle, photographed by Raul Baron:
Hans A. sent the photo of American Goldfinches (our state bird):
And adorable baby waterfowl by Jim Clark:
P.S. Seems birdwatching is booming these days.
Starting the 10th week of the COVID-19 outbreak in King County, here’s our Saturday night roundup:
ONE MORE LOCAL DEATH: We’re continuing to check the by-zip-code breakdown on the Seattle-King County Public Health data dashboard. Today, the 98146 zip code – which includes Arbor Heights and The Arroyos as well as parts of Burien and unincorporated North Highline – added another death. The totals for the five zip codes that are all or partly within West Seattle:
98116 – 0
98136 – 1
98106 – 2
98146 – 4
98126 – 8
COUNTYWIDE TOTALS: Also from today’s SKCPH data dashboard update:
*6,507 people have tested positive, up 100 from yesterday
*456 people have died, up 7 from yesterday
One week ago, the totals were 5,811 and 399.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
FARMERS’ MARKET REOPENS TOMORROW: The hours are the same (10 am-2 pm) but otherwise, lots of changes. The entrance will be at California/Alaska, and you’ll move north from there. The rest of how it will work is in the announcement we published Wednesday. Take the Shoppers’ Oath before you go! Here’s the list of vendors expected tomorrow…
NEIGHBOR DAY, PANDEMIC EDITION: Today was Neighbor Day! Since events are still not allowed, that meant neighbors doing acts of kindness for others. Example: Tamsen Spengler of the West Seattle Timebank reports, “West Seattle Timebank member Alice made 9 face masks for member Rachel’s family. Happy Neighbor Day exchange!” Tamsen also sent this photo of two of the recipients wearing the new masks:
SPEAKING OF MASKS … they were the hot topic in our weekly update on local grocery shopping.
MESSAGE IN A WINDOW: Thanks to Noodle for the photos of a West Seattle business-window sighting:
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
This time of year, Salmon in the Schools volunteers would be hosting hundreds of students at Fauntleroy Creek as they release salmon fry they’d been raising at school. This year, though, school closures brought an abrupt end to that project. As reported here in mid-March, teachers and volunteers scrambled to save the salmon fry. And part of that effort led to what happened at the creek on Friday. Louisa Boren STEM K-8 teacher Christina Massimino sent the video, photos, and report:
Salmon releases looked a little different this year.
Two local schools released their salmon fry today in Fauntleroy Creek. Students from Louisa Boren STEM sent in “well wishes” for the fry and they were read out loud as the fry were released. This was live streamed on Zoom so families could join in the experience. Arbor Heights had several people in attendance for their release as well and is putting together a movie for families. STEM released at 10 and Arbor Heights at 12:00.
Local volunteers Dennis and Pete were there to help.
Some schools released their salmon early due to schools being closed. Arbor Heights and STEM had teachers who brought the salmon home and have been taking care of them until they could be safely released on schedule.
Our original auction was set for March 13, then postponed to May 8, and now moved online.
While we wish we could be gathering together at the Hall at Fauntleroy for our annual dinner and auction, we kick off our first-ever Arbor Heights Virtual Auction!
Choose your token, dust off your top hats, get to your computer, tablet, or smartphone and join us (now) until Friday, May 8 at 10 p.m. for Arboropoly, a week of online bidding on fun and fabulous items and experiences to support the Arbor Heights Elementary school community.
Now that we have gone virtual, we can share this experience with our extended West Seattle community of supporters through our online auction link, helping to further our efforts in raising essential funds for our students and staff.
For additional information, please visit the Arbor Heights PTA website or email our auction co-chairs at email@example.com.
In our nightly coronavirus-response-related roundup on April 22nd, we mentioned #SeattleTogether, for which the city commissioned artists to create 1,000 signs to be displayed in neighborhoods. Michael Taylor-Judd let us know that North Delridge has more than two dozen of them, and shared photos.
So, where to see them? He also made a map of where to look:
The original announcement lists the commissioned artists: Amaranta Sandys, Asia Tail, Danielle Morsette, David Rue, Denise Emerson, Hailey Tayathy, Hugo Moro, Lauren Iida, Lin-Lin Mao, Nasrin Afrouz, Shawn Parks, and Vikram Madan.
The signs are also destined for other unspecified West Seattle neighborhoods – so please let us know if YOU see them!
While “distance learning” continues for Seattle Lutheran High School in The Junction, SLHS is also planning ahead for next school year – including inviting you to two online open houses. Here’s the announcement:
We have all been experiencing so much change in the last month and a half, including new terms that were not in our regular vocabulary. Distance learning is a concept that schools all over the country have had to adapt to. Seattle Lutheran High School, the only independent high school in West Seattle, has taken the storm head on with adapting their classroom to the online capacity. The transition took 2 days and then the teachers and students did not miss a beat with this year’s curriculum in the online/virtual transition.
While our current situation seems frustrating as we are not able to connect with family, friends, and classmates – we are excited about the future. Seattle Lutheran is a comprehensive high school that includes sports programs, a variety of clubs, a drama program, as well as honors and AP classes. As the only independent high school in West Seattle we want to provide the best opportunity for our community to grow in knowledge, confidence, and faith. We want to welcome you to join one or both of our Zoom Open Houses coming up, hosted by Dave Meyer, the Executive Director. This is an opportunity to learn about the current state of education at Seattle Lutheran High School and our plans for the fall. We are excited to share this with you all.
Wednesday, May 6th at 2 pm
Virtual Open House – Seattle Lutheran High School
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 450 904 7819
Wednesday, May 13th at 6 pm
Virtual Open House- SLHS
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 450 904 7819
Even if you’re not going anywhere these days, check on your car from time to time, as criminals are still at work.
Two Three reader reports:
STOLEN WHEELS: From Patrick:
Sometime between Wednesday late evening and Thursday morning, someone(s) decided they wanted the tires AND wheels off my car. It was parked on 38th SW between Findlay and Juneau. Police report sent in online. A real pain, as they made off with two of my wheels and left my car on blocks. Times are tough but…
CAR PROWL: A resident in Hansen View (just south of Providence Mount St. Vincent) reports her car was prowled early Friday: “Nothing was taken or damaged”; this too has been reported to police.
ADDED 3:18 PM – DIAPER THEFT: From Christine:
We live on a busy street near Westwood Village and had a box of Pampers Diapers size 4 stolen less than 20 minutes after it was delivered. It was even behind our locked gate, but still close to the sidewalk. Filed a police report and will now have to go to the store (what I was trying to avoid!) and get more diapers. I just hope whoever stole it needed the diapers for their own child more than I did.
Got a report for Crime Watch? Once it’s been reported to police, let us know so we can alert your West Seattle neighbors. We don’t publish full names or addresses. firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
1:09 PM: Thanks for the tip – WSDOT says a crash on northbound Highway 99 at/by the 1st Avenue South Bridge is blocking 2 lanes, so if you have to head that way, you might want to wait a while, or head for the South Park Bridge instead.
1:40 PM: WSDOT says all lanes have reopened.
(WSB file photo)
We are very excited to announce that we are opening our doors – well, windows – on Monday, May 4th. Our new hours of operation will be 8 am to 4pm.
We will be offering delicious espresso drinks and whole bean coffee from Lighthouse Roasters as well as to-go Beer and Wine selections (21 and older).
To reinforce social distancing, we are operating through the back window of the coffee shop, for take-away only. There is easy access in the alley between Juneau and Findlay streets.
While we were closed, we took some extra measures, and a lot of elbow grease, to improve our methods of operation to keep us all healthy and to ensure the safety of our friends and our employees.
We can’t wait to see all of our neighbors and friends over the coming weeks as we reconnect with our amazing community.
C & P is at 5612 California SW; its alley entrance is just south of Findlay.
This is the seventh consecutive Saturday for our weekly check-in on grocery shopping at West Seattle’s standalone supermarkets. No big changes this week – but at least one is coming up next week: As we reported Thursday, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is going to require face coverings for shoppers starting Monday (May 4th). Don’t want to wear one? Thriftway also has curbside pickup – see how it works via the store’s website.
Four notes as we start May’s first Saturday:
YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY: 9:30 am-12:30 pm online, it’s a special edition of the annual free fun event presented by the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – our preview has details, including the schedule; go here to connect.
FAMILY READING TIME: Paper Boat Booksellers continues to host this, now online, 11-11:30 am every Saturday morning. Registration link is on the event page – sign up and you’ll get the link for participating.
FREE MEALS: If you need food, two companies at KBM Commissary are providing 1,000 free meals today, 4 pm-6 pm curbside pickup – please read our preview carefully for what’s available and how it works. (5604 Delridge Way SW)
With another month of staying home ahead, we’re working on our calendar this weekend to reflect more of what’s going on online – and the few things happening in person, like meal distribution – please let us know if you have something to list!