West Seattle, Washington
Just in time for Wednesday’s half-iversary of the West Seattle Bridge closure – am announcement and photos, sent by Lars:
The Delridge Maritime Historical Society in conjunction with the CFGA is pleased to announce the erection of a memorial shrine to West Seattle and Delridge’s most unsung hero: Rolf Neslund. Located on the lovely bike trail, beneath the small Pigeon Point park at the North end of 22nd Ave SW,
Rolf gazes out towards the now unused Delridge onramp with steely Viking intensity – pondering his legacy. When in picturesque Northern Delridge, please consider a brief pilgrimage to the memory of a true West Seattle legend.
Just don’t run into it.
P.S. Squinting at the plaque, we note that CFGA = Center For General Annoyance. (If you don’t know who Rolf Neslund is and what he has to do with the bridge … HistoryLink can educate you here and here.)
Halfway through the last weekend of summer, here are tonight’s virus-crisis notes:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*21,399 people have tested positive, 95 more than yesterday
*748 people have died, unchanged from yesterday
*2,313 people have been hospitalized, unchanged from yesterday
*407,865 people have been tested, 1,183 more than yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 20,800/743/2,294/396,731.
WEST SEATTLE TREND: Here’s our weekly check of this stat, with numbers accessible in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, checking the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” In the past 2 weeks, 36 positive test results were reported; 53 in the 2 weeks before that; 45 in the two weeks before that.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 30.6 million people have tested positive, and more than 955,000 have died; U.S. deaths are just under 200,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, Russia, Colombia (Peru dropped from #5 to #6 in the past week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
FUNDRAISER SUCCESS: Earlier this week, we published word of a flower-sale fundraiser for farm families hard hit in these pandemic times. Cynthia Yongvang of the Hmong Association of Washington tells us it was a success – the White Center location alone (nearest one) had 177 bouquet orders.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
Today, as mentioned this morning, brought Metro‘s September “service change.” This time next year, the service change will bring the launch of RapidRide H Line, replacing Route 120. In the meantime, the extensive project to prepare for it continues. Here are the highlights of the week ahead:
*SW Oregon closure at Delridge – now scheduled for the next two weekends, Friday morning until Monday morning, September 25-28 and October 2-5, weather permitting. Delridge will remain open to north-south traffic. If you would usually use SW Oregon to get to/from Delridge, SW Andover will be the detour.
*Pipe work near SW Brandon – This has several more weeks to go, but SDOT says night work is complete. Next week will include pipe connections, so if your home/business is near there, watch for notification of water shutoffs.
*Paving will continue on the east side of Delridge in the project’s Zone A (north). Next week, this will focus on the section between SW Genesee and SW Dakota.
*Demolition on the west side of Delridge between SW Edmunds and SW Hudson will start as soon as Wednesday (September 23).
See the project’s full weekly bulletin here.
Two more West Seattle Crime Watch reports today:
WESTWOOD VILLAGE GUN INCIDENT: We didn’t hear about this at the time, but have received two notes since, including Karen‘s firsthand report:
Two young men were fighting outside of the Hair Masters salon today at approx 3:45 pm. The fight quickly escalated as one man pulled out a gun and was waving it around. Employees and customers went inside the bathroom and stayed there until the police arrived (five of us were in the bathroom). Not sure if both men were arrested, or just the one with the gun. Police arrived VERY quickly and de-escalated the situation within a minute or so. Not sure what started the fight.
HPIC SIGN TARGETED AGAIN: Volunteer Rhonda reports the Black Lives Matter sign on the Highland Park Improvement Club fence has been vandalized again: “This is the third time we have had this happen. … Luckily we have another sign to replace it with. … This seems like these vandalism attacks are escalating. I plan to report it to the police.” This time somebody painted a phrase in yellow paint that could be interpreted as a death threat.
If you’ve been reading WSB for a while, you know mailboxes can be Big News sometimes. Thanks to Peter for the tip on this one at 42nd and Alaska in The Junction. It replaces one knocked over by a driver in late July. Despite the recent reports of USPS turmoil, that’s actually a relatively fast turnaround time – some mailbox replacements in recent years have taken about twice that much time.
Tomorrow is the first of five days for the pandemic-reimagined Taste of West Seattle, helping the West Seattle Food Bank prevent hunger and homelessness. Here’s a reminder from WSFB, including an updated list of participating venues and the menu items that will contribute:
The 2020 Taste of West Seattle starts tomorrow! Sunday, September 20th through Thursday, September 24th, enjoy tasty food and drinks from your favorite local participating establishments and support the West Seattle Food Bank.
Presented by Metropolitan Market, this year’s Taste of West Seattle is five days with participating eateries and drinkeries donating 10% of sales of special Taste Menu items back to the West Seattle Food Bank to stop hunger and homelessness. From Sunday to Thursday, you can dine-in or get takeout and enjoy delicious food and drink from some of West Seattle’s favorite spots! (Note: Orders through 3rd-party apps, including Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, and more are ineligible.)
Once you order from the Taste menu at a participating business, you will receive a Taste Passport. The more stamps you get on your Passport by ordering from Taste menus, the more drawings you are entered to win. After the Taste of West Seattle ends, mail your Passport to the West Seattle Food Bank or drop it off at participating eateries by October 16th. The grand prize is a pair of round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines!
Double your impact! We are thrilled to announce that generous neighbors Lou and Bob Hull have offered a match! That means that the 10% of sales participants are donating will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000.
Deliciousness Provided By:
Curbside Shop Items
Bebop Waffle Shop (formerly Admiral Bird)
Waffle with Toasted Almonds and chocolate, coffee sauce.
Best of Hands Barrelhouse
Three Kingdoms (sour ale), Safety of Artifacts (IPA), & Shadowfax (Belgian style witbier)
Beveridge Place Pub
All menu items
Blue Moon Burgers
The Hangover Burger
Wedge Salad, Chicken Wings, Fish & Chips, Brownie, and all Draft Beverages
C & P Coffee Company
Do Good Coffee Blend & t-shirts
Easy Street Records & Cafe
All menu items
Elliott Bay Brewery
Alembic Pale Ale Jambalaya, Quinoa Garbanzo Salad, 6-Packs, House Growler Fills
Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Indu!ge Desserts LLC
Cupcakes, cookies, bars & confections
All menu items
All menu items
All menu items
Seven Sins of Summer burritos
Nos Nos Coffee House
All menu items
Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden
All menu items
Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que
Build Your Own Wicked Smoked Spuds & Moonshine Lemonade Cocktails
Peel & Press
Any to go order that includes 2 signature cocktails or a bottle of wine
Fig salad, Saffron Chicken, Vegan Farfalle Pasta, Balsamic Braised Lamb Shank, Roasted Squash Pizza, Baklava & Rose Ice cream
Pot Pie Factory, Inc.
Classic Chicken, Tuscan Chicken, and BBQ Pork Pot Pies
All Alcoholic Beverages
Skylark Cafe and Club
Skylark Porkstrami Sandwich, House Made Ginger Ale, & Rhubarb Cooler
Al Pastor Pizza Slice & Cucumber Lime Vojito Cocktail
All frozen cocktails
The Good Society Brewery & Public House
Bibb Salad, Roma Flatbread, Pancit, Old Mischievous way, Bitter & Oak, Westy G&T (or vodka), Strawberry-Basil Sparkler
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events
Bento box orders
Mac N Cheese & Mai Tai
West Seattle Cellars
More info (and links) at TasteofWestSeattle.org
(WSB is a Taste of West Seattle co-sponsor.)
10:56 AM: From Kristi:
My car was stolen sometime last night for the 2nd time right in front of my house. 44th and Lander.
It is a 1996 Black Toyota Corolla. License plate ARN 0237.
If you see it, call 911.
7:27 PM UPDATE: It’s been found.
11:25 AM: Just in – from Brie at Pecos Pit BBQ (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle, a stolen food truck:
Last night sometime between 9 pm and 6 am this morning our beloved Bob the food truck was stolen from our HQ in Kent. Please keep your eyes out for him. If anyone has any information to please email email@example.com or call our West Seattle location at 206-708-7691. Reward: Free BBQ. Kent PD Case# 20-11920.
3:39 PM: As noted in comments, Pecos Pit says the truck’s been found.
Notes for your Saturday, as the last weekend of summer begins:
BUS CHANGES: Today’s the “service change” day for Metro – check the list of affected routes by going here. (And note that Metro and the Water Taxi will resume charging fares on Thursday, October 1st.)
DELRIDGE REMINDER: The plan for a weekend closure at Delridge/Oregon was canceled because of the rain, but next weekend, and the one after that, are on the drawing board, weather permitting. Watch for a complete look ahead to next week’s work later this weekend.
BENEFIT YARD SALE: Noon-6 pm today and tomorrow, the Concord International Elementary PTA invites you to South Park to shop its sale raising money to help families and students. In the parking lot. (8507 14th Ave. S.)
YOUTH MARCH: The Every Day March coalition is coordinating a youth/kids march in support of Black liberation, gathering at 1 pm at Alki Playfield/Whale Tail Park. (59th/Lander)
FREE FOOD: Everyone who could use a box of food is invited to the drive-up giveaway at the Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church, 1:30-4:30 pm. (2620 SW Kenyon)
KENYON HALL PRESENTS: Another online concert tonight, presented by the historic West Seattle venue:
At 7:45, we’re delighted to present virtuoso folk musician Del Rey. Please note the new start time.
Del started playing guitar when she was four. At thirteen, she became immersed in the world of folk music, via the San Diego Folk Festival. From the beginning she’s attempted to get a whole band onto her solo instrument, a ambition that gives her music an interesting complexity, especially when applied to the ukulele. Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the tradition. She also has fashion sense that would make Minnie Pearl smile.
To attend Del’s concert, please click on this link. The concert is free, and there’s a link included in case you’re able and moved to donate. Del and Kenyon Hall will share your largesse, for which we’re very grateful.
If you’re unable to attend this Saturday, you can still use the same link for another week after the concert.