West Seattle, Washington
As the new week begins, three reminders from the West Seattle Junction Association:
T-SHIRT DEADLINE: Don’t have one of those contest-winning West Seattle Bridge T-shirts yet? The next round of orders is about to go in. Monday (September 21st) is the deadline for getting in on it. Go here!
JUNCTION BINGO: Are you playing yet? As explained here, there are two ways to play. One involves a live drawing you can watch online, and the next one is 7 pm Wednesday (September 23rd). Keith Bacon, host of the All Ways West Seattle podcast, is the guest caller, live from Talarico’s.
REUSE/RECYCLE/SHRED EVENT: This Saturday (September 26th) is the big day, 9 am-1 pm, The Junction Association and partners are presenting the big event. Here’s what you can and can’t bring to recycle/donate; if you’re interested in shredding, there’s a 4-box limit. Whatever you’re bringing, face coverings are required, even while you’re in your car. This is happening in the WSJA parking lot off 42nd SW, just south of SW Oregon.
Time for our nightly virus-crisis update:
KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: First, the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*21,459 people have tested positive, up 60 from yesterday’s total
*748 people have died, unchanged since Wednesday
*2,313 people have been hospitalized, unchanged since Friday
*417,239 people have been tested, up 9,374 from yesterday’s total
One week ago, the totals were 20,868/743/2,301/398,514.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 30.9 million cases and more than 959,000 deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
STATEWIDE SITUATION REPORT: The newest one was made public today. From the announcement:
Today the Washington State Department of Health released the latest statewide situation report. The report shows an overall decline in COVID-19 cases in western Washington and a plateau in eastern Washington, with significant differences from county to county.
Report findings include:
The reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) was close to one in both western and eastern Washington as of August 29. The best estimates of the reproductive number at that time were 1.07 for western Washington and 0.94 for eastern Washington. The goal is a number well below one, which would mean COVID-19 transmission is declining.
We’re seeing an overall decline in case counts in western Washington and an overall plateau in eastern Washington. These trends are not uniform and we continue to see very different trends from county to county. In western Washington, the decrease has slowed in Clark, Pierce, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties, and cases are increasing in Lewis County. In eastern Washington, decreases have plateaued in Benton, Franklin, Grant and Spokane counties, and cases are increasing in Adams and Whitman counties,
These overall trends also differ by age. The recent increase in cases among 18 to 24 year olds in eastern Washington was driven by an outbreak in Whitman County. In western Washington, we’re seeing moderate increases in cases among people age 0 to 17 and 25 to 39. Because increased disease activity in younger populations tend to spread into older and more vulnerable groups, these trends are cause for concern.
Risk remains high throughout the state. Because the vast majority of the population does not have immunity to COVID-19, an outbreak can quickly spread through a community and into the most vulnerable populations.
Read the full report here.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
Thanks to Joey for the tip – a new mural in progress on the west-facing upper wall at Courtesy Tire in The Junction. We went over to check it out and discovered that the artist is prolific West Seattle-based muralist Desmond Hansen. He was finishing up for the day when we stopped by, but told us the mural will also include portraits, including the business’s founder. (It’s been open for more than half a century.)
Three items in West Seattle Crime Watch:
ARREST NEAR JUNCTION: We’ve received some questions about this incident a little over an hour ago just southwest of The Junction, in the 46th/Edmunds/Erskine vicinity. One neighbor says police were dealing with a man who was “yelling.” Radio communication indicates he was accused of violating a court order, and was eventually arrested.
MAIL THEFT: From Kelsey:
Around 7 am this morning, 2 guys were seen breaking into mailboxes in Fauntleroy. There was a woman driver. We were able to get a picture of just the car and license plate. Please keep your eyes out for this vehicle. We are filing a police report. The car is an older red Honda lic # BRV—.
PACKAGE TAKEN: From Sarah:
I wanted to share a video of someone stealing a package off our front porch at 12:13am 9/20 (8100 block of 31st Ave). Wanted to share in case anyone recognizes the sweatshirt, etc. Package can be replaced, just wanted to get the description out there of this person, will also file a police report.
Annika Swenson recently photographed a leucistic Hummingbird:
Before the recent smoke cleared, Jerry Simmons captured a hummingbird silhouetted against the sun:
More colorful sightings – two photos of Wilson’s Warblers – first, from Trileigh Tucker:
And from Mark Wangerin, who noted when sending this earlier this month that these birds were “leaving soon for Mexico”:
Another bird with yellow highlights – Mark MacDonald had a backyard visit from this Western Tanager:
For fans of blue birds, Larry Gilpin spotted this California Scrub-Jay today near Schmitz Park:
Twp bird-bath sightings: From Gentle McGaughey, a juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak:
From.Alicia Brown, a hawk:
And Mark Dale photographed this Cedar Waxwing visiting his Gatewood fountain:
Thanks again to everyone for sharing their sightings!
That’s the full Reconnect West Seattle “implementation plan” from SDOT. Got questions? Wednesday, join HPAC – the all-volunteer community coalition for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge – in a conversation about what RWS will bring, and other upcoming projects. Beyond that, HPAC plans to “discuss how we want to work with the City to mitigate traffic impacts going forward” and will get a “preliminary introduction to the Home Zone concept – steps that will be taken to keep our area safe, walkable and connected during the WS Bridge reroute traffic.” The meeting is online at 7 pm Wednesday; teleconference/phone information is on HPAC’s website.
P.S. HPAC’s Executive Committee has openings, including chair, with longtime leader Gunner Scott having just stepped down after five years of service. Be at Wednesday’s meeting to talk about that too.
Thanks to the reader who just emailed that photo, reporting that someone has left flowers and a sign at the Alki Statue of Liberty in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The statue has been a magnet for other civic tributes in the past (as shown in our coverage archive), most notably after 9/11.
From the West Seattle Booster Club, which supports programs at West Seattle High School:
The WS Booster Club is taking orders for duffle bags until October 1st. These bags are great for all students and fans of WSHS! This is the biggest fundraiser for the Booster Club, which supports athletic, music, and cheer programs at WSHS. Visit wsbooster.com/shop, select Duffle Bag – PREORDER.
Here’s our Sunday list, starting with West Seattle church services (mostly online, with a few in-person additions):
ADMIRAL UCC: The worship service for today is here.
ALKI UCC: 10 am online service via Zoom – info and link on church’s home page.
ALL SOULS SEATTLE: Updated worship info is here.
BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming for West Seattle here at 9:30 am.
CALVARY CHAPEL: Today’s service audio will be here, along with info on 10 am in-person service, 6 pm online all-church prayer and 7 pm online evening worship.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS: West Seattle Ward has Sunday services via Zoom at 10 am, one hour long, all welcome. They last an hour. Here’s the link.
EASTRIDGE CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 9 am and 11 am.
FAUNTLEROY UCC: Service will be streamed at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel.
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE: Today’s online liturgy is here.
GRACE CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10:30 am.
HALLOWS CHURCH: Streaming at 10 am via the church’s YouTube channel.
HOPE LUTHERAN: Today’s worship service and children’s story are viewable here.
PEACE LUTHERAN: Livestreaming at 10:30 am on YouTube.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 9 am, parking-lot service in church/school lots – decorate your vehicle – we photographed Rev. Kate Wesch right before the debut of this service last week:
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor): The video service for today will be here.
TRINITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10 am. (In-person services too; registration required.)
WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The video service for today will be viewable here.
WEST SEATTLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Livestreaming here, 11 am.
WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION: Livestreaming at 10:30 am – information on today’s service is here.
WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: Online (and in-person) worship at 11 am; info here.
Any other churches to add? Please email us – email@example.com – thank you!
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Did you know they recently got approval to increase the capacity a bit, meaning less waiting in line? 10 am-2 pm. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska)
TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE, DAY 1: This year’s format – five days, dozens of local food/beverage establishments, each donating a percentage of certain menu item(s) to the West Seattle Food Bank – see the list of venues and items here!
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
BENEFIT YARD SALE: Noon-6 pm again today, 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.)
FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center, SW Roxbury St. & 15th Ave. SW (9600 15th Ave SW)
Anything else happening? Let us know – text 206-293-6302 – thank you!