West Seattle, Washington
Midweekend, we check in on the virus crisis:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*23,879 people have tested positive, 143 more than yesterday’s total
*776 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total
*2,433 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday’s total
*475,507 people have been tested, 3,919 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, those totals were 22,941/764/2,395/449,170.
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, combining the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” In the past 2 weeks, 60 positive test results were reported; 49 in the 2 weeks before that; 35 in the two weeks before that – so we are still on an uptick, as was the case when we did the same check last weekend.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 37.1 million people have tested positive, and more than 1,071,000 people have died; U.S. deaths have passed 214,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, Russia, Colombia. See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
TOY DRIVE: The need is greater than ever this year because of the pandemic, so donation collection began early. The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is at California/Alaska every Sunday, continuing tomorrow, 10 am-1:30 pm, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
A week and a half ago, we published the West Seattle High School Senior Class ASB‘s open call for a restaurant to partner on a dine-out fundraiser, since the students’ usual fundraising methods aren’t doable this year. They didn’t just get one partner – they got 10! Now it’s your turn to help, and October 21st is the date. From class president Ella Richardson:
The West Seattle High School Senior Class is extremely grateful to have received numerous offers from restaurants willing to host our fundraiser. We will be hosting a Dine Out day on Wednesday October 21. Support your local restaurants and the Senior class by dining in or taking out at any of the following restaurants:
Circa (2605 California SW)
Bebop Waffle Shop (2600 California SW)
Arthur’s (2311 California SW)
Mission Cantina (2325 California SW)
Admiral Pub (2306 California SW)
Ampersand Café (2536 Alki SW)
Lady Jaye (4523 California SW)
Peel and Press (6503 California SW)
The Westy (7908 35th SW)
Dream Dinners* (4701 41st SW)
All of these restaurants will be donating a percentage of their profits from that day to the West Seattle HS Seniors, who will put that money toward their prom. During dinner time we will be selling raffle tickets to win local prizes. At Lady Jaye there will be a live COVID-friendly performance by the band Aurora Avenue from 4-4:45 pm. The Senior class needs the West Seattle Community to please show up and support!
*Note: Dream Dinners is unique! We are not a restaurant but we do make amazing dinners! Best of all we are committed to giving back to our community! Please place your meal order on or before October 20th, for pick up on the 22nd using this link.
That’s what the summit at Stevens Pass looked like before nightfall – snow has arrived in the Cascades, and if the weather cooperates, ski season won’t be too far away. And that means the timing is perfect for this year’s West Seattle Ski Swap, which Mountain to Sound Outfitters is presenting next weekend. If you have gear to sell, Friday (October 16th) is your dropoff day; Saturday and Sunday (October 17-18) are the sale days, at VFW Post 2713 (3601 SW Alaska, right across the street from M2SO). It’s an annual event for community members to “buy and sell skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, winter accessories, and more!” Sale hours will be Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 10 am-4 pm, after sellers drop off their items 3-7 pm Friday. Sellers can register here.
4:27 PM: This time, the report is from Joanna: “Unfortunately the catalytic converter was stolen from my Prius this week while parked on the residential street on the corner of SW Edmunds St and 41st Ave SW. I took my car into an auto shop in west Seattle and they said I was their 10th recently and that not much can be done to prevent it (besides not parking on the street).” Southwest Precinct Crime-Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner did recently send an alert that included this other bit of advice: “Speak with your vehicle manufacturer to inquire about specific devices that can be added to shield or lock the catalytic converter.”
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: April has since emailed to tell us about her theft in Fauntleroy: “We just figured out that our Prius, parked in front of our house on 44th and SW and Wildwood/Brace Point, had its catalytic converter stolen on Tuesday night. Thieves put a concrete clump behind the rear wheel, which is what we saw initially and couldn’t figure out what it was doing there… until I tried to start the car a couple of days later. They likely boosted the car onto the concrete while they removed the converter.”
2:30 PM: Seattle Fire and Seattle Police are arriving at a 2-car crash at 12th/Roxbury, with one car reported “on its roof.” Avoid the area. Updates to come.
2:54 PM UPDATE: Photo added. 2 people are being taken to Harborview. The crash is on the eastbound side but traffic is now getting through both ways.
Another way to support local arts/crafts creators, who also have been hard-hit by the pandemic, while doing early holiday shopping – Judy Pickens sends word that what would usually be an in-person event is happening online this year, and it’s already begun!
COVID has edited but not deleted the Fauntleroy Fine Art & Holiday Gift Show from the calendar of community activities at Fauntleroy Church, United Church of Christ. The show that has been an annual fall event for more than a decade is happening online this year, through November 30.
Visit the church website to see samples and details from each of the 13 participants, including SML Design (handcrafted home-decor products), Tom Costantini (below – watercolors), Johanna Lindsay (above – woven earrings/pendants), and Angel Luna (skincare products).
Entries include websites to see more and contact information to purchase directly from the artist or crafter.
12:45 PM: Eastbound Spokane Street just east of the low bridge is blocked by police right now, as shown in the traffic-cam framegrab above, because of a crash. No details but at least one person is reported injured.
12:52 PM: Some Metro buses are backed up, the traffic camera has shown. Here’s a look further east at the crash-response scene:
1:06 PM: The scene has mostly cleared and traffic’s moving in both directions.
1:18 PM: All clear.
Thanks to the texter who sent the photo! That’s the latest signal-box portrait by West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen, this time celebrating local rock superstar Eddie Vedder. It’s at 35th/Webster, on the corner by Best of Hands Barrelhouse (WSB sponsor). You can scroll through our 2 1/2 years of coverage of his other local work here.
P.S. Vedder and his bandmates are featured by The New York Times today for their get-out-the-vote work.
Welcome to the weekend. Notes for today/tonight:
SCOUTING FOR FOOD: If you got a door-hanger last weekend, put your donation out for Cub Scouts to return and pick up between 9 am and noon today, as explained here.
FREE FOOD: Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church is distributing food boxes again today – all welcome to drive up, ride up, or walk up to the church at 2620 SW Kenyon, 1:30-4 pm.
DUWAMISH TRIBE CELEBRATION: 5-6:30 pm online, you are invited to the Duwamish Tribe‘s Resilience Gala & Native Art Auction. Register here to enjoy “words, song, dance, and other exclusive performances from Duwamish Tribal members and allies.” You also can bid in the art auction through October 17th.
NIGHT OF GIVING: Another virtual gala tonight – this one for Delridge-headquartered Southwest Youth and Family Services. Go here to register for the 6 pm event, which starts with a “cocktail hour” via Zoom and then at 7 pm moves to a YouTube event. (You can also bid now on the silent-auction items.)
SUNSET: 6:29 pm. (Three weeks until we “fall back” an hour.)
12:08 AM – ROBBERY: Police are looking for two people reported to have robbed the Junction 7-11 (California/Erskine) at knifepoint a short time ago. They left in what was described as an older red Cadillac “with damage.” No injuries reported. If we hear anything more, we’ll update.
1:35 AM – GUNFIRE: Nothing new on that, but now there’s a major police response in South Delridge, after multiple reports of gunfire, apparently associated with a crowd of people at 16th/Trenton. Police responding to an initial report said they heard shots too. No injuries reported so far. (1:39 am) They’ve found at least one shell casing.