West Seattle, Washington
As reported here last Thursday, a public meeting is planned Tuesday afternoon (online) to discuss safety issues at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska). In addition to the panelists mentioned Thursday, more city reps will participate – City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Mayor’s Office senior adviser Tess Colby, Department of Neighborhoods’ Tom Van Bronkhorst, Seattle Public Utilities’ Bill Benzer. Q&A is planned during the 2 pm meeting, and advance questions are also welcome (comment below). Connection information for attending the meeting is on the WSJA’s webpage about the ongoing park problems.
Seven months ago today, the pandemic started closing schools. Here’s where we are now:
KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: First, the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*24,053 people have tested positive, up 174 from yesterday’s total
*776 people have died, unchanged since Friday
*2,434 people have been hospitalized, up 1 from yesterday’s total
*480,195 people have been tested, up 4,688 from yesterday’s total
One week ago, the King County totals were 23,023/764/2,397/451,906.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 37.4 million cases and 1,075,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK: Starts tomorrow – and what better time to remember that all students can get food at Seattle Public Schools‘ distribution sites every weekday right now, free, regardless of family income levels. The sites, times, and menus are all listed here.
ART DURING A PANDEMIC: Local artists have been offering free downloadable coloring pages – and now they’re publishing a book. with proceeds to support arts education – and more.
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This weekend’s rain led to the postponement of the second planned SW Oregon closure at Delridge, as the road work paving the way for the RapidRide H Line continues, but so far the forecast suggests crews will be able to go ahead with the new date, this coming Friday-Sunday (October 16-18). Other key points for the project this week include:
*Completion of paving on Delridge between SW Genesee and SW Oregon
*Sidewalk pours starting on the east side of Delridge between Charlestown and Dakota
*Demolition and repaving continuing on the west side of Delridge between Edmunds and Hudson
*Roadway demolition starting on the west side of Delridge between Hudson and Puget
*Sidewalk closures and detours near SW Orchard with demolition lasting around a week and paving to follow
Utility/drainage work continues further south, including near SW Juneau, SW Brandon, and at SW Willow/SW Myrtle. And all of this is subject to weather delays. The latest bulletin on the plan is here. (P.S. If you missed our report on the 26th SW meeting, it’s here.)
Today is the 32nd annual National Coming Out Day – and the Human Rights Campaign is marking it with a nationwide campaign including the video you see above. One of your West Seattle neighbors, Gay Gabrilska, is among the people you see and hear in it. She emailed about it, saying, “Now more than ever, it is important for the lgbtq community to be seen and heard.” We asked how she got involved with the video; she said the co-producer, Alex Costello, is the daughter of a longtime friend, and has done other HRC work she admires and supports. “She reached out last Wednesday so it was a quick turnaround. Luckily my pals Wendy, Sydney, and Mike were able to help. It re-energized me to see so many wonderful lgbtq people in the video and reminded me that doing good is really what it’s all about.”
Once again this weekend, we have bird photos to share as counterprogramming to football!
Mark Wangerin photographed two Pileated Woodpeckers – male and female, he says, though unlike some birds, they look alike. Below, their cousin woodpecker – a female Northern Flicker – photographed by Hans A.:
From Matthew Olson, two photos along the West Seattle shore – first, a Great Blue Heron against the downtown skyline:
Here are Black Turnstones in flight, photographed by Mark MacDonald:
Mark also sent us, in late summer, a photo we just rediscovered in the inbox – Purple Martins at Jack Block Park:
And from Jerry Simmons, two silhouettes – first, a Steller’s Jay:
Below, an Anna’s Hummingbird:
Thanks again to everyone who shares photos – from birds to breaking news and beyond – firstname.lastname@example.org, or when it’s urgent, 206-293-6302!
Two notes about projects with upcoming Southwest Design Review Board online public meetings:
(Rendering by Atelier Drome Architecture)
3417 HARBOR AVENUE SW: This 5-story, 115-apartment, 65-offstreet-parking-space project (map) has already been through the first round of Design Review (here’s our coverage from March, at the board’s last in-person meeting) and now the next review is tentatively set for 5 pm November 19th (online). A draft of the design packet is already available, showing various angles as well as what was done in response to board and public comments at the first meeting. When this meeting gets closer, connection and commenting information – and the final packet – will be here. You can also send comments to email@example.com, the city planner assigned to the project.
(Rendering by Caron Architecture)
9218 18TH SW: As first mentioned here last month, this 5-story, 59-apartment, 25-offstreet-parking-space building with retail (map) has its first Design Review meeting this Thursday (October 15th), 4 pm. Information for watching/listening and commenting is here; the design packet is here. (Since this is the Early Design Guidance phase, the focus is on massing – size/shape/location on the site – not on design details.) You also can send project comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, the assigned city planner.
Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN CAR: Beth in Fauntleroy says this is the second time she’s been hit by auto theft, and a WSB reader helped find the car last time, so maybe that’ll happen again:
Stolen in the 9200 block of 46th Ave SW. 2001 Honda CR-V. Silver with a PNW sticker on the left rear window, WA Lic plate BAL6444.
AIR COMPRESSOR STOLEN: The video is from John:
John says, “I live in Lighthouse Apts. on Delridge Way … multiple cars broken into and had someone come on my back patio and steal my air compressor.” This video, not as close-up, shows car prowlers in the garage.
EMBLEM THEFT: From M:
VW car emblem stolen from secure garage basement @ 4752 41st Ave SW. Not the first time the building has been broken into.
“Stay Inside the Lines” started as a project to offer free coloring pages, created by area artists, to enable more artistic expression by kids during the pandemic. The organizer is a Gatewood resident, Galen Driver, who tells WSB the project is now growing into a full-scale coloring book, with sales to benefit kids in a second way:
At the start of quarantine in March I noticed a lot of parents at work complaining the schools were not providing art activities and they were running out of things for their children to color. I’d also seen a staggering stat about adult coloring books and mental health. I decided to pull together a bunch of local artist friends to create a bunch of free print-at-home coloring pages under the project name Stay Inside The Lines Seattle. After launching, I continued adding more new pages and artists and got a lot of press around the project, driving thousands of downloads.
I’ve recently partnered with ArtsEd Washington to launch the ‘Color for the Arts Fund,’ dedicated to providing art supplies for local Title 1 schools with high numbers or percentages of children living in low-income households which tend to be predominantly BIPOC communities. To launch the fund, we’ve put physical copies of the coloring book up for pre-sale, donating one book for each book sold along with 100% of profits to the art supplies fund.
To pre-order the benefit book, go here. You can also still explore the Stay Inside the Lines site to find free downloadable coloring pages right now, and to see the list of contributing artists (you’ve probably already some of their work, Galen notes, around West Seattle).
Welcome to Sunday! First, the online church services (with a few in-person mentions):
ADMIRAL UCC: Worship video for today is here.
ALKI UCC: 10 am online service via Zoom – info and link on church’s home page.
ALL SOULS SEATTLE: Find videos here, including the plan for today’s drive-thru communion.
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 – special this week: “Fauntleroy Church will get by with a little help from our friends, the Beatles, for an all-Beatles music worship service. Tune in for an hour of recentering with music that’s sure to evoke joy and maybe even some swaying and dancing at home!”
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE: Today’s online liturgy is here.
GRACE CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10:30 am.
HALLOWS CHURCH: Virtual worship-watch party at 10 am – register here.
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 lot. ONLINE: 10 am class “The Path,” and Kidz Club; 11:15 am livestreamed service, via YouTube (the bulletin is here).
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor): The video service for today will be here, as will Sunday School.
TRINITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10 am. (In-person services too; registration required.)
WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The video service for today is 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!
Here’s what else is happening:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)
ALKI UCC DONATION DRIVE: 11 am outside the entrance to Alki UCC:
A huge shout-out to all the generous people who filled our lobby with donations of non-perishable food, school supplies and men’s casual/work clothing during our last expanded donations drive. The next Call for Donations is this Sunday, October 11, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, outside Alki UCC’s front entrance at 6115 SW Hinds
Food and basic supplies such as toilet paper and diapers are distributed through the White Center Food Bank. We’re accepting school supplies for all grades on behalf of one or more local schools to be distributed when students are back at in-person learning. Suggestions include backpacks, #2 pencils, black and blue ink pens, crayons, lined paper, glue, small scissors, colored pens, writing notebooks and colored paper.
Donations of clean, new or used men’s casual/work clothing are distributed through the Westside Interfaith Network’s hot lunch program for people experiencing homelessness, The Welcome Table. There is a constant and growing demand for denim apparel, khaki’s, hoodies, tee shirts, sweatshirts, clean underwear, socks, shoes and all kinds of outerwear for the fall and winter. Please … NO dress shirts, sport coats or suits
(6115 SW Hinds)
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
DNDA ‘CABIN FEVER’ VIRTUAL BRUNCH: Starts at noon online – details in our preview.
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!