West Seattle, Washington
We’re in our 8th month of bringing you nightly news and notes related to the virus crisis:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: First, here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*26,181 people have tested positive, 212 more than yesterday’s total
*789 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total
*2,527 people have been hospitalized, 2 more than yesterday’s total
*526,121 people have been tested, 2,854 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, those totals were 24,992/785/2,478/501,711.
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, 43 positive test results were reported; 60 in the 2 weeks before that; 50 in the two weeks before that – so we have a downward trend going, which was also the case when we checked this trend last Saturday night.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 42.5 million people have tested positive, and more than 1,149,000 people have died; U.S. deaths have passed 224,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Russia, Brazil, France (which passed Argentina this week to become #5). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
DONATION DRIVES TOMORROW: First – the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is at California/Alaska every Sunday, by the Farmers’ Market entrance, continuing tomorrow, 10 am-1:30 pm, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. … Second, Alki UCC is having another of its periodic donation drives, 10 am-3 pm outside the church (6115 SW Hinds), food and clothing:
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. 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. Thank you again for supporting our most vulnerable neighbors in this challenging time.
CONTACT-FREE HALLOWEEN: Local events – and decorations you can enjoy while walking or driving by – are listed on our newly launched Halloween page.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
The West Seattle High School Senior ASB wants to thank everyone who supported us by participating in our Dine-Out Day this past Wednesday! We raised $2,788, almost three times our original goal. We are so grateful for the support in our community.
We would to like to give a special thanks to the following local businesses who supported us: Circa, Arthur’s, Lady Jaye, Mission, The Westy, Peel and Press, Bebop Waffle Shop, The Admiral Pub, Ampersand Cafe, Dream Dinners, Vain Salon, and Cre8 Contracting. We would also like to shoutout Gretchen, the owner of Circa, for rallying restaurants to join the fundraiser.
For those who are interested in directly donating to the Senior Class, here is the link to donate . Another way to support us is by purchasing a delicious pre-made frozen meal from Dream Dinners, who will be continuing our partnership until November 14th. Click this link for more information.
The collage is by Ruthi Winter of Beach Drive Art Studio, who’s been making art to encourage early voting, and tonight we have word of another milestone – Seattle has passed 50% turnout with 10 days to go until Election Day. Tonight’s tally from King County Elections – 254,593 of 496,224 Seattle ballots already received. That includes ballots from KCE drop boxes (here’s the list/map) and USPS mail. In the drop-box counts – which lag to some degree, only updated in the morning – West Seattle’s leader is The Junction’s drop box (SW Alaska, south side, between California and 44th), with 10,648, followed by High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond) with 7,983, and South Seattle College (6000 16th SW, the illuminated signboard points you to the entrance) with 1,385.
If you missed the mention in today’s event list — this year’s WSB Halloween page is now live. Though many of the traditional seasonal events have been canceled because of the pandemic, some no-contact celebrations are on, so they’re listed, as are the decoration locations suggested by readers. Still plenty of time to add more; email email@example.com if you have (or have seen) fun decorations or if you know of a distanced event we don’t have yet!
In case you missed the announcement this past week – the Seattle Public Library is bringing back due dates. Here’s the announcement:
That stack of books and DVDs you’ve had since March? We’re ready for them to come back! Starting Nov. 1, staggered due dates will be applied to all physical materials currently checked out from The Seattle Public Library. Due dates were suspended when Library buildings were closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Now that Curbside Pickup and book return services are in full swing, it’s important we get books and other materials back to ensure a well-stocked collection for patrons who are ready to check out new items,” said Bo Kinney, managing librarian for the Library’s Circulation Services.
Loan periods will remain the same as they were prior to the Library’s COVID-19 closure: three weeks for most materials and two weeks for DVDs and Peak Picks titles. Patrons will be contacted individually about specific due dates and return options.
BOOK DROPS OPEN DAILY
The Library is now accepting returns at 13 Library locations [in West Seattle – High Point and Southwest]. No appointment is necessary to return materials. Book drops are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until they are full.
Two weeks before a patron’s due date, a one-time email notice will be sent asking for materials to be returned and providing information about return options. We will also be sending regular due date reminders and other notices, available by email, phone, and text message. See spl.org/notifications for more detail. To pick up new holds while returning books, visit the Library’s Curbside Service page for locations, hours and appointment options.
NO MORE LATE FINES
The Library no longer charges daily late fines for overdue items, thanks to the 2019 Library Levy, and, if no one else is waiting, an item may be renewed up to three times. However, patrons are still responsible for returning items on time. If an item is kept 31 days past the due date, a patron’s Library account will be temporarily suspended and some digital media services will not be accessible until all overdue items are returned. (Normally, a patron’s account would be suspended if an item is kept 14 days past its due date, but that rule has been relaxed during this time.)
As for when SPL will reopen for in-building service – they’re still working on that.
11:29 AM: On this breezy Saturday, with wind out of the north up to 25 mph, readers have sent these two sightings – above, from Julie, a fallen tree in Schmitz Park, “blocking the trail that leads up to Hinds Street”; below, via text, a toppled toilet at Alki Beach:
The forecast says it’ll stay breezy most of the weekend. The alert for tomorrow, meantime, has changed to a Frost Advisory, 2 am-10 am Sunday, with the morning low possibly dipping into the upper 20s.
P.S. Both of the above are an example of what you can also call in to the Seattle Parks maintenance line to be sure they know too – 206-684-7250.
ADDED 1:50 PM: One more breezy scene – Jerry Simmons caught a kiteboarder off Alki:
Just in case the burglar(s) who hit Tamsen‘s garage in Upper Morgan dumped these priceless items, she is hoping you can keep watch for them:
Our garage was broken into (Thursday) night. All of our garden tools and equipment were stolen. But the most valuable items taken were our Family Bible (that held family history items in it) and 3 photo albums. They were in a black zippered bag. The bible is large, 10″ x 10″, maroon color with gold lettering of “Holy Bible” on it. We’ve filed a police report.
Just hoping the (burglars) tossed the bible and albums. If anyone in the 6300 block in the Morgan Junction area around 38th and Morgan and Graham Street could check their waste containers, we’d be forever grateful.
If you find any of these items, let us know and we’ll connect you.
Here’s what’s ahead today/tonight:
TRAFFIC ALERT: SW Edmunds is closed at Delridge all weekend.
HALLOWEEN GUIDE: Just launched last night – including our list of decoration locations sent by readers so far.
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FEST: Get your scavenger-hunt map, stop at a cider/cocoa location, browse the window displays – it’s a new kind of celebration this year; details here.
FOOD-BOX DISTRIBUTION: The Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church is distributing free boxes of food – dairy, fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, bread – 1-4 pm. Drive up, ride up, walk up. (2620 SW Kenyon)
WINE TIME: 1-4 pm, Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is open for you to stop by and pick up their wine(s)! (5910 California SW)
SPOOKY TOWN @ STEVE COX MEMORIAL PARK: 2-5 pm, it’s a pre-Halloween “grab and go” event.
Families are welcome to drive or walk through the park to pick up goodie bags packed with face masks, DIY arts and crafts projects, official Spooky Town slime, candy, prizes, and even pumpkins (while supplies last). Don’t miss the “Pumpkin Patch Maze” on the outdoor basketball court, a Dragon Eye hunt on the multipurpose field, the I Spy Spooky Town Adventure in the windows of the Log Cabin, and a step and repeat photo opportunity on the Log Cabin steps.
(1321 SW 102nd)
THE HEEBIE JEEBIES LIVE ONLINE: The quintessential Halloween band will perform at Parliament Tavern, but don’t go there to see them – it’s live online tonight at 7 pm, streaming here.