West Seattle, Washington
Even on Christmas Eve, we have virus-crisis news (tomorrow, though, depends on whether there’s a data update):
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*59,306 people have tested positive, up 479 from yesterday’s total
*1,032 people have died, up 9 from yesterday’s total
*3,974 people have been hospitalized, up 65 from yesterday’s total
*726,070 people have been tested, up 4,705 from yesterday’s total
One week ago, those totals were 55,919/976/3,803/704,029.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 79,3 million cases worldwide, 18.6 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.
SITUATION REPORT: The state’s newest situation report is out. It’s mixed, but there’s some positive news, including case-count declines in the state’s largest counties, including ours. Here’s the summary.
GROCERY-STORE COVID CASE: Posted today on the PCC Community Markets website:
PCC learned today that a staff member at its West Seattle store has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member last worked in the store on December 21, 2020. PCC has been in regular contact with the King County Health Department. They have informed us that our current, rigorous COVID-19 cleaning protocol is sufficient to address the situation and that no store or department closures are required. Additionally, they’ve indicated that no other staff members at West Seattle PCC need to self-quarantine if they are asymptomatic. The staff member who tested positive is receiving care and will not return to work until guidance from public health officials allows it. PCC is following the guidelines of the CDC and federal and local governments to protect the individual to ensure they do not lose wages as a result of these steps.
TESTING: The city’s West Seattle test site is closed again today.
GOT PHOTOS/TIPS? 206-293-6302, text or voice, or firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Another double feature on this Christmas Eve – this time, two corner displays:
That display at 35th/114th in Arbor Heights [map] is so big – occupying an expansive corner – you need video to show it all. Here’s part of it:
Thanks to Cassandra for the tip!
From the north side of the peninsula, Toby sent this photo:
Toby says that’s “our little corner of Christmas Cheer on 47th Ave SW and SW Spokane St.” [map]
Thanks again for all the tips and photos – more than ever, the lights mean a lot here at the end of a challenging year. All the locations we’ve shown are archived here, and listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. More tomorrow night!
Earlier this month, as reported here, an overnight windstorm destroyed the canopies that Arthur’s in The Admiral District had put up to facilitate outdoor dining. Some asked how they could help the restaurant recover. Rosemary Orr, mom of Arthur’s proprietor Rebecca Rice, has set up a crowdfunding account to facilitate that. Rosemary tells WSB, “She has worked so hard since Spring to keep her business open and viable, and the windstorm and destruction of the canopies was just the worst in a string of challenges. She will need new covers to make enough money to survive another few months.” The GoFundMe page is here.
It’s a Christmas Eve gift – as mentioned in our daily preview, free takeout dinners at the West Seattle Eagles HQ (4426 California SW) in The Junction, cooked up by Itto’s Tapas. On the menu: Lemon chicken with saffron rice, harissa brussels sprouts, arugula salad. Just show up – they’re expecting to feed 200, while the dinners last!
Thanks to Jodi for the tip – 10 customers are out of power near 14th/Roxbury. No indication so far of the cause.
UPDATE: Jodi emailed at 6:26 pm to say, “Back on, thank goodness & hurray to the City Light people out working tonight.”
The sun’s setting and Christmas Eve begins in earnest. Want some local music for your holiday cheer? West Seattle’s own Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) staff perform an eclectic variety of holiday music in the video above – Mode’s Virtual Holiday Singalong: “We have excerpts from musicals, classic holiday songs, rocking covers, and some original works.” It’ll be on YouTube, free to access, through the end of the holiday season.
Big police response scaling down in High Point. Police have just arrested a suspect in what was originally described over radio as a robbery or robbery attempt, involving a knife, at the 35th/Morgan Walgreens. The suspect wound up on a roof at Stewart Manor across the alley. Police called in reinforcements, even negotiators – then the suspect came down and officers arrested him.
2:38 PM: Thanks for the photo. City Light and Seattle Public Utilities are being summoned to join Seattle Fire and Police at that crash scene in the 6300 block of West Marginal Way. A driver hit a pole and hydrant. No major injuries reported.
3:19 PM: Officers have just told dispatch “Marginal is open again.”
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes this midday:
CRASH REVEALS STOLEN PACKAGES: A driver crashed that Subaru into a North Admiral garage door this morning. While investigating the driver (added: a man in his 30s) for suspected DUI, police also found what they describe as stolen packages:
According to police radio, an officer is going to attempt to return the stolen items. The driver was taken into custody.
BICYCLE TAKEN: One reader report today, sent by Theresa: “Large silver Scott Ransom mountain bike stolen from North Admiral 12/22. Reward if found. Bo, 206-795-3970.”
Like the bicycle and stroller shown here yesterday, this isn’t the kind of item you just “misplace,” so we’re featuring it here instead of in our Lost/Found (non-pets) forum. The photo is from Rosalie:
I initially saw this wheelchair not far from Charlestown and 39th SW. Yesterday, it was in the middle of Hiawatha playfield at 8 PM at night. I suspect it was stolen … It is a Tracer SX5. It’s in safekeeping right now.
If you recognize it, let us know and we’ll connect you.
The sun’s out (for a few hours, anyway) and it’s Christmas Eve. Here are notes for the hours ahead:
IN OUR HOLIDAY GUIDE, you’ll find info including:
-Store hours for last-minute gift shopping
-Christmas Eve church services
-Grocery-store hours (most close early on Christmas Eve)
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP?
-Look for the Giving Opportunities section of the Holiday Guide, including homemade-cookie donations for The Christmas People (drop off at Alki Masonic Center, 40th/Edmunds parking-lot entrance, until 4 pm)
DEMONSTRATE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
–Scott will lead the sign-waving demonstration at 16th/Holden 4-6 pm (possibly ending earlier tonight “if traffic is light”)
This year without events and live performances has left many performers struggling. Among them, a West Seattle festival fixture – The Bubbleman. Among the countless cancellations this year were events presented by the Morgan Community Association and West Seattle Junction Association, which want you to know about crowdfunding for him, writes Phil Tavel, vice president of MoCA:
The Morgan Community Association and the Junction Association want to say THANK YOU to the Bubbleman for all of the good cheer that he has brought to West Seattle over the years.
This is a year when those in the crowd can give back a little something to help the performers who have given so much to us.
Here is a link to give whatever you can to the man with the purple beard, the rainbow car and a million bubbles and a million and one bubble jokes.
Happy Holidays to Everyone!
MoCA and the Junction Association!
6:07 AM: It’s Thursday, December 24th, the 276th morning (and the start of the 10th month) without the West Seattle Bridge. Another cold night, so beware of frosty streets, paths, windshields.
ROAD (ETC.) WORK
Delridge project: Work is planned through today. none tomorrow.
Metro – Regular schedule today (Sunday service on Christmas Day).
Water Taxi – Regular schedule today (Doc Maynard is back; no service Christmas Day).
CHECK TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO
West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:
The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:
The other major bridge across the river – the South Park Bridge (map) – see the closure advisory above. Here’s the nearest camera:
Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)
To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.