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CORONAVIRUS: Monday 6/21/2021 roundup

With 9 days at most until full reopening, here is tonight’s roundup of local pandemic-related information:

STATE OF THE PANDEMIC: The state Health Department released the latest every-other-week “modeling and surveillance” report, with these toplines:

*Statewide case counts and hospital admissions continued to decline as of June 3, but were starting to flatten slightly.

*As of June 3, case rates continued declining in all age groups except people 70 and older, among whom rates remained flat.

*As of the end of May, statewide transmission levels remained relatively high.

*While vaccination has helped to reduce transmission, increases in estimated population immunity have started to flatten as vaccination rates slow.

*Vaccination is clearly protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, as demonstrated by the very different hospital admission trends we are seeing in unvaccinated populations.

*Variants of concern continue to pose additional risks for outbreaks and impacts to the health system, especially in places where vaccination rates are lower.

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily summary:

*111,706 people have tested positive, 60 more than yesterday

*1,616 people have died, unchanged since Saturday

*6,317 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday

ONE WEEK AGO: Last Monday, the three totals we track were 111,164/1,615/6,275.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Check the state dashboard.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 178.7 million cases, 3,873,000+ deaths – 599,945 in the U.S. See the other stats – nation by nation – here.

VAX STATS: In King County, 77.4 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose; 70.3 percent are fully vaccinated. In West Seattle, the most-vaccinated zip code is still 98136 – 88.7 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose. (Maps and stats are here.)

3RD VACCINATION LOTTERY TOMORROW: Tuesday brings the third drawing for the “incentives” announced by the governor.

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WEST SEATTLE BEACHES: Here’s when to see what summer’s lowest low tide reveals

(Photo by Gill Loring, from May’s low-low tides)

With the full moon, another round of low-low tides is coming up in the week ahead, including this summer’s lowest low tide (minus 4 feet) on Friday. Here’s what’s happening, plus how to get expert advice for your viewing (most important advice is simple – please tread lightly and be mindful of the near-shore creatures not usually exposed):

LOW-LOW TIDES

Tuesday (June 22nd) 9:37 am -2.1
Wednesday (June 23rd) 10:22 am -3.2
Thursday (June 24th) 11:07 am -3.9
Friday (June 25th) 11:54 am -4.0
Saturday (June 26th) 12:41 pm -3.7
Sunday (June 27th) 1:28 pm -3.0
Monday (June 28th) 2:16 pm -2.0

EXPERT ADVICE

Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be at Lincoln and Constellation (aka Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint) Parks Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, usually starting about an hour and a half after the lowest-tide moment. Here’s the schedule.

Tide walk – Thursday at 10:30 am, meet up with Seattle Parks’ Rec’N The Streets program for a free all-ages beach walk at Constellation Park (3521 Beach Dr SW). Organizers advise: “Bring some water comfortable shoes, water bottle, and cameras. Be ready to get wet and see some cool plants and animals.”

About the police response in Morgan Junction

Thanks for the tips. Here’s why police were at 42nd/Morgan in Morgan Junction this past hour: They were dispatched to a report of a strong-arm robbery at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – a shoplift turned violent, with the would-be thief/robber reportedly physically fighting with a store employee. Shortly after arriving, police arrested a woman at a bus stop just east of the store; SFD medics were called but weren’t commenting at the scene.

SUMMER: Get moving! Outdoor and online Lifelong Recreation options from Seattle Parks

So maybe you’re not ready to take it (all) outside. Or maybe days like today (89 degrees at Sea-Tac tied the record) remind you it can get hot at times. Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation – geared toward people 50+ – is offering online AND outdoor classes this summer, with registration happening now. First, outdoors:

Yoga in the Park (Delridge)

Stretch and move with awareness, correct alignment and focus on breath to increase strength and stamina, improve flexibility, and develop better balance, posture, poise and peace of mind. Class meets at the front entrance of Delridge Community Center. Bring a yoga mat and large towel for padding in kneeling poses. 7 classes. #42021 – Mondays, July 12- August 23 – 10 am-11 am – Register HERE!

Zumba in the Park (Delridge)

Ditch the workout, join the party! Fun is the key ingredient in this low-impact Latin-inspired dance fitness class. No rhythm or equipment required. You’ll leave exhilarated and energized! Appropriate for all fitness levels. Meet at the front entrance of Delridge Community Center. 8 classes, #42022 – July 6- August 24 – Tuesdays 10 am-11 am. Register HERE!

Pickleball Drop-in at Delridge Courts

FREE! Come find out why pickleball’s the fastest -growing sport in the U.S. No registration or equipment required – beginners welcome. This is a partnered program between Lifelong Recreation and Rec ‘N The Streets. Meet at the courts, adjacent to the Delridge Community Center – 11 am-1 pm Wednesdays, July 7- August 25.

Now the online highlights:

Seattle Parks & Recreation is offering summer online dance classes geared toward people 50+, starting July 8. (See a video preview here.) Scholarships available – apply here.

Virtual Soul Line Dance

Not just country! Line-dance to an assortment of music genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and country. Work out your mind and body. Learn new dance patterns to all kinds of great music. 8 classes. #42024 – July 8- August 26 – Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am. Register HERE!

Virtual Aerobic Dance

If you love listening and dancing to a variety of music, then you will love this class. Instructor leads routines that are fun and easy to learn, yet challenging enough to give you a sense of accomplishment. Class includes a warm-up to music, cardio (aerobic dancing) and a cool down with some stretching and conditioning. 8 classes. #42023 – July 8-August 26 – 11 am-noon Thursdays. Register HERE!

Find out more about Lifelong Recreation here.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen construction trailer; looking for crash clues

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:

STOLEN CONSTRUCTION TRAILER: Sent by Billie Jo:

This is a black dump-style trailer with wood sidings added to it and an electric covering. This dump trailer was last seen located at 6011 37th Ave SW Seattle, WA and belongs to a small local construction company. I’ve attached a photo of what the trailer would look like without the wood siding added to it. Plate number 56401AA; tab Number P410628. Please call 206-276-7164 if spotted or Seattle police (911).

LOOKING FOR CRASH CLUES: One of the victims of a driver who hit at least two parked cars in Highland Park is trying to sort out what happened and wondering if there were any witnesses,

This happened near 11th and Holden but debris were found at 13th/Webster; our tipster says the debris suggest the other vehicle was a white Ford. The other vehicle might have been impounded but the victims are just trying to find out what happened and were told the police report won’t be available for at least a week. SPD incident # is 21-154036.If you know anything about the crash, contact us and we can connect you.

WEATHER: How hot is it? So hot, a helicopter showed up

Since we’ve received lots of questions about this via various messaging channels, email, text, and Twitter – we’ll mention it here too: The TV helicopter over Alki was just there for a live picture of the beach as part of the “gosh, it’s hot” coverage at the start of the 4 pm newscast. How hot IS it, you ask? 88 degrees at Sea-Tac at 4 pm – one degree short of the record for this date. Tomorrow’s expected to be cooler but by Friday, we could see the 90s.

FOLLOWUP: After 3 months, SW Yancy finally open again

Last Friday we had word of what was promised as one final delay for reopening SW Yancy west of 28th, which had been closed for nearly three months for drainage and other work related to the Transitional Resources supportive-housing project that’s under construction.
TR’s CEO Darcell Slovek-Walker told us on Friday that the city inspector would not let them reopen the raad until Tuesday … but just sent word that it’s open now, and we went by for the photo above as proof. (The 44-unit project, Rise at Yancy Street, is expected to open in August.)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Admiral business damaged by gunfire

Early this morning, someone reported to 911 that they heard suspected gunfire near Admiral Safeway. Later in the morning, employees at Umpqua Bank – next to the supermarket – found the source. According to a preliminary police report, the employees “found two bullet holes in the glass of the bank … a thick laminated glass and it shattered from the bullets.” They called police, who. the report says, “recovered two bullets from the floor of the bank.” Incident number is 21-154202.

SUMMER: Giant Garage Sale x 3 @ Highland Park Improvement Club

Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden) is bringing back its Giant Garage Sale – in three sessions – and seeking sellers! Here are the details:

Three Saturdays (July 10, Aug 14, and Sept 11), from 10 am to 3 pm.

-Music, food and beverages (including pop-up bar) will be available.

-Can’t sell but have items? Donations of salable items accepted for HPIC table – all monies go to HPIC with BIG thanks! Come have fun and support HPIC and our sellers

For Booth Rental:

-Contact hpic1919@gmail.com attn: Garage Sale
-Suggested donation for a 10×10 space and (1) 8-foot table is $30 ($60 for all 3 dates) – payment due in advance. Sign up and pay here!
-Rain or shine, sale will go on
-If you use an HPIC table, you take out and put away
-All unsold items must be taken with you after the sale. Due to Covid there are no donation trucks available for pickup of unsold items
-No public restrooms

SIDE NOTE: We list big nonprofit/institutional sales in our West Seattle Event Calendar, but if you’re having a personal garage/yard sale, you’re welcome to list it in this section of the WSB Community Forums – get a login here.

6 notes for your West Seattle Monday

(Photo by Trileigh Tucker)

Notes for your Monday:

SCHOOL MEAL SITES: School’s out but meals are available 11 am-1 pm today and each weekday at these four schools:

Arbor Heights Elementary – 3701 SW 104th St.
Denny International Middle School – 2601 SW Kenyon St.
Highland Park Elementary – 1012 SW Trenton St.
Roxhill Elementary – 7740 34th Ave. SW

COLMAN POOL: First weekday since the outdoor pool at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) reopened for daily swimming through Labor Day. One-hour swim sessions start every hour and a half, noon-7 pm – schedule and fee details are here.

COMMUNITY SUP NIGHT: Alki Kayak Tours (1660 Harbor Avenue SW) is offering stand-up-paddleboarding discounts and group rentals every Monday night through the summer – details in our calendar listing.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ FORUM: Seattle Subway is presenting this one, 7 pm online. Their announcement says 7 candidates have confirmed they’ll participate: Andrew Grant Houston, Jessyn Farrell, Lorena González, Lance Randall, Colleen Echohawk, Casey Sixkiller, and Bruce Harrell. To attend, pre-register here.

RAMPATHON DEADLINE: Know someone who needs a ramp for mobility but can’t afford one? Today is the deadline to apply for this year’s Rampathonhere’s our original announcement from May.

TEMPORARY BUSINESS CLOSURE: Treo Organic Salon in Fauntleroy wants you to know it’s closed for a week: “Treo Organic Salon will be closed from Monday, June 21, through the 27th for some upgrades and maintenance. Our online booking system is still up and running and you may shop for products in our website at www.treoorganicsalon.com.”

Anything we’re missing, today or beyond? Email calendar listings/biznotes to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

YOU CAN HELP: Volunteers needed for summer meal delivery

Though Seattle Public Schools is operating some summer-meal sites, not all families/students can get to them. In High Point, volunteers are needed for summer meal delivery. The program is operated by United Way of King County, and they asked us to announce the volunteer opportunity. You can find details and an application by going here.

WEATHER, TRAFFIC, ROAD WORK: First full day of summer

6:12 AM: Good morning! Welcome to the first full day of summer, which arrived at 8:31 pm Sunday. It’s also the first day of summer vacation for Seattle Public Schools. As for the weather, more sunshine! Today should look a lot like Sunday – Anjie Nelson-Wally sent this photo from Lincoln Park, looking toward the Fauntleroy ferry dock:

ROAD WORK

Delridge projectHere’s this week’s preview, with the Delridge/Henderson/Barton intersection remaining closed on the east side.

SW YancyOne last delay, but it’s supposed to reopen west of 28th tomorrow, after almost three months.

FERRIES/BUSES

Regular schedule for buses and ferries.

(Watch @kcmetrobus for word of bus cancellations, @wsferries for major WSF changes.)

BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES

455th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are the views of other bridges and routes:

Low Bridge: 24th week for automated enforcement cameras; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends, when the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available for some categories of drivers.)

Here’s a low-bridge view:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

And the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:

Are draw/swing bridges opening for boats or barges? See the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed. The 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings also are tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

SUMMER: Alice Enevoldsen brings change-of-seasons sunset watch back to Solstice Park

It was almost time for Alice Enevoldsen‘s 2020 spring-equinox sunset watch when the pandemic started shutting down schools and businesses and dropped the curtain on in-person events. So the educator and NASA Solar System Ambassador took her quarterly change-of-seasons events online, after 10+ years of gatherings at West Seattle’s Solstice Park. Tonight, for the 2021 summer solstice, she quietly returned.

She streamed the event from what she announced only as an “undisclosed West Seattle location” that turned out to be Solstice Park. About two dozen people were there enjoying the view, and got a bonus explanation of the park’s special stones and paths lining up with the solstice and equinox sunsets:

“Welcome to summer!” she exuberantly greeted her in-person and internet audiences, proceeding to explain the solstice (it’s when the North Pole is at maximum tilt toward the sun). She says that if the pandemic continues to wind down, she’ll be back to host an all-out fall-equinox sunset watch – which will be her 50th since starting the sunset watches in 2009.

P.S. It was a great sunset – here’s our photo from the park:

And here’s the view from a bit further south, photographed by James Bratsanos as the post-sunset colors deepened:

The solstice doesn’t bring the latest sunset, though – tonight’s official sunset time (though the sun disappears behind the mountains sooner, as Alice noted) was 9:10 pm – on Tuesday that goes to 9:11 pm and stays there through next Monday, before it starts getting earlier.

CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 6/20/2021 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check

Tonight’s pandemic notes, with 10 days at the most until full reopening:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the King County Daily Summary Dashboard page:

*111,646 people have tested positive, up 62 from yesterday

*1,616 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*6,314 people have been hospitalized, up 2 from yesterday

One week ago, those three totals were 111,106/1,615/6,272.

WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Sunday roundups feature our check of these numbers, shown in two-week increments on the “geography over time” tab of the countywide daily-summary dashboard. For WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 53 positive test results; 54 in the 2 weeks before that; 98 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting two other West Seattle stats each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 68, which is one below last week’s total, so a recent state-database correction apparently removed one local death from the total. And a look at hospitalizations: 197 total have been attributed to people in the two peninsula HRAs since the start of the pandemic, adding one this week.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here (but again, note there was no update this weekend).

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 178.4 million cases and 3,864,000+ deaths, almost 602,000 of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here

SUMMER MEALS FOR STUDENTS: No need to go hungry while school’s out. Seattle Public Schools summer-meal sites get going 11 am-1 pm today – details and locations are here.

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DELRIDGE PROJECT: The median plan, and this week’s work zones

(WSB photo)

Tonight we have a two-part update on the Delridge Way repaving/utilities project that’s preparing for the conversion of Metro Route 120 to the RapidRide H Line next year.

THE MEDIAN PLAN – AND PLANTING STRIPS: As part of the work, medians have been created along several stretches of Delridge. The concept for these dates back long before the RapidRide plan – neighborhood advocates had envisioned Delridge as more of a “boulevard.” But as the project progresses, the median spaces have lain empty, and readers have wondered what’s the landscaping plan, including maintenance. We took the question to SDOT, and here’s their response via spokesperson Madison Linkenmeyer:

We will install landscaping in the medians that will ensure year-round evergreen coverage, including species that are low-growing and derived from Pacific Northwest native plants. These plants were chosen due to their tolerance to mowing, which can help protect the plants from invasive weeds. This vegetation will be maintained by our contractor and the Urban Forestry maintenance team for the first three years after planting to ensure that the landscaping has been properly established in the medians and crossing islands.

After this three-year period, we will continue prioritizing maintenance in areas to ensure sightlines are clear for people traveling along the corridor. This maintenance includes trimming trees in the planting strips and other public right of way as needed. This type of maintenance is consistent with all landscaping throughout the city. We will mow and control weeds as needed in the medians.

In addition to the landscaped medians, the planting strips between the curbs and sidewalks along Delridge Way SW will be restored with grass lawns. Grass lawn is the standard type of landscaping to be used for permanent erosion control in Seattle. As with all properties across Seattle, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the planting strips adjacent to their property. For people living in apartments or renting, it is the responsibility for the property owner/landlord, property management team, or homeowners association to maintain the public right of way. You can read more about these responsibilities on our website.

If residents are concerned with maintenance of the grass lawn, they are able to request that we look into installing wood chip mulch in the planting strip instead of grass. A planting strip with wood chip mulch would limit the maintenance needs and be helpful to those without lawn mowers. Residents would be responsible for planting their own landscaping in these planting strips in order to help with erosion control.

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: Here are the key zones for this week’s work:

*Final channelization in Zones A and B will be wrapping up next week
-We will begin painting lane markings south of SW Orchard St later this year

*We are continuing to upgrade sidewalks, curb ramps, and electrical utilities at SW Findlay St through July, and will begin demolishing the sidewalks between SW Juneau St and SW Graham St through June. Paving for this work will occur later this summer.

*Bus stop upgrades at SW Myrtle St and SW Holly St continue. We will begin pouring the cement bus pads next week.

*Bus stop, sidewalk, and curb ramp upgrades at SW Thistle St on the west side of Delridge Way SW continue next week
-Additional sidewalk and curb ramp work will happen at SW Thistle St later this summer. The street will remain closed as we rebuild sidewalks and relocate pedestrian signal poles in the area. We will reopen the street as soon as possible.

*We will begin restoring the street between SW Holden St and SW Thistle St next week
-Driveways will be temporarily closed while we pour concrete in the street

*Intersection upgrades and road closure at SW Henderson St continue
-Please reference this detour map for additional details

Full details for this week’s work zones and closures can be found here.

UPDATE: Water-rescue callout at Alki Beach

7:56 PM: Seattle Fire has a water-rescue response headed by land and sea to Alki Beach at 60th SW for a possible missing kiteboarder. Police are on scene, says the dispatcher, and so far they are seeing the board but no one with it.

8:05 PM UPDATE: SFD says the kiteboarder returned safely to shore. They’re canceling the callout.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: More catalytic converters stolen; car vandalized

(update) Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

ANOTHER CATALYTIC CONVERTER STOLEN: Carly reports her parents were visiting her in Admiral when their Prius was hit by catalytic-converter thieves last night It was parked on the street near 42nd/College, by the library.

(added 7:24 pm) AND ANOTHER: Since we published this, Scott emailed to report, “Thieves got my Element converter AGAIN …. 2nd time in about a month. Belvidere area, 5 am Saturday.”

CAR VANDALIZED: A texter reported their partner’s rear car window was shattered by a beer bottle this past Thursday, while parked by her workplace, Les Schwab Tires (WSB sponsor) at Fauntleroy/Alaska. The vandal also “left dents all around the back.”

Stay Healthy Streets, missing sidewalks, and more @ transportation-advocacy coalition’s forum for Seattle Mayor candidates

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Still deciding who to support for Seattle Mayor? Here’s another chance to compare the candidates – some of them, anyway.

This past Wednesday, five of the 15 candidates participated in a forum focused on transportation, equity, and environmental issues, sponsored by the MASS Coalition (Move All Seattle Sustainably). The five candidates were Lance Randall, Andrew Grant Houston, Bruce Harrell, Lorena González, and Jessyn Farrell; organizers said Casey Sixkiller and Colleen Echohawk also had been invited, but were unable to participate (a surrogate for Echohawk presented an opening statement). The forum was moderated by Erica C. Barnett, editor/publisher of Publicola.

As transportation is a perennially hot topic here – and with an eye ahead to the forum we’re moderating in three weeks – we watched this event. You can see the coalition’s video recording for yourself above. Our notes don’t cover all the questions asked, but you can read the coalition’s transcript here. In addition to opening statements and standard Q&A, the candidates were also asked to give quick yes/no answers to several questions. We’ll start with those:

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HAPPENING NOW: Father’s Day car show in Admiral

Thanks for the tip! Until 4 pm, Brookdale Admiral Heights is hosting a ’50s-themed classic-car show out front of their building at 2326 California SW. Free but they’re also hosting a donation drive:

We are accepting donations on this day for the 360 for Good campaign funds both spring for Kids, benefitting underserved elementary school students in West Seattle, and Brighten Haiti, providing refurbished solar power systems for the 65% of people in Haiti who lack electricity.

Note: The show is scheduled until 4 but they’ve had some early departures so don’t wait until the end!

BIZNOTE: Go Time Athletics expanding to West Seattle

Go Time Athletics, an indoor sports center in Georgetown, is expanding to West Seattle. The new facility at 4835 West Marginal Way has an open house next Friday (June 25th). From the announcement we received:

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of our new space in West Seattle, and enjoy our Open House on Friday, June 25th. We are incredibly pleased to announce our new indoor volleyball facility and toddler sports center, at 4835 West Marginal Way SW.

Go Time Athletics has expanded into the West Seattle area with their new flagship facility designers to service all of the West Seattle youth athletes. A full volleyball court, turfed area (coming in September), weight-room area, and more are available to train and develop athletes in multiple sports.

For those athletes playing baseball and softball, an indoor turfed area with batting cages is being built out and will be completed in September 2021. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling will also be offered soon.

Join us for a great opportunity to try out our gym for free. Bring your friends and family, and meet our head Volleyball Coach Joe Baleto along with our instructors.

Open House schedule is as follows:

10:00 am-1:00 pm – Toddler Time at Go Time Athletics West Seattle

Toddler Time – Bring your toddler to try out our new play space, and check out our sports offerings, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, bowling, corn hole, hopscotch, ring toss, obstacle course play, jumping on a trampoline, circle time, and more.

6:00 pm-9:00 pm – Open Volleyball Play at Go Time Athletics West Seattle

Open Volleyball Play – Join us for an evening of pick-up volleyball on our newly installed competition volleyball court! Bring your friends and play around for a bit. We’re offering summer camps, personal training sessions, clinics, coed leagues and open gym times.

More info about the company, and registration links, can be found on the Go Time Athletics website.

What that seemingly wayward state ferry is doing off Alki (and beyond)

10:28 AM: Thanks for the photos and tips! The state ferry M/V Salish is drawing some attention right now by sailing in an unusual pattern off Alki (and points south). According to Washington State Ferries, the Salish is currently out of service for repairs, which has taken the Seattle-Bremerton route down to one boat. The Kitsap Sun reported the Salish has been out of service since Saturday afternoon because of an “engine issue.” As noted during WSF’s recent spring community meeting (WSB coverage here), breakdowns are especially bad news right now because it’s the peak season but the system already has some vessels out for longterm repair work.

11:11 AM: Joel sent that view of the Salish close-in, looking toward Alki Point, plus a screengrab from a tracker showing the attention-getting route it’s been sailing.

12:13 PM: And an aerial view from Sharon, who said it looked like Salish was doing “donuts”:

Remembering Lorraine Ragghianti-Agostino, 1927-2021

Family and friends are remembering Lorraine Delores Ragghianti-Agostino and sharing this remembrance with her community:

Lorraine D. Agostino passed away on June 6, 2021, just 10 days shy of her 94th birthday.

Lorraine, lovingly known as “Ellie” or “Nana,” was born on June 16, 1927, to Jesse and Minnie Ebert. She was the heart and soul, the Matriarch, of the Ragghianti family and is survived by her sons Michael and Steve Ragghianti, their wives, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ellie was a lifelong resident of West Seattle. She attended the old Cooper School from K-8 then on to West Seattle High School, where she graduated in 1946. She was class rep for class of 1946 for 32 years. In 1948 she married her high-school sweetheart Don Ragghianti after he returned from serving in the military. They were married for almost 29 years when Don tragically died in February of 1977.

Ellie was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. Family and friends meant the world to her. Her most treasured memories were the family vacations to Orcas Island. Family dinners were tops on her list and everyone savored her ravioli, an old family recipe, as well as her amazing butterscotch bars. She was an amazing seamstress and worked in the alterations department at I. Magnin in downtown Seattle after graduating. She also made beautiful quilts, bestowing many a lovingly made quilt to her family. Ellie was gifted in calligraphy and made beautiful cards and was a scrapbooker extraordinaire, leaving us over 50 books to enjoy for many years to come.

Ellie worked part-time at Olympic Heights Pharmacy, then worked at the West Seattle J.C. Penney’s for many years until it closed in 1987. Ellie remarried in 1986 to Roy J. Agostino, who preceded her in death in 2002. Lorraine lived in the family home until 2016, when she moved to an apartment in Mount St Vincent, where she spent four happy and comfortable years. If words could describe Ellie, kind, resilient, humble, and down to earth come to mind. She will be missed by her family and the many friends she made in her long, beautiful life.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

Here’s what’s happening on your West Seattle Father’s Day Sunday

(Saturday night view from the low bridge, by James Bratsanos)

Happy Father’s Day, and welcome, summer:

TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Most local churches still offer online Sunday services (some offer in-person options too), so each week we compile the newest links for 20+ churches’ services, both streamed and recorded (and in one case, written).

FATHER’S DAY NATIVE ART MARKET: Again today, 10 am-5 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse – you’re invited to shop and snack.

Or enjoy a full salmon-bake lunch noon-3 pm! (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

GRAND OPENING: First day for Natalie’s on Alkias reported here – starting at 10 am.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Vegetables, fruit, flowers, cheese, meat, beverages, bread, more – something new each week at the Farmers’ Market, open 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)

FOOD/CLOTHING DRIVE OUTSIDE ALKI UCC: The announcement:

Alki UCC Summer Food/Men’s Casual Clothing Donations Drive

This Sunday June 20, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Front courtyard/6115 SW Hinds
alkiucc.org

Many of our neighbors struggle with feeding their children over the summer without subsidized meals. Here are some suggested donations:

Canned Items: Vegetables, Beans, Soup, Pasta Sauce, Tomatoes, Canned fruit, tuna, Applesauce, PB&J

Packaged Items: Fruit Snacks, Cookies/Crackers, Pudding, Nuts, Trail Mix, Cereal, Oatmeal, Rice, Pasta, Granola Bars, Macaroni & Cheese, Pancake Mix, Syrup

Hygiene Items: Bar Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant, Lotion

Donations of Men’s Casual/Work Clothes are also being taken, as well as NEW socks — the clothing item most requested by our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Alki UCC’s summer food drives continue on Sundays, July 11 and August 15.

DELRIDGE GROCERY COOPERATIVE: Today’s the third Sunday you can shop for staples at the DGC store (5444 Delridge Way SW), 11 am-3 pm, as previewed here. Also, please take the DGC survey if you haven’t yet.

PRIDE WALK: Meet at Secret Garden< (5000 California SW) at 11 am, for a walk to Admiral Junction.

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)

PRIDE ART EXHIBIT: As previewed here, “The Divine: Beyond the Bounds of Queerness”= is at Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery (9414 Delridge Way SW), open noon-6 pm.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Visit the home of West Seattle’s history today (noon-4 pm, 61st/Stevens).

SUNDAY RUN CLUB: It’s back at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), starting at noon – details in our calendar listing.

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. (9600 15th Ave SW)

SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNSET WATCH: The seasons change at 8:31 pm. Shortly afterward, 8:45-9:15 pm, join Alice Enevoldsen online for her 49th solstice/equinox sunset watch. As of early today, the registration link was misbehaving; check back here and on Alice’s webpage later for an updated link. Update – Here it is.

Got something for our calendar? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!