West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic news:
PHASE 3 TOMORROW: The entire state moves into Phase 3 of the governor’s updated reopening plan. What does that mean? See page 4 here. Key points of what’s allowed:
-Indoor dining, 50 percent capacity
-Indoor shopping, 50 percent capacity
-Personal services, 50 percent capacity
-Indoor worship, 50 percent capacity
-Indoor entertainment venues, 50 percent capacity or 400 people, whichever is less. (If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply)
-Indoor fitness, 50 percent capacity, showers allowed
NO COUNTY DASHBOARD UPDATE: For the second consecutive Sunday, the King County daily-summary dashboard wasn’t updated today, so no new daily numbers. (Take note, that means the Monday update will be two days’ worth of stats.)
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Since this is a weekly check, we can still do it with the latest info in the system (which is from Saturday). The numbers are shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard; to determine WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 94 positive test results; 65 in the 2 weeks before that; 71 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting WS death totals each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 64, one more since last week.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 123.1 million cases and 2,715,000+ deaths, 542,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE AND LOOKING FOR AN APPOINTMENT … here are the links we’ve amassed:
*Check for West Seattle city-run site appointments here; sign up for the city’s notification list for all three of its sites here.
*Health-care providers (particularly bigger ones like UW Medicine, CHI Franciscan, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, etc.)
*covidwa.com (volunteer-run aggregator)\
*The state says it’s improved its own lookup tool
*Pharmacies big and small – Safeway, Rite Aid, QFC, Pharmaca, Costco
*Sea Mar clinics
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? email@example.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
On a blustery night like tonight, summer might seem far away.
But city departments are preparing for Alki Beach’s summer season, as the Alki Community Council heard at its March meeting. That’s part of what guests from SPD and Seattle Parks discussed; ACC also hosted guests from the Northwest Seaport Alliance and Port of Seattle, with a status report on the Terminal 5 project.
SPD UPDATE: Lt. Dorothy Kim was there on behalf of the Southwest Precinct. As she had told the Fauntleroy Community Association a week earlier (WSB coverage here), SPD stats show auto theft is way up, so the precinct is working to activate a second vehicle equipped with Automated License Plate Readers.
Highland Park Corner Store is almost ready to open! Back in January, we reported on proprietor Meaghan Haas‘s plan for the former mini-mart at 7789 Highland Park Way SW. Today she announced that next Saturday will be her grand-opening day:
We’re doing a Grand Opening for Highland Park Corner Store next Saturday, 3/27 from 7 am-2 pm. For the Grand Opening, we’re offering buy one, get one house-made beverages all day – so the community can try out our menu!
After our grand opening, the Corner Store will be open daily 7 am-2 pm.
Our first phase of service is coffee, tea, and readymade items via our walk-up window. We serve QEDCoffee and Flying Bird Botanicals tea, Cascadia Chai (a spicy blend made in house), and house-made syrups. We also offer breakfast tacos from Sunrise Tacos, baked goods from Macrina and Flying Apron, bagels from Seattle Bagel Bakery, and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads from Homegrown Artisan Premades. Our seasonal special is the Honey Please Latte (aka HP Latte) featuring Seola Bees honey.
In a few months, we’ll roll out our own deli menu with sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls made in house. And by the end of 2021, we’ll open the interior of the store and offer grocery staples, beer on tap, wine by the glass, and interior and exterior seating.
Haas is a Highland Park resident leasing the space from West Seattle entrepreneur/preservationist John Bennett, who bought it last year to fix up as he’s done with other in-need-of-TLC commercial spaces in WS, Georgetown, and South Park.
Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today;
STOLEN PLATES TRAVEL FAR: From Jay:
I wanted to reach out in case others in WS have had their plates stolen. Sometime this week the license plates were stolen off my Jeep near 35th and Barton. I was notified of this by the Auburn PD this morning when they called stating my vehicle was caught on video during a theft. My vehicle was still parked at home, but my plates had been swapped out to a very similar plate number (my plate started AVD, “new” plate started AAD and are from a stolen car). They even left my license plate frames and swapped over my current registration stickers to help make sure it was hard to notice. The Auburn PD let me know the vehicle used was also the same make, model, and color of my Jeep. The Auburn PD case # is 21-02833 and the SPD incident # is 2021-68789.
This afternoon we heard a conversation on police radio about other stolen plates, so keep close watch on yours – it might be a trend.
CAR-PROWL LOOT TO LOOK FOR: From Dan:
Our car was broken into last night in the Genesee Hill neighborhood (4100 block of 53rd Ave. SW). The only thing of value taken was a backpack full of golf discs, some with some sentimental value. It’s a green Dynamic Discs Paratrooper bag. There were a variety of discs in the bag, but they all have my initials and phone number on them.
No police-report number yet; let us know if you think you have found the bag and/or one or more of the discs, and we will connect you.
PAINTED PEEPHOLES: From Stefan:
We wanted to report that Friday 3/19 night or Saturday 3/20 morning, someone spray-painted over the peepholes on both doors of our 2-unit townhouse.
They also stole a toolbox that was cable locked to the bed of a neighbor’s pickup truck. We assume that they are related.
Our units are on the alley off Fauntleroy adjacent to FairmoUnt Park School. There have been a lot of incidents lately. Our car was broken into 6 weeks ago. Our immediate neighbor has had the catalytic converters stolen twice from his car, and the neighbor who lost the toolbox also had a scooter stolen from the same area. … We’ve owned our unit for 10 years and haven’t had this many issues combined previously. There is typically a lot of foot traffic in the alley since people are walking to Fairmount with kids and dogs.
Two years after we first reported on local preservationists’ hopes of saving the “Stone Cottage,” they’ve reached the first milestone – announcing today that it will be saved and moved before its longtime site is redeveloped:
We are excited to announce the Stone Cottage will be saved! Over 360 donors have contributed more than $66,000, which is enough to save and move the Stone Cottage from its current site and into secure storage a mile south of its 1123 Harbor Ave SW location. The “First Mile” of its journey will occur in the middle of the night once city permits are issued, most likely on a weekend in April. House-moving expert Nickel Bros is waiting for permits before they set the move date.
For Nickel Bros, house moving is an elaborate and inexact process. It involves science, skill and dollies that look like 747 landing gear. Save the Stone Cottage team member Jeff McCord worked for Nickel Bros for many years and narrates the steps that may be involved when the Stone Cottage is moved off its site and travels down Harbor Avenue. Read, see photos and watch videos here:
We are all looking forward to the First Mile of the journey this Spring. The Save the Stone Cottage team will celebrate the First Mile move and continue to raise funds with an online auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. During the First Mile Auction, fans of the Stone Cottage have the opportunity to bid on fun packages that epitomize moving the Stone Cottage, as well as have the ability to support the First Mile move by making a ‘Buy The Mile’ per-foot donation for the haul route. The ‘First Mile’ Auction will occur in advance of the house move, so be sure to check our website for updates.
Save The Stone Cottage LLC will continue to work hard to raise $110,000 in donations to execute the plan to rescue, relocate and restore the Stone Cottage. Donations are being accepted through the website savethestonecottage.org and a GoFundMe charity account. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is serving as the fiscal sponsor of the Save the Stone Cottage Project. We appreciate its steadfast participation.
Save The Stone Cottage launched the crowdfunding campaign in December. The house, covered in stones carted to the site from Alki Beach, is ~90 years old.
If you’re eligible for Medicare, or approaching eligibility, you might need some expert help. In West Seattle, Patrice Lewis of We Speak Medicare (WSB sponsor) is offering just that, in two online info sessions coming up. Here’s the announcement:
Medicare Health Insurance is confusing – the way it works, the options available, what to consider, what steps to take – but you want to choose the best plan for your particular situation.
Come and join a Zoom informational presentation to get help with your decision-making. We’ll go over Medicare basics and look at the different types of plans available to you – 6:30 pm Tuesday, March 30th, or 3:30 pm Friday, April 2nd.
To sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you the session link. Or call 206.430.3782.
12:33 PM: Just a few minutes into his donation drive for Books for Africa, Bryson Albers had already received hundreds of donated books! Bryson is an eighth-grader at Hope Lutheran School, and the lot on the east side of the church/school is where he and helpers are receiving dropped-off donations until 3 pm today. Before you bring books – and the other items they’re collecting – please carefully read our preview explaining what is and isn’t being accepted. You can enter the lot from the alley off westbound SW Oregon, just east of 42nd. (If the showers return, don’t worry – they’re in a covered area of the lot.)
9:39 PM: We just received a wrap-up with words of thanks from Bryson:
To all who donated – thank you so much! I collected 2000+ books which will go to less fortunate people in Africa and exceeded my goal & expectations. The books you have donated will be life-changing to so many lives of African people in numerous ways.
Now that spring is here, warm weather is on its way, and parks will get busier. For people who bring their pets, Seattle Parks and Recreation has rules – such as, no pets on beaches or in ponds or streams. But what’s the problem? some wonder, insisting their pets are well-behaved. To answer that question, the Seattle Animal Shelter published this post: “Pets Are Not Allowed – But Why?” explaining three major reasons for rules regarding pets at parks, both on the water and inland. WSB reader Tami saw it this past week and emailed us suggesting that we tell you about it; she explained, “As a one-time beach naturalist with the Seattle Aquarium, this is an issue that concerns me, and I think it would be good to remind everyone WHY pets should respect public park spaces.” P.S. If you’re new in West Seattle, we do have one off-leash dog park, at Westcrest Park – it’s on this map with the city’s other off-leash parks.
First full day of spring – here’x what’s happening:
LAST DAY TO BUY GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Go here to see how, including local Scouts/Troops from whom you can buy online.
TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Here’s our updated list of more than 20 local churches’ online Sunday services (a few offer in-person options too), with the newest links – see it here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, the market’s open. 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)
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
DONATE BOOKS: As previewed here, 8th-grader Bryson Albers is collecting Books for Africa noon-3 pm in a dropoff drive at the Hope Lutheran lot (off SW Oregon just east of 42nd SW).
TEEN YOGA WORKSHOP: 5-week series begins with Young Adult Yoga at Spira Power Yoga (2332 California SW). 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)
TONIGHT’S SUNSET: 7:24 pm!
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