West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s local/state pandemic toplines:
NO KING COUNTY NUMBERS: No daily summary, as, Seattle-King County Public Health reported in its daily email update, “we have not been able to download today’s case summaries from the Washington State Dept. of Health’s master database.”
STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS’ BRIEFING: The weekly briefing by Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah and other officials happened this morning. They said the “fourth wave” appears to be plateauing “a little bit” around the state – this as the next assessment of phase eligibility, next Monday, approaches. Watch the briefing here.
VACCINATION VISITOR: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra was in Seattle today and joined local leaders for a visit to the city’s Lumen Field mass-vaccination site:
Today, I talked with frontline workers and saw first-hand the incredible progress that Seattle is making on vaccinations. Thousands of people are stepping up to protect themselves and their communities at the Lumen Field Vaccination site. pic.twitter.com/s8B8cVyk9U
— Secretary Xavier Becerra (@SecBecerra) April 29, 2021
VACCINATION SITUATION: The latest statewide situation report is out. Key stat: 5.2 million doses of vaccine have been administered statewide.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A VACCINATION APPOINTMENT … The city still has tons of openings, whether it’s your first or second dose. Here’s that link. If you’re looking for other options, our most-recent list was in Saturday’s roundup.
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Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:
GUNFIRE INVESTIGATION: Just after 10 pm last night, police were called to an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Delridge Way SW after a resident reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a bright flash of light. Officers told dispatch that they found.a shell casing, but the report says they found no victim and no suspect.
WOULD-BE CATALYTIC CONVERTER THIEF: Residents in the 3700 block of Beach Drive forwarded this alert circulated in their complex:
This past weekend (4/24-25), we encountered an incident of attempted property theft. At roughly 4:00 am on Sunday morning, an individual arrived on our property and checked for unlocked doors before proceeding to begin cutting off the catalytic converter(s) from a resident’s vehicle which was parked under the south carport. An alert resident heard the commotion and scared the would-be thief away from the safety of their deck.
Race: Caucasian or other light-complexion
Hair: Long brown hair with some gray, pulled into ponytail
Height: Between 6’0″ – 6’2″ tall
Dress: Navy blue heavy jacket with a brown fur-lined hood, navy or black Adidas track pants, grey lace-less sneakers, blue bandana, and black skullcap.
The alert says police were called; we do not have the incident number, but if we get it we will add it.
From West Seattle High School cheer coach Nadine Nguyen:
Are you ready to become a part of the award-winning West Seattle High School Coed Cheer Team?
Now’s your chance. Tryouts will be held in person May 12th -14th from 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm @ WSHS. To try out, you will need to fill out all online forms.
If you are looking to get a little extra help before Tryouts, come to our virtual clinic where we will be teaching basic cheer skills such as jumps, dance, and cheers to help you get ready for Tryouts. Clinics are on Thursday, May 6th, 2021, from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm . (The Link will be provided to applicants after your Tryout application is submitted)
You will need to have a COMPLETED physical and completed your Final Forms paperwork, to participate in Tryouts and the clinic.
The tryout application and final forms link are available through this link:
Good Luck and Go Wildcats!!
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The sign’s still up at Bonair/Alki, one day after Seattle Public Utilities reported a sewer overflow into Puget Sound. The warning zone is at the easternmost end of the beach – it covers “water activities” for about 600 feet in either direction. Today SPU spokesoerson Sabrina Register told WSB the amount of spilled sewage is estimated at about 1,655 gallons. And a pump station was not involved, she said – rather, “An initial assessment shows structural failure (a collapsed mainline) on nearly 100-year-old infrastructure.” SPU work crews were seen in the area earlier today:
Thanks to Chas Redmond for that photo. We’ll check on the repair plasn tomorrow; SPU has said the warning signage will remain in place until water sampling shows it’s safe.
The intrepid fundraisers of the Alki Elementary PTA have a Mother’s Day plan, open now for online shopping:
Mother’s Day is coming and it is time to honor those amazing women in our lives who are our ultimate nurturers.
A day of rest, mollycoddling and appreciation for the best.
But what does one do for the one who does it all?
ALKI ELEMENTARY PTA PRE-SALE TO THE RESCUE!
We are here to help you make her day nothing short of magnificent (foot rub not included).
Shop our curated collection of local goods to save time, support local, and make mother feel superior.
Our Mother’s Day Shop is open – get your orders in by May 2nd!
Everything from Breakfast in Bed bagels from Eltana, Fresh Market Flowers from Lee Lor Gardens, Decadent Chocolate from Joe Chocolate Co., Seattle Candle Company Candles, Brush + Mallet Mother’s Day Cards, And Beautiful Hand-Crafted Remembrances!
Curbside pickup offered Saturday, May 8th (bonus points for being prepared!) from:
ALAIR GIFT SHOP, 3270 California SW, from 1-3 pm
So if you support a PTA fundraiser, where does the money go? We asked Alki PTA; here’s the reply:
When the pandemic hit, Alki PTA moved swiftly, creatively, and with great purpose to help our Alki community. We have fed those on the front lines, raised money to feed and care for our families at Alki, partnered with small local businesses prioritizing support of our greater local community, brought forward a legislative initiative to increase awareness and funding around mental health services within schools, provided Alki families with multiple opportunities for family engagement, connected parents to other parents for conversation and support, encouraged healthy habits and activity through virtual events and a season-long Alki-a-thon, and provided funding to Alki Elementary for much needed support staff including a half-time social worker, academic interventionist and additional nurse staff hours.
We are extremely proud of our efforts and the people behind them. We value and appreciative all who have supported our fundraising efforts during the most challenging year we have all known in our lifetimes.
You can find fundraisers we’ve spotlighted – school and otherwise – in this WSB archive. Got an announcement? email@example.com is the best way to get it to us – thank you!
More than a year after closing in the pandemic’s early going, the Corner Pocket in The Junction is reopening next Tuesday. Co-proprietor Pete Olive emailed the announcement:
The Corner Pocket will be reopening on May 4th. We wanted to make sure our staff had a chance to get vaccinated before we moved forward. We will be open 2 pm to 11 pm Monday-=Thursday, and 2 pm to midnight Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We will be operating on a limited food menu, and will be requiring masks when standing, as per Washington Dept. of Health rules.
Olive says the Corner Pocket (California & Alaska, downstairs) has been closed since mid-March of last year: “It’s been a long year.”
Thanks to Steve for sending the photo and tip! The path atop the new seawall on the south end of Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook [map] is now open – just in time for a view of this week’s low-low tides. The path was completed this month after a few months of delay attributed to ADA compliance. The new 400-foot-long, $3 million seawall was built adjacent to the failing old one after years of planning.
SDOT has opened applications for more categories of new low-bridge access authorization. They were all announced earlier this month; applications first opened for one added category, people undergoing life-saving medical treatments, and SDOT had already approved 27 as of a week ago. The new applications are for less-urgent categories, so applications received by May 15th will be reviewed for potential authorization starting June 1st. From the SDOT announcement:
The following user groups can now apply for access to drive on the low bridge:
*On-call medical workers (only for traveling to and from an on-call work shift; employer verification required)
*West Seattle-based restaurants and retail businesses (limited to urgent trips to pick-up equipment or supplies)
*Rideshare vehicles (vans, shuttles or official carpools with a state-issued rideshare license plate. This does not include Uber and Lyft)
And as already announced:
*People traveling to and from lifesaving medical treatments (authorization from your medical provider required) via West Seattle; includes driving to treatments via the Fauntleroy Ferry.
The application is available here, in these languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Somali, Chinese (Traditional), Vietnamese, Oromo, and Khmer. Questions/problems? Call 206-400-7511 or email WestSeattleBridge@seattle.gov. SDOT also notes, “Access does not begin immediately after receiving confirmation because license-plate information must be processed into the photo enforcement system.”
A few reminders before the afternoon arrives:
IN-BUILDING SERVICES AT SOUTHWEST LIBRARY: This is the second day for the first West Seattle library building to reopen for some indoor services, noon-6 pm. (9010 35th SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE: Today it’s out to -2.5 feet at 12:34 pm – tomorrow afternoon, even lower. Tread lightly if you go out for a beach walk.
WEST SEATTLE SKYLINK: 5 pm online, advocates of a gondola system instead of light rail plan another online presentation – go here to get the viewing link,
TRAFFIC MITIGATION AT HPAC: The “Home Zone” work continues as part of Reconnect West Seattle traffic mitigation, and HPAC – the community council for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge – talks with SDOT at 7 pm, online. Participation information, and other agenda details, are on HPAC’s website.
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In case you haven’t seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar yet, an event next Tuesday morning offers you the opportunity to both boost your own mental health, and help local nonprofit Transitional Resources. Here’s the announcement for the 8 am live event on May 4th:
Since we cannot celebrate in person, our 2021 Toast to TR spring fundraiser will take place virtually, over toast! Start your day with us for our live morning event, or stream it later at your convenience. Grab your laptop and a cup of coffee and learn how you can create habits and rituals that will improve your day – and your mental health. Plus, you’ll hear about how some of our clients have been able to create positive routines in their own life thanks to the TR community and have the opportunity to support our work!
We have a generous matching pool from our presenting sponsor, Verity Credit Union, and our Board of Directors to help your gift go further. We are excited to partner with Live Oak AV and Caffe Ladro for this event.
Live stream participants will receive a digital goodie bag with printable materials and an ebook from our speaker, specialized recommendations for further reading/listening/watching on our topic, and a coupon from our partner, Caffe Ladro, for a discounted beverage and a free cookie to use at the West Seattle and Capitol Hill locations on the day of the event!
Registration: Advance registration required to participate in the livestream and receive event materials, including the Caffe Ladro coupon. Tickets are $10 and will be available until 5/3/2021. Register at Fresh Starts: Morning Habits for Better Mental Health Tickets, Tue, May 4, 2021 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite.
6:03 AM: Good morning! Partly sunny forecast for today.
35th/Graham – Work continues to remake this intersection, including a signal.
Delridge project – Delridge/Orchard work continues, and more.
SW Yancy east of Avalon – This closure will continue a few more weeks, the project team says.
The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its spring/summer schedule – all day, 7 days a week, plus Friday and Saturday evenings.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
401st morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how it’s looking on other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: 16th week for automated enforcement cameras; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends, when the bridge is now open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Read about other changes here.)
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:
To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.