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CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 5/5/2021 roundup

Tonight’s local/state pandemic updates:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:

*99,754 people have tested positive, 334 more than yesterday’s total

*1,532 people have died, 5 more than yesterday’s total

*5,914 people have been hospitalized, 17 more than yesterday’s total

*1,049,354 people have been tested, 2,078 more than yesterday’s total

Last Wednesday, the county did not update its dashboard, so tonight we have no “one week ago” numbers for comparison.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find all the numbers, county by county, on the state Department of Health data page,.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS’ BRIEFING: The weekly briefing by Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah and other officials happened this morning. Watch the briefing here.

VACCINATION SITUATION: It was a major topic during the state briefing – in which a new helpline was introduced, 833-VAX-HELP – and the newest vaccine-distribution report is out too.

IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN VACCINATED YET … You can still go to city sites including the West Seattle hub (2801 SW Thistle) without an appointment, but if you’d rather guarantee your spot, go here.

GOT INFO? Email us at or phone us, text or voice, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!

MISSING: Have you seen Ben? (update, found)

Ben‘s mother asked us to post this request for help finding him,

She says he is 16, 5’10”, 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen when dropped off at Lincoln High School in North Seattle at 11:30 am Monday, but is believed to be with a girl who attends Chief Sealth International High School, and Ben’s mother says he’s been seen at Roxhill Park, as well as in Tukwila.

A police report is filed; call 911 if you see him. You can refer to case 2021-108016.

UPDATE: Found.

MUSIC: West Seattle High School Band resumes rehearsals, with extra equipment

The musicians are masked and the instruments have special covers, as the West Seattle High School Band gets back to business. The West Seattle Music Boosters shared the photos and some video:

The Marching Band resumed rehearsals a few weeks ago, while the Jazz Band had its first practice today. The Music Boosters note, “Mr. Thomas went to great lengths to obtain SPS permission and put the many safeguards in place. As you can see, proper masks and instrument covers were purchased, and kids are distanced and outside.”

The Music Boosters add, “Other things you didn’t know you needed were clothespins! If you happen to be by Hiawatha on a Wednesday afternoon, cheer them on.”

BIZNOTE: Jeweler hosting clothing pop-up; pre-Mother’s Day online gift show

Two biznotes centered on shopping:

CLOTHING POP-UP: Lisa Esztergalyos Jeweler (WSB sponsor) is hosting a clothing pop-up – by appointment, and signups are open now. Here’s the announcement:

A mini pop up will be hosted at the Lisa Esztergalyos jewelry boutique, featuring BEATA Design Studio clothing and accessories. Sustainable, timeless designs that work with your everyday life.

Learn more about BEATA Design Studio here and jewelry shop details here to find out more about these brands and their collections.

By appointment only. Click the link below to schedule your times lot for the pop up.

Event Date: Saturday, May 15th
Event Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Event Location: 4224 SW Findlay

ONLINE GIFT SHOW: Sunday is Mother’s Day – and if you’re still contemplating gift ideas, the West Seattle Junction Association invites you to an online gift show tomorrow (Thursday, May 6th, 4 pm to 8 pm). From WSJA:

Not sure what to get that wonderful woman in your life? Your boutiques and shops have the answer for you with another fun and interactive Instagram shopping spree! Get your friends together, get a glass of wine, and meet online from the comfort of your couch. Watch LIVE on either the Junction’s IG or shop IG Live starting at 4 PM. Every shopper has a chance to win a $50 gift card to each store too! We’ll pick one random winner per virtual shopping spree when you comment. That’s $400 in total giveaways! No purchase necessary to win. Sit back and relax as we walk you through some of your favorite stores. Plus, you’ll get to see a Junction celebrity Hey Dave! Every half hour we’ll start a new Instagram Live virtual shopping event. Shop owners will show you the very best ideas for Mother’s Day! You can ‘shop’ via the store’s Instagram Live page too by dropping comments in the chat or DM. In the comments, let us know what you like; we’ll contact you for delivery and payment before Mother’s Day!

4 PM Wild Rose’s
4:30 PM Doll Parts Collective
5 PM bin41
5:30 PM Fleurt
6 PM Capers
6:30 PM Carmilia’s
7 PM Darby Winery
7:30 PM Lika Love

FOLLOWUP: Here’s when you’ll be able to swim again at Colman Pool

(Colman Pool, photographed in 2017 by Long Bach Nguyen)

Last month, we reported Seattle Parks‘ announcement that Colman Pool – the outdoor saltwater pool on Lincoln Park‘s shore – would reopen this year, after skipping 2020. At the time, the dates weren’t set. Now they are: June 19 through September 6 “at reduced capacity,” says Parks, with “operational changes … to ensure public and staff safety as we recover from the pandemic.” Lap and family swims will be offered, but no group lessons; swim sessions will last an hour, with a half-hour break following “to facilitate cleaning.” Pre-registration will be offered a day in advance, with “limited drop-in admission.” Masks will be required when you’re not in the pool. On-deck seating will be limited, and the slide will be closed. But Parks will offer party rentals for 30 or fewer people, Fridays through Sundays at 7:30 pm. Rental bookings will open at noon May 26th. More details in the full announcement, here.

P.S. No word yet on when/whether indoor Southwest Pool might reopen.

CELEBRATE: See, hear, and cheer writing-contest winners

May 5, 2021 3:53 pm
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 |   West Seattle history | West Seattle news

Last month we published the winning essays in a first-of-its-kind Southwest Seattle Historical Society contest – and this Friday night you can see, hear, and cheer the winners during an online event. Here’s the announcement from SWSHS:

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is pleased to announce a virtual Award Ceremony honoring the winners of our first annual Youth Writing Contest. Join us for a live Zoom program on Friday, May 7th at 6:00 PM to celebrate our winners Lillian Stowell, Elliott Neves, and Halle Morgan, and hear the authors read their essays. Additionally, we’ll be joined by local authors Mary Fleck, Judy Bentley, and Joey Richesson to speak about the importance of historical writing and young authorship. Congratulations to our winners!

As a reminder, the theme of our competition was: WOMEN HISTORY MAKERS OF THE DUWAMISH PENINSULA. Students explored the contributions of a specific woman from the Duwamish Peninsula who has made an historical impact on the community, past or present, famous or not-yet-famous.

Registration is required. Visit: to register. Registered participants will be emailed a link to the presentation on the date of the event.

You can read the winning essays here, here, and here.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Fish House reopens

Another long-closed fish-and-chips restaurant has reopened. After a reader tip (thank you!), we just went over to confirm that West Seattle Fish House (9005 35th SW) is open again. They told us they will be open their “old hours” – 11 am to 8 pm – for a few days, then plan to adjust, but haven’t settled on those new hours yet (we’ll update when we get word). Also of note, a new phone number you can use to call in advance, 206-582-2140.

DEVELOPMENT: Land-use approval for 14-unit development on ex-substation site

IMG_5852 (1)(WSB photo from 2016)

From this week’s first city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin, a key approval is in for a 14-unit residential project proposed at 8822 9th SW [map]. This proposal has been in the works for more than two years, and we’ve been tracking the site for six years, as it’s a former substation location sold off by the city (backstory here). The 14-unit plan is the second redevelopment plan for this site, following a 9-unit plan that stalled, and would include 12 townhouses, two “accessory dwelling units,” and 14 offstreet-parking spaces. The decision opens a window for appeals (deadline May 17th); the notice explains how to file one.

What’s ahead for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

(Wilson’s Warbler – a migrating bird that’s just returned, reports photographer Mark Wangerin)

Meetings and festivities:

CITY COUNCIL: Happening as we publish this, the Transportation and Utilities Committee is meeting, with agenda items ahead including a proposal to consider spending a portion of $20 of car-tab taxes on bridge maintenance – info on the agenda; the Finance and Housing Committee meets at 2 pm this afternoon (agenda here).

CINCO DE MAYO: 2-9 pm, specials at Mission Cantina (2325 California SW; WSB sponsor) including a pig roast, as previewed here; nearby venues Arthur’s (2311 California SW) and Admiral Pub (2306 California SW) invite you to stop by too.

SEATTLE BICYCLE ADVISORY BOARD: 6 pm online, including discussions of Vision Zero and Duwamish Valley mobility. Attendance info – video or call-in – can be found atop the agenda.

DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: 7 pm online, this coalition of West Seattle and South Park community advocates has agenda items including the low bridge, crime, and development – our preview includes info on how to attend.

EVENING VACCINATIONS: Tonight’s the night the city’s West Seattle COVID-19 vaccination hub (2801 SW Thistle) is scheduled to test staying open until 7:30 pm. No appointment required; all three vaccines are expected to be available.

‘Instruments of Change’: Online fun to support the West Seattle Food Bank

May 5, 2021 9:45 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news

The West Seattle Food Bank has been busier than ever during this past pandemic year, not only fighting hunger, but also providing emergency assistance to keep people from becoming homeless. You can be part of a fun online event in a week and a half to support WSFB – if you’re not already registered for “Instruments of Change,” here’s what it’s all about:

Online Event and Auction
This virtual celebration will include a silent and live auction, fun activities, and an informative program about the impact your donations have made. Share an evening with your neighbors from the comfort of your own home!

To celebrate our community, and raise funds to continue keeping our neighbors safe, fed, healthy, and housed during these challenging times.

May 15, 2021. This online event will begin at 5:30 pm.

Online, of course! This will be a live-stream event. You will receive a YouTube link after registration.

Join the fun! All you need to do is register below. Spread the word, invite your friends, and make it (virtual) party.

Skip the cooking and cleaning! Enjoy dinner from Lady Jaye during the night of the event and a portion of take out sales will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank.


Community co-sponsors for Instruments of Change include WSB.


May 5, 2021 6:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:03 AM: Good morning! Warmer, with some sunshine expected, today.


Delridge project – Delridge/Orchard work continues, plus repaving of Delridge Way’s north end (photo above).

35th/GrahamWork continues with Graham closed on both sides of 35th.

SW Yancy east of Avalon – Still closed.

Home Zones – Speed-hump installation continues around the Highland Park, South Delridge, and Riverview areas.

West Marginal sidewalk – More work this weekend, on the west side of the road, north of the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse.


The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its spring/summer schedule – all day, 7 days a week, plus Friday and Saturday evenings, which means the free 773 and 775 shuttles are running daily too.

Metro has increased the number of passengers allowed on buses. Even if you seldom ride, you’re invite to respond to this new survey.


408th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how it’s looking on other bridges and routes:

Low Bridge: 17th 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. (Access applications are now 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 bridges opening for boats or barges? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown 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.