West Seattle, Washington
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
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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.
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.
(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.”
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:
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!
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.
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”:
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.
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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).
Or enjoy a full salmon-bake lunch noon-3 pm! (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
GRAND OPENING: First day for Natalie’s on Alki – as 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
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)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Visit the home of West Seattle’s history today (noon-4 pm, 61st/Stevens).
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.
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