West Seattle, Washington
Recognize this bike?
This bike was left on the sidewalk in our neighborhood [Findlay/36th]. Wondering if it was stolen and left. If it belongs to someone, happy to give it to them. They can contact Dave at 206-459-0840.
Thanks to Jennie Goldberg for the video from one of today’s spotlighted West Seattle events – Flutes in the Forest! She reports:
At least 40 people enjoyed the JBC Rose Trio at Schmitz Park today. Attached is a video clip of part of one piece from an hour of flute-trio music – Four Seasons by George Frederick McKay.
The trio plans another free concert in Schmitz Park this August or September.
Thanks for the tips about the fencing that’s up at Madison Middle School. Construction mobilization is under way for the building addition that will be built over the next year. The school will stay open while it’s being built, but Seattle Public Schools says half the playfield will be off-limits.
The 2-story, 8-classroom, 12,500-square-foot project on the north side of the Madison campus will cost $10 million, funded by a state Distressed Schools Grant. The architects are Studio Meng Strazzara. The contractor is Forma Construction.
The addition is scheduled to be ready for occupancy at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. If you’re wondering about the other big project at Madison – athletic-field renovation with turf and lighting – that’s not happening until next year.
Just a little over a week left in July … and time’s ticking for WestSide Baby‘s annual “Stuff the Bus” diaper drive. You can help in multiple ways, including these:
Boxes for Babies
WestSide Baby can purchase diapers at a discounted rate. Your generous donations of dollars for diapers mean we can double the diapers. You’re helping end diaper need! Sign up for our monthly subscription, Boxes for Babies, and your gift will go toward providing diapers and wipes for a baby in our community.
Donate Our Most Needed Items
Diapers & Pull-Ups:
· Diaper sizes 5 & 6
· Pull-up sizes 3T-4T & 4T-5T
· Baby Wipes
· Baby Shampoo & Wash
· Lotion & Diaper Cream
Bring us your Stuff the Bus donations!
White Center Hub (10002 14th SWW)
Wednesdays from 10 am – 2 pm
Dream Dinners – Supporting WestSide Baby this August!
Order dinner for your family through Dream Dinners West Seattle – pick up August 19, 20, or 21, benefitting WestSide Baby!
Order online using the links below, choose a pick-up time and select three medium size meals for your family to enjoy for just $50 (each meal serves three people). We will donate $10 from each order back to WESTSIDE BABY.
Enjoy your meals at home with your family! Place a full-size order within two weeks of your pickup & we will DONATE an EXTRA $20!! to Westside Baby !!
Thursday, August 19th, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm https://dreamdinners.com/session/892144
Friday, August 20th, 12 pm-1 pm dreamdinners.com/session/892154
Saturday, August 21st, 10:30-11:30 am – dreamdinners.com/session/892145
About Dream Dinners: “We are a local meal prep business that takes care of the menu planning, grocery shopping, prep, and clean up, so you can enjoy stress-free dinners with your family. Stock your freezer from a menu of 20 chef-crafted meals each month and you’ll spend less time worrying about what to make for dinner and more time doing what you love.”
(Dream Dinners is also a longtime WSB sponsor.)
2:36 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a big “offshore marine fire” response to the Fauntleroy ferry terminal. Dispatch says an engine-room fire is reported on board the state ferry M/V Cathlamet, about a mile out. Part of the response is being sent to the Don Armeni vicinity (often in case of sea-to-land patient transfers). Updates to come.
2:45 PM: We’re headed down to the ferry dock first to see what can be seen from there. WSF VesselWatch shows the Cathlamet’s most recent departure as Vashon to Fauntleroy, but also shows this ferry currently headed westbound. (A different ferry, M/V Kittitas, is currently at the dock.
2:47 PM: Update from dispatch: This may just be a “smoking clutch” that filled the engine room with smoke. They’re trying to get the Cathlamet to Vashon.
The SFD response is continuing to stand by just in case.
2:51 PM: Vishal tweeted that photo, reporting, “My girlfriend is on the boat. Looks like they’re getting escorted back to Vashon.” We also just got a call from someone on the ferry, who says they were almost to Fauntleroy when this all happened, but will be taken off the boat at Vashon and put on another ferry to head here. SFD, meantime, is sending a fireboat that way in case help is needed. The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run usually has three ferries on Saturdays so obviously it’s down to two for now.
3:03 PM: Thanks to Russ for that pic of a USCG vessel also escorting Cathlamet. Our archives, meantime, remind us that Cathlamet, 40 years old, was out of service for part of a day two weeks ago because of what was described as a propulsion issue.
3:10 PM: SFD Rescue Boat 5 just radioed in, from Vashon, that WSF told them no fire or medical help is needed. So they’re heading back downtown and the rest of the responders who were standing by will be dismissed (including fireboat Leschi, below, which was also headed that way with firefighters on board).
3:43 PM: Our caller from aboard Cathlamet reports they docked at Vashon and have transferred to another ferry which is now Fauntleroy-bound (looks like M/V Sealth, per tracker).
WSF says Cathlamet is “out of service until further notice” and describes the problem as “a malfunction in the reduction gear,” adding: “For the remainder of the service day, all #2 sailings are cancelled.”
6:30 PM: WSF now says, “The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route is operating on a 2-boat schedule due to clutch repairs needed on M/V Cathlamet. M/V Kittitas will run in the #1 position and M/V Sealth will run as the #2.”
12:23 PM: If you were anywhere near Alki Point around quarter till 11 this morning, you might have heard cheering. It was for Melissa Kegler, the marathon swimmer who’s attempting to become the first to do a “double lap of the Amy Hiland Swim” right now. That means she’s swimming roundtrip between Bremerton and Alki, The rules permitted her to get out of the water for a few minutes at the halfway mark.
A small group of supporters including fellow members of the Notorious Alki Swimmers were there to cheer her on. The Amy Hiland Swim, named for the first person known to complete it (in 1959), is 10.4 miles – so Kegler is aiming for almost 21 miles of swimming today; she started at 6:17 am. The Northwest Open Water Swimming Association tells us she’s “an accomplished marathon swimmer who has completed the ‘Triple Crown’ of marathon swims: the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, and around Manhattan Island. She’s a regular at Alki Beach and has been training at Alki since 2014.” Today’s water temperature is in the mid-50s.
You can track Kegler’s progress here. This is the first of two big swims between Bremerton and Alki this weekend; as we reported Friday, six swimmers over 60 will swim the route as a relay tomorrow.
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: NOWSA reports Kegler finished the 20.8-mile swim in 10:35:13.
Three brief reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
ARSON: A car fire early this morning in Admiral was arson, according to a preliminary police report, SPD says it was just before 5:30 am when “officers observed a car fire in the 2600 block of 42nd Ave SW. SFD responded. The victim was on scene. It appeared someone broke out a passenger window and set the vehicle on fire.”
CATALYTIC-CONVERTER THEFT: In Gatewood, a Honda Element was left parked outside a home whose residents were away for a week. They just came back and discovered someone stole its catalytic converter while they were gone.
ATTEMPTED CC THEFT: Meantime, an attempted catalytic-converter theft was thwarted last night in Highland Park, This happened around 8 pm at 12th/Trenton: “Someone tried to cut off my catalytic converter; my wife yelled and they left quickly, in a white Dodge Durango with a black box with tools on the back.” The victim says the plate started with BKU (the full number/incident has been reported to police).
Welcome to the weekend! Here are (updated) 12 notes for the day/night ahead …
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Another weekend of work at West Marginal/Highland Park Way, scheduled until 1 pm today and again 3 am-1 pm tomorrow, with lane reductions, so avoid that intersection until later in the day if you can. Also, southbound Delridge Way remains closed between Holden and Trenton.
LEMONADE & TREATS: Happening 11 am-5 pm at 42nd/Charlestown:
Hi! My name is Harper and me and my friend, Akemi, are 11 year old scouts who just completed our bronze award by making the inclusion fence at HPIC. We are having a lemonade stand this weekend to help raise money to go to Costa Rica in 2022 so we can learn about sea turtles and explore the amazing rainforests. Marine animals have always fascinated us and this trip will be an amazing experience, especially because Akemi wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up! Please help us reach Costa Rica by buying lemonade, iced coffee, or treats!
(Update: Postponed until next Saturday)
BENEFIT BARBECUE: 11 am-4 pm outside West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor), get a fresh-grilled hamburger or hot-dog lunch and the proceeds go to Pencil Me In For Kids.
LOW-LOW TIDE: The tide is out to -3.2 feet at 11:40 am today. Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be at Lincoln Park only, 9:45 am-12:45 pm, for questions and exploration advice (skipping Constellation Park because of the recent sewage leak).
LONG-DISTANCE SWIMMER: Somewhere between (updated) 10:30-11 am, marathon swimmer Melissa Kegler of Sammamish is expected to reach Alki Point, halfway on her planned “double lap of the Amy Hiland Swim (Bremerton to Alki and back to Bremerton),” according to the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association. You can follow the tracking here after she starts around 6 am.
VISCON CELLARS: The tasting room is open 1-6 pm at 5910 California SW – enjoy Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) wines by the glass or bottle, too.
(added) VIVA ARTS OPEN HOUSE: Thanks to Sara for the tip. Viva Arts is having an open house with tours, class previews, more, 1-3:30 pm, back parking lot at 4421 Fauntleroy Way SW.
ALL-CITY BAND JAM: No parades this summer but there IS a Band Jam – not in West Seattle this year, but Mark wanted everyone to know:
Even though there are no parades again this summer, there is one chance for everyone to get their All City Band fix this summer. ACB got together for a shortened season to work on a field show for their annual Band Jam at Memorial Stadium 2-4 pm Saturday. A few other groups will also perform. Here is the link to the information page: allcityband.org/bandjam
Masks and a completed Seattle School District Covid health screening are required for entry into Memorial Stadium seattlepsb2s.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1MJ02N2Lv2lT5P0?Q_CHL
The stadium is downtown at 401 5th Ave. N.
Something we’re missing? Text 206-293-6302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!