West Seattle, Washington
Here’s our weekly roundup of local pandemic updates, starting with the newest local numbers.
KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS AS OF FRIDAY:
129,161 people have tested positive – 4,209 more than a week ago (4,581 in West Seattle, up 165)
7,112 people have been hospitalized – 196 more than a week ago (216 from West Seattle, up 7)
1,723 people have died – 18 more than a week ago (67 in West Seattle, up 1)
76.8% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .6% in the past week)
By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 79.2%
98116 – 85.2%
98126 – 74.5%
98136 – 86.4%
98146 – 73.5%
(More COVID-related King County stats here)
Statewide mask mandate starts tomorrow – Face coverings are required statewide in indoor public settings starting tomorrow, as announced Wednesday. Details of the order are here, including some exceptions.
(added) School employees’ vaccine mandate: The governor’s Wednesday announcement also included a requirement for education employees to be fully vaccinated by October 18th.
Statewide situation report – Read about it here. The key points:
*Estimates of statewide transmission have continued the sharp increase noted in the previous situation report.
*COVID-19 prevalence has nearly quadrupled between July 8 and August 6.
*Hospitalizations are at an all-time high.
*Vaccination continues to prevent serious illness.
*Immunity trends saw modest increases.
*Case rates increased sharply in most Washington counties.
*Delta variant is now dominant.
Seattle Public Schools health/safety agreement – With the September 1st start of school fast approaching, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association reached a tentative agreement on health/safety matters. Here’s the district’s announcement.
WHERE TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE
The UW Medicine testing service at the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating. In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.
NOT VACCINATED YET?
Go here to see where you can change that. Nearby pop-ups in the week ahead include 1-6 pm Wednesday (August 25th) at White Center Library (1409 SW 107th) and next Sunday (times TBA) during the Created Commons event in Westcrest Park.
Just out of the WSB inbox, from Sharon:
These are the cats I found this afternoon on the corner of 35th Ave SW and SW Fauntleroy Ave. Pretty obvious they were abandoned, but there’s a happy ending to the story.
While I was contacting Animal Control, one of my neighbors and her son happened by. They went home to get some cat food and water, as the cats were panting and looked dehydrated. Animal Control asked us to bring them to the shelter. My neighbors offered to make the (at least) 45 min drive through the detour to drop them off. Just as we got off the phone, another neighbor couple drove by, saw the cats in the box and stopped. They asked about the kitties and said they’d been wanting to get a cat! Animal control said to bring the cats in anyway so they could be spayed/neutered and vaxxed. In 3 days our neighbor couple can request these kitties and they’ll have a new family!
So, if you dropped off these cats, don‘t worry, they already have found a forever home!
I love that this story shows both how awesome our West Seattle neighbors are and that sometimes things just all work out to make the world better in a small way. I think we all could use a little more of that these days.
ORIGINAL SUNDAY REPORT: We first reported in November 2019 that an early-stage plan was on file for an 8-story, 78-unit apartment building at 3010 SW Avalon Way [map]. Three months later, an “early outreach” meeting was held. But nothing public happened with the proposal in the ensuing year and a half – until now, with the plan showing up on the city website for the “early design guidance” phase of Administrative Design Review. That means feedback mostly on massing – the building’s size and shape. Three options are proposed:
More early design details are in Studio 19 Architects‘ draft design packet uploaded to the city website (no direct link yet, so we downloaded it for access here – 73 MB file); all three massing options would have 78 apartments and four offstreet vehicle-parking spaces. If you have feedback, the assigned city planner is Theresa Neylon – firstname.lastname@example.org is where to send comments.
ADDED MONDAY: Today’s Land Use Information Bulletin included the formal notice that a two-week comment period is open for Early Design Guidance – here it is.
Congratulations to Ryan Caple and Rosalynn Reyes of Admiral, who are announcing their recent wedding. Ryan tells the story:
I’ve been a West Seattle resident for 33 years. I graduated from West Seattle High School in ’99. I went on to serve our country in the Air Force for four years and when I came home, I bartended at Cactus for 10 amazing years. I love West Seattle and everyone here. I am now working for Deeny Construction. The best part of all of this is, I got married August 12th to my best friend, Rosalynn. We just bought a home in the Admiral area and will spend the rest of our lives here.
I met Rosalynn when I was bartending at Cactus on Alki, March 17, 2012. We dated for 2 years and then went our separate ways. We found each other again last year in September. Started with casual walks but ended with an engagement.
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Last time this car was stolen, a WSB reader found it. Maybe that’ll happen again this time. From Kitty:
Déjà vu! Dear Old Subie was stolen again today. Probably sometime this morning from North Admiral, 44th and Seattle Street. We have filed a report and are looking for her now, thinking she might have been taken for a joyride and dumped nearby. Please let us know if you’ve seen her? Almost 330,000 miles, Burgundy Red 1984 Subaru GL wagon 4WD, manual transmission. Washington plates 746KNY. Crystal Mountain and Alta stickers, extra roof rack, and, recent development, the hood looks slightly askew. We still love her…
Last time, in April 2019, it turned up in Morgan Junction. If you see it, call 911.
A second round of job fairs is planned by the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) and 11 other regional Y’s. This time you’re invited to drop in between 4 and 7 pm Tuesday (August 24th). You’ll find, the Y tells us, “on-the-spot interviews, prizes, food, and fun” as well as the opportunity to “take advantage of our limited-time sign-on incentives of up to $600!” The Y says the work offers your chance to “be a changemaker.” Job openings at regional Y’s range from fitness instructors to managers; the West Seattle HQ is at 36th and Snoqualmie [map]. If you can’t go to the hiring fair, you can also browse the listings and apply right now at seattleymca.org/jobs.
Family and friends will gather next Saturday to celebrate the life of Marian S. Nelson. They’re sharing this remembrance with her community:
Marian Sarah Nelson passed away peacefully on June 29, 2021, at the age of 90.
Born on August 13, 1930, to Andrew and Amanda Melby in Ashby, Minnesota, Marian was the youngest of three – her brothers, Howard and Warren, having predeceased her. In 1949 she married Gerald R. “Jerry” Nelson and they moved in 1958 to West Seattle, where they raised their family. They were married for 55 years until Jerry’s passing in 2004.
Marian was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; her family meant everything to her. She was quick to laugh and to hug; had a wonderful green thumb and loved to travel. She was a passionate, and often lucky, participant of contests and sweepstakes; her winnings provided for many trips and experiences over the years.
Together Jerry and Marian had five children: Gordon Nelson (deceased), Kenneth (Pam) Nelson, Carol (Jim) Killoran, Jeffrey (Kim) Nelson, and Kay Nelson. Ten grandchildren: Tamara (David) Schaffert, Marie (Dan) Burke, David (Marci Dray) Killoran, Karen (Tom) Johnson, Timothy (Traci) Killoran, Jenny (Michael) Marier, Harmony (John) Sousa, Clayton Nelson, Felicia (Daniel) Nelson, John Paul (Kristina Bishop) Nelson. Twelve great-grandchildren: Whitney, Austin, Nathan, Tyler, Travis, Kaylee, Wylie, Cody, Avery, Zane, Zoe, Zander. And her nephews Joey Melby and Brian Melby.
A Celebration of life for family and friends will be held on August 28, 2021, from 12 pm-4 pm at the family home.
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Here’s what’s happening as the weekend continues:
ROAD-WORK ALERTS: Again today, work is scheduled at West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way (until 1 pm) and on SW Alaska (hours indeterminate – we saw crews there at midday Saturday.
CHURCHES: Many are still streaming, in place of – or in addition to – in-person services. Here are the newest links for 20+ West Seattle churches’ services. (We’ll continue updating that list each Sunday for as long as a significant number continue streaming services.)
THROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Starting at 8 am and contnuing into the afternoon, it’s the second day of the USA National Masters Throws Championships at West Seattle Stadium (4435 35th SW). Spectators welcome, we’re told, but with strict COVID-safety protocols including vaccination proof and screening. Here’s our Saturday report.
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY SALE: From the WSB Community Forums, today’s the annual sale at the West Seattle Tool Library, which is on the northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at Delridge/Oregon.
GIRL SCOUTS’ SALE CONTINUES: 9 am-noon, Troop 41169‘s fundraising sale has been extended, everything half-price. (3711 42nd SW)
ULTIMATE FRISBEE PICKUP: 10 am at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th SW/SW Myrtle).
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm on California between Oregon and Alaska. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (The market is a WSB sponsor.)
AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Noon-1 pm at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW), Alli Shircliff signs “The Smoothie Book.”
2 REASONS TO VISIT SEATTLE YARN: The shop at 5633 California SW is open 11 am-5 pm today, with two big reasons to visit. First, proprietors Destiny Itano and Cheryl Lea are celebrating three years of owning Seattle Yarn – check out the special cookies:
Second, the shop is a stop on the Puget Sound Local Yarn Store Tour, which is in its final day today. Prizes and discounts!
SKATEPARK CELEBRATION: Noon-5 pm, celebrate what’s new at the beloved skatepark in South Park (736 S. Cloverdale) – details in our calendar listing.
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Enjoy the music of Sid Law and Alan Sobel, 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 8 pm to 1 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW; WSB sponsor).
SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.
Event listings welcome – email@example.com – thank you!