West Seattle, Washington
That’s the Chief Sealth International High School slow-pitch softball team, which played for the Metro League championship this afternoon at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex.
The Seahawks’ game against Cleveland was a battle, and they were leading in the final inning, but a late rally won it for the Eagles, 10-5. Chief Sealth’s season isn’t over yet, though – CSIHS athletic director Ernest Policarpio tells us they’ll be playing a TBD opponent Friday, 4 pm at NCSWAC, to see who advances in the postseason. All welcome to be there to cheer them on.
8:31 PM: We’re hearing from multiple readers about an insect invasion in the Alki area. Stephanie said she went out for a walk and “was covered in” small blue aphid-type bugs. An earlier texter said they believe the bugs are smoky-winged ash aphids. So far we haven’t found history of them swarming in Seattle, but they seem to be a periodic problem in Eastern Washington – a recent report there points to this WSU website report from 2017, describing them as “hovering masses of puffy gnat-like bugs.” This time of year, the females lay eggs, and that’s the reason for the swarming.
9:47 PM: Commenters from all around the peninsula are reporting sightings, so we’ve updated the headline. We’ll be trying to track down an expert tomorrow to see if we can find out more.
Thanks to Mike Munson for another photo of the work at Lowman Beach Park, removing the seawall and tennis court to restore a more-natural shoreline, as was done with the south side of the park long ago. The project’s been in the works for more than four years; work is expected to last until next spring.
P.S. A brief update will be part of the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting, online at 7 pm Wednesday.
Talk about synergy – meal-prep help and home organizing! Longtime WSB sponsor Dream Dinners West Seattle is teaming up with Bee Organized Seattle for a giveaway that’s easy to enter – no purchase required – here’s the announcement:
We’re buzzing with excitement to announce a new partnership between Bee Organized Seattle and Dream Dinners, The Original Meal Kit Company.
To celebrate, we’re giving away kitchen-organizing services + a Dream Dinner!
We want to help you get dinner on the table and “BEE” organized.
If interested in our contest, email us and mention our DREAM PARTNERSHIP. You will be automatically entered into our contest. The winner wins a choice of a Virtual or an In-Home Kitchen Organizing Session plus a Dream Dinner.
We are hoping to create some “BUZZ.” Want to know more? Look for us on our Facebook and Instagram pages @DreamDinnersWestSeattle & @BeeOrganizedSeattle.
The contest is through Saturday, October 23rd. The WINNER will be announced that day.
Good Luck to everyone!
Buzzing with excitement,
Dream Dinners West Seattle – WestSeattleWA@dreamdinners.com
& Bee Organized Seattle – info@Beeorganized.com
The “for lease” sign has been down for a while at the ex-West Seattle Licensing location (5048 California SW), but it took a liquor-license application to give a hint at its future. We talked briefly today with one of the applicants, who are seeking a license under the business name Till Dawn. It’s going to be a café, he said, but they’re still a few weeks away from going public with details. (The license application is in the “snack bar” category, which means bottled/canned beer for on-site consumption.) They’re hoping to open by year’s end. The storefront’s been vacant for almost two years.
As first announced last month, and as we reminded you Sunday, this Thursday brings an online community meeting focused on the future of the four West Seattle Junction sites long used as parking lots. They’ve been zoned for mixed-use development for decades, and now the question is not whether they’ll be redeveloped, but who will do it and how. The West Seattle Junction Association is convening Thursday night’s meeting with prospective purchaser Community Roots Housing, which has just sent this:
Community Roots Housing, in partnership with the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA), is proposing plans for a redevelopment of four parking lots in West Seattle. On October 21, the organizations will host a virtual community meeting to gather input on the proposal.
The redevelopment plans would convert the four parking lots into affordable housing, including one building for senior housing, a 6,500 square-foot business incubator space, and replacement public parking. The housing would service incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. “At Community Roots Housing, we believe in community-led development,” said Christopher Persons, CEO of Community Roots Housing. “We are committed to listening to and responding to the needs and priorities of the West Seattle neighborhood while creating more affordable homes to combat the Seattle housing crisis.”
Currently, the lots are owned by the West Seattle Trusteed Properties and managed by WSJA. In April, Community Roots Housing submitted an offer to purchase the parking lots at the appraised value of the land. The City of Seattle Office of Housing has agreed to provide an acquisition loan to buy the property and convert the parking lots into affordable housing. The landowner is expected to take a vote on the sale at an October 28 member meeting.
“Input from the community will be a guiding factor as we begin to craft the vision for the Junction parking parcels,” said Lora Radford, Executive Director of the West Seattle Junction Association. “Being within an urban village, the critical development decisions that will impact future generations of West Seattleites is here and now. The value of early community voices is important to build and sustain a downtown that will have vision, history, heart, and soul.”
Community Roots Housing is a mission-based Public Development Authority chartered in the City of Seattle that creates affordable and workforce housing. Over the past year, Community Roots has been in community and stakeholder discussions about the property. “West Seattle Junction is the beating heart of the neighborhood, and we have a generational opportunity to transform and strengthen this community by welcoming new affordable housing, senior housing, expanded community space, and a small business incubator,” said City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. “I’m excited to see these plans begin to take shape under the leadership of the West Seattle Junction Association and Community Roots Housing. I look forward to learning more and hearing from community members at Thursday’s open house.”
Information for watching/listening to/participating in Thursday’s 6:30 pm meeting is on this WSJA webpage. The meeting agenda includes presentations from WSJA, Community Roots Housing, and architects Ankrom Moisan, as well as a period for community questions/comments.
Starting today, the city’s Small Business Stabilization Fund is accepting applications. The available grants are $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000, which the city says can “be used on operational expenses such as rent, wages, equipment, and more.” The announcement also notes, “For this new round, the Stabilization Fund will support small businesses with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees and accept applications from those who received a Stabilization Fund grant in past rounds” You can find out more about eligibility here; go here to apply. The application is available in eight languages, and you have to file it by November 9th. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org is where to send them.
You’ve probably heard a lot this year about 30th anniversaries of Seattle grunge milestones. In some cases, that evokes the question, “Where are they now?” You’ll find some answers in a new book – published today – by West Seattle photographer/author Mike Hipple, “Lived Through That: 90s Musicians Today.” Hipple, who lives in Arbor Heights, explains, “It’s a portrait-heavy exploration of some of my favorite musical artists from the ’90s and what they’re up to these days. I wanted to see where these people are today, what their stories are, how their lives have changed since their 90s heyday and introduce readers to some bands they maybe haven’t heard of. I traveled all over the United States and Britain tracking down the artists, photographing them, and hearing their stories and I’m excited to share them. There are quite a few Seattle folks in there as well.” Including one from right here in our back yard – Chris Ballew (aka Caspar Babypants):
Hipple’s book is available through Paper Boat Booksellers, where you can meet him and get your copy signed this Saturday (October 23) at 1 pm. This is his second book; three years ago he published “‘80s Redux,” focusing on music from that decade.
Just some of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:
VACCINE POP-UP: Until 1 pm, the South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave. S.) is hosting a wqlk-in COVID vaccine clinic. All three vaccines are available, as noted in our calendar listing.
(added) CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Chief Sealth International High School‘s slow-pitch softball team plays Cleveland for the Metro League championship at 4 pm today, lower field at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).
DOG SWIM: Take your pup swimming on what might be the nicest day this week! Second of six days when Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club (11003 31st SW) opens its pool to dogs before closing and cleaning it for the offseason. 4:30-6 pm. Details in our preview.
DEMONSTRATION: The weekly event organized by Scott:
Black Lives Matter sign-waving – 4:30 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden
Come build awareness & stimulate actions to tear down the systems that have oppressed Black lives for over 400 years on this continent. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at Puget Ridge Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.
LIVE MUSIC: 6 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way).
WEST SEATTLE TOASTMASTERS 832: You’re invited to the twice-monthly online meeting, 6:30 pm – details here.
TRIVIA & TACOS: 7 pm Tuesdays at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
Something to add for today/tonight? Text our hotline – 206-293-6302; for event listings further down the road, email email@example.com – thank you!
From Neighborhood House:
Neighborhood House has spaces for FREE early learning programs for families, from pregnant women through children age 5. This includes in-person programs at our High Point Center in West Seattle. We offer preschool, toddler classes, and home visiting.
Available to families living in Central Seattle, South Seattle, West Seattle, Burien, and Tukwila.
To enroll, visit bit.ly/FreeEarlyLearning or call 206-209-7563 or 206-403-7544.
That link has information on eligibility and answers other questions you might have before enrollment. Here’s a flyer, too.
6:04 AM: Good morning!
Sun in the forecast today.
26th SW – Ongoing closure between Roxbury and Barton for RapidRide H Line prep work.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
574th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.