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WEST SEATTLE FRIDAY: Admiral trick-or-treating, vaccination clinic’s first day, more….

(Photo from Ashley in the 7000 block of 14th SW – one of dozens of displays spotlighted in our Halloween Guide)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide:

VACCINATION CLINIC OPENS: Today is the first day for West Seattle’s new city-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination clinic, at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW), as announced earlier this week. Walk-ins welcome, appointments too, 11 am-7 pm Fridays, 8:30 am-4:30 pm Saturdays.

DELRIDGE/HIGHLAND PARK STAY HEALTHY STREETS OPINIONS? Share your thoughts with an SDOT team that’ll be tabling 2-4 pm on 11th SW by Highland Park Elementary to listen to your comments and answer questions. The city has proposed a permanent route, as previewed here.

ADMIRAL DISTRICT TRICK OR TREATING: The businesses in The Admiral District have decided to welcome trick-or-treaters this year after all, and it’s happening 3-6 pm today. Look for participating merchants (with this sign) mostly along California and Admiral radiating out from that intersection.

SPOOKY INTERACTIVE ART GALLERY: 5:30-10 pm tonight and tomorrow; you have to text to get the location – the number is in our calendar listing,

NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE: 7 pm-10 pm, the haunted experience at 2130 Alki SW is open again tonight. Info (and video trailer!) in our calendar listing.

HALLOWEEN BINGO & COSTUME CONTEST: 8 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), with prizes.

LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY GREENERY FUNDRAISER: Today’s the deadline for orders in Seattle Lutheran High School’s holiday-greenery fundraiser – details and ordering link here.

Something for our calendar, Halloween Guide, daily previews, forthcoming Holiday Guide … or a possible news story?, or text/voice 206-293-6302 if it’s urgent … thank you!

HOLIDAY GIVING: West Seattle businesses invited to donate a decorated tree

October 29, 2021 9:35 am
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The senior-living complex Brookdale Admiral Heights is planning a Festival of Trees this holiday season and looking for businesses to donate decorated trees. Here’s the announcement:

You can help us celebrate our first ever magical community event by donating a decorated holiday tree to the Brookdale Admiral Heights Festival of Trees. Your beautiful and creatively decorated tree will be displayed for over two weeks and viewed by many of the West Seattle community (and also showcased online).

Whether you’re advertising your business, promoting your organization, showcasing your children’s creations or decorating a tree for yourself or your family, you’ll be proud to be an important part of this exciting annual event. Deadline to donate a tree and be a part of the festival is November 6th. Please note we are capping our tree donations at 12 this year, so sign up ASAP! Also send your business logo.

If you have questions about donating a tree for 2021, please call 206-512-7730 or email a member of the 2021 Tree Team at leaving your name, address, email, and telephone number. Your tree theme is up to you and a name for your tree is required.

Your decorated tree is a tax-deductible donation which will be auctioned off as part of the fundraising efforts of the West Seattle Rotary. The West Seattle Rotary is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization as defined by the US Internal Revenue Service code. The Festival will provide you with a donation verification letter should you desire it for tax purposes.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER, ROAD WORK: Pre-Halloween Friday notes & weekend alerts

6:02 AM: Good morning!


After a very rainy night, drying out today – the forecasters promise – just in time for Hallo-weekend.


From the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide, Admiral District businesses welcome trick-or-treaters 3-6 pm today, Alki Beach businesses do it 10 am-noon tomorrow, The Junction 10 am-2 pm Sunday, and then of course there’s Halloween night everywhere … everybody be careful!


587th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:

South Park Bridge:

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):

Are movable bridges opening for boats or barges? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed has stalled again, but 1st Ave. South Bridge openings are tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.


26th SW – Ongoing closure between Roxbury and Barton for RapidRide H Line prep work, at least a few more weeks, the county says.

THIS WEEKEND: Here’s the multi-location SDOT advisory:

This weekend, we’ll be completing the concrete street panel work started a few weeks ago on 16th Ave SW and SW Austin St in the northbound direction. This work is anticipated to begin as early as 7 AM Saturday and is expected to be completed by 5 PM. You can expect to see some travel lane closures throughout the day on Saturday, but traffic will be maintained in both directions. After completing the work, we will place steel plates Saturday evening to allow the concrete to fully harden. You can expect minor traffic impacts on Sunday afternoon as concrete crews remove the steel plates.

We’ll also be working on updating the painted street striping at the intersection between Corson Ave S and S Michigan St. This work is anticipated to last from 6 AM to 11 AM on Saturday. The left turn lane will be affected north of S Michigan St and the southbound through lanes will be affected south of S Michigan St for removal of paint lines and installation of new ones to support a slightly different operation.

In South Park this weekend, we’ll also be completing some minor street pavement repairs in various locations on Saturday from approximately 7 AM to 5 PM. We do not anticipate any major closures or detours for travelers.

NEXT WEEK: More RapidRide-related work at 26th/Roxbury, starting as soon as Monday. This flyer has full details.


Regular Metro schedule, except for the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones – on 26th and 15th SW in particular. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations.

For ferries and Water Taxi: WSF continues a two-boat schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates. The Water Taxi continurs on its new schedule (no weekend or off-peak shuttle buses).

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

About those anchored ships, and what else is happening because the supply chain’s snarled

(WSB photo from August: Containers stored at T-5)

You’ve probably heard a lot about the logjams in the supply chain leading to a backlog of ships waiting to get into ports.

As of this afternoon, for example, Los Angeles/Long Beach had 77 cargo ships in line.

Seattle’s backlog isn’t anywhere near that bad, but it’s still a logistical challenge, according to port and maritime officials who led a media briefing we attended online this afternoon.

The most visible effects of the backlog, as seen from West Seattle, are ships at anchor off Manchester and in Elliott Bay. But there are other anchorages in Puget Sound, and other options for ships while they wait, explained the briefers – Captain Patrick Hilbert of the U.S. Coast Guard, who’s the Sector Puget Sound commander; Captain Mike Moore of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association; and Port Commission presidents Fred Felleman of Seattle and Dick Marzano of Tacoma.

Whereas previously they would work out berthing logistics with a ship days before its arrival, now they’re doing that three to four weeks in advance. Early discussions might lead a ship to stay anchored in China for a while, for example, before crossing the Pacific. Or a ship’s master might choose to make the crossing at slow speed. Or they might wait a few hundred miles off the Washington coast – or if it’s safer than the open ocean, a ship might even sail “race tracks” (loops) in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (with Canada’s permission).

Felleman said the Northwest Seaport Alliance – the joint port authority of Seattle and Tacoma that manages cargo berths in both harbors – has offered its otherwise idle Terminal 46 downtown as a place for ships to wait, though so far no one has accepted the offer, despite low-to-no-cost availability. (Moore said it would probably be most attractive to ships that needed to reprovision, and he would remind his membership – shipping lines and terminal operators – that it’s available.)

The problem, Felleman explained, isn’t a high volume of cargo; he said they’re at about the same level as pre-pandemic, The trouble is that the timing is off throughout the system, disrupting an intricately interwoven series of actions that have to happen to keep everything flowing. With everything way out of synch, containers are piling up on docks because truck drivers aren’t showing up to get them, and that can mean a ship doesn’t get loaded or unloaded. Terminal 18 on Harbor Island, for example, had at one point 7,000 containers, empty and full waiting to be picked up. As we’ve shown you before, under-construction Terminal 5 here in West Seattle is being used as a temporary storage spot for container overflow, as is T-46.

Puget Sound only had three ships at anchor today, they said. Could this area handle some of that massive backup from elsewhere? we asked. Short answer, no, that would just be moving the problem around.

FOOTBALL: West Seattle HS wins Huling Bowl, breaks Chief Sealth IHS streak

(Photo by Sam Seumae)

9:35 PM: In a downpour at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex tonight, West Seattle High School took back the Huling Bowl trophy with a 42-0 win over Chief Sealth International High School. The Seahawks had won the past four editions of the crosstown-rivalry game.

(WSB photos from here down)

11:11 PM: WSHS’s tally included three 2-point conversions. The Wildcats were up 28-0 at halftime.

Despite the miserable playing conditions, the victory gave WSHS head coach Jeff Scott a reason to smile.

Game’s end was major photo-op time.

And though the game was devoid of pre-pandemic-style festivities, the traditional trophy hoist went on:

It was West Seattle’s first Huling Bowl win since 2016. The Wildcats are now 5-3 on the year; the Seahawks are 1-7.

BIZNOTE: Another new business for Jefferson Square

Permit files show another new business for Jefferson Square, and this time we’ve obtained company confirmation, too. The site plan shows the space on the south side of U-Frame-It becoming a location for uBreakiFix, a chain of small-electronics repair shops that has more than 700 locations in North America. But the company is changing its name and spokesperson Molly Livingston tells WSB that the Jefferson Square location will open under that new name – Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions (after the company that acquired uBreakiFix two years ago). They’re hoping to open around March.

OTHER BUSINESSES ON THE WAY: Also planned for that side of the center – an eye clinic, See’s Candies, and the AT&T store that previously was in Morgan Junction.

UPDATE: ‘Rescue extrication’ response in Highland Park

5:14 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rescue extrication” response to the 7700 block of 11th SW [map]. The report is of an overturned car with one person inside. Updates to come.

5:16 PM: First unit arriving reports a driver hit a tree.

5:40 PM: Added a photo. (update) We’re told the driver is being taken to the hospital via private ambulance, indicating his injuries are not life-threatening. There was a second person in the car, our crew was told, who declined medical treatment.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Armed shoplifter; broken-glass mystery; more

Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch:

SHOPLIFT TURNED ROBBERY: Last night at 9:18 pm, according to a police summary, a man shoplifted “three large containers of laundry detergent” from the Jefferson Square Safeway. Store security confronted him, and he showed them he had a handgun in his waistband. They backed off and he left. The only description in the report is that the getaway vehicle was a “green sedan,”

BROKEN-GLASS MYSTERY: Police were called to the Shell station/mini-mart in the 6500 block of California SW eqrly Wednesday for a possible burglary. The owner told them he’d found glass broken in the front entrance and suspected a break-in. But police “concluded that a person could not have entered the store because it was at the top right corner of the door and was too small in size. Additionally, the door was locked chained with a lock; therefore, the suspect never opened the door.” Officers checked “for other signs of possible entry,” according to the report, and found none. They checked security video and saw the glass break just before 3 am – but the video didn’t show anyone breaking the glass. It did show two men “wandering near the front door a couple of minutes prior to the window breaking,” and officers found “large rocks” on the side of the store. They concluded, “It is possible that the suspects attempted to break the window with a rock and left the window in a weakened state, allowing a gust of wind to shatter it. Also, a possible stray bullet or pellet gun could have caused the window to break. Officers could not locate any evidence of a stray bullet. At this point, the cause of the damage is unknown.”

IN CASE YOU WONDERED TOO … We were asked about what a reader described as a “tactical team” on Avalon Way this morning. SPD says those were officers from Bellevue Police serving a warrant. No further details available so far.

SALMON-WATCHING: You’re invited to Fauntleroy ‘open creek’ Saturday

(Photo and video by Palmer Richardson)

So far this salmon-watching season, volunteers have seen two spawners – on separate occasions – in Fauntleroy Creek. So they’ve decided to host an “open creek” for the community on Saturday afternoon (when the weather should be MUCH calmer than today). Here’s the invitation, sent by Judy Pickens:

Volunteers with the Fauntleroy Watershed Council will host an all-ages open creek on Saturday noon-3 pm in lower Fauntleroy Creek. Stroll on over to the fish ladder viewpoint at SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way SW and come down the nearby long driveway at 4539 SW Director Place to the creek level. Tuck a mask in your pocket and come prepared to check out the habitat, get your questions answered, and maybe see a coho spawner on what is forecast to be a beautiful fall afternoon. Children should bring a parent.

No guarantee you’ll see a fish, but here’s what to look for:

DEVELOPMENT: Key land-use approval for South Delridge mixed-use project at 9208 20th SW

(Rendering by Atelier Drome Architects)

Almost four months after the Southwest Design Review Board gave its final approval to the 9208 20th SW project, city planners have given it a key land-use approval. This is the former auto-shop site that originally was proposed – as 9201 Delridge Way SW – for a self-storage facility, but then zoning thwarted that, and a new development team pivoted the project to mixed-use. The city summarizes it as “a 5-story, 76-unit apartment building with 71 apartments, 5 small efficiency dwelling units, retail and office, (and n)o parking proposed.” The notice in today’s Land Use Information Bulletin opens an appeal period through November 12th (and explains how that works).

UPDATE: Collision at 42nd/Alaska

11:39 AM: SPD and SFD are responding to a reported collision at 42nd/Alaska. The report is that a driver hit a pedestrian. We’re on our way to find out more.

12:17 PM: This was on the northeast (QFC) corner. The person did not have major injuries, SFD tells us, and was going to be transported by private ambulance. Their response has now cleared.

WEST SEATTLE THURSDAY: 3 candidate forums, Seattle Lutheran HS open house, CSIHS-WSHS football, more…

(Photo by James Tilley)

Just five days left to vote, and tonight brings three chances for what might be your last look at the candidates in five races:

PORT COMMISSION: Three Seattle Port Commission races are on the ballot, each with an incumbent and a challenger. At 5 pm online, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition co-presents a forum with all three. Our calendar listing includes the registration link.

KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE: The two West Seattleites in this race will face off again during the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s monthly meeting, online at 6:30 pm. The viewing/call-in information is in our calendar listing.

SEATTLE MAYOR: The last major debate of the campaign is at 7:30 pm, and will be streamed/televised on multiple outlets – details in our calendar listing.

Also in the hours ahead, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide (where you’ll find even more than what’s spotlighted below):

GRAND OPENING: 4 pm, the doors open at West Seattle Bowl‘s new Three 9 Lounge (here’s our peek inside), 39th/Oregon.

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: The latest from Gov. Jay Inslee on the pandemic and more, 2:30 pm – watch the livestream here.

WEST SEATTLE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: Online meeting at 11 am, with tree protection as a spotlight topic. Info’s in our calendar listing.

ALKI KEEP MOVING STREET @ WSTC: In addition to the county executive candidates’ forum mentioned above, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting online at 6:30 pm will include an update on/discussion of the Alki Point “Keep Moving Street.” Participation information is in our calendar listing.

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 7 pm, in person, at the school (4100 SW Genesee) – details here; RSVP here.

HULING BOWL: The rescheduled crosstown-rivalry football game between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School is scheduled for 7 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).

NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE: The haunted experience at 2130 Alki SW will be open 7-10 pm – go here for full details.

GIVING: 2 more dropoff locations for Kiwanis Club of West Seattle’s Toys for Tots drive

That’s the crew in the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth at the Farmers’ Market earlier this month, already collecting Toys for Tots for this year’s holiday season. Now they’ve sent word of two more places you can drop off new, unwrapped toys:

The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle has partnered with two businesses to provide “Toys for Tots” dropoff locations.

Edward Jones Advisor Bill Anderson, 3727 California Ave SW, Monday – Friday 8 AM to 3 PM

Northwest Art & Frame, 4733 California Ave SW, Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 5:30 PM

For additional information, contact Denis Sapiro, 206-601-4136


ADDED 9:50 AM: Crash on/at the 1st Avenue South Bridge.

6:03 AM: Good morning!


Rainy and warmer – the high might reach the mid-60s.


East Marginal Way has fully reopened.


586th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:

South Park Bridge:

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):

Are movable bridges opening for boats or barges? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed is back as of last check. 1st Ave. South Bridge openings are tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.


26th SW – Ongoing closure between Roxbury and Barton for RapidRide H Line prep work, at least a few more weeks, the county says.

NEXT WEEK: More RapidRide-related work at 26th/Roxbury, starting as soon as Monday. This flyer has full details.


Regular Metro schedule, except for the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones – on 26th and 15th SW in particular. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations.

For ferries and Water Taxi: WSF is still on a two-boat schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates. The Water Taxi continurs on its new schedule (no weekend or off-peak shuttle buses).

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

Affordable homeownership or mixed use? Options for ex-substation site emerge @ HPAC ‘to get moving on a path forward’

Eight years have passed since Seattle City Light declared its ex-substation at 16th/Holden to be surplus, along with several others in West Seattle, and proposed putting it up for sale. The site’s underlying zoning was for single-family housing, but community members counterproposed that commercial development might be better. It was rezoned for mixed use a few years later – as described during a Highland Park tour with then-Mayor Ed Murray in 2017 – but has continued to sit idle.

Now there are some possibilities in play, and HPAC heard about them at tonight’s meeting. City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who shepherded the rezoning years ago, first explained that City Light still owns the site and remains amenable to a no-cost transfer of the site to the city Office of Housing. So OH and Enterprise Community Partners have been evaluating the feasibility “to explore further what’s possible at the site.” She said they’re opening a dialogue to “get moving on a path forward.”

Enterprise Community Partners’ Jess Blanch explained her organization is national and works on affordable housing from policy to finance to development. “We cover it from end to end.” She directs the program Home and Hope – housing on publicly owned tax-exempt land, like this site. She says “a few issues are in play” – it’s zoned NC-40.”Given the site size [10,000 sf], it is really too small of a site for affordable rental housing, the way (that) is financed.” But affordable homeownership might be a possibility. It would have to be 100 percent “public benefit” for the land to be given for this purpose – that means low-income community members – making no more than 80 percent of the area mean income – would have to be served in its commercial space, such as a food bank or preschool. It could also be live-work space.

Erika Malone from the Office of Housing explained her department doesn’t develop, own, or manage projects so if the property is transferred to them, they would then put out a Request for Proposals. The site would have to be developed as “permanently affordable housing.”

Herbold said that “if there’s interest in a ground-level use that provides a public benefit, it makes it more possible to develop the property for affordable housing.” They wouldn’t be able to do a low- or no-cost transfer if it was going to be ground-floor retail and housing above it – they’d probably have to sell it to a for-profit developer.

HPAC co-chair Kay Kirkpatrick said having commercial space there would be a public benefit in its own way because Highland Park needs more walkable businesses; the guests said that wouldn’t meet the technical definition of public benefit. Kirkpatrick and attendees pointed out that an adjacent property is currently up for sale. But that site (about 5,000 sf) wouldn’t add enough land to make affordable rental housing “pencil out,” said Blanch.

Some brainstorming ensued; community ideas about ways to have a business that served low-income residents included a FareStart-type café, serving the public and training people emerging from homelessness.

So what’s the next step? Herbold said they want to know if HPAC would be OK with a potentially non-commercial ground-floor use. Then the Office of Housing would explore seeking a nonprofit homeownership organization – Community Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity, for example. “There are still a lot of iunknowns regarding what’s possible,” Malone said. Then discussions between oH and SCL would ensue; if they worked out how it could be transferred, Permanently affordable homeownership vs. development that would include bjusinesses – which would mean a for-profit developer.

Enterprise has worked up some concepts, Herbold said. Blanch said she didn’t want to share those publicly but said the site could hold 8 to 10 townhouses, for example. Since the site is adjacent to single-family homes, that puts “some constraints’ on the “developable envelope.” Or, “condo apartments” would be an option.

What kind of a timeline are they working on? Kirkpatrick asked. Enterprise has a contract with the city that’s being renewed at least through next year, Blanch said. So a decision on a direction can apparently wait until early next year (this was HPAC’s last scheduled meeting until January).

(We’ll report on the rest of tonight’s HPAC meeting – two discussions with SDOT – in a separate story Thursday.)

West Seattle woman running New York City Marathon to help save kids’ lives

Maybe you’ve seen Alisha Timm out running in her orange shirt. She is in training for this year’s New York City Marathon, just a week and a half away, and wants to explain why:

Hi There! My name is Alisha Timm and I am a proud five-year West Seattle resident – I’m also the girl running around in the orange ‘Imagine a World Without Cancer’ shirt. It’s been so fun to run around all of the neighborhoods in West Seattle and fall even more in love with this beautiful community
Growing up I played competitive soccer and ran cross country, but after a terrible knee injury and a horrific car accident found myself being told I shouldn’t run any more. Well, twelve half-marathons later, I’ve found myself training for my first marathon, the 50th New York City Marathon. After being postponed last year, it is officially happening on November 7th this year.

When I started on the pursuit of completing the NYC Marathon, it was a check off the bucket list for me – but, I couldn’t bring myself to a place where I could imagine not taking the opportunity to raise awareness and do good for something bigger than myself. Joining Fred’s Team was a no-brainer for me as every single person in this world has been impacted by cancer; driving awareness and funding research is critical to making a change. Fred’s Team is affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY, the largest and oldest private cancer center in the world. As part of the team, you can select if you’d like to contribute to a certain type of cancer – I went with childhood.

Raising awareness for childhood cancer was my choice for several reasons, but the largest being that these kids have their whole life ahead of them and are starting out with this unfathomable battle, I cannot even begin to imagine being the child or family in that situation. Below are some statistics that really surprised me when I started digging in:

-#1 cause of death in children
-Only 4% of research dollars spent annually are on childhood cancer
-95% of survivors have significant health-related issues due to treatment options
-43 kids per day in the US are diagnosed with cancer

Statistics are based on US only; imagine adding in the rest of the world.

Should you decide to learn more, my page is here.

Thank you for your interest in reading about this, it means a ton and is such a large part of my life!

WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Sound Transit still looking for Community Advisory Group members

October 27, 2021 6:55 pm
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 |   Sound Transit | West Seattle news

Want to get more closely involved in the West Seattle light-rail planning process as it approaches the next milestone? Sound Transit just announced it’s extending the deadline for people to apply to be on the Community Advisory Group for the West Seattle-Ballard extension. From the announcement:

We’re looking for people who:

-Live, work and/or volunteer along the project corridor.
-Are a part of, or have a deep understanding of, one or more of the communities along the corridor.
=Have knowledge and/or interest in public transportation, mobility and how transportation affects the lives of people in the region.

We ask that members be prepared to:

-Act as a community ambassador, willing to share information with community members and bring forth community values, concerns, and ideas.
-Consider the community as a whole and go beyond personal interests.
-Participate collaboratively with group members whose views may be different from their own.
-Attend approximately six monthly meetings from fall 2021 through early 2022, participating fully in the process. Members will receive a stipend for their participation.

You have until 5 pm next Monday (November 1st) to apply. Go here to find out more, including how to apply.

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN: Here’s your business trick-or-treating lineup

October 27, 2021 4:17 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

Now that we’re midway through Halloween week, time to review the local business-district trick-or-treating plans:

ADMIRAL DISTRICT: 3-6 pm Friday at participating businesses.

ALKI BEACH: 10 am-noon Saturday – check here for map updates.

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION: 10 am-2 pm Sunday as part of Harvest Fest week – here’s the map to more than 20 “candy stations” you’ll see, in addition to merchants handing out treats:

The Harvest Fest and Trick or Treat page is updated here.

WHITE CENTER: Starting at 3 pm Sunday – see the latest list of participating businesses here.

(Westwood Village is not having a trick-or-treat event this year, according to merchants we’ve talked to.)

In addition to what’s above, we’ve heard from a few individual businesses/venues with additional plans:

BROCANTE BEACH HOUSE: Participating in the Alki Beach trick-or-treat and open special hours on Saturday beyond that, with special plans for shoppers too, 10 am-6 pm at 2622 Alki SW – details here.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Trick or treat at the home of West Seattle’s history (61st/Stevens) on Saturday, noon-4 pm. Also spooky storytime and crafts, 1 and 3 pm.

YOUNGSTOWN COFFEE: The Morgan Junction coffee shop (6032 California SW) is offering candy and stickers all weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

PAPER BOAT BOOKSELLERS: The Morgan Junction shop (6040 California SW) will give out candy bags on Sunday (open 11 am-5 pm).

TAILS TO ASTONISH: It’s the first Halloween for the comic-book store just south of The Junction (4850 California SW) and they’ll be open noon-7 pm on Sunday with candy and comics for everyone in costume. Plus 10 percent off back issues, toys, and statues. And a costume contest at 6 pm – prize is $20 in store credit.

Lots of other Hallo-week fun (starting tonight) in our West Seattle Halloween Guide, and we’re still adding to it, so email us your event at – thank you!

FERRIES: Help name first hybrid-electric before it’s built on Harbor Island – here are the finalists

The state Transportation Commission, which has the final say in naming state highways, bridges, and ferries, has announced six finalists for naming the next new state ferry. They are:

Enie Marie

The nominated names are explained here, which is also where you’ll see how to comment. The commission chose those six from what it says were 19 proposed names that met its requirements and guidelines. Their decision is due in mid-December. The name will be given to a 144-car hybrid-electric Olympic Class ferry that’ll be built starting next year on Harbor Island, at the Vigor shipyard, and launched in 2025.

TRAFFIC ALERT: East Marginal Way fully open again

October 27, 2021 1:13 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

Just in case you hadn’t heard: East Marginal Way south of the South Park Bridge reopened at mid-morning, three days after gusty wind brought down utility poles, power lines, and trees. But though the road is open both ways, the work isn’t quite done yet – the advisory says Seattle and Tukwila crews “continue to work together to restore permanent power connections to some traffic signals which are currently running on temporary generators.”

SDOT at HPAC, and what else is up for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

October 27, 2021 11:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Thanks to Al for the photo of Tuesday’s rainbow)

Today’s belated look at what’s up for the hours ahead, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide:

SCAVENGER HUNT: This continues as part of the West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest – get your map at a participating business! More info in our previous coverage.

CITY BUDGET: Today’s the second of third days for the City Council to go through the nearly 200 amendments they’re proposing for next year’s budget. (We went through the agenda and didn’t see any West Seattle specifics of note, but you can review by going here (where you’ll also find viewing/listening info). After lunch break, they’ll resume at 2 pm.

FAMILY FUN: Family Harvest Festival at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW), 5-7 pm.

HPAC: The community council for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge has a big agenda tonight, online at 7 pm, including SDOT on 16th SW speed calming and the Delridge-Highland Park stretches of Stay Healthy Streets, plus a possibility for the long-idle Dumar Substation site at 16th/Holden. More info, and connection details, here.

GIMME SHELTER CONCERT: 7:30 pm online, the annual benefit for DESC – whose properties include the Delridge supportive-housing complex Cottage Grove Commons – features local fave Billy Joe and the Dusty 45s. Registration info is in our calendar listing.

‘ROCKY HORROR’: 8 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), watch “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with guest host Old Witch. “It’s time to do the Time Warp at the Admiral Pub.”

BIZNOTE: Delridge Grocery Co-op plans pet-treats pop-up Saturday, annual meeting next month

Two news bites from the Delridge Grocery Co-op (5444 Delridge Way SW):

DGC Annual Meeting on November 13, Special Dog Treat Pop-up on October 30

The Delridge Grocery Co-op annual meeting is going virtual again this year — taking place on Saturday, November 13 at 3 pm. Please consider spending some time with us that Saturday as we’ve got a lot of news to share about our volunteer-run, community-focused co-op. It’s open to everyone in our community — from owner-members who have paid their ownership share to West Seattle neighbors near and far.

We’ll be looking back on the last year, when we began to be open for limited market hours on weekends while continuing to offer our weekly Essentials produce box. We’ll also provide updates on some of our food access initiatives, including working with the West Seattle Food Bank on a new voucher program, our continuing partnership with Fresh Bucks Seattle, and our gifted produce box program (funded through kind donations from our community).

Turning our eyes to the next year, we’ll talk about the challenges and opportunities we have with opening the store more fully — from more volunteer staffing to funding for more equipment like refrigerators.

DGC owner-members who have paid a full $100 ownership share can also vote on up to three Board of Director positions.

Reserve your spot for the DGC’s annual meeting on Zoom by signing up on our Signup Genius page.

We’re also excited to start a series of pop-up events at our store, where we’ll be highlighting a variety of local producers and focusing on women- and BIPOC-owned businesses. Our first pop-up will bring Puddles Barkery to the DGC on Saturday, October 30, from 9:30–1:30. Head chef and owner Kari Kalway and her pup Kora will be showcasing her handmade, natural dog treats, including biscuit treats, pupcakes, and creamy doggy cannolis!

You can reserve your Puddles Barkery order to pick up next weekend (Oct. 30-31), or place an order for an Essentials produce box delivery and the dog treats will be included.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! West Seattle has a new centenarian – Rev. John Van Lierop

Happy 100th birthday to West Seattle’s newest centenarian! His family sent the announcement:

Rev. John Van Lierop is turning 100 today (born October 27, 1921 in Yakima) at The Kenney in West Seattle, where he has been a resident in Memory Care the last 7 years. His son John, Jr. is planning a small celebration party today.

Rev. Van Lierop is a retired Presbyterian minister, having served for 42 years pastoring 7 churches in 4 states. He retired from his last church in Sandy, Oregon, in 1986 and moved back with his wife to the Gatewood Hill home to live with his grown children. In 1987 he was asked to be the new Chaplain of The Kenney, where he served until 2004. Rev. Van Lierop returned to the Kenney Home as a resident of the Memory Care in 2014 following a fall that fractured his hip. A number of the present Kenney staff still remember him when he was chaplain and have fond memories of his working there.

Rev. Van Lierop’s hobby was collecting used books. At one time he had 20,000 books. His friends kidded him that he had enough to run a used book store. Even the owner of the famous Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon, offered to buy Rev. Van Lierop’s entire library for a lump sum when he retired, but it was to no avail since he couldn’t part with his books. Rev. Van Lierop is the first of the Van Lierop clan to reach the milestone of 100. His son credits his longevity to clean living, since he lived what he preached!