West Seattle, Washington
11:52 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “scenes of violence” response to a residence near 40th/Hanford. Police also are responding; the dispatcher told officers that it was called in as a person accidentally shooting themselves in the leg.
12:44 AM: No further information but we’re following up with SFD regarding the person’s condition.
11:39 AM: SFD says the wounded person is a 22-year-old man who was in stable condition when transported to a hospital.
ADDED MONDAY: A few more details from SPD’s summary: “The victim told officers he was attempting to clean the gun but forgot to clear the round from the chamber and subsequently shot himself when he pulled the trigger. … Gun (was) collected and placed into evidence.” The report says the man had wounds “to his left hand and left leg.”
Margie Haywood and Jeffrey Haywood just moved their business Work and Play Lounge to West Seattle from the Eastside and are thrilled to be working much closer to their Morgan Junction home. Work and Play Lounge celebrated its grand opening tonight in Suite 535 of the Jefferson Square office tower (4700 42nd SW).
Work and Play is a flexible space for entrepreneurs, Margie explains – a place where you can print, scan, meet, even record your podcast. It has enclosed and open conference space, including a 100-inch projection wall. The furnishings are flexible and movable, so a variety of configurations are possible:
The space and services are available six days a week (closed Sundays) at daily rates, drop-in rates, and memberships, with private rentals available in the evenings.
This past week was a busy one for community meetings. Here are the toplines from another one we covered, the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s first “hybrid” meeting – in-person and streamed – on Tuesday night.
NEW PRECINCT COMMANDER: Capt. Martin Rivera, the new commander of the Southwest Precinct (which serves West Seattle and South Park), is continuing a series of get-acquainted stops. He was mostly there to listen, so no presentation, but a rep from Brookdale Admiral Heights voiced concerns about suspicious activity near its entrances, and Capt. Rivera said he’d talk with Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner abut working on a plan for the building.
OPERATION NIGHTWATCH: Members of Admiral Church – where the ANA meeting was held – summarized the church’s plan to partner with Operation Nightwatch to provide 10 men with a place to sleep. (Nothing new beyond what we’ve been reporting – here’s our most-recent story.) During discussion, Capt. Rivera mentioned that he had interacted with Nightwatch and described the organization as responsible and well-organized.
HERON’S NEST: As we reported separately, ANA heard from Amanda Lee of The Heron’s Nest, who announced they’d won a $900,000 city grant toward purchasing the West Duwamish Greenbelt site they plan to use for environmental education and repatriate to the Duwamish Tribe.
ELECTIONS: ANA elected next year’s officers at this meeting, including: Drew Sowa will continue as president; Larry Wymer will continue as vice president; Tina Bendermacher is the new secretary; (added) Bridgett Markillie is treasurer; Stephanie Jordan will continue on as concerts coordinator, in hopes ANA’s popular summer series at Hiawatha can return next summer.
QUESTIONS FOR ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION? Email email@example.com. Next eeeting is in January, date TBA.
Police summaries published today include an armed robbery at the 35th/Barton 7-11, second one there in three months (we reported on a holdup there in August). Police say it happened around 11:30 Wednesday night, and that the robber entered the store, “brandished a handgun, pointed it at the clerk, and demanded money … then fled the store on foot with money and the till.” A K-9 team was brought in for the search but the robber was not found; the summary does not include a description.
Carmilia’s, the boutique at 4528 California SW, is celebrating its 19th anniversary all weekend. Tomorrow, you get a gift with your purchase, and a 20 percent discount (excluding jewelry and Kai). Sunday, “a different gift with purchase.” Then on Monday, the actual anniversary, a chance to spin the wheel and win a discount up to 50 percent. Proprietor Linda Sabee founded the shop in 2002 with no retail experience – as she told us when celebrating anniversary #15, she used to be a kindergarten teacher – and has kept the doors open through ups and downs, pandemic and all, so it’s definitely party time.
Got a few minutes? The newly launched Westside HEY Coalition has a survey for you:
The Westside HEY (Healthy Empowered Youth) Coalition, a school and community coalition formed to address the high rates of youth substance use in West Seattle, would like your help in learning more about community concerns related to drugs and alcohol. This anonymous survey asks about one’s perceptions of drug and alcohol use among youth in the community. Adults ages 18 and over, who live, work or frequent the West Seattle area are eligible to take this survey. We will use this information to help us understand your thoughts and feelings, in order to better serve youth in our community. The survey typically takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Survey Link: research.net/r/KIWESEEN2021
The data from these surveys will be used to implement evidence-based prevention programs in middle and high schools in the community, including Madison Middle School and West Seattle High School.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!
Westside HEY Coalition
FRIDAY AFTERNOON: First, a post in the WSB Community Forums noted a bird sighting believed to be a grouse – a bird that’s in the same family as turkeys. Then today, we received the photo above from Lisa, after a backyard visit near 35th/Andover. Our favorite source for bird ID’ing, Seattle Audubon BirdWeb, lists six species of grouse in the region. We can’t narrow it down. Can you? As Lisa observed, “It certainly wasn’t a normal thing in the neighborhood.”
FRIDAY NIGHT: Commenters’ consensus seems to be ring-necked pheasant.
Updates on three West Seattle projects going through the Design Review process:
9218 18TH SW: Today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin includes the next date for this South Delridge project [map]. It’ll go back before the Southwest Design Review Board on December 2nd. Here’s our coverage from back in April, when the project passed the first phase on its second try. The project is proposed for five stories, ~48 apartments, and ~28 offstreet-parking spaces (none are required). Participation for the 5 pm December 2nd online meeting is here (which is also where you’ll find the design packet when the meeting gets closer).
Before then, two projects go back to the board next Thursday (November 18th), and you can preview their design packets now:
4440 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: Last week, the board reviewed one of the two buildings comprising the Sweeney Blocks megaproject in The Triangle. At 5 pm Thursday, they’ll consider the latest proposal for the other one, 4440 Fauntleroy Way SW [map]. This is proposed as a 7-story mixed-use building, with ~217 apartments and ~153 offstreet-parking spaces. (Here’s our coverage of its previous review in August of last year.) Viewing/commenting info for the meeting is here.
4448 CALIFORNIA SW: At 7 pm Thursday, the board will move on to this Junction project [map], proposed for 7 stories, ~96 apartments, ground-floor commercial space, and no offstreet parking. (Here’s our coverage of their first review in July.) The packet is above and here. Viewing/participation info is here.
Live theater is coming back – including schools. Tonight and tomorrow, the Seattle Lutheran High School Drama program invites you to come see their new production:
Seattle Lutheran Drama is proud to present Crazytown by Jonathan Rand.
In the weirdest town in America, let Jim and Babs of Crazytown Action News break down all the top stories of the day. In politics, the race for president at Crazytown Elementary is really heating up! In public safety, citizens are being brought in for questioning by police for being too kind and considerate! A fierce competition is underway by two professional sports-watchers! All that, along with weather and traffic, tonight on Crazytown Action News.
Crazytown will be performed in person in the Menashe Gymnasium at Seattle Lutheran High School. Audience members will be seated in distanced household groups. Masks are required for audience members. We hope to see you there! Crazytown is appropriate for grades 5 and up.
Friday and Saturday (November 12th and 13th) at 7:30 pm
Tickets at the door (Cash or credit card payment accepted):
$7 for adults
$5 for seniors and non-SLHS students
Free for SLHS students (bring ID) and children 6 and under
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The gym is at 4100 SW Genesee, just north of The Junction.
A Veterans Day postscript – Jason sends this report and photos from Scout Troop 799‘s cleanup project:
In service, and in recognition of those who’ve served, Scouts from West Seattle Troop 799 gloved up and met at 9 am Thursday morning near Denny International Middle School to pick up trash, clean out rain gardens and storm drains, and enjoy the relatively warm temps and drizzle carried by the atmospheric river flowing over our state throughout this weekend. Afterward, some of them ran a mile at SWAC just to enjoy the rain and fresh air it brings even more!
They collected roughly a dozen trash bags of waste, mostly dropped school supplies, candy and snack wrappers. Nothing dangerous was found, which was a welcome sight, although they were prepared.
Happy Veterans Day, and gratitude from Pack/Troop 799 to all those who’ve served.
Another holiday announcement from Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Fair Trade Sale: Get Your Chocolate Advent Calendar, Gifts, and Coffee Today!
Our Lady of Guadalupe’s annual Fair Trade Sale is staying online for one more year. Many of the artisans, farmers, and communities we support through the sale are struggling this year due to COVID and slow sales. Through our virtual sale, you’ll find a large variety of unique, quality gifts AND 20% of sales come back to us! Win, win, win! Simply shop through our custom parish link: serrv.org?a=olgfairtrade. Bonus: From 11/8-11/22 get free ground shipping with promo code SE4SERRV21. This year, we are also selling Pura Vida coffee for $12/bag and $4/bag comes right back to us! Pura Vida has been VERY generous every year, donating 100% of sales (sometimes even more!). To order their delicious ground or whole bean coffee, visit https://olgseattle.org/news/fairtrade by November 29. We’ll have coffee ready to pick up at OLG on December 11/12 or via the school that week! Interested in products from our other annual vendors? Visit our website for their links!
6:01 AM: Good morning. A multiple-vehicle crash on the NB 1st Avenue S Bridge has been blocking lanes. Go another way, or wait. Only one lane currently open.
6:31 AM: All lanes have reopened.
6:46 AM: WSF just announced Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth is reducing to 1-boat service – crew shortage.
Another rainy day, with a high near 60.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
For ferries and Water Taxi: WSF continues a
two-boat schedule (UPDATE: see above) on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates. The Water Taxi is back in service today.
ONE MORE NOTE
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
599th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: No new trouble reported over the weekend. 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.)
The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
ROAD WORK REMINDERS
26th SW – Continuing southbound closure between Roxbury and Barton for RapidRide H Line prep work. Also, work at 26th/Roxbury. This flyer has details.
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.
1:17 AM: The report and photo are from Jennifer:
My son-in-law’s truck was stolen the morning of November 11th, between 5 and 6 am, from High Point Dr. about two blocks east of Sylvan.
It’s a red, 2001, Chevy S10 pickup truck. The front driver-side headlight is held on with a zip tie. There is a dent in the hood and the metal is exposed, a dent on the tail gate, and a standout black front driver side body panel. These are a few identifiers, along with stickers on the back windshield.
We’ll add the plate # when we get it. Call 911 if you see this pickup – refer to incident 21-299367.
10:40 AM: Update from Jennifer – the pickup’s been found.