West Seattle, Washington
(WSB photos. Above, Rheanna Atendido at a rehearsal for ‘We’ve Battled Monsters Before’)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Tonight, a public preview performance debuted “We’ve Battled Monsters Before” at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) in The Junction.
Even before the lights went up, ArtsWest managing director Laura Lee was already imagining how emotional a moment that would be.
It’s been a long 20 months, even more uncertain and unnerving for the arts than for some other disciplines and businesses. ArtsWest was about to open “St. Joan” in March 2020 – had just presented the preview, in fact – when pandemic-safety orders shut down many businesses and venues, including theirs.
“St. Joan” never opened, and ArtsWest stayed closed. They thought, Lee recalled, that the shutdown might last “a few months, and then we’ll get going again.”
Thanks for the tips (including Mark, who also sent the photo): Southbound 26th SW has reopened between SW Barton and SW Roxbury. That’s the first time in almost four months that the stretch of 26th has been open both ways. It’s been rebuilt – one direction at a time – to better withstand the constant pounding it takes from buses. It’s been a years-long problem, with neighbors complaining their homes shook when buses passed on the flimsier pavement.
Jim sent this report, as an alert to other dog owners:
(Tuesday) at about 2 pm, I was walking our 12-year-old Brittany “Copper” on his leash on our daily walk on Harbor Ave when Copper was attacked by a white pit-bull dog which was dragging its leash and not under control of its owner.
As we passed the Marination patio and walked north on the path a man was standing there and a dog was coming from the bushes. It approached Copper and then almost immediately attacked him, pinning him to the ground and holding him down with his mouth. It took both myself and the man to get the dog off and away from Copper.
I took Copper to South Seattle Veterinary Hospital immediately and he was taken in for surgery. Copper has multiple deep puncture wounds and we are glad that he is alive. The clinic and its doctors and employees deserve our thanks.
I am filing reports with Animal Control and the Seattle Police Department. I want this information to be out there for all to see. This dog attacked Copper without provocation. This dog was not being controlled. The owner was not remorseful. He left the scene telling me that this was the fault of my dog having “bad energy.”
I see so many West Seattle dog owners walking their dogs along the water all day every day. They need to know to be careful and always aware that this can happen to them. Copper has never been in a dog fight, much less provoked an attack, and he did not deserve to suffer this fate. If you are the owner of this dog, you should be very ashamed and you should take responsibility for your dog’s actions.
The Seattle Animal Shelter case number is C06730536; you can contact Animal Control with any info at 206-386-7387.
Two reader reports:
STOLEN PICKUP: The report and photo are from Terese:
Neighbors, we need your help! Our truck was stolen from outside our house near Alaska Junction on or around Sunday 11/21/21. It is a 2001 dark blue Chevy Silverado 1500 4×4 with extended cab, has decals on rear window of US flag and WSU/Coug. LICENSE PLATE # B68902G. It is (or was!) in great condition – brand new trailer hitch, tires…
If you spot it please call 911.
Side note: before dawn a week or two ago, a neighbor witnessed two men in a tan sedan who parked in front of our house and broke into the same truck (both times locked, with no damage and no idea how they broke in), and pilfered the contents. (All they took was a red bag of wrenches). Not sure if the two incidents are related.
Thank you for any help! I’ve heard great stories of community helping to identify and retrieve stolen property, so here’s hoping.
TENT THEFT: From L:
I’d like to report a stolen Thule roof rack and Roofnest roof top tent.
November 23, 2021 – A pickup truck drove by my house at 3:45 AM, and what appears to be the same pickup and a dark van then drove by the house at 4:56 AM. At 5:25, the same pickup backed up and parked next to my car. There were at least 2 individuals but I suspect 3- as it weighs 135 pounds. They quickly removed the tent and put it in the back of the pick up truck. One individual sprinted to what I’m guessing is the dark van. This took less than 3 minutes. They removed the entire Thule rack with the tent attached.
Police Report Number: 21-921995
5:32 PM: Avoid the area of California/Findlay – police and fire are there. We’re headed that way to see if we can find out more.
(WSB photo – medical units staged on 42nd, east of the collision scene)
5:50 PM: We are told at the scene that a driver hit a pedestrian. The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening, so she is being taken to a hospital by private ambulance. The street has reopened but there’s debris to clean up.
8:37 PM: SFD says the victim is a woman in her 30s and confirms that she did not suffer major injuries.
Multiple break-ins, one person, reports Kelli:
At 5:08 AM on 11/24/21, our car and garage were broken into. A workbench full of tools, an Echo home studio speaker, a Kindle, a leaf blower, and my daughter’s green wagon was stolen. Next the thief went across the street and broke our neighbors’ gate and broke into their car as well.
This happened in the 6300 block of 44th SW in Morgan Junction.
As usual, we’ve made lists of who’s open on Thanksgiving Day in West Seattle in case you’re looking for a latte, a cocktail, a meal cooked by somebody else – or if you forgot something and have to make a run to the supermarket. Here’s where to find our lists:
-Restaurants/bars open Thanksgiving – here
-Coffee shops open Thanksgiving – here
-Grocery stores open Thanksgiving – in our Holiday Guide
We gathered the information by phone, online, in person (and thanks SO much to the businesses that sent us their plans), but some never answered on repeat tries, so we might be missing a venue or two that plans to open on the holiday – if so, please send (email@example.com) or text (206-293-6302) us the info so we can add – thanks!
The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW) has two invitations for you if you’re interested in sharing your holiday spirit with their residents (and others). First, something you can do at home:
Feeling the holiday spirit? Looking for a unique and creative service project for your kiddos or group organization? Help us #BringTheJoy to The Kenney residents this holiday season by sending in a video! Whether it’s of you and your family singing Christmas carols, your school orchestra playing a song or just wishing them a Merry Christmas, or reciting poetry, we want to hear from you!
For more information and to submit your video, please visit heritage1886.org/joy-video!
The Kenney is a part of the Heritage Ministries family of retirement communities, so not only do our local residents see your video, but also at our properties back east. It’s a great way to make the season shine for many others! Join us!
They’ll be accepting videos through mid-December. In the nearer term, how about a pup parade this Sunday? Here’s that announcement:
The Kenney announces its first-ever “Holly-paws Dog Parade”! Walk off your holiday meal, give your pup some exercise and bring some joy to our residents! Dog moms and dads are invited to come brighten the day of our elders and walk their well-behaved dogs around the block of The Kenney. Holiday attire for all is encouraged! Residents will be gathered in two areas to watch.
Sunday, November 28 – 1:30-2:00 PM
-Meet on the corner of Othello and Fauntleroy, to proceed north on Fauntleroy at 1:30 PM.
-Feel free to dress your dog up in costume or holiday attire!
-Each pooch will receive a goodie bag of homemade dog-biscuits made by our residents.
-People-masking and physical distancing is highly recommended/strongly encouraged for the safety and enjoyment of all.
-If your dog is social and enjoys exuberantly greeting people, please exercise great caution with our residents.
(Peregrine Falcon in Lincoln Park, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
Here’s what’s up for the hours ahead – from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar:
FESTIVAL OF TREES: Visit the Brookdale Admiral Heights (2326 California SW) lobby 8 am-8 pm daily to see the donated, decorated trees.
ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE, ONLINE: This year’s benefit bidding for gift baskets and holiday items to help First Lutheran Church of West Seattle help the WS Food Bank starts today, and it’s all online again this year – get started here.
FREE THANKSGIVING-EVE LUNCH: Noon at The Junction Church (4157 California SW), all welcome.
WSHS WINTER CARE-PACKAGE DONATION DRIVE: Today, 3-5 pm outside West Seattle High School‘s north entrance (3000 California SW) is your first opportunity to drop off donated items for this student-led, student-benefiting drive.
THEATER: Tonight is public preview night for the first ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) production since pre-pandemic, “We’ve Battled Monsters Before,” 7:30 pm. Get your ticket(s) here. (4711 California SW)
OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups, 8:30 pm performances at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW).
If you can buy a turkey or two and get it to the West Seattle Food Bank between 9 am and 3 pm today, you can help ensure families’ holiday meals are joyous and bountiful. WSFB says it was able to buy 1,300 turkeys this season thanks to generous donors, but they’re running low and still distributing food today. Take your frozen-turkey donation to the Food Bank HQ on the southeast corner of 35th/Morgan before 3 pm – you should be able to pull into the garage off Morgan just east of 35th.
6:01 AM Good morning! One day until Thanksgiving.
Mixed forecast again, possibly some light rain, high in the 40s.
26th SW – Southbound closure between Roxbury and Barton continues for RapidRide H Line prep work.
20th/Roxbury – Also part of the RapidRide project, with work starting on the SW side of the intersection.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule, except for the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones, including 26th SW. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations. (Thursday will run on the Sunday schedule, Friday on a regular weekday schedule.)
Ferries and Water Taxi: WSF continues a two-boat schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates. The Water Taxi is in service – here’s the West Seattle schedule – but no service Thursday-Friday.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
611th 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.) No change for the holiday.
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):
Are movable bridges opening for vessels? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed can tell you; 1st Ave. South Bridge openings are also tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.
See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.
Police have just told dispatch they’re finding shell casings and a “shot-up vehicle” near 16th/Cambridge [map]. So far, 14 casings, they report. No word of anyone hurt,
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