West Seattle, Washington
The King County vaccination-verification requirement is lifted; most indoor mask requirements end one week from today. But the pandemic’s not over, so how are the key numbers going locally? Here are the latest countywide and West Seattle trends and totals, via the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard.
*29 percent fewer cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 291 new daily cases countywide (down from 407 when we checked a week ago)
*1 percent more hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 11 new hospitalizations daily (up from 10 a week ago)
*36 percent fewer deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two weeks before (the dashboard doesn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 5 deaths daily (down from 6 a week ago)
For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons (these are the combined totals from two “health reporting areas,” labeled West Seattle and Delridge):
*272 cases between 2/14 and 2/28, down from 560 between 1/30 and 2/13
*5 hospitalizations between 2/14 and 2/28, down from 9 between 1/30 and 2/13
*1 death between 2/14 and 2/28, down from 3 between 1/30 and 2/13
And checking vaccination rates:
*79.9 percent of all King County residents have completed the series (up .2% from a week ago)
*84.6 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the series (up .2% from a week ago)
*In West Seattle, here are the zip-code vaccination rates for ages 5 and up (note that 98106 and 98146 are not entirely within WS):
98106 – 86.7% (up .2% from a week earlier)
98116 – 91.7% (same as a week earlier)
98126 – 82.6% (up .1% from a week earlier)
98136 – 92.8% (up .1% from a week earlier)
98146 – 81.5% (up .4% from a week earlier)
Though the city’s West Seattle clinic is closed, you can still find vaccination locations via this statewide lookup. We’ll also continue spotlighting pop-up clinics, such as the one the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) is hosting next Saturday, March 12th, noon-4 pm.
If you were traveling on Delridge Way at mid-afternoon today, you might have seen members of the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 community waving signs in support of Black lives. The demonstration, organized by the Louisa Boren PTSA, complemented Black Lives Matter at School events that were held districtwide, mostly during February. Parents tell us students also worked on reports about Black people who made history, and those are on display inside the school.
Last Sunday, we reported on the guilty plea entered by 23-year-old Allan D. Hawley of Marysville, two years after he shot two acquaintances at Alki Beach. Hawley was sentenced on Friday for the February 2020 shootings. He lied to police, claiming the shootings were done by someone trying to rob the victims, but security video from a nearby business showed the truth, and he was arrested days later. Both victims, then-21-year-old men, survived. As we reported last weekend, prosecutors recommended a sentence of 7 years and 9 months in prison, with credit for time already served, and court documents say that’s the sentence Hawley received yesterday from King County Superior Court Judge Michael Ramsey Scott.
Thursday night is the next Words, Writers, Southwest Stories presentation from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society – this time, an online conversation involving two well-known West Seattleites:
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is excited to announce that it is hosting John Bennett and Clay Eals in conversation for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 PM.
John Bennett, author of “The Shyvers Multiphone Story” and a longtime sponsor and board member of the historical society, will be interviewed by Clay Eals, a founding member and former executive director of the historical society. Registration is required. Register here.
Bennett’s 152-page, large-format book, illustrated with hundreds of photos and news and magazine clippings, recounts the fascinating history of a little-known precursor to the jukebox. First called the Shyvers Music Phone and later the Shyvers Multiphone, this Seattle-based invention was placed in restaurants and bars. It allowed a patron to drop a nickel into a slot and select a song to be heard on a speaker as transmitted by phone lines from a 78rpm record that was played by a “hostess” at a centralized, remote location.
The Shyvers Music Phones and Multiphones were popular in the 1940s and 1950s, and they were showcased in the 1949 Doris Day film “My Dream Is Yours.” Their demise followed a music-industry transition to 45rpm records and high-quality jukeboxes. Today, Shyvers Music Phones and Mulitphones are treasured collectibles. Bennett, who operated a jukebox repair and sale business called Jukebox City in Seattle in the 1980s, parlayed his interest in coin-operated music devices and passion for historic preservation into publishing this handsome and evocative book, released in fall 2021. Providing key editing and design assistance was John’s sister, Jane Bennett. The book is for sale via eBay.
You might also know John Bennett for his West Seattle restaurant Luna Park Café as well as his preservationist activities such as participating in saving the Stone Cottage. Eals is a longtime journalist and author whose work includes the well-regarded biography “Steve Goodman: Facing the Music,” now in its sixth printing.
Received today from the West Seattle Community Orchestras:
West Seattle Community Orchestras reports that after too much of this:
. . . it’s once again eager to return to this:
We invite you to join us! THERE’S STILL TIME TO REGISTER! But hurry! Some sections are filling up quickly!
In addition to our three orchestras (Debut, Concert and Symphony), we once again will offer beginning strings classes for students and adults.
Whether you’re new or a returning member, you will need to register: wscorchestras.org/register. All participants 5 and older must show proof of vaccination at the time of registration.
Auditions for NEW members are to be held Tuesday, March 15, at Fauntleroy Church. Also on that date Beginning Strings classes will resume, also at Fauntleroy Church.
By the way, this is a great bargain: Students participate for FREE; adults pay a modest fee.
We have a great session planned and hope you’ll join us!
P.S. Brownie points for anyone who can identify the music and/or the composer!
10:57 AM: In the mood for cookies? We just received this from Ryan:
You may have already seen them around. Girl Scout cookie sales have begun. This year the girls are allowed to do booth sales again. This Gatewood/Seaview-based little Daisys are selling at Thriftway today until Noon.
Although booth sales have returned, it’s been a really difficult year for the girls to sell cookies. They are getting to learn all about the global supply chain distribution.
Sales for local delivery via the Digital Cookie sites have already been shut down because we can get the supply. We also lost a bunch of cookies in our first delivery was a truck overturned and the cookies were destroyed.
Anybody else with local cookie booths? Let us know!
12:19 PM: Another troop selling right now:
Our girls are selling cookies at the Highland Park Corner Store with some creative advertising! Here until 1 pm!
Angela – Troop 41169
The store’s at 7789 Highland Park Way.
P.S. If you missed the lookup link above, here it is again – use it to see where else Girl Scouts planned to be out this afternoon.
(Friday’s sunset, photographed by Jen Popp)
Welcome to the weekend! Here’s our list of what’s happening today/tonight:
ROAD-WORK ALERT: Repaving work is happening today – here’s the SDOT alert:
We are returning to West Marginal Way to pave the other side of the street we paved in early February. On Saturday and Sunday, we will be repaving West Marginal Way SW between 2nd Ave SW and Highland Park Way SW. We anticipate beginning this work early as 1 AM and concluding by 1 PM on both days. During work hours, we will be limiting the area to southbound traffic only. People driving northbound will follow a detour route that continues north on 2nd Ave SW to Highland Park Way and connects at the Highland Park Way/West Marginal Way intersection. The road will be fully open outside of work hours.
ALKI BEACH CLEANUP: Meet Jessica and friends for the monthly first Saturday cleanup – supplies provided – 10 am-noon, starting at 2452 Alki SW. More info in our calendar listing.
POTTER CONSTRUCTION @ HOME SHOW: The Seattle Home Show is happening through tomorrow at the Lumen Field Event Center, and Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) is among the West Seattle companies participating. Show hours today are 10 am-6 pm.
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
FREE WEEKLY WRITERS’ GROUP: New participants welcome. 10:30 am – go here to register and to get the meeting address. More details are in our calendar listing.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
WINE TIME: Viscon Cellars‘ (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine.
RALLY FOR BLACK LIVES: Happening outside Louisa Boren STEM K-8 this afternoon – here’s the announcement sent to us:
Saturday, March 5 from 2:00-4:00 pm, there will be a PTA-Sponsored Black Lives Matter Rally rally to cap off of STEM’s Black Lives Matter week of action. Please join us in front of the school to lift an affirmative voice for Black lives. If you can, come with uplifting signs or posters to join as we celebrate the Black Lives Matter movement. Be sure to wear a mask and socially distance during this event.
The school is at 5950 Delridge Way SW.
ARTIST RECEPTION: 4-10 pm, visit Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW) to meet Alaina Bryan and see her art, as previewed here.
SHELTER OPENING: If you or someone you know is unhoused, the overnight shelter at the West Seattle Veteran Center (3618 SW Alaska) reopens at 5 pm tonight.
OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!
‘A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD’: Second weekend for Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of this whimsical musical, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Our calendar listing includes the ticket link.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm, Prismia, Kitty Junk, Buried Blonde. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
MARDI GRAS DRAG SHOW: Special theme for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
Something to add, for today/tonight or beyond? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
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