West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The heart of summer is usually light on community meetings, but the District 1 Community Network had an information-packed July meeting this past week.
Three topics brought guests to the online meeting.
TERMINAL 5: The Northwest Seaport Alliance – which oversees cargo operations for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma – had updates on Terminal 5, the West Seattle facility that opened one “modernized” berth to ships earlier this year and continues construction on a second berth. For one, they’re now not expecting operations to launch at that second berth until early 2024.
As of the meeting on Wednesday night, the first berth had handled 38 vessel calls, out of 299 total in Seattle and Tacoma during the same time period.
We reported earlier this month on Block Drops, a project created by local Girl Scouts Paige, Evelyn, and Emma to make it easier for community members to clean up their neighborhoods. On behalf of the project, local cleanup organizer Erik Bell sent word that four Block Drops are planned in Delridge this week – four daylong chances for you to go get equipment, do a bit of cleanup, and know that the results will be tended to. Here are the dates and locations where supplies will be available (pickup and dropoff), 9 am-5 pm each day:
Monday, July 11 – Dragonfly Pavilion (28th & Dakota)
Tuesday, July 12 – Delridge & Findlay
Thursday, July 14 – Cottage Grove Park (26th & Brandon)
Friday, July 15 – Delridge Playfield (26th & Genesee)
These Block Drops are listed here, and you can watch that webpage for others coming up.
Just announced by Metro:
The King County Water Taxis West Seattle route will be reduced tomorrow evening, Monday, July 11, due to a shortage of available workforce.
The following trips from Downtown Seattle to West Seattle are canceled: 5:25 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.
The following trips from West Seattle to Downtown Seattle are canceled: 5:45 p.m. and 6:25 p.m.
Please note: There is a two-hour gap in scheduled sailings to West Seattle between the 4:45 p.m. trip and the 6:45 p.m. trip and riders are encouraged to consider alternate travel plans.
Other scheduled trips are expected to operate using available crew members.
Some Water Taxi runs were also canceled last Friday because of a crew shortage.
Every Sunday, we check numbers from the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard for our weekly look at countywide and West Seattle-specific COVID numbers:
*9 percent fewer cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 956 new daily cases countywide (down from 1,045 when we checked a week ago)
*8 percent more hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 20 new hospitalizations daily (up from 17 a week ago)
*18 percent more deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two previous weeks (the dashboard doesn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 3 deaths daily (up from last week’s two-week average of 2 daily)
For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons (these are the combined totals from two “health reporting areas,” labeled West Seattle and Delridge):
*781 cases between 6/20 and 7/4, up from 729 between 6/6 and 6/19
*18 hospitalizations between 6/20 and 7/4, up from 10 between 6/6 and 6/19
*One death between 6/20 and 7/4, same as between 6/6 and 6/19
VACCINATION: As announced last month, the Western States review workgroup has affirmed that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe and effective for children 6 months to 4 years old. Also, boosters are recommended for everyone 5 and up. Checking vaccination rates:
*81.6 percent of all King County residents have completed the initial series (up .1% from a week ago)
*86.4 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the initial series (up .1% from a week ago)
*51.2 percent of all King County residents have had the initial series plus a booster (up .3% from a week ago)
*In West Seattle, here are the vaccination rates by ZIP code for ages 5 and up (reminder, 98106 and 98146 are not wholly within WS):
98106 – 88.8% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 55.3% have had a booster (up .1%)
98116 – 93.5% completed initial series (unchanged from a week earlier), 67.6% have had a booster (up .2%)
98126 – 84.2% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 57.4% have had a booster (up .2%)
98136 – 94.3% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 70.6% have had a booster (up .2%)
98146 – 83.6% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 49.7% have had a booster (up .1%)
VACCINE CLINICS: New pediatric clinics were announced this week by Neighborhood Naturopathic (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle – check to see if appointments remain. Otherwise, look for opportunities here.
TESTING: If you want to get tested and don’t have or want to buy a home kit, public testing sites include the city-supported site at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle, 9 am-5:30 pm Monday-Saturday this week) and the Curative kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1220 Harbor SW, 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday this week). … If you need to report self-test results, that’s explained on this page.
MONDAY – 9:29 am, -2.6 feet
TUESDAY – 10:17 am, -3.5 feet
WEDNESDAY – 11:06 am, -4.0 feet
THURSDAY – 11:55 am, -4.0 feet
FRIDAY – 12:43 pm, -3.6 feet
SATURDAY – 1:31 pm, -2.8 feet
As usual during low-low tide periods, the Seattle Aquarium‘s volunteer beach naturalists will be stationed at two local beaches to answer questions – Lincoln Park and Constellation Park (south of Alki Point), these days and times:
Wednesday, July 13: 9:30 am−1 pm
Thursday, July 14: 10 am−2 pm
Friday, July 15: 10:45 am−2:15 pm
Saturday, July 16: noon−3 pm
Sunday, July 17: 1:15−3:15 pm
Wherever you go to explore, please tread lightly – the mega-low tides expose animals and plants that are usually underwater.
2:34 PM: We’ve received a few questions about what seems to be an increase in military flyovers in recent days, including one over the north end of the peninsula a short time ago. That one, like at least a few of the others, was a C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the South Sound, as shown on this screengrab from Flightradar24:
Given the base’s proximity, flyovers aren’t that unusual, and while we don’t so far have comment on this one, they’ve often turned out to be training, as explained here.
3:53 PM: Thanks to a lead from commenter Sven, we’ve discovered via Twitter that today’s flyover was in connection with a pregame event at the OL Reign match. Similar demonstration for Saturday’s Sounders match. (We’ve reported on many baseball/football flyovers in years past but not so many for soccer.)
4:45 PM: Thanks to Jennifer Moore for the photo of the C-17, just added above.
Thanks to Kersti Muul for the report – transient orcas are in the area, headed southbound, just south of Discovery Point on the north edge of Elliott Bay, which means they should be visible from Alki with binoculars. Let us know if you see them!
Family and friends will gather July 23rd to remember Norma Arbow. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with her community:
Norma D. Arbow passed away in her sleep from congestive heart failure on JUNE 22, 2022. She was born in Seattle – where she attended Magnolia grade school with her fraternal twin sister Barbara. They attended Franklin High School, then Seattle U, where she met the love of her life, our Dad – Don Arbow. They married in JUNE 1956; after their first child Donald Arbow was born, they went to Milwaukee so Dad could attend Medical school, where MOM had 2 more daughters – Diana & Barbara. They moved back to West Seattle after Dad graduated from Medical school. They had 2 more children – David in July of 1966 & Chris in July of 1968. After mom retired from Insurance, she volunteered at the West Seattle Food bank & Our Lady of Guadalupe – she had also been a member of the Gardening club, which she attended with Aunt Bernie.
Mom had the gift of gab – loved animals, gardening, food – really good food & her family & all family celebrations; she will be missed
She is preceded in death by her husband Don Arbow (1987), Her parents Lavine and Peter, her sister Barbara. She is survived by her children – Don Arbow, Diana Arbow, Barbara Arbow (Chris), David Arbow (Deanna), Chris Arbow. Grandchildren Daveanna, Sarah, Audrey, Josslyn, Mariah. Great-grandchildren Aubree, Ari, Finn.
A funeral mass will be held @ Our Lady of Guadalupe on July 23rd, 11:00 AM; she will be interred on Monday, July 25th @ Forest Lawn.
In lieu of flowers, Mom would love if you can donate to the WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK or SEATTLE HUMANE SOCIETY.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here’s what’s up for the hours ahead:
ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: From SDOT: “On Sunday, we will be doing some additional vegetation cleanup and landscape work on Olson Place SW between 1st Ave S and SW Roxbury. The work is anticipated to begin as early as 5 AM through 1 PM. Traffic impacts include the closure of the right-hand curb lane; the lane will reopen at 1 PM – however, we may extend working hours.” Meantime, WSDOT is scheduled to continue its “Revive I-5” lane closures on the freeway between I-90 and the West Seattle Bridge exit.
CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re continuing to list these – see today’s list here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, find fresh food – produce, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, baked goods, and prepared food – and plants at the weekly WSFM. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
SEATTLE VINTAGE FEST: 11:30 am-5 pm, vintage clothing, apparel, and accessories are on sale at Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki) – free admission after noon, $10 for an early-bird ticket to get in at 11:30 am.
FOOD TRUCK POP-UP: Tat’s Truck will be at Best of Hands Barrelhouse (35th/Webster) 11:30 am-7:30 pm.
LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL: If the city opens wading pools today, the only one in West Seattle will be the one in central upper Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), noon-7 pm.
COLMAN POOL: The outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is back open to the public, noon-7 pm.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society museum< is open on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm, (61st/Stevens)
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 3-5 pm, Dublin Alley plays folk-rock at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
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