West Seattle, Washington
Another large-scale theft of newly placed plants has happened. Last time it was at Alki Beach Park; this time, from planters in the street along Roxhill Park. A nearby resident emailed us to report the theft while explaining the planters:
I’m a resident on 29th Ave SW across from Roxhill Park in Westwood area. 6 families on 29th Ave, south of Barton St. pooled money together recently and purchased 10 large galvanized water-trough planters which we set out on the East side of 29th Ave to prevent the RV people from returning. Hundreds of dollars of newly planted plants we put in last Friday were all pulled out of the planters and stolen last night around 9 pm. The RV-prevention planters were set up next to the playground at Roxhill Park after over a year or so of RV’s terrorizing the street and park with their trash, loud gasoline generators, prostitution, and drug use which they had been parked and getting away with until recently when residents reported repeatedly to the city and they were issued citations and have all moved as of yesterday. We suspect a landscaper as the plants were all taken from the scene rather than simply being pulled up by a disgruntled RV person, returning for revenge.
We asked for more details on the stolen plants. They included “tall sky pencil hollies, boxwoods, and liriopes … Lavender and red and purple mums … Carl Forester Feather Reed grasses and Ruby daylilies ,,, And some blue festuca grasses from (one of the neighbors’) backyard.” Estimated value, more than $700. The neighbor who emailed us adds, “We were getting so many positive comments and even cash donations from nearby residents and parents of playground users that this is just too bad.”
Carol Kelly says managing Alki Spud Fish and Chips is all about “family.” Her own family (above, daughters Ashley and Victoria at left, husband Harry with Carol at right) joined her there this afternoon for the celebration of her 50 years working there.
That big card was there to gather well-wishes, and of course there was cake:
There also were proclamations – this was officially declared Carol Kelly Day in both Seattle and King County!
The proclamations from Mayor Bruce Harrell and King County Executive Dow Constantine (a former Spud employee) note fun facts about Carol’s tenure, in addition to those mentioned in our preview – she started for $1.85 an hour in 1972, hired by the son of one of the brothers who founded Alki Spud in 1935. She also was lauded for her “kindness, leadership, and service.”
While another 50 years might not be likely, Carol told a well-wisher, she’s nowhere near ready to leave yet!
(WSB photo, kids’ pie-eating contest at 2018 Harvest Fest)
More details tonight about the expanded West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest, 11 am-5 pm Sunday, October 30th – but first, registration just opened tonight for two of its biggest events, and space is limited, so you’ll want to sign up if you’re interested:
CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT: Starting at noon, the tournament begins on courts spread out on California and Alaska. Registration is limited to 32 teams – first-come, first-served. The cost per 2-person team: $45. Find prize details and more info on the registration form.
PIE-EATING CONTESTS: At 1 pm, A La Mode Pies will host adults’ and kids’ pie-eating contests. It’s free to register, but only 10 kid spots and 10 adult spots are available. Kid registration is here; adult registration is here.
Here are other festival details:
FESTIVAL FOOTPRINT: Almost as big as Summer Fest – SW Alaska will close from 42nd to 44th, California SW will close from Oregon to Edmunds (the Farmers’ Market will be in its usual spot on California between Oregon and Alaska),
COSTUME PARADE: 11 am, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band – line up at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) pre-parade.
KIDS’ ACTIVITIES AND TRICK-OR-TREATING: 11:30 am-3 pm. Activities will be in booths all along California; businesses participating in trick-or-treating will display orange and black balloons.
CHILI COOKOFF: Noon-2 pm; $10 tickets get you tastes and votes, and benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. Competitors include Husky Deli, Shadowland, Pecos Pit BBQ, The Westy, Baker’s Dozen Catering, Margie’s Café, and NW Texas BBQ.
MAIN STAGE MUSIC: 8-Bit Brass Band at noon, Heebie Jeebies at 1:30, Potholes at 3:30.
MURAL UNVEILING: On the main stage at 12:45 pm, your first look at the completed Summer Fest mural created by community members led by artist Stacey Sterling.
STORYTELLING: 1:30 pm with Dolly Warden
SQUARE DANCING: 2:30 pm with Caller Andy Garboden.
Updates before festival day will be at wsjunction.org.
When this month ends in three weeks, so will the status of the COVID-19 pandemic as a City of Seattle emergency. Here’s the announcement from the mayor’s office this afternoon, including an explanation of how it will affect some policies:
Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that the City of Seattle is preparing for the next chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to officially end its Civil Emergency Proclamation after 10/31/22. This change aligns with Washington state and Governor Inslee’s decision to end the statewide state of emergency the same date.
“Our city has been working under an emergency proclamation for nearly 1,000 days as we responded to a new pandemic and unprecedented resulting challenges,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell. “While the impacts of the pandemic continue to be felt by our neighbors and communities, it is thanks to our city’s strong response – including our high vaccination rate and strong healthcare system – that we can continue moving toward recovery and revitalization. We will continue to follow the recommendations of public health experts and science leaders to support the safety and well-being of our communities.”
Starting November 1, some of the temporary systems and waivers that were implemented during the pandemic will be removed and others will be phased out over time. City departments are informing stakeholders of upcoming changes, collaborating with labor partners, and working to identify any temporary measures that should be made permanent.
Examples of policies/programs impacted by this change:
Commercial Renters: Requirement for property owners to negotiate payment plans to limit evictions and limits on commercial tenant personal liability will expire six months after the end of the emergency proclamation.
Food Delivery: Premium pay for food delivery network gig workers established by ordinance will end November 1, 2022.
Sick Leave: Paid sick time for food delivery and transportation network gig workers will end six months after the end of the emergency proclamation. Starting January 1, 2023, transportation network drivers will be entitled to sick leave under a new state law.
Examples of policies/programs not impacted by this change:
Street Cafes: Temporary Safe Street Permits for outdoor dining, retail, and more were previously extended and currently expire January 31, 2023
Vaccines and Masks: The City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees, volunteers, and contractors will remain in effect. Masks will continue be available at City worksites and may be worn by employees or visitors but are not required.
The City is currently reviewing policies related to Design Review and Historical Review to identify improvements which should be made permanent.
RECOGNIZE THESE SHOPLIFTERS-TURNED-ROBBERS? Last week we reported on a shoplifting incident at Westwood Village Ross Dress for Less that turned into a robbery when the thief pulled a gun. This afternoon, police say there were actually three people involved and they’re published photos, looking for help in identifying them:
If you can identify any of them, you’re asked to call the SPD tip line at 206-233-5000.
STOLEN BLUE HYUNDAI: Maybe you have seen Hallie‘s car:
My car was stolen outside my house sometime after 2:30 am Sunday morning 10/09, right across from Sanislo Elementary School playfield. It’s a blue 2017 Hyundai Accent.
License plate (updated) CCU4842
They broke off my driver-side door handle.
SPD incident # 22-271161
(WSB file photo, Alki Elementary group bicycling to school)
Tomorrow you’re likely to see more students walking, riding, and rolling to school, as Wednesday (October 12) is the annual Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day. Many local schools are expected to participate by encouraging; we’ve heard from one, Arbor Heights Elementary, whose principal and vice principal will be greeting arriving students tomorrow morning. Anybody else? Let us know! The weather should be perfect.
(Sunday night photo of Delridge/Genesee crash scene sent by Kellan)
11:15 AM: We’ve obtained the court documents from bail hearings for two of the three suspects jailed after the two-scene Sunday night incident that started with an armed robbery and gunfire at Don Armeni Boat Ramp and ended with the suspects’ car crashing into the bottom of the Delridge/Genesee stairway. More details are likely to emerge if and when they are charged later this week, but here’s what the probable-cause documents say happened:
The victim, a 55-year-old man, was sitting in his pickup truck at Don Armeni when three men approached, knocked on his window, and demanded he give them his wallet, money, and cellphone. One of them “pulled out a firearm, identified as a black and gray semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine, and pointed it at” the victim, then threatened to kill him unless he handed over the aforementioned items. The three then opened the victim’s vehicle door and took his wallet from his pocket and his phone from the center console. They then backed away, and the one with the gun fired a shot into the air before the three ran back to their car, then another as they ran. They left in the car, described as a black 2016 Chevrolet Impala, driven by the robber who had the gun. Meantime, a 20-year-old man who was nearby when all this happened took phone photos of the fleeing robbers. That helped police identify them after they were caught following the Delridge/Genesee crash (the circumstances of which are not detailed in this document, which just says the three “were later apprehended and placed into custody after fleeing from officers”).
Bail for the 29-year-old Kent man described as having and using the gun is set at $265,000, including $15,000 for previous property-crime cases outside Seattle. Bail for the 18-year-old Renton man who also had a hearing Monday is set at $50,000. The third suspect, a 20-year-old man, is likely to appear today.
ADDED 9:18 PM: Bail for that third suspect was set at $175,000.
(Monday morning photo by Marc Milrod)
Big day/night! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and previews:
POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: A local way to take national action – participating in the 10:30 am weekly gathering at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
STARTING YOUR BABY ON SOLID FOODS: Noon online class presented by Neighborhood Naturopathic (WSB sponsor) – info here; check ASAP to see if there’s still room.
WATCHING THE M’S: 12:37 pm, the Mariners open their American League Divisional Series at Houston. Here’s the list of West Seattle venues so far where you can watch:
The Bridge (6301 California SW), open at noon
Admiral Pub (2305 California SW), open at 12:30 pm
Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW), open at 12:30 pm
Circa (2605 California SW), where co-proprietor Gretchen promises, “Sound on and $13 burgers & fries with $5 Manny’s pale ales”
Poggie Tavern (4717 California SW), open at noon
Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW)
Talarico’s (4718 California SW), open at noon
The Beer Junction (4511 California SW)
Additions? Please comment below, or text us at 206-293-6302!
CHESS CLUB: Play chess at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), 1:30 pm. Beginners welcome!
CELEBRATE CAROL’S 50TH: 2 pm-4 pm at Alki Spud Fish and Chips (2666 Alki SW), as previewed here, come celebrate Carol Kelly‘s 50 years at the restaurant. Cake and refreshments!
COVID VACCINE POP-UP: 2-7 pm at Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW), details here.
SPORTS: The Chief Sealth International High School girls’ soccer team has a home game against Ballard, 4:30 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle). Then at 7 pm, the CSIHS volleyball team hosts Ballard at home (2600 SW Thistle).
DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: Longstanding weekly 4:30-6 pm sign-waving demonstration at 16th/Holden. Signs available if you don’t have your own.
BUDGET HEARING: The City Council wants to hear about your priorities as they start reviewing and amending the city budget plan for the next two years. Online or in-person, the hearing starts at 5 pm (with signups starting at 3 pm) and goes until the last person has spoken – info in our preview.
SCRABBLE NIGHT: 6-10 pm, go play Scrabble at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW).
FLU SHOTS: Roxbury Safeway’s pharmacy team welcomes walk-in at a 6-8 pm flu-shot clinic tonight, info here. (28th/Roxbury)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Monthly meeting at 7 am, info here.
STAR WARS MINIATURES NIGHT: Meeples Games (3727 California SW) hosts this weekly 7 pm event.
TRIVIA X 3: Three of the venues where you can play Tuesday nights – 7 pm at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), 7 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 7:30 and 8:30 pm at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska).
BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!
You can always see more, and preview future dates, on our calendar – and if you have something to add, please email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Family and friends will gather November 12th to remember Donald Arbow. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing now:
DONALD EDWARD ARBOW
July 26, 1958 – September 17, 2022
It is with great sadness to write of the sudden passing of Donald E. Arbow of Ballard.
Don was the firstborn of Edward Donald Arbow and Norma Arbow. Don grew up in West Seattle, attended Holy Rosary Grade School, and then O’Dea High School. He received an IT degree from North Seattle Community College.
He enjoyed cooking, hiking, traveling, family, and friends and good food. He is survived by sisters Diana and Barbara (Chris) and brothers David (Deanna) and Chris, and his nieces – Daveanna (Keith), Sarah (Kavan), Audrey (Tyler) , Josslyn, Mariah and great-nephew and -nieces – Aubree, Ari, and Fen.
Memorial mass to be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, West Seattle, November 12, 2022. 11:00.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to email@example.com)
6:00 AM: Good morning. It’s Tuesday, October 11th.
Here’s the forecast – mostly sunny, high in the low 60s.
Metro buses are on their regular schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts.
No changes in ferries (check here for alerts/updates) today. The West Seattle Water Taxi is back on its regular schedule.
-The SPU project that’ll close the east end of Sylvan Way for up to four weeks is expected to start this week. (We’ll be checking on it later this morning.)
-In South Park, a drainage project is closing S. Holden St. between W. Marginal Way S. and 5th Ave S. weekdays through this Friday.
High Bridge – here’s the camera that’s atop the span.
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end.
Low Bridge: Open to all.
1st Ave. S. Bridge: The view, for those finding it more convenient.
Highway 99: Whichever bridge you’re using to get to 99, here’s the northbound side at Lander.
All currently functional city traffic cams can be seen here (new URL), many with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
If you see trouble on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.
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