West Seattle, Washington
9:04 PM: Are you still waiting for your general-election ballot? Alfred discovered nine ballots in the bushes along 26th SW, near Delridge Playfield, and sent this photo:
He wrote, “I am guessing the best thing to do is to return them to the post office for re-delivery but found the situation disturbing. Notifying you in case this is happening in other areas of West Seattle. No other mail was found, just the November election ballots.” We advised him also to contact King County Elections, which mailed ballots last Wednesday. If you haven’t received your ballot yet, they want to hear from you at 206-296-VOTE (8683). (And a reminder that you can choose to get new alerts about your ballot’s status – start the sign-up process here.)
ADDED 9:29 PM: We asked Alfred if the ballots appeared to have adjacent addresses or common names. He replied that they’re all from “the same blocks of 25th and 26th.”
The report and photo are from Johnathan:
This bike was abandoned at a spot on Alaska between Delridge and 25th Ave SW, where an encampment was until last night. I figure it is probably stolen, so I thought I’d share with y’all in case someone is looking for it.
This is across from the ex-South West Plumbing site; we went by late today and the bike is still there, along with assorted junk, where a half-dozen RVs were parked as recently as Sunday afternoon.
In our West Seattle Halloween spotlight tonight, Meeds Manor is back! Jessica Meeds explains that the house at 45th and Stevens has “a new set =up in the front yard with a carnEVIL theme, but the rest you will have to come see for yourself!”
They’ll open for a walk-through on Halloween night, 5:30-9 pm. Jessica adds, “This year we are taking donations to support the West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team. The team will be working the event for their fundraiser.” Meeds Manor is among the attractions listed in our West Seattle Halloween Guide – we’re still adding to it, so if you have something to send, from decoration photos to a Halloween or Dia de Muertos event, please send info to email@example.com – thank you!
If you’re interested in commenting on the nine zoning exceptions – “departures” – proposed for the Alki Elementary rebuild, you have extra time. The city has extended the comment deadline to November 4th. The proposed departures are:
1) Greater-than-allowed building height
2) Reduced vehicular parking quantity
3) Bus loading and unloading
4) New curb cut to service area without vehicular parking
5) Increased curb-cut width
6) Increased curb-cut flare
7) Reduced bicycle parking (long-term) quantity
8) Amended bicycle parking performance standards
9) Signage/changing-image sign
For details on the project and the proposed departures, go here. Here’s how to comment:
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
Construction is expected to start next year and last for two years, during which time Alki Elementary will be temporarily housed at the former Schmitz Park Elementary, which is currently temporary home to West Seattle Elementary, while an addition is being built at its permanent campus.
On Friday and Sunday, we noted reader reports of brown water, mostly in – but not limited to – the Junction vicinity. The people we heard from didn’t get a clear explanation from Seattle Public Utilities, and no water break ever turned up on the SPU map. Today we checked back with SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register, and here’s what she has found out: “We believe it was the result of one of our water system pump stations being operated after a two month period being out of service for related construction work. We have taken the pump station offline while we develop a plan to restart it that will minimize water system disturbance and customers experiencing discolored water.” The “disturbance” usually refers to sediment – mostly rust from unlined cast-iron pipes – getting stirred up in the water pipes by unusual activity, from hydrant testing to water-main breaks. Back in the mid-2010s, brown water was happening so often that SPU did a large-scale “flush” in West Seattle. What’s important is to report discolored water when it happens – 206-386-1800 – so it’s on record with SPU (and let us know too because that way there’s a very public record). In the meantime, here’s the SPU advice on what to do in hopes it’ll clear your water. Discolored water is not necessarily a health risk but it can also discolor your laundry, for example.
SPD’s weekend report summaries include one incident of confirmed gunfire in West Seattle. 911 calls came in around quarter till three on Saturday afternoon reporting up to six shots heard in North Delridge. Responding officers found “evidence of a shooting” in the 2700 block of SW Brandon, an area bordering greenspace. No victims or property damage found, and no mention of witnesses. If you have any information, the incident # is 2022-284341.
ADDED TUESDAY: Just found this, miscategorized in the SPD summaries as a South Precinct report:
At 0055 hours (early Monday), officers responded to a report of 15-20 shots in the area of Lincoln Park. Upon arrival, officers located evidence of a shooting near the north parking lot tree line. Officers contacted a witness who advised he had seen 2 suspects flee the scene SB on Fauntleroy Way SW in a green pickup truck with “glowing wheels.” The scene was processed by patrol. No victims or damage located.
This incident # is 2022-285701.
Another infusion of volunteer help was at work this past Saturday at Habitat for Humanity‘s Highland Terrace project in South Delridge. The site in the 9000 block of 15th SW will hold six “permanently affordable” two- and three-bedroom homes that’ll be complete by next summer, to be owned by families earning less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income. Future homeowners help with the construction, too – Penny was among those working at the site on Saturday:
Also there on Saturday was a contingent of volunteers from ADT, one of the companies that has donated to the project.
ADT donated $30,000 to cover the cost of energy-efficient heat pumps for the homes at Highland Terrace. Last month, AT&T sent volunteers to the site along with a $10,000 donation. This is not the first Habitat for Humanity project in West Seattle – others include a 4-unit site near Westwood Village and 20 homes scattered around the High Point redevelopment in the late ’00s.
That’s the crew at Outer Space Seattle during last year’s first-ever Alki Beach Trick-or-Treat event. They just sent word it’s returning this year – 10 am-2 pm this Saturday (October 29th). Seven Alki businesses are sponsoring (with more participating) – here’s the map:
We’re added this to the trick-or-treat-event list atop the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide, which also lists seasonal fun from front-yard shows to bar parties – if you have something to add, please email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Here’s what’s on the schedule for the rest of your Monday, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
CRAFTING AND CREATIVITY NIGHT: 6-10 pm at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW), explained in our calendar listing.
HIGH-SCHOOL SPORTS: Three local home games today – first, in girls’ soccer, at 4 pm it’s West Seattle High School vs. Ingraham at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle) and at 4:30 pm, Chief Sealth International High School vs. Nathan Hale at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle). Then in volleyball, WSHS hosts Bishop Blanchet at 7 pm. (3000 California SW)
Have a West Seattle/White Center event to list on our calendar and in our daily preview lists? Please send info to email@example.com – thank you!
Family and friends will gather November 12th to remember Carolyn L. Overton and are sharing this remembrance with her community:
Carolyn L. Overton
5/2/1935 – 9/12/2022
Carolyn Louise Overton passed away from natural causes on September 12, 2022. She was 87 years old.
Carolyn was born in Seattle on May 2, 1935. She was the cherished only child of Fred H. Heidrich and Dorothy E. Probstfeld, and lived her entire life on the same street as a third-generation West Seattleite. She attended West Seattle High School and graduated in the class of 1953.
To celebrate their graduation, Carolyn and her lifelong best friend, Phyllis High, took a trip to Alaska, where Carolyn met her future husband, Donald E. Overton, who was serving in the U.S. Air Force. After discharge from the service, Don moved to Seattle and they were married in 1955 at the Alki Congregational Church.
Carolyn and Don raised two sons, Greg and Dean. Carolyn was a dedicated mother: loving, supportive, and encouraging. She took great pride in her family and treasured her close relationships with her devoted sons.
In 1979, Carolyn was hired to manage the cafeteria at Alki Elementary School. She enjoyed working for the school district and she was adored by her many students for her kindness, generosity and caring. Many of her students and coworkers kept in touch with her throughout the remainder of her life.
When Carolyn retired from the school district in 1995, she began volunteering her time working for the Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in West Seattle Junction. She made many friends through the Discovery Shop and enjoyed the reward of volunteering for a charity she believed in. For several years, she participated in a water aerobics class at the West Seattle YMCA and formed long-lasting friendships with several of the other members.
Carolyn had many gifts and honorable qualities; she was a beautiful letter writer, a talented ceramist, candy maker, and baker. She was famous among friends and family for her lasagna, canned peaches, applesauce, and deviled eggs. Carolyn was a progressive thinker, open minded, and accepting of all people. She had great empathy for others and even in her last days, she worried about friends and family who were going through difficulties.
Although Carolyn’s health and mobility declined in the last several years, she was grateful to be able to return to the house she grew up in and live independently in her home after her husband’s death in 2007. Carolyn was fortunate to be surrounded by many caring and thoughtful friends in her close-knit West Seattle neighborhood. The Overton family is thankful for the support of neighbors and friends who visited her, checked on her well being, shared meals, helped her with tasks, and brought her cheer, especially when she was housebound due to her health. We would also like to extend a special and heartfelt “thank you” to her very dedicated and loving caregiver, Maria Torentino, whose wonderful and compassionate assistance for so many years allowed Carolyn to remain in the home she dearly loved.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her loving husband and her parents. She is survived by her sons, Greg (Teresa) and Dean (Lisa), her special cousins: Sally Cruikshank, Jan Herzog, and Mar Hyde and their respective families, as well as her very best friend, Phyllis High. Carolyn was loved and will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends. “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts”
A Celebration of Life will be held at The Chelan Cafe in West Seattle on November 12, 2022 @ 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medic One Foundation, Providence Hospice of Seattle, or the American Cancer 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)
6:01 AM: Good morning. It’s Monday, October 24th.
On-and-off rain expected today, high in the 50s, breezy afternoon/evening. We’ve had almost three-quarters of an inch of rain so far, but that’s close to two inches below what’s normal for October.
ROAD WORK AND RELATED NOTES
-As noted last night, the California/Findlay pedestrian signal is now activated.
-The east end of Sylvan Way remains closed for a drainage project.
-Two-week closure of the outer southbound lane on West Marginal Way between 17th SW and the Duwamish Longhouse continues, to collect data for the protected-bike-lane project
Metro buses are on their regular schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts.
Still a 2-boat schedule for WSF’s Triangle Route (check here for alerts/updates).
The West Seattle Water Taxi is now on its fall/winter schedule (still daily, all dayparts, but no late Friday/Saturday runs).
High Bridge – here’s the camera at the top.
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end.
Low Bridge: Open to all.
1st Ave. S. Bridge: The alternate route.
Highway 99: Here’s the northbound side at Lander.
All functional city traffic cams can be seen here, most 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.