West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Susan for the photo from early this morning, as the line for The Original Bakery‘s final Friday (applesauce donuts!) stretched down the block, well past its storefront at 9253 45th SW. We also heard tonight from Kay, who suggested reminding people to get there early if planning on one last trip this weekend. Sunday is the bakery’s final day of operations, as first reported here three and a half weeks ago. Bakery proprietor Bernie Alonzo is retiring after almost 50 years; the parent company of neighboring Endolyne Joe’s, CHOW Foods, is taking over the space. The bakery will be open 7:30 am-3 pm Saturday and Sunday (unless everything sells out early).
Two big events are ahead for the Fauntleroy Community Association, as discussed at the FCA board’s February meeting. One is open right now for helpers to join in – here’s the announcement, for both volunteers and participants:
The Fauntleroy Community Association is presenting its 2023 Spring Egg Hunt on April 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. To have it on one day at one location is a new – and better, we think – format.
All are welcome, so bring the kiddies and baskets to collect eggs with treats inside. This is a no-candy event. When finding the eggs, post your photos on social media with a tag #FCAEggHunt. Any plastic eggs that you cannot reuse may be dropped off at the booth out front that day or returned later to the schoolhouse.
We need volunteers to come and have fun at a stuffing party or to hide eggs that day. Call or email Candace Blue, at 209-401-8406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCA is also preparing for next month’s Food Fest, the annual membership meeting, held at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), 6-8 pm Tuesday, March 21st. FCA’s David Haggerty told the board that planning is going well – some local eateries have signed up to provide bites for attendees and he’s working on a few more. He’s also lining up community organizations and agencies to be there. If you live and/or work in Fauntleroy, make plans to be there.
This month’s meeting included a few other discussion topics. Operations Lt. Dorothy Kim was there from the Southwest Precinct, to which FCA had expressed concerns about enforcement of the RPZ now that vehicles are no longer getting permits to display, but instead just having plates registered, meaning that unless you’re an officer with a license-plate reader, you can’t tell the difference between authorized and unauthorized vehicles. There’s no real solution for now, as Parking Enforcement Officers currently aren’t on duty overnight, which is when the RPZ’s “permit-required” hours fall.
FCA’s Catherine Bailey, leading the meeting, also noted that the group had yet to hear back from SDOT on followthrough from the December walkaround with director Greg Spotts.
The Fauntleroy Community Association board meets second Tuesdays at 7 pm, with community members welcome to attend, in-person at the schoolhouse or online (info at fauntleroy.net).
Thanks for the tips/questions/photos! Work crews like the one above near 40th/Oregon in The Junction are out doing more environmental testing for Sound Transit light-rail planning. ST says nearby residents should have all received explanatory flyers, but if you didn’t, here’s the one for 40th/Oregon, and here’s the one for 37th/Fauntleroy. In both cases, crews are boring holes for monitoring water levels in the ground – according to the flyers, “Crews will monitor water levels by visiting these sites about every few months to take measurements throughout final design of the project.” ST is continuing to work toward publishing the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Seattle routing/station locations later this year.
Chilly but beautiful today – snow-coated mountains in view in all directions. Now that the afternoon forecast updates are in, we’re checking on the latest prospects for weekend snow down here.
The National Weather Service‘s “forecast discussion” says Saturday night brings the first possibility, but it’s not a sure thing – “the most likely scenario for most of the area is an inch or less of new snow.” That includes us here in the city. Then on Sunday night, the NWS says, “Snow levels look to fall to close to sea level again Sunday night as a surface low associated with the upper low switches low level flow back to northerly. It does not look to be a widespread lowland snow event but local accumulations cannot be ruled out.” With an unsettled week ahead, that might not be the last chance, so while it’s too soon to get excited/worried, be ready.
ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: The late-night version of the “forecast discussion” still predicts some snow Saturday night/early Sunday: “Lowland snow is now expected during this time, but there is a lot of uncertainty with respect to how much.” Watch here for alerts.
From King County Councilmember Joe McDermott‘s newsletter:
Last week, we launched the 2023 Van Grant Program. Every year, the Council allocates retired passenger vans to nonprofit organizations and local governments. These vans must be used to transport people with special needs or to transport goods and services to those with special needs. These include seniors, low-income, youth, or people with disabilities. This year, the requirements differ slightly from previous years in that the vans can now be used for the transport of goods and supplies to special-needs groups. If you are part of an organization in District 8 or know of an organization in District 8 that meets these requirements, please reach out to Helen Dahl (email@example.com) on my staff. The deadline for van applications through the District 8 office is Monday, March 13th at 5 pm.
P.S. For some background on the program, see this report on its first 20 years.
(WSB photo, 2021 recycle/reuse event)
With three weeks to go until this (almost) spring’s recycle/reuse event in West Seattle, we have more info on what will and will not be accepted, so you can plan ahead. First, a reminder of the event basics: 9 am-noon Saturday, March 18th, in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) – or until trucks are full. Here’s the list of what will/won’t be accepted:
Household batteries (no damaged batteries)
Fluorescent tubes and bulbs (no broken bulbs, limit: 4 ft.)
Small, empty propane camping canisters
Small electronics (TVs, computers, etc.)
Small appliances (non-freon)
Paper for shredding (limit: 4 boxes of paper)
Household textiles – clothing & curtains
Items not accepted:
Furniture or household goods
Household recycling (items that go in your cart/dumpster)
Non-recyclable or reusable items
Organizers include the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, West Seattle Junction Association, Seattle Public Utilities, and Waste Management, Friendly Earth, Northwest Center, Seadrunar, and Styro Recycle.
(Thursday’s sunset, photographed by Daniel Nye)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are highlights for this afternoon/evening:
SCRABBLE CLUB: Come play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café in the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tasting room on the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus is open 1-6 pm Fridays (and Saturdays).
FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Toddler Gym weekday afternoons at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW), ages 2-6, 3:30-5 pm.
AFTER-SCHOOL MAGIC LEAGUE: Weekly 4-6 pm event for 12+, $5 per player – learn about and play “Magic: the Gathering” at Meeples Games (3727 California SW)
CAKE POP-UP: Lovely and Dapper Desserts is at Till Dawn (5048 California SW), 3-7 pm.
‘NERD SINGLES MIXER’: 6:30 pm at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), solo gamers invited!
LIVE AT C & P: Citizens of Earth at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover!
AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm live music, with Joint Souls, Midpak, Shai Permilovsky Quintet. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Something to add to our calendar? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Family and friends are remembering Daniel C. Wiseman, and sharing this remembrance with his community:
Daniel Calvin Wiseman
April 2, 1953 – February 17, 2023
Daniel C. Wiseman passed away peacefully on February 17, 2023, in West Seattle after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dan was born in Madison, South Dakota, on April 2, 1953, to parents Austin ‘Cal’ and Joyce Wiseman. He was the second oldest in a family of six children. When Dan was just four months old, the young family moved to Seattle. Dan graduated from Evergreen High School in 1971 and attended South Seattle College.
Dan grew up working in the family business, learning the trade from his parents. He eventually purchased the still-operating Wiseman Appliance of West Seattle’s Admiral District in 1981. As the owner of Wiseman Appliance, he was a valued member of the Nationwide West Marketing Group. He belonged to the group so that he could bring more value to his customers. He also served as a long-time member of the board. Dan was very generous with his time, talent, and philanthropic donations to the West Seattle Community he loved. Dan was a past chairman of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, West Seattle Anti-Crime Council, and the Mayor’s Small Business Task Force. He was past president of the West Seattle Jaycees and his condominium’s HOA board. He received the Mayor’s Small Business Award in 1994.
Dan loved to play golf, travel to Alaska for fishing trips, travel the world, and make frequent trips to Las Vegas with his good friends. Dan loved gatherings with family and friends, and taking in the ever-changing views from his Alki condo. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and loved ones.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by daughter Christina (Philip) Larsen and their daughter Brooklyn of Sammamish. He is also survived by his five siblings: Paula (Billy) Small of Renton, and brothers Stephen of Kirkland, Craig of Shelton, Scott (Theresa) of Seattle, and Mark of Des Moines. In addition, he is survived by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his longtime companion Dolores Smith.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center for their care and support.
Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home. Please share your memories of Dan at: emmickfunerals.com/obituary/Daniel-Wiseman. The site will also list the date and other details of the upcoming celebration of his life.
(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)
6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Friday, February 24th.
Sunny today, still colder than normal, high in the mid-30s. (Thursday’s high was 35 degrees, 16 degrees below normal for this time of year.)
Water Taxi – Regular schedule.
–Metro is on its regular schedule, but still canceling some trips, so check notification channels such as @kcmetroalerts. (Here’s our report on Tuesday’s briefing, which noted they’re still short-staffed.)
–Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on a 2-boat schedule; check here for alerts/updates and use Vessel Watch for boats’ locations.
After some unannounced road-closing work last weekend, we’ve asked SDOT if any major work is expected this weekend. Reply: No. (If you do see anything, text us when you can, 206-293-6302) … Meantime, expect some congestion around the Alki Bathhouse all day Saturday, with the Polar Plunge event drawing more than half a dozen food trucks and other event-related vehicles.
SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Oregon), cameras are also up at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Henderson.
High Bridge – the camera at the top:
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):
Low Bridge – looking east to west:
1st Ave. S. Bridge – another route across the river:
Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.
MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.
BRIDGE INFO: Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if needed) – 206-293-6302.
1:36 AM: Seattle Fire is headed to a possible house fire in the 2300 block of 41st SW. Dispatch says “resident reports a basement fire” and that “four adults are evacuating.” Updates to come.
1:40 AM: First crews on scene say they’re seeing only “light smoke.” They’re confirming the fire’s in the basement.
1:56 AM: No reports of injuries, nor of the fire spreading beyond the basement, so far.
1:59 AM: They’re dismissing some of the units.
2:11 AM: Fire’s out. We’ll follow up later this morning to see what investigators determine caused it.
2:05 PM: Finally some information from the police-report summary: “Patrol was advised by the Fire Marshal that the fire had started in the basement and appeared to have been intentionally set. The fire was contained, and SPD’s ABS was advised by Fire Marshal. The house has been vacant for some time and is often used by squatters.” If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 23-023360.
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