West Seattle, Washington
11:06 PM: SPD and an SFD “rescue extrication” response are arriving at a crash that is described as blocking Delridge both ways in the 4700 block [map]. Updates to come.
11:09 PM: One person is reported to be out of the vehicle. No major injuries, firefighters told dispatch.
11:24 PM: We don’t have visuals so far but police have described the crash as “single vehicle rollover.”
11:36 PM: Thanks to the texter who just sent the photo added above.
11:54 PM: And thanks to Barb D, who sent this security camera video of the crash – the driver hit a parked car, and then their car rolled:
12:46 PM: Thanks also to the texter who sent these photos:
We’ll be following up with both SPD and SFD.
ADDED 10:30 AM: SFD tells us the driver, a 33-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
11:58 AM: SPD says she was arrested for investigation of DUI.
Three business notes from The Junction:
EX-VILLAGE WOODWORKS SPACE: More than one year after Village Woodworks closed at 4538 California SW, we have a hint of what might be next for the space. An early-stage city filing this week shows a proposal for a Crossfit studio. The online file doesn’t show owner/applicant info yet, though, so we don’t know if this is a new studio, or an expansion/new location for an existing one; we’ll update when more info is available.
HOT STUFF ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Stop by HomeStreet Bank (4022 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) between 1 and 3 pm Friday to help them support another local business, West Seattleite-owned Papa Tony’s Hot Sauce. Try the sauces and join in a raffle on St. Patrick’s Day afternoon.
FREE FOOD: The new Italian restaurant Dué Cucina (4437 California SW) continues an extended “soft open” period, but they’ve set the date for an official grand-opening celebration – when they open for the day at 11 am Sunday, March 26th, the first 100 people in line will get a free bowl of pasta while enjoying live music from an Italian band.
Just two more days before it’s out with the green-and-yellow Route 120 buses, in with the red-and-yellow RapidRide H Line buses along Delridge. We asked Metro spokesperson Jeff Switzer about the first official H Line trips on Saturday (March 18). He says the first one will be a 5:26 am northbound departure from Burien; the first southbound H Line will leave downtown at 6 am Saturday. Final touches on the stations along the line, according to Switzer, include glass installation and activation of real-time information signs (the ones we passed along much of southbound Delridge this afternoon all appeared to be activated). He says the transition hasn’t required much training, as, “The buses are familiar to many of the drivers, and the route 120 routing is too.” Though the launch isn’t until Saturday, there will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Friday, with County Executive Dow Constantine and others in White Center, same spot where a ceremonial groundbreaking two years ago celebrated the start of station construction along the line.
Busy night Tuesday for community meetings, as has long been the case for second Tuesdays. Here are our notes from the Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, held in person at Admiral Church, facilitated by ANA president Joanie Jacobs:
TRAFFIC: One of the two major topics of discussion was too-fast traffic on SW Admiral Way east of California. The curve in particular is a spot for periodic crashes that take out and/or damage poles and landscaping, or worse. ANA’s Dan Jacobs noted a 2021 SDOT survey that has shown many cars way over the speed limit in the area – a thousand drivers per day at 50+ mph+, 100 at 60+ mph, at least 1 per day at 80+ mph. They’re hoping to work with SDOT about what if anything can be done to try to slow down drivers on that stretch.
CONCERT SERIES: With Hiawatha Community Center unavailable for another summer, ANA has to decide whether to try to have one or more summer concerts at an alternate location. They’ve been looking at two possible locations, Hamilton Viewpoint and the Lafayette Elementary playground. Concert-series coordinator Stephanie Jordan said both would have increased production costs. In discussion, ANA thought Lafayette was a more promising location, particularly for accessibility via either car or bus, but also for access to other businesses – the ability to grab a picnic dinner at a grocery deli or restaurant and walk over, for example. Play facilities for younger kids, which don’t exist at Hamilton, also were an appealing aspect.
What remains to be decided is whether they’ll try to host one event with multiple bands or three events with one band each. (The pre-pandemic concert series was one band per night on six Thursday nights.) So watch for updates later this spring.
OUTDOOR MOVIE: Side note, ANA and Admiral Church plan to present an outdoor-movie night on the church grounds this summer.
NO POLICE: SPD is usually represented at these meetings but wasn’t last night after all.
Watch connecttoadmiral.org for updates between ANA meetings.
The report and photo are from Eli:
My beloved Scott Sub 20 was stolen from inside the Admiral Safeway between 11:30 and 11:45. It was parked by the elevators, right next to the electric carts by the California entrance. It has a green Ortlieb bag and a Bafang conversion motor. Any help in retrieving it would be appreciated. SPD incident # 23-71163.
Many questions about what sounded to some like possible gunshots in north West Seattle before 7 o’clock this morning, so here’s what we were able to find out. First, here’s audio from Andrew:
We listened back to audio of officers and dispatch. First, there was a mention of people who told police they saw fireworks. Then one officer checking Fairmount Ravine reported finding something burning in the middle of the street. He told dispatch he was putting out the small fire; SFD was not dispatched. That was the last we heard, so we also checked with the SPD communications team to be certain there hadn’t since been a report of gunfire evidence found. Indeed, they verified, “it appears it was fireworks being ignited.”
Aegis Living West Seattle has joined the WSB sponsor team. New sponsors are offered the chance to tell you about themselves – here’s what Aegis Living would like you to know:
Since 2018, Aegis Living has delivered assisted living and memory care and created a special place that many lifelong West Seattle residents – from college professors to Air Force pilots, hospital administrators to restaurateurs, nurses to local business owners, and so many others – now call home.
For example, Doris – a West Seattle resident, former nurse, and wellness blogger – joined Aegis Living West Seattle in January. Doris chose the community not only to be with fellow West Seattleites but also to regain her strength and focus on her own wellness following a stay in the hospital.
“Even at 101, this has been a real growth experience,” notes Doris. “I really enjoy the staff! They are all very friendly and I’m impressed by how professional they are… and this is a very different environment from a nursing home or hospital. It doesn’t have that medical feeling.”
Health and wellness has been a central tenet of Aegis Living’s culture and resident offerings since it was founded 25 years ago – including 200+ monthly life-enrichment activities to ensure residents have many daily opportunities to stay active and engage. Some of the most popular activities include Happy Hour with live music, live speaking engagements and excursions such as visiting the LeMay Car Museum. The building interiors embrace residents’ innate connection to nature with a special focus on water, with Puget Sound and Alki Beach serving as inspiration. The community, set on Admiral Way, is home to saltwater aquariums, a nautical-themed courtyard, local photography, and waterfront views.
The culinary team also delivers both healthful and delicious fare. Culinary Services Director and chef Mark Hipkiss prides himself on providing surprise-and-delight moments each day. Residents enjoy dishes such as Northwest Salmon with Herb & Brown Butter Rub while always finding comforting dishes such as Austin’s Famous Meat Loaf (our sous-chef’s family recipe). Chef Hipkiss has spent much of his career in upscale kitchens such as John Howie Steak and the Metropolitan Grill. However, he has found his calling and purpose at Aegis Living West Seattle, where he connects with residents daily through his inventive and intuitive menus that also elicit fond memories for residents – from Hungarian goulash to specialty gumbo and everything in between.
“My goal is to make successful dishes not only for the residents who requested them but for all of the residents,” noted Hipkiss. “If I don’t get nearly 100 percent ‘buy in’ from the residents on each dish, something needs to change.”
Aegis Living West Seattle’s culinary department under Hipkiss’ guidance is also mindful about the nutritional and medical needs of residents and aims to deliver dishes that not only taste good but meet those needs.
“Our goal is to continue delivering delicious meals and smiles on resident faces, and we do this by putting them and our passion for their care at the center of what we do,” said Hipkiss.
Most central to the full experience offered at Aegis Living are the love and deep care each resident feels and receives from the team. From light assistance to more advanced memory care, each resident has access to 24/7 care managers to provide the level of care they need. The community offers a range of services such as physical therapy and speech therapy as well as psychiatry and services like massage and other gentle healing modalities. Given the range in care options, Aegis gives residents the option to transition care needs without leaving the community and offers space for couples with differing needs to continuing living under the same roof but with varied care plans. Aegis Living also provides short-term stays for residents in need of post-surgery support or just a little extra help while family is away temporarily.
Aegis Living West Seattle continues to be part of the fabric of West Seattle outside of the community walls with active engagement and support of such organizations as the West Seattle Senior Center, the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and annual events such as the West Seattle Art Walk and Summer Fest.
“When Dwayne Clark founded Aegis Living 25 years ago, he aimed to redefine what senior living could be,” said general manager Kent Chappelle. “I can say with confidence, we have succeeded in that mission here at Aegis Living West Seattle – we are successful because we genuinely love what we do.”
Aegis Living continues to welcome residents. Interested families can learn more and schedule a tour at aegiswestseattle.com. A second West Seattle location is also underway.
We thank Aegis Living West Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Thanks to Abbie for the tip. After two and a half years of operation, the walk-up COVID testing site in the parking lot at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) is closing. The website for this and other testing locations around the area says the SW Thistle site and four others are closing after March 31, and we’ve just verified that with UW Medicine, which has partnered with the city at this site since May 2021. The site opened on August 26, 2020, becoming the fourth city-run COVID testing site. (Of note – when we reported the plan to open the site, we included a quote from then-Mayor Jenny Durkan, who told us the city was continuing to open test sites because “We’re going to have to live with COVID at least another year or so.”) Then half a year after beginning testing there, the city added a vaccination clinic to the site. Later in the spring of 2021, the city discontinued testing at the site for a short time, before restarting it with UW Medicine. This has been the last freestanding testing site in West Seattle since the Curative kiosk at Don Armeni closed back in November. Until Friday, March 31st, the NCSWAC testing site remains open Mondays-Saturdays, 9 am-5:30 pm.
11:28 AM: Thanks to Jan for that photo of water on the street last night by the Pump Station 38 project in the 1400 block of Alki Avenue SW. Seattle Public Utilities says a 20-inch water main has broken and crews are on scene for repairs, which will require excavation, so that may limit traffic through the area to one lane at times. SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register says they hope to finish repairs by 5 pm; about 60 customers (including apartment/condo complexes) are without water in the meantime. This is the fifth water-main break in West Seattle in two weeks (here’s our followup on the first four). We’re asking on followup whether it’s related to the pump-station work.
12:13 PM: “We do believe it’s related given the proximity,” Register replied.
3:33 PM: As noted in comments, and on the SPU map, water service is restored.
Here’s the lineup for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (and previews we’ve published):
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: In-person sales continue – use this lookup to find cookie booths near you – Sunday’s your last chance!
FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Toddler Gym weekday afternoons at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW), ages 2-6, 3:30-5 pm.
TRIVIA x 6: At 6 pm, Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW) now offers trivia … at 7 pm, you can play trivia at the West Seattle Brewing Mothership (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW); Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) hosts Wednesday-night trivia starting at 8 pm; there’s 7:30 and 8:30 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska); trivia starts at 8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW); at 8:30 pm, trivia at Talarico’s (4718 California SW).
JAZZ NIGHT AT OTTER ON THE ROCKS: 6:30 pm, piano/saxophone duo at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way).
LIVE MUSIC AT LOCOL: 6:30 pm. 21+. Rotating performer slate. (7902 35th SW)
MUSIC BINGO: Play weekly at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7 pm.
SKYLARK OPEN MIC: Time for you to take the stage! 7:30 pm signups @ West Seattle’s longest-running open mic – no cover to watch. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
KARAOKE AT BENBOW ROOM: 9 pm-2 am – info in our calendar listing. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Planning an event – presentation, meeting, performance, reading, tour, fundraiser, sale, or … – that could be featured on West Seattle’s only comprehensive event calendar? Tell us about it! Please email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Friends of Roxhill Elementary can help you grow flowers and other plants this spring/summer, while you help them. Here’s the announcement. of this year’s Flower Power fundraiser:
We are partnering with Flower Power Fundraising to sell flower bulbs, kitchen garden herbs, sprouts, seeds and more to bring some joy to your home garden or window sill this spring.
Check out our fundraising website:
They have a variety of plants for every climate. If you know a Roxhill student, enter their name in the field “Give Credit For This Sale To” when you check out. The student with the most sales will get to pick any item from the Roxhill School Spirit Store.
How does it work?
Use the link above to choose from 50+ types of flower bulbs, seeds and accessories for your garden. Friends of Roxhill receives 50% of the profits from every order. Orders are shipped directly to the person placing the order starting April 1 (there is a $6.99 shipping fee).
100% Grow Guarantee
● You can shop with confidence when selecting bulbs with a 100% grow guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, Flower Power Fundraising will send a replacement.
● All of the flower bulbs offered are for planting in the spring season for summer blooms.
● Zones 7-10 are encouraged to place orders Mid-March to Early April for delivery and planting early-Mid April as soon as orders arrive.
● Seattle is in Zone 8. See website zone map for other locations.
● No shipping to Hawaii or Alaska.
Order deadline is May 15, 2023. Thank you again for your continued support of Roxhill Elementary.
6:02 AM: Good morning! It’s Wednesday, March 15th.
WEATHER & TIME
The forecast for today: Partly sunny, chance of rain, high near 50. Five days until spring! Sunrise 7:22 am, sunset 7:14 pm.
Water Taxi – Regular schedule.
Metro – Regular schedule, but trip cancellations remain possible, so check notification channels such as @kcmetroalerts. If you ride the 120, it’s the route’s third-to-last day – Saturday it becomes the RapidRide H Line.
SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
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 (unless SDOT turns the camera):
1st Ave. S. Bridge – another route across the river:
Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.
BRIDGE INFO: Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed to see if the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.
If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if needed) – 206-293-6302.