West Seattle, Washington
9:48 PM: Police investigating reports of possible gunfire heard on (corrected) Pigeon Point have confirmed it – officers have just told dispatch they’ve found casings at 19th and Dakota, and on 19th west of that intersection. They also told dispatch that neighbors are reporting a vehicle might have been involved, and the plate given to police by one witness checks to a copper-colored 2003 Nissan. No injuries or property damage reported so far. They’re now canvassing the area to see if the gunfire might have been caught on any home security cameras.
10:04 PM: Police told dispatch they’ve found a total of four casings.
Tommy Andrade did something for himself by giving up an engineering career for hair-cutting shortly after moving here from Texas, in hopes of a more-balanced life. Now this West Seattle barber has found a way to do something for others too. Andrade is supporting foster kids, actually in two ways: Offering them free haircuts on Sundays, and donating 20 percent of his proceeds the first week of each month to Amara. He contacted WSB to get the word out more widely in the community – and in hopes of inspiring others to realize they can make a difference in the world too.
Andrade says he was inspired to help foster kids by two things: He has friends involved with the foster system, and he personally experienced the loss of a parent – he was just 10 years old when his dad died. Community volunteers helped him back then, via the Big Brothers program. Along with helping Amara financially, he’s also collecting other donations – toys and clothing (here’s the Amara wish list), and when the next school year gets closer, he plans a school-supply drive. (He’s also hoping to raise money through seasonal events, like a beard-trimming promotion.) He works at Rain City Barbershop in The Admiral District (just east of Safeway), and you can find booking/contact info on their website.
The photo and report are from Scott, who hopes to get these items to their rightful owner:
This was all dumped from a car on Elmgrove Street and 27th. Assuming it was stolen off a porch. If anyone is missing a package, they can email me.
From Washington State Ferries:
Due to lack of Coast Guard documented crew, the #2 Sealth will be out of service after the 5:20 p.m. Southworth departure. The vessel will tie up at the Vashon terminal and the route will operate on the #1 vessel schedule for the remainder of the evening.
Texter reports a big backup already at Southworth.
We photographed that display at the Fauntleroy Community Association‘s annual Food Fest last week – it was set up to promote tomorrow’s FCA Spring Egg Hunt. All are welcome to come to the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW) Saturday, 1-4 pm, to look for eggs with (non-candy) treats inside. Bring your own baskets. The eggs are plastic but intended for reuse, so you can either take them home for your own use or drop them at the schoolhouse after the treats are retrieved, or at a later date. The egg-hunt format is different from past years – one location – so the FCA and volunteer helpers are hoping it’ll be even more fun. P.S. If you can’t get to this one, here’s our list of other upcoming egg hunts, all free.
As we do most years, we’re building a list of Easter/Holy Week/Passover services in West Seattle. Several local faith institutions already have sent their info, but we’d welcome more – date/time/brief description, email to email@example.com. (And if you have special activities in connection with services, like a breakfast or egg hunt, you can include that too.) Thank you!
Three food-business notes this afternoon:
We are back open after our latest remodel. Now with the ownership changeover we are slowly rebranding with new signage coming soon, and the name has changed to The Locol Kitchen & Bar. We also have added a selection of cocktails featuring Northwest Spirits.
The Locöl is at 7902 35th SW; hours are here.
JET CITY BEIGNET: New way to get your beignet(s) on:
Starting in April, we will be serving made-to-order beignets from our commissary kitchen, located at 4611 36th Ave SW, every Sunday (including Easter Sunday) from 9 am-1 pm.
Preordering is not necessary (although we do appreciate a heads-up for orders larger than 2 dozen) – people can just swing by and ring the bell near our menu located on the east side of the building and we’ll come out and take the order on the spot.
We are also offering 12-ounce cups of our custom coffee blend with hints of chicory for the complete NOLA experience in West Seattle.
We will also have bags of our coffee (roasted by Middle Fork Roasters in South Park) available for purchase, along with JCB merch and gift cards. Our menu, contact info and calendar can be found here: jetcitybeignet.com
YOUNGSTOWN COFFEE’S BENEFIT BAKE SALE: Happening today through Sunday at Youngstown Coffee (6032 California SW):
Transgender Day of Visibility is today (March 31st) and all weekend at Youngstown Coffee we’ll be hosting a bake sale to raise funds for three incredible organizations doing vital and life saving work to support local transgender and gender diverse communities. Stop by and grab some treats including some local favorites that were donated by Dough Joy and Full Tilt and support these amazing orgs! Or use the QR code in our shop to choose the organization you’d like to donate to.
Lavender Rights Project
Diversity Alliance of Puget Sound
UTOPIA (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance)
Youngstown is open until 4 pm today, 8 am-4 pm both days this weekend.
Got a biznote? Email is the best way to get us non-urgent info – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
We asked Seattle Parks about three local projects this week, and here’s what we heard back:
RE-BIDDING ON HIAWATHA TURF: This week, the turf-replacement project for Hiawatha Playfield showed up again on the city bidding website, now open for a “re-bid.” We reported three weeks ago that the project had already been awarded and that construction was supposed to start in May, so we asked Parks what happened and whether the timeline would be affected. Spokesperson Karen O’Connor replied that the department decided to “reject all bids for the Hiawatha Playfield Synthetic Turf Replacement due to an in opportune bidding climate. We are fortunate the original bid was early enough that we will be able to rebid the project and still meet the previously communicated timeline with construction occurring this summer, starting in May.”
LINCOLN PARK SOUTH & WESTCREST PLAY AREAS: While on the topic of bidding, we asked about the status of these two long-delayed projects, which at last report were supposed to go out to bid – bundled together – in “early 2023” (which, with the first quarter ending today, is inarguably over). Lincoln Park South, you’ll recall, has been closed for almost six years; Westcrest has been closed for almost two years. O’Connor’s reply on those: “We are on track to bid this spring and anticipate we will be in construction by this summer. We know this has taken time and are happy to say we are on track with this bidding schedule.”
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening for the rest of your Friday:
LAST DAY FOR COVID TESTING SITE: As we reported earlier this month, the walk-up testing site at 2801 SW Thistle is closing after today.
SCRABBLE CLUB: Come play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café in the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Toddler Gym weekday afternoons at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW), ages 2-6, 3:30-5 pm.
MT FOG AT EASY STREET: 6 pm vinyl-release party for Mt Fog. Free, all-ages. (4559 California SW)
MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: Levi Said at 7 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’: West Seattle High School‘s spring musical closes tonight with one last performance at 7:30 pm. Our calendar listing has details and ticket info – online option, too. (3000 California SW)
SOUND BATH: “For peace and relaxation,” 7:30 pm with Maari Falsetto at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), $35.
Something to add to our calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
Several people have asked about that RV that’s partly atop the curb along the northbound lane of California SW near SW Othello on Gatewood Hill. According to what officers told dispatch a short time ago after someone called in to report it, the RV was involved in a collision earlier this morning. @SDOTTraffic mentioned it briefly at 5:41 am. No injuries, as SFD was not dispatched; no other details available.
If someone in your household could use scholarship money and hasn’t yet applied for the Gambriell or Past Presidents scholarships offered by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, we have word the deadline’s been extended – you have one more week to apply, until April 7th. Each is a $6,000 scholarship, and the application information is in the announcement we published last month.
6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Friday, March 31st.
WEATHER & SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
The forecast for today: Rain at times, breezy, high around 50. Sunrise 6:50 am, sunset 7:37 pm.
Water Taxi – Regular schedule.
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 southwestward toward it:
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.