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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Three reader reports

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

YARD THIEF: This report and security-camera image are from Andi:

Last night, June 10th, 2023, from 11:29 pm to 11:41 pm, there was a person in our yard who stole our bird feeder (most of it as he couldn’t get the post out of the ground). He also stole our potted tree but it was found across the street the next morning hidden under a tree.

Lastly, he moved our bird bath outside of our fence. He might have been coming back for the tree and the bird bath with transportation as they are both heavy. He was in our yard for a long time and appeared to be tracking our movements in the house and also tried looking in our windows. We are in the Morgan Junction south of Thriftway. We are waiting on a case number from SPD.

UPDATE: 23-909750.

CAR PROWL: Not far from there, Christian reports a car prowl early today:

4:30 am car prowlers in the Gatewood area near the elementary school. Got into my neighbor’s car that was unlocked. They were driving a black Jaguar SUV that police mentioned may be stolen.

STORE THEFT: From Christine:

My husband and I are West Seattle locals and frequent patrons of the Super Deli Mart (Barton + 35th). Recently there have been a group of 3+ teenagers who have been stealing from the store on multiple occasions (specifically handfuls of vape cartridges that cost $20 apiece). They seem to have an adult, or two, lurking half a block away (a man and a middle-aged blonde woman, one of which appeared to board the C bus concurrently to evade questioning), and we are concerned that this group may be stealing from other local businesses.

Christine says they also are reported to have harassed the store owner and customers. On behalf of the store owner, she sent this video of one theft incident.

(We’ll add police-report #’s for these incidents when we get them. Update: Added the # for the first one Monday.)

YOU CAN HELP: Community crowdfunding for two West Seattle neighbors

We’re not always able to post personal crowdfunding campaigns, but these two have just come in as a quiet weekend ebbs:

BOGIE’S BATTLE: Morgan, one of the organizers, sent this link. As it begins:

Our dear friend, Donald Bogie (the proverbial West Seattle Godfather and face of the Maha Lounge), needs our help.

Recently, Bogie has suffered kidney failure as a result of symptomatic complications stemming from a bout of pneumonia. He has been receiving exceptional care at Swedish Medical Center and is currently undergoing dialysis treatment. Even in the best case scenario, Bogie has a long, difficult recovery ahead.

The GoFundMe page explains that a variety of ways to support him are in the planning stage. Donations are also being accepted at Maharaja.

‘TEAM C-DUBS’: That’s the team of supporters who are organizing assistance for 34-year-old West Seattleite Chelsea Weaver in her fight against aggressive breast cancer. Neighbor Cecily wrote:

I have been a West Seattle resident, in the Admiral District, since 1994. Many of us on my block know our neighbor, Chelsea. She has cancer and has managed to raise money through many that know her, here and worldwide. Medical bills and all needs never stop, when you go through cancer treatment. She continues to need help with funding.

Her GFM page story also explains that Chelsea is hoping to raise awareness – as she had no genetic risk for this, and is six years younger than the age at which routine screening starts – she just happened to discover a lump.

ANNIVERSARY: 45 years since the infamous West Seattle Bridge collision

(Photo sent by Rose)

The balloons on the recently rescued statue of Rolf Neslund mark the 45th anniversary of what led to the biggest West Seattle Bridge closure yet. On June 11, 1978, Neslund was piloting the freighter Antonio Chavez when it hit the north side of what was at the time the main bridge across the Duwamish River to/from West Seattle. That led to a bridge closure more than twice as long as the one we all recently endured. After the 1978 collision, it was six years until construction was complete on the current high-rise bridge, which was dedicated on July 14, 1984 (so next year will be its 40th anniversary). This city-produced video about the bridge’s history includes historic photos and video, as well as some of the city process that finally resulted in a plan to build the bridge, plus in the final few minutes, the dedication of the “low bridge” in 1991:

So far, no problems have been reported with the high bridge since it reopened nine months ago, following a 2 1/2-year closure.

UPDATE: Crash on NB California in Admiral District

June 11, 2023 5:32 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

SPD and SFD are at the scene of what’s reported to be a two-vehicle collision in the 2700 block of California. No serious injuries reported, but police have told dispatch that the crash is blocking northbound California between Lander and Stevens, so avoid the area for a while.

6:32 PM: Hadn’t heard anything further, so we went up to look. All clear.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire response on Harbor Avenue

June 11, 2023 3:55 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS breaking news

3:55 PM: SFD has sent several units to the 1600 block of Harbor Avenue SW for an initial report of smoke seen from an upper story of a building. Arriving firefighters are checking out whether it might just have been a barbecue.

3:59 PM: They’re canceling most of the response.

4:05 PM: They’ve confirmed it was a barbecue and are closing the rest of the response.

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Practicing for neighbor-to-neighbor help in case of catastrophe

June 11, 2023 3:15 pm
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 |   Preparedness | West Seattle news

(WSB photos)

In case of catastrophe, it’s likely that volunteers like these will be helping you long before the official emergency responders ever make it out to the neighborhoods. So that’s why the Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs hold regular rehearsals to rehearse how they would help get info – between authorities and neighborhoods, and between community members. Today, one of West Seattle’s “hubs” is part of a citywide drill.

The back lot at Hope Lutheran is the official West Seattle Junction hub, and during the drill – called “Power Down,” meant to simulate a widespread loss of power and regular communication channels (as previewed here) – it and selected others around the city are hubs of activity:

This is what you might see if something major ever happens and requires hubs to activate for real.

In addition to written messages on whiteboards, volunteers are also using ham radio to communicate (voice and internet) – it’s one of the few things likely to be working, with the help of emergency power sources.

This is continuing until 4 pm and you’re welcome to stop by. In any case, be sure you and your family know the location of the nearest hub – see the map here – and if you don’t see one reasonably close by, volunteer to start one!

P.S. You can also learn about the hubs and personal preparedness from volunteers who will be tabling during next Sunday’s Morgan Junction Community Festival.

BIZNOTE: Delridge Grocery Co-op produce-box price rising a bit, for first time ever, with a deal to ease into it

For all the price increases you’ve probably noticed on goods and services for which you pay, some businesses have held back – even small ones hit a lot harder than big ones.. One of those small businesses is finally increasing one key price a bit, for the first time ever, and the Delridge Grocery Co-op is announcing this so there’s no surprises:

In June, 2020, the volunteer-operated Delridge Grocery Co-op started offering its weekly DGC Essentials produce box (similar to a CSA farm box). It was meant to be just a Covid-era stopgap, but it’s become a signature product of our grocery co-operative.

For three years, we’ve kept the price as affordable as possible. But with the rising cost of everything, we now need to raise our prices by $2 — pickup boxes will be $22 and delivery boxes will be $27 starting June 25 (for our July 1 distribution). But we do have a deal to help with the transition — see more below.

The Delridge Grocery Co-op is currently open for market hours five days a week with a store full of organic produce, locally sourced dairy, organic and sustainably raised meats, healthy pantry staples, and a bevy of local delights. Located at 5444 Delridge Way SW, the DGC is open Friday 3–7, Saturday 9:30–3, Sunday 11–3, Monday 3–7, and Tuesday 3–7.

What Is an Essentials Box?

The DGC Essentials Box features a rotating selection of organic fruits and vegetables that averages 10 pounds and always includes a leafy green, a potato, an onion, three fruits, and three vegetables. We distribute the produce boxes on Saturday mornings, and boxes must be pre-ordered the week before between Sunday and Wednesday via our website.

Summer is a great time to receive an Essentials Box as we work with more area farms to source local, organic produce. We’re looking forward to working with Sound Sustainable Farm in Renton, Ralph’s Greenhouse in Mount Vernon, and more.

Our Essentials 4-Pack Deal

From June 11 to June 24, you can purchase a 4-Pack of Essentials Boxes at the current prices of $20 for pickup ($80 total) or $25 for delivery ($100 total) in weekly or bi-weekly packages. It’s a great way to try our Essentials Box at current pricing for just a little longer. Check our website for details.

Other Ways to Get Involved

If an Essentials Box doesn’t fit for your household, you can still help other Delridge households in need by donating a gifted produce box. We currently distribute 15-20 boxes each week, and we are grateful to so many in our community who help make this happen — including long-time donors Melinda T., Ann-Louise O., Lynn A, Sarah T., Elaine N., and many others.

We also need volunteers to help in the store — from packing and delivering produce boxes on Saturday mornings to helping run our retail desk on days that we’re open. You can visit our Signup Genius page to sign up for volunteer slots or contact with any questions.

COUNTDOWN: 1 week to Morgan Junction Community Festival

June 11, 2023 10:53 am
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 |   West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

Next Sunday (June 18th) is the day the Morgan Community Association invites you to Morgan Junction Park (6413 California SW) for this year’s Morgan Junction Community Festival! 1-4 pm, here’s what you’ll find:

1:00 pm – Mikey the Rad Scientist brings science and nature to life with his creative, interactive and engaging music. From the adventures of a water molecule named Carlos to a musical journey to the center of the earth, his music strikes an chord with children and parents alike. Mikey believes we can all have a great time singing and dancing about the wonders of the world.

2:00 pm – The Potholes (sponsored by WSB) are high-energy funky fusion humans. Home of the grooviest bangers on the block, served with a side of guac and a hint of rock. West Seattle High School proud!

3:00 pm – Gary Benson (sponsored by Thunder Road Guitars) is a local folk-rock favorite at past Morgan Junction Community Festivals. A solo performer in the style of the Beatles, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor and other folk singers, Gary sings “the music I grew up with and the current songs that I love.”

Inside Morgan Junction Park we’ll host local nonprofits with interactive activities for kids. Be sure to visit West Seattle HEY, Poogooder, 34th District Democrats, SW Seattle Historical Society with Stone Cottage, Emergency HUBS, and Let The Kids Skate!

Seattle Parks continues to work on the adjacent Morgan Junction Park Addition plan. The design firm Board & Vellum along and Park’s project manager are excited to be participating in the Morgan Junction Community Festival. Be sure to stop by their booth to reconfirm the park design and provide input on additional features. After the Festival, Seattle Parks will host an on-line survey to gather input from people unable to attend the event.

Special Morgan Junction Community Festival Thanks to our Sponsors, our Supporters, West Seattle Blog, O’Neill Plumbing, Beveridge Place Pub, Alki Lumber, West Seattle Minuteman Press and all our Friends. The Festival would not happen without you.

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: 10 things to do

June 11, 2023 6:34 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Saturday pre-dusk colors, photographed by James Bratsanos)

Here’s what’s on the list for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TRY OUT KAYAKS: Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) is offering a test-paddle event 10 am-1 pm at Alki Kayak Tours (1660 Harbor Avenue SW) – our calendar listing has the link for signing up.

DINE OUT FOR GENESEE HILL ELEMENTARY: All day at Lady Jaye (4523 California SW), which opens at 10 am.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm; the market offers almost-summer produce (strawberries were abundant last week!) as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, plant starts, more. Here’s today’s vendor list. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

SOUL SPA: Inner Alchemy is hosting Soul Spas on Sundays at Jet City Labs (4547 California SW) during Farmers’ Market hours, 10 am-2 pm: “a fun community experience of meeting our talented local healers, makers, and artists right alongside the Farmers’ Market. Mini-sessions, shopping, connecting, and Timmy cooking brunch!”

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK OPEN: 11 am-8 pm daily through Labor Day. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

MAKERS’ ART MARKET: Noon-5 pm at Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), shop for handmade creations.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Second Sunday of the season for free tours of historic Alki Point Lighthouse (3201 Alki Avenue SW), 1-4 pm (last tour starts at 3:45 pm).

SEE A HUB IN ACTION! 1:30-4 pm, visit The Junction’s Emergency Communication Hub at Hope Lutheran (42nd/Oregon) to see how volunteers activate during the citywide “Power Down” disaster simulation.

MUSICAL MERMAID: Halcyon the Mermaid plays harp music at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm.

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

Have an event – one-time or recurring – to add to our calendar? Please email – thank you!