West Seattle, Washington
Just got word of this:
Seattle Public Schools is offering 20 fall community Flu vaccine clinics (through Seattle Visiting Nurse Association) and 6 Moderna/Pfizer COVID vaccine clinics (through Safeway Albertsons) from September 18-October 21. All community members are welcome to sign up. Insurance information is required for flu shots (most insurance accepted). COVID vaccinations are free for ages 12 and up.
Madison Middle School – 3429 45th Ave SW
Sunday, September 19, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 5950 Delridge Way SW
Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chief Sealth International High School – 2600 SW Thistle St,
Saturday, October 2, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & COVID-19 vaccines 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Added note from the Visiting Nurses’ Association: These are indoor clinics.)
Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Caitlin Live LLC. New sponsors have the opportunity to explain what they offer to the community – here’s what Caitlin wants you to know:
Caitlin Live LLC helps you discover how to work out with a Personal Trainer from home so you can finally have an exercise routine that works for your life. Look forward to being guided through one-on-one live personal-training workouts wherever you have WIFI, with no commute and no gym membership fees.
You’ll meet live on Zoom with Personal Trainer Caitlin, who will listen to what your needs are and get you moving toward them. Caitlin has been using her Sports Medicine degree from Pepperdine University and numerous fitness certifications since 2012 to help her clients get back to fitness after periods of injury or inactivity.
“With her help I equipped a great home gym and have been armed with great short and efficient workout routines to use at home and when I get back out on the road. She has been a champion seeing my transformation.” – Alex, age 44
“Caitlin is an exceptionally great trainer! Caitlin understands my physical limits, capacities, and goals. She structures great custom-tailored workouts and long term plans that maximize my time and effort. She has helped me with nutrition, injury prevention and rehab, and introduced me to great aerobic exercise-oriented apps. Caitlin also is a terrific, understanding, flexible, and lovely person with an impeccable professional demeanor.” – Kevin, age 43
“I’ve been able to halve the dose of my blood pressure medicine and my balance has markedly improved. Your gentle coaching style and encouragement has led me to accomplish fitness goals I never thought possible.” – Kathryn, age 60+
You’ll find Caitlin of Caitlin Live LLC running and biking in West Seattle and taking part in the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Find out more about online personal training with Caitlin Live LLC and book a FREE Hour Consultation Today at caitlinlive.com. Mention code WSBLOCAL during your Free Consultation and get a Bonus $60 off when you sign up for your first month of online personal training sessions.
We thank Caitlin Live LLC 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.
On September 25th at Riverview Playfield, you’re invited to play dodgeball for a cause – saving children’s lives. The organizer is Dennis Williams Jr., who explains:
The inspiration for this fundraiser is our 5-year-old son Isaac. He was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk Neuroblastoma at 18 months old. He spent the next 15 months being treated by Seattle Children’s Hospital for a disease that had a 50% mortality rate. Without the innovation and improvements in treatment protocols, especially with immunotherapy, who knows what the outcome would have been. We are eternally indebted to Seattle Children’s and every child who comes behind Isaac. Only 4% of government funding goes to pediatric cancer research, so we have to do more to increase the odds of success for our kids. They are the most important thing on earth.
Teams are still being recruited for the tournament – this flyer has information, and the tournament’s fundraising page explains how to set up a team. You can simply donate at that same link. Spectators will be welcome on the day of the tournament too – 11 am to 3 pm September 25th, with vendors, food trucks, and a DJ, lower fields at Riverview (7226 12th SW).
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“I’m not going to die like this.”
That is what Alexia Jones told herself, at the moments when she couldn’t see her way out of the depths to which drug addiction took her.
And indeed, she did not die. She has been in longterm recovery for 26 years, Jones said as the continuing Created Commons art/science celebration at Westcrest Park commemorated International Overdose Awareness Day.
Jones, the host of Tuesday night’s event, leads R2ISE, a Georgia-based organization that explores recovery through art.
She opened by proclaiming the night “a space and a place to remember,” a night about “those who didn’t make it” as well as “those who are out there trying to make it back home.” Here’s our full video of what happened onstage for more than an hour:
Here’s why this is a matter of life and death:
That’s the Swedish mobile mammography truck. Even if you’re not a patient, you probably noticed it out in front of the former Swedish location at 3400 California SW many times. As we’ve reported, Swedish moved out of that building this summer. And that’s when the truck trouble began.
Swedish mobile mammography program lead Annaleis Ortiz tells WSB they got permits for the truck to park by the new clinic location at 4100 SW Alaska. But – “the neighborhood did not agree with us in that spot. We ended up getting many threatening complaints to our staff, mobile coach and event patients. They did not like us taking their parking spots or the sound of the generator. Due to the safety of the patients, staff, and equipment we pulled the plug on bringing the coach to W.Seattle. We cancelled many, many appointments and made a lot of women unhappy. The last thing I want to do is take an important health screening away from a community that benefits so much. On average we saw 85-120 woman a month, finding countless cancers in an early stage.”
Ortiz drove around West Seattle looking for someplace else to park the truck so patients could get mammograms in West Seattle – an especially valuable service with the bridge closed. “I finally found a location outside the YMCA on Snoqualmie and went through the channels to get approval to park outside their location. Last week we had our first visit in a couple months. It had great success and we were thrilled to be back. We only have approval to visit on Mondays. We are in need of an alternate location … We have over 100 women on a waitlist to be seen, many who do not want to make the trek into downtown to be seen due to bridge closure and traffic issues. A lot of these women are older and benefit greatly from our service.”
Here’s what she’s looking for: “A business with ample parking, not too close to high-rise apartments or condos … willing to host us a few times a month. Our tractor trailer is about 42+ feet long and usually occupies 8-10 parking spaces for setup.” Two other criteria: Level surface, and: “We need to have access to a bathroom for our staff as we do not have a restroom on board.” If you have a business or institution that might be able to host the truck, contact the Swedish West Seattle clinic at 206-320-3399.
11:14 PM: Though tonight brought another pink-globe sunset, if you observed closely, you could see the smoke wasn’t as dense as last night – the sun was visible all the way until it “touched” the Olympics.
The air quality is better now, because the remaining smoke is “aloft” rather than down at ground level, according to the National Weather Service. So will tomorrow’s sunrise still be pink too?
The NWS says, “Elevated smoke will continue across the area tonight, then decrease from the west on Sunday.”
1:03 AM: Orange-red moon again tonight – Monica Zaborac sent the photo:
9:34 PM: Tonight, the sun didn’t set behind the Olympics – it set behind the smoke, well before it would have gotten to the point where the mountains become the western horizon. After a day of ever-thicker alert-level smoke, red dots are all over the air-quality map. Here’s what the National Weather Service says in its newest regional Forecast Discussion:
Surface smoke should gradually clear out Saturday, but pockets of poor air quality are likely to stick around. The skies will remain hazy through the rest of the weekend though as smoke at the upper levels is expected to stick around through Sunday.
The heat warning is still set to expire Saturday evening, and tomorrow’s temperature is only forecast to get into the 80s; Today’s official high was 91, down four degrees from Thursday.
10:21 PM: After the pink-red sun, the orange-red moon – another photo sent by Gene Pavola:
2:06 PM: As noted in our pandemic-news roundup last night, Gov. Jay Inslee is in Seattle today, and planned an announcement intended to increase the vaccination rate. His briefing has just wrapped up. From the announcement:
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a requirement for most state workers, and on-site contractors and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. State employees and workers in private health care and long-term care settings will have until October 18 to be fully vaccinated.
The requirement applies to state workers, regardless of teleworking status. This applies to executive cabinet agencies, but the governor encouraged all others such as higher education, local governments, the legislative branch, other statewide elected officials and organizations in the private sector to do the same. …
You can read the entire announcement here. He made it at Kaiser Permanente on Capitol Hill with other officials including Mayor Jenny Durkan (who was at an unrelated event in West Seattle right before this – more on that later) and King County Executive Dow Constantine, both of whom also announced employee vaccination requirements.
3:39 PM: Here’s the city announcement:
Coinciding with Governor Inslee and King County Executive Constantine announcement to require vaccines for most state employees, health care providers, and county employees, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced City employees will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. This decision has been made in response to rising COVID-19 rates nationwide as the highly-contagious Delta variant spreads through communities across the country, with the overwhelming majority of cases and hospitalizations being among the unvaccinated. This directive applies to all City workers in executive departments, regardless of whether or not they are reporting to the office, unless they have a sincerely held religious or medical exemption. Currently, all employees and visitors are required to wear masks for indoor public settings.
“From the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic to today, Governor Inslee, Executive Constantine and I believe in the importance of speaking as one government. So many small businesses have stepped up to require vaccines and as some of Washington’s largest employers, we are too. The spread of the Delta variant has required that we continue to make decisions that are safe for our employees, their families, and our community. There is no doubt that vaccines work, and that they are our best defense against the highly contagious Delta variant,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Seattle has led the way by listening to our public health officials- it’s why we have the lowest cases, hospitalizations and deaths of every major city. It is crucial that in our workplaces where we work, eat, have meetings, and laugh together, we make sure we are doing what we can to keep ourselves and our colleagues, our children and families, customers, and members of the public safe from serious illness, hospitalization, or death from this virus.”
Seattle is already leading the country on vaccination rates: over 82.5% of residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. City and countywide data show that vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and deaths even as the state has lifted most capacity restrictions at businesses. There has not been a reported death of a Seattle resident since July 11, and Seattle has averaged some of its lowest hospitalizations over the last four waves.
More than 60% of City employees have returned to their work sites with additional employees expected to continue to return as the City of Seattle safely reopens its public counters, community centers, and libraries in the coming weeks. For individuals who can continue to work remotely, the City of Seattle will allow employees to work on site or telework until at least mid-October.
4:45 PM: Here’s the full King County announcement.
It was a beautiful Thursday evening for one of West Seattle’s newest businesses to celebrate with an open house. Lake Washington Physical Therapy (WSB sponsor) hosted visitors both in its 1309 Harbor Avenue SW clinic and on the building’s rooftop deck – that’s where we photographed clinic owners Mark Bouma & Laura Bouma (center) with (left-right) LWPT founders Sara Wobker & Ben Wobker and LWPT’s Houghton clinic owners Matt Sato & Kelli Sato. LWPT’s state-of-the-art West Seattle clinic is the first business in the newly constructed Denali building across from the Don Armeni Boat Ramp park.
Earlier this month, we reported that development plans for 4747 California SW are on hold. The site includes two businesses – one of which was a yoga studio that closed last September. Now there’s word it’s reopening under new ownership. From the announcement:
Junction Hot Yoga is pleased to announce the September 4th reopening of the beautiful yoga studio at 4747 California Ave. SW. This location has been a yoga studio for 20 years under five previous owners with a long tradition of great yoga.
Karen and Mikael Weigelt and Audrey (Benton) Tollefsen, the owners of Junction Hot Yoga or JHY, appreciate all the previous owners for their dedication in bringing the practice of yoga to the community. We look forward to serving the West Seattle yoga community as the sixth studio owners in this special location! At Junction Hot Yoga, yoga participants will enjoy a clean, remodeled, and beautiful space.
JHY will be based on the Ghosh lineage Yoga tradition, including “The Ghosh Lineage 26” (formerly referred to as Bikram Yoga). However, JHY will also feature expanded yoga offerings, like Power Vinyasa, Kemetic Flow, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Sound Meditation. The yoga will be primarily taught by a core team of well-trained and experienced yoga Instructors. JHY’s Director, Audrey Tollefsen, has taught yoga for 20 years, and many of those years at this location.
The studio plans a grand-opening weekend September 4-5, with free classes; watch the studio’s website at junctionhotyoga.com.
After a decade, Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle is closing its office in The Junction (4545 44th SW). Tomorrow’s the last day. But the CAP itself is very much alive and kicking – just consolidating into its Burien office. Here’s how it first announced the closure to clients:
After 10 years in the Junction, the Community Acupuncture Project will be closing our West Seattle location at the end of July. We have loved this community deeply and we are saddened to be closing our West Seattle doors. West Seattle and our clinic have seen a lot of changes over the past decade: major construction, the bridge closure, the pandemic, and more development! Sadly, we no longer have any staff living in West Seattle or White Center, and the structural needs of our space have been challenging, to say the least.
This has not been an easy decision and we are grieving the loss.
To all our patients, volunteers, and supporters from this neighborhood, who love and care for West Seattle, we are so grateful for your love and encouragement over the years.
We look forward to continuing to provide affordable acupuncture to the community from our Burien location and will be expanding our hours in Burien and growing that clinic.
We are happy to share that Aiko, Samantha, Dionea, Haley, and Sonja will continue to practice at this location and you can keep getting treatments from all your familiar acupuncturists – just in Burien. If you haven’t visited 1800 SW 152nd St, the clinic is half a mile west of Ambaum, in the Seahurst neighborhood. We have a free parking lot, two ADA-accessible bathrooms, no stairs, recliners, and tables ready for you in a cozy setting. Come check us out! You can read more at: acupunctureforall.org/burien
Thank you for all your support, West Seattle. We hope to see you in our Burien location, just 8 miles down the road!
As of Saturday, the CAP’s hours in Burien will be 9 am-2 pm Saturdays, 10 am-3 pm Sundays, 2-7 pm Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 am-1 pm and 3 pm-7 pm Tuesdays, 10 am-7 pm Thursdays, closed Fridays.
In our report on this month’s Alki Community Council meeting, we noted a Seattle Parks manager mentioning a problem with “illegal food vendors” at the beach. Some readers wondered why King County Public Health hadn’t done anything about that. Now the agency has, according to an announcement we just received:
A Public Health food inspector found 5 food establishments operating at Alki Beach in Seattle without a valid food establishment permit on Saturday, July 24th and were directed to immediately cease food and beverage services. These establishments include:
Botanas Locas closed July 24, 2021 at 12:20 pm
Chopped N Skewed closed July 24, 2021 at 1:55 pm
Marco Morales Stand closed July 24, 2021 at 1:55 pm
Nieves De Garrafa closed July 24, 2021 at 2:10 pm
Ivonne Pineda’s Stand closed July 24, 2021 at 2:40 pm
These establishments will be allowed to reopen once the person in charge of each business completes the 3-Step Plan Review process to secure a mobile food services permit (which also applies to food carts and stands) per the instructions online at kingcounty.gov/foodsafety/mobile
This came in too late for followup questions tonight but we’ll be pursuing a few tomorrow.
One of West Seattle’s newest businesses invites you to an open house Thursday night (July 29th). It should be a beautiful evening to enjoy the newest Lake Washington Physical Therapy (WSB sponsor) location at 1309 Harbor Avenue SW. Mark Bouma and Laura Bouma lead the first business located in what’s now called the Denali building, across from Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
Come and celebrate Lake Washington Physical Therapy’s newest location opening in West Seattle! Stop by and meet the Physical Therapists and staff for a tour of the gym and rooftop views! Raffle Prizes will be awarded such as apparel, accessories, and a free golf-swing analysis by Laura Bouma!
Food and beverages too. The open house is set for 6-8 pm Thursday.
The new Swedish Primary Care location in The Junction (41st and Alaska) was supposed to open last month, but an “unexpected” delay has it opening next Monday (July 19th) instead. (Thanks to Fred for the tip.) Swedish is closing the previous location – 3400 California SW – which is being taken over by Virginia Mason Franciscan. Swedish has already moved Internal Medicine from there to 4744 41st SW.
Ready to run? Next week, West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) welcomes you to an in-person event to find out more about the next free Get Fit West Seattle program:
Join us for this informational meeting to learn more about the free couch-to-half-marathon training program that starts August 7th. We will be giving you a broad overview of the program and answering any questions you have. The plan will train you for a half marathon on November 28th, 2021.
We will provide you with the training schedule. This is a great way to build consistency and reach your goals by being accountable to others. Making running buddies is a worthwhile, life-changing endeavor.
The info meeting is next Wednesday (July 21st) at 7 pm. Questions? Email email@example.com.
3:10 PM: Thanks for the tip and photo. That signage went up at Cormorant Cove Park in the 3700 block of Beach Drive SW – and we just got this Seattle Public Utilities notification explaining why:
Today Seattle Public Utilities responded to a sewer overflow due to a broken side sewer located along Beach Dr near Cormorant Cove. As a result, beaches in the area will be closed to water activities, including Cormorant Cove as well as the beach access at Beach Dr. SW/63rd Ave SW in West Seattle.
Staff will sample the water and work with Public Health-Seattle & King County and Seattle Parks Department to determine when the area can be safely reopened. SPU will provide an update when we have more information. Seattle Public Utilities is working with the property owner to ensure a timely repair of the side sewer.
If you find flooding or sewer backups, please report them to the SPU 24/7 Operations Response Center at 206-386-1800.
5:56 PM: We went down to the shore to check the extent of the signage. It continues northward at Constellation Park, beyond 63rd/Beach:
If you can donate blood, now’s the time. You can even set an appointment for upcoming West Seattle pop-ups, to donate without leaving the peninsula. Here’s the message Bloodworks Northwest asked us to share:
Transfusion rates are 10% higher than normal due to hospitals catching up on a backlog of procedures from COVID. Meanwhile, our community blood supply is at precarious levels due to the PNW heatwave which caused many donors to cancel or no-show to appointments. Additionally some donation sites had to close due to A/C in the room not being able to keep up with the extreme outside temperatures.
Now, more than ever, we need to be community-ready and strengthen our blood supply. Every person can do more this summer for our community. With every donation, we can save more lives in our community. Join us by donating blood every time you’re eligible to give and learn more about how you can win incredible prizes at savemorelivesgiveblood.org (fill out form to enter).
When you donate during the month of July, you will automatically be entered to win a Peloton Bike! More info HERE.
Masks and appointments are required. Please sign up NOW at one of these West Seattle locations/dates!
Our Lady of Guadalupe (7000 35th Ave SW) in the gym on July 6, 7, 8 and Aug 30 & 31
Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor Ave SW) in the Alki Room on Aug 3, 4, 10, 11 and Sept 7 & 8.
Please sign up HERE.
So maybe you’re not ready to take it (all) outside. Or maybe days like today (89 degrees at Sea-Tac tied the record) remind you it can get hot at times. Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation – geared toward people 50+ – is offering online AND outdoor classes this summer, with registration happening now. First, outdoors:
Yoga in the Park (Delridge)
Stretch and move with awareness, correct alignment and focus on breath to increase strength and stamina, improve flexibility, and develop better balance, posture, poise and peace of mind. Class meets at the front entrance of Delridge Community Center. Bring a yoga mat and large towel for padding in kneeling poses. 7 classes. #42021 – Mondays, July 12- August 23 – 10 am-11 am – Register HERE!
Zumba in the Park (Delridge)
Ditch the workout, join the party! Fun is the key ingredient in this low-impact Latin-inspired dance fitness class. No rhythm or equipment required. You’ll leave exhilarated and energized! Appropriate for all fitness levels. Meet at the front entrance of Delridge Community Center. 8 classes, #42022 – July 6- August 24 – Tuesdays 10 am-11 am. Register HERE!
Pickleball Drop-in at Delridge Courts
FREE! Come find out why pickleball’s the fastest -growing sport in the U.S. No registration or equipment required – beginners welcome. This is a partnered program between Lifelong Recreation and Rec ‘N The Streets. Meet at the courts, adjacent to the Delridge Community Center – 11 am-1 pm Wednesdays, July 7- August 25.
Now the online highlights:
Virtual Soul Line Dance
Not just country! Line-dance to an assortment of music genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and country. Work out your mind and body. Learn new dance patterns to all kinds of great music. 8 classes. #42024 – July 8- August 26 – Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am. Register HERE!
Virtual Aerobic Dance
If you love listening and dancing to a variety of music, then you will love this class. Instructor leads routines that are fun and easy to learn, yet challenging enough to give you a sense of accomplishment. Class includes a warm-up to music, cardio (aerobic dancing) and a cool down with some stretching and conditioning. 8 classes. #42023 – July 8-August 26 – 11 am-noon Thursdays. Register HERE!
Find out more about Lifelong Recreation here.
We’ve been reporting on Swedish switching sites in West Seattle. Today we got word that they’ve set official moving dates for when they’ll start service in the new locations: Internal Medicine opens in its new location at 4744 41st SW on June 21st; Primary Care opens in its new location at 4100 SW Alaska on June 28th. We first reported last fall that Swedish was taking over the SW Alaska space; the official news of moving the two groups into two new locations came in March. (That’s also when we reported that Swedish’s former West Seattle location at 3400 California SW is being taken over by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.)
Today we welcome Lake Washington Physical Therapy as a new WSB sponsor. New sponsors are invited to tell you about what they do – here’s what to know about Lake Washington Physical Therapy:
A state-of-the-art physical-therapy clinic is now open and accepting new patients in West Seattle!
West Seattle residents and University of Washington Physical Therapy School graduates Mark and Laura Bouma have opened Lake Washington Physical Therapy at 1309 Harbor Avenue SW. Conveniently located near the West Seattle Water Taxi, just half a mile north of Salty’s on Alki, patients can schedule an appointment without being on a waitlist to see an expertly trained & licensed physical therapist for personalized care right away.
Mark Bouma and Laura Bouma have a combined 30+ years of experience, with advanced certifications in orthopedic and manual physical therapy. Patients can expect 45 minutes of one-on-one care with an experienced physical therapist while enjoying the view of the Seattle waterfront / skyline. If you need help with a painful golf swing, have neck pain from working at home, would like to improve your balance, or need to rehab after surgery, patients comment that their care is thorough and individualized with a manageable home program.
Supporting educational events for the community is a critical part of who they are as a team. Mark and Laura are lifetime learners, curious practitioners, and enjoy reaching out to support the community. Check out their free lecture series and blog posts!
Here is what you can expect from Lake Washington Physical Therapy:
● 1:1 care, 45-minute appointments, no double-booking
● Orthopedic Board Certified and Fellowship trained physical therapists
● Most insurance plans accepted
● State-of-the-art, 2100 sq. ft. clinic designed with social distancing and patient safety in mind
● New patients scheduled within 48 hours
● Investment in community relationships
● Weekend Appointments available
Clinic Phone: 206-906-9207.
Visit our website for more information at www.lakewashingtonpt.com. Lake Washington Physical Therapy is a local, Physical Therapist-owned company with four clinics on the Eastside. This is the first Seattle location.
Our expertly trained & licensed therapists are passionate about developing long-lasting relationships built on your health and well-being. We look forward to creating a uniquely personal experience that exceeds your expectations and helps you to meet your personal goals.
We thank Lake Washington Physical Therapy 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.
ORIGINAL MONDAY REPORT: More than a week after our last report on the sidewalk-blocking camp along Delridge just north of Roxbury, the site now has about half the number of tents that were there at its peak – down to about half a dozen as of early this afternoon. A texter reported seeing a city crew there earlier in the day. Before that text, we already had inquiries out to both SDOT and the Human Services Department – the former would be accountable for prioritizing (or not) the site for removal, under city policies leaving that up to departments that “own” individual sites, while the latter would be involved with services and outreach. First we heard back from HSD spokesperson Kevin Mundt, who said the camp was to be removed this week until a health situation led to a postponement:
Urban League, REACH, and the CCS Scope team outreach workers were at the Roxbury & Delridge location last week, in coordination with the HOPE Team. REACH made two referrals from the location to the Executive Hotel Pacific enhanced shelter on Thursday (May 13). As of last week, it was estimated that seven to ten people were residing in the encampment.
During the course of this outreach, providers notified the HOPE Team of individuals in the encampment who appeared sick with a gastrointestinal illness. Once notified, the HOPE Team shared this information with Public Health, who is investigating. Per recommendations from Public Health, a removal of the Delridge & Roxbury encampment planned for this week was postponed. The HOPE Team is encouraging outreach providers to continue their engagement at the site in the meantime.
Once a site is identified as a priority location by our City department partners, the HOPE Team shares that information with providers and directs outreach to those locations in an attempt to have the site be encampment free through outreach strategies alone. If necessary, a site may be subject to a removal under the MDARs.
SDOT, meantime, said a response to our inquiry would come from the mayor’s office, and that just arrived, from spokesperson Rachel Schulkin, explaining the city-crew sighting:
Today, REACH, a City-contracted outreach provider, contacted the Clean City initiative to request items they identified as trash and debris at the Roxbury and Delridge encampment be removed. Per the request, a Clean City Parks crew identified the items (with assistance from the outreach workers) on site and removed the debris from the encampment. Individuals residing on site were not asked to move and their property was left. As mentioned previously, there is no current scheduled removal for the encampment.
Two of the remaining tents are in front of White Center Glass, whose proprietor Abby Fisher was the latest to surface the sidewalk-blocking camp to the city. Of the newest developments, she says, “While that hasn’t improved as much as we would like to see – it is progress.” We’re following up separately with Seattle-King County Public Health to see what their investigation entails.
TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE: The camp is even smaller tonight – a few tents at the south end of the block. We’ve heard from the CoLEAD program, which has been working with the sidewalk residents, and expect to learn more tomorrow about how that has unfolded.
Today we welcome Junction Dental as a new WSB sponsor. That means they get to tell you about what they do:
From Peter Iversen, DDS, the owner of Junction Dental: We are a comprehensive general dental practice located in the Jefferson Square Professional Building (4700 42nd SW). My wife and children and I have lived, worked and played in West Seattle since 2013 and I am excited for the opportunity to support our growing community. Some of you may know the previous owner / practice, Dr. Kari Chellis/“Smile Secrets,” who provided great care for over 20 years at this same location.
To say that starting a business just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic “would be hard” is an understatement. I purchased the practice in October 2019 and have been striving to provide good, honest, down-to-earth dentistry. I love creating practical healthy outcomes and convenience for my patients with compassion and clarity. Junction Dental offers “same-day” crown technology and has an amazing staff, some of whom grew up locally in WS. Our hygienists are wonderfully calm, funny, and thorough!
Our community of local dental specialists and other general dentists are amazing. Everyone I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and networking with has shown me that the oral health of West Seattle will be well supported for years to come. We have all appreciated the trust and support the WS community has shown throughout the pandemic for our businesses and are proud as a profession to have universal safety precautions in place which make dental offices some of the safest facilities to return to.
We currently have openings to accommodate new patients or emergencies. Whether you are a new or returning patient, I look forward to meeting you soon. Give us a call – 206-935-5522 – and Corinne or Gisela will take care of you! (PS. I love discussing anything astrophotography, science, physics, and snowboarding related :)
We thank Junction Dental 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.
In case you haven’t seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar yet, an event next Tuesday morning offers you the opportunity to both boost your own mental health, and help local nonprofit Transitional Resources. Here’s the announcement for the 8 am live event on May 4th:
Since we cannot celebrate in person, our 2021 Toast to TR spring fundraiser will take place virtually, over toast! Start your day with us for our live morning event, or stream it later at your convenience. Grab your laptop and a cup of coffee and learn how you can create habits and rituals that will improve your day – and your mental health. Plus, you’ll hear about how some of our clients have been able to create positive routines in their own life thanks to the TR community and have the opportunity to support our work!
We have a generous matching pool from our presenting sponsor, Verity Credit Union, and our Board of Directors to help your gift go further. We are excited to partner with Live Oak AV and Caffe Ladro for this event.
Live stream participants will receive a digital goodie bag with printable materials and an ebook from our speaker, specialized recommendations for further reading/listening/watching on our topic, and a coupon from our partner, Caffe Ladro, for a discounted beverage and a free cookie to use at the West Seattle and Capitol Hill locations on the day of the event!
Registration: Advance registration required to participate in the livestream and receive event materials, including the Caffe Ladro coupon. Tickets are $10 and will be available until 5/3/2021. Register at Fresh Starts: Morning Habits for Better Mental Health Tickets, Tue, May 4, 2021 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite.