West Seattle, Washington
Here’s our first local pandemic roundup in two weeks – last week, Sunday night’s data was short because of the holiday, so we skipped a week..
KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday, since they’re not updated on weekends):
*174,548 cases – 3,541 more than two weeks ago (6,170 total in West Seattle, up 128)
*8,828 hospitalizations – 129 more than two weeks ago (260 total from West Seattle, up 3)
*2,100 people have died – 34 more than two weeks ago (75 total in West Seattle, up 1)
As of two weeks ago, King County started making stats available for ages 5+, so we switched to that stat:
78.2% of King County residents 5+ have completed their vaccine series – up 1.2% from two weeks ago
By West Seattle zip code – note that these numbers are still NOT available as 5+, so they reflect 12+:
98106 – 86.7%
98116 – 90%
98126 – 82.1%
98136 – 91.5%
98146 – 82.2%
(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)
THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES
1st month of younger kids’ vaccinations – The state says 129,000+ kids 5-11 got vaccinated in the first month of eligibility.
City’s West Seattle clinic changes providers – As reported here Friday, the city is using SFD vaccinators at its West Seattle clinic after failing to reach a formal agreement with Pliable, the West Seattle-based service with which it launched the clinic less than a month and a half ago.
NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?
The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating, as is a Curative location at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury). In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.
Tonight is the final night of Hanukkah. The evening began with the lighting of eight candles on menorahs all over the world, including the one West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah brought to Junction Plaza Park for this year’s “Pop-Up Hanukkah..” The celebration included a “Dreidel Song” singalong, led by Orin Reynolds – our video shows the crowd, too:
Though this was the lone community event, the synagogue’s been busy with a variety of activities throughout the holiday, culminating in a geocaching “Dreidel Dash” that its youth group is sponsoring next weekend as a charity benefit – find out more here.
Tonight’s celebration in The Junction also included the donuts that are a traditional Hanukkah treat.
Every night, we’re featuring another West Seattle holiday display, thanks to your tips/photo. Tonight, we thank Nicholas for sending the photos and report:
Building on last year’s impressive showing, Kim Alexander and Gabe Valdez’s house focuses on vintage blow molds and collections of Christmas classics with lights and music. And they love people taking pictures.
Address: 6017 42nd Ave SW.
According to our info from last year, this is only their third year of doing this! Got someplace to suggest? Email us (with or without photos) at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you! (Past spotlights are archived here and listed in our West Seattle Holiday Guide.)
Thanks to WSB readers, we have enough bird photos for another “gameday gallery” – postgame, this time. First – two flashes of color – above, a Downy Woodpecker photographed by Michelle Green Arnson; below, an Anna’s Hummingbird, by Jerry Simmons:
Robin Sinner photographed this Bushtit:
Trileigh Tucker‘s photo shows Peregrine Falcons in Lincoln Park:
Dana Brown spotted a leucistic Crow along Beach Drive:
And we have three shorebirds – a Common Loon, from Rick Rasmussen:
Sharon Wada zoomed in on a Cormorant, dining:
And Matthew Olson photographed this Black Turnstone at Alki:
Thanks again to everyone who sent photos! And we’ll also remind you, there’s still time to sign up to participate in the Seattle Audubon Christmas Bird Count December 19th – even if you’re a casual bird-watcher and can only tally who shows up in your yard/at your feeder – can sign up here.
3:20 PM: CenturyLink service is down for us here in Upper Fauntleroy, and we’ve heard from other areas too, as far north as North Admiral. Private utility outages are harder to quantify – officially – than public utilities, so no official word of its boundaries so far. Let us know if you’re out too.
3:33 PM: See the comments – fairly widespread, outside West Seattle too. We’ve also heard in other channels from Sunrise Heights and Fairmount Park.
3:48 PM: A texter from Gatewood reached CenturyLink customer service online and got both confirmation of the outage and that they’re working on it, with an estimated restoration time of 7:17 pm (caveat, we don’t know if their restoration times are fact-based).
7:40 PM: Thanks for the updates in comments. Our service has returned in Upper Fauntleroy (not sure exactly when, as we switched to Comcast when it went out – have to have redundancy for the business). We’ll follow up with CL on Monday.
2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, 26.2 miles of running, in under 17 hours: – A little over two months ago, we reported on 17-year-old Herman Meyer‘s accomplishment, and now his friend, filmmaker Riley Nachtrieb, has released her nine-minute film about it. Here’s the announcement and video:
Back in September, West Seattle High School senior Herman Meyer completed a solo Ironman-length triathlon, going back and forth along Alki Beach.
You can now watch his Ironman journey with the film ‘Tri-ing To Solo’, by WSHS alumni and award-winning filmmaker Riley Nachtrieb, available on YouTube.
Thank you to the West Seattle community for supporting Herman on that Saturday from 8am to 1am. So many people came out and offered so much. Some include: Ryan Connolly, Wes & KT Meyer, Grant Howard, Brendan & Jodi Connolly, Lily & Jac Howard, Mykenna Ikehara, and Rose Feliciano.
Herman had never done a triathlon before his “solo Ironman.”
You can be a holiday helper in The Junction! Until 2 pm today, you can help keep somebody warm this winter by bringing “gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves” to the south end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market (California/Alaska), where the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is serving up hot cocoa as a reward. ( The cocoa was donated by Husky Deli!) Everything collected goes to the West Seattle Food Bank‘s Clothesline. So far, five bins have been filled!
11:16 AM: Reader reports a crash at this intersection and no emergency response yet. Avoid the area for a while.
12:26 PM: SFD was not dispatched, so apparently no injuries. Current intersection image suggests it’s been cleared.
VACCINATIONS: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, either by appointment or walk-up, you can get a COVID vaccine (booster or otherwise) at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW), as announced here.
CHURCHES: Most are both streaming and holding in-person services (one church, West Side Unitarian Universalist, is resuming those starting today). Here are this week’s links for 20+ West Seattle churches’ services.
WINTER WANDER SCAVENGER HUNT: Alice Kuder‘s “free, live, 10-day” holiday adventure around West Seattle continues, and you can still join in. Go to her website to see how to play!
COAT DRIVE, WITH COCOA: From the West Seattle Food Bank, “We will be partnering with Kiwanis Sunday, December 5th, from 10 am -2 pm at their tent at West Seattle Farmers Market in The Junction. We will collect coats, hats, and gloves to be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank’s Clothesline to help families stay warm this winter.” Hot cocoa for donors! This is part of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays; look for the tent on the south end of the market, near California/Alaska.
RAT CITY STUDIOS: Holiday Open Studio and Sale continuing today, 10 akm-4 pm – details in our calendar listing. (2410 SW 106th)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Along with food – Christmas trees!. Shop 10 am-2 pm on California between Oregon and Alaska. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (The market is a WSB sponsor.)
HANDS-ON HANUKKAH: Look for the booth at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm.
SANTA AT OUNCES Meet St. Nick at Ounces, 1-4 pm. Free DIY photos. (3809 Delridge Way SW) – UPDATE: This will start late (no sooner than 2 pm) due to an outage in the area from planned City Light work,
WHITE CENTER TREE LIGHTING: Join the celebration for the White Center Tree Lighting outside Mac’s Triangle Pub, 4:20 pm (Delridge/16th/Roxbury).
POP-UP HANUKKAH: Candlelighting is part of the Kol HaNeshamah “Pop-Up Hanukkah” celebration at Junction Plaza Park:
Love. Light. Donuts!
Kol HaNeshamah, the progressive Jewish congregation in West Seattle, is back this year with Pop-Up Hanukkah at The Junction. Join your West Seattle Neighbors at Junction Plaza Park on Sunday, December 5th at 5 pm for song, candlelighting and donuts-to-go. Everyone’s welcome!
Got something for our Holiday Guide and/or year-round Event Calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
The rain stopped just in time for tonight’s tree lighting at the biggest event of the West Seattle Junction Association‘s all-season Hometown Holidays celebration. The countdown was led by Jack Menashe, the Junction entrepreneur who is also responsible for West Seattle’s brightest Christmas lights, who offered words of gratitude first – thanking everyone for supporting local businesses amid the challenges posed by the pandemic and bridge closure. He also introduced the crowd to new WSJA executive director Chris Mackay. After the countdown/lighting, Santa stayed onstage to read a story you’ll likely recognize:
Elvis was this year’s host, with duties including everything from leading Christmas carols to inviting kids up onstage to ask about their holiday wishes;
Earlier in the afternoon, stage performances included the Endolyne Children’s Choir:
Hometown Holidays highlights in the week ahead include tomorrow’s Cocoa and Coat Drive – look for the booth at the south end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market (California/Alaska), 10 am-2 pm; bring “gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves” and you’ll get hot cocoa! Also ahead, the holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk on Thursday (December 9), 5 pm until “late.”
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN HARDTOP: From John:
The white hardtop was stolen from my Mazda Miata convertible early (Friday) morning while I slept. The car was locked and parked alongside my house in Highland Park. Thief broke a window to enter car. They were cut and bled all over the seats and trunk of car. Police report has been filed.
PACKAGE THEFT: From RC:
Want to share this with neighbors living across from South Seattle College. We had an Amazon envelope stolen off our porch today (12/4/2021) at approximately 2:35 pm by a woman with hair dyed burgundy. Feel free to share images/video with readers to help ID. The property is located along 16th Ave SW.
Thanks to Jeremy Barton for the photo! Tonight’s Christmas-lights spotlight is in the 2700 block of 45th SW [vicinity map]. “Lots of inflated decorations, many of which have motion,” Jeremy notes. We’ll be spotlighting at least one display every night through year’s end, so send your tip (with or without photos) our way – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you! (Past spotlights are archived here and listed in our West Seattle Holiday Guide.)
4:27 PM: On SW Alaska between California and 42nd, the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Night Market is on – continuing until 7 pm, with the Junction Plaza Park tree lighting at 6 pm. Before then, Elvis is emceeing the stage show, and Santa‘s roaming:
Visit vendors and community organizations’ booths at the Night Market – say hi to your West Seattle neighbors like Sally Heit from Hope Lutheran School:
P.S. If you’re going to the Farmers’ Market tomorrow, bring a coat or other warm-clothing donation to the Hometown Holidays booth at the south end! You’ll be rewarded with hot cocoa.
Vendors are listed in our daily preview. More coverage later!
ADDED 6:48 PM: Here’s how it looked after dark:
Thanks for the photos! Last night turned out to be an excellent night to join Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists exploring the shore south of Alki Point during low-low tide.
That’s an orange snail fish, according to Brandy DeWeese, who took that photo and the ones below:
The beach naturalists will be at Constellation Park again on January 29th, 7-9 pm. If you want to explore on your own (carefully!), the low-low tides are even lower, and later, the next few nights – here’s the chart.
Every year for a quarter-century, Pathfinder K-8 students and families have made and sold wreaths as a fundraiser – and they usually sell out. Pre-pandemic, the Pathfinder wreath booth was a fixture in The Junction on Farmers’ Market Sundays, but again this year, they’re only selling the wreaths online – here’s the announcement:
Pathfinder K-8 PTSA is holding our 26th annual wreath fundraiser to benefit outdoor education and classrooms at Pathfinder K-8 School. You usually see us in The Junction during Farmers Market days in December, but due to the pandemic, we have our 100% homemade wreaths available for sale online.
The evergreens in every Pathfinder wreath are foraged from downed branches from this season’s windstorms and salvaged from Christmas tree lots (thank you, Trees by the Sea on Alki, Home Depot, and McLendon), and the flowers and seedpods are clipped from our yards. Then members of the Pathfinder community build each wreath by hand. Each wreath is unique and has been made in one of our distanced, backyard workshops this past week.
Right now we have a good selection of beautiful wreaths available at www.pathfinderk8ptsa.org/shop. If you don’t see something now, check back tomorrow! The inventory is constantly being updated with new wreaths. After purchase they can be picked up at our workshop on Puget Ridge.
Thank you for supporting the kids at Pathfinder School!
If you lose track of this later, you’ll also find the wreath sale listed in the Trees/Wreaths/Greenery section of our West Seattle Holiday Guide.
11:04 AM: From today’s long list of events – Seattle firefighters’ Toys for Tots collection drive is on the road this year rather than at the fire stations, and today’s stop is Westwood Village, outside the QFC store:
That’s the crew of Engine 37 (from Station 37 at 35th/Holden). Besides new, unwrapped toys, you can donate cash/checks, too.
We asked a Toys for Tots rep what specific types of toys they need most. Reply: Toys for babies. So if you’re going shopping for a donation for this drive – on until 1 pm today – that’s an idea. If you miss this, there are also Toys for Tots bins all season long in other spots around West Seattle, including C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) at 5612 California SW.
4:21 PM: From SFD’s Carrie Brazil: “We had a great event, despite the weather. West Seattle showed up and donated 10+ big boxes of toys. Santa’s best guess is 450-550 toys plus cash donations.”
JUNCTION HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS NIGHT MARKET & TREE LIGHTING: From morning into evening, SW Alaska between California and 42nd SW will be blocked off for this event. 3-7 pm, shop local vendors at the Night Market in the street:
Olive Branch Natural Body Care, LLC
Ugly Yellow House
Sumac El Sol Handcrafted Textile Arts
Gazebo (dba Apple Cox)
In the park, Elvis hosts the tree lighting, which is preceded by performances including his! The schedule:
4:00 – Elvis kicks off show (roaming Santa appears in the Night Market about this time, too)
4:15 – Endolyne Children’s Choir
4:30 – Elvis
4:35-4:50 – School of Rock
5:00-5:50 – Elvis
6:00 – Tree-lighting ceremony including Jack Menashe and Santa
See you there! Also happening today/tonight:
LAST DAY FOR KIWANIS ONLINE AUCTION: If not for the pandemic, today would bring the service club’s annual pancake breakfast to help local kids – so instead, give them a boost by bidding on items including local gift cards. Browse and bid by going here.
SCAVENGER HUNT: Alice Kuder presents the “Winter Wander” scavenger hunt again this year – details here. Today’s day two, so there’s plenty of time to jump in,
SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Shop for handmade holiday gifts at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), with more than 20 artists and vendors. Unique and handcrafted items! 10 am-4 pm.
FREE SANTA PHOTOS: Santa will be at John L. Scott (4445 California SW), 10 am-1 pm.
RAT CITY STUDIOS HOLIDAY EVENT: Holiday Open Studio and Sale, 10 am-4 pm – details in our calendar listing. (2410 SW 106th)
ARTIST GIFT SHOW: One-artist outdoor gift show 10 am-4 pm – location and other info here
TOYS FOR TOTS ONE-DAY DRIVE WITH SFD: 10:30 am-1 pm outside Westwood QFC, bring new unwrapped toys to the firefighters collecting them!
WRITERS’ GROUP: 10:30 am – new participants welcome. Location and other details are in our calendar listing.
SANTA PAWS: Free photos with Santa and your pet(s), 1-3 pm at Windermere West Seattle (4526 California SW).
SHOP AT WEST SEATTLE GROUNDS: Holiday Market, 1-4 pm. (2141 California SW)
WHITE CENTER REMEMBRANCE WALK: Action to honor the businesses struggling as a result of the recent fires and other trouble; meet at 3 pm at SW 98th/16th SW,
HIGHLAND PARK HOLIDAY PARTY: At Highland Park Corner Store parking lot, community holiday party 4-8 pm, “with Jet City Beignets, mulled wine, family-friendly holiday movies, and good cheer with great neighbors.” (7789 Highland Park Way SW)
HANUKKAH: Seventh night of the 8-night Festival of Lights – see our Holiday Guide for the West Seattle community events planned Sunday.
OPEN MIC: 6-8 pm at The Spot West Seattle. All ages! (2920 SW Avalon Way)
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: The Harper Conspiracy and Fully Realized, 8 pm at The Skylark, $10 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW).
Got something coming up that should be in our calendar and/or Holiday Guide? email@example.com – thank you!
The “RV remediation” along SW Andover was over by mid-afternoon today, according to the lead agency, Seattle Public Utilities. We reported on the plan last Monday, after “no parking” signs went up just before the Thanksgiving holiday in the streetside zone where RV residents have long camped along the south side of the Nucor Steel plant. We checked the area multiple times since Tuesday morning and received a few reader reports on activity seen, including the removal of at least one RV.
We saw city contractors’ junk trucks there Tuesday and Wednesday, but no other activity at the times we went by. We asked Register for an update, and received this today:
SPU has completed the remediation on Andover SW. We collected and disposed of 7,600 pounds of garbage and debris. As previously mentioned, RVs that are abandoned, derelict or pose a public health risk may be towed on a case-by-case basis. We will continue to engage with RV occupants prior to cleans to voluntarily move their vehicles so crews can best address any public health and safety impacts.
We didn’t get a baseline count of RVs and trailers before the remediation but noted 12 Wednesday and yesterday, on Andover and on 28th north of Yancy, and the same number there just before sunset today.
When the mayor announced in October that the city would sponsor a new two-day-a-week COVID vaccination clinic at Neighborhood House High Point, the West Seattle mobile-health providers Pliable were announced as the vaccinating partner. Less than a month and a half later, Pliable is out and the Seattle Fire Department is in. We got a hint of this last night when Pliable sent word of three upcoming Sunday clinics it’s offering independently and mentioned something in passing about being unable to reach agreement with the city. So first today we checked with the mayor’s office, which has handled communication about the city’s clinics. Spokesperson Anthony Derrick told us SFD had taken over and said, “The City appreciates Pliable’s work as they were a valued partner in launching our West Seattle vaccine clinic and ensuring an equitable vaccine distribution. While we were unable to come to an agreement on a service provision contract moving forward, we appreciate their contributions to our vaccination efforts.” We then sought further comment from Pliable’s co-founders Tara Biller and Nicole Warner, nurse practitioners who live in West Seattle, and received this response:
Pliable has been running community clinics since the beginning of the year with a focus on meeting the needs of our community in a timely and equitable way. As a small, women-owned, local business we have been proud of the care we’ve provided to more than 10,000 community members. We are grateful for the support of the Neighborhood House and their shared belief that health is a human right.
We began our partnership with the city in good faith, without a signed contract in hand, to rapidly meet community needs; we have vaccinated 6,280 community members over the past five weeks. The city has been unable to reach an agreement with Pliable to date and they opted to cease the partnership. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the West Seattle community, our home, and will continue to serve our neighbors with exceptional care and, of course, lollipops. We are thankful for the WS community’s ongoing support.
Bottom line for now, the Friday/Saturday clinics continue, but with SFD providers (who administered the shots at the city’s original West Seattle clinic, the one at Southwest Athletic Complex that closed in June); appointment info is here. Pliable, meantime, is holding other clinics, including the next three Sundays, as announced here last night.
At ~520 feet, the big evergreen outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and School at 35th/Myrtle is the city’s highest-elevation Christmas tree this time of year. Last year, the annual lighting celebration was held online, after which the tree lights stayed on for months, not weeks, as a beacon of hope. Tonight, OLG returned to the in-person format, featuring emcee Brian Callanan, OLG pastor Father Kevin Duggan, singers The Starry Crowns and the OLG Children’s Chorus. Our video caught most of the singing and speaking before OLG student-body president Kingsley did the honors of flipping the switch:
Our Lady of Guadalupe tree is on! (35th SW/Myrtle, highest elevation in Seattle) pic.twitter.com/TQ0kABtxQB
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) December 4, 2021
In a nod to pandemic precautions, this was an entirely outdoor event – rather than opening the nearby Walmesley Center, they served cocoa and cookies outside, and collected food donations for St. Vincent de Paul on a table rather than in a sleigh in the center lobby.
Good turnout on a chilly but dry night:
P.S. The Starry Crowns have a Christmas concert later this month at OLG – 7 pm December 16th, in-person and streamed (that’ll be here).
We intended to spotlight West Seattle’s renowned Menashe Family Lights last night, the first full-strength night of the year (as announced last month) – but then the power outage hit, so we postponed the plan until tonight. This year, the house, yard, and trees at 5605 Beach Drive are back up to full brightness after a downsized display last year so as not to draw the usual huge crowds.
Among the new features – this animatronic singing Santa:
The “real” Santa, by the way, will be there for photos (bring food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank!) next Saturday (December 11th), 6-10 pm. In the meantime, you can go by any night to see the lights and inflatables:
Even if it’s not quite dark when you visit, still a festive sight:
The Menashes’ display isn’t just locally famous – it’s been on national TV multiple times over the years.
P.S. We’re showcasing holiday displays all over the peninsula as the season continues – if you have a suggestion, please email us at westseattleblog#gmail.com (with our without photos) – thank you! (Our list is in the West Seattle Holiday Guide.)
4:29 PM: 7000 block. More shortly.
4:44 PM: We were in transit from the (unrelated) High Point incident so we missed most of the emergency-radio traffic on this but are en route to the scene in hopes of talking to someone there. In the meantime, though, some of the units on the call have been dismissed.
4:49 PM: The rest of the units are being dismissed, and SFD tells us at the scene that this was a “false alarm.”
4:12 PM: Thanks for the texts. So far all we know is that Guardian One is helping search for a missing person.
4:23 PM: Search over. The missing person, a child, was found safe at home.