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FOLLOWUP: Westwood Village repaving moves southeast

Thanks to Robin for the tip. The Westwood Village parking-lot repaving continues, section by section, and now it’s moved to the south and east, closing off the lot north of QFC. All the businesses remain open, but be patient with the detours. Part of the north-central lot remains closed, too, so you can’t get to the Post Office from the SW Barton side.

The work, which we first mentioned three weeks ago, is expected to last into late October.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Westwood gun incident; sign vandalized again

Two more West Seattle Crime Watch reports today:

WESTWOOD VILLAGE GUN INCIDENT: We didn’t hear about this at the time, but have received two notes since, including Karen‘s firsthand report:

Two young men were fighting outside of the Hair Masters salon today at approx 3:45 pm. The fight quickly escalated as one man pulled out a gun and was waving it around. Employees and customers went inside the bathroom and stayed there until the police arrived (five of us were in the bathroom). Not sure if both men were arrested, or just the one with the gun. Police arrived VERY quickly and de-escalated the situation within a minute or so. Not sure what started the fight.

HPIC SIGN TARGETED AGAIN: Volunteer Rhonda reports the Black Lives Matter sign on the Highland Park Improvement Club fence has been vandalized again: “This is the third time we have had this happen. … Luckily we have another sign to replace it with. … This seems like these vandalism attacks are escalating. I plan to report it to the police.” This time somebody painted a phrase in yellow paint that could be interpreted as a death threat.

NEED FOOD? Where to get some free on Saturday

(WSB photo, last Friday)

Hunger is on the rise because of the pandemic-fueled economic crunch. In hopes of helping neighbors in need, the Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church in West Seattle has another drive-up distribution coming up this week, open to all – 1:30 pm-4:30 pm this Saturday (September 19th), 2620 SW Kenyon. It’s a no-contact-style event – just drive up and volunteers will load the food into your vehicle.

FOLLOWUP: Getting around Westwood Village with repaving closures

Just went over to Westwood Village to see how the repaving project – first mentioned here last week – was affecting traffic flow around the center. One big thing: Unless you are going to the Post Office, don’t use the SW Trenton entrance; a fence and ROAD CLOSED sign are blocking the north-south route just south of it. Fencing and signage are also placed across the east-west route at the northeast corner near the Marshalls entrance.

In addition to the lot south of the Post Office that’s blocked off as a result, the lot by DaVita is closed off too. Signage says the work will continue around the center through late October; businesses are all open.

UPDATE: Rescue response for flipped-car crash in Westwood

(WSB photo)

12:28 PM: Just dispatched: Seattle Fire rescue-extrication response for a crash at 32hd/Trenton [map]. Two vehicles are reported to be involved, one flipped with a person trapped inside. Police are already there and say the trapped passenger is conscious. Updates to come.

12:34 PM: SFD says the trapped passenger has been extricated.

12:43 PM: Photo added. No serious injuries reported so far. Police say they are investigating whether this might be the result of one of the drivers running through a stop sign.

NEED FOOD? Drive-up, no-contact food distribution Friday in West Seattle

Need food? We have word tonight of a free distribution tomorrow (Friday, September 11th) open to all, 9 am-noon outside the Greater Seattle Filipino Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Seattle (2620 SW Kenyon, across the street from Denny International Middle School). Pastor Eddie General says you can just drive up and volunteers will load the box into your vehicle. It’ll contain apples, potatoes, and onions. Questions? 206-923-0887.

About those new portable signs at Westwood Village

Thanks to Tory for the tip. Last night we noticed several portable messageboards like that one parked in a line near the Westwood Village post office; today, they’re deployed around the shopping center with news of “parking changes” and “paving projects” starting September 13th. The center has long had a permit application in for parking-lot repaving, first filed in 2018, when it was described as “pavement maintenance for the entire 50,000-square-yard asphalt surface parking lot at Westwood Village Shopping Center in West Seattle. Anticipated maintenance activities include: 50,000 square yards of asphalt overlay, edge grinding, 1,800 square feet of existing asphalt replacement down to subgrade, crack sealing, restriping, and select replacement of curbs and landscaping.” We’ll check with center management tomorrow about scope and timeline; one of the signboards indicates work is expected to last into late October.

CELEBRATION: Daystar Retirement Village’s ‘COVID-free’ party

The photos and report are from Eva Thomas at Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor) in Westwood:

Daystar Retirement Village is having a “crazy hat” party today, to recognize that all residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19. This is a huge accomplishment. We could not have done it without the support of every single staff member, resident, and residents’ family members. These have been very trying times and every single individual involved with Daystar Retirement Village have gone above and beyond to keep our residents safe. We want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone for keeping our residents safe.

FOLLOWUP: Southwest Teen Life Center no longer housing temporary shelter; will offer child care instead

September 1, 2020 5:53 pm
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(WSB photo from March, Southwest Teen Life Center)

The city announced today that three “temporary de-intensifying shelters,” including one at Southwest Teen Life Center in Westwood, have moved. The West Seattle shelter, operated by YouthCare, has moved to The Christ Spirit Church in Beacon Hill “through the end of the year while YouthCare’s new permanent facility in South Seattle is completed,” the city says. The shelter has been serving “up to 15 young adults.” With the move, the city is about to offer child care and teen-learning programming at SWTLC instead, as explained here, in another city announcement made today. The temporary shelter was intended to enable more distancing in existing shelter space; the SWTLC usage was announced in late March but didn’t start immediately – it wasn’t until May that YouthCare started operating the space, which at the time was announced as potentially housing 30 youth/young adults.

VIDEO: City to open COVID-19 testing site in West Seattle

(Added: Seattle Channel video of announcement)

3:47 PM: The city’s been promising for a while that a new COVID-19 testing site was in the works for West Seattle, and the location has just been announced: The lot at Southwest Athletic Complex, 2801 SW Thistle (behind SW Pool/Teen Life Center). Testing will be available there five days a week. Mayor Jenny Durkan is making the announcement in Rainier Beach this afternoon, while visiting one of the city’s three existing sites. We talked with her by phone while she was on the way to that event; she says, “We’re going to have to live with COVID at least another year or so,” which means abundantly available testing will be all the more important. Right now, she says, the city’s three testing sites are accounting for about 15 percent of the testing done statewide – administering more than 128,000 tests since early June. More details from the announcement:

Testing is free at the City of Seattle sites, and clients are not billed regardless of health insurance status. For those with insurance, UW Medicine will handle the billing of Medicaid, Medicare, or individuals’ private insurance. Under Washington state law, insurance companies cannot charge co-pays for COVID-19 testing. For uninsured clients, UW Medicine will seek reimbursement directly from the federal, Families First Coronavirus Response Act Relief Fund for the cost of the test. 

Clients can, and should, register online to keep wait times to 10 minutes or less. Registration for the West Seattle location will be available on Wednesday, August 26, and testing will begin Friday, August 28. Hours across all sites are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Individuals can sign up to be tested five days of the week. Translation services are offered at all Citywide testing sites and can be requested during the registration process. Individuals should first seek to access testing through their primary care physician.

This testing will be available to anyone, the mayor stressed; appointments are preferred – a West Seattle link will show up soon on this webpage – and they’re working on same-day options for people with symptoms.

5:22 PM: Here’s the full announcement. (Note that although the city’s headline says this is at Chief Sealth, we verified that it’s across the street at SWAC, “behind the pool.”)

SURVEY: Next step in the fight to save Roxhill Bog

(Southwestern side of Roxhill Bog, WSB file photo)
Half a year ago, we reported on a new effort to save Roxhill Bog. It concluded with a note that community involvement would be sought starting in late summer. Now it begins, with a survey:

West Seattle community members are being asked to participate in a survey of the Roxhill Park and its bog natural area as a part of the restoration efforts by a community lead partnership of organizations: Roxhill Champions, Duwamish Alive Coalition, City of Seattle, King County, and American Rivers. The purpose of this survey is to understand how communities are using the park and its natural area containing the bog. The community feedback on current uses, concerns and desires for the future will help ongoing planning efforts to restore the bog natural area and improve its use by community members. The survey is part of the hydrology study which was announced at a February “Stakeholders” meeting.

This natural area is one of the few remaining bogs in the city and was a thriving community treasure where families and community members connected with nature. Local schools used it as an outdoor classroom connecting curriculum with hands on learning, with community groups using it for recreation, education and social activities. It hosted one of the most diverse bird and native plant populations in the city.

The 5.3-acre bog natural area is also the headwaters of Longfellow Creek that flows through West Seattle. In recent years the area of the bog has been drying out, causing a rapid decline of the bog’s 2,000-year-old peat and its unique wetland ecosystem. The first step in restoring the bog’s health is to understand what is happening with the water in the bog. Part of the community-based effort to restore the bog’s health is conducting a hydrology study of it and to also understand how our community uses it currently and would like to in the future.

The survey (is open now and will) run through early September. All answers will be anonymous and any feedback is greatly appreciated. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The information shared in the survey will be very helpful in planning for the bog and natural areas that the West Seattle community enjoys.

For more information and to participate in the survey, go to:

ROXHILLBOGSURVEY.ORG

BIZNOTE: After a year, Ross finally uncloaks at Westwood Village

Thanks for the tips! One year and one month after we first reported an early-stage plan for Ross Dress For Less to take over the ex-Barnes & Noble space at Westwood Village, there’s literally a sign it’s really happening. The WWV signs on Barton and Trenton both now show Ross’s logo with “Coming Soon”; last week a reader reported some activity in the otherwise-empty space (which itself has no signage, yet). Ross didn’t comment last time we sought info about the plan, but we’ll try again.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Pandemic prowler

From Festus, hit by a health-minded car prowler:

I live on 34th between Cloverdale and Trenton. Someone broke into our car in our driveway overnight while we were home.

Luckily, some Covid masks and a bag of giveaway clothes were the only things taken, but they really threw the inside of the car around. Just wanted to get the word out. Prowlers are out with the nice weather…

UPDATE: Condo fire in Westwood

(Photo by Guy, from comments)

7:35 PM: Big Seattle Fire response for what’s described as a condo fire at 24th/Barton. It’s in a third-floor unit. Updates to come.

(WSB photos from here, unless otherwise credited)

7:39 PM: Firefighters have radioed that the fire is under control.

7:45 PM: Though the fire in the unit itself is described as under control, firefighters also report it’s spread to the attic/eaves.

7:47 PM: Our crew reports the building is 9016 25th SW, across 25th from Westwood Village’s southeast parking lot.

7:52 PM: Photos added. The fire is now described as “tapped” in both the unit and the attic.

(Photo by Jim Clarke)

8:02 PM: Still some concern focused on the top of the building, our crew reports. So far, no report of injuries.

8:14 PM: SFD confirms to our crew that no one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.

11:30 AM MONDAY: We just checked with SFD; the cause has not yet been determined.

GRATITUDE: Generous donations during ‘huge success’ shredding event

(WSB photo, July 11th)

The totals are in – here’s how the shredding event and food drive co=sponsored by John L. Scott Real Estate-Westwood (WSB sponsor) went:

John L Scott Westwood & Evergreen Home Loans’ Shred Event was a huge success for the 2nd year in a row!

In a matter of 2 hours (on July 11), over 4.25 tons of shredding had been done!

With cars starting to line up an hour prior to the event kickoff, Confidential Data Disposal had to order a second truck to satisfy the demand! A big thank you to Confidential Data Disposal for providing tremendous service and acting quickly to provide an additional truck. Armed with gloves, sanitizer, and masks, our volunteers from John L Scott Westwood & Evergreen Home Loans were able to make shredding as easy and safe as possible! Thank you to our many volunteers!

Our White Center Food Bank Neighbors benefit BIG!

The White Center Food Bank tripled the amount of donations they received from last year’s event by receiving $4300 in cash donations and 1025 pounds of food. A huge shoutout to everyone who was able to give back to our local community!

Thank you to those who were able to participate in our event – we appreciate your effort in helping give back to the local community and environment.

THANK YOU

John L Scott Westwood

You of course can help the WCFB – which also serves southernmost West Seattle – any time; here’s how.

LIBRARIES: 2 in West Seattle will start accepting returns Tuesday

After a trial run, some Seattle Public Library branches – including two in West Seattle – are about to start accepting returns. Here’s the announcement:

The Seattle Public Library announced today that it will accept book returns three days a week at nine locations starting Tuesday, July 21. The Library’s 27 locations have been closed since March 14, 2020, and continue to remain closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Five Library locations have been offering limited public restroom access during the systemwide closure.

“Although the Library has added digital services while our buildings are closed, we know our patrons are very eager to access physical books and materials,” said Andrew Harbison, assistant director of collections and access at The Seattle Public Library. “Processing returns safely is the first step toward checking out books again.” Harbison added that when the Library closed its buildings in mid-March, more than 400,000 items were checked out.

HOW TO RETURN MATERIALS

The following locations will allow returns at outside book drops on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m., or until book drops are full. Materials will not be accepted by staff.

· Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. NW

· Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

· Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way

· Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

· High Point Branch, 3411 SW Raymond St.

· Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. NE

· Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. NE

· Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S.

· Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. SW

In accordance with the Library’s new COVID-19 protocols, returned materials will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in. Materials will remain checked out on your account while being quarantined.

Signage at each location will remind patrons where to return materials, and to maintain social distancing.

Please don’t rush to return materials, especially if these branches are not your home branch. Due dates for all checked-out materials have been extended until Aug. 15, and the Library does not charge overdue fines.

Patrons can help with the reopening process by checking your account for holds placed on physical items and deleting those that are no longer needed. Please note that the Library is not accepting book donations until it has had a chance to process returned materials first. Please hold on to your donations until further notice.

SPL’s announcement also says they hope to start no-contact curbside pickup in early August.

Power outage in Westwood

Thanks for the tips. The Seattle City Light map shows 26 customers without electricity because of an outage in the Westwood Village vicinity. No word yet on the cause; though the map suggests a late-night restoration estimate, remember that those estimates are just guesses – could be a lot sooner or a lot later.

Big turnout for free shredding in Westwood

Wear your face covering and be ready for a (distanced) line as free shredding presented by John L. Scott Real Estate-Westwood (WSB sponsor) continues until noon. If you can donate, the White Center Food Bank is also there to accept nonperishable food as well as cash or card donations:

This is in the Westwood Village parking lot west of Bed Bath Beyond – fairly equidistant from the center’s Trenton or Barton entrances.

Westwood Village MOD Pizza reopens after brief closure following employee’s positive COVID-19 test

July 9, 2020 12:01 pm
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 |   Coronavirus | West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news | West Seattle restaurants | Westwood

A reader texted that photo last night after finding the “TEMPORARILY CLOSED” sign on the recently opened Westwood Village MOD Pizza. It didn’t explain the closure, nor could we find an explanation online, so we contacted company spokesperson Charlotte Wayte, who just replied: “Unfortunately, we did have to close temporarily due to a an employee testing positive for COVID [once we were informed, we immediately closed the store and performed a deep cleaning following the guidance of the CDC, and any impacted employees were immediately contacted and isolated per CDC guidelines], but we were able to safely open this morning.” (Closing is not required, by the way – here’s the Public Health Seattle-King County guidance for food-service businesses.)

REMINDER: Free shredding this Saturday

July 7, 2020 9:10 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | Westwood

Just four days until John L. Scott Real Estate-Westwood (WSB sponsor) offers free shredding! It’s set for 10 am-noon Saturday (July 11th) in the northwest lot at Westwood Village. No limit but if you can, please support the White Center Food Bank by bringing non-perishable food, or making a monetary donation – a WCFB rep will be there to accept a donation via card if you want to do it that way.

NEED TO SHRED? Westwood event in July

Just as the delayed tax deadline approaches, so does a chance to get some shredding done. The announcement is from John L. Scott Real Estate-Westwood (WSB sponsor):

(We’re adding this to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, which we’re getting into gear again after its virus-crisis hiatus.)

ABANDONED BICYCLE: Found in Westwood

Recognize that bicycle? It was abandoned this week in front of a house near Westwood Village. The finder has already used BikeIndex.org and social media to try to find the owner, no luck, so they’re casting a wider net here. If it’s yours, let us know and we’ll connect you.

MYSTERY: Box of lost or stolen laptops found in Westwood

That photo is courtesy of Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor), whose maintenance director found “a box hidden on our property with about ten laptops with cords and all of the same brand (Dell). A few appear to have kids’ names and some have stickers on them.” They’ve tried contacting police but in the meantime, if you know of anyone missing something like this, through theft or other circumstances, please contact Daystar (which is just east of Roxhill Park, across Barton from Westwood Village).