West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 04 Oct 2022 05:24:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WEST SEATTLE SKY: Another smoky sunset https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-sky-another-smoky-sunset/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-sky-another-smoky-sunset/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2022 05:24:04 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046296

Once again tonight, we have lower air quality because of smoke from the three-week-old Bolt Creek Fire, which continues to color the sky at sunset. The photo above is from Gene Pavola, with a state ferry; the one below is from David Hutchinson, with a Water Taxi:

Most stations on both the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and PurpleAir maps are showing “moderate” air quality right now.

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HALLOWEEN SEASON: Sporty skeletons https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/halloween-season-sporty-skeletons/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/halloween-season-sporty-skeletons/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2022 00:31:20 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046285

We continue spotlighting Halloween decorations. These two look like they grew old (and then some) waiting for the Mariners to finally make it back to the playoffs. The photo is from Katy, who saw these two in Gatewood. Katy says, “I love the combination of Halloween and excitement for the Mariners!” If you have, or have seen, some decorations you’d like to see spotlighted here, send photos and/or location to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

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TUESDAY: Safety advocacy @ West Seattle Bike Connections https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/tuesday-safety-advocacy-west-seattle-bike-connections/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/tuesday-safety-advocacy-west-seattle-bike-connections/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2022 22:55:15 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046278 A new month means a new round of community meetings, and the newest announcement we’ve received is from West Seattle Bike Connections. They’re meeting online tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 4) and welcoming anyone interested in attending. WSBC’s Kate Wells says they plan to “discuss how to advocate for safer streets during the city’s budget process, learn how to get involved in the Seattle Transportation Plan, and more.” Info for how to attend/participate is in our calendar listing.

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in Sunrise Heights assault https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/crime-watch-followup-charges-filed-in-sunrise-heights-assault/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/crime-watch-followup-charges-filed-in-sunrise-heights-assault/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:31:32 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046273 Last Thursday we reported on an assault case involving an incident outside a building near 35th/Holden. The suspect remains in jail, and today the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged her with two felonies. 44-year-old Ruth G. Gebreyosus is charged with second-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief. The charging documents tell the same story as the initial police report we obtained last week – that Gebreyosus attacked and threatened the victim for recording her vandalizing the victim’s mother’s car. Her mother and Gebreyosus both live in the building outside which it happened. Prosecutors say Gebreyosus, who was armed with a knife, cut the victim’s hand and bit her arm, and threatened to kill both the victim and her mother. The defendant has no criminal record, according to the charging documents. Her bail remains set at $5,000 and her arraignment is scheduled for October 17th.

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READER REPORTS: Two abandoned bicycles https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/reader-reports-two-abandoned-bicycles/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/reader-reports-two-abandoned-bicycles/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2022 19:42:56 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046269 Two reader reports today about abandoned bicycles:

The one above was reported by Kay, who found it “on the service road from south parking lot at Lincoln Park toward pool.” Below, a photo from an anonymous reader, who says, “During a walk on the weekend I found a dumped bike near Fauntleroy Church. Not sure if anyone is missing a Specialized Vita bicycle but thought I would post it here. ”

If either is yours email us and we’ll connect you to the finder.

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YOU CAN HELP: Duwamish Alive! opportunities to restore habitat for salmon needed by orcas for survival https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/you-can-help-duwamish-alive-opportunities-to-restore-habitat-for-salmon-needed-by-orcas-for-survival/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/you-can-help-duwamish-alive-opportunities-to-restore-habitat-for-salmon-needed-by-orcas-for-survival/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:44:11 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046260 Bob Kirk, Chad, Phillip Osborne, and Jasmin Lightbody planting wetland plants.
(WSB file photo)

If you’re concerned about Southern Resident Killer Whales – still languishing with historically low population numbers – here’s a simple way to help. The one-day volunteer event Duwamish Alive! is back at full strength this fall with the theme “Saving Our Salmon Saves Our Orcas.” Just clear your calendar for 10 am-2 pm Saturday, October 15th – even if you can’t volunteer. The announcement from the Duwamish Alive! Coalition explains:

With the latest news about our Southern Resident Orcas, saving our river’s salmon – especially chinook, which the orcas need – is critical to their survival. Join us for a day of restoring the health of our watershed and salmon habitat at sites from Seattle to Auburn. The Green-Duwamish Watershed will be alive with hundreds of volunteers working throughout it to improve the health of its habitat and water for salmon, orcas, wildlife, and communities . This collaborative effort brings together many organizations and municipalities to highlight the complexity of our watershed and its importance to our region in restoring its health and the salmon that depend upon it. We will be working in the upland forests, along and in the river, its tributaries, and wetlands from Seattle to Auburn.

Because our watershed is important to the survival of our Southern Resident Orcas, we are also partnering with Conservation Districts’ Orca Recovery Day event throughout the region. We will be hosting not only volunteering opportunities, but at many of our sites we will have community engagement/educational activities for the broader community to enjoy. This is a family-friendly event, with all ages welcome. Tools and instruction are provided. Contact: info@duwamishalive.org

For site information and registration: duwamishalive.org

As you’ll see on that page, six of the restoration sites are in West Seattle; you can join an on-the-water event on the Duwamish River, too.

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WEST SEATTLE MONDAY: 7 notes https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-monday-7-notes/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-monday-7-notes/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2022 16:04:50 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046224 (Early-fall flowers, seen in Gatewood)

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

BLOCK DROP: Taking a break this week.

SOUTHWEST ARTIST SHOWCASE: Southwest Library (9010 35th SW) is open 10 am-6 pm today, and you can see the Southwest Artist Showcase display during those hours.

CITY COUNCIL BRIEFING MEETING: The weekly preview of what’s ahead, 2 pm – here’s the agenda; attend in person at City Hall (600 4th) or watch via Seattle Channel.

HIGH-SCHOOL SPORTS: Chief Sealth International High School‘s girls-soccer team has a match against Highline, 3:30 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).

CRAFTING AND CREATIVITY NIGHT: 6-10 pm at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW), explained in our calendar listing.

MEDITATION: Free weekly Zen sitting/meditation event at the chapel at Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW), 7 pm-8:30 pm.

PLAY TRIVIA! Three scheduled options tonight for trivia players – 7 pm at Best of Hands (35th/Webster), 7 pm at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7:30 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Have something for our calendar and in our daily preview lists? Please send info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

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TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Monday info https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/traffic-transit-weather-monday-info/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/traffic-transit-weather-monday-info/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046215 6:00 AM: Good morning. It’s Monday, October 3rd.

WEATHER

Here’s the forecast – sunny, high in the mid-70s.

TRANSIT INFO

Metro buses are on their regular schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts.

No changes in ferries (check here for alerts/updates) or West Seattle Water Taxi service. As of this past Saturday, WSF has joined other services in free rides for youth.

ROAD WORK

In South Park, a drainage project is closing S. Holden St. between W. Marginal Way S. and 5th Ave S. weekdays through October 14th.

BRIDGES

High Bridge – here’s the camera that’s atop the span.

Low Bridge: Open to anyone who wants to use it.

1st Ave. S. Bridge: The view, those finding it more convenient.

Highway 99: Whichever bridge you’re using to get to 99, here’s the northbound side at Lander.

All currently functional city traffic cams can be seen here (new URL), many with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see trouble on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.

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UPDATE: Townhouse roof fire north of Lincoln Park https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/fire-in-7300-block-bainbridge-place/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/fire-in-7300-block-bainbridge-place/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 06:55:02 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046231 11:55 PM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is arriving in the 7300 block of Bainbridge Place SW, and they’re reporting flames from the roof. Updates to come.

(Added: WSB photos)

12 AM: This is in a townhouse complex just north of Lincoln Park [vicinity map]. The fire is on the roof and being described by firefighters as “small,” and under control. … They’re reducing the response.

No injuries reported.

12:38 PM: We followed up with SFD; spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells WSB, “The fire started in light vegetation area on the roof, but the specific cause was ‘undetermined’.”

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About the police activity in North Delridge https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/about-the-police-activity-in-north-delridge/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/about-the-police-activity-in-north-delridge/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 06:11:13 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046227 Thanks for all the tips. Police caught a lot of attention this past hour with bullhorn warnings and sirens in North Delridge. According to archived police audio, it all started with a domestic-violence call in the 4800 block of 25th SW, someone reporting that their partner was threatening them with a weapon. The suspect apparently left the scene on foot and police have been searching for her; we don’t know yet whether they have made an arrest.

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WEST SEATTLE SKY: Smoky sunset, moon https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-sky-smoky-sunset-moon/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-sky-smoky-sunset-moon/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 05:00:34 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046219

The Bolt Creek Fire to the east is still sending smoke this way, and that has worsened air quality, as shown on both the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and PurpleAir maps. But it’s also intensified the sunset color, as shown in James Bratsanos‘ photo from tonight (above). Meantime. Eddie caught the moon with a bit of a tinge last night:

The fire is currently about a third contained, according to this update.

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Laughter is what they’re after: 2 West Seattle comics bringing it to you via Cozy Comedy https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/laughter-is-what-theyre-after-2-west-seattle-comics-bringing-it-to-you-via-cozy-comedy/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/laughter-is-what-theyre-after-2-west-seattle-comics-bringing-it-to-you-via-cozy-comedy/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 01:30:30 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046100 (WSB photo: Marc Moreno and Travis Sherer of Cozy Comedy)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

In these often-grim times, it’s hard to argue with the idea that we need more laughter in our lives.

West Seattleites Travis Sherer and Marc Moreno are doing their best to bring it to you. Not just through their own careers as performing comics, but by producing shows in a variety of venues – West Seattle and beyond – through their company Cozy Comedy.

Here on the peninsula, they’ve been presenting a monthly comedy night at Otter on the Rocks in The Admiral District. And starting this week, they’re adding one at Great American Diner in The Junction. More on that later. First, here’s what they, and Cozy Comedy, are about.

Sherer explains that the name originated with the venues where they produce shows – not just bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, but also condo and apartment buildings’ communal spaces.

“We wanted to remove as many barriers as possible. A lot of people think comedy is something that’s not inclusive – they’re scared to go to comedy shows, not sure what they’re getting into. What’s cozier than taking an elevator (in your own building) to a show?”

Moreno adds that removing barriers isn’t only about the venues. They’re also prioritizing diversity in the comics they book for shows – Sherer adds, “A lot of comics look like me; we need more who don’t look like me.” They emphasize diversity in style, too, though the bottom line is whether someone can tell a “good joke.” They aim for PG-13-style humor, not too “dirty,” although, they say, if someone’s going to be dirty, they’d better be remembered more for being funny than for being dirty.

And they’re searching for talent. “We want to find people, and give them more of a space,” people who are making the jump from a five-minute set to 20 minutes, for example. None of the shows they book are for beginners, no “open mic” nights. But there’ll be a difference between the shows at the Great American Diner and the ones they’ve been producing for Otter on the Rocks – for the latter, they’ve been presenting national-caliber talent; the former will be more for the up-and-coming. And for all their shows, the comics are paid – nobody’s being asked to perform for free.

Their booming business is ramping up just as live shows are on the rise in their post-shutdown comeback. The pandemic was rough on the comedy business, they observe – for one, Seattle’s Comedy Underground club shut down last year. Now, the region is seeing “a lot of smaller shows, like what we do.”

Beyond the venues, Moreno adds, “A lot of comics had to make hard decisions and move out of the area or to smaller towns – that significantly changed the (landscape).”

But they’re finding receptivity in places that have other types of entertainment and are interested in comedy as a changeup. They’re always looking for more venues as long as the places’ characteristics are suitable – good sight lines, no posts in the middle of the room, no high ceilings to hurt the acoustics, etc. They’re going to the Concierge Guild Expo later this month to talk to more operators of condo buildings – “Buildings are always talking about their community. We try to create shows that are not divisive, (with) people who are not going to put a chasm in the room.”

So how’d they meet? Sherer said he was touring pre-pandemic with a “headliner” named Susan Jones (who, he notes, is among those who’ve left the area – she’s now in Las Vegas but is booked for the Otter on the Rocks show next month) who told him about a podcast Moreno had for new comics. That’s since been discontinued, Moreno says – he instead pivoted to live online events while the venue shutdowns continued. Meantime, the two stayed in touch and then found themselves “working the same venues.” One day, Sherer suggested they put on a show for an apartment building; they used Moreno’s as a test and brought in a former West Seattleite, Derek Sheen, as a headliner. “We had a great time!” Sherer recalls.

They’re both “daywalkers,” Moreno says – that means they have day jobs. He’s in IT; Sherer is in education. Moreno’s path to comedy started as “the class clown” – carried on into adulthood. “In business meetings I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. After the second open mic, I realized, ‘Oh, I’m a comic’ … able to say crazy sh– … odd and outspoken.” Sherer says he first got bit by the comedy bug in college in Bellingham. “While everybody was sneaking across the border to drink, I was sneaking across to see comedy in Vancouver. Took me more than 10 years to give it a try.” That came after he took a class – twice, because “at first I wasn’t convinced” that he could do it, but then he realized he loved it.

(Photo courtesy Cozy Comedy – Moreno at Otter on the Rocks)

They of course can’t book themselves for all their shows but they do a fair amount of hosting. “There’s a rule about how often you can be rebooked at the same venue, usually six months to a year,” Sherer explains. He hosts the Otter on the Rocks shows, while Moreno will host at Great American Diner. They’re excited about that new show, which starts this Friday (October 7th), 8 pm. “This is a way to get to know some of the comics we haven’t seen, and to give people in West Seattle the chance to see people they wouldn’t see.” The comics are in essence using this new show to audition for the other venues where Cozy Comedy is booking shows – which have grown to Queen Anne, the Central District, Mill Creek, Redmond, and Crescent Bar, which is in George in Eastern Washington. Of the Great American Diner (4752 California SW), Sherer says, “it’s going to be a fun space.” While most of the acts will be auditioning – but are “accomplished,” just new to Cozy Comedy – this show does have a “closer,” Andrew Frank, who often works as a headliner.

Meantime, they’ll continue presenting the show at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way), “Routine Killers,” one Monday night a month. “We’re going to continue to bring accessible comedy to West Seattle and other parts of the area,” Moreno declares. “We want to remove all the barriers to having fun with us.” So far that seems to be a winning strategy, as the show has sold out every month. “Last one, three weeks in advance!” marvels Sherer.

Now that people are going out again, Moreno says, there’s “a crazy strong sense of community in that moment – people are just grateful” to be able to go out and be entertained. Monday night is an advantage, too. “Every comic is open on a Monday, doesn’t matter how good you are!” Sherer laughs. For the audience, weeknights are easier for getting a sitter, they note, though they’re careful to add that the audience’s age range stretches well past parents-of-young-children age too.

They also want you to know: “We’re grateful to West Seattle for supporting us. … We can book funny people all we want, but it really takes a community to support that.”

You can get tickets to any of the upcoming shows – Great American Diner, Otter on the Rocks, or non-West Seattle venues if the return of the bridge makes you feel like going off-peninsula – via the Cozy Comedy website, where you’ll find video clips too.

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READER REPORT: West Seattle’s own Great Pumpkin grower does it again https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/reader-report-west-seattles-own-great-pumpkin-grower-does-it-again/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/reader-report-west-seattles-own-great-pumpkin-grower-does-it-again/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2022 00:04:12 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046189

Once again this year, it took a village – actually, a block of Upper Morgan neighbors – to help Trevor load up a giant pumpkin so it could be taken to a weigh-off. He sent photos, first as they were headed out this morning, including one showing just how big the pumpkin is:

He says the seed for this mega-pumpkin was planted indoors in mid-April. Last year, Trevor grew a quarter-ton pumpkin. This year’s came in at 403 pounds:

That won tenth place at the regional event in Kent, where Trevor’s was the only Seattle-grown pumpkin!

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HELPING: Neighborly care for North Delridge raingardens https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/helping-neighborly-care-for-north-delridge-raingardens/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/helping-neighborly-care-for-north-delridge-raingardens/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2022 22:33:21 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046129 This reader report is from Jill, on behalf of her neighbor Helga, who in turn wanted to let the community know about a neighbor who’s gone above and beyond the call of neighborliness this past summer:

(This) neighbor, Kristen Thom-McMaster, has spent over 100 hours this summer weeding the raingarden areas at our Cottage Grove Park on 26th Ave. Helga took some before and after pictures to show how big of a difference this neighbor quietly made in our neighborhood.

Also I want to acknowledge it was a HOT summer and Kristen was out there in long, protective clothing just yanking out briars with all kinds of yucky surprises underneath (dog poo, specifically, as it near the dog walking area) – so this was a truly difficult task that no one asked her to do which improved our shared space and we neighbors appreciate it deeply.

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WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Return of the gameday gallery https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-birds-return-of-the-gameday-gallery/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/10/west-seattle-birds-return-of-the-gameday-gallery/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2022 19:01:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1046136

It’s football season again and that means, when we have enough photos to share – a gallery of West Seattle birds on the Seahawks‘ gameday! Thanks so much to everyone who has shared photos. Today, we have eight to spotlight. Above, Michelle Laughlin caught a Crow and Hawk “dancing” at Alki Point (which is the location of most of these photos). Michael Ostrogorsky photographed a Black Turnstone:

From Robin Sinner, two photos – a Killdeer:

And a Great Blue Heron:

Gene Pavola spotted this GBH keeping watch:

Shellie got a visit from a Barred Owl:

Gary Jones photographed a Pileated Woodpecker:

And even the common Mallard duck can put on a show, as did this one for Jerry Simmons:

We should also note – today marks the start of Bird Safe Week!

If you have a bird photo to share – or other pic(s) – westseattleblog@gmail.com; if you have breaking news, with or without photo, you can text 206-293-6302 any time – thank you!

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