West Seattle Crime Watch: Package-theft evidence? Plus – bicycle found

Tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch notes are from finders.
< strong>First – Steph found what seems to be package-theft evidence:

I found some opened packages from ebay and Amazon in a parking garage in the Jefferson Square building. Just in case above reported their stuff stolen.

Seems to be addressed to a Spencer (last name starts with S.) on Fauntleroy in an apartment. And a Janessa (different last name starting with S.) also on Fauntleroy in an apartment … And one to a Mike (last name starting with V), on Fauntleroy.

Unfortunately they’re all empty minus packing slips – which I picked up to try to find email/ phone numbers to these people and have a few.

Second – missing a bicycle? If it’s a Raleigh mountain bike, it might be the one found by a reader, “hidden in the bushes.” Send the description to ctcalderon (at) comcast (dot) net to see if it’s yours.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Rachel Strauss wins West Seattle golf championship – for 18th time!

Congratulations to Rachel Strauss! The photo and report are from the West Seattle Women’s Golf Club:

Rachel Strauss is the 2016 Club Champion of the West Seattle Women’s Golf Club. In the annual two-day tournament at West Seattle Golf Course held August 22 and 23, Rachel posted a low gross score of 167 to take the title for the second year in a row.

In defending her title, this marks the 18th time in 24 years that Rachel has won the West Seattle Women’s Club championship. She first won the title in 1992 and had a 6-year run from 1992 to 1997 as well as a 7-year run from 1999 to 2005.

Rachel is also the 2016 winner of the Greater Seattle Women’s Public Golf Association City Championship tournament held earlier this month at Willows Run Golf Course.

Rachel is a long time resident of West Seattle.

VIDEO: First-ever Festival CentroAmericano at Westcrest Park

(Video and photos by Leda Costa for WSB)

4:25 PM: You still have time to get to the first-ever Festival Centroamericano, scheduled until 7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park! Photojournalist Leda Costa is covering it for WSB, starting with the video above, from Folklore Nicaragua‘s performance, so we’ll have photos later – but for now, go celebrate Central American culture in person, via music, dance, food, and more. The park’s at 9000 8th SW.

ADDED 11:20 PM: As promised, more photos:




While the dancing was popular, the food was an even-bigger draw, with long lines, and some vendors selling out. This is Lucero Teofilo, whose mother Rosia runs Franci’s Fresh Fruit:



Emceeing the event, Edgardo Armando Franco, known as “El General“:



Below, holding the Guatamalan flag, that’s Kirby Fralick at right, posing with his friends from Chapines en Seattle, one of the vendor booths at the festival:


Another booth featured handmade Nicaraguan dolls by Inmaculada Cruz:


More festival scenes:



Mercedes Gonzalez, from Panama:


Organizers say this is not only our area’s first festival celebrating Central American culture, but the first one in our state, and they hope to do it again next year.

ROAD WORK ALERT: Bicycle/pedestrian detours continue this week in Spokane Street project zone

Tomorrow will be the start of the fourth week of work on SDOT’s lower Spokane Street project – happening mostly east of the “low bridge” – which the city says will “repave, reconstruct sidewalks and curb ramps, and make other improvements along SW Spokane Street from SW Klickitat Way to East Marginal Way S to improve safety for all users.” Below are key points from the overview of what’s planned this week, including continued detours for people on bikes and on foot:

SW Klickitat Way and Manning Street
– Forming and pouring new curb ramps and replacement portions of sidewalk.
– Roadway asphalt patching.

SW Spokane St and Manning St
– Reconstructing curb ramps and sidewalk on south side of Spokane St.
– Constructing a raised crosswalk in the West Seattle Bridge Trail across the driveway on the north side of Spokane St at Manning St

• Weekday work hours from 9 AM to 4 PM
• Single lane closures and/or lane width reductions during work hours
• Noise, dust and vibration typical of construction
• Access to the port and businesses will be maintained
• Temporary pedestrian/bike pathway around work zone at SW corner of Spokane St and 11th Ave SW
• Temporary pedestrian/bike pathway around work zone on north side of Spokane St at Manning Street

The project summary is on this SDOT webpage.

UPDATE: Diver pulled from water in Seattle Fire, Police, Coast Guard rescue response near Seacrest


12:32 PM: Thanks for the tips – a Seattle Fire “salt water rescue” response is arriving in the Seacrest vicinity. Via scanner, we’re hearing a report of a diver in distress. More to come.

12:40 PM: Divers have been called in to search for the person who is reported to be missing. An SFD fireboat is on the scene too.

12:49 PM: We’ve just arrived in the area – lots of SFD and SPD vehicles on Harbor between Seacrest and Salty’s, so please avoid the area.


A Coast Guard helicopter has just arrived, flying low, to help.



1 PM: Via scanner, there is a report the victim has been recovered. No word on her condition. She is being taken to Medic 32.


1:08 PM: A tweet from SFD describes her as in “critical condition.” We have a photographer on the shore who says that SFD’s public-information officer will be briefing media shortly.

1:22 PM: SFD spokesperson Capt. Shata Stephenson says the diver is in her 20s. She was part of a class when she became disoriented and was lost in about 40 feet of water. She had been missing for about half an hour before SFD divers found her and brought her up. Another diver who was apparently helping is being evaluated by medics.

UPDATE: Death investigation in The Junction

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9:56 AM: Thanks for the tips. In addition to the regular closure of California between Alaska and Oregon for the weekly West Seattle Farmers’ Market, half a block of Alaska west of California is also closed – for a police investigation. It involves someone who died by the bus stop on the south side of Alaska; the Medical Examiner has just arrived for the body. Police will tell us only that the person who died was male. This started with a medical call about an hour ago. That’s all we know so far – more as we get it.


10:08 AM: One thing we can say – this is not a homicide investigation. While the official cause of death and ID will come from the Medical Examiner, they’re already here to remove the body – which wouldn’t happen this soon if it were a crime investigation. The tape has come down and SW Alaska has reopened.

VIDEO: 2016 Alki Beach 5K runners/walkers raising money for NW Hope and Healing

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(Photo by David Hutchinson)

9:16 AM: “Today, you changed a woman’s life.” That’s the message Northwest Hope and Healing executive director Kristina Dahl gave hundreds of runners and walkers as they got ready to head out on this year’s Alki Beach 5K, which started at 9 am.

(WSB video/photos from here, unless otherwise credited)

The nonprofit helps breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients deal with their daily lives as they embark on the fight of their lives. They’re on the course right now – which means Alki/Harbor Avenues are closed for a while – and we’ll be updating.

9:32 AM: Runners of all ages (a 9-year-old finisher was just announced!) continue crossing the line. First was Devon Grove of Kirkland, 20, in 16:15:

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(added, next 5 names/photos) Second finisher, Joseph Walker of Federal Way, 21, in 16:38:


Third finisher, John Serrano of Seattle, 17, in 16:54:


Now, the first three female finishers – 1st, Abigail Sargent of Seattle, 33, in 18:38:


2nd, Hailey Kettel of Edmonds, 20, in 19:22:


3rd, Alicia House of Seattle, 27, in 20:55:


10:37 AM: The Alki Beach 5K is officially over, and the waterfront road has just reopened.

ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: Our traditional “everyone leaving the starting line” video is now added near the top of the story. Here are a few more scenes from the Alki Beach 5K:


Robert Spears shared that view of the runners/walkers going in both directions along east Alki. Next – one of the youngest runners, if not THE youngest, who sported the handcrafted bib number “707 1/2”:


Another closer-to-the-ground runner even had a T-shirt:


It wouldn’t be a running event without Lori and Tim McConnell of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor):


And finally … Kristina Dahl from NWH&H wore her reasons for the run on her sleeve:


(Full results from today’s Alki Beach 5K can be found here.)

West Seattle Sunday: Alki Beach 5K, Festival Centroamericano, lighthouse tours, more

First on our list for today, including a traffic alert:

ALKI BEACH 5K: The route along Alki and Harbor Avenues, east of 63rd SW, will close at about 8 am, which is also when last-minute registration and check-in starts by the Alki Bathhouse. The run/walk benefits Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients deal with everyday expenses that don’t stop because of diagnosis and treatment. (61st SW/Alki SW)

Here’s what else is happening:

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: 10 am-4 pm at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction, the Amethyst Chapter/Order of the Eastern Star is sponsoring a Bloodworks Northwest donation drive. Walk-in donors are welcome, but note that the drive will be closed for a break between noon and 1 pm. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, local growers’ fresh produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, beverages, more. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

FESTIVAL CENTROAMERICANO: 11 am-7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park, this is the first-ever Seattle festival dedicated to celebrating Central American culture – free! Details in our calendar listing. (9000 8th SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, today’s your fourth-to-last chance to visit West Seattle’s historic lighthouse during the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary‘s summer tours – after the 3-day Labor Day weekend, it’s closed to the public until next year. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)

STEVEN STACK: Singer/songwriter/pianist performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

KOL HANESHAMAH’S ANNUAL PICNIC: 4-7 pm at Alki Beach Park, the West Seattle synagogue invites members and prospective members to its annual picnic: “KHN will provide veggie burgers and other grilled delights. You provide the salads and side dishes (vegetarian, kosher fish, no nuts).” (Alki SW/62nd SW)

MORE! See the full list – and what’s up for the days and nights ahead – on our complete calendar.

On the night shift: LED streetlight installation on West Seattle arterials

(WSB photo: City Light crew converting streetlights this week along SW Thistle)

Back when Seattle City Light started converting streetlights to LEDs, the conversion was initially planned for residential streets only.

Then, the utility decided in 2013 that it would be OK to convert arterial streetlights too, and while the subsequent work began in the nort part of the city, this summer, that conversion has been moving full speed ahead in West Seattle.

This past week, we noticed a crew working late at night on the streetlights along the two arterials closest to WSB HQ, California SW and SW Thistle, which are now fully switched over in the Gatewood/Fauntleroy area. So we checked in with Seattle City Light on the conversion status, as well as the reason work was being done at night (while we’re still working at 11:45 pm, seemed a little noisy for residents who sleep more “normal” hours).

Spokesperson Scott Thomsen explained, “Crews have been working nights since June 1. This shift change was done mostly due to Metro trolley routes and to avoid disruption to busy arterial streets when they are most busy and for crew safety.” The night work is expected to end within the next month or so; in the meantime, he says, crews are reminded to be mindful of the noise, but while the “tool they use to loosen and tighten bolts does make a ‘ratcheting’ type noise” – this was the observation made in our note asing about it – “The crew will typically spend less than 10 minutes at any given light.”

Thomsen wasn’t sure how much longer the work, now in the service area south of SW Brandon, will be going on in West Seattle; though we do a fair amount of night driving around West Seattle, we haven’t seen the crews since the work close to our neighborhood around midweek. He says, “The scheduling estimates are not that specific since the crews work in rows across the service territory.”

Around the city: “A little more than 16,000 arterial lights have been converted to LED and our contractor will continue with conversions through December. In 2017, we should complete the arterial conversions.” Checking our archives, this appears to be an acceleration, as it was just last year that West Seattle arterial conversions weren’t expected to start BEFORE 2017.

Also from the archives: As this WSB story from 2010 shows, West Seattle was a test area when the city started planning the non-arterial streetlight conversions.

BACKSTORY: More background on the LED streetlight program can be found on this page of City Light’s site.)

SUNDAY: Alki Beach 5K for NW Hope and Healing

(WSB file photo)

One more reminder that hundreds of runners and walkers will take over Alki and Harbor Avenues tomorrow morning (Sunday, August 28th), raising money so that Northwest Hope and Healing can continue helping cancer patients. This year’s Alki Beach 5K starts at 61st and Alki at 9 am; if you’re not signed up already, last-minute registration starts by the Bathhouse at 8 am – “runners, walkers, strollers, and friendly leashed dogs are all welcome.” 8 am is also when the course will be closed to traffic, so if you’re going to be in the Alki area tomorrow but not participating, keep that in mind. Looks like perfect running weather – cloudy, not too cold, not too hot.

West Seattle sightings: Richard Sherman @ his Westwood Wingstop; Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick musicians @ Thunder Road Guitars

At my Wingstop Grand Opening in West Seattle! Westwood village come check us out!!!

A photo posted by Richard Sherman (@rsherman25) on

As first reported here August 2nd, Seahawks star Richard Sherman‘s first Wingstop opened earlier this month at Westwood Village, and a “grand opening” was planned this weekend. We checked back yesterday but aside from some freebies (5 free wings per person until 6 today and again 1-6 tomorrow), they had no official word on if or when Sherman himself might turn up. This afternoon, he did make an appearance, as evidenced by his Instagram selfie published around mid-afternoon.

Meantime, in The Junction …

Musicians from two legendary rock bands visited Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) on Friday, and TRG’s Instagram feed showed the proof. Cheap Trick was in the area for a concert last night in Auburn.

PHOTOS: West Seattle Car Show 2016

(UPDATED EARLY SUNDAY with winners added to our earlier as-it-happened coverage – scroll down)


11:42 AM: In the north lot at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge, we’re in the second hour of this year’s West Seattle Car Show. It’s all about the details – the door locks in our top photo are on the 1965 Ford Falcon next to our booth in the heart of the show. Wide variety of cars, including a 1992 Ferrari:


Not a big car fan? How about hydros?


Adjacent attractions that are welcoming Car Show-goers include the Northwest Wine Academy and Seattle Chinese Garden, both right here along the north side of the campus. Wondering about the weather? It’s been cloudy and breezy so far this morning, but no rain, and none expected, so no need to worry about that. It’s even looking like the sun WILL appear, as forecast, before too long. Best viewing time is before 3 pm, when the trophies will be handed out – they’re ready and waiting:


We’re off to check out the kids’ activities – more coverage to come. See the show schedule here!

12:25 PM: This is also a good place to be for lunch. Nibbles and Kebab Brothers are here, just north of the Wine Academy building. Inside that building on the east side of the Car Show zone is where you’ll find ongoing kids’ crafts, a race track, and $1 hot coffee as well as $5 wine/beer, plus snacks (including $1 popcorn).


And the sun has JUST broken through!


From right before the sun showed up, a quick Instagram-video spin around a section of the show:

The Disco Cowboys are onstage after 1:30 pm.

1:18 PM: More reasons to take a close look at the cars – the ’60 Cadillac (fins and all) on the other side of our booth sports this detail:


If you’re here at the show, be sure to get a BINGO slip to take around to the booths (including ours) to get the squares marked off – this will be your FREE entry into the drone drawing. Also, 50/50 Raffle tickets – fundraising for nonprofits (the White Center Food Bank is here!) – are on sale at the info booth, which is under a blue canopy on the northeast side of the show zone here in the SSC north lot. Prime time to come see the cars, the hydros, the people is until 3 pm, when the trophy winners will be announced.

2:32 PM: The Disco Cowboys are onstage now and if you haven’t heard them before, they’re exactly what the name says:

… disco music, done cowboy style.

2:57 PM: And the show finale … drawing and trophy time. This year, something new – the trophy-winning cars got a bit of advance notice and have been moved over near the stage for the presentation, so everyone can get one more look at the winners, rather than hearing the winners listed and trying to remember which was which.

ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: The winner list, and photos. In the order announced, as announced, with some photos (sorry we didn’t get them all!):

1954 and older: 1939 Pontiac


1955-1959 domestic: Packard

1960-1964 domestic: ’64 Pontiac

1965-1969: ’65 Ford Falcon (also featured in our top photo)


1970-1974: VW Camper


1975-1989: 1976 Buick Wagon


1990-present: 2007 Corvette

Best Truck: 1974 Chevy


Best European: 1958 MG


Best Asian Import: Isuzu Impulse

Alternate Fuel or Electric Vehicle: 1966 Buick Skylark

Best Motorcycle: 1967 Norton


Best Woman-Owned Vehicle: 1969 Dodge Dart

Best Junior-Owned (Under 21): VW GTI


Best ‘Survivor’: 1957 Pontiac Station Wagon

Judges’ Choice, Best Stock Vehicle: 1998 Ferrari

Judges’ Choice, Modified: ’67 Camaro

People’s Choice Award, in honor of show founder Michael Hoffman: 1938 Auburn


O’Reilly’s Trophy: 1967 Chevelle


South Seattle College-presented Best Student Car: 1995 Toyota Pickup

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The awards were announced by West Seattle Hi-Yu youth, with the assistance of West Seattle Autoworks’ Todd Ainsworth, still in his Disco Cowboys singing gear:


This was the third year that WS Autoworks and Swedish Automotive coordinated the West Seattle Car Show, and the ninth year for the show overall.

2nd Design Review for PCC-site project Thursday: See the revised ‘early’ proposal

(Rendering of ‘preferred alternative’ from new packet prepared by Hewitt Architects)

Five days until the Southwest Design Review Board takes its second Early Design Guidance look at the mixed-use development proposed for 2749 California SW, the current and future site of PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor). The “design packet” for Thursday’s 6:30 pm meeting is now available for review – see it here. The project is still in the first phase of Design Review, which deals with size and shape – “massing” – so most of what you’ll see reflects that, rather than full details of what the project eventually will look like. Here’s the current description, taken from the new “packet”:

• 4 story mixed-use structure

• 2 stories of below grade parking for 40 commercial use stalls and 112 stalls for residential use; access to the parking via the alley.

• Approx 112 residential units over a podium comprised of an approximately 25,000 sf for general sales and services (retail), residential lobby and leasing functions at the ground level.

• Residential outdoor garden terraces and enclosed amenity spaces within the proposal’s three stories above the ground level.

• Existing 11,427 sf surface parking lot to the west of the alley with 31 parking stalls to remain as an accessory use to the proposed general sales and services use (retail).

The meeting, which will include a public-comment period, is at 6:30 pm September 1st at the Sisson Building/Senior Center in The Junction (Oregon/California). If you can’t be there, you can send comments to the project’s assigned city planner – crystal.torres@seattle.gov – who is also the designated recipient for comments involving aspects of the project outside the Design Review scope.

P.S. Here’s our report on the project’s 1st Design Review meeting last month.

West Seattle Saturday: Car Show, painting party, benefit sales, music, movie, more…

(Added – WSB photo from West Seattle Car Show setup)

Welcome to Saturday and cooler weather – comfortable conditions for everything that’s happening today/tonight! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

PARKING LOT PAINTING PARTY: 9 am-1 pm, help get the parking lot at Louisa Boren K-8 STEM ready for the new school year. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

TIBBETTS GARAGE SALE: 9 am-1 pm, the hall at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) is full of treasures, as previewed here last night. Bake sale, too. (3940 41st SW)

(added) WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL CAR WASH: The WSHS volleyball team is raising money today with a car wash, 9 am-3 pm, at Les Schwab in The Triangle: “Please come out and support to help us get new equipment! $10-$20 donations suggested! Go, Wildcats!!!” (Fauntleroy/Alaska)

(Added – WSB photo from West Seattle Gear Grab setup)

WEST SEATTLE GEAR GRAB: End-of-summer-season blowout for Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor), Mountain to Sound Outfitters, and West Seattle Cyclery, parking-lot sale, 9 am-4 pm. (42nd SW/SW Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE CAR SHOW: 10 am-4 pm (trophies presented at 3) in the north lot at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), it’s a new day and a new month for this year’s West Seattle Car Show. Music, food, kids’ activities, tour and sip at the Northwest Wine Academy, the nearby Seattle Chinese Garden – there’s lots to do – see our Friday preview with schedule details. Enter the “BINGO” drawing to win a drone (free), and/or the 50/50 raffle. The WS Car Show supports SSC’s Automotive Tech program. (6000 16th SW, north entrance)

LINCOLN PARK TREE WALK: Guided walk reveals what you didn’t know about the trees in Lincoln Park – meet at the kiosk in the park’s north (main) lot at 10 am – details in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE YARD SALE: 10 am-4 pm today (and tomorrow), SWLL‘s fundraising yard sale is happening in Arbor Heights, as previewed here. (3522 SW 102nd)

CASPAR BABYPANTS BENEFIT CONCERT: 10:45 am at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, kindie-rock superhero Caspar Babypants plays West Seattle for the second time in three days, this time to raise money for Pike Market Child Care and Preschools, as explained in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WILDCATS JUNIOR FOOTBALL & CHEER DONATION DRIVE & SCRIMMAGE: Starting at 11 am at Southwest Athletic Complex – textile-dropoff donation drive in the parking lot goes until 4 pm, scrimmages (free for spectators) in the stadium go until 7 pm. Details in our preview. (2801 SW Thistle)

CHUCK DIESEL INVITATIONAL: This annual fun(draising) golf tournament tees off today, 11:30 am-3 pm, at West Seattle Golf Course – info here – raising money for youth golf via The First Tee of Greater Seattle. (4600 35th SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, visit West Seattle’s historic lighthouse – it’s your second-to-last weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary‘s summer tours. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)

IN-STORE AT EASY STREET RECORDS: Teen musician Jason Kertson is live at 7 pm at Easy Street Records, free, all-ages; details in our calendar listing. (California SW/SW Alaska)

INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW: Day 3 of this mega-music showcase at The Skylark starts at 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

OUTDOOR MOVIE IN ARK PARK: 8 pm at ARK Park next to Arbor Heights Community Church, you’re invited to bring your blanket/chair and watch the Disney movie “Inside Out,” free. Concessions available for purchase. And if you can, bring donations for a school-supplies drive to help students in need. (42nd SW/SW 102nd)

AND THERE’S MORE! Take a quick look at our complete calendar.

West Seattle weather: Vivid sunset, as heat alert ends


Thanks to Robert Spears (above) and Kanit in Gatewood (below) for sharing photos from tonight’s sunset, the most vivid of the week.


The intense color is from wildfire smoke from the Olympic Peninsula, where four fires continue to burn, according to this update, all blamed on July 21st lightning strikes. Moments after tonight’s sunset, at 8 pm, the National Weather Service “heat advisory” officially expired, after another record-setting day (92 was the high at Sea-Tac Airport, highest on record for this date), and tomorrow’s high is expected to be in the 70s, which is also good for keeping the wildfires from growing.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Home, storage burglaries

Reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

STORAGE FACILITY HIT AGAIN: Two customers of the Public Storage facility in the 2900 block of SW Avalon Way have e-mailed to let us know burglar(s) have struck there again. One reports, “My unit along with about 15 others were hit overnight or sometime this morning.” She’s on a floor with “secure elevators” but was told that entry was made via emergency-exit stairwells. She says she’s moving her belongings somewhere else. The other victim who contacted us also reported being told that multiple units were broken into. We also reported last Sunday on multiple break-ins at the same facility.

MARINE VIEW DRIVE BURGLARY: Also via e-mail: “Today, around 12:30, my parent’s house in the area of 112th & Marine View Dr SW was broken into. The (burglars), possibly two of them, neighbors think were white males wearing construction vests & driving a dark SUV. Made entry through window & took the stolen items out the garage. Of the stolen items, the biggie was a safe. About 2×2.”

Thanks again for the Crime Watch reports – 206-293-6302 text or voice if it’s urgent (after you’ve called 911), editor@westseattleblog.com if it’s not.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Here’s who starts early in West Seattle

Though Seattle Public Schools, and many independent schools who follow its calendar, don’t start classes until the Wednesday after Labor Day – it’s already back-to-school time for some other local schools:

Local parochial schools usually start and finish earlier, and that’s the case again this year. Checking calendars tonight, we discover that today was the first day of school for Seattle Lutheran High School (4100 SW Genesee). Monday (August 29th) is the first day for Holy Rosary Catholic School (42nd/Genesee); Wednesday (August 31st) is the start of classes for Hope Lutheran School (42nd/Oregon); Thursday (September 1st) is Day 1 for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School (34th/Myrtle). The only local parochial school that doesn’t start until after Labor Day is Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School (20th/Roxbury), where classes begin on September 6th.

‘From our house to yours’: Tibbetts UMC garage sale tomorrow

Thanks to Betsy at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) for sending the photo: The fabric and yarn – could be a quilter, knitter, crocheter’s dream come true – is just part of what’s waiting for you at the church’s second annual garage sale tomorrow, 9 am-1 pm Saturday. Bake sale too! Tibbetts volunteers are working this evening to get everything ready; tomorrow at sale time, you’ll find them in the church hall at 3940 41st SW.

WEST SEATTLE CAR SHOW: What you can see and do Saturday, and when

You are invited to spend at least part of your Saturday (tomorrow, August 27th) on the north side of the South Seattle College campus, where this year’s West Seattle Car Show will offer much more than a chance to check out cool cars. Here’s the schedule for the day:

8 am-10 am: Cars load in. There WILL be same-day registration – info’s on the website, including the 20 trophy categories

10 am: Show opens to spectators. Admission free! BINGO cards available (you get stamped for visiting vendors, touring SSC programs, etc., while at the show), 50/50 raffle tickets on sale:

10 am: Northwest Wine Academy open and selling wine, beer, snacks

10 am: Registration table selling cold water, ice cream, T-shirts, more

10 am: Food trucks open (Nibbles and Kebab Brothers)

10 am: Kids’ activities begin

10 am: Music starts – DJ Larry Lomax and live band Disco Cowboys to be featured

10 am: Seattle Chinese Garden open

10 am: Tours of SSC Automotive Tech and Aviation Maintenance programs

Noon-2 pm: Judging

2:30 pm: 50/50 raffle drawing, followed by drawing for other prizes (NAPA Auto Parts racing bag with goodies, Rock Auto $25 gift certificate, 4 full meals at Zippy’s)

3 pm: Car awards announced and presented; BINGO cards must be turned in

After car trophies: BINGO drawing for drone (must be present to win)

4 pm: Show ends

Extra-good news: Weather in the 70s! SSC is at 6000 16th SW.

P.S. The West Seattle Car Show is coordinated/presented again this year by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks. WSB is proud to be a co-sponsor again this year, along with these other fine businesses/organizations: Tom’s Automotive, O’Reilly Auto Parts, WebCami, Radwick & Lightle Insurance Agency, Courtesy Tire, Transmission Remanufacturing Co. (TRC), NAPA, O’Neill Plumbing, Convertibles Only, Hans VW Repair, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, LKQ Auto Parts, Elliott Bay Brewing Company, Advance Auto Parts, SSC Foundation, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance

(West Seattle Autoworks, Swedish Auto, South Seattle College, O’Neill Plumbing are all WSB sponsors)

YOU CAN HELP: Weekend fundraisers for 2 local youth sports leagues

Two local youth-sports leagues have fundraisers this weekend:

WEST SEATTLE WILDCATS CLOTHING DRIVE AND SCRIMMAGES: Tomorrow at Southwest Athletic Complex, you’re invited to donate to a clothing drive benefiting West Seattle Wildcats Junior Football and Cheer – and to watch scrimmages, too.

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Wildcats)

So far, the Wildcats have collected more than 100 bags of textiles, but need help to hit their goal of 500 bags. Dropoff on Saturday will be in the northeast corner of the SWAC parking lot at 2801 SW Thistle, 11 am-4 pm.

Clothes for the Cause will pay by the pound. Acceptable items include clean clothing of any kind; PAIRED shoes; bath or kitchen towels, linens, blankets, backpacks/purses, drapery, belts, synthetic/leather; tablecloths, and stuffed animals. (No glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, carpeting, uniforms, or hotel/hospital linens). Place items in tied garbage bags.

In the stadium, all are welcome to drop in for Wildcats scrimmages, 11 am-7 pm, admission free:

Football players and cheerleaders 6-14 years old in the Northwest Junior Football League including teams from Ballard, Eastside, Lake City, Interbay and a visiting team from Canada will match up for scrimmages.

SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE YARD SALE: You might already have seen this in the WSB Forums’ Freebies/Deals/Sales section, where we offer free yard/garage-sale listings: Southwest Little League is raising money via a big yard sale in Arbor Heights this weekend. It’s set for 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday at 3522 SW 102nd. (They’re also accepting donations for the sale, as explained in the WSB Forums post.)

UPDATE: 1 to hospital after 2-car crash on 35th SW in Gatewood

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(WSB photos)

11:17 AM: Seattle Fire has sent an “automobile rescue” response to a crash scene reported at 35th and Southern [map] in Gatewood. Per scanner, southbound 35th SW will be closed at Elmgrove. More to come.

11:27 AM: Our crew just arrived. Two cars involved – a VW Bug and Ford Escort.


SFD had to cut into the latter to get to a patient. No word yet on injuries.

11:37 AM: Neither driver is seriously hurt, so this will not be a long-running investigation situation; the Escort’s driver will be taken to a hospital via private ambulance to be checked out.


11:50 AM: KM mentioned the southbound Route 21 reroute in comments – and now there’s an official alert from Metro:

12:!5 PM: Reroute’s over, meaning the road’s open again, per Metro alert. Also, we’ve added two more photos from the SFD response earlier.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Twice-stolen car; break-in attempt

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports this morning – first, Robin‘s car has been stolen again:

Wanted to post this on the WSB because the last time this happened I found it because of the blog.

I looked out my window this morning around 5:30 and saw my car sitting where I had parked it on Monday in front of my building (south block of Alaska between 45th and 44th – Central Park Condominiums). I looked out again at 6:15 and there was a big empty space where it had been. The police have been notified.

It’s a black 1994 Honda Civic DX (2-door), license plate WA State AHH 9052. I had it “secured” with a yellow club. Hoping I can recover again like last time; it had been dumped in front of Holy Rosary on 42nd.

If you see it – as the @getyourcarback tweet says, call 911.

Second, Jenny reports someone tried to break into her car in Gatewood:

There was an attempted car prowl on my Subaru Outback parked on the street at SW Austin St. and 37th Ave SW. They were unable to get in, but the window trim was ripped up and pulled back and you could see two places where they slipped in a slim Jim. There was nothing of value in the car. It is upsetting that they damaged my vehicle. I hope that in writing this, others will keep an eye out and deter further prowls.

Thanks again for the Crime Watch reports – if urgent/breaking, text/call 206-293-6302 (but not until you’ve called 911)) – if not, editor@westseattleblog.com.

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