December 2022

Slideshow offers a look back at some highlights from 2022

Over the course of every year, there are events and moments, as they unfold that are more easily captured on camera than others. Some are fleeting, some whose sources remain quiet, some are seen because of invitations or a high public awareness, and others that are largely private. Covering the news and events inevitably means some will be missed, and others likely given too much attention. Nonetheless, here's a look back at 2022 through the lens of photographer Patrick Robinson. It's part of the new YouTube Channel,

"Inside West Seattle" linked here 

Produced in association with Jaroslaw Media.

Our apologies if your event or business was not mentioned or included. This was meant only as a recollection of some of the events that took place in 2022.


True Value Hardware victim of smash and grab burglary attempt

Suspects did not get much, and store will reopen after clean up

Junction True Value Hardware was the victim of a smash and grab burglary attempt at approximately 4 am on Dec. 31.

Three suspects, according to the store, smashed out the glass doors and gained entry but did not get much. "Just a case of Reeses Peanut Butter cups" said a store employee. They attempted to take a Stihl Power Blower but it was tethered and they left it behind.

The security cameras captured the crime but the footage is grainy.  This is the third incident at True Value Hardware this year including one in which someone was found hiding in the store at closing time.

It's also the latest in a string of smash and grab incidents including one at Big 5 Sporting Goods at Westwood Village a few weeks ago and one at Menashe Jewelers in the West Seattle Junction last week.

The store said they are planning to clean up the damage, board up the door and reopen.


SDOT pothole map shows status after storms and flooding

The recent ice storm and flooding around the greater Seattle area created more potholes, and hazards for drivers. The Seattle Department of Transportation has a map of all potholes that have been reported including those that have been filled. It's important that they get reported so they can get out to fix them

Seattle Pothole Map

To help reduce duplicate requests, you can check the map to see if we already have a pothole repair request for the location that concerns you.


What SDOT is doing to maintain and preserve the Spokane St Swing Bridge

by Ethan Bancroft 

Seattle Department of Transportation

Safety for the traveling public is our number one priority. To keep our bridges safe, we continuously perform basic bridge maintenance including regular inspections, monitoring, preservation, and repairs. We also complete bridge earthquake retrofits and occasionally replace bridges, like the recent Levy to Move Seattle-funded Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement Project.


West Seattle Chamber has some great stuff coming for 2023

Centennial status, Westside Guide, Mobile App, and more great benefits for members plus events for the public

Information from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

In 2023, The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating 100 years of incorporation. “Of the nearly 3900 incorporations filed in 1923, only 38 exist today” (Source:Washington Secretary of State) and the West Seattle Chamber is honored to be among the 1% still operating!


Ready to freeze your nose to toes? Alki Polar Bear Swim is back New Year's day

Like clockwork, Mark Ufkes and his cheerful (joyful?) call to brave participants is back with his announcement of the annual Polar Bear Swim on Alki Beach at 10am sharp on New Years Day. This is not the only one of course, others are privately organized but it's by far the largest with several hundred people taking part.

Here's Mark's announcement.

Alki Polar Bear Swim 2023

January 1, into the water at 10 am sharp

Life gets better each year, and there is, and always will be, a benefit to celebrating this reality.  Since the beginning of time, humans all over the World have held ceremony at the New Year.  It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and wash away the many frustrations and injuries that the previous year demanded of us.  


UPDATE: Power restored

UPDATE 7:50am

The power was restored overnight

UPDATE 9:22pm

Only 276 customers were out at 9:20pm in Arroyo Heights with restoration expected by 1:00am

UPDATE 8:53pm

People living south of Lowman Beach Park are still suffering with an outage but a new one that started at 8:33pm put more than 4600 out. Restoration was not expected before 2am.

UPDATE 8:10pm

The number of customers out is down but the number of outages is up as they became more sporadic across the West Seattle area.13 outages ranging from 332 down to single homes were not expected to be resolved before midnight.

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Portage Bay Cafe to open Jan. 7 in West Seattle

Portage Bay Cafe announced on Tuesday that they will be opening their West Seattle location on January 7. Located at 4725 42nd Ave SW this location joins four others including Ballard, 65th NE, Roosevelt and South Lake Union. 

They said in a press release, "Serving Seattle’s best brunch since 1997, our newest location in West Seattle will open on January  7, 2023 and continues our mission of local, organic, sustainable meals."

The Portage Bay cafes are breakfast and lunch specialists and open Monday thru Thursday 8a - 1p, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8a - 2p.

Here's a link to their current menu.

Portage Bay Cafes are widely known for their pancakes, waffles, and French toast topped with seasonal fruit, nuts, and whipped cream. They  also feature kids’ menus, and gluten-free options.