Water Taxi To Have Extended Service

Good news taxi riders.  The West Seattle Water Taxi, Rachel Marie, will have an extended schedule beginning Monday the 28th.  Rachel Marie, who needed servicing from a September accident,  started running again in January.  The servicing did her well, as the Marine Division determined she has the capability to run more throughout the day.  The taxi will now have departures on the quarter-hour, which means an extra round-trip in the morning, and an extra two in the afternoon.  The taxi runs from Seacrest Dock to Pier 50 across Elliot bay, helping to decrease traffic congestion as an alternate way to get downtown from West Seattle.   Find out more information on the new schedule by visiting the official website.

What’s Happening

A car crashed into the front window of Pier 1 Imports  in Westwood Village just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night.  The woman apparently meant to put the car in reverse, but hopped the curb when mistakenly putting it in drive.  Hope her Valetine’s Day got better!

Next week, Georgetown Brewing Co. will having a party at West 5 Lounge to celebrate their 8th Anniversary.  The event will be on Wednesday the 23rd, 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.  Get your drinking shoes on and have one (or more!) of seven of their own beers on draft. 

Monday February 21st, the Water Taxi’s West Seattle route will not be running in honor of President’s Day.  In that case, use it as an excuse to relax and think about our nation’s great leaders!

Tomorrow, February 17 the Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting a “Spinathon” at AllStar Fitness to raise money for their Major Taylor Project which works to offer students a way to grow and empower themselves through cycling.  Money raised will go towards expanding the program.  Read more about the event here.

Man Stabbed Wednesday Morning Update 2/17

A suspect was found and booked yesterday, and is expected to have a hearing this afternoon. 

Early Wednesday morning, a man was stabbed to death in his West Seattle home.  Police responded to a 911 call after 12:00 a.m. from the victim’s wife, but were unable to save the man.  His attacker, whom police believed knew the man, has not been found.  The wife reported hearing her husband and another man arguing, and found him stabbed after the man had left.  You are urged to contact police if you have any information regarding the case.

White Center Robbery

A man, who was initially known as the polite robber, was arrested early this week after robbing a Shell gas station in White Center, all while apologizing profusely to the attendant (all of which can be seen on an a surveillance video).  When police booked the perpetrator, Gregory Hess, it turned out he was guilty of a number of other robberies for which he was charged in 2003.  Then, Hess was known as the ‘transaction bandit’, asking for small change before holding tenders up (with an air pistol) and demanding cash.  In these earlier robberies,  Hess had recently quit his Starbucks job in Madison Park Seattle and he was struggling financially.  The latest robbery in White Center, Hess used the same excuse, telling the attendant he needed to take care of his family.  In a brief interview, the attendant admitted feeling sorry for the guy and even sent him with a kind farewell.  I guess being polite with “please” and “thank you” keeps some attendants at bay, but minding your manners doesn’t always work when it comes to the law.

Ferry Saves Man

A windsurfer was found just south of Alki Beach in waters off of West Seattle on Sunday afternoon.  The man’s mast had broken, leaving him floating in the cold, February waters.  Fortunately, a ferry spotted the man balancing on his board soon after, and changed course in order to help him.  The crew threw out a raft and the wind surfer made it safely aboard.  See the full article here.

New in West Seattle

Harbor Properties is reportedly moving forward with two residential projects that had been previously  on hiatus.  The projects will be affordable housing complexes, the Link apartments on 38th Ave. SW. and and another yet-to-be-named project at 36th Avenue and Snoqualmie Street.  The Link building will have 195 units, a rooftop P-Patch and possibly, a yoga studio.  The complex is scheduled to open in early April.  The latter project will have 63 units which they expect to begin construction on by the end of the year.   The two West Seattle apartment buildings will have a combined price tag of approximately $54 million.