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West Seattle youth sports: More basketball tryouts this week

October 19, 2010 10:48 pm
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More youth basketball in West Seattle: Rino Canoy shared this news – three tryout sessions remain this week:

The Salvation Army Community Center HYPE Basketball Program is having tryouts starting tonight and throughout the week for their AAU youth basketball program. The youth basketball teams has been comprised of mostly West Seattle kids who play in the competitve AAU basketball leagues and tournaments during the winter season. Details are as follows:

Salvation Army H.Y.P.E. Winter Try-outs

5th Grade
Wednesday October 20th – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

6th Grade
Thursday October 21st – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

7th Grade
Thursday October 21st – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Another program that the Salvation Community Center is doing early next month is a FREE basketball skills-and-drills program for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. Starting Nov. 8th 5:15-7pm Mondays and Fridays, participants will be coached through 45 minutes of basketball skills and drills, followed by 45 minutes of gametime.

Most of the participants are from West Seattle, he says. This all happens at the Salvation Army Community Center at 9020 16th Ave SW; questions? Call Sean Connors at (206) 767-3150 ext -108.

Countdown to Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival: Giveaway #2

October 19, 2010 9:46 pm
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Thursday and Friday, the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (WSB sponsor) is back at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater. See the full Admiral lineup here. Tonight, we have another ticket giveaway – this time, we’ll have TWO winners, each for two tickets to “To Faro,” screening at 9:45 pm Thursday, described as “an endearing account of complicated relationships … an audience favorite at LGBT festivals around the world.” First two people to e-mail us at each get two tickets to that screening. Make sure your e-mail has TO FARO GIVEAWAY in the subject line, and includes the name in which you would want the tickets held at the box office. As soon as they’re given away, we’ll add a note here. We’ll have one more giveaway, tomorrow night; then Thursday and Friday, it’s festival time.

ADDED 10:28 PM: Both sets of tickets have been won! Check back tomorrow evening for 1 more giveaway, different film.

P.S. One more reminder of this free event that’s being held (not in WS) in connection with the festival, tomorrow night: SLGFF is joining with Safe Schools Coalition to screen the documentary “Bullied” at 6 pm Wednesday, Broadway Performance Hall, with a panel discussion afterward, including three youth speakers.

West Seattle police: More leadership changes at Southwest Precinct

October 19, 2010 8:40 pm
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 |   Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Council | West Seattle news | West Seattle police

Tonight’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting was the first one since Capt. Steve Paulsen‘s return to the Southwest Precinct as its new commander. And he took the occasion to announce changes in the ranks of those who directly report to him – Lt. Norm James, who had been SW Precinct Operations Lieutenant – the position Capt. Paulsen held until a 10-month tour of duty downtown prior to his promotion – is now at the West Precinct with Capt. Joe Kessler, the former SW commander. His help is vital “with the challenges they’re facing downtown,” Capt. Paulsen explained. The new SW Operations Lieutenant – second-in-command for the precinct – will be Lt. Pierre Davis, coming from SPD’s Traffic section, arriving in West Seattle around November 10th. And the lineup of watch commanders will change, too – Lt. Ron Rasmussen is moving from days to mornings, Lt. Ron Smith is moving from nights to days, and Lt. Alan Williams is moving from the West Precinct to oversee nights. (According to this item on the SPD website, Lt. Williams is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel.) Capt. Paulsen says this is all also concurrent with some lieutenant-shuffling citywide, which he says tends to happen every few years. More from the WSCPC meeting in a bit.

King County Water Taxi crew member honored for heroism

(Seattle Times photo by Mike Siegel, used with permission)
That’s Frank Massaro, a King County Water Taxi crew member who just won a special commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard. He was on board the Rachel Marie – the West Seattle-serving vessel that’s currently in a shipyard for repairs after last month’s downtown seawall crash – when he rescued a man from the water near Pier 50, the KCWT’s downtown dock. Full story in this report from the Seattle Times (WSB partner).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Man jailed for attack on 8-year-old son

While WSB contributing reporter Megan Sheppard was going through police reports for the (forthcoming) weekly “from the police files” roundup, she happened onto a report that led us to this disturbing case involving a West Seattle 8-year-old hospitalized after being beaten and jumped on. The suspect: His father, now in jail, charged with assault, bail set at $250,000. The attack happened in Renton but we can’t find evidence it’s been reported anywhere else. Details ahead:Read More

Admiral Theater fundraiser Sunday for Sofia Goff and family

October 19, 2010 6:10 pm
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Just out of the WSB inbox:

This Sunday October 24, 2010 at 11 am, come enjoy Ratatouille the movie at the Admiral Theater to help Sofia and her children.

Friends of Sofia Goff along with West Seattle’s own Admiral Theater are putting on this fundraising event. Sofia Zadra Goff, owner of Cafe Revo Ristorante, had to close her doors a week ago. She and her children are in a devastating finacial situation and may lose their home. After numerous medical bills from her husbands sudden illness and death and after putting everything they had on the line to open Cafe Revo, Sofia is now left with numerous amounts of debt and 2 children to take care of as a single parent. She did not earn any money while working 7 days a week at Revo and every penny she could find she put back into Revo to try and keep her staff in jobs and keep the doors open. Recently Sofia got notice her electricity will be shut off at home. Let’s come together as a community to help one of our own who helped numerous West Seattle charities and families while Cafe Revo was open with her generosity.

We hope you can come this Sunday. All proceeds will go directly to Sofia and her children. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Cash and Checks only. Can’t make it? See below how you can help by sending donations to US Bank or to our PO Box. Watch for an evening with Revo coming soon. This will be an additional fundraiser with live music and silent auction. The Admiral Theater is located at 2343 California Ave SW

The information referred to above is here:

The Friends of Sofia Goff are hoping to help the family get back on their feet. Monetary donations may be made at any US Bank Branch, to the “Friends of Sofia Goff Fund.” (They may not be made on line.) While these donations will not be deductible for tax purposes they will certainly go to a good cause. Cards and donations may also be sent to Sofia Goff, 4742 – 42nd Ave SW #363, Seattle WA 98116. The Friends of Sofia Goff thank you for your support.

Got leaves to pick up? West Seattle artist’s green (& orange) bags

West Seattle artist Oleana Perry shared this photo and explained what the bags are all about:

Yesterday I spent the day making decorative harvest-leaf bags out of burlap coffee bags. My leaves are out of control in my yard and I don’t like the big plastic pumpkin bags (plastic is forever), so I solved the problem. The decorative burlap bag will break down and compost the leaves over the winter season. Then I will mix the leaves in my garden soil and use the bag as weed block or for my garden path. The West Seattle Nursery liked them as well, so I had to make about 25 of them in my front yard yesterday. People walking by kept buying them as I was making them, it was pretty hilarious. It amazes me that all of these burlap coffee bags come from all over the world and a huge majority of them go into landfills. I think this is a resource we should all be thinking about.

She says you can find her bags at West Seattle Nursery or you can e-mail her about bulk orders –

Friday’s big game: Chief Sealth vs. West Seattle in the Huling Bowl

It’s an annual crosstown-rivalry football tradition, and it’s coming up Friday night – Chief Sealth athletic director Sam Reed just sent full details of this year’s Huling Bowl:

Chief Sealth International High School vs. West Seattle High School
Friday, October 22, 2010
Southwest Athletic Complex (SWAC)
Game time: 7:00 p.m.
Festivities start: 5:00pm

Join both schools, alumni and the entire West Seattle community in this annual contest between friendly rivals. Festivities include a free pre-game barbecue provided by long-time supporters, Steve and Tom Huling. Everyone is invited to start the day with a guided tour of the newly finished Chief Sealth International High School.

Half-time entertainment includes an exciting joint performances from the two bands as well a light-hearted competition between the two schools’ student leaders. The Chief Sealth cheerleaders will also perform.

Following the conclusion of the game Chief Sealth senior football players will be recognized as part of their “Senior Night.”


· 5:00: Early ticket sales open at SWAC main entrance
· 5:00: Nels Enquist will lead a tour of the new Sealth facilities for all interested
· 5:30: Pre-game BBQ starts (provided by Steve and Tom Huling)
· 6:00: Stadium gates open
· 6:55: Sealth Band performs National Anthem
· 7:00: Kickoff

Half-time (20 minutes):

· 10 minutes: Sealth and West Seattle band in joint field show
· 3 minutes: Sealth Cheer performs
· 5 minutes: Sealth vs. West Seattle student government “punt, pass & kick” competition


· Sealth’s “Senior Night” presentations

The Southwest Athletic Complex is at 2801 SW Thistle, right across the street from the Chief Sealth campus.

Sustainable West Seattle forum: Time for everyone’s opinion on key Duwamish River decisions

(WSB photo from October 2009)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The timing was perfect.

On the day that a key document went public, a first draft of the next phase of trying to heal the polluted Duwamish River, Sustainable West Seattle convened a Community Forum with experts who explained why it matters and why your opinion matters.

The forum, with more than 40 people on hand inside Camp Long Lodge last night, wasn’t only about the Feasibility Study that went public hours earlier (links are atop the right sidebar of this site). But since the topic – the Duwamish River’s past, present and future – is intertwined with the issue of how to handle its pollution, that’s where the discussion tended to focus.

Participating: Genevieve Aguilar of Puget Sound Sage, Kathy Bahnick of the Port of Seattle, Lori Cohen from the Environmental Protection Agency, B.J. Cummings from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Heather Trim from People for Puget Sound, and Bob Warren from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

With Sustainable West Seattle vice president Gary Lichtenstein as moderator, they spoke for two hours, including Q/A. Before we jump into the highlights – we recorded the entirety of the forum on video – with a fixed camera, so it may be more useful as audio than video – it’s in three chunks, left to right (you can watch any clip fullscreen by clicking once to bring up its title, then clicking on the title itself to go to its page at

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Halloween? What Halloween? Christmas-lights show setup rolls on

You might remember that video from last year’s amazing music-synced Christmas lights display on a house by the Charlestown water towers. This is our first update from Jim Winder since May – he’s the mastermind, but the house with the display belongs to a friend. He sent this photo:

That’s from some work done over the weekend, and Jim explains: “I set up some of the new elements this past weekend just to make sure it was all going to work as planned. Hopefully in the next week or so, I will also have our website up. Looks like our ‘Lighting Ceremony’ will be on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 27th), though there will probably be some shows on that Friday.” Last year had about 10,000 lights, but this year, they’re going for more than 50,000, according to the update we published from Jim in May.

Election countdown: Doubleheader candidate forum Thursday

checkbox.jpgTwo weeks till the voting ends and the vote-counting begins. Maybe you knew who and what you’re voting for before your ballot even arrived; if not, one more advance alert about the last major candidates’ forum in this area before Election Day: Thursday night, the four candidates in the two major open races on local ballots are scheduled to be at the forum organized by the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, which is the resident-elected community council for White Center, among other not-yet-annexed areas between West Seattle and Burien. The forum’s being held barely a block south of West Seattle, at the Greenbridge YWCA (9720 8th SW; here’s a map), doors open at 6 pm Thursday, forum begins at 6:30. From the NHUAC website:

The following candidates have confirmed their participation.

for King County Council:
Diana Toledo
Joe McDermott

for 34th Legislative District:
Mike Heavey
Joe Fitzgibbon

The King County Council race is for the 8th District, the seat held by Dow Constantine before he was elected as County Executive a year ago (Jan Drago, appointed to serve until this election, chose not to run for the job); the 34th District race is for the State House, Position 2, seat that Sharon Nelson is leaving to run (unopposed) for the State Senate seat that McDermott is leaving to seek the County Council spot. (Researching? Voters’-guide links here.)

Video: A particularly a-peeling night at one West Seattle pub

October 19, 2010 10:31 am
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It could have been the opening line of a joke: “So a gorilla walks into a bar …” Last night, multiple gorillas, accompanied by multiple bananas, stormed the Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction. West Seattle-based Washington Beer Blog recorded and published the video clip catching the moment(s) for posterity. As WBB’s Kendall Jones writes, it’s related to the final phase of an ongoing contest at BP Pub; one finalist called for a Guerrilla Brewers’ Night, so another plotted the seen-above counterstrike. Go to Washington Beer Blog to tap into the full story.

West Seattle Tuesday: WSCPC; Art Lending Library; more

October 19, 2010 6:30 am
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(Red laceleaf maple at the South Seattle Community College Arboretum, photographed by Keri DeTore)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar: Hear the latest local crime trends firsthand – and get a chance for Q/A with local police leaders – when the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets tonight, 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster) … Tonight’s the quarterly opening for the Art Lending Library at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way), details here … 10 am-2 pm today, it’s a Potpourri Bazaar of goods and services at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), even flu and pneumonia shots … 6:15 pm tonight at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), Toastmasters Club 832 tells “Tales from the Hearth” (featured on our new West Seattle Halloween page) … After 6 pm “Spin Your Wax” open turntables at Skylark Café and Club (WSB sponsor) tonight, it’s the monthly Alauda belly-dance showcase (3803 Delridge Way) … Not in WS, but of regional interest: The public-health impacts of trucking are the topic of a special community forum tonight at South Seattle Community College‘s Georgetown campus (6737 Corson Avenue South).

‘Garboil’ grant for West Seattle artist Kelly Lyles

(Kelly Lyles, center, photo by Dina Lydia Johnson)
When we photographed Highland Park artist Kelly Lyles at the Twilight Artist Collective show during West Seattle Art Walk last Thursday, little did we know she had been feted the night before, receiving a grant as lively as her work: The Conductive Garboil Grant. Another Highland Park artist (and dancer, and photographer), Dina Lydia Johnson, shares the news, plus the photo of Kelly and this video of her lightheartedly accepting the award:

The Conductive Garboil (that last word is a very old term for a disrupter) is a $3,000 grant given by organizations including 4Culture. Dina says Kelly declared, “”I’m thrilled to be the grantee; it means a lot, the peer recognition as much as the financial reward.” Dina has more photos on Flickr here, including the splashy outfit she wore to honor Kelly. She and her work – including her well-known “art car” – are online at

West Seattle coyotes: 1 on The Bridge, 1 by the water tower

Two coyote sightings to share – first one was a close call late Monday night toward the Fauntleroy end of The Bridge, and Kerry thought you should know:

We just almost hit a coyote as we were coming home from downtown at the top of the West Seattle bridge. He was trying to cross west to east but was flummoxed by traffic and the divider. This was right by the people statues. [Walking On Logs] Poor little guy ran back to where he came from. Neighbors in that area should be aware.

Earlier, Crista saw one in the Myrtle Reservoir vicinity:

There was a coyote in our yard early this morning. We are on 36th and Willow [map] close to the water towers and new park.

Previous coyote reports – some with photos – are archived here; here’s the “coexisting with coyotes” information that everyone should read at least once.

ADDED 12:44 PM TUESDAY: For the coyote record, got one more note, this one from Tim:

I saw two coyotes this morning on my way to catch the bus. They were running down SW Lander Street by 38th Ave SW. It was about 6 am and they were running fast!