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Update: Seattle Police car, SUV collide at 35th/Morgan

(1st two photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:42 PM: Avoid the intersection of 35th and Morgan if you happen to be heading out any time soon – we’ve received two messages about a crash there. No major injuries reported, but an ambulance has been called for one person, and one person in the area says it appears traffic headed northbound is being detoured onto Morgan.

12:29 AM: The crash involved two vehicles – and one, which is in the shrubbery by the gas-station sign on the northeast corner of the intersection, is a Seattle Police car. The east side of Morgan is blocked off but 35th is completely passable as of a few minutes ago.

(Photo shared by Mary – note the fence the SPD car crashed through; black SUV at left is other vehicle involved)
12:53 AM: Just went back to try to find out more. The second vehicle, an SUV, has been towed, and the SPD car was about to be. Officers on the scene would say only that two people went to the hospital but neither seemed to have major injuries – we don’t know if either is an officer. The first of the photos we’re adding show that the officer whose car was involved had a shockingly close call – a wooden post went through the windshield on the passenger side.

11:59 AM: The only additional information we’ve been able to get from police so far is that the officer whose car crashed was taken to a hospital and released shortly thereafter.

ADDED TUESDAY MORNING: We checked back in hopes of more information – SPD media-relations Officer Renée Witt says the report is “being transcribed and not yet available.” So we’ll check back again.

Golf and help Make-A-Wish, in honor of ‘Waz’

May 25, 2013 9:11 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Three months ago, lifelong West Seattleite Mark “Waz” Wasielewski died too soon, at 52. His friends are carrying on with his annual golf tournament to help Make-A-Wish, and wanted to share the invitation here too. The tournament is set for Friday, June 14th, at Foster Golf Links in Tukwila, “2 pm shotgun start/scramble format,” according to the announcement, which lists the entry fee as “$80-$120 – You decide; remember, it’s for Waz’s Make-A-Wish kids.” For registration information, e-mail

Followup: West Seattle Soccer Club scores a crowd at The Admiral

Big game on the big screen = big success! Today’s West Seattle Soccer Club event featuring a food drive and Champions League final match screening at the Admiral Theater was “very successful,” reports WSSC’s Tim McMonigle:

Over 300 people showed up, the vast majority to watch the game, with a few watching the movie.

We had giveaways, visits from our professional women’s soccer team, the Seattle Reign and a very exciting game that was won in the last couple of minutes of the game, with Bayern Munich beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

We hope to make this an annual event, possibly including the World Cup next year. Thanks to all our West Seattle community for coming together to watch the game in a great venue. Looking forward to our last two weekends of our spring season (June 2, 9) and the opening of our fall registration on June 1, at

Tim says more photos will be up soon on WSSC’s Facebook page.

Update: West Seattle High School baseball finishes #2 in the state

(Added: Postgame photo by Greg Slader)
5:57 PM: The West Seattle High School baseball team finishes an incredible season as #2 in the state. Championship game final score: Auburn Mountainview 7, WSHS 1.

9:18 PM NOTE: The team is due back at WSHS sometime after 11 pm, and as suggested in the comments, fans are welcome to greet them.

1:47 AM: As Coach Velko Vitalich told The Times, “… the accomplishments of this team are amazing.” They arrived back at WSHS a little over two hours ago:


4 PM: The game is on! West Seattle High School vs. Auburn-Mountainview for the state 3A high-school-baseball championship, happening right now in Pasco. You can see a live video feed here; below, it’s play by play via Twitter, thanks to WSHS team-parent volunteers (refresh this WSB page to see the newest tweets, or if you use Twitter, you can directly follow @wseattlestate):

P.S. Our partners at The Seattle Times took a closer look at the team and its big semifinal win yesterday in this story published today.

48th and Charlestown site makes list of final park-levy Opportunity Fund recommendations

If the City Council agrees with the recommendations of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee, that lot at 48th and Charlestown will become city-owned park space. It’s one of the proposed Opportunity Fund recommendation changes that committee chair Pete Spalding mentioned last Wednesday night while telling the Highland Park Action Committee that the new HP spraypark – funded with money from the first Opportunity Fund – is almost ready. The 48th/Charlestown purchase was proposed by the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council. The full list of citywide recommendations is here; in addition to $400,000 for that site, it includes two other spending recommendations for this side of the city – $374,500 for the Highland Park playground area (vicinity of the new spraypark), and $669,000 for land acquisition near the south end of the new South Park Bridge, to create a plaza. Those three projects are on a list of 14 citywide; a preliminary list of recommendations had included a plan for improvements to cabins at Camp Long, but we’re told that had to be dropped, which cleared the way for the two other West Seattle projects (culled from an original list of 7 from WS) to make the list. The council is expected to vote by mid-summer.

Happening now: Low-low tide along West Seattle shores

May 25, 2013 12:19 pm
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 |   West Seattle beaches | West Seattle news | Wildlife

Thanks to Leslie Dierauf of Beach Drive for sharing low-tide sights – today’s tide bottomed out at -3.3 less than an hour ago, so beach-walking conditions will still be great for a few hours, and Leslie points out that Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists are out. They’re at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park until 2 pm today.

Tomorrow’s low-low tide will be even further out – -3.6 at 12:23 pm Sunday; the volunteer beach naturalists will be back, same spots, 10:30 am-2:30 pm.

P.S. Remember you can always find the tide chart on the WSB Weather page!

West Seattle weekend scene: Massage Envy grand opening

With the help of West Seattle Chamber of Commerce board chair Dave Montoure (left), the ribbon is cut and the party’s on till 1 pm at Westwood Village’s newest business, Massage Envy (WSB sponsor, featured here earlier this week).

Not just kid stuff! Family-fitness celebration at West Seattle Elementary School

May 25, 2013 11:48 am
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 |   Health | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

If you’re going to convince kids to get up and get moving, the message needs to get to the adults in their lives too – and that’s exactly what happened this past week during the Family Health and Fitness Carnival at West Seattle Elementary School.

WS Elementary counselor Laura Bermes for sharing a report and photos – she says more than 200 people were there:

In collaboration with WSE School Nurse, Terri Helm-Remund, the evening’s dinner and festivities were hosted by the Hope Heart Institute and Molina Healthcare and featured community organizations from Camp Long, Apple Corps, Cascade Bicycle Club, First Tee Golf, the West Seattle YMCA, Neighborhood House, the Farmer’s Market Alliance, Southwest Pool, Washington Dairy Council, and Neighborcare Health. The goal of the Hope Heart Institute and Molina Healthcare Family Fitness Carnival was to teach students and their families about healthy eating, active living and heart health. The evening included a healthy dinner, games, prizes, and health tips. Families blended smoothies by pedal power, took a swing at golf, and danced with a local Zumba instructor and Seattle School District Parent Leader Yui Dirksen! Teachers, staff, parents, and community members volunteered their time, and everyone had a blast!

WSE has also participated all year in “Fuel Up to Play 60,” stressing movement and nutrition.

West Seattle Saturday: Poppies; soccer; grand opening; WSHS championship baseball game!

May 25, 2013 10:21 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Got all your ducks in a row? Photo by Dianne Reeves, taken recently on Longfellow Creek)
Slow pre-holiday Saturday? Of course not! Here’s just some of what’s happening:

MEMORIAL POPPIES: As previewed here last night, West Seattle American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160 members are out with the traditional memorial poppies this morning, till 2 pm in The Junction, and tomorrow too (schedule’s in the linked preview).

SOCCER AT THE ADMIRAL: The big West Seattle Soccer Club event is this morning at the Admiral Theater! 10:30 am doors open, 11 am pregame excitement, 11:45 am Champions League match, and more. Free but please bring a kid-friendly nonperishable food item for the West Seattle Food Bank.

MASSAGE ENVY GRAND OPENING: The newest business at Westwood Village, Massage Envy (WSB sponsor, welcomed earlier this week), celebrates its grand opening today with a ribboncutting at 11 am and, until 1 pm, free chair massages, healthy treats, and a water bar. (2513 SW Trenton: East side of Westwood Village, west of Staples)

MOBILE COMPUTER LAB: 11 am-2 pm on Saturdays, you can find it at the Neighborhood House High Point Center – if you have a friend who needs access to technology, let them know! Details in the ongoing listing. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

CUTS TO HEAD START PROGRAMS: Sisters Organize for Survival invites you to a public meeting at 2 pm, Delridge Library, to talk about recently announced cuts and what you can do to take action – full announcement in the calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL GOES FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP! 4 pm today, the West Seattle High School Wildcats baseball team plays for the state 3A championship in Pasco, against Auburn-Mountainview. Follow Twitter play-by-play here; live video feed here.

AND GOOD LUCK, TYEE SOCCER! West Seattle resident Janae tells us there’s a big local cheering section for Seatac’s Tyee High School, playing for the state 2A soccer championship in Sumner, also at 4 pm.

ROLLER DERBY TONIGHT: 6 pm at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center, Rat City Rollergirls‘ Derby Liberation Front vs. Jet City‘s Pink Pistols. Tickets at the door. (9646 17th SW)

WESTSIDE BURLESQUE REVUE: 9 pm at Skylark Café and Club in North Delridge – this month’s lineup in the calendar listing.

MORE NIGHTLIFE — live music, etc. – on the calendar!

Metro questions/concerns? Be at next WWRHAH meeting

West Seattle’s newest community council, Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights (WWRHAH), has formally announced its next meeting, with an open invitation to people from all over the area, since it’s a topic affecting just about everyone: Metro Transit. Some of the discussion points – both current situations and potential future cuts – are detailed in the preview on the WWRHAH website. Plenty of time to clear your calendar to be there – the meeting is at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 4th, at a bigger location than usual, the Chief Sealth International High School library (2600 SW Thistle).

P.S. Wondering about the WWRHAH boundaries? Don’t miss this lively “explanation.”