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High-school football: Chief Sealth shut out by Blanchet

Chief Sealth International High School‘s cheer squad and mascot kept spirits bright despite also being shut out tonight – a 70-0 loss to Bishop Blanchet at Southwest Athletic Complex.

It was the third shutout win for Blanchet in four games.

Next Friday night (October 4th), it’s Sealth’s homecoming game, vs. Franklin, again at SW Athletic Complex.

High-school football: West Seattle held scoreless by Cleveland

September 27, 2013 10:37 pm
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Photos and summary by Lawrence Kane
Special to West Seattle Blog

West Seattle High School fans arrived in style to cheer on their Wildcats, but unfortunately the Cleveland High School Eagles proved the better team, winning 26-0 tonight at Memorial Stadium downtown.

The Wildcats played tough defense, holding the Eagles to two scores in the first half while blocking both extra-point attempts, but the offense was unable to generate any points.

In the second half, Cleveland scored twice and made a two-point conversion.

Nevertheless, there were some highlights, including an interception by Bailey Wyatt (#50) of a ball jarred loose by Carter Golgart (#12) and fumble recovery by Eric West (#55).

On the offensive there were tough runs by Raphael “Do-E” Jackson (#24), Fynniecko Glover (#22), and Tre Steward (#21).

Next Friday night (October 4th, 7 pm), WSHS visits Rainier Beach at Southeast Athletic Complex.

Video: Six-month sentence for repeat offender Alan Polevia

Courtroom coverage by Katie Meyer/reporter, Patrick Sand/video:

Sentencing Alan Polevia this afternoon, King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert went along with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommendation of a six-month sentence – with credit for the three months Polevia’s been in jail since his arrest in late June.

He is the repeat offender who made news for escaping from police custody at Harborview Medical Center in February – while handcuffed; then was spotted in Shorewood on March 5th, leading to hours of helicopter-augmented searching; then was taken into custody three weeks later. He spent three days in jail; shortly afterward, he was charged in a West Seattle burglary case from six months earlier, but didn’t appear for arraignment, so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Then on June 11th, he was arrested in Arbor Heights – and released less than two weeks later, after his bail was reduced. Within 24 hours of that release, on June 24th, he was arrested yet again, in a case that led to a charge of second-degree burglary, involving a house on 28th SW just south of the city limits that was vacant because of fire damage several weeks earlier. Polevia’s plea bargain includes both that burglary, to which he pleaded guilty, and the West Seattle case from last September, in which the burglary charge was reduced to 2nd-degree theft, with Polevia pleading guilty to that and a 3rd-degree theft charge accompanying it.

This afternoon, his sentencing happened in a relatively empty King County Superior Court room; aside from the judge, deputy prosecuting attorney Darren Thompson and Polevia’s public defender Nikole Hecklinger, Polevia’s sister was the sole family member in attendance. No one in the courtroom spoke up to identify themselves as a victim; no victims’ statements were read.

As part of a plea agreement first reported here September 10th, Polevia had pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, two of theft – one of those reduced from burglary, because it involved an item stolen from out in the open.

His lawyer explained that Polevia’s sister is a social worker, who has discussed their family history with attorney. After Polevia serves this sentence, he will be staying with her (what community that’s in, wasn’t mentioned) and will have social and jail-release services to help keep him out of trouble.

Asked if he wanted to say anything, Polevia said “Nah, I hope you follow the recommendations. I think I learned some things, I’ve been messing up the last couple years” and said it was largely in part because his child’s mother, who had been with him 16 years, left him, after which, he said, he began getting high and messing up. Now, he said, he has had time to think and realizes he has to make things right for some people, including his family. His daughter’s birthday is October 6th, and he said his “favorite thing in the world is being a father.” He added, “Drugs have been a problem in my family for my whole lifetime … I want to raise my kids right.”

Judge noted today’s sentencing includes a no-contact order with the theft/burglary victims, and mentioned three local addresses (near where he was last arrested) as places he is to stay away from. Judge Schubert also imposed a “no illegal/non-prescribed drugs” clause in the conditions of the sentence. Prosecutor Thompson asked for clarification as to whether alcohol was to be included in the prohibited substances; the judge said no, he didn’t see any indication in the files that alcohol was a problem, and he believes Polevia understands not to replace one vice with another.

Celebration of life Monday for West Seattle Thriftway’s Frank Foozer

From West Seattle Thriftway:

With a heavy heart, we regret to inform our community of the sudden loss of a beloved friend and co-worker, Frank Foozer. Frank passed away on September 25th and is survived by his wife and unborn child, and a very large family. Frank was quick with a smile and had a warm heart. We loved him as did the community and he will be sorely missed.

Please Join Frank’s family and friends in a celebration of his life.

Monday, September 30th, at 4 pm.

Lake Ballinger Estates Cabana Building
23503 Lakeview Drive
Mountlake Terrace

A memorial account has been set up at the Chase branch within West Seattle Thriftway to help the family with memorial and medical expenses. If you would like to contribute, ask the teller about “Frank’s Fund.”

(The photo of Mr. Foozer, 31, and his wife is courtesy of Thriftway, a WSB sponsor.)

3 1/2-year sentence for mail/identity thief with West Seattle victims

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has sent word of sentencing today for a mail thief whose three-county spree included, we are told, West Seattle crimes. Here’s the announcement:

A mail thief who broke into locked mailboxes to steal checks and identities was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 44 months in prison and four years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. WILFREDO BERMUDEZ, 40, of Seattle, was arrested in November 2012 after 13 months of breaking into mailboxes in the Puget Sound region. BERMUDEZ stole mail in three different counties, including checks, driver’s licenses, and other items by breaking into victims’ mailboxes. He often threw away or destroyed the remainder of victims’ mail, and left the mailbox damaged or unusable in the process.

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New details on church’s plan for townhouses in part of its ‘park’

(Newest site plan for proposed development at 5911 42nd SW; click image for full-size PDF version)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The big evergreen trees are staying.

That’s one of the messages the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene wants to share with the community about its six-townhouse development proposal, first reported here back on Monday – a plan that would require a “contract rezone” and therefore City Council approval.

We sat down with Pastor Shaun Mattson and associate pastor Terry Mattson Thursday afternoon to talk about it; they shared the updated “site plan” you see atop this story.

The somewhat-sprawling site to the south of the 42nd/Juneau church and its parsonage is zoned as three potential single-family-home lots but is known as “the park,” and used like one – even outdoor movies in summertime. While some of the plan includes keeping it in a park-like condition, the church leaders say that “doing nothing was not an option” – their church’s future depends on it.

While the plan is in the early stages of the relatively long public process, the idea is not a new one.

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West Seattle Weather Watch: Windy, rainy weekend expected

September 27, 2013 12:30 pm
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Once again, we have a stormy weekend forecast – including a “special weather statement” alert from the National Weather Service. Though last weekend didn’t turn out to be as windy and rainy as feared, it’s important to be prepared just in case this round of storminess is the real deal. One small thing you can do that might be a big help, just in case – check the storm drain(s) near your home, office, apartment building, etc., to be sure falling leaves haven’t covered them. We’ll keep watch on the weather throughout the weekend as always, and if anything out of the ordinary happens where you are, you can reach us 24/7 at 206-293-6302, text or voice – thanks!

Update: Shop tomorrow to help local food banks fight hunger

September 27, 2013 10:33 am
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10:33 AM: Tomorrow brings a special chance to add an item to your grocery list: Fighting hunger. From Judi Yazzolino at the West Seattle Food Bank:

Please come to Metropolitan Market, tomorrow, Saturday, 9/28 from 9 am – 3 pm and purchase and donate to your West Seattle Food Bank for the 21st Annual Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry, in conjunction with the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County. Please help the West Seattle Food Bank ensure that no one in our community goes hungry!

We will be located outside the main entrance, off the alley, with a food-donation barrel and financial-donation box. Volunteers will be handing out wish-list bookmarks, and we’ll be asking customers to shop and donate to the food bank.

Metropolitan Market is at 41st/42nd/Admiral Way.

ADDED 10:53 AM: Just heard from the White Center Food Bank too – as part of the same regional event, Audrey Zemke says, Key Club members from the Evergreen Campus will collect food, money, and gift-card donations 10 am-2 pm Saturday at Roxbury Safeway and North Burien Albertson’s on SW 128th. WCFB’s coverage area includes south West Seattle as well as WC and vicinity.

West Seattle Friday: Gardening; tasting; cheering; BINGO! and…

September 27, 2013 9:29 am
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Sunset 09/26/13

Just spotted that beautiful photo of last night’s sunset on the WSB Flickr group home page; thanks to Chris Frankovich for sharing it. Not sure if we can count on anything like that tonight, as showery weather is leading us to the first full weekend of fall. Calendar highlights for today/tonight:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: See the schedule for today’s 10 am-2 pm meeting in our calendar listing, including a talk titled “Awaken Your Inner Farmer”; drop in for all or part of the meeting at Daystar Retirement Village. (2615 SW Barton)

TASTINGS: Wine tasting 1-4 pm at Northwest Wine Academy on the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) campus (6000 16th SW) … Beer, cider, cheese tasting event at Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor), 4-7 pm (41st/42nd/Admiral) … Bin 41 in The Junction has a Friday night tasting as always – details on its website. (California south of Alaska)

RAINBOW BINGO: It’s “crazy hat” theme night for Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing, including the number to call ASAP to see if reservations remain! Bingo @ 7 pm. (California/Oregon)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Tonight, West Seattle High School is back at Memorial Stadium downtown with a 5 pm game against ClevelandChief Sealth International High School is again home at Southwest Athletic Complex, facing Bishop Blanchet at 7 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

LOTS OF LIVE MUSIC: Check the calendar to see who’s playing where (and please let us know who we’re missing – thanks!)

Djaouida Skincare and Sugaring: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Djaouida Skincare and Sugaring. As is traditional for new sponsors, Djaouida has information to share with you about her business:

Djaouida is known for having magic hands and gives the best facials in West Seattle. She uses all-natural products made by Bella Lucce. These products make her customers come back for more; they are made from real exotic plants, fruits, and minerals. Each facial treatment is made to make your skin look its best, and her wonderful facial massages melt away stress. Her sugaring technique is also quite impressive; she knows how to make anyone feel at ease with little to no pain. Whether you’re looking for great brows, a nice bikini, or full Brazilian, Djaouida has you covered!

Booking with Djaouida is extremely easy and convenient with the online booking system available directly on her website at

First-time clients are offered an Introductory Facial right now with Djaouida – $69 for an $85 value. This is a wonderful way to try out her services and walk away with gorgeous, glowing, happy skin!

Djaouida Skincare‘s hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. You can call Djaouida directly at 206-919-5562 to ask any questions, or you can contact Djaouida by e-mail at Djaouida Skincare is located inside the West Seattle Wellness Center at
 2600 SW Barton St., Suite A-24, at Westwood Village.

We thank Djaouida Skincare and Sugaring for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Finally Friday, with weekend alerts

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
No crashes/closures as the morning begins. But the rain’s returning, per forecasters – some today, more tomorrow. And we have weekend alerts:

RAMP CLOSURE: Late tonight into early Saturday, there’s an overnight closure of the northbound I-5 ramp to the West Seattle Bridge one more time, for striping in the zone where expansion-joint repairs are wrapping up.

METRO CHANGES START SATURDAY: Tomorrow brings its next service change, including three routes serving West Seattle.

CITYWIDE ALERTS/REMINDERS: Here’s the SDOT roundup of what might affect traffic around the city this weekend. Not on the list, Sunday’s Beat the Burn 5K in West Seattle on Alki, since it’s NOT closing the road.

11:31 AM: Weekend note for those who drive into downtown via 4th Avenue:

Northbound Fourth Avenue South in the Pioneer Square Neighborhood will be reduced to one lane at South Jackson Street on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and now also on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1:54 PM: Update from WSDOT: “Tonight’s scheduled closure of the northbound I-5 ramp to the West Seattle Bridge and Sixth Avenue South has been postponed due to rain.”

High-school sports: Another West Seattle soccer win

September 27, 2013 12:50 am
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Thanks to Karin Beck for the photo and update on another win Thursday for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity soccer team: The Wildcats shut out Franklin, 6-0. Karin says: “Goals were scored by the following players: Tess Beck, Madison Brodahl, Charli Elliott, Katherine Gregor, Lindsey Hage, and Kate Veenhuizen. Shutout goalkeepers were Samantha Hemmert and Katherine Gregor.” West Seattle’s next match is 4:30 pm Thursday (October 3rd) vs. Rainier Beach at Southeast Athletic Complex.