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VIDEO: Winning night @ Seattle Lutheran, including tribute to Coach Carlson

10:57 PM: Both varsity teams won tonight at Seattle Lutheran, including the girls’ team with a special incentive:


As reported here earlier, this was the last scheduled home game in the last of 35 seasons for Coach Bruce Carlson. A special photo included alums of his teams:


We’ll have video of the tribute and more photos later. As for the game itself, the girls beat Crosspoint, 46-22.

The SLHS boys also went home with a win over Crosspoint, 64-43.


#34 Josh Meyer (above) was top scorer with 26. More on this game later, too.

ADDED 8:35 AM WEDNESDAY: Video and photos:

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West Seattle schools: Sanislo field trip to ‘Hana’s Suitcase’


Thanks to Sanislo Elementary librarian/teacher Craig Seasholes for sharing that photo as a followup to a lifetime-memory event from last month (WSB coverage here) – the day he and students hosted Holocaust survivor George Brady, his daughter Lara Brady, and Japanese museum curator Fumiko Ishioka sharing their story as told in “Hana’s Suitcase,” whose titular character was George’s sister. The book inspired a play that’s now at Seattle Children’s Theater downtown, where, Seasholes says:

Thanks to generous support from SCT and Biller Family Foundation, Sanislo Elementary School 4-5th graders got to see the SCT play today. It was a wonderful “encore” to the special events of last month. A Big Sanislo Thank You to all of you who helped make this memorable story come to life.

SITE NOTE: Downtime later tonight

8:33 PM: Just an alert that WSB will have some downtime tonight starting around 11 pm. Last Saturday we had two rounds of downtime to switch to new server hardware, with space not only to hold our current 10-year archives but to accommodate the years ahead, following up on our recent software overhaul. But there’s one more step to take to move our live site onto the new hardware, and that’s happening tonight. Please bookmark (or otherwise save) our backup-site address, since we’ll use it for breaking news, if needed, while the work is under way – – and of course our major social-media channels too, and Thanks for your understanding as we continue evolving.

2:15 AM: Over now.

Metro reminder about March bus changes, including RapidRide C Line

February 2, 2016 6:50 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

That photo tweeted by @jrush78 shows a sign up in The Junction, as Metro gets ready for its March changes – in particular, breaking RapidRide C away from D, and sending C to South Lake Union. We mentioned the plan back in December. Today, Metro issued a reminder of its March 26 systemwide changes, including RapidRide, as detailed here. For a summary of the other changes around the system, go here.

UPDATE: If your phone rings, might be City Hall about HALA; plus, Housing Levy revealed tomorrow

5:20 PM: If your phone rings at 6 pm, tonight or Thursday – here’s what it might be about:

Join us for the Mayor’s telephone town hall to talk about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, or HALA for short. We will be calling over 50,000 people in their homes today and Thursday, but if you want to make sure you are on the call, just call the number below. You will have a chance to ask questions and learn more about the HALA recommendations.

Tuesday, February 2nd: (855) 756-7520 Ext. 31029# at 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 4th: (855) 756-7520 Ext. 31028# at 6 p.m.

City info about HALA is here. The Morgan Community Association hosted a West Seattle-focused briefing two weeks ago; our video of that is here.

5:35 PM: In related news, the mayor’s office just announced that details of the Housing Levy renewal will be out at a noon event tomorrow. Considering that the first official community discussion of the levy is at 6:30 pm tomorrow here in West Seattle, seemed the announcement was going to have to be made by Wednesday afternoon.

‘I’ve always been a Saint’: Tribute tonight for 35-season Seattle Lutheran coach Bruce Carlson

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Tonight, Seattle Lutheran High School will hold a post-game ceremony to recognize its 35-season women’s-basketball coach at his final scheduled home game.

“But first we need to win a game,” says Bruce Carlson, tonight’s honoree.

A victory for Seattle Lutheran (6-1 conference, 11-6 overall) over visiting Crosspoint (1-6, 1-14) would keep the Saints within a game of first-place Evergreen Lutheran (7-0, 12-1), who will host SLHS in the season finale on Friday with a share of the SeaTac League title in play for the winners.

While the crowd in the gym tonight will certainly enjoy the elevated stakes in the basketball game itself, the stands will be filled with people there to pay tribute to a man who has led multiple generations of West Seattle athletes: “I’ve coached players who are children of some of my former players or of players I watched playing for the men’s team,” says Carlson. “That’s one way to know you’re getting old!”

In addition to coaching former players’ children, Carlson has “been blessed” to have had had players return to help with summer scrimmaging, with a few even serving as assistant coaches.

The West Seattle native decided a few years ago that he would depart with his current senior class:

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Sidewalk swastika outside Junction business for second time in half a year

(WSB photo)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Looking north down the sidewalk in front of Sleepers in Seattle, you wouldn’t notice the spot unless it was pointed out to you.

This morning, the owners of the shop at 4741 California SW used graffiti remover to get rid of a swastika written onto the sidewalk.

“We get tagged all the time, but not like this,” Max Alcabes, son of owners Carlos and Meryl Alcabes, said as we stood on the sidewalk, looking at the spot.

Here’s a photo provided by the Alcabes, taken before they removed it. (Our policy is generally not to fully show this type of vandalism unless requested by police for investigative purposes.) It wasn’t huge or bold. That’s not the point. It would have had the same effect even if it were tiny:

“We’re a Jewish family.”

Meryl had made note of that, calling us after reporting it to police and the regional Anti-Defamation League office. We happened to be in The Junction at the time, and went over to talk to her husband and son at the shop.

They say this is the second time it’s happened in less than half a year. The Alcabes didn’t report it the first time, but, Max says, “Twice in a year, it’s not random.”

He said he walked The Junction looking to see if the same kind of symbol had been marked anywhere else. He didn’t see anything – just what was marked outside the shop that serves as a showroom for their business, which they’ve owned for 25 years.

Here are the city and county codes for malicious harassment – the terminology used for a hate crime. If you have any information, contact Seattle Police.

ADDED TUESDAY NIGHT: Meryl Alcabes tells us that after seeing this story, people stopped in all day to offer support; she comments below, “Thank you so much for the support we are getting from all of you, our West Seattle neighbors.”

FOLLOWUP: Roxhill Castle reopens – turret’s back!

February 2, 2016 10:44 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks


10:44 AM: Just went to Roxhill Park to check on the work to ready the “castle” play structure for the return of its turret – and discovered the turret had just been brought in and set in place! It was a handcrafted add-on to the community project but was removed in 2014 for fear the 2013-built “castle” couldn’t support it. After reinforcement work, it’s back, and a Seattle Parks manager at the site told us the play area could reopen later today.

3:22 PM: Just went back to check. It’s open!

West Seattle Tuesday: What’s on tonight’s horizon

(Photo by Danny McMillin, from the WSB Flickr group – click image for larger view)

Scanning the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight, we see:

DRINKING LIBERALLY: Want to talk Iowa caucuses? New Hampshire primary? Upcoming Washington caucuses? Or? First Tuesday of the month, 6 pm, is the regular night for this sip-and-talk group to meet at Pizzeria 22. (4213 SW College)

WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Library, WWRHAH talks about the future, both of the Westwood/Highland Park Urban Village and potential White Center annexation. More in our preview. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN TOUR: Tonight between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, Highland Park Elementary principal Chris Cronas hosts tours for prospective kindergarten families. (1012 SW Trenton)

LINCOLN PARK NORTH PLAY AREA RENOVATION: 6:30 pm, be at Gatewood Elementary see the schematic designs and talk about what’s next for the project. (4320 SW Myrtle)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: Topics for the monthly meeting at 6:30 pm at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) include the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway‘s status – find out more on the WSBC website. (41st SW/SW Alaska)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: All three local schools have home games tonight – Seattle Lutheran hosts Crosspoint, girls at 6 – with a special tribute to longtime coach Bruce Carlson expected around 7 pm – and boys at 7:30 pm (4100 SW Genesee); the West Seattle boys host Seattle Prep at 7:30 pm (3000 California SW); the Chief Sealth boys host O’Dea at 7:30 pm (2600 SW Thistle).

WEST SEATTLE CROCHET AND KNIT SOCIAL CIRCLE: This group asked to be added to our ongoing calendar to make sure you know about it, if you don’t already – all are welcome, 7-9 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction, whether you’re new or experienced enough to help others or somewhere inbetween. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)

OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … if you take a few minutes to browse the calendar.

Figuring out how to pay for college? Get help Wednesday

February 2, 2016 9:00 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

First you have to get in … then you have to pay up. It’s the time of year when college plans are top of mind for many, whether you’re awaiting acceptance or finding financing. No matter where you – or your family member – will be going, South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) sends a reminder of an event tomorrow aimed at helping: “College Goal Washington,” 10 am-7 pm Wednesday, February 3rd, in rooms 217 and 219 at the SSC Library. Drop in for one-on-one help from SSC’s Financial Aid staff “to answer questions about scholarships, how to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the WAFSA (Washington State Application for State Financial Aid) and more, in a one-on-one setting.” No charge, all welcome; more here. SSC is on Puget Ridge, at 6000 16th SW.


February 2, 2016 6:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Click any view for a close-up)

6:58 AM: Good morning – no incidents in/from West Seattle reported so far.

7:36 AM: If you take NB 509, note there’s a stalled semitruck blocking a lane at Cloverdale.

8:43 AM: That’s finally clear.

8:58 AM: The overnight work that’s scheduled to close SW Alaska at Fauntleroy again nightly in the 8 pm-6 am vicinity for a week or so has been delayed, we just found out; it was expected to start last night. We’ll update when we get word it’s going to begin.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police search for robber

Police have been searching in the California/Charlestown area after a reported armed robbery at an address that checks to the 7-11. According to scanner traffic, this is reported to have happened around 2:30 am. A K-9 unit was called to help search. The robber, last seen westbound on Charlestown, is reported to have had a dark bandana over his face, 5’8″, black jacket, blue jeans, sawed-off shotgun that may have been fired during the holdup. No injury reported.