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BASEBALL: ‘Battle in West Seattle’ between WSHS and Sealth

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Exciting baseball game this afternoon as West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International High School. Caryn Johnson, who’s been reporting on the Wildcats throughout the season, tells the story of their faceoff with the Seahawks:

A crosstown rivalry transpired this afternoon at Hiawatha Field between West Seattle and Sealth. Many West Seattleites came out on a sunny but chilly day to watch the “Battle in West Seattle.” It was a pitchers’ duel between Carson Wright for West Side and Nik Turcinec for Sealth.

The score remained very close through 5 innings with a score of 2-1, Sealth leading. Top of the 6th, Sealth would tack on two more insurance runs and West Seattle would answer with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Carson was able to complete the game, pitching through the 7th inning and not giving up any further scores.

Then it was a do or die for the Wildcats in the bottom of the 7th. Jack Page would start off with a single before a pitching change was made by Sealth. Senior Jamie Maples would come to the plate and hit a ground-rule double into center field. Senior Morgan McCullough would then be intentionally walked to load the bases.

Next batter to the plate would be sophomore Anthony Coats, who sent a deep sacrifice fly ball to center field to score Jack from third, and advance Jamie. Junior Andrew Burggraff would be next up to bat, during which the Sealth pitcher would be called on a balk to bring Jamie home and tie up the game. Burggraff would eventually draw a walk after a 9-pitch at bat to load the bases again. Then Senior Nathan Johnson [top photo] walked to the plate with one out. He would drop a slow roller by the pitcher that would allow Morgan to score the winning run from third. Nathan was immediately mobbed in the right field by his celebrating teammates.

In the end, West Seattle would come out on top, 5-4. Do we expect anything less from these two teams??? It was a great afternoon of baseball and to see so many come out and cheer on all of the locals was inspiring. This was the last home game for the West Seattle Seniors and they did not disappoint.

Final WSHS game of the regular season is on Wednesday against Seattle Prep at Steve Cox Field in White Center, at 3:30.

Wednesday is also when Sealth plays its last home game, 4 pm vs. Cleveland at Southwest Athletic Complex.

Remembering Lola Sugia Tebelman, 1925-2016

Family and friends are remembering Lola Sugia Tebelman, who also touched many lives with her music:

Lola Sugia Tebelman, 90, died peacefully April 19, 2016 at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle.

Lola was born July 17, 1925, in Seattle, to Assunta and Philip Sugia. She attended Franklin High School and at an early age began a career as a vocalist in many prominent Northwest bands, orchestras, and jazz combos. (Her 1960 45-rpm record “Blue Tears/ Weathervane” was recorded at the West Seattle home studio of Seattle’s then-top audio engineer, Joe Boles, on Admiral Way in West Seattle.)

In later years, she attended business school and worked at the University of Washington until she retired.

Lola touched many lives with her presence, her creativity, her talent and her love of family. She enjoyed opera, jazz and classical music, fine arts, gardening, Italian cooking, journalism, reading non-fiction, writing plays, stories, and lyrics. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought a special joy to her life!

She is survived by her two daughters, Maia Santell and Pamela Tebelman; her granddaughters, Mikela Aramburu, Gina Aramburu, and Lisa Tebelman; two great-granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

At her request no service will be held. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 97353, Tacoma, WA 98497.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Lola’s end-of life wishes, a memorial-gift donation to Seattle Area Feline Rescue would be a lovely expression, as she was an avid cat lover and animal-rights activist.

Please share memories and condolences on our online guestbook for Lola.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

TOMORROW: Chief Sealth IHS hosts district meeting on International Schools’ future

April 25, 2016 8:23 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Our area has three of Seattle Public Schools‘ International Schools – Chief Sealth International High School, Denny International Middle School, and Concord International (Elementary) School. The district is convening a series of conversations about international education‘s future, starting with a meeting 6-7:30 pm at Sealth tomorrow night, following a chance to learn more about programs there, as explained in the announcement:

Come early (between 4:30 and 6:00 pm) to enjoy Chinese refreshments and celebrate the unveiling of the Chief Sealth International High School Confucius Classroom. You’ll have a chance to hear from the group of Chief Sealth students and teachers who just returned from a visit to their sister school, Nankai Secondary School in Chongqing, China. This type of sister school relationship is something we want to strongly foster in our International Schools.

From 4:30-6:00 pm there will also be tables and displays:

• Denny and Chief Sealth’s unique middle and high school Dual Language Immersion Continuation program for Spanish, featuring two periods a day with Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies, including Global Leadership classes, and starting this fall, AP Spanish for 9th grade students (as well as IB courses in 11th and 12th grade).

• Chief Sealth’s robust Japanese language program and extensive cultural exchange opportunities.

• Displays on global education initiatives, such as World Water Week, the Global Issues Network Conference, Mariachi Education, Bog to Bay project.

Agenda for the Community Meeting

6:00: Arrival in the library. Greetings from International Schools Principals and International Education Administrator

6:10: Remembering the Past

• John Stanford’s dream (everyone a language learner)
• Research on the effectiveness of Dual Language Immersion
• Asia Society’s work in International Education/Global Competence

6:20: Understanding the Present

• 3 Pathways in 3 regions
• 10 International Schools (5 elementary, 3 middle, 2 high schools)
• Successes
• Challenges

6:30: Imagining the Future

• Options to consider
o Do we sustain current schools/programs?
o Can we expand opportunities?
o Can we streamline the assignment plan models?

6:40: At tables: Explore issues of concern to families in the SW region of Seattle


1. Should the district continue to support the work of International Schools / Dual Language Immersion programs?

2. Should the district support the expansion of elementary Dual Language Immersion in the SW region as a gap-closing strategy?

3. If Dual Language Immersion is expanded in SW, what language(s) should be offered and why?

7:00-7:30: Share out and next steps

Chief Sealth IHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Bereaved family hit by burglary; Junction gunfire followup

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

GRIEF COMPOUNDED BY CRIME: As if dealing with the death of a loved one wasn’t tough enough, a reader’s family is also dealing with a burglary:

Our mom passed away (last week) and her home was broke into sometime (between Saturday night and Sunday night).

I’ve gone there every day since she died. She had a lot of meds in her house, I’m thinking that’s what they were after, which makes us think whoever did this knows our story. Police came, and were wonderful. They think (the burglar[s]) may have been scared off. Nothing was taken.

The reader just wants people in the area to be aware – this happened in the general Schmitz Park vicinity. P.S. Seems also worth noting that next Saturday is the twice-yearly Drug Takeback Day, 10 am-2 pm April 30th. If for any reason you have no-longer-needed medication, drop it off at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) front desk, no questions asked.

JUNCTION GUNFIRE FOLLOWUP: Though the incident still isn’t in the publicly accessible online system, we finally got SPD confirmation that gunfire evidence WAS found in the investigation of Sunday morning’s incident in The Junction. We just talked to precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith and he said a report in the SPD system shows that officers recovered three 40-caliber casings in the street in the 4500 block of 42nd SW and noted a “possible bullet hole found on a nearby towing sign.” No one was hurt and no other damage was located, according to the internal report; no suspects were found or arrested, but two vehicles described only as silver and “dark” were seen leaving the area right afterward. Why this information wasn’t in the report checked by the officer with whom we spoke at the precinct yesterday afternoon, he didn’t know. (The incident number, 16-141399, does not currently show anywhere in the publicly accessible system.)

REMINDER – NEXT CRIME PREVENTION/SAFETY MEETING … is tomorrow night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, focusing on car theft and car prowling. 6:30 pm at the precinct – full preview on the WSBWCN website.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Driver hits pole in The Junction, City Light repairs under way


5:09 PM: Thanks to Kyle for the tipCity Light is currently repairing a utility pole on 45th at Oregon in The Junction. We went over to find out more; police tell us a driver had brake trouble and hit the pole, knocking it sideways. With SPD directing traffic, vehicles are getting through the area, but we’d advise avoiding it for a while.

6:25 PM: Just went back to check; scene’s clear now.

2 1/2 days left to register for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016

April 25, 2016 3:41 pm
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 |   Community Garage Sale Day | West Seattle news

Our area’s biggest day of person-to-person recycling is getting closer – Saturday, May 14th, is West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016. More than 230 sales have signed up already, all over West Seattle, at apartments and houses and townhouses, in garages and carports and courtyards, schools and businesses and retirement centers … and more, with an amazing array of items on sale! As always, we’ll be spotlighting some once registration closes – and as announced last week, that’ll be 11:59 pm this Wednesday (April 27th). To register your sale – please go here.

IMPORTANT – IF YOU’VE REGISTERED BUT DIDN’T GET THROUGH PAYPAL – we still need your payment before we can get you on the map (which we start working on right after closing registration). A few sales show as registered but not paid; if that includes yours, you CAN pay without going through the registration form again – just go to this page to find the direct link to PayPal, which you can use without having to be a member – PP takes credit cards too. (We’re usually able to match the payment to the sale, especially if you use the same e-mail address with which you registered, but if you didn’t, just send us a note to to let us know you paid separately. Same address if you think you paid but didn’t get a separate receipt from PayPal – we can sleuth that too.)

If you’re planning to shop – look for the map and listings, in online and printable versions, one week before WSCGSD, linked/featured here on WSB as well as the official WSCGSD website.

TO SEE AT SEA: Visiting racing yachts to parade in Elliott Bay on Thursday

April 25, 2016 2:14 pm
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news

(See full-size PDF here)

Thanks to the WSB reader who tipped us to this recently – we can’t find the original message so can’t credit by name but we did finally get a chance to look up the source info: This Thursday, if you have a view of Elliott Bay toward downtown, you’ll get to see the Clipper 70s racing yachts parading, and then presenting an ocean-racing exhibition, before they head out to the next leg of their round-the-world race. Boaters are invited to join in. That’s set for 1-5 pm Thursday (April 28th) – full details here.

P.S. If you’re interested in touring the yachts before they go, you can do that at Bell Harbor Marina on the downtown waterfront, until 7 pm today and again 11 am-7 pm one last time tomorrow.

West Seattle YMCA about to start work on expansion; groundbreaking celebration announced

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The official groundbreaking celebration has just been announced for June 2nd, but some work for the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion will start in The Triangle in early May. Here’s the official announcement:

The Board and Staff of your West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA invite you to attend a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration on Thursday, June 2, kicking off construction of an expanded West Seattle facility.

Your expanded and renovated West Seattle YMCA will include:

• A dedicated Family Wing with age-appropriate spaces where infants to young teens, can play, connect with peers, explore new activities and develop skills on their way to reaching their full potential.

• More than 9,500 square feet for fitness classes, strength/weight training and cardio equipment – nearly doubling the current space for Y members to be active and stay healthy.

• A new Community Meeting Room where youth, neighbors, service organizations and other groups can gather together to work on local issues, learn new skills and explore shared interests.

• A Healthy Eating Kitchen in the Community Meeting Room, supportingY members and participants, especially youth, to develop healthier eating habits through nutrition and cooking classes and free monthly cooking demonstrations.

• Five new Family Changing Rooms that will allow families of all configurations to privately help each other dress for swim and fitness programs.

• A welcoming new entrance on SW Snoqualmie Street, soon to be designated as a Festival Street that can be closed to cars for special community and Y events.

Funds for the project come from an $8 million capital campaign, with at least $4 million to be raised in the West Seattle community and the remaining funds provided by the YMCA of Greater Seattle. To date, volunteers from the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA Board have raised $3.7 million locally.

“I’m inspired by the hundreds of generous people who have donated to expand and renovate our Y facility. They believe that the YMCA makes a huge difference in people’s lives, and that as the West Seattle community grows, the Y needs to be there to respond. Thanks to these donors we’ve already exceeded 92% of our local fundraising goal and are ready to go!” said Josh Sutton, Regional Executive Director. The Y expects to serve 3,500 more people with the expanded facility, growing our reach in West Seattle to more than 23,000 individuals each year.

The West Seattle YMCA building will largely remain open during construction, with improvements happening in phases and completion expected by the end of the year. The first phase will launch the week of May 9 when the old Youth Programs Building on the Y property will be torn down. Throughout the project, you’ll find the latest updates, images, construction progress and schedule changes on

The groundbreaking ceremony and celebration will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on the Snoqualmie Street side of the West Seattle YMCA facility. Activities will include a bounce house, a photo booth where you can turn a gold shovel of dirt and wear a hard hat, games, donor recognition and a brief program at 5:00 pm.

TOMORROW: Show your support for West Seattle light rail

In case you’ve missed our multitude of mentions since the Sound Transit 3 “draft plan” was announced one month ago (WSB coverage here) – tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26th) is the one and only Sound Transit public meeting planned in West Seattle before ST comes up with its final plan to send to regional voters in November. A West Seattle light-rail line is in the plan – for 2033. Yes, that’s a long time. But it could be longer, as there is some clamor elsewhere in the city to move it back and move other parts of the draft plan forward. But – it also could be sooner. Whatever you think about it, the more people show up for tomorrow’s 5:30 pm meeting at West Seattle High School, the more of a show of support there is. The latest voice exhorting you to be there is that of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, which just sent this:

Do you want less traffic on the West Seattle Bridge?

If so…come to this meeting on April 26th.

We need Light Rail and we need our voices heard.


Show up and make a HUGE difference.

Tuesday, April 26th at 5:30 pm at West Seattle High School.

The more people who show up for this meeting, the louder our voice is.

The louder our voice is, the more likely we are to get what we need: LIGHT RAIL TO WEST SEATTLE!!!

Just showing up is half the battle.

It’s no substitute for a big showing, but ST is also asking you to fill out the survey you’ll find online at Tomorrow’s meeting, by the way, also includes a presentation about Metro’s Long-Range Plan – that and the ST presentation are at 6 pm, following a half-hour of “open house.” It’s not just a light-rail-yay-or-nay situation, by the way – if you would like to advocate for aspects of the plan, including tunneling or no tunneling, where the West Seattle stations should be, etc., this is the place. See you there.

4 ways to spend your West Seattle Monday night

April 25, 2016 9:46 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous


(Red-Breasted Sapsucker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – four unique events for tonight:

TACO BAR BENEFIT FOR WSHS SOFTBALL: 5-9 pm at Pecado Bueno in The Junction, it’s an all-you-can-eat taco-bar benefit with all proceeds going to the West Seattle High School Booster Club to help the WSHS softball team. $15 adults/$10 kids under 12. (4523 California SW)

SECRETS TO A HEALTHY PREGNANCY & EARLY PARENTHOOD: Free presentation at West Seattle Women’s Health and Midwifery, 5-6:30 pm. Details in our calendar listing, which also includes the number for RSVPing. (4727 44th SW)

TINKERLAB WITH LITTLE BITS: 6-7:30 pm, all-ages drop-in at Delridge Library to invent with LittleBits inventor kits, free, but space is limited. More info in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT – ABOUT ANXIETY: Parents are invited to a presentation tonight at Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) about dealing with children’s anxiety. Reception at 6:30 pm, presentation at 7, details in our calendar listing. No admission charge, but RSVP is requested – go here. (10015 28th SW)

MORE for today/tonight/beyond … here’s our complete calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; 4 days until Viaduct closure

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:34 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Work is scheduled to start this morning on southbound 26th SW between Barton and Roxbury. And of course, Friday is the scheduled start of the two-weeks-or-so Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. Details on both, and a few other notes, are here.

9:13 AM: Commenters on the aforementioned story provide reminders of the two big meetings coming up this week related to West Seattle’s potential future light rail – the Sound Transit 3 open house (also featuring the Metro Long-Range Plan) Tuesday, 5:30 pm (presentations at 6) at West Seattle High School (3000 California SW), and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s meeting focused on ST3, 6:30 pm Thursday at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW).