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CONGRATULATIONS! Volleyball championship for Madison Middle School

(Photos courtesy Manya)

Congratulations to Madison Middle School‘s volleyball team for a hard-fought citywide championship!
Head coach Charles Maher tells the story of what led up to Saturday’s win:

From a base camp close to home (Chief Sealth IHS), the 2017 Lady Bulldog Volleyball team overtook the Summit of Seattle Schools, Middle School Volleyball. Madison defeated the 3-time defending champions, Hamilton IMS, in three sets, to remain alone, standing at the top as 2017 League Champions.

While the ascent was challenging, the large squad of 18 eighth-graders worked together throughout. On April 8th, 2017, Madison ended the 3-year undefeated streak of Hamilton in a preview of what would be a Championship of two powerhouse teams with one goal on the table. The regular season matchup was decided in favor of Madison. The 3-set battle was only separated by 6 points. (27-25, 25-27, 15-13)

The regular-season victory brought the true potential of Madison into full view. Madison had been chasing the Hawks of Hamilton each year. While appearing in the last three playoffs with a chance to bring home a title, each year the Lady Bulldogs suspended their climb early while watching the Hawks soar to the top with ease.

NOT THIS YEAR: Madison mounted a 7-2 season record and was the #2 seed going into the Seattle Schools Volleyball Championship Playoffs.

This year the middle-school-volleyball Mountain has been conquered, and the Summit belongs to MADISON. Madison defeated Hamilton in the Championship game (25-17, 22-25, 15-7). The gym was a loud and electrically charged environment.

Our many thanks to the hosting sites throughout the year. (Boren K-8 STEM, Washington MS, Whitman MS, Denny IMS and Chief Sealth IHS). Thanks to Coach Rod and his staff at CSIHS and Denny IMS for a wonderful job hosting the 2017 season, and playoffs. Thank you to the officials and scorekeepers. Much appreciation to all the Varsity and program coaching staffs throughout the district. Thank you to the Hamilton volleyball players and coaching staff. Much respect!

The Bulldog team would like to extend a special thanks to the Madison MS Front Office Staff and Athletics Department. You All Rock!

FOLLOWUP: B’s Po Boy opens tomorrow on Alki

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Five months after we brought you first word that B’s Po Boy would bring Cajun cuisine to Alki Beach, the restaurant at 2738 Alki SW opens tomorrow.

When we told you in January about Deborah and Ryan Borchelt‘s plan to expand their Indianapolis restaurant/bar to their new neighborhood, the previous tenant in the West Seattle space (Fatburger) had just closed. The Borchelts have spent the time since – longer than they had hoped, but that seems to happen to most such projects these days – renovating the space and getting ready to unleash their trademark cuisine.

“We’re ready!” Deborah told us this weekend, during a conversation in the 85-person-capacity indoor space (a patio is in the works too but won’t be ready to go until later this summer). Ryan, meantime, was busy in the kitchen, working on a caramel sauce that could not be left alone for so much as a second.

They’ll open daily at 11 am, with “flexible” closing times. “Probably 10 during the week, 11 on weekends in the summer, an hour earlier in the winter. Since we’re opening at the height of the season, if it’s Friday night and we’re packed at 11, we’re not going to close … (but) we’re also not going to be serving liquor until (2 am), we’re not late-night people.” They’re considering opening at 10 for weekend brunch (11 for now), which, by the way, will include their regular menu as well as brunch specialties, and you’ll be able to add a fried egg to any po boy at brunch time.

Along with the signature po boys (starting at $10, with halves available) – fried shrimp and fried oyster are their best-sellers in Indianapolis (where the original B’s Po Boy remains open) – the menu (see it here) also include beignets ($6), mostly missing in our area since the short-lived Mardi Gras Donuts in White Center closed.

Mardi Gras, of course, will be festive at B’s when it rolls around next year.

The green “subway tile” on the bar is in fact one of the main Mardi Gras colors – green, purple, and gold – though Deborah says it just worked out that way; their designers at Mallett chose it.

What’s special year-round: “Everything is made in house,” except the andouille sausage and the bread, which, as she told us in January, will be flown in from New Orleans. The aforementioned beignets are from their own recipe, not a mix. Their sauces are all house-made, too, from the strawberry and chocolate sauces for beignet-dipping to the savory sauces and even one you’ll find bottled and available on the table (along with sriracha, a Pacific Rim touch) – their custom hot sauce, “based on habanero peppers, complex flavor up front before the heat hits you.”

Classic New Orleans cocktails will be on the drink menu, including the Hurricane, Ramos Gin Fizz, and the city’s “official” cocktail, the Sazerac. That name is even painted on the side of the patio – where you’ll also see this painting:

They commissioned it from artist Eric Wallentine for their back yard in Indianapolis but it doesn’t fit where they’re living here, so it’s outside the restaurant. It has a special feature, Deborah told us – a coating that will be illuminated at night. “New place to take a selfie,” she suggested with a smile.

Online, you’ll find the menu and other info at

ELECTION 2017: Update – 34th District Democrats’ mayoral forum Wednesday

ORIGINAL REPORT, 3:47 PM SUNDAY: The primary election is approaching quickly – King County Elections will mail ballots on July 12th, just one month from tomorrow. This Wednesday night, a mayoral-candidates forum is in the spotlight at the 34th District Democrats‘ monthly meeting, and the group says all 21 candidates will participate as it begins – brief introductions, answers to a question drawn at random, and then the crowd will decide which candidates they want to hear more from, as the process moves toward an endorsement by night’s end. 7 pm Wednesday (June 14th), The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW).

MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE: 34th DDs chair David Ginsberg tells WSB that “incorrect information was posted to our Facebook page (it has since been updated). While all candidates are welcome to participate, we will not likely see all 21 candidates for Mayor in attendance on Wednesday. At this point I would expect the number in attendance to be closer to 7.” So far, he says, these candidates have confirmed they’ll be there:

Jenny Durkan (D)
Jessyn Farrell (D)
Senator Bob Hasegawa (D)
Mike McGinn (D)
Cary Moon (D)
Jason Roberts (D)
Keith Whiteman (no party information available)

SDOT unveils ‘most promising route’ for West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway

Via postal mail, SDOT has announced the next step in yet another project planned to start in 2019:

That’s what the city is calling “the most promising route” for the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway, which has previously been discussed mostly as a side note at meetings about projects such as 35th SW (such as this one almost a year ago). The mailer arrived at WSB HQ (marked “resident” – we will be asking tomorrow about the distribution area among other things) with Saturday’s mail, and we found the map in a PDF version of the mailer on the project page. As is standard for projects these days, an online survey is coming up, but the SDOT website says that it won’t be available until next Saturday. Also that day, according to the mailer – the first of two “drop-in meetings” for comments about this, near the start and end of the “promising route”:

Saturday, June 17th
Uptown Espresso in The Junction
4301 SW Edmunds
10 am-11:30 am

Wednesday, June 21
Southwest Library
9010 35th SW
5:30-7 pm

We’ll be following up with SDOT tomorrow.

P.S. West Seattle has one greenway already in place, stretching from North Delridge to South Delridge.

8th-grade writers take the stage for 7th annual Denny International MS Poetry Slam

June 11, 2017 12:33 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for the report and photos:

On Thursday evening, the Denny International Galleria was packed in anticipation of the Seventh Annual Eighth Grade Poetry Slam! Our scholars did an awesome job of bravely expressing their perspective, passion, and brilliance through the power of poetry! The audience experienced laughs, tears, snaps of agreement and encouragement, and rousing rounds of applause for our terrific young poets!

A huge thank you goes out to our amazing eighth-grade literacy teachers, Mr. Slingsby, Mr. Woods, Ms. Belka, Ms. Dashti, Ms. Yzaguirre, Ms. Olsen, our Assistant Principal for Literacy Ms. Nestor, Mr. King and Seattle Parks, DJ Sureal and the Zulu Nation, Denny City Year, El Paisano Rosticeria y Cocina, and all of our fantastic guests and staff who supported and encouraged our scholars!

More photos ahead: Read More

CONGRATULATIONS: 32 Chief Sealth IHS students earn State Seal of Biliteracy

Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School teacher Noah Zeichner for the photo and report:

Chief Sealth International High School awarded the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy to 32 students, about 12% of the graduating senior class, at Thursday evening’s Senior Awards Nights. Students can qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy through a language competency test or by earning a score of 4 or higher in an IB language course. Earning the Seal implies that students are not just bilingual (speaking), but biliterate (reading and writing) in at least one language in addition to English. This year, Chief Sealth awarded the Seal of Biliteracy to students who read and write in Spanish, Amharic, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, Somali, and Oromo.

Chief Sealth administers world language competency tests each fall in several languages as part of its international programming. The school aims to recognize the diverse linguistic skills that students bring to the school community. Several Chief Sealth Seal of Biliteracy recipients were also recognized at the June 7 Seattle School Board meeting.

Possibilities for your West Seattle Sunday

(Anna’s Hummingbirds, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Good morning! from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more):

WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE: Championship play today, and you’re invited to watch, starting at 9:30 am, at Bar-S Playfields. (Admiral Way SW/65th SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: More new, fresh items are showing up every week here in peak season. 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

COLMAN POOL: Another pre-season weekend at the outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park, with swim sessions noon-7 pm. Here’s the schedule.

LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Low tide today is -1.5 feet at 12:47 pm; between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm, you’ll find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation and Lincoln Parks.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN: Visit the home of West Seattle’s history, noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Visit the historic lighthouse for a free tour with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary between 1 pm and 4 pm – be there by 3:40 pm for the last one. (3201 Alki SW)

LINCOLN PARK NATURE WALK: Jonathan Hover will lead a nature walk focused on edible and medicinal plants, 3-5 pm. Check to see if there’s still room. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

THE WELL SAID: Duo performing with vintage small guitars from the 1930s @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

STEPHANIE KITSON & DANNY LACKER: 7 pm at Parliament Tavern – “R&B and hip-hop arrangements of original material.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Growing pains, benefit plans, neighbors’ concerns @ Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

June 11, 2017 2:53 am
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 |   Myers Way | West Seattle news

(Polly Trout of camp operator Patacara Community Services, with committee members and attendees)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The second meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for city-sanctioned Camp Second Chance brought more neighbors who wanted to expand the discussion to concerns along Myers Way outside the encampment.

More than 25 people gathered at the camp for the meeting last Sunday (note that this was one day before a man was beaten to death at an unrelated unauthorized encampment across Myers and some blocks to the south, so that incident is not part of this report). As of the meeting day, camp management said, they had 55 residents.

Those who gathered for the meeting also included camp residents and staffers, committee members, and representatives of groups such as Seattle Green Spaces Coalition that worked to convince the city not to sell the Myers Way Parcels, where the camp set up last year, months before receiving city authorization and funding. Also there, Tom Van Bronkhorst from the city Department of Neighborhoods and independent videographer Barry White, who said he was recording the meeting as part of a plan “to tell the story of the camp.”

Here’s what attendees heard and said: Read More