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FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth Seahawks’ successful season hits a playoff roadblock

That video clip follows the one and only touchdown managed by the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks in their first and last playoff game of the year tonight at Memorial Stadium.

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

The Seattle Prep Panthers eventually overwhelmed Sealth, 33-8.

The Seahawks came into the season game with a 6-2 record under first-year head coach Ted Rodriguez.

But Prep’s defense kept them scoreless in the first half, which ended with the Seahawks down 24-0 after the Panthers got two TDs in the span of less than half a minute shortly before halftime.

That lone Sealth touchdown came with a little over five minutes left in the third quarter, and a two-point conversion followed. But that’s where the comeback stopped.

The Seahawks’ season isn’t technically over – they have to play one more game to round out a 10-game season, but who and when are not yet settled. What is settled: This was Sealth’s best football season in many years.

BASEBALL: West Seattle-residing baseball standout Kenji Suzuki commits to Clemson

High-school baseball season is a few months away, but World Series Game 3 is happening right now, so many have baseball on their mind. Among them, a talented young West Seattle-residing player who is looking ahead not only to spring, but also to college – after making an early commitment.

(Kenji Suzuki. Photo courtesy David Suzuki)

He’s Kenji Suzuki, who was a member of the West Seattle Little League Majors team that won District 7 and went to the state tournament in 2014. Kenji attended Holy Rosary School and Westside School (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle before going to Eastside Catholic High School, and while he’s only in 10th grade, he’s already committed to play college baseball at Clemson University.

His proud dad David Suzuki tells WSB that Kenji, an infielder, had many Division 1 opportunities to choose from: “We had visited 14 D1 campuses, talking to coaches and considering the opportunities and offers that he was blessed to have. His short list included TCU, OSU, University of Oregon, Missouri, UW, Kentucky, Alabama, University of Arizona, and Stanford.”

Kenji was a standout from the start at ECHS, earning a varsity starting position at second base in his freshman year, when he subsequently got an All-Metro Honorable Mention and was voted Rookie of the Year. (Eastside Catholic won the Metro championship last year.) He’s ranked as the #2 player in his class in our state, and he made the All-Tournament Team for the 15U Perfect Game World Series, finishing as an All-Tournament Hitter with a .385 batting average.

At age 15 last year, he was chosen to join the Chaffey 19U travel ball team, “rated as the number one team in Washington State who have seen dozens of D1 and MLB players.” He ended that season with a .371 batting average, 4th best on the team.

And now, as a member of the class of 2020, Kenji is looking ahead to his second season with Eastside Catholic – then college ball in South Carolina down the road.

About the Seattle Fire response at California/Juneau

October 27, 2017 7:49 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS breaking news

7:49 PM: Several people are asking about the SFD response in the 5600 block of California SW. It’s on the log as “natural gas leak.” We’re headed that way in hopes of finding out more.

8:07 PM: SFD closed the call shortly before we arrived, so whatever it was, it’s over.

READER REPORT: Soprano’s Antico opens

October 27, 2017 7:10 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle restaurants

Just yesterday, after a tip from Brad, we went over to Soprano’s Antico in The Admiral District, where the dining room has been under construction for about a year, and were told they hoped to open next week. Tonight, Brad discovered they are open now, and sent the photo: “Very friendly family owners. Interior is very detailed. I got the first pizza out of the wood oven and it is really tasty! 6 good beers on tap. I will be back.” The restaurant is in the ex-Zatz Bagels space at 2348 California SW.

West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, report #2: SPD’s emphasis areas

Earlier this week, we reported on what the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network heard from this month’s guest, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Now, the other part of the meeting – what they heard from police:

(WSB photo)

That sign installed today in The Junction is related to crime-prevention work that police are doing with the West Seattle Junction Association. Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis and crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Burbridge talked with WSBWCN about working with WSJA executive director Lora Swift to discuss and address chronic issues. Right now, the precinct’s bicycle patrol is active in The Junction, Capt. Davis said. But the precinct only has a budget to deploy them in the daytime, so requests for nighttime bicycle patrolling might take a while to work on. Capt. Davis also said they’ve made some arrests and written some tickets, so they’re making progress. (Side note – Officer John O’Neil is now the Community Police Team officer assigned to the West Seattle sector that includes The Junction.)

Capt. Davis also talked about the Westwood Village-emphasis area that’s been mentioned at previous community meetings, and said they’re making progress in cleaning up Roxhill Park – via patrols as well as via steps such as locking the restrooms overnight and getting Parks to clear some of the overgrowth. They’ve had a sharp decline in the number of 911 calls about the park.

The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets fourth Thursdays most months – but not November and December – 6:30 pm at the precinct (2300 SW Webster).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police search; gunfire suspects arrested; recognize this red backpack?

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes this afternoon:

POLICE SEARCH IN SOUTH DELRIDGE: If you’ve seen the officers, including a K-9 team, searching in the South Delridge area (17th/Barton and beyond) in the past hour or so – we’re told it’s related to a theft case that originated on the King County side of the line. That’s all we have so far.

SPEAKING OF CITY/COUNTY CASES: Via SPD Blotter this afternoon, the saga of something we heard a bit about on the scanner last night but couldn’t pursue because it ended downtown: It started with a robbery in White Center just before 11 pm, continued with gunfire in the 9000 block of Delridge Way SW – the robbery suspects allegedly firing at a witness who was pursuing them – and, as police shared information about the suspect vehicle – a Monte Carlo – across precinct lines, officers caught up with the suspects on I-5 near exit 168B. “Officers looked into the vehicle and saw cash and a purse on the floorboards. Officers booked the 19-year-old gunman, the 21-year-old driver, and the 19-year-old passenger into King County Jail for investigation of assault and drive-by shooting,” wrote Det. Patrick Michaud.

And a reader report:

STOLEN BACKPACK? If this backpack looks like something taken from you or someone you know…

Rich is wondering. He sent the photo (which we have cropped), explaining, “Saturday 10/22 around 3:30 pm, there was a suspicious looking young man emptying the contents of a red backpack into the bushes near California and Charlestown … he was very aggressive towards me when I questioned what he was doing. I don’t see on the blog any mention of a lost/stolen backpack, but perhaps you can post the query if this happened to anyone.” Let us know if you recognize it.

WEST SEATTLE SCHOOLS: Why attendance-area boundaries might change for Genesee Hill, Lafayette next fall

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Some families who currently live in the Genesee Hill Elementary School attendance area may find themselves in the Lafayette Elementary School attendance area starting next school year.

Boundary changes are being considered for those two schools to take some pressure off GHES, West Seattle’s most-populous elementary, already 10 percent above capacity just one year after opening.

The changes – if any – would take effect next fall, starting in the 2018-2019 year, and could affect some current GH students, depending on what kind of “grandfathering” – if any – the district decides to allow.

All this was discussed at GHES this morning, as principal Gerrit Kischner and district officials led an early-stage briefing for families during a “coffee with the principal” event in the lunchroom.

GH opened in fall 2016, built for a capacity of 650 students, after the program’s years with a village of portables at Schmitz Park Elementary, but it’s already stuffed with more than 710. “We’ve continued to grow and grow even though our boundaries have shrunk,” Kischner noted.

He was joined at the meeting by Lafayette principal Cindy Chaput and, from district HQ, associate superintendent Dr. Flip Herndon and enrollment planning director Ashley Davies.

“We’re already over the capacity of the building” and “there’s no additional space,” Davies began. She showed a slide with Genesee Hill’s “right-size capacity” and current over-enrollment, while Lafayette is underenrolled – “right-size” at 550, currently at 394. (The calculations for “right size” do include Lafayette’s current portables, Davies said in response to a question. Some of those portables are used only part time, principal Chaput said, adding that “we have four empty classrooms” right now and she saw no problem with adding more students – right now.)

If nothing changes, Genesee Hill would grow to 807 by 2021 while Lafayette would still have room, at 437.

So the district reviewed five “potential scenarios” as Davies described them to try to balance things. They’re looking more seriously at three of them, and those are what were shown. Read More

FOLLOWUP: Timeline for SDOT’s next round of work at 59th/Admiral, and other intersections nearby

(WSB photo from this afternoon substituted for file photo originally used here)

1:37 PM: Another update from SDOT today about 59th/Admiral, two days after the without-warning end to its almost-two months as an all-ways stop, a change that led to parents from nearby Alki Elementary voicing safety concerns: SDOT communications director Mafara Hobson tells WSB that “We plan to visit the intersection today to do layout for the new decorative curb bulbs, median, and crosswalks. We’ll spray paint outlines for our crews. Pending weather, installation could occur as soon as Nov. 7. Installation will happen during normal working hours.” So if you see new markings – that’s what it’s about. Meantime, changes at other intersections – as first announced four months ago – are still in the works, and SDOT says that they’re tentatively scheduled to work at 61st/Admiral and SW Stevens/Admiral as soon as mid-November. Here’s how those intersections are scheduled to change, according to the SDOT graphics made public in June:

This is all part of the SW Admiral Way Safety Project, which included rechannelization of much of Admiral west of California a year ago.

4:02 PM: Thanks for the tips – we’ve since been back to the area and photographed two things – top photo shows the workers doing what SDOT told us they’d be doing; next photo, apparently Traffic Enforcement officers have been out in the area all day – this is one of two we passed on the uphill side of Admiral not far east of the intersection:

The Traffic Safety Task Force parents are “encouraged to see movement,” says Merkys Gomez.

ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: The TSTF’s official response sent to SDOT’s Dawn Schellenberg, related to what transpired earlier this week – read it in its entirety after the jump:

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Kumon Math and Reading Center of West Seattle: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor: Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program, has opened a new center in West Seattle at 2350 California Ave. SW. Here’s what its local owner would like you to know about her business:

Kumon’s individualized approach helps children progress by ability rather than age or grade. More than 280,000 preschool- to high-school-aged children across the United States are developing their math and reading skills independently and gaining confidence through the Kumon Method of Learning. The Kumon Center of West Seattle joins the more than 1,500 U.S. instructors committed to helping children excel through the self-learning program.

“At Kumon, we believe children have unlimited potential to succeed,” said instructor-owner Avanti Prahlad. “My goal is to help each child develop a love for learning and the confidence to excel beyond the classroom, while developing foundational academic skills.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, American students were significantly outperformed by 29 nations in mathematics. America’s stagnant performance is rooted in a lack of advanced math or reading curriculum in classrooms, which impacts the country’s future growth. Avanti cares deeply about helping West Seattle students achieve academic success. Many Kumon students study advanced math, which includes materials two to three years above their grade level.

Avanti comes from a Kumon family. Avanti’s mother enrolled her in the Kumon Program to improve her math skills and self-confidence when she was in first grade. Her mother was so happy with the results that she decided to open a Kumon Center in New York and has successfully delivered the Kumon Program to students for close to 30 years. “I have seen the program’s impact both from personal experience and from working with many students at my mother’s center over the years. Aside from mastering fundamental skills in math and reading, I have seen children gain the most invaluable skill of self-learning – a primary skill I hope to help cultivate in children so that they can succeed in any challenge they take on in life,” says Avanti. She holds a Mathematics degree from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Kumon Center of West Seattle’s class hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Students study for approximately 30 minutes per subject and have daily assignments to complete at home. For more information, or to schedule a free placement test, please call 206-258-8313 or email

About Kumon Math & Reading Centers:

Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they can achieve more on their own. As a comprehensive program, Kumon serves children in preschool through high school. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has over four million students enrolled in nearly 25,000 learning centers in 50 countries and regions.

We thank Kumon Math and Reading Center of West Seattle 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.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Junction Post Office’s outdoor mailbox is available again

Thanks to Andy for the tip! After a week and a half, the West Seattle Junction Post Office‘s drive-up/ride-up mailbox is back in business. You might recall that its return in August followed a seven-month-plus absence, so some were worried about another long outage.

WEST SEATTLE BUSINESSES: See their biggest concerns and challenges, as local project works toward solutions

(WSB photos)

What are the challenges and concerns facing businesses in West Seattle, and what resources are available to deal with them?

That’s the subject of a project on which our area’s two biggest business-related organizations, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and West Seattle Junction Association, are teaming up. As part of it, a roundtable-discussion event was held last night in The Triangle.

Consultant Allison Carney talked about some of what she’s seen in the data gathered over 30 meetings with people involved with the local business community. Concerns include:

*Parking (self-explanatory)

*Availability of commercial space – with businesspeople worried about what happens if the building where they are a tenant is sold, what happens if their rent is raised beyond affordability – is there anywhere else in West Seattle where they can go?

*Transients in business areas – how that relates to feeling safe/unsafe

*The cost of doing business – including new city regulations about wages and leave

Speaking of the city, Carney said she heard overall concerns about relationships with it – West Seattle businesses feel neglected, and some see the city as an adversary, while there’s a general feeling of helplessness: Nothing you can do, your voice can’t be heard.

And there are concerns about whether the new residents in West Seattle care about WS. Are they patronizing local businesses or otherwise participating in the community? How to best reach out and get them involved?

Carney said that between the people she’s interviewed and those at the roundtable event, it’s clear that collaboration, using each other’s skills and knowledge, can overcome many of the challenges.

After small-group discussions, tables reported what they had talked about.

Keeping the business areas clean was a major topic. Better lighting, too. And several people suggested that local business proprietors get more involved in existing community groups – for example, taking crime/safety concerns to at least one of the two monthly community meetings at the Southwest Precinct (which are the WS Crime Prevention Council at 7 pm third Tuesdays and the WS Block Watch Captains Network at 6:30 pm fourth Tuesdays, both meetings always open to everyone).

Next step in the project will be an official report laying out concerns, challenges, and potential solutions – that’s due out by the end of November. After the jump, you’ll see highlights of the consultant’s notes from her conversations, as prepared for last night’s discussion – starting with “what’s special” about our area, and including some quotes on the topics mentioned above:

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SAFETY: Southwest Precinct police’s Halloween-season advice

October 27, 2017 10:32 am
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 |   Holidays | Safety | West Seattle news

Now that we’re in the heart of Halloween (etc.) season, you might be interested in safety advice – which goes far beyond trick-or-treating! It’s from the Southwest Precinct, whose Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge shares what you can read below (or here, in PDF):

(Our guide to local activities for all ages, running through next Wednesday, is here.)

West Seattle Friday: Hallo-weekend arrives! And that’s not all…

October 27, 2017 9:49 am
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(Steller’s Jay, who needs no Halloween costume! Photographed by Mark Wangerin)

It’s Hallo-weekend! So we begin with highlights from the WSB Halloween (Etc.) Guide:

PRESCHOOL TRICK OR TREATING: 10-11:30 am at Holy Rosary School: “We are inviting all children age 5 and under with an adult to come trick or treat INSIDE at our Holy Rosary classrooms! We will have a mix of candy and non-candy items.” (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

SPOOKY CARNIVAL: 5:30-7:30 pm at Alki Community Center, ages 11 and younger: “Spooky fun for the whole family! Carnival games and prizes and a Spooky Haunted Scream Room for brave trick or treaters.” $0.25/ticket or $5/unlimited bracelet. (5817 SW Stevens)

FALL FESTIVAL: 5:30-7:30 pm, at High Point Community Center. All ages, free. “Join High Point Community Center staff and enjoy a family evening of fun. We will have Halloween games, booths, face painting, art and craft activities, and snacks. Fun for all ages. Come one, come all!” (6920 34th SW)

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 6-8 pm at Hiawatha Community Center. “Start your Halloween off with a frighteningly fun-filled evening for the family! Wear your costumes and enjoy carnival games, crafts, and spooktacular activities.” Ages 2-12. $5/child. (2700 California SW)

HALLOWEEN LIGHT SHOW: Tonight’s the first night of the Halloween Light Show by the folks who bring you West Seattle Yuletide. 6-10 pm nightly through Halloween – probably a little later on October 28th and 31st. (38th SW between Genesee and Dakota)

HALLOWEEN FAMILY SWIM: Free swim 7-8 pm at Southwest Pool! “We will have music and prizes for all the goblins, creatures, and superheroes of the night. Space is limited to 125 people. Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied in the water by an adult.” (2801 SW Thistle)

THE CABIRI’S ANNUAL SHOW, OPENING NIGHT: The Cabiri in “Ghost Game XI: Beyond The Veil” dessert theater at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, doors open 7:30 pm. Full details here; buy your ticket(s) here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: 10:30 am-2 pm, you’re invited to all or part of the meeting – details in our calendar listing. At Daystar. (2615 SW Barton)

PEEL & PRESS’S 3RD ANNIVERSARY: 3 pm to 1 am, dine and drink at Peel & Press (WSB sponsor) in honor of their third anniversary – 10 percent of the proceeds are going to buy turkeys and chickens for the West Seattle Food Bank this holiday season! (6503 California SW)

FALL WINE RELEASE AT VISCON CELLARS: 5-9 pm at the Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room, stop in to try the newly released fall wines: “We are releasing the 2013 BLACK Red Wine Blend, always a favorite with our customers. The new 2013 BLACK will be sure to live up to the legacy of its predecessors. Also releasing a new wine to our lineup, the 2014 Rhyme & Reason Syrah.” (5910 California SW)

SHNIT SHORT-FILM FESTIVAL: It’s back! 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club. 21+. Details in our calendar listing. (1116 SW Holden)

ALAN EHRLICH: “Insightful, original songs” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

POWER POP ROCK: With The Riffbrokers, The Cheap Cassettes, Llama at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Celebration of life November 11 for Steven (Hutch) Hutchison, 1955-2017

Family and friends will gather November 11 to remember Steve Hutchison (Hutch). Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared with the community:

In loving memory of Steven Hutchison. Steve passed away on September 23rd at Virginia Mason Medical Center from complications related to Multiple Myeloma.

Steve was surrounded by his loving family and friends. He leaves behind his wife Edwina, daughter Jennifer, son Tyler, and five grandchildren: Andres, Mariana, Marcelino, Alonzo, and Natalia.

Steve was born and raised in West Seattle, where he lived for most of his life. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1973. Steve was an active member of the West Seattle Community. He enjoyed coaching boys’ baseball from 1994 to 1999 and boys’ basketball from 1997 to 2000.

Steve really enjoyed and looked forward to his annual vacation to Maui, which was his home away from home. He would say he never felt better than when he was there.

Please join us to celebrate and honor Steve’s life on Saturday, November 11th, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Dakota Place Park. The address is 4304 SW Dakota Street. Everyone is welcome to come and share their stories and memories of Steve.

If you wish to honor Steve’s memory, please consider donating to The American Cancer Society.

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

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend alerts, including West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:59 AM: Good morning! So far, no incidents on the major outbound routes in/from West Seattle. But we have weekend alerts:

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: On Sunday, from early morning through about 4 pm, California will be closed to traffic between Alaska and Edmunds as well as the usual Farmers’ Market closure between Oregon and Alaska. The festival (full details here) runs 10 am-2 pm.

SW EDMUNDS CLOSURE AT 40TH SW: SDOT plans to continue its paving work starting Saturday morning and potentially continuing through Sunday afternoon.

I-5 REPAIRS TONIGHT: 11 pm tonight through 6 am Saturday, repair work will close three lanes of NB I-5 through downtown, between Yesler Way and Seneca Street.

7:37 AM UPDATE: After-the-fact transit alert:

9:34 AM: WSDOT says tonight’s I-5 lane closures (mentioned above) are canceled. Meantime, we forgot to mention that this is the last weekend for the West Seattle Water Taxi’s seven-day-a-week schedule – next Monday, it starts the five-day-a-week schedule, which also means no midday trips.