West Seattle, Washington
The West Seattle High School boys just lost to Eastside Catholic in the regionals, 48-41, but this was NOT a loser-out game, so they’re on to state – next game, 9 pm Wednesday (February 27th) at the Tacoma Dome, vs. Capital. Details and photos from tonight’s game – played at Issaquah HS – when we get back to HQ.
ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: A smothering defense was Eastside Catholic’s hallmark during this game. More than a few times, they all but forced West Seattle players into a crouch to find a way to get a shot out.
But the Crusaders didn’t entirely own the game.
This past week, the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council met for the first time this year. It was a chance to look ahead, in multiple ways.
POLICING PLANS: Taylor Lowery, this year’s Seattle University public-safety intern at the Southwest Precinct, said they’re now crunching the data and comments from the recent citywide Public Safety Survey. Related to that work the precinct’s operations commander Lt. Steve Strand said the precinct’s Microcommunity Policing Plan priorities for the year – three for each microneighborhood – is due March 6th, so starting next week they’ll be circulating drafts to the neighborhood groups with which police have partnered on those plans. Police capacity – response time, for example – so far is shaping up as a top concern.
A local family exiting homelessness into permanent housing is doing it with help from Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor). This afternoon, church volunteers moved a house full of donated furnishings to that family’s new home.
The program is a partnership with Mary’s Place, which helps homeless families. Tibbetts has helped homeless people in other ways over the years, and this is the first time they’ve collected donations to furnish a family’s new home.
When the call went out for donations, in fact, so many came in that after today, they expected to have a start on furnishings for the next family they’ll help.
When we stopped by, the volunteers were awaiting a rental truck they planned to load up with the furnishings for a special delivery to the family’s new home in Burien. One extra-special donation … a handmade sign reading WELCOME HOME:
Did you know the State Senate has a Page program for youth? Here’s a news release we received about a Chief Sealth International High School student who just spent a week participating:
Luis Bravo Espinoza, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of February 18th.
Pages are sponsored by the Senator from their legislative district, or by another member in the legislature. 34th District Senator Joe Nguyen sponsored Bravo Espinoza’s week in the Legislature.
“We really enjoyed having Luis here with our team in the legislature this week” said Nguyen. “I hope that he had fun at the Capitol, and was able to learn plenty!”
The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers. It also includes classes with topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting.
“Seeing how everything works was one of my favorite parts of being a page,” said Bravo Espinoza. “I liked running errands and becoming familiar with the buildings and all of the people.”
Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor while the Senate is in session. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.
“I just found it really interesting how everything works here – this program has absolutely led me to have more of an interest in politics,” added Bravo Espinoza.
Bravo Espinoza is in 11th grade at Chief Sealth International High School. In his free time, he volunteers at his local library and helps with different community-outreach events. He spent a few weeks last summer in Spain through the Washington Work Fellows Program, sponsored by Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib.
Want to know more about the Senate Page Program? SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov
At right is On Safari Foods proprietor Teresa Carew, with Judi Yazzolino of the West Seattle Food Bank, who reports that On Safari just gave WSFB’s Backpack Program a big boost, by raising $10,000 to support it. The fundraiser was part of On Safari’s annual Open House this past Thursday night in SODO (where the catering company moved eight years ago after outgrowing its West Seattle HQ). Judi says WSFB is grateful to Teresa, her crew, and “very generous guests” for their support. According to On Safari, the money was raised through a combination of cash donations at the door, a raffle, and a silent auction. The company already supports the Food Bank by donating leftover food. Now it’s given a big assist to the Backpack Program, which sends six “kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, easy to prepare and eat” meals home every weekend with students in need.
P.S. You can support the Food Bank by attending another big event coming up in SODO – its annual Instruments of Change dinner/auction on May 11th.
2:07 PM: Delayed two weeks by snow, the Special Olympics of Washington “Big Plunge” on Alki was greeted by a bit of ice. Just as the first wave of plungers was set to venture into the chilly waters of Puget Sound, the light rain turned to hail/graupel/sleet/ice pellets.
The hardy plungers were undaunted. This is a signature event for Special Olympics support from law enforcement, and they have to weather challenging conditions day in and day out anyway.
We even spotted Seattle’s top cop, Chief Carmen Best, apparently on shore-support detail:
Providing support offshore, vessels including this one from the King County Sheriff’s Office:
Though the plunging’s over, the event is also a midwinter festival of sorts, with a dozen or so food trucks parked near the Alki Bathhouse.
They’re scheduled to be here until about 3 pm, same end time for a benefit beer garden. Supporting Special Olympics of Washington, by the way, supports a wide variety of programs – including the Unified Sports with which local schools are involved.
3:11 PM: Wrapping up – we’ll watch for word on the fundraising total. Participants came from far and wide, including this group from Edmonds:
Almost time! The South County Copsicles are about the take #TheBigPlunge for @SO_Washington! The wind is chilly, the water colder but we are on fire to raise $$$ for Special Olympics! pic.twitter.com/2rxDkYtAr7
— Edmonds Police (@EdmondsPolice) February 23, 2019
This was the first Special Olympics-benefiting plunge at Alki since 2011 – the organization has continued hosting plunges, but at other beaches.
ADDED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT: Thanks for sharing photos! This one’s from Mike Livdahl:
And three from Andrew Malinak, taken from a boat:
A Celebration of Life is planned March 2 for longtime West Seattle physician Dr. Douglas Hom. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing with the community:
Dr. Douglas Hom, age 69, passed away the morning of Friday, January 25, 2019. He suffered a heart attack while skiing and, after a week-long struggle at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, died peacefully, surrounded by family.
Doug was born July 26, 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Dr. Leong “Lee” and Syen “Sunny” Hom. He was the eldest of four boys and, although competition was stiff, the most adventuresome troublemaker of the lot.
During his youth in small town Battle Lake, Minnesota, he played golf, baseball, and basketball; participated in band, chorus, and debate; and did other “normal” things that would surprise no one who knew him, like spontaneous multi-day canoe adventures and making sure nobody picked on his little brothers. Smart and opinionated even then, he graduated as high school valedictorian. The caption for his high school senior photo was, “Even his explanations needed explaining.” This sentiment followed him throughout his entire life.
He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1974, moved to Glens Falls, New York, and established a medical private practice. In 1985, he moved to Seattle and worked for the Providence Hospital medical group until 2000 when he and his brother, Dr. Denis Hom, opened a medical practice together in West Seattle. During this time, he also treated patients at several adult family care facilities. Drawing on the legacy set by his father, Doug took his vocation to heart. His patients were treated with the same compassion and genuine – if sometimes tough – love as his family.
Doug was a devoted father and grandfather, thoughtful mentor, and loyal friend. He had an active imagination and insatiable curiosity. He dove into life with a passion that few could match. He truly loved people: his family and friends, his patients, and people he’d just meet passing through. He felt they ultimately made his life richer and more interesting. In turn, he touched and made a positive impact on many lives.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Sunny Hom. He is survived by his brothers, Denis Hom (Mei-Lan), James Hom (Siu-Lin), Curtis Hom (Vivian); his children, Tanya Farmer (Justin), Ainsley Bar Telem (Elan), Kyra-lin Hom (Chad Richman); his grandchildren, Jocelyn Farmer, Lucas Farmer, Elijah Farmer; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1 pm in the sanctuary at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle (3940 41st Ave. SW). It will be open to family, friends, and all who wish to pay their respects. Black/mourning attire is requested.
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(Pileated Woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Saturday! First:
ROAD-WORK ALERT: SDOT told us earlier this week that – weather permitting – its crews would be out today removing the temporary bus lane that was put into place for buses to use the 4th Avenue exit from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. You can use the views on our Traffic Cams page to see if this work is under way and if so, how it’s affecting traffic.
Now, from the calendar:
THE BIG PLUNGE, PLUS BEER FEST & FOOD TRUCKS: Big fun at Alki Bathhouse for much of the day – The Big Plunge fundraising “polar bear swim” for Special Olympics of Washington, plus a beer and food-truck festival! The newest details:
8:00 a.m. – Onsite registration opens
10:00 a.m. – DJs start spinning on the Main Stage
11:00 a.m. – Food Trucks and Winter Beer Festival open
1:00 p.m. – PLUNGE! (participants will be plunging in waves)
3:00 p.m. – Event ends; Food trucks and winter beer festival close
Food trucks include Big Dogs, Bread and Circuses, Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff, Ezell’s Chicken, Kiss My Gritz, Off the Rez, Pecos Pit BBQ, Piroshky Piroshky, Vet Chef, The Cheese Pit and Thai-U-Up.
Featured breweries at the winter beer festival include Big Time Brewery, Elliott Bay Brewing, Elysian Brewing Company, Georgetown Brewing, Redhook Brewery, and Seattle Cider Company.
Entertaining the crowds from the Main Stage will be a lineup of local DJs featuring Blueyed Soul, DJ Aquaphina, DJ Shane, Harmony Soleil and Sean Majors.
(2701 Alki Ave. SW)
HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR: 10 am-5 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle:
Join us for our first annual health and wellness fair at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center! Receive free information from our health and wellness booths set up by organizations including University of Washington Health and Dental, Seattle Indian Health Board, and more. Receive free screenings and enter our raffle while gathering information on Native health and wellness.
(4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
ESSENTIAL OILS 101: Community class at Highland Park Improvement Club, 10 am-10:30 am, all welcome. (1116 SW Holden)
CELEBRATE COMIC CREATORS: 2:30-4:30 pm at Southwest Library, come to a reception for the youth who spent time this week creating comics. (9010 35th SW)
POP-UP SPANISH EVENING: Two seatings at Tin Dog Brewing in South Park, starting at 5:30 pm, with food, drink, and dancing. (309 S. Cloverddale)
CAMPAIGN PARTY: Phil Tavel‘s District 1 City Council campaign has its first South Park party tonight at 7 pm, featuring the West Seattle Big Band, at South Park Hall. Ticket info here. (1253 S. Cloverdale)
DAD: Hits of the ’80s and ’90s, raising money for Westside Lacrosse, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, $8, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE OPTIONS! See our full list on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar!