West Seattle, Washington
From 1990s Chief Sealth superstar Sheila Lambert to the 2010s West Seattle HS team that’s been to state three of the past four years, girls’ basketball is an ever-stronger sport on the peninsula. And today was the latest proof – an all-West Seattle championship game at the Seattle Public Schools middle-school girls’ playoffs. Madison Middle School took the trophy in a hard-fought game with the defending champions from Denny International Middle School, 30-22.
The Denny gym, where the playoffs lasted all day, saw a great turnout of proud parents on both sides for the big game late this afternoon.
Congratulations to both schools! Madison’s head coach is Mary Roper; Denny’s is Joe Espinoza. (And we noted coaches from the local high-school teams on hand, no doubt to observe potential future players in action!)
Sunny and warm-ish weather is forecast for tomorrow. Here’s a great way to start your Sunday! The announcement was sent by Colin:
Come join us to improve the Puget Park trail, this Sunday, March 17th from 9-noon.
Community support is needed to continue Puget Park trail improvements. Several neighbors have come together to lead this Puget Ridge family-friendly community event. Please stop by and give whatever time you have, every little bits helps, even just swing by to say “thank you”. Our presence and participation at this event demonstrates to Seattle Parks that we care and appreciate improvements they are making to the parks in our neighborhood.
We plan to have a series of trails project throughout the spring and summer. Below is our work party calendar.
March 17th Spring kickoff
April 7th Volunteer days
May 5th Join hands day
June 1st National trail day This one is on Saturday
June 23rd Seattle work day
October 6th Fall Planting Party
Meet the group at the park entrance, 19th/Dawson.
A couple people have asked about the sudden absence of RVs on 28th SW and SW Andover in the West Seattle Health Club vicinity. We had been checking into that since seeing this on Thursday afternoon:
The RV was being towed westbound on Yancy, turning northbound on Avalon, one block west of the longtime parking area near WSHC. So we continued eastbound for a look: None on 28th, the area about which WSHC’s Dan Lehr had voiced the most concern when we talked with him a few weeks ago; one on SW Andover (whose owner is apparently a nearby housed resident, not using the vehicle as a residence). Just a few days ago, we had noted 10 in the area. The disappearance of RVs there led us to wonder about another area long popular for RV parking, Harbor Avenue; we subsequently found that stretch, where as few as three were parked in recent days, was up to 10.
Whether any of those were the same ones that had left 28th/Andover, we don’t know. But we wondered whether the Thursday tow had been part of an official “sweep,” so we took that question to Will Lemke, spokesperson for the city’s homelessness-response efforts. His reply:
It is my understanding an RV was towed in the area (Thursday), but it was not through the RV Remediation Pilot or an organized SPD event. SW CPT had tagged the area and the RV occupant ordered a private tow in order to comply with the 72hr law. I believe the vehicle did not run and was towed by the occupant to a repair shop.
SW CPT would be a reference to the Southwest Precinct Community Police Team. We went through both the 28th/Andover and Harbor Avenue areas again today before writing this and the numbers were the same in the respective areas as we’d noted on Thursday.
3:35 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is headed to a possible house fire in the 9000 block of 17th SW. Updates to come.
3:41 PM: SFD says the response is being downsized as firefighters investigate “light smoke coming from occupant’s fireplace.”
3:48 PM: Now they’re sending Ladder 11 back to check out “possible extension” of the problem. Our crew at the scene, meantime, has been told it was a chimney fire.
3:59 PM: Engine 11 and Ladder 11 firefighters are still investigating to be sure the fire didn’t spread beyond the chimney.
A reminder today from the Friends of Delridge Triangle:
Please join us for our community design meeting on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). toshare your ideas about how to redesign the Delridge Triangle at 9200 Delridge & SW Barton.
Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Snacks, professional child care with guided activities, as well as interpreters will be provided.
Survey Time! Please take a few moments to take a survey about the Triangle here.
Earlier this month, we reported that all three teenagers arrested after the September 2017 Westcrest Park murder of 15-year-old Derek Juarez-Lopez had pleaded guilty, and that two had been sentenced. That left 17-year-old Diego Carballo-Oliveros, eventually identified as the one who had fatally stabbed the victim while robbing him. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder but his hearing had to be delayed. It was finally held earlier this week and court documents show he was sentenced to a total of 21 years, including a two-year “enhancement” for deadly-weapon use. That’s one year less than prosecutors had recommended. The plea agreement and sentence incorporate an earlier robbery case against the defendant, for which he was still awaiting trial at the time of the murder.
One more event today, in addition to the previously published long list of what’s happening: Our area’s representative on the Seattle Public Schools board, Leslie Harris, tells WSB she’ll be at High Point Library for her next community conversation, 3-5 pm at High Point Library. Harris is also the board’s president and notes there’s much to talk about, so you’re invited to drop in – 3411 SW Raymond.
Winter’s final weekend! Many options, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FREE GROUP RUN: Be at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) at 8 am to get the weekend off to a running start! (2743 California SW)
BASKETBALL: The Seattle Public Schools playoffs are all day at the Denny International Middle School (girls) and Chief Sealth International High School (boys) gyms, starting with 8:30 am games. More in our preview from last night.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Sales end after this weekend – use the lookup box here to find out where and when you can buy them.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD: General reminder that various Boy Scout/Cub Scout packs and troops are doing this door-to-door food drive this month – if you got/get a door hanger, put out food on your pickup day!
MOMENTIA MIX: 10:30 am at Camp Long, monthly fun for people experiencing memory loss, and their caregivers/relatives. (5200 35th SW)
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: 12:30 pm downtown, from 4th and James north to Westlake, the 48th annual parade is led this year by a Grand Marshal from West Seattle, County Councilmember Joe McDermott. Here’s the running order. (4th Avenue)
BASEBALL: 2 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, cheer the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks as they host Othello HS. (2801 SW Thistle)
ART SHOW OPEN HOUSE: 5-8 pm, featuring Kersti Muul and Gerald Lisl, and other reasons to stop by Nepenthe! (9447 35th SW)
ROO AND THE FEW: 7-9 pm, live music at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor). No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
NORTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 8 pm at Holy Rosary, led by music director Anthony Spain, the orchestra will “perform Beethoven’s monumental Symphony #9 … Over 200 performers (orchestra and 5 choirs, including a choir from Virginia) will participate in this performance, which may make this the largest performance in West Seattle this year.”
Get your ticket(s) here. (4202 SW Genesee)
JOE T. COOK BLUES BAND: 8 pm-midnight at Poggie Tavern in The Junction:
“High energy, old school Chicago and Texas Blues, Swing, and Originals.” 21+. (4717 California SW)
SURF NIGHT! Knuckles, The Earthlings, and The Evanstones, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $6 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE! It’s all on our complete calendar.