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CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth IHS student Jennifer Aguilar Bamaca chosen as Washington World Fellow

The video above is from the Lieutenant Governor’s office, spotlighting a program in which a local student has just been chosen to participate. Here’s the announcement:

This week, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib’s office selected Jennifer Aguilar Bamaca for the Washington World Fellows 2019 cohort.

This year’s winners were selected from nearly 200 nominees from throughout the state. To be considered for the program, students had to be nominated by a teacher or school counselor, and complete a rigorous application process that includes written essays, a personal interview, and a video submission. Nearly all of this year’s fellows will be the first in their families to attend college.

Jennifer, a student at Chief Sealth International High School, is both a student and a boxer, who enjoys learning about her Guatemalan heritage. She was selected for the program based on her enthusiasm for education, and desire to become a leader in her community. In her application she said she is excited for both the opportunity to study abroad, and the academic support to achieve her goal of being the first in her family to go to college.

The fellowship provides students with a study abroad experience in León, Spain during the summer between grades 10 and 11, followed by two years of college readiness and leadership development programming. The Washington World Fellows program was created by the office of Lt. Governor Habib in 2018, and is part of the office’s larger goal of expanding opportunities in higher education throughout Washington.

Jennifer is the only member of this year’s cohort from a Seattle school. The 2018 cohort also included a Sealth student, Luis Bravo Espinoza, spotlighted here in February for his time in Olympia as a State Senate Page.

BIZNOTES: From Alki to Morgan Junction

Three quick food biznotes:

ALKI CHICKEN AND WAFFLES: A liquor-license application appeared online this week for a new restaurant at 2738 Alki SW, formerly B’s Po Boy, after Fatburger, Bada Bistro, Beachside Café. The proprietor of record for Alki Chicken and Waffles is Tom Lin, former owner of the Alki Homestead 1 door down, which was of course famous for its fried chicken until the restaurant was abruptly closed by a fire in 2009.

IL NIDO: Speaking of the Homestead, the historic landmark building that Lin sold four years ago, the Italian restaurant that’s moving in is now looking at a “May-ish” opening, according to its Instagram page (where you can see interior sneak peeks). We first reported on Chef Mike Easton‘s plan for Il Nido back in September.

THRIFTWAY BARBECUE TIME: Tomorrow’s the first benefit barbecue of the season at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor), where they’ll fire up the grill around 11 am, proceeds benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank. 11:33 AM UPDATE: Just went to Thriftway to check and today’s barbecue is canceled – stormy. They’ll give it another go in two weeks (April 27th).


A visitor was hit by a car prowler, reports Haley:

Reporting that last night my boyfriend’s car was broken into and his golf clubs were all stolen. Someone smashed his back window in and took all the clubs and the golf bag (brand-new TaylorMade M4 driver, TaylorMade RocketBladez 2.0 irons, red golf bag). I live in Admiral in the North Admiral Apartments … he parked right in front of the apartment building entrance and Arthur’s café. He got to my apartment at 9:30 pm last night and left this morning at 7:30 am, so it happened sometime between then.

TAX TIME! Here’s how to get last-minute help

Monday is that date many dread, April 15th, the federal tax deadline. If you’ve procrastinated, this announcement about the United Way of King County free volunteer tax-help program might be of help:

Free Tax Preparation 10 am – 2 pm Saturday at the West Seattle Food Bank / WS Community Resource Center (6516 35th Ave SW)

Saturday (April 13th) is the last day to file at the West Seattle free tax preparation site before the deadline on Monday! We will be prioritizing 2018 and anyone who needs to file or amend 2015 tax years as long as you are eligible for our services. Please go to the calendar listing to confirm your eligibility, review the list of required documents; come early (no later than 1 pm), and be prepared to wait!

Still not ready? You can stop by to get information about other United Way free tax preparation sites and post-season free tax help. Other sites in the area are open Sunday, April 14th – YWCA Greenbridge, Burien Goodwill, Central Library downtown; for a complete list of free tax preparation locations go to,, or

United Way will also have post-season tax help during the month of May at the Central Library downtown on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for 2009 – 2018 tax years; see the Central Library event website for times.

PARK PLANNING: City sets April 30 meeting for 48th/Charlestown

(WSB file photo, future park site at 48th/Charlestown)

Two months ago, the city held a drop-in event to talk about the southwest corner of 48th/Charlestown, which is now in the planning process as a future park, after years as a “landbanked” site. And today, the next step has been announced – an April 30th meeting (6:30 pm at Dakota Place Park, 4304 SW Dakota). Three design concepts for the site will be presented, developed with feedback from the February event and an online survey. After that, Parks says: “Following community input at the April 30th meeting, we will develop a preferred design concept. The preferred design will be presented at the third and final community meeting in early summer 2019.” Planning, design, and construction are budgeted at $1.2 million from the Seattle Parks District levy; construction is planned next year.

ROAD WORK ALERT: What you need to know as Avalon/35th/Alaska project begins

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The newest “no parking” signs along part of Avalon, south/west of the Luna Park business district, are the first sign of what’s about to begin – SDOT‘s Avalon/35th/Alaska project.

The $14.5 million project’s been in the planning stages for more than two years, when it was announced as a “repaving” project but also revealed to include reconfiguration of much of the road. Over the next year-plus, work will be done in phases on the entire length of Avalon – from the West Seattle Bridge to Fauntleroy Way – as well as three blocks of 35th SW between Avalon and Alaska, and one block of SW Alaska west of 35th. Here’s the detailed rechannelization plan:

(It’s also visible here in PDF.)

We’ve been following the planning process all along, but with work starting next week, it’s time for a closeup look at what you’ll see happening with SDOT’s biggest West Seattle project in a while, so we went downtown to SDOT offices in the Seattle Municipal Tower to talk with key members of the project team – Adonis Ducksworth and Bill Clark.

As previously noted, the project area is broken into zones. As announced last week, work will begin in Zone B, along Avalon between Yancy and Genesee.

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Get a garden! P-Patch spaces open in West Seattle (and elsewhere)

If you’d like to garden but don’t have the right spot to do it … good news! The city says spaces are available in multiple P-Patches, including two in West Seattle. Here’s the announcement:

Would you like to have a plot in one of Seattle’s fabulous P-Patch community gardens? Do you want to grow fresh organic produce for yourself and your family? Would you like to learn great gardening techniques from your gardening neighbors? If so, we have P-Patch plots available for a small fee in these select neighborhoods and gardens:

West and South Seattle

(West Seattle): Longfellow Creek P-Patch (25th Ave SW and SW Thistle)
NewHolly: NewHolly 29 P-Patch, 29th Ave S & S Brighton St
NewHolly: NewHolly Youth & Family P-Patch (32nd Ave S & S Brighton St)
High Point: MacArthur Park, 2726 MacArthur Lane

North Seattle

Jackson Park: Jackson Park P-Patch (13048 10th Ave NE)
Haller Lake: Haller Lake P-Patch, 13045 1st Ave NE
Pinehurst: Pinehurst P-Patch, 11525 12th Ave NE
Maple Leaf: Maple Leaf P-Patch, 5th Ave NE & NE 103rd

To get on the Interest List for one of these gardens (or any garden), sign up here or call 206.684.0264 and press 1.

(We’ve included the ones outside West Seattle just in case you work or otherwise spend a lot of time in any of those areas – or have a friend/relative/co-worker who might be interested.)

7 for your West Seattle Friday

(White-throated Sparrow, photographed by J. Houston, shared via the WSB Flickr page)

Almost the weekend! Seven notes for the rest of your Friday:

LOBBY SALE: Daily through April 20th – through 5 pm today – shop in the lobby of Providence Mount St. Vincent and help its foundation raise money for resident programs. (4831 35th SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM REMINDER: The museum is open regular hours – noon-4 pm – but no ramp access through this weekend, because of repairs. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

GAME ON! High Point Library welcomes you to play, 2-4:30 pm, to celebrate the end of spring break. (3411 SW Raymond)

SONGWRITERS’ SHOWCASE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). No cover; all ages. (5612 California SW)

ART LOUNGE: Your monthly chance to hang out at Highland Park Improvement Club and work on art project(s), as long as you’re 21+. Bar’s open, good company too. (1116 SW Holden)

‘THREE TALL WOMEN’: Second and final weekend to catch Twelfth Night Productions‘ performance of the Edward Albee play, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

INDIE ROCK EXTRAVAGANZA: That’s what you’ll find tonight at Parliament Tavern, starting at 9 pm, with Aurora Motels, Ol’ Mary Todd, and guests. $5. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND AND BEYOND … via our full calendar!

PLAY BALL! WSHS playing at T-Mobile Park next weekend – and selling M’s tickets

As the M’s return home tonight, the West Seattle High School baseball team is looking ahead to its annual chance to play at what’s now T-Mobile Park – which is paired with their annual sale of tickets to an M’s game. Thanks to Sheree for the two-part announcement (and photo):

West Seattle HS vs Ballard HS

in the High School Baseball Classic at T-Mobile Park

6:30 pm, Saturday, April 20th, 2019



Get your tickets to the hottest team in the MLB – The Mariners!

The WSHS Baseball team is selling tickets to the Mariners game on July 2nd at 7:10 pm vs the St Louis Cardinals at T-Mobile Park.

100 level tickets – $40 each (down the first base line)
300 level tickets – $20 each (behind home plate)

To buy tickets, contact Sheree at

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Spring-break finale Friday

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:46 AM: Good morning! On this last weekday of spring break for many local students, we start with reminders:

TUNNEL CLOSURE TONIGHT: 11 pm tonight to 8 am Saturday morning, the SB Highway 99 tunnel will be closed.

STADIUM ZONE: Mariners are back home starting tonight, 7:10 pm vs. the Astros.

NEXT WEEK: SDOT‘s Avalon/35th/Alaska project starts next week, with work proceeding zone by zone over the next year-plus, starting in the Avalon/Yancy vicinity. We went to SDOT HQ downtown on Thursday for an in-depth preview and we’ll publish that story today.