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PHOTOS: Seattle Cascades bring pro ultimate to West Seattle Stadium for first time

July 31, 2019 11:49 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Leaping, diving, running, and throwing, the Seattle Cascades professional ultimate team was victorious in its first-ever West Seattle Stadium match tonight, 15-14 over the Melbourne (Australia) Ellipsis:

The Cascades are in blue. The mixed-roster match drew a lively crowd to the stadium:

Casey the Sasquatch, at lower left above, is the team’s mascot, whose appearances in the stands inspired one young fan (not pictured) to holler, “BIGFOOT LIVES!”

Back to the field. It was intense play. (Here are the rules, in short, as followed by the AUDL, the Cascades’ league.) We caught a bit of video:

Toward the end of the first quarter, Cascades player Peter Geertz-Larson was hurt.

He left the stadium in an ambulance after what was described as a compound shin-bone fracture. The game then resumed and the Cascades were up 9-8 at the half.

Featured at halftime, youth players from the DiscNW Tier 206 youth tour (beneficiary of tonight’s proceeds):

The second half was cut a bit short because the stadium lights weren’t coming on, and even on a clear summer night, by 9 pm, visibility wanes. Right before the game was called, we discovered a familiar face serving as the Cascades’ voice:

That’s David Bestock, known best around here as executive director of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. Not only is he the Cascades’ announcer, he also is an accomplished ultimate athlete – his team won the Masters Nationals two weeks ago!

P.S. The Cascades’ regular home venue is Memorial Stadium downtown; their next match is at 6 pm August 17th.

DEVELOPMENT: 9402 18th SW added to ‘Early Design Outreach’ list

Another West Seattle project is on the Early Design Community Outreach list, meaning there’ll eventually be a drop-in community meeting for feedback on the project: 9402 18th SW, with nine rowhouse and townhouse units to replace one 103-year-old house.

Documents in city files also mention “surface parking.” No meeting on the calendar yet, but keep checking here (notification is only required in a relatively small area).

Students’ invitation to teachers: Give us an hour so we can teach you!

July 31, 2019 5:52 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Those students have been learning about teaching – and now it’s their turn to teach … teachers! Here’s the invitation to their special class for teachers this Friday:

Seattle Skills Center’s Intro to Teaching: Careers in Education summer school class at West Seattle High School invites all teachers to attend “Cultural Competency in Education: Practical Tips & Resources” on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 2-3 p.m. at West Seattle High School. Call 206-252-8844 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

The Intro to Teaching class provides students an introduction to the many opportunities and career options in the education field. For their final project, students were tasked with answering: How can teachers create a classroom that is respectful, culturally responsive, and supports academic achievement for all students? To answer, the Careers in Education students have created a resource-rich presentation and website for teachers they will continue to support. Tamara Boynton Howard, their teacher, says “The students’ overall goal is to provide teachers with tangible resources that provide a sense of belonging for all students.”

The Seattle Skills Center is a free program in Seattle Public Schools that prepares students for careers, college, and life. They do this by providing advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that give students options to continue to career-focused learning in four-year colleges, or earn post-secondary certification, or join the work force right out of high school. They provide this training through regular school year courses and a summer program.

For questions or to RSVP for the Cultural Competency in Education event or to RSVP to this event, please call Tamara Boynton Howard at 206-252-8844 or email:


July 31, 2019 3:51 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

While rain is forecast for the end of the week, looks like good concert weather tomorrow (Thursday) night for the next installment of Summer Concerts at Hiawatha (presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association with community co-sponsors including WSB). Alec Shaw will be onstage for the free concert starting at 6:30 on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center (along Walnut south of Lander) – bring your own chair/blanket, picnic dinner if you want to, and enjoy a great night of fresh air and live music.

West Seattle scene: Grocery workers picket in The Junction

(WSB photo)

As announced earlier this week, grocery workers had informational picket lines outside two Junction supermarket this afternoon, calling attention to their ongoing contract talks with the Kroger (QFC and Fred Meyer) and Safeway/Albertsons chains. We took the photo above outside the Junction QFC. The picketers targeted Jefferson Square Safeway earlier, during which, according to the UFCW Local 21 Twitter feed, they had an unannounced high-profile visitor:

The latest online update says they’ve reached tentative agreement on some issues but, “The major roadblocks that remain would likely be strike-level issues.” More talks are scheduled August 12-14.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black Subaru Legacy wagon

July 31, 2019 1:47 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

Julia hopes you can help find her stolen car:

My ’97 Subaru Legacy wagon (black with large dent in back left bumper, plate #AHG5464) was stolen from in front of our house (8600 block of 16th Ave SW) overnight. This is the second time this car has been stolen from this exact location. I had the “Club” on the steering wheel and the car was locked. I have reported this info to SPD.

If you see it, call 911.

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle Beer and Music Festival returns August 23-24

July 31, 2019 12:30 pm
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 |   West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

(Photo by Yvonne Chan)

Even with August almost here, a whole lot of summer fun is still to come. The West Seattle Beer and Music Festival is back for a second year, August 23-24 at the Alki Masonic Center, and you can still buy tickets at earlybird prices. Highlights as announced by organizers:

More than 20 breweries from the Northwest and beyond will be pouring 40+ beers.

The musical lineup features an eclectic mix of funk and soul acts, including New York-based Mega Ran and last year’s fan favorites Marmalade. DJ Indica Jones will be DJ-ing a nightly after-party for those who aren’t ready for the party to end.

New this year is a .5k Run4Food (no, that is not a typo, it really is only .5k!) that benefits the West Seattle Food Bank, taking place on August 24th. Tickets for the costumed and comically short fun run can be purchased for $40 for individuals and $230 for groups of six. Run tickets include admission to the festival on Saturday, tasting tokens, and a glass. Better yet, $10 of every individual ticket for the run and $50 of every group ticket goes back to the West Seattle Food Bank.

The festival hours will be 5-10 pm Friday, 3-10 pm Saturday (with an early-entry option for VIP ticket purchasers). You can find more info and/or buy tickets by going here – earlybird prices through August 11th. P.S. This is a 21+ event.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Collision at West Marginal/Highland Park Way

July 31, 2019 11:21 am
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 |   Highland Park | West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

11:21 AM: Thanks for the tips! Avoid West Marginal Way SW/Highland Park Way for a while – a collision reported to involve four vehicles is blocking much of the intersection.

11:58 AM: SFD has closed out its response to this call.

6 for your West Seattle Wednesday

July 31, 2019 10:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Rhinoceros Auklet, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From our calendar:

LOW-LOW TIDE: Out to -2.9 feet as of five minutes ago, so Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out at Lincoln and Constellation Parks until 1 pm.

WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Sunny and warm, so it’s another “open” day for the pools: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open 11 am-8 pm, EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden) is open noon-6:30 pm, Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander) is open noon-6:30 pm, South Park (738 S. Sullivan) is open noon-7 pm. And the Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm.

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Fourth week of this year’s weekly farm-stand sessions, selling fresh produce and flowers, all grown by nearby residents, at the mini-farm steps away from the stand. 4 pm-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

DEBATE WATCH PARTY: 5 pm at Arthur’s, watch the second night of the Democratic presidential candidates’ debate with the 34th District Democrats. (2311 California SW)

PRO ULTIMATE: The Seattle Cascades play Melbourne, mixed roster, 6:45 pm at West Seattle Stadium, in a benefit match. Tickets available at the gate, which opens at 6:15 pm. (4432 35th SW)

THE BILLY JOE SHOW: Rocking Parliament Tavern starting at 9 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MANY MORE OPTIONS … on our complete calendar!

SPORTS: West Seattle High School sets volleyball tryout dates

July 31, 2019 10:14 am
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(WSB photo from September 2018, WSHS players in white)

Now that July is ending, summer break is half over for Seattle Public Schools. We have one early reminder of sports tryouts happening before school resumes. From West Seattle High School volleyball head coach Abby West:

West Seattle High School Volleyball tryouts will be August 26th, 27th, and 28th from 3:30-6:00 pm each day in the West Seattle gym. Every athlete participating will need to have an Athletics Packet (including a current physical) turned into the West Seattle High School main office prior to tryouts. Any questions can be sent to Coach at


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

6:56 AM: Good morning.

AVALON PROJECT: SW Yancy has indeed closed at the Avalon end (we got a chance to check Tuesday afternoon); this closure is expected to last “a couple weeks,” SDOT says.

WATER TAXI REMINDERS: The smaller Spirit of Kingston continues on the run all week … No Water Taxi service next week, to get ready for the downtown dock move.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bank windows broken again

Thanks to the texter who sent the photo and tip: For at least the third time in less than two months, someone has broken windows at the West Seattle Junction KeyBank. (Our previous reports are here and here.) We don’t know if police have apprehended anyone – we’ll have to check on that later this morning – but radio communication indicated arrangements were being made to get the windows boarded up.

ELECTION 2019: Final forum for West Seattle/South Park City Council candidates, pre-primary

One last time before the vote counting begins next Tuesday, the three candidates for the Seattle City Council District 1 seat (West Seattle/South Park) sat side by side Monday night, answering questions. This final pre-primary forum was at West Seattle Library in The Admiral District, presented by the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, with about two dozen people there to watch. KNKX radio reporter Simone Alicea moderated, asking questions including some written on cards and submitted by attendees.

The forum began with an up-to-three-minute opening statement from each candidate – Phil Tavel, then Brendan Kolding, then Lisa Herbold. As we’ve done with most of this year’s forums, we recap with key points rather than full transcriptions:

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