September 2013

Pedestrian Improvements added to Delridge Paving Project

Information from SDOT

The Delridge Paving Project that is rebuilding approximately one and a half miles of Delridge Way SW between SW Orchard and Roxbury streets, and installing new storm water detention capacity beneath much of that, will now add more pedestrian safety improvements. To continue to meet the goals of the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan, several changes are now being integrated into the project:

· The small one-way northbound section of 17th Avenue SW between Delridge Way SW and SW Cambridge Street will be permanently closed

· The intersection of 17th Avenue SW and Delridge Way SW will be made into an all-way stop

· Curb bulbs will be constructed at 18th Avenue SW and Delridge Way SW to extend the sidewalk and shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians

For more information on these pedestrian improvements and the Delridge Paving Project, visit the project web site at


SLIDEDHOW: Sports Roundup 9-30-13

Monday, Sept. 23
Bonney Lake 3, Mt. Rainier 2
The Rams were edged in a non-league match last Monday.
Bellevue Chr. 3 , SCS 1
Seattle Christian came up short in Monday's match.

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Kennedy 3, Evergreen 0
The Lancers waltzed past the Wolverines in last Tuesday's action.
Lindbergh 3, Tyee 0
Tyee was topped by Lindbergh on Tuesday.
Federal Way 3, Mt. Rainier 0
Mount Rainier fell to Federal Way last Tuesday.
Girls soccer
Foster 5, Tyee 2
Foster was the winner in a high-scoring match Tuesday.
Renton 9, Evergreen 0
The Wolverines were routed by Renton last Tuesday.
Hazen 6, Highline 1
Highline was hammered by Hazen last Tuesday.
SCS 5, Cascade Chr. 0
Seattle Christian clobbered Cascade Christian in Tuesday action.
Tahoma 5, Mt. Rainier 0
The Rams were routed by the Bears last Tuesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
SCS 3, Vashon 0
Seattle Christian shut out Vashon Island this past Wednesday.

Thursday, Sept. 26
Girls soccer
M. Rainier 8, Kent-Meridian 0
The Rams gave Kent-Meridian a royal beating on Thursday.
Lindbergh 5, Tyee 0
The Totems took a loss to Lindbergh last Thursday.


Kennedy Catholic High School graduate Nolan Washington stars at WSU

It wasn't the best of times for Nolan Washington and the Washington State University football team.

The Cougars were coming off a crushing 55-17 defeat at the hands of Stanford at CenturyLink Field in Seattle this past Saturday, which came on the heels of three-straight wins including a stunning 10-7 victory at USC on Sept. 7.

"But that was a couple weeks ago," said Washington, a senior cornerback from Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien. "What matters now is we lost this game."

Washington and the Cougars were not surprised at how good the Stanford Cardinal from Palo Alto, Calif. is, however.

"Stanford is a great team," said Washington as he stood in the hallway between the interview room and the locker room after the game. "They didn't make a lot of mistakes. We made mistakes and they capitalized on them."

And Washington enjoyed the chance to play in the Cougars' annual "Seattle Game," where they play one of their home games at CenturyLink instead of at their usual haunts in Pullman near the eastern border of the state.


Improving Rams drop match up to Tahoma

By Gerardo Bolong

KENT - The Mt. Rainier girls golf team dropped a 72-40 decision to Tahoma at the Riverbend par 36 front nine on September 26 while showing steady improvement from match to match.

"We have no year-round players and most of the girls didn't take up golf until the ninth grade, so this showing was very good," said assistant Ram coach Jeffrey Mills. "This was our highest point total, ever. Our goal is to get better each match and peak at the end to show well at district while getting a representative to state."

On Thursday at the team's home course, junior Taylor Prkut navigated the the course and carded a 51 as she led the Ram scorers with 51 points.
"I was happy with my lag putts from long range," she said. "On hole No. 7 a putted from 30-feet and got well within the three-foot range for the next putt. My fairway woods were much better than the previous match. The course conditions were set up for good scoring, today. I really want to be a state qualifier."


West Seattle to get additional Community Police Team officers in 2014

Announced recently by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel, the Seattle Police Department was awarded a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department as part of the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.

McGinn said the money will be used to hire 10 additional Community Police Team officers for the city, assigning two to each precinct. They also committed to hiring four veterans for those positions.

“Unlike regular patrol officers, CPT officers focus on long-term and chronic problems specific to individual neighborhoods,” according to the Mayor’s office. “They patrol known ‘hot spots’ multiple times throughout their shifts and work to build relationships with residents and business owners in their precincts. Working directly with the community allows them to spot problems as they arise and combat the root causes of crime.”


Psychic View: More inner guidance

By Marjorie Young

I wrote previously on the theme of ‘inner guidance,’ and the necessity of heeding it. I know many who’ve experience it, even while disowning any claim of being ‘psychic.’ Here are a few examples.

The following occurred when ‘Billy’ was about five years of age. His Dad had gone to the store for ice cream. The lad was eagerly awaiting his return, but when his Mom assured that his father would soon be back, Billy gave a startling announcement; Dad would NOT be coming with the ice cream, because he’d gotten into a car accident and was now in the hospital! Of course, his mother was disbelieving and shocked, but several minutes later she received a phone call reporting her husband had indeed been in a collision! (Thankfully, he recovered fully). This story has become ‘legendary’ is Billy’s family, and he, now an adult, remembers it distinctly. Yet, he does not credit himself with ‘psychic abilities.’


Sports watch for 9-30-13

High schools


Highline goes to Renton for 7 p.m. action Thursday before four 7 p.m. games will be played Friday.

Evergreen will be holding down the fort at Highline Memorial playing Lakeside in a non-league game as Foster entertains Lindbergh. Kennedy goes to Hazen and Mount Rainier to Tahoma at the same time.

Girls soccer

Tyee hosts Kennedy for a 3:30 p.m. match at Valley Ridge this Tuesday as Evergreen hosts the Highline junior varsity, also at Valley Ridge.
Foster goes to Renton for 5:30 p.m. action Tuesday.

Evergreen will be at Tyee for 3:30 p.m. action at Valley Ridge this Thursday and Highline will entertain Foster in 7:30 p.m. action at Highline Memorial. Kennedy hosts Lindbergh at 6 p.m. at Starfire.
Kennedy plays a 1 p.m. match at Eastmont on Saturday.

Mount Rainier hosts Auburn at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Highline Memorial and visits Kentridge at 12 p.m. Saturday.


Evergreen gets a 7 p.m. visit from Tyee on Tuesday as Highline goes to Foster and Kennedy to Hazen.


UPDATE: White Center's Jack Thompson joins first Polynesian Football HOF class

White Center's football great Jack Thompson was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Oct. 9.

Thompson, who played quarterback at Evergreen, Washington State and for the Bengals and Buccaneers in the NFL, joins seven other players and coaches who will be officially inaugurated at the Jan. 23 NFL Pro Bowl.

The 2013 Class includes:

Jack Thompson - Quarterback
Kurt Keola Gouveia - Linebacker
Olin George Kreutz - Center
Kevin James Mawae - Center
Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr - Linebacker
Herman John Wedemeyer - Halfback
Ken Niumatalolo - Head Coach

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame biography:



Support Your Local Artists We did it with an “Art in the Garden” Party…sorta

By Sheila Lengle

Sarah and I started planning the event back in January. It was to be staged in her amazing garden that overlooks the Puget Sound. Due to scheduling issues, the date got pushed back from one in the summer to the first day of autumn. The weather looked iffy so we decided to bring it inside. Sometimes you have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. And we did get the best…a perfect, sunny fall day.

West Seattle businesswoman Sarah Cecil Martin and husband Rob Martin hosted the gathering to introduce local artists Susan Fagan-a wire and found objects sculptor and me-a painter, a sommelier and vintner Dainis Svarcs-co-owner of Abbe Winery, with hors d’oeuvres caterer by Leah Robinson. That’s me in the pix with Sarah and ob.


Sports Roundup for 9-30-13

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Girls soccer
West Seattle 1, Chief Sealth 0
Sarah DuLong earned the shutout for West Seattle in last Tuesday's win and Katie DuLong scored the only goal the Wildcats needed in the 72nd minute with Murphy getting the assist.
Renton 9, Evergreen 0
The Wolverines were blanked by Renton in a lopsided loss on Tuesday.
Shoreline Chr. 3, Seattle Luth. 1
Seattle Lutheran took a loss at the hands of Shoreline Christian on Tuesday.
West Seattle 3, Ingraham 2
The Wildcats outlasted the Rams in a 3-2 match last Tuesday.
Kennedy 3, Evergreen 0
Kennedy Catholic got the best of the Wolverines in Tuesday's action.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Seattle Lutheran 3, Shorewood Chr. 0
Two small rival West Seattle schools met Wednesday with Seattle Lutheran prevailing over Shorewood Christian.

Thursday, Sept. 26
Girls soccer
West Seattle 6, Franklin 0
West Seattle whalloped the Quakers by a 6-0 score last Thursday.
West Seattle 3, Nathan Hale 0