March 2014

West Seattle and Rainier Beach are getting new trees from SDOT

information from SDOT

Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry crews began today planting approximately 500 trees in West Seattle and Rainier Beach. In Rainier Beach 150 trees are going in between South Ryan and South Hazel streets and between 56th and 65th avenues south. In West Seattle nearly 300 trees will be planted in the Gatewood and Fairmount Park neighborhoods. Another 50 trees are going in at scattered sites across the city. The plan is to complete the project by May 1st.

Every spring and fall SDOT plants 500 to 800 street trees in Seattle neighborhoods, balancing the locations across regions of the city and selecting trees that will thrive in an urban environment and in the specific locations selected. The small serviceberry tree, for example, is more easily situated near overhead wires and is both drought tolerant and very low maintenance. Planting strips five feet wide or greater with no overhead power lines become home to trees that grow taller and can create a canopy over the street and sidewalk. The trees are all grown in Northwest nurseries.


DIY Bikes holding repair event at West Seattle Tool Library Apr. 3

We appreciate your support with notifying the West Seattle community.

Memo from the hardest working part on your bike. OVERHAUL ME!

Bicycle wheel hubs are the hardest working part of your bicycle. They support your loads, turn the fastest and are closer to the elements such as street grime, dirt and water. Leaving them unattended results in bearing surface wear that can make your hubs unusable. Our hub overhaul workshop will focus on front and rear standard ball bearing hubs.

DIY Bikes will provide the tools, cleaning products, replacement bearings, grease and procedure to get your hubs running smoothly again.

Where: West Seattle Tool Library, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 4408 Delridge Way SW. When: 5-8pm.


SLIDESHOW: Sports Roundup for 3-31-14

Friday, March 28
Boys soccer
Tyee 4, Highline 0
Tyee's Totems tallied a convincing victory over the Pirates in Seamount League action this past Friday.
Adama Kante scored two goals to lead the way and Alan Mora earned the shutout on goal.
Lindbergh 2, Evergreen 0
Lindbergh blanked the Wolverines in a Friday Seamount match.
Kennedy 3, Foster 0
Will Prothero and Layton Thommasen split the shutout for the Lancers in Friday's win over the Bulldogs.
SCS 11, Chimacum 0
Bradley Poerio poured in three goals for a hat trick to lead the Warriors past the Cowboys in a Nisqually League match Friday.
Andrew Gesell and Ryan Alfrejd shared the shutout on goal.
Boys lacrosse
Lakeside 11, Kennedy 7
Peter Bromley’s hat trick led the way as Lakeside evened its boys high school lacrosse record at 2 – 2 with an 11 – 7 defeat of Kennedy Catholic, Friday at Foster High School in Tukwila.
After playing head-to-head lacrosse in the first, Lakeside eased ahead with two second-quarter goals to take a 4 – 3 lead into the half.
But it was the Lions five-goal third that put the Lancers away, as Lakeside built its lead to 9 – 6 heading into the fourth.


Going Berserk for the Right Cause

by Lee Ryan

The other day, I was on the elliptical machine at the gym. They always have four TV monitors going, at the same time. However, I don’t normally watch TV and am quite content to not have any earphones and just enjoy the silence or occasional clank of a barbell.

What I did notice is how the athletes are revered – almost to the point of being ridiculous. No, let me rephrase that – to the point of being really ridiculous.

I know about as much about sports as men know about women and visa versa, but something seems catawampus, as my grandmother would have put it.

Golfing, for instance; these men mince around in their pastel plaid pants, whacking a ball around a very large lawn. When they get the little ball into the hole, everyone goes berserk. They’re not saving lives, they’re not doing anything for the economy, they’re not doing anything, but whacking a ball around a lawn.


Kennedy baseball dedication

On Friday, March 28, Kennedy Catholic High School dedicated its home baseball field to long-time coach and staff member, Joe Faccone. The field will be re-named Faccone Field.

Faccone was the head baseball coach for the Kennedy Catholic Lancers from 1970-2007. He won 501 games, 7 league championships, 2 state championships, and won 4 Coach of the Year awards.

In 1974, Mr. Faccone and his father, Dominic Faccone, led the project to design and construct the baseball field. Along with many volunteers, they dedicated countless hours to build the field which has served as the Lancers home field since.

Joe has coached and taught hundreds of students including young men such as Floyd Bannister who went on to play professional baseball. He has touched the lives of thousands over the last four decades. He currently works part time in the advancement office at Kennedy Catholic planning two annual scholarship dinner events.


SLIDESHOW: Sports Roundup for 3-28-14

Monday, March 24
Highline 4, Liberty 2
Highline's Pirates edged out the Patriots in non-league action last Monday.
Boys soccer
SCS 5, Eatonville 1
The Warriors waltzed to victory over Eatonville in a Nisqually League game on Monday.

Tuesday, March 25
Boys soccer
Kennedy 2, Highline 0
Kennedy Catholic cruised to a victory over the Pirates this past Tuesday.
Foster 2, Lindbergh 0
The Bulldogs buried Lindbergh in Seamount League action Tuesday.
TJ 2, Mt. Rainier 1
Thomas Jefferson topped the Rams in a South Puget Sound League North Division battle on Tuesday.
Hazen 4, Evergreen 0
Hazen's Highlanders hammered the Wolverines this last Tuesday.
Cedar Park Chr. 9, SCS 6
Cedar Park Christian outslugged the Warriors in Tuesday's game.
Girls lacrosse
Seattle Prep 13, Kennedy 7
Gretta Richardson netted four goals and Ruby Fulmore scored three as Seattle Prep secured its second girls high school lacrosse win of the spring with a 13 – 7 defeat of Kennedy Catholic, Tuesday at Sunset Park in SeaTac.
The Panthers applied an eight-goal first then cruised with five in the second for the win.
Kennedy was led by Eileen Burns with three goals.


Portables added for all-day kindergarten

By Eric Mathison

The Highline School Board unanimously approved March 26, the installation of five portables at four elementary schools to help house the district’s new all-day kindergarten program.

Two of the portables will go to Mount View, while Gregory Heights, Hazel Valley and Seahurst will receive one each.

Total cost for purchase and installation of the five portables is $1.3 million plus state sales tax. The contractor was KCDA/William Scotsman.

Even before the Washington Legislature approved funding to phase in full-day kindergarten throughout the state, Highline board members committed to providing it free of charge.

Highline administrators said offering the service was crucial to meeting the goals of the district’s new strategic plan. Among the goals is that by the end of third grade, 95 percent of students will be at grade level in core subjects.

“We just know this will change the landscape of Highline,” Superintendent Susan Enfield declared at the time. “Now every student will have a strong start to his educational career.”