May 2015

Dedicated to her dad; The Ripple Cafe offers a cozy place for a good meal

Barbara Underwood learned a lot from her father. But among the lessons she loved was how to cook. She is a 25 year veteran of the food service industry, had her own catering business for 12 of those years and had an ambition for a long time to open her own small cafe. That came true in the recently opened Ripple Cafe at 9007 35th Ave. SW. She's joined at the cafe by her daughter Kyle Krishna and her longtime friend Monica Silva.

Her father was Dave Kingery, graduate of West Seattle High School class of 1948, He learned to cook and was a chinese food expert, passing along all his secrets to his daughter.

Kingery was also a highly skilled wood carver. So when the opportunity arose for Underwood to open a restaurant she knew it would be dedicated to him and feature some of his artwork.


Furry Faces plant sale is this weekend

This weekend marks the 15th year of plant sales for Furry Faces Foundation They have 900+ reasonably priced, healthy, nursery quality perennials, shrubs, annuals and vegetables, including their now famous tomato plants. Selection includes Lavenders, Hebes, Coleus, Boxwood, Japanese Iris, Catnip and Catmint, Succulents; Lychnis, Gaura, Salvia, Ajuga, Mondo Black Grass, Ornamental Grasses, Erysimum, Leycesteria Jealousy, Heuchera, Lamb’s Ear and more.

Ventana Construction friends donated the design and build of the sale's new ‘Ventana Plant Terrace’!

All plant sale proceeds fund Furry Faces Foundations’ three programs which support animals whose humans are financially restricted.

May 30th & 31st, Sat/Sun

Time: 11 am – 4 pm, both days
Location:3809 46th Ave SW, West Seattle

Special Music Guest:
Tim Scallon on guitar and vocals, Saturday, 2 pm – 4 pm. Kick back; sip a cold beverage; and enjoy Tim's musical gift.


West Seattle, Ballard go two and out at state

By Tim Clinton

West Seattle and Ballard both had a two-and-out stay at the state Class 3A girls fastpitch softball tournament played at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

The Wildcats from the Westside took a 5-1 loss to North Central of Spokane in their opener Friday morning before bowing out with a 19-2 defeat at the hands of Enumclaw that afternoon.

West Seattle had all-Metro League first team pitcher Gabby Wenn suffering from a hamstring injury sustained in the Sea-King District 2 Tournament the week before.

The Wildcats took fourth place in that tournament to earn a state berth after coming in second to Ballard in the Metro League tournament.

After tying with Ballard and Bainbridge for first place in the Metro League Mountain Division during the regular season the Wildcats won a three-way playoff for the division championship.

Ballard also went two and out at state.

The Beavers were edged by Kelso, 3-1, in a noon game Friday before being beaten by Central Kitsap, 6-1, immediately thereafter to be eliminated from the tournament.


West Seattle High School Basketball Camp set for this summer

The West Seattle High School Basketball Camp is set for July 6, 7. 8 and 9. Run by Camp Director & Head Coach Keffrey Fazio, the camp is open to both boys and girls from grades 4 through 9 and is directed by the WSHS coaching staff and current WSHS players. The cost is $185 per per person.

Camp Highlights
 Camp dates are July 6, 7, 8, 9 (Monday—Thursday)
 Camp is open to boys and girls grades 4th—9th
 Camp will be directed and coached by WSHS coaching staff and current WSHS players
 All skill levels welcome at camp
 We emphasize positive attitude rein-forcement, individual skill development, and team work skills
 We have 3 full court gyms and 16 bas-ketball hoops
 Campers will participate in team activi-ties, individual skill drills, competitions, and game play
 Each camper will receive an exclusive camp t-shirt and possibilities to win oth-er prizes
 Our goal is to serve our community with a positive and safe place to learn the game of basketball and life skills

Download the attached flyer to get more information and join the camp.


Golfers place in state tournaments

By Tim Clinton

Eight area golfers journeyed to Eastern Washington for state tournaments on Wednesday and Thursday and six of them placed.

Nikki Miller of Kennedy Catholic led the area pack, taking ninth place in the girls Class 3A tournament with 18-hole rounds of 79 and 83 on the Horn Rapids course in Richland for a two-day total of 162.
Lancers teammate Makenzie Milton tied for 28th place with rounds of 94 and 89 for a total of 183.

A third Kennedy Catholic golfer -- Addie Hedge -- shot a 102 the first day to miss the cut to play the second day and place.

Seattle Christian's Luke Doss finished in a three-way tie for 11th place in the 1A boys classification.
Doss shot a 79 the first day and lowered his score to 74 the second on the Sun Willows course in Pasco for a total of 153.

Four Lancers and one West Seattle golfer went to Canyon Lakes in Kennewick to play in the 3A boys tournament.

Ryan Sheardown of JFK shot two rounds of 78 for a 156 total and a tie for 16th place, while teammate Evan Galando wound up in a five-way tie for 18th with a 78 and a 79 for a total of 157.


Closures for eastbound traffic approaching the West Seattle Bridge on Sunday, May 31

information from SDOT

Roadway Structures crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will perform maintenance work near the western end of the West Seattle Bridge on Sunday May 31 between 5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Traffic flaggers will assist large trucks and buses through the eastbound on-ramp from SW Avalon Way/ Harbor Avenue SW at Spokane Street, but general traffic will be detoured at several locations as follows:

· The SW Admiral Way off-ramp from the high-level West Seattle Bridge will be closed. Westbound traffic can continue to Harbor Avenue SW/SW Avalon Street and use SW Manning Street to access SW Admiral Way, or continue on SW Avalon Way to Fauntleroy Way SW.

· Traffic intending to travel eastbound to SW Spokane Street will be detoured at SW Genesee Street to northbound Delridge Way SW. From Delridge, depending on their destinations, drivers can access the eastbound lanes of the West Seattle Bridge or turn left at SW Spokane Street.

· If drivers northbound on SW Avalon Way miss the detour on SW Genesee Street, they can continue to SW Manning Street to access SW Admiral Way.


SLIDESHOW: KEXP rocks the West Seattle Junction with music and more

KEXP 90.3 FM rewarded West Seattle with a party in the junction on Friday May 29 featuring live broadcasts from a set up outside Easy Street Records and a live music stage presenting some of the Northwest's best bands.

The KEXP Hood to Hood Live Broadcast lineup from noon - 6:00 PM followed by KEXP DJ's stationed around West Seattle from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM:

Alaska Junction
Noon to 6:00 PM
1:00 PM: Live set by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats
3:00 PM: Live set by Miami Horror
4:10 PM: Live set by Telekinesis (Acoustic)
5:30 PM: Live set by Hop Along

KEXP DJs include:

DJ Darek Mazzone – Ma Kai Marination
DJ Don Slack – Beveridge Place Pub
DJ Evie – Mission Latin Bar & Restaurant
DJ Larry Rose – Outwest Bar
DJ Mike Ramos – West 5
DJ Morgan – Feedback Lounge
DJ Quilty 3000 – Prost!
DJ Sean Morrow – Shadowland
DJ Shannon – Corner Pocket
Reeves – El Chupacabra

The event finally ended with two big shows:

KEXP Hood to Hood Live Music Showcase #1
Feedback Lounge Hosted by Kevin Cole
6451 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136
9:00pm, 21+
Grace Love and the True Loves
Bread and Butter
KEXP’s own DJ Morgan


SLIDESHOW: Lou Cutler runs 64 laps for Make-A-Wish

Pathfinder Elementary teacher Lou Cutler, turning 64, chose to mark that milestone by doing even more as a 19 year volunteer for Make-A-Wish. As a wish granter and role model he chose to run as many laps as his age along with 500 West Seattle students, parents, teachers and school leaders.The purpose was to raise awareness for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Mr. Cutler and the Pathfinder community have raised more than $55,000 for Make-A-Wish over the last 10 years.

He said, “I will enjoy the best day of my year, as I witness the entire Pathfinder community come together to raise money to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

Over the last decade Lou said, “Our best was $10,800 but this year the goal is $15,000.”

The 64 laps comprise almost 11 miles and you might think he would go sit and relax but instead he said he would “teach classes. Because so many kids are determined to finish I’ll stay out here counting laps, then go teach classes in the afternoon.


Seattle Christian state softball team confident

Courtesy article by Gerardo Bolong

Calm confidence embodies the Seattle Christian softball team as it gets ready for its third consecutive and fourth in five seasons appearance at the state 1A softball high school championship tournament held at the Columbia Playfields in Richland on May 29-30.

The Warriors carry a 16-4 record into their May 29, 10 a.m., encounter with South Whidbey.

After winning one game at state last season, the Warriors are hungry to carry themselves further following a season of embracing the high goals with dedication to hard work with 15 players from last season back.


Highline Public Schools Saves Taxpayers $4.6 Million

Market conditions prompted bond refinancing

Burien, WA– This week, Highline Public Schools refinanced bonds sold in 2007, resulting in a savings to taxpayers of more than $4.5 million over the next eleven years.

The savings will lower the amount of money that will be collected from taxpayers to pay off previously issued bonds. The dollars cannot be used for district expenses.

“This is a direct savings to our community members in the form of taxes they expected to pay, but will not have to pay,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We take seriously our responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer’s funds. We refinanced existing bonds because we hold ourselves to high standards of financial accountability.”

The board expected to get at least 5 percent savings by refinancing the bonds, but actual savings to taxpayers were close to 9 percent.

Highline constantly monitors the market and evaluates ways to save taxpayers money. In 2009, Highline refinanced 2002 bonds, resulting in a savings to taxpayers of more than $8 million.