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Entries from September 2008

Fremont Oktoberfest gets underway

September 19th, 2008 by master

Oktoberfest kicked off tonight with hundreds descending along the Ship Canal to taste beers, listen to music, mingle at the Singles lounge and watch the Miss Buxom contest, a new addition. Also new to the festival are scattered cabanas available to rent for private groups of up to fifteen, and a cigar lounge.
Fremont Oktoberfest Entrance
While there were throngs of twenty-somethings throughout Fremont tonight (and noticeably increased police presence, as well), Saturday will draw a much larger crowd. Tomorrow’s activities will include a BMX stunt team jumping leftover kegs from tonight, comedy shows, and the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest. There are plenty of activities for children at Oktoberfest, and on Sunday, participants will be welcome to bring their dogs into the beer garden. Sunday will also include the Brew-HA-HA 5k and Street Scramble.

Proceeds from Oktoberfest benefit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and through them the Fremont Library, B.F. Day School, and the History House. Tickets can be bought in advance online for $15, or at the door for $20 or $25 for four additional drink tokens.

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Oktoberfest road closures

September 19th, 2008 by master

Twelve-thousand people are expected to converge on Fremont tonight and through the weekend for the annual Oktoberfest event.

(Photo from last year, courtesy of the Oktoberfest.) With all the people and a couple of street closures, traffic and parking is bound to be a mess. N 35th St. and N Canal St. are closed from Phinney Ave. N to 1st Ave. NW. The roads closed Thursday night and will reopen at 11 p.m. Sunday.

Stay tuned to Fremont Universe for Oktoberfest coverage…

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That gray area, is it Fremont or Ballard?

September 18th, 2008 by master

Earlier this year we asked the question – Is the gray area between Fremont and Ballard considered Frelard or Balmont? Today in the Seattle Times, they ask local businesses where they think they are. Anita’s Crepes (opening soon) says they’re in Ballard while right next door at the Traveler, they claim Fremont. According to City Hall that area is called “Interbay-Ballard.”

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Burglary spree hits Fremont businesses

September 17th, 2008 by master

Blue Flavor, a web and mobile design company based in Fremont, is one of several businesses that have been burglarized since the beginning of the year. In fact they’ve been broken into three times — the last two burglaries occurring within three days of each other in late August. “An alarm system alone is clearly not good enough to protect you,” says Blue Flavor’s Nick Finck, who says they’ve taken extraordinary steps to beef up security.

It’s all part of a burglary spree that was first reported back in July — as many as 45 burglaries in the Fremont area in one month alone, from Blue Moon Burgers to Quizno’s (pictured above in security video). An overnight burglary at Ballard’s TigerTail may be connected. And an email sent by the Fremont Neighborhood Council lists several brazen residential burglaries, too, some taking place while residents were asleep inside.

Seattle Police are being very tight-lipped on the burglary spree, which may or may not be the work of the same burglars. Renee Witt, a public information officer for the department tells us that they won’t release any information on whether these crimes are all connected or if there are any persons of interest. She says detectives don’t want to jeopardize the investigation. If you have any information on the case, you’re asked to contact the police department.

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Preview of Oktoberfest’s Brew-HA-HA, Scramble

September 16th, 2008 by master

Fremont’s annual Oktoberfest with its beer gardens, musical entertainment, and Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest is nearly upon us. And while the 70+ handcrafted beers are certainly the primary highlight of this weekend’s popular festival, Sunday’s Brew-HA-HA 5k Run/Walk followed by the Street Scramble scavenger hunt are often overlooked.

(Photo courtesy of Fremont Oktoberfest.) The Brew-HA-HA 5k, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Adobe plaza (N. 34th street and Fremont Ave N.), will follow a course along 34th St., turn at Latona onto the Burke-Gilman trail and head back towards the beer garden at Phinney Ave N. and N. 35th St. If you reside in the areas participants will be running through, be aware that they may affect your mobility, both on foot, and by vehicle, naturally. Of course, residents along the race route may want to step out on their porches and cheer on the runners.

The Street Scramble scavenger hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. at 34th and Fremont Ave. at the Solstice Plaza — a 90-minute race to reach 30 top-secret destinations in Fremont on foot. Individuals and teams can enter separate divisions (competitive or not), and awards will be presented at 12:45 p.m.

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New organic sandwich shop coming to Fremont

September 15th, 2008 by master

“Homegrown” is a new organic salad and sandwich shop moving into the north half of the old Sonic Boom location on Fremont Ave. They pride themselves in being a sustainable, homegrown alternative for those who don’t want to sacrifice their lifestyle in order to eat out. The sign on the door says they’ll be open in the spring of 2009. (Thanks Christian for the tip!)

Meanwhile, the smoothie and frozen yogurt shop Mooberry is planning to open soon on the south half of the old Sonic Boom store.

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A new take on a pay phone

September 14th, 2008 by master

Seen at the corner of 45th and Evaston. Any guesses?

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Arts Council begins mural cleanup

September 12th, 2008 by master

This morning members of the Fremont Arts Council began scrubbing and touching up parts of the mural under the Aurora Bridge on 38th St.

Graffiti, grease and dirt are scattered along the mural under the bridge. Cleaning supplies and paint were donated by Daly’s Paint.

Volunteers will return over the next few days to finish up the job.

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Togas and beer at Fremont’s outdoor movie

September 11th, 2008 by master

The final outdoor movie of the season this Saturday night will feature togas, beer and the flick, Old School. “Drinking beer and watching movies is old-school fun, so in honor of Fremont Oktoberfest, we will be setting up a beer and wine garden at our season finale,” says Fremont Outdoor Movies organizer Andrew McMasters. “Feel free to come in an Oktoberfest or Old-School costume, but do wear one. The only streakers we want to see are on the movie screen!” Activities begin at 7:45 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk.

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This old house has legs

September 10th, 2008 by master

The old home that was moved Sunday morning across Fremont to Evanston St. is now waiting for a foundation and a basement.

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