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Entries from May 2009

Maintenance work this week on Fremont Bridge

May 27th, 2009 by master

SDOT’s bridge maintenance crews plan to close lanes and sidewalks on the Fremont Bridge while they replace traffic gates over the next few days. In each case, pedestrians and bicycles will be detoured to the sidewalk on the opposite side of the bridge. The closure schedule:

May 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Northbound right lane and eastern sidewalk
May 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Southbound right lane and western sidewalk
June 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Northbound right lane and eastern sidewalk
June 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Southbound right lane and western sidewalk

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Big sidewalk sale on Memorial Day

May 19th, 2009 by master

The Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 23, 24 & 25th all over downtown Fremont. Peruse the cute shops, enjoy drink specials at your favorite bar and find great deals on close-outs.

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Burke Gilman Trail closed by the Fremont Bridge

May 14th, 2009 by master

Friday is Bike to Work day and many people will be riding along the Burke Gilman Trail, but the trail is closed through Fremont.

Seattle City Light crews are busy working along the north side of the Ship Canal closing the trail between Phinney Ave. N. and the Fremont Bridge. Mike Eagan, with City Light says, “This is preliminary work for a project to upgrade the large steel lattice towers on the Fremont and Queen Anne sides of the canal and the high-voltage lines that span the canal.” The city crews will be working for about two more weeks before the contractor takes over. There will be temporary closures for the next several months. Detours have been set up. (Thanks for the picture, Michael!)
Updated: Mike Eagan says in comments that City Light will hold off blocking the Trail until about 9:15 Friday morning and re-open it by 3 p.m.

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Language Academy raising funds to stay open

May 12th, 2009 by master

The Seattle Language Academy has been hit hard by the sluggish economy. After 14 years, the academy at 126 NW Canal Street may have to close. In a campaign that started two weeks ago, they’re trying to raise $125,000 in order to stay open beyond this quarter. In a letter to former students and supporters, Executive Director Marc Mariani writes, “It may be that SLA will have to close definitively. But we remain hopeful that, with a tremendous show of support from our students and friends and the community at large, we can weather the storm and set the school on a path towards a better and more stable future.” As of today, SLA has raised $35,000, which Mariani says is extremely encouraging. Mariani hopes to know their fate by the end of May, in time for them to hold summer classes.


George & Dragon hoping to expand to Ballard

May 12th, 2009 by master

The owner of Fremont’s George & Dragon Pub has his eyes on Ballard.

We spoke with owner John Bayliss this morning who says that he is moving toward opening a pub in the old Mandrakes location at the corner of 24th & Market. It “won’t be a high end bar,” he says, “just a casual English pub.” Right now he’s waiting to hear how much it will cost, in total, to add a sprinkler system. If the dollar range is within his budget, he plans to sign the lease. He’s not planning to close the Fremont location. In February, Mandrakes announced it was closing after 19 years.


Groundbreaking at Hazel Heights P-Patch

May 11th, 2009 by master

With elected officials and neighbors on hand, nearly two dozen supporters of the Hazel Heights P-Patch at 42nd and NW Baker broke ground today.

State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, and City Councilmember Jean Godden all said a few words to the group.

The hilly terrain will be home to 19 new P-Patch plots in about four months, with a winding path that leads through the middle of it. (Shown above) Thanks to a grant from King County, Hazel Heights will have an 8,000 gallon cistern on-site that will harvest water from the downspouts of two nearby homes. One of the plots of land, as well as fruit trees on the property will provide fresh produce to local food banks. Money is still needed to buy topsoil, plants and tools. Tax-deductible donations made out to the P-Patch Trust can be sent care of the Hazel Heights Steering Committee, 4231 Baker Ave. NW, Seattle WA 98107; the Trust will match all donations up to $10,000.

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Weekend construction could snarl traffic

May 5th, 2009 by master

If the weather is nice on Saturday, expect some traffic problems at the top of the hill. Seattle Department of Transportation crews will be working at N 46th between Fremont Ave N and Linden Ave N. Another construction spot is on Market between 6th & 8th. The crews will have just one lane open in each direction from 9 a.m. to no later than 8 p.m. The crews are repaving an area that was previously excavated for work on underground utilities.

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Fremont’s Cheka-Looka Surf shop moves

May 4th, 2009 by master

Just in time for summer (really, summer is coming!), Cheka-Looka Surf Shop closed their Fremont storefront and moved to 6300 Seaview Ave.

They’ve got surf equipment, clothing, skimboards and stand-up paddle board rentals. Jeff, the owner, tells us the stand-up paddle boards have been extremely popular. For $20 you can rent one for two hours. Wear some polarized sun glasses and, he says, you can see everything under the water. They’re open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday except Sundays when they’ll probably close around 6. (Thanks Erin for the tip!)

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Expect busy bridges today

May 2nd, 2009 by master

Today is the opening day of boating season which reminds us that summer is just around the corner. As with any opening day, the Fremont bridge and Ballard bridge will be going up and down more than usual. Boats are beginning to line up for the annual parade at 8 a.m. with the actual parade of boats going from noon to 2:30 p.m. Expect the most bridge activity before and after the parade. The Locks will also be pretty busy, so if the weather holds it may be a fun day to take the kids.

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