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Entries from July 2009

‘Night Out’ registration extended

July 31st, 2009 by master

The registration period for the “Night Out Against Crime” has been extended.

You now have until 9 a.m. Monday to register your block for Tuesday’s event. We’ve received emails from a few people who are wondering where the gatherings will be. If your block is hosting a Night Out party, post details in comments below.

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Library closes early for second day

July 30th, 2009 by master

The Fremont library will close early again today because of heat.

They will be closing up at 4 p.m. because the temperature inside is about 90 degrees. Queen Anne, Green Lake, Columbia, West Seattle, University and Northeast branches are also closing early. Here’s a list of libraries with air conditioning. (File photo from JavaColleen.)

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Too much fruit? Donate it

July 30th, 2009 by master

Tis the season to pick the fruits of your labor and if you’ve got more fruit than you know what to do with, why not donate it? Solid Ground’s Fruit Tree Harvest is underway and they’re looking for fruit tree owners who have more fruit than they need, as well as volunteers to pick fruit and deliver it to Seattle food banks, meal programs, and community organizations. To volunteer or donate fruit contact Sadie at 206-694-6751 or

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Fremont library closes because of heat

July 29th, 2009 by master

The Fremont library closed this afternoon because of the hot weather. The library closed at 1 p.m. because the internal temperature reached 90 degrees. The Fremont branch is one of four Carnegie buildings, none of which have air conditioning. Green Lake, Queen Anne, Columbia and the Northeast branches also closed because of heat. We haven’t heard if the branches will remain closed through the heat wave or if they’ll be closing daily when the inside mercury hits 90. To find out which branches are still open with a/c click here.

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Fremont haunts win ‘Best of Seattle’

July 29th, 2009 by master

Seattle Weekly has published their annual Best of Seattle issue, out on stands today, and Fremont businesses have a pretty decent showing this year.  Here’s a list of Fremont winners, and you can check out all of the winners here or on your nearest newsstand.

View Fremont Winners in Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle in a larger map

Readers Poll Winners:

Fremont Troll: Best Piece of Public Art
Via Tribunali: Best Pizza That isn’t Pagliacci

Editor’s Picks:

Homegrown: Best Eco-Friendly Lunch
Anita’s Crepes: Best Farmers Market Booth to put Down Stakes
Royal Grinders: Best Place to Feast in Lenin’s Shadow
Azzurri Vino Bar: Best Place to be a Rabid Soccer Fan in an Authentic Atmosphere
Ryan Henry Ward: Best Urban Muralist (while not strictly in Fremont, Ryan has certainly added plenty of color to the neighborhood and his paintings can be viewed at the currently closed and for sale Orange Splot Gallery)

What do you think?  Are there any places in Fremont that have been overlooked as the best in the city?

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Phinney salon moving to Fremont

July 28th, 2009 by master

Bambu Organic Salon at 7406 Greenwood Avenue is moving to a bigger space in Fremont. Owner Stacy Yawman tells us that business is good and she needed a bigger space. Also, the building housing her salon, as well as Rising Stars children’s store and GreenWorks Realty, recently sold and she was worried that her month-to-month rent might go up.

Bambu will close on Wednesday and reopen in its new space at 3919 Stone Way N. in Fremont on Saturday, Aug. 1. The phone number remains the same – 206-781-6501 – and she’s now taking appointments for the new location.

Thanks to Andrea for the tip!

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‘Excessive heat warning’ issued for Seattle

July 27th, 2009 by master

The National Weather Service has issued an “excessive heat warning” through Thursday at 6 p.m. Forecasters are predicting 90+ degree heat through the first half of the week, peaking as high as 98 degrees on Wednesday.

John Gilmore took this amazing photo at Seafood Fest yesterday as firefighters cooled off the crowd. (Copyrighted photo published with permission.)

We just stopped by the Fred Meyer on NW 45th St. and discovered plenty of big box fans still for sale for $22.99 each, but you can bet they won’t last long. There are also lots of air conditioners selling right now on Craigslist. So, what’s your strategy to keep cool during the heat wave?

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Eyesore near Troll torn down

July 24th, 2009 by master

Just to the west of the Fremont Troll, this abandoned house had attracted just about every tagger in town over the last several months.

And now the eyesore is gone, demolished by the owner a couple weeks ago. At last week’s Troll meeting, neighbors told us they’re happy it’s gone.

The property is currently for sale. We checked with the real estate agent today, and he said a townhouse developer is interested in the land.

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Residents react to Fremont neighborhood plan

July 24th, 2009 by master

Ten years after the city’s neighborhood plans were published, residents have been asked to help create a “status check” on how well the 20-year plans are progressing — and whether they need an update. Thursday evening a small group of Fremont residents gathered around a table at the Phinney Center to provide the city with feedback on the draft copy of the status report (.pdf).

The four key strategies of the original neighborhood plan are 1) remedy existing congestion and improve pedestrian circulation 2) enhance Fremont’s character and create a more interesting and livable urban environment by providing opportunity for community direct development 3) Create a neighborhood community center which will become the focus of an active and creative community and 4) Continue to build upon several actions which focus on the Troll, the area under the Aurora Bridge, and nearby open space linkages. The status report cited several neighborhood improvements, from traffic lights to Fremont Peak Park and the renovation of the library.

Residents said they were pleased with progress with parks, traffic flow and the business community, but there’s still much work to be done. Some of the hot button issues were plans to rebuild the North Recycling and Disposal Station (“They can’t put a transfer station right next to an urban village, those are incompatible issues,” said Erik Pihl), better design review on new condos and townhouses, crime that’s spilling over from Aurora, parking (“We didn’t plan for the pay stations, and it’s hurting us and hurting us bad,” said Suzie Burke) and pedestrian safety, to name a few. Representatives from the Seattle Planning Commission and the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee took notes as neighbors provided their feedback.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can fill out an online survey with your thoughts about the neighborhood and the status report. In October, the city will hold public meetings to review the updated status reports, and then they’ll be presented to the mayor and the city council to consider.

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Fremont to receive official Guinness World Record

July 23rd, 2009 by master

The organizers of Fremont Outdoor Movies are headed to San Diego to accept the official Guinness World Record for the largest zombie walk on the planet. The official tally: 3,894 zombies who limped through the neighborhood earlier this month. The award will be presented at Comic Con this Friday. “We are very proud of this achievement for those who came out, dressed up, and participated in making world history,” said Ryan Reiter with Fremont Outdoor Movies.

By the way, thousands of zombies are expected to crowd Comic Con promote Woody Harrelson’s upcoming post-apocalyptic comedy, “Zombieland.” So the Fremont Outdoor Movies folks will be in good company.

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