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Entries from October 2009

Unanimous approval for $927 million tunnel

October 19th, 2009 by master

Today, the Seattle City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with the Alaskan Way Viaduct deep bored tunnel and Seawall Replacement.  According to the City press release, “The agreement authorized today outlines the city and state’s funding and construction responsibilities and outlines Seattle’s $927 million obligation to the project set for completion in 2018.”  The Council has been discussing possible funding sources for the project, which include a possible increase in the Commercial Parking tax and a new Transportation Benefit District to collect vehicle fees.  The Council is expected to act on proposed funding options next year.

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Homeless encampment spotted near poorly-lit stairs

October 19th, 2009 by master

A group of homeless men appear to be living off the stairs on N 43rd St between Palatine and Greenwood Ave in a small encampment.  The stairs lead to and from the #5 Metro route.  There have been no reports of trouble so far but as the days get darker earlier, a Fremont Universe reader sent us an email just so neighbors aren’t caught by surprise.  

This is not a well-lit area and people frequent it to and from the bus stop. It makes me nervous, and I thought the more people are aware the better.

Thanks for the tip, Morgan.

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What’s up this weekend

October 16th, 2009 by master

There’s a lot going on in the neighborhood this weekend.  Whether you want to work outside or play inside, here is a list of a few highlights:

  • Jazz great Rebecca Kilgore and ukulele legend Lyle Ritz perform bossa nova in the basement space at Dusty Strings (3406 Fremont Ave N) on Friday.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $19 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 206-634-1662.
  • Chef Nordo Lefesczki turns the warehouse of Theo Chocolate (3400 Phinney Ave N) into his roving experimental restaurant, Cafe Nordo, for the first time.  “The Modern American Chicken” is a five-course pre-fixe menu that blends theatre and fine dining.  There is only one seating on Friday and Saturday (although dinners run Thursdays-Saturdays until November 21).  Arrive 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $85 and includes five courses plus a wine flight.  More info here
  • Friends of Fremont Peak Park is having a Fall Work Party on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Help plant, weed and mulch the top of the park, rain or shine.  Coffee, snacks and tools will be provided.  RSVP to so they know how many to prepare for.
  • The results of Seattle Weekly’s inaugural Homebrew Competition will be revealed at Brouwer’s Pub (400 N. 35th St.) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Sample winners in six categories and one best-in-show.
  • Check out the Telemark film premiere of Josh Madsen’s “The Freeheel Life” on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Nectar (412 N. 36th St).  You can watch the movie trailer here

For live music, check the calendars at High Dive, ToST and Nectar

If you have any events to add to our events calendar, email us at


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Weekend traffic alert on Aurora Ave

October 16th, 2009 by master

Seattle Department of Transportation crews are planning to close one southbound lane and one northbound lane of Aurora Ave N. on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The lanes will close just south of N. 50th St. so crews can replace a crash cushion.

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Big turnout at school boundary meeting

October 14th, 2009 by master

Nearly 200 parents met at Ballard High School on Wednesday night at a community feedback meeting organized by the school district to discuss the new school boundary maps.

The district said it’s planning on making an adjustment to the maps, which it will release on November 3rd. “I know that a lot of people in this room are not happy, but all I can tell you is that’s where the data lead us to,” said Tracy Libros, who heads up enrollment for Seattle Public Schools. “When you put all the numbers together of where the students live and where the buildings are located, that is where the first proposed boundaries, which do need adjustment, landed.” My Ballard was there and has full coverage here.

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Volunteer tutors needed at B.F. Day

October 14th, 2009 by master

Community volunteers are wanted to help tutor 1st through 5th-grade students in reading and math at B.F. Day Elementary School.  The tutors are needed for the after-school mentoring program starting October 20 and going through March 25, 2010.  Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05-4:20pm and materials will be provided.  Service Learning Credit will also be given.  Families at the school speak 14 different languages so bi-lingual volunteers are a plus, but not necessary. 

There’s an orientation tomorrow, October 15, from 3:00-4:00pm for those who are interested.  Contact Beth Tesh at 206-252-6042 or email her at for more information.

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Discuss proposed school assignment plan tonight

October 14th, 2009 by master

Let your opinions be heard on the proposed student boundary map!  There is a meeting tonight at Ballard High School from 6:30-8:30pm where the community can address the school district with any questions and concerns regarding the plan. 

This map outlines the proposed boundary changes for Fremont’s elementary and middle school areas.

This is what the changes for high schools looks like.

Click here to view the current maps and for a link to look up all schools by address, with a larger view of the maps.

The School Board will vote on the proposed boundaries on November 18.  If approved, the changes will take effect in phases for students entering kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade in the 2010-2011 school year.

You can find an overview on the new student assignment plan, as well as a complete list of upcoming community meetings here (.pdf).

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Rescue crews respond to suicide attempt

October 14th, 2009 by master

A man jumped off the Aurora Bridge and was pulled from the water about 7:30 this morning, and early reports are he may survive. Medics began treatment near the Adobe buildings, and they took him to Harborview Medical Center. This is the third reported suicide attempt from the Aurora Bridge in just over a week. Yesterday, a Fremont Universe reader told us a man jumped to his death, and we reported last week about another suicide from the bridge.

Suicides are a big issue for Fremont — especially for the hundreds of people who work in the Adobe complex under the bridge. The state is preparing to build a suicide barrier on the Aurora Bridge beginning early next year. (Photo by WSDOT of a mock up panel installed as a test on March 29th.)

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Fremont Chamber hosts candidate forum tonight

October 13th, 2009 by master

The public is invited to hear from candidates running for Seattle Mayor, City Attorney and City Council at a forum and debate tonight.  The event is sponsored by neighborhood and business groups from Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and the U District and moderated by Fremont Chamber of Commerce President Marko Tubic.  The event is free and begins at 6pm at Lincoln High School (4400 Interlake Ave N). 

More information can be found here.

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Petition to keep Fremont library open

October 12th, 2009 by master

Correction: The public hearing at City Council Chambers is on Monday, October 26th at 5:30pm.

Members of Friends of Seattle Public Library will be petitioning outside the Fremont Library today from 1:00-2:30pm.  The group is trying to raise awareness to the proposed cuts to Seattle’s library system, which already saw a week-long furlough back in August to save money. 

Mayor Greg Nickels announced his proposed 2010 capital budget plan for the city last month.  In an effort to address a projected $72 million revenue shortfall, this includes a 37 percent cut to the Seattle Public Library budget from the 2009 budget.  The new cuts would mean reduced staff, resources and hours year round.  The Fremont Library and 20 other branches would also be closed on Fridays and Sundays. 

Friends of SPL Vice President Jennifer Johnson-Fong writes:

The proposed operations budget will impact all of our communities and neighbors who are relying on our libraries for computer access, job search resources, educational support, gathering spaces, programs and librarian assistance.

There are two upcoming public hearings to address the issue.  One is this Wednesday, October 14, at 5:30pm at the Northwest African American Museum (2300 S. Massachusetts St).  The next is on Monday, October 23, at 5:30pm at City Council Chambers (600 4th Ave).  RSVP to if you can attend either meeting. 

More information can also be found on Friends of SPL’s blog.

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