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Entries from August 2010

Aurora Bridge closures continue Sunday

August 26th, 2010 by master

WSDOT’s work on the Aurora Bridge continues and drivers who plan on crossing it this Sunday could face closures, this time going both ways.

This Sunday crews will continue work to remove and replace more than 1000 rivets and bolts for the construction of a safety fence to deter suicides. Drivers can expect additional closures for rivet removal in September. Crews are working Sundays because rivet busting is too noisy to do at night. Nearby residents can expect to hear construction noise from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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  • From 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, crews working for WSDOT will close two of three northbound lanes to remove and replace rivets on the east side of the bridge.
  • From 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. all six lanes on the bridge and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will be closed while crews move construction equipment to the west side of the bridge. WSDOT scheduled this brief full closure at 1:30 p.m. to help southbound traffic heading to Sunday’s Mariners’ game.
  • At 1:45 p.m. crews will reopen all northbound lanes and one southbound lane.
  • Two southbound lanes and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will remain closed until midnight while crews work on the west side of the bridge.

    If that’s not confusing enough, WSDOT has these suggestions on what to do to avoid closures and delays:

    • Taking southbound SR 99 across the bridge before 1:30 p.m. Another option is using southbound SR 99 after 7:30 p.m., when delays caused by the closure will be very short.
    • Taking northbound SR 99 across the bridge after 2:30 p.m. Drivers also should consider using northbound SR 99 in the morning before traffic volumes increase.
    • Checking traffic conditions before hitting the roads. Check SR 99 traffic and I-5 traffic and tune into to radio traffic reports.

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    Fremont LoveFest Sept.11

    August 26th, 2010 by master

    Coming up soon, on September 11: Fremont LoveFest, a music festival that also promotes a message of unity and environmentalism in 55,000 square feet of open space along the Fremont canal.

    Enter at Solsticio’s Doorstep, 1100 N Northlake Way, right under the Fremont Bridge, along the canal from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $22 through Brown Paper Tickets or 1-800-838-3006.

    Music from Brazil, the Middle East, Jamaica, and many other countries, representing rock, reggae, soul, acoustic, funk, indie, and world beats will fill the ears of attendees as they learn from organizations such as General BioDiesel, ROAR of Washington, TerraPass and the Clean Water Foundation in this merged and dynamic statement of unity, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

    While all ages are invited to the festival, there will be a beer garden for those 21-and-above with ID. Proceeds from the beer garden will benefit ROAR of Washington, which stands for “Referrals, Opportunities, Advocacy, and Resources” for the homeless and disadvantaged while they seek education and employment.

    Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe headlines a festival with instruments as varied as saxophones, a didgeridoo, tubas, assorted drums, an organ, Persian violin, and birds. Denson’s saxophone has been heard on Lenny Kravitz albums “Let Love Rule,” “Mama Said” and “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” He’s also known as the co-creator, saxophonist, flutist, and singer for The Greyboy Allstars.

    The updated lineup also includes Flowmotion, Air 2 A Bird (Gabriel Teodros & Amos Miller), and Luc & the Lovingtons alongside Tubaluba and Christopher of the Wolves. Others who were already on the bill: Toussaint, Eduardo Mendonca-Show Brazil, and Raquy and the Cavemen, Clinton Fearon and the Boogey Brown Band.

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    Repairing the scene of a tragedy

    August 25th, 2010 by master

    “The sad feeling is every day.”

    That’s how a next door resident describes constantly seeing a burned out Fremont townhome unit where a young woman and four children died in a fire on June 12.  Now we’ve learned the Seattle Housing Authority, which owns the property, is planning to make repairs to the unit.

    The scene now at 334 NW 41st Street in Fremont

    Yellow tape still surrounds the front of the townhome and plywood covers the windows.  One resident next door tells us there’s been no sign of repair work since the fire.  Another neighbor across the street tells us at least one family in the townhome complex has moved out in the wake of the blaze. 

    According to the construction permit, the damaged unit will be repaired to its original configuration.  We’ve put in several requests for more information from the Seattle Housing Authority, but they have not provided any additional details. 

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    Three burglaries in one day

    August 24th, 2010 by master

    Seattle Police are investigating three different burglaries or burglary attempts that happened this past Friday.

    On 8/20, the first burglary attempt was reported around 4:45am at a business in the 400 block of N 34th Street.  As an employee arrived for work, a man came out from behind the bushes.  The employee later saw that a plate glass window had been shattered.  The burglar wasn’t able to get inside.

    On that same day around 11:30am, someone reported that a bicycle had been stolen from a duplex garage in the 4200 block of Phinney Ave.

    Finally, residents in the 3800 block of Fremont Ave reported that someone crawled through a partially open window between 9am and 10pm.  The burglar took cash and jewelry.  Officers were able to obtain usable fingerprints in that case. 

    Just a reminder that you can track crime in the neighborhood with the new Seattle Police crime map.  Registration is required to view police reports.

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    Oktoberfest advance tickets now on sale

    August 24th, 2010 by master

    Fremont’s Oktoberfest is still one month away, but advance tickets for the big event are now on sale.  $20 will get you inside, a souvenir tasting mug, and five tasting tokens.  Advance ticket holders also get to cut in line ahead of people purchasing at the gate where prices will be $5 more.  This year’s Oktoberfest runs September 24 – 26.  You can find more information here.
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    Library closes next Monday for one week

    August 23rd, 2010 by master

    This is the last week to get things done at the library before budget cuts force the entire library system to shut down until after Labor Day. The Fremont Library (731 N. 35th St.) and all other Seattle Public Libraries will close on Monday, August 30th and reopen Tuesday, September 7th.

    During the closure most library services will be unavailable:
    * No materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.
    * The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, Aug. 29.
    * No book drops will be open. Do not leave books and materials outside Library locations during the closure. Book drops at branches that are open on Sundays, which includes Fremont, will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.
    * Limited access to the online catalog. Patrons will be able to search the catalog and check their Library record but will not be able to place holds on items. No staff will be working to process the thousands of books and materials that customers normally put on hold.
    * Limited access to the website ( The online calendar, databases, downloadable books and media, digital special collections, podcasts, SPL Mobile app and blogs will be available, but other online information and features will not be available. No staff members will be working to maintain the site or troubleshoot problems.
    * No Library computers will be available. You will not be able to reserve a computer for the week the Library system is closed.
    * No access to Wi-Fi.
    * No book group kits will be sent, received or returned during the one-week closure. Kits will be sent to libraries as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Aug. 25. Kits not available then will be sent as soon as possible after Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.
    * No programs or events in Library meeting rooms.
    * No TeleCirc, the Library’s telephone circulation service.
    * No Quick Information telephone service.
    * No Text a Librarian, e-mail a librarian or chat with a librarian.
    * No Mobile Services.
    * No parking in Library garages. The Central Library, Capitol Hill Branch and Ballard Branch garages will be closed.

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    Aurora Bridge closure this Sunday

    August 21st, 2010 by master

    For the second Sunday in a row, the Washington State Department of Transportation crews will be closing lanes on the Aurora Bridge this weekend while crews work on the ‘rivet buster’ suicide fence. Commuters planning a trip downtown on Sunday should plan for delays or take an alternate route.

    Photo from WSDOT’s Flickr page.

    Crews will be working on the east side of the bridge, closing down two northbound lanes.

    Access to northbound SR 99 from Halladay near Canlis will be open. Lane closures will be from 6 a.m. to midnight again, with the noisy work beginning as early as 7 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m. Since they will be on the east side of the bridge, the sound will likely travel further into Lake Union this time.

    WSDOT has been posting some pretty incredible photos of the work, which will continue through September 5, on its Flickr page. Check those out here.

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    More details on 46th Street Mural celebration

    August 20th, 2010 by master

    Here’s the invitation to the community to dedicate and celebrate the new 46th Street Mural that links Fremont and Wallingford.

    Come Celebrate Your Mural!

    The 46th Street Mural Project would like to welcome the community to a dedication & celebration

    Friday, August 27th, 2010, 3pm to 6pm

    At 46th Street above the mural on the west side of Aurora

    Refreshments, music, dedication and the graduation ceremony for the Urban Artworks youth

    A chance to sign up to be involved with stewardship of the mural

    We’d like to give hearty thanks to everyone who made the mural possible: our donors and supporters, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and our many volunteers.

    Funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Fiscal Sponsor & Donor: Fremont Neighborhood Council

    SUPPORTERS & DONORS: Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Abbey, Seattle Bank, Verity Credit Union, Wallingford Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Arts Council, Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, Rodda Paint, Stoneway Hardware, Bob Suh Design, Ballard Window Works, Marketime, Essential Bakery, Tullys Coffee, Lighthouse Roasters, Jeff Breitenstein & Skot O’Mahony, Honey Bucket, Cedar Grove Recycling, Miller Paints, Pharmaca, Caffé Appassionato, Solid Ground, QFC/Wallingford, Fainting Goat Gelato, Olympia Pizza, BF Day Elementary School, Hamilton Middle School, KapKa Cooperative School, Alphabet Soup Children’s Books, Not A Number, Fuerte Fitness, American Music, Trophy Cupcakes, & Many Community Volunteers

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    An Incredible Feast for Sunday supper

    August 20th, 2010 by master

    Some of Fremont’s culinary masters join a bevy of Seattle’s finest chefs on Sunday to dish up “An Incredible Feast,” where guests can sample more than 30 different gourmet dishes using local fresh farm ingredients in this fundraiser that benefits the Good Farmer Fund and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance.

    Art of the Table‘s Dustin Ronspies and Theo Chocolates and Hot Cakes’ Autumn Martin are among the more than two dozen chefs who will tantalize taste buds this weekend. Guests will also enjoy local wines and beers, and meet the chefs and farmers behind the food.

    Here is a video previewing the event:

    An Incredible Feast, Seattle Farmers Market Fundraiser and Summer Extravaganza, August 22nd 2010 from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

    The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University District Farmers Market site (at the corner of University Way & NE 50th, in the playground of the University Heights Center for the Community).

    This 21+ event costs $80 for an individual and $150 for a pair of tickets and available through

    Special note: in the spirit of sustainability and care for the environment, guests are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own plate and fork to use at the event. All ticketholders who bring their own plate and fork will be entered in a drawing to win a Farmers Market gift basket valued at $100.

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    Live tweeting on a would-be Aurora Bridge jumper

    August 19th, 2010 by master

    Last night, Wednesday night — Josh Trujillo, a colleague I greatly admire and used to work with at the Seattle P-I (he still does on as a photographer) tweeted live about seeing a woman hop a rail on the Aurora Bridge, in an attempt to jump. He called 911.

    Reading his tweets this morning, the story ends without tragedy at about 9:30 p.m.: “Good news. Young girl on Aurora Bridge is over the rail, back on the safe side. Police boats leaving from under bridge. Amen.”

    His tweets about her began about 13 hours ago, about 7:30 p.m.: “No. A girl is on the Aurora Bridge about to jump. My heart is sinking. Police not here yet.”

    I know Josh, so I know how sincere he is, so I don’t question how hard this must have been for him. This is a guy who was in the Army and deployed overseas before he was a photographer. He’s a consummate professional and he’s also a family man.

    The irony is, the state is installing an anti-suicide fence on the bridge, have been for awhile.

    Part of Josh’s reporting shocked: “Woman on Fremont Bridge who said she was waiting in traffic for an hour just said “jump already,” loudly. Crowd upset at her.”

    He showed self-consciousness at what he was seeing, and reporting: “In the news media we rarely report suicides or attempts at suicide. I feel really uncomfortable tweeting this one. This is awful.”

    But he also revealed, “FYI, I used to live under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge. A jumper once landed in my yard. That was a terrible day. Hope today is better,” and conversed with our news partner’s executive editor, the Seattle Times’ David Boardman: “@dlboardman I have to agree that this is strange ground & I have been uncomfortable reporting it. But I also saw her hop rail & called 911.”

    What do you think, readers?

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