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Entries from April 2011

North Transfer Station Community Meeting On April 30th

April 22nd, 2011 by master

A redesign of the North Transfer Station on 35th St. is scheduled to being in 2012. Before that can begin, the many designs and plans need to be narrowed down and a winning design needs to be chosen. Seattle Public Utilities is looking for your help on the matter.

As part of this process, we are hosting two community-wide events on Saturday, April 30. At these events, the community will be able to view the existing station, provide input on the proposed design concepts, and learn more about the future of the North Transfer Station.

The meeting is scheduled for April 30 at 12 p.m. at Hamilton International Middle School (1610 N. 41st St) in Wallingford.

Preceding the meeting will be walking tours of the complex that begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in taking the tour should meet at the corner of N 34th Street and Carr Place North

You can read more about the design concepts that remained in the last update or read more about SPU’s transfer stations here.

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Dexter Avenue Paving Will Cause Delays Monday & Tuesday

April 21st, 2011 by master

Heads up from the Seattle Department of Transportation as they continue work on Dexter Avenue.

They plan to lay new asphalt on Dexter Avenue North between Fremont Avenue North and McGraw Street on Monday, April 25th and Tuesday, April 26th, assuming the weather is favorable.

Traffic will be limited to one travel lane in each direction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. On-street parking will be restricted. Drivers should expect additional traffic congestion and delays and are advised to consider using alternate routes. Uniformed police officers will be present to keep traffic moving at the intersection of Westlake Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Bicyclists will merge and share the lanes with vehicles on Dexter or they may use the sidewalks or alternate routes.

Think ahead on your morning and afternoon commute.

This phase of the work is scheduled to be completed by early May and the entire project will be completed in September.

For more detailed information, please visit the project web site.

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Woodsky’s Fights For Right To Race Goldfish

April 21st, 2011 by master

If you’re not familiar with Goldfish Racing, the sport entails putting goldfish into a canal of water and guiding the fish down the trough with the help of squirt guns. The first person to push their goldfish to the finish line wins, or something.

It’s a late-night bar activity that’s been going on at Tacoma’s Harmon Tap Room for years. The establishment recently ended the practice after PETA caught wind of it. According to the bar owner, he received “60 or 70 e-mails” after each race and eventually decided to replace it with some good old-fashioned beer pong.

PETA’s issue, as stated on their website, is not just with the race itself. Reports of bar patron impaling fish with straws or eating them live are driving their concern.

While Harmon may have ceased the races, Fremont bar Woodsky’s is keeping theirs going.  They recently took to their Facebook page to promote the ongoing event:

So a lot of press has been going out with the Goldfish Races being cancelled due to PETA at the Harmon Tap Room. Good News we will continue doing Goldfish races here at Woodsky’s if you bring in one of the “Save the Goldfish” Stickers that have been going around Fremont you will receive %50 off your first drink.

Alrighty. The battle for and against goldfish racing rages on here in Fremont.

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Homegrown Unveils New Menu Items

April 21st, 2011 by master

Last week, Fremont’s sustainable ingredient sandwich shop Homegrown unveiled some new items on their menu and they’ve got the blackboards to prove it:

Some of the new items include organic shoe string french fries, a white bean salad tossed in Italian herbs and a bunch of new salads.

The Homegrown crew wants to know what you think of the new menu items so, drop us a line on their  facebook page or stop in to sample the goods (3416 Fremont Ave. N).

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Jam Out At Variety for Charity, Support Fremont Solstice Parade

April 19th, 2011 by master

Join the Fremont Arts Council on Thursday, April 21st at 7 p.m. at Egan’s Ballard Jam House for the Variety for Charity benefit show.

All you need to do is a provide a donation (suggested $10, but you can always give more). Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a night of great music, poetry, comedy and more.

All proceeds benefit the Fremont Solstice Parade. Here’s some info on who will be performing.


Susan Harper ~ vocalist and songwriter

Larry Crist ~ silver tongued poet

Hugh Sutton ~ keyboard chameleon


7:15 Susan & Larry kick off the night with a Bossa Nova tune and a poem or two

7:30 Pacific NW Blues Diva Lady “A”

7:50 Ricky Gene Powell ~ a musical trend setter

8:15 Michael Murdock ~ endearing thespian

8:25 Susan & Hugh ~ duet

8:40 Seastar ~ folky, passionate and celtic-y

9:00 Larry & Michael Murdock ~ a comedy sketch

9:10 KlezterBalm ~ hypnotic chaos

9:30 Kylie Koyote ~ devious desert nymph burlesque

9:40 EQ lateral ~ ambient electronic violin and ethereal vocals

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Celebrate Earth Day At Gas Works Park

April 19th, 2011 by master

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd. A celebration intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the natural environment, there will be plenty of events going on around the world as well as right here in Seattle.

One of the events is happening right around the corner in Gas Works Park. The Sierra Club, CoolMom, Earth Ministry, Washington Environmental Council and Climate Solutions are hosting a free community Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23rd between 11am and 3pm there.

The event will celebrate Washington’s anticipated transition from coal-power while highlighting the need to support the E.P.A. in its efforts to protect people across America from the dangerous pollution associated with coal burning and to make sure we do not export coal to other countries where no E.P.A. exists.

The event will feature bands, food, speakers and a make-your-own-kite activity. For more information on the event and Coal-Free Washington, visit their site or check out the event’s Facebook page.

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Bilingual Classes Being Phased Out

April 18th, 2011 by master

A few years ago, changes were made to the English Language Learner (ELL, formerly ESL) program in Seattle Public Schools. These changes have taken non-native speakers out of one classroom and put them in the traditional classroom with native English speakers. Our sister site, MyWallingford, has more on these changes and how they’re affecting students and teachers at Hamilton International Middle School.

Read: Final bell for self-contained bilingual classes

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Caffé Vita’s Zoo Special Reserve Benefits Woodland Park Zoo

April 15th, 2011 by master

Now when you stop by Caffé Vita for your daily cup of coffee, you can help save an animal’s life. Not too shabby.

For every bag of Zoo Special Reserve purchased at Caffé Vita, $1 will be donated to Woodland Park Zoo. The farmers who grow this coffee promote biodiversity by setting aside over forty percent of their land as a nature reserve, which protects the habitats of native tropical animals and birds such as gray foxes, armadillos, anteaters, parrots and butterflies. The Zoo Special Reserve coffee beans were sustainably farmed using innovative systems of composting, recycling and water conservation under the belief that healthy, organic soil and diverse shade cover produces superior coffee.

Zoo Special Reserve is sold in 12-ounce bags of whole beans for $13.95 at all six Caffé Vita locations in Seattle, though the easiest one for you to get to would be the Fremont location at 4301 Fremont Avenue North.

Caffé Vita will continue to work with Woodland Park Zoo this summer when they travel to Papua New Guinea to help improve community livelihoods while protecting biodiversity and the habitat of the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo.

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Evanston Space Project Coming To Fremont

April 15th, 2011 by master

We noted last week that the Rocket Apartments were on their way out and something new would be replacing them. Originally, owner Brian Regan has envisioned a hotel in that space but those plans went by the wayside.

Instead, Regan is envisioning the Evanston Space Project, an office/retail space not unlike Regan’s current Fremont building, the Fremont Space Building.

This new building will include 121 office spaces, five retail spots and over 100 parking spaces in an underground garage.

Regan is still working on financing to make the building happen, but has the building permits ready to go once he’s set. As such, there is no timetable for the project.

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Celebrate Record Store Day At Fremont’s Jive Time Records

April 15th, 2011 by master

Saturday, April 16th, is Record Story Day around the nation, the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music.

Here in Fremont, Jive Time Records will be celebrating with special deals and giveaways:

Join us this Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 for our annual Record Store Day Sale! ALL records, CD’s and DVD’s at Jive Time will be 20% off with new arrivals added throughout the sale! Our Sidewalk Sale (weather permitting) will feature an additional 1000 bargain priced LP’s and CD’s!

Plus: spend $25 or more and receive this limited addition, hand-screened poster while supplies last!

Check out this handy-dandy list of events going on at record stores all over Seattle, including a special concert by The Head and the Heart at Ballard’s Sonic Boom at 3 p.m.

Poster: David Day Design

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