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Entries from June 2011

Four-Story Stone Way Complex, Fire Station Changes Up For Discussion

June 24th, 2011 by master

Two separate Fremont projects worth keeping an eye on are going to be up for public discussion in July.

Station 9, the firehouse serving Fremont, is looking to make some major upgrades. They held a meeting in May to discuss code changes on the project but now they need final concept approval. They’ll seek that in a July 27th City Council’s Committee in City Hall Council Chambers (600 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA).

Meanwhile plans for a four-story commercial/residential building at 4111 Stone Way will be discussed at early design guidance meeting on July 11th at the University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE). The proposal is for a building with ground level commercial, residential units (27 units) above, and parking for 21 vehicles.

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Aurora Ave Closed Saturday For Marathon

June 24th, 2011 by master

The Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking over parts of Seattle on Saturday.

A look at the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon route. For larger image, click here (.pdf)

The Alaskan Way Viaduct and Aurora Avenue North will be closed at 5:45 a.m., starting at North 39th Street in Fremont. The Seattle Department of Transportation anticipates the southbound lanes should re-open by 1:15 p.m., and the northbound lanes will re-open by 4 p.m. The full list of road closures is here (.pdf.)

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Cement Mixer Sprayed Cars With Hydraulic Fluid In Fremont

June 24th, 2011 by master

Yucky news out of Fremont today at 39th Street. A tipster writes in about a cement truck that sprung a leak and ended up spraying oncoming cars.

Today around 1:30pm one of the Salmon Bay sand and gravel cement mixers sprung a leak, or rather a gusher, in the hydraulic line, spying on-coming cars with hydraulic fluid as they passed by – my car included.  Hydraulic fluid is corrosive and can strip the clear-coat and damage paint and plastic parts of the car.

It was between Greenwood and Francis, with the Salmon Bay cement mixer heading East bound on 39th when it occurred.  It looks like SBSG cleaned up most of the fluid off the street, but you can still see some of the residue there if you get out of your car and look at the street.

If your car happened to get sprayed, make sure you have your car checked for corrosion.

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Robbery Suspect Apprehended In Fremont

June 23rd, 2011 by master

Back on May 5th, a 23-year-old female was walking down the 4000 block of Linden Avenue N when three men starting following and harassing her. She began to dial 911 on her iPhone but one of the suspects approached her from behind, struck her in the face and stole her phone before she had the opportunity to complete the call. He fled and, one would assume, was never to be heard from again.

Not so fast, buddy. The Seattle PD spent the last two months tracking him down and finally apprehended him today.

Information developed during the on-going investigation which led to the identity of the 21-year-old suspect.  He was presented in a photomontage and positively identified by the victim. On June 23rd at approximately 9:00 a.m., the suspect was located at an apartment in the 4200 block of 34th Avenue West and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Robbery Office for processing.

The suspect was booked and now awaits a court appearance.

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Dance Your Cash Off Fundraiser For 826 Seattle In Fremont On Sunday

June 22nd, 2011 by master

Originally posted on Phinneywood

Greenwood’s free kids tutoring and writing center, 826 Seattle, is hosting its second annual fundraiser this Sunday at Nectar Lounge in Fremont. Dance Your Cash Off is from 6-11 p.m. and is hosted by comedienne Lauren Weedman.

There’s still time to form your own dance team, or you can pay $10 to watch the dancing.

The judges are art and media journalist Nancy Guppy; her husband and improv guy Joe Guppy; movie critic Robert Horton; and members of The Derby Liberation Front (Rat City Roller Girls).

Your Good Cause: The amazing (and free!) programs of 826 Seattle, which anyone would happily dance five solid hours to support. 826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing center located in Greenwood that helps students, ages six to 18, develop their creative and expository writing skills. We are dedicated to helping students learn the essential skill of writing–all free of charge. Our doors are open to all young people, but our focus is on those that need our help the most.

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Lake Union Houseboat Changes Neighborhood

June 22nd, 2011 by master

Linda was kind enough to send in these photos of a houseboat getting moved across Lake Union Tuesday. It took two tugboats and a little bit of time but the house, previously moored on the west side of the Ballard Bridge finally went on its way. Where she ended up…we don’t know. Any ideas?

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A painted-up proposal at the Solstice Parade

June 21st, 2011 by master

Painted up in his best tuxedo, Kris did something that he doesn’t think anyone else has ever done – he proposed to his girlfriend of two years. Now the newly-engaged couple is looking for pictures of the big moment.

“He was topless, but wore bike shorts so that we could show the pictures to my grandmother,” Amy says.

Amy says that the couple met almost two years ago to the day at the Solstice Parade. She was biking painted up and Kris thought she had the best costume ever. He kept telling his friends “how awesome that woman must be that she’s so creative!” Amy says. They ended up crashing the same BBQ but didn’t connect until a little later on an online dating site.

The couple is hoping someone saw the proposal this past weekend and grabbed their camera. If you have pictures Kris and Amy, please email them to preppyhippies at gmail dot com

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Tai Chi Camp For Kids In Fremont

June 21st, 2011 by master

Karin Collins Taijiquan & Qigong (222 Etruria St. #200) has tons of classes both inside & out with plenty of choices for adults and kids going on this summer. One in particular is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to Tai Chi…the Taiji Kidz Summer Camp.

Taking place between July 5 – 8, this Taiji (Tai Chi) camp for kids focuses on developing Taiji principles to increase self-awareness, better connections to others, improve listening skills & foster greater cooperation. Kids 8 & up will learn basic meditation & calming practices, do strength, fitness & flexibility training and learn a fun interactive 2 person Taiji form to demonstrate their new skills.

Contact Karin with questions and to register and make sure you check out their other classes like Balancing The Heart Qigong. Read more about Karin, her studio and her practice here.

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Last Week To Apply For Fremont Chamber Grant

June 20th, 2011 by master

Got an idea that would benefit Fremont? Maybe a new business venture or a nonprofit? Want to put on a community event or festival? Well you’re going to need some money to do all of that. That’s why the Fremont Chamber of Commerce offers grants twice a year to help.

The deadline for the July round of grants is this Friday, June 24th. Just had on over to the Fremont Chamber’s site to fill out an application and find out more. Past recipients of a grant include the Moisture Festival, Fremont Arts Council, Graffiti Cleanup In Fremont and more.

f you have questions about our process for reviewing applications or if you have questions about your application and qualifications for a Fremont Chamber Grant contact Jessica at 206.632.1500 or

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Reminder: Pay Those Parking Tickets, Avoid The Boot

June 20th, 2011 by master

Seattle really doesn’t want to boot your car. They’re really hoping they don’t have to. So they’re reminding you one more time, please pay your outstanding parking tickets, sir or madam.

Originally we reported that “The Booting” would begin on July 5th. However it looks like that deadline has been moved up to July 1st. And once the boot goes on, it’s going to take a lot to get it taken off.

A scofflaw is someone with a vehicle that has four or more overdue unpaid parking tickets. Starting July 1, scofflaw vehicles parked in public right-of-way will get their wheel locked with a boot. If a vehicle receives a boot, full payment of all past due tickets and the boot fee must be paid within 48 hours or the vehicle will be towed. Full payment includes the initial parking fines, default penalties, collection fees and interest. If towed, full payment plus the boot and tow fees must be made before the car is released from impound.

To see if you have unpaid parking tickets and to pay them, go to or call (206) 684-5600. Payment can also be made in person at The Seattle Municipal Court at 600 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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