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Entries from July 2011

Citizens group makes unanimous decision on Transfer Station reconstruction

July 19th, 2011 by master

The North Transfer Station Stakeholders Group is recommending the Concept C design (see below) for the reconstruction of the Seattle Public Utilities’ North Recycling and Disposal Station (1350 N. 34th St.)

Concept C design chosen for the reconstruction of the transfer station in Wallingford. A larger image can be found here (.pdf).

The group met 13 times to go over more than a dozen program options and ultimately came to the unanimous decision to go with this option. “The stakeholder group has done a superb job of studying the alternatives, asking for data, listening to each other, and creatively establishing a win-win solution that optimizes community and environmental protection with solid waste and recycling function,” Seattle Public Utilities Director Ray Hoffman said.

From Seattle Public Utilities:

The Option C plan includes:

  • Extensive setbacks and about an acre of landscaped and publicly-accessible open space.
  • Preservation of priority views.
  • Reduced noise, dust, odors from current levels.
  • A great reduction of customer vehicle backups onto the public street.
  • Increased traffic safety inside the station.
  • Expanded recycling.
  • More flexibility to address an evolving solid waste future.
  • A facility that will meet the LEED Gold standard.
  • Additional public benefits such as crosswalk improvements, pedestrian amenities, and an educational viewing room.
  • High-quality architectural design.
  • Moving forward, SPU said it will:

  • Continue to work closely with community groups and local neighbors to refine the programming for the public open space.
  • Incorporate the Stakeholder Group’s project parameters into the documents for selecting and contracting with a project designer/constructor.
  • Work with other city departments and the City Council to address zoning issues and the vacation of a block of Carr Place North.
  • The project is expected to take two years, starting in 2014 at an estimated cost of about $52-million.

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    How Would Proposed Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance Affect You?

    July 19th, 2011 by master

    The Seattle City Council has begun considering a proposal to require private employers in Seattle to provide paid sick leave. It’s an issue with profound effects on employers and employees.

    The Fremont Chamber of Commerce is inviting Fremonsters to join a balanced debate of the proposal that will also allow folks to learn more about how this ordinance could affect them and their business.

    Tuesday, July 26
    5:30 – 7p
    Seattle Center
    Center House, Conference Room A, Seattle 98109

    The forum will be moderated by broadcast journalist Deborah Brandt and will include Marilyn Watkins (Economic Opportunity Institute), Jody Hall (Cupcake Royale), Carl Gipson (Washington Policy Center), David Black (Seattle Society of Human Resources Management).

    Attendance is free but space is limited. RSVP for the event here.

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    Kids Paint, Dance & Play Music All Summer Long At Fremont Abbey

    July 18th, 2011 by master

    The Fremont Abbey Arts Center has announced their summer line-up of unique activities for Seattle’s youth to engage with the arts. Kids will have plenty of chances for hands-on learning through the arts the entire time.

    Taught by experienced teaching artists, the Abbey offers classes of all kinds and even offer scholarships for each.

    Here are some class highlights. Check out their website for more information on each class.


    Saturdays – SWIRL Kids Collaborative Arts Class for 4 – 8 year olds (Through August 20th)

    Mondays – Brain Meets Body Modern Dance Adventures for 7 – 11 year olds (New sessions starting soon)


    August 8 -12 – ART ROCKS multi-arts camp for 7 – 10 year olds. Featuring dance, visual, and more!

    August 15 – 19th – Rock Band Camp. A week of classes for Jr. High and High Schoolers with hands on instruction from professional instructors/musicians.

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    Hey Fremont, Keep An Eye Out For A Purple Backpack

    July 18th, 2011 by master

    Wayne had a rather unpleasant experience last week in Fremont. His car was broken into and, amongst other things, his bag containing all of his school items was stolen. He’d love some help finding it.

    Two bags with my school notes were stolen from the trunk of my car in Fremont. I am thinking they were probably just dumped somewhere as there was nothing of value in them – but I’d sure love to get my school stuff back! A purple Jansport backpack and a blue and black tote bag with the Prudential logo were taken. Please reply if you happen to see them on the street or in a dumpster anywhere!

    My car was parked at 34th and phinney [July 14th]. The break-in occured at around 9pm. The back windshield was smashed and those two bags were stolen from my covered trunk. I especially would love to find the purple backpack – it had notebooks and binders. No photo, unfortunately. Cash reward if one or both found. Thank you!

    If you have any information about the bag or happen to find it, you can email Wayne at waynemiller729 at gmail dot com.

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    Multi-Family Yard Sale Will Benefit B.F. Day School

    July 18th, 2011 by master

    Neighborhood club Future Parents of BF Day is hosting a multi-family yard sale Sunday, July 24th to benefit B.F. Day Elementary. All proceeds will be donated to the school to help deal with the budget crisis that all public schools are facing.

    The sale will be held at 4422 Phinney Ave N (a private residence) from 9am to 3pm.

    Now that families know where their kids will go to elementary school, folks with babies, toddlers and preschoolers can get inspired early to bolster their neighborhood schools.The group is also hoping the yard sale is a great way for neighbors to meet, chat and mingle.

    For more information on the yard sale, check out this site.

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    Fremont Man Injured By Accidental, Self-Inflicted Gunshot

    July 18th, 2011 by master

    Safeties on, everyone. This just in from the SPD blotter

    On July 15th, at approximately 8:00 PM, a man called 911 to report that he had accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun in his apartment in the 700 Block of North 38th Street.  North Precinct officers and the Seattle Fire Department responded.  It was determined that the victim likely was cleaning or examining his 9mm handgun when he accidentally shot himself.  There was no one else present when the injury occurred.  The victim was transported to the hospital with a non life-threatening injury.

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    North 34th St paving project starts today

    July 18th, 2011 by master

    We received this notice from the Seattle Department of Transporation:

    The Seattle Department of Transportation is paving N 34th Street from Fremont Avenue N to Stone Way N. Beginning Monday, July 18th crews will be repairing the roadway’s underlying base layer, sidewalks and curbs in preparation for final paving in late July.

    During this work one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on N 34th Street. There will be parking and loading restrictions in the work zone as well as periodic cross-street and driveway interruptions.

    Drivers should expect increased truck activity, reduced speeds and flaggers periodically stopping traffic. Please use caution and expect some delays.

    More information on this project can be found here.

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    Harvest Neighborhood Fruit With Lettuce Link

    July 15th, 2011 by master

    The fruit will soon be ripening on neighborhood trees and Lettuce Link wants to make sure none of it goes to waste.

    Lettuce Link is looking for trees to harvest and volunteers to pick the fruit.

    From the Lettuce Link website:

    There are lots of ways to help out! We need volunteers who can do one or more of the following:

  • “Scout” trees ahead of time to see if the fruit is ripe
  • Harvest at scheduled work parties
  • Be on-call to harvest fruit in their neighborhoods
  • Provide garage space for storing ladders, picking buckets, and/or fruit
  • Deliver fruit to food banks and meal programs
  • The volunteer application is available here (.doc) and 90-minute volunteer orientations are on Tuesday, July 19th at 6 p.m. at the Douglass-Truth Library (2300 E Yesler Way) and on Thursday, July 21st at 6 p.m. at Solid Ground Wallingford (1501 N 45th St.)

    To RSVP, or if you’d like to volunteer but can’t make it to an orientation, please contact Molly at or 206-694-6751.

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    Watch The Womens World Cup Finals In Fremont

    July 15th, 2011 by master

    The American team’s run through the 2011 Womens World Cup has been about as improbable as they come. The team barely qualified. They lost two friendly matches before the tournament started. In the World Cup, they lost to Sweden, needed a 122nd minute equalizer to force penalties against Brazil, and were outplayed for most of their game against France.

    And yet, here they are. The USA women’s soccer team will go for their third World Cup championship on Sunday against Japan at 11:45am.

    If its anything like the Men’s World Cup last year, folks are going to want to watch that game surrounded by other soccer fans. And Fremont has a few options for you…

    The Dubliner is offering up some tasty drink specials on Sunday, including $4 Bloody Marys, $3.50 Pints, $3 Well Drinks as well as a full menu and Happy Hour food specials till 10pm.

    George & Dragon will have the game on as well so you can enjoy a full English breakfast while you watch.

    Norm’s is inviting folks to swing by and watch the game with them. Doors open at 11am and, as usual, you can bring your dog to watch with you.

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    Have You Seen Sturgis?

    July 15th, 2011 by master

    Flyers up all over Fremont are asking if you have seen Sturgis, a pit bull that’s been missing since July 11th.

    According to the flyer, he was last seen heading towards the Trader Joe’s in Ballard and those with any information should call 206-679-1381.

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