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Entries from August 2011

New Transportation Plan For Upcoming School Year

August 24th, 2011 by master

After the implementation of the Student Assignment Plan, Seattle Public Schools is also changing the way elementary and K-8 students get to school.

The transportation map for Adams Elementary. Orange is the walk zone, yellow the bus zone.

The new neighborhood-based transportation system is expected to streamline bus routs for attendance-area students and get kids to their neighborhood school in 25 minutes or less. This change will also save an estimate $4 million by using fewer buses and less gas. “With more efficient routing, buses are less likely to encounter the traffic delays that occur on longer routes, so families will find departure and arrival times to be more reliable,” said Tom Bishop, SPS transportation manager. “In addition, the more streamlined routes will also benefit the environment by taking up to 80 buses off the roads and reducing the district’s carbon footprint.”

Students within the transportation zone, but outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for district-provided transportation. There are an estimated 3,600 elementary students who live outside the new transportation zones. They will still be eligible for the following transportation:

  • Students who live within a half of a mile from the Transportation Zone boundary can walk to a yellow bus stop within the zone. Seats will be allocated on a space-available basis.
  • Community stops will be created so students can catch a yellow bus near an attendance area school and take it to another school.
  • Students who are no longer eligible for transportation will receive a guaranteed assignment to their attendance area school, if requested.
  • School bus routes will be assigned later this summer once all the students assignments are complete. Families should expect a letter later this month, prior to the start of the school year.

    For more information and to see the transportation zone for your school, click here. FAQ can be found here (.pdf)

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    Tableau Software Hosts ‘Aloha Friday’ Recruiting Event

    August 23rd, 2011 by master

    Tableau Software, a Fremont-based business, will be hosting a recruiting event on the afternoon of Friday, August 26th to meet with job-seeking people in the community.

    They’ll be outside their office (837 N 34th Street), in the courtyard, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. with a steel-drum band (it IS an Aloha Friday party after all) and they’ll be handing out shave-ice treats to anyone who comes by with a resume or a business card.

    Come for the shaved ice, stay for the long-term career growth!

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    What’s New, Fremont? Beers, Redefined Fast Food & Wacky Raccoons

    August 23rd, 2011 by master

    A look around the neighborhood to catch some of the stories falling through the cracks…

    Even though Chris Ray is no longer a member of the Seattle Mariners, the beer he collaborated with Fremont Brewing to create, Homefront IPA, is reviewed by SB Nation Seattle.

    Ethan Stowell, the chef behind Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives and the shuttered Union says he will open a series of casual spots he describes as “fast food redefined.” He is looking at Wallingford and Fremont and wants to open within six months.

    Who Is the Best Home Brewer in Seattle? 52 home-brew enthusiasts have entered this year’s Seattle Weekly Home Brew Competition. Judging for the third annual contest takes place over the next week, and the winning beer (brewed by Big Al Brewing) will be unveiled on October 22 at Brouwers Café in Fremont.

    BEAN Seattle is holding their 4th annual “Date Auction” on Wednesday at 88 Keys in Pioneer Square at 7pm. At least one dater up for auction is promising to take a lucky lady through the “Funky Fremont neighborhood.”

    Meet Rocky, a raccoon who shows up at a home in Fremont often to do whatever it is that Rocky is doing. H/T: Catie)

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    The Dude Fest Wraps Up Fremont Outdoor Movies Summer Season

    August 23rd, 2011 by master

    Seems like just yesterday Fremont Outdoor Movies was kicking their season off with zombies and vampires and the like. This weekend, however, will be the final showing of the summer. If you haven’t been to a show yet, you probably want to give this one a try. Just make sure you bring a rug to tie the parking lot together.

    The season wouldn’t be complete without a screening of “The Big Lebowski.” The Dude Fest kicks off a new northwest celebration for all things related to the 1998 Coen brothers cult comedy, “The Big Lebowski.”

    This year, we are helping support a wonderful local charity Lumana . 100% of the entire beer garden and White Russian Bar sales go the organization. A portion of the ticket proceeds go to support Lumana.

    Lumana is a great cause that helps rural Africans to reach their personal and financial goals by providing savings accounts, small loans, business management education, and relevant local mentorship to primarily women in small villages across rural Ghana.

    Dude Fest also includes special guests, musical performances, a white Russian bar and a quote-a-long. What, no bowling? 100% of the beer garden and white Russian bar proceeds will go to Lumana.

    Tickets are $15 at the door, which opens (in theory since there is no actual door) at 7pm.

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    The Seattle Public Library Prepares For Week-Long Closure

    August 22nd, 2011 by master

    The Seattle Public Library system will be closed from Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4 because of city budget cuts. All branches also will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

    From the press release:

    The week-long closure will help the Library achieve its $3.7 million budget reduction target for 2011. The closure will save approximately $650,000. The closure will mean salary reductions for nearly 640 employees who will not be paid during that week and who are taking cuts in their cost of living adjustments. In addition, the book budget has been reduced, positions have been eliminated and 2010 cuts to branch hours have continued this year. Fifteen branches are only open 35 hours a week.

    No materials will be due and no fines will be charged during the one-week closure.

    Most library services will be unavailable during the closure, including book drops (the Central Library’s book drop will close at 8 p.m. Aug. 28); Wi-Fi; regular programs and events in library meeting rooms; TeleCirc (the library’s telephone circulation service that provides patrons with information on their library account); and no texting, emailing or chatting with a librarian.

    Access to the online catalog will be limited to searching and checking library records, but patrons won’t be able to place holds.

    Some online services will remain available, including the calendar of events; the SPL Mobile page; online payment of fines and fees; library podcasts; access to premium online databases, including Britannica Online,, Mango Languages, Consumer Reports and Morningstar Investment Research Center; access to downloadable media, such as e-books and audiobooks, songs and movies; and digital collections, such as photos from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Collection, the Northwest Art Collection and The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection; the Seattle City Directory Collection; and the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection.

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    House Fire Causes Massive Traffic Delays On Fremont Ave.

    August 20th, 2011 by master

    8/21 Update: According to the Seattle Times, the cause of the fire was beauty bark in the yard that caught fire. The damage to the building ran upwards of $75,000. The house was rented by five Seattle Pacific U students, though none of them were home at the time.

    4:00 Update: Traffic is back to normal for a Saturday. Pretty clear heading north, still some congestion southbound.

    If you’re sitting in traffic on Fremont Ave. right now, you already know how bad it is. If not, it’s been practically stand-still for a few hours now thanks to a house fire on 46th Street near the Fremont Ave. crossing.

    No one was hurt in the blaze and no one was apparently home when it happened but the cause has not yet been established. At least three firetrucks are on the scene and put out the fire. Unfortunately, the house was damaged pretty significantly.

    If you are planning on traveling this afternoon, stay the heck away from Fremont Ave.  The ramps onto and off of Aurora are closed so a lot of that traffic is being diverted through Fremont.

    More details as we find out.

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    What’s New, Fremont?

    August 19th, 2011 by master

    A look around the neighborhood to catch some of the stories falling through the cracks…

    Reminder, is hosting a Geocaching Block Party in Fremont tomorrow. It takes place from 11am – 3pm and kicks off in the Solstice Plaza (701 N 34th St, Latitude 47.64864 Longitude 122.348927).

    Another reminder, Ignite Seattle and ThingOut! are Saturday as well. Over by the Fremont Outdoor Movies lot, the ThingOut Festival begins at 5pm while Ignite Seattle opens its doors at 7pm and talks begin at 8pm.

    The Seattle Weekly stops by Norm’s for some fish & chips and a cold beer and comes away wishing they’d brought their dog with them.

    Maximus Minumus, the pig-shaped truck that spends many a Sunday at the Fremont Sunday Market, is in USA Today as one of the ten great places to buy food off a truck. There are also rumors that the pig purveyor is looking for a brick and mortar location and Fremont is in the mix.

    A famous Seattle statue has brought tourists, the Lenny Scoop, and controversy to Fremont. The one thing missing is an offer.

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    Fremont Avenue Tree Trimming and Road Repaving Rescheduled For August 22-26

    August 19th, 2011 by master

    Yesterday came and went and the schedule road repaving on Fremont Ave didn’t happen. That’s because the entire operation has been moved back.

    Just got the following update from SDOT that the work, which includes tree trimming and re-pavement of Fremont Avenue N, from N 38th to N 41st streets, will take place the week of August 22-26:

    A private contractor will be trimming trees for SDOT on Fremont Ave N, from N 38th to N 41st streets, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 22. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to use the southbound lane and a parking lane. Bicycles will merge with vehicular traffic through the construction zone and all sidewalks will remain open. To assist with traffic flow, a uniformed police officer (UPO) will be stationed at the intersection of N 39th St and Fremont Ave N.
    Following the tree trimming, SDOT crews will be grinding and repaving the travel lanes of Fremont Ave N from N 38th to N 41st streets. This work will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, through Friday, August 26. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to use the parking lanes. Bicycles will merge with vehicular traffic and all sidewalks will remain open. There will be a UPO at the intersection of N 39th St & Fremont Ave N.

    SDOT is also passing out flyers door-to-door letting folks know that no parking signs will be placed along Fremont Ave., so don’t forget to leave your car elsewhere during those days.

    For more information, visit

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    Job Fair This Weekend For Area Painters

    August 18th, 2011 by master

    The economy may be down, but Reed Painting Company is growing. “Our work load has increased tremendously and we are in need of hiring a few great people to add to our team,” Cole Palea with Reed Painting tells us.

    They are holding a job fair this Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to hire for various positions from trainees to painters. Those interested in showing off their skills can stop by the shop (3668 Albion Pl N.) Applicants will be asked to perform a skills test which could include everything from folding a drop cloth to painting a wall, door or trim piece, depending on the position you’re applying for.

    Breakfast is on Reed, so come hungry. They’re serving up bacon and eggs. More information on the job fair can be found here (.pdf.)

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    Check Out The New Bike Lanes On 34th Street

    August 18th, 2011 by master

    They’ve been up for a little while but I figured I’d post some pics of the new green bike lanes on 34th Street.

    There are bike lanes going East and West that allow cyclists clear and easy access to certain parts of the road and delineate clear stopping points at red lights.

    With the rash of recent accidents involving cars and bicycles (and the scooter accident across the street from these lanes), it’s extremely timely and should hopefully cut down on issues between drivers and cyclists in the busy intersection.

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