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Entries from December 2011

Spread Some Holiday Joy To Those In Need

December 16th, 2011 by master

If you’re interested in helping to make the holidays a little nicer for others, there’s a few different ways you can help.

Join Key Bank in Fremont (602 N 34th St) with their donation drive for warm cloths, donate new hats, gloves, socks, and winter coats to help families in need stay warm this winter season. You can learn more here.

Bring joy for the Holidays to children in Seattle. Edward Jones is supporting Toys for Tots by using offices as drop off locations. Bring your unwrapped, new-toy donations to the Edward Jones office of Marko Tubic (503 N 36th St) or to Not A Number Cards & Gifts (720 N 35th St). If you need ideas ask the merchants of Fremont to help with “what any kid might want.”

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Have You Seen This Stolen Equipment?

December 16th, 2011 by master

Deidre writes in to ask if anyone can help recover some stolen equipment that was taken in Fremont on Tuesday night.

It happened Tuesday night (12/13/11) between 10 and 10:30pm out in front of the Sweet Spot Spa (3507 Evanston Ave N) in Fremont.  The thieves smashed the rear passenger window out of a rental car. The Open Labs DBeat machine (it was stored in a big black case that says Open Labs on it) it weighs 21 lbs.  It’s a very rare machine and the owner cannot replace the music on it.  2 working bands rely on this machine to perform and there is a $500 reward (No Questions Asked) offer posted on Craigslist.  Other items that were stolen from the car was a Panasonic Tough Book laptop, a Dell laptop, a CPAP breathing machine, and a bag of clothing.  According to the police there was a string of car break-ins that same night in Fremont.  If anyone has any leads or information they can send it to willremix4food@gmail.comdeedriano@yahoo.com, or contact anyone at the High Dive or The White Rabbit in Fremont.

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North Transfer Station Education Center To Be Named For J. P. Patches

December 15th, 2011 by master

Seattle icon and former Fremont resident J.P. Patches was famously known as the Mayor of the City Dump on his long-running TV show.

Patches a.k.a. Chris Wedes appeared on KCTS 9 Wednesday night in his “final” TV appearance and, on it, City Council member Jean Godden suggested renaming the nearby North Transfer Station after J.P. as a fitting tribute.

While Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) wasn’t a big fan of their station being referred to as a “dump,” they did find common ground and plan to name a new education center in the transfer station, which is being redesigned and reopen in 2012, after the clown.

“The idea will be to show how thinking about solid-waste management has evolved over the last several decades. The education center will teach the next generation how to reduce the amount of materials we put into landfills every year,” said Hennessey, who claims to be a Patches Pal but admitted to liking J.P.’s burly sidekick Gertrude better.

And so, J.P. will live on as the Mayor of the Dump forever…just don’t call it a dump.

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Driver Charged With Vehicular Assault In Fremont Accident

December 15th, 2011 by master

23-year-old Cary Griffin has been charged with four counts of four counts of vehicular assault and accused of drunk driving by King County prosecutors on Wednesday. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 27.

Griffin posted his $200,000 bail and was released from jail Monday evening.

Griffin allegedly hit six people who had just left the Ballroom Lounge with his Subaru around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Of the six, four were seriously injured, including one man who suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures to his skull and face, according to prosecutors. The other three suffered injuries ranging from fractures to lacerations that will require plastic surgery.

According to court papers, the pedestrians “were attempting to get an intoxicated friend into a Land Rover for a ride back to the woman’s home.”

Says prosecutors, Griffin drove half a block, stopped the car and walking back to the scene. His blood alcohol level was nearly 0.19, more than double the 0.08 legal limit.

You can read our previous stories on the accident here:

5 People Hit By Car In Fremont

Driver In Fremont Collision Appears In Court Monday

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Not A Number Opens On 35th Street

December 15th, 2011 by master

By Mwiza Kalisa, Next Door Media Intern

If you’re looking for some quirky gifts this season, Not a Number recently opened its doors for business. The card and gift shop, which was previously located in Wallingford, is just around the corner from the troll.

The store offers books, buttons, stickers, t-shirts and plenty of other fun goods. Kara Ceriello, the co-owner, has collected buttons and stickers for over 30 years, as a longtime activist she wanted a shop where people could find political and goofy items.

“We’re all about stuff to make you think and stuff to make you smile,” she said. “It’s important in these times to be able to speak up and speak out, whether you want to come in and just talk about what’s new in politics or if you want a button or bumper sticker to be able to speak out.”

Ceriello says that since the store opened people in the neighborhood have been warm and welcoming. “It’s wonderful to be in a place where there are so many artists represented and so many other businesses,” said Ceriello, who was reluctant to move to Fremont at first because a similar store, Portage Bay Goods, was already in the area.

“Portage Bay Goods is a terrific business that has for a long time been similar to us,” she said. “The owner helped advise us when we started and we didn’t want to step on her toes.”

After receiving the owner’s blessing, Ceriello was prepared to move into the neighborhood. The two stores have since agreed that they won’t have many lines in common.

“I just think its import to consider your fellow business people, especially your small business people,” she said.

Ceriello plans to host events in the store, last month they held a fundraiser and a book signing with local author David Volk. Next Saturday the store is also hosting the festivus celebration. Ceriello’s husband and co-owner, Jon deLeeuw, says that he’s excited to work with other businesses. The store is offering 10 percent off to neighbors and anybody who works in the area. Books are also 25 percent off until January 15.

Holiday hours for Not a Number, 720 N 35 Street, are 11:00 a.m.to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.to 8 p.m. Thursday- Saturday, and 12 p.m.to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The store will also be open until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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$200K Bail Set For Man Accused Of Hitting Pedestrians In Fremont

December 13th, 2011 by master

Bail has been set at $200,000 for 23-year-old UW student Cary D. Griffin, who is accused of driving his station wagon into a group of people standing on 36th Street early Saturday morning in Fremont.

Griffin made his initial court appearance Monday and prosecutors now  have until Wednesday to make a decision whether or not to charge him. Griffin is expected to be charged with vehicular assault.

A police report indicates that Griffin’s blood-alcohol level was .19 – more than double the .08 legal intoxication limit.

Griffin’s lawyer told the court that he stayed at the scene and helped the injured, which included two victims in serious condition.

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Have You Seen Sheri’s Regulars?

December 13th, 2011 by master

Saw this on a few telephone poles on my walk along Fremont Ave. yesterday…

If you have seen any of Sheri’s regulars, please send them over to Rudy’s (475 N 36th St.) so they can be properly tagged and request their usual, “a little bit off the top…and the sides…and the back…I mean, whatever you think” haircut.

Update: Thanks to commenter Sheila, it looks like Sheri has moved on to Salon 70 in Ballard. Track her down there.

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Local Fremont Artists Provide Plenty Of Holiday Gift Ideas

December 13th, 2011 by master

If you want to stick it to the corporations out there, I suppose you could Occupy Fremont and set up camp next to Waiting for the Interurban.

Or you could make your holiday gift purchases as local as possible.

There’s lots of really cool gift ideas available from Fremont artists and plenty of them can be found in shops like Portage Bay Goods (621 North 35th), Dusty Strings ( 3406 Fremont Ave N) and Frank & Dunya (3418 Fremont Ave N).

Some of those items include, but are not limited to the following. Do yourself a favor and do a search throughout Fremont’s many shops for more local products and offers.

Luma Fused Glass ornaments and candles (Portage)

Jones Glassworks glassware (Portage)

Re-marks bookmarks (Portage)

Global Village Glass Snails (Portage)

Sam Hamrick greeting cards (Dusty Strings)

Emiliya Lane artwork (Frank & Dunya)

Susanna Price glass work (Frank & Dunya)

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Driver In Fremont Collision Appears In Court Monday

December 12th, 2011 by master

The 23-year-old who hit a crowd of people outside Fremont bars in his car early Saturday morning appeared in court on Monday.

He is expected to appear before a judge at the jail Monday afternoon and prosecutors will then have to decide whether to charge or release him by Wednesday.

You can read our story about the incident here. The driver is jailed on suspicion of vehicular assault after allegedly hitting pedestrians with his Subaru station wagon near 36th Street and Phinney Avenue North.

Police have said alcohol may have played a role and some witnesses claimed that the driver tried to flee the scene but was stopped by onlookers. The car was said to be moving so quickly that some pedestrians were thrown over top of it.

No update yet on the condition of the victims, one of whom was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center following the crash.

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High Dive Offers New, ‘Unlimited’ Options

December 12th, 2011 by master

Fremont’s High Dive has been one of the neighborhood’s top music venues for some time now. Now the space is expanding it’s artistic offerings while also giving people a chance to experience it all at a very affordable price.

Along with bands and musical performances, High Dive will now be featuring various acts, including slam poetry, lounge acts, movie nights, charity shows and more. The venue will also now participate in Fremont First Friday ArtWalk, which takes place the first Friday of every month (hence the name, duh).

The new and improved High Dive Kitchen is now open for business. They’re offering a $5 menu from 4pm – 2am. with a selection of salads, stews, fish & chips, sliders, sweet potato fries and more. That also includes $3 drafts, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

The best deal of all is their new 30 Day Unlimited Pass, which sells for $20. While individual events range from $5 – $10 covers, folks can save some serious cash and attend as many events as they like for 30 days with the pass. The pass is renewable when it runs out and the 30-day period is from first-usage, not date-of-purchase.

You’ll have a chance to check out the new and improved High Dive at some of their upcoming events, including a New Years Eve Show, featuring Ian McFeron and Fortune Dwellers ($20 advanced on site, $25 at door) and a Christmas Even event with a Best Ugly Sweater contest.

Check out the rest of the High Dive’s upcoming schedule here. High Dive is 21+.

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