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Entries from May 2012

Aurora Bridge closed tonight for earthquake safety project

May 29th, 2012 by Sara

From our sister site My Ballard

The Aurora Bridge will be closed tonight while crews work to raise the bridge a 3/4 of an inch. The work is part of a project to help the 80-year-old bridge better withstand an earthquake. The bridge will be closed from midnight tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, May 30) morning. Northbound drivers will be detoured off SR 99 at Denny Way and onto Dexter Avenue and/or I-5. Southbound drivers will be detoured off at 39th and onto Fremont Avenue.

The retrofitting has been underway since April 2011, as crews have been under the bridge reinforcing the steel and concrete on the north and south ends. The project includes, “adding steel to the skeleton, thickening concrete girders and covering existing columns with fiber designed for shaking,” according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). During the daytime closure, crews will work on 6th Avenue North underneath the Aurora Avenue Bridge. They are building a skeletal system for the extra steel that will be attached to the existing girders

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Shooting victim in stable condition

May 29th, 2012 by Sara

A recent shooting has left a man with a gunshot wound to the leg. According to police, the 23-year old-man called 911 to report that he had been shot and was found in the street in the 8600 block of Fremont Av N. Police report the man was not very cooperative regarding his claims of having been shot at a gas station in the 800 block of N.W. 85th and his credibility regarding the incident is also in question. The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center and is in stable condition.

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Plan ahead for roadwork on 34th tomorrow

May 21st, 2012 by Sara

UPDATE-As you may have noticed, the planned roadwork on 34th did not happen today. SDOT writes:

Please note: this work was canceled for today due to an unfavorable weather forecast and will be rescheduled


EARLIER-The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is performing road repair work on N 34th Street tomorrow, May 22:

N 34th Street will be closed to westbound vehicle traffic for one block between Woodland Park Avenue N and Albion Place N from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The detour will be posted and will utilize Woodland Park Avenue N, N 35th Street and Albion Place N. Albion Place N will be a one-way street, southbound only, between N 35th Street and N 34th Street. Eastbound traffic on N 34th Street will not be affected. Local access, pedestrian access, and access to businesses will be maintained during this work.

Work may be rescheduled in case of bad weather.

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Concert at Nectar to fight human trafficking

May 21st, 2012 by Sara

The local music community is coming together through Protosong, a new way of sharing music that supports leading charities in the Seattle area. On Wednesday, Sean “Big Daddy” Porter, (who has acted as tour manager for Adele and The Kooks), is introducing Protosong at a concert event at Nectar in Fremont. Protosong began when a group of college students wondered what the value of unheard music is. They asked “What will people pay for a song that’s never been heard before, and how can that value be put to good use?” The result is an online fundraising tool that the Seattle music community can use to combat human trafficking. A spokesperson for the organization says:

Here’s how it works: prominent artists donate unheard songs to a playlist held exclusively by Protosong, which Protosong advertises on its website during one of its month-long events. During the event, music fans can donate whatever they want to access this playlist through Protosong’s website. In essence, a user can pay one dollar for access to a collection of exclusive songs. When the event ends, Protosong releases its playlist to anyone who donated, and gives 100 percent of the money raised to causes that work against human trafficking in Seattle and to the artists who contributed to the playlist.

Wednesday’s acts include Wayfarer, The Cellar Door, Ethan Jennings, Josh Montoya and Edmund Wayne. Doors open at 6:30 at Nectar (412 North 36th Street) on May 23. Tickets are $10 at the door, and proceeds from the show benefit Protosong. The show is open to all ages. For more information email Megan:

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Fremont-McGinn announces $500,000 in matching funds for neighborhood

May 18th, 2012 by Sara

Mayor Mike McGinn says that 34 community organizations will receive more than $500,000 in matching funds to support neighborhood projects across the city. 3 projects in Fremont are the recipients of the The Neighborhood Matching Fund Program money, (which supports projects as diverse as community fruit harvests to neighborhood festivals). The city says:

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, provides cash awards of up to $20,000 in matching funds to neighborhood organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. The 2012 awards ranged from $4,200 to $20,000, and the organizations have pledged to match the City’s $534,666 contribution with resources valued at nearly $760,123. Recipients of the Neighborhood Matching Fund match their awards through a combination of locally raised money, donated materials and volunteer labor.

“These awards recognize the dedication and hard work of community members working together to improve their neighborhood,” says Mayor Mike McGinn. “Whether the projects are for physical improvements or a community celebration, the benefit of this program is the connection and engagement of neighbors and the broader community.”

The City figures on average, volunteers give $1.45 of donations and sweat equity for every $1 of taxpayer support: “There’s a reason why the Neighborhood Matching Fund is being replicated by other cities the country. This fund provides another reason for neighbors to get together and it allows them to create a vision to improve their neighborhood and it helps implement that vision. It’s the building block for community projects,” says Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. Bernie Matsuno, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, says “The Neighborhood Matching Fund has been emulated by cities all over the world. And what makes it so successful is the connection and engagement that happens when neighbors work together to make improvements in their community.”

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded more than $49 million with a community match of more than $71 million, since its inception 24 years ago. During that time, more than 85,600 volunteers have donated over 573,000 work hours. .

Fremont Projects to receive matching funds:

B.F. Day School Playground – Design Development

Based on the results from a community planning process, fund design development for the exterior grounds of B.F. Day Elementary School to
include the west play area and enhancements to the north slope. The project will include community meetings, events, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.

Organization: B.F. Day PTSA

Awarded Amount: $18,300

Match Amount: $9,270

The Community Cinema Project

Involving the Fremont and Wallingford neighborhoods, produce a community group showcase that will include an outdoor showing of the movie “Goonies” at Gasworks Park.

Organization: Community Cinema Group

Awarded Amount: $14,286

Match Amount : $21,873

Fremont – Bridging the Gap

Create a living history video and historical exhibits, as well as create the Fremont Community Youth Action Committee that will allow
local youth the opportunity to work with adults to help shape the future of Fremont. Project will involve current and past residents, neighborhood organizations, and schools.

Organization: History House

Awarded Amount: $19,550

Match Amount: $35,620

To learn more about the Fund, click here

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Do good in Fremont for Seattle Works Day

May 15th, 2012 by Sara

1,300 volunteers will donate over 4,500 hours of service to at least 3 different service projects on May 19 for Seattle Works Day. Organized by the local nonprofit Seattle Works, the projects will be happening simultaneously throughout Seattle from noon to 3:30pm. The “Public Team” (which is open to anyone who wants to join it), will be working with Seattle Public Schools at B.F. Day Elementary School to begin the process for future renovation of the exterior grounds and play areas. Teams will work to remove invasive vegetation from the grounds, and open up site-lines. Jobs will include painting equipment, general clean-up,and helping with other volunteer activities that day.

You can sign up for the public team, or start your own team of friends and colleagues. Team sizes range from 5 to 250+ members. After an afternoon of doing good, volunteers are invited to meet up at Seattle Center for the after party hosted by Seattle Works.

Bevin Wong of Seattle Works says “Last year, 81% of participants said they were inspired to do more in the community as a result of Seattle Works Day. It may just be one day, but it does make an impact – and you can be part of that!” Seattle Works is still accepting teams and individual volunteers. Please visit or contact Bevin Wong (206.324.0808 x6 or to get involved!

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Saturday to-do list

May 12th, 2012 by Sara

Looking for something to do today? Here are a couple of options (that will make you feel good) right in your own neighborhood:

Fremont Abbey Community Work Party

9a – 1p, Fremont Abbey (4272 Fremont Ave N)

Help clean and organize inside the building, and bring your gardening gloves for some weeding/gardening outside the Abbey. Afterwards, the work party will head over to Pecado Bueno for lunch.

Open to all, bring cleaning equipment or just show up!

Solstice Parade-Prep, Float Move & Clean

Noon – 4p, Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Ave N)

Donate your time and hands to help move the float bodies for the 2012 Solstice Parade from storage to the parade studio.

Fremont Rotary Shred-it Event

1p – 4p, corner of Evanston and N 34th (by the Red Door)

Bring your personal documents that need to be shredded- give a small donation to Rotary and watch all those old tax documents go away!!

The Healing Reign Music Benefit & Auction

Phoenix and Purple have made an undeniable impact on the streets of Seattle where the victims of crime know they have someone looking out for them. Now victims of domestic violence can count on Seattle’s Superheroes as well. (This event will…) raise funds and give resources to victims of abuse. Purple Reign, a survivor of domestic violence, has launched the first and largest campaign of its kind among costumed activists through her non-profit The Purple Reign Campaign. All of the funds raised in the current campaign are being donated to Northwest Family Life, a local non-profit that for over twenty years, has been providing education programs, advocacy, counseling and treatment for people whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

7p, Nectar Lounge (412 N 36th St) Ghost Town Riot and more, $7, 21+

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Ballard Bridge painting project continues

May 10th, 2012 by Sara

For those who use the Ballard Bridge, the traffic congestion goes on. With the bridge painting project near completion, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) says the contractor plans to work on the west side of the bridge today. One southbound lane and the west sidewalk will close from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The contractor will resume work in the northbound lane starting at 8 p.m., and sidewalk closures on the east side will resume. The work will go through May and into early June.

From SDOT:

Bicyclists will be detoured during sidewalk closures. Bicyclists may use the Fremont Bridge or may cross the ship canal at the Ballard Locks. (The sidewalks are too narrow to accommodate bicycle traffic in two directions on the same sidewalk.)

Last year, SDOT painted the Ballard Bridge approaches (the raised roadways at each end of the bridge). This year SDOT is painting the bascule part of the bridge, which is the portion of the bridge that opens and closes for marine traffic. SDOT’s annual bridge painting program provides for the periodic painting of each of the city’s 20 structural steel bridges. The painting helps protect the steel surfaces on the bridges from corrosion and other weather deterioration.

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Meeting to focus on sewer line replacement project

May 8th, 2012 by Sara

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division will host a community meeting and open house to discuss its Fremont Siphon Replacement Project on Tuesday, May 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Fremont Public Library (731 North 35th Street). Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and share important updates about the proposal to replace a 100-year-old sewer line that carries wastewater from Fremont to Queen Anne.

The Fremont Siphon pipelines, which are located beneath the Lake Washington Ship Canal in a concrete tunnel west of the Fremont Bridge, are almost 100 years old and at the end of their service life. The project is now in early design, with construction expected to start around mid-2014. King County also operates the Ballard and Montlake Siphons, which also run beneath the Ship Canal and convey wastewater from North Seattle to the West Point Treatment Plant in Discovery Park.

For more information about the Fremont Siphon Replacement Project, click here.

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Bus and bike? Ride for free next week

May 8th, 2012 by Sara

May is Bike month! To celebrate, King County Metro and Sound Transit want people to try bike-and-bus trips for free. Between May 14-18, any cyclist loading a bike on a Metro bus or ST Express* bus operated by Metro will ride free. Every bus has three spots on its bike rack, which are available on a first come/first served basis. If the rack is full, cyclists should be prepared to wait for the next bus or consider leaving their bike parked in a bike rack at a transit facility. Click here for more information.

*ST Express routes included are: 540, 542, 545, 550, 554, 555, 556 and 560.

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