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Entries from March 2013

Open house on the Fremont Siphon Replacement Project tonight

March 26th, 2013 by Sara

The public is invited to an open house to get updates on design plans for King County’s Fremont Siphon Replacement Project tonight (Tuesday, March 26),from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fremont Public Library, 731 N 35th St., Seattle. From King County’s webpage:

At a workshop last January, King County sought community input on the design of a new facility that will be built in Fremont as part of a project to replace aging sewer lines beneath the Lake Washington Ship Canal.  Project staff will present two design options for the Fremont site and discuss how community input shaped concepts around landscaping, architecture and other site elements. People are invited to share their views on the new design options. Staff will also be available to answer questions and talk about other project-related plans and schedules.

The Fremont Siphon Replacement project is currently in design, with construction expected to start around mid-2014.

King County also operates the Ballard and Montlake Siphons, which run beneath the Ship Canal and convey waste water from North Seattle to the West Point Treatment Plant in Discovery Park. For more info click here, or to arrange accommodations for people with disabilities at the open house, please contact Adair Muth at 206-263-7319 or 711 TTY Relay.


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Meet the Easter Bunny at PCC this weekend

March 26th, 2013 by Sara

By Emily Mathews

The Fremont PCC Natural Market has an Easter event planned for Saturday, March 23, from 9 am to noon. Bring your kids in to make crafts, earn prizes by guessing the number of jelly beans, and enjoy a free treat. The Easter Bunny himself will also be making an appearance and will be available for pictures. The event is free for children twelve and under.

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Rain, rain ain’t keeping home buyers away

March 17th, 2013 by Sara

(This is a sponsored story by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

It continues to be a seller’s market in Northwest Seattle including Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, Phinney and Wallingford neighborhoods where there is a little over one a month supply of single-family home inventory. If you are a fortunate home seller expect to see a lot of open house traffic, buyer “love letters” and possibly multiple offers if your home is located in a popular neighborhood and is competitively priced.

And what to do if you are a home buyer? First, get your financial ducks in-a-row by getting preapproved by a local lender who is available in the evenings and on weekends.  Second, try to get out to see homes before the weekend which will give you more time to line-up pre-inspections if offers aren’t being reviewed for a few days.  Third, reduce the number of contingencies within your comfort level. Finally, write that love letter even if it’s just a short paragraph in addition to a summary of your offers terms. Don’t go overboard but in this market it just may help you stand out from the pack.

More info on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found at

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, or


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In the nick of time for St. Patrick’s Day, McGinn reminds city of ‘liquor sticker’

March 17th, 2013 by Sara


UW News Lab

Use of Seattle’s pre-paid parking program to prevent drunk driving, sometimes referred to as the “liquor sticker,” has continued to increase, said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn at a press conference last Wednesday at Spitfire, a sports bar in Belltown.

“We launched the pre-paid parking program in April, 2011 and when we did that we had 600 purchases in that month for pre-paid parking,” said McGinn. Now the program is averaging 2,500 uses per month and has a total of more than 45,000 uses.

The program, part of McGinn’s Seattle Nightlife Initiative, allows people to pay starting at 10 p.m. for two hours of parking for the next morning. By doing so, people can ensure they get home safely by taking a cab or public transit, then pick their car up before 10 a.m. the next day. The liquor sticker is available at any parking meter in the city.

“We’ve been working really hard in the city to give you options so that if you want to go out and have a good time and enjoy yourself, you don’t need to drive home,” said McGinn.

“We’re super thrilled about how well it’s been used, how well it’s been received,” said Jerry Everard, the owner of Spitfire.

Mike Nolan, captain of the Seattle Police Department, also spoke in praise of the program.

“This sticker program not only is an educational outreach, it’s a proactive prevention that is where ultimately we want to be,” he said. “It encourages people not to get behind the wheel of any kind of a vehicle when they’re impaired.”

The event also served as a warning to people not to drink and drive during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. McGinn said that there will be additional DUI patrols over the weekend.

“People love having a good time on St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. “We really care about people driving while impaired. We don’t want them to do it.”

More information about McGinn’s Nightlife Initiative and safe ways to get home this holiday weekend can be found at

(SIMON THWAITS  is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)


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Much to do at the Book Larder this month

March 5th, 2013 by Sara

By Emily Mathews

March is going to be huge at The Book Larder, Fremont’s premiere foodie bookstore.  This month they will feature a St. Patrick’s Day Feast with Rachael Coyle, as well as a Veggie Class from Super Natural Every Day. And what better way to celebrate the return of farmer’s markets than a Knife Skills class with Anna Berman or a Monday Lunch Break Class? The in-store author talks for the month will celebrate some Seattle locals, including Johnathan Sunstrom–the head chef/owner of the restaurant Lark in Capitol Hill–and the Pike Place Fish Guys. The Book Larder website includes all the dates and details so, if you’re a budding chef or a cooking enthusiast, check it out.


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