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Entries from March 2015

Fremont Siphon Replacement Project Breaks Ground

March 28th, 2015 by master

The recently demolished building and future site of King County’s new odor control facility

On Monday March 16th the Fremont Siphon Replacement Project began with the demolition of the former Praxair building at NW 36th Ave and 2nd Ave NW. The extensive project is expected to take two years and Fremonsters can expect to see several phases of construction and closures. King County is overseeing the replacement of the Fremont Siphon, a major sewer pipe that runs under the Ship Canal between Fremont and Queen Anne, and hosted a series of public meeting and open houses in the lead up to the project.

During a community meeting at the Fremont Library on March 2nd, the King County team presented an overview of the project including construction timelines, closures, detours, and what community members could expect during construction. Several residents of Canal Street expressed concerns as the west end of NW Canal Street and 2nd Ave NW will be closed during a duration of construction. A portion of parking along NW Canal Street will be temporarily eliminated to provide two way access and a turn around. Community planners addressed these concerns and noted residents’ feedback.

What does the Fremont Siphon do?

The Fremont Siphon has provided safe, reliable sewer service to north Seattle and other cities in north King County for decades. Sewage and stormwater from more than 100 square miles of pass through the Fremont Siphon every year to be cleaned and safely discharged at the County’s treatment plant in Magnolia. During storms, the pipe carries up to 220 million gallons per day, making it one of the most heavily used pipes in the regional sewer system.

The existing Siphon is nearly 100 years old and has reached the end of its of service life. The new pipes will ensure north Seattle and northern King County continue to enjoy safe, reliable sewer service for decades.

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

Here are some of the biggest impacts for Fremonsters:

  •  Work hours are Monday- Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm as necessary.
  • There will be increased activity and noise throughout the duration of the project.
  • A long-term Burke-Gilman Trail detour will come into effect after the project begins. This detour will be paved and take cyclists and pedestrians slightly closer to the Canal for approximately the distance of a block before rejoining the trail.
  • As the contractor prepares to install the new pipe 2nd Ave NW will be closed for a time.
  • The west end of NW Canal Street will be closed at the same time as 2nd Ave NW and remain closed during the next phase when crews connect the siphon.

A new odor control facility will be constructed on the site of the former Praxair building. The surrounding space will be restored with vegetation and given a “park-like” feel. Beginning in 2013 King County planners work with the Fremont community to design a facility with community input. For more in-depth details about the final design visit this page.

King County will continue to engage the community for the duration of the Fremont Siphon Project. A 24-hour project information line is available for questions or concerns at (206) 205-5428. Updates will be made available at and the project team can be reached there as well.

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

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Brouwer’s Celebrates 10 Beer-filled Years

March 28th, 2015 by master

Brouwer’s celebrates its 10th anniversary today the same way it has celebrated barleywine, hops, weekdays, and new releases for the past decade: lots of beer! This includes two specially brewed anniversary beers made in collaboration with New Belgium of Colorado and Reuben’s Brews, located in Ballard. Brouwer’s blog describes the two brews:

In honor of this 10-year milestone we have two very special beers to share with you. New Belgium was kind enough to open up their “wood forest” and allow us to blend a sour beer.  We had a great time hanging out with Eric Salazar, on a sunny December day in Fort Collins, where we tasted close to 20 different fouders. We came up with a 50/50 fouder blend we think everyone will enjoy, but this is a draft only offering.

The second beer was brewed at one of our favorite Seattle Breweries, Reuben’s Brews. Adam, Mike and Thor were great hosts and allowed us to sit in on the brew, on a sunny Monday in early March. This IIPA, appropriately named Gobsmacked (a British slang term for astonished) is a blend of Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy Hops, and it will have your lips smacking.


The numerous taps will also be filled with other anniversary beers from the cellar. Brouwer’s is open from 11 am until 2 am every day and located at 400 N 35th Street.


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Weekend Closures March 28-29th

March 27th, 2015 by master

There will be closures on the Fremont Bridge and SR 99 over the weekend. Read on for specific times and locations:

The Fremont Bridge will be closed Friday night to enable painters to access the area underneath and behind the counter-weight for the bridge’s southern span.  The southern span will be raised and kept upright, except at 1:20AM and 2:20AM, when pedestrians and bicyclists will be allowed to cross.

Highway construction and a regular inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close portions of SR 99 through Seattle during the weekend of March 27-29. Lane closures along both directions of SR 99 begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27. By 10 p.m., SR 99 will be closed between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.

The Fremont Bridge pre-painting.

SR 99 closure details

7 p.m. Friday, March 27, until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30

  • Seattle Public Utilities crews will close two northbound lanes and one southbound lane of SR 99 between Ward Street and Highland Drive from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
  • WSDOT and SDOT contractor crews will close SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29

  • WSDOT bridge inspection crews will conduct a scheduled inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel.

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Seattle Audubon Seeking FUN Volunteers

March 27th, 2015 by master

Seattle Audubon is currently recruiting community volunteers for the spring Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program for 3rd and 4th graders. There are two remaining training sessions for volunteers on March 28th and 30th. Contact David at to sign up.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat. Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. Four lessons in the spring and four more in the fall give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. We serve 12 Seattle Public Schools located throughout Seattle, including BF Day in Fremont!

-The FUN program relies upon 120 volunteers each school year. We currently still need almost 50 volunteers to meet our needs for the spring 2015 program!
-Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall.
-Volunteers lead a group of 4-6 students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers.
No previous teaching or science background is required – and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!
-Apply as soon as possible to be a part of spring FUN starting in April!

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Fremont Brewing Signals the Start of Summer

March 25th, 2015 by master

With the recent mild weather, Fremont Brewing has welcomed sun and beer-seeking crowds even earlier than normal. After the tasting room expansion last fall, there is more room to sit and sip, Fremont fans are definitely taking advantage.

Today, Fremont Brewing hosts the release of it’s Summer Ale with tasting room festivities at the Urban Beer Garden and a special Randall menu. Here are all the details from the Brew Crew:

 Summer Ale

Description: We invented the Cotton Gin, The Muppets, and toured with Hall & Oates before starting to make beer. Fremont Summer Ale is tangerine flower in a glass — endless days distilled into sweet nectar of barley and hops. Four hundred and twenty reasons to enjoy this beer. Summer Ale is our answer to bigger is better. One grain, one hop. Simplicity…yet so much more. “Beer has food value, but food has no beer value.”—VWP
Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale malt and Amarillo hops
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 45
Color: Straw yellow
Aroma: Tangerine, spice, floral
Flavor: Citrus, dank, juicy
Availability: April 1-Sept 30
The release party will be from 5-9pm this evening, UBG hours are 11am to 9pm everyday. 5 infusions will also be available:
Have you seen the latest instillation outside Fremont Brewing? It’s not another feather friend but a temporary instillation entitled SHIFT. Created for the Seattle Design Festival, “SHIFT was created based on the theme Design in Motion and is a rhythmic portal for all wheels and walks of life to enjoy.” You can swing by the UBG to check it out or read more here.
Image from SHIFT

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Women’s History Month Display Reception at the Fremont Library

March 21st, 2015 by master

This Sunday the Fremont Historical Society will host an informal reception at the Fremont Library from 1:30-3:00 pm.

The event recognizes the current wall display for Women’s History Month which “includes information on women in the military in general but focuses on Major Coralee Steele, who was born and raised in Fremont, and served as the Chief Nurse of the Seattle-based 50th General Hospital during World War II.” Special guest and veteran Jake Sullivan will be in attendance to share his recollections as a private who worked the night shift in the same hospital as Major Coralee Steel and knew of her “from afar.”

Coralee Steele, courtesy of Fremont Historical Society

The event will take place in the Library’s downstairs meeting room which can be accesses from within the library down a set of stairs or from the west side of the library through the park to the exterior door of the meeting room.

For those who want to see the display but are not available on the 22nd, the regular library hours are:

Monday and Tuesday:  1 pm to 8 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:  11 am to 6 pm
Friday:  closed
Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday:  1 pm to 5 pm

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Ballard’s First Recreational Marijuana Store Now Open

March 20th, 2015 by master

Ballard’s first recreational marijuana store the Herb House began selling recreational marijuana last month on NW 65th. Here is the full story from our sister site My Ballard:

The first recreational 502 marijuana store is about to open in our neighborhood in the current location of medical marijuana establishment Herbs House (716 NW 65th).

Herbs House has been in operation as a Medical Marijuana Collective since September 2013 and is now making the move into the recreational market.

“As a lady entrepreneur I’m thrilled to create an environment where even my mother can feel comfortable accessing cannabis. I’m grateful for my position in our community and I look forward to giving back,” says owner Sharon Jacobson.

Herbs House is set to offer high quality recreational products including a wide variety of organics, paraphernalia and locally crafted glass pipes.

The Herbs House Café will continue to offer customers its well-known infused water and free coffee in a relaxed welcoming environment.

Looking towards the future, Jacobson is hoping to reopen the Medical Collective and café with its new recreational shop all in the same location.

The combination of the medicinal and recreational marijuana and café under the same roof is currently in the approval process with the Liquor Control Board. “In the meantime, Herbs House looks forward to serving Ballard with the finest recreational cannabis products the Northwest has to offer,” says Jacobson.


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Free Tax Prep Available at Phinney Neighborhood Center

March 19th, 2015 by master

From our sister site Phinneywood:

United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services at 25 locations throughout King County, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., through April 18. The free service is for households making less than $60,000. While there, taxpayers also can get information on one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

Tax preparation is provided from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is needed. (If you are filing with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.)

You must bring:

  • Social Security card/ITIN letters for everyone on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 form, 1099 form, SSA-1099 form, etc.

It’s recommended you also bring your bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of refunds, and a copy of last year’s tax return.

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Frellard Pizza Company Begins Construction on Leary

March 17th, 2015 by master

Frellard Pizza Company set to open at 4010 Leary Way

Across Leary Way from the Way Station a former machine shop underwent substantial construction last year to accommodate retail or restaurant tenants. As of the beginning of this year, the two available spaces have been filled with new restaurants.

Tray Kitchen moved in last fall and it’s future neighbor the Frellard Pizza Company, Ethan Stowell’s latest project, is due to arrive later this year. Read more about Tray Kitchen here on Fremont Universe. 

Looking across Leary Way at the open space for Frellard Pizza Company.

Facing south, two large garage doors open into the future pizzeria. Lately, the building and parking lot are filled with the hustle and bustle of creating the ideal space. The Frellard Pizza Company is the latest venture of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, run by Ethan and his wife Angela already has an impressive roster of restaurants. With 10 restaurants around Seattle, Ethan Stowell Restaurant’s offers a variety of cuisine in some of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods.

A resident of Phinney Ridge, Ethan’s upcoming addition keeps things closer to home and builds on the success of the Ballard Pizza Company, Ethan’s original “casual pizza joint.” Frellard Pizza Company will follow the same model as Ballard yet also compliment the busy Ballard Ave spot with expanded delivery service and plenty of space for groups and children.

Inside Ballard Pizza Company on Ballard Ave. Image from Ballard Pizza Company

Opened in 2012 Ballard Pizza Co. stays busy serving slices, salads, and pints. So busy in fact, it became difficult to keep up with delivery service and currently only available in Ballard. Frellard Pizza Co will take over all delivery service and allow pies to travel far and wide. Well, at least west of Aurora and south of NW 85th Street. This covers the neighborhoods of Sunset Hill, Ballard, parts of Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, and Fremont. After Frellard Pizza Co. takes over delivery service whole pies can still be picked up at the Ballard location but all delivery will be based in Frellard.

As with Ballard Pizza Company, Ethan aims to reflect the surrounding community with Frellard Pizza Company. While it will be very similar to the Ballard location it also offers something all it’s own to that “almost-Fremont” area.

Pizza is available by the slice or full pie. Image from Ballard Pizza Company


The goal? A neighborhood pizza joint that connects with those in the actual neighborhood. This also includes families like Ethan’s with young children. From his personal experience quick counter service is crucial with a two-year old. It’s best “to get the food in front of them right away” he says. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy a beer and spend time with their family.

In some ways Frellard Pizza Co steps out even further into the neighborhood than Ballard with plans for an outside beer garden including a deck and fire pits. According to Ethan there will be a kids area and plenty of space for groups of all ages. The beer list will focus on nearby breweries in the Ballard/Frellard/Fremont area. Ethan is not trying to be “cutting edge” with the new pizza joint but rather “provide a good product in a cool environment.”

In the lead up to opening, Frellard Pizza Co. will be hiring for various positions. Interested applicants can drop resumes off ahead of time at the Ballard Pizza Co.

Ethan is “stoked” to be joining the growing Frellard area and if all goes according to plan expects Frellard Pizza Company to open in the month of June. A family and pizza fan himself he will “definitely be there” with his family and making a beeline for those “fat slices.”

Frellard Pizza Company will offer delivery in Fremont, Phinneywood, Sunset Hill, and Ballard. Image from Ballard Pizza Company

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Local Chiropractor Hosts Free Webinar on Natural Strategies for Coping

March 15th, 2015 by master

She Wellness, a Wallingford business offering chiropractic and wellness services is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday March 17, 2015 at 5:30pm. The webinar, entitled “5 Steps to Overcome Depression,” focuses on sharing natural strategies to help people cope with the challenges of depression. This includes strategies for tackling depression without pharmaceutical drugs.
“I actually see a large number of practice members who initially were suffering immensely from
depression. This usually was the result of a health condition that prevented them from living their ideal
life, but it began spiraling out of control and I feel so fortunate that they found our clinic. This is why I
am driven to share these 5 strategies because there are people we come across everyday who are living
in the shadows of this condition and no one would ever know,” says Dr. Jackson.
She Wellness is the practice of Dr. Mimi Jackson, DC and has been serving the Seattle community for almost 5 years. Dr. Mimi promotes a holistic approach to health incorporating chiropractic, counseling, and wellness services. For more information about this free event, and to register, please visit

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