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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 www.kingcounty.gov/fremontsiphon 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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Threadcycle Encourages Recycling Clothes, Shoes, & Linens

March 13th, 2015 by master

Is it time for Spring Cleaning yet?! Keep Threadcycle in mind.

King County and Seattle Public Utilities have launched a partnership with the assistance of used clothing collectors to reduce the amount of clothes and linens reaching landfills. A staggering 95% of clothes, shoes, and linens thrown away instead could be reused or recycled.  The campaign to redirect these reusable or recyclable items, called Threadcycle, should help reduce the approximately 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes, and linens sent to landfills each year.

The Threadcycle campaign encourages people to donate, rather than throw away, common clothing and fabric items. The campaign also makes properly disposing of these items easier. Eight used clothing collectors in King County will accept all apparel and linens, including damaged items to reuse or recycle. Only items that are wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous materials cannot be accepted. The campaign seeks to educate about which items can be accepted for Threadcycle.

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“People are accustomed to hearing that only ‘gently used’ items can be given to thrift stores and drop boxes – many don’t know that they can give damaged clothes and linens, or even single shoes and socks, which will either be reused, or recycled and used to make new products,” said Kris Beatty, program manager for King County Solid Waste Division.

“The good news is that recycling markets are strong for these post-consumer textiles, and many collectors in our area want more textiles,” Beatty said.

Campaign partners who accept clothes, shoes and linens in any condition except wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous materials are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Seattle Goodwill, Northwest Center, Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, SightConnection, TexGreen, USAgain, and Value Village.

Find the nearest location to donate your used clothes and linens here. To learn more about Threadcycle, what items can be given for reuse or recycling, and where or how to donate, visit www.kingcounty.gov/threadcycle.

Click on the image for more information about reusing and recycling items.

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Crisis Clinic at Northgate Seeking Volunteers

February 26th, 2015 by master

Crisis Clinic, a non-profit organization based in Seattle that “connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to services that will be of help” is seeking volunteers for several programs. Since 1964 when community members came together to provide support for those in crisis, Crisis Clinic has grown and evolved to serve youth and adults in Seattle-King County, WA including King County 2-1-1.

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 Crisis Clinic offers telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referrals to community services for youth and adults in Seattle-King County, WA. We offer emotional support to those in crisis or considering suicide through our 24-Hour Crisis Line. For youth we offer Teen Link, a teen answered help line. King County 2-1-1 offers information and referrals to community services based on our database of more than 5,000 services. The Washington Recovery Help Line is a state wide service offering emotional support and linkage to substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health services to anyone in Washington State. Our Washington Warm Line is a peer-answered help line for people living with mental illness.

Crisis Clinic serves as a lifeline for over 250,000 individuals and families in crisis each year. Join our caring, compassionate community of volunteers by helping:

  • Answer calls on the 24-Hour Crisis Line, WA Recovery Help Line, or WA Warm Line
  • Respond online via Crisis Chat
  • Supervise youth volunteers with Teen Link
  • Make quality assurance calls for King County 2-1-1

To hear more from our volunteers, you can watch our short video on Vimeo: “Crisis Clinic: 50 Years Helping Lives on the Line.”

Volunteer benefits include:

  • The opportunity to truly make a difference and help save lives
  • Professional training and supervision
  • Variety of schedules to meet your needs
  • Convenient Northgate location with free parking and close proximity to public transit
  • Caring community of Crisis Clinic staff and volunteers to support you!

To learn more, please call Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3210 ext. 697 or visit our Volunteer page online at: http://www.crisisclinic.org/volunteer.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures and Public Services

January 19th, 2015 by master

Banks, libraries, and government offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The national holiday was first observed in 1986, the same year that the King County Council elected to rename the county in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. the change was not made official by the state until 2005. The original namesake was William Rufus King, Vice-Presidents of the United States at the time the Washington Territory was established.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday is January 15th, the Civil Rights leader would have been 86 this year. Celebrated on the third Monday each January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service for many organizations and volunteers. Here are some of the closures and events that you can expect today:

Metro Transit buses on reduced schedules Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Metro will operate itsReduced Weekday and “When no UW” schedules on Monday, Jan. 19. Some routes will not operate while other routes will operate fewer trips than on a regular weekday. Riders are encouraged to review details in either printed timetables or online schedules.

Most Metro and King County offices will be closed Monday, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and Pass Sales offices. Also on Monday, some transit service will be rerouted or delayed during the Martin Luther King Jr. events in the downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Central areas.

 Highlighted routes indicate an impact on Fremont.

Routes that do not operate: 5EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 56, 114, 192, 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601 Group Health, 930

Routes that operate a “Reduced Weekday” (RW) schedule:(Designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables with an “H”) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 26EX, 27, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 242, 244, 249, 252, 255, 268, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931

When Metro operates a “When No University of Washington” (No UW) schedule, designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables for routes: 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, 373

 Fremont routes that are NOT affected: 5, 26, 28, 82.

Visit Metro Online for complete information about Metro and regional transportation services. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about bus service that is affected by events or construction.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Information provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Normal Solid Waste Collections for MLK Holiday

Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be open on Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information provided by Seattle Waste Management

Seattle Public Libraries closed Monday January 19th

 All branches of the Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 19th. Branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday January 20th.

And if you want to eat for a good cause check this event out:

Family Works Food Bank Fundraiser

5p, Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave N)

$15 all-you-can-eat-Taco-bar!! Help raise money for the hungry with music by Tangletown String Band

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