November 18th, 2013 by Sara
You are invited to a presentation and discussion with the project team on November 20th:
• Learn about the project final design, including construction areas, activities and traffic impacts in Fremont and Queen Anne
• Learn about what to expect during construction
• View the final design for the Fremont site and new odor control building
• View the public art design concept for the Fremont site and meet the artist
Construction is set to begin in mid-2014. Fremont Abbey is at 4272 Fremont Ave N.
November 5th, 2013 by Sara
Your ballot must be in the mail today (postmarked with today’s date) in order for your vote to be counted. If you miss the post office options (like my husband will), don’t worry- there are drop boxes and scheduled drop vans not too far away that are open till 8pm tonight:
Ballard Branch Library
5614 22nd Ave NW (Corner of NW 57th St and 22nd Ave N)
Downtown King County Administration Building
500 4th Avenue
6344 NE 74th Street
Use NE 74th Street entrance
University of Washington
4000 15th Ave NE
Red Square; no parking/vehicle access
Once the ballots are picked up from the drop boxes, they will be processed with other returned mail ballots. Click here
for more info.
October 4th, 2013 by Sara
Police are looking into an early morning murder. According to Detective Mark Jamieson:
At 4:30 this morning, a passerby called Seattle Police and reported a woman’s body on the Burke Gilman Trail in the 2400 Block of North Northlake Way.
Officers arrived and found a deceased woman in her twenties with a gunshot wound, and contacted homicide detectives.
Detectives are still investigating the incident, but do not believe the woman was randomly targeted.
We will update you as we know more.
October 3rd, 2013 by Sara
The 5K begins at Gas Works Park and proceeds along the Cheshiahud Lake Union Trail towards Fremont, finishing at Lake Union Park. A variety of family-friendly activities can be enjoyed at Lake Union Park. Click here for a map of the course. From the run’s website:
The Run About the World benefits A.CE. World Language & Culture Ambassadors (WLCA), an enrichment program that prepares youth to engage with the world by offering foreign language and cultural instruction. Money raised at this event will help expand the breadth of WLCA to more underserved schools by providing additional scholarships and discounts.
There are two choices on race day:
5K Run starts at 9:25 AM, and the 5K Walk starts at 9:30 AM the cost for either race is $25.00 ages 12 and over and free for ages 11 and under (with shirt).
Race day schedule:
8:30 AM: Day-of-event registration and preregistration check in begins
9:00 AM: Warm-up
9:15 AM: Registration closes
9:25 AM: 5K Run starts
9:30 AM: 5K Walk starts
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM: International Festival
The first 150 participants will receive a free t-shirt.
Questions? Contact Brenna Reid at 206.217.9644, or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 19th, 2013 by Sara
From Laura on our sister site Queen Anne View
Seattle PARK(ing) Day is Friday, September 20th, but if you’d like to see a mini-park take over a parking spot for a day, apply today. Applications are being accepted through August 30th.
The goal of PARK(ing) Day is to “help create a walkable, livable and healthy city”. It’s the 5th year of Seattle PARKing Day, an event that has its roots in San Francisco. On September 20th, you can turn a parking spot or two into a temporary mini-park from 9am to 3pm. All you have to do is apply, it’s free.
PARK(ing) Day Park
If you’re interested in creating a park for Seattle PARK(ing) Day, just submit an application to the Seattle Department of Transportation. You can propose a park either in two mid-block parking spaces on an arterial street or in one mid-block space on a residential street. There are some basic guidelines to follow, and applicants need to submit a site plan and location description to ensure the park meets basic safety standards.
You don’t have to be a professional to draw up your plan, so if you’re artistically challenged, no worries. Scope out your location and submit all application materials via email by August 30th.
July 4th, 2013 by Sara
Original story by Laura from our sister site Queen Anne View
Happy 4th of July weekend! Perfect weather for the holiday weekend and plenty going on, whether you venture over to Gas Works or South Lake Union to watch the fireworks, or are looking for other fun outdoor activities. However, if you do head downtown, keep in mind there’s a full weekend closure of Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter, and 99 starting at Valley St and running through the Battery St Tunnel. Here are some events around town this weekend:
Thursday, July 4
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
- Mercer: closure – 11pm, Friday, July 5 through 5am, Monday, July 8. Mercer closed pedestrians between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave; 99 closed between Valley St and south end of Battery St Tunnel. Why? Demolition of the east side of the 99 bridge over Mercer.
June 20th, 2013 by Sara
Seattle Pacific University was on lockdown for a short time this morning. There was an armed man near the Fremont Bridge.
An official tweet from Seattle Pacific Univ
@SPUnews confirms that police are at the scene and the lockdown is over:
SPU lockdown is over.
@SeattlePD now in the area.
More information as soon as we get it.
June 18th, 2013 by Sara
Police recently caught a man breaking into homes who was casing the neighborhood by door knocking homes with a “lost puppy” flyer.
If you see suspicious people walking your neighborhood call the Police, 911 and report the activity.
June 18th, 2013 by Sara
Get ready for the 42nd annual Fremont Fair – the free community celebration that draws over 100,000 guests to Fremont. Coinciding with Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade, the fair includes performances by local bands, arts and crafts, shopping, food and drink, artistic expression, and fun for young and old – all coming together to celebrate Fremont’s “delibertas quirkas” culture. Here’s what to look forward to this weekend (from the Fremont Arts Council):
Friday Pre-Party: The Main Stage Beer Garden and Redhook Main Stage opens Friday night at 4pm. Celebrate the Solstice until the sun goes down while you quench your thirst on your favorite summer brews and listen to live music on the Redhook Main Stage. The Redhook Main Stage and the Main Stage Beer Garden also stay open late on Saturday. Friday night is just the kick-off of an entire weekend of live music from 40 bands on four stages and two beverage gardens serving up beer, wine and spirits.
Saturday Solstice Parade at 3pm: Celebrate the free-spirited community of Fremont in the whimsical Solstice Parade, produced by the Fremont Arts Council, on Saturday, June 22 at 3pm. A non-motorized display of mobile art, the Solstice Parade annually draws over 50,000 spectators to the heart of the Fremont neighborhood.
Pre- and post-parade, guests flock through the Fair for the beer garden, shopping, eats, live music, and more.
Sunday Dog Day: On Sunday, June 23, the Fremont Fair hosts its 3rd annual pup parade paralleling its human counter part, the Solstice Parade. Fairgoers are invited to bring their four-legged friends to participate in this artful Dog Day Parade. Costumes encouraged. For the yogis, beginners or experts can strike a down dog pose during Solstice Yoga at 10am Sunday. Arts & Shopping
All Weekend: Fremont Fair also features the Seattle Art Car Blowout with more than 50 funky decorate art cars on display, the Fremont Abbey Arts for All Area (a hands-on art exhibit), and over 300 pop up shops featuring imports, handmade crafts, funky jewelry, organic clothing, and more. Funds raised at the Fremont Fair benefit a number of area non-profits including the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Solid Ground, a local poverty-focused non-profit who originated and produced the Fair for nearly 40 years.
For more information, visit www.fremontfair.org.
May 14th, 2013 by Sara
There are no signs that the current trends of low inventory, rising prices, short sales times and multiple offers will be abating anytime soon.
For NW Seattle, including Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Phinney and Wallingford) there continues to be only about a 1 month supply of single-family home inventory. This tight inventory can be attributed to continued low interest rates, robust Puget Sound area hiring and a generally improved economy including significant gains in the stock market. Whether the market will become more “balanced” (defined as a 3-6 month supply of homes) will hinge on many more listings hitting the market over the coming months.
Of NW Seattle homes closed in April the average sale price was almost 103% of the most recent list price. This indicates continued multiple offer situations.
Prospective buyers also should think in terms of at least a minimum of 3-5+ year home ownership horizon and preferably maintain the option to hold onto their home through future downturns in the market. Home seller costs (excise tax, title/escrow fees, sale commissions) of approximately 9% of the sales price should also be factored into any decision to purchase.
Click here for more stats on other Seattle neighborhoods. 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, email@example.com or www.live206.com.
Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.
May 4th, 2013 by Sara
May 3rd, from Seattle City Light:
At 12:20 a.m. a person climbing a Seattle City Light Transmission tower near 3rd Ave. NW and NW Leary Way came in contact with the 120 kV line. Seattle City Light, Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Police all responded to the site after an initial report of a fire. Police on scene said witnesses told them a man was seen climbing the tower and they saw a large flash and an explosion. This would be consistent with an object causing a short circuit on a high voltage line. The tower is 200 feet tall, and the man was seen to fall to a platform on the tower’s 150 ft. level. Police determined that the man was dead.
Seattle City Light crews rerouted power and then de-energized all the circuits on the tower, so fire rescue could safely recover the body. Only one customer lost power during this period. City Light crews found no evidence of damage to the tower or the high voltage line.
Seattle City Light is reviewing how an unauthorized person could climb the tower. There are no ladders on the tower near the ground level. Police are investigating this as a trespass and accidental death.
Power was restored at 7 a.m. to the customer that lost power during the recovery operation.
April 20th, 2013 by Sara
Ivar’s and Kidd Valley are celebrating the best in educators. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Month in May, the iconic Puget Sound restaurants are calling on all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate the best teachers in Washington for a chance to win 2013 Teacher of the Year bragging rights. This year is the 10th anniversary of Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year programs. To celebrate, the top teacher selected as the grand prize winner by both will receive a $1,000 gift card for school supplies (which is double the previous years’ grand prize) as well as the title of Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. In addition, the nominating students of the grand prize winners will win “either an Ivar’s Kids Meal for every student in their class (including a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam!) or a delicious Kidd Valley burger party. As a bonus prize students will receive an admission ticket to Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett, courtesy of the museum.”
To nominate a teacher, students 14 years of age or younger can visit any Puget Sound area Ivar’s or Kidd Valley location (excluding stadiums and Eastern Washington stores) to complete an official entry form, or go online to Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or to Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. In addition to the entry form, students may also submit optional artwork or photo as “extra credit” that best represents their appreciation. All entries must be received by May 27, 2013. The official Teacher of the Year rules can be found on Ivar’s and Kidd Valley websites. In addition to the two Teacher of the Year grand prizes, the contest will also award four teachers a first prize of a $150 gift card for school supplies, and 30 teachers will receive second prize of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.
April 9th, 2013 by Sara
By Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View
The Seattle Pacific University Biology Club is hosting a Bone Marrow Registration Drive on Friday, April 12th. The registration process is simple and pain-free – you just fill out some paperwork and submit a cheek swab. And, if you’re a match, you can save someone’s life. Last year, SPU registered 266 people and to date have had 4 matches.
If you register and are found to be a match, you’ll be notified and it’s up to you whether you’d like to donate bone marrow at the time. Bone marrow can cure some forms of cancer such as leukemia and lymphoma, and save lives. For more info on the donation process, check out the National Marrow Donation Program site on the steps involved.
The drive runs from 10am-5pm in SUB Gazebo Room – the orange building #24 on the map – and all are welcome to stop by and register.
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.
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.
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 http://www.live206.com/seattle-area-market-update-c21537.html
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.live206.com.
Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.
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