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Entries from January 2009

Interbay accident causes traffic delays in Fremont

January 30th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A major accident on 15th Ave W closed the road today, detouring traffic down Leary from Ballard through Fremont.

The head-on crash happened at 3 p.m. this afternoon and both the northbound and southbound traffic was detoured through Fremont. Police say three people were sent to the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. MyBallard.com has more coverage.

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Kiwi opens in Fremont

January 29th, 2009 by Beth

Kiwi, the new frozen yogurt store that once had “Mooberry Coming Soon” taped across the window has opened in downtown Fremont, but without particularly positive reviews. Seattlest wrote a short but scathing review, but reviews on Yelp were slightly more positive. One surprising note: Kiwi will eventually be offering hot dogs. Anyone have any additional comments or has it been too cold to test frozen yogurt?

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New in Fremont: pizza, more pizza and fish

January 25th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

We have some new additions in Fremont over the last few weeks:

Just before the first of the year, Via Tribunali opened on Fremont Ave near 43rd, right next door to Cafe Vita. The Neapolitan-style pizza place is well-known in Capitol Hill and Queen Anne.

Their latest restaurant features the same wood-fired, Old-World style of pizza.

On Leary and 39th, at the old space of Hoki’s Teriyaki Hut, is another new pizza restaurant called “Aberonas.” More than pizza, the new lunch spot features pasta, calzones, sandwiches and salads — with a Greek twist.

Just up a few blocks from Alberonas at 36th St. near 1st Ave., Seattle Fish Company has opened for business. It’s their second shop in Seattle.

Seattle Fish is known for, well, very fresh fish. A quick scan of the display cases reveals a wide variety of the good stuff, including ahi tuna with that deep red hue. Coming as soon as the liquor license is approved: wine sales.

If you’ve stopped by Via Tribunali, Aberonas or Seattle Fish, please let us what you think in comments below…

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More Praise for the Fremont Wine Warehouse

January 23rd, 2009 by Beth

The Fremont Wine Warehouse and its weekly Saturday wine tastings were featured in an article on Seattle Metblogs.

As mentioned, the wine tastings are held every Saturday from 3-6 p.m. at the store, 3601 Fremont Ave. N. Ste 212. For more info, call 206-632-1110.

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Man talked off Fremont Bridge

January 22nd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Traffic is moving smoothly over the Fremont Bridge after being closed during rush hour Wednesday afternoon. The Seattle PI says a man who appeared to be in his 40′s was contemplating jumping off the bridge which is 40 feet above the water (yes, the Fremont Bridge, not the Aurora Bridge). The first call came in at 4:32 p.m., and all four lanes were closed as police negotiators talked the man down. Just after 5:15 p.m. he climbed back over the railing and was taken to an ambulance nearby.

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Inauguration festivities in Fremont

January 19th, 2009 by Beth

Here’s a list of a few of the Fremont events scheduled for Obama’s inauguration:

- The Red Door invites you to bring your friends to their place for the inauguration live on their TVs. They will also have several drink specials.

- Dad Watson’s will have the TVs on with the volume up high, as well as drink specials during the inauguration tomorrow.

- Norm’s will be opening at 8 a.m. for tomorrow’s festivities.

- Last, but not least, the High Dive in Fremont is hosting an Inauguration Celebration beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow night featuring RA Scion from Common Market. $6 cover.

Please let us know if you know of any additional events going on!

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Business burglaries on Nickerson

January 15th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

With the series of recent burglaries in both Fremont and Ballard, it’s certainly noteworthy to report three businesses that were burglarized earlier this week nearby on Nickerson St. Although SPD didn’t mention the specific businesses, the address matches up to the small strip anchored by Tully’s Coffee:

Seattle Police Department’s own blog describes the crime:

“The suspect made entry through one of the businesses, once inside, the suspect used what appeared to be a circular cutting saw to make 3 large holes on the east wall. The suspect crawled through the hole in the wall and entered the second business. The suspect then entered the third business and using a skateboard moved the safe into the 1st business and attempted to gain entry by cutting a hole in the side of the safe.”

No arrests have been made.

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Aurora Bridge lanes repainted

January 14th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The lane lines on the Aurora Bridge that disappeared during the snowstorm, creating some confusion, are being re-painted today (Wednesday).

Seattle Department of Transportation crews are closing one lane in the northbound direction this morning and will move to the southbound lanes later on. Crews plan to be off the roadway by 3 p.m. in time for the afternoon commute. Drivers are asked to not drive over the wet paint.

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And the winning gingerbread house is…

January 13th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The Fremont company Logan’s Hammer held a contest among local architect firms over the holidays to build the coolest gingerbread house.  And the winner has just been announced. Take a look at this…

This amazing house built by the folks at DeForest Architects. “The winning gingerbread house featured a modern two-story design, landscaped with a playful waffle cone and chocolate chip tree landscape, marshmallow snow and a nearby pond perfect for ice skating,” explains Logan’s Hammer. The winner was selected by a combination of online votes and on-site voting at Theo’s Chocolate. On the winner’s behalf, the $1,000 prize donation was given to the Parent Trust for Washington Children. Congrats, DeForest!

Plus: Speaking of Theo’s Chocolate, take a look at this story about Theo’s Andy McShea, a Harvard-trained molecular biologist using his scientific talent to promote “true chocolate” in Seattle.

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Carlyle wants to hear your ideas for Olympia

January 5th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

This November, voters elected Reuven Carlyle (D) to the 36th District legislative seat. Carlyle ran on a platform of openness with the goal of becoming a “citizen legislator who listens well.” With that in mind, Carlyle has agreed to open a new and (we think) unprecedented line of communication: he’ll write about local issues right here on FremontUniverse and our sister blogs, encouraging your feedback and ideas. And yes, he’ll read the comments that follow. (Occasionally, we’ll invite other local leaders to write for FremontUniverse, as well.)

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to engage your local legislator at a critically-important time. Without further ado, here’s Carlyle’s introductory post below, with a challenge for FremontUniverse readers…

I am so grateful for the invitation from our district’s premier blog sites to connect directly with you and to raise real deal public policy issues facing our district, city and state during the 2009 Legislative Session that begins January 12, 2009.

First, I want everyone to know how deeply honored I am to succeed Rep. Helen Sommers who has served our community with dignity for 36 years. When she first ran for the state House of Representatives in 1972 and knocked on thousands of doors, it was literally unprecedented for anyone who was a Democrat or a woman to represent our neighborhoods in state government. She broke the barriers on so many levels and deserves our appreciation for her moral leadership on so many issues.

Second, as I prepare to join Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson in Olympia, I’m pleased to announce I’ll serve on: Education Appropriations (writes the entire education budget from early learning through higher education); Higher Education (sets policy for all higher education including community and technical colleges, University of Washington and the other four year research institutions and lifelong learning such as workforce development); Technology, Energy and Communications (clear energy, broadband, telecommunications, IT and the full range of public and private sector technology issues). These committees represent my personal and professional experience and will allow me to tackle many of the pressing issues facing our community.

Third, my goal is, of course, not to waste this wonderful opportunity to engage with you directly. We are too focused on the future for these posts to be used as a shallow, rhetorical even patronizing lecture or self centered PR machine about my pet issues in Olympia. It is rather to challenge you to light up the comment section with thoughtful ideas, advice, insight, conviction, perspective and suggestions for ways to make Washington a better place. I want and need your passionate insights about the full range of issues we face. We have among the most educated, engaged, sophisticated and active legislative districts in the state. That’s why we live here and why we’re proud of our community. It’s your job as a citizen activist in the community to help us as your citizen legislators make a difference in state government.

In that spirit, I would like to issue a direct challenge: Share your very best idea for an actual piece of legislation that I should introduce to benefit our community. Your idea should be: a) grounded in good public policy that won’t embarrass you, me or our district, b) a thoughtful approach to a real problem or opportunity, c) somewhat within the larger realm of political reality, d) financially responsible during these very ugly budgetary times, e) meaningful in a genuine way to help build our community into the 21st Century. You only need to provide a few paragraphs of well reasoned description and I’ll have the professional legislative staff put ‘meat on the bones’ if that’s necessary. You might want to direct the Seattle Public Schools to reform their management practices, or to lower the Port of Seattle’s taxing authority, or reform the B&O tax for small business, or encourage cruise ships to use electric power instead of fossil fuels, or introduce a state income tax or regional tolling to pay for public transit and thousands of other ideas. You get the notion. It doesn’t have to necessarily be serious–humor has it’s place in politics– but it does have to be thoughtful and real.

As the late Tom Wales said, “Be engaged. Be involved in what goes on around you. Be present in your own life. Find something you believe in passionately and get into it. Get outraged. Take a stand.”

Your partner in service, Reuven.

Reuven Carlyle
State Representative-elect
36th Legislative District
carlyle.reuven@leg.wa.gov (live Jan. 12, 2009)
www.leg.wa.gov/house

Have a legislative idea to share? A comment? Post it below…

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Fremont First Friday Art Walk Tonight

January 2nd, 2009 by Beth

It’s the first Friday of the month here, and that means it’s time for the Fremont First Friday Art Walk. A list of what’s currently showing is available on the art walk blog, as are some highlights for the night, including abstract paintings by Arianna Davalos at Frame Up Studios.

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Lane missing from Aurora Bridge

January 1st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

We read in comments recently (our apologies, we don’t remember who posted it) that the snow plows and sanders had inadvertently eliminated a lane from the Aurora Bridge. Today, we drove over the bridge and snapped a photo:

Going in either direction, the reflectors and lines separating the second and third lanes have vanished. We found some drivers were swerving a bit, confused if there were really three lanes or two. (Reminds us of that Seinfeld episode when Kramer adopted a stretch of roadway and converted it into wide lanes, throwing traffic into chaos.) The same thing happened on the West Seattle Bridge. SDOT says it’s a priority to replace the reflectors and paint, so stay tuned.

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