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Entries from March 2009

Homegrown sandwich shop off to good start

March 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

In the neighborhood that brought you the popular Paseo, a new sandwich shop called Homegrown has opened its doors on Fremont Ave. N.

And like Paseo, it’s been busy. “Our goal at Homegrown is not only to create sandwiches out of sustainable ingredients but also to make sandwich creation sustainable itself,” explains the website. A few of the sandwiches on the menu: the blackened cod, flank steak, South Carolina-style smoked pork and the farmers market veggie. They also have soups and salads.

Have you eaten there? Leave a review below…

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Ian says goodbye to Fremont

March 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The boutique Ian has packed up and left its 36th St. store, consolidating with its downtown location. “We at Ian have enjoyed our time in such an amazing neighborhood; but, we ultimately found it difficult to keep both stores open during this challenging period,” the boutique sent out in an email.

The downtown store is located at 1919 2nd Ave.

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Tagged up Troll gets cleaned

March 28th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Someone sprayed graffiti all over the Fremont Troll over the last few days.

They even climbed up and painted the eye.

So the Fremont Arts Council mobilized today to clean it up.

Since the paint can’t be removed, volunteers applied a bonding agent followed by a fresh later of concrete over the top.

The troll is tagged every few months, but this time it was more severe. The Fremont Arts Council has a simple message for vandals: “Tagging the troll is not cool,” said Barbara Luecke. “But we can help you find another art form.”

If you’d like to help finance the art council’s graffiti clean up events — they also keep Fremont murals in good shape — you can donate on their website.

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Help jail birds raise bail for MDA

March 25th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Business owners, community leaders and citizens are being arrested today and you can help bail them out of jail. Today is the Ballard and Fremont “Lock-up” to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Jailbirds are being locked up at The Ballroom in Fremont and have until 2 p.m. to raise $2000 bail. If you haven’t received an email or don’t get a phone call looking for help, you can always stop by and give a donation. You can also send money to the MDA District office at 701 Dexter Ave. N. #106, Seattle, WA 98109. Money raised today will help send kids to the MDA summer camp “Week of Dreams.”

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Big fight at Fremont bar

March 23rd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Around 1:30 a.m. this morning, police responded to The Ballroom for a report of 30 people fighting inside and outside the club. Two women were among those in the brawl. Reports the Seattle 911 Blog:

Both women were arrested and continued to yell and scream while an officer read them their Miranda rights, according to a police report. At the North Precinct, one of the women told officers she was going to file a sexual harassment complaint and did not cooperate with officer requests to remove her jewelry.

Fremont is no stranger to club-related altercations. Back in January, shots were fired into the air near The Ballroom. And earlier this month, police were called to an assault at the nearby club, Nectar.

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Creative Fashions closing its doors

March 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

You may have seen the sign painted on the front of Creative Fashions on Fremont Ave. — the shop is closing this Saturday.

“We have made many friends with all of you over the last 15 years,” reads a letter on the door, written by Carol, Kristy and the staff of Creative Fashions. “We have watched so many dancers go from their first pair of shoes, to auditions for college to continue their career. It will be sad day when we have to lock the doors the final time.” Meanwhile, Sewing Specialties is a separate shop and will continue operations. They’re reachable at 206-818-0870.

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Forum on Monday about the viaduct replacement

March 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

On Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Ballard High School Auditorium there will be a free community forum to answer questions about how the deep-bore tunnel will affect Ballard. Among the questions to be addressed:

• How will residents in Queen Anne/Magnolia, Ballard, Wallingford and Fremont access points to the south and downtown?
• What kind of access will we have to the North end of the tunnel?
• Will trucks be able to use the tunnel or will they use surface streets?
• How will travel times through the corridor be affected?
• Why is an economic impact study so important to our decisions affecting the Alaskan Way Viaduct?

The audience will be able to ask questions of the panelists, which include representatives from WSDOT, City of Seattle, King County, and noted experts in the field of tunnel construction, economics, and traffic engineering.

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Bicyclist killed in Wallingford

March 17th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Just a few weeks after a bicyclist was killed in Ballard, a woman riding her bike in Wallingford was hit and killed by a car Friday morning. It happened at N 56th St. and 1st Ave. NE just before 10:30 a.m. The victim has been identified as Carol Salomon, 60, a University of Washington faculty lecturer. Very sad.

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Bridge closures on Sunday

March 13th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Sunday morning’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash will take runners and walkers over the Aurora Bridge, closing both northbound and southbound lanes from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Northbound will be closed between the Western Avenue off-ramp from the viaduct to N. 39th St. at Fremont. Traffic will be detoured off at Western Avenue. Southbound Aurora will be closed from N. 39th St. to the Broad St. off-ramp. All southbound traffic will be detoured off of Aurora at N. 39th St. Also, the Fremont Bridge will be closed from 2:30-6 a.m. Sunday so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can repair a damaged center lock.

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Pay parking meters in operation

March 11th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The hoods are off the newly-installed paid parking meters, and that signals the official end of free parking for 70 spots in the center of Fremont. The meters cost $1.50 an hour for a total of two hours.

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Moisture Festival returns to Fremont

March 9th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The Moisture Festival is back for a sixth year with its popular Comedy/Variete shows. It’s starting its four-week run at the ACT Theater in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, then on March 15th, the Moisture Festival returns to its original venue, Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. New to the Moisture Festival?

It’s aerialists, jugglers, comedians, dancers, rope acts, bubble acts, clowns, acrobats, can can girls, strong women, strong men, tap dancers, drill teams, musical numbers, and the weird and the wonderful. Whew. Over its entire run, the Moisture Festival will put on 36 shows featuring 125 performers from around the world. More details and ticket information right here.

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Brown Bear statue sporting new look

March 9th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

We’ve seen the bear adorned with a festive hat, but never like this:

That’s the the big bear statue in front of Brown Bear car wash on Leary, covered in plastic. “We are adding some additional design features to surround the bear statue,” explains George Hobson from Brown Bear. “It was covered to protect it from the concrete and paint work.” (Thanks Bill for the tip!)

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Tickets flying for parking violations

March 7th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A few days after SDOT rolled out new parking restrictions for Fremont, parking enforcement officers are starting to make the rounds, handing out tickets.

“I saw a parking enforcement officer on 35th and Troll dolling out zillions of tickets,” wrote Fremont Universe reader Brooke. Adds Randy, “It looks like everybody parked on the south side of 36th Street got a ticket last night for parking without a permit in an RPZ. This despite the fact that no RPZ signs have been put up yet (at least as of this morning), and no instructions for how to get a permit have been sent to those of us who live on the street, as far as I can tell.” Please let us know of any other parking issues in comments below…

Update: You can download the RPZ packet and application right here.

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Artistic lighting festival along Ship Canal

March 7th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

This Saturday night, come down to Fremont Canal Park from dusk to 11 p.m. to see an energy-efficient lighting display created by Nth Degree Creative of Everett. You can also buy LED glow sticks, lumi-loons, LED-lit balloons and fiber optic necklaces to help light up the canal. The funds go to help support Northern Lights Northwest. More info here.

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Bank robbery pursuit ends in Wallingford

March 6th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Some excitement in Wallingford after a police chase of two bank robbery suspects from Everett ended at Sunnyside Avenue and 38th St. shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday. The two suspects ran in separate directions — one was captured, but police are still looking for the second suspect, who they believe has left the area. He’s described as a whilte male in his 30s, with brown hair, wearing a dark gray hoodie, blue jeans and dark colored tennis shoes. (Photo from KING 5’s chopper of police searching a resident’s backyard.)

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Fundraiser for rescued puppies

March 3rd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

SPOT (Saving Pets One at a Time) is helping more than 400 puppies that were recently rescued from area puppy mills. Needless to say, they could use all the help they can get from the community. The dog walkers of Greenlake and Norm’s Alehouse (460 N. 36th) are throwing a trivia night on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. to help raise money for SPOT. Happy Hour runs for 2 hours starting at 4 p.m. Put your thinking cap on for trivia that begins at 8 p.m. If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, here is more information on what is needed.

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