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Entries from June 2009

Landmarks Board to consider Fremont firehouse

June 30th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The Landmark Preservation Board is holding a hearing on Wednesday to determine whether Fire Station 9’s former fire signal station in Fremont should be designated a landmark.

The stucco-clad building at 3829 Linden Ave N was constructed in 1921 and was originally used for “receiving and transmitting alarms from pull boxes north of the Ship Canal to a centralized Fire Alarm Office of the Seattle Fire Department,” the Landmark Nomination document states (.pdf). Erik Pihl tells us that the Fire Department would like to demolish the current building to build a bigger fire station on its site. “Yet the building is significant,” he says, “and the only one built in Seattle to serve as a fire signal station.” You can send your opinion to the Landmarks Board coordinator Beth Chave at or you can attend tomorrow’s meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

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SPD announces July 4th traffic plans

June 29th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

With the demise of the Elliott Bay fireworks show, Fremont and Wallingford are expecting record crowds this 4th of July for the Chase Family Fourth at Gas Works Park. Today, Seattle Police released its traffic plan for Wallingford which strictly limits traffic to “residents and others with legitimate business in the community” beginning at noon on the 4th. Police officers will be assigned to screen vehicles at numerous streets, roughly from Stone Way to Corliss Ave., and from 34th to 39th (full list here). “Residents that are expecting guests should provide their guests with an invitation showing the address they are going to,” Seattle Police explains. At 6 p.m., the lockdown zone expands out a block, and access will be controlled at Stone Way on the west and 40th Street on the north. In short, if you’re not planning to attend the fireworks show, you should make every attempt to avoid the area.

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Scenes from Fremont Outdoor Movies

June 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

After debuting in Magnuson Park last week, Fremont Outdoor Movies held its opening night in Fremont with the movie, Edward Scissorhands.

It was a beautiful, clear night for the opening event of the summer.

Before the movie, 7 stylists from Rudy’s across different Seattle neighborhoods competed in the “Scissorhand Stylist Showdown.”

The audience judged which style stood out above the rest. The winner was Gino and Liberty (photo) from right here in Fremont.

Many arrived early to stake out a good spot for the movie. People brought sleeping bags, chairs, tables and even dinner.

You could get your picture taken with Edward Scissorhands himself.

Great family fun. And next week, don’t forget it’s Fremont Outdoor Movies’ attempt at a world record Zombie Flash Mob — and the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance. Now that will be a party.

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Lenin turned into eye-catching advertisement

June 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

This was catching people’s attention in Fremont today.

A noose around Lenin’s neck holds a sign that says, “Size Matters. I’m Just a Capitalist Tool.” If you look closely, you’ll see who put it up there.

Taco del Mar, which is located right behind the statue. The restaurant recently re-opened after being closed for several months. So is putting Lenin to work to sell tacos smart advertising? Or a shameless publicity stunt that takes advantage of Fremont’s public art?

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Jacko dies, Thriller in Fremont next week

June 25th, 2009 by Joe

As you’ve likely heard here, here, and here, among a million or so other websites, Michael Jackson died today of a cardiac arrest at the age of 50.  What does this have to do with Fremont?  As noted earlier on Fremont Universe, next Friday, July 3rd, the organizers of the “Red, White and Dead Zombie Party” are organizing an attempt at breaking the Guinness record for the largest zombie flash mob.  In conjunction with the festivities, at 8:30 that evening, all Fremont zombies will organize together to participate in a giant Thriller dance party, an attempt at another Guinness record!

So, will MJ’s passing today bring out the crowds next Friday?  We’ll see…

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Fremont’s architectural history

June 25th, 2009 by Joe

Over at Crosscut, Barbara Stenson Spaeth has written a piece about the hidden architectural treasures tucked into the Fremont neighborhood.  After participating in the Fremont Historical Societies’ 2009 Historic Survey Project, Barbara offers her thoughts on the history and changing character of one of Seattle’s most unique neighborhoods.

From her opening line:

Fremont is a classic in-between neighborhood in Seattle, full of houses that reflect individual builders slowly adding homes of character over the past century. You just have to wander away from the main streets to find them.

It’s a great read, take a moment to check it out.

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Via Tribunali to be certified ‘Napolentana”

June 25th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Later today Via Tribunali, which recently opened in Fremont is being honored.

A delegation from the Associazionne Verace Pizza Napoletana is in town to certify seven pizza places as “Napoletana,” including our new Via Tribunali. There are rules for making Neapolitan pizzas. Certified restaurants must use specific ingredients, a wood-burning oven and the final product must conform to the tradition. The other certifications presented this week go to the Via Tribunali in Queen Anne, Georgetown and Belltown, Ristorante Picolinos in Ballard, Tutta Bella in Issaquah and Pizzeria Pulcinella in Rainier Beach.

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Zombie flash mob coming to Fremont

June 23rd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Thousands of zombies are expected to take over the streets of Fremont on Friday, July 3rd in an attempt to break the zombie flash mob world record. Seriously. Organizers of the “Red, White and Dead Zombie Party” are hoping for more than 5,000 zombies to rumble through the neighborhood before the Fremont Outdoor Movies showing of the cult hit “Shaun of the Dead.”

To participate the night of the flash mob, register at 3501 Phinney Ave N between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to get your picture taken in order for Guinness to confirm the world record. Don’t know how to be a zombie? No problem! There will be a workshop from 6-8 p.m. with a “fashionably dead” fashion show at 7:30 p.m. The actual Zombie Walk starts at 9 p.m., and the movie begins at 9:45 p.m.

And to add to the fun, author S. G. Browne of the zombie novel “Breathers” will be holding a book signing at Fremont Place Books starting at 4 p.m. “Help us make history this night,” organizers say. “Dress up and help us patrol the streets in true zombie march form and stun the streets of Fremont.”

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Fremont Fair raises thousands for family shelter

June 22nd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Donations are being counted today after a busy weekend at the Fremont Fair.

We spoke with Mike Buchman of Solid Ground who said the “great crowds and great weather” helped draw people to the fair. Although the “fives, tens, twenties and occasional fifties” are being counted today, Buchman is guessing the organization raised $50,000 and $60,000 with the orange donation canisters and the net revenue from the Fair. All the money raised will go back to the Solid Ground Family Shelter in Fremont.

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The grossest Art Car at the fair

June 21st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

We had to check out the Seattle ArtCar Blowout at the Fremont Fair, and one car in particular caught everyone’s eye.

It’s the “ChewBaru,” a ’95 Subaru owned by Rex Rosenberg.

The car is covered with 70 pounds of real dentures, 70 pounds of dental impressions, dozens of used toothbrushes, a few real teeth and more gross dental stuff. The bumper sticker in the rear window says it all: “You have to be real secure to be seen in a car like this.” No doubt.

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Scenes from the Fremont Fair

June 21st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

So far, beautiful weather has blessed the Fremont Fair, and thousands of people are enjoying the live music, entertainment, food, beer gardens and hundreds of booths of arts, crafts and causes.

It’s all to support Solid Ground, so don’t forget to drop a donation in the orange canisters at the entrances to the fair.

One of the mainstay acts every year is Carrie Clark & The Lonesome Lovers, seen here playing on the main stage.

Alex the Juggler is one of the many street acts that dazzled the crowd.

The most bizarre booth we saw is the, ahem, Family Nudist Park.

And the award for the most creative yet slightly over-the-top advertising effort goes to Foster Farms (yes, that’s a person inside that fuzzy thing), which blanketed the fair with dozens of people with signs and chicken hats.

Kids, meanwhile, had a ball at the Super Slide. The Fremont Fair runs all day Sunday until 7 p.m., and check out the music schedule here.

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Solstice Parade: The people

June 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Close-up photographs of some of the colorful people in the parade:

Click through below for many more…

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Solstice Parade: The massive crowd

June 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The crowd felt much bigger than last year, and the best photographic evidence is when 36th turns into Fremont Ave. Look at the depth of the crowd:

And that’s just one small section of the parade route.

The best view might have been at the top of Lenin.

Or from the top of the apartments.

A few protesters spoke their minds about the Middle East.

Kids were everywhere, enjoying the colorful action in the street.

And as always, The George & Dragon was a popular spot.

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Solstice Parade: The bikers

June 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

As promised, more photos from the Solstice Parade, starting with the most popular attraction: the hundreds of naked, painted bikers.

For more, click through below. Warning: there will be nakedness…

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Thousands pack Fremont for Solstice Parade

June 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Fremont’s biggest bash of the year kicked off at noon with the annual audacious display of painted bodies on bikes.

The Solstice Parade began with 300 to 400 mostly naked bicyclists (an unofficial record) riding proudly down 36th. They also took a quick swing through Ballard, to get things rolling.

They’re “officially” not part of the parade, which is conducted by the Fremont Arts Council, but a popular tradition, to say the least.

This year’s theme is “Phoenix Rising,” so to the tune of Richard Strauss’ opening score in the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, an orange firebird slowly evolved from the center of the float.

Thousands of people packed the neighborhood, clamoring for every square foot of land along the parade route, even climbing up Lenin. There were so many people, our iPhone couldn’t connect to cell service. And as you can see from our Fremont Twitter page, people were sending Tweets like crazy.

The Superhuggers spread the love to the crowd, one hug at a time.

Liquid Belly Dancers flow down the parade route.

In Fremont style, many of the art ensembles in the parade have a message to send. Here, the Ice Queens remind the crowd that ice reserves are melting fast.

And the “Bag Monster Brigade” illustrated how plastic bags and bottles are “an ocean of a problem” for the environment.

We’ll be posting more parade photos here soon (yes, the bikers, too), as well as coverage from the rest of the Fremont Fair.

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Your Fremont Fair and parade forecast

June 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Forecasters say we should expect cloudy skies and “spotty showers” today, with an increasing chance as the day goes on. Sure, we’ve been a little spoiled lately, but by Seattle standards that’s good weather for the weekend. We’re headed down to the parade, and stay tuned a little later in the afternoon for our first batch of photos. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter here and see what everyone else is Tweeting about Fremont right here.

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