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Entries from July 2009

‘Night Out’ registration extended

July 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The registration period for the “Night Out Against Crime” has been extended.

You now have until 9 a.m. Monday to register your block for Tuesday’s event. We’ve received emails from a few people who are wondering where the gatherings will be. If your block is hosting a Night Out party, post details in comments below.

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Library closes early for second day

July 30th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The Fremont library will close early again today because of heat.

They will be closing up at 4 p.m. because the temperature inside is about 90 degrees. Queen Anne, Green Lake, Columbia, West Seattle, University and Northeast branches are also closing early. Here’s a list of libraries with air conditioning. (File photo from JavaColleen.)

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Too much fruit? Donate it

July 30th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Tis the season to pick the fruits of your labor and if you’ve got more fruit than you know what to do with, why not donate it? Solid Ground’s Fruit Tree Harvest is underway and they’re looking for fruit tree owners who have more fruit than they need, as well as volunteers to pick fruit and deliver it to Seattle food banks, meal programs, and community organizations. To volunteer or donate fruit contact Sadie at 206-694-6751 or

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Fremont library closes because of heat

July 29th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The Fremont library closed this afternoon because of the hot weather. The library closed at 1 p.m. because the internal temperature reached 90 degrees. The Fremont branch is one of four Carnegie buildings, none of which have air conditioning. Green Lake, Queen Anne, Columbia and the Northeast branches also closed because of heat. We haven’t heard if the branches will remain closed through the heat wave or if they’ll be closing daily when the inside mercury hits 90. To find out which branches are still open with a/c click here.

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Fremont haunts win ‘Best of Seattle’

July 29th, 2009 by Joe

Seattle Weekly has published their annual Best of Seattle issue, out on stands today, and Fremont businesses have a pretty decent showing this year.  Here’s a list of Fremont winners, and you can check out all of the winners here or on your nearest newsstand.

View Fremont Winners in Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle in a larger map

Readers Poll Winners:

Fremont Troll: Best Piece of Public Art
Via Tribunali: Best Pizza That isn’t Pagliacci

Editor’s Picks:

Homegrown: Best Eco-Friendly Lunch
Anita’s Crepes: Best Farmers Market Booth to put Down Stakes
Royal Grinders: Best Place to Feast in Lenin’s Shadow
Azzurri Vino Bar: Best Place to be a Rabid Soccer Fan in an Authentic Atmosphere
Ryan Henry Ward: Best Urban Muralist (while not strictly in Fremont, Ryan has certainly added plenty of color to the neighborhood and his paintings can be viewed at the currently closed and for sale Orange Splot Gallery)

What do you think?  Are there any places in Fremont that have been overlooked as the best in the city?

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Phinney salon moving to Fremont

July 28th, 2009 by Doree

Bambu Organic Salon at 7406 Greenwood Avenue is moving to a bigger space in Fremont. Owner Stacy Yawman tells us that business is good and she needed a bigger space. Also, the building housing her salon, as well as Rising Stars children’s store and GreenWorks Realty, recently sold and she was worried that her month-to-month rent might go up.

Bambu will close on Wednesday and reopen in its new space at 3919 Stone Way N. in Fremont on Saturday, Aug. 1. The phone number remains the same – 206-781-6501 – and she’s now taking appointments for the new location.

Thanks to Andrea for the tip!

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‘Excessive heat warning’ issued for Seattle

July 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The National Weather Service has issued an “excessive heat warning” through Thursday at 6 p.m. Forecasters are predicting 90+ degree heat through the first half of the week, peaking as high as 98 degrees on Wednesday.

John Gilmore took this amazing photo at Seafood Fest yesterday as firefighters cooled off the crowd. (Copyrighted photo published with permission.)

We just stopped by the Fred Meyer on NW 45th St. and discovered plenty of big box fans still for sale for $22.99 each, but you can bet they won’t last long. There are also lots of air conditioners selling right now on Craigslist. So, what’s your strategy to keep cool during the heat wave?

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Eyesore near Troll torn down

July 24th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Just to the west of the Fremont Troll, this abandoned house had attracted just about every tagger in town over the last several months.

And now the eyesore is gone, demolished by the owner a couple weeks ago. At last week’s Troll meeting, neighbors told us they’re happy it’s gone.

The property is currently for sale. We checked with the real estate agent today, and he said a townhouse developer is interested in the land.

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Residents react to Fremont neighborhood plan

July 24th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Ten years after the city’s neighborhood plans were published, residents have been asked to help create a “status check” on how well the 20-year plans are progressing — and whether they need an update. Thursday evening a small group of Fremont residents gathered around a table at the Phinney Center to provide the city with feedback on the draft copy of the status report (.pdf).

The four key strategies of the original neighborhood plan are 1) remedy existing congestion and improve pedestrian circulation 2) enhance Fremont’s character and create a more interesting and livable urban environment by providing opportunity for community direct development 3) Create a neighborhood community center which will become the focus of an active and creative community and 4) Continue to build upon several actions which focus on the Troll, the area under the Aurora Bridge, and nearby open space linkages. The status report cited several neighborhood improvements, from traffic lights to Fremont Peak Park and the renovation of the library.

Residents said they were pleased with progress with parks, traffic flow and the business community, but there’s still much work to be done. Some of the hot button issues were plans to rebuild the North Recycling and Disposal Station (“They can’t put a transfer station right next to an urban village, those are incompatible issues,” said Erik Pihl), better design review on new condos and townhouses, crime that’s spilling over from Aurora, parking (“We didn’t plan for the pay stations, and it’s hurting us and hurting us bad,” said Suzie Burke) and pedestrian safety, to name a few. Representatives from the Seattle Planning Commission and the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee took notes as neighbors provided their feedback.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can fill out an online survey with your thoughts about the neighborhood and the status report. In October, the city will hold public meetings to review the updated status reports, and then they’ll be presented to the mayor and the city council to consider.

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Fremont to receive official Guinness World Record

July 23rd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The organizers of Fremont Outdoor Movies are headed to San Diego to accept the official Guinness World Record for the largest zombie walk on the planet. The official tally: 3,894 zombies who limped through the neighborhood earlier this month. The award will be presented at Comic Con this Friday. “We are very proud of this achievement for those who came out, dressed up, and participated in making world history,” said Ryan Reiter with Fremont Outdoor Movies.

By the way, thousands of zombies are expected to crowd Comic Con promote Woody Harrelson’s upcoming post-apocalyptic comedy, “Zombieland.” So the Fremont Outdoor Movies folks will be in good company.

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Fremont Brewing Company open for business

July 23rd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

After 15 years of making beer as a hobby, Matt Lincecum has taken his passion to the professional level. The Fremont Brewing Company is officially open for business. “We delivered our first kegs last week,” Lincecum says with a proud smile. The former attorney says that it was tough making the jump from practicing law to making beer, but he says “it’s been a dream since i brewed my first keg.” And his wife has bought in on his dream, which isn’t always easy. “I don’t remember the exact wording of that first conversation,” he laughs.

The small brewery strives to reduce their carbon footprint by using local ingredients, pre-owned equipment and sending their spent grains next door to Blue Marble Energy for them to use. Coincidentally the by-product of Blue Marble’s production is electricity, which is sent back to the brewery.

The outside of their building is currently bright blue, but the walls will soon be covered by local art. One side of the door will become an artist’s canvas which will be painted every few months, and the other side will have a bulletin board for neighborhood and brewery happenings.

Once they’re fully up and running, they’ll brew two kinds of beers — the flagship Universale Pale Ale and the Interurban India Pale Ale. Right now it’s just the Universale, which is brewed 120 kegs at a time and served on tap at a dozen places around Seattle, including Fremont’s Pacific Inn Pub, Bottleworks, Sinners & Saints and The Fremont Dock… with more on the way.

The brewery, located at 3409 Woodland Park Ave. N., will have retail hours on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where anyone can walk in and buy a growler ($15 for first fill-up), pint glasses (not filled) and t-shirts. (Check their blog for details on their retail opening date.) “We’re very excited,” Lincecum says, “We’ve done a lot of work to get the word out. It’s pretty overwhelming.”

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Review the decade-old Neighborhood Plan

July 22nd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

More than a decade ago the city created Neighborhood Plans to manage growth in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Now the city is revisiting the plans to see if they are achieving their goals and strategies. Tomorrow night, the Seattle Planning Commission and the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee invites the public to review and comment on the plans that were drawn up for Ballard, Crown Hill, Greenwood/Phinney, Fremont, Wallingford and Green Lake. A second series of meetings will be held in October to review the status reports that will be written up after the city-wide meetings. You can review the Neighborhood Plan for Fremont here. The meeting is Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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Two big events at nearby neighborhoods

July 22nd, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Fremont has hosted some big events this summer, but two nearby neighborhoods will be drawing large crowds over the next few days. As many as 10,000 people are expected to attend the annual Seafair parade over in Greenwood this evening (Wednesday). The parade begins at 95th St. and heads south on Greenwood Avenue, then west on 85th St. to 6th Ave. And in Ballard this weekend, 60,000 people are expected to attend Seafood Fest, a two-day event with salmon, music and cultural favorites like the lutefisk eating contest.

Update: PhinneyWood shot tons of the photos of the SeaFair parade.

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‘The Dude’ gets Key to the Universe

July 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Under the watchful eye of the Troll this evening, the “real Jeff Lebowski,” also known as “the Dude,” received the Key to the Universe.

Or to put it another way, Jeff Dowd got a really big plastic key. “It’s great to be back in Seattle,” he told the crowd of fans.  Originally from Seattle, Dowd was the inspiration behind the movie, The Big Lebowski.  

The key was awarded by Marko Tubic, president of the Fremont Chamber, and Jon Hegeman, founder of Fremont Outdoor Cinema. “The Dude’s appearance in Fremont seemed like a perfect reason to start a new tradition presenting Jeff with the first ‘Key to the Universe,'” the Chamber explained. “Honoring him for living large and creating an enduring cultural legend that epitomizes our larger than life neighbor motto of ‘Delibertus Quirkus, freedom to be peculiar.'” Also in attendance was Nick Licata, who is running for re-election.

Dowd is here for Seattle’s annual Lebowski Fest, which includes the showing of The Big Lebowski at Fremont Outdoor Movies tonight. Tickets are $20.

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Waterfront center planned near Gas Works Park

July 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The Center for Wooden Boats, which has a thriving facility on South Lake Union, is in the planning stages to create a maritime community center next to Gas Works Park on the north end of the lake.

The new facility, called Northlake Wharf, would be located on this property (aerial view), just west of the Harbor Patrol and Gas Works Park. The land was once used as a fuel dock, and it has 220 feet of waterfront as well as a short stretch of the Burke-Gilman trail. “The site has lain dormant for too long,” said Norma Jones, president of the Fremont Neighborhood Council, which supports the project. “The Center for Wooden Boats’ plan to improve and revitalize the site is a long overdue effort to better utilize our public waterfront.”

Over the weekend, the center held a public brainstorming session to gather ideas for the proposed project. Some of the suggestions included a public launch for small boats, a “floating fish and farmers market,” a community shop, a water taxi, boating classes, a place for kayakers to tie up, a sustainable shipyard and “boat in concerts.” Among the prevailing themes were making the facility neighborhood-friendly and inviting, as well as educational.

This is a very early “conceptual design” of the facility, which combines a community center and a maintenance facility for historic vessels with a behind-the-scenes look at the maritime industry. Jones imagines a day when “residents could buy lunch in Fremont then take a small boat for a picnic on the lake, or row to Lake Union Park and hop onto the streetcar for a day downtown.”

Just to the north of the property, the city closed this parking lot earlier this month with plans to convert it into a green space. Combined with the new Center for Wooden Boats facility, the hope is the redeveloped land will serve as a public extension of Gas Works Park. For more information on the project and how you can provide feedback, visit the Friends of Northlake Wharf website.

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Scenes from ‘Music in the Sculpture Garden’

July 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The History House hosted the second-to-last “Music in the Sculpture Garden” performance of the season on Sunday afternoon.

Robyn Landis and Larry Murante, both accomplished songwriters, entertained the audience. Since 2005, Landis has won more than 35 songwriting honors.
online here.

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