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Entries from March 2010

Lake Union 4th of July fireworks canceled

March 31st, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

For more than two decades, Gasworks Park was the place to watch an incredible Independence Day fireworks show. One Reel, the company who produces the event announced that there will be no Family 4th and Lake Union this year. Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno, president of the One Reel Board of Directors wrote this letter on

Dear Community,

Since 1988, One Reel, the Seattle not-for-profit arts organization of which I am Board President, has been proud to produce the cherished Independence Day celebration and fireworks show, the Family 4th at Lake Union. This day of free family entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display has been, for more than two decades, an important time for us to come together as a community and celebrate this great country.

As a non-profit organization, One Reel’s core mission is to produce arts and cultural events that engage and enrich our community, but we cannot do it alone. You may not realize this free civic celebration has been an annual gift to Seattle made possible only through the generosity of a corporate sponsor who underwrites the cost of the event. One Reel wishes to extend a very special thank you to the sponsors we’ve been fortunate to work with over the years, including Fratelli’s, Cellular One, AT&T, WaMu and Chase.

For the past 15 months, One Reel has worked tirelessly to secure a title sponsor for the 2010 Family 4th at Lake Union but, regrettably, we were not able to secure one in time to proceed with this year’s event. For that reason, it is with a heavy heart we announce there will be no fireworks or festivities at Gas Works Park this year.

We understand the disappointment you must feel; we feel it too. However, I can assure you that One Reel is already hard at work searching for a new title sponsor who shares our commitment to presenting this beloved community event in Seattle next year, and long into the future. As always, One Reel remains dedicated to providing you with premier events—from the Family 4th at Lake Union, to Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival, to Teatro ZinZanni—that showcase the talent, artistic diversity and integrity of our great city.

Thank you, Seattle, for your ongoing support. We’d like to thank everyone—from our generous past title sponsors, to the City of Seattle, to event suppliers and on-site vendors, to more than 5 million patriotic revelers over the last 20 years—all of whom have made this event such an iconic holiday tradition.

We look forward to seeing you next year at Gas Works Park for the Family 4th at Lake Union.

Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno
President and CEO Uwajimaya Inc.
President, One Reel Board of Directors

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Did anyone witness a hit and run?

March 27th, 2010 by Heidi

Suzanna sent us an email last night to ask if anyone witnessed a parked car getting hit in front of Cafe Ladro Friday evening. 

I was parked in from of Cafe Ladro on 36th tonight during the NCAA finals and someone apparently drove by around 8pm (very fast) according to the homeless guy on the street -and hit my side view mirror off and kept driving.

If anyone saw anything or has any more information, send us an email to

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Welcome our new neighborhood sites

March 25th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

We’re happy to officially announce the launch of three new neighborhood news sites in our community network here in North Seattle: Maple Leaf Life, Wedgwood View and My Wallingford. This is Next Door Media’s first expansion since the network grew from My Ballard to a total of five sites a little more than a year ago.

Each of the new sites is edited by journalists who live in their respective neighborhoods: Mai Ling Slaughter and Mike Ullmann in Maple Leaf, Wayne Wurzer in Wedgwood and View Ridge, and Marina Gordon in Wallingford. And each share the vision of a community-powered approach to neighborhood news.

If you know someone who lives in the new neighborhoods that might be interested in checking out the new sites, please let ’em know!


Oldest animal living at zoo is euthanized

March 25th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

The Woodland Park Zoo has euthanized the oldest animal living at the zoo.

47-year-old Gertie the hippo has lived at the zoo since 1966. She was not only the oldest animal living at the zoo, it’s believed that she lived at the zoo longer than any other animal in the zoo’s 110 year history.

The decision to euthanize Gertie came after her health had been declining over the past year because of her age. Within the last week, the 5,000 pound hippo’s condition worsened and her ability to move became more challenging and her discomfort was more apparent. “We could no longer medically manage her pain and we had to follow her cue that the quality of her life was becoming seriously compromised,” said Dr. Darin Collins, the zoo’s director of Animal Health. “Therefore, we had to make the difficult, but humane, decision to euthanize her.” The life expectancy of a hippo in the wild is 45 years.

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Bunny Bounce at Woodland Park Zoo

March 25th, 2010 by Heidi

Woodland Park Zoo will be hopping with activities during Bunny Bounce on Saturday, April 3.  Egg hunts begin at 9:30 a.m. for children ages one to eight.  In support of the zoo’s conservation efforts, kids are encouraged to bring their own basket or bag for collecting eggs.  However, there will also be a limited number of bags for egg hunters without one.

For the health and well being of zoo animals, candy will not be placed inside the eggs – egg hunt participants will receive their treats as they exit the zoo.

Bunny Bounce 3 2007 Ryan Hawk

(Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo)

Animal residents at the zoo will also get their own Easter baskets of treats from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Baskets filled with berries, flowers and other favorite treats are given to animals as part of an enrichment plan to promote natural animal behavior and keep them mentally stimulated.  Easter baskets will be given to the animals at the following times:

  • 10:00 a.m.  Orangutans, Jaguar, Keas
  • 11:00 a.m.  Snow leopards, Sloth bears
  • 11:30 a.m.  Pigs
  • 12:00 p.m.  Otters
  • 12:30 p.m.  Grizzlies
  • 1:00 p.m.  Gorillas
  • 1:30 p.m.  Tapirs, Malayan sun bears, Willawong Station, Penguins
  • 2:00 p.m.  Lemurs, Elephants
  • 2:30 p.m.  Golden lion tamarins

Cost to attend Bunny Bounce is free with zoo admission.  For hours and more information, visit the zoo’s web site here.

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Did you lose your iPod?

March 24th, 2010 by Heidi

es writes in the forum about an iPod that was found on the Burke-Gilman Trail between Fremont and the U District last Friday. 

We found one, if so respond with your email and I’ll email you to verify it is yours.  You’ll need to provide your name (the ipod had the users name in it), and the color and type of ipod and we will return it.

If you think the music player belongs to you, respond to the post here.

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‘Books for Bikes’ program begins April 1

March 23rd, 2010 by Heidi

Beginning Thursday, April 1, the Seattle Public Library begins its “Books for Bikes” program to encourage children to read. 

Fremont Library

The program, sponsored by the Masonic Doric Lodge No. 92 in Fremont, invites children in first through third grade to read books for a chance to win a bike.  For every three books they read between April 1 and June 3, participants will get to enter their name once in the drawing.  Each entry will require a short oral book report to a librarian. 

The celebration and drawing will take place on Saturday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m. at the Fremont Branch (731 N. 35th St).  One girl and one boy will each win a bike, helmet and lock.  Winners must be present to win.  All participants will receive certificates of accomplishment.  For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084.

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Free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s

March 23rd, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

OK, so this isn’t really Fremont, but with weather like today (highs around 60) you may be heading to Green Lake for a little exercise. While you’re there, pick up a free cone from Ben & Jerry’s (7900 E. Green Lake Drive N). Today is their annual Free Cone Day from noon until 8 p.m.

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History House presents Intiman’s ‘Paradise Lost’

March 23rd, 2010 by Heidi

A special Front Porch Theater reading of Clifford Odets’ play “Paradise Lost” is being hosted at History House (709 N. 34th St) this Wednesday, March 24, at 6:00 p.m.  The free event is open to the public and is an interactive and entertaining reading of Intiman Theatre‘s 2010 season-opening play. 

Front Porch Theater is an ongoing, county-wide series in which scenes from classic plays are read out loud by volunteer readers, followed by a moderated conversation (open to all attendees) about how the story and its ideas resonate today. 

There will also be a raffle to win a pair of tickets to see Intiman’s staged production of the play, which is running now through April 25. 

“Paradise Lost” is a rarely produced 1930s drama that follows a middle-class family in the early days of the Great Depression when “gangsters, dreamers, agitators and idealists were the people who formed the hopeful heart of the American Dream.”

For information on hosting or participating in Front Porch Theater, contact Zaki Abdelhamid at 206-204-3294 or email

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Hazel Heights P-Patch celebrates grand opening

March 21st, 2010 by Heidi

After nearly six years of community efforts and planning, the Hazel Heights P-Patch opened today to a warm celebration.  Dozens of people, including neighbors and elected officials, turned out to celebrate the opening of the site at NW 42nd St and Baker Ave NW.


A highlight of the P-Patch is an 8,000 gallon irrigation water cistern that will capture rainwater from the roofs of the two nearest homes.

The rainwater system and improved alley is a demonstration project to help reduce storm water runoff pollution into Puget Sound.


One of the nineteen plots, as well as several on-site fruit trees and vines, will be maintained by volunteers to provide fresh produce for local food banks.  A beehive will be kept by a neighborhood beekeeper on the slope’s south side.


“Woo hoo!” exclaimed event chair Beckey Sukovaty of the day’s celebration.  “It really takes a village, as you can see.  Everybody pitching in and adding what they can volunteer-wise and money-wise.”


To stay updated on upcoming events at the Hazel Heights P-Patch, you can follow along on their blog

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Slope work party at Fremont Peak Park on Sunday

March 20th, 2010 by Heidi

The first day of spring is upon us and nature is already in bloom, including weeds and invasive plants.  Friends of Fremont Peak Park have planned a work party for tomorrow, Sunday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to rid the west facing slope of weeds, blackberry, ivy and Scotch broom.

Please come help us scour our slope.  We have many beautiful plants growing there, but some bad ones threaten the good ones and this is the perfect time of the year to tip the balance in favor of our bird and butterfly habitat. 


Protective clothing and grippy soles will be appropriate for the day.  Bring weeding tools if you like. Tarps and reusable bags would be helpful too, to move the weeds down to the street.

Coffee and some snacks will be provided but snack donations are always welcome even if you can’t work.  Please RSVP to so they know how many volunteers to prepare for and expect.

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Concert to benefit Puget Sound waters

March 19th, 2010 by Heidi

TaiShanNorthwest musicians Tai Shan and Angela Reed are holding a benefit concert for People for Puget Sound this Sunday, March 21, at Nectar Lounge (412 N. 36th St).  “Tiny Planet – A Benefit for Puget Sound” aims to raise awareness for Northwest shorelines and clean waters.  Seattle-based songwriter Shan wrote her song “Tiny Planet” as result of witnessing water pollution firsthand and decided she needed to do something to help. 

“It was raining the day I wrote Tiny Planet. I was at Discovery Park. I wandered down to the shore and watched oily water spilling from a drain pipe into the sound.

The Puget Sound has given me a wealth of stories that proves we are a part of something so much larger than we know in our day to day life.  I wanted to help in the best way I knew how, through song.”

In 2009, proceeds from the online sales of Shan’s song were donated to People for Puget Sound.  Sunday’s concert is a celebration of all the money raised so far.  The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and 100% of the $10 cover will also go to the environmental non-profit.

You can watch the video for “Tiny Planet” here:


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Dim sum restaurant opening on Stone Way

March 18th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

We’ll no longer have to drive to the International District for some dim sum. According to our new sister site, My Wallingford, the former owner of House of Hong in the ID has decided to open his new Chinese restaurant, called Bamboo Village, at 4900 Stone Way.

Bamboo Village will serve dim sum all day everyday as well as Cantonese and Mandarin dishes. The new restaurant is slated to open in late May or early June. You can read more about the new restaurant here.

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P-Patch grand opening this Sunday

March 17th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Last May neighbors and dignitaries broke ground at the site of a new P-Patch at 42nd and NW Baker Ave. Now a year later, the Hazel Heights P-Patch will celebrate its grand opening this Sunday at noon.

Groundbreaking ceremony on May 11, 2009

“It has been a long haul, especially since the site required work that no other P-Patch has because of the steepness of the slope — but what an amazing use of urban space it has turned out to be!” writes Terri Silver in an email to Fremont Universe. “What’s more, it has an underground cistern that captures rainwater from the roofs of the two nearest homes for use in the garden.”

Construction earlier this year. (Photo credit: D.C. Anstett)

Hazel Heights is named in memory of long-time Fremont resident Hazel Hurlbert, who along with her husband Don first gardened and kept bees on the p-patch land. In 2004, the Hurlbert family made the view lot at the corner of Baker NW and NW 42nd available for a community garden to honor Hazel and Don Hurlbert, who had lived in the house adjacent to the empty lot.

Former Neighborhood Council President Beckey Sukovaty and other neighbors had been looking for a community garden location for years. An anonymous donor contributed the funds needed to purchase the land and donated it to the P-Patch Trust, laying the groundwork for the Hazel Heights P-Patch.

For more details, you can follow the development of the P-Patch on its blog here. We’ll be out covering the story on Sunday, so perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Bicyclist crashes down concrete stairs

March 14th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, a woman riding her bike crashed while down a long, concrete staircase just above N 42nd St. and 1st. Ave. NW.

We arrived just after medics rushed her to the hospital. Neighbors who heard the crash called 911, and they told us the 20-something woman was wearing a mountain climbing helmet, which had slipped off after the crash. They said it appeared the woman was partying with friends and may have been inebriated at the time. She apparently flipped end-over-end, landing on the last few stairs.

The woman was unconscious and bleeding when medics arrived. There’s no word on her condition. (Thanks Silver for the tip.)

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Aurora Avenue closure on Sunday

March 11th, 2010 by Heidi

Plan on using alternate routes if you need to get downtown this Sunday.  Aurora Avenue will be closed on March 14 from N. 39th Street to the Western Avenue off-ramp for the Henry Weinhard’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash.  14,600 participants are expected to take part in the event.  Roads will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The Alaskan Way Viaduct will also be closed during that time.  

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