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Entries from August 2010

Aurora Bridge closure this Sunday

August 21st, 2010 by Doree

For the second Sunday in a row, the Washington State Department of Transportation crews will be closing lanes on the Aurora Bridge this weekend while crews work on the ‘rivet buster’ suicide fence. Commuters planning a trip downtown on Sunday should plan for delays or take an alternate route.

Photo from WSDOT’s Flickr page.

Crews will be working on the east side of the bridge, closing down two northbound lanes.

Access to northbound SR 99 from Halladay near Canlis will be open. Lane closures will be from 6 a.m. to midnight again, with the noisy work beginning as early as 7 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m. Since they will be on the east side of the bridge, the sound will likely travel further into Lake Union this time.

WSDOT has been posting some pretty incredible photos of the work, which will continue through September 5, on its Flickr page. Check those out here.

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More details on 46th Street Mural celebration

August 20th, 2010 by Marina Gordon

Here’s the invitation to the community to dedicate and celebrate the new 46th Street Mural that links Fremont and Wallingford.

Come Celebrate Your Mural!

The 46th Street Mural Project would like to welcome the community to a dedication & celebration

Friday, August 27th, 2010, 3pm to 6pm

At 46th Street above the mural on the west side of Aurora

Refreshments, music, dedication and the graduation ceremony for the Urban Artworks youth

A chance to sign up to be involved with stewardship of the mural

We’d like to give hearty thanks to everyone who made the mural possible: our donors and supporters, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and our many volunteers.

Funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Fiscal Sponsor & Donor: Fremont Neighborhood Council

SUPPORTERS & DONORS: Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Abbey, Seattle Bank, Verity Credit Union, Wallingford Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Arts Council, Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, Rodda Paint, Stoneway Hardware, Bob Suh Design, Ballard Window Works, Marketime, Essential Bakery, Tullys Coffee, Lighthouse Roasters, Jeff Breitenstein & Skot O’Mahony, Honey Bucket, Cedar Grove Recycling, Miller Paints, Pharmaca, Caffé Appassionato, Solid Ground, QFC/Wallingford, Fainting Goat Gelato, Olympia Pizza, BF Day Elementary School, Hamilton Middle School, KapKa Cooperative School, Alphabet Soup Children’s Books, Not A Number, Fuerte Fitness, American Music, Trophy Cupcakes, & Many Community Volunteers

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An Incredible Feast for Sunday supper

August 20th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Some of Fremont’s culinary masters join a bevy of Seattle’s finest chefs on Sunday to dish up “An Incredible Feast,” where guests can sample more than 30 different gourmet dishes using local fresh farm ingredients in this fundraiser that benefits the Good Farmer Fund and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance.

Art of the Table‘s Dustin Ronspies and Theo Chocolates and Hot Cakes’ Autumn Martin are among the more than two dozen chefs who will tantalize taste buds this weekend. Guests will also enjoy local wines and beers, and meet the chefs and farmers behind the food.

Here is a video previewing the event:

An Incredible Feast, Seattle Farmers Market Fundraiser and Summer Extravaganza, August 22nd 2010 from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University District Farmers Market site (at the corner of University Way & NE 50th, in the playground of the University Heights Center for the Community).

This 21+ event costs $80 for an individual and $150 for a pair of tickets and available through

Special note: in the spirit of sustainability and care for the environment, guests are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own plate and fork to use at the event. All ticketholders who bring their own plate and fork will be entered in a drawing to win a Farmers Market gift basket valued at $100.

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Live tweeting on a would-be Aurora Bridge jumper

August 19th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Last night, Wednesday night — Josh Trujillo, a colleague I greatly admire and used to work with at the Seattle P-I (he still does on as a photographer) tweeted live about seeing a woman hop a rail on the Aurora Bridge, in an attempt to jump. He called 911.

Reading his tweets this morning, the story ends without tragedy at about 9:30 p.m.: “Good news. Young girl on Aurora Bridge is over the rail, back on the safe side. Police boats leaving from under bridge. Amen.”

His tweets about her began about 13 hours ago, about 7:30 p.m.: “No. A girl is on the Aurora Bridge about to jump. My heart is sinking. Police not here yet.”

I know Josh, so I know how sincere he is, so I don’t question how hard this must have been for him. This is a guy who was in the Army and deployed overseas before he was a photographer. He’s a consummate professional and he’s also a family man.

The irony is, the state is installing an anti-suicide fence on the bridge, have been for awhile.

Part of Josh’s reporting shocked: “Woman on Fremont Bridge who said she was waiting in traffic for an hour just said “jump already,” loudly. Crowd upset at her.”

He showed self-consciousness at what he was seeing, and reporting: “In the news media we rarely report suicides or attempts at suicide. I feel really uncomfortable tweeting this one. This is awful.”

But he also revealed, “FYI, I used to live under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge. A jumper once landed in my yard. That was a terrible day. Hope today is better,” and conversed with our news partner’s executive editor, the Seattle Times’ David Boardman: “@dlboardman I have to agree that this is strange ground & I have been uncomfortable reporting it. But I also saw her hop rail & called 911.”

What do you think, readers?

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On the horizon: new places to eat, drink in Fremont

August 18th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Residents with sharp observation skills have noticed a few liquor license application notices in empty windows, signaling a rise in new businesses — or beer/wine additions to existing businesses — in Fremont.

Here are some we found through the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s online page of new statewide liquor license applications (so they’re pending approval):

  • Seattle Artisan Burgers looks like it’s going to take over the former home of Urban Weeds at 4302 Fremont Ave. N. They applied for a beer/wine license for the restaurant on July 20.
  • former Urban Weeds

  • Across the street from Nectar Lounge, a restaurant lounge called Revel — under The Fremont Restaurant Project, LLC — has applied for hard liquor, beer and wine at 401 N. 36th St. as of August 12.
  • And at Nana’s Soup House, 225 N. 36th S., they’re hoping to add beer and wine to the menu to add more happy to their happy hour specials.

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Non-profit seeks your input on

August 18th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

If you’re one of our readers, chances are you’re fairly adept at getting around the Internet, and have at least probably dabbled in finding information through government web sites, especially

Knowledge as Power (KAP), a non-profit based in Seattle with a primary objective to empower politically engaged citizens, is running a Usability Study on that wants to see how easy (or hard) that site is for people to navigate and to find the information they need/want. And they’ll give you $20 in Tippr credit.

KAP founder and executive director Sarah Schacht explains on her blog:

When I was approached by the Mayor’s office in March for ideas on open gov work that could be implemented across Seattle’s services, the first thing I pointed out was that our city, like many others, doesn’t really know what residents want from their government in terms of openness and online services. It would be important to do a usability study, and use the results to guide future redesigns’ prioritization. Problem was, there’s no money for that kind of work, especially in governments that are slashing staff and announcing doomsday budgets. So, I put my bargain-hunting to work, again, to help fuel the usability study.

So for less than $250 in KAP funds, this study will give Seattle’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and Mayor McGinn’s office a roadmap for improving, based on the feedback of about 50 Seattle residents who will sit down for an hour (if you’re chosen after doing a short online survey). Let KAP tell you more:

Essentially we are looking for participants like you to sit in a room and let us takes notes as you browse for information on It’s as easy as that, and in return we will give you $20 in Tippr credit. ( is a local Seattle company similar to Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. Your $20 credit gets you $40-$60 worth of Seattle goods.)

Right now we are looking for two specific groups of people:

1) People who use or have used for a business purpose (e.g. perhaps you’re a startup and you have to use the website to find and apply for permits) and

2) Ordinary Citzens! We’re looking for people of every level computer competency to come in and test the website.

Come help your city — or at least its web site — work better. Fill out the short application page here.

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Did you feel the booms?

August 17th, 2010 by Doug Alder

Two or three loud booms shook houses all over Seattle and beyond today.  They hit about 1:50pm and had people walking out in the streets to see what happened. 

The FAA says it was sonic booms from military jets scrambling after Presidential airspace was breached, reports KING 5. President Obama is visiting Seattle today.

The booms were heard across Seattle, but especially in West Seattle — many residents there were shaken enough to call 911. West Seattle Blog reports that 911 lines were jammed with all the callers.


Burglary ring exposed during Fremont break-in

August 17th, 2010 by Doug Alder

A recent break-in at B.F. Day School in Fremont has exposed a burglary ring and a list of targets.  This past Friday (8/13) around 2am, police responded to an alarm call at the school in the 3900 block of Linden Ave N.  As officers went through the building, they found a backpack that had been accidentally left behind by the burglars.  Along with stolen items and some burglary tools, officers also found a notebook with the word “JOBS” listed at the top.  Police believe the locations listed in the notebook are places the thieves have already hit or intend to burglarize or car prowl. 

The notebook also contained a page titled “PROFILES” with the names of 5 people, their dates of birth, social security numbers, and phone numbers.  Officers checked one of the names and discovered the woman was a victim of a car prowl earlier this year and had her wallet stolen.

Officers were able to collect some blood evidence left behind at the school.  Seattle Police officials tell us there have been no arrests so far but a detective is on the case.

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Ducks, Dogs & Suds Wednesday afternoon

August 17th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

The Ducks aren’t just for tourists. Join the Fremont Chamber for networking and socializing while they ride three Ducks Wednesday evening.

For $20, meet at History House (790 N. 34th St.) at 4:30 p.m., for a beverage from Fremont Brewing or a soda and a satisfying bite to eat from Dante’s Inferno Hot Dogs. The Ducks leave promptly at 6 and will explore Seattle for about an hour to an hour and a half. If you’ve never done it before, it’s a good way to see Seattle the way the rest of the world does, and to take a dip in Lake Union at the end of the tour.

RSVP now for this event.

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46th Street mural celebration

August 16th, 2010 by Marina Gordon

If you drive or walk past N. 46th and Aurora, you’ve no doubt noticed the steady progress on the mural that beautifies the link between Fremont and Wallingford. The 46th Street Mural — which Todd Lown designed and has been painted by Urban ArtWorks and community members — is almost complete, and the folks behind it have scheduled a community celebration. Mark your calendar for Friday, Aug. 27, 3-6 p.m. More info will be coming soon.

Seattle Bank (which has a branch at Stone Way and N. 44th St.) donated funds essential to finishing the project, Linda Clifton, secretary of the 46th Street Mural Project Steering Committee, said in a press release. “This mural project has really brought neighbors and the community together,” said Clifton. “We are grateful to Seattle Bank for this crucial donation for completing the project and celebrating it with the community.”

The project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The fiscal sponsor is the Fremont Neighborhood Council.

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‘Rivet Buster’ work resumes on Aurora Bridge

August 15th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

After responding to complaints from neighbors about the late-night noise, Aurora Bridge construction crews have begun a new work schedule.

The first of four Sunday shifts, WSDOT crews resumed using the loud tool called the “Rivet Buster” today to build the suicide fence along the bridge. But unlike last time, workers will avoid the overnight hours.

Until midnight tonight (Sunday), two of three southbound lanes on the bridge and the southbound Fremont Way N. on-ramp are closed to traffic.

“WSDOT engineers looked at weekday and weekend traffic volumes and determined that four 16-hour Sunday closures would allow crews to get the work done with the lowest overall noise and traffic effects,” explains WSDOT in a press release. “Four straight Sunday closures are critical to completing the fence project by the end of the year.”

Drivers can expect additional Sunday closures on Aug. 22 (northbound), Aug. 29 (half day each northbound and southbound), and Sept. 5 (northbound).

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Fremont’s Buy Local campaign

August 13th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Did you know there are more than 100 locally owned businesses in Fremont? And that 45 percent of the money you give to those businesses is in turn used to support other local stores and businesses?

The Fremont Chamber is working with locally owned businesses to help promote Fremont as a unique and vibrant local neighborhood that needs — and deserves — your dollars. Banners have been installed to remind people to shop locally, and now you can participate by hanging a “Buy Local Fremont” sign in your window.

Buy Local

If you do not have one of these signs and would like one, give Jessica Vets a call at 206.632.1500 or email

The chamber is also working with the Seattle Good Business Network, “an aspiring network of like-minded people who believe that local, independent businesses are the heart and soul of a sustainable local economy.”

Here’s more information from them in their own words:

Our organization is both new and old. In 2009, our core team formed the organization out of a desire to create a network of local businesses that would support each other in promoting a healthy local economy. A few months later, we merged with BALLE Seattle, an organization that has held the space for a sustainable business network for over seven years, and developed a tremendous amount of goodwill within the Seattle community of people who care about our place.

The Network is an affiliate of the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), North America’s fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks representing 22,000 independent business members across 30 U.S. States and Canadian provinces.

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Deadline for free trees = Monday

August 13th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Back in July, we alerted you to the free tree giveaway through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Tree Fund. Now the deadline for those applications is approaching: 5 p.m. Monday.

Groups of neighbors from at least five households living on a street or block can request from 10 to 40 trees per project. In addition, every participating household can have a fruit tree for their own yard. Find more information on how to organize your neighborhood, the selections of trees, as well as the application form.

For questions or additional information, contact Judy Brown, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206.684.0714.

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Lanes closed Sunday for Aurora Bridge work

August 12th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

If you’re planning on going to downtown Seattle the next four Sundays, 99-S may not be the way to go.

WSDOT sent us this today:

Crews working for WSDOT will close two of three southbound lanes on State Route 99 across the Aurora Bridge and the southbound Fremont Way N. on-ramp from 6 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.

The work is part of the installation of a fence to deter suicides on the historic landmark. This is the first of four consecutive Sunday closures needed to remove and replace more than 1000 rivets and bolt. Drivers can expect additional Sunday closures across the bridge on Aug. 22 (northbound), Aug. 29 (half day each northbound and southbound), and Sept. 5 (northbound).

Four straight Sunday closures are critical to completing the fence project by the end of the year. Crews will use a tool called the Rivet Buster to do the job. The Rivet Buster is the fastest, safest and cleanest tool for the job, but it is also extremely noisy and can’t be used at night. WSDOT engineers looked at weekday and weekend traffic volumes and determined that four 16-hour Sunday closures would allow crews to get the work done with the lowest overall noise and traffic effects.

We wrote about the Rivet Buster a few weeks ago.

So it looks like I-5 will be the way to go downtown, and WSDOT will run the I-5 express lanes in the southbound direction this Sunday.

WSDOT encourages carpooling, public transportation, biking and walking as alternatives to using your car on these installation days.

Travelers can check SR 99 traffic conditions on the Seattle Department of Transportation website.

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Vacant storefronts become art displays

August 12th, 2010 by Doug Alder

“For Lease.” “For Sale.” They’re the signs that have become all too familiar in downtown Fremont. But instead of allowing empty storefronts to just sit there collecting dust, one group is trying to fill the spaces with art.

“We hope it will bring more people to downtown Fremont,” said Mylinda Sneed with the project dubbed Fremont Store-Frontal Exposure

Over the past few months, the group has encouraged artists to display their work in places like the old Capers location on N. 34th Street.  So far, organizers say it has been a hit with the artists and the public.

“People have loved having art in the windows,” said Sneed.

A recent display in Fremont showcasing artist Evan Blackwell.  Photo courtesy of Olympia Dumpster Divers art blog.  Thanks Ruby!

Although Sneed already has a list of more than a dozen artists interested in future displays, she’s encouraging others to get in touch with her.  The biggest obstacle so far is finding property owners who are willing to allow their empty spaces to become stages for art.

You can contact the Fremont Store-Frontal Exposure project at

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Final days in Fremont for bikini boutique

August 11th, 2010 by Doug Alder

Fremont is about to get another vacant storefront.  Tininha, a boutique specializing in bikinis and resort wear, is moving to Madrona at the end of this month.  No word yet on who might take over the space at 617 N. 35th Street, but the owner of Tininha’s is putting the store’s build-out up for salePhoto from Tininha’s Facebook page.


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