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Entries from January 2011

Fremont Jogger Assaulted Saturday Morning

January 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Add this disturbing story to the list of reasons to never-ever be on Linden Avenue by yourself once the sun goes down.

On January 29th, at approximately 1:50 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a 911 call from a woman at North 43rd Street and Linden Avenue North.  The victim stated that she was out for a run when she was approached by an unknown male walking toward her.  The victim stated that she changed direction to avoid the suspect, but that he grabbed her from behind and knocked her down.  He assaulted her while she was on the ground.  The victim was able to fight the man, and he ran off toward Aurora Avenue North.  The woman was able to call 911 and police arrived immediately.  An extensive area search was conducted, including K9, but officers were unable to locate the suspect.  Seattle Fire Department responded to the location and treated the victim for minor injuries.  The suspect is described as a male with olive complexion, approximately 5′-09″, with a muscular build and clean shaven.  He is believed to be around 30 years old. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.  Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit are conducting the follow up investigation.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact them at (206) 684-5575 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (206) 684-5575      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Thankfully, the victim was able to fight him off. Buddy system, you guys.

Update: The victim e-mailed some more specifics about the incident and the perpetrator:

I was out jogging in the Fremont neighborhood at 1am in the morning when I saw a suspicious male that was going the opposite direction turn around and follow me, I looped up and around the block towards Aurora Ave and when I was almost to the corner of 42nd Ave and Linden Ave (just 2 blocks off of Fremont) I was attacked abruptly from behind and slammed to the ground.  The attacker tried to get my pants down and reached inside them and grabbed my thigh, causing lacerations with his nails.  At this time I started elbowing him in the face as hard as I could  and screaming.  He then slammed my head into the cement so hard I lost consciousness.  When I came to, he was gone, I found my cellphone in the grass and called 911.  The police responded immediately.  I was treated for a concussion and numerous contusions to my face and legs at Swedish Meidcal Center.

Description of perp: 5’10”-6′ tall, broad shouldered, darker skinned, clean shaven, wearing dark hoodie with the hood up.

Update 2: As you may have heard, there have been other recent attacks on joggers in Seattle. No word on whether or not these attacks are related to the Fremont one.

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Celebrate Your Fellow Fremonsters On Neighbor Appreciation Day

January 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Next Saturday, February 12, is Seattle’s 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, and the Department of Neighborhoods wants you to share your stories:

Do you have a great neighbor or neighbors? What makes them special? Why is your street the best place to live? Why do you love your neighborhood?

In celebration of Seattle’s 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites you to tell us a story about what makes your neighbors or neighborhood so extraordinary. It’s easy to share. Just go to to post your story and to enjoy stories that others have shared.

Neighbor Appreciation Day is Seattle’s annual day to reach out to neighbors, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Hundreds of people across Seattle will come together on February 12 (and the week of) to celebrate.

Visit this site to learn more about Neighbor Appreciation Day. There you will find ideas, tools, e-greeting cards (including one that a Hamilton Middle School student created), and a listing of events.

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Free Tax Help At The Library Starts Thursday

January 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

This post originally appeared at our sister site My Ballard.

Although tax day is still months away, you can get help with your returns now. The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are offering free tax preparation services at eleven Seattle library branches. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. Business tax returns are not eligible for the free service.

The Fremont branch is not of the eleven but help will be available at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) each Thursday starting February 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tax help will continue every Monday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday through April 14th. Drop-ins are welcome, or you can call the branch for an appointment (206-684-4089)

For a complete list of times and library branch locations, click here.

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Experience Fremont Through Its Many Stairways

January 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle couple Jake and Cathy Jaramillo hope their blog Seattle Stairway Walks will motivate urban hikers to go explore Seattle’s neighborhoods, from the unique perspective of its many stairways.

On Thursday, they detailed a walk of Fremont on their site that “reveals different facets of Fremont: blue-collar, artsy-bohemian, high-tech hipster if you do both the main and the optional routes, you’ll come away with a wide-angle view of this very complicated, lively, scenic Seattle neighborhood.”

The Fremont stairway walk is their eighth in a series that will ultimately cover more than 20 Seattle neighborhoods. The walk traverses Fremont north-to-south from the Ship Canal up to Fremont
Peak Park and back, covering 3 miles and 544 steps. And that’s not counting an optional side tour of the usual tourist attractions like the Troll and the Fremont Bridge – adding another 3/4 mile and 86 steps.

To say their post is detailed is something of an understatement. They include a route map and tons of information on each notable point along the way. If you ever wanted to know everything there is to possibly know about Fremont’s many stairways, this is your heaven.

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Fremont Resident Nicholas Beach Appearing In The Odyssey

January 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremont resident Nicholas Beach is bringing a little bit of ancient Greece to town with him this February. Nicholas appears as Hermes and a number of other characters in The Odyssey, which launches the 35th Anniversary Season at Taproot Theatre Company in Greenwood-Phinney, just north of Fremont.

In The Odyssey, Nicholas and a dozen other actors portray over 85 characters. In this mythic tale of epic proportions, re-told by playwright Mary Zimmerman, Homer’s ancient Greek epic comes alive with mythological monsters, gods, adventurers and one of the most enduring stories in history.

Nicholas is no stranger to the Taproot stage. He was previously seen as Tyler Shaw in Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy last March and April. Nicholas received his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in music from Cornish College of the Arts. He has also been seen in a number of other productions, including Mame (5th Ave. Theatre); Peter Pan, Eleanor and Little Shop of Horrors (Village Theatre); Five Flights, The Beggar’s Opera, Peer Gynt and This is the Rill Speaking (Cornish); and Hello, Dolly! (Eastside Musical Theatre). In addition to The Odyssey, you can catch him in Village Theatre’s Production of Jesus Christ Superstar this spring.

PHOTO: The Odyssey. (Caption: Nicholas Beach, front, as Hermes, with Mark Chamberlin as Odysseus and Nikki Visel as Athena. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.)

The Odyssey—an adaptation based on Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s poem, and directed by producing artistic director Scott Nolte—kicks off Taproot Theatre’s 2011 season with an opening night on February 4. The production runs through March 5, with previews on February 2 and 3. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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Metro Transit Changes For Fremont-Area Bus Riders Begin Feb. 5

January 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Starting Saturday, Feb. 5, Metro will make routing and bus stop changes for approximately two dozen bus routes serving downtown Seattle due to the long-term construction in downtown Seattle and SODO. Some of these changes will affect bus routes in the Fremont area.

An easy way to figure out how these changes might affect you is by using Metro’s Trip Planner. Enter a travel date of Feb. 5 or later to find the updated service.

Here are the highlights of the February changes for bus riders in the Fremont area:

  • Northbound trips on Route 16 will leave downtown Seattle from new bus stops near the Colman Ferry Dock on Alaskan Way.
  • There is a trip deletion and schedule changes for the Route 45.
  • There are schedule changes for Route 46.
  • New Route 309 will connect Kenmore with First Hill via Lake City and South Lake Union with commute-time express service.
  • In downtown Seattle, there are other bus routes shifting from First Avenue to Third Avenue; from Third Avenue to Second/Fourth avenues; and new bus stop locations on Third Avenue for several routes. This affects local routes traveling into downtown, including the routes 15, 18, and 81.
  • Route 99 will loop to travel north on First Avenue and south on Alaskan Way, and buses will no longer be “wrapped” to look like the old waterfront streetcars.

You can find out more information about the construction and bus route changes here. For information about all the services Metro provides, visit Metro Online or call Metro Customer Information at (206) 553-3000.

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Fremont Parking Rates To Remain At $1.50/Hour. Rejoice!

January 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Let’s get caught up.

On January 14th, we heard about rising parking rates all around Seattle, including a $0.50/hour hike here in Fremont.

Yesterday, word came down that the City Council wanted to put those rates under review before they went into effect. Rising rates in some neighborhoods might have negative effects on local businesses and they want to conduct their own analysis. Fair enough.

Late yesterday the SDOT came back with their own modified rates after some deliberation. While some of the major traffic neighborhoods downtown will still see their rates climb, a few other neighborhoods are seeing those rate increases go away. Fremont is one of those neighborhoods.

Fremont’s parking rates will remain at $1.50/hour rather than rise to $2.00/hour. That keeps Fremont parking rates level with nearby ‘hoods Ballard and University District.

I don’t know which one of you complained but good work.

The City Council is tentative in its approval of these revised rates since they remain very high in certain neighborhoods. As far as Fremont is concerned, however, it’s a win.

Everyone, re-commence parking.

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Fremont Fotos

January 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Apropos of nothing, I had a couple photos handy from the last few days and wanted to share…

The weather’s been warmer the last couple days but otherwise, it’s been chilly. Glad to see the Fremont Troll is all scarfed up.

The best thing about Uneeda Burger? They answered the age-old question, “What am I supposed to do with all those nametags on the Table O’Nametags at the Fremont Sunday Market?” Now we know.

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Public Meetings On Seattle Schools Transportation Plan

January 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings about proposed changes to its Transportation Plan for the 2011-12 school year.

The first meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Aki Kurose Middle School, 3928 S. Graham St.

The second meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 3, at Hamilton International Middle School, 1610 N. 41st. The third meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 8, at Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle.

The proposed Transportation Plan changes would save the district $4 million by creating new Transportation Zones for bus routes for attendance area elementary and K-8 schools.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet To Lose 17-Year Veteran

January 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

This article originally appeared on our sister site Queen Anne View.

Ballet dancer Stacy Lowenberg has announced her retirement at the end of this season, ending a 14-year career at Pacific Northwest Ballet in the Seattle Center. Her last show will be June 12, the final PNB performance of the season.

“I think it’s just a good point in time to make a career change,” said Lowenberg. “It’s been an awesome long journey, and I feel humbled that I got the chance to dance this long.”

Lowenberg joined PNB as an apprentice in 1994 and has been dancing for them ever since.

“I’m going to miss it so much, everyone I work with and moving my body all day long and doing something that as a little girl I dreamt of doing.”

Lowenberg, who lives in Fremont with her husband, said she was ready for a change and plans on pursuing different interests, like Pilates and choreography. She began teaching Pilates a few years ago after getting certified and has been working on her own choreography, with seven pieces produced to date. She also plans to take dancing lessons with her husband, which she says she’s never had the energy to do after dancing all day, and to learn to ski, which she’s never been able to do due to the prohibitions of being a professional dancer.

A new work of Lowenberg’s choreography will be shown in the Seattle Dance Project’s upcoming “Project 4,” opening this Friday at The Erickson Theater on Capitol Hill. She will also be dancing in PNB’s performance of Cinderella opening February 4.

From Pacific Northwest Ballet:

Her works have been shown at McCaw Hall, Bumbershoot, Meydenbauer Theatre and on film for the Beijing Olympics. (The Beijing choreography was danced in Seattle before the 2008 Olympics.) Ms. Lowenberg has choreographed for Ballet Theatre of Des Moines, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, PNB Choreographers’ Showcase, and Ballet Bellevue.

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‘Quirky’ Fremont Featured By BBC

January 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you happen to notice an influx of English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish accents in Fremont over the course of the next 6-12 months, you can probably thank the BBC for it’s story on Fremont that’s currently featured on their homepage.

The article is a rundown of Fremont for tourists who might be interested in stopping by on their trip to Seattle.

This neighbourhood, less than five miles north of the heart of downtown Seattle, continues its legacy of public art, everyday weirdness, and off-the-wall-events inclined towards nudity and costumes. Yet its popularity, soaring rent prices, new luxury condos, and inundation of high tech company offices have transformed it into something a tad different than its tie-dyed forefathers and mothers anticipated.

Fair enough.

They also name-check the Fremont Sunday Market, Hub and Bespoke, Flying Apron Bakery, Uneeda Burger, Brouwer’s Cafe, ETG Cafe and hey, this blog! The post itself comes courtesy of Lonely Planet, though with all of the Brits currently planning to visit us now, I don’t think we’ll be too lonely in our own little universe for long.

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Seattle Installs Flashing Beacons at B.F. Day, Other Schools

January 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

As a way of reminding drivers to take it slow near our schools, the City of Seattle has installed new flashing school zone beacons at five Seattle schools, including Fremont’s BF Day Elementary school. The beacons are accompanied by signs that denote a 20 MPH speed limit when children are present or when the lights are flashing.

The Seattle Department of Transportation also recently made additional school walking route improvements at BF Day.

“Adding flashing beacons has been shown to lower speeds through school zones and lower vehicle speeds typically result in fewer pedestrian injuries and fatalities,” according to the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Safe Routes to School Coordinator Brian Dougherty.

SDOT now operates 47 pairs of school zone beacons at 45 public and private elementary schools around the city. Funding for the new beacons came from the Bridging the Gap transportation levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006.

Photo: SDOT

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Seattle Totally Just Kidding About Those Parking Hikes (For Now)

January 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Two weeks ago we heard about rising parking rates all around Seattle, including a $0.50/hour hike here in Fremont. Most of you were displeased. And you weren’t alone.

The city was listening to you and other neighborhoods, some of which are facing a new $4.00/hour parking rate, and is putting these revised rates under review before making them official.

At a lunch-time forum at City Hall, Councilmember Tim Burgess said the City Council has asked for a review of a parking study used by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to set the new rates.

Mike Estey, SDOT manager, said staff were “scrubbing the numbers, the data and methodology” in the wake of criticism that the rates would hurt small businesses and were based on peak-occupancy, not typical parking availability.

No word on what changes might be in order and whether or not this affects Fremont specifically (most comments are directed towards downtown), but at least for the time being you can expect to see the same-old $1.50/hour rates in town.

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Fremont Dancer A Part Of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Cinderella

January 26th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Following a nine-year hiatus, Kent Stowell’s Cinderella makes a long-anticipated return for its McCaw Hall debut with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Choreographer Kent Stowell’s show, drawn from the original French fairy tale, features 50 professional dancers in both dramatic and comedic roles, live orchestra and more than 100 elaborately detailed costumes set against vast storybook backdrops.

It also features a talented, young dancer from Fremont.

Third-grader Anika Thomas will be performing the role of Memory Child in the show. She is one of sixty-two children from Pacific Northwest Ballet School performing in 32 roles.

If you’d like to see Anika and the rest of the case of Cinderella, you can find out more information here. The show runs from February 4th through February 13th.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Cinderella premiered in May, 1994 and the Company has toured the production to California, Arizona, and Edmonton and Calgary, Canada. It was last performed in Seattle in 2002 at the Mercer Arts Arena.

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Fremont Transitions To LED Streetlights

January 26th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Between Ship Canal and 65th Street, residential streetlights have been shining a little differently in recent weeks. The streetlights have been replaced with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures, just some of the 5,000 LED streetlights that were converted over the last year in Seattle.

Seattle City Light plans to convert all 40,000 residential streetlights to LED within the next four years. The changeover will save money in the cost of repairs and replacements. LED lights last for twelve years, compared to standard lights which only last four.

Bruce Harrell, a member of the Seattle City Council and Chair of the Energy, Technology and Civil Rights Committee, pushed for LED changes. Harrell likes what the lights do for Seattle, not just from a cost-perspective but also for quality of life.

LEDs use 40 percent less energy while producing light comparable to moonlight, which makes it easier to see small objects and color distortion is reduced. HPS streetlights produce amber colored light which alters the colors of objects. For example, under the amber colored glow of an HPS streetlight white will appear as light-blue. LEDs do not have that effect. We expect savings of nearly $300,000 in the first year and more than $2 million per year when all 40,000 are installed.

Councilmember Harrell wants to know what you think of the new LED lights by reaching out to him at with comments and questions.

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The First Buildings In Fremont

January 26th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Recently we heard all about where Fremont got its name from. But how did Fremont literally start? In other words, what was the first building in all of Fremont?

Believe it or not, it was not a Thai restaurant. It was the Occidental Hotel (maybe…it could just be an advert for the hotel as well).

Courtesy of the Asahel Curtis Collection, this photo comes to us as part of the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection, which is chock-a-block with cool photos of early Seattle.

They didn’t have Yelp back then so there’s no way to tell how good of a hotel it was or whether or not there was a Starbucks in the lobby.

Check out some more Fremont-related photos in the collection including some old-timey photos of B.F. Day School and Fremont’s first post office in 1890. My personal favorite is the photo of these lunatics ice skating on Lake Union. Who wants to give that a try next time it ices over?

Check out the whole collection and take a trip back to a simpler time, before Seattle needed superheroes.

H/T: Tom