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Entries from July 2011

Double Down At The Fremont Casino

July 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Well, technically DoubleDown Casino is located in Fremont, but in actuality all of the gambling goes on online.

Seattle Weekly writes up a story this week on DoubleDown, which is based in Fremont. At approx. 500,000 users a day, most of whom play on Facebook, it’s doing extremely well.

Most players (90%) are playing with virtual money and receive upwards of $50K in virtual chips a day. The casino works on a “freemium” model, which means anyone can play for free but those who pay a little extra can get special features and bonuses.

Learn more about the casino here.

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34th Street Nighttime Closure On August 1

July 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Seattle Department of Transportation is repaving N 34th Street from Fremont Avenue N through the Stone Way N intersection. On the evening of Monday, August 1 final asphalt paving will be completed on this section of roadway.

During this work, N 34th Street will be closed to through traffic between Fremont Avenue N and Interlake Avenue N. Stone Way N will also be closed to through traffic between N 35th Street and N Northlake Way. Detours signs will be posted and Uniformed Police Officers will help direct traffic. Work will begin at 6 p.m. Monday night and the road will be closed at 7 p.m. The work will conclude by 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The bike lane will be closed and bicyclists will be directed to share the lane with vehicles and follow the detour route, or utilize the Burke Gilman Trail, depending on the location.

For more information about the project, go to the website at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_n34th.htm.

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Streetcar Service Coming To Fremont?

July 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

While we await word on whether or not King County Metro will cut bus service here in Fremont, there is news about a proposed streetcar service in the works that would come through the neighborhood.

The city’s new Transit Master Plan picks four transit corridors as ripe for investment in streetcars or bus rapid transit (like Metro’s new Rapid Ride Line). A streetcar line from Loyal Heights to downtown, via Ballard and Fremont, would best serve a high demand for transit in that corridor, according to the report.

According to the plan, a Ballard streetcar line would cost about $327 million to build, including a new rail bridge across the ship canal (which would cost about $70 million) and a retrofitting of the Fremont Bridge (which would cost $10 to $12 million).

Based on the map, it looks like the proposed rail line would run up and down 36th Street en route to Ballard in one direction and South Lake Union in the other.

Of course, don’t get too excited, it’ll take a while to get this up and running. The entire plan is set-up to unfold over the next 20 years.

You can check out much more details on the plan via this PDF link. A draft of the full report will be presented in September.

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Shenandoah Davis, The Round & More Coming Up At Fremont Abbey

July 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

August is a packed month at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Check out the schedule below and start making arrangements for someone to watch your kids/pets/plants cause you’re gonna be busy…

July 29 - Shenandoah Davis CD Release Party w/ Led to Sea, and Paleo. (”…the simplistic arrangements clear away like a pair of heavy velvet curtains to expose the true playful mastery of Davis’s compositions.” – Seattle Sound Magazine)

August 9Round 75 – featuring musicians: Alex Robert of The Black Whales, Land of Pines (more to be announced) ; live painting; and slam poets.

August 18 – Secret Hearts: A Night of Feist Songs at the Triple Door (featuring Charity Thielen from The Head and the Heart, Leslie Wood of Redwood Plan, Hannah Williams of Youth Rescure Mission, and Noah & Abbey Gundersen)

August 19 - Songs About Books (Ryan Barrett (The Pica Beats), Alex Guy (Led to Sea), Levi Fuller, Joshua Morrison, more)

August 24Allie Moss (from Ingrid Michaelson’s band), Bess Rogers, and Ian Axel

August 25Across the Rivers Art Show (25 Artists! Multiple performances)

August 26 – Blink Now Benefit (featuring Andrew Vait and more)

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Join The “Center of the Universe” Hosts Geocaching Block Party

July 26th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Geocaching.com is hosting a Geocaching Block Party in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood August 20, 2011. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting activity using GPS devices. The Block Party is a celebration of the activity for beginners and experts alike. Head to the “Center of the Universe” to:

There’s tons to do at the event. Test your treasure hunting skills with geocaching – a game that will have you searching high and low for containers hidden around Fremont. Accept the five Fremont Challenges – location-based missions that require a sense of adventure, a sense of direction and a sense of humor. Send Geocaching.com employees plunging into the dunk tank (yes, it’s cold!). Create your own zucchini vehicle and race it down the Zucchini 500 Track. Pin the antenna on Signal, the Geocaching.com mascot. Play a game of interactive bingo for the chance to win some great prizes.

If you already have a handheld GPS device, create a free membership on Geocaching.com and visit http://coord.info/GC2FYVM for instructions on downloading the coordinates for the geocaching and challenge courses. If you do not have a handheld GPS, don’t worry – devices will be available to borrow on site!

The Geocaching Block Party takes place August 20, 2011 from 11am – 3pm in Fremont in the Solstice Plaza (701 N 34th St, Latitude 47.64864 Longitude 122.348927). For more information, visit GeocachingBlockParty.com.

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Fremont Invited To Zoo’s Neighborhood Appreciation Event

July 26th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Woodland Park Zoo is inviting residents of Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and Ballard to its Neighborhood Appreciation Event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.

This will be an opportunity for you to meet fellow zoo neighbors, enjoy light refreshments and have special experiences in some of our special exhibits. Children are welcome to attend.

The event will start at the zoo’s West Entrance, located at North 55th Street and Phinney Avenue North. Parking will be free in the surrounding zoo lots for this gathering. Casual attire is encouraged.

Please RSVP by e-mailing roxanne.murphy@zoo.org. For more information, contact Roxanne Murphy, Community Relations and Outreach Liaison at (206) 548-2462.

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Fremont Mother Who Lost Children In Fire Files Claim Against Seattle Housing Authority

July 22nd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

It’s been more than a year since the deadly fire in Fremont that claimed the lives of five people. Of the five people who died at 41st. NW and NW Leary St, four of them were children. According to investigators, the fire was caused by a foam mattress in a downstairs closet that was leaning against a light bulb and was ruled accidental.

Earlier this month, lawyers for Helen Gebregiorgis, the mother of the four children, filed a claim for damages, stating she “suffered severe psychological trauma caused by her presence at the fire scene and the loss of her children and relatives.”

According to the claim, “Seattle Housing Authority owned the premises and had installed lighting in the closet that was a ceiling fixture from which a bare light bulb was suspended. The on/off switch for the light was inside the closet. The fixture did not include any type of protective cover over the light bulb. The mattress came in contact with the light bulb and ignited.”

Kathy Goater, Helen Gebregiorgis’ lawyer, wrote in the filing dated July 7 that they are seeking no less than $10 million in damages.

The Housing Authority is also named in a claim from Abdelrahman Shamam, father of two of the children. He is seeking $4 million in damages.

The Housing Authority is unable to comment at this time.

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evo Unveils Obey/Shepard Fairy Art Wall

July 21st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The folks at evo wrote in to let us know their artist just completed the Obey façade on the west side of their  retail/office building at 122 NW 36th St.

Those of you familiar with Shepard Fairy will recognize the “Obey” message. The Fremont company considers it “quite a privilege for evo to be able to host his work.”

For the past couple years, evo hosted artwork from various local artist and vendor sponsored artists and have been working towards drawing more and more legit and recognized artists to help anchor evo and the Fremont neighborhood as an attraction for locals and visitors to Seattle.

H/T: Anton & Molly

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Keep An Eye Out For Some Keys, Fremont

July 20th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Did you happen to notice a set of keys in Fremont recently? Someone is looking for those!

The keys were lost yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 7/19, between 34th and Evanston and down along the canal trail and West toward the Aurora bridge. The car keys and remote are on a bright blue lanyard with Cirque du Soleil printed in white.

Reward for return. 425.922.7778

Update: The keys have been found and returned. Hooray!

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Big Changes Coming To Local Nightlife, Street Food & Medical Marijuana

July 20th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

This week, the Seattle City Council made three moves that will change the future of nightlife, street food and marijuana availability in Fremont, let alone all of Seattle.

We start with the nightlife, where Mayor McGinn’s proposal to change and/or extend bar hours in order to stagger police coverage was officially backed by the Council. The resolution let cities set their own bar-closing times, which could mean staggered schedules that make life easier for law enforcement.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned rule changes to Seattle street food vendors got the blessing of the City Council as well. Now, don’t expect a free-for-all of taco trucks to swarm Fremont. There’s going to be a lot of regulations and fees that street vendors will have to adhere to. Also, vendors will be forbidden from parking within 50 feet of food businesses, schools and building entrances. That said, expect to see a lot more street food vendors in town when the remaining questions are answered and the trucks start rolling in.

Finally, the City Council voted Monday to approve a series of regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries. While still illegal on a federal level, the medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to operate locally, given that they comply with new regulations.

That’ll do, City Council. That’ll do.

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Citizens group makes unanimous decision on Transfer Station reconstruction

July 19th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

The North Transfer Station Stakeholders Group is recommending the Concept C design (see below) for the reconstruction of the Seattle Public Utilities’ North Recycling and Disposal Station (1350 N. 34th St.)

Concept C design chosen for the reconstruction of the transfer station in Wallingford. A larger image can be found here (.pdf).

The group met 13 times to go over more than a dozen program options and ultimately came to the unanimous decision to go with this option. “The stakeholder group has done a superb job of studying the alternatives, asking for data, listening to each other, and creatively establishing a win-win solution that optimizes community and environmental protection with solid waste and recycling function,” Seattle Public Utilities Director Ray Hoffman said.

From Seattle Public Utilities:

The Option C plan includes:

  • Extensive setbacks and about an acre of landscaped and publicly-accessible open space.
  • Preservation of priority views.
  • Reduced noise, dust, odors from current levels.
  • A great reduction of customer vehicle backups onto the public street.
  • Increased traffic safety inside the station.
  • Expanded recycling.
  • More flexibility to address an evolving solid waste future.
  • A facility that will meet the LEED Gold standard.
  • Additional public benefits such as crosswalk improvements, pedestrian amenities, and an educational viewing room.
  • High-quality architectural design.
  • Moving forward, SPU said it will:

  • Continue to work closely with community groups and local neighbors to refine the programming for the public open space.
  • Incorporate the Stakeholder Group’s project parameters into the documents for selecting and contracting with a project designer/constructor.
  • Work with other city departments and the City Council to address zoning issues and the vacation of a block of Carr Place North.
  • The project is expected to take two years, starting in 2014 at an estimated cost of about $52-million.

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    How Would Proposed Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance Affect You?

    July 19th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

    The Seattle City Council has begun considering a proposal to require private employers in Seattle to provide paid sick leave. It’s an issue with profound effects on employers and employees.

    The Fremont Chamber of Commerce is inviting Fremonsters to join a balanced debate of the proposal that will also allow folks to learn more about how this ordinance could affect them and their business.

    Tuesday, July 26
    5:30 – 7p
    Seattle Center
    Center House, Conference Room A, Seattle 98109

    The forum will be moderated by broadcast journalist Deborah Brandt and will include Marilyn Watkins (Economic Opportunity Institute), Jody Hall (Cupcake Royale), Carl Gipson (Washington Policy Center), David Black (Seattle Society of Human Resources Management).

    Attendance is free but space is limited. RSVP for the event here.

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    Kids Paint, Dance & Play Music All Summer Long At Fremont Abbey

    July 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

    The Fremont Abbey Arts Center has announced their summer line-up of unique activities for Seattle’s youth to engage with the arts. Kids will have plenty of chances for hands-on learning through the arts the entire time.

    Taught by experienced teaching artists, the Abbey offers classes of all kinds and even offer scholarships for each.

    Here are some class highlights. Check out their website for more information on each class.

    JULY:

    Saturdays – SWIRL Kids Collaborative Arts Class for 4 – 8 year olds (Through August 20th)

    Mondays – Brain Meets Body Modern Dance Adventures for 7 – 11 year olds (New sessions starting soon)

    AUGUST:

    August 8 -12 – ART ROCKS multi-arts camp for 7 – 10 year olds. Featuring dance, visual, and more!

    August 15 – 19th – Rock Band Camp. A week of classes for Jr. High and High Schoolers with hands on instruction from professional instructors/musicians.

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    Hey Fremont, Keep An Eye Out For A Purple Backpack

    July 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

    Wayne had a rather unpleasant experience last week in Fremont. His car was broken into and, amongst other things, his bag containing all of his school items was stolen. He’d love some help finding it.

    Two bags with my school notes were stolen from the trunk of my car in Fremont. I am thinking they were probably just dumped somewhere as there was nothing of value in them – but I’d sure love to get my school stuff back! A purple Jansport backpack and a blue and black tote bag with the Prudential logo were taken. Please reply if you happen to see them on the street or in a dumpster anywhere!

    My car was parked at 34th and phinney [July 14th]. The break-in occured at around 9pm. The back windshield was smashed and those two bags were stolen from my covered trunk. I especially would love to find the purple backpack – it had notebooks and binders. No photo, unfortunately. Cash reward if one or both found. Thank you!

    If you have any information about the bag or happen to find it, you can email Wayne at waynemiller729 at gmail dot com.

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    Multi-Family Yard Sale Will Benefit B.F. Day School

    July 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

    Neighborhood club Future Parents of BF Day is hosting a multi-family yard sale Sunday, July 24th to benefit B.F. Day Elementary. All proceeds will be donated to the school to help deal with the budget crisis that all public schools are facing.

    The sale will be held at 4422 Phinney Ave N (a private residence) from 9am to 3pm.

    Now that families know where their kids will go to elementary school, folks with babies, toddlers and preschoolers can get inspired early to bolster their neighborhood schools.The group is also hoping the yard sale is a great way for neighbors to meet, chat and mingle.

    For more information on the yard sale, check out this site.

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    Fremont Man Injured By Accidental, Self-Inflicted Gunshot

    July 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

    Safeties on, everyone. This just in from the SPD blotter

    On July 15th, at approximately 8:00 PM, a man called 911 to report that he had accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun in his apartment in the 700 Block of North 38th Street.  North Precinct officers and the Seattle Fire Department responded.  It was determined that the victim likely was cleaning or examining his 9mm handgun when he accidentally shot himself.  There was no one else present when the injury occurred.  The victim was transported to the hospital with a non life-threatening injury.

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