News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Entries from August 2011

What’s New, Fremont?

August 19th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

A look around the neighborhood to catch some of the stories falling through the cracks…

Reminder, is hosting a Geocaching Block Party in Fremont tomorrow. It takes place from 11am – 3pm and kicks off in the Solstice Plaza (701 N 34th St, Latitude 47.64864 Longitude 122.348927).

Another reminder, Ignite Seattle and ThingOut! are Saturday as well. Over by the Fremont Outdoor Movies lot, the ThingOut Festival begins at 5pm while Ignite Seattle opens its doors at 7pm and talks begin at 8pm.

The Seattle Weekly stops by Norm’s for some fish & chips and a cold beer and comes away wishing they’d brought their dog with them.

Maximus Minumus, the pig-shaped truck that spends many a Sunday at the Fremont Sunday Market, is in USA Today as one of the ten great places to buy food off a truck. There are also rumors that the pig purveyor is looking for a brick and mortar location and Fremont is in the mix.

A famous Seattle statue has brought tourists, the Lenny Scoop, and controversy to Fremont. The one thing missing is an offer.

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Fremont Avenue Tree Trimming and Road Repaving Rescheduled For August 22-26

August 19th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Yesterday came and went and the schedule road repaving on Fremont Ave didn’t happen. That’s because the entire operation has been moved back.

Just got the following update from SDOT that the work, which includes tree trimming and re-pavement of Fremont Avenue N, from N 38th to N 41st streets, will take place the week of August 22-26:

A private contractor will be trimming trees for SDOT on Fremont Ave N, from N 38th to N 41st streets, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 22. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to use the southbound lane and a parking lane. Bicycles will merge with vehicular traffic through the construction zone and all sidewalks will remain open. To assist with traffic flow, a uniformed police officer (UPO) will be stationed at the intersection of N 39th St and Fremont Ave N.
Following the tree trimming, SDOT crews will be grinding and repaving the travel lanes of Fremont Ave N from N 38th to N 41st streets. This work will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, through Friday, August 26. Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to use the parking lanes. Bicycles will merge with vehicular traffic and all sidewalks will remain open. There will be a UPO at the intersection of N 39th St & Fremont Ave N.

SDOT is also passing out flyers door-to-door letting folks know that no parking signs will be placed along Fremont Ave., so don’t forget to leave your car elsewhere during those days.

For more information, visit

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Job Fair This Weekend For Area Painters

August 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The economy may be down, but Reed Painting Company is growing. “Our work load has increased tremendously and we are in need of hiring a few great people to add to our team,” Cole Palea with Reed Painting tells us.

They are holding a job fair this Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to hire for various positions from trainees to painters. Those interested in showing off their skills can stop by the shop (3668 Albion Pl N.) Applicants will be asked to perform a skills test which could include everything from folding a drop cloth to painting a wall, door or trim piece, depending on the position you’re applying for.

Breakfast is on Reed, so come hungry. They’re serving up bacon and eggs. More information on the job fair can be found here (.pdf.)

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Check Out The New Bike Lanes On 34th Street

August 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

They’ve been up for a little while but I figured I’d post some pics of the new green bike lanes on 34th Street.

There are bike lanes going East and West that allow cyclists clear and easy access to certain parts of the road and delineate clear stopping points at red lights.

With the rash of recent accidents involving cars and bicycles (and the scooter accident across the street from these lanes), it’s extremely timely and should hopefully cut down on issues between drivers and cyclists in the busy intersection.

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Why Are There So Many Missing Cats?

August 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Have you noticed a lot more missing cat posters up around Fremont? Got an email from Kim in Fremont today who mentioned she’s noticed an increase in them around town. She then spoke with her friend in Wallingford who also seemed to think there’s been a lot more missing cat instances recently.

Couple that with this August 15th post from Queen Anne View and one starts to wonder what the heck is going on around here?

Is it just something to do with the summer months? Are people just becoming more vocal about finding lost pets? Is there a centrally-located catnip patch we don’t know about?

Chime in if you know of any lost pets that need finding or if you feel like you’ve seen an increase in missing cat (or dog) instances around the neighborhood.

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Police Make Felony Arrest On 43rd St. Wednesday Night

August 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

A couple folks have emailed asking what was going on around 43rd & Fremont Ave. last night around 10pm. Up to eight police cars were reported on the block nearby Caffe Vita.

According to police reports, an arrest was made on an individual with an outstanding felony warrant at the 600 block of 43rd Street.

No word of an incident or issue from the police, though the officers did draw their guns on multiple occasions according to two witnesses. If we learn any more, we’ll update.

H/T: Michael & Dan

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Fremont Avenue Repaving Will Limit Parking, August 18-21

August 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Update: Many of the street signs have disappeared or been taken off the street and placed on the side. Looks like the work has been delayed.

Perhaps you’ve noticed those ominous signs that have popped up all along Fremont Avenue from 38th Street to 42nd Street. Perhaps you’ve also noticed that they say you can’t park on either side of Fremont Ave. between 7am and 5pm between Thursday the 18th and Sunday the 21st.

Perhaps you want to heed all of that.

The SDOT is grinding up and repaving Fremont Avenue for the next four days, so they’ll be most displeased if your car is blocking their ability to do so. They’ve got tow trucks and they’re not afraid to use them.

Also keep an eye out for some no-parking areas on the side streets, such as the west side of 41st St. at Fremont Ave.

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J.P. Patches Plans To Retire Soon

August 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Lenin Statue, the Fremont Troll and “Waiting for the Interurban” are the pieces of public art that get most name-checked when discussing things to see in Fremont. However, some longtime Fremonsters might tell you they appreciate “Late for the Interurban”, a bronze statue dedicated to J.P. Patches and Gertrude, the most.

Julius Pierpont Patches, a clown portrayed by Seattle entertainer Chris Wedes, has been a Seattle icon since The J.P. Patches Show debuted in 1958. The show ran until 1981 and Patches remained a mainstay of the community ever since. His clown car could be seen driving through Fremont regularly up until recently.

Wedes appeared on 97.3 KIRO FM’s Dori Monson Show and said he’s probably going to hang up the red nose at some point soon.

“I think this is going to be my last year…I don’t feel like I have the old zing that you really need to get out there and greet your fans…I don’t think about the health problems, I just say, ‘OK, today’s a wonderful day…I have the most wonderful doctors, and nurses, and technicians that are taking care of me.”

Take a stroll down memory lane with J.P…

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Five-Story ‘Living Building’ Coming To Stone Way

August 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Many Seattlites know Swedish company Skanska as the contractor replacing the Sodo part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Fremont and Wallingford residents are about to know them for a building much closer to their neighborhoods.

Skanska recently submitted a proposal to build a five-story, 120,000-square-foot office building at 3400 Stone Way N with ground-floor retail space and below-level parking.

Suzie Burke’s Fremont Dock would continue to own the land, said Lisa Picard, executive vice president of Skanska USA Commercial Development, which opened a Seattle office in January.”We’ve been really interested in the Fremont community, because of the types of tenants that are growing there, and it has a good lifestyle component,” Picard said.

The building currently at that location would be demolished and the new building would be expected to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge. There are currently only three projects that have achieved ‘Living’ status by meeting all Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, none of which are in Seattle.

Buildings in the challenge must meet 60 percent of the city’s criteria for a living building, which includes being 75% more energy efficient, reducing water usage by 75% and reducing storm water by 50%.

While there are no designs for the building yet, the city’s design review board is scheduled to look at the proposal Sept. 12.

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Primary Election Results: Tunnel, Veterans & Human Services Levy Move Forward

August 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Last night you hustled to make sure your ballot was counted in the Seattle primary election. Here’s what you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish, depending on how you voted).

By all accounts, the tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct is good-to-go. Despite some extremely strong opposition around town (especially if you’ve read the weeklies in the past six months), nearly 60 percent of the votes counted Tuesday were in support of the project.

Technically the vote was not a binding rule or law, however it is seen as the proof that the people of Seattle want the city to move forward on the $2 billion tunnel. Just pray they everything goes to plan. Seattlites will foot the bill on any overages beyond the proposed budget.

Meanwhile, King County voters overwhelmingly approved the Veterans and Human Services Levy with 66 percent in favor. The levy, which will support veterans, military personnel and their families as well as the county’s neediest residents, is expected to collect between $102 million and $108 million over the next six years.

Check out the full results for the rundown of voting on the Seattle School Board, Seattle City Council and many other primaries.

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Get A Free Car Wash August 25 At Brown Bear Car Wash

August 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Brown Bear Car Wash is celebrating its 54th anniversary with free car washes August 25 with “Free Car Wash Day.”

Hours for the special one-day offer are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Brown Bear will be giving away free “Bear Essential” car washes at all of their automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area.

Fremont residents can get their freebie at the Brown Bear located at 5111 15th Ave NW. I’d shoot to get there sooner rather than later if I were you.

Over the last five years, Brown Bear has washed 105,640 vehicles during its annual “free car wash day” to celebrate the company’s founding.

For other locations of Brown Bear’s automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area, please visit .

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Fremont Oktoberfest Advanced Tickets Now On Sale

August 16th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Sure it’s August but it’s never too early to start thinking about Oktober in September (that will all make sense in a minute).

Tickets for the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden, which takes place September 23-25, are now on sale. This is part where you say, “What’s the big deal? Why shouldn’t I just wait until the day before to buy them?” Because, I respond, check out the great deal…

For a $20 General Admission ticket, you get 5 tasting tokens and a commemorative mug (Oooohhh….)

For a $25 Grand Admission, you get 10 tasting tokens and a commemorative mug (Aaaahhhh…)

For a $15 Non-Tasting Admission, you get 4 water tickets (Meh….)

Just so you know, ticket prices the day-of are $25 for general and $30 for grand admission.

To purchase advanced tickets, go online to or visit Marketime Foods here in Fremont for in-person purchases.

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Fremont Currently No. 8 In Walk Bike Run Challenge

August 16th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle’s Department of Transportation has been inviting folks from around town to take part in the Walk Bike Run Challenge all summer long. They’ve also been keeping track in how each neighborhood is doing as they walk, bike or ride public transit to get in shape, reduce greenhouse gases, and save money on gas and car repairs.

So far, tiny Fremont is holding its own against other nearby neighborhoods…


Miles Saved as of Aug 5

1. Ballard


2. Queen Anne


3. PhinneyWood


4. Wallingford


5. Delridge


6. Rainier Valley


7. Ravenna


8. Fremont


9. Beacon Hill


10. South Lake Union


11. Magnolia


12. Crown Hill


13. North Beach/Blue Ridge


14. Belltown


15. WedgwoodView


Take that, Beacon Hill! We’re also No. 7 in the Trips Saved category.


Trips Saved as of Aug. 5

1. Ballard


2. Queen Anne


3. PhinneyWood


4. Wallingford


5. Rainier Valley


6. Delridge


7. Fremont


8. Ravenna


9. South Lake Union


10. Beacon Hill


11. Magnolia


12. Green Lake


13. WedgwoodView


14. Belltown


15. North Beach/Blue Ridge


There’s still time to enter the Walk Bike Ride Challenge. Switch at least two car trips per week to walking, biking or riding transit, and be entered to win one of the following:

  • Electric bike from e-Moto
  • Apple iPad
  • Pan Pacific Hotel stay
  • Zipcar $250 gift card
  • REI $100 gift card
  • Nordstrom’s $100 gift card (supplied by Commute Seattle)
  • $100 gift card good at seven farmers’ markets

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It’s Election Day!

August 16th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Today is the primary and special election. Remember to have your ballots stamped and postmarked, or dropped in a ballot drop box by today. .

The closest local ballot drop box location is the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Avenue NW.) Ballots taken to drop boxes must be deposited by 8 p.m. If that’s not convenient for you, see this map for a complete list of King County drop box locations.

For candidate statements, see the King County Elections Local Voters’ Pamphlet. And if you can’t make your mind up from reading those, let someone else help. Here are some sources for candidate ratings and endorsements:

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Rialto Pasta Bar & Grill Closes Its Doors

August 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Stop by Rialto ( 4307 Fremont Ave N) and you’ll be greeted by a sign on the door that says, unfortunately, that the Italian restaurant that’s been in Fremont since 2008 has closed.

No official word yet on why the restaurant has closed, though the sign does encourage folks to keep an eye on their website, which could mean there is a future for Rialto and owner Rudy La Valle.

Rialto began ten years before moving to Fremont, originally at 1400 N. 80th St., before taking over the space that previously housed Fremont Classic.

We’ll see if we can find out why exactly Rialto closed but in the meantime, pour some out for the pasta grill.

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Kylie’s Chicago Pizza Now Open For Lunch Every Day

August 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

When Fremonsters have a craving for some award-winning deep dish pizza, they’ve always had to wait until dinnertime to get their Kylie’s fix. Starting today, they can dig in to a Chicago-style pizza at the Fremont spot as early as 11am.

Keep an eye on Kylie’s Twitterfeed for daily specials and updates.

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