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Entries from September 2011

Buckaroo Tavern Reunion At Boxcar This Weekend

September 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Looks like the old gang is getting back together.

Saturday, September 17th will be the one-year anniversary since the Buckaroo closed its doors for the final time in Fremont. While the red building continues to undergo changes, the old crew that used to gather at the outside rails or cozy up to the bar are getting together for a little reunion.

The Boxcar will host a reunion of Buckaroo regulars on September 17th. Folks can regale each other with tales of memorable nights, good times and the many motorcycles that used to line Fremont Ave. all night.

As for the old Buckaroo and what’s to become of it, that remains unknown. It looks like the inside has been gutted and you can now see the interior, but there doesn’t seem to be anything going on. We’ll keep you posted.

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Fremont’s Fleur De Lis Featured On CityStream

September 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Emmy award-winning show CityStream recently profiled Fremont garden ornament business, Fleur De Lis.

In this economy, making a go of a new business can be risky. But when a landmark garden ornament store in Fremont closed last year, it was an opportunity for a new beginning Miguel Hernandez couldn’t pass up. So with some money saved up, and a lot of passion, Fleur De Lis Garden Ornaments opened its doors providing a relaxing and tranquil relief for those looking to slow down and bring peace into their lives and yards.

Then tune in for the season premier of CityStream with host Penny LeGate from Fleur De Lis Garden Ornaments in Fremont. We’ll take a look at what some City kids did on their summer break – how many of them ventured into the great outdoors for the first time thanks to the O2 Program with Parks and Recreation. Plus, tune up your old instruments. There’s a community orchestra looking for new musicians as well as mentors.

Here’s a sneak peak of the piece to whet your appetite. The episode premieres tonight (Thursday) at 7pm on the Seattle Channel, cable channel 21.

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Fremont Arts Council Celebrates ‘Day Of Caring’ With Cleanup

September 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

On Friday, September 16, join thousands of your friends, neighbors and colleagues to do more during an all-county day of volunteering brought to you by the Untied Way of King County called the Day of Caring.

Here in Fremont, the Fremont Arts Council will be celebrating the Day of Caring by hosting a “revitalization & cleaning day in Fremont.”

Those interested in participating should meet at the Power House (3940 Fremont Ave N) at 10:00am. All are welcome, so long as you wear your “get dirty” clothes.

The United Way will be hosting a Day of Caring After Party at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field) in the afternoon to celebrate.

To more on the Fremont Arts Council, visit their site. For more on the United Way of King County, visit their site.

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Aurora Bridge Closed Southbound Due To Police Activity (Update)

September 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Update: MyBallard has the details on what happened. Two bank robbers caused the disturbance and both have been apprehended.

Original: 2:00pm – You should steer clear of the Aurora Bridge right now. Police have closed the southbound lane “due to SWAT activity.”

According to a Seattle PD tweet, “SWAT activity in the 2400 block of Aurora Av N. N and S bound Aurora traffic impacts. More details of incident later.”

That helicopter you hear overhead is likely related. More details as we get them. In the meantime, the traffic delays are impacting Fremont Ave. as well so avoid it if you can.

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evo Anniversary Party Celebrates 10 Years Of Forward Movement

September 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremont-based Evolución Innovations, otherwise known as evo, was founded in 2002 by Bryce Phillips. What began as an online retailer has now grown from a two employee operation into a business with more than 100 employees today.

It’s time for evo to celebrate and they’ll do just that on October 21 in the newly-renovated Fremont Collective:

evo’s 10-year anniversary event will be held in the recently renovated Fremont Collective, one of many restoration projects Phillips has undertaken through his real estate venture. Events will include evo’s second winter outerwear fashion show, USNAPS photobooth, silent auction, gift bags, red carpet, free-skate at Innerspace and a special musical guest. Benefits from this years event will be offered to The Service Board, a youth focused non-profit that engages kids through skateboard and snowboard mentorships, another continuing focus for Phillips and evo.

“Passion for building community is a driving force; both on a national level and locally in Seattle,” said Phillips. “We are excited about the opportunity to become community anchors in urban settings with diverse groups of people who share common interests. Music events, movie premiers, art exhibitions, benefits to help children in need, partnerships and simply providing a great place in a central location are all ways that we work to build and strengthen community.”

A lot more details to come, including the musical headliner for the event, which remains under wraps for now. However, considering evo has hosted artists such as Common Market, Snow Patrol and Talib Kweli, it could be a pretty notable name.

For more on the event and evo, head over to their site and watch here for updates.

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Hunger Helps The Hungry

September 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is a one-week national dine-out helping to end childhood hunger in America. Fremont’s Hunger Restaurant will be participating in the event, which lasts from September 18th to the 24th.

Hunger will be offering a prix Fixe menu that includes three courses for $45 and $15 for every person that orders it will go directly to the Dine Out cause.

The menu is listed below. For reservations or find out more about Hunger, check out their website.

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Seattle City Council Approves Paid Sick Leave For Employees

September 12th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Seattle City Council today approved a bill Monday requiring businesses in Seattle to provide paid leave to employees when they or their family members fall ill or victim to domestic violence.

The legislation establishes minimum standards for paid sick and safe time based on company size. Workers in companies with 5 to 249 employees will accrue a minimum of one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 40 hours worked. Workers in companies with 250 or more employees will accrue a minimum of one hour for every 30 hours worked.

The paid sick leave issue has been a hot button one for Seattle businesses, including some in Fremont.

The new regulations will take effect on September 1, 2012, giving businesses a full year to adjust their personnel policies. Certain start-up companies and micro-businesses will be exempt in their first two years of operation.

For Councilmember statements on the impact of this legislation to the City, visit

For more information on the history of the paid sick leave legislation in Seattle, visit the Council’s information page at


Neighborhood Matching Fund To Host Community Workshops This Week

September 12th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Seattle Neighborhood Matching fund is hosting two community workshops this week, with an emphasis on emergency preparedness. The workshops will also include information about how to apply for the Small and Simple Projects Fund.

From the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will hold two workshops for community members interested in applying to the fall cycle of the Small and Simple Projects Fund, a program of the Neighborhood Matching Fund.  Attendees will learn how to develop a competitive proposal for any project and hear about resources available for emergency preparedness projects. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Office of Emergency Management staff will be on hand to assist applicants and answer questions.  The workshops will be held on:

Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Ballard Public Library (5614 22nd Ave NW); 6 – 8 p.m.; or

Thursday, Sept. 15 at The 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S); 6 – 8 p.m.

The deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund for awards up to $20,000 is Monday, October 17 by 5 p.m.

To learn more, visit the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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The Fix Is In: Wallinford Tops Fremont In Dubious Snackdown Vote

September 12th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Here’s what I know.

Friday night, Fremont was leading Wallingford in the Seattle Weekly Snackdown Challenge vote.

Saturday, Fremont was still ahead, by a small amount over Wallingford (50.5 to 49.5).

Sunday afternoon, Fremont was still ahead, by a slightly larger margin (52 to 48).

Monday, Wallingford is announced as the winner of the Snackdown Challenge, winning by an amount that’s way larger than any shift in the % from the entire week and moves on. O RLY?

Sound like those corporate fat cat big wigs over in Wallingford decided to push some weight around over at Seattle Weekly HQ and muddied up the voting waters.

Put an asterik next to this victory, Wallingford. Fremont ain’t buying it. Perhaps we’ll need to have our own one-on-one Snackdown to truly determine who’s No. 1.


Phinney Avenue North Pavement Repairs Next Week

September 9th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Heads up from SDOT that they’ll be doing some work on Phinney Avenue between N. 44th and N. 46th streets next week.

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will close Phinney Avenue North between North 44th Street and North 46th Street on September 13-15 for pavement repairs. The street will be closed 24 hours a day to all traffic except for Metro Transit and emergency vehicles. A detour will be provided using Fremont Avenue North and N 43rd Street. The sidewalks will remain open. A police officer will be at the site to assist traffic.

Plan accordingly so you don’t get stuck in traffic.

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Fremont vs. Wallingford In The Snackdown Challenge

September 8th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The polls are open in the Seattle Weekly Snackdown Challenge 2nd Round match-up between Fremont and Wallingford.

Erin Thompson steps up to defend Fremont and its culinary treats.

Fremonters already call their neighborhood the Center of the Universe; we’ll go ahead and add Center of the Foodie-verse to that boast. Fremont’s best restaurants range from casual to classy and offer cuisines from all over the world, meaning if you want to eat out and eat well for the night, your options are myriad.

Go vote now so you can ensure neighborhood victory. You’ll be able to wear your Fremont varsity jacket through Wallingford with pride once we win.

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It’s The First Day Of School, Watch Out For The Kiddies

September 7th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Today is the first day of school for kids in Seattle Public Schools. Drivers should be extra careful as the kids make their way to and from school.

The district has a wide range of start and end times for elementary, middle and high schools. Many kindergarteners have only a half-day the first few days, so there will be lots of children out walking throughout the day.

B.F. Day will close at 3pm.

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A Little Fremont Mischief Enjoyed By All

September 7th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Almost a year ago, we heard about an impending arrival known as Fremont Mischief, a distillery located at 132 N. Canal Street.

Mischief calls itself “a full-circle distillery where their spent grain is reused and returns, full-circle, as organic compost for local farms and gardens.”

All was quiet on their front for a long time but the liquor finally made its debut last week at a tasting in West Seattle.

Today was their first tasting, and they featured three offerings from Fremont Mischief Distillery, an eight year, and a three-year John Jacob, 100-percent rye whiskey, each aged in charred oak barrels,, three-year 100-percent rye, and a winter wheat full-bodied vodka. A line sometimes 15-people long awaited samples of each.

According to a Facebook events page, the distillery will be officially opening its doors October 1st with a a special tasting party.

You can find out a lot more about Fremont Mischief over at their website.

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Check Out ‘My Side Of The Canal’

September 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

For the past 16 years, local photographer Dean Wenick has lived on a houseboat on the south side of the Ship Canal. In that time, he’s taken a lot of photographs of Fremont. I mean, A LOT of photographs of Fremont. Of its people, its buildings, its events and much more.

Throughout October, you’ll be able to see Dean’s artwork at Fremont Coffee Company. There will also be a reception as part of the First Friday Art Walk on October 7.

In the meantime, Dean is hoping to raise funds on Kickstarter for a special project called ‘My Side of the Canal.’ I’ll let Doug explain…

Support from Kickstarter will help with printing and framing photographs for the show. It will also allow me to scan more of the older film work. By making everything digital I will later be able to make a book and share this collection with more people.

This phase of my project will help with the print show and produce 75 small books of 12 pictures each. These are 3″x3″ hardcover books I print and make myself. I will make a prototype of a larger book and major contributors will receive a copy of this. Everyone who contributes at least $1 will receive a hand-made photo postcard.

To find out more about the project and make a donation, click here.  And next time you’re hanging out by the canal, keep an eye out for Dean and his camera and look in the direction he’s shooting. It’s probably something cool.

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Fremont Moves Into 2nd Round Of The Great Neighborhood Snackdown

September 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Weekly is looking for the single greatest neighborhood for eating in Seattle. So far, Fremont is still in the hunt.

4-seed Fremont beat out Mt. Baker in the first round. It was an absolute romp, with Fremont taking 91% of the votes.

Things get personal in the second-round when Fremont goes head-to-head with our “bitter rivals,” Wallingford, who pulled of an upset over Madrona, if you’re going by the seeding.

Voting will take place this week so keep an eye on the Snackdown to see when the Fremont vs. Wallingford page goes live and make sure you cast your votes for The ‘Mont. Voting will last until Sunday.

It’s for neighborhood pride.

It’s for Stone Way bragging rights.

It’s to show those Wallingfordians once and for all who slings a better burger, who slices a better piece of pizza and who, uh, ties up better Thai? I didn’t really know how to work that last one in…

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Missing Cat: Have You Seen Lily?

September 5th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Update: Lily has been found!

Andrew wrote in on Sunday to let us know his cat Lily has gone missing and he’s looking for some help in finding her.

My cat went missing today. She’s a small female Siamese cat with one eye. I live at 40th & Fremont and she likely went out the back door of my house. She’s an indoor cat, normally, so she may not be able to fend for herself. She is microchipped but wears no tags or collar.

My phone #’s (425) 327-3988; texts or calls work. I appreciate any help or advice you can offer.

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