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Entries from January 2012

New 5’s Program in Fremont

January 30th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Last spring, Woodland Park Community Preschool relocated to Fremont. Now, Woodland Park is happy to announce its new 5’s program, the latest addition to its cooperative community of schools. Classes will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1-4 p.m.

They are currently enrolling students who will be five years old on or before December 31, 2012.

This program is ideal for students who are:

– taking a transitional year before starting kindergarten
– enrolled in half-day morning kindergarten
– turning five by December 31 and ready to start Pre-K

The Woodland Park 5’s program is best described as a progressive, play-based curriculum, one that starts from the premise that children learn best when given the opportunity to freely engage with the world around them, pursuing their own passions and curiosities in a community setting.

“Teacher Tom” Hobson has been Woodland Park’s teacher since 2002. He thinks of the school as a community in which families choose to raise their children together. Just as earlier generations learned everything they needed to know from their neighbors and neighborhood, Teacher Tom strives to create a classroom in which children are stimulated to explore the world beyond their own homes in partnership with the adults who love them.

It’s a cooperative school, which means it is owned and operated by the families of its students. These parents take on essential roles both inside and outside the classroom, serving both as assistant teachers as well as fulfilling every role in the school from executive to janitorial, with the teachers being the sole paid employees. The powerful dynamic of parents working shoulder-to-shoulder with the teacher helps insure a unique and vibrant learning experience for each child.

For more details and enrollment information, visit their website.

The Pre-3’s and 3-5’s classes, which are part of a network of independent cooperative preschools run through North Seattle Community College, are also enrolling new students for the 2012-13 school year. Visit here for registration information.

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New Online Tool To Determine School Boundaries In Fremont/Wallingford

January 30th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Earlier this month, we reported that the school district proposed boundary changes to alleviate crowding at John Stanford International School. Seattle Public Schools has released a new tool for residents to determine their school boundary. The adjustments apply to John Stanford Elementary School and B.F. Day and McDonald elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year.

The boundary change is part of a short-term capacity management plan that addresses Seattle Public Schools’ enrollment growth. According to Seattle Schools, “the plan, which outlines how the School District will accommodate the projected increasing enrollment, was developed following input from the Facilities and Capital Management Advisory Committee (FACMAC). Input was considered from about 300 attendees at six community meetings held between September and December 2010, and also included 550 written comments.”  It was approved 7-0 by the Seattle School Board on Jan. 25. To read the full plan, see the Board action report.

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Checking In With The Saturn Building

January 30th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

You can’t walk through Fremont these days without peeking at the giant crane that’s part of the construction site that will become the Saturn Building at 3417 Evanston Ave. It’s going to be a while yet before the project is completed but the website for the building gives us a good idea of what to expect once it’s ready.

Much like it’s sister, Fremont Space, it will be a mix of residential, office and commercial spaces. You can see how that will shake out in the plans below:

There could be up to five new retailers or restaurants in Fremont thanks to the building, though four of those retail spaces can be combined based on needs.

The office spaces will be loaded with amenities and offer all the Internet options one would need. Based on this chart, rents will range from $400 to $1,400.

The project as been in the works since 2007.

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evo Named Shop of the Year and Hardgoods Retailer of the Year

January 24th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Transworld Business has named Fremont-based evo Shop of the Year and Hardgoods Retailer of the Year. The results came from feedback from brands and reps in the outdoors goods industry.

They also spoke with President Atsuko Tamura to hear about the strategies and business philosophies that earned them these prestigious awards.

What’s really exciting to us is this national recognition.  Wow. Our whole team had a similar reaction: a humble but stoked “wow!”   This recognition means a ton to us – we’ve worked really hard to build our brand in a way that could have the broadest reach to action sports enthusiasts – everywhere.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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Fremont Friday Snow News & Information

January 19th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 a.m. Friday, calling for an ongoing mix of more sleet, freezing rain. Friday morning’s commute will be affected by the weather.

  • Metro buses will once again be on snow routing Friday. The buses will be chained up and up to 30 routes may be canceled. Those routes may be restored if the roads improve. Check here for updated information.
  • Students will have another snow day on Friday. Seattle Public Schools are closed once again.

    Next Tuesday, Jan. 24 is a three-hour early dismissal from schools because of a scheduled furlough day. That day cannot be used as a snow make-up day. District administration will determine tomorrow if Friday, Jan. 27 – a scheduled day off for professional development – can be used as a snow make-up day.

  • Seattle Public Library locations are scheduled to open at 1 p.m.
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    Snowy Fremont Photos

    January 19th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    Took a stroll around Fremont today and grabbed a few photos for those who might not have been around town since the snow started falling…

    Looking south from 41st & Fremont Ave:

    Looking up 38th St. from Fremont Ave.

    Go on, brush your shoulders off, Vlad.

    You’ve got something on your face, bro. No not there, there.

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    Snow Stopping But Thursday Will Be Icy

    January 18th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    It looks like the snowfall is just about over. Forecasts call for slight snow overnight followed by freezing rain, which will lead into a very icy Thursday.

    As such, SDOT is advising commuters to continue taking it easy. Consider public transportation or consider staggering your commute time. Also make sure you’re aware of any closed streets. (SDOT) crews will continue plowing and salting major arterials and transit routes in preparation for the morning commute.

    King County Metro Transit will keep its buses chained up and on snow routing for a fifth straight day. Riders should sign up for Transit Alerts to receive notification of route cancellations, but also check the service status before traveling at

    All Seattle schools and after-school activities have already been cancelled for Thursday.

    Photos: Mark Ashmun

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    Report: Area Snowman Late For Work

    January 18th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    Someone is going to have to have a very awkward conversation with this snowgentleman standing on the corner of 42nd and Fremont very soon.

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    Seattle Wakes Up To Snow, 3-6 Inches Expected

    January 18th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    Seattle has woken up to a blanket of snow on the ground, although in less drastic amounts as first anticipated. However, roads are still slick and the snow is likely to come down most of the day.

    The Seattle Department of Transportation says they plan to keep plows on the streets all day:

    The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has trucks out working to keep major arterial streets clear. Crews are mostly spreading granular salt and monitoring snow routes for accumulating snow. Please consider transportation options for essential travel and avoid driving if possible. The City continues to urge that drivers use caution during their commute.

    You’ll have to wait for another day to see some elephants. The Woodland Park Zoo is closed today due to the snow.

    Heads up, SDOT has closed NW 65th Street up to Phinney Ridge is closed. Road closure is 3rd Ave NW to Phinney Ave N.

    We’ll add some updates as they come in. Feel free to send your snowy pics as well. Enjoy the day, Fremont!

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    Maybe You’ve Heard, It’s Going To Snow

    January 17th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    Updated 5 p.m. Seattle Public Schools are canceled for Wednesday. All activities canceled.

    Metro buses remain on snow routes, and some routes will be canceled on Wednesday. Metro plans to cancel as many as 30 routes tomorrow morning, depending on how severe the storm is.

    Original: I’m going to go out on a limb and say you already know that between 5 to 14 inches of snow could be on the way by this evening (though possibly less).

    It doesn’t sound like it will be quite as much as was first predicted, but the “evolving” forecast still calls for a substantial snowfall.

    As of this moment (Tuesday, 3pm), things look dry here in Fremont. However, according to meteorologist Dana Felton,”snow will start here in the metro area at 4 in the morning and taper off in the evening hours (Wednesday).”

    In case we do get hit, Take Winter By Storm, a multi-media, public awareness and safety engagement program, has some tips for preparing for severe winter weather:

    · If an inlet or street drain appears to be blocked by snow or debris, try to safely clear a channel to provide a path for the runoff. If the drain cannot be cleared, or if the cause of the blockage or flooding is uncertain, call Seattle Public Utilities at (206) 386-1800.

    · Protect your water pipes from freezing. Shut off outside faucets, drain the water and protect them by insulating them with foam covers.

    · If you’re going to be away, or if you have renters or own a vacant property, ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing — or shut off and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it will be deactivated when you shut off the water.

    · Drain and remove all outdoor hoses, and shut off and drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

    · Pipes in exposed or unheated areas (attics, basements and garages) should be wrapped with tape and insulating materials, available at local hardware stores.

    · Property owners should check for any exposed pipes in unheated areas. That includes basements, garages, attics and crawl spaces.

    · Once it drops below freezing, protect indoor sink pipes that are against exterior walls by opening under-sink cabinet doors, allowing heat to circulate. During severe cold, allow the faucet farthest from your front door to slowly drip cold water. Set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, day or night (even if you are away).

    · Do not leave water running in unoccupied buildings. If the drain should plug, it could cause a flood.

    · Please don’t use hair dryers to thaw frozen pipes — you face the risk of electrocution!

    · If a water pipe breaks, immediately close the main shut-off valve to stop flooding. If you cannot turn off the main shut-off valve, Seattle residents can call 206-386-1800 and a crew will turn off the water at the meter for a standard service charge.


    Food Trucks Pod Coming To Fremont Sunday Market

    January 17th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    Via Seattle Met, a group that puts together food truck rodeos is currently looking for vendors to join them in a new “pod” at the Fremont Sunday Market.

    Up to ten of them will park there from 11 to 4 starting February 19. For now it’s a monthly thing but “will become weekly as the weather improves,” according to event manager Danniel Linn.

    The group is also looking to do more pod pop-ups at other Fremont locations and events, such as the Fremont Outdoor Movies.

    The Sunday market currently has a good selection of food carts but is a little light on the food trucks, with Maximus-Minimus usually being the only one. Looks like it’s about to get a lot more crowded. And tasty.

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    Frank & Dunya Closing Gallery After 23 Years, Going Online

    January 17th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    Whenever I have friends or family in town and I’m giving them the Fremont tour, we always somehow end up in Frank & Dunya even though I had no plans to. It’s just that kind of place, beckoning to you with its vibrant colors, curious artwork and whimsical flair.

    Unfortunately, the home for so much local, independent art will be closing its doors and become a strictly online venture as of January 28th.

    The gallery will be hosting an event on the 28th to say goodbye and they’d like you to be there.

    Please, set the date to attend our “Farewell Fremont-Hello On-line” appreciation party for all our loyal supporters, artists and citizens of Fremont. It’s been 23 fantastic years, we couldn’t do it without you all!

    Thank you humbly, Fremont! Thank you all our friends!!!

    Until then, the store is featuring a moving sale and there is a “retail space for rent” sign up in the window.

    Whoever the next company in that space is, may they embody the Fremont spirit even half as much as Frank & Dunya has.

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    O, What A Rogue & Peasant Place Is It

    January 17th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    So I took some liberties with Shakespeare there. Still, I accomplished what I needed to, which is to introduce the Rogue & Peasant (3601 Fremont Ave. N, #207), which has been described as a coffee shop/music club opening in the space next door to the new Hunger location.

    The new spot, described as “a place where all genres of people and music can be expressed,” opens its doors on January 27th.

    According to their website, it will be open every day of the week, from 6am to 2am Monday through Saturday and 8am to 2am on Sundays.

    Owners Jeremiah David Johnson, Amber Schein and Loren Schein has been hush-hush about details so you’ll just have to show up opening night to find out the specifics.

    The band Sweet Secrets has a gig booked there on February 3rd.

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    Second B.F. Day Playground Workshop Coming Up

    January 16th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    In case you missed the first community workshop for the B.F. Day Playground Design Steering Committee, you’ve got a chance to make it to the second one.

    Join the second of three Community Workshops to generate and share ideas for transforming B.F. Day’s outdoor spaces. Bring your own ideas and bring your children as their input is appreciate as well. Even if you don’t have children at B.F. Day, you’re input is important. After all, the school playground is open to the public any time school is not in session.

    The meeting will be held Thursday, February 2 between 6:00-8:00pm in the B.F. Day library. The schedule looks like this:

    6:00 pm Meet and greet
    6:15 pm Presentation of preliminary concepts
    6:45 pm Break into groups to discuss concepts
    7:15 pm Groups present and share comments

    Snacks will be provided. For project updates over the coming months, please check out

    There are also two Facebook groups you can join to stay up to date with what’s going on at B.F. Day. Future Parents of B.F. Day Elementary and B.F. Day PTSA.

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    Bike Runnel Added To 41st Street Walking Bridge

    January 13th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    I always enjoy walking to the top of the walking bridge over Aurora Ave. on 41st St. and stopping right at the top of the Fremont-side stairs. You get a great little view of Seattle that includes Lake Union, downtown and the Queen Anne hill.

    I imagine, however, it can be a bit of a pain for bicyclists to carry their bike up and down the bridge all the time. And apparently SDOT thought the same thing.

    They’ve installed a runnel along the length of the bridge. Basically, a runnel is a track on a staircase that allows you to roll your bicycle with you as you walk up and down. It’s like a little ledge for your wheels to make life just a little easier.

    The runnel is installed and now SDOT would like to know how it’s working for everyone. They’re asking for feedback and suggestions to be sent either by phone (206) 684-7583 or email (

    H/T: Bill

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    Normal Solid Waste Schedule For MLK Holiday Monday

    January 13th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

    Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on its normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday,  January 16th.

    Seattle Public Utilities customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection as usual.

    The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area and the South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area will be open during their regular business hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Customers can report a missed garbage, recycling or food and yard waste collection by calling (206) 684-3000 during regular business hours on Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by visiting the Online Missed Collection form at:

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