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Bridge Way Mural Painting Party Saturday, August 13

August 10th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

It’s been a tough go for the Bridge Way Mural. Originally painted by Patrick Gabriel in 1997, the mural has seen its share of tagging and other vandalism in recent years. There is even some graffiti present right now as well.

Members of the Fremont Neighborhood Council who attended a recent Fremont Arts Council meeting decided to come up with a plan to clean up the mural. They’ll be holding the first of many painting parties this Saturday, August 13.

Volunteers are needed for a painting party scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, August 13th, from 10a – 2p, to remove graffiti from the beleaguered Bridge Way Mural.  At 10a, volunteers can meet at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North) to help carry paint and supplies up to the mural.  At the mural, volunteers will be needed all day to wield a paintbrush, cleaning supplies, and doing some landscaping at the mural along Bridge Way under Aurora Avenue.

The next painting party will be held August 27th

To get involved with the painting party, contact FAC Board President, Michael Clark, at clark27mw@gmail.com.

H/T: Fremocentrist

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Orange Flags Helping Fremont Pedestrians Cross Safer

April 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you’ve walked on Fremont Ave. between 41st and Motor Place recently, you’ve noticed things have gotten a little more orange. That would be the flags stuck on poles in various spots along the street. Thanks to the Fremont Neighborhood Council, those flags have been installed to help pedestrians cross Fremont Ave. a little safer.

Every block or so, there’s a container on telephone poles on each side of the street. Within each container is a couple of flags. You grab one of the flags so drivers can see you, especially at night, and you go to whichever restaurant was across the street that you needed to get to so badly. Then you just leave said flag in the container across the street from where you started so someone else can cross with it.

You get to go where you wanted to, drivers don’t accidentally run anyone over and the flags get a good workout. Everybody wins.

And while we’re on the topic of Fremont Ave. driving, if you haven’t noticed already, you REALLY better take heed of those flashing beacons by B.F. Day when they’re lit up in the morning and afternoon. More often than not, I’ll see multiple cops at the bottom of the hill just waiting for someone to barrel down at 40 mph. And they’ve got a whole bunch of tickets burning holes in their pockets. Safe driving, ya’ll.

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Fremont’s Ernst Park Is Getting An Upgrade

February 8th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you’ve ever walked past that steeply-sloping patch of grass next to the Fremont Library and thought to yourself, “Man, I’ve got some really great ideas for what to do with that,” you’re in luck.

That patch of grass is actually Ernst Park, named for Ambrose Ernst, a Fremont resident known as the “Father of City Playfields.” Pour out a little Powerade for Ambrose next time you’re playing some adult dodgeball.

The City of Seattle recently purchased the property west of the park, currently a vacant lot, and will use that space to expand Ernst.

As for what they’re going to do, well, that’s where you come in. The City wants to hear your ideas for developing this space. Think it should be an elaborate child’s playground? How bout an elaborate adult’s playground? Maybe we should just have a guy stand there stacking Jenga pieces as high as he can until they fall, at which point he starts over and continues to do so 24 hours a day. We can literally suggest ANYTHING!

The easiest ways to get your ideas across are to email the Fremont Neighborhood Council at fremont.neighborhood.council at gmail dot com or attend their Feb. 28 meeting.

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Fremont Neighborhood Council Meeting tonight

July 26th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

The Fremont Neighborhood Council meets tonight at 7 p.m., at the History House, 790 N. 34th St. Come to hear the latest on the trolley bus system evaluation from Chris O’Claire. Changes affect routes that pass through Fremont.

There will also be a follow-up on the Fremont Fair.

All Fremont residents are eligible to join, and all members are eligible to serve on the board. Residents are defined by these boundaries: the Canal on the south, 8th Ave. N.W. on the west, North 50th Street on the north, and Stone Way on the east.

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Fremont Neighborhood Council: Big Annual Meeting

April 25th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

The Fremont Neighborhood Council, a chartered organization representing the residents of Fremont, holds its “Big Annual Meeting” tomorrow night – Monday, April 26 – from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with refreshments beginning at 6:30 at the Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N 36th St.

Council member Mike O’Brien is scheduled to make a presentation on neighborhoods and development; and what he’s doing as the chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee.

All “Fremonsters” are invited to attend this big annual meeting, as well as volunteer for the membership-based organization. Annual dues range from $7 for seniors/low income residents, to $12 for individuals, $20 for an entire household and $50 for “Angel” status. All Fremont residents are eligible to join and all members are eligible to serve on the board, which meets every fourth Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The History House, 790 N. 34th St. This meeting tomorrow will serve as the April board meeting.

The FNC defines Fremont’s boundaries as the Canal on the south, 8th Ave. N.W. on the west, North 50th Street on the north, and Stone Way on the east.

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