News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Entries from April 2010

New neighborhood blog breaks new ground

April 22nd, 2010 by master

We’re happy to announce there’s a new member in our network of North Seattle community news sites.  U District Daily will bring you all the news and events in Seattle’s University District.  This is an exciting venture for all of us here at Next Door Media.  It’s part of a groundbreaking partnership with the University of Washington’s student-run newspaper The Daily, spanning both daily news coverage and advertising — the first of its kind in the country.  The site is authored by Christian Caple, an editor for The Daily, and neighborhood ads will be sold by the newspaper’s own advertising staff.  The new site will focus on both the UW campus and the entire U-District neighborhood.  We invite you to check it out!    You can read more about the partnership here.

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Big change for local restaurants

April 21st, 2010 by master

Fast food restaurants in Wallingford and all across Seattle will have to make a big change starting July 1.  That’s when an ordinance will require all single-use packaging and food ware to be compostable or recyclable.  Restaurants and food service businesses will also have to put up new bins for customers to sort their trash.

Today, Seattle Public Utilities invited MyWallingford to Safeco Field for a look at how the Seattle Mariners are already implementing the program.  All food vendors at the stadium have switched to compostable products and bins have been set up on all levels so fans can sort the trash after they’ve finished eating.  Safeco hopes to have a recycling rate of over 70 percent.

“Our beer cup looks like plastic but it’s made of corn.  Our knives, forks and spoons look like plastic but they’re also made of corn.  They are heat senstitive, so if you have a spoon in a hot food item, it will bend.  That’s something fans will have to get used to,” said Scott Jenkins with the Mariners.

Restaurants will face added costs from the new ordinance, and some have pushed back against Seattle Public Utilities.  The Washington Restaurant Association says most restaurants in Seattle are interested in using more sustainable practices, but they have questions about cost and customer safety.  SPU says many businesses, like Taco Del Mar which made the switch the eco-friendly ware back in 2008, are more than willing to make the change.

“The restaurants are responding really well,” said Dick Lilly from SPU.  “It’s a big change so it’s going to take some working out.  The products are getting better and less expensive.”

The city’s new composting requirements follow a ban on styrofoam last year.  You can read more about the program here.

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Noisy Aurora Bridge work postponed

April 21st, 2010 by master

Residents who live near the Aurora Bridge will have a few nights of relief from the month of expected nighttime noise surrounding the construction of a nine-foot safety fence over the bridge. WSDOT announced today that construction on the fence, which was scheduled to begin on Monday night, April 19, will be postponed due to an equipment problem. A new estimated start date for the work has not yet been announced.


When construction on the safety fence does begin, crews will work Sunday through Thursday nights and will work on one side of the bridge at a time. Construction will close two lanes and the adjacent sidewalk across the bridge from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. WSDOT expects to finish installing the fence by the end of the year.

When construction does start up again, WSDOT says it will be extremely noisy. If you still haven’t received your free industrial strength earplugs, call 206-267-6019. Follow the fence project progress here.

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Garbage haulers go on strike

April 21st, 2010 by master

Updated 4/22: The strike ended this afternoon. If you had a trash pick-up that was missed today or yesterday, you can leave a double load next week at no extra cost.

Wondering why your garbage wasn’t picked up today? The haulers went on strike this morning.

From the Seattle Times:

Union garbage haulers went out on strike at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, culminating a three-week standoff with Waste Management. About 1 million customers in King and Snohomish counties could see their garbage pickups disrupted if the strike isn’t quickly resolved.

The City of Seattle said no garbage would be picked up for as many as 18,000 customers Wednesday. It advised residents whose collections are missed to put out garbage on their regular collection day next week. Recycling should not be affected, said Andy Ryan, spokesman for Seattle Solid Waste.

Read the whole story here.

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Farmers market staying put this year

April 21st, 2010 by master

With four weeks until the first Wallingford farmers market of the season, we wanted to get the latest information on its status.

As we reported last month, the market will begin on May 19 in the south parking lot of the Wallingford Center. At that time, Chamber of Commerce president Kara Ceriello was pushing for the market to grow onto the Wallingford Avenue parking lane. If SDOT didn’t grant permission, Ceriello and organizer Jon Hegeman looked into moving the market to an L-shaped space at Interlake and N. 45th St.

We checked in with Ceriello yesterday, and she felt confident that the Wallingford Avenue extension would happen in time to accommodate more vendors as the market grows through the summer, though SDOT has yet to give its official approval. The Interlake option is off the table for this year.

She and Hegeman will continue to explore the possibility of closing down a block or two on Wallingford Avenue on Saturdays to create a weekend market starting next year. They’re also open to moving the market to the Interlake location next year to create a Saturday market.

Have an opinion on whether the market should be on Wednesdays or Saturdays? Vote in this poll or leave a comment below.

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Theater for the kids: 'Willy Wonka' at St. Ben's

April 20th, 2010 by master

Want to introduce the kids to live stage performance but don’t want to pay high prices? This Thursday and Friday evening the 5th through 8th graders at St. Benedict’s school will perform “Willy Wonka Jr.,” a show adapted for younger actors, but with all the familiar songs and characters from the movie version of Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Mary in the school office told us that there are tickets left for the Thursday and Friday performances ($5 for adults; $2 for kids), and that the $30 adults-only Saturday dinner tickets are sold out. She mentioned, however, that they’ve added $15 balcony tickets on Saturday, which includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, and dessert.

There’s more information about the show at the St. Ben’s site.

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4/20: Legalize-pot signing event at Gas Works

April 20th, 2010 by master

If some of your fellow citizens seem a little more mellow than usual today, perhaps they’re marking  4/20, the day that’s become the annual celebration of cannabis culture.

To observe 4/20, organizers of Initiative 1068, which aims to legalize marijuana in Washington State, will have volunteers at Gas Works Park this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. gathering signatures. The sponsor of the intiative, Sensible Washington, needs to collect 241,153 valid signatures by July 2 to get the measure on the ballot this November.

4/20 events aren’t common in Seattle, I-1068 campaign director/initiative co-author Philip Dawdy told us, “due to classically bad weather and it’s also a Tuesday.” He had no expectations on numbers of signatures volunteers might gather this afternoon because the activity is  weather dependent: “People don’t like signing when it’s raining.” The forecast says we’ll have showers throughout the day.

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Man threatened Gas Works park rangers

April 19th, 2010 by master

Last Tuesday afternoon a man wielding stick with nails allegedly threatened park rangers at Gas Works Park and mugged and struck a homeless man, reports.

Police found the victim bleeding heavily from the mouth in the middle of N. Northlake Way around 12:45 p.m. April 13, according to the police report. The man said he and the alleged attacker had been at Gas Works Park earlier, and the suspect was kicked out of the park by police after he threatened park rangers with a stick with nails in it.

Much more detail, including the beverage the suspect took from the victim, is on the site.

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Noisy Aurora Bridge work starts tonight

April 19th, 2010 by master

Residents who live near the Aurora Bridge should think about breaking out the earplugs or prepare for some sleepless nights as work gets underway to build a fence across the landmark structure. The work starts tonight and will last for one month.

Two lanes of traffic across the bridge will be closed Sunday through Thursday during construction from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. WSDOT tells us the work will be incredibly noisy. In fact, they’re even offering free industrial-strength earplugs to residents who call 206-267-6019.

The Aurora Bridge has been the scene of more than 230 suicides since it was built in 1932, and officials hope this new fence will discourage would-be jumpers. To track this project, you can log on to WSDOT’s special page.

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Seattle Restaurant Week has begun

April 19th, 2010 by master

Made your reservations yet? Local favorites Avila, Joule, Ivar’s Salmon House, Kisaku, Eva, and Tilth are the six Wallingford eateries on the final list of 100+ restaurants that will dish up 3 courses for $25 during Seattle Restaurant Week (technically, 10 days–April 19 to April 29). Ivar’s also offers a $15 3-course lunch.

You can find menus for all participating restaurants if you’re willing to do some clicking and scrolling. Go to the Restaurants section of the site, then click the restaurant name, which will pop up a chef bio. At the top of each bio is a “View Menu” link, which will take you to the restaurant’s page on the Seattle Times site. From there, scroll down to find the menu. (If anyone knows of an easier way to get to all the menus, we’d love to hear about it!)

Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, which includes Tilth’s Maria Hines among its restaurateurs, came up with the idea of Restaurant Week as an event that included all types of restaurants, not just the higher-end ones.