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Entries from May 2010

SDOT will support Kiddie Parade…for now

May 29th, 2010 by master

As longtime fans and recent participants in the annual Wallingford Kiddie Parade, we were relieved to learn Friday that the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has reconsidered plans to cut funding for traffic control devices for all community parades.

Last week, SDOT had told Wallingford Neighborhood Office Director Janet Stillman that because of budget cuts “SDOT will no longer be able to provide any of the temporary parking restriction signs or traffic control devices (such as “Street Closed” signs) for community parades.”

This news came as a shock to Stillman, who organizes the parade, which is now in its 61st consecutive year. She fired back a strongly worded response, and yesterday heard from SDOT Director Peter Hahn that he’d reconsidered the decision based on the response from Stillman and other Seattle event organizers. But there’s this caveat: “We think it is better and timelier to have this kind of policy discussion as part of the careful deliberations of the 2011 budget.”

When we asked Stillman about next year’s parade, she said, “I’ll worry about next year when this year’s parade is over.” The Kiddie Parade is July 10.

Full disclosure: MyWallingford is a sponsor of the Wallingford Kiddie Parade.

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Liquor store opens with little fanfare

May 29th, 2010 by master

Open doors and a few balloons tied outside were the only signs that Wallingford’s new liquor store, at 118 NE 45th St. (corner of 2nd Ave. NE), began ringing up sales yesterday.

The new space feels cavernous compared to the old store at the corner of Stone Way and N. 45th. Let us know what you think.

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Home burglarized while owners were on vacation

May 28th, 2010 by master

Homeowners who were vacationing out of the country got a call that their home had been burglarized.  It happened in the 4300 block of Midvale Ave N sometime between May 19 and May 25.  A person caring for the homeowners’ cats discovered the burglary.  Although the home wasn’t ransacked, some items were missing.  It appears the burglar got in through the garage door.

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Summer camps still have space

May 28th, 2010 by master

It may not feel like summer’s coming up fast, but in less than a month the kids will be out of school. Looking to fill some of those long structure-less days with a camp or two? Some popular local camps still have space available.

Seattle Tilth sent us this notice:

Seattle Tilth is offering exciting camps throughout the summer where kids 1-14 years old can explore the fascinating world of insects, plants and flowers, while learning how to work together to grow a vibrant garden. Fun themes rotate each session that engage all of the senses such as Critter Crazy!, Ladybug Picnic, Slimy Creatures, Flower Mania and Mad Garden Science. Designed for maximum fun and learning, typical sessions include garden adventures, edible plant tasting, a garden craft, stories, games and songs. This is a unique opportunity for the young people in your life!

Registration is still open, but camps fill quickly. Sign up now! Find out more information and download a registration form on our website.

Also housed at Good Shepherd Center is Neo Art School, which offers half- and full-day camps for kids ages 6 to 12.

Your work may include ceramics, drawing, painting, paper mache, batik, collage, paper making, bookbinding, printmaking, sculpture, or creative projects using recycled materials. Students work on different projects each day, building skills and patience as they take art ideas from concept to creation.

Your child has a flair for the dramatic and enjoys the outdoors? Perhaps check out Stone Soup Theatre‘s summer camp, which meets at the gazebo in Meridian Park. They offer such themes as “Super Hero Camp,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Dr. Seuss’ Storyland” for ages 3 to 13.

Want longer camp sessions for your kids? It’s a little further afield, but the UW offers camps for elementary through high school students, and they still have space in some of their programs.

Know of other local camps that have space for this summer? We’d love to hear about them!

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Where should the Molly Moon's truck go?

May 27th, 2010 by master

Wallingford residents are quite aware that Molly Moon’s Ice Cream is a magnet for fans of creamy frozen goodness from all over town and beyond Seattle’s borders.

So it was welcome news that Molly and her crew were going to hit the road with their Salted Caramel, Scout Mint, Theo Chocolate, and many other flavors to serve ice cream-deprived areas. The Molly Moon’s ice cream truck will make its maiden stop far from Puget Sound — at this weekend’s Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge.

But next week the truck rolls back into town, and Molly wants to know where it should make its first Seattle stops. Add your suggestion to the growing list on Facebook or send Molly a tweet. We suspect that Wallingford won’t make the short list, but we do get out of the neighborhood every once in a while.

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'Dance Your Cash Off' for 826 Seattle

May 27th, 2010 by master

DYCO05.gifWant to raise money to help kids improve their writing skills and get your groove on? Well, this is the benefit for you — Greenwood-based 826 Seattle celebrates its fifth anniversary on June 10 with Dance Your Cash Off, a five-hour dance marathon at Nectar in Fremont.

Longtime Wallingfordian and 826 Seattle Executive Director Teri Hein came up with the idea based on her fond recollections of 1980s 24-hour dance marathons called Give Peace a Dance. Her staff, whom she calls “an extremely fun-loving group,” boogied off to help make it happen.

Hein urges prospective dancers to form teams; hers is called the ICanTinaTurners (say it aloud). Each team needs to raise $150 per person to be eligible for prizes that the celebrity judges will award over the course of the night. Prizes include a two-week retreat to Wenatchee, a gift certificate to Olivar restaurant, and haircuts at Wallingford’s own Spin’s Barber Shop.

A team can be just one person, but of course a dance marathon is more fun with more people. And a note to the dance-averse: You don’t even have to dance at this dance marathon (find more fascinating tidbits in the benefit FAQ). Hein urges teams to register so they’ll get fundraising tips before the big event.

If you just want to go to the event, support your dancing friends and hear some great music, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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Home ransacked in burglary; garage/porch thefts

May 26th, 2010 by master

MyWallingford has obtained a police report about a home burglary in the 3800 block of Corliss Ave. N that happened between 8:30am and 5:30pm last Friday (5/21).  The thief used a screwdriver to pry open the back door.  The victim’s laptop had been taken from the kitchen, and the bedroom had been ransacked.  The jewelry box was emptied, the dresser drawers were all pulled out, and papers were scattered everywhere.

That same day, officers responded to the 4100 block of Ashworth Ave N where someone had broken into a locked garage.  As the officer was investigating, he received information about another garage burglary half a block away.  A third neighbor then approached the officer to inform him that a jogging stroller had been stolen off her porch.

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Footie fans: Play in the Green World Cup

May 26th, 2010 by master

While soccer fans plot out their viewing schedule for the upcoming World Cup (Murphy’s? Kate’s? The Iron Bull?), King County has launched a related contest, the Green World Cup, that focuses on eco-friendly living.

The contest is an effort to spotlight creative and different ways people embrace ‘going green’ around the globe. Residents can share their suggestions, stories and examples for judging by a local panel of eco-experts. Entries should briefly describe how a community in a country or culture outside the U.S. is living green – for example, a high tech toilet from Japan, or the donkeys that haul recycling in Sicily.

Entrants can submit a video or picture along with a written description. The most innovative, unique and effective idea will win four tickets to see the Seattle Sounders FC play the Houston Dynamo on August 8, 2010 at Qwest Field. Entries will be featured on the King County web site and Facebook page.

Submissions may be made online or mailed to Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer, 201 S. Jackson St. #701, Seattle, WA, 98104. All submissions must be received by June 25. Entries are welcome in any language.

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Community Council annual meeting Thursday

May 26th, 2010 by master

Thursday evening in the Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center the Wallingford Community Council will hold its annual membership meeting.

Current Community Council president Mary Heim shared the agenda for the meeting:

6:00-7:30 Neighborhood networking and project tables. Find out more about what is going on and how you can get involved as a volunteer or community leader.
7:30-8:00 Short business meeting with election of the 2010/11 Board of Directors
8:00-9:00 Featured guest Rep. Frank Chopp, sharing his experience as a grassroots organizer and Washington House Speaker. We are hoping he will inspire a conversation about building  leadership capacity across the many organizations in our community.

Heim will step down from the council president position this year. Here’s the proposed slate of officers for the council:

President – Eric Fisk
Vice-President – Jon Deleeuw
Secretary – Allison Hogue
At Large – Cathy Tuttle
At Large – Martin Powers
At Large – Open

Jason Moll will be serving the second year of his two-year term as treasurer and Heim will continue on the board of directors as past president.

Notice there’s an open “at large” position, which in the bylaws says may “chair committees or serve as WCC representatives to other organizations.”

If you’re a Wallingford resident who’s interested in that “at large” position, send an email to Heim at

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Stone Way 'road diet' improved safety

May 26th, 2010 by master

Thanks to our sister site Fremont Universe for writing up this story on impact of Stone Way’s rechannelization (i.e., “road diet”).

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has released its before and after study of the Stone Way N. rechannelization, which the department said demonstrates that Seattle’s streets can be made safer through lane reconfigurations.

The report documents that the lane changes on Stone Way N. from 34th St. to 50th St. have had the effect of reduced speeds for motorists and fewer motor and bicycle collisions – while still maintaining the road’s capacity.

Highlights from the study include:

• Motor vehicles now travel at speeds nearer the legal limit;
• Total collisions dropped 14 percent with injury collisions down 33 percent;
• Pedestrian collisions declined significantly;
• Bike trips increased 35 percent but collisions per bicycle trip have declined; and
• Volumes show the roadway still easily accommodates motor vehicle traffic.

Data collected by SDOT on the rechannelized street shows motorists drive at speeds closer to the posted 30 m.p.h. limit and a decline of more than 80 percent in those traveling over 40 m.p.h. The study also reveals a decrease in total collisions by 14 percent and pedestrian collisions by 80 percent.

The study compared the before period (April 2005-August 2007) to a period after the rechannelization (August 2007-December 2009.) SDOT converted the street to two general travel lanes with a center turn lane from N. 40th to N. 50th streets in August 2007 and from N. 34th to N. 40th streets in April 2008. Additional bike and pedestrian facilities were also installed at those times. Before the lane reduction, the street consisted of four general purpose travel lanes.

National studies show that lane reductions can result in lower motor vehicle speeds, improved pedestrian safety, increased bicycling trips and fewer collisions, while maintaining a corridor’s capacity. Starting in 1972 with California Ave. SW and N. 45th St, the city of Seattle has implemented 24 rechannelizations as of April 2010.

There was one interesting increase, buried at the end of the study:

The number of rear‐end collisions increased, especially between N. 39th St. and N. 41st St. This type of collision increased 65% during the study period (from 17 to 28) in spite of the overall reduction in the number of collisions. Since most of the increase was attributable to the section of roadway where there was a transition from 4 lanes to 3 lanes during the interim period between August 2007 and April 2008, one possible explanation is that drivers had difficulty making left turns in this transition area. While these types of collisions tend to be minor in nature, SDOT will again examine the rate of rear‐end collisions within the next two years to determine if the rate in fact declined after the roadway was rechannelized south of 40th Street.

For more information: check out SDOT’s website.

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