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Entries from August 2010

Dick's Drive-In starts contest to open new restaurant

August 31st, 2010 by master

Dick’s Drive-In is a Seattle staple (original Wallingford location pictured below), yet the five-location chain hasn’t opened a new restaurant since the Lower Queen Anne location in 1974. But all of that is about to change.  

Photo by Robby Delaware

For the first time in 36 years, Dick’s is adding a new location to its ranks—it just hasn’t decided where yet. The three areas under consideration are North Seattle (south Snohomish County/Shoreline), South Seattle (West Seattle through Renton and Tukwila) or the Eastside.

The hamburger joint is putting the question to the people, with a poll in its website. Currently the race is neck-to-neck, with North Seattle at 33 percent of votes, South Seattle at 32 percent, and the Eastside leading with 34 percent.  If you vote, be warned that Dick’s website is running very slow.  This story was written by Thea Chard, editor of our sister site Queen Anne View.

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Community meeting tonight on future of farmers market

August 31st, 2010 by master

Only a few days after a plan to expand the Wallingford Farmers Market fell apart, a community meeting is being held tonight (8/31) to discuss the current situation and the future of the market itself.  The Chamber of Commerce will host the gathering at the Wallingford Community Senior Center in the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. (6-8 p.m.; presentation at 7pm).  The Chamber is asking for your ideas and input.  We’ll be there to cover the meeting and you can read a full report of MyWallingford tomorrow.

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Another burglary alert in the neighborhood

August 30th, 2010 by master

Over the weekend, one of our readers shared a story about a burglary.  Soon after that, we heard from another reader named Jenn who thought the crime sounded very similar to a burglary that happened to her near 39th and Woodlawn.

On Thursday (8/26) our house was robbed. After reading your blogpost, I suspect there might be a connection. The robbers took electronics from us, including computers and camera equipment. Earlier last month, we also had a bike stolen off our front porch. Although I cannot comment fully on the nature of the robbery, as I was not the one to discover it, it seemed the burglars were selective in their takings like the robbery you reported on (earlier).

Jenn’s roommate says he also observed suspicious behavior from some men driving a white van with bikes in the back.  This burglary and the one we reported on earlier have both been documented by Seattle Police.  As always, report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

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Enter for Zoo Doo starting Wednesday

August 30th, 2010 by master

It’s stinky, it’s steamy and it’s just waiting to go home with you. Dr. Doo, also known as the Prince of Poo has announced the Fall Fecal Fest at the Woodland Park Zoo – a time when local gardeners enter to purchase the coveted Zoo Doo or Bedspread.

Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

According to the zoo, “Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest, composed of exotic species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores. It’s perfect for vegetables and annuals. Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is like Zoo Doo but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It’s the perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways.”

Send in a postcard between September 1 and September 19th for your chance to buy the poo. You are only allowed to send in one postcard for each drawing. For Zoo Doo, mark your postcard “Zoo Doo.” For Bedspread, mark your postcard “B.S.” Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only.

Send a standard postcard to:
Dr. Doo
Woodland Park Zoo
601 N. 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103.

Include the following information:

• Name
• Day and evening phone numbers
• Preference: Zoo Doo or Bedspread
• Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
• Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up

The cost for Zoo Doo and Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $45; 6×3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

Pick-up dates for Zoo Doo or Bedspread begin Oct. 2 through Oct. 16. The zoo provides the shovels and the lucky winners load their compost.

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Seattle Art Walks web site links 13 neighborhoods

August 30th, 2010 by master

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata has launched Seattle Art Walks, a neighborhood resource web page highlighting 13 art walks throughout Seattle.

The web site includes a map of Seattle surrounded with links to neighborhood-sponsored art walks. The Wallingford (first Wednesdays) is among the 13 art walks. The others are: Ballard (second Saturdays), Fremont (first Fridays), Belltown (third Thursdays), Pioneer Square (first Thursdays),West Seattle (second Thursdays), Upper Queen Anne Art Walk (third Thursdays), Greenwood-Phinney (second Fridays), Madison Valley (annual), Capitol Hill (second Thursdays), Central District (second Saturdays), Chinatown-International District (first Thursdays) and Georgetown (second Saturdays).

Licata, long time chair of the Seattle City Council committee overseeing arts, highlighted the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ Creative Vitality Index. This 2007 data ranked Seattle’s overall creative vitality at roughly six times the national average.

For those of you who have missed the Wallingford Art Walk in the past, they run 6-9 throughout the neighborhood. This Wednesday, Sept. 1, is the next monthly art walk. Look for the yellow stars to see participating locations.

Happy art walking!

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Library closed today through Sept. 7

August 30th, 2010 by master

Just a reminder that the Wallingford Library (1501 N. 45th St) and all other Seattle Public Libraries are closed today and won’t reopen until Tuesday, September 7th.  Budget cuts forced the closure.  The good news is that no overdue fines will add up during this time.  For a list of things you won’t be able to do, click here.

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Neighbors finish turtle street mural

August 29th, 2010 by master

Neighbors who live in and around the intersection of 41st Street and Interlake Avenue North woke up early — some prodded by their excited children — to finish a project that has connected them: a sprawling sea turtle street mural that will not only be a beautiful addition to their neighborhood but also, they hope, a deterrent to speeders.

As the neighborhood is on the flight path to Seatac airport, passengers will get a bright surprise if they happen to look down at the right time. They’ll see this:

“I’m relieved, but grateful to all the people in the community,” said retired Boeing engineer Bill Lindberg, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost 25 years and who spearheaded the project. “It proved to me how people come together in a community. It takes some coordination and effort. But everybody wants to contribute.”

Lindberg met many new neighbors in the petitioning process set up by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), which required the approval of neighbors who live along streets adjacent to the intersection.

Dozens of volunteers painted until about 7 p.m. last night and started again this morning around 9 a.m. Painting finished with the black outlines at about 4:30 p.m. Neighbors enjoyed a barbecue afterward, while kids jumped off their energy in a giant Blues Clues bouncy ball set-up provided by Brian Eaton, a firefighter who worked a 24-hour shift yesterday and spent all day today painting alongside his wife Kathy and their two young sons, Cooper and Mason, who all painted yesterday.

Cooper Eaton waits for more paint from Michael Sauer, pouring into a container held by Bill Lindberg

Kate Gengo (shown below) moved to Seattle from her native New York city and has lived in the neighborhood for four years. As a single woman, she hasn’t had too many opportunities to get to know her neighbors, who tend to be busy families. But getting involved with the project has changed that.

“This is the only way I’m able to meet my neighbors on a personal level,” said Gengo, who is studying to be an elementary school teacher. She is an avid gardener who has chatted with folks on their way to Wallingford Park as she’s worked outside.

Working side by side with her neighbors and their kids on the mural has been a memorable experience for her.

“I love to see kids problem solving, how they think creatively,” she said.

Adults tagged female progeny with special praise.

“The little girls work from dawn to dusk,” said Rachel Marcotte, the artist who came up with the design and who oversaw the chalking and painting. “They’re focused. Workaholics!”

Halle Sauer, 8, who was the first to think of making the design a turtle and who helped paint the turtle’s head and shell, as well as a leaf, has already given the new neighborhood pet a nickname: “Bubbles.”

Marcotte said its real name is “Arthur William,” in deference to Lindberg’s name.
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Bikes, heirloom jewelry, fancy wigs stolen

August 29th, 2010 by master

We got this email from Trevor on Saturday night:

My wife and I returned home a little over an hour ago to discover that some thieving thief thieved a bunch of stuff from the garage and storage units within at our apartment building on the 3900 block of 2nd Ave NE. There was no forced entry evident on the doors to the garage, and all of the latches on the storage units were pried away, locks intact.

Bikes, bike accessories, car tires (not attached to a car at the time), heirloom jewelry, and fancy wigs were among the items taken. Strangely, the purloined bikes were in a storage unit, while many more were left sitting unsecured in the garage.

Police took reports from ourselves and our neighbors but didn’t have any insight to share.

Readers, did you see anything suspicious in Trevor’s area yesterday? Spotted any fancy wigs tossed in the trash?

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More turtle mural photos

August 28th, 2010 by master

The sun came out strong Saturday afternoon as volunteers from the neighborhood continued to turn the intersection of 41st Street and Interlake Avenue North into a massive turtle mural.

Families worked side by side in adding paint to the chalk outlines made earlier today, after hours of sweeping, cleaning and pressure washing to make the street canvas as pristine as possible.

Painting will continue Sunday.

Kathy Eaton, (pictured above painting with her 4-and-half-year-old son Mason wearing a turtle on his shirt) has lived in a house on the corner of this intersection for 7 years with her firefighter husband, Mason and older son 7-year-old Cooper. She’s glad for the project that has connected so many of her neighbors, who also hope the mural slows motorists down.

“We see a lot of cars go speeding down this intersection,” she said. “I’ve seen some bikers hit.”

Rebecca Aldrich (left) & her mother, turtle artist Rachel Marcotte, a botanical and wildlife illustrator with a degree in design, share a light moment as they mark areas that need to be painted white

Wendy Sauer and younger daughter Halle fill in spaces between the lines with white paint

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Street intersection transforms into a colorful turtle mural

August 28th, 2010 by master

Just a few days ago, we told you about the turtle street painting today and tomorrow at the intersection at Interlake and 41st Street, in an area that overlaps Wallingford and Fremont, just a block east of Stone Way.

The streets are officially closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Today, the process of turning a street into a mural began in earnest, with dozens of neighbors organized by retired Boeing engineer Bill Lindberg joining Maple Leaf artist Rachel Marcotte (pictured below directing Lindberg, upper right corner) at 6 a.m. this morning to sweep years of leaves and dirt away from the intersection. Marcotte’s son-in-law, Kevin Byers, operated a pressure washer to clean the surface afterward. By 10 a.m., Marcotte and other artists, including her jewelry-making daughter Rebecca Aldrich, were outlining the design with chalk. Later, they will chalk in the colors that can be filled in by volunteers, paint-by-numbers style. The painting will take place this afternoon and tomorrow.

The Neighborhood Traffic section of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has provided oversight and coordination to help bring this street mural to life, including approving the quick-drying, water-based and non-toxic highway paint that will be used for the mural. Grit will be mixed into the paint to make it more durable. The mural is funded in part by the city’s Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund and will be repainted annually — though it won’t be as labor intensive as this initial work.

Neighbor Michael Sauer rose early with his wife Wendy and their two daughters, 8-year-old Ella and 6-year-old Halle, to help on the project, which has brought the neighbors together.

They came onto the project a few months ago after taking a walk past the ladybug street mural at 49th Street and Burke. They commented on it to Lindberg, saying it’d be a good thing for their own neighborhood and Ella said, “What about a turtle?”

From her initial suggestion, Lindberg moved forward.

“We were all kind of gung ho. Bill listened and his response was, ‘Let’s do that!'” Sauer said.

“Bill knows how to break a huge thing into smaller tasks,” Marcotte said.

“The purpose of this is to acquaint neighbors to each other better and make children feel pride in something they’ve helped create for the community,” said Lindberg, who’s lived in the neighborhood since 1986.

While it’s a coincidence that the design chosen was a turtle, neighbors do think it is a fitting image for the intersection and hope it encourages drivers to ease up on the gas pedal.

“We noticed people slowed down at the ladybug,” Sauer said. “At times during the day people just fly through here. I’m surprised there are not more accidents. In our minds, we feel it’ll make a difference.”

Rebecca Aldrich (right)

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