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Entries from November 2010

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board seeks members

November 30th, 2010 by master

The city is looking for new members to join the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, a group founded in 1993 to get people out of their cars and walking.

The volunteer group is instrumental in implementing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan, which was adopted in 2009. The group also advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, and evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Board members serve a minimum of one two-year term, with the opportunity to serve a second term. Board members are “frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city,” the release states. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interested Seattle residents can submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in the board by emailing Brian Dougherty at Resumes will be accepted until December 17th.

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Wine World Warehouse opens Wednesday

November 30th, 2010 by master

The 23,000 square foot wine store that replaces Office Max at 400 NE 45th St. in Wallingford will open as planned on Wednesday, December 1.

Wine World owner and sommelier David LeClaire told us last month the enormous store will “blow people away.” “There’s nothing like what we’re doing in the Northwest,” he said. With its location at the I-5 exit and visibility from the freeway, LeClaire intends for his Wine World to attract oenophiles from all over Puget Sound and beyond.

Wine World Warehouse employees were stocking the shelves and about a dozen staffers were getting training when we stopped by to take pictures this past weekend.

Here’s how the space looks:

This is one of two 30-foot tasting bars:

The store is slated to open at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday but close at 4:00 for a private event. Thursday night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. is a public grand opening celebration — if you see spotlights in Wallingford, you know why.

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Designs for new transfer station narrowed to five

November 29th, 2010 by master

We’re one step closer to knowing what the new North Transfer Station on N. 34th Street will look like.  At their latest meeting, Seattle Public Utilities and a group of community stakeholders gave the green light to move forward with development of five hybrid concepts.  Those concepts include a facility that puts recycling into the same building as garbage and yard waste, a stand-alone recycling building, and a possible new neighborhood park.

Concept that shows a separate recycling building. Click here to see all five concepts.

The main goals of the latest meeting included minimizing noise and odor, maximizing public green space in the northeast corner of the site, and creating a better pedestrian experience for those walking in front of the facility.  In February, SPU will present flyover simulations for the five hybrid concepts and stakeholders will narrow the list to two.

We recently took a tour of the current transfer station which will be torn down to make way for the new facility.  You can read more about current operations and some of the features that could be included in the new operation.

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Sunday: Shop for a Cause around Wallingford

November 29th, 2010 by master

This Sunday, December 5, when you shop at many Wallingford Center and area businesses, you’re also giving a donation to the Wallingford Community Senior Center.

Judy Ayers, president of the Wallingford Center Merchants Association, told us that though “Shop for a Cause” was conceived as a Wallingford Center event, “I thought to include the neighboring businesses; after all it is a Wallingford community organization we are trying to support.”

Ayers said that a majority of Wallingford Center businesses are participating; others in the neighborhood that will give a portion of their Sunday sales are Wide World Books & Maps, Blue Star Cafe & Pub, City Cellars Fine Wines, Cutz Meridian, Sock Monster, and Not a Number Card & Gifts.

Many businesses that could not not donate a portion of their sales have instead contributed to a silent auction that will benefit the Senior Center; it’ll be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Wallingford Center on Sunday. To see the dozens of businesses that have donated to the auction, scroll down on this page. Ayers said that there are even more businesses yet to join in.

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Update on Aurora Bridge "suicide fence"

November 29th, 2010 by master

If you’ve driven over the Aurora Bridge lately, you’ve noticed the posts for the long-planned suicide fence rising from the west side of bridge. The Seattle Department of Transportation sent out some information recently on the status of the project:

Yes, those are fence posts sprouting up on the west side of the bridge. Crews begin installing the posts on the night Monday, Nov. 8, and are getting 20 to 30 done each night. So far they’ve installed about a third of the 684 posts that will make up the fence. If you’ve been looking closely as the fence posts go up, you might have a few questions. And we have the answers:

Q. Why is the first fence post at N. 34th Street in Fremont? Is that where the fence begins?

A. No, the fence will begin just north of N. 36th Street right above the Fremont Troll.

Q. But the posts don’t begin until N. 36th Street. Are you sure the fence goes all the way to the Troll?

A. Yes, the posts all look the same, but they differ in how they connect to the bridge. Six different ways, in fact, and there are five different types of posts. These post-to-bridge connections depend in part on whether the post is attached to the steel middle section or the concrete sections at the north and south ends. It turns out that the fence manufacturer completed the posts that connect to the steel sections first and so the contractor is installing them first. The posts in the concrete sections on the west side of the bridge will go up in the next week or two.

Q. Why are there gaps between some of the posts?

A. The gaps indicate locations where we must complete repairs before installing posts. As you may remember, crews discovered corrosion in 23 beams about three months ago. We determined the beams would need to be strengthened before we attached the fence posts at those locations and added this work to the construction contract. We completed part of the repair and are waiting for a manufacturer to build and deliver the steel braces that will reinforce the beams.

Q. When will the fence be done?

A. We had hoped to have the fence done by the end of the year, but the added repair work has taken longer than we anticipated. It also appears that panel installation may take more time as well. These two factors will delay completion by about a month, into early 2011.

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Christmas display to light up Tangletown

November 27th, 2010 by master

Our sister site My Green Lake brings us this story.

Tangletown resident Jeff Rodenburg asked us to share the news that he will once again be decking out his home with a Christmas light display.

You will be able to find the display on NE 57th St., just east of Latona Ave NE.

Weather pending, the lights will be turned on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 and will be on every night through New Year’s Day, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  A musical light show will play every 30 minutes, starting at 5:30 p.m.  It will be broadcast over 102.1 FM.

“It’s a pretty good size light display,” Jeff initially told us.

I’d say so.  This year, Jeff plans to plug in over 30,000 lights.

Jeff’s 2009 display (photo courtesy Jeff Rodenburg)

Jeff, a software developer, is a self-described “holiday lighting enthusiast.”  This will be the 9th year he has lit up his home.  Each year, he says, the display has improved.  “Yes, it has grown in size,” he says, “but it’s not about quantity. My goal around our display has been to maintain a simple design that fits well with our house, yard and neighborhood.”

Why does Jeff do it?  “I like the technical side of it,” he explains.  “I enjoy figuring out lighting plans and being creative with decorations and music synchronization, because I’m a geek at heart.  But, mostly I do it to see the expressions on the faces of neighbors and friends who stop by, especially the little kids.”

You can read more about Jeff’s light display on his brand-new website,, and you can find him on twitter at @greenlakexmas.

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"Black Friday" specials around Wallingford

November 26th, 2010 by master

We’ve learned of a few businesses that are offering special deals today, the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving shopping orgy known as Black Friday. Getting off your street for the first time since the snow started? Let us know if you find some deals when your walk through the neighborhood and we’ll post them here.

Fabric Crush: 10:00am – 8:00pm, 25% off Christmas Print Fabrics, 20% off all Patterns (excludes books), and 10% off all Gift Cards (now through December 24)

Trophy Cupcakes: Enjoy 25% off of all party supplies, holiday cards, wrapping paper, Trophy T-shirts and gifts!

Izilla Toys: All weekend, you’ll get 10% off all in-stock merchandise.

Mighty-O Donuts: 10% off all T-shirts this weekend starting today… and money saving gift packs starting today.

And tomorrow:

Paron’s Closet: “Come and help us celebrate our One year Anniversary and our very exciting win as Readers Choice for Seattle Magazine Best of 2010 children’s clothing store! We are so thrilled and thank all of you for your support! We will be celebrating on Saturday November 27th from 10am-6pm. We will have 20% off all purchases, balloons for the kids and some amazing raffle items.”

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Got garbage? Here's when it'll go away

November 26th, 2010 by master

Because of the snow, garbage pickup was suspended earlier this week for much of Seattle. Luckily for Wallingfordians, we have Friday pickup and won’t miss our collection this week.

On Thanksgiving Day, however, there was no waste collection, so pickups scheduled for Thursday will occur today, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday.

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Happy snowy Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2010 by master

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you have warm, fun holiday and get to your destinations safely.

The morning has begun with fresh snow on the ground and big flakes falling. The arterials are clear, but side streets and sidewalks are slick with the new snow over old ice. Proceed with caution. The snow will turn to rain as temperatures warm up.

Buses are running on snow routes and Sunday schedule. Check for yours at the Metro site.

See which businesses are open today here. And please let us know if you know of others that aren’t on the list.

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What's open on Thanksgiving?

November 24th, 2010 by master

We got in touch with local businesses to find out who would be open on the holiday. We’ll add to this list as we get more information. Know that a Wallingford restaurant, bar or shop will be open tomorrow? Please leave a comment here or send email to

OPEN Thanksgiving Day

QFC: Open until 6 p.m.

Fuel Coffee: “Come get coffee n pie, 7am-1pm”

Zoka Coffee: Open until 1 p.m.

Mighty-O Donuts: Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Starbucks: Open till 5 p.m.

Tully’s: Closing at 4 p.m.

Murphy’s Pub: Open noon (now open for lunch every day!) until 2 a.m.

Bamboo Village: Open until 9:30 p.m.

Chutney’s: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Varsity Inn: Open until 1 p.m.

Changes: (per milleribsen — thanks!) “I believe opens at 11 or noon and closes at 2 a.m.”

Kate’s Pub: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Some essentials that will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day

Bartell’s: Open until 9:00 tonight.

Tweedy & Popp: Open to 7:00 tonight.

Stone Way Hardware: Planning to close at 7:00 tonight.

Big Wheel Auto Parts: Open till 8 tonight.

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