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Entries from June 2011

Molly Moon's one of the country's top sweet spots

June 23rd, 2011 by master

It’s official – Molly Moon’s ranks among the best ice cream in the country.

Food & Wine named their top 25 cool sweet spots and Wallingford’s own Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (1622 N 45th St) is on that list.

Here’s what they had to say about Molly Moon’s:

Seattle: Molly Moon Ice Cream

Signature Item: Theo Chocolate (dark chocolate ice cream made with melted Theo bars)

Molly Moon Neitzel uses mostly local fruit to flavor her ice creams—the farthest south she goes for fruit is Napa Valley for blood oranges.

Check out the entire slideshow of other ice cream shops.

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Block party 101 – how to plan your Night Out party

June 23rd, 2011 by master

The annual Night Out Against Crime block party is coming up on August 2 but it’s time to start planning now.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Suite 140) learn the basics of party planning at the “Block Party 101 – Community Preparedness Workshop.”

From the invitation:

We’ll be discussing block party basics: how to sign up, samples of invitations, activities to include, and piles of preparedness materials that you can share with your neighbors. Hope you can join us to help get this year’s parties started!

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'Spoke & Food' fundraiser next week

June 22nd, 2011 by master

The second annual Spoke & Food fundraising event is next Tuesday, June 28th. Heather Slettebak who founded the event with her husband sent us this information:

Billed as “an evening of dining and bikes”, the event will take place in 13+ different Seattle area neighborhoods. The event asks people to bicycle to (and from) one of the “host” restaurants on the night of the event. This community event was launched last year as a way to influence the culture of Seattle, to show how easy and fun bicycling to and from dinner is and to raise money for a well-deserving Seattle area non-profit. A new non-profit beneficiary is selected each year. This year’s event will benefit the Children’s Garden Education program at Seattle Tilth where as last year’s event benefited the Lettuce Link program at Solid Ground.
The funds raised for the non-profit are donated directly to the non-profit by each of the “host” restaurants who have agreed to give 20% of all the diner bills collected between 5:00pm and 10:00pm on Tuesday, June 28th. In return of their gracious support, the Spoke & Food event will have only one host restaurant in each of the neighborhoods that are involved.

Julia’s (4401 Wallingford Ave N) is the Wallingford restaurant participating. Here is the list of others:
Ballard – Snoose Junction Pizzeria
Capitol Hill – The Lookout
Madrona – The Madrona Alehouse
Maple Leaf – Snappy Dragon
Phinney Ridge – Stumbling Goat Bistro
Phinney Ridge – The Barking Dog Alehouse
Queen Anne – Via Tribunali
Ravenna – Casa D’Italia
Roosevelt – The Scarlet Tree
University District – Chaco Canyon Organic Café
White Center – Proletariat Pizza
West Seattle – Chaco Canyon Organic Café

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Community Council looking for good "flag station" intersections

June 22nd, 2011 by master

The Wallingford Community Council is looking into placing crossing flags at several key intersections in Wallingford.

An example of a flag station on Phinney Ridge

The question is: Which intersections would the flags be most useful?

The vice-president of the council, Jon deLeeuw, sent these ideas:
3-4 stations along 50th
2-3 stations along 45th
4-5 stations along 40th (which already has 2-3 neighbor maintained stations)
4-5 stations along Stone Way

Each station would start with 2 buckets and 6 flags. Extra flags would be available at the Neighborhood Office. While many intersections could benefit from the flags, the council only has $300 for purchase and maintenance. The initial setup cost for each station is estimated at $17.

deLeeuw will give a more detailed presentation at the July 6th WCC meeting with the feedback he receives. “The more votes an intersection gets the more chance it will get a station,” he writes.

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The other Wallingfords of the world

June 21st, 2011 by master

By Ivana Cheong

In the course of following all the news about Wallingford on Twitter, we discovered the world’s other Wallingfords. Every day a Tweet will pop up that we mistakenly think is about our Wallingford, before we figure out that we don’t have a “Go-Karting track” (that’s Connecticut), there isn’t an eco-village being built (that’s Oxfordshire, England).

So we did some research into these other Wallingfords. Here they are:

Wallingford, CT

  • Population: 44,916 (as of 2008)
  • History: Wallingford started as a village in 1667, with an industry of silver and nickel manufacturing. According to the town website, its workforce has diversified into the high technology sector as well over the past decade.
  • Latest news: All dogs must be licensed starting June 2011.
  • Claim to fame: Wallingford is home to the Choate Rosemary School, a private boarding school that boasts alums such as John F. Kennedy, Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, and Paul Giamatti.
  • According to Twitter: Wallingford is hosting the Connecticut Dragway Reunion, a car show event that is part of the Connecticut Street Rod Association.
  • Most like our Wallingford: The town has a Wallingford Center, which is its central business district that has developed into a private, non-profit corporation.
  • Least like our Wallingford: It’s a town and not a neighborhood within a city.
  • Wallingford, PA

  • Population: 13,000 (according to Township Web site)
  • History: Wallingford is an unincorporated community in the Nether Providence Township of Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1687 for Wallingford, England.
  • Latest news: A decomposed body was found in one of Wallingford’s creeks. Nether Providence Township officials say that it appears to be suicide.
  • Claim to fame: In 2007, Money magazine ranked Wallingford as the 9th best place to live in United States.
  • According to Twitter: Details about the decomposing body found in Delco Creek.
  • Most like our Wallingford: It is a small neighborhood that value history and the arts; the Township features a Community Arts Center.
  • Least like our Wallingford: It has a train station designed by renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness that is still in use today.
  • Wallingford, Oxfordshire England

  • Population: around 6,500 to 6,700
  • History: Wallingford started as a borough of Wessex, England, highly fortified with earthworks to protect the town from Vikings.
  • Latest news: At this year’s Wallingford 10K Thames River Run, a local man finished in record time of 34 minutes and 10 seconds.
  • Claim to fame: The town was home to many famous writers like Agatha Christie and Kevin Bailey, and is also one of the filming locations for Midsomer Murders.
  • According to Twitter: This weekend is #rugfest.
  • Most like our Wallingford: It has the informally twinned Sustainable Wallingford, a similar neighborhood commitment to environmental consciousness and sustainability.
  • Least like our Wallingford: It has the well-known Wallingford Castle.
  • Wallingford, IA

  • Population: 188 (as of 2009)
  • History: Not readily available
  • Latest news: The Ingham Lake Bible Camp, located about 5 miles east of Wallingford, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.
  • Claim to fame: Not readily available
  • According to Twitter: We don’t think anyone in Wallingford, IA is on Twitter
  • Most like our Wallingford: it’s a small community
  • Least like our Wallingford: it’s really small—only 1.0 square mile.

    Wallingford, VT

  • Population: 2,274 (as of 2000)
  • History: Wallingford was founded in 1761 and today, it is separated into three distinct villages typical of small New England towns with colonial and Victorian design and influences.
  • Latest news: The Ronald McDonald House Charities provided Wallingford with a $3,000 grant for its summer recreation programs.
  • Claim to fame: It was the birthplace of Paul Harris, noted lawyer and founder of Rotary International.
  • According to Twitter: The town has a weather station that updates temperatures and conditions every hour.
  • Most like our Wallingford: It is located next to a lake, called Elfin Lake.
  • Least like our Wallingford: It has its own neighborhood watch.

    Learn to "SKWIM" at Evans Pool

    June 20th, 2011 by master

    Although it’s not in Wallingford, Evans Pool (7201 E Green Lake Dr. N) is close enough for this cool, new sport called “SWKIM.” Think Ultimate Frisbee and water polo.

    According to our sister site, MyGreenlake, “Players wear fins designed specifically for game play and throw a soft and flexible disk. Fins and other equipment are provided by the pool for use at the facility.”

    Evans Pool is the first pool in Seattle to offer SKWIM. Check out the rules and videos of the game at

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    Izilla Family Picnic Party this week

    June 20th, 2011 by master

    This Wednesday, June 22nd, is the Izilla Family Picnic Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wallingford Center (1815 N 45th Suite 218). The timing coincides with the Wednesday Wallingford Farmer’s Market, so you can pick up some food and come hang out.

    Izilla Toys will have a bouncy house set up, sidewalk chalk art and root beer floats. Professional Face Painter Ryan Alley will use your cheek (or your kiddo’s cheek) as a canvas and turn you into a superhero, flower fairy or butterfly – whatever your fancy! Along with the traditional face paint, he’s also got glitter tattoos.

    Wallingford Center Merchants have also donated items and gift certificates to a basket that will be raffled off inside Izilla Toys.

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    Don't be a scofflaw, pay those tickets without the fees

    June 20th, 2011 by master

    There are just ten more days to pay parking tickets and infractions without the interest and fees. Seattle Municipal Court’s Collections Reduction Event ends on June 30th.

    This does not apply to those entering into a time payment plan. The Court accepts cash, checks, credit and debit cards, and money orders for payment of tickets. The program is designed to offer people with unpaid infractions in collections a significant savings if they pay off their tickets. The Court also encourages people to pay their unpaid parking tickets before the new parking scofflaw program launches.

    A scofflaw is someone with a vehicle that has four or more overdue unpaid parking tickets. Starting July 1, scofflaw vehicles parked in public right-of-way will get their wheel locked with a boot. If a vehicle receives a boot, full payment of all past due tickets and the boot fee must be paid within 48 hours or the vehicle will be towed. Full payment includes the initial parking fines, default penalties, collection fees and interest. If towed, full payment plus the boot and tow fees must be made before the car is released from impound. People unable to make a one-time full payment may arrange a time-payment plan with Seattle Municipal Court’s contracted collections agency, AllianceOne, Inc. (

    To see if you have unpaid parking tickets and to pay them, go to (English) or call (206) 684-5600 (interpretation may be available). Payment can also be made in person at The Seattle Municipal Court at 600 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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    Wallingford's the end of the line for Solstice Parade

    June 15th, 2011 by master

    This weekend is Fremont’s biggest event of the year, the Solstice Parade and Fair. If you want to get a good view of the parade at the end of its route, stay in Wallingford, on the east side of Stone Way. See our full report from last year’s parade and Gas Works Park celebration.

    Photos above from the 2010 Solstice Parade

    Over its long history, the event has grown from a funky neighborhood gathering to a region-wide party that’s expected to attract close to 100,000 people.  The parade itself kicks off at noon on Saturday from N. 36th and Leary, travels through the heart of Fremont, and ends at Gas Works Park.

    In addition to the parade, which kicks off with the famous naked bicyclists, you’ll find plenty of other things to do.  Here’s a sampling:

    Live bands: Musical entertainment from 39 different bands on three different stages over the entire weekend. Here’s the band lineup.

    Solstice Celebration in Gas Works Park: Organizers promise art installations, bands, non-profit booths, food vendors, and a beer garden.

    Fremont Abbey Arts for All: Painting, interactive sculptures, sidewalk chalking, live music at Evanston and N. 34th St.

    Seattle Art Car Blowout: 75 decorated cars in the Burke Building parking lot. Here’s the “ChewBaru” from 2009’s show.

    You’ll find a map of the vendors and entertainment here.  You can also visit the fair’s official website.

    The fair runs from 10am to 8pm on Saturday, and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.  Our sister site Fremont Universe will have full coverage throughout the weekend on its site as well as on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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    North Helpline needs donations after disappointing "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive

    June 15th, 2011 by master

    Amy Besunder, Executive Director of North Helpline sent us the following email:

    We just learned a major source of our food supply, the letter carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive, collected 23% less food than last year. And yet the demand at our food bank is up 30% over last year. We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat. For the first time I can remember since starting here two years ago, we had to open the food bank with any offerings of protein for our clients.

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