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Entries from December 2011

Community Wharf Coming To North Lake Union

December 29th, 2011 by master

By Sean Keeley

An area that includes a 1920’s warehouse and boatyard near Gas Works Park is being reborn as the long-discussed Northlake Community Wharf. The spot will house the Center for Wooden Boats’ newest location.

It’s expected to better connect the Fremont and Wallingford neighborhoods to Lake Union through a facility operated as a second location of the nonprofit Center for Wooden Boats.

Eventually, the site is anticipated to include moorage and work space for tall ships and other historic craft, and perhaps rental of kayaks or small boats, giving the public additional access to the lake.

By Spring 2012, the warehouse is expected to house restoration and repaired vintage wooden boats. Two piers and the 220-foot strip of shoreline connected to the land are expected to become revitalized parts of the project in the future.

For more details and to keep up with the project, visit the Center For Wooden Boats website.

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North Transfer station education center named after JP Patches

December 16th, 2011 by master

By Sean Keeley
Seattle icon J.P. Patches was famously known as the Mayor of the City Dump on his long-running TV show.

Patches a.k.a. Chris Wedes appeared on KCTS 9 Wednesday night in his “final” TV appearance and, on it, City Council member Jean Godden suggested renaming the nearby North Transfer Station after J.P. as a fitting tribute.

While Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) wasn’t a big fan of their station being referred to as a “dump,” they did find common ground and plan to name a new education center in the transfer station, which is being redesigned and reopen in 2012, after the clown.

“The idea will be to show how thinking about solid-waste management has evolved over the last several decades. The education center will teach the next generation how to reduce the amount of materials we put into landfills every year,” said Hennessey, who claims to be a Patches Pal but admitted to liking J.P.’s burly sidekick Gertrude better.

And so, J.P. will live on as the Mayor of the Dump forever…just don’t call it a dump.

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Wallingford trouble spot gets bike lane

December 14th, 2011 by master

Along NE 45th St, bikes and cars share the lane, except for one block in front of Dick’s.

A new bike lane has been installed on the biggest trouble spot in the city. According to the Seattle Bike Blog, this one block has had the highest number of car/bike accidents in the city. In an effort to curb such collisions the Seattle Department of Transportation added this lane.

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Holiday dining at Tilth

December 12th, 2011 by master

Take the stress out of a holiday meal or two. Let a James Beard Award-winning chef make your Christmas Eve or New Years Eve dinner. Chef Maria Hines of Tilth (1411 North 45th Street) is offering a pre-fixe dinner for $85 per person plus an additional $50 for optional wine pairing (exclusive of tax and gratuity.) Hines will serve the same menu on both holidays.

2011 Holiday Tasting Menu (choice of one for each course).

  • 1st Course
  • Full Circle Farm Beets
    rogue river blue cheese, marcona almond, sherry vinaigrette

    Spot Prawn Bisque
    crispy rice, chive oil, prawn salpicon

    Rabbit Rillette
    pickled vegetables, crostini, whole grain mustard

  • 2nd Course
  • Sunchoke Plin
    rainbow chard, cranberry, hazelnut pistou

    Seared Alaskan Sablefish
    sturgeon caviar, potato pave, meyer lemon

    Wild Mushroom Tart
    fraga farm chevre, sherry gastrique, watercress

  • 3rd Course
  • Oven Roasted Capon
    sweet potato puree, collard green, cocoa nib demi

    Squash Risotto
    delicata squash, lacinato kale, pine nut

    Aspen Hollow Leg of Lamb
    anson mills polenta, fennel, bordelaise

    4th Course

    Eggnog Panna Cotta
    holmquist hazelnut, spiced anglaise, brandy

    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake
    chocolate cookie, cocoa cream, sea salt

    Bourbon Pecan Pie
    woodford reserve, chantilly, caramel

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    Santa, free frozen yogurt, indie crafts at more this weekend in Wallingford

    December 9th, 2011 by master

    Here are events going on around Wallingford this weekend:

  • Nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood” like free yogurt! This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the grand opening of Yogurtland in Wallingford at 2320 N. 45th Street. The first 50 guests to arrive will receive gift cards. If you’re not one of the first 50, don’t despair, you can still get free frozen yogurt and toppings (while supplies last) and free Yogurtland t-shirts (while supplies last) and prizes for kids.
  • The Wallingford Boys & Girls Club will be hosting the third bi-annual I Heart Indie Holidays Show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll have 44 local artists and craft-stars offering their holiday best! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club Keystone Program. Free admission. The Boys & Girls Club Keystone Program will also have a concessions stand benefiting their program.
  • Family Fun Day at the Green Lake Branch of the Seattle Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We will be making stick puppets , putting on the show the Gingerbread Boy with those puppets and finishing with some simple folk dancing. It will be a jam-packed hour of fun for the whole family.
  • Celebrate the Season with the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce on Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jolly ole’ Santa will be on hand to great the kids and hand out candy canes at the Wallingford Center Plaza! The Green Carolers will lead us in some spirited carols as we stroll the neighborhood singing. We will end back at the plaza at 4:30 for the second annual lighting of Wallingford sign. Afterward join us inside Wallingford Center to warm up with hot cider and cookies.

    We will meet on the NW Plaza of Wallingford Center.

  • SATAY Malaysian Street Food (1711 N. 45th St) is celebrating their one-year-anniversary on Saturday.

    “This year has been an amazing journey building our business in the heart of Wallingford. We’ve felt the love and support of the Wallingford community as we continue to grow in the hood! As thanks to everyone who has made SATAY apart of their lives, we’re pleased to offer a free Roti Canai or Curry Puffto anyone who stops in on December 10th, 2011. We’re asking people to donate the value of their free Roti or Curry Puff to benefit Asian Counseling and Referral Services’ (A.C.R.S.) Club Bamboo which provides meals and activities for seniors.”

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    Victim of hit-and-run looking for information

    December 9th, 2011 by master

    We wanted to pass along this note sent to us:

    Dear fellow Wallingford community members,

    I was wondering if you could spread the word about an accident that occured in front of the Wallingford QFC on Friday, November 4th. That morning, I was hit by a car — making a right-turn from 45th St onto Wallingford Ave — while I crossed the crosswalk. The car did not stop after striking me, and continued to drive northbound on Wallingford. I hoped to send this email out earlier, but have been recooperating from a surgery repairing my left shoulder the past few weeks.

    To give context to the situation: Around 7:30AM on 11/4/2011, I was at the SE corner of the 45th St & Wallingford Ave intersection. I saw my #44 bus coming westbound on 45th street. Because the blinking red hand had started, I jogged across the crosswalk to catch it. At this time, there was a line of vehicles in the left-hand turn lane and the go-straight lane on 45th street. This blocked me from seeing a car about to make a quick right turn from WB 45th St onto Wallingford Ave. I didn’t see a car was accelerating to do a right turn until I passed in front of the car in the go-straight lane. The car struck me, sending me flying about 8-12 feet onto the sidewalk. The driver of the car did not stop to see if I was OK.

    Fortunately, the only injuries I sustained were a dislocated left shoulder, rotator cuff tear, and brusing on my right leg (where I was struck). While there were several witnesses to the crime, none were able to get a license plate number. We were only able to tell that it was a dark-colored Honda coupe/sedan — possibly an Accord or Civic. The case is still under investigation by the Seattle Traffic Collision Investigators (SPD Case# is 11-359054).

    I checked with the Wallingford QFC to see if any of their cameras had caught the accident. Unfortunately, their cameras only capture activity directly in front of their store doors. And they told me that they are the only ones at the intersection with a security camera. I am wondering if you may be aware of any other security cameras in the area that would have captured information on the car.

    Essentially, I am hoping that you all can help spread the word in case anybody has any information. Also, I think it would be important to remind drivers and pedestrians to really take extra care and consideration while driving and walking this time of year. The increased nighttime hours can make it harder for cars to see pedestrians crossing the street.

    Thank you for your time,

    Wallingford resident


    Wallingford fire ruled accidental

    December 8th, 2011 by master

    Firefighters have finished their investigation into the two-alarm fire in the heart of Wallingford last night. They have determined that the fire was accidental, caused by the electrical system, Lt. Sue Stangl with Seattle Fire says.

    The fire started in the southwest corner of the bedroom of the residency behind the restaurant. Today you can see that the home has been gutted by fire. Stangl says that the building sustained $160,000 in damage and $30,000 in content. On the scene last night we learned that the elderly woman who lives there was able to escape uninjured.

    Passersby stop and look in the windows of Kitaro Sushi Bento

    There was also $40,000 in damage to neighboring businesses. Most sustained by the dentist office. We went in and spoke with the office staff today who tells us that they’re aiming to be back open by Monday.

    “Our firefighters did an excellent job, were able to contain most of the fire to that one structure,” Stangl says.

    Molly Moon’s was so thankful that firefighters were able to save their business that they opened back up and served free ice cream to the firefighters.

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    Two-alarm fire burns Wallingford restaurant, house

    December 7th, 2011 by master

    Nearly 90 firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in a restaurant and home on 45th near Densmore Wednesday evening. Fortunately, everyone escaped the blaze in time, including an elderly woman living in the house immediately behind the Kitaro Sushi Bento restaurant. Firefighters say most of the fire was concentrated in the house.

    “There were a large among of flames coming from almost all four sides of that structure,” said Lt. Sue Stangl to the gathered media, explaining that the two-alarm response was because the building was so close to Molly Moon’s to the west and Dr. Falcone’s dentist office to the east. “It was really critical to get firefighters at all those structures, one to make sure everyone was out, and to make sure the fire doesn’t spread.”

    Video from KOMO’s helicopter shows the early moments of the fire

    “The flames were shooting from the top of the roof, and I could see a big, giant, black cloud of smoke,” said Stephanie, a neighbor who was walking nearby when she saw the responding fire trucks. “And I just ran here, because I was curious what was going on.”

    When we arrived, the street was already packed with onlookers, many snapping photos on their phones. “I’ve never seen so many firefighters in one place,” said one man to his friend. Fire units stretched several blocks along 45th, hoses criss-crossing from just about every direction: 13 fire engines and 6 ladder trucks were sent to the blaze.

    The restaurant and the home sustained heavy damage, and the dentist office next door was damaged, too. “The windows were broken out, the front and back door were broken out, the side of the building by the restaurant is burnt, it looks like part of our roof is burnt, too,” said Dianne, the office manager for Dr. Falcone. “We just had a new roof put in, $100,000 worth of remodel, and we’ve been in three weeks.”

    Perhaps miraculously, a Molly Moon’s employee told us it was not damaged in the fire, and it reopened for business tonight. “We’re OK here in Wallingford! Our shop did NOT go down in the flames!” says a message on the ice cream shop’s Facebook page. “We’re open until 11 tonight. come say hi! p.s. THANK YOU SEATTLE FIREFIGHTERS!” Only a narrow alley separated it from the fire.

    Lt. Stangl says it’s unclear if the fire started in the home or in the restaurant. An investigation is underway.

    Firefighters attacked the blaze from the narrow alley to the west, the alley behind the home (above) and on the roof. Seattle Fire says dispatch received many 911 calls reporting the fire at 6 p.m. By 6:45 p.m., only light smoke could be seen from the burned-out home. Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean responded to the scene, as well.

    Stay tuned for more updates on the story on Thursday. Earlier updates:

    Updated 7:45: Lt. Sue Stangl with Seattle Fire tells us that when firefighters arrived on scene they found flames coming from four sides of the building, including the house behind the Kitaro Sushi Bento and the restaurant itself.

    Double the resources were dispatched to this structure fire because of the close proximity of buildings in the neighborhood. An elderly woman lives in the house behind the restaurant and she was out safely, according to Lt. Stangl.

    Once on scene, firefighters evacuated nearby buildings. Dr. Falcone’s dentist office next door did sustain some damage. Unsure if Molly Moon’s, which is just west of the fire, sustained damage.

    Updated 7:10 p.m.: A fire chief on the scene confirms to us that there are no injuries.

    Earlier: A massive response tonight to a fire in the heart of Wallingford tonight.

    The call first came out at 6 p.m. with reports of flames shooting from the roof near Kitaro, 1624 N. 45th St.

    On the scene we see that the fire is on the top floor behind Kitaro on 45th and Densmore.

    Kiro7 is reporting this is now a two-alarm fire.

    Roads in the neighborhood are closed off.

    From King County Metro:

    Route 16 is rerouted in both direction due to a blockage at N 45th St and Woodlawn Av N, until further notice.

    Use the stops on Stone Way N south of N 40th St or on N 45th St east of Wallingford Av N.

    We are on the scene and will continue to update this.

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    Wallingford voted no for privatized liquor

    December 6th, 2011 by master

    The majority of Wallingford didn’t want initiative 1183 to pass in the last election. According to this map created by our news partners, The Seattle Times, only a couple of voting districts in Wallingford voted yes, while several had 60-percent or more of voters checking the no box.

    Initiative 1183 passed by 59-percent, privatizing liquor sales in Washington State.


    SPD: Teenage girl grabbed by man in Wallingford

    December 3rd, 2011 by master

    From the SPD Blotter:

    On December 1st at approximately 5:00 p.m. the 13-year-old female victim was walking to her bus stop in the 4000 block of Wallingford Avenue North. An unknown adult male suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed onto her right jacket sleeve and verbally indicated that he wanted her to go with him. The victim turned around, kicked the suspect and subsequently broke free of him and ran away. The victim was not injured and was able to make it home safely. The suspect remains at large (there was a significant time delay in police being notified of the incident).

    The suspect is described as a white male in his 60′s, approximately 6’1″ to 6’3″ tall, heavy build, with gray hair and a gray beard. The suspect was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, a black jacket and black pants.

    Sexual Assault Unit detectives are actively investigating.

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