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Entries from January 2012

First Wallingford Art Walk of the year is Wednesday

January 31st, 2012 by master

After months of nothing but cable television and knitting to keep you busy, the time has come for you to toss down those knitting needles and head outside for the first Wallingford Art Walk of the year. However, don’t stow away the needles quite yet; this year the Art Walk will be happening every other month in an effort to better plan and promote each walk.

The organizers have decided to make each walk a different theme. February’s walk, not surprisingly, is “Love.” They’ve asked Wallingfordians to create “Art Hearts” to “show their love for Wallingford,” and will display those hearts at the Wallingford QFC for the month of February.

Here is a full list of artists and venues:

CMA Gallery and Performance Space: Music by Creative Music Adventures Student Jazz Combos.  Seattle jazz students of all ages from various schools will be performing at the gallery during Art walk.

Artwork by Carole D’Inverno.

KeyBank Wallingford’s February artist is Rob Vincent who focuses on painting, inspired by world travel and the little things at home. Being an avid gardener besides an artist, much of his work comes directly from images of his garden and others that he’s visited throughout the West Coast and Europe. As always, KeyBank will be serving refreshments.

Assistance League of Seattle Bargain Fair: Mike Sweeney’s paintings

Irwin’s: Lauren Davies

Kerf International: is open again in the Wallingford Center – south end, main floor -and will show large abstract paintings from Colin Day of Brighton England. He has shown professionally in Europe and the States. The large colorful canvasses are grey day antidotes, please drop in and say hello.

Julia’s of Wallingford: Annele Asikainen: acrylics on canvas

Annele is originally from Finland and has lived in So. America prior to settling on the Canadian West Coast. Her passion for painting is seen in the colorful art work of the beautiful scenery where she resides.  She gets her inspiration for her artwork from the natural beauty of the West Coast and in landscapes from her native Finland. She is also known for her soulful portraits of indigenous peoples; More recently, her interests lie in more abstract form.

Grizzled Wizard: Boxes And Cages “The Art of Richard Lemmert”

Wine World: End your Art Walk evening with a free tasting at Wine World!

Participating businesses:

  • Blue Star Cafe
  • Cutz Meridian
  • Key Bank
  • Seattle Mosaic Arts
  • Dandelion Salon
  • Assistance League Thrift Shop
  • Huntoon Memorial Clinic
  • CMA Gallery & Performance Space
  • Fuel Coffee
  • Grizzled Wizard
  • Julia’s Restaurant
  • KERF International Gallery
  • Teahouse Kuan Yin
  • Boulangerie Bakery
  • Wallingford Irwin’s Bakery
  • Fresh Fitness & Dance
  • Wine World Warehouse
  • Zoka Coffee Tangletown
Thanks so much!

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City's liaison program restructured to better address community concerns

January 30th, 2012 by master

Next month, the City of Seattle will send out four assistant city attorneys among Seattle’s five precincts to help the city respond to community concerns such as public safety and regulatory issues. The program, called Precinct Liaison Program 2.0, is the second version of a program originally created 1995 to give legal advice to police officers and to act as a, “legal resource for public safety problem-solving efforts in the neighborhoods,” according to the City. As of last fall, the City Council restored funding to the program.

The City of Seattle expects the liaisons will typically deal with issues surrounding nightlife regulations, liquor licenses, medical marijuana dispensaries, and, “helping neighborhoods rid themselves of chronic nuisance properties.” The liaison to the Wallingford area will be Jana Jorgensen, who says she, “looks forward to opportunities to develop new relationships, improve old ones and work for a better Seattle.”

From the City of Seattle:

“It’s an opportune time to launch a completely reengineered Precinct Liaison Program 2.0,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes, “simultaneously bringing closer together SPD’s five precincts, the City Attorney’s Office and Seattle’s diverse communities to better address local problems and concerns.

With the city petitioning the state to allow longer hours for liquor service, Holmes said the liaison attorneys will likely play a role in drafting good-neighbor agreements with clubs seeking the extended hours or new liquor licenses. Noise, disorderly conduct, over-service, service and criminal activity can all be addressed in agreements drafted by the liaisons.

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New online tool to determine school boundaries in Wallingford

January 27th, 2012 by master

Earlier this month, we reported that the school district proposed boundary changes to alleviate crowding at John Stanford International School. Seattle Public Schools has released a new tool for residents to determine their school boundary. The adjustments apply to John Stanford Elementary School and B.F. Day and McDonald elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year.

The boundary change is part of a short-term capacity management plan that addresses Seattle Public Schools’ enrollment growth. According to Seattle Schools, “the plan, which outlines how the School District will accommodate the projected increasing enrollment, was developed following input from the Facilities and Capital Management Advisory Committee (FACMAC). Input was considered from about 300 attendees at six community meetings held between September and December 2010, and also included 550 written comments.”  It was approved 7-0 by the Seattle School Board on Jan. 25. To read the full plan, see the Board action report.


Seattle Schools already meeting many new USDA standards

January 26th, 2012 by master

In response to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act led by first lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released new school meal standards to help fight obesity in children. Seattle Schools say they are already meeting many of the standards set out by the USDA. The guidelines double the amount of fruits and vegetables in cafeterias, and promote more whole-grain foods.

Photo courtesy Seattle Public Schools

“Seattle has been very progressive with changing the way we offer meals, offering fruits and vegetables every day, as well as whole grain-rich foods,” said Wendy Weyer, Director of Nutrition Services for Seattle Public Schools. “There is a new requirement that we only offer fat-free or low-fat milk varieties, which we are already doing in Seattle.”

The new menus also set maximums for calories and cut sodium and trans fat, a contributor to high cholesterol levels. The standards will be phased in over a three-year period, starting in the 2012-13 school year. “During the first year of the three-year adoption, I do not see many changes for us. The biggest challenge in the longer-term targets will be looking at how to reduce sodium content, while keeping the meals palatable for our students,” Weyer said.

Here are the guidelines from the USDA’s Healthy Meals and Healthy Kids site:

  • Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;
  • Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods;
  • Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;
  • Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and
  • Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.

The school district expects a cost increase with the new standards, as it mandates a fruit or vegetable on every tray, regardless of whether the student chooses it. Schools across the country will receive an extra 6 cents a meal for lunches from federal funding. Seattle Schools currently receive $2.79 for every lunch served to a student eligible for a free lunch, $2.39 for a reduced-price lunch, and 28 cents for a full-price lunch.

However, guidelines will still allow french fries and pizza. Back in November, lawmakers insisted that pizza counted as a vegetable because of its tomato paste. To take a look at current menus and nutrition standards for Seattle Public Schools, visit their Nutrition Services site.

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5K, 10K, and half marathon walk training with Seattle Parks

January 25th, 2012 by master

If you’re over 50, and you’ve been putting off that New Year’s resolution to start exercising more, here’s your chance. Seattle Parks and Recreation is kicking off a new season of training for those interested in getting in shape for a 5K, 10K or half marathon walk. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Sound Steps is offering a kick-off training event in North Seattle on Wednesday, February 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.). The event is open to all, but the training is specially designed for those, “50 and better.”

After the kick-off event, the real training gets started on Saturday, February 4 at 9 a.m. The training is free, and volunteers will lead groups from Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave S.), Ballard Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave. NW) and Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave. NE).

To learn more about the training, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation site.

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KapKa School open house this week

January 23rd, 2012 by master

The KapKa School, a K-5 elementary school just west of Wallingford at 510 N 49th Street, is having an open house for prospective families this Saturday, Jan. 28 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of KapKa School

Chris Park, a current KapKa parent, says the school believes in, “educating the whole child; taking care to support each child’s academic, social and emotional growth.”

From Park:

KapKa provides an experience-centered, integrated curriculum. With strong involvement and support of our parents, passionate teachers and staff, our students are challenged to develop the academic and social skills necessary to be inquisitive, thoughtful, caring and contributing members of our community.

This fall, KapKa moved three blocks from our eleven-year home at the “Little Red Schoolhouse” on Linden Avenue to our current location within the Emmanuel Bible Church complex near Woodland Park. Doubling our previous square footage, we now have more classroom space, a larger library, larger mixed-use space for music and art, an outdoor play yard as well as a full-size indoor gym.

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Next Friday will be a snow make-up day for schools

January 21st, 2012 by master

From our sister site, My Ballard.

Students in Seattle Public Schools will make up one of this week’s snow days on Friday, January 27th. That date was scheduled as a professional development day for the staff, so kids were supposed to have the day off.

“It is important to get our students back in the classroom next week,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield. “We know some families may have made out-of-town plans for next Friday, and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes.”

Next Tuesday is a three-hour early dismissal day and can’t be used as a snow make-up day. School officials will decide next week when to make up the additional two snow days – possibly tacked onto the end of the year.

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Warmer weather could lead to urban flooding

January 20th, 2012 by master

Seattle’s snow days are coming to an end, as the rain and warmer weather begin to claim the nearly half foot of snow that fell in Wallingford this week. The city is now warning residents of urban flooding as the snow is likely to melt away quickly today and tomorrow.

From the City’s Emergency Operations Center:

With the thaw on the way, the City is asking residents and businesses to locate nearby storm drains in the street and  — if it’s safe —  to clear them of snow and debris. It’s the single most important thing people can do to protect their property and prevent water from pooling and creating traffic hazards.

If the drain cannot be cleared, or if the cause of the blockage or flooding is uncertain, call Seattle Public Utilities at (206) 386-1800.

The forecast now predicts rain and temperatures in the 40s through the weekend.

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Another long weekend for Seattle Public Schools

January 19th, 2012 by master

The weather should warm back up to the 40s tomorrow, but lingering snow and ice means schools have decided to keep the doors shut for a third day tomorrow. The John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence will also be closed.

“The snow is still falling and temperatures are low, making it difficult to safely transport students to and from school,” said Dr. Susan Enfield, Interim Superintendent. “We hope our students, families and staff members are staying safe and warm, and we look forward to re-opening our schools on Monday.”

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Ice storm and more snow hits Seattle, buses still on snow routing

January 19th, 2012 by master

Early this morning, freezing rain started pelting the city of Seattle and surrounding areas, causing widespread power outages, making travel treacherous, and grounding flights from SeaTac. A rain/snow mix has been falling steadily for the last few hours in North Seattle, and Metro has reduced services in many areas.

Buses with reduced or canceled services in Wallingford are the following:

  • Route 16 is not serving regular stops in the Wallingford/Greenlake area between N 45 St and N 80 St. Brief reroute in Northgate as well.
  • Route 26 Express is not serving portions of the Fremont/Wallingford areas. Click here for a detailed list of missed stops.
  • Route 30 is not serving regular stops on N. 40th St. between Stone Way N. and Wallingford Ave N. or between University Way NE north of NE Campus Parkway and NE 55 St. west of Princeton Ave. N.
  • Route 31 is not serving N. 40th St. between Stone Way N. Wallingford Ave. N.
  • Route 44 does not have pre-planned snow routing. It is operating via its regular route and stops, but with possible significant delays due to weather, road or traffic conditions.
  • Route 46 service is canceled until further notice.

A message from the Seattle Emergency Operations Center warns residents of travel dangers:

On traffic cameras, television or from your window, streets may appear bare and wet but they may still be covered with ice. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continues to treat major arterial roads with salt brine and granular salt. Some secondary or neighborhood streets are very slick and changes in conditions between treated and untreated roadways can be very sudden. Four wheel drive is not a solution – vehicles need chains to have traction. Keeping the roads clear of traffic is extremely helpful for emergency vehicles.

Bottom line: officials recommend staying home if at all possible. If you’re experiencing any power outages, call Seattle City Light’s Outage Hotline at 206-684-7400.

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