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Entries from February 2012

Thrive Natural Medicine turns 1 today

February 29th, 2012 by master

Thrive Natural Medicine (5020 Meridian Ave N. Ste 104) is throwing its one-year anniversary party today from 4 to 8 p.m. In celebration, they will offer, “birthday cake and hors d’oeuvres, free samples, great door prizes, and $10 vitamin B-12 shots (all proceeds will benefit the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club).”

From their website:

Thrive Natural Family Medicine was founded by naturopathic physician, Scott Moser. Dr. Moser is a graduate of Bastyr University and practices as a family physician. His areas of interest include autoimmune disease, endocrine issues and physical medicine. Select the link to the right to read Dr. Moser’s complete bio.

Thrive has a treatment room available for rent for a natural health practitioner (acupuncturist, midwife, etc.) interested in collaboration and sharing in Thrive’s mission to foster a healthy community.


City to invest $1.1 million in Seattle neighborhoods

February 28th, 2012 by master

UPDATE: Wallingford, as one of the recipients of the investment dollars, will be benefitted by the Only in Seattle marketing campaign. The city says the campaign, “highlights the hidden gems of shopping and dining in Seattle’s neighborhoods.” Other neighborhoods joining the Only in Seattle marketing effort are Fremont and Pioneer Square.

“The city is focused on helping business and property owners to strengthen local business climate and grow jobs,” said Steve Johnson, director of the Office of Economic Development. “Through the Only in SeattleInitiative we have created an investment framework and partnerships to execute strategies to support healthy business districts.”

EARLIER: Mayor Mike McGinn today announced the city’s plan for a large investment in Seattle neighborhoods. The investment is part of the Seattle Jobs Plan. Wallingford’s business district  is one of the city’s 19 neighborhoods that will receive assistance. Mayor McGinn announced the investment plan at the University District’s Big Time Brewery today.

“I am a strong believer in the power of people in neighborhoods to identify what is most important and to work on it,” McGinn said. “Jobs have to be a priority,” he said, adding that the city has lost 35,000 jobs since the beginning of the recession. McGinn said the city has regained 18,000 jobs so far, and still has more work to do to recover. “The loss of jobs has had an effect. Businesses have closed, storefronts went empty,” he said. “Our neighborhood business districts are extraordinarily important…people want to live in a place where businesses are unique and special.”

Other neighborhoods on the list to receive funding are Ballard, Beacon Hill, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Central Area, Chinatown / International District, Columbia City, Fremont, Georgetown, Madison Valley, MLK (Othello & Graham), Pioneer Square, Rainier Beach, SODO, South Park, University District, West Seattle, and White Center.

We’ll update with new information on specifics regarding how this funding will directly benefit Wallingford businesses.

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Tool Library starting in Wallingford

February 27th, 2012 by master

Wallingford is soon to offer a new kind of community sharing: a “tool library” is in the works for the neighborhood. A tool library is community-run place to share tools with your neighbors. “In the process, they also build community, save resources, provide an opportunity for lifetime learning and can help build local economy,” writes Cathy Tuttle with Sustainable Wallingford. The group is offering an open community meeting on Wednesday, February 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wallingford Community Senior Center to help discuss plans for the tool library.

Sustainable Wallingford’s Rick Turner and Gita Gisan hope to model the new tool library after West Seattle’s successful tool-lending program. The West Seattle Tool Library has an extensive system for lending and community-building classes and projects, says Turner. Their volunteer-run library uses a database for keeping track of tools, and offers memberships by donation. They ask for $40 from the general public, $30 from seniors, and $20 for low-income members.

What types of tools will this library offer? Pretty much everything hand- or electrically powered, says Tuttle. “Garden, construction, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, woodworking, food preservation, party & meeting (tents, dishes, chairs), health aids, arts & crafts, musical instruments, brewing, culturally unique methods of working (ikebana, injera frypan), baking, knitting, sewing, bike repair, beekeeping, candle making, and more,” she writes.

Turner says he hopes the Wallingford library will be a place not just for tool lending, but also community building. “Anything we do will be to work toward building community,” says Turner. “If someone checks out a hoe and brings it back, that doesn’t really do anything to help the community.” Rather, Turner says he would like to organize or help coordinate connecting people to do a gardening project in the community each time someone borrows a tool. The group hopes to organize community projects such as Burke-Gilman trail maintenance, the 45th Street Clean-up, and the neighborhood greenways project.

The meeting on Wednesday will be aimed at forming a steering committee to help get the idea off the ground. Turner says he thinks it will be embraced by the community. After Wallingford’s library is underway, Turner also says that Sustainable Wallingford hopes to help organize more tool-lending libraries around the city. “The issue is around community,” says Turner. “We want to use this as a catalyst for community activities.”

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Officers arrest suspect for attempted burglaries in Wallingford

February 25th, 2012 by master

Late last night, there were two attempted burglaries in Wallingford. Police were quickly on the scene, and the suspect has been arrested.

From SPD:

On February 24th, at approximately 11:50 pm, North Precinct officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary in the 1400 Block of North 50th Street.  The suspect attempted to gain entry to a residence by breaking out a glass window at the front of the house.  The suspect then fled on foot prior to officers arriving.

While officers were conducting an area check, another call came into 911 of the same suspect attempting to break down the front door of a residence in the 1800 Block of North 51st Street.  The occupants were home at the time.  Officers quickly arrived at that location, found the suspect, and took him into custody.

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Biker injured after crash, police seeking witnesses

February 24th, 2012 by master

UPDATE: A previous headline read, “Biker injured after crash with vehicle, police seeking witnesses,” however it appears there is not evidence that a car was involved.

EARLIER: According to the Seattle Bike Blog, a North Seattle Community College employee was seriously injured yesterday while riding his bike on College Way N. near the college. Christian Rusby is now at Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The police are seeking witnesses.

From the SPD:

On February 23rd at approximately 3:28 p.m. officers responded to a report of a bicyclist down in the 9600 block of College Way North.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a 32-year-old male was riding his bicycle northbound in the 9600 block of College Way North when, for reasons yet to be determined, he crashed causing substantial injury to his person.  No other vehicles appear to be involved.

SFD medics responded to the scene and transported the male bicyclist to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this event.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

(Thanks Amy for the tip!)

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Support group for parents with newborns in Wallingford

February 24th, 2012 by master

The Program for Early Parent Support, or PEPS, is looking for new families to join their group. PEPS is offering several upcoming free orientation sessions for interested families.

  • Wednesday, March 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford – Room 326 – 4649 Sunnyside Ave N
  • Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Association Room 6 – 6532 Phinney Avenue N
  • Thursday, March 22, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford – Room 221 – 4649 Sunnyside Ave N

PEPS, founded in 1983, “provides community-based programs that enable parents of infants and young children to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and shared information,” according to their website. The group offers 12-week facilitated group programs for families with newborns, babies under 12 months old, parents with both babies and toddlers, and monthly parent talk lectures.

Dana Guy from PEPS tells us that each newborn meeting includes, “time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a discussion of a topic related to the joys and challenges of parenting an infant.” The meetings will take place over 12 weeks, rotating between group members homes.

Guy says PEPS is forming “Newborn Daytime and Evening Groups, for families with babes born in January and February.” To sign up, you can either visit their website, or  call 206-547-8570.

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Food truck movement in Wallingford

February 23rd, 2012 by master

Street food finally became a reality for Wallingford last fall, as a pod of food trucks took over the Uptown Espresso parking lot at 45th and Corliss. A diverse group of food trucks descended, offering everything from pulled pork to curry and tortas.

While the winter months meant a lull for the food trucks in Wallingford, Monty Herrin from Uptown Espresso says they should be reappearing as the weather gets better. Herrin says that nowadays, the two trucks that fill the lot most regularly are A Lunch in Hand and Skillet. According to the Wallingford Eats site, A Lunch in Hand typically shows up on Thursdays, offering “slow-cooked classics.” Skillet graces the lot on Sundays from 12 to 3 for their, “chicken and waffle Sundays.”

Students from the University of Washington entrepreneurial journalism class taught by our partners, The Common Language Project, showed how the arrival of food trucks have made an impact on Wallingford in their piece titled, “Food truck movement rolls into Seattle.” Click here to read more.

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Routing a greener path with neighborhood greenways

February 22nd, 2012 by master

Wallingford became the first neighborhood to incorporate “greenways,” alternative and safer routes for pedestrians and bikers. Now, the greenways are gaining more attention and extending to other neighborhoods. Last month, Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw announced that the Seattle Department of Transportation has plans for 11 miles worth of greenways in the city.

Draft of neighborhood greenways

Students from the University of Washington entrepreneurial journalism class taught by our partners, The Common Language Project, took a look at neighborhood greenways.

Click here to read “Routing a greener path.”

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Upcoming Hunger Action Week aims to inform communities about hunger

February 22nd, 2012 by master

The United Way of King County is sponsoring Hunger Action Week in March in order to bring more awareness to hunger issues in our area. United Way is asking, “community members, schools, neighborhood associations, as well as businesses to participate in the conversation of hunger,” writes Morgan Winkler from the organization.

Winkler writes:

Once community members visit our page they will see other ways to get involved including volunteer opportunities (helping out with a food security survey in the Rainier Valley), participating in the Hunger Challenge (eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, off of $7 a day—maximum amount someone can receive on food stamps), and/or hosting a dinner with friends, family, and/or neighbors and talking about food (if people choose this option they will be entered to win a free catered after-hours dinner at the Microsoft Store in University Village!).

The Hunger Action Week starts March 19. To sign up to volunteer, visit United Way’s website about the event.

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Walgreens to open in Wallingford this spring

February 21st, 2012 by master

If you’ve driven, walked or biked past 45th and Stone Way lately, you may have seen signs up for a new Walgreens store, going in on the southeast corner. A peek inside shows some work being done to ready the store for an early to mid April opening, according to Walgreens representative Vivika Panagiotakakos.

Panagiotakakos says the store will offer 22 parking spaces at the rear of the store (parking lot just off Stone Way).

The opening date is still tentative. We’ll update with any new information.

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