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Entries from February 2012

Man found shot in Woodland Park

February 20th, 2012 by master

UPDATE: The man who was shot has some brain activity but is not expected to survive, reports My Green Lake. The police are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

EARLIER: A man was found shot several times in Lower Woodland Park this evening, near the Green Lake trail. My Green Lake reports that the man, believed to be in his early 30s, was discovered with three gunshot wounds. He was unresponsive, and medics performed CPR while he was rushed to Harborview Medical Center.

A TV helicopter hovered over the scene, and police shut down both entrances to the lawn bowling area. There are no details about a suspect. We’ll update as we learn more.

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Free fitness class this week

February 20th, 2012 by master

Wallingford’s Fuerte Fitness (1225 N. 45th St.) is offering a free class on Wednesday, February 22. It’s called the “Lunch Time Crunch Time” class, and is from noon to 1 p.m. The class will be taught by Fuerte’s owner and founder Adriana Medina.

The gym has been in Wallingford for over four years, and offers more than just a place to sweat; they also offer cooking classes, hiking, sporting events. Medina says she hopes the Wednesday lunchtime class will be a regular fixture, with discounts for Wallingford and Fremont Chamber of Commerce Members.

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Large technology grants available for community organizations

February 17th, 2012 by master

The City of Seattle has announced a call for applicants for the Technology Matching Fund, a grant program aimed at helping to, “close the digital divide in Seattle, especially for vulnerable residents.” Community organizations could win up to $20,000, and are available for,  “projects that meet goals for increasing online civic engagement, technology access and adoption, internet and digital media skills, or community building,” according to the City.

“This grant program exists to support the strong and diverse community of people in Seattle who use technology to help others,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I look forward to seeing the work that this fund will help make possible.”

Local organization Solid Ground is hosting one of two upcoming free workshops to help applicants learn more about the application process, grant requirements and what makes a successful application. The meeting at Solid Ground (1401 N. 45th St.) will be held Thursday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Another free workshop will be held at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), on Saturday, March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

From the City:

“The Technology Matching Fund grant program is an inclusive program exemplifying the City’s commitment to Race and Social Justice by providing resources and technology access to all of our residents.  2012 will be the fifteenth year of the program and it continues to be a critical partnership with the community by empowering residents with technology skills to find jobs and helping neighborhoods develop online public safety networks,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

Last year 23 organizations received a total of $320,000 in grant funds, which are being matched with in community contributions, including volunteer labor, professional services and donated equipment and software. A list of grantees and a map of their locations is available online.

Applications will be accepted from February 29 through April 3.

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Wallingford woman starts "March Forth" to raise money for cancer research

February 16th, 2012 by master

A woman from our ‘hood has been working hard for many months to put on the March Forth Fun Run, a 5k to 10k trek around Green Lake. The event, created by Wallingfordian Holly Westerfield, is a fundraiser for the  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Westerfield says she’s always celebrated March 4th as a day to “March Forth,” and last year she got the idea that it would be fun to celebrate the day with an actual marching band. “The idea kind of grew from there,” said Westerfield. She’s an active volunteer with Team in Training, the fundraising arm of LLS, and has trained for triathlons the past couple years, raising over $10,000 for the oganization. “I decided to make the March Forth Fun Run my fundraising effort for this year’s event instead of asking people directly for donations,” writes Westerfield.

Westerfield says she hopes the event could do more than just raise money for LLS. She hopes it will inform the community of the local organizations that are all involved in curing and treating blood cancers. In addition to the fun run, there will also be cause-related booths at the start and finish line:

National Bone Marrow Registry will be signing up volunteers for the donor list and providing info and answers about what it means to donate bone marrow and the huge advances that have happened to make the process as un-invasive as possible.

Locks of Love hair stylists will be donating their time to offer free cuts and styles to anyone wishing to donate their hair.

Puget Sound Blood Bank will have volunteers to sign anyone up for an upcoming blood drive.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is sending a real-live cancer research doctor who is funded by LLS to offer answers of what it means to do cancer research, and where the donation dollars actually go from fundraisers like this race.

Team in Training will have a booth explaining what their program offers for anyone interested in completing an endurance event and raising money for LLS.

Walgreens will have a booth offering free blood pressure checks from a local pharmacist, and will be promoting their new specialty transplant pharmacy in the University District.

Westerfield says she thinks this will be, “a great way for families and friends to have easy access to ask questions about what cancer care looks like in Seattle, how they can individually help, and the impact they are having on finding a cure. Plus it will be a fun race!” She’s right: The Seattle Sounders own marching band, the Sound Wave, will be performing before the race starts, and host John Curley will be the emcee.

Westerfield says kids will be able to participate in a free “mini-march” before the race.  “Whole Foods is sponsoring the bagel and fruit tent for athletes, Smith Brothers Farm is providing chocolate milk, Nuun hydration will be providing the water stop supplies, and the Red Cross will be providing medical care,” Westerfield tells us.

The march is on Sunday, March 4, at 9 a.m. To find out more or to register, visit the March Forth site.

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Wallingford girl has a unique passion: synchronized swimming

February 14th, 2012 by master

A young girl in Wallingford is pursuing a somewhat surprising sport. She is a synchronized swimmer, and part of the Seattle Synchronized Swim Team.

Photo courtesy Eva Gonzalez-Abad

Irene, 12, has been doing “synchro” for several years, although it began as pure play, according to her mother, Eva Gonzalez-Abad. “What captivated her was the grace and beauty of the movements and the swimming to the music and also the team atmosphere: without team work, this sport is nothing,” Gonzalez-Abad wrote.

Gonzalez-Abad says this sport is “serious stuff.” Irene’s club belongs to the Pacific Northwest Association (PNA), and part of the national synchronized swimming association, USA Synchro. “The club is the best and most successful in the Pacific Northwest, and we have girls of all ages on the US National Team,” says Gonzalez-Abad.

Gonzalez-Abad writes:

The sport consists of two different parts or skills: “figures” and “routines.” Figures are all the different positions and evolutions they have to master in the water and they are judged, given scores, and ranked. This part is essential, since the swimmer can become eligible to be part of the National Team of her age group if she gets placed high enough in the Nationals. Some of these figures are mandatory for age groups and they have to do some of them in a season at all meets.

Routines are the “dances” they do, with music and measuring time. Here they are judged both technically (how difficult a choreography is and how well-exectued it is carried out) and artistically too. That is part of the importance of swim suits and head pieces and grace and style. The routines come in four varieties: solos, duets, trios and team routine.

To learn more about the synchro team, visit the PNA website. The team also has free tryout days, the next of which is in March.

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Historic schooner to offer programs for kids in Lake Union

February 10th, 2012 by master

The Schooner Lavengro, built in 1926, is piece of floating history in Lake Union. Originally hailing from Mississippi, she is the last original “Biloxi schooner ‘White Winged Queen'” in existence, and still sails under a traditional gaff rigged sails. Now, Lavengro is in the caring hands of Kim Carver and Curtis Yu, who are developing a maritime and art program for kids aboard the schooner this spring. Carver and Yu are also hosting public sails (by donation only) every Sunday, leaving from the South Lake Union docks at The Center for Wooden Boats, where Lavengro is currently based.

Carver writes:

From May through October 2012, “Schooner Kids” is offering “What Boat is That?,” a fun interactive dockside class for children ages four through ten. Kids will get to learn a few seamanship skills aboard the antique schooner with Captain Kim, and complete a bookbinding and printmaking project belowdecks with Chief Mate Curtis. The book can later be used to record and identify the different kinds of boats they see on Lake Union and Puget Sound.

Captain Kim, teaching how to lower sails on Lavengro

Captain Kim Carver, a native Seattleite, is licensed by the Coast Guard and has crewed aboard fishing boats and private sailing yachts in Cape Cod, the British Virgin Islands and Mexico, as well as passenger ferries, whale watching boats, tugboats and tall ships in Puget Sound.  Chief Mate Curtis Yu grew up in Washington and graduated from Fairhaven, concentrating on a Multicultural Perspective on the Expressive Arts for Children. He attended and worked several years at the Four Winds*Westward Ho Camp on Orcas Island, and spent the last year teaching art at the Hui No’eau, a visual arts camp on Maui.
To learn more, or to contact Carver, email

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New 4-H robotics club wins education grant

February 9th, 2012 by master

A local woman has just started NeXT Minds Robotics 4-H Club, aimed at teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) using robotics. Club founder Jan Satterthwaite says the kids will, “build robots and use software to plan, test and modify sequences of instructions from a variety of real life robotic behaviors.”

Satterthwaite just received The Harry Burcalow Innovation Grant to begin building the club. However, she fears the club won’t make it through the next school year, as King County 4-H programs will be shut down September 30, 2012 due to government budget cuts.

Satterthwaite writes:

Our club is currently serving youth, ages 9 through 14, with the intentions of modifying the curriculum as members grow and develop. The kids come from a variety of school settings—home schooling, Seattle Public Schools and Independent Schools. Several of these kids have not experienced a positive group connection and/or are showing signs of at risk behaviors. The accessibility of this club’s activities will support the kids in this community, steering them towards a life of successful contributions.

…I am hoping that with enough publicity, we can find support for these essential after school programs that so many kids have relied on for several decades.

To learn more about the program, contact Satterthwaite by email at

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Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday

February 8th, 2012 by master

February 11 is Seattle’s 18th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, “a special day to reach out to neighbors and express thanks to all who make your neighborhood a great place.” Neighborhoods all over the city will be hosting special events like work parties and potlucks to celebrate. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods says the day is a homegrown observance:

The celebration began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since.

Here is a list of Saturday’s events around the city (from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods):

Fire Station Open Houses
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m.
Location:  Fire Stations 5, 6, 9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
Contact:  Bill Mace, 386-1337
Description:  Several Seattle Fire Stations will participate again this year by hosting community members on Neighbor Appreciation Day between 11AM and 1PM.

Mason Bees presentation
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 2 p.m.
Location:  Barton St Community Garden and P-patch, SW Barton and 34th Ave SW
Contact:  Laura Raymond, 615-1787

Description:  Interested in learning how to improve the pollination of plants and trees in your yard? Or perhaps curious how you could support the environment by hosting non-stinging native bees without any fruit trees in your garden? We’ll be hosting Missy Anderson (alias Queen Bee), a King County Master Gardener and owner

Neighbor Appreciation Day Pancake Breakfast
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. – noon
Location:  South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S
Contact:  Carmen Martinez, 684-7451

Interfaith Community Church Historic Building open house
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m.
Location:  1763 NW 62nd St
Contact:  Interfaith Community Church, 783-1618
Description:  Friends and neighbors come visit this historic building (built in 1890). A brief presentation about our building will be shared at 12 noon. Cookies & tea will be served.

Neighbor Appreciation Day Swim
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 12 noon
Location:  Southwest Pool, 2801 SW Thistle St
Contact:  Nancy Eisner, 684-7440
Description:  Join the Pool staff as we celebrate our neighborhood and our swimming patrons! Festivities include refreshments served in the lobby 12-2 pm and the Free Public Swim 1-2 pm.

Fire Station 16 Celebration

Time:  Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location:  6846 Oswego Place NE

Contact: Bill Mace, 386-1337
Description: Join the Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Firefighter’s Union, Local 27 in celebrating the new Fire Station 16. Neighbors will get the chance to tour the new fire station and meet the firefighters. There will be safety information displays, children’s activities, refreshments, and an antique fire engine with historic photos on display.

A “Bird Friendly Neighborhood” Family Nature Explorers Discovery Days
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.

Location:  Magnuson Community Center, 7110 62nd Ave NE
Description: Join Magnuson Nature Educators for hands-on indoor and outdoor nature activities for the whole family.

Restoration event at Alder Creek Natural Area
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m.
Location: 1200 Lake Washington Blvd E
Contact: Wallis Bolz, 329-3672

HANDS ON – Community Skills Fair
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.
Location:  Meadowbrook & Ravenna Community Centers
Contact:  Elise Koncsek. Learn more at

Description:  Workshops will include tool sharpening, cheese making, building solar ovens, electrical repair, bread baking, fermentation, clothing repurposing, making apple butter, gluten free baking, cistern installation, plant propagation, fruit tree pruning, and more!

Restoration event at Golden Gardens
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m.
Location:  8498 Seaview Pl NW
Contact:  Rhonda Goebel,

Neighbor Appreciation Day Swim
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St
Description:  Enjoy snacks, games, prizes and a $2 promotional price on swimming, from 12:30 to 1:30 in celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day.

Discovery Day Work Party
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m.
Location:  Magnuson Community Center
Contact:  Emily Bishton, 684-7026
Description:  Help build the Resource Conservation Landscape, a vibrant garden in the planting beds surrounding the community center. The work will be simple and fun for all ages, and children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or group leader. Volunteers will help build healthy soil by sheet-mulching and adding compost and do some simple re-grading to create level planting areas. Tools, gloves, and refreshments provided for all volunteers.

PNA Mystery Book Exchange

Time: 10 – 1 p.m.

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N

Contact: Chardell at

Description: Trade your gently used mystery books for something new to read. This event is free.

Restoration event at Longfellow Creek Greenspace – Delridge Natural Area
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.
Location:  2407 SW Graham
Contact:  Mike Arizona,

Restoration event at Roxhill Park
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.
Location:  850 SW Roxbury St
Contact:  Scott Blackstock,

Restoration event at Licton Springs Park
Time:  Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.
Location:  9536 Ashworth Ave N
Contact:  Liz Kearns,

For more information about any of these events, visit the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ site.

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Beatles ‘come together’ in Wallingford mural

February 7th, 2012 by master


UW News Lab

For three years, the exterior wall of Golden Oldies in Wallingford was home to five musical icons spanning just as many generations. Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Debbie Harry and Kurt Cobain were immortalized in a graffiti-style mural until 2010. Early one morning in August, the driver of an SUV, presumed by police to be texting behind the wheel, plowed through the record store. Casualties included 3,000 records, 2,000 CDs and hundreds of 8-track tapes.

Store-owner Dean Silverstone was heartbroken, he told Seattle P-I reporter Casey McNerthney. Since then, time, good music and an outpouring of community support have helped to mend his distress. Soon, the store’s west wall will be graced with musical greatness once again: The Beatles are slated to take to the figurative stage next, thanks to mural artist David Heck.

Photos by Amanda Austin

Heck, a well-known local artist with more than 23 years of experience, is going to recreate the album cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” on the 45-foot-wide space. Heck has made a name for himself creating everything from murals to business signs, automobile sideboards to restaurant logos. He’s left his artistic signature on interiors and exteriors, on wood, metal and canvas.

This won’t be the first time the artist brings an album cover to a grand scale. The first album Heck painted as a mural was Michael Jackson’s “History” on the Tower Records building on Fifth Avenue North and North Mercer Street, back in 1995. He painted over those murals with new album covers every six to eight weeks for 12 to 15 years, he said. The best part, Heck added, was getting to meet many of the bands whose covers he had created when they were in town touring.

“Abbey Road” will be the third or fourth Beatles’ mural that Heck paints, he said. The cover art was chosen through a survey sent to members of the Golden Oldies Rebate Program, better known as GORP. Of the group’s 11,000 members, 1,700 responded, and the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” was voted No. 1.

This album cover is a perfect fit; the photo of the four Beatles has been consistently imitated, satirized, distorted and honored over the years, and is easily recognized by almost any age group. It was important that the reputable neighborhood fixture be decorated with cover artwork worthy of the honor. After all, Golden Oldies is recognized at the national level. In 1989, the independently owned franchise made it onto U.S. News and World Report’s radar, heralded as “one of the best sources” to find old records.

“Abbey Road” was recorded during the summer of 1969, just months after rumors that the group might break up terrified a nation of fans. Despite widespread doubt that the artists could collaborate and create a successful record in light of their personal differences, “Abbey Road” was a huge hit. Its songs include “Come Together,” “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Oh Darling” and “Here Comes the Sun.”

Today, Rolling Stone Magazine ranks it the 14th greatest album of all time and adds that it is “their most polished album: a collection of superb songs cut with an attention to refined detail, then segued together … with conceptual force.” Heck says he is excited about the project because “it’s fun to work on” and it’s been great to watch everyone else enjoy it.

“It’s such an iconic image,” he said. “Everyone will be able to recognize it.”

The mural, just like the original image, will depict progression—movement portrayed in both a literal and figurative sense. Life-sized illustrations of the four famed musicians will march forward in synchrony across what is now, arguably, the most famous crosswalk in the world.

This triumph lends itself to Golden Oldies’ story. The private company marched on in the face of a devastating accident, and it continues to prevail in the struggle to remain relevant to a technology-obsessed culture that has all but written off anything that can’t be plugged into an iPod.

Silverstone hopes the mural will help his business “continue to flourish as it has for the last four decades” (the store will celebrate its 40th birthday this year). He envisions the completed mural will be something the patrons of Dick’s Drive-In across the way will be able to enjoy as they stop by for their burger fix.

Wallingford resident Meika Hubbard, 26, who lives right down the street from the record store, thinks it sounds like a cool project. “I support local art in all its forms and murals are a great way to bring uniqueness, color and life to the side of a building,” she said.

“I think the mural will add another bit of originality to the already fun and exciting Wallingford neighborhood.”

After the west wall is completed, Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced” and the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds,” ranked No. 3 and 4 by GORP members, will grace the exterior of the east wall. The album ranked No. 2 was by Janis Joplin, but isn’t being made into a mural. Heck estimates that the mural will be completed within the next month, as long as the weather doesn’t keep him from his work.

In the meantime, here’s a message to any text-happy SUV driver who might be driving through the area: Let it be.

AMANDA AUSTIN is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

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Car prowler alert

February 7th, 2012 by master

One of our readers sent us this message:

Hi all,

Just wanted to inform you that our car was rifled through last night (February 6 or 7) at North 42nd Street and Burke.  I believe I forgot to lock the doors on the car, so thankfully no windows were broken, and although the person looked through the various compartments of the vehicle, we don’t believe anything was stolen.  I think the lesson is that the thieves are out there vigilantly looking for unlocked cars, so we must be vigilant, as well.

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