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Entries from February 2012

"Test drive" Metro's new website

February 6th, 2012 by master

Metro Transit is asking for your two-cents: they have a beta version of a new website and want you to try it out. Metro hopes the new design will make information easier to find, and has set up the website to be viewed more easily on mobile devices and more accessible to the visually impaired.

“When building a site as large as Metro Online,” said Bob Virkelyst, supervisor of Metro’s Marketing and Service Information group, “it’s useful to have a period of time where our customers can test it out, give us feedback, and help us make revisions and improvements to the website. The comments will also help shape how the site develops as we move forward.”

Metro says in 2011 alone, there were 13 million visits to their site.

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New exhibit at The Center for Wooden Boats

February 3rd, 2012 by master

If you’re a boat person and a history buff, listen up: The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is opening a new photography exhibit that looks at the history of boats and industry in Seattle. The exhibit opens tonight, Feb. 3,  at 6 p.m. at the CWB (1010 Valley Street).

Photo courtesy of the CWB

The exhibit is titled “Persistent Work: Images of Industry on Lake Union and Salmon Bay.” The CWB says it, “combines historic pictures of Jenson Motor Boat Company, Pacific Fishermen’s Shipyard, and the George Broom & Son building with new images of the buildings using high density large format photography.”

Photographer Abby Inpanbutr and curator Shelly Leavens have gathered stories and images representing the significance of the buildings’ past and present uses.  It shows our region’s maritime industrial heritage, and shows that it is still alive and continues to provide jobs and the tools that men and women use daily on our waterfront.

The photography exhibit is free, and is open to the public through July 2012.

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Wallingford could win big grant in "Think Green" Challenge

February 2nd, 2012 by master

The City of Seattle’s and Waste Management’s Think Green recycling challenge is nearing an end, and Wallingford is in the lead, which could mean a “Main Street Makeover” for our ‘hood.

Wallingford, or “Friday North” as referred to in the challenge, has a solid lead over the nine other areas in for the win.  The challenge encourages Seattle communities to reduce their overall waste by decreasing garbage and increasing their efforts to recycle and compost. The one that reduces the most waste will win a $50,000 grant to give their community a “Main Street Makeover.” Grant money will be spent on improvement projects within the winning community. The competition runs through the end of March 2012.

The winning neighborhood will be determined by the highest diversion rate, which increases as recycling and composting increase and garbage decreases. The six-month competition began in October 2011.

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Groupon Fever

February 1st, 2012 by master

Daily deal emails have taken over many an inbox in recent years, and many businesses in Wallingford have experimented with sites like Groupon, Living Social and Tippr.  Students in the University of Washington entrepreneurial journalism class, taught by our partners The Common Language Project, take a look at how the popular coupon sites have affected local watering holes and supermarkets.

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