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Check Out Easy Street Tonight at Wallingford Center

September 10th, 2014 by master

Easy Street Band

The Easy Street Band Returns to Wallingford for an open air concert on the plaza at Wallingford Center, tonight Sep. 10 at 6 pm!!!

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce invites neighbors and friends to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an open air concert with The Easy Street Band.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 10th. 6pm
What: a 90 minute free concert
Where: Wallingford Center Plaza
For more information check out the WCC website .

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Be The Change You Want To See: Crime Prevention Meeting July 24th

July 14th, 2014 by master

It’s Easy to Be  a Good Neighbor!

A Fremont / Wallingford Safety Meeting will be held on Thursday July 24th at 9am at History House (790 N. 34th St.)

There are many ways to be a good neighbor and help keep our neighborhood safe, clean and friendly. Some ideas include keeping front yards maintained, adding censored lighting to alleyways, getting to know your neighbors and local business owners and starting or being a part of  a Neighborhood Watch program.

If you are a concerned citizen,  there is a free and open public forum to discuss crime prevention in Fremont and Wallingford.

Guests include: Elizabeth Scott, City of Seattle Police, Crime Prevention Officer; Linda Clifton, FAWN & Fremont Neighborhood Council Board; John Nordstrand, Resilient Fremont and Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.

For more information contact:

Neighborhood Coordinator, Karen Ko,
karen.ko@seattle.gov phone 206.233.3732

For even more information check out some of these very helpful phone numbers and links:

The Find it, Fix it App for reporting issues
Report Graffiti – 206.684.7587
Abandoned Vehicles – 206.684.8763
Report Streetlights – 206.684.7056
City General Info – 206.684 – CITY (2489)
Seattle City Light – David Wernli 206.496.4532
City Calendarwww.Seattle.gov/parkingmap

Neighborhood Coordinator, Karen Ko,
karen.ko@seattle.gov phone 206 .233.3732

To report a crime, contact North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator or SPD Sgt. Dianne Newsom.

Elizabeth Scott
North Precinct Community Coordinator
206/684-7711
iselizabeth.scott@seattle.gov.

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'Flag station' project gets money, looking for donations

June 26th, 2011 by master

The crossing flag project that we wrote about last week is moving forward with more funding by the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.

The initial $300 was allotted by the Wallingford Community Council, now they have an extra $100 to add crossing flags.

From Jon deLeeuw, Vice President of the Community Council:

Demand is going to outstrip what I can afford; however if the community can donate materials, then I can order more flags. The materials needed are 4″ diameter PVC pipe, and 4 inch end caps – stuff that many people have kicking around in their garage.

I would ask these things of the neighborhood:

1) Donations of 4″ PVC pipe greater than 12 lengths, plus 4″ PVC End caps
2) Contact me before July 1st on what they have to donate – I need time to figure out how many flags to order.
3) Bring the donated materials to the WCC booth at the street fair, July 9th
4) Volunteer to assemble buckets at the booth (3-4 volunteers for a couple hours would be great)
5) Decorate your bucket (yahoo)
6) Adopt a designated intersection, hang your buckets and get extra flags for restocking.

Any questions or comments can be directed to Jon (at Not A Number) or brought up and the next Wallingford Community Council meeting, July 6th, 7PM room 202, Good Shepherd Center.

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"Cheers to Wallingford" seeks vendors

March 28th, 2011 by master

Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is launching a new event this year to showcase area businesses that will also be open (and free) to the public: the “Cheers to Wallingford” Business Expo at Wine World (400 NE 45th St.).

“Cheers to Wallingford” will be held in the Wine World event space.

The Chamber wants to get out the word now to food vendors, who can participate in the expo for free if they join the Wallingford Chamber by the April 21, the date of the event, or they can pay the reduced rate of $25 if they are non-members but provide food.

A flyer from the Chamber offers further information to local businesses:

Space is going quickly so sign up by April 15th to reserve your table/ booth.

Cost of booth: Non-Members $50, Members $25

Join the Chamber by April 21st and receive 18 months of membership for the price of 12 months.

Everyone in the community is welcome, so please get involved and contact the Chamber of Commerce at info@wallingfordchamber.org. This event will be widely advertised in the local media so it’s a great opportunity to showcase your business to the community.

Parking is limited so we encourage you to walk, carpool, or look for street parking.

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Controversy over farmers market draws big crowd

September 1st, 2010 by master

A packed house turned out Tuesday night at the Good Shepherd Center to talk about the past, present and future of the Wallingford Farmers Market.  Organizers had to bring out extra chairs as about 75 people filled the meeting room for a spirited but respectful discussion.

Spirited discussion on the Wallingford Farmers Market

While the meeting was supposed to mainly focus on finding a future site for the market, the discussion was dominated by talk about the failed attempt to expand the market onto Wallingford Avenue. 

“This whole process went forward without any input from the businesses,” said Dr. Viola Gay, an optometrist on Wallingford Ave.  “We had no seat at the table.”

The Chamber of Commerce hoped to end this year’s season by expanding the market from the parking lot behind Wallingford Center to the east side of the street along Wallingford Avenue between 44th and 45th (as seen in the map below).  But several businesses along Wallingford Ave. complained loudly once they got word of the plan– a plan some of them claim was never communicated to them.    

“I didn’t know anything until the last minute.  If not for the rumor mill I wouldn’t know anything at all,” said one business employee.
 

The Wallingford Farmers Market: Red = where the market has been located in the past; Green=where the market has been thus far this year; Yellow=the plaza area, available for performances and community gathering; Blue=proposed expansion site on Wallingford Ave. that was scrapped. 

Chamber officials say a lot of information on the proposed move had been available since this past spring and that they made every effort to contact business that would be impacted.

While the majority of people who spoke last night opposed the expansion onto Wallingford Avenue, one business owner received some applause after talking about her positive experiences with the market.  Colleen Kurke, who owns Cutz Meridian Salon and who sits on the Chamber board, said she’s seen more customers after taking flyers to the market site.  In fact, several business owners who opposed the expansion onto Wallingford Avenue say they fully support the market in a location that won’t negatively impact things like parking, deliveries, and safety.

In a surprise announcement, a representative from Wallingford Center said she’s still open to bringing the market back to the current site next year if parking issues can be addressed.  She wants customers to have convenient access to the building.

“We’d like to mutually co-exist,” said Amy Singer, building manager for Wallingford Center.

But many people believe the market has to move to stay alive.  On top of Wallingford Center asking for its parking spaces back, the site may simply be too small to stay financially viable.  At the end of the meeting, audience members threw out several ideas for new sites for the market including:

  • behind Lincoln High School
  • McDonald School
  • north side of Wallingford Playfield
  • Good Shepherd Center
  • parking lot behind Dick’s Drive-In
  • Gas Works Park parking lot
  • 46th between Stone Way and Interlake
  • St Benedict School

A representative from the city’s Office of Economic Development said he’d look over the pros and cons of each suggested site and return for another community meeting in the next month or two.  Any location would have to meet several requirements (room for emergency vehicles, non-arterial, etc) as well as gain the support of at least 80% of surrounding residents or businesses, something that didn’t happen with merchants on Wallingford Avenue.

Chamber president Kara Ceriello fears the Farmers Market Association will give up on Wallingford, but she’s still hoping to find a solution.

 “I still believe very much in this.  I’d like to think we can find some kind of happy compromise,” said Ceriello.

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Community meeting tonight on future of farmers market

August 31st, 2010 by master

Only a few days after a plan to expand the Wallingford Farmers Market fell apart, a community meeting is being held tonight (8/31) to discuss the current situation and the future of the market itself.  The Chamber of Commerce will host the gathering at the Wallingford Community Senior Center in the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. (6-8 p.m.; presentation at 7pm).  The Chamber is asking for your ideas and input.  We’ll be there to cover the meeting and you can read a full report of MyWallingford tomorrow.

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Wallingford businesses play big part in Family 4th

June 7th, 2010 by master

Several Wallingford businesses and the Chamber of Commerce will take part in this year’s Family 4th at Lake Union.  You’ll recall the Independence Day celebration at Gas Works was almost scrapped this year due to lack of funding.  But nearly 300 businesses and individuals donated the funds so the show would go on. Below is a look at the Wallingford businesses taking part at the celebration at Gas Works, which will take place from noon to 11 p.m. on July 4:

Rocking Chair Races, hosted by Wallingford Chamber of Commerce:  Compete in the races or buy a raffle ticket to win prizes from Wallingford area businesses with all proceeds from the event to benefit the Wallingford Community Senior Center.

Cakewalks, Hosted by Trophy Cupcakes: Kids 3-12 can participate in cakewalks held throughout the day for their chance to receive cupcakes. Random giveaways for grownups will also take place.

Dunk Tank, hosted by Not A Number Cards & Gifts:  This year, Wallingford’s Not A Number Card & Gift store brings the dunk tank fun to the Family 4th.

Inflatable Sumo Wrestling, hosted by Fuerte Fitness: The Wallingford gym will bring inflatable sumo wresting to the park.

This year’s event will also feature a very special pre and post-fireworks show performance by one of Seattle’s hometown bands, The Presidents of the United States of America.

As for traffic control, SPD is working on a similar plan as last year that allows residential access only to the neighborhood.  A map is being worked on and will soon be posted at family4th.org.  A list of local businesses staying open late for anyone waiting for post-fireworks traffic to subside will also be posted on the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce website.

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