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Get rid of those old TVs – FREE

October 29th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
If you’re like most of us, once you bought that new flat screen television, the old tube monster is stashed in the garage awaiting its fate for another day, TBD. A trip to the dump costs money. Get rid of old TVs and myriad other consumer goods this Saturday, Nov. 1 at Magnolia United Church of Christ. The service is free.
This recycling event, put on by 1 Green Planet, will take whatever is stacking up. Here is just a partial list: Cell phones, circuit boards, computers, freezers, lawnmowers (empty gas), metal furniture, microwaves, motorcycles, printers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, bicycles, BBQs, kitchenware, typewriters, satellite dishes, scrap metal, VCR players, vehicles, washers, weed eaters, et al.
Here are the DON’TS: Wood, wooden furniture, glass, chemicals, paint, books, cardboard, disks & drives, audiotape, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, tires, lightbulbs, Styrofoam, hazardous waste or oil.
The complete list of items they will take is truly amazing. Check out the whole thing by clicking on their website here.
Magnolia United Church of Christ is located at 3555 W. McGraw St. The recycling event is free. Hours are 10a.m.-3 p.m. Cash donations are welcome.

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Trick or Treat in the Village Friday

October 29th, 2014 by Sara

If your household is anything like ours, you have already been counting down the days until Magnolia’s spookiest event of the year-Magnolia’s annual Trick-or-Treat in the Village will take place Halloween (Friday, October 31), from 4:00 – 6:00pm. W. McGraw street will be closed from 32nd Ave to 34th Ave for little ghosts, goblins, witches and more. Bring a bag for treats, your camera and your patience.

All businesses in the Village are invited to participate. Businesses in Magnolia that are not in the Village are also invited to join in the fun, just contact the Chamber, at to reserve your spot on the corners of 33rd Ave and McGraw.

Those with little ones may be wondering what to do while you are waiting for the main event? Magnolia Community Center has the answer- “Lil Spooky Things!” Your toddler (age 4 and under) can celebrate Halloween with bouncy houses, treats, pumpkin decorating, and arts and crafts for only $3 per child, (11am – 1pm at the Community Center). Click here for more information.

Please email us your favorite Halloween photos at!

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Windy night blows out power

October 26th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
The morning after an autumnal storm blows through finds the neighborhood in good shape over all. Although a major part of Magnolia was without power for a spell, the lights are back on (we assume) and the landscape held up against the fury of the weather. Even most of the political signs harkening the silly season are still rooted in place.
Magnolia Voice was able to locate only two trees that didn’t fair well. One at the corner of 32nd & Barrett toppled over completely blocking the entire street last night. By this morning crews had sawn the limbs covering the roadway leaving only the trunk, down but out of the way.
The other arboreal disaster was in front of the Magnolia Animal Hospital in the Village which lost only a large limb that blocked a lane of traffic last night. Again, crews cleaned up the blockage before morning.
If we missed some damage at your place send us word at

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Drop a donation by for Treehouse tomorrow

October 24th, 2014 by Sara

Julie writes:
My daughter and her friend will be doing a clothing drive for Treehouse this Saturday October 25th, from 12pm-3pm in the Magnolia Village in front of Starbucks.  For those that don’t know Treehouse is an amazing organization providing essential and  academic support to children in foster care. I hope you will search through your things and see if you might have anything to donate.

They are in dire need of the following:


• Graphic tees
• Denim all sizes 28-44


• Tops M-XXL


• Tops and bottoms all sizes


• Pajamas all sizes 6-18


• Boys and girls clothing 4T-5T


• Tops all sizes

 The girls will also be selling bracelets to benefit treehouse.

** any and all clothing in good condition accepted but inventory in the above sections are in dire need!

**cash donations accepted as well, and we will buy clothing for these needs

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Rare color film of Village in 1968 surfaces

October 24th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

Click here to see raw film of the Village as it used to be. Stock footage shot by Allendor Productions for the U.S. Navy Reserve, Operation Affirm, June 28, 1968 shows us as we were. You might recognize a few places – different names, same storefronts. Thanks to Sam Cotter for the tip.
YouTube video courtesy CriticalPast.


Daytime break-in yesterday at Smith and 30th

October 22nd, 2014 by Sara

An MV reader writes:

Some dear friends had their home broken into today at 2:15 in the afternoon! Quite brazen!  Jewelry, cash and electronics stolen, home trashed. Intact/functioning, properly set alarm system –  however no one could get there quickly enough to stop the robbery (as they were at work).

Police were called to the scene. No windows broken or doors forced. It appeared that burglars may have pried a bedroom window open to enter the home as footprints were found outside the window. I was told police think it is a repeat offender who is nabbing many houses in our hood.
Please be on the lookout for any suspicious persons or vehicles lingering, sizing up our neighborhood, framing our houses. Keep all doors and windows tightly locked and exterior lighting on. Consider stowing valuables elsewhere under lock and key. Do not hesitate to call 911 or the police.
This really pisses me off. We all go to work all day to pay for our lives and these jerks rob our homes while we are at work.
What can we do together to help lower these incidents here in our neighborhood?


Winter means lights out for Magnolia’s nighttime tennis players

October 21st, 2014 by Sara

Seattle Parks and Recreation will shut off the lights at most outdoor lighted tennis courts for the winter on Nov. 3, 2014. This is an effort to create energy savings during the months when few people play tennis outside. Sadly, Magnolia courts aren’t on the list…

Itching for court time? Lights at courts below stay on year round:


  • Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, 1635 11th Ave., (one court)


  • Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill, 3801 Beacon Ave. S (four courts)


  • Meadowbrook Playfield in northeast Seattle, 10533 35th Ave. NE (six courts)


  • Miller Playfield in Capitol Hill/Central District, 330 19th Ave. E (two courts)


  • Lower Woodland Park in northwest Seattle, 1000 N 50th St. (10 courts)


  • Rainier Playfield in southeast Seattle, 3700 S Alaska St. (four courts)


  • Solstice Park, in West Seattle, 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW (formerly Lincoln Park Annex, six courts)

Winter play is also available at the Amy Yee Tennis Center’s indoor courts. For information, please call 206-684-4764 or click here.  For information about the Sandpoint Tennis Center at Magnuson Park please click here. For the full listing of Seattle Parks tennis courts, click here.

Parks will turn the lights back on when we return to Daylight Savings Time in March 2015.


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Thief swipes 2 jackets

October 21st, 2014 by Sara

Carly writes:
I wanted to get in touch with you to let you know about a theft and was curious if you had heard from others…(Last) Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, 2 coats were stolen from my back door, right by the alley access to my home. I have noticed increased traffic in alleys over the past few months…It is disturbing to know someone was snooping around my home and decided to take a nice ski jacket and Northface down coat that I was letting dry. Have you heard of any other stolen items around the neighborhood? I know this is not a minor crime, but nonetheless, still bothered me.

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Hazardous materials response this morning at Magnolia home

October 20th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
Seattle Fire Department had a big turnout two days in a row with a multitude of equipment this morning parked at 34th & Blaine. This time a homeowner on West Blaine Street near Magnolia Boulevard goes to her backyard to find letters scattered all over the lawn and an unknown white powder inside the box.
The homeowner, Sonny Sine, called the post office to describe the find, who then told her to call police.
She spoke exclusively with Magnolia Voice.
“When I came home I noticed my mail was strewn outside,” she explains. “I looked in my mailbox and I saw this white stuff and I said, ‘Geez I don’t know what this is.’”
The fire department set up an assessment station outside the home to field test samples. Firefighters who spoke with Magnolia Voice said there wasn’t much of a possibility anything was too dangerous.
One firefighter putting on bunker gear said, “You never know.”
“I didn’t expect this. My goodness,” exclaimed Sine.

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Tide strands two boys

October 19th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
Two 10-year-old boys were stuck this afternoon as the tide came in near the West Point Lighthouse stranding them from shore. More than a dozen Seattle Fire Department units responded as sirens were heard across the neighborhood announcing the emergency.
Both boys were quickly rescued by a fire department boat, according to a SFD official on-scene who spoke with Magnolia Voice.

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