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Entries from August 2008

Magnolia’s messiest man evicted

August 31st, 2008 by Sara

If you have ever driven down 34th Ave West, you have seen the house flying a Confederate flag, with a classic red pickup in front and piles of junk all over the yard.  The house has always been a mess in this neighborhoold of nicely kept homes, with beat up cars everywhere and trash around the propery.  Now the man who has lived in the home since the 1950’s has been evicted.

The man was legally removed from the home because he owed back taxes and the bank took the home back.  He has reportedly lived there all his life and the home was given to him by his mother. 

The home was sold in a public auction and the buyer bought it sight unseen for around $300,000.  The new owner is now responsible for cleaning it up.  When we visited the house today neighbors told us that the new owners are beginning the process but its unclear how long it will take to make it liveable.  Some wonder if the house will have to be torn down.  There are  reports of human waste in the house and when we looked in the windows you could see it was filled with garbage.  The back yard is also severely overgrown.  It looks like a huge amount of work.

Neighbors are relieved to have the man gone.  They say the place has been an eyesore for years and he has refused to clean it.  The home has not had running water for over two years and he actually tried to tap into the neighbor’s water line at one point.  The place is filled with debris.  The man was known to visit neighborhood garage sales and purchase more stuff to add to his piles of junk.

No word on where the former owner is now.

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Hit the beach at Discovery Park

August 28th, 2008 by Sara

Looking for a good outing this weekend?  Seattle Parks is offering a Family Low Tide Beach Walk on Saturday from 10am to 11:30am.  This is listed as perfect for families with small children. You will Join a trained naturalist guide to explore the intertidal world of Discovery Park’s sandy South Beach. The event is free but you need to register in advance.  Call the park at 206-386-4236 or register online at and click on the SPARC registration selection.  The beach walk is course 1025.  

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Townhomes next to Bartells approved

August 28th, 2008 by Sara

Here are the renderings of the ten townhomes that have now been conditionally approved by the city for the area next to Bartells at the junction of 32nd Ave West and Clise Place West. This southern edge of The Village is quickly turning into townhome heaven with 15 townhomes almost complete across the street. 

There are lots of trees on this site, some of them up to 60” in diameter. Many have expressed concern that the trees would be taken down for this project.  In the written approval the city claims that most of the ‘substantial’ trees, including four of the five existing Giant Sequoias will be retained. The design concentrates development into a tight cluster and they also plan additional street trees for privacy. 

We reported a few weeks ago that the permit sign posted at this project has been defaced by someone who was unhappy with the project.


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Getting ready for school

August 27th, 2008 by Sara

Little Emma is ready for kindergarten at Lawton Elementary School.  She attended the Popsicles in the Park event for students who are new to the school this year.

Over at Blaine parents were checking class schedules to find out which teacher would have the pleasure of working with their kids this year. 


Blaine also hosted an open house for students who are new to the school.

School starts at Blaine and Lawton on Wednesday, September 3.

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Moms of rescued teens say thanks

August 25th, 2008 by Sara

It’s been a tough few days for the families of the Magnolia teens who were rescued from an ice cave collapse at Snoqualmie Pass on Friday. 

Their mothers met with reporters this morning outside Harborview where their sons are recovering and took the chance to say thank you to rescuers who worked for five hours to free their sons.

Alec Corbett, 17 and Allesandro Gelmini, 14 are Magnolia neighbors who attend Bishop Blanchet High School.  Both boys underwent back surgery over the weekend and Gelmini is in surgery again today for leg fractures.  Their parents say they are very grateful that both boys are expected to recover.

It will be awhile before the boys are back to normal and it looks like they will miss the start of school but the moms say it is nothng short of a miracle that they are alive.  View the interview here.

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Studio 122 offers free workshops

August 25th, 2008 by Sara

Studio 122 owner Steven Stanfield believes the power to be healthy and live a balanced life lies within each of us. Stanfield, seen here balancing on an exercise ball, is hosting free monthly workshops at his Magnolia business where participants will learn about sustainable health.

Each workshop includes four professionals in an interactive forum. The goal of the one hour session is to provide simple tools and information for enhancing health and well-being.

The next workshop is set for Wednesday, August 27 from 6pm to 7pm at Studio 122 located at the corner of Government Way and 36th Ave West. It’s called “Getting the most out of your workout”

Studio 122 is much more than a gym, it’s an impressive health center offering programs that cater to each individual’s goals. They offer nutrition and lifestyle coaching as well as accupuncture and theraputic message.

The clients at Studio 122 range in age from four years to 81 years old and they also offer group sessions. The focus depends on the needs of the client and can include weight loss, sports training, balance or getting back in shape after the birth of a baby. Stanfield says they offer a holistic approach with an emphasis on education, giving clients what they need so they can get what they want.

There are also parent and tot play classes, infant message classes, healthy cooking classes and this fall they will be offering a creative art class. The fees for the classes vary.

If youa re interested, call Studio 122 at 206-624-6693.

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Vintage cars take over The Village

August 23rd, 2008 by Sara

Hundreds of car enthusiasts flocked to The Village today to drool over dozens of vintage and collector cars at Magnolia Village Auto Show.

The event took over McGraw Street for much of the day Saturday.

The most popular vehicle at the show was this extremely rare 1924 Delage GL Labourdette Skiff — designed to compete with Rolls Royce. The Skiff features ash wood ribs with three layers of mahogany down the sides. The chassis alone cost $5,370 back in 1923 — one if the most expensive cars of its kind.

Of course, any car show in Magnolia wouldn’t be complete without a couple Ferraris and a Lamborghini from the, ahem, higher-end residents in the neighborhood. Notice the license plate on this baby.

By the way, this year’s car show was almost a no-show. But Eric Berge from Werner’s Crash Shop worked hard to secure the permits, print up the ads and and bring the collectors to the show. Thanks, Eric!


Ballard Bridge lane closure

August 22nd, 2008 by Sara

More traffic challenges around Magnolia. 

Seattle Department of Transportation tells us the Ballard Bridge will be down to one lane southbound Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while engineers conduct a routine bridge inspection.

At least it’s just for a few hours.

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Magnolia teens rescued from ice cave collapse

August 21st, 2008 by Sara

UPDATE: The boys are recovering at Harborview. Families say it will be a long road but they are grateful that the boys will eventually be OK and they are thankful to the rescue workers for their efforts.

UPDATE: Both boys are now out of surgery. They both suffered pretty serious injuries in the snow cave collapse, including broken backs and leg fractures. Alec Corbett is listed in satisfactory condition and Allesandro Gelmini is listed in serious condition.

UPDATE: Both of the teens are currently undergoing surgery at Harborview Medical Center.

Two Magnolia teens were freed by rescue crews tonight after being trapped for several hours in a collapsed snow cave near Snoqualmie Pass.

Alect Corbett, 17 and Allesandro Gelmini, 14 are Magnolia neighbors who attend Bishop Blanchet High School.  The boys were taken to Harborview Medical Center following the rescue.  The boys are said to have serious but not life threatening injuries after being trapped for nearly five hours.

The boys were hiking near the Denny Creek trail with Corbett’s family when they walked into a snow cave which collapsed on top of them.  KING TV has video from the scene.

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Fireworks across Elliott Bay

August 21st, 2008 by Sara

To celebrate the conclusion of the Downtown Sailing Series races, there will be a fireworks show tonight (Thursday) off the shores of Magnolia. Entertainment Fireworks tells the West Seattle Blog that the show will start around 8:45 p.m. from a barge near the Elliott Bay Marina.

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