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Entries from November 2008

Discovery Park docents needed

November 30th, 2008 by Sara

If you love sharing nature with others, you might be the perfect candidate for the Discovery Park docent class of 2009.

Docents (volunteer naturalists) participate in 12 weeks of training and commit to at least one year of volunteering. Responsibilities ranger from helping children catch a dragonfly larva for the first time to teaching the public about life in Puget Sound. Docents lead programs for school groups, teach interpretive programs on the weekends, and staff hands-on discovery stations in the busier areas of the park. Class of 2009 begins in February and applications are available now. For more information, contact Kit Benshoof at 206-386-4237.


New florist coming to The Village

November 29th, 2008 by Sara

There’s a new business moving into the Magnolia Village next week.  Katy’s Daisies is located next door to Ichiro at 2436 34th Ave W.  The sign on the door says it will open on December 1.  Katy’s Daisies is a flower shop in the space that used to house a catering business.  We will check it out when they open their doors just in time for the holidays.

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Ugly fight in Magnolia cul-de-sac

November 28th, 2008 by Sara

An article in The Stranger outlines a dispute in a Magnolia neighborhood. One neighbor’s attempt to beautify the block has turned into a bizarre war filled with screaming matches, threats, and protection orders on Brygger Drive West. In the two years since the problems began, neighbors say they’ve been forced to become “shut-ins,” installed security cameras outside their homes, and forbidden their children from walking in front of certain houses on the block.

It all stems from a 10-foot parking strip. When one neighbor decided to beautify the street by installing large planters on a dry patch of grass on the corner of her home along the parking strip, another neighbor took exception to the beautification efforts because he wanted to park his cars there.

The Stranger was contacted by that man who asked them to write his story about “crazy neighbors,” police harassment, and a cover-up at the city. To read the rest of the story, click here.


Happy Thanksgiving from Magnolia Voice

November 27th, 2008 by Sara

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers from Magnolia Voice!  We are thankful to all of you who take time to read and respond to our news blog. 


Village townhomes almost complete

November 26th, 2008 by Sara

Its not easy selling real estate these days but the two Windermere agents repesenting the new Carleton Park townhomes in The Village say they are confident they will find the right buyers for the homes that start at $1.2 million.

The homes are nearing completion and they expect to have an open house on January 15th. That’s also when they will begin full scale marketing efforts.  Magnolia Voice got a first look inside.

So far only one townhome is spoken for, by the man who sold the former parking lot to the developer, Magnolia resident Tim McHugh. While the agents, Dave Medina and Gregory Walker, admit that the economic uncertainty makes this a challenging time to sell these townhomes, they believe that the right buyers will fall in love with the location and amenities. They hope to sell one townhome each month starting in January.

Each home has a two car garage, an elevator that serves the three story home, an entry level home office space, a central vacuam system and a security system. The finishes in the townhomes are luxurious with two fireplaces, travertine flooring, Brazilian hardwood and top of the line kitchen appliances including custom cabinetry. There are two decks and the homes range in size from 2,500 to 3,000 square feet.

The agents say that landscaping will begin soon and the appearance of the townhomes will be softened by the trees and bushes going into the site.

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Future of Interbay Golf Course

November 25th, 2008 by Sara

Here is your chance to share your opinion about the future of the Interbay Golf Course. Seattle Parks and Recreation wants input from the community to update the Golf Course Master Plan and Economic Analysis for all four municipal golf courses.

If you are interested in golf at Interbay, they want to hear from you to help develop the future of the nine hole course, including funding, perimeter trails, club house renovations, driving range expansions and maintenance facility renovations

There is a public meeting at 6:30 on Tuesday, December 2 at Interbay Golf Course. For more information visit the website.

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Girls night out in The Village

November 24th, 2008 by Sara

Magnolia merchants are presenting the first Girl’s Night Out in The Village on Thursday, December 11 from 5pm to 8pm. They say it will be a chance to shop, taste, sip and pamper. Sounds pretty good!

There will be exclusive offers, gifts with purchase and door prizes throughout the evening. Participating merchants include Around the Block, Bleu Papillon, Cocoa & Cream, Dish it up!, Lerous Fine Apparel, Magnolia Garden Center, Swirl Wine Bar, Szmania’s and Vixen.

You can start the evening at Szmania’s for Chocolate Martinis at the special price of $5 and some free nibbles before doing some serious shopping.

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Attemped break in on 34th Ave

November 23rd, 2008 by Sara

This just in from the Seattle Police Department:

Sunday morning at about 8:00 AM  officers responded to a call of a young male suspect attempting to break out an apartment window in the 4200 block of 34th Avenue West. The victim heard noises at her front apartment window and also heard someone shouting.

When she went to the window, she saw the suspect break the front window with his hand attempting to gain entry into the unit. When the suspect saw the victim, he left, walking up the driveway. Responding officers conducted an unsuccessful area search for the suspect. Investigation revealed that the same suspect possibly attempted to open another front door at a residence on the same block at about 6:00 A.M.


If you can’t sell it, rent it

November 23rd, 2008 by Sara

This new house at Dravus and 28th has been on the market for $1.6 million for over eight months with no buyer in sight.  In what is likely a sign of the times, the four bedroom three bath home is now for rent.

The monthly rent for the home that offers sound and Olympic views, granite counters and top of the line appliances is $4,500.  The home also has a formal living room with a gas fireplace, separate formal dining room and hardwood floors.  

There is a curved staircase, a media room, wine cellar and the house has a three car garage.  Renters are required to put down first and last months rent with a security deposit and there are no pets allowed.

It will be interesting to see if other upper end properties in our area end up as rentals as the housing market continues to struggle.  It will be more interesting to see if anyone is interested in spending that kind of money for a rental.

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Thanksgiving options in Magnolia

November 23rd, 2008 by Sara

If you are looking for a good thanksgiving dinner in Magnolia we have two options for you.  

Szmania’s is offering an a la carte menu that includes Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Sage Bread Stuffing, Autumn Vegetables, Brussel Sprouts, Yams and Cranberry-Orange Relish for $27.  There is also a complete turkey dinner for kids 12 & under for $22 including  a salad &  special dessert.  Other menu items available that day include New York Steak, Alaskan Coho Salmon, Jager Schnitzel & Butternut Squash Risotto plus lots of traditional side dishes, appetizers and Pumpkin Pie by Grandma Irene. 

Szmania’s is open from 1pm to 7pm and they have room for families large and small.  For reservations call (206) 284-7305. 

Palisade is also open on Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner that includes Free-range Turkey with rich Apple-Sausage Stuffing, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Soufflé, brown butter glazed vegetables and pineapple-cranberry relish for $32.  They also have Thanksgiving desserts including Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake. They are also offering their traditional menu including lots of seafood and steak entrees such as Australian Rock Lobster Tail, Rotisserie Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, Cedar Plank Roasted Wild Salmon and Miso Butterfish.

Palisade is open from 1pm to 8pm on Thanksgiving.  For reservations call (206) 285-1000.   

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