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Entries from May 2009

Peet’s finally opens at Interbay

May 31st, 2009 by Sara

Peet’s Coffee and Tea finally opens at the Whole Foods complex on 15th Avenue West. Monday, June 1st at 5:00am marks the officially opening of this new coffee option for Magnolia.

On Sunday afternoon, a group of Peet’s employees were working hard to get the placed spiffed up and ready for customers to start rolling in. 

Store manager Brian Doyle sees a great opportunity to catch morning commuters who need a convenient jolt of coffee or tea as they head to downtown Seattle. In addition, he is working to make this new location a popular place for community gatherings and meetings.

Brian also mentioned that Peet’s is known for having the freshest beans in the business. So if you happen to swing by and give them a try, let us know what you think.


Rant against Magnolia cruise concerns

May 31st, 2009 by Sara

It seems to us that Magnolia ends up in the Rant and Rave section of the Seattle Times more than other neighborhoods.  Today there is a criticsm of Magnolia residents who are complaining about the noise from the cruise ships at the new Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91. 

Rant: To city residents who complain about the small insignificant noises that are expected when living in an urban environment. The Magnolia residents who feel the noise from cruise line ships is worth complaining about seem to forget they chose to live in a major city and seaport. If you want silence, move to Wyoming.

We also want to remind you that there is an open house at the new cruise facility on Tuesday, June 2.  Details here if you want to attend.

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Neighborhood clean up party

May 30th, 2009 by Sara

by Magnolia Voice Contributors Kirk and Aly

The residents who live in the 3400 block of 21st Ave West got together on Saturday to show pride in their  neighborhood.  They say they are a passionate group of neighbors who have just come together recently to start to make a difference.

They organized a work party to clean up their street.    They say they wanted to clean up the area to make it look nicer but also to send a message to surrounding neighborhoods that they take pride in their block and they are happy to take back their neighborhood.

They say there have been problems recently with crime in the area and they think the cleanup day is a great way to show pride and presence in their block. They had a good crew doing some serious cleanup.

The group worked with the Seattle Police Department to start a block watch program and they also submitted a proposal to have a traffic circle roundabout installed in the intersection of 21st Avenue West and Bertona to help discourage people from driving on their street at such high speeds.

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Urban Phantom captured

May 30th, 2009 by Sara

The bear that was first seen in Magnolia two weeks ago is thought to be the same bear that was captured by wildlife agends at a greenbelt in North Everett close to the Snohomish River.

Agents tranquilized the bear and drove him to the Cascades where he was released.  They said he jumped out and took off for parts unknown. 

They spotted the bear in Everett Friday afternoon while he was taking a nap. He took off after the first tranquilizer shot but they found him again with the help of a bear-scenting dog and gave him another shot.  After he fell asleep they put the bear on a sling and carried him to a trap.  Agents noticed the bear’s coat did not look shiny possibily because he has been eating human garbage and not the nutrients he would get in the wild.

The agents tagged him so he can be identified if he shows up again. The bear has been on the run since he left Magnolia.  He was spotted in Ballard and Shoreline before his capture in Everett.  He never threatened any humans during his time on the run.

Wildlife agents don’t think he will come back to Seattle.  They said he has likely had enough of the big city. 

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Meet Zoey!

May 29th, 2009 by Sara

This week’s featured pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter is Zoey. 

It is impossible not to fall in love with Zoey as soon as you meet her! She gets so excited that when her tail wags her entire body follows. She has a magnetic personality and is full of love. She will cuddle all day and night if you let her. Zoey is that dog who lights up the room and makes you smile.

Zoey quickly befriended her foster brother and the cat that she lives with. She has done well with other dogs and cats she has met. She is very smart and catches on quickly. She’s never had an accident in the house and patiently sits and waits to be let into the house when done playing in the backyard. 

Zoey is a 2-year-old pit bull terrier mix and needs plenty of play time and exercise. However, she is also content to relax on her bed and chew her favorite bone.  Zoey has an allergy that has made some of her hair fall out. She doesn’t seem to notice and it doesn’t slow her down any. It is likely she will require special food and continued care from a vet and/or allergist.

Zoey is being adored in one of the shelter’s wonderful foster homes and is not currently at the shelter.  If you would like to meet Zoey, download a Dog Adoption Application from and email it to the Foster Dog Program at Or you can pick up and drop off an application at the shelter.

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Two houses burn in Magnolia

May 28th, 2009 by Sara

UPDATE:  SEATTLE – The fire department tells us that they suspect the propane tank from a barbecue on the porch caused the fire that burned two houses on 36th Ave West this morning near Discovery Park.  Investigators are still on the scene of the fire that caused significant damage to both homes.

A big crowd of neighbors and the media watched as firefighters battled the blaze.

The TV station choppers also buzzed overhead watching the fire.

UPDATE:  A very large response by the Seattle Fire Department to a fire that broke out a little before 11am. 

Fire crews from Magnolia, Ballard, downtown and other parts of Seattle responded to the fire that caused what fire officials tell us is significant damage.

No one was hurt in the fire that spread from the back porch of one home to the neighboring house.  The house where the fire started suffered the most damage but the neighbor’s home also suffered quite a bit of damage to the roof and upper floor.

 The two homes that look alike were built two years ago on the street that borders Discovery Park.

Breaking news:  A fire that appears to have started with a back porch barbeque caused significant damage to two homes today in the 4400 block of 36th Ave West. 

More photos and details coming…. 


Scene from Robin Williams movie filmed in Magnolia

May 28th, 2009 by Sara

Here is a brush with fame for Magnolia, though you have to look really close to catch it. Last summer there were lots of trucks and and movie equipment in our area for the filming of the movie “World’s Greatest Dad” starring Robin Wiiliams.

Scott Cummins, Magnolia resident and Founder of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, found a clip from the movie with the scene that was shot in Magnolia.  We would not call it obvious as the scene is shot in a car as it drives through a neighborhood.  However, we watched it a number of times and think we recognize the houses from a Magnolia street. 

Take a look here and see what you think.  We should warn you that the clip contains swearing by the characters.

You can see the entire movie June 6 and 7 at the Seattle International Film Festival.  It is playing at the Egyptian.  “World’s Greatest Dad” is a dark comedy starring Williams who plays a divorced, sad-sack high school poetry teacher and failed novelist who dreams of one day being a famous writer. To make matters worse, he must suffer the indignities of living with his thoroughly vile, porn-obsessed teenage son, Kyle. 

The movie was shot in a number of Seattle neighborhoods.  Here is a picture of Williams during the filming in Ballard.


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Mariners visit Lawton School

May 28th, 2009 by Sara

The Seattle Mariners held their 12th Annual Education Day last week visiting six local elementary schools to deliver the D.R.E.A.M. Team message.

Mariners players, coaches and broadcasters stressed the importance of education and positive thinking during a visit to Magnolia’s Lawton.

Mariner’s players David Aardsma, Franklin Gutierrez, Russel Branyan and Jose Lopez visited the school along with coaches Lee Tinsley and Jason Phillips.  

They presented the DREAM (Drug Free, Respect Yourself, Education, Attitude and Motivation) curriculum and the players sat among the students to watch a higlights video.  Each student got a picture of the Mariners Moose and a copy of the DREAM mission with signatures from the players.  
Thanks to Susan Ewbank for the great photos. 

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36th District lawmakers invite citizens to town hall meeting

May 28th, 2009 by Sara

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson and Rep. Reuven Carlyle will host a town hall meeting to provide an overview of the 2009 legislative session and what future steps our state should take.

The town hall will be held Saturday, May 30th from 10am – Noon at the Seattle Labor Temple. The legislators will talk about issues affecting the 36th District and the state revenue shortfall.  There will be time for comments and questions from constituents. 


Pier 91 Community Open House

May 27th, 2009 by Sara

With all the concerns that have been expressed about the new cruise terminal at Pier 91, here is an opportunity for Magnolia residents to see inside the new terminal and learn more about the cruise operations.

The Port of Seattle is hosting a community Open House on June 2 from 5- 7pm at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at 2001 W. Garfield Street.  Residents are invited to tour the new facility.

To get to the pier take Elliott Avenue West Northbound. Turn RIGHT at the signal light at Galer Street fly over bridge. At the stop sign, turn LEFT and approach the Terminal 91 security entry. Follow signage to event parking near the new cruise terminal.

If you want to attend this free event please RSVP By June 1 to  You can call (206) 728-3009 if you need more information.

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