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Entries from June 2009

Benefit fund for Hannah

June 30th, 2009 by Sara

There is now a fund set up to raise money for Hannah Geiger.  Hannah is the 19 year old Magnolia girl who was the victim of a hate crime.  The young woman was attacked near her Magnolia home on June 1 when three suspects yelled racial slurs and demeaning words while beating her.  The fund came about in response to many inquiries from people who wanted to help Hannah.   Hundreds of people gathered to show support for Hannah two weeks ago at a barbecue at the Community Center.

The Hannah Geiger Benefit Fund is now open at People Bank on West McGraw Street in The Village and deposits may be made at any People Bank branch.  Organizers say the many expressions of support for Hannah and her family, as well as concern for our neighborhood, have been heartwarming and reassuring.  They want to thank everyone for their interest and caring.


No suspects have been arrested in the case. The attackers are described as white men in their late teens or 20’s with blonde hair.  They were possibly driving a Honda. If you witnessed the attack or the suspects about 3:30 PM on June 1 near the Magnolia Community Center call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.  

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Fire station remodel

June 29th, 2009 by Sara

Magnolia Fire Station Number 41 on 34th Ave West is currently undergoing a major remodel. It is one of eleven fire station construction projects funded by the $167 million 2003 Fire Levy aimed at modernizing Seattle’s fire stations.

During construction the engine company at the station is temporarily operating from behind the old Magnolia School on 28th Ave West.  There is a large white tent for the firetruck.  The firefighters are living and responding from this location.

Fire Station 41 is undergoing a seismic upgrade, renovation, and an addition.  The project includes remodeling the station to accommodate apparatus support (decontamination and bunker gear storage) and bringing the station up to current safety standards. An addition for sleeping quarters will be added to the back of the station.

Station No. 41 was built in 1934. In 2005, the station received landmark designation from the Seattle Landmarks Board.  It is unique because it was designed and built under the Civil Works Administration (CWA), a Depression-era federal relief program. The Magnolia Fire Station is one of Seattle’s three art deco style fire stations.   The remodel will maintain the general look of the station.

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Interbay Golf summer concerts

June 28th, 2009 by Sara

Interbay golf course is offering outdoor concerts this summer.  The first one is set for Thursday July 2 and the concerts run each Thursday through the end of August.  Seating starts at 5pm and there is no cover charge.  The music goes from 5:30—8:30pm.  Reservations are available at 206-285-6079. 

Here is the schedule for the summer:

July 2—Roosevelt High School Jazz Combo
July 9— Scott Lindenmuth
July 16—Pearl Django
July 23— Susan Carr Ensemble
July 30- Stickshift Annie with Kimball and the Fugitives
August 6- Fred Hoadley Trio
August 13- Roosevelt Jazz Combo
August 20- Gail Pettis
August 27—Stick Shift Annie with Kimball and the Fugitives


Meet Blackie!

June 26th, 2009 by Sara


This week’s featured pet is an excellent example of a a cat who would make a wonderful companion after recently having some bad luck. Blackie’s elderly owner could no longer care for him so he was surrendered to the shelter. 

Blackie is only six years old and a big lover!  He loves attention, and just can’t get enough of it. If you pick him up and put him over your shoulder like a baby, he will snuggle into your neck for a cuddle, purring the whole time. He has lived with other cats so if you are looking for a companion for your cat, Blackie would be an excellent choice.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is currently full of adorable cats looking for homes.   If you have room in your heart and your home for a pet, please consider adopting an adult cats instead of kitten.  It’s a myth that adult cats end up in shelters because they are a problem. The vast majority of cats at the shelter are not there because of behavioral issues but because their owners passed away, were deployed, were forced by ecomonic circumstances to move into housing that doesn’t allow pets, or simply were not up to the commitment of pet ownership. In other words, these cats end up at the shelter through no fault of their own! 

Unlike a kitten, an adult cat like Blackie is unlikely to climb your drapes or keep you awake all night running around the house. Cats that are kept safely indoors can live to age 20 and beyond, so a six year old cat still has lots of happy years ahead. 

Blackie has been waiting at the shelter since April 26 for someone to take him home. Nine weeks is a long time to spend in a small cage! Please head down to the shelter and meet Blackie – you won’t be disappointed!  Visit the shelter’s website at to see Blackie and other animals available for adoption.

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Its almost time for Pie!

June 25th, 2009 by Sara

A new restaurant is set to open in The Village in a few weeks and the bakery cafe will offer breakfast, lunch and pie. Seattle Pie is the dream of owners Alyssa and Patrick Lewis.

Alyssa and Patrick (seen here with their sons Luke and Owen) searched all over the city for the right place to open their new restaurant before finding exactly what they were looking for in Magnolia. They say they fell in love with the neighborhood and they are moving here too.

We got a sneak peek of the restaurant that is located in the former John L Scott office at 3111 McGraw Street.

Alyssa and Patrick have been baking for 13 years and their menu features a wide variety of pies for sale by the slice or whole. Breakast will include Swedish Pancakes, Quiche and baked goods. The coffee is from Pura Vida. Lunch is fresh made sandwiches, soups and salad.  They say the food will be very old fashioned and natural.

Here is the pie section of the menu:

Prices are reasonable with whole sandwiches for $5.95 and Swedish Pancakes are $6.75 for two.  There will also be fresh baked goods and donuts each day.  They plan to offer baking classes for children and for every pie they sell they will make a donation to a local school for deaf children.

We will let you know as soon as they have a firm opening date.

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Sidewalk project complete

June 25th, 2009 by Sara

The new sidewalks are in on McGraw Street and the project is mostly complete. 

The city says there are still a few things that they need to finish. Next week, weather permitting, the crosswalks going north and east from the new sidewalk will be repainted. Then they will install the bike rack and finish up the tree pits.  

We got this note from Liz Ellis, Project Coordinator for SDOT Sidewalk Safety Repair Program:

SDOT and Merlino would like to thank all of the adjacent businesses and their customers for being so patient with us. The Magnolia Village has applied to the City for more funding for continued sidewalk repair next year. I hope that comes through and that we get to see you again in 2010!

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Boat fire extinguished at Fishermen’s Terminal

June 24th, 2009 by Sara

A large response as fire crews rushed to Fishermen’s Terminal just before 6:30 p.m. for an engine fire in a boat.

The vessel is called, “Wonderland,” and the fire was quickly extinguished.

There was lots of smoke from the fire that was caused by wiring but it was contained before it spread to the main cabin.

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Maritime industry leaders tour Terminal 91

June 24th, 2009 by Sara

The new Smith Cove Cruise ship terminal has been open just a little more than a month, and this morning maritime industry leaders from Ballard and surrounding neighborhoods took a tour of Terminal 91.

The terminal has served the fishing industry for two decades, and now it’s also home to cruise ships heading to Alaska. “The fishing business is hugely important to us, and we want to make sure it works,” Charlie Sheldon who runs the Port’s seaport division said. When the first cruise ships pulled into port on May 8th, it coincided with a busy weekend for the fishing industry. Fortunately none of the factory trawlers had to be turned away, even though things got a little intense. “We bent the rules a little bit in terms of where we put guys,” Sheldon said, “So we got cross-ways with the Coast Guard.”

The group also toured the new cruise terminal, the only place in the world with two power hookups for ships. With multiple ships coming into and out of port each week, traffic has been impacted on 15th Ave. Some concerns were raised about congestion in the southbound lanes of 15th as buses and cars wait in the left-hand turn lane. In the early weeks of the cruise season, many passengers were confused, so a big sign was added to the Galer Street flyover pointing people in the right direction.

In all, today’s group was happy with the Port’s work to ensure fishing industry stays afloat in the wake of an expanding cruise ship presence.


Summer music in the park

June 23rd, 2009 by Sara

The Magnolia Community Center will be hosting a series of concerts in the park this summer. 

This popular  family event ais held every other Wednesday night at the Magnolia Playfields Park. You can enjoy a variety of musical styles while you picnic, visit with friends and neighbors and the kids can play at the park.  Here is the schedule for this summer: 

7/8/09 Magnolia Road—Rock ’n Roll Party Hits

7/22/09 The Mark Whitman Band—Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz

8/5/09 Kids Night with Nancy Stewart—Children’s Singer/Songwriter

8/19/09 Jimmy Free’s Friends—Reggae Favorites

All the concerts start at 6pm.

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Heron Habitat Helpers volunteer opportunity

June 23rd, 2009 by Sara

On July 12th you can have fun while helping Heron Habitat Helpers. They are meeting on Sunday, July 12th from 4 to 6 PM for a light supper while writing invitations to an upcoming event. They will be gathering at a beach home overlooking Salmon Bay so they can watch the birds and the boats while eating, having fun and writing invitations.

If you would like to help, call (206) 282-3429 by July 9th to RSVP. 

Heron Habitat Helpers is working to restore and protect Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park, Natural Area and Wildlife Corridor. This area known as Kiwanis Ravine, is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the largest active Great Blue Heron colony in Seattle. 

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