Entries from June 2009
June 30th, 2009 by Gladys
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.
Tags: Hannah Geiger
June 29th, 2009 by Gladys
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.
Tags: Fire station
June 28th, 2009 by Gladys
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
June 26th, 2009 by Gladys
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 www.seattleanimalshelter.org to see Blackie and other animals available for adoption.
Tags: Interbay Animal Shelter
June 25th, 2009 by Gladys
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.
Tags: Seattle Pie
June 25th, 2009 by Gladys
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!
Tags: Village sidewalk repair
June 24th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes
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.
Tags: fire, Fishermen's Terminal
June 24th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes
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.
June 23rd, 2009 by Gladys
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.
Tags: music in the park
June 23rd, 2009 by Gladys
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.
Tags: Heron Habitat Helpers
June 22nd, 2009 by Gladys
Workers are making progress at the Briarcliff Development at 39th and Dravus.
Here is an update from John Cochenour at Lexington Fine Homes. The company is building 39 homes at the site that used to be home to an elementary school.
Almost all of the underground work has been done in Dravus. Once all the inspections are completed, then the construction crew should be able to start the replacement of Dravus in about a week. They need to replace all of Dravus in front of the site, so it will take several weeks to complete, but that should go a long way in reducing traffic disruptions, bumps and gravel.
The sanitary sewer, water mains and storm sewer lines are installed and they are now installing the power/gas/tel/cable. Qwest is just about done with their work along Dravus and SPU will be installing the 10 water services that run off of the water main in Dravus in about next two weeks.
No prices have yet been published for the homes.
June 22nd, 2009 by Gladys
There are two two new restaurants in Magnolia. La Mondellina is now open at 3111 W McGraw and Seattle Pie is getting ready to open next door.
Le Mondellina is owned by the same family that runs Mondellos. It offers gournet pasta, antipasti, sauces and salads for take out.
They will also have soups, pizza and Italian desserts and espresso. There is an area for cooking classes.
The other restaurant is Seattle Pie. They are still working to get it ready for opening and we don’t have any details on the menu yet.
Tags: new restaurants
June 21st, 2009 by Gladys
We know that some parents are still making plans for the summer so we wanted to let you know about a summer art camp for the little ones. There are two Summer Art Camps planned by the Magnolia Presbyterian Church Preschool. Registration is now open for the Iron Chef Magnolia Camp July 7 to 23 and Something Fishy Camp August 4 to 20. Sessions will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 1:00pm.
To register call Jenny Hansen at 706-3365 or 217-4867. Magnolia Presbyterian Church Preschool is located at 3051-28th Avenue West.
Tags: summer art camps
June 20th, 2009 by Gladys
We wanted to give you an update on the big sidewalk project going on in The Village.
City crews tell us that early next week the workers will be pouring concrete sidewalk and replacing a broken street panel in the southbound lane. That means that traffic on 32nd Ave W will be detoured south of West McGraw starting Monday morning (June 22nd) and lasting through Thursday morning (June 25th).
They are asking people to avoid walking in or near areas with newly poured concrete and to please use the temporary walkways to get to Laurie’s Village Salon and Nikos Gyros.
The work area will be especially busy Monday through Wednesday as they hope to get most of the work completed by Wednesday afternoon with the goal of a fully operational new sidewalk and business access Thursday morning.
The city crews also asked us to thank Magnolia residents for their patience during this work project.
Tags: Village sidewalk construction