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Entries from January 2010

Bake sale for Haiti in Village

January 29th, 2010 by Sara

Your neighbors (including children) have been baking tasty treats to raise money and awareness of the plight of Haitian orphans. You can support the cause and get something sweet to eat at the bake sale to raise money for relief efforts.

The bake sale will take place on Saturday (1/30) in front of Windermere Real Estate in the Magnolia Village at 3214 West McGraw Street from 9a.m. to 3p.m..  Organizers say that 100% of proceeds will go to earthquake relief through the Foundation for the Children in Need.


Eat pizza for a good cause today

January 28th, 2010 by Sara

Local chain Pagliacci Pizza has just announced it will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from all of its locations today, Thursday, January 28, to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

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According to the owners, they decided to help those in Haiti after overwhelming company-wide support for a fundraising project. They wrote on their blog,

I, like all of you, have witnessed the news footage from Haiti over the past few weeks. Total devastation. You can’t help but be moved by the images in the press. As I was deliberating what we should do as a company, several of our employees had similar thoughts. Devesh Kumar, a driver from Miller Delivery Kitchen, was the first to approach me about what Pagliacci could do as a company. The whole Sand Point Delivery Kitchen crew talked about donating their tips to aid relief efforts. Jason Cheung, the University Pizzeria General Manager, sent out an email to all of our managers asking if their crew was interested in donating tips for a day and if Pagliacci would match their donations. Our crew really wanted to help and so did I.

In addition to donating today’s proceeds, Pagliacci will also be matching all of their employee contributions to the fund and working with their vendors to encourage a donation of the food and packaging used today.

Pagliacci has 21 locations throughout Seattle, including the Magnolia/Interbay pick up and delivery spot at 1614 West Dravus.  They will be open from 5 to 11p.m. today. (Photo courtesy of Pagliacci Pizza via Flickr)


Lane closures on area bridges

January 28th, 2010 by Sara

Could be tricky going in and out of Magnolia in the next few days. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews will make repairs on the Magnolia and Ballard bridges this week and next week.   On the Magnolia Bridge, today (1/28) and tomorrow (1/29) and February 1-3, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day, the work crew will close one lane at a time in order to make expansion joint repairs.  During the work, there will be one lane open to traffic in each direction.

During that same timeframe, the southbound right lane of the Ballard Bridge will be closed in order to make guard rail repairs. SDOT says the schedule is subject to change in the event that other unplanned, urgent needs arise.


Fighting Cock Roaster for sale

January 27th, 2010 by Sara

After a rocky history in Magnolia, the Fighting Cock Roaster on Thorndyke is listed for sale for $60,000.  The restaurant opened to rave reviews in November of 2008 but closed in March when owner Jon Davis said he needed to restructure. He reopened with an expanded menu in September but has now put the restaurant on the market. 

The $60,000 asking price includes the restaurant name, menu, recipes and equipment.  The building is not part of the sale and a new buyer would need to take over the lease or renegotiate.  

The broker listing the restaurant for sale tells us that Davis and his wife want to relocate and that is why they are selling the restaurant.  Davis says he would expect to train the new owners following a sale.

The Fighting Cock Roaster is still open for business.


Magnolia author presents ‘The Map as Art’

January 27th, 2010 by Sara

Most of us see maps as getting us from here to there, but a Magnolia author is pointing readers in a new direction by using imaginative versions of maps created by various artists.

Last Thursday, Jan. 21, the Secret Garden Bookshop in Ballard teamed up with the Ballard Library to feature Magnolia author Katharine Harmon. She presented a slide show of her new book, “The Map As Art.”

“The Map As Art” is a compilation of artwork by artists who use maps as the basis of their vision. For example, one artist painted a picture of all the continents as if they were viewed from space at night. Cities in the United States and parts of Europe were dimly lit and the rest of planet was left in the dark. The artist titled it “The Axis of Evil–Mostly in the Dark.”

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Plant a tree in Discovery Park

January 26th, 2010 by Sara

Discovery Park is looking for volunteers this Saturday, January 30 from 1:00 – 4:00p.m. to plant trees and heal habitats.   Discovery Park will provide plants, tools, gloves and guides – you are asked to bring the energy and enthusiasm.  Pre-registration is encouraged at  or (206) 386 – 4250.  Meet at the Discovery Park Visitor Center at 1:00pm.


Melt Cafe’

January 26th, 2010 by Sara

Melt Cafe’
2818 Thorndyke Ave. West (map)
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 453-3745
Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm

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Charity group looking to help in Magnolia

January 26th, 2010 by Sara

A non-profit organization that provides free home repairs for low-income homeowners is looking to provide help in Magnolia.  Rebuilding Together Seattle helps people who are elderly or disabled as well as families with children or veterans in need.   Last year they worked with the Magnolia Rotary Club to provide numerous improvements to an elderly woman’s home.  

This year they are looking for another homeowner in Magnolia to assist.  They asked us to post this information to help them find a client in need. The 20th annual Spring Rebuilding Day will occur on Saturday, April 24.

To be eligible, homeowners must be low-income and physically or financially unable to complete the repairs independently.  If you need help or you know someone who does, you can call the office for more details at 206.682.1231.


Rep. Dickerson spearheads ’safe baby bottle bill’

January 26th, 2010 by Sara

36th District Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (D) is the primary sponsor of a bill which calls to ban the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from bottles, cups and other containers that young children drink from. It also calls for a ban of BPA from sports bottles, which pregnant women use. (Bill text here. pdf)

The state house vote was nearly-unanimous yesterday to ban the chemical, moving the bill on to the State Senate. “I’m proud we united 95 to 1 to protect babies and young children from BPA-laced food containers,” said Dickerson (D-Seattle). “The strong support for this bill reflects the overwhelming evidence that kids need to be protected against this very toxic substance.” Representative Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) was the lone nay in the House. Two representatives were excused from the vote.

After the first reading in the State Senate today, the bill has been referred to Health & Long-Term Care. If this bill passes, Washington state will be the third state to ban BPA, following Minnesota and Connecticut.


Airplane noise concerns

January 26th, 2010 by Sara

UPDATE:  We got the following response to this post regarding airplane noise from the office of Larry Phillips.  “Thanks for your post today on airplane noise in Magnolia.  I wanted to offer you the following response for Councilmember Phillips’ office:  “King County Councilmember and Magnolia resident Larry Phillips is a tireless advocate for having planes to use a flight path over Elliott Bay as an alternative to Magnolia to fly into King County International Airport (KCIA) to relieve early morning noise Magnolia.  Working with fellow Magnolia neighbors, Larry has advocated for a specific proven technology called the LDA (localizer directional aid) available on all planes or equivalent technology that would enable the use of the bay.  The authority for use of the air space is under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  King County International Airport cannot unilaterally change the flight paths.  Larry has contacted federal elected officials, met with them, and lobbied the FAA directly.  If you would like to see the Elliott Bay approach utilized, please contact your Senators and Congressman and voice your concerns.”

Jim lives on 31st Ave West and he believes that airplane noise over Magnolia is increasing.  He wrote the following letter to King County: I believe the airplane noise is getting worse.  As I have observed, all
flights, from Boeing Field and now Sea-Tac are routed over Discovery Park.  I did an informal count to the number of planes in a week from January 11-18.  I counted over 100 planes and I was working 11 hours per day during that week.  One morning I was awakened by a 3:30am flight, a 4:00am flight and a 4:30am flight.  Is anything being done to change this pattern?  Will the change in weather and winds coming from the north change the landing patterns?  I have noticed that all Boeing Field planes come over or near Discovery Park.  Can’t they be routed over the water like other airports in the East coast of our nation?

We had one community meeting but I don’t know if anything is being done to remedy the situation.  I know that when we first purchased our home in Magnolia last February, there was not this airplane noise at all.  Seems like King County has re-routed all planes over our space.  What are your plans for the future?  I know we are entering our fourth month of airplane noise and if anything, it seems to be getting worse.

Is anyone else noticing an increase in flights over Magnolia recently? Let us know in comments below.  To report noise concerns anytime, you can call the Boeing Field hotline at 206-205-5242 or email  It is helpful to give the plane id if possible.  You can also call the SeaTac noise number at 206-433-5393.