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Entries from March 2010

Bullet holes in road signs

March 25th, 2010 by Sara

A Magnolia Voice reader sent us these pictures that he took recently of a number of road signs with what appear to be bullet holes in them.  

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He says that he has seen the signs with the holes in both Magnolia and Interbay.

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I’ve noticed a number of road signs with bullet holes in them recently…thought this might be worth posting.  As a state certified firearms instructor, this sort of behavior is very disturbing to me and needs to be handled as aggressively as possible by law enforcement.

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If anyone has any more information about this, please let us know in comments below.


Ballard Bridge lane closures

March 25th, 2010 by Sara

Next Monday and Tuesday (3/29 and 30) there will be lane closures on the Ballard Bridge in order for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to install conduit under the structure.  From 8a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, SDOT crews will first close the right lane northbound and then re-open the lane before closing the southbound right lane, if necessary.  The city says that due to budget constraints and for safety reasons, this work must be performed during these hours.  Motorists are advised to expect possible traffic delays and use extra caution when traveling through the work zone.


Welcome our new neighborhood blogs

March 25th, 2010 by Sara

We’re happy to officially announce the launch of three new neighborhood news sites in our community network here in North Seattle: Maple Leaf Life, Wedgwood View and My Wallingford. This is Next Door Media’s first expansion since the network grew from My Ballard to a total of five sites a little more than a year ago.

Just like MagnoliaVoice, each of the new sites is edited by journalists who live in their respective neighborhoods: Mai Ling Slaughter and Mike Ullmann in Maple Leaf, Wayne Wurzer in Wedgwood and View Ridge, and Marina Gordon in Wallingford. And each share the vision of a community-powered approach to neighborhood news.

If you know someone who lives in the new neighborhoods that might be interested in checking out the new sites, please let ’em know!


Controversial townhome plan scrapped

March 25th, 2010 by Sara

2200 32nd Avenue W, Seattle WA

The developer who owns the home and land at 2200 32nd Ave West has put it up for sale, effectively killing the plan to put townhomes on the site. 

Neighbors with homes bordering the property next to Bartells were concerned about the impact of having ten three story townhomes so close to their backyards.  In 2008 they gathered petition signatures to keep the city from rezoning the property to multi-family use.  A hearing officer agreed with their appeal to keep the area zoned for single family homes.  

The listing agent says developer Meridian Greenfield decided to sell the property instead of pursuing the townhome plan.  The 21,406 square foot lot includes mature trees, a carriage house, garage with loft, 2 large stone fireplaces, hardwoods, and cherry cabinets plus a $50,000 allowance to finish the remodel to the buyers specifications.  The property can be sub-divided into four or five lots by a new owner.

It is interesting to note that the property sold for $921,500 in 2003, was sold again in 2006 sold for $1,600,000 and is on the market now for $1,499,950. 


No dogs on North Beach trail?

March 23rd, 2010 by Sara

UPDATE:  The sign that was on the fence at the top of the bluff on the Discovery Park North Beach Trail was removed yesterday.  The Parks Department says new signs are going up that won’t include restrictions on dogs.

Magnolia Voice reader Nathan took this picture of a new sign in Discovery Park.


I was wondering if you had heard anything about the new restrictions and warnings posted on the North Beach Trail in Discovery Park?  A relatively new sign (noticed it on 3/14) is posted at the trail entrance at the top of the bluff.  Among other things, the sign indicates that dogs aren’t allowed on the trail.  I haven’t called Seattle Parks yet, but wanted to see if you had heard anything about this?

We did call the number listed on the sign and we were told that the trail is getting pretty torn up and that is why they have placed the restriction on dog use.


Fore! Interbay Golf Course is back open

March 23rd, 2010 by Sara

Interbay Golf Center driving range has reopened nine days earlier than expected following a five-week, $1million renovation according to

The improvements include two new ball dispensers, new artificial turf for the range and fresh paint for the clubhouse and net poles.  Course management says the recent good weather allowed them to get the work done without any delays and open earlier than expected. Funding for the enhancements came from golf revenues.  In addition, the price of a round of golf  at Interbay is going up just a bit starting April 1, from $13 to $14 on weekdays and from $15 to $16 on weekends.  Current range hours are 7am to 10pm. 


Girls Night Out Thursday

March 23rd, 2010 by Sara

The next Girls Night Out in The Magnolia Village is this Thursday (3/25) from 6-9 p.m.

Its a chance to meet up with girlfriends and wine, dine, shop and primp.   Here’s what a few of the merchants have planned:  

Magnolia Garden Center is offering 25% off any one regularly priced item at the Gift Shop or the Garden Center. (MagnoliaVoice sponsor)

Dish it up! wants you to register today for one of two free cooking classes and specials on Le Creuset. 

Swirl Wine Bar is having a Rosé wine tasting with special glass pour pricing, appetizer specials and raffles.

SZMANIA’S  is featuring an Elder Blossom martini with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Vodka, fresh Lemon and sparkling Rose garnished with a Cherry Blossom for $5, plus a variety of special spring appetizers from $3-$7 and a drawing for gift certificates.

Vixen is offering an Express Mani for $15 or Pedi for $25 that includes shaping, polish or buffing and moisturizing with a free cuticle treatment to take home.  Or book an Express Eye Lift for $25 that includes a brow shaping and a microcurrent eye lift.  All services include a gift.

Magnolia Village Pub is hosting a Happy Hour with  $5 Cosmopolitans and half off appetizers and $5 organic fruit infused Vodkas  made from scratch daily.

Serendipity Cafe is having a Stella & Dot Jewelry Trunk Show along with festive drinks. Stella & Dot is sold exclusively via private trunk show.


Meet Dixon!

March 22nd, 2010 by Sara

Dixon is a high energy 5-year old Border Collie/Chow Chow/Lab mix.


He’s quite the handsome guy with a thick black coat, white toes and chest, and a big curly tail. Dixon is friendly, outgoing and happy, although he’s not the super cuddly type.


He’s athletic and exuberant, and requires a guardian who is familiar with his breeds and understands how to focus his pent up energy. He’ll benefit from ongoing training (he knows “sit” already), and could use some more work on leash walking and house manners. But he’s one smart cookie and picks up new things quickly. 

A very active home with kids at least 13 would be best for Dixon. He’s good with some other dogs, although he really prefers humans. Cats aren’t his cup of tea, so he’ll need a cat-free home. Come meet Dixon and see what a sweet, happy boy he is!


Dixon is at the Seattle Animal Shelter just waiting to meet you. The shelter is located at 2061 – 15th Ave W (1 mile south of the Ballard Bridge), and is open for adoptions Tuesday-Sunday from noon-6:00pm (closed on holidays). You may find adoption information here.


Lost dog on the run

March 22nd, 2010 by Sara

Just got this from a Magnolia Voice reader who tried to catch a dog that was running loose this evening.

6:45 PM on Monday evening, March 22nd.  If anyone has lost a small white, miniature husky looking dog, he was running in and out of traffic, running as fast as he could down Emerson, (on the south fence of Discovery Park) going east. He almost got hit by several cars.  Three to five people, including myself, chased after him, got out of our cars and tried to catch him. I lost him at 36th and Emerson.  He had on a collar and tags and was well groomed! He would not stop running and when I lost sight of him, I gave up my search.


Sewage overflow options for Magnolia

March 22nd, 2010 by Sara

In older parts of the King County sewage system, both rain water and sewage travel down the same pipes to the wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rains, these pipes often overflow sending the untreated water directly into Puget Sound. This is called Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO).  One of the trouble spots is in the Magnolia area.

In 2008, King County reported that the South Magnolia CSO facility has 19 overflows per year on average that discharge a total of 31 million gallons into Puget Sound.  Options being considered to resolve this issue must be capable of managing a volume of about 1.8 million gallons of peak flows in order to meet regulatory requirements.

32nd Avenue W (underground storage)

The proposal above shows an underground storage tank located in the Seattle Parks property along 32nd Ave West.  It would provide odor control and electrical facilities with an underground diversion structure to send flows to the tank. The city says that there are challenges with this plan, because of the steep slope location and the narrow street. Information about other proposed alternatives for CSO control projects in South Magnolia can be found here along with the pros and cons for each alternative.

There is a community meeting on Tuesday March 23 at the Magnolia Community Center from 6p.m. to 8:30 pm to discuss the alternatives. Until April 16, Magnolia residents can also fill out an online feedback survey.  Public input will be used to determine what proposal the country will forward for environmental review. This spring, the project team will refine and review these alternatives.  Fill out the form here and select feedback form in the header.