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Entries from July 2010

Meet Kleo!

July 30th, 2010 by Sara

Our featured pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter this week is Kleo.


This sweet Chow Chow/Shepherd mix is looking for a mellow home. She’s eight years old, house trained and spayed. Her previous owners got her as a puppy but sadly lost their home recently and had to give Kleo up. Although this has been tough on poor Kleo, she’s ready to move on and start a new life with a new family. She’s currently living with a foster family and is not at the shelter.


Kleo likes attention but she’s not the overly cuddly type, typical of the Chow in her. She’s fairly easy to handle, friendly, calm, gentle and cooperative. A home with some dog experience would be good for her. She likes some other dogs but those pesky felines aren’t her cup of tea  and she needs a cat-free home.


Kleo is happy with leisurely walks and would do well in a calm environment. As you can see in her pictures, she has a thick lush coat that will need regular grooming.  If you?re ready to make a lifelong commitment to this sweet girl, you can find out more information about her here.    The Seattle Animal 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 can find additional adoption information here


Magnolia woman leads campaign against tunnel

July 29th, 2010 by Sara

A group led by Magnolia activist Elizabeth Campbell plans to collect enough signatures to get an initiative about the Highway 99 tunnel on the ballot in February 2011.  They will need to gather more than 20,000 valid signatures in the next three months.

Campbell’s group is called Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel, or SCAT. If it passed, the initiative would bar construction, operation or use of Seattle property for a Highway 99 tunnel.  Campbell, a transportation activist who ran for mayor last year, told our news partners at the Seattle Times today that she hopes the state rebuilds the elevated viaduct. "I prefer the elevated," she said. "I like the view."

SCAT has plans to use a number of methods for gathering signatures, including unattended signing kiosks.  These all weather A-frame easels will be set out in key 2007 tunnel/elevated vote neighborhoods.  They will also put signing boards at select businesses and downloadable petitions will be available through the SCAT website.  The group does not plan on using paid signature gatherers.


Magnolia mourns the loss of beloved librarian

July 28th, 2010 by Sara

As children gathered for storytime at the Magnolia library today, someone was missing.  Although the kids didn’t totally grasp what was going on, parents and staff did.  The children’s librarian who had read countless stories to countless children since 1971 wasn’t in her familiar spot.  Zane Goldmanis unexpectedly passed away last week at the age of 67.

“She was an icon in the community,” said library branch manager Lisa Scharnhorst.  “Generations of people had Zane as their children’s librarian.”


Goldmanis was born in Latvia in 1943, a time of incredible hardship for her family.  Her sister Mary Miller tells us the family fled Latvia during World War II as the Russians moved in.  The family often hid in the woods to avoid detection. 

Eventually, the family made its way to the United States when Zane Goldmanis was 6 years old.  Goldmanis lived on Anderson Island where she attended school in a one room schoolhouse.  She later went on to Roosevelt High School and the UW before working at Boeing.  During a Boeing layoff she went back to school to become a librarian, a passion she dedicated her life to for almost 40 years.

“Her whole reason for living was to reach out to children and share a love of books,” said Scharnhorst.

Staff members at the Magnolia library have set up a display in the lobby to honor Goldmanis, including a memory book that parents and children can sign.  Some of Zane’s favorite books are also on display, including one called 97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh.  Library staff members say it’s fitting for a woman who made so many children laugh through the years.

A memorial service for Zane Goldmanis will be held at some point in September when her entire family can attend.  You can also sign this online guestbook.

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Assault on bike rider in Magnolia

July 27th, 2010 by Sara

We just got this report from one of our readers.  He says he does not want us to use his name because the suspect is still at large.

At approximately 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27 a 16 year-old Queen Anne/Magnolia resident was riding his bicycle on the 2700 block of Gilman Avenue West when a vehicle stopped in front of him.  The driver (a Caucasian male, 18-21, shirtless, wearing red shorts, about 6′ tall, with short blond hair and an athletic build), exited the vehicle with a soccer ball and used the ball to knock the rider off his bicycle.  The rider was thrown to the ground violently.  The driver continued to attack the rider, who, knowing he was seriously injured, fled.  A passenger in the driver’s car took the bicycle and they fled.  The vehicle was a silver or gray late-model Subaru Outback or similar without a license plate on the front.

The rider was taken to the emergency room with lacerations, bruises, scrapes and severe pain in his left elbow and wrist.  The elbow was severely fractured and will require immediate surgery.  It will be several months before he will regain normal use of his arm.  The victim did not know the driver.  But the driver said something that indicated he believed the rider had stolen his bicycle, which was not the case.  The bike is unique: a Cervelo P2-SL frameset with all custom parts and a fixed gear (one-speed).  The rider works at a local bike shop and built the bike himself at the shop.  The bike was stolen several months ago from the rider. A couple of weeks ago, it was discovered chained to a post near the Green Lake Small Craft Center with another bike, a Lemond.  Police were called, and the rider produced his invoice for the frame with a matching serial number, and another worker at the bike shop attested to the fact that the bike belonged to the rider.  The police gave the bike back to the rider.

image                                                                                                                                                   Here is a picture they sent of the bike from when it was first built.  It now has road drop bars.

It is possible that the driver purchased the bike after it had been stolen and believed the rider had stolen it from him.  During the attack, he yelled something about where the "Lemond" was.  But knocking a bicyclist off a bike going downhill at perhaps 20+ mph is not the appropriate way to deal with a situation like this.  Serious, expensive injuries to the innocent victim resulted and they could have been far worse.  Seattle police are investigating the crime and are looking for the driver and passengers of the vehicle.  If you have any information about this, please contact Officer Sideris (#6803) at the West Precinct, 206.684.8917.  The incident number is: 10-258171.


Looking for owner of cat

July 27th, 2010 by Sara

UP0DATE 7/28  Lauren wrote to provide additional information about the fate of the cat.  Some of the people who commented on the story misunderstood what she was trying to do so here is the clarification.

Just to clarify, the cat had passed away within seconds of finding it. I am sorry people thought the cat was alive.  I took the cat (that had passed away) to animal control in the morning and they found a microchip and called the owners within a half hour.  Thank you for posting and I am so sorry people actually thought I would let a cat die on a balcony-that is incredible. Animal control suggested that I put the cat back on the sidewalk and they would pick it up during the day. The officer at Animal Control was working alone and did not have staff to send out to pick up the cat.  I insisted that I bring the dead cat in for identification.  Animal control said a car had hit the cat.   Lauren

A reader asked us to help find the owner of a sick cat that she found today.  I was walking up to the building and right outside my unit, a nice big furry cat was lying down. So I said hello kitty. But sadly it was not doing well.  I noticed pee and vomit and it was not moving. With the help of some neighbors that happened to be coming home after me the kitty is now in a box on my balcony and I hope to take it to animal control tomorrow so they can see if it has a chip-to at least identify it. Animal control was closed when I called. 911 said toss it in the trash. But our little group of neighbors decided that was not right.  We couldn’t leave it on the walkway and it is just soooo sad.  Can you post a message about this poor situation. The cat was on 2404 Thorndyke Place and it is gray/white striped large cat. Thanks, Lauren


Dish it up! expanding to Ballard

July 27th, 2010 by Sara

Magnolia’s own Dish it up! is expanding to Ballard. “They [customers] are hip foodies and we thought we should be right in the heart of where they shop – one of the best year round Farmer’s Markets in the Northwest – The Ballard Sunday Market,” owner Andrea Reith tells us. The space is right next to the new bar, Noble Fir, on Ballard Avenue.

As many loyal Magnolia customers know, Dish it up! offers things the at-home cook wants including cooking classes, skills classes, kitchen gadgets and an assortment of culinary gear. The new space is larger than the one in Magnolia and the “cooking class stage will be twice as large and feature two completely decked out Viking Kitchens for side by side cook-off competitions and throwdowns,” Reith says. The events offered at Dish it up! include “a great line up of Sunday mini market cooking classes, regular evening & daytime cooking classes, kids cooking classes, technique classes plus book signings, winemakers events and more.”

The second arm of the business, Urban Kitchen Company, will also be in this space, featuring several model kitchens for people looking to remodel the kitchen in their small, older home or condo.

Reith is hoping to open later this fall.


Five years for Mondello Ristorente

July 26th, 2010 by Sara

A Magnolia restaurant is celebrating its five year anniversary on Wednesday (7/28).  They are inviting diners to join them for Chef’s specials and a free glass of Prosecco. They will also be offering 50% off their entire wine selection that evening.

We got this note from Mondello:  Can you believe it’s been 5 years?!?  A huge "Grazie!" to all our wonderful customers for making this possible.  We love cooking for you!  Come celebrate with us.


You can call 206-352-8700 to reserve your table or they say you can just drop by too.


Nickerson Street Diet: Day 1

July 26th, 2010 by Sara

This was supposed to be the first day of work on the controversial Nickerson Street diet. But as of 11am, there was no sign of any work being done at all.

SDOT update at 2:30pm: The contractor plans to mobilize today and set up the no parking signs. Either this afternoon or tomorrow they will begin preliminary layout of the new channelization.  Once they have completed the preliminary layout, SDOT will review and approve the layout prior to the permanent pavement markings.  Grinding or removal of the existing pavement markings and installation of the permanent pavement markings are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 2.

The first phase of work also involves putting in new concrete panels at Etruria Street and new curb ramps in various locations. Then, crews will resurface the asphalt pavement on Nickerson between Etruria Street and 4th Avenue North. Once the paving project is finished, Nickerson will get a facelift that has divided the community.

The scene today.

Between Warren Avenue N and 13th Avenue W, the new roadway will have only one driving lane in each direction and a center two-way turn lane. There will be an uphill bicycle lane, and a downhill sharrow. Pedestrian crossing improvements, including new marked crosswalks, will be installed at 12th Avenue W, Cremona Street, and Dravus Street.


Normal working hours will be between 7am and 4pm. Grinding off the top layer of asphalt and repaving of the roadway is expected to occur at night and is scheduled to take a total of 3 days during the first and second weeks in August. Here is the work schedule:

  • July 26 until first week of August – New concrete panels at Etruria Street and new curb ramps in various locations
  • Two days during the first week of August – Asphalt grinding (pavement removal)
  • First and second weeks of August — Roadway base repairs and utility adjustments
  • One day later in the week of August 9 – 13: Asphalt pavement overlay
  • First three to four weeks of August – Remove and replace channelization/pavement striping
  • Last part of August – Finalize work and clean up

You can follow the project on SDOT’s webpage.

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Lost dog in Magnolia

July 25th, 2010 by Sara

Magnolia Voice reader Ken needs help finding his missing dog.

We’ve lost a small white dog, a Bichon Frise named Riley. He was last seen around 5:45p.m. on Saturday 7/24 in our back yard at 32nd & Emerson. He is not wearing a collar.  If you could put the word out, I would greatly appreciate any help in locating him.

If you see Riley, please give Ken a call at 206- 979-8770.


Chamber meeting Tuesday

July 25th, 2010 by Sara

The annual meeting of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce is set for Tuesday (7/27) at 6p.m. at the Magnolia Garden Center in The Village.  The dinner is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  The meeting will offer the chance to dine in the garden with friends and neighbors.  For more information and to reserve your spot, call Nancy at 206-284-5836.