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Entries from December 2010

Meet Jade!

December 31st, 2010 by Sara

This weeks featured pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter is Jade.  She is a super-sweet young cat who has been waiting awhile for someone to adopt her.  She was surrendered by her owners who moved and couldn’t take her with them.


Jade is described as a purring machine who enjoys sitting on laps and has lots of spunk.  Jade enjoys playing with toys and her previous owners reported that she gets along with other cats.  Jade takes an inexpensive and easy-to administer medication once or twice a week for a non life-threatening condition.   Currently  she is in a short-term foster home, not at the shelter, and her foster mom can tell you all about her. 


Please call 206-684-0685 to find out how to meet Jade.

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Phillips wins public official of the year award

December 29th, 2010 by Sara

King County Councilmember and Magnolia resident Larry Phillips was named Public Official of the Year by the 43rd District Democrats. Phillips received the award at the 43rd District Democrats’ Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony  earlier this month.

"People have lots of reasons to support Larry, including his work on environmental and transportation issues,” said Chris Maryatt, First Vice Chair for the 43rd District Democrats, who presented Phillips with the award. “Additionally, he is one of the most approachable members on the county council, always ready with a warm greeting and a willingness to discuss any issue that matters to his constituents."

According to a media release from his office, here are some of Phillips 2010 accomplishments:

  • Sponsoring legislation to form the Regional Transit Task Force; the task force made recommendations to keep service running for Metro Transit,
  • Securing $30 million to help rebuild the Alaskan Way Seawall and funding to acquire and protect environmentally sensitive Puget Sound shoreline on Maury Island,
  • Promoting transit oriented development on Capitol Hill as a member of the Sound Transit Board,
  • Pursuing action on his Greenprint environmental agenda which included making King County more energy efficient and promoting electric vehicles, ecoindustrial districts, green jobs, and bike sharing.

Phillips lives in Magnolia and represents the 4th District of the King County Council, which includes the 43rd District neighborhoods of Eastlake, Capitol Hill, First Hill, South Lake Union, Downtown, and Fremont

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Time for your tree to go?

December 29th, 2010 by Sara

Now that Christmas has passed, the city is offering free curbside “tree-cycling” until January 9th for customers who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection.

Trees and greens need to be cut into sections of no more than six feet with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections of trees should be bundled together with string or twine. Apartment and condo residents can put one tree next to each yard waste bin with no extra charge.

Flocked trees or trees with tinsel on them will be collected as extra garbage. These trees must be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. (Just a reminder that starting on January 1, each extra unit of garbage will cost $8.10.)

Residents who don’t subscribe to food and yard waste collection can drop trees and greens at the North Recycling and Disposal station (North 34th Street and Carr Place N) from December 26th through January 9th. Tree sections must be cut into sections eight feet or less with trunks four inches or smaller in diameter. One vehicle can drop off three trees.

As for the other post-holiday items on your throw-out list, Seattle Public Utilities wants to remind the community that all that wrapping paper is recyclable, even if it has some tape on it. You can also recycle clean paper and plastic cups, as well as aluminum foil and foil trays without food residue.

You’ll probably have extra recycling this time around, so put extra in a cardboard box and set it next to your recycling container (don’t put it in plastic bags). Flatten extra cardboard boxes.

And all food leftovers should go in your yard waste bin to be composted, not put in your garbage can.

Leftover fruitcake isn’t garbage anymore! According to SPU, 30 percent of Seattle’s garbage is made up of food waste. Put your leftover fruitcake, Christmas ham, nutshells, pumpkin pie, paper napkins, pizza boxes and other leftovers in your food and yard waste cart to make compost for local parks and gardens. For tips on storing and carrying scraps from kitchen to cart go to Consider donating non-perishable food to your local food bank


City preparing for slippery streets

December 28th, 2010 by Sara

We are all hoping that we don’t see a repeat of the Thanksgiving week storm that caused so many problems on our roads. 


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) tells us they are monitoring weather forecasts for Seattle and planning for snow and ice response accordingly. The forecast is for temperatures just above freezing overnight with up to one-half inch of wet snow possible, and an additional one inch of snow possible tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

After 10 p.m. tonight SDOT crews will proactively apply salt brine in roadway areas where frost or black ice is prone to develop, especially on bridges and other elevated structures around the city.

Starting at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning (Wednesday), SDOT spreader trucks will be prepositioned throughout the city, ready to spread rock salt on major arterial streets for the morning commute if conditions warrant.

The snow plan calls for plowing when there is more than one inch of accumulated snow on the roadway, which is not in the forecast at this time.

For more information on Seattle’s winter weather response plan and to view a map of snow routes, visit SDOT’s website.

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Historical Society celebrates 10th anniversary

December 23rd, 2010 by Sara

The Magnolia Historical Society has commissioned sculptor John Leglar, a Magnolia resident, to produce stonework that will be a permanent display in the Magnolia Village.  This is part of the Historical Society’s 10th anniversary celebration.


Leglar has worked with various local public artists and sculptors on many projects, including hand carving rosette samples for the Washington State capital renovation project.

The sculpture will be a Texas limestone panel in bas-relief, hand drawn and hand-carved. Leglar’s design will feature several iconic images from Magnolia’s past and present. Inset in the middle, will be the first plat map showing the outlines of the claims of the first five settlers of Magnolia. The piece will portray such familiar sights as the West Point Lighthouse, Magnolia’s first landmark and the Magnolia Bridge.  Magnolia’s namesake flower will be included and so will Magnolia’s famous Madrona trees which were mistaken for Magnolias by early explorers.  Other images will include a steam locomotive relating to the early days at Smith Cove and there will also be short descriptions honoring Magnolia’s native heritage and Dr. Henry Smith, Magnolia’s first pioneer.

The unveiling will be on April 10th, 2011 in a ceremony sponsored by the Magnolia Historical Society. The specific location of the ceremony will be announced soon.  More information here.   

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Chamber Business Person of the Year Nominees

December 23rd, 2010 by Sara

Each year the members of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce choose a Business Person of the Year.  Here is this year’s slate of nominees:

Courean Napolitano from Vixen
Heather Ussery, Chair of Summerfest
The Entire Summerfest Committee
Patti Howell
, PJ’s Paws and Claws
Julie and Luger Szmania, Szmania’s
Nathan Walker, People’s Bank

The Chamber membership will vote to determine a winner and we will let you know who is chosen.


Store closing in The Village

December 20th, 2010 by Sara

After just two years in business, we received word that another local merchant will be closing.  Magnolia resident Katy Breen informed us that her store, Katy’s Daisies, will be closing for good at the end of this month. Starting Tuesday (12/21)  all store merchandise will be 50% off.

The flower store opened in December, 2008 in the space next door to Ichiro at 2436 32nd Ave West.


Donate blood on Monday

December 19th, 2010 by Sara

Puget Sounds Blood Center is having a Blood Drive on Monday (12/20) at Our Lady of Fatima from 1-7pm in the Parish Center at 3218 West Barrett. It takes only about an hour to donate and this time of year the blood bank reports that their supply of much needed blood runs low.   More info on blood donation here

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A hair raising promise to Blaine soccer team

December 18th, 2010 by Sara

We reported that the Blaine girls’ soccer team won the city middle school Soccer Championship after defeating Whitman Middle school 2-1.  This was the first time a Blaine team has won a city championship in any girl’s sport.


On Friday, the team, along with coach Randy Self, celebrated the victory at an assembly where they unveiled the Championship banner which will be proudly displayed in the school’s gym. 


In keeping with a promise made to the team, Mr. Self, who is the 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Blaine, allowed the girls to cut off the long ponytail he has maintained for over 20 years. This was done  in front of the entire school as player after player took turns clipping off a lock until it was completely gone.

When asked why he would agree to such a drastic measure, Mr. Self said, "I thought it was a safe bet after coaching for 10 years in this city."

Obviously not safe enough.  Congrats to Self and the soccer team! 

Thanks to Steven Smalley for these photos and story!


Caroling in The Village

December 18th, 2010 by Sara

The kindergarten students from Our Lady of Fatima spent the last day before winter break spreading holiday cheer in the Magnolia Village.  The 33 students sang Christmas songs to more than a dozen shops.    


The weather was perfect as they made their way through The Village.


The kids sang a variety of songs at each stop.  Here they are at US Bank.


And they ended each visit with a rousing chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.”


The two Kindergarten classes are led by teachers  Ms. Love and Ms. Mullin.

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