Creatures take to the streets on All Hallows Eve

Something strange happened in Magnolia tonight.
Creatures took to the street! Hundreds of them both big and small, some in masks, others ghoulishly green or with cat eyes and whiskers roamed the streets on what would have been just another Monday.

No one knows exactly what happened. It was as if time stood still. There were no cars. There were no airplanes overhead, just a sickly wind blowing through the Village as creepy crawlers and visitors from beyond wandered the street hungering for who knows what.

The smart ones stayed at home or behind closed doors. And when the creatures came, the living threw candy at the creatures to keep them from clawing their way in. It was a haunting affair by all accounts.

And as darkness settled in overhead, just a crescent moon razor-blading a section of the inky fabric, the strange ones continued their search, slowly walking through the streets trying to fill a void that would never be filled.
Miraculously, professional photographer and crack reporter Steve Smalley was on hand documenting the night. Sadly, only his camera was found the following morning beside a pile of bones. These are the pictures that remained on Steve’s camera.

Magnolia preschoolers get an early start

Happy Halloween, everyone! Photo by Karen Czyzewski

Preschoolers from Magnolia paid a visit to the Magnolia Community Center today where they were greeted by candy-weilding staffers. Their trick-or-treating endeavors will surely continue from 4 to 6 p.m. today at stores throughout the Village.

Magnolia Community Club says mayor has it wrong about community center usage

The president of the Magnolia Community Club (MCC) has sent a letter to the mayor suggesting his budget has mislabeled the neighborhood’s community center and its level of usage.
Mayor Mike McGinn’s budget for 2012 shows, as it did last year, more cuts into community centers throughout the city. Of the $121,130,643 proposed for a 2012 Parks and Recreation (DPR) budget, $81,274,457 is to be pulled from the general fund – which has been shrinking under the current economy. Hence the need for cuts.

About 67 percent of the DPR budget or $81,677,000 is personnel. So the mayor looked at ways to trim that cost yet keep facilities open. So with a team of consultants, he created service level designations for centers based on physical facilities, current use and demographics. Level 1 means a community center is open 70 hours a week. Level 2a means a center is open up to 45 hours a week and Level 2b means a center stays open no more than 25 hours a week. The latter is the proposed designation for the Magnolia Community Center and what MCC president Diana Dearmin is fighting.
In her letter to the mayor, Dearmin writes:

“We understand that the Magnolia Community Center has not been credited for actual square footage used to conduct its regular scheduled programs when portions of Catharine Blaine School are used daily and that the absence of the actual square footage substantially penalizes Magnolia in the rating system. We therefore request that these inequities be corrected and that the Magnolia Community Center be re-assigned to Tier 2A if tiered service levels cannot be avoided.”


Today’s the day!

The Poppins family popped into Magnolia for last year's Trick or Treat in the Village event.

Kids throughout Magnolia will be roaming West McGraw Street this afternoon in search of treats and ghoulish goblins will be doling it out by the handful. Trick or Treating in the Village takes place today from 4 to 6 p.m. at most participating businesses in and around the Village.

The annual event draws kids by the hundreds and their parents who often spare no expense to get that certain look just right. Last year saw families as characters from Mary Poppins, Dr. Seuss characters, a menagerie of animals and pop culture figures from Pixar characters to classics from the Wizard of Oz.

Halloween safety tips

Illustration by Lynne Lancaster.

Only one in three parents talk to their children about being safe on Halloween. Even though so much of the lore around Halloween is indeed lore, it’s always a good idea to play it safe.
Here are some safety tips from the Washington state Department of Health.


Lost dog found

Credence was lost over the weekend but just returned home.

A male black lab named Credence was lost over the weekend near 31st and Ruffner streets. But the 12-year-old, medium-build dog was found this morning and the owners are couldn’t be happier to have their friend back.