Entries from April 2012
April 30th, 2012 by Sara
From our partners at Phinneywood
Thanks to the 2008 Parks levy, $15 million was allocated for communities to develop new parks. $7 million has already been allocated, but another $8 million is available in the 2012-13 cycle.
Project proposal letters are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 11, and full project applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.
Parks Department officials will help applicants at a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Check out the Parks Department’s online application system, which includes templates for proposal letters and applications, a detailed timeline, criteria, and analysis maps.
Tags: new park grants, seattle parks department
April 30th, 2012 by Sara
It looks like it will be awhile before Magnolians can make their own fro-yo creations right here in the neighborhood. I spoke with a crew member at the work site today and he said it would be a couple of months until Menchie’s Magnolia shop will officially open it’s doors on McGraw. The frozen yogurt chain is known for having a “rotating selection of eclectic frozen yogurt flavors and every topping under the sun.” You can sample the flavors, then fill your own bowl, top it and pay for it (the price is based on weight of the finished product).
In a phone conversation today, the Menchie’s Corporate office confirmed they don’t have an exact opening date for the store- but said it should be around two months.
Tags: Menchie's, new frozen yogurt shop, when is mechie's Magnolia opening
April 28th, 2012 by Sara
By Reporter Steve Smalley
Door to door
The magazine crews are back in the neighborhood this afternoon. Homeowners are asked to order publications which the sellers say will, “get people jobs in the Central area,” according to a Magnolia resident who spoke with the men. As of 1PM Saturday, there were two salesmen knocking on doors, delivering their pitch to residents.
Tags: door to door, knocking, magazine sellers
April 27th, 2012 by Sara
Matty and Kelten
A local dad is reaching out to our community to help raise money to find a cure for diabetes. He writes:
My name is Matt Campbell and I am a resident of Magnolia. My son Matty was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 years ago. He and his classmate Patrick Scott, who is also a type 1 diabetic, have formed a team (The MighT1′s, which also includes their friend Kelten) for the Beat the Bridge race…an annual event put on by Nordstrom and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to support JDRF in it’s efforts to find a cure for diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also known as “juvenile diabetes,” is an autoimmune disease whereby something has caused the body to stop making insulin, a hormone necessary for converting food into energy. No one knows what exactly causes it: only 10% of people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes have a family member with the disease. Until a cure is found, it is a permanent condition that must be carefully monitored with frequent blood sugar checks and insulin injections either using an insulin pump or syringes. (Most people are more familiar with type 2 diabetes. With type 2, the body still produces insulin, but is not able to use it effectively without the help of medication and, in some cases, additional insulin.)
This is the second year that Matty and Patrick have teamed up together. Their former pre-K teacher at the Magnolia Co-Op, Judy McEvoy, upon hearing about their team decided to do a fundraiser at her Yoga Studio
to support the team. I have reached out to a number of the businesses in the Village for items for a raffle and they have been incredibly supportive because it is such a wonderful cause… People’s Bank, Umpqua Bank, The Village Pub and Menchies have either given us an item or hung a beat the bridge poster or both. I am calling this undertaking “It Takes a Village.” It’s community supported events like this that make me very glad to live in Magnolia.
He goes on to write :
The 1 great thing about Type 1 diabetes is the tangibility of the results over the last 20 years. JDRF’s main goal is to cure Diabetes, but their secondary goal is the improve the lives of Type 1 diabetics and the progress that is being made right now, because of the fundraising, is incredible. On the horizon is the artificial pancreas! The bottom line is, there are (unfortunately) hundreds of worthy causes, but this is one where we are seeing direct results right before our eyes… As a parent of a T1D it is truly amazing and inspiring!
Judy McEvoy writes:
Village Yoga is proud to host a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in support of Team Matty, Patrick & Kelton, “The MighT1′s”. This is a family yoga event on May 6th, 2-3:30p. Kids 4+ are welcome. Cost per family will be $20 at the door.
For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact Village Yoga at 206-466-2429. To join The MighT1s at Beat the Bridge and help find a cure for type 1 diabetes, you can click here
Tags: beat the bridge, diabetes, fundraiser, juvenile, local family
April 27th, 2012 by Geeky Swedes
Tags: fire, Fishermen's Terminal
April 26th, 2012 by Sara
Spring is in the air, and with that comes Magnolia’s 2nd annual Springfest & Art Walk, this Friday, April 27th from 5-8pm. With 22 stores and businesses participating, there will be tons of art to see and sips and snacks to enjoy as you pop in and out of shops in the Village. Here’s a mini preview of what you can expect:
- Magnolia CPA and The Magnolia Mailbox will be hosting an open house with three artists, Eric Olson, Corinna Sinclair and Cathy Graczyk, along with the musical stylings of the “Magnoliacpa and the 1040′s” jazz duo featuring Jason Graczyk – guitar and Jon Goneau – keyboard. They will also be serving wine, coffee and light appetizers. Both businesses are located on the first floor of the Magnolia Center Building in the hallway that runs between Wheeler and McGraw Streets.
- Vixen Day Spa and Boutique will feature art, as well as libations (3209 W. McGraw).
- Jazz guitarist Marco DeCarvalho will be playing in front of Starbucks from 6-7:30.
- The Friends of Magnolia Manor Park are hosting a “Build your own Birdhouse” workshop. Paints and supplies will be available if you’d like to build your birdhouse right there, or you may take your kit home. Stop by their table outside of Umpqua Bank in the Village (at 32nd and McGraw). There will be four designs to choose from, with suggested donations of $15 dollars per kit. Proceeds will go toward the park fund. For more information, please contact Susan Casey at email@example.com or Melanthia Peterman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Magnolia Community Center will host bounce houses, tumbling fun and a pottery sale for Mother’s Day. (Bouncing and tumbling for ages 10 and under). $3 per child; pottery sold separately, but all proceeds benefit the center. Kids get in free with the purchase or a $3 or more item. Free gift wrapping for purchases more than $10. For more information, call the center at 206-386-4235.
Plus much more…W. McGraw street will remain open to traffic, so please walk carefully- see you there!
Tags: Art Walk, local merchants, McGraw st, Springfest
April 24th, 2012 by Sara
Magnolia’s Bill the Butcher
will be a proud participant in this year’s Dining Out for Life
on Thursday, April 26th. This is the 19th year for Dining Out for Life-
where restaurants throughout King, Kitsap & Snohomish Counties raise money for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. On that day, all five of their shops, including the Magnolia location will donate 20% of their sales. They will also be spotlighting their Signature Sausage - the house-made & very popular “Smokin’ Hot Cheese Dog.”
DINE OUT. FIGHT HIV.
When you dine at a participating restaurant, grocery store, cafe, or bakery on this day, up to 30% of your purchase is donated to Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against illness and hunger in our community. Click here to see participating restaurants
Lifelong AIDS Alliance is a non-profit organization that prevents the spread of HIV, provides support services for those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as delivers medically nutritious meals to individuals living with and without HIV/AIDs through the Chicken Soup Brigade Program. Based in Seattle, Lifelong advocates to expand resources for programs that benefit those at risk of and living with HIV/AIDS.
Tags: Dine out for life, fundraiser, lifelong AIDs Alliance, Restaurants
April 23rd, 2012 by Sara
I spoke today with Bill Watson, store manager and employee for 20 years, about the upcoming closure. Here’s what he had to say:
- A man named Zeleke Kassahun purchased the store’s right to sell liquor during a month-long online auction for $241,300. (The 167 stores in Washington state sold for more than 30 million dollars at auction).
- All state liquor stores will close on May 31st- liquor sales will go private June 1st.
- Although many of their wines are currently on sale, Bill says don’t expect “going out of business sale” prices on the rest of the alcohol- anything left on May 31st will go back to the distribution center.
- Bill is retiring and moving to Palm Springs. He says ”Magnolia has been a great place to work, and he’ll miss our neighborhood.”
We will keep you posted!
The management at the Magnolia Liquor store found out Friday that they will close April 26th. Magnolia Voice will follow up asap for more details.
Tags: liquor license, liquor store closing, privitization of liquor
April 22nd, 2012 by Sara
MV reader Lindsay writes:
I live on the corner of 22nd Ave W andDravus Street. Last night, between 9:30pm and 5am, somebody attempted to siphon gas out of my gas tank. The person must have gotten spooked, because they left the tube in my gas tank as well as the nozzle and an empty Pittsburgh Steelers backpack. They managed to get my gas tank door open (which has a locking mechanism) and chipped the paint in the process. The police came and took the evidence, but I just want to warn readers to stay on the lookout. I’ll be buying a locking gas cap…
Thanks for the heads up!
Tags: attempted theft, crime, gas siphoning
April 22nd, 2012 by Sara
From our partners at myballard.com
With half a dozen candidates in the running for Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson’s seat in the 36th District, The Stranger hosted a forum last week for the candidates to duke it out, using a Survivor-style game show theme. At Spitfire in Belltown on Monday night, the candidates gathered on stage with The Stranger’s Dominic Holden and Rep. Dickerson as each candidate was asked for their position on a certain issue. After their answers, audience members voted via text message on their least favorite candidate, effectively kicking them “off the island” and out of the forum.
Out of the six Democratic candidates on the stage, Sahar Fathi was the last candidate standing at the end of the night. Our news partners, The Seattle Times, reports that Fathi, 28, “advocated for poverty alleviation and racial equality issues,” at the forum. If elected, she would become the first Iranian-American woman to serve in any state legislature, says the Times.
Tags: 36th district, candidates, stranger's game show
April 22nd, 2012 by Sara
Magnolia resident Camille Murphy recently won the King-Snohomish County Spelling Bee, and will be representing our region in Washington DC in late May at the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. The 12 year-old took a few minutes to answer some questions for Magnolia Voice.
Q-How did you feel when you got your final word “dystopia”?
A- I felt really excited, because I felt that I could win, but also I knew that I had to stay calm and spell it before celebrating.
Q- How are you preparing for the national bee?
A-I am taking the sample tests online, being quizzed on a study list, and looking over the dictionary.
Q- What are you most excited and nervous about?
A- I am most excited about exploring Washington, DC in tours and other events, and nervous that I’ll get out in one of the first few rounds.
Q- Have you been in many spelling competitions?
A- I started spelling bees in fourth grade, when our class had a few competitions, and in sixth grade, I got second place in my class bee, and second place in the school bee. This year, I was very determined to do well, placing first in my class, first in my school, and at my first ever regional spelling bee, I won!
We wish you the best of luck in May!
Tags: local girl in national spelling bee, magnolia spelling bee
April 19th, 2012 by Sara
Man in the middle of the street
Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are repairing street pavement in the intersection of West McGraw Street and 33rd Avenue West. They started work yesterday, and expect to complete work by Wednesday, April 25. One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open on West McGraw Street; however, 33rd Avenue West will be closed to through traffic. Access to businesses will be maintained and the sidewalks will be open.
Tags: mcgraw street, road work, street repairs
April 18th, 2012 by Sara
by reporter Steven Smalley
Don’t tell anyone. Luigi’s Restaurant, next to the Post Office in the Village, has reopened. Luigi tells Magnolia Voice it’s a soft opening designed to break in the pizza place slowly. So, go order off the menu, eat well, and be kind. The grand opening is later. Lunch is served for now. Schedules and menus are in flux. So go say hi to Luigi, but keep it on the down-low, okay?
Tags: Luigi's soft open, remodel
April 17th, 2012 by Sara
The Seattle Animal Shelter says this gorgeous collie mix is:
…gentle, calm and easy to handle. Her perfect day includes a leisurely walk or two, some naps, some snacks, and plenty of time with her people. Her coat is lush and soft, and she enjoys being brushed (gotta keep up appearances!) As a senior (around 10 years old), she’s a little slow getting up but she has no trouble with stairs.
The ideal home for Duchess is a calm, adult-only home with some prior dog experience. She gets along with other mellow dogs, is already house-trained, and will “sit” on command. If your kingdom is in need – Duchess is ready to rule! Duchess qualifies for the Seniors for Seniors program: senior citizens or disabled adults with a “Gold Card for Healthy Aging,” or a “FLASH” card, issued by the City of Seattle, may adopt an older dog (at least six years old) at a special price. There will be no fee for the adoption itself, and the licensing fee will be half-price!
Duchess is being pampered in a Seattle Animal Shelter foster home. If you would like to meet her, download a Dog Adoption Application here, and follow the instructions on the application for submission via email or fax. You may also pick up/drop off the application at the Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061-15th Ave. W. (1 mile south of the Ballard Bridge). The shelter is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-6:00 pm, and closed on holidays.
Tags: adopt a dog, duchess, pet of the week