Magnolia Bridge slowly falling apart

It seems our bridge is in shambles. Built in 1929, Seattle’s Magnolia Bridge has ferns growing in patches on the bottom, and spots of rough roadway. According to this article by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, the “…Bridge, which is used by thousands of people every day, is in a sorry state….parts of it shake from passing traffic, and there are large chucks of concrete under the bridge that appear to have fallen from the structure. A net is installed beneath the Magnolia Bridge over an entrance to the Port of Seattle’s cruise ship terminal. It appears to be there to catch concrete pieces, but the city has no record of who installed it or when.”

The city inspects the bridge twice a year and maintains that the bridge is still safe for use.

Watch out for the door knocker

We got this tip from an MV reader:

There is a guy around late 20s early 30s wearing an orange coat knocking on doors claiming “he is scanning the neighborhood letting people know that there have been car break ins in the area and to make sure I lock my doors”! Seems kinda shady to me and is giving obvious advice, not sure if that is his true intent or if he is seeing who is home when and planning other things. He is on 30 th ave w heading north towards raye at 530pm on the 26th of feb! Just beware!

Has anyone else seen him or had any strange experiences?

Blaine to honor beloved teacher Karen Helweil Tuesday

Blaine families and neighbors are invited to join the administration, teachers, students and PTA for the dedication of two outdoor tables for the courtyard in remembrance of teacher and friend, Karen Helweil, who passed away in 2011.  Music from students and a few words from those close to her will be followed by light snacks and refreshments in the main entry way to school.  Families and staff, past and present are also welcome!
The dedication will take place Tuesday, March 5th at 4:00pm in Catharine Blaine’s Main Entrance/Courtyard.

New eatery to open soon in old Rudy’s location

By reporter Steven Smalley

Construction continues at the restaurant location previously occupied by Rudy’s Place at 34th Avenue West and West Emerson Street, with workers laboring furiously both inside and outside the structure. Inquiries to the Magnolia Voice tips hotline prompted some questions of our own to the proprietor of the soon-to-be Italian venue with a new moniker, The Villa.

“The restaurant is going to open by the end of March or first of April,” reveals Stefan Petrov, owner, chef, and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Art here in Seattle.

“Final touches take time,” says Petrov, who also operates his other restaurant, Verona Pizza, which will stay open in Burien.

The latest restaurant will hold nearly 40 people, plus more in the bar, and will offer an American-infused Italian menu with entrees averaging $16.

Petrov promises dinners at first, which will include plenty of Northwest seafood. Lunches and breakfast could be introduced later, although still in the planning stages, with tentative notions for a bakery and coffee shop as well. Weekend brunch will be served nearly all day Saturday and Sunday. “We are keeping our options open,” he says.

Bistro-style dining will highlight a casual atmosphere, sans white linen tablecloths, notes Petrov. “Families are welcome,” says the man who has two children of his own. “The bar is separated from the restaurant and will be nothing like the previous (incarnation),” he assures.

Chef Petrov says he will spend most of his time in the kitchen concentrating on food quality during the initial launch, although look for him to run all aspects of the operation.

Originally from Bulgaria, Petrov came here in 1999 and lives with his wife in Queen Anne.

Blaine parents, the auction is around the corner- have you gotten your tickets?

(From Catharine Blaine PTA)

Get your fedoras and flapper dresses ready, because the Blaine PTA is hosting a Speakeasy Soiree! This secret, underground party is sure to be the cat’s meow, and with the law crackin’ down on the bootleggin’ you’ll want to make sure you’re not followed to our new, hot local location! Get ready to party like it’s 1923, Blaine parents!  Once you’ve found the secret entrance, spend the night with your fellow parents enjoying heavy appetizers, tasty libations (including a full, no-host premium bar), live music, a fun photo booth, dancing and more.  But remember not to be too loud as a cop raid could happen at any moment. The jail house is no place to spend the most happenin’ night of the year!  Plus, we’ve snuck in all of  your favorite Blaine fundraising activities to reach our $200,000 annual goal (currently we are at $116,000) — a live auction featuring the beloved classroom projects made by our kids and the two priceless VIP parking spots at school, an overnight at the school, teacher experience and party sign-up lists, and our ever-popular Fund-an-Item (stay tuned for details on what we’re raising the paddle for this year!). Plus, there are likely to be a few surprises for you guys and dolls too!

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Where: Batch 206, just at the bottom of the Magnolia Bridge, past the light to the right, under the covered parking
Tickets: Guys and dolls can gain entrance to this secret speakeasy for $50 each

Magnolia artists wanted for Summerfest poster contest

Will you answer the call?  The 2013 Magnolia Summerfest Poster Contest is officially underway.  Winning artwork will be used for the Official 2013 Magnolia Summerfest poster that appears all over the community and on the front of the official Summerfest program.  To enter, create an original work of art and submit to the Poster Contest Committee at by May 1, 2013.  Submission guidelines (from the Summerfest Website):

1) all work must be original and created by the person submitting the work. 2) please include you name, contact information, and all pertinent information about the submission. 3) images must be 2-dimensional and may be any media including oil, paint, photography, etc. 4 artwork should be in a portrait orientation (rather than landscape) in order to be used in the poster format. 5) If chosen, Magnolia Summerfest reserves the right to use the image in the official Summerfest poster, the official Summerfest program and other promotional materials related to 2013 Magnolia Summerfest. 6) The poster Contest winner will be entitled to a free 10×10 booth at the Magnolia Summerfest, August 2nd & 3rd.

Click here for more information.