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MrMagnolia launches new website and community Facebook page

October 1st, 2014 by Sara

Founded in 1993, the website has been a consistent neighborhood real estate resource focused exclusively on the Magnolia market.  That same dedication continues today with the launch of the redesigned website.  In addition, the newly developed Facebook page is dedicated to not only Magnolia real estate, but all the neighborhood amenities, activities and community. 

Long-time Magnolia residents Corey Hays and Dawn Bourdo are excited for this new opportunity to showcase our neighborhood: “We live in Magnolia.  We work here.  We love Magnolia.  We wanted to create a place for people to learn and share more about Magnolia.  Our website helps people buy and sell homes and our Facebook page is a forum for what’s going on in Magnolia.” says Hays.

Hays and Bourdo are Real Estate Brokers with Coldwell Banker Danforth and owners of 

For more information, contact MrMagnolia at 206.284.4040 or You can follow and like their Facebook page here.  Visit their website here.



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Run the Bluff Magnolia 12K & 5K is back!

September 29th, 2014 by Sara

Good news for Magnolia runners- after a 2 year break, Run the Bluff is on again, set to take place on Sunday, October 5th.  Garett Slettebak, Director of Marketing for Pro-Motion Events says:

Officially called “The Magnolia 10K & 5K,” we have restructured the event to be a 10K and 5K run/walk event with a new friendlier course route, with the events starting and finishing at the intersection of 33rd Avenue W and W Smith Street next to the Magnolia Playfield.

The event includes a free kids dash for children 10 & under and also has a finish line festival area with exhibitors and a beer garden. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for more information.





Missing Pets

September 29th, 2014 by Sara

Help find these two special pets…

If you could post about my missing cat I would really appreciate it.  He’s a 7 year old orange and white short hair tabby with declawed front paws.  He is special needs and indoor only.  He is a sneaky little guy and must have bolted when the front door was opened.  He was last seen late on 9/26/2014 at 24th Ave W and W Dravus.  We are very worried about him, he is very loved and very special. His kitty brother misses him very much too.  Please email me at this address if anyone finds him!
Thank you!

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Don’t miss the Fatima Fall Festival this weekend!

September 25th, 2014 by Sara

Come one, come all, to the annual Fatima Fall Festival this Saturday, September 27th! In addition to all of the old favorites, this year there are a few new things to look forward to:
*New Concessions: Come hungry! In addition to the great food selection, they’ll be selling beer and wine for adults

*Fun Rides & Games: The kids look forward to the rides and games every fall and this year will not disappoint

*Clowns!  Fun, entertaining, cool balloon animals, and the little kids love ‘em

See you there!

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Shaun Myrick Design opens tomorrow

September 25th, 2014 by Sara

Shaun Myrick was just putting the final touches on his roasted tomato basil soup for his launch party tomorrow night, when we spoke him on the phone earlier today.  Guests at the Shaun Myrick Design launch party will get to try the soup, Shaun’s legendary caramels, plus bites and some  bubbly Friday night at 5.

Located at 3315 West McGraw Street (the old Magnolia Tech Outlet storefront ), Myrick is a lifestyle designer who focuses on interiors and  the art of the home; including recipes and pet tips. Previously known as Raino Interiors, Shaun says “After 11 years of moving furniture around, I wanted a fresh start.  I wanted to be the next Martha Stewart.”

All are invited to the launch party Friday to get a sneak peek at Shaun’s bright design studio and meet the designer.

Photo by Meryl Schenker Photography


Find him at



W. Emerson St. overpass to close for repairs October 8th through…wait for it…JANUARY

September 25th, 2014 by Sara

Are you ready? SDOT is starting a major project that will affect nearly all Magnolians.  Some residents received this letter in the mail:

Here is a complete description of the project from SDOT:

The W Emerson Street overpass connects Magnolia and the Fishermen’s Terminal with W Nickerson Street and north Queen Anne over 15th Avenue W. This overpass, on the south side of the Ballard Bridge, is the lowest structure on the 15th Avenue truck route. Since the overpass was built in 1959 the northern girder has suffered some damage from passing over-height loads.

SDOT has decided to combine the replacement of this girder, which will require demolishing the northern side of the overpass, with the renewal of the road surface on top of the road deck. This resurfacing (with a 1.5 inch thick layer of concrete) will protect the existing road structure from future corrosion as well as provide an even driving surface for the portion of the overpass that must be replaced.

The project will require both a long-term closure of the overpass (beginning October 9) and a short-term closure of 15th Avenue W underneath the overpass.

At 8 PM on the night of Saturday October 11 both north- and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will be detoured to the west using W Emerson Place, Gilman Drive W, 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street.

Between 8 PM and 9 AM the next morning, the contractor will break apart and remove the northern edge of the overpass and the damaged girder.

15th Avenue W will be reopened to traffic Sunday morning, once the demolition is complete and the protection placed for the road below has been removed. The next night, October 12, new bearing pads and a replacement girder will be installed, with 15th Avenue W reopened before traffic resumes Monday morning.

The repair work will also require the complete closure of the W Emerson Street overpass to all traffic (including pedestrians) beginning on October 9, 2014. This closure will last through the duration of the work, approximately 12 weeks. The detour for west-bound vehicular traffic on W Nickerson Street will be a double crossing of the Ballard Bridge (using Leary Way NW for the turnaround) to reach W Emerson Street.

The detour for east-bound vehicular traffic on W Emerson Street will be turning south on 15th Avenue W and using W Dravus Street as the turn-around for accessing the W Nickerson Street exit from northbound 15th Avenue W.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will need to use the Ship Canal Trail (which connect 13th Avenue W with 16th Avenue W) to cross 15th Avenue W north of W Dravus Street.


The total estimated project cost is $5M, which includes engineering, structural design, and the construction. Questions? Contact Art Brochet, Public Information Officer,, 206-615-0786



Lawton’s Lyon Terry named Washington’s Teacher of the Year

September 23rd, 2014 by Sara

Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times

Lyon Terry is the kind of teacher we’d all love to send our kids to- compassionate, motivating, concerned about the whole student, community focused, and the list of accolades goes on.  Well on Monday, the state of Washington agreed with what many in Magnolia already knew.  Mr. Terry was named Washington State’s Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by State Superintendent Randy Dorn at a celebration at EMP that included Terry and eight fellow regional award winners.

“What makes Lyon and all the 2015 Teachers of the Year stand out is that they see the big picture of education,” Superintendent Dorn said. “They understand that great teachers and schools teach to the heads, hands and hearts of their students. Students must meet academic standards. But they also need to learn how to make things, serve their community, persevere through difficulty and treat others with kindness. Our Teachers of the Year understand that. And it’s why we lift them up as examples for all.”

Lyon, who has taught at Lawton for 9 years, is a National Board Certified Teacher. He is described by the Superintendent’s Office as a “teacher who focuses on creating confident, hard-working and compassionate learners.” From Seattle Public Schools:

Lyon said he wants his students to learn how to be both kind and smart. Lyon believes that community connections strengthen student learning. He fully immerses himself in the community through scouts, sport programs and various non-profits. These connections enrich his classroom with guest presenters and neighborhood volunteer projects.

One of these projects was his highly successful “Walking School Bus” program- the first in Seattle’s history. Terry had noticed many of Lawton’s students were riding to school in cars instead of walking, and recruited older students to serve as crossing guards and bus greeters.

From Seattle Public Schools:

Lyon has served in numerous leadership roles in his school and district, most often in the areas of writing and literacy, and also as a union representative. He has worked to integrate elements of Writer’s Workshop into Lawton and currently sits on a district committee focused on aligning reading and writing with the Common Core. During his time a Lawton, 4th-grade writing proficiency rates on the state Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) test have risen over 10 percentage points. Lyon believes teachers are agents of social change because they shape young learners into thoughtful citizens. He knows just the right way to engage students in this learning. “Mr. Terry connects with children, holds them to a high standard of behavior and work ethic, and offers support for them to be successful,” said Former Lawton Principal Neil Gerrans. “His spot-on timing, knowing when to question and probe and when to slow down seems instinctive, but it is honed by his reflective practice.”

Mr. Terry and the other Regional Teachers of the Year each received donated cash awards, technology prizes and scholarships for classroom improvements.

Up next for this teacher of the year? He will serve as ambassador for the teaching profession while maintaining his duties at Lawton. Mr. Terry will also be in the running for National Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Council of Chief State School Officers. President Obama will announce the winner in a ceremony at the White House in the spring.

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Did you lose your keys?

September 23rd, 2014 by Sara

Carolyn writes:
Any chance you can post a set of keys I found this morning (9/20) off of 34th Ave W in the grass near tennis courts?   Vehicle appears to be Lexus.
They can email me at to claim.

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Banned Books Story Time tonight at the Magnolia Public Library

September 23rd, 2014 by Sara

Celebrate your freedom to read at the Magnolia Public Library’s Banned Books Story Time!

Banned Books Week is September 21-27th; an opportunity for libraries to highlight books that have been challenged and/or banned in schools, libraries and communities across the country. Find out why some classic picture books like Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and The Giving Tree have been challenged, and hear some great stories and poems at this fun story time event for families. The story time is best for families with kids ages 5-8, but all families are invited.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Tuesday, September 23rd 6:30pm

Magnolia Branch
2801 34th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98199




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UPDATE 9/19/14 Parents urge 4-way stop at unsafe intersection

September 18th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
UPDATE 9/19/14
It looks like there might be something in the works for this busy crosswalk. Pat writes:

I met with the City of Seattle, Traffic engineer, this morning, at the intersection. We discussed a variety of issues, and from each of the four angles. Mr. Chang will be initiating a data collection count of vehicle traffic on both W. Raye and 32nd Ave West. They will collect data over 7 days, including a weekend. While the Community presses on for a Full 4 Way Stop, the City Dept. will also review other physical aspects of the intersection that may be available to improve the flow and safety of the intersection. And they will review the crosswalk at W. Smith and 32nd Ave West. The City welcomes public comment on these efforts, particularly during this brief review period.

Check out our exclusive full video story here
EARLIER-Parents have long known the dangers of sending their children to school or to the Pop Mounger Pool by way of the crosswalk at 32nd Avenue West and West Raye Street. Some call it the “Near Miss Intersection.” Now concerned neighbors are rallying parents to call authorities and urge new safety measures.
Adjacent to Catharine Blaine School, the pool (Seattle’s busiest), Albertson’s, Seattle Parks, and a toy/candy store, the east-west crosswalk is normally respected by drivers, and then again not, according to parents who spoke with Magnolia Voice.
“It’s not safe,” states Pat Craft, a Magnolia parent and author of a call-to-action letter located on the Blaine PTA website.
“This intersection needs a 4-way stop,” he writes. “Other methods have been tried, but no one feels safe here.”
Craft produced home-made signs placed at the crosswalk asking passersby to call the city.
Some local parents who contacted the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) say they did not receive a satisfactory response.
“I called the DOT,” states Angela Herndon, a Magnolia mother. “They said, ‘It does not qualify,’ there are federal guidelines for 4-way stops, and it does not qualify. I asked if they could put a flashing yellow light. And they said, it also doesn’t meet those guidelines.”
“I won’t let my children walk to school by themselves,” she continues. “The way I see it, half of Magnolia is coming from this side of the hill.”
Another parent was on the same wavelength. “My kids walk to school every day and it’s incredibly dangerous,” exclaims Cortney Anderson-Sanford, a Magnolia parent. “There must be some way we can put our brains together to make a solution happen. If it takes a child getting killed, that’s really the wrong way.”
“I’ve seen several near misses, and I have seen debris,” adds Paula Hlastala owner of Nifty Toy & Gift from her store at the very intersection in question. “I think a (4-way stop) would slow people down and get them to stop.”
Requests for a 4-way stop or yellow flashing light are just two suggestions purposed by Craft. “People have called repeatedly for something to be done,” he informs Magnolia Voice. “The city has done traffic counts in years past. They say, ‘We don’t have the tragedy statistics.’”
Telephone calls from Magnolia Voice to SDOT were not immediately returned.
“We’re done waiting,” says Craft. “I’m trying to bring the decision to a new outcome.”
He encourages people to bring additional pressure to bear and phone Brian Dougherty, SDOT transportation planner, Safe Routes to School, 206-684-5124.