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Blaine’s Miss Laurel on New Day NW Tuesday

August 25th, 2014 by Sara

A little bird tells us:

I just learned that Blaine’s own Miss Laurel was selected for a Teacher Makeover and will be on Channel 5/King at 11:00am tomorrow.  (Laurel says) “Today they did hair, facial, products; tomorrow I pick from their wardrobe selection.”

Tune in tomorrow (8/26) to see the transformation!

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Is your street stinky? Let us know!

August 25th, 2014 by Sara

We received this tip from a reader and want to help with her research:

My name is Lisa Guinn and I live on W Roberts Way, just south of Emerson and the Discovery Park fence line.  For the past 2 summers, our neighborhood has experienced a foul odor in the driest times that permeates our homes and yards.  People can’t sleep with their windows open anymore.  I find myself leaving the house during the day just to get away from it.  Having company over is risky.  The odor is like the smell of rotting sewage.  We’ve spoken with the treatment plant and I’m contacting the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency tomorrow as well.  I’m wondering if you can post this in the Magnolia Voice to see how widespread the odor is and if anyone has any suggestions on how to rectify it.  Thank you!

Please let us know in the comments section what the air is like in your section of the ‘hood!


Traffic Alert: Aurora/99 closed tonight til next Wednesday morning

August 22nd, 2014 by Sara

From our Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View

Aurora Ave N/SR 99 will be closed starting this Friday night, August 22nd, and running through Wednesday morning, August 27th. There’s a Seahawks preseason game on Friday night; WSDOT will keep 99 around CenturyLink open until midnight Friday, Aug. 22, for game traffic.

Here’s the information you need to know from WSDOT:

In late August, crews building the future north portal of the SR 99 tunnel will close SR 99/Aurora Avenue North near South Lake Union for four days. During this closure, crews will demolish and replace the section of SR 99 that crosses above Broad Street.

To minimize the need for additional closures, separate crews will complete the following work elsewhere along the SR 99 corridor during this time:

  • Utility work at Harrison Street
  • Concrete panel replacement in SODO
  • Expansion joint repairs on the Alaskan Way Viaduct near the Seneca Street off-ramp
  • Ivy removal from the viaduct

Closure information

  • From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the West Seattle Bridge to Valley Street.
  • Northbound SR 99 will be open from South Royal Brougham Way until midnight on Friday, Aug. 22 for exiting Seahawks traffic.
  • From 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the south end of the Battery Street tunnel to Valley Street.

99 Closure maps

99 Closure QA map

Know before you go and have a backup plan
Those who must drive are encouraged to stay engaged and check traffic conditions frequently via WSDOT’s web, mobile and phone-based traveler information systems.

  • The Seattle traffic page contains updated road information including links to traffic cameras.
  • The travel alerts website provides real-time information about blocking incidents.
  • WSDOT’s mobile app offers information for travelers on the go.
  • @wsdot_traffic provides Twitter updates about travel issues.
  • 5-1-1 offers traffic updates.
  • The What’s Happening Now page chronicles closures and issues affecting travelers.

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Scary moment in Discovery

August 20th, 2014 by Sara

MV reader Alexander sent this to us earlier today:
I was driving through discovery park, coming home from the locks around 9:30pm on saturday the 16th, I had just passed the parking lot with the round about that’s towards the west side of the park when a older model SUV was right on my tail honking it’s horn at me. I continued to drive towards the exit on 36th ave and took a right towards emerson and 36th. I drove slow on the right hand side as far over as I could hoping they just wanted to pass me. They continued to ride my tail so close that if I had stopped, or even slowed down, they might of rear ended me. I started to speed up they continued to follow me through the neighborhood going whichever way I turned. I finally was able to lose them after a good five minutes of weaving through the blocks towards Viewmont and ruffner. I decided not to call the cops because I figured that it was just some kids trying to have fun. Maybe they thought I was one of their friends? Anyone else have an experience like this?


Brown Bear celebrates 57th anniversary with free car washes tomorrow

August 20th, 2014 by Sara

Brown Bear Car Wash will add sparkle and shine to thousands of cars and trucks this Thursday (August 21) with free car washes at its 21 tunnel wash locations as it celebrates its 57th anniversary. Hours for the special one-day event are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For the past eight years Seattle-based Brown Bear has provided over 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event alone generated 27,223 complementary washes.

“We blend hard work, pride and a lot of fun into an event that benefits our customers and the environment. It’s a fitting way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers who have supported us over the past 57 years,” said Brown Bear founder Vic Odermat.

The two tunnel locations closest to Magnolia are: 5111 15th Ave NW and 1800 15th Ave W.







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34th Street tagged

August 20th, 2014 by Sara

Vandals tagged 34th Avenue last week, from the Boulevard to the Village.  If you notice graffiti on your street, try the “Find it Fix it” App, available here.

“Find It, Fix It” is a smartphone app offering mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle.Screen shot of the Find It, Fix It mobile app home page.

With Find It, Fix It, reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit.The map’s “drag and drop” feature or the phone’s own technology can be used to pinpoint the location.

Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

The app offers the following service request categories:

  • Abandoned Vehicles: report vehicles parked in a public right-of-way more than three days.
  • Graffiti: report graffiti, including what it is on — parking meter, utility pole or building — so it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.
  • Illegal Dumping: report illegal dumping — junk, garbage or debris — on public property, including roadsides, open streets and paved alleys.
  • Pothole: report a pothole.
  • Parking Enforcement: make an inquiry regarding a parking concern.
  • Streetlight Report: report a streetlight outage or damaged streetlight.
  • Other Inquiry: this miscellaneous category is for making an inquiry or request not listed above, which will be processed by the City’s Customer Service Bureau. Mobile users should choose this category to provide feedback.

The app also provides a link to, the mobile version of the City of Seattle’s website.

Once you download and use Find It, Fix It, feel free to submit feedback using the app’s “other inquiry” category, found under the “New Request” icon.

Or fill out a service request form here.







Magnolia mama in the best ‘Food Fight’ …ever

August 18th, 2014 by Sara

Anderson-Sanford with young Food Fighters fans

Tomorrow night, Magnolia mother of two, Cortney Anderson-Sanford is squaring off against a world-renowned chef…both are cooking one of her treasured family recipes. If her version of the dish wins, she earns a cash prize and advances in the competition.  Even if she doesn’t win, she still gets to face off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef she knocks out.

The show is called “Food Fighters,” a high-stakes culinary game that airs each Tuesday night at 8 on KING 5. From NBC:

In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, a top-notch amateur home cook will face off one by one against five professional chefs from every corner of the world.  Armed only with recipes for their best signature dishes, they’ll square off against an expert chef who will have to cook the same dish.  The completed dishes will then be sampled in a blind taste test by culinary judges known as “The Dinner Party.” After the two competing dishes are tested, the verdict determining the winner is given to the host.

Each episode features one contestant.  They could ultimately win up to $100,000. The show is hosted by TV personality, author and food enthusiast Adam Richman (“Man Vs. Food,” “Fandemonium”), and features culinary experts, including top chefs Cat Cora, Lorena Garcia, G. Garvin, Duff Goldman, Elizabeth Faulkner and Jet Tila.

Although she has had to stay tight-lipped about the outcome of her episode, we are pretty sure she had an amazing time (and made some incredible food!)  When we asked her about the whole experience, Cortney said:

Being part of Food Fighters has been one of THE most memorable things to happen in my non “mom” life!  Having the opportunity to showcase my families signature recipes and my cooking skills against top chefs is a unique opportunity – it makes me want to scream from the mountain tops that EVERYONE has skills hidden inside of them that they may not know they have.  I am ready now to get back out there and find some new challenges to take on!

Our local chef-mama’s episode airs tomorrow night.  But before that, tune into New Day NW on the same network at 11am, to catch her cooking up a storm. Congratulations, Cortney! We’ll be watching!

Click here to visit the official show site.



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Met Market liquor heist

August 18th, 2014 by Sara

Magnolia’s Metropolitan Market was broken into early Sunday morning, sometime between midnight and 5am.  According to Assistant Store Director, Nick Novak, the burglars threw a large rock through a panel in the north entrance, and then smashed out a glass door in the spirits case. At least $500 in liquor was stolen.

Novak says the thieves bypassed the high-end spirits for less expensive liquor.

Police are searching for those responsible for the crime. Novak adds that there has been an increase in graffiti around the store this summer.



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SPU donates furniture to United Indian Youth Home

August 15th, 2014 by Sara

Donated beds, mattresses, bureaus and couches give homeless shelter much needed upgrade.  Photo from

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation received a significant gift of lightly used dormitory furniture from Seattle Pacific University earlier this month. Building Maintenance staffers at SPU delivered the donated furniture to the United Indians Transitional Youth Shelter in Greenwood, Seattle. The 25 sets of dormitory furniture were critically needed by the long running residence that provides transitional housing, rehabilitative services and counseling for homeless youth of all backgrounds.

“We hold our hands up in gratitude to Seattle Pacific University,” said UIATF Board Chair Jeff Smith (Makah). “SPU’s donation came at just the right time. Our old furniture was just not serviceable, and we were despairing of finding replacements” Seattle Pacific University’s generosity means that the United Indians Labeteyah youth home will be able to continue providing essential services to the regions homeless youth.

“Labateyah Youth home is currently under-funded and we were very concerned about how we could replace our unusable furniture. Seattle Pacific University’s gift is wonderful. You should see the residents’ smiles.” said Labeteyah Youth Home Manager, Jenna Gearhart.

“We are happy to be able to help out United Indians and their Youth homeless shelter, and put the older dorm furniture to good use,” said Seattle Pacific University’s Associate Director for Building Maintenance, John Mansfield. “Its gone to a good home, and we are happy it didn’t have to go to a landfill.”

About United Indians Labateyah Youth Home:

Founded in 1992, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Labateyah Youth Home provides transitional housing and a host of services for homeless young people, ages 18-24, with a special focus on Native American youth. In its history, Labateyah Youth Home has served over 1,900 residents, over 1,200 of whom have gone on to permanent housing destinations.

United Indians Youth Home, Labateyah (meaning “the transformer” in in the Lushootseed language) provides a safe and nurturing dormitory-style home. Support services include counseling, access to medical care, assistance with school placement, and job training. Coaches work with residents to develop personal plans for self-sufficiency. For over two decades, Labateyah’s winning balance of support and accountability has given youth in transition a starting point for dreams.




Lawton principal change

August 14th, 2014 by Sara

It looks like Catharine Blaine and Lawton Elementary will both start the year with new principals.  We told you about  Ms. Heather Johnson (formerly Swanson) returning to Blaine.  Lawton families received this email earlier today:

Dear Lawton Elementary community,

Today I’m announcing a leadership change at Lawton. Your principal, Dr. Neil Gerrans, has been appointed to serve as the principal of Salmon Bay K-8. I know asking a principal to leave a building right before the school year is difficult for staff and families. However, I believe this decision is in the best interest of all of our students.

I am pleased we are able to announce that Dorian Manza will serve as your Interim Principal. Mr. Manza comes to Lawton Elementary from Whitman Middle School, where he served as Assistant Principal. He starts immediately and will be working with staff this month to make sure we are ready for our first day of school.

At Whitman, Mr. Manza led building-wide professional development in positive discipline and school safety and collaborated with the Building Leadership Team to develop annual school improvement plans. Before joining Whitman, he was the Dean of Students at Alderwood Middle School, where he started his career in education teaching history, health and fitness.

Mr. Manza has a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and his Master’s in Education and principal certification from City University. He said he is eager to meet students and collaborate with both staff and families to ensure student success.

As is our practice with an interim appointment, Sarah Pritchett, Executive Director of Schools for the Central Region, will work with the Lawton community in deciding if the position will become a full appointment or if we will go through a formal interview process. That engagement process will take place this winter.

Thank you for the high expectations that you set for every student, and for all that you do. And please join me in welcoming Mr. Manza to Lawton!



Dr. Larry Nyland

Interim Superintendent

Seattle Public Schools

Best of luck-Magnolia welcomes you!

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