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One lane on Viewmont today for tree removal

October 17th, 2014 by Sara

Drivers should use caution today when driving Viewmont.  Workers are removing a the giant tree in front of Church of the Ascension (2330 Viewmont Way W)-  there is no parking today and they will have a person flagging.

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Halloween Alley on Viewmont Way cancelled. Thieves got everything.

October 17th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
 
For the past 12-years, Magnolia realtor, Carol Ard, her family and neighbors, created the amazing Halloween Alley on Viewmont Way, attracting kids from all over the city. Not only did little ones and even teenagers marvel at the scary scene, they told tales of receiving full-sized candy bars as if it were some mythical Magnolia legend.
Now it’s all come to an end because of a rip-off in Kitsap County.
A small farmhouse in Poulsbo, owned by Carol and her husband Tom, was the storage location of the entire collection of Halloween props, costumes, and masks used to make the alleyway uber-creepy. Everything, including a castle, tee-pee, a blow-up cat, and 40 irreplaceable masks were stolen by perpetrators in a brazen robbery that left the little house stripped down to the walls. Moreover, the Halloween pieces were not garden-variety, these were speciality objects collected over years that today would be nearly impossible to find.
The theft of these seasonal items has taken the wind out of the sails of the Ard family. As a result, they’re calling it quits, and who can blame them. “I’m so done,” she says. “These (thieves) are going to get away with it. They never find anything. No one ever gets caught.”
Expensive and rare, Ard hopes going public with pictures of the props and telling her story can generate some leads, although she is not hopeful. “It makes me mad to talk about it,” she says.
Police came out, took a report, and offered no chance what-so-ever of recovering anything, which included a stolen tractor, washer & dryer, and dining room table. “They destroyed what they didn’t take,” Ard says.
Halloween Alley was a fixture for 12-years that had many of the kids all over town packing Viewmont Way to the point where it narrowed to one lane. Neighbors rallied around the effort to make this part of Magnolia memorable for one gigantic holiday draw.
It will be missed. Ironically, this was to be year number 13. “We started Halloween Alley with a few hundred people. It turned into thousands,” Ard remarks. “We had a Chain Saw Man, a real hearse, Mausoleum, loud music, and special lights.”
“We’re mad about the fact our stuff is stolen,” she continues. “The fact the kids won’t have this is the emotional part. Kids are crying because there is no Halloween Alley.”
Undeterred, one tradition will remain. “We’ll give out the candy bars,” she says.

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Tree falls in Discovery-nearly hits hikers

October 17th, 2014 by Sara

MV reader Bob Bennett sent us this story and photos.  He writes:
A large big leaf maple crashed to the ground narrowly missing two hikers near the Environmental Learning Center in Discovery Park at 1:50pm Wednesday. No one was injured.
Seattle Parks employees heard the crashing sound of the tree as it hit and were on the scene in minutes in their pickup truck.  There were three witnesses to the tree falling and two of them missed being hit by mere feet.  “We could hear a moaning sound as we came down the stairs” said one of them, moments after the event.  One of the hikers fell backward to the pavement as he scrambled away from the falling tree.
The mature tree fell about 500 feet due West of the Environmental Learning Center at the base of the long concrete stairs that lead up the hill.  This is one of the busiest intersections in Discovery Park for hikers as it is a large paved intersection where the Loop Trail crosses.  The tree was located at the base of the Loop Trail approximately 50 feet to the left of the bottom of the stairs where the trail traverses up the hill.  The tree fell parallel to the stairs, directly across a paved road.  It did not fall across the Loop Trail itself.
“We could hear the noise of the tree and headed up here right away,” said a female Seattle Parks employee as she was setting up warning cones with her co-worker.  “We get maybe 2 of these incidents a year that cross a major trail.” she added.  A tree crew was on its way as of 2:30pm to clear the large tree out of the way.
Thanks, Bob!

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Front Doors – The finished look

October 15th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

 
The work is done, and the Front Doors that open onto our neighborhood are completed. The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce is rightly proud to announce the wrap up of the welcome sign improvement project with appreciation all around.

The Chamber’s Eileen Quackenbush extends her gratitude to the 20 volunteers who put their time and energy into hours of hard work. “Thank you to everyone who was there with sleeves rolled up and shovels in hand,” she says. Quackenbush still needs one bit of help to complete the work at the Dravus Street location. She requests someone with a pick-up truck come forward and lend their bed for a load of bark needed to finish the job. Anyone interested should write to: Gregc@nulllerouxmagnolia.com
Then everyone get set for the next Magnolia Chamber event, Halloween in the Village, October 31, 4-6p.m.

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Dive deep into the brain at the free”Perfect Storm” seminar

October 15th, 2014 by Sara

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All are invited to attend “The Perfect Storm” seminar, presented by Dr. Clem of Discovery Wellness Center.  The focus of the evening will be on potential causes of neuro-developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, seizures and sensory integration disorder, with a specific emphasis on the role of the brain and central nervous system.

This free seminar teaches attendees exactly how the brain and neuro-development are supposed to occur, and where it goes wrong with spectrum disorders and developmental delays. Most importantly, the seminar provides attendees with direction and an understanding of how to get their child’s nervous system balanced and healthy again, and enhance and improve their child’s function and development-no matter the disorder.

Dr. Clem plans to spend a lot of time on in-utero constraint and birth injuries, which he feels is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of caring for kids on the spectrum. In his practice Dr. Clem finds that a majority of his spectrum patients have some degree of birth injury, resulting in subluxation and abnormal neurodevelopment.

He will also review extensively what he calls the “3Ts/5Ds” concept of neuro-developmental disorders, where the 3Ts (traumas, toxins, and thoughts) create a neurological “storm” of dyskinesia, dysafferentation, dysautonomia, dysponesis, and disconnection… and how that is often a sure-fire recipe for autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and more.

CLICK HERE to register for “The Perfect Storm” seminarWednesday, October 29th at 7pm at Discovery Wellness Center, 1631 15th Ave W. Suite 114 (in the Interbay Worklofts by Whole Foods). Can’t make it? Schedule a time for Dr. Clem to present “The Perfect Storm” to your group. Call 206.283.7033 or info@nulldiscoverywellnesscenter.com.


 

 

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Fender-bender on the bridge

October 15th, 2014 by Sara

Reader Thyra sent these photos of a two-car accident on the Magnolia Bridge, right around 2:30 this afternoon:

Reader Allison adds:

“Head on
One lane getting by
Police directing ”

Reader Erin writes:

“Doesn’t look severe”

Thanks for the tips!-

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Help find Moby

October 14th, 2014 by Sara

Wendy writes:
Moby disappeared from Montavista Pl W a bit north of McGraw on Monday, September 29th. He is a black and white tuxedo (all black on his back, white belly and lower legs and a cute white streak up his nose) short haired cat with a Halloween collar that is black with spider webs on it. He has a round tag that is blue on one side and white/writing on the other. Moby is also microchipped.
Unfortunately, he is a bit skittish (though very sweet) but he loves food so could likely be lured inside with food. We really miss Moby and hope he is home with us soon! Any help/information is greatly appreciated!
If you think you see Moby please call 703-298-8097

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Emerson Street closure: Traffic update

October 14th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

Good news and bad news on the commuter front for those dealing with the shut down of the Emerson Street overpass. Although there is plenty of consternation among drivers during rush hour(s), there is a glimmer of hope for some.
Let’s start with the good, because you probably already know the bad. First, Emerson is not a total loss. If you’re leaving the north end of Magnolia for a trip downtown, take Emerson. It’s a straight shot to 15th for the trip south. Even the stop sign at the overpass is covered, so you don’t need to hit the brakes. Drive right through and turn right on 15th. You’re on your way to town.
Coming off the Ballard Bridge for a trip to Magnolia? Southbound drivers turn right on Emerson for smooth sailing to Fishermen’s Terminal and beyond.
Even drivers on Nickerson under the Ballard Bridge get a pass to downtown Seattle. The crater-filled road to 15th is open.
Also, in the good news column, the morning Magnolia Voice visited the Emerson construction location, all lanes of 15th were open both directions. Not sure how long that will last.
Now the bad news: Dravus stinks. The choke point begins at the Arco station and heads east. Cars going both directions on 20th make turns to Dravus heading past QFC. That has traffic backed up the hill on Dravus. Add to that cars making ugly left turns and bicycle traffic, and you have a recipe for flared tempers and honking horns. “Takes forever. Ridiculous,” said one man.
Equally as bad are those who need to get to Ballard. You can slug your way through Dravus to 15th or take the Garfield Street Bridge. So far it’s tolerable.
Now to close, a few calm words from readers:
“Okay city planners…or whom ever got the permission to dig up part of the street by the old 7-11…it is hard enough these days to get into or out of Magnolia on Dravus Street and now tonight you had the outside lane blocked off and traffic going west backed up the hill on Queen Anne. Please give us a break, it’s hard enough to get out of Magnolia right now.”
And one more:
“I was wondering why they have police officers directing the traffic mess in Interbay during the commute home, but not in the morning?  I went through this morning just trying to get to work and some people were running red lights just to turn onto Interbay.  I think they need to bring the officers in during the morning commute as well.”
That’s just a sample. Let us know your thoughts: tips@nullmagnoliavoice.com

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Front Doors get new life

October 9th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
Photography by Gretchen Taylor
 
Magnolia’s Front Doors earned their day and a thorough shining as two volunteer crews of 16 people converged on the welcome signs at two ends of the neighborhood.
With saws and shovels, plus the help of Magnolia businesses and neighbors, the overgrown and unkempt signs at the top of the Garfield Street Bridge and at the corner of 20th Avenue West & West Dravus Street, were trimmed, weeded, and replanted.
 
Of special note – perhaps you barely perceived the brown sign with white letters beckoning, Welcome to Magnolia, among the brush and blackberries on Dravus Street near the railroad tracks. Now with the help of a small brass plate found affixed to the post, it’s understood this sign to be an old Eagle Scout project by Jason Rudolf from Boy Scout Troop 85 in 1989. Jason would be proud to see his Eagle effort now restored with the help of a little paint, and a much put-your-back-into-it effort.
“This was a bigger project than anyone thought,” explains Greg Carnese of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce.
Even though he admits to an ambitious schedule, Carnese was still thrilled to see the progress. “I’m ecstatic,” he proclaimed.
Although too numerous to mention, kudos go to many. Special recognition belongs to Chuck and Margaret Flaherty, owners of the Magnolia Garden Center, for the scores of donated plants and all design work for the new and improved Front Doors.
There was plenty of gratitude on the street as well. Volunteers report folks coming over to give encouragement and appreciation. “One lady stopped and gave us a plate of chocolate chip cookies,” said a worker.
In view of the fact that it’s not completed, the project will take an additional Saturday to finish up, says Carnese. Saturday, October 11 is the day chosen to wrap up both locations. There is still room to do your part. Drop Greg Carnese a line to and let him know of your intentions. gregc@nulllerouxmagnolia.com
 

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Village business hit by thief

October 9th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
 
A Magnolia Village establishment was the victim of a quick, grab & dash robbery Tuesday as an unknown person entered Sonny & Maria’s Nail Salon on 32nd Avenue and made off with a bank bag full of cash, checks, and credit cards.
“My mom was here by herself,” explains “Maria,” owner of the shop. “She walked to the to the bathroom very quickly. When she came back to the front, the bank bag was gone.”
The satchel full of receipts is kept in a drawer near the front door, she said.
“When I saw my bank bag was gone I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I’m so sad,” she tells Magnolia Voice. “When a customer pays, we always open the drawer and put the money in the bank bag.”
Police were called and a report made.
“Police said lately the Magnolia neighborhood has a lot of crime and problems with theft,” she continues. “Even my customer told me her home was robbed two weeks ago. The thieves broke in and stole a bunch of jewelry. Her next door neighbor was broken into too.”
Although the perpetrator was not seen, a quick investigation around the neighborhood by Magnolia Voice found a witness to suspicious activity at the same time as the robbery.
“About 9:25 I saw a man in his 30’s, 6 foot, slender build, walking on 32nd,” reveals Mike O’Donnell, owner of Magnolia Karate Academy. “He circled the block a couple of times and then walked through the alley. He was looking in the windows. Something wasn’t right. He didn’t have a purpose circling the block like that.”
“Yesterday I didn’t even want to work. I felt really sad, so I shut down,” Maria explains. “What can I do? I’m just glad nobody got hurt.”

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