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Don’t miss Fatima’s Fall Festival

September 20th, 2015 by Sara

Save the date for some FUN! All are invited to Our Lady of Fatima’s Fall Festival on Saturday, September 26th, from 6-9pm. Enjoy a fun-filled family event full of outside rides, indoor activities, cake walks, face painting, cotton candy, prizes and treats for all ages. New items this year include a zip line, cliff-drop slide and tubs of fun! Lots of games for little kids including plinko, duck pond, giant twister, an obstacle course, and much more!

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Take a night off – no babysitter needed! – and treat the whole family to great food, drinks (beer and wine available for the adults), a cup of good coffee and yummy desserts at the Festival. This is truly a Fatima tradition and a big part of Fall in our Magnolia community. Grab your friends and family and have some FUN!

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Help plan Summerfest 2016

September 20th, 2015 by Sara

Do you have great ideas for next year’s Summerfest?  Here is your chance.  Join the planning crew Monday, October 5th for the 2016 Summerfest planning meeting from 6p-8p at the Magnolia Church of Christ (3555 W. McGraw Street).

If you have any suggestions that you would like to share before the meeting, email

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Changing times: Magnolia properties and businesses

September 16th, 2015 by Sara

Not much is kept under lock and key tighter than the comings and goings of property and business transactions. They’re bought and sold with little fanfare or publicity with the stealth of an Amazon deal. Magnolia Voice has heard conversations about more than a few offerings and closings in the Village lately, so here’s a rundown of what we know. Admittedly, there is plenty we don’t.
Nothing is more public than placing an ad on Craig’s List. A reader noticed one “Acclaimed Magnolia Seafood Bistro” on the block asking $175,000. Tanglewood Supreme is for sale boasting one of “Seattle’s next hot chefs of 2014” by Seattle Met Magazine. There is plenty more to brag about including a liquor-by-the-drink bar, seating for 30, and high-end restaurant equipment.
Magnolia Voice spoke to Kent Chappelle, owner of Tanglewood Supreme about his plans for selling the restaurant. He says it’s not because business is bad, on the contrary.
“We’re doing great,” he exclaims. “It’s been a dream come true. I’ve loved owning this place. We are not going bankrupt or out of business, I’m simply selling the business.”
With three children in school, Chappelle and his wife never envisioned owning the restaurant for 20 years. They’ve got other plans.
“This is a super-viable business. Whatever the next owner wants to do…come in and change the concept, that’s up to them,” he says.

DSC05429Another Village restaurant is also offered for purchase, albeit an older establishment. Chef/Owner Alan Chen (64) of Gim Wah Restaurant at 3418 West McGraw Street tells Magnolia Voice he’s hanging up his apron after 35 years. Originally owned by his father, Chen took over the business and has served lunch and dinner since then. “The Gim” has a dining room and full bar with a dedicated clientele who appreciate a drink that’s never weak, and who love the straight-up Chinese food. Try the Mongolian Beef and Pork Fried Rice while you still can.


Down the block, some dealings have businesses changing locations including the Spirit of Magnolia liquor store. Business owner Mamuye Ayele tells Magnolia Voice he wishes to move his package store to a nearby location with a little smaller footprint than the current spacious locale previously operated by the State of Washington. Ayele’s liquor license has a provision to be within one mile of the current address.
CORRECTION: Now, in a statement made to Magnolia Voice by Lauren Hendricks of Windermere Real estate, it is revealed seven bids are in for business entities proposing to move into the old Leroux location at 3220 West McGraw Street, including the Spirit of Magnolia. A decision should be made by the trustee, Key Bank, in the next two weeks, according to Hendricks.
Heard on the street – word of sales representatives asking nearby owners of similar businesses if they want to purchase the property upon which the Union 76 gas station now sits. Reported asking price: $1.3 million.

No word back from the architecture firm of Roger H. Newell who explained last April how construction of apartments on property owned by Terry Yoshikawa at 2406 32nd Avenue West near Ace Hardware would “probably” begin this summer. Well, summer’s over. Keep your fingers crossed.

And this…employees tell Magnolia Voice there is a change of ownership at Finn’s bakery. With brown paper now over the windows, we’re told a French couple has made the purchase of the business and will take over October 1. The bakers will stay the same, according to sources. You should look for specialty macaroons and an emphasis on internet sales.



Welcome, Magnolia Physical Therapy

September 14th, 2015 by Sara


Recently, David Self opened Magnolia Physical Therapy. The clinic, located at 2560 West 32nd across from Pop Mounger Pool, specializes in the treatment of all orthopedic injuries ranging from ankle sprains to complex post-surgical conditions. “As a resident of Magnolia, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to once again practice in my own neighborhood, as well as support community events,” Self states. Last weekend, Magnolia Physical Therapy sponsored the 24th Annual Bike the Bluff, a fundraiser for Catharine Blaine K-8, and is supporting Magnolia Soccer Club as well as Interbay Youth Football Club.

Magnolia Physical Therapy is hosting an open house this Thursday, September 17 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Self says he is hopeful for a good turnout: “I’m looking forward to seeing patients, friends, and neighbors at the event. All are welcome.”

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Bike the Bluff this Sunday

September 11th, 2015 by Sara

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Join Magnolia teachers doing good on 9/11

September 11th, 2015 by Sara

As to not draw attention away from the importance of remembering the tragedy of 9/11, instead of picketing the SEA will be engaged in a variety of service projects all throughout the city.
The staff of Catharine Blaine will be engaged in a trail and beach clean up at Discovery Park and would love parents and students to join in. They will be meeting at the lower parking lot near the big field and close to the Daybreak Star Center at 10am and then will head down to the beach, picking up trash along the way and then on the beach. Bring garbage bags and gloves. They will be down there until noon or 1pm.
Or, you can join the Lawton staff for a “read and weed” project in the park from 1-3pm.  The staff will be there hosting a “read-in” in the park and a weeding/mulching/clean up at the upper Lawton park (up above the school at the top of the pathway walking past the upper playground and baseball field).  The staff would love for as many folks to join them that can.  Bring a blanket and a book to join the read-in, wear comfortable clothes and sunscreen, wear some good “get dirty” clothes.  Everyone is welcome to do both, just one, stay the whole time, or just a little.  It will be a great day of community service and reading together.

A day to remember 9/11, a day to be together, a day to learn!  They will make the park in our community our classroom.



Seattle teacher strike, day 1

September 10th, 2015 by Sara


Lawton teacher Lyon Terry

Blaine and Lawton teachers got tons of support from Magnolia parents and students Wednesday as they walked the picket line. Families walked alongside teachers and office staff, brought snacks and drinks, and honked as they drove by.

School has been cancelled for Thursday as well.

Many have been asking how you can support teachers and staff. A SPS parent and SAEOP member says staff will be on the picket lines tomorrow from 8:30 – 3:00. Be sure to “Wear Red for Ed.” Kids are welcome and encouraged.

Lawton’s Lyon Terry wrote:

…I encourage parents, stakeholders, and interested members of the Seattle community, to please contact the school district about your desire for a strong and fair contract for teachers and all employees at Seattle Public Schools.

Here are the major issues as outlined by the staff at Lawton Elementary and published by our amazing Lawton Elementary School PTA (with some of my edits.)

In July, the state legislature released $40 million to the Seattle School District. The SEA members believe this money should be used to:

1. Establish caseload caps for providers of special services (such as school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, etc.) Without these caps students cannot receive all of the instructional support they need to be successful in school. The SEA wants to have caps on the numbers of students these specialists are required to work with. SPS rejected this proposal.

2. Guarantee ample and equitable recess time for all students across the district. Research shows unstructured physical activity positively impacts student learning. Recess time varies for K-5 kids across the district from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. The SEA wants at least 30 minutes for every K-5 student. SPS rejected this proposal.

3. Establish Race and Equity teams district-wide to address disproportionate discipline actions. These teams would focus on developing strategies across the district and within each school to reduce the disproportionate discipline of students of color with other students. SEA wants 30 schools to have teams this year. SPS wants 6 schools to have these teams.

4. SEA proposed to eliminate the student growth rating as part of teacher evaluations. This measure has never been shown to produce better results, plus it is an unfair evaluation measure that only uses test results for teachers of tested subjects. (For example, upper elementary teachers are evaluated using this measure but not our lower elementary, PE, or music teachers.) SPS rejected this proposal.

5. SPS has asked to lengthen the school day with no clear plan of how this would be done. SEA is happy to have this conversation and is willing to work more time (kids need it), but only if it is compensated and clear what the goal of the extra time is. Unfortunately, this proposal was brought to the table with very little detail and without a commensurate pay raise. SPS is asking teachers to work longer hours for free and they had no plan for what that meant for all the other people in the building (secretaries, Instructional Aids, Therapists, Nurses, etc.) SEA would entertain negotiating those details for the next contract.

6. SEA proposed to lessen the workload that schools’ office staff is asked to do beyond their contractual time either through overtime compensation or increased hiring. SPS rejected this proposal.

7. SEA proposes a 6% increase in pay across the board for all employees for each of the next 3 years. This increase in compensation reflects the dramatic rise in the cost of living in Seattle, our ability to attract and retain high-quality educators and also takes into consideration that educators have not had a raise in 6 years. SPS proposed %2.0, %3.0, %3.5 increases in the next three years.

None of us wants to strike, however we feel passionate that these proposals will positively impact student learning across the district.

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Full bargaining information can be found here.



Magnolia Chamber hosts SBA guest

September 9th, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

The regional administrator from the Small Business Administration is the guest speaker at the general meeting of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce September 22. Calvin Goings serves as the regional manager leading the SBA’s economic development efforts in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.
Goings Power Point presentation is designed to show small business how to start, grow, and succeed. He plans to demonstrate how the SBA can help in many ways.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Goings served in key executive positions with the Washington Credit Union League, working on economic justice issues in his roles as Senior Advisor to the President and as the Executive Director of the League’s non-profit Foundation.
Additionally, Goings is a mentor with the University of Washington’s MBA Board Fellows Program and serves as the Stewardship Chair at Seattle’s First United Methodist Church.
Goings is the father of his ten-year-old son, William. Together, with his partner David Ham, a journalist with KIRO TV, they live in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.
The Chamber meeting, beginning at 6:15, is at the United Church of Christ, 3555 West McGraw Street. Click here for more information about the Chamber.

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Blaine students honored as Vietnam Memorial restored

September 8th, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley


Memorial with restored lettering

The Ballard post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Seattle’s Quiring Monuments teamed up to refurbish the Vietnam War Memorial located adjacent to Catharine Blaine School. Culminating in a small ceremony attended by family members and the public Saturday morning, the names of nine Blaine Jr. High students killed in the war, carved into a ground-level marker, were saluted. The reconditioning of the inscriptions was made possible by the craftsmanship and contribution of Quiring, and ultimate funding by the VFW.
Harold Rodenberger, post quartermaster (manager) of the Ballard VFW answered the call to help finance the endeavor.
“We got a note at the post saying the monument had been deteriorating over the years. The letters needed to be professionally re-whited,” he said. “I feel respect and honor that we can remember those veterans who paid the ultimate price for our country.” The company that took on the mission to accomplish the actual refurbishing of the memorial, Quiring Monuments, is led by its president, David Quiring.
“It’s an honor to create a place where people can fully grieve,” he said. “When I was in the military, I worked in the operating rooms where our wounded men were brought. I was one of the lucky ones. I feel like I owe those people an awful lot.”

The monument, originally installed in 1970 near the front door of the school, was refurbished as an Eagle Scout project in 2000. It memorializes nine names of Blaine students killed in action in Vietnam, including the recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest decoration for bravery in combat. The story is not well known today.


Second Lieutenant Robert Ronald Leisy Medal of Honor recipient Photo courtesy U.S. Army

Army second lieutenant and Magnolia resident Robert R. Leisy unselfishly gave his life to save members of his platoon while leading them on a mission in South Vietnam. His citation reads: “…He spotted an enemy sniper in a tree in the act of firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them. Realizing there was neither time to escape the grenade nor shout a warning, 2nd Lt. Leisy unhesitatingly, and with full knowledge of the consequences, shielded the radio operator with his body and absorbed the full impact of the explosion.” After continuing to direct his men toward the enemy, and refusing medical attention so other wounded could receive treatment, Lt. Leisy succumbed to his injuries and perished.
The Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to Lt. Leisy by Vice President Spiro Agnew on December 16, 1971.
Robert Leisy grew up in Magnolia on 37th Avenue West with his parents. He attended Briarcliff Elementary School and Catharine Blaine Junior High before graduating Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington.
On the UW campus, Leisy is one of eight service members recognized on the Medal of Honor Monument.
Last week, as the date of the flag ceremony approached, a clean up party was held to tidy the landscaping around the memorial. Elizabeth Servey, from Magnolia’s American Legion Post, along with her two Cub Scout sons, Andrew and James and others from the VFW, contributed their labor toward the effort.


Volunteers tidy the landscaping at Blaine’s Vietnam Memorial

When Saturday’s formal service took place – with touching remarks by William Griffith, VFW chaplain – it left a few spectators in tears.
“It makes me feel sad about these boys,” revealed Sissel Peterson, the aunt of Rolf Jorgensen, one of the boys honored on the monument. “He was such a sweet boy. A perfect young man. It was such a shocker when we heard that he was killed. But it’s nice that they are remembered, that’s the main thing now.”
At the end of the ceremony, participants and attendees spoke of their feelings about the memorial.
“I’m so happy these boys are being remembered,” reveals Nancy Hiraoka, cousin of Rolf Jorgensen. “It wasn’t like World War II. It was a different era. For them to be remembered all these years later is important for our country and our family. There’s a hole in our heart. We miss Rolf. We miss him every day.”


Ceremony for Blaine students killed in Vietnam

The following boys who attended Blaine Jr. High and died in Vietnam in service to their country are remembered:

Robert R. Leisy, 2ndLt U.S. Army
Rolf W. Jorgensen, LCpl, U.S. Marines
George M. Hightower, Sgt., U.S. Army
John L. Stewart, PFC, U.S. Army
Donald K. McNeil, W.O., U.S. Army
John S. Kraabel, LCpl, U.S. Marines
Christopher J. Gray, Sgt, U.S. Army
Garrett E. Eddy, 1stLt., U.S. Air Force
Eric G. Herold, Capt., U.S. Army




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Vigil for murdered homeless woman

September 6th, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

 Scott Davis holds a photograph of his late wife Stacey who was murdered under the Magnolia Bridge.

Scott Davis holds a photograph of his late wife Stacey who was murdered under the Magnolia Bridge.

About 25 people took part in a vigil in downtown Seattle Wednesday to honor Stacey Davis, the homeless woman murdered under the Magnolia Bridge August 24. The hour-long remembrance at the Seattle Justice Center was attended by members of Women in Black, a homeless women’s organizing effort, which is made up of similar community groups. Members present at the gathering included homeless advocates, religious leaders, and Scott Davis, the husband of the slain woman who barely escaped with his own life during the assault.
Davis tells Magnolia Voice he still has no permanent place to live, but is staying with friends during this difficult time. He revealed he was, “Pretty sad and overwhelmed,” when asked how he was holding up. “It’s been a lot of chaos,” he explained.
Kelle Brown, the associate pastor of downtown Seattle’s Plymouth Congregational Church, says those experiencing homelessness should be seen as fully human.  “My heart is broken. We must make sure there are safe places for those who are experiencing homelessness. This is our clarion call to wake up,” she implored. “These are people, not a brood of criminals.”
The vigil began at noon when attendees stood in two lines facing the street in front of the courthouse. Scheduled for an hour, only 30 minutes had passed before a steady rain began. No one moved as the gatherers remained in position for the entire hour.
Rev. Monica Corsaro, the Chaplain at Mary’s Place, an agency that “empowers homeless women to get off the streets and have homes again,” spoke at the vigil to remind everyone to not forget all homeless women who have died.
“Having a safe home is not a privilege, it’s a right,” she said. “That could have been me. That could have been my daughter. The only thing that she did wrong was that she was poor. Let’s try to have people not sleeping under bridges and call them homes.”
Stacey Davis was allegedly beaten to death by a man who lived near her and her husband under the Magnolia Bridge. The suspect, Allen Pulphus, 52, who has numerous arrests for assault and drug offenses, is being held in the King County Jail on $500,000 bond. He is  to be arraigned  Sept. 10, according to the Seattle Times.
Services for Stacey Davis are planned, but have yet to be announced.

 A vigil was held in downtown Seattle September 2 to remember Stacey Davis.

A vigil was held in downtown Seattle September 2 to remember Stacey Davis.




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