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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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Sing with Northwest Girlchoir

August 14th, 2014 by Sara

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Help your daughter, granddaughter, neighbor, or friend experience the joy of singing throughout the year as part of Northwest Girlchoir. Space is available in all choirs for the choir season starting September 8th.From NW Girlchoir:


1st and 2nd graders can join our Prep Choir, and girls entering 3rd through 12th grades can audition to be part of Fresca, Amabile, Vivace or Amore.
Choirs rehearse once or twice a week, depending on level, with weekday afternoon rehearsals and multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Northwest Girlchoir offers outstanding musical learning opportunities, with professional conductor-teachers in a nurturing environment. Our performances in Seattle and on tour feature a diverse mix of classical works, contemporary choral pieces, and music from around the world. We are in our 42nd year of providing girls and young women a transformational experience through music education and artistic excellence.
Our next audition dates are Wednesday, August 20 and Monday, August 25 from 12:00-6:00PM.


There are several young ladies from Magnolia already registered! For more information, please contact them at or click here. Financial Aid is available at all choir levels.

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Traction improvements on W Dravus

August 14th, 2014 by Sara

Crews were working today on W Dravus Street between 28th Avenue W and 20th Avenue W.  The Seattle Department of Transportation conducted shot blasting to make traction improvements.

Not as exciting as it sounds, shot blasting means to propel a high-speed stream of abrasive material at the street surface to roughen it and create a better grip for vehicles.

Should help us in the rain and snow!




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Not so special delivery-package thief in Magnolia

August 12th, 2014 by Sara

There have been some package thieves at work in our neighborhood over the past several weeks.  Here are two accounts from the first weekend in August. We don’t know if the two incidents are related:

I just wanted to report that I think a package thief may be at work in our neighborhood. We live at 43rd and Dravus. While at the Seafair Fun Fest in the Village Friday evening we had 2 packages left on our porch by UPS. Only today when I looked up tracking did I learn we never received them.

What was interesting was that 2 smaller book envelopes were on our porch and one was opened. When I noticed the address was wrong I put them out for the mailman to redeliver without a second thought. Looking back, I wonder if the thief traded the New Testament book that was in the opened package for my Nordstrom purchases. What guts?! I recall the address on the book envelopes being around the 2600 block of 42nd but beyond that I don’t recall noticing the name or whether they were delivered by USPS or UPS.
I will talk to our USPS and UPS deliver guys today but thought you might want to put the word out in the neighborhood. Bummer that this is happening here. We even have quite a set of stairs to climb

And this one, with a photo (she sent several but we are posting one):

The blue SUV (Suzuki ?) and female passenger in the pictures were filmed on our home Security cameras stealing packages from our home in Magnolia Friday 8/1 @ 745pm. Drove by slow, backed up and the female got out rang the doorbell to verify we were not home. She then looked around (not up at the camera) and stole the UPS delivery by the front door. She did leave us the phone books… Readers beware. I am not sure if you can publish these pics or not but at least spread the word that package thieves are lurking. Police have been notified and are now looking out for these thieves. No license plate recorded unfortunately.


Photo of alleged package thief submitted by MV reader.




Perkins Lane and West Raye to be paved this week

August 11th, 2014 by Sara

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s paving crews plan to be in our neighborhood Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14 and 15. They will work at the intersection of Perkins Lane West and West Raye Street to repave the roadway.

The crews will work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The intersection will be closed to people living north of the intersection and they will be directed to use West Ruffner Street to access Perkins Lane. Residents who live south of the intersection will be allowed through. Please plan accordingly!


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Magnolia Car Show this weekend

August 8th, 2014 by Sara

Don’t miss Magnolia’s annual Car Show-Saturday August 9th, from 9am to 3pm in the Village on McGraw. The event is usually packed with over 80 gorgeous cars.  Wander around and soak up the rich history of these beautys!

If you are interested in showing off your car download the registration form or call Werner’s Crash Shop at 206-285-0780  and ask for Eric or Jenna. The registration fee is $20 and comes with a free t-shirt.  Load-in is at 8am come rain or shine in front of the Professional Building – 3203 W. McGraw.

Additionally the Farmer’s Market is doing zucchini races that day for adults and kids alike. Werner’s Crash Shop, in association with the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring this popular event.