Seattle Mourns Loss of Komo Anchor Kathi Goertzen

Seattle residents are mourning the loss of long time Komo TV anchor Kathi Goertzen, who passed away Monday after a 14 year battle with benign brain tumors at the age of 54. Goertzen, a Magnolia resident, celebrated her 25th anniversary on Komo back in 2005, and you can view an extensive list of her greatest moments on Komo on their website.

There will be a public memorial held for Kathi this Sunday afternoon beginning at 1pm at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center, and doors will open at 12:30pm. Komo has reported that seating will be fairly limited, allowing room for mostly just family, friends, and co-workers of Kathi. The public can sit in the grass, and listen to audio provided for the outside service, but if you’d like a seat, Komo has advised to bring your own lawn chair.

Magnolia Residents Take Action Against Commuter Daily Parking

A group of Magnolia residents are taking action against people parking on their street who don’t live there and use their street as a park-and-ride when taking the bus or using other transportation from Magnolia Village. These folks are taking action by putting notes on cars who park on the street daily, asking them not to park on their street for the following reasons, according to the Magnolia Voice: 

“It is public in the sense that residents use it to enter and exit their homes at all times and in the sense that it accommodates parking for residents’ guests, deliveries and trash pickup along with thru traffic. It is a narrow street and a busy one. Using it as a place to park while commuting to another location impedes all of the essential public uses named above and is causing problems for those who need to enter and exit their driveways, park on or pass along this block.”

The group listed off other parking areas that would be less disruptive for the neighborhood and one of the parking violators actually turned out to be a neighbor 6 blocks away! Whether you agree with either party, the street is currently Seattle Public property, so residents and commuters might have to take their disputes to a higher party if the problem escalates. For more information, visit the Magnolia Voice.

Looking for something to do on May 5th? Maybe go to Bainbridge…..

IslandWood is an educational non-profit on Bainbridge Island. IslandWood serves schools and children in the Magnolia area. They are hosting a spectacular event on May 5th called Dinner in the Woods. It is held on their campus amongst the Douglas Firs and black-tailed deer on Bainbridge Island. They have an exciting schedule planned: cocktail hour, a scrumptious dinner prepared by their acclaimed chefs, local wine pairings, and silent and live auctions with stellar items. The whole family is invited and they will also provide educational children’s programming. There is no need to dress-up. True to their roots, this is a jeans-and-fleece gala. More information about the event can be found on their website: ditw.islandwood.org.

Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend!

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is helping the Wallingford neighborhood celebrate Earth Day this weekend with it’s much anticipated 3rd annual “Operation Beautification Wallingford” on Saturday. The clean up crews will be gathering from 11am to 2pm around the Wallingford Center to begin cleaning, and will also host face painting, a bake sale and live music. If you’d like to help beautify the neighborhood but aren’t able to work outdoors, you can donate items to the bakes sale! All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wallingford Community Senior Center and the Chamber for their endeavors and dedication to keeping the community clean, and to “eat, live and work well.” If you’d like more information on volunteering in and around Wallingford for Earth Day, please find more information here.

Photo Courtesy of theCrimsonCrow.com

SDOT Encourages Neighborhoods to Apply for Mural Projects to Slow Traffic

There are several well known outdoor works of art like the Olympic Sculpture Park, and other murals around the Seattle area that are pleasant for the surround community members and those passing through. But now the SDOT is suggesting that these murals can hold a whole new purpose, and informing Seattle communities that painting murals near intersections can slow traffic when there are no stop signs, or yield signs in sight.

The SDOT is encouraging community members to apply for mural funding and submit designs for approval, with at least 60% of members in the community in agreeance with the mural. First, members must submit an area for approval that has no nearby traffic control devices and the area will be reviewed to determine if a project is feasible. Once the area is approved, residents in the community can work out a design, and approval may take up to two weeks. For more information on how to get a mural submitted in your neighborhood, click here.

Help Bring an Off-leash Dog Park to Magnolia

Later this year, Magnolia Manor Park  will be the official site for a brand new off-leash dog area. Funding for the project has originally allowed for a 16,000 sf OLA area, (off leash area) which is relatively small in comparison to most dog parks in Seattle; but Magnolia dog owners are petitioning for a bigger space. The updated plan is set for 21,000 sf, including a small dog area & “chuck it” throw zone. Think more Pet Palace vs. Pee Patch. Magnolia Dog owners have come together on the Manor Park’s Website to recruit more funding for their fuzzy friends, and they need more help to make it happen. If you’d like to join the cause, find more information to donate here.

Fort Lawton Officially Decommissioned

After the cannons were fired, and the flag was taken down, Seattle Army base Fort Lawton was officially decommissioned this past Saturday. It was here that in 1944, 28 African American soldiers were court marshaled for allegedly hanging an Italian prisoner of war. In 2008, Fort Lawton was also the setting where the remaining surviviving soldiers were honored after their convictions were lifted, because they hadn’t been given a fair trial.

On Saturday afternoon’s decommission ceremony, politicians and generals said their goodbyes and many people attending took the opportunity to tour the old fort in Magnolia. Fort Lawton was built in 1901, to keep an eye out on the surging labor boom. The federal government still owns the fort property, but the City of Seattle will have the opportunity to take over. The City has already claimed ownership of a chunk of the original Fort Lawton property, including what is now Discovery Park. Believe it or not the government has already tried to sell Fort Lawton to the city of Seattle once previously in 1938 for $1; City declined due to lack of funding for the property upkeep. Maybe they’ll have better luck this year.

Magnolia’s Seattle Pie is Moving to South Lake Union

Magnolia’s beloved pie cafe, Seattle Pie, is unfortunately leaving the Magnolia neighborhood for South Lake Union. According to the Seattle Pie website, it will actually open on a vessel in the South Lake Union harbor, making it the first ever floating pie company. Look for it this summer!

If you can’t wait and have a craving for Seattle Pie’s scrumptious, award-winning fruit or cream pies, don’t try going to the old Magnolia location at 3111 West McGraw. It is already closed. Fortunately, you can still find the pies at various grocery stores, like the Met Market, Town & Country, Central Market, PCC, Whole Foods, etc. My mouth is already watering for a Strawberry Rhubarb pie. For more information, please visit the Seattle Pie website.

Seattle Funding Precinct-Liaison Attorneys

When there is a public safety issue or a chronic neighbor nuisance, it’s not always most efficient or effective to call 911. Sometimes, it’s best to go through a precinct-liaison program. Up until now, Seattle budget cutbacks have prevented funding to such programs.  According to a Seattle Times article, the Seattle City Council has restored funding to allow four attorney liaisons in  Seattle’s five police precincts.

For the Magnolia area, your precinct liaison attorney is Sumeer Singla. Starting in mid-February, you can contact him as a resource to solve neighborhood issues, like nuisance properties, feuding neighbors, and gang activity. Additionally, he lives in the West  precinct, so he has a vested interest in the public safety issues of Magnolia and the surrounding Queen Anne neighborhood. With a precinct liaison attorney, it increases the police capabilities, using legal means to solve community issues. You can contact him at 206-386-4084 for your community needs, starting mid-February. To view the precinct-liaison attorneys in the other precincts of Seattle or for more information, please visit the Seattle Times article.

New Street Food Pod in Interbay Near Magnolia

According to the Seattle Met Magazine, Magnolia might have a street food pod in the area. Keep your eyes on 15th and Boston in the Interbay Area to try out some new eats. Although 10 food trucks are on board, only 1 has committed; Buns on Wheels will be serving up scrumptious burgers on Thursday from 11am-12pm.

If the food truck location is successful, you’ll be able to enjoy lots of yummy food truck treats. But only your patronage will keep the food trucks coming back.