Mark your calendars! Magnolia’s Spring Fest and Art Walk will be happening Friday, April 26th.
Many in Seattle question whether it’s worth investing time and money in solar panels given that Seattle isn’t known for its constant sunny days. Keith Hughes, owner of West Seattle Natural Energy, pointed out that, “Berlin, Germany receives 3.2 peak sun hours per day, and 44 percent of Germany’s energy production comes from solar” where as “Seattle receives 3.8 peak hours of sunlight per day and only 1½ percent of its energy comes from solar power.”
Seattle City Light and Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) are working together to promote and change the way Seattle uses renewable energy through their Washington initiative. The goal is to change one neighborhood at a time and to have 150 solar systems operating by the summer 2013 . Projects have already been done Queen Anne and Magnolia as well as other Seattle neighborhoods. When a community agrees to go solar Northwest SEED searches for vendors that will give bulk discount for supplies and installation to the homeowners. Each neighborhood is set up on a grid so that the energy that is not used by one homeowner will flow to other neighbors within the grid.
It is estimated that in the past two years Washington has pumped nearly $4 million into the local economy, created 14 new jobs and has generated more than 600 kilowatts of solar electricity to Seattle’s grid. Seattle City Light estimates that only 600 out of its 400,000 customers use solar energy. Benefits of using solar panels are tax credits and rebates as well as lower energy bills. Living in Seattle helps a little too. Seattle’s annual lower temperatures allow the solar panels to work better and the rain washes them off.
For those procastinators: How to Cook a Turkey
For NFL Fans: 9:30 AM on CBS, Texans vs Lions (Seahawk fans root for Texans); 1:15 PM on FOX, Redskins vs Cowboys (Seahawk fans root for Redskins); & 5:20 on NBC, Patriots vs Jets (Seahawk fans do not care)
For College Football Fans: 4:30 PM on ESPN, TCU vs Texas
For Gonzaga Fans: 6 PM on ESPN2, Clemson vs Gonzaga
For those who get stressed on the holidays: Meditation
For those akward moments when talking to family: Discussion Topics
For keeping peace at the Thanksgiving dinner: Topics to Avoid
If you do not avoid those topics: Unbeatable Arguments
It’s half way through November and if you’re wondering how you’re going to cram all those leaves out front into your yard waste container, we have a solution! Through the month of November, Seattle Public Utilities is coming to the rescue, and collecting excessive bags of yard waste left by your container free of charge. They’re warning that the excessive bags should be filled with only leaves, and should be packaged and contained properly.
Seattle Public Utilities usually charges around $3.20 per gallon bags collected, but this month they’ll pick them up for free to help prevent drain blockage and flooding issues that could occur in the fall. Leaves can also be placed in your home compost piles, as their compost experts have determined that under most circumstances, you will not have to worry about contaminants such as gas or oil affecting the leaves. If you’d like to help the community and Seattle Public Utilities, sign up with their adopt-a-drain program to help clear Seattle drains of debris.
It may only be a week past Halloween, but it’s never too early to start planning for the Holidays, (especially if you’re looking to catch those pre-season sales!). The Magnolia Mom’s from Our Lady of Fatima are hosting a shopping event this evening at Fatima Parish Hall to raise funds to provide winter coats for Seattle area children in need.
Get a head start on your holiday shopping with 25 local vendors selling clothing, fun handmade jewelry, chocolates and treats, accessories, iPhone covers, and more! Lots of good holiday gift ideas, and there will also be a Fashion Show by Vixen Spa, massages and brow waxing, and raffle items to giveaway! The event is from 6:00-9:00PM, bring your shopping bags, and shop til you drop.
The city of Seattle has recently approved a program that would require an inspection on all rental property. Landlords would be required to register their properties with the city, which allows them to keep track of all rental properties in the county. The program would begin in 2014 and has received mixed reviews from the community.
One aspect that has received some buzz is that of the landlords having to pay for this mandatory inspection. There is a large discrepancy between landlords who are more hands-on and take better care of their properties compared to those who don’t. Those that take pride in their properties feel they are getting punished even though they are doing everything possible to make their rental livable and safe.
Another issue at hand is that of the inspection fees. Tenants are worried that the landlord is going to pass off the inspections costs onto them. This has come as some concern as Seattle’s rental prices are already high. With so many losing their homes to foreclosures and short sales, this inspection fee may be yet another cost for those looking to rent in the Seattle area.
Regardless of the complaints, the inspection program has been passed by the city and will take effect in 2014. Landlords need to take the necessary precautions to make sure their property is up to code. Whether that is being more involved or spending on improvements, landlords should be aware of hefty fines if they do not pass the inspection. With the rental market at an all-time high here in Seattle, there may be more regulations coming soon.
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.
This new large three unit townhouse is now available in the Magnolia neighborhood! All three bedrooms in this unit have their own attached bathroom, and their is a powder room to boot on the lower level. The unit has a wonderful little garden out back, but the real beauty of this listing is where the cook slaves away; the kitchen boasts beautiful cherry wood flooring (as does the living room) and cabinets, and sleek granite counter tops with ample storage. This unit is in a great neighborhood in close proximity to Magnolia Manor Park and the Interbay Golf Center. For more information on this unit, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.
Did you notice your garbage was still in the driveway when you came home from work yesterday afternoon? You weren’t the only one! The Waste Management Team in King and Snohomish counties went on strike yesterday afternoon against the largest refuse service over wage and benefits issues in the Northwest. According to the Seattle Times, the Local 117, which includes 153 recycling-route drivers walked out yesterday, and were joined by the garbage truck drivers of Local 174 shortly after.
Drivers began to pull service trucks into the South Seattle Waste Management yard, stepped out of their vehicles and picked up a picket sign. Their strike affects over 220,000 in King and Snohomish counties, and Waste Management could be issued steep fines should the strike drag out; up to $4,500 dollars a day for failing to make scheduled collections, and $250,000 if the strike drags out longer than a week. Drivers have been without a contract since May 31st, and are disputing the wage gap between recycle drivers who start at $17 an hour vs garbage drivers who’re starting at around $26 an hour. At this time there are no plans for negotiation in place, Waste Management hopes drivers will come back to work. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.
Many people venture to Discovery Park, one of Seattle’s biggest tourist destinations, to catch a view of the city, or go for an afternoon hike in the Magnolia neighborhood park. But last Thursday evening, along with the tragedy of the Batman Premiere shooting in Aurora, CO, Discovery Park had another shooting occur that same evening, injuring a 16 year old boy, and a 17 year old girl.
According to the Seattle Times, police made a statement claiming the boys friend’s took him to the hospital to be treated for an arm injury, and the girl didn’t know she had been shot until she got home and realized her leg was bleeding. Police are on the lookout for three teenage boys who are said to be responsible for the boy’s injury, and apparently the boy knows who the shooter is. Gang investigators are looking into finding those responsible, who are at large in Seattle.