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Entries from May 2011

Meadowbrook Farmers Market not returning this year

May 31st, 2011 by Support Staff

The Meadowbrook Farmers Market, at 2728 N.E. 100th St. one of the the closest farmers markets to Wedgwood, is not returning this summer.

The market, which opened in 2009, was always smaller than many of Seattle’s farmers markets.

The market, in an email Tuesday, said:

Dear neighbors,

We are sad to report that the Meadowbrook Farmers Market will not open for the 2011 market season. Our decision is based on a combination of factors, including the poor economy and Spring weather conditions.

We would like to thank all of our faithful neighborhood shoppers, fabulous vendors, talented musicians, local business donors and our site host, the Seattle Waldorf School, for making our first two years a success.

We feel the Meadowbrook Farmers Market was a wonderful celebration of neighborhood and local, sustainable living and this weekly gathering of our community will be missed by us all. We will continue to look ahead towards the 2012 season in hopes for an improved economy and a favorable growing season.

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Meadowbrook resident giving back via Marra Farm

May 31st, 2011 by hillaryu

By Katie Melton

Located in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Marra Farm, 9026 Fourth Ave. S., is a 4.5-acre urban community farm that grows fresh produce for the community’s food bank and provides educational outreach and economic opportunity to families in the neighborhood.

The farm, also known as a giving garden, is run by Sue McGann of Meadowbrook, who began at Marra Farm as a volunteer after she heard about Lettuce Link, a program that works directly with the farm to provide food to local food banks.

Sue McGann, of Meadowbrook, runs Marra Farm in South Park.

“When I started here, the food bank fed 133 families. Now, there are 500 families using it,” McGann said about Providence Regina Food Bank House in South Park. “Last year we grew 22,000 pounds of fresh food for the food bank.”

The majority of the community of South Park depends on the food bank because there is no grocery store in the neighborhood and with the recent closing of the South Park Bridge, it can take over an hour on public transportation to visit the closest food store in White Center.

“This community needs good food access and they don’t have it,” McGann said. “Our mission is to create better food access for low-income families.”

Most of the families are ethnically diverse immigrant families who are working poor, often with more than one job in an area that is densely filled with commercial industries.

The farm was originally settled by the Italian Marra family in the early 1900s and was sold to King County in the 1970s. Some of the Marra family descendants still live in the South Park neighborhood.

Of the 4.5 acres, 1 acre is dedicated to the food bank. The rest is split up into P-Patches and the Mein Community Garden. [Read more →]

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Seven Seas Restaurant turning into strip club?

May 27th, 2011 by hillaryu

By Katie Melton

The former Seven Seas Restaurant, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., might soon become the newest bachelor party destination in the wake of Rick’s demise. According to a neighborhood flier (click to see a larger version), construction to turn the restaurant into a strip club will begin June 1.

“I found out yesterday when one of my friends went to the Seven Seas Restaurant and the doors were closed,” Marilee Catero, a resident nearby the proposed strip club, told us earlier this week. “She asked what was up and they told her they lost the lease and a strip club was now renting the space. Today was an incredible scramble trying to find out what happened.”

The permit, for an adult cabaret, has already been issued to the owner, Jack Johnson of Mill Creek. The strip club can be authorized for use in a commercial area because it’s located more than 800 feet from legally recognized or permitted public park and open spaces, community centers, elementary or secondary schools, or child care centers.

According to the Wedgwood Community Council, the Sacajawea Elementary School, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., is the closest school to the site at about 1,500 feet away. The closest child care center, at about 1,000 feet, is the Ryther Child Center, 2400 N.E. 95th St., which provides outpatient and prevention programs, as well as residential services for children.

Since the strip club is authorized for commercial use, no public notice was required for the permit to be issued, the council says.

However, Catero has been conducting her own public notice, circulating the above fliers around the neighborhood in hopes that the Seattle Department of Planning and Development will conduct a neighborhood impact study.

That’s not the only strip club action this week on Lake City Way. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will auction off Rick’s Strip Club, 11332 Lake City Way N.E., and the offices of Talents West, 8600 Lake City Way N.E., on June 29.

The buildings belonged to Frank Colacurcio Sr., who passed away last year, and his family, who ran the establishments for years. Allegations of prostitution, organized crime and money laundering led to an FBI investigation, which shut down the Colacurcio businesses. [Read more →]

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Learn about ‘Native Plants in our Watershed’

May 24th, 2011 by hillaryu

It seems people who care about Thornton Creek want to know more about the plants that grow native in our watershed.

At the last Thornton Creek Alliance meeting, renowned Seattle plant expert Arthur Lee Jacobson discussed “Native Trees in our Watershed,” and this month he’s “back by popular demand” to talk about “Native Plants in our Watershed.”

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins with social time at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Lake City Presbyterian Church (Room B2), 3841 N.E. 123rd St. Jacobson will give his presentation at 7 p.m., and the group will hold its business portion of the meeting afterward.

For more information, contact alliance Vice President Dan Mahler at 206-523-8813 or

Want to learn even more about watersheds? Come to the 2011 Seattle Watersheds Forum, from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the flagship REI, 222 Yale Ave. N. [Read more →]

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Meadowbrook Pool closed temporarily

May 19th, 2011 by hillaryu

We’re a little late spreading the word, but still wanted to let you know that the Meadowbrook Pool is closed temporarily due to emergency repairs of the wiring and circulation pump.

Seattle Parks and Recreation expects the work to be finished later today or sometime Friday, May 20. The pool is located at 10515 35th Ave. N.E.


Codes to Dive By

May 17th, 2011 by hillaryu

With the cost of food going up, one group of Seattleites has figured out how to eat every meal for free. They call themselves “freegans,” more commonly known to outsiders as “dumpster divers.” As one freegan says, “People think that food that goes in the garbage is bad.” They disagree. But it’s not just about sifting through garbage, they also forage for food in urban areas.

Students from the UW Entrepreneurial Journalism class, taught by our partners at the Common Language Project, talk with these freegans who say they “eat like kings” on a daily basis.

Continue reading Codes to Dive By

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Fiddler's Inn celebrating Seattle Beer Week

May 17th, 2011 by hillaryu

Get ready to celebrate Seattle Beer Week at Fiddler’s Inn, 9219 35th Ave. N.E., the only Wedgwood-area bar participating in the festivities taking place from Thursday, May 19, to Sunday, May 29.

There’s plenty on the schedule, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, with the Pub Beer Release, described as the “video release of the fine art of beer making and the collaborative beer release.”

At 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, you’re invited to join Fal and Kevin for a night of reminiscing with barbecue and live music, titled Anderson Valley and the Ram Grill It.

The Pub Cask Challenge, Anacortes Brewery does the Fid, starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25: “Which pub can finish off their delicious cask of Anacortes IPA first?”

And starting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, get ready for Night of the Living Nanos, when brewers from three of Washington’s smallest breweries unite.

Cooper’s Alehouse and Hudson New American Public House in neighboring Maple Leaf also are participating. Check out the post from our sister blog Maple Leaf Life for details.

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Garza Mexican Foods offers new weekend menu

May 16th, 2011 by hillaryu

By Katie Melton

On Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Garza Mexican Foods, 7347 35th Ave. N.E., is now offering a limited menu of breakfast burritos, tamale plates and brisket tacos “to go.”

The breakfast burrito comes in two different options, priced at $4. The $9 tamale plate is a choice of three tamales with a side of rice, black beans and salsa, and the beef brisket taco is yours for $5.

In our last post about Garza Mexican Foods, we let you know about their “buy in bulk” tamale selection, which are purchased by the dozen, as well as their homemade salsas.

Joe Garza and his wife own and operate their “pop-up” shop in Wedgwood at the Blue Plate Express. Unable to find true, authentic Mexican food when they moved here from Texas, they decided to make it themselves.

“We are both Mexican-Americans from Texas, with at least six generations of Texas roots,” Joe Garza tells us. “Our menu consists of traditional Mexican dishes we were raised on. All our food is made fresh and we invite you to visit us or think of us, whenever you have a Mexican food craving.  We think you will find our food Buen Provecho!”

To order, call 206-422-2711 or email And if you get a weekend craving for authentic Mexican food, visit the shop at 7347 35th Ave. N.E.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life, the sister site of Wedgwood View. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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Wedgwood teacher headed to summer camp

May 16th, 2011 by hillaryu

Wedgwood Elementary teacher Ashley Cox will be heading to the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in New Jersey this summer. Cox, along with Laurelhurst Elementary teacher Grace Dublin, will join about 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country.

A little about the academy from Seattle Public Schools:

The Teachers Academy – started by pro golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy – is a free, weeklong camp just for teachers in which they learn about math and science through fun experiments. They will share their experiences with students in the classroom when they return. The teachers will be joined by math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, who teach at the Academy.

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Opt-out of phone books and junk mail

May 5th, 2011 by hillaryu

Residents and businesses can opt-out of receiving phone books and junk mail.

A look at the discarded phone books, courtesy the City of Seattle

Last fall the city became the first in the country to allow residents and businesses to opt-out of receiving certain things to their homes – including phone books and junk mail.

Today the city launched a new online registry to make the process easy. “We heard from hundreds of people who are frustrated with the system of receiving multiple phone books every year and requested a reliable way to stop the waste. This is it,” said City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee and sponsor of the opt-out legislation. “The new system provides real accountability — phone book companies must to comply with peoples’ choices or face penalties.” Those penalties are as steep as $125 per phone book if delivered to a residence or business that has opted out.

The city says this move will stop an estimated two-million yellow-pages phone books from hitting the recycling bin, saving taxpayers about $350,000. “According to the U.S. Postal Service and Seattle Public Utilities research, Seattle homes and businesses receive an estimated 17,500 tons of unwanted paper in the form of junk mail and yellow pages phone books, approximately 100 pounds of waste per household, each year,” a release from the city states.

If you want to opt-out, you must do so 30 days before the scheduled delivery. Dex Pages plans to deliver next month, register by May 16th to opt-out.

The opt-out site is here, which includes both phone books and junk mail.