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Entries from December 2011

Ring in the New Year with the Polar Bear Plunge!

December 30th, 2011 by hillaryu

With the weather calling for clouds and a high of 48 degrees and a low of 41 on Sunday, Jan. 1, participants of the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach are in for a more balmy day for a dip in Lake Washington than we’ve seen in years past (last year the lake measured a frigid 41 degrees!).

Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation

Registration begins around 11 a.m. at the city beach at 9300 51st Ave. N.E., and the swim begins at noon. Afterward, there will be refreshments for the brave swimmers, who also will receive a 2012 Official Patch of Courage if they make it neck-deep in the lake. Need a little extra room? The Polar Cub Club, just before the big polar bears plunge, offers a chance for younger folks or people who need a little bit more room to take the plunge.

Parks offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus.
  • If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend you consult your health care professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you don

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Area food bank donations down by 31 percent

December 14th, 2011 by Support Staff

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn went to the North Helpline food bank this morning to donate food and to ask for public support of the area’s food banks, where need is up 30 percent but donations down by 31 percent in the last four years, according to a report to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Gerry Pollet new 46th District Representative

December 6th, 2011 by hillaryu

By Doree Armstrong

The Metropolitan King County Council yesterday unanimously appointed Gerry Pollet to the vacant Washington State House seat in the 46th Legislative District. Pollet fills the seat formerly held by David Frocht, who was appointed to fill the Senate seat of Scott White, who passed away suddenly in October.

Gerry Pollet, center, was sworn in on Monday.

The 46th District includes portions of Greenwood.

From the press release:

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