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U.S. Department of Transportation designates UW as Beyond Traffic Innovation Center

January 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

From the US Department of Transportation

New Report on Future of Transportation Discusses Key Challenges in Cascadia/Pacific Northwest and Across the Country

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx just announced that the University of Washington has been selected as one of 18 institutions across the country to lead research on the major transportation challenges that our nation will face over the next three decades.

The University of Washington’s designation as a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center was announced on the same day that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the final report, Beyond Traffic 2045. The report is the culmination of a two-year analysis of the transportation challenges presented by trends including population growth, increased freight shipping, and the movement of people into concentrated megaregions.

“In the next 30 years, our country will have 70 million more people competing for the use of our roads, transit and rail networks, and airports, and we are going to have to make some big choices about how we fund and prioritize transportation,” said Secretary Foxx. “The Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers will bring together researchers, students, and thought leaders to develop the ideas we need to keep Americans moving and build a transportation system that works for everyone.”

Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers are non-profit institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations which will promote study and thought leadership around the challenges raised in the Beyond Traffic report. Centers will convene leaders and other key decision-makers in each of the megaregions around the United States, as well as in rural communities, to discuss these challenges and coordinate related research, curriculum, outreach, and other activities.

As part of the research for the Beyond Traffic 2045 report, USDOT officials held a public forum with local leaders and stakeholders in Seattle, Washington, on October 6, 2015, to understand the major issues that were facing people across the Cascadia/Pacific Northwest megaregion. The report notes that the region is projected to grow 41 percent by 2050, with most of the expected population growth concentrated in the Portland–Seattle–Vancouver urban corridor.

The full list of Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers and more information about Beyond Traffic 2045, including the full report, is available here.

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20th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive

January 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

Help those in need this winter by donating new or gently worn sweaters, coats and cold-weather gear to KCTS 9’s 20TH annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, February 12. The donated items will benefit Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center.

Look for the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collection bin at any PCC Natural Markets location or Sound Credit Union location in Western Washington; or drop your items off at KCTS 9‘s Seattle Center studio. All new or gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats will be accepted.

KCTS 9 is also partnering with Uber to help those in need by making it easy to donate new or gently worn sweaters, coats and cold-weather gear at the touch of a button! On Saturday, February 11, Uber users can log into the app and request ‘Donate’ at the bottom of their screen. A driver will then be scheduled to pick up the donated clothing and deliver it directly to a local donation center – all for free!

“All of us, at some time or other, need help,” said Fred Rogers. “Whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our way, everyone is a giver and receiver.”

KCTS 9 kicks off the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive this year with a free Be My Neighbor Day party on Friday, January 13 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the KCTS 9 studios, 401 Mercer Street.

At the party, guests are invited to honor the legacy of Mister Rogers and celebrate the many ways we can all be good neighbors. Guests will enjoy crafts and fun activities with community partners including Seattle Children’s Hospital, Vroom, Woodland Park Zoo, Wellspring Family Services, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, Northwest Center, Cliff Bar, and Seattle Fire Department (SFD will be joining from 10 am -12 pm). Street Donuts will be selling donuts, hot cocoa and coffee—and they will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Sweater Drive. Plus, PBS Kids character Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be joining us for the day. Guests will have the chance to meet Daniel and take a photo with him.

To participate in the Be My Neighbor Day party, guests may register on the Eventbrite page.  Guests should bring a new or lightly used sweater to donate, or make a cash donation to the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. Click here for details.

Fred Rogers began the sweater drive and inspired its spirit of generosity and neighborliness for six years before he passed away in 2003. KCTS 9 is honored to continue the program in his memory. Last year’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collected more than 7,500 sweaters and coats.

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Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

January 4th, 2017 by sarawilly

Love our neighborhood parks? Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at a Volunteer Information Fair to learn about volunteer opportunities. Volunteers coach youth sports, help plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.

Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Volunteer Information Fair on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S), and on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave. NE). Find out what opportunities are available, learn more about the jobs that volunteers do, ask questions and get registered as a volunteer on site. Plus, they will be serving a free lunch!

Representatives from several of their units will also be on hand to describe  volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for this event, please call Cheryl Brown at 206-615-0619.

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Serious injury collision in U District, suspect in custody

January 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

From the SPD blotter:

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are conducting their investigation following a serious, multi-vehicle collision in the University District this afternoon.

Shortly after 4:00 pm on December 31st, a man driving a Honda SUV was involved in a hit and run collision at NE 45th Street and Roosevelt Way NE.  The driver continued southbound on Roosevelt Way at a high rate of speed.  The Honda collided with a motorcycle and another vehicle that were stopped for a traffic light at NE 42nd and Roosevelt, causing significant damage to the motorcycle and injury to the adult male rider of the motorcycle.  The suspect driver then drove westbound on NE 42nd  before colliding with a pole at 9th Avenue NE and NE 42nd.  The suspect, an adult male in his twenties, then called 911 to report the collision and walked back to the scene at 42nd and Roosevelt.  Officers had arrived at the intersection by that time and called for Seattle Fire to aid the injured motorcycle rider.  The suspect attempted to run away from the scene but was quickly apprehended by officers.

The injured motorcycle rider was transported by Seattle Fire medics to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  The occupants of the other cars involved were evaluated at the scene by Seattle Fire, but did not need to be transported to the hospital.

The suspect is being evaluated and processed for impaired driving and will be booked into the King County Jail later tonight.  TCIS detectives continue conduct their investigation.  Roosevelt Way NE southbound from NE 42nd Street and 42nd to 9th Avenue NE are closed during this investigation.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.

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Update to Woodland Park Zoo fire: It’s likely 6 hibernating turtles died

December 21st, 2016 by sarawilly

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood

Woodland Park Zoo has announced that yesterday’s fire in the Night Exhibit building likely killed six hibernating turtles. While the building has been closed since 2010 due to funding issues and most of the animals moved to other exhibits and institutions, turtles hibernating in the winter were placed in a special room of the building’s basement.

SFD and our animal care staff worked together to evacuate over 200 animals from the adjacent Day Exhibit. Additional staff from all over the zoo helped by gathering transport crates, and bringing blankets for animals and warm jackets for staff standing outside. Evacuated animals were swiftly transported into vehicles and transferred to warm, safe locations around the zoo.

Rescued animals include reptiles, amphibians and a tree kangaroo. Our Animal Health team performed health assessments last night, and are continuing throughout the day today.

While the Night Exhibit has been closed to the public for nearly seven years and has no longer housed animals, a special room in the basement was used for turtles hibernating in the winter. Sadly, it is highly likely that six turtles hibernating in this room have perished in the fire.

Seattle Fire Department released a statement today saying two firefighters were injured, one with minor burns, the other from possible contact with an electrical panel. Both were treated and released from Harborview Medical Center.

Damage was estimated at $1.5 million dollars, but the cause of the fire could not be determined, “due to structural instability and partial collapse.”

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No solid waste pick up on Thanksgiving Day

November 23rd, 2016 by sarawilly

No garbage, food and yard waste or recycling collections are scheduled in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 24. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will happen on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The City of Seattle’s South Transfer station in the South Park neighborhood will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Customers can report a missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection by calling (206) 684-3000 or by clicking on “Report Missed Collection” at SPU’s website.

Compost your giblets: Seattle residents can put all their Thanksgiving food scraps and unwanted leftovers, including green bean casserole, aspic, turkey bones, celery, yams, potatoes, fruitcake and paper napkins in their food and yard waste carts. The food waste will be made into compost for local gardens and parks. Learn how you can prevent kitchen waste at  here.

Did you deep fry your turkey? Recycle your used cooking oil. Set up to 2 gallons of used oil out on your normal collection day for free pick up. Put the oil in one-gallon plastic containers labeled with your name and address. Learn more about what items you can recycle here.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact www.HazWasteHelp.org or (206) 296-4692.

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Small Business Saturday at UW Bookstore

November 17th, 2016 by sarawilly

Support local businesses and visit the UW Bookstores for Small Business Saturday, November 26. In honor of this community-driven celebration, their stores are offering 20% savings all weekend-long in General Books*. They’ve also put together several events. Bring the family for fun-filled festivities while supporting the small businesses dedicated to serving you.

*Some restrictions apply.

SCHEDULE

11am: Holiday Read Allowed for Kids

1pm: Reading & Signing with Billy Sparrow, Tranquility: A Memoir of an American Sailor

2pm: Demo KLUTZ games and activities

4pm: Game On! — Demo the latest and greatest in board games

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Help end childhood cancer with beer and 2 great workouts

November 17th, 2016 by sarawilly

Just Add Yoga is teaming up with FUELhouse and Miir Flagship to host an event to raise money for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western WA. They will begin the morning with 45 minutes of FUELstrong, the ultimate strength and conditioning class, followed by 45 minutes of all level Vinyasa Flow. Immediately after class, they will head to MiiR for a beer, silent auction/raffle, to celebrate the holiday season and get to know one another. 100% of the proceeds of this event will got to the many families that Candlelighters supports.
Here are the details:
FUELstrong Beer + Yoga at MiiR
December 10 at 10:30am at FUELhouse Gym (for the workout)- 1320 N 35th St,
MiiR (for beers after) 3400 Stone Way N,
Click here for more information.

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Seattle musicians- submit your music to Seattle Public Library’s collection

November 1st, 2016 by sarawilly

Earlier this year, The Seattle Public Library launched an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack. It started with 50 albums of music by local artists that are available for free download and streaming. Now, the second submission period will open for local artists to add their music to the Library’s ever-expanding collection of Seattle music.

The submission period will be open Monday, Nov. 7 through 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. To submit music to The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack platform, click here. Submissions will only be accepted online. The preferred file types are FLAC, WV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis. The next submission period will open in spring 2017.

All Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle are invited to submit a music album. The album must contain four or more songs and have been produced within the last five years. If an album is accepted, the artist will receive an honorarium of $200. Selected albums in the PlayBack collection will be discoverable through the Library’s online catalog and highlighted through the Library’s social media channels. Artists will also have opportunities to perform live at Library events.

The Library seeks works that reflect the rich variety of genres represented in Seattle’s music scene. Broad and inclusive submission criteria is detailed on PlayBack’s Information for Artists page. This new music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle’s music scene.

“We’re curating a unique collection highlighting local talent while building new relationships and partnerships in support of local artists,” said Andrew Harbison, assistant director for Collections and Access Services at the Library.

The jury for the second submission period includes:

  • Tim Lennon, executive director of the Vera Project and music commissioner for the City of Seattle
  • Jonathan Zwickel, senior editor at City Arts
  • Liz Riley Tollefson, founder of and contributor to Three Imaginary Girls
  • Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP DJ for local music program Audioasis
  • Kreg Hasegawa, adult librarian at The Seattle Public Library and project lead
  • Meira Jough, program coordinator at The Seattle Public Library

Funding for PlayBack has been made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information, click here, call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes veterans and current service military with free car washes on Veterans Day

November 1st, 2016 by sarawilly

As a way of saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash will offer free washes to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. The free “Bear Essentials” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 22 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. See www.brownbear.com for a list of Brown Bear’s 22 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past two years Brown Bear has donated more than $18,400 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”

Over the past 10 years family-owned Brown Bear has provided nearly 280,000 free washes saluting former and current service members on Veterans Day, and to celebrate the company’s “birthday” each August

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, visit www.brownbear.com.

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