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A fifth student has died in Aurora Bridge accident

September 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

North Seattle College has learned that another student has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24. This student now makes five students in all who have lost their lives as a result of the devastating accident.

Out of respect for the family and their wishes to maintain privacy during this difficult time, the college will not be releasing the student’s identity.
“On behalf of our college, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family for this tragic loss. The aftermath of this accident has tested the faith and resolve of the North community like no other in recent memory, and we have tremendous grief and sorrow. But this terrible accident has also shown me and so many others that our community is incredibly strong and resilient, and by pulling together in this way, we will become stronger. We appreciate the support that has been extended to our campus from this city and throughout the world,” said Warren J. Brown, Ed.D., president of North Seattle College.”
President Brown will hold a media briefing on Monday, Sept. 28.

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Horrific crash on Aurora Bridge kills 4

September 24th, 2015 by sarawilly

Photo from Mark Ralstom/AFP

This morning around 11:15, a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a charter bus carrying 45 North Seattle College staff and students on the Aurora Bridge. Lieutenant Sue Stangl from Seattle Fire has confirmed four people were killed and twelve were in critical condition. Many of the most critical were rushed to Harborview.

SDOT says given the nature of the crash, traffic will be impacted on the bridge (and throughout the city) through the evening.

Ride The Ducks announced it was suspending operations for the rest of the day. It’s not clear what caused the accident, although an eyewitness told King 5 news he saw what appeared to be a wheel pop off of the Duck vehicle, right before the horrific crash.

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Community invited to review initial designs for development of waterfront park on Portage Bay

September 20th, 2015 by sarawilly

Seattle Parks and Rec invites the community to learn about the new shoreline park in the University District and review initial design concepts at a public meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team of Walker Macy at Sakuma Viewpoint, 1299 NE Boat St. and provide input on the design for this park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014. The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.

After the public outreach process and gathering community feedback a final design concept will be created and presented at a public meeting in early 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and completed in 2018.

For more information about the Portage Bay park project click here, or contact David Graves with Seattle Parks and Recreation at 684-7048 or David.graves@seattle.gov.

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Author of ‘Origami Yoda’ children’s book series reads at SPL

September 20th, 2015 by sarawilly

Best-selling author Tom Angleberger will share his brand new picture book “McToad Mows Tiny Island: A Transportation Tale” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot.

Every Thursday, as a break from mowing Big Island, McToad and his tractor make their way to Tiny Island, using various modes of transportation and types of machinery to get there and back.

Angleberger was a journalist before becoming an author-illustrator of children’s books. His works include the Origami Yoda series, “Fake Mustache,” and “Horton Halfpott or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset.” Angleberger lives in Virginia.

Books will be available for purchase and signing in partnership with Mockingbird Books.

For more information, call the University Branch at 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian.

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Brown Bear celebrates 58th anniversary with free car washes tomorrow

August 26th, 2015 by sarawilly

For the past nine years, this family-owned business has offered free “Beary Clean” tunnel washes twice a year. Last year’s anniversary event generated 26,437 free washes, bringing the combined total of complimentary anniversary and free Veterans Day washes to over 225,000.

Adding to the fun, this Thursday only, one lucky customer will be selected to receive free car washes for a year: an annual membership to Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. Enter to win by taking a photo of your newly washed vehicle and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

Founder Vic Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 43 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

For locations and hours of Brown Bear’s automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area click here.

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Turn a parking spot into a mini park for the day!

August 26th, 2015 by sarawilly

PARK(ing) Day happens once a year, on the third Friday in September, and is an opportunity for Seattleites to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.There are just three days left to submit your applications for PARK(ing) Day 2015. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, August 28th, so don’t delay!

PARK(ing) Day is the perfect time to make your dream mini-park a reality. On September 18th, groups from all around Seattle will be designing and installing temporary on-street pop-up parks to help generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities. What sort of park do you want to see in Seattle? Parks can be spaces for reflection, creativity, solace, and play. PARK(ing) Day 2014 was their biggest one yet with over 50 pop-up parks installed throughout Seattle, and they want this year to be even bigger!

To apply, first pick the parking space you’d like to use and then fill out the simple, FREE application available on SDOT’s website. Check out SDOT’s guidelines for easy-to-follow tips about planning your pop-up park. Be sure to get your applications turned in to david.burgesser@seattle.gov by this Friday, August 28.

For additional information about Seattle PARK(ing) Day, including application requirements, click here.

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Parks and Recreation Fourth of July closures

June 24th, 2015 by sarawilly

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Independence Day or on special holiday schedules. Some facilities may be open, but have limited operations. Please call in advance.

These facilities and services will have closures:
•Community centers (July 4)*
•Environmental learning centers (July 3-4)
•Indoor swimming pools (July 4)
•Green Lake Small Craft Center (July 3-5)
•Baker Rowing and Sailing Center (July4-5)

*Laurelhurst, International District Chinatown, Van Asselt, Alki and Miller community centers will be closed on July 3 and 4.

These facilities are open:
•Golf courses
•Boat ramps
•Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
•Colman Pool
•Wading pools (Bitter Lake, Cal Anderson, E.C. Hughes, Green Lake, Hiawatha, Lincoln Park, Magnuson, Van Asselt, Volunteer Park, Wallingford)
•Spray Parks

These facilities are on special schedules:
•Volunteer Park Conservatory, open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 3 and 4.
•Amy Yee Tennis Center (No classes on July 3 or 5, but courts are available for reservation. The center will be closed on July 4.)

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Groundbreaking – University Commons-affordable apartments for homeless youth in U District

June 11th, 2015 by sarawilly

Rendering by Runberg Architecture Group

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and University District Food Bank (UDFB) celebrate the groundbreaking of University Commons and the University District Food Bank on Tuesday, June 16th at 3:30pm at 5019 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Speakers include State Senator Jamie Pederson, State Representative Brady Walkinshaw, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, UW Director of Community Relations Sally Clark, LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee, UDFB Executive Director Joe Gruber, and others.

University Commons is located in the University District and will open in summer 2016. LIHI purchased the property to provide affordable apartments for homeless young adults age 18-24 and low-wage workers who are entering the workforce.

Sharon Lee, LIHI executive director said, “The project will bring multiple community benefits: food security from the food bank, affordable housing to the University District, and housing linked with services to reduce homelessness among our city’s young adults.”

New and expanded space for the University District Food Bank will be located on the first floor. A cafe will be built on the south side facing the University Branch Library. The housing includes 49 studio and one bedroom apartments on three upper floors. The second floor is designated for 15 homeless young adults with YouthCare and Ryther providing supportive services.

“University Commons is a unique mixed-use development where homeless youth and other underserved populations will have access to services,” said Aubré Dickson, KeyBank vice president. “Construction lending for creative endeavors that bring housing and services together neatly match the Key Community Development Banking commitment to both mission and margin. We are proud to partner with LIHI and the University District Food Bank in making University Commons possible.”

Joe Gruber, executive director of UDFB, said, “We are extremely excited about reaching this important milestone. The food bank wouldn’t be here today, however, without a tremendous amount of community support. We’re grateful that LIHI had the vision early on to involve the food bank in this project and the expertise to help us reach this point. And, we’re overwhelmed by the generous financial support provided so far by our neighbors, local government, and many private foundations. While there is much work still to be done, it’s important to pause and offer thanks as we begin construction on our new home.”

Runberg Architecture Group is the architect. The General Contractor is BNBuilders. The building will be built green and includes many energy efficient features. There will be a no smoking policy. The building features community space, classroom, counseling space and decks. The food bank will use the roof for urban agriculture by growing vegetables and herbs.

Funding sources for the housing includes City of Seattle, King County and Washington State. KeyBank is providing construction financing. Tax credit equity is being provided through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and National Equity Fund. SHA is providing rental assistance. A private donation from the Wyncote NW Foundation enabled LIHI to purchase the land.

For more information about the Low Income Housing Institute, please visit www.LIHI.org

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Draw, Dream and Discover at the Burke Museum Sat Apr 18 10-2pm

April 14th, 2015 by Nico Lund

this saturday, april 18, the seattle urban sketchers will be at the Burke Museum facilitating anyone who can hold a pencil to draw inspiration from the museum’s artifacts and make their own art.

Hoplophoneus at the Burke Museum Illustration by: Tina Koyama Courtesy of Burke Museum Website

Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization, is all about drawing. By promoting the art of drawing on location around the world, they are hoping to raise awareness and get people out and about recording their observations with pencil to paper. Saturday, they will be at the Burke Museum to draw with you.

The event, hosted by the Burke Museum, will be a day of drawing in the museum with SUS’s there to offer tips and suggestions. The Burke will have some specialty object available for close viewing and they will also be supplying art materials for you to use.

All you need to do is show up ready to be inspired and surrounded by a museum-full of artists and wonder.

Where: The Burke Museum

Sat., Apr. 18, 2015 | 10 am – 2 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members; suitable for all ages; no previous drawing experience needed

For more information contact the Museum.

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Earthday Everyday: Reminders for Living a Green Lifestyle in Western Washington

April 14th, 2015 by Nico Lund

On Behalf of Washington Energy Services, this is a PSA: If you haven’t already, April is the month to CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!

Take a look at this great infographic and find out how good (or bad) you score on your clean living points as compared to your neighbors.

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