Last Farmstand

europe2010-245Wallingford Farmers Market has packed up and gone away for 2014, but there’s still some time left to get some locally grown veggies: today (Saturday) is the last CityGrown Farmstand market (although they allow they might re-open one more time, weather permitting).

As always, they’ll be out front of 4108 Eastern Ave N from 10 am – 2 pm, selling vegetables grown in small plots around Wallingford and Ballard. Here’s what they say they’ve got, all fresh:

Carrots, Head lettuce – romaine, red crisp, red oakleaf, and butterhead, Salad mix, Pea shoots, Spicy greens – bunch or bag, Arugula – bunch or bag, Kale – dino, curly, and red Russian, Collard greens, Rainbow chard, Spinach, French breakfast radishes, Green onions, Cucumbers, Japanese salad turnips, Broccolini, Romanesco cauliflower, Bok choi, Kohlrabi, Multicolored sweet peppers, Jalapeño peppers, Parsley, Garlic, Tomatillos, Delicata squash, Sugar pie pumpkins, Winesap & honeycrisp apples, and Concorde pears


Ever wondered what the buildings in Wallingford were before they are what they are?

What was Nikola’s before it was Nikola’s? Well, sure, that’s easy, it was Rusty Pelican. And before that, actually, it was Nikola’s, again. But what about before that? And before that?

Robert Ketcherside has thoughtful history of the building going back to when it was built in 1927 on his blog, ba-kground.

According to RoKet, the building was completed in 1927 and leased to Eba’s grocery store chain, which occupied the spot for just two years (apparently, something bad for business happened in 1929, probably Obama’s fault).

“After Eba left in 1929 it was briefly a Frye meat market,” writes Ketcherside, and then a branch of the 9-chain Ernst hardware store before becoming a Brehm’s Grocery.

Lots of fun neighborhood tidbits and snapshots, check out the full article, Wallingford’s Eba’s Store No. 7.


(Photo from Seattle Times, 1927)


Family Works Parenting Classes

Feeling frustrated with your parent skills? FamilyWorks is offering some free classes to help you build healthier relationships with your kids:

Parenting Teens! It Can Be Done!

Ask Yourself…Are you frustrated by your teenager’s moods, but you find that your reaction pushes you further away? Are the power struggles in your home sapping the fun out of life as a family? Does it seem that whatever you say gets you in trouble with your teen? Join Alison Bower at FamilyWorks (1501 N 45th St) for this FREE series, to learn practical parenting tools for raising resilient, self-reliant, and connected children…right in your very own home. This does, after all, start with us. Come to any or all workshops. Call 206-694-6727 to register or if you have any questions.

alisonbowerWed. Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Connecting with your Teen
Science now validates what we all know: Teens experience more anxiety and fear than either adults or children. Learn real tools to begin creating connection in your home that we know helps.

Wed. Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: What is Your Style?
We will look at different styles of parenting, their merits and the research behind what we know creates the most connected, safe, and self-reliant teenagers.

Wed. Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Mistaken Goals and Taking Behaviors Personally
Teenagers do things that hurt others and themselves, because their brains are not yet developed to a point of global understanding. Learn how to identify mistaken goals and how to create more options for open dialogue in the process.

Wed. Nov. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Enabling vs. Empowering and Joint Problem Solving
The lack of purpose and connection teenagers often perceive of in their own lives can lead to feelings of insecurity, lack of self-worth, and assumed inadequacy. Learn tools that empower teenagers to be able to manage success, failure, and everything in between.

Meridian Fall Carnival

fallcarnivalThe Meridian School is holding its Fall Carnival at Meridian Park behind the Good Shepherd Center this Saturday Oct 25th, from 1 – 4pm. There will be games, food, face-painting, balloon animals, and prizes. Recommended for kids ages 2-10.

That’s all we know.

Transit Proposition

3936377660_8a8fb20e61_zElection season is upon us! Will the Democrats hold on to their tenuous lead in the Senate? Who knows? We have no say in it! Patty Murray isn’t up for re-election until 2016 and Maria Cantwell sits tight until 2018.

But, we do have a few things that we can vote on, including Proposition 1, a Seattle-only alternative to the King County Proposition 1 transit bill that lost a special election this August. The Wallingford members of the Environmental Caucus of the 43rd District Democratic Organization sent in this policy statement on our new Prop 1:

Transit Vote Comes Round Again!

After the defeat by voters in rural King County of the country-wide Metro Transit measure in the Primary Election, the Seattle City Council decided to put a Seattle-only Metro Transit proposition on the General Election ballot. There’s more than one Proposition 1 but this one can be found all alone on the back side of your November ballot. You have look for it.

43rd District Democrats urge you to vote Yes. Why?

Wallingford and University district buses are some of the most over crowded routes in the system. A recent Seattle Department of Transportation study has identified the #16 as a route that scores low on three counts: reliability, crowding and frequency of service. The #44 scores low on crowding and reliability. The #31/32 needs to improve reliability and increase frequency of service. The #26 and #26Express need to improve reliability. All this adds up to a high priority for improved service on all the lines that serve Wallingford if Transit Proposition 1 passes.

Even the Seattle Times has endorsed the Seattle-only Transit Proposition 1. Despite an improved revenue forecast for Metro and the recent postponement of planned service cuts, the Seattle Times editorial board concluded that additional funding for Metro to support the growing need for transit in Seattle is justified and that Proposition 1 should be supported.

Why did we hear that there was no more need for additional taxes and the planned bus cuts could all be cancelled? In addition to improved revenue forecast, a majority of the County Council decided they could raid Metro’s rainy day fund to come up with enough more money to avoid this year’s planned cuts. But that is not a sustainable solution. If Metro does avoid cuts, we can use the Seattle-only funds in Transit Proposition 1 to improve bus service on the many very overcrowded routes in the City, including Wallingford’s buses. If they don’t, Seattle will have the funds to backfill and avoid further destruction of our bus system.

To find the Seattle-only Metro funding Transit Proposition 1, you will need to look on the back side of your ballot when you get it this Thursday or Friday. Here is the full text of the ballot title:

“If approved, this proposition would fund Metro Transit service benefitting the City of Seattle, by preventing planned service cuts and, if funds allow, enhancing transit service, at least until state or regional authorities provide replacement revenues. The measure would authorize an annual vehicle license fee of up to an additional $60 per registered vehicle with a $20 rebate for low-income individuals and authorize up to a 0.1% sales and use tax, both expiring by 12/31/2020, all as proposed in Resolution 12.”

The Environmental Caucus of the 43rd District Democratic Organization urges you to vote Yes to secure the future of the Seattle bus system.

A summary of the Proposition 1 can be found on the Seattle Voters Guide site as can the full text.

Nota bene: Proposition 1 is not the same thing as Propositions 1a and 1b (which concerns “early learning programs and providers of such services for children”) nor Citizen Petition 1 (which concerns the monorail).

(Photo by Oran Viriyincy)

Kite Hill Closed

While this is probably old news to pretty much everyone but me, Kite Hill, and most of the mid-section of Gas Works Park is closed, and will remain so until Memorial Day 2015. I mean, yeah, Lee posted about it on these very pages back in February, but somehow it didn’t sink in that this towering icon of our neighborhood would be off-limits for eight months.

So, yeah, Kite Hill is closed until May 2015. They’re replacing all of the topsoil with clean topsoil in advance of offshore sediment clean-up planned for the future. The issue is that there are still toxins in both the soil of Gas Works and in the off-shore floor of Lake Union left over from the era when Gas Works was, in fact, a gas works. According the city:

One of the issues associated with the sediment work is the potential recontamination of the remedy from outside source(s) including uncovered areas of the park where there may be contamination at the surface. By adding clean soil to Kite Hill the risk of recontamination of the sediment from the surface flow of storm water is minimized. Both Ecology and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are very supportive of this early action as we move towards the sediment remedy.

The city promises everything will be put back where they found it, except “the intermediate path on the south side of the hill,” which will be eliminated.

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Dinging at Dick’s

Chris Harmon writes:

I stopped at Dick’s for a soft drink.  As I got out of my car a 20-something fella came trotting over asking if the car I was in was mine.  I said yes then he said he had noticed a couple of dings and scratches and said he could fix them on the spot. I replied with a firm and annoyed NO.  He didn’t try to convince me.  I watched where he went and it was to his fancy black shiny pickup with Washington license plates parked along the footpath on Dick’s property.  There were 2 or 3 other young hotshots hanging out ready to scam someone. I had a previous encounter last year by same type of people in a similar shiny black SUV vehicle with California license plates at Bartell’s in Roosevelt district. Beware of shade tree body shop fixer uppers. 

I’ve had related emails in the past from folks who were not so savvy as Chris, and lost some money to these folks.

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