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Entries from August 2010

Library system prepares for closures next week

August 23rd, 2010 by master

This is the last week to get things done at the library before budget cuts force the entire library system to shut down until after Labor Day.  The University Library at  5009 Roosevelt Way and all other Seattle Public Libraries will close on Monday, August 30th and reopen Tuesday, September 7th.

During the closure most library services will be unavailable:
* No materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.
* The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, Aug. 29.
* No book drops will be open. Do not leave books and materials outside Library locations during the closure. Book drops at branches that are open on Sundays will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.
* Limited access to the online catalog. Patrons will be able to search the catalog and check their Library record but will not be able to place holds on items. No staff will be working to process the thousands of books and materials that customers normally put on hold.
* Limited access to the website ( The online calendar, databases, downloadable books and media, digital special collections, podcasts, SPL Mobile app and blogs will be available, but other online information and features will not be available. No staff members will be working to maintain the site or troubleshoot problems.
* No Library computers will be available. You will not be able to reserve a computer for the week the Library system is closed.
* No access to Wi-Fi.
* No book group kits will be sent, received or returned during the one-week closure. Kits will be sent to libraries as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Aug. 25. Kits not available then will be sent as soon as possible after Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.
* No programs or events in Library meeting rooms.
* No TeleCirc, the Library’s telephone circulation service.
* No Quick Information telephone service.
* No Text a Librarian, e-mail a librarian or chat with a librarian.
* No Mobile Services.

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New liquor licenses in the neighborhood

August 20th, 2010 by master

The Royal Grill and Bar, which is taking over the old Jack’s Tapas Chinese Cafe location at 5211 University Way, has just been approved for a liquor license to sell beer, wine and hard alcohol. 

Po Dog Hot Dogs has also been approved to sell beer at its fairly new U-District location at 4736 University Way.

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Incredible Feast at U-District Farmers Market

August 20th, 2010 by master

Just a reminder about this weekend’s big event at the U-District Farmers Market.  Incredible Feast, the annual dinner where Seattle’s top chefs team up with local farmers, takes place Sunday (8/22) from 5pm to 8pm at the farmers market site (U-Heights Community Center). All proceeds support the Good Farmer Fund and educational programs that help consumers learn about local, sustainable farms. For a complete list of chefs and farmers taking part, click here. You can also order tickets here.

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University light rail station gets green light, night work to begin

August 19th, 2010 by master

This will come as no surprise, but Sound Transit’s application to actually build the University Station light rail facility was just approved by the city. The two story facility will include a pedestrian bridge that crosses over Montlake Blvd.  Of course, construction work has already been going on for over a year at the site next to Husky Stadium.  The next phase of construction includes nighttime work that could happen between the hours of 10pm to 7am on weekdays and 10pm to 9am on weekends and legal holidays over the next two years. You can track the project here.

Image from Sound Transit

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Couple attacked on The Ave

August 19th, 2010 by master

A couple walking on The Ave say a group of men attacked them after a verbal argument.  It happened just after 2am Monday (8/16) in the 4200 block of University Way.  The male victim told police that a group of about 5 or 6 men started saying things to his girlfriend.  When he called them a–holes, the group pushed him to the ground where they hit and kicked him.  The victim’s girlfriend was also pushed to the ground but she was able to land some punches on her attacker.  A bouncer from a nearby bar helped scare off the group.   You can read the full police report below.

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U-District Art Walk this Friday

August 19th, 2010 by master

We’re coming up on the third Friday of the month which of course means Art Walk.  You’re invited to come out to all the art venues that are staying open late to host artist receptions and new art exhibits.  It takes place tomorrow (8/20) from 6pm to 9pm.  This month’s venues include University Heights Community Center, Ultra Chiropractic, Starbucks on the Ave/North, Piece of Mind, University Business Center, Artist & Craftsman Supply, University Inn, Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, Scooter Gallery, Centerstage Dance, Indigo Fusion Spa & Gallery, Tully’s, and Gargoyles Statuary.  You can find a map here.

Art Walk photo by Kyle Scholzen, The Daily

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Community speaks out during Nickelsville meeting

August 18th, 2010 by master

U-District residents got their chance to voice concerns over the return of the Nickelsville homeless camp to the parking lot of the University Congregational United Church of Christ.  A community meeting, announced earlier in the day via email, was held last night inside the church’s sanctuary and our news partners at The Daily were there.

Community meeting on Nickelsville. Photo by Qixiu Hu, The Daily.

“Every time they have this program, our residents feel a little insecure that they’re gallivanting around at night,” said the manager of a nearby apartment building.

But one UW student who lives in that apartment building supports the roving tent city.

“I completely support the church hosting them, and I’m totally fine with it,” said Kali Brandt. “They don’t cause a problem, and I haven’t heard anything other than the stereotypical general dislike.”

If Nickelsville residents stay the entire three months, it will cost the church around $27,000 in fees and lost parking revenue.

Reporter Nick Visser covered the meeting for The Daily.  You can read his full report here.

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Traffic alert: 520 bridge closed this weekend

August 18th, 2010 by master

Here’s an early heads up that the 520 bridge will be closed this weekend for its annual inspection and maintenance.  The bridge will close Friday (8/20) at 11pm and reopen by 5am on Monday.  The closure extends from Montlake Blvd to 92nd Avenue NE on the Eastside.

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Emmert wants to leave UW early

August 18th, 2010 by master

Update, August 20:   Our partners at the Seattle Times report Emmert’s last day at the UW will be Sept. 30.  He won’t lose one month’s salary but he will leave behind about $700,000 in deferred compensation he does not have a vested right to collect.

Original report:
UW President Mark Emmert is trying to leave his position one month earlier than expected.  Emmert was supposed to start his new job as head of the NCAA on November 1.  But according to our news partners at the Seattle Times, Emmert is now saying that he wants to leave the UW on October 1. 

Emmert would have to give up one month’s salary, $51,666,  if he leaves without giving six months notice.  But in a special meeting of the Board of Regents,  the board decided the university could change that condition.  Negotiations are now underway.  You can read the full story in the Seattle Times here.

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Did you feel the booms?

August 17th, 2010 by master

Two or three loud booms shook houses all over Seattle and beyond today.  They hit about 1:50pm and had people walking out in the streets to see what happened. 

The FAA says it was sonic booms from military jets scrambling after Presidential airspace was breached, reports KING 5. President Obama is visiting Seattle today.

The booms were heard across Seattle, but especially in West Seattle — many residents there were shaken enough to call 911. West Seattle Blog reports that 911 lines were jammed with all the callers.

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