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Entries from October 2010

Are noise panels on the Ship Canal Bridge working?

October 30th, 2010 by master

Now that all those noise panels are up on the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge, have you noticed any difference?  WSDOT says it just finished its first tests, and the results are mixed.  They sent crews into the field last week and took noise measurements at 18 locations.  WSDOT says the numbers show the panels are working as well as predicted in about a third of the locations, but not as well as predicted in the majority of the locations.   The biggest noise relief came on the west side of the bridge.  You can check out the noise measurements here.

WSDOT photo

WSDOT will continue to take noise measurements once each quarter and then annually for 3 years.  700 noise reducing panels were put in place as part of a $7 million pilot project with money allocated by the state legislature.

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Last-minute Halloween shopping

October 30th, 2010 by master

Story by Daron Anderson

Halloween is here, and if you’ve left costume shopping as a last-minute errand, a few stores on the Ave are prepared to help you out. You can find anything from devil horns to movie characters simply by taking a walk on the Ave. Most of the vintage-clothing stores have Halloween items in stock, and retailers like American Apparel have a limited selection as well. And, of course, Gargoyles Statuary has Halloween costumes. They’re also hosting a “Halloween Social” tonight (10/30) from 5-8 p.m., which will feature cider, doughnuts, classic Poe readings, local short stories and a costume contest at 7 p.m.

*These are mostly adult costumes.

Buffalo Exchange

Used: $2-35

New: $5-40

Most interesting costumes: fruit (watermelon, berries), Where’s Waldo, Peter Pan, Jedi

Buffalo Exchange

Gargoyles Statuary

$9-18 stick-on horns

$20-64 masks

$12+ hats

Gargoyles Statuary


Used: $2.99-30, $10 avg.

Most interesting costumes: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland characters

Red Light


Most popular costumes: pirates and sailors

Red Light

Lucky Vintage

Used: $10-45

Favorite costumes: fringy, cabaret, saloon girl dresses

*Collected by Hayat Norimine from The Daily

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Another female UW student attacked and robbed

October 29th, 2010 by master

For the second time this week, a female UW student was mugged at the intersection of NE 45th Street and 20th Ave NE.  The latest incident happened on Thursday (10/28) around 10:30am. The victim was pushed from behind and sustained a scrape to her chin.  Her hat and backpack were stolen.  The suspect is described as a male, wearing a purple hoodie with the hood up.

As we reported earlier this week, another female student was attacked and robbed by two people in the same area on Monday.

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Trick or Treat map for North Seattle

October 29th, 2010 by master

Wondering which of your neighbors will be giving out candy this Halloween?  Ballard resident John Tynes created a trick or treat map to show which homes in the neighborhood will open their doors to trick or treaters Sunday night.  Since it was such a great idea, the map has been expanded to include the U-District and all of North Seattle.  Before Sunday rolls around, you should see a lot more blue dots outside the Ballard area.  Just click here to see the current map and follow the directions on the left column to add your house (Google account required to edit map).

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University Apartments on schedule to open next summer

October 28th, 2010 by master

We’ve learned a development in the U-District that will house people transitioning out of homelessness is on target to open in the summer of 2011.  University Apartments is currently under construction in the 4700 block of 12th Ave NE.   The site, which was purchased by the Low Income Housing Institute when plans for a hotel fell through, will feature 62 units of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals, couples, and veterans. 

Photo of construction site this week

Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), told us a few months ago that residents will be screened carefully.  There will also be an on-site resident manager and Sound Mental Health will provide residents with everything from job training to counseling.

LIHI is proposing a new low income facility in Ballard which would also include an “urban rest stop” for the homeless to shower and wash their clothes.  The rest stop idea has caused a huge controversy in Ballard.  The University Apartments will not have a rest stop.

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Wish list for next UW president

October 28th, 2010 by master

Two panels convened on Wednesday to talk about what the community would like see in the next UW president.  Some want to make sure the next president builds on communication and the relationships with students, staff and faculty.

Julian Wheeler, a UW School of Law student and member of the University District Community Council, said the new president should also advocate social service.

“In almost every instance I’ve had volunteering … it has always been enriched by the University of Washington’s presence,” Wheeler said. “I would press for a president who would similarly press for UW in the social-service sector in the University District.”

Photo of presidential search committee by Qixiu Hu, The Daily

Almost 200 applications have come in for the president’s position, with the list being narrowed to about 20 top contenders.  A new president should be in place by next spring.  Reporter William Dow has full details in The Daily.

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Boaters bump into mystery object in water

October 27th, 2010 by master

10:50 p.m. Police are searching for a mystery object that boaters said they encountered under the Montlake Bridge just after 8:30 p.m. The object was covered in a tarp, and as they were towing it to shore, something fell out. “The boaters thought that the unknown object was possibly a human body,” Seattle Police say. “The boaters lost sight of the object and continued on to the rowing center (off Fuhrman St. in Eastlake) and subsequently called 911.”

Guardian One helped in the search, but so far, nothing has been found. Pre-Halloween jitters or the real thing? We’ll keep you updated.

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AppleLooza at U-District Farmers Market this Saturday

October 27th, 2010 by master

If you love apples, the U-District Farmers Market is the place to be on Saturday (10/30) for AppleLooza.  The event features over 40 varieties of apples from across our state.  You can vote on your favorite and learn which types are best for baking, sauces, or just eating raw.  There will also be free apple cider and a pie making demonstration by Kate McDermott, Seattle Weekly’s winner of the best cooking class. 

The farmers market hours are 9am to 2pm on the playfield of the University Heights Center at the corner of University Way and NE 50th.  The apple tasting is from 9:30 to 11am.  The pie making demo starts at noon.

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Montlake Bridge accident leads to $8 million settlement

October 27th, 2010 by master

An accident on the Montlake Bridge three years ago turned a cyclist into a quadriplegic.  Now, the man has settled with WSDOT for $8 million dollars.  Mickey Gendler, a former high profile environmental attorney in Seattle, was riding across the bridge in October of 2007 when his bicycle tire got lodged in an inch-wide gap between sections of the metal grating.  He was thrown over the handlebars causing devastating injuries.  That gap has since been filled in, although the SeattlePI reports the state contended most cyclists use the sidewalks instead of riding over the grating.  Gendler spoke with our news partners at the Seattle Times and you can read the story here.

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Female UW student attacked, robbed

October 26th, 2010 by master

UW Police sent out an email alert late today detailing a Monday night attack just off campus:

On Monday, October 25, 2010 at 9:15 p.m., a female student was walking eastbound on N.E. 45th St. and 20th Ave., N.E. when she was approached by two suspects. One of the suspects was described as a tall black male wearing a dark stocking cap and a dark green rain coat with horizontal stripes. The second suspect was described as a black female approx. 20 years old wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The female suspect grabbed the victim’s purse strap and used it to throw her into the bushes next to the sidewalk. The male suspect then punched the victim and took her purse and cell phone. The victim was not injured and declined medical attention. The suspects remain at large.

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