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Entries from December 2010

Couches burned after UW bowl victory

December 31st, 2010 by master

UW’s big victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl led to a few fans burning couches once again on Greek Row last night.  Fire crews were called out just before 11pm to the intersection of 17th Ave NE and NE 47th.  @jaydodd1 snapped a photo and posted it to Twitter.

Fires were set in the same area back in October following a Husky victory over USC.  At that time, student leaders said they planned to work with police to make sure it didn’t happen again.


Panhandler turns violent, threatens couple with a knife

December 30th, 2010 by master

What started with a request for money turned into a frightening experience for a couple on Christmas Eve.  Seattle Police say a man and woman were pulling out of a parking lot near University Way and NE 50th around 1:30pm when a panhandler blocked their path and asked for money.  After the couple waved him off, the panhandler kicked the car twice.

The man in the car got out and tackled the panhandler.  That’s when the panhandler pulled out a knife and charged the man.  No one was cut, but the panhandler did use the knife to pound the car before he ran away.  The male victim followed the panhandler and called 911 giving police updates on his location.  The panhandler was later arrested and booked for investigation of robbery.

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University Heights Center now on National Register of Historic Places

December 29th, 2010 by master

After opening in December of 1902 as a school, University Heights has now been designated by the National Park Service as a landmark property and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The designation assures preservation of the building and site under federal laws.

Photo by WA State Dept. of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

The building has quite a history.  Starting in 1974, University Heights lived under the threat of demolition or sale by the school system.  It finally closed in 1989 but was soon turned into a community center.

“School buildings have historically been very important to the neighborhoods they serve,” said House Speaker Frank Chopp in a news release, who has his district office in University Heights. “This designation acknowledges that role and allows the building to remain a vital part of the community.”

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50 North opens in the U-District

December 28th, 2010 by master

The owner of the well known Hardware Store Restaurant on Vashon Island has officially opened a restaurant in the U-District. A few months ago, we first reported that Melinda Sontgerath and her husband Dick applied for a liquor license at the old Fondi Pizza location. Now, 50 North has opened at 5001 25th Ave NE.

The menu features organic salads, Lahvosh ‘Pizzas’, all-natural burgers and steaks, seafood, vegetarian entrees, Gluten-free entrees and desserts.  In a press release, Sontgerath says she chose the U-District because “this area is a hub for so many Seattle students, professionals, and families. Whether they are joining us for a meal or just dropping by for take out, I think they will find this location to be convenient and comfortable – a U-District gathering place.”

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Free tree-cycling until January 9

December 27th, 2010 by master

The city is offering free curbside “tree-cycling” until January 9th for customers who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection.

Trees and greens need to be cut into sections of no more than six feet with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections of trees should be bundled together with string or twine. Apartment and condo residents can put one tree next to each yard waste bin with no extra charge.

Flocked trees or trees with tinsel on them will be collected as extra garbage. These trees must be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. (Just a reminder that starting on January 1, each extra unit of garbage will cost $8.10.)

Residents who don’t subscribe to food and yard waste collection can drop trees and greens at the North Recycling and Disposal station (North 34th Street and Carr Place N) from December 26th through January 9th. Tree sections must be cut into sections eight feet or less with trunks four inches or smaller in diameter. One vehicle can drop off three trees.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” at Grand Illusion

December 24th, 2010 by master

For the 40th straight year, the Grand Illusion Cinema in the U-District is showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” now through December 30. You can catch the Frank Capra classic on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 3:30pm, 6pm, and 8:30pm. You can find more information here.

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"It's a Wonderful Life" at Grand Illusion

December 24th, 2010 by master

For the 40th straight year, the Grand Illusion Cinema in the U-District is showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” now through December 30. You can catch the Frank Capra classic on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 3:30pm, 6pm, and 8:30pm. You can find more information here.

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Free gift wrapping at The Ram

December 23rd, 2010 by master

If you have some last minute Christmas shopping you need to take care of, The Ram at U Village will wrap your gifts for free. Stop by on Christmas Eve from 10am to 2pm to take advantage of this offer on items purchased at U Village. While you wait for your gifts to be wrapped, The Ram will have food and drink specials along with live entertainment by the Roosevelt Vocal Jazz Choir.

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Burglar kicks in door of occupied apartment

December 22nd, 2010 by master

A man called 911 after someone kicked in his apartment door in the middle of the night.  It happened just after midnight on Saturday (12/18) in the 4500 block of 18th Ave NE.   The resident was asleep when he heard a loud crash.  He armed himself with a knife, went to the front door, and saw a man running down the hallway wearing a large black puffy jacket with the hood up.  He couldn’t give police a better description of the man since he couldn’t see his face.  It didn’t appear that anything was stolen from the apartment.

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Latest on 15th Ave NE project

December 21st, 2010 by master

SDOT tells us they still plan to start work on the 15th Avenue NE reconstruction project during the first week of January.  The work will take place between NE Pacific Street and NE 45th Street.

Here are some things to keep in mind once construction begins: 

  • The roadway will remain open with one lane of traffic in each direction on weekdays.
  • On weekends, the roadway will be reduced to one lane northbound only. Southbound lanes will be closed at NE 45th Street and southbound traffic will be detoured via Brooklyn Avenue NE.
  • Work will be ongoing until the beginning of June 2011. 
  • Parking will be intermittently prohibited on the intersecting streets as work progresses.
  • Bus stops along 15th Avenue NE will be consolidated, and transit agencies will communicate any route changes to customers directly.
  • Nearby residents and businesses should expect noise, dust, and nighttime light impacts.

You can track the project here.

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