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Entries from March 2011

New road project set to start in U-District

March 31st, 2011 by master

During the week of April 4, SDOT will start work to repave the intersection of NE 55th Street/Ravenna Boulevard/22nd Avenue NE near Ravenna Park. The project includes repaving NE 55th Street from 22nd Avenue NE to 25th Avenue NE, reconfiguration of the intersection to make it safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, new curb bulbs, pedestrian ramps and restriped crosswalks, and a new bike lane on NE 55th Street. Work should wrap up in June. You can track the project here.

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Jiggles plans to reopen

March 30th, 2011 by master

After being shut down by the city, Jiggles plans to reopen in two weeks. But this time around, there will be some changes. Our partners at The Daily report the former comedy club turned strip club will now be a full bar with food service and dancers, but there will be no lap dancing and no full nudity. You can read more here.

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U District church getting new pastor

March 30th, 2011 by master

University Temple United Methodist Church (1415 NE 43rd St) is getting a new pastor. Reverend Rich Lang is moving to the church after 11 years at Trinity United Methodist in Ballard. “The reason I’m leaving is that Trinity needs a new leadership style to help it evolve into its potential, and I will go to another church that is aging, that has lost its direction and is experiencing decline,” Lang says. “I think God has called me into a ‘raising the dead’ type ministry. Trinity is no longer dead. It has come fully alive!”

Rev. Lang is very outspoken about homeless rights. In 2008 he was arrested during a protest at Seattle City Hall.

His first day at the pulpit will be Sunday, July 3rd.

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MS Walk at Husky Stadium this Sunday

March 29th, 2011 by master

Join more than 5,000 walkers at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter’s Walk MS, presented this Sunday April 3 at Husky Stadium.

You can walk the four-mile loop on the Burke-Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park and back to Husky Stadium to help meet the Chapter’s goal of raising over $2 million to support programs and services. The Chapter serves more than 12,000 people with MS and 72,000 others including family, friends, caregivers and health care professionals throughout Alaska, Montana and in 23 counties in Western and Central Washington.

Registration begins at 8:30am with the event getting underway at 9:30am. You can find more information here.

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Man beaten during robbery on The Ave

March 24th, 2011 by master

Tuesday morning around 3am, a man was getting on his motorcycle in the 4700 Block of University Way when another man approached him and demanded his wallet. When the victim didn’t hand it over, Seattle Police say the suspect punched the victim in the face and then began kicking him on the ground. The suspect fled on foot and was located a short time later by an officer at NE 45th and Brooklyn. The 21-year old suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.

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Sound Transit construction alert

March 19th, 2011 by master

Sound Transit’s contractor will be removing the center curb on Montlake Blvd to prepare for the tunnel boring machines to be delivered in April 2011. This will require closing a northbound and southbound lane just south of NE Pacific Street.   The closure will occur during the nighttime hours from Monday, March 21 to Tuesday, March 22 – 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.  You can track the project here.

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Burglar spotted climbing in window

March 16th, 2011 by master

Early Sunday morning (3/13), a woman called police after catching a man climbing through a downstairs window in the 4700 block of 18th Ave NE. The exact address was redacted from the police report, but the house is apparently a UW sorority. The woman asked the suspect what he was doing, and the would-be thief said he was looking for a person who doesn’t live there. The man fled the area on foot. No description was given in the police report.

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Jiggles to be closed by city

March 12th, 2011 by master

The controversial Jiggles Gentlemen’s Club (5220 Roosevelt Way) that opened the end of last year will be closed down by the city. According to a release sent out by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, “Superior Court Judge Suzanne Barnett awarded the injunctive relief sought by Assistant City Attorneys Bob Tobin and Carlton Seu at the end of an hour of oral arguments.”

Barnett rejected the First Amendment argument that was central to the defense by Jiggles’ owner Bob Davis, doing business as ASF, Inc., a Washington corporation. As long as its zoning rules are reasonable, Barnett said, the City has a right to disperse adult cabarets throughout the City. The City claimed the location of Jiggles violated a zoning buffer requirement because it is located within 800 feet of a school, child care center, community center and public park.


U-District Goodwill ready for big sale

March 10th, 2011 by master

The Goodwill’s two day sale takes place March 18 and 19. About 1500 designer items including purses, handbags, shoes, ties, belts, scarves, wallets will be on sale. Fresh merchandise will be stocked throughout both days.

Some of the big name brands include Coach, Yves St. Laurent and Gucci. The event’s net proceeds support Goodwill’s free job training programs for people in need. The U-District Goodwill is located at 4552 University Way.

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Police searching for missing UW student

March 8th, 2011 by master

Seattle Police and University of Washington Police are investigating the case of a missing University of Washington student.

On March 6th, 2011 at approximately 4:00 p.m., UWPD was notified that a female UW student was reported as missing. The 18 year old student, Marizela Perez was last seen on Saturday, March 5th when she departed her Rainer Beach home headed for the UW Seattle Campus. Indications are that she may have taken the light rail train en-route to the University District area. Marizela was scheduled to be in classes today on the UW Seattle Campus, but she failed to attend. There are also indications that Marizela may have been in the University District shopping late Saturday afternoon, March 5th, around 4 p.m.

Marizela Perez is described as 5’5″ tall, 110-120 lbs, brown hair in a short “bob” hairstyle, brown eyes, with a Tagalog language tattoo on her left inner arm. She may be wearing green contact lenses. She was last wearing light colored jeans, a dark jacket with a hood and brown suede boots.

Our news partner, The Seattle Times, spoke with Perez’ father in New Jersey. “I can’t describe what my wife and I are experiencing,” Perez said. “When you see a person missing on TV you feel sadness. When that person is related to you … I can’t describe it.”

You can read more from The Times here.

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