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Entries from May 2011

New home for Husky track and field

May 30th, 2011 by master

Now that the track around Husky Stadium will be removed to make way for stadium improvements, the athletic department is making plans for the track’s new home. A land use application has been filed with the city to allow the relocation of the track to the IMA sports field No.2. The project includes bleacher seating for 2000, two buildings totaling 3,000 sq. ft. containing restrooms, concessions and storage, 7,585 cu. yds. of grading and the removal of up to 100 parking spaces in Lot E1, all in an environmentally critical area.

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Church to hold services in Grand Illusion Cinema

May 27th, 2011 by master

The Grand Illusion Cinema will soon start hosting more than just movies. On June 12th at 10:45am, the Paradox Bible Church will hold its first service in the theatre. The pastor tells us that Paradox was started in September 2010 and has been active in the community primarily partnering with the University Heights Center doing service projects and participating in community functions.

Paradox will hold weekly worship services at the Grand Illusion on Sunday mornings at 10:45am. You can read more about the church here.

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iPhone robbers target UW student

May 27th, 2011 by master

UW Police sent out this alert today after a failed robbery on campus:

On Thursday, May 26 at approximately 5:45 p.m., a UW student was walking on campus in the area of the Gates Hall Law School on Memorial Way, when he was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects grabbed the victim by the arm and demanded the victim’s i-Phone. The victim was able to retain his property and was not injured. There were no weapons seen.

One suspect was described as a male in 20s, 5’8”, wearing a red hat, red shirt and black pants. The second suspect was described as a male in his 20s, 5’11”, thin build wearing a baggy shirt.

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University Heights Open Space project

May 24th, 2011 by master

The U-District Farmers Market will soon have a new look. You’re invited to check out plans for the University Heights Open Space Project that will change the southern part of the property. The plan is to integrate the Farmers Market and P-Patch into a space that will also contain park features and recreational uses. You can read more about the project here.The U-District Farmers Market is the oldest and largest “farmers-only” market in the state.

Started in 1993, the U-District market is a weekly event that celebrates local farms and builds community.

Public Meeting 1 at University Heights Center:
Monday June 6th – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Room 104

Public Meeting 2 at University Heights Center:
Monday July 11th – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Room 104

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Brooklyn light rail station open house

May 23rd, 2011 by master

Although the future light rail station outside Husky Stadium has gotten a lot of attention, Sound Transit also wants your input on the future Brooklyn station. You can check out the latest design plans on June 9 at the Hotel Deca Grand Ballroom on 4507 Brooklyn Ave. The open house runs between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The Brooklyn station is expected to open in 2020. You can read more about the project here.

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U-District Street Fair this weekend

May 21st, 2011 by master

Just a reminder that the 42nd annual U-District Street Fair runs today and tomorrow (5/21 and 22). For a list of vendors and performers, click here.

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Codes to Dive By

May 17th, 2011 by master

With the cost of food going up, one group of Seattleites has figured out how to eat every meal for free. They call themselves “freegans,” more commonly known to outsiders as “dumpster divers.” As one freegan says, “People think that food that goes in the garbage is bad.” They disagree. But it’s not just about sifting through garbage, they also forage for food in urban areas.

Students from the UW Entrepreneurial Journalism class, taught by our partners at the Common Language Project, talk with these freegans who say they “eat like kings” on a daily basis.

Continue reading Codes to Dive By

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Tunneling to Capitol Hill to begin

May 16th, 2011 by master

Boring machines are about to start up at the University Link light rail station.

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Monday morning, Sound Transit officials, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff celebrated the launch of the first tunnel boring machine for the University Link light rail project. A second tunnel boring machine will be brought in next month to start drilling the parallel line. The two machines will work around the clock on the three-mile tunnels, which will be for the northbound and southbound tracks.

The $2 billion light rail project is expected to open by September 2016.

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Dog found near Trader Joe's

May 13th, 2011 by master

5/14 Update: The dog has been reunited with his owner. Thanks for everyone’s help!

Missing this cute dog? He’s been found by a very caring couple.. and they want to reunite him with his owners.

My wife and I just found a small male dog down near the Roosevelt Trader Joe’s at 4pm Friday 13th. He had no collar but is clearly someone’s pet. He’s well mannered and responds to people. We’d like to find his owners and reunite them.

If this is your dog, drop us a line at with your contact info.


Husky Film Night

May 11th, 2011 by master

UWTV and the Seattle International Film Festival are teaming up to provide a special (and free) opportunity to UW students and the U-District community to preview some of the 400 films featured at the annual film festival. “Husky Film Night” will allow students and visitors to review trailers of specially selected films, many of which will be screened nearby at the U-District’s Neptune Theatre. A panel of programmers from SIFF will also discuss how and why films were chosen for the festival, and how filmgoers can find movies that interest them.

“Husky Film Night” will take place Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall’s Walker-Ames room on the 2nd floor. Attendees will have the chance to enter to win free tickets to SIFF screenings and students can also purchase specially priced ticket packages on site. You’ll also find additional information about all the films and events that are part of the three-week long annual film festival.

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