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Entries from June 2011

Traffic alert for Saturday

June 8th, 2011 by master

If you aren’t attending Saturday’s graduation ceremonies at the UW, you’ll want to keep clear of Montlake. 40,000 people are expected at Husky Stadium. Gates open at 12:30 with the ceremony starting at 1:30pm and ending around 4:30.

Expect heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic surrounding the stadium between noon and 6 p.m. SDOT anticipates congestion on I-5 through the University District and on SR-520.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Seattle Police will set up traffic controls closing Montlake Boulevard between NE Pacific and NE 45th streets to through traffic to help move cars parked in the stadium lots out of the area after the ceremonies. Traffic approaching the closure will be detoured around the area. This restriction, which is similar to traffic routing for Husky football games, will be in effect until approximately 5:30 p.m. Southbound traffic headed for the UW Hospital should take 15th Avenue NE to NE Pacific Street. Those traveling northbound to the hospital may travel across the Montlake Bridge and will turn left on NE Pacific Street. However, motorists are urged to avoid the Montlake Bridge if possible and take the University Bridge or I-5 (Ship Canal Bridge) instead.

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McDonald School triples enrollment

June 7th, 2011 by master

When McDonald Elementary School opened last year in its temporary location at Lincoln High School (4400 Interlake Ave. N.), only about 65 students showed up for the K-5 school. With its designation earlier this year as Seattle’s newest international and language immersion school, the enrollment has nearly tripled to 174 — plus a wait list — for 2011-12. A good chunk of the U-District is assigned to McDonald.

McDonald School at its current interim location. The school will move in fall 2012 to its permanent location at N. 54th and Latona.

The school will have six language immersion classes — four for kindergarten (three in Spanish, one in Japanese) and two for first grade (one class each for Spanish and Japanese). Nearby John Stanford International School provides the blueprint for McDonald School’s immersion program; JSIS employees and parents say the key to its success is having an immersion assistant (a native speaker) in each classroom to help with instruction.

Hiring immersion assistants for McDonald will cost $100,000 this year, and McDonald’s PTA is trying to raise the money — fast. They need all the funds by the end of July to hire for September.

One fundraiser is this Friday, June 10, and promises to be a foot-stomping good time — a family square dance complete with a caller. From the McDonald PTA website:

Come one, come all! Come on down for an evening of fun, dance, a silent auction, and more. Featuring Seattle’s raucous old-time string-band, the Tallboys.

We’ll also hold a silent auction with some pretty amazing items — Silent Auction details here.

The Stranger calls them “one of the hardest-working bands in Seattle,” Give ’em a listen here.

Friday, June 10 from 6PM to 8PM in the Gym at Lincoln.

PTA member Brooke Anderson is organizing the shindig and told us the invitation to the family dance extends to current and future McDonald families, plus anyone in the community who’d like to know more about the school. Anderson added, “For future McDonald families, I think any chance for them to see their community and know what the school was like this year. It’s been such a special privilege (and a ton of work) to be a part of a new school and we are excited to bring other families into that!”

A family ticket is $25; you can purchase them online or at the door.

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Two U-District zones part of Late Night Public Safety Emphasis

June 6th, 2011 by master

This afternoon, the mayor’s office and Seattle Police announced the return of the Late Night Public Safety Emphasis program. That means from June to September, you’ll see increased uniformed police visibility in areas with high concentrations of people enjoying Friday and Saturday nightlife, including two designated areas in the U-District:

The area of NE. 43rd St. to NE. 47th St. / 7th Ave. NE to Roosevelt Ave. NE

The area of NE 42nd St. to NE 52nd St. / 12 Ave, NE to 15th Ave. NE

Click here to see a map of zones across Seattle.

On any given Friday or Saturday night, the additional 15-25 uniformed officers will be patrolling the designated nightlife zones, usually in two different precincts at any given time. During the course of the summer, each precinct will get a fair share of these resources.

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New concept at U-District Farmers Market

June 5th, 2011 by master

The University District Farmers Market announces the Grand Opening of “Market Bites at U-Heights” – a new concept food court that will take place every
Saturday outdoors at U-Heights Center Plaza (right next door to the Farmers Market.)

Every week, market shoppers can enjoy hand-crafted meals and snacks made from market fresh local ingredients. There will also be free concerts, a kids playground and crafts.

Participating food vendors include: Rolling Fire Pizza, Lone Pierogi, CitiZen, Half Pint Ice Cream, Tandoozy, Patty Pan and House of the Sun.

Market Bites at U-Heights takes place every Saturday outdoors in the open plaza at University Heights Center. Hours are 9 am – 2 pm. University Heights Center and the U-District Farmers Market are located on the corner of University Way and NE 50th.

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McMenimans opening pub in U District

June 3rd, 2011 by master

McMenimans is closing their Dad Watson’s pub in Fremont, our sister site FremontUniverse is reporting.

From FremontUniverse:

The McMenimans-owned pub is closing up shop June 18th and heading to a new location in the University District. According to one employee I spoke with, their lease in the current spot expired and they’ll begin the process of moving cross-town, though they won’t be opening in their new location for a little while.

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The rebirth of the Neptune Theatre

June 3rd, 2011 by master

It came as sad news to many that the Neptune Theatre would be closing its doors. As one of the few remaining independent movie houses in the city, it was an iconic mainstay in our ever-changing world. The old building has been saved from the wrecking ball, but former employees think the closure could have been prevented. Nonetheless, the Neptune will continue on with a new focus.

Students from the UW Entrepreneurial Journalism class, taught by our partners at the Common Language Project, take a look at the closure and future of the Neptune Theater.

Continue reading “The rebirth of the Neptune Theatre”

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