Category Archives: Around Lake Union

Boating Safety & Education for Summer on the Water

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Keep everyone safe on the water by following these safety guidelines:

  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Don’t drink on a boat … or assign a designated driver who is comfortable with the boat and weather conditions.
  • Be weather wise/aware of tides. Pack accordingly & prepare for changing conditions.  Don’t forget the SPF!
  • Bring your cell phone and portable battery charger in a waterproof zip lock bag.
  • Do a walk-around of your boat to assure no trouble spots developed over the winter or since last used.
  • Trade in your old flares for a discount on a new set.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked.
  • Allow the blower to run for at least 4 minutes after fueling before turning on the engine. Always travel with a fire extinguisher.

 

Who Needs a Washington Boater Education Card?!

Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1, 1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education.  Find more information here:  parks.state.wa.us/437/education-information

Providers of online classes can be found here: parks.state.wa.us/448/online-courses.

Need a life jacket for your child?

There are several programs throughout the Puget Sound that will loan you a life jacket.  Look here for locations boatus.org/life-jacket-loaner/usamap.asp

Boat Owners! The state wants YOU to STOP dumping sewage!

Boaters and vessel operators would not be able to release sewage, treated or untreated, into Puget Sound under a proposal by Washington state regulators.

The Department of Ecology said Thursday, July 21 it and other state agencies petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the waters of Puget Sound a “no discharge zone” to improve water quality and protect shellfish beds and swimming beaches from harmful bacteria.

If approved, the zone would cover waters from near Sequim to south Puget Sound to the Canadian border, and includes Lake Washington and Lake Union. There are dozens of no-discharge zones in the country, but this would be the first in the Pacific Northwest.

Critics say the proposal is too broad and will be costly for many who would have to retrofit their vessels to accommodate holding tanks. They say many vessel operators currently use marine sanitation devices to treat sewage before it’s pumped overboard.

“This designation is an important piece of our strategy, and is a necessary step forward for one of our state’s most prized ecological treasures,” Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in a statement Thursday.

The agency said in its petition that “vessel sewage discharges are small in volume, but have high potential impact due to proximity, often directly over or near shellfish and other protected resources, such as swimming beaches.” It also leaves shellfish beds vulnerable and threatens an important shellfish food supply in Washington, officials said.

The department says it sought the petition after four years of evaluation, outreach and public feedback. The EPA has 90 days to review the petition and make a decision.

If approved, the zone would immediately apply to all vessels, with the exception of tugboats, commercial fishing vessels and some boats that would have five years to retrofit their vessels. There are more than 150,000 recreational and commercial vessels in Puget Sound.

Many boaters currently pump out toilet waste at stationary facilities, hold waste in tanks, or treat the waste before pumping it out. Currently, boaters are allowed to pump out treated sewage anywhere in Puget Sound. Federal law allows vessels to dump raw sewage only in waters more than 3 miles from the coast.

In its petition, state regulators say treated sewage discharges contain fecal bacteria concentrations that are many times higher than the state water quality standards.

A group representing numerous vessel operators, ports and shipyards say they’re concerned The Department of Ecology is moving ahead “without due regard for either the economic or scientific arguments against a Sound-wide NDZ,” the Puget Sound NDZ Marine Alliance wrote to department officials in May.

Chris Wilke with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance praised the move. “It’s time we looked at all pollution and stop treating Puget sound like our toilet,” he said.

Ecology department officials say most recreational and commercial vessels in Puget Sound with on-board toilets have holding tanks or use pump-out stations, or wait to release sewage more than three miles from shore. They estimate about 215 commercial boats and 2,000 recreational boats would need to add holding tanks.

Retrofits for tug boats and commercial vessels could range from negligible to $161,000, according to a consultant for the department. The cost of adding a holding tank on a recreational boat is estimated to be about $1,500.

The agency said it determined there are sufficient pump-out stations for recreational boaters and commercial vessel operators.

Outdoor Movies to Enjoy Around the Sound!

Are you looking for something fun to do with the family, or maybe on a date night?  Check out all *Denotes free screenings.

Fremont Outdoor Cinema

July 16 Deadpool (Farewell screening)

Seattle Outdoor Cinema (SLU Discovery Center Lawn)

July 23 Pretty Woman
July 30
Mad Max: Fury Road
Aug 6 Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Aug 19 The Big Lebowski (Dude Fest, 21+)

Movies at Marymoor

July 6 Back to the Future
July 13 Jurassic World
July 20 Inside Out
July 27 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 3 Aladdin
Aug 10 Singin’ in the Rain
Aug 17 Zootopia
Aug 24 The Princess Bride

Movies at the Mural (Seattle Center)*

July 30 The Princess Bride (Quote-along)
Aug 6 Mad Max: Fury Road
Aug 13 Galaxy Quest
Aug 20 West Side Story
Aug 27 Life of Pi

Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema: The Fierce Awakens (Cal Anderson Park)*

Aug 5 Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Aug 14 Spaceballs
Aug 21 Barbarella
Aug 28 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Seattle Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

July 7 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
July 14 Labyrinth
July 21 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 28 The Incredibles
Aug 4 Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 11 Zootopia
Aug 18 The Sandlot
Aug 25 The Goonies

Moonlight Cinema at Redhook Brewery

July 7 Super Troopers (18+)
July 14 Big Trouble in Little China
July 21 Zombieland (18+)
July 28 Labyrinth
Aug 4 Deadpool (18+)
Aug 11 Tropic Thunder (18+)
Aug 18 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 25 Zootopia

West Seattle Outdoor Movies*

July 16 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 23 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
July 30 School of Rock
Aug 6 Skyfall
Aug 13 The Lego Movie
Aug 20 The Princess Bride

Crossroads Movies at the Park*

Aug 4 Inside Out
Aug 11 Minions
Aug 18 The Good Dinosaur
Aug 25 Pan

Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights

July 9 Minions
July 23 Inside Out
Aug 6 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 20 Spectre

Auburn’s Summer Sounds and Cinema*

July 29 The Good Dinosaur
Aug 5
Minions
Aug 12 Zootopia

LeMay Car Museum’s Drive-In Movie Series*

June 25 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
July 16
Frozen
Aug 6
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sept 1 TBA

Movies at the Marina (Shilshole Bay Marina)*

Aug 5 The Lego Movie
Aug 12 Pan

Center City Cinema*

May 27 Pan (Cascade Playground)
Aug 28 TBA (Bell Street Park)
Sept 4 TBA (Cascade Playground)
May 27 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Bell Street Park)
Aug 28 TBA (Cascade Playground)
Sept 4 Resolution (Freeway Park)
May 27 TBA (Bell Street Park)

Movies in the Park: Occidental Park*

Aug 12 The Good Dinosaur
Aug 26 Labyrinth
Sept 2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Movies in the Park: Westlake Park*

July 15 Inside Out
July 22 The Goonies
Aug 5 Jurassic World

Summer Nights in the North Plaza at CenturyLink Field

June 24 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 8 Jurassic World
Aug 19 Raiders of the Lost Ark
Sept 16 Frozen (sing-along)

Outdoor Movies at Jefferson Park*

July 8 The Princess Bride
July 22 Labyrinth
Aug 5 The Muppet Movie
Aug 19 Despicable Me
Sept 2 Despicable Me 2

MOHAI’s Movie Night at Lake Union Park*

Aug 20 Toy Story

Bite of Seattle (Seattle Center)*

July 15 Jurassic World

Skyway Outdoor Cinema*

Aug 5 Inside Out
Aug 12 Labyrinth
Aug 19
Jurassic World
Aug 25
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Movies at King’s Hardware’s Patio*

June 5 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
June 12 The Sandlot
June 19 Stand By Me
June 26 Wayne’s World

Park Ridge Films in the Field (Bothell)*

July 13 Star Trek Into Darkness
July 20 Zootopia
July 27
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 3 Inside Out
Aug 10 Heaven is For Real
Aug 17
Napoleon Dynamite

 

Pickford Film Center’s Rootop Cinema (Bellingham)*

July 22 The Last Waltz
Aug 5 Little Miss Sunshine
Aug 19
West Side Story

Tesla Model 3 Reservation Line South Lake Union

So I was driving down 9th Ave in South Lake Union this morning and saw this long line of people wrapped around the block between Harrison and Republican. Being the inquisitive person that I am, I asked these people what they are in line for! Wouldn’t you?  Turns out that Tesla is  opening a wait list for a new model car, the Model 3, which hasn’t been released yet.  The car is going to be unveild in a webcast at 8:30pm PST on Thursday… pre-orders were opening up at 10:00am.  Does that mean that all these people that were in line to put $1000 down to be on the list for a new car that they haven’t even seen yet?  Those cars are running $35,000 and will go 200 miles on a full charge.

North Lake Union Open House Sunday 3/20/16 – 1-4pm

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Come visit me at my Open House this Sunday 3/20/16 from 1-4pm! I’ll be at 3900 2nd Ave NE, #202!

Watch the seaplanes as you sip your morning coffee from this spacious condo, perfectly positioned at the north end of Lake Union. Host a party on your 1500sf southwest facing patio with sweeping views of downtown Seattle and iconic Space Needle. Take the Burke Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park, UW, Wallingford restaurants. Sophisticated and soulful 3 BR condo with ensuite master bath, large kitchen and an endless wall of windows to enjoy the view. 2 car secured parking, but who needs a car with a walk score of 83!

 

  • 1985 Square feet with additional 1500 square foot patio.
  • 2 car parking in garage
  • 2 fireplaces
  • 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms

 

Ballard Locks to be Closed to Marine Traffic 3/14 – 3/25

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Just a quick note that the small lock in Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks will be closed to marine traffic next week!  It will start at noon on Monday 3/14 through 5pm on Friday 3/25. They will be conducting maintenance and safety inspections during this time.  Foot traffic won’t be affected and the large lock will continue operations for marine vessels.  The staff and crew at the locks are attempting to get commercial traffic through as quickly as possible as they have priority.  Pleasure boaters will use the large lock and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew.  That means a minimum of 2 50’  lines with an eye at least 12 inches in diameter on one end as well as an adequate number of fenders for both sides of your vessel as you will be much more likely to raft off another boat in the large locks than the small.  The need for the 50’ lines are because the large lock does not have a sliding wall like the small lock does.  There may be delays so please plan for that.  It’s not like they want to run the large lock for just a boat or two so they will probably wait for a larger number of boats.  Pay attention to the lock attendants and you’ll be fine!

The planned closure is to inspect and repair the machinery and equipment which is original and 99 years old!

NOTE:  Kayakers are not allowed in the large lock

The South Lake Union Streetcar on Reduced Schedule

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Do you ride the South Lake Union Streetcar?  Have you noticed it’s not around as much as it used to be?  There is a reason for that! Through the end of the month, construction crews are overhauling how transit travels through this busy neighborhood!

 

Sidewalks and lane on Westlake Ave N Between Mercer and Blanchard will be temporary closed at times for construction! They will be installing signs, new sidewalks, new transit-only lanes and Bus shelters according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The transit upgrade is part of the Move Seattle transportation package worth $930 million! This was approved by Seattle voters back in November.  The Westlake project will extend RapidRide C to South Lake Union and SDOT says it will improve service on Metro Route 40 and for the streetcar itself.

The streetcar usually runs 6am – 9pm Monday – Thursday; 6am – 11pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am – 7pm Sunday.

Lingering Odors and Listing Your Home

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Homes of any age can be subject to unpleasant lingering odors from a variety of sources – smokers, pets, cooking, and even too much moisture. Often, homeowners have gotten so used to the smells, that they essentially disappear. However, if you are thinking of listing your home you must reacquaint yourself with the odors that your home exudes to determine what to do about them.

For example, in our area, there can be a lot of moisture that builds up in basements and areas that are below grade. Dehumidifiers and ozone treatments can help as can laundering the drapes and other washable upholstery (perhaps even in a vinegar solution if regular laundering doesn’t cut it). Sprinkling baking soda on the floors before a thorough vacuuming may also rid the room of the excess mustiness.

In the case of smoke odors, oftentimes repainting the walls and the ceiling is in order. Cleaning the furniture and drapes may also be required. If the smell still lingers, that can mean that the smoke has permeated the carpet. Sometimes simply hiring a cleaning company to clean the carpet may do the trick. However, in some cases, it may make sense to replace the carpet.

For pet smells, these are usually limited to the carpet if there have been accidents. Although carpet spot cleaning may be effective, if the problem has been years of accidents, calling a professional carpet cleaner may most certainly be in order.

Cooking smells may be taken care of by painting the kitchen and the ceiling.

The key is to have your house smelling fresh when potential buyers walk in the door. Your real estate agent should advise you if there is a challenging smell that may put off buyers as well as some possible solutions for taking care of those.