Welcome Madrona’s Newest Business Salua Atelier Lingerie

SaluaWelcome the newest addition to Madrona’s business district, Salua Atelier Lingerie, at their grand opening celebration this Saturday, February 14 – just in time for your last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts! While Salua’s products are carried in boutiques all over the world, this will be their first exclusive store, and we’re happy to have them in the neighborhood. Join them for champagne and hors d’oeuvres on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or shop extended hours tonight until 9:30 p.m. The shop is located at 1406 34th Ave., next door to the Madrona Laundromat. Welcome, Salua!

Beautiful 1920’s Madrona Craftsman Available

Featured Listing: 1615 31st Avenue

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This 1920s craftsman ideally perched in the heart of Madrona, just hit the market for sale! The convenient location of this neighborhood home is just a short distance from the retail district and Lake Washington.

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Features include oak hardwood floors, coved doorways, crown molding, tall ceilings, sizable windows, and pocket doors. The kitchen includes slab Carrera marble counters, an island with a breakfast bar, viking range, and opens to a large back deck perfect for entertaining.

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The main floor master has ensuite bath, and  other noteworthy rooms include the daylight basement with media room, 2 bedrooms, an office, and a utility room. For more information on this lovely neighborhood home, or other Seattle area homes, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.75
Price: $795,000

Donate Your Gently Used Books to Madrona K-8

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Friday, June 6 is Madrona K-8’s “Drop Everything And Read” day, when students will get to carry their favorite book with them all day, and when the bell rings – drop everything and read for 10 minutes! As part of the event, the school is also collecting book donations, and they need your help to gather enough books to send each student home with five books for summer reading.

Check your bookshelves at home for kids’ and young adult books you would like to donate, and drop them off at the school’s main entrance between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from May 27 through June 3. Five books per student means they’ll need to gather 1,500 books, so everyone’s help is needed!

 

Opinions on Prop. 1 to Prevent Deep Metro Bus Cuts

**This post was written by  Madrona, Seattle reader Hester Serebrin who is not affiliated with the Madrona, Seattle blog. We love hearing the opinions of our readers, and would welcome an opposing stance on the proposition.

Why I’m Voting YES on Prop 1 on April 22nd to Save Metro Bus Service

Without action soon, King County Metro will cut 17% of service, with the first cuts taking place as early as June of this year. As many as 74 routes, including routes 4 and 27, are slated to be completely eliminated. Another 107 routes, including routes 2 and 3, will be restructured or reduced. Route 8 will no longer run South or East of E John Street & 16th Avenue E. You can learn more about the cuts that Madrona and surrounding neighborhoods are facing here.

Having grown up in Madrona, and a frequent rider of the often infrequent #2, I can say from experience that Madrona can’t afford to lose its already limited bus service. And neither can the rest of King County. As any bus rider who has been passed up by an overcrowded bus or forced to stand for an entire commute can tell you, these cuts couldn’t be coming at a worse time. Metro should be growing by 15% just to reduce crowding and keep up with demand.

Thanks to the Great Recession, Metro has lost more than $1 billion in projected revenue from the sales tax. Through efficiencies, cutting less productive routes, nearly doubling fares, and spending down reserves, King County has been able to avoid major cuts to our bus service. Meanwhile our state leaders in Olympia have failed to authorize a more stable long-term funding source for transit.

But we can save our buses by voting YES on Prop 1. King County Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council have moved forward with a proposal to fund Metro with the only funding source the county has available. The measure— a $60 vehicle fee and .01% sales tax increase—would cost the average household about $11/month, and will include measures to make sure that low income bus riders and car owners can still afford to get around. Those making less than $23,000/year can get a reduced bus fare that will save bus riders between $35-54/month. Low-income car owners will pay a reduced license fee.

Fail to pass this ballot measure, and we fail our friends, family, and neighbors in King County: Metro’s proposed service cuts would affect up to 80% of all bus riders, who will have to wait longer or walk farther to get on the bus. Some will be left without a way to get around at all. And it’s not just bus riders who will be affected: service cuts are anticipated to put 30,000 cars back on the street, clogging our already congested arterials and highways and making commutes worse for everyone on the road.

That’s why I’m voting YES on Prop 1 on April 22nd, and I urge you to do the same. You can learn more at www.movekingcountynow.org.

Mark Your Calendar: PreSchool For All Event April 3rd

Are you curious about Seattle’s Office For Education’s initiative to provide preschool for all 3-4 year olds in the city limits? We are too! Back in September the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “Preschool for All” resolution designed to provide affordable, high quality care for all 3-4 year old children in Seattle, and they’re providing events open to the general public  around the city for those interested in learning more about the initiative. Events happening in the next few weeks are listed in the bulletin below, including the Central Seattle meeting which will be held on April 3rd from 6-8pm at Garfield Community Center.  As an added bonus, dinner will be provided to attendees and childcare will also be available during this time for all children ages 2-8. If you will be needing childcare services, you’re asked to RSVP with the number of children and their respective ages to upk@seattle.gov. Hope to see you there!

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Celebrate Madrona Neighborhood Appreciation Day March 22nd

A reminder not to forget Madrona Appreciation Day next weekend! Join Madrona residents next Saturday March 22nd at the Madrona K-8 Library to celebrate and thank your neighbors for their contributions to the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!

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Save the Date – Madrona Mayfair!

With the rain coming down hard this week, it feels like the perfect time to start getting excited for spring activities! Mark your calendars, because rain or shine the 2014 Madrona Mayfair is scheduled for Saturday May 10th from 9:30am-1:00pm. Mayfair will include a similar lineup to years past with the favored kiddie parade, pony rides, big bounce houses, clowns and various attractions along with a concert by the Recess Monkeys at the Madrona Playfield.

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This year there will also be the first annual silent auction put on by Madrona K-8 and the Madrona Community Council (MCC), so come on down and check out the list of auction items. Volunteers are certainly still needed, and while several sponsors have already committed (Ewing & ClarkHarvard Avenue School, Molly Moon’s, Cambium, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, and the Madrona Dining and Sipping Society) sponsorships are still much appreciated. If you’d like to get involved or if you’d like more information on supporting this treasured Madrona event, please contact Stacey Kryman via email at staceykryman@gmail.com,

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tonight

You’re invited to join the neighborhood Madrona Community Council meeting tonight at 7:15pm at the Madrona Shelterhouse. Come and discuss what’s going on in the neighborhood, and listen to the below topics listed on the agenda: Madrona Shelterhouse

  • Discussion of the parameters for the Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe
    Sidewalks Management Plan corridor
  • Wreath sales summary/discussion
  • Park playground upkeep and use of possible Playfield funds
  • Discussion of upcoming events (MCC support of Central
    Transit Community Coalition, Krause Fund applications, Neighborhood
    Appreciation Day, Mayfair, etc.)
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Other business TBD

We’ll see you there Madrona!

 

Beautiful Leschi Home on the Market

Leschi HomeThe beautiful home located at 519 Lake Washington Blvd, right across from Lake Washington and Madrona Park, has outstanding views of lake, mountains, sunrises and sailboats! The home features an open floor plan, large windows, an expansive deck, lovely terraces and a balcony. The kitchen has been updated with top of the line appliances, and there are two full master suites with contemporary bathrooms, views, and huge closets. The home also has a two car garage, and is in close proximity to both Madrona and Leschi shops, restaurants, and of course is a quick commute to downtown. If you are interested in this or other homes in the neighborhood, please contact me at anytime, I’d love to assist you in your home search.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/3
Price: $995,000

Genesis House Planning To Move

The Genesis House, which has been successfully running in the Madrona neighborhood for over 40 years is going to sell their property. After months of deliberation, the Genesis House Board and management team agreed it was the right move for the long term success of the program, and their clientele. The goal with the sale of the property is still to continue supporting chemical dependency treatment to no/low income individuals and to help families with small children affected by addiction. genesis

If you’re interested to learn more about their program or plans for the future you can call Monica Ramsey at 206-860-26232, she will be available to answer any questions or concerns from the community about their upcoming move, and future plans. Ramsey will also continue to keep the public informed on the sale of the property  through the MCC newsletter and at community meetings.