Briefs 9/22

Dick's to add store in Snohomish County
After a phenomenal customer response to an online poll, Dick's Drive-In Restaurants announced today plans to focus their search for a new restaurant location within a 20 mile area north of the original Dick's in Wallingford.
Afteralmost three weeks of voting, the north region, including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and South Everett scored highest with 53,810 votes, or 46 percent of the 115,524 votes cast. South captured 28 percent, (32,180 votes), and East received 26 percent (30,534 votes). The online poll closed at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Fremont nonprofit gets praise
Bridges to Understanding, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab, is pleased to announce their citizen diplomacy program, The Bridges Collaborative: Supporting 21st Century Education Worldwide, has been selected as a Top Program by the K-12 Task Force of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD.) As such, the program will be highlighted as a key component of the upcoming U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy, to be held Nov. 16-19, 2010 in Washington, DC.
"We are honored to be selected for this recognition on the eve of our tenth anniversary of connecting youth around the world to explore how they can be active, responsible global citizens," said Joyce McClure, Executive Director of Seattle-based Bridges to Understanding. "The vision of our founder, Mercer Island resident and renowned humanitarian photographer Phil Borges, of aharmonious, interconnected world in which youth are actively engaged as global citizens, has inspired Bridges to become what it is today."

Zoo awarded
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has honored Woodland Park Zoo with the Exhibit Achievement Award for its new Humboldt penguin exhibit.
The prestigious award, equivalent to an Oscar in the zoo and aquarium industry, was presented this week at AZA's annual conference in Houston. This is the fifth time the Seattle zoo has won the award for best exhibit.
In a rare move by AZA, the top award also went to a second institution, Oregon Zoo, for its Predators of the Serengeti. The achievement award is presented by AZA for outstanding dedication to conservation issues, construction of exhibit space and simulation of species natural habitats.
"This award is the highest honor for new exhibits, and Woodland Park Zoo is on the leading edge of zoological exhibits in North America," noted AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.
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