Queen Anne & Magnolia In Brief | August 24, 2016

QACC reaches funding goal for appeal

The Queen Anne Community Council announced on Saturday that it had fully funded its SEPA/DNS appeal of Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s legislation regarding backyard cottages.

The group was aiming to raise $25,000 to “credibly defend” its appeal, with the services of a land-use attorney to present its case, along with experts on land-use issues to testify on the council’s behalf.

In an email to supporters, QACC Land Use Review Committee Chair Marty Kaplan wrote that the group was ready to advance its defense, “of every Seattle citizen and neighborhood’s right to a fair, transparent, unbiased and face driven process.”

“We will fight for our right to review actual studies and participate in the process to review and contribute to what should be a city-wide inclusive and honest dialogue, instead of an ideological top-down proclamation from O’Brien and Murray that not one environmental impact will result from converting every Seattle single family neighborhood to multi-family zoning; destroying the very fabric of over thirty very special and different communities, and offering in turn a significant development gift to every investor at our expense!” read the update.

For more information on the appeal, visit www.queenanneappeal.org.


FOLKpark winds down

With the volunteers that helped raise money for Lower Kinnear Park improvements now involved in other efforts, the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park is no longer meeting regularly as a group.

However, in a Facebook post earlier this month, the group put out the call to the community to see if there’s a new group of neighbors that may be interested in setting up and organizing activities in the park.

The group currently has approximately $1,500 in its account with its fiscal sponsor, and members want the money put to good use. One consideration is to purchase plants that would otherwise not be available for planting in the park, for the forest steward to use.

Those interested in continuing the group are asked to email debi4kinnear@comcast.net before Aug. 30.


Helpline seeks men’s clothing donations

Queen Anne Helpline is asking for the community’s help in the form of men’s clothing donations. Earlier this week, the nonprofit posted on its Facebook page that the “summer demand has been unusually high this year.”

In particular, the Helpline is looking for casual clothing, like t-shirts, shorts, and pants (especially jeans).

Donations can be dropped off at the Helpline (311 W. McGraw St.) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but people are asked to call in advance at (206) 282-1540 to make sure there is someone there to collect it.

For more information on the Helpline, visit www.queenannehelpline.org.


Aegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park hosts job fair

With the newest retirement community on Queen Anne set to open in less than a month, the search is on for workers to fill approximately 100 positions.

Aegis Living is looking to hire caregivers, housekeepers, CNAs (certified nursing assistants), HCAs (home health aides and LPNs (licensed nurse practitioners) to staff the new Aegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park community. The company says that the positions include competitive wages, flexible scheduling, paid training, certification programs, tuition assistance, paid time-off, and medical/dental/vision plans for full-time employees.

To find qualified applicants, Aegis will host a job fair at the new facility (2900 3rd Ave. W.) on Aug. 31 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.


Free car washes at Brown Bear on Thursday

Brown Bear Car Wash will celebrate its 59th anniversary on Aug. 25 by offering free “Beary Clean” car washes at all of its tunnel wash locations.

That includes the location on the border of Interbay and Magnolia at 1800 15th Ave. W.

“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community that has supported us for nearly 60 years,” said Victor Odermat, the company’s founder and CEO. “It’s a fun and busy day as we celebrate with our customers while benefitting the environment.”

Two customers will also win free car washes for a year, with an annual membership to Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. To enter, participants must take a picture of their newly-washed car or truck, and post it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

More than 25,000 vehicles took advantage of the one-day celebration in 2015.