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Volunteers turn out in droves

to clean beaches for Earth Day


Citizens from around the state showed up on 50 coastal beaches during Earth Day weekend to pick up junk.

Why? To help wildlife, to keep our beaches the beautiful wild places we love them to be and to reduce polluting debris in the Pacific.

Findings included oddities such as a plastic Easter egg still filled with candy, a canister of oven cleaner, a rubber ball, a piece of garden hose, a crabbing glove, a large rusty metal drum, and a piece of hard plastic with Japanese writing on it that may have floated to our shore from Japan’s 2011 tsunami.

Volunteers we talked with came from Port Orchard, Everett, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island, Port Hadlock, Lake Stevens, Federal Way, Magnolia, Queen Anne and the University District.

This year was Washington CoastSavers’ best-attended event yet, with upward of 1,450 volunteers hitting the state’s coastal beaches from Neah Bay in the far north to Cape Disappointment in the far south.

Phinney Ridge community panel to meet Tuesday


The Phinney Ridge Community Council will hold its annual meeting Tuesday and focus on home and business energy conservation, sustainable landscaping, eco-construction, passive building, and “green” building incentives and rebates.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and socializing. The Energy Conservation Program begins at 7 p.m. Nominations for new PRCC board members will be taken throughout the meeting until voting begins at 8:20 p.m.

Ballard teen pens gluten-free cookbook


A Ballard teenager diagnosed with celiac disease has penned his very own gluten-free cookbook titled “Eternally Gluten-Free: A Cookbook of Sweets and Inspiration, From a Teen!”

Dominick Cura, age 13, started writing the cookbook last summer after experimenting with some recipes in the “Gluten-Free Bible.”

He has compiled more than two dozen recipes for his own book, which he describes as being mostly desserts, breakfasts and drinks. He and a friend even made cooking videos, which they call “The Pastried! Cooking Show.”

Bellevue to lose its downtown

post office?


A letter from the United States Postal Service to the city of Bellevue states that both the Midlakes and Bellevue main post offices may relocate to one location just north of Bel-Red Road, at 120th Avenue Northeast.

The proposal is part of a cost-cutting measure that would leave downtown Bellevue without a U.S. Post Office. The post office is one of those entities people have a love / hate relationship with. They love to hate it, but once it’s not around they will miss it.

Third Derschang eatery to open on Capitol Hill


By summer 2013, Linda Derschang will open her third Capitol Hill restaurant and bar on 19th Ave East in a planned mixed-use apartment building.

Tallulah’s will be cut from similar cloth to Derschang’s Smith and Oddfellows but with a lighter, brighter take and more of a focus on simple, rustic food.

It will start as a dinner and brunch restaurant — no lunch — with plans to be open seven days a week in the eastern reaches of Capitol Hill’s leafier, quieter and more “wow, there are a lot of kids in here-ier” end of things.

Mount Si plans children’s trout derby Saturday


The Mount Si Fish and Game Club is sponsoring the annual Children’s Trout Derby from daylight to 10 a.m. Saturday at the ponds behind the Snoqualmie Police Station, 34825 S.E. Douglas St.

Children ages 5-14 may compete for prizes. Younger children may also fish.

No registration is necessary. No nets or dogs are allowed.

Tahoma debates alternatives to late Mondays


Unlike many local schools, the Tahoma School District does not provide weekly release time for teachers’ professional development. A new proposal to start schools 90 minutes late every Monday beginning next year has prompted a community debate in Maple Valley.

At a packed meeting last week, the School Board asked the district to develop some alternative proposals, including a Wednesday late start and a Friday early release.

Whooping cough cases top 1,000 in Washington


Washington’s whooping cough epidemic continues at a record pace with more than 1,000 cases reported so far, according to Washington State Department of Health officials. The state is on track to reach more than 3,000 cases for the year — levels that haven’t been seen in more than six decades.

Wooden Boats to have open house at new facility


The Center for Wooden Boats is opening another location — at North Lake Union near Gas Works Park (1475 N. Northlake Place) next Saturday.

The CWB says the new facility, on a former Metro Transit property, will be a workshop and warehouse where historic boats will be housed for restoration. The facility is land-based, but CWB hopes to build public access to the water to “complete our vision for the Northlake Community Wharf.”

The public showing and tour of the new facility will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday.

23rd and Union liquor-store rights purchased


The ability to sell liquor near 23rd and Union sold at auction for $295,100. Beaverton, Ore.’s Michale Beraki purchased the rights for what could be the only CD liquor store south of Madison and north of Jackson.

Beraki still needs to negotiate a lease with building owner Tom Bangasser, who told CDNews he is interested in keeping a liquor store in the building.

Ravenna paving project to cause street closures


Seattle Department of Transportation crews have begun grinding down and removing the pavement in the westbound lanes of Northeast Ravenna Boulevard between 8th Avenue Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast.

Residents should expect to see street closures and detours in that area, though local access to side streets will be maintained.

Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays throughout May.

The entire project should wrap up by the end of the summer.

Parks staff backs designated spot for bike polo


Following an 18-month pilot program, the Parks Department staff recommends permanently designating courts at Judkins and Cal Anderson parks for “alternative uses” like bike polo, Capitol Hill Seattle reports.

If the program is approved, the city would more or less officially designate the Judkins Park tennis courts as bike polo courts and open the door for other uses, like roller hockey.

The Parks Board of Commissioners, a volunteer citizen advisory committee, will discuss the recommendation at its May 10 meeting.