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Green Lake Weekly (Dec 11)

Welcome to the December 11th edition of the Green Lake Weekly! In this week's newsletter, we bring you the latest news and updates from around the Green Lake area. Read on to find out what's happening around town, including the Supreme Court taking up the case of gay marriage, humped roads in West Seattle, the power down of Seattle's monorail system, a new Sondheim recording discovered, Alaska Airlines' new bag-check technology, Seattle's holiday light guide, the reopening of Green Lake's iconic SPUD Fish & Chips, a walking tour of Seattle's Central District, and a doodle romp for playful pups. Plus, a touching story of a homeless couple living in tents in the area. Happy reading!

Slog AM: Gay Marriage Is Back at the Supreme Court Today, Humps Rise in West Seattle, and a Notorious Cannibal Is Dead
Heavy snow in the mountains, with numerous crashes and closures. Be sure to check the mountain pass report for closures if you're planning a mountain drive, and bring chains. In Seattle, temperatures will rise just enough this week to melt the remaining globs of snow, and Green Lake Way N is seeing heavy snow. Moisturize!

Slog PM: Monorail Powers Down, New Sondheim Recording Discovered, and Alaska Airlines Unveils New Bag-Check Technology
Protected bike lanes around Green Lake are working great, making it easier and safer for cyclists to get around the area. The lanes have been in place since December 11, 2020, and have been a great success.

Seattle's 2022 holiday lights guide
Twinkling, colorful lights are wonder-inducing for kids during the holiday season, and can also be a romantic date idea for adults. Check out the lights at Seattle Center's Illuminate Winterfest, the Stroum Jewish Community Center's light show, Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna, Woodland Park Zoo's light show, Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and Green Lake's candlelight walk.

Green Lake's iconic SPUD Fish & Chips is back & here's where
SPUD Fish & Chips is back at Green Lake! Enjoy classic menu items like cod & chips, a fish sandwich, calamari, and more. Order online or visit in person at 6860 E Greenlake Way N. Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM- 9 PM, Sunday 11 AM- 8 PM.

Out & Back: Walking through time in Seattle's Central District
On June 19, 2020, I co-hosted a walk in Seattle's historic Central District to celebrate Juneteenth. This once-redlined neighborhood has experienced multiple waves of gentrification and displacement, and the legacy of redlining and a lack of resources continue to shape behavior in the area. By creating more heat and reclaiming the Central District as our space, we are helping to address some of the obstacles that prevent people of color from getting and remaining active. For comparison, heat-map data in the Central District contrasts starkly with that surrounding the historically white Green Lake neighborhood.

What to do around Seattle this week: Parade of Boats Viewing Party, holiday shows and more
On December 11, 2022, the Pathway of Lights at Green Lake will bring Seattle together to light up the night in a celebration of light and the many holidays of December. Enjoy festive food, entertainment, an interactive walk-through Bethlehem and live Nativity, a warm dry winter wonderland, make-and-take crafts, cookie decorating, and more. Don't miss the special gingerbread house lighting with live Christmas carolers at 6 p.m.!

Seattle Doodle Romps pack in a lot of fun for playful dogs, and their humans
Mark Muzi and Dagmar Rehse, owners of Goldendoodle Sherman and Aussiedoodle Chewie, respectively, attended the Seattle Doodle Romp at Magnuson Park on December 11, 2022. The monthly event is a great opportunity for Doodles and their owners to socialize and exercise. Rehse, a Green Lake resident, has been in love with Doodles since taking in Chewie nine years ago.

Andy knows 'we're just people down on our luck, that's all'
On Nov. 29, Andy and her partner gathered in the large tent near their sleeping tent with a few friends, trying to warm up. They got a fire going with pallet slats, pieces of a broken Ikea futon and paper. They shared the block behind a Comcast service center with other large tent structures and RVs, including Pedro's recognizable camouflage rig. Andy had been in a lot of encampments in the north end, starting with Green Lake, where she had a motor home until a sweep. She heard of rooms in a nearby Holiday Inn Express, but that never materialized. After Green Lake, she went to the "toilet bowl" between Home Depot and Halcyon, where Pedro had his garden. The area flooded, and she had to climb off the roof and onto a car and trailer. They then went to Lowe's until they were swept out. They were offered a spot in a tiny home village in Burien, but stayed in the north end. Now they're behind Comcast, which recently blasted loud music into the camp.

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