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April 24, 3:45 PM click here to comment > 0

The Reader – Fireworks return for the 4th of July

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Fireworks return for the 4th of July
This week the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Seafair announced Seattle’s annual Lake Union 4th of July fireworks celebration is on in 2013 with a new funding strategy, producer and great business and community support.

To bolster the shows sustainability, Seafair will now become the producer of a new fireworks event which will be incorporated into the festival’s summer programming for the long-term. The eight week festival includes over 75 events, ranging from sports to parades, an air show to hydroplane racing and beyond.

“This is a great day for our city. I thank all of the corporate sponsors for their leadership and dedication to Seattle. And I applaud Seafair and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for ensuring that Seattle will celebrate the birth of our country with fireworks this year and for years to come,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

New coalition of regional experts formed to oppose coal exports
Leaders of city governments and tribal nations across the Pacific Northwest this week announced the formation of a new coalition to oppose coal trains and coal exports. The Leadership Alliance Against Coal will work together to raise awareness about the damaging economic, cultural, and health impacts of coal trains and coal exports, as well as take action to protect their communities.

“For thousands of years Washington State tribes have fought to protect all that is important for those who call this great state home. We can no longer allow industry and business to pollute our water and land; we as leaders need to protect our treaty resources, our economies, and the human health of our citizens and neighbors,” said Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

The City of Seattle conducted a study that found coal trains could add an additional two hours of gate downtime at major street crossings of the railway by 2025. Similar delays are likely in cities large and small along the proposed route of these trains.

Supporting Seattle’s Parks
Seattle loves its parks. We have a lot of great Parks facilities, and we should ensure that we are giving them the support they need to thrive. To do that, The City of Seattle is planning to put a proposal for new revenue for Seattle Parks on the ballot in 2014.

The existing Parks and Green Spaces Levy expires in 2014. We will be creating a Parks Funding Plan Citizen Committee to consider several options for funding Seattle Parks and Recreation. We will also ask the Committee to take a look at different funding options, including the potential use of a Metropolitan Parks District. They will also examine how we allocate these funds, including the balance between using funds to keep existing facilities open, maintenance, and new land acquisition and facilities.

Join the Seattle Ambassador Program and help fight global poverty
The City of Seattle and the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) are partnering to educate and mobilize local residents to support Seattle’s thriving global development sector, by participating in the Seattle Ambassador program.

This city-wide campaign will raise awareness about local institutions working to alleviate poverty around the world and ask individuals to lend their support to this important sector. By signing up, residents will receive updates about the work of these organizations and learn about opportunities to get involved. Participants will be entered for a chance to be a Seattle Ambassador, and win an all-expense paid trip to see first-hand how our community is improving lives in Africa, Asia, or Latin America.

Upcoming events (for more see
April 25, 6pm – Northgate/N 105th Street Project Open House, Northgate Library (10548 5th Ave NE)

April 27, 10am-6pm – International Childrens Friendship Festival, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Ave S)

May 7, 7pm – Parks Legacy Plan Draft Report & Public Meeting, Parks Administration Building (100 Dexter Ave N)

May 8, 7pm – Parks Legacy Plan Draft Report & Public Meeting, Green Lake Community Center (7201 E Green Lake Dr N)

Video highlights (for more see

Bullitt Center Ribbon Cutting The Leadership Alliance Against Coal

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How the Decline of the Traditional Workplace Is Changing Our Cities

University Grants Could Aid Data Science Push in New York, Seattle

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill