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News roundup: election ratings, business moving, recycling competition, zoo Wi-Fi, fiction writer award, crime

Just in time for the primary election, Municipal League of King County ratings are now available. The ratings are for more than 90 candidates running for local offices.

Manna Teriyaki, the last business left at the little strip mall at Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street, will move out at the end of August so the land can be developed into a park. While the owners had been looking for space to rent in the neighborhood, they now tell me they will reopen in Woodinville, where rent is cheaper.

Woodland Park Zoo is installing a free public Wi-Fi network, thanks to a donation from Cisco Systems, Inc. The first phase, completed at the end of June, added Wi-Fi to the zoo’s West Entrance and North Meadow. The second and third phases will add Wi-Fi to high traffic areas including the Rain Forest Food Pavilion, Zoomazium, South Entrance, popular exhibits and staff areas.

Waste Management is again encouraging neighborhoods to compete to reduce garbage and increase recycling
and in the process earn up to $20,000 for the nonprofit of their choice.

The neighborhood region that reduces garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 for the community non-profit(s) of their choice. Regions that reduce waste through creativity and strong community involvement can win even more – up to $15,000 for the non-profit(s) of their choice. To determine the winner, WM will compare the pounds of garbage per household from this year to last.
The region that reduces their garbage the most wins!

Jen tells us someone broke into her mom’s car while parked at the zoo parking lot on North 55th Street last Thursday.

They took her knitting bag which had her iPad and nook, a photo album, and a daKine backpack of diapers. Her book was also in one of the bags and has my grandparents’ wedding photo in it. We would love to get any of it back, but especially the photo.

If you have any information or found any of those items, please email kranich10@yahoo.com.

Jennifer tells us someone broke into both of her family’s cars around midnight Friday, without breaking any glass or jimmying the locks, on NW 73rd Street near 7th Avenue NW. She said they only stole sunglasses and loose change. She was awake at the time and heard a neighbor’s car alarm go off, so she assumes the thief tried to get into more cars on the street.

Artist Trust is currently accepting applications from fiction writers for the second annual Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction, which provides an unrestricted $10,000 award. Applications must be received by midnight on Sept. 12. Full application and requirements can be found here.

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