Monthly Archives: December 2009

10th reopened after Metro bomb scare (with photos)

UPDATE: Photos added. Route 49 returns to regular service at 6:48 p.m.

6:48 p.m.: Metro says Route 49 has returned to its regular service.

Coverage from Capitol Hill Seattle: 6:47PM - They are reopening 10th to traffic. Assuming that means a bomb free end to 2009. Happy New Year!

6:54PM - Believe it or not, the bus and driver at the middle of this incident are now back on the route and heading up Broadway — after a quick slice of pizza.


7:02PM – I’m told by somebody with knowledge of the incident that the 49 driver found an item left on the bus that looked like a bomb. The person would not say what the item was but that it’s possible the item was designed to cause a scare. We’ll try to confirm this with Metro or SPD who are typically tight-lipped in these situations.

Original Eastlake Ave. Blog post: Capitol Hill Seattle reports that police are evacuating homes and businesses near 10th Avenue E. just above Roanoke after information was received that there may be a bomb on Metro’s Route 49 bus. The bus is parked on 10th just above Roanoke. Read more here.

More coverage from Capitol Hill Seattle:

Police are evacuating homes and businesses near along 10th Ave after receiving information that there may be a bomb aboard a Metro bus.

5:40PM – The bus is currently parked on the west side of 10th just above Roanoke. It appears to be route 48. Nobody is aboard the bus at this time.

5:48PM – Traffic is blocked completely on 10th. There is no detour route to I5 so people are having to turn around and head back up Hill. Officers at scene say WDOT is aware of the situation but no word if 520 or I5 are going to have any closures.

5:57PM – An officer just hailed the bus with bullhorn. ‘This is the Seattle Police Department. If there is anyone on the bus, you need to exit toward the sound of my voice. Do it now’

6:06PM – I’ve been told the call about the threat first came in from the #49 driver and was not called in by a person threatening with a bomb. A squad of investigators is examing a possible explosive device on the bus.

 6:12PM – In affairs of the tummy, the Pagliacci outlet at 10th and Miller is shut down on one of their biggest nights of the year. If you need pizza on Capitol Hill, you’re in for a wait.

6:29PM – Posting from field so lemme clear a few bugs. First, it’s a route 49 bus. Second, the map generated on this post is showing the wrong location. Sounds like my iPhone added old geolocation. This is happening at 10th and Roanoke.

Thanks to Justin for coverage from Capitol Hill Seattle.

Space Needle fireworks tonight; where in Eastlake will you be watching?

The annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be set off from the Space Needle at midnight tonight

Eastlake has good views of the Needle across Lake Union. Where will you be watching tonight? Where are the best public places to view the display?

Two come quickly to mind:

  • Lakeview Boulevard: Great views of city and the lake but parking is tight. Walk if you’re going up there.
  • Terry Pettus Park and NOAA shoreline: Located on the south end of the Eastlake, both of these lake-front spots should be prime viewing. Pettus Park is at E. Newton and Fairview E. NOAA is just south of there.

What other spots are good? Put a note in the comments to this post if you feel like sharing a good location.

If you’re watching from the Lake Union waterfront, be sure to respect the privacy of dock owners and don’t trespass. I’ll probably be standing on my deck, freezing, trying to see around the bare branches of the tree that stands at the end of the building.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Years! Here’s what’s open in Eastlake on the holiday

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. A video on the Metro fare changes by Johnathon Fitzpatrick has been added.

Another week, another holiday. Here is the list of what businesses are open in Eastlake on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 

The list shows what is open on each day. If I’ve missed your business, let me know and I’ll add you in. Or, if something has changed with your business’s hours, let me know. E-mail me at curtmilton (at) comcast.net.

NEW YEAR’S EVE HOURS
FOOD AND DRINK

  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Usual hours, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Web site: www.aztecamex.com
  • Cicchetti, 121 E. Boston St. Hours: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Six- and seven-course tasting menus early in the evening upstairs; a la menu on the main floor until 1 a.m. Web site: www.serafinaseattle.com
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: noon-2 a.m. Web site: www.neighborhoodgrills.com/eastlake/index.html
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Web site: www.eastlakezoo.com
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Grand Central Bakery, 1616 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Web site: www.grandcentralbakery.com
  • Kristo’s on Eastlake, 3218 Eatlake Ave. E. Hours: Open invitation party, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; four-course meal, 5 to 9 p.m. includes invite to the party after. Web site: www.kristoseastlake.com 
  • La Fournil, 3230B Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Web site: www.le-fournil.com
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Web site: www.louisascafe.com
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pazzo’s on Eastlake, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Red Robin, 3272 Fuhrman Ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Web site: www.redrobin.com
  • Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Web site: www.eastlakeromios.com 
  • Serafina, 2043 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Reservations from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; live music by the Fred Hoadley Latin Jazz Trio from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Web site: www.serafinaseattle.com
  • Siam on Lake Union, 1880 Fairview Ave. E.Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Web site: www.siamonlakeunion.com/

GROCERIES:

  • Hamlin Market, 2729 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E. Lynn. Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Web site: www.peteswineshop.com 

OTHER:

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY HOURS
FOOD AND DRINK

  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Usual hours, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Web site: www.aztecamex.com
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Web site: www.neighborhoodgrills.com/eastlake/index.html
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Afternoon into the evening. Web site: www.eastlakezoo.com
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Hiroshi’s, 2501 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. No live jazz. Web site: http://www.hiroshis.com/
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; mimosa brunch until 2 p.m. Web site: www.louisascafe.com
  • Pazzo’s on Eastlake, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Red Robin, 3272 Fuhrman Ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Web site: www.redrobin.com
  • Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Web site: www.eastlakeromios.com 
  • GROCERIES:

  • Hamlin Market, 2729 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E. Lynn. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Web site: www.peteswineshop.com 
  • OTHER:

  • Flower Lady, 3230 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Hours uncertain. Web site: www.seattleflowerlady.com

Seattle Transit Watch – Concept Video from Johnathon Fitzpatrick on Vimeo.

BUSES:
Metro is on a reduced weekday schedule through New Year’s Eve. They’ll be running on a Sunday schedule on Friday, New Year’s Day. Check their holiday travel site to see how your bus route will be affected.

Also: Adult and senior/disabled fares go up 25 cents on New Year’s Day, the ORCA card officially replaces the region’s transit pases, and Metro’s paper transfers will only be accepted Metro’s buses.

Thanks to Johnathon Fitzpatrick for the video. Check his Twitter feed at twitter.com/jjtweets.

GARBAGE PICKUP:

No garbage collection on New Year’s Day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday. See our previous post for info on disposing of your Christmas tree.

Holiday toy drive continues; leave items at Louisa’s through Wednesday

The holidays may be over, but the third annual Treehouse for Kids toy drive is still going on. You have until Wednesday to leave toys at Louisa’s Cafe Bakery.

The drive benefits Treehouse for Kids, a Seattle group dedicated to helping improve the lives of foster children.

The drive is sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council and Louisa’s. If you want to know what to donate, check the Treehouse web site. For other questions, e-mail the ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.

Christmas Ship makes its final Lake Union visit tonight

The Christmas Ship

The Argosy Christmas Ship will be making its final Lake Union appearance of the 2009 holiday season tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 9:45 p.m.

The ship will appear off Gas Works Park and feature a performance by the Seattle Girls Choir. There will be a bonfire onshore at Gas Works.


It only stays for about 20 minutes, so be on time if you want to see it. There are good vantage points around the Eastlake area to see and hear the ship and the musicians.

After that, it’s all over until Christmas of 2010.

Check out photos of the Christmas Ship on Flickr.

Holiday hours: What’s open and moving in Eastlake for the holiday

UPDATE: Added Christmas Eve hours for Lake Union Mail.

Here’s the list of what’s open in Eastlake for the holiday.

Christmas Eve is the time to shop and eat out in Eastlake because stores and restaurants will mostly be open. But note that many places will be closing early.

On Christmas Day, not much is stirring in Eastlake … but a few places will be open. Check the list to see which businesses will be open.

I’d like to encourage you to patronize our local, Eastlake businesses as much as possible this holiday season. They’re a great bunch of people and the neighborhood would be at a loss without them.

If I’ve missed your business, please make a note in the comments or e-mail me at curtmilton (at) comcast.net. I’ll post New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day hours next week.

Happy holidays!

CHRISTMAS EVE HOURS:
FOOD AND DRINK:

  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Web site: www.aztecamex.com
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Web site: www.neighborhoodgrills.com/eastlake/index.html
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 2 p.m. until they run out of customers. Web site: www.eastlakezoo.com
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Grand Central Bakery, 1616 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Web site: www.grandcentralbakery.com
  • La Fournil, 3230B Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Web site: www.le-fournil.com. Closed Christmas Day and Dec. 26. 
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Web site: www.louisascafe.com
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Red Robin, 3272 Fuhrman Ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Web site: www.redrobin.com
  • Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Web site: www.eastlakeromios.com  

GROCERIES:

  • Hamlin Market, 2729 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E. Lynn. Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Web site: www.peteswineshop.com 

OTHER:

 

CHRISTMAS DAY HOURS:

  • Eastlake Zoo: Hours: sometime in the afternoon through the evening.
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill: Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight.
  • Pazzo’s on Eastlake, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Bar open 5 p.m. to midnight
  • Flower Lady: May be open. Call to check: 206-325-5751

BUSES:

  • Christmas Eve: Metro will be operating a Reduced Weekday Schedule. Some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate on these days and other routes may have individual trips canceled.
  • Christmas Day: Sunday schedule
  • For more information on individual routes, go to Metro’s holiday web site.

GARBAGE PICKUP:
No garbage collection on Christmas Day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday.

If you have curbside food and yard waste collection, you can put your trees and holiday greens out on your regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26 to Jan. 10. Seattle Public Utilities advises that trees should be cut into sections of six feet or shorter, branches trimmed to four feet or less. 

Trees that are flocked or have tinsel or ornaments on them will be collected as extra garbage. Cut these trees into three-foot pieces. Each piece will be charged as extra garbage at a cost of $7.60 EACH.

You can also drop your trees and greens off for free at the North Recycling and Disposal Station, North 34th St. and Carr Place N., between Dec. 26 and Jan. 10. The station is closed on Christmas Day.

Successful NW Harvest fundraiser at the Eastlake Zoo

Walt from the Eastlake Zoo reports that last Sunday’s fundraiser was a success:

“The annual Eastlake Zoo Tavern Christmas Chorale with the Guitar Outlaws raised $780 and over 200 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest.  We saw a lot of new faces from the Eastlake neighborhood.  The event was well attended and fun was had by all! Our thanks to all for contributing to a great cause.”

Next up on the Zoo’s event calendar: another cook-off, this time with chowder as the focus. It’ll be sometime after the first of the year.

Louisa’s is applying for a ‘service bar’ license

Alcena Plum, owner of Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E., says she has applied for a “service bar” license for the restaurant.

This type of license would allow Louisa’s to serve drinks from a menu but there wouldn’t be a lounge. Drinks would be mixed in an area of the kitchen.

Alcena says it takes about 60-90 days to upgrade her liquor license. We’ll let you know it’s in place.

School district staff proposal would hurt Eastlake kids’ chance to get into Seward

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Dropping the geographic zone for Seward is a staff proposal. The school board has yet to vote on it.

The opportunity for Eastlake children to attend TOPS@Seward School, the neighborhood’s lone school, may have been dealt a serious blow on Wednesday.

The Seattle School District staff has proposed that the district not adopt a geographic zone for the school. The zone would have been used as a “tiebreaker” when determining which children get to attend Seward.

The full school board will vote on the proposal during it’s meeting on Jan. 20. That meeting starts at 6 p. m. at school district headquarters, 2445 3rd Ave. S.

For the 2010-11 school year, Eastlake children (except for those already enrolled at Seward) would be bused to Montlake Elementary. Eastlake kids would have to enter a lottery to gain a seat at Seward, just like every other child in the city.


Under the proposal, the siblings of current students would still be high priority to get into TOPS@Seward due to the sibling tiebreaker provision.

The Eastlake Community Council had proposed a geographic zone for Seward that would have encompassed most of the neighborhood (I-5 west to the houseboats, Galer north to the Ship Canal). The new geographic zones are part of the school district’s new attendance policy, which is focusing on a return to neighborhood schools. The geographic zones would be used as tiebreakers to determine how many neighborhood students would be able to attend (for a more detailed explanation, see our previous post).

The ECC had hoped the geographic zone would allow a few more neighborhood children to attend Seward than currently do. Currently, school policy sets aside a small percentage of the kindergarten seats at the school for neighborhood children. That provision is eliminated in the disrict staff proposal.

Jules James, Eastlake resident, business person and schools activist, said this was the worst setback for neighborhood kids who want to attend Seward in 10 years.

A petition is circulating (see photo) in Eastlake to be sent to the school board and staff. It states that the newly adopted plan is “unacceptable to our neighborhood” and to seek a geographic placement preference for Eastlake kids at the school. The petition is available at Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa, James’ business.