Monthly Archives: May 2010

Eastlake crime update: Cars and businesses both entered

Two recent Eastlake break-ins involved cars in a garage and several businesses:

  • Three cars were entered in a garage in the 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E. early in the morning of Sunday, May 23. Witnesses coming home at 4 a.m. found two suspects breaking into the cars. Both suspects ran and the witnesses were able to chase and subdue one of them. He admitted that he had broken in to a car and that he had to do this in order to make ends meet. He gave the witnesses a backpack with stolen items in it, including a cell phone, an amplifier, screwdrivers, change, a Rosary, two garage openers and employee ID. The suspect then fled. The witnesses gave the backpack and items to a responding Seattle Police officer. The officer was able to return some of the stolen items to the victims.
  • On Saturday May 22, several businesses in a building in the 2300 block of Eastlake Avenue E. were reported to have been broken in to over night. Suspects broke in through the garage entrance. The building manager reported two laptops stolen. It was unknown what else was taken.

What’s open on Memorial Day in Eastlake? Check out our list

It’s the first big holiday of the summer: Memorial Day is this coming Monday, May 31.

Wondering what businesses are open in Eastlake? Our list is below.

If your business is open and I didn’t get you listed, e-mail me [ curtmilton (at) comcast.net ] and I’ll add you.

FOOD AND DRINK:

  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Website: www.aztecamex.com.
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Website: www.neighborhoodgrills.com/eastlake/index.html.
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 2 p.m – 2 a.m. Website: www.eastlakezoo.com.
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., although they may stay open a little later (3:30 or 4 p.m.).
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Website: www.louisascafe.com.
  • Pazzo’s, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Website: www.eastlakeromios.com.
  • Serafina, 2043 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: Lunch – 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner – 5-10 p.m., Happy Hour – 4-6 p.m., Late Night – ’til midnight, bar – 2 a.m. Website: serafinaseattle.com/serafina.
  • Starbucks, 2344 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Website: www.starbucks.com/store/12504

GROCERIES:

  • Eastlake Market, 2244 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • 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 9:30 p.m. Website: www.peteswineshop.com.

OTHER:

  • Flower Lady, 3230 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., although they might close earlier (6:30 or 7 p.m.) Website: www.seattleflowerlady.com.
  • Seattle Somatics, 2366 Eastlake Ave. E. (Areis Building), massage therapists. Hours: Afternoon and evening. Website: http://www.seattlesomatics.com
  • Video Quest, 2234 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Website: video-quest.com.

GARBAGE COLLECTION:

  • Garbage collection in Seattle will be on its normal schedule on Monday. The North Recycling and Disposal Station in Fremont/Wallingford will be open its usual hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

BUSES:

  • Metro will be running on its Sunday schedule on Monday.

Fly-fishing retired pastor to sign books at Patrick’s Fly Shop

A bookstore on Eastlake Ave. has always seemed like a good idea to me. Patrick’s Fly Shop takes a small step in that direction with a book signing on Saturday, May 29.

According to the Seattle Times, retired pastor James White of Colorado Springs will be signing his book, “Round Boys Great Adventures: Fish-a-logues from Rocky Mountain Trout Waters,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Patrick’s, 2237 Eastlake Ave. E.


The book contains a half century of fly-fishing adventures shared with a group of friends dubbed the “Round Boys.”

Eastlake gets a new traffic cam on City’s website

The City of Seattle has made 38 new traffic cams around town available on its website, including a cam at Eastlake Avenue E. and Harvard Ave. E.

As you can see from the photo, the camera shows the view from the intersection of Eastlake and Harvard looking north toward the University Bridge.


The Seattle Department of Transportation says in a press release:

The public is using information from the cameras to help make travel decisions, and SDOT traffic engineers are using the information to identify locations where they can make changes to improve traffic flow.

All of the City’s cameras are located on its Travelers Map website at http://web5.seattle.gov/travelers/.

This month, SDOT also unveiled eight new Dynamic Message Signs that provide traffic info. And, they’ll add a few more cameras, including one at Broadway and Roy, by August, although there won’t be any more in Eastlake.

Eastlake P-Patch Featured on Q13 News

Q13 Fox’s local news program ran a story on the City’s P-Patch program last night, featuring the Eastlake P-Patch and an interview with Eastlake P-Patch Poobah Barb Donnette. The story focuses on the long wait lists for city P-Patches and how gardens like Eastlake’s are expanding to help meet the demand.

It is a proud moment to see an Eastlake community project held up as a representative example of one of the city’s more popular public programs.

4 hurt in car accident on Eastlake late Thursday night

The Seattle Police Department reports that officers responded to a two-vehicle car crash just north of Newton on Eastlake about 11:10 p.m. Thursday evening.

SPD says a 60-year-old man was driving northbound on Eastlake in a 2000 Honda Civic with three passengers. He struck an unoccupied Jeep.


SPD’s blog says:

Two of the occupants of the Honda had to be extricated from the vehicle by the fire department.  All four occupants of the Honda were transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect/driver is being investigated for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

No citations have yet been issued, which SPD says is standard procedure on accidents of this type. The accident is still under investigation.

Both SeattlePI.com and KOMO have reports and photos from the accident scene.

Lots of riders on Eastlake for Bike to Work Day

UPDATE: This story has been modified since it was first posted. A report of a bike accident has been added.

2:57 p.m.: Central District News reports a vehicle-bike accident at Eastlake Avenue E. and E. Edgar. Medic crews responded. No more details available.

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The bicycle lanes on Eastlake Ave. are busy this morning as people are riding in larger numbers than usual as part of Bike to Work Day.

REI’s commute station at the south end of University Bridge was hopping at 7 a.m. They have free water bottles, Clif Bars and, major score, free Smartwool socks. You can also enter the F5 Bike to Work Day drawing for a bike there. They’ll be there until 9 a.m. and won’t be back for the evening commute so stop by now.


Many of the people riding down Eastlake were stopping at the REI commute station. Some of the riders look like regular road warriors, others like they were making a special effort for the day. There were the usual street bikes and even some recumbent bikes. Cool stuff!

Watch for bike riders along Eastlake Ave. this morning and be sure to give them some room. The northern end of Eastlake Ave. is nortorious for bike accidents. The Seattle Times is reporting this morning that the University Bridge, especially the northern end, is among the most dangerous places to ride a bicycle in Seattle.

For more information, see our previous post.

Parks Department to tour Eastlake P-Patch; Seattle Works helps out on Saturday

Officials from the Seattle Parks Department will be touring the Eastlake P-Patch on Friday about 1:30 p.m.

Lois Loontjens says by e-mail that one of the reasons the Eastlake P-Patch was selected for the tour was because it’s undergoing “a major expansion on a challenging site being accomplished with little money and a great deal of donated expertise and labor.”

She invites people to come join the tour in the garden during the Parks Department visit.

The usual Saturday work party at the P-Patch will get a boost this weekend. Seattle Works, a volunteer organization, will be helping out with the P-Patch expansion on Saturday from noon to 3:30 p.m. There will be lots of things to work on and special snacks, too. Learn more at Seattle Works website. More details in our events calendar.

Third slip is sold at Wards Cove houseboat development

A third houseboat slip has been sold at the Wards Cove development in the 2800 block of Fairview Avenue E.

The newly sold slip is number nine, which sits on the northwest corner of the Wards Cove dock. That leaves nine slips yet to sell. Officials at Wards Cove say that, due to more strict shoreline regulations, these may be the last slips to ever be developed on Lake Union.


When I toured the development in March, Joel Blair, director of real estate for Wards Cove, said he thought the first houseboats might show up on the dock in the fall. The houseboat at slip number eight is a “green” design that will be built mainly at the dock. The float and shell of houseboat number 11 are being built off-site.

Wards Cove has posted a link to video showing the float for one of the houseboats hitting the water on the Ship Canal in Fremont on April 26.

Blair noted that even after the dock is built out, the small beach at the site will remain open to the public.

Eastlake Ave. will be busy for Bike to Work Day on Friday

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. A llink to a Seattle Times story about the most dangerous places to ride your bike has been added.

Friday is Bike to Work Day and the Seattle Department of Transportation is expecting heavier than usual bicycle traffic on some city streets, including Eastlake Avenue E.

SDOT estimates that 10,000+ bike riders could take to the streets for the morning and afternoon commutes.

The Cascade Bicycle Club has more information about the event on its website.

There will be a number of Commute Stations on major routes in and out of town, including one sposored by REI at the south end of the University Bridge. That station and others will be operating between 6 and 9 a.m.

What can you get at the commute stations? Cascade Bike Club says:

“… Riders can stop by Commute Stations to pick up free schwag, snacks, city and county maps, bicycle commuting information and to have bikes checked for free by our fantastic bike shop station sponsors.”

They’ll also spot check your bike there and you can enter the F5 Bike to Work Day Drawing. 

The Seattle Times has a story today about the most dangerous places to ride your bike in Seattle. No surprise that the University Bridge, including its approaches on Eastlake Ave., are on the list. They also have an interactive map showing where bicycle accidents have occurred. Read more here.

What are your Bike to Work Day plans? Where will you be riding? Let us know in the comments. I’ll try to stop by the University Bridge Commute Station in the morning.