Monthly Archives: August 2010

Eastlake crime report: Rash of car prowls plagues neighborhood

A rash of car prowls hit the Eastlake neighborhood in the last week. The details:

  • Aug. 23: Bicycle theft, 800 block of E. Allison, noon.
  • Aug. 23: Theft of auto accessories, 2300 block of Boylston Avenue E., 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 23: Car prowl, parking lot or garage in the 2300 block of Franklin Avenue E., 10 p.m.
  • Aug. 24: Warrant, felony arrest, 1900 block of Franklin Pl. E., 4:18 a.m.
  • Aug. 24: Car prowl, parking lot or garage in the 2900 block of Eastlake Avenue E., 11:15 p.m.
  • Aug. 25: Car prowl, parking lot or garage in the 1500 block of Eastlake Avenue E., 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 26: Car prowl, car prowl, 2200 block of Eastlake Avenue E., 7 p.m.
  • Aug. 26: Car prowl, parking lot or garage in the 1600 block of Eastlake Avenue E., 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 26: Car prowl, 200 block of E. Boston Street, 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 26: Car prowl, 2500 block of Boylston Avenue E., 11 p.m.
  • Aug. 27: Car prowl, 3200 block of Fuhrman Avenue E., 11:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 28: Theft from a building, 2300 block of Fairview Avenue E., 9:45 a.m.
  • Aug. 29: Car prowl, 2800 block of Eastlake Avenue E., 10:32 p.m.

To see the complete SPD map of Eastlake reports for the last week, click here.

Construction continues on 10th E. this weekend

Work continues on 10th Avenue E. on Capitol Hill this weekend which will result in some traffic detouring on Boylston in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Work begins Saturday at 10 a.m. and should be done by 10 p.m. on Sunday.

The northbound lane of 10th E. will be closed to all traffic but transit. Northbound traffic will again be detoured at Broadway to Roy, then Belmont, then Lakeview and onto Boylston E. in the Eastlake neighborhood before heading to Roanoke and 10th Avenue E.

The detour route should be clearly posted.

T-shirts and free Nettletown sandwich samples at Zoo on Thursday (tonight)

Sounds like a fun time at the Eastlake Zoo Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.: Mike Barbano, the Eastlake t-shirt guy, will be screen printing shirts at the Zoo.

And, at the same time, Christina Choi, owner/chef at Nettletown (which is diagonally across Eastlake from the Zoo), will be handing out free samples of her tasty sandwiches. Yum!

Barbano screened shirts at the Zoo in April. He runs Oxford Screen Printing out of his Eastlake home and his shirt designs are said to be very popular. 

Rumored is a possible sandwich eating contest at the Zoo involving Choi’s sandwiches and local business folks as competitors. No word on a date or time but we’ll let you know when we hear something.

Eastlake 911 report: car prowls, graffiti, bike theft and more

It was a relatively quiet week for crime in Eastlake. The reports from Aug. 16 to 23 include:

  • Aug. 16: Car prowl, 2500 block of Yale Avenue E., 11:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 16: Burglary, no forced entry, 3200 block of Fuhrman E., midnight.
  • Aug. 18: Assault with a blunt object or personal weapons (hands, fist, teeth, etc.), Franklin E. and E. Garfield, 10 p.m.
  • Aug. 20: Property lost in a bar or night club in the 2300 block of Eastlake Avenue E., noon.
  • Aug. 20: Electrical fire at the Lake Union Cafe, 3119 Eastlake Ave. E., 8:14 p.m. Minimal damage and a wedding celebration taking place at the venue continued. 
  • Aug. 21: Car prowl, 2900 block of Eastlake Avenue E., 3:15 p.m.
  • Aug. 23: Graffiti, 200 block of E. Boston, 12:30 a.m.

To see complete reports, go to the Seattle Police website.

Raindrops fail to dampen enthusiasm of Eastlake Movie Night crowd

Despite a couple of brief sprinkles of rain Saturday evening, the Eastlake Movie Night drew what may have been its biggest crowd ever.

The Disney/Pixar animated film “Up” was the feature. It drew a crowd of 80-100 people to the Rogers Playfield for a screening that started at dusk.

Kate Dulemba, who has organized all three of the Eastlake Movie Nights, said she thought it was the most children ever at one of the events. Families spread out on blankets or sat on chairs to watch the film, many bringing snacks to enjoy.


Speaking of snacks, Kate says a special thank you is due to Alcena Plum, owner/chef at Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, who brought two kinds of popcorn and also cookies for the crowd. And Pazzo’s on Eastlake sent over pizza for the movie audience.

Ryan Murphy of Coworking Eastlake loaned his sound system for the evening.

Kate also wanted to send a special thank you to the unnamed member of the audience who volunteered gas to restart the generator that runs the projector and sound system after it ran out and shut down the show about 30 minutes in. The generator and the movie were quickly restarted and the evening didn’t suffer for the interruption.

Clouds that had been building from the west brought two brief sets of raindrops but they were only a gentle sprinkle and most people stayed to the end. The raindrops soon passed and the moon came out to light the way home.

Kate deserves a big round of applause for organizing a great evening in Eastlake, Thanks!

Also deserving thanks were the sponsors of the evening:

  • Coworking Eastlake
  • EastlakeAve.com
  • Eastlake Massage
  • 14 Carrot Cafe
  • Kristos Eastlake
  • Lake Union Mail
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery
  • Mary Hansen Design
  • Pazzo’s on Eastlake
  • University Heights
  • VideoQuest
  • Voxx Coffee

[Full disclosure: Eastlake Ave. was a sponsor of the Movie Night and I also helped with the setup.]

Street skaters compete at Seward School (w/video)

If you wondered what all those skaters were doing at Seward School on Saturday, it was just part of the competetion in the 10th and final Street Battle Seattle.

Jeremy Townsend (who, according to his mom, lives in Eastlake) runs the event.


Skaters compete by showing their moves on street obstacles,like ledges and rails. Judges are professional skaters and there’s a $1,000 prize for first place. 

Skaters don’t know where in town they’ll be competing until the morning of the event. They were at Seward for a little over an hour before moving on. Check the video to see what they were doing in Eastlake. More info on the Street Battle Seattle website.

Eastlake Movie Night is TONIGHT! Starts at dusk

Eastlake Movie Night is TONIGHT! The movie is the Disney/Pixar animated film “Up.” It screens at dusk at the Rogers Playfield.

Bring your dinner and eat on the lawn or just bring something to sit on and enjoy the movie. The lawn can be a bit damp so bring something to sit on that will keep you dry. If you bring chairs, try for the lower beach-style that won’t block the view of those in front of you.


Alcena Plum, owner of Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, says she’ll be supplying free popcorn. Other treats may be coming. You’ll have to come to the event to find out what they are!

Sponsors of tonight’s event are [full disclosure: Eastlake Ave. is a sponsor]:

  • Coworking Eastlake
  • EastlakeAve.com
  • Eastlake Massage
  • 14 Carrot Cafe
  • Kristos Eastlake
  • Lake Union Mail
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery
  • Mary Hansen Design
  • Pazzo’s on Eastlake
  • University Heights
  • VideoQuest
  • Voxx Coffee

Be sure to thank the local businesses that have helped to put on tonight’s event. See you at the movie!

Eastlake liquor license changes: 14 Carrot gets OK, Siam moving

There’s news about liquor licenses at two Eastlake restaurants:

  • 14 Carrot Cafe: A brand-new license for the 14 Carrot was recently approved. They’re now serving wine and beer, with mimosas (champagne and orange juice) for breakfast (and lunch, I guess, if you’re so inclined). Other specialties include a Bloody Mary made with saki, a Bloody Terry (adds ginger and carrot juice to the tomato-based drink) and a Red Eye (a beer-based Bloody Mary). Plus, they have a selection of wine and beer, including imports.
  • Siam on Lake Union: The Thai restaurant on Fairview E. has applied to move their liquor license out to new digs at 1629 Eastlake Ave. E. (see map), in the new building across the street from Grand Central. No word on when the restaurant will open in its new quarters but there’s been lots of activity in the space as it’s built out.

More construction and detours on 10th Avenue E. this weekend

The Seattle Department of Transportation continues its work on 10th Avenue E. on Capitol Hill this weekend. The detour will send some traffic from Broadway down to our neighborhood.

Starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, the contractor will be building a concrete lane between the 520 overpass and E. Lynn. Northbound traffic will again be detoured at Broadway to Roy, then Belmont, then Lakeview and onto Boylston E. in the Eastlake neighborhood before heading to Roanoke and 10th Avenue E.

The work is expected to be finished by Sunday evening.

Movie Night is Saturday; here’s some ‘Up’ trivia

Are you ready for Eastlake Movie Night 2010?

“Up,” Disney/Pixar’s animated film from last summer, will be screened on the lawn at Rogers Playfield, starting at dusk on Saturday evening. It’s free but the Eastlake Community Council is asking for a $5 donation if you can afford it.


Alcena Plum, owner/chef at Louisa’s, says she’ll be providing free popcorn. You’re also encouraged to bring your own food and picnic on the lawn. 

“Up,” which tells the story of a senior citizen who floats his house to South American in search of adventure, was another big hit for Disney/Pixar. It features the voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer and Delroy Lindo.

And now, on to some “Up” trivia, courtesy of the Internet Movie Database:

  • In “Up,” Pixar’s “good luck charm,” actor John Ratzenberger, continued the tradition of having a speaking part in every Pixar film. He’s the only actor to be in every Pixar film.
  • How many balloons does it take to lift Carl’s house? In the movie, there are 20,622 attached to the house. In real life, it would take more than 12 million balloons (12,658,392, to be exact) to get the house into the air.
  • Carl’s face and gruff voice are based on actors Walter Matthau and Spencer Tracy.
  • Russell’s Wilderness Explorer sash has several in-joke icons on it, according to the Internet Movie Database, including a ball from Pixar’s first short, Luxo Jr., the pinwheel “hang” icon from the Macintosh OS X software (Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, owned Pixar before selling to Disney), and a piece of perforated paper that 2-D animators use to line up their drawings.
  • Pete Doctor, who directed the film, does most of the vocal sounds for Kevin, the giant bird.
  • “Up” is the only best-picture nominee to have only two letters in it’s title.

For more “Up” trivia, go to the Internet Movie Database’s trivia page here.