Monthly Archives: February 2011

Eastlake weekly police reports: License plate thefts on Edgar

Highlights from this week’s Seattle Police reports for Eastlake include … :

  • Feb. 21: Property found, 200 block of E. Allison, 10:06 p.m.
  • Feb. 22: Property found, 1200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:08 a.m.
  • Feb. 22: License plate theft, 100 block of E. Edgar, 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 22: Property found, 1200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:47 p.m.
  • Feb. 22: License plate theft, 100 block of E. Edgar, 4:38 p.m.
  • Feb. 22: Property damage, non-residential, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9 p.m.
  • Feb. 23: Theft, auto accessories, Yale Ave. E. and E. Newton, 8 a.m.
  • Feb. 23: Property destruction, 2200 block of Franklin E., 8:19 a.m.
  • Feb. 23: Miscellaneous theft, 2800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 6:57 p.m.
  • Feb. 23: Burglary, no force, residential, 1000 block of Lakeview Blvd. E., 8:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 23: Disturbance, 1900 block of Yale Ave. E., 9:46 p.m.
  • Feb. 25: Misdemeanor warrant arrest, 3000 block of Harvard Ave. E., 8:23 p.m.
  • Feb. 25: Unknown odor, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:57 p.m.
  • Feb. 26: Fire, Yale Ave. E. and E. Newton, 8:16 a.m.
  • Feb. 26: Miscellaneous theft, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:05 p.m.
  • Feb. 27: Noise disturbance, 100 block of E. Lynn, 9:51 p.m.

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Eastlake Boulledrome – getting ready for the next season…

For anyone who is interested in the Petanque court on Fairview and Louisa – we have an update for you: Last weekend a guerilla crew of motivated neighbors went though the park and pulled weeds, picked up garbage and started raking the Petanque court. Today the Parks Department is placing mulch on the planted areas to help keep the weeds down. Kudos to Seattle Parks for being so responsive to us!

The next item on the list is to clean the court surface of all weeds and organic debris, rake it and smooth it out. We are contacting the Seattle Mariners again trying to get a fresh layer of pitching mound material (‘Turfus’) to the site. When that arrives we will get the court back into top-notch condition. If anyone wants to help out on the park, please contact

This group is also working on a renovation concept for the Roanoke Streetend Park, which will hopefully take place this summer. See image attached. 

Stay tuned!

Eastlake street report: We’ve seen worse

My quick trip down Eastlake’s streets this morning (Thursday) found Eastlake Avenue bare and wet. There isn’t much traffic and what traffic there is was moving along with no problems.

Side streets can be slick, particularly if they aren’t well traveled. Be careful on hills. Temperatures aren’t expected to rise above freezing today so side streets may not clear off today.

Freeways in Seattle appear to be open with little to no ice. 

Metro says buses are running on normal routes.

Seattle Public Utilities says garbage collection will go ahead as it normally would today.

Have any weather related news or photos? Post in the comments!

Eastlake weekly police reports: Mixed bag

Highlights of this week’s Eastlake police reports include auto accessory thefts and more:

  • Feb. 14: Property destruction, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 15: Commercial burglary, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:17 a.m.
  • Feb. 17: Theft, auto accessories, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 1 a.m.
  • Feb. 17: Theft, auto accessories, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:13 a.m.
  • Feb. 17: Tresspass, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:37 p.m.
  • Feb. 18: Car prowl, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 1:49 p.m.
  • Feb. 20: Noise disturbance, 200 block of E. Howe, 1:33 a.m.
  • Feb. 20: Graffiti, 300 block of E. Roanoke, 3:55 p.m.
  • Feb. 20: Property found (follow up to SPD case), 2000 block of Fairview Ave.  E., 6:59 p.m.
  • Feb. 20: Liquor violation – adult, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 9:08 p.m.
  • Feb. 21: Burglary, residential unoccupied, 2200 block of Yale E., 4:08 p.m.

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Dr. Evyenia Kollia Named to Top Dentist List for 2011

Aesthetica Contemporary Dentistryis pleased to announce that Evyenia Kollia, DMD, has been named to Seattle’s Top Dentist list for the second year in a row.  Seattle Met partnered with national survey company TopDentists, which sent ballots to all dentists listed online with the American Dental Association and other local dental societies in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce counties, asking, “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” Presented with the names of nearby practitioners and the opportunity to write in nominations, each general dentist evaluated specialists and each specialist evaluated general dentists whose work she or he is familiar with based on years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and of course physical results. Dentists with the highest average ratings were vetted for active licenses and good standing with the Washington State Department of Health before being selected for the final list.

Like the July 4 fireworks? One Reel still needs a bit more money

Even though it was announced in January that the July 4 fireworks would go on this year, thanks to the generosity of major sponsors like Microsoft and Starbucks, turns out the bills aren’t totally paid. And you only have until March 1 to help out.

One Reel, which produces the July 4 show, says they still need to raise $162,000 by March 1 to make the show happen. In an e-mailed press release, they note that “we need help reminding Seattleites that their gifts are still essential to making this event possible.”

You can go to One Reel’s website to donate. To see the list of those who’ve already pledged, go here.

In March 2010, One Reel announced that there would be no fireworks because they’d been unable to find a sponsor to pay the $500,000 cost. Local restaurteur Tom Douglas and KIRO radio host Dave Ross stepped up and raised the money in a day.

Eastlake weekly police reports: Car thefts, warrant arrests are highlights

Highlights of this week’s Eastlake Seattle Police reports include:

  • Feb. 8: disturbance, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 5:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 9: disturbance, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 12:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 9: misdemeanor warrant service, 8:25 a.m., 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:25 a.m.
  • Feb. 9: misdemeanor warrant service, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:39 a.m.
  • Feb. 9: trespass, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:38 p.m.
  • Feb. 9: Burglary, forced, non-residential, 2200 block of Yale Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 11: burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 2200 block of Yale E., 12:55 a.m.
  • Feb. 11: car theft, 100 block of E. Lynn, 10 p.m.
  • Feb. 11: Disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:28 p.m.
  • Feb. 11: narcotics possession, 3100 block of Harvard Ave. E., 3:15 a.m.
  • Feb. 12: car theft, 100 block of E. Lynn, 2:49 p.m.
  • Feb 12: car theft, 2700 block of Franklin Ave. E., 6 p.m.

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Second test readings made on I-5 Ship Canal Bridge noise panels effectiveness

The state Department of Transportation made its second set of measurements of the effectiveness of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge noise reduction test panels on Thursday, Feb. 10.

The test program saw fiberglass noise reduction panels suspended beneath the southern end of the upper deck of the Ship Canal Bridge. The hope is that the panels would reduce the amount of reflected noise that comes off the lower deck and spills over into adjacent neighborhoods.

When noise levels were first tested at 18 locations last fall, the results weren’t as encouraging as hoped for. According to a WSDOT press release in late October, “the panels are working as well as predicted in about a third of the locations, but not as well as predicted in about two-thirds of the locations.”

Engineers had hoped to see a three to five decibel reduction in noise levels in the neighborhood along Harvard and E. Allison. Instead, levels were only down about two decibels. A WSDOT press release says: “This second round will give noise experts two data points to more accurately compare noise levels.”

Data on this second round of tests will be posted to the project’s web page by Feb. 25. The test project will last three years, after which the WSDOT will determine if it would be effective to deploy more of the panels on the bridge.

To see an Eastlake Ave. video on the project, go to our previous post.

Lolita’s tree says: Happy Valentine’s Day! (video)

If it wasn’t for the fact that I drive or walk by Lolita Gray’s decorated tree at least once a day, I’d never know what holiday is coming up.

Gray decorates the tree in the front yard of the home at Franklin and Hamlin that she shares with her husband, Glenn, to reflect the next holiday coming on the calendar. There are Christmas decorations, of course, but also Halloween pumpkins and ghosts, flags and patriotic bunting for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and, right now, hearts and X’s and O’s for Valentine’s Day.

The Valentine’s tree is seen in the short video attached to this post. In addition to the hearts, there is heart-filled garland, plush monkeys and red glass ornaments. At night, lights illuminate the branches.

It’s fun, it’s colorful and it makes you feel good just to walk by and take a look.

Thanks, Lolita, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to check out the tree’s fan page on Facebook.

What’s inside Eastlake’s fire station? Saturday tours offered a look

Eastlake’s neighborhood fire station on E. Roanoke was busier than usual as area residents toured the facility Saturday during Neighbor Appreciation Day.

Firefighter Yonsuck Cho said there had been more visitors than usual for the event. He offered us a tour of the facility.

Sixteen firefighters are stationed at Fire Station No. 22, Cho explained. They work in teams of four, living at the station for 24 hours at a time. Fire Station 22′s service area is roughly Roy Street North, east to 24th E. and then down into Eastlake. In case of a major fire, however, the station’s crew might be deployed anywhere in the city but if you live in Eastlake and call in a fire, chances are good that it’s firefighters from Station 22 who will be responding.

The station has one engine (capable of pumping water to fight fires) and a command vehicle that can be set up as a headquarters at major events.

The station is fairly compact. There’s a watch office where on-duty firefighters monitor emergency channels and receive orders. Cho says the name “watch office” goes back to the days when firefighters would actually spend much of their time looking over the city for smoke that meant a fire needed their attention.

The station also includes an office for the commander, a small kitchen and dining area, an exercise room in the tiny basement, a tower to dry hoses out in, sleeping quarters and a lounge area with a TV. Cho noted that the firefighters used their own money to buy a new TV and that they also pay for personal internet access.

Neighbor Appreciation Day comes every February and all of the city’s fire stations are open during the event.