Monthly Archives: February 2011

Spring work parties beginning at Eastlake P-Patch

It must be spring, or close to it, because work parties are beginning at the Eastlake P-Patch. I walk by the P-Patch most days and it’s always exciting when the garden begins to awaken from it’s winter slumber.

Rebecca Partington says that, unlike in previous years, they’ll have work parties on Wednesdays and Saturdays but not Sundays. The times will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The first two work parties of the season are this coming Wednesday (Feb. 16) and Saturday (Feb. 19) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your own work gloves and water.

The P-Patch folks are working to finish the big expansion they did last year when they added 23 new plots to the garden’s original 27. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn dropped by last summer to dedicate the expansion.

Rebecca notes in her e-mail that if you’d like to get a plot, you need to come out and work for it. Get cracking!

If you have questions, contact Rebecca at

Seattle P-I: Two state bills would exempt houseboats from environmental regulations

Vanessa Ho at is reporting on two bills in the state legislature that would exempt houseboats from state shoreline regulations.

The state says floating homes are bad for fish populations because they shade the water and harm young salmon. The city, Ho reports, has been updating its regulations on houseboats for several months under state guidance.

Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, has introduced two bills – HB 1783SB 5623 – that would exempt Seattle houseboats from the state shoreline regulations. The bills would change the designation the state gives houseboats. Instead of being a “water-oriented” use they would be a “water-dependent” use.

As Ho explains:

When leasing land, the state gives preference to water-dependent uses, which need water to exist, over water-oriented uses, which could technically exist on land. Examples of “dependent” things include a marina or shellfish harvesting plant. “Water-oriented” activities include a boat store, waterfront restaurant, fish-processing plant, and houseboat.

Read more of the report here.

Eastlake weekly police reports: Rash of residential burglaries hit neighborhood

A large number of residential burglaries were the highlight of Seattle Police reports for Eastlake this week:

  • Feb. 1: Burglary, residential, 2300 block of Yale Ave. E., 9:50 a.m.
  • Feb. 1: Felony warrant arrest, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:04 p.m.
  • Feb. 2: Accident investigation, 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:46 p.m.
  • Feb. 4: Burglary, forced residential, 2600 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7:34 a.m. A resident discovered that her storage unit as well as two others in the building had been burglarized. Entry was gained through a door. The resident found that two snowboards, a tent and a camp stove were stolen from her storage unit. No word on what might be missing from the other units.
  • Feb. 4: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 2600 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:28 a.m.
  • Feb. 4: Threats, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:33 p.m.
  • Feb. 4: Burglary, residential, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 8:53 p.m.
  • Feb. 4: Harassment, threats, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:46 p.m.
  • Feb. 4: Burglary, residential, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11:29 p.m.
  • Feb. 5: Auto theft, 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 5:24 p.m.
  • Feb. 6: Disturbance, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:55 p.m.

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Tour Eastlake’s Roanoke Fire Station during Neighbor Appreciation Day on Saturday

Tour Fire Station 22 at 901 E. Roanoke from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12., as part of the Neighbor Appreciation Day celebration sponsored by the city’s Department of Neighborhoods.

The Department of Neighborhoods website says this is “the day when we reach out, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who live or work around us.” Stop by and meet the fire crews who keep Eastlake safe.

As we noted in a post about last year’s event:

Photos of Fire Station 22, both now and in 1916 when it was located at 11th N. and E. Howe, can be seen on the SFD’s Web site.

MOHAI has a terrific photo of Fire Station 22 taken around 1910. MOHAI says the original station housed firemen and a horse-drawn hose wagon. A motor pumper replaced the horses in 1924. The location on top of Capitol Hill was an advantage, MOHAI says, because it made it easier for the horses to race downhill to a fire.

The station in the MOHAI photo was replaced with the new station on Roanoke in the 1960s.

Eat out Thursday, help UDistrict Food Bank

The Neighborhood Grills are sponsoring their 9th annual benefit event for the University District Food Bank on Thursday, Feb. 10. [Full disclosure: I volunteer for the food bank.]

The event includes four restaurants in the Neighborhood Grills group, including the Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Dine out between 5 and 10 p.m. on Thursday and a minimum of 50 percent of your bill will be donated to the food bank. Eat off the special menu and 66 percent of your bill will be donated to the food bank.

Other restaurants taking part in the event are the Greenlake Bar and Grill, the Lake Forest Park Bar and Grill and the Crossroads Bar and Grill in Bellevue.

Eastlake is one of the Zip Codes included in the University District Food Bank’s coverage area. The food bank is located at 4731 15th Ave. NE in the University District.

Paul Yunker, development director for the food bank, says donations are especially needed at this time of the year:

“Monetary donations historically decrease as much as 85% from December to late winter and early spring. Food donations plummet as well this time of year. It’s like night and day comparing the number of groups that do food drives and the amount of food we receive from our store partners after the holidays.”

Last year was a record year for the food bank. They had 54,000 customer visits and distributed 2.3 million pounds of food.

Zeb Who Was Lost – Has Been Found

*** The Sweet pooch has been found:


Updated on 2/3/11***THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU THAT RESPONDED – Zeb was found this morning in Hunt’s Point – he had hunkered down after crossing 520 from Seattle.

Thank you for all of your help.  He is so happy to be reunited with his owners and we are all grateful that he is safe.


Our dog Zeb ran away from a friend’s home in the Eastlake neighborhood. I know what you are thinking: who cares about another missing dog?   But this stubborn little guy evaded Washington State Patrol last night in an extended chase that went from 520 Westbound Seattle  to 520 Eastbound  in Medina.  According to WSP, Zeb walked the entire 520 bridge and then escaped into Medina. 

We’re out of town at the moment and Zeb – a 6 year old male Aussie that we rescued in 2006 – ran away from our friends’ house in Eastlake in the midst of rush hour traffic.  It seems that he was trying to make his way home to our house in Madrona but forgot to get off in Montlake for the trip through the arboretum.

Our friends believe he spent last night in Medina and they canvassed there all day today without any success so far.  We are now trying to reconstruct the chase and exactly where Zeb left 520, or if that was actually even him and wondering where to search next.

If you have any information please contact us at the numbers below.


Zeb’s Owners

Dana Ferestien 206.200.1649

Megan Ferestien 206.459.1138


Zeb’s Sitters

Taryn Darling Hill / Peter Hill: 206.569.4397

Listserve now up for "Eastlake Families" (via Yahoo Groups)

At last, Eastlake has its own neighborhood listserve for families wanting to exchange kiddo gear, toys, clothes they have outgrown or meet new parents or ask questions about local preschools and our very own neighborhood TOPS@Seward elementary school or set up a kickball game come Spring…you name it, your own n’hood listserve is here! 

If you are the parent of school age or younger kid(s)–sign on and help build the community you want your children to be a part of, not to mention the support  and resources we all need from time to time as parents!

Go to YAHOO GROUPS and simply type in keyword search: EASTLAKE FAMILIES