Monthly Archives: September 2011

Eastlake police reports: Rash of car thefts and prowls continue

This week’s Eastlake Seattle Police reports include several car thefts and car prowls:

  • Sept. 20: Auto theft, 1900 block of Fairview Ave. E., 9:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: Misdemeanor warrant service, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:53 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: Harassment, threats by phone or writing, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 11:18 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: Noise disturbance, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:42 a.m.
  • Sept. 21: Car prowl, 2300 block of Yale Ave. E., 8:12 a.m.
  • Sept. 21: Accident investigation, E. Edgar and Eastlake Ave. E., 10:43 a.m.
  • Sept. 21: Auto theft and recovery, 2200 block of Yale Ave. E., 11:41 a.m.
  • Sept. 21: Theft, auto accessories, 1900 block of Fairview Ave. E., 1:54 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: Auto recovery, 2000 block of Yale Ave. E., 2:13 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: Auto theft, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: Car prowl, 2000 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7:39 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: Auto theft, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 10:15 a.m.
  • Sept. 22: Warrant, misdemeanor, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:52 p.m.
  • Sept. 23: Accident investigation, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 12:07 p.m.
  • Sept. 23: Car prowl, Eastlake Ave. E. and E. Newton St., 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 23: Burglary, forced residential, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 24: Intoxicated person, 1200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:22 p.m.
  • Sept. 26: Burglary, residential, unoccupied, 3200 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 7:20 p.m.

Check out the whole map at 911seattle.com.

University District Food Bank Auction is Saturday

The University District Food Bank’s Annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger Benefit Auction will take place this coming Saturday, Oct. 1.

The food bank, located 4731 15th Ave. N.E. in the University District, serves people in the northeast part of Seattle who find themselves unable to afford enough food to survive. The food bank’s service area includes Eastlake.

 


 

[Full disclosure: I volunteer at the food bank.]

The auction will be 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Demetrios Church, just over the hill from Eastlake in the Portage Bay area. Tickets are available at the University District Food Bank’s website and cost $75.

Your ticket gets you complimentary champagne during the silent auction, a delicious dinner (this year has a Moroccan theme), complimentary wine during dinner and the chance to help out a great organization that provides a vital service to our community.

The auction items range from the inexpensive (restaurant gift cards, wine, Girl Scout cookies and more) to more upscale (airline tickets, a week’s use of a house at a Florida writer’s retreat, dinner for two at Canlis, a Holland America cruise and much more). Ever wanted to have drinks with Mayor Mike McGinn or lunch with City Councilmember Jean Godden (or play Scrabble with her) or share a beverage with Congressman Jim McDermott? All of those items are available.

More information on the auction and a link to purchase tickets can be found at the University District Food Bank’s website.

The food bank serves 1,100 families each week, providing everything from groceries to toiletries, as well as baby food and baby supplies. At least 60 percent of the food bank’s clients have a part-time job but are unable to make ends meet and afford all the basic necessities. The food bank allows them to eat and meet other needs, such as rent, electricity, prescription drugs, school supplies or car repairs.

Eastlake news: Memorial bike ride, ECC Fall Celebration and more

Notes from around Eastlake:

UPDATE: The Safe Streets Social memorial bike ride rode down Eastlake Ave. about 4:45 p.m. See the photos for a look.

Safe Streets Social: Bicyclists from around Seattle will gather today for a slow ride to honor fellow cyclists who have died recently in accidents.

Details come from Seattle Bike Blog. Cyclists are asked to gather at South Lake Union Park at 3 p.m. today (Saturday) and ride at 4 p.m. Riders will visit memorials for cyclists Mike Wang (on Dexter Avenue), Brian Fairbrother (Fairview Avenue N.) and Robert Townsend (University Way and Campus Parkway). The ride will be a slow one and no one will be left behind, according to Seattle Bike Blog.


Given the locations of the memorials, it’s possible we’ll be seeing a big group of cyclists moving up Eastlake Avenue in late afternoon. If you’re driving at that time, please be careful and give the cyclists space to ride safely.

Read more about this event at Seattle Bike Blog.

UPDATE: Tom Fucoloro from Seattle Bike Blog says the memorial ride will go up Eastlake. He expects we might say bikes around 4:30 to 4:45 p.m.

ECC Fall Celebration: The Eastlake Community Council and Louisa’s Cafe Bakery are sponsoring a Fall Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Louisa’s, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E. There will be small bites at no charge, $5 glasses of wine and $4 microbrews. Or, you can order off the special menu for dinner or other beverages. 

These community events are always a lot of fun and a great chance to meet old friends and neighbors or make new ones. Hope to see you there!

Romio’s definitely closed: The owners of Romio’s Pizza and Pasta have posted a reply to a previous story to say that they have definitely closed their Eastlake location at 3242 Eastlake Ave. E. A reader had noticed a sign in the window at the restaurant saying they were just on vacation and would reopen Oct. 3. The Romio’s owners say it won’t be them if the restaurant reopens.

Eastlake weekly police reports include six auto thefts and car prowls

Eastlake’s police reports for the week include several auto thefts and car prowls:

  • Sept. 14: Fraud, credit card, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10 a.m.
  • Sept. 14: Burglary, commercial, 1900 block of Fairview Ave. E., 1:31 p.m.
  • Sept. 14: Accident investigation, Eastlake Ave. E. and E. Garfield St., 3:37 p.m.
  • Sept. 14: Auto theft, 2200 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11 p.m.
  • Sept. 15: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:22 a.m.
  • Sept. 15: Identity theft, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:46 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: Lost property, 3300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1 a.m.
  • Sept. 16: Auto theft, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 16: Car prowl, 2300 block of Yale Ave. E., 9:55 a.m.
  • Sept. 16: Auto theft, 2200 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11:21 a.m.
  • Sept. 16: Auto theft, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:33 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: Car prowl, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: Auto theft, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 17: Auto theft, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11:39 a.m.
  • Sept. 17: Felony warrant service, Eastlake Ave. E. and E. Yale St., 8:23 p.m.
  • Sept. 17: Car prowl, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 10:31 p.m.
  • Sept. 18: Lewd conduct, 3200 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 10:38 a.m.
  • Sept. 18: Noise disturbance, 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E., 6:54 p.m.
  • Sept. 19: Trespass, 1500 block of Fairview Ave. E., 8:05 p.m.
  • Sept. 19: Noise disturbance, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:34 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: Houseboating sinking, Fairview Ave. E. and E. Allison, 7:13 a.m. (see previous post)
  • Sept. 20: Harassment, theats, 100 block of E. Edgar St., 2:32 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: Car/bicycle accident, Eastlake Ave. E. and E. Louisa St., 5 p.m. (see photo)

See the complete report on our 911 map.

Eastlake notes: Houseboat rescued; Romio’s closes

Two news items from Eastlake this morning:

Houseboat rescued: Police and fire units, including a police boat, were on the scene about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 2800 block of Fairview Avenue E. where a houseboat was tipping and in danger of sinking. The houseboat was on the dock next to Lake Union Crew. Crews were attempting to keep the houseboat upright. The incident has been closed and appears to now be under control.

UPDATE: More details on the sinking house boat are provided by the Seattle Fire Department. The houseboat is under construction and no one was on board. Fire department crews were able to turn off water to the vessel and pump it out. After about 45 minutes it had been righted. A broken pipe is being considered as the cause for the tipping. Staff from the Department of Ecology and the Seattle Public Utilties were sent to investigate for a possible spill.

Romio’s Pizza closes: The windows are papered over at Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E., and the sign in the window says the business has closed. A recorded message on the restaurant’s phone has the same message. No word on why they closed or what business might locate in the space which has been home to several restaurants over the years.

New personal training studio next to Grand Central Bakery

We are excited to have moved to Eastlake after 5 years in Bellevue! We are Elite Fitness Training and we specialize in 1-on-1 personal training. We also offer Sunday morning Boot Camp classes, which are on a drop in basis, one hour in length and at a cost of $20. If you’re interested in learning more, our website is elitefitnessnw.com and my email is dave@elitefitnessnw.com. I hope to see you soon!

Dave

Lost cat: Have you seen Neko?

Eastlake resident Diana Riggs is missing her cat, Neko, and she’d like to get him back. He’s been missing since Tuesday.

You can see more information on the attached poster, which includes a photo. Neko is described as:

  • Tuxedo cat
  • Black nose
  • White chest
  • Green eyes
  • Collar with bell and bow tie

Neko was last seen in the alley east of Yale Avenue in Eastlake. If you find him, contact Diana at 402-889-7010. There is a reward.

“I can’t even tell you how much I miss him,” Diana says.

Seattle P-I: City warned of Eastlake stair hazard before cyclist died

Vanessa Ho is reporting on SeattlePI.com this morning that that City of Seattle had received a warning about a dangerous stairway before a cyclist crashed there on Aug. 30 and later died from his injuries.

Brian Fairbrother rode down the stairs at 1177 Fairview Ave. N. after missing that the bike path turns onto the street. He suffered head injuries. 

Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson Rick Sheridan had been quoted last week in local media as saying that the city had never received a complaint about the path and stairs. The P-I is reporting that Michael Hoffman, a 31-year-old scientist at the University of Washington, wrote to the Parks Department in 2008 to complain that the stairs weren’t safe for bikers.

According to the P-I article, Hoffman’s Aug. 24, 2008, email said:

“It is not apparent until you are near the steps that they are actually steps rather than a ramp. I think this is dangerous currently. I would strongly recommend some warning signs here.”

The P-I quotes SDOT spokesperson Sheridan as saying that a warning sign will be installed at the stairs next week.

Read more of the Seattle P-I article here. Our post on Brian Fairbrother’s accident is here.

Eastlake police reports include car thefts, car prowls, identity thefts and more

Highlights of the week’s Eastlake police reports include two car thefts, two identity thefts, car prowls and more:

  • Sept. 7: Disturbance, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:53 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Harassment, threats, 2900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 3:48 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Harassment, threats, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 5:09 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Accident investigation, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:49 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Liquor violation, 1200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:31 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Animal noises, strays, bites, Franklin Ave. E. and E. Lynn St., 8:04 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: Car prowl, 200 block of E. Roanoke St., 11:01 a.m.
  • Sept. 8: Accident investigation, Fairview Ave. E. and E. Blaine St., 9:42 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: Accident investigation, Eastlake Ave. E. and E. Garfield Street, 12:52 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: Auto theft, E. Blaine Street and Broadway E., 1:23 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:01 a.m.
  • Sept. 9: Accident investigation, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:19 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Fraud, identity theft, 2400 block of Boylston Ave. E., 2:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Auto theft, 200 block of E. Edgar, 5:53 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Fraud, identity theft, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:45 p.m.
  • Sept. 10: Illegal burning, 2200 block of Minor Ave. E., 11:40 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Disturbance, 2700 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:24 a.m.
  • Sept. 11: Disturbance, 3100 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7:34 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Auto theft, 1800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 8:33 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Property destruction, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:41 p.m.

See the complete map at SeattleCrime.com.

Memorial march honors beloved barista Brian Fairbrother

A memorial march on Tuesday from South Lake Union to the southern edge of Eastlake honored beloved barista Brian Fairbrother.

Fairbrother died Sept. 8 from injuries suffered in a bicycling accident at 1177 Fairview Ave. N. on Aug. 30.


Friends and family in the march, many wearing orange, his favorite color, walked from the Espresso Vivace location in South Lake Union where Fairbrother was a manager to the site of his accident. Many later continued on to a picnic at Volunteer Park.

Tom Fucoloro from the Seattle Bike Blog covered the march and generously shared the photos here. There are more at the blog.

The Seattle Times has a photo gallery of images from the march.

The SunBreak also covered the march and has photos.

Capitol Hill Seattle has coverage and images from the picnic.