Monthly Archives: January 2012

Seattle’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival – Sat, Jan 28th!

This year is the Year of the Dragon according to the lunar calendar. Join us for a day of festivities and activities and non stop entertainment including a martial arts exhibitions, children costume parades, lion dances, and last but not least a food walk which will tantalize your taste buds with $2 tasting menus!

Saturday, January 28, 2012, from 11 AM – 4 PM

Hing Hay Park, Maynard Ave S & S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

Free admission.

Entertainment Schedule

Noon-12:30pm  Mak Fai Kung Fu Club : Opening Lion and Dragon dance
12:30-1:00pm  Kaze Daiko : Taiko Drumming
1:00-1:30pm  Northwest Wushu and Seattle Wushu Center : Chinese Martial Arts
1:30-2:00pm  Children’s Costume Parade Contest
2:00-2:30pm  Master David Leong’s Shaolin Kung Fu Academy: Lion Dance and Martial Arts
2:30-3:30pm  International Wu Dang Internal Martial Arts Academy
3:30-3:50pm  Tony Au International Lion Dance & Martial Arts

Click here for more information and a detailed schedule of events.

Eastlake police reports this week include 2 burglaries and several accidents

Police reports in Eastlake this week include two residential burglaries and several accidents:

  • Jan. 11: Theft, 100 block of E. Lynn, 8:01 p.m.
  • Jan. 12: Disturbance, 1600 Eastlake Ave. E., 10:32 a.m.
  • Jan. 13: Burglary, forced, residential, 900 E. Allison St., 6 a.m.
  • Jan. 13: Accident investigation, Fairview E. and E. Blaine, 6:58 a.m.
  • Jan. 13: Accident investigation, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:57 a.m.
  • Jan. 13: Vehicle theft, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 14: Driving under the influence, Boylston E. and E. Roanoke, 1:47 a.m.
  • Jan. 14: Burglary, forced, residential, 2700 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 15: Accident investigation, Eastlake and E. Lynn, 1:12 p.m.
  • Jan. 16: Accident investigation, 3100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:15 a.m.

See the map at

Help an Eastlake House

The child-compatible single family house at 2371 Franklin Avenue East needs a new owner.  It is unoccupied, bank-owned and somewhere entangled in the estate of the late Charles Berger.  I’ve inquired with Key Bank – the reported owner – but received only standardized responses from obviously non-caring Key Bank response centers.

According to some neighbors, it has been unoccupied for many months.  According to others, there are unsecured access points that may be used by very discreet squatters.

According to King County, Parcel #2902200916 is worth $525K.  Nah – it needs $100,000 of fix-up to be worth over $300,000.  I don’t have the inclination to take on such a project.  But we all have the motivation to save child-compatible housing 2 lots from our school from a long death by neglect.

Anyone who is – or knows – a tenacious real estate agent competent in REO and Estate-entanglements, 2371 Franklin needs your help.

Snow leaves slick streets in Eastlake and across the city

The snow has stopped in Eastlake at this hour (1:40 p.m.) but Eastlake Ave. and the side streets are still slick and tricky to drive on. Use lots of caution, particularly if you live on a hill.

I just returned from driving downtown and the situation was the same near Westlake and in Belltown. It’s very pretty but if you don’t have to drive, stay off the roads.

Metro says that all of their buses are on snow routes at this time. The two Eastlake routes that are affected by snow routes are:

  • Route 66: It’s not operating on E. Jefferson, 9th Avenue, Boren Avenue or Seneca Street.
  • Route 70: It’s not operating on 5th Avenue S. and South Jackson or 3rd Avenue S. and Main St. 

The routes for these buses along Eastlake Avenue remain unchanged. For more information and updates, visit Metro’s snow page.

If you have snow photos you’d like to share, either post them to our Flickr group or email them to me at curtmilton (at) and I’ll post them here. 

Stay warm!

Eastlake police reports include a burglary and a car prowl

Police reports for Eastlake this past week include a burglary and a car prowl:

  • Jan. 3: Suspicious package, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:15 p.m. See previous post.
  • Jan. 4: Burglary, residential, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:37 a.m.
  • Jan. 4: Sex offender, failure to register, 2500 block of Minor Ave. E., 7:02 a.m.
  • Jan. 5: Accident investigation, Eastlake E. and E. Louisa, 4:32 a.m.
  • Jan. 5: Car prowl, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 5:18 p.m.
  • Jan. 6: Casualty (person down), 2000 block of Minor Ave. E., 11:57 a.m.
  • Jan. 7: Disturbance, Eastlake E. and E. Blaine, 4:52 p.m.
  • Jan. 8: Fraud, 3200 block of Furhman Ave. E., 1:27 p.m.
  • Jan. 10: Property destruction, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:44 p.m.

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Suspicious package in Eastlake turns out not to be a danger

An apartment resident in the 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E. called 9-1-1 about 8:15 Tuesday night to report a suspicious package in the mail.
According to a Seattle Fire Department spokesperson, the package was from an unfamiliar return address and contained a pill-sized bottle that was wrapped in packing tape. The resident didn’t open the bottle and called 9-1-1.

The fire department’s Hazardous Materials Team isolated the apartment and evacuated adjacent units. The Seattle Police Arson Bomb Squad determined the package was not a threat.
Residents of the 18 evacuated apartments were allowed to return to the homes shortly before 10 p.m.

Eastlake police reports include two burglaries and a vehicle theft

Police reports for Eastlake this week include two burglaries, a vehicle theft and more:

  • Dec. 28: Burglary, forced, residential, 2000 block of Boylston Ave. E., 9:30 a.m. A resident returned to his apartment to find the front door smashed in. A responding officer found that the door had apparently been kicked or otherwise forced in. Drawers and closets in the hallway, kitchen, bedroom and living room had been opened and rifled through. Items were thrown on the floor. A flat-screen TV, men’s watch, laptop computer, checkbook, passport and part of an Ikea silverware set were stolen. 
  • Dec. 28: Prowler, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:03 a.m.
  • Dec. 29: Disturbance, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:36 p.m.
  • Dec. 29: Theft, 2000 block of Yale Ave. E., 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 30: Disturbance, Harvard E. and E. Gwinn Pl., 2:33 p.m.
  • Dec. 31: Disturbance, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:52 a.m.
  • Dec. 31: Vehicle theft, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 31: Accident investigation, Harvard E. and Eastlake E., 11:40 p.m.
  • Jan. 2: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:06 p.m.

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Eastlake Avenue East Graffiti/Tagging

One section of the outside wall of Eastlake Gardens (2225 Eastlake Avenue E) was marred with graffiti sometime in the wee hours of New Year’s morning.  A short spin around the neighborhood has turned up a few other tags–all in purple spray paint in a variety of sizes–which look to be done by the same person or group.  We reported two incidents to the police.  The clean up is costly and expensive, but important.  The best way to avoid the cost, hassle, and aching back of clean up is prevention.  Please report any sightings of “artists” in action (call 911) or new graffiti (call police non emergency at 206-625-5011) around the neighborhood.