Monthly Archives: March 2012

Volunteer work party Saturday to plant Eastlake’s renovated Roanoke Park

The renovated Roanoke Park will move a step closer to completion on Saturday, March 31, when Eastlake neighbors gather to put in plantings. 

A volunteer work party will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and everyone is invited.

The small park at the foot of E. Roanoke, site of the Boeing Company’s original airplane factory, has long been in need of renovation. Ivy had taken over the site which includes four Heritage Trees and a public access point to Lake Union.

As we reported in February, work on renovating the park began with neighborhood resident Carsten Stinn. Stinn is a project designer at Perkins+Will, a national design firm with an office in Seattle that dedicates one percent of its staffs’ work hours to developing projects that will benefit the greater community. Stinn proposed the park project to Perkins+Will and the firm decided to undertake it. Employees from the firm spent more than 200 hours drawing up plans for the park.

Stinn recruited others in the neighborhood to help, including Johann Wassermann, a surveyor; Amanda Bailey, a local landscape designer; and Mary Hansen, Linda Furney, Dane Jensen and Tim Ahlers. The project was sponsored by the Eastlake Social Club with the support of the Eastlake Community Council, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation. Funding for the $50,000 project is coming from the city.

Saturday’s work party is the next step in the project. Stinn would also like to renovate a second piece of the park, which faces Mallard Cove. Funding for that project isn’t available at this time.

News from TOPS: New principal named; fundraising auction is this Saturday

Two items from TOPS@Seward, Eastlake’s neighborhood school:

New principal: A new principal for the school was announced by Dr. Susan Enfield, interim superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, on March 21, The new principal is Dr. Chris Scott, who will assume the post at TOPS@Seward on July 30.

According to a letter from Dr. Enfield to the TOPS community, Dr. Scott comes from Raleigh, N.C., where he’s currently the principal of a gifted and talented magnet school. According to a note from Dr. Enfield:

Dr. Scott earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he focused on social justice and equity in public education and conducted research addressing educational opportunities of American Indian students. 

The process of hiring Dr. Scott included interviews with a team of four parents, three certificated staff and one classified staff member. Members of the hiring committee were nominated by the TOPS Site Council. 

Janis White, chair of the TOPS@Seward Site Council, said in an email that the selection of Dr. Scott was “really exciting news! It’s also a great example of how a school community can collaborate with the District to choose its instructional leader — many people worked hard to make this happen.”

In an email to TOPS parents, White said:

Many people worked hard on this process – the parents who answered our surveys about the qualities they were looking for in our next principal, parents who attended community meetings to discuss the search, parents and teachers who helped write the job description, the Site Council and the parents and staff on the selection committee who spent many hours reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and reaching consensus on their recommendations to the Superintendent.

This is the TOPS community at its best!

TOPS Auction: The annual fundraising auction for TOPS@Seward is at 5 p.m. this coming Saturday, March 31, at St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E. The first silent auction closes at 6:15 p.m. and the last silent auction closes at 7:15 p.m. The live auction starts at 7:20 p.m.

All purchases directly support programs like tutoring, art, drama, the reading block, science materials and more. 

Tickets are $45 and everyone is invited. More information on purchasing tickets and auction items is at the auction website at

Eastlake police reports include two car thefts, two burglaries and more

Police reports in Eastlake this week include the theft of two cars, two burglaries and more:

  • March 14: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., sometime between 6 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.: Officers talked to a resident of an apartment building who said the lock on his storage area had been taken and it appears several items are missing. Two bikes, two snowboards and other winter equipment were taken. A manager at the builiding said there have been other thefts in the storage lockers.
  • March 14: Theft from a building, 3300 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 4 p.m.
  • March 15: Narcotics, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 4:05 a.m.
  • March 15: Auto theft, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:02 p.m.
  • March 15: Property damage, non-residential, 2600 block of Boylston E., 7:59 p.m.
  • March 15: Disturbance, 2000 block of Franklin Ave. E., 8:35 p.m.
  • March 15: Accident investigation, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:57 p.m.
  • March 15: Auto theft, 2800 block of Boylston Ave. E., 11 p.m.
  • March 16: Burglary, residential, unoccupied, 1800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 10:05 a.m.
  • March 16: Disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:06 p.m.
  • March 16: Accident investigation, Eastlake E. and Fuhrman E., 11:26 p.m.
  • March 18: Assault, non-aggravated, Eastlake E. and E. Roanoke, 12:48 a.m.
  • March 18: Illegal burning, 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E., 1:14 a.m.
  • March 20: Accident investigation, 2700 block of Fairview Ave. E., 7:22 p.m.

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Eastlake police reports include four auto thefts, armed robbery, more

Police reports in Eastlake in the past week include four auto thefts, a strong armed robbery near South Lake Union and more:

  • March 7: Accident investigation, E. Roanoke and Boylston E., 8:13 p.m.
  • March 8: Burglary, residential, unoccupied, 200 block of E. Blaine, 9:28 a.m.
  • March 8: Noise disturbance, E. Garfield and Franklin E., 11:18 p.m.
  • March 9: Noise disturbance, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:34 a.m.
  • March 9: Disturbance, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:49 p.m.
  • March 10: Accident investigation, E. Lynn and Boylston E., 5:56 a.m.
  • March 10: Disturbance, 3200 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 8:35 p.m.
  • March 10: Noise disturbance, 1600 block of Fairview E., 10:35 p.m.
  • March 11: Noise disturbance, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:06 a.m.
  • March 11: Auto theft, 2000 block of Minor E., 6:45 p.m.
  • March 12: Noise disturbance, Eastlake E. and E. Garfield, 3:45 a.m.
  • March 12: Auto theft, 1900 block of Harvard E., 6:34 a.m.
  • March 12: Disturbance, Eastlake E. and E. Galer, 10:17 a.m.
  • March 12: Car prowl, 2600 block of Franklin E., 1:40 p.m.
  • March 12: Strong armed robbery, 1100 block of Fairview N., 3:08 p.m.
  • March 12: Auto theft, 2000 block of Franklin E., 5 p.m.
  • March 12: Auto theft, 2200 block of Fairview E., 11 p.m.
  • March 14: Burglary, residential, unoccupied, 1800 block of Franklin E., 6:17 a.m.

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Eastlake police reports for the week: two vehicle thefts, commercial burglary, more

Police reports in Eastlake for the past week include the theft of two vehicles, a burglary at a local business and more:

  • Feb. 28: Liquor violation, 1600 block of Fairview E., 9:45 a.m.
  • Feb. 28: Vehicle theft, 2100 block of Franklin E., 12:50 p.m.
  • March 1: Liquor violation, 2300 block of Eastlake, 3:50 p.m.
  • March 2: Car prowl, 3300 block of Fuhrman E., 5 a.m.
  • March 2: Vehicle theft, 1900 block of Fairview E., 11:13 a.m.
  • March 2: License plate theft, Yale E. and E. Lynn, 4 p.m.
  • March 2: Burglary, no force, business, 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 6:15 p.m.: A business on the block was broken in to overnight. Items were taken off a boat at the business and a security camera was stolen. Items stolen from the boat include two flat-screen TVs, two high-end sound systems and a DVD player. A wooden tool shed was broken in to and six to eight marine power cords were stolen.
  • March 3: Fight, disturbance, Fairview E. and E. Garfield, 2:01 a.m.
  • March 3: Disturbance, 2500 block of Yale E., 2:32 a.m.
  • March 5: Theft, miscellaneous, 200 block of E. Blaine, 12:19 p.m.
  • March 6: Property destruction, 2700 block of Harvard E., 3:17 a.m.

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Who’s looking to sell hard booze in Eastlake?

According to, more than 850 stores in Washington have applied for a license to sell hard liquor under new rules put in place by the passage of Initiative 1183.

That initiative, passed by voters in November, gets the state out of the liquor sales business. Gone will be the state liquor stores. Now you’ll be able to buy hard booze at stores that receive a spirits license from the state.

So far, the only store in Eastlake to apply for a spirits license is Pete’s Super Market at E. Lynn and Fairview E. Pete’s application is “pending,” according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s website. Pete’s is known for its big wine selection. 

Vanessa Ho, writing at, says I-1183 “allows stores at least 10,000 square feet to sell vodka, gin and other spirits. There’s an exception for smaller stores, if no other store sells liquor in its ‘trade area.’ The state still needs to define that term.”