Monthly Archives: August 2012

Eastlake’s Etheridge Triumphant Again!

Eastlake’s Craig Etheridge, a 5-year resident in the 2600 Block of Boylston Avenue, won his 2nd Bicycle Messenger World Championship in Chicago this weekend.   His first was won in Guatemala in 2010.

      Craig has pedaled the streets of Seattle working for KNR Couriers since 2004. 

Paddle boat partially sinks at Eastlake dock

A 40-foot paddle boat docked at Fairview Avenue E. and Fairview Avenue N. took on water Thursday (Aug. 9) night and sank.

Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Kyle Moore says firefighters were called to the dock at 11:28 p.m. Thursday after receiving reports that the boat was taking on water. Engine 22, Engine 4, ladder 4, Engine 36 and Patrol 4 went to the scene.

When firefighters arrived they found the boat partly submerged and listing 45 degrees to the port side. After 40 minutes of effort by firefighters, the boat continued to list and control of it was turned over to the Coast Guard.

Moore says the estimated dollar loss on the boat was $100,000.

Replica of SR 99 tunnel boring machine on display now at Milepost 31 in Seattle

The world’s largest-diameter tunnel boring machine will arrive in Seattle next year, but you don’t have to wait until then to check it out. A 10-foot-long, motorized replica of the machine is on display now at Milepost 31, an award-winning information center that highlights the people and projects that shaped Pioneer Square and provides an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project.

About 35 times smaller than the real thing, the model offers an up-close look at the inner workings of the five-story machine that will dig the SR 99 tunnel. The push-button display allows visitors to control some of the model’s parts, demonstrating how the real machine will work as it bores up to 200 feet beneath downtown Seattle.

Check out the model and other cool exhibits at Milepost 31, located at 211 First Ave S., between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

For more information about Milepost 31, visit

Eastlake neighbors enjoy three Night Out block parties

Eastlake residents came out last evening (Tuesday, Aug. 7) to enjoy three Night Out block parties, two on Franklin and one on Minor. That’s the most Night Out events I’ve seen in the three years I’ve been writing for Eastlake Ave.

Neighbors gathered in the 2600 block of Franklin (between Roanoke and Edgar), the 2300 block of Franklin (between Lynn and Louisa) and in a driveway just off the street in the 2200 block of Minor. There were barbecues going at all three locations and more food than you could ever hope to eat.

Night Out Against Crime is a national program that encourages people to gather at block parties the first Tuesday in August to get to know their neighbors and build unity. The hope is that knowing your neighbors that will translate into crime prevention.

At the party in the 2600 block of Franklin, several people who were walking by decided to stay, chat and eat. Barbara Sherman, who used to live in the area but now owns an Eastern Washington winery, said she somehow always manages to be at this block party. Her mother lives nearby, which has a bit to do with her attendance.

In the 2300 block of Franklin, the living room had been brought out into the street, with a rug and a comfy outdoor sectional. Neighbors were talking about a disputed new apartment building being planned at 2371 Franklin E., at the end of the block. When I came back by later, Pagliacci had delivered pizza as a gesture of neighborliness.

Neighbors in the 2200 block of Minor Ave. E. said they were too late getting their request to block the street in to the police department, so they held their party in a driveway that had access to a great backyard. Again, there was a barbecue and tons of food and lots of talk about plans for the neighborhood.

As the sun finally set, neighbors at all three parties reluctantly began to clean up and pack away their picnic gear. The purpose of the evening — making connections — seemed to have been successful.

Vehicle theft, car prowl and accidents top Eastlake police reports

Seattle Police reports in Eastlake this week include a stolen vehicle, two accidents, a car prowl and more:

  • July 31: Property damage, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 10 p.m.
  • Aug. 1: Auto theft, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:15 p.m.
  • Aug. 1: Fraud, 3200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 10:34 a.m.
  • Aug. 2: Accident investigation, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:45 p.m.
  • Aug. 3: Threats to kill, 3100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:40 p.m.
  • Aug. 5: Trespass, E. Allison and Fairview E., 7:16 p.m.
  • Aug. 5: Disturbance, 2500 block of Fairview E., 11:20 p.m.
  • Aug. 6: Bicycle theft, Boylston E. and E. Lynn, 4:49 p.m.
  • Aug. 6: Mischief/nuisance complaints, 200 block of E. Galer, 5:26 p.m.
  • Aug. 6: Car prowl, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:25 p.m.
  • Aug. 6: Disturbance, 1900 block of Franklin Pl. E., 11:13 p.m.
  • Aug. 7: Accident investigation, 2600 block of Boylston, 11:21 a.m.

Several Night Out choices in Eastlake on Tuesday

This year’s Night Out Against Crime event is tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 7). During this evening event, people all over Seattle gather at block parties in their neighborhoods.

This year, there will be three block parties in Eastlake:

  • Franklin, between E. Lynn and E Louisa streets: Christy Elton says they’ll have the grill out so “stop by and say hi, bring something to grill, something to share or just hang out.”
  • Franklin, between E. Roanoke and E. Edgar: This is, I believe, the longest-running Night Out event in Eastlake. They will have a grill and encourage you to bring something to share.
  • Minor, between E. Lynn and E. Boston: This one will be in the bungalow driveway next to 2233 Minor Ave. E. They’ll also have a grill going. “Come on out and meet your neighbors,” organizers say. For more information, contact Ron at

The block parties usually begin around 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. or so.

The purpose of the Night Out event is to provide neighbors a chance to get to know each other, heighten crime prevention awareness, build support for anti-crime efforts and promote unity. Permits to close your street for the event are free. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the event in Seattle.

Night Out in Eastlake is Tuesday: Are you planning a block party?

The 28th Annual Night Out Against Crime event will be Tuesday evening, Aug. 7.

Seattle residents can get free permits to close off their street for these block parties that provide neighbors a chance to get to know each other, heighten crime prevention awareness, build support for anti-crime efforts and promote unity. 

There are at least two Eastlake events that I know of, both on Franklin E.:

  • Between E. Lynn and E. Louisa streets
  • Between E. Roanoke and E. Edgar

Are you planning a Night Out block party in Eastlake? Let me know in the comments below or email me at

For more information on the event, including instructions on how to register your event, go to the Seattle Police Department’s website.

Bad Bongos of Gas Works Park

Tuesday evening’s incessant thump-a-thon carried on prevailing winds hard into Eastlake was just a little too much for me.    This morning’s e-mailed noise complaint has the SPD North Precinct and Harbor Patrol communicating.  So next time the drum circles break out, please don’t feel like your accoustical deportation to Boreo has to last until the Gas Works drummers wear out.  The cops (non-emergency line) should be helpful enforcing the repetitive noise provisions of the Noise Ordinance which are posted at the park.