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University Bridge reopens after bad Monday crash that injured 2

The University Bridge was closed for several hours Monday evening after a two-car crash that caused life-threatening injuries for one driver.

According to the SPD Blotter, a Volkswagen Passat was traveling south on the bridge at 6:45 p.m. when it was hit mid-span by a Toyota MR2 that was traveling north. The Toyota crossed the center line and collided with the Passat.

Both drivers were treated at the scene by Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department personnel. The Toyota driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with significant life-threatening injuries. The Passat driver was also taken to Harborview for treatment.

Blood was obtained from the Toyota driver at the hospital as police investigate if the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The bridge was closed for several hours as the accident scene was investigated. It was reopened late Monday evening.

Time change for talk on Eastlake trees

The talk on “Trees in Eastlake and Seattle” set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, at TOPS@Seward School library will start a little later than previously announced.

The talk, sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council, will begin at 7:45 p.m. Before that, you’re invited to join your neighbors at 6 p.m. in the TOPS library to watch the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

After the debate, Arthur Lee Jacobson, author of “Trees of Seattle” will speak and show photos of Eastlake trees. Bring a mystery tree leaf to get it identified and find out how to help inventory Eastlake trees. 

Eastlake police reports a home burglary, a car theft and more

Police reports from Eastlake this week include a home burglary on Lakeview and more:

  • Sept. 12: Threats, street, sidewalk or alley, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11 a.m.
  • Sept. 12: Car prowl, 2500 block of Fairview Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: Car theft, Fairview E. and E. Lynn, 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 13: Burglary, forced, residential, 1600 block of Lakeview Blvd. E., occurred between Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m., and Sept. 13, 6 p.m.: Someone entered a residence by forcing open a shower stall window and slipping through it to get inside. The suspect opened closets and drawers. Stolen items include a videogame console, a laptop computer, a TV, jade figurines, a tool kit and a power drill. The police report notes: “The small size of the entry indicates a likely slim statured suspect.”
  • Sept. 15: Threats, residence, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:40 a.m.
  • Sept. 15: Property damage, non-residential, 200 block of E. Roanoke St., 1:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: Threats, hotel or motel, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:46 a.m.
  • Sept. 17: Property destruction, 2000 block of Boylston E., 7:33 p.m.
  • Sept. 18: Disturbance, 2000 block of Boylston E., 2:44 p.m.

Eastlake police reports include a restaurant burglary, more

Police reports in Eastlake in the past week include a restaurant burglary, a bike theft and more:

  • Sept. 5: Harassment, 2300 block of Boylston Ave. E., noon.
  • Sept. 8: Bicycle theft, 3200 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:45 a.m.
  • Sept. 9: Attempted theft from a commercial or office building, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. N., 4:36 a.m.
  • Sept. 9: Restaurant burglary, no forced entry, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:53 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Auto recovery, 1900 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2:06 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Auto recovery, 1500 block of Fairview E., 1:32 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Accident investigation, 2900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7:19 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Liquor violation, 1600 block of Eastlake E., 7:32 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: Trespass, 1100 block of Eastlake E., 12:26 p.m.

Vehicle thefts and car prowls top Eastlake police reports

Police reports for Eastlake in the past week include two vehicle thefts, one attempted vehicle theft and more:

  • Aug. 28: Car prowl, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 29: Vehicle theft, truck, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. N., 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 29: Car prowl, 1800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 10:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 31: Vehicle theft, 2700 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 2: Attempted vehicle theft, Minor E. and E. Newton, 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Liquor law violation and property damage, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:45 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Disturbance, 2000 block of Eastlake E., 8:29 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Car prowl, 3300 block of Fuhrman E., 9:50 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Car prowl, E. Boston and Minor E., 9:38 a.m.
  • Sept. 4: Liquor violation, 1800 block of Eastlake E., 2:43 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Accident investigation, 2100 block of Boylston E., 6:20 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Disturbance, 2200 block of Franklin E., 7:54 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Accident investigation, Franklin E. and E. Newton, 9:47 p.m.

These Eastlake businesses are open on Labor Day

Summer comes to its unofficial end this weekend with the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

Many Eastlake businesses will be open on Monday. Our list is below, as well as info on garbage collection (normal schedule) and Metro bus routes.

If I missed your business, please let me know at and I’ll add you to the list.

Have a great holiday!


  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Website:
  • Borsalino’s Pizza & Pasta, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Website:
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight. Website:
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 2 p.m – 2 a.m. Website:
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Website:
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. They’ll have brunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Website:
  • Pazzo’s, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Website:
  • Ship Canal Grill, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight. Website:
  • Starbucks, 2344 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Website:
  • Subway, 2240 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sushi Kappo Tamura, 2968 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5-9:30 p.m. Website:
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Website:


  • Eastlake Market, 2244 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 5 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Hamlin Market, 2729 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E. Lynn. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Website:


Buses: Metro will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day. Check their web page for more information.

Garbage and disposal stations: Seattle Public Utilities says garbage, recycling and food waste pickup will be on the normal schedule on Monday. The North and South Recycling and Disposal Stations will be open regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont.

Metro reroutes buses off Fairview N. during construction

If you ride a Metro bus between Eastlake and downtown, you noticed a change starting a week ago: Buses now stay on Eastlake rather than going down Fairview after they pass the Eastlake and Fairview intersection.

The change is temporary and is related to the construction on Mercer Street in south Lake Union. Mercer is now a two-way street and Fairview is temporarily restricted to one lane northbound. This temporary reroute is expected to last for four to six months, according to Metro.

The following routes are affected by the reroute: 70, 71, 72, 73, 83 and 309. Those routes will stop on Eastlake at Aloha, Mercer, John and Howell streets.

For more information, check out the reroute map PDF attached to this post. Metro also has more details on the reroute and how to get to the temporary Eastlake bus stops on their blog.

A dozen Eastlake floating homes featured in Sept. 9 tour

UPDATE: This event is now sold out.

ORIGINAL POST: If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to live on a houseboat you’ll be able to find out during the annual Seattle Floating Homes Tour from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The event will feature 12 floating homes on the Eastlake side of Lake Union. Tickets are $25 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets. The event usually sells out so early purchase is recommended. Tickets include electric shuttle boat service between each end of the tour. You can also walk to each home and do the tour in any order. 

The event benefits the Floating Homes Association, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

Among the houseboats on the tour will be one of the new homes at Wards Cove. This house features a sod roof (see photo), solar auxiliary power storage and a hollow cement float that acts as a control room and laundry area.

Participants in the tour will also be able to visit the Eastlake P-Patch and the historical display at Wards Cove, the former headquarters of an Alaska seafood business.

There will be restrooms available for tour participants. There will also be free espresso as well as food and drinks for purchase. Wear comfortable slip-on shoes, tour organizers say. There are stairs and uneven surfaces. You’ll be asked to either remove your shoes or put on slippers in the homes.

Need more information? Check out the Floating Homes Tour’s Facebook page or email You can also take a video preview of the tour.

Popular mailbox returns to Eastlake corner

It seems like a small thing, but in the context of busy urban lives the convenience of a neighborhood mailbox can be very important. An Eastlake mailbox that had been removed is back and neighbors are pleased.

The blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox at the corner of E. Lynn and Minor E. is one of the few left in the neighborhood. When it was removed earlier this summer to make way for a new curb cut, neighbor Phyllis Hatfield became concerned. She lives nearby and uses the box frequently. Other mailboxes in Eastlake, including one on the west side of Eastlake in the 2800 block, have been removed in recent years to save money.

Hatfield first called the Post Office on Broadway to ask if they knew what was up with the box. The person she talked to there said that a survey had found there wasn’t enough mail coming in to the box to warrant replacing it. 

A call to the city produced better results. A city staffer called Hatfield back and said the mailbox would be returned and on Monday of this week it was.

Hatfield is grateful but worries that the box will be removed if it isn’t used. Her message: Bring your outgoing mail to Minor and Lynn!

“A lot of people are not going to see it,” she said, noting that there is often a car parked in front of it. “If people don’t use it, the post office is going to pull it out.”

 Check the map with this post for the exact location and get mailing!