Hard to believe the summer is almost over. Labor Day is this coming Monday so it must be true.
Will your Eastlake business be open on Monday? If so, what hours will you be open and are you planning anything special? Please post your details in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post the list later this week.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the event, including instructions on how to register your event, go to the Seattle Police Department’s website.
Police reports for Eastlake for the last two weeks include a restaurant burglary and thefts of a bicycle, a motorcycle and a car:
July 19: Motorcycle theft, 2000 block of Boylston Ave. E., 12:01 a.m.
July 19: Person with a gun, Eastlake E. and E. Roanoke, 5:19 p.m.
July 19: Narcotics, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:38 p.m.
July 20: Bicycle theft, 3300 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 3:36 p.m.
July 21: Disturbance, Fairview E. and E. Blaine, 2:26 a.m.
July 21: Fire response, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 5:29 p.m.
July 22: Noise disturbance, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:52 a.m.
July 23: Motor vehicle accident, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6 p.m.
July 23: Disturbance, 2800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 11:22 p.m.
July 24: Burglary, forced, non-residential, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:53 a.m.: Police responded to a silent alarm at a restaurant in this block. They found signs of forced entry at the front door. A K9 unit searched the premises but didn’t find anyone. A manager for the restaurant who arrived said it appeared nothing had been taken.
July 27: Property destruction, Fairview E. and E. Allison, 9:07 a.m.
July 28: Noise disturbance, Yale Terrace E. and E. Roanoke, 11:04 p.m.
July 29: Natural gas odor, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11:51 p.m.
July 31: Auto theft, 1300 block of Lakeview Blvd., 3:57 p.m.
In case you’ve been wondering, Eastlake won’t be affected by the current garbage haulers’ strike in Seattle.
That’s because Eastlake, as well as the rest of central and northeast Seattle, are serviced by CleanScapes. The strike involves unionized workers for Waste Management, which serves other parts of the city. You can see the affected areas on this map from the city’s website.
According to a press release from Seattle Public Utilities, the strike is affecting about 60 percent of the city.
The Seattle Times is reporting that Waste Management brought in outside workers today (Friday, July 27) to collect garbage from hospitals, day cares and nursing homes.
The dispute centers on a wage disparity between Waste Management’s recycling truck drivers and drivers of garbage trucks. Recycling drivers at Waste Management earn about $9 less an hour than garbage workers, according to the Seattle Times. The Times story notes this isn’t the case at CleanScapes:
Seattle’s other waste-hauling contractor, CleanScapes, pays drivers of recycling and compost trucks the same as garbage drivers under a contract with Teamsters Local 174, said company spokesman John Taylor.
A starting CleanScapes driver earns $19.73 an hour, compared with about $17 for a Waste Management recycling driver and about $26 for a Waste Management garbage driver.