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My quick trip down Eastlake's streets this morning (Thursday) found Eastlake Avenue bare and wet. There isn't much traffic and what traffic there is was moving along with no problems.
Side streets can be slick, particularly if they aren't well traveled. Be careful on hills. Temperatures aren't expected to rise above freezing today so side streets may not clear off today.
Freeways in Seattle appear to be open with little to no ice.
Metro says buses are running on normal routes.
Seattle Public Utilities says garbage collection will go ahead as it normally would today.
Have any weather related news or photos? Post in the comments!
Highlights of this week's Eastlake police reports include auto accessory thefts and more:
See the complete map at SeattleCrime.com.
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Even though it was announced in January that the July 4 fireworks would go on this year, thanks to the generosity of major sponsors like Microsoft and Starbucks, turns out the bills aren't totally paid. And you only have until March 1 to help out.
One Reel, which produces the July 4 show, says they still need to raise $162,000 by March 1 to make the show happen. In an e-mailed press release, they note that "we need help reminding Seattleites that their gifts are still essential to making this event possible."
In March 2010, One Reel announced that there would be no fireworks because they'd been unable to find a sponsor to pay the $500,000 cost. Local restaurteur Tom Douglas and KIRO radio host Dave Ross stepped up and raised the money in a day.
Highlights of this week's Eastlake Seattle Police reports include:
See the complete map at SeattleCrime.com.
The state Department of Transportation made its second set of measurements of the effectiveness of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge noise reduction test panels on Thursday, Feb. 10.
The test program saw fiberglass noise reduction panels suspended beneath the southern end of the upper deck of the Ship Canal Bridge. The hope is that the panels would reduce the amount of reflected noise that comes off the lower deck and spills over into adjacent neighborhoods.
When noise levels were first tested at 18 locations last fall, the results weren't as encouraging as hoped for. According to a WSDOT press release in late October, "the panels are working as well as predicted in about a third of the locations, but not as well as predicted in about two-thirds of the locations."
Engineers had hoped to see a three to five decibel reduction in noise levels in the neighborhood along Harvard and E. Allison. Instead, levels were only down about two decibels. A WSDOT press release says: "This second round will give noise experts two data points to more accurately compare noise levels."
Data on this second round of tests will be posted to the project's web page by Feb. 25. The test project will last three years, after which the WSDOT will determine if it would be effective to deploy more of the panels on the bridge.
To see an Eastlake Ave. video on the project, go to our previous post.
If it wasn't for the fact that I drive or walk by Lolita Gray's decorated tree at least once a day, I'd never know what holiday is coming up.
Gray decorates the tree in the front yard of the home at Franklin and Hamlin that she shares with her husband, Glenn, to reflect the next holiday coming on the calendar. There are Christmas decorations, of course, but also Halloween pumpkins and ghosts, flags and patriotic bunting for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and, right now, hearts and X's and O's for Valentine's Day.
The Valentine's tree is seen in the short video attached to this post. In addition to the hearts, there is heart-filled garland, plush monkeys and red glass ornaments. At night, lights illuminate the branches.
It's fun, it's colorful and it makes you feel good just to walk by and take a look.
Thanks, Lolita, and Happy Valentine's Day!
Be sure to check out the tree's fan page on Facebook.
Eastlake's neighborhood fire station on E. Roanoke was busier than usual as area residents toured the facility Saturday during Neighbor Appreciation Day.
Firefighter Yonsuck Cho said there had been more visitors than usual for the event. He offered us a tour of the facility.
Sixteen firefighters are stationed at Fire Station No. 22, Cho explained. They work in teams of four, living at the station for 24 hours at a time. Fire Station 22's service area is roughly Roy Street North, east to 24th E. and then down into Eastlake. In case of a major fire, however, the station's crew might be deployed anywhere in the city but if you live in Eastlake and call in a fire, chances are good that it's firefighters from Station 22 who will be responding.
The station has one engine (capable of pumping water to fight fires) and a command vehicle that can be set up as a headquarters at major events.
The station is fairly compact. There's a watch office where on-duty firefighters monitor emergency channels and receive orders. Cho says the name "watch office" goes back to the days when firefighters would actually spend much of their time looking over the city for smoke that meant a fire needed their attention.
The station also includes an office for the commander, a small kitchen and dining area, an exercise room in the tiny basement, a tower to dry hoses out in, sleeping quarters and a lounge area with a TV. Cho noted that the firefighters used their own money to buy a new TV and that they also pay for personal internet access.
Neighbor Appreciation Day comes every February and all of the city's fire stations are open during the event.
It must be spring, or close to it, because work parties are beginning at the Eastlake P-Patch. I walk by the P-Patch most days and it's always exciting when the garden begins to awaken from it's winter slumber.
Rebecca Partington says that, unlike in previous years, they'll have work parties on Wednesdays and Saturdays but not Sundays. The times will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first two work parties of the season are this coming Wednesday (Feb. 16) and Saturday (Feb. 19) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your own work gloves and water.
The P-Patch folks are working to finish the big expansion they did last year when they added 23 new plots to the garden's original 27. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn dropped by last summer to dedicate the expansion.
Rebecca notes in her e-mail that if you'd like to get a plot, you need to come out and work for it. Get cracking!
If you have questions, contact Rebecca at email@example.com.
The state says floating homes are bad for fish populations because they shade the water and harm young salmon. The city, Ho reports, has been updating its regulations on houseboats for several months under state guidance.
Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, has introduced two bills -- HB 1783, SB 5623 -- that would exempt Seattle houseboats from the state shoreline regulations. The bills would change the designation the state gives houseboats. Instead of being a "water-oriented" use they would be a "water-dependent" use.
As Ho explains:
These sweet pink rhododendrons are just popping out on East Boston near Eastlake...spring is here!
A large number of residential burglaries were the highlight of Seattle Police reports for Eastlake this week:
Tour Fire Station 22 at 901 E. Roanoke from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12., as part of the Neighbor Appreciation Day celebration sponsored by the city's Department of Neighborhoods.
The Department of Neighborhoods website says this is "the day when we reach out, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who live or work around us." Stop by and meet the fire crews who keep Eastlake safe.
As we noted in a post about last year's event:
The Neighborhood Grills are sponsoring their 9th annual benefit event for the University District Food Bank on Thursday, Feb. 10. [Full disclosure: I volunteer for the food bank.]
The event includes four restaurants in the Neighborhood Grills group, including the Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. Dine out between 5 and 10 p.m. on Thursday and a minimum of 50 percent of your bill will be donated to the food bank. Eat off the special menu and 66 percent of your bill will be donated to the food bank.
Other restaurants taking part in the event are the Greenlake Bar and Grill, the Lake Forest Park Bar and Grill and the Crossroads Bar and Grill in Bellevue.
Eastlake is one of the Zip Codes included in the University District Food Bank's coverage area. The food bank is located at 4731 15th Ave. NE in the University District.
Paul Yunker, development director for the food bank, says donations are especially needed at this time of the year:
Last year was a record year for the food bank. They had 54,000 customer visits and distributed 2.3 million pounds of food.
*** The Sweet pooch has been found:
Updated on 2/3/11***THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU THAT RESPONDED - Zeb was found this morning in Hunt's Point - he had hunkered down after crossing 520 from Seattle.
Thank you for all of your help. He is so happy to be reunited with his owners and we are all grateful that he is safe.
Our dog Zeb ran away from a friend's home in the Eastlake neighborhood. I know what you are thinking: who cares about another missing dog? But this stubborn little guy evaded Washington State Patrol last night in an extended chase that went from 520 Westbound Seattle to 520 Eastbound in Medina. According to WSP, Zeb walked the entire 520 bridge and then escaped into Medina.
We’re out of town at the moment and Zeb – a 6 year old male Aussie that we rescued in 2006 – ran away from our friends’ house in Eastlake in the midst of rush hour traffic. It seems that he was trying to make his way home to our house in Madrona but forgot to get off in Montlake for the trip through the arboretum.
Our friends believe he spent last night in Medina and they canvassed there all day today without any success so far. We are now trying to reconstruct the chase and exactly where Zeb left 520, or if that was actually even him and wondering where to search next.
If you have any information please contact us at the numbers below.
Dana Ferestien 206.200.1649
Megan Ferestien 206.459.1138
Taryn Darling Hill / Peter Hill: 206.569.4397
At last, Eastlake has its own neighborhood listserve for families wanting to exchange kiddo gear, toys, clothes they have outgrown or meet new parents or ask questions about local preschools and our very own neighborhood TOPS@Seward elementary school or set up a kickball game come Spring...you name it, your own n'hood listserve is here!
If you are the parent of school age or younger kid(s)--sign on and help build the community you want your children to be a part of, not to mention the support and resources we all need from time to time as parents!
Go to YAHOO GROUPS and simply type in keyword search: EASTLAKE FAMILIES
The week's police reports for Eastlake include an attempted shoplifting at Mort's Cabin on Saturday.
The suspect grabbed an antler floor lamp from outside the front door of the shop about 1:30 p.m. Darold Andersen, owner of Mort's Cabin, saw the theft and ran outside, yelling at the suspect to put down the lamp, which the suspect did about 300 feet south on Eastlake near the Eastlake Inn. He was last seen running south on Eastlake Ave. past Serafina.
The suspect was described as a caucasian male, early 20s, about 5'7", 155 pounds, clean shaven, short blond hair, two-tone parka with white sleeves and lavender or gray on the front and back.
A person with a similar description was reported to have been involved in an attempted home burglary earlier in the day.
Other police reports for the week include:
Jules James, an Eastlake resident who worked for years to get more access to TOPS@Seward School for neighborhood kids, says there will be a little celebrating Friday of the school board's recent vote to approve a geographic zone for the school.
The geographic zone will allow for more predictable access to the school for Eastlake children.
The informal celebration will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday (Jan. 28) at Pazzo's, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E.
"Bring along the family," James says in an e-mail. "Come have dinner, hoist a beer. Or wine. Or milk with the kids!"
James recently informed the Eastlake Community Council that, after having served for years as the neighborhood's representative to the TOPS@Seward Site Council, he would be stepping down from the position at the end of June, or sooner if a replacement could be found.
The Seattle Times is reporting that ZymoGenetics will keep a presence in its iconic building, the former Lake Union Steam Plant, at the south end of the Eastlake neighborhood.
There had been a question about whether Zymo would remain in the building after the company was purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb last year.
The Times quotes a Bristol-Myers Squibb spokesperson as saying the firm would maintain offices in the building. The Times says local officials say there will be about 275 people in the Zymo office, but the Bristol-Myers Squibb spokesperson couldn't confirm that.
Read more of the Times report here.
New building proposed: The Times is also reporting that Alexandria Real Estate Equities is planning to build a six-story biotech building across the street from Zymo at 1150 Eastlake Ave. E. There's a 60-year-old, single story building and parking lots on the site currently.
Alexandria's plans include asking the city to vacate East Nelson Place, a dead-end street at the north end of the development...
Highlights of this week's Seattle Police Reports for Eastlake include a number of burglaries, several of them of businesses:
TOPS@Seward School K-8 will be having an open house for families of prospective students from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Janis White, president of the TOPS Site Council, says that they "encourage prospective Eastlake families to come to see if they think the alternative program at TOPS is the right fit for their families."
Thanks to the approval by the Seattle School Board of a geographic zone for the school on Wednesday, Eastlake students will have more chances to attend the school.
The open house will feature presentations in the gym by administrators, teachers, parents and students about the various programs at the school, including academics, their social justice focus, visual art, music, drama and more. That will be followed by tours lead by parents and students. Kindergarten teachers will be available in their rooms to answer questions.
There will also be two daytime tours offered in February: Feb 1 for middle school and Feb. 8 for K-5. Both tours last from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Contact Janis White if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, the new restaurant at 2865 Eastlake Ave. E. reports on its Facebook page that it expects to be open in April:
The restaurant will be in the commercial space in the Eastlake 2851 apartments. It will offer outdoor seating on a deck space that faces Lake Union and is situated above the Eastlake P-Patch.
According to Little Water Cantina's Facebook page, the restaurant's price range is $10-$30. Shannon Wilkinson is listed as the "culinary team" and Laura Wilkinson is listed as general manager.
After years of discussion and debate, the Seattle School Board passed the latest portion of its New School Assignment Plan on Wednesday evening. The plan includes a geographic zone for TOPS@Seward School in Eastlake that will give neighborhood kids more predictable access to the school.
The geographic zone is a new tiebreaker the district will use in determining which students can attend the school. The other tiebreakers are whether a sibling already attends the school and a lottery.
TOPS@Seward is an option school that draws students from many parts of the city, not just Eastlake. Neighborhood parents and activists have been trying for years to find a way to allow more Eastlake children to attend the school. The larger geographic zone is seen as one way of achieving that goal.
The geographic zone approved by the school board includes all of Eastlake west of I-5 to the houseboats. It also includes the Roanoke Park area north of 520 to Portage Bay. (See attached map.)
Eastlake activists had argued for years that improved access to TOPS@Seward for local kids was important in making the neighborhood attractive to families with children.
"Predictable access to TOPS is key to promoting Eastlake as family-friendly," said Eastlake parent and schools activist Michelle Buetow. "Now, instead of young families leaving the area when their kids hit kindergarten age -- a 15-year trend -- they can be encouraged to stay, with the promise of nine years of excellent SPS education in its front yard at TOPS. In return, the school gets a strong base of steady support for its program, and community resources of time and funding that are increasingly important as public education funding from the state is diminishing."
No one has spent longer on this issue than Eastlake businessman and schools activist Jules James. His children attended Seward and he has pushed for years to find a way to get more neighborhood kids in. After the vote, James said, "Our task ahead is to re-populate Eastlake with school-aged kids. Eastlake should be Seattle's test-bed for building a child-compatible modern urban neighborhood."
He added: "I'm entirely thrilled. Rowdy Eastlakian applause is well-deserved for the district's Director of Enrollment Tracy Libros, whose idea of GeoZones was better than any solution we brought to them over all these years."
And Chris Leman, president of the Eastlake Community Council (which had pushed for the geozone that passed), said:
One cloud hanging over Wednesday's decision is that some students who live outside the TOPS@Seward transportation zone, which is based on later attendance at Washington Middle School, may lose their bus transportation to the school. A proposal introduced at Wednesday's meeting would reduce the district's bus fleet by 80, eliminating bus service for students from many parts of the city.
TOPS draws from many parts of Seattle. Many parents at the school value the diversity that wide draw creates and they are worried that eliminating the bus service will harm that aspect of the school. Parents protested the proposed cuts last Friday (Jan. 14) by asking parents of students who would lose their bus service to drive their kids to school. (See our previous post.)
Maps of the new transportation will be coming out next week.
The Seattle Department of Transportation says the University Bridge will have lanes closed on Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 19 and 20) for maintenance work:
The highlights of this week's Eastlake police reports include several suspicious person reports:
See the complete map at SeattleCrime.com.