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UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Comments from Christina Choi have been added.
Ted Choi Tam, a longtime Eastlake activist and father of Nettletown's Christina Choi, died on Friday after a year-long fight with cancer. He was 74.
In an e-mail, Chris Leman notes that Mr. Choi served as the president of the Eastlake Community Council in the 1970s and that he oversaw the neighborhood's first planning effort.
"In the late 1990s," Chris writes, "he helped produce Eastlake's latest neighborhood plan, serving on the Eastlake Neighborhood Plan Steering Committee as a representative of low income housing advocates."
Chris notes that all of Mr. Choi's children "are or have been in the Eastlake neighborhood as residents, in jobs, or both." Mr. Choi had been living in Montlake, Chris writes, but hoped to return to Eastlake.
According to an obituary forwarded by Christina, Mr. Choi was born on Vashon Island on Christmas Day 1935. He moved to Seattle and attended Garfield High School....
This week's Eastlake crime reports:
To see the complete map, go to SeattleCrime.com here.
UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. The total donated to Northwest Harvest has been corrected. An explanation of how many cook-offs have occurred has been added.
And we have winners! Although the field was smaller than last year, the contestants in the Eastlake Zoo's 33rd Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday were a tasty bunch that made chosing a favorite difficult.
The top three chilis and their cooks, by the vote of those attending the event on Saturday, are:
(Full disclosure: I paid for a bowl and voted.)
The event netted $755 for Northwest Harvest.
Many of the cooks had entered chili in the contest before but some were newcomers to the event. Most spent long hours in the kitchen preparing their entries.
Elissa Rosenbaum had her chili, Everything But the Kitchen Sink, on the stove for 12 hours, then put it through a chillling and warming cycle to get it ready. Her secret? Biscuits cooked on top of the chili.
Although she didn't win, Rosenbaum said later she was "happy that it's (the chili) is gone. I ran out first!"
Martinez, who eventually came in second, said she started cooking at 10 a.m. on Friday. She had entered before but had never placed, so she was excited to have placed. Her chili featured three variations of pork: pork shoulder, pork sausage and ground pork. She was roasting extra peppers Saturday morning to give it some added color.
"I was going to call it 3 Piggies," she said, but her husband signed it in as Mayan Revenge.
Karan Loop, a former employee at the Zoo in the late '70s and early '80s, was proudlly wearing her t-shirt from the second cook-off in 1984 (see attached photo). She won second that year.
(If you have your calculator out at this point, you've probably noticed that the math doesn't add up here. If the first Chili Cook-off was in 1983, this would be the 27th annual event, not the 33rd. Walt Lane from the Zoo explains that there were cook-offs before the official chili cook-off began. He says that about 15 years ago, folks involved in those earlier cook-offs asked that their contributions be acknowledged. "After weeks of beers and debate," Walt says in an e-mail, "the Eastlake Zoo Tavern Permanent Cook-Off Committee, which deals with all cook-off issues, decided to honor those earlier pioneers of chili cook-offs by including their years in the cook-off total." And so it came to pass. Amen.).
Betsy Costello, who cooks under the moniker Factoria Floozy, was back this year. Her crockpot of chili was decorated with a satin, laced-up bustier (see the photo).
Two of the Zoo's original owners, Paul Michelson and Robert Woodson, sat at a table eating chili and passing along tales of the Zoo in its early years to yours truly. Did you know the Zoo used to be called the It'll Do Tavern? And that there was a Chinese restaurant next door? Neither did I!
Another great event. Thanks, Zoo!
Ian Tidewell, a long-time employee at the Eastlake Zoo, has passed away.
Friends I spoke to at the Chili Cook-Off on Saturday say Ian (pronounced "ion," like the nuclear particle) died on Friday, Oct. 1.
He worked at the Zoo for at least 25-30 years, they said. Karan Loop says he was working there when she first entered the Zoo in 1978. A mural over pool tables in the tavern shows Ian and Karan (see photo) taking aim with their cues.
I wasn't able to get more details. Do you have memories of Ian? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks!
UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Details on speakers have been added.
The Eastlake Community Council will have its annual election to board positions at a special candidates and issues night on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. The event starts at 7 p.m.
In addition to the ECC election, candidates for local offices will be present to debate each other and the issues. And advocates pro and con on the various ballot issues will be on hand to discuss their positions.
Candidates for the ECC Board are:
Only ECC members in good standing (paid up on your dues) can vote for the board. You should have received your ballot in the mail already. If you didn't get your ballot and are wondering if your membership is up-to-date, e-mail the ECC at membership@eastlakeseattle....
It's a busy weekend in Eastlake. Here are a few items to take note of:
The Seattle Police report for Eastlake for the week of Sept. 21-27 includes the following:
To see the complete crime report map, go to SeattleCrime.com.
The event features Greek food, music and folk dancing. There's also a chance to shop for food to take home as well as jewelry, books, music and other Greek items. And you can take tours of the congregation's beautiful church.
The church is at 2100 Boyer Ave. E. Just head east on E. Roanoke and keep going and you'll run right in to it.
Hours for the festival are noon to 9 p.m. today (Friday), 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
After the festival ends on Sunday, there will be an after party at Kristos Eastlake, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E. DJ Yanni will be mixing the beat and there will be drink specials. The event goes from 10 p.m. until late. Dress code will be enforced, they say.
The Dog Police are prowling Rogers Playfield around 6:00 PM citing owners for off-leash violations. Tickets were written the evenings of Wednesday Sept 22 and Thursday Sept 23.
UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Details about the project and an open house have been added.
A major reconstruction of the intersection of Fairview Avenue N. and Fairview Avenue E. came one step closer to realilzation Wednesday with the announcement of city funding for the project.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the Eastlake project will be among 11 city-wide constructed through the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project program. The Fairview intersection will receive $500,000 in voter-approved funds from the Bridging the Gap transportation levy. Total cost of the project is estimated at $750,000.
The intersection in question is at the point where Fairview North turns into Fairview East by the ZymoGenetics building (see map). According to the Seattle Department of Transportation web page on the project, Fairview East peels off of Fairview North at a 130 degree angle, causing traffic heading north to "take fast, sweeping right turns onto Fairview Ave. E. across a huge paved area. Motorists heading south on Fairview Ave N from Eastlake Ave also take fast, sweeping right turns onto Fairview Ave E across a huge paved area. Both turns endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike."
According to the SDOT website, the idea behind the intersection project is to somehow "square off" the corner so cars will be less inclined to make a high-speed exit to Fairview Avenue E. (See attached drawing for one idea of how the intersection might look after the project is completed.)
The SDOT site says that, as part of the project, the department would like to install a pathway that would connect the intersection with a pathway that goes past Lake Union Drydock and NOAA. The idea would be to provide sidewalks at the intersection and give pedestrians shorter crossing distances as well as fill a gap in the bike/pedestrian link between downtown and the University of Washington.
Tim Ahlers, Eastlake Community Council president, is on the advisory committee for the intersection. He says in an e-mail that the drawing on the SDOT site is only an idea at this point, not a formal plan. The committe had its first meeting last week and talked about goals and brainstormed about how to meet those goals, he says. SDOT plans for the intersection may be presented at the committee's next meeting.
A public open house on the project is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.
More about the project can be found on SDOT's website.
Get cookin'! The Eastlake Zoo's 33rd Annual Chili Cook-Off will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.
This is a great event with loads of tasty chili. And the customers are the judges! Proceeds from the event benefit Northwest Harvest.
Walt from the Zoo says the sign-up sheet is up at the bar. Just ask the bartender for the sheet. They're encouraging people to register early because they're expecting a record number of entrants this year. Several local businesses and clubs have indicated they will be entering.
It costs $15 to enter your chili recipe (one gallon minimum). Entrants get a chili tasting bowl and ballot. Or, if you're not the cooking type, pay $8 to get a tasting bowl and ballot. The first 15 paid entrants get an official Eastlake Zoo Chili Cook-Off t-shirt.
Entrants need to provide their own hot plate or crock pot to keep their chili warm. Vegetarian chili is welcome. Store-bought ingredients are welcome but store-bought chili is not.
For more of the cook-off rules, go to the Zoo's new website.
To get a taste of this event, check out our coverage from last year.
See you at the Zoo on Oct. 2!
It was a quiet week for crime in Eastlake, with three residential burglaries as the highlights:
For the complete map on SeattleCrime.com, click here.
The Eastlake Community Council met Wednesday evening and, among other items, set the date and time for its annual meeting. Candidates for ECC offices were also nominated at the meeting.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Seward School. Voting for officers takes place at the meeting.
ECC members in good standing will receive a ballot. Ballots can either be presented at the Oct. 5 meeting or dropped off at Lake Union Mail, 75 Louisa St.
If you aren't a member, you can join two ways:
UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Details on attendees from the City of Seattle have been updated.
The Eastlake Community Council will be sponsoring a community meeting on emergency preparedness, safety and graffiti control next week at Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the school's library.
Cecilia Grevson from the ECC's Emergency Preparedness and Safety Committee says that officials from the Seattle Police Department, including Terri Johnston, the crime prevention officer from the East precincts, will be attending. Other officials invited include those from the city's emergency preparedness department, the University of Washington Medical Center and the Harbor Patrol.
Grevson says the meeting will allow Eastlake residents to ask questions of the various officials as well as find out how to prepare their families to survive a natural disaster. You'll also learn how to register for city-sponsored disaster readiness classes....
The theft of four very expensive bicycles highlights this week's Eastlake crime report:
The big news in local biotech companies was last week's announcement that ZymoGenetics has been acquired Bristol-Meyers Squibb for $885 million.
ZymoGenetics has been the main occupant of the old Lake Union Steam Plant since the builidng was remodeled in the 1990s. And, as Luke Timmerman writes at Xconomy.com, many people are wondering what will happen to the staff and the building after the new owner takes over.
ZymoGenetics bought the building in 1993 and, Timmerman reports, spent $25 million to refurbish it. Later, the company sold it to Alexandria Real Estate Equities with an agreement to lease it for 15 years, a deal that was later extended another two years.
The question is what would happen if Bristol-Meyers Squibb decided to leave part or all of the building, Timmerman writes. The space isn't set up for multiple tenants and there aren't many biotech firms large enough to need the building. Nothing is certain right now, he writes, quoting a ZymoGenetics spokesperson:
UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. A video of Monica and Jason's seaplane ride has been added.
If you live in Eastlake on the shores of Lake Union, you know that not only is the lake a recreational body of water, it's also an airport of sorts.
Kenmore Air flies numerous flights ever day from their base at the south end of the lake. Their seaplanes race up the lake and take off over the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge. And, of course, the planes also land here.
If you've ever wondered what the view of the lake and neighborhood looks like from Kenmore Air's planes, Eastlake resident Monica Guzman has a photo. Monica and her husband, Jason Preston, returned from a weekend away on a Kenmore Air flight this evening. As they landed on the lake, Monica snapped a photo.
Check her post at Intersect.com to see her stunning image taken over I-5 and the University Bridge. Cool!
UPDATE TUESDAY: Monica added a YouTube video of her flight:
The Eastlake walking fish decorating contest was a fun part of the community celebration on Aug. 14 at Wards Cove.
Alas, several of the fish haven't been claimed by their owners. Kathleen Warren, Wards Cove's PR person, says they don't want to throw them out and they'd like to find all the fish good homes.
Creators would have first dibs on their fish. If they don't want them, then they're up for grabs.
To adopt a fish, call Joel Blair at Wards Cove at 206-323-3200.
The fish, an Eastlake icon, first appeared in the 1990s. They were a way to draw attention to the neighborhood's Lake Union shoreline and to help promote the creation of more water access.
Here are three traffic-related items that will affect Eastlake on Friday and Saturday:
A report of narcotics activity highlights this week’s Eastlake crime report:
UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 7: The Floating Homes Association reports on its Facebook page this evening that Sunday's tour is almost sold out. Better jump quick if you want those tickets!
Even if you don't live on an Eastlake houseboat, you've probably bragged about these unique abodes to your friends and wished you really were living on one.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, you can partly fulfill that fantasy by touring a dozen houseboats on the Eastlake and Westlake waterfronts during the 2010 Seattle Floating Homes Tour.
The tour is from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available from BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Or, you can purchase them in person at 220 Nickerson St. in Fremont (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday). If there are tickets left on Sunday, you can purchase them at the staging area at E. Newton St. and Fairview Ave. E.
Tickets include shuttle bus transportation from Eastlake to Westlake. You can also cross the lake on an electric boat. Free espresso and restrooms will be provided.
The tour is self-guiding. You will be walking up stairs and on slippery docks so wear good shoes, the Floating Homes Association advises. The tour goes on rain or shine.
Proceeds benefit the Floating Homes Association.
Highlights of this year's tour include:
Join Executive Chef Dylan Giordan for a delicious and educational afternoon in the kitchen. Chef Dylan will provide hands-on instruction and take you on a culinary adventure through Italy and the Mediterranean. Come with an empty belly and an eagerness to learn!
Grape Harvest in Umbria, October 2nd 1pm at Cicchetti
Grape harvest is a time anticipated all year long in Umbria, which is located in the heartland of Italy. Prepare and sample classic recipes using grapes and wine, as well asdishes traditionally served to the grape pickers themselves. No grape stomping required!
Autumn in Piemonte, November 6th1pm at Cicchetti
Autumn in Piemonte, Italy’s northwest corner, brings to mind the hearty, warming dishes the region is known for. Learn traditional recipes featuring regional Piemontese delicacies.
Italian Holiday Recipes, December 4th 1pm at Cicchetti
Italy’s holiday food traditions are as plentiful and unique as snowflakes themselves. Connect with your inner “Nonna” while learning...
Labor Day is Monday and many Eastlake businesses will be open. The list is below. At the bottom of the post is information on bus schedules and trash collection:
There's a holiday coming on Monday: Labor Day. Will your Eastlake business be open? What hours? Planning anything special for the holiday?
Let us know by putting a note in the comments below or e-mail me at curtmilton (at) comcast.net. I'll publish a list of who's open sometime this weekend.
Have a great holiday!
A rash of car prowls hit the Eastlake neighborhood in the last week. The details: