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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,...
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 email@example.com.
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...
Police reports in Eastlake this week include a restaurant burglary, two stolen vehicles, numerous mischief complaints and more:
June 27: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:09 p.m.
June 27: Trespass, 2900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 4:04 p.m.
June 27: Disturbance, Fairview E. and E. Roanoke, 8:03 p.m.
June 27: Noise disturbance, 2500 block of Minor E., 11:17 p.m.
June 28: Burglary, forced, non-residential, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., occurred between 2 and 5 a.m.: A safe in a restaurant was broken in to overnight. Approximately $5,500 was taken, according to an SPD report. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else appeared to be disturbed or taken.
June 28: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:49 a.m.
June 28: Theft, miscellaneous, Eastlake E. and Fairview N., 8:42 p.m.
June 29: Mischief, nuisance complaints, Franklin E. and E. Garfield, 11:28 p.m.
June 30: Disturbance, 2800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 6:27 p.m.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times reports that the murder victim whose body parts were found under the Ship Canal Bridge is Donald S. Meyer, a 53-year-old Ballard man. ______________
The Seattle Police Department is reporting this morning that body parts found under the Ship Canal Bridge in December belong to a murder victim discovered last July.
According to the SPD, DNA tests confirm that the body parts found in the 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E. on the morning of Dec. 10, 2011, belong to a 53-year-old man whose torso was discovered at a recycling plant in Georgetown in July, 2011.
The SPD Blotter quotes Seattle Police Department Homicide Unit Lieutenant Steve Wilske as saying:
“We’ve been able to link the two sets of remains. They are from the same person.”
The case is still being investigated, Lt. Wilske is quoted as saying, adding that detectives believe it was "not a random act."
Three volunteers from Heroes for the Homeless were checking the hillside on the morning of Dec. 10 when a volunteer stepped on a plastic bag containing a human leg.
Police reports for Eastlake this week include several burglaries:
March 28: Fire, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:41 a.m.
March 28: Trespass, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:15 a.m.
March 29: Burglary, forced, non-residential, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:15 a.m.: A person who lives above a tavern on this block heard a window being broken. She stepped onto a balcony and saw a suspect running south on Eastlake carrying a flatscreen TV from the tavern. The suspect was described as a black male 5' 8.5-11", 200 pounds, shaved head, wearing a blue or black sweatshirt that had white stitching around the collar. He also had on faded baggy blue jeans and snekaers. Another witness saw the same thing. A K9 unit was called and tracked the suspect westbound onto E. Lynn and possibly in the alley west of the 2300 block of Eastlake E. The suspect was not apprehended.
March 29: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:46 p.m.: An unknown suspect entered the parking...
Police reports in Eastlake this week include the theft of two cars, two burglaries and more:
March 14: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., sometime between 6 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.: Officers talked to a resident of an apartment building who said the lock on his storage area had been taken and it appears several items are missing. Two bikes, two snowboards and other winter equipment were taken. A manager at the builiding said there have been other thefts in the storage lockers.
March 14: Theft from a building, 3300 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 4 p.m.
March 15: Narcotics, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 4:05 a.m.
March 15: Auto theft, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:02 p.m.
March 15: Property damage, non-residential, 2600 block of Boylston E., 7:59 p.m.
March 15: Disturbance, 2000 block of Franklin Ave. E., 8:35 p.m.
March 15: Accident investigation, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:57 p.m.
March 15: Auto theft, 2800 block of Boylston Ave. E., 11 p.m.
Police reports in Eastlake for the past week include the theft of two vehicles, a burglary at a local business and more:
Feb. 28: Liquor violation, 1600 block of Fairview E., 9:45 a.m.
Feb. 28: Vehicle theft, 2100 block of Franklin E., 12:50 p.m.
March 1: Liquor violation, 2300 block of Eastlake, 3:50 p.m.
March 2: Car prowl, 3300 block of Fuhrman E., 5 a.m.
March 2: Vehicle theft, 1900 block of Fairview E., 11:13 a.m.
March 2: License plate theft, Yale E. and E. Lynn, 4 p.m.
March 2: Burglary, no force, business, 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 6:15 p.m.: A business on the block was broken in to overnight. Items were taken off a boat at the business and a security camera was stolen. Items stolen from the boat include two flat-screen TVs, two high-end sound systems and a DVD player. A wooden tool shed was broken in to and six to eight marine power cords were stolen.
March 3: Fight, disturbance, Fairview E. and E. Garfield, 2:01 a.m.
March 3: Disturbance, 2500 block of Yale E., 2:32 a.m.