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One northbound lane on Aurora to remain closed for up to two weeks

November 23rd, 2014 by Laura

Aurora SPU closureThis past week, Seattle Public Utilities closed one lane in each direction of Aurora Ave N between Ward and Comstock streets to fix a sewer line. Traffic backed up every day during the morning and evening commutes – sometimes as far north as Woodland Park Zoo.

Crews expected to complete work this past Friday, but ran into a snag when they discovered a collapsed section of pipe. According to SPU, the sewer line appears to be over 50% blocked causing sewage overflows – so while the reduced lane access is impacting the rush hour commutes, it needs to be fixed before sewage backs up into surrounding homes and buildings.

Going forward, there is some relief as all southbound lanes will be open during the day. However, one northbound lane will remain closed 24 hours/day until the sewer line is fixed, which can take up to two weeks. Additional night-time closures (after 7pm) are likely throughout the repair process and may also impact southbound traffic.

Note: Google maps image highlights southbound by default, but it’s the northbound direction that will have a round-the-clock lane closure until the sewer line is repaired.

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Aggressive raccoon attacked woman and her dog on Queen Anne this week

November 22nd, 2014 by Laura

There are raccoons all over Queen Anne, and usually we coexist peacefully. However, raccoon attacks can happen, and they can be vicious – and one particularly aggressive raccoon attacked a resident and her dog Thursday evening.

A few years ago we had several reports of aggressive raccoons – one attacked a woman walking her dog at 10pm, attacked a dog in a yard.

Raccoon Attack mapIn this week’s incident, a Queen Anne resident and her dog were attacked on an evening walk around 9:45pm. She fought it off, but it bit her leg and she’s now undergoing a series of rabies vaccinations. The attack happened on 5th Ave W between Garfield and Blaine. According to the victim:

“I was walking my dog on 5th Ave West and a very large raccoon came charging out of a yard and starting attacking me and my dog. Despite multiple kicks to the animal, and screaming and running, it continued to attack me. I was bitten in my upper thigh and was finally able to get away after a neighbor came out and helped scare it away. I am now going through the rabies vaccine series.”

She reported the attack to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Animal Control and the City of Seattle with no response. Since this attack was uprovoked and the raccoon may strike again, this is a good heads up for the neighborhood.

Raccoon attacks can happen anywhere in the neigborhood, and most typically happen when it’s dark outside – which is right now roughly 4:30pm to 7:30am. Per this article, cats most often steer clear of raccoons, but raccoon attacks on dogs usually results in a fight.

Here are tips from the Washington Department of Wildlife:

  • If a raccoon ever approaches too closely, make yourself appear larger: stand up if sitting, shout, and wave your arms. If necessary, throw stones or send the raccoon off with a dousing of water from a hose or bucket.
  • If a raccoon continues to act aggressively or strangely (circling, staggering as if drunk or disoriented, or shows unnatural tameness) it may be sick or injured – call Wildlife Rehabilitators and Wildlife Rehabilitation or the WDFW Regional Office. (note, the victim above called, but no response)
  • If aggressive raccoons are routinely seen in your area, prepare your children for a possible encounter. Explain what they should do if one approaches them. By shouting a set phrase such as “Go away raccoon!” when they encounter one, instead of a general scream, children will inform nearby adults of the raccoon’s presence.
  • If a raccoon finds its way into your house, stay calm, close surrounding interior doors, leave the room, and let the animal find its way back out through the open door, window, or pet door. If necessary, gently use a broom to corral the raccoon outside. (Do not corner a raccoon, thereby forcing it to defend itself.)
Stay safe as our masked residents roam about the neighborhood, and check your yards before letting dogs out at night or in the early morning (I’ve often flipped on the lights to find a group of raccoons practically throwing a party in my backyard – and unlike a bar at closing time, I can’t make them leave until they’re ready).

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Traffic Alert: 15th Ave W closed Saturday night

November 21st, 2014 by Laura

SDOT will be closing all lanes of 15th Ave W between W Dravus and W Emerson Streets starting tomorrow, Saturday, November 22nd at 9pm. The road will reopen on Sunday, November 23rd at 7am.

The closure is required to complete work on the West Emerson Overpass Repair Project. Here are the details from SDOT:

  • Both north- and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will have a signed detour route between W Dravus and W Emerson streets that uses West Dravus, 20th Ave W, Gilman Ave W and W Emerson.
  • On-street parking will be restricted on 14th Ave West between W Dravus and W Emerson streets between 8pm Saturday and 8am Sunday.
  • Local access to businesses on 15th Ave W between W Dravus and W Ruffner streets will be maintained .
  • Police officers will be stationed at the intersections of 15th Ave W with W Dravus St and W Emerson St to help direct the flow of traffic during the closure.

The overnight closure is needed to safely remove exterior falsework that is supporting temporary work platforms on the bridge. A single overnight closure will best ensure the safety of the public and workers while minimizing risks to the schedule.

If you’re headed to Interbay, Magnolia, or Ballard, plan ahead for an alternate route. See below for closure-related detours:

15th Ave W closure

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Mud Bay Adoption Center opens Saturday with adoption event and grand opening celebration

November 21st, 2014 by Laura

Mud Bay inviteOur local Queen Anne Mud Bay location is taking steps to help adoptable pets find new forever homes with its new Mud Bay Adoption Center. The first of its kind at any Mud Bay, the center will be welcomed not only by the community, but also by the pets that find homes!

Mud Bay adoptable dog 1Mud Bay has partnered with the Seattle Animal Shelter for its new Adoption Center, and it’ll host an Adoption Event with SAS from 11am to 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) featuring cats, dogs, and critters. All pets pictured in this post are adoptable!

The Adoption Center has been built into the Mud Bay Uptown store and has the following features:
Mud Bay adoptable dog 2

  • It is fully equipped to make it easier for shelters, rescues and/or foster organizations to simply bring the pets to the center.
  • It’s fully supported by Mud Bay and cared for by our staff allowing the center users to completely focus on the animals care.
  • There’s comfortable space for potential adopters to get to know animals and have additional conversations about harder to adopt animals or animals with special needs.

Mud Bay adoptable catTo kick off the happy opening, Mud Bay is throwing an Open House tomorrow, Saturday, November 22 from 4pm to 6pm. Cats, dogs, and critters looking for homes will be there, and Mud Bay will host fun events to celebrate. The shop promises “good food, exciting raffles, a fun photo booth, and a community shelter fundraiser” – and, 10% of all Uptown store sales on Saturday will be donated to local shelters.

Join Mud Bay tomorrow for either the Adoption Event (11am-2pm) or the Grand Opening Celebration (4pm-6pm) at 522 Queen Anne Ave. N.

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Washington is now #1 in property crime

November 21st, 2014 by Laura

QA Crime WatchWe probably could have guessed this statistic, but now we have data from the FBI that proves it. Washington leads the nation in property crime.

According to a Seattle Times article:

“Property crime elsewhere in the country dropped, but new FBI crime statistics show that Washington leapt from third in 2012 to first in 2013 thanks in part to a 6 percent jump in car thefts. The trend demands changes on the ground and in state sentencing policy.”

You can read the full article here. If you experience property crime of any time, be sure to report it to SPD. For many crimes such as car prowls and thefts of items valued below $500, you can report them online.

As a victim of property crime overnight last night, I can attest that the online reporting tool isn’t the most user-friendly – but persevere so our Queen Anne stats can hit the database… even if there’s not much being done about them (yet?).

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Maple

November 21st, 2014 by Laura

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Muffin & Flash (bonded pair of guinea pigs) – adopted!
Oso (lively Chihuahua mix) – available for adoption
Pooky & Duke (fun pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Puma (beautiful grey kitty) – available for adoption, great new picshere
Chinchillas – Pascale & Ariana (bonded pair of females) – adopted! 


Maple 2014-11-20 1Meet Maple the Magnificent!

Hello! I’m Maple the Magnificent. Magnificent because I have it all: brains, athleticism, loyalty, and affection to give. Can you give me what I need in return? I’d love an active family, perhaps one that jogs (I’m an excellent jogger!) but with a relatively peaceful home life.

Maple 2014-11-20 3A fenced yard in a quieter neighborhood would be great, but I can be flexible. I need my family to help me grow my confidence, and once we bond, which happens pretty quickly, the sky’s the limit to what we can accomplish together.

I’m a young, female, shepherd mix. I’m spayed, house trained and up to date on my shots. I may be happy living with a calm, neutral dog, or I could be your only dog.

Maple 2014-11-20 2My forever family should be adept at reading dog body language, and be ready to love and train me into the next, happy chapter in my life.

Maple (SAS ID #14-17524) is currently at the Seattle Animal Shelter but will hopefully move to a foster home soon. Dog Adoption Applications are available in the Shelter lobby, or you may download the application and bring it with you to the Shelter or follow the directions to submit it via email or fax. If you have general questions about this dog – or want to know if she is still at the Shelter –you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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Popular Holiday Sample Sale returns to Queen Anne tomorrow

November 20th, 2014 by Laura

Sample sale figurinesBack in 2012 we featured a Holiday Sample Sale on Queen Anne hosted by a group of product designers. It was a bit hit, and we had readers asking about it last year, but, alas, there was no 2013 sale.

Well, it’s back this year and the sale starts tomorrow (Friday) and runs through the weekend. If you’re looking for holiday decorations and want to help out a good cause, plan to head to this popular sale.

Sample Sale ballsWhat can you find at the sale? A wide variety of holiday decorations and ornaments. Product designers collect a variety of product samples throughout the year, many of them brand-new and perfect for holiday décor – lighted yard characters, ornaments, nativities, Santas, elves, snowmen, angels, candle holders, reindeer, wreaths, and more. If it’s Christmas-y, they probably have it!

The proceeds from this year’s Sample Sale will go to the Global Visions Fund to help build an orphanage in Tanzania. The new orphanage will house children who are currently living in very poor conditions.

Sample Sale shelvesHere are the days/times for this year’s sale – note, they will be replenishing the stock daily.

  • Friday, Nov 21, 8:30am to 3:30pm
  • Saturday, Nov 22, 9am to 3pm
  • Sunday, Nov 23, 10am to 1pm

The sale will be held at 1114 8th Ave West. The house is most easily accessible via 10th Ave West or West Olympic Place, the house is on the uphill side of the street. Please do not park in the driveway.

Photos in this post are items available starting tomorrow. You can see additional photos of available items online. All sales are final and “as is” and please, no early birds.

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Sponsor a tree and help light up Queen Anne Ave N this holiday season

November 20th, 2014 by Laura

Holiday tree WolfWe posted on the tree lights along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne last Sunday. The lights are all strung, but some trees and blocks aren’t on. If you stroll along Queen Anne Ave N, you’ll notice that the lights in front of Safeway and The Towne are dark. There are other smaller dark spots between Galer and McGraw too.

As we mentioned in our post, the Upper Queen Anne Merchants help pay for the lights. Each tree runs about $200 for the duration of the season, from mid-November through the first of the new year. Not all of our small business owners can afford to light the tree in front of their business, and each year that number (sadly) grows. Plus, it seems not all businesses are on board with the tree lighting [editor’s note: Safeway and Trader Joe’s are not small businesses, but their trees are dark - why aren't they on? You might want to ask next time you shop there, and let us know what you find out.].

Tree your name hereHere’s where you can help. To light the trees this year, the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is asking for donations. What do you get for your money? A lit tree and a laminated sign with your name on said tree. You can also get creative, one family has a note from Santa to their little girl on a tree – just keep the message family-friendly, and voila!

Some businesses have their names on trees, and if you’d like to have your “name in lights” you can sponsor a tree for $200. Or, pool together funds from your neighbors, book groups, or community organizations, and sponsor a tree – just  $10-20 a house/apartment can add up quickly!

The Chamber hopes that sponsoring the trees will help raise awareness of the tree funding and get the community involved.

If you’d like to sponsor a tree, click here or call 206.412.5802.

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Midday attempted carjacking and robbery on Lower Queen Anne

November 19th, 2014 by Laura

QA Crime WatchThe PI has reported on an attempted carjacking just after noon on Tuesday. There were two related 911 calls (neither has hit the SPD map yet) about a 30-year old man who first yelled at an employee at a W. Mercer St business, then tried to rob and carjack a man.

In the end, police arrested the man. He was booked him into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and a probation violation.

Here’s an excerpt from the Seattle PI click here to read the full article.

Man pummeled during attempted carjacking in Lower Queen Anne
Seattle PI
Posted on November 19, 2014 | By 

Someone called 911 about 12:34 p.m. to report a man screaming at an employee at a business on West Mercer Street, telling the employee to call 911 and then running off, Seattle police reports say.

Four minutes later, another 911 caller reported a robbery in the 500 block of Queen Anne Avenue North involving a man matching the description of the person reported earlier.

Upon arriving at the scene, a man screamed about needing medical assistance and yelled that the responding cops were not real officers — and then he declined medical assistance, according to reports.

The alleged victim told police he was seated in his vehicle with the engine running when a man opened his driver side door, police say. The man screamed that he needed his car to go to the hospital and the man in the vehicle offered to call 911 for him.

The man reached into the car and grabbed the car keys and an ice scraper, yelling at the occupant to get out of the car or he would kill him, reports indicate, adding that he had a gun.

When the occupant in the vehicle refused to leave his car, the man punched him in the face and on his left arm, also striking the vehicle several times.

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Queen Anne Historical Society hosts a free talk on Queen Anne apartments this Thursday

November 18th, 2014 by Laura

Narada Apartments

Narada Apartments,
photo courtesy of Queen Anne Historical Society

Walking around Queen Anne you can spot all shapes and sizes of apartment buildings – big, small, brick, or wood – some prominently featured along main arterials, others tucked into quiet spots in the neighborhood. If you’ve ever been intrigued by these various apartment buildings, this Thursday’s event is the Queen Anne Historical Society meeting for you.

QAHS is hosting a free talk at 7pm this Thursday, November 20th, entitled “Apartment Buildings and their Changing Impacts on Neighborhood Character” by Mimi Sheridan. According to QAHS, Sheridan’s master’s thesis is the “go-to source of information about the apartment buildings on Queen Anne’s south slope” – and she’s considered one of the most well-regarded preservation historians in Seattle. Plus, the event is free and light refreshments will be served.

QA Masonic Lodge

The meeting venue is also of note – it’ll be held at the historic Queen Anne Masonic Lodge #242 at 1608 4th Ave W.

One of the first buildings on Queen Anne, the structure dates back to c. 1905. It hasn’t always been a Masonic Lodge. As a former telephone exchange, the site hosted telephone operators who helped connect Queen Anne residents via the new-fangled technology of the day.

Clubhouse Interior

The Clubhouse Interior
Photo courtesy of The Clubhouse

The Masonic Lodge has undergone a rebranding as it opened its doors for events. “The Clubhouse on Queen Anne” can be rented for events, even providing catering and alcohol service for your events. The photos on its web site showcase a rich-but-cozy interior that you wouldn’t guess existed from the pale blue exterior.

Learn more about the apartments that contribute to Queen Anne’s character this Thursday and step back in time, all are welcome!

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Mercer Alert: Emergency repair will reduce Mercer westbound to one lane this evening

November 18th, 2014 by Laura

Mercer Water RepairJust in from SDOT – plan ahead as traffic is sure to back up with only one westbound Mercer lane this evening. Still pending a start-time from SDOT, but if it’s during rush hour, it’ll be bad. (UPDATE: closure has already started, per SDOT)

Note: you can pretty much completely ignore the 1 minute travel estimate on the map…

Emergency lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street this evening

SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers that westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Sixth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North this  evening, Tuesday, Nov. 18, due to a leaking water main in the roadway. One lane on westbound Mercer Street will remain open at all times. Eastbound Mercer Street will be unaffected.

Please use alternate routes where possible and expect traffic delays.

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New Queen Anne shop Vian Hunter features vintage clothing and more

November 17th, 2014 by Laura

This past weekend, while walking around the Queen Anne business district, a new shop caught my eye. Just around the corner from The Towne at 6 W Howe St is the new location for Vian Hunter House of Fashion

VianHunter windowFormerly located in Madison Valley, Vian Hunter has found a home on Queen Anne. Owned by Lisa Vian Hunter, the shop features vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, plus new clothes and a wide range of accessories. You can check out a sample of their wares on their Facebook page or web site.

The store just opened this past Saturday, and Lisa says they’re “excited about being in the Queen Anne neighborhood”. The shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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