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Keep Halloween happy by making sure pets are safe

October 31st, 2014 by Laura

Henry QACC dogHappy Halloween! In addition to watching out for trick-or-treaters as they traverse our neigbhorhood, pet owners should be vigilant about Halloween candy and pets. Most people are aware of the danger of chocolate to dogs, but since our four-legged friends often eat whatever they can get their paws on, take note that sugar-free items are not necessarily safe.

We had a reader write in to let us know of the sad passing of their Pug – he ate a small amount of xylitol. While often labeled as “not for pets”, this sugar substitute is toxic in dogs. According to VCA Animal Hospitals (which includes our own Queen Anne Animal Clinic), “xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.”

Xylitol is found in sugar-free gum, candies, breath mints, baked goods, cough syrup, children’s chewable vitamins, mouthwash, and toothpaste. As a warning to other pet owners, regardless of the sugary holiday that’s upon us, be sure to keep chocolate and sweets away from pets.

To keep pets safe tonight, check out these tips from Seattle Animal Shelter:

  • Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween. There are too many stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen or even killed pets on this night.
  • When going out trick-or-treating, leave your pets at home. Pets can be easily excited by the Halloween activity.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Store treats in a high cabinet secured with a lock or child-safety latch.
  • Watch out for the ‘lethal wagging tails’ or curious kittens near lit pumpkins and other flames. Pets can knock them over and cause a fire or burn injuries to your pet and people.
  • Don’t dress your animals in costumes unless you know they love it. If you do dress them up, be careful not to obstruct their vision as even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.
  • Keep your dog(s) in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours, as too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog. If you are having an indoor party, keep pets in a room where they won’t be disturbed or frightened by costumes.
  • Make certain your pet is wearing a pet license in case your cat or dog darts out through an open door.

If your pet escapes tonigh, we can post your “lost pet” notice. Just be sure to include:

  • pet’s name
  • pet’s description – the more detailed the better (not just the breed – a description)
  • pet’s photo – now’s the time to take a pet “mug shot” for missing flyers
  • your contact info – how you want people to contact you
  • where last seen – cross-streets (e.g. near Boston St and 1st Ave N)
  • for street names, note if streets are W or N streets (e.g. 2nd Ave W)
  • relevant info on pet’s behavior (e.g. “skittish of people”, “loves other dogs”)

Let’s keep Queen Anne pets safe tonight and all year!

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Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital coming soon to Uptown/Lower Queen Anne

October 30th, 2014 by Laura

We’ve had quite a few readers write in about the new vet clinic that’s under construction next to the Chase Bank at 20 Mercer St (former Easy Street Records spot). Thanks to everyone who’s sent in tips, here’s the scoop on the new business set to move into Lower Queen Anne/Uptown.

Mercer Street VetMercer Street Veterinary Hospital will be opening soon to serve Queen Anne and Uptown pets. It now has a web site with info on the practice and a red “coming soon” at the top of the page, so you can check out the practice’s vets and services online.

Almost a month ago, we contacted Madison Street Animal Hospital, one of the vet clinics in the practice, about the new location. At the time, they were still obtaining permits and in the midst of construction. Fast forward to today, and they have a tentative opening date of January 5th.

Mercer St Vet mapAccording to our contact at Madison Street Animal Hospital, the new practice will be a small animal practice, similar to their current locations on Madison Street and in Kirkland. The vets on staff will see cats, dogs, rabbits, and “pocket pets” – the latter two will be vet-specific, meaning that certain vets in the practice will specialize in these somewhat unique pets.

The new hospital will also offer discounted services to senior citizens and pre-approved local area rescue groups. Plus, the clinic will provide emergency services, with a veterinarian and staff on duty 7 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle urgent care situations.

The new clinic will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, plan on stopping by in the January timeframe and checking out the services they’ll be offering our local pets!

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Volunteer today to help clean up the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt

October 28th, 2014 by Laura

Green Seattle 2014It’s definitely Fall, and that means clean up – not only in yards and gardens, but also in our local greenbelts. Green Seattle Day gives residents a chance to help clean up, plant native plants, and learn about our natural spaces.

Green Seattle Day is coming to the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt November 8th, a week from Saturday. It’s a community event that needs volunteers to succeed. All you need to do is register online and show up next Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Maclean Park GreenbeltPlan to wear long sleeves and sturdy shoes, and bring water and lunch/snacks to keep your energy up! Garden tools and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Also, dress for our Fall weather and wear waterproof boots if you want to work in the wetland area. 

There’s plenty of free street parking near the park entrance at MacLean Park, located at Taylor Ave N & Newton St. RSVP today and plan on helping out one of our natural green spaces next Saturday!

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Seattle Center School student arrested for bringing Molotov cocktail to school

October 27th, 2014 by Laura

SPDEarlier today, a 16 year old student at the Seattle Center School brought a Molotov cocktail to the school. The Seattle Public Schools high school is located in the Seattle Center Armory building, so the Armory was evacuated. Students were released around 11am.

The suspect in the Molotov cocktail incident has been arrested by SPD:

Police Arrest Student for Bringing Incendiary Device to Center School
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Police arrested a 16-year-old and took him into custody Monday morning after getting a tip the student had brought an incendiary device to the Center School at Seattle Center. The school was evacuated as a precaution. There are no suspects outstanding.

Officers are with the students evacuated from the school. Police continue to investigate the incident.


The Seattle Center Armory building re-opened shortly before 11 AM. School officials canceled classes at the Center School for the day.

Detectives are still investigating the incident, but plan to book the 16-year-old suspect into the King County Youth Service Center for possession of an incendiary device.

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UPDATE: LOST DOG: French Bulldog-Chihuahua mix lost near Queen Anne Library

October 26th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: Oli has been found! Thanks to all who looked for him!


Last night’s windstorm spooked this poor foster dog – contact info below is you see him:

Lost Dog OliOli got scared in the storm last night and ran off. He was last seen near Queen Anne library at W Blaine St and 5th Ave W on Saturday 10/25 at 11:10pm.

He is a fawn and white French bulldog chihuahua mix, male, weighs 17 lbs, 2 years old. Please check under decks, sheds, etc as he might be scared and hiding.

Please call/text with any sightings or info 206-228-9849 or 910-988-5281. Please share! Thanks!

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Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday; intersection updates and guest Sally Bagshaw

October 26th, 2014 by Laura

QA Greenways LogoThe regular monthly meeting of Queen Anne Greenways is set for this Tuesday at the Queen Anne Library meeting room, 6:30pm-7:45pm.

The meeting is open to all, and this month’s agenda has something for everyone, including special guest Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

- Sign in and Introductions (10 minutes)
- Report on the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways day-long retreat (10 minutes)
- Update on 7th Ave W and W McGraw St (10 minutes)
- Update & discussion on 7-way stop (15 minutes)
- Priorities for 2014-15 (e.g. Bicycle Sunday on top of the hill) (15 minutes)
- Conversation with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (15 minutes)
- Adjourn 7:45pm

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Sage & Willow

October 24th, 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.

Pooky & Duke (bonded pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Puma (beautiful grey kitty) – available for adoption
Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption
Chinchillas – two available for adoption


Sage Willow 2014-10-23 1Meet Sage and Willow!

Willow and Sage are a sweet pair of petite female rats, who were found abandoned outside of the animal shelter. Willow is very friendly, while Sage is a bit on the wary side and protective of Willow. With regular socialization, these girls will be very rewarding pets. Willow and Sage are a bonded pair and must adopted together.

Rats make amazing pets. They require a large cage with plenty of materials to make nests with (paper, old socks, tissues, etc.) and a couple of hideaways to make them in. Cardboard boxes with entry ways cut into them make excellent rat houses. Your pet rats will also need plenty of room to climb and explore.

Sage Willow 2014-10-23 2Rats are highly intelligent and social animals; they do best with a rat buddy or two, and will need daily interaction with their human companions, as well as toys and activities to keep them busy. Rats are charming and engaging animals, and they make rewarding pets.

You’ll need to feed your rats high-quality rat/rodent blocks, supplemented daily with healthy fresh foods (greens, peas, corn, tofu, non-dairy yogurt, fruit, pulses, oats and other whole grains are good choices.). Your rats should always have access to fresh water. With love and care, rats live 2-3 years.

Sage and Willow (SAS ID #14-20883-7 & 8) are at the Seattle Animal Shelter – come on down and meet them!

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Trick-or-treating on Queen Anne Ave is on for Halloween

October 22nd, 2014 by Laura

QA Halloween 2013Halloween is a little over a week away, but fear not, the Upper Queen Anne merchants along Queen Anne Ave N are planning their annual trick-or-treating event! Just as in years past, the fun is slated for 3pm to 6pm on Halloween.

Participating merchants along Queen Anne Ave N between McGraw St and Galer St will be handing out candy next Friday, October 31st.

It’s always a fun event for kids and costume-watchers – last year, there were some really cool costumes:

Halloween Minions 2013

According to Zillow, Seattle ranks #8 for trick-or-treating cities, and Queen Anne is #4 for Seattle neighborhoods. So, get your kiddos ready and help make Queen Anne come alive with ghosts, goblins, and creative costumes!

Keep in mind that this year Halloween falls on a Friday night. The merchants are asking people to avoid driving on Queen Anne Ave N, and there’ll be crossing guards for the costumed crowds. However, we may see some guests from out-of-the-neighborhood for Friday night dinners out – so stay safe and Happy Halloween!

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Two Seattle Center buildings approved for historic landmark status

October 21st, 2014 by Laura

International Fountain MOHAI

International Fountain Pavilion, photo courtesy of MOHAI

The Seattle City Council has approved the historic designation of the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms and International Fountain Pavilion. Both buildings were designed by architect Paul Thiry for the 1962 World’s Fair.

These two newest Seattle Center landmark buildings join others such as the Space Needle, the Seattle Center House (aka the Armory), and the Monorail. A complete overview of the Seattle Center campus and the buildings that are either landmarks or pending landmark status is available as a pdf.

Northwest Rooms Ken Prichard

Northwest Rooms, photo courtesy of Ken Prichard

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of over 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels.

You can learn more about landmark designation and also search the full list of city landmarks online.

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Queen Anne’s newest Little Free Library is kid-friendly and number 22 on the map

October 20th, 2014 by Laura

It’s been a while since I spotted a new Little Free Library, but on a dismal Sunday after the Seahawks’ loss, a colorful LFL caught my eye. Unless I’ve missed an LFL – which is possible since much of September I was out-of-commission – this LFL is number 22 for Queen Anne.

Located on 1st Ave N at Lynn St, you can’t miss the cheery multi-colored LFL.

LFL 1st Ave N

This particular LFL is billed as a “Kids Edition” and is sponsored by Queen Anne Kids Preschool. In addition to being well-stocked with books, the newest LFL has children’s literary characters such as Curious George and Maisy Mouse adorning the sides and top of the box.

LFL 1st Ave N sign

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a LFL that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 22 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

LFL Map 102014

Also, I’ve noticed that several of our Queen Anne Little Free Libraries are running low on books. If you have books that need a home, consider dropping them off at a LFL. (If you have kids’ books, the Howe St LFL seems really low on supply.)

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Seattle Pacific University to host Tent City 3 beginning in January

October 18th, 2014 by Laura

SPU Tent CityLast month, Seattle Pacific University filed a Land Use Application for hosting a homeless encampment on SPU grounds for up to six months (January – June). The school has now officially announced that it will host Tent City 3 from January 10th through March 7th.

The school has hosted tent cities in the past, most recently hosting Tent City 3 at Wallace Field in 2012.

SPU Tent City mapBeginning in January, Tent City 3 returns to SPU, taking up residence for three months in SPU’s Tiffany Loop (the lawn on 3rd Ave W).

Tent City 3 will be at the Tiffany Loop from January 10th through March 7th, 2015. Since the location provides less privacy than Wallace Field, a privacy-screen fence will be erected around the camp.

According to SPU:

“Hosting Tent City 3 is a concrete manifestation of Seattle Pacific University’s mission of engaging the culture and changing the world. Through this experience the SPU community has a unique opportunity to care for — and learn from — our neighbor. Tent City 3 will return to SPU in January, 2015.”

Tent City 3 will have 24/7 security and quiet hours of 9am to 8pm. TC3 is a self-managed community with strict rules including no violence or drug use. The community is made up of a maximum of 100 residents including single men, single women, and couples.

SPU is also providing a series of community education events that are open to the public, including films, talks, and discussions:

October 22: Film Screening: Invisible Young, 7pm, First Free Methodist Church
November 13: Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
November 20: Affordable Housing. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
December 2: Film Screening.  Without a Home. 7:00pm, Emerson Hall
January 8: How to talk to people experiencing homelessness, 7pm, Weter Lounge
January 22: Public Policy and Homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
January 27: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
February 4: “Beyond the One Night Count” advocacy training,  7:00-8:30pm, SUB Collegium
February 12: Youth and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
February 17: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
March 5: “What we learned” Debriefing and next steps. 7:00 PM, SUB Gazebo Room

More information on the upcoming Tent City 3 at SPU is available via a FAQ on SPU’s web site. If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, contact SPU via email.

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Traffic Alert: Aurora/99 closure this weekend and Mercer work update

October 17th, 2014 by Laura

Several traffic alerts this weekend, and into next week:

  • Parts of 99 will be closed for semiannual Viaduct inspection, Oct 17-19
  • Northbound 5th Ave N restricted to one lane; Dexter restricted to one lane in each direction, Oct 17-18
  • Phish (sold-out, 18,000) at Key Arena, Oct 18
  • Mercer Street westbound lane closure, Oct 21-22Taylor Avenue North closed at Mercer, Oct 21-22

Here are the details:

99 Viaduct Inspection Closure, Friday Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 19
- Portions of SR 99 will be closed as part of the semiannual inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

5th Ave N and Dexter lane restrictions, Friday, Oct 17 – Saturday, Oct 18
- Northbound 5th Ave N will be restricted to one lane between Republican and Roy streets from Friday, Oct. 17, at 8pm through Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8am for utility work
- Dexter Ave N will be restricted to one lane in each direction also between Roy and Mercer streets, from Friday, Oct. 17, at 8pm through Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8am
- Bicyclists on Dexter Avenue North will merge with vehicular traffic.
- Night work is anticipated to be noisy in the surrounding area.

Mercer and Taylor restrictions, Tuesday, Oct 21 – Wednesday, Oct 22
- Westbound lane restriction on Mercer St from Dexter Ave N to 5th Ave N; Taylor Ave North will be fully closed at Mercer Street
- Westbound Mercer St will be restricted to one lane between Dexter Ave N and 5th Ave N from Oct 21 at 5am through Oct 22 at 5am
- Taylor Ave North will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer streets as crews pave a portion of the roadway
- Turns to and from Mercer St at Taylor Ave N will be prohibited
- Travelers from Queen Anne should use 5th Ave N to access Mercer
- Morning and evening travel times will be affected; please plan ahead and use alternate routes when possible.

Following this work, Taylor Ave N will continue to be restricted to southbound travel only through October as crews complete additional roadway paving. Travelers headed for the Queen Anne neighborhood from westbound Mercer Street should use 5th Ave N.

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