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FOUND DOG: Young Pit Bull-Lab mix near 5th Ave N & Newton

December 19th, 2014 by Laura

Found Dog 121914A pit bull/chocolate lab mix was found near 5th Ave N and Newton St. The person who found him took him to the vet to be scanned for a chip, but while he’s chipped, he’s not registered.

He has a blue bandana and camouflague collar, but he has no tags.

At the vet, he weighed in at 42 pounds and was estimated to be 4-5 months old.

If you have any information on this dog or his owner, contact Kevin at 253-217-2400 or Kelsey at 253-886-1779.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Baldwin & Fiona – plus, Holiday Promotion extended!

December 19th, 2014 by Laura

On Fridays [this week, it’s Saturday due to Thanksgiving] 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.

Seattle Animal Shelter “Home for the Holidays” Promotion extended to December 31st!

The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation is pleased to offer a Home for the Holidays promotion. Until December 31st, the adoption fee for most animals over 6 months old will be reduced to only $15, plus applicable licensing fee. Some exclusions apply, such as exotic birds. You can see all our adoptable pets here. Plus, check out these past Pet-of-the-Week dogs and cats, many are still available:

Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Pumpkin (orange tabby kitty) – available for adoption
Pooky & Duke (fun pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Beignet (Terrier mix) – adopted!


Meet Baldwin & Fiona!
SAS FionaBaldwin (English Spot mix) and Fiona (chocolate lop) were found straying in the Roosevelt district of Seattle. They are a happy and and active pair who are looking for an (indoor-only) forever home where they’ll have plenty of space to play and get lots of love and attention.

These two are an outgoing pair, and will make a wonderful addition to the right family. Baldwin and Fiona are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.

SAS BaldwinMore About House Rabbits:
House rabbits need a large, rabbit-proofed **indoor** area of your home to live in, with covered areas to hide and relax in. Rabbits are intelligent and social animals; they do best with a rabbit companion, and need daily interaction with their human friends. Rabbits should be fed high-quality hay pellets, unlimited hay, and fresh leafy greens. (Leaf lettuce, carrot tops, parsley, cilantro, and pesticide-free dandelion are good choices.) Treats include small portions of carrot or fruit, such as apple, berries, pear, grape, or banana.

Your rabbit will need regular nail trims and vet checks. With proper care and lots of love, rabbits can live to be 10-12 years old. You are expected to make a lifetime commitment to your bunnies, and they should be treated as an integral part of the family. The primary caregiver must be a responsible adult, and young children should always be supervised when interacting with your bunny and instructed on proper approach and handling. Household cats or dogs should, of course, also be carefully supervised at all times and introduced in a calm and quiet manner.

Baldwin and Fiona (SAS ID #14-23433-1 & 2) are at the Shelter – come on down to meet them and their bunny friends! Please note, the Shelter will be closed on December 25th.

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Mercer westbound down to one lane today until 4:30pm, plus other closures planned next week

December 19th, 2014 by Laura

Mercer Corridor Project logoRemember the good news about the West Emerson Overpass opening early? Well, here’s the other side of the coin, but it’s a well-worn side that we’re all accustomed to… Mercer Street.

Emergency pavement work on Mercer Street has all but one lane of westbound Mercer closed today, Friday, between 8th Ave N and 99/Aurora – and that closure has been extended to 4:30pm. It was scheduled to open at 3pm, but it’ll now have rush-hour traffic pinched down to one lane through 4:3opm.

Plus, other Mercer lane closures are planned for early next week and Taylor Ave N is closed until SDOT can complete work at the Mercer intersection.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Emergency lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street today:
The scheduled lane restrictions for westbound Mercer Street which typically last until 3 p.m., will be extended to 4:30 p.m. today for emergency pavement repairs. Westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Eighth Avenue North and SR 99. Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

Daytime lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street, December 22 and 23:
Westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Dexter Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North on Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This lane restriction is necessary to accommodate concrete pours. One lane will remain open at all times. Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

Taylor Avenue N:
Please note northbound Taylor Avenue North will remain closed until further notice to accommodate sidewalk and electrical work. Full closures of Taylor Avenue North at Mercer Street will occur as needed and will be announced in advance.

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West Emerson Overpass work finishes early and opens later today

December 19th, 2014 by Laura

W Emerson Overpass SDOTThe West Emerson Overpass repair project was scheduled to keep the exit off 15th closed through the new year. However, crews have completed the work early and the overpass opens later today after rush hour.

According to SDOT:

“This is the first major repair to the bridge since it first opened in 1959. In less than three months construction crews have successfully installed a new bridge girder, repaved the entire bridge deck, poured new sidewalks and curbs, installed new bridge expansion joints, and performed other repairs to the surrounding sidewalks and roads.”

Some weather-dependent work remains on tap for the West Emerson Overpass area. SDOC will be installing permanent striping when the weather allows in the new year. SDOT says this work won’t require another full closure, just some lane restrictions.

Starting tonight, you can expect the detour traffic routes to improve and the route on/off Queen Anne to be open again.

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Local pizzeria Domani hit by burglars over the weekend

December 18th, 2014 by Laura

Domani mainOn November 24th, both Menchie’s and Pizza Hut were hit by burglars the same night. This past Sunday night, we received an email from the owner of Domani Pizzeria, letting us know that the restaurant was burglarized on Saturday night around 3am.

The suspects entered through the front door after prying off the inset part of the deadbolt lock. Domani is at 1515 Queen Anne Ave N, and the front door is very visible from the street. According to the SPD report, the suspects “rummaged through much of the business and apparently spent quite some time doing so.”

Domani doorDomani has surveillance cameras so SPD has the footage that shows two male suspects, each wearing hoodies with the hoods up, hiding any distinctive descriptive details. The footage also showed that one suspect had a flashlight and both suspects wore gloves.

The burglars took cash, blank checks, and both credit and debit cards. According to SPD, they went through two levels of the business, the main restaurant and the basement office – “the suspects went through many drawers and such, so it was unknown what else the suspects stole.”

A reminder that burglars are not just targeting residences, so if you see suspicious activity at local businesses, call 911.

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Shop local on Queen Anne this holiday season and help out others too

December 14th, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne Boston SantaOur recent post about Communique closing in the new year generated a lot of comments on Facebook and on the blog. A theme definitely emerged – shop local so independent shops stay on Queen Anne.

Now, while some of the most recent business closures are due to owners retiring, there are still empty storefronts on Queen Anne. If Queen Anne is known for supporting small, independent businesses, hopefully these locations will have a better chance of filling up with unique shops.

Help keep our local Queen Anne businesses going strong by shopping in the neighborhood. Our merchants not only help create the character of Queen Anne, but they also give back to the community.

And, while you’re out shopping on Queen Anne, here are some businesses can help you give back this holiday season:

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot, 2100 Queen Anne Ave N (Safeway north parking lot)
A holiday giving list wouldn’t be complete without the tree lot that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. Open through December 21st or until they run out of trees!

Laurie Swanson Massage, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, #210
Raffle to win a package of 5-60 min. massages. $5 per entry. Enter as many times as you like throughout December.  Proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline. Let’s help our neighbors in need! Drawing will take place 1/2/15 and winner will be notified by email.

Pharmaca, 1990 Queen Anne Ave N
Pharmaca is partnering with Solid Ground this Holiday Season, through December 24th. The goal of Solid Ground is to end poverty in the Seattle Area. Customers can purchase a gift bag ($10-$25) containing essential toiletries or baby items which Pharmaca will donate on the customer’s behalf.

If you know of a business that has a giving tree or something similar, just let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Happy Holidays!

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Beignet

December 13th, 2014 by Laura

On Fridays [again, we're posting on Saturday this go-around] 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.

Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Pumpkin (orange tabby kitty) – available for adoption
Pooky & Duke (fun pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Maple (shepherd mix) – adopted!


Meet Beignet!

Beignet SPS 1Hi! My legal name is Beignet, but I’ve been going by Gremy at my foster home. My foster parents think I’m about 2 years old. I’ve had a rough start in life but I’m ready for a fresh beginning at my forever home.

I’m a small dog with a big dog attitude. I LOVE to cuddle and be petted; belly rubs are amazing once I get to know you a little bit. Your lap is my absolute favorite place to be.

I like to exercise some, but a few short walks a day more than do the trick! Smash balls are my FAVORITE! They fit in my mouth just right and they are really hard to destroy so I can chew on them indefinitely.

Beignet SPS 2I’ve been learning lots of things at my foster home and I would love to get some more training with my new human. Especially when there are treats involved, because I’ll gladly work for them.

I already know how to go potty outside, I don’t pull on the leash, I come and sit on command most of the time, and I like car rides. I’m working on getting comfortable around strangers and new dogs and I’m doing really well.

I even had a buddy over for Thanksgiving and we had a great time! Check out our video by clicking on this still-shot here:

Beignet video

I would love a calm home without small children where I can continue to work on my manners and learn some cool tricks. If you think I could be your buddy, please apply to meet me today!

Beignet is being adored in a foster home. If you would like to meet her, you must first submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting via email or fax. Or you may pick up an application at the Shelter. If you have general questions about this dog, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at (206) 386-4294.

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Communique closing in March after 27 years on Queen Anne

December 12th, 2014 by Laura

Communique closingA reader sent in a tip earlier this week about a “for lease” sign that went up on Queen Anne Ave N.

Turns out local card, gift, and toy shop Communique is closing up shop after 27 years of business on Queen Anne.

Communique windowThe shop has been in the current location at 2215 Queen Anne Ave N since 1993. The owners are planning to close in March, when the lease is up on the spot. They’ll be moving on to new and hopefully exciting adventures.

Until the end of March, you can still get cards, gifts, toys – plus, Nutcrackers for the holiday season – at Communique. Stop by and wish them well!

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UPDATE: FOUND Chocolate Lab on Upper Queen Anne

December 12th, 2014 by Laura

Gus lost dogUPDATE: Gus has been found! Thank you!

Gus is an escape artist. Not long ago, he got out of his yard from his new Queen Anne home, and he’s done it again.

Last time, he was quickly found thanks to our tweet and Facebook posting. Before he went missing this morning, Gus was last seen near 5th Ave W and W Raye St.

Keep your eyes peeled for this chocolate lab. If you spot Gus or find him, please call or text 919.270.2146.

Let’s hope Gus is found as quickly as last time.

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Help out furry friends and join a Lower Kinnear Off Leash Area work party this Saturday

December 9th, 2014 by Laura

Lower Kinnear Dog Park dog and ballDo you and your pup use the Lower Kinnear Park Off Leash Area? Or, do you just like having the option for a dog park on Queen Anne? Well, if you answered yes, here’s how you can give back: join a Lower Kinnear Dog Park Work Party this Saturday, December 13th.

The Work Party kicks off at 10am and runs through 1pm. Tools will be provided and snacks too! You can park at a dedicated parking lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at the end of W. Mercer Street. (Enter from 904 Elliott Ave W).

While it’s a dog park clean-up, it’s not a dog-friendly event. Dogs must be left at home during the Work Party. It’s humans-only until 1pm, when you can head home, fetch your furry friend, and return to a spruced up Off Leash Area.

RSVPs are not necessary, just show up and help out! Woof!

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Woman fights off attacker Friday night near Queen Anne Ave N & Aloha

December 8th, 2014 by Laura

QA Crime WatchWe received a reader tip about a woman who was attacked at 6pm this past Friday, December 5th. The SPD report hit the map with the time (6pm) and location (Aloha & Queen Anne Ave N) of the incident.

For those not aware, many SPD reports are often brief and cover only the basics on the crime. The reports with narratives are more insightful as they provide details on what happened and any witness accounts.

In lieu of a narrative from SPD, here’s the account from the victim’s neighbor:

“My neighbor was heading from our shared parking lot to our shared downstairs laundry area (accessible from the backside of our complex), and a man came up from the bushes behind her (accessible from Aloha and between Queen Anne Ave N & 1st Ave W), put his arms around her head and waist. She fought her way free, and he held his finger up to his mouth in a “shh” gesture.

She started yelling at him, and chased him across Queen Anne Ave N and Aloha, where he ran into a wooden-fenced garbage disposal area. The victim called police, and they found the man hiding in the garbage collection area.

He was arrested after being positively identified by the witness, and assault charges are pending.”

A few things of note: the assault occurred at 6pm (it may be dark at 6pm, but it’s not late at night, the victim was able to fight her attacker off and reported it right away, and the attacker was caught and arrested by SPD. Stay aware of your surroundings and call 911 if your see suspicious activity or a crime in progress.

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Community meeting on Interagency Recovery School is this Wednesday at John Hay

December 7th, 2014 by Laura

SPS Recovery School tweetSeattle Public Schools is hosting a community meeting on the Interagency Recovery School this Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30pm-7:30pm. The school is slated to move into the old Queen Anne High School Gym at Galer St and 2nd Ave N, across from John Hay Elementary.

The meeting will be held in the John Hay Elementary cafeteria at 201 Garfield St and is open to John Hay families, staff, and Queen Anne neighbors. (if you received a rescheduled location notice, ignore it – the meeting is back at John Hay)

QA High GymThe Queen Anne High School Gym has been remodeled for the Interagency Recovery School. It was originally scheduled for a November opening, but SPS now estimates that the school will open in the space in early 2015.

The first notice the community received was via this blog. We were tipped to the activity at the old gym by a reader, and upon our inquiry, Seattle Public Schools issued a statement on the school. Now the community has its chance to ask questions about the school and the Interagency Academy Program.

Here’s Wednesday’s agenda:

  • 6:30-6:40pm – Welcome/Introductions and Opening Remarks
  • 6:40-7:15pm – Questions from the audience
  • 7:15-7:30pm – Individual time with staff members

Since the time for the meeting is limited, with only 35 minutes for Q&A, it is advised that attendees read the FAQ that SPS has put together on the Interagency Recovery School. It addresses 61 questions that SPS has received from the community. Due to its length, we aren’t re-publishing the FAQ here – go to this site to read it in its entirety.

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