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Entries from October 2008

SPU honors Neil Callahan

October 31st, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Neil Callahan was involved with Queen Anne soccer for many years as a coach and the president of the Queen Anne Soccer Club and the 13,000-memberSeattle Youth Soccer Association.  

His enthusiasm and dedication to youth soccer was never more evident than when he founded the spring soccer program in Seattle.  People never imagined that he could successfully develop this program which now regularly enrolls 3,000 players each spring.

Tragically Neil passed away from a heart attack last December at the age of 55. Seattle Pacific University is honoring Neil Callahan with a presentation to his family at halftime of the SPU v. Cal State LA game on Saturday, November 1st beginning at 7:00 pm.  A raffle is being held to raise funds for the Neil Callahan Scholarship Fund.  Contributions to the Neil Callahan Scholarship Fund can be made online.

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Halloween events on Queen Anne

October 30th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Giant Pumpkin at the Metropolitan Market
Trick-or-treating in Queen Anne: Take your kids (12 years or younger) trick-or-treating along Queen Anne Avenue on Oct. 31st from 4-6 pm.  This is a much anticipated tradition in the neighborhood.

Fall Carnival :Come to the Queen Anne Community Center.  Bring your kids to a safe place to Trick or Treat on Friday, October 31st at 8 pm. Games, face painting, and lots of goodies. Costumes are optional but encouraged!

Halloweeen Howl at the Paragon: Once again it is time to exhume the costumes and bring back to life the horror, the terror, the fantastic fun that is Paragon’s Halloween Howl! Come in costume and partake of; Potent Paragon Punch (not for panzys)!! Scary Movies on the big screen!! Psychic Readings!! INSTANT photo magic!! It will be all the mayhem and madness of a Paragon party!  October 31 from 8 pm to 2 am.

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Keep those storm drains clear

October 30th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Winter is on its way.  That means rain, fallen leaves, and clogged storm drains.  The City of Seattle is asking residents to help keep storm drains clear of leaves and other debris to avoid flooding problems. Fall and winter weather often clogs drains quickly, leading to water backups on some roads.

City crews recently inspected 78,000 storm drains around the city and cleaned one-third of them. The city is asking residents to join their Adopt-a-Drain program to keep them clear year-round (200 volunteers have signed up to maintain 800 storm drains since last year). Join up and you’ll get free leaf pickup, plus everything you need to keep drains clear: gloves, bags, rakes, brooms, safety vests and shovels.    

Sign up here or call 206-684-7647.


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3 arrested in assault of police officer

October 30th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

During the evening of October 28th, the West Precinct Anti-Crime Team attempted to serve four felony warrants for assaulting a police officer (the original incident occurred in September of 2008).  They located two male suspects in the 300 block of W. Blaine St and placed them under arrest.  They then located a third female suspect in the 2500 block of 5th Avenue W and arrested her, as well.  The fourth suspect, also female, is still at large. This information is provided to us by the new online Seattle Police blotter.

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Peso’s settles lawsuit with Matador

October 29th, 2008 by Cory Bergman

A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit between Peso’s on lower Queen Anne and Matador. The lawsuit claimed that the owner of Matador, who is a former bartender at Peso’s, stole the restaurant concept and profited.

The settlement requires a change in the menu and an overhaul in the decor. Daniel Woo, the attorney for Peso’s, tells the Ballard News Tribune that the sconces must come down as well as the ceiling tiles at the Market St. location. The votive candles need to go and any “Day of the Dead” decor is banned. There is also a monetary settlement that Woo says could be more than $100,000.

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Car Stolen on Queen Anne

October 28th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

A reader has asked us to be on the look out for a 1997 Honda Accord,  tan-colored, stolen from Fulton and 1st Ave. Tuesday afternoon.  If you have information, please contact David B at  Bummer!

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Funny Halloween Photos

October 27th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Don’t leave those beers too close to the pumpkins!  A wild and crazy reader, Stephanie, sent us this hilarious Halloween photo.  (She actually got this from her dad.)  Send your funny photo to 

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Queen Anne Dispatch Throws Appreciation Party for All

October 27th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

The Queen Anne Dispatch, located at the top of Queen Anne at 2212 Queen Anne Ave N, is holding an open house.

Says Kevin, We wanted to invite you and the local community to our Friends and Family event on November 7th.  It is our way of saying thank you to the neighborhood for such wonderful support every year.

Queen Anne Dispatch offers a variety of services including maing, faxing, copying, shipping and receiving, and more.  Take advantage of their services and buy local!

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Traffic signal work on Elliott Ave this week

October 27th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

The Seattle Department of Transportation will be working on the traffic signal system on Elliott Avenue West this week.  With the paving work completed, the crews are now working on signal detection and timing on the intersections at Mercer Street, Harrison Street and Western. 

The traffic signals at each intersection will be turned off and traffic will be directed by a police officer. They may also close the curb lane in the work area. Expect traffic revisions between 7a.m. to 5p.m.  The city says the signal improvements are designed to optimize traffic flow in the Elliott Avenue West corridor. 

Also remember that enforcement of the “BAT” lane rules is planned along the corridor when this work is completed. 


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Seattle Neighborhood Summit Wants You!

October 26th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

The City Neighborhood Council (CNC) is hosting the Seattle Neighborhood Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 28.  Express your ideas and meet with others who care about Seattle and its neighborhoods. Download  .pdf flyer information.

Light supper available throughout. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. with informal networking with other volunteers and with City officials, and the program begins at 6. First on the agenda is a keynote address by the Mayor. Then your choice from fourteen focus groups, repeated twice. The summit ends with a City Council panel interacting with issues and questions from the focus groups.

Can’t come? Send your ideas or questions to the City Neighborhood Council, c/o Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle 98124-4649 or (206) 322-5463. CNC is a Seattle advisory committee, made up of one representative from each of the thirteen district councils, which are also advisory committees. Free parking, for this event only, is available after 5 p.m. in the commuter lot under I-5 just north of Cherry Street (must enter southbound on 6th Avenue–left turn just before Cherry). 

Below is the program:

5:15 Informal networking with other volunteers and with City officials
6:00 Welcome and introductions
6:10 Keynote by Mayor
6:30 First breakout session (see list of focus groups)
7:15 Second breakout session (same focus group topics repeated)
8:00 City Councilmember panel responds to issues and questions from the focus groups
9:00 Adjourn

The topics of the focus groups are as follows:

(1) Advocacy, community-building, communications, and inclusiveness
(2) Open, participatory, and ethical government
(3) Safety from fire, crime, and disaster
(4) Neighborhood economic development
(5) Neighborhood-friendly utilities
(6) Parks, trees, and community centers
(7) Human, health and housing services
(8) Zoning, land use, design, and planning
(9) Youth and schools
(10) Libraries, the arts, cultural heritage, and historic preservation
(11) Roads, crossings, and sidewalks
(12) Transit and bicycling
(13) Pollution, noise, and public health
(14) Anything missing? This group’s for topics not covered above

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Halloween Tips for Pets

October 26th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a fun time for adults and children alike. But it can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets.  Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan offers the following tips to keep Halloween from being a fright for pets and trick-or-treaters:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Watch out for the ‘lethal wagging tails’ or curious kittens near lit pumpkins or 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.

For more information, check the website of the Seattle Animal Shelter:

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Ballmer working to bring NBA team to KeyArena

October 25th, 2008 by Cory Bergman

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is leading a new effort to remodel KeyArena and bring another NBA team to Seattle as soon as 2010, reports the Seattle PI. “It should be noncontroversial, because it’s a city-only tax that already exists and will not be an increase,” said Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis. He said that the city would not spend the $300 million in renovations until a NBA team is committed to move here. The plan needs approval from the legislature.

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