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Entries from May 2009

Peet’s opens in the Interbay

May 31st, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Peet’s Coffee and Tea finally opens at the Whole Foods complex on 15th Avenue West. Monday, June 1st at 5:00am marks the officially opening of this new coffee option for Queen Anne and Magnolia.

On Sunday afternoon, a group of Peet’s employees were working hard to get the placed spiffed up and ready for customers to start rolling in. 

Store manager Brian Doyle sees a great opportunity to catch morning commuters who need a convenient jolt of coffee or tea as they head to downtown Seattle. In addition, he is working to make this new location a popular place for community gatherings and meetings.

Brian also mentioned that Peet’s is known for having the freshest beans in the business. So if you happen to swing by and give them a try, let us know what you think.

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QA resident Josephine Cheng wins two EMMY Awards

May 31st, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Congratulations to Queen Anne resident Josephine Cheng for receiving two Emmy Awards at the 46th Annual Northwest EMMY Award presentation at the Snoqualmie Casino.  Both EMMY’s were received for her work as a writer/producer of The Golden Apple Awards aired on KCTS Television.

The Northwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences serves television professionals in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.

The Northwest Regional EMMY® Awards ceremonies highlight each year’s activities. Entries for awards are submitted in January and are judged by teams of broadcast professionals from other chapters.  The awards are then announced in June.  Along with the EMMY® Awards, the chapter provides our region’s professionals with seminars, programs, and networking.

Ms. Cheng is also the host of About the Money, which airs on KCTS.


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Update on the North & East Jail

May 29th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

We received an update from the City regarding the issue of the NEC Municipal Jail Projects and the upcoming environmental impact study (EIS).  Work on the EIS started in late 2008 with several meetings with the community asking for factors that should be taken into consideration.

The public scoping period ran from Dec. 18, 2008, through Jan. 30, 2009. Six EIS scoping meetings were held in January 2009. Based on the feedback received during the EIS Scoping period, the NEC will be adding the following items to the scope of the EIS: air quality; populations and housing; and an analysis of the possible impact of a jail on property values and public safety. 

These additions, along with the complexity of some of the analyses, have impacted the EIS schedule. The NEC now plans to release the Draft EIS in early December 2009, and hold Public Meetings in January 2010. The NEC plans to release the final EIS in the second quarter of 2010.

The EIS Scoping Summary and other materials are now available on the NEC Web site: 

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Lost backpack – can you help?

May 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

An email was received by a Queen Anne neighbor.  Can anyone help?

My car was broken into last night and my backpack (with all my school stuff) and my wallet were stolen out of the car on 9th Ave W on Queen Anne.  I am hoping that when they realized there was nothing (no laptop, etc) in the backpack, they dumped it in a trashcan or bush or something. It is a blue jansport backpack and a rainbow wallet. If anyone returns it to
me, I will offer a reward. Please, please do what you can! Thank you so much!

Email Cailey Marsh at if you have any information.

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Local legislators invite you to discuss the future

May 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Meet your state legislators in one fell swoop.  Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson and Rep. Reuven Carlyle will host a town hall meeting to provide an overview of the 2009 session and what future steps our state should take.

The town hall will be held Saturday, May 30th from 10am – Noon at the Seattle Labor Temple, Hall #8.

The legislators will use the time to talk about issues affecting the 36th District, the state revenue shortfall and the budgets that passed, and to take comments and questions from constituents.

The Labor Temple is located at 2800 1st Ave. There is parking available on the street and in the Ellington Building garage across the street with access on Broad Street. The garage pass code is *013636#.

The building is on the following bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 4 from Queen Anne


QA Community Center closure next week

May 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Queen Anne community center will be closed from Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 5, 2009. This closure is necessary to accommodate the replacement of old electrical equipment.

Parks and Recreation has an ongoing capital program to fund replacement of electrical systems in aging Parks buildings.  The project began approximately a month ago with the installation of a new conduit, wire, and panel boxes in the basement of the building. Once power is shut down to the facility, the new equipment will be wired, tested, and inspected for proper installation.

The facility will reopen for business on Saturday, June 6.

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Bookstore moving to lower Queen Anne

May 28th, 2009 by Cory Bergman

After seven years in Ballard, Abraxus Books is telling customers that they’re planning to move to lower Queen Anne.

An employee tells our sister site,, that the store will be moving to 524 1st Ave N at the beginning of next month, although the owner says that no date has been set.


Yogalife’s weekly Prenatal Yoga classes begin

May 26th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

On June 1, 2009, 12:00-1:30 pm, prenatal classes at Yogalife will begin.  They teach poses that help reduce the pain and tension experienced in pregnancy while simultaneously preparing the body and mind for childbirth.  The practice will focus on postures safe for pregnancy and will also help build strength to support the growth and changes occurring in the body. Additionally you will find  support and community created through practicing with other expecting mothers.  This class is open to those with a steady practice or those who are new to yoga.  For experienced practitioners this will be a great place to learn modifications to bring to your personal practice. This class is suitable for women from their first trimester all the way through their third trimester.

The class will be held every Monday at our Queen Anne studio located at 8 Boston Ave. (upstairs above Orrapin). The class is part of our regular schedule of classes so all of our regular rates and new member specials apply. To find out more please visit our website at or call 206-529-0581.


Maintenance work this week on the Fremont Bridge

May 25th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Because so many people in Queen Anne use the Fremont Bridge please be aware that SDOT’s Bridge Maintenance crews plan to close lanes and sidewalks on the Fremont Bridge while they replace traffic gates. In each case, pedestrians and bicycles will be detoured to the sidewalk on the opposite side of the bridge. 

The closure schedule:  

Wednesday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northbound right lane and eastern sidewalk 
Thursday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Southbound right lane and western sidewalk 
Tuesday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northbound right lane and eastern sidewalk
Wednesday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Southbound right lane and western sidewalk

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Jim Henson’s Fantastic World premieres this weekend at EMP

May 23rd, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World will open at Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) in Seattle Saturday, May 23, 2009

EMP|SFM is proud to be the West Coast premiere venue for this highly anticipated exhibition. It will remain on view through Sunday, August 16, 2009. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily and admission to the entire building, including Jim Henson’s Fantastic World special exhibition is $12-$15, children under 5 are free.

Weekend events include, puppet-making workshops, film screenings, a Muppet sing-along, and “Punch and Judy” performances. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Without “fences” to limit where his imagination could roam, Jim Henson (1936-1990)—artist, puppeteer, film director and producer—created elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, environments and even languages and cultures. His work is enjoyed in dozens of languages in more than 100 countries. Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and The Jim Henson Legacy, offers a rare peek into the imagination and creative genius of this multitalented innovator and creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and other beloved characters.

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Queen Anne Chamber receives grant to improve business district

May 22nd, 2009 by Miss Kitty

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, and 21 other neighborhood business associations, received city grants today to help small businesses thrive. The grants can be used for business district promotion and physical improvement projects.

Queen Anne received $6,000 from the Department of Economic Development.  This was announced with a “big check” presented at the Thursday, Chamber luncheon. According to Chamber Executive Director Jill Arnow, “These funds will be used to develop a unified brand for the uptown business district.”

“Our business districts are the economic engines that provide jobs and create the unique character in our neighborhoods across Seattle,” Mayor Nickels said, according to the press release. ”This is one more way the city continues to invest in our local business districts, joining neighborhood chambers and merchants associations to support Seattle’s small businesses.”

A total of $128,384 in grants were awarded this morning at Columbia City Theatre. Nearby, the Greater Phinneywood Chamber of Commerce received a $5,000 grant, and the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce received $2,600.

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What’s closed at the county today

May 22nd, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Friday is the fourth of King County’s 10 unpaid furlough days to save money, and most county offices will be closed.

Metro buses will run on a regular schedule, but the Customer Information Office and phone line (206-553-3000) will be closed. Riders should use the online Trip Planner instead.

King County Solid Waste disposal and recycling facilities will be open, but administrative offices will be closed.

The remaining King County Furlough Days are: Friday, June 19; Mnday, July 6; Friday, Sept. 4; Monday, Oct. 12; Wednesday, Nov. 25; and Thursday, Dec. 24.

For a complete list of county facilities and their furlough-related open or closed status, click here.

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