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Entries from November 2009

Make sustainable holiday decor at Discovery Park

November 30th, 2009 by Thea

Our sister site, Magnolia Voice, wrote about a sustainable holiday decoration workshop at the Discovery Park  Environmental Learning Center this weekend, and although I know we’re not in Magnolia, I thought some Queen Anne residents might be interested in partaking.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 participants will be able to create wreaths, garlands and sprays out of non-native, invasive plants – like English ivy, Scot’s broom, and holly – that were removed from Discovery Park. The Environmental Learning Center will provide basic materials, but decoration-makers are invited to bring their own ribbon, cones and decorative additions.

The cost is $20 per person and $16 for each additional person in a party. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance to make sure you have a spot using course code #45620.

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QA Home Tour & Holiday Boutique raises money for Queen Anne Helpline & St. Anne School

November 30th, 2009 by Thea

The 8th bi-annual Queen Anne Home Tour and Holiday Boutique is this weekend, and there’s still time to get tickets and enjoy the most beautiful homes on the hill, all while raising money for the Queen Anne Helpline and St. Anne School and Parish.

Queen Anne Home Tour / Holiday Boutique

This year the tour features seven homes – including one recently featured in Sunset Magazine – “highlighting an exclusive combination of noteworthy old-world architecture and stately new construction, with impressive city views, stylish décor and elegant design,” according to the website.

For the ticket price tour goers will get a tour booklet, map of the houses and a route stop at the Holiday Boutique, which features over 40 local vendors – everything from jewelry, clothing, antiques, art and food – and sustenance from Caffe Appassionato, all to benefit St. Anne School and Parish and Queen Anne Helpline, which has been providing social services to Queen Anne and the greater Seattle community since 1982. Patrons will have four hours to view houses on the tour at their own pace and in the order they prefer.

“The St. Anne community and Queen Anne Helpline are compassionate neighborhood groups that work on a variety of assistance programs for those in need. This festive event provides a rare opportunity for the Seattle community to view breathtaking homes and buy unique gifts with purpose,” said Mary Pat Iaci, Development Program Coordinator.

The Holiday Boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 6 at Banchero Hall at the St. Anne School, located at 101 W Lee St. Admission is included with a Home Tour ticket, or with the donation of a warm blanket or monetary gift for Queen Anne Helpline.

The Queen Anne Home Tour will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for senior and $30 day of). They can be purchased at Ken’s Market, located at 2400 6th Ave W, or online here. Download the Holiday Boutique vendor catalog here (.pdf).

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1, 2, 3 Thai places on Nickerson

November 30th, 2009 by Thea

Thai lovers in Queen Anne only have to venture as far as Nickerson St. to be in cuisine heaven. The short strip from SPU to the Fremont Bridge is now home to – count them – one, two, three Thai food spots!

Kaosamai Thai Cart

Those who work, study and play on the north side of the hill have probably been to – or at least noticed – Kaosamai, the Thai food truck that hangs out at the Shell mini mart at 3 West Nickerson from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday.

Thai Fusion

They’ve been the Nickerson old-timer for a while now, and were recently joined by Thai Fusion, which opened at 15 Nickerson St. on October 23. I’ve been to both (I feel now is the time to tell you Thai is one of my all time favorite cuisines), and they’re both great. Kaosamai is affordable and delicious, especially if you’re on the go. Thai Fusion is a fancier spot to enjoy – as the name says – great fusion by candlelight.

1-2-3 Thai

And now there’s a new Thai rookie on the block, 1-2-3 Thai, which opened this last Saturday, November 28 at 101 Nickerson St., right next to Tully’s. I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet, but one reader is already a huge fan – she and her husband have been to the family’s two other locations in Port Townsend and Oak Harbor and can’t get enough. K. Kennell wrote,

I am vegetarian and they’ve always had plentiful selections of non meat dishes…I would recommend anyone try it…I am hungry just thinking about it.

K. Kennell also snapped a few pictures of the inside, which can be seen here.

So now Nickerson has gone from mobile Thai, to Thai heaven. Whether or not all three will be able to sustain themselves alongside the competition is another question.

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SPD’s tips for staying safe during the holidays

November 30th, 2009 by Thea

Now that Thanksgiving weekend has passed, the holiday season has officially kicked off! And with the spike in shopping comes an expected spike in crime, so the Seattle Police Department is offering these tips for personal safety and crime prevention during the holidays. Their pointers include everything from safety precautions to take while shopping and using automated teller machines, to how to prevent car prowls, a sight we’ve seen on the hill quite frequently these days. SPD holiday safety tips:

• When you exit or enter your parked vehicle, take a moment to look around the area.
• Turn off and lock your car whenever you have to walk away from it. This includes at gas pumps, ATM machines, etc. Never leave your car idling.
• Before leaving your parked car, always remove the keys, roll up the windows and lock the car.
• Leave No Valuables in Your Car. Never leave valuables in your car. Items of little or no value to you still look inviting to a thief. Even pocket change is enough of an enticement for some thieves.
• If you must leave valuables in your car (say you’re out shopping and still have some stops to make), make sure that nothing of value is within plain view. Place items in your car trunk out of sight. Do this when you get to your car, rather than waiting until you park at your next stop.  Often, people will arrive at their destination and then put items in the trunk. They’ve just shown anyone who may be around that they just put valuables in the trunk and then walked away from their vehicles. So, if you are going to put something in your trunk, place it in before you get to your destination so you don’t show everyone that you’ve just put valuables in your trunk.
• Don’t leave accessories visible in your car. You may have taken the Laptop or IPod in with you, but if you leave the USB cables for your laptop or earbuds for the IPod in the back seat, the offender may think those items are in the car and break in anyway.
• Think about how the GPS is mounted in your car. If the mounting for the GPS is visible, the thief may think the GPS is in the glove box or under the seat and may break in to try to get it.  Have removable mounting for the GPS and put that out of sight as well.
• If possible, store your car in a closed and locked garage. Make a habit of locking your garage door and car doors.
• If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night.
• If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space even if it means adding additional street/yard lighting & trimming back trees/bushes that block your view of your vehicle.
• If you park in a paid lot, use lots that have attendants.
• Consider replacing the light fixture closest to your car with a motion detector unit. Motion detectors are a good psychological deterrents since the normal assumption of a person seeing a light come on is that someone has seen them. Additionally, the light makes the prowler or thief more visible.
• You may want to consider an alarm system for the car. An alarm will not prevent anyone from gaining entry or damaging the car, but the noise of the alarm will draw attention to the car and therefore to the thief. Additionally, many alarm systems have a blinking red light mounted on the dash. That visible indicator may be a deterrent to would be thieves.

• Take a friend along when doing holiday shopping. Using the buddy system reduces your chances of being a victim of robbery.
• When paying by cash, only take out the amount needed and keep the remainder out of view.  It’s always a good idea to carry minimal amounts of cash, regardless of the time of year.
• Always maintain positive Control over your items. Don’t tempt a thief by leaving your purse, wallet or packages unattended. It only takes a second to grab them.
• Beware of strangers who bump, shove or get too close. Pickpockets may use these diversions to lift your wallet.
• Be cautious of those you don’t know who offer to carry bags and packages for you. Depending on where you shop, store personnel or mall security may offer assistance in carrying packages to your car or escorting you to your vehicle.
• If you have to return to your car to store purchases, place them in the trunk out of sight. Do this when you get to your car, rather than waiting until you park at your next stop. Gifts and other valuables should never be left in clear view.
• Before returning to your car, make sure you’re not over-burdened with packages. Have your car keys in hand to avoid “searching” for them when you reach your car.

• Only take out the amount you need, rather than the maximum you can get.
• Don’t walk away from the cash machine counting your money. That’s an invitation to someone who may not have the best of intentions in mind.
• Secure your money and your bankcard or credit card back in your wallet or pocket before leaving the ATM.
• Beware of strangers hanging around the ATM. Wait until they leave, or consider using an alternate cash machine. You should report suspicious people to bank personnel, mall security and/or police.
• Using the ATM inside a major grocery store might be a better alternative to using one on the street, especially during hours of darkness.
• Always keep your PIN number separate from your bank and/or credit card.

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Police eye Queen Anne address for Lakewood police shooting suspect

November 29th, 2009 by Cory Bergman

One of the previous addresses for the man suspected of killing four Lakewood police officers is a home or apartment in Queen Anne. The Seattle Times reports that Seattle Police officers are planning — or have by now — searched the address. In the meantime, officers surrounded a home in Leschi on Sunday night where they believe Maurice Clemmons may have been dropped off. We’ll keep you updated.

Update: Clemmons was not inside the Leschi home.

Update 8:24 a.m. 11/30: The Seattle Times is reporting that UW has put out a warning to its students, saying Clemmons may be in the University District area. According to a university police spokesman, a witness saw Clemmons getting off a bus near campus.

Update 12:02 p.m.: Our sister site, Phinneywood, says reports that Clemmons has been spotted at 74th and Corliss in Greenwood.

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Two suspects in robbery Saturday night at large

November 29th, 2009 by Thea

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, Seattle Police Officers responded to robbery on Aurora. The victim, a male who walks slowly and with a cane, said he was walking northbound on the west sidewalk of the 1500 block of Aurora Ave N at around 10:30 p.m. when two suspects approached him from behind. According to the report, the victim said he heard two voices immediately behind him on the sidewalk, before one male suspect put what he presumed to be a gun on his back and the other male suspect removed cash from his pockets. The suspects then reportedly fled on foot and still remain at large. The victim was not injured.

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Two days, 2,500 pies

November 28th, 2009 by Thea

When Alyssa Lewis and her husband Patrick opened the Seattle Pie Company in Magnolia in mid-July, they had no idea it would take off the way it has in just a few short months.

Alyssa Lewis & Patrick, Seattle Pie Company

By August Seattle Weekly had renamed the neighborhood “Pie City.” By November the new neighborhood business struck a big deal with Metropolitan Market, providing pies for their six Seattle-area locations. And now they’re so busy, they’re expanding into a 1,000 square foot retail space next door to accommodate their fast-growing success. In four months they went from baking an estimated 30 pies a day, to a few hundred.

Seattle Pie Company

So when Thanksgiving rolled around, the folks at Seattle Pie Company knew they were in for some late nights. In fact, Alyssa, Patrick, and a rotation of employees and family members (Patrick’s older brother Darren came from Port Orchard to help with the holiday rush), spent the days leading up to Thanksgiving baking pies. All night long.

Seattle Pie Company

At 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26, the crew was still hard at work filling all the holiday pie orders. “We’ve been here all night the last two nights,” Patrick said. “We’re like Navy seals.” And in 48 hours, the little pie company that could baked over 2,000 personal pie orders and 500 for the Metropolitan Markets.

Seattle Pie Company

Stacked to one side of the shop, against the windows, were boxes neatly arranged and labeled with various pies – pecan, cherry, strawberry rhubarb, marionberry, banana creme, chocolate creme, apple crumb, apple marionberry crumb, and of course, pumpkin. Every few minutes another pie-buyer would walk in and happily collect their order.

Seattle Pie Company

And beyond filling the thousands of orders they had, the Seattle Pie Company also made a couple hundred extra pumpkin pies for the last minute emergency customers. And even those flew off the shelves fast. Around 10:30 a woman walked in with her daughter, looking for an extra pumpkin pie (theirs had met a tragic end in their kitchen), taking home one of the last available.

Seattle Pie Company

“We tell people to come back at noon in case a couple people don’t pick theirs up,” Patrick said. And after two days of hard work, the crew at the Seattle Pie Company packed up around 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and went home to enjoy their own holiday celebrations – catching up on some much-deserved sleep and ordering Chinese food. “If I learned one thing, it’s that people love pie,” Darren said. “Make pie and they will come.”

KING5 joined the Alyssa, Patrick and their crew on Wednesday morning. You can watch their coverage of the well-buttered pie making machine here.

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Brush fire in Interbay

November 27th, 2009 by Thea

Magnolia Voice got a tip about a brush fire in Interbay. Firefighters have responded to the fire, at 2501 Thorndyke Ave. W, just after 4 p.m. There’s a large plume of black smoke visible from the east side of Magnolia and 15th Ave. Check Magnolia Voice for updates.

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Thanksgiving weekend events & traffic

November 26th, 2009 by Thea

There are many Thanksgiving related festivities happening this weekend. In preparation the Seattle Department of Transportation sent out this notice of all holiday celebrations and events.

Thursday, November 26

Seattle Turkey Trot (Ballard Food Bank), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – 630 expected

Starts at 32nd Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street and moves south to NW 80th Street where the route heads west, then south on 33rd Avenue NW, west on NW 77th Street, south on 34th Avenue NW, west at NW 57th Street and crosses the tracks to Seaview and then north on Seaview/Burke Gilman Trail to Golden Gardens Park. Monitors will assist with short street closures as the runners move through upper Ballard.

Friday, November 27

Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. – 35,600 expected

Parade starts at Seventh Avenue and Pine Street at 8:45 a.m. and  heads west on Pine to Fifth Avenue; south on Fifth to University Street; west on University to Fourth Avenue; north on Fourth to Macy’s (between Pine and Olive). Parade will close the following streets at 7:30 a.m. for staging: Pine Street between Boren Avenue and Seventh Avenue; Ninth Avenue, Eighth Avenue, and Seventh Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street.  All streets will reopen by 11 a.m. (with the exception of Pine Street between Fifth and Fourth avenues, which will remain closed until the end of the Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony).

Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks Spectacular, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Westlake Center Plaza, 10,000 expected

Tree lighting at 5 p.m.; fireworks (weather permitting) at Macy’s at Fourth and Pine at 5:27 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Streets closed from 4:30 p.m. and reopen once pedestrian traffic disperses: Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Olive Way; Fifth  Avenue from Olive Way to Pike Street; and  Pine Street between Sixth and Third avenues; Pike Street between Third and Fifth avenues.

Husky Bandy Friday Night Pre-Game Rally (and Procession), 8:55 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Husky band and supporters will follow a procession through Greek Row to rally support for Saturday’s game; approximately 600 participants; Seattle Police will escort.

Saturday, November 28

Seattle Marathon 5 K Race (Road Runner Sports), 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – 2,250 participants expected

Assemble on Fifth Avenue N between Mercer and Broad streets (closed at 7 a.m.); heads south on Fifth Avenue to Spring Street; makes a  u-turn and goes north on Fifth to Vine Street;  west on Vine to Second Avenue; north on Second and finish on the Seattle Center grounds; all streets should be reopened by 9:30 a.m.

Seattle Kids Marathon 2009 (Children’s Hospital), 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – 3,600 expected

Assemble on Fifth Avenue N between Mercer and Broad streets (closed at 7 a.m.); route starts at Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street and heads south on Fifth to Broad Street; turns and goes west on Broad to Denny Way; then west on Denny to Second Avenue N; north on Second to Republican Street; west on Republican to Warren Avenue  N; north on Warren to Mercer Street; east on Mercer to Fourth Avenue N; south on Fourth into Memorial Stadium; all streets will be reopened by 11 a.m.

Magic in the Market – Holiday Kick-off, 12 to 5:30 p.m. – 250 expected

Various holiday festivities at Pike Place Market from noon to 5 p.m.; tree lighting at 5 p.m.   Pike Street will be closed from First Avenue to Pike Place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Washington Huskies versus Washington State Cougars, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., University of Washington Husky Stadium – 65,000 expected

Plan on heavy traffic before and after the game on all major arterials leading to and from Husky Stadium,  on SR520 at Montlake, and on I-5 through the University District.

Sunday, November 29

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, 7.a.m. to 3 p.m., Starts and finishes at Seattle Center – 12,500 participants expected

Runners and walkers leave in four separate waves between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.; I-90 express lanes closed between Seattle and Mercer Island from 4:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Marathon assembles at Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street (Seattle Center). The route is south on Fifth Avenue;  east on I-90 express lanes; makes a u-turn to west I-90, exits to S Day Street and moves south on 36th to Lakeside and Lake Washington Boulevard to Seward Park; enters Seward Park and goes counter-clockwise through the park loop and then north on to Lake Washington Boulevard, Lakeside and McGilvra; west on E Galer Street; E Madison Street; north on Lake Washington then onto Interlaken; west on Delmar and Roanoke; south on Boylston and Lakeview; west across the overpass to Eastlake and Roy Street; south on Eastlake; west on Republican; north on Dexter; west on Mercer; south on Fourth Avenue N;  west on Republican;  and finishes at Memorial Stadium. All streets will be reopened by 2:15 p.m.

The half-marathon will follow the same route except for the I-90 leg and the leg south to and around Seward Park.

As large crowds will be attending most of these events, SDOT encourages commuters to try alternate modes of transportation such as taking the bus, bicycling, carpooling or walking, whenever possible. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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City Light repairing street lamps on QA Ave

November 25th, 2009 by Thea

Parking will by sparse on Queen Anne Ave N today. Four Seattle City Light trucks have blocked off east side street parking so that they can repair some faulty street lights.


Crews will be working until 3 p.m. this afternoon between Blaine and Howe on Queen Anne Ave.


According to one City Light worker, the street lights they are trying to repair have been “out for some time,” and should be working again later today.


Remember to drive cautiously through the work zone.

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Another dog attacked by a raccoon this week

November 25th, 2009 by Thea

Last night KING5 reported another raccoon attack on Queen Anne hill. This time the victim was a Maltese named Cooper. Owner Carolyn Magoon said she “heard horrific screams” just after letting Cooper out into their fenced backyard on Sunday evening, November 22. She came running, only to spot Cooper under the weight of the attacking raccoon underneath a small table. She wrote in the comments of a previous raccoon attack story,

My dog was just attacked sunday evening in my fenced back yard. It was November 22nd at 7:45pm. I let him out to do his business and less than 30 seconds later heard the most horrific cries. I dashed out to find a HUGE raccoon on top of him rolling him. I grabbed a broom and yelled and he didn’t let go. Finally I punched it with the broom handle and he released for a second giving my maltese time to escape. The raccoon turned and began chasing after my dog. I had to fend it off from the open door! No one will do anything about this!

This is not the first raccoon attack in Queen Anne recently. Just a couple of weeks ago Kelly Gilliam was walking her dog, Winky, at around 10 p.m. when they were attacked by a raccoon that jumped out of a nearby bush. Both were OK, though not without injury. Gilliam spent four days in the hospital, having 12 gashes on her body and needing over a dozen rabies shots. And much like in the case two weeks ago, police told Magoon they couldn’t do anything about the raccoon attack under the law. “It turned on me thinking I took away its meal,” she told KING5. “Is it going to take a small child getting mauled before they do anything.”

Back in July another Queen Anne Maltese, Rosie, was attacked by a raccoon, losing her right hind leg to the injuries. She is going much better now, but still, many residents feel these attacks need to be dealt with before more animals and residents are hurt.

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Lane closure on Elliott Ave W today

November 25th, 2009 by Thea

SDOT crews will be repairing the paving today, Wednesday, November 25, to the northbound curb lane on Elliott Ave W, south of W Prospect St. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the lane will be closed so that they may “grind off the old surface lay new asphalt.” The sidewalk will remain open and a police officer will be stationed there to assist traffic.

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