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Entries from January 2010

Neighbors remember 10 years since flight 261 crash took the lives of two Queen Anne families

January 31st, 2010 by Thea

Ten years ago today two Queen Anne families died in a plane crash returning from a vacation in Mexico together. Alaska Airlines flight 261 went down off the coast of Southern California, taking 88 lives, including those of the Clemetsons, the Pearsons, and their six children, ages six months to just eight years old. And although the tragedy happened a decade ago, the community will never forget.

Alaska Airlines flight 261 memorial

In their honor, friends and neighbors dedicated Queen Anne’s Soundview Terrace Park to Carolyn Margiotta and David Clemetson and their children, Cori, Blake, Miles and Spencer, and Sarah Manning, Rod, Rachel and Gracie Pearson.

Alaska Airlines flight 261 memorial

They remember the children as best friends and even renamed the park “Rachel’s Playground,” after one of the girls, who would be getting her drivers license this year.

Alaska Airlines flight 261 memorial

Every year a small group gathers for a memorial service at the park, but as this year marks the 10th anniversary of the crash, friends and neighbors of the families have decided to open up the memorial to the public, in honor of all of the lives lost that day.

Alaska Airlines flight 261 memorial

Anyone is welcome to join in for music and a candle lighting today, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Rachel’s Playground, located at 2500 11 Ave W. They will be lighting 88 candles – one for each person on flight 261.

Two friends, Mari Ingram and Stephanie Bower, are the organizers behind today’s memorial. For them, even ten years later, they cannot forget their friends.

“It’s hard to imagine an entire family just disappearing,” Bower told KING5. ”At their house you could still smell the coffee on the kitchen table.”

“It’s like they were trapped in time,” Ingram added.

Read more on the 10th anniversary of the Alaska Airlines flight 261 crash at our news partner, the Seattle Times.

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Queen Anne sure is pretty!

January 30th, 2010 by Thea

Reader kkennell sent in these photos of Queen Anne hill, taken from a ferry on Puget Sound, yesterday.

Queen Anne, courtesy of  kkennell

They serve as proof of just how beautiful Seattle – and our waterfront spot in Queen Anne – truly are.

Queen Anne, courtesy of kkennell

Thanks to kkennell! Have a great weekend Queen Anne!

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Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers live at Easy Street tonight

January 29th, 2010 by Thea

For those of you who like free, all-ages, music, Easy Street Records is back with their first live show at the Queen Anne store in the new year! Ballard’s own Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers will be kicking of “an evening filled with twangy weepers and authentic country goodness” at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 29. Details here.

(As always, thanks to Jesse at Easy Street Records for the photo).

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SIFF & EMP|SFM present the 2010 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival this weekend

January 29th, 2010 by Thea

Looking for some sci-fi fun this weekend? Check out SIFF and EMP|SFM’s Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival at the Seattle Cinerama.

The entries have been divided into two session of ten short films each, to be screened tomorrow, Saturday, January 30 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 for one session or $15 for both. Check out the entries and get synopses of the films here.

If you’re looking for a longer film to satisfy your sci-fi fix, SIFF will be showing “A Space Odyssey” at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 29, “The Man Who Fell To Earth” (starring David Bowie as an alien!) at 3:30 p.m. and “Logan’s Run” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 31.

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City asking for public comment on BYOB Winery

January 29th, 2010 by Thea

The BYOB Winery, which stands for Blend Your Own Bottle/Barrel (depending on how thirsty you are), opened along the Ship Canal at 198 Nickerson St in the fall, offering patrons the opportunity to create their own wines from scratch at Seattle’s first “custom-crush winery.”


The 20,000 square-foot space currently houses a custom-crush facility, a microdistillery, air-conditioned storage bays, and a large area slated to become a restaurant down the line. Although plans are still in the works, owner and winemaker Mike Almquist tell us that they hope to open the restaurant, in connection with the winery, as soon as they get their “funding in place.” In the meantime, they’ve put in an application to the Department of Planing and Development to build a 390 square foot deck addition to the space that would supply outdoor seating overlooking the canal.


The city is accepting public comment on the application through Tuesday, February 23. To read up on the application or make a comment to the city, click here.

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Tu B’Shevat at NE Queen Anne Greenbelt Sunday

January 29th, 2010 by Thea

EarthCorps, The Kavana Cooperative and The Ravenna Kibbutz are getting together this Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt (Trolley Hill Park) to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, Judaism’s new year of trees, a little differently – with a forest restoration project!

EarthCorps will be teaching forest restoration and safety to volunteers,and The Kavana Cooperative will be offering a short session on the meaning and history of Tu B’Shevat over lunch.

For more information on how to get involved, contact EarthCorps Volunteer Program Manager Chris LaPointe at (206) 322-9296, ext. 217 or at You can reach the event day contact, Lina Rose, at (206) 793-2454.

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Dick’s Drive-In sells 10-cent Cokes today

January 29th, 2010 by Thea

Dick’s Drive-In is celebrating its 56th anniversary today, and as part of the festivities, they will be selling Cokes for the same price as when they first opening in 1954 – 10 cents a pop!

The five locations throughout the city, including the Dick’s in Queen Anne, at 500 Queen Anne Ave. N., are open from 10:30 a.m. every morning to 2 a.m. the next day – plenty of time to get a 10-cent Coke or two! The other locations are in Wallingford, at 111 NE 45th St, Capitol Hill, at 115 Broadway Ave. E, Holman Road, at 9208 Holman Road NW, and Lake City, at 12325 30th Ave North.

This is not the first time Dick’s has made their already inexpensive menu even more affordable for a day. On Veteran’s Day Dick’s gave away free cheeseburgers to vets. To read the full story on the Dick’s anniversary, check out Casey McNerthney’s story in the PI.

Happy anniversary Dick’s!

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FOLKpark wants to hear from you!

January 28th, 2010 by Thea

If you missed the FOLKpark meeting a couple of weeks ago, but would like to share your opinions for the enhancement of Lower Kinnear Park, there’s still time to tell the planning committee what you think. Just take FOLKpark’s short improvement survey (it’s only seven questions, so it won’t take long). And if you missed the meeting, you can read up on the topics discussed, or watch the video for a quick overview.

The next FOLKpark meeting be on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Bayview Retirement Community, located at 11 W. Aloha St, when the landscape architects will present a draft plan for the park to the community.

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Pagliacci Pizza donating all proceeds today to Haiti

January 28th, 2010 by Thea

Pagliacci Wall Queen Anne 1Local chain Pagliacci Pizza has just announced it will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from all of its locations today, Thursday, January 28, to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. According to the owners, they decided to dedicate today to helping those in Haiti after overwhelming company-wide support for a fundraising project. They wrote on their blog,

I, like all of you, have witnessed the news footage from Haiti over the past few weeks. Total devastation. You can’t help but be moved by the images in the press. As I was deliberating what we should do as a company, several of our employees had similar thoughts. Devesh Kumar, a driver from Miller Delivery Kitchen, was the first to approach me about what Pagliacci could do as a company. The whole Sand Point Delivery Kitchen crew talked about donating their tips to aid relief efforts. Jason Cheung, the University Pizzeria General Manager, sent out an email to all of our managers asking if their crew was interested in donating tips for a day and if Pagliacci would match their donations. Our crew really wanted to help and so did I.

In addition to donating today’s proceeds, Pagliacci will also be matching all of their employee contributions to the fund and working with their vendors to encourage a donation of the food and packaging used today.

Pagliacci has 21 locations throughout Seattle, including their Queen Anne pizzeria, located at 550 Queen Anne Ave N, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.

(Photo courtesy of Pagliacci Pizza via Flickr. Thanks to Patrick for the tip!)

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Lane closures on Ballard & Magnolia bridges

January 28th, 2010 by Thea

If you’re going to be visiting neighboring communities Ballard and Magnolia in the next few days, there might be a little extra traffic due to lane closures on both the Ballard and Magnolia bridges. SDOT crews will be repairing the guard rail on the Ballard Bridge, closing down the southbound right lane from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, January 28, and tomorrow, Friday, January 29, as well as on Monday and Tuesday of next week (February 1st and 2nd). Between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the same dates, crews will be closing down one lane at a time on the Magnolia Bridge in order to repair the expansion joints. There will be one lane open to traffic in each direction.

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emmer&rye opens on top of the hill today

January 28th, 2010 by Thea

If you’ve been counting down the days to the emmer&rye opening since we first reported the new “seasonally inspired, locally derived” restaurant would be taking over the Julia’s on Queen Anne Ave, wait no more–the 70-seat restaurant is opening tonight.


Chef Seth Caswell’s (formerly of Stumbling Goat Bistro) newest creation utilizes the local agriculture of the Pacific Northwest to explore seasonal dishes –- what Caswell calls “new American cuisine.” Food writer and Queen Anne resident Lorna Yee attended a sneak peak of the restaurant earlier this week and had this to say: “The reasonably priced menu, ranging from $4-$17 and made up almost entirely of local ingredients, feels exactly right for this economy.” Read her full preview in Seattle magazine.

emmer&rye will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, serving brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get a look at the menu here. Call 206-282-0680 for more information or to make a reservation. Read our emmer&rye preview here.

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Volunteer as a Sound Steward

January 28th, 2010 by Thea

This isn’t in Queen Anne, but might interest those of you looking for a way to volunteer and help clean up Puget Sound. People for Puget Sound will be offering a free workshop in habitat restoration in February for volunteers interested in becoming Sound Stewards, working to restore the shorelines and estuaries of the Duwamish River. The 16 hours of free training will cover the history of the Duwamish River, an introduction to ecology, native vs. invasive plant identification, planting techniques and weed control. In return, Stewards are asked to commit 40 hours over the next year volunteering at People for Puget Sound restoration sites, meeting on a monthly basis for maintenance work, invasive plant monitoring and native planting. Volunteer classes will be held on Wednesday, February 10, Saturday, February 13, Wednesday, February 17 and Saturday, February 20 at the Port of Seattle and various field locations. More information here. To register, email Dhira Brown at

The Sound Stewardship Project is funded by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Restore America’s Estuaries, the Adobe Foundation Fund, Elliott Bay Duwamish Restoration Program and National Fish and Wildlife Fund, with support from the Port of Seattle.

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