Two pedestrians hit on lower Queen Anne

An elderly man and woman were hit in a crosswalk Thursday night on Roy St at 1st Ave N. Witnesses said the vehicle went through the red light prior to striking the pedestrians.

The male pedestrian rolled onto the hood of the vehicle and struck his head on the windshield.  Both victims were taken to Harborview for evaluation.

Police say the driver showed no signs of impairment and was released at the scene pending further investigation.  Fortunately neither victim appeared to have any life-threatening injuries.

‘Parking in Queen Anne,’ a poem

One of our readers, possibly inspired by the beautiful summer weather, posted a poem about Queen Anne’s many virtues in our forum. And it definitely put a smile on my face.

Wordancediva wrote,

Why doth our lovely Queen Ann reign
In this city, these times, of bitter rain?
Why such a jewel is our Ann so fair?
Outshining the outlook so bleak so bare?
It’s the surety of houses in family care
It’s the plenty of groceries to take home from there
It’s the children skipping as they’re tagging along
The sense of a life for which we all so long.
It’s an actual book store where we can feed on words
Calm cafe’s where to linger afterwards,
And especially, why Queen Ann is so dear to me
Is that here, in Queen Ann, the parking is free.

This isn’t the first time a poet has graced our hallowed hill. Back in October 13-year-old Queen Anne-er Maddie Quinn shared her piece “How to be a good Barbie,” and we’ve been known to have a “pie-ku” or two performed at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.

Do you have a lyric or two you’d like to share about the neighborhood? Comment below! 🙂

At the Queen Anne Farmers Market this week

There’s nothing like Thursdays at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Check out what’s going on this week:

Thursday, July 29

  • 3 to 5 p.m.—Music by Tinker’s Dram
  • 4 p.m.—Chef Demo with Natalie Divergigeles of the 5 Spot
  • 5:30 p.m.—Special Event: Join a live taping of the food and comedy podcast Spilled Milk with food writers and authors Matthew Amster-Burton, of Hungry Monkey, and Molly Wizenberg, of and A Homemade Life.
  • 6 to 7 p.m.—Music by Dustin James
  • 6 p.m.—Gluten-Free Cooking Demo with Jeanne Sauvage of Four Chickens

The featured nonprofit this week is the Queen Anne Community Center. As always the market will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on W. Crockett Street at Queen Anne Ave N.

Is your block hosting a “Night Out” party?

A week from tomorrow night is Seattle’s annual “Night Out,” a national crime prevention event. The Seattle Police Department will allow you to close your street for no fee on August 3, when block parties will happen across the city:

Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with over 1,200 neighborhoods participating in 2009. This type of community participation is what makes Seattle a great place to live.

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing.

Night Out is a great way to meet your neighbors, share some food and drink, and catch up. We have neighbors who we only see once a year, at our block party. These soirees don’t need to be contained to one block, either. We pass out hundreds of invitations with our neighbors every year for our annual party.

If you’re having a block party on Night Out, we’d love to hear about it so we can take pictures to share the next day on Queen Anne View and with our news partner The Seattle Times.

Feel free to leave a comment here with your street info or send us email at

Haven’t signed up yet? Register here.

‘Fill the Boot’ raises more than $100,000 for MDA

400 firefighters throughout Seattle have raised more than $100,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

During the “Fill the Boot” campaign on July 15th and 16th, firefighters stood on street corners around town collecting coins, cash and checks for the non-profit. “MDA would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all drivers who dropped their dollars and change into the boots of Fire Fighters,” the press release from the MDA states. In total, drivers around Seattle donated $102,731.

Overdue book fines may go up

That overdue library book may soon cost you a little more.  The Seattle Public Library is considering a hike in fines to help offset its budget woes.  Here’s a look at some of the proposed fines:

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD would change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) would change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource would change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day.

The Library Board will take public comment on the proposed changes at its 4:30pm Wednesday, Aug. 25 meeting at the Central Library on 4th Avenue.