Get ready for Seafair fly-overs next week

The Blue Angels are coming to town next week for Seafair and there’s a special military show next Wednesday over Elliott Bay.

The Blue Angels as seen from Queen Anne in 2010

August 1: 8:10 a.m. Blue Angel no. 7 aircraft arrives
August 1: 12 and 1:30-3 p.m. Blue Angel no. 7 conducts media flights
August 2: Blue Angel team arrival along with other air show aircraft
August 3: 12 p.m. Blue Angel media flights
1:45-2:30 military aircraft fly over the Parade of Ships on Elliott Bay
August 4: Air show practice flights:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
August 5: Air show practice flights:
1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m.
August 6: Air show performance: 1:30-3 p.m.
August 7: Air show performance: 1:30-3 p.m.
August 9: Mid-morning, Blue Angel team will depart

The military aircraft fly-over on Wednesday includes EA Prowlers, P3 Orion’s, and Harrier jets – all known to be loud and flying low.

Hit & run on Dexter puts bicyclist in hospital

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run on Dexter Avenue N Thursday that sent one bicyclist to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

At approximately 3:44 p.m. on July 28 police were called to Dexter Avenue N near N Thomas Street for a reported vehicle/bicyle hit and run collision. According to a report by a nearby witness, the vehicle was attempting to turn left onto Thomas from Dexter and sped up to make the turn before a line of oncoming cars approached, hitting the bicyclist crossing Thomas.

It was first reported that the bicyclist was fatally wounded in the accident, but police later confirmed that he/she was transported to Harborview Medical Center. From the SPD Blotter:

The involved motor vehicle fled the scene and remains at large.  The at-large vehicle is described as a brown, American-made SUV with tinted windows and a chrome roof rack.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

PSRC secures $5.2 million for Mercer improvements

The Puget Sound Regional Council has secured $5.2 million in federal funding for transportation improvements in the Mercer Corridor, according to a statement released this afternoon. The PSRC says the funding will go toward constructing and improving bicycle lanes on Roy Street, and sidewalk and pavement reconstruction on Mercer Street.

“Helping communities secure federal transportation funding is one of the key roles of the PSRC,” said PSRC President Josh Brown in a press release. “This project rose to the top on its merits and can not only deliver improvements for the future, but help grow jobs in the near term.”

From the PSRC:

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 entities, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region. In 2012, PSRC will select projects for the roughly $400 million in federal funds the region can expect to receive over the next few years.

Read more about the PSRC and its transportation improvement work in the region here.

New York Pizza & Bar coming to Lower Queen Anne

A New York style pizza place is going into the Lumen building in Lower Queen Anne, in the same complex as QFC and Genki Sushi.

According to a notice on the door, New York Pizza & Bar is renting the space at 500 Mercer Street, Suites 2-4, and is currently doing construction in preparation for opening.

New York Pizza & Bar currently has two locations in Washington State – one in Bellingham and another in Lynden. We’re waiting to hear back from the owners on when they plan to open the new Seattle location.

* Thanks to Patrick and Jenn for the tip!

Lisa Moore steps down as SSIA executive director

After a decade heading up Queen Anne-based non-profit Successful Schools in Action, which provides educational support, tutoring services and programs to seven public schools in the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods, executive director Lisa Moore is stepping down from her roll leading the organization.

“I am as passionate about the model and mission of SSIA as I have ever been, but after 10 years I’ve come to the difficult decision that it is time for me to seek new opportunities. I have seen how SSIA’s work has produced clear benefits to students, strong partnerships, and a community that is more engaged in and supportive of our public schools. I am extremely proud of SSIA’s accomplishments,” Moore said in a statement released Wednesday.

Moore will stay on to help SSIA through the coming transition period, while the organization’s board will meet to develop a plan to guide the next phase of SSIA.

“As a founder of SSIA and the only Executive Director in the organization’s 10-year history, Lisa has been an instrumental part of the core of the organization. Our success has been in large part due to her commitment to public education and our neighborhood schools. We will greatly miss Lisa’s leadership and vision,” SSIA Board President Steve Havas wrote in letter to supporters and friends of the organization.

Find out more about SSIA and the services it provides in our neighborhood here.

SPD update on recent Queen Anne burglaries

The Seattle Police Department West Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Francisco Tello sent the following note out to block watch captains in Queen Anne and Magnolia yesterday regarding the arrest of a suspect believed to be connected to a number of recent burglaries in both neighborhoods:

Good news! A suspect that is believed to be responsible for recent burglaries in Queen Anne and Magnolia has been arrested.

On July 18, 2011 at about 11:00 PM, officers responded to the area of Thorndyke Ave N and West Blaine Street to investigate a recklessly driven vehicle. With good vehicle description and direction of travel by the caller, the responding officers were able to locate the vehicle that crashed a few blocks away. The officers located the driver who was taken into custody. Further investigation by the officers revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen. West Precinct detectives processed the vehicle and found suspected stolen items taken from a previous burglary. Because of great work by alert citizens, responding officers and detectives, the suspect is in custody and facing multiple charges, including auto theft. The property found in the vehicle has been returned to the rightful owner, and no additional property has been recovered at this time. West Precinct detectives are still analyzing evidence to link the suspect to additional burglaries in the area and will contact victims once such evidence is received.

Notification of the arrest could not be sent earlier until West Precinct detectives collected sufficient evidence to file charges.

We would like to thank you and your Block Watch members for your collaboration during this latest burglary spree. We encourage you to keep your Block Watches active, and help your neighbors secure their residences if they need assistance.

Night Out is Tuesday, August 2. If you have not registered and wish to, visit our Seattle Police website. While visiting our website look at the Seasonal Safety link for tips on securing your residence.