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Entries from September 2011

Met Market project on track, market to close next summer

September 21st, 2011 by Michael

Rendering courtesy of Tiscareno Associates.

Queen Anne’s most prominent and active developer, Joe Geivett, told the Queen Anne Community Council’s land-committee Monday that the Metropolitan Market project is still on track to begin construction by next summer.

Geivett, principal at Emerald Bay Equity, LLC, is currently pursuing a mass-use permit from the city and will apply for a building permit in January. He said the market will close next summer and will be razed along with two neighboring rental homes and the El Frieda apartments. The combined demolition and construction should take up to 18 months. Geivett expects the new structure will be ready by late 2013.

Geivett’s presentation was warmly received by the Land Use Review Committee of the Queen Anne Community Council on Monday. The developer focused on the look, shape and boundaries of the project which is aimed at completely redeveloping the existing space into a mixed-use structure. As is the trend in urban housing projects throughout Seattle, particularly noticeable in Ballard and Queen Anne, Geivett’s project will have 24,000 square feet for the market, 20,000 square feet of additional ground-floor space for retail, 110 apartments and roughly 200 underground parking spaces. Geivett said there has already been interest in some of the retail by an Irish pub-type establishment. And while the building will mean an increase in the number of people living in Queen Anne, Geivett doesn’t anticipate an increase in traffic along Queen Anne Avenue North as the younger demographic expected to live in the building is “trending away” from the use of cars and even home phones.

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Nine day Alaskan Way Viaduct closure in one month

September 20th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

Nearly 110,000 cars travel across the Alaskan Way Viaduct each day. Next month, those drivers will be pushed onto other streets as Washington Department of Transportation crews demolish the southern end of the Viaduct.

Starting on Friday, October 21st, the Viaduct will be closed for nine full days.

“The nine-day closure of the viaduct will significantly affect traffic across the Puget Sound region,” said Matt Preedy, WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct deputy program director. “We realize that not everyone can completely change their commute. But for those who have a choice, options such as vanpooling, carpooling or other forms of transportation can help you avoid long delays.”

Northbound closure details:

  • Northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and South Royal Brougham Way will be closed around the clock from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Northbound SR 99 between the South Royal Brougham Way on-ramp and the Battery Street Tunnel will be open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for special events at CenturyLink Field.
  • Southbound closure details:

  • Southbound SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge will be closed around-the-clock from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
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    What are Seattle’s most beautiful buildings?

    September 19th, 2011 by Michael

    The Queen Anne View wants to hear from you! Do you like the classics from last century? Do the more modern designs take your breath away? For this list, The Queen Anne View wants readers to pick their favorite building in the city, be it glassy office tower, a monolithic apartment building, Neoclassical academia or Gothic-influenced church—just not a single family residence. The View will have a “Most Beautiful Home” listing soon. Send your votes The View will post the favorites Sept. 23.

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    Mobile Food Rodeo tasty but bumpy first ride

    September 18th, 2011 by Michael

    Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves at

    It was packed behind the Whole Foods Saturday afternoon, where 25 food trucks parked and prepared to feed the multitudes.

    The maiden voyage of the Mobile Food Rodeo quickly sold out of its 500 VIP tasting tickets. Hungry people parked where they could and scrambled to the event supporting the latest trend in gastronomy: food trucks. Photographer Derek Reeves and a friend attended the event. While they were impressed with the creative cuisine, there were problems.

    Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves at

    “The organization of the event was a little silly,” he said. “I think they were overwhelmed by the response of the event and didn’t know how to handle the crowds. We got there 30 minutes before the event officially began and still had to wait in line a solid hour. Many of the popular items sold out rapidly. Skillet sold out of everything on their menu by 1:30 p.m. Other vendors had their signature dishes disappear first then had some remaining items.”

    Despite the hitches in handling the event, Reeves said overall the Mobile Food Rodeo was great fun.

    Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves at

    Followers on the rodeo’s Facebook page issued both praise and rage for the event. The praise went to the star of the event: The food. The Rage: the organization and lack of communication. One attendee wrote: …What I heard and observed were people who went to some degree of trouble to get their tickets and come early with an expectation of getting in at a certain time. It also didn’t help to see a food truck arrive after 11 – most wondered what was going on and no communication was forthcming until at least 11:30 or later (I wasn’t really counting). [the reader then added] I’m sure the folks around us will remember with a smile when we convinced Matt, of Where Ya At Matt, to sell us some hot Beignets over the fence while we were waiting to get in . . . it was fun and warming for us and very smart on his part. So Kudos to Matt!”

    Two dollars from every ticket sold went to the Solid Ground nonprofit. Rodeo organizers are currently tallying proceeds and will report soon the total donation numbers. Organizers say they may add a beer garden at the next event, tentatively scheduled for next spring.

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    Farewell, J.P. Patches

    September 17th, 2011 by Michael

    At 83 years young, the much beloved clown Julius Pierpont Patches signed off.

    The longtime TV personality and local celebrity, known to those who grew up watching him as J.P. Patches, made his final appearance at the Fishermen’s Fall Festival this afternoon and received a rousing standing ovation.

    The festival-stealing clown dressed in his signature checkered high-tops, baggy pants, patched yellow jacket and tag-toggled fishermen’s hat, and big red nose, made his way to the white-canopied tent where hundreds of people, many of them wearing their own red noses, cheered, clapped and clicked pictures.

    “Wow!” J.P. said, looking out onto the crowd.

    Not one to get caught up in the weight of this being his final festival performance, J.P. went right into saying the pledge of allegiance then inviting kids and adults on stage to play games and share laughs. Game winners were given colorful tubes of Flicks candies. The also-rans were given treats, too.

    Doin’ the hula with JP.

    Kids who had no idea who JP was, stood wide-eyed next to parents who knew exactly who the iconic clown was. The famed clown had been in their lives since when it first aired 53 years ago on KIRO TV on April 5, 1958. The show was completely ad-libbed every weekday and Saturdays. That sort of off-the-cuff humor was present at the festival when J.P. was teasing kids and treating them like adults – which was arguably much of J.P.’s appeal over the years on TV and at public appearances.

    Patches pals, from left, Gail DiRe, Ruth Carlson, Susie Sigmar and Glenda Warehime.

    “It never gets old,” said Gail DiRe. She and her friends, Susie Sigmar, Glenda Warehime and Ruth Carlson, each wearing a red nose, all came out to pay tribute to their childhood hero. Sigmar remembered years ago watching a show one day and J.P. saying to the TV, “Go look in the dryer, Susie.” referring to a line the clown used regularly. Sure enough, Susie checked her dryer and a present was there.

    “We’re here to honor J.P. because we grew up with him,” Sigmar said. She and DiRe were J.P. Patches Pals and were on the show, too.

    When he bade farewell to the crowd, he said it wouldn’t be goodbye and that he’d be in the neighboring tent signing autographs.

    The line ran the length of concession tents and arced around out toward the water. Everyone was smiling.

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    Website gives most neighborhood restaurants clean bill of health

    September 17th, 2011 by Michael

    Stephen Becker, a Ballard resident and a programmer at Research in Motion, the company that makes BlackBerrys, was talking with a friend who wondered, “Why no one has mapped food inspections.”

    That was a good question he thought. So he went to the Public Health Dept. of Seattle and King County website and looked up restaurant inspection scores. Then he compiled the scores and posted them on a map on his new website

    As one might expect, some indie hole-in-the-walls in less-ritzy neighborhoods scored poorly. But some places with stellar reputations were equally flagged.

    “The worst place is actually one of the places I frequently ate lunch until I saw this data,” Becker told “It’s Asia Ginger, it’s down in Pioneer Square, it’s a little teriyaki place and me and my coworkers would eat there. It got a pretty high score and it’s changed my lunch habits completely.”

    Several restaurants, cafes and even school cafeterias on Becker’s map scored well. Rudy’s, Mondello and Niko’s Gyros in Magnolia, scored a “spotless” rating, as did the cafeteria at Catharine Blaine K-8 and Cocoa & Cream ice cream shop in the Village. Just about every eating establishment in the Village scored a “spotless” or “safe.” A couple of places were dinged for improper food storage or workers not trained properly.

    Establishments in Queen Anne scored similarly though one was flagged for improper food storage and another for employees smoking in food preparation areas and not washing their hands. A restaurant’s previous scores can be found at The inspections are based on a 400-point system. The violations are added up between red and blue violations. If the total red critical violations is 90 or more, or the total of red and blue is 120 or more, then the establishment will be closed.

    Restaurant scores throughout the city were nonetheless impressive. Becker said, “In King County, the data I have shows that only 107 restaurants have scored greater than 50. Which is actually really good because there’s actually over 10,000 places that are inspected for food safety.” Becker said he is going to continue to tweak his site by adding locations and mobile applications.

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    Feeling festive? Go for it this weekend

    September 16th, 2011 by Michael

    This weekend is not short of festivals. The only issue you might have is choosing one.

    Mole from El Camion

    One of the more eclectic choices is the Mobile Food Rodeo, which takes place from 12-7 p.m., Saturday behind the Interbay Whole Foods. More than 20 trucks are expected to drive up, including Mexican favorite El Camion.

    Also coming is Bigfood, which just took a turn at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Bigfood makes unique fusion fare including items such as The Yeti, braised beef with curried fruit and slaw on grilled flatbread. Ice Cream favorite Molly Moon’s will be there, too. Entry fee for the rodeo is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For tickets visit

    Also on the docket this weekend is the ultra-family friendly Fishermen’s Fall Festival. This event features all kinds of food from crab-melt sandwiches, the silver-salmon meal (salmon/corn-on-the-cob/coleslaw/garlic bread/ice cream/drink), and Scalloritos–bacon-wrapped scallops. There’s plenty of activities, too: face painting, model boat driving, trout fishing, boat making, Frisbee spin-art, Japanese drumming, salmon filet-cutting contest, a hilarious lutefisk-eating contest, tours on purse-seine boats and crabbers.

    Iconic Seattle clown JP Patches

    You want crabby? Converse with some of the shipmates on the crab boat The Wizard made famous by TV’s The Deadliest Catch. Also, this will be the last festival for iconic clown JP Patches. Last year, JP, who would certainly qualify for senior discounts at most restaurants, was just as sharp and funny as ever. Kids (and adults) were delighted—especially during the Simon Says game. The festival is free and goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday at the Fishermen’s Terminal. Go to www.fishermensfallfestival.orgfor more details.

    Luckily, the Seattle Fiestas Patrias takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Center House at the Seattle Center. This south-of-the-border festival celebrates the independence of Central and South America by showcasing Latino culture. There will be dancing, live mariachi music, art, regional dress, sports and plenty of children’s activities.

    The celebration actually begins at 11 a.m. with the South Park Parade that begins at 14th Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street and ends at the South Park Community Center at 8319 Eighth Avenue South. Center House activities run from 12-11 p.m., Saturday and 12-9 p.m., Sunday. Visit for more details.

    Oh yeah, though it’s not happening in Queen Anne or Magnolia, the Puyallup Fair is in full swing, too. The Western Washington State Fair is one of the largest in the country and one of the best with an assortment of family-friendly activities to choose from. It’s worth the drive to Puyallup.

    Through Sept. 25, at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; general admission $9-$11; concerts, $6-$75 (888-559-3247 or Advance concert-ticket purchase includes admission to the fairgrounds. On Monday, gate admission is free to all active, retired and reserve military and their dependents, plus disabled veterans with a valid military ID.

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    On tap at today’s Farmers Market

    September 15th, 2011 by Michael

    Yes the weather has been super summery but changes are afoot and there are only four market days left – the last one being Oct. 6.

    That said, here’s what’s on tap for today’s Farmers Market.

    In the Chef Tent:

    4 p.m.: Becky Selengut, Cornucopia and Becky Selengut has a wonderful new book out called “Good Fish” which features sustainable seafood recipes. You won’t want to miss this demo!

    5:30 p.m.:  Kids Cook! with Diana Pozzi. Diana Pozzi is a personal/private chef serving the Seattle area who

    specializes in organic, local, gluten free, and sugar free dishes.  She has worked with PCC Cooks!, assisting with kids and adult classes.

    In the Music Tent:

    Queen Anne Farmers Market favorites!

    5-7 p.m.: Canote Brothers

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    Flames engulf lower Queen Anne home

    September 15th, 2011 by Michael

    Flames were shooting out the roof of a house when firefighters arrived on the scene of a house fire in lower Queen Anne this morning. Firefighters were called to the fire at 6:15 a.m. near 500 W. Republican Street.

    Photo courtesy
    The call came in at about 6:15 a.m. and more than a dozen units were dispatched. According to the, two people lived in the house but they weren’t home at the time. A Fire Department spokesman tells the online news site that the fire started as a brush fire and moved up to the building. No word on what started the fire.


    Successful Schools in Action falls under budget axe

    September 15th, 2011 by Michael

    This just in from leadership at Successful Schools in Action:

    Dear SSIA supporter,

    It is with deep regret that we must inform you that after a decade of service to our Queen Anne and Magnolia public schools, Successful Schools in Action (SSIA) will be shutting its doors. After long deliberation and careful examination, the Board of Directors has concluded that while we believe in the mission and services of SSIA as much as ever, we are unable to find a way to financially sustain the organization.

    For ten years, SSIA has supported our local schools including John Hay, Coe, The Center School, Blaine, Lawton, Queen Anne Elementary, and McClure. During that time:

    More than 500 students have completed a program in Debate in the first primary school debate program in the United States.

    More than 1,000 students have benefited from tutoring, helping them succeed in the classroom and setting them up for long-term academic success.

    Art camps, parent workshops, summer school, and community conversations have enriched over 3,000 students and families throughout our community.

    The above are only a handful of remarkable achievements pioneered for the students and families of Queen Anne and Magnolia schools by SSIA. But perhaps as important, SSIA developed a cooperative partnership where schools are not islands, but rather work together across our community to collaborate, share resources, and learn from each other.

    Throughout the past decade, the schools and community told us that SSIA fulfilled a special and valued role. But sustainable funding for an independent school support organization requires long-term resources and support that we have not been able to identify. While we all love what SSIA does, we simply do not see a financial path forward to continue operating.

    To all of you who have supported SSIA with your contributions of time or money, thank you. Every dime has been spent on something meaningful for the kids and public schools in our community. Every hour contributed has helped our students have a successful and rich school life. Please continue to support these schools in any way you can.

    As we close this SSIA chapter, the Board would like to express its deep gratitude to Lisa Moore, who carried the torch for SSIA and built the organization up from scratch as our founding and only Executive Director. Lisa has truly touched and benefited thousands of people in her tenure at SSIA and we both congratulate her and wish her luck in her next fantastic adventure.

    Closing an organization as special and important as SSIA is not an easy decision. But we hope many of the best attributes of SSIA – collaboration, academic enrichment, and community engagement – will continue on, fueled by the deep ties that have been forged through our Queen Anne and Magnolia schools over these past years.

    We thank you for your support and wish all the best to our Queen Anne and Magnolia schools in the months and years ahead.

    Steve Havas

    President, Board of Directors

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    Tell us your memories, shweetheart

    September 14th, 2011 by Michael

    Do you remember the films you saw first at the Uptown?

    In celebration of SIFF Cinema moving into the Uptown Cinemas this fall, SIFF is planning on screening five days of feature films that have previously played at the historic theater.

    With an 85-year history of films to choose from, SIFF is asking the community to send in Uptown memories and SIFF will choose from the submissions the films and screen them at the Uptown during its grand re-opening celebrations Oct. 23–27.

    Did you have a meaningful moment that took place inside the theatre – not just a film, but any memory associated with the Uptown (the smell of the popcorn, a funny anecdote, maybe even a budding love story)? SIFF wants to know. Prizes will be awarded to all winning entries with one grand-prize winner receiving a year-long pass to SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.

    Entrants are to send an email with their memories by Sept. 26 to SIFF will announce the final selection of films in early October and those films that don’t screen will still be represented via your remembrances with an “Uptown Memories” display in the lobby during opening week.

    In conjunction with the re-opening of the Uptown, SIFF will also host grand opening celebrations in the new SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center beginning Oct. 20 with three days of events for SIFF donors and members. The general public is invited to tour the new film center on Sunday, Oct. 23 during an open house. For more information visit

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    BizX and Manning at Chamber events

    September 14th, 2011 by Michael

    Today and tomorrow will be busy days for the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce. The business organization will be hosting an after-hours meeting on Wednesday at the Paragon Bar & Grill and on Thursday, the monthly luncheon will feature guest speaker Jerry Manning.

    Today’s after-hours meeting at the Paragon begins at 5:30 p.m. and costs $5. The eventry fee goes into the chamber’s general fund and buys guests hors d’oeuvres, drinks and time to network. The guest host is BizX. The Paragon is at 2125 Queen Anne Ave. N.

    Then on Thursday, Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jerry Manning, will be the guest speaker at the chamber’s monthly luncheon at the Best Western Executive Inn. Manning will talk about the 2011-12 season at the Rep and will answer questions. The luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m. and the Best Western is at 200 Taylor Ave. N. in lower Queen Anne. For more information on both events, visit or call 206-283-6876.

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