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Attempted dog-napping on Upper Queen Anne

April 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Homegrown cornerOur friends over at Seattle Dog Spot shared this story with us, along with some tips to thwart potential dog-nappers. A woman reported an attempted dog theft via Facebook provides an excellent description of the suspect – who tried to take her dog from outside Homegrown at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s an exceprt from the Seattle Dog Spot blog:

“Beware of a dog thief on top of Queen Anne. I was in Homegrown at the corner of Queen Anne Ave and Boston. I saw a large man unhooking my dog from the stop sign at the corner. I immediately came out and said, “what are you doing with my dog?” He claimed he was just untangling him. Yet, he immediately released my dog and jumped into a waiting U-haul truck. The truck was waiting with the engine idling with a driver waiting to drive away with my dog and his accomplice.

The thief was a large white male in his 30s. He was at least 6’5″ and more than 220 pounds. He was large but athletic. My husband is 6’3″ 205, so I am confident re the man’s size. He had a shaved head and goatee facial hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt and basketball shorts. I am not sure but think he had an ear piercing.”

Keep an eye out for this suspect and keep an eye on your pooches. Here are tips from Seattle Dog Spot:

  • It’s never a good idea to leave your dog tied on the sidewalk unless you can see it and get to it within a few seconds.
  • If you want to enjoy the weather with your dog while you have a latte or meal, choose a place that has an outdoor patio that allows dogs so you can keep yours close by.

Another tip to add: try a locking leash, like this one from Safespot.

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Help Picture Perfect Queen Anne keep our streets beautiful

April 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

PPQA BostonPicture Perfect Queen Anne is a community organization that keeps our major business intersections looking great with garden beds at the Galer Stairs landing and the corners of Boston St and McGraw St. Their efforts since 2009 have been key in keeping Queen Anne beautiful for residents and visitors alike.

Originally, the work was a collaboration between the community and the City of Seattle. Now, PPQA relies on support from the community to keep these gardens thriving.

PPQA is raising funds for 3 more years of professional watering and garden maintenance. Already, PPQA is halfway to its $20,000 goal via donations from neighbors and business owners.

They’re now asking for the community’s help – any donation is accepted, for example, if they can find 35 people to give $12 per month, they can raise the $10K. Their “35 to Help the Queen Anne Gardens Thrive” campaign is in full swing. You can pick up a flyer at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N to learn more.

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The Bigelow Block sale returns this June

April 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bigelow Block Sale Save Date 2015The warmer-than-usual Winter and Spring we’ve had must have prompted many to think ahead to garage sale season – we’ve had several readers write in and ask when the Bigelow Block sale will be held, or, as some have described it “that really huge yard sale that spans the East Queen Anne streets.”

Good news, the Bigelow Block Sale will return for its 22nd year this June. As usual, the sale will be the first Saturday in June. In the past, 40-50 homes have participated in the annual multi-block sale – and it’s not just the homes on Bigelow. Adjacent streets/homes join in too, as do young entrepreneurs (aka neighborhood kids) who set up lemonade and cookie stands along the route.

If you live on Bigelow or any neighboring streets and would like to participate, make sure to register in advance. Neighbors chip in $25 per house to participate, with any proceeds from the participation fee beyond the advertising costs going to the Queen Anne Helpline.

Want to register your home for the Bigelow Block Sale? Contact Rene Stern via email or at 206.283.8080 x234.

Just looking for bargains and a fun community event? The 22nd Annual Bigelow Block Sale is Saturday, June 6th from 9am-3pm rain or shine. Mark your calendars and save the date for a block sale extravaganza!

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Controlled chaos at the 7-way stop caught on video

April 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

As confusing as it may be to some, the 7-way stop is a Queen Anne landmark of sorts. Sure, there have been recent efforts to change it and make it safer for nearby Seattle Country Day School – but, it tends to operate fairly smoothly. Perhaps because everyone tends to be extra cautious or forgiving (depending on time of day – rush hour is never harmonious, regardless of location).

A reader (thanks, Chris!) posted a video of the 7-way stop to our Facebook page, and it’s worth a look. An overhead aerial view of the traffic flow at rush hour shows how the traffic flows, and which routes are most popular – click the image below for the video:

7 Way Stop video

Stay tuned for any news on changes to this intersection, and in the meantime, enjoy the controlled chaos of the 7-way stop!

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Peridot Boutique is moving up the hill

April 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Peridot move signLocal women’s clothing boutique Peridot has been a resident of Queen Anne for a while, located on Lower Queen Anne between Roti and Queens Smoke Shop. Now, the shop is planning a move up the hill to the old Einstein Bagels spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N.

A sign appeared in the old bagel shop window yesterday, and we found out from Peridot that they’re in the early stages of remodeling the space, transforming it from a restaurant to a retail clothing shop. They hope to be in the new location by July or early August.

Peridot logoFor now, the Lower Queen Anne location is still open for business, and will be open for the next few months selling “trendy women’s clothing and accessories” at its current location. 

If you haven’t checked out the shop before, you can see their wares on their blog or Facebook page. Stop by the shop on Lower Queen Anne and get ready to welcome them to the top of the hill this summer.

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Help Uptown become a Cultural Arts District

April 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance has put out the rallying cry to help document art in Uptown. As part of its effort to have Uptown considered a Cultural Arts District, the organization is documenting art and creative endeavors in Uptown. This inventory of creative work is part of the application process to be named a Cultural Arts District.

What does the Uptown Alliance need? Organizations and businesses in Uptown that support the arts need to help document their efforts. If you represent an organization or business, or know someone who does, check out the survey information below:

The Uptown Alliance is working with the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and other Uptown organizations (Seattle Opera, Teatro Zinzanni, SIFF, KEXP and others) to complete an inventory of all of the creative work going on in the Uptown neighborhood as part of applying for a Cultural Arts District designation for our neighborhood.

We need your help!  Are you affiliated with an organization that supports arts and culture in Uptown?  Do you know someone who is?  Fill out the Cultural Space Inventory form about your organization and submit it by Wednesday, April 15th.

More details on Uptown’s application and information on Cultural Arts Districts will be provided at a June 25th commuity meeting. In the meantime, take the survey and help the Uptown Alliance with its inventory of art!

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New walking maps available from City of Seattle

April 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The city has published three walking maps of Seattle, divvying up the city into North, South, and Central – Queen Anne falls into Central, and it’s an interesting map.

Queen Anne walking mapWalking routes are in blue, and there are a surprisingly few routes on the map (to those of us that walk a lot, at least). Queen Anne Boulevard is a light tan, marking it as an Olmsted Boulevard – sure seems like it should be blue as well, especially for visitors to our neighborhood.

If you only stick to the blue routes, you’ll miss out on some popular routes and hidden treasures. However, the map also has other streets marked with grades (steep streets are yellow) and stairways, so you can go off course and find new and interesting side trips. It also has heritage trees and P-Patches marked, along with grocery stores and trails.

The full Central map includes Queen Anne, Magnolia, SLU, Capitol Hill, and downtown. If you have feedback on the maps (like not enough blue routes on Queen Anne), the creators are asking for comments via email or phone 206-733-9321.

Overall, it’s a good reference map, but if you decide to go for a walk, go off script and check out the non-blue streets too!

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Whiligig! returns to Seattle Center today through April 19

April 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Whirligig RidesStarting today, kids 12 and under can celebrate the return of Whirligig! at the Seattle Center. The annual “bounce fest” features super-sized inflatable rides and it’s taking over the Seattle Center Amory starting today (Friday) at 11am.

In addition to the rides, Whirligig! also includes, balloon artists, face painters, and expert caricaturists – plus a Toddler’s Zone for the younger ones.

New rides this year include Pirates Revenge Obstacle Course, Zoo Playland, and Undersea Mini Combo bounce/slide for Toddlers.

The Seattle Center Whirligig! hours are 11am-6pm until Sunday, April 19th. Entry to the Armory is free, ride admission is $8 for an all-day main floor pass, $4.50 for an all-day toddler zone pass, and $1.50 for a single ride ticket. Thursdays are Ride Free days, but note that on Thursday, April 16th the rides will close at 2pm.

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Get ready to welcome Expedia to the neighborhood

April 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Amgen site mapThe waterfront campus that once housed Amgen will become Expedia’s headquarters by the end of 2018. The deal was a rumor yesterday; today it was officially announced by Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at a press conference with Mayor Ed Murray.

Expedia, currently based in Bellevue, is looking at a lease expiring in 2018, and is jumping over to Seattle from the Eastside to take over the old Amgen campus. As it exists today, the campus has buildings with a total of 750,000 square feet – as well as land that will allow Expedia to build 200,000 square feet of additional office space.

There’s been a lot of press since the announcement, so here’s a round-up of the best local coverage, including a couple that point out that 3,000 more commuters will hit our streets. That’s a small downside as Expedia’s move will be good for the neighborhood and the tech industry in Seattle.

Seattle Times: Expedia will make Seattle waterfront its new home

GeekWire: Expedia confirms Seattle move, will buy Amgen campus for $229M, relocate from Bellevue by 2018

GeekWire: Check out this View: Inside Expedia’s new Seattle headquarters campus –> has photo gallery

Wall Street Journal: Expedia to Buy Amgen Campus In Seattle

KING: Expedia move to Seattle expected to impact traffic

KIRO: Mayor announces Expedia’s move from Bellevue to Seattle

KOMO: Expedia moving headquarters from Bellevue to Seattle

Puget Sound Business Journal: Bring on the developers: Expedia’s move could help Seattle tech companies attract talent

Puget Sound Business Journal: Get ready, Seattle: Expedia’s 3,000 commuters are coming and it won’t be pretty

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Free secure shredding event this Saturday at Upper Queen Anne Safeway

March 31st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Safeway Shred EventIt’s tax season and as digital as things are, paperwork still exists – and you may have discovered some files, folders, or boxes full of paperwork that you no longer need, but have to shred for security’s sake.

Well, if you have more paper than you care to shred at home or don’t have a shredder, a free and secure shredding event is worth noting.

Elliott Bay Civic Foundation is sponsoring a shredding event for personal documents this Saturday, April 4th. Seadrunar Recycling is providing the service and is shredding the documents on site, so it’s safe and secure for all those past tax-season papers you need to purge.

The Upper Queen Anne Safeway is hosting the event in its 2100 Queen Anne Ave N parking lot, from 11am to 2pm.

Elliott Bay Civic Foundation is offering the free service to help the environment. Donations are welcome, and any proceeds will fund events that in the past have included a Christmas gifting program for children of low(no) income families, a recovery program, and dictionaries for third graders.

Happy tax season.

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Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday

March 31st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA sign smallThis month’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting will be on Wednesday, April 1st, at 7pm. Same time (7pm), same place (Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St) as usual – but this month’s meeting has a fairly short agenda. SDOT was slated to present, but they’ve deferred to May’s meeting.

Here’s this Wednesday’s agenda:

  • 7:30 – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 – Open Forum for community comments
  • 7:45 – Neighborhood Street and Park Fund update
  • 8:00- Committee Reports: LURC/Planning, Transportation, Parks, Public Safety, District Council, NAC, Communications, Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance
  • 9:00 – New Business
  • 9:19 -Adjournment

All are welcome to attend.

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Armed robbery at Kerry Park early Monday morning

March 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Kerry Park 033015 robbery

A tweet came through from SPD this morning that referenced an armed robbery on Highland Dr, and now we have more details. I emailed our SPD West Precinct contact, and in the meantime, the Blotter has been updated with the details.

  • There was an armed robbery at 2am today (Monday, March 30th) at Kerry Park
  • Three people were robbed at gunpoint by two suspects wearing handkerchiefs over their faces
  • SPD stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm that the driver and passengers were the suspects
  • SPD released the Honda driver and passengers, and seized the vehicle for detectives – no arrests have been made
Police Seize Car After Armed Robbery In Kerry Park
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Detectives are investigating whether car seized early this morning may be linked to a pair of masked gunmen, who robbed three people at gunpoint in a Queen Anne park.

Two women and a man were hanging out in Kerry Park–near 3rd Avenue West and West Prospect Street–around 2 AM when two suspects approached them.

The suspects, both wearing handkerchiefs over their faces and were armed with handguns, took the victims’ wallets and one victim’s cellphone and ordered them to run. The suspects then fired at least one shot into the air before fleeing to a silver Honda.

Officers stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm the driver and passengers were the robbery suspects. Officers consulted with the department’s cellphone-tracking expert, but weren’t able to locate the victim’s phone.

After identifying the Honda’s driver and two passengers, police released the trio from the scene and seized their vehicle for detectives.

Robbery detectives are now investigating the case and will search the vehicle for evidence.

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