Entries Tagged as 'Local News'
February 7th, 2014 by Laura
As part of the 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Station 8 on Upper Queen Anne is one of 18 fire stations opening their doors to the public. The open house is this Saturday, February 8th, from 11am to 1pm, and all are welcome to attend the celebration.
Fire Station 8 has undergone a seismic and safety upgrade and renovation – just completed in October 2013 – and the Fire Chief is ready to show off the new features of the station located at 110 Lee St, and meet the neighbors.
According to Fire Chief Gregory Dean: “We want to open the doors to our new fire station which has been upgraded to better serve the neighborhood. This is also an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters and learn about their life saving techniques.”
Key upgrades and improvements include:
- structural upgrades to meet current seismic safety standards
- an addition that relocated the station watch office and allows for future a tillered aerial ladder apparatus
- a new roof, window replacements and building mechanical system improvements
- a contamination area, bunker gear storage, major disaster and EMS storage, and a battery charging area
Fire Station 8 was upgraded through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, approved by Seattle voters in 2003. The Open House is a chance for neighbors to meet local Queen Anne firefighters and tour the station – and it’s family friendly, so bring your future firefighters!
Tags: Fire Station #8, open house, Seattle Fire Department
February 6th, 2014 by Laura
As part of the continuing work on the Mercer corridor, SDOT will be shifting Mercer traffic to one lane between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th. This shift will be in place for “approximately four months” – after which Mercer will be opened to two-way traffic.
Plus, this weekend there’s a planned full closure of Mercer Street and 5th Ave N, from Saturday, February 8th through Monday, February 10th.
Here are the details from SDOT on the traffic shift:
- The morning of Thursday, February 6, traffic on eastbound Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be shifted one lane north in order to facilitate construction activities on the south side of the roadway
- Two eastbound lanes will be maintained on Mercer Street through the work zone
- Pedestrians and bicyclists will be shifted from the south side of Mercer Street to a temporary asphalt path on the north side of Mercer between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
- No pedestrian access will be allowed on the south side of Mercer Street
Information information on pedestrian and bicycle access during construction is available online.
And, here’s the information on the full weekend closure:
- Closure in effect from 4am Saturday, February 8 through 5am Monday, February 10
- Eastbound Mercer between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N, and southbound 5th Ave N between Roy and Mercer streets will be fully closed to traffic for demolition of the old SR 99 bridge footings and utility work beneath the roadway
- The sidewalk on Mercer Street will also be closed between 5th Ave and Dexter Ave N – pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street
- Mercer Street between Broad Street and I-5, Broad Street, Dexter Ave N, SR 99/Aurora and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will remain open during the weekend work
Tags: Mercer, Mercer Corridor, Mercer Street
February 6th, 2014 by Laura
After 28 years, Video Isle owner Craig Wilson is retiring from the business and leaving Queen Anne for warmer weather and sunnier skies. Don’t fret if you’re a Video Isle fan, Craig is leaving the business in the capable hands of Tonya Perfect, who’s worked alongside Craig and purchased the business from him.
The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is throwing a community appreciation party for Craig tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church (2400 8th Ave W). The party starts at 4pm and runs til 7pm, and the Queen Anne community is welcome to attend, and kids are welcome!
The party planners make up a long list of Queen Anne community organizations an businesses – Queen Anne merchants, the Queen Anne community, the Queen Anne Helpline, the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, and more.
Queen Anne businesses will provide tasty bites for the bon voyage, so stop by to thank Craig for his dedication to Queen Anne – who will emcee the Helpline Fun Run this year? They’ll have big shoes to fill!
January 30th, 2014 by Laura
If you’re a fan of Dick’s Drive-In’s burgers, fries, and shakes, and want to help celebrate with live music, mark your calendars. This Friday, January 31st, the Queen Anne location will be hosting the final 60th Anniversary celebration, with live music by the British Beats from 7pm to 9:30pm.
The restaurant will also announce the Dick’s Deluxe Fan winner at the Queen Anne party, and it’ll be serving 10 cent Cokes all day Friday at all locations.
Tags: anniversary, Dick's Drive-In
January 29th, 2014 by Laura
Early this month, a sign was up in the window of the EXPO Apartment buildings stating that Roaring Bowl was “hiring” – well, the new shabu shabu spot quietly opened its doors last night at 516 1st Ave N.
The new Asian-inspired restaurant focuses on shabu shabu, and also offers Gamjatang and Robota grill. Roaring Bowl’s shabu shabu provides diners with an interactive experience, where they cook thin slices of meats, seafood, and/or vegetables in a hot broth at their table, seasoning the soup to their tastes.
Roaring Bowl has an open kitchen concept with three main menu concepts – in addition to shabu shabu, they’ll also serve Gamjatang, a spicy Korean pork bone soup, and Robota Grill, where chefs grill and serve chicken kushiyaki style, Korean kalbi (beef short ribs), and tograshi brined pork belly.
Owned by Northwest native Sean Kaywood, the restaurant will serve high quality, seasonally sourced local ingredients such as wild salmon, kurobota pork belly, and Painted Hills beef. Kaywood’s travels in Asia inspired him to bring the flavors of Japan, Korea, and China to his new restaurant.
Roaring Bowl will be open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, with one hour of complimentary parking available at the EXPO Building.
Tags: business opening
January 29th, 2014 by Laura
Heads up – in anticipation of the Superbowl, everyone is invited to the Seahawks rally tomorrow at the Seattle Center, plus, free Monorail rides for those wearing Seahawks gear:
Seahawks fans are invited to participate in a rally and celebration of the team’s participation in Super Bowl XLVIII on Wednesday, January 29 at Fisher Pavilion and South Fountain Lawn at Seattle Center.
Mayor Ed Murray, members of the Sea Gals, Blue Thunder, Blitz and Seahawks alumni will appear in addition to a live performance by the top 40 cover band, Curb Appeal.
Seahawks Alumni to be in attendance inlclude Paul Johns Norm Johnson, Robbie Tobeck, and Alex Bannister.
A live online video stream of the rally will be available at http://shwks.com/live
Immediately following the rally, the Space Needle is calling all Seahawks fans to participate in the “From the Needle to New Jersey” flag signing and relay.
The 25′ x 35′ flag, flown atop the Space Needle for every playoff run that the team has made in recent years, will be put on display for all Seahawks fans to sign their well wishes to the team from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Seattle Center will provide free round trip transportation on Seattle Center Monorail from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for all fans wearing Seahawks apparel.
Tags: rally, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks
January 29th, 2014 by Laura
Did you know the official bank of the Seahawks is HomeStreet Bank? Well, it is, and to celebrate the Seahawks, HomeStreet Bank is offering a new Seahawks checking account.
Our local Queen Anne HomeStreet Bank branch is participating, so if you’re looking to show your Seahawks pride and open a new checking account, stop by the Queen Anne branch at 1835 Queen Anne Ave N or give them a call at 206-285-5898.
What’s included with the account? If you open one with a minimum of $100, you get:
- custom player checks featuring Seahawk players
- a debit cards with Seahawk images – two to choose from
- if you maintain a monthly direct deposit of $500 to the account, you get a $100 gift card to purchase Seahawk logo wear or other team memorabilia from any outlet of the Seattle Team Store
January 26th, 2014 by Laura
Did you know that there’s a Puget Sound Bike Share program ready to launch this year? Well, there is, and the organizers are seeking input from local residents.
According to the Puget Sound Bike Share web site, “Puget Sound Bike Share is a partnership of public and private organizations working to bring bike sharing to King County. Our vision is to provide King County residents and visitors access to a low-cost, fast, flexible, and convenient transportation alternative with economic, social, and environmental benefits to the region.”
The program is still in the planning stage, but at this point, the program “will likely include 50 stations and 500 bikes in Seattle’s densest neighborhoods including Downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and the University District.” Note that neither Queen Anne nor Uptown are mentioned – so take the survey to ensure the program considers our neighborhood when it expands.
If you’d like to see this program come to Queen Anne – whether Upper Queen Anne or Lower Queen Anne/Uptown – take the survey today.
Tags: bicycling, bike share program
January 23rd, 2014 by Laura
Editor’s note: updated with additional information on the Cascade Parent Partnership program.
A reader wrote in to let us know about the letter sent to Northwest Center Queen Anne parents, detailing the Seattle Public School district’s plans for the current location of Northwest Center Kids school on the corner of Florentia and 1st Ave W.
Northwest Center provides an early learning program “for children with and without disabilities in the same program, recognizing each child as a unique individual.”
The site is owned by Seattle Public School district, but has been the home to Northwest Center’s school for 28 years – and per a letter from the school district, they now have 6 months to vacate so the district can use the building for Cascade Parent Partnership, a program for home-schooled children. According to the Seattle Times, their current building, the Wilson-Pacific School, is being demolished and replaced with a new middle school and elementary school.
While 6 months is the timeframe in the lease termination agreement, the school says it needs more time to make the move. According to Northwest Center, “at least two years would be needed to navigate the logistical challenges of a move as well as the licensing and permitting hurdles we would face.”
The Seattle Times has picked up the story and KING 5 is looking for parents to interview. You can read the full letter to Northwest Center parents below. If you’re interested in helping, check out the “How You Can Help” document, which also contains all of the contact information for Seattle Public School Board officials.
I am writing to share news that affects the entire Northwest Center Kids community that we have all worked so hard to build here at Queen Anne. As many of you know, we have made our home at North Queen Anne Elementary for 28 years, made possible by a long-time lease with Seattle Public Schools. We were recently notified by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lester Herndon, who is in charge of facilities among other things, that Seattle Public Schools needs the building back and will terminate our lease with six months notice per the terms of our lease agreement.
This is shocking news and news which we are prepared to challenge and fight with every resource available to us. Our first priority for the 49 year existence of Northwest Center has been you the families that make up our community of “people of all abilities.” We are determined to keep this community of families intact, and we are pursuing any and all possible solutions to accomplish this.
At this point we are in the early stages of reviewing our options which we hope will include productive negotiations with Seattle Public Schools. Northwest Center has already expressed its interest in buying the property from Seattle Public Schools. But if that is not possible then at minimum we need more time – at least two years to identify, permit, remodel, and license a facility that can accommodate our students and their specific needs.
Unfortunately we have not been included in any discussions to-date about the future of our school and our programs. Had Seattle Public Schools been more transparent with us about this plan when it was first formulated, we would have made our case that the facility is serving its best and highest purpose with Northwest Center Kids.
But we are inserting ourselves into the discussions now and making our case forcefully. Our singular focus is in doing everything we can to prevent devastating impacts to our programs, the early learning opportunities for the children we work with, and the sense of place and community that are so important to everyone associated with Northwest Center Kids.
It is obviously important for all of us to work together as we navigate this process and we want to hear from you and answer any questions and concerns you have. Tom Everill, our CEO, and I will be available to share information and answer questions on Friday from 4:30 – 6:00PM. At that time we will also be able to share with you what you can do to support our efforts and secure a future for Northwest Center Kids.
Friday, January 17 4:30 – 6:00PM
Queen Anne Conference Room
Thank you. We look forward to tackling this critical challenge together.
Executive Director, Northwest Center Kids
Tags: Northwest Center, Seattle Public Schools
January 23rd, 2014 by Laura
Sign up now if you’re interested in the Feet First Queen Anne Stairway Walk – last year’s event filled up minutes after our post (it’s limited to 25 people).
The Wilcox Wall Stairway
a likely candidate on the Stairway Walk
The second annual Stairway Walks Day is Saturday, February 8th, so sign up and mark your calendars. The walk begins at 10am and runs about 2 hours, winding around the southwest part of Queen Anne. The walk is free, although Feet First is asking for a mere $5 donation.
There are 17 other Stairway Walks in other Seattle neighborhoods and even as far away as Bellevue and Burien – so if you’ve done the Southwest Queen Anne stairs, you can explore further afield.
The February 8th date coincides with Seattle Neighborhood Appreciation Day, and Feet First is expecting 450 participants total.
If you happen to pass a group of 25 or so people ascending or descending our stairways that day, be sure to welcome them to Queen Anne!
Tags: Feet First, stairway walk, Stairway Walks Day
January 18th, 2014 by Laura
As part of the Mercer Corridor project, part of 5th Ave N will be closed this weekend, from 4am Saturday, January 18th through 5am Monday, January 20th (the section of 5th Ave N in front of The Gates Foundation). The same closures will be in effect next weekend too, January 25-27.
Here are the details from SDOT:
5th Ave N between Republican and Mercer streets will be fully closed to northbound traffic beginning the morning of Saturday, January 18th at 4am through Monday, January 20th at 5am to accommodate work on duct banks beneath the roadway.
During the closure:
- Travelers heading north on 5th Ave N will be detoured to 4th Ave N and eastbound Mercer St to reconnect with 5th Ave N at Mercer St
- Police officers will be stationed at 5th Ave N and Republican St, and 4th Ave N and Mercer St to facilitate traffic flow
- Travelers heading towards Queen Anne and the Seattle Center from I-5 or downtown should use eastbound Broad Street or Denny Way and 1st Ave N as alternate routes.
Per SDOT, expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.
Tags: Mercer, Mercer Corridor Project, street closure
January 15th, 2014 by Laura
Woza Soccer Adventures is an organization that develops and leads educational service trips for high school soccer players – trips that take the teens around the world to developing countries to learn and help out local soccer communities.
Founded by Ballard High School graduate Chris Kaimmer, Woza is a teen adventure travel company for soccer players. Woza’s summer adventure will take teens to South Africa, where they can experience local soccer culture and do service at a rural Zulu soccer academy in July.
This Thursday, you can learn more about Woza and the upcoming trip without even leaving the neighborhood. Cederberg Tea House will host Woza and interested teens and their families for a presentation on the upcoming trip.
Fees paid to go on this summer’s trip will fund a new soccer field for the academy and health/education initiatives in the community.
Kaimmer’s vision for Woza is “to create a teen adventure travel company for soccer players that sustainably funds worthwhile soccer academies and sport-focused NGOs in the developing world, and this is my pilot year to try to prove that it can work and that kids would want to go on a trip like this.
Interested players and families are invited to the free presentation at Cederberg Tea House (1417 Queen Anne Ave N) this Thursday, January 16th, at 7pm.
Not only can you learn more about the trip and enjoy South African tea and treats, you may also win a Vuvuzela horn!
Tags: soccer, travel