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Remember to thank your Metro Bus driver on Wednesday (and every other day too)

March 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Transit Driver Appreciation DayNot to hammer home mom’s advice, but please and thank you go a long way – and tomorrow is your chance to join in on a King County-wide initiative to thank the hard-working Metro Bus drivers that get us to and from our destinations and navigate the mess that is Seattle traffic.

Wednesday, March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, and it’s easy to participate. How? Just say “thank you” to your Metro Bus drivers. It’s that simple.

Maybe you want to go the extra mile? Do you have a driver on one of our Queen Anne routes that goes above and beyond for passengers? There’s a way to give Metro the heads up on these drivers via an online commendation form.

Or, just say “thanks” tomorrow when you take the bus. It’s just that easy!

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Queen Anne Community Council reviews two new multi-story Uptown developments tonight

March 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The Queen Anne Community Council Land Use committee (LURC) meets tonight, March 16th, at 7pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). This particular Land Use meeting will focus on two Uptown developments, so if you’re interested in Uptown’s rapid growth, this is the meeting for you.

One project is a 6-story mixed use building at Denny Way and Warren Ave N, the other is a 5-story apartment complex at 19 W Harrison. Representatives will provide presentations and answer questions from the QACC and people in attendance.

Here’s the agenda with brief descriptions of the two new developments:

124 Denny Way7:00pm – 8:00pm: 124 Denny Way  (NW corner of Denny Way and Warren Ave N)
John Teutsch

Land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 75 residential units over 2,550 sq. ft. of commercial and six live/work units. Parking for 50 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online. 

19 W Harrison8:00pm – 9:00pm 19 West Harrison  (SE corner of 1st Ave W and Harrison)
Maria Barrientos

Land Use Application to allow a 5-story structure with 71 residential units above 685 sq. ft. of retail space. Project also includes 4 live/work units and parking for 45 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online.

The QACC meeting is open to all, so if you want to see what’s on tap for Uptown in the near future, or have comments/questions, plan on attending tonight’s meeting.

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Assault at Little Howe Park on Saturday night

March 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Little Howe mapA reader wrote us this morning to let us know about an assault that occurred at 9:45pm last night (Saturday, March 14th) at Little Howe Park, aka East Queen Anne Playfield. A 19 year-old woman was assaulted in the northeast part of the park, near the basketball court.

The reader heard her screams, called 911, and assisted the victim. The SPD report has no narrative, only the basic facts (time, location, type of crime). We’ve contacted our West Precinct coordinator, and will update the post if we get any additional information.

Here’s the information from the Good Samaritan neighbor:

“At 9:45pm a 19 year old woman was assaulted by a fleeing black male screaming obscenities in Little Howe Park. Another white, young male showed up after the assault who was intending to be part of the meeting. After hearing screams, we called 911, QA Fire responded within about 5 minutes, SPD was there within 10 minutes. An ambulance responded as well. The woman was treated for her injuries. The park was completely unlit with overgrown hedges.

The police officer who came was from Pike and Pine, and reported that they are short-staffed tonight.  This appeared to be a drug deal gone wrong.”

While scary, this incident is also a reminder that our safe neighborhood can still be dangerous at night. Last year, another woman was mugged near the park while walking her dog at 10:30pm. Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t walk alone at night – especially through city Parks, which close at dusk for safety reasons.

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St Patrick’s Day Dash is Sunday

March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

St Pats 2015 RouteTomorrow, Sunday March 15th, is the annual St Patrick’s Day Dash and kids’ run, both starting at the Seattle Center. As with other road races that start and/or finish at Seattle Center, the Dash will impact local streets in the morning hours.

SDOT estimates that 13,000 people will attend tomorrow’s race, with staging on Mercer St between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N. The Race starts in four 10-minute interval waves beginning at 8:30am. The staging area will be closed from 6am to 11am, and expect road closures along the mapped route.

Also, watch out for kids around the Seattle Center as the Kids Dash starts at the same Mercer staging area and finishes near the Seattle Children’s Museum:

St Pats Kids 2015

The Irish Festival finishes up tomorrow at Seattle Center, so wear your green to cheer on the runners and catch some Irish culture too – free admission, runs from 10am to 6pm. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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The 5 Spot is celebrating 25 years on Queen Anne and giving back to the community again

March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

5 Spot John HayThe 5 Spot is truly a Queen Anne neighborhood institution, serving food to locals and visitors alike, and supporting the neighborhood with fundraisers and events. It’s now been at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St for 25 years. That milestone alone is a good reason to stop by the 5 Spot this month – but there’s more.

This Monday, March 16th, if you dine at the 5 Spot, you can help out one of our local elementary schools at the same time. The 5 Spot is hosting “Dining Out for John Hay” to help showcase the school’s upcoming online auction and raise money for the school’s Arts program.

For all food sales between 8:30am and 10pm, the 5 Spot is donating 25% of the proceeds to John Hay. It’s an easy way to support both a local business and Queen Anne students at the same time.

Thanks to the 5 Spot for its continuing neighborhood support, and happy 25th anniversary!

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Walter & Jesse

March 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Goldie (glamorous orange and white feline) – available for adoption
Ryder (affectionate Chihuahua mix) – adopted!
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Slate(silky gray cat) – adopted!
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Buttercup (hippity hoppity bunny) – available for adoption

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Meet Walter and Jesse!

Walter Jesse 2Well hello there! That handsome grey/fancy fella there is Jesse, and that’s me, Walter, in the beautiful white coat. Pretty darn attractive gentlemen, aren’t we? We’re a friendly pair of male rats who came into the shelter after being abandoned. What a lousy thing for someone to do, but no matter, we’re safe and warm in a cozy foster home now. We’re looking forward to moving on with our lives and into a new human family that will love and care for us. We’re fairly well socialized and looking for a home where we’ll get plenty of attention from our human friends. I love pets and skritches, and while Jesse is a little more reserved, he’ll come around for the right treats. As you might imagine, we’re very attached to each other and must be adopted together.

Walter Jesse 1If you’ve never had a pet rat before – well, you really don’t know what you’re missing! Rats are highly intelligent and social animals (if I may say so myself), and we do best with a rat buddy or two, that’s why it’s important that Jesse and I stay together. We need daily interaction with our human companions, as well as toys and activities to keep us busy. They say rats are charming and engaging animals, and they make rewarding pets – Jesse and I would love to prove that to you.

We’re pretty easy keepers, but we do need a large cage with plenty of materials to make nests with (paper, old socks, tissues, etc.), and a couple of hideaways to make them in. Cardboard boxes with entry ways cut into them make excellent rat houses. We’ll also need plenty of room to climb and explore.

The best food for us is high-quality rat/rodent blocks, supplemented daily with healthy fresh foods like greens, peas, corn, tofu, non-dairy yogurt, fruit, pulses, oats and other whole grains. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Of course, we should always have access to fresh water. With love and care, rats live 2-3 years.

We’d love to meet you so call the Critter Foster Line at (206) 684-0685 or emailsasfostercritters@gmail.com to set up a meeting.

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday with guest speaker Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

March 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday, March 12th at 7pm at the EXPO Community Room (100 Republican St). This month, the Uptown Alliance welcomes guest speaker Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

Plus, updates on Lake2Bay and a call for 2015 volunteers.

7:00-7:10 – Welcome and introductions

7:10-7:35 – Lake2Bay Broad Street study

7:35-8:00 – CouncilmemberSally Bagshaw

8:00-8:30 – Seattle in Progress web tool and app

8:30-8:45 – Identify volunteers for 2015 priority Uptown Alliance work (Transportation, Historic preservation, Land Use/Housing, Parks & open space, Uptown Arts and Culture District, Senior Community liaison, Communications)

8:45-9:00 – Topics of concern: Parklet update, UDF update, other topics

All are welcome to attend.

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Long-term lane closures on Aurora begin this week

March 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Aurora Lane Closures March 2015Starting Monday, March 9th, WSDOT will begin work on the portion of Aurora/99 between Valley St and the Aurora Bridge, resulting in approximately 12 weeks of lane closures that will impact traffic. Also, note that northbound Aurora will be closed to all traffic from 10pm Tuesday, March 10th to 6am, Wednesday, March 11th.

Here are the key details:

- Monday, March 9th: preliminary work

- Tuesday, March 10th: full overnight closure (10pm to 6am) of northbound 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street

- Wednesday, March 11th: 8 weeks of northbound lane closures and 12 weeks of southbound lane closures, details below:

Northbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North

  • One lane closed for approximately 8 weeks between Valley St and the Aurora Bridge
  • Two lanes will remain open to traffic during peak travel times.
  • Buses will travel and stop in the right lane with other vehicle traffic.
  • An additional lane may close at night and during some weekend days.

Southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North

  • One lane will be closed for approximately 12 weeks between the Aurora Bridge and Valley Street.
  • Two lanes will remain open to traffic during peak travel times.
  • The bus-only lane restriction will be lifted; buses will travel and stop in the right lane with other vehicle traffic.
  • An additional lane may close at night and during some weekend days.

Per WSDOT, the long-term lane closures are expected to cause additional congestion and backups on Aurora, especially during peak commute times. Buses will travel and make stops in the outside lanes with other vehicle traffic. The southbound, bus-only lane will be open to all traffic during this work.

Plan ahead, leave early, and pack your patience.

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The modern day portrait on display at Stacya Silverman Fine Art starting this Sunday

March 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Freeman_FarrThis Sunday, Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is hosting an opening reception for “The Portrait Reframed” – an exhibition of photographic portraiture by local Northwest artists – this Sunday, March 8th from 1pm to 4pm.

All of the artists featured demonstrate unique abilities to capture images of living, breathing, human beings in the historic tradition of portraiture.

JayDeFehrStacyaPosed and thoughtful, the portraits these artists create go beyond the modern selfie or quick snapshot that are ubiquitous in today’s online world. With modern technology, everyone can be a photographer – but not everyone is an artist.

The Portrait Reframed aims to show the key difference between the average iPhone photo and a professional artist’s personal view of a portrait. Artists featured include Anita Nowacka, Davis Freeman, Edye Colello-Morton, Jay Defehr, Ron Reeder and Thomas Schworer.

Here’s an excerpt from the show’s description that provides some insight on the photographers you can meet on Sunday:
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“Davis Freeman often photographs his subjects with their eyes closed. Both Anita Nowacka and Edye Colello-Morton look for a certain spark that lets us into their subject’s world. Jay Defehr ignores conventional ideals by celebrating scars, ridges, angles—even perspiration. Ron Reeder often draws upon the style, lighting and composition of photographers from the past. Thomas Schworer has people answer a questionnaire, so that he can incorporate images of their inner-life and history within their portrait.”

This post includes photos from all six artists – Davis Freeman at the top, followed by Jay Defehr, and Thomas Schworer. Below are images from Ron Reeder and Edye Colello-Morton. A portrait by  Anita Nowacka is at the end of the post.

Ron Reeder Edye Colello Morton

Anita Nowacka Photography The show runs from this Sunday, March 8th through June 15th.

For more information, you can contact Stacya Silverman via phone 206.270.9465 or email or visit the gallery website.

Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is at 614 West McGraw Street, Suite 101 (across from Macrina Bakery).

Stop by on Sunday for the artists’ reception or anytime through June to check out the modern portrait.

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Learn about the Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance at the QACC meeting on Wednesday

March 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA sign smallThe Queen Anne Community Council meets this Wednesday, March 4th at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St) at 7:30pm. The regular committee reports will include a review from the new Public Safety committee, which focuses on crime and traffic safety.

In addition to the committee reports and an open forum, the QACC meeting features Barcy Fisher from the Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance (QANA). Barcy will provide information on a “variety of ways neighbors can get involved, connect, learn and have fun while helping to build community.”

QANA is always looking for interested neighbors to help and have fun with community events like the annual Queen Anne Days, the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market tent, and advocacy groups that support local businesses.

Here’s the full agenda:

  • 7:30 – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 – Open Forum
  • 7:45 – Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance, Barcy Fisher
  • 8:15 – Committee Reports – Transportation, LURC/Planning, Parks, Public Safety, District Council, NAC, Communications
  • 9:15 – New Business
  • 9:30 – Adjournment

If you’d like to get involved with QANA or help out with fun events like Queen Anne Days, you can meet Barcy at Wednesday’s QACC meeting or email her for more info.

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Icebox Grocery changing its name to Tenth West

March 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Tenth WestLocal breakfast/lunch/brunch spot Icebox Grocery is undergoing a slight modification.

Per a Facebook post last week, the restaurant is changing its name to Tenth West – and it’s just a name change. The menu is staying the same, so you can still get your favorites at 1903 C 10th Ave W. Along with the new name is a snazzy new logo (see image to the right).

Stop by and say hello to a new name, same spot. (except today, as they’re closed on Mondays)

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Slate

March 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays [Sunday this week due to travel and getting sick while on said travel – yuck.] we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Goldie (glamorous orange and white feline) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Pumpkin (orange tabby kitty) – available for adoption
Buttercup (hippity hoppity bunny) – available for adoption

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Meet Slate!

Slate 2Slate is a pretty boy with luscious blue-gray fur and golden eyes. He was a stray taken in by a caring woman who couldn’t keep him because she had three other cats. Slate was most likely feral originally, but quickly learned to love the human touch. His caretaker was able to groom him twice a day, which he loved (and still does!) We don’t know his age, but he is probably a middle age adult. The vet says he is not particularly old.

Slate is very healthy, but he is FIV positive (FIV=Feline Immunodeficiency virus), which means he had mostly likely been bitten by another FIV+ cat in his past life as a stray on the streets. (He is not an aggressive cat, though.) FIV+ cats can typically live normal lives both in quality and duration, when they have loving and caring homes. He should be an only cat, or only live with another FIV+ cat.

Slate 1Slate is very healthy and happy now, but he arrived at the Shelter with some gum disease and bad teeth that have been extracted (thanks to charitable donations to the SASF “Help the Animals Fund”). He has 4 teeth left, and that doesn’t stop him from having a great appetite, or slow him down in any way!

Today, Slate is an avid lap-sitter and loves playtime, as well as being groomed, petted and scratched with a back-scratcher.

He likes watching TV, especially if there are birds on the screen he can swat at! Just check out this fun video of him:

Slate is being lavished with love and pets in a foster home. Please call Deb at (206) 234-7739 for more information about Slate and to make arrangements to meet him.

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