Entries Tagged as 'Local News'
October 5th, 2014 by Laura
Plan ahead if you have library materials to pick up or drop off – this week, the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Thursday, October 9th for an in-staff service day.
Since the branch is closed on Fridays, that means it’ll be closed two days in a row this week. The library will be back to regular operating hours on Saturday.
Tags: library, library closure
October 4th, 2014 by Laura
Bustle Caffe isn’t a new addition to Queen Anne, but their new breakfast menu is a new option for early morning meals.
The coffee spot that opened in 2009 has long had lunch sandwiches available to go along with your beverage choices, and now you can grab breakfast too.
The new breakfast menu features made to order breakfast sandwiches, and waffles will be on the menu in about two weeks. Here’s the sandwich line-up:
Bustle is busy recipe testing to get ready for the waffle launch. No definite waffle menu yet, but Bustle’s current waffle thinking is along these lines: caramelized white and brown sugar, nutella, banana and whip cream, and bacon-bit-berry compote. They may also make some breakfast sandwiches with waffles.
Enjoy the new breakfast addition to the top of Queen Anne, stop by Bustle at the corner of 6th Ave W and McGraw to check it out.
Updated to add the breakfast sandwich menu, enjoy!
Tags: breakfast, Bustle Caffe, waffles
October 1st, 2014 by Laura
Today Twirl Café announced that it will close on October 31st. The community gathering spot for kids and their families has hosted many movie nights, classes, meals, and happy hours. But, while it’s the end for Twirl, it’s also the beginning for Umbrella Tree.
An education studio that launched in January of this year, Umbrella Tree will take over the Twirl spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N. Umbrella Tree will offer classes and services for kids up to five years old and their parents/guardians. An open house celebration is planned for early December.
Umbrella Tree won’t be completely new to many Twirl customers, as it’s been offering classes at Twirl since January of this year. Plus, they were behind the Backpack Drive for Northwest Center in August of this year. Owners Arlene Sargeant, Louise Books, and Kelly Singer know the Queen Anne community and look forward to providing classes and services in 5 categories: play, education, wellness, community, and home.
Umbrella Tree will also offer birthday parties and drop-in play in the “Umbrella Room” playspace.
As for Twirl, the café will honor outstanding gift certificates, punch cards, and other credits until October 31st. According to Twirl owner Rebecca Pelletier: “As a Mom and resident of the Queen Anne community, I have treasured every moment serving and supporting moms in this neighborhood, and beyond. I’m excited about what’s next for the Twirl Cafe space.”
October 31st will be the last day to play at Twirl, and the café will participate in the annual Trick-or-Treating on Queen Anne Ave N. will be October 31.
Stop by Twirl to say goodbye, and get ready to welcome Umbrella Tree to the neighborhood.
Tags: business closing, business opening, Twirl Cafe, Umbrella Tree
September 30th, 2014 by Laura
UPDATE: KIRO’s Deborah Horne has relayed that “all workers at Asko Processing got out safely” per a tweet from KIRO’s Morgan Palmer.
The helicopters you can hear from Queen Anne are hovering over a 2-alarm building fire in Fremont. The building is at 434 N 35th St, owned by Asko Processing. The building is a metal processing plant. Seattle Fire is on the scene, call came in at 12:51pm.
Here’s a shot from Twitter from Queen Anne:
And, here’s where Asko is located, just across the Ship Canal:
September 30th, 2014 by Laura
Starting next week, SDOT will be working on repairs to the West Emerson overpass – the last overpass before the Ballard Bridge. The overpass was built in 1959 and has taken a beating by trucks with over-height loads. Chunks of concrete are missing, and SDOT will be repairing the overpass and repaving it.
A big heads up that this project is not a short one. SDOT will close the overpass to both vehicles and pedestrians starting next Thursday, October 9th through the end of the year. SDOT estimates that the repair work will be complete around January 1, 2015. (assuming no delays)
Here are the details from SDOT, plan ahead for trips to/from Ballard and expect delays on 15th Ave W as detours will be in effect.
W Emerson Overpass Repair Project
The project requires both nightly closures of 15thWest on the weekend of 10/10 – 10/12 and a long-term closure of the W Emerson overpass which begins the morning of Thurday 10/9.
SDOT has decided to combine the replacement of this girder, which will require demolishing the northern side of the overpass, with the renewal of the road surface on top of the road deck. This resurfacing will protect the existing road structure from future corrosion as well as provide an even driving surface for the portion of the overpass that must be replaced.
The project will require both a long-term closure of the overpass (beginning October 9) and a short-term closure of 15th Avenue W underneath the overpass.
15th Ave W Closure: October 10, 8pm to 9am and October 11 8pm to 3am
At 8pm on the night of Friday October 10 both north and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will be detoured to the west using W Emerson Place, Gilman Drive W, 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street.
Between 8pm and 9am the next morning, the contractor will break apart and remove the northern edge of the overpass and the damaged girder.
15th Avenue W will reopen to traffic Saturday morning, once the demolition is complete and the protection placed for the road below has been removed. The next night, October 11, new bearing pads and a replacement girder will be installed, with 15th Avenue W reopened before traffic resumes Monday morning.
Long Term Nickerson-Emerson Overpass Closure: October 9 through the end of 2014
The repair work will also require the complete closure of the W Emerson Street overpass to all traffic (including pedestrians) beginning on October 9, 2014. This closure will last through the duration of the work, approximately 12 weeks. The detour for west-bound vehicular traffic on W Nickerson Street will be a double crossing of the Ballard Bridge (using Leary Way NW for the turnaround) to reach W Emerson Street.
The detour for east-bound vehicular traffic on W Emerson Street will be turning south on 15th Avenue W and using W Dravus Street as the turn-around for accessing the W Nickerson Street exit from northbound 15th Avenue W.
We anticipate physical completion of the project within a few weeks of January 1, 2015.
Tags: Emerson Overpass, Nickerson, SDOT
September 29th, 2014 by Laura
September really passed me by. Due to illness, I was pretty much out of commission for the entire month. But, I’m feeling better and October is just around the corner!
Today’s grey, cool weather is screaming Fall. And, that means even cooler temps are on the way. For some of our neighbors in need, cool weather means turning to the Queen Anne Helpline. The Helpline offers a wide range of assistance and its clothing bank is a great resource.
Stephanie Kastner reached out to the Helpline to find out the best way to help stock the Helpline’s resources, and she’s kicking off a coat drive this Wednesday, October 1st. If you’d like to donate gently used coats for either kids or adults, she’s making it easy to do so.
You can drop off coats at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N during the month of October. You can also bring coats to two Queen Anne Farmers Markets (October 2 and October 16).
If you’d like to schedule a pick-up at your home, give Stephanie a call at 206-999-1459 or send an email.
Tags: coat drive, donations, Queen Anne Helpline
September 10th, 2014 by Laura
Editor’s Note: If you’ve sent tips, stories, or questions since the beginning of September, please know that you have not been ignored. Due to illness, I’ve been away from QAV. I’m just now catching up on QAV email and the blog will return to normal soon. Thanks!
UPTOWN ALLIANCE Agenda
7:00pm, Thursday, September 11, 2014
COMMUNITY ROOM @ EXPO (100 REPUBLICAN ST.)
Go to 1st Ave. N. at Republican St. Turn east toward Seattle Center. Turn in at 100 Republican, the big crescent sculptures and walk up the stairs and through the gate.
7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)
7:05 – 7:50pm Light Rail Transit alternatives that could serve Uptown Urban Center (Karen Waterman & Rachel Smith, Sound Transit)
7:50 – 8:05pm Topics of concern (all)
8:05 – 8:50pm Uptown Development Framework (UDF) update and University of Washington Urban Planning studio presentation (Rick Mohler, David Blum, students)
8:50 – 9:00pm Announcements (all), approve July meeting minutes & adjourn (Jean Sundborg)
Tags: Uptown Alliance
September 3rd, 2014 by Laura
Last week we posted about the upcoming Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project, and the volunteer opportunity is here! We first noticed changes when the Queen Anne P-Patch beehive disappeared (temporarily moved for the restoration work). Since then, signs have been posted to alert P-Patchers and residents about the upcoming work.
Wolf Creek Ravine is the natural greenspace that borders the P-Patch to the north, running under the McGraw Street and Queen Anne Drive bridges. The area near the P-Patch is full of blackberries and invasive knotweed, and the Green Seattle Partnership project will work on removing these plants and replacing them with native plantings.
Volunteers are needed to help with the project. To learn more about how you can help, attend a meeting tomorrow (Thursday), September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.
Work on Wolf Creek will begin soon with knotweed control completed by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers. Maps and more details can be found in last week’s post.
Tags: Queen Anne P-Patch, Wolf Creek Ravine
September 3rd, 2014 by Laura
The Kidd Valley at the corner of Mercer St and Queen Anne Ave N has closed up shop. A sign on the door stated that September 1st was its last day in Queen Anne.
The building that houses Kidd Valley will be demolished for the upcoming construction on a CVS Pharmacy location. We first reported on the short future for the Queen Anne Kidd Valley last summer.
More on the upcoming new development is in our August 16th post.
Tags: business closure, CVS, Kidd Valley
September 1st, 2014 by Laura
Earlier this month, we posted the news on a liquor license application by the Streamline Tavern. On August 19th, the owners of the Streamline applied for an assumption liquor license for Jabu’s Pub, a license issued “where there is a currently licensed business with the same exact type of liquor license”.
That currently licensed business was Jabu’s Pub at 174 Roy Street. Nothing is confirmed just yet, but this weekend Jabu’s took to Facebook to alert customers that it’ll be changing ownership soon. They’re throwing a goodbye & thank you celebration next Saturday, September 6th:
What’s that mean for the Streamline? It’s closer to a new home, but there’s still a little over a week to go before everything is finalized. Anyone who’s been through a home purchase will understand – you hold your breath until everything is official.
Potential new home for Streamline
According to Mike Lewis, owner of the Streamline, “We’re close but the deal won’t be final for another week. Provided everything works out, we’re excited about becoming the new owners of Jabu’s.”
In the meantime, plan on sending off Jabu’s in style with karaoke, drink specials, and a fun send-off next Saturday at Jabu’s. Then, if all goes as planned, expect the Streamline sign to move a few blocks away to a new home in the near future.
Tags: Jabus Pub, Streamline Tavern
August 24th, 2014 by Laura
Just before the Trees for Neighborhoods annual free trees program kicked off, we gave the heads up about this program and how you could apply for up to 4 free trees.
Applications opened on August 4th, and 20 days later, there are still trees available. Apply today for free trees that will help beautify Queen Anne, provide shade, and even increase property values. Plus, the upfront investment is zero – the trees are free, you just have to plant them and provide care, and ReLeaf helps get you started.
Not only do you get free trees, you also get assistance for permit applications and training on tree planting and care.
Trees can be planted in planting strips (that space between the sidewalk and the street) or in your yard.
Plus, if you apply for a white oak, silver linden, tulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip, it could be a future neighborhood landmark tree.
Street trees require a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. If you have the space and no power lines, what are you waiting for? Those of us who wilt in the summer heat will appreciate the shade that these trees will one day provide.
Apply today! Street trees applications are due by this Wednesday, August 27th. Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.
If you have any questions on the free tree program, send an email or call 206-684-3979.
Tags: free trees, reLeaf, trees
August 21st, 2014 by Laura
UPDATE: I walked by the protest at 4:15pm and the crowd was small. About 10 protestors talking to a film crew from KIRO.
We’ve had quite a few readers write us today about the rumored “National Day of Rage” protest on Queen Anne. Many non-official outlets are circulating a list of cities where these protests are taking place, and the Seattle location is listed as the Queen Anne Baptist Church at 2011 1st Ave N.
The protest is scheduled for 4pm today. However, there are conflicting reports on what group is sponsoring this protest, with Snopes concluding:
“It’s virtually impossible to say who specifically began “Day of Rage” rumors calling for protests across the U.S. on 21 August. However, the @OpFerguson account and the @YourAnonNews account do not appear to be organizing or endorsing the actions mentioned in the circulating emails and Facebook posts.”
If you’re in the area today around 4pm – it’s a block away from the Queen Anne Farmers Market – heads up that there may or may not be a crowd.
Tags: Ferguson, protest