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UPDATE: Package thief identified, SPD seeks help in finding her

August 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Package ThiefAs a follow up to Wednesday’s story about the package thief caught on video, the suspect’s identity has been released by the Seattle Police Department – and SPD is asking residents to call 911 if you see her.

Per SPD, here is the suspect’s information:

  • Melissa D. Gonzales
  • 39 year old white female
  • 5’10, 160lbs
  • Brown hair, blue eyes

If you see this woman around Queen Anne, call 911. Here’s the full surveillance video footage captured by the reader’s security camera – it’s a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm, available at Amazon.

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Queen Bee to serve fresh crumpets and more on Queen Anne

August 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Queen Bee signCrumpet café Queen Bee is planning to open its second location next month, bringing fresh crumpets and crumpwiches (signature sandwiches on crumpets) to Queen Anne. The crumpet and coffee shop is planning a mid-September opening in the Aegis Living building at 223 W Galer St.

Owned and operated by Aegis CEO Dwayne Clark, Queen Bee has an interesting backstory and operating model. While most retirement communities have retail located on-site, Queen Bee is designed to be a spot for all neighborhood residents – and it gives back to the community too.

Queen Bee bldgQueen Bee is named after Dwayne’s English mother, a line cook who was “the Queen Bee of the family”. With meager means, she fed her family with potatoes she got from work – and she paid back the potatoes with interest, instilling a sense of giving back in her family.

Helpline logoAs a nod to Dwayne’s mother, traditional English crumpets make up the menu and giving back is at the core of Queen Bee’s business model – Queen Bee gives 100% of its profits to local charities. The charity changes quarterly, and first up for the Queen Anne location will be the Queen Anne Helpline.

Queen Bee’s menu is online, and you can also read about the original location on Yelp – it’s a popular spot over on E Madison. The Queen Anne café is designed to be a meeting place, dining spot, and take-out shop for crumpets and crumpwiches to go.

Queen Bee is “excited to be part of the Queen Anne neighborhood” and start giving back to the community. They’re planning a late September opening, so stay tuned for an official opening date and get ready to help the Helpline in Queen Bee’s first 3 months on Queen Anne!

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Queen Anne package thief identified thanks to reader video

August 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Package ThiefA couple of days ago, we got an email from a reader who was the victim of package theft. It’s not the only report we’ve received in the past few weeks, but this particular one ends on a positive note.

The package theft occurred near 4th Ave W and W Howe St – but the video surveillance footage taken by the reader’s security camera was so clear, SPD was able to make a positive ID of the suspect, and they’re moving ahead with prosecution.

The suspect has a criminal record, and may have hit other Queen Anne homes. Granted, she’s likely not the only one out looking for easy pickings, so if you have a camera system, make sure it’s aimed properly as SPD can use it to identify suspects with criminal records. Check out the photo to the right – it’s taken from the video and is crystal clear.

The reader called the SPD non-emergency number (206-625-5011) and told them she had video footage. Reporting crimes online is easy – and definitely report all crimes big and small – but if you have video, call SPD. An officer can respond and use the footage to help identify the subject.

UPDATE: readers have been asking what camera the reader has – it’s a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera 4mm, available at Amazon.

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SDOT to pave 6th Ave W this weekend

August 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SDOT will be paving a short stretch of 6th Ave W, from W McGraw to W Crockett St, this weekend. Here are the details from SDOT:
6th Ave W Paving

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will pave Sixth Avenue West on Queen Anne Hill, from West McGraw Street to West Crockett Street this weekend, if weather permits. The street will be closed to through traffic except for King County Metro buses which will be allowed to drive through the work zone. On-street parking will be restricted in the area. The crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Police Officers will be present to help keep traffic moving.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Squid

August 7th, 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.

Bronson (charming Springer Spaniel) – available for adoption
Kohmi (beauty of a Siamese cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Penny & Patty (cute-as-can-be guinea pigs) – available for adoption

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Squid 1Meet Squid!

Hi, I’m Squid! I am looking for a forever home where I can assume my reign and be my Tortie self. I am not going to smother you, but I will greet you enthusiastically when you get home! I like it when you pet me, brush me, and play with me but then I’ll go off and take a bath, or jump up high in my cat tree by the window as I do love watching the trees and birds and bugs! I like to nap and if I want some attention when I wake up I’ll ask for it with my little chirpy meows.

I love it when you pet me from my head to the base of my tail. Sometimes I like to be in the same room with you, but sometimes I just want to do my own thing, like sleep in a little box I found that’s just my size. When I’m feeling frisky, I will chase string, feathers, and I do play ping pong. Yep. There is video to prove it!

Squid 2My foster mom is a nice lady who calls me Squiddy-kitty, Squiddify, and Squee-Squee. She says I’m “totally lovable, sweet, amusing, quirky, curious, confident, and independent.” Yeah, true, I don’t love being held, and I’m not much for sitting on human laps, but I talk to my humans and I sure do like it when they play with me and brush me and scratch my cheeks. If you’re working at your desk, I might jump up there too to keep you company, especially if there’s a window for me to look out.

In terms of my house etiquette, I know the rules and I am very good about using my litter box and my nice cardboard scratcher. (Oh! I just have one rule for you – I prefer clay clumping litter.) I used to be indoor/outdoor, and gosh I’d be so happy with some future supervised opportunities to go outside. But I don’t make a rush for the door or anything when you open it – I’m just happy you came home!

Squid 3Squid would thrive in a moderately active household with adults and teens, and would be easy for a first-time cat owner who does not require a lap cat. She is six years old, spayed and up to date on her vaccinations. She would prefer to preside as your one and only pet, but who could blame her? With the endearing Squid around, your home would be complete. Why not call to set up a meeting? Your next best friend is waiting.

Squid (SAS ID #15-112) is waiting patiently in foster care for your call. Please contact the Foster Care Hotline at (206) 684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at the Queen Anne Farmers Market today

August 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

National Farmers Market WeekIt’s National Farmers Market Week, a perfect time to swing by the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Here are some stats that QAFM shared about Farmers Markets:

  • Farmers Markets protect farmland from development: 1 in 4 farmers at markets farm on protected land
  • Growers selling local create 13 farm jobs per $1 million in revenue, while those not selling local only create 3 jobs
  • 1.5 million low-income families got fresh local produce at Farmers Markets through WIC FMNP in 2013
  • People eat more fruits and veggies when they shop at a Farmers Market instead of a grocery store
  • 3 in 4 farmers selling at Farmers Markets use practices consistent with organic standards

Today’s rotating vendors and activities include:

Wineries: Lopez Island Vineyard & Winery and Stomani Cellars & Winery
Food Trucks: Fish Basket, Roll OK Please, and Grilled Cheese Experience
Artisans: Jonboy Caramels, NW Gourmet Harvest, Chimacum Valley Dairy, and Luv Macarons

Community Tent: Learn about the work of the Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart this week at the Community Tent.

Live Music: Join indie outlaws Whitherward for an evening of modern Americana, classic folk, and 90’s rock (ceremoniously dubbed “power folk”). This acoustic duo is coming all the way from Denver, Colorado, to play the picnic lawn.

Plan a trip to the QAFM today between 3pm and 7:30pm, grab dinner at a food truck, learn about the Food Bank, listen to some power folk music, and take home fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, and more!

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Giant Mercer Street slip-and-slide cancelled

August 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Slide OrcaSlip and Slide fans brace yourselves: the giant water slide that was slated to take over Mercer St on August 16th has been cancelled. The event organizers apparently ran into problems with Health Department permits, and have had to scrap the whole show.

The organizers hope to bring the giant slide to Seattle next year, and promise it’ll be bigger and better than what they’d planned for this year. That’s a tall order, as the slide was going to run along Mercer Street from Warren Ave N to 4th Ave N.

Slide the City also cancelled other planned slides in Spokane and the Tri-Cities, due to the same WA state Health Department permit issues.

Upside? No traffic snarls from the Slide next weekend.

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Entre Amis no longer open for business on Queen Anne

August 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Entre Amis signLate last week, a reader let us know that Entre Amis would be closing yesterday, Sunday, August 2nd. I contacted owner Benjamin Bernard-luneau and he confirmed that the rumor was true. However, up until last night, he was hopeful there would be an alternative to closing the popular French restaurant on Queen Anne Ave N.

Unlike most of our business closings, this one has nothing to do with rent increases or retirement plans. Benjamin needs to return to France for a bit, and until he can find someone to “keep the concept of Entre Amis alive”, the restaurant will remain closed.

He hopes to come back to the restaurant or find someone to run it in his absence. As of today, Entre Amis is shuttered. Benjamin wanted to pass along his thanks to all of the Queen Anne residents who dined at Entre Amis since it opened this past Spring.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Bronson

August 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays, [note: this week it's Sunday] 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.

Kohmi (beauty of a Siamese cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Penny & Patty (how-cute-are-we guinea pigs) – available for adoption

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Bronson 1Meet Bronson!

Hello! I’m Bronson, Mr. B to my friends. I’m a happy, friendly, older (10 years) springer spaniel and a very charming gentleman, if I do say so myself. I will greet you with a big smile and a whole body wag when you come home – how great would that be!

I am looking for a new forever person or family with some dog experience or willingness to learn with me and provide structure as I settle into my new home. I would love a home with adults only, or with respectful teenagers. I’m very well behaved with my foster sibling cats and parrot, and I greet other dogs of all sizes very politely when we are on walks. I think I’d share a house well with other dogs as long as I didn’t get picked on and they didn’t take my toys. I love people very much and will turn in happy circles whenever I get excited.

Bronson 2I walk nicely on a leash, but don’t require a ton of exercise. A leisurely walk around the neighborhood is fine by me, and if you happen to live near water, I might like to play in that. I would love a home with someone who is retired or works from home. Or maybe I could go to work with you?

My foster mom says something about me not liking crates and kennels. I get to be in the entire house while my foster mom and dad are at work because I have perfect house manners, and I wait patiently for them to come home. My foster mom lets me out about every 6 hours during the day, and I could probably learn to use a dog door because I’m very smart. I ride well in the car and I behaved very well in the pet store when we went for a visit. I even went to a party and was told I could visit any time.

Bronson 3I’ve recently been to the vet to have a couple of teeth that were hurting me removed, along with a benign tumor. Now I’m in great shape (and feeling better too!) and ready for my new home. I’d really love to meet you, so why not fill out an application to meet me?!

This wonderful dog qualifies for the Shelter’s Senior Citizen Discount program. Senior citizens or disabled adults with a ‘Gold Card for Healthy Aging’ or a ‘FLASH’ card, issued by the City of Seattle, may adopt an adult dog (at least six years old) at a special price: there will be no fee for the adoption itself, and the licensing fee will be half-price!

Bronson (SAS ID #15-7454) is being adored in a foster home, he is not at the Shelter. If you would like to meet him, you must submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting it via email or fax. Or, you may pick up an application at the Shelter. If you have general questions about Bronson, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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SDOT paving portion of Galer St this weekend

August 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Starting tomorrow, SDOT will be re-paving a portion of W Galer St, and westbound traffic will be detoured:
Galer Paving

SDOT crews will grind and pave W Galer Street from Queen Anne Ave N to 2nd Ave W this weekend, Aug.1 – 2. The crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Galer will remain open to eastbound traffic, but drivers traveling westbound will follow detour signs leading them north on Queen Anne Avenue and onto West McGraw Street to continue westward. Sidewalks will remain open. Police officers will be on-site to assist pedestrians cross the street and to help keep traffic moving.

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UPDATE: LOST CAT Indoor Abyssinian cat lost near W Crockett & 10th Ave W

July 31st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Lost Cat CassieUPDATE: Cassie has been found and is home safe & sound. Thanks to all who looked for her!

A reader wrote us this morning about her lost indoor cat. Cassie is an indoor-only so has no collar or chip. She fell out of a second-floor window last night when a screen failed, and hasn’t been seen since.

Cassie is a 10 lb Red Abyssinian cat.  She might be injured from the fall and taking shelter in a hiding place near her home. If you live near W Crockett St between 10th Ave W and 11th Ave W, please check garages, carports, under decks, and in yards for Cassie.

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Hommage to close after less than a year

July 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

HommageA reader tipped us to a restaurant closing – this time, Hommage is planning to close in mid-August. Just a year ago, we posted on the new restaurant that was going into the old Book Bindery spot. Barely open a year, the French-inspired restaurant opened in the old Book Bindery location at 198 Nickerson St, next to the ship canal. (Book Bindery had a 4-year run, if you’re counting)

Chef Nico Borzee was hired on for the new Hommage restaurant concept and Michael and Sumi Almquist kept ownership as the restaurant changed from Book Bindery to Hommage.

No word on upcoming plans for the space.

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