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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Duke & Pooky

October 10th, 2014 by Laura

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 Wednesday – 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.

Bella (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) – available for adoption
Casanova (black cat) – adopted!
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption
Martin (lionhead rabbit) – adopted!
Chinchillas – two available for adoption


Pooky n Duke 2014-10-09 1Meet Duke and Pooky – ‘cuz two are better than one!

Pooky and Duke are best friends that arrived at the shelter together. They have been together almost 11 years – ever since they were pups – and they really need a home together.

The best home for them will be adults only and have some prior dog experience. A home that’s moderately active to calm would be a good fit. They are both house trained, so no worries there.

And both dogs are good with some other dogs (they are GREAT with each other!) and cats, too, with supervision.

Pooky 2014-10-09 1Pooky is a female, Husky mix. She’s a laid back lady – gentle, easy-going and calm. She likes going on walks, and a nice volunteer recently took her to Greenlake. Pooky didn’t make it all the way around the lake (3 miles), but she did well, and when she was all tired out, she hung out in the cool green grass where she got lots of pets and admiration from folks passing by. All the other dogs, kids, bikes and runners at the park didn’t faze her at all.

And in case you didn’t notice – she’s absolutely beautiful!! Pooky has one blue eye and one brown eye, so she’s extra special. She likes having her thick coat groomed so she can keep looking her best. She is probably just a tad overweight, so cutting down on the snacks, and taking a few more walks may be in order. Pooky knows how to ‘sit’ when asked, and she’d be happy to have her new person teach her more!

Duke 2014-10-09 1Duke is a male, Weimaraner/Lab mix. He has a lot of get-up-and-go and spunk for a fellow his age. Recently he went on an outing to Greenlake and he was pretty excited when he got there, but as the walk progressed he calmed down. After walking the lake he had energy to spare. Duke was really interested in all the squirrels and he enjoyed meeting all the new humans and everyone saying how handsome he is (who doesn’t like to hear that!)

He’s a playful guy, and balls are his favorite toy. He already knows ‘sit’ and he’s very interested in treats; he’d be glad to learn more commands if treats are involved! Duke is friendly and outgoing, and an overall great pooch.

These wonderful dogs qualify for the 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!

Duke and Pooky (SAS ID #1420952-1 & 2) would be honored if you would consider them. Come down to the Shelter today to meet them so they can charm your socks off! Dog Adoption Applications are available in the Shelter lobby, or you may download the application and bring it with you to the Shelter or follow the directions to submit it via email or fax. If you have general questions about these dogs, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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Queen Anne Farmers Market winds down the season next week

October 9th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMOctober brings many things to look forward to, as well as one sad goodbye to our Queen Anne Farmers Market. It’s been a great season of fresh fruit, vegetables, Market demos, and performances at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. But, all good things must come to an end, and the market wraps its 2014 season next week.

Fear not though, the Market will be open today, Thursday, October 9th and next Thursday, October 16th from 3pm to 7pm. Then, the Market and its vendors will take a break until next June.

As the last two Market days help close the season, the QAFM would like to remind residents of the following:

- CSA Delivery: Get fresh produce throughout the year via CSA box delivery for the winter months. If you’re unsure if your favorite vendor has a CSA, the Info Tent we will have a complete list available.

- QAFM T-Shirts: All market t-shirts (from $20 to $15) and sweatshirts (from $30 to $20) will be on sale today. Stop by the Info Tent to check out the QAFM swag and 100% of the proceeds go to support the non-profit, community-run market.

- Queen Anne Helpline Coat Drive: You can drop off gently-used or new coats this week or next at the Info Tent. Coats will help members of the community who need them for the upcoming winter months.

Plan to spend today and next Thursday getting your Queen Anne Farmers Market fix before the long winter break!

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Seattle Cookie Counter starts Wednesday service at Umpqua Bank today

October 8th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Cookie Counter VWYou may have seen the Seattle Cookie Counter blue and white VW van at Ken’s Market in the past few months. Now, the vegan ice cream sandwich truck has found a regular Queen Anne spot at the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank parking lot.

You can get ice cream sandwiches, hand pies, and cookies every Wednesday at Umpqua Bank from noon to 6pm (hint: they’re there now).

Everything from Seattle Cookie Counter is dairy free and vegan, and they also have gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options. You can check out their wares on their Facebook page, or stop by Umpqua Bank today at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N or any future Wednesday.

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Queen Anne library branch closed this Thursday

October 5th, 2014 by Laura

QALibraryPlan 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.

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Bustle Caffe adds breakfast to their menu

October 4th, 2014 by Laura

BustleBustle 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 Breakfast

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!

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LOST CAT: Tuxedo kitty missing near Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw

October 1st, 2014 by Laura

If you live near the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St, keep an eye out for Sia. Check your garages and under decks, as she may be hiding. Here’s more info from her owner:

SiaSia is a black & white “tuxedo” cat, female, who is very friendly and curious.

She was last seen around 7:30pm on September 29th near the NW corner of Queen Anne Ave and W McGraw St.

She was wearing a aquamarine/green collar with tags that contain our phone numbers.

Sia is an indoor/outdoor cat and may be injured/spooked and hiding under a neighbor’s deck. in a garage/shed, or even up a tree.
If found, please contact Kianoush Naficy at 206.931.7711 or via

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Twirl Café says goodbye, Umbrella Tree says hello

October 1st, 2014 by Laura

twirl logoToday 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 TreeUmbrella 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.

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McGraw & 7th Ave W gets concrete makeover by Parks; attend QACC meeting to learn more

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

Our local Queen Anne Greenways community group has made great strides in making our neighborhood safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists too. One key upcoming improvement is a 4-way stop at the intersection of McGraw and 7th Ave W – but the park-like improvements to the intersection proposed by SDOT are now in jeopardy.

McGraw Option 1

SDOT’s Brian Dougherty provided a quick sketch of the proposal for the intersection; surprisingly, the sketch is far from park-like. You can see below the stark difference between the SDOT proposal and the Parks proposal. The Parks sketch is almost all concrete, adding little to this key intersection near businesses and Coe Elementary:

McGraw and 7th Ave W Parks

Ironically, 7th Ave W is part of the historic Queen Anne Boulevard, a Seattle landmark and park. It takes a left on McGraw to the west, part of the intersection up for revision. SDOT preserves the look and feel of a park, but Parks is proposing concrete corners with very little landscaping.

Brian Dougherty of SDOT will present the changes and take questions and concerns from residents and neighbors at Wednesday’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting. Attend tomorrow’s meeting and voice your opinion – Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30pm, Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

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2 alarm building fire in Fremont visible (and audible) from Queen Anne

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:

Fremont Fire from QAAnd, here’s where Asko is located, just across the Ship Canal:

434 N 35th

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Nickerson-Emerson Overpass closed for repairs October 9th through January 2015

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

SDOT Emerson letterStarting 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

15th W DetourAt 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

Nickerson Ramp Detour ShortThe 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.

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October coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts this week

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!

Helpline logoToday’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.

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LOST DOG: Therapy dog missing from 13th Ave W & Nickerson

September 28th, 2014 by Laura

IMG_0289Radar, a missing Chihuahua mix who’s also a therapy dog, went missing from 13th Ave W and Nickerson St on Thursday, September 25th.

Radar is not wearing a collar, but is microchipped. He’s white with a black mask and black ears.

If you’ve seen this dog, please contact Carolyn at or 206-795-9599. You can also email (per the flyer).