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Police reports in Eastlake this week include the theft of two cars, two burglaries and more:
Police reports in Eastlake in the past week include four auto thefts, a strong armed robbery near South Lake Union and more:
Police reports in Eastlake for the past week include the theft of two vehicles, a burglary at a local business and more:
According to SeattlePI.com, more than 850 stores in Washington have applied for a license to sell hard liquor under new rules put in place by the passage of Initiative 1183.
That initiative, passed by voters in November, gets the state out of the liquor sales business. Gone will be the state liquor stores. Now you'll be able to buy hard booze at stores that receive a spirits license from the state.
So far, the only store in Eastlake to apply for a spirits license is Pete's Super Market at E. Lynn and Fairview E. Pete's application is "pending," according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board's website. Pete's is known for its big wine selection.
Vanessa Ho, writing at SeattlePI.com, says I-1183 "allows stores at least 10,000 square feet to sell vodka, gin and other spirits. There’s an exception for smaller stores, if no other store sells liquor in its 'trade area.' The state still needs to define that term."
Police reports in Eastlake this week include a burglary, a bicycle theft and several disturbances:
See the map at 911Seattle.com.
Eastlake resident Lauren Furgason is trying to get into space and she is asking for your support.
Furgason, 25, is one of 20 finalists in the Space Needle's Space Race 2012 contest in honor of the Needle's 50th anniversary. The prize: a sub-orbital space trip.
As part of the contest, Furgason made a video in which she tells her reasons for wanting to go into space. She explains in the video:
To help send her on her way, she needs people to vote for her video on Facebook. Click here to view the video and vote for her.
In her video, Furgason talks about her passion for adventure and is seen training for the flight wearing a costume spacesuit, drinking a Rocket Fuel energy drink and spinning on a playground "centrifuge."
Born and raised in Seattle, Furgason is a University of Washington graduate. She works as a strategist for a branding design agency near Pioneer Square. This is the first time she's done a video like this. She got friends to help and then spent a day shooting.
She says her adventurous spirit inspired her to enter the contest.
"I'm always in search of my next adventure," she says. "Not in a bucket-list kind of way, but to see and understand the world at large so I can be more well-rounded as I continue to make life decisions everyday, and influence the way I think in my career."
If she wins, her goal would be to help represent the next step in space travel, commercial fliers like herself.
"To be a local that has grown up in the shadow of the Needle, it would be an honor to represent this once-in-a-lifetime experience that would be to inspire people around the world to dream big," she says.
And how great to think that Eastlake would have its own representative in space!
Police reports from Eastlake for the past week include an armed robbery and a case of prostitution:
New menus, new review, new baby and more from Eastlake's restaurant scene:
Cicero praised chef Charles Walpole's cooking and singled out several menu items that she hopes "never get erased" from the restaurant's menu chalkboard. Those items included a "raw Fat Bastard oyster sprinkled with icy granules of grapefruit and pimenton" and a hamachi crudo.
From Cicero's review:
NEW MENU AT LOUISA'S – Alcena Plum, owner/chef...
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will hold a Town Hall in Eastlake from 5-6 p.m. on March 6.
The event will be at the TOPS@Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.
The event is one of a series of Town Halls that McGinn will be participating in all around the city as part of his Engage Seattle initiative. The idea is to give people who live and work in Seattle a chance to have direct contact with the mayor and tell him what's on their minds and what their concerns are.
For more information, go to the Engage Seattle website.
Eastalke police reports for the week include three auto thefts and three burglaries:
Construction work has begun on a community project that will renovate the Roanoke street end park, home to four Heritage Trees and one of Eastlake’s access points to Lake Union.
The project is the result of a collaboration between community members and Perkins+Will architects, under the sponsorship of the Eastlake Social Club and with the support of the Eastlake Community Council, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation. Funding for the project is coming from the city.
City crews began removing asphalt at the site last week to get an idea of the extent of tree roots under the project. It is expected that new planting at the site might take place by the end of March. Completion of the project is expected by April 2012.
The first work on the park renovation came from neighborhood resident Carsten Stinn. Stinn is a project designer at Perkins+Will, a national design firm with an office in Seattle that dedicates one percent of its staffs’ work hours to developing projects that will benefit the greater community.
The aging park had long been on Stinn's radar so he proposed it to Perkins+Will as a community project. The firm chose to dedicate time to the design and management of the renovation.
The park, located where E. Roanoke turns onto Fairview E., was in need of some help. Ivy had taken over much of the space. Benches were falling apart and asphalt walkways were cracked.
When Perkins+Will agreed to work on the design for the park, Stinn connected with a neighborhood resident, Johann Wassermann, a surveyor who agreed to help. Perkins+Will employees spent more than 200 hours drawing up plans for the park with an initial survey. (See the attached renderings.)
Amanda Bailey, a local landscape designer, donated many hours of her time to craft a planting design. Other Eastlake residents who donated their time included Mary Hansen, Linda Furney, Dane Jensen and Tim Ahlers.
Stinn describes the pre-renovation park as a “sea of asphalt.” His hope was to separate the park more from the street and provide more plants. Plans also include more access to Lake Union at the park. Ultimately, he’d like to see a pedestrian and bike path marked in the area. The renovated park will also be accessible to the disabled.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department had public meetings to gather community input on the project. The city will do the major construction on the project, Stinn says, and neighbors and employees of Perkins+Will will do the planting and provide artwork.
“It’s really nice to see that there’s collaboration,” Stinn says about working with the city.
According to David Graves, senior planner for Seattle Parks, the city has reviewed Perkins+Will’s proposal and made modifications so it meets city standards. Money for the project is coming from the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop fund.
The Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Master Plan identified improvements to a street end or street ends around Lake Union to enhance the loop experience as a projects to be funded. Cost of the project will be approximately $50,000.
Graves praised neighbors for being the motivators behind the project and also Perkins+Will, the firm where Stinn is employed, for allowing him the time to work on the project.
It had been hoped that funding would be found to include work on a second, smaller section of the park that lies parallel to Roanoke and faces Mallard Cove. There is currently a bench and a trash can on that site. Both Stinn and Graves would like to see it renovated when funding is available.
SUPER SUNDAY: Several Eastlake restaurants will be having special events for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5:
Did I miss anyone? Let everyone know what your business is doing for the Super Bowl in the comments. Thanks!
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Seattle Police reports for Eastlake in the past week include the thefts of three vehicles:
Eastlake police reports for the week include one burglary, numerous car prowls and disturbances:
The icy rain is coming down in Eastlake at this hour (8 a.m.). Streets look icy and empty.
Seattle Public Utilities says no garbage pick up today. Metro remains on snow routing.
If your Eastlake business is open this morning, either post in the comments below or email me at email@example.com or Tweet us at @EastlakeAve.
Be careful out there!
Eastlake businesses were open this morning and traffic was moving on Eastlake Ave. despite the snow. A good two to three inches of snow had fallen by lunch time.
It looks like most businesses are open although it's always a good idea to call ahead to check. I noted that Louisa's Cafe Bakery, Voxx Coffee, the 14 Carrot Cafe and Starbucks were open, as were numerous other stores on Eastlake Avenue E. Ed Wyse Beauty Supplies was open but just closed due to lack of customers.
Little Water Cantina says they're open.
If your business is open, add it to the comment list below.
Traffic was moving on Eastlake (check out our video) and buses were appearing, although I'm not sure if they're on schedule or not. Metro has noted that all buses will remain on snow routes today. There have been some route cancellations but none that affect Eastlake.
Side streets are still slick and tricky. Try to avoid driving if you can. The Lynn Street hill was bedeviling drivers earlier this morning so you might want to try to avoid it.
There won't be any garbage, yard waste or recycling pickups today.
What's it like in your part of the neighborhood? Share what you're up to in the comments or note where there are problems.
Police reports in Eastlake this week include two residential burglaries and several accidents:
See the map at 911seattle.com.
The child-compatible single family house at 2371 Franklin Avenue East needs a new owner. It is unoccupied, bank-owned and somewhere entangled in the estate of the late Charles Berger. I’ve inquired with Key Bank – the reported owner – but received only standardized responses from obviously non-caring Key Bank response centers.
According to some neighbors, it has been unoccupied for many months. According to others, there are unsecured access points that may be used by very discreet squatters.
According to King County, Parcel #2902200916 is worth $525K. Nah – it needs $100,000 of fix-up to be worth over $300,000. I don’t have the inclination to take on such a project. But we all have the motivation to save child-compatible housing 2 lots from our school from a long death by neglect.
Anyone who is – or knows – a tenacious real estate agent competent in REO and Estate-entanglements, 2371 Franklin needs your help.
The snow has stopped in Eastlake at this hour (1:40 p.m.) but Eastlake Ave. and the side streets are still slick and tricky to drive on. Use lots of caution, particularly if you live on a hill.
I just returned from driving downtown and the situation was the same near Westlake and in Belltown. It's very pretty but if you don't have to drive, stay off the roads.
Metro says that all of their buses are on snow routes at this time. The two Eastlake routes that are affected by snow routes are:
The routes for these buses along Eastlake Avenue remain unchanged. For more information and updates, visit Metro's snow page.
If you have snow photos you'd like to share, either post them to our Flickr group or email them to me at curtmilton (at) comcast.net and I'll post them here.
Police reports for Eastlake this past week include a burglary and a car prowl:
See the map at 911Seattle.com.
An apartment resident in the 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E. called 9-1-1 about 8:15 Tuesday night to report a suspicious package in the mail.
According to a Seattle Fire Department spokesperson, the package was from an unfamiliar return address and contained a pill-sized bottle that was wrapped in packing tape. The resident didn't open the bottle and called 9-1-1.
The fire department's Hazardous Materials Team isolated the apartment and evacuated adjacent units. The Seattle Police Arson Bomb Squad determined the package was not a threat.
Residents of the 18 evacuated apartments were allowed to return to the homes shortly before 10 p.m.
Police reports for Eastlake this week include two burglaries, a vehicle theft and more:
It's almost 2012 and Eastlake is getting ready to celebrate!
Here are the local businesses that will be open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. This list isn't definitive. Businesses not listed may be open. Call to check ahead.
If I've missed your business, please add yourself in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add you to the list. I'll be updating the list this afternoon.
Happy New Year!
NEW YEAR’S EVE (Saturday, Dec. 31)
FOOD AND DRINKS
UPDATE: A more detailed appreciation of Christina Choi, written by Susan Gilmore and Nancy Leson, is online at the Seattle Times. It's worth reading.
Services for Christina Choi will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2702 Broadway Ave. E.
Christina Choi, an Eastlake native who went on to run a popular local restaurant and a business dedicated to foraged food, has died. She was 34.
Choi died Wednesday of complications from surgery for a brain aneurysm.
This afternoon, her family posted about her last day on the blog they've been writing about her surgery, Honey From a Weed:
More details on her illness can be found there and you can also leave comments for her family.
Choi was a co-founder of Foraged and Found Edibles, which supplied everything from wild mushrooms to ferns to local restaurants. She tapped in to that experience when she opened Nettletown in the old Sitka & Spruce location at Eastlake and Lynn in February 2010. She closed the restaurant in August of this year to pursue other ventures.
Choi lived in Eastlake, the neighborhood where she grew up. Her father, Ted Choi, a longtime Eastlake resident and activist, died last year.
Nancy Leson, the Seattle Times' All You Can Eat blogger, has a post up about Choi's passing with comments from fellow chefs.
Please feel free to post your thoughts about Christina and messages to her family in this post's comment field.
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Quotes and a link have been added.
Highlights from Seattle Police reports for Eastlake this week include a burglary at Louisa's Cafe Bakery, a house burglary and more: