Two pedestrians hit on lower Queen Anne

An elderly man and woman were hit in a crosswalk Thursday night on Roy St at 1st Ave N. Witnesses said the vehicle went through the red light prior to striking the pedestrians.

The male pedestrian rolled onto the hood of the vehicle and struck his head on the windshield.  Both victims were taken to Harborview for evaluation.

Police say the driver showed no signs of impairment and was released at the scene pending further investigation.  Fortunately neither victim appeared to have any life-threatening injuries.

‘Parking in Queen Anne,’ a poem

One of our readers, possibly inspired by the beautiful summer weather, posted a poem about Queen Anne’s many virtues in our forum. And it definitely put a smile on my face.

Wordancediva wrote,

Why doth our lovely Queen Ann reign
In this city, these times, of bitter rain?
Why such a jewel is our Ann so fair?
Outshining the outlook so bleak so bare?
It’s the surety of houses in family care
It’s the plenty of groceries to take home from there
It’s the children skipping as they’re tagging along
The sense of a life for which we all so long.
It’s an actual book store where we can feed on words
Calm cafe’s where to linger afterwards,
And especially, why Queen Ann is so dear to me
Is that here, in Queen Ann, the parking is free.

This isn’t the first time a poet has graced our hallowed hill. Back in October 13-year-old Queen Anne-er Maddie Quinn shared her piece “How to be a good Barbie,” and we’ve been known to have a “pie-ku” or two performed at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.

Do you have a lyric or two you’d like to share about the neighborhood? Comment below! 🙂

At the Queen Anne Farmers Market this week

There’s nothing like Thursdays at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Check out what’s going on this week:

Thursday, July 29

  • 3 to 5 p.m.—Music by Tinker’s Dram
  • 4 p.m.—Chef Demo with Natalie Divergigeles of the 5 Spot
  • 5:30 p.m.—Special Event: Join a live taping of the food and comedy podcast Spilled Milk with food writers and authors Matthew Amster-Burton, of Hungry Monkey, and Molly Wizenberg, of and A Homemade Life.
  • 6 to 7 p.m.—Music by Dustin James
  • 6 p.m.—Gluten-Free Cooking Demo with Jeanne Sauvage of Four Chickens

The featured nonprofit this week is the Queen Anne Community Center. As always the market will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on W. Crockett Street at Queen Anne Ave N.

Is your block hosting a “Night Out” party?

A week from tomorrow night is Seattle’s annual “Night Out,” a national crime prevention event. The Seattle Police Department will allow you to close your street for no fee on August 3, when block parties will happen across the city:

Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with over 1,200 neighborhoods participating in 2009. This type of community participation is what makes Seattle a great place to live.

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing.

Night Out is a great way to meet your neighbors, share some food and drink, and catch up. We have neighbors who we only see once a year, at our block party. These soirees don’t need to be contained to one block, either. We pass out hundreds of invitations with our neighbors every year for our annual party.

If you’re having a block party on Night Out, we’d love to hear about it so we can take pictures to share the next day on Queen Anne View and with our news partner The Seattle Times.

Feel free to leave a comment here with your street info or send us email at

Haven’t signed up yet? Register here.

‘Fill the Boot’ raises more than $100,000 for MDA

400 firefighters throughout Seattle have raised more than $100,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

During the “Fill the Boot” campaign on July 15th and 16th, firefighters stood on street corners around town collecting coins, cash and checks for the non-profit. “MDA would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all drivers who dropped their dollars and change into the boots of Fire Fighters,” the press release from the MDA states. In total, drivers around Seattle donated $102,731.

Overdue book fines may go up

That overdue library book may soon cost you a little more.  The Seattle Public Library is considering a hike in fines to help offset its budget woes.  Here’s a look at some of the proposed fines:

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD would change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) would change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource would change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day.

The Library Board will take public comment on the proposed changes at its 4:30pm Wednesday, Aug. 25 meeting at the Central Library on 4th Avenue.

Lane closure on Ballard & Aurora bridges today

Traffic note: The right curb lane heading in the northbound direction of the Ballard Bridge will be closed on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can repair a damaged water line.

SDOT crews will also be closing lanes on southbound Aurora Ave N today so that undergrowth along the roadway may be mowed. Rolling closures on the curb lane will to happening from 9 a.m. to noon from W. Raye Street to W. Galer Street. Bus stops will remain open.

Nickerson Street Diet: Day 1

This was supposed to be the first day of work on the controversial Nickerson Street diet. But as of 11am, there was no sign of any work being done at all.

SDOT update at 2:30pm: The contractor plans to mobilize today and set up the no parking signs. Either this afternoon or tomorrow they will begin preliminary layout of the new channelization.  Once they have completed the preliminary layout, SDOT will review and approve the layout prior to the permanent pavement markings.  Grinding or removal of the existing pavement markings and installation of the permanent pavement markings are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 2.

The first phase of work also involves putting in new concrete panels at Etruria Street and new curb ramps in various locations. Then, crews will resurface the asphalt pavement on Nickerson between Etruria Street and 4th Avenue North. Once the paving project is finished, Nickerson will get a facelift that has divided the community.

The scene today.

Between Warren Avenue N and 13th Avenue W, the new roadway will have only one driving lane in each direction and a center two-way turn lane. There will be an uphill bicycle lane, and a downhill sharrow. Pedestrian crossing improvements, including new marked crosswalks, will be installed at 12th Avenue W, Cremona Street, and Dravus Street.

Normal working hours will be between 7am and 4pm. Grinding off the top layer of asphalt and repaving of the roadway is expected to occur at night and is scheduled to take a total of 3 days during the first and second weeks in August. Here is the work schedule:

  • July 26 until first week of August – New concrete panels at Etruria Street and new curb ramps in various locations
  • Two days during the first week of August – Asphalt grinding (pavement removal)
  • First and second weeks of August — Roadway base repairs and utility adjustments
  • One day later in the week of August 9 – 13: Asphalt pavement overlay
  • First three to four weeks of August – Remove and replace channelization/pavement striping
  • Last part of August – Finalize work and clean up

You can follow the project on SDOT’s webpage.

Special cupcakes send kids to Bumbershoot

If you like both Trophy Cupcakes and Bumbershoot, here’s a way to get your sugar fix and help kids go to the music and arts festival in September.

Stop in to any of Trophy’s three locations to pick up limited-edition cupcakes, featuring designs by some of the artists whose work adorned Bumbershoot posters and artwork over the past 40 years. The cupcakes will be available through September 6.

The Bumbershoot cupcakes sell for $3.50 each, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Send a Kid program, which partners with Art with Heart and Arts Corps to help send underserved youth to Bumbershoot with an accompanying adult.

‘Grassroots’ filming at the 5 Spot spotted

One of our readers spotted a film crew outside the 5 Spot on Upper Queen Anne early Sunday morning (and by early, I mean around 2 a.m.!) A. A. wrote,

I just walked past the 5 Spot and saw them filming the movie “Grassroots” there. Jason Biggs and Lauren Ambrose were in the scene.

A little IMDB-ing told me that Grassroots is “the shocking true story of the 2001 Seattle race for City Council seat #8. Here’s the synopsis from IMDB:

After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.

Grassroots is being directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, father of Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, who also adapted the screenplay. The film has been shooting all over town, including in Phinney Ridge/Greenwood, Capitol Hill and elsewhere around town. I myself did not remember this race, but the folks over at Phinneywood did:

If that sounds familiar, it’s based on the true story of Phil Campbell (who used to work for The Stranger before becoming campaign manager) and Grant Cogswell, who ran for city council here in Seattle in 2001. Campbell wrote a book, “Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism and Madness in American Politics,” which was adapted for “Grassroots.”