Favorite buildings coming Monday, Sept. 26

We’ve extended the deadline for the list of your favorite buildings to Sunday night and will post the results Monday, Sept. 26.
The Queen Anne View still wants to hear from you! If you like last century’s classics or more modern designs, let us know. Pick your favorite, be it glassy office tower, a monolithic apartment building, a library, a Neoclassical academia or a Gothic-influenced church let us know. The View will have a “Most Beautiful Home” listing soon. Send your votes to tips@queenanneview.com.

Brain cancer survivor continues the walk; sign-up for annual fundraiser is today

Brain cancer survivor, Kami Combes, with her husband, Patrick.

She was getting ready for bed at about 10 p.m., when she began feeling dizzy and lightheaded. And that was that.
The next morning, Kami Combes woke up as if nothing had happened. Except that her husband was home. Her children were up and home. Her parents were in the living room.
“They said you have to go to the doctor,” she recalled.
This was in March of 2007, Combes was 32. She first went to the Swedish Clinic on Queen Anne Avenue North and then was directed to Swedish on First Hill. There she was given an MRI and went home with instructions to return the next day. The following day doctors announced that she had a tumor in her brain roughly the size of a pea. But it was in the middle of her brain. Hard to get to. The subsequent biopsy showed the pea was cancerous. Stage 2 and progressing.
In June the operation to remove the tumor commenced. Doctors were able to remove it without damaging Combes’ brain. Directly after the surgery came the six weeks of radiation. Similar to the MRI, Combes was immobilized. She wore a mask that was pinned down around her head to help keep her face still.
Then came the chemotherapy, sickly and gutwrenching. Four pills a day for five days, then a 25-day break. Then repeat for five more months.
“I got super sick from that,” Combes said from her home in Queen Anne. “Lots of people get tired, I got sick.” The first few days were the worst she said.
Her parents, who live near Seattle Pacific University, took her into their home and took care of her. Combes’ husband, meanwhile, took care of the kids and worked. Bills were piling up, but “we were lucky to have good insurance,” Combes said with an audible sigh. By February of 2008, after the operation, the radiation, the chemotherapy, the vomiting and slight hair loss, it was over. The diagnosis was good, doctors said. To this day she continues to get the occasional MRI, but there has been no sign of cancer, only gratitude.
Combes, since then, has been making the annual pilgrimage that is the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk, a national event that raises awareness of brain cancer and raises funds to pay for brain cancer research and comprehensive care for patients and their families in the Pacific Northwest. The first two years saw the walk take place on Mercer Island. Now it’s at the Seattle Center. Today is the last day to register.
The money raised from the walk will go right to paying for research – research that has already seen results. The Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Swedish, in collaboration with Accium Biosciences, leveraged $50,000 from the 2008 Brain Cancer Walk and another $180,000 from the National Cancer Institute to use Accium’s 15-ton particle accelerator. The device analyzes tumor tissue to figure out how much of a chemotherapy drug reaches its target. The information can improve individual patient’s care by discovering medications that are and are not working. The technology didn’t exist when Combes was diagnosed. Knowing that its presence is in part due to funds from the walk has inspired her to keep walking. And this year an anonymous donor contributed $500,000 to the cause.
“Not all can do it,” Combes said of the walk, during which she and other survivors wear green shirts. “But you can go and meet other people and kids can come. A lot of people who had surgery can’t [do the walk] but are there.” The funds raised, Combes added, allows for more research to take place, “and that’s pretty incredible.”
The walk takes place this Saturday. Click here to register.

Met Market project on track, market to close next summer

Rendering courtesy of Tiscareno Associates.

Queen Anne’s most prominent and active developer, Joe Geivett, told the Queen Anne Community Council’s land-committee Monday that the Metropolitan Market project is still on track to begin construction by next summer.

Geivett, principal at Emerald Bay Equity, LLC, is currently pursuing a mass-use permit from the city and will apply for a building permit in January. He said the market will close next summer and will be razed along with two neighboring rental homes and the El Frieda apartments. The combined demolition and construction should take up to 18 months. Geivett expects the new structure will be ready by late 2013.

Geivett’s presentation was warmly received by the Land Use Review Committee of the Queen Anne Community Council on Monday. The developer focused on the look, shape and boundaries of the project which is aimed at completely redeveloping the existing space into a mixed-use structure. As is the trend in urban housing projects throughout Seattle, particularly noticeable in Ballard and Queen Anne, Geivett’s project will have 24,000 square feet for the market, 20,000 square feet of additional ground-floor space for retail, 110 apartments and roughly 200 underground parking spaces. Geivett said there has already been interest in some of the retail by an Irish pub-type establishment. And while the building will mean an increase in the number of people living in Queen Anne, Geivett doesn’t anticipate an increase in traffic along Queen Anne Avenue North as the younger demographic expected to live in the building is “trending away” from the use of cars and even home phones.


Nine day Alaskan Way Viaduct closure in one month

Nearly 110,000 cars travel across the Alaskan Way Viaduct each day. Next month, those drivers will be pushed onto other streets as Washington Department of Transportation crews demolish the southern end of the Viaduct.

Starting on Friday, October 21st, the Viaduct will be closed for nine full days.

“The nine-day closure of the viaduct will significantly affect traffic across the Puget Sound region,” said Matt Preedy, WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct deputy program director. “We realize that not everyone can completely change their commute. But for those who have a choice, options such as vanpooling, carpooling or other forms of transportation can help you avoid long delays.”

Northbound closure details:

  • Northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and South Royal Brougham Way will be closed around the clock from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Northbound SR 99 between the South Royal Brougham Way on-ramp and the Battery Street Tunnel will be open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for special events at CenturyLink Field.
  • Southbound closure details:

  • Southbound SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge will be closed around-the-clock from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • What are Seattle’s most beautiful buildings?

    The Queen Anne View wants to hear from you! Do you like the classics from last century? Do the more modern designs take your breath away? For this list, The Queen Anne View wants readers to pick their favorite building in the city, be it glassy office tower, a monolithic apartment building, Neoclassical academia or Gothic-influenced church—just not a single family residence. The View will have a “Most Beautiful Home” listing soon. Send your votes totips@queenanneview.com. The View will post the favorites Sept. 23.

    Mobile Food Rodeo tasty but bumpy first ride

    Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves at www.ocularproof.com

    It was packed behind the Whole Foods Saturday afternoon, where 25 food trucks parked and prepared to feed the multitudes.

    The maiden voyage of the Mobile Food Rodeo quickly sold out of its 500 VIP tasting tickets. Hungry people parked where they could and scrambled to the event supporting the latest trend in gastronomy: food trucks. Photographer Derek Reeves and a friend attended the event. While they were impressed with the creative cuisine, there were problems.

    Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves at www.ocularproof.com

    “The organization of the event was a little silly,” he said. “I think they were overwhelmed by the response of the event and didn’t know how to handle the crowds. We got there 30 minutes before the event officially began and still had to wait in line a solid hour. Many of the popular items sold out rapidly. Skillet sold out of everything on their menu by 1:30 p.m. Other vendors had their signature dishes disappear first then had some remaining items.”

    Despite the hitches in handling the event, Reeves said overall the Mobile Food Rodeo was great fun.

    Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves at www.ocularproof.com

    Followers on the rodeo’s Facebook page issued both praise and rage for the event. The praise went to the star of the event: The food. The Rage: the organization and lack of communication. One attendee wrote: …What I heard and observed were people who went to some degree of trouble to get their tickets and come early with an expectation of getting in at a certain time. It also didn’t help to see a food truck arrive after 11 – most wondered what was going on and no communication was forthcming until at least 11:30 or later (I wasn’t really counting). [the reader then added] I’m sure the folks around us will remember with a smile when we convinced Matt, of Where Ya At Matt, to sell us some hot Beignets over the fence while we were waiting to get in . . . it was fun and warming for us and very smart on his part. So Kudos to Matt!”

    Two dollars from every ticket sold went to the Solid Ground nonprofit. Rodeo organizers are currently tallying proceeds and will report soon the total donation numbers. Organizers say they may add a beer garden at the next event, tentatively scheduled for next spring.

    Farewell, J.P. Patches

    At 83 years young, the much beloved clown Julius Pierpont Patches signed off.

    The longtime TV personality and local celebrity, known to those who grew up watching him as J.P. Patches, made his final appearance at the Fishermen’s Fall Festival this afternoon and received a rousing standing ovation.

    The festival-stealing clown dressed in his signature checkered high-tops, baggy pants, patched yellow jacket and tag-toggled fishermen’s hat, and big red nose, made his way to the white-canopied tent where hundreds of people, many of them wearing their own red noses, cheered, clapped and clicked pictures.

    “Wow!” J.P. said, looking out onto the crowd.

    Not one to get caught up in the weight of this being his final festival performance, J.P. went right into saying the pledge of allegiance then inviting kids and adults on stage to play games and share laughs. Game winners were given colorful tubes of Flicks candies. The also-rans were given treats, too.

    Doin’ the hula with JP.

    Kids who had no idea who JP was, stood wide-eyed next to parents who knew exactly who the iconic clown was. The famed clown had been in their lives since when it first aired 53 years ago on KIRO TV on April 5, 1958. The show was completely ad-libbed every weekday and Saturdays. That sort of off-the-cuff humor was present at the festival when J.P. was teasing kids and treating them like adults – which was arguably much of J.P.’s appeal over the years on TV and at public appearances.

    Patches pals, from left, Gail DiRe, Ruth Carlson, Susie Sigmar and Glenda Warehime.

    “It never gets old,” said Gail DiRe. She and her friends, Susie Sigmar, Glenda Warehime and Ruth Carlson, each wearing a red nose, all came out to pay tribute to their childhood hero. Sigmar remembered years ago watching a show one day and J.P. saying to the TV, “Go look in the dryer, Susie.” referring to a line the clown used regularly. Sure enough, Susie checked her dryer and a present was there.

    “We’re here to honor J.P. because we grew up with him,” Sigmar said. She and DiRe were J.P. Patches Pals and were on the show, too.

    When he bade farewell to the crowd, he said it wouldn’t be goodbye and that he’d be in the neighboring tent signing autographs.

    The line ran the length of concession tents and arced around out toward the water. Everyone was smiling.

    Website gives most neighborhood restaurants clean bill of health

    Stephen Becker, a Ballard resident and a programmer at Research in Motion, the company that makes BlackBerrys, was talking with a friend who wondered, “Why no one has mapped food inspections.”

    That was a good question he thought. So he went to the Public Health Dept. of Seattle and King County website and looked up restaurant inspection scores. Then he compiled the scores and posted them on a map on his new website www.dinegerous.com.

    As one might expect, some indie hole-in-the-walls in less-ritzy neighborhoods scored poorly. But some places with stellar reputations were equally flagged.

    “The worst place is actually one of the places I frequently ate lunch until I saw this data,” Becker told mynorthwest.com. “It’s Asia Ginger, it’s down in Pioneer Square, it’s a little teriyaki place and me and my coworkers would eat there. It got a pretty high score and it’s changed my lunch habits completely.”

    Several restaurants, cafes and even school cafeterias on Becker’s map scored well. Rudy’s, Mondello and Niko’s Gyros in Magnolia, scored a “spotless” rating, as did the cafeteria at Catharine Blaine K-8 and Cocoa & Cream ice cream shop in the Village. Just about every eating establishment in the Village scored a “spotless” or “safe.” A couple of places were dinged for improper food storage or workers not trained properly.

    Establishments in Queen Anne scored similarly though one was flagged for improper food storage and another for employees smoking in food preparation areas and not washing their hands. A restaurant’s previous scores can be found athttp://info.kingcounty.gov/health/ehs/foodsafety/inspections/search.aspx. The inspections are based on a 400-point system. The violations are added up between red and blue violations. If the total red critical violations is 90 or more, or the total of red and blue is 120 or more, then the establishment will be closed.

    Restaurant scores throughout the city were nonetheless impressive. Becker said, “In King County, the data I have shows that only 107 restaurants have scored greater than 50. Which is actually really good because there’s actually over 10,000 places that are inspected for food safety.” Becker said he is going to continue to tweak his site by adding locations and mobile applications.

    Feeling festive? Go for it this weekend

    This weekend is not short of festivals. The only issue you might have is choosing one.

    Mole from El Camion

    One of the more eclectic choices is the Mobile Food Rodeo, which takes place from 12-7 p.m., Saturday behind the Interbay Whole Foods. More than 20 trucks are expected to drive up, including Mexican favorite El Camion.

    Also coming is Bigfood, which just took a turn at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Bigfood makes unique fusion fare including items such as The Yeti, braised beef with curried fruit and slaw on grilled flatbread. Ice Cream favorite Molly Moon’s will be there, too. Entry fee for the rodeo is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For tickets visit www.mobilefoodrodeo.com.

    Also on the docket this weekend is the ultra-family friendly Fishermen’s Fall Festival. This event features all kinds of food from crab-melt sandwiches, the silver-salmon meal (salmon/corn-on-the-cob/coleslaw/garlic bread/ice cream/drink), and Scalloritos–bacon-wrapped scallops. There’s plenty of activities, too: face painting, model boat driving, trout fishing, boat making, Frisbee spin-art, Japanese drumming, salmon filet-cutting contest, a hilarious lutefisk-eating contest, tours on purse-seine boats and crabbers.

    Iconic Seattle clown JP Patches

    You want crabby? Converse with some of the shipmates on the crab boat The Wizard made famous by TV’s The Deadliest Catch. Also, this will be the last festival for iconic clown JP Patches. Last year, JP, who would certainly qualify for senior discounts at most restaurants, was just as sharp and funny as ever. Kids (and adults) were delighted—especially during the Simon Says game. The festival is free and goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday at the Fishermen’s Terminal. Go to www.fishermensfallfestival.orgfor more details.

    Luckily, the Seattle Fiestas Patrias takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Center House at the Seattle Center. This south-of-the-border festival celebrates the independence of Central and South America by showcasing Latino culture. There will be dancing, live mariachi music, art, regional dress, sports and plenty of children’s activities.

    The celebration actually begins at 11 a.m. with the South Park Parade that begins at 14th Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street and ends at the South Park Community Center at 8319 Eighth Avenue South. Center House activities run from 12-11 p.m., Saturday and 12-9 p.m., Sunday. Visit http://www.seattlefiestaspatrias.org/Seattle_Fiestas_Patrias/Seattle_Center.html for more details.

    Oh yeah, though it’s not happening in Queen Anne or Magnolia, the Puyallup Fair is in full swing, too. The Western Washington State Fair is one of the largest in the country and one of the best with an assortment of family-friendly activities to choose from. It’s worth the drive to Puyallup.

    Through Sept. 25, at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; general admission $9-$11; concerts, $6-$75 (888-559-3247 or tickets.thefair.com). Advance concert-ticket purchase includes admission to the fairgrounds. On Monday, gate admission is free to all active, retired and reserve military and their dependents, plus disabled veterans with a valid military ID.

    On tap at today’s Farmers Market

    Yes the weather has been super summery but changes are afoot and there are only four market days left – the last one being Oct. 6.

    That said, here’s what’s on tap for today’s Farmers Market.

    In the Chef Tent:

    4 p.m.: Becky Selengut, Cornucopia and chefreinvented.com. Becky Selengut has a wonderful new book out called “Good Fish” which features sustainable seafood recipes. You won’t want to miss this demo!

    5:30 p.m.:  Kids Cook! with Diana Pozzi. Diana Pozzi is a personal/private chef serving the Seattle area who

    specializes in organic, local, gluten free, and sugar free dishes.  She has worked with PCC Cooks!, assisting with kids and adult classes.

    In the Music Tent:

    Queen Anne Farmers Market favorites!

    5-7 p.m.: Canote Brothers www.canote.com