Throngs of ghouls, fairies and disco dancers unite atop hill

Hundreds of kids and their costumed parents flocked to Queen Anne Avenue North for the annual merchant sponsored trick-or-treating extravaganza this afternoon.

Shoulder to shoulder on rain-sprinkled sidewalks were super heroes, animals, Transformers, ghosts, fairies, Scooby-Doos, Annies, zombies, robots, haunted hot-air balloons, gangsters, tree nymphs and disco superstars.
And state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, was there, too, along with dozens of generous store owners who reached into their own pockets to buy big bags of candy and pitch in to pay for police officers to direct the busy intersections at West McGraw Street, West Boston Street and West Crockett Street. By 5 p.m., the threat of rain subsided and candy buckets grew heavy with candy.

Trick or Treating on the Ave today from 3-6 p.m.

Poster art by Michael Strassburger of

The annual trick-or-treating on the Ave is back today from 3-6 p.m. at most stores on and adjacent to Queen Anne Avenue North. This event is free for everyone and parents are encouraged to get in costume with the kids.

The business owners of Upper Queen Anne have paid out of their own pockets for the candy and the off-duty Seattle Police officers to direct traffic. The following businesses paid for the traffic patrol officers: Charley + May. Queen Anne Real Estate, Bartell’s, All the Best Pet Store, Olympia Pizza, Nancy’s Sewing Basket, Video Isle, A & J Meats, McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants, Queen Anne Dispatch, Midlakes Insurance, HomeStreet Bank, Queen Anne Frame, Marqueen Garage, Top Pot Doughnuts, Chocolopolis, Queen Anne Books, Three Birds Home and Gifts, Communique, hauteyoga, La Luna Restaurant, Umpqua Bank, Starbucks, and Queen Anne Chiropractic.

Please thank these kind people by shopping on Queen Anne the rest of the year.  Have fun!

A real scare at John Hay

Here’s the details from Friday’s gun scare  at John Hay Elementary.

At about 1:30 p.m., on Friday, police responded to reports that two kids were armed with rifles at John Hay Elementary School, according to the Seattle Police Blotter.

Det. Mark Jamieson said patrol and SWAT team officers arrived and surrounded the school, which by then principal Kari Hanson had placed on lockdown. Classes continued while police searched for the suspects. Three suspects were located near the school (they were never actually inside the school building) and in their possession were Airsoft rifles, toys that resembled the real thing. The rifles were seized and placed into evidence. The suspects were released to their parents. Police did not release their names or whether they were students at John Hay.

Watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ tonight at the Community Center

Photo by Michael.

It looks like rain tonight. So if you want to do something with the kids, the Queen Anne Community Center has a great idea: Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
The show starts at 6:15 p.m. and there will be free popcorn and snacks. The cost is $3 per person (babies are free). The community center is at 1901 First Ave. W., next to McClure Middle School. Call 206-386-4240 for more information.

Viaduct to open Saturday

Construction crews have turned the southern mile of the Viaduct into rubble. Photo courtesy of SDOT.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is reporting that the Alaskan Way Viaduct will open Saturday, two days earlier than expected.

With the help of good yet cold weather, demolition crews have made more progress than expected. Gov. Christine Gregoire has said the project is six months ahead of schedule. The progress means that the Viaduct is expected to reopen midday Saturday between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel.

Drivers must slow down at the viaduct detour in SoDO. Map courtesy of SDOT.

Drivers will use a temporary bypass that skirts the demolition area just north of Safeco Field.

SR 99 reopening information

  • Northbound and southbound SR 99 are expected to open midday Saturday from the Battery Street Tunnel to the West Seattle Bridge.
  • The on-ramp to northbound SR 99 from South Royal Brougham Way is expected to close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 and reopen once crews finalize roadway connections.
  • The southbound SR 99 off-ramp to South Atlantic Street will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Drivers can expect a slower, 40 mph speed limit on much of the viaduct between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge.
  • Drivers can expect a recommended 25 mph construction zone speed limit through the curving bypass in the SODO area.
  • Metro Transit’s 11 bus routes that travel on SR 99 will begin using the new bypass at the start of service on Sunday morning, Oct. 30.

Construction on the state Route 99 tunnel is expected to continue through the end of 2015.

New York Pizza ohhhh!-pen next week

Ed Grandpre, who spent 12 years at Canlis, is now the general manager at New York Pizza in lower Queen Anne.

The taste test will surely come down to the water, what fableist New Yorkers claim makes their pizza so good.
So when New York Pizza & Bar opens on Wednesday, Nov. 2,at 500 Mercer St., purists may go either way on it despite the restaurant’s best intentions to emulate East Coast appeal.
“We don’t use New York water but we use the same herbs, the same thin crust made with beer and brushed with the same olive oil,” said store general manager Ed Grandpre.
Grandpre has been in the restaurant business for 40 years now. While in high school, he took a job with a caterer at the Seattle Center. He spent 12 years at Canlis developing its wine program and wine rooms. “That’s where I picked up a lot of my service and hospitality traits,” he said. He has his own business at one point then ventured onto the Oceanaire Seafood Room in downtown Seattle until it closed in 2009.
New York Pizza & Bar will host a soft-opening 5-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 and has partnered with the Pike Place Food Bank.  Then there will be a public grand opening at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in which customers are invited to bring a can of food to support the food bank.

Top sellers at Queen Anne Books

Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs tops the non-fiction list at Queen Anne Books. Photo courtesy of Queen Anne Books.

Queen Anne Books has submitted its list of the top five fiction and non-fiction books sold in the past week. Topping the non-fiction list is Walter Isaacson’s synchronous biography of the late Steve Jobs.


1. The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides

2. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami

3. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes

4. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

5. The Eden Hunter, Skip Horack


1. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson

2. Destiny of the Republic, Candice Millard

3. The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

4. Cleopatra, Stacy Schiff

5. Jacqueline Kennedy interviews,

La Luna wants to grow with bigger sidewalk cafe

La Luna financial officer Ana Lira points to the area above the southeastern entry where she wants to extend and broaden the existing canopy. Photo by Michael

La Luna owner Ezequiela Romero and finance officer Ana Lira want to extend the sidewalk canopy at the restaurant at 2 Boston St.
Lira said in the plan for the sidewalk café permit application was for the extension and broadening of the existing canopy, which currently traces the restaurant’s southern wall but stops short of the restaurant’s southeastern entrance. The new canopy would cover more diners and invite more diners to eat al fresco. After a required public comment period, which ends Nov. 7, the city will reexamine the application.

La Luna wants to extend and broaden its canopy to attract more outdoor diners. Photo by Michael

The original plan was to have a broad canopy wrap-around the restaurant’s southern wall and its western frontage along Queen Anne Avenue North. Lira said she and Romero wanted outdoor dining along the Ave but city planners nixed the idea. Romero and Lira submitted the application this month.

Education levy supporters need phone-bank help

Prop. 1 would raise more than $231 million over seven years for Seattle Public Schools.

The Families and Education Levy organization wants residents of Magnolia to sign up for phone bank duty to help ensure the passage of Proposition No. 1, a levy that would temporarily boost property taxes to raise funds for Seattle Public Schools.

The organization has sent e-fliers to the school district and Magnolia and Queen Anne schools asking for volunteers who can spend a few hours a day calling people and informing them about the levy. Students are welcome to participate and volunteers can even set up phone banks at their homes. Needed times are:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at 402 Ninth Ave. N
5-9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 at 402 Ninth Ave. N
5-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 402 Ninth Ave. N
5-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 at 402 Ninth Ave. N
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at 402 Ninth Ave. N

The levy which Seattle residents can vote for Tuesday, Nov. 8, would approve the collection of $231,562,000 in property taxes over seven years. The money would fund school readiness and early learning, academic achievement in elementary, middle and high schools. It would also support student health, the community partnership fund and research and evaluation programs. Details can be found by clicking here.

The Families and Education campaign headquarters are located at 402 Ninth Ave. N. in South Lake Union. For more information visit or call Kerry Cooley-Stroum at 206-910-1400 or Dawn Bennett at 347-581-8021

Vote for your favorite neighborhood/business

Umpqua's 'I Heart' campaign puts money toward businesses, schools and neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of Umpqua Bank.

Businesses investing in their communities is nothing new. Bank employees participate in Boys & Girls Clubs, salons and shops of all likes, donate proceeds to local cancer care organizations, The Queen Anne Helpline or the Seattle Milk Fund, which has a prominent presence in Magnolia.

Umpqua Bank, which has a branch where Hollywood Video was in Magnolia Village at 2236 32nd Ave. W. and where Blockbuster Video was at 1630 Queen Anne Ave. W. along the Ave in Queen Anne, is also investing in its respective communities–but in a way that puts the decision-making into the hands of neighbors.

The bank has launched its “I Heart Project,” committing $50,000 to promote business and neighborhood growth. At several of its branches in Seattle and Bellevue, the bank is asking people to write “love letters” to a business and/or neighborhood they love and to drop off the letter in a lock box at their Umpqua branch. Customers can text their votes (#99158) and upload the letter with optional picture to Facebook (, too. Umpqua will award $10,000 to the three neighborhoods with the most votes and $15,000 will be distributed among the 10 businesses loved the most. Another $5,000 will go toward a school within a winning neighborhood. Love letters will be accepted through Dec. 15.