Investigation stretches on in Madison Valley suspicious death case

1012988_10203663623167212_6960263592159199885_n-2Authorities continue to await the results of key toxicology tests in the suspicious death investigation of a 29-year-old Madison Valley woman.

Devan Schmidt was found unconscious and unresponsive around 11 AM Saturday, May 2nd inside the house where she was living with roommates near E Denny Way and 29th Ave E.

Seattle Police say the investigation into the May 2nd suspicious death remains an open case with detectives awaiting results of toxicology tests that authorities hope will pinpoint how the woman died.

Representatives for the Medical Examiner have said it is not unusual for cases to take as much as six to ten weeks to complete. Authorities have not said why pathologists have taken more than 12 weeks to produce results in this case.

Monday, SPD told CHS their investigation remains open and active.

A friend told CHS Schmidt arrived in Seattle late last year after moving from Alaska. She worked as a server in a downtown Seattle comedy bar.

Commemoration of Hiroshima’s atomic bomb victims begins at Asian Art Museum

(Image: heyevent.com)

(Image: heyevent.com)

This Thursday marks 70 years since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, the U.S. struck Nagasaki with another.

Seattle’s commemoration of the thousands of lives lost in those events will start Wednesday on the steps of the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park with a full-sized sculptural replica of the uranium bomb, known as Little Boy.

Created by Yukiyo Kawano, a Portland based artist and third-generation hibakusah (nuclear bomb survivor), the sculpture is made from her grandmother’s translucent kimonos, sewn together with strands of her own hair.

“Seventy years later, I re-traced the hand stitching of Grandmother, with a seam ripper between my fingers, feeling a gentle sadness, a wistfulness, reflecting on the ephemera of things”.

Kawano will be in attendance to discuss her piece. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility is sponsoring the event. On Thursday, the sculpture will move to the Seattle Public Theater at Green Lake for Seattle’s annual event to honor the victim’s of the bombing. From Hiroshima to Hope will end with candle-lit lanterns floated over the lake at dusk.

Meet your District 3 neighbors at Capitol Hill’s Good Citizen

An early look at the Good Citizen (Images: CHS)

This might be the most CHS way to spend Election Night+Seattle Night Out… ever: gathering with the enthusiasts from the 1,500-member strong District 3 Facebook Group at a not-quite-opened yet bar/coffee shop from a maverick Capitol Hill business owner who doesn’t mind stirring in a little controversy with his hand-crafted cocktails.11731648_10101401571940650_2586898075146106463_o

SEATTLE DISTRICT 3: Meet Your Neighbors:

Come meet your neighbors; enjoy hearty conversations about our neighborhoods, our district, and our city; and connect with people!

August 4 – 6PM – Good Citizen Bar

*Registered as an official Seattle Night Out event

Party! More about other area Seattle Night Out parties here — including the annual City Market BBQ. Meanwhile, it’s Primary Night with the first ballot counts expected around 8:15 PM. Your ballot, by the way, is due by 8 PM. Here is our CHS 2015 Primary Election coverage if you’re looking for any last minute guidance. We’re also conducting a non-scientific D3 poll here.

Capitol Hill will also be full of primary parties Tuesday night. Here is who will be celebrating where:

After we jumped the gun apparently earlier this year, we can now tell you Good Citizen is planned to open for coffee only to start later this summer, owner Andrew Friedman tells CHS. In addition to meeting your neighbors, you’ll have a chance to check out the soon-to-be-really-open joint.

 

 

Capitol Hill food+drink | Little Lionhead sprouts next to Poppy

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 2.44.23 PMWith some of Seattle’s super chefs storming forward with concept after concept, Capitol Hill resident Jerry Traunfeld has taken a different path. His Poppy debuted on Broadway nearly seven years ago. Lionhead, the little, 47-seat, Sichuan sibling to his popular Pacific Northwest thali restaurant on the north end of Broadway, is now softly open:

Lionhead serves familiar Szechuan (aka Sichuan) dishes like ma po doufu, gung bao chicken, anddan dan mein. The James Beard–winning chef spent four years thinking about a Chinese restaurant; he’s always been a fan of the cuisine and cooks it often at home. Originally Traunfeld figured he’d do some sort of fusion; “that’s what’s expected from a chef,” he muses. But after a trip to China lead by esteemed food writer Fuschia Dunlop, he returned to Seattle seeing little reason to tinker with classic Szechuan flavor profiles.

Last December when CHS first reported on the project, Traunfeld told CHS he was happy to have the opportunity to take his passion for cooking Chinese at home to the next level — all within walking distance of his own Capitol Hill few-block radius. Traunfeld can now “literally be two places at once,” he told CHS. “It will be exciting to create a restaurant serving my take on traditional Chinese dishes, using quality ingredients and my personal approach to the flavors and cooking methods of this cuisine,” Traunfeld said. Continue reading

150+ care packs for people living without a home in Capitol Hill Community Council drive

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(Image: @CHCCouncilSea via Twitter)

With the candidates vying to lead District 3 making plans for how to address homelessness in Central Seattle, the Capitol Hill Community Council last week took some direct action.

The organization’s giving drive to assemble care packs with items like socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and band aids raised $1,500 — enough to put together more than 150 packs at the council’s July meeting last week.

The care packages will be distributed through Community Lunch on Capitol Hill and YouthCare. To learn more check out communitylunch.org and youthcare.org.

New mystery tenant lined up for Charlie’s on Broadway space

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Thanks to CHS reader Doug for the picture and tip!

Something is definitely afoot inside the former home of Charlie’s on Broadway, just not a resurrection of the recently departed restaurant and bar.

Property owner Johnny Limantzakis was tight lipped Monday on the details of the construction going on inside the longtime restaurant space. Though he didn’t specifically rule out the possibility of the Charlie’s name sticking around, he did dispel rumors that the same restaurant was making a comeback after closing in June.

“There will be something good coming out in the next 30 days,” he said.

Limantzakis Properties plans to continue to hold on to its only Capitol Hill asset as the new project gets underway.

On Monday, the windows were covered up on both sides of the building, but workers could be heard banging away inside. We got a peek of some of that work thanks to CHS reader Doug.

Ken Bauer helped open Charlie’s in 1976, taking it over in 2000 after the restaurant’s namesake owner passed away. As the end of the lease agreement approached five years ago, Bauer started looking to sell to no avail. Limantzakis couldn’t find a new tenant, either.

CHS broke the bittersweet news of Bauer’s long-awaited retirement and Charlie’s closing in June.

The large restaurant and bar space sits on a mid-Broadway block that’s poised for plenty of foot traffic when the Capitol Hill light rail station opens down the street in early 2016, not to mention the 418 apartment units, community spaces and new retailers to open in the following years.

CHS Pics | First Hill Fidos — Plus, Tuesday is Seattle Night Out 2015

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Here are a few scenes from last week’s first ever First Hill Fidos event, part of a busy summer in the neighborhood making space for street parks and gathering for events to celebrate the community. Tuesday brings another night of community to First Hill and beyond as Seattle celebrates the annual Night Out event with block, street, sidewalk, etc. parties.

Here is a look at the “official” map for Central Seattle parties in 2015 — click for the live version to get more details.Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 3.09.09 PM

You’ll also possibly find a few “unofficial” parties — like the annual good times at City Market’s party:

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It’s time for the City Market block party- cook out! Tuesday August 4th 5:00-10:00 next to the store. Free burgers and refreshments. We also need a few neighbors to volunteer to help out.

Apparently, you can also sign up through 5 PM Monday night to make your party “official” and maybe get a visit from a big shiny fire truck or Officer Friendly from the SPD. You can also leave a comment below if you’d like to spread the word about your neighborhood party.

Not all Capitol Hill art galleries are extinct: Dendroica opens on E Olive Way

11709674_836231833121732_370723725343431239_nMartha Dunham is a lifelong art lover. As a child, she wanted to become an artist but her parents said no. Artists didn’t make money. So she focused on school, earning advanced degrees in ecology and zoology, including a Ph.D from Brown University. Now, after building her career in the sciences, Dunham is returning to her first passion with force, opening a new gallery on Capitol Hill with her own savings.

“People are excited for me, and I’ve been told I am bold,” Dunham told CHS.

Dendroica Gallery is taking flight on E Olive Way in the same location as the former Blindfold Gallery which shuttered last December after just under three years in operation.

Dunham isn’t fazed by her predecessor’s demise and believes that she can make it work, signing a two year lease. “I got a two year lease because one year is not enough to get established. I’ve watched other galleries come and ago, so I know it takes more than a year to build up a clientele,” she said.

"Martha Dunham, Forge A Bridge For Peace, 2009, Bronze, w 48 x l 96 x h 31 inches" (Image: local-artists.org)

“Martha Dunham, Forge A Bridge For Peace, 2009, Bronze, w 48 x l 96 x h 31 inches” (Image: local-artists.org)

There were several other businesses interested in the space, including a bike shop, according to Dunham. She says the building owners were “very particular” about who they would rent to and believes they favored her gallery because it would be “low wear and tear” on the building. Meanwhile, E Olive Way’s food and drink growth continues. Dunham’s new neighbor, Andrew Friedman has created a new bar and coffee shop next door. Good Citizen opened for private events earlier this year but hasn’t officially opened for business.

Dunham is also a bit of a maverick. “I’ve been known to place artwork in museums and galleries where I shouldn’t,” she told City Arts recently.

Dunham said her gallery’s main mission will be to show art that can best be appreciated in person rather than digitally. This will include “sculpture, cartoons, collage art, projection art, paintings, and two-dimensional paintings.”

The gallery’s grand opening will be Thursday August 13th from 5-8 PM as part of the August Capitol Hill Art Walk.

You can learn more at dendroicagallery.com.

Establishment not a dirty word for Banks heading into Tuesday’s District 3 primary

What can you learn about candidates based on the institutions they come from?

Last week CHS looked at Socialist Alternative, the grassroots — and growing — activist group that helped catapult District 3 incumbent Kshama Sawant from an Occupy Seattle speaker to City Council. The institution that molded challenger Pamela Banks for Tuesday’s top-two-move-on primary could not be more different in its approach to civic engagement.

Prior to taking over Seattle’s Urban League in 2012, Banks spent nearly her entire adult career working for the City of Seattle. While her opponents have recently heightened their criticisms of Banks’s soaring campaign contributions from large donations, she says it’s only a distraction from her long history of serving the City.

“This idea that I’m a corporate sellout when I’ve spent my entire career in public service is hilarious,” she said. “I could’ve went into the private sector, but I decided not to.”

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Banks started in what was then called the Department of Housing and Human Services, working as a community organizer and spreading the word out about energy conservation in poorer neighborhoods. She then spent over a decade in the Department of Neighborhoods. She was a neighborhood district coordinator in the Northeast and Southeast districts and later oversaw the coordinator program. Continue reading

Pikes/Pines | How the Hill’s creatures beat the heat

So, it’s summer, and it feels even warmer than last year and it’s barely rained. Most of us don’t have air conditioning at homes, but we can still go places that do to beat the heat, and (for now) it’s easy enough to turn on the water. Wild species don’t have those options. How do they combat high temperatures and lack of water in the summer?

Puget Sound’s climate is technically Mediterranean, with warm and dry in the summers that are exacerbated by the city’s cement and our control and capture of water for human use. Summer heat can be a serious challenge for plants and animals a like, and adaptive behaviors and physical traits help them avoid overheating or loosing vital moisture. Below are a few examples we can see on the Hill.

The Mid-Day Siesta
Many animals have figured out that being active during the height of the day ends with overheating and dehydration. We hear birdsong in the morning and evening because it’s less costly to be active then. Coyotes don’t simply retreat into the night as crafty little brigands, avoiding detection, but also because it’s far simpler to hunt using other senses and beat the heat. An extreme example of lowering activity levels in the face of higher temperature and drought is called estivation. Essentially a version of hibernation that addresses moisture levels by lowering vitals to a bare minimum, many invertebrates, like earthworms, slugs, and snails find a quiet places to wait out the drought and estevate. Continue reading