Pikes/Pines | The Little Bushtit and the Big City

There you are, walking down your block of tall apartment buildings, when you hear a strange twittering noise. A small gray bird flits across your path, and disappears into a pendulous, mossy nest hanging in bush. The whole moss-sock starts to quiver and small twitters come from within, the bird reappears and flies off peeping all the while. You’ve just discovered a bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus).

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Bushtits are one of the smallest birds we have in Capitol Hill. (Image: Brendan McGarry)

A reader wrote in recently and asked about these diminutive birds, having been shown a nest by a neighbor. I was excited to see someone writing to ask a question, but even more excited they were inquiring about bushtit rarity in our area and what we can do to help them. This is commendable, as we should all stride for awareness of our natural neighbors, common or scare. Continue reading

Have A Taste of Capitol Hill with Altura, Poppy & more and help Community Lunch

We’ve posted about the thousands of people helped by Community Lunch on Capitol Hill. Next weekend you can help raise funds for the group and enjoy a dinner that brings together offerings from some of the best restaurants on Capitol Hill.2014_Tast_of_Capitol_Hill_JPEG_LOGO_final_2

A Taste of Capitol Hill
Join us for 
A Taste of Capitol Hill, this year’s Community Lunch spring fundraiser.
 
When: Sunday, April 27th at 5-8pm 
at All Pilgrims Church
 
Enjoy a sitdown dinner prepared by chefs from great Capitol Hill restaurants including Altura, Anchovies & Olives, Cafe Presse, Capitol Cider, La Spiga and Poppy.
 
There will be a dessert dash, fine wine and spirits silent auction and an opportunity to support Community Lunch.
 
Purchase tickets or get more information about the event.

One year ago this week on Capitol Hill

8443531509_f75bfb15e1-400x299Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2013:

  1. Powered by the sun and a sustainable ‘revolution,’ the Bullitt Center opens at 15th and Madison
  2. Bakery Nouveau Capitol Hill opens where challenge became opportunity at 15th & John
  3. Can microhousing stop extinction of the great Capitol Hill 20-something?
  4. Too many Mexican restaurants on Capitol Hill? La Cocina Oaxaquena is Oaxacan
  5. The Grill on Broadway to close ending 22-year run
  6. Broadway hospital says this fake nurse tried to steal pain medication right from patient’s IV

CHS Pics | Kids clear Cal Anderson of brightly colored plastic eggs

Cal Anderson Easter Egg HuntCal Anderson Easter Egg Hunt13938986425_1be22d60a9_oAnother year, another Cal Anderson egg hunt record. Competitors in the 2014 Easter egg scramble in Capitol Hill’s central park once again cleared the field at an unprecedented pace setting a slew of hunt records both personal, in the venue and on the international stage. The annual Seattle Parks Department celebration of spring scattered prize eggs across the grassy bowl of Cal Anderson and all the way to Teletubby Hill. We guarantee you every single one was found before a single drop of rain hit the ground. Thanks to CHS contributors Alex Crick and Jim Simandl for the photos. If you attended the egg hunt at Volunteer Park and have a picture or two to share, drop us a note.

More pictures below and more still on the CHS Facebook page.

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Another serious car and bike collision at dangerous Pike/Boren intersection

The dangerous, sloping and busy intersection of Pike and Boren claimed another collision involving a bike and a motor vehicle just after midnight Saturday morning.

UPDATE 4/19/14 5:15 PM: SPD has provided details of the preliminary report on the incident including the bicyclist exhibiting signs of alcohol impairment when he was evaluated following the crash. Here is the preliminary report:

A male bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after colliding head on with an SUV early this morning.

On April 19th at approximately 12:16 a.m. officers responded to a vehicle/bicycle collision near Boren Avenue and Pike Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male bicyclist was travelling westbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue. At the same time a green Kia SUV was travelling eastbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue.

For reasons yet to be determined, the bicyclist crossed the center line and proceeded westbound in the eastbound lanes and struck the Kia head on. The bicyclist was thrown from his bicycle, struck the windshield of the Kia and landed on the pavement.

Fire department medics responded and transported the 43-year-old male bicyclist to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with serious but non-life-threatening head and facial injuries.

Officers evaluated the driver of the Kia for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No signs of impairment were detected. The driver of the Kia was interviewed and released from the scene.

Officers also responded to HMC and evaluated the bicyclist for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. The bicyclist exhibited obvious signs of impairment due to alcohol consumption.

There were no citations issued at the scene which is standard procedure in serious traffic incidents requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Original report: We are still gathering information on the incident that Seattle Fire described to us as a “severe impact” collision. We do not have details of the rider’s injuries. UPDATE: SFD says the rider was not wearing a helmet and struck the vehicle’s windshield but was alert and conscious when medic units arrived. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

In 2012, 18-year-old cyclist Nap Cantwell died after a collision at the intersection identified by advocates and city planners as a dangerous mix of speed and heavy traffic.Blmoxc8CAAEr_aW

Police looking for information after man shot at 22nd and Union — UPDATE: Homicide investigation

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UPDATE 4/19/14 4:23 PM: SPD says the victim has died:

The shooting from early this morning is now officially a homicide investigation.

The 24-year-old male victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.

Original report: Police and medics found a man in his 20s suffering from life-threatening injuries after a burst of gunfire was reported early Saturday morning near 22nd and E Union. Detectives are looking for information about what led to the 2:35 AM shooting. If you saw or heard something that might help, call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide/Assault Unit at (206) 233-5000.

Man Shot in the Central District
Written by Detective Jeff Kappel on April 19, 2014
The suspect(s) remain at large after a man was discovered shot in the chest in the Central District early this morning.

On April 19th at approximately 2:35 a.m. officers responded to the 2200 block of East Union Street for 911 reports of multiple shots fired. Additional calls to 911 reported someone had been shot.

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CHS Crow | Beatrice and Fred — ‘I wore a white uniform and had free booze’

This week, the CHS Crow met a future physician with a penchant for paradox, and retired seafarer who has presumably been in the same room as Alex Trebek at least twice. Say hello.

  Beatrice

Curriculars: First-year medical student .Lives in: North Seattle Moved from: Virginia Is considering a move to: Capitol Hill

Life would be meaningless without _______ ?
Passion. I was going to say love but I wanted to pick something that was more all-encompassing than that. And I feel like having passions in life, ideally for people or things, I feel like as a complete picture, that’s what makes life meaningful. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

"Double Rainbow" (Image:  sunrisesoup via Flickr)

“Double Rainbow” (Image: sunrisesoup via Flickr)

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line – our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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‘Silly Hilly’ ride and walk to help shape northern end of 23rd Ave greenway

10177236_10152134892724081_5972493514444696767_nNow that city planners have selected the “hybrid” route for a pedestrian and bike-friendly greenway connecting the Central District, Capitol Hill and Montlake along the 23rd Ave corridor, neighbors are getting together to help sort out how the route’s northern segment should be shaped:

Silly Hilly
Saturday, April 26at 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Montlake Elementary School
2409 22nd Ave E

Silly Hilly is a fun, inclusive, family-friendly ride/walk to explore potential greenway route options for the northern segment of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between John and 520.

The fun starts at the Montlake Elementary School playground, where participants will be divided into teams upon arrival. Teams will ride or walk one of four route options while taking pictures and completing a scavenger hunt along the way.

At Miller Park (our finish line), we’ll have kid-friendly games, prizes and refreshments, as well as opportunities to share ideas on which greenway route makes the most sense!

‘Nueva ola’ cinema on Capitol Hill, Northwest Film Forum hosts Pulsos Latinos film festival

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From Por las Plumas,by Neto Villalobos, Ecuador, 2013

After the marquee finally changed last Tuesday, an alcohol-induced paper trail has had CHS wondering out loud whether SIFF has already secured its bid for a 10-year lease on The Egyptian. The deal would have the city’s most prominent film curator sticking around Capitol Hill long after the festival proper lights up the theater’s lonely screen once again for three weeks starting May 15. While we may have to bear with the great unknown for a bit, in the meantime a bit farther up the road, 12th Ave’s Northwest Film Forum continues to defend the neighborhood against total cinematic meltdown with programming that consistently qualifies the Hill as an all-seasons site for the independent film circuit. Friday, the first, and possibly the first-annual, Pulsos Latinos series kicks off tonight exemplifies the Forum’s contribution.

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From Purgatoria by Rodrigo Reyes, Mexico/USA, 2012

Scheduled amidst a number of thematic film series’ the Forum has added to its calendar in recent years, the eight-day Pulsos Latinos will showcase work said to represent a “nueva ola” — or new wave — of Latino cinema swelling up as it were from a milieu the guest curator and programmer for the series, veteran film critic and Cinema Scope writer Jay Kuehner, says has moved from the “margins” to being “almost a forefront” of global cinema in recent years.

“Latino cinema is setting a precedent for the industry in terms of creativity, in terms of production and also in terms of getting films off the ground in difficult financial times,” Kuehner said. “We want to acknowledge this moment of ascendance,” he said, explaining the drive of Pulsos Latinos. “That’s the impetus behind this.” Continue reading

Central District nightclub faces deadline in liquor license fight

Sainvil listens to supporters of Waid's speak at a March community meeting about the club (Image: CHS)

Sainvil listens to supporters of Waid’s speak at a March community meeting about the club (Image: CHS)

Friday is the deadline for Waid Sainvil to act to keep his Central District nightclub open as the state liquor board moves forward on its decision not to renew the bar’s liquor license.

In February, CHS spoke with Sainvil who said racism and the push of gentrification was driving authorities to target his Waid’s Restaurant & Lounge after a series of liquor and drug violations at the 12th and Jefferson bar. “It’s a black thing,” Sainvil said. “This is the only place in Seattle where black people from all over hang out.” The issues around Waid’s were discussed at an East Precinct community meeting in March attended by Sainvil and new East Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis.

According to a Washington State Liquor Control Board representative, there were five enforcement and one licensing issue against Waid’s that were to be examined in court over six hearings after the board decided not to renew the club’s license.

Sainvil failed to appear at a hearing earlier this month and the rest of the month’s hearings have been canceled after a judge granted the state’s motion, the spokesperson tells CHS. Sainvil has not yet responded to our request for an update on his plans. Friday is the deadline for Sainvil to file a motion against the board’s decision and try to win back his liquor license against the state’s contentions that his bar has racked up too many violations to continue serving alcohol.

The Waid’s neighborhood continues to change with new development and more business investment. Across the street, Capitol Hill Housing’s The Jefferson apartment building opened in 2013Seattle University, in the meantime, continues to invest in the area and plans a major campus expansion in the neighborhood. Waid’s landlord is Abdulkarim Nagi who also owns the neighboring gas station. Nagi himself is busy in court with a $200,000+ breach of contract suit against  ARCO filed earlier this year over unmet fuel sales quotas.

According to letters from the City Attorney’s office provided to CHS, concerns about incidents at Waid’s date back for years and include a 2013 sting in which minors were able to purchase alcohol at the nightclub.

Volunteers needed to walk the Capitol Hill beat for community safety patrol

They've got a logo and a Facebook site but OutWatch still needs volunteers before patrols can begin

They’ve got a logo and a Facebook site but OutWatch still needs volunteers before patrols can begin

Organizers of a recently revived Capitol Hill safety patrol say they’re flush with enthusiasm, now they just need some feet on the ground. In March CHS reported on the formation of OutWatch at Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, the group’s informal headquarters, following a spat of LGBT targeted street violence on Capitol Hill.

Organizer Dr. Jennifer Dietrich had planned to get safety patrols out and patrolling a week after the initial meeting, but said more volunteers are still needed.

“There is a tremendous amount needed to get this off the ground, but we’ve done most of it,” she said. “Once we get enough volunteers, we can start patrolling immediately.”

Those interested in joining OutWatch can stop into Dr. Jen’s or contact Dietrich directly. Dietrich said OutWatch already has t-shirts designed, Zipcars to shuttle drag performers and others to and from gigs, and planned patrol routes. The plan is for members to walk Capitol Hill beats from 10 PM – 3 AM in groups of four, wear OutWatch shirts, and carry mace. Dietrich said she wants all members to receive some self defense training, but that having a public presence will be the most important deterrent to would-be criminals.

The original Q-Safety Patrol was formed in 1991 in response to a rash of gay bashings that organizers felt police were unwilling or incapable of preventing. The original group was trained by the New York City-based Guardian Angels and adopted their signature berets.

In 1996 an up-and-coming Lt. Jim Pugel, then running the East Precinct’s community policing team, gave credit to the group for drastically reducing reported hate crimes in the city. Precinct leaders more recently have been less keen on the idea saying that the patrols could put un-trained citizens at risk and spark confrontations.

You can learn more on the OutWatch Facebook page.