CHS Pics | New coat of light and love added to Central District’s MLK, Jr. mural

(Image: Fat's)

(Image: Fat’s via Facebook)

Fat’s Chicken and Waffles is closed on Mondays but another part of its overhaul of the old Catfish Corner is always available.

In September when we told you about the new joint’s debut at MLK and Cherry, CHS also told you about a project bringing back the muralist behind the building’s classic artwork to give the painting a touch-up.

James Crespinel, the artist who created the Martin Luther King, Jr. mural on the building’s eastern wall outside the restaurant, has wrapped up his work cleaning up the giant painting and its inspirational quotation:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

For more on MLK, Jr.’s words, check out this article from the Atlantic about how the civil rights leader’s very real words from his book Strength to Love became intermingled with a quotation he never said.

You can check out images of Crespinel’s MLK, Jr. mural in progress and other works here.


Reminder: District 3 debate Sunday night

Kshama-Sawant-and-Pamela-Banks-600x300CHS previewed the political tussle here. Sunday night, City Council member — and de facto incumbent — Kshama Sawant and challenger Pamela Banks will square off in what is currently shaping up to be the final dedicated District 3 debate before Election Day. You need to register here to attend. Last we checked, tickets were still available.

Town Hall, Seattle Channel, and Seattle University present Seattle City Council Debate: District 3 Kshama Sawant and Pamela Banks
7:30PM, Sunday, October 4, 2015 Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University Free Doors open at 6:30 pm. Because this event is televised live, audience members are asked to take their seats by 7:25 pm for the 7:30 pm program. This event is free, but registration is required. No late seating.

You can also watch via the Seattle Channel’s live broadcast.

There is no theme or specific topics listed for the event and moderators will be asking questions tweeted to #seacouncil.

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8445728700_4bb4598a96_oHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history:


Rhein Haus, Derschang bar managers team up to create ‘Capitol Hill exclusive’ Perfect Strangers beer

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

(Image: Perfect Strangers)

Ryan Minch (Rhein Haus) and Myles Burroughs (the Derschang Group) two of the guys on the other side of the bar making the Capitol Hill food and drink economy click have teamed up with a Washington State brewery to create a new beer. And you’ll only find it on Capitol Hill:

Perfect Strangers IPA No. 1 is the product of a collaboration between Myles and Ryan with Everybody’s Brewing using a 15 barrel brewing system. When approached, Everybody’s Brewing responded with great enthusiasm allowing Ryan and Myles to collaborate with head brewer Jess to conceptualize and execute a unique grain mash and hop profile to be finished with Washington-grown, organic, granny smith apples to create a refreshing, bright IPA meant to be drunk fresh during the late summer and early fall.

Minch tells CHS he and Burroughs turned to White Salmon, Washington’s Everybody’s Brewing to create their brew with a recipe using “malted barley, rye, and wheat in the grain bill” that gives the IPA “a dark, golden bronze color with a combination of American Cascade Hops and German Merkur Hops.”  The brew was finished with Washington grown, organic apples. “Although the apple flavor is subtle, the juice quietly provides just enough bright acidy to complete the beer,” the press release reads.

Minch said the deal with Everybody’s Brewing called for the partners to purchase all beer brewed from the collaboration through the distributor — you brew it, you buy it. The partners are planning to create more “unique, limited-release offerings” in the future.

The beer is now available at Rhein Haus’s Seattle location, Linda’s, Smith, and Tallulah’s “while supplies last.”


CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Supermoon crowd at Louisa Boren Lookout
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Seattle considers shifting school start times to combat sleepy high schoolers

Garfield High School,  Seattle WA:  South and West Elevations
To help middle and high schoolers get a more productive school day, Seattle Public Schools is working on a plan to shift the school day later for 6th-12th graders while shifting elementary kids to earlier start times to balance out the district’s education and transportation resources:

Theory and research indicate that starting school later may be beneficial for the academic achievement and health of teenagers, while the same theory suggests that elementary students should not be adversely affected by an earlier start time. Findings from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and National Sleep Foundation (NSF) conclude that adolescents need about nine hours of sleep per night for optimal health and brain development. In addition, several groups have indicated support for a later start time including the Seattle Council PTSA, the Seattle School Nurses Association, and the Seattle Education Association. More than 3,550 parents, guardians, teachers, and pediatricians signed a petition given to Seattle Public Schools to delay start times for high school and middle students. The School Board has received thousands of emails requesting the shift to a later start time for adolescents.

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.40.26 PMFriday night brings the Central Seattle edition of the district’s community meeting series to discuss the “Cost Neutral Modified Flip” recommendation:

Seattle Public Schools is hosting five community meetings September 29 to October 5 to share information about the Superintendent’s Final Draft Recommendation on Bell Time Changes.  Staff members will present information, answer questions and collect feedback.

At each meeting, the Superintendent’s Final Draft Recommendation will be presented to attendees, after which questions will be taken and feedback collected.  All meetings are 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Friday, October 2, 2015 Washington Middle SchoolLibrary(2101 South Jackson Street) Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese
Monday, October 5, 2015 Jane Addams Middle School(11051 34th Avenue Northeast) Chinese, Spanish

According to survey data from SPS (PDF), support for the “flip” plan is strongest in North Seattle schools with less support as you move south. White respondents were also more likely to support the change. The recommendation being pursued does not “does not increase operational costs for transportation,” according to the district.

If ultimately approved by the board, the new times will be implemented for the 2016/2017 school year.

The district is also accepting comments through October 6th via

UPDATE: The parents at Stevens Elementary have, um, sounded the alarm. The 18th Ave E school is one of the facilities being lined up for a 9:40 AM start time with the school day running through 3:50 PM — an hour later shift from the current bells.

The PTA is, well, concerned:

The Stevens PTA Board just learned that
SPS is proposing to move the Stevens start time to:
9:40AM – one hour later
for the 2016 school year.

If adopted, Stevens would run
from 9:40AM-3:50PM

The Stevens PTA Board is concerned that the proposed changes would adversely challenge our families.

A Community Meeting is TONIGHT,
Friday, October 2, 2015
Washington Middle School
6:30PM – 7:30PM

We encourage you to attend and provide feedback to to the Seattle School District.

Lowell, Capitol Hill’s other public elementary, is proposed for a 8 AM start. You can see the proposed 2016/2017 start times for all schools here (PDF).

CHS Community Post | City Light Plans Silicone Cable Injection on North Broadway

Seattle City Light will start another project this October to enhance the reliability and extend the life of aging underground electrical cables in parts of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and Seattle by injecting them with silicone. The fliers below are for your own information, so no action is required on your part. Affected customers are receiving the same fliers.


Highlights from the flier:

  • Starting in early-to-mid October 2015 and extending for approximately six weeks, Novinium will test and where possible, inject underground cables with silicone to fill cracks in the cable insulation to prevent unplanned outages.  Daily work hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the maps on the fliers for approximate construction areas.
  • The work will extend the life of the cable for an additional 25 years and improve electrical reliability.
  • Maintenance outages are anticipated for this work. All affected customers will be notified the Thursday before the following week’s outage. The outage date and time will be specified on the notification.
  • Traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate area. Crews will be careful to try and maintain access to driveways.

Media inquiries can be directed to Scott Thomsen, External Communications at (206) 615-0978

Customers can contact the following Electrical Service Representatives for more information:

Please visit our construction website for additional information:




CHS Community Post | WestSide Baby Welcomes Second Saturdays To Encourage Donations for Capitol Hill Kids In Need

12000876_10153691366949540_8905352362830331387_oSeattle, WA: Local nonprofit WestSide Baby will be extending the opening hours of their Central District branch to accept donations and volunteers on the second Saturdays of the month between 10am and 1pm, beginning immediately. WestSide Baby, who have operated in the area since their merger with St Joseph’s Baby Corner in 2014, provide essential equipment, clothing and diapers for children and babies in need.

As the winter months are almost upon us, and more children need a helping hand to keep them safe, warm and dry, Second Saturdays will see the WestSide Baby Central Branch at 2301 S Jackson St, Suite 202 open to accept donations of:

  • Lightly used clothing up to size 12 (most needed items are winter coats, newborn to 9 month clothing, pj’s and pants for “big kids” and new socks and underwear)
  • Essential equipment including strollers, safety gates, portacribs / pack and plays and high chairs
  • Diapers, especially size 6
  • Wipes and other hygiene items.

Volunteers are invited to fulfil various roles including:

  • Sorting clothing donations
  • Filling orders in preparation for distribution
  • Packaging diapers
  • Sorting, recall checking and packaging toys
  • Creating clothing bags for orders


More info can be found at


Happy Hilloween: Take a spooky hike through Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery

"Cemetery crows" (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

“Cemetery crows” (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

After surviving the blood moon, we’re ready for a spooky stroll or two through Lake View Cemetery, Capitol Hill’s densely-packed final resting place full of famous and not so famous dead people. Pedestrian-friendly community org Feet First is leading a series of Haunted History Hike tours through the month of October:

On Thursdays and Saturdays through the month of October, let Feet First Neighborhood Walk Ambassadors take you on a stroll through the spookier side of Seattle. These 75-minute walks in historic Lake View Cemetery highlight the history and legends of Seattle’s pioneers, entrepreneurs and eccentrics.

Thursday’s tour starts at 3 PM. You can purchase $15 tickets for upcoming walks here. “Tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately,” Feet First notes.

Lake View is located at 1554 15th Ave E. If you’re considering your own tour, the cemetery is open “9am to dusk daily” with the gates closing around 6 PM this time of year. Also, boo!