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Ready for another Capitol Hill music festival? Vibrations returns to Volunteer Park

558273_10151170275526351_935403658_nProrated over the entire slate of Capitol Hill’s summer music festivals, Block Party’s $60 ticket prices are downright reasonable. You can start to achieve that actuarial discount Sunday, August 3rd as the Vibrations festival makes a triumphant return to Volunteer Park.

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This spring, CHS told you about festival organizers Cairo reviving the free summer music festival with a crowdfunded version of the event free of corporate sponsorship. While the online drive generated only a fraction of the $10,000 goal, producers have moved ahead with the free day of music, art — and summertime dancing on the Volunteer Park grass. Continue reading

Broadway bank held up in reported armed robbery — UPDATE: Suspect photos

photo (36)Police are looking for an armed man who held up the Capitol Hill branch of Homestreet Bank Monday morning.

According to police radio dispatches, the suspect entered the bank in the 700 block of Broadway E around 9:30 AM in the hold-up. He was reportedly armed with an “old revolver.”

The suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, around 6′ with a medium build, and wearing a red jacket, blue ball cap, blue jeans and black plastic, square-framed sunglasses. He left on foot headed northbound from the north Broadway bank. The suspect’s red jacket was found discarded outside the bank.

There were no reported injuries.

UPDATE 1 PM: SPD has posted a brief and photos of the suspect –

A man wearing a red jacket and brandishing a handgun robbed a Capitol Hill bank this morning.

The suspect, who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s, walked into the Homestreet bank in the 700 block of Broadway East, displayed a gun and demanded money. Seattle police officers arrived within minutes, but the suspect had fled, ditching the jacket he was wearing.

Robbery detectives and a K9 unit responded and are searching for the man. If you know the suspect, or have any helpful information, please call 206-684-5535. The man is armed, so if you see him call 911 immediately.

Seattle making plans for new downtown school

The new Northwest School building -- complete with rooftop sports field -- could be a model for a new downtown school at 2nd and Spring (Image: CHS)

The new Northwest School building — complete with rooftop sports field – could be a model for a new downtown school at 2nd and Spring (Image: CHS)

Monday night, Seattle Public Schools will host a meeting to discuss a proposal to create a downtown elementary school by taking over the former Federal Reserve building at 2nd and Spring. It’s not exactly Capitol Hill news except for the fact E Mercer’s Lowell Elementary currently serves as the district’s destination for downtown families. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Dykes vs. Drag Queens, Sisters kickball, 20th SummeRun highlight Hill-style sports weekend

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

A double-header of LGTBQ friendly sports and a run/walk helped raise money for good causes on Capitol Hill over the weekend. Images from Saturday’s Jockstraps and Glitter rugby kickball match, Sunday afternoon’s Bat ‘n’ Rouge softball game and Sunday morning’s SummerRun and Walk are below. You’ll also find a bunch of great photos from the events in the CHS Flickr pool.

CHS wrote here about the longtime favorite Bat ‘n’ Rouge fundraiser pitting Dykes vs. Drag Queens playing out its game for the first time just a block from the Capitol Hill Block Party in an effort to drum up new interest in the annual event. Bat ‘n’ Rouge benefits Hill-based Seattle Area Support Group. Check out sasgcc.org you’d like to give or learn more about the organization. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Block Party 2014: Day Three Open Thread

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky closes down CHBP 2014 (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky closes down CHBP 2014 (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Ashley Genevieve/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Ashley Genevieve/CHBP with permission to CHS)

You can’t call it a quieter Sunday finale for Capitol Hill Block Party but Day Three 2014 will wrap the 18th edition of the festival without the typical “big name” on the main stage. Instead, the A$AP Mob will finish its work with rapper Rakim Mayers shaking E Pike.

CHS CHBP 2013 | Day One | Day Two | Day Three

Take advantage of the opportunity. A$AP Rocky joins a Day Three that seems likely to extend Saturday’s feel of a really busy night in the Pike/Pine nightlife district with the occasional concert going off out in the street.

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

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Blotter | Police search for shooter after 12th/Marion gunfire

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • 12th/Marion shooting: Police say one victim was reported grazed by a bullet in a 2 AM shooting in an E Marion just off 12th Ave early Sunday. SPD units spread throughout the area to search for a suspect last seen wearing a white and orange striped polo as he fled. Police found a white Mercedes at the scene believed to have been driven by the shooter and an uncooperative female passenger. A K9 unit tracked the shooter to a nearby construction site but a search of the area did not turn up the man who reportedly opened fire. Police found one handgun ditched near the scene and a Glock magazine at another location, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. There were reportedly at least two guns involved in the incident. Police had been called to the area just prior to the shooting to a report of a fight across from Seattle University.

    UPDATE: Here’s a Seattle U security bulletin on the incident. SPD hasn’t yet posted any additional info. Curiously, SU’s bulletin doesn’t mention firearms:
    On 07/27/2014, at approximately 2:03am a non-SU affiliated male assaulted 2 non-SU affiliated females at 12th Avenue and E. Marion St. after a verbal argument. The male was described as dark skinned, 6 feet, medium build, wearing an orange t-shirt, blue jeans, and white and orange tennis shoes. The male was last seen inside a white Mercedes sedan leaving the area in an unknown direction. Seattle Police responded and investigated the incident. DPS has increased patrols in the 12th Avenue corridor.UPDATE: SPD reports the primary suspect was tracked down and another suspect was also arrested in the incident:

    A man was grazed by gunfire and three people were arrested on Capitol Hill early this morning.

    Officers were called to the 1300 block of East Spring Street around 2 a.m. for a report of shots fired. When police arrived they found a man on the ground who had been grazed by gunfire. The man was treated at the scene by Firefighters.

    A K9 officer and bicycle officers tracked a man believed to have fled the shooting scene inside a construction site and took him into custody.

    A car linked to the shooting was stopped with several people inside. The vehicle was searched and a stolen gun was located. Two of the people inside were arrested for investigation of being felons in possession of a firearm.

    Officers found shell casings and a handgun a few blocks stashed in some bushes from where the shooting occurred.

One year ago this week on Capitol Hill

IMG_00891-600x400Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2013:

  1. Bauhaus securing new 2-year Capitol Hill location, ready to mark 20 years at Melrose and Pine this fall
  2. Tavern Law sibling The Old Sage arrives — a few months older than planned
  3. Man busted for voyeurism at Capitol Hill Block Party
  4. Recent Capitol Hill heroin ODs part of larger trend
  5. With renewed investment, Pike Motorworks project gets a re-start
  6. Man held up at gunpoint at 11th and Pine
  7. The Mayor of Capitol Hill: 5 questions about the Hill, from the Hill (+ one bonus question!)
  8. What the 7-story development at 600 E Pike will look like

 

Capitol Hill Block Party 2014: Day Two Open Thread

Day One's main stage crowd (Image: CHBP with permission to CHS)

Day One’s main stage crowd (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Unlike in 2013, producers could not claim Day One of Capitol Hill Block Party 2014 sold out. No matter. The weather was perfect, the beats, funky, the crowd (even with the knuckleheads drawn to drinking in large groups of people) awesome and full of Pacific Northwest characters.

CHBP 2014 Open Threads: Day One / Day Two

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

Excellent pants, Kim (Image: CHBP with permission to CHS)

Excellent pants, Kim (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky meets CHBP (Image: CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky meets CHBP (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Holy Child autograph session  (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Holy Child autograph session (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Saturday at Block Party won’t sell out either. The rhythm of the festival schedule remains the same with Day Two’s slate full of deeper cut acts and smaller fan bases. Dance funk by way of Montreal from Chromeo sets the tone but the day is more about the local PNW acts that dominate the stages. More images and notes from Day One and Day Two, below. Let us know what you found at CHBP 2014. We’ll update here and there through the day so help keep us posted.

  • Hot: The National Weather Service says Seattle is on pace for one of its hottest Julys ever. Saturday will help. Highs are expected to sniff 80 F. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000 22,000 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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Blotter | Boylston armed robbery, E Pike tavern motorcycle heist, Dick’s pants dropper bust

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Boylston “implied gun” robbery: Police were called to the 1600 block of Boylston early Friday morning after a street robbery involving a suspect who threatened his victim with a knife and said he was carrying a gun. According to East Precinct radio, police were called to the area around 2 AM to search for the suspect described as a white male around 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, in his 20s, with short hair, and wearing a brown or black shirt with white writing. He was also carrying a sleeping bag and grocery bag, according to the victim’s description broadcast to police units. No gun was seen but the suspect threatened that he was carrying a firearm. A search for the suspect was not successful. Meanwhile, a man told police his backpack was stolen by suspects near Boylston and Pine in a street robbery around 1:20 AM. No description of the suspects was available.
  • E Pike tavern motorcycle heist: Police were called to nearby Big Mario’s Pizza early Friday after someone was overheard bragging about having stolen a motorcycle earlier that night. The bike, belonging to Sam’s Tavern across the street from the pizza joint, had apparently been pushed across the street. Somebody from Sam’s told police the inoperable motorcycle typically sits at the entrance of the hamburger bar as part of the tavern’s decor. The bike was apparently returned and no arrests were made.
  • Dick’s pants dropper arrested: In a case from earlier this month also involving late-night shenanigans at a Capitol Hill nightlife dining spot, police arrested a woman who somehow caused $75 in damage when she dropped her pans and committed a lewd act in front of Broadway’s Dick’s Drive-in:

Suspect Drops Pants, Attacks Staff at Dick’s
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on July 17, 2014 1:47 pm
Employees at the Broadway Dick’s Drive-In now have 100% real beef with a woman who dropped her pants and attacked staff Wednesday evening.

Staff at the Dick’s on Broadway and E. Denny Way called police at about 5:30 PM after the woman began harassing customers and refused when a manager asked her to leave the property. Instead, the woman grabbed a condiment holder and a charity donation box off Dick’s front counter and hurled them at employees. The woman struck one staff member in the arm, scratching him.
When officers arrived at the scene, a witness also told them the woman pulled her pants down and performed a very lewd act in front of Dick’s.

Officers arrested the woman—who reportedly caused $75 worth of damage during the incident—and booked her into the King County Jail for assault and harassment.

Taste of the Caribbean ready to share the flavors of Jamaica at 12th and Jefferson

Dwane Blake (Image: CHS)

Dwane Blake (Image: CHS)

Friday at 12th and Jefferson will be like a day at the beach in Jamaica. Taste of the Caribbean will host its monthly fish fry – another step in the changes at the former home of Waid’s and, the restaurant’s owners hope, another moment to further connect with the surrounding neighborhood.

“There’s a lot of building fences, credibility — and really being infused in the community so this can be good for us,” co-owner Carlene Comrie tells CHS. She and Dwayne Blake have operated a restaurant in the shadow of Waid’s since 2013 but with the troubled night spot closing in June and plans to revive a nightclub there apparently ended, the entrepreneurs are now making 1212 E Jefferson theirs with plans to “take over the establishment” as a full-fledged, true-to-Jamaica restaurant.

“We see a lot of folks offering jerk and Jamaican but it’s not really authentic,” Comrie says. “The spice level is traditional, You’ll taste the pimento. You’ll taste the habanero.”

Ready to put the Waid’s chapter behind them and get back to their goal of creating a successful restaurant business, Comrie and Blake are investing in the space with plans to expand hours and offerings. Coming soon will be a liquor license with Caribbean rums and Jamaican beer. The partners want Taste of the Caribbean to have a life of its own.

“Music will be part of the offering,” Comrie said. “There has to be a balance that is struck so that we can do business and offer our customers a taste of the culture.”

Friday’s monthly fish fry is part of what she hopes helps Taste connect with the community.

“In Jamaica, it’s a big thing,” Comrie said. “We go to the beaches and have a nice fish fry.” You can stop by from 11 AM to 9 PM to be part of it. Comrie said they’ll keep the fry events to once per month to help you keep your beach bod.

Taste of the Caribbean is currently open 11 AM to 9 PM on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 4 PM to 9 PM on Sundays. Keep track of changes and learn more on the Taste Facebook page.

Superhero group plans to distribute homeless ‘repair kits’ to people living on Seattle’s streets

The crew finishing a night of work (Image: WAHI)

The crew finishing a night of work (Image: WAHI)

1503273_486707884783834_51353645_nThis spring, CHS reported on what appears to be a growing shift of homeless people coming to Capitol Hill to find a place to live. Part of the trend is simply an influx of people of every demographic coming to the city. Another part is the services and resources available here — and rapidly being cut away elsewhere. There aren’t other places to go. The Washington Hero Initiative group — some donning masks, others taking a more subtle approach to being superheroes — are setting out to help by assembling “repair kits” to distribute to people living on the streets of Seattle:

The Washington Hero Initiative (WAHI) believes that everyone deserves to be safe, to be cared for, and to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their station in life… which is why they will be hitting the streets of Seattle from 9PM – 11:30PM on Sunday, July 27th, for the WAHI’s Summer S.I.G.N.s of HOPE distributing water, socks, and their newest creation – “repair kits”, which consist of duct tape, string, sewing kits, etc. “S.I.G.N.s”, or the Superhero and Initiative Giving Network, is a local event that can (and does) happen anywhere, and is a part of the larger “Project HOPE” event that takes place just blocks from San Diego Comic Con every year.

You can get involved and learn more on the Washington Hero Initiative Facebook page.