Madison Valley

is a charming Seattle village with a European flair. We offer an eclectic mix of sophisticated shops, services, and restaurants. Our independently owned businesses attract visitors from afar, and shopkeepers greet customers by name. Here you’ll find people enjoying the good life, strolling the sidewalks, pausing to chat and explore. Join us, say hello, and stay awhile.

subscribe to news articles via email or rss

Julia Lee Park Update

JANUARY 21, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Hurray! 

We have two wonderful volunteers from our community who have stepped up to care for the Julia Lee Park located at MLK Jr Way just south of Madison. 

 

julia-lee-volunteers
Volunteers Farrel and Nancy with Parks Dept gardener Sara Franks

 

Today, Nancy Jordan and Farrel Oglesby braved the chilly and steady rain to meet with Parks Dept gardener Sara Franks to review their duties. They will receive close support from Sara as they learn how prune trees and care for the plants. Farrel has an association with Bailey-Boushay and is able to borrow tools from their supplies.

Nancy and Farrel will do general tidying, plant annuals, rake leaves and participate in the planning to enhance the park’s beauty. They expect to rally more support from the community. The annual Spring Clean, sponsored by the Madison Valley Merchant Association, will include the park in their agenda this May as additional support.

Thank you to Nancy and Farrel! Neighborhood citizens who volunteer their talents enhance the living experience for all of us.

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Beautification, Nature

City People’s Update Jan 2017

JANUARY 19, 2017 | EDITOR

This coming Wednesday January 25, Velmeir Companies will return to the Design Review Board for the third time with their proposal for the City People’s site. Overall, the new designs have retained the most positive elements of the project while addressing several key ongoing concerns about the pedestrian realm, light and access, with one significant update: the addition of housing along Dewey Place.

 

edg3

 

New Townhomes

The project’s complete overhaul of designs on Dewey is the most striking change in the packet. Whereas the previous iteration had extra-deep setbacks and greenery, the current proposal includes a row of five two-story townhomes. This updated design appears to address the Design Review Board’s previous concerns about dark, inactive spaces and would create a lively residential use, matching that of existing single-family homes across the street. This move also effectively closes off the garage to Dewey, eliminating neighbors’ noise concerns.

 

edg3-2

 

Spaces for People

The project’s updated designs not only retained but enlarged the pedestrian and sidewalk spaces along Madison, providing a minimum of eight feet and up to 10 feet of sidewalk. This move reflects community input and the Design Review Board’s comments that the project will act as a neighborhood gathering space. Further, the garage access point on Madison now includes decorative screening, vastly improving the appearance of the entryway. On Dewey, along with the new 11-foot setback of the garage to accommodate townhomes, the retaining wall was lowered so as to create people-scale views back and forth between the homes and passers-by.

 

edg3-4

 

Access

At the Madison Valley Community Council’s big community meeting in May 2016 and at the previous design review meetings, concerns were raised about the most appropriate access options: should vehicles enter from Dewey, from Madison, or Velmeir’s preferred configuration — use split access? In the months since the last Design Review Board meeting, a traffic study was performed to help answer this question. The study demonstrated that split access minimizes the traffic impacts to both streets, and this is shown in the proposal.

 

edg3-3

 

Lighting

Neighbors expressed concerns about 24-hour a day garage lighting; the current design addresses this concern entirely. The addition of five townhomes abutting the back side of the parking garage along Dewey not only eliminates the possibility of car noise and fumes, but light as well.

The design packet shows that Velmeir has tackled four key issue areas head-on in their new proposal: treatment of Dewey Place, spaces for people, access, and lighting. If you’d like to view the packet, it can be found here.

The new owners at City People’s will re-open very soon, and will operate for the remainder of the year while the redevelopment seeks approvals. This is wonderful news for the community and for City People’s business. However, if you agree that the Velmeir project has made significant strides to address concerns and mitigate any issues, consider voicing your support in moving this project forward and staying on schedule. To do so, you can:

Send a note to PRC@Seattle.gov referencing the project address (2925 E Madison)

Attend next Wednesday’s meeting at 8:00pm at Seattle University’s Community Building
824 12th Ave, Admissions & Alumni Community Building, Stuart T. Rolfe Room

 

1 Comment, Join In | Topics: Construction

Madison Valley Community Council Loans Painting to YMCA

JANUARY 18, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

On Tuesday, January 17th, the Madison Valley Community Council was honored to loan their Bill Cumming painting Two Figures Running to the Meredith Matthews YMCA. Everyone involved with the project was thrilled.

 

jerry-painting
Jerry Sussman with the painting.

 

Many years ago, the famous iconic northwest artist, Bill Cumming, gifted one of his favorite works to the Council. Bill had a close relationship with the founding members of the council, most notably Pearl Castle and Jerry Sussman. He donated the painting with the stipulation that it be exhibited in a public space for the enjoyment of the community.

For many years, the painting was hung at the MLK Jr Elementary School. When the school closed, a MVCC committee was formed to oversee the painting’s future. Lead member, Jerry Sussman took the painting to the artist for consultation. Bill was astonished by his work.  “I’m a much better painter now!” he said. “I will retouch the painting”. He reworked the canvas, bringing the image of two running children to life with the brilliant color for which he is famous. Again he entreated Jerry that the painting be displayed for the enjoyment of the community and not be sold to a private collector.

Happily, the African-American Museum had recently opened and they were more than delighted to receive the work for their permanent exhibit. Many visitors enjoyed the painting for several years.

Last year the museum closed its permanent exhibit in favor of rotating art. The painting was put into storage. Although it was safely stored, this was not in keeping with the artist’s intention. The committee began to search for a new home.

The local neighborhood YMCA was identified as an appropriate recipient and from then on, all moved quickly. The painting was retrieved from the museum and taken to Baas Gallery for refurbishing. The frame and mat were restored and a new Plexiglas cover was installed. Owner Karrie Baas was able to give the committee a generous discount on the work since the committee’s members paid for the work privately.

Thank you, Karrie Baas!

On January 17th, the painting was officially loaned to the YMCA. We had a little cookie reception with a brief historical talk by Jerry Sussman. Both the staff and Y members enjoyed the celebration.

Bill Cumming was a member of the Northwest School of artists who were engaged in the modern art movement of the mid-twentieth century. He eventually developed a style of vibrant color depicting everyday life of ordinary people in a somewhat abstract attitude. He made his home in Seattle’s Central District and the African-American community greatly inspired his work. The MVCC painting depicts two children running toward the viewer, their faces in shadow, with brilliant color and movement. It is considered one of his best works.

Bill’s personal life was somewhat chaotic. He had ongoing health issues due to tuberculosis and spent years at the Firland Sanatorium here in Seattle. As a member of the Communist party, he experienced the blacklist along with so many other artists. Although he was always an activist for civil rights, he broke off all relations with organized politics to focus on his art.

He eventually achieved great success and enjoyed solo shows at both the Seattle Art Museum and Frye Museum. Both private individuals and institutions have collected his work. He was a teacher at the Burnley School of Professional Art (now, Art Institute of Seattle) and at Cornish. He taught into his 90s, including private workshops in his home. At his death, a special tribute was published in our local Real Change publication.

The MVCC is truly humbled and proud to be the guardian of such an extraordinary work of art by an extraordinary artist.

Bill Cumming Painting Committee:

Charles McDade
Cathy Nunneley
Eli Stahlhut
Jerry Sussman
Lindy Wishard

 

1 Comment, Join In | Topics: Art

December 2016 Police Reports

JANUARY 17, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

The first four months of 2016 saw relatively high numbers of Madison Valley incidents being reported to the police; nearly 70 per month. After that, however, the monthly numbers fell to around 45 per month. December continued along this pattern, with 47 incidents. As usual, reports of car prowls and vehicle theft constituted the largest category, and although car prowls were down a bit from November, vehicle thefts were up. Five burglaries were reported in December.

 

crime-dec-16

 

1. On Dec. 1 between 4 and 7 PM a burglar entered the garage of a home on 28th near Mercer and stole a bicycle worth approximately $2000. There was no evidence of forced entry to either the garage or the home, and although the burglar left a small flashlight at the scene, the police found no fingerprints on it or on other surfaces in the garage.

2. Shortly after 5 AM on Dec. 2 police responded to an alarm at a convenience market near E. Madison and 29th. When they arrived, they found that the doors of the market had been broken down and that there were marks on the floor indicating that something had been dragged from the store. Further examination of the premises showed that the cash registers in the store had not been tampered with, but that it appeared that an ATM had been torn from its moorings on the floor and dragged from the building. At 5:25 AM the police at the scene learned that an ATM had just been found in an alley in the 2800 block of E. Harvard Ave. Around 7 AM police returned to the store at the owner’s request and viewed a video of the burglary that had been recorded by a security camera. The video showed that at 5 AM a white van had pulled up in front of the store and that two men then unsuccessfully tried to force the doors open. At this point the van rammed the doors open and the two men entered, pushed over the ATM, and dragged it into the van. The van, apparently driven by a third person, then drove away. The owner of the store identified the ATM found in the Harvard Ave. alley as the one that had been in the store and opened it with a key he had been using for that ATM. The burglars apparently were unable to open the ATM because the police report indicates a loss of only one dollar as a result of the burglary whereas the ATM contained a substantial sum.

3. Sometime during Dec. 11–12 a burglar broke into the basement of a home on E. 24th near Ward. The home is being remodeled and the resident was ill and bedridden during the time of the break in. The burglar rummaged through the basement, which was being used as a storage area during the remodeling, and stole a custom bicycle.

4. On Dec. 15 between 8 AM and 10 PM a burglar broke into a home on Washington Place E. near Ward by smashing a back-door window and reaching through and unlocking the door. The burglar then ransacked the house and stole jewelry of undisclosed value, $2000 in cash, and spare keys to the owner’s car. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Dec. 16 sometime between noon and 4 PM someone took a package containing personal documents from the secure lobby of an apartment complex on 23rd near Howell. There was no evidence that the burglar forcibly entered the lobby, but video footage of the incident was not available at the time of the police report.

Finally, there was a robbery in December.

On Dec. 20 at about 6:30 PM a robber, described as a white male around 25 years old and 5′11″ tall, grabbed a backpack and a wallet from a woman exiting the Safeway store at 22nd and Madison. The woman snatched the backpack back, and in doing so spilled its contents on to the floor of the store, but the robber retained the wallet and ran out of the store heading east on Madison. Two other people at the scene chased the robber, but were unable to catch him. The victim was injured when she fell while attempting to grab the backpack from the robber. The incident was recorded on the store’s security cameras.

 

Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Crime

MoveMend is Growing!

JANUARY 6, 2017 | AARON SHAW

MoveMend is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Carly Catanese to our growing team. Carly earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University in 2011. She is new to Seattle so please come by and welcome her to Madison Valley. 

 

movemend-carly

 

MoveMend is changing the model of health and fitness by bridging the gap between physical rehabilitation and personal training. We’re here to serve your personal training and physical and occupational therapy needs. 

MoveMend
2818 E. Madison St., Seattle (Next to FastFrame)
Phone: 206-641-7733
Website: MoveMend.info
Email: info@MoveMend.info

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Health & Beauty

Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, December 9 - December 31, 2016

JANUARY 3, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

land-use-dec-31

 

Winter Open House
Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Planning and Community Development, Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, and Seattle Department of Transportation are hosting an open house where folks can check out draft neighborhood affordable housing maps and talk about HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda), Parks (Parks 2017 Development Plan), transportation, sustainability, and more.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6 – 8pm
Optimism Brewing
909 E Union St.
Event Details

 

2301 E Union St -Design Review Meeting
Early Design Guidance on proposal to allow a 7-story apartment building with 440 units above ground floor retail. Parking for 482 vehicles will be provided below grade.  All existing structures (4) to be demolished. The design proposal can be found here. The initial proposal was presented at a community meeting, reported on here. This proposal requires a rezone from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit (NC2-40′) and Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a Pedestrian Overlay and 40′ height limit (NC2P-40) to Neighborhood Commercial 2 Pedestrian with an 85′ height limit (NC2P-85).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Seattle University
1000 E James Way, STCN Student Center 210 (campus map)
Notice of Design Review

 

3607 E Madison St
Land Use Application to allow a single-family residence with an attached garage. Zone: Arterial within 100 ft., Single Family 7200
Notice of Application

 

134 26th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-2
Notice of Application

 

1823 20th Ave
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′
Notice of Decision

 

224 27th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, Potential slide area
Notice of Decision

 

2814 E Union St
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, Arterial within 100 ft.
Notice of Decision

 

1917 E Denny Way
Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6457058. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40’
Notice of Decision

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Construction

November 2016 Police Reports

DECEMBER 15, 2016 | LOWELL HARGENS

During November 46 incidents in Madison Valley were reported to the police, down a bit from October's total of 54. Burglaries also declined in number slightly, but small increases in robbery and aggravated assault balanced that decline.

 

crime-nov-16

 

1. Around midnight on Nov. 4 a resident of one unit in a duplex on 20th near Olive was awakened by noises coming from his kitchen. When he went to the kitchen he found two people who had apparently just entered through the back door. The two quickly retreated to a deck outside of the kitchen when the resident shouted at them, and while there they apologized and told him that they thought the duplex was unoccupied. When the resident asked them what they had taken, they said that they had not had time to take anything and then fled. The resident called the police and when they arrived they unsuccessfully searched neighborhood for the burglars. An inspection revealed that the burglars had removed a glass pane from next to the rear door and then reached in to unlock the door.

2. During the morning of Nov. 8 burglars gained entry to the parking garage of a building on Madison near 29th and stole items worth approximately $2000 from cars parked in the garage. Security cameras recorded the burglars, described as a white male about 6′ tall and a female about 5′3″, as they entered the building and the garage. The burglars apparently knew how to open the Knox box containing keys to the building because there were no signs that the Knox box had been tampered with. Police did not search for fingerprints because the video tapes showed that the burglars wore gloves.

3. At around 1 AM on Nov. 9 the resident of an apartment on 21st near John was awakened by noises, and when he got up to investigate he heard someone leave the apartment through the back door. Before leaving, the burglars(s) took a laptop worth approximately $900 that had been left on a table near the back door. Police found that the back entrance to the apartment was not secure and that there were no surfaces in the area that were suitable for fingerprints.

4. Sometime during the early afternoon of Nov. 12 a burglar entered a residence on 21st near Madison through a sliding window in a bathroom. Once inside the burglar found a set of keys belonging to one of residents and used them to steal that resident’s car. The burglar apparently intended to take two laptops as well, but ended up leaving them after deciding to take the car. Police found fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Nov. 14. a resident of an apartment building on 19th near Republican notified police that her storage unit in the building had been burglarized. She reported that she had last been in the storage unit on Nov. 8, and that since then someone had broken into it and stolen boxes filled with backpacks and polo shirts and also a case of wine. After discovering the burglary, the victim found that other storage units had been broken into and also found one of her bottles of wine in the parking lot. The police report does not give information about the losses suffered by other residents of the building.

6. On Nov. 15 at 4 AM police responded to an alarm that had been triggered at a business on Madison near 28th. When they arrived, they found that someone had tried but failed to break in through the front door of the business. The alarm apparently frightened the would-be burglar(s) away.

7. Sometime during the night of Nov. 27-28 a burglar entered a restaurant on Madison near 28th and took $200 from a cash register. The owner told the police that the restaurant had been locked at closing time the previous night, but there were no signs of a forced entry. Police found no fingerprints at the scene but the owner told them that it was possible that a surveillance camera recorded the event.

At approximately 5 PM on Nov. 6 a young male riding home on his skateboard near 23rd and Pine was hit in the back of his head and knocked over by group of teenage males who had been watching him. The teenagers then took his skateboard and fled. When the police arrived, they searched for the assailants and although they found suspects who matched the sketchy description given by the victim, the victim told them that the suspects were not the people who robbed him. Later the victim’s skateboard was found abandoned on 25th Ave.

Police were called to a residence on 24th Ave. E. near Harrison at about 5 AM on Nov. 3 to investigate an aggravated assault that occurred earlier that morning. Upon arriving they learned that a woman, who apparently had been staying at the residence for several days even though she had been told to leave, had earlier used a crowbar to smash the windows of a car that another woman living at the house had borrowed. When the second woman confronted the first, the latter told her to stay away and got into a black SUV. At this point to woman who had borrowed the car whose windows had been smashed tried to keep the woman in the SUV from leaving the scene. The woman in the SUV drove away anyway, striking the complainant in the process. The police report notes that the complainant did not appear to have been injured by the vehicular assault, and that she declined medical assistance.

On Nov. 14th at about 10:30 PM police were called to the Arboretum to investigate an aggravated assault that had just occurred close to the intersection of Lake Washington Blvd. and E. Arboretum Dr. When they arrived, witnesses told the police that they had seen a man hit another man on the back on the head with a pipe. After a little searching the police found two victims tending to their wounds in the men’s bathroom at the Washington Park play field. The victims told the police that they did not know their assailant, but that he had claimed that he knew them and proceeded to pepper spray them and then hit one of them on the head with a rock hammer. The assailant then fled north toward the Arboretum’s Visitor Center. The police searched unsuccessfully for the assailant and the victims were taken to the UW Medical Center after being examined by a unit from the Fire Department.

 

Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Crime

Christmas Ships Holiday Celebration

DECEMBER 14, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

This year’s annual Christmas Ships event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Madison Park Beach & Bath House. The celebration begins at 2 PM, and the ships sail at 3:30. Music, refreshments, and a bonfire are all part of the fun. The event is sponsored by the city and Madison Park businesses.

 

xmas-ships-mp

 

xmas-ships-poster

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Social Events, Holidays

Friends of Julia Lee Park Group

DECEMBER 10, 2016 | EDITOR

Catherine Nunneley is forming a Friends of Julia Lee Park Group. The group will meet a few times a year to help maintain the park, and to plant annuals in the spring and fall. If you’d like to learn more or help with this volunteer group please send your contact info to Editor@MadisonValley.org.

 

jlp-sign

 

Thank you for your help and participation in keeping Madison Valley beautiful!

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Beautification, Nature

Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, November 22 - December 8, 2016

DECEMBER 9, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

land-use-dec-8

 

119 26th Ave E - Streamlined Design Review
Streamlined Design Review to allow a 3-story, four-unit townhouse structure with attached garages. Zone: LowRise-2, Steep slope, Potential slide area
Notice of Streamlined Design Review

115 26th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow two, three story, 2-unit townhouse buildings (four units) in an environmentally critical area. Covenant parking for seven vehicles will be provided on adjacent site at 111 26th Ave E. Streamlined Design Review is completed for both properties. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), LowRise-2
Notice of Application

107 27th Ave E
Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required) on Land Use Application to allow three, 3-story single family residences in an environmentally critical area. Parking for three vehicles to be provided. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential Slide Area
Notice of Decision

141 22nd Ave E
Decision to grant Unit Lot Subdivision to create four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: LowRise-3, Urban Village overlay.
Notice of Decision

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Construction

Reminder: SR 520 closed this weekend.

DECEMBER 8, 2016 | LINDY WISHARD

All SR 520 lanes and ramps between Montlake Boulevard and 92nd Avenue NE are scheduled to close from 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, to 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The SR 520 trail on the floating bridge will also be closed.

 

520 closure 08-Dec-2016

 

During the closure, crews plan to:

Begin removing the portion of the old westbound SR 520 off-ramp that extends over SR 520.
Re-stripe lanes as needed.
Pour concrete for the WABN structure's roadway deck.
Adjust corridor lighting, signing and tolling equipment.

What to expect around the work site:

Nighttime construction lights.
Truck deliveries.
Noise from construction activities as crews remove the old off-ramp. Crews may use impact equipment to remove the old off-ramp but will end all impact activities by 10 p.m. each day.

A temporary noise variance will be in place to complete this work. WSDOT inspectors will be onsite to verify that construction activities comply with our contract and the conditions of the city of Seattle noise variance.

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Transportation, Construction

Notable Neighbors: Pippa Kiraly - A Lifetime of Service

DECEMBER 5, 2016 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Several years ago now, Pippa Kiraly had a remarkable experience. Accompanied by her brother, she went hiking in the Himalayas. Although for most of us a trip to the Himalayas would be remarkable enough, for Pippa it was a miracle. Pippa has experienced a life-long battle with severe, life-threatening asthma. This condition would have made such an adventure impossible to even contemplate for most people living with asthma. However, acting upon the advice of her doctor, Pippa participated in a specialized breathing program that has set her free of most asthma symptoms and medications.

 

pippa

 

The program that assisted Pippa to this state of freedom is known as the Buteyko Method of Breathing Modification. During an intensive ten hour, five-day course, she learned to modify her breathing patterns such that within a few months she was untethered from her “rescue” inhalers. With the help of her doctor, she was then able to taper off the steroids that had controlled her life. The process took 10 months which is much longer than most for most people due to the many years of disease. Pippa estimates that14 years ago she was saving over $3,000 a year in drug and prescription insurance costs.

Pippa was so enamored with this breathing modification program that she decided to take an advanced teachers’ course. She is now a certified Buteyko Educator. It is a joy for her to teach others how to free themselves from the stress of asthma and other breathing difficulties.

Care giving comes naturally to Pippa. Originally from England, she was trained as a nurse in London. After immigrating to America in 1959 and marrying, she settled down to be a wife and mother. Her husband, Bill, a violist, was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra. Drawing from her innate writing skills, she became a freelance classical music critic for the Akron Beacon-Journal. She thrived in this environment.

In 1991, following the death of her husband, Pippa relocated to Seattle. She immediately felt at home in our Pacific Northwest. Originally, she was recruited to write an article for the Seattle Youth Symphony. She continued her journalism career with the Seattle P.I., Seattle Times and, for several years, the Seattle Weekly. Twice a month she submits previews and reviews for City Arts. Far from a lucrative income source, Pippa receives complimentary tickets and a small stipend. It doesn’t matter. She loves it. “2016 has been an especially stellar year!” she exclaims. “There are many wonderful events each week. I limit myself to two per week to prevent feeling jaded by too much to take in”.

In addition to her writing career, Pippa has been a long time volunteer with Providence Hospice of Seattle. Initially she specialized in bereavement counseling listening to each individual over a period of 13 months.  Both her nurses’ training and the personal loss of her husband provided her with the skills necessary to assist others through this difficult passage. She is considered to be one of the most committed and skilled bereavement volunteers at Hospice of Seattle. These days, she assists with Camp Erin, the summer bereavement camp for children as well as in ongoing Grief Support services for both children and adults.

At home, Pippa is a dedicated gardener. Her garden is fairly bursting with abundant produce. “This year I grew a row of immense purple cabbages and quantities of zucchini and summer squash as well as trees-full of blue plums and apples. For the first time I took some baskets of produce to St Mary’s Food Bank on 20th south of Jackson and felt so pleased!”

Pippa’s passion, the Buteyko Method of breathing modification, has ignited a new career path. Undaunted by what many others consider an “advanced” age; Pippa, now at 81, has marched headlong into her new vision.

Pippa emphasized that her breathing reeducation trans- formed her life so dramatically that she has been thrilled to offer the method to others. Service to her community has always been at the heart of her motivation. As a nurse, she has been following her commitment of offering comfort and support wherever it is needed. As example to us all, Pippa’s philosophy has been to greet each day as a new beginning and an opportunity for personal growth.

To explore the Buteyko Method of Breathing you may contact Pippa at:

206-329-6604
http://www.lifelongeasybreathing.com/
info@lifelongeasybreathing.com

 

1 Comment, Join In | Topics: Health & Beauty, People

Holiday Beer Tasting with Jim Stoccardo

DECEMBER 5, 2016 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Two Doors Down is doing a special holiday beer tasting next week with Jim Stoccardo, co-founder and head brewer at the very cool Outer Planet Brewing (http://www.outerplanetbrewing.com/). We’re calling the event Hops in the ’Hood; both Outer Planet and Two Doors Down are independently-owned neighborhood businesses and we’re working together to promote the growing beer scene outside the Pike/Pine corridor in the Capitol Hill/Central District neighborhoods.

 

hops-in-hood

 

The event is on Tuesday, 12/13 from 6-8 PM and we’ll be featuring at least four of Jim’s beers on draft, including his otherworldly Supernova Red IPA, and giving away a few growlers and T shirts. Naturally, Jim will be on hand to answer questions, and we have a couple of great burger specials designed to complement his beer.

Two Doors Down
http://www.twodoorsseattle.com
2332 E. Madison St.
206.324.BEER

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Food & Drink

December 7th 520 Bridge Update

DECEMBER 3, 2016 | WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

This is a friendly reminder to join us at this month’s West Approach Bridge North (WABN) monthly public meeting on December 7 in Seattle. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation and opportunity to learn more about current WABN construction activities, as well as the next phase of SR 520 construction, known as the Montlake Phase. The Montlake Phase, which is scheduled to begin in 2018, includes the West Approach Bridge South (WABS) and Montlake lid and land bridge.

The project team plans to provide a PowerPoint presentation with key project updates. Meeting attendees will also be able to ask questions regarding this next phase of SR 520 construction in Seattle.

West Approach Bridge North (WABN) topics we plan to cover include:

1. Upcoming weekend closure of SR 520 from 11 p.m. Dec. 9, to 5 a.m. Dec. 12

2. Overview of 2016 WABN construction progress

3. Look ahead to upcoming 2017 WABN milestones, including the opening of the WABN structure to traffic, scheduled for summer 2017

Key Montlake Phase topics we plan to cover include:

1. SR 520 Program and Rest of the West project overview

2. Timeline and next steps for the Montlake Phase of construction

3. Montlake Market property status update

4. An update and look ahead for the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan that is being developed to address neighborhood traffic concerns and improve safety and mobility during and after construction

5. Recent and upcoming public involvement opportunities including an update on next steps for our recent frontline neighbor outreach

Meeting details:

Date: Wednesday, December 7
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (presentation begins at 5:35 p.m.)
Location: Graham Visitors Center
Address: 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112

We hope you can join us for this meeting! We look forward to continuing to share information with you as we move forward with building a new, safer and more reliable SR 520 corridor in Seattle.

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Transportation, Construction

Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, October 25 - November 21

NOVEMBER 23, 2016 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices in the past month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.

 

land-use-nov16

 

2320 E Union St - Design Review
Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting for proposed six story structure with a total of 115 apartment units above 3,264 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 18 vehicles will be located within the structure. This project requires a contract rezone from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit and pedestrian overlay and a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit — no pedestrian overlay to a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with 65′ height limit and pedestrian overlay. Comments and request to be made a party of record may be submitted through November 30 to PRC@seattle.gov

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Community Building - Stuart T Rolfe Room
Campus Map
Notice of Design Review Meeting

1106 34th Ave
Council Land Use Action to rezone a 10,917 sq. ft. portion of land from LR2 (Multi-Family) to NC1-30 (Neighborhood Commercial). The property is bounded on the South by East Spring Street, to the West by 34th Avenue, to the North by a commercial building at 1112 34th Ave and to the East by an unimproved alley adjacent to 1101 35th Avenue. Comments regarding environmental impacts may be submitted through November 30 to PRC@seattle.gov
Notice of Revised Application

111 26th Ave E
Application to allow one, 3-story, four-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 14 vehicles proposed within the structure. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential slide area, steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise 2
Notice of Application

2212 E Miller St
Application to allow a covered porch addition to a single-family dwelling unit with a variance to allow principal structure to extend into required front yard. Zone: Single Family 5000
Notice of Application

457 39th Ave E
Decision on application to allow a new three-story, single-family dwelling unit in an environmentally critical area. Parking for one vehicle to be located within the structure. Existing single family dwelling to be demolished. Zone: Urban residential, potential slide area, steep slope (>=40%), scenic view within 500 ft., Single Family 7200
Notice of Decision

2814 E Union St
Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, arterial within 100 ft.
Notice of Application

154 20th Ave E
Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay
Notice of Application

131 22nd Ave E
Decision on application to subdivide one development site into seven unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, scenic view within 500ft., Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

132 21st Ave E
Decision on application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay
Notice of Decision

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress

 

Post a Comment | Topics: Construction
more stories in news archives

AllTheBestPetCare
While his human browsed the Ballard store's bone department, little Waffles got sleepy and decided it was time... t.co/AK5chNaN7y

TheEssentialBakingCo
"Organic farming increases soil microorganisms up to 70%"t.co/XswBaPm5Bi

TheEssentialBakingCo
Happy MLK Day! "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of th… t.co/VfVOhhFtak

AllTheBestPetCare
Lola the Frenchie enjoyed sampling some of the goodies during the 50/50 Challenge demo at our Ballard store.... t.co/bWzHeGhazp

more tweets