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.
McGilvra Elementary turns 100 years old in 2014 and will be holding its biennial auction on Saturday, March 22nd at Showbox SODO. This is the largest fundraising event of the year, and the school hopes to have many alumni attend the auction with their current families.
The money raised from the auction pays for programs that are not funded by Seattle Public Schools. These include the art teacher and supplies, reading and math teachers as well as their curriculum, a school counselor, teacher and library grants, and classroom tutors. With many classes having a 29:1 student teacher ratio, these programs are more essential than ever for our children. McGilvra would love your help. If you have an item or service you would like to donate, please do. Another way you can support McGilvra is to place an ad for your business in the auction catalog — over 300 people will be seeing it. You can also be an auction sponsor. All information is available on the auction website at mcgilvraauction2014.wordpress.com. You can download procurement, ad, and sponsor forms from the website. If you have further questions, please email email@example.com. Thank you.
This year, McGilvra Elementary students and faculty continued the tradition of honoring veterans by hosting an assembly and supply drive in observance of Veterans Day. Second grade Teacher Tammie Le organized the assembly which took place on November 8th. The entire student body — kindergarten through 5th grade — crowded into the school’s gymnasium to meet and learn from veterans and current service members.
The children sang songs and waved flags in appreciation of the sacrifice, hard work, and dedication of our service members. Several local veterans were in attendance. Park Shore resident, Guy Falscow, who served in the US Navy during the Korean War, shared his story about enlisting in the Seabees after college. He described his military service as “being a GPS before there was GPS,” mapping the ocean floor as a surveyor in the 1950s. Family members with children and grandchildren in attendance shared stories about serving their country in one form or another. During the month prior to the assembly, students participated in a care package drive, collecting items and creating greeting cards to be sent to soldiers deployed around the world.
At approximately 4:00 am, Sunday, November 24th, FURY WOMEN'S CONSIGNMENT was robbed. Thieves broke in through the back door. They stole our safe which contained a small amount of cash, and a few designer purses that were displayed on a shelf. As far as we can tell, nothing else was taken. We suspect that they were customers who knew exactly what they were looking for. When they broke in, the alarm sounded; our alarm company was alerted; and police responded.
Read the minutes (PDF) from the November 20, 2013 Madison Valley Community Council meeting.
The number of police reports in Madison Valley during the month of October increased to nearly sixty, far higher than in previous months. Fifteen of the reports involved car prowl theft, a number that is double the usual monthly total of six or seven. There were also two cases of vehicle theft, ten additional miscellaneous theft reports, and five shoplifting reports at a business in the 2200 block of E. Madison.
During October there were seven burglaries in Madison Valley.
1. During the night of Oct. 12–13 there was a burglary at a restaurant in the 2800 block of E. Madison. The burglar(s) used a key from a lockbox to gain entry and removed a safe containing computer equipment, approximately $550 in cash, and personal information about regular customers.
2. During the night of Oct. 17–18 someone pried the lock off a storage room door in the garage area of a condominium on 20th Ave. near John St. and stole a laptop, cash, and credit card receipts from the owner’s business. The value of the laptop and cash was close to $1000.
3. Sometime during the night of Oct. 18–19 someone broke into a business in the 3100 block of E. Madison by smashing a glass panel in the front of the business. The burglar stole ten to fifteen thousand dollars worth of merchandise and various business records. The police found fingerprints at the scene.
4. On Oct. 22 between 6:30 and 9:30 PM someone entered a home on 22nd Ave. near John while the owners were away. The burglar took a drawer containing jewelry and an iPad. The police found the drawer in the back yard of the residence, but it had been mostly emptied. No fingerprints were found.
5. On Oct. 27 between 10 AM and noon a burglar entered a home on E. John St. near 21st Ave. while the residents were attending church. After breaking windows to gain entry, the burglar stole a laptop computer, several expensive handbags, gift cards, and cash. Police recovered fingerprints and the police report notes that the residence has been burglarized four times since 2009.
6. Sometime between 8 PM and midnight on Oct. 31 a burglar broke into a home on 21st Ave. near Pike while the owners were away. After smashing windows at the home, the burglar took computer equipment, cameras, a purse and a box of checks. The police report makes no mention of finding any fingerprints.
7. During the night of Oct. 31–Nov. 1 a burglar broke into a specialty store in the 2700 block of E. Madison St. by forcing the rear door open. The burglar removed computer equipment and many clothing items. The police report gives no estimate of the value of the stolen items, and the police were unable to find usable fingerprints.
Three strong-arm robberies were reported during October.
1. On Oct. 5 around 7 PM a woman reported that while standing on the corner of 22nd Ave. and E. Union and talking to friends, a man about 6 feet tall grabbed her iPhone and ran east on Union. She did not pursue the robber because she was afraid that he was carrying a weapon.
2. On Oct. 13 at about 7 PM a woman walking west at Union and 23rd was accosted by a man on a bicycle who grabbed her arm and demanded that she hand over her purse and cell phone. At first she resisted, but upon realizing that that the robber had an accomplice, she complied. The robbers fled the scene and the victim reported the incident to a Metro driver. The victim reported that the bicycle rider had an unusual accent suggesting that English is not his native language.
3. In a puzzling incident on Oct. 23, police were notified around 10 PM that a man with a bloody face was lying in the intersection of 28th and E. Helen. Upon arriving they found the man, who appeared to be intoxicated and who told them that over an hour earlier he had been accosted by three black males as he was walking from 1st and Cherry to a destination in the 3000 block of E. Cherry. He reported that they had knocked him to the ground and taken $30 from his wallet before fleeing eastward into the arboretum. The report does not state how the victim and his assailants arrived at a location so far from his walking route on Cherry St. The Seattle Fire Department treated the victim for facial cuts and bruises and transported him to Harborview Medical Center.
Finally, on Oct. 4 at midnight police were called to 22nd Ave. and E. Mercer St. to investigate reports of a large fight there. Upon arriving they witnessed several people fleeing the area, but were able to talk to witnesses and victims of the fight. Apparently there had been a large party in a nearby house that had erupted into a fight after one of the partiers took umbrage about being bumped while dancing. Two people tried to break up the fight but were themselves assaulted by others using brass knuckles. The fighting then moved into the street, where hand guns were fired. Police found six shell casings from two handguns at the corner of 22nd and Mercer, but apparently no one suffered gunshot wounds. Those hurt during the fighting either were treated for minor injuries by the police or refused treatment.
Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.
The City of Seattle and the Madison Valley Community Council are looking for comments on these preliminary designs for a new neighborhood landmark. The structure will be built on the traffic triangle at Madison and 28th Ave E.
This feedback will be used to create a third and final design. There is no need to “vote” on one design or the other; commenters can like or dislike features from either. Clicking on the illustrations will open up full-size versions in a new window.
Two columns are added to each side of the large tree and signage with the words Madison Valley on a curved sign. Final design for the columns and sign TBD.
Uses more of the triangle space
The large tree in front remains, but is trimmed to increase visibility
A rounded bench is built into the design
A planting strip in front to protect pedestrians from traffic
The Madison Valley signage is incased in a “picture frame”
The large tree is removed
A grove of smaller trees is added to the triangle
Design Two contains some additional improvements to the area. These could be incorporated into either design, if people like them:
1. Adding curb bulbs to the corner in front of Luc and Jae’s. This would slow traffic in the intersection and improve the pedestrian crossing.
2. Paving the concrete and sidewalk with a decorative pattern to distinguish it as a place.
In conjunction with the landmark construction, the nearby crosswalk (in front of Luc), which terminates in a tree trunk, will be rehabilitated, either by moving the crosswalk or removing the tree.
• Please take a few moments to fill out the online survey. The last question, #10, is for any general or specific comments you’d like to us to hear. Thank you!
These design options will be discussed at both the Merchants Association meeting and the Community Council meeting. Anyone is welcome to attend these neighborhood meetings.
Madison Valley Merchant Association
Third Wednesday of the month – Nov 20, 9:00 AM at Cafe Flora
Madison Valley Community Council
Third Wednesday of the month – Nov 20, 7:00 PM at MLK FAME Center
If you have questions or additional comments regarding the Madison Valley Triangle Project, please contact Lindy@MadisonValley.org
This little Cavalier is about 8 weeks old. Her people hadn't chosen a name yet when she came in to get fit for a harness.
Noodle, a 13-year-old rescue who loves walking on her leash in the store!
Dakota, a three-month-old border collie/golden retriever mix who decided All The Best Pet Care was the best place she's seen so far.
Jax is about 6 months old and was born completely blind.
See special offers from All The Best on pet food and supplies.
Madison Valley residents are urged to stop by Luc next Saturday to give feedback on the design of the new landmark being built at the traffic triangle. GGLO, the design firm working on the project, and officials from the city will be present to take your comments. Complimentary coffee will be served.
Bring your friends and neighbors, drop in for a few minutes, learn a little about the project, and share your thoughts. Everyone is welcome—the more community feedback, the better, and the more likely we are to receive funding.
When: Sat, Nov.9, anytime between 10 am and 11:45.
Where: Luc Restaurant, 2800 East Madison Street
If you have questions please email Lindy Wishard, Madison Valley Community Council President. Lindy@MadisonValley.org
The playground at FAME@MLK is all spruced up and ready for action. The firefighters have moved back into their renovated firehouse so the whole area is becoming accessible. This is the only playground in our community that is open to the neighborhood children. A picnic table is a welcome amenity. Additionally, note the bountiful community garden in the foreground. Come over and check it out!
Sixth-grade teacher Ben Wheeler has created an elective class in Urban Forestry. Students learn about plant identification and restoration techniques, as well as planting. There is an emphasis on the importance of wild green space for the overall ecology of the community. The class began in mid-October and will run until the middle of November. Ben hopes to offer the class for subsequent quarters and perhaps it will become a permanent fixture in the curriculum.
Congratulations to the students at McGilvra Elementary for a hugely successful Run-a-thon on October 10th. For the second year in a row, Bert’s Red Apple has been the main sponsor for this event. The students go out and collect pledges using their pledge forms or personalized web pages that were made for each student. The kids then run the perimeter of the soccer field or school, depending on their grade, for one whole hour!
This year the school has a goal of $55,000. The kids have until October 28th to turn in their pledges. The money raised goes towards various programs not funded by Seattle Public Schools such as art and supplies, reading and math support, a school counselor, teacher grants, and classroom tutors. McGilvra is so thankful for all the support they received around this event. Trainers from FT Training came to warm up the kids, ladies from the Seattle Reign came to cheer them on, and Ari and his band from The Music Factory played to keep the kids going.
The student who raises the most money will receive four VIP tickets to the Lion King, generously donated by the Paramount Theater.
AFH Salon is a great new addition to the neighborhood. It opened in September on the corner of MLK behind The Essential Baking Company. The salon is beautiful with great natural light and charm.
The salon provides a full range of services including His and Hers Haircuts, Color, Blowouts, Event Hair and more. Annie Fisher, the owner and head stylist, has 18 years of industry experience and she and her team of stylists are passionate about working with clients to create personal beauty. The salon is unique in its dedication to education.
“I opened AFH Salon to provide a safe place for hairstylists/artists to be heard and supported in their craft,” says Annie, “AFH is committed to education and providing the best products for a great value. My vision was a beautiful space that was welcoming and offered clients an experience where they can come as they are and leave looking their personal best!”
The Annie Fisher Hair Salon team is committed to becoming an integral part of the Madison Valley community. They are supporting the Bailey-Boushay house by collecting unused travel, hotel or sample beauty products.
Puget Sound Blood Center is experiencing an unprecedented shortage of blood donations. Usually October is one of their strongest months, but many donors were hit by early flu outbreaks, and a number of blood drives had to cancel at government agency locations in Seattle during the Federal Shutdown. The inventory chart below shows the supply levels for each blood type.
WHEN: Friday, October 25th, 8:30am to 2:30pm
WHERE: The Bush School, Community Room (entrance on E. Harrison St)
Twenty five years ago this month Steve Magley (left) was hired as the nursery manager for the new garden store in Madison Valley. In October of 1988, City People’s Garden Store opened in the spot that had formerly been Lynn’s Garden Store (below) for ten or so years, and Clifton’s nursery for 35 years before that!
“Inventory was rather sparse,” recalls Steve, about the store’s humble beginnings, “We could only afford one of everything, so we spread it out to make it look like a lot of stuff!”
At the start of 1989, it snowed in Seattle in the beginning of January, February, March and April. “It seemed like spring would never come,” recalls co-owner Dianne Casper. And although every year, the store has managed to turn a profit, Mother Nature always, always determines how much!
In its 25 years of operation, City People’s has strived to be a good employer providing profit sharing with store staff as well as health insurance coverage and paid time off. Additionally, the store is intent on being an active member of the community, through regular contributions to local non-profits or involvement in community-based events. The visionary owners also collectively decided within the first 5 years of business to steer away from chemicals sold at most garden centers and develop a more organic and natural approach whenever possible.
Heading into the holiday season, this will be Steve’s 26th Christmas at the store. Once again, nearly all the trees that begin to arrive in November have been hand-picked this summer by Steve himself at a tree farm near Mt. Saint Helen’s. With a late Thanksgiving this year, the weather will have to be pretty great to make up the sales days that are lost, and Steve is already holding his breath.
But despite good years and not-so great years, and stressors that include over 6 years of construction across the street (now finally over), Steve keeps going. When asked why, at first he mentions “the promise of spring,” but quickly adds, “what really keeps me here, frankly, is the people — both the customers and the employees.” The feeling is mutual with 15 staff members who have been on board 10 years or more and a remarkable 7 who have been at the Garden Store for 20 years and longer! And customers who have also been shopping here from the start!
We would like to thank the community for supporting us all these years. Your loyalty, friendship, parking patience, have kept us going, and we are so happy to be able to continue to be your in-city garden center! Now come on in even though it’s raining!
By the way, if you remember City People’s Garden Store when it started, we’d love to hear from you! Email us any memories you’d like to share! Thank you!
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