‘Tuba Man’ Killer Now Accused of Hit and Run

Tuba Man KillerBilly Chambers was convicted as a juvenile of the 2008 killing of Ed McMichael, more commonly known as the “Tuba Man” street musician.  Chambers has now been arrested for a hit and run when he allegedly intentionally rammed a woman’s car and ran her off the road in Seattle’s Central District on 23rd and Jackson.  The woman had previously filed a police report against Chambers for an earlier car prowl and the theory seems to be that Chambers was exacting revenge.

Click the link to the Seattle Times to read more details about the latest incident involving Billy Chambers (including his picture).

Prime Wine Night at Daniel’s in Leschi

DanielsDaniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks & Chops is well known as one Seattle’s premier steak restaurants.  Probably the best known is Daniel’s on Lake Union or even in Bellevue, but the original is Daniel’s in Leschi.  Just minutes from Madrona, located at the Leschi Marina is a world-class steakhouse with a great happy hour seven days a week (4 PM to 6:30 PM) and on Sunday is the Prime Wine Night with all bottles of wine under $100 are half off.  Madrona has great wine at Wilridge on 34th and Union, but if you feel like enjoying your glass of wine with a nice steak head down to Daniel’s Broiler in Leschi on Sunday nights.

Madrona 34th and Union Festival

Madrona Tree SculptureBOOM‘s second annual Madrona 34th and Union Festival is planned for Saturday, July 16th!  Exciting news that this fun event will continue and hopefully become a tradition in the Madrona neighborhood for years to come.  While I have not seen official announcements, the time should be the same as last year when the event went from noon to 6 PM.  Together with live music there will be fun for all including, food, drink, sidewalk sales, and something special for kids!

Bring your friends & join Madrona on 34th and Union on Saturday, July 16th!

BOOM Shakalaka

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Banners in Madrona Business District

BOOM – When I hear BOOM, I think about different things.  The first thing to come to mind is Kevin Calabro yelling “BOOM SHAKALAKA!!!” after a Sonic throws down a thunderous dunk.  I also envision the movie Army of Darkness when Ash announces to the stunned crowd, “This is MY BOOMSTICK!!!”  But living in Madrona, it also makes me think of BOOM:  Business Owners Of Madrona.

BOOM has quietly promoted Madrona and the business district over the years and has done a great job.  Meeting monthly and under the tagline “Madrona is a quintessential Seattle urban neighborhood with the flair of a metropolitan city wrapped in a warm, friendly setting,” Madrona and its businesses have grown to be a popular place for Madrona residents and Seattleites to enjoy.  Working with the Madrona Community Council, BOOM has volunteered time and funds for things like Madrona Mayfair and the Madrona Blossoms.

If you are interested in learning more about BOOM, click the following link to contact the BOOM committee leaders.

Madrona May Benefit From Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy Meeting Tonight

Madrona ShelterhouseTonight there will be a meeting open to the public at the Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave South, to discuss the Citizen Oversight Committee’s recommendations to spend $10 million of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy inflation funds for Seattle Parks and Recreation major maintenance projects.  In 2008, the Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Space Levy which had money built into it for inflation, but because of the downturn in the economy the projects were finished under budget leaving money left over.  The Citizen Oversight Committee‘s recommendation is to re-allocate inflation allowance funds for a specific set of projects.  Three of those projects are in the Seattle Central Area, including Madrona.  Those projects are to replace the roof at Garfield Community Center ($465,000), repair the roof at Medgar Evers Pool ($1,600), and to renovate the “Madrona Comfort Station” ($200,000).  The Madrona Comfort Station is better known as the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse.  The meeting is tonight, Monday, June 27th from 7 PM to 9 PM and, again, the public is encourage to participate.

Best Buds Leaves After A Month In Madrona

Best Buds SeattleBest Buds which has one other location, Madison Park, tried out Madrona but it was not meant to be.  They lasted a month closing up shop the Tuesday after Memorial Weekend.  According to the owner, it was an experiment that they tried, but just did not work out.  The sales were disappointing especially since they were open in Madrona during Mother’s Day and planting season.  You can still shop at Best Buds by heading down to Madison Park.

Glassybaby Seconds Sale Proceeds Benefit Cancer Patients

Glassybaby in Madrona had a Seconds Sale this weekend, and all sale money was donated to the UW Medical Center to aid cancer patients.  The “for sale” Glassybabys have small imperfections and were offered at $26/per item as opposed to $40.  This was the second Seconds Sale of the year and the first was back in January.  Sadly, I missed both, but I’ll be sure to attend the next!  For more info on Glassybabys, check out their official website.

Picturesque Madrona Home-For Sale

This picturesque home in Madrona Seattle for sale is beautiful, well-built and in a quiet setting. The distinctive brick façade is complimented by gorgeous landscaping and magnificent vine maples. Interior features include gracious rooms, including a lodge-like family room with a stone fireplace and a main floor library. The four bedroom, 3.25 bathroom house has a private master suite with a marble bath. A full recreation room with bar makes entertaining easy in this unique home close to Madrona Woods, Madrona beach and the popular shopping and dining district. Please follow the link to find full listing details and photos. To search other Madrona homes for sale, please click here.

Status: For Sale
Listing Price: $1,595,000
Bed/Bath: 4/3.25

Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale This Saturday

Madrona Garage SaleCome one, come all to Madrona this Saturday, June 18th, for the annual Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale.  Over 25 families are participating in 2011 from 9 AM to 2 PM and if it is anything like last year you should be able to find some good buys.

Stop by the Madrona Business District on 34th and Union this Friday/Saturday and pick up a map of garage sale locations at participating businesses or check out the following link to the Madrona Garage Sale Map.  Happy treasure hunting!

Legal Fees Related to Leschi Have Not Been Cheap

Maurice ClemmonsI still shake my head every time I think about the City of Seattle paying nearly a million dollars to Maurice Clemmons’ relatives for damage to their Leschi home.

Now in the Seattle Times today, it has been disclosed that King County has paid over $1.1 million so far on Christopher Monfort’s defense.  Monfort is accused of killing one police officer and attempting to kill another officer when they were patrolling Leschi.  Monfort was later apprehended outside his apartment south of Seattle in Tukwila.

Obviously the legal fees are not the Leschi neighborhood’s fault, but both have their ties to Leschi even though the two men had little connection to the area.