What is going on in Seattle!?!?

Breaking News on King5.com, Seattle Police are searching for a gunman who ran away from Cafe Racer in the just east of Green Lake and I-5 and west of Ravenna Park.  Two male victims were killed, and two more men and a woman were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inches tall, 30 to 40 years old, very thin with curly, light brown hair.  He was wearing a white and brown plaid shirt.

Roosevelt is on lockdown and Eckstein Middle School and Greenlake Elementary students are bing told to shelter in place.  The public has been encouraged to stay away from the area.

This comes just a week after a Madrona murder, a shooting at Folklife, drive-by shooting in South Seattle, and a shooting death just this morning in Downtown Seattle in an apparent carjacking.

Justin Ferrari Obituary

Justin Ferrari

Photo Courtesy of Legacy.com and Seattle Times

In case you did not see it, Justin Ferrari’s obituary is in the Seattle Times.  Click the previous link to read it.

Many Madrona residents have wondered what they can do to show support.  The family has asked:

In lieu of flowers, the things that would please Justin more than you can imagine would be to turn down your thermostat a couple degrees and take the bus when you can. For those who feel so moved, donations in Justin’s memory can be made to Rainforest Action Network, Brown University Water Polo, and On the Boards.

EastPAC Hosting Community Forum to Discuss Recent Violence

The East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) recently sent out and email and it has been confirmed that they are hosting a community forum regarding the recent neighborhood violence tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Garfield Community Center.  The entire community is invited to attend.

The recent tragic shooting of an innocent man, increased gang activity and shots fired around the 23rd and Cherry/MLK area, and unsolved past murders have us experiencing a wide range of emotions: Anger, fear, frustration, sorrow…   In response to these and other incidents, EastPAC will be holding a Community Forum, currently planned for the evening of Wednesday, May 30th.   We will host representatives from law enforcement (we are planning for Lt. John Hayes), youth prevention programs, and city leadership. The event will mainly focus on answering your questions and hearing your concerns and ideas.

Seattle Times Article on Madrona Man who was Murdered

The Seattle Times wrote an article on Justin Ferrari, the Madrona man, who was tragically murdered from a stray bullet as he was driving along Cherry Street with his kids and parents in their Volkswagen van.  The article describes the events leading up to the shooting as well as details of Justin Ferrari’s life including his life as father, husband, his career, and his contribution to the arts and as a coach. So very sad, the entire Madrona community’s thoughts go out to Justin’s family.

Madrona Blossoms

Madrona Flower BasketsAs Katharine Hepburn famously said “The calla lilies are in bloom again.”  Well, there are no calla lilies (that I know of) but the Madrona Business District is looking great now that the hanging flower baskets are back for their 7th year.  Madrona Blossoms are made possible by donations by Madrona neighborhood residence and local businesses.  Each basket costs approximately $275 a year to grow and water throughout the summer.  Donations are still being collected.  If interested mail a check payable to “Madrona Blossoms, MCC” – any amount is appreciated – to Madrona Blossoms Treasurer, 1121 37th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.  If you have questions or want to help with the baskets, email Marie Doyle.

Fatal Shooting on Cherry

policeman-cartoonWhat a tragedy.  Yesterday just after 4:30 PM, a Madrona man was innocently driving his parents, who had just flown into Seattle, and his two kids (7 and 4) out of town for the Memorial Weekend when they got caught in the crossfire of gun shots across Cherry Street.  The Madrona man, in his 40’s, was fatally shot as he drove his white Volkswagen Van westbound on Cherry just past Marin Luther King Jr Way.  No one else in the car was physically injured.  Two to three suspects were said to flee on foot and have not been apprehended.

Tougo Coffee Co is putting together a fund for the family. They will offer to the family all monies earned after operating expenses today.

To read more about this tragic death check out Seattle Central District News, Seattle Times, and King 5 News which has a video report.

Wow! Leschi’s BluWater Bistro Owner Rescues Drowning Boy

There is breaking news on KIRO about Bart Evans, owner of Leschi’s BluWater Bistro, who jumped in Lake Washington today to save a drowning teenage boy.   A group of kids were jumping off the Leschi Pier when they started screaming that one of their friends had not come up.  Evans, who’s Leschi restaurant is next to the dock, dove to the bottom of the lake and grabbed the boy by his foot and with the help of others got him on the dock.  The boy was rushed to Harborview Hospital.  While on the scene the Seattle Fire Department was able to feel the boy’s pulse, but there is no more word on how the boy is doing.

Click here to see pictures and read more about the boy’s rescue in Leschi on Kirotv.com.

Your Invited to See the Transformation at St Therese Catholic Academy

St Therese SeattleSaint Therese Catholic School, soon to be known as St. Therese Catholic Academy, would like to invite you to a community event the school is holding at their Madrona campus on Sunday, May 20, from noon to 3 PM to celebrate a new era in education and to thank the community for their support.

As I wrote back in March, Saint Therese Catholic School recently received a $500,000 grant funded in large part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is undergoing a significant transformation, becoming the first blended technology Catholic school in the Northwest. This cutting-edge learning model will provide Seattle families, regardless of their income, an excellent preschool through 8th-grade education that ignites the minds, dreams, and faith of their children.  To learn more about St. Therese’s transformation, check out their new website as well as come to the event this weekend in Madrona.

2012 Farmer’s Markets Summer Season Updates

If you weren’t out enjoying this lovely turn of the weather this weekend you were one of few; as the sun starts to come out, so do the summer crops and the local farmers markets will open in a few weeks with a ton of fresh new produce. The 2012 farmer’s market season took off running this year, with some markets already up and others soon to follow in the next few weeks. The surrounding Seattle areas will have a few new faces like the Shoreline Farmer’s Market that will open June 16th and will close down others like the

Photo Courtesy of Zachary D. Lyons, copyright from the 2011 Wallingford Farmer's Market

Georgetown market, who didn’t see enough foot traffic the last few years, but hopes to return in the fall with more people coming in and out of the neighborhood. Keep in mind the U District and West Seattle Markets run year round; here is a list of openings to look out for when you’re in the neighborhood:

Burien: 11am-6pm Thursdays

Columbia City: 3-7pm Wednesdays ( and will open early to chefs only to check out the loot before the crowds, from 2-3pm)

Lake City: 3-7pm Thursdays, beginning June 14.

Phinney: 3-7pm Fridays, starting June 3rd.

Madrona: 3-7pm Fridays beginning May 18th.

Magnolia: 10am-2pm, Saturdays starting June 9th.

Queen Anne: 3-7:30pm Thursdays, beginning June 7th.

Wallingford: 3:30-7pm Wednesdays beginning May 30th, (opening early for chefs only from 3-3:30)


Leschi Households to be Test for Biweekly Garbage Pickup

Seattle GarbageA 20 block area in the Leschi neighborhood as well as potions of three other Seattle neighborhoods are going to be the guinea pigs for the every other week garbage pickup.  Notices have already been sent to the affected Seattle residents who will get $100 credit to their garbage bill for participating in the non-voluntary test.  The idea is if it works, then the entire city would go to the new pickups dates by 2015.  The experiment starts in July which will be interesting since some of the biggest concerns are attracting rodents and garbage smell.  There is no better time to test these concerns than the summer.  Advocates for the every other week pickup say that it will save costs, save the environment (with less trucks driving around), and that other cities that have switched successfully.  Sounds like Leschi will find out sooner than most if this is a good idea or not.