Madrona K-8 to Host Book Fair

book fairMadrona K-8 will be hosting a book fair Monday, Dec. 9th – Saturday, Dec. 14th. All proceeds from the sale will go towards purchasing new books for the library which is where it will be held.

The schedule is as follows:

Mon. 12/9: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-1:00

Tues. 12/10 & Wed. 12/11: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-4:15

Thur. 12/12: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-4:15, 5:00-7:00

Fri. 12/13: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-1:00

Sat. 12/14: 9:00-1:00

This event is perfect for finding gifts for the holidays at a low cost! Volunteers are needed to help set up, take down, and run the fair. For more information please contact the Madrona K-8 PTSA at ptsa@madronapantherpartners or visit their website.


Police Arrest Armed Man with Crack Cocaine in Central District

policePolice officers from the East Precinct’s Anti-Crime Team arranged a meeting Saturday morning in the Central District to purchase crack cocaine from a suspect. The suspect arrived near 25th Ave. and E. Fir St. around 1:15am. As the officers moved in for the arrest the suspect ran. They caught up with the 33 year old suspect and tackled him to the ground. While being tackled the suspect pulled out a loaded 9mm handgun from his waistband which officers were able to take from him before any shots were fired. Almost 8 grams of crack cocaine was found in the suspect’s possession. He was found to be a convicted felon and booked into the King County Jail on gun and drug charges.

Local Madrona Author Releases New Children’s Book

bookHillel Cooperman has released his first children’s novel, The Madrona Heroes Register, which include beautiful illustrations created by Caroline Hadilaksano. Cooperman is a founder of Seattle based Jackson Fish Market and is now a first time author. He lives in the Madrona neighborhood with his family and was inspired to write the book after travelling abroad. His book has received all 5 star reviews on and has become an addiction to both children and adults. One reviewer stated how he “loved how the author wove in elements of “modern family life” along with the super-natural.” Help support a local up and coming author and share the adventure with your family by purchasing the book which is available on

Little Ones’ Halloween Carnival Hosted by St. Therese Catholic Academy

carnivalSt. Therese Catholic Academy will be hosting a Little Ones’ Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 26th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome! The event will feature fun games, food for purchase and two bounce houses. Tickets are $1 each or $8 for 10, $10 for 15, $20 for 30 tickets and will be available for purchase at the door. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to be able to wear their costumes! St. Therese Catholic Academy is located in the Madrona neighborhood at 900 35th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122. For more information please call the school at 206-324-0460.

Bakers Needed for Halloween Event at the Shelter House in Madrona

madronaStart your Halloween celebration at the Madrona Shelter House from 4:30pm – 6:30pm on 10/31. Stop by to enjoy a treat and pick up a neighborhood scavenger hunt list.

Bakers are needed to provide 2-3 dozen treats and/or drinks and have them at the Shelter House by 4:30pm. If you are able to help, please contact for more information.

Boat Owners at Leschi Marina Wonder What Happened to Moorage Fees

Photo courtesy of Seattle Times Greg Gilbert

Photo courtesy of Seattle Times Greg Gilbert

The city-owned Leschi marina is deteriorating and boat owners are wondering what the city did with the moorage fees that were collected each month. Decking is rotted, the outermost deck is sinking and the underwater flotation has broken away. Tenants of the marina say that for 30 years the city collected moorage fees that should have been used to maintain the marina but instead were diverted to other uses in the Parks and Recreational system. Money was used to keep doors open to community centers, to maintain parks, and to continue low-income families’ participation in sports and recreation which was said to be more important than maintaining the marina. $8 million is needed to make the necessary repairs. Mayor Mike McGinn has agreed to add $4 million to the budget to go specifically towards repairing the marina. The city had been searching for a private operator to take over the moorage before McGinn stopped the search after boat owners expressed concern of possible higher fees and commercialization of the property. Tenants were also angry at the fact that they were left out of the planning process of the North and South Leschi marinas. The city has agreed to create two Project Advisory teams which will include community members to be sure they have a say in what happens with the marina.

Hazing of Garfield High School Students Being Investigated

garfieldAround 100 students gathered at the arboretum last Friday afternoon. Some students were being paddled, were wearing diapers, had eggs thrown at them as well as had shoe polish all over their bodies.  After the school’s resource police and principal, Ted Howard, broke up the gathering, some students began shouting profanities and called Howard a racial slur. There was at least one accident caused by students running in front of cars as they fled. Police are having difficulty investigating as students are being peer pressured into not giving any information. Hazing has become a tradition between seniors and juniors. Each year the school works hard attempting to prevent hazing. An email was sent to parents telling them of the incident and urging them to speak with their kids about hazing and why not to do it.

UPDATE:  Six students have been identified from the incident.

Man Forces His Way into Central District Apartment

policeAround 8:15pm Monday night near the 700 block of 26th Ave. a man forced his way through a door, breaking the locks. A woman was cooking in the kitchen when there was a knock at the door. Her young son unlocked the deadbolt and that is when the intruder forced his way in and grabbed the woman. She struggled with him and was able to get away. She and her son ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. Another woman walking by the home heard noise and walked up to the door and asked what was going on. The intruder told her, “it was an accident” and fled the scene. The woman suffered a minor injury to her wrist when struggling with the intruder and was treated at Harborview Medical Center.

Epiphany School to Hold Annual Carnival Friday

bake saleThe Parents Council of the Epiphany School will be holding its annual carnival this Friday, September 27th from 3:00-6:00pm at 3611 East Denny Way. There will be many activities such as a raffle and bake sale. All proceeds from the sales will benefit a local non-profit organization. All are welcome. You may contact Jim Miller at 206-720-7667 or for more information.


Chuck’s Hop Shop to Open in Central District

chuck'sThe Central District will soon be welcoming the new Chuck’s Hop Shop in October! It will be located in the empty Copymaster building on the corner of 20th and Union. The owner, Chuck Shin, currently operates the Chuck’s 85th Street Market in Greenwood where you can find 30 beers on tap and close to 1,000 bottles for sale – most of which are local beers. Chuck’s Hop Shop is planned to have 50 taps and possibly more beer selection than Chuck’s 85th Street Market has. They plan to host food trucks everyday, offer outdoor seating as well as serve ice cream. Chuck’s will be open to all ages in order to be family-friendly. Those of you excited to try out many of the beers at the new location, stay tuned for more information regarding its opening date.