March 9 Concert To Benefit Central Area Senior Center

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The Central Area Senior Center has operated from its home on the Leschi Bluff for more than 35 years, providing countless services, including hot meals, exercise programs, computer classes, and wellness services, to more than 1,600 seniors each year. To help The Central continue to provide its wide range of services and to relieve some of its debt, the board will host a benefit concert Sunday, March 9 at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center at Rainier Beach High School from 3:00-6:00 pm.

The Rainier Beach High School jazz ensemble will kick off the event, followed by other participating artists Funke Fusion Band, Darrius Willridge, Debbie Cavitt, Sheila Kay, Leo Camo, Butch Harrison, IFE, Rachel Foxx, Celestine, J Charles, Deems Tsutkawa, C T Thompson, and Felicia Loud and the Surround Sound Band. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Tickets are $50 each and are available through Brown Paper Tickets or from The Central.

Rainier Beach High School is located at 8815 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.

 

Justin Ferrari’s Widow Speaks With His Killer

We have followed the case of Justin Ferrari fairly closely, and today Andrew Patterson, Ferrari’s killer in the second degree murder case, will sit before a judge in the King County courthouse and hear his sentence. According to the Seattle Times, Ferrari’s wife met with Patterson back in August, in a room of lawyers, police officers and jail guards to read him a prepared statement regarding the affect his actions, and the result of Ferrari’s death has affected her and her family. She explained to him how her young children were coping with the death of their father. police

Justin Ferrari was driving his parents, and his two children through the Central District in May 2012 when he was shot in the line of fire not meant for him. Andrew Patterson had shot at someone he had gotten into a scuffle with at a nearby mini mart, and Ferrari’s vehicle had unfortunately been in the line of fire. The meeting was proposed by Ferrari’s wife after she read about a sit down between a Florida family and the man who had killed their daughter. Patterson listened to her prepared statement, and apologized afterwards; the meeting was over within 30 minutes. Patterson is requesting a 13 year sentencing, which is below the standard sentencing for the crime. We will update when the final sentencing is released.

Two Nickelsville Camps Move to Central District

This weekend marked the deadline for Seattle’s Nickelsville residents to move out of the Marginal Way location, and more than 100 residents will have to be dispersed to other camps, including two in the Central district. Over the three day weekend, two new camps were set up on the 2020 block of South Jackson, and the empty lot on 22nd & Union. According to the Seattle Times, residents get to choose which camp they’re relocated to based on seniority and all of the new locations now have the advantage of being closer to bus routes and other services than the Marginal Way location. Over the past few years, Nickelsville has been moved to two additional sites, but has been forced to move due to complaints from neighbors or city officials. tent

Neighbors of the Central district locations were given notice that the camps would be moving in, and although the immediate reaction to some may not have been a positive one, there are other successful camps running throughout the city near churches and church owned properties, such as St Joseph’s in Capitol Hill. Residents abide by strict housing rules that include no drinking alcohol or using drugs, and no weapons or abusive behavior on the property. We hope the camps will run smoothly in their new locations.

Central Pizza Opened Yesterday

If you didn’t have the chance to check out the new Central Pizza that opened yesterday at the old All Purpose Pizza location on 29th & Jackson, we suggest you check it out this week for some delicious thin crust pies! Toppings like homemade meatballs, prosciutto, pesto, gorgonzola, and cherry peppers will have your mouth watering before you walk through the doors, and did we mention the array of tasty sandwiches and pastas made in house? YUM! They do have a gluten free dough option available, and will be available for delivery in the near future. pizza

If you were able to stop in yesterday, you may have noticed that they did some nice renovations since All Purpose closed, moving the kitchen back to make room for more restaurant space, and they added a bar. The coolest renovation would probably have to be the booths and table tops made from reclaimed Lakeside High’s basketball court. Stop in for pizza and beers Monday-Thursday 3-11pm, and Fridays from 3-12am. Saturday will be open 12-12, and Sunday hours will be from 12pm-11pm. Let us know what you think if you’ve had the chance to sample the pies!

Central District Street Fair is Coming August 10th!

August is just around the corner, and so is the much anticipated Central District Street Fair! Join your neighbors on Saturday August 10th from 11am-5pm for an all day free fair on 24th Ave between E Yesler and E Alder Street. There will be live music, great food, and plenty of vendors, performing arts and exhibits to keep the whole family engaged. There will be a talent competition, farmers market, The annual fair has been around since 2002, originally called the Educational Resource Street Fair, and has really blossomed over the years into what it is today; a place where difference neighborhoods can come together to celebrate culture, education, youth and families. The Central District Street Fair is gearing up to be one of, if not the biggest multicultural fairs in the city of Seattle, and members of the community are strongly encouraged to participate with a booth, to share all of the exciting history, achievements, and projects within the neighborhood. If you’re interested in registering a booth at this year’s street fair, you may call 206.659.8255 or email cdcstreetfair@outlook.com. All booths are $55 for businesses, and free for public/private organizations, and must be preregistered to participate. We hope to see you there!

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Central District Key Bank to Close

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Courtesy of King County

One of the closest banks to our Madrona neighborhood, the Key Bank Central District Branch located on 23rd and Union is scheduled to close April 12th of this year.  Employees of the Central District Branch are being transferred to other Key Banks in the Seattle area.  If you opened your bank account at that branch, your account will be transferred to the Key Bank on Capitol Hill on 15th Avenue.  If you have a safety deposit box there, you can wait for instructions or contact the bank to make arrangements (contact information on first link above).

Search here to find other Key Bank close to Madrona.

The report is that the location will not be vacant for long.  Capitol Hill Housing will be redeveloping the lot and building affordable housing with offices on the main floor.

Grinch Has Stole Christmas; Madrona Can You Help?

Seattle PoliceBah, Humbug!  Seriously, this is stupid.  Stealing is never right, but stealing donations to YWCA for needy families is low.  You can read the details on Central District News, Madrona Moms, and even hear about it on the radio.  But someone or somebodies stole about $6,200 of toys from the local YWCA and now YWCA is scrambling to replace the toys by Thursday.  Any donations from local Madrona residents is appreciate.

Here are the details from Central District News:

A grinch made off with thousands of dollars worth of toys, set to be donated to needy children, in a Central District burglary earlier this month.

Staff at the Central District YWCA put approximately $6200 worth of radio controlled cars, basketballs, and other toys in to storage at a building on 28th and E. Cherry Street on December 3rd.

This morning, they discovered all the toys had gone missing, and called police.

It’s not clear when the toys were taken, as a staff member noticed the storage door was open on December 7th, but didn’t think anything of it at the time.

The case will be turned over to the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct burglary unit for investigation.

If you want to help:

We are looking to replace 300 toys in the next three days: all interests and ages, for boys and girls, up to age 18. Gifts of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the East Cherry branch of our YWCA, at 2820 E. Cherry St. Questions should be directed to Nichelle Hilton at 206.412.1605.

Central District Arrest Causing Controversy

Seattle PoliceI was driving in the car today and heard of a controversial arrest made by the Seattle Police on October 6th. Little did I know it happened on 23rd and Union near the liquor store parking lot in the Seattle Central District. Check out the video on Central District News and see for yourself what you think of the arrest. The video is long but if you start at the 4 minute mark you see the suspect refusing to answer the polices’ questions.  The police then tell him to put his hands behind his back and then the incident happens.

Woman Robbed At Gunpoint on 27th & E.Union

Wednesday night, around 11:30pm a woman was assaulted and robbed at a bus stop on the North side of Union st near 27th while on her way to the airport. The police report says that three suspects walked past the woman at the bus stop, then doubled back around a wooden fence and went behind her. One of the suspects pointed a semi-automatic hand-gun at  her.  He is described to be a black male in his 20’s, 6’1″ with a slim build, short hair, black baseball cap, white polo shirt, and baggy jeans. When the woman began screaming, the man with the gun punched her in the face. The other 2 suspects tried to steal her bags while dragging her across the sidewalk. A passerby saw what was taking place and he rushed over to her aid. He was able to grab the first suspect, but the suspect swung his arm and escaped. The two other suspects escaped with her messenger bag and suitcase. Police and K9’s were on the scene, but were not able to find the suspects. Among the things stolen were her MacBook Laptop, $3,000 in cash, her wallet and airline ticket.

I know this is scary for those of us who live in the neighborhood, as it is not the first time that something like this has happened. It is a reminder that we need to look out for our neighbors just as the man who came to her aid did, as well as be mindful of our surroundings.

Thanks to the the Central District News for providing an update, to read the article, go to the Central District News.

Woman Robbed At Gunpoint on 27th & E.Union

Wednesday night, around 11:30pm a woman was assaulted and robbed at a bus stop on the North side of Union st near 27th while on her way to the airport. The police report says that three suspects walked past the woman at the bus stop, then doubled back around a wooden fence and went behind her. One of the suspects pointed a semi-automatic hand-gun at  her.  He is described to be a black male in his 20’s, 6’1″ with a slim build, short hair, black baseball cap, white polo shirt, and baggy jeans. When the woman began screaming, the man with the gun punched her in the face. The other 2 suspects tried to steal her bags while dragging her across the sidewalk. A passerby saw what was taking place and he rushed over to her aid. He was able to grab the first suspect, but the suspect swung his arm and escaped. The two other suspects escaped with her messenger bag and suitcase. Police and K9’s were on the scene, but were not able to find the suspects. Among the things stolen were her MacBook Laptop, $3,000 in cash, her wallet and airline ticket.

I know this is scary for those of us who live in the neighborhood, as it is not the first time that something like this has happened. It is a reminder that we need to look out for our neighbors just as the man who came to her aid did, as well as be mindful of our surroundings.

Thanks to the the Central District News for providing an update, to read the article, go to the Central District News.