Neighbors report break-ins and suspicious cars

There have been a few vehicle break-ins lately as well as a suspicious car driving around the neighborhood.

Neighbor Rosie wrote to send a video of two men burglarizing her husband’s work van. She says,

“This happened early Saturday (Jan 26th) at 5:40 a.m. We got the footage from our security camera and have given it to the police but are hoping that the neighborhood community could also keep an eye out. We believe they backed up to the van and loaded everything into the back or bed of a truck. We have multiple shots from a 20 minute period of time where they came and surveyed the van, somehow got in, and eventually made off with lot of plumbing tools. This robbery took place on North Beacon Hill at the cross streets of 13th Ave and So Hill St. Any help or assistance in any way would be much appreciated. My email address is”

Here is the video.

Another neighbor, Jessica, writes:

“Seems as if there have been some car break-ins around the 39XX block of 14th Ave S.

“My car was broken into and stuff was tossed around and the only thing they actually took was a book of 10 year old CD’s that were in my trunk. My husband and neighbor both got their cars broken into about a week later (this week) nothing appears to have been taken but things were tossed around significantly. Another neighbor said he noticed a later model silver Volvo in the area and the passengers of the vehicle sped off when they saw him as he was going to work in the early morning.”

It’s funny that she mentions a silver car, because folks on the Beacon Hill mailing list last week were discussing suspicious activity by a silver 4-door sedan. According to one neighbor, the car was driving between Orcas and Lucille on the west side of Beacon Avenue, “moving slowly through the streets and making multiple passes.” He spoke with the car’s occupants, and the driver claimed to be a teacher from a driving school on Beacon Hill. However, apparently the car is not one used by the driving school, and the driver does not work there.

Beacon Bits: A crow, a whale, and Kimball’s open house

A few quick notes from the Beacon Hill Blog mailbag:

Neighbor Anne wanted to let us know that the Kimball Elementary School Open House is tonight, January 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kimball school library at 3200 23rd Ave. S.

School tours for incoming kindergarteners and their families are on February 5 and 13 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call 252-7280 to reserve a spot on the tour.

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Crow photo by Chris Gladis via Creative Commons/Flickr.
First we had a lost parakeet, and now there’s a crow who needs help. Neighbor Wendy writes:

“There is a crow that has a badly broken leg. I first saw it last October when I moved to Beacon Hill, then recently saw it and its partner near my house south of the golf course. I called PAWS Wildlife Center and they do not have the resources to catch the crow, however, they will treat it if the crow is brought to its Wildlife Center. The crow still flies. I’ve been leaving peanuts near my front yard and this crow and its mate have been eating the nuts. I saw both this past Sunday. Anyone with expertise in catching birds? It hurts to see this poor crow.”

Any advice for Wendy?

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A missive from ROCKiT Community Arts arrived with news about the Beacon Whale, who was sighted all over the Hill last summer after a storm drove him from his Garden House perch:

“News Flash! The Beacon Whale has been captured! Come join us for his
miraculous, historic restoration to his natural habitat rooftop of the Garden House on Beacon Hill on Sunday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. We will be serving a fantastic brunch and celebrating his return. Don’t miss the fun!”

See the story of the whale here. The Garden House is located at 2336 15th Ave. S.

Is this your parakeet?

We’ve had stories about lost and found cats, dogs, and chickens here on the Beacon Hill Blog. We’ve even run a story about a goat (who turned out to be a sheep). But today we have a first — a found parakeet.

Neighbor Barbara writes:

“[My partner] found a parakeet walking on the sidewalk at about 12th and Judkins on Sunday, January 27th, by the condo development right before the park/picnic area near the dog park by the Jose Rizal Bridge.

Attached is a flyer that our 8-year-old daughter put together, along with a photo. Can you post it on the blog?

I’m sure he or she is someone’s pet, that perhaps flew out the window!”

Found Parakeet flyer

Eat chili, talk Lewis Park on Tuesday

Flowers in the sunset light at Lewis Park. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

Friends and neighbors of Lewis Park are invited to come see the community’s proposed park design and give your opinions while enjoying a cup of chili with cornbread. The event is Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S.

All are invited to socialize and try the chili; you may bring your own to test your cooking skill! The top chili choice will be announced at the end of the evening.

Parking for the Garden House is at the back of the building or on the street. If you’re interested in bringing chili, call Susan Sherbina at 206-322-1096 or email

Flu vaccination clinic in Columbia City today and next week

If you haven’t yet gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. Seattle and King County Public Health are providing free flu vaccinations today and next Thursday for all people over 6 months of age without health insurance or who are otherwise unable to pay for vaccination.

The vaccinations will be at the Columbia Public Health Center at 4400 37th Ave. S. in Columbia City. from 3-7 p.m. today, January 24, and next Thursday, January 31.

A few things to know:

  • No other vaccinations will be offered at the time of the clinics.
  • You will be able to get flu shots or nasal spray vaccines; preservative-free, gelatin-free and latex-free vaccines will be available.
  • You do not need to be a regular client at Public Health Centers and you do not need to show proof of citizenship to get the vaccination.
  • If you are pregnant, elderly, or you have a health problem such as diabetes, heart disease, or asthma, the vaccine is especially important for you. Go get it!

For more information, see the website.

Tamale class this weekend at El Centro de la Raza

Photo by anasararojas via Creative Commons/Flickr.

This weekend the taste of tamales returns to El Centro de la Raza with a tamale-making class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. A master tamalera will teach the traditional preparation of pork tamales, handmade with cultural ingredients including pork lard.

The $75/person class fee includes the recipe and one dozen uncooked tamales. Cooking supplies and ingredients will be provided, but you should bring your own apron. All fees go to support El Centro’s Senior Nutrition and Wellness program.

You can register online via Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, call 206-957-4611 or email

Open letter: Coal train impacts need to be studied

Today at 5 p.m. is the end of the “scoping period” to submit written concerns about the proposal to run new coal trains through South Seattle near Beacon Hill from the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. Comments submitted in this scoping period will help in defining the impacts to be included in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Neighbor Mira Latoszek wrote this commentary letter:

Dear Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Ecology and Whatcom County Council:

I am a resident of the North Beacon Hill neighborhood of south Seattle. I live directly to the east of the train tracks that would carry an increased number of trains to and from the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. Beacon Hill is a large Seattle neighborhood of approximately 40,000 people. I am asking that you study impacts associated with the increase of trains at crossings in south Seattle, specifically at Spokane St., Lander St. and Holgate St. These are major intersections connecting Beacon Hill to the Industrial District, the Port of Seattle, the waterfront, and downtown.

I, along with many of my neighbors on Beacon Hill, are dependent on goods and services from the SODO area which would be directly affected by the increase of trains at these crossings. In addition, many of us work in an around the SODO area and the southern end of downtown Seattle, including several owners of small businesses. I travel by car and bike through these intersections on a daily basis to get to my job on Second Avenue in Pioneer Square. Being able to get across the train tracks quickly and safely is an important part of my life.

According to the applicant’s Project Information Document (Feb. 2011), full build out of the coal export facility would result in nine full northbound trains along this line a day, which equates to 18 train trips a day; however, nothing in the project materials specifies a maximum. The 18 trains per day round trip could be increased if export capacity of the proposed port were expanded in the future. The current port proposal occupies 350 acres of a 1,000-acre site. Each train may be over 1.5 miles long, which at 50 miles per hour would mean approximately 3-4 minutes between train approach warning/gate closure and ultimate gate opening. At 35 miles per hour it could take approximately 6-7 minutes to clear a crossing as the siding near
this area is rated for 35 mph. The 18 trains per day would equate to approximately one additional coal train every 1.3 hours, all day long, in addition to existing train traffic. That would translate to an addition of approximately two hours per day that vehicles and people would not be able to cross these major intersections in south Seattle.

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Part 150 Noise Study update at 1/22 Port Commission Meeting

The Port of Seattle Commission’s January 22 meeting (agenda) will include an update on Sea-Tac Airport’s Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study.

The Part 150 study will be used to develop a plan for reducing noise impacts from the airport wherever possible, and to limit future noise impact. According to the announcement, Tuesday’s update at the Port Commission meeting “will include information on the draft recommended options for reducing aircraft noise in the new proposed noise remedy area around the airport.”

Information about the current study, which should be completed later this year, is on the website.

The meeting will be held at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Conference Center International Auditorium on Tuesday, January 22. The public part of the meeting starts at 2 p.m. See the agenda for further information.

Beacon Ave Sandwiches to open next Friday

Hankering for a sandwich? Luis Rodriguez of The Station made this announcement today on Facebook:

“Great News!! Beacon Ave Sandwiches will Finally be Open!! This coming Friday January 25th!! Yaaaay! We will do a crossover, by selling coffee from The Station coffee shop and selling Sandwiches at the coffee shop! I hope to see you all here! We apologize if we are a little slow in the beginning but we promise that it will be a delicious, fast and affordable place very soon!”

Beacon Ave Sandwiches is at 2505-B Beacon Ave. S., in the former (brief) location of Luisa’s Taqueria, and near the intersection of Beacon Avenue South and 15th Avenue South. According to the Facebook page, hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but Luis tells us that they will open at 11 a.m. for Opening Day on Friday.