Bryant house fire quickly tapped, no one injured (UPDATES)

A sharp-eyed neighbor called 911 after noticing a nearby two-story house (on the 6500 block of 37th Avenue NE) emitting smoke from the attic.

Twenty minutes later, responding Seattle Fire Department staff had the fire tapped. The fire had started in the kitchen of the home and spread upstairs to the attic, said the Seattle Fire Department’s Kyle Moore.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

UPDATE (1:05 PM): Seattle Red Cross is “assisting two adults and three children affected by the fire” (via Twitter).

UPDATE (3:19 PM): Some more details and fire safety tips from SFD PIO Kyle Moore (via email):

The cause was accidental. The homeowner accidentally activated the electric stove top with combustibles stored on top of the stove. Those combustibles ignited causing extensive damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to a majority of the house. A Seattle Fire Investigator estimates the damage at 50 thousand dollars to the structure and 20 thousand to the contents.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Here are some safety tips from NFPA:

  • Be alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains—away from your stovetop.

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center survey needs your input

CLARIFICATION: This survey was created by a community member (who attended the RECC operations meeting on November 9). While this survey is not an official Seattle Parks and Recreation creation, your answers are still much appreciated and will be shared with the staff.


On the heels of last week’s Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center operations meeting comes this survey gauging interest in new programming at the community center.

Whether you use the RECC or you don’t, please take a few minutes to answer the seven questions included in the survey. Future operating and programming hours may depend on it!

Learn Home Weatherization Tips with Sustainable NE Seattle

The days are growing shorter, the air is getting colder, and your heating bill is on the rise.

What a perfect time to learn about home weatherization.

Sustainable NE Seattle‘s November meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17, at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE), from 6:30-9 PM (social time with treats for the first half hour).

Here’s the event description:

There are some immediate things we can do to make our homes more energy efficient. We will learn what to do before replacing windows from our community expert [and Ravenna resident], Joel Gregory. Also, learn about Solarize NESeattle, project to bring reasonable pricing for solar power to our neighborhood. Additionally, SustainableWorks® home retrofitting org, will be here for input and Q&A.

Bring a snack to share, if you wish, and your own utensils.

Sustainable NE Seattle is, via their about page, “a community of citizens dedicated to building a sustainable, resilient future for our locality, which includes Seattle neighborhoods that are north of the ship canal, east of I-5, and north to about 110th St NE.”

For more information on the organization, check out their FAQ (PDF).

Ride along with Officer Acuesta, virtually, as he patrols Ravenna

Ever wanted to go on a ride-along with a police officer? Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13, you have your chance!

Officer Acuesta has plenty of room for you to ride along...but only tomorrow from 11AM to 8PM. (Picture source: Seattle Police Department)

From the SPD Blotter (Seattle Police News and Events site):

Ever wanted to go on a police ride along but never had the time? Curious as to what a day in the life of a Seattle Police patrol officer looks like? Now you can – virtually.

Join us tomorrow for Tweetalong Tuesday. Follow North Precinct patrol officer Audi Acuesta as he goes about a typical day patrolling roughly from I-5 to 35th Avenue NE and from NE Ravenna Boulevard to NE 95th Street. Police responses will be summarized in easily digestible bites of 140 characters or less. Pictures will be included as appropriate. Learn more about Officer Acuesta and follow his shift Tuesday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM by following us @SeattlePD on Twitter.

Below is a map of Officer Acuesta’s patrol area tomorrow. It includes ALL of Ravenna and Roosevelt, and parts of Bryant, Maple Leaf, and Wedgwood (by my estimation).

View SPD Tuesday Tweetalong area in a larger map

We plan to retweet the highlights as they happen on the Ravenna Blog twitter feed, and Storify as much of the virtual ride-along for a post on Wednesday (for those who wish to read the tweets later, on this website).

This is not the first time the Seattle Police Department has experimented with social media: The first tweetalong was with East Precinct officers on bikes on August 9th (highlights at Capitol Hill Seattle). Before that, on July 26th, the SPD official twitter feed posted nearly every emergency call in the city for 12 hours. Perhaps you read about it, in the New York Times.

Taverna MaZi, now open!

While those in West Ravenna wait for the new German restaurant to open, those in East Ravenna and Bryant can enjoy the new Greek restaurant, Taverna MaZi (3426 NE 55th St) today.


Would you like to see the menu? Or perhaps the drink list?

Eater Seattle has a post up with more information about both the food and the people behind Taverna MaZi (click on the picture below to read it).


Community meetings GALORE in and around Ravenna this week

This week holds a plethora of community-related meetings, for the civically-inclined:

  • Roosevelt Neighborhood Association general meeting, Tuesday, May 24, 7:15-9:30PM, Calvary Christian Assembly Roosevelt High School, Room 242, 1410 NE 66th St
    Agenda includes an update on the rezoning in the Roosevelt neighborhood.
  • SR 520 Drop-in Information Session, Wednesday, May 25, 6-8PM, Ravenna Third Place Books (public meeting put on by the Washington State Department of Transportation)
  • Coalition for a Sustainable SR 520 and Laurelhurst Community Club, Wednesday, May 25, 7-8:30PM, Laurelhurst Community Center, main floor activity room, 4553 47th Ave NE (more information on this meeting available here)
  • North Link Light Rail Roosevelt Station meeting, Thursday, May 26th, 6-8:30PM, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE

I will be present at a couple of these (RNA and Light Rail). Regardless, if you attend any of the above meetings and would like to share your thoughts, please do so (via email or a comment below). I would love to hear your impressions of these projects as they move forward.


One more meeting to note, though it is not being held until the first Tuesday in June:

  • Ravenna-Bryant Community Association, Tuesday, June 7th, 7-9PM, Bryant Elementary School, library, 3311 NE 60th St

Please note the change of venue: Bryant Elementary instead of the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center. The RECC is closed for floor refinishing during the first Tuesday of June, the regularly reoccurring RBCA board meeting date.

Bryant Elementary holding Japan Relief Benefit Concert this Saturday

The PTSA at Bryant Elementary School (3311 NE 60th St) is holding a benefit concert for relief efforts in Japan on Saturday, April 30, from 4-6PM.


Click to see the full event flyer (PDF)

From this week’s Bryant Weekly:

The concert will be featuring Bryant’s taiko drumming group and Bryant’s very own choir and hand bell group. There will also be a traditional dance troupe at the event. We would love for you all to come!

Admission is free, however we will gladly accept any donations for the relief effort in Japan. All proceeds will go to the non-profit Peace Winds organization, which is providing emergency relief to the disaster victims in northern Japan. We hope to see you there as we join our hearts and minds in helping the people of Japan recover their beautiful country — mourning the country’s losses, but also celebrating its recovery.

ArtRise Dance will be one of the groups performing as well.

Peace Winds America is an organization which seeks to “reduce the high human, economic and political costs of natural disasters in the Asia Pacific.” Their offices are located in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Thank you to Matthew and the weekly Bryant Elementary School e-newsletter for the information.

Fate of old Fire Station 38 to be decided by City Council; public comment period begins

Now that the new Fire Station 38 (4004 NE 55th St) fully operational, it’s time to determine the fate of the old one (5503 33rd Ave NE).

Your new house?

From today’s press release (from the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services; emphasis mine):

With new facilities now in operation, the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will recommend to the City Council the sale of two historic former fire stations: Fire Station 37 in West Seattle and Fire Station 38 in Ravenna Bryant.

Proceeds from the sale of the two properties – through a competitive process for fair market value – would be returned to the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Fund. The levy program includes land sale proceeds in its funding plan.

FAS has published its recommendation, and is collecting comments for 30 days.  FAS will then transmit its recommendation, based on the formal evaluation called for in Council Resolution 29799 and amended by Resolution 30862, to the Council. The City Council is expected to consider the future of the buildings as early as June.

If sold, the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Fund (which paid for the new fire station’s construction) could be refilled to the tune of a million dollars — the property was appraised at just over a million dollars in 2009, according to King County property records.

The building itself was granted landmark status in 2004; therefore, changes in the structure are limited and the city’s Historic Preservation Program must be contacted prior. (Read the full Seattle Fire Station No. 38 Landmark Nomination Report (pdf; 26 pages!) for more information on the history of the Fire Station 38 and the surrounding neighborhood.)

Comments about the sale of old Fire Station 38 are due by May 18, and will be incorporated into documentation presented to the City Council. Send your comments to Rich Gholaghong via phone (684‐0701), by e‐mail ( or by regular mail (Rich Gholaghong, FAS Real Estate Services, P.O. Box 94689, Seattle WA 98124‐4689).


At the FAS’s Real Estate Services’ homepage, a variety of documents detailing the sale recommendations and next steps are available. I have also linked to them here, for your convenience:

Welcome our newest ad partner, Blossoming Buds Cottage

Say hello to the Ravenna Blog’s newest ad partner, Blossoming Buds Cottage!

In November 2004, Tristan Christophilis opened her Blossoming Buds Preschool in the basement of a house in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. The program and educational philosophy of the school proved to be quite popular and successful, and in January 2007, the preschool moved to its current larger location in Bryant (4706 35th Ave NE).

Then in July 2009, a sister facility to the preschool was opened in Wedgwood: Blossoming Buds Cottage (7501 35th Ave NE).

The Cottage shares the same education goals and standards as the preschool, with the added bonus of being a flexible, drop-in style preschool. At Blossoming Buds Cottage, students may attend two-, three-, or four-hour blocks. Every day is broken up into a predictable schedule (ex. story and meet and greet time followed by snacks followed by art) that parents can depend on, but the activities and themes change from day-to-day and month-to-month.

Blossoming Buds Cottage also has other services and events available throughout the year:

  • Semimonthly “Date Nights” – Kids spend a four-hour block playing, eating pizza and watching a G-rated movie while their parents are enjoying some quality kid-free time.
  • Open for afternoon home Husky games – Open approximately one hour before kick-off and up to four hours after the game ends (with a four hour maximum stay).
  • Birthdays or other special events – Two hour blocks of time are available on weekends, and various party packages are available.

My three-year-old son has been attending about once a week since January, and loves it. I love the flexible schedule, and my precious block of time down at the Starbucks (with the wifi). And the staff could not be nicer and care more for my child.

For more information on Blossoming Buds Cottage, click on their ad to the right, or visit

Final days for The Shoe Zoo on Blakeley

Another long-time area business is closing its doors.

After 23 years of business, The Shoe Zoo (2920 NE Blakeley St # B) is going out of business.  A 30% off sale begins today.

The news was sent out via email  (and passed on to us by our friends at My Green Lake):

Well, it is with a very heavy heart, that after 23 years of taking care of the best customers I could ask for, I must announce, that starting today, we will begin our last sale ever – our going out of business sale. This was a very tough decision to make, but one that had to be made.  I can’t give an exact date of how long we will be here, but I must sell everything in the store. You name it, it’s for sale.  I will start by making all merchandise 30% off.  Hopefully, you can help me get the word out.  Please tell everyone you know, who has kids, the news.  I would really appreciate it.  If this store has made a difference for your families over the years, please come in and pick up a few pair of shoes.  Please be sure to use any credits, or gift certificates as soon as possible.

The Zoo Keeper 🙁


I purchased my son’s very first pair of “big boy” shoes at The Shoe Zoo. 🙁