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Spring has sprung on E. Madison, and there are several Madison Valley and Madison Park events to look forward to in April!

  1. BIG NOTE: Rover’s was originally scheduled to turn the lights off in April, but they’ve extended their closure to near the end of May (currently May 25th)! Get your reservation for one of Rover’s last meals, before the restaurant closes for good. Their phone number is 206-325-7442.
  2. Photo credit: madisonparkcouncil.org
    Photo credit: madisonparkcouncil.org

    All April – Madison Park Art Walk Call for Artists: Artists interested in participating in the Madison Park Art Walk (September 13 – October 4) need to contact Heidi Randall to receive information to apply. Artists must apply by May 15th to participate.

  3. April 1 – Monthly Madison Park Community Council Meeting: This month’s community council meeting will host John Klicka, a biology professor from the University of Washington. John is also the curator of birds for the Burke Museum, and will be addressing the topic of eagles in the Madison Park neighborhood – including Eddie, the eagle killed on the 520 Bridge last year. The Council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on April 1st at the Madison Park Bath House.
  4. April Saturdays and Sundays – Workshops at City People’s Garden Store: On scattered Saturdays and Sundays in April, City People’s Garden Store will be holding workshops on gardening and the outdoors. Subjects include Season Extension and Hoop Houses, Managing Pests in Fruit Trees, Succession Gardening: Flowers All Year Round, Bird’s Eye View Family Workshop, and Growing Great Tomatoes. Most classes run from 11 a.m. to noon. Check out their website for more information, or to register, email them here.
  5. SeattleRestaurantWk1April 7-11 & 14-18 – Seattle Restaurant Week: Plenty of Madison Park and Madison Valley restaurants are participating! Café Parco, Luc, Café Flora, Crush, Daniel’s Broiler in Leschi, The Harvest Vine, Voila! Bistrot, and Restaurant Bea are included. Restaurant Week is when eateries all over the city serve prix-fixe menus of three courses for $28.
  6. April 13 – Historic Seattle 2013 Building Renovation Fair: Learn how to maintain or renovate your historic Seattle home at this fair. Meet experts in old buildings, such as salvage houses, architects for restoration and renovation, and more. The fair is on Saturday, April 13th at the Washington Hall a little ways south of Madison Valley on 14th Ave. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find more information on the Historic Seattle website.
  7. April 17 – Monthly Merchants Association Meeting: The Merchants Association meeting for April will take place on April 17th at 8:30 a.m. at Café Flora. Business owners and associates, community members, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.
  8. April 17 – Monthly Madison Valley Community Council Meeting: Residents, merchants, and anyone with an interest in Madison Valley are encouraged to participate in the monthly Madison Valley Community Council Meeting coming up on April 17th. The meeting will be held at The Valley School at 7 p.m.
  9. April 27 – Madison Street Neighborhood Clean-Up: Join your fellow neighbors in a community clean-up! This event is taking place in the Madison Valley section of E. Madison, cleaning between 23rd and 30th streets by weeding, painting over graffiti, and planting flowers to make the neighborhood look great for summer. Anyone is welcome to participate, and free coffee will be provided by Harbour Pointe Coffee, with free pastries by Harvest Vine and Luc. The clean-up starts at 9 a.m. at Harbour Pointe Coffee. Contact Lindy Wishard (president@madisonvalley.org) with questions.

Featured photo from Seattle Times’ Restaurant Week Website.

It’s expected, but that doesn’t make it any more fun. A state transportation commission voted on Tuesday to raise tolls on the 520 Bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, as reported in this KOMO News article.

The increase will begin July 1, 2013 with a 2.5 percent rise across all toll rates on the 520 Bridge, so that the peak toll for crossing Lake Washington on 520 would be $3.70. This follows the SR 520 toll rate plan and laws set in place in January 2011. 520 Bridge toll rates also rose 2.5 percent in July 2012. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge will see tolls increase by $0.25 this summer, and again next year.

As KOMO reports, the Gig Harbor area is already experiencing economic difficulty because of the bridge tolls. This isn’t as large a concern with the 520 Bridge, where commuters and travellers looking to avoid the toll can take a longer route and use the Interstate-90 Bridge or travel around Lake Washington at its northern or southern points. However, it still has a distinct effect.

Although the vote has been made, the hike in tolls is not set in stone – lawmakers must first give the commission authority to progress with their vote. Public hearings regarding the increase are set to take place over the next 60 days. Stay tuned for more Madison Park news.

Featured photo from WSDOT.

Not much happened in the way of crime in Madison Park or Madison Valley over the last month, which is great news. However, there were some robberies and other criminal activities nearby and around our neighborhoods. The following are incidents within the vicinity, which may affect or be helped by participation from the Madison Park community.

  • Redheaded Robber At-Large: Although this happened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, it seemed fitting to mention on our blog, since this bank robber is still at large. On February 27 at just after 6 p.m., a white male between 30-40 years of age and about 6’2” tall, with orange skin, long red hair, and tear drop tattoos under both eyes robbed the Chase Bank in the 300 block of Broadway Ave. E. He had a handgun, and remains at large after fleeing the scene. Any information or knowledge as to this man’s identity or whereabouts is requested by the SPD – please call 911 or contact the Seattle Police.
  • Attempted Car-Side Armed Robbery: Just after midnight on February 28th, a man sitting in his car near the intersection of 11th Avenue and East Harrison Street was nearly the victim of an armed robbery. The suspect knocked on the driver’s side window as the man was sitting in his car just after parking, and pointed a silver handgun at the driver. He demanded money and insisted that the intended victim roll down his window. When the victim pretended he didn’t understand the suspect’s demands, the suspect proceeded to attempt to smash the driver’s window with the butt of the handgun. When he was unsuccessful, the suspect yelled at the victim and walked away. The victim then drove to the East Precinct station to report to police. The suspect remains at large, and is described as being a black male in his late thirties, about 6’3” tall, with slight facial hair and a round face. He was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and baggy clothes at the time of the incident, and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun in silver. If you have any information, please contact police.
  • Ongoing Investigation into University Bridge Collision: Two cars, a Volkswagen Passat and Toyota MR2 collided at about 6:45 p.m. on March 12th as they were crossing in opposite directions on the University Bridge. The accident occurred when the Toyota, which was traveling northbound, crossed the centerline and hit the Passat, which was traveling southbound. Both drivers were transported to Harborview for injuries, and investigation continues to discover whether the accident was related to drug use. The University Bridge was closed for several hours after the accident.
  • Cop-Impersonator With Porn Arrested: As of February 26th, SPD was still looking for 46-year-old Ryan James Purdy (aka Tracy Byers), who on multiple occasions since December robbed victims in various Seattle parks by flashing a fake police badge. This happened several times at nearby Volunteer Park. Purdy has since been arrested, when he mentioned to a fellow bus passenger while in Auburn that police were looking for him for impersonating a cop. The passenger called police as soon as he got off the bus. They arrived and arrested Purdy.

As always, please email us if you see or are a victim of Madison Park crime – after you have sufficiently reported the incident to the police – so that we can increase awareness and keep Madison Park and Madison Valley safe.

Featured photo by Joshua Trujillo for the SeattlePI.com.

Tomorrow is the opening reception for the brand new “Grid on Madison” collection. As the artists convey in this collection, “Grids are all around us: in our homes, cities, closets, spreadsheets …”

The “Grid on Madison” art collection features pieces on the theme of grids in various mediums – paint, paper, wax and fiber. Through these renderings, “the grid becomes a format for imagery, a system of organization, and a dynamic visual structure.”

The Madison Park event and art opening takes place this Thursday, March 14th from 5 to 8 p.m. and will present The Mother Pluckers as musical guests to enhance this ‘ubiquitous feature of the modern world’ in art. Wine and cheese will be served for refreshment as you enjoy the opening.

Color, shape, pattern, and abstract, this new selection of works is from nine affiliated artists in the Seattle area. Artists include Joan Stuart Ross, Ellen Rutledge, Susan Fant, Kappy Trigg, Joan Wrench, Linda Brooks, Judy Talley, Karin Schminke, and Margaret Liston.

“Grid on Madison” will be on display at Baas Framing Studio on E. Madison until April 30th for your exploration and viewing pleasure.

When: Thursday, March 14 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Baas Framing Studio, 2703 E Madison St. Seattle 98112
Cost: Free

Featured photo from the Baas Framing Studio website