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Thieves Repeatedly Target Queen Anne Medical Marijuana Dispensary

In the space of one month, thieves have twice burglarized the Green Anne medical marijuana dispensary. In both cases, these robbers brazenly break in and steal hundreds of dollars worth of medical marijuana.

Luckily, the most recent burglary resulted in security footage that may help police apprehend one of the suspects.

The cameras show three men make a run at the door of the dispensary, bang at the door five times, and then break inside. Although one of the men wore a ski mask, the other two had uncovered faces that were visible to the surveillance cameras.

After gaining access to the building, they proceeded to break into the back room, where the dispensary normally keeps the marijuana buds during business hours. Luckily, the buds are locked in a safe after hours and were not disturbed by the burglars. The thieves did pilfer a plant and two glass pipes. They seem to have been scared off after that by the loud alarms.

However, this is the second burglary in a month and the third in a year. The last time, three hooded burglars made off with $6,000 worth of marijuana – despite the loud alarms, which seemed to have little to no effect in scaring them off.

This is concerning to the dispensary manager, Eddie Beaumont. “It makes people feel unsafe and it makes unregulated industry feel sketchy, which is unfortunate because this is a legitimate business,” he told Komo News. “We’re here to help people.”

Watch the Komo News report here:

Green Anne is located on West Republican Street in Lower Queen Anne, where criminal activity is a bit more frequent than on the top of the hill (which is primarily known for car prowls more than anything else). But the repeated break-ins at this one facility are certainly concerning.

Please contact police if you recognize the suspect(s) or know anything about them or this crime.

Featured photo source: KomoNews.com.

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Get Your Parkour on, Right Here in Queen Anne

Bounding with hands and feet from park bench to concrete curb, scrambling up a retaining wall to hop from fire hydrant to flip onto a shed roof, and gaining speed to run along the side of a wall and leap to a picnic tabletop – these are just some of the feats one practicing ‘parkour’ may do.

Also known as ‘freerunning’, parkour is a discipline that comes from obstacle course training in the military. To get from one place to another in the most efficient way possible, parkour practitioners use their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves forward, maintain momentum, and still remain safe. Wikipedia notes that “Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.”

And now, parkour training is available here in Queen Anne! Parkour Visions is now open on the north side of the hill, with low-cost ways to try parkour and see if it’s right for you. You will learn to overcome physical obstacles with speed, agility, and safety. Interested persons can sign up online for their first free, no-commitment class.

According to Parkour Visions, “We teach classes for kids and adults of all ages and experience levels at our custom-designed facility.” The company was founded in 2007, and currently offers classes and parkour-themed events for individuals and groups from their north Queen Anne gym. In addition to classes, the facility offers an indoor training ground, training camps, and drives the energy behind Parkour Visions’ park projects and special events.

Parkour Visions is also a non-profit organization focused on promoting and teaching all aspects of parkour as movement and play.

Check out some of the best parkour in this video:

Interested in parkour? Click here to sign up for Parkour Visions’ next free intro class!

Featured photo source: ParkourVisions.org.

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Toll Brothers Purchases Controversial Queen Anne Property

On Monday, December 29th, Toll Brothers finalized their acquisition purchase of the property between W. Crockett and McGraw streets and 9th and 10th Avenue West – previously the Seattle Children’s Home property. The Toll Brothers purchase of this Queen Anne property comes after a lot of controversy about their plans to develop the plot.

As the Puget Sound Business Journal reported, the national homebuilding company purchased the property for a little more than $14 million. A total of $8 million was paid up front to the Seattle Children’s Home, and the rest of the $6 million-plus will be paid over time.

As blog readers probably know, there has been a lot of controversy over this project at the old Seattle Children’s Home site. According to Toll Brothers’ vice president Brian Wulfestieg, the builder could construct up to 70 residential units on the site. They initially planned to build 66 townhomes on the property, but have reduced that number to 59 because of strong community concerns.

These concerns range from traffic and parking issues caused by the significant increase in residents, to the loss of valuable trees and neighborhood safety. For more details on past community meetings and design reviews, click here. Community groups such as Queen Anne’s LURC and Future Queen Anne have been facilitating the communication of neighborhood concerns.

Even after this sale, the project still has more review to go through before Toll Brothers can break ground – which they hope to do in 2016. The City of Seattle has to sign off on the project. The next step in this process toward approval is another design review meeting, which has not yet been scheduled.

Featured photo source: BizJournals.com.

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Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in January

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, and look forward to the New Year, with all of the exciting Queen Anne events to look forward to…

  1. January 4 – Swedish Pancake Breakfast at the Swedish Club NW: Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, January 4th for their monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.! There will be dancing, live music, and an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.
  2. January 4 – Polar Bear Plunge at the Seattle Children’s Museum: It’s a New Year’s tradition around the world… the dive or jump into icy cold water to celebrate a new year, known as the Polar Bear Plunge! The Seattle Children’s Museum is honoring the tradition by educating kids on polar bears and their habitat. The Polar Bear Plunge at the Seattle Children’s Museum is from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on January 4th.
  3. January 10 – Rat City Roller Girls at the Key Arena: Watch these incredible warrior-athletes as they glide around the roller rink! The Rat City Roller Girls are back on January 10th at 6 p.m. at the Key Arena for Bout 1. Click here to purchase tickets and get more information.
  4. January 10 – Tosca Opens at the Seattle Opera: Enjoy a Puccini favorite, Tosca at the Seattle Opera this January. Opening January 10th, this stunning opera will be a truly magical, memorable performance to enjoy. Tickets are $25 – $234.
  5. January 13 – Rubber Ducky Day at Seattle Children’s Museum: The Ride the Ducks of Seattle are joining up with the Seattle Children’s Museum for a special annual celebration known as Rubber Ducky Day on January 13th! There will be rain gutter races, duck matching games, rubber ducky parades and more! While supplies last, kids will get a free Ride the Ducks quacker on entry to the museum.
  6. January 15 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce January Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. This year’s January luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on January 15th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  7. January 31 – Don Quixote Opens at McCaw Hall: Alexei Ratmansky’s genius revitalization of the classic ballet, Don Quixote is coming back to the Pacific Northwest Ballet and McCaw Hall in early 2015! The ballet opens on January 31st, and runs through February 8th. Tickets are $30 – $184.

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