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Friday, January 30, 2015 -- 12:18 pm
Car Prowl Prevention Tips
Laurelhurst Blog - Seattle Police Department recently sent out the following reminders about securing your car and valuables to prevent a car break-in:CAR PROWL PREVENTION  Take all valuables with you when you park, and make sure all items, regardless of value, are not visible.  You are more likely to be a victim of a vehicle crime than any other crime reported to the Seattle Police Department. An experienced Car Prowler or Thief can gain access to your car in virtually seconds.  In less than 30 seconds, someone could break into a parked car. Most car prowls themselves take less than two minutes. The damage done to locks and windows can be very expensive to repair and cause great inconvenience.REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CAR PROWLSThe following are recommendations that can reduce your risk of being a victim of a car prowl or theft.When you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area. Before leaving your parked car, always remove the keys, roll up the windows and lock the car. Make a habit of locking your garage door and car doors. If possible, store your car in a closed and locked garage. If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night. If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space even if it means adding additional street/yard lighting & trimming back trees/bushes that block your view of your vehicle. If you park your car in a dark or isolated area, consider the City Light Area Lighting Program, which permits additional light fixtures to be placed on existing poles. The cost is less than $5 per month per light. Call (206) 684-3000 for more information. Consider replacing the light fixture closest to your car with a motion detector unit. Motion detectors are a good psychological deterrents since the normal assumption of a person seeing a light come on is that someone has seen them. Additionally, the light makes the prowler or thief more visible. Read more...
Friday, January 30, 2015 -- 12:06 pm
North Seattle Baseball Open House Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog -   Lisa, with North Seattle Baseball, which serves the North/North East Seattle area, will be holding an Open House, from 10-2pm, for current and prospective families tomorrow at the North Seattle Batting Cages (8512 20th Avenue Northeast).The information says: Meet NSB board members and coaches, explore the new-and-improved North Seattle Batting Cages facility and find out what's in store for NSB's young ballplayers this spring and register on-site!  The event is open to all - new and returning families - or just those who wish to check out the area's only indoor batting cage facility. For more information go here or Facebook, or contact contactnsba@gmail.com.   Read more...
Thursday, January 29, 2015 -- 8:43 am
Who Were The First People To Settle In The Yesler Swamp Area in The 1900's?
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Friends of Yesler Swamp, located in Laurelhurst, has published a variety of posts regarding the history of Yesler Swamp, including history of the area from settlement, sawmill, town of Yesler, historic photos, videos, source notes and more.The website says: Most people know that Henry Yesler once ran a mill in downtown Seattle at the foot of what we now call Yesler way. But what does Yesler Swamp have to do with the famous Seattle pioneer? Find out the answer to this and lots more.  Here is one of the excerpts from their Blog about the people who first settled in that area of the neighborhood, including some history of families with streets named after them: THE FIRST PEOPLEIn the early days, a band of Duwamish Indians known as the hah-choo-AHBSH or "Lake People" lived in villages along the shores of Lake Washington. They moved about from season to season, canoeing through the waters and marshes of Union Bay. Their large canoes, carved from a single huge log of western red cedar, had gently up-curving bows and tapering, angled sterns.[6] A carved Salish canoe can be seen today at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. "Chudups John and others in a canoe on Lake Union, ca. 1885," University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections SHS 2228.The Lake People spoke Lushootseed, the Puget Sound Salish language. They are said to have buried their dead across from Yesler Swamp on Foster Island, which was known as "Stitici."[7]A village not far from Yesler Swamp was one of their seasonal homes. An influential Duwamish group constructed their principal longhouse near what is now Talaris.[8]The Duwamish who lived on Union Bay traveled to Lake Union along a portage called "Skhwacugwot" ("portage" in Lushootseed.) This is probably the route marked "Indian Trail" on an early Seattle map.The small cove that is now Yesler Swamp, known as "ádeed," was where the Lake People gathered to play "slahal," a bone game. In the late 19th century, the site was set aside as a camping spot for the Indians. [9]Food was plentiful on a seasonal basis around Yesler Swamp. In spring, the women foraged salmonberry shoots and bracken fern fiddleheads, while the men hunted deer or elk grazing on the nearby skunk cabbage grasslands. WHITE SETTLERS ARRIVEWhite settlement around Yesler Swamp began in the middle of the 19th century. The US government completed its first survey mapping the shores of Lake Washington in 1856.[10]As the 1856 map shows, in those days - before the Montlake Canal joined the waterways - Union Bay was connected to Lake Union only by the Indian trails:Cadastral Survey, US Bureau of Land Management (Jan. 20, 1856) (edited)The lake waters lapping over Yesler Swamp stretched east to the present day Surber Drive and north across NE 41st Street. Yesler Creek drained into a marshland where Talaris now is located. On the west, Union Bay came up to University Village and almost to Calvary Cemetery.The state of Read more...
Thursday, January 29, 2015 -- 8:40 am
Magnuson Park Building FM Radio Station
Laurelhurst Blog -  SPACE (Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange) has received an FCC permit to build community a radio station at Magnuson Park. The information says: Magnuson Park on the Air!Magnuson Park will soon be on the air After over a year of hard work, patience and a little strategic fortitude, SPACE is happy to announce our plans to operate a low-power FM radio station from Magnuson Park are progressing. By early 2016, we hope to be broadcasting from noon-midnight, seven days a week. Get ready to make KMGP-LP 101.1 a favorite on your radio dial. SPACE funds, facilitates and promotes arts and cultural uses of Warren G. Magnuson Park for the public, serving diverse audiences and forging regional collaborations.    Read more...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 10:31 am
Erratic Man Back In The Area Again
Laurelhurst Blog - Last August, September and October, an the Laurelhurst Blog staff posted about an erratic man (pictured above in October) seen in Laurelhurst and other nearby neighborhoods scaring adults and children with his unusual behavior.This included yelling at people, screaming obscenities, banging on car windows while people were stopped at lights, making inappropriate comments in front of children, harassing and scaring people and turning on water faucets full force in front of homes and walking away thereby leaving some houses with the potential of flooding if the residents were gone all day.There were numerous comments posted at the time, on NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group detailing their interactions with the male and where it occurred.SPD Officer Strong, informed the Laurelhurst Blog in October, that the individual was arrested.  It appears he is back out on the streets again.. Comments are again being posted on the NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group about encounters with the individual:1/26:He's definitely back in the area. Just had an interaction with him, 7:15am at 58th Avenue NE and NE 70th Street. He was walking down the hill headed to the Burke Gilman, covered in a sleeping bag. Wondering if he is sleeping at the church by View Ridge Elementary?  He asked for money, and when I shared I had no cash he became belligerent. Said he works for a living and has saved the world so why do I still hate him?   He turned north on the Burke Gilman. 1/22:This is the same man that was all around NE Seattle last spring and summer.  Throughout that time, many NE SeattleMoms listserve members reported seeing him behaving as described here.  I saw him myself.  I don't believe he ever did more than yell--and he was suspected of turning on people's outdoor water because he was spotted in the vicinity of water spickets/irrigation systems turned on and left on. 1/22:I saw him around 8:00 pm on Monday evening near Ravenna Park. He was walking in the middle of the street, I was arriving home in my car. He became enraged, screaming obscenities and yelling, and seemed so angry and fixated that I decided to not park in front of my house but call the police from the end of the block. Definitely the same guy.  1/21:I just wanted to send a message that I saw this man yesterday (Tuesday, 1/20) walking towards City People's at about 11:30 a.m.  A bicyclist happened to ride pass him and he became enraged and was yelling and screaming at her and using a lot of profanity.  Just want wanted everyone to be aware in case you happen to see him.   1/21:By about 2:30pm yesterday, he was walking toward Ravenna Park on NE 60th still yelling obscenities. I didn't get a chance to report it.  Read more...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 10:15 am
Recent Laurelhurst Elementary School Graduate Gives Opinion On Factory Farms
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:My name is Lyla Cain, and I am an 8th grade student at Jane Addams Middle School. I am writing because I am doing a civic engagement project for my English teacher, which entails writing an essay about an issue of society and displaying it publicly in order to attempt to make a difference.  I chose to present my essay by sending it to you in hopes that it would be posted and read by the people of Laurelhurst. I chose this blog because even though I technically live in Bryant, I went to Laurelhurst Elementary and I feel very connected to the neighborhood so I thought that it would be a good audience to reach. An Animal-Lover's Thoughts on Factory FarmsThere is always going to be that sector of people who buy all their food organic, free-range, non-GMO, etc., no exceptions, and we tend to brush them off as hippies. However, as over-the-top as they may seem, they have the right idea. Why? Because many of the products that aren't guaranteed to be organic come from or are supplied by factory farms. Most of you have probably heard about factory farms, whether it was from the news, a hysterical animal-loving friend (don't worry, I'm one of those), or the internet. Some of you are probably experts on the subject, so by all means let your attention wander. The rest of you: let me explain. A factory farm is a mass producer of animal products that raises huge numbers of animals together in close quarters and focuses on the money, not the animals. They have a huge impact on the environment, our health, and the lives of their animals. The point this essay is meant to instill in you is that we should not support factory farming practices by any means.             The first reason is that factory farm animals' lives are not exactly luxurious. They are treated very poorly and end up crippled and sick. At birth, baby animals are allowed a short period with their mothers, much shorter than in the wild. They are then whisked away to be sorted, male and female, and crammed in with the other younglings. For more sentimental animals like cows, this causes much stress in both mothers and offspring. They grow up away from any adult animals, and as soon as they are old enough, they are made to constantly produce. Hens are exposed to light constantly to keep them laying. Sows are kept pregnant continually. Cows are literally milked for all they are worth, and the milking machines cut them and sometimes electrocute them. When they aren't producing, the animals have to stay in a cramped and unhealthy living quarters. Most animals' legs and feet are crippled by the concrete and grated floors, and they tend to be aggressive in close quarters, attacking and injuring one another. They also become ill with pneumonia and other diseases from so much close contact and poor hygiene. In fact, most of the animals are sick by the time they are rea Read more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -- 9:58 am
KIRO Report On Laurelhurst Security Patrol And How To Subscribe
Laurelhurst Blog - KIRO TV recently did a report on the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Security Patrol (below) and the Security Patrol was also mentioned in an article in the Seattle Times in November.The Security Patrol is coordinated by the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC), and covers the entire neighborhood area south of Sand Point Way from Mary Gates Way to NE 55th Street. Subscribing to the patrol can be done by regular mail or by going on-line.A uniformed, off-duty Seattle Police officers patrol the neighborhood approximately six nights/days a week for five hours each shift.  The annual cost per family is $200 per year.  The officer carries a police radio and police firearms and drives an unmarked personal vehicle. The officer monitors incoming 911 calls and responds to neighborhood calls, vacation checks, while on patrol as well as working with the official response from the on-duty police officers. LCC said that "the success of the patrol depends on neighbor participation -- the more families that subscribe, the more coverage the patrol can offer."To subscribe send a check payable to LCC or go on-line. For more information contact Crime Prevention Co-Chair, Brian McMullen, at 206-367-9325 or email crimeprevention@laurelhurstcc.com.Here is the KIRO TV report:  Seattle neighborhood says paying extra for police curbs crime<<video>>By Joanna SmallSEATTLE --  With the highest property crime rate in the nation, some Seattle communities are taking protection a step further than neighborhood watch.The second Saturday of every month, long-time Laurelhurst resident Dixie Jo Porter cleans the park she worked hard to get built. "This is our sixth year of having it fully planted," she tells us, putting her broom down for a moment to talk to KIRO 7.  Most of the time, there's a whole slew of neighbors who join her. "There's a lot of activism in this neighborhood.  It's different than it was in 1947," she says. Laurelhurst is busier now, and with crowds come crime.  So seven years ago in the true spirit of this "active" neighborhood, a group of residents decided to buy extra police protection -- off duty Seattle cops in uniform, with their duty weapons, but in their personal cars. "Based on that, we got some real positive results.  We saw the car prowls decreased, and in the New Year, we decided to expand it to half the neighborhood," Brian McMullen explains.  Then, he says, they expanded to the entire neighborhood by 2009. McMullen runs the program and says it's quadrupled in size -- now about a quarter of the people who live there pay $200 a year for officers to patrol Laurelhurst specifically, almost every night of the week. "These are the notes they make," says McMullen, flipping through a folder.   "These are the cards when they are looking for suspicious people," Read more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -- 9:44 am
NEST Supporting Elderly Having Informational Meeting Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - NEST (Northeast Seattle Together)  which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is having an informational meeting on how the organization works at 10am at Magnuson.The information says:Learn how NEST is creating an engaged, friendly, and safe community to support NE Seattle residents as they grow older in the homes and neighborhoods they love. Meet some of our members and volunteers, and find out why we're so excited about NEST! Refreshments served. Free and open to the public.an intergenerational, volunteer-driven non-profit organization that supports people to continue living in the homes and neighborhoods they love.Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.    Go here for more information. Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 1:53 pm
Local Birding Expert Writes Tribute To Human And Avian Sea Hawks
Laurelhurst Blog - Connie Sidles, is a local birding expert who maintains a blog documenting the many types of birds, including beautiful pictures, at the nearby Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill, and is also author of Fill of Joy and Tales from the Montlake Fill.Connie published a post today with a "tribute to our own Sea Hawks (both the human and the avian ones," she told the Blog Staff. Go Seahawks!       Much as we love our Seahawks team (and hard as we hope they will win this coming Sunday), we in Seattle are privileged to host a real sea hawk: the Osprey. Ospreys come to us from South America, migrating here to eat our fish and raise their young.We have a special pair who nest at NOAA in nearby Magnuson Park and who come to Union Bay on spring and summer mornings to hover over the water as they look for fish. When they see one, they fold their magnificent wings and plunge into the water, talons extended. Look for our Ospreys to return in a few months. In the meantime, we can root for their human counterparts.Here is a poem for both our Sea Hawks:Fly high, bright eagle of the sea and sky. With twelve beats of your wings, you have stolen our hearts away. Read more...
Monday, January 26, 2015 -- 1:47 pm
NW Wind And Solar Workshop Tomorrow At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog - NW Wind & Solar and Sustainable NE Seattle are hosting a free community workshop tomorrow from 6-7:30pm at the Laurelhurst Community Center. The workshop will teach attendees about how solar works, state and federal incentives, how to determine if their roof qualifies for solar and more.  Participants will be eligible for a community discount on new solar PV system.   Register by on-line or by phone at (866) 376-5272. Go here for more information. Read more...
Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 3:03 pm
Chloe Bistro Closes (Next Door To Epic Barber Shop)
Laurelhurst Blog -   Chloe Bistrot (3515 NE 45th Street), which opened in June of 2010, closed recently.  It was owned by Laurent Gabrel, who also owns Voila! French Bistrot and La Cote Creperie in Madison Park.  Gabrel had completely remodeled the space from the previous restaurant, Enotria, which was there about a year and closed in February of 2010. And before that the popular Union Bay Café was in the space for many years until it closed in June of 2007.The 2,300 square foot restaurant was up for sale for $129,000 for several months around September of this year and was listed in BizBuySell, Business Week and LoopNet, advertising it as sub-lease with "low, low, low rent." and "great potential for growing much much more $$$s "A frequent diner at Chloe told the Blog Staff that the restaurant broke its lease which was supposed to go until 2020 because the restaurant was "going belly-up." He added that he had heard that the landlord does not want another restaurant in that space. He also added that he believes that Epic Barber, next door, will be expanding into the back area of the former restaurant, where the chef office used to be. There are two signs on the space - one a "For Rent" sign giving a phone number, and the other listing the details of various spaces available in the building. Read more...
Friday, January 23, 2015 -- 10:23 am
Laurelhurst Running Group Starting On Saturdays
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Gym (3811 NE 45th Street) is starting a Laurelhurst Running Group, led by two ex-professional track runners, Kal Broderick and Erica Moore, on Saturdays from 9:30-11am.  Most the running will be in the neighborhood. The sessions, open to non-members as well, will include trainer led warm-ups, drills, run, post-run strengthening, core, and stretching inside the Gym.  Erica said "We will also be there to provide knowledge about running form, strides, warming up, injury prevention."She added:We came up with the Running Group idea because we are both personal trainers, love working with people on health and well-being, bringing people together, and have lots of knowledge and skill in the way of running and/or training for something specific. For more information go here. Read more...
Thursday, January 22, 2015 -- 2:37 pm
Shoreline Improvement Work Has Begun On 51st Avenue Street End Next To Laurelhurst Beach Club
Laurelhurst Blog - Shoreline beforeProject in progress photos:     Shoreline Street End improvement work at the 51st Street NE street end site, next to the Laurelhurst Beach Club, began this week. SDOT mailed out postcards (pictured above) to the area neighborhoods.The work will focus on increasing views of Lake Washington and public access for community members with the following improvements:Creating a level area with a bench Removing overgrown vegetation to increase visibilityEnhancing access to the water with timber stepsRemoving two parking spaces nearest the site to accommodate new bicycle racks and pedestrian access to the siteThe Laurelhurst Blog Staff talked to the architect and Seattle Parks representative (pictured above) who said several neighbors have already given positive feedback saying that the improvements "opened up their views."  The Seattle Parks representative said that there will be several paths leading to the water, including an ADA trail, a picnic table, shrubs, burms and other design features making it user friendly. SDOT says about the project and eight others that were selected as SDOT capital improvement projects to be completed by the end of 2015: The Shoreline Street Ends Program works to preserve and improve public access to our waterways, with projects focused on Seattle's 149 public streets that end on waterfronts.  Street ends are selected for improvement based on a prioritization scheme that came out of a 2009 analysis that examined gaps in shoreline access, open space, and accessibility.  A landscape architecture firm is designing all nine Shoreline Street End capital projects. For  more information go here or contact the Laurelhurst Community Club. Read more...
Thursday, January 22, 2015 -- 8:37 am
Yesler Swamp Work Party On Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog -     The Friends of Yesler Swamp is having a work party on Saturday from 10-3pm to work on the eastern part of the Yesler Swamp trail near the Beaver Lodge in mitigation zones W8 and W9, in partnership with UW Students, who make up the Community Engagement Committee.  Friends of Yesler Swamp are partners with UW students in restoring Yesler Swamp and engaging the community in educational events.  The students are committed to working for two years to preserve, protect, and maintain Yesler Swamp. Yesler Swamp, located in Laurelhurst, is bordered by NE 41st St. and Surber Drive, is maintained by a group of volunteer neighbors, who have been publishing many interesting new posts on the history of Yesler Swamp, including historic photos, videos, source notes and more. They work party invitation says:Volunteers should meet at the Yesler Swamp trail sign at eastern Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot (3501 NE 41st Street) at 10:00 am. If arriving later than 10:00 am: Follow the sidewalk along 41st and then take a right on Surber, then look for the trail down below the sidewalk on the right. Take that trail, then take a left towards the eastern part of the swamp and you will run into us. You can also give Carolyn Foster a call at 360-773-5228 when you arrive at the Center for Urban Horticulture and she will come meet you. Please come for any amount of time that works with your schedule--every bit helps!  Help restore Yesler Swamp!Refreshments will be provided.       Read more...
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 -- 1:39 pm
Laurelhurst Elementary School Students Initiate Petition In Support Of Keeping Playground Free Of Additional Portables
Laurelhurst Blog -    Two students, Stella and Skylar and  at Laurelhurst Elementary School, have initiated a petition for students fand children in the neighborhood to sign, in support of no additional portables on the North and South playgrounds. The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) is currently reviewing the applicants to be on the City's School Design Departure Advisory  Committee, to help with deciding if up to four more portables in total, should be added to the two and already small South playgrounds.Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has requested a zoning departure that, if approved, would permanently increase building lot coverage to up to 45%, significantly above the current limit of 35%, allowing the addition of up to four new portables, resulting in significant loss of playground space at the school.One of the student's moms, circulating the petition, told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff that the students "have really taken an active leadership role among their peers and are excited to be involved in this issue."She added: Most kids are concerned about possible portables, they say they want their play-space, and worry about where they will play.  The students see the kids playing fliers and other games every day on the spaces that have been proposed for portables.   My daughter thinks it's important for kids to have plenty of room for fun and exercise so they can focus better in the classroom.  The playground already feels small for the number of kids using it.  The girls have seen petitions before at Target and the grocery store and thought it was a pretty powerful way tell the school what the kids want and need. The students, along with a group of friends will be standing on the corners outside the school grounds before and after school (at the intersections near the school at NE 45th Street and 47th Avenue NE and NE 47th Street and 47th Avenue NE) before and after school explaining the situation, showing the proposed diagram of portables placements, and having the petition available. The students put together information which they are also showing to the kids on their clipboard which says:We are LEAPS (Laurelhurst Elementary for Active Playground). We are information you that Seattle Public Schools is planning to put four portables in the places that you love to play in! The space is going down to 45%. This is very bad and we are trying to STOP it.We are asking for your help to do your part. Did you know that: Studies say that if you reduce the area of playground space then it will cause more injuries because you have less space to play and you do not want to come home with a hurt knee. Every day kids use the space to play and be healthy, plus you don't want big ugly portables in front of our beautiful school! Laurelhurst already has the smallest Read more...
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 -- 1:00 pm
Increased Construction Activity At Children's Hospital This Month
Laurelhurst Blog - Children's Hospital has detailed various construction activities taking place this month in their Construction Blog:This month, multiple projects are taking place at Seattle Children's as we continue to expand and improve our facilities. As a result, you will see an increase in construction activity around the hospital campus.The projects include relocation of our ophthalmology clinic located on the southeast portion of our campus, construction of an exterior porch and patio in conjunction with the new Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit,  and build out on three floors in the Forest zone. With these projects, we expect higher truck traffic on NE 45th Street and an increase in deliveries on our service roads, particularly the drive that runs from the bus layover space along the south side of our ambulatory care, parallel to NE 45th Street.  There will also be one day of crane activity, specific date not established yet, in the southwest portion of our campus. This week we are making repairs to an exterior wall along the southeast side of our campus. This water proofing work will be completed today.  Additionally, you might hear roto hammering and drilling that will occasionally operate. The roto-hammering will take place this week - 60 to 80 holes will be drilled and they take 30 seconds each.  There will also be a concrete truck delivery sometime this week, day and time not established yet. All of this work will occur during normal business hours. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have questions please contact the construction pager line at 206-469-5860. We greatly appreciate your patience as we continue to make improvements at Seattle Children's. Read more...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 -- 10:41 am
Laurelhurst Garden Featured In Seattle Times
Laurelhurst Blog - Here is an article recently published in the Seattle Times featuring a garden in the 3000 block of West Laurelhurst Drive:Laurelhurst garden is a study in grace with subtle color and good geometryJason Morse of the landscape architecture division of AHBL took his-and-hers desires and melded them into an elegant design that pleases both homeowners. By Valerie EastonSpecial to The Seattle TimesPREV 1 of  NEXT MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMESTextural contrasts of tightly clipped boxwood, feathery astilbe, a glossy-leafed magnolia and the whorls of dwarf Hinoki cypress foliage play out against the home's gracious façade.MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMESAn arbor leads into the front gardens. A yew hedge screens out the street. Landscape architect Jason Morse was inspired by one of the home's old doors to repeat its oval motif in the fencing that flanks the arbor and runs along the front of the garden.MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMESShades and layers of green predominate to create a serene feeling; an urn in the center of one of the bluestone-paved garden rooms holds tiny violas. The plants were installed by Kemper/Iversen Ltd. SBI Construction acted as general contractor; paving is by Gardenstone Masonry.Related Map DataMap data ©2015 GoogleMap DataMap data ©2015 GoogleMap data ©2015 GoogleTerms of UseMapSatellite45°Labels OLD HOUSES hold many charms, but their aged landscapes are rarely among them. It was difficult to even glimpse the facade of John and Tina Jacobs' 1928 Georgian Revival home through the overgrown bushes shrouding the house."You had to fight your way through the shrubs to get to the front door," says Jason Morse of the landscape architecture division of AHBL. Morse had designed the Jacobs' garden in Broadmoor years ago as his first professional project. They hired him again a few years ago to work his stylish magic on their Laurelhurst front garden.There were challenges. A steep slope slanted toward the house from the street. The narrow strip of lawn along the front of the house was perpetually soggy from water draining down the hillside toward the lake.Tina's vision for the garden, and the home's architectural symmetry, guided Morse's design. She wanted a front yard that was dry and welcoming, and offered a better view of the house. Because Tina's kitchen sink looks toward the street, she pictured garden rooms to be enjoyed from the inside out. Tina loves subtle colors and simple lines. And she wanted plants that look good even when they aren't blooming.Then there were John and Tina's differing aesthetics. John likes formal gardens; Tina prefers a more casual look. By enclosing looser plantings within layers of hedging, Morse created a garden that pleased them both. Floppy-leafed hostas and the pale-pink flower spikes of astilbe soften the garden's geometry. A taller hedging of yews offers screening from the street and textural contrast to the shorter, tightly clipped boxwood hedges. Read more...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 -- 10:41 am
Changes in Garbage Rules And Fines Starting In July
Laurelhurst Blog - Seattle Public Utilities recently published this information:Changes in Garbage Rules:  Starting this year, the City of Seattle will no longer allow food or compostable paper, including pizza boxes, paper napkins and paper towels, in the garbage.  Organics -- food, paper napkins, cardboard pizza boxes, leaves and grass - make up the largest component of Seattle's waste. SPU estimates that 30 percent of the 317, 258 tons of trash that was disposed in the landfill in 2013 was compostable.  Recyclable items, such as paper, uncontaminated cardboard, bottles, cups, jars and cans are currently prohibited from the garbage. SPU will start enforcing the law on July 1, 2015.  All commercial, single-family and multi-family garbage containers that would be found to contain more than 10 percent recyclables or food waste by volume would face penalties of Seattle municipal code.  Single-family properties whose garbage contains more than more than 10 percent recyclables or food waste by volume would receive a notice on their garbage container and a $1 fine would be levied on their bi-monthly garbage bill.Multi-family and commercial properties whose garbage contains more than 10 percent recyclables or food waste by volume would receive a warning notice. Upon the third notice, the property would receive a $50 fine.Go here for more information.(photo courtesy of SPU)           Read more...
Friday, January 16, 2015 -- 8:30 am
Car Break-In On 51st Avenue NE
Laurelhurst Blog - The Blog Staff received this email:I live in the 4400 block of 51st Avenue NE and my car was broken into on the night of December 29-30.   A small amount of money (coins), bag of cards (library cards and coupons) and a pair of prescription sunglasses were taken.  The sunglasses were very expensive.  They were Maui Jim, progressive spectrum, polarized, tortoise brown color.  They will be no use to the thief's.   I reported the car break-in to 911 non emergency line and filed a report with a case number.  Please contact me if you hear of the recovery of any of the items.  . Read more...
Friday, January 16, 2015 -- 8:17 am
Still Time To Subscribe To laurelhurust Security Patrol
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Community Club recently published this information in their recent newsletter:Still Time to Subscribe to 2015 Security Patrol LCC's Private Security Patrol, now in its seventh year, is highly praised by subscribers. Its continued success depends on neighbor participation. The patrol boundaries cover the entire neighborhood area south of Sand Point Way from Mary Gates Way to NE 55th Street. Coverage is planned for six days/nights a week; hours will vary depending on funding.The annual cost per family is $200 for the period ending December 31, 2015. To participate, please either use LCC's secure online payment option (preferred) at www.laurel­hurstcc.com, or send your $200 check payable to LCC Laurelhurst Community Club, PMB #373, 4616 25th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105. If you pay by check, please be sure to include your name, address, email, and emergency contact information.   If you have questions about the LCC Private Security Patrol, please contact Brian McMullen, Crime Prevention co-chair, at 206-367-9325, or email crimeprevention@laurelhurstcc.com. Program ben­efits were detailed in the November newsletter and are listed on LCC's website.   Read more...



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