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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 -- 9:35 am
Seattle Library Cardholders Access To King County Library System
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Public Library recently updated the reciprocal agreement with the King County Library System giving broader access to print and electronic resources.  The closest library to Laurelhurst is the NE Seattle branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE. Patrons of The Seattle Public Library will be able to use the following services with KCLS: ·         Place up to 10 physical items on hold.·         Check out up to 100 physical items.·         Place up to 10 holds on e-books and e-audiobooks.·         Check out up to 20 e-books and e-audiobooks.·         Return KCLS books to any of The Seattle Public Library's locations. For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.   Read more...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 -- 6:58 am
July Update: Webster Point Electrical Infrastructure Improvements
Laurelhurst Blog - In March of this year, Seattle City Light began upgrading the capacity and reliability of the electrical system near Webster Point, which has affected 84 residences in that area, including approximately NE 33rd Street on the north, Webster Point Road NE on the south, East Laurelhurst Drive NE on the east and West Laurelhurst Drive NE on the west. The work will take about one year to complete installation of underground conduits, vaults, and equipment in order to replace outdated 4kV electrical equipment with updated 26kV infrastructure throughout Webster Point.Mark Vanoss, with Seattle City Light, sent this update:·       The project has a needed design change near the intersection of West Laurelhurst Drive NE and Webster Point Road NE. So, rather than continuing to move north at that location, the work will pick up and restart at the intersection of  NE 33rd Street and West Laurelhurst Drive NE and proceed south. The planned start date for this reorganization of the project sequence is this Monday, July 27.·       The completion of asphalt paving and concrete pouring is planned for later this week on Webster Point Road NE. If customers have questions, they can contact Patty Breidenbach, Electrical Service Representative, Patty.Breidenbach@seattle.gov, (206) 684-4795 or visit: http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/release.asp?RN=328     MARK VANOSSSEATTLE CITY LIGHT(206) 684-3279 Dear Webster Point Customers, Work is progressing on Seattle City Light's project to improve the electrical capacity and reliability in Webster Point. We hope the "Project Update" section below helps explain the latest information about the work. See the project contact information at the bottom of the email if you have further questions. Thank you for your patience during this infrastructure upgrade.  PROJECT UPDATE (7/22/2015) Since the project start, duct bank installation has been completed from the intersection of NE 33rd Street and East Laurelhurst Drive NE through the Webster Point Road NE loop.  The completion of asphalt paving and concrete pouring is planned for later this week on Webster Point Road NE. See photo below.  Due to the need for an unanticipated design change near the intersection of  Webster Point Road NE and West Laurelhurst Drive NE, the contractor plans to move and re-start operations at the intersection of NE 33rd Street and West Laurelhurst Drive NE.  Work started there this Monday, July 27 and will involve a detour similar to the one used for the intersection of NE 33rd Street and East Laurelhurst Drive NE. Work will proceed to the south along West Laurelhurst Drive NE.   PROJECT OVERVIEWSeattle City Light plans to improve the capacity, technology and reliability of the electrical system in your neighborho Read more...
Monday, July 27, 2015 -- 6:51 am
Kids Magic Show At The Park On Wednesday
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Summer Series at the Laurelhurst Community Center Park continues Wednesday at 11am with Magician Louie Foxx 's "One Man Side Show." The information says:This show is full of Magic, comedy, juggling and tons of audience interaction!  Louie is a two time Guinness World    Record holder and was voted the Best Live Entertainment for Families by the readers of Parent Map Magazine two years in a row!  Join us for lots of laughs, cheers, oohs and ahhs!   The show is $5 per family for up to 4 people, and $2 for each additional person. The show will be outdoors weather permitting, so something to sit on is encouraged. (photo courtesy of Community Center) Read more...
Friday, July 24, 2015 -- 5:50 pm
Open houses this weekend
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - ... neighborhood boasts a small-town vibe while still being close to Green Lake, the University of Washington and Sand Point Park. Perhaps the community feel comes from the fact that Wedgwood was the starting location for a series of community gardens ... Read more...
Friday, July 24, 2015 -- 10:39 am
Large Boulder On Sidewalk For Over A Year On 55th Avenue NE Finally Being Removed This Week
Laurelhurst Blog - The large boulder that has been blocking the sidewalk in the 4100 block of 55th Avenue NE for over a year, is in the process of being removed this week, according to information the owner sent SDOT this week saying:I wanted to provide you a follow-up with the start dates for our construction project.  The pre-construction meeting with SDOT, our contractor, and geotech engineer was Friday, July 10th at the project site.  Construction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 15th and to be completed in ten business days.  The large boulder rolled down from the owner's rockery hillside and was never put back in place, a resident told us. Someone put cones around it and it has been left like that for some time, causing a safety hazard for those who are not able to use that portion of the sidewalk and have to walk into the street.A resident wrote to the Blog Staff just a week ago saying:The hillside is not being kept up by the owners and not only is it overgrown and unsightly but now blackberry vines are growing over the sidewalk.  It is not only inconvenient and hazardous (having to walk in the street as cars go by with strollers, children, pets) but an eyesore as well.  You published an update on the situation months ago and if I am not mistaken it appeared things were to get repaired this past spring but still nothing.  The City's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Case # 1031930  and Project No. 6426332, shows that the first complaint was made on May 8, 2014. In December of last year, the Blog Staff contacted DPD and SDOT who explained that it is a complex and lengthy process as the entire retaining wall needs to be repaired along with the rock being removed and potentially put back into place. The owner must obtain various reports and then apply for a permit.In July, the owner submitted a retaining wall design plan along with calculations prepared by an engineer, seeking approval to construct a replacement retaining wall within the right of way in order to replace a sixty year-old failing rock wall. The owner told DPD that he had specific construction company in mind, that specializes in retaining wall construction ready to begin the project once he has permit approval from SDOT and DPD.The City has also asked that the owner apply for a Street Use Permit for the wall, including a geotechnical report supporting this wall design and associated plans for the wall construction. In August, the owner said he had instructed his geotechnical engineer to provide a geotechnical report supporting the wall design and associated plans for the wall construction and would turn it in once he had the report. He added that, at that time he hoped to have construction completed by the end of September with an estimated construction time of three weeks.  DPD told the Blog Staff:The owner of the property is responsible for correct Read more...
Friday, July 24, 2015 -- 10:23 am
Unicycles And Go-Cart Stolen Last Night
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:We live on the corner of 45th Avenue NE and NE 38th Street and last night my kids unicycles were stolen along with my son's motorized go-cart. They had to come down my alley past my car to the back of our carport to steal them.  It's almost $1,000 worth of stuff and my kids are really upset.  I am so upset and I am hoping that maybe by you telling the story someone might know something. If you have information please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com. Read more...
Thursday, July 23, 2015 -- 7:32 am
SR 520 West Approach Meeting Tonight
Laurelhurst Blog - SDOT sent this invite for tonight's meeting on SR 520 update specifically on the west approach. The information says:You're invited to a WABN construction update meeting Construction of the West Approach Bridge North Project (WABN) is in full swing in the Montlake area and on Lake Washington. We are holding an informal drop-in meeting next week for neighbors and the traveling public to ask questions and learn what's in store for construction this summer.Meeting details:When:   5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23       Where: Graham Visitors Center - Wisteria Hall              2300 Arboretum Drive East              Seattle, WA 98112Join project staff to learn about key construction milestones ahead in the Montlake area, including:Opening a new, interim westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard as soon as this month, along with a new, permanent traffic signal at the end of the ramp for northbound traffic.Closing the 24th Avenue East overpass for several months to bicyclists and pedestrians so crews can construct a new westbound SR 520 off-ramp to East Lake Washington Boulevard.Closing additional sections of sidewalks and lanes on Montlake Boulevard, and SR 520 ramps and lanes.We have a lot more work to complete this summer as we make improvements for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. Down the road, neighbors and commuters can expect a new traffic signal, additional sidewalk detours, street and highway closures, and some night work. We want to make sure you know what work is happening, why it's happening and the benefits once the work is complete.   And here is an update sent last week:Gov. Inslee signs transportation package; funding included for SR 520's 'Rest of the West' With the new SR 520 floating bridge in the background, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed into law a 16-year,$16 billion transportation package that will fund needed infrastructure projects across our state. Included are funds to rebuild the final, western stretch of SR 520, from Lake Washington to I-5.With full corridor funds in place, during the next two years we will continue planning and design, advance needed right-of-way acquisitions and early utility relocation work where possible, and start preparing the next construction contract or contracts, before launching major construction in the 2017-19 biennium.Key project elements include: A seismically stronger Portage Bay Bridge to replace the existing bridge, which is vulnerable to earthquakes.Community-connecting highway lids at Montlake Boulevard and 10th Avenue East / Delmar Drive East.A new, seismically stronger West Approach Bridge South to carry three lanes of eastbound traffic past Montlake Boulevard to the new floating bridge.A new, second bascule bridge across the Montlake Cut to provide additional capacity and saf Read more...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 -- 11:30 am
LCC Reminder About Boat Parking On City Streets
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Laurelhurst Community Club posted this information in a recent newsletter: Ship to Shore: Boat Parking on the StreetEach spring and summer throughout the boating season, neighbors express concern or have questions about boats/trailers parked on residential streets and inquire what is allowable per City code.  No vehicle wider than 80" can be parked legally on the street between midnight and 6am. If a boat/trailer is less than 80" wide, it can be parked on the street providing the trailer is hitched to a vehicle. The 72-hour rule applies - meaning that the boat and vehicle must be moved every 72-hours.   To report abandoned vehicles or a car that has been parked for more than 72 hours, please go here.  Read more...
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 -- 6:28 am
Seattle Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program Underway
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Public Library's summer reading program for adults, called Book Bingo, is underway and runs through September 8th. The closest library to sign up is the Northeast Branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE.The information says:The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) to invite Seattle readers to expand their reading selections with the first-ever Summer Book Bingo.Pick up a Book Bingo card from any location of The Seattle Public Library or print one here.  Fill in the card with titles of the books you read all summer long.  When you've marked out an entire row or all 25 squares, bring the completed Book Bingo card to any Library location or mail it to Seattle Arts & Lectures, 205 S. Findlay St., Seattle, WA 98108. You also can enter by posting a photo of your completed card using #BookBingoNW via Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @seattlepubliclibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. Participants will be entered in the drawing for our grand prize: a library of books by 2015-16 SAL authors and two All SAL Passes for the 2015-16 season. Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to be entered into a drawing to win a $30 gift card from one of 10 independent bookstores. Winning entries will be selected at random.  Prizes may be collected at the Library location of your choice. Prizes include gift cards to Ada's Technical Books, Elliott Bay Book Co., Magnolia's Bookstore, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Phinney Books, Queen Anne Book Co., Secret Garden Books, Third Place Books, University Book Store and Wide World Books & Maps. For custom-crafted recommendations, visit a Library branch or fill out a brief form at spl.org/yournext5. One of Seattle's expert librarians will recommend a personalized list of five books. Read more...
Monday, July 20, 2015 -- 7:12 am
Kids In White Jeep Grand Cherokee Drove Onto Grass And Down Steps In Park Late Sunday Night
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:At 10:45pm on Sunday night, July 19, some kids in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee decided it would be fun to drive the car over the barrier from the parking lot to the grassy area.   They then drove the car down the concrete steps on the southeast corner of the park.  It sounded like there was damage done to the bottom of the car.  I'd want to know if my kids are doing things like this, so I hope you post this for the parents to see.  Read more...
Friday, July 17, 2015 -- 8:41 am
Audubon Society Bird Walk Tomorrow At Laurelhurst's Union Bay Natural Area
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Audubon Society is having a short bird walk tomorrow at 8:30am at the Union Bay Natural Area, adjacent to the University of Washington main campus. The information says:Neighborhood Bird Walks - A Wonderful Way to Meet Seattle's Birds! Neighborhood bird walk for beginning birders or new Seattleites will especially enjoy this exposure to the rich variety of regional bird life. Families and non-members are welcome to attend.  Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the East parking lot off NE 41st Street, one block beyond the place where Mary Gates Memorial Drive turns left to become NE 41st Street. Jean, from Friends of Yesler Swamp, told the Laurelhurst Blog that Union Bay Natural Area was at one time called the Montlake Fill and and the area is managed by the University of Washington. It is located near the Center for Urban Horticulture in Laurelhurst.The UW website gave this historical background: The Union Bay Natural Area was under water until 1916 when the new Ship Canal lowered Lake Washington by about nine feet. Later, the city of Seattle used the site as a city dump - dubbed the Montlake Landfill or Montlake Dump - but it was closed in the 1960s. And the UW management plan says: The public disposal site (the Montlake Dump) closed in 1964, and garbage landfilling ceased in 1966. Filling, grading, and seeding of the surface continued until 1971. A University Advisory Committee on Arboreta selected the location in 1971 for a new arboretum site. Connie Sidles is a popular local birding expert who maintains a blog documenting the many types of birds including beautiful pictures at the nearby Union Bay Natural Area.Go here for more information on the birdwalk tomorrow.  Photo by Tom Sanders Read more...
Thursday, July 16, 2015 -- 4:10 pm
Duplexes for the wealthiest Seattle neighborhoods? Not likely
Crosscut.com - Behind stone pillars along the shoreline of Lake Washington south of Magnuson Park is Seattle's Windermere neighborhood. Many of the houses were built in the 1930s and are made of solid brick. Read more...
Thursday, July 16, 2015 -- 3:07 pm
Bargains / outdoor movies: 'Entourage,' 'Zoolander'
Seattle Times - ... plays at the "Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park" series at dusk on Thursday. Magnuson Park, athletic fields, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5. It plays at the "Moonlight Cinema" series at dusk on Thursday. Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th ... Read more...
Thursday, July 16, 2015 -- 8:53 am
June Laurelhurst Real Estate Update
Laurelhurst Blog - Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:In comparing the Laurelhurst inventory from 2014 to 2015 the most impressive statistics arethe number of new listings or I should say lack there of!.Last year in June there were 8 new listings.  This year only 3. Last year in June there were 5 pending sales this year just 2.  Sold homes came in exactly the same at 8 for each year with the median price almost exactly the same.It appears that the majority of homes are being listed with Licensed Realtors who are waiting to review offers in our current seller driven market. This strategy is designed to have more than one buyer place an offer resulting in buyers basically bidding against each other resulting in a multiple offer situation. As we all know Laurelhurst with its many amenities is attracting both in city and out of state buyers. As interest rates continue to be attractive, buyers have more buying power and are anxious to purchase will rates remain low. NEW LISTINGSPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM$550,000 0 $599,999              1*                      pending$1,000,000 - $1,249,999         2**                    Total: 3Median Price:  $1,148,000PENDINGPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM $550,000 - $599,999             1                           6*$2,000,000+                          1                          85   Total                                     2  &nb Read more...
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 -- 4:22 pm
Shamans and developers: A match made in heaven
Capitol Hill Times - ... the food," she said. "It's not like the food disappears or anything exciting like that." Barnett, a shaman from Sand Point, primarily provides cleansing and protection services for private homes, but the Harvard Exit Theatre (807 E. Roy St.) was the ... Read more...
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 -- 6:01 am
"Water-Wise Gardening" Class Tonight At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - UW Botanic Gardens' Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is holding a class called "Water-Wise Gardening" tonight from 6:30-8pm. The cost is $20.The information says: Proper watering can be a life-saver for your trees, shrubs, perennials, edibles, and lawn, especially in this hot weather! In the Pacific Northwest, under-watering and overwatering are two of the most common mistakes that cause plant decline, pest and disease problems, and even plant death.  Determining the type of soil you have in your garden or lawn is a vital ingredient in knowing when, and how much, to water the specific plants in your garden. Providing them with just the right amount of water also helps conserve this precious natural resource!This class will cover how to determine your soil type, ways of amending lawn and garden soil to increase water absorption and retention, typical root depth for trees, shrubs, perennials, edibles, and lawn, and the pros and cons of hand watering, sprinklers, in-ground and drip irrigation systems.  The presentation includes a PowerPoint, display of watering tools, soaker hose and drip tubing, demonstration of sand/silty/clay soil test and drip irrigation systems, and a handout to take home. Register Online, or call 206-685-8033. Read more...
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 -- 8:58 am
Kids Pirate Show And Treasure Hunt Tomorrow At The Park
Laurelhurst Blog -   The Summer Series at the Laurelhurst Community Center Park kicks off Wednesday at 11am with "The Pirate Show". The information says:YO! HO! HO! The Pirate Show!Take a pirate ship adventure on a search for treasure with Crazy   Captain Jenny. Learn how to walk and talk like a pirate, the pirate code of conduct and meet Clarence the baby crocodile who warns off a giant sea monster!  An exciting interactive show that includes a message in a bottle and treasure hunt.The show is $5 per family for up to 4 people, and $2 for each additional person. The show will be outdoors weather permitting, so something to sit on is encouraged. (photo courtesy of Community Center) Read more...
Monday, July 13, 2015 -- 8:58 am
City Approves One More Portable At Laurelhurst Elementary School
Laurelhurst Blog - Today's Land Use Bulletin for the City of Seattle shows that the additional portable requested by Seattle Public Schools (permit 3019627) has been approved by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).Principal Talbot's requested one more portable at Laurelhurst Elementary School at the end of the school year after hiring an additional teacher, making for 18 total teachers, without having enough space for all classrooms saying in an end of year email:When people ask me what I want the outcome of this difficult dilemma to be, I reluctantly have to admit that in spite of a strong consensus from the community in opposition to adding portables, I would like to have one additional portable classroom if the summer construction project isn't possible.  Design Departure Committee last month wrote DPD saying: Since you are considering new information from SPS, we hope that the Committee might be able to present some new information as well.  Since the March 17 public meeting we have learned that:·       LASER had agreed to share one of its portables again next year for instructional space·       SPS has pulled permits to divide the school library, creating a new classroom·       These two "new" classrooms would obviate the need for additional portables at our school. This information indicates that a less impactful alternative exists to simply plopping down more portables in violation of current lot coverage rules and to the detriment of the health and well-being of our community.    Laurelhurst already has the smallest playground with the highest lot coverage percentage of any NE Seattle elementary school.  SPS has not provided any justification for making our already tight situation worse by adding more portables. Seattle Public Schools had originally requested a waiver from City zoning regulations to add up to 4 more portables at the school, increasing the allowed lot coverage of 45% on the two playgrounds.In March the Design Departure Committee Meeting had a formal meeting, along with DPD and DON (Department of Neighborhood representatives) and two Seattle Public School representatives who appeared unprepared so much so that  DPD (Department of Planning and Development), sent SPS a "Correction Notice" on June 16 with 27 in-depth questions to gather more information before making a final decision. A packed room of almost 200 people attended the meeting and almost 2 hours of public comment was heard including about 50 speakers, who spoke passionately against increased lot coverage at the school which they testified would result in a significant decrease in playground space, as well as permanent livability impacts to surrounding neighborsAnd at this meeting, Read more...
Sunday, July 12, 2015 -- 6:08 pm
Reinvent Yourself In Seattle's District 4
KUOW-FM Seattle - It's right next to the University of Washington, an institution that takes in around $250 million in state taxes each year and turns that into $12.5 billion in economic impact. It's a paradox in Seattle City Council District 4, where five people are vying in the Aug. 4 primary election to represent an area that stretches from Lake Union to Sand Point. Read more...
Friday, July 10, 2015 -- 7:54 am
Seattle Police North Precinct Picnic Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog -  Tomorrow the Seattle Police Department's North Precinct, which serves Laurelhurst and other northeast neighborhoods, is holding its annual North Precinct Picnic,The information says:This year's picnic will be part of the Ballard Seafood Fest. You can find us in Ballard Commons Park at the corner of  NW 57th and 22nd Ave NW. Mounted patrol and K9 will both be on hand as well as various police vehicles including a SWAT van, a mobile precinct, a bomb squad robot, a Harbor Patrol boat and more! Officers will be handing out ice cream, popcorn and water.  "Picnic at the Precinct" is a project designed by the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) to facilitate positive community and police interactions across the city.  Picnics in the Precincts provide an opportunity for each precinct's surrounding neighborhoods to come together and enjoy an afternoon of celebration with the officers that protect their families and businesses.  Thousands of Seattle residents enjoy food, music, and an opportunity to learn about and interact with many of the SPD's specialty units including K-9, Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, and SWAT.The picnics have always been held at the North Precinct (10049 College Way North).  In June the City acquired property, located at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street, that will be the future site of the new North Precinct Police Station, serving North Seattle. Read more...



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