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Monday, February 8, 2016 -- 8:17 am
4-Story Retail Store Under Construction At University Village
Laurelhurst Blog -  4-story building under construction at University VillageThe Laurelhurst Blog Staff has received several emails asking what the new tall structure is under construction at the University Village, next to Pottery Barn and across from Starbucks.The Blog Staff contacted the UVillage General Manager who said:Two buildings are currently under construction.  The large building next to Pottery Barn Kids will be a single tenant, to be announced soon. It is not a parking garage.   The smaller building, where Red Mango was, will be a small store opening this summer and they will also likely announce in early Spring.The new retailer will plan to announce in February.  This is also retail only and not a parking structure.   The Blog Staff found several permits on file for the larger space at 4645 26th Ave NE., including Project # 3015887, a Land Use Application, that says "to allow a 4-story building with 45,352 sq. ft. of retail space". Another permit on file for the same 4-story building says, Project # 6512396, says "SHOP DRAWINGS** Stair shop drawings for RHG Tenant." Several permits on file for the new structure related to the new business replacing Red Mango, including Project # 6488295 that says "Demolition commercial building at university village (#53 - Red Mango), subject to field inspection (STFI)." And Project # 6490529 that says "Establish use as general retail sales and service, construct retail building and occupy, per plans."4-story building under construction at University Village Read more...
Monday, February 8, 2016 -- 7:55 am
Black Hooded Coat Found
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:I found a nice black, hooded coat outside my house on the 3800 block of 44th Avenue NE last Thursday (1/30).   It has a bunch of business cards. It looks like it was thrown out of a car, because things were scattered around. I'd love to reunite the coat with the owner. Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com for more information. Read more...
Friday, February 5, 2016 -- 8:18 am
Workshop Tomorrow On Monitoring Mayor's Plan For Increased Housing In All Seattle Neighborhoods, Including Allowing Backyard Cottages
Laurelhurst Blog - Tomorrow from 9:30-noon, a workshop will be held by an advocate group monitoring the Mayor's housing plans. The workshop called, Seattle Fair Growth Citywide Advocates Workshop, will review draft documents on mission, positioning statement and some recommended next steps.On December 9th, 2015, advocates from 22 neighborhoods and 16 organizations, concerned about what HALA, (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda), the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Changes and Upzones the Mayor and this City Council have planned for all Seattle communities, including Laurelhurst, will have on livability and affordability, met to discuss what is happening and how residents and groups can work together.  The information says about tomorrow's event:Your input, alignment on a plan and support for action is needed. The workshop is another step toward formalizing a citywide action alliance for affordability and livability. The meeting will be held at University Christian Church (4731 15th Avenue NE).  For more information or to RSVP, contact Nancy Bocek at nancybocek@gmail.com or 206-632-7760.Also, last month, the City held an Open House on encouraging Backyard Cottages, which are small dwelling units on the same lot as, but physically separate from, a single-family house.  Having a cottage, the Mayor claims, provides new housing throughout Seattle and gives homeowners an opportunity to earn extra income and remain in their homes. At the open House, Councilmember Mike O'Brien and the Office of Planning & Community Development ((OPCD), informed Seattle residents about the barriers that frequently deter or prevent homeowners from building a cottage.  The public was also given the opportunity to provide input and feedback regarding potential to solutions to encourage more of these units. Councilmember Mike O'Brien and OPCD have proposed easing the restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs) to encourage more of this kind of housing, resulting in Duplexing Single-Family Neighborhoods.   The following Code changes have a been proposed:  ·           Removing the off-street parking requirement for ADUs; ·           Removing the requirement that the owner must live on the property; ·           Modifying certain development standards including height and square footage restrictions and setback requirements; and·           Considering how to help streamline the process for getting financing and permitting.  For more information, go to the backyard cottages website or contact: Nick Welch, Office of Planning and Community Development, at nicolas.welch@seattle.gov. The Lau Read more...
Friday, February 5, 2016 -- 8:07 am
UW Botanic Gardens December Plant Profile Of The Coffin Tree
Laurelhurst Blog - Each month the UW Botanic Gardens' Newsletter, E-Flora, posts in detail about a specific plant, among many other interesting posts about events and general information. This month's featured plant is the Coffin Tree or Taiwania cryptomerioides.   Here is the posting:February Plant Profile: Taiwania cryptomerioidesOne of the best conifers and most unusual for foliar effects in February is Taiwania cryptomerioides, the Coffin tree. The common name comes from the practice of some native peoples in its natural range using the trees for making coffins. A tree is chosen at birth to be carved into a person's coffin in old age. Learn more about this beautiful tree, and use our newly upgraded interactive map to find where in the Arboretum our eight trees are located.While there is an abundance of early blooms, bright bark and fragrance elsewhere in the Arboretum this time of year (particularly in the Winter Garden and Camellia Collection), winter is also a time to appreciate conifers.  One of the best and most unusual for foliar effects in February is Taiwania cryptomerioides, the Coffin tree.  We have three accessions totaling 8 trees in the Arboretum.  There are two from 1969 (Accession #315-69 A&B), four from 1996 (Accession #119-96 A-D) and two in the old nursery from 1974 (Accession #465-74 B&C).  The 1969 accessions are just south of the main Sequoiadendron grove just off Arboretum Drive E, and the 1996 plantings are at the Newton Street entrance in the Pinetum.  Using the interactive map on our website is a great way to easily locate plants.From a distance Taiwania cryptomerioides looks a little in habit like a young western red cedar or false cypress.  But closer in its visual affinity to Cryptomeria becomes more apparent, hence the specific epithet meaning "resembling a Cryptomeria," or Japanese cedar.  The Coffin tree is the only species in the genus Taiwania and hence is known as a monotypic genus.  The common name comes from the practice of some native peoples in its natural range using the trees for making coffins.  A tree is chosen at birth to be carved into a person's coffin in old age.   The grove in the Pinetum is part of the ½ mile long interpretive trail, and selected specimens along the route feature information about the tree and its uses in small interpretive panels.In older forests, trees with trunks up to 10 feet wide are not uncommon.  However the species is listed as Vulnerable to extensive logging in its native range.  Populations 500 years ago were much more robust and widespread.  The species is long-lived, and some older populations in Taiwan are now protected.Ornamentally the tree has much to offer.  Perhaps most striking is the array of blue-green needles along the somewhat drooping branches.  They look sharp and stiff, but are surprisingly soft and flexible.  The textural effect is outstanding, and the na Read more...
Thursday, February 4, 2016 -- 8:05 am
Some More Yesler Swamp History Courtesy Of The Friends Of Yesler Swamp
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 a canal that was built and resulted in draining too much water from Lake Washington leaving leaving a fringe of cattail marsh and today is the unmanaged wildlife area to its west.1916 - YESLER SWAMP IS LEFT HIGH AND DRYThroughout Seattle's early history, the pioneers dreamed of digging a canal to connect Lake Washington to the waters of Puget Sound. In the early days, the only route to Lake Union from Lake Washington was the narrow ditch through the isthmus of land between the two lakes. Timber logged on the shores of Lake Washington and the mountains to the east had to be hauled by hand or dragged by horsepower.One of the many engineering challenges to building a canal between the lakes and Puget Sound was devising a way to lower Lake Washington to the level of Lake Union, allowing ships to pass from the fresh water lakes through a channel to the salt water.[38]On September 1, 1911, after many years of debate and planning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of a 75 foot ship canal that would extend from Lake Washington through Union Bay, to Lake Union and on to Puget Sound. A set of locks would permit the Corps of Engineers to control the level of Lake Washington and permit ships to pass into Puget Sound. The Cedar River was to be diverted into the southern end of Lake Washington to provide a constant flow of water through the locks.[39]After four and a half years of construction, the ship canal was completed. On August 26, 1916, the Chittenden locks were closed, and the waters of Lake Washington gushed through the Montlake Cut into Lake Union on its way to Puget Sound. "Cutting away the coffer dam at the Montlake Cut," University of Washington, Special Collections UW2382By October 1916, Lake Washington had dropped 8.8 feet. When the level of Lake Washington fell, the edges of Union Bay - including Yesler Swamp - were drained of water, leaving a fringe of cattail marsh. The last remnant of this original cattail marsh created in 1916 can be seen today in Yesler Swamp and in the unmanaged wildlife area to its west.[40]Photo by Jean ColleyBut the lowering of Lake Washington caused a problem for Yesler's mill: the millpond where log booms were stored was left high and dry. To permit continued water access to Yesler's mill, a channel or mill run was dredged. Jim Thompson remembers a mill run deep enough to accommodate a tugboat, stuffed with logs four to five fee Read more...
Thursday, February 4, 2016 -- 8:01 am
City's Permitting and Planning Offices Re-Organize Under New Name And Director
Laurelhurst Blog - Several months ago, Mayor Murray signed an executive order yesterday calling for an all-new Department of Planning and Development under a new name. The long-time Director, Diane Sigamura, retired after 37 years in the position.It is now called Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections.  And DPD's City Planning division is now the Office of Planning & Community Development. Nathan Torgelson is Director overseeing both Departments.  City planners from the DPD, and the departments of transportation, parks and housing all work together in the new OPCD office.The group has been working on several new initiatives. One is implementing a new system, called, Accela,  that will better track all permitting, code compliance, and property management processes. "This is a huge and important undertaking for the department and will improve the efficiency in which you can track permits," Torgelson said.The completion of the registration phase of the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) program and implementation of new tenant protections is also underwayTorgelson commented that "we are now a city of more renters than homeowners. Our goal is that these initiatives will improve the conditions in Seattle's rental stock"The Mayor said about the re-organizations that the new departments will act as "a single entry point to address community concerns and will work closely with the Department of Neighborhoods to gather input and ideas from neighbors."Murray has said that Seattle is currently the country's third-fastest-growing city and is on trac to permit 9,000 new housing units this year, 30 percent more than in 2014. Read more...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 -- 11:18 am
LCC Not Satisfied With Children's Hospital Emergency Response Protocol Document Recently Released Following Psychiatric Patient September Escape As Schools Not Notified Among Other Lingering Worries
Laurelhurst Blog -    site of incident last September of home break-in committed by escaped Children's Hospital psychiatric patient A Children's Hospital psychiatric patient escaped from the hospital last September when the power failed and he proceeded to be able to leave the hospital and walk into the neighborhood, breaking into a home in the 4300 block of 53rd Avenue NE and barricading himself in there for almost five hours. As the Laurelhurst Blog reported, the teen-age patient finally came out of the home when his mother arrived and reportedly asked him to come out. The owners of the home where the patient broke in had left the house for one hour to go grocery shopping and returned to find the ordeal happening in their home.This incident, turned more serious when it was learned, that weapons were possibly in the home, resulting in about four SWAT vehicles racing to the affected area blocking it off and not allowing residents to return to their homes for many hours.Nearby families and those with children at the neighborhood schools were alarmed to learn that the initial call from the Hospital to the Police did not get broadcast over the Police scanner so that Public School District Security who monitor activity around public schools was not able to inform the Principal at Laurelhurst Elementary School. And Villa Academy reportedly found out about the incident from a parent.  The Blog Staff received many emails following the ordeal, asking what types of psychiatric patients are housed at the hospital , why the nearby schools weren't notified to go into a lock-down and why the Hospital security staff was not authorized to apprehend the escapee?A resident, who was directly affected by the incident,  worried what might have happened if the house had been occupied at the time of the invasion, and whether this incident could have ended tragically.   She added:Incredibly, Hospital staff just watched as the escapee entered the back yard to break into the house, and did nothing to prevent it. What if the escapee had then attacked the occupants?  Would they just stand by and also let that happen?  If the Hospital is going to expose the surrounding community to this type of risk, they need to employ security staff who are trained and authorized to prevent crimes and fully protect the community when potentially dangerous patients escape from their custody. Last November, the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) were able to finally meet with  representatives from the Hospital including Todd Johnson, Vice President, Facilities and Supply Chain, as well as several Public Relations and Community outreach people and two Psychiatric Department doctors. The three LCC attendees asked for the facts of the incident and to lear Read more...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 -- 7:41 am
Storytime Saturday At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street)  is holding a story time on Saturday with the theme of "Year Round Book Story Program" from 10:30-11:15am.The information says:  How are you feeling? This time, all our books are about feelings-having them, sharing them, describing them.  After the stories, make a special card for someone you love.Books to be read are:  HOW ARE YOU PEELING? by Saxton FreymannA TREE FOR EMMY by Mary Ann RodmanTHE CURIOUS GARDEN by Peter BrownSHARING OUR WORLD by Ian Reid and others Storytime is geared towards children ages 3 to 8. All ages and their families are welcome. Read more...
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 -- 8:16 am
Laurelhurst Parent And Entrepreneur Teaching Kids Manners Class Thursday
Laurelhurst Blog - Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman, a Laurelhurst mom, who owns a creative children's apparel line, called Totally Me Artful Wear by MiMi Bug. has branched out into teaching manners classes.  She has developed a table manner curriculum and teaches it at schools, organizations and stores.She has also designed her own dishware and specific table manner dishes, which are sold at Metropolitan Market. In addition, Ming-Ming, who has been a pharmacist for 17 years, wrote a book called, MiMi Bug's Day with Friends, available in  Seattle toy shops, gift stores and local markets. The line's name comes from her Chinese nickname, "little bug," On Thursday Ming-Ming is holding a manners class on Thursday from 4-5:15 at Satsuma (8511 35th Avenue NE) in nearby Wedgwood. Ming-Ming told the Blog:The class will be fun and interactive vovering how to greet, carry good conversations, set the table and handle tricky foods. and everyone will enjoy mealtime more because your kid(s) will practice good manners learned!   Here is more information:Are your kids the picture of etiquette at the dinner table and when meeting and engaging with grown-ups? If they're like mine, they could use a few pointers!Let Miss Mimi share the power of Magical Manners with your kids at this drop-off class.Class Outline: Kids arrive and are greeted by Miss Mimi and are invited to help set the table in a fun manner that teaches independence.Kids will enjoy a delicious snack while using their Magical Manners*Kids will learn how to handle menu pitfalls - Don't like fish or olives? Miss Mimi will show you what a polite guests does! Now you try! Kids will host their own event and discover their new found Magical MannersGraduationKids will receive:Valuable table, conversation and etiquette skills tailored to their developmental stageTable Setting place mat from Mimi Bug, Miss Mimi's dishware collectionGraduation certificateKids leave ready to test their new Magical Manners and help set the table at the next family meal.Kids can also choose to purchase one of four discounted Mimi Bug Dishware  styles featuring Miss Mimi's MimiBug Collection: MiMi Please + Thank You; GoGo Small Bite + Chew Right; BeBe Try Not to Slurp...; DraDra Mouth Full Up.   Go here for more information and to shop Ming-Ming's items.  Read more...
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 -- 8:01 am
Final SR520 Concept designs For 'Rest of the West' Online
Laurelhurst Blog - SDOT recently published this information about the 'Rest of the West' portion of SR520 stretching from I-5 to Lake Washington: The final conceptual designs for SR 520's planned improvements from I-5 to Lake Washington are now posted on our website. The "West Side Final Concept Design Report," developed by WSDOT in collaboration with the city of Seattle, also includes a summary of public comments on the designs. Following legislative passage of the Connecting Washington transportation-funding package in 2015, the SR 520 program is now fully funded for construction. That means WSDOT is moving ahead to build planned SR 520 improvements in Seattle, including a new Portage Bay Bridge, two community-connecting highway lids, and new bike and pedestrian connections.  Construction for the "Rest of the West" will take place in phases. We'll share the latest design and pre-construction information as the project moves forward. Read more...
Monday, February 1, 2016 -- 7:53 am
January Neighborhood Crime Report
Laurelhurst Blog - Here are reports of crime provided by Spotcrime which links back to the Seattle Police website:1/1   12:12pm    4200 block of 51st Avenue NEPERSONS - LOST, FOUND, MISSING. MISSING - ADULT1/15   5:56am  3600 block of  NE 43rd StreetSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES1/15   12:03pm  3700 block of  NE 42nd StreetSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES1/15   9:59pm   5100 block of 47th Avenue NEFRAUD CALL1/22   5:33pm    4500 block of 49th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. SUSPICIOUS PERSON, VEHICLE OR INCIDENT 1/25    1:58pm  3800 block of 48th Avenue NECOMMERCIAL BURGLARIES Read more...
Monday, February 1, 2016 -- 7:52 am
Free Tax Help At Northeast Library Branch
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library, is offering free tax help Friday and Saturdays through April 16th from 1-5pm.   The information says: The Seattle Public Library and , AARP, are working together to offer free tax help. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. This service is free and available to individuals. The free service is not available for business tax returns.IRS reproducible forms are available for photocopy (15 cents per page) at all Library locations. Please call your branch to find out if print forms are in stock. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. Due to federal budget cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online. Black-and-white prints of the forms can be printed from Library computers for $.15 per page.  Go here to see the list of documents required to receive tax help as well as: - Social Security Card- Tax form SSA 1099 (Social Security benefits)- Medicare card (if Social Security number is followed by an "A")- Official documents on Social Security Administration letterhead Photocopies or computer print-outs of any these documents will not be accepted.Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis.For more information go here.    Read more...
Friday, January 29, 2016 -- 1:34 pm
Two New Restaurants, Saint Helens And Great State Burger, Opening Next Month
Laurelhurst Blog -  Saint Helens and Great State Burger under construction(brown and blue building behind brown tarp)  Construction has been steady for the last year for the two new restaurants at the previous site of the 2-story wood frame building that housed Bill the Butcher and the 1-story wood frame buildings next door, formerly housing Coffee Crew, Bakker Dry Cleaning, and Chelsea Estate Services.  The property is owned by Seattle and Bellevue developer Ron Sher, an avid cyclist and owner of Third Place Books in Bryant and Lake Forest Park. He was also involved in revitalizing the Lake Forest Park Shopping Center and Bellevue's Crossroads Mall in the late 1980's and is involved with Cascade Bicycle Club.   Last April, Ron announced to the Laurelhurst Blog Staff that he signed a deal with restaurateur Josh Henderson, founder of Skillet Street Foods and owner of Huxley Wallace Collective. Lesa Linster, Director of Marketing, with Huxley Wallace Collective, recently announced to the Blog Staff the names and menus of the new restaurants opening next month at 3600 NE 45th Street. The first is called Saint Helens, an American style brasserie, which will open on February 15. The menu is not posted, but in its place pictures of various foods to be offered.Lesa said about the restaurant:It will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with brunch on the weekends. Expect a number of sharable and family style menu items.  It will be a place to gather, to eat, and to come together in a casual cafe setting.  It will have a full dining room with a cafe counter, an expansive outdoor area complete with fire pit, and a private event space for intimate gatherings.   The second restaurant is called Great State Burger, opening on February 22, and is "our take on the classic burger joint," Lesa said.The menu offers three types of hamburgers, as well as a kids hamburger.  Shakes, beer and soda are also on the menu.  The description on the website says:We continue the tradition of providing an amazing burger, a rich milkshake and fast service for the 21st century customer.  We offer the highest quality ingredients, serving grass-fed organic beef, organic milk shakes, Yukon Gold crinkle cut fries, fresh American cheese, lettuce and tomato. We use all compostable packaging, and offer online and mobile ordering.  Chef Josh Henderson, owner of the restaurant group, Huxley Wallace Collective, told the Blog Staff that the idea came about to have the two types of restaurants in the neighborhood as the "building kind of lent itself to two separate spaces so we felt like it was natural to do it that way rather than to break up one concept. We had been looking to add another Great State Burger, so this was a perfect opportunity to do that as well as an all-day brasserie."He said that he chose t Read more...
Friday, January 29, 2016 -- 8:08 am
Northbound Montlake Single Lane Closed Today Through Monday Afternoon
Laurelhurst Blog - SDOT posted this latest construction news regarding work at the University of Washington Station through Monday: Weekend Lane Closure: Northbound lane on Montlake Boulevard NE between NE Pacific Street and PlaceSound Transit's contractors will begin the installation of dewatering wells just north of the UW Station starting tonight at 8pm through Monday at 3pm. The work requires a northbound vehicle lane and the east sidewalk on Montlake Boulevard NE between NE Pacific Street and NE Pacific Place to be closed. Two way traffic will remain on Montlake Blvd. Expect traffic delays during this work.  Lane closures are needed to prepare for the future retrieval of the tunnel boring machines (TBM) building the extension to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate neighborhoods.Construction Activities: Drilling into the concrete, removing ground material and installing the dewatering well.  Drilling will sound similar to a truck running with occasional hammering sounds.  The vacuum truck will make noise while soil material is being removed.  Drill rigs and support equipment may be temporarily stationed on streets or parking lots overnight during this work.  A generator will be used during the work and for dewatering activities when the TBM arrives.  The dewatering installations are estimated to remain in the area north of the University of Washington Station until early summer.   Read more...
Thursday, January 28, 2016 -- 8:46 am
Update On Talaris Re-Development
Laurelhurst Blog - Talaris Campus (courtesy of Talaris website)    The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) recently published an update about the Talaris re-development status of the 18-acre historically designated site in their newsletter:LCC Talaris Update - More Options StudiedTalaris owners, the City of Seattle, the Seattle Landmark's Board, and LCC have been working on a new development plan for the site for more than two years.  In early December 2015, the property representative, Greg Vik, filed a motion in King County Superior Court to extend their LUPA (Land Use Petition Act) for another six months.In that document 4000 Property LLC stated that they needed more time to explore additional options including but not limited to: a plan for a Planned Residential Development; a conversion of all landmarked buildings for commercial use with a 32-plat layout for housing; a conversion of some existing buildings into micro housing; and the development of the entire site into a private school campus.  LCC continues to work with the owners and the City to find an appropriate solution for this property, located in single-family residential zoning.  LCC also has expressed concerns about the site's deteriorating landscaping in keeping with the underlying Settlement Agreement.LCC also told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff that Landmarks Board and the Superior Court both gave Talaris a three-month extension. In January of last year, Talaris architects presented three preliminary redevelopment plans, as required, to the Landmarks Preservation Board, LCC, and others. Option 1 would include 37 housing units with no removal of existing buildings. Option 2 would include 63 housing units and remove existing Building G. Option 3 would remove Building G and the lodge and would add 72 single-family homes and townhouses. The single-family homes would be along the perimeter of the site. Attached townhouses make up the bulk of the new homes and would be located in the site's interior area. Options 2 and 3 would retain the existing buildings (except for the lodge and Building G) for the owner's economic use, such as for short- or long-term leases. Here is the timeline of Talaris events concerning the re-development request and landmark status which was granted in November of 2013. Read more...
Thursday, January 28, 2016 -- 8:25 am
Information On Living With Urban Coyotes
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog recently posted about a coyote sighting on Monday, January 26th about 7pm. The coyote was running south on 42nd Avenue NE, turning west on NE Surber Drive, heading towards Yesler Swamp, near the Center for Urban Horticulture. The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) forwarded a letter they sent out to neighbors in May 2006 about coyotes, which Villa reprinted it in their newsletter. Here is LCC's letter:  LIVING WITH URBAN COYOTES (May 2006) Once again, coyotes have been sited in the neighborhood.  Coyotes are generally very shy.  They most often eat mice, rats, squirrels, rabbits, road kill, fruit and insects.   Relocation is no longer allowed, although animal control officials may pursue rabid or dangerous animals.  There are really only two alternatives.  Pay someone to trap and kill the coyote who is probably feeding young or learn to coexist in our urban environment.    As one neighbor has stated, "It's sad that this "song dog" to the American Indians, a shy, smart, adaptable animal is so feared." The following information has been provided by the Humane Society: "Fortunately, living with coyotes is not difficult.  It all boils down to a number of relatively simple tasks: not giving coyotes an easy meal by leaving out pet food, unprotected garbage, or small animals (such as cats or dogs under 50 lbs.); and punishing them by shouting at or spraying water near them whenever they approach human property.  Fruit that falls off trees should also be immediately picked up, since coyotes are omnivorous.The more free meals they find and the more non-threatening people they encounter, the more coyotes will lose their fear of humans.  If we refrain from feeding birds in areas where coyotes have been spotted, keep trash well-contained, put small dogs on leashes or behind coyote-proof fences, confine cats safely indoors, and make sure small children are always accompanied by adults in woodland areas, conflicts between our species can be minimized or eliminated. Coyotes who adapt to human settlements become bolder, appearing often in daylight and sometimes standing their ground when threatened.  Some media outlets have reported coyotes roaming onto front porches or backyards.  Under these circumstances, animal control officers should be called in to take charge of the problem.  Remember never to run from a coyote if you are confronted with one.  Instead, make yourself look big, and shout.  And always remember that coyotes are wild animals and should remain that way.  Never try to feed them or pet them." Additional information about coyotes can be found here. Read more...
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 -- 9:05 am
New North Police Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Named
Laurelhurst Blog - Mary Ambergnew North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Seattle Police Department has finally hired a Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg, for Laurelhurst and 24 other neighborhoods in the North Precinct Area boundaries. Sergeant Dianne Newsom, with the Seattle  Police North Precinct Community Police Team, told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff that the previous coordinator, Elizabeth Scott quit to take another job. She held the position about a year and after that it has taken quite some time to find a new Coordinator. Terri Johnson was in the position prior to Elizabeth for about 4 years and transferred to another Precinct in May 2014. She took over from Diane Horswill, who was in the position a number of years, and lost her position along with 5 other Crime Prevention Coordinators from other Seattle Police Precincts in March 2010 due federal grant money running out resulting in budget cuts.. Mary Amberg, is currently completing training, which she said she hopes to finish in the first week or two of February, before she steps into her new role. Mary sent the Laurelhurst Blog Staff this information:I have a long history of working in the Criminal Justice System. I am originally from the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. I received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from University of Michigan.  While going to school, I worked with the Wayne County Sheriff's Internet Crime Unit helping them detect internet fraud and internet predator crime. I moved to Seattle about six years ago to finish my master's degree in Criminal Justice at Seattle University.  During that time I volunteered with the Seattle Municipal Court and worked out of the Seattle Police Department's East precinct under their Crime Analyst at the time. Most recently I have been working downtown at Seattle Police Headquarters in the Data Unit. The Laurelhurst Blog Staff asked Mary what her role is as Crime Prevention Coordinator and she said that it will be to "promote, organize and coordinate the participation of citizens and businesses in crime prevention program activities." She said she will be conducting meetings with individuals, the community and business groups to provide information, training, education and problem solving on crime-related issues.  Mary will also be available to help facilitate Block Watch meetings to discuss ongoing crime problems and come up with solutions to reduce crime in the area.  Mary also added that she is an avid animal lover. She has two adorable pugs and loves riding horses. Mary said she looks forward to hearing from community members and meeting anyone that is interesting in learning more about crime prevention. Read more...
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 -- 8:33 am
Hospital Installing Fencing On Saturday Resulting In Truck Activity On NE 45th Street
Laurelhurst Blog - Children's Hospital posted this information on their Construction Blog:This Saturday, January 30, fencing will be installed for the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) play yard and porch from 9- 4:30pm.  There will be some vehicle activity as trucks use the access road off NE 45th Street, but overall impacts to traffic and noise will be minimal.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the construction pager at 206-469-5860. Thank you for your patience.  Read more...
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 -- 1:54 pm
Coyote And Fox Sighting In Neighborhood
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this information yesterday:I just saw a coyote running south on 42nd Avenue NE turning west on NE Surber Drive heading towards Yesler swamp about 7pm last night. I had a clear look at it it was very definitely a coyote.  My wife reminded me about us hearing a coyote howling a few days ago after hearing a siren. No photos as it was too dark. I am certain it is a coyote. It was very skinny with long legs, maybe 30 lbs. I got the impression it is quite young. Light brown with long nose and pointed ears.  My wife and I heard it ululating in response to a siren a few days ago. It sounded like it was just south of the Urban Horticulture Field House. And on January 8th a Blog reader sent this information:Do we have any pictures or stories about the Red Fox that ran across my path this morning  on the main trail through the Union Bay Forest?   I was on my bike and he went across the trail in a shot. No time to get out my phone.  Read more...
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 -- 8:46 am
Financial Planning Workshop For Seniors At Community Center Today
Laurelhurst Blog -  NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is holding two informative financial workshops at the Laurelhurst Community Center (4554 NE 41st Street). The event called "Winter Tuesdays - Seminar and Soup - NEST Style" is today from 4-7:30pm and February 2nd. The information says: Come for an informative financial seminar, then stay for deeper conversation, soup and salad. We'll be talking Wills and Trusts on January 26th, and Charitable Giving on February 2nd.You'll leave with reputable information and resources, as well as the answers to your most pressing questions like...What effect do my financial choices have on my family?What is a will vs. a trust and which one is right for me?How can I make a real impact with my charitable gifts?RSVP by calling the NEST Office at 206-525-6378 or email info@nestseattle.org.NEST is a non-profit grassroots operation serving NE Seattle seniors by creating a "virtual village" to helping them be able to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods they love. Volunteers provide companionship, care, as well as help seniors with a wide range of services, including gardening, computer help and more. to seniors aging in their homes. Ongoing classes (fitness, etc.) are also offered, as well as access to events, transportation services, and various services (such as estate planners) who provide their services at a discount to members.    Read more...



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