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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 -- 7:53 am
August Neighborhood Crime Report
Laurelhurst Blog - Here are reports of crime provided by Spotcrime which links back to the Seattle Police website:8/1   2:25am    4500 block of West Laurel DriveDISTURBANCES. NOISE - DISTURBANCE (PARTY, ETC) 8/3   12:05pm   4800 block of NE 40th StreetSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE8/5   2:35pm  4700 block of 47th Avenue NEFRAUD CALLS. FRAUD - FORGERY,BUNCO, SCAMS, ID THEFT, ETC8/6   12:05am   4700 block of 47th Avenue NENARCOTICS COMPLAINTS. NARCOTICS - VIOLATIONS (LOITER, USE, SELL, NARS) 8/7   10am  4100 block of 42nd Avenue NEFRAUD CALLS. TRU - FORGERY/CHKS/BUNCO/SCAMS/ID THEFT 8/8   6:34pm    3800 block of 43rd Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE 8/9    10:26am  4500 block of NE 41st StreetLIQUOR VIOLATIONS. LIQUOR VIOLATIONS - ADULT 8/10   9:50am   3900 block of NE 51st StreetTHEFT8/11  11:15am   4100 block of 55th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE 8/12  8:05am   3800 block of 46th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE 8/12  4:22pm  5100 block of NE 54th StreetTheft - FRAUD CALLS. FRAUD - FORGERY,BUNCO, SCAMS, ID THEFT, ETC 8/14   12:09am  4700 block of NE 55th StreetTheft - FRAUD CALLS. FRAUD - FORGERY,BUNCO, SCAMS, ID THEFT, ETC 8/17    4: 58pm    5100 block of NE 45th StreetTheft8/21    5:13pm    3300 block of West Laurelhurst DriveSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE 8/26    4:03am   5100 block of 48th Avenue NEVandalism - PROPERTY DAMAGE8/31   12: 06am    3500 block of 43rd Avenue NETheft8/31   12:21am   4100 block of 42nd Avenue NEDISTURBANCES. FIGHT - VERBAL/ORAL (NO WEAPONS) Read more...
Monday, August 31, 2015 -- 8:15 am
Heavy Wind Results In Many Downed Trees, Branches And More
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received these pictures of damage from the wind over the week-end. Neighbors reported huge branches fallen at the Laurelhurst Park, large oversize heavy branches falling onto and streets and boats and benches moved around at the Beach Club.  At the Beach Club a neighbor reported seeing chairs, inflatable rafts, buoys and other items being blown down the lake by the heavy wind in the large waves. Sail boats, benches, potted plants and even the raft in the 3s area was blown into the dock.  On 46th Avenue NE in front of the school, a very large heavy branch fell into the street, narrowly missing several cars on either side of the branch. School staff and neighbors reported they were unable to move the large branch out of the road as it was very very heavy. Several hours later the branch was removed and cut into smaller pieces.And here is another picture of a fallen tree across NE 33rd Street and West Laurelhurst Drive. Read more...
Friday, August 28, 2015 -- 12:15 pm
Seattle Soundings | Let the cash tsunami begin
Madison Park Times - ... vulnerable. Voters also threw a long-overdue retirement party for Jean Godden in District 4 (Lake Union to Sand Point), promoting well-funded developer favorite Rob Johnson (no surprise) and progressive LGBT activist Michael Maddux (more of a ... Read more...
Friday, August 28, 2015 -- 7:50 am
Special UW "Tree Walk" Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog -  The City of Seattle runs volunteer led free Tree Walks around Seattle and tomorrow at 10am there is one taking place on the UW campus.  Here are the details: University of Washington Tree Walk  10:00am - 12:00pm An urban forest provides multiple benefits to cities and their inhabitants.  The University of Washington campus is an excellent example that illustrates the many purposes served by a healthy urban forest.  Explore the campus and discover a bit about the form and function of one of Seattle's premier urban forest settings. This is a very special Tree Walk led by a Professor Emeritus of urban forestry and land use planning at the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Meet at the intersection of Rainier Vista & the Burke Gilman Trail.For more information go here.(photo courtesy of City of Seattle)   Read more...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 -- 8:45 am
"Invasive Plant Management For The Home Gardener" And "Cob Oven Workshop" At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog -     UW Botanic Gardens' Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is holding some interesting classes this week:The first is the Cob Oven Workshop tomorrow night from 7-8:30pm. The information says: Experience the art of natural building in a wood-fired cob oven workshop.  Cob is a natural material made up of clay, sand, and straw. This workshop offers hands-on instruction in earthen cob construction building techniques, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the construction of a new cob oven for the UW Farm. Join Eli Adadaow, an experienced instructor in building with natural materials, for discussions and hands-on work centering on key principles of natural building including design, foundations, roof systems and the use of local, abundant materials.  Participants will learn some of  the tricks used in building fast, yet sturdy structures with sustainable methods. The workshop starts Friday evening with tea, nibbles, and a meet-and-greet. Work on the oven begins Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon. Lunch is included both days.This is a 3 part workshop: Friday August 28, 7-8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30, 9-4pm.  The cost is $200.  Register online or by phone (206-685-8033).      The second class is Saturday from 9-12 called "Invasive Plant Management for the Home Gardener" tomorrow from 9-12. The information says: Learn to identify and manage invasive plants of the Pacific Northwest. We will discuss horticultural and other exotic plants that have become invaders, their effects on natural areas, and methods to responsible manage populations on your property. This class will introduce you to integrated pest management solutions and restoration techniques that will help prevent these invaders from coming back. The cost is $30.  Register Online or by phone at (206-685-8033). Read more...
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 -- 8:10 am
Fun Events At NE Branch Library This Week
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library is having some interesting events this week:Minecraft Build Challenge Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, 2 - 4 p.m.Jump into a virtual world and rapidly build Minecraft challenges as a team! For ages 7-12. Chess Club Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.Come play a game of chess! Children, teens and adults - people of all ages are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction also available.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.Scavenger Hunt Bingo! Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, 2 - 4 p.m.Learn more about our community through a scavenger hunt for children, teens and adults.  Each person will be given a bingo card and let loose on the Wedgwood neighborhood. Figure out all the clues and be the first one back for a chance at fun prizes. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and each player must have a digital camera of some type to participate (could be a cell phone or a camera with a digital display).For more information on the events go here. Read more...
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 -- 8:22 am
Steel Drums Show Tomorrow At Park
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Summer Series at the Laurelhurst Community Center Park continues Wednesday at 11am with Ian Dobson's "Pan Leggo Luau!" with Steel Drums. The information says:Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean!  Ian Dobson is a high energy, interactive steel drum artist who will have you and the kids dancing to the beats! 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, August 24, 2015 -- 5:05 pm
News roundup: library programs, free dental care, crime, (PARK)ing...
Phinneywood - The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry , at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., has appointments for a one-day "Anniversary Day of Service" on Oct. 8, where children ages 1-18 years old will receive exams, teeth cleaning, x-rays, and fluoride varnish/sealants for free. Call 206-543-5800 for an appointment and make sure to ask for the Anniversary Day of Service. Read more...
Monday, August 24, 2015 -- 8:14 am
Lost Husky Dog
Laurelhurst Blog -    The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:We lost our white with silver and black Husky, Luna, on 8/15/2015 on the corner of  NE 45th Street and 51st Avenue NE.   She is 6 months old. Luna has a microchip as well as a name tag with our address. The microchip and tag have not helped yet. We have put signs everywhere, but she has not been found yet. We thought a community effort might bring our dog back.If found please contact Mona at  (404) 729-2728. Read more...
Friday, August 21, 2015 -- 8:15 am
Illegal Fire Pit In Tree Stump Removed By Seattle Parks And Recreation
Laurelhurst Blog - Last month, the Laurelhurst Blog reported about an illegal fire pit built into a tree stump right next to the City fire pit in the park. A neighbor commented at the time:It's pretty bad.  That's all I know. Why they couldn't use the fire pit 100' away is unknown." Seattle Parks and Recreation has since been removed and ground down the stump to prevent its use as a firepit.  David with Parks said that:Fires are indeed illegal in any park except in designated barbeques and in fire rings at either Alki Beach or Golden Gardens Beach. The Seattle Municipal Code 18.12.270 - Fires says:  It is unlawful (a) to ignite or maintain any fire or to participate in igniting, maintaining or using any fire within any park except in a designated stove or fire ring or (b) to ignite in any stove or fire ring any household rubbish or other material banned from outdoor burning by air pollution control regulations, or (c) to ignite or maintain a fire in any fire ring during any stage on an air pollution episode declared by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency. All fires within parks are prohibited between the hours of eleven p.m. (11:00 p.m.) and six a.m. (6:00 a.m.).   Read more...
Thursday, August 20, 2015 -- 8:31 am
Dilapidated Building Housing Bike Shop To Be Demolished
Laurelhurst Blog - "Bye bye building sale" sign on Bike ShopThe Bicycle Center (4529 Sand Point Way NE) is closing on August 31st according to the sign on the south side of the building which says: "Bye bye building sale."A customer told the Blog staff that the owner, John Marxer, who has been there since 1969,  told him that the building was going to be demolished and that he was going to take a break and open somewhere else in a few months.The Laurelhurst Blog staff contacted the owner of the building, Kerek, who said:We do plan to demolish the building as soon as it is vacant.  The design and use of the new building for the property is not determined at this point. The Blog staff also asked if the original plan underway in August 2007 to "demolish the existing commercial building and construct a 4 story mixed use building with 37 residential units and below grade parking for 49 vehicles" as laid out in City permit #6136600 would again move forward.  Another permit in April 2013 #3007871 to "construct a 4 story mixed use building with 24 units" was submitted. However, Kerek did not respond again. In 2005 the upstairs portion of the building sustained about $75,000 in damage after an arson fire supposedly started by an employee who wasn't paid. No repairs were ever done following the fire to the deck, siding or the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, leaving it completely fire damaged.Two years ago, a volunteer group from University Presbyterian Church, painted the neglected, visibly blackened smoke-damaged building a bright turquoise color and covered the broken windows with plastic, spray painted in bright green as well.  A few weeks later, the plastic started to fall away from the windows and flap around in the wind, showing the broken windows and neglected upstairs area.The dilapidated building has always been a target of graffiti and other vandalism. It took several months for the latest graffiti to finally be removed in February.Neighbors have written to the Laurelhurst Blog Staff saying:We are ecstatic to see that this building will be demolished. It should have been demolished years ago as it is quite an eyesore. We look forward to a brand new building that will not attract vandalism.  This area needs more walkable restaurants and shops. We hope the owner will consider these options. Kudos to the owner for finally taking the step to demolish the building. We are excited as to what will come next.  Read more...
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 -- 8:41 am
Reminder From Resident About City Noise Ordinance On Friday And Saturday Nights
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email from a neighbor:On the evening of August 8, there was a large party at one of the large lakeside homes along Surber Drive.  The very loud band played until midnight.  My home isn't even close to their home, and I could hear the band very clearly.    I phoned the police shortly after 11pm, but I don't believe they responded.  The next day at noon I delivered a copy of the noise ordinance to one of the owners who stated she didn't know about it, which specifically states no loud noise after 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  The Seattle Municipal Code reads as follows:Seattle Municipal Code 25.08.225:"Residential disturbance" means a gathering of more than one (1) person at a residential property located in a single family or multifamily zone, as defined SMC Section 23.84.048 between the hours of 10:00 P.M., (11:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday nights) and 7:00 A.M., at which noise associated with the gathering is frequent, repetitive or continuous and is audible to a person of normal hearing at a distance of seventy-five (75) feet or more from the property.Penalties: Officers may issue a civil infraction (citation) on the spot. The fine for the infraction is $250. A person who continues to be in violation of this ordinance after receiving an infraction or who again violates this ordinance within 24 hours of receiving an infraction, can be charged with a crime. If found guilty, a judge may impose a maximum sentence of up to 180 days incarceration in jail, and/or a fine up to $500.In addition to criminal penalties, the property owner is notified when a tenant or other person has received more than one citation. A residential property at which 3 or more violations have occurred within a 12-month period may constitute a nuisance and be subjected to an abatement action provided that the person(s) responsible for the violation were residents of the same housing unit during this time. If the property owner does not take action to evict the tenant responsible for the 3 violations or otherwise abate further violations, the court may prohibit the property owner from renting the property.Note: The offending noise must emanate from a residentially zoned property. This code section does not cover noise from commercial establishments, even though the victim lives in a residentially zoned property. This ordinance does not require that the offender be given a warning or that you be contacted by a police officer or be identified on the citation. Read more...
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 -- 8:54 am
Transit Alert - Route 25 will be rerouted within the Laurelhurst loop south of NE 38th Street Until End Of October
Laurelhurst Blog - King County Metro recently published this alert:Transit Alert - Route 25 will be rerouted within the Laurelhurst loop south of NE 38th Street until 10/30King County Metro TransitFriday, July 24 through Friday, October 30, Route 25 will be rerouted within the Laurelhurst Loop and will not travel south of NE 38th St, due to construction.During this time, Route 25 heading toward Laurelhurst/downtown Seattle will travel instead via NE 38th St between 47th Av NE and 42nd Av NE then on to its regular route.Use the stops north of 38th Av SE, including a temporary stop on 42nd Av NE just north of NE 38th St.Visit Metro's Service Advisories page for specific reroute details. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.LOOP/DOWNTOWN SEATTLE                    Regular route to EB 47 Av NE & NE 38 St  R on SB NE 38 St C on SB NE 38 St R on WB 42 Av NE C on regular route  MISSED STOPS  SB 47 AV NE/FS NE 38 ST SB EAST LAURELHURST DR/FS 47 AV NE WB NE 33 ST/FS WEST LAURELHURST DR WB 42 AVE NE/FS 43 AV NE  USE STOPS SB 48 AV NE/FS NE 41 ST NB 42 AV NE/FS NE 38 ST - TEMP NB 42 AV NE /NS NE 41 ST  Legend   Direction   EB = Eastbound   IB = Inbound   NB = Northbound   OB = Outbound   SB = Southbound   WB = Westbound Routing Turns          C = Continue L = Left R = Right Stop Orientation AT = At FM = Far Side - Mid-block FS = Far side - just after the intersection NM = Near side - Mid-block NS = Near side - Just before the intersection OP = Opposite  Read more...
Monday, August 17, 2015 -- 9:46 am
July Laurelhurst Real Estate Update
Laurelhurst Blog - Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:Happy summer everyone! July listings, and our weather were very similar this year. Low inventory, and very low precipitation. Only 4 new listings in July. I think this is possibly a historical low for our neighborhood. As you can see below, we did have 6 homes move into the Pending column, but only 4 homes closed with a lower median price point than usual. It makes you wonder if our unprecedented warm weather distracted both buyers and sellers a bit. Just too hot to list and too hot to tour homes! We continue to have a large number of buyers vying for a home meaning multiple offers especially in Laurelhurst.   NEW LISTINGSPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM $550,000 - $599,999              1*                               pending $650,000 - $699,999              1**                           Active-Pending-Sold $750,000 - $799,999               1 *                          pending $850,000 - $899,999               1 Total                                        4 Median Price:  $697,250    PENDINGPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM  $550,000 - $599,999                  1                              6    * $750,000 - $799,999  &nbs Read more...
Friday, August 14, 2015 -- 3:32 pm
Winter Festival vendor deadline, lost and found, Zoo Fecal Fest,...
Phinneywood - ... to sign up, 206.782.205. Friends of Seattle Public Library's fall book sale is Sept. 11-13 at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building 30. The sale features more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs and more. The book sale will be open from 9 a.m. ... Read more...
Friday, August 7, 2015 -- 6:17 am
Reptile Man At The Park On Wednesday
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Summer Series at the Laurelhurst Community Center Park continues Wednesday, August 12th, at 11am with "The Reptile Man". The information says:Snakes, turtles, iguanas OH MY!  Come to this fun experience and learn about live reptiles!  The reptile man will bring his impressive lineup of reptiles for you to see, hear and even touch. 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, August 7, 2015 -- 6:16 am
Laurelhurst Blog Staff On Vacation Next Week
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog staff will be on vacation next week and will return to posting on Monday, August 17th.  In the meantime, please keep sending us your informative emails and story ideas and we look forward to responding upon our return. Stay tuned for more interesting posts!Happy Summer! Read more...
Thursday, August 6, 2015 -- 6:30 am
Hit And Run On 50th Avenue NE Off Of Sand Point Way
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:On the morning of Tuesday, August 4th, my car was sideswiped on 50th Ave NE, just off of Sandpoint Way NE at approximately 7:15am.  A witness heard a noise and saw a dark green full size Ford pick-up speeding away into the neighborhood.  The truck is described being a late 1970's or early 1980's vintage pick-up, possibly hand painted.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com if you have information.    Read more...
Thursday, August 6, 2015 -- 6:29 am
SR 520 Drivers At Montlake East Bound Off Ramp Required To Stop Starting Monday At New Intersection
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Community Club would like to remind all SR520 that there will be a new off ramp as you exit going eastbound onto Montlake Boulevard  beginning on Monday, August 10th.LCC said:The new SR 520 West Approach Bridge North (WABN) design has 2 exit lanes, but they will now both be required to STOP at a traffic signal when it joins Montlake Boulevard. There is no longer a "free right" turn.For the record, LCC has opposed the elimination of the free right turn at the signal as causing potential wasteful back ups onto the off ramps, but SDOT and WSDOT did what they wanted to do, and ignored our advice.  We alternately suggested a signalized red signal to be activated for  biker or pedestrian when they wanted to cross, instead of an arbitrary wait for a red light. Thanks for letting neighbors know about the new configuration.Here is a construction update sent out from the SR 520 West Approach Bridge North (WABN) construction project:Upcoming August highway closures of SR 520Weekend of Aug. 7 to 10Crews will work during the weekend of Aug. 7 to 10 to connect a new westbound SR 520 off-ramp to a realigned intersection at Montlake Boulevard.  11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9: The existing westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard will be permanently closed. All westbound traffic to Montlake between 11 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Sunday will exit SR 520 at the westbound off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard.  11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10: All westbound lanes and ramps of SR 520 will be closed from 92nd Avenue Northeast to Montlake Boulevard. Drivers must use alternative routes to travel westbound across Lake Washington.  At 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, crews will open all westbound lanes and the new westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard. This work can only occur when the ramp and highway are closed to traffic because crews have to break up pavement on the existing westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard in order to reconfigure a new T-intersection to Montlake Boulevard. Nearby neighbors may hear and feel construction activities. Crews will use construction best management practices and work under a city of Seattle temporary noise variance to complete this work.  Pedestrian detour on Montlake BoulevardBeginning this weekend, crews will close the sidewalk on the east side of Montlake Boulevard from East Hamlin Street to the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard. To reach your destination safely, please use the crosswalks at East Lake Washington Boulevard and East Shelby Street to cross to the west side of Montlake Boulevard. This pedestrian detour will be in place for two to three weeks while crews finish construction activities around the new intersection at Montlake Boulevard and SR 520's westbound off-ramp. Access to the westbound and eastbound SR 520 Montlake freeway transit stops will Read more...
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 -- 6:54 am
Local Birdist, Connie Sidles, Posts About Yellow Warblers
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.She recently posted about yellow warblers:Yellow Treasure    Ornithologists are famous for giving common names to birds that are anything but common-sensical. Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers, for example, have the same length bills. Ring-necked Ducks have bright rings around their bills, not their necks. Orange-crowned Warblers almost never show their crowns, and when they do, the crowns are almost impossible to see. Common Nighthawks are not common, aren't very active at night, and aren't hawks.But Yellow Warblers... ah, that's another story. Yellow as the sun, yellow as lemons, Yellow Warblers are a yellow of such pure yellowness they put bananas to shame. As for the warbling part of their names, their contratenor arias are as thrilling to hear as any operatic singer's. "Sweet, sweet, I'm so sweet," the males sing in quick time, pushing out their melody so fast they sound like living piccolos.Yellow Warblers arrived last month and can be heard performing on the edges of the wetlands of Montlake Fill right now.Here is a poem for you today about my golden-treasured warbler:I left him there singing,throat quivering, bill to the sky.I went back home, away from the wild,leaving my spirit behind.Singing. Read more...



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