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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 -- 8:49 am
March Neighborhood Crime Report
Laurelhurst Blog - Here are reports of crime provided by Spotcrime which links back to the Seattle Police website:3/2  8:25am 3300 block of East Laurelhurst Drive SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - SILENT/AUD PANIC/DURESS3/3/ 7:25am  3800 block of 42nd Avenue NE SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - SILENT/AUD PANIC/DURESS3/4   3:19pm  3900 block of NE 45th StreetRESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES. BURG - RES (INCL UNOCC STRUCTURES ON PROP) 3/9   6:22pm   4500 block of East Laurel DriveSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE3/12  2:22pm 4200 block of Mary Gates Memorial DriveFRAUD CALLS. SECONDARY - FORGERY/BUNCO/SCAMS/ID THEFT3/12   4:41pm  3600 block of NE 45th StreetVANDALISM- PROPERTY DAMAGE. PROPERTY - DAMAGE3/14   12: 25pm   3600 block of 42nd Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE3/18  10:53am  3400 block of East Laurelhurst DriveTHEFT. SECONDARY - THEFT (NOT SHOPLIFT OR SERVICES)3/20   8:14am  4200 block of 51st Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - SILENT/AUD PANIC/DURESS3/20    9:25pm    3600 block of 47th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE3/20   10:30am  5100 block of NE 41st StreetRESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES. BURG - RES (INCL UNOCC STRUCTURES ON PROP)3/21  5:30am    4800 block of NE 44th StreetSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE3/20   12: 14pm    3600 block of 47th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE3/22   10:39am  4200 block of 50th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE3/26    1:27am    4200 block of NE 41st StreetRESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES. BURG - RES (INCL UNOCC STRUCTURES ON PROP)3/29     5:32pm   3300 block of East Laurelhurst DriveTHEFT. THEFT (DOES NOT INCLUDE SHOPLIFT OR SVCS)3/30    1:27pm   4400 block of 43rd Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE Read more...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 -- 8:49 am
Take Survey On How To Improve NE Bus Service, Especially To New Light Rail Stations
Laurelhurst Blog -   King County Metro  and Sound Transit are seeking in put on two alternative concepts for how buses could work with light rail for the UW Husky and Capitol Hill stations to be completed early next year.  "These concepts include new and improved connections and changes to make transit more efficient, reliable, and easy to use," the information says.  Fill out this survey if you use or want to  use transit in Capitol Hill, the University District, northeast Seattle, Eastlake, Madison Valley, the Central Area, Montlake, South Lake Union, or along SR-520.The information says:Tell us how you might use these alternative concepts and how you would make them better. Your input will help shape our proposal.  You will get an opportunity to comment on that proposal in May before King County Council and the Sound Transit Board make decisions about what bus changes will be made after Link light rail service comes to Capitol Hill and the UW. For more information go here. Read more...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 -- 5:42 pm
Why Does Everyone Have to Have Their Own Four Walls?
The Stranger - ... out, others are staying closer to home - literally. In 2010, Robert Yoder began showing quarterly exhibits in his Ravenna house-gallery SEASON. Simultaneously, Sierra Stinson started installing art in her Capitol Hill studio and sold work in ... Read more...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 -- 1:57 pm
Did Eagles Lay Eggs? Update On Nest Activity
Laurelhurst Blog - We received these emails and above pictures, taken in 2008, after our post titled "Eagle Nest At Talaris Filled With Activity" on March 20th.One nearby resident wrote:I think we have "egg-nition".I'm pretty sure that the female laid early last week.  Thursday was the first day I could observe all day, and since then one of the adults has constantly been on the nest; I've seen the parents trade places several times. Thee pictures are from 2008, and show the male bringing the pregnant female "carry-out", probably a coot.Another resident on Surber Drive wrote:We have been actively recording the eagle activity since before the first pair built the nest.  They started roosting in the area the summer before they built the nest.  Historically they have laid their eggs the last week of March every year, so we are on watch now.The "intruder" bird seen the other day was likely a chick from the previous year.  I saw it the other day near the occupied nest whistling for food.   The second adult, presumably the male, was near by and ignoring the pleading.  If it had been a stranger there would have been a fight, which we have seen in the past.   The male bird is the nest "owner", this time of year he brings food offerings to the lady, who dines in,  to win her favors.   Once the eggs are laid, takes several days, the pair trade off keeping things warm.Please send your sightings and pictures to the Laurelhurst Blog Staff at laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com. Read more...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 -- 1:51 pm
Beginning Botanical Watercoloring Class Tonight At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog -  UW Botanic Gardens' Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is starting a series of 7 seven classes tonight from 7-9:30pm called "Botanical Watercolor."  The information says:Learn the basics of classical botanical watercolor painting, which will include techniques in measurement, drawing, and understanding how light reveals form, along with practice in color mixing.   The application of controlled washes and dry-brush technique will contribute further, producing an image that is three-dimensional, accurate, and aesthetically appealing--the goal of botanical painting--and equally effective in painting other subjects realistically.Beginners are welcome, and students with previous instruction can take on new subjects under supervision.  It is highly recommended that you take Botanical Drawing as a prerequisite. A list of supplies will be provided before the first class.The cost is $260. Register Online or call 206-685-8033 Read more...
Monday, March 30, 2015 -- 9:44 am
What Happened To Boulevard Median?
Laurelhurst Blog - A resident on the Boulevard (43 Avenue NE) sent the Laurelhurst Blog Staff this picture and said:Looks like a large truck or construction vehicle ran over the north west portion, at the intersection of NE 45th Street and 43rd Avenue NE, of the median taking out a huge chunk of grass and leaving it in a very bad state.  If anyone knows who this is, please speak up as they need to pay for the repairs - replacing the grass, etc. We take great pride in keeping the median looking nice and this is really too bad. Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com if you have any information. Read more...
Monday, March 30, 2015 -- 9:40 am
Over 40 Summer Camps Offered At Magnuson
Laurelhurst Blog -      Registration is now in progress for over 40 summer activity camps for all ages, from tots to teens, offered at Magnuson Community Center. Choose from a wide selection such as Nature Camps, Science Camps, Triathlon Camp, Lego Camps,  Chess Camp,  GreenStage Theatre Camps,  Fencing Camp, Animation Camps, Fishing Camp and many more.  Go here to register or call 684-7026.Here is the complete list:  Jr. Nature Explorers     Ages 4-5 Nature Explorers    Ages 6-7Nature Rangers      Ages 8-12Fresh-From-the-Garden Camp               Ages 6-12 Ninjaneering Using LEGO       Ages 5-6  Pre-Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build Using LEGO         Ages 5-6 Jedi Engineering with LEGO   Ages 5-7 Girl Powered Pre-Engineering Using LEGO           Ages 5-6 Bash 'Em Bots Using LEGO    Ages 8-12 Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO      Ages 7-12                Ninjaneering Masters Using LEGO        Ages 7-12 Engineering Fundamentals: Mine, Craft, Build Using LEGO                 Ages 7-12 Mad Science   "Science in Motion"       Ages 6-12Mad Science   "Fantastic Forces"          Ages 6-12Mad Science    "Rockin' Rockets"          Ages 6-12 GreenStage/Magnuson Pee Wee Shakespeareans Camp    Ages 5-7   Super Summer Camp             Ages 6-10 SNAG Golf Camp    Ages 6-10 Triathlon Camp (USAT Junior)                Ages 8-12  Ultimate Frisbee Camp          Ages 8-12  Food Camp-Around the World               Ages 8-12  Football 101 Camp                 Ages 8-13  Fencing Camp         Ages 8-13  Nick Barr's Fishing Camp-Beg. And Intermediate                 Ages 8-14  GreenStage/Magnuson Youth Theatre Camp       Ages 8-15  Barista Camp          Ages 15-18  Ipad Clay Animation-Dino World  &nbs Read more...
Friday, March 27, 2015 -- 7:42 am
Candy Donations Needed For Spring Egg Hunt Next Week
Laurelhurst Blog -     Coming in a week, on April 4th at 10am, will be the very popular Spring Egg Hunt at Laurelhurst park for ages 12 and under. Donations of individually wrapped candy to fill the eggs and small items for the prize baskets are being accepted at the Community Center 9-2pm.Volunteers are also needed to help during the event.  Interested high School students will get volunteer credit. For more information and to sign up call Cara at 206-615-0617 or email cara.brown@seattle.gov. "Thank you to the community and to those who have donated and volunteered to help make this event a success over the years . We cannot do it without you and appreciate your continued support!" Cara told the Blog Staff. Read more...
Friday, March 27, 2015 -- 7:35 am
Beginners Bird Walk Sunday At Magnuson
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Audubon Society is having a  birding fieldtrip on Sunday in Magnuson starting at 9am with Emily Bishton, leading the three hour trip.The information says:This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approximately 3 hours spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, lake shore, and the entire Wetlands Complex including the new Shore Ponds.  We'll keep our eyes out for resident species plus wintering waterfowl such as Buffleheads, scaups, Northern Shovelers, and others.  And we'll listen for the mating calls of resident Pacific Chorus Frogs!  Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking, up hill and down. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them from the SAS office when you register.. Go here for more information and to register. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1. Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 10:23 am
Local director memorializes forgotten jazz legend
Capitol Hill Times - ... love for music, film, and filmmaking came up through his Seattle roots. The director grew up in Lake City and Sand Point neighborhoods and has lived in various parts of the city; his current home is in the Central Area. St. Clair studied journalism ... Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 8:41 am
Five Interesting Homes For Sale On The Bus Route
Laurelhurst Blog - Five interesting homes currently for sale in Laurelhurst were recently mentioned in a Seattle Curbed post. Kim Dales, an agent with Windermere, has toured each home and provided input.Seattle Curbed article:Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 25   Seattle has buses. Use them! In which case you might as well find a place to live along a line. One line at a time. Here's the next one, selected at random for the fun of it. Take a loop through Laurelhurst, swing by Children's Hospital, up past University Village, through the U District, across the Montlake Cut, swing around the south side of Portage Bay just under an hour later. How often does the driver get lost on Metro's Route 25? Probably never with lots of practice.4831 37th Avenue NEGo ahead. Drive the photographer crazy. Hide the house behind a tree. The owners accomplished an impressive feat. They found room for 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2 pantries in a 1,700 square foot house. Is it that or the proximity to the Burke-Gilman that makes this house worth $800,000? It might have something to do with the neighborhood, like being beside UW; so if you aren't taking the 25 to downtown, you might be walking to work - which is worth a lot.            3848 43rd Avenue NELaurelhurst means bigger houses and prices. Add $130,000 to the price and here's a $930,000 from 1927 with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2,730 square feet. Get roomy. Get comfy too, because you can sit outside by the firepit, listen to the crowds in Husky Stadium, and catch the views of Lake Washington. The house has been upgraded enough that you may not even have much to do - for a while - and check with an inspector.  Kim Dales said that this home on the Boulevard is now Pending and will close the end of the week. The listing agent said that they only had one offer. "That is unusual for Laurelhurst in our current market," Kim said.  5010 NE 50th StreetFlip through the photos and imagine the view, especially the one they probably had when the house was built in 1970, before those trees grew. Luckily, they don't block everything. The top floor master bedroom probably has the best view. The lower level well, that's where they put the well-equipped apartment. There's a lot going on for $1,224,000: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 3,412 square feet are data that only describe part of the story. Like, maybe those trees are there so you don't have to look at the neighbors.  Kim Dales said this home has nice spaces but no view and because it was not staged, at least the last time she toured it with clients, it may have been hard for buyers to visualize how the home lives. Also the tree growth can not be removed as the trees are not on the listed property does block any potential view.   3517 43rd Avenue NE Hello waterfront! And acreage. How about a 5,350 square foot house with Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 8:28 am
Free Tax Help Today At Northeast Public Library
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library, is offering free tax help today and every Thursday and Friday through mid-April from 1-5pm.  Tax assistance is also available Saturdays 1-4pm.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...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 10:25 am
Register Now For Tot Classes At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog - Registration is underway for tots classes at the Laurelhurst Community Center.. Register online, in-person at the Community Center Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529.The Spring Brochure lists all classes and programs at Laurelhurst, Magnuson and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers.Here is a list of the tots classes: SPORTBALL JUNIORAges 16 Months-2 YearsThis 45-minute program is a perfect introduction to Sportball.  Children and parents participate in our eight core sports including: hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf, and football along with creative games, songs, rhymes, stories, bubble time, and much more. Although these programs focus more on exploration, children will be introduced to a different sport each week. Parents are encouraged to participate with their child and challenge them according to their skill level. No class 4/6 or 5/25.Instructor: Sportball Staff3/30-6/15 Mon 9-9:45 am $150  #131880SPORTBALL PARENT AND CHILDAges 2-3Parents and caregivers can have a direct hand in a preschooler's development through our Multi-Sport program. Sportball Junior, Parent & Child, and Me & My Dad programs teach children important introductory physical skills associated with our eight core sports (hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf, and football) and help them to develop confidence in their abilities. The programs also helps adults understand proven teaching techniques that can be applied outside of Sportball classes. Classes focus on refining, rehearsing, and repeating skills and playing games in a fun, creative, non-competitive environment. No class 4/6 or 5/25.Instructor: Sportball Staff3/30-6/15 Mon 9:45-10:30 am $150  #131879SPORTBALL MULTI-SPORTAges 3-5Sportball Multi-Sport skills development programs introduce preschool and primary school children to the concepts and skills involved in the eight core sports of the Sportball methodology including: hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf, and football. Classes are conducted once a week in one hour sessions, using developmentally appropriate methods to introduce, practice, and refine gross motor skills. The programs reinforce the benefits of teamwork and skills developmentrather than the importance of winning, enabling children to gain the confidence and develop the social skills necessary to succeed in sport and life. No class 4/6 or 5/25.Instructor: Sportball Staff3/30-6/15 Mon 10:30-11:30 am $150  #1318813/30-6/15 Mon 12:30-1:30 pm $150  #131882PRE-BALLETAge 3Boys and girls will experience the joy of dancing while learning basic ballet skills and vocabulary. This class has a classic structure with rhythmic and creative games mixed-in.4/7-6/9 Tue 12:30-1:15 pm $90  #131869BALLET IAges 4-5Boys and girls will experience the joy of dancing while learning basic ballet skills and vocabulary. This class has a classic structure with rhythmi Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 10:20 am
Bird Walk Saturday At Magnuson With Audubon Society
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Audubon Society is having a  birding fieldtrip on Saturday in Magnuson starting at 9am. The information says:A few migratory swallows and possibly a Savannah Sparrow may be back in the park.  We will be listening to bird sounds as well as looking at birds.  Be prepared to walk up hill and down, as well as to walk in the wetlands and along the shoreline to see what ducks are lingering.  Finding an active bird nest will be a goal. Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Dress for mud and wet ground.  Over by noon or early afternoon. Leader: Jan Bragg (206-234-7196 morning of walk only)Meet at Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, west side of boat launch parking lot off NE 65th StreetGo here for more information and to register. Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 3:06 pm
"Crowdfunding"House Under Construction On NE 45th Street Near St. Stephens
Laurelhurst Blog -  home under construction  front of house from NE 45th Streetwest side of houseAnother home is under construction in the neighborhood a few doors down from St. Stephens Church at 4847 NE 45th Street.Seattle Curbed wrote this about the house:Crowdfunded Seattle 4-BR House Fully Funded in Six DaysIn case you were wondering if crowdfunding real estate could work here in Seattle, well, how could it not? That kind of thing is right up our alley (perhaps literally...).  Real estate crowdfunding company Fundrise took that bet and ended up seeing their upscale single family home project at 4847 NE 45th St. in Laurelhurst get fully funded in six days.  The $250K raised will be turned into a newly-constructed 3,300 sq. ft. 4-BR/3.5-bath built by local developer Build Urban with an expectation to be 5 Star Built Green.  So what will the investors get? Fundrise expects investments to return 16% annual (8% paid current & 8% accrued) once the project is completed and sold.  The Laurelhurst Blog Staff contacted, Jeff Weggener, with Build Urban, who confirmed that they  "utilized the Fundrise platform to crowdfund $250,000 for the project."In December, neighbors reported a fire at the house, which the Blog Staff asked Jeff about and he said:We allowed the SFD to use the home for what they call "destructive training".  The firefighters tore into the old home and practiced accessing rooms as if they were on fire.   We also allowed them to do this on another home we're building in Laurelhurst at 5126 45th Ave NE. Both homes were vacant before this training occurred. Jeff said the home will have the original carport tucked behind the home, so the home will be not as elevated as most new construction homes with the garages typically built below the home.  Jeff said the front door and front porch are  approximately three feet above the ground.  "This design concept is to highlight the porch and entry details and minimize the presence of the garage at the public edge," he added.    The new home, which will be 3,512 square feet, will "maintain a traditional form," Jeff said. He added "we are excited to design and build a quality home in this great neighborhood."The home is scheduled for completion in late July.  Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 2:51 pm
New Pedestrian Zone Legislation, Including Sand Point Village, Public Hearing Today
Laurelhurst Blog -    Today at 2pm at Seattle City Hall, the City Council will be holding a public hearing regarding legislation to create or expand 39 Pedestrian Zones (P-Zones)  The City's Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee, chaired by Councilmember Mike O'Brien will be overseeing the meeting. At 5:30 the Council will hold a meeting. For the last year, the Pedestrian Committee has been researching and evaluating retail areas within various  neighborhoods to determine where to suggest adding to existing pedestrian retail areas (pedestrian zones) and coming up 39 new or expanded areas to protect and promote pedestrian retail. The committee is also proposing modifications to current regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones to meet the changing needs of these pedestrian-oriented business districts.One pedestrian zone is requested in the area around City People's and Sand Point Village, specifically the two blocks along Sand Point Way NE between 47th Avenue NE and 55th Avenue NE. It was been recommended as one of the 39 Pedestrian Zones, and if approved it will "add use provisions and development standards to strengthen, protect and promote walkable shopping and service areas."The proposed bill requires that buildings in P-Zones have a commercial use at street-level, that overhead weather protection be provided on at least 60% of building frontages on Principal Pedestrian Streets, that different design departures be allowed for new buildings, among other changes. The information about the Sand Point Way area states:This neighborhood commercial district extends approximately 2 blocks along Sand Point Way NE between 47th Ave NE and 55th Ave NE. The area is surrounded primarily by a low density residential neighborhood. This area includes a larger commercial building broken up into several small neighborhood serving uses, a hardware store, restaurant, a bank (with drive-in lanes) and a gas station, along with a few residential uses.  There are 8 parcels within the study area; 2 (25%) contain uses that would be nonconforming* in a pedestrian zone. In most cases, the buildings are built up to the street, however, a large surface parking lot breaks up the more pedestrian oriented businesses in the middle of the study area. This area is identified as a medium-priority area in the Pedestrian Master Plan. Preliminary DPD Recommendation While open for discussion, based on initial analysis, the preliminary  recommendation is to designate the area as a pedestrian zone.Factors favoring a pedestrian zone designation:Majority of uses pedestrian oriented: Yes  Higher residential and housing unit density: No Surrounded by residential uses: Somewhat In an urban center or urban village: No On an arterial and both sides of the street are zoned NC: No Across or adjacent to a park, more institution or other use that att Read more...
Monday, March 23, 2015 -- 10:31 am
Tonight Children's Hospital Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Laurelhurst Blog -   Tonight from 6-8pm, the SAC (Standing Advisory Committee) made up of representatives of Children's Hospital and surrounding neighborhoods that advises the City and Children's Hospital on development that is occuring under the provisions of the Children's Hospital Major Institution Master Plan, will hold its 12th meeting in the Ocean Cafe on the 7th floor of the hospital. Public comment will be at 7:15pm. Here is the agenda:Opening and introductionsHousekeepingUpdate on the 2014 Annual ReportCampus TourPublic CommentsNew BusinessAdjournmentSeattle Children's Major Institutions Standing Citizens Advisory Committee Members, most of whom have served since the Committee was put together over 8 years ago are:Karen WolfCatherine HenningsMyriam MullerDolores Prichard Kim Dales Doug Hanafin Dr. Gina Trask Wendy Paul Josephine Pompey Robert Rosencrantz Bob Lucas Theresa Doherty Shelley Hartnett Richard Arthur Judith Nelson Alternates: Cary Lassen, Mike Wayte, Dr. Brice Semmens, John Pieroth Ex-Officio Members: Steve Sheppard (DON), Colin Vasquez (DPD), Todd Johnson (SCH)  For more information call Steve Sheppard (206) 684-0302. Read more...
Monday, March 23, 2015 -- 10:18 am
Seattle Public Utilities' Video On Why Seattle's Food waste Doesn't Belong In The Dump
Laurelhurst Blog - Seattle Public Utilities recently published this information:New video: why Seattle's food waste doesn't belong in the dumpAn inside look at the huge amounts of food waste that are thrown in the trash The City of Seattle now requires that residents deposit food waste and other compostable items into their food and yard waste carts--but why?A new video just posted by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) looks at the vast quantities of food waste--100,000 tons every year--Seattleites throw into the garbage. That wasted food is sent to rot in an in eastern Oregon landfill, 250 miles away. Much of that waste can be avoided by putting organic materials--including food or compostable paper, pizza boxes, paper napkins and paper towels-- into the yard waste cart. It not only makes good environmental sense, but since the beginning of this year it has been the law in Seattle. The new food waste requirements were passed last year by Seattle City Council and signed into law by Mayor Ed Murray. The ordinance is projected to divert as much as 38,000 more tons of food scraps from the landfill each year, helping Seattle achieve its goal to recycle or compost 60 percent of its waste by 2015.  Any organic materials, including food waste, yard waste, and food-soiled paper items should go in the food and yard waste cart. Residents can also maintain a compost pile in their backyards. The garbage should be reserved only for things that cannot be composted or recycled. Today, more than 300,000 single-family, multi-family and commercial properties participate in food and yard waste collection. Seattleites divert more than 125,000 tons of food and yard waste from the landfill each year. In 2013, Seattle's diverted 56.2 percent of its waste--407,125 tons--from the landfill via recycling and composting. For more information go here.   Read more...
Friday, March 20, 2015 -- 4:49 pm
Eagles Nest At Talaris Filled With Activity
Laurelhurst Blog - Baby eagles on Talaris property July 2013The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:There has been quite a bit of activity at the eagles' nest which is in a large tree just off of NE 41st Street on the Talaris property.  In the past week, I have seen adult eagles in the nest and the tree. This week there was one in the nest, which then flew off and joined another eagle in the sky. They circled for quite a while, and were joined or watched by a third adult eagle that flew close by, but kept its distance. On Wednesday of this week there was an "invader" eagle sitting by the nest yesterday around 3pm, and the nesting mother calling her distress with the male no where in sight.  A couple of neighbors were out watching the drama, but there was obviously nothing we could do. I wasn't able to stay long enough to see what happened, but I will check again today or tomorrow. I don't know if the pair would mate and lay eggs again or just wait another year.This nest has been popular for nearby residents to avidly keep an eye on. Last May, eagle chicks were sighted by residents on Surber Drive.In September of 2013, residents were concerned about the eagles when Talaris put up , a black vinyl fence was put up  and more baby eagle sightings in 2013.Please send your sightings and pictures to the Laurelhurst Blog Staff at laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com.  Read more...
Friday, March 20, 2015 -- 2:54 pm
Take City Survey On How Neighborhood Is Changing
Laurelhurst Blog -  The City is conducting a survey to gather input on "how your neighborhood is changing."The information says:Measuring Change (from Department of Planning & Development) How do we know if change is occurring? We can see the weather changing through the seasons or mark change by watching a tree grow over time, but what about measuring change in something as complex as a city neighborhood? Examining population or job growth is one way to measure change but what about lesser-known measures like transit ridership, tree canopy cover, or academic performance?We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think tells us the most about how your neighborhood is changing by taking our quick poll to indicate which five topics are most important to you. It's impossible to measure how a city neighborhood changes with just one measure. By examining a variety of indicators, life-long Seattle resident and former Seattle City Council member, Peter Steinbrueck, was able to develop a clearer picture of change in Seattle's neighborhoods. In January, Seattle 2035 hosted Steinbrueck to discuss how he used a variety of indicators to evaluate the success of Seattle's Urban Villages. The Urban Village Strategy has guided Seattle's growth to urban areas and preserved farms and forests, over the past 20 years when it was adopted in Seattle's 1994 comprehensive plan. Seattle 2035 is a yearlong, citywide conversation about change - where we've been, where we are now, and where want to go over the next 20 years. Connect with Seattle 2035 so you can help shape the future of Seattle.For more information go here.   Read more...

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