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Friday, August 29, 2014 -- 12:01 pm
Beware Of Erratic Man Seen In Laurelhurst And Nearby Neighborhoods
Laurelhurst Blog - In the last few days there have been multiple sightings of  a male approaching people and cars and screaming obscenities, among other things in Laurelhurst, and nearby neighborhoods.These comments are streaming into the NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group listserv. Here are some of the comments posted: On Wednesday, my husband and kids had a run-in with a suspicious looking man in the neighborhood. He apparently approached them and made inappropriate comments to the them (essentially asking to spend time together on a computer looking at adult sites) and was also later seen wandering through the neighborhood. My husband called the police to make a report and was not the only person to call about this individual.My neighbor told me she saw the person walking a few weeks ago in Laurelhurst, up the hill by St Bridget's church.  I was very upset that the police were unable to do anything the last time we reported him as I did not feel safe with him in my neighborhood. Although this far it has only been threats, I do not want it to get to the point where he hurts someone before action is taken. Hopefully if we get more people aware he is out there and have them report if he does anything the police will be able to address the situation and get this man the help he needs.  He was seen first around 7 PM heading east on NE 70th and 48th AVE NE (across from the church).  He was seen again an hour later heading east on NE 68th and 48th, and that is when the police were called.  The police came to our house around 8:30 to confirm the details, and let us know that at least one other call had been received regarding this individual, who reported that he was seen heading south on 50th AVE NE.  Description:  White male, 40-50 ish in age.  Average height and build.  Reddish/orange scruffy beard.  Pretty disheveled.  Wearing green / khaki shirt. Carrying black duffel bag or sleeping bag. If you see a man who matches this description, call 911 to report him. Please help to keep our neighborhood safe!  Sufficient concern exists regarding the nature of his comments, and his proximity to schools, parks & daycare facilities.  We saw this person on the south side of Maple Leaf Park at 5pm yesterday.  He get around, my car has been wacked by his coat (or sleeping bag) and I live on 77th and 22nd. This sounds like the description of a man me and some of my neighbors have had some trouble with before. He made menacing gestures at my husband, followed my neighbors son home from the bus while screaming insults at him, and then proceeded to threaten her husband. A friend also said she saw a man of this description try and throw a Rock at a girl who was out running, though that was by the university village.  My neighbor called the non emergency number and the police came out to talk to him (apparently he was sleeping at the church on 70th an Read more...
Friday, August 29, 2014 -- 9:10 am
Free Ornamental Grasses Class Tomorrow At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - The Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is having a free class on Ornamental Grasses tomorrow from 10-11am.The information says:Eric Nelson is a WSU/King County Master Gardener with a special interest in ornamental grasses.   His presentation includes slides and descriptions of ornamental grasses that perform well in the Pacific Northwest and discussion of the selection, culture, and landscape use of these useful garden plants. RSVP online or by phone at 206-685-8033.  There is a $5 optional donation at the door.For more information go here.  Read more...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- 7:46 am
What Happened To The Portable At Laurelhurst Elementary School?
Laurelhurst Blog - portable delivered then removed on north playground at Laurelhurst Elementary SchoolAt the end of June, a new portable was delivered and set up on the Laurelhurst Elementary School north playground. Recently it disappeared.We have received many emails and heard neighbors asking what happened to it. General consensus from families and neighbors is that they are very happy to see it gone as it was put right in the highly used kickball/soccer area and was an eyesore to neighbors.Seems the school needed to submit a "departure" request as the City of Seattle deemed the portable going 3% over the allotted 35% school coverage for the neighborhood after it was delivered.The Laurelhurst PTA Co-Presidents, on behalf of the Laurelhurst PTA Board of Directors, sent the Laurelhurst Blog the below letter regarding the status of the portable:An Update on the Portables at Laurelhurst Elementary"What's going on with that portable?" many of you may have wondered this summer as you drive down 47th Avenue NE. A brand new portable was placed on the north playground in late June. It was added to ensure every class has the space they need, and to address continued enrollment growth in our strong northeast neighborhood schools. You may have also noticed that this same new portable recently disappeared. What happened?  Before it was fully made ready for occupancy, the City of Seattle informed the school district that the portables actually put our building 3% over the 35% maximum lot coverage allowed for a school in our neighborhood.  Occupying any new portable will require approval of a "departure" request from the district to the City of Seattle. A committee of neighborhood residents will then review the request and decide if a departure from the land use regulation is acceptable. The district intends to proceed with the departure request, but this process will take some time. Since new portables are in short supply and badly needed at many schools, rather than leave it unoccupied at Laurelhurst, it has been relocated. Our new principal, Dr. Sarah Talbot, is working with the district and our partners at LASER to restructure our current spaces, providing a temporary solution for our classroom needs this year. Portables don't necessarily have the best reputation. They're not particularly attractive, they sit on what would otherwise be play space on most school grounds, and they seem separate from the rest of the building. But when a portable helps a school give every student the elbow room they need, and teachers make it a warm and inviting place for their students to learn and engage, then a portable becomes a "cottage," and the kids in it have a great year. It's our teachers, students and families that make Laurelhurst Elementary such a strong school, sometimes in spite of less than optimal building conditions. The Laurelhurst PTA Board wants to help our school be the best it can be.&n Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 8:57 am
Donate Extra Fruit From Your Trees
Laurelhurst Blog -  City Fruit, a Seattle non-profit which harvests surplus fruit from neighborhood trees and donates it to nearby food banks, meal programs, and shelters, is looking for donations.City Fruit has harvested and donated over 55,000 pounds of fruit over the last five years that would  have been wasted. City Fruit also tries to benefit the neighborhood in which the fruit is harvested. In  the NE Seattle area, food was donated to the University District Food Bank and other locations.  City Fruit's website says: Figure out how to get all that good, juicy fruit from the tree in to your hands -- either on your own or with a little help. And what you do with that fruit is up to you. We suggest eating some yourself and giving some away. We rely on the generosity of neighbors to take advantage of this incredible supply of local, fresh fruit. They have a whole page on their site called "Share Your Fruit" and on it list about 75 locations where you can drop off your extra fruit. Locations that directly accept fruit in this area are Ronald Mc Donald House near Metropolitan Market on 40th Ave NE, Sandpoint Housing and Santos Place at Magnuson Park and a few places in the University District. City Fruit says:Before delivering fruit to any of the organizations below, please call and confirm that they can use the type and quantity/quality of fruit you have, and when they can receive your delivery.  Please don't leave fruit without making sure the organization can use it. Here are some tips on packing and delivering the fruit. For more information go here. (photo courtesy of City Fruit website) Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 8:57 am
Blakely Street Undergoing Changes For Pedestrian And BIke Improvement
Laurelhurst Blog - Here is a post about upcoming changes to NE Blakely Street as reported by the Ravenna Blog:Road safety improvements coming to NE Blakeley Street / Union Bay Place NE  The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is in the process of designing the following safety improvements to the Union Bay Place NE/NE Blakeley Street area underway this month:25th Ave NE & NE Blakeley Street: Modified signal timing and intersection design. New bicycle leaning rails* (allow cyclists to wait for light change without dismounting, placing one foot on the rail).30th Ave NE & the Burke-Gilman Trail: Raised pedestrian crosswalk and repaired sidewalks approaching this crosswalk along 30th Ave NE between NE 50th Street and Union Bay Place NE.Union Bay Place NE between NE 45th St & 30th Ave NE: New paved and painted pedestrian pathway along both sides. This work is funded by mitigation from the University Village and the Village QFC as well as Pedestrian Master Plan improvements on page 17 of this SDOT analysis of QFC's 2012 land use application (208 KB PDF) to expand the store and build a parking garage.The pedestrian improvements are part of SDOT's Sidewalk Development Program and funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy. The Program's 2014 projects include these new sidewalk connections:North Beacon Safety Connections, including Beacon Ave S and 14th Ave S23rd Ave S/S Walker St, including S College St and Rainier Ave SDelridge Way SW/SW Andover St, including 23rd Ave SWLake City Way/24th Ave NEUnion Bay Place NE/NE Blakeley St, including 30th Ave NE and 25th Ave NEFor questions contact Maribel Cruz with SDOT at 206-684-7963 or maribel.cruz@seattle.gov. Read more...
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 -- 6:52 am
Salmon Bake Volunteers Needed For September 11 Event
Laurelhurst Blog - Families enjoying the salmon bake last year The popular annual Salmon Bake is coming up on September 11th at the Laurelhurst Community Center from 5:30-8:30pm. Cara, with the Community Center, is looking for volunteers to help with the event. She writes:Along with staff support, we could not do this event without the help of our wonderful volunteers.  This year we are looking for volunteers to help with the following tasks:·         Serving·         Compost/garbage monitors ·         Carnival Games·         Clean upContact Cara at Cara.Brown@seattle.gov or call 206-684-7529 for more information.Last year, several hundred people showed up to enjoy the Salmon Bake, with Carnival type games and prizes for children,  face painting, a balloon man, bouncy house, delicious salmon dinner, and live music, all benefitting Seattle Parks programming.  Read more...
Monday, August 25, 2014 -- 7:02 am
Truck Broken Into On 4100 Block Of Surber Drive
Laurelhurst Blog - We received this email:Around 5am on August 6th my sister's truck was broken into.  We live on the corner of 42nd Ave NE and Surber Drive.  He probably had a fob that worked, because my sister was asleep in her trailer behind the truck and didn't hear anything until her trailer shook.  He was Caucasian, Male and in his late twenties driving a small, dark colored car.  Our neighbor saw him come down (south) on 42nd Avenue NE and make a U turn.  He left his car running in the street and got into the cab of the truck.  He took money and a Dakine Duffel/Backpack which was full of clothes.  .  Read more...
Friday, August 22, 2014 -- 8:17 am
Children's Hospital To Pour Concrete 6am Tuesday For Bike Share Lane
Laurelhurst Blog - Children's Hospital provided this information to share:Until the end of the month from 8-5pm weekdays, we will begin work on the bike share lane between Phil Smart Way on campus and the bus stop off Sand Point.  All work is being done on campus and will not affect public streets, such as near by Sand Point Way.  This is the prep work to pour an 80' X 7' concrete pad for the bike share lane. This should not impact the existing vehicle traffic patterns.  All work will be staged off Phil Smart Way.  Flaggers will be provided by the contractor.  Only our hospital shuttles will be impacted on campus because we are closing one lane to remove dirt and place the concrete truck.   The only impact with regards to our neighbors is that we will have to pour the concrete at 6 - 8 AM on Tuesday August 26th.  It is the only way we can get concrete done on time - otherwise it has to be delayed or scheduled out 3 months from now.  It is our understanding that the work won't create additional noise above the current level of Sand Point Way traffic.  Read more...
Friday, August 22, 2014 -- 8:16 am
Free Trees Still Available Through City reLeaf Program
Laurelhurst Blog - Katie, Seattle reLeaf Project Manager, who coordinates the City of Seattle's Trees for Neighborhoods program, told us that they are still trying to find homes for the remaining  street trees and the deadline is Wednesday.Katie said:Plant a future neighborhood landmark--apply for a white oak, silver linden, tulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip! Imagine the awe-inspiring beauty a street tree will someday provide your neighborhood. All of these trees require at least a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines.  Ready for a tree? Don't delay--the application for street trees closes Wednesday, August 27th! Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.  To apply for a street tree visit www.seattle.gov/trees. If you have questions, email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-3979. Go here for more information. .    Read more...
Thursday, August 21, 2014 -- 6:37 am
Seattle Police Department North Precint Picnic On Sunday
Laurelhurst Blog - On Sunday from 1-4pm, the Seattle Police Department is having its annual picnic North Precinct Picnic at the University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE).The information says:Picnics in the Precincts are fun activities we hold every year that provide an opportunity for the business and residential communities in each of Seattle's five precincts to come together and enjoy a day of celebration with their local police.  They are great opportunities for people to be introduced to the department in a relaxed, non-law enforcement environment, meet their local police officers, enjoy free food, entertainment and raffle prizes, and get information on how to get involved in preventing crime in their community. We also are excited for everyone to meet our new Police Chief, Kathleen O'Toole.  The picnics include booths hosted by groups and agencies that engage in crime prevention activities, and/or provide services in the community. For more information go here. Read more...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 -- 11:33 am
Audubon Fieldtrips This Week
Laurelhurst Blog - The Audubon Society of Seattle, locating in Northeast Seattle is having two field trips this week:Wednesday, August 20 Vashon Island Leader: Ed Swan 8:00 AM, south parking lot of Lincoln Park to catch the 8:25 AM Fauntleroy ferry - consolidate into 2 cars as per Ed's instructions and drive or walk to meet Ed at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal (located at the end of the dock). Ed's car will be waiting on the Vashon side.  NOTE:  Be sure to leave your emails and phone numbers when signing up.  Double-check to make sure they are correct.  This will prevent excess ferry fares from too many vehicles. We may check the tidepools under the dock on the Vashon side for sea creatures if the tide is low enough.  We'll go to Fisher Pond to look for Wood Ducks, shorebirds, and passerines and then out to Fern Cove to look for shorebirds and gulls.  Several gull species will be just coming back and resting on the beach. Bring lunch and water. Back by 12:30-1:00 pm.. Carpool costs: $9 plus cost of ferry ($5 per passenger and $17.40 for car under 14'/driver).Saturday, August 23 Grays Harbor area Leader: Brian H. Bell (cell for day of trip only: 206-619-0379) 6:00 AM, S. 272nd St. P&R (Star Lake in Kent west of I-5) Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by August should be present in good numbers. We'll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.Go here for more information. Read more...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 -- 6:14 am
Bubble Man Performing Tomorrow At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog -  Garry Golighty, "The Bubble Man" will be performing tomorrow at 11am at the Community Center. The information says:Garry is a bubble performer extraordinaire!  See bubbles as big cars or the millions of bubbles he makes with one of his special contraptions!  He even makes bubbles from ordinary recycled objects!  A little music...a little magic...and a whole lot of bubbles makes the Bubble Man an unforgettable "memorabubble" experience! The cost is $5 per family for up to four people and $2 for each additional person. Events are generally held outside, so bring something to sit on.   Read more...
Monday, August 18, 2014 -- 7:18 am
Robotics, 3-D Building, Circuit Building And Game Design Lab For Teens Today At Northeast Library STEM Event
Laurelhurst Blog - Today from 3-4pm, the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library, is having another kids STEM event called "BiblioTEC lab."The information says:Explore 3-D modeling, circuit building, game design and robotics. Registration is required. For ages 12-18. Try your hand at the latest maker tools in robotics and 3-D objects. This program features demos of Google SketchUp and 3-D printing with the Makerbot Replicator II. Learn how to use an Xbox Kinect to motion capture objects and people in 3-D.Visit Kodu, Scratch, and Minecraft (featuring Rasberry Pi) stations, and use Snap Circuits and Little Bit kits for circuit building.  Through August 31, the Seattle Public Library's free school-age through teens summer of learning  program "Zone In!" will feature a new focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, funded by Google, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bank. All Seattle Public Libraries received "science kits" donated by Google, which contain fun building materials, to help children practice their science and engineering skills.The Library is also helping teens and tweens improve their digital media skills, such as art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history and photography.The Northeast branch summer schedule for children is here and for teens/tweens is here. Read more...
Monday, August 11, 2014 -- 9:00 am
The Morning News: Horrible News Out of Burien and St. Louis
The Stranger - ... Masturbated in Front of Women in West Seattle, the Central District, the University District, and on a Bus in Ravenna Is in Custody: He's been charged with three counts of felony indecent exposure, Seattle PI reports. In one alleged incident, a "UW ... Read more...
Monday, August 11, 2014 -- 7:52 am
Police: Serial flasher arrested after string of incidents across city
KOMO News - ... by four women following incidents in the Central District, at the University of Washington and on a bus in Ravenna. According to charging papers, Ross ejaculated on a young woman's table at the University of Washington student union building. The ... Read more...
Sunday, August 10, 2014 -- 8:24 pm
Police: Woman chases masturbating man from UW hall
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - ... by four women following incidents in the Central District, at the University of Washington and on a bus in Ravenna. According to charging papers, Ross ejaculated on a young woman's table at the University of Washington student union building. The ... Read more...
Friday, August 8, 2014 -- 4:54 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 18th.  In the meantime, please keep sending us your informative emails and story ideas and we look forward to responding. Stay tuned for more interesting posts!Happy Summer! Read more...
Friday, August 8, 2014 -- 4:50 am
Register Now For Next Saturday's Tour Of Yesler Swamp
Laurelhurst Blog -  On Saturday, August 16, from 10-2pm, enjoy a Tour of Union Bay Natural Area and Yesler Swamp with Professor Kern Ewing starting at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41Street.)The information says:Professor Kern Ewing will lead you along trails through Yesler Swamp and the rest of the Union Bay Natural Area and we will see the swamp, other wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, shoreline, lakes and shorebird habitat.   We will look at different aged restoration projects, discuss the upcoming WashDOT mitigation activities, talk about plant species, visit different habitats, and cover different strategies for dealing with invasive plants.  The cost is $10 and $15 after tomorrow.  Register online, or call 206-685-8033. For more information go here.(photo courtesy of CUH website) Read more...
Friday, August 8, 2014 -- 4:44 am
Northeast Library Kids Stem Event And Author Reading Next Week
Laurelhurst Blog - On Monday from 3-4pm, the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library, is having another kids STEM event called "Tide Pools and Fishy Tales."The information says:Stomp your way through the sand to a music-filled beach party with children's author and songwriter Eric Ode! We'll explore the seashore and learn about creatures that live in the big blue sea. For ages 3-7. Through August 31, the Seattle Public Library's free school-age through teens summer of learning  program "Zone In!" will feature a new focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, funded by Google, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bank. All Seattle Public Libraries received "science kits" donated by Google, which contain fun building materials, to help children practice their science and engineering skills.The Library is also helping teens and tweens improve their digital media skills, such as art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history and photography.The Northeast branch summer schedule for children is here and for teens/tweens is here. And on August 13th from 6-7:45pm, award-winning writer Janice Steinberg, reads from her novel "The Tin Horse."The information says:Janice will chat about writing, obsession, persistence and luck.  "The Tin Horse" is a multigenerational immigrant family saga, in which an elderly woman following a clue to the disappearance of her twin sister many years ago reminisces about their coming of age in a Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood in the years before World War II.For more information go here. Read more...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 -- 6:48 pm
NE Library "Catapult" Stem Event Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - Friday from 2-3pm, the Northeast Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having a teens event, called "Catapults" as part of its summer learning STEM program.The information says:Watch out for flying projectiles! Design and test a catapult with staff from Pacific Science Center, then join a team to work on a distance challenge. For ages 8-12. Registration is required. Through August 31, the Seattle Public Library's free school-age through teens summer of learning  program "Zone In!" will feature a new focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, funded by Google, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bank. All Seattle Public Libraries received "science kits" donated by Google, which contain fun building materials, to help children practice their science and engineering skills.The Library is also helping teens and tweens improve their digital media skills, such as art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history and photography.The Northeast branch summer schedule for children is here and for teens/tweens is here.  (photo courtesy of  SPL website) Read more...




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