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Thursday, October 23, 2014 -- 1:12 am
Tent cities are not the problem, they are part of the solution
Real Change - ... sidewalk outside the University District post office less than two months ago in response to encampment clearings in Ravenna and Cowen parks. Their argument has been that people need somewhere to go. If hidden encampments are to be systematically ... Read more...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -- 1:41 pm
Local Well-Known Birdist Giving Lecture Saturday On Birds' Feet
Laurelhurst Blog -   Connie Sidles, local neighborhood bird watcher , 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 as well as author of Fill of Joy and Tales from the Montlake Fill is having a lecture on Saturday from 10-11:30am at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) called "Birds' Feet." The information says:This class will show you how birds use their feet to survive. Fall is the season in which we have the greatest bird species diversity in Seattle, and is a great time to see a wide variety of foot adaptations. Bird feet? When you think about it, all feet are adapted for each species's lifestyles - including ours. I could not hang upside-down by my toes, for example, to gather my morning breakfast as chickadees and bushtits do. How would I drink my coffee? One way to observe birds in the field is to pay attention to what they are doing, rather than trying to identify their species. It's true that if you can name the species of a bird you see in the wild, and if you have studied your field guides, the name alone will be a shorthand way to call to mind the natural history of that species. But you can also understand at least a part of each bird's natural history by simply observing it as it performs its tasks of daily living.  Feet are a big factor that allows birds to survive but also limits how they do so. In some ways, studying one aspect of a bird's anatomical adaptations  - like feet - brings us closer to that bird's life. And feet are just plain fun, or funny, as anyone who has studied how cormorants try to maneuver their big feet around the too-small branch of a cottonwood tree can attest. Tickets are $25 and you can register at UWBotanic Gardens.For more information, contact Connie at  constancesidles@gmail.com. Read more...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -- 1:31 pm
Public Invited To UW Farm To Table Dinner Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - The UW Farm is partnering with Chaco Canyon Cafe in hosting a public Farm-to-Table Dinner at the Center for Urban Horticulture tomorrow at 6:30pm.  Along with dinner there will also be games, pumpkin carving and a food  demo.The information says:You'll be treated to a knockout meal, incorporating UW Farm produce, from the chefs at Chaco Canyon Café. Local microbrews will also be available for purchase.Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door for students, and $20 in advance or $25 at the door for non-students. All proceeds go to the UW Farm, the campus hub for urban farming, agricultural education and research.If you would like to see more about us, check out website: http://food.washington.edu/farm/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UWFarm. Read more...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 -- 8:56 am
Neighbor Sees Suspicious People With Flashlights And Big Bags Looking For Items To Steal
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:I wanted to pass along some information that other neighbors might want to know.Early Saturday morning, October 18, around 3:45am I returned home from work and happened to stay in my parked car with the ignition and lights off near the corner of NE 40th Street and 48th Avenue NE to finish listening to the news. I was very surprised to see two African American women dressed in all black in their late twenties carrying several large duffle bags walking up west on NE 40th Street toward 48th Avenue NE.    The women were walking on either side of parked cars, one walking in the street, the other on the sidewalk.   As they passed cars one used a small flashlight systematically inspecting each car.  As the other passed houses she shined lights down driveways, at garages and between alleys. They were very surprised when they shined a light in my car to see me!   They quickly moved west on NE 40th Street, turned the corner onto 48th Avenue NE and got into a car and sped away. It was very disturbing as they seemed very organized, systematic and had clearly made off with quite a lot of our neighbors personal items judging by the size of the filled bags. Read more...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 -- 8:51 am
Family History Workshop Tomorrow At Northeast Library
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library is having an event tomorrow from 6-7:45pm called "Family History Storytelling."The information says:Every family has interesting stories. Learn how to tell them in this innovative workshop presented by genealogy librarian Mahina Oshie.   Come to learn about techniques and resources in the library, in the community, and on the Internet for uncovering, recording, writing and publishing your own family history stories.For more information go here.   Read more...
Monday, October 20, 2014 -- 10:17 pm
Residents, politicians worry about radiation at local park
KOMO News - ... will hold an informational meeting for the public at 6 p.m. at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center 7700 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle on Tuesday October 21st. This was a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a brilliant sunrise on the water of Poulsbo. When ... Read more...
Monday, October 20, 2014 -- 3:24 pm
Important Credential Papers Stolen In Recent Car Prowl
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email:Just another frustrated neighbor complaining about a car break in.   We live on the 4800 block of NE 40th Street, one block from the park.  On Friday evening, October, 17, I must have inadvertently left my car unlocked, and they took everything in it.   My dog and I are work as an animal- assisted pet therapy team and they took my bag.  It has lots of  dog stuff, like leashes harnesses, etc.  Most importantly, it has the credentials that allow us to enter facilities to do our work.  The bag is brown and white polka dotted and has a Ronald McDonald House logo on it.   If anyone sees it, I'd really like to have it back.  I can't imagine the petty thieves have any use for the contents, and I'm hoping they tossed it in the bushes somewhere.  Read more...
Monday, October 20, 2014 -- 3:21 pm
Public Meeting Tomorrow on Radioactive Contamination Cleanup at Magnuson Park
Laurelhurst Blog -   Tomorrow from 6-9pm, the Department of Ecology is holding a public meeting at the Mountaineers, about the cleanup of radioactive contamination at Magnuson Park. The information says:The agencies working to clean up low-level radiation from two former naval maintenance rooms at Seattle's Magnuson Park will provide updates and answer questions.    Cleanup work by contractors for the U.S. Navy has been under way since June 2013. The Navy used the rooms to repaint aircraft cockpit dials with glow-in-the-dark radium paint in the 1940s and 1950s. The Navy owned and operated an air station at what is now Magnuson Park and is responsible for cleanup of all contamination left from its operations. Park areas open for public use and access have undergone review and testing for contamination. Radiological contamination was found in parts of Buildings 2 and 27, both former aircraft hangars.  Building 2 is used for park equipment storage, and has a small area used as offices by the Seattle Conservation Corps. Arena Sports, an indoor athletic facility, is located in Building 27. A former radium-painting room at Building 27 was in an annex, referred to as the south shed, separate from the sports facility. The annex and nearby contaminated grounds are fenced, locked, and closed to public access. The Navy is conducting its work under federal cleanup laws that apply to former and current military facilities. Washington's departments of Ecology and Health are providing additional oversight. Health is the state's radiation safety regulator.  Repeated Navy and Health Department tests have confirmed that no radiation above background level - the amount of radiation naturally present in rocks and soil - is present in the Arena Sports complex. The Navy has completed its interior cleanup of the annex and plans to dismantle it this month, after Health has verified that all contamination has been removed.   Site investigations and cleanup work continue at outdoor areas near these locations, primarily along storm drains connected to the buildings. Further phases of the Navy's investigation will include the lake bottom in areas near the storm drain outfalls at the north end of the park.The open house will start at 6 p.m. and  presentations will start at 7 p.m. Ecology will host presentations by the U.S. Navy, the Washington Department of Health Office of Radiation Protection, the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, Ecology representatives, and 46th District Representative Gerry Pollet.  Seattle Parks and Recreation sent out this information published by The Washington Department of Health:Radiation and Your Health - Magnuson ParkWhat is radiation?Radiation is energy given off by atoms and is present in nature all around us. Everyone is exposed to radiation every day from natural sources in soil or from the sun, and you may be exposed from man-made sources lik Read more...
Friday, October 17, 2014 -- 7:21 pm
Seattle Pacific University to host homeless camp
KOMO News - ... After a stay at Haller Lake Church, the tent city, known as TC3, split up and moved to Licton Springs Park and the Ravenna overpass, according to a Mayor's Office spokesman. However, parks officials posted a 72-hour vacate notice at Licton Springs ... Read more...
Friday, October 17, 2014 -- 6:12 pm
Homeless camp to move to SPU
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - ... After a stay at Haller Lake Church, the tent city, known as TC3, split up and moved to Licton Springs Park and the Ravenna overpass, according to a Mayor's Office spokesman. However, parks officials posted a 72-hour vacate notice at Licton Springs ... Read more...
Friday, October 17, 2014 -- 2:27 pm
Neighbor Has Car Broken Into Then Few Weeks Later Packages Stolen
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email:I  wanted to make other Laurelhurst neighbors aware that the petty crime in our neighborhood is continuing and to keep their eyes peeled. We live on the 4100 block of 42nd Ave NE and back up to Talaris.  Approximately 3 weeks ago my husband's new car was rummaged through in the middle of the night.  He had accidentally left it unlocked but when he went out the following morning to go to work all of the contents of the glove box, center console and his briefcase were strewn all over the car. Nothing major was stolen, or even present in the car to begin with, thanks to warnings from other neighbors and LCC. It was very disturbing.Then again this past Monday, we had two packages stolen from our front porch. Whoever took them must have been really bold because they had to come through our fully fenced front yard to take them off of our front porch.  Luckily the supplier was willing to replace and re-send both packages this week. We absolutely love our neighborhood but are disturbed by this recurring issue and recently had a full security system installed. I hope we are in some way able to get this under control. Read more...
Friday, October 17, 2014 -- 2:22 pm
Harvest Time Storytime Tomorrow At Center For Urban Horticulture Library
Laurelhurst Blog - Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street)  is celebrating 10 years or story programs, with a special Harvest Time holding storytime tomorrow at 10:30am. The librarian will read about pumpkins and winter squash. After the stories, children will use pastels to capture a close-up view of some fall vegetables.Books to be read are:SOPHIE'S SQUASH by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf READY FOR PUMPKINS by Kate Duke PUMPKIN COUNTDOWN by Joan HolubStorytime is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrate gardens, plants and nature. All ages and their families are welcome. Read more...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 -- 8:41 am
Family Fun "Monster Bash" Saturday At St. Stephens
Laurelhurst Blog -    (Pony rides last year)Three Feet of Sunshine is holding its 6th annual Monster Bash, benefitting Seattle Children's Pediatric Advanced Care Team, this Saturday from 3-7pm.New this year will be two performances by Recess Monkey at 4pm and 5pm.The event will again be held at St. Stephen's Church (4805 NE 45th Street) rain or shine.Admission fee is $13 and includes reusable trick-or-treat bags, the popular haunted house, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and parade, pony rides, pumpkin painting, kid's dj and dancing, crafts, popcorn, cotton candy, Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, courtesy of Trophy Cupcakes, games  and a cauldron full of prizes. Craven Farm will also supply kids with their very own pumpkins to take home.In celebration of the 5th annual event, there will be two performances by the popular kids' band, Caspar Babypants (also known as Chris Ballew, lead singer of Presidents of the United States of America).  Guests will also be treated to festive and re-usable Trick-OR-Treat totes.Coming in costume is encouraged. And if you bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children's patient you will receive a special treat.Three Feet of Sunshine was established by Amy and Klane White, Laurelhurst residents, in July 2009 in memory of their daughter, Susannah, who spent the last year of her life at Seattle Children's, in the care of the palliative and nursing teams at Children's Hospital.The logo was actually designed by Susannah at 8 years old. And the name, Three Feet of Sunshine, came from a friend of Susannah's who wrote a tribute to Susannah with that title, about about their friendship, as an assignment in 9th grade.Amy says on her website that Three Feet of Sunshine "strive(s) to showcase Susannah's ever sunny disposition by sharing her sunny disposition with other children facing difficult paths.  The Guild is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families who bear the weight of potentially life-threatening illnessesWe raise awareness and funds aimed at providing opportunities and extending support programs devoted to enhancing quality of life for pediatric patients and their families."Making a donation is considered tax deductible, as it is 501(c)(3) organization, and is a member of Seattle Children's Guild Association. For more information about the organization go here, visit the Facebook page or Seattle Children's Hospital website.    Read more...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 -- 8:27 am
Is The Seattle Police Department "Ignoring" North Seatlle Burglarie?
Laurelhurst Blog - A Laurelhurst Blog reader sent us this article to share published by KIRO-TV last month titled:Leaked memo: SPD ignoring most N. Seattle burglariesSEATTLE -- A confidential memo leaked to KOMO 4 News contains a bombshell admission by the city's police department. The document says north precinct detectives are too short-staffed to investigate most burglaries. A police source said that unless burglary detectives have a suspect's name, evidence photos or surveillance footage, and complete witness interviews, it's unlikely a case will even get worked let alone solved. Pete Rogerson works with Seattle police through the North Precinct Advisory Council, where he offers citizen input on police operations. Rogerson said in all his years in that role, he's never seen anything like this memo. "I think this memo is very troubling," he said. The memo is marked confidential and not for public display, but what it says about burglary investigations could trouble anyone. "It's very surprising," Rogerson said. "I cannot believe this is the case." The memo says at one point, 14 detectives worked burglary, theft and juvenile cases for the north precinct. Today it's down to two detectives and an on-loan patrol officer, even though the memo says cases have climbed to 1,500 a month. The memo concludes, "misdemeanor and even many felony crimes can no longer be investigated except on a very rare, case by case basis." "This seems like a big problem," Rogerson said. "We're just asking for trouble." Seattle police won't divulge staffing levels in the north precinct, saying it keeps the bad guys guessing. However, a spokesperson said the major crimes task force also takes on burglary cases. Additionally, the department uses real-time data and community input to guide where resources are deployed. Milana Richardson, a north Seattle resident, said officers do a good job focusing on violent crime but that didn't help when burglars stole from her home. "I told the police. I took their license plate down. I had their name, I looked them up, where they lived, and I had no response (from police)," Richardson said. Mayor Ed Murray hopes to add 100 new officers in the coming years, though that's not likely to help the lack of burglary detectives today. "Adding more officers is not the sole solution to addressing our public safety needs," the mayor said, "but it clearly needs to be part of the solution." By all accounts, crime safety experts said still vital to report all crimes because that information plays out in how limited police resources get assigned. Read more...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 -- 6:41 pm
Seattle cops extend social media reach
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - ... hope it will help them target news and messages to audiences most affected by any given subject, be it car prowls in Ravenna or burglaries in Arbor Heights. Seattle PD spokesman Sean Whitcomb likened the new strategy to a virtual version of cops ... Read more...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 -- 8:44 am
Erratic, Unstable Man Seen In Laurelhurst And Nearby Neighborhoods Recently Arrested
Laurelhurst Blog - Last month the Laurelhurst Blog staff posted about an erratic man (pictured above) seen in Laurelhurst and other nearby neighborhoods scaring adults and children with his unusual behavior.This included yelling at people, screaming obscenities, banging on car windows while people were stopped at lights, making inappropriate comments in front of children, harassing and scaring people and turning on water faucets full force in front of homes and walking away thereby leaving some houses with the potential of flooding if the residents were gone all day.There were numerous comments posted on NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group detailing their interactions with the male and where it occurred.SPD Officer Strong, informed the Laurelhurst Blog, that the individual was arrested and as of last Wednesday was still in police custody.The same individual was also arrested last month and then was seen again in nearby neighborhoods. At that time Office Strong told a NE resident as she posted on the NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group:Officer Strong told me that in order for him to be arrested for criminal trespassing, a homeowner needs to see him on their property and be willing to testify in court that they saw him trespassing uninvited on their property. Or the police need to arrive while he is still trespassing and the homeowner would need to testify that he was uninvited. Even then, it sounds like he wouldn't get jail time, but at least the court might be able to send him to a mental health facility and actually require that he stay there. Officer Strong said they are all well aware of this man and are working on getting him out of the neighborhood, although that doesn't seem to be a simple task. Officer Strong wanted us to be reminded that they will respond quickly if the 911 call is made during the crime. If officers can get there when he's still committing the violation (ex - trespass), they will observe the misdemeanor crime occurring in their presence, and have the ability to arrest him. Here are some comments that were posted last month before he was arrested:I saw that man crossing Sand Point Way headed toward Princeton Ave. He has shaved his head and facial hair, but it was definitely him.This man turned on my faucet at 4am today on the 6000 block of NE 39th Street in Laurelhurst.  in the . I heard the water running and saw him. He was "bathing" or drinking from it. The paper delivery scared him away but he left the faucet running.  I was driving by Met Market  and he crossed the street in front of me so I stopped to let him cross. He then proceed to approach the car and yell at me. He then smacked the side of my car with his jacket. Another neighbor saw and we both called the authorities. I was told an officer was sent out but have not heard any news about an arrest. He was wearing black pants and a golden yellow shirt. Hope he gets the help he needs.  Read more...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 -- 8:14 am
Seattle Opera Preview Of "Don Giovanni" Tonight At Northeast Branch Library
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having a free preview lecture for Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni."The information says:Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Mozart's multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova, that has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera's ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust.  Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, "the Don" stands apart as Mozart's boldest masterpiece For more information go here.(photo courtesy of SPL site) Read more...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 -- 1:05 pm
Long-Time Laurelhurst Barber And Style Shop Going Under New Ownership, Longer Hours And "Freshened Up" Decor
Laurelhurst Blog -   The Laurelhurst Barber (3613 NE 45th Street)  appeared to be closed, week before last, with brown paper covering the windows and then last Thursday, October 9th, the paper was off and a neighbor said it looked as if it had re-opened.   One of the long-time owners of Laurelhurst Barbar, Edward Waage, passed away in February of last year and his partner, Mike, continued to run the Barber Shop.  Two long-time customers, one who has been going to Laurelhurst Barber for about as long as the Barber Shop has been open, over 40 years, gave us this update:After Ed died a few years ago, Mike, the second barber has kept it going.  The hours are different.  Mike is usually there Tuesdays - Fridays from about 7 am to about 11 am for appointments ( a large group ) and then on Saturdays  from 6:30-10, first come first serve.  Two barbers who have single shops up north, 65th and 95th (I think) have combined to buy Ed out.   The buyout will go over the next year.  Ed will stay there for a year and as long after as he wants.   The new guys have met with the landlord who indicated she will lease the shop to  them when Ed's lease is up in a year.  In the meantime, the two new guys are freshening the place up - there will be 3 chairs, (2 of which are much newer);  tile the floor; add new lighting and paint the walls.  I think they will add a big wall TV on the back wall.  It was a very nostalgic barber shop that probably had not had anything done to it in at least 20 or 30 years  so a 'freshen up ' will be nice.  But the old flavor will be gone. The hours will expand.   Mike will continue to be there the same hours he has been.  The new guys will then come in at 11am and stay until late afternoon.  I have briefly met the new guys and they seem nice and friendly.Another customer told us last year that "the old barbershop may not keep long hours but there are well over 100 loyal customers from the neighborhood."Laurelhurst Barber is a different barber than Epic Barber, just a few doors down in the next block.    Read more...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 -- 8:16 am
Audubon Starting High School BirdWatch Program For Students
Laurelhurst Blog - Seattle Audubon's BirdWatch program, starts its 18th year, bringing together high school students from all over the Puget Sound region to participate in birding trips, scientific research, and conservation projects.  Students also learn from environmental professionals, develop leadership skills, and meet other interested bird watching friends.The first meeting is tonight and here is information:BirdWatch meets monthly in Seattle. Participants also have the option of participating in monthly birding field trips and service-learning projects.  All activities are conducted in a fun, supportive environment, and we welcome students of all backgrounds and experience levels. We are actively recruiting high school participants, as well as enthusiastic adult volunteers to assist with meetings, field trips, and planning. To learn more about participating in or volunteering for BirdWatch, go here.  Also you can contact Christine Scheele at 206-523-8243, ext. 19, or christines@seattleaudubon.org.  Read more...
Monday, October 13, 2014 -- 10:11 am
Long-Time Laurelhurst Home Near St. Stephens Demolished To Make Way For Two New Large Homes
Laurelhurst Blog - home demolished recently at 4720 NE 45th Street       home as it stood before demolition at 4720 NE 45th Street  to make way  for 2 new homes  The yellow house at 4720 NE 45th Street, built in 1936, directly across from St. Stephens Church, was recently demolished and will be replaced with two homes sitting each on roughly 5000 square feet, as the Laurelhurst Blog reported in April of last year. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) project numbers associated with this upcoming construction, which is considered a short plat, are Project #3016836 and #3016832,  were submitted to the City in March of last year.  The owner, Thomas Hall, bought the 2000 square foot home in 1990, and hasn't lived there for quite some time. He also owns the small house next door, 4711 48th Avenue NE.   The land us application states a request "to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: X) 5,025 sq. ft. and Y) 5,025 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished." However the lot size on the King County Assessor website shows as 9,526 square feet. Branin Burdette, DPD Land Use Planner, told us that "the submitted survey shows the lot at 10,049 square feet, therefore allowing a subdivision of two lots into roughly 5000 square foot lots.  The proposed subdivision shows compliance with the minimum lot size requirements of 5000 square feet." He added that there was a boundary line adjustment one on the lots addressed 4716 NE 45th Street, 4511 48th Avenue NE and 4720 NE 45th Street.   One Home Per Lot.  a city-wide grassroots group monitoring large homes built on side and backyards of existing homes, said that in "reviewing the permits, it looks as if there were three lots and the developer/owner did a boundary adjustment to ensure that the two lots under the current permit would be 5,000 square foot lots.   The group added that three lots have been given three separate addresses (4720 NE 45th Street, 4501 48th Avenue NE, 4503 48th Avenue NE) and are being combined and manipulated n different ways for the project via lot boundary adjustments to create three new lots sizes: A) 5,097 sq. ft; B) 10,049 sq. ft; C) 6,682 sq.ft.   The largest of those three lots (lot "B") will then be subdivided into two lots, each 5,025 square feet, called a short plat. Burdette said that "currently, the only revised lot line shown is the new lot line directly in the middle.  This new property line runs east to west.  The City right-of-way will not be counted in the overall lot size, lot coverage allowances or setbacks." The new home on the northern lot, Burdette said,  will have access off of 48th Avenue NE while the southern lot will, most likely, have access off of NE 45th Street.  Read more...




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