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Saturday, December 20, 2014 -- 9:20 pm
Congratulations! 4 West Seattle soccer teams win City Tournament championships
West Seattle Blog - ... girls West Seattle Crush (2-0 over Capitol Hill) *U17 girls West Seattle Inferno (2-1 over Laurelhurst/View Ridge/Ravenna) Thanks to Lai Wong-Smith for sharing the photo of the victorious Donuts, coached by Andre Tiffany (head coach) and Lemuel ... Read more...
Friday, December 19, 2014 -- 10:37 am
This Week's Calendar Listings
Seattle Gay News - ... to sing Broadway show tunes! Center for Spiritual Living. Services 8:25, 9:45, 11:30am. 5801 Sand Point Way NE. Blessings & we hope to see you soon! Info 527-8801 ext 203, Ravenna United Methodist Church. 5751 33rd ... Read more...
Friday, December 19, 2014 -- 8:23 am
Happy Holidays From The Laurelhurst Blog Staff!
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog staff will be on vacation and will return to posting on January 5th, 2014.In the meantime, please keep sending us your informative emails, story ideas and comments. We look forward to responding upon our return.Happy Holidays! Read more...
Friday, December 19, 2014 -- 8:19 am
Audubon Society "Christmas Bird Count" Next Week
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Audubon Society (8050 35th Avenue NE)  is having a special event on December 27th. Here is information: The Christmas Bird CountGrab your binoculars and join your friends for Seattle's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 27. Now in its 115th year, this annual bird census draws birders of all abilities to count as many birds as possible over a 24-hour period. This Seattle tradition is a great way to see new birds and old friends -- and experienced birders, neighborhood residents, and newcomers are all welcome!  If your home is within the Seattle CBC area, you can even stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day, as long as you have made prior arrangements with the count organizer.  After a full day of birding, warm up with an evening soup potluck and a tally of the species seen during the day.  The event is free, but a $5 donation is recommended to help support Seattle Audubon's Citizen Science programs. . Visit Seattle Audubon's Christmas Bird Count registration webpage or Seattle Audubon's website for more information. Photo by Doug Schurman Read more...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 -- 8:44 am
Children's Security Officers Weigh In On Type Of Rifle Used During Halloween Home Burglary and Burglar Profile As Well As Safety Tips
Laurelhurst Blog - Picture from resident's security camera of robber carrying alleged assault rifle  The Laurelhurst Community Club recently held a special neighborhood meeting at the Community Center regarding the escalating crimes and neighbor concerns about police response time and actions. On Halloween evening, five homes were broken into on the 5100 block of 46th Avenue NE and nearby NE 54th Street.  One home that was broken into captured the burglar carrying some sort of an assault rifle.   Several Seattle Police Department representatives, as well as Security officers from nearby Children's Hospital were on-hand at the neighborhood meeting to answer questions.Neighbors brought up some issues such as police providing very general, less-detailed information about burglaries perhaps to "just to calm neighbors as they don't want us to be afraid," one neighbor said.Another neighbor wondered about the weapon that was used on Halloween saying "we've heard  that whatever the weapon was, was it capable of firing any kind of pellets or bullets?" Eric Solorio, a Security Officer at Children's Hospital, said about the rifle:In response to this camera footage, the way in determining the "assault rifle" is a fake is by examining the two tone colors. Look at the butt stock of the weapon, just below that is the hand guard or trigger mount, it also is a different color then the body of the weapon itself. Look at the magazine cartridge also a different color then the body. I want to say this is a nice air soft rifle.  These rifles although air soft look like the real thing. The width of the barrel is not conducive to the likes of a real assault rifle as well judging on how his hand wraps around the entire rifle. It is light weight which is why it tilts forward at an angle, a loaded assault rifle would be too heavy and awkward to hold it in this position. I know this because I am a trained weapons handler and a military man as well, just offering my knowledge.   The only thing I can imagine is that the burglar would attempt a strong armed robbery with the weapon, and yes if it is in fact an air soft rifle as I believe it to be then it is capable of shooting pellets. These pellets can break the skin and should be considered dangerous. During this time of year people get more desperate I would advise an additional level of vigilance being aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting your home. I hope this little information helped if you ever need another voice of reason when it comes to these type of incidents please don't hesitate to inquire.And Jim Saywer, Children's Director of Security and Transportation added:MOST burglars will hit a home during the day when the home is unoccupied. And most live within a reasonable distance to the area they hit-are comfortable with. By some statistics a large number of this unpleasant fraternity lives usually with Read more...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 -- 8:23 am
Craft And Fly Your Own Paper Airplane At NE Library Event Tuesday
Laurelhurst Blog - The NE Library Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library is having a special event called "Drop-in Paper Airplanes" on Tuesday, December 23rd from 10:30-12:30pm. The information says:Explore the basic designs of paper airplanes and why they work, then craft and test out a plane on the flying course.  Craft your own airplanes and watch them soar! We'll explore the basic designs of paper airplanes and why they work, then make our own creations.   We'll even have a flying course so you can see how your flyers measure up!There will be simple designs for younger kids and more complex designs for tweens and teens.  For ages 3 - 18.  For more information go here.   Read more...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 -- 5:28 am
Ideas sought on keeping marine mammals away from fishing boats - ... Send your suggestions by Jan. 15, 2015 online here ; by mail to Kristy Long, Office of Protected Resources, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 4, Room 2122-4, Seattle, WA 98115; or by fax to (301) 713-0376, Attn: Kristy Long. Refer to ... Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 9:23 pm
Seattle Pacific University hosts Tent City 3 again
Real Change - Tent City 3 has moved off state-owned property in the Ravenna neighborhood and onto Seattle Pacific University's campus in North Queen Anne. The move ends Tent City 3's unexpected stay on land owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation and managed by the city of Seattle, just east of Interstate 5 near Ravenna Boulevard. Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 9:23 pm
Exchanging gratitude, our mission continues with your help
Real Change - ... find a brief letter along with a $1,000 check from a brand new supporter: On 8/14/14 you came to support us at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center. I was part of the Theodora Rescue Committee. People who were homeless spoke on our behalf. We were ... Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 8:56 pm
Admiral Church's new pastor Andrew Conley-Holcom to be ordained just after New Year's
West Seattle Blog - ... wife, Leann (church-provided photo, above right) , are originally from the Tacoma area and currently reside in the Ravenna neighborhood. Leann is active as a professional singer, directs the Concert Choir of the Tacoma Youth Chorus, and is a ... Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 12:44 pm
Large Boulder Still Blocking Sidewalk ON 55th Avenue NE While Owner Submits Reports And Permits
Laurelhurst Blog -  In July, the Laurelhurst Blog posted about a large rock blocking the sidewalk, posing a safety hazard, on the 4200 block of 55th Avenue NE.  Neighbors are curious why the rock has still not been moved for over 6 months and for how long the sidewalk will be blocked and pedestrians will need to continue to walk out into the street to go around the rock and back up onto the sidewalk.The City's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Case # 1031930  and Project No. 6426332, shows that the first complaint was made on May 8, 2014. Here are the enforcement actions since that date:Action CodeStatus DateCase Action Type DescriptionCMMay 09, 2014Complaint MadeVIOLMay 12, 2014VIOLATIONInspectionMay 12, 2014Inspection:1 Failed HCOMay 14, 2014HAZARD CORRECTION ORDER: SENT Compliance due:13-JUN-14HCOMay 14, 2014HAZARD CORRECTION ORDER: ISSUED Compliance due:13-JUN-14InspectionMay 14, 2014Inspection:2 Failed EXTENSIONJun 19, 2014EXTENSION: ISSUED Compliance due:18-JUL-14InspectionOct 03, 2014Inspection:3 Failed Legal ActionOct 17, 2014SENT TO LAW DEPARTMENTThe Blog Staff contacted DPD and SDOT who explained that it is a complex and lengthy process as the entire retaining wall needs to be repaired along with the rock being removed and potentially put back into place. The owner must obtain various reports and then apply for a permit.However if all reports are turned in, DPD told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff that the rock would not be removed until April, due to weather conditions, along with the construction and securement of the retaining rock wall from where it rolled down. SDOT told the Blog Staff that they finally secured the location in October after nearly eight months.  In July, the owner submitted a retaining wall design plan along with calculations prepared by an engineer, seeking approval to construct a replacement retaining wall within the right of way in order to replace a sixty year-old failing rock wall. The owner told DPD that he had specific construction company in mind, that specializes in retaining wall construction ready to begin the project once he has permit approval from SDOT and DPD.The City has also asked that the owner apply for a Street Use Permit for the wall, including a geotechnical report supporting this wall design and associated plans for the wall construction. In August, the owner said he had instructed his geotechnical engineer to provide a geotechnical report supporting the wall design and associated plans for the wall construction and would turn it in once he had the report. He added that, at that time he hoped to have construction completed by the end of September with an estimated construction time of three weeks.  DPD told the Blog Staff:The owner of the property is responsible for correcting the violation, since the rockery was not installed by the City, the City doesn't maintain the rockery walls..  T Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 9:01 am
Your week in Seattle music: X, The Moondoogies and The Maldives and more
Seattle Times - ... band writes airtight rock songs , uninterested in fickle aesthetic trends. Here, members of local bands like Ravenna Woods, Pollens and Seattle Rock Orchestra provide their interpretations. 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., ... Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 8:14 am
Seattle City Light Warning Of Scammers Fraudulent Activities
Laurelhurst Blog -    Seattle City Light recently sent out this information:Scammers Target Utility Customers by Phone, Email and In-Person VisitsSeattle City Light wants to empower its customers to "Spot it, Report it, Stop it"As temperatures continue to drop and the importance of keeping your home warm rises, scammers are taking full advantage of the situation by targeting utility customers; threatening to shutoff power unless payment is made to a fraudulent bill collector.  Seattle City Light is receiving 25 to 30 reports per week from customers targeted by such scams, often some of Seattle's most vulnerable residents. Scammers commonly target non-English speaking individuals, elderly and small business owners. They use phone calls, email, even home visits, posing as Seattle City Light employees. In the scam, they demanding the customer's financial and personal information in addition to payment with a pre-paid credit card (MoneyPak/GreenDot) or else the customer will face an immediate shutoff of service. Seattle City Light does not call, email or visit customers demanding immediate payment to avoid shutoffs. Anyone who falls behind on payments will receive at least two written notifications before the shutoff process starts.  Additionally, City Light employees will never need to enter your home to conduct any kind of test. If someone claiming to be from City Light approaches you at home and asks for personal or financial information, requests to enter your home, or cannot provide you with employee identification, immediately shut your door, secure your home and call 911.  If a customer suspects a scam attempt or has any questions regarding their bill, City Light urges them to call a customer service representative at (206) 684-3000. City Light is taking a proactive approach toward stopping scams through its "Spot It, Report it, Stop it," scam prevention campaign. To learn more about how you can end scams, please visit: The website offers various resources for customers to protect themselves and their family and friends from scams. Read more...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 -- 3:35 pm
November Laurelhurst Real Estate Report
Laurelhurst Blog - Thanks to Kim Dales for providing us with this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report.  Kim can be reached at 206.235.777 or  A Tale of Two NovembersNovember 2014 was a powerhouse in every sector of our market. The only problem, which has been inherent in every month, is lack of inventory, only one new listing in November and it went pending in 3 days with multiple offers.This November 6 homes closed versus only 1 in November 2013 and the average price increase was a whopping 70% from $574,500 in 2013 to an average of $978,000.As the end of the year approaches it is time to think about some annual maintenance for your home. Here is a short check list:o Annual furnace service. Make sure your furnace company puts a sticker on your furnaceo Earthquake strap your water heater. 2 straps: this is something a home inspector will call out during an inspectiono Do a visual inspection of your attic for rodent activity. Eliminate if necessary. * Remember if you don't find it an inspector will.o Place Carbon Monoxide monitors on each floor. This is now code in the City of Seattle effective April 2012o If you heat your home with oil please make sure you have it insured with the State and registered through PLIA Pollution Liability Insurance Agency. http://www.plia.wa.govHappy Holidays! KimNEW LISTINGSPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM  $600,000 thru $649,999       1                               4Total = 1Average price = $619,000PENDINGPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM  $600,000 - $649,999             1                              3$1,250,000 - $1,499,999       1                             52$1,500,000 thru $1,749,999  1                      &n Read more...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 -- 3:21 pm
Local Birder, Connie Sidles, Celebrating New Book Thursday Evening At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - Connie Sidles, 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, is having a special event on Thursday evening to celebrate the publication of her newest book, "Forty-Six Views of Montlake Fill."  The book is filled with poems, written by Connie, and illustrated by one of North America's best sumi artists, Hiroko Seki.To see a preview of the book, go here and click on "read more."Connie told us about the event which goes from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture:There will be poetry reading, free food and wine, and Hiroko is going to give a sumi demonstration. What we have in mind to do is, as I read a poem, she will paint a sumi illustration, and we'll both finish together. It should be a lot of fun.  Read more...
Monday, December 15, 2014 -- 10:38 am
Children's Hospital Apologizes For Early Morning Non-Permitted Delivery
Laurelhurst Blog - A few weeks ago, a large truck made a delivery at the Children's Hospital fire lane on NE 45th Street, across from 42nd Avenue NE around 6am. Children's posted about this on their Construction Blog, but only a few minutes before the delivery was to arrive on the same morning. Their Blog post says at 5:50am:Today, November  21, we will be bringing in a crane and large steel beams as part of our continuing construction. A large semi-truck will arrive with the crane around 6:00 a.m. and from that time until 8:00 a.m. the crane will be unloaded. The Laurelhurst Blog Staff checked with the City of Seattle and found no permit on file for this delivery. The City of Seattle has a noise ordinance policy that states that no commercial trucks are allowed in a zoned residential area before 7am.One nearby resident wrote:The delivery was startling and loud to hear so early in the morning, as Children's is always so good about not making any deliveries or loud noises in our neighborhood before 7am, So we were quite surprised to hear the loud beeping for quite a long time and well as loud noises.In addition the delivery was made to a small opening on NE 45th Street across from 42nd and 43rd Avenues NE. I don't believe that that area even has a driveway for deliveries so it doesn't seem to be a designated delivery area. Plus, it is in the middle of a zoned residential area. The delivery was not made to the loading dock, which is it in an zoned residential area, as it in a commercial area on Sand Point Way that allows deliveries before 7am. The Hospital's Blog post says the delivery would be at 6am, which it was. The post said the delivery was that early so as not to disturb traffic at NE 45th Street. Shouldn't there also have been flaggers since it sounded like it was quite a large truck. Todd M. Johnson, Vice President | Facilities & Supply Chain, at Children's sent the Blog Staff this email:Dear Laurelhurst Blogger,Please accept my sincere apologies for the early morning beeping noise that came from the Children's campus on November 21.  My team did not communicate to our neighbors in a timely and effective way.  We also failed to approach the City of Seattle to seek any needed permits for early morning delivery noise.  This was an oversight, due mainly to the fact that the team has not had to deal with these issues in quite a long time.  Those responsible for dropping the ball are aware of the errors, understand the impact on the community and offer their apologies as well.The beeping that neighbors heard was coming from a  truck delivering two very large "I" beams to be used in our Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit. The beams will provide structural support for a new connecting stairway between the fourth and fifth floors of the River building.  We are changing the unit to better meet the community's need for inpatient psychiatric services. Maneuvering the Read more...
Monday, December 15, 2014 -- 10:17 am
NEST Holding iPhone Workshop Thursday
Laurelhurst Blog - NEST (Northeast Seattle Together)  which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is having ta free public lectures on how to use an iPhone.The information says:Did you know that there are three ways to silence your ringing iPhone? Did you know that you can turn on your iPhone's flashlight in three taps, even when the phone is locked? If you lose your phone, do you know how to find it or render it unusable if stolen? And did you know that your iPhone can remind you stop stop at the bank when you go to the nearby grocery store?Join NEST and trusted vendor Chris Altwegg in which you will learn to do all this and more with your iPhone or iPad.  The class will be held on Thursday, from 1:00 to 2:30, at the NEST office, 5751 33rd Avenue NE. Space is limited to 10 people, so call or email the NEST office to sign up today, (206) 525-6378 or Read more...
Friday, December 12, 2014 -- 10:42 am
KING 5 News Story On Plans For More Portables At Laurelhurst Elementary School And Petition Circulation To Stop Addition Of Portables
Laurelhurst Blog - (Photo: KING 5 News)   KING 5 News recently reported on the School District's plans to add up to 4 more portables in total between the north and sough playgrounds at Laurelhurst Elementary School. Jill Geary, a Laurelhurst Elementary School parent, spoke about the issue on the news clip. She is  part of a group of concerned Laurelhurst Elementary parents calling themselves "Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning," with the motto, "Playgrounds Grow Students," who are against higher lot coverage and the addition of more portables.  Here is the King 5 article:           Growing enrollment and a mandate for smaller class sizes has the Seattle school district dealing with some serious space issues. Meg Coyle reports. KING 5SEATTLE -- Making more space to learn could mean less space to play. That's the dilemma facing at least one Seattle elementary school that could end up losing part of its playground for up to four more portables.Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning is trying to stop it. They say they're concerned about the district's effort to change the zoning so it can legally add more portables at Laurelhurst Elementary. The school is currently zoned for 35 percent building lot coverage. The district wants to increase that to 45 percent. "Play takes space," said parent Jill Geary. "And if you start filling up that space with portables where are the kids going to play?" In a written statement, the District admits adding portables reduces available play space for students. "However, it is a necessary step to have more instructional space when we don't have the current fiscal capacity to physically expand all of our buildings through a renovation process." Parents say Laurehurst already has the smallest lot size of all eleven northeast elementary schools and the highest building-to-lot ratio. "It doesn't make sense to put more kids on our playground and yet take away the space that they need to play and be healthy," said Geary. Geary also cites studies that suggest recess is critical to a student's overall success. And taking away play space sets a dangerous precedent. "Children need to be able to play. And they need to be outside. We're hearing more and more from every level that play is important to kids, important for their health and conquering the obesity problem," said Geary. The school's playground is divided. Younger kids play at the north end of the property and the older kids playing at the south end. The main school building sits in the middle. The school already has four portables on site. The district says it wants to add one more next summer. The city's Department of Neighborhoods is forming a committee to decide whether to approve the zoning departure. An on-line petition is also circulating, in conjunction with the group "Parents for Playgrounds Read more...
Thursday, December 11, 2014 -- 6:10 pm
Explore "Hidden Gems" in The Neighborhood
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Community Club published this information in a recent newsletter:Enjoy Our Neighborhood's Hidden GemsLaurelhurst enjoys several public shoreline properties - six street ends, with two of those wrapped in state waterways, and one stand-alone state waterway. There are also several stairways hidden around the 'hood that will hike the heart rate. These areas afford stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Washington, the Cascades, Mount Rainier, the top of the Space Needle, Union Bay, Husky Stadium, and more. Check out the variety of birds, count turtles sunning on logs, or launch a kayak.  Start exploring with some of the following:n Waterway No. 1, NE 35th St. and 43rd Ave. NEn Waterway No. 2, NE 41st St., Yesler Swamp arean NE 42nd St. stairsn NE 43rd St. end; stairs and lake access (huge sequoia)n 51st Ave. NE street end (Beach Club area)n NE 31st St. end; lake access from both the east and west endsn NE 32nd St. end; lake accessn NE 33rd St. end; viewpoint from street with lake access belown Belvoir Park lake access; 42nd Avenue NE near Surber Drive NEn The Laurelcrest stairs near the Beach Club: 82 steps!n Stairs at 55th Ave. NE and NE 43rd St.n Stairs between NE 45th St. and 54th Ave. NE Read more...
Thursday, December 11, 2014 -- 6:04 pm
Annual Nature Inspired Art Show At Miller Library
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Elisabeth C. Miller Library, located at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 41st Avenue NE), is having  its annual gift show "inspired by nature" through December 23rd. There is a selection of locally made arts and crafts available for purchase. Nature inspired gifts such as hand made tiles, letter press cards, and felted wool flower pins will delight recipients. Go here to see the complete list of artists. Read more...

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