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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 -- 10:15 am
Webster Point Underground Electrical Work Underway For One Year
Laurelhurst Blog -    Seattle City Light is upgrading the capacity and reliability of the electrical system near Webster Point, which will affect 84 residences in that area, approximately NE 33rd Street on the north, Webster Point Road NE on the south, East Laurelhurst Drive NE on the east and West Laurelhurst Drive NE on the west.  The work will take about one year to install underground conduits, vaults, and equipment in order to replace outdated 4kV electrical equipment with updated 26kV infrastructure throughout Webster Point.   Construction hours are planned for Monday through Friday 7:30am-4pm.  Bus route #25 will not be affected as the work will be adjacent to the route. Notices will be sent regularly to affected homes and a resident engineer from City Light will also be on site daily, as well as a contractor to interact with customers.     Mark, a Seattle City Light Representative, told the Blog Staff that it "is anticipated that construction will start at the intersection of NE 33rd Street and East Laurelhurst Drive NE, proceed around the loop clockwise back up to NE 33rd Street and finish off towards the west end of NE 33rd Street. This could change to accommodate construction modifications." Mark added that the current project location is southwest of last June's emergency cable replacement. This location is at the southern tip of Laurelhurst where it juts into Union Bay. The type of work is different as well he said. The City has hired KC Equipment to converting the current 4kV system to 26kV which includes these benefits:more switching points resulting in shorter outages with fewer customers affected when maintenance is requiredmeet mapping requirements allowing power outages to show on City Light's Websitehelp the electrical system run more efficiently and will reduce power lossesinstalling conduit and vaults will protect the higher-capacity 26kV system increasing reliability. The current 4kV cable is buried directly in the ground.  Mark said that planned outages may or may not be required and the crew won't know until they get into the work. If required, customers will be notified in advance.  Neighbors affected in June and December during the last City Light upgrades reported that they were not always notified of the outages and several days the outages were much longer than they were told.  Mark said commented that at that time the outages were "planned for eight hours, but crews found the cable became bunched as they pulled it out. The outage went past the planned restoration time as a consequence.  This new project does not involve pulling out old cable." Several  neighbors during the December upgrade also complained that City Light work damaged their cars.  One resident told the Blog Staff that his car had multiple damage areas on the car, due to dr Read more...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 -- 8:50 am
"Great Gardening Basics" Class Tonight At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog -  UW Botanic Gardens' Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is having a class called "Great Gardening Basics" tonight from 7-8pm. The information says:This talk is ideal for new gardeners and even a brush-up for veteran gardeners. It covers the basics of gardening starting with how to improve your soil, how to select plants that will thrive in your garden, proper planting, watering and pruning techniques, all for lasting success that will also save you time and money.  You will learn how to design and create a garden that is both beautiful and healthy - for you and the environment. Take home handouts with valuable resources (websites, apps, books, etc.) to help you succeed. The emphasis of this class is more on ornamental gardening as opposed to vegetable gardens. The cost is $15 and participants can register online,  or by phone at 206-685-8033. Read more...
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 -- 9:45 am
February Neighborhood Crime Report
Laurelhurst Blog - Here are reports of crime provided by Spotcrime which links back to the Seattle Police website:2/2    1:31pm   5000 block of 46th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE2/14   1:44pm 5000 block of 47th Avenue NERESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES. BURG - RES (INCL UNOCC STRUCTURES ON PROP) 2/14  4:12pm   4500 block of 45th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE2/17   8:38pm   5100 block of 47th Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE2/16 12:05pm   4800 block of NE 41st StreetSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE2/16  5:13pm  4200 block of 51st Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - SILENT/AUD PANIC/DURESS2/20   8:11am   4500 block of East Laurel DriveSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE2/20 12:15pm   3600 block of NE 47th StreetSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. SUSPICIOUS PERSON, VEHICLE OR INCIDENT2/20   8:00pm   4700 block of 49th Avenue NEGUN CALLS. SHOTS - IP/JO - INCLUDES HEARD/NO ASSAULT2/23   5:27pm   4800 block of NE 43rd StreetSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE2/25  9:40am 3 800 block of 42nd Avenue NESUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. ALARM - RESIDENTIAL - BURGLARY, SILENT/AUDIBLE2/28   2:46am  3200 block of West Laurelhurst DrivePROPERTY DAMAGE. PROPERTY - DAMAGE Read more...
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 -- 8:34 am
Don't Miss Roosevelt High School's Performance Of "The Little Mermaid" This Week
Laurelhurst Blog -    Abby Jernberg  Roosevelt High School Drama students will be presenting Disney's musical,The Little Mermaid, starting tomorrow through Sunday with seven shows in four days, including three matinees. Laurelhurst's Abby Jernberg will be performing as Ariel in several shows. She has grown up in the neighborhood, attended Laurelhurst Elementary School, and has been a lifeguard at the Beach Club.   Elliott Moore, a high school junior, and also long time Laurelhurst resident and Laurelhurst Elementary alum, also has a lead role in the production.  Roosevelt High School, which has the only full time drama program in the Seattle School District, was one of a few high schools across the country chosen by Disney to "pilot" the high school version of the musical, a Roosevelt parent told the Blog staff.Ruben Van Kempen, long time Theater Director, recently announced his retirement on Instagram, saying "After 38 years of public education, I have decided to join my wife, Myrnie, in retirement starting this June."The Roosevelt News recently printed this article: In 2015, only five high schools in the United States will be allowed to perform Disney's The Little Mermaid. Roosevelt will be one of them.    Two years ago, the Walt Disney company conducted a nationwide search for high schools to perform a stage adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid.  Ruben VanKempen, Roosevelt's theater director, applied to perform the show in September 2013. Eight months later, VanKempen received an email from Disney Theatrical informing him that Roosevelt had been chosen to perform The Little Mermaid. Roosevelt's drama department has performed stage adaptations of other Disney musicals over the years, such as 2013's Beauty and the Beast and 2015's upcoming Mary Poppins.  However, March 4th will be the drama department's first production of The Little Mermaid.  Student actors were required to attend a single audition in order to be considered for both The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins. Auditioning performers had to prepare and present 16 bars of a song from a published musical. Each actor was also required to learn two different dance combos on the day of the auditions.  In the end, two different actresses were cast as the titular mermaid: seniors Abby Jernberg and Bay Loovis. Loovis says that her portrayal of Ariel will deviate from the film version. "I'm trying to stay fairly true to the movie, but I'm planning on making her more torn between her family and her own wants and needs. I feel like in the movie she kind of leaves her family without a second thought, and that doesn't seem very realistic to me," says Loovis. Jernberg adds that Ariel's backstory is fleshed out more in the stage version, with greater emphasis placed on her mother's death.  Roosevelt's production of The Little Mermaid diverges from the source Read more...
Monday, March 2, 2015 -- 10:35 am
Be Sure To Attend Public Meeting March 17th On Whether City Approves Adding More Portables To Laurelhurst Elementary School Playgrounds
Laurelhurst Blog - The first meeting of the Laurelhurst Elementary School Design Departure Committee, open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30pm in the School Cafeteria.The public is encourage to attend and give their input during the public comment period. If residents cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to the address below."We hope to see a very big showing of concerned neighbors and school parents.  This meeting could be the only opportunity to voice opposition to a permanent increase of Laurelhurst School lot coverage zoning," Christi Nagle, heading up the "Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning," a group of concerned Laurelhurst Elementary parents said. The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) sent out this information:Meeting scheduled to discuss zoning change request for Laurelhurst Elementary SchoolPublic is invited to attend and provide comments on March 17  A public meeting is scheduled to discuss the Seattle School District's request for a waiver from City zoning regulations regarding Laurelhurst Elementary School. The request is to modify current regulations to allow additional portable classrooms above the allowed lot coverage of 45%. This meeting will include a presentation on the requested modification before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives that is formed to address School District requests for a zoning departure. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments concerning the request.   Following public testimony, the committee will make a recommendation to either grant outright, grant with conditions, or deny the requested zoning modifications; or it can decide to hold additional meetings. The final decision is made by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.  If the public cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to: Steve Sheppard Seattle Department of Neighborhoods 700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700 P.O. Box 94649 Seattle, WA 98124-4649  Here is the list of the Departure Committee members  who will advise the City on whether  up to four more portables should be added to the two already small playgrounds at Laurelhurst Elementary School.The 30-90 day process will follow these steps as outlined on the DON website. "Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning" is against higher lot coverage and the addition of more portables stating that:Studies confirm that quality outdoor play space is critical for healthy learning. Open space that now serves as basketball, soccer, kickball and football play areas would be eliminated.Families in the neighborhood benefit from the school's recently upgraded playground (funded by neighbors -­- not SPS), whether it's during school, evenings or weekends.Laurelhurst already has the smallest lot size of all 11 NE elemen Read more...
Monday, March 2, 2015 -- 10:17 am
Drop-in Programs At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog -     The Laurelhurst Community Center offers several ongoing drop-in programs. For more information about these programs contact the Community Center Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529.Indoor Toddler Playland   Ages: 4 and youngerWednesdays 9:30 a.m.-noon at Laurelhurst Community Center   Closed for summer:  July 1-Aug 26 Get out of the cold weather and into a play land filled with toys to keep your little ones busy! It features a mini bounce house, kitchen set, push bikes, blocks, trains, tunnels and more! American Mahjong  Mondays noon-3 p.m. $3 per person/$2 ages 65+Drop in play for Intermediate/Advanced players.   Book Club 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1-2.p.m.  FREEPick up the current book at the community center. Read more...
Friday, February 27, 2015 -- 8:24 am
Bidding Starts Monday For Laurelhurst Elementary School Auction
Laurelhurst Blog - Laurelhurst Elementary School's annual on-line auction, the largest fundraiser of the year put on by the PTA,  opens for bidding on Monday and is live until Friday, March 13 at 1am.  The eBay style online auction s open to all friends, neighbors and family. One-hundred percent of auction proceeds are reinvested back into the school to support programs including music, art, technology, tutors and more.We'd love to invite your subscribers to check it out," Bev, one of the coordinators told us.She added:As a fellow subscriber, I think your audience will find the online auction of interest due to the large variety of items we'll have to bid on.  Furthermore, so many Laurelhurst residents have some relationship to the school - past or present - and I think the auction is a great way to support the kids, teachers and staff, while bidding on some exciting items.  With your bid, not only do you have the chance of winning some great items, but you are also helping Laurelhurst Elementary School to continue to provide so many opportunities that make Laurelhurst so great. The money earned is used to provide the students at our neighborhood public school with both critical staffing and exciting enrichment programs that make our school great.The Laurelhurst PTA financially supports many programs that would not be provided at our school otherwise including an Art Program, Full Day Instrumental Music, Vocal/General Music, and even basics for classroom supplies, library books and technology support.   Over 300 items are available to bid on, many donated from local, neighborhood businesses including: Spa and beauty treatments Sports Memorabilia, included signed Russell Wilson, Dwaine Wade, and Reggie Bush jerseys  Gift certificates for lots of great restaurants  Gift certificates for many local retailers  Deals on many summer camps  Lots of gym memberships & personal trainers  Tickets to popular sports & entertainments eventsTrips to Mexico, Seabrook, Snowbird, Whistler, and Vashon Island  Go here to sign in  to start bidding on Monday.  . Read more...
Friday, February 27, 2015 -- 8:05 am
Sunglasses Found At Park
Laurelhurst Blog - The Blog Staff received this information:My son found some sunglasses in the bushes at the park on Monday afternoon, February 23rd. They are Prada wrap style glasses. I am assuming they're real so probably somewhat expensive.  We would love to be able to return them to the owner. Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com for more information. Read more...
Thursday, February 26, 2015 -- 10:18 am
Bill Fails At State Level Yesterday That Would Have Provided Notice To Surrounding Neighbors Of Tall, Skinny Homes Built On SideYards Of Upcoming Construction
Laurelhurst Blog -  Tall, skinny house under construction on former side yard on NE 40th Street in 2012   Yesterday in Olympia, State Representatives Pollet, Tarleton, Ryu, Santos and Gregerson tried to get passed legislation (HB 1084), trying to force the City of Seattle to provide the surrounding neighbors with official notice when the Seattle Department of Planning and Development is considering allowing a developer to build a new, full-size home in the backyard or side yard of an existing home.One Home Per Lot, a multi-neighborhood Seattle-wide grassroots movement fighting small, skinny homes, which also includes Laurelhurst residents, sent out this update following yesterday's meeting:Thank you to all who wrote, emailed and made phone calls in support of state house bill 1084, which would have forced the city of Seattle to provide neighborhood notice whenever a new home is proposed for construction in a single-family neighborhood.Unfortunately, we just learned that the bill failed to be voted out of committee (the first step for any state legislation). That means it's dead and will no longer be considered this year.  This is the second year in a row that the bill failed to be voted out of committee. It often takes several tries, so maybe next year state representatives will be more supportive of Seattle's neighborhoods. In the meantime, we continue to wait for the Seattle city council to consider similar legislation.The Laurelhurst Community Club supported the bill saying:Without this change in law, neighborhoods have 21 days to challenge a land use decision--but they have no notice of the decision. This is not due process. With the pressure for increased density, property lots continue to be subdivided far below the lot size specified in Seattle's Land Use Code, as there are exceptions that allow this with no notice to affected neighbors.   These new developments more often than not exceed height and lot coverage restrictions and setback requirements.  Neighbors should have an opportunity to comment before the bulldozers show up. Affected neighbors and community councils should have notice of proposed development on these undersized lots, an opportunity to comment and the right to appeal to the Hearing Examiner.  Currently, this exception is considered a Type 1 decision with no notice, opportunity to comment or appeal to the Hearing Examiner.Zoning loopholes, exploited by some developers, have resulted in building inconsistent with the height, bulk and scale of surrounding homes on lots as small as 1,050 square feet in Single Family 5,000 zones.  This infill development is destroying the character of neighborhoods with major adverse valuation and aesthetic impacts upon surrounding homes.  In addition, existing privacy evaporates with the new intrusive views, and window placements.Nick,  a Laurelhurst reside Read more...
Thursday, February 26, 2015 -- 9:54 am
Audubon Society Field Trip Saturday To Union Bay Natural Area
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Audubon Society is having a  birding fieldtrip on Saturday to Laurelhurst's Montlake Fill, also knows as the Union Bay Natural Area.The information says:All are welcome on this trip to an urban oasis.  We will focus on using not only sight but also sound to identify and observe as many bird species as possible; should be at least 40!   At this time of the year the Fill offers wintering water- and songbirds, raptors, and often produces a nice surprise as well, including the possibility of the earliest spring migrants!   Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level but very muddy ground.  Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm and dry while being exposed to the wintry elements.   Please note that facilities will likely not be available on-site, but you can first stop by the QFC at nearby University Village.  Scopes welcome if you're willing to carry it (leader will have one).  Over by noon.The leader is Evan Houston (field trip day only 206-327-5352. Meet at 7:30am at the Center for Urban Horticulture east parking log by the Douglas building and greenhouse. For a complete list of fieldtrips and more information go here. Read more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 10:33 am
Some Interesting History Of Laurelhurst's "Town Of Yesler"
Laurelhurst Blog - The Friends of Yesler Swamp, located in Laurelhurst, has published a variety of posts regarding the history of Yesler Swamp, including history of the area from settlement, sawmill, town of Yesler, historic photos, videos, source notes and more.The website says: Most people know that Henry Yesler once ran a mill in downtown Seattle at the foot of what we now call Yesler way. But what does Yesler Swamp have to do with the famous Seattle pioneer? Find out the answer to this and lots more.  Here is one of the excerpts from their Blog about Henry Yesler, for whom the "Town Of Yesler" is named in Laurelhurst. Yesler built a sawmill poised in an advantageous location near where the Center of Urban Horticulture is today, to take advantage of the timber boom.  1892 - HENRY YESLER BUILDS A SAWMILLIn the late 1880's, Henry Yesler and his company bought 23 acres of land on the western edge of Surber's property.[17] There, near where the Center for Urban Horticulture stands today, Yesler built the saw mill on the north shore of Union Bay. This early map [18] shows Yesler's property and the Seattle Ice Company, which occupied about half an acre next to Yesler's mill:Baist Map 1912  In Yesler's day, the shores around Lake Washington were being rapidly logged to supply the demand for lumber for Seattle and for shipment down the coast to San Francisco. Laurelhurst was largely stripped of trees, most likely sawn into lumber at Yesler's mill.  "Union Bay looking east from the UW campus ca. 1916," University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections UWC 1856.  Yesler's Mill was ideally situated to take advantage of the timber boom. Logs could be floated on giant rafts from the forests circling Lake Washington. By 1887, the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad had reached the north shore of Union Bay, following the route that is now the Burke-Gilman trail.[19] In 1888, the railroad arrived at "Yesler Junction," a depot behind present day University Village at 30th Avenue NE.[20] "Lake Shore & Eastern Railway," University of Washington Special Collections 5473   Soon after, a railroad spur connected the main line to Yesler's mill along what is now Mary Gates Drive. An 1895 map shows the route of the railway and the spur to Yesler's mill.[21]"Montlake ditch, n.d.," University of Washington Libraries Special Collection University of Washington, Special Collections UW 4291.  Timber reached Yesler's saw mill by water, and finished lumber could be shipped to market by either rail or water. Competing sawmills on Lake Union and in Seattle were at a disadvantage here because before the Montlake cut was opened in 1916, logs had to be dragged to mills on Lake Union or Seattle across the narrow isthmus of land connecting the lakes. The waters over Yesler Swamp served as a mill pond for storing logs. The 1904 map clearly shows the trestle and log booms s Read more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 10:31 am
"Meet An Engineer Night" At Northeast Branch Library Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having "Meet An Engineer Night" from 6:30-7:30pm tomorrow evening. The information says:Find out what it takes to pursue a career as an engineer.  Join The Seattle Public Library and Pacific Science Center as we celebrate Engineers Week with programs that introduce youth to the wonder of engineering and the importance of science literacy! Love computer games? Meet a computer engineer from the UW Center for Game Science who builds games that are fun and solves real world problems. Also on hand will be two veteran engineers, one civil and one electrical, who can answer real career questions.Warm beverages and snacks provided. For ages 12 and up. For more information go here. Read more...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 -- 3:16 pm
Laurelhurst Elementary School Cars Reguarly Violating Parking Laws On West Side Of 46th Avenue NE
Laurelhurst Blog -  Sign facing south on 46th Avenue NE   Cars parking along west side of 46th Avenue NE    Cars parking along west side of 46th Avenue NE  Looking south at multiple cars parked along west side of 46th Avenue NEDespite "No Parking" signs on the west side of 46th Avenue NE, directly across the street from Laurelhurst Elementary School, cars still park up and down the street, sometimes for long periods of time, while going into the School. Many many years ago residents along that street worked with the City to have parking allowed only on one side due to the narrowness of the street. With cars parked on both sides, it is very hard for fire trucks, large vehicles and even cars to safely move up and down the street when both sides have parked cars. Every morning and afternoon when school starts and lets out, multiple cars park along the street's west side waiting for their children to come out of school, sometimes with drivers waiting in the cars, but usually no one in the car. Most of the vehicles usually park north, facing the opposite direction of the traffic going south, as the City calls  "Wrong side parking" which is a $47 infraction. The City Municipal code says:11.72.470 - Wrong side parking. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle on that portion of any street or alley lawfully set aside for the parking of vehicles or movement of traffic in the direction opposite to that which the parked vehicle faces                                   One resident said he recently asked a parking violator to move her car and the woman started "screaming" at him and refused to move her car. When others are asked to move they say it will only be a minute, though not even any time is allowed, just as on any City street where there is a "No Parking" sign. The City of Seattle Municipal Code states:11.72.330 - Posted signs.    No person shall:A.Stop, stand or park a vehicle at any place or time where official signs prohibit stopping;B.Stand or park a vehicle at any place or time where official signs prohibit standing; or C.Park a vehicle at any place or time where official signs prohibit parking. According to the City's Municipal Code the parking infraction charge is $47. In addition, driver often use the fire lane as a loading/unloading zone or even as a parking spot.  One parent was seen doing this and she said "I'll only be a minute!" However if there was an emergency at the school, where would the firetruck and ambulance park?  The City code states about this: 11.72.185 - Fire Lane states "No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within any fire lane" and this infraction is also $47. Cars also often block resident's driveways so that Read more...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 -- 10:41 am
Enter To Win VIP Tour Of UW Light Rail Station Tour
Laurelhurst Blog - Sound Transit is holding a contest to win a behind the scenes tour of the UW Light Rail Station. Here is more information:University of Washington Station VIP Tour!Shop or dine at a *participating U District or Roosevelt business and enter to win a behind the scenes Sound Transit VIP Tour of the University of Washington light rail station.To be eligible, you must spend at least $5 and complete an entry form at one of the participating businesses. You can enter every time you visit. You must be at least 18 years old.A drawing will be held in May 2015 to select the winners. You will be notified by email or phone. No entry form information will be sold to an outside party and this prize has no cash value.The University of Washington Station is part of University Link Extension  opens in 2016! Be one of the first to visit the station.*U District participating businesses: Brooklyn Avenue DentalCedars of LebanonFlower's Bar and Restaurant Haagen DazsKai's Bistro and LoungeMy Favorite DeliNasai TeriyakiNeptune Music Company Samir's Mediterranean GrillUgly Mug CaféRoosevelt participating businesses:East West Bookstore Health MuttNature Nails and SpaPies and PintsRoosevelt VacuumShoe AdvantageSport ClipsSubway Taco Del MarTeddy's The Yogurt WayThrive ToronadoUPS Store For more info email, northlink@soundtransit.org. Read more...
Monday, February 23, 2015 -- 1:09 pm
New Police Beat And North Precinct Officer For Neighborhood Due TO SPD's Recent Shift Of Beat Boundaries
Laurelhurst Blog -    For the first time since 2008, the Seattle Police Department has shifted the boundaries of its 51 police beats, including Laurelhurst, which is now in police beat Union3.  Elizabeth Scott, North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator recently sent out this information:   The new beats will now more closely reflect Seattle's census tracts to match officer allocation to the recent growth and shifts in Seattle's many neighborhoods. The North Precinct , which includes Laurelhurst, will continue to consist of five police sectors: Boy, John, Lincoln, Nora and Union, each sector containing three police beats each.    Sergeant Dianne Newsom, with the North Precinct Community Police Team, told the Blog staff:Whereas Laurelhurst used to be police beat Lincoln 3 (L3), Laurelhurst is now within police beat Union 3 (U3).  Additionally, your Community Police Team (CPT) officer has also changed, your new CPT officer is Officer Mike Lanz (formerly Officer Kip Strong), whose new area covers  Laurelhurst, Windemere, Bryant, Wedgewood, Sand Point areas and existing areas of University District (the Ave), Ravenna, Roosevelt and  Greek System areas.The new district configuration was done to align calls for service in census tract with neighborhoods. To reflect the greatness of our neighborhoods which allows officers to work the neighborhood police plans with neighbors to address the concerns from the neighborhood policing planYou switch from Lincoln 3 to Union 3. This does not change police staffing as it is in response to calls for service.       Here is the press release:SPD Adds Supervisors, Shifts Police Beats As Part of Reform Efforts   For the first time since 2008, the Seattle Police Department is shifting the boundaries of its 51 police beats. The change will improve officer supervision and public safety service, better align police patrols with Seattle's neighborhoods, and achieve a major milestone in the department's work toward reform with the Department of Justice.Beginning January 28th, the department has increased the number of patrols squads and sergeants at each of SPD's five precincts, improving each precinct's officer-to-supervisor ratio. This will enable supervisors to work more closely with officers, providing guidance in investigations, reviewing use of force, and ensuring quality of public service. SPD's five precincts beats will also more closely reflect Seattle's census tracts, to match officer allocation to the recent growth and shifts in Seattle's many neighborhoods. Beat realignments are a common practice for law enforcement agencies throughout the country, allowing police departments to account for city growth and population density changes.  The last time SPD redrew its boundaries was in 2008.  Now, six years later, the department has again taken the oppo Read more...
Monday, February 23, 2015 -- 12:44 pm
"Robot Challenge" At Northeast Branch Library Today
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having a "Robot Challenge" today from 4:30-5:30pm. The information says:Join The Seattle Public Library and Pacific Science Center as we celebrate Engineers Week with programs that introduce children to the wonder of engineering and the importance of science literacy! Program your own robot to compete with others in an obstacle course. Using high functioning robots, investigate the steps engineers take to design a robot and learn about careers around the globe that use robots for exploration and new technology.  For ages 8 and up.  Registration is required.  For more information go here. Read more...
Friday, February 20, 2015 -- 7:43 am
Parked Car Hit Near St. Bridgett's Church Last Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email:We live across from the entrance to St. Bridget's church on 49th Avenue NE and NE 50th Street.  Drivers heading down the hill from NE 50th Street and 50th  Avenue NE (entrance to Villa Academy) drive too fast and can't make the left turn onto NE 49th Street without hitting our parked car.On Valentine's Day our Volvo's front right door was hit and the mirror also ripped off, while it was parked in front of our home.   This is the second time in under 6 months that a car parked in front of our home has been hit from people driving too fast around this corner and not paying attention to parked cars and there is no reason why this should continue to happen. No one stopped to leave a note.  If you or your child did this, out of the kindness of your heart, please let us know.  I am your concerned neighbor and one that prefers not to have to call our insurance company when I was simply on my way to church last Sunday morning.  Unfortunately our corner always get trouble.  Every few years one of our cars gets "keyed" - new paint on driver's door 3x for my van.   I even had a woman pass by while I was sitting in my parked car in the same spot, and she hit my mirror last spring.  I saw her pull to the right ahead of me, so thought she was stopping - so I got out of my car to go talk to her, since she hit me while trying to pass a school bus going the opposite direction instead of waiting.  But alas, she took off driving after getting around the bus and I couldn't chase her down on foot, or get her license number.  Really thought she would do the right thing.  I had to repair my mirror and she even saw me in the car.  Crazy. Read more...
Friday, February 20, 2015 -- 7:30 am
Montlake Boulevard Lane Closures This Week-End
Laurelhurst Blog - Sound Transit's contractor are closing lanes on Montlake Boulevard this week-end to continue with the ongoing construction of the University of Washington Station's pedestrian/bicycle bridge. Northbound lanes will be closed from 6am-7pm.  Northbound traffic must turn left from Montlake Boulevard onto NE Pacific Street, right onto NE Pacific Place and turn left back onto Montlake Boulevard at the signal.  One southbound lane will be closed  between NE Pacific Place and NE Pacific Street. Signage and flaggers will direct vehicles around the work area. For more information call the 24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395 or Visit the University of Washington Station project page. Read more...
Thursday, February 19, 2015 -- 7:50 am
Car Break-In On NE 45th Street
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:We live on the 4700 block of NE 45th Street near 48th Avenue NE and our locked car was broken into on February 13, sometime between 11pm-6am, while parked in our driveway.  They pried open the back of the car to get in, and disconnected the battery to prevent the alarm from sounding. We had no valuables in the car, so nothing was taken.  Read more...
Thursday, February 19, 2015 -- 7:48 am
"Vanishing Of The Bees" Screening On Sunday About Preserving Bees, Especially Around The Airport
Laurelhurst Blog -  Bess Nuland, Program Manager at Global Visionaries, a local non-profit that "empowers young people to be global leaders in creating a just and sustainable future", is hosting a youth-led film and lecture series at University of Washington called Visionary Viewings as a fundraiser for the program.  The second in the six part monthly film and lecture is on Sunday from 4:30-7pm with the viewing of "Vanishing of the Bees" with Guest speakers Kirin Bhatti of The Common Acre and local beekeeper, Korvus Blackbird who will discuss the bees' innovative Flight Path Project, which puts beehives in the scrub space around SeaTac airport. Bess said that the team selected this topic "to introduce young people and the Seattle community to colony collapse disorder and to illuminate the urgent need to preserve and care for bees.'Film SynopsisHoneybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.Guest Speakers Kirin Bhatti will discuss how The Common Acre, a local nonprofit that has put bee hives in the green spaces around the Seattle/Tacoma airport to help restore the native bee population , is creating a new model for land use, public-private partnership, and cultural engagement through their innovated Flight Path Project. Partnering with SeaTac Airport, the Flight Path will turn scrub land into pollinator habitat, raise better bees, and transform a corner of the concourse into a sparking art and education exhibit. Korvus Blackbird is an environmentalist, teacher, poet, and beekeeper. Korvus is an instructor with Sustainable Urban Vision, an urban farming and food justice program that centers youth knowledge and experience to promote food justice, accountability, and community. He is passionate about beekeeping and has been known to talk about bees for hours in ways that youth and adults alike find easy to understand and remember.  The event will be held at the University of Washington, Savery Hall Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased here and include a snack and drink. For more information about Global Visionaries go to the website and Facebook page.      Read more...

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