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Friday, April 18, 2014 -- 10:14 am
Local Laurelhurst Birder's New Poem About Red-Winged Blackbirds
Laurelhurst Blog - Connie Sidles, a Master Birder and Seattle Audubon Society Board Member, is back to publishing her interesting posts with updates about the bird and plant life at the Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill:Introducing "Twitter" Poems   With this new post (in far too long, my apologies), I want to introduce a brand-new art form, one that I am calling "Twitter Poems," for lack of a better name. Twitter, as you all probably know, is the online micro-blogging app invented in 2006 that allows users to post very short messages. Each message can be only 140 characters long, including word spaces. My kids have been urging me for years to join social media networks and enter the 21st century. They decided that Twitter would be a good way to let me take baby steps into this brave new world. "Stop being a dinosaur," was their succinct, almost tweet-like way of putting it. So I gave in and joined Twitter.Much to my dismay, when I began to read other people's posts, I found most of them loaded with abbreviations, symbols, and references to who knows what. It was like trying to decode some secret language that I wasn't sure even was a language. As I am already trying to learn one new language (Portuguese), which at my age is not easy to do, I decided that anything I posted would have to be written in plain English.So I began. I soon discovered that writing anything sensible, lyrical, and meaningful in only 140 characters is quite a trick. Wonderful discipline for a writer, though. The spareness of my tweets began to resemble poetry, which I thought I might share with you. Below is my first blog-posted Twitter poem, in honor of one of my favorite Montlake Fill birds, the Red-winged Blackbird:In spring the Red-winged Blackbird sings his cranky song in the marsh, rough disharmony among the reeds. I guess even grumps can be in love. Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 7:56 am
Boardwalk Construction Has Begun To Yesler Swamp
Laurelhurst Blog - Friends of Yesler Swamp has recently posted about the first phase of construction, which has been in the works for 14 years, on the boardwalk out to the swamp. Yesler Swamp is located at the corner of NE 41st and Surber Drive.  A rough trail begins at the East parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, winds through the edge of the swamp and returns to the parking lot."The Swamp hides the outlet of historic Yesler Creek, skirts a lagoon that connects with Union Bay, and contains an active beaver hut," the website says. A rough trail begins at the East parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, winds through the edge of the swamp and returns to the parking lot.Here is the latest news from Friends of Yesler Swamp:The first phase of construction began on the boardwalk in Yesler Swamp. The attached photo shows the crew from Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) setting "diamond pier footings" and inserting metal pins to hold the footings in place, in preparation to actually installing the cedar boardwalk.  The crew is working on the west side of the swamp, so if you want to stop by, you can see how they are doing. They are setting the pin piles in the deepest portion of the west trail before the April 15th cut off date set by the Army Corp of Engineers. The WCC is diverted to help recover the victims of the mudslide and will return in June to install more footings and then lay down the cedar boardwalk itself.In response to the disturbance caused by this construction in the wetland we are mitigating by removing invasive plants and planting native plants within the swamp. Last year we had one senior UW group. This year we have 2 senior and one junior groups doing this work for us.  So you'll notice lots of pink ribbons and signs saying "restoration in progress" -- the work of many talented and energetic UW students to whom we are most grateful. Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have worked with us since 2009 to make the boardwalk a reality and restore this wonderful 6.4 acre site.(photo courtesy of Yesler Swamp) Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 7:50 am
Youth Sailing Open House Saturday At Sail Sand Point
Laurelhurst Blog -  On Saturday Sail Sand Point is having a free "Youth Sailing Open House" from 11-3pm.The information says:More than a dozen organizations have teamed up and Saturday so that parents and kids can come learn about the variety of options available. Programs are available for children as young as five years old all the way through high school. Land activities include knot tying, rigging, burgee making, and relay races.  Sailing instructors will be on the water doing tacks and gybes to show kids what sailing in boats these sizes looks like. Free sailboat rides will also be available. (Weather dependent) Participating programs include:  Center for Wooden Boats: http://cwb.orgCorinthian Yacht Club:  http://www.cycseattle.orgGreen Lake Small Craft Center: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/grnlake.htm Mt Baker Rowing and Sailing: http://mbrsc.comQueen City Yacht Club:  http://www.queencity.orgSail Sand Point: www.sailsandpoint.org Schooner Zodiac: http://www.schoonerzodiac.com/ Sea Scouts - Puget  SoundSouth Whidbey Yacht Club: http://swyachtclub.org/ Sound Experience/Adventuress: http://soundexp.org/ SSS Yankee Clipper : http://yankeeclipperseascouts.wordpress.com/  Tacoma Yacht Club: http://www.tacomayachtclub.org/ YMCA Camp Orkila: http://www.seattleymca.org/Locations/Orkila/Pages/Home.aspx Sail Sand Point is located about five miles north of the University of Washington on the western shore of Lake Washington. The entrance to SSP is off of Sand Point Way NE at NE 74th Street.  For event information and questions contact Calla@48north.com or (206) 789-7350. Read more...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- 11:36 am
Your Chance On Friday To Weigh In To City Council On Tall, Skinny Houses On Back/Side Yard Houses Built On Undersized Lots, Two Already In Laurelhurst
Laurelhurst Blog -  House at 4812 NE 40th Street built on small side yard originally part of home next door Friday at 2pm, City Council is holding a public hearing on side yard/backyard houses on undersized lots in SF zone and proposed building code changes.  Over the last several years, several skinny houses on small lots have been built in Laurelhurst, all the work of developer, Dan Duffus, who is well-known around the city for building the houses which are modern in style, towering over the established homes beneath them and don't fit in with the character of the neighborhood.. One is located at 4812 NE 40th Street in Laurelhurst,in Laurelhurst, which sits on a piece of property 30 feet wide, and was segmented out of a side yard which was a total of only 80 feet wide. The house covers all the land, except for 10 feet of the house's previous yard. John Taylor, who lives directly behind the new home, commented in a Seattle Times article, that looming presence over his back yard is like "a guard tower." He said the neighbors had no notice from the city or the developer that a new house was being crammed in between two existing houses, on what had been the old house's yard. Nick Jenkins, another Laurelhurst resident, who lives next door to another tall, skinny house, has posted his experience titled "There goes the neighborhood and yours may be next" on his blog about going through the construction process and now living with one of these houses right next door to him.   The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to establish new standards for development of single-family houses on undersized lots in single-family zones.  The new standards would replace interim standards first established by Ordinance 123978.   Among other things, the proposed new standards would:·           Establish a minimum site size of 2,500 square feet in area; ·           Eliminate use of tax records and historic mortgages as a basis for establishing lot size exceptions; ·           Require consolidation for redevelopment of adjacent lots with areas less than 3,200 square feet; ·           Clarify the "75/80 Rule" for establishing lot size exceptions; ·           Establish a new "100 Percent Rule" exception for establishing lot size exceptions that are equal to the mean area of lots on the same block front; ·           Establish a Type II discretionary review process with notice and the opportunity for appeal for development on sites less than 3,200 square feet in area; ·           Esta Read more...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 -- 11:24 am
Calling All Laurelhurst Bicyclists For Neighborhood Bike Master Plan Meeting Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - We received this information on a special bicycle meeting tomorrow from 7-8pm at 3638 49th Avenue NE (Catherine Henning's home):An interested group of neighbors is starting to work on improving the bicycling environment in Laurelhurst and would like your input and ideas. We are hosting a "Bike Party" where you can learn more about our neighborhood bike routes included in the new Bicycle Master Plan.  The bike meeting  is to involve interested neighbors in sharing their concerns and ideas with completing the BMP and cycling in and around Laurelhurst. The New Bicycle Master Plan outlines routes through Laurelhurst neighborhood and the park that connect to Laurelhurst Elementary School, the new ramp at the intersection of 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way with a separated bike line in front of Children's' Hospital (a great connection), as well as the new signal crossing at Sand Point Way and NE 52nd Avenue NE. The routes include shared use routes, off road paths, through Laurelhurst Park, and possible greenway connections.    Some of the routes were suggested in the Livable Streets Initiative, a collaborative study  completed in 2009-2010 involving Children's Hospital, Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) and other NE Seattle neighborhoods. Come and share your biggest concerns about biking in Laurelhurst. Refreshments will be served!  Read more...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 -- 11:13 am
Free Vegetable Gardening Class Saturday At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - The Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 41st Avenue NE) is having a free class called Intensive Vegetable Gardening on Saturday from 10-11am. The information says:  Vegetable gardening may be a good fit with your healthy lifestyle. It provides moderate exercise and delicious, wholesome vegetables. In this class you will learn intensive gardening techniques to help you maximize your harvests, while minimizing your garden's size and the time it requires in your busy schedule.  RSVP online or call 206.685.8033.  Read more...
Monday, April 14, 2014 -- 11:42 am
Agenda For Tonight's Laurelhurst Community Club Board Meeting
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) is holding its monthly Board meeting tonight at 7pm at the Laurelhurst Community Center in the Fireside Room.Here is the agenda: 7:00 WELCOMEADMINISTRATION · Calls/Concerns from Neighbors· Changes to the Agenda · Announcements7:15 REPORTS/ACTION · Crime Prevention· SR520 Update· Mayor's Neighborhood Summit Update  · Burke-Gilman Multimodal Connector Project · Metropolitan Park District--Should LCC reaffirm its position opposing formation of an MPD?· Traffic/Pedestrian Safety Update8:30· Talaris Update (possible Executive Session)9:00 Adjourn Read more...
Monday, April 14, 2014 -- 11:42 am
Help Design Pictograms For New Sound Transit Stations
Laurelhurst Blog -  Sound Transit is currently developing pictograms for future Link light rail stations, including the nearby UW  Station, closest to LaurelhurstThe information says:A pictogram is an icon that conveys meaning through its pictorial resemblance of a physical object. Pictograms are used on Sound Transit's Link light rail station signage and way-finding materials. Paired with station names, they help identify stations and the surrounding neighborhood.  Share your ideas by completing this questionnaire.  listing up to three adjectives to describe each station area, up to three landmarks that represent the areas and, cutting to the chase, describing what image would make a good pictogram for the stations and why.Sound Transit plans to start service in 2016 to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington, in Seattle, and Angle Lake Station, in Sea-Tac; and in 2021 to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate. (photo courtesy of Sound Transit) Read more...
Friday, April 11, 2014 -- 8:28 pm
West Seattle schools: New principal for K-5 STEM, Ben Ostrom, moving from Highland Park Elementary
West Seattle Blog - ... the new AHES is built. Meantime, we don't have the official district announcement on this yet but our friends at Ravenna Blog report that Chris Cronas, who has been principal at Wedgwood Elementary in the north end, is moving to Highland Park ... Read more...
Friday, April 11, 2014 -- 8:07 am
Submit Your Suggestions Now For Neighborhood Bike Stations Coming In September
Laurelhurst Blog -              Hana, a Laurelhurst resident and staff member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, partnering with Puget Sound Bike Share (PSBS), would like to let the community know that input is being gathered now on proposed bike stations throughout Seattle.  "It would be great if as many people as possible could suggest stations in Laurelhurst and support the stations suggested by voting and commenting by going here to the bikeshare station public input tool.   This is an important opportunity to tell PSBS where you think a bike share station would work best in the neighborhood" she told us.Currently, PSBS's map shows only one bike "viable" bike station in Laurelhurst at Children's.  Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Children's Director of Transportation, told us that the hospital  contributed half a million dollars to Puget Sound Bike Share to host a station and to provide helmets throughout the system. He added that even though the station is their property, the station will be located adjacent to the public right of way and most importantly, it will be accessible by the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week.    "We are looking at putting the station on our side of the sidewalk on Sand Point Way, near the transit stop. We will pour a concrete pad to accommodate the station," he added. We asked Holly, Executive Director for PSBS why there is only "viable" station planned for all of Laurelhurst and she responded:The station at Seattle Children's is indeed an exception to the 1,400 feet rule and it's placement is solely due to the institution's long time commitment to bike share and sponsorship of the program.  While we wish we could include more stations in the neighborhood, we are restricted by our budget, which currently affords 50 stations to be spread across the U-District, Capitol Hill, SLU and downtown.  The good news is that our September launch is only Phase I of a larger system, which will expand as quickly as funding and demand allows.        Some of the proposed bike locations submitted by residents are:Center for Urban HorticultureLaurel Village - UW Student/Family HousingNorth west side of Laurelhurst Park  Here are some comments left on the site about Laurelhurst stations:It is important to have at least one station in Laurelhurst where the 25 bus has been cut down to once her hour or lessThe station could support many people in Laurelhurst where the public transport is already pretty bad. This would be a great resource for this neighborhood because of the lack of public transportationStarting in September 50 bike stations with 500 bikes will be set up around Seattle, coordinated by PSBS, a nonprofit partnership of public and private organizations formed in June 2012 , with equipment Read more...
Friday, April 11, 2014 -- 6:17 am
Celebrate Urban Nature At Magnuson Park On Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog - Urban Nature Event last year   Seattle Parks and Recreation and EarthCorps are having its fifth annual Celebrate Urban Nature event at the Magnuson Park Community Center on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Family admission is $10 or $3 per person. Caspar Babypants performs nature songs and other kid favorites.Ongoing activities: Reptile show by Son of Reptileman, Sarvey Wildlife Raptor presentationAnimal Encounter's "special spring animals" petting farm and exotic bug zooInsect SafariArt and nature activities including a Nature Explorers LabNature themed carnival Interactive booths from numerous organizations like Just Frogs Foundation, Bats Northwest, and NOAA"Don't miss this event...it will be fun, educational, and something for everyone!:"the poster says.For more information call 206-684-7026. . Read more...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 -- 5:22 pm
Long Time NE 45th Street House To Be Demolished For Two Houses, Submit Your Comments Now
Laurelhurst Blog -   4720 NE 45th Street to be demolished for 2 new houses(view from front)             view from corner of lot at NE 45th Street and 48th Avenue NE The yellow house at 4720 NE 45th Street, built in 1936, directly across from St. Stephens Church, is slated to be demolished and replaced with two homes sitting each on roughly 5000 square feet.  The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is accepting comments on this, Project #3016836 and #3016832, through April 16th. This project is a short plat and therefore allows for public comment and possible appeal, Branin, the DPD Land Use Planner assigned to the project.told us  Any future home construction would not require any public notice, he added. The application was submitted on March 12th to the CityThe owner, Thomas Hall, who bought the 2000 square foot home in 1990, and hasn't lived there for quite some time, also owns the small house next door, 4711 48th Avenue NE.   One Home Per Lot, , a city-wide grassroots group monitoring large homes built on side and backyards of existing homes, including several in Laurelhurst, told us that possibly the house on the other side, 4716 NE 45th Street, might be part of the re-development, as three existing addresses are shown on this DPD page under the section titled "Permit Remarks." However, Branin told us that he has "no permits or projects that show the other two homes are to be removed." 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, 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 , approved but pending final signatures, done on the lots addressed 4716 NE 45th Street, 4511 48th Avenue NE and 4720 NE 45th Street.  One Home Per Lot 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 (lo Read more...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 -- 4:52 pm
Free Class Saturday on Beautifying A Parking Strip At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog -  UW Botanic Gardens' Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street)  is offering a free class called" Beautify That Boulevard! Inexpensive Steps to a Striking Strip: on Saturday from 10-11am.The information says:   Ever wonder what to do with that strip of weedy grass between the sidewalk and the street in front of your house? You'd like to have it look nice but there are issues about time, money and - worst yet - maintenance? Let Master Gardener Mary Machala show you how to easily and inexpensively transform your boulevard into something eye-catching and unique. Along the way we'll talk about how to build up soil, composting, and plant ideas.RSVP online or call 206.685.8033.  Read more...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 -- 2:17 pm
New Science Laboratory On Talaris Campus Offering Interesting Saturday Class
Laurelhurst Blog - Sara, with HiveBio, located at Talaris since last year, would like to invite the neighborhood to their upcoming class on Saturday.HiveBio is "Seattle's first citizen science laboratory open to scientists and non-scientists to carry out scientific projects and research, as well as offering public workshops and classes with real practical hands-on science classes," Sara told us.On Saturday, HiveBio will be holding a workshop called "Introduction to Genetics using model organism C. elegans" taught by Hannah Chapin, PhD. and the cost is $15. Other classes they have offered are the study of lotion, candy, biofuels and intellectual property.Saturday's class information says:Genetic studies ask the organism "Which genes matter? And how are they important?" Learn why scientists use this tiny worm to teach about genetics, and how genetic tools can help answer complex questions lie "How is old material broken down in the cell?" and "What happens if that stuff isn't broken down?" Dr. Chapin will bring worms from her lab that students can view with our digital microscopes. HiveBio Community Lab was founded  just last year by Bergen McMurray and Katriona Guthrie-Honea. McMurray, a  scientist who "had been involved in DIY culture for many years and was interested in founding a biolab space wherein fellow citizen scientists could share resources, build community, and explore biosciences" Sara said. The mission of HiveBio is showing that science is fun and accessible to everyone, providing access to the equipment and lab space necessary to carry out biosicences research and exploration, and supporting a community of individuals interested in science, with an eye to the idea that greater diversity creates more innovation.Sara said that "the people who seem to enjoy our classes the most are interested in the topic, and want to explore it in a new way, with a new group of people."        Read more...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- 3:09 pm
Important SR520 West Approach Bridge North Rebuilding Meeting Thursday For All Affected Neighborhoods
Laurelhurst Blog - This diagram shows the net change in traffic patterns (in vehicles-per-hour) expected from the WABN plan (courtesy of TheMontlaker.com)Thursday night at 6:30pm, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is holding an informational meeting on the rebuilding of SR520 West Approach Bridge North (WABN) scheduled for this summer, which will be held at the Queen City Yacht Club (2608 Boyer Ave East).Colleen McAleer, a Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) Board member, told us that "this projects affects everyone in the neighborhood for the next 4 years with construction and access to SR520 and through to I-5. Many folks have questions and comments that can be addressed at the meeting."Colleen sent this information::Invitation to all Laurelhurst neighbors! Please attend to show your interest, and get your questions answered about this "partial " bridge and its impacts.The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) has been active in the Replacement of the SR520 Bridge and working with adjacent neighborhoods who share their concerns.The Montlaker Blog published this post last year: Good and bad in the new West Approach Bridge North and covered the WABN basics:o a new 3-lane elevated viaduct across Union Bay westbound o relocation of the Lake Wash Blvd exit ramp to 24th Ave E (the ex-MOHAI ramp) o a 14´ wide regional trail across the new floating bridgeThe two year plan will entail several mitigation projects, including a new Arboretum multi-use trail, wetland mitigation at the WSDOT Peninsula and Bryant Park -- a restored shoreline at the foot of Brooklyn Avenue next to UW. However, the WABN plan is pretty thin when it comes to mitigating local mobility impacts. Two areas that will receive a bit of attention are Montlake Blvd over 520 and the intersection of Lake Washington Blvd and 24th Ave E, which will be the new location of the existing Arboretum exit ramp.The improvements to Montlake Blvd reportedly will include new curb ramps and a rebuilt southbound transit island. At a January meeting with community representatives, WSDOT officials stated that metal railings separating pedestrian areas from traffic lanes would also be included. The basic lane configuration will remain mostly as is, except for the westbound Montlake Blvd exit ramp which will have two lanes terminating at a new signalized traffic light and the eastbound Montlake Blvd exit ramp will terminate with an extra left turn only lane. The northbound transit stop and bicycle lockers relocated.Go here for more information:WSDOT 520 site520 Legislative Work Group 520 Legislative Work Group Meetings520 Design Options Read more...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- 2:44 pm
"Rehabilitative Pruning" One Of Two Lectures Thursday At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - The Center for Urban Horticulture, located in Laurelhurst, is holding two lectures on Thursday as part of its Master Pruning SeriesFrom 9:30-11:30 is the first lecture called "The Shearables, the Hackables and the Untouchables with UW Botanic Gardens and PlantAmnesty."The information says:Some plants are cut to the ground each year.  But barely touch others and all hell breaks loose.  Find out which ones are which, and which ones to correctly shear.From 12:30-2:30 is the second lecture called "Rehabilitative Pruning. "The information says:What to do next for plants that have been seriously mal-pruned.  This advanced  class will discuss how to restore trees and shrubs to normal formGo here to register or call 206-685-8033. The cost is $30.(photo courtesy of CUH) Read more...
Monday, April 7, 2014 -- 3:05 pm
Important Public Hearing Tonight On Future of Community Centers and Programs Offered
Laurelhurst Blog - Bill Keller, with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC),  a committee that advises Parks and Recreation on a variety off issues, would like to let the community know about tonight's important City Council public hearing regarding the possibility of establishing a $54M Parks District aimed at restoring programs and community center hours, as well as attending to the $270M major maintenance backlog.   Currently, Community centers are currently open at 50% of their capacity and Parks faces a $270 million parks maintenance backlog.  The Laurelhurst Community Center became a "limited use" center in 2011 with total hours cut back to just 25, open from 9-2pm on weekdays and running with a staff of four. Several NE Seattle residents told us that they oppose the "Park District" idea as homeowners in NE Seattle could see their taxes go up by four times if the resolution passes tonight. NEDC  and the Seattle Community Council Federation  voted to support continued parks levies and to oppose the Park Districts as will be proposed tonight. The same  resolution was also passed by a 90% vote of the 46th Legislative District in favor of a parks levy but opposing an MPD. Here is the resolution passed by the 46th District Democrats for some of these reasons:A Parks Legacy Committee has been convened and has met for the past eight months to consider funding mechanisms for ongoing support of Seattle parks when the current levy expires, including a short-term levy, a mid-term levy, a permanent levy, and a Metropolitan Parks District; andThe latter two funding options represent permanent taxes which would never again come before the voters for approval, review, or input; andPeriodic public review of taxing authority is an essential part of the democratic process; no other mechanism insures this degree of accountability.We express our support for a short- or longer term parks levy (but not a permanent levy) and express opposition to a Metropolitan Parks District, as currently proposed.  Bill said that creating a Parks District "will provide stable, predictable funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation." Currently there are 17 other cities that have Park Districts including Tacoma. Many have been implemented in the last several years and have been highly successful, Bill added. The meeting takes place at 6pm at Council Chambers, City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue).   Abigial, who works for the campaign told us that:A Parks District is a proven way to deliver stable, sustainable funding for our Seattle parks, ballfields and community centers. If approved at the ballot this August, Seattle voters would establish a separate taxing district, with its own dedicated funding, that would be spent on supporting the maintenance, upkeep and operations of our more than 6,000 acres of City parklands spread over more than 450 separate p Read more...
Friday, April 4, 2014 -- 1:30 pm
Easy Way To Report Damaged City Signs In The Neighborhood
Laurelhurst Blog - stop sign, at the intersection of NE 41st and 42nd Ave. NE,   Blog readers are always sending in reports of City street signs down, damaged or aging. Figuring out how to report these to the City is often difficult navigating through the City's websites.Laurelhurst Community Club is now offering to take reports for residents and will them send them on to the City themselves, saving residents the time of finding and filling out the forms.To report a street sign that is down, faded, damaged, not legible or needs replacing or that has graffiti, send email to Robin, who works on road safety with the Laurelhurst Community Club at rdchalmers@comcast.net,. Include the type of sign, problem and exact location. You can also report issues to SDOT directly by calling 684-ROAD, using the mobile app or submitting a request via the online system, which includes forms for requests for signs that need maintenance, replacement, are damaged or need removal of graffiti, among many issues. Jim Curtin , SDOT Traffic Safety Coordinator, said that SDOT and SPU (Seattle Public Utilities) take care of graffiti depending on the location. Jim said "Our crews are pros at cleaning up signs and they will replace the signs entirely if the sign is worn."Recent reports of damaged signs include:Stop sign at NE 47th Street and 47th Avenue NE from being hit by a semi full of carsA downed speed bump sign on 49th Avenue NE and NE 45th StreetStop Sign that has lost it reflective capability on NE 41st Street and 42nd Avenue NEStop sign that needs replacing on the east side of 42nd Ave NE just south of NE 41st Street damaged curb stones at the top of "Suicide Hill"- south/west corner of NE 41st Street and 43rd Avenue NE)A neighbor who lives near the Boulevard wrote about the Stop sign on NE 41st Street and 42nd Avenue NE that "drivers at night can barely see the stop as the sign is no longer reflective at night. And it is especially bad for those who aren't aware that there is a stop there at the bottom of "Suicide Hill". Add rain to the equation and it could spell disaster!" Another resident in that area wrote "drive north along 43rd Avenue NE from NE 41st Street to NE 45th Street and you can hardly read any of those street signs they are so faded."  Jim told us that SDOT maintains and "extensive asset management systems and track the condition of just about everything on our streets from the pavement to signs to sidewalks. Records are updated consistently."Robin told us that "here are an awful lot of street signs out there that need replacing so please let me know as soon as you see one so that I can notify SDOT to have it taken care of."  Read more...
Friday, April 4, 2014 -- 1:28 pm
Hat Found At Sun Park
Laurelhurst Blog - This hat was left at Sun Park (corner of 47th Avenue NE and NE 47th Street) probably last week-end, we were told.Please email laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com for more information. Read more...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 -- 10:16 am
Interesting Laurelhurst Resident And Dog In Need Of Mother-in-law In Neighborhood
Laurelhurst Blog - Charda and her dog, GingerIn the recent issue of the Laurelhurst Newsletter, published by the Laurelhurst Community Club, a small ad seeking immediate housing, caught the eye of the Laurelhurst Blog Staff.  So we reached out to Charda Hastings, currently living on East Laurel Drive, who posted the ad, to learn more about her and found out about the medical hardships she has endured.  Charda spent her childhood caring for her mother, who suffered from kidney disease, and then ended up herself being diagnosed with the same disease at eighteen years old. Charda's mother ended up dying when Charda was only twenty two years old.We spoke with Charda, who is currently looking for a mother-in-law apartment, preferably still in Laurelhurst, to rent for a minimum fee as she is on a fixed income. She told us that she has lived as a guest of Henry Tenckhoff in his studio apartment for 15 years, but now must move.Many neighbors have met Charda, who is in a wheelchair, while she is out walking with her dog, Ginger, who is six years old.She writes:I love living in this neighborhood everyone watches out for each other and our animals and everyone is so friendly.The thought of having to leave this wonderful neighborhood I feel so safe in and love to chat on our walk's is very sad to me. If I don't find a place, I will be forced to move into low income where I feel I will be unsafe. Unfortunately,  there are approximately 10,000 people waiting on low income list.  I am one of those people on the list.  Charda told us that she met Henry when she was five years old in 1971, who is now a retired nephrologist, when her mother went on dialyses and he was her doctor.   She writes: This was back when dialysis was new and there were very few machines and so patient's were picked with criteria of age, did they have small children, could they raise enough. $10,000 dollars is what Ballard hospital raised for my mother.   So the committee let her live.So when I turned 10 years old my mom taught me to administer dialysis to her. So I took care of her till she died.  I was 22 when she died. She had asked Dr Tenckhoff to make sure I was okay as she knew her kidney disease was hereditary and that indeed I would need dialysis at some point too. I have pkd- polycystic kidney and liver disease and have been on dialysis for 9 years now. I worked in dialysis for a total of 17 years before I went on the machine myself.  I am working on getting a transplant at the UW.  I had 4 calls for transplants and they were not the best matches for me.  I got an infection from an injury so I am on hold until it is treated.  Charda told us about some of her hobbies and what she has been up to:For a few years I taught "Living Well With Chronic Conditions" classes at Group Health.  I enjoy seeing the new Read more...




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