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Neighbor Appreciation Day Saturday, February 13

January 19th, 2016 by sarawilly

Celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Residents, community groups, and businesses across Seattle will join together on Saturday, February 13 (and the week of) to celebrate.

A few ways to celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. If the event is open to the public, you can post it to our events calendar.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, community centers, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
  • Take your neighbor to a FREE Seattle University Redhawks basketball game. Visit this link and use Promo Code “NEIGHBORDAY” to receive tickets. For questions call 206-398-4678.
  • Share a “great neighbor” story or tell us how you are celebrating using #neighborday. Post it to our Facebook page.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Click here for more information or contact Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov.

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Encouraging Backyard Cottages – Community Meeting with CM MikeO’Brien

January 13th, 2016 by sarawilly

The public is invited to a meeting on Backyard Cottages with Councilmember Mike O’Brien:

February 3, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Wallingford Community Senior Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N

The purpose of the meeting is to get public input on potential land use code changes that would encourage greater production of backyard cottages (also called detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs). CM Mike O’Brien and staff from the Office of Planning & Community Development will be available to discuss ideas and questions on a range of potential code changes they are exploring in anticipation of legislation to be drafted in late February and early March.

For more information, please visit the  project website.

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Extended lane closures start in two weeks along SR 99/Aurora Avenue North

January 4th, 2016 by sarawilly

A one-mile stretch of road will narrow to two lanes during peak commutes.

Drivers and commuters should plan ahead for construction work that will reduce both directions of State Route 99/Aurora Avenue North by one lane between the Aurora Bridge and just north of Mercer Street. The median lanes in each direction will close for four to five weeks starting Monday evening, Jan. 18.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation need access to the median lanes to build four large sign foundations for the future SR 99 tunnel. This work was originally scheduled for spring 2015 but changed to January 2016 to lessen the traffic disruption. Winter months typically see lower traffic volumes.

“These signs require sturdy, concrete-encased pedestals along with communication lines, power lines and traffic sensors, which is why the construction work in the median will take at least four weeks,” said David Sowers, deputy administrator of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. “We understand this will inconvenience drivers and commuters, and we are working closely with King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation to minimize traffic impacts as much as possible.”

During the first phase of this two-phase project, when the median lanes are closed, the southbound bus-only lane will open to all traffic. Drivers should use caution since buses will travel – and stop – in the lane with other vehicle traffic.

Closure details:

Jan. 18 through mid-February
• Median lanes close in both directions between the Aurora Bridge and Highland Drive, north of Mercer Street
• An additional lane will close at night and during several weekends including Jan. 23-24

Mid-February through early March
• Median lanes reopen. Northbound traffic returns to normal pattern
• The southbound curb lane near Comstock Street will close for approximately three weeks
• An additional southbound lane may close at night

WSDOT encourages drivers and bus riders to plan ahead as additional congestion is expected on Aurora Avenue North. Consider alternative travel modes such as ride-sharing or carpooling, or traveling in off-peak times. Keep informed by using King County Metro’s rider alerts or trip planning tools as well as WSDOT’s travel tools and SDOT’s travelers information page.

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What’s on your mind?

December 30th, 2015 by sarawilly

Check out this cool mural at 405 NE 45th St:

Photo from http://seattlemurals.org/milano-pizza-mural/

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Seattle’s first cat cafe is open

December 24th, 2015 by sarawilly

Cat lovers rejoice-Seattle Meowtropolitan is finally open!

As we reported last month, Three students from UW have opened Seattle Meowtropolitan in Wallingford.  Matt, Louisa and Andrew say they wanted to create a café and community hangout for people and kitties:

“We want you to come hang out during lunch, after work, or on a rainy weekend. Seattle Meowtropolitan will be a place for people to feel comfortable and enjoy the company…our space will be comfortable for cats and humans, so come on in and play with our cats. Feel free to adopt one on the way out, too.”

The coffee room is open to everyone, but reservations are required to visit the cat lounge. In order to avoid stressing out the kitties, they currently have a limit of 10 people at a time. If a day is no longer available, then there are also no spots for walk-ins. They typically allow reservations two weeks in advance.

There are windows for all to peek at the cats at play. Let us know if you check it out! Click here for more information.

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Man killed in shootout with police following carjacking, chase

December 7th, 2015 by sarawilly

Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on December 6, 2015 4:24 pm

One man was killed in a shootout with police Sunday after he stole two vehicles at gunpoint in separate incidents in Belltown and Montlake and fired at officers while leading them on a chase through northeast Seattle.

Today’s incident began around 12:30 PM when the suspect entered a downtown coffee shop armed with a handgun, leading employees to call police.

The man then fled to a tattoo parlor at 2nd Avenue and Lenora Street leading to another 911 call. After leaving the shop, the suspect reportedly stole a red Volkswagen at gunpoint and drove to the Montlake area.  There, the armed suspect reportedly stole a second vehicle.

Officers began pursuing the suspect in Montlake, where they reported coming under fire from the fleeing suspect.

The man then drove onto westbound 520 and northbound onto Interstate 5 before exiting in the Ravenna neighborhood.

The suspect fired at officers at Northeast 68th Street and 35th Avenue NE. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. He is believed to be a white male in his 30s.

The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team is reviewing the entirety of the incident. As many as 11 officers are currently believed to have exchanged gunfire with the suspect at two separate locations during today’s pursuit. All officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

Several officers and uninvolved motorists were treated for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in collisions during the incident.

At this time, police are not looking for any additional suspects in the case.

The incident remains under investigation and information contained in this post is subject to change

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Metro says: “Huge” diesel spill

December 5th, 2015 by sarawilly

Sources inside Metro say the bus system and the Spill Response Unit  are attempting to locate a bus leaking a major amount of fuel from Magnolia to the University District. They say, chances are it’s either a #31 bus or a training coach, which are out today.
In the Magnolia Village a rainbow of film is attaching itself to rain runoff water heading into street drains. The smell of diesel fumes is palpable from one end of the Village to the other on both sides of West McGraw Street.
No word yet of any success in locating the leaking bus.

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Stay safe this holiday season

December 1st, 2015 by sarawilly

SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston has some tips for how to protect yourself this season. She writes:

Travel light:  take only what you need when you are out.  Leave the heavy purse behind and clean out your wallet of unneeded credit cards, medical cards, etc.

Dress the part:  It feels darker now without our sunny Seattle skies, so make sure you can be seen by motorists.  Are your shoes comfortable enough to allow you to move, kick, run if you had to.  Long billowing scarves, umbrellas, certain kinds of hats can reduce the ability to see around you, or might give a mugger something by which to grab you.  Leave the bling behind or under layers of clothing if you’ll be out walking around much.

Cell phones:  “apple picking” is what some are calling the grabbing of iphones and other electronic devices.  You may be asked by a stranger for the time, or if they can borrow your phone. Then boom, in a blink of an eye, they’re off and away with your device.  While cell phones are a helpful safety device, street robbers love them so don’t flash them around.  Be mindful when using them in public places.

“What’s your location?” means being able to relay your location such as house number, business or street names, hundred block; intersections, landmarks, or mile markers.  Make it a habit to know your location!  This is key when making calls to 9-1-1.  Seconds matter in emergencies, help us get to you or the incident quicker.  Stay on the line with the call taker until instructed to hang up.

If you will be out of town, please let your trusted neighbors know.  Encourage them to keep an extra watch out for your home and let them know you want them to call 9-1-1 if something is suspicious.  Enlist their help with picking up newspapers, checking for oversized mail, packages and those pesky flyers left on doorknobs.  On our block, we pick up each others’ parcels that have been left on a porch for safekeeping. You want to make your home look occupied (lights and radio on timers; have someone park in your driveway, bring in your garbage can/recycling bins, etc.)  Getting a house sitter can be helpful.  Watchful neighbors truly are your best alarm!

Car prowls:  Thieves target all makes and models of vehicles looking for GPS devices; cellular phones; cameras; purses; garbage remotes; jackets.  I know some parents who keep their kids’ holiday gifts in the trunk.  Not good!  Also, I’ve read a few police reports where people pack up their car the night before heading out on a trip, only to find the car was prowled over night.  Leave your car empty; disable internal trunk releases and be consistent with any theft-deterrent device like the “club” or audible alarm.

Warming up the car:  Vehicles left running and unattended while the heater and defroster kick in may be just the opportunity the auto thief needed.

…Trust your intuitions and watch out for each other. Stay safe and warm!

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Celebrate International Games day at the Seattle Public Library

November 19th, 2015 by sarawilly

Celebrate International Games Day by dropping in to play board games or video games at six locations of The Seattle Public Library. Most locations will host an event on Saturday, Nov. 21 – the official date for International Games Day:

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.

  • Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play an array of classic and new board games. Games will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrabble and more.

Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084.

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens and adults are invited to drop in and play Netrunner, a collectible card game that combines bluffing and strategy with a cyberpunk theme. Players can use the Library’s core Netrunner decks, or bring their own. Board games will also be available for children.

Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W., 206-386-4225.

  • Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic board games. Games will include Scrabble, Battleship, Jenga, Clue and more.

Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.

  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens are invited to drop in and play board and video games. Board games will include Exploding Kittens, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Fluxx, Munchkin, Pictionary, Twister and Zombie Dice. Video games for the Wii and Xbox 360 will include Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Dance Central and Kinect Sports.

Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227.

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic and new board and card games. Games will include Munchkin Treasure Hunt, Chinese checkers, chess, Sorry, Clue, Uno and more.

Library events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available at the branches.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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’tis the season for power outages…are you ready?

November 17th, 2015 by sarawilly

In the Pacific Northwest, winter storms are common and they often cause power outages.  Seattle City Light crews often work around the the clock in difficult conditions to restore power quickly and safely, and have the following recommendations for how to help in an outage:

To Prepare

  • Have an emergency kit on hand that includes a flashlight with batteries, glow-in-the-dark stick lights, wind-up clock, portable radio, manual can opener and mylar blanket.
  • Also stock drinking water (one gallon per person per day), dry and canned food, first aid materials, prescribed medications and additional blankets.
  • Know how to manually override your electric garage door.
  • If you live in a secured building, know which exit door to use during an outage.

Remember

  • Keep trees around wires trimmed. Wind, snow and ice can depress branches and endanger power lines. During storms, expect “bumps” (momentary outages caused by branches brushing against power lines) and outages. For more information, call 206.386.1902 or visit City Light’s Vegetation Management Web page.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment because power surges or outages may be a danger during storms.

During a Power Outage

  • Dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Do not use candles as a light source nor any open flame as a heat source.
  • Do not use charcoal briquettes indoors.
  • Close doors, windows, curtains and unused fireplace dampers to keep heat from escaping.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to keep food fresh. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to six hours; a full freezer for up to two days. Discard at-risk refrigerated foods that are warmer than 45 degrees F. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Check your home alarm system. Some home alarm systems are triggered by power outages.
  • If used incorrectly, generators pose a significant hazard to both the user and crews attempting to restore power. Never plug them in to feed power to your home circuitry. Instead, plug appliances and fixtures directly into the outlets of the generator. Be sure to use generators in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Switch electrical appliances off when the power goes out to prevent fires and equipment damage during prolonged outages. Leave one or two lights on to let you know when service is restored.
  • When power is restored, turn on electrical appliances gradually. Sudden heavy consumption can damage the electrical system and extend the outage.

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Handel’s Messiah with UW Chamber Singers and Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra

November 17th, 2015 by sarawilly

An Interview with Teresa Wakim, soprano:


Have you sung with Pacific MusicWorks before?

I have, I really enjoy working in Seattle with my colleagues from PMW. Many of us have worked together elsewhere, so getting to come together again to make music again, and in such a lovely setting as Seattle, is a bonus! I especially enjoyed the program Wayward Sisters, singing duets and trios with my fellow sopranos and combining the music of the Italian baroque with modern dance. It was an unforgettable collaboration.

What was your first Messiah experience?

My first experience with Messiah was in my church choir when I was 7 years old. Every Christmas and Easter our director would have us perform one of the famous choruses, and sometimes a soprano would come and sing Rejoice. I was enthralled with Messiah from my first time hearing it, and I remember bringing the Hallelujah chorus into school for “Show and Tell” in the Fourth grade! I’m sure my teacher must have been pretty surprised at that!

When did you start singing early music?

Also at the age of 7, I began studying the recorder, and I was hooked on the baroque from that time on. I went on to study recorder in college, along with doing a voice major at Oberlin, and was very excited to learn that there was a singing aspect to the early music world, too.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I’ve gotta nerd out here, and say time travel! I’d love to have been present for many first performances- Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th, Monteverdi’s Orfeo…

What are you looking forward to most singing Messiah with PMW?

Our particular performances of Messiah will offer little ripieno sections, in which the soloists will sing part of these fantastic choruses one-per-part. That is a rarity for me as a soloist, and I have always loved choral singing, so I am looking forward to getting to participate in the choruses for a change.

Tickets:

$45 General | $40 Seniors
$20 Student | $10 UW students | Youth (5–17)
free with accompanying ticketed adult

THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 2015, 8pm Edmonds United Methodist Church
Address: 828 Caspers Street, Edmonds WA 98020
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206 708 6003

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11, 2015, 8pm Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island
Address: 4400 86th Ave, Mercer Island, WA 98040
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206 708 6003

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12, 2015, 8pm Meany Theater
Address: 4140 George Washington Lane Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206-543-4880

SUNDAY DECEMBER 13, 2015, 2pm Meany Theater
Address: 4140 George Washington Lane Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206-543-4880

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Meow! Seattle’s first cat cafe coming to Wallingford

November 12th, 2015 by sarawilly

“Seattle loves coffee. Seattle loves cats. We’re putting coffee and cats together in one place.”

Put your paws together for Seattle’s first cat café! Three students from UW are opening Seattle Meowtropolitan in Wallingford.  Matt, Louisa and Andrew say they wanted to create a café and community hangout for people and kitties:

“We want you to come hang out during lunch, after work, or on a rainy weekend. Seattle Meowtropolitan will be a place for people to feel comfortable and enjoy the company…our space will be comfortable for cats and humans, so come on in and play with our cats. Feel free to adopt one on the way out, too.”

They plan to open later in 2015.

Matt Co-Founder

Andrew Co-Founder

Louisa Co-Founder

They plan to host cats from local shelters and rescues in the café. Click here for more information.

Floor plan (and photos) from Seattle Meowtropolitan's website



https://seattlemeowtropolitan.com/

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It’s Election Day – Vote!

November 3rd, 2015 by sarawilly

From Mike at our sister site Maple Leaf Life

You’ve had that ballot for weeks.

It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.

As we wrote in October:

Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.

But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.

Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.

For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.

If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.

Specifically on the transportation levy:

If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.

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Largest snake in the world at Burke Museum

October 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

photo from uw

The stuff nightmares are made of…from a Colombian coal mine, scientists have discovered 60 million year old remains of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Measuring 48 feet long and weighing up to 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile.

On display now through November 15, 2015, Titanoboa: Monster Snake includes the full-scale replica of the 48-foot-long snake and two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils: a 17-foot-long modern green anaconda and the vertebra from Titanoboa.

Videos tell the story of this amazing scientific discovery and the Burke is supplementing the exhibit to share the fascinating story of snakes living among us today.

Have a hands-on experience with the biggest snake ever known to exist.
Click here for more information.

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Fifth student dies from Aurora Bridge accident

September 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

North Seattle College has learned that another student has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24. This student now makes five students in all who have lost their lives as a result of the devastating accident.

Out of respect for the family and their wishes to maintain privacy during this difficult time, the college will not be releasing the student’s identity.

“On behalf of our college, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family for this tragic loss. The aftermath of this accident has tested the faith and resolve of the North community like no other in recent memory, and we have tremendous grief and sorrow. But this terrible accident has also shown me and so many others that our community is incredibly strong and resilient, and by pulling together in this way, we will become stronger. We appreciate the support that has been extended to our campus from this city and throughout the world,” said Warren J. Brown, Ed.D., president of North Seattle College.”

President Brown will hold a media briefing on Monday, Sept. 28.

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