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Entries from February 2014

NEST hosts community dinner with Nancy Pearl, KUOW’s Steve Scher

February 28th, 2014 by Mike

Next month brings the return of a popular northeast Seattle event – NEST’s community dinner with Nancy Pearl and friends.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m.

Pearl – an international literary star – is being joined by a radio host who often interviews her,  Steve Scher of KUOW  public radio. Both live in northeast Seattle.

They will be talking about books – their current favorites and the ones that played a significant role in their lives.

Last year’s event, also featuring Pearl,  filled the hall. More than 130 people, 24 volunteers and 18 businesses contributed, raising over $20,000 to support NEST,  a local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

This year’s community event, titled “NE Seattle Treasures,” is at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75, a portion of which will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the event image in the middle of page. To pay by check, please send a check to NEST, PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115 and include a note with (1) the name of each ticket holder, (2) your address and phone number.

For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at judy@nestseattle.org, 206.525.6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also the current NEST board president.

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NEST hosts community dinner with Nancy Pearl, KUOW's Steve Scher

February 28th, 2014 by Mike

Next month brings the return of a popular northeast Seattle event – NEST’s community dinner with Nancy Pearl and friends.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m.

Pearl – an international literary star – is being joined by a radio host who often interviews her,  Steve Scher of KUOW  public radio. Both live in northeast Seattle.

They will be talking about books – their current favorites and the ones that played a significant role in their lives.

Last year’s event, also featuring Pearl,  filled the hall. More than 130 people, 24 volunteers and 18 businesses contributed, raising over $20,000 to support NEST,  a local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

This year’s community event, titled “NE Seattle Treasures,” is at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75, a portion of which will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the event image in the middle of page. To pay by check, please send a check to NEST, PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115 and include a note with (1) the name of each ticket holder, (2) your address and phone number.

For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at judy@nestseattle.org, 206.525.6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also the current NEST board president.

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Maple Leaf Park – all of it – appears open

February 27th, 2014 by Mike

Update 1 p.m.: Crews removing fence panels tell us they should all be gone at day’s end.

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This message came in earlier this morning:

Hey there! Looks like most of the barriers to the lower park are down! Cupcake (ed. note: four legs) and I checked it out! – Jan (ed.  note: two legs).

They are right. The fence from the upper Reservoir Park blocking access to the lower play fields is gone.

And most of the lower fence, blocking access from the south, is gone as well.

City parks said the play fields should open this Spring as soon as the grass was healthy enough.  Apparently the snow play earlier this month didn’t intervene.

Picnic tables, too.

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Maple Leaf – and our neighbors – wins $50,000 project

February 27th, 2014 by Mike

Congratulations, Maple Leaf.

We – and our neighbors Victory Heights, Pinehurst and Northgate – won a $50,000 community project for being really good about recycling.

The CleanScapes “Thursday North” collection area won the 2013 Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards competition and will receive a $50,000 community improvement project.

Between now and April 15, 2014, Seattle residents have the opportunity to submit project proposals for construction in the “Thursday North” collection area. Representatives from the neighborhood community councils in the “Thursday North” area will recommend the winning project(s) to CleanScapes using the criteria below.

For background, see our previous post: “No way are we more trashy than Ravenna.” [Read more →]

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New Little Free Library at 98th St. and 17th Ave. N.E.

February 26th, 2014 by Mike

Elise emails:

Hi.I recently completed a new Little Free Library for you all 🙂

It’s got several shelves of books – come check it out!

9820 17th Ave N.E.

One note about lending – if you want to borrow (or keep) a book from a series, please grab the entire series at once so we don’t end up with incomplete sets that nobody wants.

Thanks!

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Man shot and killed in Greenwood Sunday night

February 24th, 2014 by Mike

Tuesday Feb. 25: The Seattle Times has an update here.

We’re reprinting this from PhinnyWood at the suggestion of one of our readers, who says:

My family and I occasionally shop here, and across the street at Top Ten Toys. Definitely makes you think twice about where to shop, if it truly is a random robbery.

Update 2:10 p.m.: Seattle Police say they are looking for three suspects in last night’s shooting death of a man in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs, just north of North 85th Street and First Avenue Northwest.

According SPD, the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area before the shooting.

Here’s the updated SPD Blotter post:

A man was found shot to death in a North Seattle parking lot last night. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.

When officers arrived on scene they found an adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot, with a single gunshot wound to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspects were seen running away from the area. Detectives believe robbery was the motive in this shooting.

The suspects are described as (1) black male, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-10 tall, thin build, wearing a North Face jacket. (2) Black male, short. (3) White female.

Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may come in contact with these suspects. Investigators believe the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area prior to the shooting incident.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects’ whereabouts, is asked to call the Seattle Police tip line at 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Also, The Seattle Times has identified the victim as 54-year-old David L. Peterson. [Read more →]

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Light, wet snow falling in Maple Leaf at 9:30 a.m.

February 22nd, 2014 by Mike

A mix of snow and thick rain is falling in Maple Leaf’s higher hills at 9:30 a..m.

It’s 35 degrees, and calm, at Maple Leaf Life South.

The  snow is forecast to turn to rain soon, but tomorrow might be different.

Cliff Mass has an updated post on lowland snow Sunday.

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Plan to pick up garbage every other week is canned

February 22nd, 2014 by Mike

A controversial proposal to pick up Seattle garbage only every other week – like recycling – has been nixed by new Mayor Ed Murray.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has the story here.

Murray said the switch would create a hardship for some families and the estimated savings of 8 percent on bills wasn’t enough to justify cutting services by half. He said the city will look for other strategies to reduce the amount of recyclables and food waste going into landfills, one goal of the biweekly collection plan.

Our original post on this drew some 44 comments – from both sides.

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It’s Back – the return of the zip line

February 21st, 2014 by Mike

It’s a good Friday at the Maple Leaf Playground.

The zip line returns after a mid-winter break.

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It's Back – the return of the zip line

February 21st, 2014 by Mike

It’s a good Friday at the Maple Leaf Playground.

The zip line returns after a mid-winter break.

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