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Entries from October 2011

Police say local burglary suspect also wanted for robbery, questioning in other burglaries

October 27th, 2011 by Support Staff

The 15-year-old burglary suspect arrested here Wednesday after a witness chased him down is also a suspect in a robbery, and could be linked to numerous local burglaries, Seattle Police said this afternoon.

“You’ve had quite a flurry of residential burglaries down there,” said Terrie Johnson, police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct. “Many of them involve people coming around the back of a house, looting portable electronic equipment from the home. Juveniles are often seen.”

Officers hope they made a dent in the problem with the arrest shorty before noon Wednesday of a 15-year-old who had already been tackled by a neighbor. “Detectives will be trying to link up and charge the suspect with other crimes, residential burglaries being one of them,” Johnson said.

According to the police report, the suspect is a student at South Lake High School on Rainier Avenue South, which our news partners at The Seattle Times described as “the city’s only alternative-high school for at-risk teens.” The report states he is also wanted for investigation of a robbery, which Johnson said occurred in south Seattle.

According to the police report, a neighbor in the 1900 block of Northeast 80th Street heard the sound of glass breaking , “looked out his window and observed a black male looking through the open rear kitchen window of his neighbor’s residence.”

The window was broken and the suspect was standing on a bench he had pushed under the window, the report states. When the suspect saw the neighbor, he ran westbound on Northeast 80th, chased by the neighbor, according to the report. The neighbor won at Northeast 80th and 16th Avenue Northeast, it states. Police arrived and made an arrest.

The report also says a black female was seen standing at the bus stop at Northeast 80 and 19th Avenue Northeast, and a witness said she seemed to be a lookout. She goes to the same high school as the suspect, the report states, adding that she was handcuffed at the scene, but then released.

Details from neighbors who observed the arrest are in our earlier post.

Johnson said nearby home burglaries during the month of October occurred:

  • On Northeast 80th in the 300, 1800, 1900 and 2000 blocks.
  • On 17th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 15th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 18th Avenue Northeast in the 7700 block.
  • On 20th Avenue Northeast in the 7000 block.
  • On 24th Avenue Northeast in the 7300 block.
  • On Fifth Avenue Northeast in the 8300 block.
  • On Ravenna Avenue Northeast in the 8500 block.

The police report on Wednesday’s burglary arrest also mentions a second burglary that occurred an hour earlier and approximately five blocks to the south.

“That arrest was the result of watchful (neighborhood) eyes and great 911 calls,” Johnson said.

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Annual Wedgwood Trick-or-Treat is tomorrow, PLUS Laurelhurst on top treats list

October 27th, 2011 by Support Staff

The annual Wedgwood Business Trick-or-Treat, sponsored by the Wedgwood Community Council, is from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Each year, kids (and their parents sometimes) trick or treat through our local businesses in the full glory of their Halloween costumes. This fun event is sponsored by the WCC, which coordinates with our local businesses along 35th Avenue Northeast and stations crossing guards at the Northeast 75th and Northeast 85th street intersections. We can’t wait to see what everyone will be dressed up as. See you Friday!

In addition, local online real estate site Zillow has decided Laurelhurst is the fourth best spot in Seattle to trick-or-treat (after Madison Park, Queen Anne and Ballard). Wallingford is No. 5. Also, Seattle is the fourth best city in the country for trick-or-treating (after San Francisco, Boston and Honolulu).

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Home burglary suspects arrested at N.E. 80th St. and 17th Ave. N.E. as neighbors watch

October 27th, 2011 by Support Staff

Late Wednesday morning Nicholas Tweeted this photo and said: “5 cops at the corner of 16th and 80th.” (You might have seen it on our Twitter stream.)

By the time we got to the scene there were no cops, but today Per at the Wedgwood Community Council forwarded us a thread, saying “FYI. There have been more burglaries reported in the area you shared last week. According to the NE Seattle Moms listserve, the police caught a few suspects yesterday.”

A previous poster had referred to burglaries in an area he described as “north Ravenna/south Maple Leaf/west Wedgwood.”

According to the Mom’s thread:

About 11 a.m. my husband and I were coming home, turning at the 4-way stop of 80th, north onto 20th when one of the young men described below ran across the crosswalk, north on 20th. We were slowing to turn into our driveway and he changed direction, doubling back to 80th. He took off his coat and turned west on 80th. We called 911 and turned the car around to follow. Another car pulled over and the driver (who turns out to be A WITNESS to the runner climbing out the window of his neighbor’s house at 80th and 20th) chased the man and eventually took him to the ground at 80th and 17th where he held him until the police arrived. The man was arrested. The police said they were in the area for a burglary which happened 20 minutes prior.

The thread goes on to say a women in her 20s, accompanied by another man, was also arrested at a nearby bus stop. The men and the woman were black, and possibly similar to descriptions of burglars in the earlier posts.

“A shout out to the police (and so many of them) for responding so fast,” the thread goes on.

“And I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to email descriptions of suspicious activity. It has helped put the radar up for all of us and let us know IT’S OK TO CALL 911 whenever we see something not quite right.”

We’ve asked the Seattle Police for more details. Updated here.

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Learn about city stormwater flow next week

October 18th, 2011 by Support Staff

If you’ve ever wondered where those buckets of rainwater end up, you’ll get your chance next week. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Branch Library, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., writer and performer Stokley Towles will put on a free performance titled Stormwater: Life in the Gutter.

Photo credit John J. Little Sr.

The one-hour piece will offer a gutter’s eye view of Seattle’s drainage system and of Seattle Public Utilities’ efforts to monitor stormwater flow.

From Lori Patrick with Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs:

Meet Ellen, a gutter detective. Find out what a floating river is and meet James who observes them. Learn about John’s trips into the bowels of the city and what he finds there. Ponder whether beavers should be on the city’s payroll. Discover who tracks toxins before they poison Lake Union.

In partnership with SPU, Towles has addressed a number of issues that affect city-dwellers; other pieces he’s written and performed have looked at how garbage is handled (Trash Talk in 2010) and the city water supply (Waterlines in 2009). “As a result of doing these projects, I now see a municipality as a web of worlds that are visible and invisible …,” Towles wrote in his Stormwater performance proposal. “On the other hand there is this space backstage or behind the curtain. It’s the infrastructure, the teaming underbelly – the companies and agencies that provide the very important services of our day-to-day survival.”

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View Ridge Elementary teacher wins award

October 17th, 2011 by hillaryu

Congratulations to Ms. Jennifer Shaw, a physical education specialist at View Ridge Elementary for being honored by the American Heart Association and the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPERD). Shaw is the recipient of this year’s “Jump for Heart” Washington State award.

“Ms. Shaw has contributed many hours along with her students, staff and community working tirelessly to education and about volunteerism opportunities within the community to creating awareness for fighting heart disease and stroke,” the release from Seattle Public Schools states.

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Get free sandbags before winter rains and flooding

October 15th, 2011 by Support Staff

Starting today Seattle Public Utilities is providing free, filled sandbags that can be picked up at Meadowbrook Community Center.

Meadowbrook, and surrounding neighborhoods including Nathan Hale High School, are among the hardest hit when Thornton Creek floods, usually during winter rains.

To see maps of neighborhoods where Thornton Creek and its tributaries flood, including Lake City Way Northeast, Matthews Beach, Meadowbrook, Northgate,  and Sandpoint, click here.

The bags can be picked up at the center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E.

Sandbags are heavy (they weigh about 40 pounds each), so be sure either you, or someone you bring with you, can lift, carry and load the sandbags into your vehicle. To make sure there are enough sandbags available for all those in need, please limit your supply to 25 sandbags per address.

More information is available here. For information on stacking and using sandbags click here.

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Year-round gardening and more at Seattle's original P-Patch

October 11th, 2011 by Support Staff

Wedgwood’s Picardo Farm P-Patch breaks ground Saturday on an expansion, including more year-round plots, of Seattle’s namesake P-Patch.

Thanks to a Department of Neighborhoods grant, the P-Patch, at 8040 25th Ave. N.E.,will convert the south end short season field to permanent year round gardens.

On Saturday, October 15th, the plans will be discussed from 10 a.m. to noon in the University Prep School Commons next door.

The Picardo P-Patch, with 282 individual plots, is the forerunner of all Seattle P-Patches. From the city:

The history of the P-Patch Program goes back to 1973. The ‘P’ commemorates the family who used to farm the area that became the first community garden in Seattle, the Picardo Farm P-Patch. This P-Patch was acquired from the Picardo family who ran a truck farm in the earlier part of the 1900s up in the Wedgwood neighborhood. Their farm originally included the current P-Patch area, University Prep and Dahl Playfield. When the city started up the P-Patch program in 1973, the ‘P’ was taken to commemorate the family.

The new work includes includes re-plotting the south field paths and beds, installing a new irrigation system, extending and enhancing the planting on the south hillside to include native and edible plants as well as two specialized gardens; a bamboo cutting garden and a mushroom garden.

A permanent kids’ garden will be planned, as well as dedicated food bank beds are also planned, with the hope that not only Picardo gardeners, but community groups adopt and grow food bank crops.

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Nathan Hale hosts All-Community Celebration, followed by mayor's Town Hall

October 11th, 2011 by Support Staff

Nathan Hale High School Foundation

Nathan Hale High School invites the community to tour the school’s new building and celebrate its completion this Saturday.

The celebration, including a tour and sales of food and Raider gear, is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the school, 10750 30th Ave. N.E.

The first phase of Hale’s expansion gave the school a 14,700 square-foot addition and a 12,500 square-foot renovation housing the library, two visual arts classrooms, a fitness center and a new east-facing lobby which connects to the athletic fields.

The second phase, completed this spring, involved major improvements to the academic core of the school – providing two additional classrooms and an additional science lab.

More information is here.

Also at Nathan Hale, Mayor Mike McGinn is holding a Town Hall for northeast Seattle on the day after Halloween.

The opportunity to tell the mayor and department heads what’s on your mind comes Nov. 1:

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet: City departments and local community organizations will have information tables, answer questions and offer volunteer opportunities
  • 6:30-6:40 p.m.: Youth performance
  • 6:40-8:00 p.m.: Open question and answer session with the mayor

A flier for the event can be downloaded here.

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Neighborhood homes sell relatively quickly, Zillow says

October 7th, 2011 by Support Staff

In View Ridge homes average $489,584 and sell in 73 days, while Wedgwood homes average $386,758 and spend 74 days on the market, according to Zillow, the locally based online real estate website.

Zillow has a new report that shows homes in Seattle sell faster than in any other U.S. city except San Francisco, according to the Seattle, which then asked Zillow to rank time on the market by Seattle neighborhood.

View Ridge is No. 16 and Wedgwood is in a tie for No. 17 in that ranking of how long it takes to sell a home.

No. 1 is Phinney Ridge, where the average home is worth $423,013 and would spend 53 days on the market, according to the report.

No. 2 is East Ballard, where that home is worth $374,397 and spends 55 days up for sale, according to the report.

No. 9 is Maple Leaf, where the average home is worth $351,836, and takes 67 days to sell.

No. 11 is Green Lake, with home value of $411,835 and 69 days on the market.

The U District is tied for 12th place. Wallingford is in 14th place, and Greenwood is No. 19.

The data are from mid-April to mid-July of this year.

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Tell the state’s Transportation Commission what priorities should be

October 7th, 2011 by Support Staff

This post is from our sister site Phinneywood.

Here’s your chance to make your voice heard on transportation issues in our region.

The Washington State Transportation Commission has created an online survey so people can tell local and state leaders what our transportation priorities should be. This is an opportunity for you to help shape the future of your local, regional, and statewide transportation system.

The survey asks what type of transportation is most important to you, how it should be paid for, how tolling revenue should be used, and similar questions.

Find the survey at It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

The Transportation Commission provides a public forum for transportation policy development. It reviews and assesses the entire transportation system and issues the state’s 20-year Transportation Plan. It also adopts tolls for state highways and bridges and fares for Washington State Ferries.

The survey is part of the Commission’s statewide outreach program; the Commission asked King County to help inform people about it. Findings will be reported to the Governor, Legislature, policy makers, and advisory groups such as the Connecting Washington Task Force.

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