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Entries from November 2011

Reduced bus service for Thanksgiving, day after

November 22nd, 2011 by hillaryu

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, King County Metro is reducing schedules for Thursday and Friday.

Thursday’s schedule will be on the Sunday operating schedule. Friday will have a reduced weekday schedule.

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Daytime burglaries up in View Ridge, Wedgwood

November 21st, 2011 by hillaryu

Seattle Police are warning residents of View Ridge, Wedgwood and other Northeast Seattle neighborhoods that daytime burglaries are occurring more frequently. Most are happening from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston sent along these basic burglary prevention measures:

  • If you are home, and someone knocks on your door, please answer the door, don’t open it. There is a difference. Since many criminals are looking for houses w/no one home, it is important to let them know someone is there!
  • If you have a home office, or a room with big screen TVs and computers that can be seen from the street, close the curtains/blinds in those areas when you are gone. Electronics, jewelry, and small portable items are popular.
  • Lock up your ladders; or store them in a garage.
  • Use motion-sensitive lighting when appropriate.
  • Can first responders find your address? Seconds matter when you’ve called 9-1-1, so help us out. We still like front porch lights on from dusk until dawn.
  • Use the locks and latches you have, even if you are only going to be gone for a little while.
  • Please report anything suspicious to 911. Most burglars are apprehended by a watchful neighbor (your best alarm) who called 9-1-1 with good descriptions. Remember 911 is not just for emergencies anymore. See something, say something!
  • Remember to keep your Block Watches active and I can assist you with this. If you want a free home security survey, contact me.

    Johnston does provide a free home security survey. You can email her here.

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    Today is Seattle Library's annual Holiday Book Sale at Sand Point

    November 19th, 2011 by Support Staff

    The Friends of The Seattle Public Library hold their annual Holiday Book Sale today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    More than 10,000 items will be available for sale, including holiday books, CDs, gift books and other items, and a general selection of fiction and non-fiction books. There will also be a large selection of quality children’s books. Hardbacks will sell for $2.00 and paperbacks for $1.00. A selection of Better Books, priced as marked, will also be offered.  The sale is a great opportunity to find gifts on your holiday list at a low cost.

    The sale is in the workshop of Building 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E.

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    Food banks hold holiday benefits with Fred Meyer, Safeway

    November 17th, 2011 by Support Staff

    Two food banks that serve northeast Seattle, North Helpline and the University District Food Bank, are holding holiday benefits.

    From now until Dec. 24, Safeway customers here can buy a $10 pre-packed bag of food to donate to help feed those struggling with hunger in their neighborhood. The food will go to the University food bank.

    From the University food bank/Northwest Harvest:

    The need for food has been steadily on the rise since the start of the recession, and in fact statewide we at Northwest Harvest have seen about a 35% increase in need. The number of Washington families struggling with hunger nearly doubled from 2008-2010 and we now rank 11th in the nation for hunger. Many people have a visual of what a food bank client looks like. These days, it’s more often than not someone who looks just like them.

    The participating Safeway store addresses are  7340 35th Ave. N.E. and 3020 N..E 45th St.

    North Helpline already announced it is holding a benefit in early December.

    Now it’s teamed up with Fred Meyer, across the street from the food bank offices at 13000 Lake City Way N.E., for a turkey drive.

    From North Helpline:

    We will be onsite at the store collecting donated turkeys on

    Friday the 18th – noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday the 19th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    North Helpline sees over 850 families each week and we need your help to make sure every table has a turkey this year.

    North Helpline is a 501 (c) 3 organization.Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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    King County Council appoints David Frockt to fill State Senate seat of the late Scott White

    November 15th, 2011 by hillaryu

    By Doree Armstrong
    The Metropolitan King County Council yesterday unanimously appointed State Rep. David Frockt to the State Senate seat in the 46th Legislative District, filling the void after the death of Sen. Scott White last month.

    “David has already established a reputation of effectively representing the people of the 46th District,” Councilmember Bob Ferguson, said in a press release. “His accomplishments protecting victims of domestic violence and ensuring environmental safeguards demonstrate his capability and dedication. The Council was pleased to receive such a distinguished nominee for confirmation.”

    Frockt was elected as a state representative last year. He previously worked in a telecommunications firm, practiced employment and business law, and co-founded a law firm representing asbestos cancer victims. Frockt also served as a legislative aide in the U.S. Congress.

    “It is an honor to have been chosen by the PCOs and the County Council to serve the 46th in this new position. I am humbled to be succeeding Scott White, who was a talented and effective legislator,” Frockt said in the press release. “I look forward to tackling the issues facing our state and working collaboratively with the County Council and other local officials.”

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    Short-term forecast warns of lightning, thunderstorms, wind

    November 11th, 2011 by Support Staff

    At 11:20 this morning the National Weather Service issued a short-term forecast saying that today’s cold front is bringing rain and lightning strikes just to the north of us, and moving southwest. Hail and gusty winds to 45 mph are possible.

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    Students say Seattle School Board threatens censorship

    November 5th, 2011 by hillaryu

    Update Monday Nov. 7: Seattle schools have withdrawn this proposal, which was on tonight’s school board agenda.

    “Based on a shared concern between district leadership and the board, this policy will be pulled from the current list of updates, scheduled for board action Dec. 7, and will be revisited in 2012,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield said this afternoon

    The proposal had drawn wide coverage over the weekend and today, including from electronic media and our news partners The Seattle Times.

    “As a former journalism teacher, it is important for me – as I know it is for our board – that we uphold our practice of trusting our teachers to educate our students on the rights and responsibilities that come with freedom of expression and a free press,” Enfield said.


    This post is from our sister site My Ballard, but pertains to all Seattle public school papers.

    Journalism students at Ballard High School say a proposal in front of the Seattle School Board violates their first amendment rights. They say the “new policy would remove student responsibility for content and set the stage for administrative censorship.”

    The proposal, which was introduced at the last School Board meeting, gives school principals the right to review student newspapers before they’re published.

    Kate Clark, the editor-in-chief of the Ballard Talisman, and Katie Kennedy, the managing editor, are furious at the proposal. On Friday, the duo spent their afternoon plastering downtown Ballard with these fliers (.pdf).

    Clark and Kennedy are encouraging community members to attend the next School Board meeting on November 16th. Wippel tells us that action will be taken on December 7th, the day before the general election that includes four incumbent board members.

    From the flier: [

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    TV news discovers grab-n-go burglaries in Wedgwood – plus a suspected burglar gets caught

    November 4th, 2011 by Support Staff

    Channel Q13 Fox News has a piece on the recent burglaries on the boundaries of Wedgwood, Maple Leaf and Ravenna.

    We reported on it last week here.

    We also checked in just now with Seattle Police – no juvenile charges have yet been filled.

    Also, on Saturday Seattle Police reported:

    On 11-5-2011, at approximately 2:00 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of 35 Ave NE to a report of a suspicious male possibly casing adjoining businesses at a strip mall.

    Upon arrival,  officers saw a male inside the business.  Containment was quickly established and the suspect was taken into custody almost immediately.  The suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary (2 counts).

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