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Entries from January 2012

Report a local pothole (and see if it gets fixed)

January 31st, 2012 by Support Staff

From time to time we get emailed complaints about potholes in the neighborhood. Then the Pothole Rangers are called out.

A week’s worth of ice and snow have made the problem worse. Here’s an overview from the city’s pothole map. Green means a fixed pothole, blue means a request to fill one is  “pending”  (?). We don’t seem to have any yellow (not fixed for the last half year) or red (not fixed for a year).

But I suspect we have more potholes than this.

Mayor Mike McGinn says the city’s transportation department has $9 million available to address street surface repairs, which includes potholes. About $8.5 million of that is earmarked for main arterials.

“Freezing weather and heavy precipitation mean that we’re seeing more potholes. We’ve added dollars to respond to pothole repair requests,” McGinn says.

So let’s help out. Report potholes to the city here. Call in the rangers!

(Thanks to My Wallingford for some of this information.)

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Seattle Schools asking for two-day snow waiver

January 30th, 2012 by hillaryu

Students may not have to make up all three school days they missed during this month’s snow storm. Officials at Seattle Public Schools (SPS) want to waive two days instead of tacking them onto the end of the year, which they say would cost the district $500,000.

Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

SPS is asking the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a waiver for the January 19th and January 20th snow days. During the storm Governor Gregoire declared a State of Emergency for those days. “This [the waiver] is contingent on a decision allowing the Emergency Proclamation to apply to schools in King County,” the release states. “OSPI officials said they will have more information next month on how to apply for waivers.”

One of the days was made up last Friday, leaving the other two. According to the district, they cannot make up the days during mid-winter break because families and staff have already arranged their schedules around the time off.

As a side note, next year’s mid-winter break is not a full week, but a four-day weekend with the Friday before President’s Day a day off and that Monday.

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Dogs attack school bus driver at Eckstein

January 27th, 2012 by Support Staff

Two dogs attacked a school bus driver this morning at Eckstein Middle School, leading to the school being locked down briefly.

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have the story about the attack, at 3003 N.E. 75th St.,  here.

The bus driver, who was taking a walk around the school before heading to another school, suffered puncture wounds to his hands, according to a recorded message sent to all Eckstein families. All students and staff were told to remain in their classrooms out of concern the dogs would strike again.

Police detained the dogs, said Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Lesley Rogers, who did not know what type of dogs they were.

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Plan now for Neighbor Appreciation Day, Feb. 11

January 25th, 2012 by hillaryu

This summer, plenty of our neighbors gathered for National Night Out, but you don’t have to wait until summer for another reason to get together with your neighbors.

Feb. 11 is Seattle’s 18th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.

The city suggests several ways to participate:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. The city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day website provides ideas, tools, resources and templates to help community members organize an activity. Once organized, the event can be posted to the online calendar (the submission can be made public or private).
  • Send out Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting e-cards to your neighbors. The selection of e-cards feature artwork from past winners of the Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest.
  • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. Community members can visit the Neighbor Appreciation Day website to post stories about great neighbors or their neighborhood.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the online calendar. Seattle Fire stations, Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers and pools, and other organizations have special Neighbor Appreciation Day events and work parties planned.

For information, contact Wendy Watson at

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Seattle P-I lists Cafe Javasti a top coffee shop

January 23rd, 2012 by hillaryu

A Big Blog post proudly displayed now on the home page of, “Seattle’s 15 best coffee shops, and why Starbucks made the list,” puts Wedgwood’s Cafe Javasti, 8617 35th Ave. N.E. (and in Maple Leaf at 8410 Fifth Ave. N.E. ) in the No. 4 spot, saying what we’ve known for years:

This cafe and bakery in Wedgwood and Maple Leaf has god-awesome crepes. Enough said.

Enough said indeed.

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Tonight’s winds forecast to be higher than expected

January 22nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Update Monday Jan.23: Winds overnight didn’t even ready half that speed BUT there’s a lot of black ice in the neighborhoods this a.m. Drive carefully!


Shortly after 2:30 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a new wind advisory that’s in effect until 10 p.m. increasing today’s predicted wind gusts to 45 mph.







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Winter ends – for now. It's above freezing!

January 20th, 2012 by Support Staff

It’s 34 degrees outside at 8 a.m., and rising through the day. In fact, there are no freezing temperatures in the National Weather Service forecast.

It’s still a mess out there, though. The arterials are better – but the snow on sidewalks and side streets is compacted and slipperier than Thursday.

No residential garbage collection today and only limited commercial service.

Road conditions permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume tomorrow — with customers scheduled for pickup today collected Saturday.

If your materials are not picked up, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge.

Oh, and the city wants YOUR help clearing storm drains. Video here.

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Ice storm warning in effect now – travel “severely impacted”

January 19th, 2012 by Support Staff

3 p.m.: 1.5 inches of snow have fallen on top of the ice today, for a total storm total topping 7 inches.

City urges residents to get home before dark.

2 p.m.: National Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory until 4 a.m. Friday.

Noon: We now have a half-inch of new snow atop the ice atop the old snow.

Cliff Mass has posted: “Well folks, this is not my profession’s finest hour.”

9:30 a.m.: The neighborhoods have a quarter-inch of ice on top of a half-foot of old snow. And it’s now snowing steadily.

Icy tree limbs over power lines.

7:50 a.m.: One Sea-Tac runway now open. But massive delays.

5:45 a.m. The three runways at Sea-Tac airport are closed because of the icy conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning until noon 2 p.m.:





Seattle Public Libraries are closed today due to the extreme weather conditions.

Metro continues on weather routes. Check this site for changes to your bus route.

See snow plow routes here.

Live traffic cams here.

Garbage collection has been postponed by at least a day.

From Cliff Mass this morning: “Over the past day and particularly this morning, something relatively unusual and, quite frankly, dangerous is going on outside–a freezing rain/sleet storm.”

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Solar panel project begins tomorrow in NE Seattle

January 16th, 2012 by hillaryu

With snow falling for the third day in a row and counting, it might seem like a weird time to learn about an initiative to educate Northeast Seattle residents about solar panels, and help them install the energy-saving systems more affordably.

But you’ve got some time to mull the details about the Solarize Seattle: Northeast project, which invites residents of the 98105, 98115 and 98125 ZIP codes to begin registering for the project starting tomorrow, Jan. 17. Registration, which allows residents to learn more information about adding solar panels but doesn’t require you to take any action, ends April 23.

As we wrote in the blog post Solarize Seattle adding Northeast branch,” Solarize Seattle is a program of Northwest SEED that has teamed up with Sustainable Northeast Seattle in this project. Sustainable Northeast Seattle tells us: [Read more →]

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Metro operating on snow routes until further notice

January 16th, 2012 by Support Staff

King County Metro Transit is operating all bus routes on designated snow routes until further notice.

From Metro:

If your bus does not have a pre-planned snow route, it will operate its regular route, however service may be delayed due to weather and road conditions. Transit customers are advised to wait for buses at posted bus stops on flat portions of cleared arterials or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots and transit centers where there may be multiple service options.

It is not possible to know when a bus will arrive at a specific location, or to provide service updates at the individual trip or stop level.

Use regularly published timetables as a guide, check Metro’s online snow page for route updates, be aware of conditions in your area and be prepared for delays.

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