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Entries from March 2012

Meadowbrook Pond beavers died of natural causes

March 12th, 2012 by hillaryu

Necropsy results of two beavers found dead at Meadowbrook Pond have been released, and signs point to natural causes. Chris Anderson, wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, provided this update:

Our state wildlife veterinarian performed necropsies on the two beaver WDFW and SPU obtained from Meadowbrook Pond. We suspect natural causes of death for these beaver. No evidence of disease.

One, a juvenile female, died due to a likely predator event and fallout from that. Leg was severely injured in a manner indicative of a large predator – in that area a coyote or unrestrained dog would easily explain the injury noted. The female was emaciated, possibly due to the leg injury and not being able to take care of itself that well afterward. Suspected cause of death is emaciation in this individual.

The other was an adult male. Reason for cause of death was more uncertain but appears it was hit by something. He had internal bleeding and severe hemorrhaging in his lungs. Suspected cause of death was this pulmonary hemorrhaging due to blunt trauma in this individual. Body was in good physical condition, he was eating well. No broken bones. Could have been vehicle collision, situation of getting trapped in e.g. built stormwater structures during an acute high water flood event in a system, or even something unrelated to built environment such as being in a den that partially collapsed, fallen tree/vegetation and resulting impact, defending itself against another animal, etc. I would only be speculating as to what ultimately caused demise but many situations in urban area – both built or natural environment induced, that could have resulted in the adult’s death.

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Mayor McGinn Town Hall meeting in the neighborhood Saturday

March 9th, 2012 by Support Staff

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn periodically holds Town Hall Q&A sessions in the neighborhoods,  and he’s coming to

Wedgwood Saturday.

The Town Hall runs from 11 a.m.-noon at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8003 35th Ave. N.E. All are welcome.

In past Town Halls, the mayor has not only fielded questions, his staff has followed up with any answers McGinn didn’t have.

For more information, go to the mayor’s page on Engage Seattle  here.

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An arrest in north Seattle burglaries of occupied homes?

March 7th, 2012 by Support Staff

About a dozen times in recent days burglars have entered occupied homes in the north end, usually overnight while people were sleeping.

Now our news partners at The Seattle times say a source tells the paper an arrest was made in Shoreline this afternoon that could be connected with the burglaries here. Officers have created a task force to tackle the “Occupied Residential Burglary Pattern.”

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Check out Solarize NE Seattle's first solar home

March 5th, 2012 by hillaryu

Solarize Northeast Seattle just started its campaign to help area homeowners add more-affordable solar panels at the start of this year, and already its got a home ready for installation of new solar panels.

On Wednesday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m., you’re invited to learn more about the campaign and about solar panels at the celebration of the installment of a 21-panel, 3.99-kilowatt system in nearby Pinehurst. From a new release about the installation, which is the first in this current campaign:

Solar installers from NW Wind & Solar will use a bucket truck to transfer material from ground-level to the roof, while representatives from Northwest SEED, Sustainable NE Seattle, A&R Solar, and NW Wind & Solar will be on hand to explain how the system works and provide a tour.

To date, more than 215 Northeast Seattle residents have registered to participate in Solarize Seattle: Northeast, a community effort designed to drive solar installations through a group purchase program. The campaign’s limited-time offer provides residents with a discounted price on solar and takes community members through a step-by-step process to purchase solar systems for their home or business. With the community leadership of Sustainable NE Seattle and Northwest SEED, the Solarize campaign intends to install more than 200 kilowatts of solar energy in Northeast Seattle by the summer of 2012 – enough annual energy to completely power 22 homes or 83 electric cars.

Residents residing in the 98105, 98115 and 98125 ZIP codes are eligible to participate, and you can learn more at the next Solarize Seattle: Northeast Workshop from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Meetings are open to the public and do not require registration.

You also can learn more at the Solarize Northeast Seattle website, or contact Northwest SEED project coordinator Alexandra Sawyer at 206-457-5403 or

Editor’s Note: The name and address of the residence this event took place at has been removed at the homeowner’s request.

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Police warn of a rash of burglars entering occupied homes while residents are asleep

March 4th, 2012 by Support Staff

Update March 5: Police report the most recent in this series of north end burglaries:

On March 5th, at approximately 6:20 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a burglary that occurred overnight in the 7700 Block of 29th Avenue NE.  A 2004 Toyota was stolen from the residence as well as electronic items. Burglary detectives responded to the scene and will handle the follow up investigation. This is the most recent is a series of north end burglaries where vehicles have been taken.


Police overnight issued a new warning about an unsettling trend – burglars who break into home while the occupants are inside and – in a number of cases – steal the victims’ cars as well.

In a relatively mild case, someone about 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, threw a concrete block through a daylight basement window in the 9700 block of 27th Avenue Northeast- while the occupants were sleeping, police say.

The burglar took an electronics device and fled on foot. “Containment was quickly established and K9 made an unsuccessful attempt to track the suspect(s),” police say.

In the 3800 block of 42nd Avenue Northeast an overnight burglar entered an unlocked kitchen door and took a number of items including electronics, police say.

And in 400 block of 41st Avenue Northeast, burglars entered an unlocked back door or window and took electronics, car keys – and the car.

The suspect(s) also stole a green, 2005 Acura MDX, WA license # AFV-9085. After an unsuccessful attempt to steal another vehicle. Both vehicles were parked on the street in front of the residence they belong to.

In each case, the residents were asleep in their respective homes.  All suspects remain at large; no suspect descriptions.

If the listed stolen vehicle is seen, do not contact occupants, call 911.

These cases are on top of seven others that police warned neighborhoods about on Friday, March 2. Those involved the Maple Leaf, Roosevelt and Green Lake areas.

Since January, a burglar or group of burglars have entered victims’ homes through unlocked doors during the late evening and early morning hours and stolen purses, laptops, ski equipment, and car keys before fleeing in the victims’ vehicles.

Most of the victims were unaware they had been burglarized until they awoke the morning after the break-ins.

For crime prevention tips and ways to help keep your home safe go to

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Friends of Seattle Public Library book sale starts Friday through the weekend

March 1st, 2012 by Support Staff

Update Saturday March 3: “We’re busting with books, so we’re lowering our regular hardback book prices today to $1 at the Friends Booksale.”


Approximately 25,000 items will be up for sale  at bargain prices at the 2012 Friends of The Seattle Public Library Mini Book Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From the library:

The book sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building 30 Workshop. The Mini Book Sale will be held in a smaller workshop space adjacent to the hangar.

Items for sale will include a general selection of fiction and nonfiction books, CDs, DVDs and gift books. Hardbacks will sell for $2 and paperbacks for $1. All items are half price on Sunday, March 4. Proceeds from the sale help to support The Seattle Public Library.

For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale at 206-523-4053, e-mail or visit

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