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Entries from May 2012

RN opens “patient advocate” business in NE Seattle

May 31st, 2012 by Support Staff

A registered nurse with 34 years of experience has opened a “patient advocate” business serving northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Debi Quirk’s new business, RN Patient Advocates of Puget Sound, is part of a national health business trend giving patients somebody “in their corner” when it comes to navigating the often complex world of doctors and hospitals. Here’s an NPR story on the trend.

Quirk, who lives in Bryant, says in an email:

“We will collaborate with your doctors on your behalf, and help you to understand what is happening. You will know what your best treatment options are. You will not have to navigate through this alone. We are knowledgeable in all modalities, conventional, functional and integrative medicine. We can ask those questions that you do not know how to ask, and explain the answers to you and your family. You will have us by your side along with the most current knowledge and research, including evidence for best practice.”

Quirk, who spent 20 years teaching future nurses at the university level, recently completed extensive training in patient advocacy through RN Patient Advocates and the University of Arizona.

For more information contact:

Disclosure: Quirk is an active volunteer with North East Seattle Together, a local senior non-profit. The author is on the board of NEST.

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Roosevelt Way closed by multiple shootings, 3 dead, 2 injured, gunman shoots self

May 30th, 2012 by Support Staff

The Seattle Times is now identifying the shooter, who is said to have lived at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 47th Street, and quoting a family member saying he is mentally ill.

Update 5:15 p.m. Our news partners at The Seattle Times report:

Seattle police said they believe the same man was responsible for two deadly shootings in Seattle Wednesday.

The man fatally shot himself in the head on a West Seattle sidewalk as police closed in. Update 5:30 p.m. Shooter now reported in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

He is believed by police to have killed three people and wounded two others at Café Racer Espresso earlier Wednesday. A half-hour later, he shot a woman to death near Town Hall in the First Hill neighborhood.

Update 3:20 p.m. Police have released a surveillance video photo from inside Cafe Racer. They describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 30 years old, wearing a dark short cap, with well-groomed dark hair, a neat full beard, wearing a light blue jacket.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you recognize this man, please immediately contact the SPD tip line at 206-233-5000 or call 911

Ravenna Boulevard and 12th Avenue Northeast about 1 p.m.

Follow this breaking news on Twitter here: #RooseveltShooting

Update 1:15 p.m.The report that a suspect might be in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, two miles north of the shooting scene, was a false alarm. But police and TV crews remain on scene on 12th Avenue Northeast, just south of Whole Foods.

One neighbor said police, doing house-to-house searches, even searched his shed. Suspect now described as 6-foot-1, thin white male, plaid shirt and dark pants.

Elementary students visiting Roosevelt High School from Granite Falls and Edmonds were filing back into school buses under police guard. Cowen Park is not closed.


Those helicopters you hear are hovering over Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 58th and 55th streets. Three Two people are dead and two three injured, police report. Officers are searching for the gunman. For updates go to our news partners The Seattle Times.

The Times reports:

Roosevelt High School, Eckstein Middle School and Green Lake Elementary School have been locked down.

The Maple Leaf Community Council sent this to its email list:

Dear Neighbor –

There has been a shooting in the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way NE. This is nearly 20 blocks outside of Maple Leaf, but the suspect is at large and the Seattle Police Department is currently pursuing him northbound.

Suspect is a white man, 6′1, very thin, curly light brn hair, wearing a white & brown plaid shirt, a long sleeve shirt, and dark pants. Age is 30s.

If you see this man, call 911 immediately and stay hidden. DO NOT confront him.

From Seattle Police:

Around 11 a.m., several people called 911 and reported hearing gunfire coming from Cafe Racer at Northeast  58th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Officers arrived on scene and found five people down inside the business.

The suspect in the shooting is a white male, 6’1, very thin, with curly light brown hair, wearing a white and brown plaid shirt and dark pants. Police believe he is armed and dangerous.

There is currently a heavy police presence in the University District, with K9, SWAT, Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators, and patrol officers all in the area working on the case and searching for the suspect.

As a precaution, area residents should keep their doors and windows locked, and to call police if you find any indications someone has tried to break in to your home.

If you have information about this case or the suspect, please call 911.

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Additional school proposed at Thornton Creek School

May 24th, 2012 by Support Staff

The comment period on a new K-8 school proposed at Thornton Creek School ends Friday, May 25.

Details of the plan are posted at the Wedgwood Community Council website.

There, community members have posted comments on all sides of the proposal, which would build out the ballfield area at Thornton Creek School,  7711 43rd Ave. N.E., replacing it with the new elementary for 650-800 students.

Some neighbors acknowledge the need for more classrooms, but worry about traffic and the loss of the playfields.

Thornton Creek School would remain as an alternative school.

According to the community council:

Written comments in regards to the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement can be sent to the following address:

Noel Treat, SEPA Responsible Official

John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence

2445 3rd Ave. S.

Seattle, WA 98134

or by email to:

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Pandora's strip club – almost a year later

May 22nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Last May the news here that the venerable Seven Seas Restaurant was turning into a strip club ignited dozens of comments from readers, many predicting an increase in crime and decease in property values.

The Maple Leaf and Wedgwood community councils  both appealed the opening, saying Pandora’s Adult Cabaret had been improperly permitted by the city. The appeals were rejected, and Pandora’s opened on July 12 at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the two neighborhoods.

Wedgwood View wrote at least a dozen posts on the club last year. This year? We’ve heard nothing. So we thought we’d ask.

We can’t speak to property values, but we can about crime. We ran the entire year on the city crime map and found – nothing.

We asked Terrie Johnson, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct.

I talked to Community Police Team Officer Kipp Strong and to our Precinct Prosecutor, Jana Jorgensen, and neither one of them have had any complaints about Pandora’s. I have worked North Precinct now for 12 months, and I have had no complaints about them either.

At the Wedgwood Community Council (you could argue Pandora’s is technically in Wedgwood because it’s on the east side of Lake City Way) Per Johnson said: “I haven’t heard of any crime or complaints from neighbors. In fact, to his word, the owner emailed me a few months back to see if I’ve heard anything. So far, they seem to be a good neighbor.”

When we asked the owner, Joe Walker, he replied in part: “If there are legitimate concerns I would be more than happy to address them as needed. Having been in the business for almost 30 years I was pretty confident that the doom and gloom predictions wouldn’t come to fruition.”

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Wedgwood emergency hub participating in drill this morning

May 19th, 2012 by Support Staff

The scenario: Terrorist hackers have shut down the power grid. Phone service, including 911 dispatch, is out. Cell phones don’t work. How to communicate?

Please don’t misunderstand: This is only a drill.

After a tremendously successful drill last October at the Wedgwood Hub, the neighborhood emergency gathering place activated again this morning for another practice run.

This time much of the radio activity was in Maple Leaf – the third-highest hill in Seattle and thus a good place to rig emergency radio antennas.

Similar exercises are being conducted in West Seattle, Broadview, Wallingford, Greenlake, Queen Anne and Magnolia.

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Learn about dredging and improvements to Meadowbrook Pond

May 14th, 2012 by Support Staff

The Friends of Meadowbrook Park want neighbors to know there’s a meeting Tuesday night about dredging and expansion at the popular park.

Learn about the planned 15-ft wide roads (replacing 8′ and 6′ wide trails), the 20-foot wide ramps, the 50-60 trees to be removed, and the potential closure of the entire pond to visitors throughout the project.

Learn all about the planned Pond Dredging & Improvements Project this coming Tuesday, May 15, 7-9 p.m. during the Meadowbrook Community Council meeting held at the Meadowbrook Community Center.

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Update: Old Spaghetti House site gets a coffee shack

May 11th, 2012 by Support Staff

The Italian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria is still closed, but there’s life in its parking lot. 

Our neighbors to the north-northeast, the Victory Heights Blog, caught this crew in action as a new Espresso stand went up at the old restaurant site at 9824 Lake City Way.

Headrush Coffee hopes to be open for business by June 1st said owner Zach Head, who will run the stand along with his brother. The free-standing building won’t need any plumbing and will tap electricity directly from the main power line.

The Victory Heights report is here.

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Nathan Hale plant sale starts today

May 8th, 2012 by Support Staff

The week-long Nathan Hale High School Horticulture Plant Sale begins at 1 p.m. today.

The annual sale, featuring everything from hanging baskets to tomatoes, is at the school’s greenhouse, off of Lake City Way and Northeast 110th Street.

From the intersection of Lake City Way and 110th, head east down the hill, then turn northbound onto 34th Avenue and take a left (westbound) onto our driveway. Please park in our gravel parking area.

We will be selling hanging baskets (fuchsias and mixed annuals), bedding plants, ornamental grasses, herbs, vegetable starts, and native trees and shrubs. All plants are grown organically by Nathan Hale students.

Here are the sale hours: Today, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note there is no sale on Friday.

For more details go to the school’s website or their horticulture Facebook page.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – launches today

May 1st, 2012 by Support Staff

North East Seattle Together  – the new “virtual village for seniors” – has its full public launch today.

Many neighbors have followed NEST’s progress over the past three years, watching as it organized, became a 501(c)3 and raised over $100,000 from the community. It was  featured in the Seattle Times and by KUOW Public Radio.

NEST is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that will be supported primarily by membership dues.  It serves 14 neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood, View Ridge and the University District – with a wide assortment of services, including transportation, simple household tasks, shopping and many, many more activities that are described on its website.

In February, NEST launched for Founding Members, who became the first to benefit from the community and support services that NEST provides to keep seniors safe in their own homes. Channel 13,,  has video here.

For more information email or call 206-525-6378.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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