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Entries from November 2012

Luminaria walk at Meadowbrook is Saturday

November 30th, 2012 by Support Staff

This year’s Luminaria Walk at Meadowbrook Pond is Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6-8 p.m.

Featuring cookies and hot coca, and Christmas caroling, it is sponored by the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., and the Friends of Meadowbrook Pond.

We also need volunteers: for assembly before the actual day of the event; and on the day of the event- setup of the luminarias; maintenance of the luminarias during the walk; cleanup after the event.

Contact person is Ryan Spencer at the Meadowbrook Community Center.

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Neighborhood dog alert – beware parvo outbreak!

November 30th, 2012 by Support Staff

Local veterinarians and dog blogs are warning of an outbreak of potentially deadly canine parvovirus in the area – a warning especially interesting to the dog havens of northeast Seattle.

Everett this week temporarily closed its three dog off-leash areas after unconfirmed reports that dogs had become ill after visiting the areas.

Renton-based ACCES (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) sent out a notice over the weekend that it has seen seven cases of parvo over the past two weeks, an unusually high number for the emergency clinic.

Currently there appears to be a community-wide parvo outbreak

The animals seen at ACCES have tested positive for parvo at both the clinic’s Seattle and Renton locations

Monitor your pet for vomiting, diarrhea, and/or lethargy

The strain has been affecting EVEN VACCINATED ANIMALS

See your regular veterinarian to have your pet tested for parvo if you notice any symptoms

Minimize your pet’s contact with other animals at this time

Contact your vet to see whether it’s advisable for your pet get a booster for parvo

The ACCES notice can be read here at the Seattle DogSpot blog, which notes it has posted three times about parvo so far this month.

The Everett release notes that the virus spreads easily and can live in the ground, in feeding dishes, on collars, leashes, hands and clothes of pet handlers for long periods of time. Dogs can shed the virus for up to two weeks before showing any signs of illness.

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Repeat bank robber pulls gun on woman, son in Wedgwood

November 29th, 2012 by Support Staff

Seattle Police this afternoon said a repeat bank robbery suspect pulled a handgun on a mother and her 11-year-old son at the U.S. Bank in Wedgwood.

“He told the woman to hand over her wallet. The suspect then walked up to a bank teller, demanded money, and fled the the bank,” police said.

The armed robbery occurred just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at the bank, N.E. 87th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, police said, adding the man is also a suspect in several recent robberies at banks in Seattle and Bellevue.

He is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, wearing a black rain jacket, black hood and a ski mask.

“If you recognize the suspect, or have any information that might help police catch him, please contact the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5540.”

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Thanksgiving over, North Helplink food bank in “worst” financial shape, urgently needs donations

November 27th, 2012 by Support Staff

The turkey drive at North Helpline, a food bank that serves north Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge, was a huge success this year. But the food bank and social service center still needs help.

“North Helpline is unfortunately suffering the worst financial condition in its history,”  North Helpline says in its current newsletter.

With the instability of our local and national economy, many of the corporations and foundations who normally provide us with financial assistance have severely cut back on their giving programs. In some cases, foundations who once provided large annual gifts are postponing for two to three years before we can re-apply. This has seriously impacted our fiscal planning.

Last year the food bank saw a 63 percent increase in needy families, while at the same time losing donations. You can help the organization, at 13000 Lake City Way N.E. Learn more at their website.

As for those turkeys?

We are pleased to report our annual Thanksgiving turkey drive at Fred Meyer last Friday through Sunday was a roaring success! We blew our numbers from last year out of the water, with 170 turkeys collected and over 4,000 pounds of food donated. We want to thank our 50+ volunteers who braved the stormy weather for hours on their weekend—they were the key to our success.

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North food bank needs Thanksgiving turkeys, cash

November 14th, 2012 by Support Staff

Here’s a seasonal plea: “We need your turkeys!”

Last Thanksgiving North Helpline, the food bank that serves northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge, served over 6,500 needy neighbors in the weeks leading up to Turkey Day.

They were helped by the Lake City Fred Meyer, which hosted a Turkey Drive last year and will do so again this weekend. They are across the street from the food bank, whose address is 13000 Lake City Way N.E.

This year’s drive is this weekend.

Be sure to take advantage of our collaboration with Lake City Fred Meyer for a “fill the truck” turkey drive on Friday November 16, Saturday November 17, and Sunday November 18th.

Drive hours are are Friday 12 noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11a.m. to 4.m. Get a coupon from a food bank volunteer at Fred Meyer and get a free turkey if you purchase $150 worth of goods, or a reduced price on a turkey if you purchase $100 worth or $50.

You can also drop donated turkeys off at the food bank Tuesday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We also need funds! With our local economy struggling, donations of all kinds have been extremely low. Your contribution can make a huge difference for those in need. Donations can be made via our website.

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