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Entries from February 2016

NE Seattle Little League Seeks Umpires for 2016 Season

February 27th, 2016 by Support Staff

Submitted by Barry E.

Northeast Seattle Little League is seeking male and female high school, college age and adult umpires for our 2016 season (youth baseball and softball). Middle schoolers may be considered based on strict experience screening.

Per game compensation and/or School service project hours will be issued to all high school, college umpires and qualified middle schoolers pay rates are based on age and experience.

Rule/mechanics training and administrative support will be provided throughout then season, including certified pre-season training (paid).

The season will run from April through June at NE Seattle are park fields in Laurelhurst, View Ridge, Dahl and Magnuson parks.

If interested, please contact Barry Erickson or text to 206-910-2436.

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Seattle Tilth Trains New Master Composter Volunteers this Spring

February 18th, 2016 by Support Staff

Did you know that Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy? All of this uneaten food generates nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US, increasing climate change. Alternatively, when it

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Ending the Silence: A Free Presentation about Teen Mental Health

February 15th, 2016 by Support Staff

The Seattle affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be hosting an awareness event called Ending the Silence in March as part of their ongoing Speaker Series. The free presentation will take place in the Lake City Library Meeting Room (12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) on March 7th from 6:30-8pm.

One in five children experiences a mental health condition, and suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. Ending the Silence is an awareness program intended to teach teens about the early warning signs of mental health conditions and when, where, and how to get help for themselves and their friends. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from two presenters including a young adult living with a mental illness.

What people are saying about Ending the Silence:

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Stephen Merlino wins Writers of the Future Contest

February 14th, 2016 by Support Staff

One of our neighbors, Stephen Merlino, has been officially announced as a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest. The contest, one of the most prestigious writing competitions, is in its 32nd year and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction.

Mr. Merlino was chosen from a group of 8 finalists with the win earning him a cash prize, a trip to Hollywood for a week long intensive workshop, an Oscar-style awards ceremony which draws in excess of one thousand attendees as well as having his winning short story published in the annual bestseller, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXXII.

Stephen teaches English and American History at Mountlake Terrace High School and lives in Seattle. He is an alumnus of the University of Washington with a degree in English and a Master’s in Teaching.

Contest judges include, Tim Powers, author of On Stranger Tides, Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, Dune, Robert J. Sawyer Flash Forward, Robert Silverberg, Sailing to Byzantium, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, A Mote in God’s Eye, Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game, and Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death, to name a few.

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created The Writers of the Future writing contest ( in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 368 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.

For more information about the contest, click here.

Congrats Stephen!

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9 to 5 the Musical at Seattle Musical Theatre

February 13th, 2016 by Support Staff

Seattle Musical Theatre is excited to bring you 9 To 5 The Musical! Our third show of the season is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie about the hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Doralee and Judy live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

Tickets and information can be found online.

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Sail Sand Point Wins National Award

February 11th, 2016 by Support Staff

Sail Sand Point, Seattle

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Coyote Sightings in Wedgwood/View Ridge

February 3rd, 2016 by Support Staff

We have received several emails from our neighbors alerting us of Coyote sightings. The most recent sighting last night at 35th and 60th.

The Washington Fish & Wildlife Department has some great tips on keeping safe with coyotes in the neighborhood.

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