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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’s kept out of the garbage and composted, food waste is an incredibly useful soil amendment, turning garbage into “gardener’s gold.”

Composters Now in its fourth decade, Seattle Tilth offers the Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators — and climate change heroes! Compost reduces global warming, storm water pollution and food waste while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

A diverse team of community volunteers participates in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. Learn how to compost while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling! Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 22 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N).

After the training, each Master Composter contributes 35 hours of volunteer outreach, teaching practical techniques to other community members throughout the city. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

Food waste is such a problem that the City of Seattle prohibits food waste from going in the garbage. But many residents and community groups need support figuring out what to do with food waste. Master Composters have mobilized to provide needed education.

Apply by March 6

The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. However, King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County. Applications are due March 6. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Learn more and APPLY NOW!


Come to a Seattle Tilth volunteer orientation to get your questions answered:

Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m. at Bradner Gardens Park; 1730 Bradner Place S

The Master Composter/Soil Builder program is managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.

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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:

“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But now, I’m sure they would be more supportive of me,” – High School Student

“It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student,” – Teacher

The message of empathy and hope encourages teens to actively care for themselves and their friends. Ending the Silence presentations usually take place in schools, but this Speaker Series event is open to the public. To schedule a presentation at your school, contact NAMI Seattle: 206-783-9264 or

Learn more about Ending the Silence here.

NAMI Seattle is the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through education, referrals, and support. For more information, contact Selena at 206-783-9264.

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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’s community boating center, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the 10 Years of Hallmark Performance Award, chosen by US Sailing’s 2015 Community Sailing Awards Committee.

“We are extremely grateful to the Sail Sand Point community of volunteers, board members, participants, neighbors and visitors, and for the support of US Sailing, for helping to make SSP the flourishing organization that we are today. We look forward to another 10 years of camps, classes and summers on the lake!”

– Mary Anne Ward, Executive Director, Sail Sand Point

“Your organization’s ingenuity and dedication is directly responsible for driving new sailors into the sport and keeping experienced sailors involved.  US Sailing and the Community Sailing Committee would like to extend our deepest thanks and congratulations.”

– Community Sailing Awards Committee

The More than 10 Years of Hallmark Performance Award is given annually to a program that has a track record of providing sailing education, training and public access to their community. Organizations that win the Hallmark Award have likely already been recognized by US Sailing for one particular facet of their programming and/or staff excellence and are recognized not only for their consistency, but also for their desire to consistently improve, all while staying true the mission of the US Sailing Community Sailing Committee of increasing opportunity and diversity.

About Sail Sand Point

Located at the North end of Lake Washington in Magnuson Park, Sail Sand Point is a nonprofit community boating center, dedicated to making sailing and paddling accessible for all, regardless of age, income or ability. SSP was incorporated on September 25th, 1998, and programming began in the summer of 1999. Over the past 15 years, SSP has become a thriving organization in the community, providing youth summer camps, adult classes, private lessons, open boating opportunities, boat storage, outreach, adaptive sailing, year-round youth racing and clinics and a host of partnership programs.

About the US Sailing Community Sailing Accreditation Program

US Sailing’s Community Sailing Accreditation Program identifies those programs that are offering the highest level of boating education and public access. Programs of all types (year-round or seasonal, youth or adult, etc.) are eligible, provided they meet the specific guidelines set forth by the Community Sailing Sanctioning Committee.

Sail Sand Point was presented with the award at the Sailing Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 4th, in San Diego, CA.

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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.

  • Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen or heard. If there are coyote sightings in your area, prepare your children for a possible encounter. Explain the reasons why coyotes live there (habitat/food source/ species adaptability) and what they should do if one approaches them (don’t run, be as big, mean, and loud as possible). By shouting a set phrase such as “go away coyote” when they encounter one, children will inform nearby adults of the coyote’s presence as opposed to a general scream. Demonstrate and rehearse encounter behavior with the children.
  • Never feed coyotes. Coyotes that are fed by people often lose their fear of humans and develop a territorial attitude that may lead to aggressive behavior. Try to educate your friends and neighbors about the problems associated with feeding coyotes. If you belong to a homeowner’s association or neighborhood watch, bring up the subject during one of the meetings.
  • Don’t give coyotes access to garbage. Keep garbage can lids on tight by securing them with rope, chain, bungee cords, or weights. Better yet, buy quality garbage cans with clamps or other mechanisms that hold lids on. To prevent tipping, secure the side handles to metal or wooden stakes driven into the ground. Or keep your cans in tight-fitting bins, a shed, or a garage.
  • Prevent access to fruit and compost. Keep fruit trees fenced, or pick up fruit that falls to the ground. Keep compost piles within a fenced area or securely covered. Cover new compost material with soil or lime to prevent it from smelling. Never include animal matter in your compost; it attracts coyotes. If burying food scraps, cover them with at least 12 inches of soil, and don’t leave any garbage above ground in the area—including the stinky shovel.
Fence extensions. Figure 6. Fence extensions are required to keep coyotes from jumping over a 5-foot fence. Angle the top of a woven-wire fence out about 15 inches and completely around the fence. An effective fence extends below the surface, or has a wire apron in front of it to prevent digging.
Six-foot electric fence. Figure 7. A six-wire electric fence can keep coyotes out of an enclosed area.

(Drawings by Jenifer Rees.)

Figure 8. Two electrified wires, 8 and 15 inches above ground and offset from an existing wood fence by 12 inches will prevent coyotes from accessing the fence. A single strand may be sufficient, but two electrified wires will provide added insurance.
  • Feed dogs and cats indoors. If you must feed your pets outside, do so in the morning or at midday, and pick up food, water bowls, leftovers, and spilled food well before dark every day.
  • Don’t feed feral cats (domestic cats gone wild). Coyotes prey on these cats as well as any feed you leave out for the feral cats.
  • Prevent the buildup of feeder foods under bird feeders. Coyotes will eat bird food and are attracted to the many birds and rodents that come to feeders. (See the handout, “Preventing Problems at Bird Feeders” for information on feeder management.)
  • Keep dogs and cats indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If left outside at night in an unprotected area, cats and small to mid-size dogs may be killed by coyotes. Pets can be easy prey for coyotes. Being raised by humans leaves them unsuspecting once they leave the safety of your home. If you suspect losing a dog or cat to a coyote, notify your neighbors. Once a coyote finds easy prey it will continually hunt in the area.
  • Modify the landscape around children’s play areas. Shrubs and trees should be pruned several feet above ground level so coyotes can’t hide in them. Keep deterrents nearby in times of increased sightings. An old hockey stick, broom, or a pile of stones near the play area can help prepare children for an encounter and will remind them of effective encounter behavior.
  • Build a coyote-proof fence. Coyotes don’t leap fences in a single bound but, like domestic dogs, they grip the top with their front paws and kick themselves upward and over with the back legs. Their tendency to climb will depend on the individual animal and its motivation. A 5-foot woven-wire fence with extenders facing outward at the top of each post should prevent coyotes from climbing over (Fig. 6). However, all coyotes are excellent diggers, and an effective fence needs to extend at least 8 inches below the surface, or have a galvanized-wire apron that extends out from the fence at least 15 inches (Fig. 6). Electric fences can also keep coyotes out of an enclosed area (Figs. 7 and 8). Such a fence doesn’t need to be as high as a woven-wire fence because a coyote’s first instinct will be to pass through the wires instead of jumping over them. Digging under electric fences usually doesn’t occur if the bottom wire is electrified.

For more information, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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