Pinehurst Picks

Who is Lorraine, and where does she live?


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North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes – October 2015

SPDbadgeThis month we didn’t have a guest speaker. Instead, North Precinct Captain Sean O’Donnell gave an expanded report about the goings-on in the NP. Summer’s over, and as usual crime has decreased some. But currently, crimes against persons are more frequent than crimes against property.

The good news is that 45% of the crimes against persons involves people who have some relationship with each other – in other words, not random. Also, some of the crimes against persons are due to what would be shoplifting turning into assaults when shop personnel accost shoplifters and it turns into a tussle.

Car prowls are down 17% in September, and cars theft are down 42%. Please please please report car prowls so police get good statistics on this. More and more, police departments are using data-based policing techniques, which rely on analyzing 911 calls and other collected data, including geographical information. If we want more police emphasis where the problems are, we need to be sure the police know where the problem areas are.

Read the meeting minutes here. There’s a report describing the investigation and arrest of 20 open air drug dealers in the U District, and more news for the North Precinct.

Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

HalloweenSafetyHere are top tips from Seattle Police Department for keeping your kids safe on Halloween:

For parents and children:  

  • Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

For drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.
  • Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Costumes and Treats:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colored costumes to improve visibility.
  • Choose face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup.
  • Avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as to be seen by drivers.
  • Liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew on or break them.
  • Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped.

Here is a partial picture of Pinehurst property crime for the month. Click on the map to enlarge it. Given all the social media reports of mail theft I’m surprised there are only two depicted, by the gray dot on 127th just west of Roosevelt Way. Please remember to report to SPD all mail thefts and car prowls so statistics are accurate. patrols are assigned partly on crime statistics.

You can see ALL the types of crime at Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.


Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


This month’s art in the park is by Anna. She is an art student at Victoria Raymond’s art studio in Pinehurst. Anna’s uncle has a Scotty dog named Scruffy. They recently moved to New York, so Anna made this collage as a housewarming gift. See this photo of the Scruffy artwork in the kiosk at Pinehurst Pocket Park, NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE. It really brightens up the park!

Victoria Raymond teaches kids, teens and adults, including youth with autism and learning differences.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.

Adopt-A-Street Litter Pickup Event October 4th


Pinehurst Community Council participates in the City’s Adopt-A-Street program.  We’ve adopted these streets for occasional litter pickup:

  • Pinehurst Way NE – from Roosevelt Way NE to NE 125th St
  • NE 115th St – from 20th Ave NE to Pinehurst Way NE

Our next work party will be Sunday, October 4, at 10:00 am.  It takes about two hours, but you aren’t committed to the whole time if that’s too long. We have grabbers, safety vests, brooms and a sharps container.  You bring work gloves. If you are interested in helping, please email

We’ll meet at the northeast corner of Pinehurst Way and NE 115th St, rain or shine.

This is a fun event – we work in pairs and have good laughs over some of the stuff we put in our garbage bags. And it’s always nice when a neighbor honks or gives us a thumbs-up for our efforts!

Our commitment is for four cleanup events a year, but volunteering for this event does NOT commit you to future work parties.

If you participate, you’ll sign a volunteer sign-in sheet that gives you insurance coverage during the event.  I’ll go over safety precautions with everyone before we start.

Information about the City’s program is at:

If you haven’t contacted Nancy and want to show up spur of the moment, that’s fine.

Come on and join the party, meet your neighbors and make a difference!

Meetings about Proposed School Start Times


Seattle Public Schools will hold five regional community meetings beginning this week about proposed changes to school start times.

In July, an advisory committee recommended that Seattle high schools and middle schools should start at least an hour later and most elementary schools should start 90 minutes sooner.

The committee spent seven months figuring out a schedule better suited to teen-sleep needs. Its recommendations, if approved, would cost an estimated $3 million for busing and probably wouldn’t take effect until fall 2016 at the earliest.

The regional meetings give the public the chance to weigh in on the proposal before Superintendent Larry Nyland makes his final recommendation to the School Board. The board is scheduled to vote on the matter later this fall.

Staff will be available at all five meetings, which will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meetings near Pinehurst are:

  • Wednesday, Sept 30, Ingraham High School lunchroom, 1819 N. 135th St.
  • Monday, Oct. 5, Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.

Pinehurst Pets


Does anyone know if this turtle was found and placed in the pool as requested?

Please feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood to

Pinehurst Metro Changes Meeting This Thursday

Thursday, September 24th at 6:30pm
Pinehurst Playfield
12029 14th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125

There are a lot of changes coming this Saturday as Metro expands service. But thanks to some discussions in the community recently we’re having Metro come talk about some changes planned further in the future.

We’ll be looking at the proposed bus changes for the neighborhood as Light Rail opens next year. There have been a couple proposals so far that have gotten a lot of feedback from the community, especially around the 73 and the proposed weekend cuts. We’ll have Metro there to explain their plan and take questions and feedback.


Pinehurst Picks

Mural15th&120thSo, who knows where this is?

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