Pinehurst Picks

Looks like the place we get Pinehurst tee shirts and grocery bags screen printed has a new paint job! Half of the mural is this week’s Pinehurst pick.


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

Reporting Suspicious Behavior – Calling 911 From a Cell Phone

Seattle_Police_BadgeThis is Part 4 of a 5 part series on Reporting Suspicious Behavior. It’s from a flyer handed out by the police at the North Precinct Advisory Council.

When you call 911 from a land line, the 911 call center knows from what address you are calling. If the person calling 911 is unable to speak (for instance if the person is having a medical emergency), the call taker knows the address and can send emergency responders.  Even so, the call taker will ask your exact location.

Knowing your exact location becomes even more important when you call 911 from a cell phone. When calling 911 from a cell phone, you will be routed to the jurisdiction in which you are located. For example, if you have a cell phone that has a Tacoma or even a Portland area code, but you are in Seattle and call 911, you will be routed to Seattle’s 911 center. However, depending on where you are in Seattle, you may be connected with Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol (if you are on a freeway), King County, or another jurisdiction that borders Seattle. The 911 operator will only see your cell phone number and your general location based on the cell tower closest to where you are.

Since the 911 center you contact will only know the general area from where you are calling, always tell the 911 call taker where you are so they can transfer you to the correct jurisdiction, if necessary. The 911 call taker needs your specific physical address or nearest intersection. Don’t assume they know; remember that cell phones do not give your exact location.

Part 5 will be about identifying yourself (or not) when calling 911.

Drop In Self Defense Class for Females Starts Nov. 5

Click on the flyer for information about this opportunity for girls and women to learn self defense right in the neighborhood!She Kicks Butt 2014

Trash Talk – Toilets

TrashCanDid you know that so-called “flushable” wipes and other trash are causing serious plumbing and sewer problems across the city?

Toilet paper is the only product, besides human waste, that breaks down when it’s flushed. Everything else can cause expensive clogs and backups, and wreaks havoc on the city’s sewer system.

Keep in mind:

  • Just because it flushes doesn’t make it safe to flush. Even if it makes it through your pipes, it is likely contributing to problems that could cause your sewage to back up.
  • Use the trash can, not the toilet, to dispose of feminine hygiene products, dental floss, condoms, and all types of wipes — even facial tissue.
  • Ignore product labels that say “flushable.”

Bottom line: If it’s not toilet paper, put it in the garbage. Learn more about the care and maintenance of your side sewer.

Trash Talk – Clothing

TrashCanDo you toss damaged clothes, shoes, and household linens into the trash because you think they can’t be donated? Now items that aren’t reusable now can be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more.

In the past, only “gently used,” resalable items could be accepted by area thrift stores, drop boxes and collection sites. But textile markets have changed. Nearly every large collector in our area sorts materials into several categories – some for resale and some for recycling into new products.

So gather up your clothes, shoes, and household linens and take them to a nearby thrift shop, collection site or drop box, or arrange for a pick up. Help keep these items in the recycling loop and out of landfills.

Please note that clothing still cannot be recycled in our home recycle bins.

Native Plant Sale Oct 18

native plant sale

Pinehurst Picks

This week’s Pinehurst pick is new in the neighborhood. Perhaps this utility pole has been installed by now?  Where is it?

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


Reporting Suspicious Behavior – What 911 Needs to Know

Seattle_Police_BadgeThis is Part 3 of a 5 part series on Reporting Suspicious Behavior. It’s from a flyer handed out by the police at the North Precinct Advisory Council.

Information that the 911 call taker may ask but is not limited to is:

  • What is happening?
  • Where is it happening and where are you in relation to what is happening?
  • What made the person’s actions suspicious?
  • Did the person say anything? If so, what?
  • Were thre any weapons displayed, or was there a threat of a weapon?
  • What was the person’s last known location and direction of travel?

If you are reporting a suspicious vehicle – or a suspicious person in a vehicle – please provide as much information about the vehicle as you can. Consider the acronym CYMBOLColor, Make, BOdy style, License.

Answer the call taker’s questions to the best of your ability. If you don’t know the answer to all the questions the call taker asks, don’t worry. Answer the best you can and don’t hang up until the call taker tells you it’s okay to do so.

Part 4 will be on calling 911 from a cell phone.

World of Tastes in Lake City

Help support some of our local businesses in Lake City by taking part and spreading the word about Lake City Future First’s “World of Tastes in Lake City” program. How Does It Work? Simply stop into any one of the participating businesses to pick up a passport and get started. Visit all seven locations and make your purchase to receive your stamp. Purchase a single entrée from a participating restaurant or spend $10.00 at one of the specialty markets and earn a stamp from each location. Once you have completed the passport with all seven stamps, return it to the Kaffeeklatsch by October 31, 2014 and you will automatically be entered to win the grand prize ($50 Gift Cards to both Kaffeeklatsch and Elliot Bay – 5 Free Yoga Sessions at Two Dog Yoga (over $100 value) and a $50 VISA gift card.) One winner will be chosen at random and notified via the contact information they provided on the card within 24 hours of the drawing.

Even if you can only make it to a couple locations, let the businesses know that you are glad they took part and use the passport as an opportunity to demonstrate that you are glad they are part of our Lake City community. The list of participants is on the flyer below:


September 2014 Pinehurst Crime Report

Here is a partial picture of Pinehurst property crime for the month. Click on the map to enlarge it.

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