There will be a youth volunteer event on August 1st at Jackson Park, near NE 135th st & 11th Ave NE
EarthCorps is hosting a series of teen-focused volunteer events all around Seattle this summer. They are coming to Jackson Park on August 1 to take out invasive blackberries that are threatening the health of native plants in the park. In addition to service work, they’ll be talking to teens about green careers, and conducting forest monitoring at the park. There will be an environmental professional on site to answer questions about college and career opportunities. They’re giving teens a behind the-scenes look at what it takes to be a full time restorationist!
They’ll provide snacks, water, gloves, tools, and training; they ask that youth come with a water bottle and lunch, long pants and sturdy shoes, and a willingness to learn and have fun. To register, go to EarthCorps’ Volunteer page at http://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php. Though the event is geared toward youth, volunteers of all ages are welcome.
For more information, check out EarthCorps’ website, or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year the Seattle Police Department’s north precinct picnic is Sunday August 24th at University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, from 1 – 4 pm.
Picnics in the Precincts are fun activities SPD and Seattle Police Foundation hold every year that provide an opportunity for the business and residential communities in each of Seattle’s five precincts to come together and enjoy a day of celebration with our local police. They are great opportunities for us to be introduced to the department in a relaxed, non-law enforcement environment, meet our local police officers, enjoy free food, entertainment and raffle prizes, and get information on how to get involved in preventing crime in the community. SPD is also excited for everyone to meet our new Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole!
The picnics include booths hosted by groups and agencies that engage in crime prevention activities, and/or provide services in the community.
This is Coco. She’s about 9 months old and she’s new in the neighborhood. She was rescued from her meth addicted owner by the owner’s mother and taken to a shelter. For the last two weeks she’s been getting used to her new family, including another chihuahua and a big furry cat. She’s a sweetie. She and her dog brother, Basil, have lots of fun chasing each other and rolling around mock-fighting. She’s a bit of a toy hoarder. Even if she has one small tennis ball in her mouth she tries desperately to fit Basil’s in there, too, but alas, it just doesn’t fit.
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Reminder! Pinehurstfest is THIS weekend! Saturday, July 12th from 2-5pm. Please spread the word to all your neighbors who aren’t on the blog or Facebook group. The more the merrier!
We’ll have great music and refreshments (ice cream floats!) and lots of activities for kids! And bring books for the Little Free Library table!
And we’re still looking for volunteers if anybody wants to help. Please spread the word there too and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
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 http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/policereports.aspx. Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.
On August 5th Seattle voters will be asked to vote on a proposal to create a Metropolitan Parks District (MPD) to fund our parks. Parks Department has been deferring maintenance for years due to millions in insufficient funds. The current parks levy is expiring, and something needs to be done to fund parks and fill the gap. The options are short-term levy (say, 7 years), long-term levy, or this new MPD. City officials support creating a MPD and the ballot will only ask whether we want one, too.
Tacoma, Pullman and North Bend have Metropolitan Parks Districts. You can read the State’s official description of the MPD here.
There have been many meetings about Seattle parks funding in the last few months. Yesterday there was a meeting in our neighborhood that brought a proponent and an opponent together to make their cases. I think it’s safe to say that everyone loves our parks and the only disagreement is on how to fund them.
Read the ‘for’ case here.
Read the ‘against’ case here.
Please learn about the MPD concept and vote on August 5th.
This month the guest speaker at NPAC was Ron Smith, President of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild. The Guild is like a labor union for the police. It negotiates a contract with the city for SPD officer working conditions, benefits, training and equipment.
Retail marijuana stores will open this week, but only one in Seattle will open the first day, on 4th Ave S.
Crime is down year to date compared to last year except for car thefts and prowls, which are up 50%. The North Precinct is working with other SPD units to reduce this trend.
You can read all the minutes here.
From our SPD Crime Prevention Coordinators:
Car prowls are crimes of opportunity that are committed within seconds. They are expensive, inconvenient, and aggravating for victims. Thieves are targeting vehicles of all makes and models for valuables, including:
- GPS devices
- Cellular phones
- Garage remotes
Most stolen property is traded or sold on the street within minutes of the crime, lowering the chance of recovery. Thieves commonly break windows for entry, but many are also successful at defeating door and trunk locks.
Here are car prowl prevention tips:
- Remove all valuables from your vehicle every time you park.
- If valuables must be left behind, hide them out of sight or place them in the trunk BEFORE parking at your destination.
- Disable the internal trunk releases per your owner’s manual instructions.
- Audible alarms or other theft deterrent devices can be effective.
- Security garages are only secure if entering and exiting drivers watch the door fully close behind them every time. This is to deter someone from sneaking into the garage behind you.
- Never leave remote controls for security garages inside parked vehicles. They provide further access to returning thieves.
Be observant! Report all crimes and suspicious activity to 911 immediately!!