Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


Serene made this drawing at last year’s Pinehurstfest. See if you can find some of the things she included: a spider web; her mom, drawn in turquoise; Serene drawn in yellow; a butterfly. What else do you see? Thanks, Serene, for this fun drawing with lots to see!

You can see this original artwork in the park kiosk on the corner of NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

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.


Lake City Spring Clean


The Big Spring Clean for our neighbor, Lake City, is Saturday April 30th from 10 AM to noon.
All are welcome. Provided are T shirts, snacks and all the supplies you need to do some GOOD CHEER neighborhood clean up. To get started, come to a table at:
  1.  God’s Lil Acre on 33rd Ave NE just north of  NE125th, OR
  2. Lake City Mini Park on NE 125th St and Lake City Way, OR
  3. Lake City Library at NE 125th St and 28th Ave NE

Recycling – What’s New?

recycleSeattle Utilities is now allowing more stuff in our recycling bins. Here’s the scoop:

Large Plastic Items

Put plastic laundry baskets, molded plastic lawn chairs, and plastic tubs, bucket and storage containers directly into your recycling container. If they don’t fit in your cart, items less than 3’x3’x3′ can be set next to your recycling container. Items bigger than 3’x3’x3′ need to be broken down. Put small items in a sturdy box or reusable container and set it next to your recycling card.

Plastic Caps on Empty Plastic Bottles

To recycle plastic bottle caps, put the plastic cap on an EMPTY plastic bottle and drop it in the recycling container. Put loose caps (not attached to a bottle) in the garbage.

Cooking Oil

Follow these instructions to recycle used cooking oil:

  1. Pour the COOLED oil into a plastic jug with a tight-fitting crew-on lid.
  2. Label the jug with your name and address.
  3. Set the labelled, tightly-closed jug next to your recycling container.

Used motor oil is also recyclable if prepared and set out as described above. There is a limit of 2 gallons of of oil (either type of oil) per collection day. Do not mix oils in the container.

Not new, but things I didn’t know until now

Bubble wrap: This isn’t new, but I didn’t know until now that you can recycle bubble wrap. Bundle it together in a plastic grocery bag and put it in your recycling container.

Corks: they are too dense to compost, so they go in the garbage. Corks can also be recycled through the Cork ReHarvest Program, which has drop boxes at PCC, Whole Foods Markets, and Wine World Warehouses.

Clam-shell containers: Rigid plastic clam-shell containers and poly-coated paper box containers can go in your curbside recycling cart. Recycle clean containers only. Dirty non-compostable containers and Styrofoam containers and cups go in the garbage. To reduce waste, bring your own resealable container for take-out food or left-overs. Plastic-like containers marked “Compostable” go in the garbage unless they are approved as compostable by Cedar Grove (more information). Then they can go in the food and yard waste cart.

Seattle Utilities has a handy look-up guide to what’s recyclable and what’s not here.

SPD Crime Prevention Bulletin: Door Security

SPDbadgeAt the April North Precinct Advisory Counsel meeting, our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg, handed out this flyer on Home Security: Door Security:

The most common way used to force entry through a door with a wooden jamb is to kick it open. When a door is kicked in, the frame usually splinters and gives way, allowing the burglar to enter. The weakest point is almost always the strike plate that holds the latch or lock bolt in place. The average door strike plate is secured only to the door frame molding. These lightweight moldings are often tacked on to the door frame and can be torn away with a firm kick. Increasingly, we’ve noticed a trend of burglars using pry tools at doors to gain entry into homes.

Suggestions Regarding Exterior Doors

– Check the condition of the wood frame. If worn, have a new frame made.

– Anchor the frame to the wall stud. Do this by removing the short screws used to
secure the strike plates and hinge plates. Replace them with 3”-4” wood screws.
This should be done to all exterior doors.

– Consider upgrading to a four-screw, heavy-duty, high security strike plate. They are
available at any hardware store or home improvement center. Install this heavy-duty
strike plate using 3”-4” wood screws to cut deep into the doorframe stud. Use these
longer screws in the knob lock strike plate as well and use at least one long screw in
each door hinge. This one step alone will deter or prevent most through-the-door
forced entries. Even without installing a heavy duty strike plate, using the longer 3”-4”
screws to secure your existing strike plates will vastly improve the security of your door.

– To combat pry tools being used against your doors, ensure you have 3-4” inch screws on the
strike plates, have a deadbolt lock on the door (see below), and install a latch guard on the door
that covers the area above and below where your door knob and deadbolt engage. A latch
guard costs about $12 at major hardware retailers.

– Finally, deadbolt locks should be installed on every exterior door, including doors that lead
from the garage to the interior of the home. A decent deadbolt lock will retail for about $30.
More substantial deadbolts can run upwards of $200.

Deadbolt Locks
There are two types of deadbolt locks: a single cylinder deadbolt, which has a thumb turn on the inside and is keyed on the outside, and a double cylinder deadbolt, which is keyed on both the inside and outside. Deadbolt “throws” (the part that actually goes in to the door jamb) should always be a minimum of 1” in length.

– Single Cylinder – Install on all solid doors where access to the locks and knobs cannot be gained by breaking adjacent glass

– Double Cylinder – Install on all doors where access to locks and knobs can be gained by breaking adjacent glass. Never leave the key in the lock. If you live in an apartment or condo, make sure you know the building code.

– Consider deadbolts with captive key locks on all doors located next to windows.
These locks have removable thumb latches so that even if a thief breaks a window, he still can’t reach around and unlock the door. But because deadbolts can also be a fire hazard, make sure they have a removable key on the inside cylinder for when you are home. When you leave, just remove the key and keep the lock bolted on both sides.

– Note: City of Seattle building codes do not permit Double Cylinder deadbolts to be
installed in apartment or condominium settings, nor does the code allow for “Captive Keylock”

March 2016 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.



North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for April 2016

SPDbadgeThis month’s guest speaker was SPD Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxie.  He told us about the SPD staffing study delivered in March by Berkshire Advisors, Inc. It recommended an increase of 175 officers and 107 FTE of overtime to get to a goal of responding to Priority One 911 calls within 7 seconds 90% of the time. The report is here. The Mayor has committed to increasing SPD officers by 200 FTE by the end of 2019. 75 of them are targeted to be hired in 2016. The North Precinct is primary for adding patrol officers, followed by Southwest.

Crime-wise, burglaries and car prowls are way up from last year at this time. Whereas in 2015 there were 386 burglaries, this year there are 565. For car prowls it is 770 in 2015 and 1182 in 2016. Commercial burglaries are up, also: 147 in 2015 and 240 in 2016. Major Crimes Unit is working on these, clearing a lot of cases in the north end. North Precinct is also using crime analysis data to get maps of hot spots so patrols can be sent out to them if they have free time.

Read all the minutes here.

Adopt-A-Street Litter Pickup Event April 10th

logo-seattle-adopt-a-streetPinehurst 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

April and May are the City’s Spring Clean months, so we want to do a litter pickup now to support that program. Our next work party will be Sunday, April 10th, at 10:00 am.  It takes about two hours, but you aren’t committed to the whole time if that’s too long for you. We have grabbers, bags, 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!

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


Four year old Malia painted the rainbow that’s in the pocket park this month. She lives really near the park, sees the pictures every month, and decided she wanted to offer one of hers. When I went to her house to pick it up, she greeted me at the door in a colorful striped dress. I commented that her pretty dress looked like a rainbow. Her mom laughed and said, ‘Malia, go get your painting.’ And guess what? It was a rainbow. We laughed in delight. If you see it in the park, you’ll notice that the rainbow and sun are all sparkly. Nice job, Malia! Thanks for prettying up our park this month!

You can see Malia’s original artwork in the park kiosk on the corner of NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

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.


Magical MacNCheese at Northgate Community Center!


Keep the Emerald City Green

ReleafGreenNow that spring is here, here is some timely information about maintaining trees from the City of Seattle’s reLeaf program:

Trees bring life to Seattle. Some of the benefits of our tree canopy are:

  • Trees clean the air
  • They can increase your home’s selling price by up to 20%
  • They bring beauty and grandeur to the street
  • Trees reduce global warming pollution
  • Trees hold and filter a lot of water, reduce flooding and prevent toxins from flowing into our waterways
  • Trees provide valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife, and help protect salmon streams

Seattle currently has a 23% tree canopy cover. The goal is to reach 30% by 2037. We can help build the canopy by planting and maintaining trees.

Who is responsible for maintaining the street tree in front of my house?

All planting strip trees are regulated by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), but only a percentage are maintained by SDOT. If a tree was planted by a property owner, or has grown naturally, the abutting property owner is responsible for maintaining the tree. If you are unsure who may have planted your tree, you can call 206-684-TREE to obtain information about maintenance responsibility.

Do I need a permit to prune, plant, or remove a street tree?

Yes. Permits are issued by SDOT. The planting application can be found online here. The pruning and removal application can be found here.

Do I need a permit to remove a tree on my property?

Removal of trees or vegetation adjacent to environmentally critical areas including streams, wetlands, shorelines, and steep slopes requires approval. Additionally, interim regulations passed in 2009 implemented limits on the type and number of trees that may be removed in all commercial, low-rise, and mid-rise zones and on single family lots 5,000 sq. ft. or greater. While no permit is required, property owners are responsible for meeting applicable limitations. More information is available here.

Can I plant trees under power lines?

Yes, as long as you plant a small tree that will not grow to become entangled in the lines. A 10 foot clearance should be kept between trees and power lines. Tree limbs contacting power lines are the number one cause of power outages in Seattle.

Can I top or prune a City-owned tree to improve my view?

The City does not allow the topping of trees for private views. Topping is a process that will cause long-term harm to the trees, increase work later when the tree re-sprouts, and will lead to hazardous situations with the tree as it decays at the topping point. The City may work with adjacent residents to prune trees correctly if possible; however it is not always possible to accommodate views through pruning. Residents who wish to see trees pruned for views can request a tree trimming permit from the department managing the trees in question.

When do I need a certified arborist, and how can I find one to hire?

Certified arborists are trained tree professionals certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Arborists can prune trees of all sizes, inspect and treat trees for pests and diseases, and safely remove dead or unsafe trees. Arborists can also plant trees, provide emergency tree care, remove stumps, and address issues such as fertilization. Not all those who advertise as tree care professionals are certified arborists; make sure you hire one who is. Certified arborists in the Seattle area can be found here.