City Owned Broadband Choice?

So Gigabit Squared  failed. CenturyLink has a plan for gigabit service in Seattle but it doesn’t include Pinehurst. What other options are there? The technology advisory board for Seattle is hosting two forums next week. They’re free and they just ask for an RSVP so they can figure out the head count. I know there was a LOT of interest in gigabit Internet when it was first announced for the area and a lot of disappointment when it didn’t happen. Lets channel that energy in moving closer to the goal of better Internet for Seattle.

Mayor Murray outlined a path forward with his Broadband Initiative. It will evaluate strategies to increase the availability of competitive, affordable and equitable broadband options, including the potential for a municipal broadband option. The City of Seattle’s Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board is exploring implications of a municipally-owned broadband system in Seattle with two forums at City Hall with Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Lunch & Learn:
Chris Mitchell on Community-owned Networks – Exploring the Realities of a Municipally-owned Seattle Broadband Provider
Seattle City Hall / Wednesday, October 8th / Noon – 1 PM / Boards and Commissions Conference Room L-280

Evening Public Forum:
Exploring Municipal Broadband in Seattle with Chris Mitchell
Seattle City Hall / Wednesday, October 8th / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Bertha Knight Landes Room


Reporting Suspicious Behavior – What is Suspicious Behavior?

Seattle_Police_BadgeThis is Part 1 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.

What is Suspicious Behavior?

We can’t stress enough the importance of reporting suspicious behavior. Sometimes people may be reluctant to call 911 about behavior that they feel is suspicious because they don’t want to ‘burden’ the police with non-emergencies. Let us assure you that calling in activity or behavior that you feel is unusual or out of place is not a burden; it’s how we know what’s going on. We rely on you to tell us.

Sometimes, however, a person may not know what suspicious behavior looks like. Well, to identify what is suspicious behavior, you first have to know what’s ‘normal.’ The way you know what’s normal for your neighborhood is to interact with your neighbors and be engaged in your community. By knowing your neighbors and the routine activities, whether on the block you live or the areas where you work and do business, the better able you are to identify those things that seem suspicious. The more you know your neighbors on the block, which children live in the area, the better you are able to identify those suspicious people, vehicles, activities and behaviors.

If it’s suspicious to YOU, it’s worth talking with your neighbors about it and worth reporting it to 911. Examples include:

  • Unusual noises, including screaming, sounds of fighting, glass breaking
  • People in and/or around buildings or areas and who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business
  • Unauthorized people in restricted areas
  • People who follow immediately behind others into card-access areas or buildings while the door is open
  • Vehicles driving slowly and aimlessly through neighborhoods, around schools or parking lots and, at night, without their lights on
  • People sitting in vehicles for extended periods of time
  • People peering into parked vehicles that are not their own
  • People who change their behavior when they notice that they have been seen
  • People dressed inappropriately for the weather occasion (i.e. heavy coat in warm weather)

Part 2 will be on reporting suspicious behavior.

Pinehurst Picks

This is a new series to celebrate things creative and beautiful in Pinehurst. We’ll snap some nice yard art, a classic car, or anything unusual or fun, and post it here. See if you can find it on your walks in the ‘ hood. Or if you know where it is, tell where in a comment, below. Please feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood – to

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Drop-in Play Programs for Kids at Northgate Community Center

Parks&RecreationLogoHere are some good play opportunities for young children.  They are $3 per child, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE:

Toddler Gym - Ages 5 years and younger. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm. Bring your little ones to the play gym drop-in time. Kids enjoy toys, balls, trikes, scooters, push bikes, inflatable toys and more. Parent supervision required.

Wake up and Play – Ages 3 years and younger. Friday, 9 am – 11 am. Here’s a chance for you little ones to play, learn and socialize with other young children and babies. This scaled-down gym has age-appropritae toys. Parent supervision required.

City Services – Who Ya Gonna Call?


August 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.


North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for Sept 2014

Seattle_Police_BadgeThis month’s guest speaker was Lisa Daugaard, Co-chair of the Community Police Commission. The commission was set up after the Department of Justice investigated the police department. It provides community input on the proposed police reforms. It’s a civilian commission with a mandate to develop reform recommendations, and represent community interests and perspectives.

Auto thefts are still a problem in the North End, but crime is down, especially aggravated crimes.

Read all the minutes here.

Pinehurst Pets – Charlie and Tucker


Charlie, the doxie, is four years old and has lived in Pinehurst since puppyhood. He’s attended the neighborhood Great Dog for daycare and training, and was certified as a pet therapy dog by Project Canine. Charlie has been pet therapist for the Pinehurst Emeritus and loves visiting all the wonderful grandmas and grandpas living there. His superpowers are snuggling and barking at all the things.

Landing in Pinehurst a year ago, Tucker, the terrier, is two years old and was rescued from the streets of California. He really loves his new family and neighborhood, and is learning proper greetings with other dogs while going on long walks around the ‘hood. His superpowers are bouncing, licking your face off, and “fur of velcro,” an amazing, magical fur property that carries all the outside debris inside.

If you’d like your pet featured, please send a photo and its name and a short description or story to

Granite Curling Club Open Houses start Sept. 13

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Rocks heading for the house!

The Granite Curling Club in Haller Lake is hosting scheduled Open Houses to introduce the public to the indoor ice sport of curling, from Saturday September 13 through March 7 2015. Instructors will teach you the basics of curling and play a short game with you. The cost is $25 per person or $60 for a family.

Reservations are available for the early season open houses.

A Junior Open House, for youth aged 7 to 21, is scheduled for Saturday September 20.

Sunday September 14 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday September 17 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday September 20 – 10:00am – 4:00pm – Junior Open House, for children aged 7-21.
Monday September 22 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday October 18 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm *Annual Chili Cook Off follows Open House 5:00pm – 9:00pm – all are welcome!*
Saturday November 15 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday December 6 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday January 3 2015 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday February 21 2015 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday March 7 2015 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Thornton Creek Alliance 20th Anniversary Celebration

Join us at the headwaters for a concert in the park

Anniversary Invite PDF

 Music by the ThorNton Creek Band

Bring a blanket and a picnic — Ice cream & cake provided!

Children’s activities, Meet your neighbors, Learn about restoration efforts, Meet our community partners


Sunday, September 14th

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, rain or shine

Cromwell Park

18030 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline,WA

Call Judy Olson, Education Chairperson for Thornton Creek Alliance, with questions or comments at 206-523-4384.