Pinehurst Pets – Cheeks

Here is handsome Cheeks’ story, told by one of his people: “We adopted Cheeks in March from the Humane Society. He was originally called Mr. Cheeks but I thought Cheeks sounded more gangster. They found him at 4 years old on the mean streets of Tacoma. He’s 14 lbs of fluffy love. He loves to roll over and have his tummy rubbed. He talks to us at all hours (not always appreciated!). When he’s not laying on one of us, his favorite spot is in his cat tree keeping watch over our backyard.”

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Arts North! Studio Tour Sept 10-11

Save the date: Arts North! Studio Tour is Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, 10 AM to 5 PM. Meet some of our Pinehurst artists (and some from a little beyond). Support the arts!

Pinehurst Pets – Minou

Minou (pronounced me-new) was inherited from a friend who was French, and his current owners were told that his name is a French term of endearment meaning “little one.”  He is anything but little!  Minou is a big, friendly kitty who is also very sociable.  He enjoys looking out over all the goings-on in the neighborhood from his hiding spot in the front yard.  He is a wonderful kitty who has won his owners’ hearts.


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Crime and Safety Meeting August 31


Want to learn about personal safety, Safe Routes to School, the Find It Fix It app, meet our new SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Mary Amberg (looks like the new title is Outreach Coordinator) and more? Attend the next Lake City Community Conversation.

Wednesday, August 31st from 6-7:30 PM at the Lake City Community Center.

The topic for the evening will be issues of “Crime and Safety”.

Light snacks and children’s activities will be provided.

Mary Amberg – North Precinct Outreach Coordinator will be on hand to talk about “Personal Safety” and “Making Good 911 Calls”.

City Departments and Programs will be on hand with information including the “Find It Fix It” App.

Patrol Officer Storm, Seattle Neighborhood Group, Safe Routes to Schools and Valley Cities Meridian Center for Health will also be on hand to talk and  share information.

Please join us and help spread the word.

Lost Cat – Have You Seen Lexi?

Lexi has been missing for over a week. She lives at 125th & 25th Ave. N.E.  She is a brown tortie-colored spayed female.  If you’ve seen her please call Nancy at  206-719-2403.


Changes to the Light Rail NE 145th Street Station

soundtransitjpgWith final design of the Lynnwood Link Extension underway, Sound Transit has been working with project partners to make modifications and improvements to early station site plans for the station at NE 145th St. As a result of on-going coordination and discussions with King County Metro Transit, WSDOT and the City of Shoreline, the reconfigured site plan addresses bus and traffic circulation, accommodates future growth in bus service, improves passenger safety and reduces construction impacts.

Sound Transit will have new plans ready for public review and comment at public meetings in November when the station design process kicks off. Dates, times and locations for all three station design public meetings will be announced in mid-October.

Sound Transit has notified all property owners potentially impacted by the new modifications to the site plan. Adjacent residents and property owners will be briefed on the new plans and provided an opportunity to ask question in order to help prepare them to comment when the new plans are ready for public review in November.

The final design phase of the project started this spring and will continue to the start of construction in 2018. During final design changes and improvements to early project plans are expected.

For more information about the Lynnwood Link Extension Project, please contact the Lynnwood Link Extension project team at 206-398-5300 or

You can also visit the Lynnwood Link Extension web page.

Lake City Teens Video about Lack of Resources in Lake City

Lake City Teen FlyerBy Mark Mendez, Lake City Neighbourhood Alliance Board Member

Come see the best film of the year, “Vacation in Lake City,” made by the STEP program’s Lake City teens. The short film will tackle the issue of a lack of resources in Lake City’s Community Center and parks. There will be a brief discussion about what improvements the neighbourhood would like to see in the future. Free PIZZA and REFRESHMENTS will be available! Everyone is welcome!

The teens from Lake City worked really hard on this video. Come out and support them and help strengthen our community! See the attached flyer for details.

Monday, August 22, 2016
Lake City Community Centre
12351 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
3:00 – 4:30 PM

New Bell Times for Seattle Public Schools 2016-17


As a reminder to families, Seattle Public Schools is changing bell times for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The district says the change in school start times is designed to improve academic outcomes for secondary students. It provides a list of resources on its district website, from child care and nutrition to after school activities and safety and security, to help families make the transition.

Here is a link to the SPS Bell Times website:

And the page with the actual schedules is here.

SDOT Annual Safe Routes to School Kick-Off on August 26

Kids on bikes! Swag! Healthy snacks! Storytime!

Lake City Greenways is thrilled to announce SDOT’s Annual Safe Routes to School Kick-Off event will be held at our very own Cedar Park Playground.

All kids are welcomes!

We also need YOUR help to assist kids to learn bicycling skills for fun and safe riding – a phenomenally rewarding time will be had by all!

What: Bike Rodeo clinic to teach children the skills and precautions to ride a bicycle safely.
Who: Everyone is invited. Bring your kids and bikes while you volunteer!
Where: Cedar Park Playground, 3737 NE 135th St, Seattle, WA 98125
When: Friday, August 26th, 1 to 5 PM

Bike Rodeo 2016Come for the whole day or choose a shift.

  • Volunteer Shift #1 – 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Volunteer Shift #2 – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

No previous Bike Rodeo experience is required. We will provide a brief training at the start of your shift.

Can you help? Please join us!

Pedestrian Safety Tips from SPD

pedestrianThis information is from a brochure put out by Seattle Police Department:

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the roadway, always walk facing the traffic.
  • See and be seen. Wear bright or light-colored clothing and make eye contact with the driver before proceeding through the crosswalk.
  • Be careful when you see a driver attempting to make a right-hand turn. A large number of pedestrian accidents occur when drivers forget to recheck the crosswalk before proceeding.
  • Cross the street only at marked crosswalks or intersections. This helps motorists to see you.
  • When crossing a multiple-lane roadway, visually clear each lane as you proceed.
  • Beware of parked cars; look for a driver who may not see you and pull out.
  • Be aware – telephone poles, utility boxes and parked vehicles block oncoming drivers’ ability to see you.
  • Stop before you enter the street. Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT prior to entering the street.
  • Give driers ample time to stop prior to entering the crosswalk.

For more pedestrian safety tips, visit:

The Laws

The laws that govern what is legal/illegal as they pertain to crossing the street are governed by the Seattle Municipal Code. These are non-criminal infractions that begin with a $46 fine and go up from there. The following are the most common infractions. For more information on SMC codes go to:

  • SMC 11.40.060 Prohibited crossing – it is illegal to suddenly leave the curb or sidewalk in front of a car it is so close it is impossible for the driver to stop the car before hitting you.
  • SMC 11.40.040 Right-of-way in crosswalk – when traffic-control signals are not in place or not operating, a driver must stop when they see a pedestrian crossing at an intersection or unmarked crosswalk when that person is in the half of the roadway that the car is traveling or approaching the vehicle lane.
  • SMC 11.40.100 Prohibited crossing near signals – No pedestrian shall cross the roadway between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation, except in a marked crosswalk.
  • SMC 11.50.120 Steady yellow signal – pedestrian duties – Pedestrians facing a steady circular yellow or yellow arrow signal, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian-control device, shall not enter the roadway, but if pedestrians have begun to cross before the display of the signal, vehicle operators shall stop to allow them to complete their movements.
  • SMC 11.50.160 Steady red signal – pedestrian duties – Pedestrians are prohibited from entering the street when facing a lone steady circular red or red arrow signal.
  • SMC 11.50.280 “Don’t Walk” pedestrian-control signal – Pedestrians facing a steady or flashing “DON’T WALK” sign shall not enter the roadway, but if pedestrians have begun to cross before the display of the signal, vehicle operators shall stop to allow them to complete their movements.

Pedestrian Fatality FAQs

  • 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in the US.
  • 68,000 pedestrians were injured in 2004 (the brochure is kind of old)
  • On average, a pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes and injured every 8 minutes.
  • 79% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersection locations.
  • 89% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in normal weather conditions.
  • 66% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at night.
  • 69% of pedestrian fatality victims are male.
  • 19% of all pedestrian fatalities are children between 5 and 9 years old.
  • Women, ages 70-79, have the highest pedestrian fatality rate of any other age group.