ORCA LIFT Reduced Fare Starts March 1

busstopKing County Metro and Public Health have teamed up to promote ORCA LIFT, a reduced-fare transit card for low-income adults. Beginning immediately, those who qualify can obtain a special ORCA card to pay a bus fare of $1.50.

To qualify for ORCA LIFT, an adult must have an income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a single individual can have a maximum household income of $23,340 to qualify. The reduced-fare transit pass can then be used like a normal ORCA card on any Metro or Kitsap Transit bus, Sound Transit Link light rail, King County Water Taxi or Seattle Streetcar.

Qualified riders can obtain an ORCA LIFT card for free at one of 40 locations across the county.

For more information, visit  http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/orca-lift or call 206-553-3000.

Pinehurst Picks


Anyone else see any cute mailboxes in the neighborhood?

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

Free Crime Prevention Presentations

burglarOur SPD North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, Elizabeth Scott (elizabeth.scott@seattle.gov),  is still a good resource, but currently she is booked for evening presentations/meetings through June, so here is another resource if you want to convene a meeting of concerned neighbors about crime and crime prevention.

The Seattle Neighborhood Group offers free presentations on a number of topics, including personal safety, calling 9-1-1, vehicle security, what to do about suspicious activities, and identity theft and fraud. Contact them to make arrangements at info@sngi.org. Here is a flyer:


Street Improvements Coming Soon

LCWimprovementsSome sidewalks are coming around 24th Avenue NE and Lake City Way. And there will soon be more safety features at NE 110th St and Lake City Way for Nathan Hale students crossing the street. More work is planned along the corridor at 14th/15th Avenues NE, 20th NE, NE 125th Street, NE 130th Street, NE 135th Street and NE 145th Street. For more information, see:


Jan 24 Hubbard Homestead Park Event


Pinehurst Picks


Not many days like this in January.  You can see blue sky right through this tree’s trunk. This Pick is from Annie. Anyone know where this is?

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

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for January 2015


This month’s speaker at North Precinct Advisory Council was Josh Hall from Seattle Human Services Department. HSD funds many agencies that provide services to Seattle residents. There are three divisions: Youth and Family Empowerment; Community Support and Assistance; and Aging and Disability Services.

Regarding crime in the North Precinct, Captain Emerick noted that the auto theft task force has had a marked effect. In October-November there was a 45% reduction in car prowls from those months the previous year. In one 21 day period late in 2014 SPD made 27 auto theft arrests. And in the last 30 days there was a 142% reduction in car prowls compared to that period year ago.

Read the meeting minutes here for more news, such as what the Liquor Control Board is working on concerning marijuana.


December 2014 Pinehurst Crime Map

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.


Welcome to Subirdia – TCA meeting January 22


Free Tax Preparation

taxreturnStarting February 1, 2015, AARP Foundation will again provide free tax preparation and electronic filing.  AARP-Tax-Aide is totally FREE; you do not need to be a member of AARP or a senior to use this service.

2014 tax returns reflect changes as the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  And for those who did not have medical insurance coverage the entire year, or had purchased insurance through the Washington State Health Plan Exchange, there will be some new tax forms to deal with when filing 2014 tax returns.  AARP-Tax-Aide will have tax counselors who are trained to help tackle ACA tax return questions.

Whether you are a working or retired individual, AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle your tax returns. In addition to earned and retirement income reporting, it can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses, and various education, child and earned income credits.

Lake City Library

12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle 98125, 206-684-7518

Mondays 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM (closed Feb. 16th).

Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Feb. 2nd.

Northgate Library

10548 5th Ave NE, Seattle 98125, 206-386-1980

Tuesdays 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. First day is Feb. 3rd.

Thursdays 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Walk-ins only, no appointments.