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Starting a Block Watch

Have you and your neighbors formed a Block Watch?

Why Have a Block Watch?

Neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime.

How Does Block Watch Work?

Block Watch requires two basic commitments:

  1. A commitment to be concerned about your neighbor’s property and well-being as well as your own.
  2. A commitment to report suspicious activity and take action by alerting your neighbors and calling 9-1-1.

Getting Started

  • Think of a location for your first meeting. It could be your home, or a neighbor’s home, library or community center, etc.
  • Contact the Crime Prevention Coordinators in our North Precinct for dates and times to meet with you and your neighbors. gov/police/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-coordinators.
  • Invite your neighbors to come – it helps to invite them in person.
  • The first meeting will discuss local crime trends, prevention measures and the proactive ways neighbors can work together.
  • The designated Block Watch Captain will act as primary contact for Seattle Police, and communicate to the neighborhood.

Pinehurst Community Information

Here’s an up-to-date flyer on Pinehurst Community Information. North Precinct now has two Crime Prevention Coordinators. Their contact information is on the flyer.

Ask SPD Short Videos Have Answers

Here’s a very short video from SPD explaining why reporting minor crimes, such as car prowls (even if nothing was stolen) is important and useful. https://www.facebook.com/SeattlePolice/videos/675950610393964/?__tn__=%2CO-R

To see all the Ask SPD videos, click on https://www.facebook.com/SeattlePolice and then search for ‘Ask SPD’. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the videos.

Submit a question here:    https://www.seattle.gov/police/askspd

Thornton Creek Restoration Project Can Use Your Help

Get involved in a project to improve our Thornton Creek! The project’s King County Waterworks grant is designed to improve the water quality of this site on NE 110th St. The plan is to prevent illegal parking that compacts the soil and to add plants to restore the filtering capacity of the soil.

See poster below for opportunities, and visit https://www.tcwrestoration.org/ for exact day & time of these events.

988 Crisis Lifeline Goes Live

Starting Saturday, July 16, people in a mental health or behavioral crisis can call or text 988, a national replacement for local suicide hotlines and other helplines.

When people call or text, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

Free Food for Kids This Summer

Children and Youth Summer Food Service Program – This summer, sites will operate June 27 through August 24, 2022. Each youth can receive one meal per day to be eaten onsite. Children are eligible for the Summer Food Service Program if they are between the ages of 1-18. Find locations, hours and what meals are served by typing in your address and then clicking on the red pins on the map: https://usda-fns.maps.arcgis.com/…/webapp…/index.html…
Here are the closest locations:

Temporary Library Hours

Due to staff shortages caused by Covid-19 outbreaks, some Seattle Public Libraries are temporarily limiting hours, hopefully only until autumn. I don’t know if the library hours below are normal, but here are the Northgate and Lake City library hours

The asterisks indicate that they are cooling centers if you need some relief when outside temperatures get too high.

130th and 145th Station Area Community Meeting July 21

The 130th and 145th light rail station area planning is moving forward again. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), is underway. An EIS provides the City, the public, and other agencies with environmental information to be considered. An EIS is already being developed for the update of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan which could have implications for future development in the station area. So, it made sense to combine analysis of the 130th and 145th station areas with this major project. Staff has proposed three station area alternatives and five citywide alternatives to study in the EIS and is looking for community feedback. Are these the right alternatives and topics to be studied in the EIS?

Attend a 130th and 145th Station Area Community Meeting on July 21This meeting will go into more detail about the EIS process and alternatives specifically for the 130th and 145th Station Area. For more details about the community meeting, visit the Get Involved page.

 

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

July’s art in the pocket park is a collage made by eleven year old Zoey, who’s a student of Pinehurst artist Victoria Raymond (victoriaraymond.com). What a beautiful strawberry! Come see it in the kiosk at NE 117th St & 19Th Ave NE.

If your child (or you!) would like to show art in the park, please contact PocketPark@PinehurstSeattle.org.

Lake City Floodplain Park Workshop #2

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, and Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group for the second of three virtual workshops on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm to co-create a new park space (the large ‘red house’ property on NE125th St and 23rd) with the Lake City community, for the Lake City community. Register for the workshop online at lakecityfloodplainpark.com/register

The creation of a truly inclusive park is only possible if the needs and dreams of our diverse community are represented throughout the entire project. The project team will be listening and incorporating our ideas into the design. All are welcome and encouraged to be involved!

For more information on the project and to provide online feedback at any time, visit lakecityfloodplainpark.com

Project site address: 2318 NE 125th Street, Seattle, WA 98125