Tree Care and Planting Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 10am-1pm

Beaver Pond Park

The Northgate/Matthews Beach Tree Ambassadors group invites you to join like-minded neighbors and friends Saturday, October 22nd for a workshop focusing on best practices for Tree Care & Planting.

 Learn all about keeping your trees free of ivy and other hazards.

Discover the best ways to plant and care for trees.

Actively participate in helping Seattle regrow a healthy tree canopy and pick up skills you can use at home.

Spend hands-on time clearing invasives away from trees and then work together to plant six conifers.

Get better acquainted with Northgate’s least known forested park and its urban wildlife!

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Be prepared for rain! Bring your water bottle and laminated or leather gloves. We will provide gloves if needed and all tools, snacks, and beverages.

Meet on the north side of the Northgate’s Beaver Pond Natural Area on Thornton Creek, NE 106th Street and 8th Ave. NE, at 10:00am. Our work site is one block south of Northgate Way just east of 8th Ave. NE. There are no signs. When you see the trees you’re there!

Questions? Feel free to contact your neighborhood Tree Ambassadors: Ruth Williams (206) 930-8965, Philip Stielstra (425) 830-3589, Teri O’Leary (206) 953-8335, Debbie Lematta (206) 898-5149

This event is dedicated to the memory of Kenyan Wangari Maathai, tree planter extraordinaire.

The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local community. The program is a project of the Green Seattle Partnership, a collaboration between the City of Seattle and the Cascade Land Conservancy and is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program.

Get Free Trees for Your Yard

Trees provide many benefits to our community:  filter air pollution, provide shade in hot weather, reduce storm water runoff, provide habitat for critters – and they are attractive.

City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program is offering free trees to plant in your yard. It is accepting applications until October 24. For the application form and more information, go to

Participants in the program receive:

  • Free trees
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Coupon for free Groco compost
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities

Oct. 25 Transit Master Plan (TMP) Open House

Join the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) at an upcoming open house to learn about the Transit Master Plan (TMP), share your feedback, and see where we’re going from here.

The TMP is a 20-year vision for transit in Seattle. SDOT recently released the draft report, available at

Open house date and location:

·         · Oct 25 @ Aljoya Thornton Creek (450 NE 100th St)

·        The open house will run from 6 – 8pm and will begin with a brief presentation and overview. You’ll then have a chance to walk around and view project boards, talk to staff, ask questions, and provide comments.

More details (room number, how to get there) can be found at

Contact Allison Schwartz with any questions at or (206) 386-4654.

Personal Safety Talks

Do you belong to a civic or community organization that invites speakers to your meetings? Terrie Johnston, our Crime Prevention Coordinator, reminds us that she is available to speak, for free, about personal safety. Call her at 206-684-7711 or email her at

Crime Prevention

At tonight’s North Precinct Advisory Council, a representative from the City Attorney’s Office told us what one apprehended residential burglar told officials about his methods: he said he didn’t pay any attention to alarm system signs because he knows he can get in and out of a home before anyone responds to the alarm. He also said he scopes out homes beforehand. He lingers nearby to see when residents leave and return. The representative also said that many burglaries are through open or unlocked doors and windows.

What are the lessons here? Don’t rely entirely on alarm systems. Lock your doors and windows. Be a good neighbor and stay on the lookout for unusual behavior on your neighbor’s property and don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 so the police can check it out. The police tell us time and time again that watchful neighbors are the best crime prevention and that officers are happy to respond to calls about suspicious behavior. And they tell story after story about how citizens have helped police arrest criminals by calling 9-1-1 in this way.

We were also told that a lot of residential burglars are minors who leave school at lunchtime, steal stuff, and then go back to school. As a matter of fact, most burglaries are in the daytime, not at night.

If you would like a free home security audit, contact our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Terri Johnston, at 206-684-7711 or

Indecent Exposure Incidents

There were two indecent exposure incidents in the past two days, one at the Pinehurst Playground and one at Lakeside. Watch out for this guy. From the SPD blotter:

Suspect may be involved in 2 exposing incidents

Posted by Detective Renee Witt

On 10/2/11, at approximately 5:00 p.m., two 13-year-old females, were swinging on the swings at the Pinehurst playfield in the 12000 block of 14 Av NE, when the suspect walked up to the them and made a comment. When the victims turned to look at the suspect he had his genitals exposed and was masturbating. The suspect then ran away southbound on 14 Ave NE. The victims ran to a nearby convenience store and reported the incident to an off duty officer. An area check for the suspect was negative. The suspect is described as a white male, 22-29 years old, fair complexion, slim build, goatee and black hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white design on the back, and black dress slacks.

On Oct-03-2011, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the complainant reported that three female students reported to him that a man “exposed” himself to several girls on the school’s soccer field in the 14000 block of 1 AV NE ,as they started practice. The male ran off when some of the girls screamed. The suspect was seen getting into a vehicle parked on 1 Av NE just south of NE 145.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30-39 years old, approximately 5 feet- 10 inches tall, thin narrow face, fair complexion, slim build, brown hair, blue eyes, bushy or thick eyebrows, and a goatee. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and black pants.

The suspect was seen driving away in an older, light colored, small 4-door sedan. The first letter of the license plate may be “A”.

Anyone with information about the suspect or vehicle is asked to call 911.

SNAP Meeting at Northgate Library, Oct. 18

Weather forecasters are forecasting another stormy La Niña winter; attend this class to learn how to be prepared for an emergency! The class is on Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 – 7:45 PM at the Northgate Library, 10548 5th Ave NE.

Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) is offered at various libraries throughout the City to help residents and neighborhoods become better prepared for disasters. This interactive and informative program teaches simple steps that don’t take a lot of time or money. You’ll learn that preparedness can be fun and empowering!

See the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management for more information.

Sound Transit Public Meetings for Northgate to Lynnwood Mass Transit

Sound Transit is holding public meetings this month about the scoping for mass transit between Northgate (Transit Center) and Lynnwood (196th St SW). The meetings are between 6:00 and 8:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2011: Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline
  • Thursday, October 13, 2011: Embassy Suites Hotel, 44th Ave W, Lynnwood
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2011: Ingraham High School, 1819 N 135th St, Seattle

For more information, or to comment online, here’s their web site.

Background from Sound Transit:

Sound Transit is preparing to extend mass transit from Northgate to Lynnwood, which voters approved as part of the Sound Transit 2 Plan in 2008, along with funding to continue planning future service all the way to Everett. The North Corridor Transit Project will connect to and build on the Link light rail line that opened for service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport in 2009. Construction is currently underway on a light rail extension to the University of Washington scheduled to open in 2016, followed by service to Northgate targeted in 2021. Voter-approved additions over the next few years will bring 36 new miles of service to the north, south and east, creating a 55-mile light rail system serving the region.

Haller Lake Community Club Events

I receive the Haller Lake Community Club monthly newletter and the October issue has into for several past and future events that I wanted to pass along:

16 September – workparty at Northgate Elementary School

2 pm 9 October – classical guitar concert at Haller Community Club

7 pm 13 October – story telling at Haller Community Club

730 pm 14 October – music and story telling at Couth Buzzard

730 pm 28 October – contemp. and folk music at Couth Buzzard

I know this is minimal info, and unfortunately their web site does not seem to have futher info. But I think one can join at

Missing Black Cat

MISSING CAT: Missing since Saturday, September 24th. Goes by Little Bear, completely black, pouch belly, medium size, big bright green eyes.

Last seen on 125th and 12th.

Any information or if found please contact Travis at 206-850-0599, or Casey at 206-529-7263.

Thank you very much.