SDOT Studying 15th Ave NE and NE 120th St

A neighbor asked us to post information about her request to SDOT that they study the intersection of 15th Ave NE and NE 120th St.

I asked Seattle Department of Transportation to do a traffic study on the corner of NE 120th St. and 15th Av NE. The traffic light is for the north and south bound traffic only. NE 120th St has stop signs on both the east and west side of the street. The problem is during morning and evening rush hour you cannot get out onto 15th Av NE from NE 120th St. It can be so bad that some people get out of their cars and push the pedestrian button to make the light change. The other safety issue is that when the cars are stopped at that light, you cannot see when the light turns from red to green from NE 120th St. I called last week and they are on it already.

Report on Hubbard Homestead Park Opening Festivities

The new park at NE 112th Street & 5th Ave NE opened Saturday with an egg hunt, music and a ribbon cutting ceremony. To see photos, check out Katie Melton’s writeup on the Maple Leaf Life blog at

The article gives an interesting explanation of the symbolism of one of the art features , a source stone, that emits water that crosses the park through a channel.

Into The Woods @ Seattle Musical Theatre

An ambivalent Cinderella? A bloodthirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch…who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of “The Princess Bride” becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

April 29 – May 31, 2011

Friday-Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
Thursday, May 19th at 7:30pm

Magnuson Park
7120 62nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

$40/S35 general admission
$35/$30 students
Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 206-363-2809

Seattle City Council 2011 Priorities

I heard City Councilman Richard Conlin speak last night. He outlined the highest priorities for City Council in 2011:

- Schools and education: Renew the Families and Education levy in partnership with Seattle Schools.

- Economic recovery: Advance strategies to foster economic development and promote new jobs.

- Budget: Adopt a sustainable 2012 budget that invests in public safety and human services.

You can see the entire priority list here.

On a local note, he mentioned that the city is looking seriously at using Fire Station 39 in Lake City as a long-term shelter for the homeless.

North Link Light Rail Open House – Northgate Station

Spring Open House dates

Want to learn more about the future light rail station in your neighborhood? Sound Transit will be hosting several open houses to show the current design plans, and to hear your thoughts and ideas about the stations.

Northgate Station*: May 17
Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria
504 NE 95th Street, Seattle

Roosevelt Station*: May 26
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center Gymnasium
6535 Ravenna Avenue NE, Seattle

Brooklyn Station*: June 9
Hotel Deca Grand Ballroom
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle

The open houses run between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM, with a presentation starting at 6:30 PM.

* These are temporary, working titles for the North Link stations. The Sound Transit Board will select official station names at a later date.

Fundraising for North Helpline

North Helpline asked us to share the following events in the next month.

  • 4/21: Dine Out at the Wedgwood Alehouse and Support the North Helpline. Come in, enjoy a delicious meal and help your neighbors. 30% of the day’s proceeds will go directly to North Helpline Food Bank! The Wedgwood Alehouse is located at 8515 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
  • 4/28: Spring Into Greens with special guest & Two Dog regular Cynthia Lair. Thursday, 4/28 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Transport the good vibrations of leafy greens into your body via tantalizing food. We’ll compose small plates with big flavor utilizing shades of green. Your teacher and host Cynthia Lair is a local nutritionist, Bastyr University faculty member, comedienne and Cookus Interruptus celebrity who will warm your palate and spark great cooking ideas. Bring a chef knife, apron and your friends. $20 | space is limited | preregistration required. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to support North Helpline! Register at
  • 5/1: North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank will be hosting our 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser at the Northgate Community Center from noon to 3:00 PM. Artists will donate hand crafted bowls, local restaurants will serve delicious soup, salad, and bread, and local musicians will provide delightful entertainment to be enjoyed by all. Last year, we raised over $15,000 which helped keep our neighbors in need fed and housed. Our goal this year is to double our fundraising efforts to meet the growing need in our community. In order to accomplish our goal, we are respectfully seeking your support. Please join us for a fantastic community celebration. Advance tickets and more information are available at our website.

For more information, contact Amy Besunder, Executive Director North Helpline, 206-367-3477,

Some Benefits at Two Dog Coming Up April 26th-28th

Yoga Meets Japanese Sotai

Tuesday, April 26
with Two Dog instructor Mudra Baugh

Learn gentle sotai exercises & meridian stretches to discover more ease and opening in your yoga poses. Release areas of tension and imbalance, increase flexibility, & relieve pain. The rule of sotai is “pain…no gain!” Exercises are done slowly, in the direction of ease, in harmony with the breath. Dr Hashimoto described the essence of sotai as “The pleasant sensation elicited by moving in harmony with the slow exhalation of the breath.” Participants will receive a handout of the exercises.

$15+ donation | all proceeds go to Mudra’s Japanese Toyohari teachers (many of whom are blind) who lost everything in the earthquake and tsunami.

Spring Into Greens

Thursday, April 28
6:00pm – 8:00pm
with special guest & Two Dog regular Cynthia Lair

-a benefit for North Helpline foodbank-

Transport the good vibrations of leafy greens into your body via tantalizing food. We’ll compose small plates with big flavor utilizing shades of green. Your teacher and host Cynthia Lair is a local nutritionist, Bastyr University faculty member, comedienne and Cookus Interuptus celebrity who will warm your palate and spark great cooking ideas. Bring a chef knife, apron and your friends.

$20 | aid available | space is limited | preregistration required

More Details (And More Events) Here:

Volunteer for Adopt-A-Street Work Party May 14th

Our community council is in the City’s Adopt-A-Street program.  We’ve adopted these streets for occasional litter pickup:

  • Pinehurst Way NE - from Roosevelt Way NE to NE 125th St
  • NE 115th St – from 20th Ave NE to Pinehurst Way NE

Our next work party will be Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m.  We’re looking for 6-8 volunteers. It takes about two hours. I’ve ordered grabbers, rubber gloves, safety vests, brooms and a sharps container.  If you are interested in helping, please email

This is a fun event – we work in pairs and have good laughs over some of the stuff we put in our garbage bags. And it’s always nice when a neighbor honks or gives us a thumbs-up for our efforts!

Our commitment is for four cleanup events a year, but volunteering for this event does NOT commit you to future work parties.

If you participate, you’ll sign a volunteer sign-in sheet that gives you insurance coverage during the event.  I’ll go over safety precautions with everyone before we start.

Information about the City’s program is at:

Come on and join the party, meet your neighbors and make a difference!

Neighborhood Viewpoint Project and Neighborhood Policing Plan

Unfortunately this month was one of the rare months where I didn’t go to the North Precinct Advisory Council meeting. But here are notes the secretary took:


Special Presentation Speaker: Mimi Walsh, Strategic Advisor, Policy and Planning, Seattle Police Dept. with Mary McGuire data and survey specialist.

The Neighborhood Viewpoint Project and Neighborhood Policing Plan are aimed at reducing fear of crime and developing proactive communities. Police officers are being scheduled to have time to interact with the communities and talk with the business and home owners to see what their concerns really are. If there is a fear of crime or an area conducive to crime, they want to know before the crime actually happens. Often modified behavior changes effects of neighborhoods.

There is a need to go beyond the crime statistics and talk with the neighbors to see what has happened and perhaps not reported or a similar crime happened some time ago and is now being repeated. They have surveyed several neighborhoods and are going over the statistics as well as the one-on-one interviews to form a clearer picture of each area. Attack the problems before they are critical. Many communities perceive a problem before the crime occurs.

In the over-all survey the North Precinct people are the stars. Two pilot programs: Licton Springs and Greenlake have been completed and other neighborhoods will follow. People in the North End are 16 year residents on average where other parts of Seattle they average 12 years. Crime importance varies between residents such as traffic, arson, robbery. Less than half of the crimes committed caused fearfulness. Primary information sources are neighbors or friends. New communication methods include blogs, twitter, Facebook and local newspapers, plus block watches.

Many think more police officers would improve the neighborhood, whereas others think it is just fine.

CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – is a concept where changes in lighting, traffic patterns, clearing of shrubbery and more open space have cut crimes. Fear of crime is different by age groups. Older people can perceive changes faster than younger groups. Old time residents “sentinels” and businesspeople have seen similar changes and can relate to possible crimes.

Overall…people appreciate the police officers and the way they do their job.

Eritrean Health Fair 2011 (May 7th)

Saturday, May 7th
11:00 am-4:00 pm

12327 15th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
(Across the street from the new Pinehurst Safeway)

► Free Screening
► Free Food
► Free activities for adults and children

A special presentation & workshop will be held on “Cancer Prevention”.

Have You:

  • Checked Your Cholesterol?
  • Checked your blood pressure lately?
  • Checked your blood sugar lately?
  • Checked your dental health lately?

Do you:

  • Want to learn more about lifestyle changes and effects on your health?
  • Want to know how to prevent dental health problems?
  • Know you can control blood pressure or blood sugar with lifestyle change?
  • Know that choices you make can affect your health?

If you want to know about this and more, please join us for the 4th Annual Eritrean Health Fair to be held on May 7th 2011.

Organized by: HOPE – Eritrean Social Services.
Sponsored by Eritrean Orthodox Church, City of Seattle, NML etc.

Full Flyer Available Here:

I’ve uploaded a new copy of the flier which includes some small changes.