Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another Car Prowl In The Neighborhood

The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email:

We live on the 4800 block of NE 42nd Street. On 9/29 at 2:45am our dog woke us barking.  When I looked out the window, I noticed our dome light was on in our car as well as the car across the street.   
About ten minutes later, we saw two people walking North on 50th Avenue NE at NE 42nd Street. And a few minutes later they were walking south on 50th Avenue NE at NE 42nd Street.   
They were dressed in dark clothes and we were unable to get a description.  Please be sure to lock your car doors at night.

August Laurelhurst Real Estate Update

Thanks to Kim Dales for providing us with this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report.  Kim can be reached at 206.235.777 or kodales@Windermere.com.

August was a bit of a sleepy summer month, not unusual, however homes are still selling in less that three weeks.

As I see interesting statistics are interesting I would like to share those by offering a "tip for the month” starting this month.

SEWER SCOPING: To do one, or not to do one before putting your home on the market

If you are thinking about listing your home talk with your Realtor about whether or not you should perform a sewer scope before putting your home on the market. In a
neighborhood like Laurelhurst, older homes equal older sewer lines, which can result in breaks and cracks. Many homeowners feel that if they don't have a sewer backup then their sewer line is fine. Not always the case.

In fact, I recently had a listing in which the owner's had never had any sewer issues, but
during the sewer scope inspection it was found that there was a large break resulting in sewage leaking into their yard. Sewer line repairs are not inexpensive, and can range from a few thousand dollars to upwards of $10,000. Many sellers just want to wait and see if a prospective buyer will perform a sewer scope. If performed, and a defect is found, the seller should be prepared to pay to have the defect repaired, or to give the buyer a monetary credit at closing.

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$600,000 - $649,999                      1
$750,000 - $799,999                      2                       1       
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999                1
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999                1
Total                                              5
Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$750,000 - $799,999            2                              19
$1,500,000 - $1,749,999      1                              91
Total                                     3                             110
Average Price $1,059,333
Average DOM: 43
Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$1,000,000 - $1,249,999        1                           30
$1,500,000 - $1,749,999        1                         128
$1,750,000 - $1,999,999        1                          27
Total                                       3                          435

Average Price: $1,530,000
Average DOM = 62

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$950,000 - $999,999             2                             20
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999        1                              1
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999       3                             36
Total                                     6                               80

Average sales price $1,198,333
Average DOM = 25

Kim Dales can be reached at 206.235.777 or kodales@Windermere.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Possible Suspicious Person Near Laurelhurst Elementary School

The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email:

About the same time as
'Shifty" was observed last Friday morning, September 19,  young woman on foot southbound on the 4700 block of 47th Avenue NE walked right up to my car,and giving the appearance of an high school student, walked right up to my car, looked intently inside, then continued down the street looking inside every vehicle and scanning every front yard and porch.  My sense was that she wasn't acting alone. 
She was approaching NE 47th Street.  She has black hair, thin build, about 5' 7", mixed racial heritage. 
I'm not sure if she had a bad intent.  It's possible that she is an actual student, early for the bus.  But her behavior was very odd, though not illegal

City's Aging And Disability Services Seeking Input On Programs

The City's Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County is conducting a survey to help with deciding what community and government programs should be enhanced  to help a broader range of older adults and individuals with disabilities plan to live independently in the community.

Currently there are two programs offered: 
·        Senior Information & Assistance (1-888-4ELDERS) is the go-to number for anyone age 60+ and their family members who needs help identifying resources that meet their needs.
·        The King County Caregiver Support Network provides guidance to unpaid primary caregivers of adults of any age who are unable to care for themselves—typically family members or close friends or neighbors.
Here is the survey that ADS has put together seeking community input available through tomorrow.

Friday, September 26, 2014

UW Helps To Stop Last Month's Irrigation Leaks Along NE 41st Street Parking Strip

Last month, several residents living near the Center for Urban Horticulture emailed the Laurelhurst Blog Staff about irrigation leaks along a NE  41st Street parking strip between the Center for Urban Horticulture east entrance and Surber Drive.

The Blog Staff contacted several departments at the University of Washington about these ongoing leaks described by one resident as "several curbside busted sprinkler heads that are gushing water" and " river of water running along the curb."

David, the Manager of Horticulture, at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, said after observing the leak coming from the  seven non-operational valves and broken sprinklers  "The public probably thinks this is UW jurisdiction and wondering why it has not been repaired. It does not reflect a good public image to our organization as it relates to water conservation either."

James, UW Irrigation Maintenance Mechanic Lead, was able to turn down the valves and said that "it looked like they had not been serviced for years.  There were broken sprinklers, plugged sprinklers, malfunctioning sprinklers, and possible broken piping.  I turned down the valves themselves so that no water will run for now.  They should not be run until significant repairs are made."

He conducted a survey of the immediate area to see if he could locate the water source or the controller and said that "Someone is turning it on and off as it does not run all year long.  But it is not the UW.  It is entirely possible that the water and the controls are coming from a neighboring house."
It turns out after more investigation by UW that the particular strip of landscaping belongs to the Laurelhurst Community and that the actual irrigation controller is located in one of the adjacent homes.  
Jeannie, with the Laurelhurst Community Club, did confirm that the city pays for the water and the controls are in the garage of one  the neighbors abutting the planted median who was out of town at the time. In the meantime the UW found the backflow for the irrigation system  and turned it off so that none could run with the backflow turned off. 

David added "The controller may be operating, but the water will not come on.  David even tried knocking on the door of the house with the irrigation controller.  But said they "were  incommunicado."

He added " I hope this will stop the complaints from concerned citizens" with the temporary shut-off work he did.





Celebrate Sand Point Naval Station's First Flight Around The World

On Sunday at 12:30 the public is invited to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 1st Around the World Flight from Seattle’s Sand Point Airfield, part of a NAS Sand Point Reunion Weekend.  The event takes place at the former Naval Air Station Sand Point, now known as Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE).
The information says:
Ninety years ago, over 50,000 people and a 21-gun salute  greeted the returning bi-planes and United States Army Airmen as they landed at 1:28 pm September 28, 1924.  The pilots’ 175 day flight was followed by millions of people around the world and they were met in many countries by kings and heads of state.
A reenactment of the landing will take place at Sand Point’s North Shore, now Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District. Public officials will greet the pilot and the audience will be entertained with an interview by a modern day Lowell Thomas about the exploits of the journey. The Sedentary Sousa Band will play and a base tour will follow. 
On Saturday at 2pm, a symposium on the 1st Flight and Sand Point’s place in this military and aviation history will be held at the Museum of Flight (9404 E Marginal Way S).   
Dan Hagedorn, chief curator, CAPT Ron Miller USN (ret) former CO at Sand Point, and CDR Cori Parker USN leader US Navy Centennial Celebration are keynote panelists. Interested public will be invited to share memories and be videotaped as part of our “Sand Point Remembered” oral history project.

For more information, please visit www.sandptnavsta.org or email info@sandpoint.webreg.us.
This event was planned by the Friends of Sand Point and is funded in part by grants from 4Culture and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

(photo courtesy of Sand Point site)



Thursday, September 25, 2014

5 Points Lights Signal-Timing Adjusted After Recent Equipement Installation

We have heard from several drivers that the green light length, heading westbound on Sandpoint at 5 corners in NE Seattle has become significantly shorter since SDOT installed new traffic signal equipment at the end of July.

One email the Laurelhurst Blog staff received said:
Is it me or did the green light length, heading westbound on Sandpoint at 5 corners get significantly shorter? It seems as if they have changed the timing on the light and traffic is backing up all the way to hospital in the morning.

Here is the response the Laurelhurst Blog staff recently received from SDOT’s Traffic Signals group:
The signals were rebuilt and activated on August 24.  Although we attempted to maintain the previous signal timing as much as possible, we made some minor timing changes to improve safety at the intersection.  
These changes included increasing the clearance time for all phases, or movements, due to the size of the intersection as well as increasing the pedestrian crossing time at most of the crosswalks.  
These changes required making minor adjustments to the green time for all phases, as we needed to keep the existing cycle length in order to move east/west traffic.  (A cycle length is the amount of time it takes to serve all phases once).
One additional step in the installation was to configure and activate vehicle and pedestrian detection. While this process was occurring, the signals operated automatically and the main east/west through phases received less green time than they do normally.  
The intersection’s vehicle and pedestrian detection is now operating and westbound traffic should now have more green time. Our site visits have shown the signal to be operating much more efficiently.


Award-winning Comic Book Authors At Northeast Library Tomorrow

Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi

Comic book authors Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi will talk about their new publications and sign books for their fans from 6-8pm tomorrow at the Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library.

The information says:
Award-winning authors, artists, and comic creators, Kazu Kibuishi and Raina Telgemeier will be together to talk about their recently released New York Times bestselling graphic novels. Accompanied by a visual presentation, the artists will talk about their books, demonstrate how they create graphic novels, and stage interactive readings with attendees.

"Sisters" by Raina Telgemeier: Raina can't wait to be a big sister, but once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years. But when a baby brother enters the picture, and later, when something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

"Amulet Book Six, Escape From Lucien" by Kazu Kibuishi: Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King's loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as the graphic novel Copper. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series.

"Sisters" is the companion to Raina Telgemeier’s critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, "Smile." Her memoir is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and the book received a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor.

Go here for more information.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Register Now For Youth Classes And Programs At Community Center

Registration is underway for a wide variety of Fall youth classes and programs offered at the Laurelhurst Community Center.

Register online, in-person at the Community Center Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529.

The Fall 2014 Parks and Recreation Brochure lists all classes and programs at Laurelhurst, Magnuson and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers.

Here are the youth classes and programs offered at the Laurelhurst Community Center:

Ages 6-12
Students will experience different hand-building techniques in this course. Each week the instructor will guide students through a different project using coil, slab, or pinch pot techniques. Kids will also learn how to use the pottery wheel, make tableware, as well as some surface decoration techniques.
Instructor: Liang-Yin Chen
#121392 9/15-11/17 Mon 4-5:15 pm $200

Ages 5-12
Time to get into the holiday spirit! You and your child will have the opportunity to create customized and unique gifts for friends, family, teachers, or whomever! The instructor will show some different holiday projects in class, but you are welcome to bring your own ideas to work with too! Children must have an adult with them to participate.
Instructor: Liang-Yin Chen
#121322 11/15-11/22 Sat 9-10 am $55
#121323 12/6-12/13 Sat 9-10 am $55

Ages 6-12
Students will work on a different project each week.  Projects include 3D sculptures, wire sculptures,
shadow puppets, hand puppets, paper making, and lanterns! The instructor is a professional sculptor and artist, with more than 15 years of teaching experience.
Instructor: Liang-Yin Chen
#121324 9/12-11/14 Fri 11 am-12:30 pm $225

Ages 6-15
The Player Development Program (PDP) is a focused basketball training program that develops confidence in players who are determined to get better. Whether you are a 6 year-old just getting into basketball or you are a 16 year-old aiming to be a starter on your varsity team, you will learn proper technique and individual game strategy. Our PDP classes are small in size to ensure individual attention and intense focus. Train with One on One before the season and you will get better. To learn more about One on One Basketball and determine which PDP color level is appropriate for you, visit us at www.1on1basketball.com.
Instructor: One on One Staff
WHITE/COED (6-8YRS) #121343 9/20-11/8 Sat 10-11 am $160
YELLOW/COED (8-11YRS) #121344 9/20-11/8 Sat 11 am-Noon $160
RED/PURPLE BOYS (11-15YRS) #121345 9/20-11/8 Sat Noon-1 pm $160
RED/PURPLE GIRLS (11-15YRS) #121346 9/20-11/8 Sat 1-2 pm $160

Ages 5-6
Laurelhurst indoor Nerf Soccer is a community tradition! Registration packets are available at the Center and registration must be done in-person. Practices will be on week nights, once a week for an hour. Games will be on Friday evenings. Maximum of 10 players per team.
#121342 9/12-11/14 Fri 6-8 pm $50

Age Groups: 10-11, 12-13, & 14-17*
Girls will learn teamwork, sportsmanship and volleyball fundamentals leading into more advanced skills. Players may sign up at their local community center. Practices will occur at their home site while games will take place at at various centrally located community centers. League play begins in mid-September and ends in mid-November.
Fee: $30
Minimum: 6 girls per team

Age Groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14
Players learn basic skills, team play, and sportsmanship in this citywide league. Players may sign up at their community center and are placed on teams. Games are played in accordance with NFL flag football rules and field dimensions. League play begins the last week in September and concludes in mid-November. Teams practice at their local community center.
Fee: $30
Minimum: 5 players per team

Boys age groups: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14-15, 16-17
Girls age groups: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14-17
Cubs Boys:8-9 years
Cubs Girls: 8-9 years
Ages as of August 31, 2014
Fee: $70

Ages 5-12
Private piano lessons are 30 minutes long and offered to ages 5-12. However, students who are already established with the instructor may continue beyond age 12. Lessons are taught with
child-friendly methods that explore compositional development and theoretical analogies along with basic techniques and exercises. The instructor, Ms. Bedwell, holds a Master’s in Music Composition and has taught piano for more than 12 years. Please call or stop by the Laurelhurst Community Center to register for a specific half-hour time slot.
Instructor: Darna Bedwell
#121348 9/15-12/15 Mon 3-8 pm $350
#121349 9/17-12/17 Wed 3-8 pm $350

NEST Seeking Volunteer Drivers For NE Elder Neighbors


Northeast Seattle Together (NEST),  which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is holding a volunteer training session today  from 4-5pm at their office (5751 33rd Avenue NE). 

NEST is looking for drivers to help our members get to and from the grocery store, medical appointments, exercise classes, art studios etc.

Prospective volunteers needs to bring a valid ID, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance and the contact information for two personal/professional references.

If you can't attend the meeting contact NEST at (206) 525-6378 or info@nestseattle.org.

NEST is a non-profit grassroots operation serving NE Seattle seniors by creating a "virtual village" to helping them be able to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods they love. Volunteers provide companionship, care, as well as help seniors with a wide range of services, including gardening, computer help and more. to seniors aging in their homes. Ongoing classes (fitness, etc) are also offered, as well as access to events, transportation services, and various services (such as estate planners) who provide their services at a discount to members.