Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Have You Seen A Trek Mountain Bike?

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:

My old mountain bike was stolen out of our yard on the 3800 block of 43rd Avenue NE this past weekend.  
It is a navy blue and white Trek 6000 and has red shocks. It has a nice wide seat.  
If someone left it in a park, your yard, or the side of the road, and you find it please call Janine at 425.922.3970.

Eaglet Sightings In Nest On Montlake Cut

Here is a recent post from the Union Bay Watch Blog published by Larry Hubbell, long-time local photographer and birder.

Here also is an in-depth article about Larry and his work

Counting Eaglets

In early April, Marsha's vocal defense of her Montlake Cut nest seemed to imply the existence of eggs. The invisible tether which kept either her, or her mate Monty, constantly close to the nest reinforced the idea that they were defending eggs. Given the height of the nest, I am not positive when the eggs were laid, but my best guess is the last week of March.

Surprisingly, Bald Eagle eggs are not as big as one might expect. All About Birds gives the maximum length as 3.3 inches and maximum width as 2.5 inches. A large Bald Eagle egg is probably similar in volume to a professional baseball, which is just under 3 inches in diameter. 

By the way, Why might we say that Monty and Marsha's nest is the most strategically placed eagle's nest in all of Seattle?
It takes roughly five weeks to properly incubate Bald Eagle eggs. Which means the eaglet(s) most likely hatched out in early May. In this May 3rd photo, Marsha may be looking down at a helpless little hatchling. It is also interesting to note how the cottonwood leaves have grown and were beginning to hide the nest.
This mid-May photo shows a first glimpse of a young eaglet in the nest. Is this eaglet an only childAll About Birds states that the brood sizes can range from one to three birds. Unlike ducks, a clutch of eagle eggs does not hatch at the same time. Younger eaglets tend to be smaller and can lose out in the competition for food. In fact, they can even become food for older siblings. The parents bring lots of food and offer it freely, but the older and stronger eaglets are more aggressive and generally eat better. 
During the last week of May I caught my first sightings of multiple eaglets in the nest. Clearly, a feather transition was taking place. As the eaglets get older their initial downy white/gray feathers disappear and new darker feathers grow in. 
At the same time, the cottonwood leaves and limbs continued to grow. It felt like a curtain was being drawn around the nest. The mystery deepened. Are there just two eaglets in the nest? Could there be three?
The adults with their white heads and tails and their larger physical size are generally pretty visible in the nest. The young, on the other hand, are often invisible when resting below the rim of the nest. Many times all that can be seen of a young eaglet is a momentary flash of a dark little wing tracing an arc above the rim as the small bird twists or turns.
In this photo, the adult eagle on the right is Monty. His 'eyebrow' does not hang down over his eye. This is one of just a few photos which shows the heads of two eaglets and parts of both adults all at the same time. 
Monty's open-eyed appearance (on the right) gives him a less ferocious look, when compared with Marsha.

In the top center you get just a profile glimpse of Marsha's perpetual frown. From this angle these two eaglets appear to be fairly similar in size. When these two snap at each other it looks like a fairly, evenly-balanced sibling negotiation. Maybe they are simply focused on gaining elbow room for their growing wings.

When this eaglet stands tall the transition away from soft grey feathers becomes even more apparent. Clearly, this one is an older eaglet.
This photo was taken on the same day as the previous few photos. The question is, Do the white fuzzy feathers indicate a third younger eaglet or is this just one of the two previously seen eaglets who is uniquely illuminated so that the fuzzy feathers stand out?

When I took the photos the idea of a third eaglet did not come to mind. I am reconsidering.

The next day, I caught a few more photos. In this one there are two eaglets visible. The one on the left looks older and darker, although the shade may be a factor. The eaglet in the center still has some light downy feathering. 
Getting an accurate count of eaglets in the nest remains an unresolved mystery.

As they get older and larger the answer will become apparent. If you are the first to spot three in the tree, I would love to hear about it.

In just three months, e.g. by August 1st, the young Bald Eagles will probably have an average weight of about ten pounds. At that point, each of the eaglets should weigh more than their parent of the same gender. Males will generally weigh less then average while females usually weigh more. Between now and August the changes will be rapid, they will be putting on weight, growing flight feathers and hopefully in late July we will get to watch them exercising their wings, while bouncing around from one limb to the next, just prior to taking to the air.
In 1916, when the Montlake Cut opened for business it rerouted the drainage of the Lake Washington Watershed. The Black River, which was the original southern outlet for the lake, dried up. When the river disappeared so did many of the native salmon runs which accessed their spawning grounds via the river and Lake Washington. You can read more details of the story by clicking on History Link

Additional salmon, and other species of fish, have since been introduced to Lake Washington. For migrating fish the only connection between the Lake Washington Watershed and the Pacific Ocean is via Montlake Cut. Young salmon, and any other migrating fish must pass through The Cut on their way out to sea and years later when they mature they must return the same way to reach their spawning grounds.

To the best of my knowledge Monty and Marsha are the first pair of eagles to locate a nest almost directly over The Cut. From their nest in the Cottonwood tree, on the Southeast corner of The Cut, they have a clear view of the water and easy access to passing fish. Their Montlake Cut nest may be the most strategically located eagle's nest in all of Seattle.

If we help salmon recover in the Lake Washington Watershed we will see life flourish in and around Union Bay. We will see the growing numbers of a wide variety of creatures. In addition to Bald Eagles a few of the other direct beneficiaries will be herons, osprey, kingfishers, cormorants, mergansers, river otters and further downstream even the Orcas would benefit. 

Changes we can encourage include improvements to Arboretum Creek (e.g. increasing water flow, removing pollutants and returning the stream to the surface) in addition someday we might also consider improving Montlake Cut. Along the edge of The Cut a protective passage could be designed to protect young outgoing salmon on their way to Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. It could be something similar to the work which was done along Elliot Bay. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Children's Hospital Construction Activity This Week

Children's Hospital has begun construction activity in preparation for the new Building Care, Forest B, Phase 2 of the expansion, planned to open in Spring of 2022.

The 310,000 square-foot addition will add an eight-story building and will includes diagnostic and treatment facilities, primarily out-patient cancer and others) labs, new state-of-the-art operating rooms, 20 inpatient beds, and a lobby. There will be two floors of underground parking and sterile processing. This will bring SCH bed total to 409, up from 200 before its expansion 2012 plan.

The helicopter landing pad has already moved temporarily to the roof of Forest A (176’), now known as Friends of Costco Building, Phase 1 of the expansion. The landing pad will be active for the next four years, until Building Care is completed Noise is expected to be louder than the former ground-based helipad. When Forest B is complete, the helistop will moves to its permanent location on top of the Friends of Costco Building (same height).

The Hospital posted this information on their Construction Blog about specific construction activity this week:
  • Water service work in 40th Avenue NE: prepare subgrade; pour street panels; pour concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk (see street and parking impacts described below)
  • Activities south of Forest A (near the loading dock and NE 45th Street): drill piles and install tank vents
  • Excavation
  • Install rebar and pour concrete for walls, footings, columns, and pads/slabs
  • Demolish scaffold brackets
  • Install “lagging” to prevent cave-ins during earthwork
  • Install underground plumbing and electrical
  • Internal activity on L1 of Forest A: install support steel

This week there will be street and parking impacts to 40th Avenue NE:  
  • East lane of 40th Avenue will be closed during working hours
  • Parking will not be allowed on the west side of the street near Sand Point Way NE and the old Wells Fargo building. 
  • Sidewalk on the east side of 40th Avenue between Sand Point Way and the Emergency Department entry driveway will be closed. 
  • Flaggers will be used for traffic control between 8-3:30pm.  

Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions. All work will take place within standard construction hours: 8-6pm and 9-6pm on Saturday.

Call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions,

Wednesday Summer Gardening Class At Center For Urban Horticulture

Nearby UW Botanic Gardens is having a class called 
at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street).  The cost is $28 

The information says:

Summer brings an abundance of growth and blooms...and sometimes garden problems. Managing weeds and irrigation are prime targets for attention at this time of year. Time-saving tips for proactive garden care will help gardeners have more time to enjoy their gardens. Key topics will include care of seasonal containers, watering practices, potential weed and pest problems to be aware of, and specialized pruning practices for the season. 
Plants and gardens don't live by the written calendar, but by the seasonal cycles and cues of changes in daylight, temperature, and moisture.  When gardeners become acquainted with the seasonal rhythms and life cycles in the garden, and learn to work in sync with nature, caring for the garden becomes more of a process and less of a battle with potential garden enemies. This series will help beginning and seasoned gardeners learn how to capitalize on optimal timing and sustainable practices to have a great garden all year long.

Register online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Crane To Be Erected At Hospital Tomorrow

Tomorrow, construction crews working on the Children's Hospital site, will erect a tower crane that will be used throughout construction of Building Care.

The Hospital Construction Blog said:

We want to make you aware of our safety plans and a few things neighbors can expect to see while the crane is erected and operational. 
Safety is foremost on our minds. Seattle Children’s and Sellen, our general contractor, have a rigorous safety plan for erection, operation, and dismantling of the tower crane. A group of third-party inspectors will be on-site as the crane is erected to ensure compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications. 
A mobile crane will be used to erect the tower crane. The mobile crane arrives today and will leave on Sunday. 
Sellen has obtained a noise variance from the City of Seattle that allows work to occur beyond standard construction hours on Saturday from 5am-8pm and on Sunday from 7am to 8pm. 
The tower crane’s horizontal swing arm (jib) will be long enough to extend over 40th Avenue NE, Sand Point Way NE and portions of the River and Forest A buildings. The jib will not extend over any neighboring properties. The crane will not carry loads over the public streets, therefore pedestrians and drivers don’t need to take any additional precautions while using Sand Point Way or 40th Avenue NE.  
When the crane is carrying heavy loads, it may visibly “flex.” Likewise, when the crane is not in use, the jib will be allowed to move with the wind. Both of these actions are normal and no cause for alarm.

For questions, call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org.

Spring Neighborhood Clean

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) recently published information about the City's yearly Spring Clean in its newsletter.

The Spring Clean is sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities along with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Department of Neighborhoods, and Department of Transportation.

Residents can use this form to sign up and receive City support to clean up an area in the City.

Past projects in the neighborhood have included weeding work parties, including Waterway #1, a parcel of waterfront property located where Northeast 35th Street meets 43rd Avenue Northeast. 

Long ago it was used as a boat launch for one of Seattle’s mosquito fleet ferries, the Laurelhurst Launch, which shuttled folks from Laurelhurst to Madison Park and back. Now it is a public access to observe nature, walk dogs, and launch non-motorized boats.

Neighbors have also spruced up traffic circles, medians and other public spaces, specifically in the Town of Yesler area, median on the Boulevard and the pedestrian island at the corner of NE 41st Street and Surber Drive.

The LCC newsletter article said:
Spring into Action for Neighborhood Clean Up 
Let’s keep Laurelhurst looking good! Why not grab some friends and beautify a spot that needs some tlc?  Seattle’s Spring Clean cleanup program is in full swing. In past years neighbors rolled up their sleeves and worked on clean-up projects for traffic circles, street ends, pedestrian islands, and other work parties. The city supports Spring Clean of public spaces with free resources from Seattle Public Utilities, including bags, gloves, safety vests, transfer station passes, and waste pick ups. Even if you don’t need the city’s services, it’s good to register to promote visibility for your project. 

For more information go here or call  206-684-7647.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Laurelhurst Dialysis Patient Seeking Housing

Charda Hastings has been a long-time Laurelhurst resident, living in a mother-in-law of a later doctor and his wife.

The Laurelhurst Blog has published several stories about Charda and her health status as well as her sick dog, who recently passed.

Charda was born and raised in Ballard and spent most of her childhood caring for her mother, who died in 1989, from kidney disease.  Charda then moved to Salem, Oregon for a job with state of Oregon in human resources doing medical billing.

In 1999 she moved back to Seattle into her mother's doctors apartment in Laurelhurst, when she became very ill, also from kidney disease, at eighteen years old.

Unfortunately Charda's dog, Ginger, also suffered from medical problems, as she was born with a non working thyroid and had to take thyroid medication, just as Charda does.

Charda wrote to the Laurelhurst Blog recently:

Dear Laurelhurst Blog friends and neighbors. 
My name is Charda Hastings.  Henry, and his wife, moved me into their Mil in their home in 1999 when my kidneys started failing. I have lived here ever since. I have been on kidney dialysis for 14 years now.  Both Henry and Lore have died in the last few years.  
My little dog Ginger died March 1st in my arms. She had a grand mall seizure someone gave her insulin while I was at dialysis After she hadn’t eaten for 3 days Prior, she wasn’t supposed to have any insulin until she ate something substantial. I miss Gingeri, Henry and Lore, terribly.  
I am writing because I need help. Henry and Lore promised me a lifelong gift of living right where I am along with a special needs trust fund that protects my disability SSD. 
I have been asked to move out, as the house is slated to be sold.  Unfortunately, Assisted living apartments in Seattle, will only accept people who are age 62 and above and I am just 53. The section 8 housing has nothing to offer me at this time. I have no back up plans of where I could move to and am not able to access my special needs trust.  
If anyone knows of any rentals here in Laurelhurst of any condos, please let me know. I really love living in Laurelhurst with such wonderful people.  Everyone watches out for each other and our animals and everyone is so friendly.The thought of having to leave this wonderful neighborhood I feel so safe in is very sad to me. If I don't find a place, I will be forced to move into low income where I feel I will be unsafe. Unfortunately, there are approximately 10,000 people waiting on low income list. I am one of those people on the list. 
Providence Hospice wrote a story about Charda in 2010, in which Charda said that at that time she had an ejection fraction of 20% and was dying. "My heart is completely normal at this time,"she told us.

Charda, who says she is very trustworthy, can be reached at 206-527-0661 if you have or know of a mother-in-law apartment in Laurelhurst.

Hospital Helicopter Landings Increase Significantly

The Laurelhurst Community Club published this information in a recent newsletter:

Helicopter Landings Increase Significantly 
Recently released data show that Seattle Children’s Hospital has relied more on direct helicopter landings onto the new rooftop helipad (84 percent), rather than helicopter landings at the UW field with transport by ambulance to the hospital.  
In 2015, there were 25 direct SCH landings, 30 percent of all emergency transports by helicopter. In 2016, 51 SCH landings represented 59 percent of total helicopter transport. In 2017, 65 SCH helipad landings comprised 84 percent of total landings between the UW field and the hospital.  
As this trend persists, and another helicopter operator now is authorized to land, LCC will continue to monitor that landings are consistent with the established SCH guidelines for the transportation of sick and injured children. The ground safety of those in the fly zone must be of concern as well.

In October of last year, the new helistop landing was activated. The new temporary
location, on the rooftop of Forest A, known as Friends of Costco Building, will be located there until Building Care is completed in 2022. In early 2022, the helipad will be permanently moved and located on top of the Forest B building, currently under construction.

The helicopter landing pad sits at 176 feet. The hospital advised that noise would likely be louder than it was with the former ground-based helipad location of the last 5 years, near the Emergency Room.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Varlamos Pizzeria Robbed

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The owner of the popular neighborhood restaurant, Varlamos Pizzeria, reported this information:
I regret to inform fellow neighbors that our restaurant was robbed early on the morning of June 11th at 3am.  
Two assailants stole both registers, dozens of bottles of alcohol and food. They did a good job covering up theirs faces and they wore gloves. This was definitely not their first rodeo.

We have an alarm and surveillance cameras throughout the shop but it obviously didn’t deter these brazen thieves. 

This is the 12th time in 25 years we have been hit, 3rd time JUST this year. We will continue to be vigilant and ask that all of you do the same. 

 The police were alerted and a report has been filed. first rodeo. Always lock up everything and set your alarms!  Be safe! 

The wider we can cast the informational net to either nab these jerks or at least spread the word throughout the neighborhood of this crime will benefit all


Seattle Youth Commission Accepting Applications

A neighbor would like to share this information:

The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a 15-member commission of ages 13-19 that addresses issues of importance to youth. Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission work with elected officials, City staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes through policy, organizing, and events.  
In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy. 
  • Researched marketing and recruitment strategies to increase enrollment in Seattle Public Schools’ Career Technical Education Skills Center to recommend to the Office of Economic Development.
  • Collaborated with the Mayor's Chief of Police Search Committee to facilitate a youth forum on selecting the new Chief of Police.
  • Advised the Department of Education and Early Learning on top priorities to consider for the Families and Education Levy.
Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September 2019 and ending June 2021.  The commissioners meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. and will have additional committee commitments. In addition, the commissioners are required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 21
To apply, complete and submit the application by  next Monday. Interviews fare held July 9 and 11 from 4 – 6 p.m. 
For questions, contact seattleyouthcommission@seattle.gov or call 206-256-5970.