Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DVD Player Found In Park

The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email:

I was walking through the park on Friday morning and found a black portable Panasonic DVD player shoved under some bushes. The DVD Frozen was inside.
I found it down below the fire pit, close to the houses that border the park on the west side.  


Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com for more information.

July Laurelhurst Real Estate Update

Thanks to Kim Dales for providing us with this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:

 

Another strong showing in July. Days on Market did increase slightly, but this is not uncommon during the summer and especially when our weather is so wonderful. Buyers and sellers alike are off having fun in the sun!

I have attached a chart that I find very interesting regarding interest rates. I think this is
probably most buyer's number one question when entering the market: should I wait? The
chart that is attached is based on a current mortgage rate of 4%. If this increases by only 1% to 5% look at what the monthly payments will increase to. A compelling reason to sell and buy now if that perfect home comes on the market.




NEW LISTINGS
Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$750,000 - $799,999                 1
$950,000 - $999,999                 1 
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999           2                           1 
$1,750,000 - $1,999,999 1
$2,000,000+                               1

Total: 6
Average Price: $1,981,833




PENDING INSPECTION
Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999          1                          12 

$2,000,000+                             1                         61

Average Price $2,212,500
Average DOM = 37




PENDING
Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$950,000 - $999,999                  1                          7 
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999            1                        42

Total 2
Average Price: $1,114,500
Average DOM = 25



SOLD
Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$1,000,000 - $1,249,999            1                                10
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999            1                                10
$2,000,000+                               1                                 7

Total 2
Average sales price $1,568,333
Average DOM = 9


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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Beware Of Erratic Man Seen In Laurelhurst And Nearby Neighborhoods

In the last few days there have been multiple sightings of  a male approaching people and cars and screaming obscenities, among other things in Laurelhurst, and nearby neighborhoods.

These comments are streaming into the NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group listserv. Here are some of the comments posted: 
On Wednesday, my husband and kids had a run-in with a suspicious looking man in the neighborhood. He apparently approached them and made inappropriate comments to the them (essentially asking to spend time together on a computer looking at adult sites) and was also later seen wandering through the neighborhood. My husband called the police to make a report and was not the only person to call about this individual.

My neighbor told me she saw the person walking a few weeks ago in Laurelhurst, up the hill by St Bridget's church.  
I was very upset that the police were unable to do anything the last time we reported him as I did not feel safe with him in my neighborhood. Although this far it has only been threats, I do not want it to get to the point where he hurts someone before action is taken. Hopefully if we get more people aware he is out there and have them report if he does anything the police will be able to address the situation and get this man the help he needs.  He was seen first around 7 PM heading east on NE 70th and 48th AVE NE (across from the church).  He was seen again an hour later heading east on NE 68th and 48th, and that is when the police were called.  The police came to our house around 8:30 to confirm the details, and let us know that at least one other call had been received regarding this individual, who reported that he was seen heading south on 50th AVE NE.  
Description:  White male, 40-50 ish in age.  Average height and build.  Reddish/orange scruffy beard.  Pretty disheveled.  Wearing green / khaki shirt. Carrying black duffel bag or sleeping bag. If you see a man who matches this description, call 911 to report him. Please help to keep our neighborhood safe!  Sufficient concern exists regarding the nature of his comments, and his proximity to schools, parks & daycare facilities.  
We saw this person on the south side of Maple Leaf Park at 5pm yesterday.  He get around, my car has been wacked by his coat (or sleeping bag) and I live on 77th and 22nd. 
This sounds like the description of a man me and some of my neighbors have had some trouble with before. He made menacing gestures at my husband, followed my neighbors son home from the bus while screaming insults at him, and then proceeded to threaten her husband. A friend also said she saw a man of this description try and throw a Rock at a girl who was out running, though that was by the university village.  
My neighbor called the non emergency number and the police came out to talk to him (apparently he was sleeping at the church on 70th and 47th) but said there was nothing they could do. I'm glad the police are taking action now and I hope they catch this man because I do not feel comfortable having him wandering around my neighborhood!  
We ran into a man fitting the description exactly last night on our walk he was around 37th ave ne and ne 57th st. It seems to be the same Caucasian male around 40 years old with reddish brown hair/beard he was carrying a large black sleeping bag or duffle bag. He was yelling incoherently. We went home quick and informed police. Now that I am paying more attention I heard someone yelling outside of our house around 10pm last week around the intersection of ne 62nd st and 36th ave ne. It definitely seems like the same rant as he was yelling about politics and the government. Definitely keeping closer eye on kids right now. 
One of our neighbors had a scary encounter with a man fitting this description on Wednesday morning around 8:30-9:00 am near 35th Ave NE and NE 50th St. Thank you to all that posted. Stay safe. 
We had a run in with this same man back in May near 37th Ave NE and NE 57th street. He yelled sexually obscene things at my young children and terrified all of us.  I called 911 and later in the evening we saw a police car drive by. No one ever took any kind of statement from me.  I called again a few days later to report another sighting.  I haven't seen him since early summer.  Does anyone have a case number provided by the police that we can all use to tie all this information together?  A friend of mine encountered this man on Tuesday and called the police today.  The officer indicated that a case number was needed in order to collect information being reported.  It seems like perhaps this man is getting more bold and erratic and I'm very concerned that something serious might happen if police don't get him some help. 
My teen reported she had an incident with a man near u village at 11:30a  Thursday who matches this description. We just called the non emergency number to report it, even though it was hours ago. She said she and her friend were sitting in the car at the light between Silver Cloud and the 76 gas station waiting to turn right onto 25th (street behind u village). Her friend started to roll down his window as they were chatting, and suddenly this man stormed up to the car and started screaming profanities at the two of them and cursing them and saying "don't look at me!" He slammed his black sleeping bag against her window and then stomped off. They were dumbfounded as it was completely unprovoked and he came our of no where (they were about the 3rd car in line for the light). Unfortunately they didn't report it then, but we reported it now (5:15p). I read her the descriptions listed here and she said, yes, same person and carrying the black sleeping bag. So call immediately if you have an incident with this person. Scary guy. 
Another incident was reported Wednesday night near Bryant Elementary. A neighbor came by around 6:30 pm warning our family and other houses on 33rd between 55th and 60th ave ne. She had the same description and her daughter had been approached. The incident was also reported to the police.  
Yesterday the 28th he was walking down 37th Ave towards the Burke. An older neighbor walking her dog who is not on this blog was uncomfortable with the way he was watching a little boy playing outside of his home so much so that she went and spoke to the mother. She stopped by my house where I was gardening to let me know he is the neighborhood and I passed on what I had learned from all those that have posted. He clearly is mentally ill and needs help but it is worrisome that he has also shown a violent side (throwing rocks at a jogger).  Please do keep an eye out.  
I was very upset that the police were unable to do anything the last time we reported him as I did not feel safe with him in my neighborhood. Although this far it has only been threats, I do not want it to get to the point where he hurts someone before action is taken. Hopefully if we get more people aware he is out there and have them report if he does anything the police will be able to address the situation and get this man the help he needs.  
My husband and kids had a run-in with a suspicious looking man in the neighborhood. He apparently approached them and made inappropriate comments to the them (essentially asking to spend time together on a computer looking at adult sites) and was also later seen wandering through the neighborhood. My husband called the police to make a report and was not the only person to call about this individual. He was seen first around 7 PM heading east on NE 70th and 48th AVE NE (across from the church). He was seen again an hour later heading east on NE 68th and 48th, and that is when the police were called. The police came to our house around 8:30 to confirm the details, and let us know that at least one other call had been received regarding this individual, who reported that he was seen heading south on 50th AVE NE.  Sounds like the description of a man me and some of my neighbors have had some trouble with before. He made menacing gestures at my husband, followed my neighbors son home from the bus while screaming insults at him, and then proceeded to threaten her husband. A friend also said she saw a man of this description try and throw a Rock at a girl who was out running, though that was by the university village.  
My neighbor called the non emergency number and the police came out to talk to him (apparently he was sleeping at the church on 70th and 47th) but said there was nothing they could do. I'm glad the police are taking action now and I hope they catch this man because I do not feel comfortable having him wandering around my neighborhood! another: I was harassed today, twice, while on a walk in my neighborhood. Here is a description of the person: White, Male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches, medium build with a belly, short reddish blonde hair, with beard of same color. He was dressed in brown/tan and carrying a brown jacket. I did report this to the police. He did not come near me, although we did cross paths and I felt threatened. He did not follow me. The first instance occurred at 4:48 pm at the corner of 36th Ave NE and NE 60th. The second instance occurred at 4:56 pm at the corner of 40th Ave NE and NE 58th. The police did not have any available officers to patrol the area at the time and asked me to call them if I see him again.

Free Ornamental Grasses Class Tomorrow At Center For Urban Horticulture

UW Botanic Gardens: Ornamental Grasses


The Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is having a free class on Ornamental Grasses tomorrow from 10-11am.

The information says:
Eric Nelson is a WSU/King County Master Gardener with a special interest in ornamental grasses.   
His presentation includes slides and descriptions of ornamental grasses that perform well in the Pacific Northwest and discussion of the selection, culture, and landscape use of these useful garden plants.
 

RSVP online or by phone at 206-685-8033.  There is a $5 optional donation at the door.

For more information go here.
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What Happened To The Portable At Laurelhurst Elementary School?


portable delivered then removed
on north playground at Laurelhurst Elementary School


At the end of June, a new portable was delivered and set up on the Laurelhurst Elementary School north playground. Recently it disappeared.

We have received many emails and heard neighbors asking what happened to it. General consensus from families and neighbors is that they are very happy to see it gone as it was put right in the highly used kickball/soccer area and was an eyesore to neighbors.

Seems the school needed to submit a "departure" request as the City of Seattle deemed the portable going 3% over the allotted 35% school coverage for the neighborhood after it was delivered.

The Laurelhurst PTA Co-Presidents, on behalf of the Laurelhurst PTA Board of Directors, sent the Laurelhurst Blog the below letter regarding the status of the portable:


An Update on the Portables at Laurelhurst Elementary
“What’s going on with that portable?” many of you may have wondered this
summer as you drive down 47th Avenue NE. A brand new portable was placed on the north playground in late June. It was added to ensure every class has the space they need, and to address continued enrollment growth in our strong northeast neighborhood schools. 
You may have also noticed that this same new portable recently disappeared. What happened?  
Before it was fully made ready for occupancy, the City of Seattle informed the school district that the portables actually put our building 3% over the 35% maximum lot coverage allowed for a school in our neighborhood.  
Occupying any new portable will require approval of a “departure” request from the district to the City of Seattle. A committee of neighborhood residents will then review the request and decide if a departure from the land use regulation is acceptable. 
The district intends to proceed with the departure request, but this process will take some time. Since new portables are in short supply and badly needed at many schools, rather than leave it unoccupied at Laurelhurst, it has been relocated. Our new principal, Dr. Sarah Talbot, is working with the district and our partners at LASER to restructure our current spaces, providing a temporary solution for our classroom needs this year. 
Portables don’t necessarily have the best reputation. They’re not particularly attractive, they sit on what would otherwise be play space on most school grounds, and they seem separate from the rest of the building. But when a portable helps a school give every student the elbow room they need, and teachers make it a warm and inviting place for their students to learn and engage, then a portable becomes a “cottage,” and the kids in it have a great year. 
It’s our teachers, students and families that make Laurelhurst Elementary such a strong school, sometimes in spite of less than optimal building conditions. The Laurelhurst PTA Board wants to help our school be the best it can be.  
Our goal is to put Laurelhurst Elementary on the list for much-needed building upgrades on the next capital improvements school levy (known as BEX), expected in 2018. We want to see a beloved building that has seen multiple generations of neighborhood kids pass through it’s halls receive a 21st century upgrade.  When that happens we can hopefully say goodbye to the cottages. 
In the mean time, we want families to continue to send their kids to Laurelhurst Elementary, which means giving teachers and students the learning space they need. Approval of the departure request to add portable space would provide us with flexibility and room for growth, which in turn brings more resources, stabilizes staffing, and makes for a thriving school. And that is a great thing for the community.  
The departure process is scheduled to begin later this fall. We will post more details as they become available, and hope you will consider getting involved. Please also reach out to any of us on the PTA Board, as well as our new principal, with questions you may have. 
Amy Barss and Linda Chou, Laurelhurst PTA Co-Presidents, on behalf of the Laurelhurst PTA Board of Directors


email: laurelhurstpta@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Donate Extra Fruit From Your Trees

pickit_slide 

City Fruit, a Seattle non-profit which harvests surplus fruit from neighborhood trees and donates it to nearby food banks, meal programs, and shelters, is looking for donations.
City Fruit has harvested and donated over 55,000 pounds of fruit over the last five years that would  have been wasted.

City Fruit also tries to benefit the neighborhood in which the fruit is harvested. In  the NE Seattle area, food was donated to the University District Food Bank and other locations. 
 
City Fruit's website says: 

Figure out how to get all that good, juicy fruit from the tree in to your hands -- either on your own or with a little help. And what you do with that fruit is up to you. We suggest eating some yourself and giving some away. We rely on the generosity of neighbors to take advantage of this incredible supply of local, fresh fruit. 
They have a whole page on their site called
"Share Your Fruit" and on it list about 75 locations where you can drop off your extra fruit. Locations that directly accept fruit in this area are Ronald Mc Donald House near Metropolitan Market on 40th Ave NE, Sandpoint Housing and Santos Place at Magnuson Park and a few places in the University District.

 
City Fruit says:

Before delivering fruit to any of the organizations below, please call and confirm that they can use the type and quantity/quality of fruit you have, and when they can receive your delivery.
 
 
Please don’t leave fruit without making sure the organization can use it.


Here are some tips on packing and delivering the fruit.

For more information go here.
 
(photo courtesy of City Fruit website)



Blakely Street Undergoing Changes For Pedestrian And BIke Improvement

Here is a post about upcoming changes to NE Blakely Street as reported by the Ravenna Blog:

Road safety improvements coming to NE Blakeley Street / Union Bay Place NE
 
UnionBlakeleyProjectMap
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is in the process of designing the following safety improvements to the Union Bay Place NE/NE Blakeley Street area underway this month:
  • 25th Ave NE & NE Blakeley Street: Modified signal timing and intersection design. New bicycle leaning rails* (allow cyclists to wait for light change without dismounting, placing one foot on the rail).
  • 30th Ave NE & the Burke-Gilman Trail: Raised pedestrian crosswalk and repaired sidewalks approaching this crosswalk along 30th Ave NE between NE 50th Street and Union Bay Place NE.
  • Union Bay Place NE between NE 45th St & 30th Ave NE: New paved and painted pedestrian pathway along both sides.
 
This work is funded by mitigation from the University Village and the Village QFC as well as Pedestrian Master Plan improvements on page 17 of this SDOT analysis of QFC’s 2012 land use application (208 KB PDF) to expand the store and build a parking garage.

The pedestrian improvements are part of SDOT’s Sidewalk Development Program and funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy. The Program’s 2014 projects include these new sidewalk connections:
For questions contact Maribel Cruz with SDOT at 206-684-7963 or maribel.cruz@seattle.gov.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Salmon Bake Volunteers Needed For September 11 Event

Families enjoying the salmon bake last year
 
The popular annual Salmon Bake is coming up on September 11th at the Laurelhurst Community Center from 5:30-8:30pm.

Cara, with the Community Center, is looking for volunteers to help with the event.

She writes:
Along with staff support, we could not do this event without the help of our wonderful volunteers.  This year we are looking for volunteers to help with the following tasks:
·         Serving
·         Compost/garbage monitors
·         Carnival Games
·         Clean up

Contact Cara at Cara.Brown@seattle.gov or call 206-684-7529 for more information.

Last year, several hundred people showed up to enjoy the Salmon Bake, with Carnival type games and prizes for children,  face painting, a balloon man, bouncy house, delicious salmon dinner, and live music, all benefitting Seattle Parks programming.

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Truck Broken Into On 4100 Block Of Surber Drive

We received this email:

Around 5am on August 6th my sister's truck was broken into.  We live on the corner of 42nd Ave NE and Surber Drive.  He probably had a fob that worked, because my sister was asleep in her trailer behind the truck and didn't hear anything until her trailer shook. 
He was Caucasian, Male and in his late twenties driving a small, dark colored car.  Our neighbor saw him come down (south) on 42nd Avenue NE and make a U turn.  He left his car running in the street and got into the cab of the truck.  He took money and a Dakine Duffel/Backpack which was full of clothes. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Children's Hospital To Pour Concrete 6am Wednesday For Bike Share Lane

Children's Hospital provided this information to share:

Until the end of the month from 8-5pm weekdays, we will begin work on the bike share lane between Phil Smart Way on campus and the bus stop off Sand Point.  All work is being done on campus and will not affect public streets, such as near by Sand Point Way. 
This is the prep work to pour an 80’ X 7’ concrete pad for the bike share lane. This should not impact the existing vehicle traffic patterns.  All work will be staged off Phil Smart Way.  Flaggers will be provided by the contractor.  Only our hospital shuttles will be impacted on campus because we are closing one lane to remove dirt and place the concrete truck.   
The only impact with regards to our neighbors is that we will have to pour the concrete at 6 – 8 AM on Wednesday August 27th.  It is the only way we can get concrete done on time – otherwise it has to be delayed or scheduled out 3 months from now.  It is our understanding that the work won’t create additional noise above the current level of Sand Point Way traffic.