New Requirements For Food Waste Start Jan. 1

FoodHopefully you got a compost bin under the Christmas tree, because new restrictions on disposing of food waste in the garbage begin January 1. Food (including meat and dairy products), along with other compostable material such as food-soiled cardboard, paper napkins and towels, coffee grounds, and egg cartons will no longer be allowed in your garbage can.

According to Seattle Public Utilities, more than a third of the material that the city sends to a landfill in Oregon is made up of compostable items, and since 2005, 400,000 tons of food have been saved from the landfill by individuals and businesses who already compost their food and yard waste. Much of the material is turned into compost that is used in local parks and gardens.

Garbage collectors will be monitoring cans, and if your garbage contains more than 10 percent compostable material, a $1 fine will be added to your next garbage bill. See here for compost cart pricing, and to learn about which items can be composted. So, challenge yourself in the new year to cut down on your waste and compost as much as possible!

Mayor Norm Rice To Attend Madrona Neighbor Appreciation Day

Madrona Tree SculptureWe know many of you in Madrona show appreciation for your neighbors all year long, but it never hurts to have an official day dedicated to recognizing the importance of the people who comprise your neighborhood. Twenty years ago, then-Mayor Norm Rice instituted Neighbor Appreciation Day citywide, and Madrona residents still celebrate it today, along with our Neighbor Appreciation Awards.

This year’s event, taking place February 7 at Madrona K-8, will feature a special appearance from the man who started it all, Mr. Rice himself, who will be discussing the continued success of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Don’t forget to cast your votes for the awards before noon on January 3, and join your neighbors for the event on Saturday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m. Also, keep your eye out for a special insert in the February Madrona News for another way to show your neighbors you appreciate them!

Christmas Ship At Madrona Beach This Saturday

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival has been a highlight of the holiday season in the Seattle area since it began in 1949, and the ship, along with its trailing parade of lit up boats, brings its show to Madrona Beach Park this Saturday, December 20. The Dickens Carolers will be singing traditional Christmas tunes from 9:45 – 10:05 p.m. in Madrona, or if that is too late for you and your little ones, head to the earlier show at Madison Park Beach at 4:40 p.m.

This is the perfect opportunity to grab dinner or a drink at one of Madrona’s fabulous neighborhood restaurants before heading down the hill for this quintessential Seattle Christmas event!

Burglaries In Madrona; Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe

policeSeveral burglaries have taken place at Madrona homes and businesses over the last few weeks, and although one of the suspects was recently apprehended, an overall uptick in crime in the neighborhood means it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is secure. Here are some tips from the Seattle Police Department’s crime prevention coordinator:

  • Many burglars gain entry through unlocked windows, so make sure they are locked any time you leave the house (including second-story windows). If your windows slide horizontally, the addition of a wooden rod in the window track adds extra security. Close the blinds when you are away to block views of valuables inside your house.
  • Make sure your exterior doors are strong and have at least a 1″ deadbolt.
  • Consider adding motion sensory lighting, especially in dark, secluded backyards.
  • Always answer the door when you’re at home. This doesn’t mean open it to just anyone, but talk through the door to make any potential burglars aware that the house is occupied. If you’re home alone, make them think there are others in the house by yelling “I’ll get it!” or something similar, to further deter them.
  • Consider a security system if you don’t already have one set up.
  • Mail theft is especially rampant during the holidays, when many residents are having gifts delivered to their homes. If you’re not at home during the day, have packages delivered to your workplace or to the home of a trusted neighbor who can be present for delivery.
  • Most importantly, don’t wait to call 911 until after something happens. Let police know at the first sign of suspicious activity.

Multiple neighbors have also reported that a possibly stolen United States Postal Service truck has been seen several times in the neighborhood over the past few weeks, along with men wearing headlamps lurking around homes and claiming to be mailmen. If you see one of these suspicious men or a mail truck in the neighborhood at an unusual time of day, call 911 right away.