Madrona Community Council Meeting Next Tuesday 9/9

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September’s Madrona Community Council Meeting is next Tuesday the 9th, and here’s what’s on the agenda for the night:

  • Status and next steps concerning the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) at 34th & Union
  • Updates on neighborhood issues: the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, the parklet on 34th Avenue, the SDOT sidewalks and trees study, and cuts to Metro Route #2
  • Updates on recent and upcoming events: Madrona Concert Series, Madrona K-8 events, Halloween on 34th, fall wine-tasting event at glassybaby on Nov. 15, co-host/candidate issue forum with the Mount Baker and Leschi community councils
  • Report from bylaws committee
  • Call for volunteers for a possible neighborhood garden tour
  • Other business
  • Treasurer’s report

This looks to be a very informative meeting, so head to the Shelterhouse (3211 E Spring St.) at 7:15 on the 9th for all the updates on what’s happening in Madrona!

 

Cheer On Cyclists In The Obliteride Fundraiser On August 10

ObliterideLogo_rgbCyclists taking part in the 2nd annual Obliteride fundraiser benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will pedal down Lake Washington Boulevard through Madrona and Leschi as part of the 25-, 50-, 100-mile race routes on Sunday, August 10. Organizers are encouraging the community to come out and cheer on the riders as they make their way through the neighborhood, and are also suggesting that spectators make signs to display along the route honoring anyone they know who has been affected by cancer.

Participants in the ride commit to fundraising a set amount of money for each distance – $1,000 is the minimum – and 100 percent of funds raised will go to Fred Hutch and its efforts toward ending cancer. Last year’s event raised more than $2 million. Riders will start at Magnuson Park and head south on Lake Washington Boulevard, passing through Denny Blaine, Madrona, Leschi, Mount Baker, and on to Seward Park, so there is plenty of room for spectators to line the whole route along the lake. There is also a 150-mile ride that will take riders to Bainbridge Island and down the Kitsap Peninsula to Tacoma and back.

If you would prefer to ride instead of spectate, there is still time to register! Visit the Obliteride site to get all the details for registering, fundraising, and ride-day details. At the very least, head down to Lake Washington Boulevard on the 10th to give the riders some extra encouragement!

Register now for the Shore Run/Walk, June 9th

Today is the last day to register for the 2013 Shore Run/Walk race before registration prices increase. The annual race benefits the   Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which will be celebrating its 36th birthday this year. The event is open to all levels of ability. There is a 10k, 5k and kids’ half mile run. There will also be a party in the park to celebrate participants’ accomplishment after crossing the finish line. The party will be held at Madison Park and include music, food, awards and prizes.

The event is on Sunday, June 9, 2013. The 10k begins at Ferdinand Park, 5k at Leschi Park and Kids’ run at Madison Park which is where all races end. Shuttles will be available as transportation. For information regarding start times, locations, registration and fundraising, please visit http://shorerun.com/.

 

Update on School Zone Speed Cameras

Earlier this week we blogged about the new School-Zone Speed Cameras. According to the Seattle Times, there were over 6,000 speeders since November 1st when the cameras went live. Mayor Mike McGinn was surprised by these numbers. Because there were so many speeders, the warning-citation period that was supposed to end THIS WEEK, has now been extended to Monday, December 10. From that day forward any vehicle caught driving faster than 20 MPH in those school zones when lights are flashing, they will expect to receive a $189 ticket in the mail!According to the Seattle Times and McGinn, if drivers continue to exceed the speed limit in the numbers they did in November, the city could expect to collect between $2-4 million in ticket revenue each year! Although McGinn said, “Our goal is not to write tickets, it’s to reduce speed.”

So drivers, SLOW DOWN! Any day after Monday December 10th, if caught speeding in those school zones, you WILL be ticketed!

For more information and to read the full article from the Seattle Times, visit their website!

A Look Inside Seattle’s Girl’s School

The Seattle’s Girl’s School is a 5th through 8th grade middle school in the Central area, designed to empower young girls to develop leadership skills through a challenging academic program. The school enrolls students from 20 different k-5 schools, with students traveling from 26 various zip codes to attend.

According to their website 35% of their students identify themselves as students of color, and a minimum of 30% of students receive need-based financial aid. The school aims to teach young women about democratic decision making, team building, and artistic and physical expression and preparing students for the world at large. The school held an open house this weekend for families curious about admission, and offered a chance to get an inside glimpse of what the school is all about. They’re offering another open house next month on December 4th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, mark your calendars to learn more about the school’s educational system.

Halloween Party in Mt. Baker, Sunday October 28th!

Looking for Halloween fun this weekend.  No matter if you live Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, or what have you, there is fun to have this weekend just down the road.  Tomorrow, Sunday October 28th, from 2-4 p.m. there will be a FREE Halloween Party at Bradner Gardens in the Mount Baker Neighborhood!

This is a family-friendly Halloween party! There will be trinkets for the young ones, fresh-pressed apple juice (they have an old-fashioned manual apple press, where they will have fresh pressed apple juice on the spot! So bring an apple or two to contribute and a container to drink from if you remember!), fun Halloween activities for kids, and of course kids in costumes!
The Halloween Party is a collaboration between Bradner Gardens Park and Mount Baker Preschool. For more information about Mount Baker Pre-School visit their website!

So come out to enjoy all the Halloween festivities! Feel free to invite family and friends, all are welcome!

Body Found in Lake Washington, Near Mt.Baker Beach

 

Photo Courtesy of: Google Maps

Today the Seattle Police pulled a body from Lake Washington. Officers were called to the 2300 block of Lake Washington near Mt.Baker Beach, at about 6:40 this morning. Someone reported seeing what appeared to be a body about 100 yards off shore, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.

Harbor Patrol officers retrieved the remains of the body and brought them to shore, where the body was turned over to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The medical examiner will identify the body and determine how they died. “It appears to have been in the lake for quite some time. It appears to be an adult female.”, Jamieson said.

There may be more details to come after the medical examination is done. To read this article visit the Seattle Times Blotter.

Trees for Neighborhoods

Photo Courtesy of: reLeaf Seattle

Seattle’s reLeaf Program is giving away:

  • Free trees (up to 4 trees per household)
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • A coupon for GroCo compost
  • Ongoing care reminders and free workshops.

The program is designed to help Seattle residents plant trees around their homes and most importantly keeping Seattle Green! You must be a Seattle resident in order to apply. The trees that you receive can be planted anywhere on residential property, but they must be planted on the at the address on the application. Permits are required if you’re planting street trees. Permits are not guaranteed. Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, so apply early!

For more information and applications, visit their website!

Night Out in Seattle

This year the City of Seattle will be celebrating the 28th Annual Night Out Against Crime. Tomorrow night, August 7th several communities around Seattle will come together as neighborhoods and spend the night out!

Each year the Night Out program has grown strong in numbers. This event is a great opportunity to bring the neighborhood together, meet new neighbors, talk about crime and drug prevention, and most of all enjoy food, games, etc! This years theme is, “Celebrating Crime Free Neighborhoods”, so this would be a great time to celebrate a decrease in crime in your neighborhood, and if it has not decreased, this is a great time to re-focus and take a public stand against crime in your neighborhood.

So get your neighborhood out for a “Night Out” and not only have a great time but work to prevent crime in your neighborhood!

If you would like more information, please visit the Seattle Police Department’s website!

Photo Courtesy of: Seattle Police Department

King County Home Prices Still Rising

Remember when we told you home prices in the King County area were on the rise? We weren’t kidding. The median home price in the county rose for the second month in a row in May and according to the Seattle Times, the year over year increase is the highest we’ve seen since 2007. Is the housing market beginning to recover? All signs point to yes! The median price of single family homes that sold last month was around $362,000, up 0.6% from April and nearly 4.9% from May of last year!

The year over year increase is the largest we’ve seen since the cost of homes peaked in 2007, and there has only been a handful of months since then where prices have risen in general. According to a map provided by the Seattle Times, the city of Seattle had the highest median sale price last month at $425,500, which had risen more than 10% more than this time last year. Other neighborhoods that saw a significant increase included Leschi/Mt Baker, West Seattle, Queen Anne, and NorthEast Seattle.