Music in Madrona Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday during the month of August, the Madrona Community Council and Ewing & Clark will host a free concert series starting at 6pm in the Madrona Playfield.

This is an great way to soak up these lovely summer evenings and really take advantage of the wonderful weather we are getting. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and come unwind to the tunes of Seattle’s most talented musicians.

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Series Line Up:

August 6thAzanga Marimba, Check out this awesome and lively African marimba one of their performances here

“Our ensemble plays using eight marimbas – three Sopranos, three tenors, a baritone, and a base – and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are handcrafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The keys are fine-tuned to reflect tones playing African societies. Each key sits above a resonator with a vibrating membrane to amplify the sound and add a unique “buzz” to the music.”

August 13th – Lucile Street

A five person band that includes Christopher Magee on trombone, Mark Aaron on bass, Damien Garcia on drums, Peter O’Neil on guitar, and featuring Becky Lewis on vocals.

August 20thAlkali Earth, youth metal band from Washington Middle School

“Formed in 4th grade in 2013, Alkali Earth consists of four pre-teens with a passion for 80’s thrash metal and its predecessors. In addition to covers from Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath and the like, they play a few original songs, loosely focused on what their parents are currently doing to the planet.”

You can hear more of their great tracks here

August 27th – The Professors – SPU Professors (& Betsy Erving’s owner of the Arts Aloft’s, husband) featuring 60’s rock and roll.

These professions are going to teach you a thing or two about good old rock ‘n roll. You’re homework assignment for the evening…. boogie!

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Shooting on the 4th of July

There has some major discussion on Madrona Moms and postings on Madrona NextDoor.  It was a dangerous situation, that we feel the Madrona neighborhood should be aware of.

A woman was driving with 3 children after the fireworks show on the 4th of July. She was traveling towards I-90 when she stopped briefly on Massachusetts near Colman Park to call a friend who was following her and missed the turn. Someone from a group of people celebrating the 4th across the street started shooting at her car. This was completely unprovoked. She immediately drove away, but five bullets hit her car. Three of the bullets penetrated the driver’s side door, shattering the window and created an outline around the driver. There is another bullet hole near the headrest in the rear seat. If any one of the bullets would have been six inches closer it would have hit her or one of the children. Police are investigating.

Stay safe Madrona.

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Family Biking Workshop June 28th

green-bikeFamily Bikers (and aspiring bikers) –

Are you interested in biking more with your family, but not sure how to get started? Or have you been doing it awhile, and want an infusion of excitement and information? Are you tired of waiting in the line of cars during preschool/school drop-off/pick-up? Do you have questions about safety, equipment, practicality, or whether you can “do it”? If so, then this highly participatory 3 hour workshop is for you!

Bring your questions, concerns and curiosity for a lively session of information and discussion. Learn: What are the biggest hazards, and how to avoid them. What equipment is out there and what are the pluses and minuses of each. What to do about hills and rain. What resources are available to support you on your journey, and more!

Taught by veteran family-biker Morgan Scherer in an in-home setting, this session is relaxed and supportive of all questions, levels of fitness, and goals. Get the information and support you need to make the best transportation decisions for your family. For the last half hour we will be outside looking at different family biking setups, and trying them out. Bring your helmet if you have one (there will also be helmets available to borrow).

bike-and-guySunday, 6/28/15, 1pm-4pm
Fee: Sliding scale, $5-35
Mount Baker Ridge, Seattle home location (check FB Event page for info)
Pre-register by emailing Morgan Scherer, morgan@familybike.org

For more information you can view and join the Facebook Event here!

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.

Give Your Feedback On The Dorffel Drive Traffic Study

DorffelBy now many neighbors in the Denny-Blaine, Washington Park, Madison Park, and Madrona areas are aware of the six-week traffic study that was conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation on Dorffel Drive, which closed the eastbound lanes at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard East and 37th Avenue East. In response to concerns from Bush School students and parents, who identified the intersection as being a dangerous one for pedestrians and bicycles, and from Dorffel Drive residents who have seen increased traffic on the street, SDOT agreed to implement the temporary lane closure to test whether it would cut down on through traffic.

The study wrapped up on October 6, and so far response from neighbors has not been positive, citing decreased access to other parts of the neighborhood, and a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers who were not expecting the road blockage. Give SDOT your feedback on this issue by filling out this online form, or by commenting directly on SDOT’s Facebook page.

Meet The Candidates Forum At MBCC October 22

Do you know the candidates who are running for election this fall? Did you even know that it’s an election year? The Madrona and Leschi community councils and the Mount Baker Community Club want to make sure residents are informed about who the candidates are and where they stand on important issues, and the three organizations are co-hosting a candidates forum to do just that.

The October 22 event will take place at the Mount Baker Community Club, and so far attending candidates include: Damon Shadid and Fred Bonner, running for Seattle Municipal Judge Position 7; Sharon Tomiko Santos and Daniel Bretzke, running for state representative; Pramila Jayapal and Louis Watanabe, running for state senate; and U.S. Congressman Adam Smith. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the candidates, followed by a discussion of gun initiatives, pre-kindergarten initiatives, and candidate positions from 7:00-9:00.

This will be a great opportunity to come face-to-face with your candidates in Seattle’s 37th legislative district and Washington’s 9th district in a small community setting, so put this on your calendar so you don’t miss out!

2nd Meeting On Madrona Trees and Sidewalks With SDOT Tonight

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The second community meeting addressing the Seattle Department of Transportation’s “Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan” for the Madrona corridor will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight, April 29, at the Madrona K-8 School library.

According to SDOT, the plan will use input from the SvR Design Company to assess how to best maintain accessible sidewalks while preserving trees and expanding our urban forest. Tonight’s meeting agenda will review what was covered in the initial meeting regarding the tree and sidewalk assessment process along 34th Avenue; and will then center around what specific solutions can be used to address the conflicts between the trees and the sidewalk infrastructure on 34th between Union and Cherry streets.

Spread the word about tonight’s meeting to ensure SDOT has as much input from Madrona community members as possible! Any questions or comments, please contact Jennifer Wieland at jennifer.wieland@seattle.gov.

Bush School Coach Accused of Child Voyeurism

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Disturbing news from Bush School just down the hill from Madrona.  Jason Paur, a coach, substitute teacher, and guest lecturer at Bush since 1998, was a chaperone to a school cross-country ski trip to Canada.  He was arrested on the trip when female students found a spy camera allegedly owned by Paur in their room and reported it to another chaperone.  Bush School and the local police were immediately notified which led to the arrest.  To find out more about this incident, including a link to the television report, click the link to Q13 Fox News.

Following is the letter sent from Busch to the parents:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Every year at this time, a group of students and chaperones take part in a week-long cross-country ski trip to Silver Star ski resort in southern British Columbia. I am writing to relate to you an incident that occurred during the trip that has led us to bring our students home earlier than planned. All of the students are safe, and we have been acting promptly and appropriately to address the incident and its consequences.

Early yesterday evening, I received a report from one of the Silver Star chaperones.  Two students had reported to him that another group of students had discovered a personal camera in their room that was making a video recording of the room. It turned out that the owner of the camera was one of the other chaperones, Jason Paur, who admitted he had placed the camera in the room. We removed Mr. Paur from the group and shared with all of the students what had happened. While the students were troubled by the information, they were reassured that the students who had reported the incident had done the right thing. Subsequently, the chaperones contacted the local police who began an investigation of the incident and interviewed some of the students. I learned this morning that after the initial investigation, the police arrested Paur and are holding him in jail in Vernon, B.C. pending further investigation of the incident. At this point, the camera and video recording are in the possession of the local police, and we do not know the specific contents of the recording.

Paur has been a popular, long-time coach of the Upper School cross-country ski team. He also has coached Upper School cross-country running and served as a substitute teacher and from time to time as a guest lecturer in journalism in various classes. We had no reason to be concerned about Paur’s work with students, so we were shocked and surprised by the reports regarding this incident.

Last night, we spoke with the parents of all of the students on the trip to inform them of what had happened. We decided to end the trip early, and the students are returning to Seattle today. We plan to meet with the students and their parents when the group arrives this evening.

We will be sharing information about this incident with Upper School students today, meeting specifically with members of the cross-country ski team who did not go on the trip to help them process the information. Our counseling staff will be available to all students in the coming days to help those who are particularly troubled by the incident. If you become worried about your child with regard to this incident, please don’t hesitate to contact John Ganz, Upper School counselor, or Kim Jackson-Butler, Lower and Middle School counselor.

This is a disturbing and upsetting incident for me and all of us here at Bush, I am proud of the way the Silver Star students and chaperones have handled the situation. As I get further information about the incident, I will keep you informed.

Frank

Justin Ferrari’s Widow Speaks With His Killer

We have followed the case of Justin Ferrari fairly closely, and today Andrew Patterson, Ferrari’s killer in the second degree murder case, will sit before a judge in the King County courthouse and hear his sentence. According to the Seattle Times, Ferrari’s wife met with Patterson back in August, in a room of lawyers, police officers and jail guards to read him a prepared statement regarding the affect his actions, and the result of Ferrari’s death has affected her and her family. She explained to him how her young children were coping with the death of their father. police

Justin Ferrari was driving his parents, and his two children through the Central District in May 2012 when he was shot in the line of fire not meant for him. Andrew Patterson had shot at someone he had gotten into a scuffle with at a nearby mini mart, and Ferrari’s vehicle had unfortunately been in the line of fire. The meeting was proposed by Ferrari’s wife after she read about a sit down between a Florida family and the man who had killed their daughter. Patterson listened to her prepared statement, and apologized afterwards; the meeting was over within 30 minutes. Patterson is requesting a 13 year sentencing, which is below the standard sentencing for the crime. We will update when the final sentencing is released.

Car Break-ins Occuring in Madrona

We’ve said this once and we’ll say it again and again; please don’t leave any valuables in your vehicles overnight. There has been a series of break-ins in Madrona as of recent, and reports have been filed for break-ins along residential streets. One resident reported a break in on the corner of 32nd and Olive, and believes whoever broke in must have used a disarming device to disarm their car alarm. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle, but the contents of the car was rifled through and is certainly disconcerting. car pic

Another resident reported that their vehicle was also broken into, and that nothing inside the car was stolen, but their license plate had been taken in exchange for a plate for a stolen vehicle. Please be aware that break-ins might be happening in your neighborhood, and take the necessary precautions to protect your belongings.