Meetings: Pedestrian Bridges, E. coli in Thornton Creek, Solar Workshops and more

Upcoming events calendar:

Saturday, February 21st, Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Project Meeting, North Seattle Community College cafeteria, 10 AM. The proposed bridge across I-5 to link the school with coming Link Light Rail station is still looking for funding. The Licton Springs Community Council is sponsoring this meeting to help raise awareness. More here.

Thursday, February 26th, Thornton Creek Alliance meeting, Meadowbrook Community Center, 7:15 PM. Seattle Public Utilities staff and scientists will discuss E. coli pollution in Thornton Creek, including results of a two year study and further action that will be taken.

Tuesday, March 10th, NW Solar Now workshop, Northgate Community Center, 7:15 PM.

Tuesday, March 17th, Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Co-op Preschool Building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM.

Wednesday, March 18th, Department of Neighborhoods Large Project Fund Applicant Workshop, Northgate Community Center, 6 PM. Up to $100,000 in matching grants is available for neighborhood projects, but you need to attend a mandatory meeting to get all the details. To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/LPFWorkshop2015 or contact us at NMFund@seattle.gov or 206-733-9916.

Community Council Meeting February 17th

VHsignThe monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council is Tuesday, February 17th, starting at 7 PM at the Co-op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park.  Among the topics for discussion will be the house on NE 105th Street that has recently been the subject of police activity and this story that ran on KIRO TV earlier this week. Everyone in the neighborhood is encouraged to attend. Bring your own chair if you don’t want to sit in the small children’s chairs at the school.

 

Youth Baseball Open House Saturday

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Spring is on its way, and so is baseball season! Come learn about the north end’s premier youth baseball league, North Seattle Baseball, at their winter Open House, happening this weekend at their North Seattle Batting Cages.
 
- Meet NSB board members and coaches;
- Explore the new-and-improved North Seattle Batting Cages facility;
- find out what’s in store for NSB’s young ballplayers this spring and register on-site
 
This event is open to all – new and returning families – or just those who wish to check out the area’s only indoor batting cage facility.
 
Date: Saturday, Jan. 31
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: North Seattle Batting Cages (home of NSB) – 8512 20th Avenue Northeast, just off Lake City Way NE [located on the lower level; use street-level stairs located to the left of Two Cranes Aikido]
More information can be found on …
or by emailing contactnsba@gmail.com 

January Events Calendar

Here’s a look at upcoming events of interest to residents of Victory Heights:

UPDATED JANUARY 16TH

Tuesday, January 6th: Legislative Town Hall Meeting. 6:30 PM – 8 PM, Nathan Hall High School, 10750 30th Avenue NE. Join Representative Jessyn Farrell, State Senator David Frockt, and Rep. Gerry Pollet, our state representatives to the Washington Legislature, as they preview the upcoming session down in Olympia.

Tuesday, January 6th: Cedar Park Renovation Project Public Meeting. 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM, Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd Street. Seattle Parks and Recreation invite the community to join this third community meeting on the Cedar Park project.

Saturday, January 10th: Lake City Emergency Communication Hub. 9 AM – Noon, Lake City Fred Meyer parking lot. See this demonstration of the communications set up that volunteers would be manning in case of a city-wide emergency.

Sunday, January 11th: “The Hundred Foot Journey” screening, 1 PM, Northgate Library. Rated PG-13.

Tuesday, January 20th: Victory Heights Community Council. 7 PM – 8 PM, Pre-school building in Victory Heights Park. Monthly community meeting that will feature elections of board members and officers.

Thursday, January 22nd: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. 7:15 PM, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Avenue NE. Special guest John Marzluff (“Welcome to Subirdia”) will be the speaker.

Tuesday, January 27th: NW Solar Now Workshop. 6 PM – 7:30 PM, Laurelhurst Community Center. Learn more about equipping your house with solar energy.  Registration can be done on the phone at (866) 376-5272 or online at http://www.nwwindandsolar.com/registration/

 

Rains Don’t Deter Carolers

caroling2014Despite steady rain Tuesday night, the annual Victory Heights caroling party went ahead. Fourteen people (plus a few infants) met up at Monica Harris’s house at 6:30 for cookies, apple cider, and a quick rehearsal. Then, umbrellas deployed, they headed out into the streets, this time along NE 107th Street going east, and a section of 23rd Avenue NE. They chose houses to sing for on the basis of how many Christmas lights were on display and the likelihood that someone was home. In a few cases, the carolers sang to a closed door, only to have someone appear after they were finished! At the houses where the residents answered the door there was surprise and joy, and it was nice to hear applause. The worst thing about the rain was it resulted in soggy song sheets, but next year Monica says she’ll have them laminated! Thanks to everyone who participated.

December Events Calendar

Here are activities happening around the area that might be of interest to Victory Heights residents:

Wednesday, December 3rd: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Lake City Community Center, 7 PM. Caroling, cider, and Santa.

Saturday, December 6th: Tree Walk, Lake City Library, 10 AM – Noon. Walking tour of Lake City’s interesting evergreen trees. You can RSVP Here.

Sunday, December 7th: Free screening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Northgate Library, 1 PM.

Sunday, December 14th: Nathan Hale Urban Farm First Design Meeting, Jane Addams Middle School & Nathan Hale High School, 9 AM – 2 PM. RSVP here.

Sunday, December 14th: “It’s a Wonderful, Improvised Life,” Lake City Community Center, 7PM. Taproot Theatre’s own version of the holiday classic. Tickets available here ($10 adults, kids under 12 are free).

Tuesday, December 16th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, Pre-School Building in Victory Heights Park, 7 PM.

Sunday, December 21st: Free screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Northgate Library, 1 PM.

Plus neighborhood caroling will happen again this year (read about last year’s event), stay tuned for details!

SPD Neighborhood Safety Rep To Speak Tuesday

The November meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will include an appearance by Elizabeth Scott, the Neighborhood Safety Representative from the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Come and hear what she has to say about the current policing situation in our neighborhood.

It meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 18th starting at 7 PM at UPDATED the usual location, the pre-school building in Victory Heights Park.  Remember to bring a chair if you want an adult-sized one.

We hope to see you there.

Thornton Creek Contaminated By Fuel Spill Accident

Yesterday’s semi-truck accidents on I-5 near Northgate Way that backed up traffic for miles on the southbound commute also released 40 gallons of spilled diesel fuel oil into the storm drain and the south fork of Thornton Creek. Though nobody was injured in the accidents, Thornton Creek, however, has been injured, and in the next few weeks and months we should get some idea of the extent of the damage.

Sound Transit contractors, JCM ULink, noticed the diesel smell at 5:45am and had the necessary emergency gear and training to put down booms and take other steps to control the spill at the culvert outflow on the east side of the freeway (1st Ave. NE and NE 100th).  Because of their actions authorities were able to send the Hazmat team to Beaver Pond Natural Area first.

Workers "vacuum and sweep" Thornton Creek to remove contaminates

Workers “vacuum and sweep” Thornton Creek to remove contaminates

Booms and ‘diapers’, or ‘sweeps’, are strewn across the creek at ten sites.  These materials both slow the flow and soak up contaminants.  Additionally a vacuum truck hosed up the brown slick in the separator basins and the creek.  The crew seemed to be doing the best job possible under the circumstances.

Sweeps and booms have been placed as far downstream as Kingfisher Natural Area at the site of the complex and expensive Knickerbocker Project where diesel fumes were detected (approximately 19th NE-21st NE and NE 98th –NE 100th).

Closer to the spill Beaver Pond Natural Area reeks of oil in some places, and there is a sheen all the way up to the beaver dam at NE 106th.  To some degree this is what will happen every time there is a punctured fuel tank on I-5 just north of Northgate because the separator basins can’t cope with more than the daily load.

The hazmat company, NRC, will continue to monitor the creek for 1-2 weeks.

There are two culverts serving each side of the freeway, and they combine both creek water and run-off.  They each have their own pair of separators in between the freeway and 1st Ave.  NE.  The culverts run parallel underground until they merge and flow into the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel and then resurface at Beaver Pond NA.

Silver lining:  The weir that controls the water that runs from the I-5 drain to the Water Quality Channel was incorrectly turned off when the contractor completed the clean out this summer.  Turning on the waterfall – which happened after a vigilant Thornton Creek Alliance member contacted them – was only water runoff from Northgate, not I-5.  That water was drained into a pipe and diverted under 5th Ave. NE to the Beaver Pond NA project.

The Seattle Public Utilities’ Spill Response Team and the Washington Dept. of Ecology assisted with the containment and monitoring of the situation.  SPU environmentalist Nathan Hart was on the scene at Beaver Pond NA in the very early hours of the morning where Seattle Parks just last week completed a $500K restoration project.  He estimated that of the 40 gallons of fuel that spilled, perhaps 10 gallons ended up in the creek.

As a result of this event this Thursday’s Thornton Creek Alliance meeting will include a SPU representative who will give us an update and answer questions.

October 23, 2014; 7:15pm

Meadowbrook Community Center

10517 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA

Ruth Williams and other members from the Thornton Creek Alliance contributed to this article.

Lake City Urban Design Presentation Tuesday

The October meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will feature a presentation by Katie Sheehy from Seattle’s Department of Planning who is guiding an effort with Lake City area residents and businesses to develop the Lake City Urban Design Framework.  This will be a great opportunity to view the draft document and provide feedback. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The meeting will start at 7 PM in the Victory Heights Co-Op Preschool in Victory Heights Park on Tuesday, October 21st.

As part of the regular monthly meeting we’ll get updates on issues that are relevant to residents of Victory Heights. Note the chairs at the school are sized for small children, so bring your own if you want.

The Victory Heights Community Council versus The World Crime League

It may not be a conspiracy, but the level of crime in Victory Heights lately has been unsettling to attendees of last night’s Victory Heights Community Council.

Read the full minutes of last night’s meeting.

Back at its regular meeting place in the Co-Op Pre-School building in Victory Heights Park, last night the council heard about recent criminal activity including a car stolen just hours earlier from 23rd Avenue NE that had also been stolen just a month earlier from the same location! A number of mail thefts have occurred as well, not only from unlocked mail boxes but the attempted jimmying of locked boxes on 20th Avenue NE. A number of car prowls and burglaries have been reported in recent weeks too.

No doubt the warm summer weather encouraged the criminal element to be out and seize on opportunities, but it’s also very important for residents to always call the police when you see something amiss or suspicious. The police need to know what is going on in our community so they can respond appropriately.

In November, the North Precinct of the Seattle Police Department will be sending their community liaison officer to attend our community council meeting, and they will be able to discuss block watches as well as other methods that can be used to deter crime. That will be on November 18th.

In other business, a motion passed to name the new traffic circle on 23rd Avenue NE after the late Susan Causin. And a dog poop bag dispenser is about to be installed in the park in case any dog owners forget to bring their own bags. It will be restocked by volunteers.

The next meeting will be at the pre-school at 7PM on Tuesday, October 21st.