The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be on Tuesday, December 17th at 7 PM at the Preschool building in the park. With the holidays so close, the theme is to be more festive this month than usual, perhaps treats will be available to munch on. There are also plans for caroling to return again this year around Victory Heights later in the week. Everyone is welcome to the meetings as always, we hope to see you there.
Direct bus service from Victory Heights to downtown would be eliminated unless the Washington State legislature restores funding, King County Metro Transit says. If proposed service cuts go through, Route 72 would be eliminated completely and Route 73 would be moved west to Roosevelt Way NE. To get downtown, Victory Heights residents would either have to walk over to Roosevelt, or catch a 372 on Lake City Way and then transfer to another bus in the University District. During rush hour, express service downtown would be available by walking to either NE 110th Street or NE 95th Street and Lake City Way.
You can learn more about why service must be cut and how you may be affected at a public meeting at North Seattle Community College this week. Metro Transit also is inviting you to help them understand the affects these cuts will have on you.
Public meeting in North Seattle
Thursday, Dec. 5
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way N, Seattle – C1161 and North Star rooms (map)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – open house
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – optional presentation and small group discussion
As it happens every year the week of Thanksgiving, trash collection in Victory Heights will occur on Friday this week instead of the usual Thursday pick up. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. on Friday to ensure collection.
Customers can report a missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection by calling (206) 684-3000 or by clicking on “Report Missed Collection” at SPU’s web site, www.seattle.gov/util
Compost Your Giblets: Seattle residents can place all of their unwanted Thanksgiving leftovers, including green bean casserole, aspic, mincemeat pie, turkey bones, celery, yams, potatoes, fruitcake and paper napkins in their food and yard waste carts. The food scraps will be made into compost for local gardens and parks.
Don’t be a Turkey: Property owners are responsible for their side sewer connections to the city’s sewer system. Sewer clogs often happen during the holiday season when disposing of leftovers. You can prevent this by pouring used dairy products, fats, oil, grease or greasy foods into a lidded container and placing it in the trash – NOT down the sink drain.
The second Little Free Library has been installed on 23rd Avenue NE in Victory Heights and ready to lend books. The first Little Free Library, located near the park, started on November 3rd, and now thanks to Robert Gordon, the second is open for lending on the corner of NE 104th Way and 23rd Avenue NE. Assisting Robert with the installation was Keith Dekker and Fred Lupton.
Residents now have two locations where they can find free books to borrow as well as leaving ones for others to have. If you have any spare books, please visit the new library and donate them.
Great job, everyone!
Last night’s monthly meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council focused on emergency preparedness. Cheryl Dyer, a volunteer from the City’s Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepared (SNAP), gave a talk about how to prepare for a disaster that might cut off electricity, water, gas, and possibly food.
If you live in Victory Heights, you might soon be visited by a block captain who can give you literature from the city about what steps to take in advance of an emergency, as well as what to do in the immediate aftermath. The city will also hold, block by block (as organized by the captains), one-hour presentations where they boil all the information into the essentials. It is emphasized over and over, in case of a catastrophic disaster (particularly an earthquake, but the recent power outage after the windstorm shows what can happen) residents would be left to fend for themselves, perhaps for days maybe a week, before outside assistance could arrive. It’s imperative for each household to have enough water, food, light sources, and a way to keep warm and dry for several days.
Other items discussed at last night’s meeting was the new Little Free Library that has been installed on NE 106th just west of the park. A second is coming soon to 23rd Avenue NE. Holiday Caroling will return in December to Victory Heights, stay tuned for details. And stolen mail from boxes on Goodwin Way prompts reminders that residents should use locked mail boxes.
The next meeting with be on Tuesday, December 17th.
This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be on Tuesday, November 19th starting at 7 PM at the Pre-School in Victory Heights Park. The featured speaker will be from the city’s Office of Emergency Management (rescheduled from last month) who will discuss emergency preparedness. We’ll also get an update on Victory Heights’ new Little Free Library, and other issues relevant to our neighborhood. Everyone is invited to attend, remember all the chairs there are for children, so bring your own if you want a full-sized one. See you there!
Victory Heights now has its first of two planned Little Free Libraries up and running. Located just down the street from the park, passerbys will be able to borrow and add books to the custom-made shelters built by resident Robert Gordon. The boxes protects the books from the elements while enabling people to see the titles inside. Have an extra book lying around that you would like to lend? Put it in the library. Help yourself to a book as well, anyone can use it. You’ll find the Little Free Library on the north side of NE 106th Street, just east of 17th Avenue NE (due west from the park).
Meanwhile, Robert is hard at work on the second Library which will be located on 23rd Avenue NE. Thank you Robert and Keith for your hard work!
The October meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council will be held at our usual stomping grounds of the Co-Op Preschool building in Victory Heights Park at 7 PM on Tuesday, October 15th. Everyone in the community is invited to come and participate as issues relevant to our neighborhood are discussed. [UPDATE:] The scheduled speaker from the City’s Office of Emergency Management won’t be able to attend after all, but Susan Causin, head of the Emergency Planning Committee, will instead do an update to our preparation plans for Victory Heights. (You might recall we have organized Victory Heights into blocks with captains to work with their neighbors to be ready in case of a catastrophic emergency.)
Don’t forget all the chairs at the school are meant for children, so if you want a grown-up sized chair to sit in, bring your own. See you there!
The September 17th meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council had 21 people crammed into a neighbor’s house when the Co-Op Pre-school building proved unavailable at the last minute (but we’ll be back! See below). With some yummy fresh-made chocolate cookies as treats, a number of newcomers introduced themselves, as well as the usual board members and interested members of the community.
Speakers included Alice Woldt, of Fair Elections Seattle, who spoke in favor of Proposition 1 on the ballot this fall to publicly finance elections in the city of Seattle. Kate Waterous gave a recap of the highly successful Neighborhood Night Out last month, and solicited ideas for improving it next year. Brad Cummings summarized the recent North District Council meeting, and a resident described the break-in at her place earlier in the day (read more about it here).
Good news from the Victory Heights Co-Operative Preschool is that we can use the building for all of our meetings going forward through May next year. Remember to bring your own chairs if you don’t want to sit in the tiny children’s ones.
And Bob, a local resident, has volunteered to construct TWO Little Free Libraries to be located in Victory Heights. With help from a SPARKS grant from the city, we hope to do this with no cost to the Council. Expect to see these deployed soon!
The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 15th, 7 PM at the Pre-School building in the park. We hope to see you there!