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Entries from March 2009

Orientation for those interested in fostering cats and kittens

March 30th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

If you’re interested in becoming a foster “parent” for sick or immature cats and kittens from the Seattle Animal Shelter, plan to attend a free orientation session Saturday, April 4, 2009, from noon to 1 p.m.. The session will be held in the shelter’s conference room located on the shelter’s upper level at 2061 15th Ave W. 

Those who attend an orientation session are under no obligation to foster an animal. The orientations are just the first step in the process. Each prospective foster parent is provided with a foster-care manual and a “consultant” who provides advice and answers questions.

The Seattle Animal Shelter relies on volunteers to provide temporary foster care in their homes to rehabilitate and nurture sick, injured and immature cats and kittens that would otherwise be euthanized. The shelter pays for preapproved veterinary care.

For more information or additional directions call (206)386-PETS (7387) or go to www.seattleanimalshelter.org for a link to a map and driving directions. For Metro bus routes, call (206) 553-3000 or visit this web site: http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/

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New garbage and recycling services start Monday

March 29th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

 Queen Anne residents will see changes to home garbage and recycling services, including a new pick up day and increased charges, starting Monday (3/30).  Information was mailed last week and the city called most homes to let them know about their new pick up day.  If you need more information click here or call (206) 684-3000.

Households will see an increase in monthly costs for garbage pick up.  for example, a house with a 32-gallon can will now pay $22.30 per month for garbage service compared to $17.65 last year

The new recycling changes include:  
• Weekly food and yard waste collection for all single-family households.
• All food scraps can go in your food and yard waste cart, including meat, fish and dairy.
• More food and yard waste cart sizes.
• More paper, plastic and metal items can be recycled, including cups, deli trays, aluminum foil, and plastic plant pots.
• Glass bottles and jars go in your recycling cart – no more separating.
• Electronics, used motor oil, and bulky items can be collected through special services.

The goal is to divert 60 percent of all generated waste in the city to recycling or composting by 2012.

 

 

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Building our local community, one idea

March 29th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Local resident Suzi LeVine founded Kavana, an independent Jewish community in Seattle several years ago. 

A feature article in the Seattle Times today describes Ms. LeVine as a “high-tech mover and shaker” who started with Microsoft just two years out of college and began promoting Windows95.  She rose through the ranks at Microsoft and moved on to become a marketing guru at Expedia.  With a second child on the way, Suzi began to look at how she might redefine her life once again.  Quoting the Times article,

The people who led those charmed work lives will tell you that what they discovered in moving on is that if there was to be a second act, they’d need to write it themselves. Perhaps what they learned along the way could serve the rest of us as we struggle to answer a question that feels more pressing every day: “What next?”

And so Kavana was founded.  This is a small new venture in which people are not passive participants, but active partners.  This organization is dedicated to building a community centered around strong family and Jewish values.  Kavana’s emphasis is on finding ways to make Judaism meaningful in the day-to-day lives of those involved. It runs on a cooperative model, relying on volunteers and meeting in private homes or rented space at the Queen Anne Christian Church.

Kavana strives to create a supportive communal environment in which individuals and families can use “kavana” – intention – to create a Jewish life that is spiritually fulfilling, intellectually satisfying, fun, and meaningful.

Many of us have looked at ways to contribute to our communities.  Writing this blog is one way this writer hopes is building community.  Do you have ideas of your own?

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Climate Change Awareness

March 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

The World Wildlife Fund is asking people to turn off their lights tonight forEarth Hour, a world-wide event to raise awareness about global warming. Cities around the globe will flip the switch from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Seattle will join in with the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Municipal Tower and the “City Light” sign at Fourth Avenue and Spokane Street going dark.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour began in Syndey, Australia, in 2007.

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QA homeowner asked to take down her trees

March 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

As a result of a story created by KING5‘s Consumer Advocate reporter Jesse Jones, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department showed a little “egg on its face” this week.  One of our neighbors Tammara Stroud in Queen Anne had planted trees along the sidewalk, in a strip of land on Smith Street, which were determined by Seattle Parks to be unacceptable and not in keeping with the standards of the Queen Anne historic district.

Tammara said no one from the city ever told her that the little strip of land on Smith Street is part of a nearly 4-mile-long historic Queen Anne district.

According to the city, Tammara’s thundercloud trees just aren’t good enough, thanks to the 1986 Queen Anne Boulevard tree plan. Now she has to replace her thunderclouds with a Hawthorn tree.

We have heard numerous stories of homeowners who mistakenly encroached on city land and were asked to remove their property or landscaping from the parcel, however, what makes this story unique is that Tammara was given a permit to plant the trees.  And now they want to take them out.  Tammara said she would appeal to the City Council to overturn this ruling.  We’ll keep you updated.

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Report from the Seattle Public Schools meeting

March 27th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Anxious parents waiting to hear about the Seattle Public Schools’ student assignment plan gathered Thursday night at the Ballard High library. The plan will determine which school students will attend based on their home address.

Rumors have been flying — especially about which Ballard students may have to attend Ingraham High.  For a complete report, check out the story posted to our sister blog myBallard.com. 

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Car break-ins on Taylor Ave.

March 27th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

One of our readers wanted to warn us that there have been multiple car break ins on/around Taylor Avenue in the last week.

I live on Ward and Taylor, and my car window was broken and a GPS stolen on Monday night. Two of my neighbors were broken into too.

Here are a few tips on how to protect yourself from car break-ins taken fro ehow.com:

  • Park your car in an area that is well-lit and near lots of people.
  • Keep the windows rolled up and the car locked, even if it’s parked at your own house.
  • Keep valuables in your car hidden. Consider buying a removable stereo face to keep in your trunk or carry with you.
  • Consider buying a visible mechanical locking device to lock the steering wheel, and/or an auto theft alarm system.
  • Keep your car registration and insurance card with you instead of in the glove compartment so that thieves cannot produce these documents if stopped by police.
If you experience a break-in or witness suspicious activity, be sure to report to the Seattle Police Department.  Even though it is not an emergency, they will want to make a note of this so that they can keep a watch on the area.

The MagnoliaVoice reported on a Block Watch meeting held by SPD in Magnolia and the rise in the number of car prowls. They stressed that neighbors sharing information can be a good tool to fight car prowls. You can call Terrie Johnston at 684-4741 if you want to schedule a Block Watch meeting for your neighborhood.

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Seattle Public Schools holds meeting

March 26th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

MyBallard.com has been reporting that Seattle Public Schools is working on a new student assignment plan which will reconfigure the boundaries of schools in our area. The biggest change will likely impact Ballard High, which also serves the neighborhood of Magnolia and Queen Anne. “It is possible that the lines will be drawn so high school students will not be assigned to their closest high school.”

So far, no maps have been proposed, and Seattle Public Schools is actively gathering feedback from the public on the factors that should be considered in drawing the maps. This Thursday evening, Ballard High School will host a community forum on the topic, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the library. All staff, families and community members are welcome.

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St. Anne’s girls basketball team wins City Championship

March 26th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Seven girls from the St. Anne’s 5th grade class won the Seattle Parks & Recreation Citywide Basketball Championship last Saturday with a victory over Hiawatha.  

Taylor Doerfler, Maddy Hunter, Kendall Matt, Nicole McHenry, Kate Peaquin, Kailee Ross, and Noell Witt, will all be celebrating their Championship and are looking forward to representing St. Anne School and Queen Anne Community Center again next year!!

Along the way to the Championship the girls defeated teams from Rainier Beach, Delridge, Magnolia and Van Asselt to name a few. The Queen Anne team rolled into the playoffs undefeated, and continued their winning ways in close games to win it all. Of the 19 teams in both divisions, Queen Anne was the only remaining undefeated team!!

Coaches Kate St. Germain and Duke Vogt are most proud of how the girls represented the Queen Anne Community and St.Anne school, with their good sportsmanship throughout the season.

Both coaches,would like to thank the staff at Queen Anne Community Center for their help and support, and especially want to acknowledge all of the parents and fans for their support and understanding during this fun filled season.

Thanks to Patty for submitting this great story from St. Anne’s School! 

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April Lectures at Seattle Pacific University

March 25th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

We often forget that we have a university right in our backyard.  The following lectures, held at Seattle Pacific University, are free and wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available in the West Dravus Street parking lot.  Enjoy!

Perkins Lecture
Reconciliation advocate and evangelical civil rights leader Dr. John Perkins will speak on Tuesday, April 7, 9:30-10:20 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave West, adjacent to the SPU campus.

Marston Lecture
“Toward a Theology of Mental Illness” will be the topic of the annual C. May Marston lecture given by Marcia Webb, SPU associate professor of graduate psychology. The lecture will be held Thursday, April 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. For more information, call 206-281-2003.

Shiller Lecture
Robert Shiller, New York Times bestselling author and professor of economics at Yale University, is recognized worldwide for his brilliant forecasts of financial bubbles and insights into market dynamics. He will speak from 1-2:45 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in Upper Gwinn Commons.  For more information, call 206-281-2723.

Walls Lecture
Robert Wall, the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies at SPU, will speak on “John’s John: The Tenor of Scripture in a Wesleyan Key, Part Two.” His talk will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, in the Queen Anne Room of Upper Gwinn Commons. For more information, call 206-281-2003.

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Access, freight hot topics at tunnel town hall

March 23rd, 2009 by Miss Kitty

A good crowd attended the tunnel town hall at Ballard High School tonight. Thanks to myballard.com for covering this meeting as this issue most definitely affects those of us in Queen Anne.

Representatives from WSDOT, SDOT and other agencies took questions from the crowd about plans to replace the Viaduct with a deep-bored tunnel.

Some in the audience, as you might imagine, were not in favor of the tunnel. Hot topics included access to Ballard, freight transportation routes and how we’re going to pay for it all. Organizers provided a number of maps, including how Northwest neighborhoods will access the tunnel (map), how we’ll drive to downtown (map) and how truckers will drive to and from Ballard (map). Travel times will only increase by a few minutes, SDOT’s Bob Powers said.

To give you an idea of the complexity of the project, one person in the audience questioned the panel on whether her trucks would be able to make the 90-degree turns to access the tunnel. Another asked about the signal timing and pedestrian walkways along Alaskan Way, because “trucks are different than cars” in their ability to start and stop quickly. Officials insisted many of the details are not yet set in stone, and more community meetings will be held in the weeks to come.

Plus: See more on the meeting from SeattlePI.com

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Queen Anne Summer Swim League registration starts April 7

March 23rd, 2009 by Miss Kitty

For children and young adults, age 7-18, get ready to register for the Queen Anne Summer Swim League.  This program provides a positive team experience for the novice swimmer, as well as teach swimming skills needed to become a competitive swimmer.  This is a low-pressure, fun way to get involved with a swim team.  Some of Seattle’s finest swimmers started at a young age with the Queen Anne Summer League.  (Lauren Hall, 20, who swims for UCLA and competed in the NCAA Championships last week, started her career at the age of 7 with the QA Summer League!)

Registration begins April 7 at 12:00 noon and can only be done in person at the Queen Anne Pool, 1920 1st Ave W., Seattle.  The activities fee is $100.

Outdoor swim classes are also offered at the Pop Mounger Pool in Magnolia.  See the MagnoliaVoice for more information. 

You can also check out other class schedules now on SPARC.  Its important to know that you must set up your SPARC account at least one week before registration on April 7th.

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