March 6th, 2014 by Sara
Ahh, it seems like spring is in the air. The cherry blossoms are blooming, the crocus are sprouting and the doorbells are ringing. It is solicitor season in Magnolia.
As we reported last year around this time, we once again are being visited by unwanted guests that seem to be less-than kind when rebuked. Here’s just a sampling of what fellow Magnolians have been reporting this week:
Well here’s an alert to be aware that they are coming around again. I have yet to encounter them myself but my neighbor had a crummy encounter with them tonight with an aggressive salesperson at her door. They ended up calling the police non-emergency line and it turns out someone else called about a man with the same description for being hostile. This is Viewmont area.
I live around the Magnolia village. About 10 mins ago, 2 african american women knocked on the door. I didn’t open the door but I talked to them through the glass. They asked if I would vote for them.
I told them I’m on a call so I don’t have time, one of them flat out said “You’re lying”. I don’t think I will get that kind of response if they were really asking for votes.
They were also dressed very urban, not professional or presentable. They’re going around the neighborhood, knocking on doors.
…Around 4 I think. Never opened the door – but they actually tore our No Solicitors sign above our doorbell right off of our house… Two girls – saw them walking away but didn’t notice the sign thing until this morning.
There have been many more sightings and reports of magazine sellers and door knockers. SPD shared some helpful tips (originally posted here
This is the peak time of year for door-to-door sales, including those using traveling sales crews. There are many legitimate companies in this industry with professionally trained salespeople, selling between the hours of 8:00am and 9:00pm, and a long history of law-abiding customer service. There are, however, less reputable companies in this business willing to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals who trust people knocking at their door. Sometimes residents forget to practice good personal safety.
Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.
Homeowners may consider posting a sign indicating “No agents,” “No peddlers,” or “No Solicitors.” In Seattle, it is unlawful for any residential seller to attempt to gain admittance for the purpose of selling at any residence displaying one of these signs.
With these facts in mind, what should you do when a person knocks at your door?
BEFORE OPENING YOUR DOOR: LOOK FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION. Acknowledge the knock since ignoring it may lead to an attempted burglary. It is preferable to speak to strangers through your door. In Seattle, all door-to-door sellers must display the residential sales identification which includes the seller’s photograph on their outer clothing. The residential sales agent’s license has the name of the licensee as well as the agent. It shall be endorsed with the type of product or service being sold. The license is only valid for the product or service specified. If you have any questions about whether a company is properly licensed, call the City of Seattle’s Office of Revenue & Consumer Affairs at 206-684-8136.
DISCLOSURE REQUIRED: Each residential seller shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose their name, company and the product or service represented. If requested to do so, they shall leave the premises immediately. If the individual does not leave, or if an attempt to gain access is made by asking to use the bathroom, the phone or get a drink of water, refuse the request and ask the individual to leave. If you feel intimidated, pressured, or threatened at any time, call 911.
USE GOOD JUDGEMENT: It is safer not to allow the salesperson into your home. You are encouraged to avoid paying immediately. Do not give the salesperson cash or a check, as it may be pocketed and you will never receive the product ordered. Instead, find out from the seller how you can order directly from the company or receive the bill upon receipt of the product/service. If the salesperson is concerned about losing their commission for the sale, offer to provide their name when placing your order.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: In Seattle, if you make a purchase, the salesperson must tell you of your right to cancel the order and the contract must include a statement regarding the right to cancel. For each sale of ten dollars or more, the seller must provide a receipt or contract to the purchaser. Do not leave any blanks on your contract. Be sure the contract or receipt is dated and that it states the terms of the transaction, the amount of payment made and the name and address of the residential seller. It must also include a notice informing the buyer of their right to cancel the order any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of the transaction. A completed Notice of Cancellation (in duplicate) must be provided to the purchaser at the time they purchase from the seller. You do not need to provide a reason for canceling your order.
DO NOT GIVE IN TO HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS: Never be afraid to say “NO!” If a salesperson in your home tries to pressure you into buying their product, terminate your conversation with them. Take the time to contact the company directly if you still have interest in the product or service. Avoid making an immediate purchase in order to receive a “free gift.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
When should you call 911? If an unlicensed sales person shows up at your residence, call 911 and report it. Calling as soon as possible with a good description, direction the suspicious person is traveling, and address will all help officers locate the suspect(s).
And, as a general reminder, it’s not just the non-licensed solicitors that are targeting our neighborhood. Car prowls and break-ins are still occurring with too-regular frequency. For any suspicious activities or people, SPD advises calling 911 as soon as possible.
Here are the key items of information that help SPD when you call 911:
- Good description of the person
- Location – street name, number or hundred block, or address
- Direction of travel
- Identifying features and/or items: race, gender, height, weight, age, clothing, and any distinguishing features. Are they carrying a backpack? What color is it?
Remember to report all crimes and suspicious activity to SPD by calling 911 or the non-emergency number (206.625.5011).
March 5th, 2014 by Sara
Kids in grades K-2 are invited to a hands-on, activity-filled series of free Watershed Science classes at the Magnolia Branch of Seattle Public Library. Registration is required and space is limited.
WHEN: Thursdays, from 4-5 pm, March 13th through April 24th
WHO:Classes will be led by an instructor from the Environmental Science Center.
COST: Program is FREE
Questions? Contact librarian Amy at email@example.com or call the branch at 206-386-4225 to sign up for classes
March 4th, 2014 by Sara
All are invited to CamWest, a Toll Brothers Company’s model grand opening at Briarcliff on Saturday, March 8th from noon-5pm. In addition to a latte cart serving Caffe Appassionato coffee, there will be drawings for gift certificates to local restaurants, plus the opportunity to win a Seattle skyline painting from a local artist. Look for other fun giveaways, and a photo flip book booth during the event.
From Toll Brothers’ website:
Perched high atop the western hills of Seattle is Magnolia, one of the most desired neighborhoods in the Seattle area with spectacular views, abundant natural beauty, and a historic pedigree dating back to the late 1800s. Briarcliff at Magnolia is the only new home community in this distinctive neighborhood. A peninsula bounded by Salmon Bay, Shilshole Bay, Puget Sound, and Elliott Bay, Magnolia feels like an island retreat, but is mere minutes from the vibrant core of downtown Seattle. At Briarcliff, metropolitan amenities combine with the luxury and architecture of these exquisite new homes to create a unique home-buying opportunity.
The living is good in Magnolia!
4005 Briarcliff Lane W
March 3rd, 2014 by Sara
McClure Middle School PTSA will host their annual McClure Mixer Saturday April 5th. This year, they are excited to also be celebrating McClure 50 years strong! Join them for a festive, adults-only evening with fabulous food, no-host bar, music, wine toss and silent auction.
McClure PTSA co-president Kimball Mullins writes:
This event brings our community together to help raise critical funds for library books, classroom technology, curriculum tools, Writers in the Schools, math and reading tutors, our music & sports programs, student leadership programs, and much more. Please join other generous families by contributing auction item donations, volunteer time, and by joining us for a fun filled evening benefiting our kids. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119)
Buy tickets or learn about sponsorship information here
. Have questions or want to donate something?presidents@null
March 3rd, 2014 by Sara
He is known for poppin’ tags, but not this time. Redfin’s Media Relations and Social Specialist Kafia Hosh confirms that Ryan Lewis of Macklemore purchased a house in our hood for $3.3 million in January. Hosh writes:
The 4-bedroom, 3.75-bathroom home spans 7,610 square feet and sits on just under one acre of land. The home was built in 1995. It is one of the top 10 most expensive Seattle homes sold in January. Here is a link to the listing for photos and details. The home was previously owned by Ronald Elgin, the former CEO of DDB Seattle Inc.
Redfin confirmed the purchase through property records, the listing agent and social media connections.
March 2nd, 2014 by Sara
Friends of Discovery Park is holding their annual meeting this Saturday March 8th at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. Sign-in and meet & greet starts at 9:15AM with light refreshments and the meeting starts at 10.
A panel of park staff and WP Treatment Plant/King County Staff will provide an update of park and plant issues, followed by Q&A.
Here’s what you can look forward to learning about:
Patti Petesch will address overall Park issues in general
Belinda Chin will represent the Environmental Learning Center
Eric Friedli will give a brief overview of the proposed Metropolitan Park District concept and how it would affect Discovery Park and The Master Plan
FROM KING COUNTY:
Dan Grenet & Al Williamson will update us on the West Point Treatment Plant
Erica Jacobs will give a brief overview of “next steps” for the proposed Discovery Park Blvd Security Gate
Monica Van der Vieren will introduce a new proposal for biosolids truck-hauling through the Park
if you have any questions or need additional information.
March 2nd, 2014 by Sara
By Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View
If you circle the north side of Queen Anne along Nickerson St near the Ballard Bridge, you may have noticed the roadwork underway the past couple of weeks. We just got an update from SDOT this week on the work, and there are two local projects in total – one on Queen Anne at Nickerson, and one just over 15th Ave W on Dravus St in Interbay – that will include the addition of new traffic signals.
Here are the details from SDOT, along with maps:
W Nickerson & 13th Ave W:
- Construction underway
- New traffic signals
- Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) curb ramps on each corner
- Metro bus stop on the SW corner will be relocated to the SE corner
- Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by May 2014
Dravus St & 17th Ave W:
- Construction slated to begin mid-March; to be completed in phases
- New traffic signals
- Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps on the NW and SW corners of the intersection.
- Curb bulb and a bike rack will be installed on the SW corner
- Four parking spots will be lost due to improvements
- Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by June 2014
And, as part of the Dravus work, 17th Ave W to the north of Dravus to Bertona St will also undergo key changes related to parking and repaving:
- New pavement striping and markings
- Conversion of head-in parking to parallel parking
- Street repaving
- The “roadway channelization” will result in the loss of approximately 8 parking spots
Per SDOT, these projects are funded by a partnership of private development mitigation and the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.
February 27th, 2014 by Sara
Swing by for a spot at the bar! Owner Courean writes:
Weather, environment, hormones – it’s no wonder our skin is constantly in flux, leaving you frustrated and questioning how to keep it healthy and looking great.
Please join us for our very popular Skin Bar event! Sip on bubbles while you view a live demo. We’ll have a team of experts on hand to examine your skin, answer your questions and help you fill out your own Face Mapping sheet. All attendees will receive a gift bag of goodies and be entered in a drawing for two grand prizes (A collection of products worth $100 or a Flash Exfoliation Facial) which will be awarded that night.
Tonight at Vixen from 5-7pm
3209 W McGraw St
February 25th, 2014 by Sara
Reader K. Kennell sent in these gorgeous shots last week. She writes:
Thought you’d like the signs of spring tonight at the Locks.
February 24th, 2014 by Sara
By reporter Steven Smalley
Have you seen Magnolia’s newest television star? Not many have. Following a news tip, Magnolia Voice got a glimpse of the reclusive celebrity, but it took some effort. Because you’re in the know, you too can have a map to the stars. Travel south on 32nd Ave West to the park on Elliott Bay. Go west along the beach (low tide beats walking on rocks) and look on the bluff to see it – a custom treehouse(!) with the finest panorama in the city. The structure was apparently constructed as part of a television episode of Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet.
Yes, a treehouse with two levels situated among several cottonwoods commanding a magnificent vista of the West Seattle, downtown, and the bay.
No word yet who owns it or why it was built.
Amazing detail went into creating this elaborate structure which can barely be called a treehouse. Two levels along with an observation deck complete this masterpiece on Puget Sound referred to as a “Levitating Lighthouse” by show host and assumed builder, Pete Nelson of Nelson Treehouse and Supply in Woodinville.
Following a climb up sets of ladders to reach the stairs, one arrives at an observation deck and then into the main level. When this reporter was on-scene, the ladders were chained to make the treehouse inaccessible to the public.
Once inside, amenities include a stove, sink, and water filtration system which stores rainwater and makes it potable. The upper level has a queen-sized bed situated below a “real lighthouse,” or so the host claimed.
Take a stroll for yourself up the beach to see our celebrity tree fort, or check out the Treehouse Masters episode here.