It seems last night was busy for law breakers all over the city. We received this email from an anonymous tipster on Magnolia Way West:
We have had two break ins over the last couple of weeks. Two weeks or so back one house had been ransacked while the owner was at work.
Last night a blonde girl in her late twenties early thirties knocked on our door asking for someone we had never heard of, then went next door and asked to use the phone the next house was nobody home and was broken into.
The perfect night to break in to home the police are busy downtown with protesters and unable to respond to a home robbery.
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Lawton Elementary is sponsoring two “Walk to School Days” this month. The aim of this endeavor is to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in our neighborhood, reduce the amount of traffic, build community with neighbors, and to make our community more lively.
Lawton Elementary Teacher Lyon Terry writes
Although our walking school busses run throughout the year, for the month of May we always try and put a big push out to get people on the routes! Staff and teachers will join kids on these days.
Every two years, the state conducts a survey among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students that assesses health and risk behaviors. Lisa Sharp from the Seattle School district will present an analysis of the Seattle School’s newest data, including interesting information on kids’ attitudes towards marijuana and alcohol use. Afterwards, Frank Couch from SAMA (Science And Management of Addiction http://samafoundation.org/) will speak to us about how to coach your kids through this landscape, and how to clarify family rules and expectations. Questions and open discussion afterwards. Join us…and pass the word along!
For more information, contact NW Seattle Drug-Free Communities Coalition.
By Ruth Whyman
UW News Lab
The Seattle Animal Shelter welcomed members of the public to its monthly “Cool City Pets” events Saturday, April 20, where visitors could get acquainted with many of the small animals available for adoption.
“Cool City Pets” or “critters” included hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, snakes and even a turtle named Amanda; all animals perfect for apartments and inner-city homes where dogs and cats might not be a viable option. Visitors were able to view and handle animals in a safe, enclosed environment.
The shelter also offers a pet loss support group. It has met every Thursday since one volunteer lost her pet in 2007 and realized that an outlet for people to openly express their grief could be beneficial.
The organization boasts around 400 volunteers and 32 full-time staff.
Sis Odland, a Seattle local, had heard about “Cool City Pets” and went to check out the event. She acknowledges the all-round great work the shelter and its staff does.
“Without [the volunteers] these animals wouldn’t have a home. … They’re all really amazing people.”
Critter Team Lead Killy Keefe has volunteered at the shelter for five years and considers herself a full-time adoptive parent outside the shelter also.
“My life revolves around this place,” she said. “I’m here every day. It’s an addiction.”
The staff’s hard work does not go unrewarded. For every animal they find adoptive parents for, the return rate is a mere 4 to 5 percent, arguably a result of the lengthy adoption process (which includes two interviews) to make sure prospective parents are a proper match for a given animal.
Mavis is a 7-month-old pit bull who came in terribly malnourished after receiving insufficient care as a puppy. She is now “super snuggly and cute,” according to Kara Main-Hester, who has been the volunteer and fundraising manager at the shelter for four and a half years. Even so, she remained in a small percentage that didn’t find the perfect match for adoptive parents.
This is one of the many unfortunate situations the staff has to deal with.
While standing in the doorway of the “critters room,” a dog was led by whose food allergies had gone untreated before being admitted to the shelter. He had been shaved of most of his fur, revealing a red, inflamed rash.
When it comes to animal abuse and seeing distressing cases, “It’s always hard to get your head around,” Main-Hester said. But she insists that “It’s a great place to work. … If I ever have a stressful day and need a break, I come and have a cuddle with a dog.”
As sad as a story might begin, ultimately the animals end up happy, healthy and waiting for love.
Main-Hester weighs in on making the decision to adopt a pet. “Think carefully about your current lifestyle. … Ask yourself what you are willing to do. … Be horribly honest with yourself.”
If you decide to adopt an animal, you’re not just making their day but that of the shelter staff, too.
“Any time you have an animal that finds a home it’s a good deal,” Hester said. “It’s just the right thing to do.”
(RUTH WHYMAN is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)
A strange guy came to our front door tonight just before 10 PM and tried to open the door. We live on Magnolia Way West, near Magnolia Bridge. He didn’t knock or ring the door bell. We talked to him on our intercom and he sounded intoxicated. He asked where Magnolia was and I said, “You are in Magnolia.” I asked what he wanted and he just mumbled unintelligibly. He wasn’t claiming to be selling magazines or anything like that, as reported in other parts of Magnolia.He asked where downtown Magnolia was, and I encouraged him to walk towards W. Galer, hoping he would leave. He was at our door for 10-15 minutes. We called 911 and reported him to the police. While we were on the phone, he finally began walked to W. Galer. He then turned west and continued walking towards the Village. Moments later we saw a police car go in his direction.My wife thought he was a black guy, but he looked light-skinned to me. It was difficult to see him through our door glass. He was probably 5’10″, slender, and was wearing a black shirt. He may have had a long grey goatee. Again, it was difficult to get a good look at him.I think he was drunk or on something and I doubt he could remember how to get back to our house even if he wanted to. Very bazaar.
By Monica Wooton
Over 60 pieces of art done by last year’s fifth grade classes of Ms.Ulmer and Mr. Hubbard, under the direction of Don Rockwell, Seattle Mural Artist and classroom volunteers LuAnn Mitchell and Monica Wooton were hung on a the north fence along a walking path at Magnolia Manor Park this past week. Bees, birds and butterflies and other park themed work adds an artistic touch and a fun aspect to the Park. The fifth graders raised money to get the artwork hung as well as did there own pieces. Plan a visit to the park, let your dog play in the new off leash area or walk around to the brand new P-Patch and for sure, take the art walk!
By Steven Smalley
The final Sunday of the month is upon us this weekend, which means Nikos Gyros, the Greek restaurant in The Village, serves Magnolia in a different way. In addition to their usual menu, Alexandra “Alex” Serpanos, the restaurant’s generous owner, dishes up brunch and gives 100% of receipts, including tips, to a community organization. The recipient for April is the Ballard Senior Center, which serves Magnolia, Queen Anne, and Ballard.
I’m writing … to let you know about a small cute black cat who came at 1:30 am today. He or she has a white chest and white feet. It looks in impeccable condition, so I figure it’s not a stray cat. He may come back again if he’s still lost and needs food. The owner can call me at 206-422-8445.Thanks,
From Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View
It’s here – the Mercer West Phase begins today, April 22nd, and here’s the roundup of what you need to know about traffic, lane restrictions, and Metro routes during this phase of construction. Some of these impacts are short-term, but some will last the duration of the Mercer West Phase through the summer of 2015.
Per SDOT: “Travelers can expect significant traffic and delays and should plan ahead and use alternate routes when possible.”
Lane Restrictions – SR 99/Aurora Starting Monday, April 22, following the morning commute, crews will begin reducing SR 99 to two lanes in each direction between Aloha and Harrison streets to accommodate rebuilding the SR99/Aurora overpass as part of the Mercer West Phase.
These lane restrictions will remain in effect throughout the West Phase of the Mercer Corridor Project (estimated completion: Summer 2015):
Broad Street and 5th Ave N
Ivar’s and Kidd Valley are celebrating the best in educators. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Month in May, the iconic Puget Sound restaurants are calling on all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate the best teachers in Washington for a chance to win 2013 Teacher of the Year bragging rights. This year is the 10th anniversary of Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year programs. To celebrate, the top teacher selected as the grand prize winner by both will receive a $1,000 gift card for school supplies (which is double the previous years’ grand prize) as well as the title of Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. In addition, the nominating students of the grand prize winners will win “either an Ivar’s Kids Meal for every student in their class (including a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam!) or a delicious Kidd Valley burger party. As a bonus prize students will receive an admission ticket to Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett, courtesy of the museum.”
To nominate a teacher, students 14 years of age or younger can visit any Puget Sound area Ivar’s or Kidd Valley location (excluding stadiums and Eastern Washington stores) to complete an official entry form, or go online to Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or to Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. In addition to the entry form, students may also submit optional artwork or photo as “extra credit” that best represents their appreciation. All entries must be received by May 27, 2013. The official Teacher of the Year rules can be found on Ivar’s and Kidd Valley websites. In addition to the two Teacher of the Year grand prizes, the contest will also award four teachers a first prize of a $150 gift card for school supplies, and 30 teachers will receive second prize of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.