Monday, October 16, 2017

Locked Bollards To Be Installed At Laurelhurst Park To Stop Unauthorized Vehicle Access

Last month the Laurelhurst Blog reported about cars seen driving in Laurelhurst Park and park users feeling unsafe.

One neighbor said:
On September 3rd, around 11am, a person parked their silver SUV (license plate starting with BEY) on the path and then proceeded to get their dog out to train off leash. He didn't move his car but kept it on the foot path.  It was parked closest to the NE 48th Street side of the park, very close to where the stairs are down to the street.

Another neighbor reported: 

On September 24, I was walking my dog in the park at 6pm,  The playground was full of children, and there were other little ones playing in the grass. I saw a black Dodge SUV,  I think the license was ARP 3*13 driving through the park. I had to stand to the side of the pedestrian walkway to allow him to pass. WHY are people driving in our park? It seems dangerous at best.

The pertaining Seattle Municipal codes says:
11.72.280 - Park.                   
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any park as defined in the Park Code (Ordinance 106615 ), [21] except in areas designated for such purposes.
(Ord. 108200 , 2(11.72.280), 1979.)

Cara, Laurelhurst Community Center Recreation Coordinator, said that Parks ground crew have been alerted about the unsafe situation.  She added that locked bollards will be installed near the garbage bins at the service road entry  to deter unauthorized access.

Rachel, with Seattle Parks and Recreation, added:
The driving complaints were reported to Seattle Parks by the community and so we don’t know the nature of why these people were driving in the park. 
Parks and Recreation does it's best to limit putting up signs in parks, because at best they are ignored and at worst vandalized. The installation of bollards should be a more successful solution than signage.
There have not been passes issued to folks and no permission has been given to anyone to drive in the park.  It’s harmful to the turf, and potentially harmful to irrigation to have vehicles on the field, so it’s something we don’t allow.  Only Parks and Recreation vehicles are authorized to use these roads

A rare exception to the rule is that, sometimes, in connection with a public event held in a park, as part of the Park Use Permit application, some minimal pickup and drop-off is allowed for large scale events

Enforcement of all laws pertaining to park land are enforced by Seattle Police Department. If our staff witness illegal activity they report it to the police.

Seattle Parks rules and regulations can be found here.

Mayoral Candidate Fourm Today

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together), which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is holding a Mayoral Candidate Forum today from 2-3:30pm at the Magnuson Park Brig (6344 NE 74th Street, Room 406 NEST).

The information says:
NEST is joining with Seattle Parks & Recreation Lifelong Recreation in hosting a mayoral candidate forum.  
Candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will answer questions prepared by a panel of NEST and Lifelong Recreation representatives, and then will take questions from the audience.  
The forum will be moderated by former KUOW host Steve Scher.

To RSPVP email or call 525-6378Space is limited. This event is free and open to the public.

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together), a non-profit grassroots operation, supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors by creating a "virtual village" to helping them be able to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods they love.

Volunteers provide companionship, care, as well as help seniors with a wide range of services, including gardening, computer help and more. to seniors aging in their homes. Ongoing classes (fitness, etc) are also offered, as well as access to events, transportation services, and various services (such as estate planners) who provide their services at a discount to members.

For more information about NEST go here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Check Out Laurelhurst Historical Murals At Wells Fargo Bank And Sounders Goalie Appearance Friday

Wells Fargo Bank has moved from its long-time location near Children's Hospital to its new location in the old Tully's space (3042 NE 45th Street), which underwent a complete remodel.

The new branch features several community murals honoring the local history and culture of Laurelhurst and Seattle, along with a mural key with captions for each image and photograph.

The Wells Fargo North Seattle District Manager told the Laurelhurst Blog that the mural was done by an in-house marketing and Historical Services team that researches, designs and produces the Bank's community murals. The team collaborates with local libraries, museums and historical societies to gather and select photos and images. 

And today from 3:30-5pm, the Sounders goalie, Stefan Frei, is making a special appearance at the bank for a free autograph-signing event open to the community as part of the bank's  sponsorship of Major League Soccer, the Branch Manager told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff.

Tomorrow Applelooza At U-District Farmers Market

The U-District Farmers Market, is having the annual AppleLooza, on Saturday. It will include a huge apple tasting, free apple recipes, cider samples, and information about the many apple varieties grown by local farmers.

The University District Farmers Market, located on University Way between 50th and 52nd Avenues NE., is open from 9-2pm year round on Saturdays with dozens of local farm and artisan food vendors.  

For information about the Farmers Market, go here.

Applelooza at U-District

From 10am-12pm, taste some of the amazing apple varieties offered at our markets. Vendors throughout the market will be offering up delicious apple products, like samples of Rheba cheese on apple slices at Tieton Creamery, caramel apples at Jonboy Caramels, and seasonal ciders at Rockridge. Celebrate the Washington Apple!

(photo/information courtesy of Farmers Market website)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Reported Robbery Near Center for Urban Horticulture

The University of Washington Police Department published this information:

Notification of Criminal Incident - Seattle Campus       

Monday, October 9, 2017


On Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at approximately 6:40 p.m. University of Washington police responded to a reported robbery in the 3500 block of NE 41st Street involving two juvenile male victims. The boys were walking on the sidewalk in the area when they were approached by three unknown juvenile male suspects. One of the suspects hit both boys in the face with a closed fist. After assaulting the victims, the suspects took a cell phone from one of them and a cell phone charger and $5 from the other. The first victim was able to get his phone back before the suspects ran eastbound on NE 41st Street and got into a car driven by fourth person. The car is described as a gray BMW with an SUV body style.  

One of the victims was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department for minor injuries to the face. The other victim did not sustain any injuries. Both were released at the scene to their parents.  
The first suspect is described as a 15- or 16-year-old male wearing a red beanie cap, a puffy jacket, blue jeans and shoes. The second suspect is described as a 15- or 16-year-old male wearing a blue and gray rain coat and shorts. The third suspect is described as a 15- or 16-year-old male wearing a white T-shirt with the word "Thrasher" on the front, and gray sweat pants.  
If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the University of Washington Police Department at 206-457-6398. The case report number for this incident is 2017-00034622.  

To report a crime in progress or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.   
Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:        
* Remain calm and do what the person demands you do.             
* Avoid confrontations whenever possible.         
* Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.     
On campus, call Husky NightWalk: 206-685-WALK (9255) for a security guard escort to various locations on campus, 7 days a week.     
If you suspect criminal activity, some helpful information to pass on to the police:             
* Call 911 immediately.
* Clothing descriptors: Look for layers under the visible layer and other distinctive identifiers.     
* Physical characteristics:  Describe height, weight, eyes, hair, mannerisms, scars/tattoos.            
* Direction of travel (by foot or automobile): Describe the last known location of the suspect.     
* Suspect vehicle description:  color, year, model, make and license plate.            
* Any weapons involved.             
Contact the University of Washington Police Department's Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.

Sunday Free Event Celebrating Sand Point Aviation History

Friends of Sand Point/Magnuson Park Historic District are holding a free family friendly celebration of Sand Point Aviation History on Sunday from 10-4pm at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park.

The website says:

  Come Fly with Us

Take in a living history presentation, story-telling, demonstrations and more. 

Join us for model exhibits, storytelling, paper aircraft building, an indoor flying demonstration and tours of the Historic District.   
We would like to honor as many veterans as possible.  If you are a veteran with history at Sand Point and you can attend, please email us your details at


Return to Sand Point of the Douglas World Cruisers: Chicago, Boston 2 and New Orleans; from the first Around-the-World Flight (Museum of History and Industry)

Events for the Whole Family!
10 am - 4 pm Ongoing Activities
Paper aircraft building workshop with prizes
"You Can Touch" toy aircraft table
Model aircraft displays –
PBY Museum and Bob Lucas collection
Model airplane building demonstration – NW Scale Modelers
Museum of Flight Living History WWII story-telling
Slide show of Sand Point Historic Aircraft and grounds
Historic photography and artifacts exhibit
Finished paper plane display

11:00 - 11:30 am

Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance
Veterans Honor Ceremony
11:30 - 1:00 pm Speakers
11:30 - John Hammers, WWII in the Aleutians, Paramushiro Bombing11:45 - Bill Deller - PBYs and PBMs12:00 - Ray Swalley, WWII, Pearl Harbor, Flying from Aircraft Carriers12:30 - Bob Lucas, The Cold War, the Navy Reserve12:45 - Larry Gill, Weekend Warriors and the Support Facility

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Barn Owls Indoor Flying Demonstration2:00 - 3:00 pm
Sedentary Sousa Band3:00 - 4:00 pm Speakers
Ken Bottini - Pre WWII at Sand Point
Jessica Jerwa, The Civil Air Patrol at Sand Point
4:00 - 4:30 pm
Acknowledgement of Sponsors
4:30 pm
Tour of Historical District

Participants include:
Warren G. Magnuson Park
The Barn Owls Radio-Controlled flying group
The Museum of Flight
PBY Naval Air Museum
The NorthWest Scale Modelers
The Navy League
The Civil Air Patrol
RSVP using the Registration Form.  

Go here to learn more about Friends of Sand Point, their mission, priorities and projects, and history and photos of the Naval Station.       

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Laurelhurst Condominium Burglar Arrested And In Jail On Multiple Charges

Heather Rena Vanhulle, who broke into the
Laurelhurst Condominiums on August 9th,
currently reported to be in King County Jail

In August, the Laurelhurst Blog reported about a female who broke into the Laurelhurst Condominiums (4545 Sand Point Way) on the morning of August 9th, and opened a resident's mail which contained a credit card, proceeded to go into the bathroom and   activated it charging $1000.00 in purchases at the University Village.

Mike, President of the Laurelhurst Condominiums Owners Association, recently notified the Laurelhurst Blog that the woman, Heather Rena Vanhulle, was booked into King County Jail on August 30th with $100,000 bail denied according to the King County Jail Inmate Lookup Service.

The case number associated with the August incidents is 17-296675, and Detective Davis, with the North Precinct, is handling the case that includes multiple charges.

Mike added that when entering the suspect's last name, Vanhulle, one "can see the recent trouble she has been in."  In May and July she was in jail for theft, and in October of last year for illegal drugs and in December for theft.

Here is the report Mike sent to the Laurelhurst Blog in August regarding the incident:

On August 9th, at 6:41am, the female suspect was seen on our security cameras entering the property at the rear of our property.   
Around 6am, the suspect attempted to follow a relative of one of our owners into the building.  The relative told the person that she couldn’t let her into the building and that she would need to contact the person she is visiting via the intercom for access.   
The female suspect was seen on camera attempting to break into the key boxes at the rear entrance.  You could see her on the video pulling small tools from her top.  She did manage to break open one of the key boxes but fortunately it is and older key box that isn’t used any longer so it was empty.   
At 7:45am, she was seen leaving the back of the building in the rear parking area.  
At 7:48am, the female suspect is seen walking to the front entrance,.  She checks the doors to see if they are locked.  She is then seen checking out a real-estate key box that was mounted by the front entrance. She then walked into the east carport.  She tries the door there then disappears out of view from the cameras.    
At 7:52am, she is seen on camera coming out of the elevator and walking around the for about a minute, she is then seen entering the lobby restroom.   
At 9:09am, she leaves the lobby restroom and proceeds to walk out the front door heading west.    
When we checked the lobby restroom, we found in the garbage can, a UPS overnight envelope that was empty. It was originally delivered on August 8th to the front door of one of our units.  She was in the lobby restroom with the door locked for an hour, we believe she tried and it appears successfully activating the new credit card that she took from the envelope 
The owner of the unit where the envelope was delivered too had been out of town prior to the envelope being delivered.  When we were able to contact the owner we were told that the envelope contained a new credit card and that it was used to make $1000.00 in purchases at the University Village on the.   
Unfortunately we can only guess how she got into the building.  In our carports there is an exit only doorway from that leads from the stair tower into the carport.  She must have entered the building from that door, how we don’t know.  
She was on the property for almost 2.5 hours.  Other than the female suspect no one else was seen so we believe she acted alone.  

We wanted to share the picture of her because we are certain she is probably working in the neighborhood, and would like people to be on the lookout for her. If she is wandering around the neighborhood she is most likely up to no good.

Public School Bus' Stop Paddle Cameras Help Keep In Keeping 23,000 Students Safe

A neighbor forwarded this information from the Seattle Public Schools website:

 Stop Paddle Cameras Keeping Students Safe
New District Initiative Aims to Improve Student Safety

Seattle Public Schools launched a new initiative to keep the 23,000 students using school transportation a lot safer. Read more about our Student Safety Stop Arm Camera Program initiative.

The cameras began operation on September 18 and starting last week, the King County Sheriff’s Office began issuing $419 citations to vehicle owners that have violated the state’s stop paddle safety law. Visit the Washington State Legislature website to read the text of state law RW 46.61.370.

The district partnered with King County and American Traffic Solutions to deter drivers from illegally passing buses that are loading and unloading students.

Exterior cameras have been added to 120 of the 379 First Student buses that transport our students each day. The cameras capture video of vehicles that appear to be illegally passing the bus when its stop paddle is fully extended. The King County Sheriff's Office reviews the footage provided by the American Traffic Solutions cameras to confirm the traffic violation occurred.

The safety of students is a top district priority. To better understand what is happening locally, the district piloted the stop paddle safety program on 10 school buses traveling the busiest routes. Over that 112-day period, nearly 600 vehicles illegally passed the bus when the stop paddle was in use.

The School Board approved the use of the exterior cameras during its July 5, 2017, meeting.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

September Neighborhood Crime Reports: Private Security Patrol And Seattle Police Department

Below are two separate reports for September crime activity in Laurelhurst. 

The first is the 
Neighborhood Private Security Patrol activity report (subscribe here) provided by the Laurelhurst Community Club.

The second is the Seattle Police Department crime report.


24 patrols

Followed up on a suspicious person call  in 5000 block of Ivanhoe - turned out to be a city light meter reader

Neighborhood Seattle Police Department Report:

9/1   6:42pm   3800 block of 51st Avenue NE

9/1  10:40pm  3900 block of 48th Place NE

9/8   8:09am   3300 block of 46th Avenue NE

9/9    6:30pm  5200 block of 40th Avenue NE

9/11   2:43pm   3800 bloc of 45th Avenue NE

9/16   6:44pm   4100 block of 43rd Avenue NE

9/21    7:45am  4700 block of 36th Avenue NE

9/22    5:01pm    4700 block of 48th Avenue NE

9/24      11:18pm   4100 block of 43rd Avenue NE

Information On Seattle Public Schools Student Assignment Plan And High School Boundary 

A Laurelhurst neighbor would like to share from the recent Seattle Public School "Beat newsletter:"

 Student Assignment Plan   and High School Boundary 

Teacher talks with students.
We want to hear from you about the Student Assignment Plan and High School Boundaries!
The City of Seattle is growing rapidly. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, in the past year, on average, nearly 57 people moved to the city every day, and many of those moving here include families.
In the past 10 years, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has grown by 8,000 students. While our rapid growth is stabilizing, we are running to catch up and ensure enough high school capacity.
In the 2019-20 school year, SPS will reopen Lincoln High School, a comprehensive high school in Northwest Seattle. Reopening Lincoln will require redrawing of the high school boundaries, which identifies the district areas that will feed into each high school.
At the same time, we are making updates to the Student Assignment Plan (SAP). The SAP ensures that students have access to the services they need and outlines options for programs and enrollment outside students' designated schools. One area of review is Advanced Learning.
These bodies of work (High School Boundaries, SAP, and Advanced Learning opportunities) are interconnected and require community engagement. Over the course of the next couple months, district staff will be asking stakeholders for ideas, analyzing impacts and making final recommendations to the School Board.
SAP recommendations are planned to go before the School Board on Nov. 1. Any recommended changes to High School Advanced Learning will not go into effect until the 2019-20 school year.
We anticipate High School Boundary recommendations will be introduced on Jan. 3, 2018, to the School Board. The approved high school boundaries will go into effect in the 2019-20 school year with the reopening of Lincoln High School. School Board meetings are open to the public. 
Our number one goal through this process is to create the best educational experience for all of more than 53,000 SPS students.
The district is also committed to keeping students, families and staff informed and engaged every step of the way through this process.