Craig Thompson sends a report from last night’s meeting of the Beacon Alliance of Neighbors (BAN). Here are some of the highlights:
At last night’s BAN meeting, four neighborhood project coordinators decided that whenever we call 911 about crime, etc., we will indicate a bear is part of the action. An all purpose report would go something like:
Fourteen youths have been jumped by a bear making gang signs off campus, near Cleveland High. The bear was later reported pushing a Goodwill shopping cart, and carrying a gas can, while approaching drivers at the Shell station. A bear – identity unclear – was then spotted traversing several backyards, carrying a cash register and an application for a
liquor license. A bear – presumably an ursa minor – was spotted in possession of several cans of Old English 800, Red Bull, and acrylic enamel. Near evening, a bear accosted several residents about free burglar alarm equipment while stealing their potted plants.
80 significant trees in the woods south of Dr. Jose Rizal Park were saved from ivy infestations by two EarthCorps crews this past Tuesday, May 19; a crew will return on June 8 to continue heading south along the west side of Beacon Hill.
On May 31, Sunday, volunteers from SU and UW Filipino-American Student Associations will join efforts to work in Dr. Jose Rizal Park, while on June 6, between 25-35 Seattle Works volunteers will work on one of two, or maybe both, projects. The first is creating a protected habitat for garter snakes in the lower meadow area; Parks has requested we do this. The
second is encircling a wet area to start creating a pond, which will be fenced within the off-leash area, as part of a drainage solution; the pond would provide habitat for re-introduced native Pacific lowland tree frogs.
On June 13, neighbors and Community Court service workers will join forces again, maybe in Jose Rizal Park, but maybe to return to the Bayview Stairs, as at last night’s meeting a neighbor from that area spoke to the need to re-establish a community presence there.
Check out the new gateway on 15th Ave. S to the Beacon Bluff P-Patch and Community Garden on Massachusetts. A neighbor on 14th Ave. donated the materials and labor: she did a great job.
Finally, a team of service workers from a halfway house for women has adopted the area from Massachusetts north (maybe south, too, not sure); last night a group of seven cleaned the streets of litter in an area at least 3 blocks wide and 4 blocks long.