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Arsonist/burglar targets Mercer Middle School

November 11th, 2013 at 4:22 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Seattle Police report that at about 1:30 Sunday morning, someone broke into a portable classroom and set it on fire at Asa Mercer Middle School. Police say that the suspect or suspects probably stole a number of computers from the portable, which is the media arts and yearbook classroom. Detectives are investigating the incident, which caused about $15,000 in damage.


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Is this your dog?

November 11th, 2013 at 3:59 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

weinerdog A neighbor wrote to tell us about a friendly dog found wandering on Beacon Hill a couple of days ago. Know who he belongs to? See this Craigslist page for more information.


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Beacon Bards celebrates poetic anniversary

November 8th, 2013 at 5:30 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The monthly Beacon Bards poetry reading series will celebrate its first anniversary next Wednesday, November 13 at The Station coffee shop on 16th Avenue South with local poets Marjorie Manwaring and Kelsea Habecker. The readings start at 7 p.m. and there is no cover charge. For more information, see the website.

The Station is located at 2533 16th Ave. S.


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North Beacon Hill Council meeting at library tonight

November 5th, 2013 at 5:00 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Today is not only Election Day, but as the first Tuesday of the month, it’s also North Beacon Hill Council meeting day. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. All interested neighbors are invited to attend.

Here’s the planned agenda this month:

  • 6:45-7:00 Snack and shake hands: come early, get to know your neighbors, enjoy a little bite
  • 7:00-7:05 Introductions; NBHC updates plus reports from the Greater Duwamish District Council and Department of Neighborhood
  • 7:05-7:15 Happening on the Hill/Community Calendar: updates from neighborhood groups and calendar of events
  • 7:15-7:45 Seattle Police Department: Introducing Captain Carme Best, commander of the South Precinct. Sgt. Ann Martin also attending.
  • 7:45-8:00 Seattle Public Schools boundary change proposal
  • 8:00-8:15 New business
  • 8:00-8:30 NBHC board meets in Beacon Hill Resource Center (open to the public)

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Construction starting this month at Jefferson Park Golf Course

November 2nd, 2013 at 6:32 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

South view of the new Jefferson golf clubhouse.

South view of the new Jefferson golf clubhouse.

Construction on the changes at Jefferson Park Golf Course is planned to begin later this month, to be completed in December 2014. The project includes a new two-story modern-style clubhouse, a double-deck driving range, and improvements to paths and parking.

The course will remain open, though temporary facilities for the pro shop and food service will be located across Beacon Avenue, behind the existing first tee.

For more information about the project, see the website or email project manager Toby Ressler. Previous posts about the project on the BHB may be seen here.


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Ache and Loud Motor play benefit show at Garden House 11/16

November 1st, 2013 at 11:20 pm | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

November 16 brings a fundraising show to the Garden House, raising funds to benefit Mobility Builders, a local non-profit that provides wheelchairs to under-privileged children in developing countries. The bands Ache and Loud Motor will perform. Doors are at 6 p.m., and the $25 admission fee includes a few drinks and some snacks.

The Garden House is at 2336 15th Ave South.


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Open house to showcase pedestrian safety improvements

October 31st, 2013 at 7:56 am | 9 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Map by SDOT.

Map by SDOT.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) wants you to know what’s in the works for the streets and sidewalks on North Beacon Hill. All interested neighbors are invited to a Project Open House at 6 p.m. at Beacon Hill International School, 2025 14th Ave. S.

Planned improvements include a new sidewalk on Beacon Avenue South, changes to the intersection at Beacon Avenue South and 14th Avenue South, curb bulbs at 14th and South College Street, and a new ramp on the Holgate overpass.

Construction of the improvements is scheduled to take place starting next summer.

For more information, see the website.


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Garbage fire caused Monday’s station fire alarm

October 30th, 2013 at 7:59 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The “fire” that shut down the Beacon Hill station tunnel on Monday evening was actually smoke from a fire set outside the tunnel by homeless campers, reports the Seattle Times.

The smoke, which smelled like burnt plastic or something electrical, shut down rail service for almost two hours. One Beacon Hill neighbor told us: “We drove past the station just before 8 p.m. There were bunches of fire trucks, etc. with the whole station blocked off. I checked 911 online when I got home and found the mention of the 6:30 (give or take) calls categorized as ‘tunnel fire’ and saw that they appeared to have dispatched everybody.”

No smoke alarms tripped in the tunnel, and full service started again by 8 p.m.


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Opinion: School boundary changes affect Beacon Hill voters as well as students

October 29th, 2013 at 5:37 am | 1 Comment | Posted by admin

by Erin Okuno

Current State

According to Seattle Public Schools, enrollment increased by 1,400 students this past school year and is expected to grow by 10,000 students in the next decade. To accommodate the growth and alleviate overcrowding, the district is looking to move elementary and middle school boundary lines. In the North East corner of Beacon Hill,, students’ assignments will take families from Beacon Hill International School to Thurgood Marshall, then to Washington Middle School in the Central District. Kimball Elementary students will matriculate to Washington Middle School instead of Mercer Middle School, and John Muir to Meany Middle School. Other parts of Beacon Hill are also seeing significant shifts as well.

School Board Director Voting 411

One of the unintended consequences of this shift is that many Beacon Hill residents will lose the ability to vote for school board members who represent our students’ assignments in the primary election. Much of Beacon Hill resides in School Board Director District VII, yet Thurgood Marshall and Washington Middle School are in District V.

Seattle Public Schools has seven elected board members. Each board member has a slate of schools they represent. During the primary election ONLY those residing in the director’s district are allowed to vote; the top-two candidates advance to a city-wide general election.

School board directors are an important part of a well-functioning and high-performing school district. They are responsible for approving the district’s budget, assuring sound legal and fiduciary practices, student assignments (as presently happening), and representing the public’s voice in school district decisions.

The Problem

The problem comes for those families who are a part of the boundary change. Beacon Hill to Thurgood Marshall, Kimball students moving on to Washington — our students will be sent to schools in District V. This means we lose the ability to vote in the primary election for a school board member representing our student assignment. This problem already exists in the north-end neighborhoods of Ballard, Crown Hill, and possibly other areas.

As South End residents we have more to lose by losing a vote in the primary election. Southeast Seattle schools aren’t performing as well as their North End counterparts. Voting for a school board director that represents our Beacon Hill students, how funds are allocated, and where students attend school is important.

What You Can Do

Now is the time to speak up and ask Seattle Public Schools what their plan is to address the discrepancy. Tell them how you feel about the boundary changes and wanting to keep Beacon Hill students in Beacon Hill. Let Seattle Schools know that it isn’t ok to take away this important voting right in the primary election.

As another neighbor wrote, Seattle Public Schools cannot afford to disenfranchise voters. As taxpayers and citizens we have a right and a duty to pay attention and vote in accordance to our values. I hope you will join me in pressing the need for Seattle Public Schools to pay attention to this important voter right. A feedback form and more information can be found here.


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Rising above the fog

October 24th, 2013 at 6:32 am | 5 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

An unusual view of the city from Beacon Hill. Photo by RWightman in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.


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