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Celebration ceremony at Jefferson Park to mark cherry tree centennial

The Jefferson Park Jubilee on Saturday, July 14 will include a special ceremony to mark the centennial of the gift of cherry trees from the nation of Japan to the United States in 1912, as a symbol of the friendship between the two countries. Multiple events to commemorate this anniversary are being held throughout the U.S. this year. Earlier this year, 25 cherry trees were planted at Jefferson Park this spring to celebrate this centennial along with the 100th birthday of Jefferson Park.

The Jubilee ceremony will be at 12 noon on July 14, with Mayor Mike McGinn, Consul General of Japan Kiyokazu Ota, and other dignitaries. Taiko performances and Bon Odori dances will begin at 11:30 a.m.

This is only part of the activities scheduled for the Jefferson Park Jubilee. See this earlier post for more about this all-day event.

The Station celebrates 1st Anniversary

This was The Station on their opening day in May last year. Photo by Wendi.
The Station coffee house on 16th Ave. S. is celebrating its first year in business with a free all-ages anniversary party, on Sunday evening (after Beacon Rocks!) from 5 p.m. until dusk. The party will feature DJ 100 Proof, WD4D, King Khazm and 206 Zulu, Hollis, Amalala, Side Pony, Khingz, Waves of the Mind, and more, including an open mic. There will be be a variety of alcoholic beverages for those 21+, and lemonade, Italian sodas, and coffee drinks for those younger.

See the event page on Facebook.

The Station is located at 2533 16th Ave. S., just north of Beacon Hill Station, and across the street from El Centro de la Raza.

SDOT restoring sidewalk at Beacon and Forest

Today and for the next couple of days, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be doing restoration work on the sidewalk at Beacon Avenue South and South Forest Street, next to the Beacon Hill Library, where flashing lights have been installed in the crosswalk. (As far as we know, the flashing lights aren’t operating just yet.) In order to do the work, SDOT will close the curb lanes on both the north and south sides of the street. The sidewalk between South Forest and South McClellan streets will remain open during the work. The work is expected to be completed within two to three days.

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Park and P-Patch volunteers needed Saturday

Beacon Bluff P-Patch. Photo by Melissa Jonas in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.
Your volunteer labor is needed to help at a couple of work parties at Dr. Jose Rizal Park and the Beacon Bluff P-Patch on Saturday, June 12.

Craig Thompson writes to tell us that The Filipino-American Association of CPAs will have a work party in Rizal Park on Saturday at 9:00 am. They will be working in the upper area of the park. Neighbors are welcome to pitch in.

Neighbors are also welcome to help at 10:00 am or so on the same day, when volunteers will create a new planting bed at the nearby Beacon Bluff P-Patch. The P-Patch is located at South Massachusetts between 14th and 15th Avenues South.

BeaconArts meeting tonight, NBHC on Thursday

BeaconArts sent out a notice today that they will be meeting tonight at ROCKiT space, 3315 Beacon Avenue South, from 7:00 until 8:30 pm. All are welcome. BeaconArts describes themselves as “a community organization dedicated to enriching our neighborhood through arts and culture. Members get together regularly to plan, promote and advocate for the arts on Beacon Hill, and to build stronger local connections between artists of all disciplines.”

The monthly meeting of the North Beacon Hill Council is this Thursday, May 6, at 7:00 pm at the Beacon Hill Library Community Room, 2821 Beacon Avenue South. All are welcome to attend.

Here’s the agenda this month:

  • 7:00 – Introductions and Welcome
  • 7:05 – City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Chair, Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee: Plans for North Beacon Hill, how we can be of help to Mike, how Mike can be of help to us, followed by questions and answers
  • 7:40 – Brian Dougherty, Seattle Department of Transportation: Update on 15th Avenue parking/bicycle lanes, followed by questions and answers
  • 7:55 – South Precinct Seattle Police Department report – Shelly Bates
  • 8:00 – Election of new North Beacon Hill Council Board Members
  • 8:10 Neighborhood updates
    • Beacon Rocks
    • Beacon Hill Business Association
    • Jefferson Park Festival (volunteers needed)
    • Other announcements, events
    • June meeting, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, celebration of park renewals and pizza!

Crime notes: Burglaries and poor pizza drivers

Yellow B's: burglaries, Orange: casing, Blue: vehicle theft
Burglary and theft “highlights” from

  • 1/5, 5:30pm near 38th and Myrtle — Resident arrived home but just before going in saw a light come on inside when no one should be inside. Police caught one suspect behind the building, four more uninvited guests held within.
  • 1/7, 11:00am near 28th and Juneau — A U-Haul truck pulled up and two men went inside a house where normally the occupants are away during the day. One of the men let himself in through a window.
  • 1/8, 1pm near 24th and Walker — Beige Volvo stolen.
  • 1/8, 4:30pm near 17th and Spokane — Silent burglar alarm.
  • 1/11, 8:30pm near 19th and Lucile — Owner confronted a burglar in his backyard.
  • 1/12, 12:30pm near 18th and Bennett — Someone apparently casing homes.
  • 1/12, 1:45pm near 37th and Austin — Resident came home to apparent forced-entry burglary.
  • 1/13, 11:30am near 19th and Hanford– Burglar alarm, back window broken out. Suspects apprehended at the library.

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Pity our poor Dominos drivers: The Unluckiest Delivery Driver in

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Cari wrote hoping someone might be able to help track down whomever busted into their house earlier this week:

My husband David and I moved to the area in October — love the neighborhood and how quiet it seemed around here…
[Monday] between 1pm and 8pm someone threw a rock through our back door and tore the house apart looking for cash. If anyone saw anyone coming or going from our house (bright orange house on SW corner of 19th and Waite) between those hours please call me or comment back to the blog. The police said there’s been an increase in this type of crime in the area lately, so obviously we’re not the only ones with this misfortune.

Also, I work from home several days each week and walk my dog, and keep an eye on the area — if others are home during the day and want to organize a daytime blockwatch, please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing people again when the weather gets better – the block party in October was fun.

As Cari said, you can leave your information here, or call her directly at 206-234-5102.

Candlelight vigil Xmas Eve, memorial fund created

A candlelight vigil supporting Renee Morgan, mother of Jennifer Morgan and grandmother of Ema, the victims in yesterday’s shooting, will be held near the home where they were found at 13th Avenue South and South Ferdinand Street. The community gathering begins at 5:30.

Additionally, a memorial fund has been established. Contributions may be made to:

Jennifer and Ema Morgan Memorial Fund
Washington Federal Savings Bank
4800 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

Thanks to the Columbia City Blog for the heads-up.

Thursday’s NBHC meeting agenda

From Judith Edwards, NBHC Chair:

The North Beacon Hill Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Beacon Hill Library. All are welcome! You are a voting member of the Council if you have attended one meeting previously. The Council is our voice to city government, and your voice makes a difference.

This is an important meeting (as they all are!). Lyle Bicknell, Project Manager of the Neighborhood Planning Update team will present the results of the two open houses held in September to gain information on the plans prepared by the Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Department of Planning and Development. These plans, which affect the area surrounding our new light rail station, are a response to input from the public meetings held here on North Beacon and the survey comments sent to the Department of Neighborhoods. It is important that your voice be heard, whether you agree or disagree, as these plans will be submitted for municipal code review by the end of the year.

Please note that board business and issues of concern to many community residents occur at the end our our meeting. You may choose only to stay for Lyle Bicknell’s report back, and a small break will allow those who wish to leave at that time to do so.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 Agenda
North Beacon Hill Council
Beacon Hill Public Library
7:00 PM

  • 7:00 — Welcomes and introductions
  • 7:10 — Lyle Bicknell, City of Seattle – Neighborhood Plan Updates followed by questions and comments from the floor
  • 8:00 — Community Reports and Concerns (2-3 minutes each)
    • Steve Louie, Neighborhood Coordinator
    • Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee (Judith Edwards)
    • Greater Duwamish District Council (Matthew Stubbs, NBHC rep)
    • Neighborhood Planning Ad Hoc Committee
    • Jefferson Park Playground
    • Seattle Police Department – Safety (Shelly Bates)
    • Festival Street Opening (Curtis LaPierre)
    • Other
  • 8:30 — Close

NBHC looking for directors and volunteers

North Beacon Hill Council Chair Judith Edwards writes to the mailing list:

Several North Beacon Hill Council Directors positions will be open in 2009. Nominations for these positions will be brought forward at the May Council meeting. Residents of the community and business owners in the service area are invited and encouraged to fill these positions.

The North Beacon Council (NBHC) is a voice for our neighborhood, building relationships with City Council members, and City departments, applying for or acting as a fiscal agent for grants that result in improvements to North Beacon Hill such as stairway cleanup/enhancement, pedestrian crossings, public spaces, etc. These are some of the skills the Council is looking for:

  1. Someone with the ability to update and add new members to an existing webpage – and we’d be open to someone re-designing the page, making it really pop!
  2. A willingness to take minutes at meetings and provide them to the web-site monitor for posting to the website.
  3. Someone to act as a fundraising chair – getting people excited about an occasional fund raiser for the Council – a great position for an idea person!
  4. Someone to act as a liaison to media outlets, seeing that meetings and events are published, media attention is brought to the community in a positive way. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to establish media contacts!
  5. Someone to monitor and report to the council zoning requests/changes which will have or do have an impact on the BH area.
  6. And many other skills!

Directors are elected to two year terms, and are expected to attend one (1) meeting per month, on the first Thursday of each month. These volunteer positions offer a great opportunity for leadership in the community and a chance to be part of the exciting changes which Beacon Hill will see in the coming years. Sorry, no recompense – only glory! Interested? Contact Judith Edwards, NBHC Chair, by emailing

Thanks, Judith!

Hit and run of bicyclist at 21st & College: can you find the driver?

A bicyclist was struck and injured by a ’80s Oldsmobile Cutlass or Chevy, navy blue in color with a white top, that fled the scene at 21st Ave. S & S College St. this afternoon at approximately 1:49pm. The rider suffered life-threatening injuries from the impact and medics transported him to Harborview. Anyone with information about the vehicle (which probably has front-end damage) or its owner is encouraged to call 911 and report it.

More details at SPDBlotter.

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