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Have Some Pride!

August 9, 2013

Here she is, our first apple. Gorgeous. Our two-year old Williams’ Pride produced 14 apples. This 080613 Wm Pride 672apple is highly thought of for good flavor – especially for an early ripening apple – and its ability to remain crisp and delicious for at least six weeks after harvest. William’s Pride was developed by PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op) in 1987 and is mainly used for fresh eating. It is resistant to apple scab and somewhat resistant to other apple diseases. (see WSU Fruit Tree Growing Guide in the Library.)

Work Party this Sunday August 10, 2-4 pm. Please bring newspapers and a sidewalk edger if you have one.

Also have some Pride in the successful Seattle Night Out at the Orchard Tuesday evening. Neighbors added their street food & flags & people IMG_1595name to their name tag so they could quickly identify their nearest neighbors. Over 50 youth and adults stopped by, including families from NE 59th, NE 60th, 4th Ave NE and 5th Ave NE, in addition to our 6th Ave NE neighbors. The food was fantastic and zucchini was the theme. Melody swore there was zucchini in the brownies but the taste of chocolate clearly won out.

And, drum roll, take some Pride in the culmination of well over one hundred volunteer hours. The day has arrived! Our upcoming Public Design Meeting will be Sunday August 18, from 2-4pm. Here is the chance for the neighborhood to meet and offer design input to our Landscape Architect and Permaculture expert. There are door prizes and food and children’s activities. Build up your creativity this week and let it explode during this fun event. Please join us!


Heed the Mayor’s Advice – Call 911

June 14, 2013

The conveniences that make our neighborhood desirable also make it vulnerable: easy freeway access, many buses and the ability to walk to most everything you need.

A package was recently stolen off a neighbor’s porch. We had a similar experience and now have a sign on our door: Do Not Leave Packages on Porch. Please Ring Bell. However, there is a new UPS delivery person in our area. He wears ear buds, drops the packages and practically runs to the next house. He does not ring the bell. I emailed UPS to explain and a representative called back the same day to assure me that packages will not be left outside our house.

We can all do more to reduce petty crimes, but we need to work together. A significant number of people in our area work from home and should be able to keep ‘eyes on the street,’ as Jane Jacobs would say.

Speaking of ‘eyes on the street’, I walked up the steps of Russ’s house today, corner of NE 63rd 061413 Russ DSCN0649 smand 6th Ave N. He was doing what he does best – sitting on his porch, looking around. Just last week he watched a couple who were surveying the neighborhood, one pushing a bike. To Russ, they appeared to be canvassing our area. He said he called the cops, but no one came out.

Bravo Russ! Perfect. “Call 911 when you see something that gives you a bad feeling in your gut, or makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up,” was the suggestion given to me by our Community Policing Officer (CPO) Loren Street.

Mayor McGinn is asking people to call 911 to report any crime or nuisance. It’s part of the Police Department’s new program “Predictive Policing”. Officer Street said not to be shy about dialing 911. The dispatch people know what to do. They will decide whether to send out an officer, but the incident posts to the computer and that’s the important part. Reported crimes push more resources to the appropriate areas. The idea is to prevent the crime in the first place.

Orchard Announcements/Updates
We encourage you to email Gary Hren (SDOT) to thank him for the superb mowing job at the Orchard!

Officer Street came out, at my request, to survey the Orchard area and around the freeway embankment near our house. He walked around, spoke to a few men hanging out at the bus stop, and then came to my door. He is now the CPO for Green Lake, Fremont, Phinney and Wallingford.

He agreed that, since most of our houses are too small to fit a large groups of neighbors, the Orchard might be a good place to host a ‘living room talk’ this summer. Several officers come out, bring food and answer questions. It’s a way for the police to get to know a neighborhood.

If anyone wants to help to organize this event, please leave a comment or email us.

On a related note, the annual neighborhood night out is August 6 and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has funding available to help you host. You would need to get in touch with them before July 1. Visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733- 9916. Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/default.htm.