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Coyote Sightings in Wedgwood/View Ridge

February 3rd, 2016 by hillaryu

We have received several emails from our neighbors alerting us of Coyote sightings. The most recent sighting last night at 35th and 60th.

The Washington Fish & Wildlife Department has some great tips on keeping safe with coyotes in the neighborhood.

  • Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen or heard. If there are coyote sightings in your area, prepare your children for a possible encounter. Explain the reasons why coyotes live there (habitat/food source/ species adaptability) and what they should do if one approaches them (don’t run, be as big, mean, and loud as possible). By shouting a set phrase such as “go away coyote” when they encounter one, children will inform nearby adults of the coyote’s presence as opposed to a general scream. Demonstrate and rehearse encounter behavior with the children.
  • Never feed coyotes. Coyotes that are fed by people often lose their fear of humans and develop a territorial attitude that may lead to aggressive behavior. Try to educate your friends and neighbors about the problems associated with feeding coyotes. If you belong to a homeowner’s association or neighborhood watch, bring up the subject during one of the meetings.
  • Don’t give coyotes access to garbage. Keep garbage can lids on tight by securing them with rope, chain, bungee cords, or weights. Better yet, buy quality garbage cans with clamps or other mechanisms that hold lids on. To prevent tipping, secure the side handles to metal or wooden stakes driven into the ground. Or keep your cans in tight-fitting bins, a shed, or a garage.
  • Prevent access to fruit and compost. Keep fruit trees fenced, or pick up fruit that falls to the ground. Keep compost piles within a fenced area or securely covered. Cover new compost material with soil or lime to prevent it from smelling. Never include animal matter in your compost; it attracts coyotes. If burying food scraps, cover them with at least 12 inches of soil, and don’t leave any garbage above ground in the area—including the stinky shovel.
Fence extensions. Figure 6. Fence extensions are required to keep coyotes from jumping over a 5-foot fence. Angle the top of a woven-wire fence out about 15 inches and completely around the fence. An effective fence extends below the surface, or has a wire apron in front of it to prevent digging.
Six-foot electric fence. Figure 7. A six-wire electric fence can keep coyotes out of an enclosed area.

(Drawings by Jenifer Rees.)

Figure 8. Two electrified wires, 8 and 15 inches above ground and offset from an existing wood fence by 12 inches will prevent coyotes from accessing the fence. A single strand may be sufficient, but two electrified wires will provide added insurance.
  • Feed dogs and cats indoors. If you must feed your pets outside, do so in the morning or at midday, and pick up food, water bowls, leftovers, and spilled food well before dark every day.
  • Don’t feed feral cats (domestic cats gone wild). Coyotes prey on these cats as well as any feed you leave out for the feral cats.
  • Prevent the buildup of feeder foods under bird feeders. Coyotes will eat bird food and are attracted to the many birds and rodents that come to feeders. (See the handout, “Preventing Problems at Bird Feeders” for information on feeder management.)
  • Keep dogs and cats indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If left outside at night in an unprotected area, cats and small to mid-size dogs may be killed by coyotes. Pets can be easy prey for coyotes. Being raised by humans leaves them unsuspecting once they leave the safety of your home. If you suspect losing a dog or cat to a coyote, notify your neighbors. Once a coyote finds easy prey it will continually hunt in the area.
  • Modify the landscape around children’s play areas. Shrubs and trees should be pruned several feet above ground level so coyotes can’t hide in them. Keep deterrents nearby in times of increased sightings. An old hockey stick, broom, or a pile of stones near the play area can help prepare children for an encounter and will remind them of effective encounter behavior.
  • Build a coyote-proof fence. Coyotes don’t leap fences in a single bound but, like domestic dogs, they grip the top with their front paws and kick themselves upward and over with the back legs. Their tendency to climb will depend on the individual animal and its motivation. A 5-foot woven-wire fence with extenders facing outward at the top of each post should prevent coyotes from climbing over (Fig. 6). However, all coyotes are excellent diggers, and an effective fence needs to extend at least 8 inches below the surface, or have a galvanized-wire apron that extends out from the fence at least 15 inches (Fig. 6). Electric fences can also keep coyotes out of an enclosed area (Figs. 7 and 8). Such a fence doesn’t need to be as high as a woven-wire fence because a coyote’s first instinct will be to pass through the wires instead of jumping over them. Digging under electric fences usually doesn’t occur if the bottom wire is electrified.

For more information, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Heads Up: Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 132nd St. closed due to slide clean up and repair

January 29th, 2016 by hillaryu

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to clean up debris and temporarily stabilize the adjacent hillside at the site of a landslide, which occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, on a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail at 13200 Riviera Pl. NE.

The trail is closed from NE 127th to NE 142nd streets and bicyclists are being detoured on to Riviera Pl. NE, east of the trail. It is not currently known when the section of the trail will reopen.

The hillside in question is on private property and Seattle Parks and Recreation has notified the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, which will work to notify the homeowner.

Seattle Parks and Recreation dispatched civil and soil engineers, two heavy equipment crews, a tree crew, and a traffic control crew to the location of the slide this morning to assess the slide, stabilize the hillside, and begin cleanup efforts. Crews removed three trees and approximately 20 yards of material, filling up three dump trucks before a second slide occurred at approximately 1 p.m.

Crews are currently onsite working hard to stabilize the hillside. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Civil Engineer is directing cleanup efforts and monitoring the area to determine how much of the hillside is loose. Traffic control crews are set up on each side of the trail section with signage alerting bicyclists of the closure.

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Pediatricians Know Children’s Medical History Well and Provide Comprehensive Care

January 29th, 2016 by hillaryu


By Liana McCabe, MD

As the mother of two young children and a pediatrician, I understand and appreciate how challenging it can be to coordinate health care for a child, especially for parents who also work outside the home or have other responsibilities. To make caring for children and their families easier, we strive to provide comprehensive pediatric services and have our Wedgwood-area clinic at University Village be your child’s ‘medical home.

Your pediatrician can do it for you

Aided by an electronic medical record, which includes your child’s allergies, medical history and immunization records, a pediatrician is able to provide the most informed, safe and effective treatment options, unlike a clinic that may not be able to easily obtain your child’s personal health information.

Consistency is also key to proper health care

The importance of a long-term relationship with a pediatrician from the newborn years until adulthood – both for the patient and for the parent who is looking for guidance in navigating the sometimes challenging world of parenting – cannot be understated.

With every visit, phone call or secure email, the pediatrician is learning about your child’s health care needs, enabling the physician to make decisions with complete knowledge and information. This is why children’s health care is ideally delivered or coordinated through the child’s ‘medical home,’ the office of the primary-care pediatrician.

Pediatricians provide comprehensive care

It is important for parents to know that pediatricians provide far more than primary care for children and teenagers. For instance, most pediatric practices – like the one just south of Wedgwood at Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center – provide services for:

  • Well-child checks
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel health
  • Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Screening for anxiety and depression
  • Acne
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sibling issues
  • Down syndrome care
  • Nutrition therapy and education

Many pediatric programs also help provide parents and children access to a variety of free and low-cost community health education classes. One such offering through Virginia Mason is the Nutrition and Fitness for Life (N.F.L.) program.

Nutrition and Fitness for Life

Virginia Mason’s N.F.L. program teaches children and their families healthier lifestyle habits, such as how to choose foods wisely and get and stay active. The program is free to qualifying patients ages 5 through 18 and is funded as the sole beneficiary of the Seattle Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge Golf Tournament, part of the Boeing Classic Champions Tour.

Families who join N.F.L. learn to work together as a team, find fun ways to exercise, prepare meals at home and reduce time spent watching TV and playing video games. Within the program, parents share ideas with each other, and kids who struggle with weight issues learn they are not alone. Once families have graduated from the program, they are offered additional support from Virginia Mason providers.

For more information about pediatric care

For more information about pediatric services offered through Virginia Mason, visit virginiamason.org/pediatrics.

In addition, I will begin periodically appearing on KCPQ Television’s (Channel 13, FOX) weekday morning newscast later this year to provide in-studio perspectives on various pediatric health topics.

Liana McCabe, MD, is a board certified pediatrician. She practices at Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center (2671 NE 46th St., Seattle, WA 98105; 206-525-8000; virginiamason.org/universityvillage), which is located just south of Wedgwood. The clinic is planning to add Urgent Care services in late spring of 2016.

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HandsOn Skill Fair Needs Volunteers

January 28th, 2016 by hillaryu

Sustainable NE Seattle is seeking volunteers for their HandsOn Skills Fair.

They need help with the following:

  • getting business donations and financial contributions
  • making soup the Friday night before at Meadowbrook Community Center
  • welcome table –  day of Fair
  • set up and take down lunch at Fair
  • helping in the clothing exchange area day of Fair
  • if you are handy as a fix-it-DIYer, helping in the Repair Café

They also need the following items:

  • bring household items and bikes to repair,
  • tools to sharpen
  • clothes to exchange or repair
  • seeds to exchange
  • fermentation cultures to give away

If you are available to help or have any of the above items, please email Sustainable NE Seattle.

To learn more about the HandsOn Skill Fair, visit their website.

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Save your Stuff and Save the Date: Eckstein Rummage Sale

January 24th, 2016 by hillaryu

The Annual Eckstein Band Rummage Sale is Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.

Your donations will make this event a success. Please save household items, books and music, furniture, toys, games and puzzles, sporting equipment, clothing in wearable condition, and any other re-sellable items for the sale.

On Friday, April 1st bring your donations to the Eckstein cafeteria between 1:30 and 4:00 pm. The cafeteria’s entrance faces the garden in the east parking lot. (Eckstein’s Address is: 3003 NE 75th Street, Seattle)

Mark your calendar and come to the Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be great deals to be had, baked goods, and music from our very own jazz combos.

This sale is a fundraiser. Monies raised from the rummage sale go directly to the Eckstein music program and are used to help offset some of the cost of off-campus music performances, repair damaged instruments and provide scholarship to children who needs assistance. We work to make music accessible to everyone.

Thank you for supporting The Eckstein Bands!

Contacts: Sarah Fulton and Maggie Sweeney.

They are unable to accept unassembled furniture, car seats or strollers.

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Mythbusting the Flu

January 19th, 2016 by hillaryu

By Christian P., Bankers Healthcare Group

When it comes to the winter season, there are several things that are likely on our minds, but two big ones are preparing for the holidays and trying to stay healthy through them. Even though the major winter holidays have come and gone, it’s important for us to defend ourselves and our kids against getting a pesky cold or the flu. Washington is in a very good place this year when it comes to beating the flu, being significantly below the Department of Health’s baseline percent of flu-related hospitalizations. It’s important for us to keep on the pathway to more success against colds and the flu virus and to help along that process, Bankers Healthcare Group has created this infographic aimed at busting common cold and flu myths.

In case you’re wondering who Bankers Healthcare Group is, they are a company whose business is helping doctors and other medical professionals find financing solutions to maintain their practices. Staying healthy is not something that is done individually, but as a community. If we can put ourselves and our families on the right track to stay healthy, we can help the Wedgwood and View Ridge neighborhoods stay on track to beating colds and the flu this season.

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Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is Open!

January 19th, 2016 by hillaryu

Spring is just around the corner so it’s time for kids to gear up for baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL)!

For kids 5-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program is a great way to introduce the game.

NESLL’s softball program is a great way to get young girls involved in athletics and be a part of championship teams.

NESLL’s baseball program is for boys and girls ages 6-13 and a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game.

For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.

Please go to www.NESLL.net to start the registration process.

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The 15th Annual More Music @ The Moore Auditions

January 15th, 2016 by hillaryu

STG presents More Music @ The Moore Auditions at The Vera Project February 1-3, 2016 4-9pm each day, reservations required.

Seeking exceptional musicians ages 14-21 to audition for More Music @ The Moore. Selected musicians/groups will perform in two shows at The Moore Theatre on May 6, 2016, learn from music industry leaders, and work with world-class drummer, percussionist, and all around notable Music Director, Sheila E.

ALL music styles welcome! Bring your rock, gospel, hip-hop, world, traditional, jazz, folk, metal, and more! Those interested in a music career and that have original works are encouraged to audition!

For more info and to sign up for an audition visit their website.

Sign up no later than January 25, 2016.

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Free Tax Help Beginning in February

January 13th, 2016 by hillaryu

Are you ready for the tax season? Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service will again provide free tax preparation and electronic filing at 12 North Seattle and Shoreline sites starting February 1st. This service is totally free; you do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. There is no age restrictions. If you would like someone to help you prepare and file your 2015 federal income tax return, or maybe simply have a few questions before you tackle your own, Tax-Aide’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers at each site can help. In addition to regular earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $25,000 in annual expenses, and various healthcare (Affordable Care Act), education, child and earned income credits. If you are a foreign student, come to our sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library. We have preparers who can help you with your 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843. If you have a more complicated return, we might not be able to prepare your return, but we can at least point you in the right direction.

ARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. In addition to your tax documents, remember to bring picture ID, together with your social security cards if you want assistance preparing your tax return.

Closest locations to Wedgwood/View Ridge:

Meadowbrook Community Center*

10517 35th Ave. NE, 98125, 206.684.7522

Mondays only 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Monday, Feb. 1st , closed Feb. 15th for Presidents Day.

Northeast Library**

6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98115, 206-684-7539

Fridays 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Saturdays 1:00PM – 5:00 PM.

Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Friday, Feb. 5th.

Northgate Library**

10548 5th Ave NE, Seattle 98125, 206-386-1980

Thursdays only 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Thursday, Feb. 4th.

** Sites certified to handle Foreign Student Returns

For more information visit their website.

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Art&Soul Studios Mixed Media Parent-Child Art Class

January 12th, 2016 by hillaryu

Help support a new local business and enjoy making portraits, sculptures, paintings and more! This 45-minute parent-child art class will introduce you and your little artist to new ways of making art. Water tables help make clean up easy and fun and all of our materials are non-toxic and washable. To make clean up even easier, we provide smock’s for both the adults and the children. Our parent-child art class is a place to come and let go of the worries, stresses and lists of everyday life.  We encourage you to get down on your child’s level and enjoy quality time making art, with the one you love most. Our early childhood art classes and programs are developed to support collaborative art making, as well as provide tools to make sure that each child’s emotional and physical needs are met within the art experience. We believe in creating community through a creative outlet!
Dates: 2/4/16-3/10/16 every Thursday
Time: 10:30-11:15
Ages: 2-3-year-olds
Price: $150 for 6-week class

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