King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market

UW Center for Urban Horticulture

3501 NE 41st St., Seattle

Friday, May 5, 4-8 PM open to public

For the Friday Preview Party, tickets available online

Saturday, May 6, 9-5 PM, NO SUNDAY

This is the King County Master Gardeners 2-Day Sale.

The weekend starts with the Preview Party a fundraiser for the MG Foundation of King County, Friday, May 5. Tickets are available.

Tons of tomatoes, veggie starts, fragrant herbs, perennials, natives and specialty vendors with garden art. Master Gardeners will help to choose the right plants, find easy-to-grow plants, and give advice on planting and maintaining your garden throughout the year. Join us to get your garden growing this year.

NEW this year. Garden Education Talks on Saturday, May 6th. Open to the Public: Ciscoe Morris, Karen Chapman, Bill Thorness, Elaine Sherbrooke.

Please visit website for times and more details: mgfkc.org

Broadview-Bitter Lake CC is having a panel discussion on Seattle Taxes.

Mark your calendars!

Are your taxes done? It’s that time of year again, and taxes have been a hot topic in the news. To bring some clarity and discussion to the fore, the Broadview-Bitter Lake Community Council is planning a panel discussion about taxes in Seattle for our next member meeting. All are welcome. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 18, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. We meet at the Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N.  Doors open at 6:30 for socializing and memberships.

Jayapal Announces Four District Town Halls in April


March 21, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will hold four town halls in April throughout Washington’s 7th District. The first will be a senior-focused event for residents of Horizon House in Seattle. The following three will take place on Vashon Island, Shoreline, and Burien, respectively.

These four meetings are a continuation of a series of town halls that began in March and will extend throughout the year. At the events, Jayapal will discuss her work in Congress and take questions from constituents. Town halls are an important way for constituents to connect with their representatives in government and hold them accountable.

What: Town Hall: Senior Solutions (Open to Horizon House residents)
When: Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Horizon House, 900 University St, Seattle

What: Town Hall in Vashon Island
When: Thursday, April 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Vashon High School, 9600 SW 204th St, Vashon
Facebook link

What: Town Hall in Shoreline
When: Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline
Facebook link

What: Town Hall in Burien
When: Thursday, April 20, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien
Facebook link

Media interested in attending the town halls should RSVP to Ansel Herz at ansel.herz@mail.house.gov.

Washington’s 7th District encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas, including Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien, Shoreline and Normandy Park.

Elected in 2016, Jayapal serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. She is also the Vice Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee.

Support a project to repair the Viewlands Trail at Carkeek Park.

You can vote to support money to repair the Viewlands Trail at Carkeek Park. No need to go to a meeting!

Please see link: Parkways.seattle.gov to vote.

The mudslides near the bottom have eroded the ground beneath the trail, and it is at risk of falling down and this trail access to the park closed.

If you are interested in helping to keep access to Carkeek Park from the Viewlands Elementary School area please support this project and encourage like-minded people to do so also.

Please help Carkeek Park by voting. We need you!

SPU working in Broadview on Monday

A Seattle Public Utilities’ contractor will be on site as early as Monday, March 13, to help stabilize the slope near the new outfall into Mohlendorph Creek. February’s heavy rain and snowfall caused an area of the creek bank to erode, leaving the outfall vulnerable. To stabilize the slope, the contractor will use a crane to insert a root wad into the eroded area and will backfill gaps with river rock. Root wads are old tree trunks that still have roots attached. They are commonly used to stabilize creek banks and create a natural habitat for juvenile fish.

If the weather is permitting, the crew will also start the final ditch-and-culvert system improvements along NW 120th Street. This work requires a week of continuously dry weather.

 SCHEDULE

Work is expected to begin as early as Monday, March 13, and may take up to 15 working days to complete. This includes the slope stabilization and ditch rehab work. Construction hours are expected to be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 LOCATION

Slope stabilization work will take place west of 9th Avenue NW near the end of NW 120th Street. Ditch-and-culvert system improvements will take place along NW 120th Street near 7th Avenue NW and between 8th and 9th Avenue NW.

 ANTICIPATED IMPACTS

  • One lane of traffic may be closed intermittently on NW 120th Street
  • Temporary parking restrictions
  • Dust, noise, and vibrations
  • Construction equipment and crane in the right of way during the construction window

 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Arnel Valmonte, Project Manager, at 206-615-1438 or arnel.valmonte@seattle.gov

GCC Special Forum on Homelessness

Greenwood Community Council Special Forum on Homelessness and you’re invited.

7pm, Wednesday, March 1
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St.

Hundreds of people are living on the streets in Seattle today, with more arriving all the time. There have been several local meetings on new encampment plans, but this one has a different focus: Who are the homeless, why is homelessness growing, what would one-term solutions look like, and how can communities help?

Our three speakers on the front lines responding:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • A representative from Speak Out Seattle!

Mayor Murray wants to increase our property taxes again but does the City really have a viable solution to Homelessness!

Seattle mayor wants property tax increase to raise money for homelessness

Broadview Bitter Lake Community Council Annual Meeting

 Broadview Bitter Lake Community Council Annual Meeting

Tuesday, February 21 

Socializing begins at 6:30 PM – Meeting starts 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

 Luther Memorial Lutheran Church,13047 Greenwood Ave. N.

Join Broadview Bitter Lake Community Council to learn more about new funding opportunities for parks, sidewalks, and streets in 2017. A City Hall official will provide information about a new process for funding small projects:

Your Voice, Your Choice  

She will also help us gather ideas to improve the community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to add your ideas for neighborhood improvements to the City’s list.  Let’s make it a bold list. More information is available online.

Here is a link to last year’s Public Comments on Community Priorities done in March 2016. This is the results of that survey. Feel free to print/ copy this.

Public Comments on Priorities Survey

This is also Broadview/Bitterlake annual meeting so it will include business on bylaws and elections.

Tax Season is here and mail theft is always high this time of the year!

 

A word from our  Crime Prevention Coordinator

Tax-Related Identity theft is an important crime to be aware of during tax season. An identity thief may use your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job.

Contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show:

  • you were paid by an employer you don’t know
  • more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number

Then, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft.

A few things you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a victim are:

  • File your tax return as soon as you can!!! If someone uses your SSN to file for a tax refund before you do, the IRS might think you already filed and got your refund.
  • Always protect your social security number of Medicare number.  Don’t routinely carry your Social Security card. Do not give out the number unless you have to, and always ask why it is needed and how it will be stored.
  •  Research your tax preparer. Protect your personal data and make sure your tax records are secure.
  •  Always use security software with firewall and anti-virus protections. Use strong passwords. Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.
  • It has always been recommended to use a cross shredder for disposal any unwanted mail, bank statements, old unneeded tax documents, etc.

 Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening calls and texts from thieves posing as legitimate organizations such as your bank, credit card companies and even the IRS. An unexpected notice or letter from the IRS could alert you that someone else is using your SSN, however, the IRS doesn’t start contact with a taxpayer by sending an email, text or social media message that asks for personal or financial information. If you get an email that claims to be from the IRS, do not reply or click on any links. Instead, forward it to phishing@irs.gov.

The IRS uses your Social Security Number (SSN) to make sure your filing is accurate and complete, and that you get any refund you are due. Identity theft can affect how your tax return is processed.

For more information, you can go to https://www.identitytheft.gov/ or https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0029-tax-identity-theft-awareness-week

Thank you,

Mary Amberg

Seattle Police Department

Crime Prevention Coordinator

206-684-7711