Disasters in the News — Get Pepared

The recent hurricanes in the news showed people without electricity, water and food, shelter, and transportation.  In Seattle we face disaster from an earthquake.  The impact on people could be even more severe and last longer.

A recent article in the New York Times makes that point:

“In Seattle, which has been bracing for a long-overdue and potentially devastating earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Coast, officials said Houston has underscored what they have been trying to instill into residents, police and fire agencies and hospitals: assume that nothing will work, from communications systems to roads and electricity grids.”

“They need to have themselves ready to be on their own, just like an awful lot of folks are stranded and on their own down in Texas,” said Barb Graff, Seattle’s emergency management director.”

You and your neighbors can deal with being on your own if you prepare before the disaster.  Seattle provides information and support at the Emergency Management site.

A couple years ago an article in the New Yorker magazine about the Big One motivated some people to work on their preparedness.  Let the recent hurricane disasters be your motivation to start getting prepared.  Prepare yourself, and work with your neighbors to prepare.

Festival of Fruit on September 16

 Festival of Fruit at Carkeek Park

FREE and fun for the whole family, the Festival of Fruit will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carkeek Park Education Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, WA.

Festival of Fruit activities include:

  • An apple pie contest
  • Cider pressing and tasting
  • A Master Gardener clinic
  • Orchard tour
  • Wildlife habitat tour
  • Mason Bee demos
  • Apple identification
  • Live music from Blue Star Creeper


Bring a homemade apple pie between 10:00 am and 10:30 am to enter into the pie contest or donate a homemade pie for resale. More interested in eating pies than baking them? That’s okay too! Donated pies will be available for purchase at Tillie’s Café, and the proceeds will go toward maintaining the orchard. Contest pies will also be available for purchase.

The Festival of Fruit is organized by the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, a group of dedicated volunteers who rescued the historic North Seattle orchard from invasive plants. Each year, the annual festival raises awareness and funds to help the volunteers ensure that the orchard, originally planted in the 1890s, will survive at least another 100 years.

Alongside the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, the Festival of Fruit is also sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Tree Fruit Society, and City Fruit.

Getting there

Metro bus lines D, 28 and 40 all travel near the McAbee entrance to Carkeek Park. From there it’s a ½ mile walk down the Piper’s Creek trail to Piper’s Orchard and another ½ mile to the Education Center.


Parking is very limited. Visitors are encouraged to park below the Education Center. Volunteers will be directing guests.

For more information

Call 206-684-0877, email pipersorchard@gmail.com, or visit www.pipersorchard.org

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National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass

Broadview Senior Neighbors. 3 days left to get your $10.00 plus $10 handling fee lifetime pass. All eligible Senior pass orders placed online before 11:59 pm eastern daylight time on August 27 or mail orders postmarked on or before August 27 will be processed at the $10 price.  Lifetime Senior pass orders placed online after 11:59 pm on August 27 eastern daylight time or mail orders postmarked after August 27 will be processed at the $80 price.  It only took me 5 minutes online to process. Link:https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass

Food Bank Fundraiser August 26 Invitation

A message from Chris and Jane Bihary                                
                              Food Bank Fundraiser
                        Bake Sale & Lemonade Stand
                                    Sat. Aug. 26th … 11AM to 3PM
            Corner of 3rd Ave. N.W. and N.W. 143rd St. in Seattle, 98177
Dearest, Friends, and Neighbors,
This is the 6th year for our granddaughter, Ellie, collecting donations for the local
Food Bank.   She created this project when she was 5 years old.   Her good friends
Annabelle, Sadie, Ruby, siblings, and their families have also volunteered to help
with this Annual Fund Raising Project.    Since 2012 they have raised and donated
over $4,395 in cash, plus additional boxed and canned food.
The girls have asked, ” Please come and help the less fortunate, and taste some
lemonade and really tasty homemade baked goods ! ”      
Ellie and her younger sister, Penny will again be baking goodies with grandma Jane,
while Annabelle, Sadie and their families are busy preparing and baking as well. The
girls sincerely thank family, friends, and neighbors for donating baked goods and/or
money to this very important cause. If you cannot join us for the event, you can drop
a donation in the mail, or come by our address below for a visit.
These youngsters are an example of truly loving and caring hearts !
Please pass this on to your friends, family, and neighbors.
Chris & Jane Bihary…(206) 331-0265…211 N.W. 143rd St., Seattle WA 98177
 ALL PROCEEDS & CHECKS Go to:  North Helpline. org / Bitter Lake Food Bank 
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                                      Ellie  August 2012                                           Ellie & Friends … August 2015

Broadview Your Voice, Your Choice Vote Results!

City of Seattle Front Porch written by Sam Read

2017 Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks and Streets Vote Results in District 5


  • Lake City: Crossing Improvements on 35th Ave NE & NE 130th St (Cost: $75,000, Total Votes: 686)
  • Meadowbrook: Traffic Calming along Ravenna Ave NE near NE 98th St (Cost: $88,200, Total Votes: 633)
  • Pinehurst: Crossing Improvements near Hazel Wolf School (Cost: $90,000, Total Votes: 630)
  • Broadview: Walkway Improvements near Broadview-Thomson K-8 (Cost: $90,000, Total Votes: 584)

As a bonus, while Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reviewed ideas submitted by Your Voice, Your Choice participants, it ran the projects through its program priorities and was able to fund additional traffic calming and pedestrian improvement projects in underserved neighborhoods throughout the City. SDOT will work with communities to announce, design, and implement these projects in the upcoming year.

To provide some context to the results above, with $2 million to spend on park and street improvements, we allotted a maximum of $285,000 per City Council District. After the top projects in each district were selected by voters, there was $233,019 remaining in the budget. These dollars were used to fund one additional project in the three districts with the highest voter participation (Districts 1, 2, and 5).

You will also note that the number of funded projects varies per district. This is because the fund allotment is based strictly on overall cost and not the number of projects. The funding for these projects will be included as part of the Mayor’s 2018 Proposed Budget, and the work will begin in 2018.

This is the second year we have asked residents to weigh in on how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. Last year the focus was on youth, and this year anyone over the age of 11 could participate.  We are blown away by the response with 7,737 community members voting for projects in their neighborhoods! We are so grateful to everyone who participated.

Link to the whole article: http://frontporch.seattle.gov/

Vote in the Primary Election by August 1

The primary election on August 1 has several significant offices to vote on — Seattle Mayor, two at-large City Council Districts, Port Commissioners, and others.  There is also a King County levy proposal.

Mailed in ballots must be post marked August 1 to be counted.  Ballot drop off boxes are open until 8 PM.  There is one at the Broadview Library.

Information about candidates and ballot measures is available from King County Elections.