NATIONAL NIGHT OUT and more!

Posted by | June 13, 2018 | 1 Meeting to Connect | No Comments

Can setting up a barbecue in the middle of your street make your neighborhood safer? YES it can — on NATIONAL NIGHT OUT.

On Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 after 6 p.m. (which is also Election Day), your neighbors throughout Northeast Seattle will connect and enjoy food on their blocks. Connecting with neighbors makes everyone safer.

As we know, Northeast Seattle has suffered its share of significant crime incidents, including the recent home invasion and shooting in Bryant, scary school lock-downs, frequent bank robberies (such as Key Bank in Wedgwood), and the horrific multiple shooting at Cafe Racer.

This season’s “Meeting to Connect” is NATIONAL NIGHT OUT.

  • WHAT: National Night Out (crime prevention and neighborhood bonding)
  • WHO: You and your neighbors, Seattle Police & Fire Departments
  • WHEN: Tuesday, August 7 from 6:00 p.m. into the evening
  • WHERE: on a neighborhood block near you. To set up a block party or find one nearby, CLICK HERE.

If you prefer to learn more about Seattle’s National Night Out on Facebook, CLICK HERE.

While our Police Department has made tremendous strides reforming how it uses force and analyzing data to fight crime under Police Chiefs Kathleen O’Toole and Carmen Best, our new Mayor Jenny Durkan is in the process of selecting a new Chief from among 3 finalists. My former boss Tim Burgess played a key role in conducting a national search for a highly qualified replacement who can solidify the reforms as required by the federal judge. Stay tuned.

— The head of our North Precinct continues to be Captain Sean.ODonnell@seattle.gov — and he grew up in NE Seattle!

— Community Policing Officers (solving community issues; not 911): Um, it seems like our police department has veered away from “community policing” as it’s no longer possible to find our community policing officers on the SPD website.  We hope the new police chief embraces community policing to build community and prevent crimes.

— Crime Prevention Coordinator: If you would like to talk to someone at SPD about crime prevention techniques, ongoing crime problems in your neighborhood, getting involved in Block Watch, and setting up a meeting to train you and your neighbors on crime prevention tips, contact Mary.Amberg@seattle.gov or call her at 206-684-7711.

Our North Precinct has been the subject of intense debate about how best to deploy tax dollars for crime prevention and enforcement, specifically how to spend tax dollars to replace the 34-year old station currently across from North Seattle College. Protests derailed the project. For the latest, CLICK HERE. In sum: instead of building a new station on Aurora (Highway 99) soon, the City will extend the useful life of the existing station until decisions can be made on a new station later — perhaps even building two, scaled back stations to cover the large geographic area of the “North Precinct” (entire city north of the ship canal).

If you’re inspired to stay connected with your community after experiencing National Night Out, here are links to some of our community councils:

Be sure to get on your neighborhood email list so that you can report suspicious activity and spot trends together. When in doubt, always call 911.

MORE “MEETINGS TO CONNECT” 

  • WHAT: WEDGWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL
  • WHEN: Sat, July 14 and Sun, July 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • WHERE: Our Lady of Lake Parish at 35th Ave NE and NE 89th St
  • WHO: you, your neighbors, and art lovers
  • WHY: art, music, food, fun
  • DETAILS: CLICK HERE
  • WHAT: MAPLE LEAF ICE CREAM SUMMER SOCIAL
  • WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Maple Leaf Park on Roosevelt Way NE at NE 83rd Street
  • WHO: you, your neighbors, and ice cream lovers
  • WHY: ice cream
  • WHAT: LAKE CITY SEAFAIR FESTIVAL & PARADE
  • WHEN: Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 (Parade starts 7:00 p.m.)
  • WHERE: Parade runs south on Lake City Way from 135th Street to 125th Street
  • WHO: you, your neighbors, and seafairing lovers
  • WHY: Seafair!
  • DETAILS: CLICK HERE for website CLICK HERE for their Facebook.
Neighborhoods endure. But it takes neighbors like you to keep them going. Connect!
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