A tree fell on top of power lines at the intersection of NE 125th Street and Roosevelt Way in Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. (photos by Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com, used with permission)
A large tree fell onto power lines at the intersection of NE 125th Street and Roosevelt Way in the Pinehurst neighborhood. The tree in the roadway completely closed Roosevelt Way and limited traffic on NE 125th Street to two lanes after it fell. The tree and closure was causing backups in the area.
Seattle City Light was not reporting outages related to the downed lines, which bent the poles supporting the stop lights over the intersection. The lights were still functioning, even though they were just feet from the ground.
More photos below:
The sun had a pretty nice run on Sunday morning. Clouds seem to be moving in this afternoon, but the warm, bright rays earlier in the day were a good sign that winter is ending— at least these crocuses are pretty sure that the seasons are changing.
Purple crocus pop up in the neighborhood
Lake City Baptist Church will begin hosting a winter homeless shelter starting next Wednesday, February 27th and running through March 15th. The shelter is for adults only and will be providing services between 7 pm and 7 am. The services include dinner, sleeping quarters for the night, and breakfast. Union Gospel Mission will be providing sleeping cots and staff to assist.
Rowen Headington and Hannah Olufs from the church are the contacts. Neighborhood group Douglas Park Cooperative asked what the community can do to volunteer hours and resources. Rowen indicated they may need help with cooking oatmeal and coffee around 5am. We will report back with more specifics on how members of the community can volunteer and what supplies they will need when we get more information.
|Lake City Baptist Church on 125th and 25th|
|Eating / sleeping quarters on lower level of church|
On Sunday KOMO News published a story about a temporary, rotating winter homeless shelter run by Union Gospel Mission coming to churches in Lake City and Shoreline.
And according to the KOMO story the coming shelter is a surprise to some in the Lake City community —even after previous shelter plans that surprised the community prompted vows of more transparency with future shelter plans. People contacted for the story learned of the plan from the KOMO reporter.
The plan, according to the KOMO report, is part of a request by the Lake City Task Force on Homelessness to bring the rotating shelter to three area churches, beginning on Monday, January 7th.
The schedule for the shelter is below:
- Jan 7 – Jan 27, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Avenue Northeast, Shoreline
- Jan 28 – Feb 17, Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St., Seattle
- Feb 17 – Mar 15, Lake City Baptist Church, 2441 Northeast 125th Street, Seattle
From the KOMO story:
According to [Paul] LaRose [of Union Gospel Mission], shelter organizers took concerns made by neighbors and business owners last year and came up with a different way to run the temporary shelter this time around.
“We are only offering an overnight shelter, from 7:00p.m. to 7:00a.m., primarily for people of Lake City. Last year that’s what we tried to do but people were being referred by hospitals, like Harborview, and clinics when they were released. Someone would send them to Lake City, or the eastside Bellevue shelter, this year we don’t expect it to be like that,” said LaRose.
Mike Duke, owner of the Grocery Outlet in Lake City, says he understands people need help, and initially he allowed those staying at the shelter last year to use his store’s restroom. But he says his business ended up losing so much inventory they were forced to put locks on the bathroom doors.
“We had a terrible problem with panhandlers in the parking lot being really aggressive. Shoplifting was our biggest problem. We lost $28,000 in inventory during the quarter the shelter was open which was way over our normal amount and as soon as it shut down our loses went back to normal levels,” said Duke.
You can read the entire KOMO report here.
A 55-year-old man was killed Wednesday evening when he was struck by a car.
The man attempted to cross Lake City Way NE in the 11000 block around 7 p.m. when he was struck by a northbound Saturn Ion, Seattle police said. The man was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle but he died there a short time later.
The 23-year-old driver of the car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Police say there were no signs of impairment and the driver was interviewed and released.
The victim’s name has not been released.
Read this this morning. Anyone know anything more?
A little trouble in little ol’ Lake City
Can a North Seattle neighborhood house the homeless and polish its image?
It seems fairly well balanced.
Join us at George Center for Community for a celebration of the Winter Solstice. On Saturday, December 22, we welcome Lake City residents, friends and family of all ages to join us, as we sip cider, munch cookies and create beautiful lanterns to take home. Those who would like to participate in a short walk around the property toward the end of the event, to show off their new lanterns, are welcome to do so.
Reservations are certainly not required, but if you plan to attend and can let us know, we would appreciate hearing from you, so that we make sure we have plenty of cookies and art supplies, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.