NPAC to host sharps pick up training for local residents

The Social Service Committee group within the North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) has organized a training for needle pick up for locals in the area.

The training session is set for Saturday, February 20, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at University Masonic Lodge (4338 University Way NE) and will provide community members who regularly see discarded needles in public places with the information they need to safely dispose of them.

“We have numerous parks in North Seattle that are seeing an increase in the amount of needles being discarded in the parks and, due to the length of time spent waiting for the Parks Department to respond to clean up, many are taking it upon themselves to pick up the needles themselves,” says Vice President of the Whittier Heights Community Council and Chair of NPAC’s Social Service Committee Gina Frank.

Joe Tinsley, Needle Exchange Coordinator for Seattle-King County Public Health, will cover the risks, proper handling, and disposal of used needles in the session. A limited number of sharps containers and garbage pickers will be also be available for participants.

For more information and to RSVP, contact NPAC Social Services Committee volunteer Michael Cuadra at

The North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) meets the first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., at North Seattle College. NPAC members represent north Seattle community groups and businesses and meetings are open to the public.

Local seeks witnesses of vandalism in Blue Ridge

A My Ballard reader emailed us in search of potential witnesses of vandalism at her home in the Blue Ridge area (100th block of 15th Ave NW) that occurred on Sunday afternoon/evening.

Read the full report below:

Our house and cars have been vandalized twice since Christmas Day. There is a person of interest that we are in the works of getting a restraining order on.

On Sunday evening, between 2 – 9 p.m. she caught our front door on fire. If anyone saw anything please contact the Seattle Police Department. Without a witness the police cannot do anything. The vehicle is a newer model gray Mazda 3 and the person of interest is a white 30 year old female with blonde hair about 150lbs.

This woman is dangerous and doesn’t care that children live in this house. Cameras are being installed immediately. Thank you in advance.

If you have any information in relation to the above incident email us at and we will pass it on.