Whittier Heights Neighborhood Meeting set for tomorrow

Whittier Heights Neighborhood Meeting is set for this Tuesday, May 6, Grumpy D’s (7001 15th NW) at  7 p.m.

The meeting will cover the agenda items below:

  • Crime Prevention (stopping the package thieves)
  • Pedestrian Zones – Mel Kang
  • Open Space Plan &  Baker Park Expansion – David Folweiler
  • Next Door website
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Upcoming Summer Events

All are welcome to attend the meeting.

The Whittier Heights Garage Sale is also set for Saturday, May 31st from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Email Brad Wakeman from Whittier Heights Community Council at brad@lakere.com if you would like to be included on the map.

Package thief on the loose in Whittier Heights

My Ballard reader Ryan emailed in to let us know that a package thief is once again on the loose in our neighborhood. As many readers will remember, our neighborhood was hit hard by package theives around the holiday season last year.

Last night, Ryan captured footage on his home security system of a woman stealing a package from the front porch of his home on the corner of NW 75th St and Dibble Ave NW. Reportedly the woman has waist-length hair and was driving a green early 90s Subaru Legacy. Ryan has reported the incident to the SPD.

With the potential for an increase in package theft in mind, it is important to be on the lookout for others in the community. When ordering online attempt to send the packages to your work location or to somewhere where people will be present to receive the package.

Alternatively, if you are ordering from Amazon they offer a secure Amazon Locker service where packages can be picked up from lockers at various locations around Seattle including at the Ballard 7 Eleven (1550 NW Market St). The service has no extra charge and provides additional security for your packages.

If you have experienced package theft at your home in Ballard let us know at tips@myballard.com.

Seattle Schools moving Whittier Developmental Preschool after all

From our sister site, PhinneyWood.com:

Seattle Schools has made a final decision to move Whittier’s Developmental Preschool to Viewlands Elementary starting in the fall. The school had been considering delaying the move by one year.

In a letter sent home with students today, Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, explained that new data shows a strong likelihood of increased enrollment at Whittier Elementary School next year. That means the school will need to add one additional homeroom, but it currently has no empty classrooms, so it is moving the Development Preschool.

From McEvoy’s letter:

We determined that more families would be impacted by moving the before-and after-school program than the developmental preschool, since at the time of the initial review there were only five students continuing in the class for the 2012-2013 school year. (There are currently 12 students enrolled who will continue in the developmental preschool class.)

As a result, we will need to move forward with the plan to relocate the development preschool to Viewlands Elementary as anticipated for the 2012-13 school year. This is consistent with the information provided to families back in February. To best ensure consistency of services, the current staff at the developmental preschool will also move to the Viewlands site next year.

Please know that we will do all we can to ensure that our developmental preschool families have a smooth transition to Viewlands next fall.

Whittier Heights community meeting with Seattle Police

On Tuesday evening, the Whittier Heights community is invited to meet with Seattle Police.

In response to concerns expressed by Whittier parents and neighbors, the Whittier PTA is pleased to host an community meeting with representatives from the Seattle Police Department. Officer Scott McGlashan and Terrie Johnston are looking forward to hearing from neighborhood members and will provide some guidance regarding reporting suspicious activities.

The meeting will take place in the Whittier Elementary (1320 NW 75th St) library at 7 p.m.

Whittier Heights Salmon Feed Friday

This Friday evening is the Whittier Heights Salmon Feed 2010 at the Whittier Elementary Cafeteria (1320 NW 75th St). If salmon isn’t your thing, they’ll have veggie lasagna and hot dogs, too.

The feast runs from 6 to 8 p.m. – or until the salmon is gone. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors and $15 for families. Diners are encouraged to bring their own plates. The event is sponsored by the Whittier Heights Community Council, it is not a school event.

Last call for Whittier Heights garage sale

The Whittier Heights garage sale is this Saturday, June 5th and organizers are putting the final touches on the map of participating homes. If you live within the Whittier Heights boundary (map here) and would like to participate, email brad@lakere.com by Thursday evening. So far more than two dozen homes have signed up to hold sales. The maps for the garage sale will be handed out Saturday morning. We will have more details for “garage salers” by Friday.

Thieves hit Whittier Heights neighbor – twice

Andrew, who lives in the Whittier Heights neighborhood, sent us this email:

Our house has had a new lawn mower and hot dog machine stolen from behind the house (Long story regarding the hot dog machine – good for BBQ get togethers). This bold move required either driving down a small alleyway and throwing the stuff into a car or just carrying the items away. Either way, this shows an unfortunate amount of confidence on the side of the thieves – they know that there is no police presence in these family neighborhoods in Ballard. They can cruise around in the middle of the night and take big items without fear of being caught.

We have been worried that they would come back for more and they did last weekend. I came out of my house Saturday morning to see my driver’s side door and trunk open. The thieves had stolen my car stereo and a bunch of clothes from my car. They also did the customary trashing of the papers in my glove box. There wasn’t really much to steal in my car but we worry that these brazen thieves won’t stop at stealing stuff on the outside of the house.

Andrew asks for an informal survey of readers to see what crime is like where you live. “It’s sad that we have to wake up to find our possessions missing when everything else about this part of the city is so great,” he writes.