Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWhat are your top-of-mind, Block Watch-related issues? Bring them to our meeting!

It’s been awhile since we’ve had open discussion as opposed to a full agenda, so this is your chance to discuss what is happening in your neighborhood, ask for advice, share your advice, and get to know your fellow BW captains.  Let’s take advantage of this!

Two topics that have been raised so far both involve youth. How do we engage youth to be involved in Block Watch? How do we build awareness of summer safety issues in them without alarming them?

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:30-8 PM
SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)
6:00-6:30       Arrive early for light snacks; socialize and network while we set up!
6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct.
7:00-8:00      Open discussion — bring your concerns, questions and ideas!
8:00-8:30       Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Added, 5/25/16:  Coverage of last night’s meeting from the West Seattle Blog.

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Outreach season is about to “BEE-gin” – on Saturday, May 21st

Forgive us the bee puns…but we like to “bee” consistent. We now have an annual tradition of calling your attention to our participation at the West Seattle Bee Festival! It’s our first outreach event of the year.

This year will “bee” the fourth year for West Seattle Bee Festival, which is held at High Point Commons Park (next to Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126) on Saturday, May 21st. We’ll be participating in the Vendor and Information Fair. It runs from 11 AM until 2 PM on the street that borders the west edge of the park, Lanham Place SW.

“Bee-low” is the West Seattle Bee Festival informational flyer with additional details.

We hope you’ll stop by “make a beeline” to our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network booth at the West Seattle Bee Festival to learn more about our org, pick up informational materials, ask questions or just say hi! We’ll have FREE coloring books for kids (while supplies last)! Other great community organizations, as well as Officers from the SW Police Precinct, will also be there to answer questions!

The West Seattle Bee Festival is soon to be followed the festivals at Morgan Junction, and West Seattle SummerFest in the Junction, and Delridge Day. These are all great opportunities to stop by to pick up informational materials, ask questions, and network with us and others from our local community.

FREE coloring books for kids!

FREE coloring books for kids!

We “bee-leave” that a networked community makes us all safer and stronger!

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GiveBIG – today, May 3rd – your donations go further!

Have you heard about GiveBIG? The Seattle Foundation sponsors this one-day, online charitable giving event to help nonprofit organizations who are doing good work in our community. Money donated via this campaign is amplified beyond face value.

Here’s how you can support the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network today via Give Big! Visit the Give Big website, find our fiscal sponsor, the Seattle Neighborhood Group here, and in the comments area designate your donation for the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network.

If your place of work does a donation match, you can double your contribution!

No matter how big, no matter how small, your gift allows us to make a difference.

You can ALWAYS give to West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. At other times of the year, give via our fiscal sponsor, Seattle Neighborhood Group, you’ll find us on the drop-down menu. You will receive a receipt to make your donation tax-deductible.

 

Deborah Greer

Karen Berge

On behalf of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

 

Updated, 9:15 PM: We learned this evening that the GiveBIG website has experienced technical difficulties today, so their deadline has been extended through tomorrow, May 4th.

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Follow-up to an awesome meeting!

WSBWCN-logoMany thanks to all of you who attended and participated in our monthly meeting, and asked great questions!

And, extra-special thanks to Seattle Police Detective Scotty Bach, our presenter. He not only provided insights into the issue of vehicle thefts and car prowls, but also gave us the rare opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a serial car prowler.

If you missed our meeting, you can find coverage of Detective Bach’s presentation from the West Seattle Blog here.

Mark your calendars for our next one. Our next meeting will be on May 24th. We’ll post the agenda as that day gets closer.

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Join us on Tuesday, April 26th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-logoAuto thieves and car prowlers are the topic of the day!

And, our guest will be Seattle Police Detective Scotty Bach, who has apprehended many of these people. He’ll give us an in-depth look into who is doing it, why they’re doing it, and most importantly, what we can do to lessen our chances of being one of their victims. He’ll also give us his insights on how we can help make sure these people are caught and held responsible.

We hope that he’ll also include some of the more entertaining aspects of his day-to-day work to rid our community of these criminals. Detective Bach was our guest a few years ago, and gave a very funny and information-packed presentation about surveillance cameras.

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis will also join us! We hope you will as well!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016,  6:30-8 PM

At the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30              Arrive early for light snacks, pick up informational materials, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00              Introductions, announcements, updates from Captain Pierre Davis,

7:00-8:00              Detective Scotty Bach, on the topic of vehicle thieves and prowlers.

8:00-8:30              Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome – you need not be a Block Watch captain to attend!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Wondering about our yearly meeting schedule? We meet on most 4th Tuesdays, throughout the year. We meet monthly January through June; then again in September and October. You can find meeting agendas and recaps on our Facebook group page, as well as here on our website.

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Follow-up from our March meeting with Lisa Herbold

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Many thanks to those of you who participated in our meeting this month. Special thanks to our guests, Seattle Councilmember, Lisa Herbold, and SW Precinct Commander, Pierre Davis.

You can find coverage of the meeting highlights here from the West Seattle Blog.

As we noted earlier, Lisa represents the neighborhoods of West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle City Council. She followed up her presentation at our meeting on Tuesday with this note and the attached Staffing Study Cover Letter and the linked documents.

Dear Deborah & Karen,

Thank you for the warm reception on Tuesday.  I promised some follow up.  Please see the Berkshire Staffing Report as well as presentation materials for the Council’s committee discussion attached here.

In addition, one of your members said that the Seattle Municipal Court did not offer adjudication by mail.  I wanted to provide background on that program in the hopes you could share it with your members.  Please see here for more:  http://www.seattle.gov/courts/comjust/admail.htm

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of better public safety in our communities!

Best,

Lisa Herbold

District 1 Councilmember, Chair Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts Committee
206-684-8803
lisa.herbold@seattle.gov

FYI, our next meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network will be on April 26th, 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post the agenda and more details later.

Updated, 4/7/16: Many thanks to Richard Kromm for taking and sending us photos from the meeting!

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Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22nd, for our monthly meeting!

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Lisa Herbold, District 1 Councilmember, will be our guest!

Lisa represents the neighborhoods of West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle City Council. This is an opportunity for us to hear how she views the issues of most concern to Block Watch Captains. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for us to share our concerns as Block Watch Captains with Lisa.

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis, will also join us! We hope you will as well!

 

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016,  6:30-8 PM

At the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30              Arrive early for light snacks, pick up informational materials, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00              Introductions, announcements, updates from Captain Pierre Davis,

7:00-8:00              Lisa Herbold, Councilmember from District 1.

8:00-8:30              Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome – you need not be a Block Watch captain to attend!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Wondering about our yearly meeting schedule? We meet on most 4th Tuesdays, throughout the year. We meet monthly January through June; then again in September and October. You can find meeting agendas and recaps on our Facebook group page, as well as here on our website.

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