Summer is coming! A look forward…

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentSummer officially begins next Sunday, so as we impatiently wait for its arrival, we thought we’d take a look at our upcoming calendar of events and activities.

Saturday, June 20th, Morgan Junction Community Festival: We will have an informational booth at this great neighborhood event. Look for us between 10:30 AM and 4 PM. You can pick up free 9-1-1 coloring books and other useful materials!

Tuesday, June 23rd, West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network — June monthly meeting: This is our last one before our annual “summer hiatus“. We’ll announce the full agenda before then, but note that this meeting is your opportunity to pick up Night Out materials! We meet from 6:30-8 PM at the SW Police Precinct.

Friday, July 10th: Registration deadline for SPD’s Fall 11-week Police Academy. The sessions are FREE. They run from September 10th through November 19th, 11 consecutive Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 9:30 PM. We’ve uploaded their informational flyer and application.

Weekend, July 10th – 12th — We’ll be at Summer Fest again this year. Will post details about our schedule and location once our plans are finalized. This is another opportunity to pick up Block Watch materials from us, as well as ask questions or just say hi.

Tuesday, August 4th — NIGHT OUT!  Registration is open for Seattle’s 31st annual Night Out Against Crime. We’ll post more detailed information about this separately, but note that if you want to obtain funding for a Night Out event, you will need to begin the application process on or before this coming Friday, June 19th, and submit the application before Monday, June 22, at 5 PM.

Saturday, August 8th — Delridge Day & the SW Precinct Picnic: We’ll have an info booth again this year. Stop by between 11 AM and 3 PM!

We may continue to update this list – especially to add event flyers and links to additional info as they become available – so check back. If we’ve missed anything, please let us know.

Happy summer!

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Miss our May 26th meeting? Here’s a brief recap!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWe had some useful, interesting discussion at our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting this month. Many thanks to those of you who came to participate!

Officers Ken Mazzuca and Sarah Mulloy, who are now part of the SW Precinct Bike Patrol, shared some of their experiences using bikes in their work, and also fielded questions from our group. As you may recall, our March meeting featured a presentation about the enhanced Bike Patrol program, which “rolled out” earlier this spring. It was great to have a chance to follow-up on how it’s been going and hear their perspectives.

Officer Jon Kiehn, from the Community Police Team (CPT), updated us about some of the issues regarding vacant or abandoned properties in the SW Precinct. Officers have faced some legal constraints in removing people who were on a property without permission, such as squatters who have broken in to stay or other individuals who are there to vandalize or damage a property. If a vacant property is causing a nuisance in your neighborhood, please report it. He explained that he now has some new options for addressing these situations more quickly and effectively. You can find Officer Kiehn’s contact info here.

Useful resources and tools for Block Watch captains were a major topic of discussion. Suggestions included:

Some of you asked about BW map templates – we will look for some and post them to our site later. If you have one to share with your fellow Block Watch captains, please let us know and we’d be happy to include it!

During the second half of the meeting, Southwest Precinct Operations Lieutenant, Ron Smith, remarked that he had noticed two vehicle sales take place out in the parking lot during the course of our meeting. He added that quite a few people now take advantage of the option to conduct Craigslist transactions at Seattle’s police precincts, as it offers some safety for buyers and sellers, especially when high value items are involved. Consider this another resource to tell your neighbors about.

Additional topics that were brought up included emergency preparedness resources (such as West Seattle Be Prepared and the MapYourNeighborhood program, which we featured at our October 2013 meeting which was focused on emergency preparedness resources).

We  reminded the group that Department of Neighborhoods matching funds grants are available for Night Out parties and other community-building activities. June 1 is the cutoff date for mid-level “Small and Simple” grants, but “Small Sparks” grants of up to $1000 can be applied for at any time. FYI, Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August; this year it falls on August 4th. We just checked the Night Out website and discovered that registration has already begun to register a Block Party.

Lastly, we noted that our next monthly meeting on June 23rd will be our final one before our annual “Summer Hiatus” (you can find our meeting schedule here). If you want to pick up informational materials to give to your neighbors during Night Out events, plan to come to that meeting! We’ll bring our assortment of multi-language safety brochures, preparedness materials, and coloring books for kids. If you can’t make that meeting, you can also pick up materials from us whenever we are out and about in the community. Look for us at summer events, such as the Morgan Junction Festival on June 20th, SummerFest in mid-July, or Delridge Day on August 8th (just after Night Out).

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Reminder: our monthly meeting follows the holiday weekend!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentHappy Memorial Day to all of you!

As most of you know, our monthly meeting generally falls on 4th Tuesdays – which this month is on May 26th, immediately after this long holiday weekend.

We’ll post the agenda before then, but meanwhile just thought we’d better mention that we’ll meet from 6:30-8 PM at the SW Police Precinct. FYI, our informational mini-flyer has more details about our schedule.

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Join us today, Tuesday, May 26th, 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 at our monthly meeting. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to discuss what’s happening in your neighborhoods, ask for advice or share your advice, and get to know your fellow Block Watch Captains!

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 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!

6:30-6:45        Introductions, announcements, and updates about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

6:45–8:00      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 or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!

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

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Guess where we’ll “BEE” next Saturday, May 16th?

Forgive us for the puns…the answer to the question is that we plan to “buzz over” to the 3rd annual West Seattle Bee Festival at High Point Commons Park (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126). We’ll be among the community groups participating in the Information Fair this coming Saturday, May 16th. The Information Fair runs from 11:30 AM until 2 PM.

The West Seattle Bee Festival starts at 9 AM with the Honey Run, and there are other fun and educational activities — for adults, as well as kids — that follow. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the West Seattle Bee Garden. Between noon and 2 PM, they offer free tours of the bee enclosure!

We’ve included the West Seattle Bee Festival informational flyer with additional details below..

3rd Annual West Seattle Bee Festival flyer

Join us for the 3rd Annual Bee Festival in West Seattle’s High Point neighborhood!

We hope you’ll stop by “make a beeline” to our booth to learn more about our organization, pick up informational materials, ask questions or just say hi! We have FREE coloring books for kids (while supplies last)!

FREE coloring books for kids!

FREE coloring books for kids!

FYI, you can also find and like the West Seattle Bee Garden on Facebook.

Added 5/23/15:  Here is some video from King5 TV, taken during the Bee Festival last weekend. We aren’t in it, but it’s cool anyway!

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GiveBIG on Tuesday, May 5th!

Did you know that this coming Tuesday, May 5th, marks the 5th annual GiveBIG campaign? The Seattle Foundation sponsors this one-day, online charitable giving event to raise awareness and make it easy to donate to nonprofit organizations who are doing good work in our community.

If you want to support us, you can donate to our group on Tuesday (or at any time) via the Seattle Neighborhood Group, which is one of the groups included in the GiveBIG campaign. [Updated 5/5/15:  Just learned that GiveBIG donations need to be made via this page today. Money donated via this campaign is then amplified beyond face value – so your donation will go further.]

Seattle Neighborhood Group is our fiscal sponsor, and your donations to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) via their organization are tax deductible! They provide fiscal sponsorship services for quite a few small grassroots community groups such as ours, who do not have 501c3 status yet.

To donate after the GiveBIG campaign is over, just visit the Seattle Neighborhood Group website (sngi.org); there you’ll see a “Donate” form in the left-hand menu on their home page. Select “West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network” from the dropdown list of community groups; then click “Buy Now.”

Many thanks to those of you who sponsor or donate to our organization! Contributions help fund social events like the Block Watch Appreciation Party, as well as pay for printed outreach materials and other expenses.

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New SPD Community Safety newsletter has arrived!

We received a new newsletter this week from Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator – it includes additional info about some of the scams taking place in the Seattle area.

image of page 1 of the SPD April 2015 newsletter

Community safety newsletter from Mark Solomon, page 1 of 2

image of page 2 of the SPD April 2015 newsletter

Community safety newsletter from Mark Solomon, page 2 of 2

We’ve also attached this newsletter it in printable .pdf format, so you can share it!
Seattle Police Email Newsletter, April 2015

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