News roundup: Fluorescent light recycling, Jefferson Award nominations, Seattle ReCreative moves, crime

by | Jan 7, 2015

Here’s a roundup of various news from around our neighborhood.

Seattle ReCreative is moving out of the lower level of Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., and into its own space at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N. in the next couple of weeks. Its grand reopening celebration is on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration will include tours of the new space, snacks and beverages, free workshops and crafting sessions, raffles, and 20 percent off reused materials (except for fill-a-bag materials). A party with music and special cocktails is from 5-8 p.m. Seattle ReCreative helps people creatively reuse all kinds of materials and turn them into art, while keeping them out of the landfill.

Chris tells us someone threw a large rock through the rear window of his car on Dec. 30 and stole a backpack from the back seat. Nothing of value was inside and the backpack was found dumped a block away with nothing taken.

Steve says his house near North 81st Street and Dayton Ave. N. was broken into on the afternoon of Dec. 30.

The burglar broke a rear window and kicked in the two rear doors of the house and proceeded to ransack the master bedroom. We speculate that our large breed dog must have woken up with the racket and scared them off in the process. The Seattle Police Dept. came, dusted scene of the crime for fingerprints and are currently investigating. This is the 3rd break-in on our block in the calendar year of 2014 so everyone on our block is on high alert. We are just grateful that our pets are both safe. The dog got some extra treats last night. Stay vigilant, neighbors!

We recently wrote about someone’s holiday lights being snipped while on their front railing. Julianne wrote to tell us that her lights have been snipped three years in a row, but apparently it wasn’t a human criminal.

Last year we observed one squirrel single handedly take 50 large light bulbs from the front of our house on a Saturday afternoon. This year we stapled the lights under the eves, but the pesky devil still got them where they hung close to the gutter.

Nominations are now open for Washington’s Jefferson Awards for Public Service. (Greenwood resident Julia Sheriden previously won a Jefferson Award because of her volunteer organization, Outreach And Resource Services For Women Veterans).

To help bring our community’s unsung heroes to light, Seattle CityClub will honor five Washingtonians through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. This “Nobel Prize” for public service awards people who make a difference in their community, our nation and the world through their jobs or volunteer service.

Washingtonians are encouraged to nominate outstanding volunteers for the 2015 Washington State Jefferson Awards, a national recognition established in 1972 by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft Jr. The award program recognizes community service “unsung heroes” each year who demonstrate the highest ideals and achievements of community service.

Jefferson Award winners will be selected by a panel of community leaders and they will be formally recognized at a special reception in April. Winners will receive gifted consultation services provided by Wimmer Solutions and United Way of King County to help them enhance their community service projects. One winner will be selected as to represent our state at the national ceremonies in Washington D.C.

How to Nominate:

Visit to nominate your local hero. Nomination materials must be RECEIVED by CityClub no later than11:59 pm, Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Washington residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other lights containing mercury for free at nearly 200 LightRecycle Washington collection sites throughout the state, including Bartell Drugs. (Plug your zip code into the site locater and you’ll get a long list of sites.) You can recycle traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular tubes), those twisty compact fluorescent lights and high intensity discharge lights (commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures). There is a limit of 10 lights per day.

Since 2010, it has been illegal in Washington to dispose of mercury-containing lights in the regular garbage. This new program, funded by a 25-cent environmental handling charge on each new mercury-containing light sold at retail, makes it simple to recycle old lights.

EcoLights Northwest, located in Seattle, is the recycling company that will process the lights collected by LightRecycle Washington. After mercury-containing lights are collected, EcoLights breaks them down and then recyclable components, including mercury, are refined and reused.

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