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News roundup: Preschool opening, college scholarships, utility pole upgrades, city grants

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood and city news.

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop has an immediate opening in its Pre-K program (for children with a birthday between Sept. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2011. Email pnpc_info@yahoo.com for more information.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is offering college scholarships through an essay competition.

The third annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship seeks essays that explore civic courage. Essays may be submitted online between Jan. 1 and March 15, 2016. Three scholarships will be awarded: the author of the winning essay will receive $5,000, and the authors of the two second-place essays will each receive $2,500.

The competition is open to high school seniors and college undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.
Winners will be announced in June 2016, and winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library. Blue ribbon scholarship judges include authors Jon Krakauer and Jonathan Raban, with more names to be announced.

For more information and full contest rules, visit the scholarship competition website at www.civiccouragescholarship.com.

The City of Seattle is now accepting proposals to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. The deadline is Feb. 8.

The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000. Examples of park projects include minor playground improvements, trail upgrades, natural area renovations, park benches and tables, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include sidewalk repair, crossing improvements such as curb bulbs, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and radar speed feedback signs. Awarded projects will be completed in 2017.

To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-park-and-street-fund. Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply.

Don’t forget that the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund is holding a free workshop from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in Room 6. Participants can learn about applying for grants for a variety of community-initiated projects. You can RSVP online or call 206-733-9916.

Seattle City Light will be upgrading electronic equipment on three existing network sites on utility poles on the west side of Green Lake and on Greenwood Avenue. Construction will begin Jan. 18 and last about six to seven weeks. Work is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No maintenance power outages are planned, but some traffic and parking issues could happen in the immediate work areas.

The work areas are:

  • Aurora Avenue North between North 60th Street & North 61st Street
  • Intersection at Greenwood Avenue North and North 68th Street
  • Southwest parking lot of Green Lake Park, along West Green Lake Way North

Customers can contact Marcus Hailey, Crown Castle Project Manager (City Light project consultant) at 206-336-7399 or marcus.hailey@crowncastle.com.