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Community Service Hours for Students
The Leschi Community Council offers many opportunities for community service hours: we have monthly work parties in our parks and we have events throughout the year where we can use help in setting up, publicizing and assisting presenters.
Call 206 726.0923 or 206 322.7648 to speak to one of the Dianes about these opportunities OR email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRIME IN THE LESCHI AREA
It is best to check the SPDblotter for up to the minute news on crime.
We have added an East Precinct category to the Neighborhood section to cover the East Precinct meetings in a more timely fashion. We are not equipped to keep up with the daily gunfire/fireworks/helicopters, etc. SPD blotter best for up to date news, East Precinct also twitters.
SUMMER IN LESCHI
We don’t take a vacation in the summer, as we don’t want to leave Leschi! The weather is beautiful, the fruits of the garden are bountiful and there’s so much going on! Yes, there are a few downsides with disrupted traffic for those eternal marathons (aren’t those folks fit YET?) and the chaos of Seafair but overall, it’s a good place to be.
- JUNE 1 Kshama Sawant at our monthly meeting
- JUNE 5 FLO WARE event with children’s activities 1-4; 28th & Jackson
- JUNE 18 Rock ‘n Roll Marathon: race disrupts traffic along lake south of Dearborn
- JULY 9 Hamlet in Volunteer Park 2-4pm
- JULY 16 East Precinct picnic at Powell Barnett Park 1-4; MLK Jr. Way between Alder & Jefferson
- JULY 31 Hamlet at Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center) 2-4pm.
- AUGUST 5-7 SEAFAIR Hydroplane races, Blue Angels, lots of noise, scarce parking, good views from Central Area Senior Center
- AUGUST 27 Jimi Hendrix Park grand opening! No details yet but expect big names in music!
- SEPT. 10 Leschi ArtWalk Arts & Crafts, Music, Children’s Activities in Leschi Park
AND ALL SUMMER LONG
- Madrona Farmers’ Market, Fridays, 3-7pm in Grocery Outlet parking lot
- Bicycle Sundays on Lake Washington Blvd from Mt. Baker Beach to Seward Park; safe cycling for the whole family! 10am-6pm on following Sundays: June 19 & 26; July 3, 10, & 17, Aug. 14 & 28; September 4, 11, 18 & 25
ENJOY! WEAR SUNSCREEN! AND SUNGLASSES IF YOU CAN FIND THEM AFTER OUR LONG GRAY WINTER!
ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS
Leschi Community Council Elections—New Officers
Our biennial election was held at the May 2016 meeting with the election of the 4 officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer), postponing the election of a Representative to the Seattle Community Council Federation. That organization has not met in over a year, and we felt that if they begin regular meetings, we could elect a representative at that time.
PRESIDENT: Yousef Shulman. My family has been living in the Central Area for almost 100 years. My Great Great Uncle Henry (Hank) Edelson and his wife Shirley started a small market on the SW corner of 22nd Ave and East Union Street in the 1930’s. In 1948, they moved their business to its current location and renamed it Leschi Market. Leschi Market and my family have been very active in the community since the opening of the store. I moved to the Leschi neighborhood when I was 13 years old. I began to work at my family business at the age of 13, being the 4th generation to work at the business.
I am now currently Co-Owner and Assistant Manager of Leschi Market with my Uncle Steve Shulman and my Grandfather Leonard Shulman. In 2011, I helped start the Leschi Business Association, which has since put on a yearly Halloween “Spooktacular” and Art Walk event. In 2015, I joined the Leschi Community Council as Business Associate Chair.
In May 2016, I was elected to President of the Leschi Community Council.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Yuki Igarashi. Yuki is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments and recently moved into the Leschi branch office on Lakeside Avenue. Previously, she was located in the Capitol Hill Edward Jones branch. Yuki grew up in Tennessee, fell in love with the Pacific Northwest in college at Oregon State University, moved to Seattle in 2009 and earned her MBA from UW in 2013. She currently resides in the Central District with her husband, Kyle.
SECRETARY: Diane Snell. Diane is a retired medical social worker who has lived in Leschi since 1989. She has served on the Council as Secretary several times, served as Representative to and Secretary for the Federation of Community Councils, secretary to the Central Area Neighborhood District Council and has been Leschi News editor for the past 10 years. Most recently, she served as Co-president of Leschi CC. She is very committed to community and looks out for Leschi when she sees changes coming at the city or county level; she feels her legacy to this community was bringing back bus #27. She has adopted Gandhi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world” as her mantra.
TREASURER: Amy Fink. Treasurer: Amy Fink. Amy and her family have lived in Leschi since 1998. She served two terms as LCC Secretary and was elected to the Treasurer’s position in 2016. She wrote a column for the Leschi News and started our Stairway Clean-up project with the first joint project with Madrona CC for a stairway in their neighborhood.
LESCHI STAR AWARDS
Several years ago, we began the tradition of recognizing community members who did something extraordinary for the community. At the 10th anniversary of the Flo Ware Park renovation, we bestowed a Leschi Star award on John Barber for his original work in spearheading the redo effort and then again in planning the 10th anniversary celebration. We honored Allan Fink for creating our website and Liz Ohlson for taking on the renovation of the Peppi’s Park area. There have been many bright lights over the years, but we came to a standstill when the awards company discontinued our “stars.” We finally found a replacement: a shooting star with the inscription: Leschi Star, and we had folks waiting in the wings to be honored at our May meeting.
Katie Busby and Christine Miller for their successful Flo Ware event last summer; the two worked with the Leschi Elementary PTA, using their tables and chairs, and were able to get donations from local businesses: pizza from Central Pizza and hot dogs from Leschi Market. They rented a cotton candy machine and a dunk tank: both popular activities. Donations received were given back to the Leschi Council for use at the next year’s event. Katie and Christine have volunteered to take it on again this year!
Darrell Howe wrote his first grant and was successful in obtaining $45,000 from King County Conservation to restore the wetlands in Frink Park. Grants are a mixed blessing for the Council; they are wonderful in paying for work we can’t afford, but the reporting requirements are a heavy burden. Darrell took on this task himself, making all the interim reports, and the LCC treasurer only had to write a check to pay for the work. AND Darrell’s first grant was considered to be so well written, King County is using it as a model!
Yousef Shulman received a star for all his hard work at the ArtWalk; he hauls tables and chairs, helping with both set-up and takedown. He is the guy that is called from one end of the booths to the other to solve all problems and does it capably and cheerfully. He attends all the planning meetings and assists in finding musicians, underwriting publicity and using the Market’s insurance when LCC’s insurance balks at some unusual coverage. We gave Yousef a second STAR to take to Steve Shulman, his uncle, for all the support we have received from Leschi Market over the years.
LESCHI CC WEBSITE
We have been experiencing problems with our host (unwanted ads dancing across the screen) and will be moving to another host. There will be other changes as well, including a move to WordPress for ease in updating for late-breaking events. We hope to be able to alert you to news and events over the summer when we don’t have the newsletter to rely on.
THE NATIVE BEE PROJECT
Our Mason bees have filled all the holes we provided in our nesting blocks, plus some overflow tubes, and have gone to the big nest in the sky, or wherever good bees go when they have fulfilled their purpose. In September, we will open the nesting blocks and tubes and be able to report our reproduction rate. Judging by the number of our filled holes, we can probably look forward to a 500% increase or more.
“BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS PACIFIC NORTHWEST”!
People of all ages from excited toddlers to sprightly ninety year olds gathered during the weekend of May 13-15 to protest at the Tesoro and Gulf oil refinery sites in Anacortes. Refining oil from the tar sands puts out toxic emissions that we had to breathe and smell during our protest right beside the plants. The plants are on non-ceded Swinomish land that was taken from the tribe by Ulysses Grant in 1873 by Executive Order. They have been the site of deaths of workers and health violations for many years.
All of the coverage so far has focused on the small group of people that were arrested after a three-day action to stop the oil trains going to the refinery. This was exciting and important, but I want to focus here on the Indigenous Day of Action at March Point on May 14. We had over 1000 people on the march, accompanied by haunting indigenous music, singing and dancing. In addition, hundreds of kayactivists held up powerful messages on the water, both at night and during the day.
The indigenous leaders spoke to the heart of the crisis in a way that reflected their deep connection to the natural world. They are not on the earth protesting, but of the earth, they are in a continuum with the earth in a cycle of life. This profoundly important relationship has been forgotten by colonizers who, from their first step on the continent, saw only exploitable resources. The Tesoro and Shell refineries stand as a monument to that greed.
Jules James of the Lummi Treaty Sovereignty and Treaty Protection group led the march, by way of honoring the Lummi’s recent success in defeating a coal terminal. At the ceremony after the march, Swinomish elder Diana Vendiola spoke of living on the other side of the peninsula, crabbing, digging for clams, with the belief that “water is life” and sacred. Today the fish are toxic, the water polluted. “How we treat the earth will be our legacy. If earth can’t support life, there is no life.”
Many tribal groups participated, the Lummi arrived by canoe, an elder from the Tulalip blessed the water, youth from the Makah spoke of respecting the teachings of our ancestors. We had other honored elders who asked us to “repay and heal mother earth.”
When the Lummi canoe arrived, dozens of people helped to carry it into the center of the ceremony: it set the theme of pulling together the concerns of the community before individual concerns. Makah youth leader Patsy Bane said succinctly “forget oil, it is killing us.” Lummi leader Jules James spoke of building coalitions as the key to winning “the battle to save the earth. They tell us we can’t, but we don’t live in fear, we love the earth.” He has visited the Cheyenne, the Sioux and other tribal groups who are voting no to energy plants that poison their people. Ruben George, an honored elder from Canada, spoke of the huge Boreal forest fire in the tar sands of Canada, “we must put a stop to this era of destruction.”
Our actions joined hundreds of protests around the world during the month of May that are targeting refineries and other polluting industrial sites.
The impassioned and urgent declarations of the indigenous speakers, as well as the deep commitment of the many activists I met during the planning and throughout the weekend, deeply inspired me to continue to actively work to “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” with the goal of one hundred percent renewables in twenty years or less.
~Susan Noyes Platt
LA NIÑA TO ARRIVE LATER THIS YEAR
If you didn’t know what El Niño was before this winter, you almost certainly do now. We had one of the strongest El Niños on record, and it brought a variety of abnormal weather patterns to various places throughout the world. The Central and Eastern Pacific saw record hurricane activity, while Indonesia in the Western Pacific suffered from a drought and had devastating forest fires. Southern California was expected to get tons of rain while the Pacific Northwest stayed drier than normal, but instead the Pacific Northwest had its wettest winter on record and Southern California remained drier than normal for yet another winter. Most notably, with the extremely warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific and the added effect of the “Blob” off our coast, 2015 was the warmest year on record by a wide margin.
Now, El Niño is weakening dramatically, and we are forecast to transition over to El Niño’s cooler counterpart, La Niña, by autumn. Whereas El Niño refers to the periodic warming of the tropical Pacific, La Niña refers to the cooling of it. Many skiers, myself included, love La Niña winters because they tend to bring cooler and rainier-than-normal conditions to the Pacific Northwest, meaning that the Cascades often get tremendous amounts of snowfall. In fact, during the 1998-99 ski season, a La Niña year, Mt. Baker Ski Resort picked up an incredible 95 feet of snow! I remember skiing on Memorial Day at Alpental during the 2007-2008 La Niña season, when Snoqualmie Pass got 50 feet of snow.
The interesting thing about Mt. Baker’s record-breaking ski season is that it occurred directly after the 1997-1998 El Niño, the strongest El Niño recorded at the time. This year’s El Niño had some significant differences but was similar from an overall strength perspective, so it begs the question: could the 2016-2017 winter be as snowy as the 1998-1999 winter?
After how poorly our long-range forecasts did this year, I am hesitant to say that this winter will be similar to the winter 18 years ago, especially since this past El Niño had some key differences compared to the one back at the turn of the century. However, given that La Niñas tend to bring more snow to both the mountains and the lowlands on average, I am optimistic looking ahead to this winter.
La Niñas don’t affect our summer weather as much as our winter weather, but I strongly believe that this summer will not be a scorcher like last. Over the past two years, we had a persistent “Blob” of warm water off our coast, but this year’s El Niño erased the Blob, and we should be cooler as a result.
By the way, as of this writing, I am working on developing my own weather website, and I hope to have it online by the time this article is published. Check it out at charliesweather.com!
DENTAL TIPS FROM DR. MIKE
Is My Dental Procedure Covered Under My HSA?
Many people are finding that having an HSA (health savings account) not only helps keep medical costs lower, but is advantageous at tax-time, too. The trick is knowing what is—and what isn’t—an allowable deduction. But before we go there, let’s review exactly what an HSA is and how it works.
A health savings account combines high deductible health insurance with a tax-favored savings account to provide money to pay for deductible costs and sometimes, under certain conditions, to pay premiums. Once the deductible is met, the insurance kicks in and any money left in the account after the deductible is met is yours to keep (unlike some accounts which have a “use it or lose it” clause).
A high deductible health plan can cost less than other health plans and can pay 100% of covered expenses after the deductible is met. But there’s the rub: how do you know which expenses are and which are not covered? Essentially, any expense that is not purely cosmetic is probably covered.
For dental expenses, that includes dental services that are preventive in nature, such as the services of a dental hygienist, cleanings, the application of sealants, and fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay. It also includes those services provided to alleviate dental diseases, such as fillings, X-rays, braces, extractions, dentures and other dental ailments. It can include such treatments as veneers if they are not purely cosmetic in nature, such as to repair chipped teeth or other defects in tooth structure.
So let’s say you visit your dentist for your annual exam. The dental hygienist cleans your teeth and you have X-rays taken to check for decay or other problems. You have a tooth that needs a root canal and a filling plus a crown. In addition, your dentist determines that you should have braces put on your teeth to correct your overbite. All those procedures and appliances are covered under the terms of your HSA.
However, if you decide that you want your teeth whitened or you want veneers to make your smile prettier, those are not covered expenses and the money in your HSA cannot be used (tax-free) to cover them. (If you withdraw money from your HSA for expenses other than those allowed, you are taxed on the money you withdraw. As long as you use the money to pay for covered expenses, the money is tax-free.)
Although unnecessary cosmetic surgery is not included as a covered medical expense, there are times when cosmetic surgery is covered—when it meaningfully promotes the proper function of the body, or prevents or treats illness or disease. So, if you chip your front tooth, veneers would be covered, since in this case it would promote the proper function of the tooth involved. Other veneers put on at the same time for improving your appearance would not be covered.
Talk to your tax professional if you are interested in the tax advantages of an HSA. It may be the smartest way to budget for dental and medical expenses in the long run.
~Dr. Michael Bilikas
SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 5
ANNUAL FLO WARE EVENT
Celebrate Flo Ware and the Park dedicated to this generous woman on June 5 from 1-3, featuring:
- balloon artists
- balloon toss
- spin art
- hot dogs
- cotton candy
Come spend time in our community park with friends and family.