Community Post | Seattle’s First EMF-Reduced Homes Debut in the Central District

3SEATTLE- Isola Home’s “Vida” project is Seattle’s first “EMF Reduced” community featuring 15 row homes located in the Central District, at 120 20th Avenue.

In addition to sustainability features, the Vida project addresses the growing public concern about the health effects of an increasingly wired world. EMF’s (electromagnetic field) come from electricity and include power lines, wiring, and hand-held devices, wireless technologies such as cell phones and towers, WI-FI, wireless routers, baby monitors, and appliances.

Because of the ubiquitous nature of electricity powered technology, the EMF subject is of public concern. The health effects often cited in the research include damage to DNA and genes, memory loss, learning, behavior, attention disorders, sleep disruption, cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. While there is “little conclusive evidence,” numerous studies, past and present, examine the health risks of direct and indirect exposure to EMF’s.

With Vida, Seattle-based, home builder Isola Homes, partnered with Dana Stream, CEO of Lifestream Solutions to look at ‘EMF ‘at various levels of the project’s development. “For decades, the tobacco industry didn’t find any ‘conclusive evidence’ about the health risks of smoking. Isola prefers to put health and wellness first,” said Stream. More Millennials and Boomers are choosing to power down and reduce their exposure to electricity.

Vida took a similar approach starting with the foundation by shielding the wiring, and designing an EMF ‘Quiet Zone’ in the sleeping area. Isola will present the “EMF Reduced” approach at on site, behind-the-walls preview on April 25th and 26th.

by Eva Otto

About Isola
Isola Homes is a Seattle-based home builder specializing in Built Green modern homes. By continually implementing innovative sustainable design and environmental stewardship in their construction techniques, Isola Homes stand for livability, quality construction and energy efficiency.

Capitol Pill | Cherry Blossoms

We’ve asked Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary on E Pine, to contribute to CHS about health and Hill living on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you.

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

(Image: Karyn Schwartz)

I am being tormented by a tree. It’s not every day that I feel such an intense connection to a plant, so when it does happen, I pay attention. This tree is one of a row of huge ornamental cherries outside my window, and they are like the elders of the neighborhood, waiting until all the youngsters have already bloomed and lost their pretty flowers before showing them how its really done.

Everyone who lives on my street knows what’s coming – it’s been the subject of conversation for weeks – the explosion of gigantic flowers that’s on the verge of occurring, and the magical pink light that will fill all of our apartments for just a few days before the petals are blown away. I have been waiting, breathlessly, through their seemingly endless transformation from winter-bare branches to tiny buds and the most recent appearance of early leaves and a million tightly closed blossoms, rushing to my window every morning like a kid wondering if Santa actually showed up – and I cannot bear it any more. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 25,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.
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On the List | Jackson Street Jazz Walk, APRIL Fest, Moisture Fest, Comicon events, Polish Home Spring Bazaar

The weekend around Capitol Hill and Central Seattle is highlighted by two awesome grassroots festivals that honor the area’s literary and musical traditions.

Saturday, you’re invited to the Jackson Street Jazz Walk:

The Syrinx Effect (Image: Daniel Sheehan)

The Syrinx Effect (Image: Daniel Sheehan)

On Saturday, March 28, from 4 pm to Midnight, Jackson Commons and Isola Homes present the second annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk: Bringing Jazz Back to Jackson Street. To honor the legacy of the historic Jackson Street music scene and to showcase the talent of some of Seattle’s best contemporary musicians, eight venues on Jackson Street between 17th Ave S and 21st Ave S will showcase twenty performances with a festival-like schedule. All shows are free. The evening showcases the eclectic diversity that makes up Seattle’s jazz scene today.

There’s also a coloring contest! :)

JazzWalk Coloring Page

APRIL-logo-full-Green (1)Meanwhile, the 2015 APRIL Festival continues. CHS wrote about the “largest ever” edition of the small press fest here:

“It’s definitely getting bigger and bigger than we ever could have imagined when we started it,” said Tara Atkinson, who founded APRIL along with Willie Fitzgerald back in 2012, when the two found themselves unemployed roommates in a Capitol Hill apartment that also served as APRIL’s headquarters. The acronym they chose as the name for the festival that comes every March, and which has morphed in to an organization that also offers some smaller literary events throughout the year, is descriptive — ‘Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature.’

You’ll find APRIL’s highlights plus important meetings like the East Precinct Advisory Council, and events like the return of the Moisture Festival, Comicon events, the Polish Home Spring Bazaar and more this weekend on the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | EastPac meets this Thursday

header3 (1)Has your street organized a Block Watch? Did you know that the Block Watch framework is a great way to keep your neighborhood safe? Yes, we do have online communications through Next Door and Facebook, but why not start your own email group through block watch? Also, we need to remember that not all neighbors are online, especially the elderly.

This Thursday’s EastPAC meeting will focus on The Block Watch program with special presentations by Terrie Johnston, our SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator, as well as Karen Berge and Deborah Greer, founders of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. Karen and Deb have done a fantastic job organizing a very active block watch network- and they are coming to tell us how they did it!

There will be materials and opportunities to sign up for your own Block Watch during the meeting, as well as time for your questions and concerns.

The East Precinct Command staff will be present for precinct updates and community concerns as well.

Mark your calendars:

EastPAC Neighborhood Safety Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2015

6:30 to 8:00 PM

Seattle University, Chardin Hall, room 142

1020 East Jefferson (enter at 11th and Jefferson)

See you all on Thursday!

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 25,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.
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On the List | Magmafest does Cockpit, Metro open house, Smash Putt opens, BadWill Market Spring Edition

Magma_Fest_Cockpit_3.20_show_posterThe eighth annual Magmafest wraps-up at the end of the month, meaning there’s just a handful of opportunities left to support the fundraising effort for the Central District’s Hollow Earth Radio.

On Friday, the Oakland-based experimental trio Religious Girls are headlining a show at the Cockpit. Organizer Adam Way says the show will be one of the most raucous of the month-long festival.

The event comes as Hollow Earth is ramping up for its recently acquired low power FM license from the FCC, and the opportunities, growth, and challenges that it has created. Specifically, raising a “ridiculous” figure to pay for an expensive new transmitter and antenna to broadcast Hollow Earth’s wide range of community programing.

“It allows people who wouldn’t be heard anywhere to be heard,” Way said. “If Hollow Earth was a person, they would have a heart of gold.”

10835436_936780426345580_6092801022932393784_oMore weekend highlights:

For more to do on and around Capitol Hill, check out the CHS Calendar.

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CHS Community Post | Wider Horizons: Central Seattle’s Village for Life enables seniors to live independently

A new membership program to help elders “stay put” in their own homes will open this May. Wider Horizons: Central Seattle’s Village for Life engages those living in Central Seattle by building community and a network of local resources. In additional to a variety of social and educational activities, the Village supports independent living with volunteer- and staff-provided help as well as through appropriate referrals to many different kinds of social support services.
The best way to learn about Wider Horizons is to attend a small gathering in the home of a member or other supporter. Three such meetings are planned for April:
• April 7, 6-8 pm, in Mt. Baker
• April 11, 2-4 pm, on north Capitol Hill
• April 15, 6-8 pm, in Montlake
To sign up for one of these gatherings, or for more information, contact Executive Director, Denise Klein ( or 206 650-3586).
Wider Horizons is a one-stop shop that facilitates aging in place. Services range from minor home repair, pet care, computer assistance, and rides (to supermarkets, medical appointments etc.) to information and referral, personal navigation, and health advocacy. Vetted professionals can provide home care, care management, de-cluttering, and other services.
This Village is part of a national movement of grassroots organizations that began with Boston’s Beacon Hill Village in 2002. Members of villages experience high satisfaction with them. Check out the national website: to find out more.
One of Wider Horizon’s founding members says:
What an ingenious idea! My partner and I would like to stay put in our home surrounded by the people, places and things we love. A virtual village will grow and change with our needs. We want to support Wider Horizons as members, volunteers, and active participants.

CHS Community Post | Free Dental Services for Children-May 20

dental-home-day-flyerThe University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is hosting Dental Home Day on May 20 – a day of free dental services for children.

Services that day will be free of charge, plus, for those children participating on May 20, services will be covered for one year.

Registration opens March 23 at 206-543-5800 – ask for Dental Home Day. Appointments available from 9am-3pm.

Come for the services and stay for the fun — Mariner Moose, Dr. Health E. Hound, Capt. Amerigroup, Seattle Public Library story time, and more.
All children ages 1-18

With location secured, it’s time to start building the Capitol Hill Tool Library

(Image: Jeremy Hurd via Flickr)

(Image: Jeremy Hurd via Flickr)

There is gardening to be done and spring cleaning and repairs to take on. But in a dense, urban environment, you might not have room for a shovel or a saw or a set of giant wrenches. A project a few years in the making, the shared Capitol Hill Tool Library finally has a home. Now, Sustainable Capitol Hill says, it’s time to start building it:

We found a location! Thanks to the generosity of the First Covenant Church in providing a location, Sustainable Capitol Hill is proud to announce that the Tool Library is planning to open by early Fall of this year. It will be located at the Summit Building on 420 E. Pike St., with the entrance on Crawford Pl., between Pike St. and Pine St. We still have a lot of work to do, and volunteers are a key ingredient to bringing this all together. Join us for our Tool Library Building Meetings on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting will be on February 17. We will also be taking membership pledges, as well as donations, so if you’d like to join our community, let us know! Please drop us a line at and let us know you’d like to help!
Alternatively, you can RSVP and show up to our next steering committee meeting on March 17.

A peek inside the West Seattle library. Also check out Local Tools for a look at how tech can lend a hand.