As Seattle officials spar over how to pay for safe consumption sites and where to put them, you might consider a new tool to add to your Capitol Hill safety and first aid kit. In late October, drugstore chain Walgreens announced it would begin stocking naloxone in its stores across the country. CHS bought a kit to find out what’s inside — and, hopefully, be ready to help.
Sold under the Narcan brand, the nasal spray “antidote” can reverse the effects of opioid including heroin and prescription painkillers. For $82, the kit we purchased comes with a syringe and an attachment for the nasal spray. Each kit is good for two applications. You’ll find directions inside and online training videos like this one, below, from Kelley-Ross Pharmacies, which also stocks the kits. Meanwhile, free kits are available via King County Health and organizations like The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance.
Nasal naloxone kits are now standard issue for Seattle bike cops after a pilot program proved their efficacy.
Officials continue to work toward opening safe consumption sites in King County and Seattle. Opioid and heroin abuse, meanwhile, remains a massive public safety issue for the city.
There are so many package thefts on Capitol Hill that we only mention the interesting ones in CHS blotter reports. With online ordering about to peak for the season, find out how you can keep your packages safe and how you can help your building be more secure at the next meeting of the East Precinct Advisory Council, Thursday night:
Experts from the SPD’s burglary unit will be on hand to give you tips and answer questions.
It’s the season of giving and showing love. CHS is once again teaming up with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Broadway Business Improvement Area to share local gift ideas and deals from Capitol Hill area merchants at capitolhillseattle.com/shopthehill/
You can let us know about your favorite shops here via Facebook and we’ll add regular updates to share through the holidays.
To learn more visit capitolhillseattle.com/shopthehill or follow Shop the Hill on Facebook, on Twitter @shopthehill and on Instagram @shopthehillSEA
If you’re looking to help spread the joy, here are 2017 donation drives, feed the hungry, and volunteer opportunities around Capitol Hill.
Here are opportunities to help around Capitol Hill and District 3 including meal programs and donation drives at your favorite local businesses, bars, and restaurants. CHS will update giving opportunities throughout the holidays so let us know about anything we’ve missed or need to add. You can also add your giving events to the CHS Calendar. Happy holidays.
In an effort to raise funding to lift the city from an ongoing affordability and homelessness crisis, Seattle will tax short-term rentals like Airbnb.
The City Council passed the new tax Monday with plans for the cost to be tacked onto guest bills starting in 2019. A tax of $14 per night for homes and $8 per night for rooms is hoped to raise more than $7 million per year.
Much of the money raised by the tax is earmarked for the city’s Equitable Development Initiative to push economic development and fight displacement in the Central District, International District, and Rainier Valley.
The council pulled back on larger regulations for the industry that some say has contributed to higher rents in Seattle by taking available housing stock off the market. Regulations including limits on the number of short-term rentals a person can own will move back to committee before coming back to the full council.
The newly approved tax, meanwhile, might never be implemented. State lawmakers have also targeted the industry for possible taxation. A provision in the legislation approved Monday will put Seattle in position to remove its so-called Airbnb tax — If a statewide tax will provide similar funding opportunities to the city.
In October, CHS reported on new colorful crosswalks coming to Melrose as part of $90,000 in improvements to the street. The community group behind that project is looking ahead to what’s next for Melrose as it continues to focus on the street’s core in front of the Melrose Market and surrounding businesses including the Starbucks Reserve Roastery.
This Melrose Promenade survey will help the group make some big decisions.
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Tickets are now available for local Holiday event Mini Nutcracker!
Dec. 10, 16, 17 – 9:30am and 12pm
The Nutcracker – It’s always a family affair! This season DASSdance rings in the holidays with a traditional spirit. Meet Santa Claus while DASSdance professionals and kids perform the story of The Nutcracker.
Together with a delicious Continental Breakfast, door prizes, Balloon Twisting, and pictures with Santa and the Nutcracker characters, this local holiday line-up will please, inspire, and leap into your heart.
Whether you are planning to spend the day with family or at a classic Capitol Hill “orphan’s Thanksgiving” with friends, you can get your fixings local style this year (complete with slow-growth turkeys imported all the way from NorCal, if you act quickly) as Melrose Market will host a Turkey & Trimmings party on Sunday, November 19th:
Melrose Market Turkey & Trimmings Thanksgiving Event
Capitol Hill butcher Rainshadow Meats is already sold out of some sizes but still had small and EXTRA LARGE turkeys available for sale as of Thursday afternoon.
Customers picking up their birds will be part of the show on the 19th. You can also check out a live jazz quartet and enjoy a cocktail while you shop. Melrose Market’s new Marseille Bottle Shop will also be ready to help you pick out a bottle to bring to Turkey Day.
The Hill’s restaurants, cafes, and shops also offer a cornucopia of Thanksgiving-worthy trimmings, pies, and desserts. You can let others know about any favorites in comments.