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  • The Madrona and Leschi community councils are hosting a forum on Wednesday, Oct. 22, with the Mount Baker Community Club, on the candidates and propositions featured in the upcoming general election. 
  • Voters with disabilities have a new resource to support voting in the upcoming election, thanks to an outreach event at the Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave.). 
  • The Seattle City Council will host its second public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Ave., second floor). The public can address council members regarding their priorities as it relates to the 2015 city budget. 
  • Gov. Jay Inslee gathered today (Wednesday, Oct. 15) with federal, state and local officials on the never-completed R.H. Thomson Expressway “Ramps to Nowhere” in Seattle to kick off construction of the state Route 520 West Approach Bridge North Project. 
  • Two Pacific Publishing Co. writers won awards in Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. 
  • Construction of a new state Route 520 is kicking into high gear this week in the Montlake neighborhood and on Foster Island along the west shore of Lake Washington. 
  • The Seattle City Council will host its first public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Garfield Community Center. The public will have the opportunity to address council members regarding their priorities as it relates to the 2015 city budget.     
  • Join the “pawty” at the Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Ave. W.) on Saturday, Oct. 4, as the shelter participates in Pawsitive Alliance’s third-annual statewide Shelter Open House event.  
  • If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent for cats and kittens from the Seattle Animal Shelter, plan to attend a free orientation session, offered next on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  
  • The city is seeking candidates to fill seven positions on the Seattle Park District’s newly created Community Oversight Committee. Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District in August 2014, creating a long-term source of funding for the Seattle parks system. 
  • Creating a platform for patient empowerment
    Madison Park resident Kathleen O’Connor shouldn’t be alive — that’s how she feels anyways, after a stroke put her in the intensive-care unit and a subsequent five-month stint in rehabilitation. 
  • Residents speak out against Dorffel traffic study
    It seems the study of Dorffel Drive East’s traffic is causing quite a stir in Denny-Blaine and the surrounding neighborhoods. One upset resident is Denny-Blaine’s David Jacobson who lives on 35th Avenue East and East John Street. 
  • Madison Park family named Outstanding Philanthropists
    The Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington Chapter has named a Madison Park family among the outstanding philanthropists it will honor at its National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 5. 
  • Updates from the Leschi, Madison Park and Madrona community councils.  
  • A list of the biggest crimes in Leschi, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Madrona and Washington Park from last month.  
  • Each branch of The Seattle Public Library will close for one day in late September or early October for in-service days so staff members can review the library’s strategic plan, service priorities and goals for serving patrons. 
  • The first round of Metro Transit bus cuts go into effect on Saturday, Sept. 27, with 28 routes deleted and 13 routes revised to match available the agency’s revenues. 
  • The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public comment on projects recommended for funding in Seattle.  
  • Head on down to the Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Ave. W.) on Saturday, Sept. 20, for Cool City Pets, an adoption event highlighting small animals looking for their forever homes.  
  • Beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, all state Route 520 lanes across Lake Washington will shut down in both directions between Interstate 405 and Montlake Boulevard for striping of the new lanes and other work. They will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15. 
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