As some of you are certainly aware, on July 20th at approximately 4:30pm there was an electrical discharge from the PSE lines running over Somerset into tree(s) that had been allowed to grow too close to the high-voltage lines. A loud explosive noise caused more than 20 of you to call 911. Several trees and a fence caught fire. Our neighbor, Bellevue City Councilman Conrad Lee, sent us the photo below of what he witnessed from his house.
SCA President Francis Brito and I visited the site on July 31. Francis sent an email that evening to the PSE manager with our concerns and a request for answers. This email has been shared with the City Council, Olympic Pipe line and CENSE. Our focus is to help maintain safety in our Community, especially in this case, neighbors along the PSE corridor. Our requests include that PSE: send an expert in this matter to the site to conduct a comprehensive and detailed review of the entire corridor as it passes across Somerset and provide us a copy of their report, send us a copy of PSE's emergency response procedures and any plans to modify them in response to this incident, send us a copy of the coordinated emergency preparedness plans for the areas where the PSE and Olympic Utilities run within the same corridor through Somerset.
A big thanks to those of you who heard the explosion and called 911! This brought the Bellevue Fire Department to the scene rapidly to extinguish the flames and prevent a much bigger problem. Don’t ever be afraid to call 911 if you see/hear something concerning. The more calls occurring for a given event, the more information 911 is able to provide to emergency responders to help ensure they bring sufficient equipment and are prepared for the scene when they arrive.
Please share this post with your Somerset friends and feel free to send me feedback on this message or other concerns.
Stay safe everyone!
SCA Preparedness Chair
Do you have a budding artist at your house? We believe in encouraging children’s creativity and supporting young artists in our Somerset community. Art offers children a unique means of expression, capturing their passion and emotions and fostering the exploration of new ideas, subject matter, and cultures.
We are inviting our Somerset children to share their creative talents by entering our cover contest. The winning entry will be featured on the cover of the Fall issue of the Somerset Sun. Other entries may be included inside the same issue. (We reserve the right to use another cover should we not receive a sufficient number of appropriate submissions.)
· Artwork can be of any subject but preference may be given to identifiable Somerset or PNW themes (e.g., skyline, fountain, totem pole, etc.)
· Participants should create their color or black-and-white artwork on 8-1/2" x 11" unlined paper.
· Participants must be residents of Somerset between the ages of 5 and 12.
· Artwork should be scanned in PDF or JPG format and sent by email to the SCA at Somerset98006@gmail.com. If you don’t have scanning ability, contact us at the same email address and we can arrange for submission in person.
· All entries must include name and age of artist, and the email must be sent by the entrant’s parent/guardian.
· By submitting, parents grant
permission for their children’s artwork
and first name to be put online or printed in the magazine.
· All entries must be the entrant’s original, unpublished and previously unproduced work.
· We only allow one entry per person.
· Deadline for entries is August 31, 2020.
Unfortunately the Somerset Community Association will not be able to hold our traditional July 4th Parade & Picnic due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Somerset Community Association Board would like to help our Somerset Community still commemorate and celebrate the 4th of July. We purchased and shared American flags with Somerset families to decorate the neighborhood for the holiday!
The Summer 2020 edition of our "Somerset Sun" Newsletter is now available, All Somerset households should have received a copy in their mailbox.
Click here to read the online edition.
The Somerset Community Association would like to honor our graduates with an online publication on the Somerset website.
We are seeking announcements for Somerset students transitioning from kindergarten, 5th grade and 8th grade, in addition to graduates from high school, college, and technical/trade schools.
Submit your announcement here by July 31st.
Congratulating our 2020 Grads! You may have noticed this banner on the corner of Somerset Ave and Somerset Blvd.
Your neighbor, Lynn Sage Espinoza came up with the idea and saw through getting it made.
She had decorating help from neighbor Linda Miyauchi and banner hanging assistance from their husbands Chris and Dale.
Sen. Patty Kuderer, Rep. Vandana Slatter, and Rep. Amy Walen, with special guests from the Small Business Administration will hold a Virtual Community Conversation on Tuesday, April 28 at 5 p.m. PST.
You can submit questions ahead of time to: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can ask them live during the stream using comments.
For for more information, see the Sen. Patty Kuderer's page:
The annual Newport High School Band Gala will be an online auction this year.
The Online Auction will go live on Thursday April 23rd at 6pm and will run through Sunday April 26th at 8pm.
The Somerset Community Association has created a neighbor to neighbor directory.
If you can leave your home and are able and willing to lend a hand to others, please click on the link below and sign up to offer help.
Click here to add yourself to the directory
If you are sheltering in place and need assistance with food delivery, running errands or other tasks that do not require direct contact with others, please click on the link below to find people that can help.
Click here to find neighbors willing to help
Due to COVID-19 response, the Somerset Preparedness Meeting originally scheduled for Thursday April 23rd, 2020 at Somerset Elementary has been postponed indefinitely.
The March 2020 issue of the Somerset Sun announces this meeting but, unfortunately, went to press prior to this action. We apologize for any confusion. The meeting will be rescheduled once we have an all-clear to plan a safe gathering.