大西雅圖巴士遊(Greater Seattle by Bus)-23 by 李界木 02-25-2016

李界木 2009

(上接上期(22)第二節 西雅圖市的衛星市鎮)

堯羅彭得(Yarrow Point):

是位在華盛頓湖的東岸,過了 520州公路後,向北方突出湖面的小半島,在 Hunts Point的東方,面積也很少,0.4平方哩(比 Hunts Point大一點),人口超過一千人,半島面積只有231英畝,但有4.32哩的道路,405住房,4分之1住在水邊,其餘的住戶,都可觀看湖景。

市鎮於1959年併入景縣,跟 Kirkland、Clyde Hill、Medina和 Hunts Point為鄰,都是高級住宅區,距離 Seattle Downtown5哩處,又面臨湖,當然是富有社區,每人年平均收入居華州 522社區中的第 4名,居民 94%是白人,黑人只佔 0.8%,亞洲人約 3.17%,居民之中,69%是經理級的管理人員及自由業者。華盛頓湖東岸,從北部的 Kirkland,到南部的 Beaux Arts Village形成一帶富有的社區,被稱為西雅圖的黃金海岸(黃金湖岸)。

湖邊住宅

湖邊住宅

豪宅一隅

豪宅一隅

麥地那(Medina):公車261和 271可達

麥地那(麥加)是以沙烏地阿拉伯的麥加城命名,是位在華盛頓湖東岸,面積4.8平方哩,70﹪是水體。通過世界最大浮橋(Evergreen Point Floating Bridge),即 520州公路後即可到達本區,北、西及南三面都臨湖,東與 Clyde Hill, Hunts Point及 Bellevue為鄰,這也是鼎鼎有名大富豪微軟(Microsoft)公司總裁 Bill Gates的住宅區,另外還住有一名西雅圖水手隊前外野球星的日人 Ichiro Suzuki;全市人口 3,011人,93﹪是白人,亞洲人占 5﹪,全市有1千2百多戶,目前房價中數2百萬美金以上,每人年平均收入是華州第2名,僅次於 Hunts Point。Bill Gates的豪宅,佔地約6萬6千立方呎,由 James Cutles設計,一切現代化。

麥地那(Medina)圖(官方資料)

麥地那(Medina)圖(官方資料)

臨湖毫宅

臨湖毫宅

豪宅庭園

豪宅庭園

克萊得山莊(Clyde Hill):公車246和 271可達

克萊得山莊是 Lake Washington東邊的一個社區, Clyde的原意就是在很遠的地方就聽得到。這區由大學區經過 Highway520跨過大湖就到達的地方,這個社區是一個地理上獨特的地方,在 Lake Washington上有很好的視野,除廣大如海的湖景之外,還可見到 Mt. Rainier、Mt. Olympic和 Cascade山脈以及 Seattle Downtown的天際,這是一個城鄉兼得的好社區好城市,風景如畫,樹木常青,不管是公共或私有地都有青翠茂盛的葉子,不僅市民喜愛,而且遊客更喜愛,享受如此美妙的戶外和湖景生活品質高尚優雅。

克萊得山莊(Clyde Hill)(官方資料)

克萊得山莊(Clyde Hill)(官方資料)

距西雅圖3哩,與 Bellevue、Kirkland、Medina、 Yarrow Point和 Hunts Point相接,面積只有632英畝,人口約3千人左右,幾乎是白人,有少數印度、華人和日本人居住在此。大多是管理階級人士居於此,每人年平均收入是華州第3名,僅次於她北方的 Hunts Point和西南邊的 Medina兩地,是華州高級住宅區。

未臨湖以游泳池代之

未臨湖以游泳池代之

處處豪宅

處處豪宅

(第二節 待續)

Seattle Funds the Arts

The City of Seattle announced a $1.8 million investment in Seattle arts, heritage, and cultural organizations.  The grants are from the Office of Arts & Culture, through the Civic Partners program.  This year boasts the largest awards under the program.

Mayor Ed Murray was proud to announce the grants, noting that the city benefits from the wide variety of arts organizations in the community.  These grants are awarded every two years to help create community, provide inspiration and creativity, and promote cross-culture understanding.

The 2016-2017 recipients include ArtsWest, Burke Museum Association, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Copper Canyon West, Seattle JazzED, Seattle Opera, SEEDArts and The Vera Project.  Other organizations designated as community partners to enhance the capacity of artists and arts group are Artist Trust, Teen Tix and Theatre Puget Sound.

Zika Virus in Washington

Washington state now has had its first case of the Zika virus.  The Department of Health confirmed the case in a Mason County man in his 20s who visited the South Pacific.

The man returned to the US about a month ago.  He visited a Thurston County hospital for treatment when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified of the case.

Officials have been looking out for the virus since many people travel to the places where Zika is spreading.  The virus is most dangerous to pregnant women as it has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, resulting in small heads and brain damage in infants.  There is no vaccine to prevent the disease.

Symptoms are generally not severe enough for hospitalization, but can include fever, conjunctivitis, skin rash, and joint pain.  Anyone who is infected is advised to avoid mosquito bites, though the type of mosquito that can spread the disease does not live in Washington state.

Travel to areas where mosquito-borne diseases should be delayed if possible.  The particular mosquito that can transmit the virus, the aedes mosquito, is also active during the day, so use repellents and other prevention measures throughout the day and evenings.  The Zika virus can also be spread by blood transfusions, a pregnant woman to her fetus, and a man to his sexual partners.