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Entries from June 2012

Wedgwood woman bitten by car prowler

June 24th, 2012 by Support Staff

Police say a woman was bitten when she accosted a woman breaking into her car this morning.

Around 8:15 this morning, the victim spotted a female car prowler breaking into her vehicle near 31st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th street. The victim grabbed the suspect—in an apparent attempt to detain her until police arrived—and ended up in a struggle with the prowler. During the fight, the suspect bit the victim.

As that was happening a man – apparently the prowler’s accomplice – walked up, told the victim he had a weapon and ordered her to let go of his partner. Both fled, police say.

Officers were able to track down the male suspect—who was carrying a switchblade—but are still looking for the female prowler.

Following the incident, officers recovered items stolen in at least one other car prowl in the area.

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Seattle Public Library makes reading fun for young readers this summer

June 12th, 2012 by Support Staff

This post courtesy of our sister site Fremont Universe.

The Seattle Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program for children kicked off Friday and continues through August 26th. This year’s program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair with the theme “Read Your Way Into the Future.” Kids can sign up online or in person at any of the 27 Library locations. Participants can track and rate books read, collect stickers and online badges, and create an online avatar:

Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading 10 books. Children who read 10 books by Wednesday, Aug. 1 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Space Needle in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected. Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to have fun and improve reading skills during the summer break from school. A 2004 study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk found that having elementary school students read just four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading-achievement losses that normally occur over those months.

Click here for more information.

In addition to the summer-long program, the 2012 “Words of Wonder Tour” features the work of four new authors of fiction for young readers from2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E. Featured books and authors include:

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. This is free and open to the public-no registration is required. Free parking is available at the branch.

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Wedgwood, View Ridge, Bryant elementaries to start later

June 2nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Six Seattle public schools will start later next year, including Wedgwood, View Ridge and Bryant  elementaries, Superintendent Susan Enfield announced this week.

The school day at those three schools will run from 9:25 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., according to the district’s published list.

These new bell times are a result of changes to transportation for the 2012-13 school year. The School Board voted to move forward with a transportation plan that includes longer yellow bus ride times (up to 45-minute rides) but has minimal impact on bell times. We needed to implement new start times at these six schools to continue our three-tied bus plan (where staggered start times are required so that one bus can make three trips between schools). This change will save the District between $300,000 and $500,000, allowing us to keep further budget cuts away from the classroom.

We know changing bell times is not ideal. We also know that many members of our community would like us to consider later high school start times and earlier elementary start times.

This has major ramifications for high school students, including after-school jobs and athletics, as well as before- and after-school child care for elementary school families.

We are committed to thoroughly studying these ideas, but we ask for your patience as it will require considerable time and public involvement

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Memorial fund for Cafe Racer shooting victim

June 2nd, 2012 by Support Staff

A memorial trust has been established for Donald Largen, a 57-year-old saxophone player and urban planner who was killed Wednesday in the Café Racer shooting, friends have announced.

Donations are needed to fund funeral expenses and support his surviving partner, Glenna Wilson.

A story about Largen ran in The Seattle Times on Thursday.

Donald Largen, a 57-year-old urban planner who played the saxophone, was one of the four people killed in a Wednesday morning attack by a gunman who opened fire at the Cafe Racer, according to his mother, Betty Parker.

“He was a very loving, kindhearted man,” Parker said Thursday.

Largen was a Seattle native who graduated from Shorecrest High School and the University of Washington. He worked as an urban planner while simultaneously pursuing his love of music, regularly playing at cafes and friend’s houses whenever possible. He loved Costa Rica and visited as often as possible with Glenna. He was a resident of the Roosevelt neighborhood and was a regular at local establishments such as the Café Racer, Latona Pub, Big Time Brewery and Café Allegro.

Donations are welcome in any amount and can be made at any Bank of America location to the Donald B. Largen Memorial Trust Fund. All proceeds will be used to cover funeral expenses, with the remainder going to Wilson, Largen’s partner of 22 years. Separate funds are being created for the other shooting victims.

The Times is also reporting:

Victims of the Cafe Racer shootings will be honored at a gathering outside the cafe Saturday afternoon and at a benefit concert Sunday evening — and the cafe’s owner says he has decided he will reopen the business, but he does not know when.

Today’s memorial is at 12:30 p.m. The concert is at 8 p.m. Sunday on a stage in the alley behind Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E.

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