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Entries from September 2014

Barter Fare

September 24th, 2014 by hillaryu

Community Barter Fair & Cider Pressing

It is officially fall and it is time for the Barter Fair.

Bring your overstock of home grown and

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Leaked memo: SPD ignoring most N. Seattle burglaries

September 24th, 2014 by hillaryu

From Komo News.

By Joel Moreno Sep 23, 2014

SEATTLE — A confidential memo leaked to KOMO 4 News contains a bombshell admission by the city’s police department. The document says north precinct detectives are too short-staffed to investigate most burglaries.

A police source said that unless burglary detectives have a suspect’s name, evidence photos or surveillance footage, and complete witness interviews, it’s unlikely a case will even get worked let alone solved.

Pete Rogerson works with Seattle police through the North Precinct Advisory Council, where he offers citizen input on police operations. Rogerson said in all his years in that role, he’s never seen anything like this memo.

“I think this memo is very troubling,” he said.

The memo is marked confidential and not for public display, but what it says about burglary investigations could trouble anyone.

“It’s very surprising,” Rogerson said. “I cannot believe this is the case.”

The memo says at one point, 14 detectives worked burglary, theft and juvenile cases for the north precinct. Today it’s down to two detectives and an on-loan patrol officer, even though the memo says cases have climbed to 1,500 a month. The memo concludes, “misdemeanor and even many felony crimes can no longer be investigated except on a very rare, case by case basis.”

“This seems like a big problem,” Rogerson said. “We’re just asking for trouble.”

Seattle police won’t divulge staffing levels in the north precinct, saying it keeps the bad guys guessing.

However, a spokesperson said the major crimes task force also takes on burglary cases. Additionally, the department uses real-time data and community input to guide where resources are deployed.

Milana Richardson, a north Seattle resident, said officers do a good job focusing on violent crime but that didn’t help when burglars stole from her home.

“I told the police. I took their license plate down. I had their name, I looked them up, where they lived, and I had no response (from police),” Richardson said.

Mayor Ed Murray hopes to add 100 new officers in the coming years, though that’s not likely to help the lack of burglary detectives today.

“Adding more officers is not the sole solution to addressing our public safety needs,” the mayor said, “but it clearly needs to be part of the solution.”

By all accounts, crime safety experts said still vital to report all crimes because that information plays out in how limited police resources get assigned.

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HIP Fest

September 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

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Estate Planning Presentation Presented by Solid Ground

September 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

Submitted by Leah Lee.

Solid Ground Invites you to The Woodland Park Zoo for a free one-hour presentation on the importance of creating an estate plan, regardless of age or income.

This is a FREE one-hour estate planning presentation.

Join them on September 24th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.

This event:

  • is FREE to attend
  • has FREE childcare provided
  • will have FREE snacks and beverages
  • has FREE parking
  • will give you FREE Materials and resources to help you craft your own plan

Featuring Chanel Reynolds of & James W. Spencer, Esq. of Spectra Law PS.

Because women and minorities are twice as likely to live in poverty in

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Deadline approaches to apply for matching funds to support your neighborhood project

September 14th, 2014 by hillaryu

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, the city

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Solve Clues and Discover Fall Trends to Win a Trip to New York City!

September 12th, 2014 by hillaryu

Throughout September, participate in

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Seattle Musical Theatre 2014-2015 Season

September 12th, 2014 by hillaryu

Seattle Musical Theatre kicks off its 2014-2015 season with Tony Award winning classic MAN OF LA MANCHA, book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA follows the eccentric Don Quixote, his faithful manservant Sancho, and the tough, but beautiful Aldonza in a mythic and spiritual quest for the impossible dream. With Director Rick Wright at the helm, MAN OF LA MANCHA runs September 12-28, 2014 at Magnuson Park.

Tickets ($20-$35) are available through or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Seattle favorite Jeff Church (Village, SecondStory Rep) takes on the titular role as

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Thornton Creek Alliance 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 6th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Thornton Creek Alliance is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a concert in the park!

Be sure to bring a blanket, and a picnic, and join your neighbors for a fun afternoon!

Learn about the restoration efforts, participate in children’s activities and meet community partners! There will be music by the ThorNton Creek Band with ice cream and cake provided!

Sunday, September 14th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, rain or shine
Cromwell Park
18030 Meridian Ave N.

For more information, visit their website.

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Album from Wedgwood resident Glenna Burmer wins Independent Music Award

September 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Submitted by Rita C.

A locally produced album by Burmer Music — Celebrate World Music! — is a winner in the Contemporary Classical category of the 13th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop poll. This is the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international music award program for independent artists. More than 100,000 fans voted worldwide for their favorites in some 80 categories.

Wedgwood resident,

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Health Fair at Harbor Church

September 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Harbor Church (9204 11th Ave NW) is hosting a health fair on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This fantastic event is sponsored by Bayer and QFC, and will have flu, pneumonia, and whooping cough vaccinations available on-site. Additionally, there will be free nutritional help and information, blood pressure checks, blood glucose (sugar) monitoring, and prizes.

Open and available to all, regardless of income and insurance.

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