Wallingford Project Idea? Need Funding?

TGRC-Grant-Guidelines-2013-2014-Friday-North_pdf__page_1_of_2_Have an idea for a wallingford community project that needs funding?

Our neighborhood was awarded $13,600 in grants from Waste Management by coming in first in recycling outreach activities for the 2013-14 Think Green Recycling Challenge.

The Wallingford Community Council is accepting applications for community projects for part or all of those funds. The deadline for submission of your ideas is September 19th. Grant requirements and instructions are on the WM Think Green Recycling Challenge grant guidelines.

Park Disturbance

My son and I were treated to a screaming, drunken argument between star-crossed lovers tonight at Wallingford Playfield. I’m not particularly worried about revealing secrets here, since they were shouted across the park, but the woman repeatedly shouted that she loved her husband, who obviously was not the potty mouthed gentleman she has been carrying on with.

I called the police, but after about 45 minutes, they hadn’t shown up, and it was time to go home. It’s the second time this summer I’ve had to call in a drunk and disorderly for that wooded area in the south east corner of that park, and the previous time the police hadn’t shown up by the time I left, either.

I’ve got email in to the SPD for more info on expected response times, but I wonder if anyone else has had similar experiences at that park?

Pixar in the Park

PixarflyerMark Kastner of the Calvary Wallingford church let us know that they’re putting on a Pixar in the Park movie event this coming Saturday, August 23rd at Wallingford Playfield:

We will be showing Finding Nemo. It should be lots of fun for the whole family. We suggest that attendees bring a blanket to sit on and snacks if they wish. The movie will promptly start at 8pm and will be over by 9:40pm.


SPD Living Room Chat

I asked if someone who attended the Living Room Conversation with the SPD earlier this week could take notes. Dave Wilkinson obliged:

Officer J. Manning of the Seattle Police Community Outreach Team met with a small group of Wallingford citizens last night in a Living Room Chat at a local business office.  It was an open meeting where we traded honest questions and answers.  Topics covered Gas Works Park, graffiti, parking, homeless, traffic, etc.

The topic of calling 911 for any suspicious activities, even if you are not sure if you should or not, came up.  Manning said let the 911 operators determine and triage your calls.  The worst thing that can happen is something bad may result of a citizen not calling.   If you’re not sure if it’s an emergency or not, let the 911 operators make that judgement call.  If you know it is a non-emergency, let the operator know and they will handle appropriately.  One last thing, officer Manning sent us home with (3) words of wisdom.

  1. Get involved in your community – get to know your neighbors
  2. Take care of each other
  3. Call 911 if you have an emergency or suspect something.

Thank you, Officer J. Manning, for a well spent evening.

Summer Splash at Green Lake

Summer_Splash___Real_EstateTomorrow, Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., is the Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake:

In addition to featuring a Junior Rowing Competition and Corporate Cup regatta, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Windermere Summer Splash is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most activities will be located on the southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

More info on their web site. Weather report says high around 77°. Lovely day for it.

End of an Era

Say it ain’t so! Fans of subtlety and restraint, pay no mind here. The rest of you, grieve, an era is coming to an end. Anyone who has gone up Latona between 40th and 42nd near a holiday has seen the brilliant, over the top displays of light and kitsch, but no more.

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Yep, you’re reading it right. Next Friday through Sunday, the house that lit the neighborhood, 4059 Latona Ave NE, will be selling off its lights and more.

Here’s what Christmas looked like on Latona. Pour one out.

Christmas Lights

(Thanks for the tip, Madi Carlson!)

Living Room Conversation with Seattle Police

Blue_FoundationIf you’re like the many folks I talked to at Seattle Night Out, and the many people who have been posting to the Wallyhood Forums, that there seems to be an uptick in petty crime (car prowl, front porch package theft, bicycles disappearing from garages, etc.), then you may want to pop in to the South Walingford Living Conversation with the SPD North Precinct:
When: August 14, 2014
Time: 7 – 9PM
Sgt. Manning of the North Precinct will be presenting and has invited an officer of the Harbor Patrol Unit to join us as well. Sgt. Manning will be bringing pizza and soft drinks.
You don’t need to live in South Wallingford to attend, but there will be another one in North Wallingford in September for those unable to attend this one (date still TBD).
I won’t be able to attend, so I’d be grateful if someone who does could write up a “trip report” we can share with other Wallyhood readers here.
Thanks to Abel Pacheco, Quality of Life Chair for the Wallingford Community Council (and Communications and Programs Specialist for the Seattle Police Foundation) for getting the word out.
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