Package Problems

6696767613_374a475e34_zNo, that one bust back in September of the mail-thief ring has not ended  the habit certain unsavory types have of plucking Amazon packages from our porches. Since we’re in the midst of heavy package delivery season, it’s worth taking note.

On the Wallyhood Forums, Leslieredd wrote:

We’ve twice now in the past two weeks had packages stolen from both our front and back doors, both UPS and FedEx.

And Stols responded:

Hello I got a package stolen from my porch on Monday and I was wondering what I should do now?

Thankfully, Amazon will replace the package free of charge, but it’s also a good idea to report it to the police: As AlChasesHisTrainOfThought notes, SPD’s disclaimer on that site states “All cases filed within this system will be reviewed. Most cases will NOT be investigated.”

As Zod notes in an email, though, SPD says their attention is data-driven: according to the Seastat web site, they use the data on cases filed to decide how to allocate their patrols.

You can also rent a box at the post office, or try Amazon’s locker delivery service. Unfortunately, Nola says:

I ordered something from Amazon today and tried to use the locker pick up option. I wanted to use the one on Leary in the 7 eleven. It said it was full. So I think a lot of people are switching to other options for deliveries. This is a real drag.

Next Gen Christmas Lights

Steve Zaske writes:

All I want for Christmas is to be in the Wallyhood blog!  I live at 4220 1st Ave NE and I’m a Christmas light fanatic.  For the last 3 years I’ve been slowly adding to my Christmas light show.  Here is a video of one of my songs.
With all the lousy weather we’ve been having, maybe lights can offer some Christmas cheer.

Folks, it’s not a competition, but Steve ones.

Jeremy Echols Photography

Wallingford Art Walk may be over, but Cutz Meridian is keeping in the spirit, hosting an art opening this Sunday, 3 pm – 6 pm:


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Whipped Cream Lady

Dean Silverstone writes:

Dolores Erickson, the model who posed on the 1965 long play record by Herb Alpert will be appearing in person Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at Golden Oldies Records (201 NE 45th St).

Better known as the Whipped Cream Lady, Dolores will be signing autographs on her LPs starting at 2 pm. She is charging $20; so bring in your LPs for her to sign. This would make a magnificent Christmas present for any record collector.

So long, Siamang

_MG_8866rt2copyKevin, a Wallingford resident and Woodland Park Zoo volunteer, writes:

I thought you and your readers would want to know: Simon, one of the siamangs at the zoo, was humanely euthanized yesterday. The siamangs are the apes that make that mid-morning call that carries all the way across Phinney Ridge and Wallingford. Simon was very old (34 years old) and was suffering from complications of old age; siamangs generally live to 25-30 in the wild and up to 30 in zoos.

The zoo is looking at bringing in a new male siamang to keep with Briony, their female. That process will probably take a while though, so don’t expect to hear a morning siamang call for a while. Interestingly, every pair of siamangs has a unique styling to their call, so when they do have a new male, their call will sound different than the one that Simon and Briony made.

There’s more on the Zoo’s web site.

(Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo)

Hamilton School Principal Exiting

Hamilton_AbovetheRest_cropped_bigParents of the Hamilton International School received this note from their principal today:

Dear Hamilton Families,

This afternoon I announced to the HIMS staff that I have been offered and accepted the position of Executive Director of Support Services at  Singapore American School beginning July 2015. While I am excited about this new opportunity, please know I have a deep affection for our entire community and great pride and respect for the work of our faculty and staff at Hamilton International.

I will remain at Hamilton through the end of this school year and am committed to ensuring a smooth transition to a new school leader. Our Northwest Executive Director, Jon Halfaker, has expressed his desire to ensure Hamilton has a strong, thoughtful and innovative leader committed to the values of our community and dedicated to ensuring all students receive a rich and rigorous middle school experience. Beginning in January our Building Leadership Team (BLT) and PTSA leaders will work with Mr. Halfaker and other district leaders to ensure opportunities for authentic community engagement throughout the process.

Over the past two years I have been challenged, inspired, embraced and welcomed by this amazing community. Our leadership team, faculty and staff are some of the best in the business and they have made my work here the most rewarding of my career. Our students are smart, kind, compassionate, thoughtful humans – I’m moved by the way they learn, advocate, challenge and ultimately care for one another. Each of the 957 students who walk through our doors makes a positive impact on our school. Our families are supportive, collaborative and engaged – we could not ask for better partners in this work.

Hamilton International Middle School has a strong tradition of an exceptional staff, supportive and positive families and incredible students and I know this will continue. Saying goodbye to the Hamilton community is going to be really hard – I’m not looking forward to that day. Until then, we still have a lot to do this school year, a lot of time left together. I am excited and grateful to be part of it with each of you.


Cindy Watters, Principal

(Photo by Above the Rest Aerial Photography, from Seattle

Holiday Lights Recycling

This holiday season there are several places to take your old holiday lightsholiday-lights-tangled-pile for recycling. Don’t throw them in the trash – there are valuable metals in the wires which

Here are some of the nearby places where you can take them:

King County Solid Waste Division always has up-t0-date information about holiday light recycling.

When you donate holiday lights, remove all packaging, twist-ties and rubber bands. Place lights directly in the collection bin, with no bags or other extra material.

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