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.

Scarecrow Kick…Transformer?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Internet has changed the media industry. Blockbuster and Hollywood Video went bankrupt. And our Scarecrow Video (a Wallyhood sponsor) has been struggling, as well.

But unlike Blockbuster and Hollywood, Scarecrow believes it still has a place in the post-VHS world:

The past 25 years have seen Scarecrow’s collection grow from 600 titles to over 120,000, to become the single largest library of VHS, laserdiscs, VCDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. In fact, it’s very likely the largest single archive of movies in the world…With the explosion of home video in the 1980’s came the birth of the direct-to-video industry. Countless direct-to-video films have never been released as16mm or 35mm prints. Thousands of these films never made the jump to DVD, and continue to be overlooked during the digital migration. Scarecrow keeps these nearly lost classics alive and available to viewers. 

3128450763_d01470b8d8_mBut, with revenue tumbling, they know they can’t keep the doors open under the existing model.

That’s why they’ve launched a Kickstarter to fund the “The Scarecrow Project, a new non-profit which proposes to assume management of Scarecrow Video to preserve and grow the vast library.”

The Grand Illusion Cinema, also a non-profit, will become the fiscal sponsor of the Scarecrow Project, and the existing owners will donate Scarecrow’s existing video collection to the new entity. If successful, the existing Scarecrow storefront will remain open and active:

 In the last year The Screening Room has hosted DVD release parties, interactive press screenings, book signings, local film previews, shadow puppet shows, and presentations by Seattle art legend Larry Reid, Troma film founder Lloyd Kaufman, and Oscar winning film editor Thelma Schoomaker. With something going on every night of the week, one can also find free movie screenings, weekly trivia nights, fan meet-ups, and film club nights. But this is just the beginning. It is just laying the foundation for The Screening Room to reach its full potential with more events with local filmmakers, more collaborative, cross-purpose events, more guest visitors/speakers, and even more innovative ways to use the space that haven’t even been dreamed of yet.

Want to give them a kick? Check out the Scarecrow Project Kickstarter page.

As of this writing, they are 60% of their way to their $100,000 goal.

(Photo by Lairdcrumb)

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