Parklet

2014-09-19 14.13.51Remember back in April, when we talked about how there was going to be a parklet outside Molly Moon’s?

Well, there’s a parklet outside Molly Moon’s!

Erika writes:

Cute idea, but aside from the two swing seats, there is no seating unless you want to plop down on the astroturf. And considering the number of dogs that wander that way with their owners, that doesn’t appear to be the best idea. People park themselves on the sloping window ledges of the fire-destroyed restaurant next door to eat their ice cream. Wouldn’t bench seats all around the parklet have made more sense? Especially since two parking spots were lost in the making of this park.

Shortly thereafter, she amended her report:

 Was there this evening and saw plenty of people sit on the astroturf. Still think raised seating would have been preferable…

Have you checked it out? What do you think?

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(Photos by Mrs. Wallyhood, taken Sept 19th, when the parklet was still under constructioning.)

 

Seattle Writes at Wallingford Library

Interested in honing your writing chops? There’s a free workshop this week at the Wallingford Public Library:

3531532114_78338e283d_mSeattle Writes – Voices Up: Writing the Stories of Our Lives (2-hour class, free)
September 30th, 5:30-7:30 PM
Wallingford Branch Library, 1501 N 45th Street (in the Solid Ground building)

This workshop explores short nonfiction, personal essays and flash memoir. Registration is required.  Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch.

Instructor Ann Teplick is a playwright, poet and young adult author. She has taught with Writers in the Schools (WITS), Hugo House and the Pongo Teen Writing Project, which works with incarcerated and at-risk youth to help them express their thoughts and emotions through the written/spoken word. Teplick has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College.

Directions to the Wallingford Branch Library can be found here.

Trilogy Anniversary Today

Trilogy Chiropractic is holding a free BBQ to celebrate its two year anniversary in Wallingford today, and it looks like the weather has chosen to cooperate:
Trilogy Chiropractic is celebrating two years in the great neighborhood of Wallingford!  In honor of that we’re throwing a big party and everyone is invited,  whether you are a patient or not!  It’ll be this Saturday, September 27th from 12-3pm.  We are located at 3933 Stone Way N, on the corner of Stone Way and Bridge.  The Prescott apartment complex is across from us and we’re right beside the 7-11.  We’ll be grilling out right in our parking lot and serving up plenty of great drinks and food so you won’t go hungry for sure!  We’ll also be having some fantastic local businesses that we love to support and they’ll be showing off their services as well.  Please feel free to bring the whole family as everyone is welcome!  Please go to www.trilogyanniversary.eventbrite.com for more information or to RSVP!

Log Jam On The 26

DOUG. writes:

This was the scene on Thackeray Pl NE, between 42nd and 43rd at 8:30 this morning. A large delivery truck carrying lumber was stuck on Thackeray for about and hour because it was too big to make the turn at 42nd. I spoke briefly to the truck driver, who blamed his GPS (technology!).

Three #26 Metro buses were stuck behind him. All were empty. Presumably the passengers had gotten off and found another way to move along.

So if you were wondering why your 26 never came (or was an hour late) this morning, now you know!

Halloween Scheming

Last year, there was some enthusiasm around the idea of Reverse Trick or Treating, the idea of going out and engaging with trick-or-treaters, or even going to people’s houses to give them treats. I’d like your help in evolving this idea, or something related, but Halloween in Wallingford this year.

Here’s where I’m coming from: Halloween is one of the best holidays out there: kids get to be creative, dressing up in costumes, roving in bands, being scared, being amused, being amazed.

58397949_23b88a1c72_zTrick-or-treating is fun, but has some flaws: kids go door-to-door, hold out their bags and fill them up with candy that often gets thrown away or, worse yet, eaten. Most of the treats are the same: cheap chocolate mini-bars. Next house, same bars. Next house, same bars. What a wasted opportunity for awesomeness.

That, and the rise in allergies (nut, gluten, corn, egg, dairy, etc.) has made many of the treats verboten to a growing block of kids. Kids who deserve a fun Halloween!

Our best times on Halloween have been at the amazing haunted houses that people have created, like the one 42nd and 1st Ave NE and the one at 42nd and Corliss, or the day glo dungeon on Sunnyside below 42nd. The kids get so excited to interact with these amazing art and performance pieces that people have put on, and the parents chat with each other, and it feels like a carnival. So much more amazing than just going house to house filling up a bag of corn syrup and palm oil.

So, I’ve got a few ideas that I wanted to run by you, let’s see what there’s enthusiasm for this year.

First idea: call-out for roving reverse trick-or-treaters. Last year, Erin went out as Elliott from ET and stopped people on the street to give them bubbles and candy. Zev and I rolled a wagon full of super-balls, and quizzed kids with fun questions before giving over the goods.

How about make-believe camera crew interviewing kids about their costumes, in character (you’re dressed as superman, expect to be asked what it’s like to fly)? Or a fortune-teller offering to tell fortunes? Or the Headless Horseman looking for his head? Roving bartender for the adults?

Imagine if there were people all over the neighborhood intercepting bands of children, giving them more fun than just a candy bar in a bag?

Second idea: same as above, more or less, except we block off a street (preferably near one of the aforementioned haunted houses) and encourage folks to come set up their acts and games there. With a fixed place (and perhaps some power cords from friendly neighbors), we could have games, a performance stage, all sortsa fun.

So anyway, that’s some ideas to start with. What do people think?

(Photo by Michael Hanscom)

New Sponsor: NannySure

Wallyhood welcomes a new sponsor, NannySurenannysure (with a special offer for Wallyhood readers):

NannySure Launches Innovative Service to Protect Kids

Does a nanny, babysitter, or au pair take care of your kids? Want to enhance your children’s safety while simultaneously improving communication with their caregiver?

A new service, the first of its kind in the country, is starting up in Wallingford. The founder, Justin Baram-Blackwell, is a local dad with 15 years of experience in childcare. He’s also the father of two little ones. Justin created NannySure to boost the safety of children being cared for by nannies. Unfortunately, reports of children being neglected or abused while in care are all too common. NannySure addresses that issue. Using kid-oriented GPS devices and cloud-based video cameras, NannySure will observe your nanny interacting with your children, whether on-the-go or at home. NannySure will then provide you with a report. Observations are random and unobtrusive.

NannySure benefits nannies as well. The service is completely above board. Nannies are asked to consent to the service before the first observation, and they receive copies of all reports. By providing an independent, third-party perspective, NannySure’s feedback generates dialogue and helps the family and nanny work as one team. If a child does get hurt while under a nanny’s care, a NannySure video excerpt or observation report can reassure the family that the nanny didn’t cause the injury. Nannies can also request video excerpts to share children’s milestones with families; and NannySure reports can give families constant positive feedback that their children are thriving under the nanny’s care.

To celebrate its launch, NannySure is offering Wallyhood readers 50% off of the initiation fee. Just mention “Wallyhood.” To get started or learn more, contact Justin at (206) 501-8991 or [email protected], or visit the NannySure website at www.NannySureUSA.com.

No, Virginia, the police aren’t coming

don-knots-then-365fp093010According to a confidential Seattle Police Department memo leaked to KOMO 4 News, the north precinct is too short-staffed to actually investigate most burglaries. According to KOMO:

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. [...]

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.”

While KOMO goes on to quote Pete Rogerson, a citizen advisor on the North Precinct Advisory Council as saying it’s “very surprising”, to anyone who’s ever reported a burglary up these parts, it’s old news.

Kenn writes that he had to “convince the police to visit my car that got broken into even after I mentioned that there was a bloody finger print on the window.” Our friend Zoey tells us the police told her they wouldn’t be investigating the hit-and-run on her car because no human being was hurt, despite the fact that the car was totaled. I’ve called in stolen bikes and strollers, and never had them do anything more than ask a couple perfunctory questions about whether the object was locked. I called in a drunk and disorderly next to the Wallingford Park children’s playground last month, and as far as I know, police never responded.

As far back 2009, we’ve had reports like this:

I was one of the recent prowl victims. I’m pretty sure I found my stolen GPS receiver on craigslist; it was obvious that the same person was selling several of them, and each one had a different story about why he was selling it. I e-mailed Officer Jackson and called him twice but he never returned my call.

I did get a call from some other detective after I filled out a contact form online. When I asked if he could help me get it back, he recommended that I set up a meeting with the seller in a public place, tell him my unit was stolen and that I wanted to check the serial number, and then dial 911 — “90% of the time, they just run away.” Um, what about the other 10%? When I mentioned that this didn’t sound safe, he said: “Bring a guy with you.” Perfect! If I’m gonna get knifed by a crackhead thief, why not let a friend in on the action?

The cops had a chance to question someone who may have been responsible for several break-ins/thefts, and they did nothing.

What isn’t so clear to me is why the reduction. According to Public Safety and Education Committee meeting minutes from 2010, the 2009 “year-end update projected 49 recruits entering Academy training in 2010. The new update shows that 15 recruits entered the Academy in the first quarter and none entered in the second quarter. It projects zero new recruits for the rest of the year.”

But this isn’t simply due to reduced overall budget. Looking at the City of Seattle General Fund Revenue & Budget Update from 2013, sales tax and B&O tax, two major sources of funds for the general fund (also see the have been growing nicely. But not only isn’t the money being spent on new police officers, the number of detectives is significantly shrinking (as the population grows).

The Seattle Police Department budget appears to be be steady, and offers a few clues (one big ticket item: $12M to “Fund Seattle Police Officers Guild Contract”), but I won’t pretend to understand which of these are appropriate or not. It’s too easy to dismiss any cost as “frivolous” without being educated.

What I do know is that when it comes to burglaries, we’re on our own.

(Thanks to the many folks who sent this in!)

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