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 DJC.com)

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.

Bring Fiber to Wallingford

Gary Anderson wrote:

In today’s Seattle Times there is an article about Condointernet bringing high speed internet to selected neighborhoods starting in the Eastlake area.  This is an expansion into single family residences in addition to high density apartment and condominium buildings.  The prices are very competitive compared with any other service available in Seattle.  Their expansion plans are based on demand so it would help if interested people expressed their interest on thecondointernet.com web site.

Pop-up Octopus

WALLYholidayLiza Danger from The Octopus Bar (2109 N 45th St) writes:

We wanted to invite Wallingford and friends to our first Holiday Pop up Craft shop this Sunday from 6-8 pm. All works will fit into a stocking and be under $20.

Local Artists include: Nick Orban – Oil paintings, Mary Hannah – Hand crafted jewelry, Alex @tmapllc – wallets and bottle openers, Lem Bartley – Fancy Beta Fish and hand crafted tools and many more.

Should be a great time! Come celebrate the holidays with us!

I wanna see these oil paintings fit in a stocking. Small painting or big stocking?

Salut Bistro Opens Today

Joe Martin writes:

Video__Seattle_Wine_Food_Experience_Interview_with_Chris_Marquez_of_Bill_the_Butcher___FrequencyHello from the staff and management of Salut Bistro, we are your newest neighborhood restaurant located at 1715 N. 45th St (formerly Patty’s Eggnest).

We are pleased to announce our Grand Opening to the Wallingford neighborhood and all our friends, we will open our doors for lunch and dinner on
Friday, December 12th, with lunch starting at 11am, until 3pm, our dinner starts at 5pm and will continue until 10pm. We will be opening our bar to the public on Thursday beginning at 8pm, please join us, perhaps review our menu in preparation for our grand opening the following day.

We will also be open for Brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:30am on both days, we will be featuring the Seahawk game on our big screen on Sunday in the bar.

We have a fantastic kitchen staff, starting with our Chef, Chris Marquez, who believes in using sustainable products, fresh northwest products, and a “from scratch” approach to food preparation. Our Sous Chef, Danielle Villao is also a pastry chef, her deserts are sure to please!

Please join us Friday or stop by anytime and say hello! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Some quick Internet sleuthing tells us that Chris Marquez was previous at the Swinery and the was head butcher at the Ballard location of the ill-fated Bill the Butcher. That’s him in the photo above, in a screen grab from a video interview.

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