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Entries from July 2010

New from SPD: Report some crimes online

July 22nd, 2010 by master

Seattle Police Department has just launched a new public online reporting option.

The Community Online Reporting Program (CORP) allows the public to file police reports for certain incident types — Property Destruction, Car Prowls, Auto Accessories, Theft of Property (under $500), and Identity Theft) over the internet.

This service will allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back. The public will be able to print a temporary copy of the report as soon as they submit it. The report will be reviewed by police personnel, and, once approved, the filing person will receive an email with a copy of the final report attached. The report will transfer directly into the Seattle Police Department records management system and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis as if the report had been filed by an officer.

This option is for low level property crimes only. It does not replace 911 or the non-emergency number. If the caller feels that they are in danger, or the crime just happened, or the suspect may still be there, 911 is still the best option. The Community Online Reporting Program is an option for people that want to report a low level theft, but do not necessarily need an officer to respond in person.

The web-based crime reporting service can be accessed by going to the Seattle Police Department’s homepage ( and clicking the “File a Report” Quick Link.

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Weekend: FamilyWorks BBQ, "Ratatouille," more

July 22nd, 2010 by master

If you’re not heading out of town this weekend (seems like everyone’s traveling this week), here are a few suggestions for your Wallingford weekend.

The weekly Meaningful Movies shows a particularly timely film this week, in the context of the continuing Gulf oil spill:

Film: “BLACK WAVE: THE LEGACY OF THE EXXON VALDEZ” (99 min, Robert Cornellier, 2008)
For twenty years, Riki Ott and the fishermen of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world’s most powerful oil company, ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social and economic consequences of the black wave that changed their lives forever. This is the legacy of the Exxon Valdez.

7:00 to 9:30, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle. Free but donations are welcome.

In Tangletown, Leny’s Tavern (2219 N. 56th Street) is hosting a FamilyWorks Food Bank fundraiser BBQ, featuring pork shoulder, beef brisket, salmon, potato salad, cole slaw, corn muffins and beer.  The BBQ is 1-4 p.m.; the beer garden will be open 1-9 p.m. $12 in advance/$15 at door.

Later that evening, stroll down to the lawn in front of the Good Shepherd Center for Alliance Francaise‘s “Film en plein air,” the animated “Ratatouille.” The film starts at dusk and is free for Alliance Francaise members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

Join us for a movie outdoors! Bring a picnic to enjoy during the movie and don’t forget a blanket to sit on! July’s movie is the animated feature “Ratatouille” shown in French with English subtitles.

In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down!

Rated G, suitable for all audiences.

Cap off the weekend with special family-style meals at a Wallingford restaurant.

At Joule, the summer Urban BBQ continues every Sunday 3-9 p.m. It’s $18 for adults, $12 for kids:

Marseille, the most amazing port city in French country side. This Sunday, Joule will take you to the perfect Summer destination in France. Nicoise salad w tuna belly confit, grilled summer ratatouille, sardines w white bean and watercress pistou, and BOUILLABAISSE!

Avila features some childhood faves at its Sunday dinner, 5-9 p.m.:

caesar salad
spaghetti and meatballs or mushrooms, roasted zucchini and house garlic bread
adult $12|child $6

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Maria Hines to serve up "Iron Chef" dinner

July 21st, 2010 by master

It’s frustrating to watch shows like “Top Chef” and “Iron Chef” and not be able to taste the food. If it’s within your budget, you can taste the meal that Maria Hines of Tilth cooked up on “Iron Chef America” after the show airs next Sunday, August 1, on the Food Network.

On Tuesday the 3rd, Hines will re-create that five-course meal, which is built around one secret ingredient (which we won’t know till we see the show). The cost, with wine paired to each course, is $200 per person.

There are still some spots left for what’s sure to be a mighty great meal, regardless of whether it won the “Iron Chef America” competition. Call Tilth at 206-633-0801 for a reservation.

Photo: Courtesy Food Network

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Seattle Restaurant Week returns in October

July 21st, 2010 by master

The inaugural Seattle Restaurant Week in April was such a success, another one is planned for October.

Six Wallingford favorites — Avila, Joule, Ivar’s Salmon House, Kisaku, Eva, and Tilth — were among the 100+ restaurants that participated in the first Seattle Restaurant Week This time around, organizers are turning to Seattle residents to find out what restaurants they’d like to see on the list. Offer up suggestions via Twitter (@SeattleRW) or on Facebook. Each restaurant submitted will be contacted to join in the 10-day foodie celebration.

The second Seattle Restaurant Week, from October 17 to 28, will offer the same deals as the first — a $25 three-course dinner menu and optional $15 three-course lunch menu — Sunday through Thursday.

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Weds. in Wallingford: market, game night, more

July 21st, 2010 by master

Tonight is Wednesday in Wallingford! Here’s what’s happening:

The Farmers Market runs 3 to 7 p.m. in the south parking lot of Wallingford Center. Berry season is in full swing — perhaps it’s time to try your hand at making jam. You’ll find lots of inspiration on the Canning Across America site.

Chef Dustin Ronspies from Art of the Table returns to the Farmers Market for his second chef demo of the season at 4:00 p.m.

Izilla Toys, in Wallingford Center, hosts its monthly Family Game Night. Proprietors Jude and Jen urge everyone with kids 4 and up to “stop by for pizza, refreshments, and play some new and old favorite games.”

If you’ve shopped at the Farmers Market, Izilla and many other Wallingford Center businesses offer 10% off purchases. Be sure to ask!

You could top off your evening with Trophy‘s new Farmer’s Market Strawberry Cheesecake cupcake — strawberry cake with a graham cracker crust topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting.

Lastly, you may not wish to dip your toes in a wading pool on these chilly mornings, but by mid-afternoon the Wallingford Playfield wading pool (in full sun) is a perfect spot to spend an hour or two with the kids. The pool is open noon to 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy your Wednesday in Wallingford. If we’ve overlooked any Wallingford events, please let us know!

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Friends of McDonald Playground selects structure

July 20th, 2010 by master

Kathleen Ellsbury of Friends of McDonald School (114 NE 54th St) sent this to our sister site, My Green Lake:

Looks like we’ll have a new play structure at McDonald School before long! With funds from the neighborhood, some employers, King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant program, and the City of Seattle’s neighborhood Matching Fund, we will be able to prepare for and install the structure below, as well as a concrete border and two concrete disability-compatible ramps.

After reviewing the cost of site preparation with the contractor who bid on the project, it was apparent that the second-ranked choice (from community meetings) fit best within our budget and available funding:

This structure has moveable parts (the yellow cones), is functionally linked (by the green “mushrooms”) to the existing blue-green structure to the south of this proposed structure.

Preparation of the site will begin this week. The excavation boundaries have been laid out, and a chain link fence will be brought in, to run east-west just south of the blue-green play structure, from the Latona fence to the school building, putting the north part of the play field off limits until the new play structure is installed and approved by the District. I will keep you posted about dates of completion of site preparation, main post installation, and installation of the structure itself. The structure installation will require 2-4 dedicated volunteers to set the main posts, and 10-12 volunteers each day on a weekend to put up the structure itself. I hope all this can take place within 4-6 weeks.

We still need your help this summer. We need a construction team volunteer coordinator, and a community celebration coordinator as well, so I’d welcome volunteers for those roles. Playscapes Northwest will provide the structure and construction supervision, and Spiritridge Construction will do the site preparation.

If anyone wants to know the details of how we arrived at this decision, feel free to contact me. We have gone through an extended process of community involvement, design discussions, and multiple bids to reach this point, and now it’s becoming a reality.

Thank you to everyone who has helped in some way with this project.

Thanks for the note, Kathleen!

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Vote for Wallingford faves in Weekly poll

July 20th, 2010 by master

In two weeks the Seattle Weekly will unveil the winners of its 25th annual “Best of Seattle” poll, and until tomorrow at 5:00 p.m., you can make your voice heard in the voting.

Go to the lengthy poll here, and cast your votes in at least five categories. They start out with nightlife, politics and culture. You’ll find the food and drink categories (the most popular ones, we suspect) on the last page.

Last year’s local “bests” include Not a Number, Joule, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, and Trophy Cupcakes.

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A message for commuters

July 20th, 2010 by master

This morning, a cheery group of friends delivered a message from the bridge over I-5 on 45th St. to drivers heading downtown: You Are Loved.

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Home burglary alert

July 19th, 2010 by master

Burglars got away with some items from a Wallingford home, but it looks like they were planning to take a lot more.  This past Thursday (7/15), a home was broken into in the 4300 block of Bagley Ave N while the residents were at work.  The thieves got in by using a stool to push up a bedroom window that had been left partially open.  Once inside, they got away with two jewelry boxes and a digital camera.  The police report says a duffel bag and a suitcase were also left on the bed as if the thieves were planning to fill it with stolen property.  Police were able to take a shoe impression that one of the burglars left behind.

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Dim sum restaurant opening this weekend

July 19th, 2010 by master

Wallingford’s eagerly anticipated Chinese restaurant Bamboo Village will open this weekend and serve dim sum every day.

Owner Po Lee told us that the restaurant, at the corner of Stone Way and N. 49th St., will be open for business for dinner on Saturday, July 24. On Sunday Bamboo Village will be open its regular hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (it’ll stay open till 10:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).

Dim sum will be available all day, every day. From 10:30 to 3:00 carts will circulate among the tables. After 3:00, patrons will order from the menu, and their dim sum will be ready in 15 minutes, Lee said.

Bamboo Village will also feature a large menu of dishes from various regions of China.

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