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Entries from May 2012

Two shootings in Seattle, some schools on lockdown

May 30th, 2012 by master

Update, 7 p.m.: The suspect in today’s shootings is alive and receiving treatment at Harborview Medical Center, according to the SPD Blotter. From the Blotter:

It appears that about 30 minutes after the shooting at the cafe, the suspect in the cafe shooting fled to First Hill, where he fatally shot a woman in a parking lot, and stole her SUV.

The suspect then drove the SUV to West Seattle, where he ditched the vehicle, leaving a gun in the car.
After officers found the SUV near Delridge Way SW and SW Dakota Street, SPD flooded the area with uniformed and undercover officers.

Just after 4pm, a plainclothes officer spotted the suspect near 36th Avenue and SW Morgan Street, and called for backup. As uniformed officers approached the suspect, he knelt down to the ground, and shot himself. Medics rushed the man to Harborview for treatment.

Based on evidence recovered during today’s investigations, SPD believes a lone suspect is responsible the murders in Roosevelt and First Hill. Still, neighbors should expect to see a heightened police presence as detectives work to confirm links between the two tragic incidents.

Update, 1:20 p.m.: The SPD says there is a, “heavy police presence in the University District, with K9, SWAT, Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators, and patrol officers all in the area working on the case and searching for the suspect. As a precaution, area residents should keep their doors and windows locked, and to call police if you find any indications someone has tried to break in to your home.” (From the SPD Blotter)

Earlier, 1:00 p.m.: This morning, two deadly and unrelated shootings happened in our city, one downtown and one in the University District. The shooting in the U-District involved a man who shot five people, killing two, at Cafe Racer. Nearby schools (Roosevelt, Eckstein, and Greenlake) were on lockdown as a result. The shooter is still at large.

From our news partners, The Seattle Times:

Seattle police say the shooting happened at Cafe Racer Espresso in the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast, near the intersection with Northeast Ravenna Boulevard.

Two men are confirmed dead, and one person has life-threatening injuries, police said. Two others also suffered gunshot wounds. One victim is a woman.

…The suspect in the Cafe Racer shooting was described by police as a white man, 30-40 years old, 6-feet-1, with a medium build. He has light brown curly hair, a goatee or beard and was wearing a white and plaid shirt.

The man was last seen running north from the scene. Police urged residents in the area to remain inside.

The shooting downtown happened in front of Town Hall. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) says it was an apparent carjacking. From the Times:

The woman and a man were seen arguing in the parking lot at Eighth and Seneca earlier in the morning, police said. The man shot the woman around 11:30 a.m. and fled in a black Mercedes SUV. It’s unknown at this point whether the vehicle belonged to him.

The SUV later was found in the 4100 block of Delridge Way, but authorities are still searching for the suspect. TV news footage showed what appeared to be a black handgun in the front seat.

The woman in the carjacking incident has died, and the suspect is still at large, according to the SPD. We’ll continue to update with any new information.

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The Drum Exchange hosts 'Day of Percussion'

May 28th, 2012 by master

Wallingford’s The Drum Exchange is offering a free event on Saturday, June 2 called the “Day of Percussion,” held next door to the store at the Creative Music Adventures Gallery.

Candace Marshall from The Drum Exchange writes that the event will feature a variety of drum and percussion clinics with some professionals: Jeff Busch (Brazilian Percussion), Ernesto Pediangco (Cuban Percussion), Alan Keown (Drumline), Michael Waldrop (Marimba), and Garey Williams (Drumset). Marshall says the clinics are geared toward, “anyone with an interested in learning more about drumming and percussion (youth age 9 & up and adults). We will also have door prizes and other freebies throughout the day.”

Click here for a full list of the day’s events and clinics.

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B.F. Day Elementary has new principal

May 23rd, 2012 by master

B.F. Day Elementary has a new school principal, Katie Pearl. Ms. Pearl will start this summer.

From Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield:

Dear B.F. Day community,

I am excited today to announce the appointment of Katie Pearl as your new principal, effective July 1, 2012.

Ms. Pearl comes to B.F. Day Elementary from Mercer Middle School, where she was assistant principal.Ms. Pearl is committed to the vision of B.F. Day as a family school and to rigor and excellence for every student. She will be a great fit for the B.F. Day community.

Katie Pearl previously served as house administrator at Mercer Middle School, and she was a Special Education teacher at Mercer Middle School and at Briggs Elementary in Bronx, New York. She also was a classroom teacher at Hamlin Robinson School in Seattle.

She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Mercy College, with an emphasis on elementary education and K-12 special education, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College.She has Washington State Administrative Certification and has completed the Danforth Educational Leadership Program through the University of Washington.

Ms. Pearl was selected after a hiring process that included input from staff and families. The selection team committee was particularly impressed with her strong experience in instructional leadership. Please join me in welcoming Katie Pearl to B.F. Day Elementary!

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Saturday lane closures on N. 45th St.

May 18th, 2012 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close one lane in each direction on N. 45th St tomorrow (Saturday, May 19) to remove a large tree and install two new permanent poles between Green Lake Way N. and Stone Way N. The closures will happen between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

From SDOT:

During the majority of the work the roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction. While the tree is being removed, the roadway may be reduced to a single lane for both directions, alternating traffic with the assistance of flaggers. On-street parking restrictions and loading restrictions in and around active work areas will also be in place.

The work is being done as part of the Priority Bus Corridor Projects, which will benefit Route 44. SDOT expects work to be completed by late summer.

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Wallingford resident honored tonight at Historic Seattle's 'Preservation Awards' ceremony

May 15th, 2012 by master

Tonight is Historic Seattle’s Fourth Annual Preservation Awards, and a local historian will be honored at the ceremony. Wallingfordian Paul Dorpat is the recipient of the Living Landmark Award for his, “outstanding contribution to our understanding of Seattle history and his role in shaping a broad public appreciation of our built (and in many unfortunate cases lost) environment.”

Cloud Bank, 45th Street and Meridian Avenue, 2008, by Paul Dorpat.

Dorpat is perhaps best known for his “Now & Then” series in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest magazine.

From Historic Seattle’s blog:

Through his research, publications, website, public lectures and the generous sharing of his vast knowledge about the history of our city with other researchers, Paul Dorpat has made “then” a very important part of “now” for which we are very grateful.

The awards ceremony is tonight at the Wallingford Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N.) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Click here for more info.

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'Stamp Out Hunger' on Saturday

May 10th, 2012 by master

This Saturday, May 12 is ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ day, a nationwide US Postal Service and Campbell Soup Company food drive for local food banks. It’s easy to participate: on Saturday, put out non-perishable goods by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up. The donations will be combined across the city, then split up and divided evenly at every neighborhood food bank.

This will be the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger, and last year the Postal Service collected over 70 million pound of food across the country. The organizers ask that participants put out, “a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday.”

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Sustainable Seattle Neighborhood Workshop this Thursday

May 8th, 2012 by master

This Thursday, May 10, is the Sustainable Seattle May Neighborhood Workshop at Solid Ground (1501 N. 45th Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reed Painting and SustainableWorks will be at the workshop to teach participants how to create green redecorating projects and to improve energy efficiency in your home.

SustainableWorks, a nonprofit contractor and partner in the City of Seattle’s Community Power Works program, “will share tips and techniques to help you save energy in your home, lower your carbon footprint, and save money,” according to the event information. Reed Painting will, “discuss their Green Man Paint Program, which recycles your donated paint, participates in responsible disposal, and donates quality recycled paint to your community projects.” They will also talk about how homeowners are affected by the EPA’s new lead regulations. Reed will provide a painting demonstration and tips for painting projects. They will also be giving away a free quart of their recycled paint at the end of the night.

To register for the event, click here.

(Disclosure: Reed Painting is a MyWallingford sponsor)

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Seattle Tilth's Edible Plant Sale this weekend

May 4th, 2012 by master

Tomorrow, Saturday May 5 kicks off the May Edible Plant Sale put on by Wallingford’s Seattle Tilth. The sale is Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at Meridian Park (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N).

Seattle Tilth will have over 50 varieties of organic tomatoes, 20 types of peppers, culinary herbs, edible flowers, and much more. The plants have been hand-selected by the group’s garden educators, and differs from their March plant sale, “because it debuts summer gardening plants aka “warm season” crops like tomatoes, peppers, squash and corn,” according to Seattle Tilth.

Here is a plant list from Seattle Tilth:

See what plants will are are selling so you can plan shopping list.  Find out about our wonderful plant growers. Most veggies are $3, herbs and flowers $4. See our plant & seed lists:

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SDOT asks for feedback to update Bicycle Master Plan

May 2nd, 2012 by master

As part of the city’s Bicycle Master Plan update, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is asking bikers for feedback. They’ve developed two tools to gather information: an online survey and an interactive map.

The survey asks users to highlight important bicycle issues and should take ten minutes. The map allows users to detail exactly where bikers travel, then prompts for feedback on which roads and intersections need improvements and which facilities work well.

SDOT says this is a great opportunity to find out how people currently use existing bicycle facilities and what residents would like to see for the future, as well as help us prioritize the issues most important to the community. The survey has been translated into six different languages – Korean, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese and Vietnamese – which are available at the same link, according to SDOT.

From SDOT:

“It is perfect timing to launch the Bicycle Master Plan update, as May is National Bike Month and there is a lot of energy surrounding bicycling and its consideration to make it an even more viable mode of transportation,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Chair of the Transportation Committee. “I encourage everyone living and working in Seattle to participate in the update by filling out the online survey and providing input using the mapping tool.”

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