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September 15th, 2012 · No Comments

The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N., has completed a remodel with a new bar. The Turkish-Italian eatery has been open for two years, and cooks everything from scratch, using 100-year-old family recipes. It offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Umpqua Bank’s Phinney store has a three-day pass to School House Craft, a series of crafting workshops for anyone who has or wants to start a creative small business. School House Craft is at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21-23. The three-day pass is a $180-$225 value; but is free to the first person who contacts Umpqua Phinney Store Manager Jo Figurelli at JoFigurelli@UmpquaBank.com.

King County has just launched a regional “Smart911” service. It’s a supplemental data service that lets residents create their own personal safety profile, which can help 9-1-1 call-takers and first-responders.

The free Smart911 service will be especially helpful for cell phone users, since their locations can’t be pinpointed like they are with landlines.

Registration is voluntary. To create a safety profile, users go to a secure website, www.Smart911.com. Then, they enter their phone numbers, as well as address, medical, disability, or other information that could be useful to emergency personnel. When a call comes in to a 9-1-1 center from a Smart911-registered phone, the additional data is displayed at the 9-1-1 call center. The information can also be accessed by medics, firefighters, and police officers responding to the emergency.

Today, about 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls are made from wireless phones. However, wireless phones only provide the general location of a caller, not their exact address. With Smart911, people can put their home, school, and work addresses into the safety profile associated with their wireless phone. These addresses will assist 9-1-1 call-takers in locating callers when lives are at stake.

Smart911 is particularly useful for people with disabilities. For example, if someone who is deaf or hard of hearing is registered, the 9-1-1 call-taker will be able to see that information when a call comes in.

King County is the first jurisdiction in Washington State to implement Smart911. All 9-1-1 centers across the county will be operational by the end of the year. In addition, Smart911 is a national database, with many other communities across the United States already participating. If a King County resident has registered their wireless phone with Smart911, and has to call 9-1-1 in another Smart911 participating jurisdiction, their information will still be displayed.

For more information about Smart911, visit www.Smart911.com. For more information about the King County E-911 program, visit www.kingcounty.gov/911.

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