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Entries from February 2013

Library kicking off “Did You Know” series with tips on library use

February 28th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is kicking off its new “Did You Know?” series with a bunch of tips for library patrons.

Need a job? Get free help from the Library.
Try our databases Career Transitions, Live Resume Help, WOIS/The Career Information System
Ask us how!

Watch your favorite documentaries free with Access Video from www.spl.org
Thousands of documentary, performance, and educational videos from PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, and more. Free online and available any time.

Anytime anywhere online travel guides free from www.spl.org
Leaving for Spain tomorrow? Take along Travel e-books from Rough Guides and Eyewitness Guides. Always available, no due dates. Read online or download chapters. Ask us for details.

Practice tests in English and Spanish free online from www.spl.org
Learning Express Library has interactive test prep guides for GED, SAT, ASVAB, citizenship, and lots more. We can help!

Find great business and investment advice at www.spl.org
Check the Library’s “Business, Finance & Fundraising” category for free access to Value Line, Standard and Poor’s NetAdvantage, Puget Sound Business Journal’s Book of Lists. Great links to other websites too. Ask a librarian for help.

In other Library news, SPL is celebrating National Poetry Month in April with a haiku poetry contest, open to adults, teenagers and children.

Write a haiku that celebrates the library in your life and submit the poem online beginning Monday, March 4. The contest ends at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15.

Winning entries will appear on the Library’s website beginning April 1.

Contest participants must have a library card issued by The Seattle Public Library. Entries must be the writer’s own work and may not be submitted without the poet’s knowledge or consent. No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.

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Christ the King Catholic School hosting LEGO fundraiser for Seattle Children’s

February 27th, 2013 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St., is hosting a LEGO fundraiser on March 10 to benefit Seattle Children’s.

Registration is $20, which includes a LEGO kit. Prizes awarded to winners in each age category: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-16 years, 17-adult.

Upon entering the facility, each participant will receive their Lego kit (approx. 100 piece set) and be seated at a table. When all participants are ready, a monitor will announce that the kits may be opened and the participants may begin building. The monitor will announce an end to the building period after 20 minutes.

Only the pieces from the kits provided may be used during the build, but not all the pieces need to be used. Winners will be judged by a Boeing engineer on creativity for each age group. After the winners of each group are announced, prizes will be awarded. Best of all, every participant gets to keep their entire Lego kit!

LEGO Build starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, in the school gym. Register online or at the door.

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UPDATED: Police shoot man during domestic violence incident Tuesday night in Greenwood

February 27th, 2013 by Doree

Update: SPD has updated its original Blotter post with more details on this shooting, including the fact that the man later died.

Here is some updated information on last night’s officer-involved shooting in the 10100 Block of 4th Avenue NW.

At about 7:35 pm last night officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home near NW 100th Place and 4th Avenue NW. Officers had received a report that an 21-year-old man was holding a knife to his father’s throat.

Officers arrived and approached the house and saw the suspect standing outside. As police attempted to talk to the 21-year-old man, his father came out of the home, and officers moved the father to safety and attempted to take the suspect into custody.

The suspect attempted to go back into the house once his father had been moved away. Officers attempted a taser application, but that was not effective. The suspect then ran southbound pursued by officers who tried a second taser deployment, again with no effect. The suspect stopped abruptly next to a parked car in an area that had very little ambient lighting. One of the pursuing officers slipped on the wet ground and fell on his back, landing near the suspect.

The suspect withdrew a long piece of metal from his beltline and raised it over his head, and came toward the officer. The three officers were forced to fire their weapons to defend themselves, striking the suspect. The long metal object turned out to be an 18 inch long piece of rebar.

They immediately called for Seattle Fire and Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center. The man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives from the Homicide and Assault Unit, as well as CSI responded to the scene and began their investigation. The three involved officers are currently on paid administrative leave, which is standard in any officer-involved shooting investigation. None of the officers involved were seriously hurt during this confrontation. This remains an active and on-going investigation.

Earlier: Seattle Police shot a man during a domestic violence/possible hostage situation in north Greenwood Tuesday night.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers were forced to fire their weapons when a man suddenly raised a large piece of metal toward the officers after he ran from them following a domestic violence/hostage call officers were investigating in Northwest Seattle tonight.

At about 7:30 tonight, officers responded to a call of a domestic violence disturbance, possible hostage situation in the 10000 Block of 4th Avenue NW. The 911 call stated that a family member was threatening to hold the father hostage with a knife. Officers arrived at the house and made contact with the adult male suspect as he was walking out the front door. Officers were able to separate the suspect and the father and began giving the suspect verbal commands. The man refused to follow the officers’ commands, and attempted to get back into the house. At that point, one of the officers deployed his Taser, but it was ineffective.

The man then ran down the street, and officers followed. The man stopped abruptly and crouched behind a parked car. One of the pursuing officers slipped and fell near the suspect’s feet. The suspect then raised up from his crouched position holding a large piece of metal. At that point the officers were forced to fire their duty weapons. The suspect was struck several times and collapsed. Officers immediately called for Seattle Fire to respond, and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. This remains an active and on-going investigation. This is preliminary information and we will have additional information tomorrow.

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Neighborhood news roundup

February 26th, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of all kinds of recent neighborhood news:

Phinney Ridge swimmer Rory Carlson, a freshman at Ballard High School, was a member of the 200-meter relay team that placed 15th at the state meet two weekends ago. Congratulations, Rory!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is replacing the lighting at the Lower Woodland Park tennis courts. Daytime use of the courts will continue, with a few courts being closed intermittently. The work will last through March.

The Greenwood Senior Center’s Alzheimer’s Café was featured on KUOW recently. The event lets those with memory loss and their caregivers get together in a supportive environment. It meets from 3:30-5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at Ampersand Pantry and Café, 424 N. 85th St.

Works Progress recently opened a co-working space in Greenwood, at 115 N 85th St., where independent workers can set up at a desk for the day. They hope to also open up a childcare for infants and toddlers, but are having a hard time finding a space that meets stringent fire code regulations required for childcare centers. If you know of any appropriate space in the neighborhood, please contact Marnee Chua at marnee@elliescoworking.com or Jessie Rymph” <jessie@elliescoworking.com.

Phinney-Greenwood resident Kate Martin is running for Mayor of Seattle. For more information about her candidacy, see her website.

Woodland Park Zoo recently launched a 24/7 roving animal cam to document the daily activity of baby animals and behind-the-scenes dens.

Gigabit Seattle has teamed up with the City of Seattle to bring high-speed fiber Internet that is 1,000 times faster than the typical high-speed connection to 14 demonstration neighborhoods. They recently added a portion of Ballard to the plan. Phinney-Greenwood is not included, yet, but they’re gauging interest by asking people to sign up to be notified when it comes to their neighborhood.

Solarize Seattle: Northwest recently installed the solar panels on a Phinney Ridge home, the first area installation under a new program that offers discounts and pre-approved contractors to homeowners adding solar panels.


Photo by James McFarlane.

Solarize Seattle: Northwest is hosting another workshop for interested homeowners on March 16 in Bitter Lake/Broadview, and on April 6 in Wallingford.

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UPDATED: MAN FOUND — Police looking for man who impersonated an officer at Woodland Park

February 26th, 2013 by Doree

Update: The man was arrested on Thursday.

Earlier: Seattle Police are looking for a man who impersonated a police officer two weeks ago at Woodland Park.

From the SPD Blotter:

A man wanted for impersonating a police officer while robbing unsuspecting Seattle park-goers is still on for the run. But that hasn’t stopped him from keeping his robbery streak alive, while armed with a box full of porn.

Ryan James Purdy-suspect-resizedRobbery detectives have been searching for 46-year-old Ryan James Purdy (aka Tracy Byers) since December, after Purdy approached several people in Volunteer Park in December, flashed a fake badge at his victims, and took their cash and credit cards.
Since we posted Purdy’s picture on the Blotter, detectives believe he’s tried to pull his fake cop scam on two other occasions, most recently in north Seattle.

Shortly after 2:30 pm on February 10th, Purdy’s latest victim was walking through Woodland Park—near N. 50th Street and Woodland Park Avenue N—when another man, believed to Purdy, approached him and asked him to come look at a box of pornographic magazines lying in the grass inside the park.

The victim, concerned children in the park would find the box of magazines, took the box and walked to his car. The suspect followed the victim, and got inside the victim’s car. That’s when the suspect flashed a fake badge, said he was doing a “drug sting,” and said he needed to pat the victim down.

During the pat down, the suspect took the victim’s wallet, rifled through it, and returned it to the man. The suspect then took back his box of porn, got out of the victim’s car, and the victim drove off.

About an hour later, the victim realized his bank card was missing from his wallet—and had since been used at a grocery store—and called police.

In a separate incident, police also believe Purdy knocked on the door of a Capitol Hill home and told a woman inside that he was a federal agent. The woman promptly slammed the door in his face.

If you see Purdy or know where detectives can find him, call the real cops at 911 or (206) 684-5535.

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Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna opening today

February 26th, 2013 by Doree

Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna at 8538 1st Ave NW, at Piper Village, just east of Fred Meyer, is opening at 11 a.m. today.

Ladywell’s is a women’s only spa that offers cedar and pink salt saunas, a steam room and hydrotherapy with hot and cold pools.

The spa will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with last entry at 10 p.m. No reservations for admittance, but they are recommended for massage therapy. Phone is 206-420-7923.

The $36 admission fee includes: stainless steel hot whirlpool, cold plunge, warm soaking tub, dry ceder sauna, herbal steam bath, heated pink salt room, relaxation and stretching lounge, showers, lockers, tea & filtered water. Massages and body scrubs are extra.

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Road crews finishing up concrete grinding on 85th Street in Greenwood starting Tuesday

February 25th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will start grinding the concrete outer lanes of North 85th Street between Aurora Avenue North and Greenwood Avenue North on Tuesday. This is some final wrap-up work from the massive, year-long repaving of 85th Street, which was mostly completed in October.

Crews are grinding the lanes to “improve the ride quality of the roadway surface.”

One lane of 85th Street in each direction will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday. Work is weather dependent, so it could be rescheduled if it rains.

Expect some minor delays. Metro buses will run normally, but some bus stops may be shifted slightly.

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Phinney neighbor warns of strange solicitor Saturday night

February 25th, 2013 by Doree

A Phinney Ridge man sent us a note about a strange solicitor who came to his door Saturday night.

At about 6:15 last night, we had a knock at the door. By the time I walked up to the front of the house, I could see through the window that the person was standing in the yard, waving at me through the window. I didn’t have my porch light on, but it looked like my neighbor, so I switched on the light and opened the front door. A young man was standing in the yard, about 10 feet away from the door. He said, “Excuse me, sir, are you afraid of black people?” I shook my head and told him now wasn’t a good time for whatever he was selling. Before I closed the door, he said something about not being a Mormon and started to approach as if to shake my hand. Very odd, and somewhat aggressive, too.

I’ve read on Phinneywood about the solicitors who claim to be selling magazine subscriptions to help teenagers go to college or some such, and have a feeling this guy was part of that group. Our ‘No Solicitors’ sign usually keeps them away, but without the porch light on I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt in assuming he didn’t see the sign. Regardless, the kind of person who opens with an awkward jab at racial guilt (I guess? Seriously, what was that supposed to mean?) isn’t going to keep my attention long, but I thought I’d share with Phinneywood just to keep people aware, as he was a bit aggressive in his approach.

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Man seriously injured by hit and run driver in Greenwood

February 25th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man was seriously injured late Sunday night after being struck twice by a hit and run driver in Greenwood.

From the SPD Blotter:

A man was left seriously injured late last night after being struck twice by a hit and run driver in North Seattle.

From the SPD Blotter:

On February 24th at approximately 11:36 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of a hit and run injury collision near the intersection of Fremont Avenue North and North 105th Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that an unknown male suspect was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang convertible. The victim, a man in his 40′s, was standing with a male friend at the bus stop just east of the intersection on the south side of North 105th Street.

Just prior to the collision the suspect was traveling eastbound on North 105th Street and for reasons yet to be determined, the suspect drove up onto the curb and struck the victim. The suspect continued on striking two parked cars. The suspect then backed up and struck the victim a second time. At that point the suspect’s vehicle got stuck on the curb. The suspect exited the vehicle and tried to run away.

The victim’s friend, who successfully avoided being struck by the suspect, attempted to physically detain the suspect however, the suspect was able to break free and took off running northbound on Fremont Avenue North. Officers conducted an area search for the suspect however, he remains at large.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’4″ tall, last seen wearing a black jacket and tan pants.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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