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Entries from December 2013

Ten Thousand Villages donates 15% of tonight's sales

December 19th, 2013 by master

If you’re still looking for a few gift ideas for Christmas, nearby Ten Thousand Villages invites you to stop by its store at 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E. tonight to shop around for a cause.

From 6-8 p.m. tonight, December, 19, the store that features handmade fair trade products from around the globe will donate 15 percent of all proceeds to New Dawn Guatemala. In addition, local business Glittersweet will be there selling purses, totes and tablet sleeves, along with Nicaraguan-born artist Victor Fuentes, who will be displaying and selling his works. Glittersweet and Fuentes also will donate a portion of their sales to New Dawn Guatemala.

According to an email from Ten Thousand Villages:

New Dawn Guatemala is working to improve the lives of hundreds of Guatemalans in Nuevo Amanacer and the surrounding area through economically and environmentally sustainable programs. The community of Nuevo Amanacer is made up of ex- refugee families who had to flee from the violence of the 36 year Civil War. NDG will provide scholarships for school and job training, as well as assist in other areas of need for the community.

It notes that if you prefer to purchase online at Glittersweet, they will donate to New Dawn Guatemala if you mention New Dawn in the notes section.

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Polar Bear Plunge returns to Matthews Beach

December 18th, 2013 by master

Ring in the New Year in your swimwear at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at nearby Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the Jan. 1 event that starts at noon sharp; registration begins at 11 a.m.

From the Parkways post:

A 2014 Official Patch of Courage will be given to all heroic polar bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters. Warming refreshments will be served.

As in previous years, younger polar bears and anyone else who needs a little more room can take part in the Polar Cub Club part of the event immediately preceding the main plunge. For the truly hearty, double-dipping is allowed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

· Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
· Come early, and carpool or take the bus (you can plan your trip).
· If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you can’t go in the water, come and watch!
· Don’t drink alcohol–it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
· Stay in the water for no longer than 15 minutes-you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
· Keep your outer clothing on until you’re ready to get in the water. After the plunge, remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Will you brave the frigid waters of Lake Washington for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge?

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Home intruder reported – plus an amazing 38 crime incidents near Northgate

December 18th, 2013 by Mike

A neighbor sends us an email with this in the subject line: “prowler/potential burglar thwarted in Maple Leaf.”

I wanted to let you know of an incident that occurred on 12/16/13 in our home in the 10800 block of 12th Avenue Northeast near Northeast Northgate Way.

At about 2:30 p.m. my partner was at home working, when she looked up from her desk and noticed a woman peering through the windows of our house. Since my partner was on an important work phone call, she didn’t go outside to confront the woman right away, but a few minutes later she heard the front door open, at which point she did confront the intruder, who was by this point standing in our living room.

When confronted, the woman stated she just came in to use the bathroom. The woman was in her 40s, about 5-foot-6 and 250-300 pounds, with long light brown hair, wearing a dress.

Speaking of Northgate, take a look at the snippet of a police crime map at right.

It’s the first time since the map changed format slightly that we’ve seen 38 different reports in the same small place – in this case in and around the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

The time range is from the beginning of December to the present. The crimes are mixed – largely stolen vehicles, prowled cars and shopliftings. (We counted seven stolen cars and 11 car prowls before the map glitched out on us.)

The red-and-black mask? That’s the “cyborg bandit” we wrote about earlier who robbed the Northgate Sterling  Bank branch.

That stretch of Northgate, home to both the mall and the transit center, is known as a crime “hot spot.” In our earlier post we noted that more juveniles are arrested there – by far – than in any other place in Seattle.

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“Heavy rescue” response to car wreck closes 15th Ave. N.E. earlier today

December 17th, 2013 by Mike

Candi emails this morning: “Do you know why 15th Avenue Northeast was closed at 5:30 a.m. today (around Northeast  98th Street)?”

Yes. An accident was called in near that intersection shortly before 5:17 a.m. Two cars were involved, one was overturned. Fears that someone might be trapped inside drew a “heavy rescue” response – 14 vehicles – from Seattle firefighters and paramedics.

It turned out no one was trapped, however, and the incident was downgraded.

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"Heavy rescue" response to car wreck closes 15th Ave. N.E. earlier today

December 17th, 2013 by Mike

Candi emails this morning: “Do you know why 15th Avenue Northeast was closed at 5:30 a.m. today (around Northeast  98th Street)?”

Yes. An accident was called in near that intersection shortly before 5:17 a.m. Two cars were involved, one was overturned. Fears that someone might be trapped inside drew a “heavy rescue” response – 14 vehicles – from Seattle firefighters and paramedics.

It turned out no one was trapped, however, and the incident was downgraded.

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Southbound Fifth Ave. N.E. blocked from Northgate to N.E. 103rd

December 16th, 2013 by Mike

4 p.m. Metro is re-routing buses that run along Fifth Avenue Northeast, which is blocked from Northeast Northgate Way to Northeast 103rd Street:

Rts 41 & 68 – Use stops north of NE Northgate Way or Northgate Transit Center.

Rt 16 – Use stops west of 1 Av NE or Northgate Transit Center.

Rt 75 – Use stops east of 5 Av NE or Northgate Transit Center.

Rts 347 & 348 – Use stops east of NE Northgate Way or Northgate Transit Center.

Expect delays and we appreciate your patience.

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Neighborhood news of cared-for cats, lost-and-found dogs and a balance bike – plus construction noise!

December 12th, 2013 by Mike

Recent news from our readers:

Holland emails:

This past Sunday, December 8, my beloved black cat Pawnee was struck by a car on 15th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 96th and 97th streets.

My neighbor drove by and saw people taking care of him by pulling him off the road and covering him with a blue towel. I wanted to send a thank you. We weren’t home at the time and I really appreciate that you lovingly covered him so we didn’t have to find him ourselves. Pawnee was a beloved member of our family who loved children, our neighbors, and hunting rodents. He was also a great adventurer who would stay out all night and explore the neighborhood. He lived his nine lives happy and to the fullest. Thank you again.

Katy emails:

A kid’s balance bike was left in front of our house on Northeast 84th Street, a week or two ago. Is anyone missing theirs? It doesn’t belong to our immediate neighbors.

And Micah emails overnight:

Hello. Our chocolate Lab, Bob wandered away from our house on 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street  around 5 p.m. tonight. He’s a big Lab wearing a bright orange collar. We are wondering if you could put the word out.

We’ve heard about Bob before, I think.

But by this morning, he was found and back home.

Finally, Sound Transit emails:

Construction crews working to build the Northgate Link Extension for Sound Transit will be making an early morning equipment delivery to the Maple Leaf Portal site. The delivery may cause some noise.

Two large sections of a tunnel boring machine will be unloaded at the former North Seattle’s Park-and-Ride south lot early in the morning on Saturday, Dec. 14 and again on Sunday, Dec. 15. Crews expect the delivery to arrive at approximately 5 a.m. each morning.

Nearby residents may hear continuously running engines while crews use a crane to unload the TBM segments from over-sized trucks.

The work is expected to take about 3 hours each morning.

(We’re guessing TBM means Tunnel Boring Machine.)

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Police seek “cyborg bandit” who robbed Northgate bank, at least five others

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

An email this afternoon from the Seattle FBI offers a reward for the “cyborg bandit” who robbed the Sterling Northgate branch bank last week and is believed to have hit at least five other banks in six cities in the past six months.

At Northgate, 10 0fficers rushed to a bank in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way at about 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Dec. 4, responding to a dispatch of a “bank robbery in progress.”

The robber was gone, according to a police report, but bank employees said a man entered the bank wearing a hood and a tight-fitting “homemade” mask and appeared to be holding a gun in his pocket.

“Give me all your money,” he demanded, and then: “Give me all your big bills. I know you have more.”

The employee said “I’m sorry, that’s all I have,” and the robber immediately left, going out the door and turning west on Northgate toward Fifth Avenue Northeast.

The photo above is from the robbery of a Key Bank in Bellevue. The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which includes members from the FBI, the Bellevue Police Department, the Auburn Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seattle Police Department, says the Northgate robbery is the latest in a string:

• September 24, 2013 (Tue) – Key Bank, Bellevue, WA

• October 2, 2013 (Wed) – Banner Bank, Woodinville, WA

• October 18, 2013 (Fri) – US, Shoreline, WA

• October 23, 2013 (Wed) – Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, WA

• November 30, 2013 (Sat) – Wells Fargo Totem Lake, Kirkland, WA

• December 4, 2013 (Wed) – Sterling Bank Northgate, Seattle, WA

The subject may be a white male, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, of thin build. During the robberies, he’s covered his face with a distinctive cloth and worn the hood of his sweatshirt over his head. He has also worn clear, latex gloves. Please see the attached flier and photos for images that may help your audience identify this robber.

Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the bank robber.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved. Callers may also reach task force officers Detective Mike Mellis at 206-263-2086 and Detective Steve Hoover at 425-452-7868.

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Police seek "cyborg bandit" who robbed Northgate bank, at least five others

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

An email this afternoon from the Seattle FBI offers a reward for the “cyborg bandit” who robbed the Sterling Northgate branch bank last week and is believed to have hit at least five other banks in six cities in the past six months.

At Northgate, 10 0fficers rushed to a bank in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way at about 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Dec. 4, responding to a dispatch of a “bank robbery in progress.”

The robber was gone, according to a police report, but bank employees said a man entered the bank wearing a hood and a tight-fitting “homemade” mask and appeared to be holding a gun in his pocket.

“Give me all your money,” he demanded, and then: “Give me all your big bills. I know you have more.”

The employee said “I’m sorry, that’s all I have,” and the robber immediately left, going out the door and turning west on Northgate toward Fifth Avenue Northeast.

The photo above is from the robbery of a Key Bank in Bellevue. The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which includes members from the FBI, the Bellevue Police Department, the Auburn Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seattle Police Department, says the Northgate robbery is the latest in a string:

• September 24, 2013 (Tue) – Key Bank, Bellevue, WA

• October 2, 2013 (Wed) – Banner Bank, Woodinville, WA

• October 18, 2013 (Fri) – US, Shoreline, WA

• October 23, 2013 (Wed) – Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, WA

• November 30, 2013 (Sat) – Wells Fargo Totem Lake, Kirkland, WA

• December 4, 2013 (Wed) – Sterling Bank Northgate, Seattle, WA

The subject may be a white male, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, of thin build. During the robberies, he’s covered his face with a distinctive cloth and worn the hood of his sweatshirt over his head. He has also worn clear, latex gloves. Please see the attached flier and photos for images that may help your audience identify this robber.

Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the bank robber.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved. Callers may also reach task force officers Detective Mike Mellis at 206-263-2086 and Detective Steve Hoover at 425-452-7868.

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Maple Leaf author has “virtual book launch” tonight

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

The Book of Changes,” a new work by veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick, is having a “virtual book launch” tonight at 6 p.m. Seattle time.

The Book of Changes, the third book of The California Quartet, will be the subject of a Virtual Book Launch on December 10th. Using Michigan Avenue Media, I’ll be on The World of Ink hosted by Marsha Cook and Virginia Grenier.

This is a first-time event for me as a writer. First came the blog tours and how the virtual launch. The world is changing for us as writers, so hop on over and tune in. I’ll entertain you with a short reading from the book and share notes about the process of publishing in the new e-world.

From the web description:

“Beast”, the lead character in The Book of Changes, comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political chaos, hallucinogenic drugs, group sex, and electric, acid, psychedelic, mind-bending rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a raven-haired Gothic artists’ model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history dating back to before Joan of Arc.

The website is here

Use this number to call in to speak with Remick:  (714) 242-5259.

Or find him on Twitter chat:  #WOIjack

We’ve arranged for callers and listeners who care to sign in and/or leave a comment to get a free copy (now called a give-away) of The Book of Changes in any of three formats: MOBI, ePUB, or PDF.

For our post on Book Two of the California Quartet, go here.

From Remick: “An added note: My novel Gabriela and The Widow won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame Virtual Book Expo. We’ll be talking about that event.

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