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Rangers will patrol Cal Anderson, Occidental parks

Seattle Parks Head Park Ranger Corby Christensen, right, and Ranger Sandra Wilcox patrol Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Full-time rangers will patrol Seattle’s Cal Anderson and Occidental parks this summer, and police will have emphasis patrols at both, Mayor Mike McGinn announced this morning.

“We heard from the community that they’re concerned about their safety in the parks, and we want to address that,” McGinn said.

The rangers are not police officers, but “They’re present, they can keep an eye on the park, they can resolve small disputes.” McGinn said. They also will help facilitate the use of ball fields and, the mayor said, will call police, when necessary. They will work as a pair, moving between the two parks.


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Meet local Capitol Hill SPD Officer: Daniel Auderer

Off. Auderer

The East Precinct Seattle Police Department honor for May goes to Officer Daniel Auderer. Here is a short bio:

“I was raised in the Seattle Area. I attended Franklin High School, North and Central Seattle Community College. While in school I was a Seattle Police Explorer with Post #943. After High School I joined the Army. My entire enlistment was as an Infantryman. My most memorable post was in Washington D.C. where I served as an Escort to the President of the United States. After completing my enlistment I returned home to the Puget Sound. I spent a wonderful 8 years in Construction Management before deciding to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a Police Officer. I started to patrol the streets of the East Precinct in Jan of 2009. I enjoy Capitol Hill and what it has to offer in its quirkiness and free spirited atmosphere. In my off time I enjoy all sports, especially baseball.
I also take advantage of any time I can make it on to the Sound for crabbing and fishing.”

Read more about the East Precinct.

Read more SPD East Precinct Captain’s Log website

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Compassionate Volunteers Needed! (South King County)

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Providence Hospice of Seattle is seeking patient care volunteers to offer essential practical and emotional support to hospice patients and their loved ones in King County. Patient care volunteers are required to go through extensive training to help prepare them for this amazing work.

Do you enjoy listening to stories, reading poems and passages out loud, or playing a game of cribbage? What about pruning a few roses, doing a load of laundry, or running to the store for a bag of groceries? Do you play a musical instrument… violin, guitar, piano, and have felt a calling to share your gift? Perhaps you’d like typing a letter, or helping in our office with filing, data entry, etc? Is sewing, knitting or crocheting one of your gifts? You could knit/crochet comfort shawls or sew gowns and pillows in the comfort of your own home!

The work our volunteers provide is profound. To be a peaceful presence of compassion to the dying and their families is an honor.

Unpaid family caregivers are unsung heroes. Many have been caregiving for years at great sacrifice. At end of life, we want to serve the patient and their family. Respite is a gift we can offer to a caregiver. To have a few hours to themselves for shopping, sleeping, taking a shower is a blessing they so desperately need. There are some patients who are alone and need companionship. You could be a peaceful presence to whom a patient could share their life stories. You chose the geographic area you want, and the days and times you wish to serve!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Volunteers must be 21 years or older. In addition, volunteers who are interested in working directly with patients and their families must not have had a personal loss within the last 12 months.

Listen to your heart. If working with individuals at end of life is where you feel you are being called, then contact Providence Hospice of Seattle to find out more! The telephone number is 206-320-4000. Please ask for Steve in Volunteer Services.


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Free DV advocacy training for volunteers (South King County)


DAWN is offering free advocacy training to individuals willing to commit to one year of volunteer service.

Topics Covered: DV in Context, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Basics, Advocacy Based Counseling, DV Movement Timeline, Safety Planning, Protective Orders, Criminal Law, Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Trauma, Economic Justice, Abuse in Later Life, Family Law, Immigration, Religion, Self-Care, Confidentiality, Resources, Suicide, Trauma Stewardship, Interpretation, Tech Safety, Mandated Reporting, LGBTQ, Batterers Intervention Programs, Etc…

Training will take place Monday through Friday, June 17-26, 2013 from 9am-4pm in South King County.

Visit to apply!

For paying attendees:
DV101 (24 HRS) $200, DV201 (40 HRS) $375, INDIVIDUAL CLASSES $40

For questions, please contact Betsy Ann at (425) 656-4305 ext. 2849.

Submit your registration paperwork by mailing it to: DAWN, Attn: Betsy Ann, PO Box 88007, Tukwila, WA 98138, or by faxing it to (425) 656-4309.

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Capitol Hill: Local performer says no one helped when he was attacked, robbed


From: www.komonews.com

SEATTLE — Members of a local community say it’s unacceptable that nobody stepped up to help when a man was attacked in broad daylight in a busy Capitol Hill intersection.

Local performer Robbie Turner was walking on the corner of Pine and Harvard Thursday afternoon when he said he was attacked.

“I was hit in the face before I even said hello,” Turner said.

Police say the attacker caught Turner off guard and punched him in the face.

In February, Turner actually hosted a self defense course after several people were attacked in Seattle. But all that training couldn’t protect him from a knife.

“He literally almost cut my throat,” Turner said.

On top of everything else, Turner said no one tried to help him as the attacker stole his phone and ran away. Shaken, Turner went to a nearby store and called police.

“It made me feel really alone. If something were to happen, no one would come to your aid,” Turner said. “The police officer told me I was the only call that came in.”

Police say witnesses either didn’t want to get involved or didn’t see what was happening.

“In situations like this we don’t want people to put themselves in harm’s way, but be a good witness and call 911,” said Renee Witt with the Seattle Police Department.

Turner hopes the next time someone sees an attack, they take action. In the meantime, he said people should learn self defense.

“So you know you’re safe, because at the end of the day the only person looking out for you is you,” he said.

Social Outreach Seattle is planning a May 22 Rally and march on Capitol Hill as a sign of solidarity and a sign that no one should feel alone in a dangerous situation.

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