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Peaches and Prowlers

Metropolitan Market's Peach-O-Rama

Peachoramapeachsalad photo credit: Evado PR


Nobody in their right mind would miss Peach-O-Rama.  It's that time of year when Metropolitan Market in Houghton brings in the best and juiciest peaches your taste buds have ever witnessed.  If I tell my kids, they will beg me to take them there.  They are THAT good.  And it's a 20 year anniversary, so they are teaming up with Chef Jason Wilson of Miller’s Guild, Coffee Flour, and the soon-to-open Lakeside and Civility & Unrest in Bellevue, to show shoppers how they can recreate peach dishes at home.  Chef Jason will bring his innovative approach and craft cooking to Metropolitan Market’s Kirkland location on Saturday July 30, 12-2 p.m. He’ll man the grill and show shoppers how to create a Grilled Summer Peach Salad with Ricotta and Prosciutto  (photo) as well as Marinated Peaches, Buttermilk Quinoa Cakes & Basil Crème Fraiche, dishing samples as he goes.

Crime in Kirkland

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I attended the "Norkirk and Market Neighborhood Crime Update" given by the KPD last night.  It was a PACKED house.  Actually, there were so many people in that overheated Peter Kirk room I could barely breathe in any oxygen and concentrate enough to listen.  So here's what I learned from an hour in that richly fragrant room (your'e welcome).  People are freaked out because it's the season where burglars start swinging into town and cherry-picking our homes and vehicles.  The KPD says that although it seems more rampant, it's actually b/c social media allows us to communicate about it, therefore perpetuating our state of panic. Statistically crime has been pretty flat year over year.  City-wide in 2014 there were 88 residential burglaries Jan-June, 115 in 2015, and 91 in 2016 during the same time span.  Motor vehicle thefts were 61 ('15) vs 56 ('16) and motor vehicle prowls were up a little from 299 '15 to 319 '16. So, back to basics, folks.  Don't be afraid to call 911 to report anything suspicious. Always report your crimes, even if someone just stole your Barry Manilow CD out of your car.  It's an 'incident' and should go on record so they can track and investigate these bad guys.  We know it's summer and fun but don't leave your garage open, car unlocked, windows open, etc.  It's an invitation to be taken advantage of. Cameras are good, so are those cool video doorbells, lighting for the exterior of your home, and being an active/aware neighbor.  Chief Harris shared that she is actively trying to backfill 10 open officer positions to catch up with recent retirement vacancies, so we should have more feet on the street over time too.  

 

  

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Greg Howard

To point out what was shared in the room the other night, this isn't *all* about a social-media-fueled freakout. The numbers are relatively flat when you break it down pre-July vs. post-July, and East vs. West of Market, and split out the various types of crimes, but CrimeMapping.com shows what the surface data hides: namely, that a three-block radius around 13th Ave and Market experienced 16 incidents in 17 days between June 25th and July 11th. Since then? Zero. So, yes, the criminal element may well have moved on to a less vigilant neighborhood. I got what I came for out of the meeting when Kirkland PD clarified what they do in response to a "crime wave" like that: that "hot" areas are identified in charts on the wall, and they're actively trying to hire. They have tough jobs, especially now, and I appreciate that. But I think it's important to note this isn't *just* about social media making these things more broadly visible.

Now, the tips were all good, and I plan on practicing them (although my *locked* car with *no* items visible in the interior was nonetheless stolen from outside my house), but reinforcing the message that neighbors need to report these incidents was also critical. At the same time -- and even as one of the victims -- I hope the neighborhood carefully considers the difference between vigilance and profiling. Especially given the current national debate, it's important to remember that there are unconscious biases at work when we evaluate for ourselves who "belongs" and who might not. I'd like to think of Norkirk and Market as accepting and diverse communities, and it's important to keep that in mind as we wrestle with the challenge of whether someone's behavior is suspicious, and whether they should be confronted or reported to 911 dispatch.

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