November 2nd, 2013 by Mike
10:15 a.m. Seattle City Light now has around 18,000 customers without power in this morning’s windstorm, with about 3,000 of them in the Maple Leaf/Wedgwood area. See current map here.
More is on the way. From the National Weather Service Seattle office:
.NOW…WINDS WILL EXPERIENCE A SUDDEN SHIFT AND INCREASE QUICKLY OUT OF THE WEST BETWEEN NOW AND 1130 AM…AS A STRONG SURGE OF WIND SPREADS DOWN THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA. LOOKS FOR WINDS TO SUDDENLY INCREASE IN SPEED TO NEAR 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH.
STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR IN LOCATIONS THAT HAVE AN OPEN EXPOSURE TO THE STRAIT. WINDS THIS STRONG WILL BE CAPABLE OF CAUSING LOCAL POWER OUTAGES AND BLOWING DOWN A FEW TREES. A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING.
A gusty morning has already led to at least one area of Maple Leaf that has lost power, on 97th between Roosevelt and 15th.
It’s not marked yet on Seattle City Light’s outage map, so please let us know who else is in the dark out there! See comments below.
(Winds to 34 mph so far this a.m. at Maple Leaf Life South.)
July 13th, 2013 by Mike
Scenes from this weekend’s Wedgwood Art Festival.
The festival runs under bright blue skies until 5 p.m. this afternoon and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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July 12th, 2013 by Mike
“Awesome art in your neighborhood.”
That’s the motto of the Eighth Annual Wedgwood Art Festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday at the Hunter Farms Tree Lot, corner of 35th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street.
The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
There’s music, food and art:
The juried art festival includes many returning favorites and many new artists primarily from NE Seattle. With a wide
variety of fine arts and crafts, there is something for everyone. Choose a new painting, print or photograph for that bare space on your wall. Pick out some jewelry for an evening out, or a new ceramic mug for your morning coffee. Add some whimsy to your garden with a new outdoor sculpture. Choose from beautiful glass, mosaics, sculpture, fiber arts and more to add to your collection.
For a full schedule of events visit the festival site.
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July 12th, 2013 by Mike
An earthquake of magnitude 2.6 was reported here just before 7 a.m.
The quake, centered essentially at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 120th Street, is shown in red on this map from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.
It occurred at 6.56 a.m. and was 9.3 miles underground, according to the network.
A second quake, magnitude 2.3, occurred just after 7:30 a.m. near Redmond.
We first heard of both from our news partners The Seattle Times.
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May 15th, 2013 by Mike
(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate.)
There are no signs that the current trends of low inventory, rising prices, short sales times and multiple offers will be abating anytime soon.
For Northeast Seattle, including View Ridge, Wedgwood, Maple Leaf, Bryant, Laurelhurst and University, there continues to be only about a one-month supply of single-family home inventory. This tight inventory can be attributed to continued low interest rates, robust Puget Sound area hiring and a generally improved economy including significant gains in the stock market. Whether the market will become more “balanced” (defined as a 3-6 month supply of homes) will hinge on many more listings hitting the market over the coming months.
Of homes closed in Northeast Seattle in April the average sale price was a little over 102% of the most recent list price. This indicates continued multiple offer situations.
Prospective buyers also should think in terms of at least a minimum of 3-5+ year home ownership horizon and preferably maintain the option to hold onto their home through future downturns in the market. Home seller costs (excise tax, title/escrow fees, sale commissions) of approximately 9% of the sales price should also be factored into any decision to purchase.
More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found at
John Madrid is a managing broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.live206.com.
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April 12th, 2013 by Mike
Update 2 p.m.: Seattle police have updated information here. Among the items stolen were marijuana plants.
Three masked men forced their way into a View Ridge residence earlier this morning, clubbing one resident with the butt of a rifle and ordering both residents to the floor.
The robbery occurred about 6 a.m. in the 7500 block of 44th Avenue Northeast, near the Sand Point Country Club.
Seattle Police issued this press release:
Both victims were tied up.
One suspect held both victims at gun point while the other two searched the home. Several items were taken including the resident’s vehicle. After the suspects left the home both victims were able to free themselves and run to a nearby residence to call 911. The victims drove themselves to the hospital where officers met with them.
Additional officers responded to the residence along with SPD Robbery detectives.
This is an open and active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident and or the suspects is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.
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April 3rd, 2013 by Mike
From Seattle Police just before noon:
A man suspected of robbing a Wedgwood bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning wasn’t on the lam for long.
Just after 11:15 a.m., a masked man walked into the Key Bank at 73rd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 35th Street demanded money, and fled the bank.
Eighteen minutes later, police had tracked the suspect to the University District (using high-tech gadgets AND old-fashioned sleuthing!) and arrested him near Northeast 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue Northeast after a brief foot chase.
Officers will likely be around the Wedgwood and University District scenes for some time as they search for evidence.
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March 27th, 2013 by Mike
Both medical and memorial funds have been created for the victims and survivors of Monday’s tragic event near Eckstein Middle School.
And memorial flowers are being placed one block east of the school on Northeast 75th Street, at the intersection where two people were killed in a car accident that left two others – a mother and her 10-day-old child – in critical condition.
The memorial funds – three in call – were established by the Wedgwood Community Council and friends of the family.
The Wedgwood Community Council has established two funds at the Homestreet Bank – Wedgwood Branch office. Thanks to a crowd-sourcing guru from the neighborhood, we’ve created an easier venue for those looking to contribute to the Schulte family. Please, please, please help us spread the word about this so that we can really contribute to the grieving family. Also, friends of Karina’s have also set up a fund through FundRavr and have agreed to let us spread the word about their fund too. The need is great. Needless to say that everything raised will be given to the family. You can now click on the links below to access the giving page for each fund, deposit checks personally, or transfer money to the funds using the account information below.
For more information on making a deposit call this branch of Homestreet Bank directly at 206-525-2840.
For more information on the funds go to the community’s council’s website.
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March 25th, 2013 by Mike
Update from Seattle Police:
Officers are on scene investigating a double fatality collision involving a driver who struck as many as four pedestrians, including an infant.
At approximately 4:10 p.m. officers and fire department medics responded to a 911 call of a vehicle/pedestrian collision at 33rd Avenue NE and NE 75th Street. Officers are still on scene actively investigating the circumstances of the collision.
Fire department medics have declared two adult pedestrians deceased at the scene. Two additional pedestrians, an adult female believed to be in her 20′s, and an infant were transported by medics to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the involved vehicle is being investigated for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are responding to the scene to assist with the investigation.
This remains an active incident.
Additional details will be provided when they become available
From Seattle Fire:
PIO headed to scene of ax at 33rd Ave NE and NE 75th St. 2 adults DOA. All further fire info will be released on scene.
From Seattle Police:
#SeattlePD investigating a driver that struck 3 pedestrians at 33 Ave NE & NE 75th St. For more info go to spdblotter.seattle.gov/2013/03/25/veh…
Our news partner The Seattle Times is updating here.
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March 22nd, 2013 by Mike
After staying to the north of us all week, pestering the folks from Everett to Shoreline, the Puget Sound Convergence Zone dropped south around 7:40 this morning. No doubt to celebrate the first week of spring.
It’s snowing steadily at 8:30 a.m. in Maple Leaf. Nothing’s sticking, though. Outside air temperature right at 34 degrees, and the air is still. When I left Wedgwood at 7:50 a.m., it was snowing lightly.
Snow also being reported at the Wedgwood, Green Lake, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods.
Traffic was snarled to the north earlier this morning, and several main highways were closed during the past 12 hours or so.
From the forecast discussion issued around 3 a.m.:
THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE BELOW 1000 FT AGAIN EARLY THIS MORNING WITH
SHOWERS FALLING LOCALLY AS SNOW OVER THE LOWLANDS. PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS IN THE CONVERGENCE ZONE MIGHT BE UP TO 0.20 INCH TODAY...
WHICH WILL RESULT IN LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH OF SNOW. THERE
WILL LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATION ELSEWHERE
Below, Interstate 5 at the Everett Mall earlier this morning:
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