March 9th, 2014 by hillaryu
I am very excited to be the new editor of the Wedgwood View. It is my hope that together we will continue to build an amazing online community where we can chat about news, events around town and everything in between.
I am a Seattle native and was born and raised in the area. I grew up in Ravenna and attended Bryant Elementary, Eckstein Middle School, Roosevelt High School and then the University of Washington Bothell. It was a blast growing up in the neighborhood and being able to experience the amazing growth that has occurred over the last 10+ years. I currently live in the heart of Wedgewood where I see lots of new things happening everyday!
When I’m not here writing to you, I’m the Executive Director of a non-profit. I’m also an avid coffee lover, wannabe fitness expert (Pure Barre and Jazzercise anyone?) and I enjoy the occasional time spent at home reveling at the beautiful mountain ranges in the area with my husband, Peter.
I know that you will learn more about me as I continue to put my own personal touches on the site and I hope you will introduce yourself! Drop me a line via email, send me a news tip or ask me out to coffee. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about, but we can start with why you think the Wedgwood and View Ridge areas are the best around!
March 6th, 2014 by Mike
Lights flickering? Yes.
This morning around 144 of our neighbors are without power after a rainy night that brought an additional .79 inches of rain and more winds.
That outage started shortly after 1 a.m., according to Seattle City Light. Estimated to be fixed around noon.
Six days into March, we have had nearly 4 inches of rain.
The forecast: More rain today, slackening this afternoon. Perhaps a dry spot on Friday. Rain over the weekend.
Tags: power, rain, Seattle City Light, Weather Share
February 28th, 2014 by Mike
Next month brings the return of a popular northeast Seattle event – NEST’s community dinner with Nancy Peal and friends.
The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m.
Pearl – an international literary star – is being joined by a radio host who often interviews her, Steve Scher of KUOW public radio. Both live in northeast Seattle.
They will be talking about books-their current favorites and the ones that played a significant role in their lives.
Last year’s event, also featuring Pearl, filled the hall. More than 130 people, 24 volunteers and 18 business contributed, raising over $20,000 to support NEST, a local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.
This year’s community event, titled “NE Seattle Treasures”, is at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.
Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75.00, a portion of which will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the event image in the middle of page. To pay by check, please send a check to NEST, PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115 and include a note with (1) the name of each ticket holder, (2) your address and phone number.
For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.525.6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.
Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also the current NEST board president.
Tags: Nancy Pearl, NEST, North East Seattle Together, Steve Scher Share
December 18th, 2013 by Kate Bergman
Ring in the New Year in your swimwear at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at 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?
Tags: matthews beach, Meadowbrook Community Center, Seattle Parks Share
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.
Tags: Hunter Farm Gathering Place, Wedgwood Art Festival Share
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.
Tags: earthquake, Lake City Way Share
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, email@example.com or www.live206.com.
Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.
Tags: home prices, John L. Scott, real estate, sponsored story Share
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.
Tags: crime, home invasion robbery, police Share