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Entries from February 2010

View Ridge residents edgy over break-ins

February 27th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Lock your windows and doors. That’s the advice from the Seattle Police Department after several burglaries in View Ridge, including two that are causing extra concern because they occurred while families were in their homes — and one in which a woman was physically confronted by the burglar. Here’s a recap of those two break-ins:

# 1 / Early morning of Thursday, Feb. 25
Location:
Near the intersection of NE 65th Street and 48th Avenue NE
How entry was made: Through an unlocked door
Summary: A family of five was home asleep when someone entered through the back door. The burglars stole a TV, multiple electronics, two cars and personal belongings, including the driver’s license of the father (see “possible connection?” below).

# 2 / 10 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21
Location:
6800 block of 47th Avenue NE
How entry was made: Through an unlocked window
Summary: A woman was in her bedroom and talking on the phone when she noticed a light under her door. When she went to check, she saw a person with a flashlight. She was unable to get a description because the person shined the flashlight in her eyes. The person then pushed her against a counter and fled. No property was stolen.

Possible connection?
Police are investigating both burglaries but say they are uncertain whether they are related. Another burglary being investigated as possibly connected is one that also occured in the early morning hours of Feb. 25.

In that burglary, covered by our partner site, PhinneyWood.com, burglars also broke into a home while the family was there (the home is near Carkeek Park and the mother of the family is chief of staff for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn).

Got all that? But here’s the real connection: One of the cars stolen in the Carkeek Park area burglary was found at Ashworth Avenue N. and N. 85th Street. Also found at that site: the driver’s license of the father in burglary #1 above.

Also, four other burglaries have been reported in View Ridge since late January. In almost all cases, windows or doors were left unlocked. With warmer weather coming, it’s a reminder to avoid the temptation to leave windows and doors unlocked, even when you are home.

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Lavilla: Safest neighborhood nobody knows about

February 26th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Both Wedgwood and View Ridge are considered extremely safe neighborhoods. But there’s one neighborhood — and it includes a portion of Sand Point Country Club — that has them both beat: Lavilla.

Never heard of it? Neither had our partners at the Seattle Times, so when the screaming title of “America’s Safest Neighborhoods” came across their desk (with Lavilla topping the Seattle area), they had to investigate.

What they found was pretty comical, including that nobody at city hall or the police department had heard of the neighborhood. The WedgwoodView had never heard of it referenced as a neighborhood but curiosity recently was piqued when the name turned up amid a few Google map searches of Northeast Seattle.

This Google map shows Lavilla (and to the east Pontiac Bay, which sometimes comes up when retrieving weather reports via a Google phone from View Ridge. For the record, the weather at Pontiac Bay was cloudy and rainy this morning, just like the rest of the city).

Without telling you the full story about how the map-makers and crime statisticians came up with Lavilla (read the Seattle Times story for that), we can tell you that it involves the Geographic Names Information System and, of course, the federal government.

In any case, the fine residents of Lavilla, Wash., no doubt are sleeping well tonight. As usual.

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Hockey and a good cause, all in one event

February 25th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Ronald McDonald House

If the Olympics have your hockey juices flowing, here’s an idea for you: On Saturday, the Seattle Ronald McDonald House will be hosting a daylong benefit event at the new ShoWare Center in Kent.

Featured will be hockey, hockey and more hockey. Teams from Microsoft and Amazon.com are among those scheduled to play. Games begin at 9:40 a.m. Your ticket also will get you into the Seattle Thunderbirds-Portland Winterhawks game, which begins at 6:05 p.m. At the conclusion of that game, you’ll also be able to see an all-star game featuring T-Birds alum and local and national celebrities (think mostly B-listers but some entertaining ones — Tom Arnold is a regular).

Tickets are $16 to $40, a portion of which benefits the Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing to families caring for children battling serious illnesses. The House Web site has all the details, including how to get tickets.

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Meet 46th District Senate candidate David Frockt

February 25th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

View Ridge resident David Frockt, who is challenging incumbent Ken Jacobsen for the 46th District Senate seat, will be out and about meeting North Seattle neighbors this weekend.

You can say hello and tell the Democrat what’s on your mind at the Urban Bakery, 7850 E. Green Lake Dr. N. Ste. A, from 1-2 p.m.

Frockt, an attorney who has specialized in representing workers who got cancer while working with asbestos, is a newcomer. He’s trying to unseat Jacobsen, a Democrat who has held the seat since 1998.

Unsure of whether you’re in the 46th District? Check a map of the 46th District boundaries.

Participants are invited to RSVP on a Facebook page created for the event.

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Former JCC site may be back on market

February 25th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Former JCC building

Are condos still coming to Wedgwood at the former home of the Jewish Community Center? Or will it be a retirement home? A park anyone? (Wedgwood neighbors can dream, right?)

It’s been more than two years since the Jewish Community Center moved out after the prized 3/4th of an acre site was sold for $3.95 million. About a year ago, developer Murray Franklyn scrapped its plans to build 88 condos there, citing a tanking economy.

A chain link fence came and went. Graffiti came and went (and came back several times, and remains today). Information about the site hasn’t come much at all.

However, Murray Franklyn’s Ron Boscola recently said the company was talking to potential buyers of the site (though they had not formally listed it for sale). He also said condos weren’t going to happen until the condo market turns around — which he doubts will be anytime soon.

Meanwhile, the site generates lots of buzz among Wedgwood community leaders, especially those part of the Wedgwood Vision Project. Committee members see it as a prime opportunity to influence development in a way that works for Wedgwood.

With its most recent assessment coming in at $3.31 million, it’s one valuable but idle piece of property — and a sign of the ongoing tough times in commercial real estate.

Clarification: Story changed on 3-24-10, removing phrase saying that the “JCC sold” the property to saying they moved out after it was sold. For the record, 8606 35th Avenue Associates LLC, sold the property. Thanks to alert reader Jonathan for pointing this out.

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