News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods

 

Entries from June 2010

What's up at Wong's?

June 30th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Some readers have asked us to find out what’s been going on at Wong’s Kitchen on 9400 35th Ave NE.  The place has been closed for a few weeks and the exterior is being painted.  We called today and found out Wong’s is undergoing a renovation.  They hope to reopen in about two weeks.

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View Ridge resident one of six crime prevention coordinators on budget chopping block

June 30th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

The people who work directly with our neighborhood in preventing crime could soon be out of a job. The six civilian crime prevention coordinators for the Seattle Police Department, including North Precinct coordinators Diane Horswill and Neil Hansen, have been told they’ll lose their jobs next spring when grant money runs out.

Diane Horswill and Neil Hansen.

The crime prevention coordinators work directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door to door to warn about recent crimes. They’ve been part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions then became paid for with federal grant money. That ends on March 31 of next year.

“We are the link between the community and the police department,” said west precinct crime prevention coordinator and View Ridge resident Terrie Johnston (pictured right). “Patrol officers are often promoted or transfer out. We’re the ones in people’s living rooms and churches.”

Johnston, who is a block watch captain in View Ridge outside of work, and her fellow coordinators have logged hundreds of community meetings over the past year. She worries that officers and precinct bosses won’t be able to give residents one on one attention if the crime prevention coordinators are let go.

“When we’re gone, who will take the time?”

Councilmember Tim Burgess, who chairs the Public Safety and Education committee, tells us his office is closely tracking the issue as it heads toward the mayor and council. If you’d like to voice your opinions, here’s a link to the mayor and City Council.

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Graffiti near Eckstein Middle School

June 29th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

A resident near Eckstein Middle School dropped us an email about a problem that’s surfaced on his street.  Two large homes are currently under construction, and one of them was recently hit by graffiti vandals.

Although graffiti is a big problem in other parts of Seattle, this resident tells us it’s the first time he’s seen graffiti on his block since he moved in back in 1973.  You can report tagging or graffiti by emailing the city or calling 206-684-7587.

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Wedgwood boy competes in Pokemon championship

June 29th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

10 year old Ian Whiton from Wedgwood just competed in the U.S. Pokémon National Championships this past Saturday in Indianapolis.  What started as a hobby collecting the cards soon turned into serious competition.  Ian ranks first in the state in the junior division, fourth in the country, and fifth globally.  During this past Saturday’s national championships, Ian won his first round match before being knocked out in round two.  Ian has already qualified for the world Pokémon championships in Hawaii, where $15,000 is on the line.  Our partners at the Seattle Times profiled Ian last week in a story you can read herePhoto by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times.

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Wedgwood author debuts new children's book

June 26th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

In an appropriate setting, Wedgwood author Max Holechek and Ballard illustrator/cartoonist Darrell Toland will debut their new children’s book, “Edsel McFarland’s New Car” at the Greenwood Car Show today.

Although this is a book coined for kids ages 4 through 8, Toland says it’s geared for the whole family. “The book can be enjoyed by the whole family, because it tells a story on multiple levels,” Toland says, “Kids will love Edsel’s action-packed adventure, while parents will enjoy the subtle gags crafted just for them.”

During Saturday’s car show, Holechek and Toland will be in the Kid Zone at Booth #85 teaching kids how to draw cars, doing book signings and readings. The book will be available for $15.

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Dahl Skatespot dedication

June 25th, 2010 by Kate Bergman


The sun came out for the official dedication of the Dahl Skatespot on Thursday.  Over 50 skaters were on hand for the celebration.  Skate-Like-A-Girl offered free lessons and Snowboard Connection offered helmet fittings.

Photos by Kelly Davidson, City of Seattle

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Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema announces movie pick

June 24th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

We’ve just learned which movie will be shown at the annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, July 31.  “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is this year’s pick.  The event put on by the Wedgwood Community Council and local sponsors kicks off at 7pm at the south end of the playground at Thornton Creek School (7711 43rd Avenue NE) with the film starting at dusk.  There’s no admission fee, but you are asked to bring non-perishable food to support our local food banks.  You can find more information here.

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Wedgwood Alehouse hosts food bank fundraiser

June 22nd, 2010 by Support Staff

North Helpline – the food bank that helps people in Northeast King County – has seen demand for its services increase by 30 percent since the start of the year.

In March it issued an urgent appeal for more donations. Now the Wedgwood Alehouse will host a silent art auction from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday (6/27) to benefit North Helpline’s Food Bank and Emergency Services.

“Every dollar donated to our programs helps us meet the growing need for healthy food, eviction prevention and utility assistance in this community,” e-mails Amy Besunder, executive director.

Framed photos start at just $30, and the Alehouse will offer $1 off beers.

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Wedgwood and View Ridge targeted by program helping seniors stay in their homes

June 21st, 2010 by Kate Bergman

A new nonprofit in Seattle is helping the elderly stay in their homes by creating a virtual village.  Our newspaper partners at the Seattle Times just did a profile of NEST (Northeast Seattle Together).  NEST ensures that seniors continue to live safely in their own homes and neighborhoods instead of moving into nursing homes or senior living facilities.  Members will pay an annual fee of $600 for neighbors to help with everyday tasks like garbage and lawn care.  Volunteers are also stepping up to help in their neighborhoods as well.  Wedgwood and View Ridge are two of the neighborhoods that NEST is reaching out to.  You can read the Times story here.

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Spooner Farms berry stand now open!

June 17th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Spooner Farms started selling strawberries ($2.50 a pint) a few hours ago and business immediately was brisk. As usual, they’ll sell until they run out, then head home for the day, back tomorrow morning. Rasberries and marionberries are coming in mid-July. The stand is located near the intersection of NE 80th St and 35th Ave NE.

Meanwhile, the Fruit Lady (near the same intersection) has returned also (she beat Spooner by a day). The stand is now run by Vincent in conjunction with the Fruit Lady, who no longer works onsite after getting a degree in naturopathy. Vincent said his strawberries were late because of rain that saturated berries and made them unpickable. He has great cherries, peaches and temptation melons, a tasty hybrid between a honeydew melon and a cantaloupe.

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