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Entries from June 2010

Domino's moves out, space now for lease

June 16th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Domino’s Pizza has moved out of its space on 35th Avenue NE, putting an old but well-located commercial space on the market, a rarity in Wedgwood and View Ridge.

The store moved to U-Village a few weeks ago and is operating in the old Kit’s Camera space, positioning it amid high-density shopping and closer to the UW and its pizza-loving students.

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Police have suspect in robbery of Fresh store

June 15th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Police have a suspect in last week’s robbery of Fresh, according to co-owner Wendy Schwartz and she says all the credit goes to an unlikely source: her mailman.

After the robbery and after Schwartz and her store clerk had spoken with police, Schwartz was chatting with her mailman and filled him in on what had happened. She asked him to be on the lookout and described the suspect — a white male, about 6 feet, age 19, with bad acne and/or scars and his face. “He told me that he’s never been able to help find anyone find anything in all of his years as a mailman, not even a lost dog,” she said.

But a short while later, he came running back. He had spotted someone matching that description at a house on 34th Avenue NE, right behind Fresh. Police detained the suspect for a short time and are continuing to investigate. No further details are available but it is hoped that an arrest will be made.

“Be nice to your mailman,” says Schwartz, “they are the eyes and ears of our neighborhood.”

The crime has left Schwartz and her staff feeling uneasy. “I’m angry about that,” she said. “I’ve really been surprised by what a strong impact this has had.”

In response, Fresh has upgraded security in multiple ways. And she’s very appreciative of her neighbors who have offered support. “Everyone has just been great; we appreciate that a lot.”

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View Ridge wading pool closed, Dahl wading pool open 3 days a week

June 14th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Both of our community’s wading pools are taking a hit in the mid-year budget cuts announced by the mayor’s office today.  The View Ridge wading pool will be closed this summer, and the Dahl Park wading pool will only be open 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon to 7pm running from June 29 to August 19).  The Magnuson wading pool will continue to be open 7 days a week.  All community centers and swimming pools will remain open as normal.

Mayor McGinn also scrapped any plans to cut the fire department in the wake of the deadly weekend fire in Fremont.  You can see the complete list of cuts here.

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Sign of the (good) times

June 11th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

The Spooner Farms booth is up and if you look closely at the white board to the right, you can see that the sign says, “Soon.”

It’s just one word but evokes a lot of response around here, namely that maybe summer truly is about to arrive. Oh and the berries — which likely will be available in the next week or so, according to a post earlier this week.

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Mid-year budget cuts coming Monday

June 11th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

We’ll soon know the fate of the View Ridge Playfield wading pool and the Dahl Park wading pool. The mayor’s mid-year budget cuts will be announced on Monday (6/14), including any cuts to the city’s Parks and Recreation department.  As we told you earlier this week, both wading pools were planning to open later this month as they waited for any budget news.

The cuts being announced for the rest of this year could involve closing pools, wading pools, and community centers, scaling back hours, or doing nothing at all. Even if the two wading pools in our community survive this mid-year round of cuts, there is still concern about even more cuts for 2011.

The mid-year cuts will be unveiled during the City Council’s budget committee meeting on Monday at 10:30am. We’ll bring you all the details, or you can watch live on the Seattle Channel (21 on Comcast) or online.

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Spooner Farms is coming (just a little late)

June 10th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Just checked in with Spooner Farms this a.m. and according to their information line the berries are indeed returning to the small stand at Hunter Farm on 35th Avenue NE, just north of the Post Office.

The season will begin, as always, with strawberries. Expect them in five to 10 days (they said they’ll post a sign about a bit in advance). The strawberries are a bit late this year, she said. Rasberries and marionberries are coming in mid-July.

Check our their Web site for more information, including recipes and other locations.

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Wedgwood's Fresh store robbed at gunpoint

June 8th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Fresh, a specialty boutique on 35th Avenue NE, was robbed at gunpoint today at about 2:45 p.m., according to owner Wendy Schwartz.

A white male, described as about 20 years old with acne and/or possible skin sores, with a light gray sweatshirt, entered the store and told the young female clerk to give him all of the money. He then showed her a gun, said Schwartz.

The store closed immediately and police arrived shortly thereafter with a fingerprint kit.

In a side note, I (Wayne Wurzer, editor of the Wedgwood View) entered the store about 15 minutes earlier and saw a young male. I asked a question of the clerk and the young male left. After I had been gone for awhile, he returned to commit the robbery.

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Competition among home buyers in Wedgwood

June 7th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

REAL ESTATE ROUNDUP: When is the last time we saw this — homes selling for above asking price?

It happened in Wedgwood in May.

Before getting to enthusiastic about the market, however, it should be noted that while six of the 10 homes sold during the month went for above asking price, all were eligible for the recently expired federal tax credit because their contracts were signed in April. Also it should be noted that all in all, the 10 homes sold for an average of just above asking price — a cumulative of 101 percent above.

Here’s a quick snapshot of Wedgwood and View Ridge (information courtesy of Windermere agent Liz Nitz).

VIEW RIDGE
Homes sold:
6
Median sales price: $724,000 (99.4 percent of asking price)
Pending sales: 5
Average days on market: 71
Homes currently on market: 9, median price at $639,9500

In May of 2009, View Ridge had four homes sold, six sales pending and 25 on the market.

WEDGWOOD
Homes sold:
10
Median sales price: $497,475 (101 percent of asking price)
Pending sales: 6
Average days on market: 147
Homes currently on market: 43, median price at $439,950
Wedgwood

In May 2009, Wedgwood had three home sales, 10 sales pending and 24 on the market.

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Meadowbrook Farmers Market opens with bang

June 7th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

The Meadowbrook Farmers Market was packed yesterday as it kicked off its second year with free taste-tests, classes and tons of great locally produced food. Located at the Seattle Waldorf School at 2728 N.E. 100th St., you can drop by any Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 31.

For a full report and more photos, visit our partner site Maple Leaf Life.

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Dahl, View Ridge wading pools set to open

June 7th, 2010 by Kate Bergman

Even though mid-year budget cuts are looming, our two local wading pools are set to open later this month.  The View Ridge Playfield wading pool will open on June 26, and the Dahl Park wading pool is set to open June 28.  The mayor’s office tells WedgwoodView the mid-year cuts should be announced within the next 2 weeks. Pools, wading pools, and community centers are at risk of being closed or having their hours scaled back.  But for now, the Parks department is sticking to a normal schedule.

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