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Entries from December 2012

What to do with that holiday tree? Compost it!

December 30th, 2012 by Support Staff

Here is advice from the City of Seattle for disposing of your holiday tree.

Seattle residents may compost holiday trees and holiday greens free of charge between Dec. 26 and Jan. 13.

At Recycling & Disposal Stations: Trees should not exceed eight feet in length and must be free of decoration so they can be turned into compost for local parks and gardens. Trunks should not exceed four inches in diameter.

At the Curb: Food and yard waste subscribers can put trees and greens out on their regular collection day. Cut trees into sections, six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic). Decorated, flocked and plastic trees are not recyclable, and will be charged as extra garbage.

At Apartments: Check with your manager. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Wedgwood View!

December 25th, 2012 by Support Staff

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A white Christmas here after all?

December 22nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Sue might get her Christmas wish.

Unexpectedly, this morning’s National Weather Service forecast calls for the possibility of something close to an inch of snow locally on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day on Tuesday.

The snow would melt by the afternoon, but still.

From the forecast discussion:

A STRONG FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL IMPACT THE REGION ON CHRISTMAS FOR MORE RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW AS WELL AS GUSTY WINDS. THIS SYSTEM BEARS WATCHING AS IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ON PARTS OF THE HOOD CANAL AREA AND KITSAP PENINSULA. THE SNOW LEVELS WILL BE FAIRLY LOW…SO THERE IS A CHANCE THAT THE PRECIP COULD START OUT AS SNOW OR A RAIN/SNOW MIX ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE LOWLANDS.

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Original voice behind Wedgwood View dies

December 21st, 2012 by Kate Bergman

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the original voice behind Wedgwood View, Wayne Wurzer, died at age 50 after a 2½-year battle with cancer.

As one of the faces behind All That Dance, 8507 35th Ave. N.E., where his wife, Maygan, teaches dance to children of all ages, Wayne was known throughout the community.

He was also known throughout the journalism world after working at both The Seattle Times and the Seattle P-I as a reporter and editor, which is what led him to start Wedgwood View in early 2010.

Just a few short months later Wayne was diagnosed with cancer, and he eventually stopped reporting for Wedgwood View to focus on getting better.

Friends of Wayne have read about his good days and his bad days via the website Caring Bridge, and a memorial service is at 2 p.m. today at the Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sand Point Way N.E.

You can read more about Wayne on his obituary in The Seattle Times.

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It’s time again for the Polar Bear Plunge!

December 21st, 2012 by Kate Bergman

There’s no need to fret about all of those extra pounds you might be consuming over the holidays — at least not if you’re one of the brave souls who dares to participate in the 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, 49th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 93rd Street!

Rain or shine, you’re invited to join your fellow polar bears for a plunge into chilly Lake Washington at noon on New Year’s Day. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and costumes are encouraged.

Refreshments will be provided, and swimmers who make it neck-deep will receive a 2013 Official Patch of Courage. The city’s Parks Department offers these tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus.
  • You can plan your trip at http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
  • If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend you consult your health care professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you don’t go in the water, come and watch!
  • Don’t drink alcohol — it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
  • Don’t stay in the water for longer than 15 minutes — you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
  • Don’t take off your outer clothing until you’re ready to get in the water, and remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Participants are encouraged to sign the online blog: theofficialunofficialpolarbearplunge.blogspot.com.

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Man stabbed in View Ridge this morning – he's OK

December 7th, 2012 by Support Staff

Seattle police report that a robbery victim was left with a minor stab wound after he got off a bus nearNortheast  65th Street and 36th Avenue Northeast just after 1 a.m. today.

The victim was walking southbound when three suspects jumped out of some bushes and attacked him.

“The suspects hit the victim in his head, knocked him to the ground and apparently stabbed him in his back, leaving him with a half-inch wound. The suspects then fled with the victim’s bag,” police said.

The victim was able to run home and called 911. Officers tried searching for the suspects with the help of a K9 unit, but weren’t able to find them.

The victim was then taken to University of Washington Medical Center by a private ambulance.

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New northeast Seattle tool library open house tonight

December 1st, 2012 by Support Staff

A new shared tool library, serving northeast Seattle, will hold an open house from 7-10 tonight.

Jesse Card, tool library volunteer, writes:

We want to have an open house and celebrate before we start moving in tools and shelves, so come by December 1 between 7:00 pm and 10:00 p.m.

Bring a snack or drink to share, tools you’d like to donate, and see the space! There will be music and room to dance, so bring your dancing shoes!

This is a great opportunity to sign up for a membership, see our beautiful new library and workshop space, and meet current members and organizers!

The library is in space leased from the North Seattle Friends Church, at 2415 N.E. 80th St. From the Wedgwood Community Council:

The North Seattle Tool Library is a project of Sustainable NE Seattle. The Tool Library will provide free community access to tools and a wide variety of sustainable resources.

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