News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Entries from May 2010

Cause of death in Wedgwood case from March

May 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

It’s been more than two months since a woman was found dead on a quiet Wedgwood street.

Finally, the cause of death has been released. Maria Baril, 40, an Eastside mother of two, died as a result of an acute combination of ethanol, opiate and cocaine intoxication, according to a spokeswoman the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The spokeswoman said a manner of death could not be determined, or in other words the ME could not determine if her death was the result of natural causes, suicide or another reason. The spokeswoman said her office has closed its investigation. Police have said no foul play is suspected.

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Magnuson Park hosts Memorial Day weekend races

May 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

Club Northwest presents something for everyone this Saturday (5/29) at Magnuson Park.  The group is offering a 5k, 10k, and 15k race along with a kids fun run, relays, and walking.  You can find more information on registration here.  Photo by Club Northwest.

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Stun gun attackers target North Seattle women

May 25th, 2010 by hillaryu

Our sister site broke a story today that soon had Seattle Police issuing a crime alert to other media.  We’ve learned three women in North Seattle have been attacked by a group of people carrying stun guns.  In each case, the group attacked and robbed the women as they arrived back home from the grocery store.  The first case happened May 17 in Fremont, followed by similar attacks on May 19 in Ballard and May 20 in Greenwood. 

The suspects are described as a black man in his mid 20’s with a slender build, a heavyset black woman in her 20’s, and an Asian woman.  In each case, they fled in a silver sedan.  That car, which turned out to be stolen, was later found abandoned.  The search for the attackers continues.  Police warn women to be aware of any suspicious activity in grocery store parking lots.

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Burglar leaves behind big ticket items

May 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

Last Tuesday (5/18), a home was burglarized in the 6500 block of 51st Ave NE.  Sometime between 10:30am and just after noon, a burglar got in through an unsecured bedroom window.  Although there was a flat screen television and electronics, the burglar only took an iPod and some jewelry.

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Eckstein hosts community meeting on schools

May 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

Our very own Eckstein Middle School will play host to members of the Seattle City Council and the Seattle School board tonight (5/24).  A special community meeting called “Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Schools” runs this evening from 6pm to 8pm.  Councilmember Sally Clark and School Board Member Peter Maier will be on hand for a “Planning 101” primer explaining how neighborhoods, the City, and the region anticipate, prepare and respond to growing and changing populations when it comes to schools.  That will be followed by questions from the audience for planning staff, councilmembers and school board directors.  You can find more information here.

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Bike to Work on Friday

May 20th, 2010 by hillaryu

Friday will be a busy day on local streets.  Seattle’s annual Bike to Work day is tomorrow.  From 6 – 9 a.m. bicycle commuters can stop by one of 44 designated commute stations (the closest to Wedgwood and View Ridge are at the intersection of NE 55th Street and 40th Ave NE, and 20th Ave NE and NE 61st Street) for commuting information, snacks, Cascade Bicycle Club materials and swag.  You can also enter to win prizes including a bicycle and bike gear.

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Silicone injections under View Ridge

May 19th, 2010 by hillaryu

You may not have known it, but Seattle City Light has spent the past few months injecting silicone into the power cables under View Ridge.  The silicone fluid is supposed to extend the underground cable life by 20 years or more.  The project started in January, but today we learned that work has been slowed after more cables than expected failed during testing. 
The work is taking place in the area of NE 55th to NE 75th, from 48th NE to Sand Point Way NE, plus the Sand Point Country Club.  City Light says it has been informing residents about when they can expect occasional power outages.  The silicone injections are now scheduled to wrap up in September.  A similar project is about to get underway on Queen Anne.

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Lineup for Wedgwood Art Festival

May 18th, 2010 by hillaryu

It’s still two months away, but things are falling into place for this year’s Wedgwood Art Festival on Saturday, July 17.  The festival will have a new location this year at the Hunter Tree Farm and the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church parking lot.  The list of artists hasn’t been released yet, but here are some of the musicians scheduled to perform:

Dukes and Diva, The 85th Street Big Band, EnRoot, and Everyday Jones.  Thistle Theatre will also put on a puppet show, and you’ll find plenty of food from Veraci Pizza, Anita’s Crepes, and Top Pot Doughnuts.  You’ll find the festival’s official website here.

Photo from Wedgwood Community Council.

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NE 45th Street Viaduct closing soon

May 18th, 2010 by hillaryu

It’s a project that hasn’t gotten much media attention, but it will impact drivers all over northeast Seattle.  If you haven’t heard, the NE 45th Street Viaduct will be completely closed from June 14 to September 10. The viaduct connects I-5 and the U-District to other northeast neighborhoods, U Village, Husky Stadium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and businesses along Sand Point Way.

SDOT is replacing the west approach to the viaduct which is nearly 70 years old. You can see more at SDOT’s official webpage.

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Update on future of community centers, wading pool

May 17th, 2010 by hillaryu

Concern continues to grow about the future of the View Ridge Wading Pool, Meadowbrook Community Center, and Magnuson Community Center.  Today, Wedgwood View learned the city’s Parks Department submitted its “budget papers” for 2011, which identify issues and potential service cuts. We’re told some facilities are on that list, but a spokesperson for the Parks Department could not provide any specifics until the mayor’s office makes its recommendations.

As for the rest of 2010, the mayor is set to announce mid-year budget cuts around June 1. Community centers, pools, and wading pools across the city are facing closure as the Parks Department tries to cut its budget.

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