News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Entries from June 2010

What's up at Wong's?

June 30th, 2010 by hillaryu

Some readers have asked us to find out what’s been going on at Wong’s Kitchen on 9400 35th Ave NE.

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

June 30th, 2010 by hillaryu

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 hillaryu

A resident near Eckstein Middle School dropped us an email about a problem that’s surfaced on his street.

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Wedgwood boy competes in Pokemon championship

June 29th, 2010 by hillaryu

10 year old Ian Whiton from Wedgwood just competed in the U.S. Pok

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Wedgwood author debuts new children's book

June 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

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

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Dahl Skatespot dedication

June 25th, 2010 by hillaryu

The sun came out for the official dedication of the Dahl Skatespot on Thursday.

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Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema announces movie pick

June 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

We’ve just learned which movie will be shown at the annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, July 31.

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Wedgwood Alehouse hosts food bank fundraiser

June 22nd, 2010 by Support Staff

North Helpline

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

June 21st, 2010 by hillaryu

A new nonprofit in Seattle is helping the elderly stay in their homes by creating a virtual village.

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Spooner Farms berry stand now open!

June 17th, 2010 by hillaryu

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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