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Entries from July 2010

Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema this Saturday

July 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

Just a reminder that the

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Wedgwood Elementary gets new principal

July 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

Wedgwood Elementary has traded its principal to Eckstein Middle School for its assistant principal.

It wasn’t exactly a “trade,” a la a couple of sports team, but sort of worked out that way. Denise Espania, who had been Wedgwood principal for two years, announced at the end of the school year that she would be moving on and looking for a new job that allowed her more time to spend with her family.

She’s apparently found that as assistant principal at Eckstein Middle School. She’ll take the job of Chris Cronas, who takes over for Espania as Wedgwood’s principal.

The moves were announced over the weekend in a letter to parents from Seattle Schools superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson. Her letter can be found on the Wedgwood Elementary Web site.

Goodloe-Johnson praises Cronas’ background as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and two years of administrative experience as assistant middle school principal. She says Cronas’ “student-centered approach means that he works for the success of all students at every level; he exhibits personal integrity and an ability to foster positive change.”

A few other details about Cronas: Prior to his assistant principal role, he was a house administrator, an instruction and curriculum coach, and taught overseas in Japan for four years. He is fluent in Japanese. His professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and English Education from Ithaca College and Master of Education from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.

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View Ridge burglary

July 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

In addition to the two burglaries we reported on over the weekend, we’ve learned about yet a third burglary in View Ridge. It happened last Thursday (7/22) in the 6800 block of 46th Ave NE between 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

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New sidewalk and ramps on Lake City Way/NE 92nd

July 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

New sidewalk and curb ramps are about to go in on the east side of Lake City Way and NE 92nd Street.

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Two homes burglarized

July 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

We wanted to give you a heads up about two home burglaries that took place around the neighborhood on Friday morning (7/23).

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Kids collect coins for the Ronald McDonald House

July 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

The Seattle Ronald McDonald House is inviting kids to collect coins this summer to benefit families who are staying at the House.

“Summer of Change” entails collecting coins from family, friends and others in your neighborhood. The money will go to help the House, which provides housing to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House (5130 40th Ave NE). Submit your donations to the House by Sept. 15 and you will be entered into a drawing for a free lunch with Ronald McDonald at — where else? — McDonald’s.

To get started, fill out this form and return to the House.

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Mark your calendars for free dance event in park

July 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

Everybody dance now! That’s the call being sent out by Madhavi Narayanan, a Roosevelt High School sophomore, who is organizing “Seattle Dance Fest,” a dance festival open to kids and adults on July 31 at Dahl Playfield.

All kids (adults, too) are invited to the free event, which will run from 1-4 p.m.

“Get up and dance!” is the message being sent out by Madhavi. She says the event is going to be “a lot of fun” for all levels of dancers, from beginners to experienced.

Learn a few moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or Miley Cyrus’ “Hoedown Throwdown,” get your face painted, play some carnival games, learn a simple group dance and watch dance performances by ATD Co., the dance company at Wedgwood’s All That Dance.

Narayanan, who loves dance and has been taking classes for years at All That Dance, has recruited about 10 of her fellow dancers at the studio to help work with kids and adults at the event. She has reserved a large portion of Dahl Playfield and also is renting sound equipment. The ambitious event is part of her project to win her Girl Scout silver award.

If you have any questions about the event, email Madhavi at

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KiteFest this Saturday at Magnuson Park

July 22nd, 2010 by hillaryu

Sunshine is in the forecast for this year’s KiteFest at Magnuson Park.

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Fix for View Ridge water pressure problems

July 20th, 2010 by hillaryu

If you’ve been dealing with low water pressure over the past few days, a permanent fix is on the way.

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16-story building in Roosevelt neighborhood?

July 20th, 2010 by hillaryu

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Have you wondered what’s up with the blighted area of homes along NE 65 Street, just south of Roosevelt High School? A long-simmering issue promises to heat up soon because a development group continues to pursue plans to build a huge office/apartment tower up to 16 stories tall in the area, near the intersection of NE 65th Street and 15th Avenue NE.

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association has been advocating for a few years for something more low profile in the area.

You can get involved on Wednesday (July 21) when the City Department of Planning and Development will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the gym of Calavry Church (6801 Roosevelt Way NE). The meeting will go over the proposal by the Roosevelt Development Group (RDG) and will determine the scope of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), which would be required for such a project.

A similar meeting was held a year ago but the meeting is being done over because of some issues related to how it was recorded, according to neighborhood activists.

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