News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Entries from August 2010

NE 45th St. Viaduct work nears completion

August 31st, 2010 by hillaryu

New photo from SDOT.


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Three home burglaries in 5 days

August 31st, 2010 by hillaryu

Seattle Police are investigating three recent home burglaries in the neighborhood.

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Urban Farm Bill gives new meaning to eating locally

August 28th, 2010 by hillaryu

The Seattle City Council has approved a bill that could soon have a lot more chicken coops and urban farms popping up in Ballard and across the city. The ordinance updates the land use code on urban agriculture uses, including allowing

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Don't forget about outdoor movie event tonight

August 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

A reminder that you and your family are invited to an outdoor movie tonight (Friday, Aug. 27) at Burke Gilman Park (next door to Metropolitan Market).

The festivities begin at 7pm and will feature the 8:30pm screening of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Ronald McDonald staff members say to come early for snacks and other entertainment.

Suggested donation is $5 per person to benefit the the Seattle Ronald McDonald House (which, yes, is next door to the park).

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'Big Day of Play' at Magnuson on Saturday

August 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

Forget the weather and get in some last-minute summer fun on Saturday at Magnuson Park with the “Big Day of Play,” which will feature activities designed to keep families together, including 3-on-3 basketball tournament, paddling and boating activities and plenty of music, activities and healthy food.

The Seattle Parks and Rec event will be at Magnuson, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other activities at the main stage:

10:45-11:30AM: Recess Monkey
11:30-Noon: Speakers (Tracy Taylor from KING TV emcee from 11:30-1PM)
Noon-12:30PM: ADEFUA African Dance and Drumming
12:30-12:50PM: Hawaiian Dance
12:50-1:10PM: Inspired Child (Step/tap Dance)
1:10-1:30PM: Capoeira (Brazilian Martial arts)
1:30-1:50PM: Hip Hop (exhibition) (Zulu nation and elements of Hip Hop)
1:50-2:20PM Yata Eritrean Group (exhibition)
2:20-2:30PM: Tae Kwon Do
2:30-2:50PM: Pacific North West Drumline
2:50-3:00PM Taekgyeon
3:00-3:15PM: Life Long Recreation Line Dancing Group
3:15-3:40PM: Sterling the International Yo Yo Champion
3:40-4:00PM: Zumba (demo)
4:00-4:40 PM Rainier Beach Orchestra

Get more info at the Parks and Rec site.

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Should Maple Leaf Lutheran host Tent City 3?

August 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

Tent City 3 may be coming to the Meadowbrook neighborhood later this year — and that is spurring quite the debate, including dueling Web sites.

On the pro-Tent City 3 side, is Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, at 10005 32nd Ave. N.E., which will vote next month on whether to host the tent city, which would house 100 homeless people for three months.

The church recently added a whole new section to its Web site, including background, news updates and frequently asked questions.

On the anti-Tent City 3 side is a well-organized neighborhood group called Meadowbrook Neighbors. Their next meeting is tonight (Thursday, Aug. 26) at 7 p.m. at a home at 3218 NE 100th St (you are asked to bring a chair).

Both sites offer conflicting reports and studies about whether tent cities have increased crime in other areas they have come to.

What’s your opinion — should Maple Leaf Lutheran Church host Tent City 3? Sound off in the comments section.


Local businesses help make food drive big success

August 25th, 2010 by hillaryu

The North Helpline food bank

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Northeast Library closes for week starting Monday

August 25th, 2010 by hillaryu

This is the last week to get things done at the library before budget cuts force the entire library system to shut down until after Labor Day. The Northeast Branch and all other Seattle Public Libraries will close on Monday, Aug. 30 and reopen Tuesday, Sept. 7.

During the closure most library services will be unavailable:
* No materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.
* The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, Aug. 29.
* No book drops will be open. Do not leave books and materials outside Library locations during the closure. Book drops at branches that are open on Sundays, which includes the Northeast Branch, will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.
* Limited access to the online catalog. Patrons will be able to search the catalog and check their Library record but will not be able to place holds on items. No staff will be working to process the thousands of books and materials that customers normally put on hold.
* Limited access to the website ( The online calendar, databases, downloadable books and media, digital special collections, podcasts, SPL Mobile app and blogs will be available, but other online information and features will not be available. No staff members will be working to maintain the site or troubleshoot problems.
* No Library computers will be available. You will not be able to reserve a computer for the week the Library system is closed.
* No access to Wi-Fi.
* No book group kits will be sent, received or returned during the one-week closure. Kits will be sent to libraries as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Aug. 25. Kits not available then will be sent as soon as possible after Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.
* No programs or events in Library meeting rooms.
* No TeleCirc, the Library

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Home burglary alert in Wedgwood

August 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

It has been a little while since we’ve noticed any burglary activity in the area.

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The story behind Wedgwood's artisan winemaker

August 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

“Aromatic with a hint of peach and melon … dry and crisp … it has sugar but it’s undetectable.”

The words flow with precision as Tony Dollar talks about the German-style Riesling he will produce from his Wedgwood home, specifically his single-car garage, which has been licensed by the state liquor board and bonded by the federal government as a winery.

Yes, a winery on a quiet Wedgwood street, in the 8000 block of 38th Ave NE.

Dollar, who owns the winery with his wife Diana, has begun production on three wines: the Riesling, a Bordeaux-style red and Bordeaux-style white. He’ll have two labels: Anthony Cellars, at a price point to be determined, and Lobo Hills, a secondary label producing wines in the “under-served” $8.99-$14.99 price category. He’ll shoot for producing 200 cases to start.

His white wines are expected to be ready in spring of 2011; his reds not until 2012. He’ll sell his wine by word of mouth, a soon-to-be-produced Web site and local stores. He won’t have a tasting room at his home (in order to keep it a home) but will make tastings available by appointment. Check back here at for more information on this in coming months.

As far as the mechanics of winemaking, Dollar said he will buy grapes from Eastern Washington and have them crushed there (or crush them himself in small lots with a rented machine) and also do fermentation there. Barrel aging will occur in his garage — he has room for about four barrels (each holds about 24.5 cases). He’ll bottle it himself, store it offsite and do the selling himself.

Dollar, whose day job is in development and communications, began learning about wine after working in the hospitality field at a couple of Napa Valley wineries after graduating from San Jose State. He also wrote for a vineyard trade publication, getting to meet winemakers from across the country. In the past few years, he went through the highly regarded Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College.

Now he’s a winemaker himself. He’s already made a few bottles for block parties on his Wedgwood street. Next, look for Dollar to be highly visible at Wedgwood community events because a presence at such functions fits with the underlying reason he has decided to be an artisan winemaker.

“It’s important to me to give back to the community,” Dollar said last week over coffee at Van Gogh Coffeehouse. “And it fits perfectly with my approach to wine, which is to bring people together. I see Anthony Cellars wines as a vehicle to build community.”

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