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Entries from September 2010

Neighbor thwarts attempted burglary of business

September 28th, 2010 by hillaryu

The offices of Wedgwood Insurance, located at 7508 35th Ave. NE, were targeted for a break-in early this morning before a neighbor thwarted the attempt.

And Julian Torres of Wedgwood Insurance wants to thank his good neighbor.

The attempted burglary occurred at about 4 a.m. The would-be burglar dashed off after the neighbor scarred off the burglar.

Julian now wants to thank that kind neighbor. Was it you? If so, he’s asking you to call his office 524-7575.

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Dine out Thursday in Wedgwood to support child literacy

September 28th, 2010 by hillaryu

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program is hosting its annual restaurant benefit, Dish Up Literacy, this Thursday. Eat at Fiddler’s Inn, Casa d’Italia, or several other Seattle restaurants, and 20 percent of the proceeds will support literacy programs for children in need.

According to Page Ahead, 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for children.

Page Ahead operates on one simple and astounding fact: growing up in a house with books is the foremost predictor of academic success in childhood—and a child who succeeds in school will remain there. Page Ahead is dedicated to helping children in need succeed in school by developing strong reading skills.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ (Ballard) *dinner only
  • Hopvine Pub (Capitol Hill)
  • Tutta Bella (Columbia City, South Lake Union, Stone Way, Issaquah)
  • Carmelita (Greenwood) *dinner only
  • Barrio Restaurant (Madison Park)
  • Rusty Pelican Café (Wallingford)
  • Casa d’Italia (Ravenna/Wedgwood)
  • Fiddler’s Inn (Wedgwood)
  • Ten Mercer (Queen Anne)
  • Barrio (Bellevue)

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Local wading pools impacted by mayor's budget

September 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

Mayor Mike McGinn is out with his proposed 2011-2012 budget today, and it will impact the wading pools in our area.  The Dahl wading pool (pictured below) will be open three days a week during the summer months.  The View Ridge wading pool will remain closed in 2011.

Dahl was open this past summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The View Ridge wading pool was closed.  To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The City Council will now dive into the proposed budget.  One of three public hearings will be held this Wednesday (9/29) at 5:30pm at the Northgate Community Center gym at 10510 5th Ave NE.  The Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.  You can find that page here.

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Burglary turns into wild chase through View Ridge Playfield

September 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

An alert neighbor jumped into action after a burglar broke into a nearby house.  The incident started just before 1pm last Tuesday (9/21) in the 6800 block of 47th Ave NE.  A neighbor saw a car prowling the area, and later heard two loud bangs coming from a home across the street.  When he went to check things out, he saw a window had been pried open and then came face to face with a burglar.  The thief said “Yo, what up?” and then ran out of the house. 

The neighbor chased the man into View Ridge Playfield yelling for him to stop.  That’s when the burglar put his hands in his pockets and said “Back up or I’m gonna pop you.”  The neighbor yelled to other people in the park that the man had just broken into a house, and then ran behind the restroom in case the thief really had a gun.  Incredibly, the burglar then chased the neighbor around the restroom a few times before finally running out of the park.  The thief apparently made off with a laptop from the house, but officers were able to find some fingerprints.

The burglar was described as a black man, 18-20 years old, wearing a grey hoodie and baggy denim shorts, and carrying a black backpack.  The vehicle was described as a white Buick LeSabre with a black right front fender, but was otherwise all white with dark tinted windows.

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Library foundation launches $1 million campaign

September 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

In case you didn’t hear, some very generous person — not sure who because they asked to remain anonymous — pledged $500,000 to the Seattle Public Library Foundation with only one catch: the public needs to match the total.

In response, the foundation kicked off its “Help Us Make $1 Million for the Library” campaign as outlined in an article by our news partner The Seattle Times.

The $500,000 donation came in after the 2010 mid-year library cuts were announced. The donor heard about it and had a representative call to ask for ways to help. The donor was especially concerned about how budget cuts would impact the community, in particular children and families who rely on Seattle’s public libraries for so much. The donor felt this would be a powerful way to inspire others in the community to step forward and support our library system.

The foundation’s goal is to raise $500,000 to match the gift by Dec. 31, 2010. To donate, go to foundation.spl.org or call 206-386-4130.

The Web site was experiencing difficulties earlier in the week — apparently so many people visiting to make donations! — so a couple of alternatives for donating have been set up: This Seattle Library Foundation alternate site or you can call 206-386-4130.

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Meadowbrook celebrates Oktoberfest on Saturday

September 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

From Mai Ling of our sister site Maple Leaf Life:

The Smilin’ Scandinavians, who performed at last year’s Meadowbrook Oktoberfest, also will perform Saturday. Photo from Christy Terpsma.

The 200th Oktoberfest celebration is well under way in Munich, Germany, but you don’t have to cross the ocean to get a taste of the traditional festivities.

For the second year in a row, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. N.E., is bringing us the Meadowbrook Oktoberfest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring live music by the Smilin’ Scandinavians (Seattle’s No. 1 polka band), dancing demos from the Regenbogen Schuhplattlers, a raffle and silent auction and kids’ activities, including cider press demonstrations.

Of course, there will be a beer garden serving Hale’s Ales and hard cider from Rockridge Orchards and Cidery in Enumclaw, and local apple cider also will be available. Traditional German fare is on the menu, including hearty bratwurst meals and strudel, and kids’ meals also will be available.

Don’t know what to wear? The church website recommends you:

Dig out your dirndls, launder the lederhosen, and polish your polka shoes for the second annual Meadowbrook Oktoberfest!

Admission is free; you can buy your meal tickets at the door (cash or check only) or in advance at www.MeadowbrookOktoberfest.org.

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Changes coming to Ravenna Ave between NE 85th and Lake City Way

September 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

A big announcement last night is setting up about $1 million worth of changes on Ravenna Ave between NE 85th and Lake City Way.  It is one of the projects that was selected to be paid for with the Large Neighborhood Street Fund.  Many neighbors have complained about the lack of a sidewalk.  This project will widen the roadway on the west side of the street to allow for a bike lane as well as a curb, planting strip and sidewalk.  You can read more here.

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Inside look at Seattle Police training methods

September 22nd, 2010 by hillaryu

In the wake of the deadly officer involved shooting of a wood carver last month, many in the community questioned the training methods of the Seattle Police Department. Today, SPD invited WedgwoodView and other media outlets to get a behind the scenes look at some new training techniques being put in place along with methods currently being used.

“We did talk about deploying more tasers– using less lethal force options,” said police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

Officer demonstrates taser techniques

Not all Seattle Police officers carry tasers, but one new step involves arming more officers with the devices. This year, SPD says taser use has actually dropped to an average of 7 incidents a month. They credit the decrease to more people knowing about tasers and the impact they can have on the human body.

“We talk people into custody the vast amount of the time,” said Officer Chris Myers.

Another new program that is already underway requires every member of SPD to take a racial profiling course, with the goal of changing the culture in the department. Verbal judo, the use of words insteads of hands and weapons, is also being taught along with an increased emphasis on deploying crisis intervention team officers to deal with people who may have mental or medical issues.

SPD allowed the media to try out its “shoot or don’t shoot” simulator that puts officers through different scenarios. Officers also go through tactics training in real-time mock situations. After the simulations, instructors debrief the officers to find out why they reacted the way they did.



Another reporter tries out the simulator (above)

“Training has become a significant issue,” said Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer. “Every single day we’re on the job we learn something.”

Deputy Chief Kimerer will oversee a review starting next month into the fatal shooting of wood carver John T. Williams.  Officials did not take questions on the specifics of the Williams case since it is still under investigation.  Our newspaper partner the Seattle Times reports the U.S. Justice Department is now monitoring the case.

Summary of additions to SPD training:

  1. Putting more tasers into the hands of officers
  2. Racial profiling course
  3. Verbal judo
  4. Adding more members to the crisis intervention team

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Tent City 3 is coming to Meadowbrook

September 20th, 2010 by hillaryu

Tent City 3 is coming to the Meadowbrook neighborhood in November after a vote of the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on Sunday.

Beginning Nov. 27, the church will host the tent city for the homeless in its parking lot for 90 days, said Pastor Julie Blum in an email to the Wedgwood View. Blum said the measure passed by a super majority of the congregation.

The issue has been hotly debated in the neighborhood, including more than 60 posts in a recent Wedgwood View blog post. Neighbors living near the church, located at 10005 32nd Ave. NE, cite a host of concerns, including their fear that tent city will bring increased crime.

Blum said the church will host a community meeting to “hear and address concerns” sometime in November. She said the church will inform neighbors when the date is set.

“It is our hope and prayer that those in our neighborhood who have concerns will see what a positive experience this can be,” Blum said in her email, “and that they will use their energies to support the homeless and care for those in need.”

Proponents have praised other tent cities around the region as a humane way to help the homeless. They also say that there is little to no evidence that they result in increased crime for the neighborhoods that host them.

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Murder suspect arrested in Wedgwood

September 17th, 2010 by hillaryu

A murder suspect was arrested in Wedgwood this afternoon.

The man, 45, of Monroe, was arrested by Monroe police at about 12:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of NE 89th Street, according to Monroe police who were quoted by a Monroe-area newspaper, the Sky Valley Chronicle.

The online newspaper said the man is suspected in the death of Angela Pettifer, 36, whose body was found in her apartment on Aug. 15. She died of strangulation. The man has not yet been charged.

A neighbor who lives near where the arrest occurred said he believed the man was working at a Wedgwood house as a contractor. The neighbor described a lot of police activity and thought a SWAT team might have been involved. A Seattle Police spokesman said he knew nothing about the arrest.

The newspaper said the man lives in the same building where the woman lived and was found dead, the Savoy building in Monroe. The man apparently rents a business suite on the second floor, said police in a statement.

The newspaper said the Monroe Police Department has had previous contact with the man, a level one-sex offender. through monthly registered sex offender checks. The Sky Valley Chronicle story has more details and photos.

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