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Entries from November 2010

Holiday arts & crafts sale at Ravenna-Eckstein this Saturday

November 29th, 2010 by hillaryu

You’re invited to shop for unique hand-crafted holiday gifts while kids enjoy a play area and crafts table during the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center’s 3rd annual holiday arts and crafts sale.  It takes place Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale features an expanded roster of artistic offerings including ceramics, hand-stitched and hand-woven goods, wood cutting boards, candles, jewelry, whimsical clocks, fine art photographs, note cards, handmade original prints, hand-blown glass ornaments and vases, and more!

There will be a kids’ art activity area and play space along with a bake sale to benefit the community center’s teen program. To warm you up, volunteers from the Ravenna Community Garden will have hot soup on hand.  Your purchase of gifts from local arts and craftspeople will support programs at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.

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Wednesday weather scene

November 24th, 2010 by hillaryu

Here are updates from the Seattle Department of Transportation:

SDOT continues working to prevent freezing on snow routes:

  • Currently the City has 17 trucks with salt spreaders and two flusher trucks deployed.
  • Snow routes are in good condition.
  • There was no significant re-freezing of cleared roadways during the past 24 hours.
  • There are no significant problems on the snow route network.
  • The Alaskan Way Viaduct and the West Seattle High Rise Bridge are bare and dry.
  • Focus is on reopening closed roads. The Seattle Police Department and SDOT are working to review roads currently closed and will update the list online.
  • The City will focus on efforts to prevent re-freezing, address trouble spots on Level 3 routes, and bring more roads off the closed list.
  • Because of the possibility of precipitation today leading to the formation of black ice tonight, some roads will remain closed.
  • 24 hour shifts will continue through Thursday, November 25.
  • Here are some other quick notes:

  • Seattle Schools are closed again today. No school and no activities.
  • No residential garbage, yard waste or recycling pick-ups Wednesday, November 24. If today is your collection day, you can put double the trash out next week.
  • Libraries will be open from noon to 5 p.m. today.
  • Metro Transit is once again running on snow routes.
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    Tuesday's weather challenges

    November 23rd, 2010 by hillaryu

    5pm  Seattle Public Schools closed Wednesday.

    4 p.m. Here are the highlights from the latest snow update from the City:

    • Residents and businesses are advised they are responsible for clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses.
    • As of 2pm, SDOT had eight plow/spreader trucks operating in the north end.
    • No decision yet on whether garbage, recycling and yard waste will be picked up Wednesday.
    • SPD will not cite routine parking violations or overtime/peak violations but will tow cars blocking streets.
    • All locations of the Seattle Public Library will be open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
    • 10am  Here’s a look at NE 70th Street in View Ridge courtesy of Kellie who took these pictures around 9:30 this morning.  She tells us not many cars are trying to make it up the hill.  She’s also spotted a few people sledding.  You can get an idea of the snow totals from the table and chairs on her deck.  Thanks Kellie!

      9am  Seattle Public Utilities says garbage, recycling and yard waste service is canceled today due to dangerous road conditions. Missed customers will be collected next Tuesday, November 30, and allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage at no additional charge.

      King County Metro buses are still on snow routes Tuesday morning and some routes have been canceled.  Check here for the latest route information.

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    Snow around Wedgwood and View Ridge

    November 22nd, 2010 by hillaryu

    5:30pm  Here are some live images of SDOT cameras in the area that refresh every minute or so.

    3:45pm  Looks like the next couple of hours will bring us the most intense snow.  The wind isn’t helping things.  The Seattle Parks department is closing all community centers programs scheduled after 6pm as well as all athletic fields.  Thanks to Twitter user @maggim for the snow photo below from Wedgwood.

    8:30am  Looks like our neighborhoods are getting some of the worst of the snow inside the city limits. Here’s a look at some photos taken from SDOT cameras around 8:30am at 32nd Ave NE/NE 65th and 15th Ave NE/NE 75th. Please feel free to share conditions on your street in the comments below.

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    Metro buses on snow routes Monday

    November 21st, 2010 by hillaryu

    Metro just announced (5 p.m.) that all bus service during Monday morning’s commute will be on snow routes.

    The Monday forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that cold temperatures and more moisture could cause snowfall in King County starting in the morning and lasting throughout the day.

    The local forecast includes the possibility of 1 to 2 inches of snow, plus north winds gusting up to 37 mph.

    Check Metro Online at The link is a little confusing, but it shows both transit alerts and, by scrolling down, the snow routes for buses.

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    Friends of the Seattle Public Library holiday sale Saturday

    November 18th, 2010 by hillaryu

    Magnuson Park’s Building 30 will once again be the site of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s holiday book sale.  It take place this Saturday, November 20 from 9am to 5pm.  You’ll find books, CDs, DVDs and gift items.

    The sale comes just a few days after word that Friends may not be able to use Building 30 for the event beyond 2011.  The building doesn’t meet city standards and budget woes may prevent further improvements.  You can read more on the Friends website and a more detailed story from our news partners in the Seattle Times.

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    7th grader at Eckstein attacked, robbed on his way to school

    November 17th, 2010 by hillaryu

    We’ve just come across a police report that details a frightening encounter between a 7th grade student who attends Eckstein Middle School and a robber.  It happened last Friday (11/12) around 7:30am as the student was walking on NE 92nd Street in Maple Leaf toward a bus stop near Wallingford Ave. 

    The student says he accidentally bumped into a man and apologized.  That’s when the man shoved the student to the ground, reached into his coat pockets, and grabbed about $24 in cash.  The robber then ran away.

    The student, who was emotionally shaken up as police talked with him after he reached Eckstein, says he had never seen the robber before.  He described the person as 5’8″, probably white, wearing a black hoody covering part of his face and blue jeans.  The age of the attacker was not mentioned in the report.  The student had a cell phone and iPod in his coat but the robber didn’t try to take those items.

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    Seattle grapples with redefining graffiti

    November 11th, 2010 by hillaryu

    It’s the question that always spurs heated conversation. Is graffiti vandalism or art? A recent survey showed Seattle residents are almost evenly divided on the issue. Now, there’s a push to start a photo database to track graffiti and amend the city’s municipal code to include stickers.

    With the help of the nonprofit Common Language Project and communications students at the University of Washington, we take a closer look at the graffiti issue through the eyes of the people tracking it, cleaning it up, and making it.

    Continue reading “Redefining Seattle graffiti laws is a sticky issue”

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    Neighborhood schools score high marks

    November 9th, 2010 by hillaryu

    When Seattle Public Schools released a new ranking of all schools in the district this morning, 3 of the top 12 ended up being right here in the neighborhood.  Wedgwood Elementary, View Ridge Elementary, and Thornton Creek School all received the highest ranking of 5.  That ranking means a high number of students pass state tests and that their test scores are improving.  The rankings also reflect how students, staff, and family members feel about the school’s atmosphere.  You can take a closer look at the rankings here.

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    October real estate numbers

    November 6th, 2010 by hillaryu

    The October home sales numbers are out for Wedgwood and View Ridge. Here’s a closer look compliments of Liz Nitz from Windermere, who specializes in this part of northeast Seattle.


    Homes sold:  10

    Pending: 10

    Average sales price: $532,000

    Median sales price: $537,000

    97.87% of asking price

    Average days on market:  85

    View Ridge:

    Homes sold: 3

    Pending: 4

    Average sales price: $831,000

    Median sales price: $765,000

    97.73% of asking price

    Average days on market: 12


    Liz tells us that View Ridge continues to tick along at the pace it has maintained over the past year.  Wedgwood had a better month than it has had in quite a while.  The mid and higher priced homes in Wedgwood are the ones that sold, dramatically driving up the average sales price.

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