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Entries from December 2010

Free tree-cycling until January 9

December 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

The city is offering free curbside “tree-cycling” until January 9th for customers who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection.

Trees and greens need to be cut into sections of no more than six feet with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections of trees should be bundled together with string or twine. Apartment and condo residents can put one tree next to each yard waste bin with no extra charge.

Flocked trees or trees with tinsel on them will be collected as extra garbage. These trees must be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. (Just a reminder that starting on January 1, each extra unit of garbage will cost $8.10.)

Residents who don’t subscribe to food and yard waste collection can drop trees and greens at the North Recycling and Disposal station (North 34th Street and Carr Place N) from December 26th through January 9th. Tree sections must be cut into sections eight feet or less with trunks four inches or smaller in diameter. One vehicle can drop off three trees.

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Get free trees on Saturday at Magnuson Park

December 17th, 2010 by hillaryu

If you missed out on applying for free trees from the city, you’re in luck, because some people who applied for trees from the city’s Trees for Neighborhoods program never claimed them.

These trees will be available on a first-come, first served basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the EarthCorps nursery in Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St.

To be eligible, you must be a Seattle resident and plant the trees on your property (to plant them in the sidewalk strip, you need a permit from Seattle Department of Transportaion), and go through a 15-minute planting training. There is a four trees per household limit.

Available species:
– Little gem magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little gem’)
– Serviceberry* (Amelanchier arborea )
– Italian plum* (fruiting)
– Dogwood* (Cornus x ‘Venus’)
– Shore pine (Pinus contorta)
– Katsura* (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
– Western red cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Excelsa’)
– Red oak* (Quercus rubra)
– Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
*These trees are bare root, rather than in pots. They need to be planted the same day you receive them.

You can call 206-793-2454 to check on the availability of trees before driving to the Magnuson Park nursery. That voicemail message listing available trees will be updated at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

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Add a little spice to your holidays

December 16th, 2010 by hillaryu

Looking for something different for your holiday feast(s) this year?

Wedgwood’s Garza Mexican Foods has fliers posted around town advertising traditional Mexican tamales and salsas for purchase in bulk — perfect for the holidays, parties or just because:

We hand make tamales and salsas in traditional Mexican style: grinding our corn, seasoning our meats, hand spreading our masa and using fresh vegetables in our salsas. Our recipes have been handed down from generation to generation and have been updated for health conscious living.

Tamales available for $15 a dozen include pork, chicken and beef. Priced at $18 a dozen are vegetable and cheese; black bean and cheese; and vegan tamales. Because of the effort put into making the tamales, they must be purchased by the dozen, with the exception of the vegan tamales which have a five-dozen minimum.

Need a couple of salsas to go with your tamales? For $4 you can get an 8-ounce container of either roasted red or tomatillo green salsa.

Check out the Garza Mexican Foods website for more information or to place an order, or call 206-422-2711 or email Your order can either be delivered to you, or you can pick it up at their Wedgwood commercial kitchen.

What’s on your Christmas, New Year’s or other holiday menu?

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Sewage spill cleaned up at Meadowbrook Pond

December 14th, 2010 by hillaryu

Our news partner The Seattle Times writes that a sewage spill caused by the torrent of rain we had over the weekend has mostly been cleaned up at Meadowbrook Pond, located across from the Meadowbrook Community Center on 35th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 107th and 110th streets.

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division writes that the “wastewater overflow … occurred when torrential rains forced high volumes of stormwater and wastewater into the sewer lines. The water’s force blew open a concrete block over a sediment trap, causing wastewater to spill into the park.”

The Times says the city reopened the park Tuesday after crews cleaned the trails and grass, but the city is asking that park users and animals stay away from any water at the park including the pond, shown above during the summer.

Story courtesy of our sister site Maple Leaf Life.

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Wedgwood winemaker seeks to bring people together

December 13th, 2010 by hillaryu

Contributor Nathan Ganas is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

It began with a bike crash. It turned into a very fine Washington Cabernet.

“I woke in Harborview,” Tony Dollar put simply. “I found out that I landed on my head, my helmet was fractured in four places, and I fractured my spine. I started to think about what was really important in life. I thought about what I really enjoyed and it came down to three things: wine, food and people.”

For Dollar, Lobo Hills Wine has been an opportunity to bring these three values to an intersection. Operating out of his Wedgwood home, Dollar crafts artisan wines to bolster the sense of community in his neighborhood.

“A lot of us communicate these days through Facebook, through MySpace, and through the internet,” explained Dollar. “I want to see people get together with people around the table. Because you can’t have a relationship without the people in the same room; you can keep in touch, but you can’t have a relationship.”

The past three years of Dollar’s life have been dedicated to producing wines that will inspire these around-the-table interactions. After attending the coveted Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College, Dollar promptly began crafting his artisan wines using Yakima Valley grapes. His goal of fostering dinner-table community helped shape the wines he created to be paired with food.

Diana Dollar, Tony’s wife, helps run the business. In addition to working full time at a nonprofit, Diana handles the marketing side of the winery, a job she finds both challenging and rewarding.
“The industry itself is really emotional,” she said. “It’s hard trying to reach minds and capture attentions without knowing how people will react until they actually open the bottle and try it out.”

At their launch party earlier this month, their hard work finally began to pay off as they offered samples of their three wines to the community.

Sitting under an awning outside of Wedgwood’s Van Gogh Coffeehouse as rain pattered in the street, Tony offered me the same tasting experience. He first poured me a generous sip of the Lobo Hills reisling. The golden liquid had a crisp, refreshing citrus aroma to it.

But before I even had the chance to taste it, Dollar proved how dedicated to community he is. As another coffee house customer, who introduced himself simply as Ed, was leaving the building Dollar quickly handed him a sample so we could all taste together.

“This just screams for Thai food,” Ed said after his sip, drawing a smile from Dollar. An employee in the wine industry himself, Ed astutely noted how the wine cut right through his latte to his tongue to give a full burst of flavor.

The Lobo Hills riesling is dryer and contains less of the overwhelming sugar flavor than most Washington rieslings. It delivered a complex fruit flavor that pleasantly rolled over the tongue with a refreshing crispness. A .65 acid content cuts through fats to reach the tongue, clearing the palette after every sip and making it a perfect match with what Dollar calls “traditional European dishes.” Ham, poultry, or any sort of good meat with a little bit of fat to it helps accentuate the wine as much as the wine accentuates the food.

Next on the menu was the sauvignon blanc. Created in a steel barrel, this white proved to be more to the point with its flavor than the riesling. The flavor was pleasantly abrupt, catching my mouth by surprise with each crisp sip.

For a taste that lingers, though, look no further than the cabernet sauvignon. The thick red wine has darker fruit flavors that are just as pleasant to the nose as to the mouth.

“The cab was the most fun and challenging to pull together,” said Dollar. “It was just trying to come up with that proper blend that I thought was good. I could have gone ‘vineyard designated’ which is really traditional in the wine industry, but I really don’t care about that. I want to get the best possible wine for the people.”

That mentality produced a cabernet that’s a blend of grapes from both the Wahluke Slope and Horse Heaven Hills. Aged in oak barrels, Lobo Hills’ cab is one of the best around as far as I’m concerned.

Priced from $12 to $20, Lobo Hills’ wines are available at the Wedgwood QFC and Sandpoint’s Metropolitan Market. The Dollars will also be hosting an open house Dec. 19 from noon-5 p.m. at 8232 38th Ave NE To learn more or to place an order visit their website.

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Which neighborhoods got the most rain?

December 13th, 2010 by hillaryu

If you wondered how much rain fell in each of Seattle’s neighborhoods during this weekend’s Pineapple Express, here’s a closer look. A detailed analysis by a meteorologist from Seattle Public Utilities shows that most of Seattle received 3 to 4 inches of precipitation, with some areas receiving more.

The map-based analysis, based on data from 22 local rain gauges, shows that at several locations—including West Seattle, Green Lake, and South Park—the amount of rain that fell was close to that of a historical 100-year event. For much of the rest of the city, it was a 20- to 30-year storm. The map shows Wedgwood and View Ridge picked up between 3 and 3.5 inches. The most rain fell on West Seattle, which received over 4 inches in at least one location.

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Wedgwood author unveils "Cheap Bastard's Guide to Seattle"

December 9th, 2010 by hillaryu

By Tyler Steele

Humor writer and Wedgwood resident David Volk just released “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” the latest travel book in a national series targeted not only at tourists, but locals looking to have fun without breaking the bank.

“I think it’s for everyone in Seattle,” Volk said while relaxing at Espresso Express at 6500 15th Ave. N.E.  “Times are tough, and it doesn’t look like things are changing anytime soon. It’s really all about doing the things you’d already do for less, and working within the system while having a good time doing it.”

After the series received commercial success in New York, Chicago and Boston, Globe Pequot Press decided to tackle the Northwest.

“We needed an insider’s perspective for the book,” Editorial Director Amy Lyonssaid by phone from Guilford, Connecticut. “This one is very much for the person that lives in Seattle.”

Volkhighlighted some of his favorite free and inexpensive places for entertainment in the neighborhood:

Cascade Bicycle Club: Cascade has several free bike rides a day every day of the year, all listed on the calendar on its Web site, including some that are only listed on its site (pg. 189).
Cloud 9 Consignment Shop: The great news about this church-run consignment store is that they don’t mess around when it comes to moving stuff out the door (pg. 195).
Great Harvest Bread at 5408 Sand Point Way N.E.: Sometimes the places that give free samples are so obvious that we tend to forget them. Great Harvest is a good example (pg.97).

“I’m the perfect person to do this book because I know how to pinch pennies till they scream,” declared Volk, who makes his living as a freelance journalist. “I wrote about what I’ve been doing for years — surviving on cheap haircuts and happy hours.”

Continue reading at the link below.  You can find the guide at local bookstores and on Amazon.

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