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Entries from March 2011

Volunteers needed for Wedgwood Art Festival

March 29th, 2011 by hillaryu

Organizers for the Wedgwood Art Festival sent us the following notice:

The 6th annual Wedgwood Art Festival has expanded into a 2 day extravaganza of art, music, community fun and will be happening this year on July 9th & 10th. Thanks to community support the neighborhood has shown for the last 5 years, the festival continues to grow and become a highly anticipated summer event. Many opportunities are available to become a part of this fun-filled weekend.

A variety of volunteer positions are available beginning prior to the festival for poster/flier distribution; Friday, July 8th during setup; and during the event on Saturday & Sunday. Volunteer opportunities include: Poster/Flier Distribution, Children’s Craft Booths, Band Loading/Setup, Photographer, Field Setup & Maintenance, Booth Setup/Take Down, Parking Attendant, and more.

If you are an artist interested in having a booth, please submit your application by April 4th. Applications can be found on the Wedgwood Art Festival website. We are accepting artists in all media. All artwork must be original and created by the artist. Overnight security will be provided on Friday and Saturday nights.

We are seeking community partners to help sponsor this event. This is a unique promotional and public relations opportunity to show support of art and community events Northeast Seattle. Sponsorship packages offer a variety of marketing benefits to involve your company in fostering goodwill in our community.

Please come join us in creating the most exciting festival yet! For more information on booths, volunteering or becoming a sponsor of the festival, please visit the website at: or email Nancy Reed at

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Wedgwood Elementary principal now official

March 24th, 2011 by hillaryu

Chris Cronas has been the interim principal at Wedgwood Elementary for the last year. Interim superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield has made the position official.

From Seattle Public Schools:

Chris Cronas has been appointed principal for Wedgwood. He was the assistant principal at Nathan Eckstein Middle School, a position he held for two years. Prior to his assistant principal role, Cronas was an instruction and curriculum coach for three years. He also taught four years overseas in Japan, and 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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Boy Scouts collect for Food Lifeline

March 24th, 2011 by hillaryu

Thanks to the generosity of neighbors, Boy Scout Troop 166 collected a large bin for Food Lifeline.

The Troop collected food donations at the Wedgwood QFC several days last week as part of the Scouting for Food Drive. “Thank you Wedgwood for your support,” they emailed.

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View Ridge "Awesome Apes" going to Global Reading Challenge finals

March 22nd, 2011 by hillaryu

Out of nearly 350 teams, ten are heading to the city final of the 2011 Global Reading Challenge – including View Ridge team the “Awesome Apes.”

The competition challenges fourth- and fifth-graders to recall information about ten books they’ve been assigned. The teams must answer questions about plot, locations and characters.

The nine teams that the Awesome Apes will be competing against on March 29th at 7 p.m. are:

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Sand Point Naval Air Station now a historic district

March 17th, 2011 by hillaryu

In a Tweet by Seattle City Councilwoman, Sally Bagshaw says that the Sand Point Naval Air Station is the first new historic district in Seattle in nearly 30 years.

You can read the history of the area here.

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Boy Scouts sell compost on Saturday

March 16th, 2011 by hillaryu

This Saturday Boy Scout Troop 166 will be selling 1 cubic foot bags of Cedar Grove Compost for just $5.

Come get your bag(s) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE). The group will make deliveries on March 19th within a certain area. To find out if you qualify for delivery email Sonja Skalbania: skalbanias at comcast dot net


Open enrollment begins for Seattle Public Schools

March 16th, 2011 by hillaryu

If your child will enter the Seattle Public School system this year, or if you want a school other than your attendance-area elementary, middle or high school, be sure to apply through Open Enrollment, which runs today, March 15, through April 15.

Forms and detailed information are available at the Seattle Public Schools site. Families may also contact an Enrollment Facilitator at the Service Center at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave S (3rd and Lander), via telephone at (206) 252-0010, or via fax to (206) 252-0761. There is also a Recorded Information Line at (206) 252-0410.

Registration and application materials may be mailed, faxed or submitted in person. The mailing address is:

Seattle Public Schools
SPS Service Center
MS 11-174
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

All school choice forms received during open enrollment are processed together after open enrollment ends on April 15. There is no advantage to submitting forms earlier or later during the open enrollment period. The first few days and the last few days of open enrollment are the busiest. To avoid long lines, families are encouraged by SPS to consider this when planning their visit to the enrollment center.

Current students may drop off School Choice Forms in a 24-hour drop box in the JSCEE parking lot at 3rd and Lander. Forms must be filled out completely and signed to be accepted. The drop-off box is only for school choice forms for current students who already have a school assignment but would like to apply for a different school. New students must submit enrollment materials either in person, by fax or email.

Seattle Public Schools enrollment staff will also visit libraries and community centers around the city throughout March so parents may enroll new students and/or submit School Choice Forms for the 2011-12 school year. Staff will be at the following locations from 5:30

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City seeks candidates for Seattle Women

March 2nd, 2011 by hillaryu

The Seattle Women

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Pay your library fine online

March 1st, 2011 by hillaryu

No need to make a trip to the library to pay a fine, the Seattle Public Library is now accepting payments online.

In addition to paying fines and fees online, Library cardholders can also add funds to their account for computer printing. Credit and debit card payments are processed through PayPal, but a PayPal account is not necessary. There is no service charge to make a payment online, but a minimum payment of $1 is required.

Payments are also accepted in person by cash, check or money order at any Library location during regular operating hours. Payments can be mailed by check or money order to: Attention Borrower Services, The Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104. Mailed payments must include a Library card number; payees will receive a receipt by mail.

Credit card payments are not accepted in person or by phone.

You can make payments to your account here. For more information about making payments online, Ask a Librarian or call 206-386-4636.

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