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Entries from April 2011

Officer cleared in fatal Wedgwood shooting

April 27th, 2011 by hillaryu

An inquest into the shooting death of 42 year-old Ariel Rosenfeld by a Seattle Police officer at the Wedgwood QFC in August is complete and the inquest jury believes Officer Chris Anderson had reason to believe his life was in danger, the Seattle Times is reporting.

According to our news partners, the six-person inquest jury unanimously agreed that Rosenfeld fled after officers ordered him to stop, but they were split on whether Rosenfeld complied or attempted to comply with the officer’s command to drop his weapon before he was shot.

You can read more on this in the Seattle Times.

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The year the moss won

April 19th, 2011 by Support Staff

Update: The New York Times has noticed Seattle’s “extraordinary year for moss!”

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story with this telling headline: “The Seattle region’s coldest April on record is a boon for moss.”

No kidding.

On the other hand, the Times seems to like it:

Our crummy spring is a glory for that signature denizen of Seattle: moss. The glorious green yang to our gloomy gray yin, moss is reveling in all this cool, moist weather.

Me, I’d rather it wasn’t on my roof.

Got any good moss gripes or photos? Send them our way.

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Weekend business burglaries in Wedgwood?

April 19th, 2011 by Support Staff

Update: Woodlawn Optical has posted on our Facebook  page: ” Thank you. We were hit, as well as 4 other businesses.”

Jenny writes on Wedgwood View’s Facebook page: “Series of Burglaries of Wedgwood small businesses on Saturday night. If you saw anything out of the norm on 35th Sat night after 10pm please notify.”

There are two commercial burglaries on the city’s crime map from Saturday, April 16th, in the 8000 block of 35th Avenue Northeast. One is identified as a drug store or doctor’s office, the other is simply listed as a commercial office building.

If you have more information, let us know.

There was also a home burglarized that day in the 8200 block of 28th Avenue Northeast. There, police found a broken window next to the back door, but the intruder apparently set off an audible alarm and fled.

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Seattle Schools phasing out self-contained bilingual classes

April 18th, 2011 by hillaryu

A few years ago, changes were made to the English Language Learner (ELL, formerly ESL) program in Seattle Public Schools. These changes have taken non-native speakers out of one classroom and put them in the traditional classroom with native English speakers. Our sister site, MyWallingford, has more on these changes and how they’re affecting students and teachers at Hamilton International Middle School.

Read: Final bell for self-contained bilingual classes

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Owners ask help in finding Wyatt, their lost dog

April 13th, 2011 by Support Staff

Update: Wyatt is back home!

I woke up this morning and found him sleeping on the bed I left for him in the mud room. Thank you.

Matthew says their dog Wyatt found his way out of the yard on Monday.

Wyatt is a Siberian Husky that we rescued. He is a very loving dog but is cautious of strangers. He gets very nervous if you try to lure him with food. Wyatt has white fur and wears a red collar.

If you find him call (206) 229-5006 or (206) 353-1586.

And thanks to Lori, who also emailed us about Wyatt, saying he’s been seen in both Maple Leaf and Wedgwood.

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Power restored to Wedgwood, Ravenna

April 12th, 2011 by Support Staff

Power has been restored this afternoon to about 3,600 homes in Wedgwood and Ravenna after a mishap between a tree limb and an electric line.

From Seattle City Light:

The outage started about 1 p.m. when a private tree company cut down part of a Douglas fir near NE 40th Avenue and NE 92nd Street. The falling wood hit power lines, causing a short, before coming off the lines and falling to the ground.

The general boundaries of the outage were NE 106th Street on the north, NE 75th Street on the south, 8th Avenue NE on the west and Lake Washington on the east.

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Children's Garden vying for national grant

April 11th, 2011 by hillaryu

Update 4/12: The Children’s Garden just emailed to say it will again be featured by garden guru Cisco Morris.

The “Gardening with Ciscoe” TV show contacted us on short notice to use the garden to film another episode yesterday, featuring a really cool slug and snail expert, Ciscoe and Meeghan’s usual gardening tips, and the news about the Gray Whale Garden’s new eye! Tune in this weekend and/or the next two weekends, at any of the times and stations listed below:

Saturday 4/16 @ 3:30pm on KONG-TV, Saturday 4/23 @ 10:30 am on KING-TV, Saturday 4/30 @ 10:00 am on KING-TV and @ 1:30 pm on KONG-TV.


The Children’s Garden at the Magnuson Community Garden is hoping to get a $4,000 grant from Organic Gardening Magazine and DeLoach Organic Winery.

From Seattle Parks & Recreation:

The Children’s Garden was largely built and is maintained by volunteers from the community. It contains one of the largest P-Patches in King County, which donates more than 4,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks each year, and an outdoor amphitheater that provides a picturesque setting for free summer concerts, Shakespeare-in-the-park performances, and other special events.

From now until August 1st, supporters can vote once each day for the garden (vote here.) The top five gardens will each get $4,000.

If the Children’s Garden receives one of the grants, it will fund two very worthy projects that will benefit all visitors, especially seniors and disabled gardeners:

* A much-needed major expansion to the disabled-access P-Patch plots, which provide wheelchair-height and standing-height garden beds for gardeners who cannot use the standard in-ground plots.

* Interpretive signs to make it easy for all visitors to find their way around all the different areas of the Community Garden, and to understand the mission and goals of each area.

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Lots of ways to contribute to North Helpline

April 8th, 2011 by hillaryu

There are lots of ways to help keep food on the tables of our neighbors in North Seattle by supporting North Helpline in the coming weeks.

Bowls available at last year’s Empty Bowls at Northgate Community Center.

One of the year’s biggest events, Empty Bowls, is coming up from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. Attendees are invited to choose from donated handmade bowls such as those shown above, which is then filled with soup donated from local restaurants. The meal comes with salad, bread and dessert, as well.

Presale tickets cost $15 per person or $35 for a family of three or more; or $18 per person/$40 for a family at the door. To buy a ticket or for more information, go to North Helpline’s website.

Wanna help out before then? There are plenty more opportunities in the meantime:

  • On Saturday, April 16, Silver Platters is holding a food drive for North Helpline in conjunction with Record Store Day, a day designated for independently owned record stores to come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Bring in nonperishable food, get a coupon! The nearest location is in Maple Leaf/Northgate at 9560 First Ave. N.E., but there’s also one in Lower Queen Anne at 701 Fifth Ave. N.
  • Dine out to support North Helpline on April 21 at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe, 8515 35th Ave. N.E. Stop by anytime that day (hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.), and 30 percent of the proceeds will be donated to North Helpline.
  • Love to cook? Join Cookus Interruptus author and Bastyr University faculty member Cynthia Lair for a “Spring Into Greens” cooking class from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Two Dog Yoga in Lake City, 12549 28th Ave. N.E. Small plates with big flavor utilizing shades of green are on the menu! Bring a chef knife, apron and your friends. Preregistration via PayPal is required; cost is $20 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting North Helpline.

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North Seattle Community Dinner is this Sunday

April 7th, 2011 by Support Staff

A local group is hosting a “community dinner” for North Seattle this Sunday, April 10, at Thornton Place.

From their Facebook page:

Come help identify community projects with your neighbors over dinner.
Three courses with discussion, deliberation and decision-making.
Ticket price: $15/person.
The dinner is from 5-8 p.m. at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.
On the page, organizer Dusty Hoerler writes:
The North Seattle Community dinner is intended to bring together community members to surface ideas and inspire community projects. It’s an opportunity for people to have time to sit down, get a chance to interact with neighbors from various backgrounds, eat, drink, be merry and spur discussion on what projects people are looking forward to working on.
His list of projects already discussed includes more sidewalks and wood-fired oven in parks. “Perhaps someone is interested in starting a local writing class, or local film club, or book club. Your idea is great and needs a place to be shared. “
The group says it is sponsored by the 46th District Democrats, the Washington State Labor Council, the Maple Leaf Grill, the King County Labor Council, Forza Coffee, Dan Knauff Graphic Design and Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

For tickets email

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Tell the mayor and police just how safe you feel

April 6th, 2011 by Support Staff

The Seattle Mayor’s office and the University of Washington reached out again this afternoon to ask neighborhood residents to participate in a new neighborhood survey on crime, put together by grad students at the prestigious Evans School of Public Affairs at the university.

The online survey “will help determine residents’ primary public safety concerns in their own neighborhoods and on public transportation.”

With this survey, the City hopes to have a snapshot of perceptions of the police and public safety at a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level. The survey also gives residents an opportunity to anonymously offer their opinions on the police and public safety in Seattle — a new option for this kind of survey.

The new survey asks residents their opinion of public safety conditions in Seattle’s urban villages, if there are any urban villages they avoid, and why.

You’ll have choices like these on crime:

  • Very serious problem
  • Serious problem
  • Minor problem
  • Not a problem

Question No. 9 asks you to name the most serious crime problems in your neighborhood. There’s a list of 20 choices – including “no crime” and “other.” You get to pick no more than five.

There are 47 questions – possibly more if you ride transit often – including ones dealing with police harassment and effectiveness. You can take the survey- it takes about a quarter-hour – here. The Evans School will release the results to the mayor’s Youth and Family Initiative in May.

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