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Entries from August 2011

Great deals for 12 hours at Wedgwood Safeway

August 27th, 2011 by Support Staff

Free peanut butter! Free eggs! Free apple juice! (Minimum purchase required.) Today only!

The newly renovated Wedgwood Safeway, at 7340 35th Ave. N.E., is offering great deals all day today, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., to celebrate its expansion.

The celebration is similar to the one held when the Pinehurst Safeway reopened last November.

So stop by the Wedgwood store, pick up a coupon book and a flier at the door and start shopping. (Don’t miss the Tillamook cheese, usually $7 a brick, today two for $5.)

Also by the door is a donation bin for the North Helpline food bank. Pick up something and donate.

Budget cuts have hit North Helpline hard. In a letter to donors this month, Amy Besunder, executive director, notes:

Our client base has nearly doubled over the course of the last two years. Every week we see new faces and every week we monitor the decline in our food stocks. We have walked out to a nearly empty warehouse following food distribution and wondered how we will serve our clients the following week.

But, thanks to your donations, we keep on going!

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Expanded Safeway celebrates Friday with jazz, special deals

August 25th, 2011 by Support Staff

The Wedgwood Safeway, which underwent a nearly $10 million renovation, will celebrate Friday afternoon with special deals for shoppers and live jazz featuring musicians from Roosevelt High School and Eckstein Middle School.

The Safeway, at 7340 35th Ave. N.E., will hold a preview party from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

On Saturday Safeway will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 .am., which is open to the public.  Safeway will give away 200 free “Wedgwood Safeway” reusable bags to the first 200 customers on Saturday. In addition, the North Helpline food bank will be hosting a food drive on site.

From Safeway:

This Wedgwood expansion is unique for Safeway as it innovatively expanded the store by building out the basement and moving the backroom and prep areas under the sales floor. In doing so, Safeway increased the size of the store by more than 10,000 square feet without drastically altering the exterior scale of the store.

Customers have much to look forward to with exciting new features, including: A new pharmacy with private waiting and immunization rooms, expanded organic produce, full bakery, expanded deli, a floral department with kiosk and self-checkout stands.

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New transportation plan for upcoming school year

August 24th, 2011 by hillaryu

After the implementation of the Student Assignment Plan, Seattle Public Schools is also changing the way elementary and K-8 students get to school.

The transportation map for Wedgwood Elementary. Orange is the walk zone, yellow the bus zone.

The new neighborhood-based transportation system is expected to streamline bus routs for attendance-area students and get kids to their neighborhood school in 25 minutes or less. This change will also save an estimate $4 million by using fewer buses and less gas. “With more efficient routing, buses are less likely to encounter the traffic delays that occur on longer routes, so families will find departure and arrival times to be more reliable,” said Tom Bishop, SPS transportation manager. “In addition, the more streamlined routes will also benefit the environment by taking up to 80 buses off the roads and reducing the district’s carbon footprint.”

Students within the transportation zone, but outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for district-provided transportation. There are an estimated 3,600 elementary students who live outside the new transportation zones. They will still be eligible for the following transportation:

  • Students who live within a half of a mile from the Transportation Zone boundary can walk to a yellow bus stop within the zone. Seats will be allocated on a space-available basis.
  • Community stops will be created so students can catch a yellow bus near an attendance area school and take it to another school.
  • Students who are no longer eligible for transportation will receive a guaranteed assignment to their attendance area school, if requested.
  • School bus routes will be assigned later this summer once all the students assignments are complete. Families should expect a letter later this month, prior to the start of the school year.

    For more information and to see the transportation zone for your school, click here. FAQ can be found here (.pdf)

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    The Seattle Public Library prepares for week-long closure

    August 23rd, 2011 by Support Staff

    This post is from our sister site Fremont Universe.

    The Seattle Public Library system will be closed from Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4 because of city budget cuts. All branches also will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

    From the press release:

    The week-long closure will help the Library achieve its $3.7 million budget reduction target for 2011. The closure will save approximately $650,000. The closure will mean salary reductions for nearly 640 employees who will not be paid during that week and who are taking cuts in their cost of living adjustments. In addition, the book budget has been reduced, positions have been eliminated and 2010 cuts to branch hours have continued this year. Fifteen branches are only open 35 hours a week.

    No materials will be due and no fines will be charged during the one-week closure.

    Most library services will be unavailable during the closure, including book drops (the Central Library’s book drop will close at 8 p.m. Aug. 28); Wi-Fi; regular programs and events in library meeting rooms; TeleCirc (the library’s telephone circulation service that provides patrons with information on their library account); and no texting, emailing or chatting with a librarian.

    Access to the online catalog will be limited to searching and checking library records, but patrons won’t be able to place holds.

    Some online services will remain available, including the calendar of events; the SPL Mobile page; online payment of fines and fees; library podcasts; access to premium online databases, including Britannica Online,, Mango Languages, Consumer Reports and Morningstar Investment Research Center; access to downloadable media, such as e-books and audiobooks, songs and movies; and digital collections, such as photos from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Collection, the Northwest Art Collection and The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection; the Seattle City Directory Collection; and the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection.

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    Hunter Farm Gathering Place – it's done!

    August 22nd, 2011 by Support Staff

    It’s done. Or close enough.

    The Hunter Farm Community Build wrapped up Sunday night after four full days of construction (and sunshine!).

    Here’s a Q & A from the Wedgwood Community Council:

    Q1:  Is the project finished?
    A1:  Almost.  There is a bit of unfinished business, but nothing a good work party can’t wrap up.  If you’re interested in helping out a bit more or didn’t get a chance to help out these past 4 days, please email » us.

    Q2:  How is the site going to be maintained or how do we book the site for events?
    A2:  Great question!  There are several of us who have been asking that very question and who are trying to think through this so it is sustainable, easy for folks who want to use the site, and doesn’t burden the Hunter Family.  If you’re interested in thinking through this with us, please email » us.

    The Community Council received a grant from the the Pomegranate Center and Tully’s Coffee to develop the site at 7744 35th Ave. N.E. where the Hunter family has sold Christmas trees for a half-century.

    Tully’s Coffee will be throwing a Grand Opening Bash on Saturday, Sept. 17th at 3:30 p.m. at the site to celebrate. Yes, there will be coffee amongst other great bash-related things. More information in the coming days.

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    Today is Day Three of the Hunter Farm Community Build

    August 20th, 2011 by Support Staff

    Photos courtesy Wedgwood Community Council

    By 7 p.m. Sunday the Hunter Farm Gathering Place is to be in place.

    By the end of the day Friday, Day Two of the barn-raising style Community Build, 205 volunteers and workers had participated, reports Per Johnson of the Wedgwood Community Council. He’s posted photographs here.

    The Community Build continues from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday.

    To register for the work parties click here.

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    Dozens of workers turn out for first day of Hunter Farm "barn raising"

    August 18th, 2011 by Support Staff

    Some three dozen workers showed up this morning for the first day of work on the future Hunter Farm Gathering Place.

    Future meaning four days from now.

    The plan is to build the gathering place, which will still be used over the holidays as a Christmas tree lot, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Sunday.

    The Wedgwood Community Council has received a grant from the the Pomegranate Center and Tully’s Coffee to develop the site at 7744 35th Ave. N.E. where the Hunter family has sold Christmas trees for a half-century.

    Once glitch to report this morning: The city has decreed that the utility poles installed last week can’t stand more than 8 feet high and must be cut down to size.

    (“Well, that just means we’ll have more poles to plant, then,” said one worker.

    To register for the work parties click here.

    Otherwise, enjoy more photos from Thursday’s work.

    Artists paining the “sail,” and what it will look like when done.

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    Today is election day – vote!

    August 16th, 2011 by Support Staff

    Today is primary election day, and the election is by mail.

    How’s it going? From our news partners at The Seattle Times:

    Despite Seattle’s hotly debated tunnel referendum and candidate races around King County, returned primary ballots are coming in more slowly than elections officials anticipated. They earlier had projected countywide turnout of 52 percent.

    As of Monday night, the county had received about 211,000 of the 1.1 million ballots sent out, or 19 percent.

    Ballots must be postmarked by today.

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    Remember to vote, mail your ballot

    August 14th, 2011 by Support Staff

    This post from our sister site

    The Aug. 16 primary and special election is quickly approaching. Remember to have your ballots stamped and postmarked, or dropped in a ballot drop box on or before Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    The closest local ballot drop box location is at Magnuson Park, 6344 N.E. 74th St. Ballots taken to drop boxes must be deposited by 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. If that’s not convenient for you, see this map for a complete list of King County drop box locations.

    For candidate statements, see the King County Elections Local Voters’ Pamphlet. And if you can’t make your mind up from reading those, let someone else help. Here are some sources for candidate ratings and endorsements:

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    Work's under way at Hunter Farm Gathering Place

    August 11th, 2011 by Support Staff

    With the big “barn raising” push to build the Hunter Farm Gathering Place starting a week from today, Per Johnson at the Wedgwood Community Council has posted a number of ways to get involved.

    Buy a PERSONALIZED TILE for $35! Or just donate money to the project!

    Donate food and beverages for the volunteers! The Wedgwood Presbyterian Church’s kitchen is available if you need. Also, there will be plenty of delicious Tully’s Coffee.

    Bring your musical prowess or other entertainment to the site and wow us while we work! (We already have two bands planning to play on our new stage on Friday and Saturday night)

    Are you a chiropractor, masseuse, psychiatrist? Come on out during the evenings and help our volunteers unwind after a long day of volunteering.

    Help staff our volunteer check-in booth throughout the day.

    Are you a photographer? Come on out and document the project with your unique view. (The WCC would love it if you shared your photos!)

    Those are in addition to the work parties next Thursday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 21. To register for those, click here.

    Seven 40-foot cedar posts have already arrived at the site, to be installed as shown on the project design. And a video crew was documenting the scene earlier this week.

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