Congratulations, Bernie Matsuno! New Department of Neighborhoods Director.

Earlier today, the City Council approved the nomination of Bernadette Matsuno as the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods. Congratulations, Bernie from all of us up here in Wedgwood! The following is from the City’s Press Release: Seattle City Council confirms Bernadette Matsuno as Department of Neighborhoods Director Seattle – Today the City Council unanimously confirmed Bernadette (Bernie) Matsuno as the Department of Neighborhoods Director. “I am impressed with Bernie’s professional background and her two-decade long commitment to the Department of Neighborhoods success,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien, chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee. “The Council believes the Read More …

WE CAN Safety Project is Awarded a Small & Simple Projects Grant

On the heels of receiving bad news about the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Small & Simple Grant application submitted for designing new Wedgwood Park, the other grant submitted by WCC Trustee/Echo Editor and soon-to-be Wedgwood Elementary PTA President, Katie Traverse, appears to have been awarded its $20,000 grant contingent on modifications.  You may recall that in May, two NMF Small & Simple Grant applications were submitted, one of which was the Wedgwood Elementary Children and Neighbors Safety Project (WE CAN Safety Project).  The following is what was proposed for this project: The Wedgwood Elementary PTA applied for a Neighborhood Matching Read More …

Two Small & Simple Grants Submitted for Wedgwood

Monday, May 9th, was the deadline for this latest round of Neighborhood Matching Fund Small & Simple Grants through the Department of Neighborhood.  To our knowledge, there were two grant applications submitted for Wedgwood: 1) for pedestrian improvements around Wedgwood Elementary and 2) design services for as part of park development on the Morningside Substation.  Here’s a brief summary of what each grant proposes. Wedgwood Elementary Children and Neighbors Safety Project (WE CAN Safety Project) The Wedgwood Elementary PTA applied for a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Grant to make traffic safety improvements around the school.  If it is Read More …

Bernie Matsuno Appointed Permanent Director of Department of Neighborhoods

Congratulations are in order for Bernie Matsuno, who was appointed the permanent director of the Department of Neighborhoods earlier this week by Mayor McGinn.  Her appointment comes following the stepping down of Stella Chow, the previous director, back in January.  Ms. Matsuno now awaits the City Councils confirmation.

Neighbor Appreciation Day Activities for Saturday, Feb. 12th.

The City’s 17th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is this Saturday, February 12th.  It’s a day to celebrate your neighbors and join in community building.  To celebrate, the City is looking for great stories about your neighbors and photos from Neighbor Appreciation Day to share.  You can even send your neighbor a special, appreciative e-card.   Additionally, community groups across the City have teamed with the City’s Department of Neighborhoods to develop a jam-packed schedule of events that you, your family, and your neighbors can participate in.  Here’s a schedule of some of the highlights in NE Seattle (A complete schedule Read More …

Neighbor Appreciation Day is Feb. 12

Seattle is soon to celebrate its 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 12. This year, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is requesting stories from community members to post to their website. Share your story about what makes your neighbors and neighborhood so extraordinary. Or, send an e-card with student artwork to show that special neighbor your appreciation.

Department of Neighborhoods Director Stepping Down

Publicola is reporting that Stella Chao, the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods, will be stepping down on January 31st.  Chao has been the Director for 4 years.  Her announcement comes after conversations with Mayor McGinn, although neither she nor the mayor are saying her resignation is due to performance. The DON is a vital City department for organizations such as the Wedgwood Community Council.  The grants that they issue and oversee are directly responsible for community-driven projects and activities, like the Vision Plan.  This follows difficult cuts and decisions at the DON as part of the City’s 2011 budget, which Read More …