Wedgwood Area Currently in 4th Place for $50,000 Prize

As reported earlier here and here, CleanScapes has an amazing competition that would bring a $50,000 prize to the neighborhood (collection area) that reduces its waste the most.  Based upon this article in the Queen Anne View, a sister blog of the Wedgwood View, the Wednesday North collection area which includes Wedgwood is in 4th place with a 3% reduction in total waste (garbage, yard, and recycling).  The Tuesday collection routes are currently leading with the Tuesday North collection route at -7.5% and Tuesday Central collection route at -6.8%. The competition still has a long way to go and we Read More …

Burglary in Wedgwood

One of the reasons many live in Wedgwood is because how safe it is. The friendly and perceptive neighbors who live within the single-family residential neighborhood that defines much of Wedgwood fosters this sense of safety. This makes it all the more uncomfortable when crime occurs in our community. According to the Wedgwood View, a forced entry robbery occurred on Tuesday, January 11th at a residence on the 3700 block of NE 75th Street.  The Seattle Crime blog and the Seattle Police also have maps that shows where these crimes have occurred.  According to the report on Wedgwood View, this Read More …

Wedgwood Parks Meeting a Success!

About 150 people packed into the meeting room at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church for the WCC’s January 2011 general meeting, co-hosted by Seattle Parks and Wedgwood Parks.  The purpose of the meeting was to formally announce the WCC’s recommended site for park acquisition, the Morningside Substation, using legislatively approved funds from the 2008 Parks and Open Green Spaces Levy. Wedgwoodians began showing up around 6:45 in anticipation of the meeting and to get their hands on the new Wedgwood t-shirt.  Kurt Westman, the President of the WCC, kicked off the meeting with and overview and introductions before the presentation began.  Chip Nevins, Read More …

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 …

Burglary Report for December 2010 – good news

Wedgwood Wide Block Watch communications coordinator Ellen Blackstone forwarded a short and sweet report this month. It’s good news, take a look… Diane Horswill of the Seattle Police Department writes: I am happy to say there were no reported burglaries in Wedgwood in Dec. For details, contact Diane at 206-684-7711 or diane.horswill@seattle.gov. The email also included some reminders: A package sitting on a porch for more than a day is a dead giveaway that nobody is home. Help your absent neighbor by tucking such items out of sight. You can get burglary reports and more on the SPD website. Report Read More …

Gardening with Bees

Wedgwood has a thriving community of gardeners, which is only natural given Picardo P-Patch is the first community garden in Seattle (in fact, the ‘P’ in Seattle’s P-Patch is in part a nod to the Picardo family). A return to growing food for your own consumption or purchasing locally-grown food has led to the locavore movement. With this said, whether you’re growing food crops or beautiful flowing plants, pollination is a critical step and ultimately determines the success of your efforts. City Fruit, a local non-profit, is teaching a class on mason bees at the Phinney Neighborhood Association on January Read More …

The Echo Newsletter is in the Mail!

The January edition of the Echo newsletter is in the mail and should be arriving at your door shortly if you’re a WCC member. Check your copy and if you’ve got a TIME TO RENEW stamp on the front, please remember to renew your WCC membership.  You can renew online or use the renewal form on the back of the newsletter and mail it in or bring money to our upcoming January 12th meeting.

Wedgwood Bus Routes on Holiday Schedule

Some Wedgwood bus routes are on holiday schedule and have reduced trips throughout December 27th – 31st.  The affected routes include Route 64, 65, 68, 242, and 372.  As a result, these routes have fewer trips than normal weekday schedules but more trips than weekends. Please refer to their holiday route schedule, which you can access here.   On New Years day, all routes will be running on Sunday schedules. Please plan accordingly.

No Sidewalk Improvements for Wedgwood in 2011

Those that live in Wedgwood, north of 85th, recognize the need for improving sidewalks throughout Wedgwood.  Not only do they provide a critical pedestrian safety network for our schools, but they improve the walkability of our neighborhood and often improve the surface water management on our streets.  Therefore, expanding the sidewalk network throughout Wedgwood as well as other key pedestrian safety improvements is a focal point of the WCC. For this reason, we’re disappointed to see that no new sidewalk improvements will be coming to Wedgwood under the SDOT Bridging the Gap Sidewalk Development Program.  In fact, Pinehurst and Maple Read More …