Wedgwood discusses the 35th Avenue NE business district tonight

Our neighbors in Wedgwood are holding a meeting tonight that has quite a few points of interests for Ravennians, too.

Here’s the agenda for tonight’s general meeting of the Wedgwood Community Council (via the WCC website):

  • CleanScapes will share the fantastic news about the $50,000 the Tuesday collection area won towards a community project!
  • We’ll share a bit about what the next steps are for the $13,000 grant the WCC, Sustainable NE Seattle, and others won for emergency preparedness.
  • We’ll describe the “Donut Hole” and where both “Wedgwood” and “Ravenna-Bryant” begins.
  • We’ll present the land use planning process the WLUC [Wedgwood Land Use Committee] is proposing and describe how you can get involved in shaping the future of 35th Ave NE.

The Wedgwood Community Council meets at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE) from 7-9 PM.

Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Community-Wide Meeting set for Tuesday, April 5th

After a few years of hibernation and nine months of reorganizing and rejuvenating board meetings, the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association is back in action, and holding a community-wide meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 5, at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6536 Ravenna Avenue NE).

Anyone currently living in either the Ravenna or Bryant neighborhoods here in Northeast Seattle is welcome to attend (and become members, should they choose), as well as people who have businesses within those neighborhoods.

For a map of the RBCA boundaries, as well as those of other Northeast District community associations, visit this post on the RBCA’s website.

Topics and speakers on the agenda include:

  • voting in old and new RBCA board members
  • updates from the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee Chair Jim O’Halloran on the status of the properties and development around Roosevelt High School
  • how to keep rats under control
  • 520 tolling
  • Cleanscapes’ “Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards Project”

The meeting is to be held in the community center’s multipurpose room, with has a maximum occupancy of about 100 people. For this reason, the organizers request that you RSVP to the meeting.

Childcare is available for potty-trained kids. $5 for the first child, $2 for additional. Healthy snack included.

For more information about this event, you can also visit the main event page at

For more information about the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association, you can visit their new homepage at


Full disclosure: I have been attending the RBCA board meetings since August as both a community member and as a “hyperlocal journalist.” I do not plan on becoming a board member, but I do wish to help the organization grow and succeed. I have also been working on the RBCA’s new website, and advocating for greater transparency and increased communication between Northeast Seattle community organizations and the people they represent.

Ravenna in the waste reduction lead for $50,000 from CleanScapes

Many people in the neighborhood sent me a link today to the following article in the Seattle Times:

Out of all of CleanScapes’ waste pick-up areas in the city, Ravenna has done more since September 2010 to reduce the amount of waste — garbage, recycling and yard waste — than any other area in the city. And if we can keep it up until the end of the contest (September 2011), our area will win $50,000 to spend on the community project of our choice.

But the Ravenna neighborhood alone cannot take all the credit for this high ranking in the contest. From the above Seattle Times article:

The leader so far, said CleanScapes’ Candy Castellanos, is an area bounded by Interstate 5, Northeast 65th Street, 40th Avenue Northeast and Ravenna Avenue Northeast, also known as the Tuesday North district.

Turns out, by my calculations, that pick-up area covers some Ravenna, a little Roosevelt, and a chunk of Bryant, with a side of Wedgwood. Here’s another map, of just the Tuesday Morning North district:

CleanScapes' Tuesday Morning North waste pick-up area (map links to full city pick-up day pdf at Seattle Public Utilities)

Way to go, TEAM Tuesday Morning North!


So, what’s the game plan? How does Tuesday Morning North keep that number one spot, and collect a large novelty check* come September 2011?

From CleanScapes’ Seattle Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards page:

Winning is easy: stop waste before it happens. Compost at home. Use a worm bin. Grasscycle. Use refillable water bottles and coffee mugs. Replace paper towels and napkins with cloth kitchen towels and washable napkins. Bring your own bag. Use Tupperware. Reuse. Repair. Buy in bulk. Buy local. Buy second-hand. Share. Trade. Swap. Rent. Donate or sell unwanted items. Print double-sided. Stop junk mail and phonebooks… you get the idea!

Now, I’d ask you to print out those waste reducing tips and keep a copy in every room of your house…but would you mind just writing down on some old scrap paper instead? We’d all appreciate it.


*I have no idea if there will be an actual novelty check, but I sure hope so.