A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Entries from December 2008

City will use salt, clean up sand more quickly

December 31st, 2008 by Dale

Mayor Greg Nickels reversed course today and said the city will use salt on the roads in emergency conditions, work more closely with Metro Transit and hire additional contractors to clean up sand after the storm.

The policy change came after the city got a lot of flak for its policy of packing down snow, using sand  and some liquid de-icer in spots instead of clearing streets.

“In normal Seattle winters, this practice has served us well. But the three storms that we experienced this month dumped more than a foot of snow,” Nickels said during a press conference today. “This time, liquid de-icers were not enough. People were frustrated, and so was I. By amending our salting practices, we will be able to clear more roads faster, while maintaining our environmental commitment.”

Watch the full press conference here.

The mayor also said they’ll hire two private contracting crews to help five city crews clear up sand left over on streets. Looking at just Greenwood Avenue, they’ve got some work ahead of them, as sand covers the center turn lane and the bike lanes on each shoulder.

Also, the city will have crews out taking care of missed garbage collections on New Year’s Day.  Though this doesn’t affect our neighborhoods, Thursday customers will have garbage picked up Friday and Friday customers will have theirs picked up Saturday.

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The most-viewed PhinneyWood stories
of (the second half) of 2008

December 31st, 2008 by Dale

A lot’s been going on in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge since we started the site in early July. In more than 440 posts, we’ve covered everything big and small from accidents, to guerrilla knitters and the grim reaper, businesses coming and going, and the comings and goings of a certain cat.

We couldn’t have done it without you and all of the tips, photos and ideas you’ve showered us with this past year. We’re very thankful for all you’ve contributed to PhinneyWood and we hope you’ve gotten something in return. May you have the happiest of New Years.

Without further ado, here’s the top 10 stories by page views since our inception.

1. Cat cam roams Greenwood, gets on TV

2. Two teens hit at 85th and Greenwood

3. Naked City the new Greenwood hot spot

4. Man jumps from Aurora Bridge

5. ‘Got wool?’ More like ‘got wha?’

Update: It turns out a carpet store around the corner is responsible for the sign.

6. Phinney Market closes Friday

Update: New owners are planning to reopen the store.

7. Wave the whimsical knit crosswalk flag

8. TV crew at Gordito’s today

9. Fear the Greenwood Reaper

10. What’s your favorite PhinneyWood lunch spot?


Most-commented PhinneyWood stories of 2008

December 31st, 2008 by Dale

Here are the stories that elicited the most responses from you since we launched in mid-2008. While they didn’t get the most page views, they generated the most passion, advice and wry observations.

Some of the comment threads showed your willingness to help out, whether it be sharing favorite breakfast spots or offering suggestions for good places for out-of-town relatives to stay nearby.

To us, they were an insight into how much people care about Greenwood and Phinney Ridge – or Phinneywood, or Grinney, or LoZo or Phrelard, whatever you decide to call where you live in our community.

Here’s the list of the most-commented stories since PhinneyWood started in July.

1. Why aren’t you visiting the Friday Farmers Market?

2. Two teens hit at 85th and Greenwood

3. What’s your favorite breakfast/brunch spot?

4. Cat cam roams Greenwood, gets on TV

Update: Cooper now has his own blog.

5. Greenwood crime spree?

6. Where does Phinney end and Greenwood begin?

7. The Pig gets another mention

This one stirred up a lot of angst when new owners kept the name, but changed the place. Let’s hope the new owners of the Phinney Market receive a warmer welcome.

8. Car crime stirring up Phinneywood readers

9. Good places for out-of-town relatives to stay?

10. Fancy bar to replace Northside Grill in Greenwood


Find art on the sidewalk? It’s yours!

December 30th, 2008 by Doree

Local artist JOAB has been leaving some of his creations outside on Greenwood Avenue for anyone to pick up and take home. JOAB paints at Greenwood Collective, a collection of artists and small businesses that share space at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1.

Then he leaves his painting somewhere in plain sight and hopes someone finds it and takes it home. This is his most recent painting, left along Greenwood Avenue near 87th St.


Residents and businesses may be eligible for storm-related damage assistance

December 30th, 2008 by Doree

If you suffered storm-related damage to your home or business, you have two weeks to contact King County’s Office of Emergency Management hotline number at 1-800-523-5044 to report the damage and be eligible for assistance. The hotline is open 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 29 – Dec. 31, and again 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 5-9.

Before filing a damage report with OEM, citizens should contact their insurance company about existing coverage. They are also urged to document damages with photographs and keep records of all clean-up and repair costs.  

In addition, business owners who have incurred weather-related economic losses should submit an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program form to the Office of Emergency Management (fax# 206-205-4056). The form can be downloaded from the Washington Emergency Management Division’s website (http://emd.wa.gov/disaster/documents/EconomicInjuryWorksheetnew9-2007.pdf). For more information, contact the Office of Emergency Management or visit the office website (http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare.aspx).


Valentine’s salon provides Christmas cheer

December 29th, 2008 by Doree

Since we took some time off for the holidays, here’s something we didn’t report on right away:

The Seattle P.I. had a lovely story on Friday about Valentine’s Men’s Grooming Salon, the hip haircut and shave salon at 7912 Greenwood Ave. N. Owner Thaddeus Valentine opened his doors on Christmas day to give more than 80 homeless men a free haircut. And he did the same thing on Thanksgiving.


Phinney Market to reopen with new owners

December 29th, 2008 by Doree

The old Phinney Market at Phinney Avenue and 60th closed in August, but now new owners have leased the spot and intend to open a similar grocery store with the same name and even the old signage.

John and Angela Siderius are finalizing a contract with the landlord, but hope to have the new store open by March 1. They’ve covered the windows with brown paper but haven’t started working inside yet. When I stopped by today they told me they were still trying to figure out what kind of remodeling to do, but that the new Phinney Market would be similar to the old one, although they didn’t plan to offer prepared meals.

John and Angela live in Sunset Hill and their son goes to St. John’s, so they’re excited to be even more involved with the neighborhood. John has worked for QFC and in commercial restaurant equipment sales; Angela works for Windermere Real Estate.

They’ve promised to keep us updated on their progress and grand opening date. Thanks to Brad and phinney chick for the tips!


Today’s weather pick: Wind

December 29th, 2008 by Dale

We’ve had snow and then rain. Now it’s wind. Being home sick enabled me to see one of our shingles get picked off our roof. The forecast is calling for 40+ mph gusts today. No power outages locally, but two of the three reported as of this writing are due to trees.

Speaking of, the top of a neighbor’s fir has a marked lean to it that I don’t remember seeing yesterday.


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Greenwood Ave business reports dangerous man

December 29th, 2008 by Doree

The folks at Zak and Zoe’s dog boutique on Greenwood Avenue and 74th Street want the public to know about an incident that happened on Saturday.

We had a freaky guy come into our store and threaten customers and staff. The business next to us had a similar situation. We would like to let people and businesses in the area know that this person is potentially dangerous and to please call 911 if they see him. He will threaten to kill you and grabs at you. He is in his 60’s-ish, white with long gray hair and lots of wrinkles. He was seen Saturday wearing a green coat, gray pants with blue shorts over and a red shirt, very scruffy, probably homeless. He yells that he will kill you and is obviously unstable…

Neighboring staff mentioned seeing him act aggressively as well. When he came into our store he was very aggressive and threatening, we called to police but they were slow in coming. He left our store and was across the street at the bus stop when the police finally did drive by, but he hid from them and they drove on by. So, important to call the police, repeatedly if necessary (which it apparently is) and be really careful. He doesn’t have a problem lunging at children and pets, as this is what we have seen him do.

Hope this helps keep people safe. He needs to be picked up so he can get the help that he needs.

Has anyone else had a problem like this?


How to recycle your Christmas tree

December 27th, 2008 by Dale

…or “Holiday” tree if you want to be PC about it. AC asked about this in our previous post and here’s the info from Seattle Public Utilities:

Between December 26 and January 11, Seattle residents can recycle their trees and greens for free. All residents can recycle up to three trees at Seattle’s Recycling and Disposal stations. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length, and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. Only trees without flocking or decoration may be disposed of free of charge.

Seattle food and yard waste subscribers can also recycle trees and greens for free. Trees should be cut into sections, six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Bind with string or twine (non-plastic). Trunks should not exceed four inches in diameter. Flocked, plastic, or trees with tinsel will be collected as extra garbage at a rate of $6.00 per item.

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Special garbage pickup this weekend

December 26th, 2008 by Dale

Conditions permitting, Thursday and Friday garbage customers could have their stuff picked up Saturday and Sunday, per the City of Seattle.

Friday customers’ garbage will be picked up Saturday, while Thursday’s customers will see their garbage picked up Sunday, again, conditions permitting. Monday through Wednesday customers should just put out their garbage next week on the regular day. There will be no charge for extra garbage, according to the press release:

Thursday and Friday customers are advised to leave their garbage at the curb through Sunday. Collection contractors will inspect neighborhood routes throughout the weekend for service opportunities. Customers scheduled for Monday through Wednesday pickup should set out their materials on their normal appointed days, next week. There will be no additional charge for setting out extra garbage.

Seattle Public Utilities’ Web site and call center (206-684-3000) will be updated with the most current collection information. Customers can also sign-up for CurbWaste E-News service alerts.

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Flood watch issued, clear your drains

December 26th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

9:45 a.m. update: With a warm, wet storm approaching today, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the greater Puget Sound region, urging residents to clear storm drains to minimize the risk of urban flooding.

This morning, we noticed this SDOT crew clearing a drain at 51st and 8th Ave.

Most of these drains are packed over with snow and ice. “What people can do at home is, if they have a storm drain that’s out front and they know where its at and they have a shovel or a broom that’s available, they can clear the drain of snow and basically do what we’re doing,” said Carrie Parker, Seattle Public Utilities Dept. To report a drainage problem, call 684-3000, or 386-1800 if there’s a blockage below the street surface. Other tips: clear heavy snow off the side of your house and your back porch so water won’t leak inside.

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