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Entries from June 2009

Is your master bathroom TV-ready?

June 30th, 2009 by Doree

The HGTV show “Bang for Your Buck” is looking for Seattle-area remodeled master bathrooms to feature on its second season. Renovations must have happened within the last three years.

Each episode will tour three similar remodels at similar price points in the same city. We’ll bring in our design expert and real estate expert to determine how the renovation impacts each home’s value. We’ll also provide viewers with expert advice, answers on remodeling values, and inspiring ideas for design.

If you’re interested, send pictures and request an application from Brooke Schledewitz by email, or call (303) 712-3168.

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Community celebrates PNA purchase

June 30th, 2009 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Center officially celebrated its purchase of its long-time rental home at 67th & Phinney Avenue with a big community party on Sunday. These kids couldn’t wait to taste the cake in the shape of the PNA’s blue building.

Several groups of musicians played outside and inside.

Here’s the Phinney Community Chorus.

The Bubble Man is always a hit with the kids.

People voted on the top three choices for a new mural along the parking lot wall.

And drew their own pictures on the currently empty space.

Thanks to Cheryl for taking the pictures!

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What do you want Greenwood Park to look like?

June 30th, 2009 by Doree

The public is invited to a community meeting to brainstorm ideas for new uses and activities at Greenwood Park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave.

A volunteer group called Vision Greenwood Park is working in partnership with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. The meeting will be facilitated by Site Workshop, a Seattle-based landscape architecture firm.

Greenwood Park is located between Fremont and Evanston Avenues and North 87th and 89th Streets. There are four lots on the Fremont Avenue side of Greenwood Park that may become part of the park in the future. Two of them are owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation and two are privately owned (and not currently for sale). A group of neighbors, called Vision Greenwood Park, have come together to lead a community planning process to create a vision for the future of these lots. This vision will follow these guiding principles:

· Plan comprehensively for the long-term use of all four lots

· Engage the community in a process to explore a variety of potential uses.

· Integrate the new lots with the rest of the park.

· Build on the child and young family features of the park and create uses for other groups including, but not limited to, teens and senior citizens.

This is the first of three community meetings that will guide development of a plan for the future of the Fremont Avenue lots. The project is funded by a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. For more information, check out Vision Greenwood Park’s yahoo group.

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Husky softball coach/Phinney resident honored

June 30th, 2009 by Doree

Phinney resident Heather Tarr, the celebrated coach of the Husky women’s softball team that won the NCAA Softball Championship on June 2, was honored along with her team at Monday’s King County Council meeting. That’s Heather in the middle, holding the home plate plaque.

The Huskies defeated the top-seeded Florida Gators 3-2 in the second of a two-game sweep in Oklahoma City to finish the season with a stunning 51-12 record. Congratulations, Heather!

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Motorcycle & car collide at Greenwood & 102nd

June 29th, 2009 by Doree

Update Wednesday, 9 p.m.: Commenting on this story has been turned off due to some people disregarding the rules against offensive language and threats.

George emailed to tell us of a terrible accident at Greenwood & 102nd just before 9 tonight:

The motorcycle was traveling north at “in excess of 90mph” (said passengers in cars who witnessed it). His passenger flew through the air all the way to 103rd. The man lost his leg in the hood of the car.

We live on the corner, heard the crunch, and saw the motorcycle passenger flying through the air. The motorcycle was traveling north on Greenwood. The car was driving south, turning left onto 102nd. The police are still here (at 10:20 p.m.) doing a full forensics on the scene. Both motorcycle passengers were alive but unconscious when they went into the ambulances.

Seattle Fire Department’s Real Time 911 log shows a massive aid response at 8:47 p.m.

There’s not a lot of information yet, but KOMO is reporting that both motorcycle riders sustained life threatening injuries. Thanks, George, for the tip and photo.

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Greenwood Bank of America robbed

June 29th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A man robbed the Bank of America on 85th St. at 1 p.m. this afternoon, Seattle Police say.  They’re  looking for the suspect, who’s described as a man in his 20s wearing jeans and a green-checkered dress shirt, with brown hair gelled and combed back. PhinneyWood reader Rebecca said her boyfriend was asked by police if he had seen the suspect.  “They asked him if he had seen a red van (Ford Econoline) and showed him a security photo of a man with short, dark hair and glasses,” she said.  “They thought maybe the van had come through the gravel parking lot of the Greenwood Medical Center.”

If you saw anything, you’re asked to call 911.

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Cars, cars and more cars

June 29th, 2009 by Doree

We weren’t able to make the Greenwood Car Show this weekend, so we’re still looking at all the photos people sent in. (Thanks to the Geeky Swedes at MyBallard for covering the event for us!)

We also asked our friend Mike Veitenhans to take photos for us, so here are just a few he sent. (Disclosure: Mike’s business, MV Home Inspections, is a PhinneyWood advertiser).

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Mariners help Greenwood Food Bank

June 29th, 2009 by Doree

A couple of Mariners players stopped by the Greenwood Food Bank last week to help volunteers sort and give out food to clients. That’s infielder Russell Branyan on the left and pitcher Brandon Morrow on the right, boxing up groceries.

 Here they’re sorting fresh produce.

They joined student leaders from the Seattle Action Team for a day to Strike Out Hunger at the food bank at 9747 Greenwood Ave. N. The Greenwood Food Bank is one of two food banks run by Volunteers of America Western Washington, and together they serve more than 200 families a day. They also operate a fresh produce home delivery program to more than 160 home-bound seniors a month.

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Police search for strong-arm robbery suspect

June 29th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Police are still searching for a strong-arm robbery at the Cowgirls Espresso on 143rd and Greenwood Ave. Sunday morning. Police say that the suspect punched through the glass window and demanded the money from the register. A short time later an unoccupied car was found, still running, in a ditch near the robbery location. An elderly witness said he took the suspect to a location near 80th & 3rd Ave. Police searched the area and K9 units were called in. After tracking the robbery scene, the area where the car was in the ditch and the location near 80th & 3rd, the suspect was never found. The Robbery Unit will now take over the investigation. The possible suspect vehicle has been impounded. (Thanks Silver for additional information!)

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Thousands pack Greenwood for car show

June 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Hundreds of hot rods and classic cars lined 17 blocks of Greenwood Ave. today for the neighborhood’s annual big event, the Greenwood Car Show.

Thousands of people from all over the Northwest enjoyed all the food, fins and fenders in beautiful weather.

Let’s start with a vintage 1909 Stanley Steamer Roadster, which cost $1,350 one hundred years ago. The price now? “Priceless,” says its owner.

For a slightly more affordable vehicle, here’s a $109,000 Tesla electric car, which can go zero to 60 in just 3.9 seconds. “It’s not a Prius,” said Dave, the owner, who explains there are 22 Tesla vehicles in Seattle. By the way, Dave tells us Tesla plans to open its first Seattle dealership later this summer.

Then there’s this 1939 Chevrolet for an overstated mobster look.

And a very unusual entry: a 1951 Buick Estate Wagon with a 1928 Willits Brothers wood canoe strapped to the top. The license plate: GOTWOOD.

We saw Lance Lambert of The Vintage Vehicle Show, along with his camera crews, shooting interviews for his TV show.

And of course, lots of great food, like Mr. Gyros here.

Thanks to everyone who helped put on this year’s event, especially the Greenwood Knights. We posted a few more photos after the break below…







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Greenwood Car Show is today

June 27th, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget the 17th annual Greenwood Car Show is today. Greenwood Avenue will be closed to traffic from 70th to 87th streets, starting at 5:30 a.m. The car show runs until 4 p.m. Greenwood Avenue will reopen at 7 p.m.

More than 500 cars and 20,000 spectators are expected. There are food booths, live music, a Kids Zone, a food drive for Greenwood Food Bank, and lots more fun stuff. Several businesses are having car show specials.

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Fights, gunshots in wake of Greenwood party

June 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Neighbors near 79th and Greenwood had a disturbing experience last night. Police responded to a massive private party there, with an estimated 350 people crammed into a room. The party organizers were pleading with people to leave, and SPD says they were asked to help shut down the event. Seattle Police explains what happens next:

“As the crowd was exiting the west entrance, about 200 additional persons converged upon the front of the building, having approached from nearby alleys and parking areas. Dispatched calls of shots fired in the area were broadcast. Numerous fight disturbances broke out simultaneously and officers were surrounded by converging crowds while seeking to break up fights.”

Seattle Police quickly called for backup — even officers from the UW responded — and scattered fights continued in the area, officers say. Finally, the crowd settled down and dispersed. Despite numerous reports of shots fired, no gunshot victims were found. (Thanks JM for the tip.)

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