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


Entries from August 2009

Couth Buzzard flying back to Greenwood!

August 28th, 2009 by Doree

Couth Buzzard, the beloved used bookstore that closed last year after 20 years next to Ken’s Market on Greenwood Avenue and 73rd, is reopening two doors down from the post office, at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

I noticed a hand-written sign on the door yesterday, and one of the building’s co-owners just confirmed it. “Yes, 8310 has been rented to a familiar tenant; it’s Couth Buzzard Books and they’re also going to put a coffee shop in there,” Brian Leitch said late this afternoon. “They’re really nice people.”

Espresso Buono Cafe will be sharing the space with Couth Buzzard. Espresso Buono currently has a cafe in Lynnwood. They hope to open Nov. 1.

The space next door to the new Couth Buzzard is still available, Leitch said. The space at 8312 is 1,256 square feet, and the asking rate is $17 per square foot. If you’re interested, call him at 206-276-0310 or 425-774-9626.

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Kelly’s Fresh Produce to replace old Mud Bay

August 28th, 2009 by Doree

The signs in the window and in front of the old Mud Bay building on the corner of 83rd and Greenwood announce that Kelly’s Fresh Produce is coming.

Workers are remodeling inside and out:

Their website says they aim to be an everyday farmer’s market, with a variety of organic and conventional produce, plus a full line of local dairy products that are free from hormones, plus other groceries and even floral.

I’ve got a message in to them to find out more details and when they hope to open, so stay tuned. And thanks to Abby and Tracy for the tips!

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Anyone hear loud noise last night?

August 28th, 2009 by Doree

Karl emailed us early this morning about a strange noise up on Phinney Ridge last night:

Thursday 11:30 and going strong at nearly 1 am, a roar of more than copters coming from east of 1st Ave. NW and 77th N. Rude! Don’t see any construction reports. What gives?

Anybody have any ideas of what it was?

Update 11:45 a.m.: The mystery may be solved! Several people wrote in comments that it sounds like the concrete drilling work that is happening on I-5. Washington State Department of Transportation even has their own blog post devoted to the noise, along with audio.

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Friday night in PhinneyWood

August 28th, 2009 by Doree

If you’re looking for something to do in the neighborhood tonight, stop by the Phinney Farmers Market (a PhinneyWood sponsor) in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association from 3-7 p.m. Pick up your fresh fruits and veggies, homemade pasta, bread and cheese, have a dinner of Pan-African food or Veraci Pizza, and top it all off with a little ice cream and some fresh-cut flowers to brighten someone’s day. As always, the kids’ slides are the social center of the Market.

Then leave the kids with a babysitter and head over to the Greenwood Senior Center for Bingo Karaoke Night from 7-10 p.m. For just 10 bucks you get all the bingo and bad singing you can handle and the opportunity to win cash prizes. Snacks and adult beverages are for sale. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center’s programs.

And at Wayward Coffeehouse at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., legendary local folk artist Jim Page performs from 8-10 p.m. with Joe Martin. No cover charge.

If you know of anything else fun happening in the neighborhood, please let us know in comments below.

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Greenwood Park set to party on Sunday

August 28th, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget Sunday’s party at Greenwood Park to review improvement designs and get to know your neighbors better. Greenwood Park is on N. 87th St. between Fremont and Evanston avenues.

Hosted by Vision Greenwood Park, the party is from 1-4 p.m. and includes plenty of free food and music. Mr. Gyro’s and Olive You are donating food, and there’ll be home-cooked barbecue by volunteers. Molly Moon’s is donating ice cream.

Vision Greenwood Park is a group of neighbors working to improve and expand the park. After receiving a Neighborhood Matching Fund award, the group hired SiteWorkshop as landscape architect consultant. Vision Greenwood Park and SiteWorkshop have been talking with community groups, park users, neighbors and others about new ideas for the park expansion. Based on feedback, they’ve developed a range of alternative designs for adding more features and activities to the park. The community is invited to see the range of plans and give feedback about the future.


Second penguin dies at zoo

August 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A second penguin has died at the new Humboldt Penguin exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo.

According to a press release sent out today, 21-year-old “Burkles” died Tuesday night from complications related to a possible case of avian malaria. The bird had been undergoing intensive treatment, including a blood transfusion, since the onset of the symptoms last week. “Penguins are known to be especially prone to avian malaria. However, like other diseases spread by mosquitoes, avian malaria is not typically a major concern in the Pacific Northwest because of our relatively small mosquito population,” said Dr. Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo Director of Animal Health. “It’s important to stress that zoo visitors are not at risk. Neither birds nor mosquitoes can transmit avian malaria to humans,” Dr. Collins added.

This is the second penguin death this month. It was thought that the first bird died after ingesting sealant material from a pipe. Subsequent tests done on that bird revealed the presence of avian malaria, which may have contributed to his death. Three other penguins are showing minor symptoms of avian malaria and are undergoing treatment. The zoo has sent in blood samples to the lab and results are due back within ten days. (Photo: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo)

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Boys and Girls Club to receive neighborhood grant

August 27th, 2009 by Doree

The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood is receiving an $80,000 neighborhood grant from Mayor Greg Nickels at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The club applied to the Neighborhood Matching Funds for Large Projects for a new car-free entry and community plaza.

The project aims to create a gathering space for neighbors of all ages and backgrounds to connect and a process in which they can participate directly in planning, design & implementation. In anticipation of this project which will kickoff this fall, the design & engineering process for the Neighborhood Street Fund sidewalk project reconfigured the street so that when the new entry and plaza is developed, they will work perfectly together. Service vehicles, club vans and other limited vehicular circulation is now via the alley just west of the club. The new curbs and sidewalks along Fremont Ave provide ample on-street parking with several short term spots just south of the corner of N 87th St.So please join us on August 29th at 11am for the festivities that will include neighborhood food, beverages and good company. We’re very proud and excited about the award and would love it if you could make it to the event.

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Last chance to nominate your favorite business

August 27th, 2009 by Doree

Greenwood and Phinney are full of fantastic, independent businesses, and next Wednesday is the deadline for nominating one of them for the Mayor’s Small Business Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Town Hall on Oct. 13.

The Mayor’s Small Business Awards honor the diversity and excellence of small businesses in Seattle, and their contribution to the city’s economic vitality and quality of life.

Read more about the award nomination process or download the nomination form here.

And as long as we’re talking about local, independent businesses, there’s a renewed push to shop local through the 3/50 Project.

3: Think about which three independently owned stores you’d miss if they were gone. Pick up a little something to show your support and to thank them for their business and how important they are to the neighborhood.

50: If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned stores, their purchases would generate $42,629,700,000 in revenue. Imagine the positive impact that would have.

68: For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 of it returns to the community in which you live, through taxes, payroll and dollars also going into the other businesses in the neighborhood. Spend it local and keep it local. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1: The number of people it takes to start the trend….you.

Pick 3. Spend $50. Save your local economy.

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New cell towers aid affordable housing

August 26th, 2009 by Dale

Some public notice billboards for new cell phone towers have recently popped up in the neighborhood, all at properties run by the Seattle Housing Authority. In what’s news to me (at least) the housing authority has been renting out roof space for years to cell phone and wireless companies.

One antenna is slated for Lictonwood, at 9009 Greenwood Ave. N., which is for low-income residents. It’s just a few blocks up from Safeway, and has 80 one-unit apartments.

Another antenna is proposed for Phinney Terrace, at 6561 Phinney Ave. N., right across the street from the Phinney Neighborhood Center. It’s senior housing, with 51 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

The third antenna is slated for Fremont Place, 4601 Phinney Ave. N, which has 31 senior housing units.

“We’ve been renting our rooftops for antennas for some time,” says housing authority Communications Director Virginia Felton, who knows of antennas being installed on agency buildings for at least the past 10 years. “We do it as a way we can increase revenue we can put into low-income housing.”

Annual rental rates for each antenna range from $7,600 to $25,000, according to Felton, who says 17 housing authority buildings are graced with anywhere from one to four pieces of cell phone and wireless hardware, each. 

These three proposed cell towers, along with at least another seven others proposed for a range of other buildings across in the city (not all on housing authority units), are all being requested by Cricket Communications.

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