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


Entries from September 2009

Aurora Bridge closures again Tuesday

September 28th, 2009 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews aren’t quite finished repairing expansion joints on the Aurora Bridge, so they’ll be back out there again on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Crews will close the right-hand, northbound lane. But, if it rains, they’ll reschedule that for another day. Expect some slowdowns.

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Naked City’s Beer Can Derby benefits food bank

September 28th, 2009 by Doree

Beer lovers are invited to the 1st Annual Beer Can Derby at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse at 8564 Greenwood Avenue N. on Saturday. Sponsored by the new Greenwood Pub Association, proceeds from the derby will benefit Northwest Harvest.

Sign-up is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Races begin at 12:30. The entry fee is one can of food.

Contestants design and construct racecars, which must contain at least one recognizably whole and uncrushed beer can.

Full rules are available here. Contestants must pre-register with Rachaal Steele by email or phone at  206-838-6299.

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Phabulous Phinney Pig Out benefits soup kitchens

September 28th, 2009 by Doree

Thursday is the ever-popular 7th Annual Phabulous Phinney Pig Out (a PhinneyWood sponsor) to benefit the Phinney Center’s soup kitchens. You just eat at one of your favorite neighborhood restaurants, and they’ll give a portion of the proceeds to the PNA to keep feeding needy folks at their two soup kitchens in Phinney and Ballard.

In collaboration with St. John United Lutheran Church and Calvary Lutheran Church, the PNA operates two soup kitchens. Three times a week, the soup kitchens serve more than 150-200 meals to neighbors in need. Grants from the city, dedicated volunteers and donated food take care of a large percentage of the cost of this program but not all of it.

To keep this program strong, 20 neighborhood restaurants, pubs and coffee shops have agreed to donate a portion of their sales on Oct. 1 to the soup kitchens. To make this effort successful, area residents are being urged to have all their meals that day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and coffee at participating establishments. It’s that simple. The Pig Out event, which last year raised more than $3,000 for unrestricted support for the PNA soup kitchens, is the perfect excuse to spend the day at several of Phinney and Greenwood’s “phabulous” eateries. It is a great opportunity to be social with your friends and neighbors and not have to do the dishes afterwards.

Metropolis has donated balloons to mark all participating restaurants the day of the event. If you can’t eat out that day, you can always made a direct donation to the soup kitchen by sending a check to: PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, 98103.

Participating restaurants this year include:

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Update on Tigertail closure

September 28th, 2009 by Dale

Update 5:45 p.m.: Just went by Tigertail again this afternoon and noticed a letter from the Department of Revenue in the window. The Sept. 17 letter states that Tigertail’s Certificate of Registration has been revoked because of three unpaid tax warrants in the amounts of $6,897.34, $10,397.76 and $12,970.20. The warrants were issued Aug. 28, 2008, Feb. 26, 2009, and June 25, 2009. The letter states that the sign must be posted conspicuously. We never noticed it the three previous times we stopped by in the last week, perhaps because the non-descript white paper is sandwiched in between the menu, reviews and various other signs. What’s interesting is that while the sign must be posted for the public to view, the Department of Revenue told us this morning it couldn’t comment on the case because it’s a privacy issue.

The state Liquor Control Board says this morning that the Washington State Department of Revenue is responsible for Tigertail’s closure.

The state DOR will only say that Tigertail, 704 NW 65th St., still has an active business license. They won’t comment on whether they are pursuing a matter against the company, saying it’s a privacy issue.

Still no word from Tigertail’s owners about what’s happening.

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Fred Meyer Design Review meeting tonight

September 28th, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget about tonight’s Design Review Board meeting about the proposed Fred Meyer redevelopment on 85th St. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Ballard High School’s Library.

Fred Meyer will present its revamped designs after community input from several meetings in the last few months. Last week I discussed the new designs with a member of Fred Meyer’s design team.

We’ll be at the meeting and will have a full report later tonight.

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Building fire at Greenwood & 86th Sunday night

September 28th, 2009 by Doree

Seattle Fire responded to a roof fire at 8539 Greenwood Ave. N., above Gary’s Games & Hobbies around 9:40 Sunday night. It was a pretty massive response, with six fire engines and two ladders.

Helen Fitzpatrick, Public Information Officer with Seattle Fire, told us this morning that it was an accidental fire from torch-down roof repair. The fire apparently smoldered unnoticed, until burning into the attic space. Damage is estimated at $16,000.

Kayce, the clerk at the game store, told us there was no damage at all to the store. “Not even water damage, it was kind of amazing,” she said. Gary’s Games & Hobbies is open for business as usual today. “Yup, I even vacuumed,” Kayce said.

Thanks to everyone for the tips, and Patrick for the photo.


Citylink provides city-wide info

September 27th, 2009 by Doree

The city of Seattle has launched a new website that provides a network of news feeds from 11 city departments, including utilities, parks, police and fire.

Citylink lets anyone check on the latest news about Department of Transportation projects, Seattle Police Department Blotter crimes and power outages on one page, instead of having to check each department’s web page separately. (You can bet PhinneyWood will make use of this too!)

The 11 newsfeeds are:

  • Power Lines: News and updates from Seattle City Light
  • SPD blotter: News and updates from the Seattle Police Department
  • On the Move: Advisories from the Seattle Department of Transportation
  • At Your Service: Seattle Public Utilities news and events
  • Fire Line: News and updates from the Seattle Fire Department
  • Building Connections: Seattle Department of Planning and Development news
  • Art Beat: Seattle Arts and Cultural Affairs news and events
  • Center Spotlight: Seattle Center news and events
  • The Scoop: Seattle Animal Shelter news and events
  • Parkways: Seattle Parks and Recreation news and events
  • Bottom Line: News and updates from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development

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New mural installed outside Phinney Center

September 26th, 2009 by Doree

Members of Mars Hill Church and neighborhood volunteers installed a huge new mural in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center on Saturday.

The mural was designed by Priscilla, a Mars Hill church member (that’s her in the back row, third from the right in the green shirt), and volunteers from the church donated all the materials and most of the labor. 

The mural was partially painted when it arrived. Volunteers, including the PNA’s Marylee Newman, on the right, finished painting it after it was installed.

Thanks to Mike V for all the photos!

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Aurora Bridge closures Monday

September 26th, 2009 by Doree

Traffic to and from downtown could be a mess again Monday as Seattle Department of Transportation crews continue repairing expansion joints on the Aurora Bridge.

The left southbound lane will be closed for about two-thirds the length of the bridge, and the left northbound lane prior to the bridge deck will also be closed, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Advance warning signs will alert motorists of the lane closures. Expect slowdowns.

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