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Entries from December 2009

Sandel Park playground renovations coming

December 28th, 2009 by Doree

Sandel Park at 1st Ave. NW. and N. 90th St. is about to undergo some renovations, thanks to a $350,000 grant from the 2008 Parks and Green Space Levy.

The park was identified in the Parks & Green Spaces Levy for the renovation of the existing play area. The focus of this project is to provide access and use improvements that will provide better site circulation, and make the park and play area more desirable to gather and play.

Preliminary designs have been underway for the last several months. Now the public is invited to the first public meeting from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 13, 2010, at the Greenwood Library.

The design process will last through March, then construction is expected to happen from April through September.


When it’s time to say goodbye to your Christmas tree

December 27th, 2009 by Dale

Christmas Tree Recycling ...We’re not rushing you, but at some point you’re going to have to let go of that tree drying out in your front window.

When that time comes, you can put your tree(s) and greens out on your regular yard waste collection day at no extra charge through Jan. 10. Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet. Sections should be bundled with string or twine.

Flocked trees and those that still have tinsel or ornaments on them will be collected as extra garbage. Those trees will need to be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will cost you $7.60 in extra garbage charges.

You can also drop off your tree and other holiday greenery for free at the north or south Seattle Public Utilities Stations.  The closest to Phinney/Greenwood is in Fremont at 34th Street and Carr Place North. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More info here.

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Another Grinch steals Christmas

December 27th, 2009 by Doree

Val sent us a note about a car prowl in Greenwood Friday night:

Visiting family had several items stolen from their car on Christmas night near our house on NW 84th St & 6th Ave NW. Stolen items included a GPS, prescription sunglasses and a digital camera. Another family member’s car was also broken into but nothing else was taken.


Kittens abandoned in Greenwood

December 27th, 2009 by Doree

Michelle sent us a note about two kittens found abandoned on Saturday morning:

This morning (12/26/09) two kittens were found in a green, reusable shopping bag in the backyard of 715 N. 95th St. in Greenwood. (Both alive and healthy, although they looked hungry/thirsty.) One was saved (and brought to the animal shelter at Interbay) but the other one ran off. Please be on the lookout for an orange tabby/short hair kitten that appears to be between the ages of 3 – 9 months.

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Found dog – is it yours?

December 26th, 2009 by Dale

Stephanie found this collarless dog today wandering near NW 84th Avenue and 8th Avenue NW. She took him around the neighborhood, but couldn’t find his owner, so she took him to the Greenlake Animal Hospital where they read his microchip. Alas, there was no owner information on it.

He’s at the facility waiting for his owners to claim him.

We called the animal hospital to get an update, (206) 524-6540, but they’re currently closed. If this is your dog, they’re open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday. Let us know if you’re reunited with your pet.

Update: The Kasey’s owner has been located, Stephanie says.

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Car accident at 7-Eleven

December 26th, 2009 by Dale

Two people sent us photos of an accident at about 10:45 a.m. today in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at the corner of North 59th Street and Phinney Avenue North.

Both photographers said it appeared an elderly gentleman hit the gas instead of the brake, slamming into the south wall of the Santa Fe Cafe. Fortunately, the man – and the building – were not damaged.

Here’s a photo from Artman1951:

And here’s one from Brad Kahn from the other side.

Thanks Artman1951 and Brad!


After-Christmas sale today at the Frock Shop

December 26th, 2009 by Dale

The recently expanded Frock Shop is holding a store wide end of the season sale today at their store at 6500 Phinney Avenue North. The sale features “lovelies 30-50% off (some even more!) Jewelry 20% off, Lots of goodies under $20.”

Regular store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to the store, the sale is also on their Web site

Are any other local businesses offering after-Christmas sales? If so, show some holiday spirit and post what you know in comments!


Storytime packs ‘em in at Santoros

December 24th, 2009 by Doree

I don’t know how other neighborhood businesses fared with last-minute shoppers today, but Santoros Books was absolutely packed when we were there this morning. That was probably because Stephanie Luckerath, Santoro’s resident storyteller, held a special Christmas Eve story time from 11 a.m. to noon.

Here’s Steph exuberantly reading Lemony Snickett’s “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story,” while wearing her Grinch jammies. And, yes, she did some pretty enthusiastic screaming.


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More packages stolen

December 24th, 2009 by Doree

Unfortunately, we’re getting more reports of packages stolen from people’s houses. Here’s one:

We left our house for a few hours this morning. We returned home and were here an hour or so when someone came to our door. He had found a box that was addressed to me on the street near 12th Ave N. The box was open and stuff strewn everywhere. He picked it all up and personally delivered the box to us. That is the good news, a good samaritan took the time to help us out.

The bad news is that USPS is showing the box as being delivered to our door and we talked to family and discovered another box that was supposed to arrive today also showed as delivered and is not here. There is no sign of that box. Someone came into our courtyard and took two boxes.

We live up near up on North Greenwood, near 105th. So, keep your eyes and ears open this holiday season. And perhaps consider having your boxes delivered to your work addresses next year.

Margaret writes that she has contacted all the people whose mail and packaging she found near her home a couple days ago:

I urge anyone who has had their mail stolen or packages pilfered to report it to the police as well as the shippers. In some cases, I’ve heard, that the company responsible for delivery can be held accountable if there was an expectation of signature or other delivery guideline in their company requirements.

Although the police seemed a bit disinterested I believe that it is still best to keep the reports coming in so they have a record of occurrences.

Maybe this is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors better too. Maybe there are people who can accept packages for each other during the holidays. We gotta look out for each other.

And Joe tells us someone rifled through his car last night, but didn’t take anything:

I live in Greenwood near Greenwood Park, and this morning my wife noticed my car’s interior light was on. I went outside to investigate and noticed the contents of my center console (receipts, pens, etc) were on my front car seat. I opened the trunk and saw that the contents (rollerblades, Frisbee, etc) had also been moved around. Also the rear passenger door was ajar (causing the interior light to be on).

The good news is that nothing was stolen. I must have forgotten to lock the car last night, and a passerby (who had to have tried opening multiple cars on our block) happened upon our unlocked car. The reason nothing was stolen, is because nothing of value was in the car. It’s been hard-wired in me to never leave anything of value in my car in any neighborhood, for any length of time, at any time of day in Seattle … even on Christmas eve.


What’s your choice for the top story of 2009?

December 24th, 2009 by Dale

These are some of the most-read stories and topics of 2009 here on PhinneyWood. While there’s probably one which will be a runaway choice, it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of these stories fare by comparison.

Which one would you pick for your choice of the top story of 2009?

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Track Santa’s progress

December 24th, 2009 by Dale

NORAD’s Santa Tracker is following Santa’s progress on his way to the Phinney/Greenwood area. This year’s tracker is quite the experience, with an interactive map containing pictures, background information and even explanatory videos (one in Fuji, Japan, explains that NORAD satellite technicians have calculated Santa’s speed at 100 times that of Japan’s bullet train).

With any luck, maybe he’ll be bringing us some of the gifts you’ve suggested for our community. Hope you’ve all been good boys and girls!

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Open mail and packaging found

December 23rd, 2009 by Dale

We got a note this morning from Margaret:

This morning I found open packaging and mail. Some mail was not opened but the holiday cards clearly were. This looks like it was all stolen from people’s porches and mail boxes.

These items came from addresses in the 92nd-95th blocks in the Dayton Ave N, Evanston and N 92nd area. Packaging was Amazon. I will be making an attempt to contact the addressees on the envelopes this evening, 12/23/09.

I called the non emergency police # and was told they could not do anything about the items I found until the owners made the report. I can be contacted by email at mwilliamson9750@hotmail.com.

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