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


Entries from December 2009

GAIN leader named to police chief search committee

December 29th, 2009 by Doree

Cindy Potter, head of the volunteer neighborhood watch group Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN), has been named to Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn’s Police Chief Search Committee. You can find a full list of search committee members here.

The search committee will hold its first meeting on Jan. 13, and should have a recommendation to McGinn by May. Former Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske resigned as Seattle Police Chief last year to become President Obama’s Director of National Drug Control Policy.

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Car leaves ‘donut’ tracks at Sandel Park

December 29th, 2009 by Doree

Paul May sent us this photo of damage done to the lawn at Sandel Park.

Just yesterday we wrote about Sandel Park receiving $350,000 from Seattle Parks & Recreation to renovate the playground. Judging by all the comments to that story, the park has a serious problem with vandalism and vagrants.


Continuance granted in Greenwood arson case

December 28th, 2009 by Dale

Greenwood arson suspect Kevin Todd Swalwell appeared before a King County Superior Court judge today asking for, and getting, a continuance, according to KING 5 News.

The defense has asked for more time to hire an expert to do a mental evaluation. His next court date is March 1. Here’s his case summary.

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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!