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Entries from February 2010

Phinney Ridge Community Council seeks new members

February 28th, 2010 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council (PRCC) is looking for three new board members. Come to their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

We invite everyone to come to discuss neighborhood projects, events, needs, politics, give us an educational talk, share ideas and get to know more neighbors.

The PRCC boundaries are Aurora Ave to 8th N.W. and 46th Street to North 75th St. Along with people who live in that area, anyone who owns a business or property within those boundaries is eligible to serve.

We are normally quite informal and consider our primary goal just to be in place, then if something happens in the neighborhood that needs attention or a “community voice” we are able to respond quickly and speak up for our neighborhood early in the planning process.

The minimum involvement as a board member includes attending the monthly meetings and weighing in on the occasional group e-mail. There are opportunities to do more, such as attending meetings or writing letters on PRCC’s behalf, but it is not required.

Our agenda is shaped largely by input from people who attend our meetings – most frequently Phinney Ridge residents who are feeling frustrated by the response, or lack of response, they are getting from the city on a problem that most commonly includes traffic, safety, zoning and land use. PRCC board members often bring agenda items to the meetings based on their experiences or at the request of neighbors. We also get occasional guest speakers such as candidates running for office, city planners hoping to build support for a new or proposed city policy, or those who can help shed light on a complicated issue.

Most often we give advice and help connect neighbors with problems to other neighbors who can, or are willing to help. If we decide to take a side in an issue, we often draft a statement, then send it to the appropriate parties. If there is a neighborhood issue someone wants to deal with, the PRCC is a great way to find other people who might share your views and can help.

We really could use some fresh faces, especially any neighborhood business owners and condo and apartment dwellers as they are currently not represented on the board at all. Even if people are not interested in serving on the board, we are trying to raise awareness that we are there and really encourage “drop ins” at our meetings.

For more information contact Diane Duthweiler by email or phone (206) 782-1420.

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Join Senior Center’s Garden Committee

February 27th, 2010 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is looking for gardeners to joins its SAGE (Seniors Active Giving and Engaged) Garden Steering Committee.

Do you have a passion for urban gardening? Are you an advocate for organic and local foods? Would you like to help make gardens more accessible to all people, no matter their age or abilities? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, consider being a part of the Greenwood Senior Center’s SAGE garden committee.

The realtor of a new building next door graciously collaborated with the senior center to let us use the raised garden beds that he and his son have begun to construct. As a result, our dream of having a Greenwood Senior Center community garden is coming true!

We hope to begin planting as soon as possible and need a core committee of individuals who are able to commit some time every week to work on getting the garden going. We would like to meet sometime during the first week of March. If you are interested of coming to our initial meeting or want to get more information, call or email Emily at the Greenwood Senior Center: (206) 297-0875; emily@greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

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Public celebration in memory of Nancy McKernon

February 26th, 2010 by Doree

Neighborhood resident and activist Nancy McKernon passed away from breast cancer earlier this month. Her family is inviting everyone to join them for a celebration of her life at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at Ballard High School.

Here’s a portion of a statement from the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce:

To all those who knew her and especially the most fortunate who got to work and play with her it is an understatement to say that our world has been left with a little bit less light and love within it. Still, for the many who will long remember her, those memories will always be a beacon of joy and happiness and warmth to light our way towards being better friends, better neighbors and better human beings.

Please join Nancy’s family in a celebration of her wonderful life on Saturday, February 27th at 4pm at the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at Ballard High School. There will be a reception immediately following in the Commons.

If anyone has a picture of Nancy, please email it to us so we can add it to this post.

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Henna for Haiti at Makeda Coffee

February 26th, 2010 by Doree

Local henna artist Antoinette is hosting a “Henna for Haiti” event at Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St., from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

25% of all transactions will be donated to Partners in Health and makeda coffee will be matching that 25%

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Pet of the Week is Bungee

February 26th, 2010 by Doree

Update: Bungee has been adopted.

This week’s Pet of the Week from PAWS Cat City in Greenwood is Bungee.

Bungee is a petite six-year-old female with beautiful green eyes. When she looks at you, you feel like she understands you and invites you into her peaceful world. She is a perfect blend of love, independence and playfulness. She will do best in a home without children as she prefers to be surrounded by humans who are her peers. She doesn’t mind living with cats of all ages though. She’s sure to be a quiet companion who will enjoy being in your presence. When you’re ready for a new adventure and the chance to see life in a new, exciting way, come visit Bungee at PAWS Cat City: 8503 Greenwood Ave N. She is spayed, microchipped, litter-box trained, and up-to-date on her vaccines. Her adoption fee is $90.

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Mayor McGinn’s chief of staff’s house burglarized north of Greenwood

February 25th, 2010 by Doree

SeattleCrime.com is reporting that Julie McCoy, the chief of staff for Seattle Mayor (and Greenwood resident) Mike McGinn, had her house broken into last night while her family slept. The house is near Carkeek, just north of Greenwood.

The burglars made off with two cars, a 2008 BMW X5 and a 2005 GMC Yukon, owned by McCoy and her husband Bill Broadhead, owner of the consulting firm the Mercury Group.

Seattle Police Department spokesman Sean Whitcomb says the Yukon was recovered at 85th and Ashworth near Greenlake.

Read the full story here.

 

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It’s Spring Fecal Fest time

February 25th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

The annual Spring Fecal Fest is here again. The popular Zoo Doo has been piling up and the “Prince of Poo” is ready to get rid of the “most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest,” as the zoo calls it.

Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo
To enter for a chance to buy some of this steamy Zoo Doo or Bedspread (similar to Zoo Doo, but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust), send in a postcard from March 5 through March 20.

You are only allowed to send in one postcard for each drawing. For Zoo Doo, mark your postcard “Zoo Doo.” For Bedspread, mark your postcard “B.S.” Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Send a standard postcard to:
Dr. Doo
Woodland Park Zoo
601 N. 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103.

Include the following information:

• Name
• Day and evening phone numbers
• Preference: Zoo Doo or Bedspread
• Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
• Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up

The cost for Zoo Doo and Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $45; 6×3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

Pick-up dates for Zoo Doo or Bedspread begin April 16 through May 2. The lucky winners load the compost, using shovels provided by the zoo.

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Taproot closing ‘Great Divorce’ on Saturday

February 24th, 2010 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s current production of C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” ends Saturday.

 

(Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.)

The show is the first production since Taproot was seriously damaged in the Oct. 23 arson, which destroyed the neighboring Eleanor Roosevelt Building. Audiences have flocked to the theater, which added two performances to handle the sell-out crowds.

Tickets for “The Great Divorce” are available through Taproot’s box office at 206-781-9707; or in person at 204 N. 85th St.

Next up is “Brooklyn Boy” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies.

This comedic and heartfelt play follows best selling novelist Eric Weiss in a story of growing up, coming home and making sense of it all. Brooklyn Boy—a regional premiere—opens on March 19 and runs through April 17, with previews on March 17 & 18.

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Owner of Greenwood massage ‘temple’ charged with promoting prostitution

February 23rd, 2010 by Doree

Last May we told you about the owner of Moon Temple at Greenwood Avenue and North 100th Street being arrested for allegedly promoting prostitution at the business, as well as her Eastlake massage parlor.

Nine months later, prosecutors finally filed charges of promoting prostitution and attempting to promote prostitution. Our news partner, The Seattle Times, has the full story.

This photo is of the ’temple’ and its parking lot as seen last May.

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Greenwood Council to discuss upzoning single-family areas

February 22nd, 2010 by Doree

Update Tuesday: Here’s a link to a summary of the rezone proposal, with drawings of the affected areas. And there are a number of great clarifying comments below from those involved with the proposal, as well as neighbors.

Earlier: The Greenwood Community Council is meeting Tuesday night to discuss a possible rezone of areas adjacent to the proposed Fred Meyer redevelopment on 85th Street. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The council is proposing the city “upzone” the areas adjacent to single family residences west of Third Avenue Northwest and north of North 87th Street to L3, which would allow three-story multi-family buildings.

The zoning is intended to be a kind of buffer between the large Fred Meyer/residential development and the rest of the neighborhood, but some neighbors are complaining in online discussion groups that it would put a tall multi-family building right up against a single-family home.

The public is invited to the meeting to learn more.

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Parent watches drug deal on front lawn

February 22nd, 2010 by Doree

Here’s an outrageous story of a drug deal in broad daylight in Ballard/Whittier Heights on Sunday.

I live at 75th and 17th. This morning around 11:00, I was walking my dog and 3 year old. When we approached our house, there was an SUV parked in front; one guy was standing on our lawn, spitting and looking around. The other guy in the car was talking at us in a weird, derogatory way (“nice kid, nice dog”).

I got my daughter and dog inside without acknowledging them. I then watched them through my living room window. 10 minutes later, another car approached, the guy from the first car who had been on our lawn went up to the passenger side and there was an exchange. The second car sped off and he ran back to the SUV and they left.

Right in the middle of a sunny Sunday at lunchtime.

I took down the license plate of the SUV and called 911. Since I never see any police in this neighborhood, I have no faith they will do anything. I am outraged and would ask MyBallard/Phinneywood to publish this license plate number as a public service to the community. 337 M** (Editors Note: We are not showing the final two letters, because we can’t publish full license plate numbers as that opens us up to liability for defamation.)

I don’t know why so many here are so passive about the crime elements that comfortably go about their business in these parts with no fear of reprisal from law enforcement or otherwise. I’m really sick of it.

Phinney and Greenwood residents have frequently reported similar incidents – though not as egregious as someone actually standing on their front lawn while conducting criminal business. The general concensus from readers has been to call the police, and get the license plate and other descriptive information. While the police will probably not show up, having a report will let the police better track problem areas over time.

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Aurora Bridge lane closures today through Wednesday

February 22nd, 2010 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Seattle Department of Transportation will close the right hand, southbound lane of the Aurora Bridge on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day to repair the exterior surface of a bridge column.

So if you’re heading downtown, be prepared for some slowdowns.

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