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

 

Entries from April 2010

Greenwood arson suspect changes plea

April 30th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

The homeless man accused of setting the string of fires in Greenwood last year changed his plea this morning. Our newspaper partner the Seattle Times was in court today when 47 year old Kevin Swalwell pleaded guilty to 11 arson charges and one count of second-degree burglary.

10 fires were set in Greenwood, including the four businesses that went up in flames on October 23.  Green Bean Coffee House, C.C. Teriyaki, Szechuan Bistro and Pho Tic Tac were all housed in the Eleanor Roosevelt Building that burned.  Swalwell now faces a sentence of 30 years behind bars.

CommentsTags: , ,

Census workers will start in-person visits Saturday

April 30th, 2010 by Doree

On Saturday, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin in-person visits to households that did not return their 2010 Census Form.

Census workers will wear a Department of Commerce badge and carry a black bag with the official U.S. Census Bureau logo. They will ask basic questions such as names, birth dates and race of everyone living in the house as of April 1. They will not ask questions about immigration status, or request bank account or credit card information.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 74 percent of all Washington households mailed back the forms; that’s 2 percentage points higher than the national average. About 11,000 census workers will fan out across our state for the next two months, usually on weekends and early evenings to catch people at home.

Census information is used to accurately apportion congressional district seats, and determines how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are distributed.

CommentsTags:

Mr. Gyros expanding to Ballard

April 29th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Ballard will soon get a taste of Greenwood’s Mr. Gyros Mediterranean eatery.

Our sister site, MyBallard, is reporting that owners Sammy and Joni Arsheed will open their second location at the corner of 20th Ave NW and NW 56th St in June. The Arsheed brothers opened Mr Gyros seven years ago at 8411 Greenwood Ave. N. The new space will be larger than the Greenwood location, but is modeled after the original, with an open kitchen, casual dining and a hard-to-miss yellow awning. “It’ll be the same as Greenwood,” Sammy says, “Bar stools and baskets. Get people in and out.” They plan on staying open late, like 2 a.m., on Fridays and Saturdays for those late-nighters who want something other than hot dogs, Sammy tells us. (Thanks Silver for the tip!)

CommentsTags:

How can PhinneyWood better serve you?

April 29th, 2010 by Doree

We’d like to ask your help so we can continue to grow PhinneyWood into the kind of community resource you want and need. Forgetting about financial, technological and time constraints, give us your pie-in-the-sky ideas for PhinneyWood. What kinds of stories would you like to see more of? What technical applications would make PhinneyWood easier to use and share information?

So, here’s the reality: PhinneyWood is not staffed around the clock by an army of journalists. We are an “army” of two, with occasional help from the other writers at our sister sites in the Next Door Media network (My Ballard, Fremont Universe, My Wallingford, Queen Anne View, Magnolia Voice, Wedgwood View, Maple Leaf Life, U District Daily). And one of us (Dale) works full time at a “real” job. I work part-time at another job, but as a freelancer it sometimes turns into full-time as I fill in for other folks during the holidays and prime vacation months. We also have a 4-year-old son (a.k.a. the PhinneyWood Kid).

So, technically, we do PhinneyWood in our “spare” time, of which there isn’t much.

But don’t worry – when there’s true breaking news, our favorite scanner hound, Silver, doesn’t hesitate to call us in the middle of the night so we can cover it!

So, while we hope you cut us some slack for not being “on” 24 hours a day, we do hope to someday make this a true full-time job, at least for one of us (that would be me.) So, please continue to send us tips and photos of news and events around the neighborhood, patronize our advertisers, and tell all your friends about PhinneyWood!

Comments

Dining Out for Life is today

April 29th, 2010 by Doree

Today (Thursday) you can help raise money for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s 17th annual Dining Out for Life by eating breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of 150 restaurants throughout the city. Phinney-Greenwood restaurants participating include 74th St. Alehouse, Carmelita, Oliver’s Twist, Red Mill Burgers, and Romio’s Pizza & Pasta.

Restaurants donate 30 percent of each diner’s bill to Lifelong AIDS Alliance to continue its mission of providing groceries and fresh meals to the hungry.

CommentsTags: ,

The Homeless Neighbor

April 29th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Seattle’s homeless population stretches far beyond downtown. North Seattle residents and businesses are also struggling to deal with the issue. To see how the community is trying to find a balance, we take you to the streets of Ballard for a raw and compelling look at the problem.

The Homeless Neighbor is the third in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class. One of the authors of this story is Christian Caple, the editor of our newest neighborhood site U District Daily. We invite you to take a look.

CommentsTags: , ,

News from nearby neighborhoods

April 28th, 2010 by Doree

Here’s what’s making news in nearby neighborhoods.

Owners of crime-plagued Aurora motels plead guilty to tax evasion, will sell two

U-District bank robber suspect caught at Aurora motel

Suspected ‘Grim Reaper Bandit’ arrested at Roosevelt & Northgate QFC

Budget cuts threaten Magnolia’s Discovery Park

City won’ appeal Ballard’s “Missing Link” ruling, will conduct environmental review

Comments

Founder of ‘Greenwood Soccer’ nominated for Sounders FC Golden Scarf award

April 28th, 2010 by Doree

Geoff Wall, founder of Greenwood Soccer in the 1970s, has been nominated for a Sounders FC Golden Scarf award, for helping hundreds of children learn the sport of soccer.

This is from P. Scott Cummins’ nominating letter:

Before the SYSA, there was Geoff Wall organizing soccer games for kids. He ran a program called “Greenwood Soccer” – it was THE soccer league in northwest Seattle. He put together rag tag groups of kids and turned them into teams with his inimitable style. Several of his players, like his own son, went on to college and the pros (I was one of those kids). We learned many valuable lessons about life through soccer from Mr. Wall.

Wall’s son, Geoff Wall Jr., went on to play pro soccer for the Tacoma Stars and Sounders. Here’s a picture of Wall Jr. (on the left) from the 1984-85 season with the Tacoma Stars.

The Golden Scarf honors are based on fan voting. A Golden Scarf will be awarded before each home match.

CommentsTags:

Support New Beginnings’ efforts to end domestic violence

April 28th, 2010 by Doree

New Beginnings, a Phinney/Greenwood-area non-profit that provides shelter and advocacy for battered women and children, is having its annual gala and auction May 22. “Empower Change” will be emceed by KING 5’s Margaret Larson and is at the Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave., in downtown Seattle.

New Beginnings serves the greater Seattle area with comprehensive services to support survivors of domestic abuse. Some of the locations are confidential, such as their emergency shelter and transitional housing locations.

Our work is not only about empowering survivors. We also raise awareness about domestic violence and help foster social institutions and communities where abuse is not tolerated. New Beginnings provides opportunities to work towards social change through volunteer opportunities, community education, professional training, media campaigns, and youth education groups.

Auction items include weekend getaways, tickets for the arts and sporting events and a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences. Tickets are $140, or $200 for VIP; a table is $1,250. You can buy tickets online or call 206-926-3041.

Funds from the auction also support New Beginnings’ 24-hour Help Line: 206-522-9472.

Comments

Get a ‘Clue’ at the Phinney auction Saturday

April 27th, 2010 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual auction is Saturday night and a few tickets are still available. With this year’s theme of “Clue,” you can join Col. Mustard, Mrs. Peacock and the rest of the gang in solving the mystery.

The silent auction starts at 5 p.m. with various rooms closing at staggered times, before the party moves back outside to the heated tent for the live auction.

Some of the hot-ticket items this year include an iPod Nano, a private World Cup party, a scenic flight over Puget Sound, a Lake Washington cruise and dinner, and the always popular dinner with the Defenders of Greenwood at Fire Station 21.

Tickets are $50 per person online or at the Phinney Center. And you can preview all of the items for auction here.

Comments

Just 4 days to zoo’s meerkats and new West Entrance

April 27th, 2010 by Doree

Saturday is the grand opening of both the Woodland Park Zoo’s new West Entrance and its new meerkats exhibit. The new West Entrance on Phinney Avenue between North 55th and 56th streets will be much larger than the current one, and will feature more cashiers, a zoo store and restrooms. The North Entrance will be closed, but a new pathway leads from the North parking lot to the West Entrance.

The meerkats are returning after a 10-year absence. They’ll be housed in the revamped Adaptations building.

The meerkat exhibit, presented by U.S. Bank and The Seattle Times, gives visitors an inside look at the animals’ semi-arid savanna habitat. Observe as meerkats scamper into their tunnels, nurse their young, or stand at attention atop the naturalistic outcroppings behaving as sentinels. Kids can play as sentinels and look out for predators, or pop up into a burrow and experience the co-op life, in an all new play area located adjacent to the Adaptations Building. Encouraging full-bodied play, this play area will allow kids to connect with the fascinating lifestyle of these tunneling creatures.

(Photos by Ryan Hawk, WPZ.)

Opening day festivities include live music by CocoLoco, fun meerkat-themed giveaways including magnets, stickers, and temporary tattoos, photo opportunities with a costumed meerkat mascot, a meerkat mask craft and other family activities, and a special meerkat keeper talk.

The grand opening festivities start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the new West Entrance complex. CocoLoco performs until 1 p.m. The meerkat keeper talk is at 2:30 p.m. at the meerkat exhibit inside the Adaptations Building, across from the Pacific Blue Chowder House.

It’s also the first day of the zoo’s expanded summer hours, which are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

CommentsTags:

Home Burglary Alert

April 26th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

A homeowner in the 500 block of N. 66th Street called police last Thursday (4/22) after seeing a man walking away from her neighbor’s backyard.  She told officers that her neighbor was out of town and described the man as a transient.  Police checked the house and found that the window on the side door had been broken out and the deadbolt unlocked.  Officers secured the house and left information for the homeowner.  It’s unclear if anything was stolen.

Another burglary was reported that same day around 10:30pm in the 8700 block of Dayton Ave. N.  Someone used bolt cutters to break into a garage and steal a large supply of tools.

CommentsTags: