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Entries from August 2010

Sasquatch Studios will carry Mimi Rose line

August 31st, 2010 by Doree

Sasquatch Studios at 6108 Phinney Ave. N. will carry children’s clothing and accessories made by nearby business Mimi Rose, after Mimi Rose closes its doors next month.

Mimi Rose owner and designer Margaret Rose is closing up shop and taking an extended vacation to Turkey. Her whimsical children’s clothing will continue to be made in Seattle. Sasquatch Studios owner Sacha Maxwell says the Mimi Rose line will complement the local designers she currently stocks.

Mimi Rose, at 6001 Phinney Ave. N., has everything in the store on sale now. Rose plans to close by Sept. 30.

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Honda stolen from Bitter Lake carport

August 30th, 2010 by Doree

Christina wrote to tell us that her car was stolen from her carport in Bitter Lake, just north of Greenwood, over the weekend:

We live in Bitter lake, and woke Sunday morning to our Honda Element missing from our driveway. It was stolen from our carport between 10pm Saturday and 8am Sunday. Unfortunately, it is the second car stolen from our driveway in the last two years. Both times, the thieves have been sophisticated enough to by-pass anti-theft devices and have done it in the middle of the night while we were home. Our next step is to install a video and motion-detector system (we’ve had other thefts in addition to the cars and it’s getting ridiculous, so we feel like we need to do more to prevent it).

We’ve notified the police, but thought others might want to know. And, what other steps have people taken to protect their cars/homes/belongings/families?

So, how about it readers? What advice can you offer to keep thieves from stealing your car, especially if you’ve already installed various anti-theft devices?


Get your doo-doo from the zoo

August 30th, 2010 by Doree

It’s time once again for the Woodland Park Zoo’s Fall Fecal Fest, where gardeners hope to be the few lucky ones able to purchase the zoo’s prized Zoo Doo or Bedspread.

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest, composed of exotic species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores. It’s perfect for vegetables and annuals. Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is like Zoo Doo but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It’s the perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways.

To have a chance at the doo, send in a postcard between Sept. 1-19; just 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. The Zoo’s “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 are Oct. 2-16. The zoo provides the shovels and the lucky winners load their compost.

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Aurora Bridge closures again on Sunday

August 28th, 2010 by Doree

If you plan to drive over the Aurora Bridge on Sunday, remember that Seattle Department of Transportation is still working on the suicide prevention fence, so you’ll have to deal with lane closures and backups in both directions.

- From 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, crews working for WSDOT will close two of three northbound lanes to remove and replace rivets on the east side of the bridge.

– From 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. all six lanes on the bridge and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will be closed while crews move construction equipment to the west side of the bridge. WSDOT scheduled this brief full closure at 1:30 p.m. to help southbound traffic heading to Sunday’s Mariners’ game.

– At 1:45 p.m. crews will reopen all northbound lanes and one southbound lane.

– Two southbound lanes and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will remain closed until midnight while crews work on the west side of the bridge.

Drivers can avoid the closures and delays by:

- Taking southbound SR 99 across the bridge before 1:30 p.m. Another option is using southbound SR 99 after 7:30 p.m., when delays caused by the closure will be very short.

– Taking northbound SR 99 across the bridge after 2:30 p.m. Drivers also should consider using northbound SR 99 in the morning before traffic volumes increase.

– Checking traffic conditions before hitting the roads. Check SR 99 traffic at web5.seattle.gov/travelers and I-5 traffic at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle, and tune into to radio traffic reports.

Drivers can reduce traffic volumes and minimize delays on SR 99 by:

- Reducing, postponing or combining trips.

– Riding the bus or carpooling.

– Biking or walking.

This Sunday crews will continue work to remove and replace more than 1000 rivets and bolts for the construction of a safety fence to deter suicides. Drivers can expect additional closures for rivet removal in September. Crews are working Sundays because rivet busting is too noisy to do at night. Nearby residents can expect to hear construction noise from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Job search, computer classes at Greenwood Library

August 27th, 2010 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is offering more workshops for job seekers, in partnership with WorkSource at South Seattle Community College. Workshops are free and registration is not required, but seating may be limited, so get there early. Each workshop is held at several branches. The Greenwood branch at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. is holding the following workshops:

  • Resume Basics – Learn what employers are looking for in resumes and receive a resume template that can be used in paper or electronic form; 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23.
  • Beginning a Job Search – Learn how to develop a successful job search plan in tough economic times; 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30.
  • Job Interview Basics – Learn how to successfully prepare for a job interview. Learn about common interview questions and body language; 12-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16.
  • Online Job Search Basics – Learn how to submit online resumes and complete Web-based job applications. Prerequisites: Internet Basics 1 or the ability to navigate a Web page; Resume Basics or an existing resume; 12-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30.

The library is also offering free beginning computer classes for people who have little or no experience with computers. Registration is not required, but seating may be limited. The following classes will be at the Greenwood branch:

  • Computer Basics 1 – Learn how to use a computer keyboard and mouse; 6-7:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 22.
  • Computer Basics 2 – Learn how to use basic features of the Windows software operating system. The session will cover using the toolbars, scroll bar and text boxes; 6- 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29.
  • Internet Basics 1 – Learn how to navigate a Web page and how to use Web browsers and search engines; 6-77:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13.
  • Internet Basics 2 – Learn how to find information using Web directories and search engines; 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20.

And don’t forget the library system closes next week for a furlough. All library branches will be closed from Monday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day). Branches will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The Greenwood Library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday for you to check out any last-minute items. No books will be due and no fines will accrue during the furlough, and all book drops will be locked.


80+ percent of old Fire Station 21 to be recycled

August 27th, 2010 by Doree

Crews started demolishing the old Fire Station 21 this week, to make way for the new two-story station. Here’s what the site looked like early Friday morning.

And this was the site at 12 p.m.

James, one of the equipment operators from Maclin Enterprises, told us they would be recycling more than 80 percent of the old station’s materials – with a goal of 90 percent or more. The metal will be ground up and shipped overseas to be turned into new metal products, old brick will become roadbed, and the wood used as fuel.

The house directly to the east of the station will be torn down next week as part of the new station’s expansion plans.

Construction on the new station will take about a year. Meanwhile, the Defenders of Greenwood are operating out of industrial trailers and a tent five blocks south, at North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.


Old Fire Station 21 comes down

August 26th, 2010 by Doree

The old Fire Station 21 at Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street is coming down.


The Defenders of Greenwood moved five blocks south to the corner of Greenwood and North 68th Street, where they are currently living in industrial trailers, and Engine 21 is housed in a heavy-duty tent.

The old fire station will be rebuilt on the original site. Construction on the two-story station is expected to take about a year.

(Rendering courtesy Miller Hull Partnership.)


Track neighborhood art walks online

August 26th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata has launched a new online resource to track the city’s many neighborhood art walks, including the monthly Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Artwalk, on the second Friday evening of every month. Seattle Neighborhood Art Walks currently lists 13 art walks.

“Art walks are important to neighborhoods as they inspire visitors and residents to appreciate creativity within themselves and throughout their community,” Licata said in a press release. “They also provide a convenient opportunity for people to socialize while generating revenue for artists and businesses.”

Licata said the art walks are part of the reason Seattle has a higher “creative vitality” than the national average. (In 2007, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ created the Creative Vitality Index, which ranked Seattle’s overall creative vitality at roughly six times the national average.)

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Sunset Magazine loves Phinney-Greenwood’s newest shops

August 26th, 2010 by Doree

The September issue of Sunset Magazine highlights seven of our neighborhood businesses in an article titled “Call it Etsy Ave.: A string of indie shops comes to Phinney Ridge’s Greenwood Ave.”

Author Jess Thomson and photographer Jose Mandojana highlight the “one-off boutiques” – most of them new – which have made our neighborhood home:

Assemble Gallery & Studio, 7406 Greenwood Ave. N., which offers all kinds of arts and crafts and crafty classes.

Chocolate Shoe Box, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N., which sells vegan chocolate and shoes (no, you don’t eat the shoes, they’re just made without harming animals).

Tasty, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., a quirky art gallery with the coolest bobble head collection around.

Sasquatch Studios, 6108 Phinney Ave. N., which offers an amazing collection of hand-made clothing and art from local artists and Martha’s Vineyard.

Two Birds Tattoo, 7408 Greenwood Ave. N., where the two female tattoo artists specialize in colorful custom work.

Zak & Zoe, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., with everything your pooch could ever need or want.

Rising Stars Children’s Store, 7321 Greenwood Ave. N., which has new and consignment clothing, books, toys, and kids’ gear.


Public seminar on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

August 25th, 2010 by Doree

A free seminar downtown tonight promises to show you ways to reduce crime around your home and neighborhood through better architectural and environmental design.

The seminar is hosted by the city, Seattle Police Department, Downtown Seattle Association and the American Institute of Architects. It’s from 6:30-8:30 Wednesday in the Bertha Knight Landes room of City Hall, 600 4th Ave. in downtown Seattle.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) concept, CPTED practices encourage changes in the physical design of our buildings, streets and parks to enhance safety in communities and minimize the opportunities for crime to be committed.

CPTED practices have been in use for over 20 years in cities throughout the United States and around the world. Cities that have implemented CPTED practices have seen a dramatic reduction in crime. Those cities have also seen significant improvement in their business climate as CPTED principles foster increased pedestrian activity and awareness.

“The CPTED seminar will emphasize one of the most important principles in public safety: it’s the little things that matter,” said Councilmember Tim Burgess. “Lighting, view corridors and other environmental designs all greatly contribute to the safety of homes and entire neighborhoods.”

Crimes of opportunity such as theft, car prowls, burglaries, vandalism, and assault do not just affect the victim, they cause changes in the community at large which, while subtle at first, can have a profound effect on everyone who lives, works and visits Seattle. The CPTED practices are one of many tools we can use to reduce crime, increase positive community involvement, and keep our community thriving.


Crosswalk finally coming to 8th & 73rd

August 25th, 2010 by Doree

Last December we told you that a crosswalk would be installed at the busy and dangerous intersection on 8th Avenue NW and NW 73rd St. on the East Ballard/West Phinney line. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) had planned to install it this past spring, but now plans to do it next month.

The intersection is dangerous because NW 73rd Street is offset about 100 feet from the east and west sides of 8th Avenue NW, with bus stops for the number 28 on both sides. An SDOT survey found that nearly 30 people cross at that intersection during peak commute times.

The new marked crosswalk will include one new curb ramp on the east side of 8th Avenue NW, and two new curb ramps on the west side.

(Photo courtesy of SDOT)

We will also perform minor sidewalk repair and driveway construction as part of this work. Crews anticipate to start work in mid-September with construction lasting a maximum of five days (three to four days is more likely).

New pedestrian crossing signage will also be installed as well as “No Parking within 30 feet” parking restriction signs.

Residents should anticipate minor traffic delays, temporary parking restrictions, temporary traffic and pedestrian detours, and moderate construction noise and dust while this work is underway.

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Party in Greenwood Park raises $2,000

August 24th, 2010 by Doree

We couldn’t make it to Sunday’s Party in Greenwood Park, but Cassandra Allen and Mike Stringer sent us this report. Thanks Cassandra and Mike!

And thanks to Greenwood photographer Jay Boynton for the photos!

Residents from all over Greenwood came to the 2nd annual party in Greenwood Park. The band Pickled Okra played lively blue grass tunes and a barbecue featured donated food from eight local restaurants and grocery stores. The event celebrated the expansion of Greenwood Park to include two new lots along Fremont Avenue. Mayor Michael McGinn told the crowd, “When I go around the City and see the parks and projects going on in the neighborhoods, they are driven by committed volunteers. Volunteers are what make neighborhoods great. It is all of your time and talents that will make this park and Greenwood one of the best in the City.”

The party in the park was organized by Vision Greenwood Park, a neighborhood group that has formed to lead the community effort to expand the park. Cassandra Allen and Joanna D’Asaro co-organized the event. They were supported by a crew of twelve volunteers who procured donations, cooked burgers and hot dogs and staffed the event all afternoon.

The park expansion project includes a community garden, barbecue grills, and a multi-sport courtyard for basketball, soccer, street hockey, and skating. “We are happy to announce that Vision Greenwood Park has received a $60,000 grant from the Neighborhood Matching Fund,” said steering committee chair Michael Stringer. “As part of the matching contribution for this grant, we are raising money today, and will organize volunteer work parties to help build a community garden.” The first work party is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The first task will be to remove old fencing that currently blocks views across the park will open space for future garden plots.

The Party in the Park was a fundraiser as well as a celebration and raised nearly $2,000 in cash donations to support expansion of the park. Part of the fundraiser was a silent auction that featured donated gifts and services from nearly 30 local businesses plus the opportunity to have coffee with Mayor McGinn.

Donors to the event included:
– Phinney Neighborhood Association (donating the 3% transaction fee on all credit card payments!)
– Better Meats
– Mr. Gyros
– Gorditos
– Game Time popcorn
– Snoose Junction
– Lenny’s Market
– Molly Moon
– Pickled Okra
– Sip and Ship
– Top Ten Toys
– Gary’s Auto
– Fatty’s Pizza
– Boynton Photography
– Chocolati
– Wheatless in Seattle
– Whole Life Yoga
– Monkey Grind Espresso
– Pola Belle nail salon
– Rhea Healing Essential
– Terra Bella organic florist
– Carmelita’s Restaurant
– Gary’s Games
– Green Bean Coffee
– The Lash and Wax Boutique
– Seattle Mariners
– Spa Mama Seattle
– Georgia’s Greek Restaurant & Deli
– Romio’s of Greenwood
– Ken’s Market
– Greenwood Market
– Fred Meyer
– Safeway

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