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


Entries from December 2010

Car prowls in north Greenwood

December 31st, 2010 by Doree

Carrie sent us a note about a series of car prowls on her street sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning:

(O)ur car, as well as our neighbors car and 4 additional cars down the street got broken into overnight last night (On Palatine Ave. N, between 105th and 117th). We never leave anything of much value in our dodge neon but apparently this person needed a spring jacket, a hat, and a first aid kit, because that was all that was taken from our vehicle. everything looked as if it was gone through as the car was pretty tossed around, but none of our spare change was taken, and they even left a $1 bill laying outside the car in the broken glass. Our neighbors car had a GPS, as well as a few other “valuable” items in it, and they were left untouched.

CommentsTags: ,

Fresh stories over the holidays

December 30th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

We’ve just fixed an unusual bug that was displaying older stories for a portion of our readers. Our apologies, and everyone should now be seeing freshly-updated stories on the site.

It’s a good opportunity to plug our Twitter and Facebook accounts, which are always up and running with fresh stories — that is, when Twitter and Facebook are running. Happy New Year everyone!


Bicyclist injured in accident on 3rd Ave.

December 29th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

A man on a bicycle and a car collided near West Woodland Elementary School just before 5 p.m. The accident at 3rd Ave. and 54th St. briefly trapped the bicyclist’s legs under the vehicle, Seattle Fire tells us. But other than abrasions, the man in his 40s sustained “no significant injuries.” He was transported to Harborview Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

No word on the cause of the accident, which was cleared at 5:45 p.m.


Zoo admission prices going up on Jan. 3

December 29th, 2010 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo is raising its winter admission fees by 50 cents beginning on Monday, Jan. 3. Admission will be $11.50 for adults and $8.50 for children ages 3-12. The zoo will implement another increase on May 1, raising summer season rates to $17.50 for adults and $11.50 for children ages 3-12. Toddlers 2 and under are still free.

Seniors and people with physical disabilities will still receive $2 off. Parking is also going up by 25 cents to $5.25 on Jan. 3, because of the City of Seattle’s parking tax.

More than a million people visit the zoo each year to connect with the natural world and learn how they can help preserve wildlife and their natural habitats. Beginning next summer, 25 cents from each admission fee will be earmarked for the zoo’s field conservation programs. The new program, Quarters for Conservation, will call on visitors to act directly by allowing them to choose field conservation programs to support. “All our guests will be given a token as they enter the zoo and they can drop this token in special kiosks to “vote” for the conservation project of their choice. It’s an engaging way to inspire our guests to learn about the critical field conservation projects our zoo supports across the globe and in our backyard,” explained Jensen.


Final fundraising push for Bagley Elementary’s new Green Field

December 28th, 2010 by Doree

Students and parents at Daniel Bagley Elementary School at 7821 Stone Ave. N. have been working hard at fundraising for their new “Green Field Plan,” but they still have a ways to go to reach their $200,000 goal by Jan. 31.

The project will replace the cracked concrete “field” just west of the school with 10,000 square feet of grass, 5,000 square feet of trees and plantings, pervious asphalt, a painted running track and a new backstop for ball sports.

The project has raised $97,500 from a City of Seattle matching grant and more than $40,000 in community donations, but they need more than $50,000 to reach their goal by the matching grant’s deadline of Jan. 31.

For an individual donation of $250, you’ll get a Finish Line Brick engraved with your choice of inscription. Businesses can purchase a brick for $500. You can donate online, or send a check made out to “DB PTA” with “Green Field” in the memo line, and mail to: Daniel Bagley Elementary, Attn PTA Green Field Donations, 7821 Stone Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.

The project’s next community meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 10, at Bethany Community Church, across the street from the school.


Montessori Garden open house

December 28th, 2010 by Doree

Montessori Garden, located at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6615 Dayton Ave. N., is having an open house on Saturday, Jan. 8, for interested parents and students. Tours of the newly renovated space are at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please RSVP at 206-524-8307 or info@montessorigarden.net.


Seattle Parks and Rec needs members for Community Center Advisory Team

December 27th, 2010 by Dale

In the wake of hard budget times, the city wants to rethink how its community centers are operated. So, Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for community members for its new Community Center Advisory Team.

Team members will attend meetings twice a month from January to May.

The team will be exploring innovative ideas for operating the City’s community centers. Team members will consider the way the centers currently operate, review what other cities are doing, consider alternative operating models, evaluate public input, and assess options for partnerships.

Ultimately the Advisory Team will review and provide advice on the report that Parks will submit to City Council by June 1, 2010. In addition to representatives from the general community, members of the Advisory Team will include representatives from the Board of Park Commissioners, representatives of employee unions, employees, the Associated Recreation Council, and City Council and City Budget Office staff.

Parks operates 26 community centers throughout the City that welcome nearly 700,000 participants a year. In conjunction with our non-profit partner, the Associated Recreation Council, Seattle’s community centers collectively operate the largest childcare program in the region. Most community centers are co-located with other facilities and services, such as schools, libraries, pools, playgrounds and playfields.

Parks is especially interested in those with past involvement with a community center, and those who are able to work in concert with others for the greater good. Please submit a statement (no more than 1,000 words total) addressing the following questions:

  • How and where have you been involved with a community center?
  • Please give an example of your most recent involvement.
  • What will you bring to the table?

Please submit your statement via e-mail to Susan Golub: susan.golub@seattle.gov. The deadline is Monday, January 10 at 5 p.m.


Recycle your holiday greens for free through Jan. 9

December 27th, 2010 by Dale

Seattle Public Utilities will collect Christmas trees and other holiday greenery for free from residents who subscribe to yard waste collection. Just put it out on your regular collection day.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or twine. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each yard waste cart at no extra charge.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Starting January 1, each unit of extra garbage will cost $8.10. Plastic trees are not recyclable.

Seattle residents can also drop off their holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations between Dec. 26, 2010 and Jan. 9, 2011. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees without flocking or decoration may be disposed free of charge.

The North Recycling and Disposal Station is at North 34th Street and Carr Place North in Fremont/Wallingford. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

CommentsTags: ,

What to recycle, compost or throw out after the holidays

December 26th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities is reminding people that all that wrapping paper is recyclable, even if it has some tape on it. You can also recycle clean paper and plastic cups, as well as aluminum foil and foil trays without food residue.

You’ll probably have extra recycling this time around, so put extra in a cardboard box and set it next to your recycling container (don’t put it in plastic bags). Flatten extra cardboard boxes.

And all food leftovers should go in your yard waste bin to be composted, not put in your garbage can. 

Leftover fruitcake isn’t garbage anymore! According to SPU, 30 percent of Seattle’s garbage is made up of food waste. Put your leftover fruitcake, Christmas ham, nutshells, pumpkin pie, paper napkins, pizza boxes and other leftovers in your food and yard waste cart to make compost for local parks and gardens. For tips on storing and carrying scraps from kitchen to cart go to www.seattle.gov/util/foodwaste. Consider donating non-perishable food to your local food bank.

CommentsTags: ,

Merry Christmas, Phinney-Greenwood!

December 25th, 2010 by Dale

However you choose to celebrate the holiday today, we hope it’s a merry one for you.

CommentsTags: ,

Taproot season tickets go on sale Jan. 4

December 24th, 2010 by Doree

Taproot Theatre at 204 N. 85th St. will begin selling tickets to its 35th season on Jan.4. Tickets are available online or by phone at 206-781-9707 during box office hours, 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and until show time on performance nights.

Here’s the schedule:

“The Odyssey” – Feb. 2 – March 5: “Voyage across land and sea, through the underworld to the top of Mt. Olympus. Muses and monsters introduce this epic myth of the brave and courageous Odysseus as he valiantly seeks his homeland and the arms of his wife and child.” By Homer, adapted and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman, adapted from the translation of “The Odyssey” by Robert Fitzgerald.

“The Beams are Creaking” March 23-April 23: “Germany, 1933: The Nazi party has taken power. In the face of the greatest evil of the 20th century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer battles questions of morality, political allegiance and religious conviction. This true story will keep you on the edge of your seat as a tale of intrigue, conspiracy and high treason unfolds.” By Douglas Anderson.

“Brownie Points” – May 18-June 28: “The girls’ club pledge never promised camping would be easy…for the moms. In the late night mayhem of a backwoods campout a storm rages outside, while a squall builds inside the cabin. A touching and often hilarious glimpse into the things that make us who we are and the reasons that they matter.” A West Coast premiere; by Janece Shaffer.

“Something’s Afoot” – July 13 – August 13: “‘The butler didn’t do it!’” So starts this murder mystery musical that has been delighting audiences for decades. When wealthy Lord Rancour is found dead at his lakeside estate, the race to find out whodunit begins. Filled with booby-traps and belted songs, this hilarious spoof hums along as you play armchair detective to a zany cast of characters.” Book, music and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach; additional music by Ed Linderman.

“An Ideal Husband”– Sept. 21 – Oct. 22: “Dandies and diamonds swirl in and out of this comedic classic. Sir Chiltern appears to be the ideal husband, until a choice from early in his career comes back to haunt him. Can he be restored to his adoring wife or will the truth be everyone’s undoing?” By Oscar Wilde.

CommentsTags: ,

Flash mob wassailing at Ken’s Market

December 23rd, 2010 by Dale

Spreading the holiday cheer, the Phinney Chorus staged a musical “flash mob” event at Ken’s Market tonight.

At 6 p.m., a designated soprano, alto, tenor and bass gathered in the checkout area and started singing.

Then a total of roughly 20 people spread out around the store joined in, working their way to the check-out area. When it was over, everyone dispersed during the applause. Watch the video here:

Thanks, Mike V., for organizing, and thanks to tenor Dick Callahan’s daughter, Bree, for shooting the video. And thanks to PhinneyWood intern Tyler Steele for the pictures.