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


Entries from June 2011

Fire department confirms build-up of dryer lint to blame for Greenwood house fire that killed dog

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department confirms that a house fire that killed a dog in Greenwood last Saturday was caused by a build-up of lint in the dryer vent.

From SFD’s Fire Line:

The quick actions of Seattle firefighters prevented a house fire from spreading to nearby homes. On Saturday, June 25 at 6:30pm, a neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of a home located on the 200 block of North 90th Street. Engine 21 arrived within four minutes and began battling the fire in the one story wood framed home. With Engine 35 supplying water, the crew gained control of the fire in less than 10 minutes. The crews contained the flames to a back corner of the approximately 750 square-foot house. Firefighters from Engines’ 16, 24 and Ladder Trucks 5 and 8, assisted in knocking the entire fire down in less than half-an hour.

Investigators determined that lint built up in the vent system of the dryer started the fire. Damage to the home is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.

The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) estimates between 2003 and 2006, one out of every 23 home fires was caused by the dryers or washing machines. In 2006, the NFPA estimates firefighters responded to 17,700 fires caused by the household appliances. The leading cause of these fires according to NFPA is failure to clean the lint from the dryer. The NFPA recommends regular cleaning of the lint vents, making sure the air exhaust vent pipe and outdoor vent flap are not restricted.

Capt. R. Shakoor-Asadi of Fire Station 21 looks at the burned dryer where the fire started on June 25.

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Greenwood abduction & rape suspect arrested

June 29th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

A very observant bar employee led police to a suspect in last week’s abduction and rape incident in Greenwood.

Surveillance photos of the suspect released by Seattle Police

Here are details from Seattle Police:

On June 28th, at approximately 10:15 PM, North Precinct officers responded to a 911 call from an employee at a bar in the 8500 Block of 15th Avenue NW. The caller stated that he believed one of the patrons inside the bar looked very similar to the suspect depicted in surveillance photos released to the media last week from the Greenwood abduction and rape incident. Officers arrived and contacted the suspect. The officers asked the suspect to step outside so they could talk. One of the responding officers had responded to the original incident last week, so had detailed knowledge of the investigation. The suspect professed to not knowing much English, so the officer pulled up a picture of the suspect from a media site on his cellphone and asked, “Is this you?” to which the suspect replied “yes.” The officers quickly took the suspect into custody and during a patdown of the suspect recovered a loaded handgun in the suspect’s waistband.

A second suspect was with the first suspect inside the bar, but it was determined that the individual did not match the description. That second individual was interviewed and released from the North Precinct. Officers located the suspect’s car nearby and it does match the description of the suspect vehicle used in the abduction/rape. The car was impounded for processing. Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit responded and interviewed the suspect at the precinct.

The 24 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Rape. The second suspect in this case is still outstanding. Anyone with information on that suspect is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department Sexual Assualt Unit at (206) 684-5575.


Greenwood-Phinney Chamber launches ‘DoPhinneywood’ marketing website

June 29th, 2011 by Doree

Last weekend, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce officially launched its new marketing website, called DoPhinneywood.com. The site’s motto is “Art Up and Chow Down in Phinney and Greenwood.”

The site has a slideshow of pictures from neighborhood businesses and icons, a map, a section for announcements, and lists neighborhood businesses in six categories: Arts & Culture; Eat & Drink; Health & Beauty; Retail Shops; Services: Community; and Services: Professional. Some businesses are listed in more than one category.

Each business’s name links to a new page with the business’s address, phone, website, map, and a more detailed description of the business.

If you want to join the Chamber, or renew your membership, information on pricing is here. And you can sign up here.

Note: The Chamber asked for permission to use the Phinneywood moniker (but with a small “w,” unlike the capital “W” in PhinneyWood’s name) because they felt it had become a good brand name for the combined neighborhoods of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. PhinneyWood is a member of the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

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Black and white dog found on Dayton and North 79th today

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

Update: A Phinneywood reader wrote on our Facebook page that owner and dog have been reunited.

Jim found this black and white dog wandering off leash around 3 p.m. today on North 79th Street, near Dayton Avenue North.

If you are the owner, or know who is, call Jim at 206-784-9626.

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City wants neighborhood groups to apply for technology grants

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

The City of Seattle’s new Online Boost Project is designed to help neighborhood groups do more effective online outreach and foster online engagement. The OBP is looking for 15 projects that will receive up to $1,000 in matching funds, and will get training from social media experts through workshops.

From the press release:

The Online Boost Project is designed to enhance skills and proficiency on the use of online resources for community groups with workshops, mentorship and seed funding to implement and/or increase their web presence. In coordination with the Seattle Communities Online initiative, we are seeking opportunities to enhance:

  • Increased awareness of community issues;
  • Increased community participation in problem solving; and
  • Increased interaction with government.

Online Boost grantees will have access to:

  • Up to $1000 mini-grants for a quick, specific project to be completed within 3 months.
  • Workshop (required in order to receive funding) where participants would leave the workshop knowing what resources are out there, what their plan of action will be, and how to go about implementing.
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities

Deadline to apply is July 12. Applicants must register ahead of time in order to access the online application. If you have already registered for another grant with the City, you can log in with your user ID and password and select “Funding Opportunities” and then “Online Boost Grant.”


Zoo animals get Fourth of July treats at Red, White & Zoo

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

The Woodland Park Zoo is giving special Fourth of July treats to many of its animals this weekend as part of its Red, White & Zoo event. Animals will munch on watermelons, corn on the cob, star-shaped popsicles and other picnic food.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Red, White & Zoo is included in zoo admission. Treats will be served to the animals from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The zoo is also offering a $2 off discount when you buy admission tickets at participating Ivar’s restaurants through Sept. 30. Click here for more information and a list of participating locations.

And the zoo is encouraging people to ride transit by offering a free shuttle service from the South Kirkland Park & Ride on weekends through Sept. 4; a $2 discount off admission to visitors who ride public transit to the zoo (show your bus transfer or ORCA card at the gate through Sept. 30;and two vouchers for free Metro bus rides to all zoo member households (the voucher will be in the August issue of the myZoo member magazine).


Taproot Theatre presents a musical ‘whodunit’ with ‘Something’s Afoot’

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

“Something’s Afoot,” a murder mystery opening at Taproot Theatre Company on July 15, begins by letting you know who didn’t do it.

Jenny Cross, Natalie Ann Moe, and Tim Tully. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

“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.

Directed by Scott Nolte, “Something’s Afoot” runs July 15 through Aug. 13, with previews July 13-14.

“Murder mysteries have always been a big hit among our patrons, since the early days of Taproot Theatre,” Nolte said in a press release. “So, we got to thinking, what better way to celebrate our 35th Anniversary Season and say thanks for the years of support than to present a murder mystery musical? This clever spoof honors the mystery greats like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.”

“Something’s Afoot” premiered in 1972 at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Taproot’s production features Dale Bowers, Gerald B. Browning, Ryan Childers, Jenny Cross, William Hamer, Ian Lindsay, Natalie Anne Moe, Deanna Sarkar, Pat Sibley and Tim Tully.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. There’s a pay-what-you-can performance on July 20, and post-play discussions on Wednesday nights (except for the preview night). Taproot Theatre is at 204 N. 85th St.

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A la Mode Pies coming to Phinney Ridge

June 27th, 2011 by Doree

A la Mode Pies, a pie delivery business currently located on Capitol Hill, is moving operations and opening its first café in Phinney Ridge. A la Mode Pies will be at 5821 Phinney Ave. N. in the space formerly occupied by Dolly’s Dollhouse, next to Hazel Salon & Organics and across the street from Woodland Park Playground.

A la Mode Pies hopes to open sometime in September.

Owner Chris Porter opened A la Mode Pies about two years ago. He currently cooks out of the Knee High Stocking Co. kitchen, which is a speakeasy-themed bar and restaurant on Capitol Hill.

“Business has just grown and grown and grown,” he said of the need for his own kitchen and to branch out from delivery only to a café. “We chose Phinney because, one, a large number of our customers are already in Phinney, and, two, it’s just such a charming neighborhood. The location itself is so sweet; it seemed like such an ideal place for our flagship store.”

Porter said he had family living in Phinney Ridge when he was young, and he’s well aware of the neighborhood’s affection for Dolly’s Dollhouse, which closed last year when owner Joyce Clifford passed away.

“We’re definitely going to have a little homage to Dolly’s inside,” he said. “And we’re definitely going to continue the relationship that that space has had to the neighborhood.”

Currently, A la Mode Pies delivers pies to your doorstep within 24 hours of placing an online order. He said the pies are baked the same day, and often arrive on customer’s doorsteps still warm. Delivery within Seattle is free; other destinations, such as Bellevue, have a $5 delivery fee. Customers can still order online but pick up from the new café to save on the delivery fee.

“We are not abandoning the delivery aspect, because that’s really what separates us from everyone else in town,” Porter said. “We’re the only pie shop that will deliver to your doorstep.”

A la Mode currently sells 12 kinds of pies, including Bourbon Butterscotch, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, French Apple, Lemon Macaroon, and Star-Spangled Sour Cherry. Most of A la Mode’s pies are made with locally organic ingredients. The new A la Mode Pies café will sell full pies or by the slice, espresso, and Bluebird ice cream.

“Families can wheel their strollers in and sit down at a table by the window, and we’ll have a counter. So you can have a cup of coffee and a piece of pie and take a respite,” he said.

Porter said he developed a love of cooking from watching his mother in the kitchen. After seven years as a television news reporter in Missoula, Montana, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, then a few years in public relations, he decided to go back to what he loved – cooking pies.

“And it’s just exploded since then and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I think the beauty of pie is that it’s all about the filling. It’s all about a flaky crust and the filling. I think pie just offers something very unique. It takes us all back to our childhood. We all have memories of grandma making pies.”

Porter said A la Mode Pies does a big business in weddings, office and birthday parties. He said he’ll need to hire about five people for the new café.

“I hope that Phinney becomes a kind of destination for dessert.”

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Free summer meal program for children

June 27th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals and snacks for children 1-18 at about 90 sites across the city, including one in Greenwood and one in Bitter Lake.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” which runs from today through Aug. 26. The meals are served at sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.

Thanks to a $225,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the 2011 program includes several enhancements:

  • Books! The Seattle Public Library will provide fun and educational programming, such as story times in five different languages. Free books will also be given to children at story time sites;
  • Fresh produce: The Puget Sound Food Network will help provide bags of fresh produce from local farms for families to take home for the weekend; and
  • Saturday sites: Several meal sites will offer lunch on Saturdays as a pilot project

Some of the meal sites offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs, but the majority offer meals to all children 18 years old.

Summer Sack Lunch will be provided at Sandel Park Playground, 9053 1st Ave. NW, from 12-1 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., from 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Click here to find the program site nearest you; and here for links to a calendar listing menus for every breakfast, lunch and snack.

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