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


Entries from July 2011

Cat found near Holman Road and Greenwood Avenue

July 31st, 2011 by Doree

Yet another cat has been found in Greenwood-Phinney. Here’s a note from Joe:

An incredibly sweet stray has called our front yard home for the last few days. Unfortunately we’re going to take her to the Humane Society tomorrow as she has a small wound on her side and we can’t have pets in our home.

If you have any information on the owner of this cat, please put a note in comments or email us and we’ll forward the info to Joe.

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Cat found near 65th & Dayton

July 31st, 2011 by Doree

Update 11:20 a.m. Monday: Cathy tells us that the cat is hers, and that it comes and goes whenever the family is not at home.

She has plenty of food and water in the house and access with a cat door. She lives close to the corner and is probably awaiting our return.

Earlier: Alex tells us a cat without a collar has been hanging around the family’s yard near North 65th Street and Dayton Avenue North for the last week.

If you have any information about the cat’s owner, please put a note in comments or email us and we’ll forward the info to Alex.

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Woodland Park Zoo releases 20 Western Pond Turtles back into the wild

July 31st, 2011 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo biologists released 20 Western Pond Turtles back into the wild at a refuge site in Lakewood on Thursday morning.

A pond turtle is prepped for its release back into the wild. Photo by Sarah Lovrien, Woodland Park Zoo.

The turtles were collected from the wild as eggs, hatched and “head started” at Woodland Park Zoo to improve their chance of survival in the wild. Once the turtles reach a suitable size of about 2 ounces – large enough to escape the large mouths of bullfrogs and large-mouth bass – they are returned to their homes and closely monitored by biologists.

The largest of the 10-month-old turtles will be equipped with tiny radio transmitters glued to their shells so biologists can learn more about post-release dispersal, habitat use during active and hibernation periods and, ultimately, their survival rate.

Head starting and releasing the turtles is a part of the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project. The goals of the conservation project are to re-establish self-sustaining populations in Puget Sound and the Columbia Gorge regions and for young turtles from wild nests to survive without head starting in zoos.

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Deluxe Hair temporarily moving to Sugarcomb Salon after fire

July 30th, 2011 by Doree

Lisa at Deluxe Hair, 6512 Phinney Ave. N., tells us that water damage from a small fire in the unit above the hair salon on Monday damaged their space. The shop is closed  for repairs, but they’ve set up an agreement for the month of  August to work out of Sugarcomb Salon, 780 N. 73rd St.

Deluxe Hair’s phone numbers remain the same for booking appointments. Call Lisa at 206-297-2002 or Isabella at 206-954-8811.

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Greenwood Knights donates $13,000 from Greenwood Car Show proceeds

July 29th, 2011 by Doree

The Greenwood Knights car club, which produced the popular Greenwood Car Show on June 26, donated a total of $13,000 from the car show proceeds to two local non-profits.

At the end of the Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday night, Greenwood Knights representatives presented a check for $10,000 to the Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank, and a $3,000 check to the Greenwood Senior Center, according to parade organizers.

Jerry Barkley, president of the Greenwood Knights, presents checks to Patty Leach (left), program manager at the Greenwood Food Bank, and Cecily Kaplan (right), director of the Greenwood Senior Center.

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Last-minute host families needed for 3 French students arriving tonight

July 29th, 2011 by Doree

Due to some last-minute changes in host families, Horizons du Monde is looking for three families to host French high school students for three weeks, beginning tonight.

- Thomas is 17 years old and is from Bourges, France. He enjoys music, swimming movies and basketball. He’s excited to improve his English on this trip to the US.

– Lea is 17 years old and lives in La Plaine Saint-Denis near Paris. She came to Nashville in 2009 and loved it. She admits that she’s not great at English but is excited to learn more.

– Florian is 17 years old and is from Grosby just outside of Paris. He has two younger brothers. He’s been to Canada and New York. He describes himself as sociable and is looking forward to studying business in the fall.

If you would like to host one of these students, contact local coordinator Sharon at 206-706-0318, szsandflow@gmail.com.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade winners

July 29th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood Seafair Parade Director Ann Woodward sent us the list of winners in each category for Wednesday’s parade. Congratulations to all the winners!

Very Important Kids parade:

1st place Comic/novelty — Monkey Business Preschool
2nd place Comic/novelty — Christ the King Catholic School
3rd place comic/novelty — Cub Scout Pack 321

1st place VIK Drill team — Washington Karate Association

Grand Parade:

Marcia Brunner Sweepstakes Trophy — Seattle Schools All-City Band

1st place Band — Pacific Northwest Drum Squad
2nd place Band — Calgary roundup Band
3rd place Band — Salvation Army, Seattle temple Corps Band

1st place Comic/Novelty — Seattle Seafair Pirates
2nd place Comic/Novelty — Seattle Seafair Clowns
3rd place Comic/Novelty — Pirates of Treasure Island

1st place Comic/Novelty Community — Bitterlake P. Patch
2nd Place Comic/Novelty Community — Greenwood Christian Church Garbage Can Corp
3rd Place Comic/Novelty Community — 826 Seattle& Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. Interplanetary Color Guard

1st place Drill Team, Jr. Dance — Baby Dolls Drill Team
2nd Place Drill Team, Jr. Dance — Baby Dangerettes
3rd Place Drill Team, J. Dance — Jr. Electronetts Babynetts Drill Team

1st Place Drill Team, Jr. Precision — Lil Senoritas Drill Team

1st Place Drill Team, Sr. Dance — Dolls Drill Team
2nd Place Drill Team, Sr. Dance — Sweet Mahogany Drill Team
3rd Place Drill Team, Sr. Dance — Electronetts Drill Team & Drum Squad

1st Place Drill Team, Sr. Precision — Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team
2nd Place Drill Team, Sr. Precision — Highlanders Drill Team
3rd Place Drill Team, Sr. Precision — North Queens Drill Team

1st Place Equestrian — Charros Association of Washington

1st Place Float — Marysville Strawberry Festival Float
2nd place Float — Going My Way? PC Performing Arts
3rd Place Float — KUBE 93 FM

1st place Wheeled — A-1 Piano Sales and Rentals
2nd place Wheeled — I Love Seafair Giveaway Boat
3rd Place Wheeled — Fairview Christian School


What does community mean to you?

July 28th, 2011 by Doree

We had so much fun marching in the Greenwood Seafair Parade last night, and the PhinneyWood kid had a blast passing out seven pounds of candy (sorry we ran out before the end of the parade route!)

While waiting for the parade to start, we asked other parade participants to write on the back of PhinneyWood’s banner. We asked them to answer the question, “What does community mean to you?”

Drawings and sayings from the back of PhinneyWood's banner.

Here are a few of our favorite answers.

  • Community means helping each other excel.
  • Community means caring for our neighbors.
  • Community ends in unity, and that’s what it should do!
  • Community means believing in the heart, soul, passion and spirit of building quality of life for children.
  • “Community” means a group of people caring about each other in every way.
  • Sharing resources and living life together!
  • Community means everything!

Summer interns from Taproot Theatre sign PhinneyWood's banner.

Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden and State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson hand back their colored Sharpies after signing the banner.


More scenes from last night’s Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 28th, 2011 by Doree

We had a great time marching in last night’s Greenwood Seafair Parade. We posted a bunch of pictures late last night, but here are a few more of our favorites.

Parade Grand Marshal Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, a retired astronaut, poses with a group of veterans before the "Greenwood Takes Flight" parade.

The Western Vigilantes throw one of their own over the hood of the car. Don't worry, he wasn't hurt!

Students from 826 Seattle's free tutoring and writing center.

The Seafair Commodores help run all the Seafair events, including staging the entrants in the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

One of the winners of Seafair's Scholarship Program for Women.

One of the Pirates of Treasure Island shows off her whip-cracking skills.

The front line of the Baby Dolls drill team holding hands.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band.


Scenes from the Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 27th, 2011 by Dale

Thousands of people lined the streets of Greenwood Wednesday evening for the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Here are some of the pictures we took from inside and alongside the parade route. We’ll follow up with more tomorrow.

Before the festivities even began, parade-goers kept the crew at Greenwood Market's brat stand busy, including Mary, who tended to a heap of carmelized onions.

Kids, um, ponied up for a ride on Ridgeline Ranch's Welsh ponies.

Kids from Greenwood's Tara Academy write and draw pictures on the back of the PhinneyWood banner to illustrate what "community" means to them.

One of the more elaborate floats was a tribute to Elton John. Can you guess what song was playing?

A little boy takes prudent precautions while waiting for the Seafair Pirates to fire their cannon.

And here is the reaction of three girls moments later.

A QFC precision shopping cart drill team put on a show. It was probably only coincidental that it was in front of the Safeway.

One of the many drill teams entertains the crowd.

While there was lots to see, candy tossed into the crowd was the main attraction for most kids.

The city plans to repave 85th this fall, which should make the 2012 parade route a much smoother experience.

Even the sun came out to watch the parade!


Phinney-Greenwood featured in city’s new ‘Only in Seattle’ marketing campaign

July 27th, 2011 by Doree

The city’s Office of Economic Development (OED) launched the 2011 “Only in Seattle” marketing campaign today, which celebrates locally-owned retail shops and restaurants in neighborhoods around the city, including Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

The Only in Seattle campaign began last year, and highlighted five neighborhoods: Ballard, Columbia City, Georgetown, Rainier Valley and West Seattle. This year’s list, in addition to Phinney-Greenwood, will highlight Belltown, Capitol Hill, Chinatown/International District, Madison Valley, Queen Anne, South Lake Union and the University District.

Phinney-Greenwood is the first of those eight neighborhoods to be featured on this year’s site. The others will be rolled out one week at a time.

Four businesses are featured on our neighborhood page: Herkimer Coffee, Tasty, picnic, and Oliver’s Twist.

“Locally owned small businesses help build strong neighborhoods,” Mayor Mike McGinn said in the press release. “By shopping and dining at local businesses, we can keep dollars within the community and help forge a sense of pride and ownership among Seattleites about where we live.”

The Only in Seattle campaign, which launched in 2010, seeks to showcase Seattle’s most unique spots that represent some of the best of Seattle’s independent stores and restaurants. The campaign’s “buy local” mission not only encourages people to shop locally, but more importantly, aims to inspire people to discover and explore new neighborhoods and businesses throughout the city. By the end of the summer, the campaign will grow to spotlight 58 businesses in 13 different neighborhoods on the project website: OnlyinSeattle.org.

New to the campaign this year, an Only in Seattle Facebook and Only in Seattle Twitter account will supplement the information available on OnlyinSeattle.org. As new neighborhoods are featured, followers and fans will not only discover more about the businesses that are part of the campaign, but will also receive announcements about discounts, special events, new business openings and neighborhood news. And throughout the year the Only in Seattle Facebook and Twitter accounts will serve as a locals’ and visitors’ guide to new and established hidden gems in neighborhoods all across Seattle.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade is tonight

July 27th, 2011 by Doree

Don’t forget that downtown Greenwood will be closed to traffic tonight for the 61st annual Greenwood Seafair Parade.

About 10,000 people usually line the parade route, which runs along Greenwood Avenue North from North 95th Street south to North 85th Street, then west along 85th Street to 6th Avenue NW. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and should end around 9 p.m.

More than 103 parade entries include floats, drill teams, marching bands, cute kids, local businesses and community groups. PhinneyWood will be marching, too. We’ll be asking parade watchers to sign the back of PhinneyWood’s banner, answering the question, “What does community mean to you?” We’ll post some of the answers, along with lots of pictures, later that night. And, yes, we’ll also be passing out candy (because the PhinneyWood Kid insisted on it).

Most of downtown Greenwood will be closed to traffic from 5-10 p.m. Greenwood Avenue will be closed from North 105th to North 84th streets, and 85th Street will be closed from Dayton Avenue North to 8th Avenue NW.

Metro bus route 5, which normally travels on Greenwood Avenue, will be rerouted. Here’s the info on the 5 from Metro:

Event Reroute – Route 5 Express

On Wednesday, July 27 from 5:15 PM until 8:30 PM, Route 5 Express will be rerouted off of Greenwood Av N between N 80th St and N 90th St, due to the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

During this event, Route 5 Express heading toward Greenwood will travel instead westbound on N 79th St, 1st Av NW, N 80th St, Linden Av N, N 85th St to its regular Base route serving all posted bus stops and temp stops along the reroute.

Heading toward downtown Seattle Route 5 Express is not affected.

Event Reroute – Route 5 Local

On Wednesday, July 27 from 4:00 PM until 8:30 PM, Route 5 Local will be rerouted off of Greenwood Av N between N 80th St and N 90th St, due to the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

During this event, Route 5 Local heading toward Northgate Transit Center or Shoreline Community College will travel instead via northbound on Greenwood Av N, N 80th St, NW 80th St, 8th Av NW, NW 87th St, 3rd Av NW, EB Holman Rd NW – To Northgate – continue eastbound on N 105th St – To Shoreline Community College – left northbound on Greenwood Av N to its regular route serving all posted bus stops and temporary stops along the reroute.

Heading toward downtown Seattle Route 5 Local will travel instead via Greenwood Av N, Holman Rd NW, 3rd Av NW, NW 87th St, 8th Av NW, NW 80th St, N 80th St and Greenwood Av N to its regular route serving all posted bus stops and temporary stops along the reroute.

And the 48, which travels along 85th Street, also will be rerouted to Linden Avenue, to 80th street, to 8th Avenue NW.