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Entries from September 2011

Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting is Tuesday at PNA

September 30th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, in the downstairs “Blue Room” of the Blue Building. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda:

7:30 – 7:50 p.m. – Dian Ferguson running for Position 9 on the Seattle City Council will give a brief overview of her candidacy and key positions then attendees will have time to ask questions and bring up issues.

7:50 – 8:00 p.m. Katie Wilson will update us on efforts by Phinney Apartments residents to assess and act on radiation levels from the many cell telephone antennae on the apartment’s roof.

Old Business:

  • Update on city plan to paint over neighborhood murals – Irene
  • Web page update

New Business:

  • Deborah Jensen’s report to Parks Board – Diane
  • Aurora Ave. Motel plan – Irene

If you have questions or want to add something to the agenda, contact PRCC President Diane Duthweiler at dduthweiler@comcast.net.

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Phinney Market Pub & Eatery adds brunch, happy hour, and yes, they’re working on the sound issues

September 30th, 2011 by Doree

The new Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, 5918 Phinney Ave. N., is adding a weekend brunch starting tomorrow. The brunch menu will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features frittatas, as well as spins on traditional breakfast items such as eggs benedict and French toast.

Also tomorrow, the restaurant is starting a daily happy hour from 3-5 p.m., with smaller versions of some of the entrees, plus their special fries.

Morning coffee and take-away breakfast is still being served daily starting at 7 a.m. Lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and dinner from 5 p.m. til close.

We would like to thank all of our friends in Phinney Ridge and beyond for helping us make our first month in the hood so wonderful! Please also let your readers know, yes….we are working on the sound!

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Homeowner confronts man who pulls backpack from his recycling bin

September 30th, 2011 by Doree

D sent us a note about an odd incident that happened near North 87th Street and Phinney Avenue North on Thursday:

Yesterday as I was bbq’ing out in the yard, what appeared to be a homeless man and woman, approached my property. As I asked what he was doing, he kept walking and went straight to my green recycle bin. And then he pulled a large backpack out of my recycle bin, and then walked away. He did get a little hostile when I kept asking him what he was doing, and told him I would call the police.

The man was about 5″10, medium to longer dark hair. Medium build, and I think he also had a moustache, but I can’t remember. The woman was about 5’5, maybe a little shorter, thin, darker weathered skin. Both were last seen walking south on 87th/Phinney.

D didn’t call the police at the time. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Live music, improv and a carnival in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

September 30th, 2011 by Doree

It’s a big weekend of live music, improv and carnival fun in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Here are a few highlights. Check out our Events calendar any time for more.

The Phinney Farmers Market is from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

GAIN (Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors) is hosting a neighborhood cleanup from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Meet at the new Boardroom Cafe, 8314 Aurora Ave. N., for coffee and pastries first, then help cleanup along Aurora Avenue North from North 85th to North 80th streets, and surrounding blocks.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Pickled Okra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Singers/Songwriters Circle hosted by Scott Katz at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents Cahalen Morrison in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, and Beth Wood at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Ridge Romp children’s entertainment series presents Ballard musician Johnny Bregar at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the brick building at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Doors open at 10 am. Tickets are $3 per person at the door. Get there early; shows often sell out.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend with an evening of improv by Taproot Theatre’s touring company at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the Ridge Rumpus carnival from 12-4 p.m. Sunday in the upper parking lot. Improv tickets are $30 and include dessert and drinks. Ridge Rumpus is $10 per child (or $25 for a whole family of kids) for unlimited games and rides; adults are free.

And a little northeast of Greenwood, children can learn the sport of curling at Granite Curling Club’s Learn-to-Curl for Kids at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, at 1440 N. 128th St.

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Luxe Lighting grand opening celebration Oct. 8

September 29th, 2011 by Doree

Luxe Lighting Company is having its grand opening celebration from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. The public is invited to see the new lighting showroom at 8214 Greenwood Ave. N.

Luxe Lighting is taking over the space formerly occupied by Antique Lighting Company. Three of ALC’s former employees, Marva Lougee, Kristine Kyle and Charles (Chuck) Tucker, are the owners of Luxe Lighting.

Photo courtesy of Luxe Lighting.

You can track Luxe’s remodeling progress and plans for the grand opening celebration on their Facebook page.

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Public meeting on Fred Meyer expansion is Oct. 17

September 29th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development will host a public meeting regarding Fred Meyer’s expansion plans for its Greenwood store at 100 NW 85th St. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Fred Meyer’s plans for the Greenwood store have changed over the years from a proposed mixed use development with residential, to a plan to turn the Greenwood Market building into a garden center, to the current proposal to demolish Greenwood Market and expand the current Fred Meyer by 55,305 square feet, with parking for 449 vehicles.

The project requires a SEPA Environmental Review.

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Gainsbourg Lounge hosts Seattle comic artist David Lasky on Oct. 9

September 29th, 2011 by Doree

Gainsbourg Lounge at 8550 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting a themed party and book-signing by Seattle cartoonist David Lasky on Sunday, Oct. 9. The party is to honor Lasky’s inclusion in the 2011 Best American Comics publication.

Lasky’s mini-comic, “Soixante-Neuf,” was inspired by the relationship between singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and singer-actress Jane Birkin.

With text composed by former Seattle author and noted music critic Mairead Case, the comic depicts Serge and Jane wandering Paris, looking for each other on the métro, during a film and in a riot. It features collaged lyrics, riffs on movie posters, and a surprise in the middle.

Soixante-Neuf was originally commissioned by Light in the Attic Records as an insert to their 2010 release of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s J’Taime…Moi Non Plus. Also included in the 2011 Best American Comics is Mr. Lasky’s The Ultimate Graphic Novel (in Six Panels).

Lasky was the 2009 Cartoonist Northwest “Cartoonist of the Year” and nominated for a 2007 Stranger Genius Award. Check out one of his Serge drawings here.

The party starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, and includes Lasky discussing the creation of “Soixante-Neuf,” the music of Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, wall-sized video projections of “Soixante-Neuf,” and Serge & Jane-inspired absinthe drink specials.

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Windermere office moving into old upholstery place on North 85th Street

September 28th, 2011 by Doree

Windermere Real Estate is renovating the old Joslin Upholstery building at 315 N. 85th St., next to the Medicine Man pharmacy. A construction worker there today confirmed that it would be a two-story Windermere office.

According to the Department of Planning and Development permit, the alterations will cost about $464,000.

Update Sept. 29: Matt Carroll, owner of the Windermere Oak Tree office, tells us that he is relocating his current office to the new Greenwood building. Carroll said construction should take about eight months.

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Early Enrollment for Seattle Public Schools 2012-2013 school year starts next week

September 28th, 2011 by Doree

Incoming kindergarteners and students of all grades who are new to Seattle Public Schools can get a head start on the enrollment process for next year starting on Monday. Early Enrollment goes through Jan. 31, 2012.

SPS enrollment facilitators will be at several Seattle Public Library locations and neighborhood community centers from Oct. 3-25 to help parents fill out forms and answer questions. You can also enroll your child during Seattle Public Schools’ Family and Community Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Garfield High School (interpreters provided).

Early enrollment allows families to avoid long lines during the busy spring and summer enrollment periods. While early enrollment does not impact where a student is assigned to school – under the new student assignment plan, assignment is based on the student’s home address – it is offered as a convenience to families, enabling them to get the enrollment paperwork completed ahead of time.

In addition, families who have students enrolling early – as well as existing students – will receive their school assignment notification in early 2012, prior to the Open Enrollment period in the spring. Students may apply to attend a different school of their choice during Open Enrollment.

The nearest enrollment events to Phinney Ridge-Greenwood are:

The full list of all early enrollment sites, and the list of paperwork you’ll need to bring, is here.

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Violet Soul boutique closing today – everything marked down drastically

September 28th, 2011 by Doree

Violet Soul boutique, 7102 Greenwood Ave. N., is officially closing today, and owner Deborah Stone has marked down all remaining items at clearance prices from $2-$35, on items originally priced from $19-$275. Jewelry is 30 percent off the last marked price.

Violet Soul will be open today from 2-7 p.m., and is still accepting credit cards.

Please let everyone know I am grateful for their kindness and patronage, Phinneywood folks rock!

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Massive 85th Street repaving project begins in about 2 weeks

September 27th, 2011 by Doree

More than 100 people attended a Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) open house Monday night on the massive $12 million repaving project along 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North that begins in just a few weeks.

85th Street will be repaved from Interstate 5 to 15th Avenue NW in Ballard. 85th Street also will receive transit improvements, improved stormwater systems, new sidewalks in some places, and bicycle “sharrows” in a 15-block stretch.

Greenwood Avenue North also will be repaved from North 85th Street to North 73rd Street, and the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and North 80th Street will be completely reconstructed.

SDOT folks said that neighbors started arriving at last night’s open house a full half-hour before the official 5 p.m. start time for the three-hour event. SDOT Project Manager Jessica Murphy said most people had very specific questions for the SDOT team, such as when their street or driveway might be closed off for construction, or how cars would be rerouted from 85th Street onto 80th Street.

Murphy said SDOT has given the contractor a Notice to Proceed date of Monday, Oct. 10. That means the contractor can’t start before that, but may not begin work until sometime later that week, depending on last-minute details.

SDOT estimates that 40,000 vehicles a day travel along 85th Street between I-5 and 15th Avenue NW, leading to a lot of wear-and-tear. The city’s Pothole Rangers have filled more than 325 potholes on that road in the last year.

85th Street near Greenwood Avenue North is an extremely busy stretch of road.

Murphy said virtually no one disagrees with the need for the repaving, although the planned full year of construction will bring major headaches for many.

While everyone we’ve spoken to says “it’s about time” in regards to the repaving, not everyone is happy with all the details. For example, SDOT will paint “sharrows” on the outer lanes of 85th Street between Greenwood Avenue North and 15th Avenue NW, meaning cars and bikes must share those outside lanes. Rob Fellows, a member of the Greenwood Community Council, told me at the open house that it’s a bad idea for bikes and cars to mix on such a congested street.

“It’s important to be careful to put (sharrows) in places where it’ll improve safety,” Fellows said. “I’m not sure this is one of them.”

SDOT has already begun signal work at the intersection of North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, in preparation for a rebuilding of that intersection. And Seattle Public Utilities crews have already been working on some utility connections over the last few weeks.

The 80th and Greenwood intersection will be the first work to start. Partial lane closures and sidewalk closures will happen during the week, and the entire intersection will need to be closed for one or two weekends. Murphy said those dates haven’t been set yet.

The intersection of North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North will be textured, adding to pedestrian safety.

The work will happen in five phases:

  • Phase 1: 15th Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW
  • Phase 2: 8th Avenue NW to Greenwood Avenue North
  • Phase 3: Greenwood Avenue North to Aurora Avenue North
  • Phase 4: Aurora Avenue North to Wallingford Avenue North
  • Phase 5: Wallingford Avenue North to I-5

SDOT plans to send out weekly email updates to everyone on its project email list, and will call and pass out flyers to businesses affected by driveway closures. And Murphy will provide regular updates to PhinneyWood, which we will post, tweet and Facebook to keep everyone in this project area informed.

You can read SDOT’s Project FAQ’s here,  Neighborhood Traffic FAQ’s here, and see a list of construction happening in each phase here.

To sign up for email updates, send an emailto: pave_85th@seattle.gov. And you can call the 24-hour project line at 206-496-9993.

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Phinney Center’s 30th anniversary celebration Saturday night

September 27th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday with a night of improv by Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre Touring Company. Tickets are $30 per person, and include wine and desserts.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for a social hour; the improv performance begins at 8 pm. The PNA is at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Watch as Taproot creates an evening of truly original impromptu comedy. By using suggestions from the audience, the quick witted actors create, on the spot, scene after comedic scene filled with fun and laughs.

When one audience suggested Woody Allen characters, Steven Spielberg’s dinosaurs and Verdi’s opera, the Improv Team gave an average trip to McDonald’s a hilarious new twist. Imagine what they could do with 30 years of neighborhood history. Get the picture? Guaranteed fun for one and all!

The anniversary celebrations also include a children’s concert by Ballard favorite Johnny Bregar. Tickets to Ridge Romp are $3 per person. Doors open at 10 a.m.; concert starts at 10:30 a.m. Shows often sell out, so get there early.

And there’s even more kids’ fun on Sunday with the Ridge Rumpus carnival, with bouncy toys, rides, games and carnival food. Ridge Rumpus is from 12-4 p.m. in the upper parking lot. Admission is $10 per child or $25 for the whole family of kids (adults are free) for unlimited access to games and rides.

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