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Entries from October 2011

Bluebird Microcreamery’s new old-fashioned ice cream truck arrives today

October 31st, 2011 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery, which just moved into the corner of 74th and Greenwood a couple of weeks ago, is getting a fully-restored 1957 DIVCO milk truck shipped from Muscatine, Iowa. Bluebird will use the truck to deliver ice cream around Seattle, and for private events.

The truck arrives today at about 3 p.m. To celebrate, Bluebird is giving customers a free second scoop with the purchase of the first when the truck arrives.

Oh, and by the way, a TV crew will be on hand filming the event for an upcoming television show, which we’re not allowed to divulge, so stay tuned!


Watch out for little ghosts and goblins tonight!

October 31st, 2011 by Doree

Tonight’s the night when hundreds, maybe thousands, of children will be walking the streets of our neighborhood in search of candy. Please drive slowly and carefully. The littlest ones start hitting the streets at dusk.

If you’re out walking around Green Lake today, keep your eyes peeled for the Great Pumpkin. (Thanks Mike V for the photo!)

Here are some Halloween events happening in nearby neighborhoods.

Fremont’s Trolloween brings drummers and costumed revelers to the Troll under the Aurora Bridge, followed by the “Haunt of Fremont” procession, escorted by Seattle Police.

Archie McPhee in Wallingford is having a blood drive and providing free scary makeup for customers, applied by Jordan “Zombiemaker” Speers.

Northgate Mall is providing a safe, and well-lit space, for trick-or-treating tonight.

In Magnolia, local businesses provide sweets during the annual Trick or Treating in the Village from 4-6 p.m.

My Ballard has a map of houses handing out treats tonight.

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North 80th Street & Greenwood Avenue intersection reopened today

October 31st, 2011 by Doree

The intersection of North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North reopened early this morning after being closed all weekend as part of Seattle Department of Transportation’s major repaving project.

At 9 a.m. today, all lanes were open and traffic was flowing smoothly. The sidewalk in front of Diva Espresso is gone, so pedestrians must walk through the cones and safety tape while crews rebuild that sidewalk.

The intersection is scheduled to be closed again from 6 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

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80th & Greenwood intersection scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday

October 30th, 2011 by Doree

The intersection of North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. It had been closed since 6 p.m. Friday night as part of Seattle Department of Transportation’s major repaving project.

Here’s the crews hard at work on Saturday afternoon.

The intersection is scheduled to be closed again next weekend.

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Hundreds of super heroes, pirates and princesses seen trick-or-treating in the neighborhood on Saturday

October 30th, 2011 by Doree

Hundreds of  children in Halloween costumes stormed Greenwood and Phinney avenues on Saturday afternoon for the annual Safe Trick-or-Treat, sponsored by the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

A lumberjack passed out candy in front of Herkimer coffee shop on a beautiful sun-filled afternoon.

Mullet Man handed out tastes of pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream at the new Bluebird Microcreamery.

A ghost had a tough time getting that ice cream into his mouth through the hole in his sheet.

A Jedi Knight was hesitant about taking candy from the zombie’s stomach at The Chocolate Shoebox.

Two weiner dogs greet each other on the street.

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17-year-old burglar caught with stolen items in pickup truck on NW 85th Street

October 30th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Police say a teenage burglar was caught with a truckload of stolen items in Greenwood early this morning.

From the SPD Blotter:

On 10-30-11, at approximately 4:24 a.m. an officer stopped a suspicious parked pickup truck loaded with stolen items, in the 600 block of NW 85th. Two suspects ran away from the vehicle as the officer approached. The officer was able to detain the third suspect.

Meanwhile, victims from a residential burglary were calling it in while the officer was investigating the pickup. The items from the truck were positively identified by the victim as being her things.

The suspect (17 years old-about to turn 18 in 3 days) was taken to the precinct. The truck belonged to his mother.

The suspect was booked into Youth Service Center for residential burglary.

Thanks to James for the tip!

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Fiber artist seeks old socks to make potholders in time for PNA Winter Festival

October 28th, 2011 by Doree

By Next Door Media Intern Mwiza Kalisa

Inside the drawers of Seattle, some socks are destined for the garbage, but one person is using old socks for a good cause.

Lauri Serafin, who makes potholders out of recycled socks, is raising money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Serafin would like people to donate old socks that she can use to make potholders to sell at this year’s Winter Festival.

“I know there are people out there that don’t have the means to donate money, but maybe they can give us their old socks,” Serafin said. “We can turn them into something.”

Serafin is among 115 vendors who are taking part in the Winter Festival, held on Dec. 3-4. The festival is one of the largest community events where vendors sell homemade crafts. Serafin and her daughter, Amelia, have been vendors at the PNA Winter Festival twice.

“Typically we’ll sell 400 potholders at Winterfest; we’re hoping to do that again,” she said.

The proceeds from the potholder sales will go toward the PNA Capital Campaign elevator project. The campaign has already raised $5.2 million for the Phinney Neighborhood Center. They’re now looking to add an elevator in the Blue Building,” one of two Phinney Neighborhood Center buildings.

“Our goal is to raise $30, 000,” said Ann Bowden, the PNA’s development director. The elevator project has already received a $60,000 challenge grant.

Serafin says that one of the biggest challenges is finding enough socks to make the potholders. Each potholder needs a minimum of four socks. In some cases as many as seven socks are used to make one potholder, if the socks are small. The only requirement for the donations is that they aren’t nylon or soccer socks.

“It’s a great way to get rid of socks that are worn out or that have holes in them,” she said.

Stacks of recycled sock potholders ready for sale at the PNA Winter Festival, and the small loom they’re made on.

Serafin has been making potholders out of recycled socks for the past 30 years. The idea started in college, where she had socks that were too small but had refused to throw them away.

“I found my little plastic loom I had when I was small and I cut [the socks] up,” she said. “I had those potholders for years and they lasted forever.”

In the past Serafin has made monetary donations, but she now wants to donate her time and effort.

“This is important because we can make something productive and useful out of something that was going to be thrown away,” she said.

The majority of socks for the potholders come from Goodwill. Serafin has mastered the craft of creating potholders; it usually takes her 20 to 30 minutes. As the Winter Festival approaches, Serafin is hoping to have 500 potholders. She already has 350 potholders, but to achieve her goal she needs about 600 more socks.

“It’s really satisfying to take somebody’s old sock and make something pretty out of it,” she said. “As a fiber artist, I knit and spin, too, but I also want to do something for the PNA.”

If you are interested in donating socks to help Lauri and the PNA Capital Campaign, you can drop off your old socks at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Greenwood Park Community Garden needs last-minute donations to complete raised beds

October 28th, 2011 by Doree

Members of the volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park have put in more than 1,000 hours of labor to create a Community Garden at Greenwood Park. They’re almost done, but they still need a little more money to finish building the raised garden beds and fill them with garden soil.

The site looked like this one year ago:

And now looks like this:

Photos courtesy of Vision Greenwood Park.

The support of neighbors has truly made this a community garden. We have stretched our grant funds with discounts from Dunn Lumber, Pacific Topsoil, and the Dirt Exchange, but we still need $2,200 more to build out the raised garden beds with additional soil and taller borders.

Please help us complete the community garden in time for late season planting this year.

Donations of any amount can be made securely on the Phinney Neighborhood Association website. Checks are also welcome and can be made out to Vision Greenwood Park and sent to PO Box 30105, Seattle, WA 98113. All donations are tax deductible.*

We thank you in advance for your support!

*The Phinney Neighborhood Association is a 501(c)3 organization and is the fiscal sponsor of VGP, which makes donations to the project tax deductible. The Federal Identification Number is 91-1112780.

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Notice from SPD: Level 3 sex offender moves into Greenwood

October 28th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department has notified block watch captains that a Level 3 sex offender has moved into Greenwood on Aurora Avenue North. Michael Cromer, 44, was previously convicted of crimes including rape, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child, in Pennsylvania in 1992 and 2003.

Michael Cromer, a 44 year old white, male has moved onto the 8800 block of Aurora Ave. N. Det. Mac Gordon from the Sex Offender Detail is assigned to check on him and will be doing so regularly. To learn more about this offender, visit the website www.waspc.org and search by his name. If you have further questions about this, contact Michelle McRae at 684-5581.

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since this offender has completed his sentence, he is free to live where he wishes. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offender could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

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Trick-or-treating, anniversaries, live music, tools, construction and lots more in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

October 28th, 2011 by Doree

From celebrating yoga and frocks to live music, construction and pumpkins, there’s a lot happening in the neighborhood this weekend.

The Frock Shop at 6500 Phinney Ave. N. is turning five years old today. They’ve got discounts, a raffle and treats for customers today.

This is the last weekend of the extended run of Taproot Theatre’s “An Ideal Husband.”

The Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Safe Trick or Treat at businesses along Greenwood Avenue North is from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Kids must be in costume and accompanied by an adult.

Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day. Bring your unwanted prescription drugs to the Seattle Police Department North Precinct, 10049 College Way N., for proper disposal.

Don’t forget that the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for the major repaving project. (The intersection is also scheduled to be closed next weekend.) Pedestrian access to businesses and residences will be maintained, and local access to driveways near the intersection will be provided.

Stop by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday for an open house at the Tool Library & Museum.

Stop by and help us celebrate the recently refurbished PNA Tool Library. Well Home Program Director Mike Broili will be on hand to show off our great inventory of affordable tools available for borrowing and stump you with the mysteries of some of the antique tools on display. You can also get a look at our historic boiler, which still heats the entire Brick Building. Kids in costume are welcome to trick-or-treat and there will also be refreshments for adults, generously underwritten by our friends at Keystone Windows & Doors.

Dana & Susan Robinson perform a Pacific NW Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. Pint & Dale perform a Halloween concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a special appearance by “The Spirit Of Edgar Allen Poe,” who will recite “The Raven.”

Tim Grimm performs in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Whole Life Yoga, 8551 Greenwood Ave. N., #2, celebrates its 10th anniversary starting at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Businesses at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Plaza on Holman Road between Greenwood and Ballard are having their second annual Halloween on Holman trick-or-treating event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Please bring a can of food for the food bank.

Autumn Fest at Woodland Park Zoo this weekend comes complete with pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and live entertainment, including a children’s dance troop and Thriller performances by Roosevelt High School. Check the schedule for times. It’s all included in zoo admission.

Photo by Sarah Lovrien, Woodland Park Zoo.

And, finally, SPD has some Halloween safety tips for everyone planning on trick-or-treating on Monday.

  • Don’t allow children to go “Trick or Treating” alone. An adult should accompany young children and make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach. Stay within sight of the door when opened. Children should be cautioned to never enter a home without prior permission from their parents.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only visit well-lit homes that have their outdoor lights on. Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from which the children receive treats.
  • Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
  • All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant. When using facemasks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.
  • Don’t cut through yards, parks or alleys. Walk — don’t run, and stay on the sidewalks. Cross only at intersections and crosswalks, not between cars. Don’t forget to look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries and make sure your child knows your phone number and address. For children under 12, attach a tag with their name, address and phone number (including area code) to their clothes in case they get separated. Older children who might be going out with friends should have a cell phone, mapped route and set a time to come home.
  • Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents or a trusted adult and the police.
  • Children should be cautioned to run away immediately from people who try to lure them with special treats. Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
  • Don’t approach unknown animals or pets; they could be frightened by the costumes or strange noises.
  • Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped. The police should be notified if something has been tampered with.


Greenwood Avenue & 80th Street intersection closed this weekend for paving project

October 28th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street this weekend as part of a major repaving project of Greenwood Avenue North.

The intersection will close at 6 p.m. Friday and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

The intersection closures extend from N 79th St to N 81st St on Greenwood Ave N, and from Dayton Ave N to 1st Ave NW on N 80th Street. Drivers should follow signed detours via N 65th St, 3rd Ave NW and N 85th St.

What to expect during the intersection closure:

  • Crews will work 24-hours to complete the roadway removal and reconstruction
  • Work will be noisy at times; concrete breaking will end by 10 p.m. and start after 8 a.m. on weekends to limit noise impacts to nearby neighbors
  • Pedestrian access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • Metro Route #5 riders can expect transit detours and stop closures; to sign up for transit alerts visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/rr/reroutes.html

Little monsters out trick-or-treating during the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Safe Trick or Treat from 12-3 on Saturday will need to pay extra attention near that intersection. SDOT will have extra staff on hand to help people safely navigate that intersection.

Metro Route 5 buses will be rerouted off Greenwood Avenue North in both directions between North 67th Street and North 85th Street, onto 8th Avenue NW, during the intersection closure.

During this time, Route 5 heading towards downtown Seattle will travel instead via N 85th St, 8th Av NW, NW 65th St, Greenwood Av N, N 67 St and Phinney Av N to its regular route serving all posted bus stops and temp stops along the reroute.

Heading toward Greenwood, Route 5 will travel instead via N 67 St, Greenwood Av N, N 65 St, 8th Av NW, NW 85 St and Greenwood Av N to its regular route serving all posted bus stops and temp stops along the reroute.

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Fire Station 21 move-in date delayed by one week

October 27th, 2011 by Doree

Fire Station 21 firefighters will move into their new station at Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street sometime the second week of November, not the first week as previously announced.

Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore tells us the contractors need a little more time finishing painting and other small details.

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