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


Entries from March 2012

Intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street to be closed this weekend

March 27th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday (subject to the weather) as part of the nearly year-long paving project along N/NW 85th Street.

Detour routes will be posted, but local access will be provided to houses and businesses. Flaggers and uniformed police officers will help with pedestrian access.

Concrete breaking will be restricted between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

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Northwest District Council discusses homelessness, PNA Village on Wednesday

March 26th, 2012 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The public is welcome.

On the agenda:

For more information, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson at Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov, 206-684-4051; or NWDC Chair Rick Klingele at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com. You can also see a more detailed agenda here.


Phinney photographer shares timelapse of Seattle skies

March 26th, 2012 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Joseph Tobiason has compiled a three-minute video of the Seattle skyline taken from various neighborhoods, including Phinney, Ballard and Green Lake.

See if you can figure out which shots were filmed from our neighborhood.


‘Spring Tree’ invites neighbors to ‘take something, give something’

March 26th, 2012 by Doree

The Spring Tree is back at the corner of NW 75th Street and 1st Avenue NW. Gail Gensler tells us the idea is to “take something, give something.”

The tree is currently covered with things like toys, necklaces, stuffed animals, dolls and flash cards. And neighbors keep it stocked with chocolates and dog biscuits.

There’s even a blog about the tree.


Grease fire at Rickshaw Restaurant in Greenwood Saturday night

March 25th, 2012 by Doree

KING 5 reports that the Rickshaw Restaurant in north Greenwood had a grease fire Saturday night. According to KING’s story, a grease fire erupted in the kitchen at 322 N. 105th St. around 11 p.m., while patrons were singing karaoke. No one was injured.

Update Monday 1:45 p.m.: Here’s more info from Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line blog:

Seattle Firefighters quick actions contained a fire to the kitchen of a North Seattle restaurant Saturday Night. Around 11 p.m., an employee of the business in the 300 block of North 105th Street called to report a fire in the range hood of the eatery.

Engine Company 31 arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof vents of the 2-story restaurant. All of the employees and approximately 40 customers safely evacuated from the business by the time firefighters arrived.

Firefighters made entry into the smoke-filled restaurant’s kitchen and knocked down the flames within 15 minutes of arriving. Due to their quick actions, firefighters were able to contain the flames to about a 15-foot-area of the kitchen.

A Seattle Fire Investigator is calling the fire an accidental fire caused by food on the stove that ignited grease in the range hood. The damage estimate is $25,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries.

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Scenes from movie shooting in Greenwood

March 25th, 2012 by Doree

Dan shared a few photos that he took of the movie “Matt’s Chance” filming in Greenwood on Saturday. This scene was from the lot at My Mechanic Automotive Best Service and Repair at North 96th Street and Aurora Avenue North.

And here’s a closeup.

“Matt’s Chance” will be filming around Greenwood, Green Lake and other Seattle locations for the next few weeks. It stars Edward Furlong, Gary Busey, Lee Majors and Margot Kidder.

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Live music, health classes, Spanish Story Time and theater in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

March 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Lots of live music, plus health and art classes, Spanish story time and more in the neighborhood this weekend. Here are a few highlights from our Events calendar.

At Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., 3 Play Ricochet performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Pint & Dale perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Both are free, with food and drinks available for purchase.

It’s opening weekend for Taproot Theatre’s production of “Freud’s Last Session,” an imagined conversation between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis.

Rhea Healing Essentials at 121 N. 85th St. is hosting two free classes, $5 chair massages and raffles from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. “Spring Clean the Body and Mind” with Lori Burden, LMP is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; learn more about the mind/body connection and how it can lead to better health. “Spring Cleaning with Seasonal Vegetables” with Tim Knight C.N., LA.c is from 1-2 p.m.; a short talk and cooking demonstration showing how to support your liver and detoxify your body.

Spanish Story Time at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Art on the Ridge, 8005 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an Adult Drawing Class from 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday.

Tracy Grammer performs a Seattle Folklore Society concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Admission is $16, $2 off for SFS and PNA members and seniors, $8 for children. You can buy tickets at the door, reserve online, or call 206-528-8523.

Mäd Fiddlu is performing a live CD recording of Scandinavian music starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door.


Sanctuary Church moving offices into old Neighborhood Service Center space on Greenwood

March 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church is moving its offices from above Chase Bank to across the street in the space formerly occupied by the Neighborhood Service Center, at 8515 Greenwood Ave. N., next door to Razzi’s Pizzeria.

Summer Mohrlang, Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach, tells us the church signed the lease this week and has a few weeks of remodeling to do before moving in.

Sanctuary holds its Sunday worship services inside Taproot Theatre, right around the corner, at 204 N. 85th St.

Mohrlang says the church will hold its children’s services in the new space as well. Sanctuary also runs the Green Bean Coffeehouse, just two doors down.

Thanks to Lynn for the tip and photo!

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Movie filming in Greenwood on Saturday

March 22nd, 2012 by Doree

A movie featuring some well-known Hollywood stars will be filming in our neighborhood this weekend. Greenwood residents on North 96th Street tell us they’ve received notice of filming for “Matt’s Chance” in the 900 block on Saturday. Residents have been told not to park on the street that day.

“Matt’s Chance” features Edward Furlong, Lee Majors, Gary Busey and Margot Kidder. The movie will also be filming at Green Lake on March 30.

Here’s the synopsis of the dark comedy from the website:

Matt, a dark and brooding mid 20s cowboy, has just witnessed the ultimate betrayal. After walking in on his girlfriend sleeping with another man, and learning that she pawned her engagement ring, Matt begins spiraling downward into a quest for revenge that pits him face to face with the mafia, corrupt bankers, a trash talking priest, and even God himself.

If anyone can take pictures of the filming on Saturday – without getting in the way, of course – we’d love to post them!

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Zoo unveils designs for new tiger and sloth bear exhibit

March 22nd, 2012 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo today unveiled the designs for its new tiger and sloth bear exhibit.

Opening in phases in 2013 and 2014, the exhibit complex will use sustainable design to provide tigers, sloth bears, Asian small-clawed otters and other species representing the biodiversity of tropical Asia with a naturalistic, enriching environment that evokes lush forests and encourages natural behaviors. Tigers will stalk “prey” as they chase a lure line, jostle trees to retrieve snacks, nap under the roots of a tropical tree, splash in a shallow pool and care for cubs in a spacious exhibit built to accommodate multiple generations.

To bring the behind-the-scenes care of these animals into the forefront for zoo visitors, the exhibit design includes specialized training stations where keepers will interact one-on-one with tigers and sloth bears. These training presentations will get visitors closer to live predators than at any other exhibit at the zoo, and provide insight into how the zoo safely cares for such large and dangerous animals.

An immersive play area for children will allow young explorers to learn about the forest through joyful, full-bodied nature play—balancing on logs, crossing a wobble bridge, flying along a mini-zipline—all safely designed to stimulate mental and motor skill development while setting the scene of a tropical field site where boundaries between humans and wildlife collide.

To take immersion to the next level, the exhibit will draw you in with the symphonic sounds of the forest. Through state-of-the-art acoustic engineering, visitors will be surrounded by the real sounds of flowing water, wind blowing through bamboo thickets, and even the minutest sounds of the animals—a tiger licking its paws, purring and rumbling as it settles in for a nap.

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Gorgeous shadow effect over the Olympic Mountains

March 22nd, 2012 by Doree

Mark Ashmun sent us this beautiful shot of a shadow over the Olympic Mountains, taken from Phinney Ridge during last night’s sunset.

“In all my years on the ridge I have never seen this effect before!” he writes.

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Several candidates running for Phinney-Greenwood legislative districts

March 22nd, 2012 by Doree

Several candidates are stepping up to fill the seats of State Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson of the 36th District and Phyllis Gutierrez Kenneyin the 46th District after both announced their retirements. Both districts cover portions of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Jessyn Farrell is running in the 46th District. She is an attorney and the former Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition, a statewide non-profit that advocates for expanded bus, light rail and other transportation options.

“Each of us has a role to play in building a strong, supportive community. That’s what I learned growing up,” said Farrell. “Now, with young kids of our own, we are instilling those same values of public service and community.” Farrell continued, “We need more moms in Olympia fighting for great schools, access to health care, and safe, efficient transportation options.”

“In Olympia, we need champions who will stand up and defend our rights and freedoms for family planning and health care access,” said Farrell. “At the federal and state level, we are seeing threats to our progress and a slow erosion of our rights. I’ll bring needed new energy and conviction to this fight.”

“I am a proud product of local public schools and the University of Washington. I want my kids to be able to attend excellent neighborhood schools and public universities too,” said Farrell. “Look at our state’s astounding economic, environmental, and cultural successes over recent decades, and try to imagine how we’d have done it if we were cutting education along the way. It’s bad policy. We need to plan for success over the long term, not failure.”

Sahar Fathi is running in the 36th District. She is a first-generation Iranian-American, whose parents fled the Iranian Revolution in 1979. She holds a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Washington, and has worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She sits on the board of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and ACLU-Washington, and started the Middle Eastern Legal Association. She is currently a legislative aide to Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

“I am running to be the next State Representative in the 36th District because we need new energy, fresh ideas and more diverse representation in the State Legislature to solve the challenges we face today. With my personal background and professional experience, I will bring an unwavering commitment to the progressive values this district holds dear.”

“I grew up idolizing people like Shirin Ebadi, the first woman to become a judge in Iran, and Wangari Mathai, the first woman to earn a PhD in all of East and Central Africa. I grew up admiring these women who broke down barriers and stood up for the poor and most vulnerable people in their communities. As the next representative from the 36th District, I pledge to do the same.”

Linde Knighton commented on our previous story, announcing that she also is running for the 36th seat. From Knighton’s campaign website:

People forget that the government is not supposed to be some distant, unreachable group of aristocrats. I firmly believe that the will of the people should be the law of the land. I also believe that you should not have to beg your legislators to listen to you. So that’s why I’m not just asking for you to hire me.
You ARE the government. Legislators only represent you.

So, that’s why I’m not just asking for you to vote for me, I’m asking for you to hire me.

I know who my bosses will be. And there is no conflict of interest with either the Republican or Democratic Party. I am a member of the Progressive Party, and I can ignore or work with either party depending on what is best for Washington.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Gael Tarleton also is running in the 36th District.

Tarleton says she will run on four key issues: job creation along with protecting women’s health and reproductive rights, higher education and the environment.

“We need to carry the accomplishments and legacy of Rep. Dickerson forward,” Tarleton said. “I have a proven track record of protecting and creating jobs, fighting for women and minority-owned businesses, protecting the environment and championing Washington’s higher-education community.”

We must renew the fight to protect women’s health and reproductive rights, Tarleton said. As a member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Tarleton said passage of the Reproductive Parity Act is a priority in her campaign. “We have fought hard to secure the basic health and reproductive rights of women. It’s clear our battle to protect women’s health still has a long way to go. The women of today must always fight for our next generation,” Tarleton said.

Also running in the 36th is Noel Frame.

“I believe we can and must change course and re-prioritize public education as our state’s paramount duty,” said Frame.

Frame has an extensive background in progressive politics and education advocacy from her tenure with the Washington State Democrats, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, The Washington Bus, 36th District Democrats, King County Conservation Voters, and her leadership role in the campaign to Approve Referendum 71 — the first LGBT civil rights ballot measure to pass by a vote of the people in the U.S.

In her announcement, Frame described why she is passionate about education: “My family was struggling, and I was worried about how I would get the education I needed when my high school experienced devastating funding cuts following three failed school levies. I took from that experience a message many of our kids still do today – that my community didn’t care enough to invest in my future. I am entering this race because I am compelled to do more – to take on this cause in the State House of Representatives. It is a challenge I welcome. I will never give up on our schools and our kids.”

Update: Nick Cail dropped out of the race in early April due to work and family commitments.

Earlier: Phinney Ridge resident Nick Cail previously announced he will run in the 36th District. He works in the Development Office of the 5th Avenue Theatre.

“This election year more than any in recent history, our Seattle delegation needs strong champions for ensuring our local, small businesses thrive; preparing our kids to compete in a global economy; and renewing our commitment to our four-year universities and community colleges,” said Nick Cail.

Mr. Cail worked for Congressman Norm Dicks during the 2002 and 2004 campaign cycles and often cites Congressman Dicks for helping shape his interest in public-private partnerships and commitment to access to eduaion.

“My campaign will not be about our economic struggles of the last several years, but instead focus on our state’s great capacity to invest in our small businesses and public schools over the next several decades. Now is the time to decide what we want Washington state high schools and colleges to look like when today’s kindergardeners are ready to enroll in them.”

Brett Phillips announced today that he is also running in the 36th District. He is the Sustainability Director for Seattle-based Unico Properties.

“Throughout my professional career I have worked to forge innovative new partnerships between the public and private sectors,” said Phillips. “The slow recovery of our economy has highlighted the need for fresh ideas and new approaches to job growth. Washington has always been a world leader in innovation – we can build on that track record with new leaders focused on great K-12 and colleges fueling a strong economy that sustains our unique quality of life.”

Phillips will focus on education funding, support for the University of Washington, and protecting the rights of women and the vulnerable in Olympia alongside his commitment to environmental protection and development of clean energy technologies.

“I’m the 4th generation of my family to call Seattle home and I know that the strength of our communities are rooted in the strength of our progressive values—from excellent schools to making sure we maintain a safety net for those most at risk. We need revenue solutions in Olympia so we can stop pitting education against human services during bad economic times,” said Phillips. “We need outspoken leaders committed to the rights of women. We need strong Democrats willing to fight for our principles while never losing sight of the need to be effective problem solvers.”