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Entries from May 2012

Host families needed for foreign exchange students starting in August

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

The Council on International Educational Exchange is looking for host families for high school exchange students arriving in August.

CIEE high school students stay with their host families for either one or two semesters (five or 10 months) while attending the local high school. Students have their own money for school lunches, clothing and personal spending, as well as medical insurance. If you’re interested in hosting a student, call Lynn at 206-368-0493.

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Bartell Drugs hosts food drive for Food Lifeline

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

Bartell Drugs is hosting a food drive for Food Lifeline to help families with children who receive free and reduced-price lunches at school. Summertime means these children may not get enough healthy food at home.

The food drive runs through June 10 at all Bartell Drugs stores, including the Greenwood store at 120 N. 85th St.

Suggested food includes tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit. Other needed items include baby formula, diapers, baby food (boxes or plastic tubs only) and personal care items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, tissues, shampoo and conditioner, soap and feminine hygiene products.

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Liquor sales at neighborhood grocery stores starts tomorrow

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

Grocery stores all over the state are getting ready to sell liquor beginning Friday, now that the state is closing down state-run liquor stores.

Safeway at Greenwood Avenue North and North 87th Street is getting its liquor section ready.

Ken’s Market also plans to sell liquor, but won’t have its stock out until sometime next week. An employee told me today that they’re moving the bread shelving over to the produce section, and putting in new shelving for liquor by the beer and wine section next to the deli.

Other stores in the neighborhood that will sell liquor include the QFC on Holman Road, and the former state liquor store at Greenwood Avenue North and North 92nd Street. Any other stores we’re missing?

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Base paving of Greenwood Avenue center roadway complete, final paving next Thursday

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews have finished the base paving on the center of Greenwood Avenue North between North 80th and 73rd streets. Final paving is planned for next Thursday, June 7.

Road crews just after finishing base paving on Greenwood Avenue North at NW 73rd Street on Wednesday.

Crews are still working on reconstructing corners with new curb ramps on that same stretch of road.

Remember that all businesses are open during paving!

You can sign up for weekly email updates on the paving project here, check the project website for regular updates, or call the 24-hour project line at 206-496-9993.

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Overheated electrical wire leads to fire at Phinney Ridge home early this morning

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

Seattle firefighters responded to a house fire at 6521 3rd Ave. NW about 2 o’clock this morning. Investigators say the fire started from an overheated electrical service wire.

Everyone in the three-story multi-family residence got out safely before firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a wall in the basement, and extinguished the flames within 11 minutes.

Six fire trucks and numerous other emergency vehicles were on the scene.

Fire investigators estimate the damage at $5,000. Seattle Fire says the Red Cross is assisting the residents.

Thanks to Christina for the tip and photo!

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Phinney Center briefly on lockdown as police search for suspect in U-District shooting

May 30th, 2012 by Doree

The whole city is on alert after two separate shootings left three people dead today. A shooting downtown near Town Hall killed one woman, and a separate shooting at a cafe on Roosevelt in the U-District killed three people and wounded two others, and led to a number of buildings, including schools in that area, being locked down.

The Phinney Neighborhood Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. was also on lockdown for about 20 minutes early this afternoon after receiving a tip that the gunman might be in the area. PNA staff initiated a lockdown and searched the building. Seattle Police later told them they could end the lockdown.

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Updated: Paving on Greenwood Avenue today, eastbound detours on 85th Street begin June 11

May 30th, 2012 by Doree

Update Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Detour information dates have been updated.

Earlier: Seattle Department of Transportation crews are completing paving of Greenwood Avenue between North 85th and 80th streets today, as well as base paving in the center of the road between North 80th and 73rd streets. On-street parking has temporarily been removed. Paving may extend into the evening tonight, past the usual 6 p.m. work time, and it could be noisy for nearby businesses and residents.

The center lane on Greenwood Avenue is closed for repaving today. Traffic lanes have been moved to the shoulder area.

Crews are also still working on reconstructing corners with new curb ramps between North 85th and 73rd streets.

Crews work on the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 82nd Street.

Eastbound detours on North 85th Street between Greenwood Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North are expected to begin Friday on Monday, June 11. Traffic will be detoured to North 80th Street.

Metro buses will be rerouted off North 85th Street between Greenwood Avenue North and Wallingford Avenue North starting early on Monday, June 11 early Friday morning, through August. 20. Eastbound routes 48 48E, 355 and 994 heading eastbound will head south on Greenwood Avenue North to North 80th Street. (Westbound routes will not be affected.)

Remember that all businesses are open during construction, even if they’re a little hard to get to!

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Half Price Books holding first kids’ book warehouse sale in Greenwood this Saturday

May 29th, 2012 by Doree

Half Price Books’ warehouse in Greenwood hosts a popular book sale every year, but on Saturday, it’s hosting its first kids’ book sale. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9241 Greenwood Ave. N.

And every single book is only 25 cents.

They’ll have more than 20,000 books too choose from, including children’s and young adult fiction, videos and comics.

Bring your own bag or buy one for $1. The warehouse accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. All unsold books at the end of the day will be donated to nonprofits.

Parents can also pick up a reading log for Half Price Books Feed Your Brain summer reading program, where kids earn $5 Back-to-School Bucks for reading at least 15 minutes a day during the summer.

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Man shot in knee in Greenwood Sunday afternoon

May 28th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Police report a 23-year-old man was shot in the knee on Sunday afternoon, but his story of how it happened doesn’t add up.

From the SPD Blotter:

On 5/27/12, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the victim called to report that he had been shot. The victim was located in the street in the 8600 block of Fremont Av N. He had a gunshot wound to the knee. He was treated on scene by Seattle Fire Department. The victim was conscious, alert, and to transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injures.

The victim was less than cooperative and credible regarding his claims of having been shot at a gas station in the 800 block of N.W. 85. Further investigation contradicted his claims.

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Live music, tigers and playtime in the neighborhood this weekend

May 25th, 2012 by Doree

Live music in the neighborhood this weekend, plus some play time for the little ones and a fundraising campaign at Woodland Park Zoo. Here are a few highlights; check out our Events calendar any time for more.

Hejira in concert with bellydancer Elisa Gamel, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Saturday, Couth Buzzard presents Celtic music by Frank Blair and Stewart Hendrickson. Both are free, with a pass of the hat. Food and adult beverages available.

The family vacation comedy “Leaving Iowa” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The PlaySpace at Emmanuel is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at 510 N. 49th St. (Use KapKa school entrance.) All ages welcome.

Folk singer Namoli Brennet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Tim’s Tavern at 602 N. 105th St. has an open mic and jam session with harmonica legend Eric Fridrich starting at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Today is the last day to contribute to Woodland Park Zoo’s “Ten for Tigers” fundraising campaign. The zoo is raising money for its new two-acre tiger and sloth bear exhibit, which will replace the current 60-year-old structure.

And Seattle Public Utilities is reminding everyone that garbage and recycling pickup is on a normal schedule on Monday, even though it’s Memorial Day. So be sure to put out your garbage, yard waste and recycling bins by 7 a.m. The North Recycling & Disposal Station also will be open regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 1350 N. 34th St.

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Aurora accident ties up traffic in south Phinney, Fremont

May 25th, 2012 by Dale

4:20 p.m.: An earlier accident on Aurora Avenue at the Aurora Avenue Bridge has traffic snarled in the Fremont area, extending north to nearly Woodland Park Zoo on Fremont Avenue North:

Also, Metro Transit reports buses are operating on normal routes, but delays should be expected.

Plan accordingly if you’re planning on driving or busing through the area anytime soon.

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Reusable grocery bag drive for clients of FamilyWorks Food Bank

May 24th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle’s plastic bag ban goes into effect on July 1, and area food banks are worried how it will affect their clients. Low-income families will be able to get paper bags for free, but those are not as easy to carry in the rain or on a bus.

CoolMom is organizing a reusable tote bag drive from now through June 15. All new and used reusable bags will be donated to FamilyWorks Food Bank in Wallingford.

You can drop off bags at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (at the office in the blue building), John Stanford International School, TOPS school, and Bagley Elementary.

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