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Entries from July 2012

North 57th Street underpass mural painted over in gray

July 31st, 2012 by Doree

City workers were out today painting over the much-graffitied mural on the North 57th Street underpass, near Woodland Park Zoo.

And now it’s gray.

The mural was created in the mid-1990s, but it was a challenge to find community members to clean up the constant graffiti, so the city decided to paint over it, as well as the North 63rd Street underpass at Aurora Avenue North.

Thanks to James McFarlane for the photos!

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Seattle Public Utilities will refund customers during Waste Management strike

July 31st, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities says it will adjust customers’ bills due to the ongoing strike by garbage, recycling and yard waste drivers from Waste Management. SPU is fining WM for delaying pickups during the strike, and those penalties will be returned to customers in the form of lower bills.

Mayor Mike McGinn has also ordered that all transfer stations be opened to the public at no charge beginning tomorrow, so single-family residences can drop off waste for free.

SPU is now making informational robo calls to all customers.

“We will be rigorously inspecting Waste Management’s work and fining them for every violation,” McGinn said. “We understand that this disruption of service has real consequences for businesses and people, so we will not be charging those who bring their waste to a transfer station. Every penny that we collect from Waste Management in fines will be returned to our customers as reductions to their bill.”

Starting tomorrow (Aug. 1), single-family residents in Waste Management’s service areas may drop off up to six bags of garbage and yard waste for free at the South and North transfer stations, which operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week. Customers should bring appropriate identification — for example, a driver’s license or a utility bill — to demonstrate they are City of Seattle residents.

Recycling drop-off is always free.

SPU is asking Wednesday customers to put garbage, yard waste and recycling out before 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. Carts should be left out until 6 p.m. Thursday night, August 2, for possible collection and recording for fines — up to $1.25 million a day — to be issued to Waste Management.

SPU operates two transfer stations:

  • The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 North 34th Street in the Fremont/Wallingford area.
  • The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 8105 5th Avenue South in the South Park area.

Both stations are open daily 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Customers who want to avoid lines should drop off items before 2 p.m. Customers can also check to see if there are lines with SPU’s station web cams:

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The Healing Center Organization moving to bigger space next door

July 31st, 2012 by Doree

The Healing Center Organization, a medical marijuana dispensary at 511 N. 85th St., is moving into a bigger space right next door.

THCO moved into Greenwood in February 2011. In about a month, it will be moving into a former lawyers’ office on the corner of North 85th Street and Dayton Avenue North. The new address will be 8420 Dayton Ave. N. The phone number is 206-829-9435.

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Taproot extends run of ‘Chaps!’ through Aug. 18

July 31st, 2012 by Doree

Taproot Theatre is extending the run of its British-American cowboy comedy mash-up “Chaps!” by one week, through Aug. 18.

Caitlin Macy-Beckwith, Simon Pringle, and Ian Lindsay. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Ever wonder what would happen if Monty Python met Roy Rogers? It’s 1944 and America’s favorite singing cowboys are saddled up to take the British airwaves by storm. There’s just one problem: the crooners are no-shows. What’s the BBC to do? These blokes must convince the whole of England that they’re a band of guitar pickin’ American singing cowboys. Pull on your boots, loosen your tie, and get ready for a summer musical that’ll rope you in and leave you in stitches. As The Seattle Times explained, “… you’ll find yourself humming along and laughing as sagebrush and longhorns join forces with a spot of tea and a stiff upper lip.”

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No waste pickup today for most customers; Wednesday customers should put cans out

July 31st, 2012 by Doree

The continuing strike by Teamsters Union drivers means Waste Management will not pick up garbage, recycling or yard waste in Seattle today. Tuesday customers should put out all their waste next Tuesday, and they won’t be charged for extra.

Seattle Public Utilities says Wednesday customers should put out their bins by 7 a.m. Wednesday as usual, in the hopes that the strike will be over by then.

The strike is affecting about 60 percent of the city, in Northwest and South Seattle. Teamsters Local 117’s contract with Waste Management expired May 31 and union drivers went on strike last Wednesday, July 25. Teamsters 174 garbage and yard drivers have been honoring the Local 117 picket lines.

Collections by CleanScapes, which covers about 40 percent of the city are not impacted by the strike.

SPU continues to urge Waste Management and the Teamsters to engage in good faith negotiations toward a speedy and successful outcome.

Under its contract with the city, Waste Management is required to continue services in the event of any disruption. Specifically, any missed collections due to any labor complications must be collected later in the week, or the following week. Waste Management will not be paid for any non-service.

The contract allows the city to deduct approximately $15,000 to $20,000 per day in payments to Waste Management for any services that are not completed the next day. For any interruptions that continue more than a week, contractors can also be fined substantially for service failure, up to $1.25 million per day.

Protecting public health and safety continues to be the city’s top priority throughout this collection disruption.

Customers with solid waste service issues or concerns may call the Call Center at (206) 684-3000.

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King County Council approves RapidRide E Line route, stations, stops

July 30th, 2012 by Doree

The King County Council today approved the route and station and stop locations for Metro’s new RapidRide E Line, which will connect Shoreline to downtown Seattle starting early next year. It will replace Metro bus route 358.

The E Line will travel on Aurora Avenue North, except for one northbound station at North 66th Street and Linden Avenue North.

At the highest ridership stops, RapidRide stations will be installed, which feature a shelter, benches, bicycle racks, electronic signs indicating how soon the next bus will arrive, and an ORCA card reader so riders can “tap on” before the bus arrives and enter through any of the RapidRide bus’ three doors.

RapidRide distinctive red-and-yellow buses are energy efficient, low-emission hybrid vehicles with low floors and three doors for easier, faster boarding.

Click here for links to the E Line description and map.

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Seattle Times looks back at Phinney Ridge Ferris wheel

July 30th, 2012 by Doree

Sunday’s Seattle Times had a nice article by historian Paul Dorpat about the Phinney Ridge Ferris wheel, which used to stand across Phinney Avenue from Woodland Park Zoo, until it burned down in 1934. St. John United Lutheran Church now stands on that site. The Times article has photos of the old Ferris wheel, and the current church.

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No waste pickup on Tuesday

July 30th, 2012 by Doree

Because of the continuing strike, Seattle Public Utilities says Waste Management will not pick up garbage, recycling and yard waste for most Seattle customers on Tuesday. Customers missed today and tomorrow should put out their waste next week on the usual day; they won’t be charged for extra waste.

Under its contract with the city, Waste Management is required to continue services in the event of any disruption. Specifically, any missed collections due to any labor complications must be collected later in the week, or the following week. Waste Management will not be paid for any non-service.

The contract allows the city to deduct approximately $15,000 to $20,000 per day in payments to Waste Management for any services that are not completed the next day. For any interruptions that continue more than a week, contractors can also be fined substantially for service failure, up to $1.25 million per day.

Protecting public health and safety continues to be the city’s top priority throughout this collection disruption.

SPU will provide updates as needed. Customers with solid waste service issues or concerns may call the Call Center at (206) 684-3000.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade winners

July 30th, 2012 by Doree

We’ve just received the list of winners from last Wednesday’s Greenwood Seafair Parade.

  • Marcia Brunner Memorial Sweepstakes Trophy – Dolls and Gents Drill Team and Drumline
  • Very Important Kids Comic/Novelty:
  1. 1st Place Ribbon, Greenwood Elementary School
  2. 2nd Place Ribbon, Cub Scout Pack 321
  3. 3rd Place Ribbon, Christ the King Catholic School
  • Very Important Kids Drill Team — 1st Place Ribbon, Washington Karate Association
  • Very Important Kids Wheeled Division:
  1. 1st Place Ribbon, Whittier Wildcats Circus Arts
  2. 2nd Place Ribbon, Daniel Bagley Elementary School
  3. 3rd Place Ribbon, Small Faces Child Development Center
  • Band Division:
  1. 1st Place, Pacific Northwest (PNW) Drumline
  2. 2nd Place, Seattle Schools All City Band
  3. 3rd Place, Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band
  • Comic/Novelty:
  1. 1st Place, Seattle Seafair Pirates
  2. 2nd Place, Pirates of Treasure Island
  3. 3rd Place Seattle Seafair Clowns
  • Float Division:
  1. 1st Place, Marysville Strawberry Festival
  2. 2nd Place, Woodland Park Zoo
  3. 3rd Place, Seattle Seafair Commodores
  • Drill Team Jr. Dance:
  1. 1st Place, Electronettes “Butterfly” Drill Team
  2. 2nd Place, Baby Dolls Drill Team
  3. 3rd Place, Diva Uprgrades
  • Drill Team Sr. Dance:
  1. 1st Place, Electronettes Hi Steppers Drill Team
  2. 2nd Place, Northside Sr. Drill Team
  3. 3rd Place, Lady Dangerettes Drill Team
  • Drill Team Jr. Precision:
  1. 1st Place, Highlanders Drill Team B
  2. 2nd Place, Lil Senoritas Drill Team
  • Drill Team Sr. Precision:
  1. 1st Place, Highlanders Drill Team A
  2. 2nd Place, North Queens Drill Team
  3. 3rd Place, Ballard Eagles Drill Team
  • Wheeled Division:
  1. 1st Place, Greenwood Knights Car Club
  2. 2nd Place, Seattle Art Cars
  3. 3rd Place, A-1 Piano Sales and Rentals

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Greenwood Community Council’s meeting tomorrow to discuss businesses, graffiti, art

July 30th, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

On the agenda is how to improve Greenwood’s downtown business core, temporary art installations through the Art Interruptions project, and an anti-graffiti initiative that needs volunteers to help clean up our neighborhood.

This month’s GCC meeting focuses on how to fill empty storefronts in downtown Greenwood and end graffiti and neglect. While some businesses are thriving, others have been struggling to survive a dismal economy, and many public and private improvements have passed the business core by. It’s great to see other parts of the neighborhood being improved and rebuilt, but now downtown Greenwood businesses will also need a leg up, and some help from its community and the city. The meeting will focus on the future of the Greenwood business core, and actions to reduce graffiti and improve the environment for business. What’s working, and what needs to be fixed? As always we welcome thoughts from all community members, and for this meeting we’ve also invited Greenwood business owners and property owners to share their ideas and concerns. Please join us for a lively discussion, leading to an action plan for the community council over the coming year.

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Farmers Market, live music, garage sale in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

July 27th, 2012 by Doree

Here are a few event highlights for the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (The market has been moved from the upper to the lower parking lot now that construction has begun on an elevator in the Blue Building, and construction vehicles and material are in the upper lot.)

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café presents “A Victory Music Sampler” from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.; and “Mia Vermillion: A Night of the Blues” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Crown Hill neighborhood is having its huge sixth annual neighborhood garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Check out the website for a map of sites between 6th and 24th avenues northwest, and NW 75th Street north to Carkeek Park. More than 65 households participated last year. Lemonade and treat stands will be scattered throughout the neighborhood.

The WingDome is hosting its annual “Lord of the Wings” contest from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at each of the four WingDome locations, including 7818 Greenwood Ave. N. The Championship Wing Off is on Aug. 5, and the winner of that gets a trip to the National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Don’t forget that Seafair is really taking over the city this weekend, with the Torchlight Run and Parade on Saturday night, so plan ahead if you’ll be driving downtown. About 300,000 people are expected to line the parade route along Fourth Avenue.

You have one week left to enter the naming contest for Woodland Park Zoo’s three female Visayan warty pigs. The winner receives a $500 Visa gift card. The contest is open to all ages.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

The zoo has chosen six names native to the warty pigs’ homeland of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines.

  • Adlaw (sun)
  • Bulak (flower)
  • Lasang (forest)
  • Magdula (playful)
  • Banhaan (nosey)
  • Guapa (beautiful)

Looking ahead to next week, Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a community meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., about designing new bench pads for benches on the east side of the lake between the community center and the beach.

The intent of this project is to provide a variety of seating opportunities for park users. The new benches would allow citizens to sit back to back and view the lake or watch the stream of walkers, runners and rolling activities on the Green Lake path. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the background of the bench project and gather feedback from community members.

These special double backed park benches feature curved forms, arm rests, and hard wood seats and backs. The benches were once located in Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. The benches will be accessible for people with disabilities.

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Mini tree houses pop up along Greenwood Avenue

July 27th, 2012 by Doree

Six miniature houses are now hanging in trees along Greenwood Avenue, as part of an art installation called “Art Interruptions.” Seattle artist Carolina Silva created the reproductions of real homes on Greenwood between North 67th and 80th streets, and hung the mini houses in city-owned trees near the full-size homes.

The balsa wood houses are painted and varnished to be waterproof, with Plexiglas for the windows. Each house is about 10 x 10 x 12 inches.

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