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Entries from August 2012

I-5 on-ramp will reopen tonight

August 31st, 2012 by Doree

The I-5 on-ramp at North 85th Street is scheduled to reopen tonight after being closed for paving work. The ramp will reopen as soon as final lane striping between Wallingford Avenue North and I-5 is complete.

Next week, Seattle Department of Transportation crews will begin removing roadway on the south side of 85th between Aurora Avenue North and Wallingford Avenue North, and will continue replacing sidewalks on the north side of 85th.

Access to/from N 85th St at the following side streets will be closed for roadway replacement:

  • Midvale and Interlake Avenues N (north side) – closed until Tuesday.
  • Stone and Ashworth Avenues N (south side) – closed starting Tuesday.

Construction activities and the eastbound closure will continue through the end of October.

Buses traveling eastbound on N 85th St will continue to use N 80th St during Phase 4.

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Green Bean moving yet again, and plans one more move next year

August 31st, 2012 by Doree

The Green Bean Coffeehouse, which was burned down in an October 2009 arson, moved temporarily inside the Greenwood Sip & Ship and then into the former McDonald’s building at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N., is moving yet again.

The Green Bean will move two doors south, into Sanctuary Church’s offices, at 8515 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning Sept. 24. Hours will be limited. The coffee shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

But next spring, the Green Bean plans to move into a new building that will be built between its current shop and Razzi’s Pizzeria. The new building will be part of Piper Village, which includes The Sedges apartments and retail space a block west of Greenwood Avenue North.

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Most online city functions will be shut down from Friday until Tuesday

August 30th, 2012 by Doree

The City of Seattle needs to fix a power transmission problem, which directly affects its Data Center. So, starting tomorrow, the city will partially shut down the Data Center to conduct repairs. Everything should be back online on Tuesday.

9-1-1 and other emergency services will not be affected.

Beginning Friday, you won’t be able to pay bills, apply for a permit or business license, view real-time traffic conditions, etc., online. And even in-person activities, such as paying bills or applying for licenses and permits, won’t be available because the computer systems will be offline. That means that Neighborhood Service Centers will be closed on Saturday, including the Ballard location.

The Seattle Animal Shelter will be open but will not be able to issue or renew pet Licenses.

Click here for more info from the city.

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Community meeting on Lower Woodland Park lighting replacement project

August 30th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to replace the lighting system for the ball fields and tennis courts in Lower Woodland Park, but first it wants community input.

A public meeting is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Drive N.

This project provides for demolition of the existing outmoded lighting system and replaces it with a state-of-the-art system. Parks goal is to eliminate as much objectionable glare and light spill into the neighborhood as possible while providing safe and efficient lighting for the field and court users.

The project is funded through a 2006 ballfield lighting upgrade program from the Cumulative Reserve Fund and the Parks and Green Spaces Levy. It provides for planning, design, and construction of the park lighting improvements.

Parks is working with an expert in the field of ballfield lighting who has extensive knowledge of the latest technology. The community is encourage to come to the meeting, meet the design team and learn more about the project.

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Domino Beauty Boutique hosting a happy hour party to benefit breast cancer research

August 29th, 2012 by Doree

Domino Beauty Boutique, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 101, is hosting a fundraiser for breast cancer research this Thursday. Stop by the boutique from 4-7 p.m. for the Pink Links Happy Hour/Open House to enjoy complimentary services (donations accepted), drink sangria, and buy a $5 raffle ticket.

Proceeds go towards Domino’s $1,500 goal for the Pink Boat Regatta.

 

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Update: Owner Found — Matilda the dog waltzes into Phinney Ridge yard – is she yours?

August 28th, 2012 by Doree

Update: Matilda has been reunited with her owner.

Earlier: Dan says a beagle wandered into his back yard near the corner of NW 67th Street and 2nd Avenue NW this afternoon. The dog’s tag says her name is Matilda, she belongs to Rebecca, and she needs seizure medication.

Dan’s wife has left two messages at the number on the tag, but no luck. If Matilda is yours, or you know who she belongs to, please call Carolyn at 206-914-0773.

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Tony’s Coffee Lab expands to a coffee bar

August 28th, 2012 by Doree

Tony’s Coffees & Teas, which installed a lab and training space at the corner of NW 70th Street and 3rd Avenue NW back in the spring,has now expanded to a full coffee bar. This is the Bellingham-based coffee company’s first coffee shop in Seattle.

Scene from a recent “cupping” at Tony’s Coffee Bar. Photo courtesy of Tony’s.

For now, Tony’s Coffee Bar, at 7001 NW 3rd Ave., is open from 7-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. After Labor Day they plan to expand their hours and be open on Saturdays.

Our menu will feature 4-5 rotating, single-origin, seasonal selections. We also have a rotating house coffee for those that are looking for a comfortable cup of drip. All of our coffees are brewed fresh to order using three manual brew methods – Aeropress, Clever Dripper and Chemex – as well as the fully-automated Trifecta brewer. We are happy to suggest our favorite brew method to first time customers. For those looking for a quick cup to-go, we are serving straight shots and Americanos made from our award-winning espresso blend. For tea drinkers in the neighborhood, we have a variety of organic, whole leaf offerings from local tea-maker, Choice Organics.

In addition to brewing delicious coffee, we are also selling whole bean by the bag and an assortment of brewing gear, including cones, filters, kettles and grinders. Customers get a free cup with a whole bean or brewing gear purchase. We will continue to host cuppings Fridays at noon that are still free & open to the public. We’re also excited to offer home brewing classes as well as other educational events in the near future. Our hope is to show customers how to brew great coffee at home while providing a space to explore all the possibilities coffee has to offer.

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I-5 off-ramps at North 85th Street are back open

August 27th, 2012 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Transportation has reopened the northbound and southbound I-5 off-ramps at North 85th Street. The ramps were closed over the weekend so road crews could grind concrete and pave on 85th Street between Wallingford Avenue North and I-5.

Eastbound traffic on that stretch and access to the I-5 on-ramp is scheduled to reopen by this Friday.

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Snow leopard cubs make their debut at Woodland Park Zoo

August 27th, 2012 by Doree

The two surviving snow leopard cubs finally made their public debut at Woodland Park Zoo on Saturday.

Shanti and Asha in their exhibit in Australasia. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

On Saturday we saw a long line of kids and adults waiting to see the cubs, who were born in May and underwent eye surgeries to correct eyelid birth defects. Both cubs are blind in their right eye. The third cub was euthanized in June because of severe heart defects.

Shanti and Asha will be on display from 12-3 p.m. daily as they get acclimated to their new outdoor surroundings. But you can see photos and videos any time on the zoo’s blog.

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Farmers markets, live music, kayaking in the neighborhood this weekend

August 24th, 2012 by Doree

Summer is winding down, but there’s still plenty to do in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for what’s happening.

The Phinney Farmers Market is open from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the lower parking lot at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

At Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., you can catch legendary poet/guitarist Jim Page from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; and Rebecca Cohen, Caryn Kupferman and surprise guest “Ann Friend” in a singer/songwriter circle from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is hosting its annual fundraiser for Greenwood’s own nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle. Naked City has once again brewed up a special batch of pale ale “826 Luminosity.” Proceeds from all pints sold on Sunday, Aug. 26, will go to the nonprofit, as well as $1 from that beer sold on Friday and Saturday. The official “826 Day at Naked City” party is from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., with live music and prizes.

The 2012 USA Canoe Kayak Sprint National Championships are underway at Green Lake. The Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club is hosting the event at the Green Lake Small Craft Center, at the southwest corner of the lake. Be aware of extra traffic and people around the lake this weekend, and parking may be tough.

Don’t forget that all branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed next week for a furlough, and they’ll be closed on Labor Day. The Greenwood Library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. All branches will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

A little north of Greenwood, the Foss Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Foss Village, 13023 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Road work will really impact traffic this weekend

August 24th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is in the final stages of its massive repaving project of 85th Street from Ballard to I-5.

This weekend, crews will close the northbound I-5 off-ramp and westbound Banner Way NE overpass at North 85th Street from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers can use the I-5 at NE 50th Street or North Northgate Way exits. Residents needing local access to North 85th Street between Wallingford Avenue North and I-5 should use Burke Avenue North.

SDOT will be completing noisy concrete grinding work this weekend (that work can go as late as 10 p.m.) Residents can expect a lot of noise, vibrations, dust and odors during the work. And they’ll be asphalt paving on North 85th Street between Densmore Avenue North and I-5 from 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday (weather permitting).

85th between Greenwood Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North is now back open to traffic in two lanes in each direction, but eastbound detours will remain posted on Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street through the end of October to accommodate the work farther east on 85th. Eastbound Metro buses will continue to use North 80th Street.

The I-5 on-ramp at North 85th Street is scheduled to reopen next Friday, Aug. 31.

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Update: Crown Hill man dies after house fire

August 24th, 2012 by Doree

Update Friday: Seattle Fire Department says the 84-year-old man has died. The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction.

Earlier: All those sirens you may have heard Thursday night were from a house fire in Crown Hill, on 12th Avenue NW, just north of NW 85th Street.

The man who lived in the home was found unconscious in the back of the house. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center “fighting for his life,” according to the Seattle Fire Public Information Officer.

Our sister site My Ballard has the full story.

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