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Entries from November 2012

White hen found in Greenwood

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

Duncan tells us a white hen has been hanging around his house for a couple of days, frequently roosting on his fence posts, just north of NW 95th Street and 7th Avenue NW. Is she yours?

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Woman hit by minivan at 70th and 8th

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

8th Avenue NW was mostly blocked to traffic Friday night because a woman was hit by a minivan just before 6:30 p.m.

The accident appears to have happened on the east side of 8th Avenue, across the street from the Take 5 Urban Market. Dale (co-editor of PhinneyWood) was on a bus that came upon the scene immediately after the accident.

He says the woman may have been in the crosswalk at the time. She was conscious while paramedics tended to her.

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How to help your neighbors this holiday season

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

By Emily Fletcher

As we gear up for the holiday season, so, too, are local organizations and churches preparing to spread tidings of comfort and joy to those less fortunate in our community, and there are plenty of opportunities to help out.

Volunteer Opportunities

Most urgently, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is looking for more volunteers for its annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair on Dec. 1 and 2. Volunteers can view and sign up for shifts online.

As part of the Hot Meal Program, the PNA is also seeking donations of juice, cooked hams, and baked pies for its special holiday lunch on Dec. 19, and generous cooks can call 206-783-2244 to make food delivery arrangements. Volunteers are also needed to prepare and serve the meal.

Bishop Blanchet and Ballard High School students can also sign up to help with St. John’s Christmas tree sale to benefit the Noel House overflow shelter on Dec. 8 and 9 by calling the parish office at 206-782-2810.

Gift Donations

The PNA’s 15th annual giving tree is up, with tags available at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.), the Phinney Center, and Umpqua Bank (7120 Greenwood Ave. N.). Community members can stop by to pick up a tag, purchase a gift, and return the wrapped present with the tag by Dec. 10.

St. John Catholic Church, 7916 1st Ave. NW, has a giving tree, and donations fulfilling the requests on the tree’s giving ornaments must be returned by Dec. 16.

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., has a giving wreath in the church’s narthex. Gifts should be returned by Dec. 16, and volunteers can help assemble stockings for children that day, with each stocking including something fun, something personal, and something educational.

All Bartell Drug stores, including the Greenwood store at 120 N. 85th St, are teaming up with the Salvation Army to provide local children with toys this holiday season through their ninth annual “Toy
 ‘N’ Joy” drive. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at all area Bartell Drugs locations through Dec. 14.

Greenwood Hardware is hosting a giving tree for Treehouse, which provides services for foster children.

Phinney Estate Law, at 751 N. 75th St., is collecting toys for the YWCA Downtown Shelter, which hosts more than 100 children on Christmas Eve. Bring a new, unwrapped present for a child age 2 to 18 to the office. (Please call ahead to make sure someone will there — 206-459-1908.)

Food Donations

The Volunteers of America Food Bank of Greenwood has most of its volunteer positions filled for the holiday season but is always looking for food donations. All donations are appreciated, and the food bank could particularly use holiday meal main course items, such as turkeys and hams, which can be dropped off at the organization’s 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. location.

In addition to donating directly to the food bank during their open donation hours (Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-4 p.m., and Wednesday, 8:30-6 p.m.), donation barrels can be found at the following locations:

  • Ken’s Market,7231 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Chase Bank, 8701 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8515 Greenwood Ave. N. (in the Sanctuary Reformed Christian Church office)
  • Windermere Real Estate, 315 N. 85th St. and 12250 Greenwood Ave. N.

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church will also be assembling food boxes and will have a special food bank Christmas distribution on Dec. 21 from 12-3 p.m.

Let us know of any other giving or volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood this holiday season!

(Emily Fletcher is a Phinney Ridge resident and Dartmouth College journalism student)

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Blockbuster Video in Greenwood closing

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

Blockbuster Video at 100 N. 85th St. in Greenwood will close in January. A press spokesperson for Blockbuster told me by email that the store will stop renting movies and begin offering closing discounts on Monday, Dec. 10. The final closing date is fluid, depending on when all the inventory is sold.

The spokesperson said employees will be offered positions at other Blockbuster stores.

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Holiday events, sales, salmon and live music in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

Here are a few events happening around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 32nd annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with 115 vendors, hundreds of musicians and dancers, and plenty of tasty treats. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general, kids 12 and under are free. Please also bring a can of food to donate to the Greenwood Food Bank. (Note: PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Winter Festival, and the PNA is a sponsor of PhinneyWood.)

Tony’s Coffee Bar at 7001 3rd Ave. NW is having its grand opening celebration from 7-10 tonight with author readings and refreshments.

Beppa Studios is hosting its Holiday Sale from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 7600 6th Ave. NW, with clothing, jewelry, gifts, carded buttons and more.

Taproot Theatre continues its holiday run of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol,” at 204 N. 85th St.

Troupeau Acadien – Live Cajun Music & Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Jack Dwyer & Tim Connell, Twin Mandolins at 8 p.m. Friday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. If you can’t make it there in person, it’s also being webcast on Empty Sea TV.

Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards will be at the park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to answer visitors’ questions about salmon.

Sing Heigh Ho! Northwest Chamber Chorus Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Thaiku restaurant taking over former Gaspare in Phinney Ridge

November 30th, 2012 by Doree

Thai restaurant Thaiku, which closed its Ballard location last December, is taking over the former Gaspare Ristorante & Bar at 6705 Phinney Ave. N. It is planning to open in early 2013.

The press release did not give the exact location, saying that information would be released later, but the Washington State Liquor Control Board shows Thaiku applied for a liquor license application for that site in early November.

“We thank our regular customers of nearly 20 years for their suggestions and continued support on the reincarnation of Thaiku. It has been an overwhelming response with a seemingly endless number of possibilities for new locations,” says Jon Alberts, proprietor and jazz musician. “We’re looking forward to a new beginning in the new year.”

A selection of Thaiku’s favorite dishes will be offered, in addition to a more specific genre of authentic Thai cuisine based on original family recipes. The bar will offer the herb-infused cocktails from Fu Kun Wu, Thaiku’s former resident bar, along with new Thai-inspired libations.

General manager Unchalee “O” Ayucharoen says, “Our family of staff continues the commitment to the authentic culinary and cultural traditions of Thailand while our restaurant evolves. We are humbled to offer this unique culinary experience to our loyal customers and new friends in our new home.”

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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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NW District Council meets Wednesday

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

On the agenda:

  • A Chat with King County Councilmember Larry Phillips
  • Presentation by LIHI (Low Income Housing Institute) Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Tapp
  • Committee and Staff reports
  • Holiday refreshments – Cake and hot cider provided; feel free to bring your own favorite holiday treat to share.

Please bring contributions for the Greenwood Food Bank. Donations of cash are very welcome as are: personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc), and non perishable food (canned fruit, vegetable, meat, and boxed meals). Brandy King, Development & Outreach Manager for Volunteers of America – Greenwood Food Bank will be joining us to receive our contributions and update us on the status of this vital community service.

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Traffic safety cameras at Broadview-Thomson K-8 to issue $189 citations starting Dec. 10

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Traffic safety cameras went live at four Seattle Public Schools at the beginning of the month (including at Broadview-Thomson K-8 at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N.), and thousands of motorists have been issued warnings since then. Starting on Dec. 10, motorists who speed through those school zones will receive a $189 citation in the mail.

According to a City of Seattle press release, the city has issued 5,927 warning notices in those four school zones.

“If this current level of speeding continues in these school zones, the City could see between $2-4 million in revenue annually,” the press release states. “The City is exploring options to invest this revenue back into these school zones for additional safety improvements. The City would prefer that motorists comply with the posted speed limit in school zones.”

The other schools with traffic safety cameras are Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Olympic View Elementary School and Gatewood Elementary School. The four schools were chosen because of documented speeding problems.

The cameras will only issue tickets when the school zone yellow beacons are flashing, which is usually for about an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon.

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Contractors cleaning up decades-old chemical spill at former Oroweat Bakery Outlet site

November 28th, 2012 by Doree

Lots of trucks and big containers have been at the former Oroweat Bakery Outlet site at the corner of NW 70th Street and Greenwood Avenue North for the last couple of weeks. Mike V sent us this photo that he took from the second floor of a building across the street.

Crews are cleaning up soil that is contaminated from when a dry cleaning chemical distribution facility operated on the site, between 1964 and 1983. Piper Roelen with Landau Associates tells us the soil is contaminated with tetrachloroethene.

Roelen says the property owner is conducting the cleanup under the Department of Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program. Most of the asphalt that currently covers the entire site will remain in place, and will be repaired where crews are drilling and excavating. Roelen says the soil is contaminated as deep as 30 feet in some places.

He says TRS Group, Inc.’s cleanup involves “heating of the subsurface soil to volatilize the contamination through a process called electrical resistance heating (ERH). The contamination is then drawn to the surface as a vapor through vacuum extraction, then captured from the vapor stream with activated carbon. The carbon is then shipped to a facility where the contamination is destroyed through thermal desorption (high heat destruction).”

The cleanup is expected to last until early spring. He says the property will likely be sold after the cleanup.

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Christ the King Catholic School hosting preschool and kindergarten open house

November 28th, 2012 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St., is hosting an open house for prospective preschool and kindergarten students at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

This is a great time to tour the classrooms and learn about the curriculum and daily schedule. Christ the King offers a full day Kindergarten program with before and after school care options. The Early Education Center (preschool andpre-k) is a half day program running from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. EEC3 class (3 and 4 year olds) takes place Monday – Wednesday. EEC4 class (4 and 5 year olds) takes place Monday – Friday.

Christ the King offers challenging core academics, a superior visual arts program, and class sizes that promote differentiated learning.

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Crisis Clinic needs volunteers for Northgate office

November 28th, 2012 by Doree

This is a bit outside of our normal coverage area, but Crisis Clinic is looking for volunteers to help people in need at its Northgate office.

Volunteers staff a 24-hour Crisis Line and a Recovery Help Line, respond online through Crisis Chat, mentor youth volunteers with Teen Link, and make quality assurance calls for King County 2-1-1.

They have volunteer opportunities for youth and adults, and they provide training and supervision. The next training session begins in January. Call Crisis Clinic at 206-461-3210 ext. 697, or see their Volunteer webpage.

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