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


Entries from December 2012

Potsie the black and white cat is missing from Phinney Ridge

December 30th, 2012 by Doree

Kathy tells us her black and white fluffy cat disappeared from their home near the north end of the zoo on Dec. 26. Potsie is 4 years old, but is very small, so he looks like a kitten. He does not have a collar, but is chipped.


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Neighborhood news roundup: youth basketball, solar energy, rapping seniors, literacy

December 29th, 2012 by Doree

The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, at 8635 Fremont Ave. N., is starting up its winter basketball league in January. The league is for second- and third-graders, and is on Tuesdays. Registration is now open online or in person. For more information, contact Berhanu Mekonnen at bmekonnen@positiveplace.org or 206-436.1850.

Phinney Estate Law collected 103 gifts for children at the YWCA Emergency Homeless Shelter in downtown Seattle, their most successful toy drive to date.

Go Solar Seattle NW is hosting another informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of local published authors that raises money for literacy programs, is hosting its third annual Write Here Write Now conference for all writers, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. NW. One of the event’s beneficiaries is Greenwood’s 826 Seattle, a non-profit writing and tutoring center for children. More information and registration is available online.

Former Greenwood resident Dave Fox, a travel/humor author and writing coach who now lives in Singapore, is holding an informal happy hour from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2., at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. The happy hour is for Seattle-area readers of his books and website, and anyone who is interested in international travel or creative writing. More information is available online.

The Greenwood Senior Center and some of its members are featured in a very funny rap video called “Scrap the Cap,” about the income cap on social security.

The Queen Anne Quick Styx lacrosse program is recruiting girls in second- through eighth-grade for its March-June season. Registration costs between $50 and $200 depending on the program level, plus $25 US Lacrosse Membership fee. Registration deadline is Jan. 10.

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White and red bike stolen night before Christmas Eve

December 28th, 2012 by Doree

Kristen says her white and red bike was stolen the night before Christmas Eve. She says her block of NW 86th Street, between 6th and 8th avenues NW.

It’s a Redline cyclocross bike, smallish bright white frame, fire engine red handlebar tape, pedals with cages, gear rack mounted over the back tire, etc. Scratches on the right handlebar from an accident.


If you’ve seen it or have any information, please contact Kristen at 206-290-3919.

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Phinney Ridge ‘Holiday Tree’ is back

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

Many people know the regularly-decorated tree on the corner of 65th and Palatine as the “holiday tree.” It’s decorated with lights and ornaments for nearly every holiday.

But, a PhinneyWood reader wrote to us in mid-December, concerned because the tree was not decorated. So I asked our friend and frequent contributor Mike Veitenhans to investigate, since he lives nearby. Mike said tree owner Herb Allwine told him that after converting to LED lights a few years, the plugs and connectors began to fail quickly. So, he had to string up new lights this year, which took longer than usual, and he finally got it lit in time for Christmas.


And here’s a close-up shot from the daytime.


Thanks to Mike V for all the information and photos, and thanks to Mr. Allwine for the holiday cheer!


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PhinneyWood Forum broken, please don’t post until further notice

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

You all have noticed a huge increase in the amount of spam in the PhinneyWood Forum lately. We have spent hours every day trying to clean it out, yet we still can’t keep up. We are waiting for our administrators to figure out the problem and implement a solution. In the meantime, please don’t post anything in the Forum, since it will just get buried by spam.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Short hair cat found on Wednesday, taken to shelter

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

KL found a cat in the neighborhood on Wednesday. Sound familiar? (We’re waiting to see if KL can send us a photo.)

We found a flame point domestic shorthair today, 79th and Linden. He’s about 6mo to 1yr old. Very sweet. Took him to Seattle Animal Shelter to see if he had a chip, he didn’t unfortunately and no collar either. He has been taken in by the shelter, so if someone can identify him, he is cozy and waiting for his family!

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Original editor behind our sister site Wedgwood View dies

December 21st, 2012 by Doree

The original editor of our sister site, Wedgwood View, has died after fighting cancer for more than two years.

From Wedgwood View:

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the original voice behind Wedgwood View, Wayne Wurzer, died at age 50 after a 2½-year battle with cancer.

As one of the faces behind All That Dance, 8507 35th Ave. N.E., where his wife, Maygan, teaches dance to children of all ages, Wayne was known throughout the community.

He was also known throughout the journalism world after working at both The Seattle Times and the Seattle P-I as a reporter and editor, which is what led him to start Wedgwood View in early 2010.

Just a few short months later Wayne was diagnosed with cancer, and he eventually stopped reporting for Wedgwood View to focus on getting better.

You can read more about Wayne in his obituary in The Seattle Times.

Our condolences to Wayne’s family and friends.

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Parvo canine virus likely contracted at Woodland Park offleash area

December 21st, 2012 by Doree

Jen emailed to tell us that her dog was just diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious disease affecting dogs, and she wanted others to be aware.

I was hoping you would help get the word out that my 11 mo. old fully vaccinated lab was just diagnosed with Parvo, and the time frame makes it almost certain that she contracted it at Woodland Park offleash dog park. I just don’t want any other pups getting sick, or if they do show signs of getting sick that their owners take them in asap!

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Live music, theater and anniversary celebration in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

December 21st, 2012 by Doree

Take a break from Christmas shopping this weekend and enjoy some great live music in the neighborhood, and a celebration of the anniversary of a local business.

It’s a big weekend for Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., as it celebrates its third anniversary in its new location (after 20 years in its first location). First up on Friday night at 7:30, it’s a Classical Guitar Salon. Then all day Saturday is the book store’s anniversary celebration, with live music and other treats all day long. Then on Sunday at 6 p.m., come listen to the Rhythm Rollers – Northern Tune Open Jam.

Taproot Theatre continues its run of the popular “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.”

Seattle Folklore Society presents a Winter Solstice concert of instrumental music, songs and poetry, with Stanley and Kip Greenthal, and special guests Jamie Laval and Christos Govetas. More information and reservations online, or call 206-528-8523.

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Smash and grab, attempted car prowl, house broken into in Phinney-Greenwood last night

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

It was a busy night for crime in our neighborhod last night. Sarah emailed to tell us about a car break-in she witnessed last night.

The car break-in happened on 1st in front of St. John the Evangelist in the evening after dark. I was walking my dog across the street when a car pulled up in front of the church, I heard a thump, and the car sped off. I asked the woman who was on that side of the street if something had happened and she wasn’t sure, but thought so. Then we saw the back window of the SUV had been broken out. This all took place in less than 40 seconds. I didn’t pay close attention because I thought it was someone running late to pick up their kid. The other woman also assumed it was someone running late.

So, my take-away from this, is pay attention to any odd behavior. And no matter how quick you think you’ll be, never leave stuff in your car and always lock your car. This happened really fast.

The guy only got reusable grocery bags it looks like. He was driving an older station wagon type car that was white or light grey. The police were called and were coming to take a report.

Coincidentally, last night we witnessed an attempted car prowl by a man in a white station wagon near the corner of 7th Avenue NW and NW 73rd Street. The man sped around the corner, stopped his car in the middle of the street, and quickly looked inside the windows of two parked cars with a bright flashlight. I yelled at him to stop and he jumped in his car and sped away. I called the police and made a report over the phone.

Sarah also tells us her neighbor’s house was broken into sometime yesterday.

I came home to find out our neighbors’ house had been broken into and burgled. This is at 83rd and 3rd. It happened during the day. It looks like they might have broken through a place in the back fence where a board was already missing. More boards had been broken out. They forced open a basement window (the type of window that slides side-to-side) and stole a bunch of stuff, including x-mas presents. The police were called and took a report. The police were there quite a while.

My take-away from this crime is try to limit access to your backyard—put locks on your gates, keep valuables and presents away from view of windows, adopt a dog, communicate with your neighbors. (We had noticed the broken fence earlier in the day and left a note. Our neighbor hadn’t seen the note yet and also didn’t know about the fence until we told them after the police were called.) Also very important, do automatic, off-site back up of your files, photos, etc. You can’t stress this enough.

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No Christmas or New Year’s Day waste pickup, will be collected one day later

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up customers’ garbage, recyling or yard waste on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Customers with Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections will have their waste picked up one day later than usual those weeks.

Seattle Public Utilities is telephoning customers this week to let them know of the change.

Both of the city’s Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Package theft – with a twist

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

Kate tells us that the contents of a package were stolen from her front porch in Greenwood yesterday:

Just wanted to alert neighbors to some unChristmas-like activity in the neighborhood. I live a block off of Greenwood on 83rd Street, and I came home today to find a package that I was expecting on my front porch. Once I took the package inside, I quickly realized that it had been cut open, and the contents had been removed. Some time between 9am and 3pm, someone entered the fenced yard, opened the package, and made of with my Christmas gift from my mother.

This isn’t the first incident of the sort that I have heard about. Be sure to keep an eye out for your neighbors- especially those of us that are at work during the day.

Has anyone else had a similar experience where the package was cut open and the contents removed, but the package left behind?

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