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Entries from January 2013

Thieves try to siphon gas from at least 3 cars in Phinney Ridge

January 31st, 2013 by Doree

Roger tells us that at least three neighbors near Greenwood Avenue North and Greenwood Circle had gas siphoned – or attempted to be siphoned – from their cars overnight.

Roger’s gas tank cover was open, but he has a locking gas cap, so it was inaccessible. He noticed gas caps hanging off of two neighbors’ vehicles.

Did anyone else have this problem?

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UPDATE: The Shop Agora closes Phinney Ridge store, turning into wholesale showroom, distribution center

January 30th, 2013 by Doree

Update Thursday: We’ve just heard back from The Shop Agora’s owners, and they tell us the Phinney Ridge store is being turned into a wholesale showroom and online distribution center because their business is expanding. They’ve consolidated their retail and food service to the Capitol Hill store.

Earlier: The Shop Agora has closed its Phinney Ridge store, 6417-A Phinney Ave. N. The sign on the door asks customers to visit its  Capitol Hill store, which opened in August 2011, at 346 15th Ave. E.


The shades remain closed, but in looking through the glass door you can see they’ve started packing up.



Taproot Theatre expansion on track for late-summer completion

January 30th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s expansion is coming along, as crews get the site ready for the modular construction building to be installed sometime this summer.


The back side of Taproot Theatre’s existing building is on the right.

Taproot’s Producing Artistic Director, Scott Nolte, tells me the plan is for the new building to be finished in late summer. With modular construction, the building components are completed offsite, then installation and finish work takes about four to six weeks.

The expansion takes the place of the former Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which housed four restaurants and burned in the Oct. 23, 2009, arson. The new building will include a second theater, dressing rooms, offices, scene workshop and a café and wine bar at 208 N. 85th Street.

If you’re wondering about the huge mural that was installed along the construction fence two months after the arson, Nolte said it is currently in storage, waiting for someone to come forward with a new site for it. Nolte said the mural would likely need to be touched up by the artists first.



The mural used to cover most of the length of the construction fence.

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Greenwood Fred Meyer opening at 7 a.m. Friday

January 30th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that the remodeled Greenwood Fred Meyer will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, at 100 NW 85th St.

The parking lot was full of construction vehicles and workers making last-minute preparations this morning.


The old Greenwood Market sign on the corner of NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW was finally taken down last week and has been replaced with a Fred Meyer sign.



Fred Meyer employees will serve cake at 2 p.m. Friday, and they’ll be donating $25,000 to local charities, including $5,000 to the Greenwood Senior Center and $5,000 to the Greenwood Food Bank. The store also will have a food drive for the food bank for the month of February, and will use its coin collection boxes at registers to collect donations for the food bank until May 25.

Fred Meyer also plans to donate perishable food items to the Greenwood Food Bank five days a week through the Grocery Rescue Program.

Update: Fred Meyer Public Affairs Spokeswoman Melinda Merrill just told me that neighbors are invited for a sneak peek inside the store from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Customers can use the grand opening ad that will be in the newspaper; there will also be lots of food samples.

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‘Jeeves in Bloom’ opens at Taproot on Friday

January 29th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents “Jeeves in Bloom” from Feb. 1-March 2 (previews Wednesday and Thursday).


Randy Scholz, Matt Shimkus and Aaron Lamb. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Then Bertie Wooster pays a visit. While ducking romance, fleeing a cleaver-wielding chef and burgling his uncle, Bertie’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse…

Wodehouse’s Jeeves series is considered by many to be some of the most humorous writing in the English language. The characters rose in popularity and were made infamous in the 1990’s BBC comedy series, Jeeves and Wooster, starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. The Jeeves character also inspired the phrase “right ho, Jeeves” and the internet search engine, askjeeves.com. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was a master of English prose who was admired by his contemporaries and successors alike.

Taproot Theatre’s production of Jeeves in Bloom is directed by Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund and features Matt Shimkus as Jeeves and Aaron Lamb as Bertie Wooster, accompanied by the talented Marianna de Fazio, Stephen Grenley, Parker Matthews, Kim Morris and Randy Scholz. The production team includes scenic and sound designer Mark Lund, costume designer Sarah Burch Gordon and lighting designer Roberta Russell. Micah Lynn Trapp serves as stage manager, Christine Marie Brown as dialect coach and Tina Polzin as dramaturg.

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Suspect in Greenwood home invasion arrested

January 28th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police have arrested a suspect in a home invasion in Greenwood and a series of violent armed robberies in another part of the city.

From the SPD Blotter:

Seattle police have arrested a man suspected in a series of violent armed robberies in the East Precinct, and a home invasion in Greenwood.

Detectives believe the man opened fire inside a home during a January 20th home invasion robbery at 92nd and Greenwood, and pulled a gun on several victims and threatened to shoot them during several holdups in the East Precinct over the last month.
On Sunday, patrol officers spotted the 19-year-old suspect near Mount Baker and chased after him on foot. Officers were able to catch up to him, arrest him, and book him into the King County Jail for robbery.

Officers also found a handgun not far from where they arrested the man.

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Visit Fire Station 21 on Neighbor Appreciation Day Feb. 9

January 28th, 2013 by Doree

Neighbor-Appreciation-Day-2004ArtWinner-resizedThe 19th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is on Saturday, Feb. 9. It’s a day to celebrate all our great neighbors and communities. As part of the festivities, nearly two dozen fire stations will open their doors to the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so people can take a tour and get to know their firefighters better.

Besides Station 21 at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N., nearby stations celebrating that day include Green Lake Fire Station 16, 6846 Oswego Place NE; Ballard Fire Station 18, 1521 NW Market St.; Bitter Lake Fire Station 24, 401 N 130th St.; and Crown Hill Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave. NW.

The city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day website allows you to send an e-card to neighbors, tell a story about your favorite neighbor or what makes your neighborhood special, ideas for how to celebrate the day, and an events calendar for the day.

By the way, Neighbor Appreciation Day was first suggested to the city in 1995 by Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood. Thanks, Judith!

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School open houses, live music and home remodeling in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

January 25th, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of events happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Three schools in the neighborhood are hosting open houses for prospective students on Saturday.

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St., is hosting its open house for preschool through 8th grade at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fitzgerald Room, followed by Bingo Night at 6 p.m.

KapKa Cooperative School, 510 N. 49th St., just south of Woodland Park Zoo, is hosting its open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

North Seattle Fives, 5515 Phinney Ave. N., is hosting its open house at 1 p.m. Saturday.

David Grier performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, the third Greenwood Lit Crawl begins. “A Quintet of Quays” visits Chocolati, Couth Buzzard, Bherd Studios and Naked City Brewery.

Community Open Mic, hosted by Theo Dzielak, at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Couth Buzzard hosts Rhythm Rollers — Northern Tune Open Jam.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Phil and Vivian Williams in concert at 7:30p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $15, or $13 for SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids are half price. Reserve seats online or call 206-528-8523.

They play the hoedowns, reels, waltzes, dance tunes, and songs that came to the Pacific Northwest with the pioneers over the Oregon Trail, and later immigrants. This dynamic, foot stomping music is played on acoustic instruments – fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin – as it was in the old days. It brings back the images of relaxing after a hard day on the Trail, the Saturday night dance in the Grange Hall, and the simple pleasures of having a good time playing music with friends and neighbors after the day’s chores are done.

The 5th annual Beatles Sing-along benefit for Elizabeth Gregory Home, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s School’s Egan Hall, 123 N. 79th St. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults ,$5 for kids, and $10 for seniors.

Elizabeth Gregory Home provides transitional housing, case management, and drop-in services to adult women who are homeless in the Seattle and surrounding areas, including King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. EGH officially opened its doors to homeless women in 2006. It now operates a day center in the University District, where women may wash their clothes, cook meals, and learn computer skills, as well as a residence in the Maple Leaf neighborhood where a few women stay while transitioning to a better life. More information can be found online.

The sing-along features a live band and lyrics displayed on a screen to help refresh old memories (and create new ones). Over three dozen Beatles tunes are covered spanning their entire career, from the simpler early songs to more complex arrangements which feature strings and horns. The event is truly multigenerational, as previous years have had attendees ranging from toddler to 90+ years of age.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design and Remodel Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with dozens of contractors, architects, electricians, permit specialists and others on hand. Cost is $6 for PNA members, $10 for the general public. Children 12 and under are free.


50¢ Books gone, Happy Feet Reflexology coming

January 24th, 2013 by Doree

Dann’s 50¢ Books has moved out of 8536 Greenwood Ave. N. after opening last summer, but Happy Feet Reflexology is moving in, according to a sign in the window.

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Happy Feet still has its original location in Roosevelt, at 1223 NE 65th St. It offers Chinese foot reflexology and body acupressure.

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Big turnaround in 2012 for Northwest Seattle housing market (sponsored story)

January 24th, 2013 by Geeky Swedes

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

What a difference a year makes … sale prices continue their climb and time on market continues to drop. It is definitely turning into a seller’s market.

For the 11th consecutive month the median sale price for single-family homes sold in Northwest Seattle, including Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Phinney and Wallingford, met or exceeded the sale price for the same period a year prior. Much of this trend can be attributed to a decrease in the supply of homes for sale in 2012 compared to 2011.

In addition to a shortage of inventory, record low interest rates, continued strong hiring by Amazon, Microsoft and a slew of smaller to midsize companies and a general belief that the market has hit bottom has resulted in strong appreciation for most Seattle home owners and sellers in 2012.

The median sale price for single-family homes sold in 2012 in NW Seattle was $425,000 compared to $399,000 for 2011, a 6.5% increase. The average time on market decreased to 32 days in 2012 from 42 days in 2011.

A less than a 3 month supply of homes is generally considered a Seller’s market. The overall supply of NW Seattle homes averaged around 1.4 months of inventory for 2012 compared to a little less than a 3 month supply for 2011.

Expected trends for 2013 include continued low interest rates and inventory as well as multiple offers situations for competitively priced homes in popular neighborhoods including most of NW Seattle with its great walkability, popular schools and proximity to downtown.

More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found here.

Tip: Even in a strong home Seller’s market amazing photos and professional marketing materials (including a custom website and full color two sided flyers) can result in a quicker sale and the best sale price.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com.

(Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.)

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Christ the King school collecting canned food for food bank

January 24th, 2013 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School’s Student Council is collecting canned food to benefit the Lake City Food Bank and North Helpline. So far they’ve collected 1,461 cans, and hope to have 2,013 cans by next Wednesday.


The goal of the canned food drive is to help students become aware of the growing need for food during difficult economic times as well as having CKS students do their part to contribute to their community. CKS students have a long history of volunteering and service to their community at large. In working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Christ the King Parish, they now have a working relationship for a very worthy cause.

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 North 117th St., also is hosting an open house for preschool through 8th grades at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Neighborhood news roundup: spa services, child dance classes, theater and literature, crime

January 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of good and bad news from the neighborhood.

Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna, 8538 1st Ave. NW in the Piper Village complex, next to Mud Bay, plans to open for business on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Xochil Squaglia will be joining Varnish salon at 7407 Greenwood Ave. N. on Feb. 1 to provide massage therapy, nail care, and skin care. She is offering introductory specials of a $40 massage (one hour), and a $10 brow wax.

The contemporary Greenwood home of Alison Pember and Jason Hansen was featured in Sunday’s Pacific Magazine in The Seattle Times.

Nurturing Pathways still has room in some of its winter classes (and they’ll prorate the cost since classes started earlier this month). Nurturing Pathways is a creative dance program for babies and young children up to 4 years old, to encourage motor and brain development.

Book-It Repertory Theatre and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., are hosting “Write Like I Do” from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as a benefit for nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle. Described as “From the Page to the Stage: How to transform great literature into great theatre,” the workshop will explain how to adapt a novel into a stage script.

We break down the process in this interactive workshop with Jane Jones, (Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Book It) and Kevin McKeon, (the adaptor of Book-It’s acclaimed ‘Anna Karenina’) and consider the writer/director relationship and the importance of collaboration.

Participants are welcome to buy food and/or drinks from Naked City, who are hosting this event; table service will be provided throughout the workshop. 826 Seattle will provide paper and writing implements and will offer a 25% discount at their Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company store (day of workshop only).

Tickets are $10 through  Brown Paper Tickets.

And in continuing crime news, Caitlyn tells us someone stole the contents of a package off her front porch Tuesday, near Fremont Avenue North and North 84th Street, then left the packaging in the front yard. She says she’s surprised the thief was bold enough to commit the crime while her two dogs barked.

And Drew says his car was broken into Monday night near Fremont Avenue North and North 81st Street. A suspect was seen running a block away, then jumping into a car driven by someone else. He says the car was a white, four-door, possibly a Toyota, with a license plate beginning with “A.”