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UPDATE: FOUND — Ball python on the loose from Phinney Ridge

July 1st, 2015 by Doree

Update Wednesday 7:45 p.m.: Sharri was reunited with her ball python at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

I’m happy to tell you that, thanks to many kind people in the neighborhood, I’ve found my snake! He was indeed at the Animal Shelter. Thank you so much for your help, and please extend my deepest gratitude to the kind friends in the neighborhood and the Seattle Animal Shelter for taking good care of my boy. He’s home safe and sound!

Earlier: Sharri tells us her ball python escaped from her home at the bottom of North 59th Street in Phinney Ridge.

He’s entirely harmless…in fact he’s a curious and friendly animal. He’s known for escaping, that’s how I came to adopt him, actually. I’d just like a few more eyes around the neighborhood if they see him. My bet is that he’d head downhill if anything, and I’m at the bottom of 59th. He’s about 4.5 ft long, maybe 2-3 inches in girth. He has an eye wound on his right eye, which makes him pretty distinctive.

He’s black with brown turn-key patterns. He’s friendly, but shy, and should be fine to pick up. He’ll coil or ball up if people move very quickly toward him, and sometimes he hisses, but he’s all bark and no bite. He can go in a pillow case or carried for transport, but should be placed in a large, holed tupperware container or cardboard box lined with paper towels, somewhere quiet and probably a bit dark. Ball pythons are nocturnal, and he’s usually happy to sit in one place all day long. They like heat, but he should be fine for the time it’d take me to get to whoever finds him.

If you’ve seen it, please email her at sharri@u.washington.edu

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Verity Credit Union opening Greenwood branch in August

June 30th, 2015 by Doree

Verity Credit Union is opening at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. sometime in August.

Momentum, a national plan-design-build firm, and SUM Design Studio are constructing the 1,700-square-foot space in a new building at the intersection of Morrow Lane and Greenwood Avenue North.


Verity has launched a new initiative to feature local artists’ work, physically or digitally, in their branches. Verity-Greenwood will be one of the first new branches to feature local artwork.

Verity, which first opened in the Seattle area in 1933, offers credit union membership to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Washington.

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17-year-old Phinney resident Rory Carlson wins Green Lake 1-mile open water swim

June 30th, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Rory Carlson, 17, won the 11th annual Green Lake one-mile open water swim on Sunday.

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Photo courtesy of the Carlson family.

The annual event is run by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

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Women’s World Cup games on the big screen at PNA this week

June 30th, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that you can watch Women’s World Cup games this week on the big screen at the Phinney Neighborhood Association in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

  • Today’s semi-final of USA vs. Germany begins at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday’s other semi-final, Japan vs. England, begins at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday’s third-place match is at 1 p.m.
  • And Sunday’s final is at 4 p.m.

The movie screen is 14-by-8 feet. Admission is free, but donations to the PNA are gladly accepted. Suggested donations are $3 for adults; $2 for children under 18, and $10 for families of four or more. Entry is first come, first seated. The PNA is at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., but the Brick Building is at North 67th Street and Dayton Avenue North (enter through lower parking lot).

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SPD busts ringleader of prolific burglary ring, has photos of hundreds of stolen items to return to owners

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

Last week Seattle Police arrested the suspected ringleader of a prolific North Seattle burglary ring and his girlfriend at a motel near University Village. SPD believes the crew broke into homes during the day and businesses at night, as well as storage units.

You can read more on the SPD Blotter.

Detectives have already arrested two other suspects in the case, but are still seeking three others.

Police found hundreds of suspected stolen items in the suspects’ truck and storage unit. They’ve posted pictures online of the stolen items. If you believe any of the items are yours, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at SPD5002@seattle.gov.

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Seattle Fire Department: Fireworks are illegal in Seattle

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department is reminding people that consumer fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle.

From SFD’s Fireline:

Do not use consumer fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle without a permit from the Seattle Fire Department. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. Celebrate Independence Day by attending a public fireworks display.

Did you know?

  • In 2013, an estimated 11,400 people went to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries.
  • Two out of five people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
  • Sparklers burn at more than 1200 degrees.
  • Sparklers alone accounted for 41% of the emergency room fireworks injuries.
  • Sparklers accounted for 79% of the injuries to children under five.

Keep you and your family safe from the risk of fireworks. Watch a public display and leave the dangerous fireworks to the experts.

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More scenes from the Greenwood Car Show

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

Mike V sent us some great photos from Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show, which brought tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood. Thanks, Mike!




Steve Walker, created of the PhinneyWood holiday monkeys, and his Grand Prix Truck, which he built.



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Dog found near Herkimer’s this morning

June 28th, 2015 by Doree

Update: Dog and owner have been reunited.

Earlier: Kelly says this dog has been hanging around Herkimer’s coffee shop at North 73rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North today. If you know who it belongs to, please call 206-484-2858.


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Tens of thousands of people gawking at cool cars at Greenwood Car Show today

June 27th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood Avenue is a sea of people from North 67th to 90th streets today, as they take in the annual Greenwood Car Show, with more than 500 classic and cool cars.


Organizers expect about 40,000 people today. The show ends at 4 p.m., with the road reopening about 6 p.m. East-west traffic can get through at 80th and 85th streets.

Here are just a few highlights of cars we loved.





Hydroplanes were on display in the Safeway parking lot at 87th Street.


The Kids’ Zone is on Morrow Lane (86th Street) with free activities: bounce house for little ones, inflatable slide, temporary tattoos, spin-the-wheel to win prizes, bubbles and chalk art.