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Upcoming candidate forums, debates

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

Folks have several upcoming opportunities to find out more about candidates and issues on the November ballot.

Next Monday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Greenwood Community Council is hosting a forum with candidates from City Council Districts 5 and 6. District 5 generally covers Greenwood north of 85th Street, while District 6 generally covers the area south of 85th Street.

  • 6:45 p.m. – Doors open
  • 7 p.m. – District 5 Candidates – Sandy Brown and Debora Juarez
  • 7:40 p.m. – Break
  • 7:45 p.m. – District 6 Candidates – Catherine Weatbrook and Mike O’Brien
  • 8:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a District 6 candidates forum and debate at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Then from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, also at the Greenwood Library, the Greenwood Community Council hosts a “Speed Candidating” event.

There are many races and ballot measure this fall — too many to fit into a debate format, so instead we will provide an opportunity for candidates who can fit it into their schedule to come make their pitch and answer your questions. All candidates and ballot representatives will be invited. This will replace our regular October community council meeting this month.

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UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Stolen bicycle found in Greenwood yard

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

Update: The bike’s owner has been found.

Earlier: Mark found a bicycle in his yard at NW 83rd Street and 6th Avenue NW on Tuesday morning and assumes it was stolen and dumped. If you think it’s yours, please call or email him with a description at 206-380-3670 or mark@falconerdesignstudio.com.

If no one comes forward within two weeks, he’ll donate it.

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Pig Out to Root Out Hunger is today!

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

Pig Out logo 2015 -resizedOur neighborhood’s annual Pig Out to Root Out Hunger is happening all day today (Wednesday). Eat at any of the participating businesses, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program.

Participating businesses will have colorful whirligig signs out front. You can also make a direct donation to the Hot Meal Program by sending a check to the Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.

  • 74th Street Ale House, 7401 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • A La Mode Pies, 5821 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Bill’s On Greenwood, 8560 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • El Chupacabra, 6711 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Fresh Flours, 6015 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Georgia’s Greek Restaurant, 323 NW 85th St.
  • Kouzina Greek Restaurant, 8403 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Martino’s, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Pete’s Egg Nest, 7717 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Phinney Market, 5918 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Prost!, 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Razzis Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Red Mill Burgers, 312 N. 67th St.
  • Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Stumbling Goat Bistro, 6722 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Tangerine Thai, 5914 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Thaiku, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Wing Dome, 7818 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 7419 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Yard Cafe, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Zeeks Pizza, 6000 Phinney Ave. N.

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Second community meeting for Woodland Park Zoo Sensory Garden design is Oct. 21

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

The second meeting for community input on Woodland Park Zoo’s new Sensory Garden is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6552 Phinney Ave. N.

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will present a preferred design that was developed from community input, and will gather additional ideas to be incorporated into the final design.

This community-initiated project develops a garden for the senses by adding enhanced sight, touch, smell and sound elements with the intent to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Sensory Garden is an expansion of Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on .7 acres of existing zoo property. The new garden will be located adjacent to the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo at 700 N 50th Street.

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Vehicle windows smashed inside gated garage in Phinney Ridge, items stolen

October 6th, 2015 by Doree

Jamie tells us someone smashed the rear driver-side windows of her car in her apartment’s gated garage at North 71st Street and Greenwood Avenue North between 2:30-7:30 a.m. today and stole a number of things.

Please email her at jamielynnlynn@hotmail.com if you have any information or find any of the following:

  • Portable car battery charger
  • Black backpack with many compartments containing:
  1. Asus laptop (very thin), encrypted (police have serial number)
  2. VW Key/remote attached with several other non-distinguishable keys
  3. BECU checkbook
  4. Cell phone batteries (Samsung)
  5. Various USB cables, phone charger
  6. Bluetooth mouse
  7. TopPot travel coffee mug

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Varnish Salon on Phinney closed, eviction notice posted on window

October 6th, 2015 by Doree

Varnish Salon at 7407 Greenwood Ave. N. appeared to be closed several weeks ago, and now an eviction notice has been posted on the window. The notice from the King County Sheriff’s Office says the premises must be vacated by Oct. 7 (Wednesday) and all possessions inside will be removed.

The salon’s website is still up but the phone number is no longer in service. The owners did not respond to an email sent on Sept. 23 for more information.

Varnish Salon opened in March 2012.

(Thanks to Jeff for the tip about the eviction notice.)

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SDOT beginning installation of new sidewalks, planting strips and curbs on Greenwood Avenue between North 92nd and 105th streets

October 5th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is about to begin putting in new sidewalks, planting strips, and curbs on the east side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and 105th streets.

The addition of six foot sidewalks along with a five foot planting strip and ADA compliant curb ramps will create a much safer and more pleasant experience for pedestrians. (Unfortunately, funding limitations prevents construction on the west side of the street, although much of this stretch already has sidewalks.)
In addition, in-lane bus islands with new shelters and lighting will be added at the intersections of N 92nd St and N 97th St (both north and southbound), permitting buses to load and unload without leaving the travel lane.

Such in-lane bus stops shorten the amount of time the bus spends at the stop, thereby increasing bus efficiency and reliability. Other bus stop closures and relocations will improve bus stop spacing.

The $3.5 million transit and sidewalk project is possible with funding from the Neighborhood Street Fund Program, the Bridging the Gap Levy, and a grant from the State’s Transportation Improvement Board. The project is expected to be completed by next Spring.



Reminder: Tonight is Greenwood Community Council forum on Move Seattle levy

October 5th, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee is hosting a forum from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, about the Move Seattle levy proposal on the November ballot.

In 2006, Seattle voters approved a nine-year $365 million transportation levy, known as Bridging the Gap, which will expire at the end of 2015. For the last eight years, this levy provided the Seattle Department of Transportation with nearly 25% of it’s funding with funds being used to address maintenance backlogs, improve transit service, rehabilitate bridges, and implement pedestrian safety projects throughout the city.

This November Seattle voters will vote on a new transportation levy that will replace Bridging the Gap. The replacement levy proposal, called “Move Seattle,” will fund an array of transportation projects throughout the city with the goals of reducing congestion, increasing safety, and improving aging infrastructure.

The $900 million Move Seattle levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (approx. $450,000) about $275 per year for nine years.

We will be hosting a panel of representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle campaign who will make a brief presentation of what is in the levy proposal and what projects are specifically planned for North Seattle. We will also reserve plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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Phinney Ridge resident concerned about increased noise from tourist helicopters over the neighborhood

October 5th, 2015 by Doree

Sanjay wrote to tell us he’s concerned about the increasing noise from Helicopters Northwest and Seattle HeliTours, which fly low over the neighborhood.

Have you noticed a lot of noise from helicopters this past summer? That is because two helicopter tourist companies now advertise that they fly over Green Lake and the Ballard Locks. To fly between these sites the helicopters fly over Phinney Ridge. Since our neighborhood is, in fact, a ridge, the ground rises up and the helicopters fly at a very low elevation as they crest Phinney Ridge. The tour company’s web sites gush that the helicopters fly as low as 500 feet above the ground.

How exciting this must be for the passengers, but the result for our neighborhood is noise. This noise is harming the quality of life in our neighborhood.

What can we do about it? I contacted some of our Seattle and King County representatives to ask about what can be done. Larry Phillips replied to me saying “The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates noise from low-flying aircraft, such as helicopters. The Seattle Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) can be reached by phone at (425) 227-2813 or by email.”

He’s wondering if others would like to discuss the issue and possible solutions. You can email him at beeshma70@gmail.com.

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