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Give Parks department your input on new park at 81st and Greenwood Saturday

June 24th, 2016 by Doree

Stop by 81st and Greenwood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during the Greenwood Car Show and give Seattle Parks and Recreation your input for a new park on that site. The park will cover the entire east side of Greenwood Avenue North between 81st and 82nd streets, just north of the Greenwood Library.

The strip mall and Bleachers Pub buildings are scheduled to be demolished this fall. Cascade Design Collaborative will design the park this summer and fall. Construction will take place winter through fall of 2017.


You can also take an online survey. They’ve even got a Pinterest page where you can post ideas.

Members of the Greenwood Community Council also will be at the future park site, giving away free temporary tattoos with the “Show Greenwood Some Love” design that was a T-shirt fundraiser after the March 9 natural gas explosion. (GCC members also will be at Sunday’s Celebrate North Seattle event in the Oak Tree Village parking lot, along with the Aurora-Licton Springs Urban Village group.)

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Greenwood Cancer Survivor Chooses to Love his Cancer Away

June 24th, 2016 by Doree

This post sponsored by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

“I realized this tumor and disease is part of me, likely forever. I chose not to fight my cancer but love it away.” Brian Tracy – Greenwood resident

“I realized this tumor and disease is part of me, likely forever. I chose not to fight my cancer but love it away.” Brian Tracy – Greenwood resident

Brian Tracy has every reason to be bitter and angry. The Greenwood man got brain cancer last year, when his wife was three months pregnant with their first child. Doctors told him he had an inoperable brain tumor. “We intentionally set the message of love and positivity and asked our family and friends to support us with that energy, while leaving fear and hate at the door,” said Brian.


Brian says loving the cancer doesn’t mean he forgoes treatment; it just means he stays positive, even when things are difficult. He’s completing a year of treatment and takes one day at a time, but he says the prognosis looks good. “I reflect on the past year and I am filled with gratitude,” said Brian. “Gratitude for my most amazing and strong wife, and for the gift of our incredible daughter Rosemary. I am even grateful to my tumor and disease itself, which has taught me about life and love in profound ways.”

Brian’s “Be Positive” motto inspired his friends, and prompted co-workers to create a t-shirt. A smiling Brian wearing shades with the motto “Be Positive” is on the front of the shirt. They’ve sold 850 shirts as part of a fundraiser, raising $14,400 for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, one of Fred Hutch’s partners.

This summer, the Greenwood father is setting his sights on the 25-mile route at Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for Fred Hutch. “I am doing Obliteride because my life may depend on it someday,” said Brian. “Fred Hutch does incredible research right here in Seattle. I see a long life ahead of me, but having more tools to treat cancer may help save me and many others in the future.”


Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for life-saving cancer research in just three years. Every dollar riders fundraise goes directly to Fred Hutch.

“These funds are vital to our work toward cancer cures,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the verge of breakthroughs. For example, our scientists have seen extraordinary success using a patient’s own immune cells to make cancer literally vanish, even in patients with the most advanced stages of disease. It’s unprecedented. Fundraising efforts like Obliteride help us cure cancer faster.”

The need for cures is urgent and the facts are scary. One out of three women and half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer. This year, nearly 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the Northwest alone.

Join Obliteride – the movement to cure cancer faster

Obliteride has routes for everyone from rookies to road warriors. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.

To be part of this exciting event on Aug. 14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-165 miles or volunteer at obliteride.org.

If you would like to donate to Brian’s ride, go to his personal fundraising page.

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Greenwood Car Show, farmers market, fundraiser for Haiti school, and lots of concerts in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

June 24th, 2016 by Doree

My goodness, it’s going to be a busy weekend in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge! Here are some highlights. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh veggies, fruit, flowers, honey, bread, cider and more, plus several dining options (and ice cream and popsicles for dessert). If you’re walking from the north end of the neighborhood, the Phinney Farmers Market Walking Group leaves the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 3 p.m.

Elas Trio at Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., at 6:30 p.m. Friday. $8 cover or included with $25 dinner and glass of wine.

Woodland Park Zoo’s “Hoot for the Hood” neighbor appreciation event is from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Enter through the West gate. Evening parking is free for the event.

The 24th annual Greenwood Car Show will take over Greenwood Avenue from North 67th to North 90th streets all day on Saturday. The road will be closed from 4 a.m. until about 7 p.m. (or whenever the last of the expected 800 cars drives away) and Metro Route 5 will be rerouted (east and west traffic can cross at 80th and 85th). The car show officially runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s music all day long at the Main Stage at 79th Street. About 40,000 people are expected so parking will fill up side streets too.

The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting its annual Car Show Pancake Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for the whole family. All proceeds benefit the senior center’s programs and services.

During Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show, stop by the corner of 81st and Greenwood where you can provide input on a new park that will fill the entire east side of the block between 81st and 82nd streets. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s planner and Cascade Design Collaborative’s designers will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to gather your ideas. This will be the first of three public meetings. You can also provide your ideas through an online survey and post ideas to the park’s Pinterest page.

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus has its annual Haiti benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. Free, with all donations going to a school in Haiti.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Bill Davie and Kelly Murphy in concert at 7 p.m. Friday; Jim Page and Grant Dermody in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

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PhinneyWood celebrates 8 years as your neighborhood news source

June 22nd, 2016 by Doree

PhinneyWood.com is celebrating its eighth anniversary as the neighborhood news source for Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. In that time we’ve published more than 6,000 stories about everything from business and transportation issues to crime, breaking news, lost pets and interesting people. And that doesn’t include the thousands of events we’ve promoted through our free Events calendar.

Along the way we won a national journalism award for our breaking news coverage of the arson that destroyed four Greenwood businesses in 2009, and the made-up word “PhinneyWood” became a PLACE, not just a news site. Neighborhood real estate listings and advertisements now routinely use the term PhinneyWood to describe the neighborhood, as does our neighborhood’s monthly Art Up PhinneyWood artwalk and the PNA Business Group’s DoPhinneyWood.com website.

PhinneyWood is independently owned by Doree Armstrong and Dale Steinke (neighborhood residents for 20 years), but is part of the Next Door Media network for advertising (not to be confused with Nextdoor, a different company founded in California in 2010 which runs neighborhood forums in several states). Our partner sites are My Ballard, Queen Anne View, Fremont Universe, Magnolia Voice, Wedgwood View, Maple Leaf Life, My Wallingford and U District Daily.

PhinneyWood and each of our sister sites relies on advertising revenue as the sole source of income. Neighborhood and regional businesses can reach thousands of potential customers every day with ads targeted to specific neighborhoods. If you’re interested in advertising, please email our advertising manager, Jenni Sandmeyer, at NextDoorMediaJenni@gmail.com. (PNA Business Group members now receive 10 percent off advertising.)

Anyone can submit an item to our Events calendar. Just click here, fill out the info and click Submit Event. We’ll give it a quick proof before publishing. So if you’ve got a concert, play, open mic night, school event open to the public, kids crafting workshop, pet adoption event, etc., please use this free resource to get the word out.

And if you’ve got a news tip, please email us at tips@phinneywood.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you to our wonderful community for all the news tips, photos and collaboration over the last eight years. We couldn’t do it without you!


Hundreds of classic cars to fill Greenwood Avenue Saturday for the 24th annual Greenwood Car Show

June 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Knights Car Club is once again hosting the enormous Greenwood Car Show, with an estimated 800 classic cars stretching more than a mile and half down Greenwood Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. About 40,000 people are expected.


It’s an officially sanctioned Seafair event as well as a fundraiser for local charities, with organizers giving back profits from registration fees.

See everything from 1920s era classic cars to modern electric vehicles, vintage fire trucks and police cars. Three classic hydroplanes will be on display in the Safeway parking lot at North 87th Street. The LeMay Family Collection will have nine vehicles on display, including a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville, a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air, and a 1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau.


The main stage at Greenwood Avenue and North 79th Street will feature live music all day long:

  • 10-10:45 a.m.: School of Rock
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: The Golden Years (Seattle trio influenced by the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s)
  • 12-1:45 p.m. Sir Real (eclectic rock)
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: The Raineros (country & western, honky tonk, Western swing)

Emcee Lance Lambert of “The Vintage Vehicle Show” will join Dennis Gage of “My Classic Car” on the main stage 3 p.m. for the awards ceremony. Gage will be shooting footage all day long for an upcoming episode.

The Volunteers of America will be collecting nonperishable items for the food bank at their booth at North 87th Street, the Main Stage at North 79th Street, the Greenwood Knights booth at North 77th Street, Ken’s Market at North 73rd Street, and car show registration check-in at North 71st Street.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7-11 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $15 for families.

Top Ten Toys and Sanctuary Church are hosting a Kids Zone on Morrow Lane (west side of Greenwood Avenue between North 85th and 87th streets), with a bouncy slide, games and prizes. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting the 7th annual Beer Can Derby and Root Beer Can Derby at 12 p.m. in the Walrus Beer Garden.

The 40-foot-long, four-lane track was designed to Seattle engineers Jason Herndon and Todd Boedecker. Entry fee is five non-perishable food items for the food bank. (Spectators are encouraged to bring food donations as well.) The Beer Can Derby is for adults (21+), and vehicle designs must include one beer can. The Root Beer Can Derby is open to all ages, and participants must include one soda can in their car design.
Greenwood Avenue will be closed to other traffic from North 67th to North 90th streets. East- and west-bound traffic will use 80th and 85th streets. Police will direct traffic.

Metro buses will be rerouted off of Greenwood Avenue in both directions between North 67th and 90th streets. Heading toward Shoreline College, Route 5 will instead travel via North 67th Street, Greenwood Avenue North, North 65th Street, NW 65th Street, 8th Avenue NW, NW 85th Street, 3rd Avenue NW, NW 90th Street, then onto Greenwood Avenue North and its regular route. Heading toward downtown Seattle, Route 5 will travel via North 90th Street, NW 90th Street, 3rd Avenue NW, NW 65th Street, North 65th Street, Greenwood Avenue North, North 67th Street, Phinney Avenue North and then on to its regular route.


Now Make Me a Sandwich food truck opening restaurant in Greenwood

June 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The popular food truck Now Make Me a Sandwich is opening a brick-and-mortar location in Greenwood, at 8202 Greenwood Ave. N., where Kalbi Grill Express used to be (Kalbi closed late last fall because of an extended family emergency).


Now Make Me a Sandwich owner Ryan O’Toole, who lives in the area, tells me they plan to open sometime in September, with favorites from their current menu plus a few more choices. They will serve beer and wine, but it will be family-friendly.

The food truck will be open for business in their parking lot this Saturday during the Greenwood Car Show.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight on mandatory housing affordability

June 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., to talk about the city’s proposal to implement mandatory housing affordability.

The City has released its “Director’s Report” on MHA-Residential legislation and draft ordinance. HALA focus groups have begun to meet and provide input on HALA’s community generated principles which will form part of the basis for changes to zoning, design, and planning in certain residential areas. We will review the overall MHA Program, and discuss the proposed policies and ordinance for the MHA-Residential program.

Click here for the Mandatory Housing Affordability summary.

Click here for the Mandatory Housing Affordability Director’s report.

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Bill’s on Greenwood sold to Bleachers Pub

June 20th, 2016 by Doree

Bill’s on Greenwood, a sports bar at 8560 Greenwood Ave. N. for the last 2-1/2 years, has been sold to Bleachers Pub, a sports bar that is losing its current space at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. because the land was sold to the city to be developed into a park.


Bill’s on Greenwood will become Bleachers Pub by the end of June.

According to a press release by Bill’s on Greenwood owners Don and Colleen Stevens and Bleachers owners Shane Toupal and Loc Tien Nguyen, the city notified Bleachers nearly three months ago that it must be out of its current location by June 30.


Bleachers Pub’s current location, and the adjacent building, are being turned into a park.

The Stevens also own Bill’s on Capitol Hill and say they found themselves spread too thin between the two locations, so they were happy to sell Bill’s on Greenwood to an established neighborhood business.

Bill’s on Greenwood will close sometime next week, between June 26-30. Bleachers will reopen in that spot sometime in early July.

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UPDATE: FOUND — ‘Gertie’ the Yorkie is missing from Phinney Ridge

June 18th, 2016 by Doree

Update: Gertie has been found.

Earlier: Gertie, a 15-year-old, 3-pound Yorkie, disappeared from Palatine Avenue North between North 51st and 52nd streets on Friday. She is hard of hearing but very friendly and easy to pick up.

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If you’ve seen her, call or text Jennifer at 206-297-8573.

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