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Free tax help at Greenwood and Broadview libraries, Greenwood Senior Center

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation and electronic filing through April 15 at several sites around the city, including the Greenwood Library and Greenwood Senior Center. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a senior citizen in order to use the service. Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (no business returns). Check the Seattle Public Library website for required documents, and other locations where tax help is available.

Free, walk-in assistance at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., begins Feb. 3 and is available from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Drop-ins are welcome at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tax help by appointment at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins Feb. 5 and is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.

2014 tax returns reflect changes as the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And for those who did not have medical insurance coverage the entire year, or had purchased insurance through the Washington State Health Plan Exchange, there will be some new tax forms to deal with when filing their 2014 tax returns. AARP-Tax-Aide will have tax counselors who are trained to help tackle your ACA tax return questions.

Whether you are a working or retired individual, AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle your tax returns. In addition to earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses, and various education, child and earned income credits.

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Coyotes seen in Phinney Ridge this afternoon

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

We received three reports of coyotes seen running through Phinney Ridge this afternoon.

Emma says she saw two large coyotes running from next to a house and into the street between North Fremont Avenue and Dayton Avenue North around North 75th Street.

Brittany saw them running across Dayton at North 68th Street.

And Zack saw one coyote around 3:15 p.m.

I spotted a coyote walking up the hill on the 500 block of North 67th. It paused to let a (seemingly unaware) family pass by on the other side of the street before darting across the street and into some bushes, headed south. I heard some dogs barking from the direction it had gone.

We’ve had reports of coyotes before, most recently in November. Did anyone else see them today?

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PNA Business Group invites neighborhood business owners to business social on Wednesday

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

The PNA Business Group is inviting neighborhood business owners to a business social from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Yard Café, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations, Jim Bennett, will share tips and tools to help business owners prepare their marketing budget for 2015.

There will be a brief presentation followed by Q&A where Jim will cover:

  • How to determine your budget.
  • How to make the most of your community involvement.
  • Common, yet often overlooked costs.
  • Best ways to advertise and take advantage of promotions.
  • Ways to make the most of discounts.

You are to pay for your own food/drink. Entry is free for PNA Business Members. If you are not already a Business Member but would like to become one to attend our events for free, please join here. Please RSVP by Monday, January 19 to amyb@phinneycenter.org.

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‘Killer Cartoons,’ Tuesday’s Think & Drink at Naked City to tackle terrorism, freedom of expression

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

The next installment of Humanities Washington’s popular Think & Drink series will discuss a timely topic. “Killer Cartoons: Is the Pen Mightier Than the Sword?”with Milt Priggee, David Fenner, and KUOW’s Ross Reynolds begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Attendance is free; you just pay for your drinks and food.

The event will allow Seattle residents to come together in a casual environment to discuss and better understand issues that have emerged from the events in Paris, including freedom of expression, cultural sensitivities, and religious extremism.

Moderated by Ross Reynolds, co-host of KUOW’s The Record, the event will feature a conversation between Milt Priggee, political cartoonist, and David Fenner, an Islamic scholar and former assistant vice provost for international education at the University of Washington. Both panelists are also members of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau.

The panelists will discuss the historical context behind the massacre; explore the intent of both the cartoons and the attackers; and debate the possible impact the murders will have on immigration, culture, religion, and freedom of expression. In addition to the moderated discussion, audience participation and questions are a vital part of the event.

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Learn more about future park by Greenwood Library at Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

Tuesday evening the Greenwood Community Council will discuss the future park to be located across the street from the Greenwood Library, on the northeast corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street. The site currently houses a strip mall with just one tenant left, Manna Teriyaki.


Our January meeting will kick off the process to develop a community vision for the new park that will be developed on the lot north of the library, where the minimart used to be. Bill Farmer will speak on the history of this site as a proposed park through inclusion for funding in the park district ballot measure that Seattle citizens passed last year and the implementation process. Bill was a member of the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy Committee that resulted in acquisition of the site, and the Parks Legacy committee that helped develop the park funding ballot measure. He has followed this process over the years.

The majority of the meeting will be for brainstorming – what are the things a park could bring to the neighborhood? What uses should (and shouldn’t) it accommodate? What matters about how it’s designed? What should it be called?

The objective is to begin the neighborhood discussion that will ultimately need to involve many others in the broader Greenwood-Phinney area that this park will serve. Being proactive to develop a community vision will help designers develop a park we will use and feel ownership and pride in. The ideal outcome of this meeting will be to get discussion going and identify a core group to broaden the discussion to the wider community.

The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and is open to the public.

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Sweet dog with no collar or chip found in Lower Phinney

January 16th, 2015 by Doree

Update: Dog and owner have been reunited.

Earlier: Kirstin found this very sweet, older, female dog roaming around Lower Phinney. She has no collar or chip. If she’s yours, call Kirstin at 206-399-1619.


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Storytelling and live music in the neighborhood this weekend

January 16th, 2015 by Doree

Just a few events happening in the neighborhood to tell you about. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Storytelling with Steph at 11 a.m. Friday at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. presents Dave Gets Intimate — David Guilbault in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Midwinter Klezmer with Kesselgarden and Klezmer Balabustas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome).

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents An Evening of American Primitive Guitar at 8 p.m. Friday, with Glenn Jones, Ralph Johnston and Ryan Leaf. Tickets are $14 in advance, $18 at the door. Briga & Guests perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.

Born in Québec and raised in western Canada before her return to Montréal, Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French & English, accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European & Romani Folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep.

Seattle Folklore Society presents The Good Lovelies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door.)

The Good Lovelies delight with their lighthearted folk music and skilled vocal harmonies: equal parts city and country, highway and home, and also a whole lot of fun.

Upbeat and funny, with just a pinch of sass, these women’s textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument-swapping, and witty stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape since they joined forces in 2006. Their songwriting and irresistibly buoyant dispositions have made them a hit with myriad audiences and darlings of the summer festival circuit.

The Good Lovelies received a Juno Award for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year in 2010. In 2013 they received two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Ensemble of the Year.


The Fremont Bridge will be closed to all traffic between midnight and 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can paint it.

Vehicles and Metro buses will be detoured across the Ballard Bridge, although the Aurora Bridge on SR99 is also an alternate route. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be provided brief opportunities to cross at 1:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m., when the southern span will be momentarily lowered for crossing.

Marine traffic will be able to pass freely underneath the bridge on the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Looking ahead to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 19. The following are closed:

  • Banks
  • Post Office
  • Most Seattle Parks Department facilities, including community centers; environmental learning centers; indoor swimming pools; Green Lake Small Craft Center; Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center; Amy Yee Tennis Center. (All boat ramps and Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses will be open).

Seattle Public Utilities will collect garbage, yard waste and recycling on Monday as usual.

Metro will be on a Reduced Weekday and ‘When no UW’ schedules on Monday. (Some routes don’t run at all on Monday, others operated fewer trips.)

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SPD: Greenwood restaurant employee flies into rage because of low blood sugar

January 15th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police say an acute case of low blood sugar made an employee at a Greenwood restaurant become violent on Sunday.

From the SPD Blotter:

Not every dangerous situation faced by officers on a daily basis can be resolved with police-issue equipment. At times, officers must use their wits, their words, or the calming power of a bowl of noodles to quell a violent outburst.

Staff at a restaurant in the 8500 block of Greenwood Avenue N. called police just before 5 pm Sunday after an employee began screaming and swinging a tea pot, before stumbling into a table and collapsing on the floor.

Officers quickly arrived at the restaurant and asked the man if he needed medical attention. The man responded by swinging and kicking at officers, missing them by a distance of several feet. As Seattle Fire Department medics arrived to check on the man, he lunged at officers and began trying to bite them.

Police were able to avoid the man’s gnashing teeth and get him into handcuffs, allowing medics to discover he was suffering from a severe case of low blood sugar.

Officers helped the man into a chair and uncuffed him. As medics treated the man with an IV, a sudden sense of calm seemed to wash over him. The man appeared confused by the police presence in the restaurant and was unable to recall the earlier commotion.

Restaurant staff thanked officers for their assistance, and the man was offered a bowl of noodles to further aid his return to equilibrium. Officers went on their way, leaving the man to finish his food.

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Wheelhouse Workshop hosting weekly groups to help teens and adolescents build social confidence

January 14th, 2015 by Doree

Wheelhouse Workshop is expanding its weekly groups to help teens and adolescents build social confidence and group cohesion using table-top role-playing games. Currently in Kirkland, the group is expanding to Greenwood at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

The first group is tonight, Jan. 14, from 5:15-6:45 p.m. The group meets every Wednesday.

The format is perfect for youths struggling with social isolation because it lets them take on the role of heroes in a fantasy realm, playing out in-game scenarios that specifically target real-world areas of growth.

For example, two players in our group who were working on conflict resolution met an in-game creature with two heads (the beauty of a magical setting!) whose two heads had opposing and conflicting personalities. The players wanted to befriend this creature to assist them in their journey, but in order to do so, needed to help the two personalities (the players named them George and Maverick) better understand their opposing viewpoints. The two players who started off the quarter as rivals exchanged phone numbers and became friends outside of our weekly group.

Players develop conflict resolution skills, creative problem solving skills, and reinforce their innate narrative storytelling abilities, all while rolling dice around a table. One of the best things about our groups is that even though our facilitators are trained Masters level therapists and educators, the players never feel like they are in therapy. Parents have said, “this is the only time my child actually looks forward to leaving the house.”

We don’t turn away clients if we have capacity to serve them, so while our group rate is $50 per session, we have a very flexible sliding scale for families who need extra support.

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Ballard Preschool Co-Op Open House on Jan. 24

January 13th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program, is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7503 18th Ave. NW. Parents and children can meet the teachers, view the classroom and learn more about the preschool. Please RSVP to bpc.allschoolchair@gmail.com if you will attend.

Ballard Preschool Co-op offers play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K.

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Jack Russell Terrier found on Greenwood – heading to Seattle Animal Shelter

January 12th, 2015 by Doree

Melissa posted on our Facebook page that she just ran into a woman who found this Jack Russell Terrier on Greenwood Avenue. He has no collar, so she is taking him to the Seattle Animal Shelter in Interbay.

Anyone recognize him?


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Level 3 registered sex offender moves into Greenwood

January 12th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police are notifying neighbors that a Level 3 registered sex offender has moved into the 700 block of North 95th Street in Greenwood. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Crime Watch website, Donald Combs (click on his name for more information and a photo) is under Department of Corrections supervision for a 2011 conviction for indecent liberties for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman he didn’t know.

From SPD:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since this offender has completed his sentence, he is free to live where he wishes. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offender could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

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