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13 rotting alder trees to be removed at Carkeek Park starting Monday

September 5th, 2014 by Doree

Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, Seattle Parks and Recreation will fell 13 failing alder trees at Carkeek Park. A 24-inch diameter alder tree fell and destroyed the bridge adjacent to the Salmon Imprint Pond this spring. Crews will take down nearly two-dozen more that have trunk decay and undermined root systems.

When Seattle Parks tree crews fell the 13 trees, where practical they will leave the trunks’ lower portions as wildlife snags. Hydraulic lifts will be used to remove 12 of the trees in sections, and one tree will be felled from the base. Using the lift will limit the amount of woody debris getting into the stream and help protect the tree workers. The remaining stumps will help create wildlife habitat. This plan was created in collaboration with Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

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Join Greenwood 2035 study groups

September 5th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is still recruiting volunteers to participate in “Greenwood 2035″ study groups to coincide with Seattle’s update of its Seattle 2035 comprehensive plan. Study groups will educate themselves about growth, development and infrastructure issues, learn about how things get done in Seattle, and discuss how to involve everyone in neighborhood discussions.

You can sign up for a study group by filling out the survey here.

Proposed study groups:

LAND USE. This study group will develop information and positions about how Greenwood should develop. For example:

  • What is loved about Greenwood that should be preserved, and what could be improved?
  • How can new density and development enhance and promote Greenwood’s livability?
  • What city improvements and services are needed to make new development work?
  • What can be done to preserve affordability and healthy small businesses?
  • What kinds of development are helping or hurting livability in Greenwood?

TRANSPORTATION. This group will address Greenwood’s transportation needs and priorities.

  • What new transit connections are needed, and how can service be improved?
  • What’s the best way to accommodate bicycles, and where should greenways be located?
  • What should be priority uses for our main streets? How should they operate?
  • Should car use be more efficient, or should it be frustrating to spur shifts to transit and bikes?
  • What are the transportation projects and improvements that should top our priority list?

SIDEWALKS. This group will propose practical ways to start building sidewalks north of 85th St. (Note: Seattle’s change to district elections makes this a timely opportunity – any candidate for the district north of 85th will need a program to address sidewalks, and we can help!) This group will study and consider:

  • Why are there so few sidewalks north of 85th St., and what’s been tried to get them built?
  • What is the city’s obligation vs. the home or business owner?
  • How will Seattle’s complete streets policy help? How effective are grant processes?
  • What are obstacles to building sidewalks and what can be done to overcome them?
  • What is a practical program that a new city councilmember could promote?

NEW MODELS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. This group will aim to broaden community involvement.

  • Are meetings still an effective way to involve people in addressing neighborhood issues?
  • What are generational differences – how do younger community members engage?
  • How can dialogue increase between residents and local business people?
  • What are engagement and outreach models that are more participatory?
  • How do different constituencies feel the community council could better engage or represent their interests?

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Weekend events: film series on aging, farmers market, live music, Broadview fire station open house, Dick’s Drive-In charity walk

September 5th, 2014 by Doree

Here are some highlights of events happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series, “My Afternoons with Margueritte,” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Tap Me on the Shoulder,” a house concert at 8 p.m. Friday at 137 N. 84th St.

Fire Station 24, at 401 N. 130th St. in Broadview, is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday so the public can check out the fire station’s seismic and safety upgrades, and meet your local firefighters.

Fire Station 24 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Fire Station 24 houses one engine company (E24) and a reserve engine. It was built in 1975 and, as one of the newer stations in the system, was in generally fair condition but required minor seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2.1 million project.

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, seismic strengthening on the structure and asbestos abatement in the ceiling were performed. This project added decontamination facilities and EMS equipment storage, as well as new interior lighting and paint. The crew bunk and living areas and the physical training room were configured, and restroom facilities were altered to comply with current building codes.

The Women of Wonder 5K & 10K Race is at Green Lake on Sunday morning, so be prepared for traffic.

Metro Transit will reroute Route 28 and four others off the Fremont Bridge from midnight to 7 a.m. both Friday and Saturday due to bridge maintenance. Routes 26, 28, 31, 32 and 40 will instead travel via Nickerson Street and the Ballard Bridge in both directions, serving all posted stops along the reroute. See Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute information.

First Sunday Seattle Roda de Choro at 2 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Keep your eyes open for a group of two dozen or so people who will walk from the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In to the other five Dick’s locations on Sunday, to raise money for homeless organizations. The Holman Road Dick’s in Crown Hill-Greenwood will be their third stop of the day; they expect to arrive around 3 p.m.

The fourth annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon supports a number of organizations that help the homeless, including Mary’s Place, FirstPlace School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter and Cocoon House. Dick’s will match up to $2,000 collected by walk-a-thon participants and the restaurants’ Change for Charity buckets on the day of the walk.

You can join the walk when it begins at 10 a.m. at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In. Walkers who make a donation of $20 or more at the Edmonds start will receive a punch card to take to each store and an orange t-shirt to wear on the walk. The entire route is about 22 miles. Their route is here and you can follow them on their Facebook page.

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Greenwood Medical Clinic on 85th will close next fall and move to new Meridian Center for Health

September 4th, 2014 by Doree

Neighborcare Health will break ground for its new Meridian Center for Health on Friday at 10501 Meridian Ave. N. Then, in the fall of 2015, Neighborcare Health’s Greenwood Medical Clinic, at 415 N. 85th St., will close and move into the new facility by Northgate.

The Meridian Center for Health is a partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County and Valley Cities mental health treatment.

The new site will be opened at the current site of the North Public Health Center. Neighborcare Health has been asked to assume operations of the primary care clinic at the North Public Health Center site beginning Jan.1, 2015. The new Meridian Center for Health is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

The new 44,000-square-foot facility will preserve care for the 7,000 patients currently provided at Neighborcare Health’s Greenwood Medical Clinic and Public Health’s North Public Health Center, and will double access to provide a health care home for at least 14,000 patients. The Meridian Center for Health will offer low-income families primary medical and dental health (Neighborcare Health), specialty mental health and recover services (Valley Cities) and WIC nutrition and Maternity Support Services (Public Health).

North Seattle has the greatest percentage of low-income people not yet served by a community health center in the city of Seattle. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) population estimates, 22 percent of the total population (68,600 individuals) living in North Seattle (and Shoreline) is low-income, living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. HRSA estimates that 70 percent (48,220) of the low-income individuals in North Seattle are not served by a community health center.

The Meridian Center for Health is partially funded by a federal New Access Point grant under the Affordable Care Act as well as generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, The Cambia Foundation Health Foundation and numerous foundations and individuals. Neighborcare Health has launched a campaign to raise $3 million in philanthropic support to build the facility, and design and implement the integrated care model.

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Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament raises $6,000 for Fred Hutch

September 3rd, 2014 by Doree

The popular Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament, part of the annual Summer Streets festival on Aug. 9, raised $6,000 for the Innovators Network at Fred Hutch. That includes soccer team registration fees and another $1,168 from Naked City Brewery, which donated one dollar from every pint sold during the event.

Almost 200 hundred soccer players on 32 teams competed in Fun, Competitive and Pro divisions. Each winning team won a trophy and $300 in gift cards to Naked City, The Yard Café, and Phinney Market Pub.

The new youth street soccer fields at Greenwood Avenue and 72nd were so popular that organizers are planning a full youth division tournament next year.

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Phinneywood resident returning from 20,000-mile motorcycle journey tonight

September 1st, 2014 by Doree

Phinneywood resident Elisa Wirkala is returning home tonight after a 20,000-mile motorcycle journey across two continents and 14 countries.

Wirkala, a middle school Spanish teacher, began her journey on Jan. 1 on a 125cc motorcycle, traveling through North and South America. Her family in Ballard is throwing her a welcome home party tonight. Tbis fall Wirkala will teach at St. Joseph School in Capitol Hill.

You can read all about her adventures on her blog, TravelBugBlues.

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Short-haired black cat missing from Phinney Ridge since last Wednesday

August 31st, 2014 by Doree

Sally says her small, short-haired, black, female, 1-year-old cat disappeared from around North 65th Street and 1st Avenue NW last Wednesday evening.


If you’ve seen her, please call 206-349-0618.

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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 29th, 2014 by Doree

Invest in Youth, a nonprofit that provides free tutoring at six Seattle elementary schools, is looking for volunteer tutors for Daniel Bagley Elementary School by Green Lake. Bagley’s attendance area includes portions of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

• 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.

• Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.

• Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today!

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!

Tutoring begins the first week of October and runs through May. Tutoring sessions are from 3:50-4:50 p.m. every Wednesday at Bagley, 7821 Stone Ave. N.

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Farmers market, live music and play day at Boys & Girls Club in Phinneywood land this weekend

August 29th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few events coming up in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Storytelling with Steph at Phinney Books, 7405 Phinney Ave. N., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday.

The Phinney Farmers Market is from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, veggies, bread, ice cream, popsicles, flowers and several dining options.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert (featuring Couth Buzzard barista Sara Depp and Greenwood jazz musician Kenny Mandell) at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Laura Lagerstedt & Pink Camel and Val D’ Alessio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tilted Thunder Rail Birds present Summer Field Play Day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N. in Greenwood.

If you’re heading downtown this weekend, keep in mind that it’s Bumbershoot weekend at the Seattle Center. Plus the Mariners play at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday; there’s the PAX Expo gamer’s convention at the Convention Center Friday through Monday (20,000 people are expected each day); the Sounders play at 1 p.m. Saturday; and the NFL Kickoff Run – Seahawks 5K is Monday morning.

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Seattle Police: Suspected car thief drowns after stealing car from Phinney Ridge and driving into Ship Canal

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police say a suspected car thief drowned late last night or early this morning after driving a car stolen from Phinney Ridge into the Ship Canal.

From the SPD Blotter:

Update – 11:45 AM: Officer have recovered a man’s body from the water near where police last saw the suspected car thief. The King County Medical Examiner will take custody of the body as police continue to investigate the incident.


Police divers are working to recover the body of a suspected car thief, now presumed drowned after he drove into the Ship Canal late Wednesday night.

Around 11:30 PM, police received reports that a Nissan Sentra had driven off a pier near the 1000 block of West Ewing Street.
Officers and rescue teams from the Seattle Fire Department arrived at the Nickerson Street Marina and spotted a man in the water, calling for help.

Officers in SPD’s Harbor Unit attempted to throw a rope to the man four times, but he refused to grab the rope and pushed away from an officer, who tried to grab him out of the water. The man then went under the water.

Officers and Seattle Fire Department divers searched the canal for more than an hour, but were unable to find the man.

Police believe the man was driving a stolen car—reportedly taken from the Phinney Ridge neighborhood Monday afternoon—when he drove through a gate and off of a dock on the canal.

SPD is still investigating this incident and we’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Neighborhood news: magazine cover, soccer, PEPS, earthquake retrofit workshop

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Couth Buzzard Books and musician Kenny Mandell, who frequently plays at the bookstore, are the cover story in the September issue of Earshot Jazz Magazine.

Woodland Soccer girls U12 team is looking for more players. Girls must have been born between August 2002 and July 2003 and live within the boundaries of North/NW 85th Street, Lake Washington Ship Canal, I-5 and 8th Avenue NW.

The late fee will be waived and you can use this link to register. When registering, enter ‘Lemondrops’ and/or ‘Jon Herlocker’ in the team/coach field.

A reminder that toxic algae scum has been found along the shores at Green Lake. The lake remains open to most activities, but…

People and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

The lake remains open to fishing, boating, stand-up paddling boarding and other recreational activities. While Seattle Parks and Recreation’s lifeguarded beaches remain open. The last day of operation for East Green Lake Beach is August 24. The last day of operation for West Green Lake Beach is September 1.

A warm, dry summer has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it. Blooms have been known to last into November in particularly warm autumns, and typically disappear as the weather gets colder.

Symptoms of illness from liver toxin are flu-like and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. If symptoms occur after ingesting lake water, park users should consult a health care professional immediately. Pets are at highest risk.

Registration is now open for PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) programs at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Baby Peppers, for families with babies 5-12 months old, meets once a week for 11 weeks from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 24 o Thursdays starting Sept. 25. Second Time Around, for families with a newborn aged 0 – 4 months and an older child, meets once a week (one parent and baby only) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 16 or 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 17 (this group meets at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N.) New and expectant parents can attend a free While You’re Waiting session from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 10 or Oct. 8.

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a workshop by Seattle Office of Emergency Management on how to reduce earthquake damage by retrofitting your home from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. The workshop is free but registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076.

These introductory workshops provide information on how to seismically secure a house to its foundation, especially for houses built before 1980. Experienced home retrofit instructors will instruct attendees on what tools are needed to retrofit a house and discuss building techniques, the city’s free plan set and the permit process. The workshops are designed for all homeowners, whether they are doing the work themselves or hiring a qualified contractor.

Shoreline Area News has a story on the 80th wedding anniversary of Vern and Shirley Greer, who owned Greer Lumber in Greenwood for 47 years before the store closed in 1999.

If you’re heading through Fremont, be aware that Seattle Department of Transportation next week will begin a series of lane closures for painting the Fremont Bridge, which will last into February.

These closures will occur during off – peak travel hours, but heavier traffic should be expected regardless. The first stage of the closures, lasting several weeks, will affect just northbound traffic.

The northbound curbside lane will be closed to all vehicles, leaving a single travel lane open, between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday starting Sept. 2. The adjacent walkway (on the east side of the bridge) will also be closed during these hours. All pedestrian and bicycle traffic will have to share the walkway on the west side of the bridge. Directional signage will be placed to route pedestrians and bicyclists when the lane/walkway closures are in effect.

Northbound vehicles – and bicyclists travelling in either direction – should allow for additional crossing time due to congestion during this initial phase of the painting project.

The bridge will also open more frequently until painting is completed, as more vessels will require the bridge to open to pass underneath. (The painter’s scaffolding and containment system beneath the bridge reduces the vertical clearance above the surface of the Ship Canal.) As a result, traffic back-ups resulting from openings of the bridge will occur more often. Drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes if convenient.

This pattern of traffic restrictions will be in place for several weeks, before one southbound travel lane will also be closed, but just between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., since south bound traffic flows are heavy in both morning and evening peak periods.

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Thursday events in the neighborhood

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Here are two interesting events in the neighborhood this evening:

Port & Anchor, a coffee shop and community space at 503 N. 50th St. by the zoo, is hosting an all-ages open-mic event called The Sound from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. A $5 donation covers the door fee; drinks available for purchase. You can sign up in advance by emailing sound@portandanchor.com; sign-up inside begins at 6:30 p.m. Slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Couth Buzzard Books presents local author Esther Altshul Helfgott, reading from her new book, “Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer’s,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. She also is the author of “Dear Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems.”

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