A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


HomeStreet Bank planning to open in March, will have free community meeting room

January 22nd, 2015 by Doree

HomeStreet Bank plans to open on the northwest corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street in March. The building has been under construction since last February. It formerly housed Greenwood Mandarin restaurant. The branch will offer banking, home loans, and investment services.

The new bank will have a community room in the back for neighborhood organizations to rent for free. A HomeStreet spokesperson tells me the room can hold up to 14 people. She said this is the first branch to have a free community room, and the bank plans to add the rooms into more branches in the future. The room will have a separate entrance (the black awning on the left side towards the back in the rendering below) and bathroom for after-hours use.

Free parking is provided in the joint parking lot with Ken’s Market.


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News roundup: UW students neighborhood design ideas, PNA hiring, Seahawks announcer, senior exercise

January 21st, 2015 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Last year, a group of UW Landscape Architecture students worked on a Neighborhood Design Studio focusing on Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Their designs tried to address how to improve our neighborhood’s “movement, civic and ecological systems.” (You may have seen some of the designs at last May’s big Phinneywood Art Walk.) Three students went beyond their winter quarter 2014 assignment to assemble the studio designs into a booklet as a community resource.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking to hire a Rentals Manager.

The Rentals Manager books and supports one-time and short-term hourly room rentals and after hour event rentals at the Phinney Center, the Greenwood Senior Center, as well as all rentals at the Sunset Hill Community Association, which is an independent neighborhood association, with a beautiful building located nearby in the Sunset Hill area…The position reports to the Director of Facilities. The rentals manager works closely with our scheduling coordinator who is responsible for our internal programing and on-going rentals.


  • To effectively manage the requests, personal contacts and finalization of contracts for one-time and short term hourly rental space and after-hours event rentals at the Phinney Center, the Greenwood Senior Center, and all rental queries for the Sunset Hill Community Association.
  • Balance the room demands of rentals with the needs of PNA programming and PNA events
  • Prepare contracts and follow up for signature and payments
  • Develop and support relationships with recurring and ongoing renters at all sites
  • Understand and clearly convey rental policies so that renters understand their responsibilities
  • Schedule, manage, train and hire Event Managers to staff events at all three sites
  • Maintain Salesforce scheduling database, as well as accounting and record payments in Excel spreadsheet
  • Provide monthly reports of rentals revenue
  • Provide yearly budget projections for hourly, short term and event rentals • Provide direction for marketing and new business relationships

This is a 24 hour per week position, paying $18.25 – $19.25 per hour, depending on experience. Hours are flexible, as arranged with supervisor. Benefits include health insurance, long-term disability insurance and a flexible spending account, three weeks personal time off (PTO) in the first two years, and paid holidays. We offer a positive and flexible working environment. The PNA is an Equal Opportunity Employer working towards a culturally diverse work place. Applicants representing the diversity of our community are encouraged to apply.

Email cover letter and resume to hr@phinneycenter.org by 5 pm on January 27, 2015. Questions may be directed to Bill Fenimore, Director of Facilities, at bill@phinneycenter.org.

Jana said she and her neighbor have seen a woman driving a red pickup truck stealing packages from porches around 83rd and Greenwood. The license plate begins with B717. Has anyone else seen this truck?

A reminder that the Seattle Public Library offers free homework help in person at certain branches as well as online, including tutoring for adults. In-person tutoring for children and teens is available at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-7:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Online Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish for math, science, English and social studies, from 1-10 p.m. seven days a week.

The free Sound Steps walk training program for seniors is back, ready to help those age 50 and over to train for a 5K, 10K or half marathon walk. Join the Saturday morning training walks from February through June in north Seattle. The program is open to all fitness levels. Find out more by attending an information session from 2-4 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 28, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. RSVP to Mari Becker, 206-684-4664 or mari.becker@seattle.gov.

Randy Rowland, pastor at Greenwood’s Sanctuary Church, was featured in a KING 5 story about being the Seahawks’ public address announcer.

The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the 16-member, volunteer, Seattle Planning Commission. Members are appointed by the mayor or the City Council and may serve up to two consecutive, three-year terms. Four positions are open beginning in April. The Planning Commission advises the mayor, City Council, and city departments on citywide planning goals, policies, and plans, and provides them with objective advice on land-use and zoning, transportation and housing issues. Members must attend twice-monthly meetings and participate on at least one sub-committee that meets monthly. Commissioners also attend and participate in relevant public meetings and events. If interested, apply by Jan. 31 to: Vanessa Murdock, Executive Director, Seattle Planning Commission, City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019. For more information, contact Murdock at 206-733-9271 or Vanessa.murdock@seattle.gov.

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UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Black and white speckled hen found in Greenwood

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

Update: The hen’s owner has been found.

Update: Brendan says the hen is apparently capable of some flying, because she got out of his fenced yard (she wasn’t in the coop because of conflicts with his own chickens) and tonight they found her down the street up in a shrub tree. She’s now back at his house. If she’s yours, email bbarrans@gmail.com.

Earlier: Brendan found this black chicken near North 100th Street.

We have taken the chicken in and put it with our 3 birds in our coop. Our birds were already roosting so we don’t know if they will all get along together. Sometimes introducing a new bird to a coop can be met with harassment.

It is medium sized black and white speckled hen.


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Theme of Sunday’s PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is ‘Get Connected’

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The theme is “get connected.” Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 for non-members.

This is your chance to meet local professionals such as architects, contractors, interior designers, plumbers, etc., and get advice on permits, solar power and how to make technological improvements to make your home more efficient.
Throughout the day there will be presentations on sustainability and green building, and perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Check the home fair website for a complete presentation schedule.



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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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