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


UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Young, skinny cat found in Phinney Ridge road this weekend

August 25th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Her owner has been found! Here’s her message to the neighborhood:

Thank you to the many kind PhinneyWood blog readers who recognized Nori from the fliers around the neighborhood and got in touch with me this afternoon – I was inundated with messages! I connected with Reid, and after a three-week adventure, Nori is home – a little skinny, but otherwise no worse for wear. We live in a lovely little corner of the world, and I’m grateful to be a part of this neighborhood that helped bring my cat home. – Robin

Earlier: Reid found a young, skinny, friendly cat in the road at North 65th Street and Sycamore Avenue this weekend. The cat has no collar. Its microchip was registered to a shelter in Southern California, which released the cat to a rescue organization in November 2012. If you recognize the cat, please call Reid at 503-752-1324.


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Car slams into Phinney Starbucks early Sunday morning

August 24th, 2014 by Doree

A car headed northbound on Phinney Avenue missed the dogleg at North 67th Street where Phinney turns into Greenwood Avenue, running over the sidewalk strip of the Heart of Phinney Park and slamming into the east side of Starbucks around 1:30 Sunday morning.

Eric sent us this photo from the scene.


And a photo from inside.


Greg sent us this photo of the smashed red convertible.


And Mike sent us this photo from later in the morning.


A sign in the window says Starbucks will reopen Monday.

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Storytelling, farmers markets, neighborhood cleanup, police precinct picnic around Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

August 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are a few highlights; check our Events calendar any time for more.

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

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh produce, bread, honey, flowers and several dining options.

Foss Home and Village Farmers Market, 13023 Greenwood Ave. N., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Transportation Resource Fair from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

Greenwood resident Todd Chaisson continues his mission to keep our neighborhood clean with his Greenwood Clean Street Project set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday along North 85th Street. Look for the guys in the yellow vests.

Beppa Studio, 7700 6th Ave. NW, is hosting a three-artist garage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Greenwood Senior Center presents music from the OK Chorale and the All Present ESML Song Circle at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Refreshments plus a quilt raffle.

Seattle Police Department invites residents to its annual North Precinct Picnic from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE. Meet local police officers and new Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, enjoy free food and entertainment, and find out how to help prevent crime in our community.

Acoustic Open Mic at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts annual 826 Luminosity benefit next Tuesday

August 21st, 2014 by Doree

Every Aug. 26, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts a benefit for 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center just down the street at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. Next Tuesday’s event begins at 8 p.m. with a special Naked Sessions acoustic concert by Eric Anderson from Cataldo. Tickets are $10 through Brown Paper Tickets.

All proceeds from concert tickets, plus the whole day’s proceeds from every pint sold of 826 Luminosity (a special ale from Head Brewer Don Web) will go directly to benefit 826 Seattle’s programs.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

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Neighborhood news: 418′s new patio, Pocket Theater, volunteer opportunities

August 20th, 2014 by Doree

Various news from around the neighborhood:

418 Public House has opened a new patio at 418 NW 65th St. The patio is open until 10 p.m. daily with children welcome during weekend brunch.


The Pocket Theatre has opened at 8312 Greenwood Ave. It offers theater arts classes; theatrical, musical and comedy performances; and rehearsal space. According to their website, it’s a 50-seat venue with a bar.

BECU has awarded $15,000 to Greenwood resident Julia Sheriden’s volunteer organization Outreach And Resource Services For Women Veterans, through its People Helping People Awards. Sheriden is also a past recipient of a state Jefferson award.

This is outside of our neighborhood, but a worthy cause. Alaffia is collecting donations of bikes and bike parts for its Bicycles for Education Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Whole Foods Market Interbay, 2001 15th Ave. W. School-aged youth in rural Togo are given a bike, helmet and a training session on bicycle maintenance. Having bicycle transportation helps these students get to school.

Phinney Neighborhood Association has two volunteer opportunities. A weekly volunteer with a vehicle is needed to pick up food in North Seattle and transport it to the PNA’s hot meal program, which serves more than 100 meals each day. Training and materials provided. Examples of pick up locations include NW Hospital and UW Grocery Store. Minimum six-month commitment requested. The PNA also needs volunteers to help plan its annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. This year’s event is on Saturday, Nov. 1. The planning team will meet once in September and twice in October. Experience not required. For either volunteer position, contact Volunteer Coordinator LeAnne Chow at leannec@phinneycenter.org or 206-783-2244.

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Greenwood resident catches package thief on security camera – anybody recognize him?

August 19th, 2014 by Doree

Winnie sent us security camera photos that show a man stealing packages from her front door as well as her neighbor’s home on North 97th Street. She says he was riding a mountain bike. She filed a police report - case #2014-276085.


Does anybody recognize this man?


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State Route 99 closes for 4+ days starting Friday

August 19th, 2014 by Doree

Drivers should plan ahead for the four-day closure of a portion of State Route 99, including the Viaduct, beginning Friday night. This will create backups on I-5 and nearby streets, so be prepared for a longer commute time. Road crews will replace 81 damaged or cracked concrete panels, repair an expansion joint, and demolish and replace the section of SR 99 over Broad Street, which will become part of the permanent connection between the SR 99 tunnel’s north portal and a new surface street section of Aurora Avenue North.

  • At 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, crews will close both directions of SR 99 between South Spokane Street and Valley Street. However, due to the Seahawks game, northbound SR 99 will remain open at South Royal Brougham way and southbound SR 99 will remain open from the Columbia Street on-ramp until midnight.
  • At 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, crews will reopen both directions of SR 99 south of the Battery Street Tunnel. Both directions of SR 99 will remain closed between the south end of the tunnel and Valley Street.
  • At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, crews will reopen both directions of SR 99 between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street.

Metro Transit will reroute a number of buses, including the D Line through Ballard, and the 5 local and express, 28 express, and RapidRide E Line along Aurora Avenue. Check Metro’s Alerts page for more information.

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Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings and ‘Simpsons’ writer George Meyer at Phinney Books Thursday

August 19th, 2014 by Doree

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings and longtime “The Simpsons” writer George Meyer, both of whom live in or near Seattle, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Jennings has written several books, including the new “Junior Genius Guides.”

Phinney Books owner Tom Nissley (himself a former Jeopardy! champion) says it’s not a traditional author reading, since Jennings won’t be reading from his books and Meyer hasn’t written any, but he promises laughs from “fresh material.”

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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight to help plan Greenwood 2035 Study Groups

August 19th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight (Tuesday) is an open meeting for anyone wanting to help plan the Greenwood 2035 Study Groups. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. There, people will divide into groups that focus on sidewalks, land use, transportation or engagement, then everyone will move to a nearby restaurant, pub or coffee shop to continue the discussion.

The Greenwood Community Council is looking for volunteers for Greenwood 2035 – a year-long effort to develop Greenwood’s input and feedback to complement Seattle’s comprehensive plan update: Seattle 2035.

Volunteers are needed for the following 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 no 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?

(Note: The Greenwood Community Council is also looking for volunteers for our board, and help with our website.)

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Community solar project being installed at Phinney Center

August 18th, 2014 by Doree

Crews have been working to install the first North Seattle community solar project at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. The solar panels themselves will be installed today.


On the roof of the PNA’s Blue Building, with Green Lake in the background. Photo courtesy Puget Sound Solar.

Woodland Park Zoo also is getting two large photovoltaic solar arrays as part of the same project, which is sponsored by Seattle City Light. Together, the zoo and the PNA’s arrays will comprise about 74 kilowatts of solar.

Customers can buy one or more units for $150 each. Investors will receive annual City Light energy credits and Washington State incentive payments until 2020, when the solar systems will belong completely to the PNA and the zoo.

Update: Here are two pictures of the first panels being installed today. (Thanks to the PNA for the photos.)



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Sophie the cat is missing from her Phinney Ridge home

August 18th, 2014 by Doree

Sophie is a medium-sized black cat with a clipped right ear. She ran away near 2nd avenue NW and NW 65th Street on July 19 and is still missing.

Joshua for Sophie-resized

This photo is not of Sophie, but of a cat who looks very similar.

Sophie is a very shy indoor only cat. She will be very scared, wary. If you see her, please do not try to approach her (offer her food and water if at all possible) and call me day or night. Sophie is most likely hiding in bushes or in a protected area in the neighborhood. She may be sneaking in cat doors when it’s quiet for food. Thank you so much for helping bring Sophie home. Contact Cynthia 206-459-5563.

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Congregate residence proposed in north Greenwood – 36 rooms to replace single-family home

August 18th, 2014 by Doree

The micro-housing trend continues with yet another development proposed for 714 N. 95th St. The three-story “congregate residence” will replace a single-family home with four residences of nine rooms each, for a total of 36 rooms. In keeping with current Department of Planning and Development rules, no parking will be provided.

714 N 95th St-exterior-resized

Micro-housing includes up to eight sleeping rooms with private bathrooms, with a shared kitchen or common area. Rent is typically cheaper than a studio or one-bedroom apartment, and they are located in urban village or urban center neighborhoods. Congregate residences are similar but have nine or more sleeping rooms similar to dormitories and some types of senior housing.

The city is currently reviewing rules for micro-housing, due to neighborhood backlash, especially due to the lack of parking required. A “stakeholder working group” was convened after a May 19 city council meeting on proposed changes to the development rules. That group – made up of residents, and developers – has been working through the summer and is scheduled to make recommendations to the city council in September.

DPD is accepting comments only on the environmental determination of the 714 N. 95th St project through Aug. 27. The comment period may be extended to Sept. 10 by written request.

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