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Monkey Business Preschool doubles its Greenwood space

October 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Monkey Business Preschool, at 9728-B Greenwood Ave. N., recently doubled its space by expanding into a former law office next door. The expansion has allowed Monkey Business to add a Pre-K program for children ages 4-5.

The preschool still has openings in its 2-year-old program, as well as preschool classes for ages 3-5. Call 206-706-3273.

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Greenwood 3rd-grader raises enough money to build a well in Ghana

October 1st, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School third-grader Josie Droz, like many kids her age, likes to run lemonade stands. But not long ago she decided that the $30 she raised in one day could be used to help others.

“I thought I could do something better with that money,” she said.

So she did some online research and discovered that millions of people around the world don’t have access to clean water. Her father connected her with an old friend, Jan Kline, who is vice president of Water Access Now, a local charity that has built more than 100 wells in Ghana.

Since each well costs $10,000 to construct, Josie set her sights higher than her usual lemonade stand and created a charity called Josie’s Well, and solicited funds at our neighborhood’s big annual artwalk in May, and through numerous other fundraisers.


Josie and her dad walked around to neighborhood businesses asking for help. Herkimer Coffee donated paper cups and The Ridge Pizza let her set up shop out front for two days in May. Umpqua Bank set up an information station and collected donations. Josie poured free water while asking for donations, raising $640 that weekend.

“Which was a lot better than the lemonade stand!” she said proudly. “I didn’t expect to raise anywhere near that. I got some big donations.”


Josie and her little brother, Grayson, fundraising for Josie’s Well. Photos courtesy of Ken Droz.

Hazel Salon’s stylists hosted another fundraiser that raised more than $1,000; Stoup Brewing also held a fundraiser. Josie also set up Water for Water for Africa stands at the Greenwood Car Show, Green Lake Starbucks, Woodland Park Zoo, Greenwood Elementary Yard Sale, and has even washed cars to raise money for her well.

Water Access Now board member Ercenk Kerestaci was so impressed with Josie’s activism that he promised to match $5,000, for the $10,000 total to build one well.

Eight-year-old Josie said a lot of her friends helped her out with fundraising, plus her school and her family.

“I drive her around and make sure she’s safe, standing outside for hours at her stands, setting up appointments, logistics like making signs,” her father, Ken, said. “Josie’s really done the work of raising the money. I keep it organized.”

She’s raised about $1,000 towards her next well, and hopes to raise all $10,000 without a match.

“I want to be known for building wells,” she said of her future plans. “I want to have a big charity that’s made over 100 wells.”

Josie will speak at Water Access Now’s fundraiser in Woodinville this Saturday, where she will receive her $5,000 match and give them her final donation to build the well.

You can read more about Josie’s Well and donate on her blog.

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Vacant lot at 8820 Aurora Avenue to be warehouse, offices and small efficiency dwelling units

October 1st, 2015 by Doree

The former site of the Aurora Motor Inn at 8820 Aurora Ave. N., now a vacant lot, is being developed into a four-story warehouse and office space, with 24 small efficiency dwelling units on the third and fourth floors. Surface parking for 10 vehicles will be provided.

The city’s Department of Planning and Development will hold an Early Design Guidance meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset Captain Ballard Room. (This is the same night and location as the Early Design Guidance meeting for a housing development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., which begins at 6:30 p.m.)

You can send comments on site planning and design issues for the project to PRC@seattle.gov. Make sure you reference project # 3020795.

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Reminder: Live televised debate for City Council District 6 is tonight at Phinney Center

September 30th, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight is the live televised debate between Seattle City Council District 6 candidates Mike O’Brien and Catherine Weatbrook at 8 p.m. at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building in Community Hall. (This is a time change of 30 minutes later than previously scheduled.)

It is co-hosted by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Town Hall and Seattle Channel, and broadcast live on the Seattle Channel.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Because it is being televised live, audience members are asked to take their seats by 7:55. No late seating. Registration is required for the free debate, but is already filled. However, there will be a standby line at the door.

Seattle Channel is on channel 21 on Comcast and Wave or watch it live online.

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Dick’s Drive-In Charity Walk-A-Thon is Sunday

September 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Dick’s Drive-In Charity Walkers are at it again. Phinney Ridge’s JP Osseward and Ballard’s Lars Phillips, plus about 50 friends, will walk 22 miles this weekend between all Dick’s restaurants in the 5th Annual Dick’s Drive-In Change for Charity Walk-A-Thon.

They’ll start at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Edmonds location, then visit the other restaurants in Lake City, Holman Road in Crown Hill, Wallingford, Queen Anne and then Broadway.


Some of the charity walk group from the 2014 event.

The walkers have partnered with Dick’s Drive-In and the Spady family (owners of Dick’s) to support the restaurant chain’s Change for Charity partners: Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter and Cocoon House.

Dick’s has created official T-shirts for the event, with all proceeds supporting Change for Charity. Last year the walkers raised more than $2,000.

You can sign up to join them on the walk, or just purchase a T-shirt, through Dick’s online store. And you can find out more information about the walk on the event Facebook page.

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Forum on Move Seattle transportation levy Monday in Greenwood

September 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee is hosting a forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, about the Move Seattle levy proposal on the November ballot.

In 2006, Seattle voters approved a nine-year $365 million transportation levy, known as Bridging the Gap, which will expire at the end of 2015. For the last eight years, this levy provided the Seattle Department of Transportation with nearly 25% of it’s funding with funds being used to address maintenance backlogs, improve transit service, rehabilitate bridges, and implement pedestrian safety projects throughout the city.

This November Seattle voters will vote on a new transportation levy that will replace Bridging the Gap. The replacement levy proposal, called “Move Seattle,” will fund an array of transportation projects throughout the city with the goals of reducing congestion, increasing safety, and improving aging infrastructure.

The $900 million Move Seattle levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (approx. $450,000) about $275 per year for nine years.

We will be hosting a panel of representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle campaign who will make a brief presentation of what is in the levy proposal and what projects are specifically planned for North Seattle. We will also reserve plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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First annual self-guided City Fruit Orchard & Harvest is Sunday

September 29th, 2015 by Doree

City Fruit is hosting its first self-guided Orchard & Harvest Tour from 12-4 p.m. this Sunday, featuring 16 urban orchards throughout the city, including three sites in and near PhinneyWood. Each orchard will have special activities, such as cider pressings and historical tours, and tour participants can learn more about maintaining fruit trees.

Tickets can be purchased online. Cost is $10 City Fruit members, $12 non-members, $20 family. (City Fruit is having a membership month special where households purchasing a $50 City Fruit membership will receive a free family ticket to the Orchard & Harvest Tour). After purchasing a ticket, you’ll receive a digital map of the tour sites.

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Neighborhood news: Kickstarter for new business, televised levy forum, property valuations increase

September 28th, 2015 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Preserve and Gather, a new café coming soon to the corner of NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finish renovating the space. Funders can earn pastries, coffee, punch cards, branded mugs, T-shirts and totes, and private parties.

Seattle Department of Transportation is asking for help locating sidewalk newsstands in need of maintenance. If you see one with a broken window or some other maintenance issue, you can report it to SeattleNewsstands.org.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities are updating the outfall vault, which lets water leave Green Lake and enter the storm water system on the lake’s north side near Meridian Avenue North. Work began today and will be complete by Oct. 30. There will be intermittent trail diversions to allow equipment access, so please be aware when you’re in that area.

Metropolis, 7319 Greenwood Ave. N., will have extended weekday hours beginning Oct. 1. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Metropolis also is now a UPS Access Point, meaning you can drop off pre-paid UPS packages and redirect your packages to the store for pickup.

City Fruit, which picks leftover fruit from fruit trees in several neighborhoods, including ours, to distribute to food banks and meal programs, has announced that the 2015 harvest was the largest in City Fruit’s history, even with several weeks of viable picking time left. City Fruit has already harvested 28,629 pounds of fruit, surpassing the organization’s 2014 record of 27,948.

Seattle Speaks is hosting a live, interactive, televised forum on the Move Seattle transportation levy at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Seattle Channel. Move Seattle is asking voters for $930 million in property taxes, to replace the existing Bridging the Gap transportation levy that expires at the end of this year. The forum takes place at Town Hall downtown, and is hosted by Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan (admission is free but advance registration is required). The program will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel cable 21 (HD on Comcast 321 and Wave 721) and online at seattlechannel.org.

Joining the panel discussion in support of the levy proposal are Andrew Glass Hastings, transportation advisor to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and Maud Daudon, president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Speaking against the measure are Eugene Wasserman of the Keep Seattle Affordable opposition campaign and Fremont business owner Suzie Burke.

The King County Assessor’s Office has announced that Phinney Ridge/Fremont area property valuations increased on average by 10 percent this year. Haller Lake/North Greenwood/Crown Hill area property values increased an average of 12 percent. The Assessor’s Office revalues all property annually and conducts a physical inspection of each property every six years.

University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry still has a few spots open for its Anniversary Day of Service on Oct. 8, providing free dental exams, teeth cleaning, x-rays and fluoride/sealants for children ages 1-18. Call 206-543-5800 for an appointment.

The Municipal League of King Counties now has School Board candidate ratings on its website. The League rated more than 90 candidates for local elections.

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Partial closure of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street intersection for drainage improvements this week

September 28th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is working on drainage improvements at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street this week. SDOT made extensive pedestrian safety improvements to that intersection this summer.

The east side of the intersection will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Drivers should follow detour signs. Local access will be maintained at all times. The work is expected to take about one week.

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