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    Metro buses 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E rerouted off southbound Aurora Monday and Tuesday nights

    April 25th, 2016 by Doree

    Metro routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted off of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Dexter Way North and Denny Way overnight Monday and Tuesday due to construction.

    The reroutes will happen from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

    During this time, heading toward downtown Seattle these routes will travel instead via Dexter Way N, Dexter Av N, 7th Av, Bell St, 6th Av and Wall St, then on to their regular routes.

    Heading toward their north end destinations, these routes are not affected and will serve their regular routes and stops.

    The lane closures are because Washington State Department of Transportation is installing supports for the overhead signs for the future State Route 99 tunnel. All traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

    Closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

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    Theater, fundraiser, concerts, family variety show, Earth Day and more in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

    April 22nd, 2016 by Doree

    Here are some highlights of what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

    It’s closing weekend for Taproot Theatre’s “Cotton Patch Gospel.”

    Couth Buzzard Books is hosting a special post-explosion fundraiser, “What’s the Word Cabaret: The Beats,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday; plus Pint & Dale — Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 pm. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

    Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op is hosting its Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building, featuring clothes, shoes, toys, books, strollers, furniture and more for ages newborn up to 10 years. Discounts of 50 percent begin at 12 p.m.

    Art In Bloom — Seattle’s Garden Art & Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Seymour Stained Glass Studio, 5415 Greenwood Ave. N.

    The Seattle Clean Street Collective is having another street cleanup starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Aurora Commons, 8914 Aurora Ave. N., in the parking lot behind the building. Volunteers will start at 85th Street and clean up to approximately 100th Street.

    Carkeek Park’s 36th Annual Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents Old Bottle Black at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by Sightseer at 9 p.m., Brendan & The Strangest Ways at 10 p.m. and Dearly Departed at 11 p.m. On Saturday, it’s Sarah Pasillas at 7 p.m., The No Good Hearts at 8 p.m., The Dark Blue at 9 p.m., The Thrill at 10 p.m., Stereoshifter at 11 p.m. and Dead Language at midnight.

    Evan’s Family Variety Show, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $5 for kids and $10 for adults; $7 for kids and $12 for adults at the door. Headliner is Circque du Soleil performer Patrick McGuire, with hula hoop artist Mary Garget, tightrope walker Jasmine Manuel, musical act the Future Fridays, plus magic by Evan.

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    Run tap water for at least 2 minutes, due to concerns about lead

    April 21st, 2016 by Doree

    Update Sunday: Seattle Public Utilities says two days of extensive water testing shows no lead in the water, so there’s no need to run it for two minutes before drinking.

    Earlier: Seattle Public Utilities is urging customers to run tap water for two minutes if it hasn’t been used in at least six hours. The concern comes after high levels of lead were found in the water at four Tacoma homes. While the two water systems are not connected, SPU is advising that water be run for two minutes until it can assess whether its system has a similar problem.

    You can read the full story on KING 5. SPU’s Twitter feed says it will have more information on its website and social media accounts soon.

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    News roundup: New pot shop, story time back, kids program expanding, preschool spots open, late-night bus service and community council board spots open

    April 21st, 2016 by Doree

    Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood and city news:

    The Partakery, a recreational marijuana shop, is now open at 417 NW 65th St. The store also sells pre-rolls, edibles, accessories and vape oils. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

    Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is bringing back its Tuesday story times, beginning April 26 at 11 a.m. The book store also has Friday story times.

    Illumination Learning Studio is expanding again. The Phinney Ridge (7720 Greenwood Ave. N.) cultural and performing arts program opened a second location at 8th Avenue NW and Market Street last year. Now it’s opening a Ballard Locks location at 2821-B NW Market St. (serving Adams, Salmon Bay and Loyal Heights elementaries, and will accept overflow from West Woodlands), and a Piper’s Creek location at 124 N. 103rd St. (serving Daniel Bagley, North Beach, Viewlands and the future Cascadia school opening in 2017). ILS provides before and after-school care with van pickup.

    KIRO 7 recently had a story about scammers pretending to be Puget Sound Energy workers who may have been casing neighborhood homes to rob.

    Metro is asking for public input on late-night bus service (between 12-5 a.m.) to identify ways to improve service. You can take the online survey here.

    Phinney Ridge Community Council is still accepting nominations for its board, through May 3. If you’re interested, or want to nominate someone else, email phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com.

    The Phinney Preschool Co-op has room in its pre-K program for the fall. Children need to turn 4 by Aug. 31. More information is here.

    The Ballard Library is closing May 9 for up to two months for renovation. Preschool story times, the evening book group and the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series will move to the Greenwood Library during that time.

    North Seattle College is hosting a free “Tuition Forum with Lawmakers” from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the campus Grove (first floor of the Health Sciences and Student Resources Building, 9600 College Way N.) The student-led event will feature: James Schuelke, deputy director of the Washington, D.C. nonprofit Civic Nation; Sen. David Frockt, 46th District; Rep. Gerry Pollet, 46th District; Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, 43rd District; Rep. Noel Frame, 36th District; Dr. Warren Brown, President of North Seattle College.

    Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle Girls Prep Training Program are holding auditions for new members on June 11 at University Heights Center in the U-District. Boys aged 6-9 are eligible to audition; no previous music or vocal training is necessary. Girls entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall with strong music talent are eligible. Call the Northwest Choirs office at 206-524-3234 to schedule an audition.

    Seattle reLeaf, the City of Seattle’s urban forestry outreach and engagement program, is looking for Tree Ambassadors to lead neighborhood tree walks and work parties to improve the health of neighborhood trees. In particular, Seattle reLeaf needs volunteers to adopt the 50th & Phinney triangle near the Woodland Park Zoo.

    Phinney Market Pub & Eatery is teaming up with educational toy company Fort Boards for International Screen-Free Week May 2-8. They’ll give a $25 gift card to any children at the restaurant who will put away their phone or hand-held gaming device during their meal.

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    Library News: Money Smart Week, free online Seattle music collection, new Space Needle construction photo collection

    April 21st, 2016 by Doree

    The Seattle Public Library is hosting “Money Smart Week” with free workshops at various branches from April 22-30. Topics will include how to live within a monthly budget, manage debt, and maintain good credit.

    Library staff have compiled a list with the Top Ten Ways To Be Money Smart With The Library. And beginning Monday, April 25, they will have a week-long series of Money Smart lunchtime lectures at the Central Library downtown.

    Free Money Smart Week workshops in our neighborhood:

    • “Drive Away Happy: Car Buying Decisions – Get prepared for the choices involved in buying a car”; from 3-4 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
    • “Identity Theft – Learn about identity theft, including the techniques thieves use, tools for prevention and steps victims can take to recover”; from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

    This summer the library is launching an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack, starting with 50 albums of local music available for free download and streaming. The library plans to add another 100 new albums each year to its catalog.

    All Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle are invited to submit a music album. The album must contain four or more songs and have been produced within the last five years. If an album is accepted, the artist will receive an honorarium of $200. Selected albums in the PlayBack collection will be discoverable through the Library’s online catalog and highlighted through the Library’s social media channels. Artists will also have opportunities to perform live at the Library.

    The Library seeks works that reflect the rich variety of genres represented in Seattle’s music scene. Broad and inclusive submission criteria is detailed on PlayBack’s Information for Artists page. This new music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle’s music scene.

    The first submission period will be open Monday, May 9 through 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23. A second submission period will open this fall. To submit music to The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack platform, visit www.spl.org/playback. Submissions will only be accepted online. The preferred file types are FLAC, WV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis.

    The library also now has a new collection of historic Space Needle photos, to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the start of construction of Seattle’s most well-known icon. The George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection has more than 2,400 images, including many never-before-seen photos of construction, plus Gulacsik’s notebook detailing day-to-day construction.

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    House fire at 67th & Palatine, owner got out okay

    April 20th, 2016 by Doree

    Mike V sent us photos of a house fire at North 67th Street and Palatine Avenue North this evening.


    He said flames were shooting out of the west side of the house when firefighters arrived, but they were able to quickly extinguish them, but heavy smoke continued to come from that side of the house.


    He said the owner got out of the house and is okay.


    Thanks to Mike, Karl and Eva for sending photos and information!

    Update Thursday 12 p.m.: From Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line Blog:

    Palatine House Fire Ruled Accidental

    Fire investigators determined the house fire on the 6500 block of Palatine Avenue North on April 20, 2016, was accidental. The fire was caused by overheated electrical wiring in the kitchen of the home.

    At 6:19 p.m., fire dispatchers received multiple calls of a fire inside the home. Engine 21, arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the first floor of the two-story home with a basement. Firefighters immediately applied water on the fire and were able to knock the fire down from the sidewalk in front of the house. However, the fire was fought defensively due to the excess accumulation of materials inside the home. At 6:50 p.m., the Incident Commander determined it was safe for firefighters to enter the building and transitioned to an offensive approach. From inside the building, firefighters continued to fight the blaze that had extended to the second floor of the home. The fire was extinguished at 7:28 p.m. There were no injuries and the sole occupant of the home was on the sidewalk when firefighters arrived.

    The total damage to the building and contents is estimated at 300,000 dollars.

    Update Thursday 3 p.m.: Naydene, his next door neighbor, tells me that when the fire started, the homeowner knocked on her window and asked her to call 911. Some other neighbors, whom she had never met before, offered to hose down the side of her house to help keep it from catching fire. “This was a truly selfless and generous act for which I am very grateful,” Naydene told me by email.

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    G&O Family Cyclery reopens in temporary spot after shop heavily damaged by Greenwood explosion

    April 20th, 2016 by Doree

    G&O Family Cyclery has reopened in a temporary storefront just one block north of its shop that was heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion.


    The new address is 8554-1/2 Greenwood. Since the new space is smaller, they’re having a moving sale to get rid of some inventory. The shop’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday).

    Welcome back G&O!

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    3 neighborhood houses on NW Green Home Tour next weekend

    April 20th, 2016 by Doree

    The Northwest Green Home Tour on April 30 and May 1 features two dozen homes, including three in our neighborhood and several more in Ballard. Free tickets and addresses for all sites are on the Green Home Tour website. (Most houses are only open one of the two days, so be sure and check the website for the day.)

    Grandma’s House” at 10719 1st Ave. NW by Carkeek Park is billed as the city’s first net zero energy rental home. It produces 200 percent of its annual energy needs, but cost less to build than the average new home in Seattle. The 2,000 square foot home has three bedrooms, two baths and solar panels. It cost $120 per square foot to build, compared to the city average of $200.

    Another net zero energy home at 612 NW 60th St. is an Energy Star certified, 5-Star Built Green home that was built on a budget of just $124 per square foot ($114 after rebates and solar production incentives).

    Phinney Ridge Discrete” at 217 N. 51st St. was a gut remodel that includes an accessory dwelling unit in the basement, a new master suite upstairs, new kitchen and sunroom, large deck and porch with a view.

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    Transit and Sidewalk Project begins work on west side of Greenwood Avenue

    April 19th, 2016 by Doree

    Seattle Department of Transportation has finished most of the improvements on the east side of Greenwood Avenue North for its Transit & Sidewalk Project, including new bus islands, and is completing final paving between the roadway and the curb. Crews have now moved on to the west side of Greenwood Avenue.

    Crews will install bus islands and curb ramps at N 97th St and N 92nd St, a curb ramp at N 102nd St, and other improvements at N 95th St. Crews plan to start work on the bus islands at N 97th St and N 92nd St first. Installing the curb ramps at N 92nd St and N 97th St, as well as the work at N 95th St, may require a temporary side street closure at Greenwood Ave N. To complete this work safely, crews will set up pedestrian detour routes around the work zone. You may hear noise from construction equipment between 7 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

    To accommodate the work, on-street parking will be restricted in the work zone on the west side of Greenwood Ave N and southbound traffic will be shifted to the center lane to make room for a safe work zone. Bicycles will continue to merge with traffic and King County Metro will provide temporary bus stops for N 97th St and N 92nd St. Northbound traffic will use the regular northbound lane.

    As equipment and materials become available, crews will:

    Pave the areas of the street, walkways, and driveways that were disturbed by construction on both sides of Greenwood Ave N. This work will require temporary partial closures of driveways (east side only) and walkways as crews remove old pavement and pour new pavement. Depending on the size of the driveway, crews will preserve driveway access by working on one half of a driveway at a time or placing down a steel plate for drivers. Property owners will be contacted individually before driveway work begins.

    Pave and patch both sides of Greenwood Ave N at N 92nd St to finish previous work performed by Seattle Public Utilities. On the east side of Greenwood Ave N at N 103rd St, the road will also be paved and patched. We may partially close these side streets at Greenwood Ave N during working hours to complete the work.

    Plant trees, add soil to landscaped areas, and complete cleanup and other finishing work. This portion of work may continue into June.

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