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20th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is Feb. 8

January 31st, 2014 by Doree

Next Saturday, Feb. 8, is Seattle’s 20th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day when you’re encouraged to reach out to neighbors old and new and celebrate what makes your neighborhood special.

The day was the brainchild of Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood. Thanks, Judith!

Here are ways you can celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. Once scheduled, you can post your event to the events calendar.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
  • Send Neighbor Appreciation Day e-cards to your neighbors.
  • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. You can post stories about great neighbors or neighborhoods on our website, or post it to our Facebook page.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors!

In our neighborhood, Fire Station 21 at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting an open house at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8.

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Visit Fire Station 21 on Neighbor Appreciation Day Feb. 9

January 28th, 2013 by Doree

Neighbor-Appreciation-Day-2004ArtWinner-resizedThe 19th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is on Saturday, Feb. 9. It’s a day to celebrate all our great neighbors and communities. As part of the festivities, nearly two dozen fire stations will open their doors to the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so people can take a tour and get to know their firefighters better.

Besides Station 21 at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N., nearby stations celebrating that day include Green Lake Fire Station 16, 6846 Oswego Place NE; Ballard Fire Station 18, 1521 NW Market St.; Bitter Lake Fire Station 24, 401 N 130th St.; and Crown Hill Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave. NW.

The city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day website allows you to send an e-card to neighbors, tell a story about your favorite neighbor or what makes your neighborhood special, ideas for how to celebrate the day, and an events calendar for the day.

By the way, Neighbor Appreciation Day was first suggested to the city in 1995 by Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood. Thanks, Judith!

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Neighborhood news: charity collections, tutoring, zoo lights

August 17th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news we’ve collected recently.

The Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N., made its first donation yesterday to three “charity cases” it supports by naming pizzas after neighborhood institutions, then donating $1 from each pizza to that organization. In its first six months in business, The Ridge sold 700 pizzas supporting the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 799 supporting Woodland Park Zoo, and 804 supporting Fire Station 21, which will give its check to the NW Burn Foundation.

Left to right, Ridge co-owners Chris Gerke and Chris Navarra, Jim Bennett from Woodland Park Zoo, PNA Executive Director Lee Harper, and Charles Turner and Stephen Eney from Fire Station21. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Tara Berg, owner of Hazel Salon & Organics at 5817 Phinney Ave. N., tells us she and her staff raised $298.75 by doing feather and glitter hair extensions at last Friday’s Summer Streets event, to donate to the Seattle Animal Shelter. Hazel Salon is also matching that amount and sending it to PAWS.

Nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle, 8414 Greenwood Ave N., is getting ready for school to start again, and with it, an influx of students needing help with homework. After-school tutoring begins on Monday, Sept. 10. Students ages 6-18 can receive one-on-one help from volunteers from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and high school students only can receive help from 6-8 p.m., including SAT prep and help writing college applications.

You can register for tutoring online, or pick up a registration form at the center, inside Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

Speaking of 826, Naked City Brewery is once again hosting a special fundraiser for them. Naked City has brewed a special beer, called 826 Luminosity, which is a dry-hopped golden ale made with pale and honey malt and Palisade hops. All proceeds from pints of 826 Luminosity sold on Sunday, Aug. 26, will go directly to 826’s programs, plus $1 from every pint sold on Aug. 24-25.

Lettuce Link is asking neighbors to plant an extra row of veggies to donate to food banks. For more information on the ‘Grow-a-Row’ campaign, check out Lettuce Link’s blog, and to donate, contact Jessica Sherrow, the Lettuce Link Summer VISTA, at jessicas@solid-ground.org 206-694-6746, ext. 2.

Woodland Park Zoo recently announced it will premiere its own winter lights festival this holiday season. WildLights will run from Nov. 23 through Jan.1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly (closed Dec. 24-25).

Rendering by Todd Nordling Concept Design.

Approximately 375,000 energy-efficient LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. An animated display of nature’s wonder will be woven into the zoo’s famous greenery inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe, including “Northern Lights,” “The Water Hole” and “Jungle Lights.” Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor nature play space, will be open for play and performances. While the zoo’s animals will be tucked in for the night, the Day Exhibit, a showcase of reptiles and amphibians, will be open, offering another indoor venue for the chilly evenings.

Other highlights will include visiting reindeer, the Historic Carousel (additional fee), entertainment and festive refreshments for purchase.

Admission to WildLights will be $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for toddlers ages 0-2. From December 14 to January 1, admission will increase to $9.50 for adults. This is an after-hours ticketed event so regular zoo membership privileges will not apply. WildLights will be a rain or shine event ‒ there will be no ticket refunds.

Tickets to WildLights will go on sale in the fall and will be available online at www.zoo.org/wildlights daily. Night-of-event tickets will be for sale at the zoo’s West Entrance only, if not sold out.

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Fire Station 21 raises $1,700 for burn victims at Greenwood Car Show

July 2nd, 2012 by Doree

The Defenders of Greenwood raised $1,700 selling hot dogs during Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show, and now they’re giving it all to the NW Burn Foundation. The foundation will use the money to send children to a special camp.

Better Meat Company, 305 NW 82nd St., donated 1,000 hot dogs.

Firefighters will be presenting the check to the NW Burn Foundation at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Station 21, at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street.

Update Tuesday: Maria sent us a photo of today’s check presentation.

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Duty calls, interrupting Neighbor Appreciation open house

February 11th, 2012 by Dale

Station 21 firefighters dashed out on aid calls this morning during Neighbor Appreciation Day, so people coming for an open house patiently waited for them to return from helping other neighbors who had a more immediate need.

A matter of minutes after returning from one call to let people clamber aboard Engine 21, a bell sounded and everyone had to hustle back out onto the sidewalk so the firefighters could head out on another call.

At last check of the Seattle Fire 911 log, they were back in the station.

The open house runs until 1 p.m. and is part of a long list of events around the city today. As part of today’s event, you can send a free e-card. We’ll skip that step and say thank you to all of you reading this, as well as a big thank you to PhinneyWood resident Judith Wood, who first suggested Seattle put aside a day to honor great neighbors.

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Defective electronics to blame for Fire Station 21 artwork not being lit up yet

February 1st, 2012 by Doree

Perri Lynch, the artist who created the artwork outside the new Fire Station 21 at Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street, tells us that defective electronics are to blame for the artwork not being lit up yet.

The rock-and-glass artwork was supposed to be completed by the end of last year, shortly after the Defenders of Greenwood moved into their new station, but Lynch and her crew have spent a lot of time troubleshooting electrical problems. She says the electronics need to be replaced.

“My apologies to the community for this delay and thanks very much for your patience,” Lynch told us by email.

Once completed, the glass layers of the artwork will be lit a bluish-green when the firefighters are in residence, and red when they are out on a call.

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Thousands welcome new Fire Station 21 today

December 3rd, 2011 by Doree

The Defenders of Greenwood welcomed the community to their new Fire Station 21 in Phinney-Greenwood today, and thousands of neighbors packed into the new two-story station.

The truck bay as seen from the stairwell.

Several tables were set up around the truck bay, with various activities for children, from coloring their own stickers, to correctly identifying hot objects they should never play with, to stacks of red plastic fire hats (which I noticed a few adults were wearing as well!)

Children color their own stickers.

Kids also got to try on official firefighting gear.

And meet Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean.

Top Pot Doughnuts had its mobile truck parked outside, handing out free old-fashioned donuts.

Artist Perri Lynch (below, second from left) designed and fabricated the stone-and-glass sculpture in front of the station. By the end of the month, the glass panels of the sculpture will be lit bluish-green when the firefighters are in-house, and will change to reddish-orange when the firefighters are on a call.

Just before this morning’s open house, the owners of Avanti Art & Design right across the street, presented the firefighters with a specially framed Fire Station 21 flag. The flag used to fly from the back of the fire engine many years ago. Several months ago, the firefighters had asked Avanti for a simple frame for the flag.

Instead, Avanti’s co-owners, Wendy Keen and Emmalee Bozek, asked a friend, woodcarver Baer Charlton to create something special.

Charlton found some 100-year-old vertical grain fir that had been in a fire. Charlton estimated he spent “more than 40, less than a hundred” hours creating the frame, which is 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

“It needs to be preserved and it needs to be showed off appropriately,” Charlton said.

Textile artist Charlene Bozek did the hand dying for the fabric backround.

The owners of Avanti said they missed having the firefighters across the street while the new station was under construction, and are happy to have them back.

“They’re the ones keeping us safe out there, Keen said. “We’re just really happy to have them watching out for us.”

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Tour the new Fire Station 21 at Saturday’s open house

November 30th, 2011 by Doree

The Defenders of Greenwood moved into their new Fire Station 21 a few weeks ago, but their grand opening celebration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The station will be “out of service” during the open house so fire fighters can concentrate on showing community members around the new station, and let them sit inside the fire truck.

The open house is sponsored by the Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Fire Fighters Union Local 27. They’ll provide refreshments and children’s activities. Up to 2,000 people are expected at the new station, which is at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N.

At the open house, the 12-foot-tall rock and glass sculpture by artist Perri Lynch will be dedicated. Called “Moment to Moment,” the sculpture will be lit by LED lights that will change from a bluish-green when the firefighters are in the station, to a reddish-orange when they are called out.

You can read a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the sculpture on Lynch’s website, and you can read our August feature story on the making of the sculpture here. Lynch says the artwork lighting should be functional by the end of December.

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Temporary Fire Station 21 buildings moving out today

November 16th, 2011 by Doree

The trailers that temporarily housed the firefighters of Fire Station 21 at North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North are being moved.

The Defenders of Greenwood lived in those trailers for more than a year while the new Fire Station 21 was built at North 73rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

The dedication and open house for the new fire station is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore told us today that the fire department is expecting as many as 2,000 people to tour the station that day. They’ll also have refreshments and children’s activities.

Moore also wanted to remind neighbors that the fire fighters are very busy right now as they settle in to the new space, so please don’t knock on the door asking for a tour! You’ll have to wait for the open house.

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Moving day for Station 21 firefighters

November 8th, 2011 by Doree

The Defenders of Greenwood are moving into their brand new Fire Station 21 on the corner of North 73rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North today.

Before 11:30 this morning, Engine 21 was parked in front of the station, and the Multiple Casualty Incident Van was parked in the truck bay. Uniformed firefighters could be seen inside, checking out their new home.

Fire Station 21 will have a community open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, so everyone can tour the new station.

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Defenders of Greenwood moving into new Fire Station 21 next Tuesday

November 4th, 2011 by Doree

We got a sneak peek inside the brand new Fire Station 21 this week. Firefighters will move from the temporary station five blocks south, where they’ve been for the past 15 months, and into their new digs next Tuesday.

They may start moving some of their personal items into the station this weekend. The official move will happen the morning of Nov. 8, beginning about 8 a.m. Rich Hennings, senior project manager, said the new station should be fully operational by 12 p.m. that day.

Hennings said the construction timeline was delayed somewhat because three of the project’s contractors went out of business during construction (two of the earthwork contractors, and the first siding contractor). Ballard Sheet Metal stepped in to finish the siding. “I can’t say enough good about them,” Hennings said.

The new station was needed for three main reasons: the old station was not seismically sound, firefighters needed a better layout for functionality, and they needed space for more equipment and larger trucks. If need be, a ladder truck can fit into the new truck bay. Station 21 currently houses one engine and a Multiple Casualty Incident Van.

“It’s kind of a mini hospital,” Hennings said of MCIV. “It has backboards and medical supplies for multiple casualties.”

In the old station, the locker room and bunk room were cramped, and firefighters slept in the same room, with no privacy. The new station provides small private rooms for each firefighter, with a twin bed, cupboard, small shelf/desk and a reading lamp. Lockers are outside each room. A wide hallway leads straight to the truck bay.

Private bunk rooms will have a twin bed, small desk/shelf, cupboard, and reading light.

Walk through the station’s front door and you’re in the Watch Office. A firefighter is awake and in that area 24 hours a day. That area houses a few computers, and the Human Machine Interface. Firefighters can use the HMI to manually activate the Traffic Pre-Emption Signal if necessary. It’s tied to the emergency system to trip automatically when they’re called out, but they’ll use the signal again when backing the fire truck into the station after a call, to hold oncoming traffic.

Next to the Watch Office is the officer’s office and bunk room, and an ADA accessible bathroom and shower.

The red emergency phone outside the front door goes directly to 911. That’s in case the firefighters are out on a call, and the Fire Department wants every call logged.

The station has four officers – one captain and three lieutenants. One of those officers and three fire fighters cover each of the four shifts. Officers are in charge of each shift, and in charge of Drilling (checking fire hydrants annually, making sure drivers know the neighborhood roads and routes, building inspections, etc.)

The new truck bay has a dedicated decontamination room with a large shower and eye wash station. The Bunking Gear room allows storage of fire-retardant clothing and other gear. Every firefighter has two sets of bunking gear.

“Any time they get substances on them, they don’t have to bring that into their sleeping quarters,” Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore explained.

Firefighters will store their bunking gear in this special room.

There’s also a special washing machine that removes smoke and carcinogens, but doesn’t damage the fire-retardant properties of the clothes. “Basically it’s like an extractor that extracts all the gunk,” Moore explained.

Another room is for storing emergency medical supplies, and yet another room will house tools for maintaining and repairing equipment.

“This is great. The layout, the function. I think it’s one of the better designs,” Hennings said. “I know the firefighters are ready to get back in.”

A large window let firefighters see into the truck bay.

A wide stairway leads from the sleeping quarters up to the “Beanery” – the kitchen and day room. Each shift has their own cupboards for food. Motion sensor lights cut down on electrical costs. The day room is where firefighters relax or watch TV. The city pays for basic cable for them; if they want extras, they have to pool their money and pay for it themselves. They also buy their own day room furniture such as couches and recliners.

Standing in the Day Room, looking towards the kitchen. The balcony is at right.

Rainwater is recycled for flushing toilets, irrigation and washing the trucks. An electric vehicle charging station in the station’s back parking lot has its eye toward the future (but it’s not for public use). The station has a back-up generator that will run the station on full power for up to 72 hours.

The Personal Training room down the hall from the kitchen is full of natural daylight. The city provides some basic workout equipment (kettle bells, hand weights, and two machines such as treadmill, bike, stair climber or elliptical). Firefighters often add their own equipment as well. Firefighters get one dedicated hour per day to work out.

The view from the kitchen balcony looks toward Green Lake.

The stone-and-glass artwork in front of the station was designed by artist Perri Lynch (read our feature story on Lynch’s artwork). The glass sections will change from a bluish-green when the firefighters are in the station, to an orangish-red when they are out on a call.

And here’s a special plea from the Fire Department, which says that Greenwood and Phinney Ridge residents have an unusually close relationship to its fire station and fire fighters. Please give the firefighters time to settle into their new station before dropping in for an informal tour.

A community Open House will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The station will be “out of service” during those two hours so fire fighters can concentrate on showing community members around the new station, and let them sit inside the fire truck.

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Fire Station 21 move-in date delayed by one week

October 27th, 2011 by Doree

Fire Station 21 firefighters will move into their new station at Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street sometime the second week of November, not the first week as previously announced.

Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore tells us the contractors need a little more time finishing painting and other small details.

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