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


Entries from January 2009

Lead testing delay gives kid stuff crafters a break

January 31st, 2009 by Dale

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has delayed implementation of a law that could have forced some local crafters of kid stuff to implement costly lead testing or be considered illegal. There’s more in the P-I. One person quoted in the article said the law hurt many of the people who are trying to make kid-safe products.

“The irony is that many people who make handmade items do it specifically because they know those will be safe,” said Adam Brown, a spokesman for Etsy, a popular Web site offering handmade goods by 200,000 sellers.

The CPSC has granted a one year delay on testing and certification for crafters and childrens’ garment makers.

A couple months back, Wendy Powell at Childish Things raised alarm about the law, saying it could put consignment stores out of business as well. The CPSC later offered clarification on that point, saying consignment stores didn’t have to test their inventory, but that they should not sell items that were above the legal limit. But researching whether every used item is legal or not could pose its own challenges, one would think.

Thanks, Travis, for flagging the story for us.

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Greenwood Elementary seeking donations for fundraiser

January 30th, 2009 by Dale

Greenwood Elementary School is looking for donations for its annual fundraiser, set for March 14. The fundraiser provides money for school programs in art, music, language, drama and environmental education.

Auction Co-Chair Karen Comiskey says goods and services of all kinds are welcome, including gift certificates. Donation ideas include yard work, knitting lessons, restaurant gift certificates, store gift cards, arts and crafts, homemade jewelry, hotel stays, cabin getaways and boat cruises.

Tickets to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” are $30 until Feb. 15, then the price goes up to $35. The auction starts at 5 p.m. March 14 at the Ballard Elks Club at 6411 Seaview Ave. N.

Check out the auction website for more information or to download a donation form.

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Judge dismisses case against sale of PNA building

January 30th, 2009 by Dale

Last Friday a Superior Court judge granted summary judgment to dismiss a case against the sale of several surplus Seattle School District buildings, including the old Allen School building, which has been the home of the Phinney Neighborhood Association for more than two decades.

The PNA rented the two buildings at N. 67th St. and Phinney Avenue from the district, and jumped at the chance to purchase a permanent home. The PNA is in the midst of a $12 million capital campaign to buy the site, and make major improvements, including an improved entrance, ADA access, better landscaping and community gathering spaces.

The plaintiffs have 30 days to appeal.

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OK Corral closed, looking for new Greenwood location

January 29th, 2009 by Doree

Greenwood’s OK Corral restaurant expanded to West Seattle in November and had planned to keep its Greenwood location at 8733 Greenwood Ave. N., but anyone who’s driven by lately has seen it looking pretty empty. I called Otis, the owner, at his West Seattle restaurant tonight and he says he had to close because “the building was just falling down around me.” He rented the building.

While he’s currently pretty busy with his West Seattle restaurant, he is looking for a new spot to rent in the Greenwood area. “If you see any old buildings pop up, you let me know,” he says.

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Neighborhood wine tastings

January 29th, 2009 by Doree

Several places around Greenwood and Phinney have weekly wine tastings, so we thought we’d do a roundup of the ones we know about.

Thursday nights head over to Picnic at 6801 Greenwood Ave. N. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The tasting fee is $8 and includes at least four tastes of different wines, paired with treats from Picnic’s pantry, including handmade charcuterie, cheeses and cured meats.

Vineyard Wine Shop at 8218 Greenwood Ave. N. offers Wednesday night wine tastings. Each week features wine from a different country or region. Cost is usually $3-5.

The Shop Agora at 6417-A Phinney Ave. N. has free wine tastings and food pairings every Saturday from 12-5 p.m.

If you know of other wine tastings in the neighborhood, please let us know.

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Mail-in ballot deadline approaching

January 29th, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget that your ballot for King County’s first all-mail election must be postmarked by Tuesday. For a number of people, this will be the first time they’ve voted by mail.

Ballots must be inserted into the security envelope, then the outer envelope with the voter oath must be signed. If there’s more than one voter in your household, don’t try to put all the ballots into just one envelope to save on postage.

As required by law, the signature on every absentee envelope is verified against the voter’s registration record. Be sure to use your legal, professional signature and not simply your initials. If your signature has changed over the years, please update your records with King County Elections because your signature makes your vote count.

Instead of mailing, ballots without postage can be returned to a 24-hour ballot drop box until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Click here for ballot drop box locations.

For the first time, you can track the progress of your ballot online, to see if it’s been received by the elections office and your signature has been verified.

And if you haven’t received your ballot in the mail yet, call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

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Citizen’s Climate Lobby forming local chapter

January 29th, 2009 by Doree

A group of neighborhood residents is forming a local chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) to help lobby members of Congress about sustainable climate options. The group’s first meeting is Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Greenwood Library at 81st and Greenwood. Bring your own coffee mug instead of using disposable cups.

Here’s their pitch:

Worried that just changing light bulbs might not be enough? We are too. Our goal is to create the political will for a sustainable climate by lobbying our members of Congress together. We’d like your help. Marshall Saunders, the National Organizer, will be here to explain CCL and the process he uses to create change by lobbying. The immediate focus is a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax and Feed-in Tariffs. Please join us. Learn how we can act together to push for a national climate policy.

To RSVP for the meeting, contact Anne Engstrom or Guillaume Mauger.


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On-street bike parking in a neighborhood near you

January 28th, 2009 by Dale

With the number of bicyclists continuing to grow, the Seattle Department of Transportation is about to start creating on-street bicycle parking in local neighborhoods. Their goal is to have one to two per neighborhood, with installation of the first three starting next week, the closest of which will be near Green Lake.

Bike racks will fill one or two motor vehicle parking spaces on the street and be surrounded by a raised curb. According to the press release, each car-sized space will accommodate up to eight bikes. The initiative is part of the city’s Bicycle Master Plan, which aims to triple the number of people bicycling in Seattle over ten years.

John C. Todd, Jr., of the Greater Greenwood Bi/Ped Safety Coalition, highlighted the announcement for us, calling it a case of “life imitates art.”

In September, during Park(ing) Day, the coalition put together a park the size of a standard parking space on Greenwood Avenue just south of 85th Street. It included a large bike rack, a table and chairs and a soapbox.

Hmm… Maybe someone listened to what the soapbox speakers had to say. See more Park(ing) Day photos by Didi Anstett here.

The closest of the first three will be at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue NE and NE 70th Street (just east of Green Lake). The other two will go in on Broadway between East Harrison and East Republican streets, and at the corner of 12th Avenue and East Spring Street.

Expect to see these in additional neighborhoods later this year. For more info, or to request bicycle parking in your neighborhood, please contact the Seattle Department of Transportation at (206) 684-7583 or bikeracks@seattle.gov.

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Twig Children’s Boutique closing, changing to online only

January 28th, 2009 by Doree

The bad economy has hit another Greenwood business. Twig Children’s Boutique at 8317 Greenwood Ave. N. is closing its store, but plans to open online.

According to their website, Twig will hold a “transition party” this weekend, with all merchandise marked down 40-70%. Here’s what owner Angela Johnson writes:

We remain dedicated to our vision of offering environmentally friendly, local and designer clothing! We still believe that our little mom-run shop is filling an important role and so we will be building an online store so you will still have access to a well-edited selection of kid’s products from small responsible manufacturers and local designers.

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