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


Entries from January 2010

Lost, found and seeking…

January 31st, 2010 by Dale

A number of items posted recently in the forum have caught our attention. Maybe you can help:

  • Phinneydoc found a non-working cell phone in the bushes at the southeast corner of 73rd and 1st. Contact info here.
  • A couple with a baby due in August is looking for a nanny share arrangement with another family. Post a reply here.
  • In a semi-related post, another family is looking for infant daycare recommendations in the Greenwood/Green Lake area or downtown.
  • Lastly, a collarless brown cat was found this morning at the corner of 67th and Linden. Unfortunately, it was hit by a vehicle and did not survive, the poster tells us. Animal control was called to pick up the animal. If you think the cat was yours, you can contact the poster here.

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Artist(s) wanted for 46th Street mural

January 31st, 2010 by Dale

A project that recently received a Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle is seeking an artist(s) to design a mural for a wall near the southeast corner of Phinney Ridge that bridges the neighborhoods of Fremont and Wallingford.

The 46th Street Mural Project is looking for a design that will “bring a positive visual message to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists traveling under Highway 99 (Aurora Ave.) at N. 46th St.”

The wall is located on the north side of the underpass at N. 46th St. and Aurora Ave N.

Get more details on our sister site, Fremont Universe.

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Last day of Red Mill 15th birthday promotion

January 30th, 2010 by Doree

Today is the last day of Red Mill Burgers’ celebration of its 15th birthday. Red Mill is donating 15 percent of its profits from Jan. 15-30 to three local organizations: the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Greenwood Senior Center, and Greenwood Food Bank.

Here’s the staff of the PNA having lunch at Red Mill in appreciation of the restaurant’s donation.

Red Mill employees also designed commemorative T-shirts that sell for $15.

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Firefighters honored by Taproot Theatre

January 29th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Fire Department Assistant Chief A.D. Vickery accepted thanks and flowers on behalf of the “Defenders of Greenwood” from Fire Station 21 Friday night at Taproot Theatre, moments before Taproot opened their 2010 season with C.S. Lewis’s “The Great Divorce.”

(Photo by Liz Ragland.)

Other firefighters who would have been there were called away on an emergency just moments before they were to be honored for their efforts to save the theater from an arson fire last Oct. 23.

Also honored was Steve Timian, the onsite foreman who worked 10-12 hour days to get the theater reopened in time for its 2010 season.

Asst. Chief Vickery then turned the tables and thanked Producing Artistic Director Scott Nolte and presented him with a Chief’s Coin, which is usually given within the fire department, but can be given for extraordinary acts of heroism or service to the community. He presented it to Nolte for his entire theater staff.

KOMO has a very nice video of the event here.

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Corner Mart changing to 85th Street Market

January 29th, 2010 by Doree

As we told you about last week, the Corner Mart at NW 85th St. and 8th Ave. NW is changing hands. The building was actually purchased last April by Cannon Commercial Real Estate Services, but the tenant had a lease through the end of 2009.

Workers are now renovating the building. A couple of days ago the exterior was painted green.

Matt Herron of Cannon Commercial said a new awning should be going up today. They’re installing new flooring, electrical and all new exterior lighting that they hope will chase away the bad elements that formerly camped out around the building.

“I like to target buildings that are kind of an eyesore on the neighborhood,” Herron explained. “I really like to just clean them up. A lot of times people think of property owners as bad people because they come in and renovate a building and increase the rent and the rent is too expensive for neighborhood tenants. But this is a local business owner, and our rent is really affordable even with the renovations.”

That new renter is Chuck Shin, who says he will operate a nicer convenience store than was there before.

“Unlike the previous store, we’re not gonna sell porn and we’re not gonna sell malt liquor,” Shin said this morning. “We’re going to fit in in the neighborhood, we’re not going to stick out like a sore thumb. I want to feel welcome in the neighborhood and not looked down upon.”

He’s also changing the name to 85th Street Market.

This is Shin’s first store, and he says it will evolve as he finds out what the neighborhood wants. “We’re going to try it out and see what direction we need to go,” he said. “Within two weeks we’re going to have a very soft opening and then gear it towards a grand opening about a month later.”

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Greenwood store robbed last night

January 29th, 2010 by Doree

From the Seattle Police Department blotter:

Robbery suspect at large – On 01/28/10, just shortly before 11:00 p.m., the suspect entered a store in the 10400 block of Greenwood Ave N. and requested a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk opened the till, the suspect reached over and took money from the cash register.

When the clerk confronted the suspect, the suspect claimed he had a gun. No gun was observed. The suspect fled the store on foot in an unknown direction.

No suspect description.

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Part of Holman Road sidewalk to close Feb. 1-12

January 29th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close the sidewalk on a portion of Holman Road NW at 8th Avenue NW from Feb. 1-12, so crews can paint the railing on a raised portion of the road.

The sidewalk will be closed 24-hours-a-day. During the first week, the crews will close the northern sidewalk, and then starting February 8 the crews will close the southern side. Pedestrians will cross Holman Road at 7th Avenue NW and at 13th Avenue NW.

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Teen leaders needed for summer jobs

January 29th, 2010 by Doree

Teens in Public Service (TIPS) is looking for motivated teens ages 15-19 to work at various non-profit organizations this summer.

TIPS, founded in 1997 by a Seattle mom and her daughter, (Maureen Brotherton and Tia Heim) who wanted to create more rewarding job opportunities for teens, is now in its 14th year of placing teens at local non-profits. TIPS selects teens for internships at charitable organizations by matching their talents and interests with the needs of over 75 local non-profits. Teens serve at no cost to the non-profit, but earn a paycheck through TIPS.

You will find TIPS interns organizing a talent show for children with special needs, comforting a 75 year-old woman as she struggles with Alzheimer’s and providing a meal and a smile to a homeless man in downtown Seattle.

“Our internships give local teens the chance to earn money as well as open their eyes to the needs of their community,” says Cathy Michalec, TIPS Executive Director. “Our hope is that these teens will continue to be involved with their communities long after their internships are over.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 26. Each applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, adult mentor or others who can attest to the applicant’s character. Applicants must be in high school, between the ages of 15-19. Each intern will work 20 or 30 hours per week for 8 weeks and five of those weeks must be consecutive.

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Rosewood Guitar tears down small building, main building to open in February

January 28th, 2010 by Doree

Rosewood Guitar at 8402 Greenwood Ave. N., which suffered extensive damage from the Nov. 5 arson, had to tear down their small building that previously housed the teaching studios.

Here’s what Rosewood’s Bill Clements tells us:

Restoration work on our main store is moving along pretty well now. We expect to be reopen mid to late February. The smaller building that we used for teaching studios suffered extensive smoke and structural damage and could not be practically saved.

We hope to rebuild new and expanded teaching studios and are working with contractors on bids and designs. However, it will likely be a year or more before construction is complete.

The community has been great and it really feels like everyone has bonded after the series of tragedies that struck the Greenwood neighborhood.

Since the arson, Rosewood has been teaching students inside neighboring Cobblestone Used Furniture.

Thanks to artman1951 for the second photo.

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