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Entries from January 2011

Red Mill Burgers looking to expand to Ballard

January 31st, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson reports today that Red Mill Burgers, with locations in Phinney Ridge and Interbay, wants to open a third location, in the recently closed Totem House, next to the Ballard Locks.

Photo from MyBallard.

Red Mill co-owner John Shepherd told Leson they’d love to open a Red Mill that also serves fish ‘n chips.

Read Leson’s full article here.

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Final workshop for Department of Neighborhoods Large Match Fund

January 31st, 2011 by Doree

If you’re planning on applying to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for a Large Projects Fund matching grant up to $100,000, the final workshop to learn more about the process is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S.

Large Projects Funds are used by community groups for major neighborhood projects such as new parks, P-patches, and renovating existing parks and playgrounds.

Led by Neighborhood Matching Fund project managers, participants will learn about the revised 2011 Large Project Fund guidelines, project proposal development, community match requirements, and coordination with other city departments. The deadline for the Letter of Intent is Monday, February 14.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program supports projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members in partnership with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Every award is matched by neighborhoods’ or communities’ resources of volunteer labor and donated materials, professional services, or cash. Since it was created 22 years ago, NMF has awarded nearly $47 million with a community match of more than $68 million. Projects have involved 85,000+ volunteers who have donated more than 566,000 work hours.

For more information (or to request an interpreter), email NMFund@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0464.

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PNA Home Remodel Fair

January 31st, 2011 by Doree

Homeowners with the itch to push out, go up, or generally improve their home in some way, came to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 14th annual Home Remodel Fair on Sunday.

Ashton Construction shows off a photo montage of a remodeling project.

North End Home Heating talked about highly efficient furnaces.

And Marty from Greenwood Hardware touted green cleaning products.

Thanks to James for the photos!

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What do you think the snow odds are?

January 30th, 2011 by Dale

Today’s chill in the air was a bracing reminder winter is not over yet. Noted UW Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass says there’s still a chance we could see measurable snow before the winter is over.

This is a La Nina year and our chances of getting snow during the next month–in the lowlands or in the mountains— is ENHANCED compared to normal. But there are no guarantees. La Nina is like weighting the dice …you increase the odds of a certain throw, but there are other possibilities.

For the next few days, at least, the forecast calls for cold, but dry weather.

OK, armchair forecasters, what’s  your take on the odds of snow in the PhinneyWood area in the next few months?

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PNA Home Remodel Fair on Sunday

January 28th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, with 90 exhibitors, from contractors to architects, interior designers and permitting specialists.

Admission to the 14th annual Home Remodel Fair is $6 for PNA members, $9 for the general public. Children 12 and under are free.

Many of these professionals are from our neighborhood or nearby, and have completed work in our area. Click here for a list of all the exhibitors, and here for a list of presentations.

Talk to architects who can help you design a remodel or an entirely new home, contractors who can help you make those plans a reality, consultants and trades people who can help you think about ways to increase the efficiency and comfort of your home, industry professionals with expertise on the latest building codes and permitting regulations, landscape designers who can help you create plans for the garden of your dreams, and other professionals who will be on site to discuss energy audits, interior design, cabinetry, electrical, building supplies, flooring, solar energy and financing options for your remodel or building project.

The Mini-B passive house will be open for tours. The 300-square-foot backyard cottage is on display in the PNA’s lower parking lot for the next six months. It is designed to showcase extremely energy efficient building practices.

Update: The Mini-B is featured in this week’s edition of the Seattle Channel’s “City Stream.” Host Lowell Deo stands in front of and inside the Mini-B for all his stand-ups throughout the show, but you’ll see a little tour of the inside at 8:53 into the show, and an interview with the architect at 15:14.

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Greenwood shoplifting suspect arrested

January 28th, 2011 by Doree

This post was updated on Sunday, Jan. 30.

A man suspected of shoplifting from the Washington State Liquor Store at 9218 Greenwood Ave. N. was arrested Thursday afternoon after an eight-block chase a store on North 85th Street on Thursday afternoon was arrested after a two-block chase.

Employees of the store in the 100 block of North 85th Street chased the man to 84th and Greenwood, where he was arrested in the parking lot next to Insurrection Apparel & Boots just before 4 p.m.

The store manager did not want the store identified. She said the man tried to steal something inexpensive, but employees retrieved the item from him while he was still in the store. But the man “kept circling,” the manager said, so they called police, and the man fled.

James sent us photos from the scene.

The blonde woman chased him toward the alley and the SPD car came from the left. Two more SPD cars came. A fire engine, a medic one truck and an ambulance also responded. I think the suspect needed medical attention and he was taken away in the ambulance.

PhinneyWood initially reported that the man had shoplifted from the Washington State Liquor Store at 9218 Greenwood Ave. N., because we’d received a report of a shoplifting incident at the liquor store around the same time, and an employee at the liquor store confirmed a shoplifting incident had taken place. Seattle Police did not return our phone call on Friday asking for more information.

Thanks to James for the tip and photo!

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Public meetings on Seattle schools transportation plan

January 27th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings about proposed changes to its Transportation Plan for the 2011-12 school year.

The first meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Aki Kurose Middle School, 3928 S. Graham St.

The second meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 3, at Hamilton International Middle School, 1610 N. 41st. The third meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 8, at Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle.

The proposed Transportation Plan changes would save the district $4 million by creating new Transportation Zones for bus routes for attendance area elementary and K-8 schools.

The proposed changes would benefit students and families by decreasing the bus ride time for attendance area schools to 25 minutes or less. As routes will be shorter, buses are less likely to encounter the traffic delays that occur on longer routes, so families will find departure and arrival times to be more reliable. The plan also benefits the environment by taking about 80 buses off the roads and reducing the district’s carbon footprint.

Children within the transportation zone and outside of walk zones would be eligible for district-provided transportation. Transportation Zones would include the entire attendance area of a school, extending to areas within a 1.25-mile radius from the school and within the middle school service area. Existing walk zones to schools would still apply.

Bus transportation for middle schools, high schools, option schools, English Language Learners, Special Education and Advanced Learning would have minimal changes.

In addition to the new zones, some schools’ bell times would change, with some high schools and middle schools starting 10 minutes earlier and elementary schools starting five minutes later.

The School Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed plan at its Feb. 16 meeting. Opportunities to comment during public testimony are available at the February 2 and February 16 board meetings. For information about signing up for public testimony, visit the School Board website at http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/publictestimony.pdf.

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Phinney Market closing Friday, selling kitchen equipment

January 26th, 2011 by Doree

Update: The kitchen equipment is all spoken for.

The Phinney Market at 5918 Phinney Ave. N. will close for good at 5 p.m. Friday. Everything is discounted this week, and they’re even selling all the kitchen equipment. The owners say if you see something you like, make them an offer.

We are receiving our last orders of bread, dairy and produce this week. Our final discounts are 40% off Grocery Items and 25% off of beer, wine, bread, dairy and Produce. Don’t know what to buy? Try out one of the $5 grab bags. Each grab bag contains $10-$15 worth of product. Come take advantage of the great prices and help us clear our inventory!

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Poll: What street is most in need of repair in the PhinneyWood area?

January 26th, 2011 by Dale

From bone-jarring potholes, to faded lane markers, what street would you say is most in need of fixing in our Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods?

Cast your vote and share your road warrior stories in comments.

We tried a polling app on our Facebook page (“like” us if you haven’t already!), but agreed with our commenters that it wanted too much of voters’ information. So we’re trying this approach. Let us know what you think!

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