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


Entries from February 2011

Where were you when the Nisqually Earthquake hit?

February 28th, 2011 by Doree

It was 10 years ago today that the Nisqually Earthquake shook the Puget Sound region, damaging buildings but miraculously not killing anyone. The 6.8 quake was one of the largest in state history.

Where were you when it hit? I was at my home office, waiting for the printer to arrive with a proof of a book that I had done some graphic design on. My house shook and the noise was so loud, that I thought a semi-truck was plowing into my home. The printer arrived, late and visibly shaken. He had been on the Alaskan Way Viaduct when the earthquake hit.

Luckily for us, only a few pictures fell off shelves and some new cracks appeared in the walls and ceilings of our solidly built 1923 house. But downtown, brick facades fell onto sidewalks and cars, and King County International Airport at Boeing Field suffered cracks in the runway.

In the decade since, many buildings have underdone renovation and earthquake retrofitting. Since 2001, what have you done to make your home less susceptible to earthquakes? If you’ve got any interesting pictures of damage to your Phinney Ridge or Greenwood house from that day, please send them to us.

King County’s Office of Emergency Management is reminding people what to do when another earthquake happens: Drop, Cover, and Hold:

  • DROP to the floor
  • Take COVER under a sturdy table, desk, or chair
  • HOLD in place until the shaking stops.

Since many services will be disrupted in an earthquake, residents should have at least a three-day supply of food and water for themselves, their family, and their pets. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency kit that contains supplies such as a flashlight, blankets, a first-aid kit, and a battery-powered radio. For more information on preparing an emergency kit, visit www.3days3ways.org.

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Seattle Police North Precinct contact info

February 28th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct asked us to pass along all the emergency contact information that PhinneyRidge  and Greenwood residents might need.

  • SPD’s North Precinct is located at 10049 College Way N.; 206-684-0850.
  • The North Precinct’s Community Police Team’s main number is 206-684-4599. Sgt.
  • Dianne Newsom can be reached at 206-684-0794 or dianne.newsom@seattle.gov.
  • North Precinct’s detective, Sgt. Jeff Durden, is at 206-386-9113 or jeffrey.durden@seattle.gov.
  • Officer Travis Testerman is our community police officer; he covers the area from North 50th Street to North 90 Street, from I-5 to Third Avenue Northwest. He can be reached at 206-233-3984 or travis.testerman@seattle.gov.
  • Officer Scott McGlashan covers the area from North 110th Street to the Ship Canal, from Third Avenue Northwest to the Sound. He can be reached at 206-233-3733 or scott.mcglashan@seattle.gov.
  • The City Attorney Liaison is at 206-684-7765.

And here’s a list of Public Safety Numbers:

  • Police, fire and medical emergencies: 911
  • Incidents not needing an officer to be dispatched: 206-625-5011
  • North Precinct Watch Commanders, for thank yous or concerns: 206-684-0856
  • Community Police Team, for chronic, ongoing problems not resolved by 911: 206-684-0794
  • Suspected drug activity: 206-684-0748
  • Parking Enforcement: 206-625-5011 or https://web1.seattle.gov/police/AbandonedVehicles/Present/AbandonedVehicle.aspx
  • Website for crime updates and alerts: www.seattle.gov/police/precincts/North/default.htm
  • Crime Statistics: http://www.seattle.gov/police/records/online/htm; http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/policereports.aspx; http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/incidentresponse.aspx
  • Sex Offenders: http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap
  • Graffiti and illegal dumping: Seattle Public Utilities – 206-684-7587
  • Streetlights burned out, intermittent or flickering: 206-684-7056
  • Overgrowth, cars in yards, litter: 206-615-0808

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Time for some steaming Zoo Doo

February 25th, 2011 by Doree

The Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest is almost here. Register for your chance to win some prized zoo animal poo to spread on your garden or yard.

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest, perfect for vegetables and annuals, composed of exotic species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores. Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is like Zoo Doo but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It’s the perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways.

For a chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread, send in a postcard from March 1 through March 18 only. You can enter both the Zoo Doo and Bedspread drawings, but separate postcards are required. For Zoo Doo, mark your postcard “Zoo Doo.” For Bedspread, mark your postcard “B.S.” Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only.

Pick-up dates for Zoo Doo or Bedspread begin April 8 through April 24. The lucky winners load the compost, using shovels provided by the zoo.

To enter the random drawing, send one postcard per person (except if you’re wanting both Zoo Doo or Bedspread) to Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103.

Your postcard must include: your name, day and evening phone numbers, whether you want Zoo Doo or Bedspread, how much you want (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load), and whether you prefer weekday or weekend for pick-up.

Zoo Doo and Bedspread prices are: pick-up truck with 8×4 bed – $60; 6×4 bed – $45; 6×3 bed – $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans – $8 to $10 depending on size; bags – $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

For more information, call the Poop Line at 206-625-POOP or visit the zoo’s website.

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Phinney-Greenwood one of Seattle Magazine’s top 11 neighborhoods

February 25th, 2011 by Doree

Our neighborhood got a nice shout out from Seattle Magazine in its most recent issue. In “Sweet Streets: Seattle’s 11 Best Neighborhoods,” writer Shannon O’Leary gives props to each of the 11 ‘hoods for “livability, accessibility, walkability.”

For Greenwood Avenue North, O’Leary specifically mentioned 24 neighborhood businesses, including A Muse Art Stamps, Herkimer Coffee, The Chocolate Shoe Box, Cowboys and Angels Salon, Ed’s Kort Haus, Francine Seders Gallery, Prost! Tavern, and Greenwood TrueValue Hardware.

And by the way, the magazine referred to the neighborhood as “PhinneyWood.”

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Seattle Parks asking for financial help for wading pools

February 24th, 2011 by Doree

Because of budget cuts, Seattle Parks and Recreation will have to cut back the number of wading pools that are open this summer. So Parks is looking for “partners” to help fund some wading pools.

Seattle Parks currently has 25 wading pools, but 10 will close because of budget problems. (However, three of those are being converted to water spray parks, which don’t require staffing.) That leaves five wading pools that will be open seven days a week, and another 10 open three days a week.

Parks hopes to expand the schedule to increase family recreational opportunities in a way that is economically and geographically equitable. Some communities may be more organized or have different access to funding sources, so Parks would pair wading pools as a way to ensure balanced and equal recreational opportunities across our city. Under this partnership, Parks would keep the wading pool open one additional day each week in the neighborhood from which the funds came, and Parks would select a second site that the contribution would fund as well.

Opportunities include:

· Sponsoring two wading pools one day per week through the summer at a cost of $8,800

· Sponsoring two wading pools for three days per week during the last two weeks of summer at a cost of $6,600

· Sponsoring a one day wading pool operation for a special event at a cost of $650

· Receiving recognition on the Seattle Parks and Recreation website

· Sponsoring an unfunded wading pool three days per week through the summer

For more information, or for organizations interested in a partnership with Parks and Recreation to provide more access to wading pools this summer, please contact Bill Dougherty, 206-684-7185, bill.dougherty@seattle.gov, or Kathy Whitman, 206-684-7099, kathy.whitman@seattle.gov, no later than May 1, 2011.

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Buses on regular routes in our neighborhood for tonight’s commute

February 24th, 2011 by Doree

Metro Transit is on regular routes in our neighborhood during the evening commute, but is still on snow routes for the East, Southeast and Southwest service areas. However, Metro cautions that snow routes could be implemented in the northern service areas again if the weather warrants it.

Temperatures are forecast to be extremely low overnight throughout King County, so icy roads are expected again Friday morning. Snow routing will likely continue for many bus routes through the day and evening on Friday.

Travel conditions could change quickly, and Metro will provide updates as soon as information can be gathered and confirmed. So, before traveling by bus, check the status for your route before you travel.

People without online access can call the Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000. General information about service will also be sent out via the kcmetrobus Twitter account.

Expect buses to be crowded and significantly delayed when on snow routes and travel is difficult. Dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop and wear appropriate footwear for the weather.

Also, riders should head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points such as park-and-ride lots, transit centers, or shopping centers. And, wait at stops at the very top or very bottom of hills, because buses are often unable to stop for passengers on icy inclines.

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Sponsors and volunteers needed for Greenwood Seafair Parade

February 24th, 2011 by Doree

The 61st Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade is set for July 27, but organizers need lots of volunteers and sponsors to make it happen. The oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region, it attracts thousands of people to downtown Greenwood to see more than 100 entries, including floats, bands, drill teams, clowns, school groups, Mexican Dancing horses, and the infamous Seafair Pirates.

Two of the many clowns from the 2010 Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Sponsored by the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce, the parade runs south along Greenwood Avenue from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, then heads west to 6th Avenue Northwest.

“We are looking forward to this year’s event and want to invite folks to be involved,” Parade Director Ann Woodward said in a press release. “You can volunteer on the parade committee or become a parade sponsor and take advantage of promoting your business. Sponsors get to have an entry in the parade and enjoy the cheers of the crowd.”

Parade sponsors so far are Fred Meyer, Swedish Hospital/Ballard Campus, Bleacher’s Pub and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

For more information about the parade or how to get involved, contact the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce at 206-355-5362 or info@greenwood-phinney.org, or check out the parade’s website, where you’ll find a fact sheet, participant form and sponsorship form.

The Greenwood Seafair Parade is from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wed., July 27. This year’s theme is “Greenwood Takes Flight,” with Grand Marshall Bonnie Dunbar, retired astronaut and Executive Director of Wings Over Washington, an affiliate organization of the Museum of Flight that is working to bring a retired Space Shuttle to the museum.

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Mayor McGinn says his wife’s bike was stolen

February 23rd, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Greenwood resident Mayor Mike McGinn tweeted that someone stole his wife’s bike. “I know I’ve been encouraging people to ride bikes more, but I didn’t mean u could ‘borrow’ my wife’s bike w/o asking,” he wrote, later explaining that it was stolen after he rode it to work. “Peg is pissed,” he said.

McGinn posted a photo of the bike’s make and model, which looks remarkably similar to the bicycle he rode during a walking tour of Crown Hill last fall (above.) McGinn often commutes by bike — you may remember the “Mike Bikes” slogan from his campaign — and he often evangelizes two-wheel commuting, including the city’s Walk-Bike-Ride program.

If you see the bike, well, call the Seattle Police department’s non-emergency number at the North Precinct: 684-0850.

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Survey on creating stable funding for Seattle Parks system

February 23rd, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Parks Foundation has released a report on the problems facing Seattle’s parks, in light of budget problems. The foundation is asking the public to take an online survey about finding stable funding for operations and maintenance of the park system.

The survey asks questions about your family’s park usage, whether you have or would consider volunteering to help clean up parks or teach programs at community centers, and your opinion on several possible park maintenance funding options. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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