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Entries from January 2012

Pearl Jam bassist auctioning two custom guitars to benefit 826 Seattle

January 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitar maker Mike Lull have created two bass guitars that are currently being auctioned online at CharityBuzz, with all proceeds going to 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s tutoring and writing center hidden inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

As of Monday afternoon, “Green Noise” (signed and hand-painted by Ament, with an estimated value of $5,000) was going for $2,200; bidding ends at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time) Thursday.

Red Splatter” (signed and hand-painted by Ament, with an estimated value of $5,500), was going for $2,450; bidding ends at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time) Thursday.

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Give your input on Metro’s new Rapid Ride E Line

January 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Next year, Metro Transit will begin a new bus system from Shoreline to downtown Seattle. The RapidRide E Line will replace Route 358 with buses stopping every 10-15 minutes most of the day, seven days a week.

RapidRide is a different type of Metro service that includes newly designed buses, shelters and signs. The distinctive red-and-yellow buses are energy efficient, low-emission hybrid vehicles with low floors and three doors for easier, faster boarding. Metro’s A Line between Tukwila and Federal Way debuted in 2010, and the B Line connecting Bellevue and Redmond rolled out in 2011. The C and D lines – serving Ballard and West Seattle – will begin this coming September.

The E Line will travel along Aurora Avenue N between Shoreline and Seattle, replacing Route 358. We’re considering two alternative paths in the Green Lake area between N 64th Street and Winona Avenue N, and want to know which option people prefer. We’d also like comments about overall route design and proposed stop locations.

Metro is hosting an open house about the options from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenlake Presbyterian Church, 6318 Linden Ave. N.

You can also complete an online survey, email your comments, or call 206-263-9768 (English) and 206-263-9988 (Spanish).

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Umpqua Bank holding food drive for Greenwood Food Bank

January 23rd, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge branch of Umpqua Bank is holding a food drive for the Greenwood Food Bank.

Sydney Pawlak, the food bank’s AmeriCorps*VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator, tells me that Umpqua felt “compelled” to help out after our story describing how the food bank would lose 4,000 pounds of groceries a week when the Greenwood Market closes in early February.

The food drive runs from today through Jan. 31. Umpqua Bank is at 7120 Greenwood Ave. N.

The food bank especially needs donations of:

  • Canned & Boxed Meals (e.g. soup, macaroni & cheese, etc.)
  • Individual-Sized Fruit Cups (e.g. apple sauce, fruit cocktail, etc.)
  • Fruit Juices (e.g. canned, plastic or boxed) Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Cereal
  • Beverages: (e.g. shelf stable milk, juice, etc.)
  • Canned Meats (e.g. tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Snacks (e.g. Graham Crackers, Fruit Snacks, etc.)

The Greenwood Food Bank, at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., serves more than 3,000 people a month; half are children and seniors.

If anyone else in the neighborhood is holding a food drive for the Greenwood Food Bank, please let us know in comments below.

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Taproot Theatre opens season with Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’

January 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Taproot Theatre opens its 2012 season with Molière’s “Tartuffe,” running Feb. 3-March 3, with previews on Feb. 1-2.


 Jesse Notehelfer, Frank Lawler, and Don Brady. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Molière’s comic masterpiece brings us the imposter Tartuffe, a con artist extraordinaire who oozes piety and charm. Will his hypocrisy be discovered before Orgon’s household is turned on its head? This famous farce is a cautionary tale told with lightning-quick wit, complete with star-crossed lovers, a badgering grandma and a plot that could be ripped from the headlines C or a Saturday night comedy show.

Tartuffe scandalized many of Molière’s contemporaries and was banned in 1664. Molière himself believed that, “As the duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them, I believed that in my occupation I could do nothing better than attack the vices of my age by making them ridiculous…” and in his first appeal to the King wrote that, “since hypocrisy is, without doubt, one of the most common, the most harmful, and the most dangerous of these, I thought, Sire, that I would render no small service to all the honorable men of your kingdom if I were to make a comedy that would discredit the hypocrites and present all the artificial gestures that these worthy folk display…”

“Tartuffe” is directed by Karen Lund and features a cast of Charissa Adams, Don Brady, Ryan Childers, Solomon Davis, Nathan Jeffrey, William Hamer, Frank Lawler, Ruth McRee, Jesse Notehelfer and Josh Smyth.

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Schools open, buses on normal routes, garbage to be picked up this week

January 22nd, 2012 by Doree

Life is getting back to normal after last week’s snow storm. Seattle Public Schools will reopen Monday morning, and Metro Transit has returned all buses to normal routes, after canceling dozens of routes last week.

Seattle Public Utilities is back on its normal pickup schedule for garbage, recycling and yard waste starting Monday.

Residential customers that had their collections missed last week can set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste on their regularly scheduled collection day at no additional charge.

Extra recycling that doesn’t fit in the city-provided container should be placed in sturdy bins or boxes next to your recycling cart. Remember to flatten empty cardboard boxes and do not put recyclables inside of bags.

Extra yard waste that does not fit in the city-supplied cart should be set out in one of the following ways:
• A 32-gallon can with handles. Label your can “yard waste,” and fill it loosely, so that it will empty easily when turned upside down.
• Bundles, tied with fiber twine, up to 4-feet long by 2-feet in diameter. Do not use wire, nylon cording, or plastic banding to tie these bundles.
• Kraft paper bags, available at many home and garden retailers
• Reusable yard waste bags, made of polyethylene.

No food waste is allowed in these extra units.

Extra garbage should be placed in plastic bags or your own garbage can (up to 32 gallons), and put next to your regular garbage.

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Seattle Public Schools make-up snow day is next Friday

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

Next Friday, Jan. 27, was supposed to be a day off school for students as a day between semesters. But, Seattle Public Schools just announced that it will be the first of three snow make-up days.

A determination on making up the additional snow days, most likely at the end of the school year, will be decided next week.

“It is important to get our students back in the classroom next week,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield. “We know some families may have made out-of-town plans for next Friday, and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes.”

There will still be a three-hour early dismissal on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a scheduled furlough day for teachers and staff represented by the Seattle Education Association (SEA). That day cannot be used as a snow make-up day.

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Missing a sled?

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

Someone at the bottom of 65th Street found this makeshift wooden sled painted with Mickey Mouse. If it’s yours, please email us and we’ll get you in touch with the person who’s keeping it safe.


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Snowy scenes from the neighborhood

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

PhinneyWood readers sent us a bunch of cute snow photos on Thursday. So here they are, for your enjoyment. (Sorry we didn’t post sooner, but we’ve been having photo uploading issues today.)

Theresa sent us this photo of neighbors sledding on Sycamore and 67th St.


Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Broadview displayed its humor.


Kathy found this cute fella at Woodland Park Zoo’s rose garden.


Greg said Fire Engine 21 couldn’t make it up North 67th Street between Phinney and Dayton avenues Thursday afternoon, even with chains, and had to back down the hill.


Mike V sent us this photo of a seagull on top of a chimney. Maybe it was trying to get warm?


Professional photographer AJ Mallory sent us the next two photos of some very happy people sledding.



And Greg sent this picture of the most creative sled idea yet: a car bumper!


And here’s a great video from Elliot, showing sledders on NW 65th Street.

And Duncan videotaped himself snowboarding down North 67th Street.

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Schools closed, buses still on snow routes, temperatures should rise and begin melting ice and snow on Friday

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

Update 9:30 a.m.: Woodland Park Zoo has reopened today after two days of closure. It is open until 4 p.m.

Update 8 a.m.: The route 28  route has changed as of early this morning.

Due to road conditions, Route 28 is now traveling via Greenwood Av N and Holman Rd in both directions between N 143rd St and NW 103rd St.

When Route 28 is operating via its designated snow routing, board or exit it at posted bus stops along Greenwood Av N.

The forecast calls for warmer temperatures and rains that will start to melt that snow and ice on Friday. Here’s the official word on closures, etc.

Seattle Public Library branches will open at 1 p.m. Friday.

Seattle Public Schools are closed again on Friday.

Next Tuesday, Jan. 24 is a three-hour early dismissal from schools because of a scheduled furlough day. That day cannot be used as a snow make-up day. District administration will determine tomorrow if Friday, Jan. 27 – a scheduled day off for professional development – can be used as a snow make-up day.

Metro buses will remain on snow routes on Friday. As of Thursday night, Metro planned to cancel 27 routes on Friday, but that could change as weather conditions change. Expect delays on routes that are still running. Dress warmly and be prepared to wait at the bus stop.

Seattle City Light reminds customers not to call 911 to report power outages. Instead, call City Light’s Outage Hotline at 206-684-7400. You can see an outage map here.

With the forecast for snow turning to rain Friday, stormwater runoff will challenge Seattle’s drainage system. Seattle Public Utilities is asking residents and businesses to locate the storm drains in the street and clear them of snow, leaves, and debris to help prevent localized flooding. Clearing storm drains is the single most important thing that residents and businesses can do to protect their property and prevent ponding in streets that poses traffic hazards.

If an inlet or street drain appears to be blocked by snow or debris, try to safely clear a channel to provide a path for the runoff. If the drain cannot be cleared, or if the cause of the blockage or flooding is uncertain, call SPU at (206) 386-1800.

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