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


Entries from March 2012

99 Monkeys toy resale store opening in Phinney

March 28th, 2012 by Doree

99 Monkeys (RE)Pack and Play Toys is opening at 7104 Greenwood Ave. N. next month. The store’s concept is to take previously-owned children’s toys and repackage them in eco-friendly packaging. Sometimes groups of similar toys are packaged together in new sets.

The shop’s name is inspired by “The 100th Monkey” story, which details how if enough people begin to make different decisions, a new paradigm emerges. The store is using that story as a means to promote its earth-friendly, reusable concept.

99 Monkeys also will be home to Green Bananas Drop-In Art Care, an art-based babysitting service for children ages 2-1/2 through 5. Children can be dropped off for up to four hours. They will get to play with all kinds of art supplies, led by an experienced instructor. Each week the instructors will focus on a different artist or classic fairy tale as inspiration for an art project that children can take home. The cost is $9.50 an hour for the first child, $6.50 an hour for each additional child.

99 Monkeys’ grand opening party is set for 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, with free art projects and snacks.

Thanks to Lauralee for the tip and photo!

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Two men at Greenwood apartment building taken to hospital with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

March 27th, 2012 by Doree

Two men at a Greenwood apartment building were overcome by carbon monoxide just before 5 p.m. today. They were taken to Virginia Mason Hospital and placed in a hyperbaric chamber.

From Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line blog:

At 4:58 this afternoon, Firefighters were called to the 10300 block of Greenwood Avenue North for a report of 2 men who were overcome by the carbon monoxide. The men were operating a gas powered pressure washer in the basement parking garage of multi-level residential apartment complex when they began experiencing symptoms. The men walked upstairs to their apartment and called 911.

Medics evaluated the two men and say they were alert, oriented and breathing but showed symptoms of CO poisoning. The men, one in his 20′s the other in his 40′s, were in stable condition while being transported to Virginia Mason to their Dive Chamber.

Seattle Firefighters tested the CO levels in the hallways of the apartment complex and found them to be safe.

Thanks to Silver for the tip!

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GAIN meeting on how to deal with problem houses, creating block watches

March 27th, 2012 by Doree

Update Thursday: KIRO 7 attended the meeting and has a story and video here.

Earlier: GAIN (Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors) is hosting a meeting Wednesday night on how neighbors can deal with “problem” houses – whether it’s a suspected drug house, absentee landlord letting the house and yard fall apart, etc.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army meeting room at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.

Dan Pavlovic of GAIN said the meeting is a direct response to one particular house near North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue, where neighbors suspect drugs and prostitution. Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston will attend the meeting, along with Community Police Officer David Gordon and Assistant City Attorney Jana Jorgensen.

Pavlovic said those at the meeting will discuss the city’s chronic public nuisance ordinance, and how neighbors can band together with the help of the city attorney liaison to confront landlords who may not know what is happening at their property.

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Intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street to be closed this weekend

March 27th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday (subject to the weather) as part of the nearly year-long paving project along N/NW 85th Street.

Detour routes will be posted, but local access will be provided to houses and businesses. Flaggers and uniformed police officers will help with pedestrian access.

Concrete breaking will be restricted between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

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Northwest District Council discusses homelessness, PNA Village on Wednesday

March 26th, 2012 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The public is welcome.

On the agenda:

  • King County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness – Bill Block
  • PNA Village – Janice Dilworth, PNA Village Coordinator
  • 826 Seattle – Michelle DeBruyn
  • North Seattle Boys & Girls Club – Joan Caldon, Operations Director
  • NWDC Brochure – Rick Klingele

For more information, contact Northwest District Council staff Rob Mattson at Rob.Mattson@seattle.gov, 206-684-4051; or NWDC Chair Rick Klingele at NWDistrictCouncil@gmail.com. You can also see a more detailed agenda here.


Phinney photographer shares timelapse of Seattle skies

March 26th, 2012 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Joseph Tobiason has compiled a three-minute video of the Seattle skyline taken from various neighborhoods, including Phinney, Ballard and Green Lake.

See if you can figure out which shots were filmed from our neighborhood.


‘Spring Tree’ invites neighbors to ‘take something, give something’

March 26th, 2012 by Doree

The Spring Tree is back at the corner of NW 75th Street and 1st Avenue NW. Gail Gensler tells us the idea is to “take something, give something.”

The tree is currently covered with things like toys, necklaces, stuffed animals, dolls and flash cards. And neighbors keep it stocked with chocolates and dog biscuits.

There’s even a blog about the tree.


Grease fire at Rickshaw Restaurant in Greenwood Saturday night

March 25th, 2012 by Doree

KING 5 reports that the Rickshaw Restaurant in north Greenwood had a grease fire Saturday night. According to KING’s story, a grease fire erupted in the kitchen at 322 N. 105th St. around 11 p.m., while patrons were singing karaoke. No one was injured.

Update Monday 1:45 p.m.: Here’s more info from Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line blog:

Seattle Firefighters quick actions contained a fire to the kitchen of a North Seattle restaurant Saturday Night. Around 11 p.m., an employee of the business in the 300 block of North 105th Street called to report a fire in the range hood of the eatery.

Engine Company 31 arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof vents of the 2-story restaurant. All of the employees and approximately 40 customers safely evacuated from the business by the time firefighters arrived.

Firefighters made entry into the smoke-filled restaurant’s kitchen and knocked down the flames within 15 minutes of arriving. Due to their quick actions, firefighters were able to contain the flames to about a 15-foot-area of the kitchen.

A Seattle Fire Investigator is calling the fire an accidental fire caused by food on the stove that ignited grease in the range hood. The damage estimate is $25,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries.

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Scenes from movie shooting in Greenwood

March 25th, 2012 by Doree

Dan shared a few photos that he took of the movie “Matt’s Chance” filming in Greenwood on Saturday. This scene was from the lot at My Mechanic Automotive Best Service and Repair at North 96th Street and Aurora Avenue North.

And here’s a closeup.

“Matt’s Chance” will be filming around Greenwood, Green Lake and other Seattle locations for the next few weeks. It stars Edward Furlong, Gary Busey, Lee Majors and Margot Kidder.

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