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Entries from September 2012

Gorgeous moon over Greenwood Saturday night

September 30th, 2012 by Doree

Don sent us this beautiful photo of the full moon taken in Greenwood Saturday night.

Thanks, Don!

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Overturned cement truck blocking traffic on Aurora at 72nd

September 28th, 2012 by Doree

Update 6:01 p.m.: SDOT just tweeted that all lanes are back open.

Update 5:30 p.m.: SDOT tweeted that all northbound lanes of Aurora are back open. Soutbound lanes should open soon. The cement truck has been removed.

Mike sent us this photo of the truck ready to be hauled away, and crews cleaning up the spill.

Update 3:33 p.m.: Information from Seattle Department of Transportation:

A Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) cement truck was involved in a multi-vehicle collision this afternoon on Aurora Avenue N at N 72nd Street. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Aurora Avenue N and collided with several nearby vehicles.

Currently, all southbound Aurora lanes are closed to through traffic at this location. Two lanes of northbound Aurora traffic are currently moving past the incident scene. As delays will be significant, motorists are advised to avoid the Aurora Avenue North corridor and use other major north/south routes.

The cause of the incident is currently being investigated. Once the on-scene investigation is completed, the vehicles involved will be moved and the roadway fully reopened to traffic.

Chris sent us this photo of the scene.

2:43 p.m.: KIRO 7 is reporting that a cement truck has overturned in the southbound lanes on Aurora Avenue North near North 72nd Street. Traffic is affected in both directions. Mike tells us that Chopper 7 is over the scene.

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Weekend events in Greenwood-Phinney: farmers market, live music, carnival, theater

September 28th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a little roundup of weekend events in the neighborhood and nearby. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

It’s the second-to-last Phinney Farmers Market of the season, from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Saturday is Drug Take-Back Day. You can take any unused medications to Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct, 10049 College Way N., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Bite of Broadview, a family-friendly festival just north of Greenwood, happens all weekend long at Christ the King Catholic Church, 415 N. 117th St. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. There will be carnival rides, live music (Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey!), a kids zone, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, a beer/wine garden, car show and a 5K run

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Songwriters’ Showcase: Mike Buchman, JW McClure, Ahmad & Kreea Baabahar at 7:30 p.m. Friday.; and NY Folksinger George Mann at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Taproot Theatre begins its second week of the mystery “Gaudy Night.”

Seattle Folklore Society presents a tribute to Woody Guthrie with The Wanderers and Joel Rafael, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Brooks Rand is hosting a free Electronics Recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 3958 6th Ave. NW, in the parking lot. Cash donations accepted the local chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society.

If you’re down at Green Lake on Saturday starting at 5 p.m., you’ll see hundreds of people carrying illuminated ballons as part of the annual Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

And not too far from the neighborhood, if you’ve got a kid who loves big trucks, you might want to check out “Touch-A-Truck” at Northgate Mall, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, in the southeast parking lot. Kids can sit behind the wheel of a big rig

Don’t forget that Metro’s service changes begin tomorrow. It’s eliminating the ride-free area downtown, adding two express trips to the 28, and the number 5 will stop going to Northgate but will continue up to Shoreline instead.

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Neighborhood news roundup: Safe school routes, PNA partnership, playground renovation, zoo lights and gym move

September 27th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news.

West Woodland Elementary is one of three schools that will receive a combined $800,000 as part of the Safe Routes to School project. Beacon Hill and McGilvra are the other two schools. Mayor McGinn made the announcement at West Woodland on Wednesday. The funding comes from the City’s Real Estate Excise Tax. The money will be used to upgrade a half-signal to a full signal at NW 58th Street and 8th Avenue NW, and install new marked crosswalks and curb ramps.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association will now manage all of the facility rentals for the Sunset Hill Community Association in Ballard. The SHCA clubhouse is at 3003 NW 66th St.

Because PNA and SHCA are both nonprofit organizations with similar missions to connect neighbors and foster community, this partnership is a good fit for both organizations. PNA has a history of success in managing rentals and programs at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center and welcomes the 1929 meeting hall into the rental options. PNA’s staff will promote, rent and provide custodial services for the SHCA clubhouse.

Questions regarding rentals for both the SHCA and the Phinney Center can be directed to Margaret Pai by email margaretp@phinneycenter.org or 206.783.2244 x 42.

A Community Project CrossFit, which moved into 7216 Linden Ave. N. less than two months ago, is moving to a larger space a few blocks away. ACP CrossFit will be closed Saturday through Monday for the move, and will reopen Tuesday at 7622 Aurora Ave. N. (a former Kung Fu studio). The new space is much larger and has locker rooms and showers.

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will host an informational meeting about Woodland Park Zoo’s new annual “Wildlights” holiday event, a nightly light display with live entertainment from Nov. 19 through Jan. 1. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6. Zoo staff will address plans for traffic, parking and other neighborhood impacts.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding its second public meeting on the renovation of Woodland Park Playground at 1000 N. 59 St. The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 1. Landscape Architect Shwu-jen Hwang will present three play area options for community discussion. Construction is planned for fall of 2013.

And the Rotary clubs of greater Seattle are seeking business and professional people ages 25-40 for a month-long cultural and vocational exchange program in Russia in April and May 2013.

The Group Study Exchange is a longstanding program of Rotary International. It offers an all-expense paid experience with home stays with Rotarian host-country families, vocational visits, and an opportunity to exchange ideas and customs with Russian counterparts. Applicants must live or work in Rotary District 5030, which covers all of King County and the communities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek in Snohomish County. The exchange is not open to Rotarians or their lineal descendents.

Applications for team members are due by October 22,2012. Complete information and application forms are available at www.gse.rotary5030.org.

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Stop by Red Mill on Thursday for a chance to be on national TV

September 26th, 2012 by Doree

A food show on the Discovery Channel will be filming at the Phinney Ridge Red Mill Burgers on Thursday. Staff members wouldn’t say which show it was, but did say the show’s giant production trailer will be parked in the parking lot all day, starting around 8:30 a.m.

The show’s main focus will be Red Mill’s Double Bacon Deluxe with Cheese.

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Seattle attorney held on $3 million bail for alleged sexual assault at Greenwood massage clinic

September 26th, 2012 by Doree

The King County Prosecutor’s Office says a 47-year-old Seattle attorney is being held on $3 million bail, suspected of sexually assaulting an employee of a Greenwood massage clinic, and a massage therapist in Bellevue. He was arrested Monday night after employees of the Chinese massage clinic at 602 NW 85th St. and neighbors chased him and held him until police arrived.

KING 5’s Eric Wilkinson reported tonight that the man is a married father of three. You can see KING 5’s story here.

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All Seattle libraries closed tomorrow

September 26th, 2012 by Doree

Remember that all branches of the Seattle Public Library, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 27, for an all-staff meeting.

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Woodland Park Zoo gears up for fall with new hours, Pumpkin Dash, Pumpkin Bash, and animal blessing

September 26th, 2012 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge switches to shorter fall and winter hours beginning Oct. 1. The zoo’s new hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, through April 30.

Admission will be $11.75 for adults (ages 13-64), $8.50 for children ages 3-12, and it’s free for toddlers 2 and under. (Discounts are given to active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families, seniors, and people with physical disabilities.)

In other zoo news, on Thursday, Oct. 4, clergy will conduct a “blessing of the animals.” The blessing begins at 12 p.m. at the zoo’s South Gate, and will make a two-hour circuit throughout the zoo, stopping at about a dozen animal habitats.

The blessing of animals on St. Francis Day has become very popular in churches, with dogs and cats, hamsters and turtles, birds and bunnies crowding the pews alongside their human companions. Taking such blessings to the wilder creatures of a zoo is a much rarer occurrence. This will be the first time it has been done in Seattle.

The custom of blessing animals on St. Francis Day stems from the saint’s own celebrated love for the natural world. In a time when wild animals were primarily seen as monsters or food, and domestic animals were routinely abused, St. Francis treated his fellow creatures as friends, brothers and sisters, and even teachers we could learn from. He lobbied officials to protect them, and urged his neighbors to care for them. He has become the patron saint of the environmental movement.

The annual Pumpkin Bash is coming up on Oct. 13-14, with pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating for kids, and entertainment including crafts and science projects. (Included in zoo admission.)ugural Pumpkin Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1K Kids Dash are set for Sunday, Oct. 28. The kids 1K is free (but pre-registration is required); the 5K registration fee is $30 (or $40 day-of race). The course begins and ends at Green Lake’s Bathhouse Theatre.

And the inaugural Pumpkin Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1K Kids Dash are set for Sunday, Oct. 28. The kids 1K is free (but pre-registration is required); the 5K registration fee is $30 (or $40 day-of race). The course begins and ends at Green Lake’s Bathhouse Theatre.

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Sexual assault suspect arrested when Greenwood massage clinic employees chase him down

September 25th, 2012 by Doree

A sexual assault suspect was arrested Monday night after employees of a Greenwood massage clinic recognized him and chased him down while calling police. And The Seattle Times reports the man also is a suspect in a Bellevue massage clinic rape last month.

From the SPD Blotter:

Massage parlor employees chased down a repeat customer that had previously sexually assaulted an employee. At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night employees from the Carnation Massage Clinic at 602 NW 85th street called to report that a suspect that recently sexually assaulted one of the employees had returned.

During that incident, the suspect displayed an edged weapon to carry out the assault.

When employees tried to detain the suspect for police, he fled on foot, but was caught a short distance later. Several units arrived and took custody of the suspect. Following a positive identification by the victim, the suspect was arrested and transported to the North precinct. He was later booked into King County Jail for 2 counts of Investigation of Rape.

This is an open and active Vice/High Risk Victims Unit investigation.

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