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Entries from October 2012

Neighborhood news roundup: new restaurant hours, businesses coming and going

October 31st, 2012 by Doree

Tony’s Coffee & Teas, 7001 3rd Ave. NW., has changed its hours. The coffee bar is now open 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends. And it’s changing its popular Friday free cuppings to Saturdays at noon, to accommodate even more people. They’ve also set up a very small children’s area with a rug and toy chest (if you need to clean out your kid’s toys, they’ve got room for more).

The Yard Café, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N., is now open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Ballard teen Dominick Cura, who wrote “Eternally Gluten Free: A Cookbook of Sweets and Inspiration, From a Teen!” is hosting a fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Chuck’s Hop Shop, 656 NW 85th St. He’s trying to raise enough money to include 400-500 copies of his cookbook in gluten-free care packages that the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center sends to children with celiac disease. Chuck’s will feature beer from gluten-free brewery Harvester Brewing, as well as regular and gluten-free food from Urban Nomad Food Truck.

All That Dance is now open at 320 N. 85th St. (the old Department of Licensing location in Greenwood), offering classes for children and adults in a variety of dance types, from ballet to hip hop to Irish.

Sound Bite Seattle food truck is open for dinner in the parking lot of the Ould Triangle, 9736 Greenwood Ave. N. It serves mainly Italian food. It’s open from 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Greenwood Hardware employee Jesse Card will soon offer his own laser engraving and cutting services out of the back of the hardware store. Card says his company will be called Zot Laser Cutting and Engraving. He is currently crowd-funding to raise enough capital to buy a laser machine. His company will open sometime in 2013.

Greenwood Alternative Medicine has moved out of 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1, after 6 months. The sign in the window says it’s moving to Ballard. According to their Facebook page, they closed after the Drug Enforcement Administration sent letters to several dozen dispensaries that were operating within 1,000 feet of a school or playground. We’ve got a message into the owners for more information.

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Crowd-sourced Voters Guide gets librarian fact-checkers

October 31st, 2012 by Doree

By Sarah Elson, UW News Lab

Most voters’ guides simply aim to inform. But the Living Voters Guide, which was created in 2010 by the University of Washington’s Engage Project and the Seattle civic nonprofit CityClub, strives to start discussions between voters to help them make sense of the major initiatives on the ballot. This year they’ve added librarian fact-checkers to make the crowd-sourced voters guide more trustworthy.

“The guide is kind of what people thought about these ballot measures,” explained Travis Kriplean, the developer of the Living Voters Guide. “The ballot measures are often controversial and also a bit hard to understand, so it seemed like a good way to get people to talk about them, because there are surprisingly few places for that to happen.”

The website summarizes each of the eight statewide initiatives and lists pros and cons from other users on either side, so voters can create their own list in the middle compiled of the factors that are most important to them.

Anyone can post on the guide as long as they have an account on the site. Kriplean estimated that about one out of every three people who visit the site actually contribute to it.

Kriplean said the guide’s strength is in showing what people are thinking about across the political spectrum. However, it doesn’t have a strong informational base, so it’s hard for users to discern which points are true.

To make the guide more trustworthy, he’s enlisted the help of Seattle Public Library librarians to fact-check claims that other users want verified. The librarians spend a maximum of two hours researching the claim and then write a report about whether the claim appears to be accurate. The report is posted within 48 hours.

“Our approach is not to say, ‘This person is right or wrong,’ or ‘This is true or false,’ but to say if it’s an accurate statement,” said Chance Hunt, Seattle library partnerships and government relations director. “We then provide citations and additional information for people (who) want to do their own level of comparison with the information that’s available.”

So far the librarians have responded to 27 fact-checking requests and are currently working on five more.
Hunt said they have been asked about a variety of different claims. One of the first requests they received was to check a claim about same-sex marriage.

“We had a comment about whether same-sex couples see better results in their children,” Hunt said. “Are their children more successful, happier, healthier, that kind of thing. And we were asked to double-check it, so our library staff did the research and then presented a response to that question.”

One of the most recent requests they received was to check a claim that “37 percent of students attending charter schools receive a worse educational outcome.”

“We were asked to check where the 37 percent came from,” Hunt said. “So we did some research and were able to find a study that found (the claim) to be accurate. But that was only one study, so we provided access to other studies showing contradictory or different results from a similar kind of study.”

Librarian Bo Kinney said there are some claims they aren’t able to check. The librarians aren’t qualified to conduct legal research and they can’t evaluate opinion-based or hypothetical claims.

“We’re not the final word on what is the truth,” Kinney said. “We expect that users might add additional information beyond what we were able to find. But we think that our efforts will help support informed discussion of political issues.”

(Sarah Elson is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)

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85th Street paving project by the numbers

October 30th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has finished major construction on the two-mile stretch of N/NW 85th Street from 15th Avenue NW in Ballard to I-5, and on Greenwood Avenue North between North 85th Street and North 73rd Street.

In less than a year, road crews laid down 203,946 square feet of concrete roadway, more than 7,234 tons of final asphalt pavement, installed 232 new ADA-accessible curb ramps, 68,080 square feet of sidewalk, and more than 100 new stormwater features such as drainage facilities and catch basins.

But crews are still doing some wrap-up work here and there.

A PhinneyWood reader emailed us yesterday to ask why crews were out jackhammering at Greenwood and 83rd yesterday. Here’s what SDOT told me:

They were adjusting a utility casting that was a little low and needed to be brought up to the roadway height. While the 85th Paving Project is mostly complete, there is a substantial amount of wrap up work that will happen this fall to button up all the loose ends. It is pretty typical to have wrap up work after major construction is complete.

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Francine Seders Gallery hosting two public events in November

October 29th, 2012 by Doree

Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., will host a panel discussion of “Abstraction in Contemporary Art” with Seattle artists Emily Gherard, Michael Howard, Graham Shutt, Kimberly Trowbridge, and Margaret Watson from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Linda Lau Anusasananan and Alan Chong Lau will read from “The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from around the World” from 2-4 p.m. They will sign copies of the book for sale at the event, and Lau’s original drawings for the book will be on display. They’ll also be serving samples of some of the book’s recipes.

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‘Sylvia’s Spinach’ author visits Greenwood Elementary

October 29th, 2012 by Doree

Local author Katherine Pryor brought her little red wagon spinach garden to Greenwood Elementary last Friday to encourage children to try new foods. Pryor also read from her new book, “Sylvia’s Spinach,” to the students, then took them outside to plant spinach seeds in their school garden.

(Photo courtesy Greenwood Elementary)

The author encouraged students to try new food and give it a second, third or fourth try even if you don’t like it for the first time.

Earlier this month, the school had another local author, Rick Swann of “Our School Garden,” to read his book as part of the launch of the garden.

Sylvia’s Spinach is based on a true story in a school in Washington and about kids’ eating (or not eating) spinach and then learning to grow it in school gardens and how that might change kids’ minds.

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Taproot Theatre now selling subscriptions for 2013 season

October 28th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., is now selling subscriptions for its 2013 season, which runs from January through October (single tickets go on sale in January).

Jeeves in Bloom – Adapted by Margaret Raether from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse
Feb 1 – Mar 2, Previews January 30 & 31

Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Ahhh … Then Bertie Wooster pays a visit. While ducking romance, fleeing a cleaver-wielding chef and burgling his uncle, Bertie’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse, this confectionary treat is a delightful respite from the daily grind.

The Whipping Man –  By Matthew Lopez
Mar 29 – April 27, Previews March 27 & 28

Can loyalty and freedom coexist? A Jewish Confederate soldier returns from war to his house in shambles. Two former slaves greet him, one who stayed and one who is returning. As they observe Passover and remember the Jewish exodus from Egypt their shared pasts and secrets threaten the freedom of all three men.

Bach at Leipzig – By Itamar Moses
May 17 – June 15, Previews May 15 & 16

Leipzig, 1722. Germany’s most renowned music director is dead at the keyboard. As the country’s greatest organists descend to vie for the job, melodies of rivalry, trickery, and blackmail compose a fugue of plots and counterplots. Rooted in history but reveling in flights of fiction Bach at Leipzig is deliciously scored with wild and witty revelations.

Illyria – Book, Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills, Adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
July 12 – Aug 10, Previews July 10 & 11

This musical adaptation of Twelfth Night has all the hilarious hijinks and unrequited love of Shakespeare’s famous comedy. A mistaken identity sets off a chain of events that has everything topsy-turvy. As these classic characters sing of romance and shenanigans, you’ll be transported to a mythical land of love.

The Matchmaker – By Thornton Wilder
Sept 20 – Oct 19, Previews Sept 18 & 19

Thornton Wilder’s hit comedy about love, money and the love of money has matchmaking busybody Dolly Levi brokering true love for a wealthy businessman. Will anyone get what their heart desires? Unlikely circumstances and hilarious complications bring surprises at every corner in this play that inspired Hello, Dolly!

Patrons can buy tickets online or through the box office at 206-781-9707 or email box@taproottheatre.org. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m., and until show time on performance nights.

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Live music, trick or treating, carnivals, theater and a lot more in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend

October 26th, 2012 by Doree

So, so, so many things happening in the neighborhood and nearby this weekend. Here’s a sampling, but check our Events calendar any time for more.

Friday is the Grand Opening of Ampersand Pantry & Cafe, at 424 N. 85th St. They’re offering 10 percent off everything, plus a $2 beer and wine tasting from 4-6 p.m., and food samples throughout the day.

Taproot Uncorked 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Square, upstairs from Upper Crust Catering on the corner of 85th and Greenwood. Wine tasting, food pairings, auction and schmoozing with Taproot Theatre actors. RSVP required.

And Taproot’s mystery “Gaudy Night” closes after Saturday‘s performance at 204 N. 85th St.

Both Loyal Heights and Ballard Community centers are hosting Halloween carnivals tonight from 6-8 p.m., with carnival games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, etc.

Pickled Okra in concert from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Kora Band, 8 p.m. Friday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N.

Ballard High School Cheer presents a PG-13 Comedy Night at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ballard High School auditorium. Cost is $10. With Joe Vespaziani, Billy Anderson and Silas Lindenstein.

Naked City Brewery’s 4th Anniversary Party all day Saturday. Live music, oyster shooters, food specials, and seasonal beers.

Carkeek Park Salmon Steward Training, 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.

The Unspooky Show, 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Brick Building. Susy the storyteller and her band of playful puppets will tell Halloween stories and sing songs. All ages, costumes encouraged; treats and door prizes. $5 per person.

Greenwood Avenue Trick or Treating at businesses along Phinney/Greenwood avenues, 12-3 p.m. Saturday.

Third annual Halloween on Holman at the Carkeek Plaza from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Trick or treating, face painting, chair massage, a DJ and prizes. Bring canned food donations for food bank.

City Fruit Cider Pressing and Food Drive at Greenwood Food Bank, from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. Bring a bag of food to donate and an empty growler or other container to take home fresh pressed apple cider (you can buy a growler for $5 there). Volunteers will lead tours of the Food Bank. And they’ll be passing out candy to trick-or-treaters as part of the Greenwood Avenue businesses Trick or Treat.

Most-needed donations:

  • Hygiene items (i.e. toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, toilet paper)
  • Canned meats (i.e. tuna, chicken and salmon)
  • Canned and boxed meals (i.e. soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Canned Fruits

Community Open Mic hosted by Couth Buzzard Books co-owner Theo Dzielak, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Mary Flower in concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Brick Building. Information and online reservations here.

We’re pleased to host a return engagement of Portland-based Mary Flower. Mary is quite simply one of the finest blues players out there. She plays both in the finger-picked and lap steel genres. Mary has placed twice in the top three at the fingerpicking championships in Winfield, KS, been nominated multiple times for Blues Foundation Awards, won a Vox Populi award in 2009 for “Slow Lane to Glory” and garnered a Cascade Blues Association “Muddy Award” (Acoustic Guitar) in 2011.

Opening will be Portland-based blues artist Dave Mullany.

Discovery Happy Halloween Hike for ages 2-3 at Discovery Park from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Saturday (and 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31). Wear your costume for a fun hike; meet at Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. Free.

Washington CeaseFire Annual Day of Remembrance, 12 p.m. Sunday at Green Lake Aqua Theater/Small Craft Center, at the southwest corner of Green Lake. Participants will plant flower bulbs as a lasting memorial to those lost to gun violence. (Bulbs and planting tools provided.)

And if you’re near the Sodo District on Sunday afternoon, don’t freak out when you see what looks like a terrorist event centering around a train – it’s a large-scale terrorism training drill by regional law enforcement and fire agencies.

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Broadview-Thomson’s Shelly Ellis named Middle School P.E. Teacher of Year

October 25th, 2012 by Doree

The P.E. teacher at Broadview-Thomson K-8, just north of Greenwood, has just been named as Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

From the press release:

The award recognizes P.E. teachers “who have shown exemplary leadership in developing and administering programs of exceptional quality.” Those selected serve as a professional role model, use best practices to create a positive learning environment, and are involved in professional organizations and participate in ongoing professional development

Lori Dunn, SPS physical education and health literacy program manager, said that Ellis serves as a role model for others by emphasizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of physical activities and sportsmanship. “Shelly shares with her students her love of maintaining lifelong fitness and her own trials and tribulations regarding fitness and how it made an amazing change in her life,” Dunn added.

In addition to belonging to WAHPERD and its national counterpart – the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance – Ellis is a member of the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Health and Fitness Cadre, a group of professionals who develop new assessments and best practices in the area of health and fitness. She also sits on the board of “PE Central”, an online Physical Education and Health website, and is an SPS “Trainer of Trainers” for the Federal Physical Education for Progress Grant.

Ellis – who has been working in Seattle Public Schools for two years – began her teaching career 19 years ago, and has taught all grade levels from kindergarten through high school.

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Man accused of raping Greenwood massage therapist and others has bail reduced, rape charge added

October 25th, 2012 by Doree

A judge this morning reduced bail for an attorney accused of raping and sexually assaulting several employees of massage clinics, including the Carnation Chinese Massage Clinic at 602 NW 85th St. in Greenwood.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office says Danford Grant’s bail was lowered from $3 million to $1 million.

But prosecutors added another charge of rape in the first degree, for an alleged assault last summer. Granted pleaded not guilty to that charge. He pleaded not guilty to the previous charges two weeks ago.

According to charging documents, Grant approached a Seattle massage clinic employee as she left work, told her he was a police officer and ordered her into the passenger side of her car. Grant then allegedly drove her car to a secluded spot, ordered her into the back seat and raped her.

KING 5 has video from the courtroom this morning.

Grant is accused of sexually assaulting massage therapists in Seattle, Shoreline and Bellevue. He will be back in court on Nov. 9 for a case setting hearing.

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