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


Entries from December 2012

Potsie the black and white cat is missing from Phinney Ridge

December 30th, 2012 by Doree

Kathy tells us her black and white fluffy cat disappeared from their home near the north end of the zoo on Dec. 26. Potsie is 4 years old, but is very small, so he looks like a kitten. He does not have a collar, but is chipped.


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Neighborhood news roundup: youth basketball, solar energy, rapping seniors, literacy

December 29th, 2012 by Doree

The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, at 8635 Fremont Ave. N., is starting up its winter basketball league in January. The league is for second- and third-graders, and is on Tuesdays. Registration is now open online or in person. For more information, contact Berhanu Mekonnen at bmekonnen@positiveplace.org or 206-436.1850.

Phinney Estate Law collected 103 gifts for children at the YWCA Emergency Homeless Shelter in downtown Seattle, their most successful toy drive to date.

Go Solar Seattle NW is hosting another informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of local published authors that raises money for literacy programs, is hosting its third annual Write Here Write Now conference for all writers, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. NW. One of the event’s beneficiaries is Greenwood’s 826 Seattle, a non-profit writing and tutoring center for children. More information and registration is available online.

Former Greenwood resident Dave Fox, a travel/humor author and writing coach who now lives in Singapore, is holding an informal happy hour from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2., at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. The happy hour is for Seattle-area readers of his books and website, and anyone who is interested in international travel or creative writing. More information is available online.

The Greenwood Senior Center and some of its members are featured in a very funny rap video called “Scrap the Cap,” about the income cap on social security.

The Queen Anne Quick Styx lacrosse program is recruiting girls in second- through eighth-grade for its March-June season. Registration costs between $50 and $200 depending on the program level, plus $25 US Lacrosse Membership fee. Registration deadline is Jan. 10.


White and red bike stolen night before Christmas Eve

December 28th, 2012 by Doree

Kristen says her white and red bike was stolen the night before Christmas Eve. She says her block of NW 86th Street, between 6th and 8th avenues NW.

It’s a Redline cyclocross bike, smallish bright white frame, fire engine red handlebar tape, pedals with cages, gear rack mounted over the back tire, etc. Scratches on the right handlebar from an accident.


If you’ve seen it or have any information, please contact Kristen at 206-290-3919.

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Phinney Ridge ‘Holiday Tree’ is back

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

Many people know the regularly-decorated tree on the corner of 65th and Palatine as the “holiday tree.” It’s decorated with lights and ornaments for nearly every holiday.

But, a PhinneyWood reader wrote to us in mid-December, concerned because the tree was not decorated. So I asked our friend and frequent contributor Mike Veitenhans to investigate, since he lives nearby. Mike said tree owner Herb Allwine told him that after converting to LED lights a few years, the plugs and connectors began to fail quickly. So, he had to string up new lights this year, which took longer than usual, and he finally got it lit in time for Christmas.


And here’s a close-up shot from the daytime.


Thanks to Mike V for all the information and photos, and thanks to Mr. Allwine for the holiday cheer!


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PhinneyWood Forum broken, please don’t post until further notice

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

You all have noticed a huge increase in the amount of spam in the PhinneyWood Forum lately. We have spent hours every day trying to clean it out, yet we still can’t keep up. We are waiting for our administrators to figure out the problem and implement a solution. In the meantime, please don’t post anything in the Forum, since it will just get buried by spam.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Short hair cat found on Wednesday, taken to shelter

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

KL found a cat in the neighborhood on Wednesday. Sound familiar? (We’re waiting to see if KL can send us a photo.)

We found a flame point domestic shorthair today, 79th and Linden. He’s about 6mo to 1yr old. Very sweet. Took him to Seattle Animal Shelter to see if he had a chip, he didn’t unfortunately and no collar either. He has been taken in by the shelter, so if someone can identify him, he is cozy and waiting for his family!

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Original editor behind our sister site Wedgwood View dies

December 21st, 2012 by Doree

The original editor of our sister site, Wedgwood View, has died after fighting cancer for more than two years.

From Wedgwood View:

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the original voice behind Wedgwood View, Wayne Wurzer, died at age 50 after a 2½-year battle with cancer.

As one of the faces behind All That Dance, 8507 35th Ave. N.E., where his wife, Maygan, teaches dance to children of all ages, Wayne was known throughout the community.

He was also known throughout the journalism world after working at both The Seattle Times and the Seattle P-I as a reporter and editor, which is what led him to start Wedgwood View in early 2010.

Just a few short months later Wayne was diagnosed with cancer, and he eventually stopped reporting for Wedgwood View to focus on getting better.

You can read more about Wayne in his obituary in The Seattle Times.

Our condolences to Wayne’s family and friends.

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Parvo canine virus likely contracted at Woodland Park offleash area

December 21st, 2012 by Doree

Jen emailed to tell us that her dog was just diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious disease affecting dogs, and she wanted others to be aware.

I was hoping you would help get the word out that my 11 mo. old fully vaccinated lab was just diagnosed with Parvo, and the time frame makes it almost certain that she contracted it at Woodland Park offleash dog park. I just don’t want any other pups getting sick, or if they do show signs of getting sick that their owners take them in asap!

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Live music, theater and anniversary celebration in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

December 21st, 2012 by Doree

Take a break from Christmas shopping this weekend and enjoy some great live music in the neighborhood, and a celebration of the anniversary of a local business.

It’s a big weekend for Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., as it celebrates its third anniversary in its new location (after 20 years in its first location). First up on Friday night at 7:30, it’s a Classical Guitar Salon. Then all day Saturday is the book store’s anniversary celebration, with live music and other treats all day long. Then on Sunday at 6 p.m., come listen to the Rhythm Rollers – Northern Tune Open Jam.

Taproot Theatre continues its run of the popular “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.”

Seattle Folklore Society presents a Winter Solstice concert of instrumental music, songs and poetry, with Stanley and Kip Greenthal, and special guests Jamie Laval and Christos Govetas. More information and reservations online, or call 206-528-8523.