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


Entries from August 2013

Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup on normal schedule on Monday

August 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up garbage, yard waste and recycling on Monday like usual, despite the Labor Day holiday. SPU customers should put out their cans by 7 a.m.

The North and South Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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4 chickens have flown the coop – help them get home

August 29th, 2013 by Doree

Gina tells us she saw four chickens clucking their way up the sidewalk near the corner of North 44th Street and Fremont Avenue in north Fremont this morning, heading west. Anybody missing their flock?


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All library branches will be closed on Labor Day

August 28th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that all branches of the Seattle Public Library, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

The good news, however, is that for the first time in five years, the library will not have to shut down all branches for a week and furlough employees to make up for budget deficits, thanks to last year’s library levy passing.

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Protesters plan to demonstrate before 5th Elephant Task Force meeting today

August 28th, 2013 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s Elephant Task Force meets again today to discuss the health and well-being of the zoo’s three elephants: Bamboo, Chai and Watoto. The task force meeting is from 4-8 p.m. downtown at the US Bank Center, 1420 5th Ave., 4th Floor Conference Room.

Task force meetings are open to the public. You can see past meeting summaries and video on the task force website.

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants plans to demonstrate before that meeting, beginning at 3 p.m., claiming task force members are too close to the zoo and not objective.

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Registration now open for PEPS programs in Phinney starting in September

August 27th, 2013 by Doree

Registration is open for PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) programs in Phinney Ridge beginning in September.

Baby Peppers is open to all families with babies 5-12 months old when the group starts. Some families have participated in a PEPS Newborn group but many are new to PEPS. The Phinney Group meets at the PNA once a week for 11 weeks every Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. starting September 26.

Second Time Around groups are for families who have two or more children, an older child and a newborn baby (aged 0 – 4 months when the group begins). One parent attends the group with only the baby. The Phinney Group meets once a week for 11 weeks every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting September 18 at Linda Brooks Photography Studio.

And, for new and expectant parents who are interested in PEPS neighborhood-based Newborn Groups, the next While You’re Waiting Drop-In Session will take place at PNA on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30-8p.m. Attending a While You’re Waiting Information Session is a great way to meet other new and expectant parents and talk about the experience of pregnancy and early parenthood. These drop-in sessions give attendees a chance to sample the PEPS experience and to get their questions answered about PEPS Groups.

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Former Mae’s Cafe equipment up for auction on Wednesday

August 26th, 2013 by Doree

James G. Murphy is hosting an auction on Wednesday morning to sell off the remaining equipment from Mae’s Phinney Ridge Cafe, which closed this spring.

All the dishes, famous Graze at Mae’s coffee mugs and decor were sold at a garage sale, now ovens, coffee bean roaster, refrigerators, freezers and more will be auctioned off starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Preview is from 8-10 a.m. at 6412 Phinney Ave. N.

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Friday is deadline to apply for PARK(ing) Day

August 26th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation’s annual PARK(ing) Day is Sept. 20, where anyone can transform on-street parking spaces into tiny, temporary parks as a way to promote a walkable city. This Friday, Aug. 30, is the deadline to apply.

Started in 2005 by San Francisco design firm Rebar, PARK(ing) Day has become an annual event and an international sensation. In 2012, community groups, residents, businesses, designers, and artists in over 160 cities in 35 countries participated in PARK(ing) Day to encourage a sustainable urban environment. This will be the fifth year that Seattle has participated.

If you’re interested in creating a park for Seattle PARK(ing) Day, it couldn’t be easier! The Seattle Department of Transportation is accepting applications under a single free Street Use permit, and there are some easy-to-follow guidelines on its updated webpage. You can propose a park either in two mid-block parking spaces on an arterial street or in one mid-block space on a residential street. To ensure the park meets some basic safety standards, you will need to submit a site plan and location description no later than August 30. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be an architect, engineer, or artist to draw it. All application materials can be sent via email to jennifer.wieland@seattle.gov.

For additional information about Seattle PARK(ing) Day, including application requirements, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seattleparkingday.htm.

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday to discuss neighborhood projects, city council districts, traffic improvements

August 23rd, 2013 by Doree

The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

On the agenda:

  • Updates on Neighborhood Matching Fund projects, community special event grants, Waste Management’s grants to neighborhood projects, and Neighborhood Street Fund proposals
  • Debate on City of Seattle Proposed Charter Amendment #19, on a proposal to create districts to elect seven of the nine City Council members: Yes – Faye Garneau, “Districts Now”; No – Marjorie Rhodes, “Choices Not Districts”
  • Green Lake Way traffic safety improvements, Brian Dougherty, Seattle Department of Transportation

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Domino Beauty Boutique places second in Pink Boat Regatta to raise money for breast cancer

August 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood’s Domino Beauty Boutique took 2nd place in the A-Cup Division of the 2nd Annual Pink Boat Regatta last Saturday at Shilshole in Ballard.


The Domino crew raised $2,930 to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


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