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Entries from December 2013

UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Black male cat found in Ballard – help him get home

December 31st, 2013 by Doree

Update Thursday: This cat has been reunited with his owner, thanks to a PhinneyWood reader.

Earlier: Sonya says she found a black male short-hair cat on her back porch in Ballard about a week ago. If you know who he belongs to, contact her at at 206-306-2939 or feline.abode@gmail.com.


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Start the New Year off with a walk around Green Lake in your ugliest wig and track suit

December 30th, 2013 by Doree

The 10th annual Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk around Green Lake starts at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Meet at the wading pool at the northwest end of the lake; the walk will go clockwise towards the Community Center, then meet up at the Aqua Theater for a photo in the middle of the walk.

The event is free and for all ages. Here’s a photo from a previous event. (Photo courtesy Marlow Harris.)

Bad Wig & Ugly Tracksuit walk-resized

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No solid waste pickup on New Year’s Day

December 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling or yard waste on Wednesday, New Year’s Day. Customers with regularly scheduled waste pickup on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will have their waste collected one day later than usual. The city’s Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Wednesday.

Remember, yard waste customers can put out their Christmas tree and holiday greens at no extra charge through Jan 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.)

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2013. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, January 13, 2014. The fee for extra yard waste is $4.75 per unit.

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Phinney Ridge home broken into with crowbar, ransacked – did anyone see anything?

December 27th, 2013 by Doree

Ginny tells us someone used a crowbar to pry open her back door to burglarize her home near 3rd Avenue NW and NW 73rd Street sometime around Christmas. The burglar ransacked the guest room, dumping every drawer on the floor, and stole gold jewelry. She said police believe the thief may have been interrupted because electronics in plain sight were not taken.

Did anyone see or hear anything on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or the day after?

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QFC on Holman Road robbed by knife-wielding man Christmas Eve morning

December 26th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a man with a knife robbed the QFC on Holman Road in Crown Hill/Greenwood on Tuesday morning.

From the SPD Blotter:

A knife-wielding man remains at large after robbing a QFC in North Seattle early this morning.

On December 24th at approximately 1:55 a.m. officers responded to the QFC located in the 9900 block of Holman Road NW for the report of a shoplift that had escalated into a robbery. Preliminary investigation indicates that a female employee had been stocking shelves near the automotive aisle when she noticed the male suspect loading several items into a QFC hand basket. The employee engaged the suspect in conversation and became suspicious of him based on some of the things he said to her. The employee followed the suspect towards the check-out stations. The employee observed the suspect walk past all of the check-out stations and out the front door of the store without paying.

The employee confronted the suspect and asked him if he would like her to cash out the items in his basket. The suspect turned toward her and brandished a 6-inch blade knife and yelled at her to stay away from him. At that point the employee backed away from the suspect and watched him get into a maroon, older model Toyota Camry and drive away. The employee was not injured during the confrontation.

Responding officers conducted an area search for the suspect and suspect vehicle however, they remain at large.

The suspect stole cans of transmission fluid, stain remover, motor oil and other miscellaneous automotive products.

The suspect is described as a white male, 18 to 22 years old, 5’10″ tall, 170 pounds, sandy-colored hair, clean shaven and last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect or his vehicle is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

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PhinneyWood, My Ballard readers instrumental to package theft case

December 26th, 2013 by Doree

Det. Cary Coblantz of the Shoreline Police Department asked us to thank all the PhinneyWood and My Ballard readers who have emailed information and tips after two suspects were caught in a stolen car full of packages stolen from Ballard-area homes.

Det. Coblantz said nearly every item police recovered has been identified and returned to its rightful owner. He only has a few pairs of shoes and a few cooking items left. He asks that people STOP emailing him to enquire about any other items they may have had stolen. Det. Coblantz said he has fielded well over 1,000 emails in this case and has tried to respond to every one.

“I would like to thank the community members who stepped up and helped out, it will make the difference between nothing happening and suspect(s) being held accountable and serving time in jail and/or prison,” he wrote in an email. “If anyone has any information about people involved, video footage from their home systems, or information about witnesses please do continue to contact me. “

Det. Coblantz’s email is Cary.Coblantz@kingcounty.gov.

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100+ carolers gather for first Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy in Phinney Ridge Saturday night

December 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Thanks to Mike V for sharing photos of Saturday night’s first annual Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at Greenwood Avenue North and North 75th Street. Here’s an overview shot of the crowd, estimated at about 150 people, at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair.


The Phinney Neighborhood Chorus helped lead the caroling around the firepit, and Ken’s Market provided free cider. Passing the hat raised $571.60 for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.


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Santa, caroling, and book store’s birthday party in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

December 20th, 2013 by Doree

We know everyone’s busy getting ready for Christmas, but there are a few holiday events happening in the neighborhood this weekend.

The Seattle Santa will be at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 76th Street by Tasty and Sip & Ship from 3-7 p.m. Friday. Get your photo taken and make a donation to Santa’s favorite homeless charities, then redeem your donation card for free hot chocolate at Tasty or coffee at Sip & Ship.

Couth Buzzard Books has Japanese Koto and Classical Guitar Concert with Silk Strings and Robert Vierschilling, Jessica Papkoff and Matthew Anderson from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday; then an all-day celebration of the store’s fourth birthday on Saturday. Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. for a sale, treats, raffle, and plenty of live music, including Jim Page at 7:30 p.m.

The first-ever Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair, 7414 Greenwood Ave. N, with the Phinney Neighborhood Chorus leading a sing-along. Firepit, hot cider, and lyric sheets provided. Donations accepted for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

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Most Metro buses returning to normal routing late Friday morning

December 20th, 2013 by Doree

Update 3 p.m.: Metro says all buses have returned to their regular routing, but may still experience delays due to weather and road conditions.

Earlier: Metro Transit says most buses have returned to their normal routing after this morning’s snow. Routes 5, 28 and 48 in Greenwood-Phinney are among the routes back to normal routes, however buses may still be delayed due to slick roads.

Check Metro’s Snow & Ice alerts page for updates.

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