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Entries from September 2014

Black shepherd dog seen running loose around Aurora Avenue this morning

September 29th, 2014 by Doree

Tina tells us she saw a dog running loose around 9 a.m. today (Monday).

I saw a black Shepard dog (with some white spots), medium size, running south on Linden and approx 70th, crossed the street (thankfully cars stopped) and all the way along Aurora, under the bridge and running fast to green lake. Trying to stop him and help getting him, but he looked frightened and run away from me very fast.

And Laura wrote to us on Saturday about what sounds like a similar dog.

925 AM today (Saturday) a dog came running East from 85th and turned south on 99 running in the middle of the street as cars swerved to miss it. It was very fast.

Description: mostly black with white accents, German shepherd build, but taller, pointed ears.

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UPDATE: CAR FOUND — Nissan Altima with ‘club’ on steering wheel stolen from Greenwood overnight

September 27th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Deborah tells us her car was recovered near Aurora Avenue and North 145th, with mostly cosmetic damage. “The driver side door had been pried open, the club was gone, and there were no signs of hot wiring — the police thought a stripped-down Nissan key had been used. Unfortunately, the people who stole it were meth heads and left their stuff in the car. They also left some receipts, which I’ve turned over to the police as evidence.”

Earlier: Deborah tells us her purple 1995 four-door Nissan Altima was stolen from in front of her house in Greenwood last night, even though it had an anti-theft “club” on the steering wheel.

It has a balding patch of paint near the sun roof, and is smooshed in the front near the passenger side. It was last seen around 6:30 p.m. last night (Friday 9/26). There may still be a green Tickles the Tapeworm air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror. If you see the car, please let me know. Deborah at 206-579-1216. Thanks for keeping your eyes peeled.

If you’ve seen it, please call the police and reference incident report number 14-323418.

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Man beaten by group of attackers near Greenwood Park P-Patch Wednesday afternoon

September 26th, 2014 by Doree

A man was beaten by a large group of attackers around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near the Greenwood Park P-Patch on North 88th Street.

According to the online police report (which has names blacked out), the victim was walking through the park when various witnesses reported seeing a group of about 10 black males and females (possibly juveniles) taunting and then assaulting him. The victim hit his head on a curb. The victim was treated by Seattle Fire medics, then transported to Northwest Hospital for a laceration on top of his head and a bump on the left side of his head.

Two witnesses told police “that they can both positively identify the suspects because they are always in the park causing problems.”

A friend of the victim is trying to put us in touch with the victim’s sister to find out more information and his condition. We will update this post as we get more information.

Update Friday 12:30 p.m.: The victim’s friend tells us he is still in the hospital.

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Kids gear sale, farmers market, Bite of Broadview in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

September 26th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of weekend events in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Storytelling with Steph at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Ballard Preschool Co-op is hosting its annual Gently Used Kids Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, in the Brick Building. Load up on gently used clothes in newborn to size 8, shoes, toys and gear, like pack-and-plays, cribs, car seats, strollers and maternity wear. Bring your own bag. Strollers won’t fit inside the sale and must be parked outside. All proceeds benefit the Ballard Preschool Co-op.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Anne & Pete Sibley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center. Cost is $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

Less than a decade since they released their first album, the Sibleys’ music hit the national spotlight in 2009 with a blue ribbon finish in the “Great American Duet Sing Off” on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” They continue to tour around the country with their two young children, performing concerts and teaching workshops, and are often heard sharing their life experience that: “People are good.”

The Bite of Broadview is Friday through Sunday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 405 N. 117th St. The festival is open from 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Professor Fred’s Movie Marvels — The Invisible Ghost starring Bela Lugosi at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday (all levels welcome).

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Acoustic Sundays Open Mic at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

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Phinney Center kicks off accessibility capital campaign next Wednesday

September 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is beginning a new capital campaign, this time aimed at accessibility in the Brick Building, which doesn’t have an elevator.

The campaign’s kickoff is from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Brick Building’s Community Hall, with refreshments, a building tour, and more information about the renovations planned. Please RSVP to Amy Besunder, PNA development director, at amyb@phinneycenter.org so they can plan enough food and drink.

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Host families needed for students from Saudi Arabia

September 25th, 2014 by Doree

Kaplan International is looking for host families for male students from Saudi Arabia who will be studying English in the U-District.

Students arrive each week and hosts can have a student for 2 weeks to 9 months (host’s choice).

What We Need:

  • One furnished single room or twin with a bed, desk and closet
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and sit-down dinner)
  • Friendly families willing to improve students’ language skills through conversation
  • You must live within 40-45 minutes of Kaplan by PUBLIC transportation
  • We are especially looking for hosts able to accommodate students with special requests, including: smoking outside the home, dietary restrictions (vegetarian, no pork, etc.), no pets (due to student allergies, etc) although we can be flexible with host requirements.

What You Get:

  • Paid weekly compensation ($165 per week-single, $130 per student in a twin: approximately $680 – $1040 per month)
  • Access to full-time staff to help with student issues.

CONTACT: Libbie.stellas@kaplan.com

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‘Monkey Benders’ needed for neighborhood fabrication project

September 24th, 2014 by Doree

Metal benders are needed starting this Thursday to create 150 metal frame monkeys that will light up the streets of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this holiday season.

Working with a professional fabricator, volunteers will bend and tack weld 1/8″ x 3/4″ flat bar into various monkey shapes starting this Thursday, Sep 25. Additional bending sessions will be scheduled based on the availability of volunteers and shop time. The work will be performed at Close Enough Engineering, 630 Boren Ave N, in South Lake Union. Volunteers need to have strong hands, not be afraid of sweating and getting dirty, and able to work at least one four-hour shift.

Interested? Contact Mike Veitenhans at mike.v@comcast.net


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News roundup: Bluebird and Martha Stewart, new mural, student writers, car seat collection, candidates needed for new parks district

September 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery, with locations in Phinney Ridge, Fremont and Capitol Hill, is a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards Sweets & Baked Goods contest. Check out their entry and vote up to six times per day.

Check out the beautiful – and huge – new mural on the north side of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge at Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street.


Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program was recently awarded the United Nations Equator Prize for 2014.

Fifteen students at Broadview-Thomson K-8 (north of Greenwood) are included in this year’s Writers in the Schools Anthology. Many of the students will be on stage at Benaroya Hall tonight (Tuesday) to read their work at the Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Anthology Reading & Celebration.

The Writers in the Schools Program (WITS) places professional local writers in public schools to develop writing skills and spark inspiration. Since 1994, the WITS program in the Seattle area has been helping students discover their own authentic voices. Featuring creative writing by students in last year’s program, this reading by 50 young authors will move the audience to tears, laughter, awe and wild applause.

This year’s anthology includes writing by Broadview Thomson K-8 School students Sumeya Abbas Kassim, Yeabsera Asmamaw, Jayne Astle, Maya Branch, Jade Buenavista, Roweda Damsa, Elizah DeMartini, Alexis Engman, Ava Furuness, Rose Gallagher, Connor MacLeod, Jonathan Reese Brown, Taitum Stevens, Ruby Strickland, and Selena Yeung.
The readings will take place in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, beginning at 7 PM on September 23. The events are free and open to the public. The young authors will sign copies of the anthology, and a reception will follow, with sweets donated by Cupcake Royale.

Joel is asking for anyone who witnessed a bike accident on the Fremont Bridge at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11.

The accident occurred on the east side of the bridge heading north. One of the witnesses was named Colin. If you saw this, or have any further information please call Joel at (206) 601-9312.

Greenwood CoolMoms is hosting a used car seat drive on Sunday at the Sustainable Ballard Festival at Ballard Commons Park. You can drop off used car seats between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at AmericanWest Bank, 2237 NW 57th St.

Have a car seat you don’t need? Want to share it with a family in need or make sure that it gets recycled? Meet CoolMom and Zero Waste Washington at the Sustainable Ballard Festivalon Sunday September 28th between 11 am and 6 pm. We will collect your seat and get it to the right place. $5 optional donation towards our recycling program, but no seats turned away! Max. 10 per vehicle please; call 206-441- 1790 if you have larger quantities.

Car seats that have not expired and have not been in an accident will be donated to WestSide Baby for delivery to low income families who need them. Car seats that can’t be reused will be sent to Total Reclaim for disassembly and recycling. Each car seat contains about 15 pounds of rigid plastic and metal that can be made into something new. That means fewer valuable materials in the landfill and fewer greenhouse gases!

Joan tells us someone stole her Seahawk flag, including the pole, from the front yard of her house in the 300 block of 74th Avenue NW on Sept. 20-21. The flag is distinctive because the words were in a handwritten script. The thief also stole several solar-powered hummingbirds. Has anyone seen the flag or hummingbirds?

Kiley says someone stole an Amazon box off her porch at Greenwood Avenue North and North 59th Street last Wednesday morning. Anyone see anything?

The city is looking for candidates to fill seven positions on the new Seattle Park District Community Oversight Committee.

The Community Oversight Committee will provide advice to the Mayor, City Council and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, as well as provide oversight of projects, programs and services undertaken by the City and the Seattle Park District.

The committee will meet quarterly to:
• Make recommendations on the allocation of the Major Projects Challenge Fund;
• Hold public meetings and make recommendations to update the next spending plan;
• Review the Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Report; and
• Provide the Mayor, City Council and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation with annual reports on the progress of expenditures and projects.

The Committee will be composed of 15 members, seven members of the public (one from each Seattle district), four Board or Commission members to be recommended by Seattle City Boards & Commissions and four members from the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners. Each will serve either a one, two or three year term, to be determined during the selection process. The City seeks to appoint Community Oversight Committee members with a diversity of expertise and perspectives including, but not limited to parks management, public financing, urban horticulture, landscape architecture, contract management and the interests of low-income and communities of color. The Committee’s first official meeting will be held in April 2015, but members should be available to meet before this date, in early 2015.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest indicating which district you represent and resume by October 20, 2014 to Councilmember Jean Godden, jean.godden@seattle.gov. Please title subject line: Oversight Committee Application. Electronic submissions are preferred. To send a paper submittal, please address to: Councilmember Jean Godden, PO Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124.

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Metro service cuts start Saturday, Route 48 Express to end

September 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Metro’s first round of service cuts go into effect this Saturday. In our neighborhood, the Route 48 Express is being discontinued. But Route 48 local will fill in a few of those gaps by having three morning peak period trips start at 32nd Avenue NW and Loyal Avenue NW instead of 1st Avenue NW and NW 90th Street.

Service will be canceled on 28 routes and reduced or revised on another 13 routes. As a result, riders will see about 250 closed bus stops, nearly 1,200 changed bus stop signs and 800 posted rider alerts.

By entering a date after Sept. 27 in Metro’s online trip planner, riders can see what alternatives are available as routes are canceled or revised. New orange timetables also are available. Metro customer service is providing trip planning help at 206-553-3000.

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