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Entries from October 2014

Neighborhood crime roundup

October 31st, 2014 by Doree

We have quite a bit of crime to tell you about from the last week or so.

Keren says her car has been prowled three times in the past month in Greenwood. Every compartment inside was opened, but there was nothing valuable to steal so the thieves didn’t take anything.

Raechel had two packages stolen last week from NW 87th Street between 6th and 8th avenues NW.

Jake had a package stolen a week ago from his front porch near North 100th Street and Linden Avenue.

Fortunately a neighbor witnessed the event and actually confronted the woman and got her picture. She was riding a motorized scooter/wheelchair down the sidewalk, ran across the yard and retrieved the package, and left again on her scooter.

The police were notified (the package wasn’t worth much, but this has been a persistent problem over the past year), but if you see this woman rolling around your street, just keep an eye on her and your neighbor’s belongings.

Bryanne says her mail was stolen, including a birthday card with cash inside and a credit union debit card, from the 9700 block of 3rd Avenue NW. The debit card had already been activated and was used to purchase about $400 worth of items from QFC, Fred Meyer and Safeway. She contacted her credit union to find out how the card had already been activated.

For everyone who banks with Verity Credit Union should know that if they were issued a new card due to the recent security breaches, the cards sent out by Verity are ALREADY ACTIVATED!!! That’s how the thief or thieves were able to use my card.

We’ve heard more reports of ladders being used to break into the second story of homes in the neighborhood. Many times the ladders did not come from the yard of the home that was broken into but were left behind. This is a good reminder to keep all windows locked, including on upper floors.

Gail says her silver Infiniti I-30 was stolen from North 80th Street and Dayton Avenue last Sunday.

Julie says her visiting brother’s car was stolen from the 1700 block of NW 58th Street in Ballard last night. They’re hoping it was dumped nearby in Phinney Ridge or Greenwood. It’s a 1996 4-door dark green Honda Civic, license plate WA ASN4059. It has tan and red University of Portland parking stickers on the driver’s side windshield.

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Halloween events, live music, garden workshop and Dia de los Muertos in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

October 31st, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Taproot Theatre is hosting a special Halloween event from 6-8 p.m. Friday night with dinner, cookie decorating and entertainment from the Taproot Theatre Improv Team, 208 N. 85th St.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Johnsmith at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

For thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad, becoming a favorite at festivals, clubs, house concerts, and songwriting camps. With his faded jeans, twinkly blue eyes, his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences—you get the sense that this is a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and story.

In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville. This is his first Puget Sound-area concert as part of the release tour of his latest CD, “The Longing Road.”

Babysitter Training class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PNA.

West Woodland Fall Garden Workshop & Party from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at West Woodland Elementary School, 5601 4th Ave. NW.

Día de los Muertos celebration from 5:30-9 p.m. at the PNA. Meet in Community Plaza in the upper parking lot for a parade through the neighborhood, followed by entertainment, sugar skull decoratng and more inside.

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at the PNA.

First Sunday Seattle Roda de Choro from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time. It’s also a good time to replace batteries in your smoke detectors.

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Watch out for ghosts and goblins trick or treating tonight

October 31st, 2014 by Doree

Thousands of children will be trick or treating around the neighborhood tonight. So, please be extra careful as you drive and keep your eyes open for kiddos who are likely paying more attention to candy than safety.

And after your kid has gotten sick on all that candy, Seattle Public Utilities is reminding folks that uneaten candy can go in the food and yard waste barrel to become compost (remove all wrappers; gum is not compostable).

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UPDATE: FOUND — Cosmo the cat is missing

October 30th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Cosmo is now home.

Earlier: David says his cat is missing.

Male, fixed Bengal housecat, Cosmo, missing from 3rd Ave. NW at NW 67th St. No collar, unfortunately (drives him insane), but he does have an ear chip. Please call Sandra if you have seen him: 206-369-1713.


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Public Review of first phase of Viewlands playground improvement Nov. 2

October 28th, 2014 by Doree

The public is invited to review the first phase of playground improvements proposed for Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 3rd Ave. NW., from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, in the school gym. This is the first of two public meetings.

The playground improvements are being paid for by a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Meeting participants can tour the school grounds and learn where future recreational and play components will be located. Snacks and games will be provided.

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Former NFL quarterback opens luxury menswear showroom in Phinney Ridge

October 27th, 2014 by Doree

Gibran Hamdan, who played in the NFL for six years before founding the luxury menswear company Alial Fital, has moved the company’s headquarters and showroom from Belltown to 6103 Phinney Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge.

Hamdan founded his company about four years ago when he learned to sew after retiring from football. The company produces limited edition dress polo shirts, pants, zip-up tops, ballcaps and ties. Alial Fital (backwards spelling of his parents’ names, Laila and Latif) also sponsors PGA Tour golfers Bo Van Pelt and Jim Renner.

You can schedule a showroom appointment online.

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Volunteers needed to provide free tax help to low-income families

October 27th, 2014 by Doree

United Way of King County is looking for 1,000 volunteers for its Free Tax Campaign at neighborhood sites, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Starting as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago and led by United Way of King County, this effort is now county-wide and connects low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), considered the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

To reach our goal of serving 20,000 people across King County, we are recruiting and training over 1,000 volunteers to prepare taxes and connect clients to public benefits. Volunteer Tax Preparers and Benefits Specialists work one-on-one with friends and neighbors to connect clients to benefits and bring an average of $30,000 back into their communities. Join our talented team, receive training that boosts your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No experience needed!

More information on volunteering is available on the Free Tax Campaign website.

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Lion triplets born at Woodland Park Zoo

October 25th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo yesterday welcomed Africn lion triplets, born to 5-year-old Adia (ah-DEE-uh) and 7-year-old father, Xerxes. This is Xerxes’ first offspring; Adia gave birth in 2012 to four cubs with a different male.


Photo by Dr. Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo.

All three of the cubs are male. The cubs and mom are bonding in the off-view maternity den.

You can see more pictures and video on the zoo’s blog.

Lion cubs typically weigh about 3 pounds at birth. They are born blind and open their eyes within a week or two after birth.

Woodland Park Zoo’s lions belong to the South African subspecies, Panthera leo krugeri. Known as the Transvaal lion, it ranges in Southern Sahara to South Africa, excluding the Congo rain forest belt, in grassy plains, savanna and open woodlands. These lions range in weight from 260 to 400 pounds.

The African lion is the only big cat not protected under the Endangered Species Act. As few as 32,000 African lions are estimated to remain in the wild and their future remains uncertain, particularly as the growth in human population continues to impact lion populations. There is legal hunting of lions and retaliation killing because they pose a threat to humans and livestock.

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Library and 826 Seattle hosting Greenwood Family Forum on Wednesday

October 24th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Library and nonprofit tutoring center 826 Seattle are co-hosting the Greenwood Family Forum from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. It’s billed as a “school success night for neighborhood parents and educators.”

Teen Services Librarian, Jennifer Bisson, and 826 Seattle Director of Programming, Alicia Craven, will present on free programs at the library and 826 including resources for students doing research projects, and the chance for parents to sign students up for the free weekend writing workshops offered by 826 Seattle in the winter.

This will be the first of three meetings throughout the year in which community members will gather to listen to guest speakers share expertise on topics of education and socio-emotional development, to converse and to create a community of parents and educators to better support our students.

Questions? Email Alicia at alicia@826seattle.org.

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