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


Entries from April 2015

Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday for board elections, transportation presentation

April 30th, 2015 by Doree

A Seattle Department of Transportation representative will give a presentation on proposed projects in our neighborhood at the Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The transportation discussion will be followed by final nominations and election for PRCC’s board of directors. Nominations will be taken until 8 p.m. that night. You can email nominations to dduthweiler@comcast.net, or nominate in person at the meeting.

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Celebrate our two bookstores at Saturday’s Independent Bookstore Day

April 29th, 2015 by Doree

We are very lucky to have two independent bookstores in our neighborhood: Couth Buzzard Books and Phinney Books. And this Saturday we can celebrate them during the first national Independent Bookstore Day.

Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., will offer free books for children, plus they’ll have a Celtic Jam from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and their regular Songwriters in Seattle Monthly Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., has a full day of activities planned, including hands-on crafts, trivia and prizes, a poem workshop, bind your own book workshop, kids’ story time with Steph, treats from Coyle’s Bakeshop for the first 25 customers, and rotating discounts all day long (10 percent off different letters of the alphabet every hour). Check their event page for the complete list. They’ll be open extended hours that day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Seattle Public Schools conducting online survey for changing school start times

April 28th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is conducting an online survey to determine whether to change school start times beginning in the fall. Parents of high school students have been pushing for a later start time, citing research showing teens need to sleep later.

There are three different surveys in 10 different languages: for parents of current students, for community members whether they have had children in public schools or not, and for school staff.

A change in the start and end times for a school day has the potential to affect the entire community and it is important that the district hear from our diverse community including parents, students, staff and community members on the potential positive and negative impacts of such a decision. To focus this conversation this spring, three options are being explored: 1) no change to current bell times, 2) moving secondary schools to later start times and elementary schools to earlier start times, and 3) expanding the high school day to allow a choice for students.

To support the capture of this vital feedback from the District community, the Bell Time Online Survey will be available starting April 28. The survey will be available online in ten languages and will remain open until May 10. The survey has three primary audiences – Parents, Community Members and Staff. In addition, for those families without reliable internet access, the survey will be available on paper at each of the 26 neighborhood Community Centers managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Take the Bell Time Online Survey here!

For more information on the Bell Time Analysis, visit belltimes.www.seattleschools.org

We encourage everyone, whether you are a parent of a current Seattle Public Schools student, will soon be enrolling your child in the District, or are a community member interested in the topic, to take the survey and contribute to this important discussion. The data collected from these surveys will be invaluable in determining the potential impacts a change could have on the community.


Greenwood Elementary and Broadview-Thomson K-8 among 23 Seattle Public Schools given Washington Achievement Awards

April 28th, 2015 by Doree

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has awarded 23 Seattle Public Schools with Washington Achievement Awards for improvements in reading, English, math and overall outstanding academic success.

Greenwood Elementary was cited for “High Progress.” Broadview-Thomson K-8 was honored for “English Language Acquisition.”

Schools are selected based on their statewide assessment data for the previous three years. Schools received their awards at a ceremony today in Spanaway.

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CC the cat is missing from Greenwood

April 27th, 2015 by Doree

A cat named CC was last seen in the 100 block of NW 101st Street on April 22.


If anyone has seen him, please call Doug or Judy at 206-789-0489.

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Volunteers work on two Greenwood-Phinney homes for Rebuilding Together Seattle’s 25th anniversary

April 27th, 2015 by Doree

Dozens of volunteers from Rebuilding Together Seattle spent Saturday working on two homes in our neighborhood, while a total of 1,000 volunteers helped restore 25 homes and nonprofit agency’s buildings throughout the greater Seattle area.

These volunteers worked on the Phinney Ridge home of Patrick Brown, making it disability-accessible by converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower, replacing windows, installing a ramp and replacing outlets.


Other volunteers worked on the Greenwood home of Marita Wottke and her son, Danny, by repairing leaks, re-hanging a door, installing smoke detectors, and building a ramp to the front door.

This is the 25th anniversary of Rebuilding Together Seattle.


Phinney Ridge Community Council looking for new Board members

April 27th, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Ridge Community Council is looking for new Board members, to be elected at its May 5 meeting.

The fifteen independent volunteers meet monthly to become further informed on things such as:

  • local zoning and implications on development in our neighborhood
  • participation and advocacy in government
  • how to network with local leaders and nearby community groups with similar issues and interests
  • participating in efforts to improve quality of life through recent presentations like the one from the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat & Neighborhood Corridor program.

Board members serve two year terms and must live or own property between N. 46th & N. 75th and 8th NW & Aurora Ave N.

Email nominations to dduthweiler@comcast.net. Nominations will be accepted until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.


Seattle Police Department instituting ‘micro community policing plans’

April 27th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department has announced it is instituting “micro community policing plans” to help it focus on the types of crimes most prevalent in each neighborhood. You can see the Micro Community Policing Summary for Phinney Ridge here, which lists the community’s priorities as burglaries, car prowls, graffiti, speeding vehicles and poor lighting. The Micro Community Policing Summary for Greenwood lists priorities as burglaries, car prowls, drugs in parks, car camping and prostitution.

No two neighborhoods are alike, nor are their safety priorities and concerns about crime. Recognizing this, the Micro Community Policing Plans are designed to put the department’s energy and resources into addressing the public safety issues that concern each community in Seattle.

As crime trends and patterns are identified, police precincts will continue to engage Seattle residents to develop solutions and refine enforcement strategies. Enhanced collaboration between the community and police will foster both trust and partnership to manage crime and quality of life issues together.

“These Micro Community Policing Plans recognize the uniqueness of Seattle’s neighborhoods and that our communities need more than a one-size-fits-all approach to public safety,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

“The Micro Community Policing Plans were created from the bottom up, with input from cops on the beat and people living and working in Seattle neighborhoods,” said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “We’re always going to focus on serious crimes citywide. These plans address low level crime and quality of life issues unique to each neighborhood, giving the community a voice in the development of our policing strategy.”

Seattle University will conduct a process evaluation of the Micro Community Policing Plans. The plans will be evaluated on their impact on the nature and extent of crime, resident perceptions of crime, police-community interactions, and the overall implementation of the Micro Community Policing Initiative.

You can read the full announcement on the SPD Blotter.

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Theater, live music, run, gardening and lane closures in the neighborhood this weekend

April 24th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood Meaningful Movies: “Fed Up” at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

This is closing weekend for Taproot Theatre’s “The Best of Enemies.”

TITLE Boxing Club, which plans to open at 112 N. 85th St. (behind Top Ten Toys and Bartell Drugs) on May 4, is hosting open houses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Alba’s Edge with Neil Pearlman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).

The product of a brother-sister collaboration between pianist Neil Pearlman and fiddler Lilly Pearlman, Alba’s Edge has been rapidly gaining attention for their blend of Celtic music with Jazz, Latin, and Funk styles. Over the past few years the quartet has played festivals and concerts around the US and toured Mexico through the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara as ambassadors of American Celtic music.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a Pacific NW Folklore Society concert, Acoustic Harmonica Master Showcase, at 7:30 p.m. Friday; The Whateverly Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Ballard Preschool Co-op semi-annual Gently Used Kids Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Art In Bloom garden art studio tour at several North Seattle sites, including Seymour Stained Glass Studio, 5415 Greenwood Ave. N., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

InterConnection Electronics Recycling Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St.

Kids’ Gardening Afternoon at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, with local authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swann.

Crayon Drive benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital from 12:45-4 p.m. Sunday at the QFC on Holman Road.

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center in the Brick Building.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close multiple lanes of State Route 99/Aurora Avenue to repair a banging expansion joint on the bridge. Workers will close the two right lanes on the bridge from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.

The Top Pot Doughnut Dash is on Sunday at Green Lake Park. More than 2,000 people are expected, so traffic and parking will be tough. The run begins at 8 a.m. near the Green Lake Community Center and basketball courts. Runners will go clockwise around the lake (including some parts on the street). Metro routes 26 and 48 will be rerouted off of East Green Lake Drive North during the run. Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute information.