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Entries from December 2015

Reminder: 2nd Early Design Guidance meeting for self-storage warehouse to replace Gold’s Gym is Monday

December 31st, 2015 by Doree

This is a reminder that the second Early Design Guidance meeting for the development at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan 4. (Note that this is an earlier time than originally scheduled.)

The project will replace the Gold’s Gym building with a six-story self-storage warehouse, with a caretaker’s unit. It will take up the entire block of the west side of Aurora Avenue between 97th and 98th streets, and have surface parking for 17 vehicles.


The meeting is at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room, which is ADA compliant. (If you need a translator or interpreter, contact the Public Resource Center at prc@seattle.gov or 206-684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting).

Click here, then enter project number 3020310 to see the project’s preliminary design proposal.

Also at the Jan. 4 meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., the NW Design Review Board will have the second Early Design Guidance meeting for another project, at 13524 Linden Ave. N., which is currently an empty lot. That proposal is for a 6-story building with 100 assisted living units, and below-grade parking for 43 vehicles.

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Do you recognize this package thief?

December 30th, 2015 by Doree

Winnie says this man stole a package from her townhouse on North 97th Street across from Gold’s Gym around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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Security camera video showed him looking into a neighbor’s walkway to their front door just after taking this package.

If anyone has any information, call Seattle Police and reference case number 15-450111.



PhinneyWood neighbor says recycling truck left broken glass in the street at every stop this morning

December 30th, 2015 by Doree

Fran tells us she saw a recycling truck this morning leaving piles of broken glass in the road at every stop it made. She observed glass all down NW 77th and 78th streets, as well as 3rd and 6th avenues.

She called the city to have it cleaned up.

Did anyone else notice the same thing?


Zoo’s newborn sloth bear cub dies

December 30th, 2015 by Doree

Two day ago Woodland Park Zoo announced the birth of a sloth bear cub. Sadly, today the zoo announced the cub died sometime last night.

Born December 19 to first-time mother, 3-year-old Kushali, the cub died of unknown causes overnight under the care of its mother in a private maternity den. This is the second cub to pass from Kushali’s December 19 litter—the first cub was not viable and did not survive past the first 48 hours.

“Kushali and her cub were being monitored closely by staff using cameras with microphones mounted in the maternity den,” said Martin Ramirez, Woodland Park Zoo mammal curator. “Observations indicated that the mother was attentive and nursing. Unfortunately, sometime between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on December 29, the cub passed away while the mother slept. She was observed on the cameras trying to wake it and could be heard calling it but the cub was unresponsive.”

It is not uncommon for first time sloth bear mothers to lose their litter. Sloth bears are born extremely small and blind at birth. They open their eyes at between 3 to 4 weeks old and can walk shortly after their eyes open. The first 72 hours is very critical for a cub, though it is important to monitor cubs the first few months to ensure they continue to grow and remain healthy.

“Because it is a defense mechanism in this species to consume any dead offspring so as not to attract predators, we may never know the cause of death of either cub,” said Ramirez. “It was clear that Kushali, a first time mother, was attentive and showing all the appropriate maternal behaviors, so the cubs may have been born compromised in some way but that is speculation at this point. While we’re saddened by the loss of the cubs, we were encouraged to have seen Kushali doing everything she could to care for them. She will have other opportunities to breed in the future.”


UPDATE: POSTPONED — PhinneyWood Hubs neighborhood meeting Jan. 11

December 29th, 2015 by Doree

Update: The meeting has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. The meeting is now scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., downstairs in Fellowship Hall.

Earlier: The next meeting of the neighborhood disaster preparedness group PhinneyWood Hubs is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

This meeting will launch the “Unified Neighborhood Response” program, which brings together households, Block teams, and Hubs in a coordinated system to respond to a major earthquake or other disaster.

The meeting will feature:

  • Reports From the Field: Block Leaders report on work with their neighbors
  • Household Preparedness – The Foundation: Presentation/discussion with local expert Kelly Kasper
  • Practice & Training: We will evaluate proposed new procedures for Blocks and Hubs in a small-group breakout session.

This is the first in a series of monthly meetings leading up to a full scale neighborhood exercise in June 2016. PhinneyWood Hubs will participate in the national level “Cascadia Rising” exercise, which will involve federal, state, and local agencies in a functional drill to practice response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

The meeting is free. Residents of any neighborhood are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit our web site at www.PhinneyWoodHubs.org.

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Sloth bear cub born at Woodland Park Zoo

December 28th, 2015 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo today announced that a sloth bear cub was born on Dec. 19 to 3-year-old mother Kushali and 15-year-old father Bhutan. The pair will remain off view to allow for maternal bonding and nursing.

Kushali and her cub in an off-view maternity den. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Kushali and her cub in an off-view maternity den. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Animal care staff will continue to monitor the cub’s progress on the den cam and will perform a routine wellness and development check on the cub if Kushali begins to temporarily shift in and out of the maternity den. Sloth bears are born extremely small and blind at birth. They open their eyes at between 3 to 4 weeks old and can walk shortly after their eyes open. Unlike other bear species, sloth bear mothers carry cubs on their back when cubs reach about 2 months. If all goes well, weather included, Kushali and her cub could be on exhibit sometime in March.

Sloth bears are found in the lower elevations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. They are an endangered species, less than 10,000 remain in the wild. Their survival is challenged by fragmented populations, competition with other animals (particularly humans) for space and food, deforestation, and the bear parts trade for use in traditional Asian medicines. For over 400 years sloth bears were targeted for human exploitation to perform as “dancing bears;” in 2009, the last dancing bear in India was released. Woodland Park Zoo is a participant in the sloth bear Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program under the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) that ensures genetic diversity and demographic stability among North American zoos. Prior to this cub, Woodland Park Zoo had five sloth bear births; two sets of twins and one cub which did not survive.


New Seattle School Board member Rick Burke hosting community meeting tonight at Greenwood Library

December 28th, 2015 by Doree

Newly-elected Seattle School Board member Rick Burke is holding a District II community meeting from 6:30-7:45 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

It’s an informal, drop-in meeting for constituents to meet and speak with their School Board member.

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Tickets on sale Jan. 2 for Taproot Theatre’s ‘Silent Sky’

December 28th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents the first show of its 40th season beginning Jan. 29 with the northwest premiere of “Silent Sky.” It runs through Feb. 27, and is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Hana Lass in "Silent Sky." Photo by John Ulman, Taproot Theatre.

Hana Lass in “Silent Sky.” Photo by John Ulman, Taproot Theatre.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 2, 2016, through the box office at 206-781-9707 and online.

Let one scientist’s quest take you beyond the stars. At the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt maps the night sky, intent on measuring the distance to the stars. A true story, Silent Sky invites you to revel in the magic and romance of the universe with this history-making journey of love, family, science and determination.

Previews are Jan. 27 and 28; Pay-What-You-Can performance is Feb. 3. Post-play discussion with staff and cast members are held after every Wednesday performance (except for the preview), and after midweek matinees on Feb. 2 and Feb. 10.

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Merry Christmas from PhinneyWood

December 25th, 2015 by Doree

Merry Christmas to all of our Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighbors!

Today we are thankful for being your neighborhood news source for the last 7-1/2 years.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

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