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


Entries from August 2016

Metro Transit seasonal changes start Sept. 10, Route 45 between Loyal Heights and U-District affected

August 31st, 2016 by Doree

Metro Transit’s seasonal changes begin on Saturday, Sept. 10. In our neighborhood, Route 45 between Loyal Heights and the UW Link Station will consolidate the 5:21 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. westbound trips into one trip leaving the UW station at 5:35 am.

Weekday late night trips after 10 p.m. and weekend trips after 11:30 p.m. will be adjusted to provide a better connection with Link Light Rail arrivals.

You can see details of all route changes here; or pick up an orange rider alert brochure or timetable on buses and at transit centers.

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Take city survey on outreach and engagement efforts

August 30th, 2016 by Doree

Since abruptly cutting off the neighborhood district councils last month, the city is trying to figure out what its new outreach and engagement efforts will look like, as it strives for more diversity and equitable access.

You can take a survey, giving your two cents. Click here to see what the 2,000+ respondents have said already.


Friday Afternoon Tea hoping to open at 65th and Phinney

August 30th, 2016 by Doree

Friday Afternoon Tea, an online tea store for the past six years, is hoping to open its first brick-and-mortar location at 6410 Phinney Ave. N., where Violet Sweet Shoppe used to be (and Mae’s Café before that).

Owner Friday Elliott is also a self-professed “geek” who wants her tea shop to be a hangout for gamers with organized game nights, as well as craft nights and book clubs. She also plans special workshops on pairing and blending teas, and educational tea tastings for groups.

Friday Afternoon Tea has a Kickstarter campaign through Sept. 14 to raise enough money to secure the location and renovate and furnish it.

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KOMO: Burglar steals $20,000 from Baranof’s safe

August 30th, 2016 by Doree

KOMO 4 reports that Baranof Bar & Grill at 8549 Greenwood Ave. N. was burglarized on Aug. 14 by a man who broke into the office, pried open the safe and stole $20,000 while the restaurant was open.

Read the full story here, and see surveillance pictures of the thief, who they are trying to identify.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday to start planning new park by Greenwood Library

August 29th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is hosting a meeting Tuesday night to start planning the new park that will be built just north of the Greenwood Library, at Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street, where a small strip mall and Bleachers Pub used to be.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The new “Friends of” the park group will be established and take over planning, separate from the GCC. The park group will start engaging neighbors in what they want to see at the new park, and will advise the park’s designers, help find funds to complete the construction, and serve as stewards for the park once it’s built.

The buildings are scheduled to be torn down this fall, with the park completed by fall of 2017. The city has funds to develop the south half of the site, but does not yet have funds to develop the north half, where the Bleachers Pub building is currently. According to the city’s webpage for the new park, that north half of the park site will remain lawn until more funds are found.

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Two kids’ bikes stolen from Greenwood back yard

August 29th, 2016 by Doree

Val says her sons’ two bikes were stolen out of their back yard at NW 84th Street and 6th Avenue NW a few days ago. One is a blue Specialized mountain bike for an 8-year old.

Specialized Bike-resized

The other is a black BMX bike for a 14-year-old. They were locked together, but not to the fence post.

BMX side view-resized

If you see either of them, please contact Val at talaveras@msn.com or 206-297-8272.

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Top Ten Toys targeted by LEGO thieves

August 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Top Ten Toys, at 120 N. 85th St., has been hit recently by at least two shoplifters who have stolen high-end LEGO sets. Staffing Manager Aries J. Galindo said two men visited the store separately last week, and another man and woman appeared to be casing the store previous to that.

Security camera footage shows the man in the image below went straight to the back of the store, placed his large backpack on the floor, picked up several small LEGO sets, then walked out with one of the large LEGO Mindstorms sets worth more than $300.


Later in the week, the man in the white shirt pictured below entered the store carrying an empty gift bag. About 10 minutes later as he was leaving the store, a staff member approached him because she saw that he had a LEGO Mindstorms set in the bag. The man said he had just purchased it at Fred Meyer. Galindo said that man had a number of tattoos on both arms and a tattoo behind his left ear.


Galindo said the store is missing at least four of these expensive LEGO sets. Because of the thefts, Top Ten Toys has instituted a bag check when customers enter the store. Customers who refuse a staff member’s request to look in their bag will be asked to put their bag in their vehicle or come back later without the bag.

The store also will not accept any returns for LEGO Mindstorms sets without a receipt. “We maintain the right to retain the item until said receipt is presented and the sales database is cross referenced,” he told me by email. “There will not be any refunds and/or store credits for LEGO sets that are clearly showing as ‘no sale’ in our system.”

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Spaces remaining at Ballard Preschool Co-op

August 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program at 7503 18th Ave. NW, has a few spaces remaining in its 3-5’s program for the upcoming school year. Class meets from 12:15-3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is open to children born between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Children born on or between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012, attend one additional day for Pre-K.

Contact the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com for details.

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Bike found in Phinney Ridge

August 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Nancy found a blue bike on her property near North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. If you think it’s yours, call her at 206-604-2570 to identify it.

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