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


Entries from May 2017

Enterprise Rent-A-Car moving from Ballard to Greenwood

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is moving from its 7301 15th Ave. NW location to NW 85th Street near 3rd Avenue NW in Greenwood, where the laundromat used to be.

An Enterprise spokesperson tells me the company has outgrown the Ballard space, and the Greenwood location will have more space for parking and the office.

The new location is under renovation and will open sometime mid-summer.

Thanks to Lynn for the tip!

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Books and bake sale, game night, concerts, theater, how to be an immigrant ally, and Cookie Counter reopens in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

May 19th, 2017 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in and around our neighborhood on this beautiful weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

It’s opening weekend for “Busman’s Honeymoon” at Taproot Theatre.

Urban Hands Charity Game Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N.

Annual Book and Bake Sale at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, 108 NW 83rd St., Saturday and Sunday.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Kesselgarten Klezmer in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Little Sara and the Nights Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Sylvia Herold Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

Bay Area singer, guitarist, and song sleuth Sylvia Herold mines the motherlode of American jazz and popular song from the 1930s through the 1960s. Songs of wit and romance by composers Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, and Harold Arlen are lovingly rendered in a voice the San Francisco Examiner calls “mesmerizing.” Herold was a member of the swing vocal trio Cats & Jammers and The Hot Club of San Francisco. She has appeared on more than 25 albums, including five solo recordings, and currently tours and records with Wake the Dead, The Lonestar Retrobates, and The Sylvia Herold Ensemble.

The Cookie Counter, which has had a soft opening the last couple weeks, will host its grand reopening at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N. from 12-9 p.m. on Sunday.

The Phinney Center hosts a panel discussion on “How to Be an Ally to Immigrants and Refugees” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Traffic wise:

  • Westbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane near Bellevue Way from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
  • U-District Street Fair is Saturday and Sunday.
  • Seattle Sounders play Real Salt Lake at 2 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Safeco Field.
  • Stars on Ice at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena.
  • “Beat the Bridge” run/walk begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Husky Stadium.
  • Seattle Storm vs. Washington Mystics at 4 p.m. Sunday at KeyArena.



Seattle Parks and Recreation wins $20,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ grant for Carkeek Park project

May 18th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s “Connecting Kids to Nature” program at Carkeek Park has won a $20,000 grant from the “Meet Me at the Park” campaign by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company.

The $20,000 grant will help restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community.

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Firefighter recruits training at vacant Broadview home today through Tuesday

May 18th, 2017 by Doree

Don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of fire trucks in the Broadview neighborhood over the next few days. That’s just new Seattle firefighters training.

From Seattle Fire Department’s Fireline Blog:

The Seattle Fire Department will train new firefighter recruits at a vacant home in the Broadview neighborhood. Training officers and fire recruits will practice firefighting skills at 12115 12th Avenue NW on May 18, 19, 22 and 23. During these dates, residents will notice an increase in the number of fire apparatus parked on the street.

The live fire training is an opportunity for the recruits to face real fire scenarios in a controlled setting. This essential experience prepares the newest members of the Department for the risks and challenges of fighting a home fire. This benefits the Seattle community by further developing the recruits’ fundamental life and property protection skills.

Residents should prepare to see smoke as controlled burns are set at the vacant structure. All carpet, plastics and toxic synthetic materials have been removed along with required asbestos abatement. The training officers will set wood fires in a controlled fashion with safety officers on hand during the exercises. This training is conducted under the strict regulations and rules of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Neighbors are welcome to come and watch the live training. Typical training days begin around 7 a.m. with the live fire training starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until approximately 5 p.m.

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Phinney Center hosting discussion on ‘How to Be an Ally to Immigrants and Refugees’ this Sunday

May 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting a free panel discussion titled “How to Be an Ally to Immigrants and Refugees” at 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 21, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7.

Many of us feel an urgency to do “something” to support our neighbors, friends, and family who are immigrants or refugees. But we don’t know what to do. Come learn from a panel including immigration lawyer Stefania Ramos, immigrants and refugees, and advocates from organizations including Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA).

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Reminder: Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop is tonight at Greenwood Senior Center

May 17th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a workshop tonight (Wednesday) for community groups interested in applying for grants from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art and community organizing. This year the fund will award $3.2 million dollars.

Tonight’s workshop is at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 206-733-9916 or go online.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov.

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Seattle Times: Greenwood firefighter suing PSE over injuries from March 2016 natural gas explosion

May 16th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Times reports that Firefighter Jeff Markoff, one of nine firefighters injured in the massive natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged another 50 in downtown Greenwood on March 9, 2016, is suing Puget Sound Energy for lingering health issues related to the blast.

In September, the state Utilities and Transportation Commission’s Department of Pipeline Safety released a report saying PSE’s contractor failed to properly decommission that gas line in 2004, and proposed a fine of $3.2 million.

In March, PSE and UTC proposed a settlement of $1.5 million. UTC commissioners discussed the settlement at a meeting yesterday in Olympia, but likely won’t make a decision until this summer.

PSE is now in the process of inspecting 40,000 retired natural gas service lines to make sure they were properly decommissioned.

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5 days left to register for Garage Sale Day

May 15th, 2017 by Doree

May 20 is the deadline to register your garage/yard sale for our neighborhood’s huge annual Garage Sale Day. Registration is $15 for PNA members, $20 for non-members. Or you can rent a flea market space in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., for $25/$30.

Garage Sale Day is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

Registering gets your sale and a brief description of items you’re selling on the printed and interaction online map of more than 100 neighborhood yard sales. Register here.

The PNA Tool Library also will be selling off some old tools, and there’s a plant exchange for plants, pots, gardening tools and picks.

Whatever you don’t sell that day, you can bring to the PNA and load it up into the Goodwill truck (along with electronics recycling), plus Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck will be there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (up to four boxes of paper).

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Greenwood firefighters recognized for service during 2016 natural gas explosion

May 15th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Fire Department held its annual awards luncheon last Wednesday, and recognized nine firefighters who were injured in the March 9, 2016, natural gas explosion in downtown Greenwood.

SFD’s Unit Citation went to Battalion Chief Tamalyn Nigretto, Lt. Charles Meyer, Lt. Ed Newell, Firefighter Nathan Buck, Firefighter Mike Camlin, Firefighter Joey Haugen, Firefighter Jeff Markoff, Firefighter Richard Martell, and Firefighter Steve Roberts.

Lt. Newell also received a separate Commendation for his service that day.

Thank you, Defenders of Greenwood!

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