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


Entries from August 2017

No parking along 8th Avenue NW from NW 65th to 85th streets next Wednesday and Thursday for SDOT tree trimming

August 31st, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will be pruning trees and trimming vegetation in the median strip along 8th Avenue NW, between NW 65th and 85th streets, next Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6-7.

“No Parking” signs will be placed along that entire 20-block span, and will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. If you normally park along 8th Avenue NW, you’ll have to move your car to side streets on both those days during those hours.

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Community votes to name Woodland Park Zoo’s new snow leopard cub

August 29th, 2017 by Doree

Nearly 2,500 people voted to name Woodland Park Zoo’s new snow leopard cub Aibeck (eye–beck), which means “will live for many moons” in Kyrgyzstani.

Photo courtesy Woodland Park Zoo.

Aibeck is 7 weeks old and is the first offspring between mom Helen and dad Dhirin (Did-in), who are both 12 years old. Helen and Aibek remain in an off-view maternity den, but Aibeck is expected to move to their on-view exhibit in late September.

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Suze the cat has been missing from Greenwood since Aug. 22

August 29th, 2017 by Doree

Amie says her cat Suze has been missing from near 84th Street and 1st Avenue NW since the early morning of Aug. 22.

She’s a grey/brown tabby Pixie-bob with a short stubby tail. She’s short and stocky, and has sleepy-looking eyes. I last saw her 11:30pm on Monday night, 8/21. She’s an indoor and enclosed-yard only cat, so I think she got chased into unfamiliar territory or hurt and is hiding. She’s very sweet but afraid of new places and loud noises. She won’t meow if scared. Call or text Amie at 928-606-0499 or email amiecdejong@gmail.com any time of night or day if you think you see her.

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Design Review Recommendation meeting Sept. 18 for development to replace Greenwood explosion site

August 29th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Recommendation meeting for the development that will take over the Greenwood explosion site at 8403 Greenwood Ave. N. is set for Sept. 18 (the originally scheduled Aug. 21 meeting was canceled).

The meeting will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The developer is proposing a six-story, 70-unit apartment building with retail at street level, and parking for 70 vehicles below grade. Flint Creek Cattle Co.’s building at the north end of that block will remain, but the south end building where Better Hearing, Kouzina and Insurrection Apparel were located, will be demolished.

An updated design proposal is not yet available. The original proposal from last January is available here.

Update Sept. 12: Here’s the updated design proposal.

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Volunteer tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary for new school year

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs volunteer tutors at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge) for the coming school year. Invest in Youth provides free weekly tutoring services at five Seattle elementary schools from the second week of October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

If you can’t commit to the full school year, Invest in Youth is happy to have you become a substitute tutor.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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Greenwood Library looking for high school students to work 1-on-1 with 3rd graders for new ‘Learning Buddies’ program

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library is starting a new program called “Learning Buddies,” which will pair teens with 3rd graders who need help with literacy, math, logic skill building and other academic support.

Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Bisson is looking for a diverse group of 25 high school students. The program will be at North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

The mandatory orientation session is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The fall session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 18 to Dec. 6 (except Nov. 22). Spring session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 28 to May 16 (except April 11).

For more information and to get an application please go here. Interested teens should email completed applications to jennifer.bisson@spl.org or bring them to the Greenwood Library by Friday, Sept. 15. Interviews will be held Sept. 9-24. Preference will be given to teens who have been part of the Boys and Girls Club or a similar type of after-school program, but all teens are welcome to apply.

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Whittier Elementary looking for volunteers to help upgrade playground for school and community use

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

Whittier Elementary, at 1320 NW 75th St. in Ballard, is planning to upgrade its aging playground structure, and also add entry gates, picnic tables and more.

A steering committee is applying for a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant to fund the improvements, but they need volunteers to pledge a certain number of hours as a match. The committee is planning to apply for up to $100,000 in grant money, meaning they need $50,000 worth of volunteer hours.

The grant proposal is due by Sept. 25. If you’d like to volunteer in any capacity (planning committees or construction), please see the SignUp Genius.

You can email the steering committee at Whittierplayground@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

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Concerts, 2 farmers markets, Safe Routes to School celebration, Jewish Hebrew Singing Circle in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Phinney Farmers Market is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with fresh veggies, fruit, bread, beer, wine, cider, flowers, honey, ice cream, popsicles, kimchi and lots more.

Foss Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Foss Home and Village, 13023 Greenwood Ave. N., in Broadview.

Safe Routes to School community event from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St., to celebrate new pedestrian/biking safety improvements on Aurora Avenue at North 92nd Street near the new Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Cascadia Elementary School. There’s also a ribbon cutting for the new Safe Routes to School at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the corner of Ashworth Avenue North and North 92nd Street, with a street party, parade and free gelato from Nutty Squirrel.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Greenwood Elementary School, 144 NW 80th St., is hosting a Kindergarten Play Date for incoming families from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Jewish Hebrew Singling Circle from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Works Progress Coworking, 115 N. 85th St.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City at 5 p.m. Friday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation crews will close the two right lanes of the Aurora Bridge from 5-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for bridge inspection work.
  • Seattle Sounders vs. Portland at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

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Fire in condo building at 8760 Greenwood Avenue North

August 23rd, 2017 by Doree

Update: Fire investigators have ruled the cause as accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Estimated loss is $150,000 for the structure, $100,000 for contents.

Update: Metro Route 5 has resumed its normal route along Greenwood Avenue.

Update: Seattle Fire Department tweeted that the fire is out, with no injuries reported.

Metro Transit is rerouting Route 5 in both directions between North 85th Street and North 105th Street, because of the fire trucks blocking the street. Please use bus stops on Greenwood Avenue North south of 85th or north of 105th until further notice.

Earlier: Seattle Fire Department has a large response for a fire inside a condo building at 8760 Greenwood Avenue North.

According to Real Time 911, the first call came in at 1:21 p.m.

Joey sent us this photo:

We’ll update this post as we know more.

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