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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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Great first night for annual PhinneyWood Artwalk — The BIG One — with day two tomorrow

May 12th, 2017 by Doree

The weather held for the first night of the annual PhinneyWood Artwalk — The BIG One — as hundreds of people strolled up and down Phinney and Greenwood avenues to see art and hear music at more than 70 galleries and other businesses.

The Artwalk’s second day is from 12-5 p.m. Saturday. Check the Artwalk website because a few venues were only open on Friday or close early on Saturday.

Jenna Vivre sings at Umpqua Bank.

Art by Artists of the Sacred Hoop at Umpqua Bank.

The first annual Seattle Recycled Arts Festival brought an amazing array of art at numerous locations throughout the Artwalk, including this robot and dog at the Greenwood Library.

This “computer” by a 9-year-old student at the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

This fantastic “Moonshot” made from an old Waring blender and salt and pepper shakers, at Urban Light Studios.

And these gorgeous chandeliers made from broken shards of glass, also at Urban Light Studios.

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The BIG One Artwalk, lots of concerts and free milkshakes in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

May 12th, 2017 by Doree

It’s a busy weekend in the neighborhood with tons of art and concerts. See our Events calendar for more happenings.

It’s the weekend of our neighborhood’s huge annual Artwalk – The BIG One, which brings artists and musicians to more than 70 art galleries and other venues throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday. Friday is opening night for the NW Fine Arts Competition (photo below) at the Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., on the second floor. The show will be up through June 9. The first (hopefully annual) Seattle Recycled Arts Festival plays out at several venues during the Artwalk, with the main site being Urban Light Studios, 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1, where you’ll see work by several NW artists who use discarded items to create unique artwork. See the Artwalk website for a complete list of all participating businesses and artists, plus many restaurants are offering food and beverage discounts.

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents Gustavo Alonso Lopez and special guests performing Lopez’s full album “Punto Lejano,” at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets in advance are $25, or $30 at the door.

Gustavo Alonso Lopez is a flamenco guitarist based in Seattle, Washington. The son of a Salvadoran father and a Caucasian mother, he grew up in the dry, desert landscape of southern Idaho. His music is grounded in traditional Spanish flamenco and incorporates elements of jazz, classical, and world music, openly reflecting his cross-cultural identity. He recorded his first full-length studio album, Punto Lejano, at Empty Sea Studios in 2014. It was originally performed by a 6-piece ensemble and consists of four long-form arrangements. This show will present the album in full, rearranged for a smaller group. Amongst a wide array of influences, Gustavo draws inspiration from the great masters of flamenco, such as Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, and Pepe Habichuela.

Bluebird Ice Cream is giving out free (tiny) malted milkshakes from 5-9 p.m. on Friday to showcase its partnership with Skagit Valley Malting.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a Pacific NW Folklore Society concert with Lindsay Street at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday. (Looking ahead to next week, Couth Buzzard welcomes Seattle Times reporter Percy Allen and local author David Shields at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in a wide ranging discussion of sports writing, Shield’s in-progress movie about Marshawn Lynch, and many other topics.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Hanneke Cassel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. 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).

“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards, including the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. Cassel holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music and has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, and India.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017 continues through Saturday in Pioneer Square with the Main Stage at CenturyLink Field North Lot, free public stage in Occidental Park, concerts at various Pioneer Square venues, and a two-day speaker Summit at WaMu Theater.
  • The Color Run begins and ends at Seattle Center on Sunday, with a route through South Lake Union and downtown.
  • U-2 – The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 starts at 6:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

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The BIG One Artwalk is Friday and Saturday at 70+ venues throughout PhinneyWood

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s huge annual Artwalk – The BIG One – is Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at more than 70 venues throughout Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. This was the original annual neighborhood artwalk that later expanded to include smaller monthly artwalks.

The BIG One runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday. You’ll hear live music at a number of galleries and other businesses, and some restaurants/pubs will offer food and drink specials.

The first annual Seattle Recycled Arts Festival will have artists at Urban Light Studios, 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., (closing at 3 p.m. Saturday) and several other sites (see the Artwalk website for details).

The Phinney Center Gallery hosts the annual NW Fine Arts Competition, with its opening reception Friday night.

Beats and Bohos, 7200 Greenwood Ave. N., features Amelia Sherritt’s recycled art, created solely with the foils from empty wine bottles.

Bohemian Studios, 7600 Greenwood Ave. N., will offer henna tattoos at, a DJ, singing and burlesque, and more.

Emerald City Karate, 8314 Greenwood Ave. N., will show off artwork by its students.

The Fiber Gallery, 8212 Greenwood Ave. N., features painted textiles by Maile Jones.

See the online map and list of participating venues and artists; or you can pick up a map at participating businesses.

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Public meeting on proposed Handy Andy truck site at 92nd and Aurora is May 24

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

The city will hold a public meeting about the proposed new location for Handy Andy Rent-A-Tool Inc. on Aurora Avenue North after community concerns about the site location, traffic and safety.

Handy Andy has proposed moving from 10711 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave. N. As many as 500 truck trips per day are expected at the new site, which is just a block from the new Seattle Public Schools campus for three schools opening in the fall at North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora. Neighbors and activists are worried about students’ safety as they walk or bike to school. That block is part of the North Seattle Greenway, as well as a designed Safe Route to School.

The project would take up the entire west side of Aurora Avenue between North 92nd and 93rd streets. Three buildings and a portion of a fourth on the site of an existing wrecking yard would be demolished. The site would be used to display rental equipment, conduct vehicle repair and manufacture concrete. The project must go through SEPA environmental review.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. Written and oral comments are welcome at the meeting.

You can find all documents and plans related to the site here; type in project number 3026342.

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Getting back into exercise: What you should know about Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

This is a sponsored post written by UW Medicine – Ballard.

It’s easy to get out of your workout routine when the forecast calls for rain, rain and more rain. And when that Seattle sun finally breaks through the clouds, it’s hard to resist going all-in on the trails, parks and after-work sports leagues. But if you’ve ever exercised intensely after taking some time off, you know that you’re likely to feel pretty sore the next day, thanks to a phenomenon known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS.

Why do you feel sore the next day, instead of right away? Here’s what you should know about DOMS — and when you should be concerned about that second-day ache.

What Is DOMS?
Unlike acute soreness, which is pain that starts while you’re exercising, DOMS usually begins 12 to 24 hours after your workout, with the greatest pain felt anywhere from one to three days later, explains Dr. Carol Wilder, a family and sports medicine physician at The Sports Medicine Clinic at the UW Medicine location in Ballard.

You’ve probably heard that soreness is caused by a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles, but that old-school theory has been debunked, says Dr. Wilder. In reality, DOMS is caused by microscopic damage to muscle fibers that occurs after doing activities you aren’t accustomed to, she explains. When your body starts to repair the damage, you begin feeling sore. That explains why you might not feel sore after a run if you hit the pavement every week, but you could be limping up the stairs after a bootcamp class at your gym.

No Pain, No Gain?
Everyone is susceptible to soreness, but you’ll likely start to experience it less intensely once your body has acclimated to exercising. The best way to relieve DOMS is to keep moving and not do too much, too fast, says Dr. Wilder.

“My major message is to return to activity gradually,” she says. “Being a weekend warrior has its costs.”

When Should You Worry About Muscle Soreness?
While muscle soreness is common after an exercise hiatus, you shouldn’t feel as if you’re overreacting by talking to your doctor about your pain, says Dr. Wilder. A severe case of DOMS could be the condition rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle tissues that releases the protein myoglobin into the bloodstream and can lead to kidney damage and even, in some cases, total kidney failure. Signs of the condition, often referred to as “rhabdo,” include flu-like symptoms, dark urine and significant muscle pain.

“If you notice any of these symptoms following exercise, you should be seen by a doctor for urine and lab tests,” says Dr. Wilder.

Are you concerned about muscle pain? The Sports Medicine Clinic at UW Medicine’s Ballard location is open five days a week, providing surgical and non-surgical treatment for muscle and joint problems, including sports-related or workplace injuries. For more information about the clinic and to make an appointment, visit uwmedicine.org/inballard or call 206.520.6025.

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Wednesday is national Bike to School Day

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

Wednesday is national Bike to School Day, with thousands of students expected to bike to and from school in Seattle and beyond.

Please drive extra carefully on Wednesday, during the morning commute and in the afternoon after schools let out. Many kids are new bikers, so give them some extra room on the road, slow down, and make sure you don’t get distracted by electronics.

And May is Bike to School Month, so expect to see extra bikers on the roads and sidewalks throughout the month.

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