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More murals painted at future park site by Greenwood Library

March 20th, 2017 by Doree

Mural artists were back out at the new park site by the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue and North 81st Street this past week, making the empty buildings look nicer until they’re demolished sometime in April for park construction.

Thanks to artists Robert Bellm, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Desiree, Debbie Palmer, Tia Gibson, Tony Danger Dibble, Brandy Tomlin, Mallory Milke and Travis Meloche.

These murals will be saved and hung on the temporary fencing until the park opens in mid-2018.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday will review safety in the wake of last year’s natural gas explosion

March 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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News roundup: Murals, business district grant, Garage Sale Day registration, library sale, anti-bias hotline, LGBTQ senior resource fairs, Ecology summer program, Library hiring for teen program

March 17th, 2017 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Several artists who painted murals after the Greenwood gas explosion have painted the empty buildings where the new park will be next to the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue between North 81st and 82nd streets.

They wanted to beautify the buildings until they’re demolished in April for park construction.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Group received a $35,000 grant from the city to help improve our neighborhood’s business district.

Naked City Brewery’s Bryan Miller (far right) and the PNA’s Executive Director Lee Harper thank the city for its business development grant.

It’s time to register for the annual Garage Sale Day on June 3. You can register your yard sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market online, by calling 206-783-2244, or in person at the PNA by May 20. Registered sales will be listed on the printed Garage Sale Day map and the online interactive map.

The Ballard High School Foundation is hosting the first annual Running of the Beavers 5K/10K to benefit the school on Saturday, April 1, at Golden Gardens.

The City of Seattle has a new hotline for people to report harassment. The Office for Civil Rights’ anti-bias hotline is 206-233-7100. Anyone who feels they are the target of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying, should call. The city also will be holding meetings with community groups across the city. “SOCR is coordinating its actions with the Seattle Police Department, which enforces criminal laws against hate crimes, also known as malicious harassment. Anyone who experiences physical violence, property damage or threats should call 911 to report directly to the police. People should call SOCR’s hotline if they experience discriminatory harassment in housing, employment, or public places that does not rise to the level of a crime. It is illegal in Seattle to harass someone based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected groups. SOCR can investigate allegations of discriminatory harassment, issue findings and mandate remedies.”

Friends of The Seattle Public Library is having its huge Spring Book Sale at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Saturday and Sunday, with more than 100,000 books, CDs and DVDs.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Programs, in partnership with Generations Aging with Pride, will offer a series of LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs in April and May. Exhibitors include representatives from the City’s LGBTQ seniors’ social groups, many of the Senior Service Centers, city and social service agencies, and private care providers. The nearest resource fair to our neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE.

Washington Department of Ecology plans to hire 66 teenagers for its Ecology Youth Corps summer program. Youth corps crews pick up litter and clean roads throughout the state. Teens chosen for the youth corps will work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., typically Monday through Thursday. They will be assigned to one of six crews, based in King, Skagit, Snohomish or Whatcom counties, and will work in one of two 16-day sessions: June 26 to July 20, or July 24 to Aug. 17. Participants will earn $11 an hour. Applicants must be ages 14-17 by their first day of employment. Applications are due by April 11 and are available through area school counselors and at Ecology’s website.

Beginning April 1, Seattle Public Library will accept applications for its Student Assistant Program for teens 16 and older.

The Student Assistant Program gives young people valuable work experience at the Library. Applicants must be enrolled in a school program, but may not yet have completed bachelor’s degrees. Students accepted into the program may participate for up to three years, or until they no longer qualify as students.

To apply, a student must complete an employment application, a cover letter, proof of school enrollment and a reference from an educator or employer (form included in the application). The application will be available online on Saturday, April 1.

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Pop-up library story time with “Pigeon” at Illumination Learning Studio on March 24

March 17th, 2017 by Doree

The latest pop-up library event while patrons wait for the Greenwood Library to reopen after remodeling is a fun story time with crafts and dancing featuring the “Pigeon” series by children’s author Mo Willems.

It’s from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Illumination Learning Studios, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 101. This event is free and open to the public, with no registration required. (Please leave strollers outside.)

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SPD: Teen suspect arrested for Greenwood area pot shop burglary last month

March 17th, 2017 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

A cache of rifles, handguns, and pot still in its retail packaging were among the items seized early Thursday when SPD SWAT officers and Robbery detectives served a warrant at an Everett apartment and arrested a 16-year-old robbery suspect, wanted for an armed hold up late last month at a North Seattle marijuana dispensary.

Back on February 21st, four suspects walked into a pot shop in the 300 block of North 105th Street, held employees up at gunpoint and stole various marijuana products.

Police had previously identified and arrested two other suspects in the case–one man was arrested last month in Snohomish County in an unrelated investigation and a second man, who turned himself in to police. Detectives are still seeking a fourth suspect.

After serving the warrant in Everett Thursday and arresting the 16-year-old, officers seized three handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, ammunition and 17 different vials and packages of marijuana products from his home before booking him into the King County Youth Service Center for robbery.

The same day, SPD’s law enforcement partners in Snohomish County also served a warrant at a home in Monroe and recovered firearms and large amounts of marijuana as part of a related investigation.

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Folk music, kids gear sale, memory loss benefit concert, ’80s dance party benefit and lots more in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

March 17th, 2017 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

The Cup” community open house from 2-5 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St. Later Friday evening, at 7 p.m., the church will show the documentary “13th” about the criminal justice system.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Val D’Allesion, Jean Mann and Jennifer Spector at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Hunter’s Moon — William Pint, Felicia Dale, Tania Opland, Mike Freeman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Woodland Park Players present “Guys & Dolls” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Roosevelt High School.

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op is hosting its spring kids gear sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

St. Patrick’s Day Memory Loss Benefit Concert from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $16 general; $14 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

George Michael and Wham! Music Video Sing Along at 7 p.m. Sunday at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

’80s dance party Benefit for Le Merde boutique owner from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at 7315 Greenwood Ave. N.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend, be aware:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at 8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena.
  • Northwest Women’s Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center Saturday and Sunday.
  • Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls at 4 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation will reduced westbound I-90 to one lane near Bellevue Way Southeast and reroute traffic to the express lanes from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. Drivers traveling to Seattle from the east side of Lake Washington should plan for lengthy delays along I-405, westbound State Route 520 and westbound I-90.

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Latest development in Greenwood Town Center area will bring 7-story building with 145 apartments, retail, and parking for 100 vehicles

March 16th, 2017 by Doree

The empty grass lot on Palatine Avenue North just south of North 87th Street will be turned into a seven-story building with 145 apartments, retail at ground level, and parking for 100 vehicles. It’s the latest parcel owned by Greenwood Shopping Center to be developed in the Greenwood Town Center area, which includes Fred Meyer, the Sedges apartments (directly across the street from this parcel) and other surrounding lots.

An Early Design Guidance meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You also can email written comments on site planning and design issues through April 3 to PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project# 3026306. (If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts — such as traffic, parking, noise, etc. – can be submitted to Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections at that time.)

A design proposal is not yet online.

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Development at 73rd near Aurora will have 32 studio apartments, 8 parking spaces

March 16th, 2017 by Doree

Two small houses at 918 and 922 N. 73rd St. will be demolished and replaced by a three-story building with 32 small efficiency dwelling units (studio apartments) and a rooftop deck, plus surface parking for eight vehicles.

You can comment now through March 29 on site planning and design issues as the Department of Construction and Inspections prepares for an Administrative Design Review for the project (meaning there will be no public meeting). You can email comments to PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure to reference project #3025643.

You can see a PDF of the design proposal here.

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SPD: Detectives investigating serious injury collision on Holman Road Monday night

March 14th, 2017 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating the circumstances leading up to a two-car collision that occurred Monday evening on Holman Road NW. The collision left one man with serious injuries and a small explosion and fire when one of the vehicles struck a gas station gas pump.

At about 7:50 pm, a 2007 Nissan X-Terra, driven by a 60-year-old male ride-share employee and his 40-year-old female passenger were travelling northbound on Holman Road NW when the Nissan struck a 1997 Honda Accord, also travelling northbound on Holman. The impact caused the Honda to slide sideways into a tree on a planting strip with enough force to cut the Honda in half, trapping the 35-year-old male driver (and only occupant) inside the car. The Nissan continued northbound for approximately another two blocks on Holman before it crashed into a gas station pump at 4th Avenue NW, shearing it off and resulting in a small explosion and fire. Seattle Fire responded and extinguished the fire very quickly. Firefighters got the Honda driver out of his car and medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The female passenger in the Nissan was transported to the hospital with possible minor injuries, and the Nissan driver was not injured.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation. As is routine, the Nissan driver was evaluated at the scene by officers for any sign of impairment. The driver was taken to a hospital where a sample of his blood was taken after a warrant was obtained. The driver was interviewed and released from the scene pending the results of the blood lab results.

This remains an active and on-going collision investigation.

KING 5 has video of the flames.

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