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Ken tells us that someone stole two packages from his front door in the 700 block of North 90th Street in Greenwood last Tuesday afternoon, around 1:15 p.m.

He says the outgoing packages weren’t visible from the sidewalk, and would only be visible to someone who came up the stairs. The thief left behind a crumpled up outgoing letter that had apparently been taken from another house down the street.

A neighbor happened to see the man opening one of the packages and shoving the envelope into a neighbor’s bushes. She told Ken the man was white, with a brown beard and – most notably – a Captain America shield attached to his backpack.

Did anyone else see this man or have surveillance footage of him?

If you have any information, please email Ken at kennethjamesmoore@yahoo.com.

Update Jan. 18: KIRO 7 picked up our story and interviewed the homeowner and obtained a couple photos of the suspect.

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PhinneyWood Art Up Chow Down Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. Friday at dozens of galleries and other venues throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Check out the Art Walk website for full details of participating artists and a map.

Pacific Northwest Folklore Society presents Marvelous Minstrel Boys at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Town Hall Seattle and the Phinney Center present Johnaye Kendrick in a Saturday Family Concert at 11 a.m. Saturday in the PNA’s Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

With her sterling vocals and bright, warm disposition, Jazz singer Johnaye Kendrick is sure to give your kids an exciting and authentic Jazz performance that encourages them to sing and dance along. In partnership with Town Hall Seattle. Get tickets online.

Healing Drum Circle at 11 a.m. Monday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, there are a variety of events around town. The largest event is the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration and March beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Garfield High School, followed by a rally at 11 a.m. and march at 12:30 p.m. to Westlake Park. About 8,000 people are expected to attend. Some buses will be rerouted.

Traffic-wise:

  • The Highway 99 Battery Street Tunnel will close in both directions for inspection from 6-10 a.m. Saturday between Western Avenue and Seneca Street. Northbound drivers will exit at Western Avenue; southbound drivers will exit at Denny Way.
  • Most Metro Transit buses will pull over for a moment of reflection at 4:04 p.m. Monday in honor of MLK Day. (Buses on highways, freeways or inside the Downtown Transit Tunnel will not pause.)
  • Metro also will be running on its reduced weekday schedule on Monday.
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The Greenwood Community Council will discuss transportation issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The pace of growth in Seattle leads to crowded streets, crowded buses and crowded sidewalks; meanwhile Seattle is making changes to respond. Tuesday’s GCC meeting will survey the many issues and changes to transportation in Greenwood, and discuss strategies for mobility, safety and maintaining and improving walkability in the neighborhood. After short presentations, we’ll open the floor for your observations and thoughts.

Panelists:

Rob Fellows (GCC president and Feet First) will provide an overview of transportation changes and issues in Greenwood

Justin Martin (Phinney-Greenwood Greenways) will discuss what Seattle Greenways is working on in Greenwood and elsewhere

Douglas MacDonald (former State Transportation Secretary and Greenwood resident) will discuss sidewalk maintenance and safety

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Taproot Theatre’s new season opens Jan. 24 with the comedic drama “Camping with Henry and Tom.” It is recommended for ages 16 and up due to language.

Inspired by a real event – three titans of history find themselves stranded in the woods while on a camping trip in Maryland. Fact and fiction collide for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding as they try to kill time without killing each other in this comedic and dramatic lash of wits and wills.

The cast features Rob Burgess as Thomas Edison, Frank Lawler as President Warren G. Harding, David Pichette as Henry Ford and Kevin Pitman as Colonel Edmund Starling.

Frank Lawler as Warren G. Harding, Rob Burgess as Thomas Edison, and David Pichette as Henry Ford in “Camping with Henry and Tom” at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Robert Wade.

“Camping with Henry and Tom” runs Jan. 24 through March 3 with a Pay What You Can performance Jan. 31; midweek matinees Jan. 30 and Feb. 7 and 21; and post-play discussions with cast members and Taproot staff after every Wednesday performance, and after the Jan. 30 and Feb. 7 midweek matinees.

Tickets are available online, or at the Box Office at 204 N. 85th St.

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The Greenwood Senior Center is partnering with researchers at the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science on a study about the wellness and emotional needs of adults 60 and over.

The study is on depression and the effectiveness of different treatments. Anyone age 60 and over who is experiencing any symptoms of depression are invited to meet with the researcher at the GSC, 525 N. 85th St., on Monday or Friday afternoons or Tuesday mornings to complete a brief confidential survey.

Research results could have an impact on the type of future programming at the GSC and other senior centers through Seattle.

Call or email Cecily at the GSC to schedule a time to meet with the researcher — 206-297-0875, cecily@phinneycenter.org.

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King County Metro will pause all bus service for one minute at 4:04 p.m. next Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

According to a news release, the majority of the approximately 975 Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses on the road at that moment will pull over and stop for one minute.

“Dr. King devoted his life to fighting for equality and human rights for all, and we dedicate this moment to equity and social justice for all that Dr. King lived and died for,” said King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon. “Metro believes that mobility is one of those rights. We are proud to provide public transportation services that enable all people to access the opportunities needed to thrive in King County.

Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses in King County will pull over and stop only where and when it is safe to do so. Buses will not pause service if they are traveling on highways, in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel or on roadways where there is no place to safely pull over.

The legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — whose image graces every one of our buses—is a constant and powerful guide. Although his physical voice was silenced 50 years ago, his importance continues and we continue to embrace Dr. King’s quest for equity and social justice as we deliver transportation services. We strive to offer everyone in King County affordable and accessible opportunities to get where you want to go.

King County was named in 1852 after Vice President William Rufus de Vane King, a slave owner and advocate for the Fugitive Slave Act. A 20-year effort to rename the county led to the 2005 change in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., followed by a logo change in 2007.

Also on Monday, Metro will operate on a reduced weekday schedule.

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Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland’s contract will expire in June, so SPS is searching for his replacement. Nyland came out of retirement to take over as superintendent after Jose Banda abruptly left in 2014.

The SPS Board has hired a firm to help with the search process, and is asking for the public’s input with a survey on what leadership qualities matter most in a superintendent. You can take the online survey through Jan. 19. The public’s input will shape the position description and candidate selection criteria. Anyone can take the survey, even if they don’t have children in SPS.

A community Town Hall on the process is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 in the Nova High School Cafeteria, 2410 E. Cherry St. You can learn more about the process of searching for a new superintendent here.

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The Department of Construction and Inspections has approved with conditions the apartment building proposed for the former Seattle City Light substation site at 949 N. 80th St.

The empty lot was covered with fake flowers when the development was first proposed two years ago.

The project is a four-story apartment building with 24 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and grade-level parking for six vehicles.

The project underwent Administrative Design Review, meaning no public meetings, but public comments were received. You can see the Design Proposal here.

You can read DCI’s full decision here. Anyone wishing to appeal the decision must contact the Hearing Examiner by Tuesday, Jan. 9 (sorry for the late notice; the decision was published just after Christmas).

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Sorry for the late notice, but the Design Review Recommendation meeting for the apartment project coming to 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. is tonight (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. (The previous recommendation meeting was canceled back in May.)

The proposal calls for a four-story building containing 36 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and 26 apartment units with 2,429 square feet of retail at ground level. Parking will be provided for 34 vehicles; existing structures (three single-family homes and a small motel) to be demolished.

You can see the full design proposal here.

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