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Wild Zoo Traffic, Lights, and Parking Impacts – Holiday Season

September 18th, 2012 · Christmas, Community Benefits, Development Projects

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo is a planned, nightly, light display from Nov19-Jan1 with live entertainment from 5:30 – 9 p.m nightly.

Learn about Woodland Park Zoo’s new annual Wildlights holiday event at a community feedback session scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center

6532 Phinney Avenue N, Room 6

  The public meeting will include Woodland Park Zoo staff discussion to share plans for traffic, parking and other neighborhood impacts and allow the community to provide feedback and input into these plans.


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Seattle Bus Service Cuts: An Open Letter to the Council

July 28th, 2012 · Development Projects, Greenwood, Seattle Neighborhoods

With all the changes METRO has made and the increasing traffic, at this point it’s faster to take the bus from the north end of town to downtown than to take the bus from the Zoo to downtown and METRO considered making the 5 even slower.

Seattle’s bus 358 has a troubled history, check out blogs on the epic 358 bus here and here.

An Open Letter:

Dear Kevin Desmond, General ManagerKing County Metro Transit

I am writing in opposing to your plans to decrease bus service to the Phinney Ridge community.

Now, Route 358 makes three stops on Linden Ave. North between Winona Ave. (75th St.) and Woodland Pl. N. (64th St.).   It stops at 72nd-73rd Street, 68th Street, and 64th Street (Woodland Pl. N.).  These stops are used by people living on the eastern slope of Phinney Ridge for commuting and also for going downtown and up north at night and on weekends.

The current plan eliminates these stops.  Instead, the southbound 358 will make its current stop at Aurora Ave. and 75th St. and make no other stop until 65th and Aurora (unless the City doesn’t allow that stop, in which case it will be at 66th and Linden).  The northbound 358 will make a stop at 66th and Linden and not stop again until 75th and Aurora.

This eliminates easy access for those of us who live west of Linden and north of 68th, which includes several condominium and apartment buildings.

We used to have a bus – the #6 – that gave us access to Stone Way and Seattle Center; it was eliminated several years ago.  Now we’re losing our local bus route in favor of slightly faster commutes for those who live outside Seattle.  If Metro wants to encourage us to take the bus, it should make it convenient for us to do so, rather than making it more difficult and less likely that we’ll use the bus.  Interestingly, for most of its way north of 75th and Aurora, the bus will be stopping every five blocks.

We urge you to maintain the current stops on the 358 when you institute Rapid Ride Route E.


Marilyn S. Smith

Cc:    Councilman Larry Phillips

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Phinney Council In Session: Tuesday July 10th @ 7:30pm

July 9th, 2012 · Phinney Ridge

July 10 Phinney Ridge Community Council Meeting Agenda

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Main Building, Blue room

Time: 7:30 p.m.


7:30 – 7:40 p.m. – Introductions

7:40 – 8 p.m. Meet 36th District state legislative candidate Noel Frame

8-8:20 p.m. Meet 36th District state legislative candidate Evan Clifthorne

8:20-8:30 p.m. – Pat Walker -Seattle Library Levy proponent presentation

8:30-8:35 p.m. – Reading of statement from Library Levy opponents


Old Business:

8:35-8:40 p.m. Zoo Lights update

8:40-8:45 p.m. Officers/Committees – someone to take minutes when Colleen is not there/new treasurer-needed/new president- if desired


New Business:

8:45 Inform people of July 18th – 1st community meeting on 59th & Phinney Playground Project

8:50 Neighborhood Parks issues in general (Ted Holden)


Note next meeting date August 14th to accommodate Night Out


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Families Supporting Kids, Family Coach Presentation

February 20th, 2012 · Community Benefits

Changes Parent Support Network Presents:
Parent Talk with Dr. Kathy Masarie
Raising our kids really does take a village

Monday, March 5, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
Tickets $15

Great Hall
At Greenlake
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

As our culture pulls apart families and
emphasizes “being cool,” we need a force to keep connected. You can create that force by building a village of people who care. Come learn ways to foster the connections, honesty, and trust that enable families to thrive and kids to become resilient, capable, responsible, and caring young adults.
Dr. Kathy Masarie is a pediatrician, parent coach, mom, and founder of Family Empowerment
Network ( Her
parenting guides, Raising Our Daughters and Raising Our Sons provide parents with proven tools to strengthen family through community.

Purchase tickets $15 at the door or online at

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Phinney Ridge Council Meets on Key Neighborhood Issues

February 5th, 2012 · Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Zoo

On February 7th, the Phinney Ridge Council will meet at 7:30pm to discuss several key issues impacting the community’s quality of life.  Residents of the area are strongly encouraged to attend for both awareness and influence.  This meeting will be held at the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s main building, upstairs room #6.  This agenda includes:

7:30 – 7:45 p.m. – Discussion of Seattle Zoo elephant exhibit visit.  More info on Seattle’s Zoo Elephant questions.

7:45 – 7:55 p.m. – Presentation by Bill Farmer about Solarize Seattle – a non-profit led effort to reduce upfront cost by packaging existing state and federal incentives with a Solarize discount offered by the contractor.

7:55 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. – Annual meeting topic selection and Elections

8:15 – 8:20 p.m. Greenwood/Phinney METRO update

8:20 – 8:30 p.m. 6010 condo proposal environmental plan

8:30 p.m. Neighborhood Recycling Contest

8:35 p .m. Murals update


New Business:

8:40 p.m. Request to help/support traffic circle




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Is Seattle’s Greenwood actually Greenwild?

January 22nd, 2012 · Fred Meyer Greenwood, Greenwood regularly showcases top local writers who provide a unique perspective on the Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods.  Matt Caliri shared his take on Greenwood with a walk through some of the community’s most interesting spots presented here…

They serve Chimay at the coffee shop a few blocks from my house in Greenwood.  Chimay.  At a coffee shop.  Across the street from the coffee shop is a Space Travel Supply Company.  The name of the coffee bar I’m at is Neptune.  I just finished staring at a black trash receptacle that is an exact clone of the one I purchased from Fred Meyer.  It’s black and durable and cheap and it’s now in my basement. So my basement is on planet Earth, even though I’m a couple hundred yards from my basement and I’m already in Neptune.  What a wild town.

Greenwood does have its wild sides.  When I began writing this article 3 months ago (did some research-based space travel in the interim thanks to the store across the street) the weather outside the coffee shop window looked to be in hot competition for the most fall-looking day ever.  Yellows and oranges swirled in battle from both ends of the street.  A white, indignant gloom of a sky hung as a backdrop.  The people inside the café were in deep post-pumpkin depression.  Eating treats at home.  No Breaking Bads to watch. It was tough.  And it’s still tough, even tougher now, in this biting, late-winter frost and dandruff sprays of snow stopping Seattle in her tracks for days at a time (as the people cry: “We shouldn’t go out there, there’s white stuff!” “My tires will turn into giant ice cylinders and eat my children at night!” “Snow is poison!”).  And yet, there’s a lot to explore in the Hiptropolis of 85th and Greenwood, regardless of the weather.  Wild & phantasmagoric elements abound, past and present.

Welcome…to Greenwild.

Greenwood was first a bog and cemetery before the boutique life took hold.  For 17 years things were pretty dead around here until Governor Henry McBride interred the bodies (so much for rest in peace) out of Greenwood Cemetery and started building residential plots in 1908.  Where did those interred bodies go, you may be wondering?  The answer could be one of two possibilities: Either Governor McBride moved them to Ballard’s Crown Hill Cemetery, or he let them loose and they still mill about Greenwood to this day as half-functioning, latte-ordering, eco-conscious zombies (“Don’t waste the skull like that!” “That jawbone makes for excellent compost!”).

Kidding aside, there has been documented paranormal activity in the area, particularly on 85th, where they started digging up bodies and building houses.  Fellow resident of Greenwood and Seattle author Emily Hill has written books about the haunting in her neighborhood on 85th St.  She’s convinced that her 1907 house, as well as the house next door and the house across the street from hers, are the dwelling places of restless ghosts. (Can’t you just  imagine “this is not my beautiful home” playing incessantly in their poor, ghost heads?).

Here’s Emily Hill in her own words: “The residents of all three houses experienced hauntings [sic], paranormal activity, and the presence of ghosts.  I’ve included my own experience in ‘Ghost Stories and The Unexplained’ and ‘Ghost Stories From Beyond the Grave.’” She went on to describe watching door knobs turn when no one else was in the house, and the “ghost child” that played with the little girl in the house across the street.  Spooky wild.

So we got zombies (most likely), ghost testimonials, and, get this: no sidewalks! This town has been waiting for sidewalks since 1954!  Ever since they annexed the hinterlands that ran north to N 145th St., the Greenwood we know now north of 85th St. has been waiting for sidewalks ever since (as was promised in that annexation).  Greenwoodlin creatures have been risking their lives on these roads since they were plank and trammeled by horse, buggy, trolley, and confused, youthful zombies and ghosts lurking about in need of decent coffee.  Think of the smooth transit a sidewalk would provide for a Greenwood zombie.  Sure they represent unforgivable wrongs, but at the end of the day zombies have rights, too. They just have a hard time expressing them.

In my prying about cyberspace in search of olde tyme Greenwood tales, I found very little. Though there is hope in finding places where they reward you for how much you can read while feeding you “pizza and snacks” (though I think it’s actually a pizza-eating marathon disguised as a reading marathon…least that’s what I would do.)  Unfortunately, you have to be a teenager to be eligible for this event, says The Greenwood Library. The Reading Marathon for “teens” is at the Greenwood library on Saturday, January 28, from 11am-5pm. Bring You Own Fake Middle School ID.

If you’re too old, tried, and sophisticated for pizza and library books and in you’re in search of a more mellow wild,  check out Couth Buzzard Books – Espresso Buono Café. They’re vying hard for the Greenwood Community Hot Spot Award, as they trumpet all they provide on their website: “Open Mic Nights, Acoustic Music Jams, Local Arts and Crafts, Monthly Cabarets, Family Events like Game Night, Writer’s Groups, Meeting Space Groups…and…Spirited Conversation!” And they serve Fremont beer from the Fremont Brewery.  Nothing says “wild” like fresh beer brewed just 5 minutes away.

Also note that the Greenwood Animal Hospital will spade your babies, no problem, according to one of many rave reviews by customers, who also lauded there 7-days a week availability and free 1rst appointment.  Says one customer, “I just got my baby spayed here and they are giving Seattle humane society prices to all their clients.” Finally, you can spay your baby in a humane fashion. How wild!

To conclude, I’d like to end on a Greenwood legacy that is sadly coming to an end this Feb. 4th The Greenwood Market. After 20 years of serving the community as a meeting place of food and ideas and beer, the bigger fish across the street, Fred Meyer, is gobbling up the property Greenwood Market currently sits on by adding 55,000 sq. ft. to Fredkenstein’s current 118,000 sq. ft.  How is Fred Meyer able to do this? They applied for a permit to expand back in July (what a wild permit).  In fact, the FM expansion still needs city approval.

Spooky side note: The Greenwood Ghost Collective has in fact shown up weekly at town meetings to protest this action, though no one ever responds to their concerns…since they’re ghosts and no one can see them.

One customer laments over the types of food she will miss discovering at the Market, saying, “It was a cornucopia of organic produce and odd, fancy things – pomegranate molasses and Swedish sugar pearls, to name a few – has made [the market] it a favorite for foodies.”

Greenwood sugar pearls? Heck, I remember picking wild sugar pearls out back with my zombie ghost grandfather behind Greenwood Elementary when I was just five years old.  Those were wild nights…

Whoa. A 10-year-old Bob Dylan just walked into Neptune wearing a dark poofy rain coat and plaid shorts.  He just ordered a jelly doughnut.  It’s 4 in the afternoon. Kid must be from Mars.


By:  Matt Caliri



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Greenwood Community Council in Session

November 22nd, 2011 · Uncategorized

Greenwood’s community council is in session right now with topics including:



Greenwood Community Council Board Openings.
– Open forum.   This is a great way to participate on a rainy Seattle day.


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Green Lake’s Pathway of Lights

November 22nd, 2011 · Christmas

A Seattle tradition continues at Green Lake with the 35th annual Pathway of Lights. This year’s event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, rain or shine. Admission is free.

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • ·         The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • ·         The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • ·         The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • ·         The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for Northwest Harvest.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria, and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 2:30 – 5 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 5 p.m. Cleanup is from 8 – 9 p.m.

Become a fan of the Pathway:

Musicians and volunteers are still needed. For more information, please contact Carl Bergquist at  206-684-0780 or by e-mail at  Please consider public transportation or Seattle taxis to reach this event, parking is limited at the festival site.


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Christmas Trees at Green Lake to Benefit PTA

November 17th, 2011 · Community Benefits

seattle christmas

26th Annual Green Lake Elementary Christmas Tree Sale!

Green Lake Elementary School PTA’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale starts again this year on the first Friday after Thanksgiving (11/25) and continues until December 18.

The lot (located at 2400 N. 65th St.) is generally open Mon. – Fri. from 4 pm – 8 pm, Saturdays and opening day from 9 am – 8 pm, and Sundays from 10 am – 7 pm.

All proceeds support education programs at Green Lake Elementary School.

Green Lake Elementary School PTA is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, Tax ID #91-1442923.

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Nominate the Best for Seattle’s Park Awards

September 30th, 2011 · Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks system. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 18, 2011.

The awards will be presented at the seventh annual recognition ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29 2011 at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S King St.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers, and recreation programs throughout the city. In 2010, more than 43,000 volunteers donated over 360,000 hours of service to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

They do everything from pulling invasive ivy and planting native trees in our parks to coaching kids’ sports to working as docents at selected parks to serving on various advisory councils and boards.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources,” said Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams. “Without the help of the community, we could not run the first rate park and recreation system that Seattle-ites depend on.”

The name of the awards reflects the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1864.

Denny Awards nominees should meet the following minimum qualifications. The nominee must have:

  • ·         Demonstrated exceptional stewardship to parks and/or recreation;
  • ·         Provided stellar leadership related to enhancing and preserving parks and/or recreation programs;
  • ·         Demonstrated a significant personal commitment of time and effort to assist Seattle Parks and Recreation, and
  • ·         Gained respect of community peers for efforts to help Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The nomination form for the award, specific criteria and related information (included with this news release) are available by contacting Adrienne Caver-Hall, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-684-7710, or To download an electronic version of the nomination form, visit:


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