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Swedish Ballard to care for premature babies in new Level II Nursery

April 27th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Earlier today, Swedish Ballard (5300 Tallman Ave NW) opened a new Level II Nursery that will provide care for local premature babies.

A team of trained experts will provide specialized, around-the-clock care for premature newborns in the nursery who are born in our neighborhood.

According to the team at Swedish, premature babies often face health challenges that require special interventions such as feeding support, intravenous therapy or supplemental oxygen.

Previously, infants born at Swedish Ballard who needed specialized neonatal care were transferred to other area hospitals. With the new Level II Nursery, these infants can remain at Swedish Ballard with their families.

“The opening of the Level II Nursery is the realization of our dream to provide exceptional care in Ballard that spans the entire pregnancy and birth experience,” said Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive and Nurse Executive at Swedish Ballard.

The new nursery includes the following features for newborns and their families:

  • Eight healing spaces to care for infants and their families.
  • A multidisciplinary medical team, including neonatal registered nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, social workers, care managers, dietitians, lactation consultants, child life specialists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and more.
  • A supportive environment for newborns and their families to receive much needed support.
  • A location near the Labor & Delivery Unit on the fifth floor of the hospital.

Click here to learn more about the Level II Nursery.

Photo courtesy of Swedish Ballard.

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SDOT to repair pavement on 24th Ave NW this week

April 27th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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SDOT crews will be doing pavement repairs on 24th Ave NW (between Shilshole Ave NW and NW Market St – pictured on map) on Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29.

During the repairs, northbound lanes on 24th Ave NW will remain open, however, southbound traffic on 24th Ave NW will be detoured to Market St from which motorists can select one of several alternate routes to reach Shilshole Ave NW.

The crosswalk on 24th Ave NW on the south side of Market St will also be closed, and pedestrians will instead use the crosswalk on the north side of Market St. Bicyclists travelling northbound on Shilshole Ave NW will be able to use the sidewalk to reach Market St.

SDOT crews also plan to work on the pavement on Shilshole Ave NW (between 17th Ave NW and NW Market St) from April 30 to May 6.

On-street parking on the south side of Shilshole Ave NW will be restricted while the crews replace the road edge. The street will remain open to traffic, but flaggers and Police Officers will assist southbound traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists through the work area.

During both repair periods, work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists and bicyclists are advised to expect delays or use alternate routes.

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Development Update April 27: More subdivisions

April 27th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two subdivision applications make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1542 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6444125. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

6216 20th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6398050. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Ballard homes to be featured on 5th annual NW Green Home Tour

April 24th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The fifth annual NW Green Home Tour will be held over the weekend and is set to feature the North Seattle area on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The free self-guided tour will showcase local, sustainable, green homes and many of them are in our neighborhood.

This year’s tour features over 35 homes all over Seattle and the Eastside, in addition to 12 Sustainability Stops, offering healthy refreshments, additional educational experiences, product demos, and discounts to tour goers.

This year five Ballard homes will be showcased. Check out the specifics from the tour organizers below:

Ballard Emerald Star Net Zero House by Dwell Development at 1749 NW 61st St

  • This 100% electric home features high-performance Passive house technology, advanced framing, uber efficient triple-glazed wood windows imported from Europe, heat recovery ventilation, radiant-heated floors throughout with a 450% efficient heat pump water heater.

Plum House (pictured above) by Green Canopy Homes at 2429 NW 61st St

  • This home features all LED lighting, BIB insulation, Heat Recovery Ventilator, locally made cabinetry, stairs made of reclaimed flooring, window sills made of reclaimed baseboards and slat wall made of framing from the old house. The footprint of the original house was only minimally expanded, which allows for ample gardening space

Drinking Rainwater in Ballard by Bristow Enterprises at 7703 26th Ave NW

  • The home features rainwater catchment in its various forms, plus other sustainable features, including an energy retrofit and remodel. It has one of the first legal whole-house rainwater catchment and filtration systems in the city of Seattle. A short walk brings you to many other rain gardens in the neighborhood. Map provided.

Herndon House by Puget Sound Solar at 808 NW 64th St

  • This home’s features include water conservation, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, solar power, storm water infiltration and urban farming.

Ballard Net-Zero-Energy House by Sunergy Systems at 612 NW 60th St

  • This home’s features include advanced building envelope, materials efficiency, water conservation, rain garden, solar power and storm water infiltration.

Click here to claim your free ticket to the event and click here to download the tour guide.

If you are interested in volunteering on the day email info@nwgreenhometour.org for further information.

Photo courtesy of NW Green Home Tour.

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Peddler to host Ballard stop for “Poker & a Pint” this weekend

April 24th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) will be hosting the Ballard stop for the city wide Poker & a Pint event this weekend.

The event comprises of five breweries, in five neighborhoods, with attendees collecting poker cards at each stop to play the house at the end.

In any order event goers can visit Peddler in Ballard, Tin Dog in South Park, Counterbalance in Georgetown, Flying Lion in Columbia City, and Herbert B. Friendly in Renton.

To participate attendees simply purchase a pint in order to receive a poker card. At the last stop, attendees can play the house hand for a chance to win a swag bag!

The event will take place at Peddler on both Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Click here to find out more about the event.

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What’s on this weekend

April 24th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Another weekend is here! Enjoy it in Ballard at some of these fantastic events.

Friday, April 24

  • 1st Annual Ballard Earth Day Street Party (at NW 46th St between Leary Way NW and 8th Ave NW ) from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Event will include key note speakers, food, drinks, a raffle and more. Click here to find out more.
  • Loyal Heights Elementary presents Bugsy Malone Jr. at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 6 p.m. The show is a rip roaring adventure, filled with cast and crew of over 170 in grades kindergarten through fifth with a great moral. Tickets cost $10. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more.
  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring Kamioke. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Weatherside Whiskey Band, Heels to the Hardwood and Buckets of Tears (featuring Sam Russell). Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Down North, Breaks & Swells, Whitney Monge and Purr Gato. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, April 25

  • Ballard Preschool Co-op semi-annual Gently Used Kids Gear Sale at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) from 9 a.m. – 1 pm. Sale will include gently used clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear such as cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, and more. Click here to find out more.
  • Work Party at Kirke Park (7028 9th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Help volunteers spread bark chips in the north end of the park Click here for more details.
  • Poker and a Pint event at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. The event comprises of five breweries, in five neighborhoods, with attendees collecting poker cards at each stop to play the house at the end. Click here to find out more.
  • Loyal Heights Elementary presents Bugsy Malone Jr. at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The show is a rip roaring adventure, filled with cast and crew of over 170 in grades kindergarten through fifth with a great moral. Tickets cost $10. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more.
  • ANZAC Day Celebrations at Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) from 5 p.m. Honor the Australian and New Zealand troops on the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Footy, 2up and more festivities to unfold throughout the night. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring Kamioke. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring My Cartoon Heart, Spencer Glenn Band and Matt Moore. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Mikal Cronin with Black Whales and Dude York. Tickets $13. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, April 26

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • 5th Annual NW Green Home Tour featuring Ballard homes from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tour is free and self guided. Click here to learn more and download the tour guide.
  • Crayon Drive for Seattle Childrens at Holman Rd QFC (9999 Holman Rd NW) from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Come and show your support of Seattle Childrens Hospital by donating a box of Crayola Crayons. Click here for more details.
  • Loyal Heights Elementary presents Bugsy Malone Jr. at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 1 p.m. The show is a rip roaring adventure, filled with cast and crew of over 170 in grades kindergarten through fifth with a great moral. Tickets cost $10. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more.
  • Poker and a Pint event at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event comprises of five breweries, in five neighborhoods, with attendees collecting poker cards at each stop to play the house at the end. Click here to find out more.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring John Hamhock, Rooster Run and Cottonwood Cutups. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Know of more events? Email the information to tips@myballard.com.

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Hale’s Ales to host Water1st Beer2nd fundraiser

April 23rd, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The annual Water1st Beer2nd fundraiser event will be held this Saturday at Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW) from 7 p.m.

The event raises funds to support the installation of clean water and sanitation systems in Honduras, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia.

Hale’s craft beers will be flowing all night and The Dudley Manlove Quartet will be on hand to provide entertainment in the form of live 70s and 80s covers.

All the proceeds will go directly to non-profit Water1st International who will be building the clean water and sanitation systems.

Tickets cost $40 per person and are available online. The first 100 people through the door will receive a free Water1st-Beer2nd glass.

Click here to find out more about the event

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Rental housing inspections set to begin in Seattle this Spring

April 23rd, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A selection of rental housing properties throughout the city will receive safety inspections starting this month.

The inspections are taking place under the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO), which was established by the Seattle City Council to help ensure that rental housing properties in Seattle are safe and meet basic housing requirements and safety standards.

“Over half of Seattle’s population lives in rental housing, yet an estimated 10 percent of rental homes have moderate to severe problems,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

“No one in Seattle should be forced to live with a roof that leaks, a toilet that doesn’t flush, or an unreliable heating system. By registering rental properties and conducting random inspections, we can help ensure that these properties meet the basic standards that any of us would expect,” he says.

Up until now, the Seattle City Council relied on renters calling in about rental problems when they were not fixed by the property owner. But not all renters knew they could call, or felt comfortable complaining about issues with their landlord.

“This is a big step towards addressing the housing problems that we encounter in the course of our work,” says Kira Zylstra of Solid Ground, an anti-poverty and social service organization in Seattle.

The inspectors will look for the basic safety and maintenance issues described on the RRIO Checklist, which is a set of plain-language requirements developed in consultation with rental property owners, renters, and other community members.

An example from the checklist being that all families in Seattle rental homes should have functioning smoke detectors, emergency exits, hot and cold running water, and working heat.

“These inspections are in the best interests of tenants—they make sure everyone has safe quality housing. They are not designed to look at personal items, furniture, or how a renter lives,” said Paul Mar of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority.

According to the City, they are committed to working with property owners and managers to make this a fair and balanced process.

When an inspection is required, property owners will have 60 days’ notice from the City, and their choice of using a City inspector or a qualified private inspector. In addition, if a property cannot meet the RRIO standards by the inspection due date, the property owner or manager can request an extension.

“We felt that the City and DPD were very inclusive of rental housing owners and managers throughout the establishment of RRIO. We appreciated having a seat at the table,” says Sean Martin, of the Rental Housing Association.

RRIO has registered over 90,000 rental units so far, which amounts to about half the units in Seattle. Of the properties due to register by the first due date, over 99 percent have completed the registration.

All properties with 10+ units should have registered by September 30, 2014. All properties with 5-9 units should have registered by March 31, 2015. Properties with fewer than 5 units will be registered throughout 2015-2016 based on a schedule set by zip code.

Rental properties will not be selected for inspection until they have been registered.

Click here to learn more about the Rental Registration Inspection Ordinance and what it means for your home.

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Mayor Murray seeks applicants for Landmark Preservation Board positions

April 23rd, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Mayor Murray is on the lookout for two new members to serve on the Landmark Preservation Board, specifically in the At-Large position and the Architect positions.

The 12-member Landmark Preservation Board makes recommendations to the Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The Board comprises of two architects, two historians, one structural engineer, one representative each from the fields of real estate and finance, one member from the City Planning Commission, a Get Engaged member (a position for adults ages 18-29), and three members at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor and are subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. The Architect and Historian board members also serves on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, Board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmark Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation.

Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by May 15, 2015. Submit your application electronically to Erin.Doherty@seattle.gov or mail it to the address below

Landmark Preservation Board Coordinator
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

For more information, contact Erin Doherty at (206) 684-0380.

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Development Update April 23: Another subdivision

April 23rd, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision application makes up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

8358 18th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6461865. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Ballard to celebrate Earth Day with street party

April 22nd, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Today is Earth Day, an international initiative that provides an opportunity for citizens all over the world t0 come together to fight climate change.

Here in our neighborhood the festivities are set for Friday at the 1st annual Ballard Earth Day Street Party.

Ballard based solar installation company Sunergy Systems is teaming up with Sustainable Ballard to host the 1st Annual Ballard Earth Day Street Party on Friday April 24. The street party will take place on NW 46th St between Leary Way NW and 8th Ave NW from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Event highlights include Keynote speaker King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson, fireside workshops and presentations from 15 local environmentally-minded businesses.

In the food and beverage department, event attendees will be nourished by burgers and greens from Giddy Up and with pints from Stoup Brewing. Four live bands will also be entertaining the crowd.

A raffle will also be held, with the featured prize being a Giant Twist Freedom DX electric bike by Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest.

All proceeds from the family-friendly event will go directly to Sustainable Ballard. Click here to find out more about the event.

Is your Ballard organization or business doing something special to celebrate Earth Day this week? Let us know at tips@myballard.com

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7th annual Seattle Empty Bowls event set for Saturday

April 22nd, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The seventh annual Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 25.

The event will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m and all proceeds this year will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

During this unique fundraiser guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over. This donation, which goes directly to helping locals in need, allows guests to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

Soups, including vegan options, will be provided by Ballard Market and Artisan bread will be on hand from Tall Grass Bakery. Coffee and tea will be served up by Caffe Umbria.

Seattle Empty Bowls is a unique local fundraiser with an important message. According to one of the event organizers Isabelle Franklin, the event gives the opportunity for locals to see that they can help their own community. Whether you are a bowl artisan or an event guest Franklin says that the event also shows that art can be a powerful force for good.

“The event is organically created by members of the Community for the benefit of the Community.  Everyone who comes to the dinner takes home a reminder of the event and the need for food assistance all year round,” said Franklin.

Seattle Empty Bowls events are well-known for their community feel. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a silent auction for some locally made and beautifully decorated glass, wooden and ceramic bowls.

While sampling the soup, guests will also be serenaded by the talents of many local musicians. Unique to this event, pet bowls will also be on sale with proceeds going to local animals who are in need of a good meal.

If you are interested in helping out volunteers are still needed to assist in the kitchen, with the auction and to help with the clean up. Contact Andrea at seattleemptybowls@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about the event click here and click here to visit the Seattle Empty Bowls Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

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