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Throwback Thursday: Ballardites of yesteryear

December 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

This week the My Ballard team thought it was time take a look back at some fantastic photographs taken of a number of Ballardites back in the 1970s.

The black and white photo below, taken on June 9 1976, features Rocky Boettger, third baseman for the Ballard Merchants, blowing a bubble during a game at the Loyal Heights Fieldhouse.

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The black and white photo below, taken on May 17 1975, features Queen Bernice Furdal from the Sons of Norway Leif Erickson Lodge waving from the back of a car during the Syttende Mai Parade.

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The black and white photo below, taken in April 1977, features Leon who was a busboy at the Ballard Smoke Shop.

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The black and white photo below, also taken at the Ballard Smoke Shop in 1977, features Marvin Sjoberg dubbed the “Honorary Mayor” of Ballard.

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The black and white photo below, taken in July 1974, features “Princess Donna” Pruett from Bethany, Oklahoma, walking with arms spread wide next to “Miss Ballard 1974″ during the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

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Information and photos courtesy of the UW Library Special Collections Division.

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West Emerson Overpass to reopen tomorrow

December 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The extensive repairs to the West Emerson Overpass are nearly over and the route is set to reopen tomorrow. The exact time of the opening is still being determined by the project team.

Through the construction period, SDOT worked in collaboration with various agencies and contractors to expedite the work schedule wherever possible. The concerted efforts of many allowed for the opening of the overpass to be on time despite the challenging weather conditions of the past few weeks.

After the overpass is opened, some minor work will still be required including the placement of permanent road striping. Some of these minor tasks may happen immediately or be re-scheduled when the weather improves early next year.

The minor work may have some traffic impacts; however the overpass is expected to remain open to traffic during this work.

SDOT wants to thank locals for their patience and flexibility during construction.

The My Ballard team will update readers on the exact time of the opening when it is known.

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Locals set to oppose Farmers Market permit increases at King County Board meeting

December 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Members of the Seattle Farmers Market Association (organizers of the Ballard, Madrona and Wallingford farmers markets) and a number of locals will come together to oppose proposed Famers Market permit fee increases at today’s King County Board of Health Meeting. The meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. and will be held at the King County Courthouse downtown (10th Floor, 516 3rd Ave).

The Seattle Farmers Market Association, and other similar organizations around the city, are opposing the fee increase which would raise many of the  permit fees that both Farmers Market vendors and coordinators pay by as much as 42%.

Click on the table below to check out the detailed list of the proposed monetary and percentage increases:

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As seen in the above table, the proposed fee increases will affect both market organizers and individual vendors themselves. Costs for market coordinators will rise from $502 to $1,162 and individual vendor costs will rise from $281 to $400 per market.

The Seattle Farmers Market Association is expressing concern about the impact that the fee increases will have on the diversity of vendors and, therefore, the appeal of the markets for customers.

The proposed increase for 2015 was submitted by the Department of Environmental Health Services (EHS) at Public Health – Seattle and King County to the Board of Health back in September this year.

According to the King County Health Services website, the fees have not changed since 2012 and they no longer cover the cost of providing the regulatory and educational services that “protect the public’s health.”

The EHS is required by the King County Council and Executive to cover the costs of their program through permit fees, and therefore, have proposed these fee increases.

The Board of Health is currently determining what the new fees will be through the use of the following determination: fee = hourly rate x time. The hourly rate refers to the cost per hour for doing plan reviews, inspections, processing permit applications in addition to supervision and department and county overhead. Time references the time each activity takes for each permit category which EHS tracks in actual time spent. “For some permit categories, the proposed fees are much higher for this reason,” writes EHS on the King County Health Services website.

These proposed fee increases do not sit well with the organizers of Ballard Farmers Markets who have expressed their opinion on their Facebook page multiple times over the past day.

“It is WRONG to charge farmers markets the HIGHEST health permit fees in King County when there has never been a documented case of food-borne illness from a King County farmers market,” write Ballard Farmers Market organizers.

The Ballard Farmers Market team also posted the following status on their Facebook page yesterday:

The proposed increases will be discussed at today’s meeting and then adopted by the Board of Health between January – March next year. The public will receive a 30-day notice of any fee increases and they will be implemented in April 2015.

Members of the public are welcome to attend today’s meeting and express their opinion on the matter.

If you are unable to attend, you can give feedback on the King County Public Health website, email ehs.fees@kingcounty.gov or call (206) 263-9838.

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Development Update December 18: Subdivisions and Streamlined Design Review meetings

December 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision application and two notices for streamlined design review meetings 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:

9606 12th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 8,572 sq. ft. and B) 5,431 sq. ft. Existing structure to remain.

Notice of Streamlined Review Meeting:

9032 14th Ave NW

A Streamlined Design Review is taking place for a proposed two unit live/work structure and a 4-unit townhome structure. Parking to be provided for 4 vehicles.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through December 31, 2014. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project. Please note that this is the only opportunity to comment on this proposal.

9038 14th Ave NW

A Streamlined Design Review is taking place for a proposed two unit live/work structure and a 4-unit townhome structure. Parking to be provided for 4 vehicles.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through December 31, 2014. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project. Please note that this is the only opportunity to comment on this proposal.

Comments 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

Following the public comment period for the above Streamlined Design Review applications, the Department of Planning and Development will issue a written design guidance report. This report will consider public comment and the applicable city-wide and neighborhood specific Design Guidelines and will serve as the basis for further review of the building permit.

Once the applicant has incorporated the design guidance into the proposal they may apply for a building permit. No public notice of the building permit application will be provided.

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Paseo to reopen with same recipes and employees

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Just when we thought that the ongoing Paseo closure saga had come to an end, a final installment has arrived.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Paseo is set to reopen with the same famous recipes and employees. The My Ballard team reported the sale of the Paseo assets and name to Pike Place Market Board Member Ryan Santwire earlier this month.

The $91,000 bankruptcy sale included the Paseo name, all of the equipment and everything else that the company owned apart from the famous recipes themselves.

Former owner Lorenzo Lorenzo did not allow the recipes to be included in the court filing confirming that the recipes were always “held by him personally, not the restaurant”.

Many My Ballard readers, although excited about the possibility of the reopening, expressed their disappointment about the absence of the recipes. My Ballard reader Nicole commented on our Facebook page stating that “without the recipes it just isn’t the same Paseo.”

However, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal report, fans need not be disappointed any longer.

The report confirms that Santwire met with several former Paseo employees who had worked in the sandwich store for over eight years and they have come together to recreate the sandwich recipes.

“We’re able to make the exact same food and that’s really what it comes down to,” Santwire told the Puget Sound Business Journal. “We made the food and I said ‘wow, OK, these guys are the right guys.'”

According to the report, Santwire is set on opening the Fremont location as soon as possible and intends to also reopen the Ballard spot. The lawyer for the Ballard location, Marc Stern, has confirmed, however, that his client has been contacted by multiple other people who are interested in leasing the spot.

Santwire confirmed that he decided to buy the business because it is a “Seattle institution.” “The only way I was going to purchase it was if the business was going to be replicated the same way,” Santwire told the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The My Ballard team will update readers with the opening date when it is known.

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Seattle Parks announce winter holiday closures

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Many local Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on modified schedules in observance of winter holidays next week. Here in Ballard the following closures will be in place:

  • Ballard and Loyal Heights Community Centers will close at 6 p.m. on December 24 and 31 and will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
  • Ballard Pool will close at 3 p.m. on December 24 and 31 and will be closed December 25 and January 1.

Crews will continue to work making improvements to the Ballard Pool parking lot and locker rooms until January 9.

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6th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival set for January

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Nordic Heritage Museum is bringing more than a dozen Nordic films to Seattle in January as part of the Nordic Lights Film Festival.

This is the 6th annual film festival, and will include feature-length films, documentaries, and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The festival will run from Thursday, January 15, through Sunday, January 18, at the SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center. The festival will kick off with a reception at SIFF beginning at 6 p.m., hosted by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), followed by a  7 p.m. screening of The Optimists/Optimistene.

The Optimists is a Norwegian documentary that follows an extraordinary volleyball team in Hamar town, consisting of ladies between 66 and 98 years of age. The film’s director Gunhild Westhagen Magnor and cast member Anne-Grethe Westhagen will be attending the screening and the opening reception.

A variety of Nordic films will be shown throughout the festival including Danish thriller The Shooter/Skytten, Icelandic drama Metalhead/Malmhau and family-film Ragnarok. Click here to check out the full list of films set to be screened during the Festival.

Admission to the festival is $8 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members, and $12 for the general public. Passes for the full weekend are $55 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members and $65 for the general public. Tickets will be available shortly online.

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“The Bergschrund” tap room set to open in former 2-Bit Saloon space

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ballard’s latest watering hole the Bergschrund is set to open this Friday, December 19, in the previous location of the  2-Bit Saloon at 4818 17th Ave NW.

The tap room is owned by NW Peaks founder Kevin Klein and is set to feature almost exclusively NW Peaks beers.

The Bergschrund will be family friendly and, in addition to beer, will offer customers wine and a small selection of pizza. A food truck is also set to be permanently located outside.

After some special kegs of one offs, sours and barrel aged beers have been sold, the Bergschrund will feature a cider handle and a guest tap for unique WA beers.

Klein and his team have also spent time renovating the space and updating the ambiance. “While the overall structure and layout hasn’t changed except for a few things, we have updated nearly all the fixtures, walls, and bathrooms. We feel that we have created a very warm and inviting place to mingle and enjoy NW Peaks beverages,” says Klein.

NW Peaks Brewery will also close its Base Camp tasting room to coincide with the opening of the Bergschrund on Friday. Sometime in the future, Klein and his team plan to re-open a taproom at the brewery site.

“By eliminating consumer traffic through that area we can be more efficient with our time, expand production slightly, and more comfortably plan for expansion,” says Klein.

Initially, the Bergschrund will be open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday noon – 8 p.m. Hours and days are set to be expanded in the new year.

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Phinney’s Santa Fe Cafe to close for good

December 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Santa Fe Café (5910 Phinney Ave N) on Phinney Ridge is set to close its doors after 30 years of business on January 1.

Owner Drew Bloom, announced the news on Facebook on December 2 with the following message:

Dear Friends of The Santa Fe Cafe,

Due to mitigating circumstances, I’ve reached the decision that The Santa Fe Cafe will be closing its doors January 1, 2015. This was obviously a tough decision and one that was not taken lightly.

I want to thank all of you for three decades of loyal devotion. The last seven years of my life as owner has been the highest honor I’ve ever had. I would like to see as many of you as possible in the next month and I’m feeling good about the future.

Any of you who are in possession of gift certificates, please redeem them by the end of the year.

I will be looking for work (after some time off!) so if any of you have your ear to the ground or know of somewhere where my talents could be utilized, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks again to the greatest clientele in the City of Seattle.

Drew

Seattle Eater reportedly spoke to a staff member that confirmed the closure is due to the landlord not renewing the restaurant’s lease.

The Santa Fe Café was originally opened in 1981 by brothers Steve and Greg Gibbions on Ravenna Ave. The brothers opened the second location in Phinney, shutting the Ravenna Ave location at the end of the 1980s.

Drew Bloom bought the business in 2008, more than 25 years after starting on staff as a dishwasher at the café in 1985.

The café is sure to be sorely missed by fans all over NW Seattle and beyond.

The Santa Fe Café will be open as usual for dinner seven days a week from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and for lunch on weekends 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. until the closure on January 1.

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Scammers continue to target Seattle City Light customers

December 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle City Light is encouraging customers to continue to be on the lookout for scammers this holiday season. The My Ballard team reported several scamming attempts that took place in our neighborhood back in November.

As temperatures continue to drop and the importance of keeping your home warm rises, Seattle City Light reports that scammers are taking full advantage of the situation by targeting utility customers; threatening to shutoff power unless payment is made to a fraudulent bill collector.

According to Seattle City Light, their team is receiving 25 to 30 reports per week from customers targeted by scams, often from some of Seattle’s most vulnerable residents.

Scammers commonly target non-English speaking individuals, the elderly and small business owners. They use phone calls, email, even home visits, posing as Seattle City Light employees. During the scam, they demand the customer’s financial and personal information in addition to payment with a pre-paid credit card (MoneyPak/GreenDot) or else the customer will face an immediate shutoff of service.

Seattle City Light wants to remind customers that their team does not call, email or visit customers demanding immediate payment to avoid shutoffs. Anyone who falls behind on payments will receive at least two written notifications before the shutoff process starts.

It is also important to remember that City Light employees will never need to enter your home to conduct any kind of test.

If someone claiming to be from City Light approaches you at home and asks for personal or financial information, requests to enter your home, or cannot provide you with employee identification, immediately shut your door, secure your home and call 911.

If you or someone you know suspects a scam attempt or has any questions regarding their bill, City Light encourages you to call a customer service representative at (206) 684-3000.

Seattle City Light is spreading awareness about the scam and hoping to stop it through its “Spot It, Report it, Stop it,” scam prevention campaign.

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Development Update December 16: Subdivisions and Shoreline Substantial Development Applications

December 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision application, one subdivision approval and a Shoreline Substantial Development Application make up this 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:

2426 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into 3 unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6407024. 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.

4301 R 11th Ave NW

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A Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been submitted to grade 430 cubic yards of material (350 cu. yds. cut; 80 cu. yds. fill) in an environmentally critical area and to allow site improvements (elevated walkway, benches and deck/viewing platform, re-vegetation) to 11th Avenue NW street end for public recreation use. (Seattle Department of Transportation).

Decision:

6759 11th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,265 sq. ft. and B) 3,080 sq. ft. Existing structures on the property to remain. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than December 29, 2014.

Comments about the above developments 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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Sweet Mickey’s celebrates 12 Days of Christmas with giveaways

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The folks at local candy store Sweet Mickey’s (2230 NW 57th St) are celebrating the holiday season with their own 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

The celebrations started on December 13 and will run through Christmas Eve.

Check out the giveaways below:

  • Day One (Dec 13) – Snack While You Shop
  • Day Two (Dec 14)  – Early Bird Special
  • Day Three (Dec 15)  – Free Hot Chocolate
  • Day Four (Dec 16) – Win a Gift Basket
  • Day Five (Dec 17)  – Free Jelly Belly Packet
  • Day Six (Dec 18) – Free Seattle Chocolate Truffle
  • Day Seven (Dec 19)  – Free Mickey Buck
  • Day Eight (Dec 20)  – Free Super Sour Candy Cane
  • Day Nine (Dec 21)  – Free Frozen Spin Pop
  • Day Ten (Dec 22) – Chocolate Santa
  • Day Eleven (Dec 23) – Free Frozen Candy Dispenser
  • Day Twelve (Dec 24) – Free Fudge

Click here to check out more holiday specials on the Sweet Mickey’s Facebook page.

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