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Volunteers needed for United Way of King County’s Free Tax Campaign

October 22nd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

United Way Tax Preparation at The Seattle Public Library, April 1, 2014

United Way of King County is looking for volunteers to assist with their Free Tax Campaign at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

The campaign started as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago led by United Way of King County. Over the years the campaign has spread throughout the county in an effort to connect low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). According to UWKC, the EITC is considered as one of the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

To reach their goal of serving 20,000 people across King County, United Way is recruiting and training over 1,000 volunteers to prepare taxes and connect clients to public benefits.

Volunteer Tax Preparers and Benefits Specialists work one-on-one with friends and neighbors to connect clients to benefits and bring an average of $30,000 back into their communities.

All are welcome to join the team, receive training and help reach the people who need it most. No experience is needed.

To find out more information and to get involved click here.

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BHS student named WIAA Athlete of the Week

October 22nd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard High School student Jacob Ta’ase was chosen as one of the Athletes of the Week by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) for his achievements in football.

Each week throughout the school year the WIAA recognizes twelve varsity athletes, a male and a female from each of the six classifications, who exhibited an outstanding performance the previous week.

Ta’ase was nominated by a member of the community and was selected last week for his achievements on the field during the Nathan Hale game at Memorial Stadium

Ta’ase completed 7 of 16 passes for 225 yards with four touchdowns to help defeat Nathan Hale, 38-28.

To celebrate their accomplishment, each Athlete of the Week winner awarded receives a congratulatory letter from WIAA Executive Director, Mike Colbrese, a commemorative WIAA State Athlete of the Week t-shirt, and a certificate. Winners are also posted to the WIAA website.

Congratulations Jacob!

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38 condos set for new development at 56th and 20th

October 22nd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


According to Curbed Seattle, Solo Lofts developer InHaus Development has launched their latest project, “Salt”, at 5601 20th Ave NW.

The new development, set to include 38 condos, will begin construction early next year.

Price wise the units start in the low $300s and, size wise, range from  556 sq. ft. for the one bedroom units to 1,428 sq. ft. for the three bedroom units. The Salt website confirmed that each unit will be Built Green certified and will feature interior finished such as polished quartz countertops, glass tile backsplash, under-cabinet LED lighting, and Fisher & Paykel and Bosch appliances.

On the street level, Salt will feature 1,800 square feet of retail space and three live-work townhomes. The building will also house an underground parking garage, storage locker facilities, a bicycle storage room with a workshop and a substantial rooftop deck.

The My Ballard team reported on the DPD approval for the development back in July for a six story mixed-use building with 34 parking spaces below grade.

Through the construction of the project, developers say that they want to “to create an incubator for the next generation of creative people in Ballard”.

Image courtesy of InHaus Development.

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Local radio producer creates Roman podcast

October 22nd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

IMG_4077Ballard resident and former KUOW producer and host Katy Sewall has embarked on a new project with a distinctly Roman flair.

While on a year long sabbatical with her husband in Rome, Sewall teamed up with long time friend Tiffany Parks to create a podcast about ex-pats aptly titled The Bitersweet Life.

In terms of the creation of the podcast, the idea came to fruition rather organically. Upon arrival in Rome, Sewall wanted to continue working with radio and was particularly intrigued with podcasting as an emerging radio format. “It provides a platform for radio people to do whatever they want to do without fitting into confines of the schedule of a producer,” says Sewall.

With the podcasting idea in mind, she lived through her (sometimes challenging) daily experiences of being an ex-pat in Italy and decided that she wanted to document and share her journey. Sewall then contacted Parks, a US ex-pat and editor who has lived in Rome for 10 years, and The Bittersweet Life was born.

Through each 30 minute (approx.) episode of The Bittersweet Life the pair take listeners on an engaging journey through the intricacies, challenges and experiences of being both a short-term and long-term ex-pat in Rome. The differing experiences of Sewall and Parks allow listeners to see the contrast in individual ex-pat journeys.

“We wanted to look at the ex-pat experience from two angles. From the perspective of someone who has just arrived and someone who has been there long enough to become more jaded and act more like a citizen,” says Sewall.

The production process of the podcast was also organic in nature. The pair recorded the episodes while sitting perched on Sewall’s bed in the loft of her Rome apartment. Sewall and Parks also invited special guests over to interview, gaining insights on a variety of topics while sharing cups of tea recording in the loft that boasted perfect acoustics.

With 34 episodes currently online (and more episodes to come each Monday in future weeks), Sewall found it hard to pick out a favorite. “We have done episodes on a variety of intriguing topics, but those that focused on language I found really interesting,” says Sewall. Many podcast episodes explore the struggles of living in another country that doesn’t speak your first language and how that can change the dynamic of relationships.

The Bittersweet Life delves into a variety of life subjects that all listeners can relate to including difficult topics such as sexual assault. Sewall points to that episode as being one of the hardest to do. “Talking in a raw and open way in radio about that topic was something I have never done before,” says Sewall.

According to Sewall, The Bittersweet Life, is appealing to listeners from all walks of life. “We’ve received great feedback from both current and past ex-pats, those who love to travel and people who are intrigued by the idea of moving to a foreign country but wouldn’t consider actually doing it.”

When asked about the difference between life in Ballard and in Rome, Sewall definitely has some interesting insights to share. “I thought Ballard was loud, but comparatively to Rome it is so quiet. I was also worried that when I came back it would feel like there was nothing going on compared to the busy streets of Rome, but Ballard seems to always have something going on,” shares Sewall.

In terms of advice for new podcast listeners, Sewall encourages everyone to start from first episode and share in the narrative journey of their adventures.

“This was a big year about strengths and weaknesses and The Bittersweet Life gives listeners an glimpse of how much you can learn about yourself while sometimes being out of your comfort zone living overseas,” says Sewall.

The Bittersweet Life can be streamed free online and can also be downloaded free from iTunes.

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Parks. Photo shows Katy (on right) and Tiffany (on left) on one of Katy’s first days living in Rome.

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Fourth annual Motown Dance Party set for Saturday

October 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


It’s time to put on those dancing shoes for the fourth annual Sunset Hill Motown Dance Party.

The popular event will be held this Saturday, October 25, at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The event is open to all ages and features a live DJ, favorite 1960s Motown dancing tunes, a super disco ball, and beer and wine for sale.

As this year’s event takes place so close to Halloween, attendees are invited to dress up in ’60s costumes. Think bellbottoms, mini skirts and fishnet stockings!

Tickets can be purchased at the door and online. Cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple for club members and $20 per person and $30 per couple for non-members. Each ticket purchased includes one free drink.

All funds raised from the event will help maintain the unique, vintage clubhouse building.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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Li’l Woody’s raises funds to help find homes for dogs

October 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


In honor of October’s Dog Adoption Month, Li’l Woody’s (2040 NW Market St) has created the “Cutie and the Beast Burger” to raise both money and awareness for local dogs that are in need of homes.

The special burger is available from today through Monday, October 27, with a portion of proceeds going directly to Seattle based dog adoption agency Motley Zoo.

“In the spirit of all good dog lovers, we’re excited to be offering up a delicious burger that man or beast will love, all while trying to get some of these little dudes new homes,” says Marcus Lalario, owner of Li’l Woody’s.

The “Cutie and the Beast Burger” is available for both dogs and their humans and is a delicacy filled with peanut butter, apples, Swiss cheese, bacon, and a 1/4 lb burger patty.

The special week long celebration will also feature giveaways including itmes from Crazy Rebels dog collars, All the Best Pet Care, Petbox and Green Juju (organic dog food).

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, located in Redmond, is a non-profit foster-based animal rescue which assists local, national, and international dogs in need. The unique organization has no shelter facility and instead places rescue dogs with foster families where they experience special one-on-one attention while staff work to find the dogs their perfect forever home.

Stop by Li’l Woody’s this week, enjoy a “Cutie and the Beast” and support Motley Zoo.

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Seattle Library patrons set to download free songs from Freegal

October 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Public Library card holders have yet another perk in terms of downloading free songs. Patrons are able to now download five songs a week from SPL’s partner vendor Freegal, which maintains over 7 million songs from over 28,000 labels.

Music available from Freegal includes hits like Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” as well as classics such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” jazz standards like Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and more.

The music files from Freegal are DRM-free, they do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices. New music is added daily.

Locals must have a library card to access and download songs. Library card applications can be completed online.

To view, browse and download music from Freegal click here. Access to Freegal Music on the Library’s website has been made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

To find out more about Freegal or how to get a Library card call (206) 386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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SDOT crews to pave 3rd Ave NW this week

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT paving crews will  be working  on 3rd Ave NW between NW 125th and NW 130th streets on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 and 22, weather permitting. The scheduled work hours are set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3rd Ave NW will remain open only to local traffic and Metro Transit buses. Through traffic will be re-routed as follows:

  •  Traffic on 3rd Ave NW will be detoured to Greenwood Ave N using NW 125th and NW 130th streets.
  •  Traffic on NW 125th St intending to head northward on 3rd Ave NW will be directed to use 6th Ave NW, connecting to 3rd at NW 130th

Police Officers will be on site to assist with traffic control in the area. Motorists should allow extra time and be prepared for delays.

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Volunteer drivers needed to help aging residents on Phinney Ridge

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is on the lookout for volunteer drivers to assist aging residents who are part of their PNA Village program. The program is run by a group of locals who are dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.

Volunteer drivers are needed to transport PNA Village members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. As a volunteer driver you choose when and how often you participate. Trips are usually limited to within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

“If you’d like to give some of your time and energy to help people remain happily in their own homes as they age, please volunteer to be a driver,” says Carol Pearl, volunteer Chairman of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

To sign up or to find out more information contact Amanda at (206) 789-1217 or

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Rep Reuven Carlyle set to speak at North Beach Elementary

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

North Beach Elementary is inviting the community to hear state Representative Reuven Carlyle speak about education funding in Washington State this Wednesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the school’s cafeteria at 9018 24th Ave NW.

Do you want to learn more about education funding? Have you heard about the McCleary Decision, but want to know more? Interested in knowing what it’s like to be part of a legislature that’s being held in contempt of court for not fully funding education? State Representative Reuven Carlyle will present on these topics during the event.

All are welcome to attend.

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The week in sports at BHS

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The athletes at BHS are all set for another huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, October 20

  • Football: JV vs. Bishop Blanchet at Soundview Playfield– 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls C Conference vs. Holy Names Academy – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: JV vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School – 7 p.m

Tuesday, October 21

  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Seattle Prep at Adams #2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Seattle Prep at Lower Woodland Park Field 7 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Ultimate: Varsity SPS Championship Game vs. Nathan Hale High School at Nathan Hale – 5: 30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22

  • Soccer: C Conference vs. Seattle Prep at Georgetown Playfield – time TBD
  • Volleyball: JV vs. West Seattle at BHS 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. West Seattle at BHS 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. West Seattle at BHS 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 23

  • Cross Country: Metro Championship at Lower Woodland – Boys 3 p.m. and Girls 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Eastside Catholic School at Northwest Athletic Complex – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Eastside Catholic School at Eastside Catholic School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity Metro Tournament at TBD – 7 p.m.

Friday, October 24

  • Football: Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at Memorial Stadium – 7 p.m.
  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV vs. Garfield High School at Medgar Evans Pool – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: C Conference vs. Roosevelt at Magnuson Field – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 25

  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV All Comers at Helene Madison Pool – 11 a.m.

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Ballard singer to donate online music sales to Susan G. Komen Organization

October 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard Singer and Songwriter Kristin Chambers is set to perform the title track from her latest record Everything Woman on King 5 TV’s NewDay Northwest next Wednesday, October 22. The performance will kick off a week where Chambers will donate all music sales from her website to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

Chambers’ Mother in law is a 21 year breast cancer survivor and two of her close friends have just come out of treatment cancer free. “I would like to continue to help researchers make sure everyone can join them in the survivors circle,” says Chambers.

Everything Woman is a compelation of original songs written by Chambers and produced by Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes) of Seattle’s Skoor Sound.

Chambers released her first original self-produced album Kristin Chambers in 201o and released her second Endless Road in 2012 which had over 100,000 downloads.

Click here to learn more about the local singer songwriter.

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