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Beavers football team to face Roosevelt for 1st place Metro Division seeding

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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This Friday, the BHS Beavers football team will be playing Roosevelt High School for 1st place seeding in the Metro Public Division.

The special “Senior Night” game will kick off at 7 p.m. after a tribute to Senior students at Memorial Stadium.

The team is 5-2 overall and 4-0 in their division play for the season. “This is our second time playing Roosevelt this season and we are excited for the rematch!  We invite everyone in the Ballard community to come out and support our team,” says Head Football Coach Joey Thomas.

Beavers quarterback Jacob Ta’ase, who was named last week’s WIAA Athlete of the Week, is also up for Metro player of the year on the King 5 USA Today High School Sports website. Click here to vote make your vote in the poll.

Go Beavers!

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Throwback Thursday: The Market Street of yesteryear

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Market Street is, and always has been, the bustling center of our neighborhood. We thought it was time this week to take a look at Market St in all its glory back in the day.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, features a busy Market Street. Stores and restaurants that can be seen in the photo include Safeway, Fuller Paints, Eichers Bagdad Market, Manning Coffee Stores and Guy  Drugs.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1925, shows another angle of Market St at the corner of 22nd Ave NW (the location of the current Ballard Coffee Works). The Majestic Theatre (currently the cinema) and the old Ballard Library (currently the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub) buildings can be seen in the background.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1946, features the building on other corner of Market St and 22nd Ave NW. The building was home to the Bagdad Theatre and stores that included Horluck’s Danish Ice Cream, the Bagdad Dress Shop and Mickey’s Fountain Lunch. The building is currently home to Starbucks and a variety of homewares and clothing stores including Trove and Romanza.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, features Market St and Ballard Ave. The stores seen in the photo include Bartell Drugs, Halverson’s Dept Store and Harry Druxman Jewlers.

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Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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Ballard Development Update October 23: Subdivisions all over

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Three subdivision applications and two subdivision approvals make up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin. No other applications, appeals, decisions, or notifications in Ballard were made this week

Applications:

1762 NW 61st St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under #6417759. 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.

1611 NW 65th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6382977. 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.

2009 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6400296. 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.

Decisions:

2659 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6393636. 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 application may be submitted until November 6.

6709 Mary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6393636. 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 application may be submitted until November 3.

Comments about the above decisions 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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Caffe Umbria opens on Ballard Ave

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ballard’s newest coffee spot Caffe Umbria opened at 5407 Ballard Ave earlier this month. The Ballard location is the third to be opened by owners in addition to cafes in Pioneer Square and Portland, Oregon.

In addition to coffee, Caffe Umbria is selling baked delicacies courtesy of Le Panier and Macrina, light lunch options from nearby Volterra and a variety of Italian wine and beer.

The Ballard café also features a Moka bar with stove-top espresso being prepared for all blends that are on offer. “It’s a nostalgic yet delicious way to enjoy coffee, especially for those who grew up in an Italian household,” co-owner Jesse Sweeney said in a statement.

According to the Caffe Umbria website, the new Ballard location “is designed to bring the urban European café experience to the neighborhood level where people live and relax.”

Caffe Umbria is open Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Caffe Umbria.

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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

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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

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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

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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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