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Savvy Orders pulls plug on “Save Paseo” Kickstarter

November 24th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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In the latest installment of the Paseo sandwich shop closure saga, the “Save Paseo” Kickstarter has been cancelled by campaign organizer Savvy Orders.

The Kickstarter campaign, aiming to raise a total of $250,000 to reopen the Seattle sandwich staple, was canceled last Thursday after 312 backers had donated a total of $34,180.

According to a GeekWire report, donations to the “Save Paseo” campaign topped $40,000 last week, however, after a couple of negative reports from The Stranger and KING 5 some backers began to withdraw a total of $5000 in donations.

According to the KING 5 report, former Paseo employees were not in favor of the Savvy Order campaign. Former employee Gil Butler stated that “two of his former colleagues don’t want to work under new owners,” and former employee Tyler Grantham told The Stranger that “none of us are interested in what [Savvy Orders] proposed.”

Savvy Orders founder, Greg Gans, was reportedly surprised by the negative reactions from the former employees of Paseo. Gans attempted to reach out to the former employees, however, he told GeekWire that “they wouldn’t even have a conversation with us or hear us out.”

In the face of the criticism and the lack of support from the former employees, Savvy Orders cancelled the campaign. Check out their final statements on the “Save Paseo” Kickstarter page below:

November 19:

Hi fellow Paseo lovers,

We apologize for not giving any updates in the past few days, but we want to let you all know that we were working around the clock to gain a greater understanding of what we can do to Save Paseo!

We, like the rest of you, have had one goal in mind: keep Paseo open! But as we have proceeded with the earliest stages of the asset acquisition process, we have run into some pushback. We have not been privy to all of the behind the scenes details, but we would fully support Paseo’s reopening by its previous owner if the allegations in the lawsuit against them are untrue.

Our goal has never been to be involved in a controversy or a “fight” for Paseo. We only started this project because of our early and limited understanding that Paseo had closed “forever” based on its filing for bankruptcy. We believed that with the support of the community, reopening would be a relatively uncontentious undertaking. When some of the previous employees explained that they were not interested in working with us, we offered to turn the Kickstarter over to them.

But, if, as one of the previous employees put it, “[T]he recipes [are] his old boss’ best chance at starting over”, the last thing we want to do is stand in the way of someone making a living by acquiring his recipes through bankruptcy proceedings.

We gave it our all and tried to do what we thought would be best for Paseo lovers. But at this point, it seems highly unlikely that Paseo will be reopened and restored to its original glory by us.

Thanks again to everyone for your amazing show of support!

November 20:

Dear Loyal Paseo Fans,

We were happy to see that we were not alone in our love for Paseo and were thrilled about how many members of the community were willing to show their support when it closed. We truly appreciate all of your efforts and donations, however it appears extremely unlikely that we will reach our goal. As such, we are going end the Kickstarter, and refund everyone’s donations.

Thanks again!

Cheers,

The Savvy Team

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Baby quilt stolen from porch in Ballard

November 24th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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My Ballard reader Alison emailed in to let us know about yet another incident of package theft in our area.

In this particular incident, a hand made quilt (pictured) which was a gift for a local newborn was taken.

The quilt maker posted the following message on her Facebook page:

This lovely baby quilt was stolen from the front door of the intended recipient on NW 81st Street in Seattle this past Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

On one of the curved corners I wrote “Made for Lauren by J. Carlton, 2014.” Please share this post in hopes that someone in the Seattle area will recognize it and do the right thing by helping me get it to the little baby girl it was intended for.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the quilt send an email to us at tips@myballard.com and we will pass it on.

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What’s on this weekend

November 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Another weekend is here and brings with it plenty of exciting events. Enjoy it in Ballard!

Friday, November 21

  • Santa Portraits at Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Click here to learn more.
  • Market Street Dixieland Jazz Band at Egan’s Ballard Jamhouse (1707 NW Market St) from 9 p.m. The MSDJB performs the best in hot New Orleans style jazz, Dixieland, 1920s tunes and gutbucket French Quarter blues. Tickets cost $5.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.  Featuring Lonely Mountain Lovers, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals. Click here to find more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Los Straitjackets, Deke Dickerson, Miss Mamie Lavona the Exotic Mulatta and Her White Boys. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, November 22

  • Pancake Breakfast and Fair Trade Fair at Salmon Bay School (1810 NW 65th St) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The Pancake Breakfast will run from 9 to 12 ($7 per person/$25 per family). The Fair Trade Fair will run from 9 to 2 (free).
  • Santa Portraits at Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Click here to learn more.
  • Yulefest at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Locals can get a head start on their holiday shopping while immersing themselves in some Nordic Christmas traditions. Click here to find out more.
  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • Family Yoga Workshop: Gratitude is Our Attitude at Kula Movement, Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. A family workshop for 2-10 year olds, and their adult companions, taught by Nicole Koleshis. $25 for families with 1 child, $5 for each additional child; bring as many adults as you’d like.
  • Run Prepared Class for Women facilitated by Fighting Chance Seattle at Green Lake Park (between NE 71st St and Sunnyside Ave N) from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. In response to a recent attack on a woman at Green Lake, Fighting Chance Seattle will offer a free one-hour version of our Self-Defense for Women workshop on Green Lake. Cost is free.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Brite Lines, Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind and McDougall. Click here for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:45 p.m. Featuring, The Dip, Graig Markel & The 88th St Band and Sundog. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, November 23

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Yoga Sound Bath at Kula Movement, Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 5:30 p.m. – 6: 30 p.m. Join them for an evening of restorative yoga, therapeutic sound, and energy healing. Cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Seattle’s Tribute to the Last Waltz at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Yulefest set for this weekend at Nordic Heritage Museum

November 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) will host the 37th annual Yulefest this weekend from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Locals can get a head start on their holiday shopping while immersing themselves in some Nordic Christmas traditions over the weekend at Yulefest.

The festival will offer attendees the chance to experience Nordic food, music and craft holiday traditions. Specialty food will be on offer throughout the museum including open-face Scandinavian sandwiches at the Nordic Café; krumkake and lefse in the Kaffestuga; and, in the Bodega, glögg and a variety of Nordic beers.

In terms of entertainment, guests are sure to enjoy the Scandinavian fiddlers, singers, and folk dancers who will be performing on stages throughout the course of the festival. Festival-goers of all ages can take part in holiday-inspired crafts, activities and even get their photo taken with Santa.

Yulefest will also feature 40 merchants who will have Nordic-insipired wares on sale. Complete your holiday shopping early with the items on offer including both locally made and Scandanavian imported goods such as jewelry, high-quality woodworking, hand-woven rugs, woolen sweaters, and more.

This year’s Yulefest will also include the popular silent auction which will be held each day from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The auction will feature both exclusive experiences and specialty Nordic items. The annual Yulefest Raffle will also be in full swing with the grand prize of two roundtrip tickets to Scandinavia aboard Icelandair. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance from the Museum.

Yulefest admission price is $5 for adults and is free for children under 12. Nordic Heritage Museum Members will be admitted free.

Click here to learn more about this year’s Yulefest

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Trapped seal safely moved from Locks chamber

November 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Last Friday, during the annual maintenance closure of the Ballard Locks, a harbor seal was discovered to be trapped in the empty large lock chamber. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked in collaboration with marine mammal experts at the National Marine Fisheries Service to safely remove the seal from the lock chamber.

Corps fish biologists use strobe lights to help move marine life out of the chamber before it is closed for pump out operations. The seal was in the area and seen by biologists during the strobe operations at 3:24 a.m. last Friday morning.

According to officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, plenty of flounder, perch and other small fish were available for the seal to eat until the seal could be safely removed. A large wooden structure was also placed in the empty chamber so that the seal could rest.

Check out some photos of the rescue, that took place on Monday morning, below:

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Photos courtesy of Hiram Chittenden Locks Facebook Page.

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Throwback Thursday: Ballard postcards of yesteryear

November 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It’s that time of the week where we take a look back at “old” Ballard. This week we thought we would focus on some fantastic postcards of Ballard back in the day.

The photo postcard below, postmarked May 26, 1909, features an image of Ballard beach. The postcard was addressed to a Miss Louise in Ballard from Iva.

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The postcard below, produced in 1917, features a man standing in the empty chamber of the large locks.

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The postcard below, produced in 1918, features a picture of boats moored in Salmon Bay.

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The postcard below, produced in 1920, features an image of the Ballard Locks.

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Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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Development Update November 20: Subdivision decisions and a 90-unit residential building

November 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Four subdivision approvals and notice for a design review meeting for a 6-story 90 unit residential building 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

Decisions:

7719 15th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two parcels of land and two unit lots. The construction of residential and live-work units are under Project #6353218. 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 lot. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than December 1, 2014.

1730 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6390160. 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. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than December 4, 2014.

2020 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under #6408913. 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. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than December 4, 2014.

11733 4th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed parcel sizes are: C) 9,062 sq. ft. and D) 7,215 sq. ft. Existing structure to remain. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than December 4, 2014.

Notice of Design Review Meeting: 

1516 NW 51st St

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 6-story, 90 unit residential building with a 500 sq. ft. live/work unit located at ground level. Parking for 35 vehicles will be located on the site. Existing structures to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through December 8, 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.

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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Truck blocks southbound on-ramp to Ballard Bridge

November 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Catherine emailed in a few minutes ago to report that a truck was blocking the entire southbound on-ramp to the Ballard Bridge.

“The truck took the corner too sharp and hit the support beam/concrete underneath. Not sure if they’ve moved it yet, but it was blocking the entire on-ramp to the bridge,” writes Catherine.

Catherine took the below photo as she was walking home from work at about 5 p.m.

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Motorists in the area are advised to take a different route if travelling towards downtown.

Thanks to Catherine for emailing in the information and the photo.

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15th Ave W set for overnight closure this Saturday

November 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Starting this Saturday, November 22 at 9 p.m., 15th Ave W will be closed to all traffic between W Dravus and W Emerson streets in order to complete work on the West Emerson Overpass Repair Project. All lanes are set to reopen by Sunday, November 23 at 7 a.m.

Check out the specific details below:

  • Both north- and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will have a signed detour route between W Dravus and W Emerson streets that uses W Dravus, 20th Ave W, Gilman Ave W and W Emerson.
  • On-street parking will be restricted on 14th Ave W between W Dravus and W Emerson streets between 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.
  • Local access to businesses on 15th Ave W between W Dravus and W Ruffner streets will be maintained .
  • Police officers will be stationed at the intersections of 15th Ave W with W Dravus St and W Emerson Street to help direct the flow of traffic during the closure.

The overnight closure is needed to safely remove exterior falsework that is supporting temporary work platforms on the bridge.

Originally this was planned to be done in sections with several partial closures of 15th Ave W, however a weekend closure has been determined to be a better approach. A single overnight closure will best ensure the safety of the public and workers while minimizing risks to the schedule.

For more information on the overnight closure, including maps of signed detour routes, click here. Email updates on the project can be requested at 15thAveWestOverpass@seattle.gov.

For information about bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online, or call (206) 553-3000.

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BHS teacher honored by Q13 teacher appreciation crew

November 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Congratulations to Ballard High School AP Language and Arts teacher Brian Reardon who was surprised by the Q13 FOX teacher appreciation crew yesterday afternoon.

Reardon believed that the Q13 FOX crew were stopping by to interview him about AP classes and was shocked to find out that he was the recipient of a teacher appreciation award.

Locals had the change to nominate fantastic local teachers who give back to their schools and the local community on the Q13 website.

Kaci Aitchison from Q13 stopped by to honor Mr Reardon and read out the below nomination that was written by one of his students:

I nominate Brian Reardon from Ballard High. He is amazing with his students and understand their struggles. He is a totally awesome and outgoing guy. He teaches Language Arts and runs the school LGBQT group. He has a great sense of humor and is super fun. The students and teachers love him and he is an all around great guy who does great community work.

Click here to check out the fantastic video.

Congratulations to Brian Reardon from the My Ballard team!

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Woodland Park Zoo to close on-site elephant program

November 19th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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At a press conference earlier today, representatives from Woodland Park Zoo announced that the zoo’s on-site elephant program will be closed and that the two aging elephants will be moved to another accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) facility.

“We remain committed to putting the welfare of our elephants first. After several months of working to implement the recommendations of the Elephant Task Force, we have found that adding to the herd of our two aging elephants is not realistic in the foreseeable future. It is in the best interest of Asian elephants Bamboo and Chai to live in a social, multi-animal herd in a healthy environment,” said Woodland Park Zoo’s President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen.

Jensen confirmed that 47-year-old Bamboo and 35-year-old Chai will be relocated to another AZA facility that “is held to exemplary standards of care.”

“Having only one or two elephants at the zoo for the long term would work against the broader social welfare of Chai and Bamboo and we are committed to following the recommendations of elephant health and welfare experts,” Dr. Jensen continues.

The Elephant Task Force, comprised of local community representatives and internationally-distinguished scientists and animal care professionals, conducted a external review of the zoo’s elephant program last year. It was based on these findings that the zoo decided to close the on-site elephant program.

Woodland Park Zoo is now on the lookout for a new forever home for the elephants and they are expected to make the move in 2015. “They will be a part of our family for the rest of their lives and we will continue to follow their welfare at their new home,” added Jensen.

“It is a difficult decision to move these animals who have long played an important role as ambassadors for their species in the wild, but we could not have made it without the thoughtful and exhaustive work of the Elephant Task Force, the zoo’s Board of Directors and our staff. We will continue working with our elephant conservation partners in Borneo and Tanzania and the 96 Elephants campaign to help end the ivory trade,” said Jensen.

“Every year, the zoo reviews its animal programs, which include physical and behavioral health and care, and makes decisions to continue, phase out or introduce new animals based on an extensive set of criteria,” explains Woodland Park Zoo’s Chief Operations Officer Bruce Bohmke.

In 2012, based on advice received through similar review taskforce teams, the zoo phased out its African wild dog and Malayan sun bear exhibits.

Click here to find out more about Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant program as it prepares to close.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo. Photo credit – Ryan Hawk.

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FBI on the hunt for “The Man in the Rubber Mask”

November 19th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The FBI and Seattle Safe Streets Task Force are on the hunt for a bank robber now known as the “The Man in the Rubber Mask” who, within the last month, is believed to have robbed at least four banks in Seattle including the Crown Hill Branch of HomeStreet Bank.

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According to our news partners at The Seattle Times, during each of the robberies the suspect has worn a different rubber mask as well as gloves, a baseball cap, a hooded sweatshirt or jacket, and jeans. The robber also carried a hand gun.

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The FBI reports that the man is in his late 50s and is roughly five foot five.

“The Man in the Rubber Mask” is thought to be responsible for the following bank robberies:

Oct. 16 — Chase Bank on 35th Ave NE.
Oct. 30 — Key Bank on 35th Ave NE.
Nov. 4 — HomeStreet Bank on 15th Ave NW.
Nov. 14 — Key Bank on NE Ravenna Blvd.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Callers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Photos, from surveillance footage at different robberies, courtesy of the FBI.

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