Homeless shelter move postponed

The controversial plan to move a homeless shelter from a West Seattle church to Ballard’s Calvary Lutheran Church tonight has been delayed. Pastor Steve Grumm, who agreed to host the shelter two weeks ago, sent an email this afternoon to neighbors who signed up to receive updates:

“Because we believe it is part of our mission to create partnerships with the community and to be a good neighbor, we have decided to postpone by four weeks the move-in date for the 20 men who will be sheltered in our Calvary building. During this time, we will work with SHARE to develop an agreement that defines accountability and safety. A task force has been formed to facilitate this process, including representatives from Our Redeemer’s, SHARE, and the neighborhood surrounding the shelter location.”

Grumm said the task force’s first meeting is Thursday, March 5th. Another community meeting will be held later in March. Grumm said the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene has agreed to delay the homeless shelter’s moving date, originally scheduled for today, for 7 days. “We feel a sense of urgency in completing an agreement with SHARE because we want these men to have safe shelter on these cold nights,” Grumm said.

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Madame K’s sold and other business news

A few months ago, a My Ballard reader discovered that Madame K’s went up for sale. Now an employee tells us the Ballard Ave. restaurant is being sold.

“I need a new challenge,” owner Kirsten Burt told the Ballard News Tribune. “It is sad — it’s a magical little restaurant.” Madame K’s plans to close in the next few weeks. No word on what will replace it. More business news:

  • Ballard’s Snoose Junction will open a second restaurant in Greenwood on Tuesday, and PhinneyWood got a sneak peek inside.
  • The Tux Shop along Market St. near 22nd Ave. has packed up and moved to Northgate, according to a sign on the door. The Tux Shop has 19 locations in Seattle.
  • Owner Brandon Pettit tells us he hopes his new pizza place on 70th, Delancey, will open in April. By the way, his wife Molly Wizenberg, who runs the terrific blog Orangette, was just recognized as the top food blogger in the world (and her book is now out.)
  • A new tanning salon called Seattle Sun Tan has opened on the first floor of the Ballard Blocks building, right underneath LA Fitness.

Thanks everyone who sent us tips on these stories!

Flash back to 1959 at Ballard High School

It’s a flashback to 1959 for this year’s BHS spring musical, Grease.

We got a sneak peak of the “Pink Ladies” singing at the last Ballard District Council meeting as they promoted their upcoming performances. The shows are March 12-14 and March 19-21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Ballard High weekdays from 11:30-1:00 or 2:50-3:30 for $12, and we’re told they’re selling fast. You can also fill out an order form in the school office anytime. All proceeds benefit the music and drama programs.

Three great events this weekend

There are three terrific events on the calendar for this Saturday evening, and all three of them are helping good neighborhood causes. The first is the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank.

For a minimum donation of $10, you’ll select a unique, hand-crafted bowl created by a local artist and sit down for a dinner of soup and bread. When dinner’s over, you’ll take the bowl home. That’s this Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center. Also on Saturday evening, the Ballard High School PTSA is throwing its annual dinner and auction at the Lake Union Armory at South Lake Union. And finally, the Phinney Neighborhood Association is holding its 19th Annual Wine Taste with ten tastes of wine, delicious hors d’oeuvres from Bill Drummond Catering and swinging jazz performed by Randy Rush’s band Deja Blue. It runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Get ready for a new garbage day

In an effort to divert 60 percent of waste to recycling or composting by 2012, the city is making changes to garbage collection. Starting next week, the city will be taping notices to your garbage can outlining the changes that begin on March 30th. One of the big changes will be your garbage day. The city says that most Seattle residents will be getting a new collection day. Other changes:

  • All food scraps, including meat, fish, bones, shells and dairy products, can go in the food and yard waste cart.
  • More food/yard waste cart sizes to choose from, including 13-, 32- and 96-gallon options.
  • Weekly food and yard waste collection for all single-family households. Organics were previously collected every other week.
  • Electronics, used motor oil and bulky items can be collected through special services.
  • Glass bottles and jars go in the recycling cart – no more separating!
  • More paper, plastic and metal items can be recycled, including cups, deli trays, aluminum foil and plastic plant pots.

As we wrote earlier this month, residents can already start to combine glass recycling in with other recyclables.

Flurry of email over reported sex offender sighting

Email warnings are circulating around Ballard about another reported sighting of a man who matches the description of a level 3 sex offender. A parent reported seeing the man one block away from Loyal Heights Elementary. Parent-teacher groups from Loyal Heights, Whittier Elementary and Adams Elementary as well as the principal at Salmon Bay have passed along the warning, identifying the man as Keith Gerald McFadden and the vehicle as a red Toyota pickup with the plate A05513V (search for that name here for more). The same warning was circulated in December after the man was reportedly seen driving around the Whittier Elementary area. Keep in mind, this is an unconfirmed sighting, no criminal activity was observed and McFadden is not wanted by police. But parents are asked to keep their eyes open.