After six years, the partnership between Ballard High School and the Casa Maria Montessori preschool, which has been housed at the school rent free, is coming to an end. Tight budgets and a new program means the preschool has to move out the end of June. BHS Principal Phil Brockman tells our news partners, The […]
Seattle Public Utilities is reminding folks that garbage, recycling and yard waste collections are on a normal schedule next week, despite the Memorial Day holiday. So if Monday is your collection day, put out everything by 7 a.m. like usual. The North Recycling and Disposal Station (1350 N. 34th St.) in Fremont/Wallingford will also be […]
The Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists will be at Golden Gardens and Carkeek Park for the low tides expected this weekend. Kids exploring the tide pools during a 2009 low tide. “Grab your boots and get ready to learn all about the animals that call our local beaches ‘home,’” the website states. Beach Naturalists will be […]
Our sister blog in Wallingford, MyWallingford.com, has let us know that after spending the weekend at the Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge the roaming Molly Moon’s Ice Cream truck will make its Seattle debut. They’ll serve up popular flavors such as Salted Caramel, Scout Mint and Theo Chocolate to ice cream-deprived areas of town. […]
Police statement (6:30pm, 5/28): Tonight, Seattle Police released a statement saying they had previously responded to this residence twice before. No police report was written on those occasions due to a language barrier. The Office of Professional Accountability is now reviewing the circumstances to see if all procedures were followed. Updated: Two people are dead […]
Mayor Mike McGinn is asking citizens what Seattle needs. In the “Ideas for Seattle” forum, people are allowed to submit ideas or vote on ideas submitted by others. Taking the top spot with more than 2,000 votes is “Expand as much light rail and subway as possible.” In second place with more than 1,500 votes […]
The Ballard District Council is raising concerns after a presentation to the group by the Seattle Department of Transportation. During the talk, Bill Bryant with SDOT highlighted proposed changes to Metro route 44 and Market Street. (Read about it here.) This week the president of the council sent a letter to Peter Hahn, the director […]
The Department of Parks and Recreation has another furlough day tomorrow (Friday May 28th) and next Tuesday. All Parks staff have Monday off for Memorial Day. Staff will be taking the day without pay to help fill the budget gap. In addition to recreation facilities being closed, garbage cans won’t be emptied at parks tomorrow, […]
The new 9th Ave NW Park is one of two Seattle parks selected to participate in a nationwide sustainable landscape pilot project. A drawing of the park design unveiled at the final community meeting courtesy Site Workshop. There is a p-patch to the left, green space in the middle and a play area to the […]
Each springtime crows become loud, aggressive and territorial. Deepballard writes this warning in the forum: Was walking south on 32nd, just before 62nd, when a crow dive bombed me from a tree, attacking my head. I thought someone had thrown something at my head until I heard the wings and saw the crow flying back […]
The Woodland Park Zoo no longer has ostriches in the African Savanna exhibit. Ozzie the ostrich, shown in forefront, courtesy Dennis Dow. This week, Ozzie the 12-year-old male ostrich was euthanized after an apparent fall into a water tub in the African Savanna. Although veterinary staff tried to stabilize him and treat his injuries, the […]
Before 2005 Ballard High School grad Chris Kaimmer arrived in Mtubatuba, South Africa, young soccer players in the little town in the KwaZulu-Natal province didn’t have the right gear for the game.
A Mtuba soccer player in a borrowed green jersey.
Kaimmer is a volunteer with Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit that uses soccer-based activities to teach South African kids about HIV/AIDS. He also volunteers as a coach with the U-10 team at the Mtbua Football Academy. Kaimmer, a soccer player himself, started playing here in north Seattle, played varsity for BHS and went on to play at Yale before graduating last spring.
“When I first started coaching at the academy, I noticed they really lacked even basic equipment, especially for the level of soccer these kids are playing at (true talent out here and committed coaches),” Kaimmer says. The eight and nine-year-olds he coaches wore often unwashed green jerseys lent to them on game days by the primary school. “Although this was a fantastic situation for any of the Sounders fans among the MFA U-10 squad,” Kaimmer says, “it was actually really embarrassing for the boys because the official team colors are Red, Royal and White and they were the only team in the Academy that didn’t have the right gear.”
Kaimmer contacted his soccer friends back home in Ballard and the response was overwhelming. “Gear that’s old or unwanted back home can get so many more seasons’ mileage over here,” he says. We “ended up getting a huge amount of viking ship-emblazoned Ballard Youth Soccer Club jerseys, goalie jerseys, gloves and soccer boots donated to the cause and dropped at my folks’ house. Then one of my old coaches from the BHS soccer team, Dan Shiels, did a fundraiser to raise money to ship all that stuff down here to South Africa.”