Recession Sparks Entrepreneurialism in Ballard

While many small business in Ballard have closed due to the recession, many others have opened for the same reason.

In our fourth installment in a series of stories by the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of the University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class, Aislyn Greene and Krista Staudinger look into why entrepreneurialism is so prominent during tough economic times.

Continue reading “Recession Sparks Entrepreneurialism in Ballard.”

Benefit concert organized by a complete stranger

Allecia Clemons didn’t know Helen Gebregiorgis before the fatal fire in Fremont on June 12th. But since that day when five family members died, Clemons has helped raise money for the Gebregiorgis family and the family of her late sister, Eyerusalem Gebregiorgis.

At a benefit concert Tuesday night in Fremont, Clemons along with Rose Laughlin, Ann Fiser, Michael Trew (who performed with Autumn Electric) and Clallum Country performed for a crowd of 40 or so people. A $10 donation was accepted and people could buy a raffle ticket for $5. John Legend, a six-time Grammy winner, donated four tickets and backstage passes to his concert at the Puyallup Fair to the winner of the raffle.

You can read more about this benefit concert, plans for another one and other ways to donate at our sister site, FremontUniverse.com.

Ballard could lose crime prevention coordinator

The people who work directly with our neighborhood in preventing crime could soon be out of a job. The six civilian crime prevention coordinators for the Seattle Police Department, including North Precinct coordinators Diane Horswill and Neil Hansen, have been told they’ll lose their jobs next spring when grant money runs out.

North Precinct crime prevention coordinators Diane Horswill and Neil Hansen

The crime prevention coordinators work directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door to door to warn about recent crimes. They’ve been part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions then became paid for with federal grant money. That ends on March 31 of next year.

“We are the link between the community and the police department,” said crime prevention coordinator Terrie Johnston from the west precinct. “Patrol officers are often promoted or transfer out. We’re the ones in people’s living rooms and churches.”

Johnston and her fellow coordinators have logged hundreds of community meetings over the past year. She worries that officers and precinct bosses won’t be able to give residents one on one attention if the crime prevention coordinators are let go.

“When we’re gone, who will take the time?”

Councilmember Tim Burgess, who chairs the Public Safety and Education committee, tells us his office is closely tracking the issue as it heads toward the mayor and council. If you’d like to voice your opinions, here’s a link to the mayor and City Council.

BHS sports paperwork deadline extended

Earlier this week we reported that the paperwork for fall sports at Ballard High School would be accepted until today, June 30th. Today’s deadline has been extended. According to the Beaver Athletics website:

Athletic paperwork will be accepted in the main office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon during the month of July (with the exception of July 5 as the office will be closed for the Independence Day holiday.) Paperwork only (not payments) will be accepted; this will greatly reduce your wait time in August when you or your student comes in to pay fees.

In August, football players must turn in their paperwork and pay fees on August 11th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All other fall athletes must turn in their paperwork on August 17th between 9 a.m. and noon or August 18th between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SeafoodFest July 11 & 10

You read the headline correctly, the Ballard SeafoodFest will be held on July 11th & 10th. We reported earlier that the dates for the annual festival were changing for the first time decades, but what we didn’t know was that organizers were also changing the days around.

The banner was hung on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for next weekend’s event. “All was well from the Market Street side, but when we looked at the Leary side, we gasped. Oh dear— the dates read: July 11 & 10. Oh the egg on our faces!” Cynthia Payne emailed us, “Should we rush it back to the sign company? Should we try to scrape the numbers off ourselves? No, we decided, we changed the dates, maybe that includes switching Saturday and Sunday. Maybe it includes moving 11 before 10. Perhaps it’s just Ballard silliness, but maybe it’s REALLY all about time travel.”

Updated: The sign company who made the sign has fixed the mistake. The sign now reads “July 10 & 11.”

Organizers are still in need of volunteers. “We really need volunteers this year, there are so many new activities at SeafoodFest, we’re almost doubling the 200+ volunteers from last year,” Joanne Orsucci the Volunteer Coordinator emailed us. If you are interested in volunteering, e-mail seafoodfestvolunteer@hotmail.com or click here to fill out the questionnaire.

Seattle Police launch online crime map

The Seattle Police Department has a launched new tool for citizens to track crime in the city.

The Police Reports Map has crime icons based on initial police reports taken by officers on the scene. “The crime reporting map is a short-term view of crime: it provides a good sense of what is reported to be going on in a certain neighborhood or the city at large at any time. It is also good for seeing patterns of types of crimes happening (such as an unusual amount of reported bike thefts in your area),” Seattle Police write on the SPD Blotter. Some of the icons will link directly to redacted police reports as they become available. The reports will not have victim information or other sensitive information such as a specific address. Each icon will have a General Offense (GO) number which can be used to request a copy of any unavailable report.

Fire department to hold community meeting

In the wake of the deadly fire in Fremont on June 12th which killed five people, including four children, the Seattle Fire Department will hold a community meeting this week. Chief Gregory Dean will be in attendance, along with fire prevention educators who will review steps on how to prepare for a fire emergency in your home. The meeting takes place Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fremont Baptist Church (717 N. 36th Street.)

Reported gas leak at hospital construction site

Updated at 12:45 p.m. A gas leak at the construction site near Swedish Hospital triggered the evacuation of two buildings late this morning, including the building under construction. The hospital was not evacuated.

Seattle Fire says they discovered a gas leak near Tallman Ave. and Market St., and Puget Sound Energy is working on fixing it. We spoke with Terry White, the worker who was working on a the equipment that cut the pipe, and Eric Kelly who was helping on the ground. White tells us they were cutting concrete and there were supposed to be markings on the ground to indicate where not to dig. There were no markings on this spot as they cut the curb. When the two realized the line had been cut, Kelly says he ran inside where firefighters happened to be touring the facility for an inspection.

The leak was discovered at 11:30 a.m., and construction workers evacuated to the sidewalk while firefighters tested the air. Fire engines briefly blocked one lane of Market St. There are no injuries.