Stolen barber poles recovered

The recently-stolen barber pole at Ballard Barber Shop is once again hanging outside the decades-old business after an employee of a local antique shop heard that two poles in Ballard had been stolen.

The first pole was stolen at Smitty’s Barber Shop (5819 15th Ave NW) at the beginning of the month. Within a week, the pole at Ballard Barber Shop (6207 15th Ave NW) was also torn off the wall. “I had to put a new bolt in because I thought it was going to be gone forever,” Bob Morris, the owner of Ballard Barber Shop tells us. An employee at Smitty’s tells us their barber pole is damaged and they don’t know if it can be fixed.

Morris says an employee of Seattle Antiques Market heard the story on the radio and wondered if the two poles at the store were the ones in question. We spoke to the owner of Seattle Antiques this morning who tells us as soon as his employee brought it up, they immediately called the north precinct. After a bit of investigation, it turns out the two poles did indeed come from the Ballard businesses.

According to our news partners, the Seattle Times, a woman was arrested for the crimes. Seattle City Attorney’s Office hasn’t received the necessary paperwork from the police, so we don’t know if she will face charges. (Thanks Jon for the tip!)

Alternative Health Fair this Friday

HomeStreet Bank, Ballard Branch (8050 15th Ave NW) is hosting its 8th Annual Alternative Health Fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 27th.

Branch manager Maggie McKelvy sent this information:

This popular event highlights area specialists, with a wellness theme. Explore yoga, reiki, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, healthy eating, gardening, and more! There will be live Classical Indian music and lecture demonstrations throughout. The event is free and open to all.

Crosswalk coming to 8th Ave NW & NW 73rd St

A new crosswalk is coming to the busy and dangerous intersection on 8th Ave NW and NW 73rd St. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) had originally planned to install the markings this past spring, but now plans to do it next month.

The intersection is dangerous because NW 73rd Street is offset about 100 feet from the east and west sides of 8th Avenue NW, with bus stops for the number 28 on both sides. An SDOT survey found that nearly 30 people cross at that intersection during peak commute times.

The new marked crosswalk will include one new curb ramp on the east side of 8th Avenue NW, and two new curb ramps on the west side.

(Photo courtesy of SDOT)

We will also perform minor sidewalk repair and driveway construction as part of this work. Crews anticipate to start work in mid-September with construction lasting a maximum of five days (three to four days is more likely).

New pedestrian crossing signage will also be installed as well as “No Parking within 30 feet” parking restriction signs.

Residents should anticipate minor traffic delays, temporary parking restrictions, temporary traffic and pedestrian detours, and moderate construction noise and dust while this work is underway.

Urban Farm Bill gives new meaning to ‘eating local’

The Seattle City Council has approved a bill that could soon have a lot more chicken coops and urban farms popping up in Ballard and across the city. The ordinance updates the land use code on urban agriculture uses, including allowing “urban farms” and “community gardens” in all zones. Residents will now be able to sell food grown on their property. The legislation also changes the number of chickens allowed per lot from 3 to 8. You can read more about raising chickens in the city here.

Man blames roommate for burglaries and car prowls around Ballard

A burglary at a townhome under construction ended with police getting some important tips about even more burglaries and car prowls. On August 17, officers were called to the townhome in the 800 block of NW 52nd Street where someone broke in and stole construction equipment and tools including a compressor, drill, and nail guns. 

A person who lives in an apartment across the street told officers that his roommate was responsible and had actually bragged about the theft before going out to pawn the items.  The man says he believes his roommate is to blame for burglaries and car prowls across Ballard, and that the roommate will disappear for 3 or 4 days after each crime.  Seattle Police tell us a burglary detective has been assigned to the case and that the investigation is still active. 

You can read the full police report below and check daily reports from around the neighborhood on the new Seattle Police crime map.

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Free Car Wash Day this Thursday

This Thursday is the annual Free Car Wash Day at Brown Bear Car Wash.

Photo from the 2009 Free Car Wash Day
To celebrate their 53rd anniversary, the company is giving away free “Bear Essential” car washes at all of their “tunnel” locations in the area. This includes the one at 5111 15th Ave NW in Ballard. The car wash will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. While the line may look daunting, we’re told that it takes 15 to 20 minutes to get through the line in the above photo.

Over the last four years, Brown Bear has washed 78,760 vehicles during its annual free car wash day.

Big fire response in Central Ballard

Updated: Firefighters descended on 2221 NW 56th St. at the Kress Building (next door to Chase Bank) at 5:30 this evening. The report was a fire in a wall, and responding crews discovered smoke coming from the roof.

Firefighters quickly scaled the roof, and a short time later, the fire was declared under control. No word on damage, although none is visible from the outside. A fire marshal has been called to the scene to investigate.

“My car is trapped between all the engines,” said Jennifer, who shot these photos from the parking lot next door. Thanks Jennifer!

North Beach Elementary principal named

Robert “R.J.” Sammons will be the new principal at North Beach Elementary School (9018 24th Ave. NW). Sammons replaces Joanne Bowers, who was transferred to Green Lake Elementary.

From Seattle Public Schools:

He [Sammons] comes to Seattle Public Schools from the Bellevue School District, where he worked as an assistant principal/intern at Lake Hills Elementary School, as a program coordinator at Interlake High School and as a special education teacher. He also served as the dean of students at Leota Junior High School in the Northshore School District. His professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts in global studies from the University of Washington, and a master in teaching with a K-12 special education endorsement and P-12 principal certification from Seattle Pacific University.