Family of Ballard bicyclist killed in crash gets $1.5M settlement

The family of Kevin Black has received a  settlement from a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.5 million. Black was killed in February 2009 while bicycling down 24th Ave. NW in Ballard. The van that struck him was making a U-turn and swerved into the bicycle lane where Black was riding. The van’s owner, Ambient Control Co., agreed to pay the settlement.

Here’s an article by our news partners, The Seattle Times.

Local dietitian offers home visits for families

Emily Kelley is all about food. From her personal blog to her newly founded company, Vesta Nutrition, she works tirelessly to find the freshest, healthiest, and tastiest food in Seattle. And now, she’s planning on sharing her knowledge with Seattle families.

Photo by Amy Lewis Photography

Kelley is a registered dietitian, and she started Vesta Nutrition because she wants to help families, “reduce stress around mealtimes, and to discover enjoyment in feeding themselves and their families.” But she won’t just give you a food plan and wish you luck; she’ll go through your pantry, help you cook dinner, and even go to the grocery store with you. The idea is to create a realistic and sustainable plan for families.

Each option offers an initial 20-minute meet and greet, a 90-minute in-home consultation, and a 20-minute follow-up, with more home visits available when needed.

While Vesta Nutrition specializes in family nutrition, Kelley  said she has a number of additional specialties. She can work with families whose children have dietary needs ranging from feeding difficulty to autism and even ADHD. Kelley wants to create individual diet plans to help clients actually see changes.

She has a sound approach for teaching healthy eating habits: there are no “bad” foods, she says on her website. “Every food can be part of a healthy and balanced diet.” So, even your potato chips might have a place in your pantry after she’s done her work.

Dating safety presentation tomorrow night

This Wednesday, a Ballard online dating company will host a free presentation titled, “Online Dating Safety,” at the Ballard Library at 6:45 p.m.

Cunningham and her fiance, photo by Northern Lights Photography

Laura Cunningham is founder of  the recently launched dating website, Meet Your Match Online. Cunningham will give a presentation about how to protect yourself when using online dating services.  “All singles are welcome and we’ll cover the most current frauds and scams that people are using and provide tips for singles to keep safe while dating in today’s digital world,” wrote Cunningham in an email.

The two biggest dating threats are fraud and assault, according to Cunningham. She says men are more likely to fall victim to fraud, while women have to be careful to avoid assault. “Avoid giving personal information above and beyond whether you like coffee or tea,” said Cunningham. “Don’t give them your mother’s maiden name, for instance,” she laughed.

Cunningham, a former attorney, is now a professional matchmaker.  “It seems an unlikely transition, I know,” she said in a recent press release. “I went from drafting deeds of trust and promissory notes to helping singles find true love. But truthfully,it’s something I’ve been doing for years and just not charging for.”

Ballard Farmer’s Market says goodbye to a longtime vendor

At Sunday’s Ballard  Farmer’s Market, one of the longest standing farms, Anselmo’s, announced their retirement.

Marie (Debrusca) Oliver started the farm in 1998 with her mother, Arlene, and Arlene’s husband Chuck. After losing her mother last year and Chuck just last week, she decided it was too big a job to do it alone.

Photos by Jill Irwin

Anselmo’s has been with the market for over a decade, and was the only vendor selling fresh local produce in January ten years ago when the market became open year-round. To read more about Anselmo’s closing, visit Pacific Northwest Seasons’ blog.

Discount tickets for Seattle Children’s Theatre

Dante Rivera, owner of Dante’s Inferno Dogs, is a supporter of local little league teams and the Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT). Now the theatre has a discount for Dante to share.

SCT is currently showing “Jackie and Me,” a play that has been adapted from the book by Dan Gutman. Here is a quick synopsis of the play:

Young Joey Stoshack has the special power to travel through time just by holding a baseball card and concentrating really hard. When he’s given an assignment to write a paper on Jackie Robinson, it only makes sense to head back to 1947 and meet the famous baseball player. Through his adventures, Joey experiences what it’s like to be African-American during a time of segregation. He witnesses Jackie’s dedication and determination when even people on his own team are against him.

The special deal is good for shows running June 1 through June 5th. Call the box office at 206-441-3322 and say DANTE for half off a child’s admission for every adult admission purchased. More information about the play can be found here.

Garbage collection normal on Memorial Day

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 open during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

Yoga on the water

We’ve seen yoga at the beach and yoga at the park – but never yoga on the water.

Stephen Thompson sent us these photos of three women doing some morning yoga on their stand up paddle boards.

“It’s really incredible to note the sense of balance these women have while practicing yoga on the water,” he writes.

Upcoming rain garden tours

On June 4 and 11, People for Puget Sound will host rain garden tours around Ballard.  June 4 is a bicycle tour starting at 10 a.m. at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave. NW). June 11 is a walking tour, and will meet at 10 a.m. at the Loyal Heights Elementary playground.

The tours will be an hour and a half long and will visit different residences in Ballard to learn about rain garden designs. Participants will be able to, “speak with residents about the design process, special considerations, and the results of their rain gardens and cisterns,” Robert Hall from People for Puget Sound wrote in an email. He said the tour will feature residents who have participated in Seattle Public Utility’s RainWise program.

Hall said coffee will be available before the tour, and appetizers will be served afterward at Snoose Junction Pizzeria.

All photos by Seattle RainGardens, a sponsor of MyBallard

More information about the tours is available on People for Puget Sound’s website.

Stand-up paddleboard rentals at Shilshole

A new online paddleboard rental company has come to Ballard, and just in time for summer.

Stoke Harvester owner Shawn Jennings says it’s a fantastic sport to try if you like spending time on the water. “It’s incredibly versatile, and easy to pick up. Plus, it’s a great core workout,” Jennings said.

Jennings will rent out boards from a beach near the Shilshole Bay Beach Club and at Magnuson Park on Lake Washington. He said he’ll be teaching morning and evening classes, and will have the boards on the beach for rentals throughout the day. The company will donate 20 percent of proceeds from rentals to the Ballard Elks. And, if you’re already an Elks member, your rental is 50 percent off.

Ballard High School’s new website

Ballard High School has launched a new website.

In an email, Principal Keven Wynkoop said some new features will be available this fall, but for now it’s a great way to get information about the high school. All the Seattle School District schools will be rolling out new websites soon, and any feedback is welcome, Wynkoop said. You can reach the webmaster, Craig Nielsen, at