Bad Albert’s: ‘We’re BACK!!!!!!!”

Bad Albert’s is back! Well, almost.

The sign in the window says it all: “Bad Albert’s Re-Opening Soon!” The Facebook page has also been updated with “We’re BACK!!!!!!!” Although the sign goes on to send people to their website for more information, there aren’t anymore details. The phone number on the site is disconnected and no one was there when we stopped by. We’ll post more when we learn more.

Bad Albert’s closed in July. Former owner Steve Katsandres said a combination of the economy and health issues forced him to make the tough decision. (Thanks Heather for the tip!)

Aaaarrgh! Golden Gardens playground is now official

By Karen Watson

The community came out to celebrate Seattle’s newest playground last night at the dedication of the nautical themed play space at Golden Gardens.

Although open since the second week of August, this was the official Parks and Recreation Department kick off event. Dozens of kids took full advantage of the clear skies and fair weather, taking turns at the helm of the pirate ship jungle gym and even fending off pretend pirate attacks.

Local band Watch the Sky entertained the crowd with sea shanties and Celtic music.

The Pirates of Treasure Island were a definite hit with the youngest Ballardites, handing out balloon swords and lessons in how to talk like a pirate.

Sue Goodwin, Recreation Director for the Seattle Parks Department, acted as master of ceremonies, cutting the ribbon and taking the time to thanks all those involved in the playground’s development from planning to building. A kite making station and healthy snacks were also provided by Parks and Recreation.

Give a ‘Shout Out’ in the BHS Fall Sports Program

The school year is upon us, which means the sports seasons are starting, too. Next week is the deadline to get an ad or a “Shout Out” in the Fall Sports Program.

The BHS Athletic Booster Club is putting together the program that includes team pictures, schedules and rosters for each sports team. Along with the traditional advertising that starts at $150 for all three sports seasons, you can also pay $30 per season to include a personal message. Examples of “Shout Outs” are on the right. One-hundred percent of the proceeds of each “Shout Out” go directly to the sports team of your choice.

Deadline for advertising is Thursday, September 8th. The deadline for “Shout Outs” is Friday, September 9th. Advertising information is here (.pdf). The “Shout Out” information is here (.pdf).

Apply for Small And Simple Projects Fund

The 2011 Small and Simple Projects Fund, a program of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, will be open for applications beginning on Thursday, September 1 for the fall cycle. The fund is open to all eligible applicants and project types.

In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Month this September, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourage community members to apply for funding to help them organize and engage their neighbors and plan for emergency and disaster situations.

The deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund for awards up to $20,000 is Monday, October 17 by 5 p.m. Community members can also apply to the Small Sparks Fund for awards up to $1000 with applications accepted year-round. To learn more, visit

Two workshops have been scheduled for community members to learn more about the NMF program and emergency preparedness project ideas. The workshops will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Ballard Public Library (5614 22nd Ave NW); and on Thursday, Sept. 15 at The 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S). All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.

Community members are also encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or For those applying for emergency preparedness projects, contact the Seattle Office for Emergency Management at or call 206-233-5076.

Celebration for new playground

The playground at Golden Gardens has been open less than a month and has already become a destination for many kids.

The park has a large pirate ship-looking climbing structure for the smaller kids and a long slide and climbing net for bigger kids.

Monday evening, help celebrate the improved play area at the official “opening event” from 5 p.m. The hour-long event includes the Pirates of Treasure Island and maritime songs by Watch the Sky.

Parents asking for help after daughter’s attack

We received this information from Detective Mark Jamieson:

  • This case has been reviewed by one of our Homicide sergeants and has been assigned to a Violent Crimes detective.
  • We are looking for the suspect but still need public assistance. Anyone with information is urged to contact SPD Homicide at 206 684-5550. Anonymous tips are welcome.
  • Although this case is being investigated as a Violent Crime, it may ultimately be charged as a Bias Crime. As the case develops and a suspect is identified, we will be coordinating with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
  • Earlier: Just about two weeks ago, Tad and Cindy Anderson’s daughter, Tiva, was attacked with a baseball bat near the skate park at Ballard Commons Park the intersection of 28th Ave NW and NW 67th Street. She suffered a serious head injury, but Tiva is expected to make a full physical recovery. However, her parents say she’s emotionally fragile since the attack.

    “She has learning disabilities that can make it hard to interact with her, and she is transgender (biologically male but considers herself female and sometimes dresses that way),” the parents write in an email to neighbors. “It probably should have been obvious to us a long time ago, but this turns out to be a dangerous combination. Transgender people are the most likely to be harassed and Tiva is particularly vulnerable due to her limited social skills.”

    As of right now, there are few leads. The attack happened on Tuesday, August 16th, and she went to the hospital a few days later, according to the police report. “The on duty nurse at [the hospital] stated to me that [she] sustained a subdural hematoma. The symptoms appear slowly and is fatal if not attended to. A portion of [her] skull was removed for treatment of the injury,” the detective writes in the report (.pdf).

    “Tiva is very reluctant to talk about the incident to us (her parents),” Tad Anderson tells us. “We have learned through others that the woman who attacked her was also harassing her from dressing in female clothing, saying, ‘You should not be wearing those clothes’ (or words to that effect).”

    The only thing the parents know is that the attacker is a white female, and they believe she may hang out around the skate park. “The female came up along side [of her] and told her, ‘I don’t want to see you around the skate bowl anymore,'” the police report states. “The female then struck [her] on the right side of the head with the baseball bat.”

    Seattle Police spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson says the case is not being investigated as a hate crime because Tiva did not tell police she was attacked because she’s transgender. Jamieson says a detective interviewed Tiva after surgery and she was “drifting in and out of sleep during the interview,” the police report said. Jamieson said he did not know if there are any plans to interview her again.

    Her parents reached out to My Ballard with the hope that someone has information about the crime. If you have any details, please email the family and call the Seattle Police at (206) 625-5011 and reference case number 2011-273665.

    Meanwhile, Tad and Cindy say they have a lot of work ahead of them. “Cindy and I are trying to assemble a team to help with her recovery,” says Tad Anderson. “To keep her safe in the future, and, generally, to try to rebuild her self-confidence and trust in others.”

    BHS Librarian makes plea for donations

    Ballard High School Librarian Debbie Arthur says that the school’s library is in need of many books and wants to get the word out about the Bucks for Books campaign (.pdf) that is currently underway.

    She recently wrote the below article for the school’s parent newsletter:

    Ten years ago the Ballard Foundation made the John Stanford Library a major focus for fund raising. At that time, they were able to raise a desperately needed $135,000 for the library. These funds bought much needed books for the staff and students at Ballard High School.

    As the school budget has shrunk these last five years, so has the library’s. Hundreds of new books are needed again to update the BHS Library. The Ballard High School Foundation has set a goal of raising $50,000. The funds raised will be used to purchase books, computers and supplementary materials. Fortunately, a generous alumnus has offered to match the first $20,000 that is raised by the Foundation. For every dollar that is contributed to the Library, Victor Salvino will contribute another dollar!

    Certain collections in the library are the focus of this fundraiser.
    $14,000 for Science books,
    $10,000 for Technology books,
    $12,000 for Literature books
    $10,000 for 8 Laptop computers for a mobile computer cart
    $4,000 for audio/eBooks and DVD’s to supplement classroom sets of literature books.

    There are several ways you can help the Ballard Foundation raise monies for the Ballard High School Library. You can make a tax deductible contribution, email for a Bucks for Books donation form. For a contribution of a $150 or more to the library, you are eligible for an engraved tile that will be added to the walkway leading to the north entrance of the school. You may select the name or message for the tile by completing the form in the Bucks for Books brochure (.pdf). Another way you can help the library is to go the BHS Library’s Wish List at Just click on “Wish List” and type in BHS Library. There you will find several lists of books that have been requested for the library. If you choose to contribute to the library through the Amazon Wish List, please forward the confirmation email to Ms. Arthur.

    However you can help the Foundation raise money for the library will be greatly appreciated by all who use the library as a resource.

    Since this article was written in April, Arthur tells us that the laptops have been purchased and some science books have been received, but there are still many, many more books that are needed.

    More national accolades for Ballard’s oyster bar

    It was just about one year ago (on August 9th to be precise) that Renee Erikson opened The Walrus and the Carpenter (4743 Ballard Ave NW). In that time, the small oyster bar has become one of Seattle’s most talked about restaurants.

    Owner & chef of The Walrus and the Carpenter with Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern (center).
    The New York Times wrote about The Walrus back in June and Andrew Zimmern recently stopped by to shuck oysters for his Travel Channel show, Bizarre Foods.

    The most recent recognition comes from Bon Appetit Magazine, putting the 40-seat oyster bar at third on the list for Best New Restaurants in America. Andrew Knowlton ate his way across America and writes:

    “First I ordered a dozen, then six more, and six more after that. The quarter-size Olympia, “Samish Sweets,” and Malaspina varieties were that good, especially when chased with a bright Muscadet. (Luckily, the order comes with a piece of paper so you can keep track of what you’re slurping.) But that’s only the tip of the menu, followed by smallish dishes composed mainly of things plucked from local waters.

    As for getting a seat at The Walrus and the Carpenter, go early and expect to wait – they don’t take reservations. (Thanks everyone for the tip!)