Man arrested for massage parlor sex assault

Last night, a man who was wanted for sexually assaulting a massage parlor employee was arrested. According to the SPD Blotter, at about 9:30 p.m., employees from the Carnation Massage Clinic (602 NW 85th St) called to report that the man who had sexually assaulted an employee had returned. The suspect allegedly displayed an edged weapon to carry out the assault against the employee.

From the Blotter:

When employees tried to detain the suspect for police, he fled on foot, but was caught a short distance later.  Several units arrived and took custody of the suspect.  Following a positive identification by the victim, the suspect was arrested and transported to the North precinct. He was later booked into King County Jail for 2 counts of Investigation of Rape.

Lane closures on Ballard Bridge and 15th Ave W today

Traffic in and out of Ballard could get a little hairy tomorrow, as light replacement work on the bridge and landscaping maintenance on 15th Ave W will close lanes in both directions. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) says the crews on the bridge will close the northbound, outside lane of the bridge today, Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to set utility poles. SDOT says they plan to perform the same work on the southbound side of the bridge on Thursday, Sept. 27. If needed, work will continue on Friday during the same hours, according to SDOT.

In addition to the bridge work, Urban Forestry crews from the SDOT will be doing landscaping maintenance in the median of 15thAvenue, from the bridge to just south of the West Dravus Street Overpass, tomorrow. They plan to close the inside, southbound lane on 15th Avenue West from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scandinavian Classes start next week in Ballard

Fall is officially here which means the Scandinavian Language Institute is starting up its fall quarter. Classes for Svenska, Norsk, Dansk and Islanska start the week of October 1 at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St). Details, class schedules, tuition and registration can be found here.

The Swedish Cultural Center (1920 Dexter Ave N) also offers Swedish language classes as well as Swedish cultural classes. You can see the schedule here. They’ll be offering classes of all levels, including a Development of Modern Sweden class. To register, go to the first day of class with your registration form from the website.

106th annual Leif Erikson Bazaar coming up next month

Coming up in just less than a month is the 106th annual Leif Erikson Bazaar, a festival for all things Nordic.

The festival will be on October 20 and 21 at the Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St.).

From the organizers:

Have some family fun while enjoying Nordic food from our tastefully designed sandwiches to the delicate krumkake cone and the hearty ertesuppe/peasoup, lapskaus/lamb stew, and rommegrot, a silky sour cream porridge; Norwegian desserts in our Bakeri/Bakery; handicrafts from our Norna ladies; kids games and Karnival Korner from 10AM-2PM (Saturday) and 11AM-2PM (Sunday); lots of raffles; gently loved previously owned items at our Ditt og Datt booth; find a good book at our Book Nook, good strong Norwegian coffee; and our new beer loft open from 3PM to closing! Learn about the Sons of Norway, too. Win a $1000 travel voucher for a flight aboard IcelandAir, $600 cash, or $200 gift certificate for Scandinavian Specialties in Ballard plus $100 cash. Velkommen!

They’ll have vendors such as Desiree of Sweden, selling Scandinavian gifts; Judy Painted Treasures with Norwegian rose painting, also known as “rosemaling;” and Runecraft with Silver, selling pewter, bronze and stainless steel rings, earrings, and more.

The first bazaar was in 1906, and was organized to raise funds for a new building, which is now known as the historical Norway Hall on Boren Avenue, home to the Cornish College of the Arts. The Leif Erikson Hall was opened in 1986, built mostly by volunteers.

Come on down to the Leif Erikson Lodge bazaar in Ballard! Enjoy the food; meet your neighbors; learn about the Sons of Norway; see the beautiful crafts and arts of Norway and Scandinavia some made by local artisans; see the bargains for vintage and gently used household items and books; and take some chances on luscious food baskets from local merchants and groups, trips, cash, and so much more! See you on October 20 and 21!

Learn more here.

Meet the 36th District candidates tonight

Tonight is the open forum for the 36th District candidates in Greenwood at the Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St. The forum, hosted by the Greenwood Community Council, starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include other issues such as the marijuana legalization and charter schools initiatives. The candidates forum will feature Gael Tarleton and Noel Frame and is scheduled to start at 7:55 p.m. Each candidate or campaign spokesperson will make an opening and closing statement, with time for audience questions. A reception will immediately follow the forum, so audience members can meet the candidates.

BHS athletics and Homecoming this week

It’s Homecoming this week at Ballard High School, which means you may see some costumed high school students walking around the neighborhood. They’ve chosen television channel themes for each day, including Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, and History Channel days.

Here is the athletic schedule for the week:

Monday, September 24:

  • Soccer: Girls C Team vs Mercer Island, 3:30 p.m. at Loyal Heights Playfield Playground
  • Volleyball: JV Team, C Team (5:30 p.m.), and Varsity (7 p.m.) vs. Skyline at Skyline High School

Tuesday, September 25:

  • Golf: Varsity Boys Conf. Match vs. Garfield, 3 p.m., Ballard High School
  • Tennis: Boys Varsity and JV vs. Redmond, 3:45 p.m., at Lower Woodland Tennis Courts
  • Soccer: Girls JV Conf. (5:30 p.m.) and Varsity Game (7:30 p.m.) vs. Skyline at Skyline High School

Wednesday, September 26:

  • Tennis: Boys JV vs. Newport at Newport High School (3:45 p.m.) and Varsity Game vs. Newport at Lower Woodland Tennis Courts (3:45 p.m.)
  • Volleyball: C Team, JV (5:30 p.m.) and Varsity (7 p.m.) vs. Issaquah at Ballard High School

Thursday, September 27:

  • Soccer: Girls JV (5:30 p.m.) and Varsity (7:30 p.m.) vs. Issaquah at Memorial Stadium

Friday, September 28:

  • Swim & Dive: Girls JV and Varsity vs. Skyline, 3:30 p.m., Ballard Pool
  • Football: Varsity vs. Newport, 7:45 p.m., Memorial Stadium

Saturday, September 29:

  • Football C Team vs. Nathan Hale, 10 a.m., Ballard High School Field
  • Swim & Dive: Girls JV and Varsity Meet, 2:30 p.m., Juanita Pool

Ballard Boys & Girls Club gets help during United Way Day of Caring

Over the weekend, the Boys & Girls Club got some help with painting, cleaning and work projects from the R.J. Reynolds Company. Friday, September 21 was the United Way Day of Caring, during which companies all over the Northwest gave time to help local non-profits and schools in the community, according to Billy Rodgers from the club.

Photo courtesy of Billy Rodgers

“At the Ballard Boys & Girls Club, 30 employees of the R.J. Reynolds Company, spent all day Friday, painting, trimming, cleaning, and working on many projects around the club.  The photo shows them installing a basket in the gym.  On behalf of the Ballard Boys & Girls Club, we say thank you for all of their hard work and dedication.  The club looks awesome!,” Rodgers writes.

One more week before Metro rolls out new changes

Metro Transit has some big changes coming to the area’s bus service, a number of which will affect Ballard.  In addition to a couple discontinued routes, Metro is adding a number of routes with service to Ballard. Metro is also ending the Ride Free Area in downtown Seattle, and changing to a pay-on-entry system on all trips. The changes will be in effect starting Saturday, September 29.

Here are some changes that will affect Ballard:

Discontinued: Routes 15, 17 and 18:

Both routes will be changed significantly or canceled altogether. For Route 15, from Metro’s webpage about the changes, “Route 15 Express will provide service north of NW 85th St  during the morning and afternoon peak periods. The RapidRide D Line will provide service south of NW 85th St.” Route 31 and new routes 29, 32, 40 and 61 will provide alternative service for Route 17. And, for Route 18, the Route 18 Express, and new routes 40 and 61 and the RapidRide D Line, will provide alternative service.

Added: RapidRide D Line, Routes 40, 61 and 62:

From Metro:

RapidRide D Line:

The RapidRide D Line replaces portions of Route 15 between Crown Hill and downtown Seattle via Ballard, Interbay, Uptown, the Seattle Center and Belltown. It will operate via Holman Road NW, 15th Ave NW, 15th Ave W, Elliott Ave W, W Mercer Pl, 1st Ave N and 3rd Ave. It will also provide convenient connections to other bus routes at major transfer points, including NW 85th St, NW Market St, Leary Way NW, W Prospect St and Uptown.

Southbound trips to downtown Seattle will leave from a bus stop northbound on NW 100th Pl just east of 7th Ave NW. Northbound trips to Crown Hill operate northbound on 3rd Ave serving the bus stop eastbound on Seneca St just east of 2nd Ave and the bus stops northbound on 3rd Ave at Pike, Virginia, Bell and Vine streets.

Please refer to the RapidRide D Line map for more information.

RapidRide has a fare payment system that features ORCA card readers at many stations. At these stations, riders can tap their cards to the ORCA card readers before boarding buses and enter through the back two doors. If a bus stop doesn’t have a card reader or if you’re paying with cash or tickets, you must enter through the front doors. Riders with a valid paper transfer or non-ORCA pass can enter through the back doors at all stops.

Route 40:

New Route 40 provides all-day service between downtown Seattle and the Northgate TC via South Lake Union, Westlake Ave North, Fremont, Ballard and North Seattle CC. It will operate on 3rd Ave serving the northbound bus stops at James, Madison, Union and Pine streets. Route 40 replaces portions of routes 5, 17, 18, 30 and 75. Also, one northbound Route 40 trip to Northgate leaving 4th Ave S & S Jackson St at 5:25 a.m. and one southbound trip to downtown Seattle leaving the Northgate TC at 12:15 a.m. will be added. These trips do not appear in the printed timetable.

Route 61:

New Route 61 provides all-day service between North Beach and Ballard via Sunset Hill and will serve 32nd Ave NW and NW Market St, replacing local service on parts of routes 17 and 18. On weekdays, it will operate about every 30 minutes from 6:15 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Route 62:

New Route 62 provides service between downtown Seattle and Ballard via South Lake Union and Seattle Pacific University. It will operate seven morning northbound and seven afternoon southbound peak-period trips that will be coordinated with Sounder arrival and departure times.

For more on the changes, visit this website.

Beavers offense explodes in victory Friday night

Bucky Beaver

The Ballard High School Beavers football team was looking at an 0-4 start Friday night when they hosted the cross town rivals Garfield High School Bulldogs in their home opener at Memorial Stadium.  However, the Beavers came to play Friday night, scoring on offense, defense and special teams.  The offense scored on all five of their first half possessions with drives of 80, 9, 66, 65 and 29 yards.  Senior Johnny Verduin connected on a touchdown pass to Senior Michael Asefa and three times to Senior Nate Rauda.  Senior Dominique Smith scored on a 56-yard touchdown run.  The defense added a touchdown when junior Elliott Brockl picked up a fumble and took it in for a 4-yard touchdown.  Special teams added a touchdown as well with Dominique Smith returning a punt for a 56-yard score.  Junior Dana Williams lead the offense rushing for 78 yards on 8 carries.

The defense also stepped it up, forcing Garfield into four turnovers and two punts in the first half. Brockl led the defense with seven tackles, one for a loss and fumble recovery for a touchdown.  Nate Rauda added six tackles with Dana Williams and Senior Justin Simon adding four tackles each.  Juniors John DeGarmo and Max Marshal contributed 3 tackles.  The Beavers had a 48-0 halftime lead cruising to a 48-15 final.

The 1-3 Beavers host 2-2 Newport High School next Friday night for Homecoming.  Newport is coming off two impressive victories against Woodinville and No. 6 Issaquah.  The game is at 7:45 p.m. at Memorial stadium.