East Ballard Community Association applying for funding for crosswalks on 14th Ave NW

The East Ballard Community Association is applying for Seattle Neighborhood Street Funds through the Bridging the Gap Levy in order to improve the crosswalk and install rain gardens at the intersection of 14th Ave NW and NW 62nd St. Their proposal includes curb bulbs with rain gardens on the east and west sides and a marked crosswalk with a pedestrian refuge in the center.

The association says there is no safe crossing north of NW 58th St., and that the crosswalk there was installed in 2007 after a fatal intersection at that intersection. They add that the crossing would serve both St. Alphonsus and Ballard High School students who live in the surrounding area. The association has put together a letter of support on their website, and is asking people to sign it by Dec. 17.

Remember John Nygaard today at memorial service

This afternoon, the community will be remembering Ballard High School teacher John Nygaard, who passed away unexpectedly last week. Nygaard had been out sick with pneumonia when he died on Thursday. He was 43 years old.

There will be a memorial service today at 3 p.m. at Ballard First Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the Leif Erickson Lodge. BHS will have an early dismissal today at 1:35 to allow students and staff to attend the memorial.

Ballard High School Performing Arts upcoming events

The Ballard High School Performing Arts has a number of upcoming events, including a fundraiser this weekend at Barnes & Noble at Northgate.

From the BHS Performing Arts website:

  • December 8, 11-4 p.m. – Barnes & Noble Book Fair Embrace the festive mood by listening to holiday classics performed by Ballard High School students while you shop at the Northgate Barnes & Noble, and contribute to Performing Arts education…Learn more
  • December 12, 7 p.m.: Winter Music Concert I Enjoy a variety of choral and instrumental music, including the debut of the Ballard String Quartet…Learn More
  • December 13, 5:30 and 8 p.m.: Winter Music Concert II Join us for two performances of John Rutter’s GloriaLearn More
  • December 14, 7:30 p.m.: A Christmas Carol Allan Barlow performs this Dickens’ classic as a one man play. Proceeds support students attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival…Learn more
  • December 15, 2 p.m.: The BHS Men’s Ensemble sing in the Seattle Seachordsmen Holiday Show”10 Days and Counting”…Learn more

Seagull causes power outage in parts of Ballard

Update, 3 p.m.: Peter Clarke with Seattle City Light says 5,400 customers lost power this afternoon when a seagull shorted out a wire in a major power supply theater in Ballard. Affected areas are south of NW 70th St, west of 9th Ave NW, north of the ship canal and east of the Puget Sound. Crews are out fixing the wires now, and many areas will have power restored soon. However, Clarke says areas around Swedish Hospital could be without power until 7 p.m.

Earlier, 2 p.m.: Areas of Ballard are without power this afternoon. Reader Bob Hedlund said Seattle City Light told him 9,000 were without power in northwest Seattle. It could be up to 6 hours before power is restored. We’ll update with more details.