Look out for lost animals

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One of our readers emailed us to note the increase in lost animals in the neighborhood. It appears that lost animal posters have been springing up all over Ballard.

The following lost animal posters were found from NW 65th street to NW 80th and from 3rd Ave NW to 80 Ave NW.

  • Ralphy – orange striped tabby cat. Last seen on January 10th wandering near NW 70th St and 2nd Ave. Please call 206 – 290 – 8449.
  • Mr Fitz – brown cat. Please call 206 – 790 – 9345.
  • Golden Retriever/Chow Mix. Last seen January 27th at 62nd and 8th. Please call 206 – 790 – 9111.

We thank My Ballard reader and Cafe Bambino owner Gretchen Kulda for sending through these photos.

If you see these animals please call the numbers above or email us at tips@myballard.com and we will pass on the information.

Rainbow Bingo at Ballard NW Senior Center

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW) will host Rainbow Bingo from 6 – 9 p.m. this Friday, February 1st. The theme of course is Valentine’s Day so all are encouraged to come dressed in red!

New bingo caller Sylvia O’Stayformore will be hosting and anyone is welcome to join for fun, food, and bingo! In addition to the bingo festivities there will also be great prizes on offer!

The cost of the event is $15 if you sign up in advance or $20 at the door.

Call Ballard NW Senior Center at 206-297-0403 for more information and to sign up.

Ballard Bridge rehab narrows Shilshole Avenue NW

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT traffic advisory has reported that Shilshole Avenue NW will be temporarily narrowed underneath the Ballard Bridge. This will be a temporary measure that will be in effect from Monday February 4th as workers add concrete restrainers to the bridge to increase its seismic stability.

Shilshole Ave NW roadway will remain open in both directions. However, drivers should use caution due to the construction that is taking place.

Since the beginning of construction last summer Ballard Bridge seismic retrofit work has been done entirely from below the bridge. This work has allowed for no interruption to traffic lanes or sidewalks.

To find out more information about the construction project click here.

Unfortunate passing of two homeless in Ballard

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

We are saddened to report two deaths within Ballard’s homeless community in the last two weeks.

On January 20th, Mr Byron Barnes, 47, was found dead in a parking lot in Ballard (at 1764 NW 56th). Barnes was a popular member of the community who will be dearly missed by his many friends. At this stage the cause of his death is pending.

Five days later, in the early hours of January 25th, Ms Kathryn Ann Blair, 60, was found near the 1200 block of Rainier Avenue South. She was found by one of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) One Night Count street-count teams and sadly her cause of death was hypothermia.

Since 1980 The One Night Count has worked with volunteers to annually conduct a point-in-time count of the homeless community in Seattle. During their count on the evening of January 25th 2, 736 people were found to be sleeping outside without shelter, a five percent increase in the count from 2012.

“The One Night Count is a humbling experience,” said Coalition Executive Director Alison Eisinger. In her seventh year of leading this effort, she reflected, “The Count is a call to action each January — the beginning of a full year of education and action for all of us who care about this crisis.”

Women’s Housing, Equality, and Enhancement League (WHEEL) Women in Black will stand vigil for Mr Barnes and Ms Blair from noon to 1 PM next Wednesday, February 6th, outside the Seattle Justice Center (5th and Cherry). WHEEL have stood for more than 430 people since they started the vigils in the year 2000. Members of the community are welcome to attend.

WHEEL is a non-profit organization comprised of homeless and formerly homeless women working to end homelessness for women. It is the sister organization to Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE). Both organizations manage shelters and Tent Cities and aim to empower the homeless in Seattle.

For more information about this vigil and other projects please contact WHEEL at (206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

For more information about SCKHH and the One Night Count contact them here.

King’s Hardware presents films in February: What’s that Smell? Is it, Love?

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) have taken Valentine’s Day into their own hands this year. In protest to the sappy, traditional Hallmark Valentine’s Day activities they have prepared a month of weekly off color romance movies for all to enjoy.

Each Monday evening in February King’s will play host to a movie, beginning at sun down on their heated and undercover back patio. The series will comprise of the following four ill fated romance movies:

  • February 4th – Natural Born Killers
  • February 11th – Harold and Maude
  • February 18th – True Romance
  • February 25th – Romeo and Juliet

Marketing Coordinator Tallulah Anderson encourages locals to “put the Saved By the Bell marathon on pause, change out of those sweatpants, and tell your cat you’ll be back in a few hours. It’s time for Monday Night Movies at King’s!”

Ballard Fitness Fest returns to challenge locals

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The fourth annual Ballard Fitness Fest will begin February 15 at EDGE Personal Training Studio. The three month long fitness competition will challenge locals to get and stay in shape.

EDGE Personal Training owner, Erik Hroncich, established the competition four years ago to help physically and mentally transform peoples’ lives. In past contests Hroncich says that participants have become “healthier, more confident and gained a better body image.” Last years winner cut his body fat by over 6% and lost 35 lbs.

Participants enter the competition in a bid to loose the most weight during the three month period and have a chance at winning $750 worth of prizes. The first place winner scores a $250 gift certificate to a Ballard business of their choice and three free training sessions at EDGE. To prepare for the competition Hroncich is also offering participants, who are new to EDGE, an introductory training package of 3 personal training sessions, a functional movement screen and fitness program development, for $199 (35% off). Current clients will receive $5 off sessions purchased during the contest at EDGE (max. 5 sessions).

The contest begins February 15 and ends May 24 and is open to all residents who live and work in Ballard and the surrounding neighborhoods. Competitors enter by contacting EDGE ( 2821 NW Market St or phone at 206–782–1505) by or between February 15 and 28 to set up an initial $20( plus tax) fitness assessment. Work out for three months and re-test between May 17th and May 24th. The winner will be announced around June 1st. “It’s an opportunity to get in better shape for the summer and a chance to win some great prizes. What could be cooler than that?” says Hroncich.

For more details email info@edgepersonaltraining.net

Opposites will attract at charity benefit

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Station Public House (2236 NW Market St) will host a Pre-Valentines costume party to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society from 7 – 10 p.m. tomorrow evening, Jan. 31. The theme is “Opposites Attract” and there are plenty of costume prizes on offer.

Local Michael Watkins, organizer of the event, aims to raise funds as part of his commitment to the Team in Training fundraising drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Michael has agreed to train and run a marathon in honor of Siona, a 6 year old girl who lost her fight with Tcell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January 2011. Watkins met Siona’s father Nigam after his daughter passed away and was inspired by his determination to train for a marathon to raise funds for the charity. He stated that “his dedication to his daughter leaves me in awe. He & I continue the fight today.” This is Watkins’ sixth year training for an endurance event to raise money to cure cancer.

The benefit tomorrow night has a suggested cover donation of $15 and all money raised will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Raffles and prizes include:

  • Best Women’s costume – $50 gift certificate to Zovo at University Village
  • Best Men’s costume – tool bag and kobalt ratchet set
  • Best Couples costume – $75 gift certificate to Ray’s boathouse
  • Raffle for a weekend getaway at Alderbrook Resort & Spa

To learn more about Watkins’ fundraising journey for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society click here.

Ballard Organics Soap founder Ben Busby-Collins has passed away

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Local businessman Ben Busby-Collins, founder of Ballard Organics Soap, passed away in Everett on January 19th, aged 38. He was well known in the community for his business that closed in July 2011.

Ben will be remembered for his work in the community and his passion for politics and nature. He showed this care through his donation of 1,000 gallons of Ballard Organics liquid soap to help clean animals during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Former customer Barbara commented that she, “loved his kind and present energy. The world is a little less bright without him.”

At this stage the cause and manner of death are unknown.

Ben was a family man who was born in Kansas and grew up in Chicago, Colorado and Oregon. He attended Southern Oregon University before founding Ballard Organics Soap Company in 2005. Ben is survived by his wife, Yvette Sanchez, and children, Jacob and Sophia and his large extended family.

Ben’s funeral service will be held at the Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home on Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m.