Volunteers set to restore Ballard home as part of National Rebuilding Day

A Ballard home is set to be restored as part of National Rebuilding Day this Saturday, April 27. The event is an initiative of Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that repairs and rebuilds homes of low-income Americans.

About 200 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country will complete 3,000 projects with 50,000 volunteers on April 27th. This year the organization identified 26 homes in the Seattle area in need of repairs. The organization aims to assist many of the elderly, disabled, families with children, and veterans in need in our community through the program. National Rebuilding Day is celebrating its 23rd year of providing repairs at no cost to low-income home owners.

In Ballard, Gonzaga University Alumni volunteers will be restoring the home of Diane, who often uses a wheelchair. The volunteers will replace the rotted porch and will install a wheelchair ramp to improve the accessibility around Diane’s home. They will also replace her screen door, clean the gutters and will assist with clutter removal and yard work.

More than 50 local organizations and companies are participating through event sponsorships, in-kind donations, and volunteer support, including sponsors: Van Ness Feldman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Perkins Coie, Stratos, and The Center for Spiritual Living.

Rebuilding Together Seattle are always on the lookout for more volunteers and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering click here or email cmarshall@rtseattle.org. If you, or your business, are interested in sponsoring a project contact Margie Thirlby at mthirlby@rtseattle.org or call (206) 682 – 1231.

If you are a low-income home owner who wants to apply for assistance from the program click here.

To find out more information about Rebuilding Together Seattle click here or call (206) 682-1231.

Photo courtesy of Rebuilding Together Seattle.

National Drug Take Back Day set for this Saturday

National Drug Take Back Day will be held this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at all five precincts of SPD. The SPD and the DEA are providing a free and anonymous service for locals to dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last September, 244 tons of prescription drugs were turned in nationally at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA, state and local law enforcement officers. Over the five year history of the event over 2 million pounds of pills have been turned in by people all over America.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” wrote SPD Detective Mark Jamieson on the SPD Blotter. According to the SPD, rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are alarmingly high in the US. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the family medicine cabinet,” wrote Jamieson.

According to the SPD, other methods of disposal, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can cause both potential safety and health hazards.

Ballardites can bring unwanted medications for disposal to the nearest location at SPD North Precinct (10049 College Way N).

City Arts seeks nominations for Spring Edition of Art Walk Awards

City Arts will present the Spring Edition of Art Walk Awards on Wednesday, May 22 at 1927 Events from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. They are now accepting nominations from businesses and galleries for pieces that were shown at Art Walk venues all over Seattle any time between January and April this year.

Any business or gallery in Ballard who participate in Art Walk is eligible to nominate pieces from the artists they showed. Nominations must come from the gallery or business. If an artwork you nominate is selected as a finalist, City Arts will contact you and the artist to arrange to show the work at the awards party.

The artist who takes home the crown will receive $1,250, second place $500, third place $250, and the first place winner will be featured in City Arts magazine. The business that showed the winning piece will also win a free 1/3-page print advertisement in City Arts magazine. The Art Walk Awards are presented by Blue Moon, with support from seattleartwalks.org

City Arts staff will choose the winning entry from the pool of nominated works on site during the Art Walk Awards event. All other nominations will go online for public vote for the Art Walk Awards in the People’s Choice category.

To nominate an artwork click here, fill out the form and upload image files of the work to ge.tt. Upload the images, then copy the generated link into the form. All digital images must be at least 300 pixels wide and 300 pixels tall.

Jury awards $3.45 million to family of woman who drowned in a Ballard shipyard

Our news partners, The Seattle Times, report that a federal-court jury has awarded $3.45 million to the family of a 33-year-old woman who drowned while working on a ship in a Ballard shipyard in 2010.

According to The Seattle Times article the jury found ship’s owner, G Shipping Ltd., negligent in the death of Lia Hawkins. Hawkins was working as part of a crew to convert a oceanographic-research vessel into a “luxury floating hotel”, The M/V Sahara.

According to the lawsuit, a gap in the ship’s deck railing resulted in Hawkins being thrown overboard while she was throwing metal waste into a recycling container four decks below. The Seattle Times reported that “Hawkins’ attorney, J.D. Stahl, said G Shipping had done almost nothing to ensure a safe workspace on the ship. The jury returned a verdict on Friday after seven days of testimony, including that of Garosci, who flew in from Venice to appear at the trial.” G Shipping’s lawyer Kevin Beauchamp Smith confirmed that they have plans to appeal the ruling.

Hawkins disappeared while on the job on October 21st 2010 and her body was found in the water near the recycling container the following day. She was still wearing work overalls and gloves which suggested that she had been working inside the ship before falling into the water.

According to The Seattle Times article, “an autopsy determined she drowned. The project manager testified that he had never been instructed by the owners to oversee worker safety and, if asked, would have declined, since he said he had no expertise in the area.”

The jury found G Shipping negligible for Hawkins’ death for maintaining an unsafe workplace. The article reported that “the jury awarded $450,000 to her estate; $500,000 to compensate for her “pre-death pain and suffering”; $2 million for loss of society to her mother, Julie MacLay; and $500,000 for loss of society to her father, John Hawkins.”

Dine out for life tonight and support Lifelong AIDS Alliance

The 20th annual “Dining out for life” event benefiting Lifelong AIDS Alliance is on tonight in Ballard. When you dine at a participating local restaurant a portion of your bill will be donated to Lifelong to help in the fight against illness and hunger in our community.

Local restaurants that are participating include:

  • BalMar (5449 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery (5427 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Pasta Bella (5913 15th Ave NW)
  • Volterra (5411 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Wild Mountain Café (1408 NW 85th St)

“Participating in Dining Out For Life is an easy way to give back,” says Randall Russell, Lifelong’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from the community every year. Such a simple thing – grabbing coffee or going out for a meal – allows us to continue our work supporting seniors, individuals with HIV, and compromised health.”

Check out the entire list of restaurants participating throughout Seattle here.

Three arrested for selling marijuana to school children in Ballard

Three people were arrested for selling marijuana to local school children at a residence in the 6700 block of 15th Ave NW on Wednesday morning. SPD SWAT officers arrested the individuals after they were served with a search warrant at about 5:30 a.m. Read more from the SPD blotter:

I-502 made some marijuana products legal in Washington State. One of the things it didn’t do was make it legal to sell marijuana to school-aged children.

Earlier this month the Seattle Police Department received complaints about middle school and high school students buying marijuana and marijuana-laced brownies from a residence in the 6700 block of 15th Avenue NW. Narcotics detectives quickly launched an investigation. Detectives observed school-aged children from Ballard High School and Whitman Middle School going to the back door of the suspect residence and buying marijuana.

On the morning of April 24th Seattle Police SWAT officers, Narcotics detectives, and North Precinct patrol officers served a search warrant on the suspect residence. Five adults were inside the suspect residence who were subsequently detained and interviewed by detectives.

The primary suspect, a 50-year-old male, was arrested at his place of employment by Narcotics detectives.

Marijuana cigarettes, brownies, and multiple bags of marijuana were found in several rooms inside the residence. Seven trays of marijuana brownies were found in the basement along with a marijuana grow operation. Detectives also located multiple firearms in the primary suspect’s bedroom.


The following was recovered from the suspect residence:

1,200 grams of marijuana (total amount)

99 marijuana cigarettes “joints” (part of the 1200 grams)

7 marijuana plants from an active grow in the basement

8 trays of marijuana brownies

4 shotguns

1 .22 caliber rifle

6 handguns

2 pellet guns

$4,755.00 in U.S. currency

All of the recovered items were placed into evidence. Detectives conducted an extensive interview with the primary suspect. He along with a 21-year-old male and a 21-year-old female were booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act/Delivery (felony drug dealing). The other three subjects in the house were interviewed and released pending further investigation.

Seattle Police officials spoke with school administrators at Ballard High School and Whitman Middle School this morning to inform them of the police search warrant. The motivation for police action was to protect our youth, the community, and those nearby school facilities.

This remains an active and on-going narcotics investigation.

Mayor McGinn on the lookout for new candidate for Ballard Ave Landmark District Board

Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that applications are open for a position on the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. The opening is either for a Ballard historian or a local who has a demonstrated interest in our neighborhood.

Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board comprises of seven members who aim to protect the historical and architectural values of the street. The board regulates proposed changes to the external façades of buildings, structures and public rights-of-way located within the district boundaries.

The Board includes two district property owners, two district property owners/business persons, one district tenant/resident, one architect and one Ballard historian or person with a demonstrated interest in the Ballard community. Of the seven members, five are elected for a two-year terms at annual elections, and two are appointed by the Mayor and approved by Seattle City Council.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Board members usually must commit two to four hours per month to Board related business. Members of the Board serve without compensation and they must be Seattle residents.

If you are interested in applying send a resume and letter of interest by May 16, 2013 to Heather.McAuliffe@seattle.gov and reference Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board in the subject line. Submit a paper copy to the following address:

Heather McAuliffe – Coordinator, Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

PO Box 94649

Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Electronic submissions are preferred.

For more information about applying contact Heather McAuliffe at (206) 684-0229.

Seattle Parks increase access to funding for teen programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation has increased access to funding scholarships for teen programs with $40,000 from the 2013 Hope for Youth Fund. Established non-profits who are serving young people ages 11-19 can apply for funds to reach out to low-income youth through the current programs that they offer.

“Funding will support outreach efforts to diverse communities to engage youth who may not have participated in the past because of a lack of money for participation fees,” writes Seattle Park and Recreation.

The funding will also give organizations an opportunity to increase participation by youth from refugee/immigrant communities in their programs.

If your organization is interested in applying get an application from Patricia Young at patricia.young@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-7011. Once it is completed return it:

  • Electronically to Patricia.young@seattle.gov or
  • By mail to Patricia Young, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 4209 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, May 20. Representatives from Parks, the Department of Neighborhoods and the community will rate the applications. Funding awards of up to $3,000 each will be announced by Thursday, May 30

For more information call Rebecca Karlsen at 206-684-7279 or email her at rebecca.karlsen@seattle.gov

Local Dads and Daughters set to celebrate at Ballard Community Center this Saturday

Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave. NW) will host the 21st Annual Daddy-Daughter Dinner this Saturday, April 27, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The annual event is set to bring together around 250 local Dads and Daughters, ages 7 years and over, for a fun-filled event of dinner, dancing and crafts.

The theme of the event this year is “Ocean Deep” and guests are set to be “jiggling with jellyfish and grooving with the guppies.”

Tickets are available for $60 for a Dad and one daughter, $70 for a Dad and two daughters and $80 for Dad and three daughters. Scholarships are available for the event.

The center also needs volunteers, so if you’re interested, call (206) 684-4093.

To register for the event call (206) 684-4093 or click here and enter code 102797 in the search bar.

Photo from the 2012 Daddy-Daughter dinner, courtesy of Ballard Community Center.

SPD close section of 15th Ave NW to serve search warrant

We received multiple emails about the closure of 15th Ave NW from 67th St NW to north of 73rd St NW at approximately 5:30 a.m. this morning. SPD Detective Mark Jamieson confirmed that the closure was due to the serving of a search warrant.

“They are all gone now, but when I went to BHS at 5:45 this morning to swim, 15th was closed from 67th to north of 73rd, and the area was surrounded by what looked like SWAT,” wrote Michelle. “We heard a man shouting on a bullhorn for someone to exit a house down the block thru the back door,” reported Frank, who lives in the area of 67th St NW.

Reader Rian, who lives across the street from the house in question, reported that he woke at 5:30 a.m. to a loud explosion and heard SPD SWAT on the bullhorn, ordering the occupants to come out of the house with their hands up. “This went on for about 30 minutes. I could see SPD officers in SWAT gear, they arrested some people in the house and put them in a police van,” wrote Rian.

Jamieson had no further information to report on the matter and confirmed that streets are often closed by SPD when search warrants are served. The street is now open and the warrant has been served.