Meeting to discuss environmental impact of ‘Missing Link’ next week

On Thursday, August 8, the Seattle Department of Transportation will hold a meeting to discuss the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Missing Link, which is the unfinished portion of the Burke Gilman Trail between  11th Avenue NW and NW 45th Street and 30th Avenue NW at the Ballard Locks.

SDOT is widening the scope of the EIS to cover transportation (parking, traffic and traffic hazards), land and shoreline use; earth; plants and animals; historic and cultural resources; and economics. They’ll look at a number of alternative trail alignments and designs. A popular yet debated alignment plan would put the trail along the railroad corridor on Shilshole Ave NW, but several maritime and industrial businesses along Shilshole worry about the potential safety hazards of introducing an established bike path along a fairly busy corridor.

The meeting is 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 at BHS (1418 NW 65th St). If you can’t attend the meeting, comments may be submitted to Peter Hahn or Mark Mazzola at SDOT by 4 p.m. on Aug. 16. by mail at 700 5th Avenue, Suite 3900, Seattle, WA 98104 or email at For additional information, visit Sustainable Ballard’s website about the meeting. Or, click here for SDOT’s informational page about the Missing Link.


Taxes, transportation among topics at 36th District town hall meeting


Sen. Jeanne Kohl Welles and Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton co-hosted a town hall meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the changes that took place during the past legislative session and the impact they will have on communities in the 36th Legislative District.

The meeting was held at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Each legislator spoke about their successes and failures during the past session, and then the floor was opened up for questions. Many asked about the new budget, education, transportation, housing and taxes.

Kohl-Welles noted that the past legislative session lasted for almost six months, and although it was challenging at times, she believes there were some good policies put into place.

Tarleton discussed the importance of putting the people in the community first and protecting them, and she believes that many of the initiatives the legislators have been working on will do just that. This includes developing a plan for affordable housing and health care, which Tarleton said would ensure that 93 percent of Washingtonians would have access to health care once finished.

Higher education was another hot topic. The legislators talked about the tuition freeze, and the 12 percent increase in the budget for higher education, due to the passing of the telecommunications bill. Tarleton believes that this will increase access to higher education for everyone in Washington state.

Many were concerned with the seemingly unsettled transportation issues, such as the budget and the changing of various bus routes in King County, and the legislators noted that this was one of their biggest failures during the past session. However, Tarleton said that the legislators are currently working on a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee to call for a special session this October or November to continue to address the transportation package.

One of the attendees asked the legislators how they plan on ensuring that the next biennium budget includes sustainable revenues, which led into the subject of taxation. Carlyle said that the legislators are working hard to address tax concerns, especially around larger organizations paying their fair share. However, he doesn’t believe that a tax increase is the way to go.

“The goal is to tax wisely in economically, efficient ways that in effect depoliticize taxes and makes it less a tool of politics and more about our quality of life with a broader basis, just more intentionally connected to the economy of tomorrow,” Carlyle said.

MACKENZIE CIESA is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.


What’s on this weekend

The weekend is here in Ballard and there is plenty to do. Check out the list below and head out and about in our favorite neighborhood.

Friday July 27:

  • Family Happy Hour at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tasty brews will be available for the adults and Tumblebus, an interactive mobile gymnastics bus, will be on site for kids ages 3-7. Click here for more details.

Saturday July 28:

  • Seattle Fuscia Society Annual Show at Ballard Locks from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission.
  • Free Concert at Ballard Locks (3015 54th St NW) from 2 p.m. featuring the Coal Creek Jazz Band. For more details click here.

Sunday July 29:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Markets on Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to check out this week’s specials. 
  • Garage Sale at 5613 30th Ave NW from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Many items available!
  • Free Concert at Ballard Locks (3015 54th St NW) from 2 p.m. featuring the Letter Carriers Band and Fraternal Order of Eagles. For more details click here.
  • Ballard Elks Lodge Ballroom Dancing (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 10 pm. Live music will be provided by The Eddy Fukano Band. Singles and couples are welcome and cost is $7 per person. Click here for more details.

Kiss Cafe to host fundraiser for Ballardite who will soon undergo brain surgery

Last week, we told you the story of Asher Deaver, the young man who will soon undergo brain surgery to remove a tangerine-sized tumor in his frontal lobe. Tomorrow night (Saturday, July 27), the Kiss Cafe is holding a fundraiser to help raise money for his medical bills.

Flyer designed by Brenda Reed and J. Allard

The fundraiser, organized by Kiss Cafe owners Brenda Reed and Oakley Carlson, will include live music by Asher himself, raffle prizes and a live and silent auction. “Asher Deaver is the best thing since sliced bread. He is, hands-down, an all-around great human being, and we are so lucky to have him in our family,” Reed writes. The crew at Kiss will be donating all of the earned tips on Saturday to Asher’s fund.

To learn more about the fundraiser or to RSVP, click here. If you can’t make it to the fundraiser but still want to give, visit his Indiegogo fund.


Crown Hill neighborhood yard sale tomorrow

Get ready for some serious thrifting, because tomorrow is the 7th annual Crown Hill Neighbors‘ neighborhood-wide garage sale. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be all over Crown Hill. Here is a map of the participating homes, or you can pick up a printed map on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the Crown Hill Center.


Photo from last year’s garage sale. (Courtesy Dennis Galvin)

In past years, they’ve had between 50 and 100 households signed up for the sale. “Come enjoy a stroll, bike, or leisurely drive through the Crown Hill neighborhood checking out all the sales, and the friendly folk,” Dennis Galvin from the Crown Hill Neighbors writes. 


Edith Macefield’s home makes it on list of international ‘nail houses’ around world

The small house that stands amongst the Ballard Blocks development just east of the Ballard Bridge made it onto an international list of what are called “nail houses,” or homes where owners refuse to sell, forcing big buildings to rise up around them.

Edith Macefield made news a few years back when she refused to sell her little house on N. 48th St., even after developers offered her nearly $1 million for it. Since her passing in 2008, the home has been maintained and will soon be renovated and lifted, eventually to be turned into a small rental for longterm visitors. Developer Lois MacKenzie has partnered up with owner Greg Pinneo and tells us Edith’s house will sleep up to six people, and that they plan to keep as much of the original house as possible.

“She made us all look right in the mirror and ask the hard questions,” Pinneo told us several years ago, when he gained ownership of her house. “I’ve never met her, but I feel connected to her because she lived her credo, lived her philosophy. I felt compelled to let this deep thinking live on.”

Last we heard, the project included plans to raise the house and create a public space below. The development will be called Credo Square, which will feature plants and flowing water, and it will be surrounded by tiles that can be purchased (for $250 on up) featuring your own name and “credo.” We’ll update on any new progress with the project.

Populuxe to host another Family Happy Hour this Friday

Populuxe Brewing is hosting their monthly Family Happy Hour this Friday. The Friday evening event includes free kids’ activities such as a fully stocked “bubble bar,” a toddler obstacle course, and the famed Tumblebus. For big kids, there are burgers, fries, beer and wine (from Domanico Cellars) available for purchase. There will be an ice cream truck on hand as well, handing out free ice cream as long as supplies last.

Here’s a look at last month’s Family Happy Hour at Populuxe (more photos here):


Photos courtesy Populuxe Brewing

To keep up-to-date on all events going on at Populuxe, click here for their Facebook page.

Art in the Garden just around the corner

On Saturday, August 10, the Ballard P-Patch Community Garden (8527 25th Ave NW) will host the annual Art in the Garden event. There will be everything from live music to food trucks and beer this year, and art from 18 local artists.

 Photo from a previous year’s event

The event, on Saturday Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will  have the Seattle Biscuit Co. food truck on site, and will feature Maritime Pacific at the Beer Garden on the patio.

From the organizers:

Our talented gardeners will have homemade baked goods for sale and freshly handmade pies to auction off – prices go up fast and pies go even faster. Try your best bidding tactics at the silent auction to win artwork, gift baskets of wine, and much more. Kids will have fun sign painting, and visiting the chicken meet and greet to learn about urban farming. There will be garden ambassadors to answer any questions you may have, from the history of the garden to helping you identify what is growing in over 80 individual garden plots.

The event coincides with the American Community Garden Association’s national convention, which is held in Seattle this year. This year also marks Seattle P-Patch’s 40th anniversary. To check out the artists and musicians featured in the garden this year, click here. Or, look at the Art in the Garden map to get a peek at the plans.

Shoplifting, robbery suspect arrested in Northgate, Ballard incidents

From our sister site, Maple Leaf Life

Seattle Police this morning said they have arrested a suspect in a shoplifting/robbery incident at the J.C. Penny store at Northgate Mall on Saturday.

They believe he is the same suspect who shoplifted $800 in alcohol from a store on Northwest Market Street in Ballard earlier this month, police said.

In both cases the suspect was confronted by security officers at the store, and was found to be carrying weapons, said Detective Mark Jamieson, a police spokesman.

Shopliftings are common at the mall, and sometimes turn into assaults or robberies when they escalate. (If they remain shopliftings, we rarely report them.)

Jamieson’s full report:

Robbery detectives are investigating two North Seattle robberies that occurred in recent weeks believed to have been committed by the same suspect.

On the afternoon of Friday, July 12th, a lone white male entered a grocery store in Ballard and shoplifted $800 worth of alcohol. Store security confronted him as he was leaving the store. The suspect fought with security and pulled out a knife and attempted to stab one of the security officers. The suspect fled before police arrived.

On Saturday evening, July 20th, a similar incident occurred inside the J.C. Penny store at the Northgate Mall. The suspect was confronted by store security and fought with them after he was observed shoplifting. The suspect was detained and taken into custody by officers. Two knives were recovered from the suspect. The suspect was taken to the hospital after he was refused by the jail for a medical issue. The 53-year-old suspect was eventually booked into jail yesterday.

The detectives assigned the cases compared notes and determined that it was the same suspect. Both cases have been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office. Robbery detectives continue to follow up on the investigations.