Swedish Hospital seeking participants for tremor treatment trial

The Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) is looking for patients willing to participate in a trial that will use a new technology to treat tremors with sound rather than surgery. According to Swedish Hospital, the new technology is a promising alternative to surgery for the common neurological disorder known as essential tremor (ET), which causes a rhythmic shaking of trembling of hands and arms, affecting one out of every 25 adults over 40. The disorder is often confused with Parkinson’s disease, but ET causes disabilities that disrupt basic daily activities and worsens over time, sometimes causing patients to lose the ability to feed or care for themselves.

The new technology to treat patients uses focused ultrasound treatment, and will be headed up by Dr. Stephen Monteith, who has been recruited to work at the SNI. “It’s all about quality of life and things that actually matter to people – eating, dressing, going to the bathroom,” Dr. Monteith said in a release. “Tremor can make it impossible to drink a glass of water or cup of coffee, write a letter and do many other things most of us take for granted. But we’ve seen all that come back with this treatment. People are gaining their independence again.”

Dr. Monteith is seeking 10 patients to take part in the study. Adults who have been diagnosed with ET and want to participate should contact the research department at 206-320-3070.

Tugboat sinking near Ballard Bridge, leaking fuel into Ship Canal

A 72-foot tugboat is sinking in the Ship Canal this afternoon, causing a fuel spill. The US Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Ecology are on the scene, using booms and absorbent pads to reduce the spread of fuel released, according to our news partners, The Seattle Times. The Times reports that the boat, Ivar, was undergoing work at a dock along West Commodore Way, about halfway between the bridge and the Locks.


(Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

The tug’s fuel tank reportedly holds 1,700 gallons when full, but it wasn’t verified that the tanks were full at the time. The owner of the tug is William Soderberg from Port Townsend. He has a blog about the tugboat project, in which he’s attempting to turn it into a floating residence.

Tantalizing Ta’ase tosses five TDs, terrorizing Bulldogs

Beaver Nation LogoBy Bucky Beaver

The Garfield High School Bulldogs hosted the Ballard High School Beavers for their homecoming game Friday night at Memorial Stadium.  And for the second week in a row the Beavers spoiled another school’s homecoming.  Ballard, led by junior Jacob Ta’ase’s five touchdown passes beat Garfield 40 to 7.  Ta’ase had strikes of 24, 27, 18, 15 and 32 yards completing 11 of 19 passes for 180 yards.  Seniors Max Marshall caught two of the touchdown passes, Siddique Newkirk caught two, and Asher Clasen caught one.  Newkirk led all receivers with 70 yards on 4 catches.  Junior Shea Carroll led the Beavers in rushing with 28 yards.

Ballard’s defense was led once again by senior Elliot Brockl who had 12 tackles.  Marshall contributed 9 tackles.  Junior Adam Deehring had his best game of the season with 7 tackles including four for a loss.  And for the second game in a row the defense had a “pick six” as senior Byron White took an interception back 69 yards for the score.  White also contributed 5 tackles including two tackles for a loss.

The Beavers, now 2-2 (1-0 in conference) continue Kingco play traveling to Newport (3-1 overall, 0-1 in conference) Friday night.

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Go Beavers!

Downpours cause flooding in downtown Ballard

The heavy rains over the weekend caused some localized flooding in downtown Ballard. My Ballard reader Martin Penner sent us this photo of flooding caused when a manhole cover popped off on Ballard Ave. More heavy rains and high winds are expected through today, according to the National Weather Service.

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Steve Snoey sent us this video of flooding in front of Ballard Blossom during the downpour on Saturday.

If you have any photos of the flooding, email us at tips@myballard.com


Ballard Locks to close temporarily for two mornings this week

The Ballard Locks will close Wednesday and Thursday mornings this week while  Navy Divers prepare the salmon exclusion structure for winter operations. Both locks will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 2, and only the large lock will be closed from 8 to 11:30 on Thursday Oct. 3.

Divers from Naval Base Kitsap closed 10, 10-foot-by-6-foot doors in June to keep salmon from entering the locks’ saltwater intake return in June, and they’ll be reopening the doors this week for normal winter operations. The divers will also be working to prepare the structure for a later de-watering in November.

Boaters can call the lockmaster on duty at 206-783-7000 to verify the locks are open following the scheduled closure.

Heavy rain turns into street flooding

It was some of the heaviest rain we’ve seen in Seattle. Driving down 65th from Phinney Ridge into Ballard, we shot some video:

Water covered the street in front of businesses along 65th, at the bottom of the Ridge, and small rivers poured down residential streets.


Have flooding photos? Send ’em to tips[at]myballard.com.

What’s on this weekend

The last weekend in September is here already! Head out and enjoy it in Ballard.

Friday, September 27:

  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market Street) at 10:30 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, September 28: 

  • Saturday Morning Retreat At Kadampa Meditation Center (6556 24th Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This retreat will offer instruction on basic meditations for calming the mind and turning it in a positive and optimistic direction. Everyone is welcome, no previous experience necessary. $20.00, $10.00 for supporters. Click here for more details.
  • Autumn Apple Pressing Community Garden Party at Greg’s Garden P-Patch (corner of 14th Ave NW & NW 54th Street) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Greg’s P Patch is hosting a community party to raise funds and awareness for our community garden. Join us to press apples, enjoy delicious treats, explore the community garden, meet your neighbors, and win door prizes! Suggested donation of $5 helps support future projects at Greg’s P Patch. Click here for more details.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Kidz Matinee Show at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market Street) at 2 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.
  • Matthew Porter Book Launch and Art Show Extravaganza at Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join Seattle illustrator and author Matthew Porter at the release party for his latest children’s book, “Monkey World: The Thunderbolt Express”. This free event for families will feature games and activities, snacks, drinks, and an art sale. Click here for more.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market Street) at 10:30 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, September 29:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this weeks specials.
  • 10th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival at Ballard Commons Park (5501 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The festival is a free event for the whole family. Festival goers can test ride an electric bike, sample Ballard craft brews and food, win prizes, catch some live music on the solar-powered main stage, watch chef demonstrations, press fresh cider, and meet goats, chickens, rabbits, and ducks. Click here to check out more.
  • Wax On Event at Anchors Down Bar (2016 NW Market St) from 4 p.m. Every Sunday at Anchors Down, bring in your vinyl records to listen to and share with fellow music junkies. All vinyl, all day, and an all day happy hour. We’ll take turns playing our favorite cuts and talk about music through the years. All music welcome!
  • Ballard and Fremont Acupuncture Open House at 630 NW 44th St from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Learn about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and experience free ear acupuncture in a group setting. Watch or participate in demonstrations of acupuncture, cupping, and guasha. Enjoy music and refreshments including Chinese herbal tea. Take home giveaways and prizes! Click here for more details.
  • 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.

Beaver Football Comes Back With Big Win on the Road

beaverBy Bucky Beaver

After opening the season 0-2 in two lopsided defeats the Ballard High School football team bounced back with a tough win on the road last Saturday night.  The Beavers traveled to Burien to play head coach Joey Thomas’s alma mater the Kennedy Lancers in the Lancers’ homecoming game.  The Lancers who opened the season ranked 8th in state started off the game by converting a Ballard turnover into 7 early points.  Ballard answered on the next play when senior Dana Williams took the kickoff and returned it 99 yards for a Beaver score.  The Lancers then missed a field goal in their next possession turning the ball over to the Beavers.

On the first play from scrimmage, junior Jacob Ta’ase connected on an 80 yard touchdown pass to senior Siddique Newkirk.  Ballard went up 21-7 when junior Shea Carroll ran for a 10 yard touchdown following an interception by senior Max Marshall.  Kennedy recovered the second half kickoff and scored to cut the score to 21-14.  Ballard turned the ball over on downs their next possession and Kennedy took the ball and started driving.  Williams stepped up again stopping their drive with a 62 yard interception returned for a touchdown.  Ballard held on to win 28-21 for their first win of the season.

Williams, who had a career night rushing for 53 yards, receiving 10 yards, and making 6 tackles in addition to his two scores was named the Seattle Times Star of the Week for his effort.  Quarterback Ta’ase threw for 160 yards and one touchdown.  Carroll rushed for 80 yards on 10 carries with his one touchdown.  Senior John DeGarmo contributed with three receptions for 26 yards.  The defense was led by the dynamic linebacker duo of senior Elliot Brockl (13 tackles) and junior Fua Ta’ase (17 tackles).

The Beavers try to advance to 2-2 on the season playing cross-town rival Garfield Friday night at 7:45 pm at Memorial Stadium.  Ballard is hoping to spoil two homecoming games in a row.

Tenants of Lockhaven Apartments form union to oppose relocation

lockhavenAfter reportedly receiving relocation notices from building owners, tenants from Lockhaven Apartments (3040 NW Market St) formed a union (Lockhaven Tenants Union) earlier this week to oppose their relocation. My Ballard reader and Lockhaven tenant David Stoesz emailed in to inform My Ballard about the situation.

According to Stoesz, Lockhaven Apartments were sold to Pinnacle Family of Companies this summer (Lockhaven Apartments can be found in their current property listings) and within the last few weeks tenants of three buildings, some who have lived there since 1968, received 20-day vacate notices. According to Stoesz, Pinnacle Property Manager Anissa Olberg then confirmed over the phone that all tenants would be vacated from the property in order for extensive renovations to be undertaken. However, according to the Lockhaven Tenants Union blog, “it turns out that those initial 20-day vacate notices were blatantly illegal, and the new owners were compelled to rescind them.”

The My Ballard team spoke to Olberg this morning who confirms that the tenants will be vacated from the property but that “it is not an eviction process”, which Olberg emphasized requires the involvement of the King County Sheriff’s office. Olberg also confirms that tenants will be relocated within a six month time frame due to the renovations. Olberg also mentioned that Pinnacle has applied for a Tenant Relocation License which will assist low income tenants with funds in order to relocate as part of the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance (Seattle Municipal Code 22.210).

The DPD explains the terms and requirements of the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance on their website:

Our Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance requires developers to pay relocation assistance to low-income tenants that must move because their rental will be torn down or undergo substantial renovation, have its use changed or have certain use restrictions removed.

As a property or developer, you must get a Tenant Relocation License if your project meets the criteria listed above. The license covers all tenants in your building. Only your low-income tenants receive relocation assistance of $3,002.00. (Ask us for the income thresholds for relocation assistance eligibility.) You pay half of that amount and the City of Seattle pays the other half.

Within 30 days of applying for a Tenant Relocation License, you must give each rental unit in the affected building a Tenant Information Packet. The packet contains process information, forms, and instructions for the tenants.

A tenant household has 30 days to apply for relocation assistance after receiving the Tenant Information Packet. Tenants can request a deadline extension for a good reason, which is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

flierOlberg confirms that Pinnacle have begun handing out the Tenant Information Packets at their 3040 NW Market St office. Packets are being handed out today and will also continue to be available tomorrow during Pinnacle’s office hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. “Tenants can come and pick up information and we can answer their questions,” says Olberg.

Many locals and tenants are angered by the situation and have expressed their thoughts via email and on the union’s blog:

The Lockhaven is home to many elderly residents who have lived here for decades, cultivating gardens and friendships. This is their home.

The Lockhaven is the last bastion of affordable housing in Ballard for them, and for all of us. What Pinnacle has planned is nothing less than the destruction of a community.

Check out the flyer (pictured above) that Lockhaven Tenants Union will be passing out at this weekend’s Sustainable Ballard Festival.

If you are or know of a tenant from Lockhaven Apartments email us at tips@myballard.com and let us know your thoughts.

We will ensure to update readers with any developments as soon as they are known.

Sustainable Ballard Festival to take over Ballard Commons Park Sunday

FestPoster2013Sunday Sept. 29, is the 10th annual Sustainable Ballard Festival at the Ballard Commons Park. This year’s theme is “Best of the Fest,” bringing back some of the some favorite exhibits form years past. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.

New this year is the “Taste of Ballard,” which will be a food court featuring food carts and some Ballard breweries. They’ll have food from Streetzeria, Patty Pan Grill, Bing of Fire, Don Lucho’s and Holy Cow Seattle. For those eager to get a taste of some of Ballard’s finest microbrews, beer from Hale’s, Peddler Brewing Co., Reuben’s Brews, Hilliard’s, Populuxe, Urban Family Public House and NW Peaks will be on tap.

From the organizers:

Family-friendly, free, and full of surprises, the Sustainable Ballard Festival is celebrating its 10th year with more interactive exhibits than ever. Festival goers can test ride an electric bike, sample Ballard craft brews and food, win prizes, catch some live music on the solar-powered main stage, watch chef demonstrations, press fresh cider, and meet goats, chickens, rabbits, and ducks.

There will be over 75 exhibitors at the festival, which is free and open to the public. Here is a schedule of the events planned for the day.