Ballard Boys & Girls Club receives $25K from Sports Medicine Clinic

The Ballard Boys & Girls Club has just received $25,000 from the Sports Medicine Clinic, who has committed to be a sponsor for their 9th annual barbecue and auction. The theme for the Oct. 25 event is “Field of our Dreams,” and the Sports Medicine Clinic’s funds, in addition to money raised at the event, will go to renovate the club’s baseball field and to the club’s scholarship fund. “We are thrilled to receive this sponsorship,” Club Director Shelley Puariea said in a statement.  “The Sports Medicine Clinic has been a staple in the community and we are honored by this partnership.”

According to the club, the Sports Medicine Clinic is celebrating 50 years of service and was looking for a way to give back to the Ballard community. In addition to the clinic, Mariners Care (the Mariners’ nonprofit foundation) will also be a sponsor, committing $10,000 to the club.

The event will be Oct. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St). They’ll have a silent and live auction and a barbecue salmon dinner donated by the Ballard Masonic Lodge. The event is 21+, but child care will be available for kids ages 3 and up (parents must pre-register their children).

Tickets are available through the club website or by contacting Puariea at 206-954-2926.


Police looking for missing man with Alzheimers

UPDATE from SPD:  Mr. Cornell was located 5 minutes ago by officers at NE 45th and Corliss Avenue N.  He is ok, and is being reunited with his family.

Original post: Police are searching for a missing Ballard man who has Alzheimers. Charles “Chuck” Cornell, 66,  left his house around 7:30 this morning. According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, Cornell is a white male, 5’07″ tall, 190 pounds, with salt and pepper hair, balding in the front, with a full mustache.  Police say he was last seen wearing a green nylon jacket, dark pants, and black tennis shoes, and he should have a medical tag on his wrist.

If you see Mr. Cornell, please call 911.

The Gerald up for best cocktails category in Best of Western Washington awards

geraldBallard Ave favorite The Gerald (5210 Ballard Ave NW) has been nominated in the Best Cocktails category of the Evening Magazine Best in Western Washington awards. They are currently in 2nd place and need Ballard’s help to take out the prize!

Evening Magazine’s Best in Western Washington awards recognize the best in local businesses as voted by the people. The competition has a variety of categories that covers almost any business you can think of including health and fitness, social media, cheap eats and specialty food and drinks. The competition began early this month and voting is open until October 18th.

“Let’s bring this win to Ballard! People can vote with every email address they have,” says Jodi Smith Westwater from The Gerald.

According to the Best in Western Washington blog, it’s not too late to make a nomination if you don’t see one of your favourite Ballard businesses nominated in a category.

Click here to vote for The Gerald and to find out more about the competition.

The week in sports at BHS

MU0A1620The athletes at Ballard High School will be involved in plenty of sports matches during the last few days of the week. Head out and support our sports stars!

Thursday, September 26:

  • Golf: Boys 4A Varsity vs. Woodinville at Echo Falls Golf Club 3 p.m.
  • Tennis: Boys 4A Varsity vs. Redmond at Redmond High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Tennis: Boys 4A Junior Varsity vs. Redmond at Ballard High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Junior Varsity vs. Franklin at Franklin High School 5:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: 4A C Team vs. Franklin at Franklin High School 5:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Franklin at Franklin High School 7 p.m.

Friday, September 27:

  • Boys Ultimate: Varsity vs. U Prep at Interbay 3 p.m.
  • Swim and Dive: Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Meet vs. Newport at Ballard Pool 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Junior Varsity vs. Skyline at Loyal Heights Playfield Playground 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Skyline at Ballard High School 4 p.m.
  • Football: Varsity vs. Garfield at Memorial Stadium 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, September 28:

  • Football: C Team League vs. Bainbridge at Bainbridge High School 10 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Ballard High School.

Early Design Guidance meeting for 20th Ave NW condo building

A new condo building is being planned for the corner of NW 56th St and 20th Ave NW, and there will be an Early Design Guidance meeting at Ballard High School at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 for the public to view project plans and offer comments. According to the Department of Planning and Development, the condo, known as Saltworks, would be seven stories with 33 residential units and 4,400 sq. ft. of commercial space and six live-work units. There will be underground parking available for 18 vehicles.

From the developer’s project plans:

Ballard is and always has been a community of creative, hardworking folk. From the shipbuilders and loggers who founded the place, to the architects, chefs, and woodworkers who keep it going now, it’s a community of industry.Saltworks is a building intended to support the new generation of makers in Ballard. Mixed use, with a focus on live/work, the architecture will be simple and durable, taking cues from the industrial past and artisanal present of this dynamic neighborhood.

The Early Design Guidance meeting will allow the applicants to present information about the site and vicinity and design concept plans. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments during that time, and the Design Review Board will then provide guidance and identify high priority guidelines for the design.

If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to comment, the DPD is accepting comments regarding site planning and design issues via email at or by mail at City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

Mosaic street tiles to be reinstalled after sidewalk improvements

Update 9/25: The Seattle Department of Transportation informed us that the tiles were originally removed in order to make the intersection of 24th Ave NW and NW 63rd St. ADA compliant.

SDOT’s contract with the company hired to do the work stipulated that the mosaic was to be removed, saved, and reinstalled after the work was completed. “We are working with the general contractor to have them put the tiles back into the northwest corner of the sidewalk,” Peg Nielsen with SDOT tells us. “We will not consider the contract’s requirements to be fulfilled until the contractor has done so.

Update 9/23: The My Ballard team spoke to Laurie Munger from the City of Seattle who confirmed that the repairs were done by contractors under SDOT management.

However, Munger reported that the specific manager of the project will be out of the office until early next week so there will be a short wait to get full details on the future of the tiles. However, Munger’s comments were promising, “the intent was for them to go back,” she said.

Original Post: My Ballard reader Dan emailed in to let us know that the old Ballard street name tiles had been removed after sidewalk repairs on the corner of 24th Ave NW and NW 63rd St.

According to Dan, the sidewalks have been redone on all four corners of the intersection where the street name tiles had been imbedded.

“To be fair, it does look like they redid the ramps that lead onto the sidewalks and they look nice but I’m sad that they didn’t put the old name signs back in,” writes Dan.

We have put in a call to the City of Seattle regarding the future of the street name tiles and are awaiting a response.

Check out the photo above of the street name tiles that have been removed from the 24th and 63rd  location. The photo was taken by local photographer Luke who mapped and photographed the street name tiles back in 2009.

Thanks to Dan for sending in the information and the photo.


Big costume sale coming up

costumes 001Halloween is mere weeks away, and a Ballard resident is hosting a huge costume sale with over 200 costumes to choose from. The sale is on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6519 22nd Ave NW. Organizer Jenifer Rees says the costumes are mostly adult size, and come from past performances from the NW Associated Arts (NWAA), which is a non-profit consortium of five performance choirs providing singing opportunities for kids and adults. There will even be props and accessories (wigs, shoe covers, vests, etc) available for sale.

All proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the NWAA.

Pet goat causes a stir in Ballard

A pet goat is causing some troubles in Ballard. According to KOMO News, a group of neighbors near Gilman Park is complaining that the goat, Coragan, isn’t fit for the city. His owner, Megan Townsend and her partner live in a van and travel around the country with Coragan, who is reportedly a local celebrity due to his time as a country fair show goat. (He even has his own Facebook page)

Photo credit KOMO

The neighbors have turned to the city for help, saying they’re trying to “do right by the goat,” as one resident told KOMO. The city’s municipal code mandates that only pygmy, dwarf and miniature goats may be kept as pets in the city, and only if they’re dehorned. King County Health officials say that goats can carry bacteria that is harmful to humans.

City officials told KOMO that they don’t plan on seizing the goat, but they want to meet with the Townsends to determine whether Coragan needs to move on.

Coragan’s presence in Ballard has also caused a stir in the My Ballard forum. Click here to read the forum thread about the Gilman Park goat.

8 oz. Burger and Co. opening in Hamburger Harry’s location

8oz Burger 1The longstanding burger joint Hamburger Harry’s (2409 NW Market St.) closed recently, and another burger spot is opening in its place: it’s called 8 oz. Burger and Co., and it will be open just after Thanksgiving. The restaurant (not part of the national 8 oz. Burger chain) will be similar to the 8 oz. Burger on Capitol Hill, but will have its own unique menu, tailored to Ballard.

Owner Kevin Chung opened the Capitol Hill location under the 8 oz. Burger name, but says he quickly veered from the national chain’s menu to create his own specialty burgers. “Seattleites are starting to realize that while we share a name, we are our own locally-owned restaurant with our own distinct thoughtfully designed menu- in no way part of the 8oz. Burger chain,” Chung says.

A couple of the burgers designed by Chung include the “Madison,” made with house blend and topped with watercress, ale roasted mushroom, charred onions, thyme infused truffle salt, cave-aged gruyere and herb aioli; and the “Jackson,” with house blend, lettuce, charred onions, fried green tomato, gouda, smoky bacon mayo and BBQ sauce. Chung uses creative toppings for his burgers, including macaroni and cheese, fried eggs, and grilled Brussels sprouts.  “I want our burgers to offer something for everyone- from the foodie, to the guy who likes his burger with ketchup and mustard,” Chung said in a release.

The new location in Ballard will have some of the same 8 oz. menu items, but will apparently have a number of burgers unique to Ballard.

We’ll keep you posted on their opening date as it draws closer.

Photo courtesy 8 oz. Burger and Co.

Ballard Senior Center to host “Art, Wine & Chocolate” event

wineBallard Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW) are set to host their fabulous “Art, Wine, & Chocolate” event this Thursday, September 26. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. and will showcase some of the best art, wine and chocolate in Ballard.

For those keen art collectors a variety of artists will have their works on display for sale. For those who love wine there will be six varieties of wine to sample and buy. The chocoholics will also certainly be satisfied with the large variety of chocolate samples that will also be available for purchase.

Guests will enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres that will be on offer and will savor delicious chocolate desserts. A jazz trio will also be entertaining guests with live music.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $20 per person. Click here or call (206) 297-0403 to purchase tickets.