SDOT looks for local feedback on this summer’s Crown Hill/Greenwood Chip Seal Project

The Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for local feedback on the Crown Hill/Greenwood Chip Seal Project that was completed this summer.

In terms of the area involved, this year’s project was roughly bounded by N/NW 110th St to the north, N/NW 85th St to the south, 15th Ave to the west, and Greenwood Ave N to the east.

Any locals who were affected by or closely involved in the project are asked to contribute their thoughts.

“Your feedback will help improve SDOT’s project delivery and outreach, as well as help guide them in developing street maintenance strategies for the future,” says SDOT Transportation Planner David Allen.

To give your feedback on the project click here and complete the survey.

Suspicious man reported travelling door to door in Ballard


Since posting the story this morning we have received over ten emails from readers who have seen a man matching the below description at their homes inquiring about their newspaper subscription or delivery service.

My Ballard reader Eden wrote in to confirm that she had an interaction with the man that Susan described a few weeks ago in Ballard. “He claimed to be checking on our newspaper service or something, it was also a very weird conversation,” writes Eden.

Reader Ashley also confirmed that a person matching Susan’s description came to her door (at NW 61st St and 24th Ave NW) a few weeks ago at about the same time in the evening. “He asked if we were regularly receiving our newspaper. He said they just wanted to make sure people were receiving their papers as scheduled. He seemed to kind of peek inside my apartment, and left after less than a minute. Creepy,” writes Ashley.

Rachel who lives in East Ballard also talked to the man that Susan described a few weeks ago.  “He stopped me as I was leaving the house. He was explaining that the Times was providing free papers for a short period and was “collecting” money in advance for the delivery person who would come very early in the morning, or something very similar. He was confused when I told him I don’t get the paper and don’t want it,” writes Rachel.

My Ballard reader Daniel wrote in to report an incident that happened nearly a year ago with a different man who claimed to work for The Seattle Times holding a spiral notebook on a Sunday afternoon. “He was clearly casing the place for opportunistic burglary. A window behind a bush in my house was open and I was reading quietly; he was hoping nobody was home,” writes Daniel.

In light of the apparent multiple sightings of the individual that Susan initially reported, be on the alert and ensure to contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850 if you see him. Remember to call 911 in an emergency situation.

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My Ballard reader Susan emailed in to let us know about a suspicious man who came to her door on Monday evening asking her if their home had received their newspaper. The man arrived at Susan’s home on NW 64th Street and 36th Ave NW at approximately 7 p.m. without obvious identification and reportedly had an “odd” conversation with her.

The man, who Susan described as a caucasian male, around 30, with greenish eyes and slight to medium build, seemed confused throughout the interaction and carried with him only a small spiral notebook.

“I did an online search and saw there was a similar situation in West Seattle that seemed suspicious in 2012, the week of Easter. Since this is Thanksgiving week, I wondered if this was a method to canvas homes for people on vacation,” writes Susan.

Susan then called The Seattle Times to confirm if they had sent someone out from the company to detail route accuracy in the area. Their distribution company confirmed that this individual does not work for the company and they encourage any locals who answer the door to him to call 911 immediately.

Have you had a similar interaction with a person matching this description in Ballard? Email us at Remember to call 911 immediately in case of emergency.

PSCAA issues air quality burn ban for King County

Update Nov 27:

The burn ban issued by the PSCAA has now been lifted in King County. Burning in wood burning fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves is now permitted.

Beach fires at Golden Gardens are now also now permitted.

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The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) issued a burn ban on Monday, November 25 for King County. The burn ban is currently at “stage two” level which bans burning in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves.

For Seattle Parks and Recreation, this means that beach fires at Golden Gardens Park (8498 Seaview Ave NW) are also prohibited until the ban is lifted.

The PSCAA issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises, or is forecasted to reach, unhealthy levels. “Fine particle pollution levels continue to be high in areas throughout the Puget Sound region, especially in neighborhoods where wood-burning is common,” writes the PSCAA.

Residents are advised to rely on their home’s other source of heat such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters until air quality improves and the ban is lifted.

Locals who violate the ban could face a $1,000 fine from the PSCAA.

To learn more about the burn ban click here.

Ballard businesses to kick-off holiday season with special events

300The Ballard business community is coming together to give back this holiday season with two new extra special events for both locals and visitors to enjoy. The events are coined “Ballard Gives Black Friday“, that will of course take place this Friday, November 29, and “Ballard Gives Holiday Light Celebration“, set for this Saturday, November 30.

Ballard Gives Black Friday puts a community twist on the traditional day-after Thanksgiving Day shopping event. Rather than offering early morning discount sales, many stores in Ballard will be donating a portion of their Black Friday sales to local non-profits.

The non-profits include the Ballard Boys and Girls Club, the Ballard Food Bank, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Foundation and many more. The local stores participating include Hatties Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW), Camelion Design (5330 Ballard Ave NW), Market Street Shoes (2232 NW Market St #101), Laura Bee Designs (6418 20th Ave NW) and more. For a full list of participating stores and the non-profits that they have chosen click here.

Shoppers who want to give back this Black Friday should look for the “Ballard Gives Black” logo (pictured) in store front windows.

After recovering from the shopping sprees in Ballard on Friday, all are invited to Marvin’s Garden Park (Ballard Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW) from 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 for the first ever “Ballard Gives Holiday Lights Celebration.” This new event is set to feature live music, free goodies and beverages, and a chance for the little ones to have a free photo taken with Santa. Check out the events list below:

  • Free photos with Santa and free treats and drinks from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bell Tower at Marvin’s Garden Park
  • Ann Merryfield Jazz Trio from 3 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage
  • Market Street Singers performance from 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage
  • Los Gentlemen performance from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage

This year the holiday lights that are creating that special festive feeling along Market Street and Ballard Ave highlight a collaborative effort between local property owners, businesses and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods has awarded Ballard a $25,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant that will match private dollar donations and make sure that Ballard’s holiday lighting tradition will live on for years to come.

“The extensive lighting effort to make the Market Street and the Ballard Avenue corridors shine brighter this year has made the 2013 holiday season more festive than ever before,” said Mike Stewart, Executive Director of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.

“It could not have been possible without the enthusiasm and financial support of key merchants, businesses, property owners, the Department of Neighborhoods and the Ballard Chamber, not to mention the hard work of countless volunteers.”

Lane closed at north end of Ballard Bridge today

SDOT crews are making repairs on the expansion joint at the north end of the Ballard Bridge today until 3 p.m. The right northbound lane that crosses over NW Leary Way will be closed until work is completed.

Work should be finished before commute traffic begins, however, until work ceases motorists travelling northbound on the bridge should use caution and expect to slow down as the right lane of traffic shifts to the left around the work zone.

Blend Urban Juicery now open on Ballard Ave


New organic juice and smoothie bar Blend Urban Juicery is now open at 5443 Ballard Ave NW. Co-owners Presley Thompson and Marjorie Miller, who have long-standing connections to Ballard, created the business out of their mutual passion for natural health. They opened Blend to serve the community by creating food and smoothies that are both satisfying and good for you.

Marjorie has been serving protein shakes to the Ballard community for the past year and a half from a great location on Ballard Ave. During this time, she heard great feedback from customers who were wanting to see a fuller menu of fresh juices, smoothies and salads. It was from these requests that Marjorie teamed up with long time smoothie creator Presley to expand the business and create Blend.

Blend’s overall vision comprises of both providing customers with delicious, healing, restorative, energy-boosting nutrients while at the same time educating them about healthy food and lifestyle choices. The Blend team plans to offer opportunities for locals to learn more about strategies to boost their health during biweekly Learning Labs. The juicery also caters to all dietary restrictions and is 100% gluten, soy and dairy free and uses organic ingredients.


In terms of the source of their ingredients, Presley and Marjorie are set on keeping it local. “It’s a community that is growing at a rapid pace, and we want to support local businesses, not only with the food we prepare, but also by partnering with local contractors, and artists, and using reclaimed materials for our buildout where possible,” writes Presley and Marjorie.

The menu features an array of unique and delicious smoothies sure to satisfy anyone with a craving for raw, delicious and healthy ingredients. Menu items include the Superfoodie, a mix of cacao, coconut, chia & hemp seeds, blueberries, goji berries, and a secret superfood, the Fennel Fresca, combining the unique flavors of fennel, green pear, cucumber and celery, and The Peanut Berry, which blends strawberries, banana, peanut butter and a touch of vanilla. “Our hand-crafted recipes are a blend of nutritional wisdom and creative experimentation, with a priority for locally sourced and environmentally sustainable foods,” writes Presley and Marjorie.

Blend-24x36-v1The Blend team have created a Kickstarter campaign to make their dream a reality and they need local support. Their kitchen has so far been limited to serving protein supplement shakes that involve no raw ingredients so there is quite a bit of upgrading that needs to be done to offer their full menu. The pledges given through the Kickstarter page will go towards purchasing equipment, buying the best quality produce and ingredients, and giving the interior a bit of a face lift. Specifically donations will help to cover costs of:

  • Additional Vitamix and containers.
  • Nutrifaster commercial juicer.
  • Coolers to store fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Freezers to store frozen fruit.
  • Electrical work to accommodate new equipment.
  • A point-of-sale system (cash register, etc).
  • A retail counter and product shelving.
  • Food preparation counters.
  • Branding and signage for our storefront window.

There are many rewards on offer for your donation including free juices, personal thank-yous, merchandise and invites to the official opening party. The Kickstarter is open for donations until December 9.

Blend is currently open with a limited menu and hours Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. We will update readers with more photos and the official trading hours when Blend is totally up and running.

To learn more about Blend check out their Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Blend.

Underground cable failure responsible for power outage in Ballard

Seattle City Light reports that an underground cable failure was the cause of the power outage today that affected nearly 9,700 homes and businesses in Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia.

The outage started at approximately 1:20 p.m. today and crews were able to isolate the damage and restore power by 2:30 p.m. We received an email from a My Ballard reader who was without power at 42nd and 3rd Ave NW.

Power is now completely restored to the affected areas.

To find out more outage information from Seattle City Light click here to view their System Status page.

Development update Nov 25: Another subdivision and a mixed use 7-story building

The Land Use Bulletin unsurprisingly reports another subdivision application in Ballard this week. Check out the list of the latest applications and decisions from the Department of Planning and Development below:

Design Review Meeting:

5601 22nd Ave NW


A design review meeting will be held for the proposed construction of a 7-story mixed use structure with 78 residential units, 4 townhome units, 20,000
sq. ft. of office (levels 2-3) and retail at ground level.  Parking for 131 vehicles to be provided below grade.  Existing structure to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 16 at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will be accepting written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance until December 16. The community is invited to comment on site planning and design issues which they believe should be addressed in relation to the design of this project. Comments and requests can be emailed to


5333 Ballard Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been made to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are 2,539 sq. ft. and 2,461 sq. ft.