Porkfest 2014 coming to Sunset Hill next Sunday

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By Joe Veyera

After last year’s “Mihami Vice,” the annual Sunset Hill Community Barbecue — known as Porkfest — returns on August 10.

The community is invited to attend, “One Swine Day,” at the home of Tim and Nancy Bauer at 3231 NW 67th St. The pig comes out at 1 p.m., and the party goes until the pig is gone. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert for everyone to share.

“A plethora of Pork Parts will be provided along with ice tea, [and] a small donation for beer would be greatly appreciated,” Tim wrote in an email. “Bring your family and friends. Dogs are welcome.”

To RSVP, contact Tim and Nancy Bauer at 206.790.5864, or email them at tbauerfish@aol.com.

Photo courtesy of Tim Bauer. 

Closures and nighttime work on Holman Road start next week

By Joe Veyera

More nighttime closures are coming to Holman Road Northwest throughout the month of August, as paving work continues on the stretch.

The north side of Holman Road Northwest between Northwest 87th Street and 8th Avenue Northwest will be closed starting at 7 p.m. on August 6 for grinding and paving work, with traffic being shifted to the south side of the roadway with one lane open in each direction.

That configuration will remain in place until August 14, at which point the south side of the stretch will be closed, with traffic then shifted to the completed north side until August 22.

Nighttime paving work — which is weather dependent and subject to change — is currently scheduled between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. on August 6, 13, 14 and 21. Crews will also conduct sidewalk and median work on August 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

King County Metro access via the Route 28 and RapidRide D Line will be maintained during the closure. For more information, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, visit Metro Online here or call 206.553.3000.

The road work comes as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Holman Road Northwest Paving Project, which is funded by a Federal Surface Transportation Program preservation grant of $1.1 million and Bridging the Gap funding of $2.7 million. For more information on the project, click here.

Development Update July 31: Subdivisions Galore

By Joe Veyera

It was a busy week of subdivision applications and decisions at the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Check out the most recent applications from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1137 NW 56th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6369298. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

2615 NW 65th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6391384. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Decisions:

3424 NW Market St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6327920. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than August 11, 2014.

5917 20th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are 2,597 sq. ft. and 1,300 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than August 14, 2014.

7511 6th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a minor communication utility consisting of 12 panel antennas on the rooftop of an existing apartment building (AT&T). Equipment room to be located in the basement. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than August 14, 2014.

2014 NW 59th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are 2,720.1 sq. ft. and 2,273.8 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than August 14, 2014.

Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to

City of Seattle – DPD – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Throwback Thursday: Firefighters of yesteryear

By Joe Veyera

This week’s throwback post honors some of Ballard’s local heroes, the firefighters who helped keep neighborhood residents safe in decades long since past.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1922, shows the firefighters of Seattle Fire Station #18, which was built in 1911 at 5429 Russell Avenue (NW Market Street & Russell Avenue NW).

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1922, also shows the firefighters of Station #18, lined up in front of the Russell Avenue fire house.

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The black and white photo below, also taken in 1922, shows a horse-drawn fire engine outside Station #18.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1958, shows a fireman laying atop burnt structure sparying water from hose on other parts of burnt structures during the 1958 Seattle Cedar Fire.

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Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at tips@myballard.com with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

Robber sought in three pepper spraying incidents early Sunday morning

By Joe Veyera

According to a report from KOMO-TV’s Michael Harthorne, Seattle Police are investigating a trio of robberies early Sunday morning, all three of which involved a suspect with pepper spray.

According to the police reports for the robberies, as originally reported by Harthorne, the first robbery occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of 24th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 65th Street, when a man riding his bike northbound on 24th Avenue Northwest was stopped at the intersection when someone grabbed his handlebars and knocked him off his bike.

After being pepper sprayed in the face, the man said the two robbers took his cellphone and bag before fleeing.

In a second incident 15 minutes later, a man walking his dog near the intersection of 21st Avenue Northwest and Northwest 90th Street saw a black car drive by. A man approached, pepper sprayed him in the face, and stole his headphones and cellphone. The suspect then got in the car he saw earlier, with a second man behind the wheel.

Police responded to a third pepper spraying incident at a bus stop in the 300 block of Northwest 103rd Street 15 minutes after that. Again, the victim was sprayed in the face, and forced to hand over everything he had.

Police believe the three incidents are related.

To read the full report, click here.

Documentary screening at the Nordic Heritage Museum next Thursday

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By Joe Veyera

The Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) will host a documentary screening next Thursday evening, chronicling the lives of Finnish World War II veterans who fought the Russians and then the Germans before leaving their homeland to start new lives in Canada.

Sponsored by the Vancouver Finlandia Club, the screening starts at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session and reception with the filmmakers.

The documentary, directed and produced in British Columbia, features the WWII veterans telling their own stories over six decades after fighting and leaving. As described on the website of the film’s director and producer, Satu Bell:

The documentary depicts the significance of home during childhood and youth, as well as the significance that wartime experiences continue to hold within a person’s life some 60 years later.

Due to its theme of wars ruining lives, especially young lives, the documentary is of interest to the young and the old, and everyone in between. However, losses also liberate. Therefore, the documentary is looking for an answer as to why the veterans left Finland. Was it because of the war? The answers are varied and surprising. Even though the subject matter is war, humour has not been forgotten.

For more information on the screening, or to RSVP, click here, or call 206.789.5707 ext. 10. A $5 donation is suggested.

Click on the video below to watch the documentary’s trailer.

Giddy Up Burgers & Greens preps for Ballard opening

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By Joe Veyera

A local craft burger and beer restaurant is preparing to open its doors in the former location of Mr. J’s Deli Mart.

According to Eater Seattle, Giddy Up Burgers & Greens is currently planning to open at 4600 Leary Way sometime around August 11.

Owner Paul Mendez — a first-time restauranteur with nearly two decades of experience working for wineries, distilleries, and distributors — told Eater that the new dining option will feature burgers and a salad bar, as a healthier option for those looking to skip the fries. Meat for burger patties will be ground in-house, and while the menu is still a work in progress, it will include both poultry and veggie burger options.

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To follow the restaurant’s progress as it prepares to open, check them out on Facebook here. Currently, Giddy Up’s website only notes their planned August opening. Mendez told Eater that he’s, “not going to open the doors and stumble out of the gates,” which is why the official opening date remains somewhat fluid.

(Photo Courtesy of David Sheffield, via Twitter)

Launch party for new children’s book at Secret Garden next Friday

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By Joe Veyera

Secret Garden Books (2214 NW Market St) will play host to the launch of local author and illustrator Dana Sullivan’s newest picture book next Friday evening.

In “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari,” — now available for pre-order for $15.99 at Secret Garden — Kay Kay wants to paint pictures of an animal to represent each letter of the alphabet on the bright white walls of his new classroom in Kenya. However, deciding which animals should represent each letter proves to be no easy task.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Star of Hope Centre — a school and orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya, which is home to approximately 35 children that have lost their parents through a wide range of causes, from the rise of HIV/AIDS, to armed conflict, malaria and other diseases, and even abandonment by teenage parents.

In a blog post on his website, Sullivan explained his inspiration for the book, after his son got him involved by volunteering at an orphanage in Kenya when he was 19.

I was really wrestling with how I could write a picture book about orphans in a very poor country, with all kinds of problems most of us in the U.S. can hardly imagine. When I walked into the classroom the villagers had built and saw the walls covered in beautiful paintings of animals and things to help the kids learn their alphabet, I started crying (“like a little girl,” says my sweet Vicki) and knew what my book would be about. Kay Kay is a very real man who drives a taxi and is a wonderful artist, dedicated to the kids and the school.

For more information on the event, click here.

Ballard takes center stage on Evening Magazine

By Joe Veyera

A bevy of Ballard businesses were on display last week, as KING 5’s Evening Magazine took viewers on a half-hour tour of the neighborhood, as part of it’s “Block Hopping” series of shows.

The newly opened Ballard Beer Company (2050 NW Market St), the Ballard Annex Oyster House (5410 Ballard Ave NW), Sip & Ship (1752 NW Market St), the Cycle Saloon, Toast Ballard (5615 24th Ave NW #102), and Hourglass Footwear all received mention on the show, along with a look at the work of Ballard artist Henry.

Watch all three segments of last week’s show below, and tell us what you think in the comments!

Washington Brewshed Beer Fest this Thursday at Hale’s Ales

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By Joe Veyera

An outreach initiative of Washington Wild, the Washington Brewshed Alliance‘s mission is to spread the message that clean, healthy watersheds and good beer go hand in hand, with the idea that better water equals better brews.

This Thursday, the Brewshed Alliance’s brewing partners — which include Ballard’s Peddler Brewing Company, Reuben’s Brews, and Stoup Brewing — will be pouring their beers at the Hale’s Ales Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW) as part of the Washington Brewshed Beer Fest from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For $25 in advance ($30 at the door), attendees receive five tasting tickets to sample the various brews offered, along with one raffle ticket for merchandise. Additional tasting and raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each, and food will be available for purchase as well (cash only). Guests will also get the chance to vote on their favorite beers of the evening, with the winning breweries taking home a custom trophy.

Designated drivers do have to purchase tickets for the event, but will receive their own set of perks, including non-alcoholic beverages.

According to their website, the Brewshed Alliance is a way for Washington Wild to further connect with the public on their efforts.

We are always looking for new and unique ways to connect the public with our conservation efforts. Emphasizing the direct link between clean water and better beer is a natural way to engage Washington’s faithful craft beer drinkers and connect them with the wild waters where their favorite beers originate.

For more information on the event, or to purchase your tickets, click here.