Dick’s Drive-In Walk raises over $1000 for charity


The fourth annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk, held on Sunday, raised over $1000 for the Dick’s Change For Charity Partners including Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and Cocoon House.

For the first time in its history the event was officially partnered with Dick’s Drive-In with the promise that all public donations would be matched by the company. After the matching donations from Dick’s, the official total raised from the event is over $2,000!

This year the event doubled in size yet again with 19 participants covering 22 miles over the course of over 10 hours (with food breaks along the way of course).

“A huge thank you to the Dick’s Drive-In Organization, the Spady family for continuing to be huge supporters of the event, and to everyone else who donated, helped to spread the word, or met us along the way,” says event founder Lars Phillips.

Click here to check out the photo gallery from the event!

Photo courtesy of Lars Phillips.

The week in sports at BHS

The athletes at Ballard High School are all set for a huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Tuesday, September 9:

  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Lindbergh at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Lindbergh at Ballard High School – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10:

  • Golf: Varsity vs. Lakeside at Jackson Park Golf Club – 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 11:

  • Soccer: Varsity vs. Chief Sealth at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Junior Varsity vs. Chief Sealth at Chief Sealth High School – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, September 12:

  • Golf: Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Jackson Park Golf Club – 3 p.m.
  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV Meet vs. Chief Sealth/West Seattle at Ballard High School – 3 p.m.
  • Soccer: Varsity vs. Ferris at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: JV vs. Franklin at Franklin High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Franklin at Franklin High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Franklin at Franklin High School – 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 13:

  • Soccer: Girls C Team Conference vs. Garfield at Garfield High School – 9 a.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Garfield at Garfield High School – 11 a.m.
  • Football: Boys Varsity vs. Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium – 3 p.m.

12-year-old recovers after being hit by car in Wallingford

A 12-year-old boy was hit by a motorist while crossing Wallingford Ave N on Friday morning. He was transported from the scene to Harborview Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. Read more from the SPD blotter below:

Traffic collision investigators say the 12-year-old boy was walking northbound on Wallingford Avenue with a group of other children when the driver—who was headed eastbound—struck the 12-year-old as he crossed the street.

The child rolled onto the hood of the car and struck his head on the windshield. The driver immediately stopped at the scene.

Medics transported the child to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and police called for the Traffic Collision Investigators and a Drug Recognition Expert. Police will test the driver for intoxicants, as is standard in collisions with injuries.

Police closed Burke Ave as detectives investigated the incident.

The Seattle school district is making counselors available to students at the boy’s school.

As a reminder: school is back in session, so please drive carefully and be mindful of that fact that young students are walking to and from schools and bus stops in the mornings and afternoons.

Motorists to expect delays during final phase of Northgate Way repaving project

SDOT will begin the final phase of its repaving project on North Northgate Way today as construction crews repave the one-block section of Northgate Way, immediately to the west of I-5.

The stretch, between Meridian Ave N and Corliss Ave N (the street immediately adjacent to the west side of I-5), will be reduced to a single travel lane in each direction. The lane reduction will remain in place until the repaving is finished in mid-November and is likely to create traffic backups.

Motorists should be aware that heavy traffic volumes during the afternoon commute could also result in backups on both the north- and southbound I-5 off-ramps. Motorists exiting I-5 at Northgate are encouraged to consider using off-ramps to either the north or south, if possible. Doing so will help to reduce congestion on Northgate Way and the I-5 off-ramps to it, as well as shorten motorist commute times.

The travel lanes of Northgate Way between Aurora Ave N and Meridian Ave N, which are currently reduced for repaving, will be fully restored to two lanes in each direction this afternoon.

Improvements that are part of the North 105th/North Northgate Way Project include complete roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and street trees from Greenwood Avenue North to Corliss Avenue North.

SDOT is also upgrading traffic signals from Greenwood Ave N to Lake City Way NE (and along Lake City Way to N 120th St), as well as installing two new dynamic message signs to provide drivers with real time travel information.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in mid-November. Click here to learn more.

The monthly Ballard real estate recap

Long time Ballard resident and local Real Estate Broker Sharon Giampietro shares a post on My Ballard every month to keep readers informed about the local real estate market. Giampietro comes from a long line of realtors and has lived in Ballard for 30 years. She is currently a Broker at Windermere Real Estate in Greenwood.

Check out Giampietro’s recap of how Greater Ballard fared this month below:

The amount of housing added in our area was down significantly in August with 196 residential listings coming on the market last month as compared to 254 in July. August seems to enjoy a reputation as our best summer month and perhaps some sellers were enjoying the weather and waiting until after Labor Day to list. With the arrival of fall, buyers are hopeful for more choices and would be happy to see a decline in bidding wars. The strong increase in home values this year may lead to more sellers deciding to list this quarter. The September report will start to tell the tale.

In some areas of the city, housing prices dropped in August, but in 705 our prices stayed virtually the same with $587,000 being the average residential sale price for both months. Last month I reported that as of the end of July 2014, our area’s average residential sale prices had gone up about 18% since the start of 2014. That is a pretty healthy growth for the first 7 months of the year and a slow increase over the rest of 2014 would make housing market observers less concerned about a bubble. Even though prices did not climb in August, the housing supply is still very tight with an inventory of just over 1 month – a normal market inventory is considered to be 4-6 months.

The number of new construction and condo listings stayed about the same as in July.  In August, 61 condos were listed as compared to July’s 67 and the price remained close to July’s number of $300,000.  25 new construction homes came on the market as compared to 27 in July and the price remained steady at about $675,000. Both new construction and condos are an important components of our local inventory. As we have come out of the housing downturn, new construction has been on the upswing and there are new condo buildings in the works.  A report in the Seattle Times on August 14 noted that census data shows the number of detached housing units in our area declined from 2002 to 2012.  Additions to the housing market have been in the area of attached housing.  Vacant land is scare and where they are allowed by code, developers are converting single family homes to attached and multifamily homes.

Greater Ballard is Greenwood, Green Lake, Wallingford and other close by neighborhoods identified as “705” in the NWMLS.  All residential and condo numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand and unless noted does not include new construction. Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 

What’s on this weekend

The first weekend in September is upon us and there’s plenty happening in Ballard. Check out our round-up below:

Friday, September 5

Saturday, September 6

  • Olympic Manor Annual Garage Sale (neighborhood just north of NW 85th St at 23rd Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Beautify your Rockery class at Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Why cultivate a rock garden? They’re low-maintenance. They’re in season all year round. They add variety to the landscape. Horticulturalist Andrew Prindle will offer his expertise in this informative seminar. Cost is free.
  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • Stop Worrying, Start Living Workshop at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington (6556 24th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. In this morning workshop, we will learn to replace worry with positive, constructive attitudes so that we can enjoy life with confidence. Cost is $30 ($20 for members).
  • Yard Sale at 8027 16th Ave NW from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Clothing (Women’s Medium-Large, Men’s Medium-Large – Contemporary/Trendy), Shoes (Women’s 10-11, Men’s 12-13), Furniture (Vintage, Contemporary), Bike Parts, Single Speed Bike, Tools etc.
  • Apple Pressing Garden Party at Greg’s Garden P-Patch (14th Ave NW & NW 54th St) from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Greg’s Garden P-Patch is celebrating their 15th year at our annual apple pressing party. All are welcome!
  • Sustainable Ballard Community Open House at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. All are welcome.
  • Ladies Night Out Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Proceeds wild benefit charity Teen Feed. Tickets are $10. Click here for more details.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Super Jam. Tickets are $18. 21 and over. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Wet City Rockers and Skydust. Tickets $8.  21 and over. For more information, click here.

Sunday, September 7

  • Olympic Manor Annual Garage Sale (neighborhood just north of NW 85th St at 23rd Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Weekend Brunch at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, with coffee from new Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee. Click here for more details.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Eric McFadden Trio, Screens and Thaddilac. Tickets are $10. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Swansons Nursery to host 2nd annual Ladies Night Out this Saturday


Swansons Nursery is set to host their 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out event this Saturday, September 6. The evening of shopping, friends, and fun will support local charity Teen Feed.

Swansons will be showcasing their gift department with a first look at Fall/Winter and Holiday gifts. Jewelry, accessories, soaps and miniature gardening supplies will be on offer from the various gift vendors. All jewelry, personal accessories and hats will be 25% off for the evening. Support Teen Feed by purchasing raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes, including 10 pieces of Boma jewelry!

All proceeds from ticket sales, wine sales and raffle ticket sales will go to support Teen Feed, an organization that provides services and meals to local homeless youth.

Tickets cost $10 which includes entry and one glass of wine. Tickets can be purchased on nearbyregistry.com and at Swansons Nursery. 100% of ticket proceeds will go to Teen Feed.

Family seeks public help to find missing Loyal Heights man

00G0G_gBfnq756YZP_600x450Friends and family are asking for the public’s help in locating 41-year-old Loyal Heights resident Brian Crow (pictured).

Crow was last seen on Monday afternoon, September 1, at his rented home at 8332 14th Ave NW. Crow’s brother reported that he left to pick up a moving truck and never returned. Crow is a white male, 5′ 8″ tall and weighs 200 pounds. He normally wears glasses, has reddish-brown hair and brown eyes, and usually sports a mustache and beard.

It is believed that Crow may be emotionally vulnerable. Without his friends and family’s knowledge, Crow had resigned from his job at Navigation Solutions at Seatac Airport three weeks ago. He did tell a friend that he was moving “to the suburbs.”

Friends and family have made multiple attempts to reach him, with no response and Crow’s Facebook account was deactivated shortly before his disappearance.

Crow drives a 2010 white Nissan Versa, Washington license plate APT7860.

If anyone sees or may know the whereabouts of Brian Crow, please dial 911 or contact Det. Tanya Kinney at the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.