Seattle Animal Shelter offers free spay/neuter packages for World Spay Day

To commemorate World Spay Day (February 25, 2015) Seattle Animal Shelter‘s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets scheduled for surgery for the remainder of February.

Microchips and vaccinations will also be offered free for animals having surgery on those days.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

These surgeries usually cost between $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. Microchips cost $30 and vaccinations run $10 each so this is a great deal!

There is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, however pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $20 for cats/$27 for dogs or a two-year license is $27 for cats/$37 for dogs.

This year’s special offer is made possible by the city’s Pet Population Control Fund, which provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering.

If you are interested in making an appointment for your pet call the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-4260. Spaces are limited.

Daddy Daughter Dinner set for next month at Ballard Community Center

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Tickets are available for the 23rd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner set to be held on Saturday, March 14, at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) from 6 – 10 p.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites all daddies and daughters take part in a night of festivities with an 80s theme.

Head to the event for a night of neon fun, good grub and totally rockin’ out. Bust out your acid-washed jeans, mix and match your brightest colors and tease your daughter’s hair.

Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, by phone or online using barcode #126275. To find out more information call (206) 684-4093 or click here.

Suspicious man travelling door to door again in Ballard

My Ballard reader Paul emailed in to report that another suspicious man is travelling door to door in Ballard claiming that he works for The Seattle Times.

This is the first report of suspicious persons targeting our neighborhood in this way since December last year.

Paul and his family live on 23rd Ave NW (between NW 85th and NW 83rd streets) and were visited by the suspicious man on Saturday just before noon.

“It was an mid 30s African-American man wearing a blue and black windbreaker with a monogrammed Seattle Times logo on the left side,” says Paul.

The man, as other locals have reported in identical incidents, asked if the family was getting The Seattle Times and wanted to sign them up.

“It all seemed weird since he wasn’t carrying any identification or a clipboard. Then I remembered the post from back in December describing the exact same exchange and I decided to shout from the behind the door we don’t want it,” says Paul.

The man then, seemingly startled, left the porch quickly and proceeded to continue down 23rd Ave NW towards 83rd. Paul saw the man 20 minutes later continuing to proceed south on 23rd Ave NW.

“I called SPD’s non-emergency line and requested a patrol car,” says Paul.

This exact situation has been reported by readers to the My Ballard team over twenty times since 2013.

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

Ballard nurses honored with DAISY Award

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Earlier this month five nurses from Swedish Ballard were honored with nationally recognized DAISY Awards for the extraordinary care that they have given to their patients.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that recognizes nurses who provide the best patient care, supported by UnitedHealthcare. The nurses were nominated by their patients, patient’s families and colleagues.

The five nurses receiving the honor from Ballard included Sherry Collins, RN; Feven Jembere, RN; Maryann Parris, RN; Meredith Roe, RN; and Rebecca Swanson, RN.

Rebecca Swanson was nominated for her exceptional dedication as a Lactation Consultant at the Swedish Ballard Childbirth Center. Swanson has worked in the labor/delivery ward for 10 years and transitioned into being a lactation nurse for the past 15 months.

Check out an excerpt from her nomination by a fellow Ballard nurse below:

Rebecca always goes above and beyond – visiting patients many times throughout a day, spending extra time finding specific resources for patients, or calling patients to check in with them. She is excited about sharing information and education with her colleagues and inspires us be better nurses. She is extremely passionate about doing what is best for newborns and families.

Congratulations to all five nurses on this fantastic achievement!

Photo courtesy of Kim Doyel.

RV explodes in Ballard, passengers escape with minor injuries

Update:

Kyle Moore from the Seattle Fire Department confirmed that a burning candle was the cause of the RV fire in Ballard early this morning.

The SFD were alerted to the situation when multiple 911 callers reported hearing explosions and seeing the fire at approximately 2:31 a.m. this morning.

“When firefighters arrived they found the two occupants of the motorhome has safely evacuated.  Because everyone was out of the burning coach, firefighters went defensive, meaning they fought the flames from outside if the RV,” says Moore.

Moore confirmed that it took 8 minutes for firefighters to get the fire under control and 13 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The burning RV also caught a nearby telephone/power pole on fire, and the power lines directly above the fire proved to be a hazard for the firefighters.

The occupants were transported to Harborview Medical Center with minor burns to their hands and the estimated damage caused to the motor home is $5,000.

Original Post:

According to a report by KIRO 7, an RV parked on NW 45th St near 6th Ave NW exploded into flames early this morning with two passengers inside.

The report confirms that neighbors heard two explosions before the motorhome burst into flames.

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A man and a woman were inside the RV at the time of the explosion and have luckily escaped with only minor burns to their hands. The security camera from a nearby business captured a video of the explosion (see still above).

According to the report, the explosions blew holes in the RV which is now a completely charred structure (see photo below).

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The My Ballard team has requested more information from the Seattle Fire Department and will update the story when more is known.

Photos courtesy of KIRO 7.

Group creates petition to save Loyal Heights Elementary playground

As the My Ballard team reported on Februrary 11, a group of parents, friends and neighbors from the Loyal Heights Elementary community have banded together to try and save the fate of the playground on the school grounds.

Loyal Heights Elementary is set to undergo a major expansion starting in 2016 to accommodate the increasing demand of the local growing population. The school is set to expand its current capacity of 450 students to approximately 650-800 students and must rearrange physical attributes of the school in order to do so.

The $37.3 million expansion project is currently underway under the direction of Seattle Public Schools who believe that the project “will address current and projected elementary enrollment growth in northwest Seattle.”

Despite acknowledging the benefits that the expansion will provide the local parents and neighbors have some concerns. “While many of the proposed changes will be of great benefit to our expanding student body, we are concerned that the building plans include a severe reduction in outdoor play space,” writes the local group on their website.

According to the local group, the current proposal is set to cut the outdoor playground space in half, leaving 3000 square meters for outdoor activities. “To put that in perspective, a soccer field is approx. 6000 square meters,” writes the group. Click here to view more details from the previous My Ballard report.

Loyal Heights parent, Katie Kaku, has created a petition for locals to show their support and express their opinions on the issue.

“We the parents, future parents and neighbors of Loyal Heights Elementary School, as well as concerned citizens, protest the proposed elimination of  half of the playground at Loyal Heights Elementary school,” writes Kaku on the petition website.

Click here if you are interested in signing the petition.

Sustainable Ballard launches reusable cup campaign

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The folks at Sustainable Ballard have kicked off their own reusable cup campaign to curb excess waste in the neighborhood.

The group aims to educate locals about the problems associated with using paper on-the go coffee cups. Check out their message below:

Did you know that the paper cup used for your on-the-go coffee is probably not compostable? The thin plastic coating that keeps most cups from turning to mush makes them non-compostable.*

And your morning coffee’s paper cup is recyclable only if you have first rinsed it clean of all coffee and milk. But even if cups are composted or recycled, it still requires enormous amounts of energy and resources to manufacture and ship them.

We want to keep hundreds of thousands of paper cups out of the landfill and we hope you will participate with us in this effort. Sustainable Ballard now has a reusable coffee mug, available for a suggested donation of $20, with a bonus — discounts at local coffee shops!

The below Ballard stores will provide a discount when locals bring in the Sustainable Ballard reusable mug:

  • Jibe Espresso Bar (7001 Seaview Ave NW #170) – 25 cents off all drip coffees and Americanos, plus a free cookie.
  • Cupcake Royale – (2052 NW Market St) 10% off your coffee order through March, 2015.
  • Grumpy D’s (7001 15th Ave NW) – 20 cents off coffee and tea orders.

These stores will provide a discount when locals use any type of reusable mug:

  • Equal Exchange Espresso (Ballard Market – 1400 NW 56th St) – 25 cents off.
  • Toast Ballard (5615 24th Ave NW #102) – 20 cents off.
  • Ballard Coffee Works (2060 NW Market St) – 10 cents off.
  • Java Jahn (1428 NW Leary Way) – 25 cents off.
  • Grumpy D’s – 10 cents off.
  • Caffe Fiore (5405 Leary Ave NW) – 10 cents off.
  • Fresh Flours (5313 Ballard Ave NW) – 15 cents off.
  • Starbucks (2200 NW Market St) – 10 cents off.

To get your Sustainable Ballard reusable cup contact them at (206) 701-7000 or email info@sustainableballard.org.

Development Update February 23: More subdivisions

One subdivision application and one subdivision approval make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

2641 NW 63rd 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 #6398082. 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

Decision:

2003 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6426347. 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 March 9, 2015.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

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