Ballard Boys and Girls Club to host open house tonight


The Ballard Boys & Girls Club is springing into the summer season with an open house tonight from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

New and current families, business owners and neighbors are invited to mix and mingle at the Boys & Girls Club and enjoy light appetizers and beverages.

Check out the message below from Board Member Libby Schoenborn below:

As partners in our mission to guide youth toward their full potential, the strong community partnerships play a critical role.

We’re inviting our partners to learn more our upcoming youth and athletic programs, summer camps, meet the new board and staff members and discuss opportunities to get involved.

We have a variety of opportunities for our partners to get involved and can match you with an opportunity that fits your skills, interests and availability.

Summer registration will also be available (space is limited) and childcare will be provided.

Click on the flyer above to find out more.

Development Update April 2: One subdivision and a design review meeting

One subdivision decision and a second design review meeting for a six-story structure 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.


10449 Alderbrook Pl NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6357388. 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 April 16, 2015.

Notice of Design Review Board Second Recommendation Meeting: 

2003 NW 57th St

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 6-story structure containing 118 residential units above 14 live-work units. Parking for 102 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

The second design review board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW). The first meeting was held on March 16.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through April 20, 2014.  You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments about the above applications should be emailed to or mailed to the address below:

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

Fourth District voters set to look for new rep this fall


Larry Phillips, representative of the Fourth District on the King County Council, announced today that he would not be seeking reelection and will finish up in his position at the end of the year.

Phillips has been in the position since 1992.

The Fourth District of the Council serves our neighborhood in addition to northern Downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union, Uptown, Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Broadview, Crown Hill, Greenwood, North Beach, and the western portion of Northgate.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of King County and the region, representing the Fourth District on the King County Council.  It has been inspiring to be consistently immersed in the decision making of our region in meeting the many challenges—and changes—of the past two decades,” says Phillips.

Phillips confirmed that his decision to retire from the position has not come easily and hopes to help our region in new ways in the future.

“For voters of the Fourth Council District it is now time to begin setting about choosing a new leader.  Whoever they ultimately choose, it will take optimism and constructive intelligence, as well as tenacity and a willingness to master the details of local and regional government to effectively meet the challenges of our times and near future,” says Phillips.

Phillips points to persistent growth, mobility and infrastructure demands, income inequality and wealth disparity, natural resource protection, enhanced fiscal resources, and above all, climate change adaptation and mitigation as some of the issues that the new Councilmember will have to tackle.

“I also truly appreciate the support of the voters who have returned me to office, as well as all those who have fought alongside me to promote the values we share and to meet the challenges we faced,” says Phillips.

A new candidate to represent the Fourth District will be chosen by voters in the King County Council elections this fall.

Photo courtesy of Larry Phillips.

Seattle set to convert to metric system

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced that the City of Seattle will be the first major American city to convert entirely to the metric system.

“Seattle is a global city and it’s time we catch-up with the rest of the world in adopting the metric system,” said Murray. “We’ve proven cities can be incubators for change, so it just makes sense for Seattle to lead on the metric system as well.  As we seek to attract more international business and visitors, adopting a universally recognized system of measurement is key.”

In terms of transportation changes, Mayor Murray is planning to roll out the metric conversion plan in 30 days.

“As a first step, I’ve directed the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to print and install all speed limit signs in kilometers,” said Murray. “We are also in the early stages of planning with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to have the speed limit signs on I-5 through Seattle converted to kilometers.”

Additional changes to be rolled out immediately include:

  •  All cars sold within city limits will be required to replace the speedometer with a kilometer gauge.
  • Seattle Public Schools will expand their teaching of the metric system in Fall 2015, ensuring that students are able to put their best meter forward and strengthen their understanding of the other side of the ruler.
  • The Seattle Parks Department will change all wildlife information kiosks to refer to inchworms as centipedes.
  • Heat advisories will be issued when the temperature reaches 26.66 degrees Celsius.
  • Precipitation will be measured by the millimeter to ensure accuracy.
  • Gas prices will be listed by the 3.78 liter.
  • All stadium vendors and food stands selling hot dogs will be encouraged to market their 30.48 centimeter-long hot dogs.
  • Beth’s Café’s 12-egg omelette will remain unchanged, as there is no way of converting egg quantity measurements.

For everybody who is concerned about the upcoming changes, Mayor Murray has some words of wisdom, “APRIL FOOLS!”

Have you got a great April Fool to share? Email and let us know!

SPD busts band of Ballard criminals

Update April 2:

SPD Detectives are still working the case and have recovered eight more guitars at another location connected with the investigation. The My Ballard team will update the story when more information is released.

Original Post:

Detectives from the Major Crimes unit have busted a group of thieves who have amassed a large collection of guitars, drums and other stolen goods at their Ballard home.

Check out more details from the SPD blotter post below:

Police began investigating the crew of thieves last week after a break-in at a storage facility last week in the Denny Triangle. The suspects broke into several storage lockers over several days, and made off with electronics, TVs, beds, tables and other items worth as much as $100,000.

Detectives soon found several of the stolen items posted for sale online, and tracked the seller to a house in the 6700 block of 8th Ave NW in Ballard.

Detectives and North Precinct officers served a warrant at the home on March 27, and found piles of stolen computers, power tools, bicycles, recording equipment, stolen prescriptions, and a stamp collection strewn throughout the house.

Police also found two stolen Subarus parked near the home, packed with pilfered guitars and TVs. In total, police found 10 guitars, pedals, amps, and two drum sets during their search (pictured below).


Officers arrested a 34-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man at the home, and are still searching for several other suspects.

Detectives have already identified the owners of all the stolen items and are working to return their property.

Photo courtesy of SPD.

Ray’s Boathouse launches #MyRays Contest


In celebration of 42 years serving locals on Shilshole Bay, Ray’s Boathouse has launched a contest to say thank you.

From today through the end of April, Ray’s will be running a social media contest looking for guests’ favorite memories, photos, videos and stories from present day back to the opening in 1973, or beyond when Ray’s was a fish and chips house and boat rental.

“On the shores of Shilshole Bay Ballard for 42 years, Ray’s has seen it all and has the incredible guests to prove it. Now we want to say thank you,” says the team from Ray’s.

Fantastic prizes are on offer for winners of the contest, including a 7-day Princess Cruise for two to Alaska and $150 Ray’s gift cards that will be drawn weekly.

To enter the contest, simply share your favorite Ray’s memory or photos on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram and tag #MyRays. You can enter on each social channel once per week this month.

Click here to find out more.