Mayor Murray to give live televised address on homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray will be giving a live televised address this evening on one of the most challenging issues facing our city: homelessness.

As many readers are aware, the issue is particularly topical in our neighborhood especially with the opening of the Ballard Nicklesville encampment last year and with the homeless ‘safe-lot’ set to open in the old Yankee Diner parking lot on Shilshole and 24th in the near future.

Our Neighborhood District Coordinator Thomas Whittemore is encouraging locals to tune into the address and released the following statement:

The Administration has worked tirelessly to address this multi-dimensional issue, while at the same time, homelessness also invokes strong emotional reactions coupled with very divergent views about how best to tackle the problem.

This evening, the Mayor will frame the challenges we face as a community, offer his thoughts on how we must proceed and provide a call-to-action for all of us.

The Mayor’s address will take place at Mary’s Place starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be aired on Seattle Channel (Channel 21 on Comcast & Wave) and streamed online here

“I encourage all of you to tune in and join us for this important speech,” says Whittemore.

PNA Village seeks volunteers in Ballard

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s PNA Village is coming to Ballard and the team is seeking volunteers!

Membership in the PNA Village Program empowers people to remain in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.

Volunteers provide much of the talent and energy behind the PNA Village and create a vital network of support for our members who choose to age in place. Many PNA Village members are also volunteers, but you do not need to be a member in order to volunteer.

“We have many different kinds of volunteer opportunities, including transportation, handy work, home safety tasks, gardening, community-building, administrative support, and more,” says PNA Village Program Coordinator Alex Gramps.

Volunteers are needed in Sunset Hill, Loyal Heights, Adams, West Woodland, Crown Hill, North Beach, Blue Ridge, Broadview, Bitter Lake, Whittier Heights, Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

If you are available during the day on weekdays, interested in helping seniors in your community age their way and are looking for a volunteer opportunity that can flex to fit your schedule simply apply online.

Windermere Ballard to host free electronics recycling event

Windermere Real Estate (2636 NW Market St) and SBK Recycle are hosting their annual Free Computer & Electronics Recycling Event this Saturday, January 30, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The following items can be dropped off for free at the Windermere office during the event:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Stereos
  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • Portable electronics
  • Game Consoles
  • Speakers
  • Cell phones
  • Printers and printer ink
  • Music players
  • BBQs
  • Washers and dryers

To find out more about items that can be recycled at the event click here.

The week in sports at BHS

Basketball, wrestling, swimming, cheer and gymnastics are on the agenda this week for the BHS Beavers. Home games include basketball (Tuesday), wrestling (Thursday), swimming (Friday) and gymnastics (Saturday).

Monday, January 25

  • Boys Basketball C-Team: 7 p.m., Ballard vs. Rainier Beach, location TBD

Tuesday, January 26

  • Boys Basketball JV: 5:45 p.m., Ballard vs. Rainier Beach, at Rainier Beach High School
  • Girls Basketball C-Team: 7 p.m., Ballard vs. Holy Names Academy, at Ballard High School
  • Boys Basketball Varsity: 7:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Rainier Beach, at Rainier Beach High School

Wednesday, January 27

  • Girls Basketball C-Team: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Rainier Beach, at Rainier Beach High School
  • Girls Basketball JV: 5:45 p.m., Ballard vs. Rainier Beach, at Rainier Beach High School
  • Girls Basketball Varsity: 7:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Rainier Beach, at Rainier Beach High School

Thursday, January 28

  • Boys Wrestling Varsity: 6 p.m., Ballard vs. Ingraham, at Ballard High School
  • Boys Wrestling Varsity: 7:30 p.m., Ballard vs. West Seattle, at Ballard High School

Friday, January 29

  • Boys Swimming: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Garfield, at Ballard Pool
  • Boys Basketball C-Team: 4:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island, at Commodore High School
  • Boys Basketball JV: 4:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island, at Bainbridge Island High School
  • Boys Basketball Varsity: 7:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island, at Bainbridge Island High School
  • Girls Basketball JV: 3:15 p.m., Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island, at Bainbridge Island High School
  • Girls Basketball Varsity: 6 p.m., Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island, at Bainbridge Island High School
  • Gymnastics: 7 p.m., Ballard vs. Chief Sealth, at Ballard High School

Saturday, January 30

  • Gymnastics: Time TBD at Ballard High School
  • Cheer State Competition: Time TBD at UW Gym

Soap for Hope Drive on this week at BHS

Ballard High School Sophomore, Addison Baker, has organized a “Soap For Hope” Drive at Ballard High School benefiting Queen Anne Help Line.

From now through January 29th, donations of new and unopened toiletry items are being collected in the Ballard High School Main Office and Library (1418 NW 65th St) during school hours.

“Do you have an extra bar of soap at home of maybe a spare toothbrush? Just something this small can help a person in need,” says Baker.

Once collected the items will be distributed to people facing hardships in the Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia communities. The items needed include:

  • bars of soap
  • bottles of shampoo and conditioner
  • razors
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • lotion
  • lip balm
  • rolls of toilet paper

If you have any questions email

Donors needed for Ballard Blood Drive


Bloodworks NW is once again encouraging locals to give blood this Saturday to do their part in supporting patients in need within our local community.

Bloodworks is our local blood bank and the sole provider for hospitals and clinics in Western Washington. When accidents happen, such as the recent Aurora Bridge tragedy, Bloodworks needs to supply hospitals with extra blood.

“In order to meet the demand to keep our inventory up, we need help from our community,” says Wendy Chu from Bloodworks NW.

The Bloodmobile will be parked at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. this Saturday, January 30. Appointments last around 45 minutes and the mobile will be closed for lunch between 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to sign up in advance by contacting Sylvia Vikingstad at

Walk-ins on the day are welcome. Make sure to bring photo identification.

Development Update Jan 25: subdivisions and an apartment building

Development applications continue to be submitted in our neighborhood each week during this first month of 2016. Two subdivision approvals and an apartment building application 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.


1552 NW 58th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 3-story apartment building containing 16 small efficiency dwelling units and 2 apartment units (totaling 18 residential units). Existing single family residence to be demolished.


1402 NW 85th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 914 sq. ft., B) 892 sq. ft.; and C) 3,486 sq. ft. Project also includes a unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into four unit lots. The construction of residential and live-work units has been approved under Project #6430039. The unit lot subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the parent parcel of the unit lot subdivision and not to each of the new unit lots.

1711 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6451536. 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 these decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 2/8/2016.

artSEA on the lookout for local mural locations

The team from artSEA, a 10-day art festival that will run in conjunction with  theSeattle Art Fair, is on the lookout for walls in our neighborhood to be painted with murals during the event.

“We are looking for any public wall, preferably that has a decent amount of foot traffic. The walls will get murals at no cost to the property owner as part of the project painted by internationally renown artists,” says artSEA organizer Amy Faulkner.

The murals will be painted during the event which will run in from August 4th through the 14th.

If you are interested in having a mural painted on your property’s wall or know of a great location in Ballard contact Amy at