BHS receives hoax “robo-call”, all students safe

A Seattle Public Schools spokesperson confirmed that five high schools, including Ballard High, received what Seattle Police is calling a hoax “robo-call” this afternoon.

The other schools involved were Roosevelt, Ingraham, Nathan Hale and Garfield.

Seattle Public Schools confirms that all of the schools aside from Nathan Hale were already out for the day when the calls were received.

SPD officers responded immediately to each location to investigate, no students were involved and no injuries were reported.

At this stage, all after-school activities will continue as usual and the SPD is continuing to investigate.

We will update the post when more information is known.

Seattle Audubon seeks volunteers for elementary school program

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Seattle Audubon Society is currently looking for volunteers for the Spring session of their Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program.

The program introduces 3rd and 4th graders to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat.

Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. The lessons in the spring give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. The program is in need of volunteers at Adams, BF Day, and Greenwood Elementary Schools

FUN relies on 120 volunteers to assist in delivering the program each year and organizers are now seeking volunteers to meet their needs for Spring classes.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and lead a group of four to six students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is required and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!

Applicants need to apply as soon as possible to volunteer for the Spring program. Seattle Audubon provides all training, supplies, and support necessary to make volunteers successful leaders.

Please respond as soon as possible to be a part of FUN training in April. Contact Cassandra cassandras@seattleaudubon.org or (206) 523-8243 ext. 12. A background check is required for all applicants.

Detectives charge two men in connection with body found in Ballard

SPD detectives have identified two men who are suspected of dumping a woman’s body after she suffered a fatal drug overdose in Ballard late last year.

According to detectives, the men dumped her body in a shopping cart near the Ballard Bridge to avoid drawing attention to drug activity that took place inside their motor home.

Read the full report from the SPD blotter below:

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged Michael Tarp, 56, and Michael Kircher, 33, with “unlawful disposal of human remains” and for failing to notify the coroner of Anne Zachariasen’s death after she overdosed outside of their RV.

An employee at an upholstery shop in the 1500 block of NW 46th St discovered Zachariasen’s body shortly after arriving to work at 5:45 a.m. on November 19th, 2015.

The employee noticed an overturned debris-filled shopping cart at the edge of a yard, which hadn’t been there when he closed up shop the night before. As the employee tried to move the cart, Zachariasen’s body, which had been wrapped in a sheet, fell from the cart onto the ground.

SPD Homicide Detective Rolf Norton began investigating Zachariasen’s death and tracked down surveillance footage from a business. Video which showed two men pushing a shopping cart through the Ballard neighborhood about two hours before the body was discovered. The men, however, weren’t immediately identifiable in the video.

An autopsy by the King County Medical Examiner’s office found no signs of injuries on Zachariasen and ruled her death a probable accident, caused by a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Police obtained Zachariasen’s cellphone records to find anyone she might have come into contact with, and eventually learned a man living in an RV under the Ballard Bridge had told a witness he had recently moved a woman’s body. Police identified the man as Michael Tarp and contacted him on December 21 at his RV, parked at NW 50th and 11th Ave NW.

Tarp told police he had found Zachariasen’s body outside his RV and enlisted another man, later identified as Michael Kircher, to help him move her. Tarp and Kirchner were both concerned Zachariason’s overdose would draw attention to narcotics activity at their motorhome, but denied providing her with any drugs.

Tarp and Kircher have both been charged in King County District court. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned in the next two weeks.

Attempted break in reported on 58th and 17th

My Ballard reader Silvia emailed in to report an attempted break in at her apartment on 58th and 17th that occurred on Monday afternoon between 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

“They were trying to jam open our front door (based on the damage my front door took). Though they managed to open the deadbolt, they were not able to open the doorknob lock.  Nothing was stolen, thankfully,” writes Silvia.

The incident was reported to the SPD, who said that Silvia’s “old school” reinforced door prevented the intruders from forcing their way in unlike the flimsy newer, cheaper doors.

SPD is encouraging locals to ensure that their doors are secure and to report any incidents to the SPD North Precinct at  (206) 684-0850. Remember to call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Have you experienced crime in Ballard lately? Let us know at tips@myballard.com.

Locals prepare for summer with annual Fitness Fest

The 2016 annual Ballard Fitness Fest has kicked off in the neighborhood at EDGE Personal Training Studio (2821 NW Market St).

The three month long fitness competition will challenge participants to both get and stay in shape and is open to all locals who live and work in Ballard and surrounding areas (Queen Anne, Magnolia, Crown Hill etc).

EDGE Personal Training owner, Erik Hroncich, established the competition seven years ago to help physically and mentally transform peoples’ lives.

In order to enter, locals need to contact EDGE Personal Training and set up an initial fitness assessment between now and next Friday, March 4, and then kick butt until for three months until their re-test between May 23 and May 27.

“The fitness assessment consists of a body composition test, circumference measurements and body weight,” says Hroncich.

In past contests Hroncich says that participants have become “healthier, more confident and gained a better body image.” In 2013, winner Danie Skredsvig lost over 8% of her body fat (15lbs of body fat) in just 12 weeks to become the first ever female Champion!

By entering the competition, participants have a chance at winning $750 worth of prizes. The first place winner scores a $250 gift certificate to a Ballard business of their choice, three free training sessions at EDGE and a piece featuring their win on local media sites.

To enter the competition, locals can choose from a few new options with major discounts this year:

  • Entry fee only – $25 (plus tax)
  • Entry fee with nutritional review – $75 (plus tax)
  • Entry fee, nutritional review, three personal training sessions, a functional movement screen and fitness program development – $299 (plus tax)

The EDGE will also be offering a Nutritional Clinic with general health information and recipe ideas, running/walking groups and classes to help participants prepare for the competition.

Thinking about participating? Click here or email info@edgepersonaltraining.net.

Seattle Aquarium looking for local beach volunteers

Do you love your Golden Gardens and Carkeek Park beaches? Enjoy learning about the cool critters that live there? The folks at Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalist Program are looking for volunteers!

Applications are now open for locals to sign up to be volunteer Beach Naturalists. Naturalists receive training from marine and interpretative experts March through May.

Once trained, volunteers spend three low-tide days educating visitors at twelve local beaches, including Golden Gardens and Carkeek Beach.

For more info, please email beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 693-6189. Training begins in early March.

Seattle Parks asks for local help to name 14th Ave park

Seattle Parks and Recreation is inviting locals to submit potential names for the new park to be built on 14th Ave NW that has been in the works since 2009. The project design is close to finished, with the 90% Street Improvement Plan now under review by SDOT.

The creation of the park is set to convert two full blocks on 14th Ave NW (between NW 59th and NW 61st streets) and will replace the gravel parking median and portions of the existing concrete roadway.

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According to Seattle Parks, the project includes green infrastructure and incorporates safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

In terms of project funding, The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided approximately $2.9 million for design and construction of the 14th Ave Park Boulevard.

The Parks Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, who will make the final decision about the new park’s makes the final decision.

All suggestions must be submitted in writing by Thursday, March 31, 2016, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria.

Email suggestions to paula.hoff@seattle.gov or by mail to:

Seattle Parks and Recreation
Parks Naming Committee
100 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA, 98109

Design image courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation.