Vandals deface Bergen Place mural

The My Ballard team is sad to report that, yet again, vandals have tagged the Bergen Place mural with graffiti. Victoria from Friends of Bergen Place contacted us this morning to let us know the unfortunate news.

It is believed that the vandalism took place late on Wednesday night on in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“It took a minimum of three years to raise the $100,000 for that mural. This person or people have damaged it and caused a lot of work for volunteers in a few brief moments.  An utter testament to the lack of respect they have for art and someone else’s property,” says Victoria.

If anyone has any information relating to the vandalism contact us at tips@myballard.com or contact the Friends of Bergen Place online.

“We intend to prosecute if we can find the person. Seattle Parks has been notified and the Seattle Police as well,” says Victoria.

Have you seen Manny in Crown Hill?

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A male Chihuahua named Manny went missing at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.

He was last seen in the parking lot of the Subway at Holman Rd/15th Ave NW in the Crown Hill neighborhood.

Some good Samaritans in a burgundy SUV were seen trying to catch him.

“If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, please call (206) 605-4186 at any time day or night,” writes his owner Emily.

Public Hearing set for possible Urban Village re-zoning

The Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee will be hosting a Public Hearing regarding the possibility of zoning changes to the Ballard Hub Urban Village area.

The meeting will be held next Wednesday, August 3, from 6 p.m. at Ballard Library (614 22nd Ave NW)

The following changes will be considered:

1. CB 118693

AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending Sections 23.47A.005 and 23.47A.009 of the Seattle Municipal Code to adopt development standards for certain properties in the Ballard Hub Urban Village; and amending the Official Land Use Map at pages 53, 54, and 55 to rezone land in the Ballard Hub Urban Village.

The areas being considered for re-zoning can be seen on the shaded map below:

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All are welcome to attend the meeting and give their feedback. Click here to view further documentation regarding the proposed changes.

Sustainable Ballard to host Meaningful Movies event

The next installment in Sustainable Ballard’s Meaningful Movies series is set for this Sunday, July 31, from 5:30 p.m. at St Luke’s Episcopal Church (5710 22nd Ave NW).

The documentary film He Named me Malala will be screened which features the story of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world.

She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

The film, put together by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim shows how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide.

Sustainable Ballard confirms that the film is appropriate for children ages 10+ and encourage families with older children to attend.

Following the screening, attendees will hear from a representative of RESULTS, a non-profit organization of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

Development Update: Two subdivisions

Two development applications make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

2008 NW 59th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6464700. 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.

1720 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6520976. 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.

Have you seen Juno the cat in Ballard?

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Juno, a Maine Coon cat, jumped out of his second floor window on Sunday evening and has not been seen since.

“He’s a friendly indoor cat and hopefully will come home when he gets hungry. His collar came off so it’s not on him but he is chipped,” says his owner Nate.

Juno was last seen at NW 64th St and 17th Ave NW.

Text or call Nate at (701) 200-3052 if you spot him.

Councilmember O’Brien to host Health and Public Safety forum tonight

Our local Councilmember Mike O’Brien will host a community forum this evening (Wednesday, July 27) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to engage, educate, and activate residents of Northwest Seattle relating to neighborhood public safety and public health issues.

The forum will highlight different approaches to address Seattle’s homelessness crisis and give community members a chance to share their thoughts.

Speakers from the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, Public Defenders Association, and Seattle Police Department will address public attendees.

Members of the public will then break into facilitated small group discussions to engage with one another in regard to earlier remarks.

Groups will have the opportunity to prepare written summaries of their discussions, and Councilmember O’Brien will provide closing remarks.

The forum will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (5710 22nd Ave NW).

Nearby News: Southbound I-5 to close overnight this Friday

Local drivers planning to use southbound Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle overnight this Friday, July 29, should prepare for a full closure of the interstate and prepare to exit at the Stewart Street/Denny Way off-ramp.

A signed detour will be in place and the I-5 express lanes will be open southbound.

During the closure, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be conducting routine maintenance and testing of the fire suppression system under the Washington State Convention Center.

The below changes will be in place from 11:59 p.m. through 5 a.m. on July 30:

  • Drivers must exit southbound I-5 at the Stewart Street/Denny Way off-ramp beginning at 11:59 p.m. until 5 a.m. A signed detour will guide drivers to Stewart Street, 5th Avenue and Spring Street where they can return to I-5.
  • The Mercer Street and Yale Avenue North/Howell Street on-ramps to southbound I-5 will be closed from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Signed detours will be in place.
  • The I-5 express lanes will be open in the southbound direction starting at 11:30 p.m. Oversized loads should use the express lanes.

Puget Sound area drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the Seattle Area Construction page.

Seattle Night Out set for next week

The 2016 Seattle Night Out Against Crime is set for next Tuesday, August 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight! Last year, over 1,400 events were registered to participate in the annual event.

The annual collective of neighborhood street parties is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities.

“While celebrating your community and spending time with your neighbors, Night Out is a great chance to build stronger police-community partnerships,” say representatives from Seattle Night Out.

Locals can register their block for the party or take part in another event that is listed. As of today, five locations have been registered on the event map in the Ballard area.

Seattle Police are encouraging locals to remember the following tips when setting up their Night Out events:

  • Remember to never block the intersection!
  • Please do not use a vehicle as a barricade to close your street. Any barricade should be easy to move.
  • Your neighbors vehicles need to be allowed access to their homes and emergency vehicles need to be allowed access to your block.
  • Keep tables and other set up to one side of the street to keep the street open for vehicles to pass through if necessary.

Registration will be open through 5 p.m. on Monday, August 1, for locals to register their event.

If you are already registered materials and street closure signs are available to print out from the official Night Out website.

Neighborhood recycling challenge to raise funds for non-profits

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Waste Management Think Green Reuse and Recycling Challenge is on now and locals are encouraged to participate to help local non-profits win up to $20,000.

Locals who have Waste Management as their service provider for recycling, composting and garbage have the chance to win big and save the planet at the same time.

The competition is on now through October and the neighborhood region that reduces the most garbage will win $5,000 for the community non-profit(s) of their choice.

To determine the winner, WM will compare the pounds of garbage per household from this year to last. The region that reduces their garbage the most wins.

Regions that reduce waste through creativity and strong community involvement can win up to $15,000 for the non-profit(s) of your choice.

The list of possibilities is endless. An example could be to create a Recycling Flash Mob, produce a video for YouTube, set up a recycling education table at your community events, or even go door-to-door to urge neighbors to get involved.

Click here to get involved and learn more about the recycling challenge.