Burglar caught inside Ballard home

SPD Officers arrested a 28-year-old man on Tuesday evening after a local homeowner caught him breaking into her house.

Check out the full details from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

At Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the victim called police and said the suspect had forced his way through a basement door of her home in the 7000 block of 15th Avenue NW and was trying to enter the main floor of her house.

Officers quickly arrived, entered the house and saw the suspect trying to pull open a door inside the home. The homeowner was on the other side of the door, holding it shut while on the phone with 911 call-takers. Officers took the man into custody without incident.

The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

Market Street Singers to host Rummage Sale

The Market Street Singers are hosting a Rummage Sale this Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at  St. Luke’s Church (5710 22nd Ave NW).

Come meet and support your Market Street Singers and find some great bargains!

Their best-sellers during previous sales included:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Books
  • CDs/DVDs/Records
  • Housewares
  • Appliances and Electronics
  • Luggage/Bags
  • Toys / Puzzles
  • Knick Knacks
  • Jewelry / Scarves
  • Household tools
  • Linens / Bedding / Blankets

All unsold items will be donated.

BHS Playmakers to present “The Foreigner” this month

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The talented students at Ballard High School are all set to present their Fall production, The Foreigner, over the coming fortnight.

The play, set in a fishing lodge in Georgia, is set to entertain community members young and old.

In Larry Shue’s hilarious farce, Charlie Baker, a proofreader by day and boring husband by night, adopts the persona of a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. When others begin to speak freely around him, he not only becomes privy to secrets both dangerous and frivolous, he also discovers an adventurous extrovert within himself.

Performances will be held in the Ballard High Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. on October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

Tickets are available for purchase online. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Bring a friend to the theater on Thursday, October 20, and pay a two-for-one rate at the door.

Annual Motown Dance Party set for this month

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It’s time to put on those dancing shoes for the fourth annual Sunset Hill Motown Dance Party.

The popular event will be held on Friday, October 14, at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The event is open to all ages and features a live DJ, favorite 1960s Motown dancing tunes, a super disco ball, and beer and wine for sale.

As this year’s event takes place so close to Halloween, attendees are invited to dress up in ’60s costumes. Think bellbottoms, mini skirts and fishnet stockings!

Tickets can be purchased at the door and online. Cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple for club members and $20 per person and $30 per couple for non-members. Each ticket purchased includes one free drink.

All funds raised from the event will help maintain the unique, vintage clubhouse building.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Festival selects BHS Filmmaking Program for IMAX grant

Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program was one of five “exemplary” programs chosen by the All American High School Film Festival to receive a $5,000 “In Focus” grant from IMAX.

The All American High School Film Festival is the largest high school film festival in the nation, drawing competition from all across the country.  The announcement was made Friday, October 7, during the festival’s Opening Night ceremonies in New York City.

Partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the “In Focus” initiative is a component of IMAX “Big Picture”, the corporate social responsibility program created to leverage the power of film to mobilize action and effect positive change.

The five selected student film programs will create short films that raise awareness of the UN’s 2030 sustainability agenda, creating original content to specifically address at least one of the UN’s following development goals:

  • Climate action, which calls for efforts to stem greenhouse gas emissions, which scientists cite as a major factor in the earth’s changing weather patterns, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
  • Life below water, encouraging people, enterprises and nations to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources.  According to the UN, some 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
  • Life on land, encouraging people, enterprises and nations to sustainably manage forests, and halt and reverse land degradation.  According to the UN, forests account for a third of the earth’s surface, highlighting the global imperative to reverse deforestation.

“This effort provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to elevate their work to a higher platform and work with new film technology, while encouraging them to use film to effect change and social improvement,” said Richard Gelfond, IMAX CEO.

The All American High School Film Festival has a distinguished jury, including screenwriter Diablo Cody, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott.  Official Selections to the festival are also eligible for awards.

Last year, films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students were finalists for Best Screenplay, Best Directing, Best Drama, and Best Documentary – in addition to two of their productions becoming finalists for Best Overall Film.

The honored films from last year can be viewed on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.

This year’s festival features 10 productions by 21 students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program.

Congratulations again to all involved in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program!

Nearby News: Greenwood Ave N Repaving Project to continue next week

SDOT is advising local drivers that the repaving project Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 136th streets is nearing completion.

The three listed items below are scheduled for next week, starting Monday, October 10.

What to expect:

  • Crews working for SDOT will be lane striping the newly laid asphalt between N 112th and N 125th streets Monday night, October 10. The work is weather dependent. If the work is delayed by rain, crews will attempt the lane striping on Tuesday night.
  • Crews are also scheduled to replace vehicle detection equipment in the pavement on Greenwood Ave N at N 117th and N 125th streets during the day on Wednesday, October 12.  The work will require some short term lane closures.
  • There is some small-scale work at the intersections of N 115th, N 117th, N 122nd, and N 125th streets scheduled for next week that will complete the Greenwood Ave repaving project.

SDOT appreciates the Greenwood community’s and public’s patience while this work is being completed.

Ballard Library to host Green Up Info Booth this month

The Seattle Public Library will host a Seattle City Light “Green Up” information table from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays for the remainder of the month (October 12, 19 and 25) in the lobby at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Locals will have the chance to chat with City Light representatives about how local renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest can support clean energy and a healthy environment.

The Green Up program uses renewable energy projects to help promote economic development in rural parts of the region, improve Washington state’s energy security and reduce pollution.

Seattle City Light customers can change their owned or rented home’s energy usage to renewable energy through the Green Up program. Customers can choose to purchase renewable power for 25%, 50% or 100% of their power usage.

Green Up’s renewable energy credits come from regional geothermal, biogas, wind and small hydro energy. Seattle City Light’s basic energy service is currently a mix of hydro, wind, nuclear, coal, landfill gas and other power sources.

Development Update October 6: More subdivisions

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

Application:

9513 8th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed Parcel sizes are: A) 3,807 sq. ft. and B) 3,807 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

Decisions:

6733 Alonzo Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6480863. 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.

810 NW 63rd 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 #6515795. 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.

8340 Mary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6481903. 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.

2603 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6513243. 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.