How the new Amazon Fresh Pickup in Ballard works

You’ve seen Amazon’s new facility along 15th Ave., and it just opened this week for all Amazon Prime members who order their groceries online. GeekWire’s Todd Bishop decided to give it a try:

In Todd’s case, he was able to pick up his groceries about three hours after ordering them. Amazon will (optionally) scan your license plate when you first visit the pickup facility. On subsequent visits, it will recognize your car, expediting the pickup process.

Ballard was one of the first neighborhoods in the country with Amazon Fresh, and now it’s the first — along with SoDo (near the Starbucks HQ) — to have a pickup facility. Read more on GeekWire here.

2 shot at party at Gas Works Park

Two men were shot after a fight broke out at Gas Works Park early this morning. Two groups of people were holding a party after the park closed, and shots were fired after an altercation, police say.

Both victims will survive. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived just before 12:30 a.m. Seattle Police is asking for the public’s help in sharing any information about the shooting.

Photos: paddleboarding, Golden Gardens, tugs

Sharing a few sunny photos from around Ballard…

Go #SUP racers go! Start of the Monday night race. 📷@jpikakephoto #standuppaddle #Seattle #ballard

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SPL to kick off 2017 “Summer of Learning” next month

The Seattle Public Library’s 2017 Summer of Learning for youth and families kicks off on Thursday, June 15. The 98th annual program, which continues through Tuesday, September 5, is designed to keep students reading and learning while school is out.

This year’s program features the theme “Blast Off to Space!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The Library is offering hundreds of free programs all summer long for families, children and teens. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

Children and teens can learn to program robots, play a ukulele, create videos, write songs, take digital photos, practice calligraphy, design sound effects and more. Some classes require registration, which will open up online two weeks before the first class begins at each Library location. The Library will also celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, with programs, events and displays and by distributing free eclipse glasses in late August.

Children who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Mission Log packed with fun space-related learning activities. There will be three levels for participants to complete of daily reading and activity missions. Level 1 finishers will be entered into the grand prize drawing and will get one prize from the prize box, and will also have their names placed on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. Level 2 and 3 finishers will win additional prizes from the prize box and entries into the grand prize drawing.

Teens who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Teen Book Bingo card. Participants who complete a Book Bingo card can bring it into the Library, or post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #SPLteenbookbingo2017 for a chance to win an iPad Mini or free movie theater passes! Examples of Book Bingo squares include: book you judged by its cover, turned into a movie, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, a book you finish reading in a day or read outdoors, and a comic or graphic novel.

Families with young children ages birth to 5 years old can pick up a fun bingo card filled with reading and learning activities to do together with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. For every five completed squares in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal), children can get their name on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. The Early Learner bingo card will be printed in English, and printable versions will be available online in Amharic, Chinese, English, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

The Library offers summer programming because research shows that during the summer young people can forget a certain amount of what they learned during the school year. Educators call that the “summer slide.” The Summer of Learning program mitigates the summer slide and teaches children and teens 21st century learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills.

The Library has partnered with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to offer free family admission, for up to two adults and four children, when families present a completed Mission Log or an Early Learner flyer from July 1 to Oct. 31, 2017.

For more information about Summer of Learning, visit, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

SFD encourages locals to enjoy the warm weather safely

With the stretch of warm weather expected in the coming weeks and over the Memorial Day weekend, the Seattle Fire Department released some tips to encourage locals to enjoy  enjoying the heat safely. Have fun, but remember to stay safe!

Reduce the chance of outdoor fires around your home and yard:

  • Make sure cigarettes have cooled completely before throwing them out. Carelessly discarded cigarettes can easily start a fire in dry conditions. Discard cigarettes in a glass or metal container with sand.
  • Remove long grass, weeds or anything that can burn from around your home, including on the roof and in gutters. Check for tree branches that touch your home or hang near the roof.
  • The risk of mulch fire is more common than one might expect. When possible keep beauty beds moist. Provide a minimum of 18-inches clearance between landscaping mulch beds and combustible materials.

Grill, fire pit and campfire safety:

  • Keep a three-foot child and pet safety zone around your grill and fire pit.
  • Only use your grill outside on a non-combustible surface and at least 10 feet away from siding, deck rails and open doors or windows.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches – never leave them unattended.
  • When finished, turn off both the grill and the propane cylinder. Place coals in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled. Clean your grill after each use – this will help remove excess grease.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning – never take a smoldering or lit grill into a tent, caravan, or cabin. Even if you have finished cooking, the grill should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use.

Boating safety:

  • Ensure your boat has a working smoke alarm. Test alarms monthly.
  • Have a U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board and know how to use it. Mount the extinguisher near an exit to prevent being trapped.
  • Dispose of oily rags in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Fuel portable tanks on the dock, not on your vessel.
  • State law requires personal flotation devices for each person aboard a vessel.
  • Never swim in or near marinas, docks or boatyards.
  • Have your boat inspected by a certified electrician.
  • Boats with AC systems should have isolation transformers or equipment leakage circuit interrupter protection.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning while boating:
      • Gas vapors will accumulate in low spots – before fueling, close all hatches, compartments and covers. After fueling, open everything up and ventilate.
      • Swim and play away from areas where engines vent their exhaust.
      • Educate all passengers about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning (irritated eyes, headache, nausea, dizziness).
      • Never block exhaust outlets. Blocking outlets can cause CO to build up in the cabin and cockpit areas – even when hatches, windows, portholes, and doors are closed.
      • Dock, beach, or anchor at least 20-feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine. Exhaust from a nearby vessel can send CO into the cabin and cockpit of a boat.

Drowning prevention:

  • The safest decision may be to not enter the water. Think about the risks when swimming, boating, inner tubing, or rafting in rivers due to dangers from currents, logs, jams, and cold temperatures.
  • Wear a lifejacket. Infants and children should always wear lifejackets when in or near open water. Air filled or foam toys, are not a substitute for wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket.
  • Learn to swim, including water safety and survival skills. Learn to float and tread water for at least 10 minutes. It’s good to improve skills in a pool before hitting open water.
  • Drowning often happens when inexperienced or weaker swimmers try to keep up with more experienced ones. Have conversations with your children and teens about swimming risks.
  • Swim where there’s a lifeguard when possible.
  • Supervise children in or near water. Always stay within touching distance of young children.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs during water activities.
  • Learn first aid and CPR.

Click here to learn more from the SFD’s Fire Line blog.

Development Update May 25: Three decisions

Three 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.


1532 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,149 sq. ft. and B) 1,601 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

2441 NW 62nd 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 #6548723. 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.

2654 NW Market St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 2-story building containing 13,949 sq. ft. of light manufacturing. Surface parking for 7 vehicles to be provided.

“Fire Celebration” set for this weekend at Ray’s

30 years ago this Friday, May 26, Ray’s Boathouse burned to the ground leaving little left but a few tables, chairs and its iconic Ray’s sign.

They rebuilt and came back stronger and more excited than ever to serve guests fresh local seafood. Now 30 years later the team is commemorating this defining day in their history with a Fire Celebration at Ray’s.

Locals are invited to join in the celebration this weekend from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, May 28, in the Café to enjoy Ray’s ‘smoked and blackened’ menu items, commemorative fire photos, and take in the gorgeous views that were shrouded in smoke 30 years ago.

Smoked & Blackened Menu includes:

  • Smoky Habañero Lime Rita – Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, El Jimador blanco tequila, housemade habanero syrup, lemon lime, spicy salt rim
  • Blackened Wild Keta Salmon Sandwich
  • Smoked Scallop Salad
  • Smoked Wild Salmon Niçoise Salad
  • S’Mores Panna Cotta

Click here to find out more.

Candidate list for primary election now available online

The full list of candidates running for office in 2017 is now available online. The list of candidates who will appear on the primary election ballot is also available online. Candidates are listed online in the order they will appear on the ballot.

A record number of people filed to run for office this year, with a total of 634 filings. The previous record was 557 filings in 2009. About 94 percent of candidates filed online.

“I’m thrilled to see a historic number of filings this year,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “Running for office is a brave endeavor, and I want to congratulate all of the candidates.”

Click here to learn more.

Mayor launches “Summer of Opportunity and Safety” to support local youth

Mayor Ed Murray launched the Summer of Opportunity and Safety, a City-led effort to expand summer programming for youth through grant-funded programs, Seattle Parks Department activities and youth jobs.

These programs aim to help connect youth to opportunities across the city, focusing attention on positive activity that itself is a strong violence prevention measure.

A key piece of this effort is the Youth Opportunity Fund, a $145,000 fund to support community agencies and groups which provide positive youth development activities. Additionally, the City is unveiling a new online portal, where those looking for summer activities can find places to apply or drop-in programs throughout the summer.

“Our young people are the future of our city and we must invest in their growth and safety year-round,” said Mayor Murray. “Programs focused on engaging and supporting youth can propel them to future opportunities, including jobs. This summer, we are doubling down on that commitment to our youth by helping them access a positive environment that will help them thrive, which is the best way to prevent youth violence.”

Community organizations and businesses are encouraged to apply for a summer opportunity grant, with awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

The application deadline is Tuesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Visit the Youth Opportunity Fund website for details.  A list of programs funded in 2016 can be found here.