Ballard home burglarized while resident was inside

A man in Ballard had $1900 cash stolen while he was in his home near 7th Ave NW and NW 70th St.

Masood Ali-Husein tells My Ballard that he arrived at his home at 8:15pm, and rushed inside to use the bathroom, leaving the front door to his house open. While in the bathroom, he heard the screen door bang shut. When he ran out, he saw a woman in her early 30s run into a blue car. He realized the woman had taken an envelope containing $1900 cash, which he had withdrawn earlier that day to pay his rent.

Ali-Husein called police to report the incident, but officers were unable to find a match for the plate number he gave them.

“It was really random and bizarre. It’s not like they followed me all day long as the bank I visited was on the Eastside in Bellevue much earlier in the day,” Ali-Husein said. “People are getting bold and walking into random houses.”

If you have any information about the incident, contact Seattle Police at 206-625-5011.

Ballard hub to join city-wide earthquake drill on Friday

On Saturday, July 29, Loyal Heights Playfield (2101 NW 77th St) will be a hub for a city-wide earthquake drill from 9am to noon. The playfield is considered one of the city’s 11 Emergency Communications Hubs; the next closest one is the Phinney Community Center.

“Mark your calendars! Sharpen your pencils! Spiff up your acting skills! We are taking to the field again in July to practice our response skills – this time it will be a continuation of the Cascadia Rising Subduction Zone earthquake, on day six after ‘the big one’,” the organizers say. “Join us as a volunteer or a ‘citizen actor,’ or just stop by to learn more.”

For more about Seattle Emergency Hubs, click here.

Tonight: 67th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

Tonight is the 67th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, taking over the nearby neighborhood from 6 to 8:30 pm. The parade will go down Greenwood Avenue from N. 95th to N. 85th then west to 6th Ave NW.

The theme this year is “Clownin’ Around in Greenwood”. The Greenwood parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region. They have over 100 entrants this year, with bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and clowns set to take over Greenwood streets.

Traffic could get interesting around Greenwood this evening, so give the area a wide berth if you need to get somewhere after work tonight.

Free trees available for Seattle neighborhoods

If you want to plant new trees in your front yard, you have until August 14 to apply for free trees offered by the city. 

As part of their Trees for Neighborhoods program, the City of Seattle gives away hundreds of trees to Seattle residents each year. Since 2009, the city has given away 7,300 trees to households. (See where the trees are planted.) Applications are due on Monday, August 14; click here to view this year’s tree options.

The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps participants select the right tree and planting location through an upcoming workshop on Wednesday, August 2nd from 7 – 8 pm at Northgate Community Center. Participants can receive up to four free trees per household, a watering bag and mulch for each tree, training on proper planting and care, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities, and tree delivery and planting assistance if needed.

The successful applicants will attend a planting workshop and receive their trees in October.

Photo courtesy City of Seattle

Sandbags used for railway sea wall repairs along Ballard beaches

BNSF Railway have placed a number of sandbags to reinforce the sea wall along the beach connecting Golden Gardens and North Beach. My Ballard reader Liz Neuman sent us this photo, voicing her concerns about the safety of the quick fix.

“The fallen rock supports that are lying below the beach wall are being replaced with the photographed bags and landscape blocks creating what looks like a bizarre and disturbing precedent,” Neuman says. “When one thinks of the cargo traveling day and night along our local coast, this is of great concern.”

BNSF spokesperson Courtney Wallace says the sandbags are part of their ongoing maintenance program for Washington railways. She didn’t give a timeline for a more permanent fix, but said that crews are currently working throughout the state and, “schedules can change based on priorities and need.”

Fires set overnight in Ballard homeless camp

Update: Seattle Police report that one man has been arrested at the scene of one of the four fires set. According to the SPD Blotter, the fires were set to a mattress, trees, shrubs, and a debris pile in four places along the Burke-Gilman.

“When officers arrived at one fire at NW 7th Street and 42nd Avenue NW, they saw a man–who was carrying a pair of nunchaku–running from the scene,” Seattle Police say. The man was also carrying a lighter, but police are investigating whether he played a role in the fires. Officers arrested him for carrying a dangerous weapon – the nunchaku – and booked him into King County Jail.


Original: Several fires were allegedly intentionally set overnight in a homeless camp along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The fires were set between NW 36th St and NW 42nd St just before midnight, causing some damage to properties. There were no injuries reported due to the fires.

Seattle Police are currently investigating; we’ll update with any new information.

Development Update July 24: subdivision application in the heart of Ballard

Just one subdivision application makes 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.


1554 NW 60TH ST

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6571854. 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.

Comments may be submitted through 8/07/2017.

Ballard Tool Library ‘Repair Cafe’ on Thursday

The Ballard Tool Library will host a free “Repair Cafe” on Thursday, July 27 at the Paul Teel Craft Room at the Ballard NW Senior Center (5429  32nd Ave NW) from 6 to 7:30 pm

The tool library volunteers will be on hand to help people fix, mend or repair items, and will have a range of tools for use. “Even if you just want to craft with like-minded folks, come see us!” the organizers say.

They’ll have the following tools on hand: sewing machines, eyeglass repair tools, computer repair tools, awl, needle/thread for hand-sewing, knitting needles, crochet hooks, hammer, voltmeter, screwdrivers, tapes and glues, hand drill, and more. 

The organizers are also looking for volunteers; contact them at for more information.