At the beginning of the month, The Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) Implementation was passed unanimously by the Seattle City Council. The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) selected only a handful of preschools to provide high-quality preschool services come September; of their selected locations is North Ballard’s Creative Kids (10525 3rd Ave NW).
Mayor Ed Murray announced the ten 2015/2016 providers and their locations on Monday, July 6. While two of the locations will hold two classes and serve over thirty kids, the majority– including the Northern Ballard provider– will hold just one class and serve 20 kids.
In choosing the program providers, DEEL involved a panel of City staff across departments and community members. On November 4, 2014, Seattle voters approved Proposition 1B (Ordinance 124509) which will fund the four-year demonstration phase of the Seattle Preschool Program, and build toward serving 2,000 children in 100 classrooms by 2018.
The SPP anticipates that enrollment for this first year will be limited, however all 4-year-olds in the city (regardless of income level) are eligible to apply. Additional information can be found online regarding Enrollment requirements and the program’s timeline.
Meanwhile, Fremont preschool Orange Tea School caught fire on Friday, July 10 at 5:30 a.m. Firefighters speculate that the misfortune, which started under the back deck frequented by transients, may have been due to a trespasser’s cigarette.
Fire crews responded to the flames without anyone getting hurt, however the pregnant owner Kerry McMannis, who operates the school and inhibits the building, was forced to flee during the incident.
The school at 3623 Fremont Ave N. is grateful of the encouragement it has received and intends on getting back on its feet. “The community is wonderful and everybody is just, ‘How can we help?’” said McMannis, according to a kiro7 news report.
Orange Tea students hosted a bake sale at the location yesterday from 3-5p.m. to raise proceeds for the recovery of their school. In addition to the impressive $744 raised at the bake sale, McMannis and Teacher Andrew Forrayi have started a gofundme campaign started in an effort to get the school up and running again and to provide childcare in the interim.
Update 5:45 p.m.: Just went by Tigertail again this afternoon and noticed a letter from the Department of Revenue in the window. The Sept. 17 letter states that Tigertail’s Certificate of Registration has been revoked because of three unpaid tax warrants in the amounts of $6,897.34, $10,397.76 and $12,970.20. The warrants were issued Aug. 28, 2008, Feb. 26, 2009, and June 25, 2009. The letter states that the sign must be posted conspicuously. We never noticed it the three previous times we stopped by in the last week, perhaps because the non-descript white paper is sandwiched in between the menu, reviews and various other signs. What’s interesting is that while the sign must be posted for the public to view, the Department of Revenue told us this morning it couldn’t comment on the case because it’s a privacy issue.
The state Liquor Control Board says this morning that the Washington State Department of Revenue is responsible for Tigertail’s closure.
The state DOR will only say that Tigertail, 704 NW 65th St., still has an active business license. They won’t comment on whether they are pursuing a matter against the company, saying it’s a privacy issue.
Still no word from Tigertail’s owners about what’s happening.
The Ballard High School spring musical Grease opened last night to the first-ever opening night sell out, according to one of the parents. The musical runs tonight and tomorrow and again next Thursday, Friday & Saturday (March 19, 20 & 21.) Tickets are $12, available through the school office or at the door. Box office opens at 6:00pm on performance nights.
The sign is up out front and they’re stocking the shelves and the deli case inside Take 5 Urban Market, located at the corner of 8th Ave. and 70th St.
We wrote a week ago about the new market, which replaces the Wicker Basket. One new detail: it’ll also have espresso made from Phinney Ridge’s Herkimer Coffee beans, which will arguably make it the best place to get a hot caffeinated beverage on 8th Avenue.
Seattle Natural Veterinary Center at 65th and 8th Ave. here in Ballard is taking donations to help out the more than 600 dogs that have been rescued from suspected puppy mills in Skagit and Snohomish counties last month. All donations will be given to Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT), a rescue organization in Skagit County, which is currently providing care for the majority of the rescued dogs. You can see a list of the most-needed items right here. You can also bring donations to Mud Bay Granary at 8211 Greenwood Ave. N.
A thin layer of crunchy, compact snow and ice is covering the area, especially East Ballard, Sunset Hill and Crown Hill.
Seattle Public Schools are running two hours late, there’s no kindergarten, Head Start or door-to-door programs today as well.
6:32 a.m. update: If you’re a Microsoftie, or otherwise heading to work on the Eastside, 520 across Lake Washington is closed due to accidents in BOTH directions. Check your traffic before you head into work today (as of 6:50 a.m., one eastbound lane is open, but traffic is very backed up).
Some Metro bus routes are on snow routes, but none are reported in our area so far. Despite that, Metro warns service could be slowed.
A group of serial burglars have been hitting parking garages and storage lockers at condos near 15th and Market and 85th and Greenwood in Greenwood, reports Q13 Fox, which aired surveillance video of the suspects.
Police say the female suspect is in her early 20’s; about 5’5 tall with dark hair and a heavy build. She was wearing a North Face Jacket. The male suspect is also in his early 20’s, about 5’5 to 5’9 tall with blonde hair. He was wearing a camouflage jacket, jeans, and a North Face backpack. The pair may frequent the Ballard, Greenwood, or University District.
If you have information about these suspects call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (Thanks Nina for providing the surveillance photos!)