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Residents return home after gas leak on 64th

May 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Fire Department crews responded to a gas leak on NW 64th St at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

NW 64th St was closed between 20th Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW while crews investigated the leak.

SFD confirms that the leak occurred after a water crew struck a gas line.

Residents returned home before 12:30 p.m. and no one was injured.

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Ballard Food Bank to host employment workshops

May 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Work Source is hosting a series of employment workshops at the Ballard Food Bank (5130 Leary Ave NW) every Friday starting May 20.

The series will cover topics including:

  • Identifying and Overcoming Barriers
  • Hot to Succeed in the Workplace
  • Career Pathways
  • Resume and Correspondence
  • Interviewing
  • Think Like the Employer

The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. – noon each Friday (May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 and June 24). All are welcome to attend.

Please note that food bank services will not be open during the workshop sessions.

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Development Update May 19: One decision

May 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It is pretty quiet on the development front this week in today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


5310 P Ballard Ave NW


An application to locate a minor communication utility (Verizon) on a new Seattle City Light utility pole #1374905 within the right-of-way has been approved.

The Department of Construction and Inspections has completed their siting review of the Class II attachment described above and is recommending that the General Manager of Seattle City Light (SCL) conditionally grant the request. SCL will make the final determination on the proposal.

The project includes attaching two panel antennas to the new pole. Final decision on placement of antennas will be made by Seattle City Light.

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Hundreds turn out for Syttende Mai celebrations

May 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard was jam packed last night with hundreds celebrating Syttende Mai. Check out some photos of the event below:





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Greenwood business owners seek answers, explosion investigation results expected by end of summer

May 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to our news partners at, Greenwood business owners who were frustrated by the lack of information surrounding the cause of the March 9 explosion met with Mayor Ed Murray last week to ask for his assistance in finding some answers.

The explosion, that destroyed three businesses and damaged an additional 50, is currently being investigated by the state Utilities and Transportation Commission and no results have yet been found.

According to Chaco Canyon Café owner Chris Maykut, the lack of results is causing a significant impact as insurance companies are waiting for a cause before taking action on their insurance claims.

Mayor Murray contacted the Utilities and Transportation Commission and received the following reply yesterday:

Dear Mayor Murray:

Thank you for contacting the Utilities and Transportation Commission about the ongoing investigation into the Greenwood explosion.

We are sensitive to the community’s recovery efforts, and are working diligently to complete this investigation. Our priority is ensuring the safety of the people of Greenwood and the natural gas infrastructure that serves our communities.

While pipeline safety inspectors completed their work at the Greenwood site on March 15, the investigation continues. Inspectors are currently evaluating evidence collected at the explosion site, completing witness interviews, reviewing company records, and awaiting laboratory test results. When they have completed this work, a comprehensive investigation report will be published with their findings and conclusions.

Ultimately, the commission does not release detailed information about ongoing investigations until a final report is filed in order to prevent misinterpretations of isolated facts.

At this time, we hope to have a completed report by late summer, although that timeline may be extended depending on what the investigation uncovers.

Please direct any additional questions or concerns to the commission’s communications director, Amanda Maxwell, at (360) 664-1110 or

Steven V. King
Executive Director and Secretary

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New senior living community to host open house

May 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Merrill Gardens senior living community is set to open at 5601 24th Ave NW this fall and the team is hosting an Open House event for the community.

The Open House event will be held this Thursday, May 19, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St).

Once open, the community will offer 103 apartments with independent living, assisted living and memory care.

In terms of facilities, Merrill Gardens will offer residents a well-appointed library, theater, bistro, rooftop terrace and formal dining room. All apartments will have a washer and dryer and a full kitchen.

Click here to learn more on the Merrill Gardens website. All are welcome to attend the Open House.

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Whittier Heights Community Council meeting on tonight

May 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Whittier Heights Community Council will hold their neighborhood meeting tonight (Wednesday, May 18) from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Ballard Church (1460 NW 73rd St).

The meeting will include updates on WHCC activities since their January from their new committees: Growth and Development, Neighborhood Events, Traffic and Pedestrian Safety, and Crime Prevention.

Guest speakers will share information about the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) proposal and newly minted Sound Transit 3 proposal—two critical “growth-focused” topics that have huge implications for Whittier Heights. The speakers include representatives from the City of Seattle, Crown Hill Neighborhood Association and Northwest Seattle Coalition.

“It will be a tightly packed, two-hour agenda, and you are guaranteed to learn a lot about important potential changes coming to our neighborhood,” says WHCC organizers.

Visit WHCC’s website, to check out the meeting agenda in addition to the City of Seattle’s HALA Frequently Asked Questions sheet. Organizers encourage locals to read both documents before tonight’s meeting.

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Syttende Gay event on tonight in Ballard

May 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Tonight, Bal Mar (5449 Ballard Ave NW) will host Syttende Gay, a LGBTQ event that celebrates Ballard’s longstanding Norwegian heritage.

The event, which was first held in 2006, was created for the annual Syttende Mai (Seventeenth of May) Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard.

This alternative event became known as Syttende Gay, which was a play on words of Syttende Mai and we are that alternavtive event for the LGBTQ guests as well as anyone who is supportive of the LGBTQ community.

“Although this particular event focuses on the LGBT side, our main focus is to also promote and celebrate Norwegian culture and the long standing tradition in Ballard for 127 years,” says event organizers.

 This year’s event will welcome back Haffi Haff, a Seattle native and gay entertainer , vocalist and DJ who now performs in Iceland. Also returning is beloved Drag Artist Iona Trailer.

The event will also be raising funds for non-profit Diverse Harmony.

Cost of VIP entry to the event is $7, which includes exclusive access to upper VIP level with a panoramic view of the Syttende Mai parade and 10% off  Nordic inspired food and cocktails. The event will kick off at 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more.

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Peddler Brewing to host movie night and live music

May 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The team at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) are gearing up for a week of events and wants to spread the word to the local community.

This Thursday, May 19, the Peddler team will host an Outdoor Movie Night with a screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The movie will kick off at 8:30 p.m. with no cover charge and is suitable for all ages.

On Friday evening, May 20, Dysfunction Junction  will play live from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. This event is also free and suitable for all ages.

Click here to check out the Peddler Facebook page and learn about their upcoming events.

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Old Ballard Liquor Co. to open Scandinavian Aquavit cafe

May 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks at Old Ballard Liquor Co. are planning to open a Scandinavian Aquavit Café and are looking for local support.

After running the Nordic cuisine pop-up Tumble Swede, Old Ballard Liquor Co. owner Lexi wanted to create a permanent Scandinavian cuisine fixture on the Ballard food scene.

“Seattle lacks Scandinavian restaurants, which is crazy considering how many Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians live here,” reads a Facebook post from Old Ballard Liquor Company.

Lexi is planning to open the Old Ballard Scandinavian Aquavit Café and has created a Go Fund Me Page to raise the necessary $14,500 to open the business.

According to Seattle Eater, the café was originally supposed to open today, on Syttende Mai, however “a plumbing snafu may have delayed things”.


In terms of the food that will be on offer, “the menu will focus on lesser-known traditional Scandinavian meals alongside contemporary Nordic dishes (meaning no meatballs or lefse), both with a focus on Aquavit pairings and quality, fresh, local produce,” the Go Fund Me Page explains. A sample menu can be found above.

Click here to donate and to learn more about this new local eatery.

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Cupcake Royale celebrates Free Scoop Day

May 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is celebrating its fourth annual free scoop day from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. this Thursday, May 19.

“It’s tradition for the folks at Cupcake Royale to treat the community with something sweet and fellow dairy partners Meadowsweet Dairy are helping out in a big way this year by donating all the fresh dairy,” says the Cupcake Royale team.

Join in the fun this Thursday and receive a free scoop!

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PNA on lookout for 30 local volunteers

May 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

As the My Ballard team reported earlier this year, the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s PNA Village has expanded to Ballard and the team is currently seeking 30 more volunteers.

The program is geared towards seniors to allow them to stay in their own homes as they age and get some of the smaller errands and tasks done with volunteer assistance.

As a volunteer, a person can be either a “Handy Helper”, a “Friendly Visitor”, or a “Village Driver”.  Examples of tasks that members can request help with include grocery shopping, moving items to a storage area, changing light bulbs that you can no longer reach, getting a ride to the library, or having a weekly phone chat.

The PNA Village has been serving Phinney and Greenwood and Broadview for three years and has now expanded to include Ballard, Broadview and Bitter Lake.

The next scheduled training dates are set for May 21, June 6 and July 17 at Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St).

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions call (206) 789-1217 or e-mail

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