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PSCAA issues air quality burn ban for King County

November 19th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has issued a burn ban for the entirety King County set to start at noon today and continue until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The burn ban is currently at “stage two” level which bans burning in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves.

For Seattle Parks and Recreation, this means that beach fires at Golden Gardens Park (8498 Seaview Ave NW) are also prohibited until the ban is lifted.

The PSCAA issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises, or is forecasted to reach, unhealthy levels. “Fine particle pollution levels continue to be high in areas throughout the Puget Sound region, especially in neighborhoods where wood-burning is common,” writes the PSCAA.

The front expected this evening is showing rain and winds that will clear the air. However, daytime winds will not be sufficient to significantly reduce pollution levels in King and Pierce counties, especially in areas where wood burning is common.

Residents are advised to rely on their home’s other source of heat such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters until air quality improves and the ban is lifted. The only exception to this ban is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

Locals who violate the ban could face a $1,000 fine from the PSCAA.

To learn more about the burn ban click here.

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Winter basketball league registration now open at Ballard Boys and Girls Club

November 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Registration is now open for local youngsters interested in playing basketball at Ballard Boys and Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St) this winter.

For boys, basketball sign ups are being offered for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The 3rd Grade Boys Hoops League (In-House League – 10′ Hoops) runs from January 7 through March 13 and meets on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The 4th/5th Grade Boys Hoops League (In-House League – 10′ Hoops) runs from January 5 through March 12 and meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (players commit to two days per week only).

For girls, basketball sign ups are being offered to students in 4th and 5th grade. The 4th/5th Grade Girls Hoops League (In-House League – 10′ Hoops) runs from January 6 through March 12 and meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (players commit to two days per week only).

Space is limited and registration is available online. Cost is $60 (plus current Boys and Girls Club Membership which is $36).

For more information or to sign up contact the club’s new Athletic Director Jeff Budke at or call (206) 783-5775.

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Paint cans found illegally dumped in North Beach Park

November 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

North Beach Forest Steward Luke McGuff emailed in to let us know that at least 43 full paint cans were illegally dumped in North Beach Park over the weekend.

McGuff confirms that the incident occurred sometime between 3:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and 9:40 a.m. on Monday morning. According to McGuff, the cans (some pictured below) were discovered unopened and placed in a location that took a fair amount of effort to reach.


Forest Stewards preparing for a planting work party discovered the dumped paint cans on Monday morning. “This will cost the city hundreds of dollars to clean up,” says McGuff. “There was no spillage at the time the dumping was found, but even so it will require extra time for already strapped crews to remove,” he continues.

In terms of paint disposal options locals have many. Latex paint can be disposed of by allowing to air dry and then placing in regular garbage. Kitty litter can also be stirred into the paint to speed the drying process. Alkyd and oil based paints and varnishes can be taken to the North Seattle Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (12550 Stone Ave N) for no fee.

“It would have taken less effort to dispose of properly than to dump in the park,” says McGuff.

If you have any information about the incident contact us at and we will pass on the information.

Photo courtesy of Luke McGuff.

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Construction work underway at North Beach CSO site

November 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The My Ballard team received an update from King County about the current construction work that is underway at the North Beach Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project site.

King County’s contractor, Stellar J Corporation, is currently digging a trench for the CSO storage tank. Crews are scraping excess material (“scale”) from the shoring panels to create a uniform, flat surface for the storage tank walls. The contractor has also changed methods for removing scale to reduce noise in response to neighbor concerns.

As the excavation continues, the contractor will pour concrete for the tank and the mechanical and electrical building. The excavation, shoring panel scraping, and concrete pouring is expected to continue through early December.

During excavation, shoring panel scraping, and concrete pouring neighbors can expect:

  • Construction work hours from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Noise from excavating and hauling equipment, including backup alarms. The contractor has installed less-intrusive broadband alarms on their equipment, but third-party trucks may not be equipped with these alarms.
  • Use of a grinding machine to scrape extra material from the shoring panels.
  • Increased truck traffic entering and leaving the site. Trucks will access the site on 24th Avenue NW and 28th Avenue NW.
  • Concrete trucks to continue running while concrete is poured to prevent the concrete from hardening.

Crews will not be working over the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28. Crews will be on site on Saturday, November 29, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. to prepare for work the following week.

If you have any questions about the project email Monica Van der Vieren at or call the 24-hour construction hotline at (206) 296-7372.

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Community Conversation with SPD North Precinct set for tomorrow night

November 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A Community Conversation with officers from the SPD North Precinct will take place during the Broadview Community Council meeting tomorrow evening. All are welcome to attend the event at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (13047 Greenwood Ave N) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

This is the second meeting to take place tomorrow that is set to tackle the issue of crime in our area. Whittier Heights Informed Neighbors group has also organized a community meeting to discuss the increase of crime in the area.

The meeting is also open to all tomorrow from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Loyal Heights Community Center Room 2 (2101 NW 77th St).

At the Broadview meeting locals will have the opportunity to meet some of the local officers; get an update on the progress on the new North Precinct Building at 130th and Aurora; learn about crime statistics specific to the North Precinct and hear about new safety programs being implemented.

Officers will be fielding questions from the audience so all are welcome to bring their thoughts, concerns, and kudos and be prepared to brainstorm on how the community can best work together with the SPD to improve public safety and reduce crime in the North Precinct.

Attendees will also learn what types of suspicious activity to report to assist SPD in catching criminals and learn how we might advocate for new safety programs for the SPD.

You can also help the community by bringing your donation of new socks  for the annual North Precinct sock drive. Officers provide socks to community service centers helping the homeless, and when they encounter people in need on the streets.

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Ballard Pool undergoes rennovations to meet ADA standards

November 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Starting today, the Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th St) parking lot and public locker rooms will be under construction to accommodate required facility improvements that will meet the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Seattle Parks and Recreation have hired Forma Construction, who will have crews working at the pool from today through January 9, 2015.

During the first week of construction, the parking lot is the only area of the pool that will be affected. Two current disabled parking spots and surrounding space are set to be improved.

The current disabled parking spots will be relocated during construction to the front entrance load and unload area.  A temporary fence will also enclose the construction area and temporarily eliminate approximately three parking spots during the construction time.

On November 24, crews will begin working on the family changing rooms and locker rooms. The two family changing rooms off the lobby area will be updated and improved to allow easier access for all. These changing rooms will be closed for the duration of the project.

Seattle Parks is working with Forma Construction to minimize the impact to the pool which will remain open during construction. The public locker rooms will be open and accessible during program times.

Construction improvements that are set for the locker rooms will occur after hours and not affect users of the pool.

Ballard Pool staff encourage patrons to plan in advance for delays which may include arriving early, carpooling, having a friend or family drop you off or even being prepared to walk a greater distance to the pool. Additional parking will be available in the evening in the school lot.

Madison Pool, at 13401 Meridian Ave N, provides plenty of parking close to its entrance and Parks pool staff will have All-City pool schedules available at the pool for swimmers’ convenience.

Click here to find more information about other pool location and schedules.

To learn more about the construction project contact Gary Gibbons, Sr. Project Manager, ADA Compliance at (206) 386-1511 or email

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SPD officers catch burglar red handed in Ballard

November 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD officers caught burglars red handed in two separate burglaries in the North Seattle area on Saturday night. Check out the details from the SPD blotter below:

In two separate North Seattle burglaries officers arrived at Licton Springs and Ballard homes catching the burglars red handed yesterday evening.

Just before 8 p.m. officers were driving lights and sirens through the Licton Springs neighborhood to a different call when the dispatcher broadcast a homeowner was outside in the front yard fighting with a burglar. The officers, it just so happened, were driving down the block where the incident was unfolding.

Officers arrived at the incident in the 9200 block of Wallingford Ave North and arrested the suspect as the homeowner’s wife was still giving information to the dispatcher.

The North Precinct Anti-Violence Emphasis patrol officers later booked the 34-year-old man into King County Jail on investigation of burglary.

Later, a woman called 911 around 10 PM after she had locked herself and her children inside an upstairs bedroom as her husband confronted an intoxicated burglar inside their Ballard home.

Officers entered the home in the 5900 block of 20th Ave NW and captured the suspect as he charged toward the locked bedroom with the wife and children inside.

Police booked the 23-year-old man into King County Jail on investigation of burglary.

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Ballard Library offers free information sessions about Affordable Health Care Act

November 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) is offering a free drop-in assistance service for locals who want to find out more about enrolling in health plans that have become available through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

As the new open enrollment period begins, the service will be in operation from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. every Wednesday night from November 19 through February 11 and is available on a first come first served basis.

The Seattle Public Library, Public Health – Seattle & King County and community-based agencies are working together to help locals determine their eligibility for Affordable Care Act programs. Trained staff from community agencies will be available to answer questions and assist with enrolment.

Bring your Social Security number, information about your current income and if applicable your Permanent Resident Card (“green card”) information.

The service is free and requires no reservation. Click here to find out more information.

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Group of employees speak out in support of owners as Paseo files for bankruptcy

November 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to an article posted on The Stranger’s website, a group of former Paseo employees have spoken out in support of the owners and the working conditions they faced while employed at, what is now arguably, Seattle’s most popular and controversial sandwich shop.

The My Ballard team reported Paseo’s closure on Tuesday, amid allegations that a law suit filed by four previous employees against the owners was the reason for the shop’s demise. Since Tuesday, local media has exploded with different angles on the Paseo story and the reasons behind the closure that has devastated so many.

The Stranger was contacted by nine former Paseo employees who have “watched in horror as the reputations of the owners and the restaurant itself have been dragged through the mud.” According to the article, the former employees believe that the owners’ decision to close Paseo was definitely connected to the lawsuit.

“This was the best management I’ve ever had in my life,” Camden Nixon, who had worked at Paseo for several years, told The Stranger. “We all really love it here and care about the owners. And we’ve been bummed that we’re not still serving.”

When asked about the four employees that were suing Paseo, the group was quick to tell their side of the story. They referred to the group as “the Family”, said that they “ran the kitchen” and described them as “mean spirited.”

“It took a long time for him (owner, Lorenzo Lorenzo) to feel like he could have people in place where he could lose those people,” former employee Tyler Grantham told The Stranger. “We just wanted to get the other side’s story out.”

In addition to the legal battle, reports indicate that Paseo was definitely in financial trouble. Our news partners at The Seattle Times report that Paseo Carribean Food Inc. filed a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday, the day after they officially closed the shop’s doors for good.

According to The Seattle Times, when filing a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the applicant usually seeks to pay off creditors through the liquidation of property assets.

According to the article, the filing reveals that Paseo Carribean Food Inc. owes $30,425 to a variety of “unsecured creditors,” which reportedly includes several vendors and utilities and 20 workers or former workers. The filing also indicates Paseo property assests, which mostly comprise of restaurant equipment, are valued at close to $82,000. The bankruptcy filing also confirms that Paseo owners have paid over $251,000 over the past three months in payroll, employee taxes and benefits.

In addition to confirming what owners owe, the filing also indicates that Paseo reached over $2 million in sales last year, with $1.7 million to date this year.

The Seattle Times reports that Macrina Bakery of Seattle and Sea Bend Meat Co. of Shoreline are listed as the company’s biggest creditors, who are allegedly owed $10,000 each. However, when officials at both food wholesale companies were contacted by Seattle Times reporters they seemed surprised.

Vice President of Macrina Bakery, Scott France, told The Seattle Times that Macrina supplied hundreds of 5-ounce Guiseppe rolls to Paseo daily and confirmed that the business was never late with payments.

“We’ve had a good relationship with those folks for a long, long time,” France told The Seattle Times.

Similarly, Stan Ciezc, who owns Sea Bend Meat Co., defended Paseo’s owners stating that they have worked with them for over 20 years and that “they are very, very good people.”

The article reports that several government taxing authorities, including the IRS and the state’s revenue, employment security, and labor and industries departments are listed among other creditors in Paseo’s bankruptcy filing.

After the closure was announced and the bankruptcy filing confirmed, a group of Seattle entrepreneurs known as Savvy Orders launched a Kickstarter to buy the business and reinstate it exactly as it was. At this stage the group has raised $31,222.

Although the Kickstarter campaign has gained overwhelming local support, not everyone is convinced, including Stranger reporter Ansel Herz. Herz published an article titles About that “Save Paseo” Kickstarter… this afternoon indicating that many are skeptical and unsupportive of the move.

“As far as I know, from what I’ve heard from everybody, we’re all kind of bothered by it,” former employee Tyler Grantham told Herz. Grantham confirmed that Savvy Orders did not contact the former Paseo employees until after the Kickstarter was up and running. “None of us are interested in what he proposed,” Grantham said.

With so many perspectives and twist and turns it is unclear where the Paseo story will go next, however, it is sure to be closely followed by hundreds of Seattleites.

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What’s on this weekend

November 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Another weekend is here and brings with it plenty of exciting events. Enjoy it in Ballard!

Friday, November 14

  • Art UP w/ Chattergold Studios Family Potraits Pop Up at Ballard Healing Arts (8314 8th Avenue NW) from 6 p.m. Art UP open house will feature Artwork by Tricia Chatterton-Goldrick who will be on hand to take family photos just in time for your Xmas Cards!
  • Fantastic Friday Fest at Sunset Hill Community Center (3003 Northwest 66th St) from 6:30 p.m. A fun night for the whole family featuring music by local favorites The Washover Fans (with special guests The Purple House), arts and crafts, games, snacks and a raffle for a fabulous prize. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.  Featuring Blue Tracks, General Mojo’s Key Project and Jojo Jupiter. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Shook Twins – Folk Pop Sisters From Portland. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, November 15

  • Free electronics and Styrofoam Recycling at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Parking Lot (2400 NW 85th St) from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In partnership with Total Reclaim, the folks are collecting old electronics and Styrofoam. Recycling is free. Click here to check out the complete list of what is allowed.
  • Reiki 1 Class at Ballard Healing Arts (8314 8th Ave NW) from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. In First Degree Reiki training you will receive a Reiki attunement that will empower you to practice Reiki. Cost is $185. Click here to find out more.
  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • Speakeasy Bingo Benefit at Ballard Elks Club (6411 Seaview Ave) from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Plus One Foundation is hosting a 1920s themed extravaganza. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds go to the Foundation. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Double CD release party featuring Gravel Road, and Levi Fuller & The Library! with special guests Wind Burial. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:45 p.m. Featuring Smokey Brights, Ravenna Woods and Kelli Schaefer. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, October 16

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Ballard Youth Basketball Winter Tryouts at Ballard Boys and Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St) from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tryouts are open to students in 3rd through 5th grade. Winter teams practice once per week on Saturdays or Sundays; 3 tournaments. Students with all skill levels are encouraged to tryout. Click here to find out more.
  • Ballard Youth Basketball Winter Tryouts at Ballard Boys and Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tryouts are open to students in 6th through 8th grade. Winter teams practice once per week on Saturdays or Sundays; 3 tournaments. Students with all skill levels are encouraged to tryout. Click here to find out more.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter – Steve Forbert (Seated show). Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Speakeasy Bingo set for Saturday in Ballard

November 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Seattle non-profit the Plus One Foundation is hosting a Speakeasy Bingo fundraiser this Saturday, November 15, at Ballard Elks Lodge (6411 Seaview Ave). The 1920s themed event is set to kick off at 6 p.m.

The Plus One Foundation, which is 100% coordinated by volunteers, works within the community to mobilize resources and enrich the lives of those affected by neurological conditions and educate the community about related issues.

100% of event proceeds will fund grants for children and adults with neurological disorders who need access to healing activities on their path of rehabilitation. Grants range from yoga classes to build core strength, to Seattle parks swim passes in order to keep muscles strong, to art classes that keep spirits up.

“The Plus One Foundation is dedicated to filling the gap towards recovery for these programs that are often not funded by insurance, but are invaluable in providing quality of life and joy to grantees,” says Plus One Foundation Board Member Tessa Griffin.

Event goes are set for an evening of fun at Speakeasy Bingo which include a photo booth, live auction, and of course bingo! Prizes have been donated by over 40 of Seattle’s premier restaurants, hotela and local businesses valued at up to $500.

All proceeds from the $75 ticket will go towards providing services to those with neurological disease and injury in the community.

Click here to find out more about the event and to purchase a ticket.

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Free electronic recycling event set for Saturday

November 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th St) is set to host an electronic and Styrofoam recycling event and clothing drive this Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for Ballardites to clean out their closets and garages and keep unusable items out of the landfill.

Our Redeemer’s is partnering with Total Reclaim and are collecting old electronics, which includes anything with a battery or cord and (almost) anything metal working or not.

Items that will be accepted include computers, monitors, laptops, printers, computer parts, fax machines, scanners, modems, wires, toner cartridges, appliances, washers / dryers, refrigerators, water heaters, CD / DVD / VHS cassette players, speakers, televisions, and car batteries. Click here to check out the complete list of items.

The team will also be collecting clothing and shoes for The Bridge Care Center and Mary’s Place, and are looking especially for seasonal clothing (fall and winter).

The Bridge Care Center is a drop-in center for men and women experiencing homelessness and displacement in the Ballard area. Their work is about acknowledging that every person has value and meaning, and deserves to be treated with dignity. Mary’s Place empowers homeless women and children to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.

Clean, white Styrofoam will also be collected at the event and taken to Styro Recycle. Please do not bring styrofoam that has been used for food and all tape and labels must be removed. Packing peanuts (in a bag or box with a lid) and clear bubble wrap also accepted. No hot tub covers will be accepted. Small donations to cover the cost of transport will also be gladly accepted.

All recycling services are free of charge. Our Redeemer’s high school youth will also be in attendance to collect donations to fund their service trip to Holden Village this winter.

To find out more information about the event click here.

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