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Breaking: Two SPD officers shot in downtown Seattle

April 20th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to SPD Twitter reports, two officers were shot following police response to robbery near Madison/Western Ave downtown.

SPD is asking for people to please stay out of the area as they investigate. See the area marked in red below:

Downtown commuters, please be aware of this incident when making commute plans to return home.

The My Ballard team will update the post with more information when it is known.

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BHS ‘Spilled Ink’ exhibition on this month

April 20th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host a community celebration of “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

The Ballard Branch’s teen advisers have joined forces with the Ballard High School Ink Club to present the annual release of INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online art and literary journal.

The event will showcase student works including music, art and literature. There will be live performances of jazz, ska, indie rock, a string quintet and by a wide array of individual musicians.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. This is an after-hours event and the Library’s parking garage will be closed; free parking is available on nearby streets.

For more information about the event call the Ballard Branch at (206) 684-4089 or ask a librarian.

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Ballard Food Bank releases schedule of on-site providers

April 17th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Food Bank has released this week’s schedule of on-site providers. Check out their tweet below:

Click here to learn more about Ballard Food Bank and the important local services that they provide.

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SDOT launches Pothole Palooza, aims to aggressively repair neighborhood potholes

April 17th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is kicking off Pothole Palooza today, a campaign to aggressively repair potholes across the city.

Locals are being encouraged to report neighborhood potholes so that SDOT can map them out as their Pothole Rangers move throughout the city.

Locals can report potholes in three ways:

During the campaign, SDOT crews will be assigned to specific districts around the city. SDOT Crews will be joined by crews from Seattle Parks and Recreation who will assist with these efforts.

“We recognize that residents have been patient through a tough winter that’s resulted in an increased number of potholes and we want them to know that we’re listening when they report them,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “You’ve told us where they are, and we are marshaling our resources to fill them.”

According to SDOT, potholes occur when street pavement cracks and breaks because of water and vehicle traffic. During winter months, water can cause the material under the pavement to erode, freeze and expand, and then thaw and contract causing the pavement to sink down and break.

Many streets, particularly in the outer areas of the city, have a very poor underlying structure, or sub base, which reacts poorly to these conditions. This freeze/thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight.

Seattle has had an extremely wet and cold 2016-2017 winter season. Residents typically see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow. February and March are when we see the highest numbers of potholes. This past February was the wettest we have experienced in thirty years.

Click here to find out more about Pothole Palooza.

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Ballard Youth Soccer Club to host summer development league

April 13th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ballard Youth Soccer Club is excited to offer a new summer time league for local youth!

The Ballard Youth Soccer Club – Summer Development League (BYSC-SDL) is a daytime summer coed league for boys and girls 8-12 years old.

This new program is a skills building league with curriculum taught by US Soccer Certified Coaches. Twice a week local youth will train with their coach and on Fridays play in their league game. Each player will have a ball to use during training and take home to practice with on non-training days.

Players will learn and build foot skills, work on ideas of ball movement using teamwork and learn good sportsmanship through positive coaching and modeling.

Registration is open through the end of the month and the cost is $220 (scholarships are also available).

Click here to register or find out more information.

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BHS Wind Ensemble score gold at Carnegie Hall

April 13th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Bravo to Mr. James and the Ballard High School Wind Ensemble for a fantastic performance at the International Music Festival hosted in Carnegie Hall, NYC, last week.

The talented musicians were presented with a Gold Award for their performance! Check out the video below:

Congratulations to all involved!

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Development Update April 13: A subdivision decision

April 13th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One decision makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


928 NW 51st 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 #6536537. 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.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 4/27/2017.

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Locks Centennial 5k set for next month

April 12th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Locals are invited to take part in the Locks Centennial 5k Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, May 7. The event will benefit Discover Your NW and the Renovation of the Ballard Locks Fish Ladder.

The Kids Dash (free registration) will kick off at 9:10 a.m. with the Fun Run/Walk shortly after at 9:30 a.m. See below for the cost to register/date deadlines:

  • $35 Registration through March 31, 2017
  • $40 Registration April 1 through April 30, 2017
  • $45 Registration May 1 through May 6, 2017
  • $50 Day of Event if Available

The organizing team is on the lookout for volunteers for the event, who will gain a free participant entry into the event in thanks for their time. In order to receive the free entry, locals must volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours. Various volunteering opportunities are available and those interested are encouraged to email

Click here to register or learn more about the Locks Centennial 5k Fun Run/Walk.

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Ballard Library to host “It’s About Time Writer’s Reading Series” this week

April 10th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be hosting the 330th meeting of the “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series” this Thursday, April 13, from  6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. The series is held at the Ballard branch every second Thursday of the month.

This month’s presentation features readings from Julene Tripp Weaver, David Fewster and Meg Pasquini. Judy Bentley on the Writer’s Craft, will also be speaking about “Staying True to History in YA Fiction.”

Between the author readings, open mic time will be available for three minutes per person.

The series was founded in 1989 by Esther Helfgott and is dedicated to the memory of Anna Helfgott who began writing at the age of 70 and her teacher Nelson Bentley who helped many learn the craft of writing. The group is now curated by Peggy Sturdivant and Katie Tynan.

“The It’s About Time Writers Reading Series is dedicated to an end of racism, homophobia, antisemitism, homelessness & war,” writes the group on their website. 

All aspiring writers are welcome to attend the meeting no matter their writing experience.

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Salmon Bay Eagles to host 70th annual Egg Hunt

April 10th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Salmon Bay Eagles will host their 70th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 16, at Salmon Bay Park (2001 NW Canoe Pl).

The egg hunt starts promptly at 1 p.m. Two simultaneous egg hunts will take place, one for ages 0-4 and one for ages 4-10.

A very special guest, The Easter Bunny, will also be in attendance.

All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, please contact the Salmon Bay Eagles at (206) 783-7791.

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Ballard Historical Society event set for this month

April 10th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th St) will host Ballard Historical Society on Wednesday, April 19, for a special event focusing on the role of the Lake Washington Ship Canal over the past century.

Author David B. Williams will inform locals about what drove civic leaders to plan a waterway in a city already surrounded by water.Williams is the author of Waterway, out this year from HistoryLink (other authors include Jennifer Ott and the staff of HistoryLink). Williams is also author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography. Learn about this and other titles at his website.

“This is a great event for those who interested in Seattle history and the economic and environmental effects of man-made changes in our region,” says Kris Collins from Ballard Historical Society.

The event will kick of at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public and donations are welcome to cover the costs of the program.

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2 boats destroyed by fire at Shilshole

April 8th, 2017 by Geeky Swedes

Just after midnight, firefighters responded to Shilshole Bay Marina and discovered two vessels on fire several hundred feet down the M dock. They moved neighboring boats away from the fire, searched for any occupants and contended with windy conditions.
The fire was under control by 12:30, and one boat subsequently sank. Seattle Fire says there were no injuries. (Thanks Silver for the additional info! Photo by the Seattle Fire Department.)

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