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Loyal Heights Annual Pancake Breakfast set for Sunday

February 27th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Loyal Heights Community Center is set to host their famous annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast this Sunday, March 1, from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

All proceeds from the event go towards the community center’s scholarship fund that benefits families in need by providing opportunities to participate in programs and activities throughout the year.

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Loyal Heights Community Center for $5 per person (children under 3 eat for free). Tickets can also be purchased on Sunday at the event.

Click here to find out more.

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Throwback Thursday: The Golden Gardens of yesteryear

February 26th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

As the sunnier and warmer weather approaches we thought it was time to look back at some photographs taken at Golden Gardens back in the day. Enjoy!

The photo below, taken in 1900, shows 11 women wading into the (freezing) water at Golden Gardens. Notice their bathing suits of sailor-collared tops and long skirts.


The photo below was taken in 1910 at Golden Gardens. Harry Whitney Treat is inside the horse drawn carriage and the streetcar can be seen in the background.


The photo below, taken in 1920, shows Maude Reid Adams at the end of the Loyal Heights car line at the top of the hill that leads to Golden Gardens.


The photo below, taken in 1923, features two boys playing on the sand at Golden Gardens. The boy on the left is James D. McGinley, and the boy on the right is unknown.


The photo below, taken in 1929, shows a busy day on North Beach at Golden Gardens.

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If you have any old photos taken in or around Ballard that you would like to share from any era please email them to

Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society and MOHAI.

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Ballard teen finalist for Better Business Bureau Scholarship

February 26th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard teen John Hunt is one of the 16 finalists for the Better Business Bureau’s Students of Integrity Scholarship. The scholarship is offered by the BBB Foundation to support students who recognize the importance of ethical and responsible marketplace practices.

Applications for the $10,000 are open to students in Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington in order to help students have an opportunity for high er education.

In addition to the application process, students have to create a 90 second video about how the BBB assists and supports consumers in relation to  identity theft and fraud, online marketplace scams, phony online reviews or charity scams.

“I have created an original video for the Better Business Bureau on identity theft and how to protect yourself against it,” says Hunt.

Check out the video below:

To win the scholarship Hunt needs as many views on his video as possible. “I’m hoping the Ballard community can help me win the scholarship,” says Hunt.

Click here to learn more about the scholarship and the Better Business Bureau.

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Ballard Pre School Cooperative open for enrollments

February 26th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard Preschool Cooperative (a program of Phinney Neighborhood Association at 7503 18th Ave NW) is now open for enrollments for the 2015/2016 school year.

The cooperative comprises of a nurturing community of instructors and families with children aged 5 and younger. The team offers a part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K.

“The play-based curriculum supports children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development and provides parents the opportunity to significantly contribute to their child’s preschool experience,” says the Ballard Preschool Cooperative team.

To find out more of to register email the registrar at

Click here to learn more about Ballard Preschool Co-op.

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Development Update February 26: Subdivisions and a 6-story structure

February 26th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two subdivision applications and one notice for a design review meeting make 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.


6705 Alonzo Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440068. 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.

839 NW 52nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,400 sq. ft. and B) 2,597 sq. ft. Existing structures to be removed.

Notice of Design Review Meeting:

2003 NW 57th St

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 6-story structure containing 118 residential units above 14 live/work units. Parking for 102 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through March 16, 2015.  You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments should be submitted to or mailed to the address below.

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Me n’ Moms evicted from Ballard location

February 25th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

After more than three months of unexplained closure, Ballard consignment store Me n’ Moms (2821 NW Market St) is being evicted from its premises.

The eviction notice posted on the door (dated 2/13/15) has drawn the attention of locals who still have their goods inside the store.


My Ballard reader Briana continues to be concerned about the store credit that she holds with the store and also about items that she has recently consigned. “I am considerably upset by this turn of events,” she says.

Similarly, My Ballard reader Jolyn is feeling frustrated by the lack of communication from store owners. “I’m sure I’m not the only parent in Ballard who’d like her unsold stuff back and a check for what they owe me,” says Jolyn.

The My Ballard team once again contacted Cyndi Wilder from City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services who confirmed that Me n’ Moms has not renewed their 2015 business. “However, we haven’t received any closure notification from the business,” says Wilder.

Wilder then directed us to contact the SPD Public Affairs Unit to confirm the next steps for locals who still have consignment items inside the store.

Drew Fowler from the SPD confirmed that an investigation is currently underway to determine whether further proceedings in this matter will be civil or criminal. “As soon as that is determined we will notify the public as to the process they need to go through to reclaim their consignment items,” says Fowler.

The My Ballard team will continue to update readers as the investigation progresses.

Thanks to My Ballard reader Emma for emailing through the photo.

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Seattle Animal Shelter offers free spay/neuter packages for World Spay Day

February 25th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

To commemorate World Spay Day (February 25, 2015) Seattle Animal Shelter‘s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets scheduled for surgery for the remainder of February.

Microchips and vaccinations will also be offered free for animals having surgery on those days.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

These surgeries usually cost between $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. Microchips cost $30 and vaccinations run $10 each so this is a great deal!

There is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, however pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $20 for cats/$27 for dogs or a two-year license is $27 for cats/$37 for dogs.

This year’s special offer is made possible by the city’s Pet Population Control Fund, which provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering.

If you are interested in making an appointment for your pet call the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-4260. Spaces are limited.

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Daddy Daughter Dinner set for next month at Ballard Community Center

February 25th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Tickets are available for the 23rd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner set to be held on Saturday, March 14, at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) from 6 – 10 p.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites all daddies and daughters take part in a night of festivities with an 80s theme.

Head to the event for a night of neon fun, good grub and totally rockin’ out. Bust out your acid-washed jeans, mix and match your brightest colors and tease your daughter’s hair.

Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, by phone or online using barcode #126275. To find out more information call (206) 684-4093 or click here.

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Suspicious man travelling door to door again in Ballard

February 24th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Paul emailed in to report that another suspicious man is travelling door to door in Ballard claiming that he works for The Seattle Times.

This is the first report of suspicious persons targeting our neighborhood in this way since December last year.

Paul and his family live on 23rd Ave NW (between NW 85th and NW 83rd streets) and were visited by the suspicious man on Saturday just before noon.

“It was an mid 30s African-American man wearing a blue and black windbreaker with a monogrammed Seattle Times logo on the left side,” says Paul.

The man, as other locals have reported in identical incidents, asked if the family was getting The Seattle Times and wanted to sign them up.

“It all seemed weird since he wasn’t carrying any identification or a clipboard. Then I remembered the post from back in December describing the exact same exchange and I decided to shout from the behind the door we don’t want it,” says Paul.

The man then, seemingly startled, left the porch quickly and proceeded to continue down 23rd Ave NW towards 83rd. Paul saw the man 20 minutes later continuing to proceed south on 23rd Ave NW.

“I called SPD’s non-emergency line and requested a patrol car,” says Paul.

This exact situation has been reported by readers to the My Ballard team over twenty times since 2013.

Have you recently had a similar interaction with a person matching this description in Ballard? Email us at Remember to call 911 immediately in case of emergency.

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Ballard nurses honored with DAISY Award

February 24th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Earlier this month five nurses from Swedish Ballard were honored with nationally recognized DAISY Awards for the extraordinary care that they have given to their patients.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that recognizes nurses who provide the best patient care, supported by UnitedHealthcare. The nurses were nominated by their patients, patient’s families and colleagues.

The five nurses receiving the honor from Ballard included Sherry Collins, RN; Feven Jembere, RN; Maryann Parris, RN; Meredith Roe, RN; and Rebecca Swanson, RN.

Rebecca Swanson was nominated for her exceptional dedication as a Lactation Consultant at the Swedish Ballard Childbirth Center. Swanson has worked in the labor/delivery ward for 10 years and transitioned into being a lactation nurse for the past 15 months.

Check out an excerpt from her nomination by a fellow Ballard nurse below:

Rebecca always goes above and beyond – visiting patients many times throughout a day, spending extra time finding specific resources for patients, or calling patients to check in with them. She is excited about sharing information and education with her colleagues and inspires us be better nurses. She is extremely passionate about doing what is best for newborns and families.

Congratulations to all five nurses on this fantastic achievement!

Photo courtesy of Kim Doyel.

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RV explodes in Ballard, passengers escape with minor injuries

February 24th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Kyle Moore from the Seattle Fire Department confirmed that a burning candle was the cause of the RV fire in Ballard early this morning.

The SFD were alerted to the situation when multiple 911 callers reported hearing explosions and seeing the fire at approximately 2:31 a.m. this morning.

“When firefighters arrived they found the two occupants of the motorhome has safely evacuated.  Because everyone was out of the burning coach, firefighters went defensive, meaning they fought the flames from outside if the RV,” says Moore.

Moore confirmed that it took 8 minutes for firefighters to get the fire under control and 13 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The burning RV also caught a nearby telephone/power pole on fire, and the power lines directly above the fire proved to be a hazard for the firefighters.

The occupants were transported to Harborview Medical Center with minor burns to their hands and the estimated damage caused to the motor home is $5,000.

Original Post:

According to a report by KIRO 7, an RV parked on NW 45th St near 6th Ave NW exploded into flames early this morning with two passengers inside.

The report confirms that neighbors heard two explosions before the motorhome burst into flames.


A man and a woman were inside the RV at the time of the explosion and have luckily escaped with only minor burns to their hands. The security camera from a nearby business captured a video of the explosion (see still above).

According to the report, the explosions blew holes in the RV which is now a completely charred structure (see photo below).


The My Ballard team has requested more information from the Seattle Fire Department and will update the story when more is known.

Photos courtesy of KIRO 7.

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Group creates petition to save Loyal Heights Elementary playground

February 23rd, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

As the My Ballard team reported on Februrary 11, a group of parents, friends and neighbors from the Loyal Heights Elementary community have banded together to try and save the fate of the playground on the school grounds.

Loyal Heights Elementary is set to undergo a major expansion starting in 2016 to accommodate the increasing demand of the local growing population. The school is set to expand its current capacity of 450 students to approximately 650-800 students and must rearrange physical attributes of the school in order to do so.

The $37.3 million expansion project is currently underway under the direction of Seattle Public Schools who believe that the project “will address current and projected elementary enrollment growth in northwest Seattle.”

Despite acknowledging the benefits that the expansion will provide the local parents and neighbors have some concerns. “While many of the proposed changes will be of great benefit to our expanding student body, we are concerned that the building plans include a severe reduction in outdoor play space,” writes the local group on their website.

According to the local group, the current proposal is set to cut the outdoor playground space in half, leaving 3000 square meters for outdoor activities. “To put that in perspective, a soccer field is approx. 6000 square meters,” writes the group. Click here to view more details from the previous My Ballard report.

Loyal Heights parent, Katie Kaku, has created a petition for locals to show their support and express their opinions on the issue.

“We the parents, future parents and neighbors of Loyal Heights Elementary School, as well as concerned citizens, protest the proposed elimination of  half of the playground at Loyal Heights Elementary school,” writes Kaku on the petition website.

Click here if you are interested in signing the petition.

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