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Ballard filmmaker to make documentary about Dutch Holocaust survivor

September 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Documentary filmmaker and Ballard resident Elke Hautala is in the process of producing a short film about the unique story of a Dutch holocaust survivor. The film is being produced by Heartstone Studios, a production company that Hautala recently started with Michael Kleven.

The story centers around the experiences of Dutch holocaust survivor Ernst Van Gelderen (pictured above in 1942) who narrowly escaped arrival at a concentration camp when he was a child.

At 3 years old, Van Gelderen was sent into hiding for his own safety and 0n September 7, 1943, a Dutch policeman working for the Nazis discovered him. He and the couple that were hiding him were then locked up in Scheveningen Prison. Van Gelderen was then sent on to the Dutch Theater or Hollandsche Schaumburg and was then put on a train headed to the concentration camps.

“By some miracle he was snatched off of the train by a member of the underground resistance and saved from certain death. Hence the title of both Van Gelderen’s memoirs and the film, I Missed My Train,” says Hautala.

71 years later Van Gelderen is ready to share his incredible story of survival with Hautala and her crew. The folks at Heartstone Studios have started a month-long crowd funding campaign through Indie Go Go in partnership with the non-profit Filmmaker’s Alliance. Check out the short video about the project below:

Once produced, the team plan to organize educational screenings in Seattle and the Netherlands at places such as the Holocaust Center for Humanity. The team has already reached nearly 25% of their funding target with 19 days remaining in the fundraising campaign.

“It’s a story from that time with an unusually heartwarming ending that gives us universal insight into how this whole generation of children dealt with unimaginable trauma, questioned their fate and developed ties beyond blood relatives. It’s a meaningful and educational project that I’m hoping to screen in both Seattle and Holland,” says Hautala.

Van Gelderen himself provides personal insight into his unique rescue in his memoir. “If I think about the fact that I was very close to a premature departure from this world, the question comes to mind: ‘Why me? Why was another child not standing closer to that door?’ Those are questions that cannot be answered in this life, so call it coincidence, predestination or karma,” writes Van Gelderen.

Pre-production on the 28 minute short began in August through collaborative research with the University of Washington and will continue through November 19 when the crew is set to head overseas for filming. They will shoot on location in the Netherlands for ten days in November with Ernst revisiting sites of his experiences during the war. The crew will also be filming several staged re-enactments here in the Pacific Northwest in early 2015.  At this stage, the film release is set to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Dutch Liberation Day on May 5, 2015.

Fiscal sponsorship through Filmmaker’s Alliance makes all donations to the project tax-deductible. Locals interested in contributing can click here.

To find out more about Heartstone Studios visit: www.heartstonestudios.com.

Photo courtesy of Heartstone Studios.

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Crown Hill Business Association to meet this Wednesday

September 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Crown Hill Business Association is set to hold a general meeting this Wednesday, September 17, at 9250 14th Ave NW from 12 p.m.

Attendees will learn about city wide planning efforts, and what processes should be considered to make changes to improve the Crown Hill business environment. Lunch cost is $15. Please RSVP to Catherine.Weatbrook@gmail.com

The Association has also created a brief survey for locals to complete to help them plan the upcoming year and organize the kinds of presentations, opportunities, and events in which locals want to participate in. Click here to complete the survey.

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Meridian Avenue N lane closure at Northgate begins tomorrow

September 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Northbound traffic on Meridian Avenue N at NE Northgate Way (on the south side of the intersection – see diagram below) will be reduced to a single lane from tomorrow for about one month.  The lane reduction is necessary for repaving Northgate Way between Meridian and Corliss Avenues, which is set to be completed mid-November.

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Traffic on Meridian, as well as on Northgate Way, is frequently backed up as a result of the construction.  Motorists in this area are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination and to consider taking an alternate route.

Improvements that are part of the North 105th/North Northgate Way Project include complete roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and street trees from Greenwood Avenue North to Corliss Avenue North.

SDOT is also upgrading traffic signals from Greenwood Ave N to Lake City Way NE (and along Lake City Way to N 120th St), as well as installing two new dynamic message signs to provide drivers with real time travel information.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in mid-November. Click here to learn more.

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Coyote spotted prowling the streets of Ballard

September 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The My Ballard team received multiple emails over the weekend about a coyote that was spotted roaming the neighborhood.

My Ballard reader Anna spotted the coyote at 20th Ave NW and NW 80th St near the Loyal Heights Community Center’s park area.

“Last night (Friday) I was on my way home and turned onto my street to find what I first thought was a local dog, but upon further examination I realized it was a coyote. It ran south and I decided to follow it. After traipsing down the street, it then ran into Loyal Heights Community Center’s park area,” writes Anna. She didn’t see where the coyote went after that and she called the Community Center to report the sighting on Saturday morning.

My Ballard reader Diana also spotted most probably the same coyote on Friday evening on the corner of 34th Ave NW and NW 68th St. “It looked well fed and not afraid. Please remind folks to keep cats inside,” writes Diana.

Remember to be cautious and bring pets inside at night to decrease chances of a coyote attack. Also follow the tips from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife below:

  • Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen or heard. If there are coyote sightings in your area, prepare your children for a possible encounter. Explain the reasons why coyotes live there (habitat/food source/ species   adaptability) and what they should do if one approaches them (don’t run, be as big, mean, and loud as possible). By shouting a set phrase such as “go away coyote” when they encounter one, children will inform nearby adults of the coyote’s presence as opposed to a general scream. Demonstrate and rehearse encounter behavior with the children.
  • Never feed coyotes. Coyotes that are fed by people often lose their fear of humans and develop a territorial attitude that may lead to aggressive behavior.
  • Don’t give coyotes access to garbage. Keep garbage can lids on tight by securing them with rope, chain, bungee cords, or weights. Or keep your cans in tight-fitting bins, a shed, or a garage.
  • Feed dogs and cats indoors. If you must feed your pets outside, do so in the morning or at midday, and pick up food, water bowls, leftovers, and spilled food well before dark.
  • Keep dogs and cats indoors from dusk to dawn. If left outside at night in an unprotected area, cats and small to mid-size dogs may be killed by coyotes. If you suspect losing a dog or cat to a coyote, notify your neighbors. Once a coyote finds easy prey it will continually hunt in the area.

Did you spot the coyote? Email any information or photos to tips@myballard.com.

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Ballard Art Walk set for Saturday

September 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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This Saturday’s Ballard Art Walk will take over neighborhood businesses, galleries, studio, and restaurants from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a family-friendly showcase of the work of local artists.

This month, Ballard Works (2856 NW Market St) is hosting Relish Record Report featuring the works of photographers Pete Bustanoby, Michael Mooney, and Irv Mortensen. These artists have spent years developing their large bodies of work and have selected their personal favorites to showcase in this special event. The show features a variety of photographs from jazz divas to landscape and nature, the Intertribal Canoe Journey, architecture, and many things in between.

Annie’s Art and Frame (2212 NW Market St) is set to feature Targeted Therapy by Teresa Ettel in this month’s Art Walk event. Ettel is a self-taught artist who has explored a variety of mediums in her career including collage, which has become her focus and passion. Targeted Therapy is a visual journey of her experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

“The diagnosis, followed by chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries, created both positive and emotional responses. I found artwork using specific images a useful and satisfying way to express her experience,” says Ethel. In gratitude for care received, Teresa will donate 20% of proceeds from sales of the Targeted Therapy series to Swedish Cancer Institute.

For more information on the Art Walk and a full rundown of artists, click here

Image of Teresa Ettel’s work courtesy of the Ballard Art Walk. 

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What’s on this weekend

September 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Welcome to yet another beautiful September weekend in Ballard. Enjoy it at these fantastic events!

Friday, September 12

  • Free Lecture: What Do Buddhists Believe at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington (6556 24th Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join this free lecture exploring the basic beliefs of Buddhism and the foundations of Buddhist spiritual practice. Registration is not required.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Noise for the Needy presents Helios Sequence. 21 and over. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Country Lips, Harmed Brothers (Austin, TX) and The Billy Joe Show. Tickets $10 online.  21 and over. For more information, click here.

Saturday, September 13

  • Garden Renovation: Where Do I Begin? class at Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  New homeowners attempting to turn someone else’s garden into their own and current homeowners with gardens in need of structure and editing will find this 90-minute seminar particularly helpful. Cost is free.
  • Ballard Art Walk is on at many businesses and art galleries all over Ballard from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here to check out more details.
  • Our First Ten Years! – A Free Market Street Singers Performance at BHS Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. The Market Street Singers presents Our First Ten Years celebrating their tenth anniversary. Cost is free. Click here for more details.
  • Ballard High School Class of 1974 Reunion at Shilshole Beach Club (6413 Seaview Ave NW) from 7 p.m. Click here for more details.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Noise for the Needy presents Ivan and Aloysha. 21 and over. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Noise for the Needy – Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals, Hallstrom, Sebastian and The Deep Blue and Yet. 21 and over. Tickets $10. For more information and tickets, click here.

Sunday, September 14

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Weekend Brunch at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, with coffee from new Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee. Click here for more details.
  • Fairy Garden Workshop at Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Karen Eddy and Theresa Venice will show how to make your very own Fairy Garden. Workshop fee of $25 includes a terracotta bowl, soil, and plants for either an indoor or outdoor garden. Bring your own fairy furniture and accessories, or you can purchase them at Swansons Gift Shop. Pre-register by calling Swansons at 206-782-2543, or just show up.
  • Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner, Bingo and Karaoke Contest at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St) from 2:30 p.m. Bingo begins about 3 pm. Cost $10 for 10 games, including blackout jackpot of $500 (if won in 49 numbers or less). Spaghetti dinner cost $7 ($5 kids 12 and under) with reservations or $10 at door. Karaoke after dinner $5. First Prize 50/50 split of funds collected for karaoke.
  • The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble Performance at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Inspired by their performance at the World Sacred Spirit Festival in Rajasthan, India, Wildland Founders Kurt & Anne Kutay invited the Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble to Seattle to share their music and spirit with our community. Tickets $20. Click here to learn more.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

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Metro announces proposed February service cuts

September 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Metro service cuts that were approved by Council this summer are set to be followed up by another round of cuts in February next year. Acting upon the recommendations of an Ad-Hoc Committee, King County Executive Dow Constantine sent the Council a proposal for February service changes last week that is set to reduce 169,000 hours of Metro Transit service.

“With the Council we worked hard to deliver bus service within the revenues available, and without spending money Metro does not have,” said Executive Constantine. “More service reductions are ahead, as we await long-overdue action by the Legislature on a statewide transportation package that can restore sustainable funding for transit.”

On August 28, the Ad-Hoc Committee of County Councilmembers Joe McDermott, Jane Hague, Rod Dembowski, and the Executive, put forward their recommendations which would eliminate 16 bus routes and revise or reduce 32 others.

The Metro cuts already approved this summer, which are set to take effect on September 27, will spell the end for our local Route 61 (which runs daily between Ballard and North Beach through Sunset Hill and Loyal Heights) and Route 62 (which connects Downtown Seattle to Ballard via South Lake Union, Seattle Pacific University, and Interbay).

In terms of the proposed February cuts, our neighborhood would be set to loose Route 28 (which connects Broadview, Whittier Heights, Ballard, Wallingford and Fremont to Downtown). Routes 26X and 28X would also be revised or reduced. See below for the full list of cuts and reductions:

February 2015 service changes

  • 16 routes deleted: 4, 22, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 158, 159, 178, 179, 187, 190, 192, 242, and DART 930.
  • 32 routes revised or reduced: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9X, 12, 13, 14, 16, 21, 24, 26X, 27, 28X, 29, 32, 33, 60, 65, 106, 107, 116X, 121, 125, 157, 168, 177, 181, 193X, 197, 271 and DART 901.

While Metro acknowledges the broad public impacts that these proposed cuts would have, analysts indicate that the cuts should not fall disproportionately on low-income communities or communities of color.

Metro Transit currently provides about 3.5 million hours of transit service across King County and carries approximately 400,000 riders each weekday on 214 routes.

If February’s proposed cuts are adopted by the Council, and if the Seattle transit initiative is approved by voters in November, the service cuts would be postponed until June 2015 to allow time for Seattle and any other party to submit Community Service Contracts to preserve service.

If the February 2015 service changes are made, more than 40 percent of Metro’s current routes would have been changed in some way with 47 total routes eliminated and 43 total routes reduced or revised.

Click here to learn more about the proposed Metro Transit February 2015 service changes.

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“Death and the Maiden” enthralls audiences at Ballard Underground

September 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Death and the Maiden, the 1991 revenge drama written by Argentine-Chilean author Ariel Dorfman, opened last weekend at Ballard Underground Theatre (2220 NW Market St). The play is produced by Latino Theatre Projects and is directed by former Seattle Rep intern Emma Watt.

Death and the Maiden is a tense thriller that centers around the isolated country home of Paulina and her magistrate husband Gerardo. A stranger visits their home and Pauline becomes convinced that this man is the doctor who tortured and raped her repeatedly when she was imprisoned by the former right wing dictatorship.

The tables are quickly turned when Pauline imprisons the guest much to the confusion of her husband. The visitor is given a mock trial by Pauline and her husband but is he truly guilty of the crimes he is accused of?

The cast features the talents of Tonya Andrews, Frank Lawler and Fernando Luna who have all made their mark on the Seattle theatre scene.

The piece plays on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through September 28. Tickets cost $14 and can be purchased online.

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Throwback Thursday: Ballard schools back in the day

September 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

With all local schools back in full swing we thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share some interesting photos of the Ballard schools of yesteryear.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1909 , features the main building of Adams School which was located on 26th Ave NW. The school opened in Ballard in 1909 on a property that had recently been logged. This photo was taken about the time that construction on the school was completed.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1911, shows students from Adams School participating in an all-boy calisthenics class in the school basement.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1944, features a group of students eating cake inside a Loyal Heights School classroom.

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The black and white photo, taken in 1914, features the front of Ballard High School which was then located at 5308 Tallman Ave (the current location of Swedish). The first high school program in the neighborhood began in this building which was then known as the Central School. After Ballard was annexed into the city of Seattle, the school was renamed Ballard High School. When the new BHS opened in 1916, this building became an elementary school.

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Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at tips@myballard.com with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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Ballard ranks second in Top Neighborhoods for Highly Ranked Schools study

September 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Redfin released their report on the “Top Neighborhoods for Highly Ranked Schools” in cities across the country earlier today and Ballard fared extremely well. Our neighborhood was ranked second in the study on the Seattle area behind Queen Anne (click on table below).

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Redfin looked at GreatSchools ratings provided by Onboard Informatics in 22 major metropolitan areas to find which neighborhoods have the most highly rated public schools. The GreatSchools ratings are based on state test scores; as GreatSchools explains, test scores aren’t perfect but they do provide a way for schools to measure students’ performance on core academic subjects.

“To find the best public schools for their children, parents need to do their homework. Fortunately, there are online resources to help them identify which public schools are top of the class, and which aren’t making the grade,” writes Christin Camacho from Redfin.

The Ballard schools featured in the report included Adams Elementary School, Ballard High School, Loyal Heights Elementary School, Salmon Bay School, West Woodland Elementary School and Whittier Elementary School.

In the report, Camacho also highlights that when homes in neighborhoods with the most highly rated public schools are compared with homes in the whole metropolitan area they are higher priced, are more likely to sell for over the asking price, sell faster and are harder to come by.

Click here to learn more about the Redfin study and to read the full report.

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Paid parking time limits extended in central Ballard

September 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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You may have noticed a few new signs being added to the paid parking areas on NW Market St and 22nd Ave NW in central Ballard today.

The new signs indicate the start of extended paid parking hours which are now in place in selected areas of “core Ballard” (see blue marked streets on map below) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The changes are in place from today onwards and locals are encouraged to check the new signs to ensure that they are aware of the new paid parking hours.

Parking on the selected parts of NW Market St and 22nd Ave NW will cost $2 an hour with a two hour limit between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and a three hour limit between 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Changes have also been made to the paid parking areas in the Ballard ”edge” area (see green marked streets on map above). Parking in this area will now cost a reduced rate of $1 per hour with a four hour limit between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To learn more about the paid parking changes in Ballard and all around Seattle click here.

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Salmon Bay Eagles’ Oktoberfest to support Ballard Food Bank

September 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Salmon Bay Eagles are hosting their first ever Oktoberfest event in support of Ballard Food Bank later this month. The event is set for Saturday, September 27, from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Aerie Social Room (5216  20th Ave NW).

The event will be filled with dirndls and lederhosen, music and beer! Attendees will enjoy great beer from nine local breweries, wieners, live music, burlesque performances, and good timesall for a great cause!

Tickets cost $16 and include full access to main stage burlesque performances by Faye Doe Doe & Florence Wetmore, music from the Roy Kay Trio, and three drink tokens good for one 5-oz. taste each. More tokens will  be available for $2 each at the event (cash preferred).

Tickets can be purchased online and all proceeds will go towards the Ballard Food Bank. The event is for 21+ only.

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