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.
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 email@example.com.
Click here to learn more about Ballard Preschool Co-op.
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.
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.
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 PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below.
City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
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.
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to call 911 immediately in case of emergency.
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!
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.
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.
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.