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Ballard Locks centenary celebrations to kick off on President’s Day weekend

February 10th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Songwriting finalist performances, historical societies and other group displays will kick off the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Centennial commemoration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 18, through, Monday, February 20.

The locks officially opened on July 4, 1917. Rainer Valley and Fremont Historical Societies, History Link and Friends of the Ballard Locks will have historical displays in the administration building during the three days of the kick off event. A 6-foot-long scale model of the S.S. Roosevelt will also make its debut and be on display in the building throughout the year.

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A replica of the Roosevelt’s bell will also be displayed in the building. U.S. Coast Guard Museum Northwest permanently donated the bell to the Locks for its historical significance. The Roosevelt led the parade through the locks July 4, 1917. It is the ship (pictured above) that Robert E. Peary used to attain the North Pole in April 1909. The Friends of the Ballard Locks display will feature the Roosevelt’s history and locks’ architect Carl Gould.

HistoryLink.org is also commemorating this centennial with information about the canal’s history and how the canal and locks’ construction changed shorelines and altered the county’s river systems.

Fremont Historical Society will have maps, photos and information that tell how the canal impacted the Fremont neighborhood. Rainer Valley Historical Society’s “The Last Resort – Lowering Lake Washington,” will illustrate how the lake’s southwest shores provided Seattleites an escape from the increasing hum and bustle of city life. It also includes some of the effects lowering the lake in 1916 had on these recreational destinations, before all the timber was cut, the rivers straightened and the wetlands filled.

Maritime Folknet, a federal non-profit dedicated to preserving maritime culture and history, hosted a songwriting contest which ended January 9. The contest gave song writers a unique opportunity to write about Lake Washington Ship Canal and the locks for the centennial and record it for posterity. Some of the finalists will perform from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, in the visitor center. Winners will be announced by early April and a CD of the final recordings is scheduled for release July 9, the day of the Centennial Boat Parade.

In addition to regular locks events, summer concert series, garden events and car shows, other events are being planned throughout the year, with most being held before August. Many unaffiliated groups are also hosting events, including a 5K and scavenger hunt.

For more information about all the events click here.

Photo courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Celebrate Neighbor Day this weekend

February 9th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Day on Saturday, February 11, by participating in neighborhood activities or just indulging in random acts of kindness.

Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhoods a great place to live. Residents, businesses, and community groups throughout Seattle are all invited to participate.

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You can participate in any of the events below or simply do something nice for a neighbor.

In North Seattle check out the official Neighbor Day events below:

  • Neighbor Day Fire Station Open House Events from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Fire Station 18, 1521 NW Market St in Ballard
    • Fire Station 20, 2800 15th Ave W in Ballard
    • Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave NW in Crown Hill
  • Neighborhood Appreciation Swim at Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th St) from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    Open swim, slide, and sample swimming lessons for ages 3-16. $2 promotional entry price

Still looking for Neighbor Day ideas? Click here to check out the extensive list!

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Development Update February 9: Row-houses and a five-story hotel

February 9th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Here is today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

2203 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow one 3-story, nine-unit rowhouse structure. Surface parking for nine vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Order of Dismissal:

9500 9th Ave NW

The appellant has withdrawn his appeal. Pursuant to Hearing Examiner Rule 3.06, the matter should be, and hereby is, DISMISSED, and the hearing scheduled for Monday, April 10, 2017, is CANCELED.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting:

5244 Leary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a five-story hotel with four live-work units and 10,500 sq. ft. of retail. Below grade parking for 213 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished.

The design review board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 27, 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 February 27. Locals 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 about the above application should be emailed 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

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Annual essay contest to win rent free apartment now open

February 9th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Locals now have the opportunity to enter a competition to win free use of a one bedroom apartment for one year.

“Rents have increased quickly in Seattle and it has created a strain on many budgets. We can’t ease everyone’s housing budget, but hopefully someone’s situation could be drastically improved,” writes the anonymous building owner who will donate their unit to the winner.

In order to enter, applicants must submit an essay (under 350 words) in answer to the question, “how would a free apartment for one year allow you to give back to the community?” The applicant must also have documented history of service and references upon request.

The winner will receive free use of a one bedroom apartment for one year located in either Ballard or Queen Anne. “It has wood floors and a laundry in the building. It won’t be in a shiny new tower, but it will be a clean, comfortable place to live,” says the owner.

The essays will be reviewed by a selection committee. The winner will be notified via email by April 30 and move in on June 1. Applicants must be legal US Residents and at least 18 years of age. Utilities will be paid by the resident.

Click here to submit your essay before the closing date of February 28.

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Sold ‘baby’ ferry passes through Ballard Locks

February 8th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Hiyu, the smallest ferry in the Washington State Ferries fleet, officially changed hands on Wednesday and was towed through Ballard Locks en route from Eagle Harbor to Lake Union.

According to KOMO News, the vessel was bought by Menagerie Inc. for $150,000 who have plans to turn it into a floating entertainment venue.

The Hiyu is the smallest of the fleet coming in at only 162-feet-long. According to KOMO, Hiyu was used from 1967 until 2016, but its small size, high maintenance costs and lack of accommodations for passengers resulted in the suspension of its use.

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The Hiyu served several different routes, including the Point Defiance/Tahlequah and San Juan Islands inter-island routes. After being put in storage in the late 1990s for over a decade, the vessel served as a relief vessel in recent years.

“Baby” Hiyu made its way through the Ballard Locks at about 3:30 pm (see pictures above) on its way to its new home on Lake Union.

Photos courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers. 

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Seattle Animal Shelter celebrates World Spay Day with free procedures

February 8th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

To commemorate World Spay Day (February 28, 2017) Seattle Animal Shelter‘s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets that are scheduled for surgery between February 27 through March 3.

“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 $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, 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 $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.

Dr. Zoulas also recommends having your pet – dog, cat or rabbit – microchipped while it is at the clinic for surgery, as microchips are invaluable for the peace of mind provided by this permanent means of identification should your pet ever become lost or stolen.

“Spaying and neutering are safe, routine surgeries that prevent animals from breeding,” said Dr. Zoulas. “This annual effort helps end the suffering of unwanted and homeless animals in our community by preventing unplanned litters.”

In addition to the foundation grant, the Seattle Animal Shelter’s “Pet Population Control Fund” partially funds this year’s World Spay Day special. “Spay Day” is an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. Each February, animal shelters and animal welfare agencies worldwide join forces to promote spaying and neutering of pets as the most effective and humane ways to decrease the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters throughout the world.

There are several ways you can celebrate Spay Day in February and throughout the year:

  • Donate to the “Pet Population Control Fund” at the Seattle Animal Shelter. This fund provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering. It needs to be replenished constantly to maintain the clinic’s ability to provide resources to those in need. Please consider making a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund to help the clinic continue to save lives.
  • Turn in a litter. As part of an ongoing Seattle Animal Shelter program, anyone who turns in a litter of puppies or kittens to the shelter is eligible for a free spay or neuter for the parent animal(s). In return, the shelter guarantees the adoption of the kittens and puppies, if they are adoptable.
  • Talk to your friends, neighbors and family about getting their pets spayed or neutered. Year-round the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic can help those in need with discounted or free spay/neuter surgeries.

Dogs, cats and rabbits can be spayed or neutered at 4 months of age or older.

This promotion is possible in part because of a generous grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

To obtain more information about Spay Day Seattle, to donate to the Pet Population Control Fund or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call 206-386-PETS (7387), or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

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Ballard District Council Meeting set for Wednesday

February 8th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Ballard District Council’s next meeting is set for Wednesday, February 8, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will be held at Merrill Gardens (2418 NW 56th St).

Topics for the evening include the organization’s structure going forward without City sponsorship, continued support for Interbay industrial land, an introduction to a free tax preparation service freetaxexperts.org and a presentation on the City’s Find-It-Fix-It walk through Crown Hill followed by our community organizations’ experience with, and recommendations for, that program.

Ballard District Council is alive and well and will be an even more effective voice for the Crown Hill / Ballard neighborhoods now that we operate independently from the City.

Meeting space for the February meeting is generously provided by Merrill Gardens since without City support the council no longer has access to the Ballard Library after its normal closing time.

All are welcome.

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Nearby News: Temporary traffic impacts continue on Magnolia Bridge this week

February 7th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT advises travelers that crews will continue work on the Magnolia Bridge this week as part of the assessment of the safe load capacity of the bridge.

Travelers can expect:

On Wednesday, February 8:

  • Closure of the westbound curb lane on the bridge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Intermittent traffic stops on the bridge for a few minutes at a time between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On Thursday, February 9:

  • Closure of the westbound curb lane on the bridge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sidewalk, bus stops, and marina access will remain open throughout the work.

 SDOT appreciates the public’s patience during this work.

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Big Mario’s Pizza to open in Frelard

February 7th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Mike McConnell, David Meinert, and  Jason Lajuenesse are bringing bringing Big Mario’s signature New York-style pizza and ’70s Brooklyn-lounge ambience to a new Frelard location next month.

Big Mario’s will take over the late Bourbon & Bones space at 4350 Leary Way NW.

The Frelard location will be the third to open in Seattle after the Capitol Hill and Queen Anne restaurants.

Once moved in, Big Mario’s Frelard will have neighbors including Drunky’s Two Shoes Barbecue, Four B’s, Hale’s Bewery, The Leary Traveler, and Bad Jimmy’s Brewing.

The first Big Mario’s location was opened in 2010 on Capitol Hill by business owners Mike McConnell, Jason Lajeunesse, and David Meinert. In order to ensure they had the best pizza and vibe, they enlisted the help of long time friend, and now Capitol Hill icon, “Big Mario” Vellotti.

Vellotti came to Americ from Naples in 1964 and began his career tossing pizza and cooking in some of New York’s most notorious kitchens, including Angelo’s, Casa Bella on Mulberry Street, and Nanni Al Valletto on 59th Street.

Click here to find out more about Big Mario’s Pizza.

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WPZ residents enjoy snow day

February 7th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Earlier this week the residents of Woodland Park Zoo were also enjoying the excitement of a snow day in Seattle.

Check out the fantastic videos below:

Videos courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo.

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Ballard Library to host “Green Up” renewable energy information table

February 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle Public Library will host a Seattle City Light “Green Up” information table from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 8, 15 and 22 in the lobby at the Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Chat with City Light representatives about how local renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest can support clean energy and a healthy environment.

The Green Up program uses renewable energy projects to help promote economic development in rural parts of the region, improve Washington state’s energy security and reduce pollution.

Seattle City Light customers can change their owned or rented home’s energy usage to renewable energy through the Green Up program. Customers can choose to purchase renewable power for 25, 50 or 100 percent of their power usage.

Green Up’s renewable energy credits come from regional geothermal, biogas, wind and small hydro energy. Seattle City Light’s basic energy service is currently a mix of hydro, wind, nuclear, coal, landfill gas and other power sources.

For more information about renewable power sources in the Pacific Northwest, visit Seattle City Light’s Green Up homepage.

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Development Update February 6: Subdivisions applications and decisions

February 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A number of applications and decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1532 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,149 sq. ft. and B) 1,601 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

2441 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6548723. 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.

Revised Application:

1401 NW 46th St

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A revised Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 5-story structure containing 25,000 sq. ft. of retail with office and daycare above. Parking for 74 vehicles to be provided at and below grade.

Decisions:

1208 NW 100th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of a single family is under Project #6535446. 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.

8358 19th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6441168. 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.

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