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Pie Bar Ballard opens on Market St

March 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The second location of the well known Seattle eatery and watering hole, Pie Bar, is now open in Ballard.

The new bar opened last Friday in the space that was formerly occupied by Great Harvest Bread Co (2218 NW Market St).

Pie Bar is the venture of identical twins Alyssa Lewis and Natalie Delucchi who opened their first location in Capitol Hill in 2013.

Pie Bar’s menu consists of weekly rotating pies including Bumble Berry Crumble, Boozy Nut, Granny Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Razzle Blue, Sour Cherry, Coconut, Banana, Key lime & Peanut Butter.

A selection of savory pot pies will also be available including Chicken Pot Pie, Gobble Gobble Pie “Thanksgiving in a Pie”, and Pizza in a Pie.

In terms of drink offerings, the full bar features “Pie-tinis,” pie-infused martinis, craft cocktails, microbrews on tap, wine, cider and their famous Apple Pie Moscow Mule.

Pie Bar is open daily from 4 p.m. until late with the take out window open earlier from 11 a.m. until late.

Check out Pie Bar’s Facebook page to check out the weekly menu options.

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Development Update March 19: Subdivisions galore

March 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision application and one subdivision approval 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.

Applications:

6731 14th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into 4 unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6408755. 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.

Decision:

1719 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6409227. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than April 2, 2015.

Comments about the above applications 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

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Seattle Audubon seeks volunteers for elementary school program

March 18th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Seattle Audubon Society is currently looking for volunteers for the Spring session of their Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program.

The program introduces 3rd and 4th graders to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat.

Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. The four lessons in the fall and four more in the spring give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. The program serves elementary schools all over Seattle.

FUN relies on 120 volunteers to assist in delivering the program each year and organizers are seeking 50 more volunteers to meet their needs for Spring classes.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall and lead a group of four to six students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is required and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!

Applicants need to apply as soon as possible to volunteer for the Spring program. Seattle Audubon provides all training, supplies, and support necessary to make volunteers successful leaders.

Training sessions will be held on March 24, 28 and 30.

If you are interested in learning how you can get involved call or e-mail David Garcia, Education Program Assistant, at (206) 523-8243 ext.11.

 

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United Way available to assist locals with tax preparation

March 18th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

United Way of King County is offering free tax help to local families making under $60,000 a year at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N).

Volunteers will prepare taxes for attendees and help connnect them with one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

“While the tax prep sites are often very busy in January and February, they quiet down in March, and we are hoping to encourage people who put off filing earlier to take advantage of this lull,” says Alexis Izor from United Way.

This free service is now being offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The campaign started as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago led by United Way of King County. Over the years the campaign has spread throughout the county in an effort to connect low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

According to UWKC, the EITC is considered as one of the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

No appointments are needed to take advantage of this service.

Click here to learn more and find a list of what to bring

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Citydog! Club set to open in Ballard

March 18th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Citydog! Club is set to open its second Seattle location right here in Ballard.

The club is for both dogs and humans offering dog daycare, boarding, grooming, and a boutique shop.

Citydog! Club has opened five clubs around the country, including one in downtown Seattle. The Ballard club will open at 1400 NW Market St at the base of the AVA Ballard apartments.

“Our new Club in Ballard fits nicely with our expansion plans,” says Found Partner Phillip Kasdorf. “In 2013, we opened our first Club in Downtown Seattle at the corner of 9th Ave and Olive Way which has become wildly popular and an iconic stopping point for pedestrians who love to watch the dogs playing through the window.”

The 5,000 square foot Ballard club will be opens for dogs of all shapes and sizes who play nicely and who want to hang out with other dogs.

Inside, dogs socialize and play with their special pack in one of five Play Parks; enjoy daily organic treats and lap up filtered water; unwind in quiet digs at the Sleep & Eat; and get cleaned, fluffed and styled at the state-of-the-art Style Bar.

Click here to learn more about Citydog! Club. The My Ballard team will update the story with the opening date when it is known.

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SPD arrest suspect after gunpoint robbery on Ballard Ave

March 18th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Early this morning SPD officers arrested a suspect in a gunpoint robbery that occurred at 1:15 a.m. on Ballard Ave. Check out more details into the SPD Blotter post below:

Officers arrested one man early this morning and recovered a cache of stolen credit cards, shortly after they were taken at gunpoint from two women in Ballard.

The women were sitting in a car parked in the 5300 block of Ballard Ave NW just before 1:15 a.m. when a man walked up beside their vehicle. The man, who was holding a gun, demanded money from the women, and used a brick to shatter their car window.

One of the women threw her purse to the suspect, who grabbed the woman’s bag and fled on foot.

Police searched for the suspect but weren’t able to find him in the neighborhood. However, as officers were taking statements from the victims, one woman received a notification from her bank that her stolen debit card was being used at a nearby ATM.

Officers went to the ATM and NW 85th St and 15th Ave NW and found the suspect, who led them on a brief foot chase before he was taken into custody.

Officers found several of the victim’s credit cards on the man and booked him into the King County Jail for possession of stolen property.

Police are still investigating whether the man with the stolen cards is the same suspect who robbed the two women.

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More Metro Real Time Information Signs coming to Ballard

March 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT and King County Metro are partnering up to install 11 new Real Time Information Signs (RTIS) at bus stops along the NW Market Street/45th Street corridor through our neighborhood, Wallingford and the University District.

The pole-mounted LED signs will let bus commuters know if their bus is on time or running late. The RTIS will be using up-to-the-minute data to show bus arrival and departure times for routes that use the stop where the sign is located.

Here in Ballard four new RTIS will be installed at the locations noted on the map below:

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“Knowing when your next bus is scheduled to arrive may seem like a simple piece of information, but these signs provide a number of other benefits to passengers, such as an increased sense of security that comes with knowing how long you’ll have to wait and whether you have time to run a quick errand or grab a snack,” says SDOT on their website.

Installing the RTIS is set to require the rebuilding of the bus stops where the new signs will be located. Construction activities including saw cutting, sidewalk removal, underground electrical work, sidewalk replacement and installations will begin this week and will continue for about three months.

As part of this work, SDOT crews will also complete a number of other pedestrian improvements, including new curb ramps and accessible pedestrian push buttons.

During RTIS installation and hopes to minimize inconvenience; neighbors and travelers should expect:

  • Audible work activities including construction equipment noise and concrete replacement
  • Intermittent lane closures
  • Temporary sidewalk closures and detours
  • Temporary bus stop closures
  • Flaggers and uniformed police officers assisting with traffic control
  • Access to businesses and residences maintained

If you have questions about the project contact Paul Elliott at paul.elliott@seattle.gov or (206) 684-5321.

 

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Funds available for local Spring Clean activities

March 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Are you planning on participating in the City’s annual Spring Clean event in Ballard? If so the Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your activity.

The Spring Clean event is held every April and May, giving the opportunity for residents to keep our city tidy. SPU provides bags, gloves, safety vests and more to help with the neighborhood cleanups.

The City of Seattle’s Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1,000 to help enhance their activities with funding for publicity, plants, or special clean-up supplies, to name a few.

The deadline for applications is six weeks before the event.

Click here to find out more about the application process or call (206) 233-0093. Interested applicants must register in the web-based application system at least two days before applying.

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Donut pop-up coming to Cupcake Royale

March 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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A tasty new pop-up is coming to Ballard Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) this month. Rodeo Donut will launch inside the Ballard store on Saturday, March 28, and will continue daily at 7 a.m. until the donuts are all gone.

The donut pop-up was created by a group of Cupcake Royale bakers who were interested in creating a “really great, fresh from the fryer donut.”

“We want to change the way Seattle looks at donuts by starting over and building it the way we want to enjoy a donut. Brioche dough that’s so light and not too sweet, glazes that are made fresh daily from fresh ingredients and building mouth-watering flavor concoctions that go so far beyond a maple bar or apple fritter,” says pastry chef Nicki Kerbs from Rodeo Donut.

Rodeo Donut is set to use buttery brioche dough and will source ingredients from PNW farms. The pop-up will offer six daily options including delicacies like raspberry limoncello and whiskey maple bacon.

Cupcake Royale is set to adjust opening hours to accommodate the pop-up and Stumptown coffee will also be available for purchase.

Click here to learn more about Rodeo Donuts.

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Seattle Animal Shelter to host “Cool City Pets” adoption event

March 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

This Saturday, March 21, Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Ave NW) is hosting a Cool City Pets adoption event. The event will be held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and will feature a range of small animals who are looking for their forever homes.

Potential adopters will have the chance to meet rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, birds, reptiles, ferrets, mice and more.

Volunteer small-animal specialists will be on hand to help adopters find the right pet for them. The volunteers will  provide information about each animal’s characteristics and needs, demonstrate basic care and handling skills, and answer questions.

The Seattle Animal Shelter features Cool City Pets the third Saturday of every month.

All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Animals may be adopted by adults only.

Adopters must be prepared to provide proper housing, food, water, toys and other materials necessary for the care and good health of the animal. Adoption fees range between $15-$40.

Click here to find out more.

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Have you seen Shadow in Ballard?

March 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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My Ballard reader Jessica has emailed in to report that their family cat Shadow (pictured) has been missing for over a week.

He was last seen at the sub station near NW 80th St and 28th Ave NW on March 7.

Shadow was still wearing his collar when he went missing, it is sparkly blue with a dog bone tag. He is quite scared and will most likely run away the second you see him.

“We think he is far away from home. We had a pet detective come with a sniffer dog and search our block on Friday as our children are very distressed by the situation,” writes Jessica.

If you have seen Shadow contact Jessica at (206) 818-8902.

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Subaru legacy stolen from 62nd and 14th

March 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Breck emailed in to report that his Subaru legacy wagon was stolen on Friday evening between 5 p.m. and midnight from NW 62nd St and 14th Ave NW.

The vehicle (pictured below) is a 1998 burgundy/maroon color Subaru Legacy wagon with the license plate #AOZ8991.

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“The police officer I spoke to said that 90% of the calls he has responded to for stolen vehicles have been late 90s Subarus. If you see my car, please contact the police immediately,” writes Breck.

If you have seen this stolen vehicle call the SPD North Precinct at ‪(206) 684-0850‬.

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