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Deadline approaching to secure funds for neighborhood projects

September 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Do you have an idea for a fantastic neighborhood project in Ballard but need more funds?  The city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help.

Applicants need to be quick because the deadline to apply for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 6 at 5 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects. Locals should note that this is the last opportunity in 2014 to apply to this fund.

There are two more workshops scheduled where potential applicants can get an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call (206) 733-9916 or click here .

The closest workshop to our neighborhood is being held on Tuesday, September 16, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave NE). All are welcome to attend.

Click here to learn more about the Small and Simple Projects Fund and check out projects that have been funded in the past.

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Locals fund community solar at Woodland Park Zoo and PNA

September 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Woodland Park Zoo will soon be featuring a new attraction in the form of shiny new solar panels! When they visit the zoo, visitors will see a set of solar panels powering the Rain Forest Food Pavilion when they stop by to get a snack. And up the street, if you look high atop the south roof of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s iconic blue building, a similar set of panels can be seen, sending power to the PNA’s meeting and classrooms.

These solar projects make up part of Community Solar on Phinney Ridge, which also includes a third solar array on the roof of the zoo’s Commissary building, the behind-the-scenes animal food center and kitchen. The projects are sponsored by Seattle City Light and they will add almost 75 kilowatts of solar electricity to our grid, making it the largest community solar project undertaken in Washington State.

Locals might also view the made-in-Washington solar panels with a proprietary interest—because they may be community solar participants.

“Many of our customers want to help power their homes and businesses with solar energy,” says Seattle City Light Conservation Resources Director Craig Smith said. “Community Solar is an opportunity for our customers to do just that for as little as $150.”

The Community Solar program exists as a way for City Light customers who can’t or don’t want to purchase their own solar systems to have a way to add solar to the grid and to receive the benefits that come with owning solar panels, but at a size and cost that works for them. Locals don’t need to own a system, or even need to own a home. Any City Light customer can buy solar units in the project – starting as small as a 28 watt piece all the way up to 3500 watts (a 3.5 kilowatt system is common on a single family home in Seattle).

After the systems start producing energy (the PNA portion of the array should be connected within the next 2 weeks), Phinney Ridge community solar participants will receive annual City Light energy credits and Washington State incentive payments. By the time the project ends June 30, 2020, those payments will likely have totaled enough to repay the cost of units purchased, plus extra.

On July 1, 2020, ownership of the solar systems will be turned over to the PNA and the zoo, who will then own them outright and will benefit from the free solar energy as long as the systems are operational – easily another 40 years.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to put solar on our roof,” says PNA Executive Director Lee Harper. “Thanks to everyone who has helped us make this happen!”

“Saving animals and their habitats starts with a sustainable approach to resource conservation,” said Jim Bennett, Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations at Woodland Park Zoo. “In partnership with Seattle City Light, Woodland Park Zoo is proud to take part in Community Solar and move us one step closer to a carbon neutral community.”

To sign up or learn more about the program, click here. Units cost $150 can be paid on your City Light bill over a period of several months.

Full disclosure: Seattle City Light is an advertiser on My Ballard.

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Dick’s Drive-In Walk raises over $1000 for charity

September 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The fourth annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk, held on Sunday, raised over $1000 for the Dick’s Change For Charity Partners including Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and Cocoon House.

For the first time in its history the event was officially partnered with Dick’s Drive-In with the promise that all public donations would be matched by the company. After the matching donations from Dick’s, the official total raised from the event is over $2,000!

This year the event doubled in size yet again with 19 participants covering 22 miles over the course of over 10 hours (with food breaks along the way of course).

“A huge thank you to the Dick’s Drive-In Organization, the Spady family for continuing to be huge supporters of the event, and to everyone else who donated, helped to spread the word, or met us along the way,” says event founder Lars Phillips.

Click here to check out the photo gallery from the event!

Photo courtesy of Lars Phillips.

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The week in sports at BHS

September 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The athletes at Ballard High School are all set for a huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Tuesday, September 9:

  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Lindbergh at Ballard High School - 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Lindbergh at Ballard High School - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10:

  • Golf: Varsity vs. Lakeside at Jackson Park Golf Club – 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 11:

  • Soccer: Varsity vs. Chief Sealth at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Junior Varsity vs. Chief Sealth at Chief Sealth High School - 3:30 p.m.

Friday, September 12:

  • Golf: Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Jackson Park Golf Club – 3 p.m.
  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV Meet vs. Chief Sealth/West Seattle at Ballard High School – 3 p.m.
  • Soccer: Varsity vs. Ferris at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: JV vs. Franklin at Franklin High School - 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Franklin at Franklin High School - 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Franklin at Franklin High School - 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 13:

  • Soccer: Girls C Team Conference vs. Garfield at Garfield High School – 9 a.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Garfield at Garfield High School - 11 a.m.
  • Football: Boys Varsity vs. Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium – 3 p.m.

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12-year-old recovers after being hit by car in Wallingford

September 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A 12-year-old boy was hit by a motorist while crossing Wallingford Ave N on Friday morning. He was transported from the scene to Harborview Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. Read more from the SPD blotter below:

Traffic collision investigators say the 12-year-old boy was walking northbound on Wallingford Avenue with a group of other children when the driver—who was headed eastbound—struck the 12-year-old as he crossed the street.

The child rolled onto the hood of the car and struck his head on the windshield. The driver immediately stopped at the scene.

Medics transported the child to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and police called for the Traffic Collision Investigators and a Drug Recognition Expert. Police will test the driver for intoxicants, as is standard in collisions with injuries.

Police closed Burke Ave as detectives investigated the incident.

The Seattle school district is making counselors available to students at the boy’s school.

As a reminder: school is back in session, so please drive carefully and be mindful of that fact that young students are walking to and from schools and bus stops in the mornings and afternoons.


Motorists to expect delays during final phase of Northgate Way repaving project

September 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT will begin the final phase of its repaving project on North Northgate Way today as construction crews repave the one-block section of Northgate Way, immediately to the west of I-5.

The stretch, between Meridian Ave N and Corliss Ave N (the street immediately adjacent to the west side of I-5), will be reduced to a single travel lane in each direction. The lane reduction will remain in place until the repaving is finished in mid-November and is likely to create traffic backups.

Motorists should be aware that heavy traffic volumes during the afternoon commute could also result in backups on both the north- and southbound I-5 off-ramps. Motorists exiting I-5 at Northgate are encouraged to consider using off-ramps to either the north or south, if possible. Doing so will help to reduce congestion on Northgate Way and the I-5 off-ramps to it, as well as shorten motorist commute times.

The travel lanes of Northgate Way between Aurora Ave N and Meridian Ave N, which are currently reduced for repaving, will be fully restored to two lanes in each direction this afternoon.

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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The monthly Ballard real estate recap

September 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Long time Ballard resident and local Real Estate Broker Sharon Giampietro shares a post on My Ballard every month to keep readers informed about the local real estate market. Giampietro comes from a long line of realtors and has lived in Ballard for 30 years. She is currently a Broker at Windermere Real Estate in Greenwood.

Check out Giampietro’s recap of how Greater Ballard fared this month below:

The amount of housing added in our area was down significantly in August with 196 residential listings coming on the market last month as compared to 254 in July. August seems to enjoy a reputation as our best summer month and perhaps some sellers were enjoying the weather and waiting until after Labor Day to list. With the arrival of fall, buyers are hopeful for more choices and would be happy to see a decline in bidding wars. The strong increase in home values this year may lead to more sellers deciding to list this quarter. The September report will start to tell the tale.

In some areas of the city, housing prices dropped in August, but in 705 our prices stayed virtually the same with $587,000 being the average residential sale price for both months. Last month I reported that as of the end of July 2014, our area’s average residential sale prices had gone up about 18% since the start of 2014. That is a pretty healthy growth for the first 7 months of the year and a slow increase over the rest of 2014 would make housing market observers less concerned about a bubble. Even though prices did not climb in August, the housing supply is still very tight with an inventory of just over 1 month – a normal market inventory is considered to be 4-6 months.

The number of new construction and condo listings stayed about the same as in July.  In August, 61 condos were listed as compared to July’s 67 and the price remained close to July’s number of $300,000.  25 new construction homes came on the market as compared to 27 in July and the price remained steady at about $675,000. Both new construction and condos are an important components of our local inventory. As we have come out of the housing downturn, new construction has been on the upswing and there are new condo buildings in the works.  A report in the Seattle Times on August 14 noted that census data shows the number of detached housing units in our area declined from 2002 to 2012.  Additions to the housing market have been in the area of attached housing.  Vacant land is scare and where they are allowed by code, developers are converting single family homes to attached and multifamily homes.

Greater Ballard is Greenwood, Green Lake, Wallingford and other close by neighborhoods identified as “705” in the NWMLS.  All residential and condo numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand and unless noted does not include new construction. Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 

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What’s on this weekend

September 5th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The first weekend in September is upon us and there’s plenty happening in Ballard. Check out our round-up below:

Friday, September 5

Saturday, September 6

  • Olympic Manor Annual Garage Sale (neighborhood just north of NW 85th St at 23rd Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Beautify your Rockery class at Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Why cultivate a rock garden? They’re low-maintenance. They’re in season all year round. They add variety to the landscape. Horticulturalist Andrew Prindle will offer his expertise in this informative seminar. Cost is free.
  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • Stop Worrying, Start Living Workshop at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington (6556 24th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. In this morning workshop, we will learn to replace worry with positive, constructive attitudes so that we can enjoy life with confidence. Cost is $30 ($20 for members).
  • Yard Sale at 8027 16th Ave NW from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Clothing (Women’s Medium-Large, Men’s Medium-Large – Contemporary/Trendy), Shoes (Women’s 10-11, Men’s 12-13), Furniture (Vintage, Contemporary), Bike Parts, Single Speed Bike, Tools etc.
  • Apple Pressing Garden Party at Greg’s Garden P-Patch (14th Ave NW & NW 54th St) from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Greg’s Garden P-Patch is celebrating their 15th year at our annual apple pressing party. All are welcome!
  • Sustainable Ballard Community Open House at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. All are welcome.
  • Ladies Night Out Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Proceeds wild benefit charity Teen Feed. Tickets are $10. Click here for more details.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Super Jam. Tickets are $18. 21 and over. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Wet City Rockers and Skydust. Tickets $8.  21 and over. For more information, click here.

Sunday, September 7

  • Olympic Manor Annual Garage Sale (neighborhood just north of NW 85th St at 23rd Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Eric McFadden Trio, Screens and Thaddilac. Tickets are $10. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

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, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

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Swansons Nursery to host 2nd annual Ladies Night Out this Saturday

September 5th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Swansons Nursery is set to host their 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out event this Saturday, September 6. The evening of shopping, friends, and fun will support local charity Teen Feed.

Swansons will be showcasing their gift department with a first look at Fall/Winter and Holiday gifts. Jewelry, accessories, soaps and miniature gardening supplies will be on offer from the various gift vendors. All jewelry, personal accessories and hats will be 25% off for the evening. Support Teen Feed by purchasing raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes, including 10 pieces of Boma jewelry!

All proceeds from ticket sales, wine sales and raffle ticket sales will go to support Teen Feed, an organization that provides services and meals to local homeless youth.

Tickets cost $10 which includes entry and one glass of wine. Tickets can be purchased on and at Swansons Nursery. 100% of ticket proceeds will go to Teen Feed.

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Family seeks public help to find missing Loyal Heights man

September 5th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

00G0G_gBfnq756YZP_600x450Friends and family are asking for the public’s help in locating 41-year-old Loyal Heights resident Brian Crow (pictured).

Crow was last seen on Monday afternoon, September 1, at his rented home at 8332 14th Ave NW. Crow’s brother reported that he left to pick up a moving truck and never returned. Crow is a white male, 5′ 8″ tall and weighs 200 pounds. He normally wears glasses, has reddish-brown hair and brown eyes, and usually sports a mustache and beard.

It is believed that Crow may be emotionally vulnerable. Without his friends and family’s knowledge, Crow had resigned from his job at Navigation Solutions at Seatac Airport three weeks ago. He did tell a friend that he was moving “to the suburbs.”

Friends and family have made multiple attempts to reach him, with no response and Crow’s Facebook account was deactivated shortly before his disappearance.

Crow drives a 2010 white Nissan Versa, Washington license plate APT7860.

If anyone sees or may know the whereabouts of Brian Crow, please dial 911 or contact Det. Tanya Kinney at the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

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Fourth annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk set to raise funds for local charities

September 5th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The fourth annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk around Seattle is set for this Sunday, September 7.

During the event participants are set to trek for 22 miles around Seattle to all six Dick’s locations in the quest to raise funds for the Dick’s Change for Charity partners.

The urban hike to Dick’s started a few years ago when Ballard High School graduates Lars Phillips and JP Osseward thought it would be fun to walk across the city from north to south in one day. The trio contacted Jim Spady (son of Dick’s founder Dick Spady), who has joined them for parts of the walk in years past.

“We started doing the urban hikes because they’re fun, great exercise, and a great way to see parts of the city you wouldn’t otherwise know,” Phillips told us. “The Dick’s Drive In walk is particularly great because Dick’s is of course a Seattle institution, the food is delicious, and the Spady family has been incredibly welcoming of our idea, generous with their time, and are genuinely amazing people. (Plus the exercise is a great way to burn off all the calories!)” Phillips writes.

This year the event is officially partnered with Dick’s and the entire crew is encouraging locals to get involved! “We’re proud to officially team with and support this event alongside our awesome fans,” says Spady.

Interested walkers should meet at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In location at 10 a.m. with the departure time set for 10:35 a.m. The crew will then visit the other five Dick’s locations following the schedule below:

  • Lake City – 1:15 p.m.
  • Holman Rd – 3 p.m.
  • Wallingford – 4:25 p.m.
  • Broadway – 6:15 p.m.
  • Queen Anne – 7:15 p.m.

Walkers who make a $20+ donation at Edmonds will receive a punch card to take to each store and an orange t-shirt to wear on the trek.

Those who are unable to participate in the trek can still help by making a Change for Charity donation at any Dick’s Drive-In Restaurant. In honor of all our Walk-A-Thon attendees Dick’s pledges to match up to $2,000 of all donations given to our Change for Charity boxes on Sunday, September 7th.

To find out more information and to follow the action online check out the Dick’s Drive-In Twitter and Facebook pages which will be updated frequently during the event.

Photo courtesy of Dick’s Drive-In.

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Last call for Ballard Chamber September luncheon

September 4th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Ballard Chamber September luncheon is set for next Wednesday, September 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rays – Northwest Room (6049 Seaview Ave).

At the luncheon attendees will have the opportunity to put forward their opinions during a discussion about the issue of parking in our neighborhood.

Throughout the year, the Chamber — in conjunction with the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, and local businesses, residents and others — has engaged in the Seattle Department of Transportation’s community parking program planning process. The program is focused on developing improvements in the near-term to on-street parking management in the central commercial area of Ballard.

SDOT is currently evaluating several options to increase the availability of on-street parking, including reviewing the locations and need for loading zones, how on-street and off-street parking can complement each other in the neighborhood, angled parking, parking controls (this includes time limits and paid parking), parking options on Sundays, and on-street bike parking.

Cost for the event is $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $30 at the door without RSVP. Please RSVP to by tomorrow afternoon.

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