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Ballard Lynx soccer team makes semi-finals of state tournament

December 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard’s own SYSA U14 Girls Lynx soccer team have made it to the semi-final round in the Washington Youth Soccer Recreational State Cup Tournament.

The team will play in the semi-final match this Saturday, December 13, at 12 p.m. at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila against the WC3-HSC Freedom and if victorious they will then compete for the championship in the final match at 4 p.m.

The Ballard Lynx, coached by Whitman MS/Ballard HS parent Shane Leinster, have advanced through this tournament, already defeating the defending state champions, while still competing in the SYSA City Tournament, and participating on various middle school soccer teams.

“If you’d like to see some beautiful soccer, come on out and cheer on the Ballard Lynx #getyourlynxon,” writes Lynx parent Barbara.

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Irish Tenors Holiday Concert to benefit Ballard Senior Center

December 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Tenors Sitting

The Irish Tenors Holiday Concert at Benaroya Hall next Tuesday, December 16, from 7:30 p.m. is set to benefit Ballard Senior Center.

During the concert audience members will enjoy both holiday and traditional Irish music sung by the world-renowned tenors Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan backed by a full orchestra.

The Irish Tenors are ranked as Ireland’s premier ambassadors of song. The trio has been touring together since 1998, with sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and major concert halls throughout the world.

Their faces and voices are also familiar to PBS audiences through several specials, including “Ellis Island” that sold a million CDs and DVDs.

Proceeds from the concert benefit both the Ballard NW Senior Center and five other senior centers affiliated with Senior Services.

Ticket prices range from $47 to $152. Tickets can be purchased at the Benaroya Box Office (corner of 3rd Ave & Union St), online or by calling (206) 215-4747.

Click here to find out more about the event.

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Man jumped by attacker on 24th Ave NW

December 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Kimberly emailed in to report that her husband was assaulted in Ballard at approximately 5:45 p.m. last Saturday while walking south on 24th Ave NW half a block away from Café Besalu.

Kimberly reports that her husband was jumped from behind by a man while they were walking together.

They first saw the man as they passed Olaf’s when he veered towards them in a threatening manner. Kimberly and her husband yelled at him as they were startled and kept walking south on 24th Ave NW.

It was at this point that her husband noticed that the man had turned around to follow them. They continued walking and when they got to NW 60th St the man attacked Kimberly’s husband from behind.

“Right at 60th the guy tackled my husband from behind and knocked him to the ground. They wrestled and all the while I screamed for help and got my phone out to call 911,” writes Kimberly.

Kimberly’s husband was able to fend off the attacker and she called 911 as the suspect ran west on 60th Ave NW.

Kimberly describes the attacker as tall, thin, approximately 6 foot 4 with short sandy hair. Kimberly also reports that he was wearing a blue windbreaker jacket with a “C” emblem and distressed jeans at the time of the incident.

“He did not appear to have a weapon and he said nothing the entire time,” writes Kimberly.

If you have any information about this incident contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

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Suspicious man travelling door to door reappears in Ballard

December 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Brooks emailed in to let us know that the suspicious man who was reported travelling door to door last November is back in the neighborhood.

“I didn’t get a chance to completely lay my eyes on him before he left my porch, but my neighbor let me know moved on north to at least one other house,” says Brooks who lives on 14th Ave NW between NW 67th and 70th Streets.

Last November, My Ballard reader Susan emailed in to let us know about the suspicious man who came to her door asking if their home (on NW 64th Street and 36th Ave NW) had received their newspaper.

The man arrived at approximately 7 p.m. in the evening without obvious identification and reportedly had an “odd” conversation with her.

“I did an online search and saw there was a similar situation in West Seattle that seemed suspicious in 2012, the week of Easter. Since this is Thanksgiving week, I wondered if this was a method to canvas homes for people on vacation,” Susan wrote last year.

Susan called The Seattle Times to confirm if they had sent someone out from the company to detail route accuracy in the area. Their distribution company confirmed that this individual does not work for the company and they encouraged any locals who answered the door to him to call 911 immediately.

Susan described the man as a Caucasian male, around 30, with greenish eyes and slight to medium build who carried a small spiral notebook with him.

After reporting the story, the My Ballard team received over ten emails from readers who had also seen a man matching the same description at their homes inquiring about their newspaper subscription or delivery service.

Have you recently had a similar interaction with a person matching this description in Ballard? Email us at Remember to call 911 immediately in case of emergency.

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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board seeks new members

December 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is now accepting applications for new members to help make walking in Seattle safer and easier. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan.

The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including SDOT.

The board is currently looking for candidates to fill three positions. Board members are frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and can not be city employees.

The board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall on 5th Ave between James and Cherry streets.

“A walkable community benefits everyone, and offers more advantages than any other form of transportation.  Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board members work to make our community healthier, our streets safer, and our neighborhoods more livable,”says Devor Barton, recent chair and current board member of the Pedestrian Advisory Board.

Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by January 5, 2015 to Howard Wu at

To find out more information about the application call Howard Wu at (206) 684-3902, or e-mail the address above.

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Support Greenwood Senior Center at jewelry sale

December 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The second annual Costume Jewelry Sale is set for tomorrow (Wednesday, December 10) at Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85 th St) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Greenwood Senior Center Talk Time English group has been collection donations of costume jewelry since October and the pieces will be sold tomorrow at very reasonable prices.

All funds raised benefit the programs of Greenwood Senior Center.

Call (206) 297-0875 to find out more.

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Trupanion encourages locals to help pets in need

December 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Trupanion pet insurance company, who have headquarters located here in Ballard, is encouraging locals to donate unopened cat or dog food to help local pets in need this holiday season.

The Trupanion team will be loading up two trucks with 3.9 tons of dog and cat food to be donated to the Seattle Humane Society tomorrow. The pet food has been collected as part of the company’s annual holiday pet food drive.

Locals are encouraged to bring their own pet food donations to put on the trucks at 11 a.m. tomorrow out the front of their offices at 907 NW Ballard Way.

In addition to feeding animals in the shelter, the food donation can supplement Seattle Humane Society’s Pet Food Bank, helping to support low-income community members and help keep their pets in their homes. The program feeds more than 1,900 pets every month in local senior centers, low-income housing complexes, food banks, and homes.

“If you are looking to give back to those in need in the animal community this holiday season, consider donating to your local shelter, every can or bag of pet food helps! Or give a cat or dog their forever home,” says Britta Gidican from Trupanion.

Cats and dogs adopted from Seattle Humane Society also come spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and with 30-days of no cost coverage from Trupanion.

Photo courtesy of Trupanion.

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Seattle culinary community set to meet in Ballard tonight

December 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Local organization EAT BALLARD has partnered with Seattle based online resource Tate’s List to host an event for the local culinary community to taste, meet vendors and network. The event is on tonight at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The event is free for all those involved in the food and beverage industry and all local restaurant owners, GM’s and bar managers are invited. Guests will be thoroughly entertained by the cocktail competition, delicious samples from a guest chef and the 35 vendor tables that will be offering tastings throughout the night.

The cocktail competition is sure to be a treat for guests to see. Ballard’s own Eric Waks of Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen will face off against Nick Davis of RN74 Seattle, Joe Petersen of Percy’s Seattle Allison Hill of The Admiral Benbow and Chris Goad of Canon Seattle to create the best winter/holiday themed cocktail using one of Tate’s List featured producers.

“Tuesday night’s event is really a celebration of Seattle’s vibrant culinary community and Ballard, which some might argue is Seattle’s culinary crown with the Ballard Farmers Market as its crown jewel,” says Gerard Wirz from EAT BALLARD.

Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Ballard Food Bank.

If you are interested in attending RSVP to

Click here to learn more about the event.

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Ballard Beer Co. bottle shop set to open this weekend

December 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The folks at Ballard Beer Co. (2050 NW Market St) have emailed in to let us know that their bottle shop is set to open this Saturday, December 13, at a special opening event from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The bottle shop is the latest addition to the watering hole and it is set to be family friendly until 7 p.m. daily. The bottle shop will feature to go only beers by the bottle from around the country with a focus on the Ballard favorites.

The Ballard Beer Co. team has been busy since opening this summer. The team continues to feature Ballard and Washington brews on their 15 rotating taps, they have recently installed new TVs in the hall and the loft and in the spring they are looking forward to installing outside patio seating.

The team are also excited to announce that their charity effort Pints with a Purpose has raised over $550 to date for local causes and continues every Wednesday. As always locals are encouraged to submit their suggestions for local organizations and causes to support.

If you have a suggestion contact Ballard Beer company at, post something on their Facebook page or simply stop by.

Ballard Beer company is open Tuesday through Friday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Pop-up coffee bar opens on Ballard Ave

December 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Pop-up espresso bar MmmHmm Coffee just opened inside the lobby of the new Sanborn Building at 5325 Ballard Ave NW.

The new pop-up will be open for three months serving Counter Culture Coffee.

The espresso bar is serving up four daily espresso options, house made chai tea latte, loose leaf tea and High 5 Pies.

“We want this pop-up to feel like a West Coast version of the Italian espresso bar. There is no seating; only standing tables which creates a culture of coming to coffee as a social experience, rather then an internet café,” says Jon French from the MmmHmm Coffee team.

The MmHmm team is also serving up iced coffee cocktails on the weekend at a pop-up out of Anchored Ship Coffee Bar (5306 Ballard Ave NW). The folks choose one liquor at a time and build the menu around the coffees that are in season.

The cocktail menu features items such as the Espresso Old Fashioned and the Espresso Martini.

The espresso bar in the Sanborn Building is open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 – 4 p.m. The cocktail bar is open from 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Learn more about MmmHmm Coffee here.

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The week in sports at BHS

December 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The new season has begun and the BHS athletes are preparing for a week of competition. Head out and support them at their games.

Monday, December 8

  • Basketball: Girls C Team vs. Holy Names at Ballard High School – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 9

  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Seattle Prep at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Seattle Prep at Ballard High School – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 10

  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Seattle Prep at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Seattle Prep at Ballard High School – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 11

  • Wrestling: Varsity vs. Ingraham, Garfield and Lakeside at Ingraham High School – 6 p.m.

Friday, December 12

  • Swimming: Boys Varsity and JV Meet vs. Bishop Blanchet at Queen Anne Pool – 3:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Franklin High School at Franklin High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Franklin High School at Franklin High School – 5 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Franklin High School at Franklin High School – 6:30 p.m.
  • Gymnastics: Varsity Meet at Ballard High School – 7 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Franklin High School at Franklin High School – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

  • Wrestling: Varsity Tournament vs. Fife at Fife High School – time TBD
  • Basketball: Girls C Game vs. Shorewood at Ballard High School – 1 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Juanita High School at Ballard High School – 3 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Juanita High School at Ballard High School – 4:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Juanita High School at Ballard High School – 6 p.m.

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Paseo name and assets sold to new owner

December 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The latest installment in the ongoing Paseo closure saga has been reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal. According to Friday’s report, all of Paseo’s assets, including the well-known name itself, were sold at auction on Friday for $91,000.

The sale comes after nearly a month of controversy since the abrupt closure of the restaurant, the subsequent bankruptcy filing and the launch and failure of a Kickstarter campaign to bring the sandwich shop back to life.

The Puget Sound Business Journal report reveals that the winning bidder is Ryan Santwire, a Seattle resident who is reportedly on the board of the Pike Place Market Foundation, a partner at Wine World Warehouse and an investor at RockCreek Seafood and Spirits.

Although the assets and the name itself have been sold, the recipes were reportedly not included in Friday’s auction. Paseo owner Lorenzo Lorenzo objected to the sale if the recipes were included.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the recipes were not listed in the court filing and Lorenzo confirmed that the recipes were always “held by him personally, not the restaurant”.

The $91,000 sale included the Paseo name, all of the equipment and everything else that the company owned. The assets were reportedly appraised at approximately $53,000, however, the value is likely much higher due to the popularity and fame of the name itself.

The auction reportedly did not go to a public bankruptcy option as the trustees were trying to “speed up the process.”

According to the report, six bidders took part in the auction that started at $35,000. After the sale is approved, wages will be paid to previous employees first, then creditors and taxes if needed.

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