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PNA to host volunteer recruitment Happy Hour

December 30th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s PNA Village team is once again seeking volunteers!

Volunteers provide much of the talent and energy behind the PNA Village to help and create a vital network of support for people to age in their own homes.

The Village is hosting a volunteer recruitment Happy Hour on Saturday, January 14, at the Phinney Center Blue Building, Room 1 (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 3 p.m. for people who are interested in volunteering and want to know more.

Potential volunteers will have a chance to hear current Village volunteers and staff talk about what it’s like to provide support that helps people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the many types of volunteer jobs available.

There will be time for questions and discussion.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Village at village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

 

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Goodwill encourages locals to donate items during Holiday Season

December 29th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at Goodwill are spreading the news that the end of the year is the perfect time to donate!

The simple act of cleaning out your closets and donating to Goodwill will help us help others with free job training and education programs.  Goodwill has some simple tips to help maximize your donations.

“Goodwill is so appreciative of our many donors in the community,” said Arie Mahler, Donations Manger for Seattle Goodwill.  “There are some small steps that can make a big difference in increasing donation value  – such as using a rubber band to keep all the pieces of a puzzle together so none of the pieces are missing. “

Use these helpful tips and techniques to help bring the most value to your donations:

  1. To keep pairs of shoes together, please tie them together by the laces or rubber band them together.
  2. Rubber band or tape together boxes of games or puzzles.
  3. Bag up clothing and linens to separate from other items.
  4. Tape remotes to electronic devices.  Tape a note to the electronic device indicating if it fully works.
  5. Box or bag like items together such as putting all the clothes together or all the dishes together in one container.
  6. For fragile items, please wrap them in paper and put them in a box and marked it “fragile.”
  7. For furniture that needs assembly put all fasteners in a plastic bag and attach it to the furniture.
  8. As part of the E-Cycle Washington program, Goodwill collects televisions, computer monitors, desktop computers and laptops free of charge. Items donated in good working condition will be thoroughly evaluated, and any existing data will be erased using certified technology tools. Items that can’t be sold will be recycled in accordance with E-Cycle Washington’s guidelines, which ensure that toxic materials stay out of our landfills.

Store revenues fund Goodwill’s free job training and education programs, which can lead to employment and fresh starts for people without jobs.

Goodwill provides career services that anyone can use to improve their chances of getting hired, including assistance in writing a résumé, job interview practice and access to job leads.

Our local Goodwill store is located at 6400 8th Ave NW.

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Ray’s celebrates season with Shellfest

December 29th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ray’s is celebrating shellfish season this month with Shellfest! Head to Ray’s Café to enjoy a variety of specially prepared shrimp, crab and oyster dishes, only available from January 9 through 22.

“It’s the perfect time for the novice shellfish eater to try something new, and shellfish lovers to go enjoy their favorites,” says the Ray’s Café team.

Check out the list below for a few of the delectable dishes that are on offer:

  • Steamed Half Pound Snow Crab Legs with drawn butter and fried potatoes
  • Pan-fried, panko crusted Washington Razor Clams with saffron-shallot jam and jalapeno tartar
  • Penn Cove Mussels Marinara with fresh basil, and angel hair pasta
  • Rock Shrimp Tacos Crispy fried rock shrimp, Pico de gallo, chipotle-sour cream, shredded romaine lettuce, tortilla chips, salsa

Wine and cocktail pairings will be featured for each dish and selections will be changed weekly.

Click here to check out the full menu.

Photo courtesy of Ray’s.

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Development Update December 29: Units and a family residence

December 29th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One application and one decision make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

518 NW Bright St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into seven unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6528775. 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:

13265 3rd Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a new single family residence. Parking for one vehicle to be provided.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/12/2016.

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Package thieves return to the neighborhood

December 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Package theives are back in the neighborhood, according to a report from a My Ballard reader.

Jed had multiple packages stolen from his home at 17th and 65th. “Multiple packages were supposedly delivered but we never got them. Thinking they were likely stolen,” writes Jed.

Keeping this report of package theft in mind, remember when ordering online attempt to send the packages to your work location or to somewhere where people will be present to receive the package.

Alternatively, if you are ordering from Amazon they offer a secure Amazon Locker service where packages can be picked up from lockers at various locations around Seattle including at the Ballard 7 Eleven (1550 NW Market St). The service has no extra charge and provides additional security for your packages.

If you have experienced package theft recently email tips@myballard.com with information and your location.

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City and Uber team up for safety this NYE

December 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The City of Seattle is teaming up with Uber to offer discounted rides on New Year’s Eve.

Both new and existing customers can redeem a $10 discount on uberPOOL trips between 2 p.m. on December 31 and 5 a.m. on January 1.

Users can redeem the discount by entering the promo code SAFESTART2017 in the Uber app.

“Uber is committed to providing reliable transportation for Halloween,” said Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Washington. “We want to make it easy for people to leave their keys at home and also give them the peace of mind that they’re not putting others at risk.”

To learn more about Road Safety and Vision Zero, visit www.seattle.gov/visionzero. #VisionZeroSEA.

 

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8th annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge on at Golden Gardens

December 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The 8th annual New Year’s Polar Bear Plunge is set for 11 a.m., January 1, at Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl NW) where locals can jump start their New Year by taking a dip in the sound!

The event was started by local resident Rick Sandvig after he saw the event become successful in Vancouver, Canada. Just a few dozen people took the plunge in 2009 and every year, the event continues to grow in numbers. Hundreds of people joined in the festivities January 1st, 2014.

Watch footage of 2014’s plunge to get a taste of what you’re in for.

Are you planning on taking the plunge? Email your photos and videos to tips@myballard.com.

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Have you seen Finn the cat in Ballard?

December 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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My Ballard reader Julia emailed in to report that her cat, Finn, has been missing in the Sunset Hill area since early December.

Finn is a 13-year-old tabby cat with green eyes and a knick on his left ear.

He does not have a collar and Julia is worries that he may be hurt and hiding in a garage or backyard.

If you have seen Finn please email jkuskin2@comcast.net.

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Nearby News: SPD Detectives release video footage of suspects in string of ATM heists

December 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD Detectives are still seeking suspects in a string of recent ATM heists, as the My Ballard team reported earlier this month.

Detectives have released additional video footage (included below) to appeal to the public for any information:

The below video is from security footage of a November 26 burglary and ATM theft at a business in the 2200 block of Eastlake Avenue.

The below video is from security footage of a December 2 ATM theft at a business in the 2800 block of East Madison.

If you have any information about this, or any of the other break-ins, please call (206) 684-5730 or 911.

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Development Update December 27: One subdivision

December 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One decision and one order of dismissal make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decision:

1722 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6486876. 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 the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/9/2017.

Order of Dismissal:

951 NW Ballard Way

The appellants have withdrawn their appeal.  Pursuant to Hearing Examiner Rule 3.06, the matter should be, and hereby is, DISMISSED, and the hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017, is canceled.

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The 2016 Ballard Christmas Day Roundup

December 23rd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the day with your family and friends.

Check out the Ballard Christmas Day Roundup below:

What’s Open:.

  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Christmas Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Christmas Day. Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Christmas Day 2016 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to the post.

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Development Update December 22: More subdivisions

December 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two applications and one decision 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:

9038 14th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Project includes a unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into four unit lots. The construction of the live-work units and residential units is under project #6414921. The subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale of lease of the individual live-work and residential dwelling units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new parcel and unit lots.

103 NW 103rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6489300. 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:

6708 14th 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 #6432849. 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 the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/5/2017.

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