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What’s on this weekend

February 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Another weekend is here! Enjoy it in Ballard at some of these fantastic events.

Friday, February 20

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Weatherside Whiskey Band, Heels to the Hardwood and Buckets of Tears (featuring Sam Russell). Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Best 80’s Party Ever (So Far) Featuring live Music from Nite Wave (80’s New Wave). Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, February 21

  • Great Ape Celebration at Woodland Park Zoo all day. The Great Ape Senior Celebration is set to honor the 47th birthday of twin orangutans Towan and Chinta and gorillas Pete and Nina. Free entry for anyone born in 1968 who shows ID. Click here to learn more.
  • Cool City Pets Adoption Event at the Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature a range of small animals who are looking for their forever homes. Click here to learn more.
  • Annual Beach Party at the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) from 8 p.m. The bar is filled with sand, the heat cranked up and all are invited to wear beach clothes as the Australian summer comes to a close. Resident DJ will be playing and there is no cover charge. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Tuktu, Pufferfish and Payson. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Dirty Old One Man Band: Scott H. Biram with Jesse Dayton. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, February 22

  • NW 65th St Clean Up from 9 a.m. Meet at Café Bambino (405 NW 65th St) at 8:30 a.m. to get your morning coffee before the clean up starts. All are welcome. Click here to find out more.
  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Square Peg Presents: Doug Seegers with Barbara Lamb and Fredd Luongo. Tickets $12.50. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Romanza Gifts set to close next week

February 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Back in January, the My Ballard team announced that long time Ballard business Romanza Gifts (2206 NW Market St) was set to close for good.

This weekend will be the last full weekend that the store will be open with their closing date sometime next week.

According owners to John Sterlin and Venice Harris, the closure is due to rising expenses, increased competition from corporate “big box” retailers, manufactures selling direct-toconsumer, and overall diminished sales.

“We extend a heartfelt Thank You to all of our wonderful customers. You’ve continued to support Romanza for nearly two decades and we couldn’t have existed without you! We truly appreciate you and are exceedingly honored to have been a part of your lives and a part of this great community,” said Sterlin and Harris.

Currently Romanza is offering the following discounts:

  • 50% off General Merchandise
  • 80% off Holiday, Halloween, and Fall
  • 60% off Furniture and Displays
  • 20% off Votivo and Voluspa

“We don’t exactly know what day will be our last next week as we are waiting to see what we are left with,” says Sterlin.

Click here to check out the Romanza Facebook page.

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Whitman Middle School student approached by suspicious woman

February 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A male student from Whitman Middle School was approached by a suspicious woman demanding money before school this morning. This is the second student within a month who has been approached by suspicious persons in the area.

Check out the letter mailed to Whitman Middle School families from the school administration:

Dear Whitman Middle School families and staff,

We want to share information on a recent event that was reported in our community. This morning, while walking to school, a student was approached by a woman who asked him for money. When the student told her he didn’t have any money she demanded that he give her money. She followed the student and said she had a weapon, although she did not reveal a weapon at any time.

The student ran to school and immediately reported this incident to school security. Police were notified; took a report and description; and are now investigating. The student reported that the woman was thin, in her thirties and had tan skin with long brown hair.

Our student did everything right, immediately getting away from the stranger, and reporting the incident to the school, to the police and to his parents.

The safety of our students is a top priority for Whitman Middle School. You can help your children stay safe by talking to them about personal safety. Tips to discuss are walking in pairs or groups and being aware of their surroundings at all times, as well as not talking to strangers or getting into their vehicles.

Having these conversations, especially with younger children, can be difficult. We encourage you to be sensitive to your child. More tips and information can be found on the Seattle Police Department website.

Whitman Middle School Administration

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

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Throwback Thursday: Ballard Streets back in the day

February 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

This week, we thought it was time to take a look back at the Ballard streets of yesteryear. With all of the development happening in our neighborhood at the moment it is interesting to see how our streets looked long ago.

The black and white photo below, taken in the 1890s, shows a group grading the street in the 900 block of W 57th St in Ballard.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1905, shows an aerial view of Ballard Ave looking southeast.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1917, shows another view of Ballard Ave.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, shows an aerial view of NW Market St.

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Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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Greenwood Senior Center to host movie screening

February 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St) is set to host a screening of  The Age of Love this Friday, February 20, at 1 p.m.

Age of Lovefollows the journey of thirty Rochester, NY seniors who sign up for a speed dating event exclusively for over 70s.

The storyline follows the unexpected tale of intrepid seniors who lay their hearts on the line, and discover how dreams and desires change from first love to the far reaches of life.

“The film takes viewers where no documentary has gone before—directly into the lives of older singles who still yearn to be seen and understood, who still desire another’s touch, who seek a new chance at love,” says Cecily from the Greenwood Senior Center.

Tickers are $7 for members and $10 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

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NW 65th St set for community street clean up

February 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Local small business owner Liza White has joined the City Of Seattle Adopt-A-Street program by adopting NW 65th St.

This Sunday, February 22,  all are welcome to join the West Woodland Neighbors from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. to pick up litter on NW 65th St between 3rd Ave NW and 8th Ave NW.

Meet at Café Bambino (405 NW 65th St) at 8:30 a.m. to get your morning coffee before the clean up starts.

Attendees are asked to bring gloves, pickers and wagons (to carry full garbage).

All are welcome and encouraged to help out. Click here to find out more.

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Have you seen Spot in Ballard?

February 18th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin



Spot has been returned home safely. Sean thanks everyone for their support in looking for him.

Original Post:

My Ballard reader Sean emailed in to report that his family dog, Spot, has been missing since 6 p.m. last Friday, February 13.

Spot went missing from his family home at NW 59th St and 20th Ave NW.

Spot is a basset/dachshund mix , white in color with very pronounced black spots.

Sean is currently out of town and his house-sitter was not expecting “such a hasty jail break.” They tracked Spot visually for five hours on Friday night and he was last seen a few blocks from home around NW 61st St and 23rd Ave NW.

“Unfortunately we do not have his dog tags on him, but he is wearing a bark collar with his name written on it. We are expecting him to eventually make his way back home” writes Sean.

If you have seen Spot contact Sean at (206) 229-0966 or Wade at  (206) 554-1146. Sean is offering a $100 reward for Spot’s safe return.

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Local releases video about Ballard Bridge sidewalk dangers

February 18th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Haley Woods, who is a co-owner of Peddler Brewing in Ballard, has sent a “video letter” to city leaders about the dangers faced by bikers and pedestrians on the Ballard Bridge.

Woods’ video comprises of information and visual demonstrations of the dangers faced by locals who choose to utilize the bridge as pedestrians. She documents a number of safety issues including:

  • The narrow sidewalk (39 inches wide) and the small cement barrier with traffic (10.5 inches high).
  • The dangers of walking with a child next to the small barrier.
  • The difficulty of passing others while walking, on bikes and with a stroller.
  • The limited space for wheelchairs.
  • The lack of safety for bikers trying to merge into southbound traffic after travelling over the bridge.

During the video, Woods speaks about her own fears about biking across the bridge. After strong winds bumped her bike bag into a concrete post on the sidewall of the bridge, she was pushed over the small barrier and into the traffic lane.

“Luckily no cars were coming and I was able to get myself out of the lane before being hit,” says Woods in the video.

Unfortunately, cyclist Terry McMacken was not so lucky and was hit by a car when he fell into the traffic lane on the Ballard Bridge in 2007. McMacken lost an arm and, a year later, died from his injuries.

Woods presents multiple pieces of evidence in her video pointing to SDOT guidelines which mandate that sidewalks must be at least 5 feet wide. Check out some excerpts from SDOT’s website below:

Sidewalk width: Sidewalks shall be a minimum of 6 feet of unobstructed, linear sidewalk space that is free of street furniture, street trees, planters, and other vertical elements such as poles, fire hydrants and street furniture. Point obstructions such as poles and fire hydrants may encroach into the sidewalk area, but the sidewalk must have 5 feet clear width remaining.

Setback: A three foot distance between vertical objects on the sidewalk and travel lanes in the roadway is required to minimize conflicts with vehicle activity. Relocation of existing utilities may be required to meet clearance requirements.

In the video, Woods references the Ballard Bridge Sidewalk Widening Concept Study completed by SDOT in September last year. “There are solutions,” Woods says.

Woods also questions the safety of the hundreds of new residents set to move to Ballard over the next few years, some of whom will utilize the Ballard Bridge sidewalk. “What happens when all of those new residents in your urban plan move to Ballard?” asks Woods in the video.

Check out the complete video below:

“Now it’s your turn to get involved! Share you Ballard Bridge story and why you think the sidewalk should be improved,” says Woods.

Click here to access contact details for Mayor Murray and other city officials. (Once the link takes you to YouTube click on the “show more” tab under the video to access the contact details.)

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

February 18th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

This Saturday, February 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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Great Ape Celebration set for Saturday at Woodland Park Zoo

February 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Woodland Park Zoo will be hosting an event this Saturday, February 21, in honor of four very special residents. The Great Ape Senior Celebration is set to honor the 47th birthday of twin orangutans Towan and Chinta and gorillas Pete and Nina.


Towan, who is currently North America’s oldest male orangutan born in captivity, and his sister Chinta will be showered with gift-wrapped presents loaded with favorite treats, party streamers and a special “ape” cake. The gorillas will also receive some of their favorites.

The twin orangutans were born at Woodland Park Zoo back in February 1968 and instantly become well known as the first-known twin orangutans born in captivity. Check out the pair below when they were babies:


On Saturday, visitors will have the chance to sign birthday wishes on giant cards for the animals, chat with keepers, learn facts about orangutans and gorillas from docents at discovery stations, and enter a free drawing for a commemorative art piece hand painted by Towan.

On the day of the event, any visitor who can show proof of sharing their birth year of 1968 with the great apes will receive free zoo admission. Simply present appropriate ID at any zoo ticket window. Click here to learn more about what’s in store for the celebrations.

Photos courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo.

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Development Update February 17: A 90-unit residential building

February 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The approval of a 90-unit building is today’s only update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1516 NW 51st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 6-story, 90 unit residential building with a 500 sq. ft. live/work unit located at ground level. Parking for 35 vehicles will be located on the site. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than March 3, 2015.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to 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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Presidents’ Day Metro Update

February 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

During the Presidents’ Day Federal Holiday today, King County Metro Transit will be operating with a regular weekly schedule. Peak fares will not be charged and some services in the U District will be canceled as UW is not in session.

Metro Transit also wants to reminds passengers that new green timetables and adjusted bus schedules are now in effect after Metro shifted into spring service mode on Saturday.

Click here to learn more about the spring services and the 25 cent fee increase set to begin on March 1.

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