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BHS Performing Arts to present performance of “Rent”

November 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The talented team from Ballard High School Performing Arts will be presenting the score from the musical Rent on Thursday, December 1, and Saturday, December 3.

In what promises to be an outstanding musical evening, local actor/singers Melissa Backstrom, EJ Ekello, Savana Masako Smith, and Marshall Link join alumni Aisha Carpenter and Gustavo Gutierrez, director Shawn Riley and Senior Diego Roberts Buceta in singing the key roles.

The entire BHS thespian troupe will perform in the ensemble with some props, great lighting and fantastic singing.

Proceeds from the events will go to Lifelong, a local non-profit that is making a real difference in our community for those fighting AIDS, and also will support the LED theatre lighting conversion at Ballard High School

Tickets are $25 ($20 for students/seniors) and are available both online and at the door.

Performances will be held on both nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at 1418 NW 65th St.

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Seattle U seeks local feedback for Public Safety Survey

November 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey and the team is on the lookout for feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and work in the Seattle area.

Once the results are complied, a report will be provided to the SPD to assist them with making local neighborhoods safer and more secure.

“Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today,” says the Seattle U team.

The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org through November 30 and all locals are encouraged to complete it.

To find out more about the survey contact Jessica Chandler at (206) 684-4742.

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Army Corps of Engineers rescues white sturgeon at Ballard Locks

November 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team rescued a 6-foot white sturgeon during the annual maintenance pump out at the Ballard Locks earlier this month.

Each year, Corps natural resource and maintenance staff, fish biologists, scientists and volunteers go on a fish-rescue mission when the locks are drained.

Although de-watering is done during low tide, some fish and other marine life are sometimes captured in the chamber when the lock gates are closed.

To ensure Endangered Species Act listed fish are safe, the team must capture, haul them out of the 50-foot-deep chamber and release them. The team doesn’t limit its efforts to ESA listed species and this year the rescue included an estimated 100-pound sturgeon.

“Sturgeon have been observed infrequently in Lake Washington over the years,” said Corps fish biologist Dr. Fred Goetz. “Most likely the fish would have passed through the Locks to get to the lake.”

According to Goetz, as a group, coastal white sturgeon do not migrate through marine waters as widely as green sturgeon, which are ESA listed.

Upon finding the fish, the team immediately called on NOAA Fisheries sturgeon ecology expert Dr. Mary Moser. She went to the locks, verified it was a white versus green sturgeon and provided tips to the team on “successfully capturing and releasing the beast.

It took the team about an hour to capture and release the sturgeon.

“The Corps’ team did a great job putting together such a quick and successful rescue,” Moser said.

A scan did not find a Passive Integrated Transponder, or PIT tag, but the team took a DNA sample. Moser will run a test from the sample to identify if this sturgeon originates from the Columbia or Fraser River.

There is no white sturgeon season in Lake Washington but they are found in greater abundance in the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Snohomish Rivers where they can be caught, said Goetz.

Sturgeon date back to prehistoric times and are the world’s largest freshwater fish, growing up to 20 feet long and weighing more than 1,000 pounds. An 8-foot-long specimen was found dead in Lake Washington in 2013 and another 5 1/2-foot-long sturgeon was inadvertently netted and released by a University of Washington research team in 2005.

A 1987 photo also exists online of an 11-foot, 900-pound, female white sturgeon that had lived in Lake Washington before she died of what researchers said were natural causes. They estimated she could have been between 80 to 100 years old.

In addition to the usual flounder, crab, anemone and starfish, the team has also rescued river otter and seals in the past.

The most unusual rescue? A wedding ring found and returned to the original owner who dropped it while tending lines on the couple’s boat locking through.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Dine Around Seattle on now in Ballard

November 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The popular twice-yearly Dine Around Seattle event is in its final days and is set to finish on Wednesday, November 23.

This year, Dine Around Seattle is changing it up and offering three options for diners at menu prices of $22, $33 and $44. Each option will include three courses combined at the discretion of the restaurant.

Here in Ballard the following restaurants are participating:

  • Bramling Cross (5205 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Porkchop & Co. (5451 Leary Ave NW)
  • Skillet Diner (2034 NW 56th St) – Lunch and dinner.

Dine Around Seattle is presented by non-profit Seattle Good Business Network and this year the event is celebrating 14 years of supporting small business and our local economy.

Interested diners can make reservations for the event online. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

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Development Update November 22: One subdivision

November 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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

Application:

1539 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6552475. 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.

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Nearby News: Thousands join hands around Greenlake in peaceful protest of Trump

November 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Thousands of locals joined hands around Greenlake this afternoon in a peaceful protests against President elect Donald Trump.

According to the Hands Around Greenlake Peaceful Protest Facebook page, the event was organized to “honor our community, our resilience as a nation, and the values we stand for: unity, freedom, equality, justice, kindness, love, resilience, compassion, and community.”

Check out a video of the event below:

Video courtesy of the Hands Around Greenlake Peaceful Protest Facebook page.

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What’s on this weekend

November 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy the weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, November 18

  • Live Music

SATURDAY, November 19

SUNDAY, November 20

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.
  • Blood Drive at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. All blood donors will receive a $5 gift card.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Diego’s Umbrella with Butt Dial, The Debaucherauntes at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Do206, ReignCity Present: All Star Opera withCosmos, Kung Foo Grip, Boombox Kid at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $10.

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Large lock empty for annual maintenance

November 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The view at Ballard Locks is an interesting one this month as the Large Lock is completely drained for the crew to perform scheduled maintenance.

The large lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is closed to all marine traffic until 8 p.m., on Wednesday, November 23, for annual maintenance. The chamber is currently drained of all water and is quite a sight to see.

The small lock will still be available for vessels less than 120 feet in length and 26 feet in width throughout the large lock maintenance period. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

Ballard resident Annie took the fantastic photo included above of crew members working inside the empty lock chamber.

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Nearby News: Lane closures scheduled on Meridian Ave N

November 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is advising travelers that there will be lane closures on Meridian Ave N between N103rd and N 112th streets today (Friday, November 18) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crews working for SDOT will be lane striping on Meridian Ave N. This work is weather dependent. SDOT appreciates the public’s patience while this work is being completed.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

This work is part of the Meridian Ave N Paving and Safety Improvements Project.

Locals who have questions or concerns, are encouraged to contact the construction outreach team at 2016MeridianPaving@seattle.gov or leave a message at (206) 727-3669.

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Throwback Thursday: Winter in Ballard

November 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It seems that the cold weather is now officially upon us, so the My Ballard team wanted to take a look back at some photos of Ballard winters in times gone by.

The photo below features the home of John Nowicki at 6756 22nd Avenue NW taken in 1895 during a heavy fall of snow.

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The torn photo below features a Ballard Avenue street scene during the 1916 snow storm. Jeweler’s street clock on left. Trolley. Ballard City Hall and bell tower can be seen in the background.

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The below photo features Market St under snow in 1900.

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Do you have an amazing photo of Ballard in the winter? Email it to tips@myballard.com

Photos courtesy of Ballard Historical Society

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Development Update November 17: More Subdivisions

November 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One application and two decisions 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:

2206 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6530232. 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.

Decisions:

1533 NW 62nd 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 #6517793. 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.

1811 NW 65th 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 #6509246. 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.

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Final Bringing in Ballard event to “Celebrate Harvest” this Friday

November 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The final Bringing in Ballard event “Celebrate Harvest” is set for this Friday, November 18m from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at St Luke’s Episcopal Church (5710 22nd Ave NW)

Renowned chef Bruce Naftaly will match wits and hotplates with teams of volunteers from St. Luke’s Edible Hope program and the Ballard Food Bank, using produce from urban gardens and typical food bank donations.

Locals are invited to be the “audience” for this madcap mix of “Iron Chef” meets “Chopped.” There will be an emcee, local celebrity judges (Pie Queen Mary Schile and EatBallard’s Gerard Wirz). Ballard’s Dog Bone will also be playing blues music to entertain attendees.

The event is free, however, participants are asked to bring a dish for the potluck, which can be submitted for guest judging. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned or packaged food to donate to the Ballard Food Bank.

Bringing In Ballard Friday night socials launched in November last year to connect newcomers to long-time residents in our neighborhood. The events are funded by a Small and Simple Grant from the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

The Steering Committee will also use this final event as an opportunity to thank its partners and the organizations and individuals who have shared stories and products over the last year, from social clubs to maritime, home, gardens and transportation.

Click here to find out more about this Friday’s event.

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