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Power outages in Ballard and beyond

October 14th, 2016 by Geeky Swedes

Update 2 p.m. A tree is blamed for a power outage in Sunset Hill: 115 homes have lost power along 31st Ave, between 75th and 85th, per Seattle City Light. To report an outage that’s not on the map, you can call City Light at 206-684-3000.


Update 1:15 p.m. Cliff Mass just updated his blog. “I have looked at the latest forecast model output and they are all on pretty much the same page, which increases forecast confidence substantially,” he writes about Saturday’s storm. “The bottom line is that we have a dangerous storm, comparable to the 2006 Chanukah Eve storm or the 1993 Inauguration Day Storm, one that is following nearly a perfect track to produce strong winds over the Puget Sound region.”

Bottom line: 50-60 MPH gusts in Seattle on Saturday evening and night, lots of rain and many power outages expected.

Update 11 a.m. Seattle City Light says there are 12,000 customers without power in Queen Anne, Magnolia and Interbay — the bulk of them in Lower Queen Anne. We’re also seeing a couple hundred homes without power just north of Carkeek Park (outage map), but nothing of significance (so far) in the Ballard area. We’ll keep updating…

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Sustainable Ballard enters team in EcoChallenge

October 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks at Sustainable Ballard are putting out the call to locals looking to live more sustainably and make a difference.

Sustainable Ballard has a team in this year’s NW Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge and they are inviting locals to join.

What is the EcoChallenge you may ask? Every October, NWEI challenges you to choose one action to reduce your impact and stick with it for two weeks. You pick a category — water, trash, energy, food, transportation or civic engagement — and set a goal that stretches your comfort zone and makes a difference for you and the planet.

Why take the EcoChallenge? The EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good. Common wisdom says it takes two weeks to change a habit: if you can stick with a new behavior for 14 days in a row, you’re a lot more likely to keep it up forever. EcoChallengers share their progress online and earn points for succeeding. The combination of collective inspiration, camaraderie and friendly competition makes change a little easier — and a lot more fun.

Examples of EcoChallenges that have been undertaken include saving waster by taking shorter showers, taking public transport and not using your car and cutting down household trash.

Register today and join your neighbors on the Sustainable Ballard team who are taking action on behalf of the Earth!

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Development Update October 13: A subdivision and a 6-story residence

October 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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.


2227 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440513. 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.

5611 17th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 6-story congregate residence with 74 rooms. No parking is proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 10/24/2016.


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Powerful windstorms headed our way

October 13th, 2016 by Geeky Swedes

Meteorologist Cliff Mass says it “has the potential to be one of the strongest windstorms we have seen in a few years.” The National Weather Service says the “models beginning to have stronger agreement on worst-case scenario for Saturday storm.”

They’re talking about a windstorm that could bring gusts in Seattle of 50 MPH or more beginning Saturday evening, toppling trees and sparking power outages. There’s smaller storm that’s arriving ahead of it today — soaking the ground around all those trees — but the main event is shaping up to be Saturday.

“There is still uncertainty in the forecast,” Mass writes. “If our track if off by 100 miles, the forecast is radically changed at nearly all locations.” So we’ll stay tuned.

In the meantime, the city is starting to cancel events that could be impacted by the weather. For example, The Crown Hill/Whittier Heights “Find It Fix It” walk originally scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.

So clean out those storm drains, but if you’re looking to buy a power generator, good luck — they’re selling out quickly.

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PNA Village on the lookout for local volunteers

October 13th, 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 event this Saturday, October 15, at the Greenwood Senior Center () from 3:30– 4:45 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. Those who attend are also invited to attend, as our guests, the Village fall potluck at 5 p.m.

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!”

To find out more information or to RSVP for the October 15 event, please email or call 206-789-1217.


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Burglar caught inside Ballard home

October 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD Officers arrested a 28-year-old man on Tuesday evening after a local homeowner caught him breaking into her house.

Check out the full details from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

At Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the victim called police and said the suspect had forced his way through a basement door of her home in the 7000 block of 15th Avenue NW and was trying to enter the main floor of her house.

Officers quickly arrived, entered the house and saw the suspect trying to pull open a door inside the home. The homeowner was on the other side of the door, holding it shut while on the phone with 911 call-takers. Officers took the man into custody without incident.

The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

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Market Street Singers to host Rummage Sale

October 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Market Street Singers are hosting a Rummage Sale this Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at  St. Luke’s Church (5710 22nd Ave NW).

Come meet and support your Market Street Singers and find some great bargains!

Their best-sellers during previous sales included:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Books
  • CDs/DVDs/Records
  • Housewares
  • Appliances and Electronics
  • Luggage/Bags
  • Toys / Puzzles
  • Knick Knacks
  • Jewelry / Scarves
  • Household tools
  • Linens / Bedding / Blankets

All unsold items will be donated.

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BHS Playmakers to present “The Foreigner” this month

October 7th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The talented students at Ballard High School are all set to present their Fall production, The Foreigner, over the coming fortnight.

The play, set in a fishing lodge in Georgia, is set to entertain community members young and old.

In Larry Shue’s hilarious farce, Charlie Baker, a proofreader by day and boring husband by night, adopts the persona of a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. When others begin to speak freely around him, he not only becomes privy to secrets both dangerous and frivolous, he also discovers an adventurous extrovert within himself.

Performances will be held in the Ballard High Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. on October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

Tickets are available for purchase online. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Bring a friend to the theater on Thursday, October 20, and pay a two-for-one rate at the door.

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Annual Motown Dance Party set for this month

October 7th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


It’s time to put on those dancing shoes for the fourth annual Sunset Hill Motown Dance Party.

The popular event will be held on Friday, October 14, at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The event is open to all ages and features a live DJ, favorite 1960s Motown dancing tunes, a super disco ball, and beer and wine for sale.

As this year’s event takes place so close to Halloween, attendees are invited to dress up in ’60s costumes. Think bellbottoms, mini skirts and fishnet stockings!

Tickets can be purchased at the door and online. Cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple for club members and $20 per person and $30 per couple for non-members. Each ticket purchased includes one free drink.

All funds raised from the event will help maintain the unique, vintage clubhouse building.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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Festival selects BHS Filmmaking Program for IMAX grant

October 7th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program was one of five “exemplary” programs chosen by the All American High School Film Festival to receive a $5,000 “In Focus” grant from IMAX.

The All American High School Film Festival is the largest high school film festival in the nation, drawing competition from all across the country.  The announcement was made Friday, October 7, during the festival’s Opening Night ceremonies in New York City.

Partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the “In Focus” initiative is a component of IMAX “Big Picture”, the corporate social responsibility program created to leverage the power of film to mobilize action and effect positive change.

The five selected student film programs will create short films that raise awareness of the UN’s 2030 sustainability agenda, creating original content to specifically address at least one of the UN’s following development goals:

  • Climate action, which calls for efforts to stem greenhouse gas emissions, which scientists cite as a major factor in the earth’s changing weather patterns, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
  • Life below water, encouraging people, enterprises and nations to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources.  According to the UN, some 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
  • Life on land, encouraging people, enterprises and nations to sustainably manage forests, and halt and reverse land degradation.  According to the UN, forests account for a third of the earth’s surface, highlighting the global imperative to reverse deforestation.

“This effort provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to elevate their work to a higher platform and work with new film technology, while encouraging them to use film to effect change and social improvement,” said Richard Gelfond, IMAX CEO.

The All American High School Film Festival has a distinguished jury, including screenwriter Diablo Cody, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott.  Official Selections to the festival are also eligible for awards.

Last year, films by BHS Digital Filmmaking students were finalists for Best Screenplay, Best Directing, Best Drama, and Best Documentary – in addition to two of their productions becoming finalists for Best Overall Film.

The honored films from last year can be viewed on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.

This year’s festival features 10 productions by 21 students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program.

Congratulations again to all involved in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program!

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Nearby News: Greenwood Ave N Repaving Project to continue next week

October 6th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is advising local drivers that the repaving project Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 136th streets is nearing completion.

The three listed items below are scheduled for next week, starting Monday, October 10.

What to expect:

  • Crews working for SDOT will be lane striping the newly laid asphalt between N 112th and N 125th streets Monday night, October 10. The work is weather dependent. If the work is delayed by rain, crews will attempt the lane striping on Tuesday night.
  • Crews are also scheduled to replace vehicle detection equipment in the pavement on Greenwood Ave N at N 117th and N 125th streets during the day on Wednesday, October 12.  The work will require some short term lane closures.
  • There is some small-scale work at the intersections of N 115th, N 117th, N 122nd, and N 125th streets scheduled for next week that will complete the Greenwood Ave repaving project.

SDOT appreciates the Greenwood community’s and public’s patience while this work is being completed.

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Ballard Library to host Green Up Info Booth this month

October 6th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle Public Library will host a Seattle City Light “Green Up” information table from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays for the remainder of the month (October 12, 19 and 25) in the lobby at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Locals will have the chance to chat with City Light representatives about how local renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest can support clean energy and a healthy environment.

The Green Up program uses renewable energy projects to help promote economic development in rural parts of the region, improve Washington state’s energy security and reduce pollution.

Seattle City Light customers can change their owned or rented home’s energy usage to renewable energy through the Green Up program. Customers can choose to purchase renewable power for 25%, 50% or 100% of their power usage.

Green Up’s renewable energy credits come from regional geothermal, biogas, wind and small hydro energy. Seattle City Light’s basic energy service is currently a mix of hydro, wind, nuclear, coal, landfill gas and other power sources.

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