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Syttende Mai parade to take over Ballard tomorrow

May 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It’s that time of year again when the streets of Ballard get painted red, white and blue for the annual Syttende Mai (May 17), Norway’s Constitution Day festival and parade.

This year’s celebrations will include a variety of events for the whole family to participate in.

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Check out the schedule below:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Barneleker – Children’s Events at the Nordic Heritage Museum: Free museum admission all day with fjord horses and rides on the electric train. Shuttle available between museum and Central Ballard from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Noon to 2 p.m. Luncheon at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St). Join for a traditional Norwegian lunch with the Grand and Honorary Marshals of the event.

Noon to 2 p.m. Keffestua at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St). Cake and coffee served by beautiful Viking maidens.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bergen Place entertainment from Lori Ann Reinhall with featured speakers and guests.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 17th of May Parade. The parade begins at the corner of NW 62nd and 24th Avenue NW.

The route follows south to Market Street and eastward to Bergen Place park, then turns right onto 22nd and continues south down Ballard Avenue and ends at Lone St. Streets will reopen after the parade at 8 p.m.

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Development Update May 16: Subdivisions galore

May 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Here is the latest update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

3029 NW 56th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6502867. 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. Environmental review was conducted under Project #3023221.

Decision:

7003 Mary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6488058. 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.

811 NW 50th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6512887. 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 decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/30/2016.

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What’s on this weekend

May 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy a sunny weekend in Ballard at these great events!

FRIDAY, May 13

  • Spotlight on Yoga (5340 Ballard Ave NW) at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join Kula sisters Angela and Jill as they share their lifelong love of yoga playfulness and partner awareness to further a sense of aliveness and well-being. Cost is $10. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
  • Ballard Jazz Festival Jazz Walk all over Ballard at various venues from 6:30 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 6 p.m. Ballard Jazz Festival – Jazz Walk
    • Torch Bearers of The McCoury Family Legacy-The Travelin’ McCourys with Ben and Joe at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $18.
    • Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers, Strong Suit and Garth Reeves Band  at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
  • SATURDAY, May 14

    • Ballard Jazz Festival Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Live Music
      • Wild Country Rock ‘n Roll PartyCountry Lips with WILD POWWERS and The Spinning Whips at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • Tractor Tavern Presents @ Sunset: The Minus 5 and Richmond Fontaine at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
        • 9 p.m. Arlene Sanvictores, Elise Kloter and Pat Johnston – $12 cover

    SUNDAY, May 15

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    Ballard Jazz Festival to continue through the weekend

    May 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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    The 13th annual Ballard Jazz Festival has been on this week and will continue through the weekend.

    The festival embraces the feeling of “old” Ballard and will feature a wide variety of modern American music at clubs, bars, shops, and at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

    In terms of performers, Ballard Jazz Festival attracts highly talented musicians from all over the world. This year the festival is set to feature world class acts including Mike Stern, Hal Galper and Julian Priester just to name a few.

    Tonight’s Jazz Walk is sure to entertain the crowds and to finish things off, the traditional Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch at the Nordic Heritage Museum is on tomorrow morning, Saturday May 14.

    Tickets to both individual events and festival passes are now available online. Ticket costs vary for each individual show and festival passes are available for $100.

    Image courtesy of Ballard Jazz Festival.

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    San Fermo to bring Italian fare to Ballard Ave

    May 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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    Back in April last year, the My Ballard team reported on a restoration then in progress that was set to transform the Pioneer Houses on Ballard Ave into an Italian restaurant.

    We are happy to report that the restoration and preparations are complete and San Fermo (5347 Ballard Ave NW) will open next Monday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m.

    According to a report on the NOSH Pit blog, San Fermo will be blending regional Italian dishes with the cheese-laden, red sauce fare that has become popular in the US.

    Tim Baker, Jeff Ofelt and Wade Weigel from Percy’s and Co. down the street are behind the new venture and Chef Sam West, also from Percy’s, is also part of the team.

    Although the crew is keeping a tight lid on the interior before the opening, according to NOSH Pit, the Pioneer Houses have been turned into a two story, 50-seat restaurant. The restaurant reportedly features a spiral staircase, open kitchen, banquette seating, wide plank floors, and a bar area in the back.

    San Fermo will be open seven days a week for dinner and will also run a weekly lunch counter on weekdays.

    Check out San Fermo’s Facebook page to learn more about the new eatery.

    Photo courtesy of San Fermo.

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    Red Mill owner to step down after making offensive online comments

    May 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    John Shepherd, owner of Red Mill Burgers, has stepped down from his position after being called out on offensive language and behavior online.

    Shepherd, who was in control of the Red Mill restaurants in Ballard, Phinney Ridge and Interbay, has written an open letter to address the offensive online comments that were reported on The Stranger Blog on Wednesday.

    After the offensive comments spread online, members of the community took to social media to call for a boycott of Red Mill burger restaurants, including former Stranger writer and Bureau of Fearless Ideas Creative Director David Schmader who’s post was shared over 500 times.

    The Stranger post was updated this morning with Shepherd’s open letter (see below) in which he takes responsibility for the offensive comments that he posted online about a number of topics including the Seattle City Council and the transgender community.

    “I’ve met with my sister Babe, my brother Michael, and others within the organization and conveyed to them that I need to turn over control and operations in order to reflect on my actions,” writes Shepherd in his open letter to the community.

    Check out the entire letter below:

    An Open Letter from John Shepherd

    I am writing this letter to apologize for my offensive language and behavior in addressing a number of issues concerning our community, and those who have opinions with which I disagree.

    For example, I am passionate about our city’s inability to adequately address our community’s homeless issue. As a recovering heroin addict, 33 years clean and sober, I have very strong opinions on how the addiction epidemic and the issue of homelessness go hand in hand.

    Over the years, I’ve been a vocal advocate for real-world solutions surrounding this issue and like many people, I’ve found myself frustrated with the lack of meaningful response by our city leaders. I’ve also been unsatisfied with city leaders’ approaches to issues of growth, zoning, and their overall visions for our community. I am proud to be a native of Seattle and I care deeply about our great city.

    While I am not sorry about my disapproval around our city’s leadership, I am horribly sorry for the ways I voiced that disapproval.

    I have absolutely no excuse for my use of offensive language. It was wrong by any standard. I apologize for my comments and am reaching out to those I’ve personally offended to offer my regrets directly.

    Similarly, I make no excuses for sharing posts on Facebook poking fun at the current debate around access to bathrooms. I shared a handful of cartoons others posted that I thought satirized the debate in a humorous way.  Those who know me understand that I support the position of LGBTQ community. In reflection, I can see how the cartoons are offensive, and I apologize.

    Finally, I want to acknowledge that people are understandably angry with me. I’ve demonstrated poor judgment. I think it is important, though, that my behavior not punish the employees of Red Mill Burgers who work hard every day to serve our beloved customers. My comments were mine alone, and do not represent the other owners of Red Mill Burgers, or the good men and woman who work there.

    Effective immediately, I am stepping down from my role at Red Mill Burgers indefinitely. I’ve met with my sister Babe, my brother Michael, and others within the organization and conveyed to them that I need to turn over control and operations in order to reflect on my actions.

    Finally, I pledge that while I will not remain silent about critical issues I think are important to our community, I will advocate and express my views in a way that is respectful to all involved.

    Thank you,

    John Shepherd

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    Locals tune up bikes to help the homeless

    May 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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    A Ballard resident has organized an event to help both the homeless and the local biking community.

    Scott DeWees (pictured), and his friends Kennan Wells and Ian Stewart, are hosting a bike tune up event where all proceeds will be donated to Mary’s Place and Compass Housing Alliance who support homeless members of the Seattle community.

    “As I’ve ramped up my bike commuting this year I’ve seen firsthand the growing homeless population in northern and central Seattle. As you’re probably aware we’ve had a significant growth in our homeless population over the past few years,” says DeWees.

    Wanting to help in his own way, DeWees challenged himself and two friends to raise money for the two Puget Sound non-profits by organizing a charity bike tune-up event they have dubbed “Help the homeless and help your bike.”

    “Bikes need periodic maintenance to keep from wearing out. We’re offering a basic bike tune-up for mountain bikes or road bikes where 100% of the proceeds will go to our chosen charities that assist the homeless,” says DeWees.

    The bike tune-ups will consist of the following:

      • Test and adjust shifting for smoothness and to minimize wear
      • Test and adjust brakes to be sure they won’t fail on the road
      • Lube cable housings to keep from locking up
      • Pump tires to ideal PSI to protect wheels and make for more comfortable rides
      • Replace tire tubes (tubes not included, available for purchase) if necessary
      • Clean and grease chain to protect from rust

    In terms of cost, DeWees is asking that locals bring $40 to cover the service, which, according to him is less than most bike shops charge. For an additional $20 the team will give the bike a good washing and add more to the donation pool!

    “Our goal for the day is to raise more than $1,000 to donate to charity,”says DeWees.

    DeWees and his team have extensive experience with bikes and are excited to get their hands dirty to help raise funds for important local organizations.

    The team will be taking reservations for bike tuning that will take place this Saturday, May 14. They ask that bikes are dropped off at DeWees’ North Ballard residence on Friday, May 14th, between 6 – 8 p.m. or on Saturday morning. Same-day service may be available if time allows.

    “This isn’t a professional service, we’re not getting paid, so participants need to sign a liability waiver and acknowledge that we’re not professional bike mechanics. But we promise to do a good job,” says DeWees.

    Participants must RSVP via email at scirate@gmail.com or call (360) 223-2875. Learn more about the team and the event via the event’s Facebook page.

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    Development Update May 12: Decisions galore

    May 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    Here is the latest update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

    Decisions:

    2629 NW 63rd St

    A Land Use Application has been approved to allow one 3-story, 4-unit row house structure. Surface parking for 4 vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to be demolished. To be considered with Project #3022581 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

    625 NW Market 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 #6455222. 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.

    1736 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 #6486341. 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.

    1736 NW 62nd St

    A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Building Permit Project #6482590. 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.

    2626 NW 62nd St

    A Land Use Application has been approved to allow 3 single family residences. Surface parking for 3 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with Project #3022582 for shared access. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision.

    1717 NW 60th 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 #6482588. 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 decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/26/2016.

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    Raccoon causes power outage for 38,000 residents

    May 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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    Seattle City Light has confirmed that a racoon was responsible for the wide-spread power outage in Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford early this morning.

    The raccoon reportedly wandered into the substation at 8th Ave NW and Leary Way at about 2:30 a.m. and climbed onto an electric bus (a large power strip that is a connecting point for main feeder lines).

    SCL Spokesman Scott Thomson confirmed that, unfortunately, the raccoon’s body short-circuted the bus which caused an electrical explosion. Ten feeder lines failed which caused a power outage both in our neighborhood and in surrounding Fremont and Wallingford.

    SCL crews went to work immediately on the situation and were able to restore power by 5 a.m.

    According to Thomson, sadly, the charred remains of a raccoon were found at the electrical bus and the above photo taken by local resident Jeff Pierce was likely another member of the departed raccoon’s family.

    “I heard a loud explosion and just came here to see what happened,” local resident Jeff Pierce told KING 5 News. “You wouldn’t think such a small raccoon could cause so much trouble.”

    Photo courtesy of KING 5 News.

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    Ballard Council Meeting set for Wednesday

    May 10th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    Ballard District Council will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, May 10) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Due to the library closure the location of the meeting has been moved to Swedish Medical Center (5300 Tallman Ave NW).

    The meeting agenda will focus on the Neighborhood Street Fund application reviews.

    Click here to find out more information on the Ballard District Council’s Facebook page.

    All are welcome to attend.

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    Ballard Library now closed for up to two months

    May 10th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    As of yesterday (Monday, May 9) Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) is temporarily closed for up to two months for refurbishing and interior improvements.

    Parking garage hours will be revised to match the hours of the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) and a temporary book drop will be installed between the main entrances of the branch and the NSC.

    The Library is planning to hold several programs such as story times and book groups at alternate locations and to park its new bookmobile near the branch to provide limited access to books and other items on selected days while the branch is closed.

    Ballard’s 15,000-square-foot branch opened in May 2005, thanks to the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city. According to Seattle Public Library statistics, it is one of the most heavily used branches in the Library system.

    SPL confirms that after 11 years of heavy use, the branch needs to be re carpeted. While the branch is closed for that work, the Library also will consolidate staff service desks, add comfortable seating, group most public computers in a single area and add a self-checkout kiosk. The changes are based on branch usage and trends in library services.

    The Library will confirm the closing date once construction bids have been reviewed. Most of the branch will be fenced off during construction.

    While the branch is closed, locals may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold and may return materials to any branch.

    If patrons don’t select an alternate branch, their holds will be sent to the Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave N). The branch can be contacted at  (206) 684-4086.

    SPL reports that construction work is expected to be completed within about two months.

    For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or click here.

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    BHS to host annual plant sale this week

    May 9th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    Ballard High School will be hosting their annual plant sale this week at their greenhouse.

    The sale will be held from Wednesday, May 11, through Friday, May 13, from 2:20 p.m. until 5 p.m.

    Greenhouse manager India Carlson tells us they’ll be selling sustainably grown vegetable starts and annual flowers, with all proceeds benefiting the greenhouse program at BHS.

    The greenhouse is located on 15th Ave NW, just next to the high school.

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