Need A Nanny? Online Community Connects Care Providers And Parents

Post updated 10/31/2017

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Laura Scoccolo, Chief Mommy at Nanny Parent Connection

Ballard’s busting at the seams with new babies and professional childcare providers are in high demand. Some parents may find that the national corporate childcare connection groups, like Care.com and UrbanSitter, do not serve their individual needs well. Whether it’s off hours, special needs, or caring for multiples,  finding someone local with the skills you need can make all the difference in your child’s day and bring you peace of mind.

NW Seattle Mom, Laura Scoccolo, began building an online community of care providers and parents, in an effort to alleviate some of these frustrations. As a result, Nanny Parent Connection was born. The group has been well received throughout the region, serving Western Washington, and currently has approximately 19,000 members, with new families and care providers joining each week.

I forgot to tell you the best part… Parents/families can join for as low as $8.99/month and care providers as low as 2.99/month.  Learn more: https://nannyparentconnection.com/sign-up-chooser/

One of the great benefits of joining Nanny Parent Connection is members can search for or offer childcare by just posting to the private Nanny Parent Connection Facebook group page. Parents have full access to a network of over 9,000 nannies, babysitters, and au pairs in the Puget Sound region who are offering full time/part time nanny, babysitting and “last minute” care, plus connect with hundreds of nanny shares.

I gave the group a test drive over the summer and found a fantastic caregiver, who was looking for a temporary care position, which fit our needs perfectly.  This blogger is a happy customer!

Find Nanny Parent Connection online!

Web: https://nannyparentconnection.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeattleNannyParentConnection/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanny_parent

New School Opens In Ballard’s West Woodland Neighborhood

ROOT Academy Seattle Ballard West WoodlandWelcome to the neighborhood: Root Academy

Root Academy has opened a school at 6210 5th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. The school currently serves Preschool – 3rd grade and will be adding a 4th – 6th grade class beginning Fall 2018. This location is the former parish house for Calvary Ballard Church, see history here.

Root Academy is founded on the idea that all children are capable of developing to their highest potential. The integration of Montessori and Japanese styles of education enables students of all abilities to learn how to discover themselves. Daily martial arts practice builds confidence as well as a strong sense of self.

A foundation of martial arts, Japanese philosophy, and Montessori education encourages each student to follow a self-directed but gently guided path. A culture that inspires independent thinking, creative problem solving, and a deep sense of empathy and connection prepares students to actively engage with their local community and the world surrounding them.

Learn more: https://www.rootacademyseattle.org/

Call For Submissions! 2017 Shop Local Holiday Guide

Holiday-Gift-Guide-Image-516x650Attention Artists, Crafters, Quilters, Cooks, Bakers, Musicians, Small Biz Owners (Did I miss anyone?)

Want to be included in the 2017 Shop Local Holiday Guide? We are taking submissions from neighbors and shop owners that would like to have an item included in our neighborhood guide.

As Ballard residents start shopping for holiday gifts, this guide will help them shop small, right here in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. Buying local has a big impact on our neighborhood and surrounding communities:

1. More tax revenue, for community services like education, road repair, and more, stays in our communities when you shop local
2. Local nonprofits receive 250% more support from local businesses than from large businesses
3. More local purchases means less transportation/shipping transit, which is more environmentally friendly
4. Shopping local supports local, quality jobs for our neighbors and friends

We can’t make this guide without your help. Help us, help you!

Submit the following via email (westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com) by November 15, 2017 in order to be included in the guide:

a. Item photo
b. Item description
c. Business name, web address

Here’s a link to last year’s guide: http://wp.me/p5JLfD-2PH

Thanks for helping to make 2017 BIGGER & BETTER!

Fright Lights Shining Bright In Ballard

DJ Disco Vinnie Ballard West Woodland

Ballard Homeowner’s Haunted Halloween Light & Music Show Will Delight Your Little Ghouls & Goblins

DJ Disco Vinnie’s Halloween Light Show is back! The display contains over 5,000 lights, creating images to illustrate the lyrics of 18 different songs.

The man behind the madness is Vince Harris, who also goes by DJ Disco Vinnie. Harris has spent weeks planning the show, programming the whole display on his iPad.

The show has been featured on KCPQKING 5, and more! If you’re trick-or-treating on Halloween, add this house to your route. Show runs through Halloween.

Where: 6212 9th Ave NW
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Web: http://www.discovinnie.com/

The Wacky, The Weird, The Wonderful: West Woodland Photos Wanted

Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood is full of artful items that residents display in their yards and parking strips. Delightful discoveries making our streets a special place to walk.

We’d like to showcase some of the items that make our neighborhood unique, but since we can’t be everywhere, we need your help!

Send in your photos! Cunning craft displays, lovely Little Free Libraries, beautiful bird-houses, and more! Email photos to westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com and include the cross streets where you took the photo.

If you would like to be credited, please include your first and last name.

Thank you!

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Photo of Salty Dog Studios, 4602 14th Ave NW.

Ballard Woman Helping Homeless Family Build New Life

Updated: 10/28/2017

Since first sharing this story on October 23, over $3,500 has been raised. All money donated will go towards securing housing for the family.  This includes paying security deposits, like first and last months rent, as well as any pet related fees.  All this adds up fast!

The campaign will stay open until housing is secured. There is no donation too small, please give what you can.  Donate here: https://www.youcaring.com/heatherh-987520

Here’s an update from Courtney Keen, campaign organizer.

“UPDATE: Since posting this call for help a couple of days ago we’ve made some significant progress! 

First, after seeing this post, a very kind neighbor contacted me and offered to pay for Heather and her kids to stay in their hotel for a couple extra WEEKS. This is HUGE! When I went to visit the family on Sunday I spoke with the manager on duty and she was extremely sympathetic to the situation….she told us she could take off the pet fee, give us the lowest nightly rate, and move the family to a unit with a full kitchen. Needless to say, Heather and the girls were over the moon about this news. The hotel is really quite nice, it is super clean and spacious, they have a huge breakfast buffet every morning, and it is a very secure building. 

Second, I spoke to Heather’s housing advocate this morning. They are fairly certain that with a little extra time, mainly afforded by the additional hotel stay, they will be able to place the family in an apartment in the not too distant future and help with the first couple months rent in order for them to get settled. 

Third, I took the family some extra gift cards folks dropped off, or ones I purchased with funds folks had dropped off. I also told them that they will be outfitted with boots, jackets, and the other items off the Amazon list. They were really, really excited. And so very thankful. Thank you!

And, on a final note, we were able to get in touch with the company Heather had a title loan with. We are sending in a payment, the loan will be paid off and Heather will get the title back to her vehicle. We’ve got a local mechanic, and all around good guy, lined up to look at the car and assess whether or not it’s worth it to fix the problems. After that is determined, we will get the car up to date with license/registration stuff.

I am touched at everyone who has commented, shared, donated, or reached out to help this family. I think it is the first time, in a long time, they are seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Pretty freaking cool, friends!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”


Original Post: 10/23/2017

Courtney Keen Ballard West Woodland

When West Woodland neighbor Courtney Keen met a homeless family near her home, she knew she needed to act.

“Charlie and I had seen her youngest daughter playing at a park near our house a couple times, and based on a few things we figured out that the little girl was probably living in one of the cars near the park.”

Keen started a YouCaring campaign to help the family get out of their car and into an apartment. Neighbors have already donated over $2,000 in response. All funds donated will be used to house and support the family of four, and their two dogs.

Neighbors are encouraged to participate, no donation amount is too small. Learn more about the family and make a donation here: https://www.youcaring.com/heatherh-987520

Another Burglary On NW 65th Street

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The Partakery, located at 417 NW 65th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood, was burglarized this morning, Sunday, October 15, at 3:20 am.

Security video shows four individuals, with an axe, busting through the front window. All had hoodies and bandanas on their face, no doubt in order to conceal their identity.

As reported previously, someone had attempted to rob The Partakery just days ago, breaking a window at that time as well.

Other nearby business have also been robbed in the last four weeks, and incurred property damage as a result of burglaries, see Sept 08 story and Oct 05 Facebook post.

The Partakery now has two broken windows and the owners, as well as the community, are looking for help from witnesses and neighbors who may have information leading to these individuals arrests.

If you have any information please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011, and reference the call number 17000383133.

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Shilshole Waterway Sewer Update

Since telling you about the sewage back-up that flooded Saint Alphonsus Preschool yesterday (see:http://wp.me/p5JLfD-3PM), several questions have come in regarding the broken sewer near Shilshole in southwest Ballard.

Here are three updates that have been provide regarding the sewage issue.  As additional updates com available, I will add to this post.


September 14, 2017: Seattle Public Utilities announced it was conducting emergency repair on a broken sewer pipe in Shilshole Bay. Click on public notice and map below to enlarge for details.

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September 26, 2017: Update from Sr. Public Relations Specialist Katie McVicker from Seattle Public Utilities

“Dear neighbor,

On Sept. 13. 2017, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) discovered that a sewer force main that travels across the Shilshole Waterway west of the Ballard Locks had a leak. SPU set up a bypass system so no sewage would continue to enter the pipe or the waterway. SPU performed a dye test on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, and confirmed a location of a hole in the force main.

SPU engineers are designing a spot repair to fix the hole in the force main. The design phase could take up to three weeks. During this time, the bypass system will remain in place.

After the spot repair is complete, SPU will be able to send video equipment through the force main and perform a full condition assessment on the pipe. Depending on the results of the assessment, SPU may do further pipe repair or replacement work.

Please see the attached flyer for the location of the hole and the bypass equipment. If you have questions about this work, please reach out to the project manager, Cody Nelson, at (206) 684-3066 or cody.nelson@seattle.gov.

Katie McVicker
SPU Sr. Public Relations Specialist”


October 5, 2017: Update from Sr. Public Relations Specialist Katie McVicker from Seattle Public Utilities

“Dear neighbors,

A contractor for Seattle Public Utilities will be installing a hard-piped bypass system to replace the current pump and vactor truck system that is sited near 5700 Seaview Avenue NW. Once this system is installed, the baker tanks currently on site will be removed and the need for frequent vactor truck pumping and dumping should be eliminated.Work is expected to begin as early as Monday, Oct. 16, and may take up to two weeks to complete.

Homes and businesses will continue to receive normal sewer services during this work. You can also expect:

– Reduced parking due to staging of construction equipment.
– Traffic on Seaview Avenue NW to be reduced to one lane in both directions when the pipe is being trenched across the roadway. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic.
– Flaggers directing traffic in and out of affected gravel roadway as needed.
– Construction fencing and piping on sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail. Pedestrians and bicyclists will still be able to use the trail in all areas, but should exercise caution around equipment.
– Construction-related noise, dust and equipment.Please see the attached PDF for more information. If you have questions regarding this work, please contact Project Manager Cody Nelson at (206) 684-3066 or cody.nelson@seattle.gov.

Katie McVicker
Seattle Public Utilities
Sr. Public Relations Specialist”


October 24, 2017: Update from Sr. Public Relations Specialist Katie McVicker from Seattle Public Utilities

“Dear neighbors,
A contractor for Seattle Public Utilities will be installing a hard-piped bypass system to replace the current pump and vactor truck system that is sited near 5700 Seaview Avenue NW. Once this system is installed, the baker tanks currently on site will be removed and the need for frequent vactor truck pumping and dumping should be eliminated. Additionally, a diving crew may also begin in-water work to repair the hole in the force main.

Work is expected to begin as early as Thursday, Oct. 26, and may take up to two weeks to complete.

Homes and businesses will continue to receive normal sewer services during this work. You can also expect:

– Reduced parking due to staging of construction equipment within the gravel right-of-way adjacent to the Burke Gilman Trail. One driveway may be closed during the work, residents will have access from driveways to the north and south of the work area off Seaview Avenue NW.
– Traffic on Seaview Avenue NW to be reduced to one lane in both directions when the bypass pipe is being trenched across the roadway. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic.
– Flaggers directing traffic in and out of affected gravel roadway as needed.
– Construction fencing and piping on sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be provided trail detours as needed. Pedestrians and bikers are reminded to slow down near construction sites and maintain awareness at all times.
– Reduced parking due to construction within the right-of-way of NW Market Street. Access to residences may be delayed but will be maintained.
– A large boat, silt curtain and divers in the water. Boat traffic will be blocked between portions of the Army Corps of Engineers’ dock and the shore. Individual owners will be contacted.
– Construction-related noise, dust and equipment.

Please see the attached PDF for more information. If you have questions regarding this work, please contact Project Manager Cody Nelson at (206) 684-3066 or cody.nelson@seattle.gov.

Katie McVicker
Seattle Public Utilities
Sr. Public Relations Specialist”

Ballard School Flooded By Sewage

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Preschool flooded with sewage

Friday, October 13, 2017 will not easily be forgotten by the parents, students, and teachers at Saint Alphonsus Parish School in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. Families arrived to find that one of their classroom spaces had been flooded overnight with Seattle’s slop.

Sludge oozed from beneath the preschool classroom door. A bay of windows running along the east-side of the space was foggy with condensation. An odor greeted those who moved closer to the classroom, confirming suspicion that something was not right.

From the Principal, Matt Eisenhauer:

“Overnight, the room had been flooded with back-up from the sewer system, that covered the floor, wall to wall, in the closets, restrooms, electrical closet and all. We contacted the city of Seattle, and they have three large trucks out on 58th street clearing out the sewage lines that run under the road.”

The classroom will be out of commission until the affected area is cleaned, repaired, inspected and approved for use. When school opens on Monday, students will report to the auditorium.

For those who use the NW 58th Street Greenway, please be aware of the additional traffic, big trucks, and workers on the roadway.

Saint Alphonsus Church & School are located at 5816 NW 15th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.  Learn more: http://stalseattle.org/school/

Ten-Year-Old Wins Award, Donates Prize Money To Save Cheetahs

What would you do if you won $5,000? Would you keep it — or donate it?

Joris Hutchinson Ballard West Woodland Cheetah 3A 10 year old West Woodland neighbor just won that amount, and he’s giving it all away to help the cheetahs at N/a’an ku sê in Windhoek, Namibia.

Joris Hutchison was awarded the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, an award that includes a $5000 gift to be applied to the winner’s higher education or to their service project.

Each year the Barron Prize honors 25 inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference.

Joris won the prize for his work to save cheetahs from the threat of extinction. He has raised more than $14,000 to purchase GPS collars that track and protect the animals, earning money by selling lemonade, flowers and t-shirts, and by organizing skating parties, and a garage sale.

Joris donates all that he raises to N/a’an ku sê, a wildlife conservation organization and sanctuary in Namibia where he and his mother have volunteered for the past three summers. As the group’s youngest volunteer, Joris prepares food, cleans enclosures, and creates enrichment items for the cheetahs that live there, all of whom have been injured or habituated to humans.

“I’ve learned that everyone can make a difference, even if you’re just a kid!” says Joris. “You just have to start somewhere.”

You can support Joris’ work and help the cheetahs in N/a’an ku sê: Donate Here!

Watch Joris discuss his conservation work!

On October 3, 2017, Joris appeared on King 5’s New Day NW to discuss his prize and cheetah conservation work, which you can WATCH HERE.

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Screen shot of King 5 New Day NW website courtesy King 5.