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:, 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

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

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:

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.

Ballard Businesses Nominated For Local Award

KING5 Best of Western Washington - Ballard West WoodlandKING5’s annual Best of Western Washington contest has begun, so it’s time to cast your votes to help some of West Woodland, Ballard’s businesses WIN!

Several area businesses and organizations are nominated in the contest and we’ve done our best to list them all below, with direct links that you can use to vote for them.

“The sweepstakes will begin on September 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM Pacific Standard Time and will end on October 29, 2017 at 11:50 PM Pacific Standard Time,” reads the Contest Rules page.

Please note that if your business is not listed below, please email the direct link to and we’ll add it .


These businesses are located in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood:


Free Theater For Children Happening in Ballard This Fall

Theater For Young Children Ballard West WoodlandTheater for Young Children, a theater group that recently toured North Seattle Parks as part of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s Arts in the Parks program, is coming to Ballard Community Center and Loyal Heights Community Centers this fall!

The group will be performing two charming stories that take us out into the woods and into the fall weather.  Juan and Maria (based on a Filipino folk tale similar to Hanzel and Gretel) and Scaredy Squirrel, that lovable rascal created by author Melanie Watt.

Like all Theater For Young Children performances, this one is:

*Filled with live acting and music by professional artists
*Geared toward children ages 2-10
*Free to the public (we gladly accept a donation of $10/family)
*Approx. 50 min. in length

Event Information:

Ballard Community Center:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Loyal Heights Community Center:  Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Real Change Vendor Donald Morehead has turned struggle and pain into a gift

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Congratulations to Real Change vendor Donald Morehead, winner of the 2017 Real Change Vendor of the Year award!

Donald sells Real Change newspapers outside Ballard Market, 1400 NW 56th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. You can find him most afternoons greeting customers with a smile & hello near the north entrance.

Real Change Ballard Market Donald Morehead 01About Donald Morehead:

“When Real Change vendor Donald Morehead first came to Seattle 17 years ago, he was broke, homeless, had PTSD from a life of trauma and was self-medicating to get through the day.

Within hours of his arrival by Greyhound, a couple of homeless guys pointed Donald to Real Change. He was selling the paper the next day. On his first day, Donald went from having nothing to $40.”

Learn more about Donald and his journey to Seattle 17 years ago:

About Real Change:

Real Change is a reader supported social enterprise. They combine quality news production, fearless social justice advocacy and non-judgmental low barrier employment opportunities for homeless & very low-income people.

Real Change relies on broad-based grassroots donor support to fund approximately 2/3 of our annual budget. The remaining 1/3 of our revenue comes from earned income sources – advertising, circulation sales and subscriptions.

Learn how you can support this important community resource:

Thank you to Whittier Heights neighbor Cynthia Slate for providing photos for this post.