Vote Now – Thank A West Woodland School Teacher

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Help bring much needed grant money to West Woodland Elementary, in West Woodland, Ballard, through Farmers Insurance Thank America’s Teachers Program.

Farmers Insurance will give away more than $1 million to almost 200 teachers in 2016 and you can help determine which teachers receive these special awards.  Send a BIG thank you note to the inspirational teachers at West Woodland Elementary  by voting for their proposals HERE.

Please cast your vote for one of the following West Woodland Elementary Teachers:

Voting is open NOW until March 31, 2016.  You can vote for up to 6 teachers per day, EVERYDAY!  So vote early & vote often neighbors!

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Ballard’s Fire Station 18 Dedication and Open House

The Open House and dedication for the new fire station opening in Ballard is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity for the community to tour the fire station and meet our local firefighters who serve the Ballard neighborhoods, including West Woodland. Additional information about this event can be found HERE.


Fire Station 18 conceptual drawing, courtesy SSF Engineering.  

About the Station

Originally built in 1974, Station 18 is located at 1521 NW Market St. and is the lead station for Battalion IV, which covers most of northwest Seattle. The station houses a large number of functions. Its core operations comprise an engine company (E18), a ladder unit (L8), a medic unit (M18) and a battalion chief unit. It houses a number of reserve units as well, including a reserve battalion chief unit, a reserve ladder unit and a reserve medic unit. The station houses one of the Department’s two hose wagons. These wagons, converted from older engines, are capable of laying and pumping water through 6,000 feet of hose.

This is not the original location for Station 18.  The station was once located at 5427 Russell Avenue NW, now home to Hi-Life Restaurant.

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Fire Station 18, dated 1969.  Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, #77738.

About the Project

Originally  funded by Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Program approved by Seattle voters in 2003, this project is one of the last Seattle stations to be renovated. The project improvements included a seismic upgrade, renovation of interior spaces and additions. There is now individual bunk rooms for all crew members, light- and temperature-controlled bunker gear storage, and expanded maintenance facilities.  Learn more about the project HERE.

The station is has been operating out of a temporary location at 4733 Shilshole Ave. NW. since January 2015.


Big Win! Two neighborhood projects move forward.

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The West Woodland neighborhood scored a major victory at Wednesday’s Ballard District Council meeting.

On the agenda, TWO public works projects that would enhance our neighborhood’s safety & livability. Both voted to move to the next round of reviews by the Council.

Proposal Descriptions:

1. Off-Leash Dog Area at Gilman Park: Proposal created by Susan Barth would provide dog owners much needed pooch play space right here in the heart of Ballard. Currently, dog owners must commute to Golden Gardens or Lower Woodland Park. Read more here:

2. Safety Enhancements at 6th Ave NW & NW 65th Street: Proposal created by Chris Saleeba of Ballard Greenways would create a safe crossing on the future 6th Ave NW Greenway, at NW 65th. Currently there is NO safe way to cross at this location. Read more here:

Next Steps:

Seattle Department of Transportation, City Neighborhood Council, and Ballard District Council will all have a chance to review the proposals in the coming months. As the projects progress, I will continue to update the neighborhood. Stay Tuned!

Get Involved:

Happy 3rd Birthday Populuxe Brewing

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Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th Street) will be hosting its 3rd birthday celebration on Saturday, March 19th.  The festivities kick-off at 1:00 PM and, as always, this is family friendly celebration.  Bring the kids and enjoy Tumblebus, live music and more!

The celebration includes:

~ Tumblebus from 2-4 PM for the kiddos.
~ Live music by Sundae + Mr. Goessl (5:30 PM)
~ Live music by Honey Mustard Seattle(6:30 PM)
~ Food by Peasant Food Manifesto & Balleywood Creamery
~ Special release of Anniversary IPA, as well as specialty casks and barrel aged craft brews

Additional information here:

Support Off-Leash Dog Area at Gilman Park

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Gracie, owned by Susan Barth’s Mom

In case you needed another reason to attend the Ballard District Council meeting on March 9th at 7:00 pm, West Woodland neighbor Susan Barth is working on a proposal that would create an off-leash dog area at Gilman Park.

For neighbors who live in the heart of Ballard, walking to a dog park means a round trip of several miles to either Golden Gardens or Lower Woodland Park.  Susan wants to change this by partnering with neighbors, businesses and dog-owners who see the advantage of a centralized pooch play area right here in Ballard.

Susan shared that neighbors can show their support for a Gilman Park off-leash dog area by attending the Ballard District Council meeting on March 9th.  You can also write letters of support and email them to  Let’s help Susan create something wonderful that we can share together, with our dogs & families, for years to come.

Meeting Information:

Date: March 9, 2016
Location: Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW
Time: 7:00 PM

Oyster Shucking and Wine Pairing: An Interactive Evening at Stock

stock 5Love oysters? Curious about them? Downright scared of them?

While oysters are quintessential NW cuisine, they remain a mystery to many. At Stock’s Oyster Night, you’ll learn how to shuck and serve oysters (the world’s best party trick) and leave with new found knowledge of the history, qualities and highlights of our Puget Sound oysters.

Each ticket to Oyster Night includes a two-hour interactive class that teaches you how to shuck your own oysters, make oyster-friendly condiments and know which wines pair best with shellfish. You’ll also take home your own shucking knife so you can prepare fresh oysters at home anytime.

Throughout the class, Stock’s Chris Blanco will impart his knowledge of Puget Sound shellfish. And trust me, you’re learning from the best. As a trained chef in New York and the Pacific NW and reformed fishmonger, Chris knows the ins and outs of oysters like few others.

You can’t really call yourself a true Seattleite until you’ve shucked your own dinner.

Each ticket includes:

  • Your own oyster shucking knife and mastery of a new skill
  • One dozen oysters to shuck and sample from Seattle’s Taylor Shellfish Farm
  • Recommendations on wine pairings
  • Demo and instruction on preparing oyster-friendly condiments
  • Fresh knowledge including PNW oyster history knowledge, details of the qualities and tasting highlights of different varieties and tips for the best places to enjoy oysters in the Puget Sound
  • A glass of prosecco to toast your new expertise
  • Countless opportunities for shuck-centric puns

A limited number of tickets are available to ensure plenty of taste testing and interaction. For additional information & tickets please visit: Brown Paper Tickets

Meet Mike O’Brien: Open Office Hours this Thursday

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City Hall is coming to District 6. In a series of rotating office hours, Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be in the district, ready to meet with constituents. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet our District 6 City Councilmember and ask questions you may have about city policy.

Our first event will be Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Fremont Public Library. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

If you have questions please email or call 206-684-8800.  Event information available here:

Local Independent Retailer The Sneakery Celebrates their 10th Year in Business

sneakery 1To celebrate their 10th year in business, The Sneakery will be offering 20% off everything in the shop between February 25th – 28th.  Since opening in 2006, The Sneakery has sold thousands of pairs of shoes, socks, and shoelaces for men, women, and children in their brick-and-mortar only store, located at 612 NW 65th Street in West Woodland, Ballard.

The Sneakery carries original heritage collections from brands you like, Converse, Vans, Saucony, New Balance, Asics, and Seattle-based shoe company Brooks. Looking for those PF Flyer high tops you wore as a teenager? The Sneakery has you covered on those as well as other brands you might not have realized were still around like Gola, Palladium, and Tretorn. If you need those same cool styles for your kid, no problem – the Sneakery carries sizes from infant 4 to an adult 14!

In a world focused on luxury goods and internet shopping, The Sneakery is able to offer that same instant gratification at a fair price, while still giving customers the opportunity to shop locally. Why hassle with shipping when you can replace your favorite old pair of Chucks or VANS with a shiny new pair at the same suggested retail price? Certain things the internet can’t offer, like that throwback luxury of actually trying on shoes before purchasing. Smart shopping never goes out of style, just like the iconic brands at The Sneakery.

Foot fashion doesn’t end with shoes. Make an even bolder statement with a sweet pair of novelty socks to suit every occasion, profession, hobby, or quirk that strikes your fancy. The Sneakery carries thousands of styles including Star Wars characters, Seahawks and Sonics players, emojis, and of course cats, to performance running socks, comfortable roll tops, and no-shows for everyone in the family.

Need shoelaces for that favorite pair of worn in kicks? With thousands of colors, lengths, styles, and fabrics, finding the right ones can be a frustrating search. They’ve also got you covered there with laces from 30” to 72”.

The Sneakery has loved being a part of the Ballard community for the last 10 years and is looking forward to a great future!

Address: 612 NW 65th Street



Doggy Droppings & the Neighbor’s Waste Bins

bin 1Is it alright to drop pet waste in a neighbor’s garbage bin?  This is a conversation that has come up several times on our neighborhood communication boards, including West Woodland Neighbors and Nextdoor. People appear divided on the issue, some saying the poop packages are a violation of private property, and others welcoming the doggy droppings in their waste disposal container.

So what’s a dog owner to do?

Treat you neighbor’s garbage bin as their private property. You wouldn’t store items in their garage without permission, so why would you use their waste bin without asking first. I understand that you bagged it up and don’t want to haul it home, especially on an extra long walk, but that little gift bag of dog feces may be an unwanted addition to the bottom of their empty can, stinking up the joint until next week’s waste collection.

Bags break. They malfunction, they leak, when it gets hot they expand & explode. Think about that for a moment. Our waste bin sat in the driveway while we were enjoying a week away, and on our return we found the bottom full of bagged dog poop.  Several inches of pet waste had been deposited and unfortunately for us, one bag had leaked.  The smell was terrible, it was gag worthy, and we had to clean it all up.  Yuck.

If you still feel there is nothing wrong with using your neighbor’s garbage bin, why not ask them?  Go up to the front door, ring the bell, and see what they say. You may be surprised and find out they are happy to share trash space, but you may also be told to get packing. That is, packing your poop home.

One more piece of advice, don’t put dog waste in the compost bin.  Dog waste is NOT compostable and it should only be placed in the garbage.


A Living Legacy – Stories Wanted

living legacyBrittany Peterson of Fremont is providing older adults with a place to share their stories and memorable moments that touch their lives. She is piloting a new project – A Living Legacy – and is hoping to find older adults with war stories, family stories, love stories, anything that makes one unique and special.  Volunteers would meet with Brittany for an interview, which would be filmed.

Brittany has worked with older adults for over 10 years and believes that the stories shared are worth capturing and preserving. Through storytelling, older adults can enlighten us all to the past, while teaching timeless lessons of courage, perseverance and love. Through their legacy of patriotism, service and responsibility, our older neighbors also unite families and communities alike, and serve as role models for our younger generations.

Are you of do you know of someone interested in participating?  Please email Brittany for additional information.  Email: