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A scene from BHS Film Program’s music video “ Hologram,” which was recently recognized for merit in editing.

National festival selects Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program for IMAX grant

Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program is celebrating after it was chosen by the All American High School Film Festival to receive a $5,000 “In Focus” grant from IMAX.

The AAHSFF partnered with IMAX and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to form the “In Focus” initiative, which is a component of IMAX “Big Picture” project, a program designed to use the influence of film to inspire action and positive social change.

AAHSFF is the largest high school film festival in the nation and schools from across the country participate every year. The festival recently had its opening night last week when the announcement was made in New York City. Other programs that received grants were Woodrow Wilson High School, (Washington, D.C.), University School of Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Canyon Crest Academy (San Diego) and Mythic Bridge (New York City).

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Seattle Maritime Academy opens new state-of-the-art facility at Ballard campus

Mariners and future mariners in the region can look to Ballard as home to the newest and state-of-the-art seaman’s training after Seattle Maritime Academy’s Ballard campus opened a new facility last Thursday October 6.

The academy, which is a division of Seattle Central College, held a christening ceremony last week and maritime industry professionals, educators and Washington State dignitaries celebrated at the event.

"This building will provide important benefits to the maritime industry, a vital part of our regional economy," said Seattle Central President Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D. "We will be able to open doors to family-wage maritime jobs for more people in our community while creating a better-trained workforce for area companies and organizations."

Edwards Lange christened the new building in true maritime fashion by breaking a bottle of champagne against the entrance.

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Shane Harms
A recent shoplifting incident has spurred more community concern for security at Walgreens in Ballard.

Another incident prompts more concern for security at Walgreens

Friends of employees at the Ballard Walgreens are voicing concern for their friends’ safety after yet another threatening shoplifting incident on August 30.

According to Detective Patrick Michaud of Seattle Police, a male suspect and a woman were asked to leave the store after being observed shoplifting. They left but the male returned, charged an employee and knocked over a wine rack. The employee was not injured. Later police arrested the man after someone reported a male matching his description was arguing with a woman in a van some blocks away. He was booked for investigation of burglary at King County Jail.

Two weeks ago the Ballard News-Tribune reported that a local woman, Janet Calkins, urged Walgreens to assign a security guard at the store. She was especially adamant about this after last July when there was an armed robbery at the store. A suspect armed with a baseball bat threatened employees and then made off with prescription narcotics. The BNT covered the incident, and Walgreens would not reveal details about their security policy or whether they intend to implement a security officer.

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