December 5, four speakers shared their experiences and warned of the dangers of driving under the influence. Over 500 students were in attendance at the Ballard High School auditorium, which only amounted to a around half of the entire enrollment.Four speakers shared their stories.
The first speaker was local mother, Kelly Jones, who told the tragic story of losing her son, Kellen, in a car accident that claimed the lives of two others, Spencer Millard and Mike Turner, in 2010. She showed intimate pictures and revealed the deep sense of loss that follows accidents.
Jone’s said that students have an obligation to friends and family members to drive and ride responsibly. She told students they could spread the word by tweeting #driveandrideresponsibly and also connecting to the campaign’s Facebook page.
The other three speakers shared the same incident, though from different perspectives. UW’s football tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, plead guilty to drunk driving earlier this year. He spoke to students and was joined by his attorney, Bill Hicks, and the arresting officer, SPD’s Eric Michl,
Foiled burglary attempt, suspect also witness
Nov. 30 at the 3 block of NW 75th St., officers responded to a reported interrupted burglary attempt. Officers met the victims in front of their garage. They reported that they heard trashcans moved and went outside to find a suspect walking away. As the suspect fled they called out to him and he said that he had not seen anybody and kept moving. The victims found a broken padlock off the door of their garage. The suspect did not make entry and nothing was missing.
Door withstands burglary, suspects spooked
Nov. 25 at 8:44 a.m. on the 6500 block of 15th Ave. N.W., officers responded to an attempted burglary report at Belay Apartments. Two suspects attempted to use a “window-punch” to break through a glass pane. Security footage shows that the apparent “lookout suspect” saw something that “spooked” him and detoured them from going further with the break-in. One suspect was wearing designer camouflage pants and with a matching hat, with a trimmed beard and black hooded sweatshirt. The suspects damaged a double-sided door.
Burglar gains entry, lamps suffer
One of the few remaining cannabis collective in Ballard closed last week. Green Ambrosia, the medical marijuana store on 15th Avenue N.W. is shutting its doors while they rethink their business plan.
One of the store’s owners, Dante Jones, said he is staying in the industry but refocusing what he will be doing.
“Oh, I’m just as busy as I was before, I don’t get to go home when I want to,” said Jones.
Jones, who has a background in technology and marketing, is originally from California but grew up in Seattle.
Jones said he has closed his MMJ shop after being a collective for two and a half years, one of which was in Ballard. Jones said he and his partners are now opening a hydroponic equipment retailer and servicer.
The store will be named Grow Ambrosia, and will be opening in a few weeks.
Jones said what spurred the closure was the zoning for all three types of licenses declared by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Jones is in the process of applying for a grower/processor license.
Saturday, Nov. 30 celebrated Small Business Saturday with the addition of poet and novelist Sherman Alexie’s newly founded Indies First Day.
The day is the book-selling community’s response to Small Business Saturday, focused on bringing attention to independent bookstores and publishers after the flurry of Black Friday.
Alexie made the announcement on Twitter, asking for “gorgeous book nerds” to pitch in and help sell books with local stores. According to NPR, he received over 1000 responses, which translates to employees, volunteers, shoppers and authors coming out to show their support.
The campaign happened all over Seattle, with Alexie stopping into five Seattle book stores, one being Secret Garden in Ballard.
Christy MacDonald, owner of Secret Garden Books, said that they got on the list of five because Suzanne Perry, Secret Garden’s Event’s Coordinator, acted quickly on Twitter.
To share in the campaign and book sale; Ballard authors, Jaime Temairik and Kim Baker, spoke with readers and picked out some of their own favorite books.
December 5, University of Washington's tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, spoke to over 500 students at the Ballard High School auditorium about the problems of driving while under the influence.
Earlier this year Seferian-Jenkins was arrested in the Ravenna area after being involved in a single car accident. He plead guilty to a drunk driving charge later, and was fined $695 and sentenced to 5 years probation.
“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think it was going to make an impact. …This whole thing has opened my eyes and given me a bigger perspective,” said Seferian-Jenkins.
Other speakers joined Seferian-Jenkins, two of which were directly involved in his DUI case: Bill Hicks, Seferian-Jenkin’s attorney; and SPD’s Eric Michl, who was Seferian-Jenkins’ arresting officer.
Kelly Jone’s also spoke to students. Jones is mother to deceased, Kellen Jones, who was killed in an alcohol related car accident near the Ballard Locks in 2010.
The message all the speakers had for students was clear, “Do not drive under the influence -- ever.”
Remember trading your candy for a toy with your friends or siblings? Trading was so easy. Luckily, exchanges like that still happen, only with much bigger things.
In support of the holidays and the Think Green Reuse and Recycling Challenge, Sustainable Ballard is hosting their 8th annual non-profit community holiday barter and celebration at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall on Sunday, December 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
President of Sustainable Ballard and festival coordinator, Jenny Heins, said the event brings together the community, encourages creativity and sharing, and creates a social and enjoyable alternative to the more commercial holiday gift buying experience.
In past years, barter items have included hand-knitted products, jewelry, candles, homegrown or wild crafted produce, homemade jams, beer, truffles, dried fruit, granola, beer and other delectable goodies. Apart from actual tangible goods, participants have also offered services, such as dog walking, music lessons, tax assistance, yoga session, housesitting or even refrigerator cleaning.
By Marjorie Young
One of the most fascinating aspects of my psychic work is that I am often the recipient of tidings aimed not at my clients, but rather those in their circle; friends, loved ones, work-place acquaintances. Though I am in no way attempting to ‘connect’ with these people, their circumstances are revealed to me with clarity. Of course, I pass on those messages without fail, hoping they will be delivered to the ‘third party’ involved.
I’ve reported previously concerning a session where urgent warning was provided for my client’s mother; that she had a dangerous, as yet undiagnosed, medical condition called ‘cardiomyopathy.’ At my urging, she had her mother consult a doctor that very day. He immediately hospitalized her, undoubtedly saving her life. Of course, the goal of the original appointment had been to simply focus upon the daughter rather than her mom. Yet there was ‘something out there’ that provided me with that imperative information.
Over the weekend, a 19-year-old Malayan tapir died at the Woodland Park Zoo.
Known as Ray, the tapir had been living at the Woodland Park Zoo for 18 years, and weighed 725 pounds. Ray had been undergoing treatment for reduced appetite and inactivity.
The Zoo’s associate veterinarian, Doctor Kelly Helmick, had stabilized Ray’s condition, so the death was unexpected. A necropsy suggests organ failure; however, other tests will be conducted to determine final cause of death.
In the Zoo’s press release, mammal curator, Martin Ramirez, explained the loss.
“We are very saddened by this loss. Several staff members have cared for Ray since he arrived at the zoo more than 18 years ago, so it’s especially hard for them. …We will miss Ray, particularly splashing through his pool, a favorite activity of his.”
One of the most primitive large mammals in the world, the Malayan species is the only tapir native to Asian and is currently endangered. The average weight for an adult is 750 pounds, though some reach 900.
According to SDOT, there will be a lane closure on the right northbound lane of Ballard Bridge today. A bridge crew will be working to repair the expansion joint where the bridge crosses NW Leary Way. The work should be completed before 3 p.m., however motorists should expect delays. SDOT warns motorists to slow down and use caution while crossing the bridge.
With Thanksgiving approaching, Ballardites can be assured that their city-village will be a "clean, well-lighted place" for the holidays for years to come.
Due to a loss of funding, the holiday lights on Market Street and Ballard Avenue have been missing for the last couple years.
On Nov. 22 it was announced that a 25 thousand dollar Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant was awarded to Ballard by the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods. The grant will leverage private dollars in order to help make sure holiday lighting will be something the community sees every year.
The match funds apply to the lighting on Market Street, Ballard Avenue, and 22nd Avenue. The lighting is also going toward lighting in Marvin’s Garden Park and Bergen Park, which had been lit for the holidays the last couple years thanks to the Ballard Merchant Association.
Mike Stewart, Executive Director of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, explained that the holiday aesthetics could make a real difference for local economy.