The Ballard Pool, located at 1471 N.W. 67th St., will re-open Nov. 29.

All swim programs are canceled through that date. Current lesson participants will receive a credit on their accounts for the canceled classes.

During a maintenance closure to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which calls for new drain covers, Parks Department plumbers discovered a break in a pipe under the pool deck.

A contractor used a robotic camera to pinpoint the location of the leak and is attempting to fix the leak without excavating the pool deck.

The contractor plans a unique fix for the leak that involves a “sleeve” lining the pipe that bonds to the pipe’s interior and seals the break. As soon as the customized sleeve arrives (it needs to be custom made because of 90-degree angles and changes in the diameter of the pipe), the contractor will begin installation.


By Billy Rodgers, Ballard Boys & Girls Club athletic director

Seattle Storm center Ashley Robinson joined kindergarten through first-grade basketball teams Nov. 3 at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club

Ashley along with Storm staffer Chauntelle Johnson provided tips on basketball, teamwork and sportsmanship.

There was also time for a few photos and high fives.

There are 14 teams of kindergarten through first-grade players at the club. They play games twice a week.

All of the teams enjoyed spending time with a professional basketball player.

The Storm and the Ballard Boys & Girls Club are partners in the Jr. Storm Basketball Club. This program promotes youth basketball, provides coaching resources and promotes a healthy lifestyle and choices.

Photo credit: 
Billy Rodgers

Ashley Robinson of the Seattle Storm gives some tips to the kindergarten through first-grade Bulls basketball team Nov. 3 at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.

Trick-or-treaters take over Ballard

Halloween revelers of all ages took to the streets of downtown Ballard Oct. 31 for the annual trick-or-treating event.

Participating businesses handed out candy, a photo booth was set up outside the old Ballard Camera shop and buskers entertained the hundreds of people, many in costume, who packed the sidewalks.

Popular characters, such as Spiderman and Harry Potter, lurked around every corner, but there were also some nifty homemade robots, a giant Peep and a topical tribute to swine flu.

Click the image above for a slideshow from the event. If you would like to add your Ballard Halloween photos to the slideshow, please email them to

Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

Trick-or-treaters can grab some candy, if they dare, outside Matador on Market Street during the annual trick-or-treating event. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

In just one hour an Arbor Heights couple changed their lives, and the lives of 12 year-old twin sisters, forever. Eight months ago Bruce and Summer Boyd-Jones flew to Kiev in the Ukraine with the intention to adopt. They landed in that city’s department of adoption, and were given many files and exactly one hour to sort through them for a possible match.

The Jones’, Realtors with Prudential Northwest in Jefferson Square, found Natalie and Nicole, twins from an orphanage, or “children’s home” as they say in the Ukraine. They lived nine hours by train from Kiev, plus another 45 minutes by taxi from the city of Zaporozhye, to a town called V'llansk. It would take an investment of six weeks and $25,000 to adopt the girls.

“The home had 145 children,” said Summer. “This would only be the orphanage’s second adoption in 25 years (under its current director.) This particular orphanage is not on the radar screen. It is out in a small village and so we want to get the word out.”

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Photo credit: 
Steve Shay

Bruce and Summer-Boyd Jones view photos of their journey home from a Ukraine village with their adopted twins, Natalie (left) and Nicole.

On Friday and Saturday nights, costumed children of all ages will be out in force for community events and neighborhood trick or treating; the Seattle Department of Transportation urges drivers to be extra watchful for children crossing the streets in the evening darkness.
Friday, Oct. 30

Magnolia Village Halloween Trick or Treat: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
1,000 expected
Streets closed: West McGraw Street (from 34th Avenue West to 32nd Avenue West)
Saturday, Oct. 31

Trolloween 2009: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Annual Halloween event starting at the Fremont Troll (20th Birthday) , parading through the Fremont neighborhood, and ending under the Fremont Bridge;
400+ expected

Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

The annual Trolloween starts at 7:30 p.m. on Halloween Saturday, Oct. 31.

By Kaetlyn Cordingly

In 1984 Annie Davis founded Ballard-based Annie’s Nannies; that same year, Seattle Mayor Charles Royer started the Mayor’s Small Business Award, giving honors to small area businesses for their contributions to Seattle’s economy.

Unrelated then, these two happenings would result in an exciting change for Davis:  25 years later she and her daughter Suzanne Royer McCone received the Mayor’s Small Business Award for Annie’s Nannies, currently located at 2236 N.W. 58th St.

According to the Seattle's Office of Economic Development, the Mayor’s Small Business Award honors small businesses and the diversity and excellence they bring to Seattle’s economy. And for 25 years, Annie’s Nannies has done just that.

“Who would have known that the same year I started my business, he started the award and 25 years later we win it,” said Davis, who had not known that her first husband Royer had started the award.

Davis had been working with at-risk teenagers in Seattle Public Schools and pursuing a master’s degree when it was brought to her attention that there were no nanny agencies in the Pacific Northwest.

Photo credit: 
Photos by Kaetlyn Cordingly

Annie Davis, founder of Ballard-based Annie's Nannies, poses with the Mayors Small Business Award. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

There are still spots open for the Ballard Boys and Girls Club winter basketball season.

The league, for boys and girls third through fifth grade, starts on Dec. 17 and runs through March.

The cost is $60, including a $15 Boys and Girls Club membership.

Boys and Girls Club Athletic Director Billy Rodgers can be contacted for more information at 206.783.5775 or

The sign-up form, along with more league information, can be downloaded with the link at right.

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Courtesy of Boys and Girls Club

The Phinney Neighborhood will celebrate Mexican style on Friday, Nov. 6 with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festival.

It will start with a candlelight procession, which begins and ends at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., departing at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for more information, or call (206) 783-2244.

Event schedule:

6:15 p.m. Procession lead by the Musicians and Dancers of VamoLa! Procession line-up in the PNA parking lot (6532 Phinney Ave. N.) begins at 6:15; music starts at 6:20. Procession ends at 7 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Procession departs from PNA. Route: North on Phinney Avenue North; West on 70th Avenue Northwest; South on Greenwood Avenue North. Procession will end at the PNA.

7:05-7:15 p.m. Blessing of community altar on the landing of the stairs in the main (blue) PNA building by Raul Sanchez.

Photo credit: 
Image courtesy Phinney Neighborhood Association

On Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, more than 100 Fremont retailers and restaurants, with the support of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, will hand out treats to children (dressed in costume) for Fremont Trick-or-Treat 2009.

The event is free but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participating businesses will hang an orange flyer in their window and distribute treats from 2 to 6 p.m. on Halloween day.

Maps of participating businesses will be available at the following locations:

Portage Bay Goods - 206-547-5221, 706 N. 34th St.

Daly's Inc - 206-633-4200, 3525 Stone Way N.

Mishu - 206-802-8022, 465 N. 36th St.

Eyes On Fremont - 206-643-3375, 4254 Fremont Ave. N.

A map can also be downloaded here.

More information is available at 206-632-3170, or

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Courtesy of Fremont Chamber of Commerce

On Halloween afternoon and evening, businesses in Fremont will hand out candy to children in costume.

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is hosting several Halloween events for the family in Northwest Seattle.

Middle School Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave. N.W.
Saturday, Oct. 31, noon to 2 p.m. Rumor has it that Archie McPhee has been searching Ballard, and needs your help to save the famous rubber chicken. Bring your friends, put on your walking shoes and Sherlock Holmes hat, and help solve the biggest mystery in Ballard. Meet at Ballard CC to start your hike through Ballard village to find clues and win a prize. Please dress for the weather! Cost: Free.

Halloween Carnival
Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave. N.W.
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 N.W. 77th St.

Photo credit: 
File photo by Steve Shay

Ballard twins, James and William Endter, 2, were easy to spot along Market Street on Halloween.

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