Loyal Heights

By Elizabeth Wang

Avid volleyball player, creative businesswomen and, foremost, inspirational teacher, Sally Moneda brought her passion for teaching into every aspect of her life.

“She was very quiet and humble, but there was this incredible creative side. Everything was done so respectfully and so calmly. That was the thing about Sally,” said Mia Cisek, whose two children were students in Mrs. Moneda’s multi-grade class at Loyal Heights Elementary School.

Mrs. Moneda died of ovarian cancer on Jan. 3. She was 47.

Sally Moneda graduated from Western Washington University in 1987 with her degree in broadcast communications. Though she spent the next few years working at KIRO-TV as a news writer, she knew it wasn’t her true calling.

“She was wondering where her heart was,” said husband Willie Moneda. “She wanted to work with kids. She liked working with kids at the Boys and Girls Club, so she switched over.”

Loyal Heights Elementary teacher Sally Moneda passes away, leaves lasting impression
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Avid volleyball player, creative businesswomen and, foremost, inspirational teacher, Sally Moneda brought her passion for teaching into every aspect of her life.

Lesson learned, the Mayor loves fish.

Or, at least, fish from the Fresh Fish Co. He couldn't stop talking about it all day.

On a walking tour Tuesday, Oct. 22, Mayor Mike McGinn visited several businesses in Loyal Heights, including the Fresh Fish Co., Larsen's Bakery, Mailbox Ballard, Agape Childcare Center, the Loyal Heights Manor (senior citizen living facility), Saleh's Delicatessen and the Philadelphia Church.

McGinn asked questions at each of the businesses and let them tell him a little bit about themselves, as well as express their concerns.

Ballard Mailbox was concerned about taxing on small businesses. Folks at the Agape Childcare Center said that they wanted better signage at the crosswalk in front of their store. The owner pointed to a signal sign which had been run over -- an incident that has happened multiple times without quick reaction, she said.

Steve Saleh of Saleh's Delicatessen said that his store has been subject to countless acts of vandalism and, at times, theft. McGinn had Saleh talk to Lauren Street, a police officer who had joined in on the walk.

SLIDESHOW: Business owners in Loyal Heights greet Mayor
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All photos by Zachariah Bryan

While on a walking tour of Loyal Heights, Mayor Mike McGinn stops into the Mailbox, where he talks with owner Ferrol Williams. (Click on the picture above to view the whole slideshow.)

Got concerns? Address them to the Mayor himself.

Mayor Mike McGinn is holding a signature town hall event tonight in Loyal Heights at the Philadelphia Church Bible College (2363 NW 80th St), from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

While the city budget is mostly out of the Mayor's hands now, it would be a good time to express your community's needs and desires and concerns, and we all know the Ballard area has plenty of those -- from combined sewer overflow to condominiums to greenways to car camping to coal trains to the Missing Link. And so on and so forth.

So put your game face on and get some good comments in tonight.


By Christy Wolyniak

The approach of autumn season brings with it not only BHS football (go Beavers!), but another, perhaps lesser known opportunity at the Loyal Heights Community Center. Volleyball.

Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts the Community Center leagues for only $35 for the whole season. Compared to $1,500 a season for some club leagues, the price makes learning to play volleyball an affordable option for students, particularly those in middle school. The program began at the Ballard Community Center, but recent cutbacks in funds led the program to make Loyal Heights its new stomping ground.

“I love coaching because I like teaching something that I myself love to do. If I can impart the love that I have for the sport to others then that’s great,” said Loyal Heights Coach, Mark Myers.

Myers has been coaching for community centers for seven years and coached four years for the Cascade Volleyball Club. Trained in Gold Medal Squared (GMS), the Loyal Heights coaches use the same coaching system used by the US Olympic teams, University of Washington, and many other college and high school programs.

Teaching middle schoolers a love for volleyball
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Photo courtesy of Amy Harris

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This year’s coaches from left to right: Cheryl Hughes, Mark Myers, Amy Harris and Pat Tye. Coach Mark Peck not pictured. Between all of them, they have coached Ballard and now Loyal Heights Community Center volleyball teams for a combined 15-plus years.

The Loyal Heights Summer Concert series kicks off July 8 with a performance by the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra Cello Choir.

After that, there will be three more free concerts in July and a final concert in late August for the Loyal Heights Community Center's end-of-summer barbecue.

Concerts take place at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Loyal Heights Community Center, located at 2101 N.W. 77th St. In the event of rani, the concerts will be moved indoors.

The concerts are free, and concessions will be sold.

The complete lineup is as follows:

  • July 8 – Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra Cello Choir
  • July 15 – Mud Junket
  • July 22 – The Silverbacks
  • July 29 – Emerald City Jazz Ensemble
  • Aug. 27 – ADHD Rocks

After a large public outcry, the Ballard Community Center and the Loyal Heights Community Center, as well as the rest of the city's community centers, will remain open, at least for the rest of 2010.

"We heard very clearly, as you all did, that Parks' services are highly valued by community members," Beth Goldberg, acting director of the City Budget Office, said during a June 14 Seattle City Council briefing on the mid-year budget.

The closures would have gone into effect around July 1.

Seattle is facing an $11.7 million midyear shortfall in the General Fund, and in late April, outgoing Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tim Gallagher told KING-5 TV that either the Ballard Community Center or the Loyal Heights Community Center would likely be closed due to their proximity.

The announcement prompted Ballard resident Mindy Terence to form the group Save Ballard's Community Centers and start a petition and postcard campaign to keep both community centers open.

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Michael Harthorne

Ballard resident Mindy Terence stumps for the neighborhood's community centers in May at Ballard Commons Park. The city announced June 14 that no community centers will be closed in 2010.

With Mayor Mike McGinn's final budget decisions looming in June, the neighborhood group Save Ballard's Community Centers is starting a postcard campaign to let the Mayor's Office know they shouldn't mess with Ballard.

"We want to start sending a message to the Mayor's Office that we want Ballard's community centers to stay open and stay funded," said Amy Janas, organizer of the postcard campaign.

Ballard Sip & Ship is donating several thousand postcards for the campaign. Janas said physical cards will help the city see the impact cuts would have on Ballard.

Save Ballard's Community Centers started when outgoing Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tim Gallagher gave a television interview in late April in which he said the Ballard Community Center and Loyal Heights Community Center were in danger of closure due to budget cuts and their close proximity to each other.

In addition to drawing McGinn's attention to Ballard's community centers, Janas said she is hoping the campaign raises more awareness in the neighborhood about the danger the community centers are in.

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Save Ballard's Community Centers is starting a postcard campaign to ask Mayor McGinn not to cut funding for Loyal Heights Community Center and Ballard Community Center. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE THE POSTCARD.

When Loyal Heights resident Mindy Terence heard outgoing Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tim Gallagher tell KING 5 TV that the city's current budget crisis could necessitate the closure of one of Ballard's two community centers, she took action.

Terence started circulating a petition May 1 to keep the Ballard Community Center and Loyal Heights Community Center from becoming victims of city budget cuts.

Joelle Hammerstad, spokesperson for Seattle Parks and Recreation, said while Gallagher can speak freely about the particulars of the budget process because he has already offered his resignation, regular employees are restricted from speaking directly about what the department calls the "deliberative process."

The city's acting budget director has asked Parks to propose reductions of 3 percent, and cuts are likely to be implemented around July 1, Hammerstad said.

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Michael Harthorne

Loyal Heights resident Mindy Terence discusses her campaign to save Ballard's community centers from possible budget-related closures at the Ballard Urban Picnic May 1.

With the help of Port Townsend artist Thaddeus Jurczynski and the Artist in Residence program, Loyal Heights Elementary School students will soon be in control of an army of hellhounds, serpents, squirrels, ice giants and other figures from Norse mythology.

For this year's program, third, fourth and fifth-grade classes are working with Jurczynski to create giant puppets to be part of the annual Syttende Mai parade May 17 in Ballard. First and second-graders are creating troll masks for the parade.

To create the puppets, many of which are large enough to fit at least one student inside them, reeds and bamboo are formed into a skeleton and covered with paper mache.

After research at the Nordic Heritage Museum, students drew two-dimensional representations of their creatures and used math and science to turn them into three-dimensional models, said Lauren Molloy-Johnson, co-chair of the Artist in Residence program.

Debi Mandell, a fifth-grade teacher at Loyal Heights, said the puppet project is a way for students to put the geometry skills they are learning to use, and because it is a hands-on activity, the students remain more focused than usual.

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Michael Harthorne

Artist Thaddeus Jurczynski shows off the claw for a giant puppet made by an earlier class to Loyal Heights students from Room 14 as part of the school's Artist in Residence program.

A handful of third and fifth-grade girls from Loyal Heights Elementary are running laps around the playground on a chilly weekday afternoon. They are running to build healthy bodies as well as self-confidence, friendship and a sense of identity. And, also to get the wiggles out.

The girls are part of the Loyal Heights chapter of Girls on the Run Puget Sound, a nonprofit started in 2002 as part of the international Girls on the Run organization.

Girls on the Run's mission is to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

"It's been enlightening," said Carmen Hudson, head coach of the Loyal Heights group. "We're starting to address topics that they are going to encounter in middle school."

So far, the group has discussed issues like drugs, bullies and the pressure put on women by the media.

The Girls on the Run curriculum ties these lessons into healthy living by creating physical activities related to the message.

On Dec. 1, the topic was community service. The biweekly meeting opened with the girls standing in a tight circle facing the person in front of them. They then tried to slowly sit down on the lap behind them.

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Michael Harthorne

Girls on the Run coach Carmen Hudson and a few of her girls take a lap around the Loyal Heights playground Dec. 1.

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