Nearly 60 "arrests" were made yesterday at the Ballroom, a restaurant and bar in Fremont. Most did not put up a fight, as they were part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Seattle's "Lock-Up" fundraiser, and volunteered to be incarcerated.

To be set free, they had to promise to try to raise $2,000 bail from friends, family and community to donate to Jerry's Kids.

Volunteer and "judge," Dennis Kennedy, a former taxi driver, was recently afflicted with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." According to MDA Seattle's Web site, ALS is just one of 43 forms of Muscular Dystrophy.

"When diagnosed I walked around saying, 'not me. No way. I'm going to live forever.' It took me a year to really grab onto it," Kennedy said.

"I’m here to give a face to MDA clients so that people know that the money they raise stays local and helps out actual people," said Tabby Stover, 26, a volunteer at the fundraiser who also has muscular dystrophy.

She handed out books as door prizes.

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Steve Shay

DON'T LOSE THAT KEY! Marilyn of Salon Sava east of Green Lake finds herself behind bars at the Ballroom in Fremont. The "Lock-Up" fundraiser was sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Seattle. Area business owners and friends were invited. Click image for a slideshow.

A ribbon cutting tomorrow at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard will celebrate the opening of a new primary-care unit with an open house and tour of the newly remodeled space.

The event is not open to the public. A public open house will be scheduled for a future date.

This new primary-care clinic is the first at Swedish, and in the country, to open utilizing the medical home model exclusively from day one, which involves a patient-centered team of caregivers as well as information technology to provide better access for patients.

The clinic, which officially opens to the public on Tuesday, March 31, will serve as a Family Medicine Residency training site.The clinic is located on the fourth floor, east wing of the hospital.

Swedish is excited to pilot this project and offer this new model of health care to the community, according to Ed Boyle, Swedish Medical Center spokesman.

The event, at 5300 Tallman Ave. N.W., begins with opening remarks at 2 p.m. Friday, March 27.

Attendees will get a chance to meet the clinic staff, tour the newly remodeled space, and learn more about the medical home concept.

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Michael Harthorne

A ribbon cutting tomorrow at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard will celebrate the opening of a new primary-care unit with an open house and tour of the newly remodeled space. The event is not open to the public.

Bertha Davis claims she “closed” Webster Elementary School when she and the secretary were the last school staff to leave the building in 1980. She had taught there for 50 years.

Nearly 30 years later she’s presiding over a grand opening instead, as one of the first patients at Ballard Care and Rehabilitation’s new short term unit - Recovery Suites.

Bertha summoned me because she felt Ballard needed to know how well she was being treated and that “such a facility was available within the community.” Adamant would be an understatement.

“People have to know,” she lectured from her bedside. To say that her clearly commanding presence as a longtime teacher had diminished with her 95 years would be a lie. I sat up straight, didn’t fidget and promised to spell everyone’s name correctly.

Mrs. Davis, as she was called by her 4th and 6th grade classes, taught thousands of students in her five decades at Webster. Although in all her years she never did have a student named Bertha.

Those former students visit her to speak of their own children and grandchildren.

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Peggy Sturdivant

Bertha Davis is recovering from a fall at Ballard Care and Rehabilitation.

Hosting their first "Coffee Talk," the Ballard Sip & Ship has welcomed two Ballard Women’s Health doctors to host free monthly sessions for those interested in getting medical advice.

Dr. Heidi Knickerbocker and Dr. Peter Brandon recently spun off the Northwest Women’s Health of Ballard Swedish Hospital and are now located on Barnes Avenue Northwest.

Sip & Ship owner Diana Naramore said she is more than happy to have the professionals in her shop due to her history with both doctors.

Brandon delivered her son Jack the day before they opened Ballard Sip & Ship, while Knickerbocker handled care for both her middle child and baby, Naramore said.

“I fell in love with the idea because it was community oriented and seemed like a good fit for all of us,” Naramore said.

Invites have already been sent out to customers, and Naramore said the doctors came up with a topic and wanted it to be somewhat shocking.

This month they chose “Heavy Periods.”

Latte's were on the house for all who attended the event March 5. Naramore said the doctors conducted some lively and wonderful conversation up in the store’s loft.


The Rocksport Bar and Grill, 4209 S.W. Alaska St., is hosting an evening of jazz to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society March 8, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

It's hosted by public radio host Paige Hansen with a suggested donation of $15 per person.

The event will feature:
TwoPlusTwo Jazz and Russ Harris, Denny Foreman, Kelly McLaughlin, and Paige Hansen, Vocalist
Special appearances by singer-songwriters Joel Hagman and Gina Belliveau, and blues artist Rick Gerth.
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To raise awareness of urgent health problems threatening babies, Seattle Storm and March of Dimes have collaborated to encourage mothers and future mothers to take preventative action.

A March of Dimes March for Babies Kick-off in Bellevue today was in celebration of the new partnership.

Karen Bryant, chief executive officer of the Seattle Storm, and Ashley Robinson, a center for the women's basketball team, have been named the 2009 March for Babies Official Spokeswomen.

The Storm recently announced it would be moving its headquarters to a facility in Interbay.

Bryant has experienced first hand the health problems that affect babies, as her daughter was born nine weeks early last April and spent two months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Center.

“The March of Dimes was there when my family needed it through the NICU Family Support program,” said Bryant in a statment. “It’s important for me and the Seattle Storm to score big points for our fans and the community by making them aware of the pregnancy and newborn resources available to help them. The Seattle Storm is excited to be part of this important partnership.”


On Friday, Feb. 20, L.A. Fitness opened a 55,000 square foot Signature Sports Club in Ballard Blocks, it's 16th club in the Puget Sound.

The Irvine, Calif. based chain is one of several new franchise businesses coming to the new Ballard Blocks development, including a Trader Joe's, reported to open March 6, and a Chipotle Mexican Grill.

L.A. Fitness currently operates more than 285 clubs in 25 states and Canada, according to the company.

The club will feature full court basketball, a three-lane lap pool, a whirlpool, locker rooms, with separate studios for aerobic and stationary bike classes. It will also have 100 pieces of cardio equipment, 80 circuit training machines and free weight areas.

Yoga and aerobics classes will be offered and child-care is available.

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Every New Year – more accurately every day – we tell ourselves to eat less and exercise more. We sign up for gym memberships and buy new workout gear. Months pass by, you never go, you feel guilty, and then cancel membership. Sound familiar?

Well, ladies, it’s time to head on over to your local Curves.

Founded in 1992 by Texan couple Gary and Diane Heavin, Curves is noted as being the fastest growing franchise in history, and the world’s largest fitness franchise. With over 10,000 locations worldwide, there are two to choose from right in your neighborhood.

Curves is a fitness and weight-loss facility designed for women.

Here’s the skinny: 30-minute workout, three times a week for maximum results. There’s no food deprivation; no need to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by bulky machines, big bodybuilders, and beautifully toned people who look like fitness models.

The best part about Curves is the fun, encouraging and completely non-threatening atmosphere. These are women with different body types, ages ranging from teens to 80s. You’re not being judged for how you look, how much weight you can lift, or how long you can run.

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Meg Wakemen works out with circuit coach Cheri Bloomquist at the Ballard Curves.

(Editor's note: This opinion piece was sent to this newspaper from Seattle City Council member Nick Licata as part of his Urban Politics Newsletter.)

On Tuesday, Feb. 17 the Seattle City Council affirmed their unanimous support for universal access to quality health care. In doing so, Seattle joined 24 other cities and counties and 18 states passing similar resolutions.

I authored and sponsored this resolution upon the request of the Washington chapter of Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP).

Resolution 31111 urges the U.S. Congress to enact legislation to establish and implement this right by adopting HR 676, the U.S. National Health Insurance Act, proposed by Representative John Conyers or HR 1200, the American Health Security Act, proposed by Representative Jim McDermott.  


Dear Editor,

When you write about “Death with Dignity” could you not use the word “dignified"? Each human life is the greatest awe that we know about in the universe. We want the right to end this life early. We want the right to call this dignified. I don’t think so.

Tim Carney

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