Swedish/Ballard’s first baby of the new year – and the medical center’s centennial year – was born at 12:21 a.m. on Jan. 2.
Henry Alvin Ramirez – who weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and a little over 20 inches long – was welcomed by first-time parents Mary and Dan Ramirez of Crown Hill.
For having the first baby of Swedish’s centennial year, the Ramirez family received a newborn gift basket from the Swedish Auxiliary, a baby receiving blanket from Swaddle Designs and a manicure-pedicure set from ButterLondon.
In addition, Henry – and every baby born at the First Hill or Ballard campus throughout 2010 – will receive a souvenir ‘I’m a Swedish Baby’ one-piece.
“We knew we wanted a natural childbirth, but also wanted the security of being at a hospital," said Mary Ramirez. "After meeting with the Certified Nurse Midwives at Swedish/Ballard, we realized their philosophy on childbirth matched ours perfectly."
Recognizing the New Year’s baby is an annual tradition at Swedish, but it is even more special this year because 2010 represents the medical center’s 100th anniversary.
With 2009 coming to a close, here is a look back at some of the biggest stories of the year. Click the image above for a slideshow of the year in photos.
Ballard thief arrested
By Michael Harthorne
A 46-year-old man suspected of stealing from numerous businesses in Ballard in the past weeks was arrested Dec. 31 near 20th Avenue Northwest and Market Street for an outstanding warrant in Missouri.
According to victims, the man is suspected of entering businesses on Market Street and Ballard Avenue during business hours and taking money from back offices, safes and employees’ purses.
“I’m glad he’s been caught,” said Kylee Harris, owner of Cugini Café on Ballard Avenue. “But, I think the real thing we need to figure out is how to bust him for what he’s stolen.”
Macefield house to be sold
By Michael Harthorne
The house once belonging to Edith Macefield that has stood empty in a cocoon of new development since her death in June will be sold by its new owner, Barry Martin of Ledcor Construction.
For the second year in a row, a gaggle of four-foot snowmen in the Greenwood-Phinney area will raise money for the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club.
Twenty-nine Seattle artists decorated snowmen, which are available for purchase through an online silent auction. All proceeds benefit the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club.
The Snowmen on Parade will be outside Greenwood and Phinney businesses all week leading up to the monthly art walk Dec. 11.
Snowmen locations are listed at www.artupgp.com.
Proceeds from the sale of snowmen will be used to purchase Boys and Girls Club memberships for children whose families are unable to afford the annual fee.
The Second Annual Snowmen on Parade Auction will be hosted at SPACE at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11.
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.
Boy Scout Troop 100 kicks off its annual Christmas tree sale the weekend after Thanksgiving at St. Alphonsus Church, located on 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 57th Street.
The St. Al's tree sale is a tradition of nearly 60 years in the Ballard community.
Trees of all shapes and varieties are hand-picked by some of the troop's fathers and sons.
The trees are freshly cut and replenished every few days and are guaranteed fresh.
Scouts volunteer their time to work at the tree sale.
The money raised enables the scouts to participate in many activities throughout the year. Some of the proceeds are donated within the community.
The tree lot will be open from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20 or until the trees sell out.
Fifty years after penning the Whitman Alma Mater for Whitman Middle School, former music teacher Bob Cathey stood against a wall in the school cafeteria, watching a new generation of Whitman Wildcats give tribute to their school with his song.
The Third Annual All School International Potluck Nov. 19 at Whitman Middle School was also the 50-year anniversary of the dedication of the school, located at 9201 15th Ave. N.W.
According to a history of Whitman Middle School by Seattle Public Schools, Northwest Elementary School opened on the site of the former Olympic Golf Course as an overflow building for the Crown Hill School in 1953.
The building temporarily became the Northwest Junior High School after the Crown Hill School moved.
Whitman Junior High School was officially dedicated on Nov. 19, 1959. The dedication served as the debut for the Whitman Alma Mater, "Salute to Whitman," by Cathey.
Whitman, named after a Protestant missionary who settled in Walla Walla in 1836, became a middle school in 1981.