West Seattle Blog... » Health http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:52:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 FOLLOWUP: Chipotle reopening Washington, Oregon restaurants http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-reopening-washington-oregon-restaurants/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-reopening-washington-oregon-restaurants/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:25:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328821 Just went through The Junction and the closed (“FYI”) sign is off the door at Chipotle Mexican Grill in The Junction, one day after the chain said it was reopening its 43 Washington and Oregon restaurants. The chain voluntarily closed them after a rash of E. coli illnesses; most, including the two-month-old Chipotle here, were closed for 11 full days, going back to Halloween. The 30 people who got sick in this state reported eating at five Chipotles, including two in Seattle, but the West Seattle store was not among them. So far, tests still haven’t traced where the bacteria came from. Here’s all the state info about the outbreak; here’s all the info from Chipotle.

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Northwest Hope & Healing’s Shari Sewell leaving ‘on a high note’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/northwest-hope-healings-shari-sewell-leaving-on-a-high-note/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/northwest-hope-healings-shari-sewell-leaving-on-a-high-note/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 06:09:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328681

(WSB photo: Shari Sewell at NWH&H’s 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

West Seattleite Shari Sewell has announced she’s leaving Northwest Hope and Healing – which helps breast-cancer patients cope with the challenges of life going on despite their diagnosis. She’s been with the organization 12 years and says, “The Foundation is in great shape, so I figured I’d leave on a high note. I’m looking forward to some time off to relax and figure out what’s next.” Here’s how the organization announced the news, including word of who will succeed Shari:

After 12 years with NW Hope & Healing, Shari Sewell, our talented Executive Director, will be stepping away from her role as Executive Director and from daily operations at NW Hope & Healing. Shari’s passion for assisting breast cancer and gynecology patients will endure in the years to come as a supporter of the NWHH mission. Shari will continue in her role through early December. We are so thankful for Shari’s time and energy developing NW Hope & Healing into a thriving foundation that touches lives on a daily basis.

Shari has put her heart and soul into this organization, but she’s ready to hand the reins to a new leader and take a well-deserved break. Kristina Dahl will take over as ED in December. Kristina looks forward to building upon NWHH’s solid foundation so that, together, we can assist more women than ever before.

Shari says, “I’m proud of what we’ve done and they way we’ve done it. I’ve exceeded my goals for the organization so it’s time for me to focus on the next chapter of my life. NW Hope & Healing is on solid ground and I’m excited to see where it goes.”.

The Board of Directors is grateful for her devotion, leadership, and commitment to the organization. Shari has been a vital force behind our Healing Programs, which have reached 10,000 women in the last 15 years, to help them get back on track financially while they deal with the physical and emotional effects of breast cancer. Please join us at our wine tasting at the Georgetown Ballroom on November 18th as we raise a glass to thank Shari, toast to her success and celebrate new beginnings.

If NWH&H has not directly touched your life or that of someone in your family, you might still have been part of their work by running or walking in the summertime Alki Beach 5K Run/Walk – here’s our coverage of this year’s event; Shari’s successor Kristina spoke at the 2013 Alki Beach 5K. NWH&H also presents other benefits/celebrations including the annual “Style” fashion show (next one April 28, 2016).

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FOLLOWUP: E. coli source still not identified in Chipotle-linked illness investigation http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-e-coli-source-still-not-identified-in-chipotle-linked-illness-investigation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-e-coli-source-still-not-identified-in-chipotle-linked-illness-investigation/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:14:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328666 MONDAY, 6:14 PM: Though the West Seattle Chipotle restaurant is *not* one of the ten linked to patients in the Pacific Northwest E. coli outbreak, it and the chain’s 42 other restaurants in Washington and Oregon remain closed. But both the state Health Department and Chipotle ownership are indicating they’re moving toward reopening. Today was the 10th full day of closure for most of those restaurants, including the one in The Junction, and the state has continued to provide daily updates: As of this afternoon’s update, 27 cases have been confirmed in Washington, including 10 people who were hospitalized, none of whom ate at a Chipotle any more recently than October 24th. The update also says the first round of test results from Chipotle food samples has not turned up any E. coli, so they haven’t linked it to any particular food yet. The chain has its own page detailing what it’s been doing in the meantime, but says it doesn’t know when it will get health authorities’ permission to reopen. (WSB photo: Sign that’s been up on Chipotle’s door in The Junction since October 31st)

TUESDAY, 10:55 AM: Chipotle says it will reopen the restaurants, this one included, “in the coming days.” We’ll be checking daily on the West Seattle location, which opened two months ago today. (As of just after 11 am Tuesday, its regular opening time, it was still closed.)

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FOLLOWUP: Chipotle closures continue while state investigates E. coli illnesses http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-closures-continue-while-state-investigates-e-coli-illnesses/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-chipotle-closures-continue-while-state-investigates-e-coli-illnesses/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:07:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327958 This is the third full day that the Chipotle restaurant in West Seattle has been closed, along with the 42 other Chipotles in Washington and Oregon, after a regional outbreak of suspected E. coli-related illness. We checked with the state Health Department today to ask if they had any new information, including whether they would be identifying the six locations where the people with the known cases were reported to have eaten. The reply: No update today, but health authorities plan a media briefing tomorrow. Here’s their newest summary, in the meantime:

The restaurants under investigation are linked to 19 cases of E. coli illnesses in Washington. Four more cases were reported from Oregon, also associated with Chipotle restaurants. Seven of the Washington patients and two Oregon patients were hospitalized; there have been no deaths. An investigation is underway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is testing food samples from Chipotle restaurants at their lab in Bothell. Biological samples from people who were infected have been tested at the Public Health Laboratories (Department of Health) in Shoreline.

Here’s our report from Saturday morning. The state advised later in the day that anyone who “thinks they may have become ill from eating at a Chipotle restaurant in the past three weeks” should see their health-care provider.

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Get this Sounders FC calendar @ West Seattle Discovery Shop http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/get-this-sounders-fc-calendar-west-seattle-discovery-shop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/get-this-sounders-fc-calendar-west-seattle-discovery-shop/#comments Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:29:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327809

Going to The Junction for the Farmers Market and/or other shopping today? The West Seattle Discovery Shop (WSB sponsor) is the only place in West Seattle you’ll find the brand-new 2016 calendar featuring Sounders FC members wearing pink for the fight against breast cancer. These calendars just arrived a few days ago and American Cancer Society-operated Discovery Shops (like the one in The Junction) are among the few places you can get them. $20, excellent holiday gift for fans of the Sounders (whose championship quest continues tonight). The shop at 4535 California SW is open 11 am-3 pm today; see other hours (and more about the calendar) on its website.

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UPDATE: West Seattle Chipotle closed today in regional health concern over possible E. coli cases in WA, OR http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-chipotle-closed-today-following-regional-health-concern/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-chipotle-closed-today-following-regional-health-concern/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:58:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327707 10:58 AM: We’ve just confirmed that Chipotle Mexican Grill in The Junction is one of the chain’s restaurants that are closed TFN while Chipotle deals with a health concern in some areas of Washington and Oregon. First word of closures in King County and elsewhere came via this story from Portland reporting more than 20 suspected E. coli illnesses in Oregon and Washington. After reader questions, we drove by the location in The Junction and confirmed closure signs, which, when we drove by, were the “Experience Closure” message also photographed at Oregon stores; by the time we could park to get a photo, the restaurant changed to “FYI” signs citing a “supply chain issue.”

The closure also was confirmed by the corporate Twitter account for Chipotle, in response to our mention of the closure:

We asked how long the closure is expected to last:

1:03 PM: The most comprehensive information about the regional outbreak so far is still coming from the Oregon Health Authority – here’s its news release. The Washington State Department of Health also has issued a news release, saying four of the cases were reported in King County. No word on what might have been the source of the bacteria.

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Need a flu shot? West Seattle-wide clinic tomorrow at CSIHS http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/need-a-flu-shot-west-seattle-wide-clinic-tomorrow-at-csihs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/need-a-flu-shot-west-seattle-wide-clinic-tomorrow-at-csihs/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:31:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326480 If you need a flu shot, and are over the age of 4, you’re welcome at this immunization clinic tomorrow afternoon/evening. The announcement is shared by Chief Sealth IHS school nurse Alison Enochs:

Tuesday, October 20th
Chief Sealth International High School
3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Galleria

All West Seattle residents over the age of 4 are welcome. Please bring your insurance card with you.

No student will be turned away for lack of insurance.

CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle. The Galleria entrance is at the end of the walkway that leads north from the parking lot, between the main building and the gym.

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Virginia Rain: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/virginia-rain-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/virginia-rain-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:33:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326089 Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what Virginia Rain Beauty and Healing Arts would like you to know:

Virginia Rain is an aesthetician, teacher, and healer who specializes in the ancient trade of permanent makeup. Located in West Seattle’s Admiral District, where she’s lived for the past 25 years, Virginia Rain offers ancient and modern spiritual-healing techniques along with permanent makeup. She combines holistic beauty and healing arts along with a gentle touch that brings a welcoming presence and warmth to her studio. She also offer clients a private, personal consultation that works with their sense of style and ensures their beauty and wellness needs are being met. While she believes strongly that beauty lies within, she also takes an enormous amount of care to bring beauty to the surface through the artistry of permanent make-up, while her soothing touch during skin-care sessions leaves her clients feeling quiet, de-stressed, nurtured, relaxed, and more beautiful – inside and out.

The services offered at Virginia Rain Beauty and Healing Arts start skin-deep and continue through to full mind and body wellness:

Facials, Skin Care, and Waxing Services
Permanent Makeup
Access Consciousness
Pranic Healing

Stress relief treatments, body processes, and Bars sessions are all available through her holistic-healing facility. Many of her holistic-health clients come to her to balance out their bodies during or after traditional health-care treatments to help facilitate ease in their bodies. Her past clients have included people struggling with cancer, strokes, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Virginia‘s gentle touch and welcoming presence bring warmth to her studio. She engages the client for a private, personal consultation, working with their style and individuality to ensure their beauty and wellness needs are being met. Virginia‘s clients leave her quiet, peaceful Admiral District sanctuary feeling de-stressed, nurtured, relaxed, and more beautiful – inside and out.

Contact her studio to learn more about how she can help beautify and heal you from the inside out! New clients receive a 15% discount on services rendered.

We thank Virginia Rain Beauty and Healing Arts for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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WestSide Baby gets County Council spotlight for Diaper Need Awareness Week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westside-baby-gets-county-council-spotlight-for-diaper-need-awareness-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westside-baby-gets-county-council-spotlight-for-diaper-need-awareness-week/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:43:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324390

You probably recognize WestSide Baby‘s executive director Nancy Woodland at left-center of the photo, provided by the King County Council, whose members hosted her and Eastside Baby Corner‘s Renee Zimmerman on Monday in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week. We feature WS Baby’s big drives throughout the year, and those donations are vital – to stay dry, clean, and healthy, a baby/toddler needs an average of 50 diaper changes a week, and diapers can’t be purchased with food stamps or WIC vouchers. That fact affects 10,000 babies/toddlers in King County whose families are living below the federal poverty level. The county announcement quotes Woodland as noting, “Diapers for one child can cost upwards of $70 per month, and most daycares won’t accept children without an adequate supply, leaving parents without child care unable to get to work and trapped in a cycle of poverty.” Here’s how to help.

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BIZNOTE: One-of-a-kind West Seattle business Nurturing Expressions expanding, with a quick boost from you http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/biznote-one-of-a-kind-west-seattle-business-nurturing-expressions-expanding-with-a-quick-boost-from-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/biznote-one-of-a-kind-west-seattle-business-nurturing-expressions-expanding-with-a-quick-boost-from-you/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 03:38:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324373 West Seattle-founded and headquartered Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) is planning a cross-Sound expansion in hopes of helping more mothers, babies, cancer patients, and others who use its growing array of services. This video explains:

It’s not only showing off what they’re going to do in Kitsap County – where, founder Tracy Corey says, the services are very much needed, but the video was also their entry for the small-business-assistance edg3 FUND competition, in which Nurturing Expressions is a semi-finalist, with finalists competing for a $20,000 grant. Getting to the next round involves votes, and yours can help NE reach across the water to help. You won’t be asked to sign up or “like” anything, but you will be asked for your e-mail address as part of a verification process, since it’s limited to one vote per address (the final step is checking your e-mail to verify) – scroll down this page to find Nurturing Expressions. Voting ends this Wednesday at 5 pm.

P.S. Nurturing Expressions’ West Seattle shop, if you haven’t been there, is in The Junction at 4746 44th SW, suite 201 (second floor).

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NEXT SATURDAY: Drug Take-Back Day dropoffs at SW Precinct http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/next-saturday-drug-take-back-day-dropoffs-at-sw-precinct/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/next-saturday-drug-take-back-day-dropoffs-at-sw-precinct/#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2015 17:03:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323511

Next Saturday – September 26th – you can get expired/no-longer-needed prescription drugs out of your home and into a safe drop-off container at the Southwest Precinct, during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 am-2 pm. The announcement is from SW Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis. Nationally, it’s a DEA initiative, as explained:

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

The precinct is at 2300 SW Webster; the public entrance is off the east side of its parking lot on Webster west of Delridge.

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VIDEO: Alki Beach 5K brings out more than 1,000 runners and walkers to help breast-cancer patients http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-alki-beach-5k-brings-out-more-than-1000-runners-and-walkers-to-help-breast-cancer-patients/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-alki-beach-5k-brings-out-more-than-1000-runners-and-walkers-to-help-breast-cancer-patients/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:17:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320691

(WSB video of all runners and walkers as they left from the starting line)

Yes, it was a race, but the biggest winners in today’s Alki Beach 5K are the cancer patients helped by the organization that presents and benefits from the annual run/walk, Northwest Hope and Healing, whose unique work supporting breast-cancer patients is explained here. This year, 1,040 people were signed up by race time, according to NWHH executive director Shari Sewell.

At right, above, with Shari is Kristi Stone, who was today’s official race-starter. She’s undergoing breast-cancer treatment after being diagnosed late last year. Shari told us that in addition to all the usual fundraising from race participants, one person walked up with a check for $5,000!

(Updated) Full results are here. Below, the top runners, each shown in the photo under her/his name.


1. Kelly Lakeman, 30, 19:25:

2. Margaret Lang, 45, 21:18:

3. Emily Ehlers, 30, 21:20:


1. Kelly Spady, 28, 16:23:

(Our archives show Spady was also first finisher at the Alki Beach 5K in 2012.)

2. Travis Gradjian, 17, 16:47:

3. Michael Drogalis, 24, 17:02:

Other Alki Beach 5K sights – first, Team Saxby:

As always, it was an all-ages event:

This might just have been the tiniest participant:

Along with runners, walkers, pledgers, donors, and volunteers, major contributors to the Alki Beach 5K’s success include its sponsors – including West Seattle Runner (also a WSB sponsor), whose Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell were there as always:

See the full sponsor team here (it features two other WSB sponsors, Fauntleroy Chiropractic and Salty’s on Alki). This is one of three major fundraisers Northwest Hope and Healing holds annually, along with the “Style” fashion show in the spring, and Women Winemakers of the Pacific Northwest in the fall, coming up November 18th in Georgetown – go here to find out more. You can also donate to the organization any time by going here.

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COUNTDOWN: One week away from 2015 Alki Beach 5K http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/countdown-one-week-away-from-2015-alki-beach-5k/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/countdown-one-week-away-from-2015-alki-beach-5k/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:52:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320125

(WSB photo from 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

Run with your family and friends – and/or bring them to be your cheering section! One week from today, you can run, or walk, in the Alki Beach 5K, which raises money for Northwest Hope and Healing to help cancer patients. More than a thousand people are expected to leave the finish line at 9 am next Sunday, August 23rd, on Alki Avenue near 61st SW, running (on the temporarily closed-to-vehicles road) to Anchor Park and back. You have until this Friday morning to register online and get the discount registration rate – do that here right now. (Kids under 6 are free.)

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‘My dad and I made it!’ Cal & Gordon Prinster finish West Seattle-to-Austin fundraising ride http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/my-dad-and-i-made-it-cal-gordon-prinster-finish-west-seattle-to-austin-fundraising-ride/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/my-dad-and-i-made-it-cal-gordon-prinster-finish-west-seattle-to-austin-fundraising-ride/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 01:30:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319533

West Seattle High School student Cal Prinster just sent the photo with word that he and dad Gordon Prinster reached their bicycling destination, Austin – but still have a ways left to get to the ultimate goal:

I just wanted to let you know that my dad and I made it! After over 2,600 miles, 38 days, 7 Continental Divide crossings, and one set of tires, we took our photo-finish-selfie in front of the the Texas Capitol last week. We, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, really appreciate the great help WSB has been in spreading the word for us. Our trip is over, but people can still donate and help us get a little closer to our fundraising goal at pbtf.convio.net/goto/calsbikeride.

This isn’t the first time the Prinsters (Cal is a WSHS sophomore and his dad is the school psychologist) have pedaled a long way to help the PBTF help kids – past rides include 2011, when they rode to the Mexican border, and a cross-country journey the year after that.

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COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks until Alki Beach 5K run/walk to help cancer patients http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/countdown-2-weeks-until-alki-beach-5k-runwalk-to-help-cancer-patients/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/countdown-2-weeks-until-alki-beach-5k-runwalk-to-help-cancer-patients/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 05:38:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319485

(WSB photo from 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

Now just two weeks to go until you can spend a little time doing a lot of good by being part of the Alki Beach 5K on Sunday morning, August 23rd. It’s presented by West Seattleite-founded Northwest Hope and Healing. NWH&H deals with the fact that everyday life and its expenses go on even as patients deal with the shock and challenges of being diagnosed with and treated for cancer:

Your dollars support the NW Hope & Healing Patient Assistance Fund! Proceeds support the Healing Programs of NW Hope & Healing Foundation and help women who are fighting breast and gynecologic cancer in the Puget Sound area. For that reason we encourage all participants to set a $100 minimum fundraising goal. Although fundraising is not required, we hope you will join us in providing basic needs to women who are battling cancer. $25 provides a Healing Basket, $50 can buy groceries, $100 can keep the lights on and the phone connected, $250 may ensure childcare during treatment and recovery, and $500 can help prevent an eviction.

The Alki Beach 5K starts from the Alki Bathhouse vicinity (60th/Alki) at 9 am on the 23rd (and closes the road for a few hours); you can register online right now by going here. (Note that kids under 6 are free, and NWH&H adds, “Strollers and friendly dogs on leash are welcome.”)

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