January 2020

Controversial wood sculpture destroyed in car crash

 A motor vehicle incident involving a van and a car, resulted in the destruction of a hand carved piece of public art at the corner of 44th SW and SW Brandon on Wednesday morning.

No person was hurt in the incident that involved a van and a car. The van was eastbound on Brandon street SW that hit the car that was northbound, sending it into the sculpture.

The sculptures now around ten years old have drawn both attention and controversy from passersby and neighbors. They were created from elm trees that were invaded by Dutch Elm Beetles. The city demanded he take them down. But the owner John Schlick knew that the beetles live in the bark of the tree so, he cut the tops off and took off the bark, leaving bare but still tall stumps. 

Schlick chose to have them carved into what the city has determined is public art.


The basics of brassicas

By Katy G. Wilkens

What do kale, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi and cauliflower have in common? They are all vegetables in the plant genus Brassica, or mustard family, and are usually at their peak during winter.

Brassicas are called cruciferous vegetables because most of them grow leaves in opposite pairs that form a cross. They are also known as cole crops, Latin for cabbage.

When you eat radishes, rutabaga and turnips, you are eating brassica roots. With cabbage, kale and arugula, you eat the leaves. With cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, you eat the flowers. Kohlrabi, bok choy and gai lan are stems. Mustard and canola oil come from brassica seeds.

The brassica family is healthy fare: high in vitamins A, C and K with lots of fiber. People who eat a lot of them have lower cancer rates.


Strike closes Ballard and Redmond emergency rooms at Swedish

The long brewing healthcare workers strike at Swedish Medical Center led to closure of two emgergency rooms in Ballard and Redmond and the idling of 7,800 registered nurses, caregivers and staff.

The strike will last three days beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union released a statement that said in part, "Ever since corporate giant Providence took over Swedish, healthcare workers have seen management prioritize profits and executive pay over patients’ needs, causing severe care problems, understaffing and turnover."

Providence is Washington’s largest healthcare corporation, with more than 1,000 facilities in seven states.



Fauntleroy Children’s Center earns national NAEYC accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

information from Fauntleroy Children's Center

 Fauntleroy Children’s Center located in West Seattle has earned renewal of its accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.