Built to SpillSummer thrives as a testament to the can-do spirit of the people of Seattle. For the first time in 90 years (except for an understandable hiatus during World War II), we were about to face a summer without a July 4 public fireworks display. There was no one to pay for it in these tough times. In stepped KIRO talk-radio host Dave Ross and restaurateur Tom Douglas, who began raising money on the air. The funds were quickly generated by individuals and the business community, including $125,000 checks from Starbucks and Microsoft.
Seattle Public Schools will reverse a longstanding tradition of allowing parents to choose their kids’ schools when it phases in a new “neighborhood school” student assignment plan in September for students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades. The district rewrote its 30-year-old boundaries and is now assigning students to schools closer to their homes.
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Margaret Jane Neff, M.D., Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave., 206.744.8845, University of Washington Medical Center; Stanford University, 1993; acute lung injury Originally published in July 2011
WHERE: Steveston, a picturesque fishing village in Richmond, B.C., south of Vancouver. WHY: The 65th annual Salmon Festival takes place July 1 (aka Canada Day). DON’T MISS: The parade of floats, marching bands and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, plus carnival rides, belt-sander drag races and the massive salmon bake (1,200 pounds of wild salmon fillets grilled over open-fire pits)—a fitting tribute to the town once known as Salmonopolis.
You’ve probably spied members of Seattle’s burgeoning urban chicken population clucking, pecking, preening and strutting their stuff—and you’ve probably wondered: Where do they live? How do they live? As a sort of MTV Cribs for the fine-feathered set, the garden gurus at Seattle Tilth present the third annual city chicken-coop tour, showcasing the lifestyles of local egg layers.
David A. Dichek, M.D., Regional Heart Center at UWMC, 1959 NE Pacific St., 206.598.4300, University of Washington Medical Center; University of California, Los Angeles, 1984; gene therapy, coronary artery disease