Girl Scout leaders desperately needed, being a parent not required
Rachel Belle | October 31, 2014 2:02 pmThe Girl Scouts of Western Washington says there are 2,600 girls in 17 different counties who are on a waiting list to join a troop, but there jsut aren't enough troop leaders. In this story, we meet a woman who became a Girl Scout troop leader 12 years ago, despite not being a parent or ever having been a Girl Scout, and stuck with her troop until they recently graduated from high school. The troop's story of success and friendship is truly inspiring.
Why Google when you can ask the know-it-alls at the Seattle Public Library
Rachel Belle | October 28, 2014 6:22 pmSeattle Public Library's Quick Information Center (QIC) has been operating since 1976, and it's still going strong even with the Internet. A staff of 25 will try and answer any question you throw at them, over the phone, in five minutes or less. They receive about 300 calls a day.
Less stuff, more experiences: How to clear your kids' toybox clutter
Rachel Belle | October 27, 2014 6:30 pmMany parents struggle with their kids' overflowing toy chests. They can't stop buying toys, their kids get too many toys as gifts. California's Bea Johnson lives a zero waste lifestyle, which means her family usually chooses experiences over physical gifts. She talks about how her family got rid of 80% of their possessions to live the simple, happy life.
Vacant Seattle Buildings Explode with Art & Music Before Demolition
Rachel Belle | October 21, 2014 5:45 pmA Seattle arts collective called Love City Love has been making deals with developers to use vacant buildings as art spaces before they're knocked down and replaced with condos. Their latest space is a former Azteca/Don Eduardo Mexican restaurant on Eastlake, and this time the developers offered them the space.
Meet the woman who will clean up Ebola in Washington state
Rachel Belle | October 20, 2014 5:39 pmTheresa Borst owns Bio Clean Inc: "We clean up after suicides and homicides, decomposed bodies, meth lab cleanup, hoarders, industrial accidents, car accidents, trains, planes, automobiles, oil spills, sewage, mold. Everything gross that nobody else wants to do." And the King County Health department has asked her to help create protocol, and do any actual clean up, if someone in our state is exposed to Ebola. She explains how she'll do it.
Seattle's best trick or treat neighborhoods
Rachel Belle | October 16, 2014 6:01 pmZillow has just put out its list of the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods, based on neighborhood density, safety, walkability and the wealth factor of the neighborhood. Meanwhile, in Mercer Island, one neighborhood gives out candy to 500-1,000 kids!
Owners of a Bellevue Quiznos are serving native Indian flavors with a twist
Rachel Belle | October 15, 2014 6:14 pmThe owners of the Bellevue Quiznos franchise are Indian, and so are a lot of people who work in Bellevue, so they got special permission to add chicken and paneer tikka sandwiches to the menu. The chutneys are homemade & the sandwiches are selling like crazy. This may reflect a new trend towards Indian fusion flavors in the West.
See the Lombardi Trophy at the EMP's new Seahawks Exhibit
Rachel Belle | October 14, 2014 6:10 pmThe new Seahawks exhibit opened at the EMP today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony headed by team owner Paul Allen and Coach Pete Carroll.
A White House chef is bringing his dishes to Port Angeles
Rachel Belle | October 09, 2014 6:33 pmJohn Moeller cooked for three Presidential families between 1992 and 2005, and this weekend he'll be cooking some White House dishes, from his new book, at the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival in Port Angeles. We chatted about presidential palaces and life in the White House kitchen.
Seattle City Councilmember wants paid maternity/paternity leave for all city workers
Rachel Belle | October 08, 2014 5:57 pmRight now in Washington state, companies can choose whether or not they provide paid family leave for employees. But Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden thinks it's important to give all city employees, moms and dads, paid time off to be with their newborns. Only one other city municipality in the country already does this.
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