Tag: People In Your Neighborhood

Former La Medusa Owner Focused on Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit

Former La Medusa Owner Focused on Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit

By Amber Campbell Hillman City neighbor Julie Andres lives a good life — a balanced, intentional existence focused on a healthy mind, body and spirit. “Her essence is calm and centered and she exudes this incredibly all-giving aura,” says friend Michele Bayle. “She is so present when you’re with her. […]

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South Seattleite Helps Preserve Great Granddad’s Legacy

South Seattleite Helps Preserve Great Granddad’s Legacy

By Amber Campbell Ray Akers is a fourth generation Seattle resident whose great grandfather founded the Hitt Fireworks Company,  located on the hilltop south of Columbia City. Nearly 100 years later, Ray found himself battling private developers and city leaders in a bid to create Hitt’s Hill Park on the […]

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English Transplant Devoted to Dogs, South Seattle Community

English Transplant Devoted to Dogs, South Seattle Community

By Amber Campbell Longtime South Seattle neighbor and realtor Serena Heslop has witnessed first-hand the area’s growth and change over the last 20 years. Originally from the south of England and the daughter of a single mum who cooked for the British aristocracy, Serena first found her way to Columbia […]

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South Seattle Mom By Day; Entertainer Extraordinaire By Night

South Seattle Mom By Day; Entertainer Extraordinaire By Night

By Amber Campbell If you didn’t know better, you might see South Seattle neighbor and entertainer Jen Ayers on-stage belting out 80’s rock hits, swinging on the trapeze and entertaining audiences with her killer comedic timing, and find it hard to imagine her doing down-in-the-trenches mom duty. Well, try again. […]

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South Seattle Mom Puts Professional Politician on Notice

South Seattle Mom Puts Professional Politician on Notice

By Amber Campbell When Texas native and Seward Park resident Tammy Morales announced her bid for Seattle City Council against stalwart incumbent Bruce Harrell, few took her seriously. Sure, her fearless challenge of a well-known, well-funded, lifelong Seattleite running for his third term was impressive (Councilman Harrell had already raised […]

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South Seattle Musician Kicking Off Smooth Jazz Tour in Columbia City

South Seattle Musician Kicking Off Smooth Jazz Tour in Columbia City

By Amber Campbell Many people know him as the new Director of Economic Development for Southeast Effective Development (SEED), but Rainier Beach resident Lance Randall is also a talented jazz pianist gearing up for a live show in Columbia City. A church musician since he was nine years old, Lance […]

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South Seattle Couple Dedicated to Building Community

South Seattle Couple Dedicated to Building Community

Damon and Licica Benefield have only been in South Seattle for three years but they wasted no time jumping in and getting involved in their Pritchard Beach neighborhood. The husband and wife real estate team has organized community clean up days to help preserve the beauty of the beach, fed […]

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South Seattle Mom Literally Wrote the Book on Guilt-Free Parenting

South Seattle Mom Literally Wrote the Book on Guilt-Free Parenting

By Amber Campbell Many people know her as the social justice activist who took on Eric Pettigrew and Cheryl Chow in a bid for the state Legislature back in 2002, but Angela Toussaint didn’t start or stop there. As a single mom of two adult children, Toussaint has a long […]

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South Seattle Teen Plays Full Court Press on Life

South Seattle Teen Plays Full Court Press on Life

By Amber Campbell New Holly neighbor Chinwe Anakela Ezeonu is dedicated to equality and giving back to her community. “I am passionate about creating equity in all parts of the community,” she said. “I do not like bullying and so I speak up and advocate for those who might not […]

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Amber Campbell Says “Goodbye, RVP” & “Hello, GO: South Seattle”

Amber Campbell Says “Goodbye, RVP” & “Hello, GO: South Seattle”

Most South Seattle residents know her as editor and founder of the Rainier Valley Post — one of Seattle’s first and longest running community news sites, but Seward Park neighbor Amber Campbell is also a marketing consultant and busy mom of two girls. She started the Rainier Valley Post back […]

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