Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Redmond Home Prices Gain in August

Redmond Home Prices Gain in August
By Paul Siemering
Redmond’s real estate market may still favor sellers, but the slowdown in competition means it’s become a much friendlier place for homebuyers. In August, homes sold three days slower compared with the same time last year, spending a median 11 days on the market. And the number of homes that sold above their list price fell by 4.6 percent.
Many homes for sale are now receiving one or two offers, eliminating an opportunity for a bidding war. In Redmond, even a handful of offers can hinder someone’s chance of winning a home: typically one or two of those offers will be all-cash and another may be from someone with a hefty down payment and strong financing. If you’re a more traditional buyer, now is a good time to resume or start your search because many homes no longer receive multiple bids.
My advice to homebuyers who want to avoid competition is to wait and see how much interest a property gets before making an offer. I recently helped a customer buy a home in English Hill without facing a bidding war. We saw the house the first day it came on the market but waited a few days to see if it would turn into a competitive situation. It didn’t, and a week later we submitted an offer and got the home, paying $25,000 below the asking price.
Despite the less competitive market, home prices gained in August. Prices were up 6 percent from last year and the median home price was $570,152. Sales fell 24 percent with 131 homes sold.
For more information, visit Redfin.com

Friday, September 26, 2014

New Redmond Bike Park video

The Redmond Bike Park for mountain bikes and BMX'ers is open!  Check out a new and exciting video on it here!  http://www.redmond.gov/cms/one.aspx?objectId=1502

LWSD continues to grow; develops short-term housing plan


School neighborhood boundary change process to take place this fall

Lake Washington School District was the fastest-growing district in King County over the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. This fall, the district matched its projected growth. There were 716 more students in the district in September than at the same time last year. Current enrollment now stands at 26,615.
“To make sure we have room for our rapidly growing student numbers, we need to have two things in place,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “First, we need to make sure we have enough classrooms overall to house the expected numbers. Then we can determine how to distribute the student population through a boundary adjustment process.”
To ensure enough classrooms overall, district staff analyzed five options to address short-term capacity needs, including:
  1. Changing the Capital Facility Plan standard of service temporarily
  2. Making interior building modifications
  3. Adding portable classrooms, either traditional or “green”*
  4. Constructing permanent additions
  5. Leasing commercial space
*”Green” portables are more durable, have lower energy consumption and have more windows.
The solutions had to be affordable within the limited available funds for additional classrooms since two proposed bond measures did not pass in 2014. These available funds come from a mixture of past bonds that have been sold but unallocated; state construction assistance funds received and expected; and school impact fees. These sources total about $21.5 million to address district capacity needs through 2017-18.  Read More >>

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Downtown Redmond Frontier Service Outage

Redmond, WAOn Saturday, September 20th, a construction crew accidently cut through Frontier Communications fiber and copper cables. This disrupted 911 service as well as Frontier Communications FiOS, phone, television, and internet services.
Full 911 voice service was restored on Sunday morning. Frontier Communications reports that all FiOS services were restored by the end of the day yesterday.
Unfortunately customers on copper service line may have to wait as long as September 30th for restored service.
"This has been demoralizing for our small businesses in downtown Redmond," said Mayor John Marchione. "The severed line prevents businesses and ATMs from effective debit and credit card transactions. The disruption is particularly devastating for companies that rely on phone service to conduct business," continued Mayor Marchione.
The City is working with all parties to establish a claims process. More information will follow next week.
To track the progress of restoration or for questions regarding this outage, you can call Frontier Customer Service at 800-922-1492 or read updates at http://outage.frontier.com/Redmond-2014-09-20.

Black Bear spotted in Redmond Ridge residential community

Redmond Ridge neighbor reports a Black Bear foraging in his back yard, as follows: 

"Yes, the black bear was in my backyard. My house is on Elliston way NE Redmond.  We live in the Redmond ridge east community.  I called 911 too.  My neighbor told me that they have spotted the black bear before in their backyard too.  It was standing near our apple tree for few minutes.  Then, it ran towards the wet land."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Redmond Way Closed for Construction on Weekend

Redmond, WA - A portion of Redmond Way will be closed to traffic the next two weekends with significant weekday impacts through Sep. 29. Construction of the Redmond Way Stormwater Treatment Facility project is underway with pipe installation and pavement repair scheduled to close traffic between Bear Creek Parkway and the QFC entrance. Visit www.redmond.gov and register to receive traffic alerts.

• Weekend closures
o Friday, Sep. 19 at 10 pm – Monday, Sep. 22 at 5 am
o Friday, Sep. 26 at 10 pm – Monday, Sep. 29 at 5 am

Detour signage is in place directing motorist to alternate routes. Access to local businesses and residents will be maintained. Construction is weather dependent and closures or evening work may extend beyond current closure notices. Public notifications will be updated if changes occur.

For more information regarding the Redmond Way Stormwater Treatment facility project visit www.redmond.gov/downtown or contact the Public Works Construction Division at 425-556-2723. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Boy Scout Troop Turns 50

Boy Scout Troop 550, sponsored by Redmond United Methodist Church, turned 50 years old earlier this year. In commemoration of that event there will be an Anniversary Celebration and Reunion Saturday October 11th at 5:00 PM at Galley Hall in the Church basement.

Troop 550 has been continuously sponsored by Redmond United Methodist Church for all of its 50 years. In those 50 years Troop 550 has awarded the rank of Eagle to over 100 Scouts as well as building young men who are good citizens and leaders in their community.

All former and current members are invited to join us for this truly momentous occasion.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Redmond man complains about safety issues at Redmond Skate Park

A concerned Redmond man, Chris Wallman, spoke up at City Council during Items from the Audience last Tuesday about the dangers at the Redmond Skate Park.  This was his second presentation on the subject.  He complained of drug sales, a fight, loitering by the homeless and drug abusers within the park. 

He said he had to risk his life by breaking up fight where he encountered at-risk youth using brass knuckles fighting a man.  When he reported the incident to the City of Redmond the only response he got was from officer Bret Cambell but he said the city came up with no answers. 

He acknowledged Redmond Police Chief Ron Gibson's earlier concerns from his first presentation to Council but the Park remains susceptible "to tragedies that can be prevented."  A council member also responded to his earlier presentation.

Mr. Wallman said he would continue to address his concerns about safety within the Redmond Skate Park if nothing is done.  He left a paper for the record that addresses how other cities around the country address safety at similar parks.   

Monday, September 15, 2014

Washington's Most Wanted Felon Jesse Tyler Arrested by Redmond Police

Redmond, Wash. – Redmond Police Officers arrested 26-year-old Jesse Tyler, a Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive, on Sept. 11, 2014, in Seattle.
Tyler was one of the top 12 auto theft suspects wanted by the Major Crimes Task Force. He was taken into custody by Redmond’s Pro-Act Unit on University Way NE after exiting a nearby apartment building. The Pro-Act Unit specializes in investigating auto theft and related crimes, such as vehicle prowls, possession of stolen property, burglary, identity theft and fraud, as well as violations of the uniform controlled substance act.
Tyler was known for breaking into garages and stealing Subaru motorcycles in the Snohomish County and Seattle areas. King County issued a Felony Warrant for his arrest for Theft of Motor Vehicle on July 14, 2014.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Candidates Forum On Mental Health Issues

                    Brightwater Center Meeting Room
22505 State Route 9 SE,
Woodinville, WA  98072
Thursday, September 25, 7 –8:30PM
Moderator – Jonathan Martin,
 editorial writer, Seattle Times
All candidates for the state legislature from districts 41, 45 and 48 have been invited to participate.
Public participation is strongly encouraged. 
Topics for Discussion at the Forum:
  1. The costs of NOT providing care.
  2. Changing language in the Involuntary Treatment Act.
  3. Funding for housing for homeless/mentally ill.
  4. Funding for more psychiatric beds/psychiatric units.
  5. Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs and facilities.
  6. Alternatives to incarceration for people living with a mental illness and have broken the law.
  7. Others - - - - -
For more information:  Contact the NAMI Eastside Public Policy Committee at carolkoepp@comcast.net or call (612) 281-6701

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Redmond Bike Park Now Open

Redmond, WA  The City of Redmond Bike Park is now open for all skill levels of bike enthusiasts to enjoy. Located at Hartman Park; corner of NE 104th St. and 171st Ave NE. The dirt-jump style trails progress from beginner to advance and is designed to help riders develop their skills in a safe environment.
The park covers about 2-acres of forested property and riders can easily spend a few hours riding the various trails that include the following features:
· "Easy A" Beginner Jump Line - 8 table top & 3 roller jumps with an average 4 foot height and several berm turns.
· "Shredmond" Intermediate Jump Line - 9 table top & 1 roller jump with an average 6 foot height.
· "A-Line South" Advanced Line - 5 table top, 1 roller jump, 1 1/4 pipe jump with an average 6 foot height.
· "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" Pump Track - 350 feet long, 13 rollers with an average 2.5 foot height and 7 berm turns.
· "Walk it Off" Skills Loop - 200 feet long, 6 log rides and 16 berm turns.
· "Outer Space" Perimeter Loop Trail - pedestrian and bike trail around three sides of the park that bi-passes the jump trails.
A special THANK YOU to all the volunteers that dedicated many of their weekends this summer to help build the bike trails – a 176 in total putting in 1,670 hours! On average, each volunteer committed 7.5 hours of their time – a day's worth of work! And boy did they work! These bike enthusiasts performed hard labor by clearing the trails of vegetation and shaping the soil into large jumps. Using hand tools, rakes, shovels, and tampers to pack the soil; this was a very physical and difficult assignment.
If you're interested in volunteering as a "Trail Steward" to help with ongoing trail maintenance, please sign up at www.redmond.gov/bikepark to register as a volunteer. For additional questions please contact David Shaw, project manager, at 425-556-2378 or dashaw@redmond.gov.
Redmond Bike Park jumper
Redmond Bike Park trail
Redmond Bike Park berm
Redmond Bike Park roller
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Anne Marie Peacock



Friday, September 5, 2014

Become a volunteer naturalist - Training starts September 11

Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River and learn about one of the world's amazing wildlife migrations that runs through the heart of Seattle, Renton and on up into Maple Valley! Naturalists will receive 20 hours of training from fish and watershed experts in September. Then they'll spend three weekend days along the river, talking to the public about the spawning salmon and the natural and human history of the Cedar River Watershed.
Sponsors of the program, now entering its 17th year, include Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Public Utilities, King County Flood Control District, City of Renton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council.
Contact Dani Kendall at 206.792-5851 or at dani@cedarriver.org to sign up. Training starts September 11, 2014. For more info or to complete the volunteer application, visit www.cedarriver.org/salmon-journey.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lake Washington Student Scores Improving on Standardized Tests

11 Schools meet federal standards
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District students improved their average scores on state standardized tests in many grades in reading, writing, math and science. Scores rose in close to two thirds of the grade/content area, continuing general upward trends.   Read More >>

Friday, August 29, 2014

Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series, September 13

Behind the Scenes: Hidden Treasures of Washington’s Museums

Ready for some well-kept secrets from Washington state museums?  Journalist and author Harriet Baskas, who researches the closeted collections of museums, will share some of her favorite finds at the Redmond Historical Society’s Saturday Speaker Series at 10:30am on September 13th.  Sponsored by Humanities Washington, the fast-paced, photo-filled and, at times, offbeat tour through Washington will be told through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely – or never – shown to the public.  Read More >>

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lake Washington Schools Foundation Awards $220,000 to School District


When Lake Washington students return to school this fall, they will be able to build robots, use a 3-D printer and learn how to prevent bullying because of extra funding provided to the school district by Lake Washington Schools Foundation. For the 2014-2015 school year, the Foundation granted the district nearly $220,000 to support district-wide initiatives and provide classroom tools that will help students succeed.  Read More >>

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Parents/Community Members Needed for LWSD Curriculum Adoption Committees

Science, math, visual arts under review
Each year, Lake Washington School District forms committees to determine new curriculum adoptions. Committees are made up of teachers, administrators and parents. They review standards, teaching practices and materials for specific courses and content areas. Committees take two years to develop a recommendation.
This year, four different adoption committees will review the following curricula:
·         9-12th grade science
·         6th-8th grade science
·         6th-8th grade math
·         Kindergarten – 5th grade visual arts
The district seeks parents/community members for each of these committees. If you are interested in serving,   Read More >>

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tragic Loss of Retired Chief of Police Steven R. Harris

Redmond, WA – It is with great sadness the City of Redmond mourns the loss of retired Police Chief Steven R. Harris.  Chief Harris was tragically killed in a traffic collision yesterday.  His wife, Magi, was a passenger in the vehicle and was critically injured in the collision.  The Washington State Patrol is investigating and all questions related to the collision will be referred to WSP.  Read More >>

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Redmond Bike Park Grand Opening is September 6

After months of work by city staff and hundreds of volunteer hours the Redmond Bike Park is complete and ready to ride!   A Grand Opening is planned for Saturday, September 6 and will include the following events:

10-11:30  Dirt Jump Skills Workshop
11:30-12  Site Tour
12-1:00    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Mayor/Volunteer Awards/BBQ
1-2:00      Jump Jam

The BMX bike park includes the following jump tracks:  beginning, intermediate, advanced, skills track, and pump track.  Parking is available at Hartman Park at the corner of NE 104th Street and 171 Ave NE. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lake Washington students above state average on ACT scores

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington students who take the ACT, a standardized test used in college admissions, continue to show they are more likely to meet college readiness standards than other students in Washington state or in the U.S.  Compared nationally and statewide, far more district students score high enough on each of the four ACT tests to meet the college readiness benchmark that ACT has set for all four subjects – English, math, reading and science. While nationally only 26 percent of students met this standard for all four subjects and 41 percent met it statewide, 59 percent of the students in LWSD who took the ACT qualified, two percent more than in 2013. Read More >>

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

City of Redmond Selects New Farrel-McWhirter Park Preschool Partner

Redmond, WA The City of Redmond Parks and Recreation Department has offered preschool at Farrel-McWhirter Park for more than 20 year, and will continue to honor this tradition with its new partner, Nature Vision, for the 2014-2015 school year. Nature Vision will provide comprehensive preschool programs with a focus on preparing children for kindergarten; learning through play and developing social skills at the historic park in a unique farm, nature and forest environment.  Read More >>

Monday, August 11, 2014

Redmond Historical Society Announces Speaker Schedule

The Redmond Historical Society announced the schedule for its 2014-15 Saturday Speaker Series that   begins on September 13th at 10:30am at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. The series features eight speakers addressing topics of local, state and Pacific Northwest historical interest.  Read More about the speakers >>