Friday, July 25, 2014

Video: RHS football team at Derby Days parade

Hi, Here's a short video that my son made for the RHS football team at the Derby Days parade talking about the upcoming season and how important support from the community is. Please take a look and the Booster Club would appreciate if you'd post it on your blog. At the end of the video we have listed the home game schedule. Thank you, Julie Byrnes Redmond Football Boosters

Stabbing Victim Dies of Injuries: Suspect Remains In-Custody

Redmond, WA – On July 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm, Redmond Police responded to reports of a fight near a business at 15700 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA. Officers and Fire personnel arrived, provided first aid to a 17-year-old female victim with a stab wound to the chest and arrested a 25-year-old male, Daniel J. Haggart. The suspect and victim were acquaintances and both are residents of Redmond. Haggart remains held at King County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder.
On July 23, 2014 the victim died as a result of her injuries; an autopsy is pending. Redmond Police Detectives, working with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, anticipate amending charges.
The family of the victim has requested privacy. Our thoughts are with all those impacted by this tragic event. Case #14-013591.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GeoCaching the Redmond Historic Downtown Core with Eagle Scout Sean Gallacher

One of Redmond's local Eagle Scouts, Sean Gallacher will help you connect with the Historic Core this weekend -- through geocaching! We look forward to seeing you at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center for the kickoff.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LWSD Sup. Pierce: "Likeliest earliest scenario for a facilities bond measure is February 2016"

Lake Washington School District Superintendent Traci Pierce concluded in her Monday Superintendent's Report to the Board "The likeliest earliest scenario for a facilities bond measure is February 2016."    She said, "we need to comprehensively and very intentionally re-engage with our community at large on this issue of school facilities to inform any potential plan for a future bond measure."  Pierce said "we need to do it right and we need to do it well and it will take time." 

Beginning in the Fall she plans to form a large, representative stakeholder group to serve as an advisory committee.  The committee will be composed of community members, business representatives, local government representatives, parents, staff and students and will meet monthly during the 2014-2015 school year.  The goal of the group is to complete an assessment of future facilities needs and develop options and processes of community engagement.  Ultimately the committee will present recommendations to the Board for a future bond measure. 

Between January 2015 and June 2015 time will be taken to develop a consensus recommendation to engage the wider community.   August 2015 is the earliest time for a recommendation for a measure with  February 2016 the likely earliest scenario for a future bond measure vote.  The earliest new schools could be built are in 2018.   In the meantime boundary adjustments will have to be made district-wide and other facilities accommodated. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Personnel changes at LWSD

Redmond, Wash. – When schools open on September 2, there will be a number of new faces in Lake Washington School District schools, including five new principals, two transfers, and six new associate principals. Openings resulted from replacements for retirees in schools or the district office or principals accepting positions in other districts.

New principals for 2014-2015   International Community School / Community SchoolGregory Moncada is the new principal at International Community School (grades 6-12) and Community School (grades 1-5), Kirkland, Wash. Gregory served as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) coordinator for the Bainbridge Island School District. Previously, he was the high school principal at the American International School of Vienna, Austria. He was also the assistant director and middle school principal at the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa. He taught in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Bilbao, Spain. Gregory began his career as a teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and his Master of Arts in Science Education from Louisiana State University. He earned his administrative certification from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and his Doctor of Education from the University of Minnesota. Gregory replaces Matt Livingston, who has been selected to serve as the new director of school support for the Eastlake Learning Community (see below).

Evergreen Middle School

Robert Johnson is the new Evergreen Middle School principal. Robert comes from Edmonds School District, where he has been associate principal at Edmonds-Woodway High School for seven years. Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication at Western Washington University, and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from City University. He received his administrative certification from Western Washington University. Robert replaces Sean Cassidy, who accepted a position as the principal of Tahoma Middle School.  Read More >>

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The location of the Redmond Saturday Market is threatened - Public speaks up

Owners of the Redmond Town Center, JHS, want to move the Saturday Market from it's present location on Leary to Center Court and the public was up in arms about it at last Tuesday's Council Meeting.  City Hall was packed with Saturday Market supporters.  The VP of the market asked Council to codify the market's location as an historic city Icon OR give options to relocate it to: 1) the parking lot on Art Hill, 2) the Senior Center parking lot, or the 3) Leary parking lot.  He said without options they cannot negotiate with JHS and are at their mercy.  The VP presented over 2,000 signatures petitioning the termination of the 2015 lease with JHS.  Ex Mayor Rosemary Ives, and urban planner from Kirkland, and three others spoke up during Items from the Audience to preserve the Saturday Market location. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Suspect in Custody for Assault with a Knife

Redmond, WA – On July 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm, Redmond Police responded to reports of a fight near a business at 15700 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA. Officers arrived and detained several people involved in the fight, while also providing first aid to a female victim with a stab wound to the chest. All of the involved parties appear to be known by one another.
The 17-year-old female victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with a life threatening stab injury to her chest. A 25-year-old male suspect is in police custody for investigation of assault. No suspects appear to be outstanding.
Redmond Police Detectives are on scene investigating. Case #14-013591.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vala Eastside Announces Artist in Residnce Public Art Installation

Dan Cautrell creates “The Breeze Gave Freely” for Redmond Town Center
Redmond, WA – July 17, 2014 VALA Eastside is pleased to announce JSH Properties (owners of Redmond Town Center) sponsorship of artist Dan Cautrell and his public art project "The Breeze Gave Freely" at Redmond Town Center.  The VALA Artist in Residence [AIR] Program was started in 2013 as a way to give local artists the opportunity to develop and create an art project and implement it in a way that creates a strong connection to the local community.   “Connecting the community to art and artists is core to the mission of VALA and we are excited to be able to offer opportunities like this to our local artists,” says VALA Co-founder and President Jessica Lambert.  Lambert adds further, “This is the first VALA AIR (Artist in Residence) public art project to get private sponsorship -- RTC supports artists beyond measure and it is a natural step for them to be our first formal sponsorship.  We are lucky to have such commitment to the arts from the private sector in our local community.”  Read More >>

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Walk the East Lake Samm Trail with KC Parks: King County Blog

The current East Lake Sammamish Trail (South Sammamish Segment)
The current East Lake Sammamish Trail (South Sammamish Segment)
Join us on the trail! King County Parks is holding a series of informational meetings along the East Lake Sammamish Trail that focus on design and planning for the next portion of the trail slated for development, the South Sammamish Segment A, which goes from SE 33rd St southward to SE 43rd Way.
We’re in the design phase for this segment and preliminary trail alignment plans can be found here (9.2 MB pdf). Meet us on the trail – look for the King County Parks tent! – where we’ll have our design team on hand to explain the plans, answer questions, and listen to your feedback. Depending on the trail section and people’s interest, we may also walk along the trail to view different spots that illustrate design elements.
Trail Meetings
Monday, July 14 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 4299 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE to 4265 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SEMeet-up: on the trail near the driveway south of Peregrine Point Way SE
Monday, July 21 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 4209 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE to 4261 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SEMeet-up: on the trail near the driveway at 212th Way SE
Thursday, July 24 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 4013 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SE to 206th Ave SE  Read More >>

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nami Eastside Educational Forum, July 15

An Educational Forum On

Guest:                    Jacob H. Menashe

Date:                      Tuesday, July 15, 2014,  7 PM - 9 PM    Location:               Evergreen Health MedicalCenter, Suite Tan 100, 12303 NE 130th Lane, Kirkland, WA 98034

 Jacob Menashe is a principal attorney for Hickmann Menashe in Lynnwood.  He earned his degree from Stanford University with distinction and his law degree from University of California, San Francisco.  Jacob passed the Washington State Bar    Association in 1993.  His area of practice is Special Needs Trust Planning, Social   Security Disability, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Long Term Care Planning.  Jacob has done several lectures, presentations and publications. Read More >>

Wastemobile is headed to Redmond July 18-20

Wastemobile headed to Redmond, July 18-20, offering free household hazardous waste disposal

Find upcoming collections and convenient, permanent disposal locations on Local Hazardous Waste Management Program website

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and manyrsz_lhwmp_2014 other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile rolls into Redmond, July 18-20.
The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Home Depot, 17777 NE 76th St., Redmond, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.
The Wastemobile goes to Bothell next
Following its time in Redmond, the Wastemobile travels north to Bothell for an Aug. 1-3 household hazardous waste collection event in the parking lot of the Seattle Times building, 19200 120th Ave NE, Bothell.

News From Schools

Tesla STEM student selected to participate in Research Science Institute at MIT
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announced that Maya Ganesan (Redmond), a rising senior at Tesla STEM High School, is one of 83 top-achieving U.S. scholars and international scholars attending the 31st annual Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is jointly sponsored by CEE and MIT. The program began on June 22 and runs through August 2.
RSI is a six-week intensive program that provides students with the opportunity to conduct original, cutting edge research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities.
The RSI Selection Committee chose high school students who are exemplary based on the following criteria: high school records, personal essays, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, research experience, potential for leadership, and honors and awards in math and science. RSI scholars participate in college-level research under the mentorship of leading scientists, engineers, and researchers in the Boston area.
Three Kirkland schools recognized through King County Green Schools Program
Environmental and Adventure School (EAS) and Sandburg Elementary / Discovery Community School have been recognized through the King County Green Schools Program for their energy conservation and waste reduction efforts. EAS has been named a Level One Green School for Waste Reduction and Recycling. It is one of only 13 schools to be recognized this year. Carl Sandburg / Discovery Community School was one of 11 schools recognized as a Level Three Green School, meaning that they sustained their Level One waste reduction and recycling efforts and their Level Two energy conservation strategies, but also educated students and staff on how to conserve water and protect water quality. Read more.

Friday, July 11, 2014

King County honors 11 businesses in Redmond for waste reduction

King County’s Solid Waste Division recently announced that 97 local companies have been named to the 2014 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list, including 11 businesses/offices in Redmond. This is the highest number of businesses listed since the program began in 2007. The list recognizes businesses for their innovative recycling practices and commitment to reducing the amount of waste their company produces.
This year’s businesses adopted an array of creative recycling and waste reduction strategies, from creating liquid fertilizer out of food scraps to using electric delivery vehicles. I can offer interviews with King County Solid Waste representatives about business waste reduction, as well as contacts for Redmond businesses that made the list. Click here to view the news release and see the full list of honored businesses on the website.
Redmond honorees:
City of Redmond
Emerald Heights Retirement Community
FCS Group
Golder Associates, Inc.
Hot Off The Press
Issaquah School District
Keeney's Office Supply
Lake Washington School District
Noetix Corporation
Sammamish Montessori School

Thursday, July 10, 2014

73rd Annual Derby Days Summer Festival this weekend

Redmond, WA  —Redmond is getting ready to celebrate its 73rd Annual Derby Days Summer Festival. Thousands of residents, visitors and families are expected to attend this two day celebration starting on July 12th from 5:00 pm -10:00pm, and Saturday, July 13th from 10am-10pm. Derby Days occurs at Redmond City Hall Campus, 15670 NE 85th Street.

This year events include:  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

King County Blog: Burke-Gilman Trail Art

Colorful addition coming to the Burke-Gilman Trail in July

Artist's rendering of the Wayne Tunnel mural
Artist’s rendering of the Wayne Tunnel mural
4Culture and King County Parks have commissioned Seattle-based artist Kristen Ramirez to create a colorful mural along the Burke-Gilman Trail in the Wayne Tunnel, a 250-foot-long passageway under 96th Avenue Northeast in Bothell. The artist will be on site daily from July 7 – July 18, painting the mural with the help of volunteers from 10 am to 2 pm.  Read More >>

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Good News At Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Very Excellent Week
Kirkland, WA – The Lake Washington Institute of Technology had an excellent week by any standard. More than 400 students graduated in a variety of fields, an engineering team beat the odds and placed well at an international competition and the college’s I-BEST program was profiled in a story about what colleges are doing right.
“This has been a fantastic week,” said Dr. Amy Goings, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Read More >>

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

City Council approves $4,197,000 for 116th Street NE improvements

City Council grants Santana Excavation $4,197,000 to improve 116th Street NE

This is the second phase of the NE 116th Street corridor improvements to be built by the

City. The first phase lowered NE 116th Street between 167th Avenue NE and 172nd

Avenue NE to improve sight distance, safety and provide for safe emergency vehicle
access for Fire Station No. 17. This phase also set the stage for construction of the full

roadway section and a roundabout at the intersection of 172nd Avenue NE.

The current phase of construction will complete the corridor improvements between 167th

Avenue NE and 174th Avenue NE. Improvements include; two travel lanes, a center turn

lane, bike lanes on both sides, sidewalks, soft trail on the north side, a signalized
pedestrian crossing, street lighting, storm drain system and detention pond, replacement
of the existing water main, landscaping, conversion of overhead utilities to underground,
and a roundabout at the intersection of NE 116th Street and 172nd Avenue NE.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Redmond Police Search Warrant Recovers Stolen Property and Drugs

Case #14-011811
Redmond, WA – At approximately 6:00 AM on June 27, 2014 Redmond Police SWAT served a search warrant at a residence located in the 7300 block of 132 Ave NE.  The warrant was related to Trafficking in Stolen Property as well as VUCSA. 
As a result of the search warrant Redmond Investigators recovered a significant amount of stolen property from the residence.  The stolen property is related to several burglaries at new construction sites on the Eastside and includes commercial power tools and building supplies.  Small amounts of heroin and methamphetamine were also located and confiscated from the residence.
Investigators were able to detain and arrest three male suspects at the residence.  One was arrested on a felony warrant and the other two on other misdemeanor charges.  More arrests are anticipated related to the possession and trafficking of stolen property.
Redmond Pro- Act Officers are continuing to investigate to identify additional victims.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Neighborhood Walking Ambassador trainings July 8.

I am excited to let you know that Feet First will be working with the Redmond community next month when we'll be hosting Neighborhood Walking Ambassador trainings in Downtown Redmond  on Tuesday, July 8th from 5:30-8:00pm and Saturday, July 19th from 10:30am-1:00pm that give people the know-how to build walking tours inspired by Redmond’s great trails, public art, nature, history, and parks. People can sign up at A new walk series will culminate on Friday, August 8 with a community concert along the Sammamish River Trail at a secret location by Redmond resident sound artist Rulon Brown, which is supported by 4Culture Site Specific and the Redmond Arts Program.

Thanks so much!
Drew DeVitis
Walking Promotions Coordinator
Feet First

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Questions about PSE's plans for the Eastside?

You’re invited to a community question and answer session for Energize Eastside, a project to build new, higher-capacity electric transmission lines to serve homes and businesses on the Eastside. A panel of experts will be on hand to listen and respond to your comments and questions.
Energize Eastside Q&A Session
Monday, July 7, 2014
6-9 p.m.
Redmond Marriott Town Center
Salons 1 and 2
Can’t make the Q&A session? Learn more about the project online at

LWSD adjusts middle and high school activity fees

Athletic fees reduced; ASB fees increase
Redmond, Wash. – At its June 23 meeting, the Lake Washington School District Board of Directors made adjustments in student fees for middle and high school students for 2014-15. Specifically, the cost for Associated Student Body (ASB) membership cards will increase while athletic participation fees will decrease.   Read More >>