Friday, August 26, 2016
This opinion was written and published by Rob Butcher, Editor of the "Kirkland Views."
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Editor's Note: This incident reported by Becky Range is different from the incident I published on the morning of August 22..
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William "Bud" Wurtz, PhD
Monday, August 22, 2016
– Half Marathon Run/Walk & Redmond Town Center Family 4-Mile
– Awards Ceremony
– Kids’ Run Start
Saturday, August 20, 2016
It's obvious this magazine reporter never visited EvergreenHealth's emergency department or looked at the Yelp reviews.
Three months ago my wife and I waited 5.5 hours to have her headache and an eye itch evaluated. Well, I guess they didn't consider it an emergency. We complained and gave feedback multiple times to "Patient Relations." It took them 3 months to knowledge us as a customer and apologize.
We were billed at Level 4: A $1,896.69 charge (not counting doctor and lab fees) AFTER our insurance company paid them $2,242.31. We didn't hear back about the doctor's diagnosis or aftercare recommendations until 3 months after our visit and multiple requests. The following is a YELP review:
"This review is solely for the ER. Horrible! 3 hour wait time on a weekda to be told that they forgot I was still waiting to be seen. Seriously? Incompetent and rude staff. Will not come back to this clinic for any treatments or emergencies."One of my friends had a similar experience. She's now goes to Swedish Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinic on Union Hill in Redmond and is very happy with them. As much as I like to call EvergreenHealth my "friendly neighborhood hospital" we'll certainly keep our distance from them at both ER's and their Urgent Care at Bella Bottega.
By moving to Redmond Town Center, Brightmont expanded its facility to offer 17 individual learning rooms designed specifically for one-to-one instruction, a student gathering area, and a lunch room with a full kitchen that provides students with a comfortable space and encourages socializing during break times. In addition, the Redmond campus added a science lab and a new, quiet homework studio area for independent work. “With this additional space, we have had increased availability for students who can benefit from one-to- one instruction,” said Campus Director Sheila Harrison.
Brightmont Academy was established in 1999, and celebrates its 17 year organization anniversary in addition to celebrating one year in the Redmond Town Center location. Currently there are 3 campuses in Washington State - Seattle Northgate, Redmond, and Sammamish with a 4th planned soon in Woodinville - as well as campuses in Arizona, Michigan, and Minnesota.
On Thursday, September 15 Brightmont Academy is hosting an all-day open house and anniversary celebration. Please feel free to stop in any time between 9AM and 5PM to meet our experienced staff, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Redmond campus. For more information, please visitwww.brightmontacademy.com or call 1-888-521-0887.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
(grabbed off the internet)
Unfortunately, input from commission volunteers, city meetings, Items from the Audience, Letters to the Editor and social gatherings barely scrape the surface for the community participation they and staff need to make good decisions. Ironically and unfortunately lack of participation from us makes them less accountable.
A few council members (and now the Mayor) have recognized the problem and are going out of their way to engage with us. The Mayor is holding "Neighborhood Conversations" outside of City Hall and in our neighborhoods. Council members Hank Myers and John Stilin host "coffee times." I've followed the council for over ten years and find Hank Myers the city's #1 advocate for citizen participation. Hank values and respects any input from us, even if we drone on about one issue after the other.
Stilin is the most powerful, ambitious and intense member of council that I know. He can be witty during ombudsman reports; his interpretation of our comments can usually be trusted. To the "common man" he may appear above the people and demanding of respect, but deep down he is genuine and tries hard to engage. For a long time John held his coffee-time at Soulfood. Despite the nasty two-year couplet construction he moved it to Midori Bakery on Redmond Way because he likes the pastries and service. (I'm not kidding.) I've been to two of his coffees. He has a wealth of information about the city, is eager to share it with you; and is a good listener when your opportunity arises -- even if you're humming around with one idea after other. Despite his stature and standing by all means don't be afraid to engage!
Stilin holds coffee-time between 3:00 and 4:00 every Tuesday for his constituents. In days past he frequently posted his coffee hours on the Ed. Hill Facebook site. Now, he advertises on the city tourism site "Experience Redmond Blog." John will happily schedule an appointment if you have a work conflict. I'm sorry I don't have an email for you. He uses a different email format than the other council members and I can never remember it.
Hank Myers hosts his coffee-time the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 2:30 to 4:30, conveniently located at Down Pour Coffee Bar in west Redmond. I've been to one of Hank's coffees. He is friendly, approachable and a real treat to visit. Hank is very busy and to be assured of seeing him I suggest an email -- email@example.com.
We need to participate more with council so they and staff can make better decisions! The Mayor, Mr. Stilin and Mr. Myers are giving us great opportunities. Let's use them!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I-90 sees increase in fatal crashes
Saturday, August 13, 2016
|The Trestle Bridge is under construction|
REDMOND, WA – You have probably noticed that construction is well underway for the second phase of the Redmond Central Connector Trail (RCC II), the City’s rails to trails project. The RCC II has several sustainably designed features and elements that celebrate Redmond’s rich natural history. The trail will connect with the existing trail at the junction of the Sammamish River trail, across the Sammamish River, and along Willows Road to the Overlake Christian Church.
- An old culvert on Willows Creek will be replaced with a fish-passable crossing. The new crossing will be one step toward improving the health of the creek.
- Also, the old railroad trestle over the Sammamish River is being retrofitted. Several wood timbers are being replaced to extend the life of the existing structure then the trail and railings will be integrated into the trestle. Some work in and over these waterways is required to make repairs to the trestle, and many Best Management Practices are in place to prevent impacts to water quality. This work is being conducted during the “fish-window” regulated by Washington State, a period when impacts to aquatic life are significantly reduced.
- Nearly half a mile of the trail will use a Low Impact Development technique, permeable asphalt paving, which allows rain to infiltrate into the ground instead of running off.
- The project will include 250 new trees and 1,000 new shrubs and plants that are native or acclimated to our region and will not require significant maintenance to survive. These new plants will improve habitat, air quality, and aesthetics along the corridor.
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Friday, August 12, 2016
- 8/26 update:
- The next construction phase is anticipated to start approximately
and run 24 hours per day, 7 days per week through the fall.
- This phase includes planned lane closures on Redmond Way down to one lane between 160th Ave NE and 170th Ave NE and includes curbs, sidewalks, signals and the beginning of underground utility installations.
- In addition to day time work, night work is anticipated to begin approximately
for water main installation, and is scheduled Mondays to Thursdays approximately .
- Night work impacts will include construction noise and water shut offs during connections to the new main. Affected customers will be notified ahead of the work and crews are attempting to execute the noisiest work before
- Scheduling night work executes the work and is the less invasive option to working on water mains during the day time.
- and on and on.... 8/20
- As a heads up, the construction project is expected to ramp up into the next phase starting the week of
at which time the anticipated lane closures on Redmond Way will reduce traffic to one travel lane between 160th Ave NE and Avondale Way, 24 hours a day into the fall.
Downtown Two-Way Street Conversion Project
- North lane closures have now been implemented between Avondale and 160th and will remain in effect for the next several months.
- Contractor will be working on Redmond Way completing temporary traffic signals and lighting.
- The contractor will continue the demolition of curb, sidewalks and driveways on the northern side of Redmond Way. Affected businesses will be notified by the contractor in advance. Customer access will be managed and maintained throughout driveway demolition.
- Parking on the south side of Redmond Way will be unavailable as travel lanes shift from the north to south side of the street.
Road Closure Reminders
- 168th Ave NE (the west side of Anderson Park) will remain closed throughout the Two-Way Street Conversion project.
- NE 79th Street, just west of 166th Ave NE near the Redmond Teen Center, was closed on August 8 and will remain closed into early 2018 due to private development construction. Local access only on NE 79thStreet between 164th Ave NE and 166th Ave NE.
- 162nd Ave NE, which runs North/South between the Redmond Transit Center and NE 80th Street will be closed during work days due to private development construction.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
|The Crinkle-leaf Creeper|
To view John's photo collection and stories go here. Click on "old posts" at the bottom of each string of photos, to see more.
Early this summer John came upon some interesting ground cover at the Senior Center. It had orange-yellow berries. John did some research and learned the plant is "Crinkle-leaf Creeper" (scientific name: rubus calycinoides) and the berries are edible! He shared some with me, so sweet and tangy. We found the creeper in parking lot islands throughout the city -- PCC, City Hall/Library, and the Senior Center. The berries are out of season now, but don't miss out next Spring and early Summer; and no thorns to avoid!
Are there nurseries that sell them? The city might know of some. Here's a link to the WSU extension website, where the plant is described: http://www.pnwplants.wsu.edu/
Thanks for your find John... and all your Redmond nature photos over the years.
Here's to some good picking!
During a recent Council meeting three members starting talking about building a pedestrian suspension bridge from Redmond Town Center over SR520 to Marymoor Park. A bridge would provide an excellent connection to Marymoor's many events and fields. Making it nice with artwork was suggested...a good view of Bear Creek, too. Councilmember Stilin reviewed funding options. What do you think?
This got me thinking about the Trestle Bridge renovation now in planning stages for the corridor trail.
I hope the powers that be install some nice artwork on the bridge and trail....and the public is included in the planning process. I'd personally like to see some some Great Blue Heron art on or near the trestle bridge. The heron is designated the City of Redmond's "species of local importance,"... it's graceful, large and would be easily seen wading, feeding, and flying around the Sammamish River. The heron is embedded in our city logo and is culturally significant.
|Watershed leaders visiting the $11M|
Bear Creek Restoration project.