Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
And don't miss their 25th Anniversary newsletter edition here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
For over 25 years, the Arts and Culture Commission has improved the quality life for the Redmond community by advising the Mayor and City Council on arts and cultural affairs in the City. Past accomplishments include: inaugurating the City’s Public Art Program, providing music and theatre experiences for the community, and seeding local festivals in the City including the Ananda Mela Indian Cultural Festival and the Digital Arts Festival.
Now, the mission of the Arts and Culture Commission is to be a catalyst for Redmond’s diverse and inventive community. The focus of this work includes: cultural planning to make the arts accessible creating a place for the arts and nurturing the arts in Redmond. Current activities include implementing the Art Plan for Downtown Redmond, investigating the economic impact of the arts in Redmond and the Eastside, and identifying the cultural needs of our changing community. Read More >>
Thursday, November 13, 2014
- Open enrollment starts Nov. 15, 2014 and ends on Feb. 15, 2014.
- In order to have coverage by Jan.1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 23, 2014.
- Evaluate your annual healthcare needs and budget to determine the right mix of monthly premium and out-of-pocket costs.
- Monthly premium is only one component of the cost of health insurance and picking a plan just on a premium cost may not be the best decision.
- If the plan selected has lower monthly premiums, the out-of-pocket costs may be higher.
- A higher monthly premium may lower your out-of-pocket cost.
- Visit the websites of the plans you are interested in for additional details and specifics about coverage and benefits.
- Call the plan’s customer support line for any unanswered questions.
- If you have established doctors and want to keep seeing them, you should confirm that they are in the network of the plan you are considering.
- If you’re taking a certain prescription medication, is that drug covered, and how much of the cost will you be responsible for?
- If you are eligible for a subsidy, make sure you evaluate the cost of the plan after the subsidy has been applied.
- Even if you think you can’t afford health insurance, visit the Exchange to see how federal subsidies may reduce your monthly premium
- If you had a plan through the exchange in 2014, visit the marketplace again to evaluate the new plan designs, new network options and new carriers on the market for 2015. You could find a plan that better meets your needs.
The event begins at Redmond City Hall at 4:00 p.m. with free entertainment, a bon fire, food, and fun activities including the dissemination of the 2014 Redmond Lights blinkers (while supplies last). Mayor Marchione, along with a jolly guy in a red suit and white beard, will light campus before departing on the luminary walk. The walk meanders down the Redmond Central Connector to Redmond Town Center with performances and light displays along the way. The fun and entertainment continue there with an outdoor skating rink, ice sculpture, reindeer, holiday carousel, kid’s activities, and more.
Performances throughout the event include a trombone band, chorus, singing choir, handbell choir, Fire performance, and more.
Parking is available at Redmond Town Center or City Hall Parking garage. A free shuttle runs that day between both locations from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information about Redmond Lights visit www.redmondlights.com.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Redmond, WA - Predict your finish time and win a turkey! Join us for our fourth annual Poultry Predictor Race on Sunday, November 16. New in 2014, the race is now a 5K on a downtown Redmond course! The race is open to all levels of runners and you do not have to cross the finish line first to win! The five participants closest to their predicted finish time will receive a frozen turkey! There are no timing devices allowed on the course including mp3 players, iPod’s, or GPS watches, and the only clock will be at the start/finish line. A professional timing company will chip time the event. Participants, limited to 100, can sign-up to compete in the predictor division or choose to sign-up for a regular 5K Run/Walk division. Read More >>
Thursday, November 6, 2014
AN EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON:
GUESTS: CAROLYN HETHERWICK GOZA, M.ED
AND MICHAEL E. GOZA, B.S., CHE
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
This Dialogue will be on the topic “In Whose Authority: How is authority and leadership structured and carried out in your faith tradition?”. A panel from a variety of world religions will present the perspectives of their faith communities, followed by stimulating interfaith discussions among all participants.
This is a potluck dinner, so please bring your favorite dish to share, labeled showing the ingredients to help people with food allergies and preferences make choices.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun evening of interfaith dialogue! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many will be coming, so we can be sure to set up enough tables and chairs.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Bottle explodes in Dickinson Elementary parking lot- one adult injured - 2 schools closed - one school locked down
Lake Washington School District
In most cases, the burglars have gained access inside homes through garage doors or by removing window screens. In many cases, the windows were unsecured.
- Thin black male
- Individual with small feet and heeled shoes (possibly a woman with dress shoes)
Keep a record of serial numbers, as it greatly increases recovery chances. City of Redmond recently teamed with TrackMole, a free service where property owners can track property using items' serial numbers.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
$229,000 Invested in Student Success for 2014-15!
|Access Fund via InvestED||$15,000|
|LINKS mentoring program||$72,500|
|New Teacher Support Program—2nd Year Teachers||$18,000|
|Reaching for Success Classroom Grants||$83,320||List of Grants|
|Safe Schools Ambassador Program||$15,000|
|STEM-based Signature Programs||$25,000|
Friday, October 31, 2014
Of course the landscape is changing around Redmond. Just look at the "Big Box" six story apartments and their construction cranes all around town. Every new complex has the same one dimensional flat topped architecture. It's kind of boring and confining. One friend commented that our city is now hightly populated by transients -- apartment dwellers...technology workers with visas. What kind of contribution do they make to our neighborhoods? Sometimes I feel I'm in another country with the urban diversity we now have. One of the upsides is we have a growing number of international restaurants and shops.
But do you like where the city is headed? The City Council now devotes much of their time to regional transportation issues, regional stormwater pipes, and the like. Getting around Redmond especially during commuting times is now horrifying to many. Recently a reader wrote a popular Letter to this blog griping about the nightmare we now have with traffic. It was seconded by many other readers. The rechannelization on 166th was constructed for safety reasons but it turned more into a commuting problem than expected by the city. Just wait until the city turns Cleveland Street and Redmond Way into two-way roads. Traffic and gridlock can be expected there, though it's intended to revitalize the downtown business district.
Redmond recently was awarded one of the best city's to live in by Money Magazine. And the Mayor is quite proud of this, as he should. Redmond has a lot going for it with our parks, trails, vibrant economy, good schools,low crime and affluent, high employment characteristics. But no city is perfect and Redmond is proving this. What do you think?
By Bob Yoder
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
|Redmond, WA –The City of Redmond will host the third and final public hearing on the 2015-16 biennial budget on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm at Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St., during the regular City Council meeting. The goal of the public hearing is to collect community input about City issues, priorities and fiscal matters before the final budget is adopted by Council on Dec. 2. Read More>>|
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
One of the residents complained she had five pets that came down with cancer. Another resident complained she started getting debilitating migraine headaches starting in 2007.
A third resident, Al, said his 6 year old asthmatic child had to be admitted to the ER five times, twice two times in one day. He lives in the Woodbridge area. He is a particle physicist and electrical engineer and said since the city isn't doing any air quality testing he will take it upon himself and publish the results on a web site.
The Mayor and Councilman Hank Myers said the city doesn't have jurisdiction over Watson Asphalt air quality and that Puget Sound Clean Air Authority has jurisdiction to enforce existing laws. David Morton spent over an hour talking to Puget Sound Clean Air Authority with no results. Al said the City "should stop deferring and start championing" the testing of air quality.
Watson Asphalt Paving Company is located in SE Redmond and the Mayor said any changes to the zoning code would not effect existing businesses.
During the Budget Hearing David Morton asked Council to consider funding $200,000 to upgrades of Watson's industrial refining processes.
Reported by Bob Yoder
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I am hoping you can communicate this information via your blog and/or other channels.
I think the traffic in Redmond has become a nightmare. Last night was horrible with cars lined from redmond middle school down the hill to the community center. Downtown is a slow grind, Willows Road and Redmond Woodinville Hwy are parking lots, and don't even get me started on Avondale. Today I called the city out of frustration. They asked that I pass along Susan Byszeski's phone number 425-556-2882. She is collecting community feedback.