Sunday, August 17, 2014

NAMI Educational Forum: "Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression"

NAMI Special Summer Educational Forum On:




Graeme Cowan, International author, survivor of depression and

mental health advocate  & Lora Inman, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, mental health advocate and renowned author


Date:             Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7 PM - 9 PM, doors open at 6:30 pm

Location:      Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center

                         22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA  98072    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 >>

Friday, August 8, 2014

LWTech holds Redmond Campus open house for students and local business

Afternoon event boasts tours, free massages and free wine seminars
Redmond, WA – The Lake Washington Institute of Technology will hold an open house at the Redmond Campus on Aug. 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to introduce students to Redmond Campus classes and local business to Redmond Campus partnership possibilities.
“Our campus is a great resource for students and the community,” said Christian Bruhn, LWTech’s Redmond Campus director. “It’s a beautiful, spacious facility with free parking and well-equipped classrooms.”  Read More >>

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Help Finish the Redmond Bike Park

Help us finish the
Redmond Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers for our final push to finish the Redmond Bike Park. 
Our volunteers have made great progress in building Redmond’s first official dirt jump park but there is still more to do.  With the project at just over 60% complete and a Grand Opening goal of September 6th, we are reaching out to let people know about this volunteer opportunity. 
Weekend Work Parties:
·        August 9 & 10
·        August 16 & 17
Work Parties are from 9am to 4pm.
Parking is available at Hartman Park off NE 104th St, in Redmond.
All the tools, training, lunch and beverages you’ll need will be provided during the Work Parties.  Come build with us for a whole day, half-day or a whole weekend if you can.  All help is welcome. 
Visit the project website and take a look at the plans.  To sign up, click on the Shiftboard button and register to be a Trail Builder or other volunteer.  Check out the Photo Gallery to see some great pics of the work that’s been done so far. 
There are a lot of jumps yet to build so come help us finish the Redmond Bike Park. 
Please contact me for more information. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LWTech's popular funeral parlor showcased in new "Mummies" show

Top embalming historian on site to deconstruct Seattle’s famous mummy “Sylvester”
An international film crew is coming to Kirkland’s Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s funeral service lab on August 6 to complete interviews for “Mummies Alive!,” a new international television series scheduled to debut in 2015. 
In this episode, embalming historian Jon Austin will demonstrate preservation techniques used to embalm Sylvester, Seattle’s own Ye Olde Curiosity Shop mummy. Legend has it that Sylvester was preserved by dry desert sands, but scientists have found evidence that he was actually embalmed with arsenic. He has been on display in Seattle since 1955 and is a key attraction at the Seattle landmark.  Read More >>

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Redmond Neighborhood Blog re-joins Seattle Times Local News Partnership

I am pleased to report the Redmond Neighborhood Blog has been invited to join the Seattle Times Local News Partnership.  Below is the Seattle Times announcement.

Bob Yoder, Editor

Monday, August 4, 2014

Redfin Real Estate Report: Competition for Redmond Homes Slows Down

Competition for Redmond Homes Slows Down
Redfin Real Estate Agent
Competition for homes was fierce in the spring, with intense bidding wars driving up home sale prices all over Redmond.  Homebuyers were willing to do whatever it took to win the house of their dreams. But as we headed into the summer, we began noticing a shift in the local housing market: Many buyers were either scaling back or stopping their home searches.
Tired of the spring bidding wars and escalating prices, many buyers are now being more selective about writing an offer on a home. A few months ago, it was common for a home on the market to receive 10 or more offers. But now, we’re seeing homes for sale receive about three to four offers instead.
Unfazed by the drop in competition, some Redmond sellers are continuing to price their homes above market value. They saw homes in their neighborhood selling quickly in the spring and want to get the maximum price for their properties, too.
What’s happening in Redmond is part of the disconnect between buyers and sellers happening in hot real estate markets across the country. The slowdown in competition means the market is shifting toward the buyer’s favor. 
Here is a snapshot of the market in Redmond in June compared with the same time last year:
                    Home prices were up 3.2%, and the median home price was $568,000.
·                     The median price for single-family homes was $673,500; for condos it was $314,000.
·                     Sales were up 4.9%, with 148 homes sold.
                    Homes spent a median 7 days on the market.

Forum: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression

NAMI Special Summer Educational Forum On:
Guests Speakers:  
   Graeme Cowan, International author, survivor of depression and mental health advocate 
Lora Inman, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, mental health advocate and renowned author
Date:                         Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7 PM - 9 PM
Location:                  Brightwater Center
          22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA  98072

Graeme Cowan is Australia’s leading speaker and author in the area of mental health at work.  He has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels.  He is best known for his award-winning Back From The Brink book series.  Graeme has interviewed hundreds of people including Lora Inman, who contributed to his book.  To find out more information about Graeme and his book visit   Read More >>

Friday, August 1, 2014

Redmond High School PTSA News

School News: Back to School Photos and Fees Days
Seniors August 18
Juniors August 19
Sophomores August 20
Freshmen August 21

PTSA Scholarships and Volunteer Awards
RHS PTSA Award Recipients for 2013-2014
Golden Mustang - Grace Lawrence
Outstanding Advocate - Ruth Schemmel
Outstanding Educator - Holly Appelgate and David Peabody
Golden Acorn - Sheila Zambrowsky
Honorary Life Membership - Matt Loschen
RHS PTSA Scholarship Recipients for 2013-2014
Kelley Koeppen
Yen Nguyen
Athena Gordon 
Tyler Yen
Kristian Koeppen
Elaine Wang          Read More>>

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Donate Blood on Education Hill, August 6

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Every day, the Puget Sound Blood Center needs to collect 900 units of blood. But while that need is constant, the number of people donating blood isn’t. During the summer, we see a 22% decline in donors yet the need increase due to more elective surgeries & more people out on the roads!
Wednesday, August 6th
Lower Level Parish Hall
10526 166th Avenue NE
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
(closed 3:00pm-3:45pm)
Please schedule a time to donate by
emailing our coordinator, Don Petersik, at
*Photo ID or PSBC Donor Card required for all donors!*

Monday, July 28, 2014

EvergreenHealth Provides Real-World STEM Learning Experience for Local High School Students

EvergreenHealth recently celebrated the first class of local high school students who gained experience in health care through a new STEM Global Health program in partnership with the Lake Washington School District. The students studied STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) through a year-long collaboration that provided hands-on education and learning opportunities at EvergreenHealth.
As part of the Lake Washington School District’s new Signature Programs, these courses engage students in problem-based learning and industry-based projects across a range of professions. These thematic, interdisciplinary, three-period instructional blocks combine rigorous academics and real-world application of learning in areas like global health and sustainability. The program at Juanita High School, part of the Lake Washington School District, combines courses in anatomy and physiology, biotechnology and 11th or 12th grade English.  Read More >>

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Last Chance to "Claim Your Stake" in Redmond's Downtown Park

Redmond, WA - Final opportunity to vote on Redmond’s Downtown Park design ends Monday, July 28. Community members can log onto the City web site at and select their favorite concept that will determine the look and character of Redmond’s new signature park.

park concept designs


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 >>