Tuesday, May 24, 2016
(It may be posted on my Facebook Group)
Monday, May 23, 2016
The Saturday Market is a cultural ICON for the city with it's location on Leary Way, a gateway to the city. The open market is here to stay!
According to the Minutes for the July 17, 2008 Planning and Public Works Committee chaired by Councilmember Hank Margeson, the committee held a discussion about naming city streams. Mayor Marchione noted that "there is some debate regarding the current name of Evans Creek; the Historical Society believes the name of the stream is Martin’s Creek."
In 1910, Ben Martin homesteaded on what is now known as Evans Creek. Below, is a brief description, provided by the Redmond Historical Society, on his history and life on the creek.
Martin, John “Ben” Benjamin 1827 - 1920:Ben Martin’s homestead, c.1910
Ben Martin was a Civil War veteran who fought for the North under Gen. Sherman. John was a survivor of Gettysburg. He arrived in Redmond in 1875 coming with the John Perry family on a scow. Read More >>
Sunday, May 22, 2016
HERO HOUSE website: www.herohouse.org
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hear ye! Hear ye!
A new facebook group and news feed of popular blog posts dating back 10 years!
Become a member! Post your own stories!
Questions? Want to meet-up? Come to my "coffee hour" at Soulfood, Friday's at 8:30 AM
First coffee is June 3rd
Friday, May 20, 2016
The centerpiece of the RCC II trail project is the retrofit of the former railroad trestle over the Sammamish River with a new deck that will carry pedestrians and cyclists. The trestle spans over King County’s heavily used Sammamish River Trail. At times during construction, it will be necessary for the contractor to work on or near the Sammamish River Trail. When this occurs, the Sammamish River Trail will be temporarily detoured for the safety of trail users. The detour will be in place only when construction activities directly impact the trail. The trail will be opened for normal use once construction has concluded at the end of the day. >>
• 168th Ave NE (near Redmond Way between Anderson Park and Sleep Train): Closure related to 2-Way Street Conversion project. Access will be from the north off NE 79th St. Closure estimated June 2016 through Fall 2017.
• NE 79th St (near Redmond Teen Center west of 166th Ave NE): Closure related to private development construction on both sides of NE 79th St. Local or limited access only. Teen Center parking and access available from the north off NE 80th Street. Closure estimated June 2016 through Spring 2018.
Jill Smith, jesmith@Redmond.gov, 425.556.2448
One particular bike was stolen from the parking garage near 168th Ave NE and NE 72 St. The victim had just purchased the bike, which was stolen from a locked bicycle cage located inside the garage. The chain-link fence that made the perimeter of the cage appeared to be cut, allowing access to the bicycle. It is possible the thief cut the cage in advance, as it appeared it had been zip-tied back together.
Thankfully, the victim provided a picture of the bike and then quickly located what appeared to be her stolen bike listed for sale on Offer Up. The original purchase price was $1,150 and it was listed for sale for $500.
An undercover officer was successful in setting up a meeting with the seller a few days later, who asked to meet in north Seattle. The seller rode up on the stolen bike. Officers identified and detained the individual without incident, who had not provided his real name on the listing. We were happy to reunite the bike with its rightful owner. The case is still being further investigated.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
A review of the recent city Hearing on homeless encampment policy -- my emphasis on mental health services
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Save the Date!
The Mayor and City Council are venturing out from City Hall and coming to Redmond Elementary for Q&A, Monday, May 23!
6:30 Q&A begins
Redmond Elementary Gymnasium
See a brief slide show of their first meeting in the View Point neighborhood HERE!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
UPDATED: A review of "Bob and Shirley Ferguson's presentation" at this Saturday's Historical Society Speakers Program
Friday, May 13, 2016
“We were delighted that so many people came to connect at our first Neighborhood Conversation forum,” said Redmond City Council President Hank Margeson. “As we look for new ways to engage with the community, folks are eager to share and learn more about a variety of topics important to their neighborhood.”
This forum will be held in the school gymnasium at Redmond Elementary in the Downtown neighborhood. Community members can connect with their neighbors and elected officials, learn about City projects, and write down questions for Council. There will be a reception at 6 pm, and the meeting will last from 6:30–7:30 pm. Council will answer questions, discuss current projects in the neighborhood, and listen to ideas and thoughts from the community.
A roomful of people attended the inaugural (April 28, 2016) Neighborhood Conversation at Audubon Elementary. The meeting was entirely focused on questions from the residents and included everything from transportation and school overcrowding to housing and zoning issues. For more information on this forum and future Neighborhood Conversations, please visit www.redmond.gov/conversations. Each meeting will be “kid-friendly” and light snacks will be provided.
For questions and more information, contact Lisa Rhodes firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-556-2427.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
|Shin Yu Pai|
According to the city, the purpose of our Poet Laureate is to:
Have you ever heard her recite poetry? Please comment below this post. I've heard her once at a city hall council meeting. I sat towards the back of the chambers and had a difficult time hearing and understanding her. Frankly, I found her a bit over my head. Hopefully, we'll see more of Shin Yu Pai in a better setting as we get closer to the summer.
You can find a full description of Shin's background here. She has impressive credentials.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Soulfood Coffee House is Redmond's go-to-place to enjoy musicians and artists like Clint McCune, jazz, an open mic, poetry readings, etc. Would Soulfood go so far as to include East Indian music, etc? Of course, that would be up to the free market.
For years Clint and Sara Peflrey's Soulfood Coffee House was "the heart and soul" of Redmond. (My opinion is not influenced by the name of the shop.) I'll never forget the "opening night" for Redmond's first poet laureate. She performed at Soulfood and the TV media covered it region-wide. Council Member Hank Margeson was there, everyone.
When Clint and Sara sold Soulfood they left somewhat of a cultural void.
For several years it seemed the city wandered and probed, seeking a new harbor for our "soul." Will it be the Downtown Park? The Historic Core? Both?
I like how the city is installing art that's representative of our history. The historic core clock tower was renamed Naomi Hardy Clock Tower. An "erratic" representing the glacial age constructed of old railroad rail plates. A railroad signal installation. The Mayor said a totem pole installation is planned near Lower Bear Creek. There's the small park with wood Indian carvings near the Slough. The original school bell is installed on the Public Safety building. An historic marker sits next to Perrigo Springs -- the first water source for Indians and pioneers.
|The "glacial erratic"|
Bob Yoder, opinion
Tell Mayor and Council what's on your mind when they visit Ed Hill on May 23
Listen to Clint McCune's music
A slideshow of Graffiti art in "Edge Skate Park"
Monday, May 9, 2016
The city honors Redmond Historical Society legend, names the downtown clock tower "The Naomi Hardy Clock Tower"
|The Naomi Hardy Clock Tower - Credit Redmond Reporter|
“Naomi Hardy was tireless in her dedication to Redmond’s history. She understood the impact of preserving historic places and stories,” said Mayor John Marchione. “Through the formation of the Redmond Historical Society, she ensured a long-lasting celebration of our local history.”
“The Naomi Hardy Clock Tower” will be dedicated by Mayor John Marchione as a tribute to the founding force behind the Redmond Historical Society. Naomi Hardy was determined to research and share Redmond’s history. She began by gathering a few other local history buffs in 1999 and then seeing the society flourish to one with more than 140 members in just a decade.
"No one had a bigger impact on the development of the Redmond Historical Society than co-founder Naomi Hardy," says Society President Joe Townsend. “Naomi loved to say ‘History is happening in Redmond.’ Naming the tower after her makes Naomi a larger part of that history.”
Hardy passed away in 2012 but her legacy includes having done all the research for the heritage kiosk that’s part of the clock tower, as well as writing the first walking tour for the historic core. She also wrote the Society’s book “Redmond Reflections” and amassed hundreds of names for a historical “Who’s Who of Redmond.”
A plaque and sign in Hardy’s honor let passers-by know that one person can make a significant difference in their community. For Hardy, it was sharing Redmond’s history so that long-time residents would feel treasured and transplants would learn about Redmond’s roots—each having that knowledge in common with their new neighbors.
To learn more about Hardy and the Redmond Historical Society, visitwww.redmondhistoricalsociety.org. The Naomi Hardy Clock Tower is at O'Leary Park, on the corner of Leary Way and Redmond Way. Street parking is available in the immediate area.
For questions and more information, contact Mary Hanson, Senior Vice President, at email@example.com or 425-885-2919; or Kim Dietz, Senior Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-556-2415.
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