Mary Stevens Decker

Redmond to launch new green-living program and Web site

The City of Redmond has long been focused on cross-departmental efforts to promote sustainability, broadly defined as "how to meet the needs of the present population without compromising the future generation's needs," said Cathy Beam, principal planner for an Impact Redmond program.

Bill the Butcher: A throwback butcher shop with a modern twist

Remember a time when every town had its own friendly, old-fashioned butcher shop? Downtown Redmond’s newly opened Bill the Butcher store, 7990 Leary Way NE, feels a little like a throwback to a simpler era, but with a modern twist. Bill the Butcher offers the kind of personal attention you won’t get at a supermarket, but also specializes in “local, wholesome, grass-fed, sustainable, organic and hormone-free” meats.

RHS graduate places second in national interior design contest

A Redmond High School (RHS) graduate and her teammate from Washington State University (WSU) Spokane have placed second in the nation in the 2010 Interior Design Educators Council Student Design Competition.

City of Redmond will conduct travel behavior study; both residents and workers to be included

The City of Redmond will conduct a travel behavior survey, including both people who live and work in Redmond, between mid-April and June of this year. The project will be a major step toward a Transportation Master Plan update scheduled to begin later in 2010.

Redmond teens head to USA Dance Nationals 2010 Dancesport Championship

Redmond teens Dmitriy Vorobiev and Kseniya Sovenko will represent the state of Washington at the USA Dance Nationals 2010 Dancesport Championship in Los Angeles, April 9-11. Vorobiev, a senior at Lake Washington School District's International Community School (ICS) and Sovenko, a sophomore at ICS, have been ballroom dance partners for almost 10 years.

March Can Madness exceeds expectations: Hancock’s Bakery wins trophy

What began as a whimsical way to tie basketball's March Madness excitement in with a canned food drive for Hopelink exceeded all expectations.The first annual… Continue reading

Eight local bands to battle for Rockathon supremacy

Eight local rock bands have been selected for the semifinal round of the fourth annual Classic Rockathon at the Old Fire House (OFH) Teen Center, 16510 NE 79th St., in downtown Redmond.

Rockwell Elementary program helps special-needs students feel more comfortable in social settings

The "Friendly Fridays" program at Redmond's Norman Rockwell Elementary School is striving to foster empathy for peers with developmental disabilities and to help the special-needs students feel more comfortable in social settings such as recess.

Bear Creek Upper School Band wins big at Instrumental Festival

The Upper School Band from The Bear Creek School in Redmond won in the large school category at the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)… Continue reading

Reaching out to help the mentally ill: Project explores the importance of expanding human services on the Eastside

Last May, Leadership Eastside’s (LE) class of 2011 rolled out its community service projects including a challenge by Redmond Mayor John Marchione (LE class of ‘08) to examine the prevalence of mental illness in our midst and its direct impact on emergency responders such as Redmond Police and Fire. An LE team has studied how increasing Mental Health Court access on the Eastside can help individuals and families in crisis and subsequently, the greater community.

Redmond’s Mailbox and Shipping Center moves, but just across the street

Patrons of Mailbox and Shipping Center, formerly located in the Redmond Shopping Square, don’t have to look far to find its new home.Owner Al Hudda… Continue reading

Redmond High senior starts up club to help special-needs students

A recently formed Redmond High School (RHS) club, which pairs special-needs students up to high school age with high school buddies, held its first community activity on Saturday, March 19 at the Redmond Pool.

Climbing to fight breast cancer: Redmond residents seek donations for charity mountain climbs

There "ain't no mountain high enough" to keep some Redmond residents and workers away from "Climb to Fight Breast Cancer" events this spring and summer.Here… Continue reading

Lake Washington School District students rule the kitchen at friendly contest

Kids ruled the kitchen at the Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) third annual Kids Can Cook contest, held Wednesday afternoon at Redmond Junior High School.Nineteen… Continue reading

Redmond High students to compete at International conference of DECA

Nineteen Redmond High School (RHS) students have qualified to compete at the International conference of DECA, an association of marketing students, this spring.Traveling to the… Continue reading

Upscale, ladies’ consignment shop opens in Redmond’s Village Square

Consignment shoppers are a savvy bunch, willing to search far and wide for designer fashions at low prices.Since The Closet opened at the Village Square,… Continue reading

Lake Washington schools’ support staff take sick day Monday to protest wages

Most secretaries in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) called in sick on Monday, March 8, but apparently not because of an epidemic. In a press release issued by Lake Washington Educational Support Personnel (LWESP) that afternoon, LWESP spokesperson Sheila Nokes wrote, “Desks of LWESP members were largely empty Monday with the vast majority of members calling in sick. The LWESP support staff members often go the extra mile to show up for work even when they’re not feeling well, but not Monday. And it’s no surprise, either. The administration seems to remain blind to the contribution those employees make, preferring to instead give themselves raises with annual increases that exceed $20,000 for top administrators, while stonewalling the support staff contract talks. On Monday, support staff said enough.”

Redmond resident featured in new book, ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales’

Redmond resident Quyen Thai, a substitute elementary teacher in the Lake Washington School District, is featured in the recently published book "Chicken Soup for the… Continue reading

Redmond students map their future at RYPAC Youth Summit

"Reaching Beyond Your Limits" was the theme of the Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC) Summit 2010, held Tuesday at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community… Continue reading

Northeast Rose Hill annexation to add 150 residents to Redmond

Effective March 13, the City of Redmond will gain approximately 150 more residents. Yet most have already felt like part of this community, residing within… Continue reading