Mary Stevens Decker

Weathering La Niña | School district prepared for weather-related closures, delays

Anticipating volatile winter weather, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has put together an action plan to notify families of school closures or delays and keep students and staff members safe. LWSD uses multiple methods to contact parents or guardians about weather-related closures, delays or changes in bus routes.


Weathering La Niña | A city and county guide to preparing for winter storms

Look out for La Niña. Although last winter was mild in Redmond and King County, weather forecasters warn of a colder, wetter winter this year. Don’t be complacent. Now is the time to stock up on supplies and learn what to do — or not to do — if severe weather strikes.


Tree Top Toys features old-fashioned toys that spark imagination

Summer's hit movie "Toy Story 3" was a bit of a tear-jerker, brilliantly capturing themes of how quickly children grow up and lose interest in imaginative play.


Nintendo vice president named Starlight Citizen of the Year at luncheon

The Starlight Citizen of the Year award was presented to Don James, executive vice president of operations for Redmond-based Nintendo of America, at Starlight Children's Foundation-Washington's annual fundraising luncheon Oct. 18.

Budget the top topic at Redmond Chamber of Commerce legislative panel

Issues of importance to the Eastside business community — most notably lowering the state budget deficit — were featured at a legislative candidates' panel Oct. 20 at Redmond's Hotel Sierra. The luncheon event was hosted by the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center and Puget Sound Energy.

Free global health, Tuberculosis presentation set for Oct. 26 at Redmond Regional Library

A free presentation about global health and Tuberculosis (TB) will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th St.

Education, homelessness and budget prove to be the hot topics at 45th District candidates forum

Education, homelessness and balancing the state budget were among critical topics at a forum for 45th State Legislative District candidates, held Oct. 12 at Wilder Elementary, a Lake Washington School District building in Woodinville.

New York Times best-selling children’s authors talk to students about the impact of the written word

New York Times best-selling children's authors Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery made several stops in the Lake Washington School District this week, including Oct. 12 visits at Horace Mann Elementary in Redmond.

Parents weigh in at Lake Washington School District public input session

Parents with wide-ranging questions about overcrowding in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) gathered for the last of three public input sessions on Oct. 6 at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond.

Layoffs, revenue increases help create ‘steady’ budget: Mayor’s proposal reflects priorities set by residents

According to Mayor John Marchione's proposed fiscal year 2011-12 budget, Redmond homeowners can expect to see a one percent property tax increase, amounting to about $7 per year, and water/wastewater fee increases amounting to about $5 per month, for a total increase of around $67 per year.

It’s full steam ahead: Steampunk is the new craze for Halloween

Got Steampunk? Downtown Redmond’s Pacific Northwest Costume shop does. Pacific Northwest Costume owner Sherrill Taylor said the Steampunk craze began brewing a couple of years ago and is intensifying with Halloween and a regional Steampunk convention on the horizon.

Redmond singer-songwriter to perform free show in Bellevue Oct. 14

Redmond-based singer-songwriter Brian Ellefson has released a CD, "Panoramic View," and will perform a free show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at Crossroads Mall, Northeast 8th Street and 156th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue.

Affordable brain-boosting opportunities offered at Trilogy community at Redmond Ridge

The saying "use it or lose it" refers to brain power and mental clarity as much as it applies to the connection between exercise and physical health.

Award-winning Redmond educator gets queen treatment for excellence in teaching

A Redmond educator received an unexpected thrill — a trip to New York City, a fashion makeover, an appearance on "The Martha Stewart Show" and cash for her classroom and her school, as one of seven winners of the nationwide Jones New York In the Classroom awards for excellence in teaching.

Population growth, school district reconfiguration to cause overcrowding in middle schools, high schools

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) wants your thoughts on what to do about overcrowding. Public input sessions, with an informal drop-in format will take place from 6-8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28 at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. NE in Sammamish; from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at Juanita High School, 10601 NE 132nd St. in Kirkland; and from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the LWSD Resource Center, 16258 NE 74th St. in Redmond. Information is also online at and an online survey is open through Thursday, Oct. 7. Last week's Redmond Reporter featured Part 1 of a two-part series about overcrowding in the LWSD. That story focused on current overcrowding, mostly at elementary schools. Part 2 looks at projected overcrowding in junior highs, middle schools and high schools.

Redmond-based human resource center celebrates new name, 20 years of service

Together Center, formerly known as Family Resource Center, celebrated its new name and 20 years of service with a Sept. 24 reception at its downtown Redmond location, 16225 NE 87th St. In a letter of congratulations, Gov. Chris Gregoire stated, "One of the first nonprofit multi-tenant centers in the country, Together Center has established itself a a model of innovation and excellence.

$10,000 reward fund established, for information about suspicious fires in unincorporated Redmond

A $10,000 reward fund has been established by the Arson Alarm Foundation and the Washington Insurance Council for information about a series of suspicious fires which have recently occurred in the Union Hill and Trilogy areas of unincorporated Redmond (King County).

‘Brain Rules’ author to speak at The Bear Creek School Oct. 5

Dr. John Medina, director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University, will talk about his best-selling book "Brain Rules" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 at The Bear Creek School, 8905 208th Ave. NE in Redmond. The event is open to the public.

DigiPen Institute of Technology launches new continuing education programs

This fall, the Redmond-based, world-renowned DigiPen Institute of Technology is kicking off a series of continuing education programs to help professionals enhance their skill sets and/or provide anyone — with a high school diploma or above — with introductions to video game programming and art/animation for video games.

Air Beauty Bar at Redmond Town Center offers safe, sunless, ‘airbrushed’ glow

We wish we all could be California girls — or at least look like them. Yet, as documented by The Skin Cancer Foundation (, tanning can lead to premature aging of the skin or skin cancer. Air Beauty Bar, a new business at Redmond Town Center, offers a safe alternative to sunbathing or tanning beds, which are also linked to skin damage or disease.