Samantha Pak

On Monday night

LWSD board and teachers’ union postpone negotiations, extend contract for one more year

For the second consecutive year, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) and Lake Washington Education Association (LWEA) have agreed to postpone teacher contract negotiations for another year.

On Monday night
Redmond Mayor John Marchione said the city's budget is 'balanced and stable for the next six years' at his annual State of the City address at Wednesday's Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Redmond mayor: City budget ‘balanced and stable for the next six years’

The City of Redmond's budget, community outreach efforts and future were the focus of Mayor John Marchione's State of the City address Wednesday afternoon at this month's Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce's member luncheon.

Redmond Mayor John Marchione said the city's budget is 'balanced and stable for the next six years' at his annual State of the City address at Wednesday's Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Redmond resident Corry Lee (center) received third place in the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest for her short story 'Shutdown.' She is pictured with with science fiction author Larry Niven  (left) and Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Hollywood.

Redmond resident Corry Lee receives third place in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

Corry Lee has been writing stories since she was in elementary school and last weekend the 30-year-old Redmond resident was honored for this lifelong passion, which she is working to turn into a career.

Redmond resident Corry Lee (center) received third place in the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest for her short story 'Shutdown.' She is pictured with with science fiction author Larry Niven  (left) and Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Hollywood.
Steve Holetz is one of the organizers for the 2012 Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival

Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival coming to Redmond April 21

On April 21, horror movie buffs will have the opportunity to get the wits scared out of them for nine hours straight at the 2012 Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival.

Steve Holetz is one of the organizers for the 2012 Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival
Redmond resident Ella Mainwaring Foster

Redmond resident receives Judges’ Choice Award at LWSD’s 5th Annual Kids Can Cook contest

On Wednesday afternoon, 18 pint-sized chefs filled the kitchens at Redmond Junior High School to face off in Lake Washington School District's (LWSD) 5th Annual Kids Can Cook contest.

Redmond resident Ella Mainwaring Foster
Washington's First Gentleman Mike Gregoire reads Dr. Seuss's book

Mike Gregoire visits Einstein Elementary, reads Dr. Seuss book to students

Sixth graders at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond had a special guest in the classroom Tuesday morning as Washington's First Gentleman Mike Gregoire paid them a visit.

Washington's First Gentleman Mike Gregoire reads Dr. Seuss's book
Redmond Police Officer Jeff Swanson said the most common violations he writes tickets for are talking on the cell phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Officer Swanson helps keep Redmond streets safe and sound

In his two-plus decades with the Redmond Police Department, Jeff Swanson has held a number of positions including police support officer, patrol officer and school resource officer for a number of elementary schools in the city. He is currently a traffic officer, a position he has been at for about three and a half years and has held in the past. Last Friday, Swanson spoke at the Redmond Senior Center's monthly First Friday Coffee Chat about some of the most common traffic infractions he sees on the job. The chats began in the fall 2009 to give the public an opportunity to get to know city officials and employees such as the mayor, paramedics and poet laureate.

Redmond Police Officer Jeff Swanson said the most common violations he writes tickets for are talking on the cell phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Upcoming road construction to impact traffic in Redmond

Redmond residents, workers and anyone passing through town may want to find alternate routes to their daily commutes as the city has a number of road construction projects scheduled for this year.

Brad Smith

Microsoft helps families cope with rising tuition

A new public-private partnership between the state and Washington businesses, including Redmond-based Microsoft Corp., has been developed to help families cope with rising tuition at colleges and universities statewide.

Brad Smith
David Standring

Overlake Terrace resident celebrates 104th birthday

Redmond may be turning 100 this year, but Alice Stiyer, a resident of Overlake Terrace Assisted Living and Independent Living, has the city beat by a few years as she turned 104 on Monday.

David Standring
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Evergreen students donate toys to kids around the world

Whether they are thrown out, given away or stored in a box up in the attic, saying goodbye to a beloved toy is not easy.

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Redmond Fire Department assistant fire marshal Todd Short (left) received the Medical Rescue award at the Red Cross's 16th Annual Heroes Breakfast Tuesday morning for assisting Don Trombly (right) who lost consciousness and stopped breathing in the Great Harvest Bread Company parking lot in Redmond.

Redmond assistant fire marshal and businessman and wife honored at Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

Wheaties may be the breakfast of champions, but Tuesday morning at Seattle's Washington State Convention Center was the breakfast of heroes as the American Red Cross recognized individuals in King County who have gone above and beyond the duties of the everyday citizen.

Redmond Fire Department assistant fire marshal Todd Short (left) received the Medical Rescue award at the Red Cross's 16th Annual Heroes Breakfast Tuesday morning for assisting Don Trombly (right) who lost consciousness and stopped breathing in the Great Harvest Bread Company parking lot in Redmond.
Matthew Charchenko first became interested in weather forecasting when he was about 6 and a half years old

Charchenko: The Overlake School’s ‘weatherman’

Matthew Charchenko was about 6 and a half years old when he first became interested in weather forecasting.

Matthew Charchenko first became interested in weather forecasting when he was about 6 and a half years old
Carlo Douglas and her son Daryl work together to make a drum during an Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) meeting at Lake Washington High School. The program works with students from Lake Washington

Eastside Native American Education Program promotes cultural awareness

American Indians have played a major role in U.S. history, but quite often, textbooks will cover just the basic facts and leave out many details.

Carlo Douglas and her son Daryl work together to make a drum during an Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) meeting at Lake Washington High School. The program works with students from Lake Washington
Khalid Kaskou prepares chocolate eclairs in the kitchen of Le Rendez-Vous

Le Rendez-Vous in Redmond offers an authentic French experience

Members of the Redmond community can now experience a bit of French culture without even leaving the city limits.

Khalid Kaskou prepares chocolate eclairs in the kitchen of Le Rendez-Vous
Natasha Mercado is a current Friends of Youth client in the supportive permanent housing program and has been working with the organization since she was 18. She is now studying radiology at Bellevue College and plans to transfer to the University of Washington.

Friends of Youth in Redmond raises $156,000 at annual luncheon

Life has been good to Steve Olsen. Now in his late 60s, he has a loving family and 48 years of marriage under his belt. But things weren't always great.

Natasha Mercado is a current Friends of Youth client in the supportive permanent housing program and has been working with the organization since she was 18. She is now studying radiology at Bellevue College and plans to transfer to the University of Washington.
Faith Lutheran School principal Barbara Deming helps third grader Hayden Wong check his email. The 8-year-old was principal for a day last Friday and performed many of the duties Deming does on a daily basis.

Pint-sized principal: 8-year-old Hayden Wong takes on Faith Lutheran School’s top job for a day

Last Friday, Hayden Wong arrived at Faith Lutheran School in Redmond ready to learn just like any other school day.

Faith Lutheran School principal Barbara Deming helps third grader Hayden Wong check his email. The 8-year-old was principal for a day last Friday and performed many of the duties Deming does on a daily basis.
Rose Seeley

YWCA in Redmond helps Eastside woman overcome obstacles and find her way

Rose Seeley never really gave homelessness or poverty a second thought during the first 17 years of her life.

Rose Seeley
Kayla Oswald (center) speaks with Matt Balser

Glad to be alive: Digipen student survives sudden cardiac arrest, meets her lifesavers

Dressed in blue jeans, a graphic t-shirt and black hooded jacket, Kayla Oswald looks like a typical student at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond.

Kayla Oswald (center) speaks with Matt Balser
Dr. Traci Pierce has been hired as the Lake Washington School District's new superintendent. She is the current deputy superintendent of instructional services. She will begin her new job on July 1.

Newly chosen LWSD superintendent already hard at work

It has only been a few days since she was officially hired as the Lake Washington School District's (LWSD) new superintendent, but Dr. Traci Pierce is already hard at work preparing to take over the district's top job.

Dr. Traci Pierce has been hired as the Lake Washington School District's new superintendent. She is the current deputy superintendent of instructional services. She will begin her new job on July 1.