Samantha Pak

Jill Esau is the owner of Jill’s Olde World English Toffee in downtown Redmond. The store is located in the old Brown Bag Cafe building at 8412 164th Ave.

Toffee shop opens in old Brown Bag Cafe building

Jill Esau started making toffee when she and her family moved to Redmond about 20 years ago. Someone had given her a cookbook at a holiday party and while flipping through the book on the drive home, she found a toffee recipe with only a few ingredients and thought it seemed doable.

Jill Esau is the owner of Jill’s Olde World English Toffee in downtown Redmond. The store is located in the old Brown Bag Cafe building at 8412 164th Ave.
A ceremony kicked off the opening of the new NE 36th Street Bridge over SR 520 in the Overlake neighborhood of Redmond on Wednesday.

Ceremony kicks off the opening of new NE 36th Street Bridge

The Northeast 36th Street Bridge, which spans State Route 520, is now open and ready to use after just 18 months of construction.

A ceremony kicked off the opening of the new NE 36th Street Bridge over SR 520 in the Overlake neighborhood of Redmond on Wednesday.
Kelly Davidson (front) of Bellevue prepares a salad for guests at The Landing

Friends of Youth provides hope for homeless young adults

For many young people, the holidays bring up images of being at home and spending time with family, but for some, going home is not an option. Friends of Youth chief operating officer Terry Pottmeyer said on any given night, up to 2,000 youths in King County are homeless.

Kelly Davidson (front) of Bellevue prepares a salad for guests at The Landing
Eleven-year-old Keenan Barr (right) of Redmond is one of more than a dozen children in the 5th Avenue Theatre production of 'A Christmas Story: the Musical.' The production is a stage adaptation of the 1983 holiday movie of the same name. The production follows Ralphie Parker

Redmond, Sammamish boys featured in ‘Christmas Story’ production

Like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street," "A Christmas Story" is among many people's favorite movies during this time of year. This season, 5th Avenue Theatre, at 1308 5th Ave. in Seattle, takes the classic holiday movie to the stage in "A Christmas Story: the Musical."

Eleven-year-old Keenan Barr (right) of Redmond is one of more than a dozen children in the 5th Avenue Theatre production of 'A Christmas Story: the Musical.' The production is a stage adaptation of the 1983 holiday movie of the same name. The production follows Ralphie Parker
City of Redmond Chaplain Pat Hamman speaks at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat on Dec. 3. Hamman has been chaplain for the city for 25 years. He works with the fire and police departments and is on call 24/7 to respond to emergency situations.

‘Helping people in a crisis:’ City chaplains help ease the pain during tragic events

Although he's been doing it for 25 years, it has taken Pat Hamman several steps in different directions before he became one of Redmond's city chaplains. The 62-year-old grew up in southern California and spent some time in Hawaii. He went to college with the intention of becoming a school teacher, but after graduating 40 years ago and working in the profession for a few years, Hamman decided his calling was elsewhere. "I just felt God's invitation to share my faith with handicapped boys and girls," the Redmond resident said.

City of Redmond Chaplain Pat Hamman speaks at the Redmond Senior Center's First Friday Coffee Chat on Dec. 3. Hamman has been chaplain for the city for 25 years. He works with the fire and police departments and is on call 24/7 to respond to emergency situations.
Redmond Police Commander Kristi Wilson (left) and Redmond Firefighter Paul Atkinson compete in last year's chili cook-off at the Redmond Lights Winter Festival. The popular event returns this year and the field will be expanded to include city councilmembes as well as staff from the Redmond Police and Fire Departments.

Police, fire and city council to compete for best chili title at 12th Annual Redmond Lights Winter Festival

On Saturday, three groups from the City of Redmond will compete for bragging rights as makers of the best chili in the city at the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off. The cook-off will be just one of the many activities during this year's 12th Annual Redmond Lights Winter Festival, which celebrates different cultures' holiday traditions.

Redmond Police Commander Kristi Wilson (left) and Redmond Firefighter Paul Atkinson compete in last year's chili cook-off at the Redmond Lights Winter Festival. The popular event returns this year and the field will be expanded to include city councilmembes as well as staff from the Redmond Police and Fire Departments.
Marilyn Fogelquist

Laughter Yoga provides stress-busting fun: Unique ‘psychological upper’ offered in Redmond

Marilyn Fogelquist truly believes laughter is the best medicine. She has attended conferences and run workshops on the topic and spent 10 years working as a clown. Now at age 83, she is spreading the joy right here in Redmond through Laughter Yoga, an exercise program founded 15 years ago by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India.

Marilyn Fogelquist
Asian Student Association members

Students form Asian Student Association at Redmond High

Despite the many clubs and organizations at Redmond High School (RHS), including a number of cultural clubs, one group of students still felt there was still something missing in the school's repertoire. This prompted the teens to form the Asian Student Association (ASA).

Asian Student Association members

Sound Transit to hold public hearing about East Link

Light rail is coming to the Overlake neighborhood for sure sometime in 2013 or 2014, but funding is not currently available for a downtown station, according to Redmond Mayor John Marchione.

Tara Walrath models a dress by Laksmi McKenna at the Northwest Networking Umbrella. The event

Bringing ‘high fashion’ to Redmond: Event features Northwest talent, fashion

The phrase "high fashion" often brings to mind Paris, Milan or New York. Nune Hov hopes to add the Pacific Northwest to this list. On Friday Nov. 19, the 20-year-old Redmond resident directed and produced the first-ever Northwest Networking Umbrella (NNU), an event featuring local fashion designers, artists and musicians. Held at the Full Gospel Christian Center in Redmond, NNU was one of the first events of its kind held on the Eastside.

Tara Walrath models a dress by Laksmi McKenna at the Northwest Networking Umbrella. The event
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center CEO

New Evergreen medical facility on track to open next spring, CEO says

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center officials are confident their new location in Redmond is on track for its spring 2011 opening. Evergreen Chief Executive Officer Bob Malte said the new Evergreen Redmond Medical Plaza will be a 48,000-square-foot facility with a freestanding 16-room emergency department that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and work in concert with the main campus in Kirkland.

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center CEO
First-graders Lauren Dye (in pink) and Allie Upton wave a quick hello to the school's orca mascot (parent volunteer Fernanda Pelka) at Running Club before continuing on their way. Students run laps around the school's playground area

School running club encourages fun and exercise

Miko Shinoda loves to run. So, when the PTSA president at Louisa May Alcott Elementary School asked her to get involved with the school's running club two years ago, Shinoda, whose third-grader and kindergardener are both in the club, jumped in wholeheartedly.

First-graders Lauren Dye (in pink) and Allie Upton wave a quick hello to the school's orca mascot (parent volunteer Fernanda Pelka) at Running Club before continuing on their way. Students run laps around the school's playground area

City holds public meeting to gain feedback on Redmond Central Connector project

The City of Redmond is seeking public input on the Redmond Central Connector through Dec. 3 and plans to present a draft design of the rail corridor's future use at the end of January, according to the project manager.

Breaking down Redmond’s budget, part 2 | Examining infrastructure, community building and public safety

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series examining Redmond Mayor John Marchione's 2011-12 Budget by Priorities (BP) proposal. The budget contains six priorities: Business Community, Responsible Government, Clean and Green, Infrastructure and Growth, Community Building and Safety. Part two will focus on the last three priorities: Infrastructure and Growth, Community Building and Safety. The Redmond City Council is reviewing Mayor John Marchione's 2011-12 Budget by Priorities proposal at weekly study sessions this month with approval scheduled for early December.

Louie Permelia owner Toni Forseth and employee Beth Anne Caldwell examine a sweater featured in the Indigenous Fall Style Tour. Louie Permelia has been in Redmond Town Center since the mall opened in 1997 and is a contemporary women's clothing boutique. The store has been carrying the Indigenous clothing line for about a year and a half.

Indigenous Fall Style Tour stops in Redmond: Event spreads awareness about organic, fair trade clothing

With the green movement in full swing, people are becoming more conscious of the choices they make in their everyday lives. From recycling and making their homes or businesses more energy efficient to buying organic foods and using alternative modes of transportation, many lifestyle changes are easy to make. However, one change that is just as easy but often forgotten is clothing. On Nov. 5, Louie Permelia in Redmond Town Center, gave shoppers an opportunity to see just how easy it can be to do something good for the planet while still looking good. The contemporary women's clothing boutique was one of six stops for the first-ever Indigenous Fall Style Tour, which featured organic and fair trade certified products from the Indigenous fall line, trunk show style. This was the second to last stop for the tour, which ended at the Louie Permelia store in University Village in Seattle.

Louie Permelia owner Toni Forseth and employee Beth Anne Caldwell examine a sweater featured in the Indigenous Fall Style Tour. Louie Permelia has been in Redmond Town Center since the mall opened in 1997 and is a contemporary women's clothing boutique. The store has been carrying the Indigenous clothing line for about a year and a half.
City of Redmond poet laureate Rebecca Meredith recites her poem 'Sweat' at a First Friday Coffee Chat at the Redmond Senior Center. Meredith is the city's first poet laureate and began her two-year term in January. Although she is now a Seattle resident

Redmond’s poet laureate helps spread the power of the written word

While it is relatively easy to be a passive recipient of poetry, Rebecca Meredith says it is much more difficult to get someone to be an active participant.

City of Redmond poet laureate Rebecca Meredith recites her poem 'Sweat' at a First Friday Coffee Chat at the Redmond Senior Center. Meredith is the city's first poet laureate and began her two-year term in January. Although she is now a Seattle resident
Andy Wappler

Former meteorologist Andy Wappler headlines sustainable living event at City Hall

More than 80 people gathered at Redmond City Hall Wednesday night to discuss how to incorporate sustainable practices into the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan.

Andy Wappler

Breaking down Redmond’s budget, part 1 | City Council begins review of mayor’s proposal; public hearing set for Nov. 16

The Redmond City Council will be reviewing Mayor John Marchione's 2011-12 Budget by Priorities proposal at weekly study sessions this month with approval scheduled for early December.

Students in Marti Burton's third- and fourth-grade Quest class at Redmond Elementary School came to school dressed in outfits and colors representing their cultural heritage in honor of the school's United Nations Day on Oct. 29. The day commemorated the anniversary of the UN's charter

Redmond Elementary students dress up to celebrate school’s United Nations Day

Last Friday morning, many students, as well as a few staff and faculty at Redmond Elementary School, arrived on campus in costume. But these outfits were not for Halloween. From sports uniforms to traditional ethnic garb, they were dressed up to celebrate the school's second annual United Nations Day.

Students in Marti Burton's third- and fourth-grade Quest class at Redmond Elementary School came to school dressed in outfits and colors representing their cultural heritage in honor of the school's United Nations Day on Oct. 29. The day commemorated the anniversary of the UN's charter
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Redmond teens spreading awareness about diabetes

With nearly 24 million people in the United States living with diabetes and more than 186,000 of them younger than 20 years old, a group of Redmond teens are working to spread awareness about the disease.

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