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Friday, March 27, 2015 -- 5:10 pm
Brigitte Tennis to be inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - Stella Schola founder honored at surprise assembly Redmond, Wash. - At the end of the school day, Brigitte Tennis had her students finish the frog dissection lesson a little early. She asked them to collect their netbooks and led them to the school cafeteria. She had been informed that these student computers all needed an update to be prepared for state testing and that techs were waiting to do the work. Instead of computer techs, the surprise was on her. Mrs. Tennis learned that she has been selected for induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) as one of five members of the Class of 2015.  Mrs. Tennis has taught in Lake Washington School District since 1981, at Stella Schola since 2000. She is an enthusiastic and positive teacher. Principal Erin Bowser noted, ""Clearly, Mrs. Tennis is a busy person; yet she never is too busy to sit down one on one with a student before or after school to help.  Time and time again, she sets everything aside to help her students.  She has established a safe community where students feel welcome, whether they are in her class this year or fifteen years ago."  Read More>> Each of the five inductees were surprised at an assembly organized by their school district. Each district used a different strategy to pull off the surprise announcement.  "Whatever it takes to keep the inductee in the dark until the announcement," explains NTHF Executive Director, Carol Strickland.  "It's a very special honor to be inducted, but to share that announcement with your entire school, especially when you're the center of attention, puts a new spotlight on what it means to be a teacher."  This year's class includes these five teachers with a combined total of 145 years of teaching experience:Dr. Patricia Jordan, 29 years, Roslyn H.S., Roslyn, N.Y.     Richard T. Ognibene, 28 years  Fairport High School, Fairport, N.Y.Susan M. Rippe, 32 years  Olathe NW HS,  Olathe, KansasBen Talley, 24 years, Van Pelt Elementary School, Bristol, Va.Brigitte Tennis, 32 years, Stella Schola Middle School, Redmond, Wash. The selected teachers will travel to Washington D.C. April 29- May 2 and to Emporia, Kansas, June 9-13 for a series of induction events. Since the inaugural induction ceremonies in 1992, 115 educators from 37 states and the District of Columbia have been inducted. This year's class of inductees represents the 24th anniversary of NTHF induction ceremonies.  National Teachers Hall of Fame was founded in Emporia, Kansas, in 1989 to honor career teachers -- and the teaching profession -- through a recognition program and museum. Nominees must be certified public or non-public schoolteachers, active or retired, with at least 20 years of experience in teaching grades preK-12. Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Friday, March 27, 2015 -- 11:58 am
House Democrats unveil their 2015-17 operating budget plan -- Will add $3.2 billion to K-12 investments
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - OLYMPIA - House Democrats unveiled their 2015-17 operating budget plan on Friday - a budget that will add $3.2 billion in additional K-12 investments over the next two years compared to the 2013-15 budget. The HDC proposal is the first budget proposal on the table that puts the state in full compliance with the Supreme Court's McCleary ruling, which mandates the state adequately fund basic education by 2018."After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have to take an honest look at the state of our state," said House Majority Leader Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington). "We have to ask: 'Is this really what we want?' This budget is a stand against mediocrity. Just being 'Okay' is not acceptable.""This budget keeps our promises to Washington's one million kids," said Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Medina), House Appropriations Chair. "We're making the biggest investment in student success, mental health, and middle-class families that our state has seen in decades. It's a responsible budget that meets the needs of our state and balances over four years."Highlights included in the House Democratic Budget Proposal:  Read More >>$3.2 billion - Additional K-12 spending, a 21% increase in funding over last biennium $1.4 billion in K-12 policy adds that will count towards that state's McCleary obligation including: K-3 class size reductionFull funding for all-day kindergarten for every child in the stateMaterials, supplies and operating costsSupports to prepare students for college and careersThe remaining $1.8 billion investment pays for the policy decisions made towards fully funding education in the 2013-15 budget.$385 million - Restore cost-of-living adjustments for school employees.$227 million - Expansion of quality early learning and childhood education.$256 million - Investments in higher education including two years of tuition freezes, student financial aid, and high-demand, high-salary degrees.$100 million - New mental health capacity to ensure that people get the help they need in their time of crisis.$9.6 million - Restore previous cuts to the state's Food Assistance program that feeds hungry children, families, and seniors in the state.As a result of an unfair and outdated tax structure, state revenues are becoming increasingly inadequate to pay for essential state services like basic education, health care, and prisons. The state doesn't have adequate resources despite a growing economy. After seven years and $12 billion in budget cuts stemming from the Great Recession, many lawmakers believe now is time to act on revenue reform."We have the most unfair tax structure in the nation," said Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), House Finance committee chair. "Our tax system hurts working families, the middle class, and small businesses, while the wealthiest individuals and corporations don't pay their fair share. It's time to build fairness in the sys Read more...
Friday, March 27, 2015 -- 11:06 am
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Friday, March 27, 2015 -- 11:06 am
Overlake student's family experience leads to raising awareness about Alzheimer's
Redmond Reporter - Cassie Moore was in eighth grade when her mother Lori Moore began getting forgetful. Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 4:59 pm
Cleveland Street reopens with celebration event | SLIDESHOW
Redmond Reporter - After more than a year of various road closures, Cleveland Street in downtown Redmond has reopened to traffic. Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 2:48 pm
Blood Drive March 31 on Education Hill
Redmond Neighborhood Blog -  This week we began supporting 3 patients at the University of Washington Medical Center who recently underwent organ transplants. This life saving treatment has required the help of over 110 donors in our community! Without donors like you, this wouldn't be possible.  Tuesday, March 31st Redmond United Methodist16540 NE 80th Street1 pm to 7pm(closed 3 to 4 pm)To schedule an appointment, please contact Bonnie at: bpeltola@gmail.com *Photo ID or Donor Card Required!* Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 11:11 am
Five cars collide on Red-Wood Road
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 2:58 pm
Strong-arm robbery suspect flees the scene across Redmond Way
Redmond Reporter - Several citizens chased a strong-arm robbery suspect and a Redmond police K-9 unit tracked the man, but couldn't locate him on Tuesday. Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 2:58 pm
DeLay and Comer's trial moved to April 27
Redmond Reporter - David DeLay and Marysa Comer's trial has been moved from March 30 to April 27, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office. Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 1:08 pm
Welker's next case-setting hearing scheduled for March 31
Redmond Reporter - Christine Welker, a 54-year-old Redmond woman who was charged with assault in the first degree -- domestic violence for reportedly stabbing her 66-year-old husband on the morning of April 28, 2014, was found competent to stand trial and will have a case-setting hearing on March 31, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office. Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 11:05 am
Bear Creek grad swims at NCAA Division III meet
Redmond Reporter - Redmond native and Bear Creek graduate Zach Alleva swam on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) 200-yard medley relay team that finished fifth at last weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship swim meet in Shenandoah, Texas. Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 3:01 pm
Bear Creek grad swims at NCAA Division III meet
Redmond Reporter - Redmond native and Bear Creek graduate Zach Alleva swam on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) 200-yard medley relay team that finished fifth at last weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship swim meet in Shenandoah, Texas. Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 3:01 pm
Redmond Girls Select Basketball tips off spring training
Redmond Reporter - Redmond Girls Select Basketball will be holding spring training for players in grades 3-7 starting today through May 28 at Redmond High. Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 3:01 pm
Workshop for reporting business taxes is April 1
Redmond Reporter - Half-day class will help small business owners learn about tax types, rules and reporting. Attendees will receive a workbook and reference guide Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 3:01 pm
Tragic fire in New York is reminder to have working smoke detectors
Redmond Reporter - After fire that killed seven, the National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to install and maintain smoke detectors Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 2:26 pm
Large wood installation on Mackey Creek - public comments accepted
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - This summer, approximately 15 logs will be placed in Mackey Creek, just upstream of its confluence with Bear Creek, near NE 106th Street and Avondale Road NE. The use of wood in this project will compliment reshaping of the stream channel and reconnection with an adjacent wetland pond. The site was formerly a private residence and dog kennel, but all structures have been removed following the property's purchase by King County. Mackey Creek is too small to support instream recreation. All large wood will be securely anchored to prevent its transport downstream.The project plans and Instream Project Design Checklist are posted on King County's large wood installation projects web page. The design team will be accepting comments from the public through April 6, 2015.To submit comments or for more information, contact Laird O'Rollins, Project Manager, King County Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit at 206-477-4790 or laird.orollins@kingcounty.gov. Follow Redmond Blog on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redmondblogger Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 1:56 pm
2015 Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards on April 2 to be held at Redmond City Hall
Redmond Neighborhood Blog - Excitement is escalating for the 2015 Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards on Thursday, April 2  From Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's recent introduction of his ten-year transportation vision called Move Seattle that includes long-term plans to make the city more walkable to the celebratory Opening Day for Trails with several guided walks in Spokane, Washington has walking on its mind. The new prioritizing for people means perfect timing for the state's only event designed to provide a learning forum, creative networking opportunities, helpful resources, and awards to organizations and cities building healthy, livable and walkable communities. The Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards held on Thursday April 2, 2015 from 9am-4pm, offers a fun learning environment with sessions moderated by experts to discuss projects and programs implemented in recent years throughout the state. Over 100 leaders, planners, engineers, educators, and advocates from across the state will attend this event, hosted by Feet First, to educate, energize and inspire the next generation of leaders. As evidenced by the latest Feet First map of case studies of projects and programs across Washington, there is tremendous interest in making Washington's communities safer, easier, and more inviting for people to walk."We are thrilled to bring a diverse representation of people from across the state to celebrate walkable and livable communities. Our annual Symposium & Awards event creates a unique opportunity for speakers and participants to share, learn, and network, which takes the walking movement in Washington to a whole new level," Lisa Quinn, Executive Director, Feet First.Attendees will enjoy a diverse array of presentations, opportunities for networking with peers from across the state, and other engaging highlights throughout the day:         Welcoming remarks from the City of Redmond's Mayor, John Marchione.         Keynote address by stirring guest speaker Dan Burden, Civic Visionary and Walkability Expert at Blue Zones.         A WALKshop of the Redmond Central Connector that highlights the integrated art, lighting, future downtown park, and urban plazas along the paved trail, knitting together over 60 miles of the East Lake Sammamish and Sammamish River Trails.         The 2015 Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding programs and projects from across the state that promote healthy, livable, and walkable communities.         A chance to experience a unique form of digital communication, Trace, which invites people to explore the shape of walks.The Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards is scheduled for 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday April 2, 2015 at Redmond City Hall, 15670 Northeast 85th Street. The City of Redmond was a 2014 Innovation Award W Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 1:03 pm
Redmond Middle School to hold ELL Family Night
Redmond Reporter - The first ELL Family Night for Redmond Middle School students will take place from 6:45-8 p.m. tonight at the Avondale PCC, 11435 Avondale Road N.E. Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 1:03 pm
Overlake hires Jette as new head volleyball coach
Redmond Reporter - The Overlake School announced the hiring of Caine Jette as head volleyball coach for the 2015 season. Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 11:08 am
Legislature misses chance to limit vaccine exemptions
Redmond Reporter - Washington State Medical Association says opportunity to boost vaccination rates and protect children was lost Read more...

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