Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Tree Lot A Huge Success

The Kirkland community and surrounding neighborhoods came through once again this year in its support of the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland’s Christmas Tree Lot.  The lot opened the day after Thanksgiving and officially sold its last tree on December 13, raising approximately $30,000. The Kiwanis Club is grateful to the community for the loyalty and support it has shown over the years...

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Jon Pascal Appointed By City Council to Fill Vacancy Left By Kloba

City Council Appoints Jon Pascal to Fill Upcoming Vacancy in Council Position 2

Pascal to Replace Shelley Kloba Effective January 1, 2017

 

At a special meeting of the Kirkland City Council today, the Council appointed Jon Pascal to fill an upcoming vacancy. Council Position 2 will be vacated by Shelley Kloba who resigned effective December 31, 2016. Kloba was elected to serve Legislative District 1 in the State House of Representatives in the November 8, 2016 general election.  Mr. Pascal will be sworn in at the January 3 City Council meeting. Pascal's term is effective January 1, 2017 through the certification of the 2017 general election. 

 

Pascal’s appointment capped the special meeting which included interviews with the five finalist candidates that advanced on December 13 for consideration to fill the vacancy...

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Top Ten Things to Bring to the 15th Annual Kirkland Polar Bear Plunge, Jan. 1 @1PM

Top Ten Things to Bring to the 15th Annual Kirkland Polar Bear Plunge, Jan. 1 @1PM

The 15th Annual unofficial Polar Bear Plunge (the first and therefore the BIGGEST event of 2017) is rapidly approaching and we have received a few questions as to what one should wear. So, we have put together a list of the Top 10 Things to Bring to the Polar Bear Plunge. The most important thing to bring is a sense of humor. There are few events in town which prompt more laughter from participants and onlookers alike...

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Save the Date: January 23 Neighborhood Forum - "For the Love of Kirkland"

The Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods and the City of Kirkland invite Kirkland residents and business owners to save the date for a Neighborhood Forum led by acclaimed community engagement expert Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live. The event, called “For the Love of Kirkland,” will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:45 pm. Information about how to RSVP will be coming soon. 

Anyone who is interested in exploring ways to make Kirkland an even better place to live and work will be invited to attend. The goals of the event are to celebrate Kirkland’s neighborhoods and inspire people to become more involved in their neighborhood associations...

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Kirkland Police Arrest Suspects on Multiple Identity Theft and Fraud Charges

On December 14th, the Kirkland Police Department responded to a local hotel in the Totem Lake area for a report of a disturbance between a male and female. The female stated that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, who had since fled the scene. Officers were able to persuade the male to return back to the area, where he was located and arrested on the domestic charges...

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Kirkland Police Arrest Juvenile in Stabbing Incident

Kirkland Police responded at 6:46 pm last night to a report of several juveniles fighting in the 132nd Square Park. The park is located at the intersection of NE 132nd St and 132nd AVE NE. Officers arrived and located a male juvenile in the park with two stab wounds to his right leg.  Another male juvenile was contacted at a nearby residence where he had fled to after stabbing the other juvenile. The victim was transported to Evergreen Hospital and treated for his non-life threatening wounds.  The second juvenile was placed under arrest for Assault in the 2nd Degree and transported to a juvenile facility.  The individuals knew each other and the confrontation was a result of accusations and comments conducted mostly over social media sites...

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EvergreenHealth Nurse Susan Johnson Honored as a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year

EvergreenHealth is proud to announce Susan Johnson, RN, received the March of Dimes 2016 Nurse of the Year award in the Community Health and Public Health category.

Johnson, who is a nurse in EvergreenHealth’s Redmond Emergency Department, was selected out of more than 260 nominees and received the honor for her continued dedication and work on behalf of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.

“We congratulate Susan on this award and thank her for working diligently to address these critically important issues for our patients and the community,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “This honor is well deserved and is especially meaningful as it recognizes Susan for her exemplary work within her passion.”...

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Applicants for City Council Position Narrowed to Five

Interviews to be scheduled soon; appointment expected in January

 

Kirkland City Council voted last night to narrow the list of 26 applicants for Council position 2 to five candidates including: 

Dianne Bell

Colleen Cullen

Andy Held

Tom Neir

Jon Pascal

 

 

A special meeting of the Council will be held between now and January 17 to interview the candidates. It is the intent of the Council to appoint the new Councilmember to fill Position 2 at that special meeting, but if circumstances dictate, the appointment may be made at a later meeting.

 

Councilmember Shelley Kloba submitted her resignation letter at the December 13 Council Special Meeting due to her election as State Representative for Legislative District 1. Her resignation is effective December 31, 2016.

 

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Kirkland Police Arrest Suspects in Elder Financial Abuse Case

On 11/15/2016, Kirkland Police Detectives arrested two suspects in Puyallup on suspicion of Elder financial abuse, Identity Theft and Forgery.  The suspects are the adult daughter and grandson of the 87 year old female victim. They are accused of methodically stealing funds through abuse of power of attorney, deception and forgery.  The suspects fraudulently opened financial accounts and diverted Social Security and pension payments totaling over $150,000.  The suspects were booked into King County Jail.

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, Dec 19

Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

Monday, December 19
9 to 11 am

We'll be working on the section between 6th St. S. and Kirkland Ave (red line on map).
Parking available on Kirkland and Railroad Avenues (Ps on map).

  • Bring heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves (leather are best for blackberries)
  • We'll be hacking out blackberries and scotch broom

For more information contact karen@nwnative.us.

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5 Finalists Remain Standing for City Council

Of the 26 applicants for the open City Council seat to be vacated by Shelley Kloba, now five finalists remain. The council will select one one the following applicants:

Jon Pascal

Andy Held

Colleen Cullen

Tom Neir

Dianne Bell

The term will last through the next council election in 2017.

Open City Council Position Attracts 26 Applicants

Large field of applicants for City Council Position

Selection Committee meets today to make recommendations to full Council

 

Kirkland City Council’s anticipated vacancy for position 2 on the Council drew 26 candidates by the time of the application deadline on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. The Council’s Interview Selection Committee, consisting of three current Councilmembers, will review the submissions today and make a recommendation to the full Council as to which candidates to interview at their special meeting on Tuesday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. The City Council may affirm or alter the recommendation from the Selection Committee and will designate finalists for the appointment by a motion at the meeting. Once the list of finalists is voted on, the Council will decide on the next steps for the interview and appointment process.

 

The candidates who have submitted their name for consideration are:

 

 

Dianne Bell

Neal Black

Bradley Brown

Carol Buckingham

Barbie Collins-Young

Mia Cooledge

Colleen Cullen

Kevin Cullen

Kristen Dorwin

Braden Fraser

Jory Hamilton

Andy Held

Gerald Hover

Erin Leary

Lou Lucarelli

Paul Lukinich

Larry Miller

Tom Neir

Robert Neville

Judy Nicastro

Charles (Stan) Olson

Jon Pascal

Kathryn Peterson

Vince Petisme

Kevin Quille

Julie Taylor

 

 

Councilmember Shelley Kloba announced at the November 15, 2016 City Council regular meeting that she intends to submit her resignation to the Council following the December 13, 2016 Special Meeting due to her election as State Representative for Legislative District 1.

 

City Hall Building to experience planned power outages Saturday, December 10

Upgrades to electrical system will enhance City’s customer service

Kirkland’s City Hall building will experience several planned power outages on Saturday, Dec. 10 while electrical contractors complete installation of updated electrical equipment as one of the final pieces of the renovation designed to serve the public better. Two separate outages are expected to be of 15 to 30 minute durations with the first beginning around 6:00 a.m. and the second outage occurring late morning or early afternoon. Loss of power during these short durations will mean that all City websites will be down, phones at City Hall will not function and the free Kirkland wireless system, both downtown and in the parks, will not be available during those times. Otherwise, systems will be functional for the majority of the day...

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Meet Felicia the Friendly Flagger

Felicia Porter loves her job. If you've driven past the construction entrance to Kirkland Urban on Central Way, you've probably seen her waving and smiling as she directs traffic. "I have the best job," she says. "Everyone is so warm and friendly. Some people even roll down their windows so their kids can wave to me." 

Thank you Felicia for being a bright spot in our town!

LETTER | Kirkland’s top cop blows it

Editor:

Are we to believe that we are safer by not checking for immigration papers at a time with ISIS waiting around the corner to kill people?  What made her make that decision?  Is it because it would add to their workload, was it because they don’t want the responsibility to help insure our safety, was it because our Council directed her response?  

In any case, I believe they are avoiding what should be their responsibility to keep us safer.

 

Robert L. Style

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LETTER | Embarrassed and Disappointed by Kirkland Parking Enforcement

Most of us who live and work in Kirkland know not to over extend our parking time in downtown Kirkland. And I get it, parking regulations are in place so people don’t hog the spaces. However, this goes beyond the pale.


Last night we invited some friends from Issaquah to meet us for dinner at Cactus. We were meeting at 6 pm and they texted us as we leaving our home to meet them about 5:45 that they were at the restaurant and had put their name in for a table...

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Kirkland Nourishing Network Christmas Break Food Box Drive

Kirkland Nourishing Network is working to fill some gaps in food security, right here in our community. We’ve made it simple for you to be part of the solution to fill the gaps identified by teachers and school counselors. If you volunteer to shop for a box of food and drop off the box at a central site on Thursday, December 15, that evening the box will be in the home of a family that really needs it.  Each box is under $50 with a standard menu of items.

 

Kirkland has stepped up to fill the need every school break for the past 5 years. You can make a real difference in the lives of Kirkland neighbors! We're helping families in ALL Kirkland elementary schools with identified need. That means we need donors for over 400 boxes of food! Some neighbors struggle more than we appreciate; but, together, we can help to fill the need...

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New Website Search Tool Generates Comprehensive Property Information

 

Property information just got easier to view on the City of Kirkland website. Customers can now use the new Property Search tool, found on the City’s Development Services Center homepage, to look up property information and generate a property report directly from a desktop, tablet or mobile device. The link to the Property Search tool is also available in each permitting process listed under the website section “Apply for a Permit.”...

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Help Remove Invasive Plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, Monday, Dec. 5

Volunteers needed on Cross Kirkland Corridor

Monday, December 5
9 to 11 am

We'll be working on the section between 6th St. S. and Kirkland Ave (red line on map).
Parking available on Kirkland and Railroad Avenues (Ps on map).

  • Bring small pruning saws, heavy duty loppers, and water (I'll have a few extra tools)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves (leather are best for blackberries)
  • We'll be hacking out blackberries and scotch broom

For more information contact karen@nwnative.us...

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