Public Works: New Road Performing “remarkably well”

Public Works: New Road Performing “remarkably well”

Northeast 120th Street is performing “remarkably well,” says Chuck Morrison, a Kirkland transportation engineer who has been closely monitoring Totem Lake traffic since the City brought the 900-foot extension onto its street network Wednesday afternoon. 
“Once people know there’s a new route there, they may change their habits,” Morrison said. “People didn’t’ go that way before and people are creative. So you never quite know what to expect. We’ll keep monitoring it for a few weeks.”

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Parents/Community Members Needed for LWSD Middle School Grading Advisory Committee

Parents/Community Members Needed for LWSD Middle School Grading Advisory Committee

Group to study, give advice and make recommendations on new middle school report card

 

When Lake Washington School District changed from a junior high school (grades seven through nine) model to a middle school (grades six through nine) model, it focused on making these schools a smooth transition from elementary school to high school. In the course of that transition, staff and administrators realized the middle school report card was not serving students and parents as well as it could.

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Kirkland Fire Captain Bill Hoover receives LeadershipAward

 

KFD Captain recognized at annual conference

Pictured L to R: Steve Taylor, Battalion Chief, Shoreline Fire Department; Capt. Bill Hoover, and Deputy Chief Helen Ahrens-Byington, Kirkland Fire Department.  

Pictured L to R: Steve Taylor, Battalion Chief, Shoreline Fire Department; Capt. Bill Hoover, and Deputy Chief Helen Ahrens-Byington, Kirkland Fire Department.  

 

Captain Bill Hoover, Kirkland Fire Department, received the American Professional Management Services Leadership Award.  Capt. Hoover was nominated by the King County Fire Chiefs Association (KCFCA) Training Division.  The award was presented at the International Conference for Fire & Rescue Executives held in Seattle in October 2014.  Capt. Hoover was recognized for his 25-year fire service career (23 years with the City of Kirkland), including his achievements as the department’s Training Captain.  His efforts have resulted in enhanced first responder standards, a program that tracks Firefighter exposures, and mentorship for new recruits.  Hoover is admired within his organization and among his fellow fire and rescue colleagues.  On a personal note, Capt. Hoover applied his strong leadership skills as a cancer survivor and created the Washington State Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.  The network seeks to raise cancer awareness and prevention, assists those dealing with cancer, and provides local resources.  On behalf of the City of Kirkland and the Kirkland community, our greatest congratulations go to Capt. Hoover and our appreciation for his positive leadership, forward-thinking drive and dedication to fire and rescue.  

Kirkland Traffic Alert: Hopelink Turkey Trot, Sunday, November 23

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the Hopelink Turkey Trot to be held Sunday, November 23, 2014. Lakeshore Plaza between Market Street and Kirkland Avenue and Kirkland Avenue between City Dock and Lake Street will be closed from 6 a.m. until approximately 12 p.m. The southbound lane of Lake Street from Kirkland Avenue to 2nd Avenue South will close temporarily at 10 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes. Commuters should watch for increased pedestrian traffic along the Kirkland waterfront between Kirkland Avenue and Carillon Point from 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Event goers are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool, and plan for their parking in advance.  For public parking, including the Kirkland Municipal Garage, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/parking. For bus transportation, go to http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov.

EvergreenHealth and Valley General Hospital Finalize Alliance Agreement

 

Valley General to join the EvergreenHealth system

EvergreenHealth and Valley General Hospital announced today that their respective Boards of Commissioners have voted to approve the third and final phase of an alliance agreement in which Valley General Hospital in Monroe, Washington will become part of the Kirkland-based health care system and managed by EvergreenHealth.

As part of the agreement, Valley General Hospital will change its name to EvergreenHealth Monroe effective March 1, 2015.

Valley General’s Board of Commissioners ratified the agreement on Nov. 13, 2014 by a unanimous vote.  EvergreenHealth and Valley General entered into an affiliation agreement in late 2012 in which EvergreenHealth committed to working more closely with Valley General, locating additional physicians in Monroe and sharing some core services. This latest agreement results in Valley General being fully integrated with EvergreenHealth, including changing its name to EvergreenHealth Monroe.

“We are pleased to have this agreement in place, giving us the opportunity to further improve the breadth and quality of the services we can provide our growing population in east Snohomish County,” said Eric Jensen, CEO of Valley General. “Since our initial agreement in 2012, we’ve made great strides in stabilizing our operations, financial performance and delivering on the promise we made to our community when they enthusiastically approved a small levy increase to help maintain access to 24/7 emergency and trauma care and inpatient services.”

Valley General was recently recognized by the Washington State Hospital Association with an Achieving Best Care award for its efforts to decrease patient harm through its participation in the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide collaborative effort to reduce the number of hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2014.

“This is an extraordinarily positive milestone for Valley General and the communities and residents it serves,” said Bob Malte, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “Our two communities have become more intertwined in recent years, and it makes natural sense for us to work together to improve the health and well-being of our communities.”

EvergreenHealth Monroe will be governed by a newly formed, integrated board structure for the 72-bed Monroe-based hospital while being part of the EvergreenHealth system. Under the agreement, the two hospitals will create an Alliance Governance Board (AGB), consisting of two Board members from EvergreenHealth, two Commissioners from Snohomish County Public Hospital District #1 (SCPHD #1), and the CEO of EvergreenHealth. The AGB will govern Valley General Hospital’s operations, while the SCPHD #1 Board will retain specific powers and responsibility for the public hospital district’s health needs.

“I am proud of our organization’s willingness to step up and help create this alliance, which will go a long way in serving those who rely on Valley General Hospital,” said Al DeYoung, chair of EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners.

The financial position of Valley General has improved greatly since the affiliation formed in 2012. The 2015 budget projects a positive net operating income of $1 million, thanks in part to improved management and added tax support approved in 2012.

“I am excited about the potential this affiliation offers, not only to make our hospital and our district stronger, but to provide enhanced medical services in areas that have been underserved in our district,” said Tony Balk, chair of Valley General Board of Commissioners.

In the two years since the affiliation was created, EvergreenHealth has added new primary care, prenatal obstetrics, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation care to the Monroe community. In the late first quarter of 2015 a new 34-bed psychiatric hospital, operated by Fairfax Behavior Health, will open at Valley General Hospital in space previously occupied by Valley’s psych unit, which closed three years ago due to financial considerations.

“I have been practicing in Monroe since 2007 and I’ve watched this community and its needs evolve,” said Jonathan Borjeson, DO, board-certified general surgeon and president of the medical staff of Valley General. “This agreement means that residents of our growing community will have access to the highest quality care at the best value. It’s rewarding to be part of that growth and continue to provide quality care in a community hospital setting.”

“There is a lot of work in front of us in bringing these two organizations together, but it is work that will result in a much more comprehensive health care system for Monroe and east Snohomish County,” Malte added. “We can count on our highly dedicated professionals at both organizations to come together, creating an even stronger organization that is greater than the sum of its parts.”

EvergreenHealth is the ninth largest hospital in the Puget Sound region, according to Puget Sound Business Journal, and has been named among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation by Healthgrades. Last spring, U.S. News and World Report named EvergreenHealth the top non-academic medical center in the Puget Sound region.

“Valley General will benefit in many ways from an alliance with such a highly regarded health care organization,” said Jensen. “We’ve already made great strides in increasing the access to high-quality care for our community, and enthusiastically take the next step in solidifying a long-term commitment to the residents of east Snohomish County.”

Bottle & Bull Scratch Kitchen and Craft Cocktails to open in Downtown Kirkland Nov. 25

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Bottle & Bull plans to open its doors to the public in Tuesday, November 25th. The long awaited opening of Kirkland's newest eatery is a welcome site. The remodel of the 105 Lake Street S location has been fun to watch and we look forward to opening day!

A HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER

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Kirkland Performance Center (KPC), the Eastside’s premier performance venue, has a holiday season with something for everyone!

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas. A wonderful Northwest tradition, Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas is a high-energy stage show that will bring the magic of the holidays to KPC. Two shows on Friday, December 12, 2014 and Saturday, December 13, 2014, both at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for youth. 

Verbalists: Nothing But the Truth. Laugh, cry, and cringe along with five of Seattle's best storytellers at Verbalists: Nothing But the Truth, a live music and personal storytelling show that celebrates the highlights and lowlifes of the holiday season accompanied by piano and guitar. If you love The Moth, NPR's This American Life, and David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries, you'll love Verbalists. Not for kids! Experience the holiday edition of Verbalists on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20. 

KPC’s Olde Time Holiday Show. Kids from one to 92, this show is for you! The return of KPC’s Olde Time Holiday Show, a holiday variety show blending singers, dancers, circus performers, illusionists, and Celtic Christmas favorites. Audience participation is part of the show, too, with an interactive reading of the classic The Night Before Christmas. Fun for the whole family. Six opportunities to enjoy KPC’s Olde Time Holiday Show at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21. Tickets are $15. 

KPC’s Holiday Late Night Featuring Captain Smartypants, Sensible Shoes, and Arnaldo!Fierce. Fabulous. Festive! This one’s for the grown-ups: KPC’s Holiday Late Night Featuring Captain Smartypants, Sensible Shoes, and Arnaldo!. A night of drag and holiday traditions turned on their heads featuring the fabulous Drag Chanteuse Arnaldo!, the Seattle Men’s Chorus group Captain Smartypants, and the Seattle Women's Chorus group Sensible Shoes; the performers will bring the hilarious campy fun to KPC with satirical versions of your favorite holiday songs. Hosted by David Hunter Koch.  18+ Show. One night only! Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $25.

KPC’s Holiday Sing Along Featuring Groove for Thought. Come sing along to holiday tunes atKPC’s Holiday Sing Along Featuring Groove for Thought. For over a decade, the singers of Groove for Thought have been blowing audiences away with their innovative take on musical classics in a jazz style unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Aca-awesome a cappella performers Groove for Thought, Celtic-Japanese musician Hanz Araki, and host David Hunter Koch are comingtogether to create an unforgettable Sing Along for you to enjoy with your whole family on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25.

Twisted Flicks: Westworld. Get ready for Twisted Flicks: Westworld, a twisted take on the low-budget science fiction western written and directed by acclaimed novelist Michael Crichton. Jet City Improv’s Twisted Flicks is Seattle’s only live movie re-dubbing show that merges improv comedy with classic B movies for a hilarious cinematic experience like none other.  Starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, and Norman Bartold, Westworld (1973) creates a fantasy world for adults inhabited by robots. But the robots take over and mayhem ensues! Celebrate the New Year with KPC on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15. 

Tickets for all shows are on sale now at www.kpcenter.org, by phone at 425.893.9900, or at the Box Office at 350 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland WA, 98033.

Antique Mall lot in heart of downtown Kirkland for sale

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The downtown Kirkland property commonly known as the Antique Mall lot is for sale. Kidder Mathews announced on its website that it has been retained by the ownership of 113 3rd Street, Kirkland, to market the property for sale. The 41,994 square foot site, with a 9,261 square foot former retail building (currently unoccupied and the lot is used for paid parking) is located in the heart of Kirkland’s Central Business District.

The property, adjacent to the Heathman Hotel which also recently went on the market, is in the heart of downtown.  

The following is from the listing agent website: 

113 3rd Street is located two blocks easterly of Kirkland’s vibrant waterfront on the shores of Lake Washington with an unparalleled blend of outdoor recreation, art, dining and boutique shopping. Kirkland is accessible from Seattle via the SR 520 floating bridge or further south via the Interstate 90 floating bridge. Kirkland is located about 10 minutes north of the City of Bellevue’s CBD and Microsoft’s central campus in the Overlake District of Bellevue, both via Interstate 405.

113 3rd offers one of the few remaining opportunities to develop multifamily, office, retail and senior housing elements in the center of Kirkland’s Central Business District.

The property is zoned CBD-1B in the City of Kirkland and includes a 55’ height limit.