Kingsgate Library Opening Celebration Saturday, April 30

KCLS invites you and your friends and family to celebrate the opening of the remodeled Kingsgate Library!

Residents of Kingsgate will be happy to hear that the Kingsgate Library celebrates its re-opening and remodel on Saturday, April 30 with a ribbon cutting event at 9:30am.

 

10am-Library Opens

9:30am-Ribbon Cutting

12315 NE 143rd Street
Kirkland, WA 98034

Questions, call 425.369.3478.

Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Honors Four Members For Outstanding Service

Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Honors Four Members For Outstanding Service

Every year, Kiwanis International is joined by local Kiwanis clubs worldwide to raise money for much needed projects.  One of the most successful and rewarding programs that Kiwanis clubs worldwide have been involved in is The Eliminate Project: www.TheEliminateProject.org.  Partnering with UNICEF, this fundraising endeavor has helped save thousands of mother’s and baby’s lives by vaccinating them for maternal/neonatal tetanus. 

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Kirkland City Council Temporarily Suspends Five Cent Paper Bag Fee for Some Businesses

 

Suspension Effective May 1, 2016

 

At its April 19, 2016 meeting, the Kirkland City Council temporarily suspended for some Kirkland retailers the requirement in the City’s Plastic Bag Reduction Policy ordinance to charge customers five cents for large paper bags.  The amended ordinance, passed by a vote of 4-2, will go into effect on May 1, 2016 and will expire one year later on May 1, 2017.  The five cent paper bag fee requirement will remain in effect for grocery, convenience, and drug stores; gas stations; and warehouse clubs.   

 

The temporary suspension of the five cent bag fee will give smaller retailers additional time to adjust to the City’s new policy, which went into effect on March 1, 2016.  Retailers for which the paper bag fee was suspended may continue to charge the fee at their discretion during the suspension period. The five cents for each paper bag is retained by the retailer to offset the cost of paper bags. The five cent paper bag fee is included in 11 of the 14 plastic bag reduction policies in Washington State to provide a nominal but effective incentive to customers to bring their own reusable bags when shopping. 

 

All retailers affected by the plastic bag reduction policy will be contacted and advised of their status concerning their requirement to charge for or temporarily not charge for paper bags.  A complete list of retailers and each retailer’s status will be available on the City’s website at www.kirklandwa.gov/bringyourbag. Residents and businesses with questions about the temporary suspension of the five cent paper bag fee can call the Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or send an email to recycle@kirklandwa.gov.

Update on Potala Village: Appeal Dismissed

The Washington State Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal filed by the applicant for the proposed development of the Potala Village project on Lake Street South.  The appeal was dismissed at the request of the court-appointed receiver now in charge of the property at the Potala site.  The receiver’s dismissed request was supported by the City of Kirkland.

The agreement means that any development on the property will be subject to current Zoning Code regulations for the Neighborhood Business (BN) zone.  Read the full update here: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/NewsRoom/PotalaVillageUpdate_s3_p14813.htm

Spring cleaning in Kirkland’s downtown to start next week

On Monday, May 2, city crews will begin cleaning sidewalks and streets in Kirkland’s downtown.  Cleaning on Park Lane between lake Street and Main Street will start at 5 am and is expected to be completed by 10 am.  Other areas in the vicinity will be cleaned as well. For more information, contact Bobbi Wallace, City of Kirkland Streets Services Manager at 425.587.3909 or bwallace@kirklandwa.gov.

Save Our Trail Wants Final ST3 Plan to Exclude Plans and Study of the Trail

Per the public comment process, Save Our Trail issued a letter dated 4/25/16 urging Sound Transit to stay the course and keep bus and light rail off the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail when it finalizes the ST3 plan in June.

In addition, the ST3 draft plan still poses concerns for future high capacity transit (HCT) on the Trail which Save Our Trail is adamantly against and wants excluded from the final ST3 plan and any future transit plans:

  • Any HCT proposals on the CKC;
  • The Environmental Study (decision document of HCT options on the CKC; and
  • Light Rail or Any Mass Transit Extension from Bellevue to S. Kirkland P&R.

The environmental study and the light rail extension to S. Kirkland P&R per David Greschler ‘pose a threat for future transit on the Trail’ and he likens it to a ‘Trojan Horse’.  These proposals are seen as costly precursors to transit on the Trail that would cost three to five times more than BRT on I-405 and do not make economic sense with such low ridership expectations.

Instead, Save Our Trail sees other economically feasible alternative options (list attached in letter) with using I-405 and sees the use of tax payer monies to enhance transit on I-405 as the top priority.   We absolutely disagree with the City Council’s proposal of mass transit on the CKC and feel that once again, they have not heard from the citizens of Kirkland and do not represent the majority of the voters on this issue.  Save Our Trail will actively work to defeat the passage of ST3 in November if there is any plan or study to include mass transit on their Trail.

Download the letter to Sound Transit board.

Kirkland Fire Department donates equipment through Firefighters Crossing Borders

Kirkland Fire Department donates equipment through Firefighters Crossing Borders

On Friday, April 22, 2016, the Kirkland Fire Department donated its used breathing devices to a fire department in Mexico through the nonprofit organization, Firefighters Crossing Borders.  The device, which is known as a “self-contained breathing apparatus” or SCBA, provides breathable air in dangerous environments, such as when a firefighter enters a burning building.  The Kirkland Fire Department donated 52 packs, 108 cylinders, 80 masks and maintenance parts.

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Evergreen Health 7 Hills of Kirkland Cycle to End Homelessness

Evergreen Health 7 Hills of Kirkland Cycle to End Homelessness

Every day is an uphill climb for someone struggling with homelessness. You can make a difference in our community by joining us in our annual EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland Cycling to End Homelessness event on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016. Thanks to your 2016 sponsors: Evergreen Health, Master Builders Association, Explore Kirkland Tourism Bureau, Kirkland Kiwanis, Clif Bar, Flat Stick Pub, and Merit Homes.

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Heard on the street: Sampan Noodle Opening Soon Downtown

It looks like Sampan Noodle will open soon at 110 Central Way, following the closure of Wyraqocha, the Peruvian restaurant which opened in October 2014. Sampan specializes in "homemade organic ramen noodle soup." 

We look forward to visiting the new restaurant.

LETTER | In support of Prop 1

LETTER | In support of Prop 1

Last year my husband and I decided to move to Kirkland from Capitol Hill after researching many Seattle and east side neighborhoods. The quality of the schools in Kirkland was the key determining factor in our final choice, and we stretched our budget to find a house here that met our needs. We've spoken with numerous young families in the area who reached the same conclusion.

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Libertarian Michelle Darnell Makes A Run For The 48th Legislative District

Libertarian Michelle Darnell Makes A Run For The 48th Legislative District

From Republican to Libertarian, Michele Darnell knows the switch is a bold and gutsy move. But she wants to follow her heart and fight for what she passionately believes in.  “I am socially accepting and fiscally conservative,” Darnell says, as she reveals her sentiments on why she is running as Libertarian in the 2016 Election.

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Fun & Free KPC Open House to Celebrate GiveBIG!

Fun & Free KPC Open House to Celebrate GiveBIG!

Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) is excited to announce a new, fun, and free open house event on May 3rd, 2016 at 4:30pm to celebrate GiveBIG, the Seattle Foundation’s annual day of giving. Enjoy free live performances by KPC’s partner organizations including Jet City Improv, Studio East, and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Get to know the KPC staff, enjoy refreshments in the lobby, and learn about GiveBIG, KPC, and our partner organizations. This FREE evening of entertainment, fun, and giving is open to the public. 

 

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Children of Abraham Interfaith Dialog

 

Children of Abraham Interfaith Dialog will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church in Kirkland at the following times during the month of May:

Sunday, May 1 at 10:10 am, Rabbi David Lipper of Temple B'nai Torah  

Sunday, May 22 at 9:10 am, Mr. Ryan Welton of the Islamic Center of Bothell

St. John's Episcopal Church, Marsh Hall, 105 State Street, Kirkland WA 98033

Kirkland Mayor proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and April 29 as Stand Against Racism Day [u]

Kirkland Mayor proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and April 29 as Stand Against Racism Day [u]

At the April 19 city council meeting, the Kirkland City Council proclaimed April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and April 29 as “Stand Against Racism Day.” Both proclamations were made to raise awareness about important issues affecting the community of Kirkland and the nation as a whole.

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LWSD student receives National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarship

 

Student among 1,000 distinguished students recognized nationwide

 The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today that Nikola Tesla STEM High School senior Kevin Nakahara (Kirkland) will receive a National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarship. National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships are financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Nakahara is one of only 1,000 distinguished high school seniors nationwide to win these scholarships.

Scholars are selected from students who advance to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship Competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Nakahara will receive a National Merit Boeing Scholarship. This Merit Scholarship is awarded annually to children of Boeing employees as part of their comprehensive aid to education program.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.