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As I write this column, I am sitting near my sparkly Christmas tree, in a warm house, with a warm sweater, with a hot cup… Continue reading
A couple of months ago, I told you about Armondo’s new lunch menu and their new chef, Tom Small — and his philosophy for fresh,… Continue reading
Who would have thought that 15th Century theologian Martin Luther’s work during the reformation would have relevance in today’s world? But that’s exactly what is… Continue reading
A new school year is upon us. My friend Judy describes fall as the time of renewal – the best season of the year, the… Continue reading
One of our oldest and dearest friends in Renton is changing; and although change can sometimes be difficult, we have to let them grow and… Continue reading
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Have I found the latest, greatest new jewel in Renton! The Savvy Traveler just opened at The Landing in… Continue reading
I have been following the story of Maria Federici, a local Renton woman, since the first tragic days after she was catastrophically injured when a large heavy piece of board crashed through her car window in February 2004 on her way home from work. The senseless “incident” of a man driving a U-Haul trailer, with an unsecured load, leaving a beautiful woman blind and scarred for life left all of us wondering how this could have happened.
In my last column, I told you about all of the wonderful partnerships between businesses and education in Renton. I shared with you many of… Continue reading
The Renton Chamber of Commerce held its ninth annual Ahead of the Class Excellence in Education Awards recently. The program pays homage to the crème de la crème of educators in the Renton community — and this year’s eight winners (one was a team of four) were no exception. I am an admitted sap when it comes to teachers and the subject of education in general, but last Thursday’s program really got to me on several levels.
Attention Renton High School graduates! The 100th anniversary of your alma mater is approaching quickly! A team of alumni has much in store for you beginning this fall and extending into next year when a big centennial celebration is planned for May 2011.
I’d like to introduce you to two extraordinary women who don’t know one another but are joined together by the love of the same cause — the annual walk to benefit multiple sclerosis. Judy Swanson, 66, a Renton Villa resident, has been walking the four-mile walk in Seattle for 17 years! And, Marsha Baumann, also a Renton resident, has been walking the walk to benefit the MS Society for 12 years — the first year she was diagnosed with MS.
Remember the old sitcom “Cheers” where when you walked in the door of the bar and everyone knew your name? Well, that’s kind of how I feel when walking into Vino at The Landing. And, now that I’m writing this on paper, I’m wondering if that is such a good thing to admit that the bartender says “Chardonnay?” when you walk in the door. But that is the very nature of the great customer service that owner Rick McMaster has instilled in his wine bar and it is exemplified by every one of his staff. Vino at The Landing is a hip (yes, I know I am dating myself), fun wine bar and retail shop. The atmosphere is cozy; there is a fireplace in the corner of the bar that’s perfect on a rainy evening. If you haven’t been there yet, you need to go.
Happy New Year!I know my New Year’s best wishes are a little late in the month getting to you, but we were stuck under two… Continue reading
Merry Christmas!It has been a heckuva year in this United States. Every new story seems to carry a more bleak message than the next. In… Continue reading
Renton is definitely a philanthropic kind of town. In just this month alone, I think that we have been invited to five different fundraising events.… Continue reading
I just finished a great book that I’d like to tell you about, particularly those of you who are small business owners who are seeking… Continue reading