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Renton seniors keep fit indoors with beanbag baseball

Teams from seven local retirement homes gathered in their uniforms in the cafeteria of Renton Senior Activity Center Monday for a rousing baseball tournament. But although they were playing indoors, there wasn’t any danger of broken windows. It was beanbag baseball, so instead of bats and balls, the seniors tossed beanbags at a plywood target painted with a picture of a catcher.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Renton’s Senior Services needs volunteer drivers

Senior Services’ Transportation Program, which provides an essential service to senior citizens by arranging transportation to medical appointments, needs more volunteer drivers.

  • Jun 20, 2008

King County names land-use review panel

The King County Council has approved the nine members of a committee that will review procedures and costs of building and land-use permit fees charged by the County. The Technical Advisory Committee was created in November 2007 to make the county’s land-use permitting rules more transparent and fair. The county’s land-use agency, the Department of Development and Environmental Services, is based in Renton.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Man watches house he built burn down in Renton Fire Dept. exercise

Grover Shegrud of Lynnwood couldn't stay away Thursday from a home he designed and built for his family in 1966. In December, the family held what likely was their last Christmas in the house. It was. On Thursday, the Renton Fire Department burned it to the ground.

King County leads fight against knotweed

Knotweed is a highly invasive plant that takes over riverside habitats. That’s why King County is working with landowners and agencies to weed it out. With help from state and federal funding, the cooperation and support of many landowners and public land managers the King County Noxious Weed Program is leading an effort to control this fast-spreading weed.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Harborview opens new inpatient building

Harborview Medical Center has opened its new inpatient building, named in honor of the late Norm Maleng, the King County prosecutor for almost 30 years.

  • Jun 20, 2008

City of Renton names new finance director

The City of Renton recently appointed Iwen Wang as the new Finance and Information Services department administrator.

  • Jun 20, 2008

92% of seniors pass the WASL

This year’s senior class is the first required to pass the reading and writing portions of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) in order to graduate.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Renton volunteers assemble disaster kits for seniors

About 300 emergency preparedness kits were assembled last Thursday by about 140 volunteers at an event sponsored by the Highlands Community Association. The kits will go to senior citizens and the disabled in Renton so they have a better chance of surviving an disaster or other emergency. The original goal was to assemble about 200 kits.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Barbara O’Keefe

Barbara “Barb” O’Keefe, 85, of Renton, died May 24, 2008, in Renton. She was born April 16, 1923, in Burlington, Iowa.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Replacement begins Monday of washed-out culvert in Renton on northbound I-405 to Bellevue

Starting Monday, crews will begin installing the new culvert that will carry Thunder Hills Creek underneath Interstate 405 near Benson Road in Renton.Last December’s rain… Continue reading

  • Jun 17, 2008

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  • Jun 16, 2008

Italian families gather for reunion

More than 100 Italian families celebrated their ancestry at Renton’s Philip Arnold Park Saturday. The gathering included food and music — both Italian, of course.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Daughter to raise money for suicide prevention

Sangeeta Naidu-Prasad’s father was her best friend. She and Permal Naidu went shopping and fishing and attended air shows together.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Communities In Schools chief leads state group

Susan Richards was recently named executive director for Communities In Schools of Washington State. Richards will leave her post at Communities In Schools of Renton, where she has served as executive director for 14 years.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Good news from Renton schools

• Lindbergh High School senior Stephen Root has been awarded the Washington Association of Diversified Occupations Teachers scholarship and the Renton Educational Support Professionals scholarship. Root will study engineering at Washington State University.

  • Jun 16, 2008

McKnight student tops most seniors on SAT

McKnight Middle School eighth-grader Samuel Shank has been named one of Washington state’s brightest scholars by the Washington Search for Young Scholars program, sponsored by the University of Washington (UW).

  • Jun 16, 2008

Johns Hopkins honors Renton student

Renton student Kaia Bjarke was recently honored at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children held by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

  • Jun 16, 2008

School district to renovate bus center

The final construction project funded by a Renton School District 2003 bond will kick off on the last day of school, this Friday.

  • Jun 16, 2008

Renton fire crews doing live-fire exercise this week

The Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department is conducting a special training exercise for firefighters next week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, that will include… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2008