Redmond History: 2011-2012

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

  • 2011 1/7 A fire in one of the eight buildings at Sammamish Ridge Apartments, 14820 Redmond Way, causes David Thompson, 32, and his four sons, Tristan, 12, David, Jr., 6, Leviticus, 4, and Wyatt, 2, to die of smoke inhalation RReporter

  • 1/13 Two Level II charging stations for electric vehicles are dedicated at City Hall RReporter

  • 1/15 The cities of Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah jointly fund the winter homeless shelter at

  • 1/19 Debra Cobain, owner of Marbella Day Spa and Boutique, located at 16122 NE 87th Street was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Champion of the Year for 2010 for her commitment to the community and the Chamber RReporter

  • 1/31 Fire Chief Tim Fuller ends his six-year stint as Redmond’s fire chief. His firefighting career spanned 40-years RReporter

  • 2/9 Lake Washington School District voters approve the Capital Projects Levy that provides expansion for the district’s growing student population RReporter

  • 2/15 Bob Lovett, Fire Marshal, retires ending a 35-year career. He spent the last 32 years in Redmond as fire marshal whose primary function is fire prevention and includes review of the alarm and sprinkler systems in building plans RReporter

  • 2/19 Zack Alleva breaststrokes his way to the Class 4A state breaststroke swimming championship RReporter

  • 2/20 Redmond Community Center. Through donations from local families and businesses, shelter guests receive a hot meal, sack lunch, and blankets. City elementary students hold a sock drive and donatethe socks to the shelter guests RReporter

  • 2/25 City of Redmond Neighborhood Network provides city officials with continuous knowledge of each of Redmond’s ten neighborhoods. Each neighborhood will meet annually for information updates, a forum for residential issues, and steward selection RReporter

  • Jillian Roels, Redmond High School junior, opens “Girl Talk”, a mentoring program for middle schoolgirls, that assists the girls in dealing with age related issues. A non profit, the program originated in Atlanta, Georgia in 2002 by the then 15 year-old Hayley Kirkpatrick RReporter

  • Of the ten schools in the Lake Washington School District recognized for overall excellence in 2010, three are in Redmond: Rockwell Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, and Redmond High School. Rosa Parks Elementary was also honored for achievement in science RReporter

  • 3/4 Since 2000, the city’s minority population has increased by 25.3% RReporter

  • Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938, the Picnic Shelter in Anderson Park renovation includes replacement of the roof and rotted logs, and a refurbished stone chimney. Restoration to the 1930’s period was funded by the Rotary Club, City of Redmond Landmark and Heritage Grant, and City of Redmond Parks Department RReporter

  • Strong institutional policies practiced by the City of Redmond allow the city to retain its “AAA”bond rating by Standard & Poor RReporter

  • 3/5 City of Redmond partners with Cascade Land Conservancy to remove invasive non-native plants at Hartman Park and replace with native trees and shrubs in order to reduce carbon in the atmosphere RReporter

  • 3/21 Evergreen Hospital opens healthcare multi-service facility in Bella Bottega Shopping Center RReporter

  • 4/21 Citizen’s Academy offers Redmond residents the opportunity to learn and understand city government departments; policies; city goals and vision for the future; and methods of creating policies to meet goals and vision RReporter

  • 4/23 St. Jude’s hosts Tent City 4 that will be allowed to remain at St. Jude’s for up to 110 days RReporter

  • Kevin Donnelly is sworn in as Redmond Fire Chief. Chief Donnelly came to Redmond from Lodi, California, a city of 65,000. He began his firefighting career in Felton, California in 1986 RReporter

  • 5/17 A black bear meanders through Redmond, is captured in Bothell, and then transported to the wild in Snohomish County RReporter

  • 5/18 Friends of Youth celebrates its 60th anniversary of service to community youth ages 15-24 RReporter

  • 5/21 Whiskers, Wings, and Wagging Tails Pet Fair held at Redmond Senior Center features a doggy fashion parade, dog demonstrations in agility and flyball racing, vendor booths, pet services, and candidates for adoption RReporter

  • First ever Ironheart Classic 4-mile/8-mile Race and Health/Fitness Festival is held at Marymoor to promote healthy lifestyle habits RReporter

  • 5/25 Bear Creek School boy’s golf team members, Gannon McCahill, Will Stansell, Connor Morgan, Jake Imam, and Ricky Olson, win the state 1B/2B title RReporter

  • 5/27 Microsoft acquires Skype RReporter

  • 6/2 Post 2995 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will ship the 10,000th troop support box. Each month 200 boxes are sent to individual personnel on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. The program was co-founded by World War II veteran, John Kenney RReporter

  • 6/3 Old Fire House Teen Center hosts “Laugh On” comedy night RReporter

  • 6/16 A transformer fire at the Puget Sound Energy substation in Redmond ca