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Over the last several years, the Northshore School District has faced declining revenues and increasing unfunded mandates from the state and federal government. This has inevitably led to deep budget cuts year after year. In order to maintain a balanced budget, Northshore has reduced or eliminated important services and programs.
We at SIGN UP, Sign Co., Inc have been an official "drop-off site" for donations for the Seattle Union Gospel Mission for the past two years now. Last year alone, Bothell community members all brought in 773 large bags of clothing, coats, blankets and other essential clothing for the homeless on the streets of Seattle. Along with that, they also received appliances, beds and bedding, bikes, toys, strollers, furniture and much-needed other baby items. Thank you for your generosity, everyone.
It has continued to sadden us that this community did not welcome the opportunity for the beautiful seminary in St. Edward State Park to get a "makeover" a few years back. We've hiked in the park weekly over two decades, and we are still astonished by the look, size and setting of this seminary building. A future opportunity to restore it will probably never happen. Shame on us!
We bought a house in (then) Bothell, and (now) Kenmore in 1994 on Finn Hill, and on what was a quiet, dead-end street, a large lot next to forests, with deer year-round, quail, owls and what sounded like whip-poor-will coming through every year.
Your story about Brandon Brauns has touched my family. My 8-year-old son was upset last night with what seem to be issues in his healthy, happy life. After I told him the story of Brandon, his struggle with cancer and his giving campaign to collect toys for the children who are too sick to leave the hospital on Christmas, my son quickly put his own “issues” into perspective. My son, Gavin, was very upset to hear that Brandon is so sick and wrote a letter to let him know we are praying for him to get better.
We are eternally thankful for the support and caring continually shown by the many fire-department agencies in Snohomish County. Everett Fire Chief Murray Gordon wrote just last week that, “We always welcome the arrival of Red Cross personnel (at the scene of a fire) and thank them very much for being here for us!”
My family and I were thrilled by the artistic and technical expertise of Johan Jorna and his “Binary Christmas” music and lights display. It was the highlight of our holiday light viewing this year and we were touched by Jorna’s effort to provide a memorable and spirit-filled experience.
In the Seattle Magazine’s August issue, Kenmore is ranked No. 1 out of 110 best-known neighborhoods to live in. We were ranked No. 1 in lowest crime rate, on the best median home prices, on having the highest percentage of students in the fourth grade that passed the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test, on breathtaking park acreage and commute time. In fact, we were ranked No. 1 over Bellevue and Redmond neighborhoods. (Web editor's note: Actually, it was ranked No. 3 on the magazine's Best Suburban Neighborhoods list (PDF) and the numbers aren't necessarily ranked top to bottom.)