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This Week in Renton

Friday, June 18, 2021 | Vol. VI | Issue 23

Cover image for This Week in Renton for June 18, 2021


PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Photo of Judge Jessica Giner being sworn in

Renton Municipal Court Judge Jessica Giner is sworn in by King County District Court Judge Michelle Gehlsen.

Jessica Giner sworn in as municipal court judge

Jessica Giner was sworn in Tuesday as a full-time Renton Municipal Court judge. Judge Giner has served as a pro-tem judge in Renton for the past eight years. King County District Court Judge Michelle Gehlsen conducted the ceremony in front of family, friends, and city staff in Courtroom #2.


COVER STORY

Photo of a lifeguard at Coulon

Henry Moses Aquatic Center opens on June 26

The city is excited to open the Henry Moses Aquatic Center on June 26. The center will be open in a reduced capacity from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On Fridays, it will open from 2:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Each day will offer a variety of activities. At 10:30 a.m., it’s splash-n-play, lap swim, and water walking. The rest of the day has two-hour open swim sessions at 12, 2:45 and 5:30 p.m. Friday mornings are reserved for staff safety training. Friday afternoons will have two sessions for open swim at 2:45 and 5:30 p.m.

"We prioritized scheduling activities that benefitted the most community members," explained Maryjane Van Cleave, the city's recreation & neighborhoods director. "That's why we have multiple open swim sessions each day but are unable to offer individual swimming lessons."

The schedule is also affected by the ability to hire staff, including lifeguards. In a unique arrangement, the city is sharing lifeguards with several surrounding cities.

“It’s been hard to rebuild staff after last year,” she said. “We’re always looking for the best ways to adapt to current conditions. Fortunately, we’ve been able to work with other cities who were in the same situation.”

The most significant change is pre-registration for a session using links found on the city’s website. Pre-registration is required as current COVID-19 restrictions do not allow walk-up payments.

The cost for each session:

  • Half-pint splash-n-play: $28 for residents (4 weekly sessions)

  • Lap swim and water walking: $5.00

  • Open swim: Ages 1-4: $4.50; Ages 5+ $8.50

Refunds can be processed up to 48 hours ahead of your scheduled reservation time. If a reservation needs to be canceled or rescheduled, please email recreation@rentonwa.gov.

Guest and staff safety is at the forefront of the preparations. The city has followed Washington Recreation & Parks Association, Washington State Department of Health, and Public Health – Seattle & King County guidelines.

Guests will have access to the lazy river, water slides, activity pool, wave pool, and lap pool. There will be no food and drink service, but guests will be allowed to bring in small coolers. As in past years, glass containers, lawn chairs, beach umbrellas, wagons, barbeques, and pets are not allowed.

Lounge chairs will be available during open swim sessions with recommended sanitization procedures. Hand sanitizing stations have been added.

“We will always err on the side of caution,” Ms. Van Cleave says. “We are following strict state and local protocols and have implemented safety measures used by Renton School District.”

These protocols require staff to always wear face coverings. Guests will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening before entry. They also must wear face coverings when entering the facility and when not engaged in water activities.

The center will also be closed between each session for 30 to 45 minutes allowing staff to clean.

Henry Moses will host two special events this summer. First, July 29 is National Waterpark Day, which will feature water safety tips and other fun activities.

Second, Pooch Plunge returns on Sept. 11 and 12. Bring your best friend and watch as they frolic in the lap and wave pools and float down the lazy river. Pooch Plunge registration starts June 30.

As the county emerges from COVID-19 restrictions, the recreation and neighborhoods staff knows change is inevitable.

“We expect COVID restrictions to be in place into summer,” says Ms. Van Cleave. “But if we get new directives from the county or state, we’ll be ready. Our staff desperately wants to expand our programs and serve the community.”


DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

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Juneteenth celebration today and Saturday

Juneteenth 2021 started with Mayor Armondo Pavone proclaiming June 19 as Juneteenth 2021 in the City of Renton at the June 14 council meeting. Renton City Council unanimously adopted the proclamation. The celebration continues with events happening this weekend.

“Rising Above the Ashes” is the theme for the city’s 2021 Juneteenth celebration.

The two-day event kicks off tonight at 6 with a virtual panel discussion via Zoom. The ID is 879 8496 5900.

Saturday’s festivities are from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Renton Chamber of Commerce, 625 S. 4th St. Additional booths will be in nearby Tonkin Park. There will be educational opportunities, vendors, artists, spoken word, small businesses, information for those facing evictions and much more.

The day will also feature a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic for all ages from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration online.

Sweet Tweats will host a Juneteenth Celebration on June 18 and 19 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Liberty Park (101 Bronson Way N, 98057). The event will feature vendors, live performances, educational speakers, food, and a live DJ.

We included a list of Juneteenth events hosted by King County Library System and the Northwest African American Museum in last week’s newsletter.

On Thursday, President Biden signed legislation establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a national holiday. Similar to the State of Washington, Renton will establish this as an official city holiday beginning in 2022.


CITY HALL

Photo of a vaccination card

City institutes “vaccine verified” program for employees

We have updated our mask and social distancing policy for employees. These new rules are based on guidance from the Department of Labor & Industries.

Fully vaccinated employees (those two weeks after their last shot) are no longer required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while working with other employees. City employees will continue to wear masks when interacting with members of the community.

To become “vaccine verified,” employees complete a form and show proof of vaccination to the city’s risk management staff. Employees are given a “V” sticker to place on their ID badge.

Kelsey Ternes, the city’s risk manager, presented the program to city council during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

While employees are hard at work, many remotely, our buildings remain closed to the public–including city hall. We are working toward a gradual, safe reopening of city hall in July with limited days and hours. In the meantime, we continue to provide innovative options for services online and appreciate your patience. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.


URBAN FORESTRY

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Rooted in Renton: urban forestry management plan update

The Urban Forestry & Natural Resources division is in the process of developing a 10-year update to the city’s Urban Forest Management Plan. The plan will serve as a road map to support the long-term dedication to maintain and enhance the urban forest.

We invite you to visit the project website and provide input as we move through the process.


RECREATION & NEIGHBORHOODS

Lifeguards start June 28

Swim beaches to get lifeguards starting June 28

Renton's two swimming beaches at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and Kennydale Beach Park will have lifeguards on-site starting June 28. They will be on duty from 12:30-7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

 

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Book Maplewood GC tee times online

Your next tee time at Maplewood Golf Course is now just a click away. Earlier this month, online booking was introduced.

Maplewood staff have also posted new flyover videos of each of their 18 holes.

 

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Red, White & Bike neighborhood celebrations

Join a Red, White and Bike Parade in your community hosted by City of Renton Recreation & Neighborhoods Division, in collaboration with City of Renton Transportation, Renton Police Department, and Renton Regional Fire Authority.

This celebration features star-spangled embellishments provided to any rider who registers, water activities to keep riders cool, and a tasty summertime treat once you cross the finish line.

This event is free to the public. All riders participating in the parade are asked to wear a helmet. For any questions, please email recreation@rentonwa.gov.


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Summer recreation programs

Recreation scholarships are available.

Seattle Cascade Ultimate Frisbee Camps for ages 8-13 are open to all skill levels! Ultimate Frisbee combines the non-stop movement of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football. Camps are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Register: June 21-25 or July 12-16 at Cedar River Park or July 26-30 at Philip Arnold Park.

Renton Youth Baseball League runs June 29-Aug 19 for ages 5-6 (T-Ball) and ages 7-8 (Coach-Pitch) at Kennydale or Maplewood parks. 

Parent volunteers are essential for making this league work. Applications are online.

Basketball Skills Training 3-Day Camp, July 20-22, for ages 13-18, is designed for recreational and competitive high school-aged players. Register: July 20-22 campAug. 3-5 camp.


COVID-19 UPDATE

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King County’s mask directive ends June 29

On Tuesday, King County reached an important milestone. Now 70% of residents age 16 and older have completed their vaccine series.

That means that in two weeks (allowing for full vaccine protection), King County’s mask directive will end on June 29. Washington state’s mask guidance will be in effect.


CITY COUNCIL

Photo of the mayor and 2021 city council

June 14, 2021 meetings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Renton City Council meets via Zoom. For information on viewing or participating in a council meeting, go to rentonwa.gov/council. Past meetings are available at rentonwa.gov/youtube.

The council will next meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 21. Committee of the Whole will meet at 6 p.m.


EMPLOYMENT

Recreation job opportunity graphic

City jobs: instructors, guest services and recreation

Do you have talents, skills, and experience that you want to share with our community? Then the city’s Recreation and Neighborhood Division invites you to become a partner in providing recreational programming. The division seeks individuals and organizations to teach fitness/wellness, art, and enrichment classes for preschool students thru seniors. If interested, please email recreation@rentonwa.gov.

They also need supplemental/part-time staff to assist with recreation programs and building operations.


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Summer meals photo

Free summer meals program starts June 30

Renton School District will provide free summer meals for all children ages 1-18 beginning June 30. A 7-day meal pack will be provided each Wednesday at several schools and community locations. All students and families are welcome to pick up meals. Students in summer school programs will be provided a meal on-site.

Pre-ordering is strongly recommended but not required.

 

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Pop-up events to serve homeless

The Emergency Feeding Program SOS pop-up is a free lunch event designed for the unsheltered and residents with food insecurities. A variety of products will be available, ranging from ready-to-eat food and drinks to personal hygiene kits, socks, and cleaning supplies.

The first two events are Tuesday, June 22 and 29, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Liberty Park in the parking lot off Houser Way N.

 

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Wine Walk

Join us at three locations around downtown for the Downtown Renton Wine Walk on Saturday, July 10, from 3 to 8 p.m. Over 10 Northwest wineries will be featured along with local vendors, food, and more. Tickets are limited, so don’t delay.


CALENDAR

Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m., Senior Meals. Free, drive-thru sack lunch pick up at Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N. Limited quantities.

Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sustainable Renton free drive-through grocery store at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave. NE.

Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m., Renton Farmers MarketGateway Park, S. Third St. & Logan Ave. S. Through Sept. 28.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Renton Live! online connection promoting business, nonprofits and activities within the greater Renton community. Find the weekly link on the Renton Live Facebook page.

Daily, Library resources and events, ongoing. Filter by event, program, and location.

Tuesday, June 22 & 29, 12:30-2 p.m., Emergency Feeding Program at Liberty Park. A free lunch event for the unsheltered and Renton residents with food insecurities. Along with ready-to-eat food and drinks, personal hygiene kits, socks, and cleaning supplies will be available.

Plantasia graphic

Saturday & Sunday, June 26 & 27, Plantasia!, Renton Downtown Partnership presents Plantasia! at Renton Pavilion Event Center (233 Burnett Ave. S), a houseplant and garden show featuring unique products and plants from local and regional businesses. Live entertainment, food samples courtesy of Renton businesses, a plant-themed cocktail bar, and a raffle are also part of the fun. Tickets are on sale and priced at $30 for one and $50 for two. Free parking is available in the City Center Parking Garage, one block from the event center.

"Inferno" graphic

Through July 30, Renton History Museum hosts Facing the Inferno: The Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer. The exhibit features over 60 dramatic photographs of wildfire and smokejumpers from six western states, taken by the official photographer for the National Interagency Fire Center. The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


COVID-19 VACCINE

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King County Fire District 20

  • Vaccinations for those 12 and older every Wednesday through June 23 at headquarters, 12424 76th Ave S., Seattle, 98178.

  • No appointments are necessary at this free clinic, open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m.

Valley Medical Center

HealthPoint

  • Drive through testing and vaccination site (805 SW 10th St., 98057), offers drive-through access for the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Appointments for 12-16 year olds or new patients can be made by calling 866-893-5717.

  • Current patients over age 18 can use MyHealthPoint Portal to schedule an appointment.

Kaiser Permanente

  • To schedule by phone, call 1-877-832-9915, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Interpreters are available. Patients who are 16-17 years old must have a parent or guardian call to schedule their appointment.

Car-side vaccination in Auburn

Mass vaccination sites

Kent: The ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent, WA 98032

Auburn: 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Suite 1333, Auburn, WA 98001

  • Register for an appointment (available in English only)

  • Schedule via phone: If you need language interpretation or online help, the following hotlines are available. Please say your preferred language when connected:

  • WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press #), 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday), 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday)

  • King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • For telephone-to-text relay service, dial: 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. For tactile interpretation, contact: http://seattledbsc.org/.

  • Walk-in vaccination (no appointment required) is also available Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., while supplies last.


Archives

2021 Newsletters

This Week in Renton

June 18

Image of the cover of This Week in Renton for June 18, 2021

Henry Moses Aquatic Center opens June 26

Photo: Jessica Giner swearing in
Juneteenth celebrations
City's "verified vaccination" program for employees
Urban Forestry Management Plan
Swim beaches to get lifeguards on June 28
Maplewood Golf Course online tee times
Red, White & Bike neighborhood celebrations
Summer recreation program registration
King County mask directive ends June 29
City Council update
Jobs: recreation
Free summer meal program
Popup event to serve homeless
Wine Walk
Plantasia!
Calendar
Vaccine Finder

 

June 11

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for June 11, 2021

Juneteenth 2021: “Raising from the ashes”

Video: Juneteenth celebrations from past years
Mark Santos-Johnson awarded WASA Community Leadership Award
Volunteers needed for parks projects
Walk-in COVID-19 clinic at Viet-Wah on Saturday
Lunch Pop-up to serve homeless
Plantasia! Is June 26 & 27
Proclamations: Pride Month/gun violence awareness day
"Back on Track" deadline looms
Jobs: recreation leaders
Renton Technical College Foundation raises $103,000
Summer recreation programs
Vaccine information
City Council update
Calendar

 

June 4

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for June 4, 2021

Farmers Market opens 20th season

Video: Cortona Building wins state award
Farmers Market
Pride Flag raised
Memorial Day
Black Lives Matter Artwalk
Hate Has No Home Here
Cascade RISE grants
Liberty Park construction
Park projects
Secure Your Load Day
State's new tolling system
Update on mask directives for businesses
Vaccine finder
City Council
Blood Drive
Adult volleyball league
Basketball camps
Calendar

 

May 28

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for May 28, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

Videos: Memorial Day and Farmers Market
Renton Road Shows: Memorial Day music
Farmers Market opens on June 1
BLM Artwork on May 29
Raising the Pride Flag on June 2
Willowcrest Townhomes
Recycling Day
Grilling safety tips
Adopt a Little Free Library
REACH Renton is on the move
Renton School District Transportation
Metro: free youth ORCA Cards
Metro: Transit Go Ticket app
Museum: Wildlife Photography of Keri Greer
Drip Irrigation Class
Vaccine Finder
City Council Update
Recreation Activities
Music in secondary schools
Calendar

 

May 21

Cover of the May 21, 2021 edition of This Week in Renton

Public Works Week: Saluting Abdoul Gafour for 41 years of service

Video: "Ask Renton PD"
Photo: Snow Plow
CommUNITY Conversations
Renton's vibrant craft brew & BBQ scene
Now hiring lifeguards
Memorial Day 2021
Renton Farmers Market
BloodworksNW Donation
Register now for kindergarten
COVID-19 Vaccine locations
COVID-19 rental assistance program
Skyway Resource Center
Public Health issues mask directive
City Council update
Events & Activities
Calendar

 

May 14

Cover image for This Week in Renton for May 14, 2021

Hate Has No Home Here: City embraces a national campaign to eliminate hate. This Week in Renton shows how you can take part.

Video: Saluting to our sister city of Nishiwaki, Japan
Photos: Clock Tower move; Mariner Moose visits Senior Center
Business Plan updated to reflect community needs
State moving towards June 30 opening
Renton to receive $18.1m in American Rescue Plan
May is Bicycle Safety Month
Volunteers needed for park projects
Kennydale Beach Park to close next week
Museum passes fundraising goal; there's still time to donate
Arts commission seeks artists for monument project
Chalk Your Walk has a great 2021
Wednesday Walk-In Vaccination Clinics
Kaiser Permanente vaccination appointments
Car-side vaccinations in Auburn
Getting vaccinated in King County
City Council update
Events & Activities
Calendar

 

May 7

Cover of the May 7, 2021 edition of This Week in Renton

Cover: Construction update
Photo: Chalk Your Walk
BLM artwork to be made into postcards
Apply for RRFA Citizen Advisory Panel
Metal and Styrofoam collection on May 15
Blood needed
City Council update
Governor announces two-week phase pause
COVID-19 business grants available
Vaccine supply increases
Farmers Market 2021
Beyond the Stage: "Key to Change"
Kindness Crawl 2021
Renton Career Fair
Summer Day Camps
Skyway Resource Center
Calendar

 

April 30

Cover of This Week in Renton for April 30, 2021

Cover: Arbor Day 2021
Video: Arbor Day 2019
Photos: Shredathon & Volunteer Appreciation

Chalk Your Walk chalk pickup starts today
Councilmember Benedetti earns Certificate of Municipal Leadership
First Recycling Event is May 15
Police & Fire host virtual scout night
A look at Sunset Park’s water mister
PRADU program launched; what you missed
Renton Virtual Career Fair is May 19
Metro Rapid I Line update
Four news COVID-19 grants available
Vaccine appointments available in South King County
Restaurant PPE Mask Popup event on May 4
City Council update
Calendar

 

April 23

Cover of This Week in Renton for April 23, 2021

Cover: Renton PD Safe Place
Video: Chalk Your Walk
Photo: Hazen High Key Club
Tentative Schedule for opening facilities & events
Shred-a-thon
Accessory Dwelling Unit open house
Erasmus celebration
The future of regional transportation
Celebrate Children's Day
Recreation has openings
Virtual Talk: "Food Security"
"Keep Moving" low -impact fitness class
Small Space Food Gardening
Recycle Event
COVID-19
Council
Calendar

 

April 16

Image of the cover of This Week in Renton for April 16, 2021

Cover: Accessory Dwelling Unit program
Photo: Erasmus "Hatch Day" Celebration
DEI: The Impact of Prejudgment and Bias
Take the Earth Day Challenge
Supporting our 911 operators
Shred-a-thon is April 24
Blood Drive
Park Spotlight: Gene Coulon Park
Get outside and enjoy Renton's parks and trails
Parks and trails update
Reuniting lost pets with their owners
Cedar Hills Landfill community meeting
Metro Transit
COVID-19 resources
City Council update
Calendar

 

April 12

Cover of the April 12, 2021 Edition of This Week in Renton

Cover: Volunteers make Renton shine!
Video: The making of the "Cows in the Forest" mural
Photo: Cherry Blossoms at City Hall
Jessica Giner named to bench
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Police debut Hearing Assistance Card
Wells/Williams Update (intersection work)
Erasmus' "Hatch Day"
Metro's East Link Connections survey
Metro Mobility project wins award
COVID-19
Beyond the Stage
Events & Activities
City Council
Calendar

 

April 2

Photo of the cover of This Week in RentonCover: Judge Terry Jurado retires after 22 distinguished years on the bench
Video: April is Distracted Driving Month
Photo: Matthew Nugent receives RPD life-saving award
Back on Track
"Compost Days" provides gardening help
SBA triples maximum economic disaster loans
Available Small Business Grants
Paycheck Protection Program extended
Popup blood centers
Eviction moratorium extended
Classroom social distancing decreased to 3 feet
Vaccine to be available to all on April 15
County Executive proposed $600m budget
Recycle Days set
Events
Council
Calendar

 

March 26

Photo of the cover of This week in Renton for March 26, 2021Cover: Inclusion Tactical Plan
Video & Photo: National Day of Action & Healing / Anti-AAPI hate press conference
Water and Utility Tax
DUIP update
Ready for Business Fund grant
Working Washington Small Business Grants
Poison Prevention Week
April & May Recreation Activities
PopUp Blood Donation Centers
Celebrate Erasmus' 3rd Anniversary
425 Magazine Profiles Renton Art
Renton 13th most diverse city COVID-19
Council
Calendar

March 19 - Mayor's Update: Investing in our community

March 12

Coer of the newsletterCover: City teams with ANEW to help diversify workforce
Photo: Ribbon Cuttings
CommUNITY Conversations
History Museum reopens/Women's History Month
Downtown Park n Play
2021 Arts Grants
Stormwater Management Plan
Renton Police are hiring
Metro route changes
US News Ranks Washington #1
COVID-19
Farmers to Families food drive
Events
Council update
Calendar

March 5

Photo of the cover of the March 5, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonCover: Mobile Vaccination Unit
Video: "Celebrating Black Excellence"
Photo: Renton Schools are open
Small Business Support
April 13 is Small Business Day
Renton Roadshows debuts
Sustainable Renton buys refrigerated truck
Vaccine Update
State to Stay in Phase 2
Take Metro to your vaccination appointment
Events & Activities
City Council
Calendar

February 25

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for February 25, 2021Cover: HB 1590
Video: "Ask Renton PD"
Photo: Flags at Half Staff (COVID)
Hate Speech Statement
City and RAAP celebrate Black excellence
VisitRenton App
Bloodworks NW
VETS ENGAGED offers mini grants
Metro offers free and reduced fares
Metro Route to Recovery Survey
City Council
RIZP resource event
Calendar

 

February 19

Cover for the February 19, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonCover: Community Courts
Video: Public Works Snow Response
Photo: SNP Climbing Structure
Officers honored for life-saving response
City and RAAP celebrate Black excellence
City loses two outstanding community members
Severe weather shelter opened
Water utility seeks customer input
Arts Commission grants available
Age-Friendly Renton
COVID-19
Calendar

 

February 12

This Week in Renton coverCover: Black History Month Celebrations
Video: Past Black History Month Celebrations
Photo: Lion Dance
Wells/Williams reaches milestone
PW Ready for snow
Renton Regional Community Foundation grant
Downtown Renton in a Box
Metro Survey
COVID-19
Calendar

 

Mayor's Weekly Newsletter

February 9

Housing Assistance Program
New Renton Regional Fire Authority Chief Steve Heitman
Councilmember Ruth Pérez named governance board chair
This Week in Renton

January 28

Sunset Neighborhood Park Phase II opens
HealthPoint's 50th anniversary
Senior Blanket Drive

January 21

Equity and Inclusion - building on our promise
Free grocery "stores" continue to help
"Get to Know Your Customers Day"
The weather is always in focus

January 14

Economic Development continues to move Renton forward in 2021
January is Mentoring Month in Renton
Free grocery giveaway on Friday

January 8

News Year's Message
Work to start on the extension of Park Avenue North
International pageant brings recognition to Renton
Governor announces "Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery"

2020 Newsletters

Weekly Newsletter

December 22

Mayor Pavone shares his 2020 holiday message. The mayor is joined by members of the Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force who offer their own holiday greetings in their native languages.

Task Force members appearing include Violet Aesquivel, Dr. Kevin McCarthy, present of Renton Technical College, Kevin Poole, representing Renton’s LGBTQ+ community, Preeti Shridhar, Duc Tran, Rolly Polintan, Monique Taylor Swan, Vasudha Sharma, Rev. Dr. Linda Smith, Rupinder Kaur, and Benita Horn.

December 17

Sunset Neighborhood Park ribbon cutting
"Shop with a cop"
City Council passes emergency ordinance
King County donates $25,000; will go to human services

December 11

District & School Board Leadership meet
Housing Action Plan studies housing needs
"Shop with a cop" is Friday
New parking/shopping options downtown
Amazon donates PPE
Mental Health Awareness Month

December 4

"Make yourself at home for the holidays"
Downtown construction project update
CARES funding benefits 225 Renton businesses
Washington Small Business grants available
Thanksgiving tradition continues
VanValey new CAO; Schuldt new chief of police

November 20

Shop local this holiday season
FAA allows 737 MAX to return to operation
Senior Center receives an additional $115,000
Council elects Corman and McIrvin president & president pro-tem for 2021
City makes COVID-related changes to holiday events
Governor caps third-party delivery fees

November 13

Support our small businesses
Public Works Winter Weather Preparations
Census self-response rate climbs to 75.1%
Budget for 2021 and 2022 approved

November 6

"Age-Friendly City" outreach
"Unity in Hope" multicultural festival
Veterans Day
Upthegrove opposes Renton site for county facility

October 30

Sunset Neighborhood Center ribbon cutting
Fire Chief Rick Marshall retires
Councilmember O'Halloran earns certificate of municipal leadership
Renton Housing Authority has CARES Act funding
"Age-Friendly City" community survey online
Sustainable Rentron needs our help
Economic Development presents "Back in the Game"

October 23

Renton earns "Age-Friendly" city status
Tourism Grants now being accepted
Eastside cities virtual job fair on Oct. 29
County establishes eviction prevention & rent assistance
State accepting applications for COVID-19 immigrant relief fund

October 16

City continues support of small businesses
This week is Affordable Housing Week
Virtual Multicultural Festival in Nov. 7 and 8
General Election ballots are in the mail

October 9

Renton allocates over $900,000 in COVID-19 human services funding
HealthPoint Clinic comes to Sunset Neighborhood
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Our Renton TV Debuts
Governor updates Safe Start reopening plan

October 2

Proposed 2021 and 2022 budgets presented to city council
Farmers Market ends successful 2020 season
PSE contest will benefit small businesses
Proposed county budget includes Renton RapidRide

September 25

Support our small businesses
Draft EIS for landfill support services center open
Kaiser Permanente donated $5,000 for SNAP at Farmer Market
REACH Renton celebrates 50 years in Renton
Chamber-sponsored COVID-19 funding

September 18

Community police survey
Making Renton accessible to all
Concealed pistol permits
Election Day is November 3; register to vote
Census 2020 - time is running out
Closing King County's technology divide
Chamber-sponsored COVID-19 funding

September 11
Honoring the victims of 9/11 on Patriot Day
Sustainable Renton's Free Grocery Store
One-day drive benefits food banks
ALERT Renton provides emergency updates
Business Plan for 2021-2026 adopted
City receives $100,000 flood control grant from county

September 4

This Labor Day is so different
Budget: City's financial health has improved slightly
Plans unveiled for former city hall property
Mayor's census challenge
Free COVID-19 testing site in Renton
Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meal Program

August 28

Kennydale reservoir construction is complete and scheduled to go online in spring of 2021
City's concern over county facility siting in Highlands
Chamber distributing PPEs

August 21

National Senior Citizen Day
Information System Update
Renton Census Countdown Day 2020

August 14

Renton Census Countdown Day
CARES funding for small businesses
Seniors receive donated face shields
Renton Regional Community Foundation

August 7

City to distribute over $900,000 in COVID-related funds
Food banks and shelters serving more
City gives away 25,000 masks; county mask event on August 11
Women's right to Vote Centennial Anniversary Day
Teleworking will continue

July 31

Census return rate tops 70%
Police launch community survey
K9 Zev remembered
Parade of Positivity

July 24

Primary Election
RAAP Meeting
Communities In Schools

July 17

Emergency ordinance expands outdoor business space
City Hall reopening plan unveiled
Projects will provide affordable housing
Renton leads all South King County cities in Census 2020 self-response rate
Pop-up blood drives collect 144 units

July 10

CARES Act funding for small businesses
Police Chief briefs council
K9 Zev passes away
Parks & Rec Month proclamation

July 2

Small business grants available from CARES Act
Mayor's July 4 message
Police Chief's July 4 message
Red Lion Free mask distribution
Blood donations needed

June 26

Coulon Park and Fourth of July
First CARES Act funds to be distributed
Face coverings mandated by governor

June 19

Juneteenth
"Philly Flag"
"Open for Business" Banners; Business resources
Free COVID-19 Testing a success
2020 Census Numbers
COVID-19 Relief Concert
Pop up Blood Drives

June 11

RAAP works to make Renton an informed & inclusive community
Praise for police officers Sangder and Thielman
COVOD-19 testing site open Saturday
Pop up blood drives coming to Renton
Farmers Market returns

COVID-19 Updates

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Weekly Newsletters

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February 29 (update)
February 28
February 21
February 14
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January 30
January 23
January 16
January 9

Mayor's Newsletter wins National NAGC Award

NAGC national first place award

The Mayor's Newsletter has been awarded a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for First Place for External Newsletters by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

The committee looked at submissions from all over the country and judged them on purpose, goals, objectives, target audience, and special factors.

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