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Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 | Vol. VII | Issue 24

Bronson Way Bridge Closure

The Bronson Way bridge over the Cedar River in downtown Renton will close to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in both directions for approximately six weeks starting Friday, Sept. 23 until Friday, Nov. 4.

The closure allows work on the first phase of a two-phase seismic retrofit and painting project. This initial phase installs worker access and containment systems, removes existing paint, repairs corrosion damage, and applies a new protective paint system.

Construction on the second phase is scheduled to begin sometime in late winter/early spring 2023. Phase two involves extensive repair work, seismic retrofitting, and new asphalt pavement installation.

Project information and updates are available on our website. You can also sign up for a project update e-newsletter.

Suggested detour routes:

Bronson Way Bridge Detour Map

  • Northbound traffic on Main Avenue S should turn right to Houser Way
  • Eastbound traffic on S Third Street should go straight onto Houser Way
  • Southbound traffic should turn westbound (right) onto N Fourth Street and southbound (left) onto Logan Avenue N.
  • Please note that WSDOT plans to close the SB I-405/169/Sunset/Bronson on-ramp at night on Friday, Sept. 23, and through next week.

 

Councilmember O'Halloran awarded AWC ACML
Renton City Councilmember Valerie O'Halloran accepts her Advanced Certification of Municipal Leadership certificate from Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone (right). At left is Councilmember O'Halloran's husband Michael. 

Councilmember O’Halloran earns Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Councilmember Valerie O’Halloran has earned an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).

The certificate program recognizes city- and town-elected officiants for accomplishing training in five core areas:

  • Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements
  • Public sector resource management
  • Community planning and development
  • Effective local leadership
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Councilmember O’Halloran completed more than 60 hours of training and demonstrated local community service. She previously earned her Certificate of Municipal Leadership during the pandemic in 2020.

Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, non-profit, nonpartisan corporation representing Washington's 281 cities and towns before the state legislature, executive branch, and regulatory agencies. It serves its member cities through advocacy, education, and programs.

 

Let's Go Renton! Recreation Guide

Let's Go Renton!

Let’s Go, Renton! our recreational guide to fall and winter classes, afterschool programs, sports, and programming for youth through seniors is now available. The guide also has adaptive recreation programming and the first look at our upcoming holiday events: Olde Fashioned Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Small Business Saturday, Holiday Lights, and Polar Bear Plunge.

Scholarships covering course fees are available for youth 18 or older, adults 50 and older, and individuals participating in Adaptive Recreation programs. This program is funded through generous donations from individuals, service organizations, local businesses, and grants.

 Complete an application or donate at rentonwa.gov/scholarship. For questions, email [email protected]

 

Senior Expo Event 2022

Senior Resource Expo is Sept. 30

Our fourth annual Age-Friendly Senior 50+ Resource Expo is Friday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center (211 Burnett Ave. N).

The expo is an excellent opportunity for our senior community to connect under one roof with over 40 organizations offering valuable resources. There will also be health, finances, transportation, and housing workshops. In addition, Costco will provide free flu shots, and Renton Regional Fire Authority will offer free blood pressure checks. Renton police will also be there, hosting "Coffee with a Cop" to discuss issues of importance to seniors.

Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be provided.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. Masks are optional, but we will follow recommended guidelines from local and state health departments.

For more information, visit our website or contact Amy Eng at 206-300-2839 or [email protected]

 

Clear leaves from storm drains

Fall is in the air and on the ground

Because of our dry weather, leaves are beginning to drop, which means clogged storm drains.

The city’s Street Maintenance Section has three street sweepers deployed daily to clear debris as quickly as possible. Additionally, one operates at night in the downtown core.

Even with our emphasis, keeping up with the leaves and debris from our fall and winter weather is impossible.

You can help our crews by following these simple tips:

  • Place leaves and debris from your yard into your yard waste bin. Please do not sweep or blow them onto the sidewalks or the street.
  • Check nearby storm drains periodically to keep them from being clogged by debris. This will help minimize flooding during heavy rains.
  • Trim trees and vegetation along the sidewalks and streets to allow access. Trees and hedges over sidewalks should be trimmed up to 8 feet and should be 6 inches away from the sidewalk edge. Trees along the street should be 14 feet above the street and at the curb for Sweeper and truck clearance.

City crews will be checking and cleaning storm drains as much as possible. Your help is very much appreciated by our Public Works Maintenance crews. If you have questions or concerns, please call us at 425-430-7400, or make a report via our Renton Responds app.

Thank you for your help and here’s to a safe fall and winter in the City of Renton.

 

Arts and Event Funding Available

Funding available for art and events

There are several opportunities available where your talents can enhance the culture in our community.

Renton Municipal Arts Commission is currently accepting grant applications. Individuals, organizations, and community groups with arts and culture projects and events serving Renton residents are encouraged to apply.

The commission supports innovative projects by artists and communities that fill cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for underserved groups.

The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2022. Awards will be announced in December. Priority for this round of grants is given to projects and events scheduled between January and March 2023.

On Monday, Sept. 26, commission members will host a Q&A session from 6 to 7 p.m. at Renton History Museum. There is no need to register for this informal session, but it would help planners to know how many people to expect. Questions can be directed to [email protected] Visit rentonwa.gov/rmac for 2023 Arts grant program information.

Tourism promotional grants

Tourism Promotion Grants are also available for events scheduled in 2023.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, and finalists will present via Zoom to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee on Nov. 8. The committee will then forward funding recommendations to Renton City Council, which makes the final determination.

LTAC encourages applications involving multi day events, including athletics and events promoting diversity and inclusivity. Additionally, the committee seriously considers projects with a proven record of attracting overnight visitors.

 

News

In other news this week

A recap of news posted on the city’s social media accounts. You can find us (@cityofrenton) on FacebookInstagram, & Twitter. Renton residents can also find us on Nextdoor.

 

City Council update (agendas, documents and video from the most current meeting)

COVID-19 (vaccine locations, current mandates, resources) 

Parks Projects (Coulon, Kiwanis)

Pop-Up Lunches on Tuesdays (Oct. 4, 12:30-2 p.m., Sunset Neighborhood Park, 2680 Sunset Lane NE 98056)

Recreation Guide (current classes, activities, leagues & events for September to December)

Renton Farmers Market (Piazza Park, Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. (new time) Ends Sept. 27)

Traffic Projects (impactful traffic projects)

Archives

2022 Newsletters

This Week in Renton / Mayor's Update

September 22

Cover of the September 22 edition of This Week in Renton

Bronson Way Bridge to get seismic upgrade

Bridge will close from Sept. 23 to Nov. 4

Councilmember O'Halloran receives ACML from AWC
Let's Go Renton
Senior Expo is Sept. 30
Clear Storm Drains
Funding available for arts and events

 

 

September 16 - no issue

September 9

Cover for the September 12, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Ready in Renton

September is emergency preparedness month

Parks Structural assessment
King County under burn ban
Youth ride transit for free starting Sept. 1
Volunteers needed for Senior Expo
The Landing hosts virtual food drive

 

 

September 5 - no edition

August 26

Cover for the August 26, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Registration opens August 31

 Full guide available by September 9

Schools open next week; drive safely
Styrofoam and document recycling event on September 17
Pooch Plunge returns on September 10 and 11
Mayor honors kids passport recipients

 

 

 

August 19

Cover for the August 19, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Back-to-School Resources and Vaccine Clinic

Communities In School Block Party on Aug. 21 and Public Health-Seattle & King County Vaccination Clinic on Aug. 24

Rainier/Grady Junction TOD Subarea Plan open house on Aug. 23
5th round of Working Washington grants available
2023 tourism grants
Renton History Museum adds Tuesday hours; needs volunteers
Maplewood Driving Range to close for maintenance
Renton Film Frenzy returns
Firefighters "Fill the Boot"

 

August 12- no edition

 

August 5

Cover for the August 5, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Shift Green launches

Public Works department introduced free program to recycle motor oil and filters

Cascade Park reopens
Renton Wine Walk
Chief's Community Council
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee vacancies
Communities in Schools Backpack Drive
National Night Out photos

 

 

July 29

Cover of the July 29, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Topgolf is open

Renton welcomes Topgolf's first full-service location in Washington

National Night Out is Aug. 2
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee openings
Chief's Community Council
Renton River Days redux

 

 

 

July 22

This Week in Renton cover image for July 22, 2022

River Days parade grand marshal

Renton business owner Kenny Rogers is the grand marshal for Saturday's Renton River Days parade

Chief's Community Council
CISR-T Backpack Drive
Housing Repair Assistance Program
Senior Public Safety Academy
Summer Events

 

 

July 15

Cover of the July 15 edition of This Week in Renton

Renton police form Chief’s Community Council

Renton Police Department is asking residents to serve on the initial Chief's Community Council

National Night Out is Aug. 2
Renton River Days returns: July 22 & 23
Parks and Recreation
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Summer Events



July 8 - no edition

 

July 1

Cover of eh JUly 1 edition of This Week in Renton

Fourth of July Celebration

Fireworks display caps an evening of entertainment

Senior Activity Center to be renamed Don Persson Activity Center Summer Events
Summer Meals Week proclamation
Arts commission fund six more projects
ORCA Business incentive program

 

June 24 - no edition

 

June 17

Cover of the June 17, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Water Quality Report

The definitive word on quality, usage, conservation, and savings

Juneteenth proclamation & events
Planning an event in the city
Fourth of July safety

 

 

 

June 10

Cover for the June 10, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Henry Moses Aquatic Center opens June 25

Registration is open; center will be open 7 days a week

Senior Center to be named for Don Persson
Celebrate Juneteenth
Pride Month
Cuautla delegation visits Renton
Farmers Market opens
Recycle Event on June 11
Clean Economy Strategy

 

June 3 - no edition

 

May 27

Graphic: Cover of This Week in Renton or May 27, 2022

Honor and remember: Memorial Day celebration on May 30

Farmers Market opens 21st season on June 7
Saluting Dale Walker
Kennydale Beach Park reopens
Career Fair is June 3
Recreation programs for summer
Stormwater Management Action Plan
Downtown Renton Wine Walk is June 3
June 11 recycle event

 

May 20

Cover for the May 20, 2022 edition of This Week in Renton

Clean Economy Strategy 2.0 open house

Online Open House, May 25, 6-7:30 p.m. rentonCES.com

Call to prayer and justice vigil on May 22
County continues review of proposed asphalt plant
Reduced rate Internet available to qualifying residents
New ORCA cards and website

 

May 13 - no edition

May 6 - no edition

 

April 29

Cover image for This Week in Renton for April 29, 2022

Renton Multicultural Festival

Celebrate and experience Renton's diverse culture at the sixth annual Renton Multicultural Festival on May 6 and 7.

Channel 21 temporarily off-air
Ann Grinolds passes away
City Council update
Arts and Culture grants
Senior Advisory Board
COVID-19 resources
Parks Projects
Pop-Up Lunches
Recreation Guide
Traffic Projects

 

April 22 - no edition

 

April 15

Cover for This Week in Renton for April 15, 2022

Saluting our volunteers!
 
 Mayor Armondo Pavone has proclaimed April as Volunteer Appreciation Month in Renton
 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
City hall reopens
City accepting applications for 2022 tourism grants
Arts and culture grants available
Coffee with the Chief on April 20
Construction starts on Kennydale Beach Park playground
Pop-up lunches on Tuesday

April 8 - no issue

 

April 1

Graphic: This Week in Renton for April 1, 2022 coverDig in

Removal of mask mandate lets Parks and Recreation expand offerings. Find one that feels good!

 

Renton Police donate surplus vests to aid Ukraine
Celebrate Erasmus' Hatch Day in April
Downtown Partnership hires executive director
Renton in the news

 

 

March 25 - no issue

 

March 18

This Week in Renton Cover image for March 18, 2022Call for Performers

Applications are open for our annual multicultural festival and fashion show on May 6 and 7. Applications are due April 4, 2022.

Beyond Black History Month
Eastrail segment in Renton receives state funding
City Council update
Clean Economy Strategy
In-person services at City Hall
Pop-Up Lunches on Tuesdays
Recreation Guide
Renton City Concert Band Concert
Traffic Impact Projects

 

March 14 - Mayor's Update

Graphic: Mayor's Update for March 14, 2022Renton in 2040

Clean Economy Strategies 2.0 will guide our decisions as we plan Renton's future

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 11 - no edition

March 4

Cover of the March 4, 2022 This Week n RentonConstruction starts on Family First Community Center

Strong community partnership funds a center designed to bring much-needed community services and resources to the Cascade/Benson Hill area

Urban Forestry Plan sets goals for next decade
Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration
Recreation Guide: March to May

 

 

 

February 25 - Mayor's Update

Cover image for mayor's updateMy heart is heavy, and there's no way we can fully understand the feelings and stress on our Ukrainian community.

The City of Renton thrives because of our community's diversity and individual thought. Current events in Ukraine remind us we need to be kind and empathetic towards our neighbors and each other as we enter uncharted times.

For those wanting to help and support, we will share ways after they are vetted and authenticated through members of our Ukrainian Community.

 

February 18

Cover for the February 18, 2022 edition of This Week in RentonWells and Williams now two-way

Conversion provides a safe and walkable pedestrian experience

Sunset Gardens gets state grant
Black History Month events
City Council Update
COVID-19 resources
In-person services
RapidRide I-Line Open house
Recreation Guide
Traffic Projects
Youth Traffic Court

 

February 16 - Mayor's Update

Cover image for mayor's updateSounders FC comes to Renton!

Flagship Major League Soccer franchise will make former Longacres site their home in 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 11

Graphic: Cover for This Week in Renton: Feb. 11, 0222022 and beyond

Projects like Solera and Topgolf are examples of how our Community & Economic Development Department works to move Renton forward.

Wells and Williams conversion is Feb. 17
Street Maintenance crews help with litter pickup
Black History Month events
Museum Valentine's Day fundraiser
RapidRide I-Line Open House

 

 

February 4

Image: Cover of This Week in Renton for February 4, 2022PRADUs

Innovative Permit Ready Accessory Dwelling Unit program provides housing options

Mayor testifies in support of police reform bills
Potholes: we have responded
K-9 Xander joins Renton PD

 

 

 

January 28

Cover for the January 28, 2022 edition of This Week in RentonRapidRide I-Line Open House

Metro’s fast, frequent, and reliable bus service is coming to Renton. Visit the online open house to see the plan and give your feedback.

Sunset Gardens project receives $1.5 million from county

 

 

 

 

 

January 21

Image: Cover of This Week in Renton for January 21, 2022Youth Traffic Court

Municipal Court Judge Jessica Giner convenes innovative option for 16- & 17-year-old drivers charged with low-level offenses

Passport processing returns
Metro expands VIA to Transit to Renton Highlands




 

January 16 - Mayor's Update

Mayor's Update Cover for January 16, 2022City leadership works to ensure the values espoused by the late civil rights leader are ingrained in our community

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 7

Cover for the January 3, 2022 edition of This Week in RentonCity’s 24-hour snow response keeps roads passable

It was a white Christmas in Renton, which meant our Public Works Street Maintenance Division and police department were busy.

Council convene for first 2022 meeting
Over $200,000 in COVID relief distributed to downtown businesses
Slide temporarily closes Maple Valley Highway

2021 Newsletters

This Week in Renton / Mayor's Update

December 23

This Week in Renton  Cover image for December 23, 2021Renton Severe Weather Shelter opens Dec. 26

The City of Renton is activating the Severe Weather Shelter at Highlands Neighborhood Center (800 Edmonds Avenue NE) beginning Sunday night, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

Severe Weather Shelter open Dec. 26
James Alberson takes council oath

 

 

 

December 22 - Mayor's Update

Cover image for mayor's update

Mayor's holiday greetings

“Happy holidays from the City of Renton.

“I'm Mayor Armando Pavone and we're here Gene Coulon Memorial Park enjoying our beautiful holiday lights, which will be up until January 1st.

“The holiday season is a time for hope, reflection, and gratitude. I would like to thank you, our residents, for your resilience, compassion, and the community you helped to create and for allowing us to serve you.

“I'm proud to be your mayor and I'd like to wish you all a joyful and happy holiday season.”

 

December 17

Cover image for the December 17, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonRandy Corman retires

Council member is honored as he retires after 28 years of service to the residents of Renton

Holiday Events
Blood Drive on Dec. 28 & 29
City Council update
In-person Services
Lunch Pop-Up
Photo Feature: Battle of the Badges
Renton History Museum
Traffic Projects
Winter weather preparations

 

December 10

Cover image of This Week in Renton for December 10, 2021Willowcrest wins governor's award

Innovative townhome project in Sunset neighborhood is first of its kind in King County

Package safety tips
Safe Exchange Zones
Winter preparation tips for home and vehicle
Holiday Events
Blood Drive
City Council update
In-person Services
Lunch Pop-Up
Photos: K9 Candy Cane Fun Run & Walk
Renton History Museum
Traffic Projects
Winter Weather Response

 

December 3

Cover image for the December 3 edition of This Week in Renton 17 edition of This Week in RentonWinter Weather Plans

Get an inside look as our public works street maintenance crew prepares for winter weather

Carmen Rivera takes council oath
Holiday Events
City Council update
COVID-19 resources
In-person services at city hall
Keep storm drains clear
Recreation programs
Renton History Museum
Traffic Projects

 

November 24

Cover image for the November 24 edition of This Week in RentonShop local, shop unique; it’s Small Business Saturday

During this holiday season, it’s essential we support our small businesses. When we do, we help create a thriving local business community.

Small Business Saturday/Christmas tree lighting
Renton police donate 454 coats for students
Holiday Gift Drive
Equity Commission applications
ADA Transition Plan
Lunch Pop-Up
Holiday Events
Recreation programs
Keep storm drains clear
In-person services
Traffic Projects
Recreation programs
City council update
COVID-19 vaccinations

November 19 - no issue

November 10

Cover image of This Week in Renton for November 10, 2021Community Services is now Parks and Recreation

This new name better reflects the benefits they bring to our community

Mayor's Veterans Day message
Equity Commission applications
ADA Transition Plan
Lunch Pop-Up
Navigating City Contracting
Eastside Virtual Job Fair
Keep storm drains clear
In-person services
Traffic Projects
City Council update
COVID-19 Vaccine

 

November 5 - Mayor's Update

Cover image for the November 5, 2021 Mayor's UpdateRenton’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion leads to several impactful initiatives

"We’ve committed to be a government reflective of its evolving community. We have engaged with our residents to identify challenges to overcome and opportunities to build upon.

"We have listened, made significant changes, and launched new initiatives over the past year that we believe will move us in the right direction."

 

 

October 29

Cover for This Week in Renton for October 29, 2021Holiday events

The city and its partners have planned a variety of events for the holiday season

Councilmember Benedetti leaving council on Nov. 22
City signs lease with Bezos Academy
Take the Renton Responds Survey
Navigating City Contracting
Sunset Oaks: latest affordable housing project is now leasing.
Help keep storm drains clear
Renton Regional Fire Authority host open houses in October
Event: Olde Fashioned Scavenger Hunt ends Saturday
Photo Feature: Halloween Drive-Thru on Oct. 22
Traffic Projects
Glad You Asked: First funeral homes in Renton
Recycle event keeps almost 4.5 tons of materials from landfill
City Council update
COVID Vaccine

 

October 22 - Mayor's Update

Mayor's Update for October 22, 2021Sunset Oaks is the next step in Sunset area transformation

"Earlier today, I took part in the ribbon-cutting for Sunset Oaks, the newest affordable housing project in our ongoing redevelopment of the Sunset area of Renton. We are committed to making sure affordable housing units are available to our residents."

 

 

 

October 15

Cover image for the October 15, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonInvesting in our parks and trails

This new Liberty Park playground was one of five projects completed in 2021. Six projects are scheduled in 2022.

Mayor Pavone appoints Jon Schuldt chief of police
Willowcrest Townhomes project wins state award
Photo feature: A Day at Gene Coulon Park (Instagram)
Keep those storm drains clear
Halloween 2021 in the city
Wells/Williams project update
Cat’s Color story walk
City Council update
COVID Vaccine

 

October 8

Cover image of This Week in Renton for October 8, 2021Expiration of the utility rate moratorium: what does it mean?

Eviction moratorium extended to Oct. 31
Civic leader Don Persson passes
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Week
Street maintenance starts winter preparations
Wastemobile at McLendon Hardware
2021 Halloween Drive-Thru
City Council
In-person services
Vaccines
Calendar

 

October 1 - Mayor's Update

Cover image for the Mayor's Update for October 1, 2021Human Services Funding

"As we move into the last quarter of the year, I’m pleased to report we have increased this funding from $800,000 at the beginning of the year to $3.4 million, which is 2.8% of our city budget. This amount does not include dedicated staff time ..."

 

 

 

 

September 24

Cover image for the September 24 edition of This Week in RentonThe city council approved $3.6 million in ARPA-related funds to support economic recovery, housing, homelessness, and human services.

Video: "Puget Sound Starts Here" month
Community Center and Senior Center to open Monday
At Your Service: Renton Responds
Volunteering: Tree planting at Cedar River Trail Extension
AmeriCorps VISTA openings
State utility moratorium ends Sept. 30
Pop-up lunch event on Sept. 28
Comcast RISE grants
King County cultural sector grants
Small business flex fund has $100m to loan
Last Renton Farmers Market on Tuesday
Cedar River Salmon run
Washington state single-use plastic bag ban
City Council update
In-person services
COVID-19 vaccine locations
Calendar

 

September 17

Cover image for the September 17 edition of This Week in RentonAt your service: LaCrosse gets 20 mph speed limit

Video: Hate Has No Home Here: What does it mean?
Salute to Day of Service & Remembrance volunteers
Process to address council updated
Mayor's Day of Concern for the Hungry
Earlier start time for last two Renton Farmers Market
Community feeding pop-up returns
Styrofoam & document shred event on Saturday
Target car seat trade-in program
Rooted in Renton & TIP input invited
Tourism grants for 2022 available
Metro & Sound Transit propose bus changes
Pooch Plunge photos
In-person services at city hall
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Calendar

 

September 10

Cover image for the September 10 edition of This Week in RentonReady in Renton

Volunteer on National Day of Service & Remembrance
120th Weekend celebration events canceled
Community invited to comment on TIP
Renton Regional Fire add pet oxygen masks
Recycle event - Styrofoam & documents
Native plants class
Free vaccine clinic at Renton Library
Community groups support schools
Seahawks adopt Renton School District
Renton AmeriCorps VISTA has openings
58 pints collected at September pop-up
In-person services at city hall
City Council update
Calendar

 

September 3

Image of the cover of This Week in Renton for September 3, 2021Nelson Middle School Art Club

Video: Navigating Renton's first roundabout
Solera Groundbreaking
SBA loans and grants available
City taking stock of sidewalks
Schools are open; drive safely
National Day of Service & Remembrance
Urban Forestry Survey #2
StoryWalk at Liberty Park
King County issues mask requirement
In-person services at City Hall
City Council Update
Calendar
COVID-19
Vaccination Clinics

 

August 31

Photo of the cover of the Mayor's Update for August 31, 2021Solera is cornerstone of revitalized Sunset area

"When complete, we will have 686 new residential units: 275 will provide affordable housing, 315 will be market-rate, and 96 will be townhome ownership."

 

 

 

 

 

August 27

Photo of This Week in Renton for August 27, 2021Black Lives Matter Street Mural project

Video: Black Lives Matter Street Mural project
Photo: New Liberty Park Playground
KING5 Evening spotlights Renton
National Day of Remembrance and Blood Drive
Communities In Schools Block Party
Recycle Event: Styrofoam & Documents
Class: Using Native Plants
COVID-19 Vaccine at Renton Library & other sites
In-Person Services
City Council update
Calendar

 

August 20

Cover of the August 20, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonSept. 11: Honoring and remembering our first responders

National Day of Service & Remembrance
Blood Drive on Sept. 1 & 2
BLM Mural to grace Lake Avenue S
Pooch Plunge registration open
TRACK Trail offers unique family activity
Renton turns 120; come celebrate
Overdose: an educational series
Council approves second round of lodging tax funding
Tribute to art & music of the PNW
Museum exhibit focuses on PNW refugees
Free COVID vaccines at Renton Library
Metro app aids travel to Highlands
In-person services at City Hall
City Council Update
Calendar
Vaccine Finder

 

August 13 - no issue

 

August 6

Cover of This Week in Renton for August 6, 2021Topgolf coming to Renton

HealthPoint celebrates 50 years
STREAM grant from state
Two parks on Times "Best of" list
Night Out in the Neighborhood
Volunteers needed for art project
Middle school art project
Community Feeding event
Recycling tips
Back-to-school vaccination clinic
Museum exhibit: "When You Can't Go Home"
Finance Department honored
In-person services at City Hall
City Council Update
Calendar
COVID-19 Update
Vaccine Finder

 

July 30

Cover of This Week in Renton for July 30, 2021FitLot opens at North Highlands

Night Out in the Neighborhood
Dog Days of Summer: “Yappy Hour”
Free health fair and vaccination clinic
Summer Meals
National Night Out
Police receive reports of scammers
Vietnam veterans memorial comes to Enumclaw
Health officials recommend face coverings
In-person services at city hall
City Council update
Calendar
COVID-19 vaccination finder

 

July 23

Cover image for This Week in Renton for July 23, 2021New police-focused laws

Video: Farmers Market
Photos: King County check presentations
Henry Moses registration starts Monday
Pet Food Drive / Dog Days
Fitlot Ribbon Cutting on July 29
PD Virtual Police Public Safety Academy
Music at the Piazza / RRD
Vaccine Clinic at Viet-Wah on July 24
Play Equity Coalition wants youth input
RRFA sees rise in connection thefts
Kickball registration
Limited in-person services at City Hall
City Council update
Calendar
Vaccine Finder

 

July 16

Photo of eh cover for the July 16, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonEasing back open

Photo: Police at Renton Farmers Market
2021 Tourism Promotional Grants
Henry Moses 2nd season registration
PD's Virtual Youth Public Safety Academy
National Night Out
Renton River Days update
Renton Farmers Market
Preparing for wildfires
August primary election
Metro survey
COVID-19 small business grants
Wine Walk a success
City Council update
Renton Outdoors
Dog days of summer
Calendar
Vaccine Finder

 

July 9

Photo of the cover of This Week in Renton for July 9, 2021New mini-pitch at Highlands Park

Photo: New basketball court at Thomas Teasdale Park
Limited in-person services at city hall
Senior Center honored by King County
City works to remove barriers to youth activities
Hate Has No Home Here signs
Wine Walk feature more than wine
Cedar River Coffee Crawl
Urban Forestry survey
Renton libraries to open by July 14
City Council update
Calendar
COVID-19 Vaccine

 

July 2

The cover of the July 2, 2021 edition of This Week in RentonFourth of July / Who decorates the Interface statues?

Video: Behind the scenes Henry Moses Aquatic Center
Photo: Roy Gunsolus retirement
Sale and use of fireworks prohibited in Renton
Renton Road Shows on July 4 weekend
Sounders to open Futsal court
Hot weather emergency response numbers
King County ends mask mandate
State COVID reopening
Limited in-person services at city hall starting July 6
Renton Farmers Market
July is National Parks & Rec Month
Renton Downtown Wine Walk
Popup event to serve homeless
Free summer meal program
Recreation Camps
Renton Outdoors
City Council update
Calendar

 

June 25

Cover of the June 25, 2021 This Week in RentonExtreme Heat Forecast

Photo: Walker's Subaru Donation to Renton Schools
July 4 Activities
Water Quality Report
Red, White & Bike
Summer Sports Camps
Downtown Wine Walk
Renton Farmers Market
Henry Moses Aquatic Center
Lifeguards at Coulon and Kennydale Beaches
Free Summer Lunch Program
Lunch Pop Up
Cascade Vista Baseball Sandlot Saturday
City Council update
Calendar
COVID-19 Vaccine

 

Cover for the June 22, 2021 Mayor's UpdateJune 22 - Mayor's Update

City and county combine for supportive housing

"Earlier today, I joined King County Executive Dow Constantine at the county's newest Health Through Housing project here 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 ceremony
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

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

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

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

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 20 - Mayor's Update

Mayor's Update for April 20, 2021

City of Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone has issued a statement in response to the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 16

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

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

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 RentonJudge 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, 2021Inclusion 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

Cover image for the March 19, 2021 Mayor's UpdateInvesting in our community: need, shelters, funding, partnership, and service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12

Coer of the newsletterCity 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, 2021House Bill 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 RentonCommunity 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 coverBlack 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

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

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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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