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Church gets OK for recreation center


Washington Cathedral in Redmond can break ground on a new recreation center after unanimous approval from the Redmond City Council on Tuesday.

The 36,000-square-foot recreation center, with a handicapped-accessible swimming pool is expected to break ground this summer and open a year later, said Senior Pastor Tim White.

"It's a good project and a good addition to our city," said Councilman Richard Cole just before the vote.

The recreation center is the first of several church expansion plans over the next decade. The church submitted a 10-year plan that would include 13 units of senior housing with an outpatient clinic, a new cathedral, a preschool and elementary school and a building for adult-education classes. All were included in the church's master plan that the council approved.

The church currently uses a 9,000-square-foot sanctuary that seats 350 people on the former Theno's Dairy farm, at Northeast 124th Street and Woodinville-Redmond Road, which the congregation bought in 1984.


YES receives $200K from Microsoft

Youth Eastside Services announced during its annual meeting Tuesday that it has received a $200,000 gift from Microsoft to further the agency's work with at-risk youth.

YES presented its annual Community Award to Pamela Passman, Global Vice President for Microsoft, during the meeting at the Sammamish Foursquare Church in Bellevue.

Also recognized were John and Judy Garling for their longtime support to the organization. Since 1968, YES has helped young people and their families deal with emotional issues, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, dating violence, gang activity and discrimination. For more information:


School to be named after Rosa Parks

The Lake Washington School Board voted to approve the name Rosa Parks Elementary School for the district's newest school, which will open in the Redmond Ridge area in the fall.

More than 40 different names were submitted by students who will be attending the new school. The district requested that the nominations be the name of a person who is a minority. Some of the suggestions included: George Washington Carver, Pocahontas, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson.

A committee of parents and district staff narrowed down the nominations to seven finalists, but Rosa Parks was the most popular of the names suggested, said Kathryn Reith, the district's spokeswoman. The school's address will be 22845 N.E. Cedar Park Crescent, Redmond.


School district holds public surplus sale

The Lake Washington School District is holding a public surplus sale of items including televisions, computers, tables and desks that the district no longer needs.

The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and items may be picked up from 1 to 3 p.m. that day.

Items may be previewed before the sale from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday. The sale will take place at the District Support Services Warehouse at 15130 N.E. 95th St., Redmond.

The School Board approved the sale, allowing the district to save on recycling these no-longer-used items or paying to haul them away.

The district will accept cash or checks only.

For more information, contact George Walker at or 425-882-5140.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau

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