Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota.
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The clacking sound of wiffle balls hitting rackets is no longer a nuisance. Woodbury pickleball players, a group comprised of about 140 members, are back out on the courts this summer.
The city of Woodbury has been recognized for its green initiatives after participating in a statewide sustainability program for about six months. The "GreenStep Cities" is a voluntary program put on by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that encourages communities throughout the state to implement energy efficiency based on 28 best practices. Cities are recognized for completing one, two or three-star level practices. The city of Woodbury will be recognized at the annual League of Minnesota Cities conference Thursday, June 20, for advancing through all the steps and becoming a "Step 3
Woodbury Planning Commission approved Monday, June 3 a new multi-family development near Settlers Ridge Parkway. Eastview Place will have 74 attached units, located north of Eastview Road and west of Settlers Ridge Parkway. The property is zoned high density on the city's land-use plan.
A new housing development may create additional density in eastern Woodbury, a concern brought up by a homeowner in a nearby neighborhood. However, the new development, proposed by Metro Land for 21 single family homes on five acres near the existing Stonemill Farms neighborhood, was approved as part of the overall planning of that area, which began 10 years ago. The application to begin building "Liberty Ridge" this year was also approved by the Woodbury Planning Commission Monday, June 3.
When Bruce Bushey and Janet Richards decided to get married in Greece 10 years ago, not only were they inspired by the romantic atmosphere, but also the Mediterranean cuisine that uses infused oils and vinegars. The owners of Olive Branch Oil and Spice Company noticed how much healthier they were eating when cooking with olive oils, fresh fruits, veggies and seafood. "One, we noticed how much weight we lost ... but how good we felt," Richards said. "Because it was all oil and very, very little bread, very, very little meat unless it was seafood ...
Children, parents and kids-at-heart: get ready for arcade games, memorable get-togethers and, of course, pizza fun. That's what the new Chuck E. Cheese's promises to offer as they invite local and area families to the new Commerce Hill Woodbury location that's been months in the making. Woodbury Developers LLC is proposing to build the 14,000 square-foot restaurant and children entertainment venue directly north of the SuperTarget. Craig Cahen, of Cahen Architectural Group, who's representing Chuck E.
While most students kicked off new chapters of their lives at East Ridge High School last fall, Zach Netten's freshman year has been filled with completely different experiences. A week after the start of the school year, the 14-year-old Woodbury teen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. But months of chemotherapy, radiation and a positive outlook on life produced the outcome that he was hoping for: Netten is now cancer free. Netten was chosen as this year's Relay for Life of South Washington County honorary survivor.
His colleagues refer to him as an "entire institution." While working at Woodbury City Hall for nearly three decades, over half of the city has been built under David Jessup's leadership. The public works director brings a significant s amount of infrastructure knowledge about groundwater management, storm sewers, streets, interchanges and tunnels. But he hardly takes credit for his major accomplishments. And now that he's retiring, Jessup said he's confident engineering and public works department staff will continue quality services that residents have become accustomed to. "He's been,
A new Washington County initiative aims to protect the population from prescription drug abuse and diversion. One Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy will be assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS) to tackle the growing problem of pharmaceutical addiction and abuse. After kicking off the Drug Take Back program in 2010, Washington County residents were dropping off significant amounts of drugs that it became even more evident that it's a significant problem in every corner of the county. "There are regularly people coming in with large groce
A new statewide disability assessment program will likely require Washington County to add up to 10 new positions in 2014 and beyond. Though "MnCHOICES" was approved for state funding next year, the county is not certain whether it'll be covered by the state in the future, county officials say. The program requires each county that helps individuals with any type of disability or other long-term care needs to use one long assessment process. Washington County Community Services Director Dan Papin said the department plans to phase out hiring of new workers over the years by adding one or tw