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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Woodbury City Council appointed new members to various committees at its December meeting. Forty-three prospective candidates applied for Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Advisory, Audit and Investment and Watershed District seats. Council conducted interviews in November and made the following recommendations for 2012: Park and Recreation Commission: Brent Brommer, Andy Seeley and Edward Bruno. Environmental Advisory Commission: Ryan Newcomer, Ramesh Shanmugavel, Haytham Ibrahim and Gary Moore.
Trying to keep students in school is a job that has suffered from the economic downturn. Truant 16 and 17 year-olds no longer receive intervention services from the Community Services program that saw some budget cuts in the last couple of years. The Washington County Attorney's Office is working to kick-start a new program that would allow prosecutors to intervene and keep kids out of the court system. Assistant County Attorney Susan Harris is leading the initiative and hopes to have it in place by the end of this school year. She said that the current process where a student receives a l
Instead of charging the minimum $10.40 a month for failing water meters, the city of Woodbury decided to try something new. That minimum charge is no longer assumed for water meters that aren't reading correctly.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput advised area Realtors to beware of those taking advantage of desperate homeowners facing foreclosure. "If these folks would channel their energy into legitimate enterprises, we wouldn't have an economic problem," Orput said at the annual Get to Know Woodbury event last Thursday. The event, held at Central Park, highlighted mortgage fraud as part of the program that focused on Woodbury's housing market and the city's plans for development. Orput said there have been hundreds of convictions in mortgage fraud, but it's always difficult to get the money bac
Woodbury Chamber of Commerce recognized its members, volunteers and ambassadors last week and told everyone that they're one piece of the big puzzle. The chamber held its first-ever Chamber Achievers Luncheon Friday, where three individual members were especially recognized for their efforts in 2011. Chamber Executive Director Travis Martinson praised the work of the winners and said it's important to recognize people who help carry the organization's mission. "They're supporting the business community of Woodbury by their efforts," she said.
When Tricia Wood asked Woodbury Chamber of Commerce staff if she should plan a performance for the annual gala, she was told things were going to be different this year. The owner of Tropical Ballroom said she thought it was odd - she, along with her business partner and husband James Wood, are always the entertainment for the gala. Then a few weeks later she found out Tropical Ballroom was named the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. "Oh, well maybe that's why," she recalled thinking. Tropical Ballroom was chosen unanimously by a six-member committee out of 11 nominees.
While most taxpayers usually ask government to cut taxes, Woodbury resident Howard Markus asked the council to consider raising city taxes. "We are one of the wealthiest communities in the state and metro area," he said Wednesday at the city's annual truth-in-taxation hearing. Woodbury City Council finalized the city's 2012 levy at a flat rate - the lowest change in two decades. But Markus said instead of freezing the levy, the city could volunteer to take on tasks that Washington County couldn't do because of budget cuts, such as keeping the local library open seven days a week. "I would
The City of Woodbury received word this week that it will get a large grant to construct an underpass at Radio Drive and Bailey Road. The Metropolitan Council awarded the city $860,572 to include a "grade separated crossing" from Radio Drive to the roundabout. City officials applied for the grant as part of the Livable Communities program, and were awarded just the right amount to put in the underpass, said Housing Specialist and Associate Planner Karl Batalden. "It will then help to facilitate that pedestrian and bicycle traffic between the Bielenberg Sports Center and the Urban Village,"
Drivers cruising through the Wedgewood neighborhood may stop here and there to look at pretty holiday lights.
Woodbury's Dancing Waters neighborhood will soon get 12 new townhome units in addition to the hundreds already being built. The Planning Commission approved an application Monday, Dec.