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Air Force Master Sergeant returns home 2 days early, gives wife Christmas surprise

Air Force Master Sergeant returns home 2 days early, gives wife Christmas surprise

Christmas came early for one local couple. John and Sarah Kelley had only been married for a few months when John, who is a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, was sent to serve a remote assignment in Korea.


Originally scheduled to return in November, John's deployment was extended for an additional 30 days. He was originally rescheduled to return home Christmas Day, but when his itinerary was moved up two days, he decided to pull off a Christmas surprise.


With the help of his parents, a plan was formed. Since their son was scheduled to arrive at noon, John and Sherry Bujosa told Sarah they wanted to meet her for lunch at Longhorn Barbecue on West Sunset Highway.


Working 4 you: Make your New Year's resolutions stick

A lot of us started 2014 with great goals in mind for things to accomplish in the year. But, many of us also gave up on those goals about a week later.�

For adults who made health-related resolutions, fewer than one in five made any significant strides toward accomplishing their goals. But there's no time like the present to give your New Year's resolutions a shot. And if you want to be successful in 2015, psychologists say there's a science behind making your resolutions stick.�

The most important step is choosing your goals wisely. Pick a goal that you can easily break down into steps. For example, making a resolution to lose weight is actually a recipe for failure since weight loss naturally plateaus, which causes many people to give up. Instead, choose to work out more or eat healthier or better, both.�

And you can't get too disappointed if you mess up. No matter how great your goal is, you're going to slip up, but don't give up. If you find the goal you made is too difficult, then readjust to something that's possible for you.�

Sprague Corridor re-invigoration gets a boost

Sprague Corridor re-invigoration gets a boost

The City of Spokane has received a grant that will bring a national smart growth technical assistance workshop to Spokane and made the short list for a state pedestrian and bicycle safety grant, both important next steps in reinvigorating the East Sprague corridor.


Smart Growth America chose Spokane as one of just 14 communities nationally to receive its technical assistance workshop grant. The City has also made the shortlist of projects identified for Washington State Department of Transportation Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Safe Routes to School grant funding to improve bike and pedestrian travel in this neighborhood.


“Both are significant next steps in what is great progress for East Sprague businesses, residents and commuters,” said Mayor David Condon. “This is an example of what is possible when business and community leaders work with elected officials on a redevelopment vision, and City staff goes to work on turning those ideas into actionable plans.”


Spokane to launch full pay by phone parking program

Spokane to launch full pay by phone parking program

The City of Spokane has begun rolling out its full pay by phone parking meter program after a successful test period.


The test period launched November 21st and included 41 meters on the block adjacent to City Hall and Riverfront Park. Now, the pay by phone feature will be gradually extended to all 3, 500 meters in the City. The completion date for the full rollout, weather permitting, is anticipated by the end of January.


To take advantage of pay by phone parking, drivers must download the QuickPay App onto their smartphones. The app can be found at SpokaneCity.org.  Once the maximum time limit is purchased for a parking meter, smartphone users are allowed a one-time paid extension of 15 minutes on that meter. After the maximum limit including the extension expires, drivers must move their vehicle. Drivers who attempt to use the pay by phone feature at the same meter after the maximum time limit allowed will receive a message that they have exceeded the stay allowance at that meter.


City closures planned for the holidays

City closures planned for the holidays

The City of Spokane will have a number of closures related to the holidays. Spokane City Hall will be closed at noon on Wednesdays, December 24th and 31st, and all day Thursdays, December 25th and January 1st, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. 


The Spokane City Council is not scheduled to meet on Mondays, December 22nd and 29th. Council meetings will resume on Monday, January. 5, with a 3:30 p.m. briefing session and 6 p.m. legislative session. Both meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.


Parking meters don’t have to be plugged on Thursdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. And, the Spokane Municipal Court will be closed on Thursdays, December 25th and January 1st.


Working 4 you: Reducing Christmas stress

For some this week means more shopping, traveling and relatives, and that can be a recipe for stress.�

A lot of the stress around the holidays comes from people getting too excited and overcommitting themselves. That could be with money, or your time juggling your job and fighting mall traffic. But there are some steps you can take to reduce that stress for a merry Christmas.�

Julie Schwartz, a certified wellness coach, says first we need to manage our expectations. She says we go in expecting a joyous holiday, and even though it is, she says you're going to be disappointed if you think everything about Christmas is going to be wonderful.�

She says you also should try sticking to your normal routine. Try to eat on your normal schedule and go to bed at the same time you usually would. Also, try to get in a good pre-bed routine so you're sleeping more restfully.�

Managing a normal schedule means you shouldn't be skipping the gym or a daily workout. The holidays are crazy and it can be hard to find time, but a working out is important for working off that stress. Try your best to make time.�