I was looking out of my back window last night, and smiling because the baby robins in the nest by the deck have hatched. I saw the parents working tirelessly to feed their little upturned beaks. I then found my mind drifting to the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. In most past years our neighborhood becomes like a war zone, with non-stop explosions for hours and hours. Some have been so loud that I felt shock waves through my body while inside the house! I wondered if the robins would abandon the nest out of fear and confusion. I thought about how the little bunny that has taken up residence in the yard would fare with all of the deafening noise, and how last year the neighbor’s cat came running up to the house completely terrified.
Please, people, have a heart this year and take it easy on the fireworks. And remember that true freedom begins on the inside.
This past Tuesday evening, my children and I were turning right at the intersection of 156th Street and Woodinville-Duvall Road a little after 5 p.m. As we were passing the Arco station, we noticed a plume of gray smoke coming from some of the new landscaping on the far end of the building. After turning around, and parking, we found the mulch in the bed closest to the street was smoldering in two places and discovered live coals underneath, which had spread under the surface of the mulch down a couple inches. After several minutes, we managed to get the smoldering mulch stamped out on the nearby sidewalk. The cause of the combustion was easily apparent. At least 12 cigarette butts were scattered in the area just along the curb. Fortunately, none of the tossed cigarettes managed to ignite the dry weeds and grass on the other side of the sidewalk which lead up to trees, and the gas station, but with this hot, dry summer weather, it may only be a matter of time. Please, if you smoke, consider what might happen if you toss your smoldering cigarette butt out your car window. We don’t want to see all that new landscaping disappear in flames.
I live at Brittany Park. I am speaking for the majority of the residents.
We do not like what has evolved across the street. The only thing which was making it tolerable was the expectation of a Trader Joe’s. Now the City Council has dashed those hopes. We will not be frequenting the wine shops and restaurants. They unfortunately are not with in our budgets.
There really are some really good people in Woodinville. This letter is intended to thank the “daughter” who anonymously gave me a $100 Home Depot gift card while I was dining at the Woodinville Purple on Father’s Day. Your kind gesture certainly caught me by surprise and your heartfelt letter which described your father touched me deeply. It made me think again about the special relationship I had with my own father who passed away 16 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I could share stories and laughs with him. Thank you so much.
I believe your gift was intended for a father, which I am not. I was dining that evening with a long-time friend and her niece, who were both visiting from California. However, I would like to honor your intentions by contributing $100 to the Wounded Warrior Project. I am pretty sure that both of our fathers would be proud of us and are smiling from above.
An Appreciative Son
‘NOW GO HOME’
Here we go, the Woodinville City Council sticking its foot in its mouth again. And this time, it’s one of our favorites, Ms. Susan Boundy-Sanders.
This past week, she was quoted in the Weekly stating: “In the pedestrian core district, you want it to be pedestrian-friendly, which means that you don’t want to be setting up uses that are going to attract a lot of customers from all over the place.”
What does this mean? We need to wall-off the various Woodinville Wine district neighborhoods from any access to downtown. People come from all over to enjoy our wineries, breweries and distilleries. But Ms. Boundy-Sanders doesn’t want people from “all over the place” to come and patronize downtown.
When is the City Council going to realize that those of us who live outside of the city limits are also the life-blood that keeps downtown Woodinville popular? ALL of the businesses in downtown Woodinville rely on those of us who live outside of the city limits of Woodinville for their livelihood. Plain and simple.
It’s as if Ms. Susan Boundy-Sanders is saying, “Welcome to Woodinville, now go home!”