Bands wanted!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Cedarcrest High School’s annual Battle of the Bands, a fundraiser for RHYTHM (Riverview Helping Youth to Have Music) will be held Saturday, April 21.
Bands interested in performing will play 30-minute sets of creative, original music before a live, all ages audience, and five judges from the professional music community.  

Band members must be 21 years of age or younger, with at least one member in high school. Bands will compete for music gear, gift certificates and other prizes.  Registration ends April 6.  For specific rules and judging criteria, go to

Letters to the Editor - March 19, 2012

  • Written by Readers

Thanks to the Y at the Carol Edwards Center, Hometown Heroes. businesses

To all the community members, schools, businesses, churches, non-profits, elected officials and hometown volunteers that make us a city:

Plans are underway for the 34th All Fools’ Day Parade, the 29th Basset Bash, the Celebrate Woodinville Arts & Craft Show, the Annual Woodinville Fire & Rescue Pancake Breakfast and the traditional City of Woodinville’s 19th birthday cake.

Because of city budget cuts in 2010-2011, last year was a transition year for the Carol Edwards Center and other events in the city.  This year it’s all new and  we expect an even better attendance than in 2010.

This 2012 celebration will be run by community volunteers, dubbed Hometown Heroes. We need groups, couples and individuals who can step up to the plate and help with time, leadership and resources, including setup and teardown, Ambassetors (not a typo), crowd control and more. If you want to volunteer, we have a place for you.  We also need someone to head up the 2012 Talent and Art Exhibit, which is going to remain a part of Celebrate Woodinville, but under a different format. A group could volunteer for one of these needs.

An individual could coordinate the event. There are no charges for community groups and nonprofits to participate:

With our focus on hometown heroes this year, I would also encourage each group to display ways that ordinary folks can do extraordinary things by volunteering in their community. It’s time to turn things around, go back to the basics as a community and help each other out. More information is available at

Celebrate Woodinville schedule:

• noon to 4 p.m. — Children’s Activity and Family Resource Fair

This is an opportunity for area non-profit groups and others to share information about the resources that their organizations provide. Interactive elements such as a free craft, activity or entertainment for children and their families are preferred. Not only is it a great way to introduce yourself to the community, but it is also a time for members of our community to find out about existing resources that serve our city.

• 1 p.m. — City of Woodinville’s 19th birthday celebration.

The Woodinville City Council will be there to serve a 1000 slices of the biggest cake you’ll see in Woodinville.

Volunteers will also be on hand to serve beverages. We will be holding the event at the Y at the Carol Edwards Center. In 2010, we lost count after 1000+ families, individuals and children entered the doors.

• noon to 4 p.m. — 2012 Amateur Talent & Art Exhibit

This has been a focal point this year, as we are looking at all the budget cuts in our city.  It has also been a learning curve on what can be done and how much time it takes to organize. For this year we are changing how the event(s) are presented and run. However in keeping with the spirit of Woodinville and in looking at all the promising talent that our young people display, we have five ways that our youth and young at heart can participate this year. Grades pre-k thrrough 12th are offered two ways to display their art work. Find details at

Go to for contact information on not only our events but the other activities also. The site features an easy contact for more information  and will be updated again as needed.

I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and many new ones.  I will also be happy to talk to you about any questions you might have and, if needed, provide simple inexpensive ideas for your participation.

This is also the biggest event of the year in Woodinville and a time when we can have fun and enjoy all the rich resources and wonderful neighbors with whom we have been blessed.

Thank you in advance for being part of this wonderful city.

Catherine Howard, Hometown Volunteer

Letters to the Editor - March 12, 2012

  • Written by Readers

Mayor Talmas:

Not too many months ago your constituents spent over $150,000 of their own money and City of Woodinville spent many thousands more constituents’ tax dollars to win in State Supreme Court against a Wood Trails Subdivision rezone in the Wellington neighborhood.

The intent was not only to uphold the R-1 zone but to keep sewers from invading neighborhoods of R-1.

NOW here we are, faced with a similar yet dissimilar situation.

Again the developer proposes to bring in sewers and develop on lots smaller than an acre.

The difference this time is not by a rezone but by clustering with density transfer credits on lots as small as 12,000 square feet. Do we, your constituents, AGAIN need to go to court and spend another $150,000 of our own money to maintain one acre building sites without sewers in the R-1 zone?

Or will you and the City Council step up to the plate, modify Ordinance 532 for consistency and  require that lots created in R-1 have the minimum size to support on-site septic?

And while you are modifying 532 please modify Woodinville Municipal Code so that sewer hookups in the R-1 zone are not required and households in the R-1 zone with septic systems cannot be required to connect to sewer.

PLEASE modify Ordinance 532 and the Municipal Code and fix the R-1 zone problems once and for all.

We, your constituents, cannot afford to keep fighting battles in court that can easily be resolved by you and members of our City Council.

Thank you,

Phyllis Keller, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - March 5, 2012

  • Written by Readers

Medical Marijuana

I see that the City of Woodinville has taken the immensely brave step of prohibiting medical marijuana collective gardens.

I wonder about their justifications, though. The council gave many reasons for banning the gardens, such as housing stock removal, degrading neighborhood aesthetics, smell, chemical discharges, electrical fires, mold, loiterers, traffic and crime.  All of these problems exist without the marijuana collective gardens.

Removal of housing stock?  How many foreclosed houses are sitting empty in your neighborhood?  I can see one right now.

Smell? What about horse manure?

Mold? We just paid thousands of dollars to get rid of mold due to a poorly-installed roof.

Loiterers? How about those kids that have been hanging around at the end of the cul-de-sac for the last 21 years?

Traffic? Better close down every home business.

Crime? We have had several break-ins on our street already.

These problems already exist without marijuana collective gardens, and most of them can be dealt with through existing laws.  There are already ordinances dealing with unsightly dwellings, with loitering, with crimes, with excess traffic.  And there is no reason that Woodinville should not join forward-looking cities and states and allow the production of medical marijuana. Sure, marijuana use is a federal crime, but there is no law, federal or otherwise, that prevents a municipality from making a law allowing production. If the law seems unconstitutional, someone will contest the law and the courts will decide. Many people, people I know and love, cannot deal with some medical problems using legal drugs.   The drugs make them sick, stupid, poor, or just don’t work at all.  The wave of realization that marijuana can be an effective treatment is beginning to crest. Unfortunately, Woodinville is trying to stop this wave, but will be washed over.

John S. Snow, Woodinville


Northshore School District (NSD) has the earliest high-school bell time of any district in the region. Early bell times mean teens get inadequate sleep which leads to poorer academic performance and health. Parent Advocates for a Later Start (PALS) is currently working toward achieving a later start time for high-school students in NSD. Please sign the online petition to reach the goal of presenting 500 signatures by the March 13 NSD School Board  meeting. Online petition —

Debra Srebnik, Woodinville

Guest Editorial - State Senate was right in protecting domestic violence victims

  • Written by Vicci Hilty
On Tuesday (February 28) the Senate released its proposed supplemental budget, which made protecting victims of domestic violence a priority.

The Senate’s proposed budget preserves funding for domestic violence emergency shelters and other crucial social services, without shortening offenders’ prison sentences.

On a single day in 2011, Washington state domestic violence programs served 1,884 domestic violence victims, including providing 1,080 victims with emergency shelter or transitional housing, and 804 victims with non-shelter services, such as individual counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups.

On that same day, Washington domestic violence programs were unable to meet the needs of 502 requests for services due to a lack of funding or resources.

Clearly, the Senate understands that further cuts to these life-saving services for domestic violence victims and their children would have grave consequences.

We appreciate the Senate prioritizing the protection of life-saving services for domestic violence victims.  We hope the Legislature  makes sure the final budget preserves these services for victims and their children.

Vicci Hilty is the deputy director at Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County