I was very disappointed in the recent article The Woodinville Weekly did on the City Council’s public hearing on Wellington Hills Park. A large number of people spoke against the Snohomish County Parks Department proposal to change Wellington Hills Park into a Regional Sports Complex. In general, people were concerned over the very real issues of traffic congestion on local roads, noise, light pollution, loss of natural habitat, public safety, lack of any input into the park’s design as required and loss of the quality of life that’s associated with living in Woodinville. The fact is: the director of Snohomish County’s parks was not at the public hearing yet he was quoted in the article. The terrible misconception is the things he said were sound bytes, clichés, half truths or totally unsubstantiated and condescending generalities.
We wanted to pass along a heartfelt thanks to the Northshore community for your strong support of the school district’s recent bond and levy measures.
Our committee was proud to work on behalf of our students and schools.
While we hope the information you received was helpful, we know you cast your ballot in support of our teachers and staff who care and make learning a priority.
Buildings that are well maintained and an administration that is fiscally sound. Northshore can be proud of its community and schools.
Mike Sharadin and B-Z Davis, levy/bond co-chairs
Good news about clean energy in Woodinville!
Puget Sound Energy’s 20-year plan to provide 30 percent of the power it sells to us Eastsiders by continuing to burn coal at its aging Montana coal plant was recently rebuffed by Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission.
As a volunteer for the Sierra Club’s Coal-Free PSE campaign, I was happy to hear that PSE will have to take the true costs of coal – on our health and our environment – into consideration in its planning.
PSE will need to rethink its 20-year plan and move to replace coal with energy efficiency and wind and solar power, which will create jobs, a clean energy economy, and a sustainable future for us, our children, and our children’s children – good news indeed.
If there is any one thing that my family respects, honors, and cherishes as much as our beloved, WORLD CHAMPION Seahawks, it is in fact our incredible city. My in-laws, wife, and kids have lived in Woodinville their entire lives and would not change that for anything. We decided to honor our Hawks with a family trip to decorate "the 12th fish." Not only did we use the utmost care and caution, we also used it as a way to teach our kids about community and respect for property.
I appreciate and respect the concern for our landmark and would like to make sure that our wonderful city knows that my son and I removed every trace of decoration we put up.
A soft, non abrasive, non marring agent was used to remove the tape residue. Granted, some residue from other decorators’ previous displays still remains.
We also made sure as we do when we leave a campsite, that it was left "cleaner than when we got there."
Rest assured, if/when this family shall decorate our incredible landmark in the future, it will be handled in the same fashion as it was this time.
The Beaupre family
12th Man, Woodinville Residents
A few months ago, there was a power outage on Puget Sound Energy’s main line off 232nd Ave.NE, Woodinville, caused apparently by a fallen tree or limb.
Such occurrences are designated "acts of nature" by the power company, and by the State Utilities Commission.
Thus, the power company says it is not liable for any problems that disruption of service causes customers. Two state legislators indicate now that they are not in a position to change that.
On the occasion referenced, when power was restored it caused a surge into our house that burned out the main circuit board of our electric range which cost more than $1000 to replace.
I am told that there may be at least three or four other customers in this vicinity who may have been damaged,also.
Now, I am not an electrician, but it is my understanding that there should be a substation and/or transformer between the main line and any residence, designed to step down the voltage before it reaches a residence and prevent any damaging power surge.
And It seems to me that turning the power back on would be an "act of man" rather than an "act of nature," and that it would be the power company’s responsibility to see that its substations and transformers are performing properly.
Nevertheless, at the moment, it seems the only recourse would be expensive legal action against the power company.
I would appreciate receiving other reader/ power company customer’s comments, advice. Thank you.
Keith Oliver, Woodinville
I’m writing to note an error in the article (February 10, 2014) "A 1.3-acre parcel on the southwest corner of NE 171st Street and 140th Avenue NE, for which the city budgeted $225,000, could be used for right-of-way for traffic improvements such as a roundabout."
The parcel is actually 3 tenths of an acre or approximately 13,000 square feet.
It consists of the thin, overgrown strip that is fronted mostly on NE 171st Street.
The property is what was left of the larger parcel that includes the KFC corner when the bypass (171st) was cut through several years ago.
The targeted property has carried a for sale sign for several months and has been posted periodically in the past.
It DOES NOT include the Chrysalis School parcel, a separate property owned by the school’s operators.
The for sale sign has been a source of confusion for Chrysalis and I expect the article might further add as much.
The school is not for sale nor is the property on which it sits.
Walter Fogle, Chrysalis School, Woodinville
In the article regarding the Rettigs’ trip to El Salvador, there is a greater irony than the one noted in the article.
In the U.S., the requirement of Voter ID cards pushed by some Republicans is Jim Crow coming back to life, putting obstacles in the way of citizens who want to vote. Other examples of Jim Crow activity in this country: preventing or shortening the opportunity for early voting, ending same-day registration, and the presence of fewer voting machines in minority areas meaning longer lines of people waiting to vote.
The greater irony is this: that while some in the U.S. are actively attempting to disenfranchise some U.S. citizens, El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal seeks to expand enfranchisement by encouraging more and more citizens to vote.
It has already increased the number of polling places and brought those closer to where people live, increased the number of voting booths at the polling places, and for the first time provided the chance for absentee voting from Salvadorans living overseas.
In the U.S., we should be working to increase enfranchisement, not decrease it!
I am a parent of two boys at Fernwood Elementary in the north end of Northshore School District. I am also a home owner in a neighborhood adjoining the proposed high school site and despite the challenges this will bring, I’m in favor of the upcoming 2014 bond and levies.
My day job as a real estate broker gives me a unique perspective as I work with buyers comparing housing options within King and Snohomish counties. Historically, homes within the Northshore School District have been considered more desirable and have fetched higher prices. This is illustrated perfectly by two new housing developments in north Bothell, built by one builder. Although just a block apart, these neighborhoods are serviced by different school districts, one being Northshore.
Based on my conversations with the listing agent and closing data, near identical homes located within the Northshore neighborhood sold for up to $15,000 more than those in the neighborhood serviced by the other. Simply, today’s buyers see the value of our schools and are willing to invest more.
This vote has potential to greatly impact our recovering housing market.
As a homeowner I have to ask if it’s fiscally responsible to reject a small tax increase and risk a much larger hit to property values not to mention the quality of education our children receive? If Northshore School District cannot effectively meet the demands of the growing student population, its overall reputation, and our property values, will most certainly suffer. In order to maintain the high level of excellence the public has come to expect from Northshore, I urge my fellow voters to consider the long-lasting, negative ramifications failure would have and stand united in support.
Finally, as a Fernwood parent for the past six years, I’ve witnessed the growing pains first hand but also the tremendous efforts of staff and teachers to address them with extreme care, always keeping the needs of the students in mind. We are fortunate to have such talented educators and I hope we will all be able to breathe easier come February, knowing relief is on its way.
Stacy Rus, Bothell
Each year the Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) hosts youth soccer league and tournament play culminating in its annual Cranberry Cup. The Cup is a celebration of the sport of Northshore select soccer and treats the community to competitive boys and girls soccer traditionally held Thanksgiving weekend.
Our recent season-ending tournament hosted more than 60 teams from across the greater Seattle area including Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, West Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Granite Falls and Silver Lake as well as several teams in from Canada for the first time in the tournament.
The 2013 edition of the Cranberry Cup was one of the most successful to date due in large part to the City of Woodinville and the numerous tournament sponsors that we would be remiss not to recognize! Special thanks is extended to the city manager’s office in Woodinville, specifically Alexandra Sheeks, Brenda Eriksen and Nancy Brandt for their assistance with field support and event coordination. NYSA would like to recognize the following local sponsors of this year’s Cup:
I have lived in the Northshore School District since the very early 1950’s and graduated from Bothell High School in 1963.
I have always valued the education I received in this community.
We have one of the best school districts in the state because of great teachers and a strong administration. In addition, our three communities have always worked together to ensure that we build schools when we needed them to prevent overcrowding, maintain our facilities to protect our investment, and provide up-to-date technologies to keep our graduates competitive in a fast-paced modern world.
Knowing that this area was a wonderful place to raise a family and poised for continuous growth in the future, our forward thinking citizens in the 1950s and 60s voted to fund the purchase of lands for future schools.
The Northshore community continued that commitment to education as the district grew, never failing a school bond or levy.
It is because of that legacy, along with a personal feeling that every student in our community deserves the best education we can provide, that I’m voting to support all three school measures on the ballot February 11th.
I encourage all of my fellow citizens to do the same and please don’t forget to vote.
George Selg, Bothell
Thank you to the Woodinville Weekly staff for writing up a great article for our 2nd annual meal packaging event.
We raised $3,821, enough for 15,284 meals!
On Tuesday, the 17th, about 60-65 people gathered and, in 1 hour, using COTN’s assembly-line meal packaging system for their recipe of lentils, freeze-dried vegetables, vegetable bouillon and rice, sealed up 15,284 meals for Children of the Nations (COTNI.org). These meals will make their way to a hungry orphaned or destitute child served by COTN.
Thank you to everyone who participated. We had SUCH a blast!
Getting to know neighbors, meeting new friends, sharing the love and generosity of the holiday season, and packaging over 15,000 meals made it a great success!
Thank you to everyone who gave their dollars, quarters, nickels and dimes, their time and energy, and to Maltby Christian Assembly church for letting us use their facility and for putting up with all the organized chaos this event brings.
You did so with grace and generosity, which is fitting for this time of year, as well as for this wonderful organization. Makes Christmas feel even merrier!