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Woodinville Montessori School students shake hands with history

  • Written by Woodinville Montessori School
Shakespeare, Galileo, Minamoto Yoritomo, King Arthur, Melisende, Fibonacci and Montezuma were some of the guests attending a historical dinner at Woodinville Montessori School on Thursday, January 26.

The event was the culmination of upper elementary study of famous characters from the Middle Ages.

Life-sized sculptures of these historical characters filled the room. Tables were adorned with placemats visually expressing the accomplishments of these heroes, intricate portraits, elegant candlesticks and more.

For dinner, visitors were served information on the lives of these characters from the Middle Ages.  The stories were truly captivating and informative.

As in all great dinner parties, there was attention paid to the details in planning, presentation and guest list

But the most important ingredient came from the students: motivation, organization, imagination and creativity.

For several months WMS students in the 4th– 6th grades have been researching their characters and writing reports.

They especially enjoyed creating paper mache heads of their historical characters during art class.  Using their ingenuity and creativity, students took the heads, added facial features and continued to build these life-sized figures.

The only requirement was for the figure to sit independently.  Some used dowels, chicken wire, or even an old lamp stand to create a base, and lots of recycled newspaper and old nylons to create arms, legs and torso.

Students added clothing, props and accoutrements, handmade or readymade, to further identify their characters.

This study of the Middle Ages and the final presentation gave students the opportunity to shake hands with history and discover fascinating connections between people of different times and places.  Integrating writing and art with all curriculum areas provides a very powerful outlet for creativity and personal expression.

WMS Upper Elementary students are now looking forward to their next unit of study, the Vikings.


For more information about Woodinville Montessori School visit www.woodinvillemontessori.org.

Local arborist branches out

  • Written by Don Mann
QuigleyIt might look the same from the outside, but things inside are just a little bit different.

Last Wednesday, Classic Nursery and Landscape Company of Redmond moved into its new location, where Tom Quigley’s Olympic Nursery had been for the past 22 years.

“We’re no longer in the retail business,” Quigley said, having sold Olympic to Classic owners Alan and Julie Burke, who moved their operation from its Avondale Road location to the 10-acre plot at 16215 140th Place NE in Woodinville.

Quigley said he will transition from the retail nursery business to independent arborist work while still operating out of a back room of his old facility.

“I’m becoming a tree guy,” he said. “It’s a new chapter, a different chapter, and I’m excited about it.”

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified Quigley — a towering local presence in the industry — to provide consultations for tree and plant appraisal as well as tree risk assessments. He will continue to assist homeowners, commercial property owners and contractors in selecting the proper trees for their desired projects.

Olympic Nursery was established in 1989, operating originally on one fertile acre in the Sammamish Valley. The nursery quickly grew to 10 acres and established itself as a premier provider of larger-sized ornamental trees used for privacy, screening and hedging.

Quigley remains the general manager of 70-acre Sammamish Valley Farm.  He is current chair and co-founder of the Sammamish Valley Alliance, a local non-profit working for local farms and farmers through education and farm events.

Quigley worked on local agriculture issues in the 1990’s and early 2000s, serving two years as chair of the King County Agriculture Commission. He was also a founding member of the Woodinville Farmers Market, which gave vision to the 21 Acres project, which today supports local agriculture by providing a unique connection to the soil through education, research, culinary enjoyment and farm appreciation.

Quigley’s latest endeavor can be found on his Web site:  tomquigleyarborist.com.

Classic Nursery and Landscape Company will continue to provide complete design and installation of all aspects of residential and commercial landscapes including perennial and container gardening.

Northshore schools earn 2011 Washington Achievement Awards

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Nine Northshore schools representing elementary, junior high and high school have earned 2011 Washington Achievement awards:

Elementary

• Crystal Springs: Closing Achievement Gaps

• Maywood Hills: Closing Achievement Gaps

• Kenmore: Overall Excellence Closing Achievement Gaps

• Sunrise: Overall Excellence

• Wellington: Overall Excellence

• Woodin Elementary School: Overall Excellence Closing Achievement Gaps

Junior High

• Northshore: Closing Achievement Gaps

• Canyon Park: Closing Achievement Gaps

High

• Inglemoor: Overall Excellence Math

Schools are selected based on their statewide assessment data for the three previous years.

This data is analyzed using the Achievement Index and methodology approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and State Board of Education (SBE).

Schools are recognized for top performance in seven categories: overall excellence, language areas, math, science, extended graduation rate improvement (high and comprehensive high schools only) and closing achievement gaps.

Representatives from these schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 25 at Mariner High School in Everett.

Canterbury sale in the works — possibly —

  • Written by Don Mann
Canterbury
Entrance to Canterbury Square in downtown Woodinville. Photo by Don Mann.
There’s been some recent activity regarding Canterbury Square, the aging manufactured-home community that sits for sale on 20 acres of prime land in the heart of downtown Woodinville, a nugget that’s been crying out for redevelopment.

At its last meeting local real estate developer Doug Reiss of Dave Weidner Apartment Homes introduced  himself to the Woodinville City Council during public comment and announced he and his partner had entered a purchase and sale agreement with the Canterbury Homeowners Association.

The agreement includes a six-month feasibility study of the redevelopment of Canterbury Square before any money actually changes hands.

Reiss spoke about a vision that was “fairly aligned” with the city’s, appealed for council’s support in working together, and touched upon a “win-win” design for an exciting downtown residential/ retail component to Woodinville.

Reiss later sat down with the Woodinville Weekly to expand on that vision.

“First of all we’re talking about apartments and not condominiums,” he said. “I think city council realizes that’s what’s viable in today’s market.”

Reiss noted that during a previous meeting, council produced a map that showed where it wanted retail development in its rezoned central business district.

“They want 135th Ave. to extend through Canterbury and intersect with 171st St. and we think that makes sense, too,” Reiss said. “They want retail along that street and we agree that’s what should be there. And it should be nice, upscale: wine bars, clothing stores, restaurants — an attractive retail addition to Woodinville. They talked about wanting this to be a people-place, so we want to create a nightlife atmosphere as well as a daytime atmosphere. So in our vision we’d have apartments above that ground floor retail along the main street.  That’s the city’s vision and that’s our vision.”

Reiss was reluctant to say what price he and Weidner would be paying for the parcel should the feasibility study prove to be a go.

In 2006, it was noted, CamWest Development, Inc. was set to pay the homeowners association $35 million before it rescinded the offer when the economic forecast grew dark.

“I will tell you the homeowners association had to significantly compromise because that price was in a different economic climate,” he said. “That was six years ago and things were very different.” CamWest was then interested in building condominiums for sale, he said.

So what will be successful for Reiss’s group that didn’t look to be successful for CamWest?

“They were looking at less density and the (building) height limit has now changed from 50 to 57 feet,” he said. “In order to be successful, in order for us to provide the infrastructure the city wants, we’re going to have to have density.”

Woodinville City Manager Richard Leahy recently stated that Canterbury’s redevelopment alone could provide up to 75 percent of the 2,000 dwelling units that the Growth Management Act (GMA) has mandated the city needs to make available by 2020.

Reiss would not put his finger on a specific number of units he intended to build.

“We’re less concerned with GMA mandates and more concerned with economic viability,” he said.

Unlike a lot of properties and development opportunities which are adjacent to residential areas, Reiss said, this one is not. And that’s what makes it unique.

“Instead of swimming upstream against community interest, what we’re doing is enhancing the community in that the local businesses will like this arrangement because it will bring new customers,” he said.

“It will increase walkability and create an exciting people-place, during the day, during the evening and on the weekend. It’s absolutely a key piece of land and it’s not like it’s out on the periphery next to this subdivision or that subdivision; it’s right downtown.”

He compared the project to the redevelopment that’s happening in Redmond, Kirkland and Bothell.

“They’re bringing people into the downtown core,” he said. “They’re eliminating automobile and traffic and pollution. This is the trend and it’s a good one, instead of the urban sprawl you get with massive apartment complexes out next to a whole bunch of houses.”

Ginger Buchanan keeps her fingers crossed for the sale to go through but has heard it all before.

President of Canterbury Criers Association and a CHA member who still resides in one of the complex’s 128 units, Buchanan said 114 of the 116 owners voted to approve the sale — the third time a sale has been approved since 2006.

“A lot of people really want to get out of here and the average age of the 37 owners still living here is 86,” she said. “Right now we have more renters than homeowners. We need to get it sold and the sooner the people at City Hall decide what they want here, the better.”

The council is still making its way through new Ordinance No. 524 which amends downtown zoning code regulations, set to begin second reading on the item for approval after taking 11 months to pass first reading.

“Ever since Woodinville became a city it’s been a struggle every step of the way,” Buchanan added. “They get the master plan laid out and then they make these amendments to it. They just cannot make a decision. And then they argued about the height and it was a matter of a few feet. I mean, we’re not talking 10 stories here.

“The planning director had said none of the prospective builders who’ve come to him want to build retail, but apparently Weidner does. So what’s the problem?

“They’re stalling over itty-bitty issues. We just want it sold; we need to move on. It’s not fair to make us sit here all these years wondering what we should plan for. This is not the way to treat older people.”

From the city’s point of view, Assistant to the City Manager Alexandra Sheeks said the following: “This is a private party transaction and as a courtesy we don’t discuss a party’s plans with third parties. What I can tell you is Mr. Reiss has begun his six-month due diligence period and they have not filed an application for development.”

Kenmore residents needed for library board and landmarks commission

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Kenmore City Council is seeking residents to serve on the Kenmore Library Advisory Board and as a special member on the King County Landmarks Commission.

Applicants with a variety of skills, interests and experience are encouraged to apply. Application forms are available on the City’s website, www.kenmorewa.gov, or at City Hall, 18120 68th Ave. NE. Please send your completed application to:

Lynn Suskin, City of Kenmore Clerk, PO Box 82607, Kenmore, WA 98028. You may also submit the application via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Completed application forms should be received by the City Clerk by Monday, February 13, 2012.