It was business, not personal, at council candidate forum

  • Written by Don Mann

Wooodinville City Council candidates include, left to right, Scott Hageman, Al Taylor, Les Rubstello and Jeff Glickman. Photo by Don Mann.

It was strictly business — and how to generate more of it — at the Woodinville City Council candidate luncheon forum hosted by the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in the Madrona Room of the Carol Edwards Center.

Challengers Les Rubstello and Al Taylor went answer-for-answer with incumbents Jeff Glickman and Scott Hageman in an hour long give-and-take, responding to five business-related questions submitted by chamber members and delivered by moderator Annie Archer, editor of Woodinville Patch, in front of maybe 50 concerned citizens.

It was difficult to determine who might have outperformed whom, as each candidate had his moments and the group as a whole was remarkably civil in a debate deliberately tailored toward business and business only.

“I was pleased that the event went so well and thought it was a fair opportunity for the candidates to express their views,” Chamber Director David Witt said. “We made it a point to focus on business issues only and felt that was appropriate given it was the chamber. We received some positive feedback from the community and personally I thought it was refreshing to have a civil and respectful conversation about the issues. Sometimes in these campaigns things can gravitate toward the bottom.”

Councilmember Liz Aspen, who’s running for reelection unopposed, was invited to participate but said in a prepared statement read by Witt she could not break away from her duties at Einstein Middle School in Shoreline.

Voter ballots were sent out late last week and the General Election is November 8.

New art work for sports fields

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Photo courtesy of City of Woodinville The new sculpture was designed and built by Georgia Gerber.
A new art sculpture will be installed on October 27 at the Woodinville Sports Fields entrance on 131st Avenue NE.

The art sculpture is a donation from the Woodinville Garden Club and designed and built by Northwest artist Georgia Gerber.

The new sculpture is a playful 4.5-foot tall baseball glove that will mark the entry point off 131st Avenue NE to the Woodinville Sports Fields.

The City has provided a concrete pad for the sculpture and will provide lighting and landscaping after the sculpture has been placed. For more information regarding the new sculpture or the sports fields, contact City Hall at (425) 489-2700.

Woodinville Safety Fair

  • Written by David Weed, community services officer
It is time for the annual Woodinville Safety Fair presented by the Woodinville Water District, the City of Woodinville and Woodinville Fire & Rescue.

The Safety Fair will be held Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the headquarters fire station in Woodinville.

This year’s Safety Fair will include demonstrations and exhibits for all ages to learn how to be prepared for a disaster, severe weather event or major emergency.

There will be fire extinguisher classes, fire engine tours, rescue demonstrations, safety information and much more. Costco Pharmacy will be on hand to provide flu shots.

Also included at the Safety Fair will be a free pancake breakfast served from 10-noon and a hot dog lunch from noon-2. For additional information, contact Woodinville Fire & Rescue at (425) 483-2131.

Crews stop treated wastewater overflow near Woodinville pump station

  • Written by Department of Natural Resources and Parks
A damaged pipe carrying treated, disinfected Class A reclaimed water from the Brightwater Treatment Plant to the York Pump Station in Redmond overflowed into the Sammamish River last Wednesday afternoon.

Class A reclaimed water is approved for irrigation and is safe for human contact. The overflow contained no raw sewage.

A community member called King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division around 3:45 p.m. to report an overflow near the Woodinville Pump Station, located at 12900 Woodinville/Duvall Rd in Woodinville.

County employees responded quickly and were able to stop the overflow by 4:20 p.m.

Staff notified regulatory agencies about the overflow and will work as needed with permitting agencies and jurisdictions on restoration.

Additional information about Brightwater is available on the Web at

Woodinville All Fools Day Parade poster contest begins

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce calls for local artists, amateurs, professionals and anyone with a hankering to try their hand, to design a poster for the March 31, 2012, Woodinville All Fools Day Parade.

This annual event celebrates the Woodinville community with the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District Pancake Breakfast, Woodinville All Fools Day Parade, Basset Bash, Children’s Activity Fair, Woodinville Farmers Market Arts & Crafts Fair and the city’s birthday with the largest birthday cake east of the Sammamish River.

Each of the various activities is to be incorporated into the poster.

The parade committee will select the design they feel best portrays our celebration of the Woodinville community.

Please submit your poster design by January 15, 2012, to the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, 17401 133rd Ave. NE, Suite A3 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include “Celebrate Woodinville poster” in the subject line. For additional information, send email or call (425) 481-8300.