Kenmore makes major move

  • Written by Don Mann
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Staff Photo/Don Mann. Kenmore Camera”s present location
If and when the envisioned Kenmore Village actually takes hold, the local powerbrokers-that-be may look back at an early milestone.

Because the city and Kenmore Camera, a well-established institution and a linchpin to the business community, last week made a deal that should have positive long-term ramifications.

Kenmore’s city council approved a purchase-and-sale agreement with Kenmore Camera owners Jim and Martha Donovan for a portion of the Kenmore property which has been owned by the city since 2003.

The property sale will close following a 90-day feasibility and due diligence period, when all the legal dots will be completed.

So Kenmore is selling a 54,000 square foot piece of property (1.24 acres) which includes a 17,000- square-foot building formerly occupied by Grocery Outlet. The price is $1,250,000.

Through a boundary line adjustment, the city will retain 15,000 square feet of frontage on NE 181st Street from the original parcel: the camera shop will need ample parking.

Staff Photo/Don Mann. The move to Kenmore Village will provide more than triple the space of the current Kenmore Camera store.
Kenmore Camera, a family owned business based in Kenmore since 1974, is a premier provider of photographic equipment and services. They are renowned for their extensive training for beginners and professionals alike, and the expanded facility will allow them to have many of their events in downtown Kenmore. The move will provide more than triple the space of the current store, which is just across the street on NE 181st from the current location.

Said owner Jim Donovan: “ Kenmore has always been a great place to be in business and we’ve outgrown the present location. The move to Kenmore Village is going to be the perfect move for us both in size and location. We will be able to have everything under one roof including classrooms and storage. It couldn’t be better.”

Kenmore’s city council sees this agreement as an important step in downtown redevelopment, supporting the expansion of a strong local business.

Said Kenmore Mayor David Baker: “ We welcome this investment because it will benefit downtown redevelopment goals which have been the focus of community interest and discussion over many years — and it ensures the long-term presence of an important Kenmore business.”

Said Bob Donovan, the elder son of Jim and Martha, and who runs the day-to-day operations: “We’re looking forward to the move. The architects’ work is 99 percent done (at the new building) and we’ll go to permit shortly. We have 60 days of ‘due diligence’ and ideally we’ll open up over there in February or March. Everything will happen pretty fast.”

He said his father established the store at its present location in the early 80s, but couldn’t remember precisely when.

“This was the old fire station back then,” he said. “You may notice that the building slopes down hill, because they wanted the water to go away.”

He added: “ We’ve grown a little bit over the years and we’ll surely fill up that new space.”

He said they were pretty excited about “a big jump up” in terms of space, which is three times the size of the current location.

“We can now bring in national speakers to classrooms and have a much larger presence in the photo community,” he said. “Right now we’re packed in here pretty tight.”

R-74 to be on general ballot in fall

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

R-74 qualified after the signature-verification check was completed last week and then certified, clearing its way onto the ballot. Since the 247,331 signatures turned in by the sponsors were far more than the minimum of 120,577 valid signatures from registered Washington voters needed to make the ballot, a 3 percent sample check was conducted. Of the 7,561 signatures that were sampled during the check, 6,877 were accepted and the rest were rejected because the signer is not registered to vote, the signature on the petition did not match the signature on the voter registration record, or the voter signed the petition more than once.

The referendum gives voters a chance to approve or reject the state’s newly passed law that allows civil marriage for same-sex couples.

Now that the R-74 signature check is completed, the Elections Division will conduct a full review of about 1,000 questionable signatures that were discovered last weekend. Before starting their 3 percent random sample test on Sunday, Election Division crews found about 50 petition sheets that they suspect may be fraudulent. The signatures were mostly names of legitimate registered voters, but the signatures on the petitions did not match the signatures in the voter registration records.

The questionable petition sheets were set aside and did not affect the R-74 signature-check.

Katie Blinn, co-director of the Elections Division, has asked the Washington State Patrol to investigate the questionable signatures and take appropriate action. In previous cases, the patrol has investigated and then turned the information over to a county prosecutor. Once the Elections Division finishes its own investigation on the questionable signatures, it will turn them over to the State Patrol.

Initiative/referendum petition fraud is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine.

For FAQs and final stats from the check:

Black bears visiting Reintree

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Bears in Reintree
Photo by Dave Kummerlowe The Kummerlowes had two black bears visit their yard in search of food.
In recent weeks there have been several reported sightings of black bears in the Reintree neighborhood of Woodinville. One incident led to the lockdown of Timbercrest Junior High School.

Dave Kummerlowe of Reintree reported: “Two bears visited our back deck early this morning tearing down a seed-filled bird feeder we have had up for some time. They had little fear of humans. We scared them off only to have them return at 8 the next morning. In full daylight they seemed very comfortable walking around the backyard. One may have had a wildlife ID tag in its left ear. We’ve named them Bozo and Buddy. We will not be putting the bird feeder back up.”

Theresa Thompson writes: “The bear hit our house again last night around 11 p.m. We have lived here 17 years and have never had a problem with a bear in our garbage until the night before last. I have moved the garbage can into the garage, so he hit the recycling bin which I left outside.

As Yogi has been here for 3+ years, this might be a need for our area if we are unable to put our garbage cans in the garage or in another secure area.

“We stood on our deck and lit him up with a  spotlight last night.  We yelled at him, and he calmly walked away with a bag of garbage. He came right back 10 minutes later.  He seems to not fear humans.

“Today I talked with Waste Management, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Bear Savers.

“Waste Management (1-800-592-9995) does not have any bear-proof trash cans available for this area.  I do not know if this is a permanent issue or if they are just out at this time. There is a source for bear-proof trash cans, but their minimum order is 20 cans —

“I called Waste Management again. Their comment is they have never had bear-proof garbage cans available to the Woodinville area.

“I called the nonemergency number (1-877-933-9847) at Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (  The lady I talked to was very informative.  The information I received from her was the following:

‘Bears seek out food in the following manner: 1) bird seed, 2) garbage, 3) pet food, 4) food they forage from their traditional sources.’

“She recommends that we remove the bird feeders.  Her comment was that the birds have enough food available for them until winter. When the bears hibernate, then bring out the feeders.  (Some websites recommend if you love watching birds, plant the plants that feed them.) Also the mess the birds leave under the feeders are an attractant.

“Garbage cans: Store in a secure location. Wash out with bleach to remove the odor of rotting food. Add some bleach to each bag placed in the cans for the same reason.

“Bring garbage cans to the street on the day of pickup, not the night before — - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife info page on black bears.

“Bear Savers 1-909-605-1697 – They make bear-proof garbage cans.  When talking to their customer service I found the following: They supply the following sizes for residential garbage cans: 32 gal and 65 gal., 32 gallons bear-proof containers: PC 32 Gal - $155 per can.  Minimum order 20 cans. Shipping $400 est.; 65 gallon black bear proof containers: PC 65 Gal B - $174 per can. Minimum order 20 cans. Shipping $630 est.

“A comment they had is that they have heard of bears breaking into garages to get the garbage.

“As Yogi was able to avoid the traps set for him last year, the above information is necessary to keep us safe.

“Last Friday, Timbercrest Junior High school was locked down due to a bear on their property.  All the students who normally walked were bussed home.

“We need to work together to make this a safer area for everyone.”

Line-up for Summer Concerts in the Park

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Celebrate Woodinville announces its music line-up for the 2012 Summer Concerts in the Park series at Wilmot Gateway Park in downtown Woodinville.

These concerts are free, community events where families, friends and neighbors can gather to enjoy great music, wine and food all in one place.

Four family-friendly concerts are being presented this summer, with a variety of high-energy bands playing fun music for all ages. Time for all concerts is 7 to 8:30 p.m.

• Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers, Wednesday, July 18, Americana folk rock with a country flavor:

• The Highlife, Wednesday, July 25,  reggae with Latin and Caribbean

• The Emily McIntosh Soul Band, Wednesday, August 1, soul R&B a la Adele and Joss Stone, Woodinville

• Northern Departure, Wednesday, August 8, high-energy bluegrass and newgrass:

About Celebrate Woodinville

Celebrate Woodinville is a partnership between the City of Woodinville, the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce and Woodinville Wine Country.

The mission of Celebrate Woodinville is to bring Woodinville residents together for family-oriented events, encourage a sense of community and promote Woodinville’s wineries, local businesses, agriculture and unique character to visitors from the Puget Sound region.

For more information, visit or contact the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce at (425) 481-8300.

Meeting to discuss Northshore Summit Park improvements

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The City of Kenmore has funding available in the 2012 budget to move forward on improvements outlined in the Northshore Summit Park Master Plan adopted by City Council in 2006. Residents and park users are invited to a presentation on the city’s next steps and to ask questions related to the proposed improvements at a meeting on Thursday, June 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE.

A brief presentation is scheduled at 6:45 p.m.

Proposed improvements could include playground equipment, picnic facilities and trails.

The Northshore Summit Park Master Plan is available to view on the city’s website, If you have questions about the project and are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Bill Evans, project manager, at (425) 398-8900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..