Seven Northshore students named finalists in State Library Literature Contest

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

BOTHELL — Seven Northshore students from Crystal Springs Elementary School, Shelton View Elementary School and Skyview Junior High School are state finalists in the Washington State Library and Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest.

Students wrote personal letters to their favorite author, living or dead, explaining how his or her work influenced their perspective on the world or themselves. Students wrote about fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

Northshore state finalists, grade level, school, chosen author and literary work:

Kayce Hsueh, grade 5, Crystal Springs Elementary School, author Andrew Clements, “No Talking”

Eilish Rhoades, grade 6, Shelton View Elementary School, author Jaqueline Sullivan, “Annie’s War”

Kendall Hawkins, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author David Peltzer, “A Man Named Dave”

Ben Holmes, grade 7, Skyview Junior High School, author J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings”

Jenaya McCann, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author Lynne Cox, “Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer”

Madison Velasquez, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author Jodi Picoult, “My Sister’s Keeper”

Corey Willits, grade 8, Skyview Junior High School, author Rick Riordan, “The Sun of Neptune”

Nearly 100 schools, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs from around the state, had entries.

The contest ran from September to January.

This is the eighth year that the Washington State Library and the Office of Secretary of State have sponsored the competition as part of Washington Reads, which highlights books about Washington or the Pacific Northwest.

The project is also sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Northpointe Wags & Whiskers adoption event

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Meet dogs, puppies, cats and kittens from across Washington in one location. Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Northpointe Animal Hospital located at the corner of Alderwood Mall Parkway and 164th Street in the Fred Meyer parking lot, Lynnwood, Wash. 98087.

Directions can be found at:

Why should I adopt at this event? Up to 100 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of all different shapes, sizes, ages and breeds from at least 10 animal rescue organizations will be onsite available for adoption. All pets are spayed/neutered. The only thing these dogs and cats need is a new home to love and protect them for a lifetime. Plus all dogs and cats come with a free visit to Northpointe, Main Street or Snohomish Station Animal Hospitals.

Experienced shelter staff, licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians will be on hand to help you find the right animal for your family. Shelter staff has evaluated each pet’s behavior and temperament.

Many local businesses and national pet vendors will also be on hand with great giveaways. Participating organizations bringing animals to adopt include:

• Barks R Us Rescue:

• Everett Animal Services:

• 2nd Chance Rescue:


• Homeward Pet Adoption Center:

• Humane Society Happy Paws Farm:

• Purrfect Pals:

• Rescue Every Dog:

• MEOW Cat Rescue:

• Seattle Humane Society:

The event organized by Northpointe Animal Hospital and 2nd Chance Rescue. For further information, visit or or call (425) 329-4466.

Students of the month at WHS

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville High School recognized 27 students of the month on March 20.


• Jessica Bruce, Jordyn Hollister, Natalie Kelley, Lilian Kristjanson, Myra Kuhanont, Kyle Marshall, Mike Nicholas, Brady Olsen, Erika Sather, Jakob Sunde and Lizabeth Ventura


• Donny Barragan, Hailey Chapman, John Cox, Jessica Hale, Karina Ortiz, Brandon Wong and Valarie Zeno


“Students accept personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic, global environment”

• Casey Logan and Alika Weste


• Garrett Young


“Students understand and develop their personal gifts and strengths”

• Darya Golubovskaya, McKayla Hanson, MIlissa Joseph, Julie Kim, Farbod Salehi, Alika Weste and Nathan Billett

Area runners remember marathon

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman Staff Writer
As tragedy touched the nation last week in Boston, some Woodinville residents experienced it firsthand.

Six Woodinville residents and seven Bothell residents ran in this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, where two bombs exploded, killing three people and wounding at least 170. One suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a gunfight with police early Friday morning.

Police caught the other suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday evening after Boston residents had been warned to stay inside all day.

Carol Sexton of Woodinville has run marathons before, but this was her first Boston Marathon. She had finished the marathon about 20 or 30 minutes before the first bomb went off and met up with her daughter, a student at Boston University.

They were about a block away from the finish line when they heard the first bomb, but they didn’t know what it was at first. Sexton thought it might have been a cannon, to celebrate Patriots’ Day, the Massachusetts holiday commemorating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

“It did not sound like a bomb, honestly,” Sexton said. But after she and her daughter heard another explosion, “it didn’t seem quite right.”

They decided to get away from the area of the race and eventually walked three miles back to the hotel where Sexton was staying. When family and friends texted to ask if they were safe, they eventually learned that two bombs had gone off.

Rob Auster, another Woodinville resident, was playing softball in Woodinville and using a phone app to track his son Ryan’s progress in the marathon. When he heard that bombs had gone off, he knew Ryan had just passed the last mile marker.

“You don’t have any idea what the extent of the injuries are,” Rob Auster said. “It was pretty frustrating and a lot of pressure.” He was unable to get in touch with Rob for the first hour or two after the explosions.

Ryan Auster said he and a friend had run about 24.5 miles of the marathon when they heard the first bomb go off. But “there was no indication at all” whether the explosion they heard was violent or dangerous, or if it was part of the celebrations.

Ryan, a Boston resident who works at the Boston Museum of Science, kept running, passing a sign that told him he was one mile from the finish line. He wanted to meet up with his girlfriend and the rest of his training team, who were waiting near the finish line. As he approached Boylston Street, where the finish line was, the police were shouting for people to move away.

Instead, he stopped in a Cheesecake Factory to recharge his phone. Once he could send texts again, he met up with his girlfriend and they walked several miles to get home.

Ryan Auster’s girlfriend had been sitting in the VIP section by the finish line. She saw the explosions but wasn’t injured.

“We were all kind of in a state of shock,” he said. “I don’t remember being very emotional then, but there was a point where I broke down in hysterics on the way back.” In the days after the bombings, he felt guilty for putting his girlfriend and friends in danger, even unintentionally.

In the days after the marathon, Sexton said she also worried that she could have caused danger to her daughter — if, for example, they had waited near the finish line instead of going to eat as soon as Sexton finished.

“I’m kind of a person who, it takes me a while to get the emotions out,” Sexton said. “It was very surreal. It was, after the fact, much more concerning ... I keep waking up [during the night] because of that.”

Both Sexton and Ryan Auster said they would run the Boston Marathon again.

“I didn’t get to experience the Boston Marathon the way I wanted to,” Ryan Auster said. “Part of it’s stubborn pride. When they talk about ‘Boston Strong,’ everyone is determined not to let this alter our way of life.”

On Wednesday, Auster and other runners who hadn’t finished the race before the bombs went off picked up their medals. “That was the BAA’s [Boston Athletic Association] symbol that the race would go on, which was very cool,” he said.

Sexton still plans to run the Seattle Marathon in June, although she wonders if security at races will change.

“It doesn’t stop runners,” she said.

Other local runners in this year’s Boston Marathon were: Jaime Eaton, Ben Lane, Erin McPherson, Stacy Wingard, and Brett Withers from Woodinville; and Hui Jin, Tina Neil, Julie Nelson, Suzanne Nester, Suzanne Robbins, Julia Walters-Burns, and Karra Whitmire from Bothell.

WCDA public hearing continues for second week

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman Staff Writer
The citizens who spoke at the April 16 city council meeting agreed the Woodin Creek Village development should replace Canterbury Park, but they disagreed about who would benefit from the proposed changes.

The Woodin Creek Village development will involve constructing or improving several public roads: 133rd Avenue NE, 135th Avenue NE, 138th Avenue NE or Garden Way, NE 171st Street, and NE 173rd Street.

The nature of the improvements in Woodin Creek depends on right of way and whether the city can get rights from private property owners, Public Works Director Tom Hansen said.

Since the city does not have right-of-way for part of NE 173rd Street, part of that street between 135th Avenue NE and 138th Avenue NE / Garden Way will be narrower than the rest of the street.

Woodinville only has right-of-way for half of the proposed 138th Avenue NE / Garden Way. The city may build a one-lane road, or may postpone building a road and build a temporary driveway instead.

Jens Molbak, owner of Molbak’s Garden + Home, supports the development agreement, but with changes.

He owns the land adjacent to 138th Avenue NE / Garden Way, and offered to dedicate the land to the city or to Woodin Creek so a full-width, two-lane road can be built.

He’s also concerned that the truck routes will be changed by the development.  He urged the Council to make NE 173rd Street a full-width truck route because Molbak’s Garden + Home and other businesses need truck access.

Shirley Martin, a former employee of Molbak’s Garden + Home, said trucks can access the store without problems. Martin said Molbak wants the WCDA to cover improvements such as wider roads that he can use to create new businesses.

“I think Mr. Molbak wants the developer to fix [Garden Way / 138th Avenue NE] so it’s all set for him and he can go right in with his businesses ... then he can save on the money if a road goes there and he can put his businesses there,” Martin said.

Molbak denied Martin’s claims.

“There’s no truth to those. We have no development plans,” he said. “I’m interested in seeing those roads go through as a benefit to the city. Do I benefit as well? Absolutely ... I’m willing to give up land, today, which is valuable, for something to be done.”

In addition, the city may be able to acquire right-of-way to build three roundabouts on NE 171st Street. If not, it has the right-of-way to build traffic signals instead.

After another public hearing at the next meeting on May 7, the council will vote on the Woodin Creek Development Agreement.

The council also discussed starting a business license program, which would charge all businesses a fee to register.

Since February 2000, Woodinville has had a business registration program. All businesses are required to register annually, but there is no fee to register and no certificates are issued.

There are about 800 businesses registered in Woodinville, with a total of about 8,900 employees.

Jim Katica, director of the administrative department, said that of the 30 cities in King County, Woodinville is one of only six that doesn’t require business licenses. Licensing would allow the city to have a record of business owners and give the city a new source of revenue to pay for services and infrastructure.

The license could charge a flat fee or calculate a fee based on the number of employees, the type of business or the business’s size in square feet.

“Nobody, of course, wants to pay taxes — much less additional taxes,” Mayor Bernie Talmas said. “But ... aside from Kenmore, we’re the only city in the county that doesn’t charge that, so if it was a significant factor for businesses, they’d all be located in Woodinville, and they’re not.”

He suggested charging a low flat fee to each business, plus a low fee per employee. Retail businesses, which generate tax revenue for the city, would be charged at a lower rate than industrial businesses, which don’t provide sales tax revenue and cause wear and tear on roads from trucks.

“There are costs associated with the business community which we’re not recovering now, and they kind of get a free ride,” Talmas said.

The Council considered charging a flat fee for businesses with five or fewer employees, plus a fee for each additional employee.

Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders pointed a “head tax” per employee could be a disincentive to hiring, and that 459 out of Woodinville’s 797 total businesses have five or fewer employees.

“This is a rule that 60 percent of our businesses will have an exception to,” she said.

Jennifer Kuhn,  city clerk, said the Council would keep discussing the possible business license over next few months, and would probably not make a decision until June or July.