Walk-about to save Gold Creek Park

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Join your neighbors Wednesday, May 16 at Gold Creek Park to say “NO” to zip lines, shuttle buses and thousands of people coming into Woodinville.

Say “YES” to wildlife, natural habitat, a more quiet street, peaceful hillside and healthy ecosystem.


4:30 p.m. — Arrive at park

5 p.m. — Walk about to create a human chain of solidarity along the trail

6:30 p.m. — Potluck dinner at Sammamish Valley Grange (15630 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville)

7:30 p.m. — discussion at the grange

The walk-about is endorsed by:  Abundancia; Apple Farm Village; BarnPlace; Community Threads; Hollywood Hill Association; Minea Farms; Preserve Gold Creek Park; Roger & Carol Calhoon; Root Connection; Sammamish Valley Alliance; Sammamish Valley Grange; Transition Woodinville’s Heart and Soul Group; Woodland Farm, Park & Stable

City bans smoking in public parks, welcomes back farmers market

  • Written by Don Mann
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The Woodinville Farmers Market opened for its 2012 season last Saturday following passage of an amendment by the city council. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Smokers in city parks may now be slapped with a $100 fine, as the Woodinville City Council passed Ordinance No. 547 at its Tuesday meeting to establish a civic penalty for the offense.

The vote passed 6-1, with Mayor Bernie Talmas opposed. The mayor expressed concerns about enforcement, including its expense with already limited local law enforcement resources.

In spring of 2010, King County Public Health was awarded a federal grant to promote tobacco-free public places and parks, and offered free signage to cities that choose to do the same.

In March, the council reviewed information about tobacco use in Woodinville parks and asked city staff to return with proposals for a voluntary and mandatory program prohibiting tobacco use.

Proposed Resolution No. 419 would establish a voluntary program and include signs discouraging tobacco use in parks.

A council motion on the resolution failed 4-3 as the mayor, Deputy Mayor Liz Aspen and Councilmember Scott Hageman  voted in favor. The council quickly moved to adopt Ordinance No. 547.

The council also adopted Ordinance No. 548 to extend the allowed duration of special event permits to 25 days, thus paving the way for the return of the Woodinville Farmers Market.

The item was added to the agenda at the eleventh hour after Farmers Market Director Michael Charlton was recently notified by City Manager Richard Leahy that his permit as written was only good for 15 days.

The Woodinville Farmers Market historically operates 24 Saturdays in a calendar year.

This discrepancy recently came to light after the city manager and city attorney examined Woodinville Municipal Code 8.12 in greater detail.

Charlton, during public comment, appealed to the council for an immediate amendment as the first market session was scheduled for this Saturday.

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Produce, as well as arts and crafts, are always popular at the Woodinville Farmers Market. Staff photo/Don Mann
The ordinance passed 6-1 with the mayor opposed. Talmas said he was not opposed to the Farmers Market in any way; in fact he was in favor of it.

The mayor said he felt the issue was presented hastily, and not vetted properly in the public process.

The council also later endorsed the sale of Woodinville-based beer and wine for special events on the public right-of-way, specifically the farmers market.

It was made clear the local libations would not be available for open consumption on public property, just for sale in closed containers.

The vote passed 4-3 with the mayor and council members Susan Boundy-Sanders and Art Pregler opposed.

The council then adjourned to executive session to discuss potential litigation in a claim against the city involving an employee.

Note: Not in attendance at the council meeting Tuesday was Hal Hart, director of development services for the city for the past five years.

According tor Alexandra Sheeks,  assistant to the city manager, Hart and the city severed ties the day before in a “mutual agreement. Mr. Hart is moving on to look for new opportunities.”

The city is currently accepting applications for his replacement.

Hart could not be reached for comment.

Watch out for this cow

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Courtesy photo.
During the month of May, keep your eyes open for milk bottles with an adorable cow holding a Milk Money sign.

The Milk Money Project is a grassroots fundraising campaign started by three local moms that raises money for the Northshore Schools Foundation initiative to help advanced and disadvantaged learners.

Milk bottles with the special label will be provided for local businesses to place at cash registers, on counters or in offices to collect spare change to help the over 180 homeless children in the Northshore School District.

Funds are used to pay for school clothes, school  supplies and books, as well as yearbooks, school pictures, test fees and other school-related costs.

This year, the Windermere Foundation will be doubling all donations up to $2,500.

If you are interested in reserving a milk bottle for your business or would like to make a gift to the campaign, please contact the Northshore Schools Foundation at or call (425) 408-7680.

Meeting on current sewer regulations set for May 10

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

WOODINVILLE — Representatives from the City of Woodinville, Woodinville Water District and King County Health Department will be present at a neighborhood meeting on May 10 from 6 to 7 p.m.

At the meeting, current regulations related to sanitary sewers and septic systems in the low density residential area of Woodinville will be explained.

Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions related to these matters.

The meeting will be held at the Leota Junior High School cafeteria, 19301 168th Avenue NE, Woodinville.

For more information, contact the City of Woodinville at (425) 489-2700, or visit

Making better decisions at prom and for the rest of your life

  • Written by Northshore Fire Dept.
As high school prom and graduation night approach, so do the chances that a teenage student will make a deadly decision to drink and drive.

In an effort to help remind students of the consequences of such poor decisions, the Northshore Fire Department, Kenmore Police, Shoreline Medic One, Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WaNIC), Airlift NW, AMR Ambulance Services and Jim’s Northgate Towing provided the senior class of Inglemoor High School the opportunity to receive a powerful message.

For 15 years the senior class has witnessed a graphic re-enactment of a serious traffic accident involving two vehicles. Nine Inglemoor High School students enrolled in the drama and WaNIC programs were able to participate as victims and work alongside the simulated rescue efforts made by fire, medical and police personnel.

Following the dramatization, speakers addressed the senior class and spoke about how their lives have been changed forever because of someone’s poor choice to drink and drive.

The live demonstration allowed the seniors to fully experience first-hand the potential impact that driving while impaired can have for them, their friends and their families.

On the weekend before their senior prom, the intent is to encourage the students stop and think about their future and the choices they will have to make.