• Twenty-year Woodinville firefighter Mark Emery was sworn in as a WF&R fire commissioner, having unseated longtime commissioner Clint Olson in the November election.
• In a 4-3 vote, Councilmember Bernie Talmas was elected Woodinville mayor over Councilmember Liz Aspen and began a two-year term. Aspen was then elected deputy mayor.
• Hundreds of Woodinville High School community members gathered in the school’s gymnasium for a memorial celebration of longtime beloved English teacher Prudence Hockley, who was murdered outside her Seattle home on Christmas eve by a convicted felon she apparently had a relationship with.
• WF&R firefighter Mark Roodzant, a 14-year veteran of the department, was killed in a single-vehicle collision near his home on Camano Island. His passenger was uninjured. According to the police report, alcohol was involved.
The now Bothell-based, formerly Woodinville-based Northshore Wranglers earned top fund-raising honors, amassing $10,000 in contributions,at the Special Olympics Washington’s Polar Plunge in Seattle. It was the first time the organization participated in the event, which will now be an annual affair.
• The Woodinville gymnastics team brought home a second place trophy at the Class 4A state championships at the Tacoma Dome.
• Northshore School District’s Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) was one of five schools statewide named a Lighthouse school. Lighthouse schools are model institutions that emphasize small, highly personalized learning communities — and with the designation comes a $20,000 grant.
• The Woodinville girls’ basketball team, second-ranked and 22-2 entering the tournament, went 1-2 and finished sixth at the Class 4A championship at the Tacoma Dome. The Lady Falcons lost on a buzzer-beater to Jackson, preventing a fourth place finish which would have been its best ever.
• With the economy in free-fall and few positive results after five years, the city of Kenmore terminated its development agreement with Urban Partners of Los Angeles, regarding its Kenmore Village project, the linchpin to the city’s downtown renovation, cutting its losses cost the city about $250,000.
• The Northshore YMCA celebrated its one year anniversary at Woodinville’s Carol Edwards Center. According to Y Director Luanne Jackman, the local facility averaged over 1,000 participants in various activities monthly and Woodinville residents walked through the CEC doors more than 20,000 times in 2011.
Longtime WF&R Fire Commisioner Bob Miller, Woodinville’s mayor from 1996-1998, abruptly resigned his post on the board during a regular meeting, citing some members of the board were beholden to special interests.
• Snohomish County completed the purchase of land including the Wellington Hills Golf & Country Club from the University of Washington, a $9.7 million deal paid for with King County’s Brightwater mitigation funds.
• The Woodinville City Council passed Ordinance No. 547, which prohibits smoking in public parks. Scofflaws will now be slapped with a $100 fine.
• Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) sustainable engineering and design teacher Mike Weirusz was the grand prize winner of the Washington chapter of Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) 2011-12 Innovative Educator Award, receiving $2,000 for the school for his “green” mobile learning lab.
• The Woodinville Lady Falcons punctuated its dream season with a 6-0 whitewash of Walla Walla in Spokane to capture the Class 4A fastpitch championship, finishing a perfect 26-0 on the season.
Woodinville produced a combined score of 45-3 over four games, and the three runs allowed were unearned. Tournament MVP Madi Schreyer was lights out on the bump: a 0.00 ERA through all 24 innings, with 10 hits allowed, 37 strikeouts and five walks.
• Woodinville junior long distance specialist Chandler Olson brought home a state title in the 3200 meter run in the Class 4A track& field championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
•The iconic White Stallion, which reared its head proudly along Woodinville-Duvall Road since 1958, was knocked off its pedestal by some teenage knuckleheads in an apparent act of theft or vandalism and was found in the parking lot near Italianissimo by the night janitor, with its right foreleg dismembered. Later, horse and foreleg were reattached thanks to concerned citizens, and the fiberglass stud was remounted to stand proudly again.
Sponsored by the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, the city kicked off its first annual Celebrate Woodinville concert, the first of four at Wilmot Park over the summer which featured food and wine for concert-goers who enjoyed an eclectic variety of bands.
• The Northshore School District enacted a new rule: that freshmen could play varsity sports beginning next season.
• McMenamins, the brewpub chain based in Portland, paid over $7 million for the 5.41 acre site in downtown Bothell to renovate and restore the 1931-era art deco Anderson School campus buildings as a McMenamin’s signature 70-room hotel, brewpub, cinema, spa and restaurant as part of the city downtown revitalization.
• Citing low sales during the recession, Big Daddy’s Place owner Mike Summerfield locked the doors of the popular weekend nightclub after 13 years.
• The Woodinville Water District (WWD) earned their second WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employer Benefit Trust. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion. The District will receive a 2 percent premium discount on their Regence medical coverage for employees and spouses in 2013.
• The 2012 Northshore Wall of Honor, located at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, inducted 12 new members: Dr. David Anderson, Marilyn Eylar Conaway, Dr. Darryl DesMarteau, Dr. William Fassett, Dr. Ronald F. Frost, Dr. Donald Granvold, David Aaron Hughes, Dr. Richard Lance, Helen Anderson McMahon, Dr. Grant W. Sharpe, Carroll “Si” Siverson, and Roy J. Wheat, Jr.
• Northshore School District welcomed two new principals: Cathi Hackett at Kokanee Elementary and Brenda Naish at Moorlands Elementary.
•A 100-foot section of the boardwalk trail at Woodinville’s Rotary Park was temporarily closed due to fire damage from arson.
• Grosvenor Americas (GA), a privately owned San Francisco-based property group, purchased Waterford Place Apartments in Woodinville from Colorado-based Archstone for just over $58 million.
• Woodinville was one of 13 communities participating in a three-state bike tour commemorating the life of Ted Jones, who was instrumental in opening Edward Jones’ first branch office. The 13-stage tour was aptly named Tour de Ted Ride the Wire, and its focus was to raise funds for cancer research, the disease that claimed Jones’ life more than 20 years ago.
• Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington state’s founding wine company, announced it had purchased Woodinville-based O Wines brand, which currently sells its Chardonnay in the Northwest and several West Coast markets.
The Hollywood Schoolhouse celebrated its 100th birthday.
Gretchen Garth, founder of 21 Acres, was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Woodinville Rotary Club.
• Woodinville Fire & Rescue appointed Roger Collins to replace Gerry Vucci as fire commissioner. Vucci resigned from the post due to moving away from the district for professional reasons. Collins, a 26-year Woodinville resident, is owner and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sierra Construction Company.
• With parent company TC Global filing for “reorganization” under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law, Woodinville Tully’s on Hollywood Hill closed its doors for good.
• The skull and bones found by two Bastyr University students in Saint Edwards State Park were identified as a missing Kenmore man. The King County Medical Examiner confirmed the human remains were those of Brian MacDonald, who was reported missing in April of 2006, more than six years ago.
• A 30-year-old Bothell man suspected of numerous bank robberies and dubbed the “Tour de Banks” robber because he fled the robberies on a bicycle, was arrested near his Bothell home. The man previously lived in Woodinville, and is suspected of robbing two Woodinville banks during that time.
• The Northshore School District board of directors unanimously approved construction of a new high school in the north end of the district to accommodate current and expected enrollment growth.
Grade levels will also be reconfigured to K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle and 9-12 high schools. Implementation will begin in the fall of 2017.
• The 68-year-old Edmonds man shot by police in Bothell following a slow-speed chase by multiple law enforcement agencies was charged with second-degree assault. Robert A. Marvin is expected to survive his wounds.
• The Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association (PNFOA) chose Mike Dale and his Pop Keeney Stadium staff to receive the Host of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a host site for its treatment of officials and game administration.
• Woodinville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dave Witt, by popular demand, announced that after 34 years the Woodinville All Fools’ Day Parade will move from March to August. The more weather-friendly date will be part of an expanded “Celebrate Woodinville” lineup of events which will
include a concert series and community festival in Wilmot Park.
• No one was hurt after a King County Sheriff’s deputy shot several rounds at an adult male brandishing what appeared to be a handgun at passing cars on Woodinville-Duvall Road. It was later determined the handgun was a toy replica made of Legos, and the man was a resident of a nearby group home for developmentally disabled adults.
• The City of Kenmore announced the award of $5,380,297 in grants from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) to help fund the SR 522 West A project (61st to 65th Avenues NE) project and the 68th Avenue NE sidewalk project (east side between 182nd and NE 185th streets).
• Longtime Inglemoor football coach and athletic director Frank Naish announced his resignation from both posts after 34 years. Naish will remain an Inglemoor math teacher.
• Metropolitan KIng County Council passed an update to its Comprehensive Plan and it did not include adjusting the Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate possible annexation of several properties into the city of Woodinville.
It did include an amendment stating that King County Executive Dow Constantine shall work collaboratively with the city to develop joint recommendations for promoting the wine and agriculture industries.