City drainage improvement project begins

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Drainage system upgrades are being performed near the intersection of 140th Avenue NE and NE 175th Street/NE Woodinville-Duvall Road.

Construction is scheduled to be completed early in November, weather depending.

Work will be performed at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Work may occur during daytime hours in areas that will not have an impact on traffic operations. All traffic will be routed through the eastbound lanes during evening work hours.

The upgrades are designed to fix existing stormwater overflow issues that are common along this section of the roadway. Work includes increasing the capacity of the drainage system and adding new storm grates that will minimize clogging due to street tree leaf litter.

This project was recently identified in the City’s 2010 Comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan as one of the most severe stormwater drainage problem in the City.

For more information regarding the Comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan, please visit the City’s website at  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the planned and approved work of this project. you may contact Daniel Beck at (425) 877-2295, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Northshore School District seeks applicants for Enrollment Demographics Task Force

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

BOTHELL — The Northshore School District is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Enrollment Demographics Task Force. Applicants must be a parent or community member in the Northshore School District to be considered. T

his voluntary position is appointed by the Board of Directors and lasts up to three years.

The task force looks at demographic trends in the Northshore service area, determines the likely impact on our schools, the size of the student body from year to year, and as a result, on the district’s ability to offer equitable programs and services to all students in all schools.

More information is available on the district Web site, or by calling the Communications Office at (425) 408-7670. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 18.

A taste of the Duvall Farmers Market — even in autumn!

  • Written by Barb Olsen, Special to the Weekly

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably thinking summer has made a rather rapid retreat, leaving us astonished to find that once again the holiday season beckons.

But take heart.The abundance and fun of the area’s farmers markets need not be only a summer memory. Even though autumn is here, you can still enjoy the Duvall Farmers Market Farm and Artisan Holiday Fair.

It takes place on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Barn Learning Center (formerly known as the old Duvall Church), located at 15520 Main Street NE in Duvall.

At the fair, you’ll find many of the handmade, locally produced items enjoyed during the warmer months at the Duvall Farmers Market, including jewelry, children’s specialty clothing and toys, handmade quilts and blankets, hand-crafted furniture and home décor, homestead soaps and varietal honey, along with antique “Americana.”

In addition, food vendors will be there to sell locally-made food for hungry shoppers, including bakery items and Grateful Bread’s new CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) products and information.

“The goal of the Duvall Farmers Market is to encourage and support our local agricultural community and our local artisans,” market manager Kari Carlson commented, “and we look forward to doing that at the Farm and Artisan Holiday Fair.”

The event is for all ages and will offer children’s activities, including face painting. Red Barn Learning Center is sponsoring the children’s activities.

For information on the Duvall Farmers Market and the Farm and Artisan Holiday Fair, see or call (425) 922-1695.

WF&R cares enough to wear pink

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Photo by David Weed (left to right) FF Ted Klinkenberg, FF Patty Hayes, FF Peter Briner, BC Greg Ahearn, BC Tad Wineman, FF Jeff Smith, FF Ian D’Ambrosia.
In a show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Woodinville Fire & Rescue employees are sporting pink T-shirts in place of their regular uniforms.

The “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign is part of a national emergency responder campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance for women to practice good breast health.

Women are encouraged to obtain regular mammograms, annual breast exams and a risk assessment from a physician. The “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign is a joint effort between the district administration and the Professional Firefighters Union.

According to Community Services Officer David Weed, “Breast cancer has deeply affected our firefighting family.  Anything we can do to raise awareness and encourage women to participate in regular checkups, we will do.”

The district staff will be sporting the pink T-shirts until the end of October as a sign of their support and in honor of women who battle cancer.

Chamber represents, promotes and connects local businesses

  • Written by Deborah Stone

Often, the Chamber of Commerce is the first place people seek out when they are new to town or in the process of considering moving to a different city.

They can learn useful data about the community and get connected to the resources they need.

Most chambers print directories of the businesses in their area and provide relocation packages, as well as key visitor information for tourists.

On a local level, the chamber of commerce plays an important role for business owners and those who do business in the community.

Dave Witt, executive director of the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce
“Our mission is to promote, strengthen and represent a successful business community,” explains Dave Witt, executive director of the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber is the voice of the business community, representing local businesses to the media and to local, state and the federal governments.The chamber promotes local businesses to potential consumers within our region and promotes Woodinville as a destination for consumer and tourist activities to those prospective visitors living elsewhere. We provide our members numerous opportunities to network with other business people and conduct training seminars for professional development.”

The Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1962 when a group of local business people, foreseeing expansion to their community, determined a need for such an organization.

Over the years, it has grown in membership, as well as in the role it plays in our area. It was one of the key leaders in support of Woodinville’s incorporation efforts back in 1993 and continues to work towards making the city a good place to live, work and do business within this region.

“We have about 225 members today,” says Suzanne Rollins, office manager for the chamber. “They are not only from Woodinville, but from several surrounding Eastside communities. Basically, if they do business in Woodinville, they can join.”

She explains that membership fees are based on the number of full-time employees in a company and start at $275 a year.

These fees help to finance the chamber, along with the money it raises from its annual auction.

Witt notes that it’s not only businesses that benefit by having an effective chamber of commerce.

He says, “A healthy business community delivers convenient access to goods and services, provides local jobs and keeps our sales tax revenue right here where it can fund the services and infrastructure we need for a great quality of life in Woodinville.”

Suzanne Rollins, office manager for the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce
The chamber seeks out additional opportunities to be involved in the community by sponsoring various events, such as the All Fool’s Day Parade and the Woodinville Women’s Show.

Also, each year it chooses a charitable organization as the focus for its “Raise the Paddle” at its annual auction.

In 2011, it was the Northshore Wranglers, a special recreation program.

Next year, it will be Homeward Pet and Adoption Center.

Rebecca Clark, general manager of Brittany Park Retirement Community, a longtime member of the chamber, views the organization as a valuable asset to the community.

She says, “It represents businesses here and gives them visibility. We see it as our responsibility as a business to be a member. It’s the right thing to do.”

She adds, “It’s been great getting to know other local business owners and we try and work with them as much as possible for our own business needs. I personally like the speakers the Chamber offers. They’re interesting and often enlightening.”

Kathy Kill, branch manager of Banner Bank echoes Clark’s sentiments.

She says, “We belong because it supports the Woodinville community. It’s a valuable organization and I’ve been able to meet so many great people through it.”

Being able to connect to the community is definitely a benefit that comes with chamber membership, according to Lisa Norrgard of Norrgard’s Optik.

“It’s really boosted our community involvement,” she comments. “And we can find out what’s going on and how we can help support the community, such as becoming sponsors of various events. It’s also a great resource and I’ve been able to build a base of referrals for local businesses that I can use for myself as well as give to others.”

Jens Molbak of Molbak’s Garden & Home Store, another longtime chamber member, feels that the organization does a good job of welcoming new businesses to the city.

He comments, “They’re really good at telling Woodinville’s story to prospective businesses. Our community is unique, with the wine industry and tourism piece, and the chamber knows how to present all that we have to offer new businesses. We’d love to see more businesses come here so that Woodinville can continue to become a vital place for people to work and shop in.”

Molbak also points out that the chamber excels in its role as a unifier in representing the business community as a whole.

He makes a note of singling out Executive Director Dave Witt, adding, “Dave is the strongest director we’ve had in the years I’ve been involved and we’re very lucky to have him. He is the face of the Chamber and he does a great job.”