Letters to the Editor - August 26, 2013

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We have just moved to Woodinville (Hollywood Hill) around one month ago.

The house we bought had been a foreclosure and had been completely remodeled.  I am guessing by the number of people who slow down outside it and stare, it must have been in a pretty dire state and judging by the Bing Maps pictures, it was in a pretty dilapidated state. 

Anyway, in the last couple of days, someone has very kindly (and a little bit scarily) left a beautiful large bouquet of geraniums in one of the empty plant pots we’ve put outside the house. 

We have no idea who it is – possibly a neighbor or someone else, which has led me to wonder if there is a guerilla gardener on the loose in the Woodinville Hollywood Hill area?  It was a lovely gesture.

Thanks & Kind Regards, James Whelan



Dear retailers, restaurants and any others that rely on the public for their income:

Walking was hard, especially from the parking lot. Since I was so slow I had the time to look around and observe the parking in Woodinville. I was completely surprised by the overwhelming number of businesses that allow their employees to park as close as they can to the business’s front door at the expense of the paying customers who have a hard time finding parking.

For some businesses, it’s easy to spot employee cars as some have their store, restaurant, etc., name on the vehicle.

Others it’s easy to tell as the closest spaces are taken way before the store is open.

Others, you can tell because the cars never move until shifts are over.

What does this show me?

The employee is more important than the customer who is shopping there, paying the salary and the money to keep the business open.

Parking is not really easy here.

Just to let you know how important I am as a customer and I will park accordingly — in front of your business or in front of a business in Bothell, Redmond or Kirkland.

Kathryn E. Laine



By now, many Woodinville residents have received a call from an organization called Ethical Woodinville. What I found disturbing about this call and the organization’s website is that there is no reference to who this organization represents.

I ask those involved with Ethical Woodinville to disclose who they are and engage in a civil discourse of how to improve the way City Council operates for the benefit of our city.   

Further I hope that this is not the beginning of another negative election campaign and I hope the residents of Woodinville ignore anonymous websites like this one and will evaluate the candidates for what they have done for the City in the past, what they think the issues are for the future and how they will be addressed.  Only then can voters make an intelligent decision on which candidate best matches their values and vision for Woodinville.

Jim Dunlap, Woodinville,


The Celebrate Woodinville 2013 Concert Series and Festival are history and a great new tradition has been created in Woodinville. "It was an honor and pleasure to partner with the City of Woodinville and Woodinville Wine Country," said Woodinville Chamber of Commerce executive director, Dave Witt. "Working together, we successfully achieved our mission to bring Woodinville residents together for family-oriented events, encourage a sense of community, and promote Woodinville’s wineries, breweries, local businesses, agriculture, and unique character to visitors from the Puget Sound Region."

Many organizations and individuals played a role in the success of these events. We extend our sincere appreciation to each of you.


Presenting Sponsor:  EvergreenHealth.

Gold Sponsors: 4Culture, Fairwinds-Brittany Park, Frontier Communications, Northshore YMCA, The Woodinville Weekly, Waste Management.

Silver Sponsors: Cascadia Community College, Gentle Dental, McLendon Hardware, Portraits by Carol Hook, Tom Quigley, arborist, Union Bank.

Woodinville Leadership Challenge: Precor

Friends of Woodinville: Bassett Home Heating, Northshore Schools Foundation, Puget Sound Energy, Sterling Bank, University of Washington Bothell, Westhill, Inc., WIN Home Inspection, Windermere Real Estate Woodinville, Woodinville Sport & Spine.

Community Friends

Starbucks Woodinville II

Woodinville Alliance Church

Woodinville Community United Methodist Church

Woodinville Bicycle


Julie Boselly, Woodinville Weekly

Liz Aspen, Woodinville city councilmember

Bill Ledbetter, Go 2 IT Guys, LLC

Debbie Peterson, Peterson LTC

Bob and Jeanie Rash, Sound Business Development

Diane Kolb and Ed Wegner, Children’s Country Home

Brenda Vanderloop, 21 Acres

Teresa Nelson, Windermere Real Estate

Brad Bossio, Welcomemat Services

Bob Green, WIN Home Inspection

Bob Platte, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance

Lucy DeYoung

Rob Raile, Whidbey Island Bank

Charlie Murphy, Whidbey Island Bank

Brian Bass, Whidbey Island Bank


Ancestry Cellars

Auclair Winery

Brian Carter Cellars

Castillo de Feliciana

Convergence Zone Cellars

Davenport Cellars

DeLille Cellars

DiStefano Winery

Dusted Valley


Elevation Cellars

Eye of the Needle Winery

Forgeron Cellars

Gard Vintners

Goose Ridge Estate Winery

Isenhower Cellars

J. Bookwalter Wines

Lauren Ashton Cellars

Matthews Estate

Page Cellars

Patterson Cellars

Pondera Winery

Silver Lake Winery

Smasne Cellars

Sparkman Cellars

The Woodhouse Wine Estates

Vortex Cellars

Woodinville Wine Cellars


Brickyard Brewing

Dirty Bucket Brewing Co

Triplehorn Brewing Co

Twelve Bar Brews

Food Vendors

Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen

Gobble Food Truck

French Bakery at the Vineyard

Twisted Café

Pasta Nova Italian Restaurant


Wellington Chocolates

TNT Treats

Planning Committee

Dave Witt, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

Robin Sell, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

Tiffany Stetson, Goose Ridge Estate Winery

Susan Straub-Martin, Strauberry Studios

Bob and Jeanie Rash, Sound Business Development

Michael Charlton, Friend of the Chamber

Laurie Cook, Wordsmith Diva

Mike Stevens, Brian Carter Cellars

Sandra Lee, Woodinville Wine Country

Alexandra Sheeks, City of Woodinville

Valerie Schick, Woodinville Farmers Market

Julie Jacobson, YMCA


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