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Jack Ng got his start in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher. From there he buddied-up with the restaurant chefs and learned how to cook. Next, Ng took a job on a fishing boat in Alaska to cook for a crew of 120. The gig allowed him to save up some money. Afterward, Ng said he got his family together and started making his dream a reality.
Ted Clifton, Clifton View Homes, Coupeville, has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center as a leader in energy-efficient construction.
“First Friday” at the Greenbank Farm Feb. 5 will feature Edmonds Winery, a new winery featured in the farm’s wine shop. The Wine and Art Walk at the Greenbank Farm gives visitors a chance to meet the winemaker Doug Peterson and his wife Lael at the wine shop, then stroll among the three galleries and the cheese shop to sample more wines from the featured winery as well as cheeses and other goodies, view wonderful art and listen to live music.
When things are slow on the sidewalk, business can be found on the Internet. That’s the experience of A Touch of Dutch owner Misty Blanton, who has built such an Internet presence that she has sold her keepsakes to people in The Netherlands.
Was there something missing under the Christmas tree this year? If the answer is “Yes, a project boat!” the Oak Harbor Marina may have a relatively inexpensive answer.
There are a lot of recreation opportunities on Whidbey Island, but not all of them are family friendly, said Jeff Rossi. As the father of two daughters, Makala, 5, and Natalie, 4, he’s concerned about such limits, and he’s taken action to provide more family fun with his new business, Galaxy Laser Tag.
There’s a new second-hand store in town. My Father’s House Community Thrift, located at the corner of Midway Boulevard and W. Whidbey Avenue, benefits Island County organizations including Adoption Assistance for Whidbey Island and North Whidbey Help House.
Oak Harbor has a new, indoor place to play. GALAXY LASER TAG held its ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month. Call 675-4824, or visit 2949 Goldie Rd. for an adventure.
A new Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant opened Dec. 15 in Oak Harbor. “I’m excited to open a store in Oak Harbor,” said franchise owner Sebastian Brost, who added he has a number of other Little Caesar’s locations in Washington as well as a few in other states.
In the summer, it’s easy to find ways to get a workout in; biking, hiking or anything outdoors is available. For those who aren’t self-described “gym rats,” and don’t like treadmills, there’s a new option to shed pounds this December. It’s called Hatha yoga.
Dr. Tracy Nimmerrichter-Burgess is one of 28 health practitioners recognized by Premera Blue Cross for “EXCEPTIONAL LEVELS OF QUALITY” in providing Women’s Health Care. The 2009 honorees were selected from more than 700 practices. Her practice, Oak Harbor Internal Medicine, Medical Spa and Laser Center, is located across the street from the police station on SE Ireland St. Oak Harbor Internal Medicine is currently accepting new patients and will expand on Jan. 1 to include a walk-in clinic for minor medical needs.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted a three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Whidbey General Hospital. A news release from the hospital states the certification was awarded after an on-site physician evaluation determined that Whidbey General complies with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.
Ted Clifton, owner of Clifton View Homes, received the Builder of the Year award from the the Building Industry Association of Washington.
More than 60 county leaders met for the first “Embracing Difference” summit Oct. 29, for island-wide dialogue about disability and aging. The summit, held at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville, focused on how to create a more inclusive environment where all citizens can participate, thrive and feel they belong.
Local residents and small-business owners are invited to hear the three legislators from District 10 talk about what they’re doing to help Whidbey Island weather the economic downturn. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St., Coupeville.
Traffic slowed along Pioneer Way as drivers craned their necks to observe the removal of the largest sign in Oak Harbor Wednesday. A two-man crew from Meyer Sign and Advertising Company of Mount Vernon removed the iconic Frontier Chevrolet Pontiac sign, a downtown landmark since the 1970s when it was Boyer Chevrolet Pontiac.
Dr. Cassandra Peterson decided to return to home base to begin her first chiropractic practice. Until recently, the Anacortes native worked at VanQuaethem Chiropractic and Massage in Seattle. A weekend trip to Coupeville last August piqued her interest in island life, and an available office in Harbor Station sealed the deal to lure Peterson to Oak Harbor.
John Collins, an expert in improving operations in project driven companies, has recently been named Chief Executive Officer of Nichols Bros. Boat Builders of Freeland.
With the holiday season fast approaching, shoppers perusing the quaint shops in Coupeville could see an unexpected windfall if they are lucky. The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s Red Ticket promotion started Oct. 10 during Coupeville’s Harvest Fest and continues through Dec. 20.