Lake Forest Park installs veterans' memorial at City Hall

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

The City of Lake Forest Park has now installed its Veterans Memorial in front of city hall.

The memorial honors veterans of all branches of service.

The memorial is installed between the City Hall main entry and the flag pole.

City Hall is located at 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155 in the northeast corner of Town Center.


Shorecrest Scots football win big over Lynnwood Royals

Rico Dellaguardia scoring

Shorecrest 46 - Lynnwood 7
Friday, 9-22-2017 at Edmonds Woodway Stadium
Overall record: 3-1

Text and photos by Gordon Stephenson 

The visiting Shorecrest Scots racked up a season high 533 total yards of offense on Friday night, crushing the Lynnwood Royals in a Wesco South matchup at Edmonds Stadium. The Scots improved their record to 3-1 overall, while the Royals remained winless, at 0-4.

Sammy Seliga pulls in a touchdown pass

Running back Ricardo Ruiz continued his breakout season and did his best Tim Riggins impression, running for three touchdowns and 138 yards on 18 carries, and adding a fourth score on a reception from quarterback Eladio Fountain.

Many contributed to the bounty: Sammy Seliga and Antonio Stillwell pulled in touchdown passes and Cyrus Filoteo, a transfer from Odea this season, added a rushing touchdown to his resume for the Scot's final score in the fourth quarter. Seliga led all receivers with 90 yards on three receptions and Senior Chris Lee continued to be a prime target, with six catches and 83 yards.

#8 Brayden Victor makes an acrobatic interception

Once again, the Scot's defense proved decisive, holding the Royals to only 118 total yards of offense, including a stingy six yards on 24 carries on the ground. James Huffman led with six solo tackles and Senior Brayden Victor stopped an early Lynnwood drive with an acrobatic interception.

Senior receiver and defensive back Rico Dellaguardia should have shown more on the stats line in this game, as he scored twice on highlight-worthy runs from deep in Scot's territory, only to have both touchdowns called back on penalties. That makes four times this season Dellaguardia has found paydirt, only to have the effort nullified by offensive flags.

Don't miss Shorecrest's next game, next Friday night at 7pm at home at Shoreline Stadium. The Scots face their cross town rivals, the Shorewood Thunderbirds, in their annual rivalry with the Rotary Cup at stake.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: See Spot run

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


Shoreline Fire open house Saturday

Open house at Shoreline Fire headquarters
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Free hot dogs and a shiny new fire truck!

Shoreline Fire open house from 11am to 2pm Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the headquarters, 17525 Aurora Ave N.

Some parking onsite - enter from Aurora southbound. Otherwise there are a lot of other places to park and walk.

They will be demonstrating the brand new ladder truck.


Global Affairs: Fall 2017 speakers and panel discussions

Friday, September 22, 2017

Shoreline Community College Global Affairs Center - fall schedule

The following speakers and panel discussion events will take place this fall at Shoreline Community College.

Note that four of these events - October 5 and 19, and Nov 2 and 16 - take place in the evening, and four events take place during the daytime on October 12 and 25, and Nov 9 and 30.

The evening events all start at 7:00pm and take place in Room 9208 (9000 building); parking is FREE. The daytime events all start at 12:30pm, except the event on October 25 which starts at 11:30am, and all take place in 9208 (9000 Building); small fee for parking.

The presentations themselves are all free and open to the public. The campus is at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133. Campus maps here

If you have questions, contact Larry Fuell at 206-533-6750.


The Changing Face of Vietnamese Migration - Personal Tales of Challenge and Success
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:00- 8:30pm, Room 9208
Mr. James Hong, Mr. Long Kim, Ms. Thoa Nguyen, and Dr. Christoph Giebel (moderator)
Vietnamese-American immigrants discuss their earliest memories, biggest challenges, and successes as they and their families settled in the U.S. This discussion is a collaboration between the GAC and Peace Tree Vietnam.

Compassion, Culture, Education
Rita Zawaideh, Founder, Salaam Cultural Museum/Syrian Medical Missions
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:30 - 1:20pm, Room 9208
This unique non-profit organizes medical teams that travel to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and Greece. They also collect clothing, furniture, household affects and medical supplies for refugees in these camps, as well as those who have resettled in WA State. The desire to help others transcends politics, religion and sectarian tensions. Rita also has advice for those of us who want to help.

Local Action / Global Impact
Mayor Marilyn Strickland, City of Tacoma
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Room 9208
The phrase "think global, act local" is a call to arms of local activism. It is probably most strongly associated with environmental issues, but has been used in many other policy realms as well, including trade, immigration, transportation, healthcare, and education. Mayor Marilyn Strickland argues that there has been a shift from national to local governments such as Tacoma in seeking progress on these issues.

Seattle GenR (IRC)
Simon Walker, President, (Shoreline CC, 2012; JSIS, 2015)
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:30am -12:20pm, Room 9208 [tentative]
GenR-short for Generation Rescue-is a group of young, influential humanitarians in Seattle who have joined forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help people survive conflict and disaster and rebuild their lives. Inspired, informed and influential, GenR members support the IRC through advocacy, networking and fundraising activities.

Diverse Voices in the Military: Vietnam and Current Era Veterans
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00- 8:30pm, Room 9208
Francisco Ivarra, Donna Lowery, Steve Marron, Bill Moore, Jordan Smith, and Derek Levy (moderator)
What have been the challenges faced by women and racial & ethnic minorities in the military over time and how have they overcome or otherwise dealt with these challenges? How have their service, return home, and commemoration of their service been similar or different? This discussion is a collaboration between the GAC and Veterans Services at Shoreline Community College.

Cybersecurity: the New Frontier for Security Policy
Justin Collins, University of Washington, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, (Shoreline CC, 2015; JSIS, 2018)
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12:30-1:20pm, Room 9208
Justin was part of the team of policy fellows tasked with completing a cybersecurity project for the Microsoft Corporation. Their research assisted in the design and implementation of a Digital Geneva Convention. Dovetailing with that work, Justin took part in the 2017 Jackson School Rome, Italy Task force. He presented his research findings on the need for US-EU Transatlantic cybersecurity. Justin will share his personal story that took him from the U.S. military, Shoreline Community College, the UW Jackson School, and to Europe on his way to earning Associate and Bachelor degrees.

U.S.-Russia Relations: A New Cold War?
Bradley Murg, Professor of Political Science, Seattle Pacific University, and Affiliate Professor at the UW/Jackson School, The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00- 8:30pm, Room 9208
U.S.-Russian relations seem to have reached a low point since the end of the Cold War in 1990. From confrontations in Europe and the Middle East, and accusations of Russian meddling in U.S. elections have produced a "tenuous" bilateral relationship. Is it the new/old normal?

Solo Travel in Myanmar: Pictures and Stories from Afar
Brooke Zimmers, Professor of Communication Studies, Shoreline Community College
November 30, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm, Room 9208 PUB
Brooke travelled alone in Myanmar for three weeks last year during winter break. She will share her photography, stories and lessons learned about Myanmar, about being a woman traveling alone, and about traveling in the age of social media and how it impacts the travel experience.


Support for these events comes from the Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.


2017 Election: Introductory statement from unopposed LFP incumbent Mark Phillips

By Evan Smith

Lake Forest Park City Council incumbent Mark Phillips is running unopposed in the November 7 general election. He recently sent a statement to introduce himself to voters. Here it is:

City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 5

Mark Phillips
Mark Phillips

Our City is in a remarkable period of infrastructure renewal. With a strong regional economy and successful grant funding, we have replaced undersized stream culverts, made street safety improvements and accelerated street re-surfacing. We have renovated one park and are working toward additional park system improvements.

Major transit improvements are coming to LFP with the voter-approved ST3 plan – bus rapid transit on Bothell Way and a commuter parking structure. Major work is underway at the City now to ensure that these improvements truly serve our residents’ mobility and safety needs.

I am proud to serve as a councilmember during this time, and request your support in seeking a second term.


2017 Liberty Dinner & Auction

Join the King County Republican Party for their 2017 Liberty Dinner and Auction on the evening of Friday, October 27th, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

There will be many items and experiences to bid on during both the live and silent auction. Guests will have an opportunity to hear from candidates running for office across King County, the always entertaining Auctioneer John Curley, and more.

Ticket prices start at $125 GA/$250 VIP. Silent auction, the General, and VIP receptions will begin at 6pm with the dinner program and live auction beginning at 7pm.

Registration is now open here.
Do you have an item you would like to contribute to the auction? The committee is accepting donations for both the silent and live auction. Email Lane Covington for more information.


Music school considering a move to Shoreline wants you take their survey

The American Dance Institute, located on Greenwood in north Seattle, is seriously considering opening a school for instrumental music lessons for children and adults in North City.

They have located a property which they think is fantastic and are about to sign a lease.

They are hesitating, wondering if there is sufficient interest in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

If you think you might be interested, they would appreciate your filling out a brief survey.

Here is a link to the survey


SC tennis loss to Glacier Peak brings record down to 5-3

John Burke and David Chen playing a doubles match
Photo by Anne Tangeman

WesCo 2A/3A varsity boys tennis
9-22-17 at Glacier Peak
Shorecrest 2 - Glacier Peak 5
SC overall record 5-3

Shorecrest tennis suffered a hard loss to Glacier Peak on Friday, losing 5 of 7 matches. Faiz Khan and Christopher King won their singles matches.

Shorecrest players are listed first.

Christopher King
Photo by Anne Tangeman

1.  Faiz Khan vs Kyle Shaff  6-0 6-3  W
2.  Ben Silbert vs Dario Ristovski  3-6 0-6  L
3.  Reed Tangeman vs Alex Surkov  0-6 6-1 2-6  L
4.  Christopher King vs James Meyer  6-4 2-6 10-7  W


1.  Sam Rowbotham / Micah Glesener vs Cole Russon / Landon Jones  4-6 5-7  L
2.  John Burke / David Chen vs Kyle Nget / Evan Yip  2-6 6-4 7-10  L
3.  Tyler Keen / Kelvin Schmidt vs Cameron Barnett / Ethan Stutzman  0-6 2-6  L


1.  Gabe Vogel vs Trent Carlsen

--Rob Mann


Legion rummage sale continues Saturday with a room full of treasures

Legion rummage sale

American Legion Post 227 filled their hall with rummage on Friday. Treasures filled the tables - items both practical and collectible.

The sale continues on Saturday, September 23 starting at 9am at the Post building located at 14521 - 17th Ave NE directly behind the Goodwill store.


Vintage Brazilian jazz at North City Bistro Saturday night

Vintage Brazilian jazz group Choroloco will be playing at North City Bistro on Saturday night, September 23, 2017, 8pm.

Cover charge $10 and reservations recommended. 206-365-4447. 

The Bistro is family friendly and serves both food and wine. 1520 NE 177th St, (North City) Shoreline 98155


Photo: Sunrise over Cascades

Photo by Mike Remarcke

On this first day of Fall, it's good to remember that we will still sometimes have beautiful sunrises over the Cascades and beautiful sunsets over the Shoreline Sea.



Huge book sale at Shoreline Library

Book sale this weekend at Shoreline Library

Friends of the Shoreline Library book sale Friday through Sunday, September 22-24, 2017.

  • Friday, join FOSL and shop at the Members Only Preview Sale from 5 -7pm.
  • Saturday, everyone welcome to shop from 10am to 4pm.
  • Sunday, noon to 3pm - $4 for a bag which you fill with books of your choice.

Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.


American Legion rummage sale Friday and Saturday

American Legion Auxiliary Rummage Sale Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2017. Starting at 9:00am both days.

American Legion Hall in Shoreline, 14521 17th Ave NE (behind Goodwill)

All proceeds go to support veterans.


Reminder: Shorewood senior class Goodwill donation drive Saturday

Willing volunteers will unpack your car
Reminder to grab those items you don't need and take them to Shorewood High School on Saturday between 10am and 2pm.

Besides usable household items, they will take fabric - stained, torn, worn, or not - and broken electronics.

Drive into the front parking lot at 17300 Fremont Ave N (entrance on N 175th) and willing volunteers will unpack your car.


Seattle Humane offers reward for cat killer - Donation site collects money for DNA testing

Quixote's cage was broken into, and he was killed
By Diane Hettrick

An outraged and sickened community has rallied to try to find and arrest the person responsible for stealing and killing a cat from a Shoreline cat shelter on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Quixote, a cherval cat housed at Whisker City Cat Shelter in Shoreline, was taken from his outdoor cage and his skull crushed. The perpetrator threw the body into the dumpster on site.

The King County Sheriff's Office is investigating and asks the community to call if you have information about this case, 206-296-3311.

Seattle Humane in Bellevue is offering up to $5,000 in reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the animal abuser linked to the cat's death.

A private GoFundMe page was set up to pay for DNA testing of material from Quixote's teeth and claws. The funding goal of $3,000 was reached and exceeded in one day. The current pledges stand at $13,600. The extra money will be used for security for the shelter site, and potentially for reward money or shelter needs.


Needing some love: Whispering Willow Park

Whispering Willow Park in LFP
Photo by Jerry Pickard

By Diane Hettrick

Whispering Willow Park has gotten more than a little overgrown.

The park was densely planted with native plants, says Environmental Programs Manager Aaron Halverson, but some non-native plants have made their way into the gaps and along the trail.

Halverson said that those will be removed and the native plants trimmed in a couple of weeks.

Whispering Willow Park was never intended to be a manicured park. Acquired by the City of Lake Forest Park in 2014, it is part of the floodplain for Lyon Creek.

The house that was on the property was removed and the land restored as a nature park. It is a functional wetland which provides water quality and habitat benefits for the creek.

As a result, said Halverson, "There may be times when the park looks less appealing, like now after a long drought."

The park is located at 17038 44th Ave NE.


SC varsity tennis makes a clean sweep of Lynnwood Thursday

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Faiz Khan
Photo by Anne Tangeman
WesCo 3A/2A varsity boys tennis
9/21/17 at Kellogg M.S. courts

Shorecrest 7 - Lynnwood 0
SC overall record 5-2

Shorecrest players won every match against Lynnwood - singles and doubles, for a 7-0 game score on Thursday.


1.  Faiz Khan v Barnaby French   6-0  6-0  W
2.  Ben Silbert v Matthew Mansfield   6-0  6-0  W
3.  Reed Tangeman v Renzo Gonzalez   6-0  6-0  W
4.  Christopher King v Mark Guzman  6-0  6-0  W

Reed Tangeman
Photo by Anne Tangeman

1.  Micah Glesener / Sam Rowbotham v Angelo Tran / Long Nguyen  6-7 (7-9) 6-0  10-7  W

2.  John Burke / David Chen v Minh Le / Sam Ruiz  6-1 6-2  W

3.  Tyler Keen / Kelvin Schmidt vs Tim Shepel / Ian Bjornson  6-1 6-3  W


Full slate of speakers for LFP Rotary meetings in October

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park meets every Wednesday morning for breakfast from 7:15-8:30am at the Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd. NE.

Each weekly meeting includes a program from 8-8:30am.

We invite all interested community members to come visit for breakfast, meet our members, learn about our club and enjoy our program.

Programs for October:
  • October 4: Rotary Club Auction Presentation and Strategic Plan Quarter 3 Goals Report
  • October 11: Carl Lunak from NEMCo (Northshore Emergency Management Coalition)
  • October 18: Rotary Club International Service Committee Report
  • October 25: Anila Prineveau Goldie, Author of the book The Problem Is Not Available: 364 Days in Sudan

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.

Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

For more information about LFP Rotary, contact Claire Conway, President 2017-2018


New Town Center Plan underway in Lake Forest Park

Aerial view courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

By Donna Hawkey

Lake Forest Park Mayor Jeff Johnson said, “This is the most important thing that has ever happened to this City.” A comprehensive yet fast-track system approach is being utilized in designing a new Lake Forest Park Town Center/ Central Subarea Plan. Up to $450,000 in budget amendment items were just recently awarded to outside City service providers to produce such a plan in record time.

What’s the hurry for? The Sound Transit Rapid time line work is creating a huge push for Seattle and the involved surrounding cities.

Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford said, “We are not the time drivers on this one.” 

ST 3 Bus Rapid Transit corridor along SR 522
between 145th Street Link Light Rail Station
and Cascadia College
Graphic courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

The Central Subarea Plan will have to take into account the ST 3 Bus Rapid Transit corridor along SR 522 between Cascadia College and the 145th Street LINK Light Rail station. A framework of the plan is due by December 15, 2017 so that the City does not have something imposed upon them by Sound Transit, if they don’t meet their deadlines.

Citizen input work sessions will start to take place soon. Some of the community input so far is for a commuter parking garage, affordable housing, and a possible community center.

Councilmember John Wright said, “We only have one chance to get this right.” 

A Lake Forest Park Steering Committee selected two firms to get this integrated work done right for the community. City Staff and the City Council will be closely involved, too. The public engagement process and the importance of finding ways to have “meaningful conversations” with the citizens as per Councilmember John Resha, was a serious discussion.

Residents living near the Town Center area have expressed their concerns to the City Council and Councilmember Wright firmly reminded his colleagues of that at a meeting last month.

City Council urges all citizens to watch for and attend any upcoming meetings regarding these all important and very involved processes that will also represent a 50-year planning vision for the commercial core of Lake Forest Park.

Deputy Mayor Stanford describes the firms selected as taking on “holistic views” for this City planning. This open and broad thinking approach was also supported by other City Council members.

The firm Makers Architecture and Urban Design, will be responsible for the public engagement process and members of the LFP Steering Committee said they also liked them because they did not come in with any preconceived notions of what the final plan could look like.

Lake Forest Park Town Center
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

In this holistic described process, Makers will also consider the health of the City’s streams, creeks and the parks. Any transportation mobility work done within the City’s Safe Streets / Safe Highways projects will be considered as well and they will work closely with the Merlone Geier Partners who own the largest portion of the Town Center land.

The broad thinking concept, the overlaps in integration needs, the pace and complexity of the timing constraints, and a City Staff already considered overloaded with work, moved the City Council to also hiring a project management firm.

Shiels Obletz Johnsen will provide direct oversight to Makers through a project manager function. In this overseeing capacity, a project manager will look across all aspects of the projects to make sure all the pieces that need to interrelate happen as needed and on time.

Also, a project management oversight service can help identify any further collaboration possibilities, or other innovative new ideas can emerge which could otherwise be lost in day-to-day work schedules. Lake Forest Park would not be in a position to hire this kind of skill and expertise within a typical City work plan, said Councilmember Resha.

Washington State also wants the City’s culvert projects to be completed by 2019, so aggressive timing for all these large projects have created the need to plan quicker than ever in the City of Lake Forest Park’s history.

The detailed recent discussions can be heard by listening to the City Council videos dated August 22 and September 14, 2017 found on the city's website - agendas are now linked to the videos so you can listen to just the part you are interested in.

Donna Hawkey is a LFP resident and can be reached via


Bring this flyer to Habit Burger Saturday for SPSF fundraiser

The Habit Burger Grill, is doing a fundraiser for the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 4 - 10pm.

Print off this article and bring it to Habit Burger during those hours and 20% of what you spend will be donated to the Foundation.

Habit Burger is located in the middle of Aurora Village at 205th and Aurora.

The Shoreline Public Schools Foundation raises funds to support academic excellence and expanded learning opportunities for all students in the Shoreline Public Schools.


Photos: A walk in the park

A lone figure looks out over the Shoreline Sea

Photos and text by Wayne Pridemore

Lucy and I went for a walk in the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Monday.

Walkers and joggers are treated to a wide view

We love the view from the walkway at the top of the bluff.

You can watch people exercising, walking their dogs, birds doing their thing, and the water of the Shoreline Sea changing color as the sun drifts in and out of the clouds.

Bird watching

The park is one of highlights of Shoreline living...

Bird watching

Headed to the beach

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th St, Shoreline 98177


Dracula comes to Edmonds in the Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities

Edmonds Driftwood Players Presents

TIPs Series Dracula (Dietz)
October 12 - 22, 2017

TIPs = Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities: the alternatively staged series of plays in the season that allows Edmonds Driftwood Players to explore new works, feature local playwrights, or produce lesser known plays through a smaller production process.

Edmonds Driftwood Players is pleased to announce the first TIPs show of Season 59 - Dracula! 

Seattle playwright, Steven Dietz, adapted his play from the novel 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker.

"This new adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker's classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances - in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire." (Dramatists Play Service)

Dracula is directed by Paul Fleming with stage management by Thomas A. Glass. Diane Jamieson serves as production manager. Designers include: Nancy Johnson, Steve Cooper, Y. Michael Uyemura, Melynda Malley, Arian Smit, and Rex Goulding.

This show stars: Asa Sholdez, David Alan Morrison, Hanna Destiny Lynn, Emily Milburn, Jon Loina, Nate Thomsen, Phillip Keiman, Rebecca Erickson, Grace Madland, Justin Tinsley, Richard Morris, and Joshua Behn.

Performances: October 12 - 22, 2017
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm
The Wade James Theatre, 950 Main Street, Edmonds, WA
Tickets are $20.00. Senior/Junior/Military,$18.00.

('Babes in arms' are discouraged and a ticket is required for each patron attending the performance.)

To purchase tickets: CLICK HERE or call 425-774-9600.


Indoor playground for preschoolers

Indoor playground for preschoolers

You don't have to stay cooped up inside with your little ones, now that the weather has changed.

The City of Shoreline's Recreation department sponsors an indoor playground at the Spartan Recreation Center.

A full sized gymnasium is full of age-appropriate toys.

Ages 1 - 5 and Parent supervision is required.
Drop-in Monday - Friday from 9:30-11:30am.

$3 per child or purchase a discount pass at the front desk.

Bring your little ones and join in the fun!

Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th St, Shoreline 98155 on the Shoreline Center campus, between the Conference Center and the Shoreline Stadium.


Spontaneous Combustion and Wood Finishing

Charred rags that combusted spontaneously and damaged a
Lake Forest Park home being renovated in January 2016
Photo courtesy Northshore Fire
By Jeff LaFlam, 
Fire Marshal
Northshore Fire Department

Getting ready to begin your wood finishing project - and you wonder if you should be concerned about the stories you’ve heard about spontaneous combustion involving oily rags.

You should be. More than 3,000 structure fires are caused by spontaneous combustion each year.

The Northshore Fire Department has responded to three structure fires over that last several years that were caused by spontaneous combustion. Each fire caused significant damage.

Spontaneous combustion occurs when a material in contact with air can heat up sufficiently (without an outside heat source) to burn.

The oils in some wastes and rubbish can slowly react with oxygen in the air. This reaction creates heat that can build up over time if the wastes are left undisturbed.

Oils from grains and plants are more prone to spontaneous combustion than petroleum oils. When the heat level in a "self-heating material" is high enough (i.e., when the temperature reaches the auto-ignition temperature), a fire may start. 

Residents were evacuated after spontaneous combustion of rags
caused a large fire in Lake Forest Park in August 2017
Photo by Jacob Kimerer

What causes it?

With linseed oil and other oils used to finish wood, including some exterior deck sealers and wood stains, heat is generated during the drying process. This is because these oils do not dry like paint (through the evaporation of a solvent or water). Instead, they dry through the same process that generates fire... oxidation.

For example, rags soaked with vegetable oil in the bottom of a pail could heat up enough to cause spontaneous combustion of the rag.

However, the same oil-soaked rag would not be expected to heat up on a clothes line because there would sufficient contact with moving air that would prevent heat from building up.

It is simple to prevent spontaneous combustion.

1. Materials (rags, etc.) that are prone to spontaneous combustion should always be stored in metal containers with covers in place. These containers should either be filled with water or the container lid must fit tightly to prevent air from entering the container.

2. Soaked rags can be spread out on an exterior, non-combustible surface and allowed to dry completely. The rags can then be properly disposed of.

Always read and follow warning labels carefully! Work safely and your home and family will thank you.


Richmond Beach Road Rechannelization public meeting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The roadway would be changed to one lane in each direction
with a center turn lane and bicycle lanes

There will be a public meeting for the 60% design review of the Richmond Beach Road Rechannelization project.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6 - 8pm at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Avenue N
Shoreline 98133

This project will rechannelize Richmond Beach Road/ NW 195th Street/ NW 196th Street from 24th Avenue NW to Dayton Avenue N from four lanes to one vehicle lane in each direction and a center turn lane.

The primary goal of the project is to improve driver, pedestrian, and bicyclist safety and mobility. Rechannelization also provides the ability to implement on-street bicycle lanes as well as pedestrian refuge space for pedestrians crossing the street between controlled intersections.

The project corridor has a history of collisions, and includes two of the high collision locations from the City’s 2017 Annual Traffic Report; the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW Richmond Beach Road, and the roadway segment of NW Richmond Beach Road from 3rd Avenue NW to 8th Avenue NW. A rechannelization was recommended as mitigation for the collisions.

In 2016 City Council approved the rechannelization as part of the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

The proposed cross-section was developed as part of the 2014 Transportation Corridor Study, studying the impacts of the Point Wells project.

60% Design means that there is time and opportunity for significant changes, if needed, based on public input.
Come to the public open house to see how public feedback has already shaped the design and have an opportunity to comment on the plan before it is finalized.


Hillery Clark to be honored by Wonderland Development Center

Hillery Clark
Spirit of Wonderland Community Award
Shoreline Public Schools Director of Early Learning Hillery Clark will be recognized by Wonderland Development Center at their Night of Wonderland Gala on September 23, 2017 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Clark will be presented with the Spirit of Wonderland Community Award for her work supporting and advocating for special needs students and youth in our region. Wonderland Development Center serves children from birth to three years old that have special needs.

“The Spirit of Wonderland is awarded to partners and members of the general community for embodying the spirit of generosity and commitment to Wonderland and its mission to empower developmentally delayed children and their families to reach their highest potential where they live, learn, and play,” said Wonderland Executive Director Mary Kirchoff.

Purchase tickets here

Saying she was humbled by the honor, Clark expressed her deep appreciation for the work Wonderland does and their partnership with Shoreline Public Schools. 

“Our school district’s strong partnership with Wonderland helps our students and families in many ways,” said Clark. “The incredible staff and programs offered by Wonderland do so much to help the students they serve learn the skills and knowledge they need to be ready for preschool.”


On the Mayor's Mind: Constitution week

Chris Roberts, Mayor
City of Shoreline
By Chris Roberts, Mayor
City of Shoreline

On Sunday, our nation celebrated the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. Thirty-eight of the 41 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document, sending the Constitution out to the States for ratification. In Shoreline, I proclaimed this week to be Constitution week, encouraging our residents to reflect on the ideals of the Framers.

We owe a lot to the delegates during that hot Philadelphia summer in 1787. The work the delegates did to create a stable government that united the thirteen independent states into a single nation required tremendous compromises on a wide range of issues. And, while there was not unanimous support for the Constitution among the voting public, a majority of delegates to the state ratifying conventions approved the Constitution, with the expectations that the first Congress would propose the addition of the Bill of Rights.

Since its adoption, the Constitution has now been amended 27 times, most recently in 1992. In practice, these amendments changed the balance of our government, providing more rights to the people and constraining the sovereignty of the states. Subsequent generations of Americans added provisions into the Constitution safeguarding individual liberty, safeguarding  justice, elevating protections of civil rights, and expanding the right to vote.

Every generation interprets the meaning and limitations of the Constitution. In 2017, we continue to debate the contours of free speech and the ability to regulate campaign financing. There are debates about whether legislators should have the power to draw the boundaries of their own districts and the scope of the President’s powers to issue pardons. In this sense we,  the current generation of Americans, are both constitutional architects and guardians of our Constitutional ideals.

I believe it is our job to reflect on the ideals of the Constitution - and to be active in upholding those principles - the goal to establish a more perfect union, to establish justice, to provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity.


Wednesday’s Create & Make Workshop: Printmaking: Monotypes

Printmaking: Monotypes, with Chris Kroehler
Create and Make Workshop

Wednesday, September 27th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline

Get your art on with the Create and Make Workshop Series! Wish you could pull up and give way to creative abandon from time to time? Look no further: The Create and Make Workshops are here and are guaranteed to be tons of adult-creative fun!

In this workshop, the technique of printing monotypes will be explored. Prints will be made by painting on plexiglass using ink/oil paint then pressed by hand onto sheets of paper. Stencils, watercolor, solvents, brushes, and other tools will be used to embellish the monotype prints. Students will learn that monoprinting is a form of printmaking that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking techniques, where multiple prints can be pulled.

Chris Kroehler has been teaching art to students in grades K-12 in the Shoreline School District for the past ten years. He also teaches adult drawing classes at Truth Teller Winery in Woodinville.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 27th, and is held from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Cromwell Room (south end, classroom wing) of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Tickets are $35 and available at

Want more creative adult fun? Check out the other Create and Make Workshops this season:

Sugar Skull Inspired Paper Quilling – October 11

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, curled, twisted, otherwise manipulated, and glued together to create decorative shapes and designs.

Arabic Calligraphy – October 25

Come learn the bare bone basics! Arabic script moves right to left and has different shapes for letters in initial, medial, and final positions.

Bath Products: Soap, Salts and Fizzies – November 15

This workshop includes easy hands-on creations of bath products. Participants will learn the basics to carry them into the gift-giving season.


WeatherWatcher: Regular weather returns, Forecast

Our regular weather has finally returned after an unusually long, hot and dry streak. We went from late July weather to early November weather in just over a 24 hour period. The sudden change was due to a change in the upper atmosphere circulation replacing our persistent ridge of high pressure with a low pressure trough out of the gulf of Alaska, a circulation pattern that is more typical during winter months. The pattern is going to change a little more in the next couple days to return the sunny weather but with temperatures much cooler than we've been used to.

Here are some graphs for September that show the dramatic changes. The daily average temperature graph is a good demonstration of the changes.

You can see how the first 5 days were exceptionally warm, and then a sharp drop off between the 7th and 9th down to near average, then the last few days it drops down much below the normal average.

Here's the daily high and low temperatures graphed out compared to average.

You can see how our highs and lows were above normal until the 7th, then the lows drop below normal, but daily highs were still peaking 5-9°F above normal until the 17th. The daily highs are getting shorter in duration (less than an hour instead of for several hours) due to the shorter days. This is why the daily average temperature in the first graph is a little lower than normal for the same time period despite the large difference in high temperature compared to normal.

Last but not least, our rainfall for the month: Shoreline didn't get much compared to areas north and south in the Puget Sound. The Olympic mountain rain shadow was affecting the area during the recent storm fronts that moved through. As a result we are still well below the normal for September. Most areas surrounding us, however, are closer to a half inch below normal.

Forecast: We are going back to a drying trend with clearing skies for the weekend and into early next week. High temperatures are going to stay below 70°F for the most part, generally in the mid-60's. Lows are starting to dip into the mid-lower 40's now so it is starting to feel much colder than we are used to. Some wet weather looks like it might return at the end of the month. I believe we are done with the smoky air and 80°F + temperatures for the year.

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Cat stolen from Shoreline cat rescue found dead

Stolen from Shoreline shelter and killed

A cat stolen from a cat rescue in Shoreline yesterday was found dead in a nearby dumpster. The cat’s head had been crushed.

Tuesday around 12pm a volunteer with the Whisker City Cat Rescue, in the 1600 block of N183rd St, called police when she noticed an outside cat shelter had been broken into and the cat which had been housed inside was missing.

Shoreline Police responded and investigated the theft and burglary to the shelter. Inside the shelter police found a yellow blanket with green writing on it that said, “The homeless need a home… just not my backyard, not Richmond Beach.”

Just before 5pm the employee called police again and said she found the missing cat, dead in the facilities dumpster. The cat’s head had been crushed in.

King County Animal Control was advised and Shoreline Police returned to the scene. The cat’s body was eventually given to the owner who said she would take it to her vet for an examination.

In spite of widespread social media reports to the contrary, the King County Sheriff's Office says that "At this point there is no evidence that the cat was tortured prior to being killed."

The case has been turned over to a King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detective who will conduct the investigation of the animal’s death.

The King County Sheriff’s Office and Shoreline Police said they are only aware of one other animal cruelty case involving an animal’s death nearby and which occurred in Edmonds in August.

The King County Sheriff’s Office detective handling the case has been in contact with the Edmonds detective about the cases. There is no evidence at this time linking the cases.

If you have any information about this case, please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.


Photos: Sun set Moon rise

Sun set
Photo by Gregg Haughian

Gregg Haughian took these beautiful photos of the sun setting and the moon rising over Echo Lake.

Moon rise
Photo by Gregg Haughian


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