Help count birds for science during Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Portions of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore
are in the Edmonds Bird Count circle

The National Audubon Society invites birdwatchers and people with backyard bird feeders to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey - the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). On Saturday, December 17, birders and nature enthusiasts will take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate.

“This year Pilchuck Audubon is making a special effort to count birds visiting yard bird feeders,” says Rick Taylor, a volunteer with Pilchuck Audubon. “Recent research has highlighted the importance of suburban habitats and the surprising diversity of bird species that make use of our suburban yards and greenbelts.”

Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute to this fun, nationwide citizen science project, which provides ornithologists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during the winter months.

The Edmonds / South Snohomish County CBC is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles that is centered near Martha Lake in Lynnwood. This circle covers central to south Snohomish county, as well as Kenmore, the northern half of Lake Forest Park, and part of north central Shoreline.

In last year’s CBC, people watched their feeders at 37 locations in South Snohomish County and Northern King County. They reported the only White-throated Sparrows in the circle, and accounted for 64% of the Townsend’s Warblers, and 43% of the Anna’s Hummingbirds observed. Collectively, they observed 48 species and 1,880 individual birds. Complete results of last year’s Edmonds CBC can be found on the Pilchuck Audubon Website here.

To participate by counting birds in your yard and feeders, first confirm that you live within the Edmonds count circle, using this map. (Shown above) Click on the link and when the map is displayed, enter Edmonds in the search box in the upper-right-hand corner of the page. Then zoom in or out until you see the whole circle. Verify that your home is located within it.

You will also need to follow specific counting directions which, along with additional general information about the Edmonds CBC, can be found on Pilchuck Audubon’s website at: Detailed Instructions for Home Counters. You can also contact Rick Taylor at 425-214-2764) or Bob Schmidt at 425-273-1579.

Each year, the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 72,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,500 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could never accomplish alone. Data compiled in South Snohomish and Northern King County area will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years.

To date over 200 peer-reviewed articles have resulted from analysis done with Christmas Bird Count data. Bird related citizen science efforts are also critical to understanding how birds are responding to a changing climate. This documentation is what enabled Audubon scientists to discover that 314 species of North American birds are threatened by global warming as reported in Audubon’s groundbreaking Birds and Climate Change Study. The tradition of counting birds combined with modern technology and mapping is enabling researchers to make discoveries that were not possible in earlier decades.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 when Dr. Frank Chapman, founder of Bird‐Lore – which evolved into Audubon magazine – suggested an alternative to the holiday “side hunt,” in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds. This program brings out the best in people and they tend to stay involved for the long run. And so the tradition continues.

The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on‐the‐ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization.


Blake Snell ceremony and SW - SC basketball rescheduled for Monday

The Shorewood vs. Shorecrest boys basketball game and halftime event retiring Blake Snell’s Shorewood baseball jersey has been rescheduled for Monday, December 12 at 7pm in the Shorewood gym, 17300 Fremont Ave N.

See previous story.


Photos: Snow scenes

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Love this photo. I just know there's a warm fire and a cup of hot chocolate through that gate.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

This little one was having a good time in the snow. Wayne Pridemore found children out playing on 21st NW above Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

At the Swedish Clinic in the 4-Corners business district, people were sliding into parking spaces and staff were tackling the parking lot with shovels.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Crista campus was a lovely place to take a walk.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

... thanks to the guy with the shovel. I really hope he didn't have to do the whole road with a shovel.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

But here's what it's really about!

Photo by Wayne Pridemore


46th Democrats holiday party Sunday

The 46th District Democrats’ Holiday Party is Sunday AFTER the Seahawks Game at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98125, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Food is planned around “Comfort Food” entrees to mix it up a little at this time of year – pulled pork, mac-n-cheese, a quinoa & kale entree, with sides and salads to match.

We will be providing the entrees, sides, and salads. To make this scalable to the number of people who attend, we ask that you bring an appetizer if your name begins with an A-M or a dessert if your name begins with an N-Z.  8-12 servings should be plenty.

The suggested donation is $25 per person, and $40 for a family of any size. However, please contribute at the level you are comfortable.


Flags at half-staff Friday for John Glenn

Pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation issued on December 9, 2016, Governor Inslee directed that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, to honor the memory of John Glenn.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on the day of interment.


War stories: serving under General Patton in WW II

Larry Fischer presented a Certificate of Appreciation from Post 227
to Jack Hasse at the end of his presentation.

Text and photo by Jerry Pickard

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016 American Legion Post 227 held their monthly meeting. The meeting was well attended, with several members of the community visiting to hear speaker Jack Hasse speak of his experiences as a Military Police Private in General Patton's 3rd army.

Mr. Hasse joined the Army in 1943 and served until 1946. He related how he met General Patton while directing tank traffic at a river crossing. General Patton thought his tanks weren't moving fast enough so he collared Pvt. Hasse and proceeded to chew him out for not moving traffic fast enough.

Mr. Hasse stated that Gen. Patton had a high squeaky voice, unlike George C. Scott who portrayed him in the movie "Patton". He also stated that General Patton's pistols were ivory handled, not pearl as is commonly believed. And when he was angry he used a lot of profanity.

In their drive into and through Germany, Mr. Hasse was involved in the liberation of several concentration camps and POW camps ... something he would never forget.

At the end of his presentation he held a question and answer session and fielded many questions from the audience regarding General Patton and his experiences in the 3rd Army. 


Photo: It's colder in the Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Just to keep things in perspective, Steve Robinson reports that it's a little colder than Shoreline in the Grand Tetons.

-6 degrees F.


Cartoon: What do you want for Christmas?

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


Square dance lessons
Family square dance lessons start Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for beginners ages 10 to 100 (lesson 1) with the Dudes and Dolls club 7-9 pm at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood.

FREE admission the first night, then $3 to $6 per lesson for future lessons.

“Can't dance!” No problem - this is directional walking, as easy as going to the refrigerator!

Information at website or phone 425-344-3498.


Metro busses get stuck on 205th during morning commute

Looking east in the 8600 block of N 205th
Photo courtesy Shoreline Police 

Metro 301 articulated busses had a terrible time trying to go up the slight hill on N 205th, west of Aurora, during the morning commute.

Three different articulated busses got stuck on the hill at the same time.

Shoreline police blocked off the hill until the busses could be cleared.

The 301 starts its run at the transit center on N 200th, then makes a stop at 8th NW before it circles back to the Shoreline park n ride at 192nd and heads to downtown Seattle.

Commuters had a longer trip than they bargained for.

KOMO had a camera on scene and got a video of the whole thing. See it here.


Winter window at Patty Pan Grill

Friday, December 9, 2016

Patty Pan decorate windows reflect the view across the street
Photo by Jerry Pickard 

Patty Pan Grill in the Briarcrest neighborhood has winter window art, thanks to Shorecrest grad Emma Brainerd.

Emma says,
I have been painting anddrawing since I was really little, influenced by my mom and dad who were both artists. I've just finished my first quarter at North Seattle College, as a psych student. 
I thank Patty Pan for letting me use their window as a canvas for my art. It's something I don't get to do often, and I really enjoyed it.


32nd Democrats reorganization meeting and Winter Festivus

Wednesday Dec 14. 6:30pm sign in
7pm Meeting, 8pm Winter Party
click here for details

Every two years, all of the Democratic Party organizations in Washington State choose new leaders: this happens in almost all 49 Legislative Districts and 39 Counties.

The Precinct Committee Officers who were elected in the 2016 August primary choose the new leaders.

In keeping with winter tradition the 32nd will also host the Annual Winter Holiday Party and Festivus on Dec 14th. Before and after the reorganization meeting join in a dessert buffet, silent auction and white-donkey raffle. All are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and white-donkey raffle item.


Photo: More snow

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee Lageschulte was inspired by coffee. She took snow photos on her way to the Richmond Beach Starbucks this morning!

Anyone on the Lake Washington side with a camera?


Photos: Snow

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Photo by Frank Kleyn

Happy to have dedicated photographers who are eager to go out in the cold to get beautiful snow shots.

There was three inches of snow at my home in central Shoreline. It started melting about 9:30am Friday. According to Carl's Weather Station, it's 32.5 degrees here and it's starting to rain.

The schools are closed. Imagine the busses navigating the steep and twisting roads in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park with dozens of our children on board and you can understand why.



Snow days

All Shoreline Public Schools are cancelled today, December 9, due to snow and hazardous road conditions. All sporting events and evening activities are also cancelled.


Christmas Lights: Beacon at the end of the street

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

This rooftop decoration is at the end of the street at 182nd and 14th NW, so everyone coming downhill can see it. It's a beacon, guiding travelers down the hill.


Holiday music at Sky this weekend

Sky Nursery is featuring live, holiday music this weekend.

Saturday, December 10th 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Enjoy holiday choral music performed by the talented and enthusiastic students of Sky’s near neighbor, St. Luke’s School, under the direction of Joan Dirska, and holiday choral music performed by the students of local Edmonds school, Holy Rosary, directed by Keely Rogel.

Plus, a special concert by Strum: Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians. These uke-crazy individuals are dedicated to making the world a better place through ukulele music. Kick back and enjoy holiday and Hawaiian music with them!

Sunday, December 11th 11:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jazz Up your Holidays with Live Music by the Jazz Pearls!

Enjoy original jazz arrangements of holiday classics performed by Ashley Webster and the Jazz Pearls while you shop, sip hot cider, and enjoy our holiday d├ęcor.

Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133 206-546-4851 


Shorewood to retire Blake Snell's #4 jersey at ceremony Friday

Photo courtesy of Blake Snell’s Twitter @snellzilla11
RESCHEDULED: The Shorewood vs. Shorecrest boys basketball game and halftime event retiring Blake Snell’s Shorewood baseball jersey has been rescheduled for Monday, December 12 at 7pm in the Shorewood gym, 17300 Fremont Ave N.

Shorewood High School will retire Blake Snell's #4 Shorewood Baseball jersey at a special halftime ceremony during the boys basketball matchup between Shorewood and Shorecrest this Friday, December 9.

Tipoff is at 7pm in the Shorewood gym.

Blake Snell is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected him in the first round of the 2011 major league draft.

In 2015, Snell was awarded Minor League Baseball’s Player of the Year Award.

He pitched his debut Major League Baseball game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium earlier this year.

Snell played for Shorewood Baseball for four years under Coach Wyatt Tonkin. His senior year record was 8 wins - 0 losses, he pitched 56 innings and struck out 118 opponents. His ERA that year was 1.0 and he only gave up 9 runs. Overall, Snell pitched 131 innings and struck out 218 batters and his accumulative ERA was 1.24 for the Shorewood Thunderbirds.

Updated 12-10-2016


Dances of Universal Peace Friday in Shoreline

Dances of Universal Peace are a group of simple dances to live music.

The focus of each dance is in the singing of a particular sacred phrase or phrases inspired by a large variety of religious and spiritual traditions from around the world.

No experience necessary. All dances are taught.

Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm (every second Friday) at Shoreline Community Acupuncture - 18505 Firlands Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Small donation accepted but no one turned away for lack of funds. Fragrance free please.

For more information, contact David Matthews at 206-272-0580.


Solstice Stroll at Kruckeberg Garden Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Come see the Garden aglow with twinkling lights, luminaria and unique artworks!

December 9, 10, 11, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
4:30pm-8:00pm (last entry at 7:30pm) 

Carolers, warm refreshments and a simply magical walk through the woods.
Admission: Free; a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged.

All parking for the Solstice Stroll will be offsite, at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church / United Church of Christ at 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177. Enter the parking lot from Richmond Beach Rd (just west of 15th Ave NW). Our convenient shuttle will pick you up at the edge of the parking lot to bring you to the Garden. For the safety of our guests and our neighbors, we ask you to limit parking in the neighborhood, there is limited visibility after dark.

This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.

A note about accessibility: There will be limited handicap parking available at the Garden in our main parking lot. You are welcome to drop off / pick up in the bus loading zone if riding the shuttle will be a hardship for anyone in your group. Part of the stroll is through a level area and is accessible, but much of the path is gravel or mulch trail along the hillside. There are stairs on the main route (going up only), and there is an alternate exit that does not require ascending stairs. If you are concerned about navigating uneven ground, we suggest that you bring a flashlight.

Kruckeberg holiday hours and closures
The Garden and Nursery will be closed to prepare up for Solstice Stroll during daytime business hours on December 9-11; those days we will open for the Stroll from 4:30 – 8pm.

The Garden and Nursery will be closed from December 19th - January 5th. Our first open day of 2017 will be Friday, January 6th, from 10am - 3pm.


Home sales in Shoreline during November 2016

The following is a sampling of homes at each price point that sold in Shoreline during the month of November 2016 from data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Photo: Christmas tree surprise

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Look closely and you will see the red decorations on the tree.

Steve Robinson said he was travelling in the Teton National Park in Wyoming when he came across this decorated tree in the middle of nowhere.

Steve wasn't impressed with our small snowfall and our low temperatures.

"The temperature is about 7 degrees F here," he said.

"But it is a dry heat."


Planning Commission continues public hearing on Homeless Encampment at Thursday meeting

Camp United We Stand spent several months in a
Shoreline back yard while they were between church
sponsored locations.
Shoreline Planning Commission, Public Hearing (Continued from October 20, 2016), Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00pm, Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

Agenda Highlights - full agenda

  • Public Hearing on Homeless Encampments Amendments, Continued from October 20th, 2016

The City of Shoreline is proposing changes to the Shoreline Development Code that apply citywide. The non-project action to amend the Development Code includes new and updated regulations related to Transitional Encampments.

The proposed amendments to the City’s Transitional Encampment Regulations include removing the use from the use tables and continuing to process Transitional Encampments under a Temporary Use Permit; add additional criteria under the Temporary Use Permit section for Transitional Encampments; including health, safety, and siting criteria; and clarifying the time limits and fee waiver.

The changes were designed to ease the bureaucratic processes for churches hosting homeless camps. Then the issue of backyard camps arose and the commission extended their process to fully consider what would be included in the amendments.

Planning Commission held a public hearing October 20, 2016 and listened to public comment regarding amendments proposed by staff. Much of the public comment at this time expressed concern that the proposed changes to the code, which included changing the permit type from a TUP to a Transitional Encampment Permit, would allow for encampments in back yards of single-family properties.

Other public comment was concerned that the code would deter encampments from Shoreline. While these were not the intent of the proposed changes, Planning Commission continued the public hearing and asked staff to respond to a number of concerns.

Based on these concerns, staff is now proposing to revise the original amendments so that transitional encampment applications will continue to be processed under a Temporary Use Permit, with specific added criteria that staff believes will preclude incompatible siting of such encampments, for example, on single-family properties.

Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


Learn about Shoreline's government and operations in CityWise Project

The City of Shoreline is excited to announce the first CityWise Project, an opportunity for residents to learn about the City’s government and operations.

CityWise is an eight week opportunity for citizens to learn about the City's government and operations. Classes meet once a week from January 24 to March 20, 2017 and are limited to 15 participants.

The application is available online and must be submitted by Friday January 6, 2017. For more information, contact Constance Perenyi or call 206-801-2253.


Christmas Ship at Saltwater Park Tuesday - there will be bonfires

Christmas ship at Saltwater Park 2015

Christmas Ship Celebration
Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 to 8:50pm
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
2021 NW 190th Street
Shoreline, WA 98177

Sponsored by City of Shoreline

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a festive evening of outdoor celebration along Shoreline’s spectacular beachfront. Come and hear live music by the St. Luke School Choir while waiting for the Argosy Christmas Ship to arrive. Enjoy complimentary cookies and stay warm near the roaring beach bonfires. Free to participate.

For more information contact Sheri Ashleman at 206-542-9147


Shorewood wrestlers score two victories in Double Dual at Snohomish

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Shorewood wrestling team scored two victories at Snohomish High School Thursday at a double dual meet against Stanwood and Snohomish.

To start the night the T-Birds took on 13th ranked Stanwood and overwhelmed the Spartans with superior depth 54-24.

In the second match of the night the Thunderbirds beat the Snohomish Panthers. This is the first time in at least three decades the Thunderbird wrestling team has won a match against Snohomish. Leading the way for Shorewood was junior Alex Olivera who picked up two first round pins.

Shorewood improves to 2-1 on the season.

The Thunderbirds head to Decatur High School in Federal Way on Saturday to wrestle in the Hurricane Harris Invitational. Wrestling starts at 10:45am.

Shorewood 54 Stanwood 24
    106-Nick Lotz (SW) won by forfeit
    113-Curt Tanaka (SW) won by forfeit
    120-Antonio Bernocco (St) dec Kellen Davis (SW) 10-5
    126-Kody Carpenter (SW) won by forfeit
    132-Kellan Crabtree (St) dec Dick Street (SW) 7-6
    138-Devin Leach (SW) pinned Gunnar Cooper (St) :24
    145-Riley Vanscoy (St) pinned Elias Thorne (SW) 3:07
    152-Alex Olivera (SW) pinned Nikolas Christianson (St) :18
    160-Mark Yamane (SW) won by forfeit
    170-Voix Bull (SW) pinned Cole Carrigan (St) 3:27
    182-Esdres Valladares (SW) won by forfeit
    195-Arie VanVeen (St) pinned Philip Ball (SW) 2:57
    220-Troy Beach (SW) pinned Chris Tabor (St) :34
    285-Justin Bolden (St) won by forfeit

Shorewood 49 Snohomish 27
    106-Nick Lotz (SW) won by forfeit
    113-Curt Tanaka (SW) pinned James Williamson (Sn) 3:01
    120-Josh Ren (Sn) pinned Kellen Davis (SW) 1:26
    126-Kody Carpenter (SW) won by forfeit
    132-Dick Street (SW) won by forfeit
    138-Josue Barajas (Sn) pinned Devin Leach (SW) 1:30
    145-Elias Thorne (SW) dec Tanner Olson (Sn) 6-2
    152-Alex Olivera (SW) pinned Preston Smith (Sn) 1:09
    160-Mark Yamane (SW) maj. dec Dylan Wheeler (Sn) 11-0
    170-Ben Kloes (Sn) pinned Voix Bull (SW) :35
    182-Esdres Valladares (SW) pinned Ryan Douglas (Sn) 2:27
    195-Philip Ball (SW) pinned Elijah Osbourne (Sn) 1:30
    220-Vinnie Emery (Sn) dec Troy Beach (SW) 3-1
    285-Matt Currier (Sn) won by forfeit

--Derek Norton


Children's Spontaneous Christmas Pageant Service Sunday at RBCC

This Sunday, December 11, 10am, Richmond Beach Congregational Church, UCC located at the corner of NW Richmond Beach Rd and 15th Ave NW in Shoreline 98177.

The children explore the Christmas story in a tangible and meaningful way.


Shoreline Recreation Guide online

Shoreline rec guide Winter 2017
By Diane Hettrick

The paper version of the Winter 2017 Recreation Guide will be mailed to Shoreline households in late December, but the online version is available now.

Shoreline is using a nifty new program that allows you to read the entire Guide on your computer.

Here's the link

You can flip through the pages in the default view, but the navigation tools work really well.

If you want to read a section, use the plus sign to zoom in. Then you can use your cursor to drag the image to see different parts of the page. There's a minus sign to get back to zoom back out.

My favorite view is the full screen version. The icon is to the right of the plus sign - the square. You can see and read the entire page and flip pages using the arrows at the sides.

Bookmark the link and you'll have the guide at your fingertips.


Photo: The mountains are out

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

It was an amazing day for mountains Wednesday. Hardly a cloud in the sky and every mountain in view with snow capped peaks shining in the sun.


Shoreline Fire toy drive Saturday at Fred Meyer

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hoping to equal last year's collection

Shoreline firefighters are holding their annual toy drive, going on from now until the 16th of this month.

The firefighters provide all the toys for the Shoreline PTA holiday baskets project for families in need during this holiday season.

This Saturday, they will be collecting at Fred Meyer, 18325 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133 from 8:30am to 5:30ish.

People can also drop toys or gift cards to any of the four fire stations.

To make it even easier for the community to participate, they have a donation website for those who want to donate online.


Flags at half-staff

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez, 45, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Friday, December 9, 2016.

Officer Gutierrez was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, November 30.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on December 9, 2016.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma. It is open to the public. The time has yet to be announced.

Please call (360) 239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.


Choir of the Sound performs for a standing room only house

Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

On Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4, the Choir Of The Sound held their 40th Anniversary Concert at Shorecrest's Performing Arts Center. They played to sold-out audiences all weekend, packing the auditorium,

The sets were colorful, filled with singers and dancers performing Holiday songs.

Santa appeared on stage to the delight of all. 

The house was standing room only

The concert started with "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and included such favorites as "Deck The Halls", "Baby It's Cold Outside","Mary Did You Know", "Silent Night" and many more Christmas favorites.

Jeremy Matheis conducted the concert and brought down the house when the Seahawks 12th man flag appeared while he was directing 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas.

The Choir did an audience sing-a-long version of the "Twelve Days Of Christmas" with different sections of the audience standing and acting out the twelve parts of the song!

The Choir performed " The Twelve Days AFTER Christmas" where they told how all those twelve gifts were disposed of. The concert ended with "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". It was a delightful concert and enjoyed by all.


Home sales in Lake Forest Park during November 2016

The following is a sampling of homes at each price point that sold in Lake Forest Park during the month of November 2016 from data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Aegis Living Breaks into Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work List

Passion and Purpose Shatter Conventional Wisdom

Glassdoor announces its Top 50 Best Places to Work in 2017 from a list of more than 600,000 companies, and Aegis Living is this year’s big surprise.

Aegis Living is a leader in senior living in Washington, California, and Nevada with more than 2,200 employees. What makes the award surprising is that Aegis Living breaks almost every rule on what it takes to be a “Best Place to Work”: it’s senior living in a youth-obsessed culture; it’s high touch in a high tech world; it’s a mission-based career in a selfie society.
“In our society, the cultural goliath is a high tech business. We’re a high touch business, nurturing more than 2,000 seniors. We’re amazingly honored to be named as a Best Place to Work. Our employees deserve this award. They love our residents and value their wisdom. They make our high touch culture an oasis in a high tech world,” said Aegis Living Founder and CEO Dwayne Clark. 
“We’re honored they chose a career with us.”

Employees posting on Glassdoor most frequently wrote about their passion for the mission and the seniors they serve.
  • “I find joy in working with my residents. I like to make them laugh, sing, and dance.”
  • “I work for an awesome and amazing company. I have the support I need to be successful.”
  • “Teams in the communities love their jobs and think of them more as missions rather than jobs.”

Aegis Living’s rank in the Top 50 marks the first time that a senior living company has been named on the list. The Best Places to Work are determined using mostly anonymous company reviews shared by U.S. based employees between November 2, 2015 and October 30, 2016.

The complete list of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work in 2017 is here

Aegis Living is a national leader in assisted living and memory care operating 29 communities across the west coast, including two in Shoreline. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Redmond, Washington, privately held Aegis Living serves residents in Washington, California and Nevada with six new developments in the Puget Sound region. Aegis Living has been honored time and again as a “Best Place to Work” by (NBC) KING5 and other media entities.


WeatherWatcher: Winter Weather Advisory, Forecast, December graphs

The National Weather Service in Seattle has changed the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4pm Thursday evening until 8am Friday morning. A winter weather advisory is issued when winter weather is expected to mainly affect roadway surface conditions, causing travel difficulties.

In general we have a Pacific storm moving in from south to north. The air will remain below freezing, with snow expected to arrive from the south in the Shoreline area at about 7pm. Current models are suggesting a modest accumulation of 1-3 inches, with a changeover to rain not occurring until mid Friday morning or afternoon.

I want to stress that all of the forecast models have not been consistent with this development at all. There's a very good chance we might not see any accumulation. On the other hand there is also a chance that we could see more than a 3 inch accumulation. As you can imagine, the past few days has been very challenging for forecasters.

Bottom line: Be prepared for winter driving conditions if you will be traveling after 6pm Thursday and before 8am Friday morning. Changes in this event and the way it might turn out can occur at any point during or after the winter weather advisory period. I will be posting updates if significant changes occur.

Weekend forecast: Most models (not all) indicate a slight warm up to upper 30's and low 40's with rain and rain showers through the weekend. Temperatures will be on the cool side, and some models indicate that we may bump into the freezing mark at least in the overnight lows into early next week. Though not likely, some wet snow flakes might be a possibility still, especially if a convergence does form from a passing storm front.

There are still some hints that we might go into another modified arctic freeze off and on for the next week or two so I wouldn't put away the winter gear just yet after this storm.

Below is the rainfall and temperature data for this month so far. We're actually running near normal for temperature, if not slightly below normal right now. Rainfall is a little under the average at the moment but this is typical when we get a cold outbreak.

Daily rainfall for December 2016 compared to station average.
Daily High and Low temperatures for December 2016 compared to station average.
For current weather conditions here in Shoreline, visit


'Tis the season ... for package thieves

By Diane Hettrick
Photos courtesy LFP Police

The holiday season, with all of the package deliveries, makes easy pickings for thieves.

I was in the North City post office when a woman came in insisting that the post office had lost her package. She was following its progress with online tracking, which showed that it had been delivered.

"I've been home all day," she said. "I would know if a package had been delivered."

Maybe she's right. But probably she has fallen victim to package thieves.
They simply follow a delivery truck on its rounds. The driver puts the package on the porch and moves on. The thief sprints to the porch, grabs the package and is gone. The whole thing takes less than a minute.

Even if the vicim were home and saw the theft, there's not a lot they can do at the moment.

The good news is that a lot of people have installed surveillance systems. Originally the results were quite grainy, but the technology keeps getting better and better.

The photos in this article are from a very recent theft in Lake Forest Park near the Burke Gilman Trail.

The site created and maintained by Lake Forest Park police detective Tony Matthews exposes this thief to a larger audience. There's no reason to assume that this thief in these photos lives in LFP. Package thieves and mail thieves usually keep moving into new territory.

When one of these guys is caught, it usually solves dozens of thefts, and often results in the return of stolen goods.

The guy rode his bicycle right up to the porch.

Be on the lookout for this bicyclist, and if you see him on the street, call 9-1-1. If you think you have any information about him, call Det. Matthews 206-364-8216 or email him. Case number here with email link.


Public Hearing in LFP re Low Impact Development Code update

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 7:00pm, the Lake Forest Park City Council will hold a public hearing regarding proposed Ordinance 1149, which pertains to low impact development and water quality protection.

If adopted, Ordinance 1149 would amend the Lake Forest Park Municipal Code (LFPMC) to address Low Impact Development (LID) and Water Quality Protection requirements associated with the City’s permit to release stormwater into state waters (NPDES – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and State Waste Discharge General Permit for discharge from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewers in Western Washington).

The City contracted with PACE Engineers, Inc., to conduct a gap analysis of the Lake Forest Park environmental codes and recommend updates necessary to maintain compliance with the NPDES permit. Click on “Ordinance 1149,” below, to read the staff report and review the draft ordinance.

Ordinance 1149

The hearing will be followed immediately by the regular council meeting. Full agenda and documents here.

Lake Forest Park City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, northeast corner of Town Center.


North City Tech Meetup in Lake Forest Park Monday

The North City Tech Meetup is very pleased to announce a special speaker and presentation on  Monday, December 12 at the Lake Forest Library meeting room at 7pm.

The library is on the lower level of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.

Professor Larry Gales (retired) will present:

“Energy Efficiency – How to Maintain a Modern Life Style Using Drastically Less Energy”

This talk attempts to show that using three technologies: electric vehicles, the European Passive House, and solar PV, we can maintain a lifestyle similar to our current one in terms of capabilities, comfort, and convenience, yet using a tiny fraction of our current energy use, and with lower dollar costs.

This talk will be of interest to anyone concerned about the environment and the effective use of technology to achieve goals of a modern lifestyle with a minimal impact on the environment.

Dr Gales has a Ph.D in computer science from the University of Washington and has been at various times a programmer, computer consultant, and Research Associate Professor (University of Washington, at the center for Quantitative Sciences in Fisheries, Forestry, and Wildlife) applying computer simulations to biological and mixed human-natural systems.

He has been a long-time member, and later president, of Energy Transitions Northwest (ETNW) having made many presentations on energy and electric vehicle solutions in the Seattle area. ETNW currently exists as on online email resource on energy and electric vehicles in the Northwest

The meeting will start at 7pm with introductions and a brief general discussion. Dr. Gales will speak and take questions for one hour, followed by group discussion.

RSVP is encouraged, but not required. There is no charge and the session is open to all. More details and RSVP on the MeetUp page.

The North City Tech Meetup meets on the first or second Monday of each month at 7pm, at either the Shoreline or Lake Forest Park Libraries, depending on venue availability. The group offers an opportunity for technology oriented people to meet without having to fight traffic to downtown Seattle. The group alternates between a general discussion and a presentation every other month. 


Shoreline Community College Foundation raises a record $66,000 for scholarships

Shoreline Community College scholarship recipients receive praise
at the 19th Annual Student Success Campaign Community Breakfast
Photo courtesy SCC

Shoreline Community College Foundation hosted its 19th Annual Student Success Campaign Community Breakfast on November 3, 2016 and raised a record $66,000 ($25,000 more than funds raised in any of the past 18 years).

Shoreline Community College Foundation is dedicated to increasing student access and success at Shoreline Community College and to advocating for students and the college. The breakfast is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser of the year to raise scholarships and emergency assistance funds for students in need.

Mary Brueggeman, Vice President of Advancement at the College and Executive Director of the Foundation, stated she is, “absolutely thrilled with the community support of the students who need assistance to realize their dream of a college education.”

Greg Olson, President of the Foundation Board of Directors, stated “I have seen firsthand the incredible difference our donors make in student’s lives with the scholarships and financial assistance we provide to students in need. Most often, the assistance is the difference between having to drop out of school and being able to continue to completion of their degree.”

Brueggeman and Olson attribute the event’s success to the tremendous community support through donations such as sponsorships and individual gifts. The non-profit offers three sponsorship levels with various degrees of recognition and promotion and table sponsorships.

The event is a community favorite and is described by others as one of the best attended, long-term events in the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities.

“We try to make it fun yet meaningful so the community knows what a difference they make to the students,” Brueggeman said. She stated the Foundation also receives invaluable support from the faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees of the College.

The Foundation is already looking forward to next year’s event and asks that everyone mark their calendars for Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Donations can still be sent for this year’s campaign to: Shoreline Community College Foundation, 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Founded in 1964 with leadership from the Shoreline School District and on land acquired with the help from the Boeing family, Shoreline Community College offers more than 100 excellent academic and professional/technical programs.


Registration open for spring Shoreline Little League

Shoreline Little League 2017 Spring Baseball and Softball Season Registration is now open!

Register online by January 1st to receive $10 off registration per player. Registration is open for girls and boys ages 5 - 17.


Q&A session Saturday on state's implementation plan for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Attend the session and give your input

Shoreline PTA Council is partnering with other PTA organizations to host a Q/A session this Saturday, December 10, 2016 about Washington's draft implementation plan for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA Consolidated Plan Q/A with OSPI's Dr. Gil Mendoza, Saturday, December 10 from 9 - 10:30am at Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. The session will be in the Shoreline room at the north end of the complex.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) changes the face of education across the nation. 

It is more flexible and permissive, allowing local school districts to better meet the needs of their students.

RSVP for free via Eventbrite. (See flyer).

WSPTA Region 6 and the Shoreline, Northshore and Seattle PTSA Councils are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to ask questions about Washington State's ESSA Consolidated Plan. Your voice on behalf of the students in Washington is important.

Absentee questions, translation services and childcare are available upon request (by 12/8/16). Please Personal Message the WSPTA Region 6 Director on the Facebook page.

Washington State Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gil Mendoza will be present to discuss the Consolidated Plan. Come learn about how to provide input on this living document. The ESSA plan summary, the review tour PowerPoint presentation and the webinar are available for review at the OSPI website at

Bring your questions!


Environmental artwork snakes through tree canopy at Paramount Open Space

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Installing Sarah Kavage's
Out of One, Many; Out of Many, One
E Pluribus Unum
Photo by Sarah Kavage

Reception Sunday at Paramount Open Space

The latest addition to Groundswell, the Eco-Art Program organized by Shoreline Public Art, is a forty-foot long twisting coil of invasive ivy vines installed in the trees for approximately the next four months.

Sarah Kavage’s Out of One, Many; Out of Many, One (E Pluribus Unum) was “created out of invasive ivy collected from the site over the summer and fall by a small group of volunteers, preserving a small patch of habitat on the site, particularly the grove of trees from which the piece is hanging.

"It was inspired by the story of Paramount Park Open Space, which has been preserved and restored through decades of stewardship and effort by the surrounding neighbors and volunteers.”

Installing E Pluribus Unum by Sarah Kavage
Photo by David Francis

Since November 2015, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program has initiated the Groundswell Project, a program in temporary environmental art situated in urban forests.

In celebration of the first year of the project, the public is invited to attend a reception for Sarah Kavage and her work Out of One, Many; Out of Many, One (E Pluribus Unum) on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 1:00-3:00pm, with remarks from the artist and refreshments provided by Shoreline Public Art.

Location: Paramount Open Space Park, Shoreline. Use the park entrance at 11th Ave NE and NE 152nd St. (Parking is limited; recommended along 152nd) Follow the trail for a short distance into the park and the sculpture will be on the right. It will be on display until spring 2017.


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