Shorecrest Band and Flag team in Disneyland

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Shorecrest Band during their recent trip to Disneyland


Lake Forest Park man arrested on federal gun charges

The Seattle P-I reports that a Lake Forest Park man was arrested on federal gun laws after he tried to sell pistols to an FBI informant and bragged about his "baby" - a machine gun.

The nine-time felon was once hailed by animal-rights activists for hacking into a phone line to harass the executive of a pharmaceutical company which was reportedly doing testing on animals.

Nathan Brasfield, 35, was arrested this week at his home in Lake Forest Park.


Save the Hellebores - join the work party at the Densmore Pathway Saturday

The Pathway in 2012
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association invites willing volunteers to join them in their Earth Day project to restore the overgrown Densmore Pathway to its former, award-winning status.

Pathway volunteer Ellen Wood reports that "The dandelions are wrapping themselves around the hellebores. One hellebore had to be dug out of the ground to untangle it from the dandelion that was strangling it!"

Volunteers should bring hand tools, gloves, and dress for the weather. ELNA will provide snacks and water to drink.

Densmore Pathway, N 188th and Densmore.
10am to 2pm
Saturday, April 26

The Densmore Pathway won a National Award as a neighborhood project.


Snohomish County considers ban on building permits in slide areas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1997 mud slide in Woodway
Photo courtesy Department of Ecology

According the The Seattle Times, the Snohomish County council is considering a six-month moratorium on building permits in slide areas in the county, in the wake of the devastating Oso landslide. The vote was postponed for a week to allow staff time to research the issue.

The six-month moratorium would give the council time to consider whether to issue new regulations for building within a half-mile of slide-prone slopes.

It would not apply to permits already issued.

Local advocates are watching with interest to see how new regulations might affect the Point Wells development. One of the issues with the site is that the only road in and out of the site goes through residential areas in Shoreline.

There was previously a road from Point Wells which went through Woodway, but it was washed out in a landslide and the hillside deemed too unstable to rebuild the road.

As residents and train passengers know, there are frequent landslides on the bluffs between Everett and Seattle.

Woodway has experienced several slides. According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, 

"Early in the morning of January 15th, 1997, a very large landslide occurred south of Edmonds in the town of Woodway. The landslide cut fifty feet into the property above, passed over the railroad tracks, and knocked a freight train into the Sound."


City Council to hear update on Paine Field and consider moratorium on marijuana sales

City Council Regular Business Meeting 7pm
Thursday, April 24, 2014
17425 Ballinger Way NE

Volunteers will be honored at a 6:30pm reception and during the meeting.

The manager of Paine Field will give an update on airplane pathways over Lake Forest Park.

There will be a public hearing on extending the moratorium on marijuana sales in Lake Forest Park.


Take Sounder train to Sounders FC match and Mariners game this weekend

Special game day trains will run Saturday and Sunday
Photo courtesy Sound Transit
Sports fans can take Sound Transit's Sounder train to the 1pm Sounders FC match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, and the Mariners vs Texas Rangers 1:10pm game on Sunday.

For both events, trains from the north will leave Everett at 11:15am, arriving in Edmonds at 11:41am. Return trains will leave King Street Station 35 minutes after each game.

A complete schedule of Sounder service to select Sounders FC matches and Mariners games this season is available here.

Many ST Express buses also drop off passengers near the stadiums. Link and ST Express bus schedules are available here.

Regular fares apply for all Sound Transit services. ORCA and all standing transit passes will be accepted. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card's E-Purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available here.


Lakeshore Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday in Kenmore

Bleeding Heart photo by Lee Lageschulte

Saturday, April 26, 9am - 4pm
Annuals, perennials (including tomatoes and hostas), shrubs and trees
5724 NE 190th St, Kenmore


County transportation package headed for clear defeat

By Evan Smith

The King County roads and transportation package on the Tuesday ballot appeared to be headed for a clear defeat in returns released Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday night returns showed Proposition 1 failing by a 55.28 percent to 44.72 percent margin.

Wednesday afternoon returns, including all ballots from drop boxes and vans, showed the proposal getting marginally closer but still losing by a 54.51 percent to 45.49 percent margin.

With votes counted from 35.09 percent of registered King County voters, thousands of uncounted ballots and more ballots yet to arrive, the election seemed poised to reach the 38 percent turnout that County elections officials had planned for.

King County plans to release updated returns Thursday afternoon and each weekday afternoon until final certification of results in about two weeks.

Election Results: Special Election, April 22, 2014
King County Transportation District
Proposition 1 – Sales and use tax and vehicle fee for transportation improvements 
Tuesday Election Night Returns

Ballots counted: 363,788 -- 30.97% of 1,174,773 registered King County voters. 

Yes -- 162,508 votes, 44.72%
No -- 200,887 votes, 55.28%

Results Updated Wednesday, April 23, 4:11:04 p.m. 

Ballots counted: 412,248 -- 35.09% of 1,174,773 registered King County voters.

Yes -- 187,324 votes, 45.49%
No -- 224,441 votes, 54.51%


Shoreline ICHS clinic leader honored at the White House as a Champion of Change

Teresita Batayola
On Thursday, April 24, the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will honor 11 advocates and community leaders as “Champions of Change” for their work to educate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders about the Affordable Care Act.

The event will celebrate the leadership, commitment, and hard work of navigators, consumer assisters, community health centers, and other individuals or organizations that have focused on ensuring that AAPIs fully benefit from health reform.

Among the 11 will be Teresita Batayola, CEO of the non-profit International Community Health Services, which is opening a new clinic in Shoreline this August.

“Our entire team at International Community Health Services (ICHS) is truly honored and grateful to be recognized by the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for our work in helping the Asian and Pacific Islander Community in Washington State fully benefit from the Affordable Care Act,” said Teresita Batayola, CEO of ICHS.  
“For more than 40 years, it has been the mission of ICHS to provide culturally-and linguistically-appropriate health services to anyone in need, because we believe that access to quality, affordable health care creates healthy, vibrant communities. Since October 2013, ICHS has helped nearly 6,000 people (and counting) enroll in new health insurance. On average, each enrollment took over an hour accounting for interpretation and getting through the process. All of this was made possible because of the patience, compassion and enduring commitment of our staff that work one-on-one with patients every day.” 

The clinic in Shoreline will be open to anyone who meets the income guidelines. The new facility is full-service, with medical and dental services (18 exam rooms, 10 dental chairs), the ability to perform some procedures in-house, and an on-site pharmacy and laboratory.


Shrek the Musical at RBCC in Shoreline opens May 2

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a “short” temper, a truth-bending puppet, a cookie with an attitude, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand ... and his name is Shrek. The show is filled with lively music, lasting messages, a bit of irreverent humor, and offers something for everyone to love.

Is Shrek The Musical primarily for kids? Definitely not! Shrek is a story about inner beauty and being true to who you really are. It is about an outsider searching for his place in the world, something that is part of the human condition. Finding out where you fit and who you truly are – not who people say you are – is a journey we all go on at some point.

Performance Dates:

May 2, 3 - 7:00 pm, May 4 – 2:00 pm
May 9, 10 - 7:00 pm, May 11 – 2:00 pm

Tickets – includes Beverage & Dessert
Adults:       $15
12 & under:  $10  

For tickets email or purchase at the door.

Richmond Beach Congregational Church
United Church of Christ 
1512 NW 195th St. 
at 15th Ave. NW and NW Richmond Beach Rd.
Shoreline 98177 


Free document shredding at LFP Windermere Saturday

Saturday April 26th, 2014, 9 am - Noon
Limit 5 banker boxes

Gather all of those old files and documents and
have them securely destroyed on-site
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank
As a friend of Windermere Northlake, there is no fee

Windermere Real Estate Co - parking lot
17711 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park
Questions - 206-364-8100


Shorecrest, Shorewood ranked among Best High Schools by U.S. News

Shorecrest cafeteria and 2nd floor hallway
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shorecrest and Shorewood High School have been awarded a silver medal for for U.S. News and World Report's 2014 ranking of the Best High Schools. 

Shorecrest is ranked 19th and Shorewood 24th in Washington by U.S. News out of 480 high schools in the state. Shorecrest and Shorewood will receive silver medal status for their academic achievement. U.S. News awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top-performing schools in the country.

Shorewood classroom wing

To produce the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.

AIR implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) which include college-level courses. Shorecrest and Shorewood will offer 19 AP courses to students for 2014-15. 


Shoreline Walks: Hamlin Park on Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 9:00am
Hamlin Park Trails Walk
Get acquainted with some of the trails running through the forested haven of Shoreline's beautiful 80-acre Hamlin Park.

Walk is approximately 1.8 miles / 40-45min.
Walk Rating: Moderate (bumpy trails)

Meet at: Hamlin Park, 160th St. parking lot. (by play area)
16006 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Do you love walking and wish you knew more places to go?   Maybe you are interested in meeting some new people or finding a walking buddy to safely explore your neighborhood? 

You are invited to join the Hamlin Park walk this Saturday. This free walk is led by a volunteer walk leader. No need to register, just meet at the starting location.  


Apply for theatre arts college scholarships from Driftwood Players

The Edmonds Driftwood Players. 425-774-9600, a nonprofit community theater, will award scholarships of $500-$1,000 each to deserving students for Fall 2014. Scholarships can be used toward tuition at any college in the US.

Student eligibility rules:

  • Be graduating high school seniors or currently attending college
  • Have a permanent residence (usually where their parents live) in South Snohomish or King Counties
  • Have demonstrated talent in the theater arts (performing or technical areas) and intend to study theater arts in college

Deadline for Application is May 1, 2014 (applications must be postmarked May 1, 2014).

Applicants are required to submit the following documentation to be considered for a scholarship award:

  • Applicant name, current address, phone number, and e-mail address. If a minor-parent/guardian name(s) and address(es) are also required.
  • Name of your current school and counselor or advisor
  • A list of high school or college extracurricular activities, and any awards or honors received.
  • Intended college for fall 2014
  • A letter of recommendation from your school’s drama teacher or other theater mentor.
  • An essay of 300-500 words about your interest in theater arts and what you plan to study in college
  • Transcripts of grades, including the 1st semester of senior year or latest quarter/semester of college.
  • Date of awards ceremonies at your high school (if applicable).

Recipients will be selected by an evaluation of the above information. All of the above information is required. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for scholarships. 


Celebration of City Volunteers Thursday in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is volunteer appreciation month and the City of Lake Forest Park would like to thank volunteers for their tireless energy and commitment to enrich the community.

The community is invited to a reception and recognition ceremony at the City Council meeting on Thursday, April 24. The reception will take place at 6:30pm and the ceremony will begin at 7:00pm. 

Volunteers from all service groups in the City will be recognized:

  • Community Services Commission
  • Environmental Quality Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Transportation Commission
  • Lake Forest Park Youth Council and Adult Advisors
  • Youth Court
  • Parks Volunteers
  • City Hall Volunteers
  • Library Committee
  • Crime Watch
  • Block Watch
  • Lake Forest Park Rotary Club and more. 
All are invited and welcome to attend.


Sky Saturday seminar: Success with grafted vegetables

Saturday, April 26, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Success with Grafted Vegetables
Amelia Wilbur, Ezra’s Organics

In Seattle’s cool-summer climate, we can use any edge we can get to make heat-lovers like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers ripen.

Grafted plants can give us that edge.

Amelia will tell you how to maximize your production from each individual plant for a bountiful harvest of heat lovers (hint: grafted plants have extremely vigorous root systems and need wider spacing and more support).

At the end, Amelia will hold a drawing for free organic grafted tomato plants.

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


Free readers' theatre in Edmonds Sunday showcases new work by Christopher Bailey

“The Passion of the Bobby” by Christopher Bailey covers the final feverish months of Bobby Kennedy’s campaign for president in 1968, from the April 4 murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., to his own shooting on June 5, just moments after winning the California primary.

Through personal episodes, the play explores the issues he was confronting in his quest for the White House — from Vietnam to riots to racial discrimination — and, despite the tragic ending, offers hope that the impossible can still be accomplished, like the coalition he was building between urban blacks and rural whites.

Directed by Carissa Meisner Smit

Featuring: Terry Boyd, Dawn Cornell, Laura Crouch, Rik Deskin*, Jordan Fermstad, Cindy Giese French, Thomas Glass, Austin Gregory,James Lyle, Dan Niven, Gaelen Poage, John Ruoff and Asa Sholdez

One Night Only * Sunday, April 27 at 7:00pm

Free Admission.

FIRST DRAFT! Actors dramatize the work "readers-theatre" style, giving the author a glimpse of what works and what doesn't. After the reading, a moderated Q/A session with the dramatist and audience continues to explore the work. 

We hope you join us as we bring another exciting live arts experience to the Edmonds community.

For more information, call 425-774-9600 or see the Driftwood Players webpage.

Wade James Theatre, 950 Main Street, Edmonds WA 98020 (map)


Bird Quest May 3 for a day of bird-oriented events

Participate in a unique, one day birding adventure through the Seattle Metropolitan area and compete for the grand prize of a two night stay at the Heron Inn in La Connor with a birding trip from Pacific NW Float Trips.

The Puget Sound Bird Observatory (PSBO) is holding its annual Bird Quest on May 3, with a day of bird-oriented events. The event is geared to be fun, and to get people to look either for birds, or bird-themed art and businesses.

Strategy is more important than birding expertise. The winning hand of points could be made by driving around and finding most of the 75 bird-themed art objects and business, plus solving some of the 25 puzzles that are clustered in four Seattle Parks. For dedicated birders there are also expert-led bird walks in the morning, if anyone is interested in combining a one and a half hour bird-walk with the rest of the events. You can do as much or as little as you want.

Teams are encouraged, as one person can drive and the other can spot.

The Bird Quest funds PSBO projects, like the owl boxes put up in three Shoreline Parks.


Black Box studio to open at Shoreline Community College in June

Prof. Tony Doupé in the unfinished black box performance space.

While other colleges are closing film and theater programs, Shoreline Community College is expanding its commitment to students, the arts and the community.

Later this spring, a new and versatile “black box” media production studio will open for college and community-based projects. The college is combining several under-used areas into a flexible space for video production and live performance. When the studio is completed in June, it will include professional lighting, audio and video equipment, a large green-screen wall and portable risers with seating for about 50 people.

The new studio space also supports the Shoreline Film Office, a collaborative effort of the City of Shoreline’s Office of Economic Development, the college and the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

“Creating this space makes sense for our students,” said Interim President Daryl Campbell. “We’re also supporting industry and the economic development plans of our city.”

The mission of the film office is to make Shoreline a recognized hub of the media industry by providing world-class venues and professional education and training. Launched in May 2013, the film office acts as broker for both college and city services, incentives, venues and production support for local film, gaming, theater and sound professionals.

The Shoreline campus studio, venues and resources are available to media professionals for a nominal charge, especially to those willing to create a laboratory experience for students. To learn more, contact the SFO, 206-546-5829.


Shoreline Placemaking Workshop & Potluck April 30, 6 - 9 pm at City Hall

Are you a Shoreline resident longing to make your neighborhood a wonderful, memorable place? 

Placemaking is a word used to capture a location where people might gather - a bench, coffeeshop, community garden - or activities that bring people together such as walking, gardening, sharing chores, exchanging food, tools or conversation.

RSVP by April 28, to 206-801-2218. Limited to 50 participants.


Apply now for King County ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ list

Annual list recognizes exceptional waste prevention and recycling efforts; King County businesses must apply by June 13 deadline

King County’s annual Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list is accepting applications for 2014. Now in its eighth year, the list recognizes businesses in King County that have excelled at preventing waste and promoting recycling.

“Businesses in King County are doing an incredible job of coming up with easy and creative solutions to reduce waste, whether it’s educating staff, making it easier to recycle, or offering reusable materials,” said Karen May, King County Solid Waste Division program manager. “Getting on this list is a great opportunity for them to receive recognition and share their success.”

The list honors local businesses from all sectors regardless of size or business type – from education and medicine, to technology and transportation. Past lists have featured a diverse range of honorees, including Evergreen Health, the Westin Bellevue Hotel, and Marlene's Market and Deli.

Successful applicants will also be considered for King County’s “Re-Innovator Award,” which recognizes a single business with an exceptionally innovative waste reduction program. Last year’s recipient, Redmond-based printing company Hot Off The Press, won the award after successfully greening their entire printing process.

The deadline to apply is June 13, and the list will be announced July 2. The application is open all King County businesses, excluding those in the cities of Seattle and Milton.

In order to be eligible for the list, a business must meet five required criteria, and be able to meet at least 10 benchmarks. Benchmarks include actions such as collecting food scraps and food-soiled paper for composting, collecting batteries for recycling, or offering paperless billing to customers. 

Businesses can apply online. For more information, contact Karen May at 206-296-4353.


Edmonds Floretum Garden Club Plant Sale May 3

The Edmonds Floretum Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale Saturday, May 3  between 9:00am and 12:00pm in the PCC  parking lot, 100th and Edmonds Way in Edmonds.

There will be a variety of annuals and perennials (including trillium), small trees, shrubs, and native plants. In addition there will be some garden boutique items. Proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship fund, awarded yearly to local college horticulture students.

The plant sale has been an annual event of the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club the first weekend in May since 1923. Members grow most of the plants and make them available at very reasonable prices. To get the best selection gardeners are advised to get there early. Members will also be available to answer garden related questions.


Shorecrest alums - buy a piece of your history

Monday, April 21, 2014

Second Use Building Materials, an architectural salvage yard in the SODO district of Seattle, recently spent over a week sifting through the old Shorecrest High School building in attempt to save reusable materials and keep them out of the landfill.

They recovered hundreds of items including desks, chairs, maps, lockers, and storage with a lot of life left in them, not to mention character.

Browse the catalog or buy, but know that everything that could be salvaged, was.


Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project Open House Tuesday 6:30pm

Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project Open House
April 22nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Join the City of Lake Forest Park, project engineers and environmental experts
to discuss the Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project.

Discussion will include project design elements, 
park restorations, 
stream corridor improvements 
and traffic impacts.
 For more information from the City of Lake Forest park, visit these websites:


Shoreline PRCS/Tree Board Regular Meeting

The Shoreline PRCS/Tree Board Regular Meeting, Thursday, April 24, 2014, Shoreline City Hall, Room 303 

Agenda Highlights - 
  • Presentation on Pacific Northwest Wildlife Habitat by Chris Anderson from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Urban Forest Strategic Plan Draft Approval
  • Public Art approval of artists for the following
    • Piano Time 
    • From the Ground Up
    • Sculpture Stroll
    • Sunset School Park Entryway
  • Community Garden Leadership Committee Appointments


Op-Ed: Sound Pollution, or not... the choice is ours to make

Garbage removed from water by Edmonds Marine
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

Text and photos, Marc Weinberg

Over the past week I've seen two startling examples of pollution. Both were so dramatic and startling that I could not let them be in the background of my mind.

I was told that a high school sponsored a dive at the Edmonds Marine to collect things off the bottom of one small area near the walkway to the fishing pier and the first set of boat slips near by.  The haul that surfaced can speak for itself.  The cell phones that were collected are obviously the result of an accidental mishap, but the rest was intentionally thrown into the water. What were they thinking .... obviously they were not, or worse yet didn't care.

A rainbow river down the drain
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

Saturday I went to Ballinger Village for an item and was further reminded about how important it is to protect our environment and Puget Sound. If more people cared it would help. If more people took action, scenes like this would not exist. In the meantime Shoreline and other cities are left with the task of monitoring and cleaning surface water runoff, if indeed they can and do. I know it probably isn't in the budget, but it surely should be. Cleaning up our neighborhood is every person's job. Let's get to work!


Come join volunteers at the first work party of the year in Animal Acres

Animal Acres photo by Linda Holman

Come help prepare the Animal Acres gardens for the season by joining with other volunteers this Saturday, April 26 from 9am to noon.

Bring your favorite tools, work gloves, and dress for variable weather.

For more information contact Linda Holman

Animal Acres Park (Pfingst Park) is located at NE 178th and Brookside Blvd in Lake Forest Park.


Shoreline City staff comment on Letter to Editor

The City of Shoreline appreciates letters from concerned citizens like the one that recently appeared in the Shoreline Area News (Disgusted with vandalism) regarding vehicles driving over the turf area at the new Sunset School Park.

Our staff takes great pride in keeping our parks maintained and safe for citizens and are saddened by the actions of a few when facilities are vandalized. Our staff is working on a design for a short barrier fence to restrict vehicle access to the turf area when the park gates are closed. Keeping vehicles out while still allowing for easy walk up access, and keeping the area visually attractive is the goal. Kirk Peterson, park superintendent, is working on a fence design and we intend to have it installed within 4 – 6 weeks. 

The city staff asks that people who see vandalism in progress anywhere in town call 911, or to report vandalism after the fact please call the Customer Response Team at 206 801-2700.

--Dick Deal, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services for the City of Shoreline


Edmonds Sons of Norway Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale May 3

The Edmonds Sons of Norway Lodge is hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale. Start the weekend off right with a tasty breakfast of Norwegian style pancakes and all the trimmings. Eat great food and make new friends while supporting lodge programs and local organizations.

The breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 between 7:30am – 12:00pm at the Edmonds Masonic Center, 515 Dayton Street. Breakfasts are a hearty portion of Norwegian pancakes with strawberries and syrup, ham, juice, coffee tea, and milk and cost $7.00 - kids under 5 are free. Enjoy live music and after you eat, visit the craft and bake sale tables. Kids can participate in free folk dancing lessons between 10am-noon.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast events support the Edmonds Food Bank, Ski For Light outings for mobility and sight impaired skiers, scholarships and the Sons of Norway Foundation. Visit the new website for more information.

The Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway with a mission of preserving and promoting Norwegian heritage and tradition through cultural and social activities offered at local and district lodges. New members are encouraged to apply. For more information contact Bob Stevenson at 425-712-9788.


Rat City goes Harry Potter with the Hitditch Cup this Saturday in Shoreline

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 5:30pm - Doors Open at 12:00pm - Buy Tickets here

The Rat City Rollergirls are creating something MAGICAL you won’t want to miss!!

The Hitditch Cup will include skaters from Rat City being sorted into four different teams! The skaters have no idea what team they will be sorted to!!

  • Gryffindor – coached by GRYFFINDORABLE
  • Ravenclaw – coached by Lexi Lovegood
  • Hufflepuff – coached by Sunny Badger
  • Slytherin – coached by Sheeza Death Eater

But this final bout will not be any ordinary bout – the audience can cast spells on the skaters and officials! Some will help the team, some will hinder them, but all will be entertaining!!

5:30 p.m. – Sorting Hat Ceremony
6:00 p.m. – First Whistle!
  • Game 1: Hufflepuff vs. Gryffindor
  • Game 2: Slytherin vs. Ravenclaw
  • Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner vs. Game 2

Teams compete for the Hitdich Cup and the House Cup! Who will win the House Cup? That’s up to you!

Location: The Rat's Nest, 19022 Aurora Ave N‎ Shoreline, WA 98133


Shop Goodwill online for gifts this Mother’s Day

Shop Goodwill online this year to find vintage and unique pieces of jewelry for mom and that benefit Goodwill’s free job training and education programs. All jewelry will be tagged “Mom’s Day.”

From April 16 – May 2, 2014, Seattle Goodwill has collected Mother’s Day inspired jewelry available to bid on or buy now for gifts. The sale will include vintage, designer and unique jewelry at affordable prices.

In addition, from April 28th – May 2nd, Seattle Goodwill will be running a “Nominate Your Mom” giveaway on Facebook for a $50 Seattle Goodwill Gift Certificate.  Nominate your mom (or mom-like woman in your life) and highlight what is special about her to enter the contest!

You can now conveniently shop Seattle Goodwill’s three online stores from one spot! Find a great selection of clothing, shoes and accessories, collectibles, books, and more. Click on an item to go to the online store listing to learn more about the item and easily buy it. Purchases can be shipped or picked up in-store.

The net proceeds from the sale will benefit Goodwill’s free job training and education programs, offered at ten centers around the region. Free classes, which include English for Speakers of Other Languages, Basic Computers, GED Preparation, and Retail and Customer Service, help low-income and disadvantaged people in our community find jobs and become economically self-sufficient.


Rental Housing Association donates to Shoreline Veterans' Center

From left, Shoreline Veterans Program Manager Tom Thompson,
Case Manager Shannon Sovern and RHAWA Executive Director Bill Hinkle

When military veterans need help, they can turn to Compass Housing Alliance. And thanks to a generous gift from the Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHAWA), Compass Housing Alliance is even better positioned to support veterans in need. RHAWA Executive Director Bill Hinkle delivered a $5,400 check to the Shoreline Veterans Center and Program Manager Tom Thompson on Wednesday, April 16, the proceeds of RHAWA’s Giving Gala fundraiser. The funds will be applied to Compass programs that benefit veterans, including the Shoreline Veterans Center, a transitional housing program for male and female veterans.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve the best support and care that we can offer,” Thompson said. “We’re lucky to have a partner in the Rental Housing Association that understands the value of caring for veterans who are in need.”

Compass Housing Alliance’s veterans programs are specially designed to help meet the unique needs of military service members and their families. The Shoreline Veterans Program offers transitional housing for up to two years for 25 homeless veterans. Space in the transitional program is reserved for 21 men and four women, who find a stable, supportive environment where they can improve their mental and physical health, access education and employment resources, and locate permanent housing. Whether a resident needs some extra support or just someone to talk to, case managers are on-site to provide counseling and referrals to resources.

Other Compass programs for veterans include permanent housing for veterans and their families and transitional housing and shelter beds for veterans who are experiencing homelessness.


Get Involved: Tutors Needed for Ridgecrest Elementary Students

A Power of One volunteer works in a Shoreline classroom

Although the school year is drawing to a close, students at Ridgecrest Elementary need your support. Volunteers are wanted to work with students in grades 1, 2 or 3. 

You would help by helping them with their reading and math skills on a consistent, weekly basis. Teachers provide materials and instruction. Shifts are available between 8:30 and 11am or 1:45-2:55pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays. Hours are also available Friday.

Anyone interested in working with young people in a classroom setting is encouraged to apply. The time commitment is at least one hour a week until the end of the school year. If this sounds like you, contact Karen Kessinger, volunteer coordinator for the Power of One Volunteer program, which is affiliated with the school district and sponsored by the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old, complete an application, pass a Washington State Patrol background check and attend an orientation. Contact Karen Kessinger by email, or by telephone 206-365-1169.

More information about the Power of One Volunteer program is available here.

The Power of One Senior Volunteer Program started in 1996 and is a partnership of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and the Shoreline school district.

The purpose of the Power of One Volunteer Program is to assist the Shoreline Schools to achieve excellent education for all students. We believe as caring adults we can assist all students to become successful learners.


Crime in Shoreline A-Z - Burglars make themselves at home

Shoreline Police Station
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Crime in Shoreline A - Z
3-24 to 3-30-2014

Every week - death investigations, suicide attempts, domestic violence, violent people with mental issues, suicide attempts, arrest warrants, drivers with suspended license, credit card identify theft, runaway kids, wandering seniors, well-being checks, natural deaths, driving violations with DUI drivers, tracking sex offenders - and here's the rest:

A - Window broken out in car in secure parking at The Blakeley - owner thinks the thief mistook her Bible for a purse

Alcohol, Drugs - Three people caught shooting heroin in Echo Lake Park bathroom at 8:50pm / Resident reported that people are hanging out behind the now closed Taboo Video, drinking and harassing people on the Interurban Trail for money / NE 178 and 1st NE - resident reports that a person parks in front of his house to do drugs / Extremely intoxicated person found lying in mud puddle in parking lot at 182xx Aurora / Transported a suicidal, intoxicated person from Walgreen's parking lot

Arrest - Shoplifter at Walgreen's was booked on a Dept of Corrections escape warrant / Subject arrested at Sears for multiple incidents of shoplifting

Bicycle - 3 adult bikes stolen from home at 203xx Wallingford

Burglary - Items stolen from house under construction at 24xx NE 145th / Broke bedroom window 12xx NE 185th / Forced entry through front door 19xx N 192 / Man broke into home on Olympic View Dr and was confronted and overpowered by homeowner / 28xx NE 195th entered through open garage door / King's Preschool burglarized / Rear slider smashed for entry 180xx Burke / Entered through basement window at 157xx Greenwood and ransacked the house / Construction tools taken from garage 11xx NE 187th / After car was prowled in parking lot at Berean Bible church, thief attempted to gain entry to home with garage door opener / Entered house at night 29xx NE 200th Ct and took laptop, attempted to steal car / 22xx NE 201st Pl - townhouse entered by someone who ate their food and smoked

Car prowl - Polaris Apts parking lot - took bag of clothes / 148xx Greenwood stole necklace from rear view mirror / 165xx 27th NE / GPS stolen from vehicle at 31xx NE 147th / Artiste Apts parking lot / Sears security interrupted car prowl in parking lot

Cars and parts stolen – Resident on 16th NE left car running with keys in ignition and car was stolen / Vehicle stolen from Aurora Village Park n Ride / Car stolen from YMCA parking lot - keys were left in the trunk

Found - Homeless vet found passed out on sidewalk in 1100 block of N 200th St, in need of medical attention / Stolen vehicle in 145th park n ride / Car stolen in Sno County abandoned at Radio Shack parking 183xx Aurora / Stolen vehicle from Seattle found 3xx Greenwood Dr / Transit Connect van found at Public Storage on 15th NE

Fraud - 8 more Catholics reported their ID was used for fraudulent IRS claims / Someone called the Grill King Restaurant, told them their electric bill had not been paid and they would be shut down if they didn't pay it immediately

Larceny - Caretaker charged with theft of petty cash from a disabled, vulnerable adult in a group home / Wallet stolen from locker room at Sweat Box Yoga / iPad stolen from unlocked locker at Shorecrest

Larceny - shoplifting - Stole radar detector from Sears and got away in a waiting car / Aurora Safeway - 3 bottles of liquor / Stole tools from Costco / Shoplift from gas station store / Accessories from Verizon Wireless store / 3 males stole diapers from Walgreen's at 175th and Aurora / Shoplift from Ballinger Rite Aide 

Mail theft - Apparent mail theft from most of block 146xx 17th NE

Suspicious - Unknown person sleeping in car at Rich's Car Corner on Aurora / Person apparently under the influence wandering the Fred Meyer parking lot

Trespass - Person trespassed from Goodwill / Drunk was Trespassed from Aurora Safeway and taken to Detox / From Richmond Beach Starbucks / Homeless man who creates disturbances was Trespassed from Aurora Safeway, McDonalds and vacant properties at 900 N 155th / Person with shopping cart Trespassed from private property in Westminster Triangle / Woman not allowed to use bathroom at Aurora McDonald's, made a scene and was Trespassed

Vandalism - Someone slashed three tires on a vehicle on Colonial Gardens parking lot

Vandalism, parks - Tags on Interurban Trail fence and sign

Z - Ballinger Homes resident was away for a week and someone moved in to her home, eating her food and ransacking the place

For other weeks of Crime in Shoreline, see the Features section on the front page.


Photo: Look who dropped in for lunch

Osprey in flight
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Wayne Pridemore says, "Last Friday I went out on our deck and spotted this osprey atop a new power pole in the middle of the next block on 21st Ave NW. I took my camera, and approached the osprey as it was having lunch. After I took a few photos the bird became annoyed, picked up lunch, and flew off." 



Locally produced feature film Stringer currently in development

Darren Keefe plays Nick Dudek in the film Stringer
By Lillian Flats

“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” 

If I had to sum up the premise of the Seattle/Tacoma-made feature film “Stringer”, currently in development, those are the words I’d use. Except they’re not mine, they’re Mario Puzo’s from “The Godfather”. The new crime/thriller “Stringer” is a far reach from the classic 1972 Coppola film, but similar to it are the dark undertones and the idea that family comes first: it’s more than government, it’s more than friendship, it’s everything. But of course the characters in the movie must learn that the hard way.

“Stringer is about a man who is out at all hours of the night, filming crime scenes and selling them to news stations”, explains director James Reeves. 

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The story follows Nick Dudek, a jaded news cameraman who must pry into a metro police conspiracy when his drug-addicted brother goes missing the day after his prison release. 

When asked about what interested him in the project, James added, “It’s a nocturnal film filled with grey characters with lots of compromise just like you and I have. It’s based on real people addressing real social issues with the media, the government and family. Each [film] I’ve done to date are just little bits and pieces to develop myself as a filmmaker for a project like this to come around. It’s a project I’m dying to do”. 

James Reeves, director of Stringer

James received his film degree from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2013 at the same time as Chris Taylor, the film’s scriptwriter. Their filmmaking knowledge stretches far beyond the classroom, however, preceding their formal education with several years of on-the-job experience. Although they’ve worked side by side only a few times since graduating, including a Tulalip Casino commercial and a couple short films, they both remain good friends. Their work relationship became much closer though when Chris approached James to direct the feature film.

“James is the first person I thought of when conceptualizing Stringer. The story is a neo-noir adventure that dips its toe into classic 80’s suspense territory, just like the James I know”, said Chris, who drew inspiration for the idea from his time working as a news stringer on the streets of Orlando, Florida ten years ago. 

Darren Keefe has the lead role in  Stringer

“A stringer is just a clever term for a freelance photo journalist”, Chris added. A fan of films like “Seven” and “Blood Simple”, Chris wanted to capture his chilling, late-night experiences as a news cameraman but apply it to a much more personally tragic situation. “I have a younger brother, so without sounding too macabre, I wanted to trifle with the notion of what a man would go through if he ever lost someone that close to him through malicious circumstances”. James, unbeknownst to Chris at the time, has a younger brother of his own. Needless to say, the partnership was a good match.

Chris Taylor
The production team, spearheaded by film companies, expects to revise a final draft and add a few names to the cast by the summer. This team includes locals Chris from Adventus Films, producers Tonya Yorke and Tony Doupé from Compulsion Films and the Dublin-born duo Tom Archdeacon and Darren Keefe from Frost Pictures in Los Angeles.

While the script is only a few weeks from completion, their biggest challenges in development still lie ahead: they must pitch their film to investors to join the team, back the movie’s $120k budget and help crack open the first bottle of champagne once shooting reaches its conclusion.

While fundraising of this nature is uncharted territory for most of them, these filmmakers are no strangers to making marketable films. Tony and Tonya finished their four-week shoot in October on the horror film “The Darker Path” with actor Jesse James (The Butterfly Effect) while Chris, also a cinematographer and gaffer, wrapped just last week on the sci-fi feature “The Device” which is already sold and distributed through Ruthless Pictures. In Los Angeles, Frost Pictures recently completed dramas “Aggregate” and “Walk a Mile in My Pradas” with Tom Arnold and the stage-adaptation “Bad Hurt” starring Karen Allen (Indiana Jones), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) and Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black). 

“Even the unlikeable characters are built so [the audience] can find a point of compassion with them,” commented Tonya in regards to the script. “He or she may still do something destructive or evil but there’s enough depth in each character to get why”. 

Darren, who’s been in such shows as “Lie To Me”, “Lost” and “NCIS”, also landed the lead role of “Nick” in the film. “[The story] clips along. Edge of my seat. I keep thinking about the two brothers and the parallel relationship between [them]”, said Darren regarding his character’s fraternal bond that drives the narrative.

Tony Doupé, head of Film and Drama
Department at Shoreline Community College
Tony, who’s worked with Darren previously and will also co-direct the film, had this to say: “He’s the kind of actor you dream to work with who is all about the project and not just about himself”. Head of the Film and Drama Department at Shoreline Community College, Tony loves cross-pollination of work and school to get his students on-set experience. “The students are able to study, go through exercises and then use it in a practical way with professionals to build portfolios and network with people in the industry while still going to school”. He’s recruited his students on countless local productions, big and small, to give them first-hand experience on set, including recent movies “The Architect”, “Bit Of Bad Luck”, “Laggies” and “Lucky Them”.

The filmmakers go on to explain how excited they are to produce this movie in Washington: “I love the Northwest. It has an atmosphere about it that I couldn’t get across on screen anywhere else”, said James. Tonya added “Washington isn’t utilized enough. We don’t make enough movies here. Partner an amazing script with a hardworking cast and crew in the Seattle/Tacoma area and I just don’t think you can go wrong with investing, not only in Stringer, but investing in Washington filmmakers”.

Click here for more information on the feature film. 


Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library Spring Book Sale Saturday

Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library Spring Book Sale
Saturday, April 26, 10am-3pm

This used book sale features children's books, cookbooks, fiction, travel, history, crafts, CDs and more. Prices start at 50 cents for children's and $1 for adult's titles. 
Everything will be half-price from 2-3pm.

Lake Forest Park Library
Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, Suite A-134  
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155


On the Mayor's mind

Shoreline Mayor Shari Winstead
By Shari Winstead, Mayor of Shoreline

Shoreline’s form of government provides that the positions of mayor and councilmembers are part time.  Most of us average 25-35 hours per week working on City business, which is a pretty hefty part-time job. With a salary of $1,250 per month for the mayor, and $1,000 per month for a councilmember, it is understandable why most of us work other jobs - either full-time or part-time, or are retired. Our work for the City is really a labor of love, born out of our caring and passion for the community. I am fortunate that in my full-time job, I also get to work on projects that are important to me.

Many people ask what I do in my full-time, day job. As a Special Project and Event manager at Davis Wright Tremaine, I have the opportunity to lead and implement many varied projects. One of my favorite events is Food Frenzy, an employee fundraising campaign that raises money for Food Lifeline. This is the 25th year anniversary of Food Frenzy, and I’m honored to have been involved for almost all of those 25 years. I recently had the opportunity to appear on New Day Northwest with Rachel Quigley of Food Lifeline to talk about how much fun raising money for Food Lifeline can be. Take a peek, and if your employer would like to get involved, please feel free to contact me or Rachel at Food Lifeline, and we will get you all the details!


Letter to the Editor: Disgusted at vandalism at Sunset School Park

To the Editor:

We are sending this note to comment (with total disgust) at the latest episode of vandalism at the newly-established Sunset School Park.

A few days ago while on our walk, we saw that some idiot had driven a car out onto the new lawn, cutting tracks and ruts deep into the damp, tender grass. It’s a deliberate, senseless act of vandalism and destruction, and we would just like the community to be alert for any evidence of who was responsible. We remembered that this happened at least once before, early in the development of the lawn area. Additionally, there have been incidents of graffiti written on the walls of the covered play structure. Commendably, the Parks Dept. has been there quickly to paint over the graffiti.

We live in the neighborhood and regularly walk through the park, keeping an eye on what’s happening. The new community garden area is refreshing, and we’ve enjoyed chatting with those who are planting their garden plots. We’re looking forward to further improvements, as this was where our children attended elementary school – and it holds special memories. Why someone treats this area with such disrespect is beyond our comprehension. Hopefully, making more people aware of this will lead to greater alertness ---- and ultimately, identifying and punishing those responsible.

We hope that anyone seeing suspicious behavior in the area of the park will call 911 and let the police know. 

Marian and Phil Thom


WeatherWatcher: Weekly report, April Showers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Forecast
  • Last week's data
Forecast: For the week ahead, it's going to be about the same every day. Showers, sun breaks and highs in the mid 50's to about 60°F. It doesn't look like any major storm fronts will come moving through for any significant steady rain, just mostly showers. Our driest day might be around Wednesday. Maybe this means we'll have lots of May flowers?

Last week's data:
High temperature: 67.9°F (Sunday)
Low temperature: 39.4°F (Sunday)
Rainiest day: 0.51 inches (Thursday)
Total rainfall: 0.75 inches
Warmest day: 52.8°F (Sunday)
Coldest day: 47.6°F (Friday)
Average temperature: 50.1°F (3.8°F warmer than average)
Station historic average: 46.3°F

Daily average temperature for April 2014.
Graph by Carl Dinse

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