Photo: Peaches, the wonder tree

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Photo by Seattle Poppy

What else are you going to call it, but a Wonder Tree, when the fruit weighs more than the tiny tree it is growing on?

I love the wild, weedy clover growing at the base. True confession - I love the plants of my childhood even though they have all been declared outlaws that must be eradicated.

Dandelions, white and red clover, morning glory, blackberries, Scotch broom, Queen Anne's Lace, little yellow buttercups. I remember a hillside by my grandparents' house that was covered in the beautiful trumpet blooms of morning glory. And walking by a field of Scotch broom on a very hot day and listening to the seed pods explode.

And what child among us has not blown on the white fluffy balls of dandelions to see the seeds ride the wind currents?

Now don't yell at me - or I'll tell you the story of the man who set his lawn on fire trying to get rid of dandelions...



Food Truck Beach Party Wednesday in Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Live at RB Saltwater Park Wednesday
Wednesday, August 23 kicks off the first of three Wednesdays of food trucks in Richmond Beach. 

With breathtaking views, anticipated sunshine, incredible food and a hard-rockin', honky-tonkin' country band, this beach party promises to be a good time!
Matt's Poboy sand

Choose scrumptious fare from two dinner trucks and a dessert truck in the lower parking lot.

Then move to the upper shelter to enjoy your food and live music.

Where Ya At, Matt? brings Creole street food to the streets of the Pacific Northwest.

Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe boasts a completely made-from-scratch menu. 

Everything starts on homemade soft pretzel bun and includes a variety of sandwich fillings sure to make your mouth water.

Hot Revolution Donuts serves hot mini-donuts with gourmet toppings made from high quality products. 

The Buckaroosters. What the Beatles were to the pop charts in the '60s, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos were to the country charts. 

Come hear the Pacific Northwest's best pickers recreate the hard-rockin, honky-tonkin' Bakersfield sound!

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

5 - 8pm


Bleeding Romeos at North City Bistro Wednesday

Tom  Waits tribute band The Bleeding Romeos, play Wednesday at the North City Bistro from 7 - 9:30pm.

When performing the music of Tom Waits, one should come with everything but the kitchen sink. Check that: bring the sink too. And a plunger...and a baster… and a blow torch.

The West Coast’s preeminent Tom Waits tribute band, The Bleeding Romeos, bring the whole kit and caboodle ~ the entire kitchen, in addition to the spare bedroom and the cobweb-covered workshop. Performing a selection of prime cuts from the Waits catalog, the Romeos will stir your heart, twist your mind, and make you feel good to be alive again!

North City Bistro, 1520 NE 177th St, 98155 in the North City Business District. Kitchen opens at 4:30pm.

Make show reservations here. No cover. Suggestions donations.


Shoreline High School Class of 1967 sets 50th Reunion

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Shoreline High School Class of 1967 will hold their 50th reunion celebration on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

The reunion will be held at the Nile Country Club, located at 6601 244th Street SW in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. It will start at 5pm and includes dinner and entertainment by Nate Jester, Ace of Illusion.

The reunion will also hold a golf tournament on Friday, September 15, at the Nile Golf Club.

More information and online reservation options for the event can be found here or by contacting Dan Mullene at 206-310-7654 or Carol (Walsh) Holland at 206-954-1743.


Shoreline Windermere donates $1000 to Dale Turner YMCA

Windermere Real Estate/Shoreline, in conjunction with their brokers and clients, were able to donate $1,000 to the Dale Turner YMCA in support of the annual fundraising initiative.

Dale Turner works hard to provide food to men, women, and children throughout the summer. Windermere Real Estate/Shoreline is proud to be part of the Shoreline Community, and grateful to the Dale Turner team for making it a better place to be!


Movie goer get an unpleasant surprise

Damage to unoccupied, parked car
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Friday, August 18, people were gathering for the outdoor movie at Paramount School Park in Ridgecrest, 800 block of NE 155th, when a vehicle went out of control and hit two parked cars.

An announcement was made over the PA system and unhappy drivers showed up to view the damage to their vehicles.

The driver who caused the accident was up and walking around with apparently no injuries.


Shorewood Drill Team washed cars on Saturday

Shorewood Drill Team car wash
Photo by Susan Riley

The Shorewood Drill Team worked hard in the sunshine washing cars for donations at the Shoreline Covenant Church on Saturday.

The Team, under the director of coach Susan Riley, appeared to be having a lot of fun while they worked.



Scene on the Sound: Tall ships at Port of Edmonds

Tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington
are docked at the Port of Edmonds
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington tall ships are docked at the Port of Edmonds this weekend. Vessel tours will be conducted on Sunday from 10am to 1pm for a $5 donation.

The Lady Washington
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Launched on March 7, 1989, the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Washington, by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public development authority. The new Lady Washington is a full-scale replica of the original Lady Washington.

In 1791, the original Lady Washington was the first American-flagged vessel to visit Japan and attempt to open trade, 62 years before Commodore Mathew Perry entered Tokyo Bay in 1853 with his US Navy squadron. The original Lady Washington was also the first American-flagged vessel to visit Honolulu and Hong Kong.


Obituary: Ken Martin 1942-2017

Ken Martin 1942-2017
Ken Martin of Port Angeles, a Vietnam veteran and former railroad engineer who worked in public schools administrative services, died at home August 17, 2017 from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, in the company of his wife, Sandra Sedergren Martin, and many caregivers. He was 75.

Kenneth Francis Martin was born to Kenneth George and Charlotte Ford Martin on January 28, 1942, in Watsonville, California. The Martins were a pioneering family there in the Pajaro Valley.

He attended Notre Dame Academy and graduated at Watsonville High School in 1960. He went on to study at Cabrillo College nearby, and worked summers waiting tables at Camp Currey in Yosemite National Park. There he met a lifeguard, Sandy Sedergren, a Port Angeles High School graduate. She recalled how he wooed her with French fries.

Forty-nine years ago, Sandy and Ken married in March 1968 at Queen of Angels in Port Angeles after he completed his Army tour of duty. He was then employed full-time as an engineer for the Great Northern Railroad.

Sandy became a first-grade school teacher. Ken returned to college at Shoreline Community College and later studied at the University of Washington. In 1985, he went to work in administrative services with the Shoreline School District. He retired in 2008.

Ken enjoyed hiking, especially at Mt. Rainier National Park, as well as gardening and fishing. The Martins frequently visited Rainier and Yosemite, and Ken climbed Half Dome to celebrate turning 40 and hiked Dege Peak at Rainier when he turned 50.

The Martins made numerous trips to Hawaii, Alaska and the East Coast for outdoor experiences, as well as San Diego to watch the Washington Huskies play in Holiday Bowl football games.

In retirement, they moved to Port Angeles.

In addition to his wife, Ken Martin is survived by his brother, John William, and sister-in-law Dee Dee of San Francisco, and two nieces.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. 8th St., Port Angeles, or the Pajaro Valley Historical Association, P.O. Box 623, Watsonville, CA 95076.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 8-7-17

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending August 7, 2017

Trespass notices: private residence; O'Reilly on Aurora; Walgreens 145th and Aurora; non-student on SCC campus who grabbed guard; America's Best Value Inn (2); former boyfriend who entered ex's apt; 7-11 on 185th for harassing the clerk; narcotics addicts smoking heroin behind Cash America; dental center on N 200th for sleeping on porch; Shari's Restaurant; Echo Lake Park for being on premises after hours.

Stolen wallets, from: laundry basket at Aurora Clean Express; Ballinger Subway; shopping cart at Trader Joes. iPhone stolen at Fred Meyer - no idea how. Stolen purse from employee room at Aqua Quip.

07-24  YMCA - Vehicle prowl in parking garage; garage door opener and registration taken.
07-27  Bicycle thief removed rear wheel which was locked to the rack at 170th and Aurora.
08-01  Subject in parked car at 178th and Meridian called Swedish hospital for help; Swedish called 911 and Shoreline officers transported him to Northwest Hospital for detox.
08-01  Package theft from front porch at 147xx 22nd NE.
08-01  Person passed out in vehicle at Key Bank on Aurora with drugs, paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant.
08-01  Mail theft 180th and Wallingford.
08-02  Very hostile person has second contact with police, this time for shooting a flare gun at Richmond Beach library park.
08-02  Person who stole a drink from McDonalds on Aurora then assaulted the manager was charged with robbery.
08-03  Person stopped for jaywalking is arrested for possession of drugs.
08-03  Road rage incident. Both vehicles pulled into Aurora Safeway and drivers fought.
08-03  Three juveniles were drinking in a car at Boeing Creek Park. They ran from police. One jumped from a deck, broke some bones and was taken to Harborview.
08-04  Bicyclist stopped for traffic violations arrested on outstanding felony warrant.
08-04  Burglary 1500 NE 168th.
08-05  Subject broke into Islamic Center on 25th and stole donation box.
08-06  Unknown if person on drugs or in mental breakdown, but attempted multiple carjacking around 145xx 3th NE, assaulting the victims.


Photos: Ridgecrest Ice Cream Social

The Around the Sound band plays at the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association's Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Paramount School Park.

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

City Council members Will Hall and Chris Roberts help dish up ice cream 
(3rd and 2nd from right)

Pirates helped collect food for HopeLink.

There was a bouncy house and an inflatable slide, but by far the biggest attraction was Guardian One, the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

People crowded around the helicopter and the officers. The officers answered questions, 
then posed for photo ops.

Some special attention for a very thrilled Bryan Banker.

Meanwhile, a very different set of officers were busy taking prisoners.


On the Mayor's Mind: We have lots to celebrate this year

Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts
By Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts

This week is Celebrate Shoreline week - and we have lots to celebrate this year.

On Thursday, I helped served thousands of bowls of ice cream during the Ridgecrest Ice Cream Social. It is always great to see the community enjoy a wonderful evening together.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve seen the passion and dedication of many of the volunteers of our neighborhood associations who organized work parties in our parks, barbecues, community dinners and potlucks, and water balloon slingshots.

On August 1st, Shoreline residents hosted a record number of National Night Out events (nearly 70 registered block parties). I can say with conviction that we place great value in building stronger communities.

This weekend I am excited about our community-building events that take part all across the City. On Saturday, the Shoreline Historical Society hosts its 9th annual Celebrate Shoreline Car Show at Aurora Square, adjacent to the Shoreline Farmer’s Market.

At noon on Saturday, performances start at Cromwell Park for the Celebrate Shoreline Festival. The Family Stage starts at noon and the lineup includes crowd favorites, Recess Monkey, Caspar Babypants, and Reptile Man (and his collection of snakes, geckos, and turtles). There will be a performance of the “Three Little Pigs” at 1:15 and 3:30pm. Inflatables are free this year and the popular pony rides are back.

There will be three culture share programs on the main stage Saturday afternoon from 1 - 4pm. The Main Stage Concert begins at 4pm with headliners Ivan and Alyosha performing at 8pm. This year there will be more food trucks than in previous years. Also on Saturday evening, there is a performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Shoreline City Hall.

Finally on Sunday, Celebrate Shoreline week comes to an end with the annual Richmond Beach Sandcastle Contest at Saltwater Park.

I look forward to celebrating Shoreline’s community, and happy to always help out pulling Himalayan Blackberries from our wetlands and parks.


Foreign language conversation groups at Third Place Commons

Third Place Commons in Town Center, Lake Forest Park, hosts conversation groups for speakers of Turkish, German, French, and Spanish.

Turkish Conversation
1:30pm - 3pm on the First and Third Sunday
Whether Turkish is your first or second language, this is a chance to meet new and old friends for tea or coffee and enjoy conversation in Turkish.

German Conversation
5:30pm - 7pm on the Third and Fourth Monday
This is a chance for speakers of all levels to practice in a supportive atmosphere.

French Conversation
5:30pm - 7pm on Tuesdays
Practice your French in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Spanish Conversation
5:30pm - 7pm on Thursdays
Join beginning to advanced Spanish speakers for casual conversation.

Town Center is at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Role reversal

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


BBQ for Freshman and New Student Shorewood families Aug 30

Entrance to Shorewood High School
Please join in for a night of community building and information for Freshman and New Student Families at Shorewood High School, Wednesday August 30, 2017.

The Barbecue begins at 5:30pm in the Commons / Courtyard and the Orientation begins at 6:45pm in the Theater.

The evening brings:
  • Dinner hosted by SW PTSA and Booster parent community. 
  • Community information fair including school clubs and activities for new students and Shoreline community groups from 5:30 to 6:45pm
  • Information Session for new families - around 6:45pm in the theater
  • Self-guided tours and student information docents available during the fair and after the information session. 
The event is sponsored by ABC Driving School.

Are you a student or have a student that needs volunteer hours? 
Check out the Student Volunteer list

Thank you and welcome to our school community- SW Staff and Families!

Shorewood High School is located at 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Teachers go green at SCC Energy Technology program

Students and instructors of the Washington STEM Educator Solar Institute
install a solar panel on the solar training roof on Shoreline Community College’s campus.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College’s Clean Energy Technology program hosted eight area middle and high school teachers at the third annual Washington STEM Educator Solar Institute held on Shoreline’s campus August 8-10.

The program is designed to give hands-on training in solar technology to area instructors and to provide Institute participants with techniques to teach solar principles in their classrooms in effective, engaging ways.

Participants learned about basic solar principles, became familiar with photovoltaic (PV) technology by installing a PV system on the college’s solar training roof, and developed a solar PV laboratory lesson for use in their classrooms.

“I’m always looking for current, hands-on material that is going to excite my students,” said Craig Patterson, a middle school math and science teacher who participated in this year’s institute. 
“And in my experience, middle-school aged kids are very into solar – it’s like magic to them – so the Solar Institute is great because it’s taught me concepts I can easily bring back into the classroom and use to engage and foster my students’ interest in green energy.”

“Solar technology is a booming industry in the Puget Sound region,” said Louise Petruzzella, Director of the Clean Energy Technology program at Shoreline. “As the go-to institution for clean energy training in the region, it’s very important to us to offer resources and learning opportunities for STEM educators who can offer their students a look into the techniques, the technology, and the industry and to open their eyes to a potential career they may not have thought about.”

Patterson is already thinking about how he can incorporate the techniques learned at the institute into his middle school curriculum for fall.

“The technology I learned at the institute has a lot of applications for the scientific method and the engineering design process. I’m excited to think about having students assemble a PV system and make predictions about how it’s going to behave and to systematically test it under different conditions. And it’s scalable – lots of room to match your curriculum to your resources and your students’ interests.”

Get more information about the Solar Institute. Learn more about Shoreline’s Clean Energy Technology program. SCC will offer the same program next summer.


Shorewood track & field star scores coaching job at WSU

CharLee Linton is coaching at WSU
Photo by Dirk Linton

CharLee Linton, a 2012 graduate of Shorewood High School, joined the Washington State University track and field staff in July 2017 to assist in the coaching women’s distance corps.

CharLee graduated from Shorewood High School where she competed in Cross Country and Track for the Thunderbirds.

“We are very excited to hire CharLee,” Coach Wayne Phipps said. “As a student-athlete at WSU she brought a level of dedication, commitment and passion that is rarely matched, and as a volunteer assistant coach for us last year, she brought that same level. 
"CharLee impressed me right away as an assistant coach as she has a great coaching intuition and a level of understanding of the sport that belies her age. 
"It was very important to maintain a continuity with our student-athletes and to hire someone who is 100% dedicated to the student-athletes at WSU as well as being 100% committed to helping this program achieve success at the highest level. CharLee fits of all that perfectly: she understands our program and its philosophy and understands what it is to be a Coug.”

Linton walked-on the WSU cross country and track teams in 2012 after a prep career at Shorewood. She earned a scholarship for her junior and senior years at WSU. Linton scored for the Cougars three consecutive years at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships as well as at the NCAA West Region Cross Country Championships.

On the track indoors, Linton ran the school record time of 16 minutes 34.89 seconds in the 5000 meters in 2016. Outdoors, Linton broke a 12-year-old school record in the 10,000 meters as a junior with her time of 34:03.69 at the 2015 Stanford Invitational.

Her senior year Linton etched her name into the WSU all-time top ten lists in the 3000 meters with an indoor time of 9:35.49, eighth-best, and the 5000 meters with a time of 16:31.43, seventh-best. Linton scored at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships with seventh place finish in the 10k.

She graduated from WSU in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Business. After graduation, Linton remained in Pullman and served as a volunteer coach for the Cougars distance program and began working on a second degree in history.


State Republican annual dinner features Fox host Greg Gutfeld

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fox host Greg Gutfeld is keynote speaker
Registration for the Washington state Republicans Annual Dinner is open now.

Greg Gutfeld, star of Fox News' Saturday night show watched by millions, will be the keynote speaker at the "Road to Victory" themed dinner next month.

It's your chance to hear the sharp wit and political insight of one of today's most courageous and outspoken conservative TV hosts live and in person.

September 21, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. 6-7pm VIP reception with photo line. 6-7pm General Reception. 7-9pm Dinner and Program.

Tickets are expected to sell fast! Register online

If you have questions about the event or registration process, contact Kaitlin Vintertun at 425-460-0570.


Cats: Ghost finds a home and fame

Ghost aka CatFangula
Remember Ghost? The kitty with the Dracula fangs? (see his story)

Seattle Area Feline Rescue in Shoreline reports that he has found a home where he is adored for the sweet creature he is.

And he is on his way to becoming a celebrity, with his own Instagram page.



Marimba band, ice cream, kebabs, and robots

Marimba band, ice cream, kebabs, and robots...

The first ever Echo Lake Neighborhood Association Party in the Park on Thursday created a perfect summer evening.

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Over 150 neighbors and travelers on the Interurban Trail stopped at Echo Lake Park over three hours to eat kebabs from the Black Star food truck.

Sweet Wheels ice cream sold their ice cream sandwiches, fruit popsicles and chocolate dipped ice cream bars!

Folks brought their picnic blankets and stayed to eat, make use of the playground and visit with Shorewood's Team Pronto Robotics.

Shoreline Fire brought a Medic Van for kids (and grown-ups!) to check out.

The sounds of the marimba band filled the park.

Many walked to the event or bicycled on the Interurban Trail. Many planned to be there and a few were walking by and were drawn in by the festivities and food.

All were welcome.

Team Pronto set up games for the kids.

The second Party in the Park is Thursday, August 24, 2017. Sweet Wheels (best ice cream in Seattle) will be back, as will Team Pronto robotics.

The main dish will be provided by Yummy Box Asian fusion cuisine. The music will be provided by a jazz duo.


Ronnie's story: When your cat is stuck in a tree - call Canopy Cat Rescue

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ronnie spent 11 hours in a tree in Lake Forest Park
Photo by Canopy Cat Rescue

By Cyndi Jewett

Ronnie is a black and white male cat with a tuxedo front and a mustache. I always say "No one is a bigger fan of Ronnie then Ronnie". He is a sweet loving talkative boy who loves treats and walks around like he owns the place.

My 19 year old daughter always makes sure he is in the night and when she still didn't see him at 2am she went outside to call for him and shake his treats. She heard his meow and went to see where he was and found him way up in a tree near our home in Lake Forest Park.

I was at a loss as to what to do, scared for Ronnie and my daughter was panicking. My first thought was the fire department (like in the tv shows), but that isn't a reality as I quickly learned. I called the non-emergency police line and they had no idea where to send me.

I called two emergency vet hospitals and they had no helpful information. This was all before 3am. I decided to leave a voicemail mail for my vet and PAWS to call me in the morning when they opened.

I thought about trying to find someone with a ladder and getting him down myself, but realized that was not a safe option for me, but really had no idea of what to do.

My vet called me first and they suggested shaking treats or opening a can of tune, but I explained there was no way for him to get down by himself, which CCR later confirmed. They had no other options they could offer me.

PAWS called and they gave me the number to Canopy Cat Rescue!!!!!! I was thrilled! I thought there was no help for Ronnie. He was scared and the crows were surrounding him, not happy he was in their tree. I called Shaun at CCR at 8am and he had Ronnie out of the tree by 10:30am. We think Ronnie was in the tree for about 12 hours.

We were told by CCR that they believe he was chased up the tree by another animal, possibly a coyote.

I am doing my best to spread the word, so everyone knows about CCR. They offer an invaluable service that anyone can afford since it is by donation. They suggest $75 to $100, but will take more or less. They believe every cat deserves to be helped getting down from a tree. We as cat owners couldn't agree more. I was happy to donate $100, which is well worth it for their service. Imagine the vet bills if he would have fallen or the medical bills if I would have tried to rescue him...

Canopy Cat Rescue is two brothers-in-law, Shaun Sears and Tom Otto. They are arborists who love cats. They have no problem climbing up 75 feet into a swaying tree to sweet talk a terrified cat into a rescue net.

They rescue treed cats all over Puget Sound. In the last week they have been on Camano Island, Key Peninsula, Renton, Redmond, West Seattle, Renton, Auburn, and Port Ludlow. They average about 400 cats a year, but they have already broken that record this year.

And they have a day job, as arborists specializing in habitat creation and monitoring in tree canopies. 


Letter to the Editor: Jesse Salomon responds

To the Editor:

In reading the responses to the original letter on the issue of racist violence in Virginia last weekend and Trump's unwillingness to clearly condemn that racist violence I feel compelled to write again.

Some of the writers have condemned both sides and while not necessarily agreeing with Trump's sympathy for racists, have agreed with his comments that both sides are to blame.

While I understand some of the writers' stated desire to remain in the center I disagree with their notion of equivalency between far-left and far-right.

Some members of left wing movements have crossed red lines into property destruction and violence. Although I condemn those individual actors, they are a fringe within such movements. I highly doubt for example that the majority of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement would agree with those acts. My sense is BLM is a fairly loose knit organization dedicated to the notion that black lives have been taken less seriously than white lives. They however do not have a governing ideology or an organized intention to take over and govern. In stark contrast, the neo-Nazi movement at its core is about taking power and using violence to forcibly impose its agenda.

I hear the longing of these writers to find a center, an equilibrium and a stability in American politics. Part of me also longs for that. However we should only seek that center after agreeing to exclude and cut out of the body politic the notion that any neo-Nazi movement can be seen as equivalent to other movements of the left or the right.

I believe in freedom of speech. Even hate speech. That's why it's critical that we all participate in democracy and use our voices to condemn neo-Nazis and hold accountable political leaders who refuse to clearly disavow such views.

Jesse Salomon


LFP Rotary awards Jeff Weissman Award to Kenmore Air

Leslie Banks, Greg Monroe and Todd Banks of Kenmore Air have been selected as recipients of the Lake Forest Park Rotary annual Jeff Weissman Business Award for Outstanding Community Service. 

Only those businesses and business persons that have shown exemplary service, fair business practices, and noteworthy ethical behavior are eligible to receive this award. 

You should be proud that members of your community have recognized you as meeting these qualifications.

The award will be announced and they will be recognized at the Lake Forest Park Picnic in the Park at Animal Acres on September 9, 2017. They will be presented with a beautiful crystal trophy on that day.

As winner of the award they will also receive two tickets to the Rotary's annual fundraiser dinner and auction “Havana Nights” at the Inglewood Golf Club on Saturday, February 10, 2018, where they will again be recognized.


Letter to the Editor: Hate speech is not the same as free speech

To the Editor:

I don’t agree that hate speech is the same as free speech. Hate speech is aimed at a person or a group to intimidate them and to arouse fear. It is a form of bullying, assault and terrorism. It is an incitement to violence. It certainly wasn’t what our forefathers had in mind in the context of the rule of tyranny and dictatorship they were rejecting. Free speech was a right to speak aloud opinion, hopefully after due consideration, without fear of being arrested.

Vicki Westberg


Outdoor movie and raffle to benefit Children's Hospital patients

Please join the amazing Little Lemon Drops Guild members on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 6pm at the Innis Arden Clubhouse, 1430 NW 188th, 98177 for their 6th annual Outdoor Movie Night and Raffle event benefiting Seattle Children's. This year's movie is a Disney favorite - Moana!

Bring your family to hear inspiring guest patient stories and help these amazing young philanthropists raise funds for uncompensated care. $5 suggestion donation; concessions and pizza are available, and there's beer and wine for adults.

The Little Lemon Drop guild started in 2007 and currently has 24 active members ranging from 5th to 11th grade.

To date they have raised $100,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital!


Dahlia show coming to Sky Aug 26-27

Irish Blackhart, a recent origination by
Steve and Sandy Boley of Birch Bay, WA
Another banner year for dahlias (after that rainy, cold spring we are experiencing glorious summer weather so our favorite flower is bursting with energy).

The Puget Sound Dahlia Association, known the dahlia world over as the leading club, holds its annual PSDA DAHLIA SHOW at Sky Nursery Saturday, August 26 to Sunday, August 27.

Open and - of course - free during store hours, the show regularly exhibits thousands of perfectly groomed blooms.

Stop by, bring your dahlia questions and share your experiences with veteran raisers. Get more information, purchase growing guides, and become a member of this area's most active dahlia organization!

The show closes on Sunday at 4pm to allow exhibitors to get home for a well-earned rest and dinner.

--Martin Král


New state office focuses on urban mobility & access

Assistant Secretary Patty Rubstello
The Washington State Department of Transportation has set up a new office based in the central Puget Sound region to tackle coordination of a dizzying number of projects coming online in the next six years.

At the last Transportation Policy Board meeting, Transportation Secretary Roger Millar described changes to WSDOT’s organizational structure that will help deliver projects and coordinate work with cities, counties and other partners.

The office for Urban Mobility and Access represents a realignment of existing resources within WSDOT that will focus on coordination of projects within the fast-growing PSRC region, which encompasses King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

The long list of projects active over the next six years include: building a new Colman Dock, rebuilding Alaskan Way, removing the Viaduct, a new streetcar on First Avenue, building the downtown tunnel, heavy maintenance on I-5 and Aurora, major investments on I-405 and 520, and adding light rail across I-90.

“That’s all happening at the same time in terms of capital,” Millar told board members. “Management of mobility is about enhancing our operations planning. It’s about enhancing our construction coordination with our partners. It’s about enhancing our incident response capability."

Assistant Secretary Patty Rubstello will lead the office, which is organized into three divisions: Regional Transit Coordination (co-located at Sound Transit), Management of Mobility, and Tolling.

WSDOT staff also presented information on the state facilities action plan for I-5 preservation and operational improvements, HOV policy and managed lanes, seismic preparedness and local priority state highways.

This information was requested by the Transportation Policy Board to help inform the update of the Transportation 2040 plan.


Wonderland's Night of Wonder Auction and Gala

Join us for fun with purpose! Wonderland's Night of Wonder Auction and Gala is this years not-to-be-missed community event. Night of Wonder is dedicated to raising money in support of infants and toddlers with disabilities and features a cocktail hour, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Don your favorite cocktail attire and get ready for some fun!

Register soon as tickets are going fast and this event will sell out! Click here for more information on attending or contributing to this exciting event.


Assisted living tour of Cristwood

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center continues its popular tours of local assisted living facilities. Designed for senior citizens and their families, this gives everyone a chance to check out local options before it's a crisis situation.

The next tour is Cristwood, on the CRISTA campus in Shoreline. It includes transportation, tour, and lunch. September 12, 11:30am.

Make your reservation at the Senior Center reception desk. 18560 1st Ave NE #1, southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus.


Get involved, volunteer at your local school

In just a few weeks, Shoreline schools will open their doors, ready for thousands of students heading back to the classroom.

You can join them by becoming a Power of One Volunteer.

The Power of One program is a partnership between the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center and Shoreline Public Schools to connect people from the community to vibrant classrooms, libraries and other programs.

For some Power of One volunteers, helping at school is a family affair. 

Terry Bayless helps at her granddaughter’s school. She says, “I like seeing what happens during the school day and my granddaughter loves to see me there. We also have after-school time together each Monday. It’s our favorite day of the week!”

For students, having special one on one time and extra academic support can make a big difference. 

Shirley Fullner is a long-time Power of One volunteer at Ridgecrest Elementary. “I find that volunteering in the schools is so very rewarding when a student who is struggling looks at me with a beaming face and is so happy they have accomplished some reading skills. They feel so good about their accomplishment. I believe this is my gift and calling to work with children who need extra help.”

Teachers appreciate what Power of One volunteers bring to the classroom as well.

“My students appreciate the extra care and attention they get from our Power of One volunteers,” says Monica Holdridge, Briarcrest Elementary, “Our Power of One volunteers extend the amount of small group attention that students get during the day and add their voices to the cheering on of these students as they grow throughout the year.”

The best candidates for Power of One enjoy working with children in a school setting, are able to take direction from teachers/staff, are reliable, can commit to a regular schedule, and pass a Washington State Patrol background check.

Benefits of joining Power of One include access to free training and resources, a school district badge, and support from the volunteer coordinator, Karen Kessinger. 

She helps connect you to the classroom/ teacher/ school that best fits your interests, schedule and availability.

To schedule an interview, contact Karen by phone at 206-365-1169 or email.

Their annual Back To School Orientation is Tuesday, September 5, 9:00-11:30am at the Shoreline - LFP Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE #1, Shoreline 98155

The Power of One Volunteer Program started in 1996 and is a partnership of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center and the Shoreline school district. During the 2016-17 school year, a core of about 50 Power of One Volunteers put in nearly 3,000 hours of time at Shoreline schools and programs. The Shoreline Public Schools Foundation also supports Power of One.

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.


Letter to the Editor: How can we return to civility?

To the Editor:

How can we return to civility? Recent letters in the Shoreline News from two different viewpoints on the Charlottesville violence are clear examples of our lacking civility and our current discourse. These letters did nothing to help us understand each other better.

How can we return to civility when our current leaders lack so profoundly in their abilities to inspire community and working together? Peaceful leaders from history were leaders that spoke of love and understanding and were pacifists. There is nothing peaceful about KKK and White Supremacy groups who look to oppress, exclude or worse, eliminate (as the Nazi’s did in their genocide of the mid 20th Century). These are not loving, kind groups who are looking to strengthen community, but people who defend white, male dominance in our society and want to strengthen it. Black Lives Matter groups are begging society to acknowledge and understand that it appears that black lives don’t matter, racism is real, and women stand up against gender inequality in society. These groups are not trying to suppress or eliminate others. That is a very big difference, a very different starting point, a very different anger.

We need to empathize with those who are truly oppressed and under threat in our society, people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ and women are at the top of my list. Empathy, listening, understanding… these are the roads to return to civility. A common ground I would hope that most of us could agree on is that hate group efforts to oppress and bully society into their way of thinking is NOT acceptable and is indefensible. Do they have the right to free speech? Sure… but we should not defend what they are saying or claim its reasonableness or likeness to any other group fighting for basic civil rights.

Carrie Campbell


Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild golf tournament fundraiser for cancer research

Founded in 2006 by Lake Forest Park 6th graders in memory of their friend, Sydney Coxon, the Pink Polka Dots are a Seattle Children’s Hospital Junior Guild funding research to cure cancer.

Guild members selling hand made cards
at Third Place Commons market
You may have seen members selling handmade cards and gifts at the LFP Third Place Commons Holiday and Farmer’s Markets, or selling lemonade along the Burke Gilman trail this summer.

This year's tournament will be held at
Echo Falls golf course in Snohomish

The Pink Polka Dots also team up with local sponsors and the Coxon Family Foundation to host the Sydney Coxon Memorial, a fun afternoon of golf followed by an inspirational evening program, including dinner, a silent auction, and dessert. This year we will be hosting at a fabulous new venue, The Golf Club at Echo Falls, in Snohomish.

In eleven years, these philanthropic youngsters have raised over $850,000 to fund groundbreaking research for better treatments, and hopefully someday a cure, for pediatric brain tumors and many other cancers.

Members of the Pink Polka Dots Guilde

The Pink Polka Dots’ fundraising supports the work of Dr. Jim Olson at Children’s Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The funding has allowed researchers to develop exciting treatments including “tumor paint” which makes cancer cells glow for easier surgical removal, and a drug-delivery device which will increase efficacy and minimize side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

Dr. Olson’s latest effort, “Project Violet”, involves discovering and producing cancer-fighting optide drugs from natural sources, like flowers and insects.

Lemonade stand on the Burke Gilman Trail

Funding from Guilds and patient families is critical to researchers' ability to keep moving forward to save lives of children and adults with cancer, and potentially other diseases like Alzheimers and diabetes. To read more about the research and make a donation to the Pink Polka Dots, visit their website.

To Register for Golf and Dinner ($125 pp) or just the Dinner and Evening Program ($60 pp), or to Sponsor or Donate, go to the event site.

The Pink Polka Dots Jr Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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