Author event was standing room only at Lake Forest Park

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author Louise Penny speaks to standing room crowd
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Louise Penny
Photo by Jerry Pickard
Sunday, August 31, best selling author Louise Penny appeared at Third Place Commons to sign her new book "The Long Way Home", and speak to a standing room only group of fans.

This is number ten in her series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels.

From Good

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets--and facing a few of his own ghosts. 
Louise Penny's highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling mystery series has won the New Blood Dagger as well as multiple Agatha, Anthony, Dilys, Arthur Ellis, and other prestigious awards. In 2010 the first book, Still Life, was cited as one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. 


Workshop: Foods for Fitness

Start to Fitness: Foods for Fitness
Saturday, September 6, 2pm

Nick Rose, MS; PCC Nutrition Educator will discuss what you should eat to best fuel the tank for your active life. Do you need to supplement more protein? What should you eat to recover from your workout? Samples will be offered.

If you want a more active, healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to get started at your library. Throughout 2014, find ideas, inspiration and tips on simple ways to add more movement and healthy options to your life through the new adult series, Start to Fitness.

Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155


Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology

Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology
Thursday, September 4, 7pm, Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th

In this lively multimedia presentation, pop-culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller will explore how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boys’ club barrier of tradition. 

Using comics, television and film, discuss female action and super heroines from the 1930s to the present day. This conversation will examine women’s representations in media and women’s roles as media makers, inspiring us to think deeper about popular culture, media, gender images and storytelling.


Brier police cleared in death of driver in Lake Forest Park

HeraldNet reported on a case in late August where a street racer in Snohomish county was pursued into Lake Forest Park by Brier police, where he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

Anthony Koschei, 31, of Lynnwood, lost control of his car, crashed and died after the officers called off the chase. Witnesses saw Brier police arrive at the crash scene a few moments later. Officers reportedly had witnessed Koschei racing another vehicle in Brier. 
When they tried to pull him over, he took off at speeds of up to 100 mph, detectives wrote. Koschei made it about a mile — into Lake Forest Park, in King County — before missing a curve and hitting a clump of trees. The Lake Forest Park Police Department ruled excessive speed as the cause of the crash. 
An autopsy found amphetamine, marijuana and opiates in Koschei’s system, according to the records. 
Brier police conducted an internal review, a standard procedure for departments after pursuits and other major incidents.

Read the entire story here


KOMO: house on 25th destroyed by out of control driver

KOMO TV ran this story about a Shoreline woman whose bedroom was destroyed on Friday evening by a driver who was reportedly under the influence.

A Shoreline home is in shambles after a car crashed straight through it over the weekend. 
Now a woman's precious belongings are damaged or missing.  
The homeowner was out of town when the car plowed through her bedroom wall. She came home to a scene of devastation after getting a phone call from her neighbor.
Now it looks like a bomb went off inside the home - and homeowner Niki Meier is very shaken.

See the entire story here


A Town Like Alice - book discussion at Richmond Beach library

The Richmond Beach Library Book Discussion Group will meet on Monday, September 8, from 7-9pm in the Richmond Beach Library Meeting Room, for a lively discussion of A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.

The library is located at 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline  98177.


Join the work party at Shoreview dog park Saturday

Monday, September 1, 2014

Corrected for time 09-02-2014 8:48am

Shoreview work party
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Join members of ShoreDog and other off-leash dog area users at the Shoreview Off-Leash Dog Area as they work to improve the site. For more information contact Maureen Colaizzi 206-801-2603.

Shoreview Off-Leash Dog Area Work Party, Saturday, September 6, 11am to 1pm, Shoreview Park, 320 Innis Arden Way.


Cooking class at Senior Center on Wednesday

Chef Janice and class participants
Cooking with Chef Janice 
September 3, 1:30 pm
Shoreline-LFP Senior Center
18560 1st Ave NE

Join Chef Janice and learn what to do with your winter squash.

Class is held at 1:30pm in the dining room. Members $5.00, and Non-members $7.00.

Sign up at the Front Desk.


Aurora construction update

Roadway work in this section
Weekly Construction Update
Updated August 27, 2014
Utility Work

Excavation will continue during daytime hours (7:00am to 3:30pm) for utility work (power, lighting, and communications) on the west side of Aurora in the vicinity of N 198th Street to N 200th Street, including those streets.

Storm drain work, resulting in trenching and installation of new manholes or inlets, and the construction of new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks is in progress. Southbound Aurora may be restricted to one lane during the daytime non-commute hours to perform any of the work above. 

Paving is scheduled for the week of September 8, weather permitting. This paving will be on the west side of Aurora and portions of side streets.

Questions or concerns about construction? Call the 24-hour line 206-801-2485, or email:

Sign up to receive alerts and construction updates on Alert Shoreline.


Can You ID me? Help police identify suspects

During the summer of 2010, Det. Tony Matthews of the Lake Forest Park Police department set up a webpage called Can You ID (dot) Me.

On the page, he posted the surveillance photos of people of interest in unsolved crimes in Lake Forest Park. Some of the photos were of suspects, some were of possible witnesses. All were people the police wanted to talk to.

With each photo, he posted the date, what the issue was, and some details about the crime. Contact information was provided for the detective working the case and responses could be anonymous.

Modeling his page after a highly successful site for Washington County, Oregon, his plan was to offer the page to all the police departments in the state of Washington. 

He started with five departments. A year later, it had grown to include 33 police agencies from all over the state, and best of all, 12 people in the photos were identified through the site.

Today, sixty-eight police departments have signed on, and to date, 143 suspects have been identified.

The crimes range from shoplifting, to forgery, to arson. And the photos range from portrait quality to blurry shadows, but each them will be recognizable to someone who knows the person.

Criminals do not stay within their city's boundaries, but do tend to travel along highways, so check out the photos from neighboring communities.


1600 people view productions of Into The Woods during Celebrate Shoreline

Audience of Into The Woods in a performance
at the Shoreline City Hall amphitheatre
Photo courtesy Aurora Theatre Company

From the Aurora Theatre Company

"A big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful 1600+ people, who came to see Aurora Theatre Company's inaugural production of INTO THE WOODS! We look forward to producing more theatre in our wonderful city of Shoreline. Watch for an announcement, soon."


Eggen adds loss of PCO election to defeat in state senate primary

By Evan Smith

When Shoreline City Councilman Chris Eggen finished third in the Aug. 5 top-two 32nd District State Senate primary behind incumbent fellow Democrat Maralyn Chase and Republican Robert Reedy, he also lost his position as an elected Democratic precinct committee officer.

Final primary election results, certified by King County officials Aug. 19, showed Eggen losing the Democratic PCO position he held in Shoreline to former City Councilwoman Janet Way, 49 votes to 47 votes.

Even a two-vote margin is not close enough for a mandatory recount. State law requires a recount when the margin is less than 0.5 percent of the total votes for the two candidates. In this case, it's 0.5 percent of 96 votes. That's 0.48 votes.

So, unless the two candidates were tied, there would be no mandatory recount.

Eggen could ask for a recount by depositing 25 cents for every ballot cast in the precinct, even ballots from the 29 voters who didn't vote for Democratic PCO. A recount of 125 ballots would cost $31.25.

Eggen won election to the Shoreline City Council in 2007 and re-election in 2011. Way won a council position in 2005 before losing in the 2009 primary and losing a comeback attempt in 2011.

Reach Evan Smith at 

Updated 10:54pm


Shorecrest High School Dedication and Open House Sept 27

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The dedication of the new Shorecrest High School will begin with a Booster barbecue at noon, dedication program at 1:15pm and self-guided tours of the school until 4pm.

Saturday, September 27, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. Continuous shuttles will run from Kellogg and Shorecrest.


Scottish dancers at Sunday market - classes offered in September

Royal Scottish Country Dancers
in Lake Forest Park
Photo by Jerry Pickard

A highlight of today's Farmers Market in Lake Forest Park was the Royal Scottish Country Dancers who were advertising the start of their new classes which start September 17, 2014. The classes will be held at The Northwest Ballet Center on the lower level of Lake Forest Park Town Center on Wednesdays from 7:15 to 9:30pm. 17171 Bothell Way NE, 98155.

Visit the webpage or call 425-488-7643 / 206-417-7161.
Scottish dancers in Lake Forest Park
Classes offered in September
Photo by Jerry Pickard

These classes are for all levels of dancers. The main teacher is Elinor Vandegrift.

Rate for classes: 
  • members  $7 per session/ non-members $9 paying for 6 or 12 week pkgs,
  • or if paid weekly as you go, members $8 per session/ non-members $10 per session.  
Basic steps and formations emphasized from 7:15 - 8:00pm and general class after that.

Schedule:  Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19 (no class on Nov. 26), Dec. 3, 10.


700 attend neighborhood outdoor movie night

These people knew where Nemo was!
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
By Patricia Dooley, Ballinger Neighborhood

Congratulations to the Meridian Park and Ballinger Neighborhood Associations for another very successful Outdoor Movie Night.

These children are playing ball with a robot.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The event, which included the Marymoor Remote Control Flying Club, the Bubbleman and the Shorewood Robotics Club. was a big hit with the 300 kids in attendance.

This child is fishing in shark-infested waters
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Music for the night was provided by Last Great Fire. The City of Shoreline provided the neighborhood mini-grant which makes the whole thing possible and many volunteers and neighborhood corporate sponsors fill in the gaps.

We told you there were sharks!
Alice Lawson models this one.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Attendance was around 700 and the families came from neighborhoods throughout Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and Mountlake Terrace. Plans are already underway for next year's show. 

Parachute play for the littlest ones
Photo by Steven H. Robinson


Shorewood grad completes 20,000 mile motorcycle trip in time for school

Shorewood grad Elisa Wirkala

Elisa Wirkala, a graduate of both Shorewood High School and Shoreline Community College, will arrive in Seattle Monday to a welcome from family and friends in Ballard after a motorcycle journey of more than 20,000 miles.

Wirkala set off on January 1, 2014 for an 8 month trans-continental voyage on a tiny 125cc motorcycle, through some of the most dangerous countries in Latin America. She's ending this part of her continent spanning motorcycle trip in Seattle this Monday evening after a journey across two continents and 14 countries. 

A middle school Spanish teacher at St. Joseph's school on Capitol Hill, she will arrive just in time to start the new school year. 

She kept a journal of her trip, which you can read at Travel Bug Blues.


Photo: old barn is reminder of times gone by

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

In the heart of Richmond Beach on 20th NW sits an old barn. A reminder of things long ago. Photo by Lee Lageschulte.


3rd Annual Little Lemon Drops outdoor movie night Sept 6

2013 Outdoor Movie Night
with the Little Lemon Drops

Saturday September 6th  - 3rd annual Little Lemon Drops outdoor movie night, benefitting Seattle Childrens Hospital!

Save the Date for another outdoor family fun movie night on Saturday September 6 at the Innis Arden clubhouse and field, 1430 NW 188th St, Shoreline 98177.

"Despicable Me 2" is showing and there will be pizza, candy, and popcorn of course. Bring a warm jacket, blanket or low back chair, flashlight and money for food and the admission donation. Doors open at 6pm. 

The 2013 group raised $8,000!

There is also a $1.00 Prize wheel and a raffle with fantastic prizes! The raffle drawing is at 7:30pm and prizes include hotel stays, sports tickets, signed memorabilia, pampering baskets, chocolate factory tours, gift card trees, movie night baskets, a "Despicable Me" Minion cake, restaurant gift certificates, and so much more!

This event is organized by the Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild.

All of the money raised will go to Seattle Children's Hospital.

To make a donation or for event details, see their webpage.

At last year's movie night the girls raised $8,000. Help them meet or top that amount this year.

Questions? Email them here.


Rotarians feed families at the Back to School Event

Andy Shepherd at the Escabel farm near Wapato, WA,
with Farmer Pedro Escabelcollecting a truck load
 of fresh corn to take back to the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park

Photos and text by Marj Ando

Lake Forest Park Rotary Club is an active participant in the annual Shoreline Back To School event which provides school supplies, hair cuts, and clothing assistance to Shoreline School District families whose family circumstances make it challenging to adequately prepare their children for school.

Debi Ehrlichman and Robin Roat shuck and stack
800 ears of corn for cooking with the whole team's help.

The event was held from 12:30 to 4pm, Saturday, August 23. LFP Rotary Club workers shucked and prepared over 800 ears of corn, hotdogs in buns, and with drinks of juice, presented them with smiles of welcome for the families.

Rotarians at Work carry on with the lunch preparations.

Thanks go to all of the LFP Rotarian workers: Scott and Wendy Wands, Jim Rohrback, Heidi Shepherd, Paul Sundberg, Debi Ehrlichman, Dic Lawson, Alan Merry, Dave Holbrook, Linda Portnoy, Ed Pearson, Chuck Paulson, Greg Schaeffer, Bob Edwardsen, Fred Lupton, Janette Lemme, Claire Conway, Terry Conway, Robin Roat, Siri Hurlbert, Carol Dahl and Janet Norem, as well as Douglas and Janeice Hoggatt of A Better Day Salon who gave some of the many haircuts with other local hairdressers inside the Learning Center. 

Wendy Wands gets more cobs out of the truck.

Prior to the event held at the North City Learning Center in Shoreline, donations of backpacks, school supplies, hygiene products, socks and underwear were provided by members of the community at locations throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park to take to the Learning Center. The children received haircuts, clothing and school supplies, along with the free lunch provided by Lake Forest Park Rotary Club. 

Janet Norem stacks juice cups.

After the families left, 200 ears of corn were left. Janet Norem took all of them to the Food Bank for distribution.


Shoreline man bicycles cross-country in Ride for Water

Scott McConnell, far right, and his team at Anacortes
May 13 as they start their Ride for Water

On May 13 of this year a team of cyclists set out from Anacortes, bound for New York, in the second annual Ride for Water event, a cross-country bicycle charity ride to raise money and awareness for the global water crisis.

The problem: nearly 1 billion people do not have access to sanitary drinking water. Lack of access to clean water leads to disease and death.

Simple solutions, like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters can help provide clean water to communities that need it.

charity: water is a stellar non-profit working to create solutions to the water crisis. The funds brought in through Ride for Water will help charity: water build these solutions around the world.

June 30 - the team in New York
Scott McConnel is second from left

Scott McConnell, who graduated from Shorewood in 2010, rode a used bicycle that he purchased on Craig's List. He and his team are all graduates of Azusa Pacific University and Scott is a financial analyst in Seattle.

Donations can be made at the charity: water website.


Celebrating Ronald Bog - SummerSet Arts Festival Sept 6

Saturday September 6, 2014  Noon to 5:00pm 
The Third Annual Free
Summerset Arts Festival:  Celebrating Ronald Bog
at the corner of N 175th Street and Meridian Ave N in Shoreline


Death notices as of August 21, 2014

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Virginia A. "Ginger" Smith  1953-2014  Lake Forest Park resident and graduate of Shorecrest High School. Worked at Bon Marche and Linens n Things.

Verda Leona Carey  1927-2014  A teacher who lived mostly in Alaska, she was a librarian for the Alaska State Library, working with historical photographs. In 1999 she moved to Lake Forest Park to be near her grandchildren. Devoted member of Ronald UMC.

Calvin J. Davenport  Age 89  Charter, 50 year member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, where services were held.

Eugene "Blackie" Blackmer  1922-2014  Survived by family and a "host of friends." Retired from Boeing after 34 years. Lived his final days at Crista.

Karl C. Griggs  Age 23  Lake Forest Park.  Summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz campus, receiving a B.A. in Anthropology and Classics., who was attending graduate school in Classics at the UW. "Adept at languages and mastered five, including German, French, Latin and Ancient Greek." Travelled extensively.

Julie (Randmel) Pounds  1929-2014  Married Duane in 1948 and raised five children in Shoreline. Very active in fraternal organizations such as Nile, Eastern Star. Realtor in later life.

Linda (Decker) Barnes  1957-2014  RN who taught at Shoreline Community College beginning in 1990.

Glenn Joseph Obaitek  Age 79  Shoreline resident, owned and operated five grocery stores, including Glenn's Deli in North City.

Mark Hall Pfenning  Died as a result of injuries in a motorcycle accident. "On the day he died he was riding on a gorgeous winding road in a canyon in NE Oregon surrounded by a landscape that fed his soul." Services at Lake Forest Park Civic Club.

George B. Simpson  1931-2014  US Army Veteran, pharmaceutical sales rep, avid history buff. "One of the greatest joys of his later years was attending the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center where he had many friends."

Harriet Ann Kimble  1929-2014  Died at home, surrounded by family. Services at Calvin Presbyterian Church.

Wayne Krumroy  1932-2014  Died at Aegis Callahan House in Shoreline.

(John) Gabriel Snedeker  1971-2014  Former planner for City of Shoreline, died unexpectedly of sudden cardiac arrest. Avid outdoorsman who skiied, hiked, fished, and had worked as a seasonal firefighter.

Joan Grant  1937-2014  Earned her master's in education in 1980 and first teaching position was with Shoreline Schools, teaching French and Social Studies.

Robert Laurence Herriott DVM of Shoreline passed away at his son's home in Oregon, after a short illness.

Frank Charles Taylor  1936-2014  Longtime Shoreline resident, former Marine. Played senior softball and volunteered at local food bank. Services at Eagles lodge in North City.

Bruce Allan Wilcox 1949-2014  Grew up in Richmond Beach and graduated from Shoreline High School in 1967. Services at Richmond Beach Congregational Church.

Velva Kranzl  1917-2014  Died in Shoreline. Married 67 years, they were snowbirds to Arizona for 24 years. Active in Jobs Daughters and Eastern Star. In spite of medical challenges she was able to get around and "never met a slot machine she didn't like."


WeatherWatcher: Weekly Report, Cooler Weather Finally

Longer Range
Last week's data

Forecast: Well if you're like me and have gotten tired of the hot days we've had this summer you are in luck this next week. Temperatures are finally cooling down to around the averages this weekend, and the trend will likely continue into next week. We have a couple of weak weather fronts that are going to move through, mainly Sunday evening and again on Tuesday. We may see a couple showers out of these systems as they move through. Highs are going to be around the upper 60's and low 70's for the next several days. More consistent sunshine should return around Wednesday and last through next weekend. Our friend the onshore flow will be providing air conditioning so you can expect morning clouds and afternoon sun with highs averaging around the mid-70's Wednesday and beyond. 

Longer range forecasts out there are finally pointing toward a trend of more near normal temperatures for the area. I'm expecting a more normal weather pattern for the start to our fall as the El Niño in the Pacific has faded into a La Nada. I believe we are done with our near 90°F high temperature days.

Last week's data:
High temperature: 89.4°F (Tuesday)
Low temperature: 55.0°F (Saturday)
No measurable rainfall
Warmest day: 70.6°F (Tuesday)
Coldest day: 62.6°F (Friday)
Average temperature: 66.6°F
Historic average for last week: 62.5°F

I've added some graphs below to show daily dew point average and daily high and low temperatures. The faint lines in the daily High/Low are the station's historic average for August by day. With the exception of a handful of days we were above the average the entire month. July looks about the same as well. I'll have more on this as summer wraps up.

Daily High and Low temperatures.

Daily average dew point.
For current weather conditions and emergency updates, please see


From the Ground Up 2014 - Piano art in outdoor spaces

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wave Form - braided grass
by  Sarah Kavage and Adria Garcia
Cats may have nine lives, but some pianos have at least three. All four From the Ground Up temporary installations are now in place: on the knoll at Cromwell Park, in the trees at Boeing Creek Park, in the grass at Saltwater Park and in the courtyard at City Hall. Two are using parts from no longer usable Piano Time instruments, and one, an entire piano.

Artist Heather Washburn has installed three Pia’ Trees, created almost entirely from piano strings and keys, on the Cromwell Park Knoll. Take a walk up next time you’re in that park.  Some branches of the Pia’ Trees move in the breeze and if you look closely you may find blossoms and birds nestled in the limbs.

Just inside the entrance to Boeing Creek Park on NW 175th St look for the Jeweled Arbor created by artist Jennifer Lawrence Bennett. Bennett, who normally weaves small metal jewelry, also used piano strings in these large woven pieces. The third project was created in the grass below the sundial at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. Sarah Kavage and Adria Garcia braided the tops of some tall grass into patterns they titled Wave Form. 

Nature's Song by Briar Bates
includes a key-activated water drip wall

Finally, an entire piano was installed in the courtyard at City Hall. Planted by artist Briar Bates, Nature’s Song includes a key-activated water drip wall. So while not musically in tune, this art piece allows the instrument to live on as an interactive garden.

From the Ground Up places environmental and/or recycled artworks in various locations around Shoreline for up to three months. Instead of adding the musically unusable pianos to landfill, they were offered as materials for From the Ground Up sculptures as long as the artists displayed them in Shoreline’s outdoor “gallery”. These projects are funded through the City’s 1% for Public Art program. Artists were selected through a competitive process.

For more information about this project or other art happenings in Shoreline contact Ros Bird, Public Art Coordinator, or visit the webpage.


Algae bloom off Richmond Beach

Photo by Bill Schnall

I'm late publishing this photo that Bill Schnall took from Richmond Beach on August 18 because I sent it to the State Department of Ecology for their comment. Since they never got back to me, has anyone else noticed the green stuff in the water? Green Lake has a toxic algae bloom but I'm not sure if fresh water and salt water varieties are the same. --Editor


Food demo at Francachela Food Imports

Francachela Food Imports, 18002 15th Ave. NE Suite F, Shoreline 98155, 206-383-8257 will be demo making Italian Burgers on Sunday Aug 31st starting at 1pm.

All condiments and much more on sale starting Thursday Aug 28 while supplies last, with 10% of profits on this event donated to World Concern.


Community invited to Swedish Edmonds 50th Anniversary celebration

To mark a half-century of health care service to the community and the groundbreaking for Swedish Edmonds’ largest expansion in 40 years, the community is invited to a celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 4-6pm. The celebration will take place on the east side of the hospital, the future site of a $63.5 million expansion to the existing hospital campus. Celebration activities will include:
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the planned hospital expansion – a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility that will include a new emergency department (ED), urgent care, observation unit, outpatient diagnostic imaging center, new lobby, public space, 37,000-square-foot shelled second floor and more
  • Time capsule dedication and hall of history display acknowledging the hospital’s 50-year history and achievements over the decades
  • Refreshments served
“The hospital first opened its doors in January 1964 and that year we admitted about 3,400 patients and cared for 4,200 patients in our ED,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish Edmonds. “Today, Swedish Edmonds cares for more than 8,600 admitted patients and nearly 45,000 ED patients each year. We’ve grown tremendously over the years and our hospital expansion will help us continue to meet the growing needs of our community for many decades to come.”
Site preparation is already under way for the hospital expansion project with completion of the new ED, urgent care center, new lobby, public space and new front entry anticipated to take place fall 2015. The outpatient diagnostic imaging center and observation unit are scheduled for completion in February 2016. To learn more about the expansion and see renderings of the new facility, see the webpage.

Swedish/Edmonds is licensed for 217 beds with a professional staff of about 1,400 employees. The hospital is nationally recognized having received an ‘A’ grade in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 updates to the national Hospital Safety Score.

Swedish has grown over 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area including five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics throughout Greater Puget Sound.


McAleer Creek and Lyons/Ballinger Creek Open House for Shoreline residents

Some or all of the neighborhoods of Echo Lake, Ballinger,
North City and Briarcrest are part of these basins.

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm the City of Shoreline Surface Water Utility will hold an Open House at Bruggers Bog Park.

The City’s Surface Water Utility conducted a study of the McAleer (including Echo Lake) and Lyons/Ballinger Creek drainage basins (only those parts of the basin within the Shoreline city limits) in Spring/Summer 2014 to identify drainage, water quality, and stream habitat issues in these basins and potential management strategies to address the identified issues.

In addition, the City assessed the condition of the subsurface stormwater conveyance system (storm pipe network) in each basin.

City Staff will be conducting a McAleer (including Echo Lake) and Lyons/Ballinger Creek Open House to discuss preliminary findings of the study at Bruggers Bog Park, 19533 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, Washington 98155 on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. 

Staff will be there to explain the studies and preliminary results and recommendations. If you are unable to attend the Open House and would like to provide input, contact Brian Landau, Surface Water and Environmental Services Manager, 206-801-2451 or see the project webpage.


It's almost Halloween - time for the Monster Mash Dash and the Zombie Apocalypse safety fair

It's never too early to plan for October. After all, Bartell's has had Halloween candy on the shelf for two weeks. So it must be time for you to sign up for the Monster Mash Dash!

Monster Mash Dash 5K Family Fun Run and Walk
Saturday, October 11
8:00 am
Check in at Shoreline City Hall: 17500 Midvale Ave N
$10 adults/$5 kids

For additional information call 206-801-2600

But wait! There's more. That same day:
Zombie Preparedness and Family Safety Fair
Saturday, October 11 
9am to 2pm
Shoreline City Hall.

"If you're ready for the zombie apocalypse, you're ready for any emergency" - CDC


Fun things to do or major traffic jams - it's all in your attitude

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Labor Day in Seattle means Bumbershoot at Seattle Center.

You can view that as a wonderful community event or a major traffic nightmare - or maybe both.

Here are other events this weekend that WSDOT thinks might become traffic challenges:

Friday, Aug. 29
  • PAX Prime 2014, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Washington State Convention Center 
  • Mariners vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field 
Saturday, Aug. 30 
  • PAX Prime 2014, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Washington State Convention Center 
  • Bumbershoot, 11 a.m., Seattle Center 
  • Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, 7 p.m., White River Amphitheatre 
  • Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field 
  • Mariners vs. Washington Nationals, 6:10 p.m., Safeco Field 
Sunday, Aug. 31 
  • PAX Prime 2014, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Washington State Convention Center 
  • Bumbershoot, 11 a.m., Seattle Center 
  • Mariners vs. Washington Nationals, 1:10 p.m., Safeco Field. 
Monday, Sept. 1
  • PAX Prime 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Washington State Convention Center 
  • Bumbershoot, 11 a.m., Seattle Center


Shoreline Library Board meeting Sept 4

The Shoreline Library Board will meet on Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, to discuss Board Development training.

The Shoreline Library Board acts as a liaison to the King County Library System Board of Trustees, the City Council and the citizens of Shoreline. It provides information, makes recommendations relating to the Shoreline and Richmond Beach Libraries, promotes programs and reviews library policies. The Library Board consists of nine members, including two non-voting youth members, from whom a chair and vice chair are elected annually.

Library Board Members:    
  • Mark Hulak
  • Sara Lorimer             
  • Lisa Oberg
  • Brooke Shirts
  • Robert Smith
  • Karen Thielke
  • Eileen Wood-Lim
Youth Members:
  • Zachary Cashen
  • Tyler King


District signs regional letter protesting requirements of No Child Left Behind

(The following letter was signed by the superintendents of 28 Puget Sound area school districts, including Shoreline Superintendent Rebecca Miner)

Dear Parent or Guardian:

In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education declined to renew the State of Washington’s conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title I, Part A funds. The impact of this decision is that all school districts in the State of Washington are now subject to the punitive and regressive requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind act (NCLB).

After careful deliberation and with strong support from 28 school districts in the Puget Sound Educational Service District, we are sending you this letter to notify you that our districts and schools did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by NCLB. For our schools to meet AYP this year, 100 percent of all students – regardless of special needs, English language mastery, or other life-impacting circumstances – must meet proficiency standards.

As educators, we are fully committed to each and every student reaching his or her full potential and are proud of the significant academic progress our students are making. While not all students have reached proficiency, our use of targeted resources to assist struggling students and schools has made a significant difference. 

By reverting back to NCLB, we are now required to set aside approximately 20 percent of Title I funds we receive from the federal government. The money is reserved for the district to either transfer students to a school that meets the federal requirements or pay for private tutoring. In addition, parents whose children attend schools that don’t meet federal standards and receive federal Title I funding receive this notice that their child’s school is failing to meet those guidelines.

The label of “failing” schools is regressive and punitive, as nearly every Washington school will not meet the NCLB Requirements. Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled “failing” by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials – as well as the U.S. Department of Education – acknowledge isn’t working.

Our bottom line: Your child’s school district is effectively addressing the needs of all students. Our outstanding progress is due to the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders through high-quality instruction, effective leadership, and collaborative partnerships. On behalf of the school districts in our region, we appreciate your support of our students, staff and schools.


National League of Cities recognizes Shoreline’s achievements in addressing childhood obesity

The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized Mayor Shari Winstead for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

NLC recognized the City of Shoreline with a Silver Medal for taking action to expand children's access to programs that offer healthy food before, during, and after the school day, and/or over the summer months, and a Bronze Medal for identifying all food vendors and contractors for municipally-owned or operated venues that serve food, along with the dates when their contracts can be amended or renegotiated.

The actions taken by the City are part of its overall Healthy City Strategy adopted by the Council in 2010 in recognition of the City’s Shoreline4Health programming. The Healthy City Strategy highlights the efforts and investments being made by the City of Shoreline and by partner organizations to further the City's Healthy City goal. The Strategy outlines a work plan of specific activities and partnerships the City will undertake to support Shoreline residents in becoming healthier.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we have done in helping our residents build a healthy community,” stated Mayor Shari Winstead. “Childhood obesity is our generation’s health challenge. We are committed to ensuring our children grow up in an environment that encourages healthy living.”

LMCTC focuses on five actionable goals, which are:

  • Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings
  • Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served
  • Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs
  • Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity

For more information about Shoreline’s Healthy City Strategy visit Shoreline's web page  More information about LMCTC here.


Lake Forest Park Block-Watch Resource Meeting and Community Forum

Lake Forest Park Police Chief
Stephen Sutton
September 8th
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Third Place Commons
upper level Town Center

The LFP Police Department will be hosting a community forum to discuss several public safety issues and initiatives that they are currently working on of importance to our citizens.

"It is our hope to reinvigorate our block watch effort, continue to build on our real-time communication strategy, and to reduce crime making the City of Lake Forest Park one of the safest communities in the Puget Sound region to live."

For more information about strategies, see the 2014 Operation Plan


Snohomish County Boundary Review Board to consider Shoreline annexation of Ronald Wastewater District Thursday

By Evan Smith

The Shoreline-based Ronald Wastewater District has fewer than a dozen customers in Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County. That's enough for Snohomish County Boundary Review Board to have a say in the proposed annexation, which includes the proposed Point Wells development.

The Snohomish County Boundary Review Board has scheduled a hearing on the annexation for Thursday, Aug. 28, starting at 4 p.m. in the County Administration Building in Everett.

The King County Boundary Review Board already has approved the proposed annexation.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Construction at Whispering Willow Park now underway

Whispering Willows in May 2013
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Construction at Lake Forest Park's newest park - Whispering Willow Park - is now underway.

The park, located at 17038 44th Ave NE, was purchased by the City in 2011 with grant funds to restore the wetland and create a nature park for residents to enjoy. The park will feature a recycled boardwalk and viewing platform, a natural play area for children to enjoy, and walking paths for those who are interested in taking a nature walk and viewing beautiful Lyon Creek.

Residents should expect minimal disturbance to neighborhood traffic. Periodic patrols by the Lake Forest Park Police Department will keep an eye on the project. This summer's Phase I of construction will be completed around mid-October 2014.

Questions regarding construction should be directed to City Hall 206-368-5440.


Housing repairs for low-moderate income King County homeowners and disabled renters



Winter will soon be upon us. Is your home in repair and ready for winter weather?

If finances are the issue, King county has a housing repair program for people who meet the income qualifications. Eligibility is determined by income. A family of four can earn $63,000 which is 80% of the King county median. Income is adjusted by family size. Different programs have different eligibility requirements.

Roofs, furnaces, plumbing, and electrical issues are eligible under this low - moderate income program. King county is accepting immediate telephone applications for qualifying applicants.

To apply call the King County Housing Repair Intake Line 206-263-9095. TTY: 711 

Funds are available as deferred payment and matching funds loans, emergency and manufactured homes grants, and grants for accessibility grants for disabled renters. 

  • Deferred Payment Loan - A zero percent interest loan available for up to $25,000. This loan does not require you to make payments, so it is very different from a traditional bank loan. However, we do secure a mortgage document to your property. The loan must be paid off when: 1) You sell or transfer the property to a new owner; or 2) If you move out of the home and it is no longer your primary residence. More information
  • Matching Funds Loan - Under this program, a homeowner can match a loan from the Housing Repair program of up to $25,000 with one from a local lender or with private funds. If the total cost for the repairs exceed $50,000, the entire amount above $50,000 is the responsibility of the homeowner. As with the Deferred Payment Loan, this loan has a zero percent interest rate and does not require you to make payments. Also, the loan must be paid off when: 1) You sell or transfer the property to a new owner; or 2) If you move out of the home and it is no longer your primary residence. More information
  • Emergency Grants - Provides for up to $6,000 for immediate or life-threatening home repairs. This money does not have to be repaid. Emergency repairs can usually be completed quickly within one to three days from when you are approved for this grant. The emergency grants are determined by the Engineer/Inspector when they visit the repair site. More information
  • Manufactured Home Repair Grants - Awards up to $8,000 for mobile home owners who need to make quality-of-life repairs to their homes and do not own the land or pad where their mobile home sits. Similar to our Emergency Grants, these do not have to be repaid by an eligible manufactured home owner. More information
Renter Grants
  • Home Access Modifications Grants (ADA) - Provides up to $8,000 for low to moderate income renters with special access livability issues, and need to make accessibility modifications to their unit. Like our other grant programs, this funding does not have to be repaid. A tenant must have prior permission from their landlord before any unit modifications can be made. This program does not serve renters in Seattle, Kent, Auburn, Federal way,  or Normandy Park.  More information


Shoreline couple celebrate 80th wedding anniversary

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vern and Shirley Greer celebrate 80 years together
Photo courtesy Aegis of Shoreline

You read it right. 80 years married.

Vern and Shirley Greet, age 99 and 97, recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary at their home at Aegis of Shoreline on 1st Ave NE.

The Culinary Team reserved the special table for two, and served champagne with raspberries and an amazing homemade Raspberry Lemon Curd Shortcake!

Raspberry Lemon Curd Shortcake
one for each
When asked what the secret to being married for 80 years is Vern thought for a bit and said, “Be very patient.  It takes a lot of love and never lose your love light.”  Shirley answered quickly and said, “I keep my mouth shut and try not to be too critical.  I also agree with Vern to be very patient and, of course, a lot of love.”  

The Greers owned and operated Greer Lumber on 85th in Greenwood for 47 years before they closed December 31, 1999.

They have lived at Aegis of Shoreline Assisted Living for the past three years.


Shoreline City Manager update for week of Aug 25

Weekly Update for Week of 8/25/2014
By Debbie Tarry, Shoreline City Manager

Council Meetings.

August 25
·         Dinner Meeting – Council met Transportation Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton. The focus of the Dinner Meeting was 145th and specifically exploring opportunities to partner with WSDOT to fund the needed corridor improvements including the need to redo the 145th Interchange to make the light rail station project successful.
·         Business Meeting
o   Public Hearing on the Human Service Block Grant: Council held a public hearing and then voted to approve the 2015 Human Services and CDBG Funding and Contingency Plan.
o   Appointment of Planning Commissioner: Laura Mork was appointed to the Planning Commission.
o   Selection of the 185th Street Station Preferred Alternative to be Studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS): Council selected the preferred alternative to be studied in the FEIS. This map will be posted on the City’s website. Following the FEIS, the next steps will include review of the proposed 185th Subarea Plan by the Planning Commission later this fall to develop a final recommendation for the Council to consider in early 2015.  

September 1 – No Meeting (Labor Day)

RWD Assumption and Boundary Review Board Process
We were very pleased with the action of the King County BRB on Wednesday night. This week, August 28, is the Snohomish County BRB hearing. The agenda for the Snohomish County hearing is slightly different than how King County BRB did their process. In Snohomish County the opponents (Snohomish County, Olympic View, Woodway) are all individually allocated time for rebuttal. The City received a packet of materials from Snohomish County BRB reflecting the documents that they received between August 12 – 19.

AWC CityVision Magazine – Shoreline Featured
CityVision highlighted Shoreline’s environmental sustainability efforts in a feature article in the July/August issue. Mayor Winstead summed it up best when she said, "It all comes down to walking the talk, and that starts at city hall." 

Food Truck Thursdays in Ridgecrest
The first Food Truck Thursday on August 21 was a great success! Neighbors were able to sit at the newly painted picnic tables to get to know each other while munching on pizza. Attendance was better than anticipated and Streetzeria sold out of 150 pizzas by 7:20 p.m. We estimate that they could have sold at least 200. Congratulations to the Ridgecrest leaders who helped make this event successful. The schedule for the next three weeks is for 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
·         August 28: Jemil's Big Easy - Seattle's best Cajun with Chef Jemil Aziz from New Orleans! Winner of 2012 AND 2013 Seattle Weekly's Reader's Choice Best Seattle Food Truck
·         September 4: Off the Rez - Native American inspired cuisine including Indian Tacos & frybread serving Seattle's streets!
·         September 11: The Sammich Truck - Born from a love of sandwiches and a passion to create the classics that everyone knows and loves.

Another Retirement
Ros Bird, Public Arts Coordinator, has notified Parks Director Dick Deal that she really is retiring on Wednesday, October 15. Ros has worked as extra-help in this capacity for the last seven years, usually 7 to 10 hours a week. Under her leadership our public art collections and focus have increased and helped to generate some community building events. We will miss her. Dick and I will be reviewing options on how we fill this need going forward.

Regional Transit Summit – September 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen hosted a conference call early in the summer to discuss Seattle’s proposal for funding bus service, given the failure of King County’s Proposition 1. One action item that came from that call was the desire to hold a Regional Transit Summit. Mayor Murray and Councilmember Rasmussen would like the opportunity to discuss face-to-face how best to keep people moving throughout the region and to share with you a presentation that includes an analysis of recent transit measures and voters’ opinions on transit and its funding options.

This Week’s Calendar Items
·         August 28, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Committee of Elected Officials for RWD Assumption Transition, City Hall
·         August 28, 4 p.m., Snohomish County Boundary Review Board Hearing on RWD Assumption, Everett – Administration East Building, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett, WA 98201.


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