Correction: Meridian Park Neighborhood meets Tuesday Mar 20 to hear about local crime trends

Sunday, March 18, 2018

On Tuesday, March 20th, from 7pm-8:30pm, Meridian Park Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting and feature speaker Deputy Paula Bates of Shoreline Police Dept.

Deputy Bates will speak on the topics of residential burglaries, car prowls, identity theft, mail and and package theft, and the crime trends in Shoreline.

A portion of the evening will also be devoted to information about the Shoreline Watch program, and there will be time for any questions you may have on the topic of crime and safety.

Please join us and bring your concerns for discussion!

MPNA monthly meetings are held in Room 301 at Shoreline City Hall located at 17500 Midvale Avenue North. Free parking is available in the two level garage accessed on Midvale just north of City Hall. Light refreshments are served and all are welcome.

For more information email or call Cynthia Knox at 206-218-3302.

Correction: the original headline said February - March is correct


Shoreline Place (old Sears) meet & greet Tuesday at Shoreline CC

Merlone Geier Partners, new owners of the Sears site at Aurora Square, will be holding a Meet and Greet with the public on Tuesday from 6:30* - 8pm at Shoreline Community College.

*Please note that some publicity for the event said 6pm and some said 6:30pm. We will find out and update this article.

The site will be developed as Shoreline Place. MGP solicited input from the community in the form of a survey and received 6,000 responses.

The event is a drop-in. There will be displays and staff to answer questions.

Drop in anytime to meet the Shoreline Place team and learn more about the project vision, what we learned from the survey, and what’s next.

It will be held in the Shoreline Community College Pagoda Student Union Building #9000 PUB, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

We’re Merlone Geier Partners (MGP), pleased to meet you (but you may know us already). We own and operate retail properties in the Pacific Northwest and down the west coast — including the Shoreline Marketplace on 175th with the Trader Joe’s and the Town Center at Lake Forest Park. MGP is focused on meeting the needs of the current and future community in Shoreline, where there is strong demand for modern retail, better restaurants, and additional types of housing.


Echo Lake Neighborhood to get an update on development at Tuesday meeting

Dan Eernissee, Economic Development Program Manager for the City of Shoreline, will be the speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association.

The meeting will be held from 7-9pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Room 303 on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Free parking in the City garage behind City Hall.

Dan will come to the meeting straight from the Shoreline Place meet and greet and will have the latest news on what will be happening at the old Sears site.

This is a busy time for development in the city and Dan will be able to review the major projects with the attendees.

Echo Lake Neighborhood is bounded by N/NE 205th, I-5, N/NE 185th, and Aurora.

Coffee and cookies will be available. For more information, call the ELNA message line at ‭206-486-5712‬ or email.


King county seeks members for Immigrant and Refugee Commission

The King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission, designed to be the voice of King County’s immigrant and refugee communities, is looking for commission members.

The application period for those interested in becoming commission members starts Monday, March 19 and closes on Friday, April 27.

The Immigrant and Refugee Commission, approved by the County Council and signed into law by the County Executive, will focus on integrating, strengthening and valuing immigrant and refugee communities and upholding the county’s commitment as a welcoming community.

The mission of the Immigrant and Refugee Commission will include: achieving fair and equitable access to county services for immigrant and refugee communities, improving opportunities for civic engagement, setting annual goals, and participating in important dialogue on County policies and practices that impact the community.

The commission will have thirteen voting members and four nonvoting members for three-year terms, with the exception of the inaugural term members whose terms would be staggered into three, two, and one-year terms to ensure continuity of experienced members in the commission.

Individuals interested in becoming a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Commission can apply here.


Shorewood grad named Athlete of the Week in Northwest Baseball Conference

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Jacob Bockelie gloves the pitch
2014 Shorewood v Glacier Peak
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood High School Grad, Jacob Bockelie (class of 2014) was awarded the Northwest Conference "Position Student Athlete of the Week" for the week of March 5-11.

Jacob played baseball for Coach Wyatt Tonkin for four years at Shorewood.

This is the second time in as many seasons that Bockelie has earned Hitter of the Week from the NWC, previously capturing the award on February 14, 2017. 

Jacob plays baseball for Pacific Lutheran University, a Division 3 level college in the NCAA, in the Northwest Conference. He is a senior.

Bockelie finished the week with a .438 average with five RBIs and four extra base hits. He blasted a triple in game two of the series against Pacific, and drove in two runs to tie the game to help the Lutes win all four games played during the week.


Shred your sensitive documents on Mar 31 at Aurora Square

Shred event on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at upper level of Aurora Square, on Westminster Way west of N 155th.

The Shred-It van will be parked near the entrance at 15505 Westminster Way N., Shoreline.

The event is a fundraiser for Shoreline Relay for Life (American Cancer Society). All donations are welcome and there is a five banker box limit.


Kellogg wrestling hosts Gateway and Evergreen MS in Double Dual meet

The Kellogg wrestling team hosted Gateway and Evergreen Middle Schools on Thursday in a Double Dual meet.  Facing the Guardians from Gateway first the Knights got a huge win from 81 pounder George Fernandez, his first pin of the season, to grab the early lead. Kellogg would take six of the first seven weights as they built a 36-6 lead. Gateway tried to rally, thanks to incredible effort from Kellogg wrestlers, including Rowan Hinderer, who scored a late third period takedown to secure a tight 12-10 win at 133 pounds, Kellogg continued to pull away on their way to a 69-42 victory.

In their second match Kellogg faced reigning league champion Evergreen Middle School. With the help of another pin from George Fernandez and a pin from Thomas Rhodes at 93 pounds, his sixth pin in six matches, the Knights grabbed and early 12-6 lead.  Using a flurry of throws Evergreen took control of the match from that point on and ran away in the team score and handed Kellogg a 90-27 loss.

Kellogg Record: 2-4 Overall

Kellogg 69 - Gateway 42
@ Kellogg Middle School

81: George Fernandez KEL pinned Avery Almquist 1:53
88: Liam Callahan GW win by forfeit
93: Thomas Rhodes KEL pinned Noah Bastian 1:23
98: Luke Smith KEL win by forfeit
103: Aiden Bartelink KEL win by forfeit
108: Caleb Kassa KEL pinned Renato Navarro
113: Matthew Curtis KEL pinned Rocky Wright 3:49
118: Ryan Nakajima GW pinned Elliot Mason 2:41
123: Ethan Thiem GW pinned Reza Athari 1:30
128: Luke Schmidt KEL win by forfeit
133: Rowan Hinderer KEL dec. Emma Ryan 12-10
140: Jacar Harris GW pinned Cage Jensen 2:33
148: Ryder Baldwin KEL pinned Ammon Shaw 0:20
157: Trey Hill win by forfeit
167: Skyler Candland GW win by forfeit
178: Brando Dinthongsai GW win by forfeit
188: Jack Johnson GW pinned Grant Bailey 0:36
218: Vance Cunningham KEL pinned Daniel In 1:19
248: Jonah Chestnut KEL win by forfeit
278: Double forfeit

Kellogg 27 - Evergreen 90
@Kellogg Middle School

81: George Fernandez KEL pinned Duncan Laughlin 0:20
88: Hector Cabrera EV win by forfeit
93: Thomas Rhodes KEL pinned Alhagie Darboe 1:15
98: Logan Roark EV pinned Luke Smith 2:33
103: Kyle Cormick EV pinned Aiden Bartelink 1:19
108: Chaves Petronave EV pinned Caleb Kassa 2:34
113: Mathias Bolton EV pinned Matthew Curtis 1:28
118: Aaron Chan win by forfeit
123: John Nguyen EV pinned Reza Athari 0:49
128: Luke Schmidt KEL dec. Josh Bouma 13-10
133: Dustin Tran EV pinned Rowan Hinderer 0:39
140: Ryotaro Colon EV pinned Cage Jensen 2:18
148: Ryder Baldwin KEL pinned Carlos Garcia 3:27
157: Andrew Lopez EV pinned Trey Hill 0:49
167: Joey Saparto EV win by forfeit
178: Mason John EV win by forfeit
188: Allen Venegas EV pinned Grant Bailey 1:12
218: Joey Hudson EV pinned Vance Cunningham 2:04
248: Jonah Chestnut KEL pinned Keegan Randalson 1:21
278: Derek Bryant EV win by forfeit


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Skottie Young

A young narrator and a younger sister wait ... patiently ... for their dad to return from the corner grocery with milk to put on the breakfast cereal. But when the dad does come back, he brings a tall, meandering, hilarious tale of adventures along the way. UFO's, hot air balloons, pirates, talking dinosaurs, a volcano god with an emerald for an eye, clever ponies, hungry wumpires, and the possible end of the universe, not to mention time travel.

Plus, fortunately, the milk.

But wait, there's more! For a special treat, check out the audiobook read by the author -- guaranteed to make 60 minutes of any car journey much better than it otherwise might be.

The charming booktrailer (narrated by Gaiman and animated with art from the book) is HERE. Adorable!

Highly recommended for readers and listeners ages 5 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


LFP Committee of the Whole meeting cancelled

The Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 19, 2018 at 6pm has been cancelled.


Reception Thursday to honor retiring LFP City Administrator Pete Rose

Pete Rose
Courtesy City of LFP
Lake Forest Park will hold a reception on Thursday, March 22, 2018 to honor retiring City Administrator Pete Rose.

The community is cordially invited to the reception, which will be held from 6-7pm before the regular City Council meeting scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

Lake Forest Park City Hall at 17425 Ballinger Way NE, second floor.

Pete Rose has been the City Administrator since 2012. His last day will be April 2, 2018.

Join Mayor Jeff Johnson and the City Council in honoring Pete Rose for his dedicated years of service.


Sale of sports clothing and equipment Mar 23

Seattle Children's Hospital Shoreline Bargain Boutique has been saving up all its sports equipment, memorabilia, and clothing for its Annual Sports Event 2018.

Friday March 23, 2018 at the Bargain Boutique in the lower level at Aurora Square, 15835 Westminster Way N, Shoreline 98133.
  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 5:30pm 
  • Saturday, 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday, 12pm to 5pm
Inventory includes Sports Clothing, Sports Equipment of all kinds including complete Golf Club Sets, Memorabilia and Collectibles from Mariners, Seahawks, Huskies and Cougars.



Persian New Year celebration in Seattle Sunday - all invited

Sunday, March 18, Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy (SISCA) presents the second annual Nowruz in Seattle event honoring the ancient Persian New Year holiday and the contributions of Iranian Americans.

All are invited to join this free, family-friendly celebration from 1-5 pm at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, 98104. The program of performances will begin at 1:30pm and go until 5pm.

Attendees will learn about ancient Persian culture and traditions, meet Iranian-Americans who are vital members of modern America, and enjoy performances of Persian music and dancing.

Elected officials, including WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, as well as speakers from across the Iranian-American diaspora will talk about blending ancient Persian traditions with contributions to communities in the United States.

Exhibits will feature traditional Nowruz displays and handicrafts, Iranian-American artists and writers, and locally owned Iranian-American businesses including media companies. Information about tours to Iran will also be available.

Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy (SISCA) is a local non-profit made up of citizen volunteers – Iranian-Americans and allies – from the greater Seattle area who seek to reverse decades of hostility between the United States and Iranian governments by developing people-to-people relationships between our two countries.


Top Pot Donuts opens Edmonds cafe

Top Pot Donuts has opened their latest cafe in Edmonds at 150 Sunset Ave.

They'll be open on Sunday from 7am – 2pm.

Top Pot has locations all over Seattle - and a couple in Dallas Texas.

Edmonds is the 20th location in Puget Sound.

They boast coffee from sustainable sources and a relaxing and vintage atmosphere.

Back story: the name comes from a neon sign from a closed restaurant called TopSpot.

"Years earlier, two of our co-founders spied a vintage rustic (and rusty) neon sign gleaming above a boarded-up Chinese restaurant called "Topspot". They bought the sign, and then left it idle in a backyard for four years, further rusting and creating a home for raccoons. Then, when the sign was finally driven off to be restored, the center "S" fell off, leaving the words "Top Pot" behind."


Armed and Dangerous: King County Sheriff's Office wanted man

Public help needed to locate dangerous wanted man in King County.

The King County Sheriff’s Office needs help to locate 20 year old Isaiah R. Wisherd, dob 02/03/1998.

He is described as 6’1, 175 pounds. Wisherd should be considered *armed and dangerous with violent tendencies*. 

He currently has multiple warrants for his arrest.

If Wisherd is located, do not attempt to contact him, and call 911 immediately.


Photos: Fire clouds

Wave of Fire on the mountains
Photo by Jan Hansen

The unusual cloud formations helped make an awesome sunset very dramatic on Friday.

Marc Weinberg said that "Friday evening sunset was beautiful and unusual as during much of the afternoon high thermal activity in the Olympics produced not only towering cumulus clouds, but also a large lenticular one that this evening had a hole in the center."


Community Blood Drive at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church Mar 19

As the coming of Spring brings us new reminders of the beauty of life, please consider sharing a priceless gift of blood donation for someone in our community with a critical need for your life-giving and life-sustaining gift in all seasons.

Blood works miracles every day!

Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church is hosting a community blood drive with BloodworksNW.

Monday, March 19, 2018, 1-7pm (closed 3-4pm) at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park

Make appointments online or call 1-800-398-7888 (sponsor code is 1411). Walk-ins are also welcome! Bring or invite a friend!

Photo ID or BWNW/PSBC blood donor card required at time of donation.

Thanks for considering and helping us to meet our community and emergency response needs for blood and blood products by sharing a little time and blood at our (or another!) community blood drive.


Cartoon: Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Pat's Day!
Turn green!
(or was that wear green?)


Letter to the Editor: the construct of 'good' and 'evil' are not useful in the gun rights debate

To the Editor:

I live in a gun-owning household. I am an active advocate for common sense gun laws. I write in response to 3/15/18 letters from Maggie Wilson (A ‘murderer’ speaks out) and Gini Paulsen (We must fix this).

Both letters speak of “evil” in regard to the issue of gun violence. Paulsen refers to the refusal to consider restrictions on gun ownership as tantamount to murder; Wilson posits that we would be “empowering evil” should we attempt to restrict the gun ownership rights of “good” people.

The construct of “good” and “evil” is not useful in the debate surrounding gun rights. We can’t really predict “goodness” or “evilness;” we can only make a very subjective judgment after the fact based on a person’s actions. In other words, everyone has the potential to be a “good guy with a gun” until they’re not.

In that case, the “tool” IS the issue. Wilson calls the gun “a powerful tool.” She’s right. A “tool” with no purpose other than to kill swiftly, efficiently, and with minimal physical risk to the user is in a class by itself. If you carry this tool, you carry also the possibility – some would even say the probability – of using it to kill. It's a tool that has been used more than 7,000 times since 2012 in out country to kill children.

Given that, I wonder why any reasonable person would object to considering sensible firearm regulations. Think of the many laws we have passed to regulate the operation of vehicles, another big killer of our nation’s youth.

While we can’t predict “good” and “evil”, I wonder if we can draw conclusions based on whether a person speaks first of his “responsibility” to the common good, or seeks first to assert his “rights” when it comes to gun ownership.

Sue Whitcomb
Lake Forest Park


Softball - Shorewood v Arlington 3-16-18

Shorewood softball won its first game of the season against Arlington on 3-16-18.

Coach Paul Jensen


Scene on the Sound: Submarine

Photo by Jan Hansen

A submarine and its accompanying boats travel slowly down the Shoreline Sea, headed for its Kitsap port, probably Bremerton.

Photo by Jan Hansen

You have to be looking out over the Shoreline Sea at the right time to know that a sub is there because it is never announced in the normal fashion.

Jan Hansen did some research and believes that this may well be the USS Bremerton which is scheduled to be decommissioned this year. The SSN 698 is the oldest submarine in the Navy.

According to Navy information, "Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Bremerton is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and mine warfare."


Do you care where sidewalks are built in Shoreline? Go to the open house Mar 22

Ashworth, looking north
Photo by Marla Tullio
The City of Shoreline will be hosting a second open house for the Sidewalk Prioritization Plan / ADA Transition Plan. 

If you are interested in Shoreline’s sidewalk network, join the project team and your neighbors on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Shoreline City Hall in the Council Chamber and lobby. 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133.

This open house will include updated information on the prioritization criteria and plan as well as an initial look at possible funding options.

A presentation will begin at 6:20pm followed by activities for public participation and comment. Additional information can be found on the sidewalks webpage


King County lobbying for Seattle as 2026 World Cup host city

The 23 cities in North American vying for the
2026 Soccer World Cup
Seattle, along with 22 other North American cities, has been selected as a potential host city for the 2026 World Cup by the United Bid Committee, a group representing the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

County Executive Dow Constantine said,

"King County is well suited to host the world’s game in 2026 and we strongly encourage FIFA and the United Bid Committee to recognize our unique, welcoming, soccer-frenzied culture. 
"Our metropolitan region is home to a passionate soccer community, woven together by generations of homegrown fans and enthusiasts from across the globe, all eager for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."


Letter to the Editor: I echo Maggie Wilson's feelings

Friday, March 16, 2018

To the Editor:

I don’t know Maggie Wilson but I echo her feelings in her Letter to the editor. (A 'murderer' speaks out). This is why supporters of the Second Amendment and other conservatives refused to engage in conversations with the liberal side of the equation.

They don’t really want to talk they just want to demonize us. So we won’t engage but instead we will organize and vote them out.

Debbie Cheek


Letter to the Editor: Very well done, Maggie Wilson

To the Editor:

I would like to tell Maggie Wilson “VERY well done” in her very well written response to the Gini Paulsen comments.

AND well done to you Dear Editor, as well, because I so appreciate this Newsletter and you do a fine job!

Rhena Halterman


Help Shoreline Schools name the new Early Learning Center

The early learning center is south of Meridian Elementary
near N 175th and Meridian Ave N in Shoreline

Shoreline Public Schools is beginning the process of selecting a name for the new Early Learning Center site that will be home to their Children’s Center Preschool, Early Childhood Education and Head Start programs.

The School Naming Committee is now accepting name suggestions to consider for recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Suggested names will be accepted until 4:00pm on March 30, 2018. Below are the guidelines for name consideration outlined in Board Policy 9250:

Names to be considered for a new school shall be limited to:
  • Geographical names, landmarks, or characteristics
  • Persons who have attained local, state, or national prominence in the field of education, arts and sciences, human rights, government, or leadership in an area for the betterment of the human race
  • No names of living persons unless circumstances warrant an exception

Click HERE to submit your suggested name electronically. It is also available in Spanish HERE. Hard copies of the form will also be available in each school's office, just fill out and return to any school office.


Shoreline golfer to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational in South Carolina

Honorary Chairman, World Golf Hall of Famer
Golfers with local ties will be among 240 amateurs who will compete in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, March 21-25, 2018. 

Chris Rivera (Renton, Wash.), Dave Vainio (Shoreline, Wash.), David Foster (Seattle, Wash.), Eric Johnson (Bothell, Wash.), Jamie Meade (Redmond, Wash.), and John Pfeil (Kenmore, Wash.) qualified for the national event by winning their local Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational held at The Golf Course at Newcastle in Newcastle on July 24, 2017, which supported Sea Mar Community Health Center.

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals is the culmination of a series of more than 75 charity golf tournaments around the country in 2017 hosted by Liberty Mutual and local and national charitable organizations that raised more than $9 million for charity.

“These foursomes were among more than 12,000 amateur golfers across the country who generously supported national and local charities by playing in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational,” said Nicole Guidara, Senior Vice President and Manager, Enterprise Brand and Communications, Liberty Mutual Insurance. 
“We sincerely appreciate these players’ efforts and look forward to celebrating their invaluable contributions to their communities.”

Two-time U.S. Open Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Curtis Strange, honorary chairman of the Liberty Mutual Invitational, will interact with players during the four-day tournament.

 “I am proud and honored to be a part of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational,” said Mr. Strange. “In just the last eight years, this annual tournament for amateur golfers has raised over $55 million for so many worthwhile charities and the people that they serve.”

The #1 Charity Event In GolfTM,” the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational tournaments are single-day events featuring an 18-hole Scramble format open to men and women amateur golfers of all skill levels in the local community.


Photos: Spring has sprung at Paramount Open Space

Photo by Janet Way

Paramount Open Space (not the same as Paramount School Park but nearby) is located in the Ridgecrest Neighborhood of Shoreline. Bounded by NE 146th and NE 152nd north and south, and east and west by 10th NE and 11th NE, it's a natural space with wetlands and trails.


Proton Therapy Support Group starts Saturday at Northwest Hospital campus

Proton Therapy treatment room
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is starting a Proton Therapy Support Group for patients of the Proton Therapy Center.

If you are in any stage of your proton therapy treatment, we hope that you will join us for this monthly gathering. Come meet others who are getting ready for treatment, in treatment, or post treatment.  
This group will provide you with an opportunity to share with others living with similar challenges in a supportive environment. Educational presentations will be offered every other month.

The group will be facilitated by Denise Krouse, Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Cancer Lifeline.

The group will meet in the Lobby of SCCA Proton Therapy Center, 1570 N 115th St, Seattle 98125, on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 10am to 11:30am. First building on the left as you enter the Northwest campus. Attendees can park in any public space; there is a parking lot on the west side of the building marked “proton parking only.”

The speaker for the first meeting will be Craig Peterson, ND, MS, LAc, FABNO on the topic of Integrating Naturopathic Medicine with Proton Therapy.

With a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, and board certification as a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), Dr. Peterson has expertise and clinical experience in working with patients who have cancer and other hematologic conditions.

He will talk about how he works with oncologists to deliver safe and effective integrative care that does not interfere with patients’ conventional cancer treatments. He will also discuss how after treatment, he shifts his focus to the patient’s recovery, reducing recurrence, and restoring optimal health.

RSVP to Meredith Fane. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary.


Scene on the Sound: Coast Guard Cutter Midgett

Photo by Jan Hansen

Photo by Jan Hansen

Jan Hansen has identified this as the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, sailing at a speed of 14.4 knots in the Shoreline Sea.

Wikipedia says USCGC Midgett (WHEC-726) is the twelfth and latest of the United States Coast Guard's fleet of 378 ft (115 m) high endurance cutters. With her crew of twenty four officers and one hundred sixty enlisted men and women, she is homeported in Seattle, Washington under the operational and administrative control of Commander, Pacific Area (COMPACAREA).

She was named for Chief Warrant Officer John Allen Midgett, Jr. and built in the Avondale shipyards on the Mississippi River in 1971.


Hawkes Law Firm recognized as a 10 Best for client satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Washington’s Personal Injury Law Firm, Hawkes Law Firm, P.S. as 2018 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state.

Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOPIA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation.

AIOPIA's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.

Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

AIOPA says, "We congratulate the Hawkes Law Firm, P.S. on this achievement and we are honored to have their firm listed as a 2018 AIOPIA 10 Best."

You can contact Hawkes Law Firm, P.S. directly at 206-367-5000. They are located in Shoreline at 19909 Ballinger Way NE, 98155


Contribute items, services and bakery goods for Center for Human Services auction dinner gala

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Center for Human Services is deep in planning for its annual auction dinner gala, to be held on April 7, 2018 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

This is their major fundraising event of the year. The event supports their programs which have been assisting children, adults, and families since 1970.

The Shoreline-based nonprofit serves community members through three core program areas:
  1. Mental Health Counseling, 
  2. Family Support Centers, and 
  3. Substance Use Prevention, Intervention and Treatment.

CHS believes that the most critical element for strengthening a community is to strengthen its members and their families through preventive and responsive programs that are culturally competent. This is accomplished by taking an approach that is strengths-based, family focused and integrated.

You can be a sponsor for CHS and you can sign up to attend the auction dinner here

For the gala, they are looking for monetary donations, and in-kind donations of goods and services for the silent and live auction.

They are also soliciting desserts for the Dessert Dash.

During Dessert Dash a table will bid on the right to be first to select their dessert, followed by the next highest bid and on down.

We would love to get the word out in hopes of finding local businesses or bakeries who might like to donate a dessert for the auction.

Call Hailey at 206-631-8800 for more information.


Shorewood tennis starts season with victory over Jackson

Girls Varsity Tennis

WesCo 3A
3 / 15/ 18
Shorewood 5 Jackson 2
At Shorewood courts


1. Bretta Peterson SW def. Kate Moon JK 6-4, 7-5
2. Maddie Bong SW def. Mina Jamishidpour JK 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Brynn Morrison SW def. Niha Gaddam JK 6-1, 6-0
4. Emily McDowell SW def. Sarah Bibbs JK 6-1, 6-3


1. Crystal Lee / Emma Johnson JK def. Michelle Yang / Nicole Nelson SW 6-3, 7-6 ( 7-3 )
2. Tess Galley / Samantha Rand SW def. Megan Fettis / Amanda Le JK 6-4, 6-7 ( 4-7 ), 6-3
3. Lam Pham / Angelina Kuo JK def. Violet Murphy / Lily Okamura SW 6-4, 6-2

Shorewood girls tennis started their season with a 5-2 victory over WesCo 4A league power Jackson.

The T-Birds were led by number one Bretta Peterson in sweeping all four singles matches. Maddie Bong came from behind at number two singles after losing her first set 1-6. Bong then won two straight hard fought sets 6-3, 6-3 to win her match. Tess Galley and Samantha Rand won their match at number two doubles in a close three set win.

Saturday March 17 Shorewood has matches at Ferndale 10am and Squalicom 12:30pm.

The T-Birds travel to Stanwood Tuesday March 20th and are at home Wednesday March 21 hosting Arlington. Matches start at 3:30pm.

--Coach Arnie Moreno


Shorecrest tennis loses in close battle to Kamiak

Bella Saunders
Photo by Rob Mann
Shorecrest Varsity Girls Tennis
WesCo 2A/3A
3/15/18 Shorecrest v Kamiak
At Kellogg courts

Shorecrest 3 - Kamiak -4
SC overall record 0-1

Shorecrest players are listed first


1. Kate Ivens v Haley Gilbert 6-1  6-0  W
2. Sophie Ivens v Leah Robison  6-7 (6-0)  5-6  L
3. Anna Burke v My Nguyen  6-0  6-0  W
4. Bella Saunders v Sabrina Lin  6-1  6-2  W

Kate Ivens
Photo by Rob Mann

1. Sydney Leek / Kim Tran v Jiamae Wang / Joy Mun  6-4  2-6  4-6  L
2. Emma Leek / Coco Hart v Haley Lee / Dayawant Tiwana  6-7 (5-7) 6-3  5-7  L
3. Alyssa Oshiro / Cindy Luo v Kim Nguyen / Lianne Kniest  0-6  1-6  L

--Coach Rob Mann


2018 Shoreline Jamboree held Thursday

2017 meet
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The 2018 Shoreline Jamboree track meet was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 with three local high schools: Shorecrest, Shorewood, and King's.

There are no team scores because the meet was not scored, but all the individual scores are listed here.


Letter to the Editor: A 'murderer' speaks out

To the Editor:

Gini Paulsen ("We Must Fix This", 3/15/18) writes:

"Those who support the NRA, and block legislative actions that would regulate the type of guns available to citizens and limit gun ownership and use of extremely lethal fast acting weapons of mass destruction are murderers in the true sense of the word. "

This statement is a textbook illustration of Charles Krauthammer's cogent observation: "Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil."

I'm not sure how to have a rational discussion with somebody who thinks I'm a "murderer" because I disagree with her, but I'll try.

Guns are not the problem. Evil in the human heart is the problem. Millions of law-abiding Americans own guns, and use them only for target-shooting, hunting, and self-defense. To think that you can "fix" the problem of human evil by banning a tool is worse than misguided - it actually aids and abets evil. When you take that powerful tool out of the hands of good people, you empower evil people, such as the Florida mass murderer.

The delusion that the tool creates the evil is usually accompanied by another erroneous belief: "we should not punish wrongdoers, but should instead reach out to them in understanding and compassion". This misguided belief underlies feel-good-do-bad school policies such as "Restorative Justice", designed to keep dangerous teenagers out of the criminal justice system, so that said teenagers, including the Florida mass murderer, will have a better chance in life.

So what do you do when you can't bring yourself to punish actual wrongdoers, but feel the need to "do something"? Demonize the tool, of course, and deprive good people of the right to use it. Better yet, accuse those good people of being "murderers".

Maggie Wilson


Sen. Chase town hall survey

Sen. Maralyn Chase D-32
So many topics came up at Sen. Maralyn Chase's recent town hall meeting in Edmonds that there was not enough time to explore them in depth.

She asked the attendees if they would be interested in focused town halls on specific topics. The response was an overwhelming "Yes".

Therefore, she is planning to hold three additional town halls, each on a different topic - and you get to pick the topics.

Fill out this simple survey. The topics listed all came up at the Edmonds town hall - and there is space to list additional topics.

Each of the top three will get their own town hall.

Sen. Chase is a Democrat who represents the 32nd legislative district in the Washington state senate. The 32nd includes all of Shoreline and Woodway, and portions of NW Seattle, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood.


Space available in Savvy Gardener classes

North City Water District and the Saving Water Partnership are pleased to be offering two free Gardening Classes this Spring to help you get growing.

Both classes are free, but you must register to attend.
Send an email to or call the main office at 206-362-8100

Proven Tips and Techniques for First-Time Gardeners
Thursday, March 22, 2018
6:30–8:00 pm
at North City Water District
1519 NE 177th Street in Shoreline

Get started with simple and fun tips for a beautiful, sustainable and low-maintenance garden. Instructor Peggy Campbell shares basic techniques that are easy on you and the environment, including how to keep weeds out, pests at bay, water use low, and enjoy color year-round. Registration is required.

Drip Irrigation for Home Gardeners
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30–8:00 pm
at North City Water District
1519 NE 177th Street in Shoreline

Learn how easy it is to water your garden with resource-efficient drip irrigation! Even though our climate is known for its rain, during the droughty summer, we still need to water food crops, thirsty ornamentals, and container gardens. Instructor Laura McGrath will how you how to maximize the water you use in your landscape. Registration is required.


Small Ensembles Recital Friday at Shoreline CC - free - public welcome

Small Ensembles Recital Friday, March 16
at 12:30pm
Shoreline CC
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Music Building 800
Room 818

Music students at Shoreline Community College who have been participating in a music ensemble throughout the quarter are chosen by their instructors to perform at this recital.

The line-up often includes performances by a variety of ensembles from Vocal to Instrumental groups of varying size. This recital will feature Piano, Repertoire Jazz, Vocal, Saxophone, and Brass Ensembles, as well as, the “Snarky” Ensemble—an upbeat fusion of contemporary jazz and funk. 

This is an invaluable experience for students to build confidence musically through focused, group preparation and the opportunity to perform in front of an audience helps the students develop their stage presence.

This eclectic blend of ensemble performances connects students with their peers, who may rarely cross paths musically due to the broad range of music literature studied within our expansive music programs.

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Cost: Free. Small fee for parking on campus.

Small Ensembles: 
Brass, Bluegrass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Repertoire Jazz, Saxophone, Small Vocal Ensemble, Snarky Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet

Large Ensembles: 
Chamber Chorale, Concert Band, Funk 'n Groove, Jazz Ensemble, Shoreline Singers


Shoreline Community College piano juries Friday - public welcome

SCC Piano Juries
Friday, March 16, 2018 
from 2:30 – 4:30pm
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Music Building 800
Room 818

Shoreline Community College students who have been taking Private Piano lessons from one of the Shoreline CC music faculty will perform a selected piece before a jury of piano instructors for evaluation.

Students work hard to reach the level of performance that may allow them to earn an Outstanding Performance acknowledgement or an Honorary Performance acknowledgement.

Students who receive the Outstanding Performance award will later perform their winning piece at an Honors Recital with other music students who have earned the same award.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend in support of our hardworking piano students.

Cost: Free. Small charge for parking on campus


Photo: Mt Si

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee Lageschulte says this one of her favorite hikes, views, and photo! 

Mt. Si as original and as a reflection in the lake.


46th District Democrats meeting Thursday and District Caucus Mar 24

Two events for the 46th District Democrats

Reminder: 46th District Meeting, Thursday March 15th

Thursday night at the general meeting we have Nick Licata teaching us how to be awesome citizen activists, we have 2018 Judicial Candidates asking for our support, and we have a serious resolution regarding allegations against the KCDCC chair. This is a don’t-miss meeting!

Thursday, March 15th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Mennonite Church Auditorium in Lake City, 3120 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA

Official Call - 2018 46th Legislative District Caucus!

The 46th District Democrats invite you to join your Democratic friends and neighbors as we come together as a party to elect delegates to the state convention in Wenatchee in June, and to pass our 2018 platform!

Saturday, March 24th, 10:00am – 3:00pm (doors open at 9:00 am)
Ingraham High School Auditorium, 1819 N 135th St, Seattle, WA 98133

All voters registered in the 46th Legislative District who declare themselves to be Democrats are eligible to participate. You can preregister here to save time!

This year we will be electing 15 delegates and 7 alternates to the Washington State Democratic Convention in Wenatchee on June 15th – 16th. We will also be amending and passing our proposed platform, which states the values and priorities of our local party.

The proposed rules and platform can be found here.

For any questions not listed below, or to request disability accommodations, email


Alderwood wrestling hands Kellogg a 63-48 loss

The Kellogg Middle School wrestlers went to Alderwood on Tuesday and faced off against a tough Mustangs team. The match was close early as the two teams traded victories. Kellogg’s Beau Ormsby bumped up a weight class to 133 pounds and pinned his opponent to give the knights a 36-27 lead just over the halfway point.

However, Alderwood responded with a quick pin of its own at 140 pounds and ran off 36 straight team points on their way to handing Kellogg a 63-48 loss. Standing out for Kellogg was the continued dominance by wrestlers Thomas Rhodes, Luke Schmidt and Vance Cunningham. All three wrestlers pinned their opponents and improved to a perfect 4-0 with four pins on the season.

Kellogg 48 - Alderwood 63
@Alderwood MS

81: George Fernandez KEL win by forfeit
88: Isabella Clark ALD win by forfeit
93: Thomas Rhodes KEL pinned Keona Ahumada 2:39
98: Luke Tyler ALD win by forfeit
103: Cianna Helenihi ALD win by forfeit
108: Caleb Kassa KEL pinnet Carolline Vo 2:17
113: Kayden Meyers ALD dec. Matthew Curtis 8-2
118: Elliot Mason KEL win by forfeit
123: Lorenzo Ipanaque ALD pinned Otto Begus 1:30
128: Luke Schmidt KEL pinned Mohamad Alrobae 2:59
133: Beau Ormsby KEL pinned Connor Leaty 1:42
140: Nathaniel Johnson ALD pinned Cage Jensen 0:34
148: Santiago Camacho ALD pinned Ryder Baldwin 2:46
157: Russian Muradov ALD pinned Trey Hill 0:53
168: Keegan Durant ALD pinned Ramy Abdalla 1:29
178: Staten Kittle Pierce ALD win by forfeit
188: Connor Delacerda ALD pinned Grant Bailey 0:32
218: Vance Cunningham KEL pinned Bradley Bratman 0:26
248: Jonah Chestnut KEL pinned Elisha Abuhanna 1:04
278: Double Forfeit

Kellogg Record: 1-3 Overall

--Clark Norton


Shoreline resident honored by Center for Women and Democracy

Amy King, center, was honored at the 16th Annual Kicking Up Our Heels
 event of the Center for Women and Democracy

Amy King Honored at 16th Annual “Kicking Up Our Heels” Event

On Monday, March 5, 2018, Shoreline resident Amy King, co-owner of Square Peg Development, was honored at the 16th annual “Kicking Up Our Heels” event hosted by the Center for Women and Democracy in Bellevue.

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties nominated King for her work in helping people who are released from jail with no place to go.

Four years ago, King and her husband Brady launched Square Peg Development, a Seattle-based collection of companies focused on building of quality products and productive people.

They began hiring previously incarcerated individuals and, as they learned more about the stories and struggles of these individuals, they wanted to further assist. The Kings founded WELD Seattle in 2016, a nonprofit corporation geared toward removing barriers to employment and housing that provides a supportive community for individuals actively engaged in re-entry.

“Amy King is a problem solver, change agent, and role model driving improvements in how we build inclusive communities, says Master Builders Association Executive Officer Kat Sims. “The Master Builders Association salutes Amy and her great work.”

Currently, Square Peg Development employs 60 individuals, 90 percent of which have a history of incarceration, addiction, and homelessness.

Managing both Square Peg Development and WELD Seattle fulfills the Kings’ dream of working for a company that is both people-focused and profitable.


Founded in 1909, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) has grown to become the largest residential homebuilders association in the United States. With nearly 3,000 member companies, the association is dedicated to membership value, housing advocacy, community service, and financial stewardship throughout the Puget Sound region.


Attorney General: Student loan bill of rights to be signed by Governor

Providing better protections for student loan borrowers

Attorney General Bob Ferguson reports that the Student Loan Bill of Rights, sponsored by his office,  passed the state House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 87 to 11. The bill previously passed the Senate 35 to 13. Now that it has passed the Legislature, it will head to the Governor’s desk for signature.

The Student Loan Bill of Rights will create a dedicated student loan advocate and adopt basic ‘rules of the road’ for student loan servicers.

This doesn’t absolve Washington borrowers of their responsibility to repay their loans. Rather, it simply ensures servicers treat student borrowers fairly.

This will provide the more than 800,000 Washington student loan borrowers with better protections and more information resources to navigate the often-complex process of repaying student loans.


Found: Dan Short 3-15-18

Found: Dan Short #2
To find Dan Short, we had to get out of the car and hike down behind the site of the old Cedarbrook Elementary School on Perkins Way, to Whispering Creek.

It's in the wooded area next to the open fields at NE 190th St and 20th Ave NE that are not quite officially a park.

20th Ave NE at that place is the dividing line between Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

The Whisper Creek Habitat Restoration Site is a project of the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation, which has done a lot of work on the site.
If you didn't know this one - better luck next week.


County Council wishes calm seas and bountiful catches to fishing crews preparing to head to Alaska

Clergy from Ballard First Lutheran Church join Councilmembers after the County Council recognized the 2018 ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ right before the start of the Alaskan fishing season.

Front Row (l-r) Councilmembers Pete von Reichbauer, Joe McDermott, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Pastor Elise Scott, Ballard First Lutheran Church.
Back Row (l-r) Councilmembers Kathy Lambert, Claudia Balducci, Dave Upthegrove, Rod Dembowski, Vicar Sarah Derrick, Ballard First Lutheran Church, Councilmembers Larry Gossett and Reagan Dunn.

Council recognizes the annual “Blessing of the Fleet”

Our region enjoys some of the best seafood in the world, much brought to our shores from crews preparing to go to Alaska for the summer fishing season. On Monday, March 12, 20018, The Metropolitan King County Council recognized those brave men and women who will spend their summer in the North Pacific by recognizing the “Blessing of the Fleet” which will occur this weekend, the start of the halibut fishing season.

“These crews and their captains face a level of danger that most of us will never confront in our workplace, and they do so year after year,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, the sponsor of the recognition. “I am honored to participate alongside my community as we gather to share in the blessing of their vessels and to pray for their safe return.”

For the 90th year, families and friends of the crews preparing to leave will gather at Fisherman’s Terminal in Ballard for a blessing of the fishing fleet, and the crews that will spend the spring and summer fishing for the salmon, crab, halibut, herring, pollock, and cod enjoyed by people throughout the world.

The blessing will be conducted by Elise Scott, the Pastor of Ballard First Lutheran Church, who joined the Councilmembers for Monday’s recognition.

“This is a powerful event and an important part of Ballard First Lutheran Church’s heritage and ministry,” Scott said. 
“This marks the 90th year our congregation has hosted this sacred gathering to bless the courageous work of these fishermen as they go forth into the dangers of the open seas. We are thankful for all the work that they do and for the ways in which they contribute to our community.”

Along with praying for a good season and a safe return back to their loved ones after a summer on the high seas, the blessing also remembers those who have lost their lives in this dangerous profession.

Since 1988, the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal has served as a tribute to the lives of its men and women lost at sea, and also as a place for family and friends to gather, remember and honor their loved ones.


Letter to the Editor: We must fix this

To the Editor:

Today I saw a long line of students outside the Meridian school on NE 175th, with a dozen police cars on NE 175th protecting their protest against inadequate gun laws. It is totally outrageous that our students feel they must skip classes, thereby foregoing opportunities to learn necessary skills and knowledge, to protest in such a way because they are no longer safe in our publically paid for schools. 

These students, who are in fact our next generation, are being held hostage by the NRA, and are being slaughtered almost on a weekly basis by the all too easy access to military style weaponry.

Those who support the NRA, and block legislative actions that would regulate the type of guns available to citizens and limit gun ownership and use of extremely lethal fast acting weapons of mass destruction are murderers in the true sense of the word.

The ruling by now deceased SCOTUS Antonin Scalia totally disregarded the conditional and prefatory phase of the 2nd Amendment which specifies that "a well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state......" We have well regulated militias: the US Armed forces, i.e., Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, plus Sheriffs, State Patrol and local Police, and other legitimate groups whose members are well trained in the possession and use of guns.

These are our children, and we the public have an obligation to protect and cherish them so they may grow to be productive law-abiding citizens.

Gini Paulsen


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