Four Shoreline Schools students selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Shannon Collier, Christopher Potter
from Shorecrest
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Four Shoreline Public Schools seniors have been selected as 2016 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. They are Shannon Collier (Shorecrest), Christopher Potter (Shorecrest), Karl Reese (Shorewood) and Riley Smith (Shorewood).

Of the over 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors, only 16,000 become semifinalists. The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

The students now have the opportunity to compete for Merit Scholarship awards by qualifying as a National Merit Finalist in February 2016. About 7,400 Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded next spring.

Karl Reese, Riley Smith
from Shorewood
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier qualifying test performance. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Shannon Collier is a member of the Shorecrest Orchestra, Link Crew and Robotics and Engineering. She is planning to apply for early admission at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.

Christopher Potter has been a member of the Shorcrest Debate Team for the past three years, as well as a long-standing member of Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Stage Band. He is currently attending an early admission program at Clarkson University in Postdam, NY.

Karl Reese attends Shoreline Community College full-time as part of Shorewood’s Running Start Program. He is considering early admission to a number of colleges, including: Olin College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon and MIT.

Riley Smith is a member of the Shorewood Thespian Club, Hope Club and Math Club. He is currently considering colleges in California, such as: Loyola, UCLA and Stanford.


Free parenting workshop Saturday at Richmond Beach Library

Bringing Out Their Best: Providing guidance while avoiding parenting pitfalls

Saturday, October 10, 10am – 12pm
Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177
Presented by Kathy Slattengren, M. Ed., Priceless Parenting.

Your parenting approach can help bring out the best in your children … or the worst! We’ll look at different parenting styles along with benefits and drawbacks. When you match your parenting style to your children’s growing needs, it’s better for everyone.

We’ll be considering questions like: What factors encourage young children to grow into responsible, respectful teens rather than rebellious, defiant teens? How do you know if you’re doing too much for your children? How do you allow your children to learn from their mistakes?

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.


Reminder: free Rain Garden and Natural Yard Care Workshop Saturday

Want to learn more about natural yard care practices? Or ever thought about building a rain garden but didn’t know where to begin?

The cities of Lake Forest Park and Shoreline are co-hosting a free Rain Garden and Natural Yard Care workshop to educate along with raffle giveaways.

Master Gardener experts will discuss how a rain garden works to manage rain water on your property, what steps to take to build a rain garden, and natural yard care practices to easily incorporate.

This free workshop will take place Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:30am to 11:30am at Third Place Commons on the upper level of Town Center, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way in Lake Forest Park.


Marysville Pilchuck vs Shorewood soccer

Marysville Pilchuck 2 - Shorewood 1
At Marysville Pilchuck 10-8-2015

Marysville Pilchuck hosted Shorewood on a wonderful night to play soccer.  Maryville opened the scoring in the 5th minute on a goal by Dominic Jenkins. This is how the half ended.

In the 54th minute Morgan McFarland scored for Shorewood on an assist by Anna Tinoco to tie the game.

In the 72nd minute Bianca Aquaria scored for Pilchuck for the game winner.

Hanna Koehn was goalie for Marysville and Abby Manis for Shorewood.

Current records—Shorewood 3-4-0 league, 5-6-0 overall. Marysville Pilchuck 4-2-1, 5-5-1.

--Bill Wilkins


It's High Time: Reefer Madness opens at Seattle Musical Theatre

On the heels of Seattle Musical Theatre’s successful season opener, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, comes REEFER MADNESS, a raucous musical comedy inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name.
This beloved cult classic takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysterical downward spiral of two “kids next door” as they experiment with the devil’s weed.

The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like “Down at the Ol' Five and Dime,” and the Vegas-style “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,” featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show is sure to go straight to audiences’ heads. 

Seattle Musical Theatre’s production is the first produced in Seattle since recreational marijuana was made legal in the state of Washington. Directed by Steven Fogell, music direction by Josh Zimmerman, and choreography by Candace Larson. REEFER MADNESS plays October 22-30, 2015. Tickets ($25) are available online.

Seattle Musical Theatre’s 2015-2016 season continues with SHE LOVES ME (Dec 4-20, 2-15), 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL (Feb 19 - March 13, 2016), and concludes with SOUTH PACIFIC (Apr 8 - May 1, 2016). Regular subscription packages (three show $100) and single tickets (starting at $20) are on sale now.

The Theatre is located at Magnuson Park, at Sand Point, 7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115. 206-363-2809. Lots of free parking.

Added location of theater 10-09-2015


Director of the Scandinavian Language Institute will speak at Edmonds Sons of Norway October meeting

The Edmonds Sons of Norway is presenting a program by Ed Egerdahl, Edmonds Lodge member and Director of the Scandinavian Language Institute on October 14, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Edmonds Masonic Center, 515 Dayton Street. The program is free and open to the public.

The program includes viewing and discussion of various newsreel programs produced in 1945 on the occasion of Norway's Liberation following World War II.

The first video marks Crown Prince Olav's return to Norway to celebrate the first legal Syttende Mai celebration in Oslo in 6 years. The second documents the return of King Haakon VII on June 7, 1945 from his exile in London. This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Edmonds Lodge.

The Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway with a mission of preserving and promoting Norwegian heritage and tradition through cultural and social activities offered at local and district lodges.

For more information about the Edmonds Chapter of the Sons of Norway (Norwegian ancestry NOT required) please contact Jane Bueing 425-882-2212. Sons of Norway meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month January through June. See the website for more information.


Chocolate Man wins lifetime achievement award from trade association

Chocolate Man, Bill Fredericks, whose shop is in Lake Forest Park Town Center, won the Northwest Chocolate Festival's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year for the second time.


Shoreline School Board Meeting Summary September 28, 2015

Shoreline School Board Meeting Summary September 28, 2015
by Marianne Deal Stephens

Consent Agenda
The Board formally accepted the following gifts and grants: 
• $9000 from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation for Opportunity Grants to be used for “school supplies, field trips, or class fees for students in financial need. Each elementary school receives $400, Cascade K-8 $200, middle schools $900, and high schools $1700. 
• $5900 from Cascade K-8 PTSA for Classroom Supplies, distributed among the classes. 
• $5000 from Shorewood PTSA for Homework Club 

The Board approved: 
• Construction change orders for the Brookside Roof Replacement Project and the Shorecrest Baseball and Softball Field Improvement Project
• Extended Field Trips for several groups: Shorewood Dance and Drill Team to State Competition in Yakima in March 2016; Briarcrest 6th Grade to Camp Seymour in April 2016, and Meridian Park 6th Grade to Camp Orkila in May 2016. 

Introduction of Heather Hiatt, new Assistant Principal at Shorecrest
Executive Director Schools Brian Schultz introduced Heather Hiatt to the Board and welcomed her back to the District. Before she became an administrator, Ms. Hiatt taught science, including several years at Shorewood. Recently, Ms. Hiatt has been an administrator at Woodinville High School. 

Results of 2015 State Assessments
Dr. Michael Power presented results from various tests, including the new Smarter Balanced Assessments. An upcoming article will provide more detail, but these bar graphs show how Shoreline students exceeded State averages by notable margins, and exceeded the State predicted scores by wide margins.

Click on graphics to enlarge. 

Source: Shoreline Public Schools

In both graphs, the High School cluster on the far right has a different proportion than the other clusters. Both the Shoreline Public Schools (SPS) scores and the State scores are skewed lower by the significant number of test refusals. Each test refusal or no show was counted as a zero. 

Board/ Superintendent Priorities
Once a year, the District sets priorities for the school year. Several administrators presented the six 2015-2016 priorities.

Director of Student Services Amy Vujovich and Director of Teaching and Learning Teri Poff presented Priority #1, which includes all instructional programs. Director Poff explained that the the priority formerly focused on increasing academic achievement for every student. It has been updated to fit with the current emphasis on students graduating college and career ready so that doors of opportunity are open to them. 

Source: Shoreline Public Schools

Directors Vujovich and Poff provided detail on curriculum, assessments, and professional development that will support this priority. See pages 85-88 and 108-112 of the September 28 Meeting Agenda. Throughout the discussion, both directors emphasized efforts to: create an inclusive and equitable culture; identify and close student achievement & opportunity gaps; and boost professional assistance for teachers.

Deputy Superintendent Marla Miller presented Priorities #2 and #3. Priority #2, Financial Stability, was articulated as “Maintain fiscal systems with adequate reserves to ensure the long-term financial stability of the District, while strategically using available resources to best serve the instructional needs of students. Continue to identify and implement operating efficiencies.” This goal and corresponding action plans were outlined in the three following areas:

Source: Shoreline Public Schools

Priority #3, Capital Projects, concerns the management of school facilities. Within this area, enrollment growth will necessitate yet-to-be-determined changes. The District has begun an extensive study of the facilities and usage possibilities in order to best serve increased student numbers. 

Source: Shoreline Public Schools

Director of Human Resources Tam Osborne presented Priority #4, Human Resources. 

Source: Shoreline Public Schools

Director Osborne noted a few current realities:
• It is harder to find people to do the jobs that need to be done.
• In order to be competitive, we need to address hiring needs earlier by anticipating openings.
• We are building partnerships with local universities. 
• The new teacher mentor program will “provide collegial support and connection”.

Shoreline has a shortage of substitute teachers, and so has undertaken two measures: offering bonuses on Mondays and Fridays (the most difficult days to get substitutes); and hiring otherwise qualified applicants who do not happen to have teaching degrees. The latter measure is authorized by OSPI in response to widespread shortages. In regard to recruitment of potential employees, Director Osborne mentioned that, while “the story of who we are in terms of academic prowess is well known … the story of who we are is not well known.” He will work with Public Information Officer Curtis Campbell to create a recruiting video reflecting our diverse population. (See list of positions open).

Director of Instructional Technology Jim Golubich introduced Priority #5 Technology by saying that this year, “we will move from deploying equipment to helping teachers use it effectively.” Since we are “in a sweet spot” with the current array of iPad, Chromebooks, and refurbished laptops, the department can assist teachers with new ways to use the tools. The district-wide infrastructure upgrade will proceed as planned this fall.

 Source: Shoreline Public Schools

Priority #6, Communication, may be most visible to the Shoreline community. Newly hired Public Information Officer Curtis Campbell outlined plans for several changes:
• refresh current “Flagship” publication 
• publish an Annual Report 
• publish a biweekly electronic staff newsletter
• increase followers on social media 
• expand to Instagram and a video channel
• develop a mobile app for student, staff, and family use

Source: Shoreline Public Schools

Comments from the Community
Two Syre Elementary parents offered statements from two different sides of a controversy about a particular class. One parent urged the District to be more knowledgeable about a teacher’s background when hiring, and the other parent questioned the fairness of the process, wondering if the actions were prompted by unsubstantiated rumor. 

Marianne Stephens referenced her Shoreline Area News Op-Ed on the impact of the District’s late start and end dates on high school students. She added that a small but compelling group of high school students cannot take advantage of summer opportunities because Shoreline finishes near the end of June, well after many institutions have started summer programming. 

School Board Reports and Communications
Director Debi Ehrlichman, discussing the recent Day of Sharing, wished to acknowledge in particular how the local Rotary Clubs “support our students in so many ways”. She also congratulated Lake Forest Park Elementary for receiving an iPad Learning Lab from Jackson Food Stores. (See previous article).
Director David Wilson noted that Director Richard Potter’s son was one of four Shoreline students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. (See article)

Director Wilson also noted that Basetti Architects was honored for its historical renovation of the Ronald School as part of the new Shorewood High School. (See previous article)

Board President Mike Jacobs enjoyed the recent Shorecrest/ Shorewood football game.


Destinations: Historic Georgetown Steam Plant goes Steam Punk

Steam Punks at Georgetown Steam Plant
Photo courtesy Seattle City Light

The interior of the plant is a fantastical world of delicate brass fixtures and 20th century gauges combined with three large steam generators and a wide variety of equipment considered innovative at the time.

As one of the only intact historical steam plants in the United States, the Georgetown Steam Plant, built in 1906 along the shore of the Duwamish River, is a paradise for engineering aficionados and history lovers, including fans of the steam punk genre.

Steam Punks are invited to wear their gear and add to the Victorian industrial vibe at Seattle City Light’s free October open house at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant this Saturday, October 10, 6605 13th Ave S, Seattle.

The plant will be open from 10am to 2pm with free tours beginning at 11am and 1pm.

No reservations are required.

More information and driving directions can be found at the website.


What’s on November ballots in Shoreline and LFP

By Evan Smith

Local ballots for the Nov. 3 election include three city council positions each in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park; the mayor of Lake Forest Park; three positions on the Shoreline School District board; two places each on the Ronald Wastewater District board and the Northshore Fire District board; and one place each on the Shoreline Fire District board, the North City Water District board, the Lake Forest Park Water District board and the Northshore Utility District board.

Voters also will fill the offices of King County assessor and County elections director, a position on the court of appeals and two places on the Seattle Port Commission. They also will decide on a King County charter amendment on law enforcement oversight and a County property-tax levy for children, youth, families and communities, along with two statewide initiatives and four state advisory votes.

Ballot order for candidates in the general election follows either the order of finish in the Aug. 4 primary ballot or the order determined by the county’s lot draw.

King County elections officials will mail ballots to all registered voters by first-class Wednesday, Oct. 14, and send voters’ pamphlets to all residential addresses over the next few days. The secretary of state’s office will send state voters’ pamphlets to residential addresses Oct. 9-15. The local voters’ pamphlet will have information on all county, port-district, city, school-district, fire-district and special-purpose-district candidates and two ballot measures; the state voters’ pamphlet will have material on the two statewide initiatives and four state advisory votes.

Here are candidates and measures on the general-election ballot:

            Initiative Measure No. 1366
            Initiative Measure No. 1366 concerns state taxes and fees. This measure would decrease the sales tax rate unless the legislature refers to voters a constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes, and legislative approval for fee increases.
Should this measure be enacted into law?
Yes __
No ___
Initiative Measure No. 1401
            Initiative Measure No. 1401 concerns trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction. This measure would make selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing certain animal species threatened with extinction, and products containing such species, a gross misdemeanor or class-C felony, with exemptions for certain types of transfers.
Should this measure be enacted into law?
Yes __
No ___
Advisory Vote No. 10, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1449
The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, oil spill response and administration taxes to apply to crude oil or petroleum products transported by railroad, costing $17,000,000, for government spending.
This tax increase should be:
Repealed ___
Maintained __
Advisory Vote No. 11, Second Substitute Senate Bill 5052
The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, the marijuana excise tax on medical marijuana sales, costing an amount that cannot currently be estimated, for government spending.
This tax increase should be:
Repealed ___
Maintained __
Advisory Vote No. 12, Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5987
The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, additional taxes on motor vehicle and special fuels costing an estimated $3,707,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.
This tax increase should be:
Repealed __
Maintained __
Advisory Vote No. 13, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6138
The legislature increased business and occupation tax revenues and excluded certain software manufacturers from a retail sales tax exemption, without a vote of the people, costing $1,449,000,000 for government spending.
This tax increase should be:
Repealed ____
Maintained __
• Measures
King County Charter Amendment No. 1 -- Law Enforcement Oversight
Shall the King County Charter be amended to establish a charter-based civilian office of law enforcement oversight, to provide the office with appropriate authority to carry out its duties, to establish a charter-based citizen advisory committee on law enforcement oversight and to make the county executive, in consultation with the county sheriff, the county’s bargaining agent concerning oversight of law enforcement, all as provided in Ordinance 18087?
Yes __
No ___
King County Proposition No. 1 -- Regular Property Tax Levy for Children, Youth, Families and Communities
The King County Council passed Ordinance No. 18088 concerning funding to improve well-being of children, youth, families and communities. If approved, this proposition would provide funding for prevention and early intervention to achieve positive outcomes related to: healthy pregnancy; parental and newborn support; healthy child and youth development; the health and well-being of communities; and crisis prevention and early intervention for children and youth, including for domestic violence and homelessness. The measure would authorize an additional regular property tax of $0.14 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection beginning in 2016 and authorize maximum annual increases of 3% in the succeeding 5 years. Should this proposition be:
Approved __
Rejected ___
• Offices
• Lloyd Hara ____
• John Wilson __
• _____________ ___
Director of Elections
• Julie Wise _______
• Zack Hudgins __
• _____________ ___
• Court of Appeals, Division No. 1, District No. 1
Judge Position No. 3
• James Verellen __
• _________________ __
• Port of Seattle
Commissioner Position No. 2
Courtney Gregoire __
• Goodspaceguy ______
• _____________________ __
Commissioner Position No. 5
Fred Felleman ____
• Marion Yoshino ___
• ___________________ __
City Of Lake Forest Park
Jeff Johnson ___
• ______________ __
            Council Position No. 2
Catherine Stanford __
• ________________ __
            Council Position No. 4
David A. Hammond __
 Phillippa Kassover ___
• ______________________ __
            Council Position No. 6
Tom French ___
• ______________ __
• City Of Shoreline:
            Council Position No. 2
Jessica Cafferty __
• Keith Scully ______
• _________________ __
            Council Position No. 4
Doris McConnell __
• ___________________ __
            Council Position No. 6
Jesse Salomon __
Lorn Richey _____
• __________________ __
• Shoreline School District No. 412
            Director District No. 1
Michael Jacobs ___
• ___________________ __
            Director District No. 4
Richard Nicholson ___
• ______________________ __
            Director District No. 5
Richard Potter ___
• __________________ __
• Shoreline Fire Department
            Commissioner Position No. 3
Dan Setterberg __
• Rod Heivilin ______
• __________________ __
• King County Fire Protection District No. 16 (Northshore Fire District)
            Commissioner Position No. 3
Mathew Martin __
• Don Ellis _________
• _____________________ __
            Commissioner Position No. 5
David Maehren ____
• ____________________ __
• Lake Forest Park Water District
            Commissioner Position No. 3
Bill Donahue _____
• __________________ __
• North City (Shoreline) Water District
            Commissioner Position No. 3
Charlotte Haines ___
• ____________________ __
• Ronald Wastewater District
            Commissioner Position No. 3
Chris Eggen ___
• Tim Tipton ____
• _______________ __
Commissioner Position No. 5
Arnold (Arne) Lind ___
• _______________________ __
Northshore Utility District
Commissioner Position No. 3
Matt Breysse _______
• Margaret Wiggins __
• ___________________ __

The minor differences in bullet size and formatting do not reflect editorial opinion but rather a strong desire on the part of the editor to avoid having to reformat the entire document.


Shoreline Knitters deliver the goods

Bags full of knitted caps for HopeLink
and Mary's Place

Thank you SHORELINE KNITTERS for our third year of knitting and crocheting to keep those in need warm this winter.

We have delivered 165 hats and scarves to Hope Link and Mary’s Place. These will be used for the Hope Link Holiday Baskets on December 12 and Grandparents Room on December 17 and the new Mary’s Place Shelter on 130th off of Aurora.

Thank you to all who participated and Lyn Seidel and Nancy Sanderson who sorted and delivered.

Sis Polin and Susan Armstrong, Co Chairs


Presidential motorcade to cause major traffic delays Friday, Oct. 9

WSDOT does not have specific details about President Obama’s visit to the Emerald City on Friday, October 9, but you could face delays if you’ll be venturing in or out of downtown Seattle.

If you absolutely have to be in the city, your best bet is to stay engaged throughout his visit by tuning in to local media, downloading the WSDOT traffic app and tracking social media like the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed.

The last time the President was in town, the Secret Service had a decoy motorcade as well as the real one. So that's two opportunities to stop traffic!


Mattress sale Saturday will benefit Shorecrest Band

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Shorecrest High School Band is hosting their 1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser with Custom Fundraising Solutions, the originator of the Mattress Fundraiser. The organization has been running the Mattress Fundraiser across the county for over 9 years and has raised groups, just like Shorecrest Band, over $13 million dollars! 

If you're one of the 10% that's in the market for a new mattress this year, now is the time to buy!! 

25 mattresses will be set up on display at Shorecrest High School on Saturday, October 10th, between 10 and 5pm. You can come in and try out the mattresses, just like in a store, and find the one that's right for you. Order it in the size you need and get that mattress delivered to your home within a week or two. 

All the benefits of buying a mattress from a store, great quality name brand products (like Simmons), full non-prorated manufacturer warranties, great customer service, without the high pressure sales, and your purchase will go towards Shorecrest Band!!

Prices are 30-50% lower than retail – starting at $199 and going up to $2500 for a top of the line mattress that would retail for roughly $5000 in a local store.

Quality, “Consumer Best Buy” rated new, name brand mattresses like Simmons and Englander

All mattresses are made to order with full factory non-prorated warranties, ranging from 5 to 25 years depending on style and quality

All sizes available; twin, full, queen, king and even specialty and custom sizes.

25 different styles to choose from, providing a range of quality including Pillow Tops, Orthopedic, Full Latex, Memory Foam, and even new Gel Beds. 

Mattress are ordered from the manufacturers the Monday following the event and are ready for pick up or delivery usually within two weeks

Professional salespeople will be available to answer questions - No pressure, just help!

Delivery is available

Cash, check, and credit cards accepted – we even offer free layaway if needed

Profits go to the Shorecrest Band!


Calling all Monsters - not too late to register for the Dash

It’s not too late to register for the annual Monster Mash Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk, which takes place on the Interurban Trail in Shoreline this Saturday, October 10. 

Costumes are encouraged. There will be prizes for fastest runners as well as costume awards. Have your photo taken in the photo booth. Registration is available day of the run.

Monster Mash Dash, Saturday, October 10
Shoreline City Hall: 17500 Midvale Ave N
Registration begins at 8am
Run starts at 9am

Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for youth 6-17 years of age; 5 and under are free
Limited supply of tee shirts available for $10

Parking is available at the city hall parking garage
For more information or to register call 206-801-2600


Puppet show Saturday morning at Shoreline Library

Zambini Brothers Puppet Company! This Saturday, October 10, 11:00 to 11:45am at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

First come, first seated.


249 pets placed with families at Humane Society Adoption Blitz

Old dog finds a Forever Home
at Adoption Blitz

The region's animal lovers displayed their well-known dedication to animal adoption by welcoming an astounding 249 dogs, cats and rabbits into their homes during Seattle Humane's free pet Adoption Blitz, October 2-4. The buzz for the three-day annual event brought crowds in the hundreds to the Seattle Humane shelter in Bellevue.

"Our mission at Seattle Humane is to make owning a companion pet accessible to all area residents," said Shelter Director Lauren Hilaman. "Although our usual fees are low, Adoption Blitz helps us reach even more wonderful animal lovers who want to open their hearts and homes to a pet who needs a family."
Celebrated pet adoptions included:
  • Nearly 100 puppies and kittens
  • Bart, a 1-year-old special needs dog who was a guest at Seattle Humane for 14 months
  • Marty, a cat who spent 14 months at the shelter
  • More than 20 senior pets over the age of 7

Each no-cost adoption included about $520 in services, aided by a generous grant from ASPCA's Mega Match-A-Thon presented by Subaru. Every dog and cat adopted from Seattle Humane has been vaccinated, microchipped, health-checked and spayed/neutered. All dogs are temperament-tested and most dog adoptions come with a six-week obedience training course. Most dog and cat adoptions also include one month of free pet insurance.

"Our Adoption Lobby was bustling all weekend with excited families looking to add a new companion to their home," Hilaman continued. "Extra kudos to our adoption advisors who did three days of non-stop adoption advising to ensure our pets were placed in loving homes."

They made a short video - see it here


Vision House: Building Hope Benefit Breakfast

Save another child from homelessness.

Vision House is holding a breakfast event to raise support for homeless families in the greater Puget Sound area. It will be held on Thursday, October 22, from 7:30 – 8:50am at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA. Doors open at 7:00am.

Mark Canlis, co-owner of Canlis Restaurant, will be the keynote speaker. Canlis recently closed its doors to feed emergency crew members who provided aid during the recent Aurora Bridge crash, where a Ride the Duck amphibious vehicle crashed into a tour bus carrying international students on Thursday, September 24th.

The breakfast is open to the public and free to attend. Parking is free, and the event is just one block from I-5. RSVPs are required by October 16 and can be made at or 425-228-6356.

Vision House is a Christian non-profit providing transitional housing, child care, and support services to homeless families and separately to men recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Since its beginning in 1990, more than 1,000 homeless children, women, and men have received the support they need for achieving independence and self-sufficiency. Headquartered in Renton, the agency owns and operates eight debt-free housing facilities in Renton, Burien, and Shoreline; two child care and before- and after-school care facilities in Shoreline and Renton.


Lake Forest Park's Wild Birds Unlimited under new management

Wild Birds Unlimited in LFP's Town Center

Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

For twenty-four years Greg and Eloise Armstrong have been franchise owners of Wild Birds Unlimited stores. They started out at Southcenter Mall in 1991. Two years later they opened their second store near Aurora Village in Edmonds.

When the Lake Forest Park space became available they immediately moved into their present location in Town Center and have been there for the last twenty years. Loyal customers followed them from each location to the Lake Forest Park store and they have people traveling many miles to shop.  

From left: new owners Kellie Watts and Amy Legg,
retiring owners Greg and Eloise Armstrong.

After long consideration, Greg and Eloise decided it was time to retire.  They sold their franchise to new owners Kellie Watts and Amy Legg. They will spend time with Kellie and Amy to make the transition go smoothly before they step into retirement.


LFP Council meetings Thursday

The Lake Forest Park City Council will hold a joint study session with the Planning Commission to review the Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, October 8 from 6-8pm in City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, second floor.

A Special City Council Regular Business meeting will follow at 8pm to discuss a resolution to authorize the mayor to sign an Interlocal Agreement for Emergency Management Services with the City of Kenmore, Northshore Utility District, and the Northshore Fire Department.

At 9pm the council will go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation.


Information from 145th Corridor study meeting

For those who were not able to attend the open house on September 30, the City of Shoreline now has those materials and video of the presentation available on the project webpage.

There is also a link to participate in the citizen exercise for those who have not already done so (anyone who participated at the open house has already had their input recorded and we ask they do not duplicate).  That link will only be available through October 11.

In order to receive future notifications about upcoming open houses, go to the City of Shoreline home page and click on Alert Shoreline in the right hand column. You will be able to manage the topics for which you receive notifications. Information will also always be available on the project webpage.


Briarcrest Neighborhood Association Officer Elections

All Briarcrest residents are invited to come meet and vote for their new Briarcrest Neighborhood Association officers this coming Tuesday, October 13 from 7:00 to 8:30pm at Prince of Peace Church, 14514 - 20th Ave NE.

The current slate of candidates includes Jean Hilde-Fulghum for Director, Amy Anscher for Assistant Director, Devra Gartenstein for Secretary, Sarah Kaye for Treasurer, and Erin Middleton and Padget Dean for Council of Neighborhoods Representatives.

Briarcrest neighborhood

Nominations remain open, so if you'd like to help Briarcrest grow into a more-connected and cohesive community by planning, organizing and putting on fun and informative events that will bring neighbors together (or if you know someone else who'd be good at that), email your nomination(s) to Bettelinn Brown, Nominating Committee. Be sure to include the nominee's name, email, phone number, and officer position(s) of interest. Remember: you can nominate yourself!

New officers will serve until May 31, 2016. Job descriptions for each position can be found in the BNA Bylaws here. (If you have trouble with the link, email us for a digital copy.) The Bylaws are in the process of being amended, so be sure to look at the "proposed revisions" of the job descriptions!The Briarcrest Neighborhood Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit community organization whose purpose is to promote community. We hope you'll join us!


Another Seahawk commercial with a Shoreline connection

By Rebecca Sargent

Seahawks fans -- have you seen the Powerade commercial featuring Jimmy Graham, tight end for the Seattle Seahawks? Do you know where it was filmed?

In the Activities Building at Fircrest School in Shoreline! Did you notice the awesome Gym with bleachers and the ramp in the hallway? The ramp leads to the now closed swimming pools. One of the pools is nine feet deep and the other one is a shallow pool that used to be used for hydrotherapy and for those who were learning how to swim.

Also, in the Activities Building there is a work out room, a stage, meeting rooms and offices, and an industrial kitchen complete with a banquet room. Of course it is all handicapped accessible.

Unfortunately the Activities Building is now closed because of state budget cuts, and only the gym is opened for the residents to use on a limited bases. It would be wonderful if the Activities Building were to reopen again including the pools, so all of us in Shoreline could once again enjoy this hidden gem.

Tours of the inside of Activities Building will be happening soon. Watch this space for details.


U.S. Immigration in Historical Perspective - free presentation Tuesday

Join a discussion about U.S. Immigration policy at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center on Tuesday, October 20, from 10:30 to 11:30am. All are welcome to attend.


Rash of vehicle prowls in Lake Forest Park

Chief Steve Sutton of Lake Forest Park Police reports that Tuesday night there were a total of eight vehicle break-in's in the City. Two were in the beach area and six were south of the watershed. There was also one stolen vehicle in the area.

In all cases, the vehicles were unlocked and items stolen were visible.

He reminds residents to lock their car doors at night and remove all items from sight - even small amounts of change.

If you see something out of place in your neighborhood, call 911 and let the LFP Police check it out.


Shoreline School District job announcements for subs

Shoreline Public Schools is currently accepting substitute applications in the following areas. All interested individuals can make application on-line through the Human Resources website or by calling 206-393-4772. 

Substitute Certificated Teachers

  • Valid WA State Teaching Certification is desired but not required. 
  • Proof of a BA from an accredited university
  • Pass the WA State Background Check
  • Satisfactorily complete the District substitute teacher training program
Rates of pay:
  • Regular Daily Substitute Teacher pay is $135.00 per full day; $67.50 per half day.
  • Senior Daily Substitute Teacher pay is $145.00 per full day; $72.50 per half day. 
  • Rates are increased by $15.00 a day on Mondays & Fridays
  • Long Term Substitute Assignments (i.e. 20+ days)
Substitute Bus Drivers
  • Job Description and Qualifications can be found HERE.
  • Select applicants may acquire their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) through training provided by the Shoreline School District
  • Employment is contingent on satisfactory result of a post-offer/pre-employment physical 
Rates of pay:
  • Substitute Driver rate of pay is $18.11 per hour. 
Substitute Classified Support Staff

Job Description and Qualifications:
  • Applicants can select from a variety of different classified positions/assignments in which to substitute (e.g. Classroom Paraeducators; Office Managers; Student Supervisors; etc.)
  • Link to on-line Classified Substitute postings can be found HERE.
Rates of pay:
  • Secretarial/Technician positions- $14.52 per hour
  • General Paraeducator positions- $12.81 per hour
  • Special Programs Paraeducator positions- $13.58 per hour
  • Student Supervisor (playground/lunchroom)- $11.18 per hour
  • Mobility Assistants- Minimum Wage
  • Security Monitors & Behavior Technicians- $16.09 per hour
  • Nurse Positions- $22.95 per hour 
Substitute Food Service and Custodial Staff

Job Description:
  • Link to on-line Food and Nutritional Services Substitute pool can be found HERE.
  • Link to on-line Substitute Custodian pool can be found HERE.
  • Possession of, or must attain within two weeks of start date, a WA Food and Beverage Service Worker’s Permit
  • Employment is contingent on satisfactory result of a post-offer/pre-employment physical 
Rates of pay:
  • Food Service positions- $11.64 per hour
  • Custodial positions- $18.55 per hour


Richmond Beach Community Association's 29th annual Halloween Carnival

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Trick or treat! It’s fall and time for Richmond Beach Community Association’s 29th annual Halloween Carnival held at Syre Elementary, 19545 12th Avenue NW, Shoreline.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 3:00 to 7:00pm, children of all ages and their parents can scare up some fun at the carnival where they will play traditional carnival games with prizes, inflatables, haunted house, raffle, food and much, much more. Kids love to show off their costumes for this event; parents are encouraged to dress up too! Parking is limited, so please walk if possible. Tickets may be purchased with cash or credit cards.

New this year: Soft Opening for kids with special needs and their families

Children with special needs are often not comfortable attending functions such as this due to the commotion of large crowds and noises. This year’s carnival will provide an opportunity for kids with special needs to have the gym to themselves for one hour from 2:00 to 3:00pm to play carnival games in a less busy environment while also allowing any modifications possible to meet their skills and abilities.

New this year: RBCA Community Outreach Booth

Learn more about the Richmond Beach Community Association and sign up to become a member. Richmond Beach 125th Anniversary gear (T-shirts, sweatshirts, calendars, lapel pins and car decals) will be available for purchase.

Volunteers needed

The success of the Halloween Carnival is due in large part to the many volunteers who help put on this event. Volunteers are still needed to set up, staff the booths, clean up and construct the haunted house. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Allison Taylor to help.

Raffle donations needed

Contact Chris Beck at to donate an item for the raffle or cash to purchase prizes. Gifts appropriate for kids or adults are gladly accepted. Anyone can donate an item and will be acknowledged in the Richmond Beach Community News.

Cakes needed

Contact Liza Ragan at to bring a cake for the cake walk.

As you can see, there are many ways in which to participate in this community-building event. Find the one that works best for you and email today to volunteer. Above all else, bring your family to the carnival for a good time, to mingle with friends and neighbors, and to strengthen relationships in our community.


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