Photo: Falling leaves

Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo by Lee Langeschulte

Every color of red, orange, and yellow and even a few pale green and tan leaves in this photo that Lee Lageschulte took at CRISTA on Fremont. The more I look, the more colors I see.

We have multi-colored trees everywhere too. Enjoy the season - and you don't even have to water the plants!


Lake Forest Park Community Blood Drives Monday and next Saturday

Two chances to be a lifesaver for someone in our community in critical need of blood or blood products or for someone in another community hit by tragedy (natural disasters like hurricanes or a major trauma disaster like the mass-shooting in Las Vegas) when their local sources of blood and blood products exceed their emergency needs. 

BloodworksNW is sponsoring two community blood drives in Lake Forest Park during the last full week of October.

Date and Time: Monday, October 23, 2017, 1-7PM (closed 3-4PM)

Location: Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, WA (sponsor code 1411, if needed)

Make appointments here or call 1-800-398-7888 Walk-ins are also welcome! Bring a friend! (Photo ID or BWNW/PSBC blood donor card required at time of donation.)

A second opportunity is available as well!

Date and Time: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10AM-4PM (closed 12noon – 1PM)

Location: Lake Forest Park Town Center, bus in upper level parking lot between Windermere Real Estate office and Lake Forest Bar and Grill. (sponsor code 2329, if needed)

Make appointments here or call 1-800-398-7888 Walk-ins are also welcome! Bring a friend! (Photo ID or BWNW/PSBC blood donor card required at time of donation.)

Please consider helping us boost our community and emergency response blood supplies by sharing a little time and blood at one of our community blood drives. Blood works miracles every day! Thanks for considering (and donating!)!

Sponsored by: BloodworksNW

Hosted by: Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church (Monday, October 23rd) and the City of Lake Forest Park and Windermere Real Estate (Saturday, October 28th)


Watch the Seahawks Sunday at Gino's Restaurant

Don't Miss the fun...
Seahawks in Sunday's Game Action

At Gino's Restaurant
This Sunday, October 22, 2017
1:25pm - 5:00pm

Join the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce on Sunday to watch the Seahawks game action at the New York Giants.

Free Admission, free football pool and all ages are welcome.

There will be a raffle, silent auction, giveaways, food and drink specials and lots of prizes.

Hosted by Mike Brown Events with proceeds to benefit the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.

1:25 p.m. till the game is over!

Flying Dragon / Gino's Pizza and Pasta at Spin Alley in Richmond Beach
1430 NW Richmond Beach Road, Shoreline 98177


Shop for Puerto Rico Saturday at Third Place Books

20% of all sales at Third Place Books this Saturday, October 21, 2017 will be donated to a fund for relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.


Spook Night at Kruckeberg Oct 27

Photo by Lee Langeschulte

OCTOBER 27 -28 FROM 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

In the spirit of their traditional Solstice Stroll, the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden will embrace its spookiest qualities.

Join them for a family friendly stroll through the upper garden and around the house while they do their best to amuse you with the fun of Halloween.

This is a free event to the community.


Informational meeting Saturday for Shoreline Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America

Shoreline Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America is hosting a meeting for new members and those interested in joining. Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3:30pm.

The meeting will include an introduction to Moms and a discussion of current and upcoming actions. Group includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Shoreline, and LFP.

RSVP here


Shoreline Medic raising funds for water filters for Puerto Rico

Gabriel DeBay and a team of paramedics in Puerto Rico

Gabriel DeBay, a paramedic with the Shoreline Medic 1 unit, just got home from a medical mission in Puerto Rico. And now he wants our help to save lives in Puerto Rico.

Gabriel says:

I just got home from an amazing medical mission as part of the US Department of Health and Human Services Washington-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. I, along with a team of amazing medical professionals. I was in a small town in central Puerto Rico named Comerio (pop 20,000+).

There is no power, internet, clean water, and fuel is very limited. People are getting sick and dying due to lack of basic necessities. There are so many items people need in Puerto Rican towns like Comerio, but every day I was there I realized the greatest need was something we take for granted.... clean drinking water. 

I want to raise $25,000 to buy and deliver water filters for the people in central Puerto Rico. I will go there along with a fellow paramedic and hand deliver the water filters to the communities and families most in need.

Since I have been there I can promise you the water filters will be hand delivered by me and my colleagues to the people who are most in need!!

This will save lives!

Donate on his GoFundMe webpage.


Letter to the Editor: Concerns about outside funding for City Council Race

To the Editor:

I recently looked at the PDC reports for our local city council candidates. I see candidate Jin-Ah Kim has raised almost $17,000 for her race by the last report on October 18.

My eyebrows rose as I looked at where the contributions came from—nearly 95% of the money she raised came from outside of Shoreline, and a lot of it is from outside our state. I see New York, Pennsylvania, DC, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Alaska listed.

I can see why people in Edmonds or Lake Forest Park might be interested in this local election, but what are the other contributors looking for in return? I don’t recall ever seeing so much campaign money come from people who don’t live in Shoreline. I’m concerned. As a Shoreline homeowner for the past 25 years, I don’t want to see our local values and goals be usurped by outside influences.

What do Jin-Ah Kim and her outside contributors hope to accomplish?

Tina Christiansen


Correction: Post Office property was not in the 185th rezone

Post Office property is zoned Commercial Business
By Diane Hettrick

In the article about the loss of the North City post office lease, I stated that the property had been rezoned as part of the 185th Station Subarea.

That was not correct. The parcel where the post office sits at NE 175th and 15th Ave NE was rezoned years ago.

With the assistance of the Planning department, I now have the correct information.

North City along 15th NE was zoned CB (Community Business) about 17 years ago. At the same time, the other existing business areas were also zoned CB: Ballinger, 4-Corners, Ridgecrest, and the area around NE 145th and 15th NE.

Much of the property along the east side of 12th Ave NE was rezoned to CB with the Station Area rezones several years ago.

The development requirements for CB zoning were slightly modified about 5 years ago to be consistent with other CB zones outside of North City.

Currently, the maximum building height is 60 feet (from average existing grade or 5-6 stories) with residential and commercial uses. There is no requirement that multi-story buildings include retail spaces or "affordable" residential units. However, developers can apply for Multifamily Tax Exemptions if they provide some affordability. The Polaris Apartments on NE 175th St are a recent example of that.


UW Bothell Pub Night Talk takes on vaccine controversy

Dan Bustillos, UW Bothell
will speak on Vaccine Controversy
“The Vaccine Controversy: Uncovering the Human Stories to Foster Healthier Conversations"

The vaccine controversy will be the topic of UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins on Halloween, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Dan Bustillos, assistant professor in the UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies will review attitudes, beliefs and reasoning involved in vaccine decisions to challenge the simplistic way in which the vaccine debate is typically depicted.

Followed by Q/A. All ages welcome. Free.
 Haynes’ Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell


Classifieds: Ronald Commissioners set meeting dates for Nov and Dec

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners for Ronald Wastewater District that regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners are hereby scheduled for the District’s Offices, starting at 6:00pm on the following dates:

o November 14

o November 28

o December 12

o December 19


Letter to the Editor: Keith McGlashan responds to opponent's comments

Keith McGlashan's Shoreline City Council opponent has been making extensive use of the "comments" section. McGlashan has been given this opportunity to respond. Editor.

To the Editor:

It’s too bad that my opponent for Shoreline City Council used the Shoreline Area News to spread misinformation about Richmond Beach Road and my position on the Point Wells development; here are the facts. In 2011 I voted to re-designate Richmond Beach Road from a roadway that allows 10,000 car trips per day downgrading it to a roadway that allows only 4,000 car trips per day. The city council vote was unanimous, and that restriction stands in place still.

The developer would be required to perform significant road improvements at their expense for the city council to reconsider our designation and allow more trips per day, and provide proof of a funding source for those improvements. That seems highly unlikely if not impossible, and even if the developer made such a proposal, the council would still have the opportunity to vote.

Anyone can find these facts by going to the city website and searching Richmond Beach Road Ordinance, and here is a link.

My opponent attended candidate forums and heard my position on minimizing the Point Wells development and its impacts; I hope she sticks to the true facts as we move forward in this important campaign.

Keith McGlashan


2017 Election: Issue statements from Ronald Wastewater candidates Barrera and Brandon

See previous statements from Wastewater candidates Barrera and Brandon

By Evan Smith

Appointed Ronald Wastewater District Commissioner Wes Brandon and challenger Paul Barrera recently sent statements about their views on the most important issue or issues in the November 7 general election.

The two are running for the last four years of the six-year term that the late Commissioner Arnie Lind won in 2015.

Barrera and Brandon are seeking one of two Ronald Wastewater District positions on the November ballot. Incumbent Commissioner Bob Ransom is running unopposed for the other position.

The Ronald Wastewater District includes the city of Shoreline and part of Woodway.

Here are the statements from Barrera and Brandon:

Ronald Wastewater District, Commissioner Position 5

Paul Barrera
Paul Barrera

The most important issue for the Ronald Wastewater District is the use of the budget. Currently, Ronald Wastewater spends thousands of ratepayer dollars to defend the City of Shoreline's assumption efforts. Instead, Ronald Wastewater should aggressively review its contracts with law firms to determine where Ronald Wastewater can withdraw from litigation. With that savings, Ronald Wastewater could appropriate funds to increase low income and senior discounts. As Commissioner, I would advocate to perform that legal contract review and roll out discount programs using the money I saved to make a more livable community. Vote Paul for Ronald Wastewater Commissioner No. 5.

Wes Brandon
Wes Brandon

The major issue facing our wastewater district is to ensure that planning for future growth and financial stability continue to be the standard as assumption moves forward. For the past sixty-six years, the Ronald Wastewater District has provided a high level of service and customer satisfaction. We need to ensure that everyone in our service area continues to be well served through responsible budgeting and wise asset management keeping rates and fees affordable for all. As density and growth continue to increase, planning for the future needs to keep pace and it is imperative we meet those needs in order to keep our water and environment clean and healthy.


31st Annual Richmond Beach Halloween Carnival Oct 28

Thursday, October 19, 2017

31st Annual Richmond Beach Halloween Carnival

Saturday, October 28, 3:00 to 7:00pm - open for general public

2:00 to 3:00pm - for children with special needs and their families only

Syre Elementary, 19545 12th Avenue NW

Photo booth!

Ghosts, Goblins and Games! This fall marks the 31st anniversary of Richmond Beach Community Association’s spooktacular Halloween Carnival. Children of all ages and abilities can scare up some fun at the carnival where they will find traditional carnival games with prizes, a professional photo booth, raffle, inflatables, haunted house, food and more. Kids love to show off their costumes for this event; parents are encouraged to dress up too!

Layers of cuteness

Your help is needed to run the fun games that kiddos love to play. There are three different time slots for flexibility, but don't let that stop you from signing up for more! Volunteers are also needed to construct/tear down the haunted house.

You can also help by donating a prize to the raffle or purchasing a cake for the cake walk.
  • Click here to sign up online or contact Volunteer Coordinator Adrienne Houck, and she can sign you up manually.
  • Click here to sign up to help construct / tear down the haunted house.
  • For raffle donations, contact Chris Beck.
  • To donate a cake for the Cake Walk, contact Liza Ragan. 

Visit Richmond Beach Community Association website for more information about the event.

This event is sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association and supported in part by a City of Shoreline Neighborhood Mini-Grant.


Classifieds: Notice of Commissioner Vacancy and Invitation to Apply to Fill Vacancy

Ronald Wastewater District Commissioner Chris Eggen announced his resignation from the District Board of Commissioners Position No. 3, effective November 1, 2017.

The District’s Board intends to fill the vacancy at its regular meeting of November 14, 2017.

Applicants to fill the vacancy must be at least 18 years old and reside within the District’s legal boundaries— which includes the City of Shoreline and a small portion of south Snohomish County. Those interested in applying should submit a letter of intent no later than November 8, 2017, to:

Gretchen Atkinson, Board President
Ronald Wastewater District
17505 Linden Ave North
Shoreline, WA 98133-0490
or: email

At its November 14 regular meeting, the four remaining commissioners may interview candidates and intend to select an interim appointment for the vacant position, to serve until the next general election for commissioners in November of 2019. The selected candidate will then be seated at that meeting.


Shoreline Co-op Preschool Carnival Saturday

The 30th Annual Halloween Carnival and Silent Auction held by the Shoreline Co-op Preschool will be this Saturday, October 21, from 10am to 2pm.

Games and entertainment for ages 1 to 8. Entry is free. Tickets for games are 4 for $1. Food trucks, bake sale, silent auction, raffle for Amazon Gift Cards.

The event will be held at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 98133.

More information here.


Alzheimer's Association offers local caregiver support group

Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support?

Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss.

Meetings are held the 2nd Friday of each month, 10:30am to Noon, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1315 N 160th St, Shoreline 98133. For information call Trisha Kostis at 206-783-4189.

The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.


Pay your Ronald sewer bill at City Hall

Ronald Wastewater drop box on upper level
of the city parking garage
Ronald Wastewater Service Moving to City Hall

On October 23, all wastewater service that is conducted in person will take place at City Hall, including drop box payments, paying a bill, receiving a permit, and customer services issues.

Operations will open at 10am that day.


Classifieds: Ronald Wastewater special meeting Oct 26


October 26, 2017
2:30 p.m.

District Office
17505 Linden Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

1. Public Comment: 3 minutes for individual, 5 minutes for agency representative

2. Possible Selection of District Administrator Discuss/Possible Decision

May include applicant interviews and/or executive session pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g)

3. Conclusion


Swim meet Shorewood - Shorecrest

Shorewood and Shorecrest girls swim and dive teams met at Shoreline Pool on October 19, 2017.

SC 119 vs. SW 67
SW record 6-3

Complete results here


Central Subarea Planning meeting didn't go as planned in Lake Forest Park

Meeting rooms at City Hall do not accommodate 200 people
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
By Donna Hawkey

The City of Lake Forest Park felt an unexpected big blow of wind at the October 11th Central Subarea Planning and first community wide input session.

Things just did not go as would be expected.

People started out in a general good mood, especially after being welcomed by the sight and smell of a bright red food truck serving wood fire pizza (some wondered though, but why not our own Mod Pizza?).

Inside city hall, it seems a large turnout was underestimated.

Almost 200 people showed up and many residents had to stand out in the hall and down the stairwell. The heat from so many people in the chamber room was overwhelming. It was uncomfortable, but residents were eager to hear what the presentation was about, so most were bearing with it, and some making jokes to lighten it all up before the meeting began.

Then the presentation happened without a real presenter.

There was no introduction speech with the overall concepts or goals, nor much in the way of useful and clear specifics either. There were plenty of other officials in the room, such as representatives from Sound Transit and LFP Town Center property owners, Merlone Geier. They were introduced by name and company, but did not address the residents with any substance. It left the audience questioning, 'who is who and what part do they play in all this, and why did they not present any information to us?'

The outside hired firm began with a series of new resident directed survey questions. From the first question, the confusion among the crowd was palpable. The questions were too open ended and were presented in the wrong tense. One resident wrote, “The presentation wasted valuable time and energy, especially at the beginning, leading us through some sort of ridiculous survey that had unclear statements and purpose.”

Now the uncomfortable citizens became increasingly frustrated and the contractor staff lost their patience, showing verbal disrespect to the entire community. “It seemed almost akin to an attempt at group brainwash with statements boiling down to things like ‘We should all collaborate, right,” said a resident.

There were some productive outcomes at the small group resident sessions lead by individual facilitators later in the evening. However, the Mayor and City Council were clearly dismayed by the overall outcome that night. They tried to arrange immediate meetings with the Sheridan Beach and Brookside communities, the two neighborhoods feeling most affected by any Central Subarea Plan, but the scheduling did not work out.

This is clearly an evolving process and we will keep you informed as it unfolds.

Mayor Jeff Johnson and Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford issued the following statement in response to the October 11th meeting.

It is our sincere hope that, as we move beyond this first meeting, future workshops are conducted and received in a collaborative fashion. We want to know what your vision is for the Central Subarea. We want to make sure the outcome is what the community wants.



King County contributes $1 million for a new detox facility on Beacon Hill

King County has contributed $1 million in capital funds to help open a new detox facility that will offer integrated treatment for mental health and substance-use disorder – including opioid addiction – that prioritizes bed space for people who are homeless.

The facility, located in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, will offer 33 detox beds and 40 intensive inpatient treatment beds. It will welcome residents who are at the city of Seattle’s Navigation Center, a dormitory-style facility for people who are homeless and need treatment for substance-use disorder.

"The partnerships we are creating will save lives and connect more people to the effective treatment they need to once again live a healthy, productive, meaningful life,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. 
“We are doing more than providing additional beds. We are connecting entire systems so we can better confront challenges in mental health, addiction, and homelessness throughout our region."

 More information here


2017 Election: Budget statements from an LFP incumbent and challenger

By Evan Smith

Lake Forest Park City Council incumbent John Wright and challenger Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien recently sent these statements about their approach to considering a city budget:

City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 3

John Wright
John Wright

In 2010 LFP citizens were told that we HAD to pass the property-tax levy lid-lift known as ‘Prop 1’ or the City would face draconian cuts and greatly diminished services. Since the voters replied with a resounding NO to prop 1, the city had to streamline and reorganize its operations and I believe that this resulted in a far more efficient and well organized government than existed before. The city has developed a grant-match fund to bring a greater percentage of revenue in from outside sources, and I think we need to keep expanding our ability to secure grant funding by dedicating staff to that purpose. We’re making great progress!

Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien
Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien

I believe our city should prioritize maintaining a balanced budget, and seek opportunities for new revenue that do not include increases in property taxes. Thoughtful collaboration with the Town Center on its redesigns could help generate more revenue through sales tax. This would not only give the city more funds for improving our infrastructure, it would create benefits, instead of burdens, for the homeowners in our city. I will also advocate for more open and transparent discussions with the community about the city budget, the community’s priorities, and paths to generate more revenue that will allow our city to continue to thrive.


Five Ways of Paying For College Oct 26 at Shoreline Library
Five Ways of Paying For College

Come learn tips and tricks for paying for college, obtaining scholarships, and avoiding student debt from the financial aid, grant and scholarship experts of Shoreline Community College.

There will be a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6 - 7:30pm in the Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room, 345 NE 175th, 98155.


2017 Election: Issue statement from a Shoreline Council incumbent and challenger

By Evan Smith

Shoreline City Council incumbent Keith McGlashan and challenger Jin-Ah Kim recently sent statements about their views on the most important issue or issues in the November 7 city election. Here are their statements:

City of Shoreline, Council Position 1

Keith McGlashan
Keith McGlashan

Safety: I prioritized prevention and we lowered crime. I will continue to give police tools to get the job done.

Parks: I supported expanding parks, including 2 dog parks. I will prioritize 40 more acres, replacing our pool, and senior/recreation center.

Services: As a community volunteer, I fight for a safety net for neighbors in need. I support Shoreline schools; education and opportunity are vitally linked.

Growth: I worked for developments that marry housing, retail and transit to reduce congestion, pollution, and neighborhood crowding. I will fight to protect our environment.

Taxes: We must attract businesses that generate sales taxes (and shopping options!), to fund services AND stabilize property taxes.

Jin-Ah Kim
Jin-Ah Kim

East Shoreline:

Save Hamlin Park took over two months for a decision. It’s was a no-brainer decision, don’t cut 4 acres from Hamlin. I vow to protect the environment and improve communication regarding changing infrastructure, for example the 5th Ave bike lanes.

West Shoreline: Point Wells

In short: I would resist any agreement from a developer that would exceed a 4,000 daily trip capacity for Richmond Beach Road. Under my opponent's administration, an agreement was made with developers that supported 11,587 trips. All indications point that he would support an agreement that would exceed this. I will fight for the people of Shoreline and for responsible development.


Chamber forum had the best seats in town

Chamber of Commerce President Dale Sutton
welcomes audience and candidates to the forum
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Diane Hettrick

The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce candidate forum audience had the best seats in town. Literally. The forum was held at the Crest Theatre on Tuesday where attendees relaxed in comfortable theater seats to enjoy the show.

Dale Sutton, President, Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the crowd and introduced the council candidates.

The forum was moderated by Ellen Barton, League of Women Voters.

Candidates participating:

Position 1
  • Jin-Ah Kim
  • Keith McGlashan (Incumbent)
Position 3
  • Will Hall (Incumbent, Unopposed) 
Position 5 - open position
  • Carolyn Ahlgreen
  • Susan Chang
Position 7
  • Chris Roberts (Incumbent, Unopposed)

Each candidate was given time to introduce themselves.

The following five questions were posed to all the candidates, who were given equal time to answer.

The questions dealt with the following topics:
  1. Economic Development in Shoreline, what will you do?
  2. City implementation of a B/O tax, Yes or No
  3. What role, if any, does the city council play in rezoning?
  4. Do you support the maintenance of parks and the tree canopy in Shoreline?
  5. What are your ideas for creating available low income housing in Shoreline?

At the end of the question/answer period each candidate was given one minute to make a concluding statement.

After the forum, many of the candidates and audience moved to the Ridgecrest Pub across the street, sponsor of the event. Candidates met with attendees in small groups, answering individual questions and listening to ideas and concerns.


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

The following has been posted for Shoreline Community College

Classified Staff- Program Assistant (Student Learning and Success)

The work of the Office of Student Learning and Success encompasses the entire educational experience at Shoreline. Employees in this division provide leadership, coordination, and administrative services for all areas in the college related to instruction and student support.

The office emphasizes clear communication about the student learning experience, program offerings, and assessment; as well as consistent implementation of policies and procedures pertinent to students and faculty. 

Under the general supervision of the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Student Learning and Success (EVPSLS), this position will perform work requiring knowledge and experience specific to the program and act as a liaison with students, employees, and the general public.

Description and application


Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums empower and hopefully inspire residents

To the Editor:

As organizer and sponsor of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Tuesday, I am responding to the “Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums silence concerns of residents.”

The author was disappointed that the forums didn't include questions from the audience, and asks, “exactly what is the point of holding a candidate forum?”

The point of our forum was to encourage more Shoreliners to see and hear their candidates in person, and be better equipped to vote their values - whatever they are - on November 7. There is scant coverage of Shoreline’s elections in newspapers. The voters’ pamphlet and candidate websites have short statements that often fail to differentiate candidates. For example, everyone loves adding sidewalks and hates increasing taxes, but the test is how to balance the two.

Our five questions could have been cleverer. At times I wanted to yell out a follow-up question, and probably many others did too. But they were deliberately broad and open-ended, and they created sufficient opportunity for the six candidates to speak to their values and the issues in 1.5 hours.

So when do residents have the chance to speak? Right after the forum, all six candidates came to the nearby bar and started conversations with small groups of people. But any day, we can write letters to Councilmembers. We can also serve on a Citizen Advisory Committee, call and email city staff members, go to open houses and the City Manager's office.

But in a city with little local independent journalism, the trick is figuring out what is happening that we want to speak about. I hope City Council selects timely and effective communication of emerging issues as a major goal in 2018. I'll write them a letter about it!

Megan Kogut PhD


LFP business donates dictionaries to LFP fourth graders

4th graders at LFP pose with donor Douglas Carl
and their new dictionaries
Photo by Frank Kleyn

On Wednesday, October 18th, Douglas Carl, owner of "A Better Day Salon" at the Lake Forest Park Town Center visited the school library to deliver new dictionaries to every fourth grader at Lake Forest Park Elementary School.

Teachers and students look forward to using the dictionaries in the classroom and at home.

LFP staff say, "Thank you, Douglas Carl and 'A Better Day Salon.' Our students love their new dictionaries!"

A new dictionary for every LFP 4th grader
from A Better Day Salon owner Douglas Carl
Photo by Frank Kleyn

Updated 10-19-17


Letter to the Editor: Join the Nortons in supporting Jill Brady

To the Editor:

Leaves are falling and yard signs are popping up. That means it is election season! A time when we, as a community, make choices about who will represent us and, through those choices, set our collective priorities. This year, it is an opportunity for the broader community to get to know someone I value as a leader and advocate for our kids and community - Jill Brady.

Jill and I served on the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation together, worked on bond and levy campaigns together, and, perhaps most important to any who know the Nortons, sat through many Shorewood and Shorecrest wrestling matches together. Jill always asks the tough questions, thinks practically and creatively, and finds compromise and solutions.

In the coming years, our District will face some exciting opportunities and some significant challenges. Four new schools will be built, and we will be grappling with new laws around education funding. Jill has the background and experience to ensure that we use tax-payer dollars appropriately while continuing to advocate for a fully-funded education system.

As a former School Board member, I know Jill has what it takes and is exactly what our District needs. Thus, it is no surprise that Jill is endorsed by community leaders throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, including School Board President Debi Ehrlichman, Representative Ruth Kagi, LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson, Shoreline Councilmembers Doris McConnell and Will Hall, LFP Councilmembers Semra Riddle, John Resha, John Wright and Mark Phillips.

Even more importantly, Jill is endorsed by parents and educators throughout the District, all of whom, like myself, know that we will be stronger as a community with Jill on the School Board.

Join the Nortons in supporting Jill and continuing the legacy of excellence in our Shoreline Schools.

Maren Norton


Contextured: MiYoung Margolis & Loreen Matsushima at City Hall Gallery Oct 26

Sand/Glass detail
MiYoung Margolis
The City of Shoreline Public Art Program is proud to welcome a pairing of two artists who both explore texture by varying treatments of the surface.

MiYoung Margolis and Loreen Matsushima's show Contextured, will open on Thursday, October 26.

Loreen Matsushima
Through layered paint, mixed media collage elements, press techniques, and unorthodox tools like knives.

The imagery in Contextured is dreamlike and ethereal, abstract but frequently figurative. In addition to paintings and monotypes, the exhibition will also include some experimental surprises in sculpture and video.

An opening reception event will occur Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Art Gallery at Shoreline City Hall, 2nd Floor, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Free and open to the public. Normal gallery hours 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, through January 20, 2018.


Coach Dave Morehouse retires after 30 years at Shorecrest

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

After 30 years, Dave Morehouse is retiring as head volleyball coach at Shorecrest High School. He was recognized before the game on October 12 with these remarks from David Harrison. The last game of the season is a home match on October 24.

Current and past players honor Coach Morehouse

As many of you know, this is Dave’s 30th, and final season at Shorecrest in his role as head coach. I doubt, Dave, that when you were hired in 1987 you envisioned you would still be guiding the volleyball program at Shorecrest three decades later. And I know this is a very bittersweet night and season for you.

My name is David Harrison. I met Dave Morehouse in 1999 when my oldest daughter Chelsie was a freshman at Shorecrest. She played four years for Dave. Four years later her younger sister Brittney came to Shorecrest and she too played four years for Dave. In Brittney’s senior year, 2003, Chelsie joined the Shorecrest coaching staff, and over the next nine years, Chelsie, Brittney or I, sometimes all three, were all part of the Shorecrest coaching staff.

As part of my introduction this evening I want to give a shout out to a good friend of Dave’s, Ed McKnight. Ed has assisted Dave with the varsity team for more than twenty years.

Some of you here tonight have played for Coach Morehouse. Many of you here tonight have sat over the years in these bleachers and cheered for Shorecrest volleyball. You have all been part of the history and legacy of Shorecrest volleyball. You have been privileged to share a snapshot in time, if you will, of this program. But Dave Morehouse owns the photo album. He has contributed to the history and legacy of this program in a way that few coaches ever will or ever do.

I realize my fondness for statistics is not necessarily shared by many people so I’ll share just a few. It should be noted that these statistics do not include Dave’s first four seasons, 1987-1990. They were unavailable. Evidently Dave’s tenure as head volleyball coach predates the collection of statistics.

During his tenure, Dave has guided Shorecrest volleyball to (6) First place finishes in Wesco with two of those seasons, 1999 and 2006, finishing undefeated in league play. SC finished in the top five of Wesco an additional eight times.

Shorecrest made ten appearances at the State Tournament, placing sixth in State in 1994, fourth in state in 2004 and 2007, and the best in school history of 3rd in state in 2006.

Dave was named Wesco South Division Coach of the Year in 1996. Excluding the aforementioned period of 1987-90 and the current 2017 season, Shorecrest won 197 matches and lost 137. Just shy of a 60% win percentage.

But as much as I like statistics, they only tell part of any story. In addition to coaching at Shorecrest, Dave has also coached club volleyball for twenty years, most of that spent with the Washington Volleyball Academy, one of the top volleyball club programs in the state.

The high school season runs from August to early November. The club season runs from early November to July 4. Here’s what that means in practical terms. It means that Dave has been on a volleyball court eleven months out of the year for the past twenty years.

While I have no statistics to back it up, that dedication and commitment of time to this sport and to the hundreds of players he has coached, in my opinion, puts him in a very elite group of coaches. I have been around this sport most of my life and still feel like a novice next to Dave. His knowledge of the game, the mechanics, the rules, the ebb and flow of a set and match… unbelievable.

His ability to evaluate young players, correct their mechanics, whether a goofy footed server, an improper arm swing, poor footwork on their approach, or the incorrect hand position of a setter, it didn’t matter. Dave knows volleyball and constantly pushed his players to perfect their mechanics and thus become the best player and teammate they could be.

Would you all please join me in recognizing Shorecrest Head Coach Dave Morehouse in this his 30th high school volleyball season.


Power outages in LFP

10-18-2017  11pm

Trees are starting to cause problems with the power lines, even though it doesn't seem like there is much wind. 127 households are out around 40th Place NE and 30 just east of 25th NE.

City Light doesn't expect to have the power on before 4am, so pile on the blankets.

The candidate forum at Third Place Commons was not affected, but the Scots volleyball game at Mountlake Terrace High School was cancelled when the power went out.


Kruckeberg fall tree and shrub sale this weekend Oct 20-22

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden entrance
Photo by Steven H. Robnson
Celebrate Autumn with Kruckeberg's Fall Tree and Shrub Sale.

All trees and shrubs will be discounted 40% off.

Add trees and shrubs to your garden landscape when they will have the most success with the onset of fall rains. Their root systems and your garden will be well-established by spring!

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 am - 5 pm, admission is always free!

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177 - 206-546-1281


Tapas and Topics with the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County invites the public to attend an informal gathering for “Tapas and Topics”, to network, discuss current issues, and learn about the activities of the League.

At these two membership events, tapas will be provided and attendees may order their own beverages. Topics will include voting, transportation, healthcare and other items of interest to the group.

The first event will be held at Arnie’s Restaurant on the Edmonds waterfront at 5pm on Tuesday, October 24, 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 98020.

A second will be held at the Vintage Café, 1510 Hewitt Ave in Everett at 5pm on Wednesday, October 25. Women and men who are interested in the purpose and work of the League of Women Voters are welcome to come.

To reserve a place, call Janet Chalupnik at 425 776-5544.


Ronald Wastewater transfers to City on Monday

Ronald Wastewater District Office
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
On Monday, October 23, 2017, the City of Shoreline will begin providing sewer service to the community under a service contract with the Ronald Wastewater District.

Under the arrangement, the City will operate and maintain the utility while the Ronald Wastewater District Board of Commissioners will be responsible for addressing policy matters, setting rates, and managing capital improvements for the utility.

Once the service contract expires, the second phase of the unification will occur, with the City assuming responsibility for operations, policy, and governance of the utility.

The wastewater utility will operate in much the same way as the City’s current surface water utility, under the direction of the City Council.

What does this mean for customers? Not much. 

All of the same great service provided by Ronald will continue. You can still report customer service issues using the utility’s phone number – 206-546-2494.

Paying your bill will also not change, unless you pay in person or use the District’s payment drop box.

All utility business conducted in person, including paying a bill, using the payment drop box, addressing a customer service issue, or receiving a permit, will now be conducted at Shoreline City Hall - 17500 Midvale Avenue N. The new payment drop box will be located on the top floor of the City Hall parking garage.

More information about this change, here.


Salmon dinner in Woodinville for American Legion

2017 Salmon dinner fundraiser for American Legion Post 127, Woodinville, on Sunday, October 22, 2017.


Nile Nightmares returns to deliver the screams again in 2017

Prepare to experience your worst nightmare as the Nile Shriners present their 7th annual haunted attraction, Nile Nightmares.

Screams will be heard across the county line from 12 terror-filled shows, including October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 31.

Shows run from 7pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 7pm to 10pm on Thursday and Sunday nights. Tickets are $20 or $28 for a faster VIP line and can be purchased online or on-site at the box office. Purchase tickets online. Special pricing will be available this year for Thursday shows.

Food and Fear Garden
Those who survive the various haunted houses will love catching their breath in the Food and Fear Garden. Exclusive Nile Nightmares merchandise and photo-ops will be available as well as plenty of food, sweets, and beverages (including frothy evil elixirs for our guests 21 and over).

Nile Halloween Family Funfest
Mark your calendars for the Nile Halloween Family Funfest on Sunday, October 29th. From 2pm to 5pm, the Nile Nightmares creatures retreat to their coffins, caves and crypts, allowing families to enjoy a much tamer haunted house experience. Admission is just $10 per child, parents/guardians get in free! Halloween candy awaits those children brave enough to experience the various haunted attractions.

New this year, a Trunk or Treat event with decorated vehicles and even more Halloween goodies. Enjoy bouncy houses, cotton candy, face painting, vendor booths, and plenty of great food.

Fright Light Night
Darkness sets the stage for the return of the ever-popular “Fright Light Night” on October 31st. On this final night of haunting, the Nile’s haunted grounds go pitch-black, leaving you with only your cunning and a special finger flashlight (available at the box office) to guide the way.

Nile Nightmares is a volunteer-driven, non-profit event benefiting the Nile Shriners.

The haunted house is located adjacent to I-5 off Exit 177 at Nile Shrine Golf Center - 6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace 98043.


LFP residents - clear leaves from storm drains

Recipe for flooding
Leaves blocking drain
The City is prepping for this week’s weather event. It looks like we’ll have some pretty stiff winds combined with heavy rain.

With most of the leaves still on the trees generally that’s a recipe for trees falling and limbs breaking.

The city of Lake Forest Park is urging residents to prepare for the first heavy rainfall of season by cleaning leaves away from storm drains.

The National Weather Service has issued a heavy rainfall outlook for Western Washington extending through the weekend.

---LFP Police


Cheer on the Einstein Tigers Wednesday afternoon

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Looking for some fun on Wednesday afternoon?

Come out and cheer on the Einstein Tigers Middle School football team as they take on Meadowdale.

The game starts at 3:45pm, at the Einstein field, 19343 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support your local school community. Go Tigers!!!


Local firms have projects in Remodeled Homes Tour

Map of remodeled homes in the tour
The annual Remodeled Homes Tour is this weekend, October 21-22, 2017, and local companies are represented.

Irons Brothers Construction Inc. of Shoreline and Chermak Construction Inc. of Edmonds both have homes on the tour.

Both companies are regular participants in Rampathon where they volunteer to build a ramp for someone unable to leave their home because of mobility issues. Both have built ramps in Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle.

  • 16905 Talbot Road Edmonds, 98026 Chermak Construction Inc.
  • 807 N. 50th St. Seattle, 98103 Irons Brothers Construction Inc.

Here's the complete list of addresses.

Presented by the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the Remodeled Homes Tour invites visitors to experience firsthand the finest craftsmanship and most innovative ideas in home remodeling.

See and feel what it's like to live in a gorgeous remodeled home and meet the building professionals who make it all possible. Perfect for those dreaming of remodeling their own home, the tour is an exclusive opportunity to visit some of the finest custom-remodeled private residences throughout our region.

Free tickets here


Lake Forest Park candidate forum Wednesday

Reminder: Wednesday, October 18th - LFP Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for School Board and LFP City Council at Third Place Commons on  Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00pm.

The Forum will be moderated by The League of Women Voters.

Bring questions for the candidates.

Town Center, Lake Forest Park, Ballinger Way


Jes Kilpatrick to represent Shoreline in the 2018 Miss Washington competition

Miss Shoreline
Jes Kilpatrick
Amazon Customer Service rep Jes Kilpatrick was scouted by "Miss USA Pageant" to partake in the upcoming 2018 Miss Washington competition, as Miss Shoreline.

I am representing Shoreline as I have lived here now for the past 3.5 years and do not plan on leaving anytime soon. I am originally from South Seattle, moved up North to go to Western Washington University and after college planted my roots in Shoreline and have been calling it home ever since. 
Jes works full-time as a customer service representative at Amazon in downtown Seattle. In her spare time, she is a freelance model, and model coach and mentor.

Read her story here


WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory, Forecast: Seasonal stormy weather

Storm damage in Shoreline August 29, 2015.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind advisory for the greater Seattle area, including the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park areas. The advisory is in effect Wednesday 11am - 11pm. Southeast winds are expected to increase to 20-30mph with gusts as high as 40mph.

The latest forecast models indicate that winds will be gusting up to 35mph over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, 40mph along the water. The strongest winds are likely between 2pm and 8pm.

Winds this strong and early in the season are likely to down trees, snap branches and cause power outages. 

The National Weather Service also warns to make sure you have flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage, and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. In particular, barbecue grills, gas grills, and generators do not belong inside the house.


Wednesday. Along with the winds gusting to 40mph, we are looking at rain at times with steady rain increasing in the afternoon and evening. Here's where it gets tricky. Models show Shoreline and Lake Forest Park right at the southern edge of the Olympic Mountain rain shadow during this storm.
  • Seattle south is expecting 2.5 - 4 inches of rain Wednesday and Wednesday night. 
  • Rain shadow area (north of 145th street about) is expecting a storm total of 0.5 -1.5 inches of rain. 
So Wednesday and Wednesday night could see anywhere from half an inch to 4 inches of rain. Temperatures will remain in the upper 50's to near 60.

Thursday will start with steady rain decreasing to showers in the afternoon, with another half inch of rain possible. Showers to continue until Friday night. Highs in the mid 50's and lows in the 40's.

Weekend: Saturday steady rain returns lasting through Sunday night. Things look like they'll start calming down a little Monday and Tuesday with Tuesday being just partly sunny. Highs near either side of 60 and lows in the 40's.

For current weather conditions and resources visit


Halloween yards: ghosts and purple trees

Photo by Seattle Poppy

This decorated yard is on 11th NE, just south of NE 170th. This family also decorates for Christmas - and probably a few other holidays as well!


Letter to the Editor: Worried that an injection site in Shoreline would bring crime

To the Editor:

I read Shoreline city council candidate Jin-Ah Kim’s recent letter to the editor where she states:

“I support Safe Sites – But not in Shoreline. Locations are chosen based on crime anyways (sic), Shoreline is not a top choice”.

When candidate Kim first filed her intentions to run for office, I checked her website and at that time her website stated that she favored safe injection sites for Shoreline. Her website has since been changed, but the website still contains a video of a King 5 news story about her candidacy and the interview that she gave King 5 news just a few months ago. The news story tells us what Ms. Kim’s priorities for Shoreline are:

“Kim is pushing for detox centers and mental health services in Shoreline, she favors safe injection sites and an income tax on individuals making more than a quarter million dollars a year” (King 5 News “Recovering Addict Running for Shoreline City Council” May 25, 2017, 01:15-01:29)

The county council is placing one injection site in Seattle, and looking for the placement of a second injection site. With many of the other cities in King County voting to exclude injection sites where will the other one go? I am worried that although not a “top choice”, Shoreline could be the “only choice” according to candidate Kim. I am very concerned that a site in Shoreline will bring more crime and homelessness as addicts stay near the site in order to use it multiple time each day. I believe prevention and treatment are better options for our city.

Pam Cross


Big Pumpkin Bash carnival at Bitter Lake Saturday

The Big Pumpkin Bash Carnival will take place this Saturday evening, October 21, 2017, from 6-8pm. The event is at the “Bitter Lake Annex”/ gymnasium at Broadview-Thomson K-8 school, 13040 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, 98133.

Bring the entire family out for a night of ghoulish-good fun! We will have carnival games, the always popular cake walk, face painting, and much more!

Please bring a can of food to donate to our local food bank. Don't forget to wear your costumes.

Volunteer hours are available during this event, call 206-684-7524 for more details.


Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums silence concerns of residents

To the Editor:

As Chair of the 32nd Legislative District GOP I encouraged our Precinct Committee Officers and Captains as well as neighbors and friends to attend the two previous Shoreline City Council candidate forums.

I am extremely disappointed to hear that the organizers of these forums chose to disenfranchise Shoreline residents through a biased selection of questions favoring a liberal agenda and completely omitting questions from conservatives.

Now we hear that the Chamber of Commerce candidate forum this evening will not allow audience questions at all.

Exactly what is the point of holding a candidate forum if the concerns of residents are silenced?

Lori Theis


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