New RADAR program helps Shoreline PD understand behavioral health issues

Thursday, March 30, 2017

By Sam Tilford

One program in Shoreline is hoping to build relationships between the police department and the behavioral health community by providing training and one-on-one contact.

The Shoreline Police Department’s Response Awareness, De-escalation and Referral program, or RADAR, trains deputies to provide safe and effective responses when handling situations involving people with behavioral health problems.

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Deputy Tim Meyers introduces the RADAR program while also offering advice to community members about their own encounters with people with behavioral health issues at a Richmond Beach Community Meeting on January 10.
Photo credit: Kimberly Hendrickson

RADAR is a mandatory eight-hour training program that helps reduce the use of force between police and individuals with behavioral issues and the repeated use of emergency services. Shoreline PD also offers an optional 40 hour CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) program, in which 25 percent of the department is required to participate.

This is in compliance with the Doug Ostling Act, which established requirements for CIT training statewide. Ostling, a mentally ill man, was shot and killed in his home by Bainbridge Island police officers in 2010. Responding officers did not know Ostling had severe mental illness when responding to his call for assistance, despite the fact that he had recent, previous contacts with Bainbridge police.

“Had officers known more about his BHI, or strategies that might have helped him in a crisis situation, deadly force would have been a less likely option,” RADAR Program Coordinator Kimberly Hendrickson said.

Encounters between officers and individuals with BHI occur on a regular basis. In 2015, Shoreline PD responded to over 500 incidences, according to an annual Shoreline police report.

In a survey conducted by Shoreline PD, 86 percent of Shoreline deputies surveyed reported having either daily or frequent contact with people with BHI, and 75 percent of responding deputies were not satisfied with the options available to them for handling these kinds of calls.

“Police within Shoreline really just felt unprepared from an information standpoint,” Hendrickson said. “Behavioral health calls are very complex, RADAR really speaks to having more tools and information before responding to calls.”

The RADAR response plan lets deputies know, prior to arrival at a scene, that they will be encountering an individual with a behavioral issue. Deputies and a program navigator, who is professionally trained in mental health, work together with community members before crisis events occur. This allows deputies to gather de-escalation information, such as what calms down specific BHI community members.

For example, in a meeting with one BHI community member, RADAR representatives found that the individual loves sports and the best way to calm them down is to talk sports with them.

“Our goal is to really recognize that these people are in crisis and that their mental health is compromised,” Deputy Tim Meyers said. “We want to get them help, which usually means sourcing them into the right programs, and we want to do so without the use of force.”

People with a behavioral issue often have difficulty complying with instructions. As a result, many encounters between law enforcement officers and individuals with a behavioral issue involve force being applied or other kinds of physical contact, including being arrested or sent to jail.

The Washington Post estimates that 240 people with behavioral issues were shot and killed by police nationally in 2016. This represents around one in four of all fatal police shootings.

Between 2014 and 2015, there were 27 use of force incidents reported by Shoreline deputies. Around one-quarter of these incidents involved people with behavioral issues, according to data from the RADAR research team. This is a number Shoreline PD believes they can reduce going forward.

“At the heart of this program is the commitment to build stronger relationships with people in the community who are affected by BHI,” Hendrickson said. “Shoreline residents affected by BHI read stories in the news about police incidences that go badly. We want to ensure incidents like this never happen.”

Shoreline PD hopes to see the RADAR program in police departments statewide. Here Deputies Tim Meyers and Ben Emmons speak at a Council of Neighborhoods meeting in January. Photo credit: Kimberly Hendrickson

The other aspect of this is individuals with behavioral issues being taken to jail rather than medical facilities. Meyers gave a recent example of a man with behavioral issues who accidently stopped a commuter train near Richmond Beach by wandering onto the tracks.

“In the old system we would have booked that person for trespassing,” Meyers said. “Now that we have this RADAR program we recognize he did not have criminal intent. His intent was not to mess up the train schedule, his intent was that he likes trains and wanted to be there.

Meyers suggests that rather than taking him to jail the better option is to take him to a medical facility to get him the help he needs.

“If the battery in your car goes dead and you go to a tire shop you haven’t really fixed anything,” Meyers said. “We need to get you to the right spot to fix whatever circumstance got you there.”

Public stigma impacts how people with behavioral issues are treated in their communities. Hendrickson says part of the reason individuals with behavioral issues have not received proper treatment over the years is because of lasting stigmas. This includes withholding help, avoiding contact, forced treatment, and segregated institutions.

“There is a stigma that these are crazy people who hear voices and are going to go out and kill people and that is just not true,” RADAR navigator Susie Kroll said. “Your family, your friends, your neighbors, the people you work with can all suffer from some sort of behavioral health issue.”

Kroll, who is also a Behavioral Health Clinic Manager hopes the program will help erase stigmas surrounding BHI.

“People with behavioral health issues and mental health diagnoses have long been the subject of stereotypes,” Kroll said. “By building relationships within our communities, providing information and showing we are here to help, we believe we can really make a lasting impact.”

The RADAR program was funded through King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency tax fund. Hendrickson says the it is self sustainable, and plans to run for many more years.

The program went into effect January 1 and will be evaluated by researchers at George Mason University and the Police Foundation in 2018. They will analyze data to determine if there is a decrease in use of force between police and individuals with behavioral issues and if individuals with behavioral issues are calling in less frequently.

For more information on the RADAR program, including how to get someone with a behavioral health issue into the system, contact Kimberly Hendrickson.

RADAR representatives still recommend calling 911 when involved in a situation with someone with a behavioral health issue. 


Calling all Green Schools - free workshop for educators, staff, parents, PTA, Apr 6

Free K-12 workshop - receive training and resources to green your school. Thursday, April 6 from 4-7pm at the Richmond Beach Public Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Register here and learn more here.

Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.


Metro considering simpler bus fares; public invited to weigh in

Metro Rapid Ride bus
Photo courtesy Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit wants to hear from the public as planning begins to make paying fares to ride the bus faster, easier, and simpler for everyone.

Transit riders in King County and the greater region struggle with the complexity of Metro’s fare structure. It includes a peak-time surcharge and two zones with an adult-fare surcharge on trips crossing the zone boundary during peak.

Metro and the six other regional transit agencies that represent the ORCA (One Regional Card for All) smart-card system have committed to looking at simplifying fares across all agencies as they prepare for improvements and modernization of the ORCA system.

As part of that process, Metro is considering options that would allow for speedier boarding, improve safety for drivers, help increase ridership and further reduce barriers for vulnerable populations.

This month, Metro invites the public to provide direction on fare change options and longer-term work on fare-related issues by participating in an online questionnaire. In April, the public will have additional opportunities to provide feedback on fare change options via a second online survey and open houses.

The public can find the survey as well as sign up to receive updates via Metro’s fare review website.

The deadline for the survey is April 7.


Free workshop for freshwater shore line landowners Apr 6 in Kenmore

Photo courtesy King Conservation District

Beautify and care for your streamside property.

Thursday, April 6th, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Kenmore Library 6531 NE 181st St, Kenmore 98028

Join us for a FREE workshop to learn from experts how to protect and beautify properties along streams, lakes and wetlands. Sponsored by the King Conservation District.

Topics Include:
  • Minimizing pollution runoff on your property 
  • Controlling invasive weeds 
  • Utilizing native plants for wildlife habitat and erosion control 
  • Adding value and beauty to your yard naturally 
  • Learning about environmental regulations that impact your property 

Register HERE.


Shoreline and Northshore firefighter teams compete in Scott Stairclimb at Columbia Center

Northshore Fire team in front of the 788' Columbia Center
Travis Ross, Brandon Kuykendall, Pat Sullivan, Chris Hoffman and Kyle Colletti.
Photo courtesy Northshore Fire

1,900 firefighters from eight countries participated in the 26th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb at Seattle's Columbia Center on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Firefighters ran and walked the 69 floors of stairs and 1,356 steps after raising money to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which funds research and patient services for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.

Each participant had to raise at least $300 in order to participate. The teams raised money through sponsorships, individual and department fundraising, and entry fees.

This is the largest individual firefighter competition in the world.

The race was done in FULL structural firefighting gear: boots, pants, and coat (liners intact), helmet and gloves. Breathing apparatus was worn and USED every step of the course.

Top racers finish in as little as ten or eleven minutes, while the average participant takes about 20 to 30 minutes to finish.

Northshore Fire said "Great job to everyone that participated in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb this weekend and great job to our Firefighters."

Shoreline Fire team at a fundraising event at Central Market
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Shoreline Fire had seven climbers.

"Mark Merlino had the fastest time up the 69 flights in all the gear (adding 50-70 extra pounds) in 14:47 minutes! Mike Mentzos, Keenan Miles, Moses Cochran, Terrance Lewis, Amanda Brassfield, and Justin Hansen."

Participants have until Friday to turn in the money they have raised, but all are hoping the event will surpass the $2.3 million the event raised in 2016.

The race results are here - fascinating to read for the places they come from and how many people they sent.

The Firefighter Stairclimb was started by Shoreline firefighter David Engler. Here's his story.


Notice to Dog Owners of Lake Forest Park and Frequent Animal Acres Park Users

The City of Lake Forest Park was notified Wednesday, March 29, 2017, of a stray dog that was picked up at Pfingst Animal Acres park, 17435 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, and taken to PAWS, where it tested positive for the Parvo virus.

This is extremely contagious and can be transmitted when in contact with an infected dog’s feces. To view more about Parvo and symptoms please visit WebMD

From WebMD: Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors.

This is a good time to make sure your dogs are up-to-date on their vaccinations, and always, pick up after them!


World Concern responds to Drought Crisis in Somalia

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Somalia drought - the lake is drying up
Photo courtesy World Concern

Shoreline-based humanitarian organization World Concern is responding to the worsening drought crisis in Somalia.

According to UNOCHA, 6.2 million people in Somalia — half the population — are facing acute food insecurity. Of these, nearly 3 million need urgent, life-saving assistance. The prolonged severe drought is raising fears of famine equal to or worse than the 2011 Horn of Africa famine that killed 260,000 people.

“We are gravely concerned about the worsening drought crisis unfolding right now in Somalia. This severe drought is threatening the lives of children and families who are in dire need of immediate assistance. Families have lost entire herds of livestock -- their only source of income, and are migrating in search of food and water,” said World Concern President Jacinta Tegman.
“World Concern has worked in Somalia for 35 years, and we’re on the front lines of this disaster. We were there during the 2011 famine, and we’re responding again now with emergency aid to those who are suffering. We ask for prayers and support to assist as many as possible.”

The spring has receded underground and has almost disappeared
Photo courtesy World Concern

World Concern is delivering emergency water to 10 communities, and cash transfers and emergency supplies to drought-affected families in the Sool and Sanaag regions of Somaliland. Over the next four months, 84 trucks, each carrying 8,000 liters of water, will deliver water to communities in need. And more than 1,300 families will receive cash transfers to buy food and meet critical needs.

Two-year-old Saleban had severe
acute malnutrition
Photo courtesy World Concern
More than 360,000 children in Somalia are acutely malnourished.

Two-year-old Saleban was visibly thin and had suffered from diarrhea for two-and-a-half months when World Concern staff discovered the toddler during an assessment of the village where his family is staying temporarily.

The family traveled here in search of water and food after losing all of their animals to the drought, said his mother, Xaawo. World Concern helped Saleban get to the hospital, where he’s receiving treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

“We are very grateful to World Concern for their help and kindness that they have shown us by taking care of our son,” said Xaawo.

The family also received emergency food rations and cash for food.

More information on World Concern’s programs or donate here


Lake Forest Park residents in the middle of a police man hunt

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
By Diane Hettrick

Some Lake Forest Park residents ended up in the middle of a police drama Sunday night and into Monday morning.

Police and K9 officers blocked roads, searched back yards and green belts, splashed through the stream, and ran intermittent bursts on sirens.

Residents listened to police scanners and watched the action from their bedroom windows. Some tried to investigate in person and were politely turned back by officers.

Police vehicles from Shoreline and Lake Forest Park saturated the area. One resident counted ten vehicles on her street.

The activity lasted until 2am. At 4am a police vehicle was still parked in the area.

It all started at 11pm Sunday night.

A Metro Transit deputy saw a Dodge Charger being driven recklessly on Ballinger Way NE near I-5. The vehicle continued eastbound on Ballinger and the deputy lost sight of it so he did not pursue.

The deputy continued eastbound on Ballinger. When he came to 40th Ave NE and Ballinger Way he saw the vehicle in the middle of the road with a damaged tire.

Apparently the driver had lost control of the car and hit a curb hard enough to severely damage a wheel. It sounded like an explosion to nearby residents.

As the deputy approached the car, the driver tried to drive off, but the tire and wheel were so badly damaged he could not go very far.  The car made it about 35 yards. Then the driver jumped out of the car and ran. No one else was in the car.

The driver was a light-skinned African American male, about 5'9".

A gun was found in the car on the floorboard, but it was not stolen. The car was not stolen either. The owner had lent it to her brother.

It is unknown at this time if the suspect is the brother.


700 local students at Shoreline Math Olympiad

Jubilant Mathletes with their medals 

The 19th annual Shoreline Math Olympiad was held on Saturday March 11th on the campus of Shoreline Community College.

This event is brought to you by the Shoreline Math Olympiad committee and our amazing sponsors, Shoreline School District, Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, James Alan Salon, Menchies Shoreline, Smart Service Shoreline, Chuck Olsen Kia Chevrolet, and Shoreline Community College.

Ridgecrest Elementary

Over 700+ students participated this year from 17 public and private schools in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. It is a free event open to all 4th – 8th grade students who want to challenge themselves with fun individual and team tests.

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team
entertained the crowd

This year, Shorecrest JV hip hop team and Hot Dog USA jump rope team entertained over 900 spectators and Mathletes in the gym before the awards ceremony.

Superintendent Rebecca Miner and School Board Member David Wilson
handing out medals

Event sponsors, city and college dignitaries help hand out medals including: Guy Hamilton Academic Dean for SCC Science, Health Occupations and Professional Tech programs, Steve Bogart SCC Math faculty, Lourdes Gutierrez SCC Math faculty, Shoreline Schools Superintendent Rebecca Minor, School Board members David Wilson and Dick Potter, Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts, and Shoreline Public Schools Foundation Board Members Ken and Jennifer Altena.

2017 School Participation Results

  • 1st place  - St. Mark Catholic School with 53.62%
  • 2nd place - Syre Elementary with 37.93%
  • 3rd place - Briarcrest Elementary with 34.51%
  • 4th place - Shoreline Christian with 31.15%
  • 5th place -Highland Terrace Elementary with 30.77%

Some of the area principals who came to cheer on their students

Shoreline Math Olympiad awards medals to the top 40% of the individuals participating, and the top 60% of teams participating. We do not break ties. If there are many award winners starting at 1st place, medals for the top 40% or 60% students will vary.

Team and Individual Awards listed here 

Save the date for the 20th annual Shoreline Math Olympiad next year on Saturday March 10, 2018! Check the website for test samples and details closer to the date.

Photo credits Tom Chin, Josh Chow and Forest Graff


Veronica Cook inducted into Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame

Veronica Cook
Bowling Coach Hall of Fame
Friday, March 24, at the Shorecrest Spring Sports assembly, teacher and coach, Veronica Cook was presented with the 2017 WSBPA award, being inducted into the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame.

The Washington State Bowling Proprietors Association (WSBPA), for the past 52 years has inducted coaches that go above and beyond the time at the bowling alley.

Veronica personifies a Hall of Fame coach. Over the past five years, she has worked tirelessly to build the Shorecrest program and has had great success.

Veronica joins Tammy Ceesay (Shorewood) as the only women to be inducted into the WSBPA Coaches Hall of Fame.

Both high schools are looking for new bowlers. If you have a student interested in bowling next year, contact:


Come dance - all free and all fun - Saturday in Lake City

No judgement - just dancing!
Come dance with us on April 1-- PLEASE!

The 2017 Northwest Western Swing Scholarship recipients and instructors have been in workshops and rehearsals for three months.

The Workshop Band is ready for the big dance this coming Saturday -- but a dance band needs dancers, and that is you!

Don't say you cannot dance, because there is a dance teacher there to get you started and help you during the dance.


Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Lake City Eagles (Aerie #1, address: 8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA; phone: 206-762-5125)

Saturday April 1, from Noon – 4:00 pm

12:00 – Dance Instruction by MaryLee Lykes
1:15 – Dance to the Music of the NWWSMS Workshop Band
2:15 – Dance Instruction by MaryLee Lykes
 3:00 – Dance to the Music of the NWWSMS Workshop Band

Sponsored by the NorthWest Western Swing Music Society



Kellogg Middle School's Production of "Into the Woods Jr.”

Come see Kellogg Middle School students perform in an upbeat version of the Tony-award winning musical, “Into the Woods.” 
A witch sends a childless baker and his wife on a task to collect a red cape, a white cow, a golden slipper, and a lock of yellow hair. The couple heads for the woods to begin their quest, where they quickly become swept up in the interwoven plots of familiar fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Rapunzel.

Will the baker and his wife be able to complete their task on time and remove the curse that has plagued their childless family? Find out this weekend when you attend the play at Shorecrest High School. Opens Thursday!

This fun and comedic musical is appropriate for family audiences.
  • Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 31st at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 1st at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 1st at 7:00 PM

Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Avenue NE, Shoreline 98155

Adults $8, Students $5


Reminder: Eat a Sub - Help a Charity



100% of Sales at Jersey Mike’s Seattle Area Locations

Will Be Donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital

All proceeds, all day will be donated

Jersey Mike's in Aurora Villlage


CoderDojo for kids at Richmond Beach and Shoreline libraries

We’re turning the meeting room into a coding lab for kids and teens.
Don’t miss it!

Ages 7 to 17, ages 12 and younger with adult. 

CoderDojo is a free, volunteer run program. Explore coding in an open, collaborative environment for youth. Join the group anytime for self-directed online learning. No experience necessary.

Bring your charged laptop or tablet (a limited number of devices will be available for checkout during the program for those who don’t have access to a laptop or tablet).

More information here

This is a drop-in program. Registration not required.

Questions? Contact Leslie Carter, Youth Librarian,

Richmond Beach Library • 19601 21st Avenue NW • Shoreline 98177 • 206-546-3522
Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm • Friday, 10am-6pm • Saturday, 10am-5pm

Shoreline Library • 345 NE 175th Street • Shoreline 98155 • 206-362-7550
Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm • Friday, 10am-6pm • Saturday, 10am-5pm • Sunday, Noon-8pm

Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities is available; contact the library prior to the event if you require accommodation.


LFP COW meeting Thursday

The Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole has scheduled a Special Meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7pm at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE.

The topic of discussion will be the mayor's proposal for court restructure.


Wrought Iron Fence for culvert in Town Center

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rustic fence to be replaced with something more substantial
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The City of Lake Forest Park has executed a contract, using the small works roster procedure, with Eagle Fence and Landscape to fabricate and install a wrought iron fence on the walls of the culvert opening in the Town Center.

This is one of the final punch list items for the Lyon Creek Flood Mitigation Project. This fence replaces the wrought iron fence that was in place prior to the project.

The contract amount is $14,434.29. Costs will be reimbursed by the state through a funding agreement for the Lyon Creek Flood Mitigation Project.


Rainbow Girl rummage sale Saturday

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Rummage Sale 
Support Rainbow Girls
Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:30 am – 3 pm
household items, clothing, furniture, lots of misc.

753 N 185th Street, Shoreline, the Masonic Hall


Heart screening to be held at Shorecrest Apr 5 for students age 14-24

Nick of Time screening for heart health will take place at Shorecrest High School during the school day on Wednesday, April 5, 9am - 3pm, hosted by the Shoreline School District. 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

The screening events are open to any student between 14-24 years old no matter where they attend school.


Pick up forms at school OR download forms.
Complete, with parent permission signature. For appointments, return forms to the SHS Attendance office or scan and email.

Questions call Nicole Haines 206-393-4294

$25 tax deductible donations may be made online for “Shorecrest HS Screen”, or with cash or checks to “Nick of Time Foundation” may be submitted with forms or at event.

Each screening requires approximately 125 volunteers comprised of laypeople and medical practitioners. A core team from the University of Washington Center for Sports Cardiology is always present.

The screening includes a medical and family history, 12 lead ECG, heart sounds physical, “hands only” CPR/AED training and limited echocardiogram as needed. Cardiologists and sports medicine physicians are on site using the Seattle Criteria to evaluate the ECG and ECHO exams.

The Nick of Time Foundation was founded in memory of 16 year old football player Nick Varrenti of Mill Creek who died of sudden cardiac arrest from an undiagnosed heart condition. 

We may have lost Nick to Sudden Cardiac Arrest but we vow to make his death count and are committed to keeping others with hidden cardiac problems alive. We cannot afford to lose any more of our bright future.


Ivy Lane at North City Bistro Friday

Ivy Lane
Ivy Lane will play at the North City Bistro this Friday March 31, from 8 - 10:30pm, $10 cover. 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155.

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on the Bistro webpage.

Please call the Bistro early for reservations and let us know you'll be there to share the fun! This helps us know who to expect *and* lets the Bistro staff accordingly, which means a better experience for you! ♪♫ Telephone: 206-365-4447

We're excited to return for our first 2017 show at this amazing venue! (we've got a few others scheduled for the year, too)

Come early for a delicious dinner, paired with a great wine from this bistro's extensive, quality selection ... owner Ray Bloom will help you select just the right vintage while owner Sharon Bloom welcomes you with the warmest hospitality!

Ray and Sharon Bloom have created a warm and inviting bistro and wine shop. The bistro menu features the freshest seafood and certified beef Angus meats. Relax with a bottle of wine from the selection of over 600 wines.


Einstein student set to compete in IFSA North American Freeride Skiing Championships

12 year old Lillian Nimmer executing a move called the Cossack
 at the Alpental Freeride Open
Photo by Steve Kelly

Local Freeride Skier Lillian Nimmer is set to represent the Pacific Northwest in the IFSA North American Freeride Championships in Kirkwood, California April 5-8, 2017.

Lillian skis in the 12-14 year old Division of the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association, competing against skiers from around the US and Canada.

She is currently ranked #8 in North America.

Lillian, left, came in second last weekend at the Alpental Freeride Open
Photo by Rick Nimmer

Lillian Podiumed at The Canadian Junior Freeskiing Championships at Red Mountain, The Jim Jack Cowboy Up at Stevens Pass, The IFSA Regional at Crystal Mountain, The IFSA Mount Baker Regional, The Whistler National Freeride Challenge, and the Alpental Freeride Open.

She finished the regular season last weekend participating in the Alpental Freeride Open.

Lillian in mid air on a jump at Alpental
Photo by Steve Kelly

Freeriding, sometimes billed as Extreme Skiing, is skiing on natural terrain with no set course. There are no practice runs and adult skiers have only a visual inspection of the course before they go down, taking the route as it comes.

According to the Freeride World Tour,

The rules are simple. Start at the top. Finish at the bottom.
Runs are judged using five subjective criteria: Line, Fluidity, Control, Air and Style, Technique, which means that any approach or style has the potential to win.

Lillian is sponsored by Seattle Ski in Shoreline
Owner Brian McQueen holds her trophy from the Alpental Freeride Open.
Lillian holds her Crystal Mountain trophy.

At the Junior level at which Lillian completes, skiers are allowed to physically inspect the venue the day prior and the morning of the competition, but they are not allowed to ski it at full speed until the competition begins.

Lillian began skiing when she was three and has been freeriding since 2014.

She skis for NW Freeride/Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass. Her coach is Wayne Grevey of NW Freeride. She is sponsored by Seattle Ski in Shoreline and her Mom and Dad, Rick and Leslie Nimmer of Shoreline. 

Lillian attends Einstein Middle School in Shoreline.

Correction: Lillian is 12 years old, not 14


Kiwanis dinner meeting Thursday - and you're invited

Visitors are welcome to attend a dinner meeting of the North Central Seattle Kiwanis club, a club that represents all of north Seattle in serving the needs of kids.

The club provides an annual free summer camp, Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, for up to 90 kids with physical disabilities.

They also help with Project Cool in providing backpacks loaded with school supplies to homeless kids and have other service projects as well.

Thursday, March 30th from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Dinner begins at 6:30pm, and the program begins at 7:00pm, at PROVAIL, 12550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle 98133. Ample free parking behind the PROVAIL building.

The guest program speaker will be the Executive Director of Camp Korey. This not-for-profit organization empowers children and families with serious medical conditions through year around, life-changing experiences, always free of charge.

Camp Korey is named for Korey Rose, a vivacious teen who lost his battle with cancer at age 18. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

RSVP to Barb Williams to help with meal planning. Dinner will be provided for $12.00 but first time visitors eat free.


Jet City Rollergirls have a special fundraiser bout at the Rat's Nest in Shoreline this Saturday

Our travel team, The Jet City Bombers, will be playing their first sanctioned bout of the season!

JCRG is not foolin' around this April Fools' Day!! Join us as we celebrate a Decade of Derby with a DOUBLE HEADER bout that blurs the lines between past and present!

Bout 1: JCRG Bombers vs Treasure Valley Roller Derby
In a hard hitting WFTDA sanctioned battle!

Bout 2: A Decade of Derby
An interactive bout featuring old school rules, crazy boutfits, and a spin of the penalty wheel are just a few of the things our fans can subject their favorite skaters to. Got a frenemy on the track? She'll be at your mercy during this crazy rules bout! This bout is all in the hands of you....our fans!!

Tickets are:
Season Ticket Holders - FREE!
Adult $15 ($18 at the door)
Child (6-12) $10 ($12 at the door)
Child (0-5) free

Lobby Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Main seating opens at 5:30 p.m.
Bout begins at 6:00 p.m.

Beer garden, food truck and concessions will be available for purchase.

Anyone who is not on the media list that comes in with a professional camera (anything with a detachable lens) will be asked to take it back to the car.

Registered service animals only please

Tickets are available here


Shoreline fire calls Mar 20 - 26

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Fire calls for the week from March 20th to the 26th

Aid - 58
Aid Non Emergency - 21
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 6
CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 15
Medic - 45
MVA Medic - 2
Cardiac Arrest - 1
Service Call Blood Draw with PD - 2
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 8
Appliance Fire - 1
Gas Spill Absorbent - 1
Smoke/Haze in the Area - 1
Vehicle Fire - 1

Fun day at the Children's Safety Center
Would you like to schedule your class or group? Contact Michelle Pidduck


Construction underway at Eagle Scout Park

The existing Eagle Scout Park site was cleared for construction
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Construction of the Eagle Scout Park Redevelopment Project began on Monday, March 6th.

During the first week, the contractor removed several diseased trees and the exercise equipment. The pull up bars could not be saved for reuse due to the amount of concrete around the posts and the corrosion that fused the hardware together.

Photo by Jerry Pickard

Over the next three weeks the contractor will be pouring concrete, installing irrigation, setting the posts for the playground, and fine grading the site.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. The date for the grand opening has not yet been scheduled.


Hilltoppers Garden Club Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 6

Hilltoppers Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 6, 9 am - 2 pm
7718 NE 141st St, Kirkland 98034

Great prices on perennials, ground covers, veggies, shrubs, native plants and more.

New location at Inglewood Presbyterian Church parking lot, 0.2 miles east of Finn Hill QFC, 7718 NE 141st St, Kirkland 98034.


Learn to play Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in America

Monday, March 27, 2017

Beginning pickleball
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Shoreline Parks and Recreation is offering “Beginner Pickleball Clinic” Saturday, April 29 at the Spartan Recreation Center at 12:30-2pm.

Pickleball is a fun paddle sport combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. The sport is rapidly growing across the region and is easy for all ages and abilities to pick up and continue to play. 

This beginner’s level clinic will teach the fundamentals and rules of the game with plenty of time to practice and play. All equipment provided. 

Clinic is taught by Roger BelAir and Ginny Scantlebury. Cost is $10 for Shoreline Residents and $12 for Non-Residents.

Register online or by stopping by the Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th St, Shoreline. Call 206-801-2600 for more information.

Spartan Rec is between the Shoreline Center and Shoreline Stadium.


Shred your documents this Saturday at Aurora Square

Clean up your home office!

Shredding event Saturday, April 1, from 10am – 2pm at the Sears upper parking lot located at 15505 Westminster Way N., Shoreline 98133.

The truck will be by the entrance near the Bank and headed toward Central Market and Sears.

The event is a fundraiser for Shoreline Relay for Life.

All donations are welcome and there is no limit on the amount of sacks or boxes you can bring.

Shred-It is the provider of the services.


Jobs: Positions at Shoreline Community College
Shoreline Community College has the following positions open:

Instructor – Photography/Studio Arts
The successful candidate will be able to teach primarily courses in fine art photography and also in additional areas of 2D or 3D Studio Arts as skilled. The candidate will be expected to assist in developing and maintaining all facets of the photography curriculum in an integrated course structure of AFA degrees (Studio Arts and Photography) within evolving Visual Arts and Film programs.

Executive Director – Automotive/Manufacturing 
The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction to two highly regarded professional technical programs: Advanced Manufacturing and the Professional Automotive Training Center-Dealer Training Academy. The Executive Director of Automotive/Manufacturing Programs will develop, foster, and maintain partnerships with local manufacturing industry and with automotive manufacturers, equipment suppliers, area high school automotive programs, automotive industry partners, and new car dealers.

ABE Instructor
Shoreline's Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency program serves students who are preparing for the GED test, completing a High School 21 diploma, or working to improve their placement scores. The program is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity; many students come with a background of English as second language. Each quarter approximately 100 students, ranging in age from 16 to 70 enroll in courses. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will advise students, assist with assessment of current instructional methods, develop programs and curricula, and participate in College governance, department, division and campus-related professional activities.

Parenting Education Coordinator 
Monitor and coordinate all aspects of the College's Parenting Education Program while applying Early Childhood Education and Parenting Education theories, principles, and operational practices
Act as a liaison between the College and affiliated Parenting Cooperative Programs at seven (7) off-campus sites; significant travel to sites located throughout northern King and southern Snohomish counties is required. Provide consultation to the Cooperative Preschool Boards and Directors on operational, personnel, and membership issues.


Masters of Evolution: the Promise and Peril of Genetic Engineering

North City Tech Meetup presents a speaker on the very current topic of Genome Editing (Genetic Engineering) Monday, April 3, 7-9pm, Shoreline Library Meeting Room, 345 NE 175th, 98155.

Bryan Bartley will speak on: Masters of Evolution: the Promise and Peril of Cas9 / CRISPR Genome Editing:

After years of quiet, incremental discoveries in basic research labs, Cas9-CRISPR genome editing has suddenly burst onto the scene as a potential disruptor technology.
Genome editing gives human beings the ability to rewrite DNA with potentially important applications in biomedicine and agriculture such as engineering disease-resistant crops, controlling disease-carrying insects , and curing inherited genetic diseases by modifying embryonic germ cells.

In this talk, he will provide an introductory background to the basic principles of molecular biology necessary to understand how this technology works. In addition, he will briefly survey work in this area at the University of Washington and discuss the ethical implications of gene-editing technology. 

Like all technology, public engagement is critical to ensuring that genome editing technology is developed with appropriate ethical, social, and legal safeguards. Will we become masters of our own evolution? 
Or does the specter of eugenics lurk in the shadows?

Speaker Biography: Bryan Bartley is a PhD student of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. His current research interests is synthetic biology, manipulating the genetics of the bacterium E. coli for industrial applications. His background includes biomedical research in diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer.

The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at either the Shoreline or Lake Forest Park Library. This month’s event is Monday, April 3, 7pm at the Shoreline Public Library. The meetup is open to everyone. You may RSVP at the meetup page, and that is appreciated, but not required.

North City Tech Meetups follow an every-other-month schedule. One month they feature a speaker and alternate months are general discussions. They meet at either the Shoreline Library or Lake Forest Library depending on availability. Check out the Meetup site for each month’s topic.


Regional Animal Services going door to door in Kenmore

You can't see me...
Pet license outreach and education program April through October

Working with partner cities, staff from Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) will be going door to door on weekends starting April 1 to inform residents about the benefits of pet licensing and ensure that pets are properly licensed.

All cats and dogs eight weeks or older in the RASKC service area are required to be licensed with King County.

Pet licensing representatives will visit neighborhoods in Kenmore through October.

If a representative finds an unlicensed pet, they will not issue a citation. Instead, they will provide a free temporary license, which provides pet owners time to purchase a permanent license. They will not ask for payment at the door.

More information here.


Photo: Cherry trees in blossom at the UW

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The cherry trees in the UW Quad don't keep their blossoms for long (pray for no rain) but they are spectacular when they are in bloom.

Lee Lageschulte visited her old haunts to get some photos.

In a 2014 article in Asian Weekly, UW professor of American Ethnic Studies Tetsuden Kashima said

“The cherry blossom represents the fertility and beauty of life,” Kashima said. “In their country, the blossoms are a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful, but it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossoms bloom for a short time each year in force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and precarious life is.”



The 14th Annual Earth Smart Green Fair is a hit with residents

Earth Smart Green Fair
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

On March 11, nineteen of the City of Lake Forest Park’s local groups, organizations, and community partners hosted educational booths at the Earth Smart Green Fair at Third Place Commons.

This year’s giveaways were reusable cloth napkins, grocery and produce bags, kitchen compost bins and bags, glass food storage/lunch containers, pet waste bags, educational brochures, and more!

The Green fair is funded by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, put on by the City, and hosted at Third Place Commons.


Lake Forest Park earns WellCity Award

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) announced that 115 cities, towns, and other local governments – including Lake Forest Park -- have earned the distinguished WellCity Award.

This recognition is awarded to entities that meet the AWC Employee Benefit Trust’s stringent WellCity standards and demonstrate a commitment to employee health.

AWC Trust members that earned the 2017 WellCity Award receive a 2% premium discount on all medical premiums. The discount will be applied to 2018 premiums for active employees, spouses and dependents.

The Wellness Program is coordinated by Lee Aalund, Administrative Services Manager. The City of Lake Forest Park has participated in the AWC Wellness Program for the past six years.


32nd District Telephone Town Hall Thursday, March 30, 6pm

Rep. Ruth Kagi
32nd District Telephone Town Hall Thursday, March 30 at 6:00pm with 32nd Legislative District legislators Rep. Ruth Kagi and Rep. Cindy Ryu.

The Telephone Town Hall meeting will take place from 6-7pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the 32nd legislative district. Residents will be able to listen live and speak with their lawmakers. Those who do not receive a call can participate by dialing 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116285.

Alternatively, the telephone town hall can be live-streamed or people can sign up to reserve a line

Rep. Cindy Ryu
The Town Hall will provide constituents with the opportunity to ask questions on issues ranging from education funding, healthcare and public safety to transportation, the economy and the state budgets.

The 32nd Legislative District includes part of King and Snohomish Counties, including portions of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Edmonds; all of Shoreline and Woodway; part of northwest Seattle.


Mar 29 Talking with Children about Race

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Wednesday, March 29 at 7 - 9pm at Shoreline Community CollegeMap, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Recent research has shown that children have very complex understandings of differences and stereotypes. Far from being color-blind, most children are aware of how their own skin color is an advantage or disadvantage.

They also judge their peers based on stereotypes that adults might like to believe they are unaware of.

Because of this, it is important to give children anti-bias messages, through actions and words, to actively counter what they are witnessing in the world.

Ilsa Govan, M.A. is a co-founder of Cultures Connecting. She has more than fifteen years of experience as a classroom teacher and anti-racist community activist. Ilsa worked as an Equity and Race Specialist for Seattle Public Schools, addressing institutional racism in a large organization.

She has also served on the planning teams of the Seattle Race Conference and the White Privilege Conference. Ilsa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Western Washington University and her Master’s Degree in Bicultural Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest.

Donations accepted at door - courtesy registration requested.


Brightmont Academy hosts free practice ACT® Tests

Private Brightmont Academy is hosting several free Practice ACT® Test events to help students improve skills and confidence before taking the actual exam.
  • The complimentary package includes:A proctored practice ACT test in a quiet, distraction-free environment 
  • A written report with complete composite score and subscores in each subject 
  • An optional 1/2 hour consultation and analysis of test scores.

Students benefit from the experience of taking a full-length ACT® by having a realistic experience of the test format, range of content represented, time restrictions, and transitions between subtests. As they become more familiar with the test format and directions, their confidence increases. Brightmont provides recommendations to improve scores, and is available to assist with future planning and studies as needed.

Seattle - Wednesday, March 29 from 3:00pm-6:00pm

As an extra bonus, students who participate in a free practice test event will have the enrollment fee waived, a $200 value, should they choose to enroll in a test preparation package for one-to-one instruction and individualized feedback.

Call 1-888-521-0887 to reserve your space.

Brightmont Academy is a fully accredited private school for grades 6-12 that provides one-to-one instruction exclusively.


Beyond the Internet: Finding family history records that are not online

Wednesday, March 29, 7pm, Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, 98155

It's a myth and a fairy tale to think that everything related to genealogy and family history is online.

Sources exist outside of the internet that can solve the hardest family puzzle – in letters, photographs, microfilms, archives, libraries and university collections.

Professional genealogist Claudia Breland, author of Genealogy Offline will demonstrate the types of records and where to find them, drawing on over 40 years of research experience.


Karaoke - Bingo night Friday Apr 14

It's cake and champagne to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Karaoke / Bingo night.
Friday, April 14, 2017

It's one-stop entertainment on Friday, April 14 for the monthly Karaoke and Bingo night at the Senior Center.

Dinner, beer, wine, are all available for purchase. Then the music starts, the bingo cards come out, and the laughter and cheers begin.

Make your reservation online through April 12. $10 for registration, then $5 at the door for the bingo packet. Walk-ins welcome for $20 each.

All funds go to support the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center.


Job searching on Craig's List workshop Mar 28

Job Searching on Craig's List workshop Tuesday, March 28, 11am-12:30pm at the Lake Forest Park Library, lower level Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.

Looking for a job? Learn how to search for and reply to job ads on Craigslist.

Must have an email address.

Call 206-362-8860 to register.


Crime in Shoreline week ending Mar 20 - a week for behavioral issues

Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending March 20, 2017

-Behavioral issues - half a dozen or more - acting out, threatening suicide, making scenes.
-Drivers stopped for speeding, traffic violations, equipment issues, were driving without licenses.
-Stolen vehicles recovered.
-Family disturbances - grandson / grandmother, brothers, husband / wife

03-10  Male drove vehicle on grounds at Aldercrest Learning Center, leaving tire tracks. School security requested a formal Trespass.
03-12  Person expressing behavioral / emotional issues at Central Market Trespassed and taken for involuntary commitment.
03-12  Brothers in vehicle on Meridian when one struck the other repeatedly. Victim taken to Harborview and bruises documented. Suspect denies all.
03-12  Mother discovered her 9 year old was communicating with someone on Instagram and YouTube.
03-13  Subject at Walgreen's at 175th was recognized as a shoplifter from previous week and Trespassed for using drugs in store bathroom.
03-13  Male Trespassed for huffing compressed air at Office Max.
03-13  Thief used bolt cutters to steal from locker at Y.
03-13  Subject drinking on Interurban Trail arrested on outstanding warrant.
03-13  Subject sleeping in doorway of Source Connection on Firlands Trespassed.
03-13  Man assaulted at homeless shelter.
03-14  Dental building at SCC burglarized.
03-14  Cash America employee arrested for embezzlement.
03-15  Woman came face to face with a burglar in the driveway.
03-15  $7600 in jewelry stolen from Sears.
03-16  Unknown suspect jumped the counter to steal medications from RB Rite-Aid.
03-16  Victim stabbed in thigh at Aurora Transit Center.
03-16  Two homes burglarized within a block of each other around 197th and 15th NW.
03-18  Elderly woman who thinks people are after her was referred to RADAR.
03-18  Delgri Auto customer took car for test drive and never returned.
03-18  Angry man trying to get pain meds from Everett Clinic was Trespassed.
03-18  Mailbox at 163xx Ashworth had lock punched and mail stolen.
03-18  Underage house party at 27xx NE 195th Pl had drinking, drugs, and loud music.
03-18  Male robbed in Cromwell Park.
03-19  94 year old woman living in the year 1983 referred to geriatric response team.
03-19  Woman called in three times to report suspicious circumstances. No evidence. Referred.
03-19  Angry, yelling woman Trespassed from Bartells.
03-19  Cash and rare coins stolen from unlocked vehicle at Costco.
03-19  Two different drivers arrested for DUI after accidents.


New video of Shorecrest Hip Hop Champions

The Shorecrest Varsity Hop Hop team won the WIAA State 3A Hip Hop Championships at the Yakima Sun Dome on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

They won first place in 3A Hip Hop and overall grand prize for the highest score.

Their coach is Rex Kinney.

This is the team's 8th State Championship Title since 2006 and repeating as champions for the last three seasons with wins in 2015 and 2016.

The Varsity Team graduates 10 seniors this year from the group of 18 dancers that comprise of Aeryn Borchers, Christian Burke, Elle Bai, Emma Libby​, Hannah Sy, Jeffrey Freitag, Katie Wong, Keith Echague, Matthew Olund, Meagan Horman, Mya Torres, Natalie Torres, Noel Basilio, Olivia Makennan, Rylie Roufs, Savanna Molina, Shiuan Chu and Trinity Howell.

Catch some of the members of the team in Shorecrest's spring musical production of "Bring It On" as well as the whole team performing at Shorecrest's upcoming Arts Assembly in April.

Here's the new video


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