Shoreline students read their writings at Benaroya Hall Sept 28 in the WITS program

Friday, August 28, 2015

Christian Hoene, soon to be 2nd grader at Cascade K-8.
He is a participant in the WITS program and is included
in the 2014-15 anthology.
This picture was taken at 4200 ft.
The Mt. St. Helens lava dome is behind him.

On Monday, September 28, the Shoreline community is invited to the Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Anthology Reading and Celebration.

The Writers in the Schools Program (WITS) places professional local writers in public schools to develop writing skills and spark inspiration. Since 1994, the WITS program in the Seattle area has been helping students discover their own authentic voices. Featuring creative writing by students in last year’s program, this reading by 60 young authors will move the audience to tears, laughter, awe and wild applause.

This year’s anthology includes writing by Cascade K-8 Community School students Annie Zemouri, Katherine Mercer, Charlotte Rose, Kai Brook, Christian Hoene, and Declan Stark. A number of these students will be among the featured readers.

The readings will take place in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, beginning at 7pm on September 28. The events are free and open to the public. The young authors will sign copies of the anthology, and a reception will follow, with sweets donated by Cupcake Royale.


Organic fruit at the Shoreline Farmers Market Saturday

Suzie Davis of the Martin Family Orchards
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Martin Family Orchards will be selling organic fruit at the Shoreline Farmers Market Saturday, open 10am – 3pm in the Sears parking lot next to Central Market, 15300 Westminster Way N, Shoreline 98133.

They will joint a dozen other food stalls, as well as ready to eat treats and lunch places. 

Live music this week from Manubi 10am – noon, and Eric Miller  12:30 – 2:30pm.


Slow down and stay alert in school zones

School starts Sept 9
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

With the start of the school year approaching, the City of Lake Forest Park would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists that school zones and neighborhoods which may have been quiet for the summer will soon be busy with students walking and biking to school. Please make sure you slow down and stay alert.

Distracted driving is always dangerous, but it is especially so in and around school zones. Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

The safety of our pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers is of paramount importance to the City of Lake Forest Park, and citizens are reminded that school zone cameras resume enforcement of the 20-mph school zone speed limit beginning September 9, 2015.

Please drive safely and exercise caution in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be walking or bicycling.


Mary Brueggeman to head SCC's Office of Advancement and Foundation

Mary Brueggeman
Following an open, nationwide search, Mary Brueggeman has accepted the position of Vice President for Advancement / Executive Director of the Foundation at Shoreline Community College.

Brueggeman will lead the Office of Advancement, which includes the college’s Public Information Office and Grants Office as well as the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

“I look forward to joining President Cheryl Roberts, the Executive Leadership Team and the Foundation’s Board of Directors to work together for the benefit of students at Shoreline Community College and the communities we serve,” Brueggeman said. 
“These are exciting, important times for the College and the Foundation and I am honored to be invited to be a member of the team.”

President Roberts said she is excited to bring someone with Brueggeman’s experience and skills to this pivotal role.

“Mary has a successful track record with communications and marketing, grants and fundraising,” Roberts said. “While we have a terrific team in place, adding Mary will allow us to better meet the needs of our students and communities as we build our preferred future.”

Brueggeman, who holds a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, has more than 20 years of experience as a non-profit Executive Director primarily in healthcare (hospice and home care) and the arts (Everett Symphony). In her most recent position as Director of Development for Future of Flight Foundation in Mukilteo, she successfully raised more than $3 million for the organization.

Prior to her position with Future of Flight, Brueggeman served as Director of Development for the Moyer Foundation where she implemented the organization’s comprehensive development plan and was key in launching a $10 million campaign to expand children’s bereavement camps nationwide.

Brueggeman also has experience as a Major Gifts/Development Officer at the Museum of Flight and as the Executive Director of the Everett Symphony Association. She has worked across sectors and has experience with corporations, non-profits, tribal organizations, public entities, foundations and government leaders.

Brueggeman is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Puget Sound Grant Writer’s Association, Northwest Development Officers Association and the Washington Planned Giving Council.

Her first day in her new position at Shoreline will be on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.


Shorewood grad is raising college money through crowdfunding site

Shorewood grad Carley Schwoerer
is crowdfunding for college

Shorewood grad Carley Schwoerer plans to attend a very non-traditional college in Monroe, the Alderleaf Wilderness College.

According to the Alderleaf website,
The Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program is a comprehensive, nine-month nature and outdoor survival course encompassing wilderness survival, wild edible and medicinal plants, wildlife tracking, outdoor leadership, and sustainable living skills. The program prepares you to apply nature skills in a variety of outdoor careers in wilderness education, environmental research, sustainable living, and beyond.

College credits are earned through an arrangement with Western State Colorado University. Tuition and expenses run between $10 -20,000 a year.

Alderleaf does not have a financial aid program and Carley didn't have that kind of money, so like many young people, she turned to social media.

She set up a GoFundMe campaign. There are several online sites like this, where people who need funds for a specific project set up a webpage, explain their fundraising goals, and anyone can donate.

So far, Carley has raised a little over $2,000.

Thursday morning, King5 ran a story on her. Crowdfunding for College Tuition.

Carley hopes to begin classes in September.

It is very important to learn how to live in a way that is more beneficial to the natural world. Attending this program will bring me one step closer to being able to teach others how to live in a way that is more sufficient and constructive. 


Joint statement from Shoreline Schools and teachers association

Below is a joint statement from SEA and SPS on the tentative agreement reached Thursday night.

"The Shoreline Education Association (SEA) and Shoreline Public Schools are pleased to announce a tentative agreement on a new contract.

"We are proud of the work done by the bargaining teams to develop an agreement that will serve to support the continued success of our students, staff, and community.

"SEA holds its ratification meeting on Thursday, September 3rd, and we anticipate all back-to-school events will proceed as scheduled."


2015 Property Valuation Cycle underway

King County Assessor local residential areas

According to King County Assessor Lloyd Hara, you should look for your 2015 property valuation notice in the mail.

The first set of valuation postcards, which included central Shoreline, were already mailed to King County property owners, and the mailings will continue through October.

Still to come are west Shoreline, east Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park.

The notices list property values, which are determined by analyzing recent sales of comparable properties in the same area as of the January 1, 2015 assessment date. 

Visit the Assessor’s LocalScape My Revalue tab to stay informed about the 2015 revaluation cycle.


Police arrest in Richmond Beach business break in

Neighbors in Richmond Beach noticed a significant police presence Thursday evening, reportedly around The Little Store at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 20th Ave NW, with police cars and a circling helicopter.

According to Shoreline Police, they received an alarm at a business in the Richmond Beach area. Shortly after the alarm activation, a citizen driving by reported seeing a person trying to break in to the business.

Shoreline Officers started to arrive in four minutes, calling in additional area police agency assistance, to include Sheriff’s Office K-9 and air support resources.

After an area containment and lengthy K-9 track, the suspect was located and arrested.


Statement from SEA - Shoreline teachers association

From David G. Guthrie, President
August 27, 2015 

The almost 600 members of the Shoreline Education Association are excited to report that we have reached a tentative contract agreement between the Shoreline Education Association and the Shoreline School District. Negotiations began last spring and culminated in 28 hours of negotiations today and Wednesday. Both of the Bargaining Teams – SEA and SSD – should be commended for their dedication and efforts. 

The collective interests of Shoreline educators guided our SEA Bargaining Team throughout the process and has resulted in a settlement that benefits Shoreline students and provides educators with resources they need to meet student needs effectively. 

The SEA Bargaining Team will share details of the tentative contract agreement with members at the SEA General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 3, at 4:15pm in the Shoreline Center Auditorium. After time for questions and deliberations on the tentative agreement, SEA members will also conduct a contract ratification vote. 

SEA Interests Statement. Spring 2015
SEA members have the following values and beliefs, or “interests”: 

1. Quality of Instruction – We have an interest in a Collective Bargaining Agreement that supports our ability to provide the highest level of instruction for all students. 

2. Time – We have an interest in maximizing meaningful instructional and professional time. 

3. Culture – We have an interest in maintaining our culture of academic excellence by attracting and retaining the highest quality educators and honoring the value our members bring to the community. 

4. Compensation & Comparables – We have an interest in compensation that is on par with districts in our immediate geographic region, recognizes the high caliber of Shoreline educators, and acknowledges the cost of living in the Shoreline/LFP community. 

5. Fiscal Responsibility – We have an interest in working within a well-managed system that balances opportunities for students and staff with long-term district fiscal responsibility. 

6. Professionalism – We have an interest, as professional educators, in shaping the decisions that affect our students, classrooms, schools and community. 

7. Respect – We have an interest in working with administration and the community in an environment of mutual respect. 

8. Clarity – We have an interest in contract language that facilitates clear, consistent interpretation and supports student learning.


Eco-Art sculptures coming to SummerSet Arts Festival September 12

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A floating, lit installation called "New Moon" created by Todd Lawson
and installed in Ronald Bog for the festival.
Photo courtesy SummerSet Festival

Featuring a wide variety of media and materials, the SummerSet Arts Festival returns to Ronald Bog Park on September 12 with a diverse lineup of eco-art installations (including several floating sculptures), Native American performances, and music.

Festival hours are 12pm-5pm, and admission and activities are free. Originated by local artists and supported by public art non-profits as well as city and county arts administrations, SummerSet Arts Festival: Celebrating Ronald Bog explores art and nature in a dynamically changing world.

Art installations, viewable dawn till dusk, by Dave Bloomfield, Michael Eggers, Barry Johnson, Cynthia Knox, Elise Koncsek, Todd Lawson, Naoko Morisawa, Jennifer Rotermund, and Fergus Temporada.

Free parking is available at the corner of N 175th and Meridian Streets at the Park / Ride at Aurora Church and at Meridian Park Elementary School.

Presented by Meridian Park Neighborhood Association, and supported by a Community Project Award from Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, 4Culture, The City of Shoreline Public Art Program, and Shoreline Rotary Foundation. Shunpike serves as fiscal sponsor for the Festival.

More information can be found on Facebook and webpage.


Tentative agreement reportedly reached between SEA and Shoreline School District

Many Shoreline School District families have heard about a possible teacher strike. For the past few months, the Shoreline Education Association and the School District have been bargaining a two-year contract. As sessions continued into late August with no agreement, talk of a strike increased. 

Following two full days of bargaining on August 26 and 27, the teams have reportedly reached a tentative agreement. Details will not be released until after the SEA’s general membership meeting on September 3. 

Teacher compensation has been SEA’s first priority, though the teachers also prioritized insurance contributions, class size, and other issues. 


Kick off for Toys for Tots

The 3rd annual donation drive for the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots begins on Sunday, September 5 in Marysville.

The organization covers the area from Shoreline to Smokey Point and east to Snohomish and Monroe.


Kenmore book group to discuss East of Eden

Kenmore Afternoon Book Group will meet at the Kenmore Library on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 1:00pm to 2:45pm for a lively discussion of East of Eden by John Steinbeck

All are welcome! The Book club meets regularly the first Tuesday of each month at 1pm. 

The Kenmore Library is at 6531 NE 181st St, Kenmore.


Letter to the Editor: Support our teachers

To the Editor:

I am the proud parent of a second grader at Parkwood Elementary and a fourth grader entering the Hi-Cap Program at Meridian Park.

As a result of a series of moves, Shoreline is the third school district for my family in as many years. 

Our son had a good experience in Mukilteo.

Both our kids had a better one in Edmonds.

Then we got to Parkwood. We've been thrilled with just about everything about the school and the Shoreline district. I wish every student and their family could experience the support and community that exists at Parkwood. 

Parkwood has a lot going for it. The PTA is amazing, and the principal is outstanding. 

But I'm writing about the teachers. I'm not even going to name names, because I have a pretty good sense of how hard those teachers work, all of them, to give my kids and their schoolmates at top notch education. 

So today, I am writing to call on you to listen to the educators of the SEA. I call on you to open the reserves that you have so conscientiously accrued during the lean times of recent years and put that money to work in support of Shoreline teachers, Shoreline students and the Shoreline community as a whole. 

I know that leadership helps to shape the character of a school district, and from what I have seen of the Shoreline School District, you, as a school board care about the education of our children. Please do the right thing.

I stand with Shoreline teachers. Please join me and do the same.

Andrew Viertel


Early Recreation Program registration for LFP ends Friday, August 28, 2015, at 7:59am (not pm)

Correction: The early registration period for Lake Forest Park residents to sign up for Shoreline Recreation programs ends at 7:59am on Friday, August 28, 2015, rather than the previously published 7:59pm.

Due to the City of Shoreline’s website being offline on August 26, 2015, the early registration period for Lake Forest Park residents to register at the “resident rate” for Shoreline’s fall recreation programs is extended until 7:59am on Friday, August 28, 2015.

(apologies to email edition readers who will be receiving this message on Friday morning)


Scholarship opportunity for University students

Together with ADC Forum, Ideapod is awarding a US$2000 scholarship for the best idea on the future of work. University students worldwide are invited to enter.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:
  • You must be a student (undergraduate or postgraduate) enrolled in a degree at an accredited University, anywhere in the world.
  • Your idea should include the #futureofwork in the body of the idea.

To be awarded this scholarship, students must create an idea on Ideapod responding to the question "what will Artificial Intelligence mean for work?"

Ideas can be up to 1000 characters long, and can include an image or YouTube/Vimeo video.


Shoreline Walk’s upcoming Piano Time Walk

Piano Time Walk Sept 5
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The Parks and Recreation Department’s free community walking program “Shoreline Walks” has completed ten volunteer led walks through various neighborhoods and parks in Shoreline.
The program continues through the Fall with a “Piano Time” Walk taking place on Saturday, September 5 at 9:30am.

Everyone is invited to meet up in the Rat City Roller Girls parking lot at 192nd and Aurora for a 3 mile walk visiting five of the outdoor pianos part of Shoreline’s “Piano Time” program. More information can be found on the City website

Saturday, September 5th, 9:30am
Piano Time Walk

Take a walk to see five of the outdoor art pianos part of Shoreline’s “Piano Time” program. Each piano is artistically enhanced by local artists and fully functional. We will also see some of the new sculptures on display at City Hall and along the Interurban Trail. Walk is 3 miles / 2-2.5hrs

Walk rating: Moderate

Meet at: The Piano at Rat City Roller Girls, 19022 Aurora Ave N. (park in the park and ride lot across the street.


Oak pews available for FREE from Ronald United Methodist Church

Free to a good home - church pews

Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, has 16 solid oak wood pews available to the community at no charge.

Pews are suited for use in a variety of settings or for re-purposing as furniture lumber.

Long pews can be shortened and refinished if you have the skills.

  • 7 -- 20 foot pews. Two of these do not have seat padding.
  • 8 -- 15 foot pews. One without seat padding.
  • 1 -- 14 foot pew.
Please note that to see the pews, or pick up one or more, an appointment is necessary.

Contact the church office, 206-542-2484, between 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday to make an appointment.


Governor’s Clean Technology Sector lead speaks at Biofuels “Train the Trainer” academy on SCC campus

Brian Young, Governor Inslee’s Clean Technology Sector Lead
at Shoreline Community College August 18

Brian Young, Governor Inslee’s Clean Technology Sector Lead, spoke at Shoreline Community College on Tuesday, August 18 to a roomful of educators attending the National Science Foundation’s Train the Trainer Renewable Energy Biofuels Academy. The academy was hosted on Shoreline’s campus Aug. 17-21.

Young, who is a veteran of Imperium Renewables, the largest independent biodiesel producer in the U.S., as well as Element Strategic Partners, a clean tech consultancy that led the development of the Washington Clean Energy Leadership Council, currently serves as the point of contact for clean technology companies navigating Washington State’s political and economic landscape.

He spoke about the changing face of the industry and the varied paths to a career in biofuels. His presentation was followed by a Q+A with the academy’s attendees, who are high school and college science, agriculture and technical education instructors from around the nation learning how to bring biofuels education into their own classrooms.

Louise Petruzzella, Director of Shoreline’s Clean Energy Tech program, called both the academy and Young’s talk a success. “Any time we can shine the spotlight on how our Clean Energy Tech program is helping meet not only our campus community’s ongoing commitment to sustainability but is also training sustainability workers of the future for our state, it’s a win,” she said.

Shoreline was chosen to host the academy as part of winning a National Science Foundation grant. In addition to the week’s schedule of educational activities, participants will also learn how to turn used cooking oil into biofuel. The resulting fuel will be donated to 21 Acres, a Woodinville-area non profit dedicated to sustainability.


Shoreline School District August 2015 Technology Update

By Marianne Deal Stephens

At the August 24, 2015 Shoreline School Board Meeting, IT Director Jim Golubich offered a review of 2014-15 and a look ahead to 2015-16. Hardware and software for the School District is funded by the 2014 Capital Levy for Technology Improvements and Support, which replaced previous Tech Levies. Funds collected for this express purpose cannot be used for other programs.

Director Golubich’s presentation described a cycle of gradual, phased acquisition of new equipment, repair and trade-in of older equipment, and redeployment of that older equipment to fill needs elsewhere in the district. Increased demand for connectivity and the swift speed of software and hardware development present continuing challenges in the technology cycles.

2014-2015 Technology Review
The High School iPad program continues. A year ago, many of the original iPad 2s were traded in for iPad 4s, which have better screen resolution and a higher processing speed. Operating updates had become problematic on the old devices, more than the actual physical wear and tear. The net cost of the trade-in was approximately half of retail.

Grades 5-8 use Chromebooks at school, with 2,000 deployed in two phases. The Chromebooks use the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) platform, which is becoming standard for 4th grade and up in Shoreline. In 2014-15, students and staff became more accustomed to the apps and tools. School to home workflow improved since students now see the same interface whether they connect in class or at home.

The District made significant Audio-Visual upgrades in elementary and middle school classrooms. This follows the high school equipment upgrades that occurred with the moves into the new buildings. 250 rooms received speaker upgrades, and more than 200 classrooms have new interactive projectors/ document cameras. Staff received introductory training with the new equipment, though Director Golubich mentioned that since the timing was not optimal, the training will continue in 2015-16.

With the implementation of the iPad and Chromebook programs, laptops from previous programs became available. The machines that could be updated have been redeployed in elementary schools and for special programs like READ180. The “new” laptops doubled the level of access to technology for grades K-4 in 2014-15.

The new Smarter Balanced Assessments presented a challenge for the district technology staff, since the testing had to work on all platforms (iPad, Chromebook, Mac). Director Golubich mentioned that, from a technological standpoint, the testing went off “very well” and the process was “better than expected.” Additional headphones and keyboards will help with the testing in upcoming years, and also be put to use outside of assessments.

2015-2016 Technology Projects
This year, the final phase of the Chromebook implementation will make devices available in all 5th and 6th grade classrooms. The continued redistribution of iPads and MacBooks will add 30-60 laptops per elementary school, and so will comprise a threefold increase in K-4 access to technology in three school years.

System upgrades will be implemented to alleviate recent network slowdowns. The slowdowns have several causes: new apps require more power, more devices mean more simultaneous users, and cloud-based technology means more drag on the network. The District has arranged for a doubling of District bandwidth on the State K-20 Network which connects Washington public schools. The Shoreline IT Department has transitioning to new servers, to accommodate increased bandwidth. Network changes will be made over a weekend in September. 

More 2015-16 Projects
• upgrade of the 2-Way Radio system, to be launched during Winter Break; 
• pilot of new gradebook/ dashboard systems;
• replacement of older printers and document cameras; 
• acquisition of new iPad-enabled science tools;
• updates to library technology;
• instruction on online safety for 5th and 6th graders;
• continuation of professional development.

Director Golubich emphasized that while professional development was listed last for 2015-16, it is the most important aspect of the programs. The District plans and upgrades technology with an emphasis on curricular and pedagogical value.

Following the presentation, Members of the Board asked questions.
--Director Ehrlichman had received a concern about technology not working well for Apex online courses. Director Golubich explained that they tried a new tool which did not work, and so switched back to the original tool. Part of the problem is that the browsers could not be updated. They are working on the problem. [Apex online courses are primarily used for credit recovery at the secondary level.]

--Director Wilson inquired about network security. Director Golubich explained that the new servers and network upgrades have a significantly better firewall and will enhance security. The new systems offer “granular control”, a new filtering service, and the ability to offer privileged status to groups (like teachers) to ensure smooth connectivity. In terms of security and phishing, the District will have more control and there should be fewer cracks.

For more information: 


September 15 at the Senior Center: Happiness starts with gratitude

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 10:30 to 11:30am
Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center
18560 1st Ave NE
southernmost building on Shoreline Center campus
park in South parking lot
free presentation
all are welcome


Seattle’s Top Food Trucks Rally to Fight Hunger Sunday at CRISTA

Where Ya at Matt
Foodies will unite this Sunday to enjoy the city’s best mobile food offerings and do some good.

The Mobile Food Fight for Hunger returns to World Concern’s headquarters in Shoreline this Sunday, August 30, from 11am to 4pm with 12 food trucks offering tasty street eats and helping feed hungry families around the world.

Four new trucks will join the event this year: Tokyo Dog, Bread and Circuses, Spicy Papaya, and Wood Shop BBQ.

They’ll be joined by returning favorites Where Ya at Matt, Off the Rez, Street Donuts, Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, Hallava Falafel, NOSH, Cheese Wizards, and Biscuit Box.

We love our food trucks here and World Concern’s Mobile Food Fight for Hunger is a great opportunity to taste 12 of the best while doing something to help those in need.

The Mobile Food Fight for Hunger is a foodie festival that makes a difference. A portion of the funds raised from the event will help provide sustainable solutions for global hunger in places like South Sudan, Chad, Myanmar, Laos, and Haiti.

Mobile Food Fight for Hunger, a food truck rally to fight global hunger, this Sunday, August 30, from 11am to 4pm at World Concern headquarters, 19303 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133

World Concern is a Christian global relief and development organization. Our areas of expertise include disaster response, clean water, education, food security, child protection, microfinance and health.


Seattle City Light crews defend Skagit Hydroelectric Project from fire

Part of the Skagit Hydroelectric Project
Photo courtesy Dept of Archaeology 

Seattle City Light crews were working Wednesday to reduce the risk of additional damage to the Skagit Hydroelectric Project from the advancing Goodell Creek Fire and are preparing to start repairs to damaged transmission lines.

Crews are working to clear vegetation around a wood pole line between the Diablo and Ross dams and powerhouses. The crews also plan to wrap the 70 wood poles in fire resistant material to reduce the risk of damage should the area burn. The line delivers backup power to restart generators and run control panels. The poles also carry fiber optic communications lines for the facilities.

Thursday, crews plan to start on-the-ground inspections of 11 transmission towers for damage. Aerial views indicate that several of the towers have been damaged.

Safe access to the equipment in rugged terrain with fallen trees while the fire continues to burn is the first consideration for any of the work to take place. Provided with safe access, crews could start making repairs to the transmission lines by Saturday.

Damage to the transmission lines has limited City Light’s ability to generate and deliver power from the Skagit Hydroelectric Project. The utility has been able to resume generation of about 40 megawatts of electricity from its Gorge Powerhouse and deliver it on the North Mountain transmission line.

Typically, this time of year, the utility would be able to generate about 150 megawatts of power from the Skagit. The loss of transmission capacity is costing the utility about $100,000 a day.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.


Lifetime Yoga: For Seniors, Taught by Seniors

Pam and Sharon, yoga instructors
By Angeline Johnston

Richmond Beach Yoga is proud to announce the addition of the new Lifetime Yoga class designed especially for seniors. This class is unique in that it not only will cater to the senior participant but that it will also be taught by a senior instructor. The 60 minute class starts September 2 at 10:30am and will be taught by Pam Brown and Sharon Jenson. 

Pam has extensive experience in working with seniors and is a seasoned yoga practitioner and teacher. “Our class will focus on gentle yoga taught in an approachable manner for seniors. The goal is a casual, fun class paced carefully for those who attend,” says Pam.

Sharon Jenson is an RBY-trained yoga instructor, a retired oncologist, and an avid yoga practitioner as well.

Yoga’s many health benefits are widely known. Studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress, combat fatigue, and decrease pain at any age. Having a class for seniors has been a goal of mine for a long time. We are so glad to have this class available now with instructors skilled at working with seniors.

The studio is located at 621 NW Richmond Beach Road in Shoreline. RBY has been serving yoga students of all ages from prenatal to seniors since October of 2011. Class choices include highly active vinyasa classes, hatha classes, meditation classes, and now, a senior class. Walk-ins are welcome— no need to join. Check website for more information or come by the studio 15 minutes before class.


Driftwood Players open 57th season with Seven Keys to Baldpate

Photo by Dale Sutton of Magic Photo

Part mystery and part comedy, Seven Keys to Baldpate is the first production in Edmonds Driftwood Players’ 57th Season, running September 11-27, 2015.

Written by one of America’s most honored entertainers, George M. Cohan, Seven Keys to Baldpate is a medley of mystery, farce and intrigue and an especially fine example of the American mystery play. 

The story is about writer Billy Magee who accepts an outrageous bet … 24 hours to complete a novel. With his typewriter and the only key to the remote Baldpate Inn, he is ready for the challenge. 

When unexpected visitors with six more keys to Baldpate interrupt his work, it’s a mystery if he will finish on time!

Directed by Gianni Truzzi, who says about the play “it’s a thriller that pokes fun at thrillers. On a ‘dark and stormy night’ a writer seeking peace in an empty hotel is plagued by characters that could have come from his own pulp novels as a mystery unfolds.”

Driftwood’s production will have the audience laughing and perched on the edge of their seats.

Truzzi goes on to describe working on this particular show with his cast, “These characters are all simple story archetypes: Our Hero, The Good Girl, The Bad Girl, The Thug, and so on. That's great fun to send up. But working with this brave and adventurous cast, we've learned that even the most transparent characters have their secrets. We expect our audience to have as rich and fun an experience watching the play as we have had creating it.”

Playing the role of the writer, Billy Magee, is actor and real-life novelist, Boyd Morrison, who comments that “it’s fun to be playing my own profession for once.”

George M. Cohan was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer. Cohan began his career as a child, performing with his parents and sister in a vaudeville act known as "The Four Cohans." He wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals. Cohan published more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including the standards "Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "The Yankee Doodle Boy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag". Cohan displayed remarkable theatrical longevity, appearing in films until the 1930s, and continuing to perform as a headline artist until 1940. Known as "the man who owned Broadway,” he was considered the father of American musical comedy.

Performances: September 11-27, 2015
Thurs-Sat at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm 

There is a complimentary wine and cheese reception after the September 11th opening night performance.

Performances are at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St Edmonds, WA 

General Tickets are $25.00 with senior, youth and military discounts available.

Book tickets online, by phone at 425-774-9600 or in person at 306 Main Street, Edmonds.


City of Shoreline extends Recreation Program Early Registration for Lake Forest Park residents

Correction: deadline is 7:59AM Friday, August 28

Due to the City of Shoreline’s website being offline on August 26, 2015, the early registration period for Lake Forest Park residents to register at the “resident rate” for Shoreline’s fall recreation programs is extended until 7:59AM on Friday, August 28, 2015.

Click on the link provided under Additional Info to begin the registration process.


Movie ‘White Like Me” Sunday afternoon at Richmond Beach Congregational Church

The movie "White Like Me” will play at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church Sunday at 12:15pm in the Lena Vories suite on the main floor of the church building at the corner of NW Richmond Beach Road and 15th Avenue NW (1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline).

White Like Me” will open the series of free quarterly “Meaningful Movies."
Sponsors call White Like Me "an eye-opening look at what it means to be white -- as opposed to black or ‘other;’ - in a white society, run by and for whites; at how easy it is for whites to be oblivious to all the obvious advantages and more subconscious perks and less well-known benefits that come from being part of this ‘normal’ group.”


Flags at half-staff Sunday

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of Tom Zbyszewski, 20; Richard Wheeler, 31; and Andrew Zajac, 26, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in their memory on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

These three firefighters were killed when their truck crashed as they tried to escape the Okanogan Complex of wildfires.

The Governor’s Office has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, August 28, 2015. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on August 30 or first thing Monday morning, August 31, 2015.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Services will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 1:00pm at the Toyota Center in Wenatchee.

Please call 360-239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.


August 24, 2015 Shoreline School Board Meeting Summary

By Marianne Deal Stephens

Well before the meeting was called to order by President Mike Jacobs, the Board Room at Shoreline Center was packed, primarily with Shoreline Education Association members. Many signed up to speak during the Community Comment period.

New Public Information Officer
The meeting opened with Superintendent Rebecca Miner’s introduction of the District’s new Public Information Officer. Curtis Campbell comes from the Sunnyside School District where he was the Director of Communications. PIO Campbell, his wife Annette, and their two children relocated to the Shoreline area from Eastern Washington.

Technology Update
Look for a separate article summarizing IT Director Jim Golubich’s annual report to the Board.

Financial Update
Deputy Superintendent Marla Miller and Director of Finance Mark Spangenberg displayed the summer financial summary and offered context. Though the District shows Cash Flow Actuals (see page 45 of the meeting packet), bills will keep coming in through September for work done during August. Hence, August books (and so the District’s 2014-15 Fiscal Year) will not be closed until mid-October, or possibly later.

Since there is current discussion of the General Fund Ending Fund Balance, Board President Mike Jacobs asked Superintendent Miller to go through pertinent detail.

GF Reserves (8.25.15) Source: Shoreline School District
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The funds designated “Restricted” cannot be used for any other purpose. Some restricted monies are held for special programs like Title 1/ LAP (Learning Assistance Program), or ELL (English Language Learner Program).

The Ending Fund Balance for 2015-16 is projected to be $13,911,194, or 12.5% of total expenditures. Though this is a dollar increase from recent years, it is a percentage decrease. In 2014-15, the Ending Fund Balance was 15.5% of total expenditures, and in 2013-14, it was 18%. Of the $13,911,194 Ending Fund Balance, $8,393,833 is a Mandatory Reserve and cannot be spent. Only $5,517,361 can accurately be called Discretionary Reserves. 

Comments from the Community
During this portion of School Board meetings, students, parents, teachers, and members of the community may speak for up to two minutes. Most of the night’s speakers were members of the Shoreline Education Association.

--SEA President David Guthrie praised Shoreline teachers, who are ready to “do great things”, and “invest in our students”. Saying that “we must make it possible for teachers to take care of their own families,” he called for a financial foundation that is “both prudent and bullish.”

--Syre Teacher and Einstein and Shorewood Parent Julie Fredrickson expressed frustration that her own kids’ teachers are not being fairly compensated. When she was hired in 1992, teachers did not leave, but now they are leaving for higher salaries.

--Sue McAllister, Librarian at Kellogg Middle School, recently served as the school’s Smarter Balanced Assessment coordinator. She touted Kellogg’s and the District’s high scores—with averages up to 19 points above state averages—as indicators of educational and teacher excellence. She asked the Board to consider that “when excellence is acknowledged, it thrives.”

--Since Megan Chamberlin has worked in various capacities in Shoreline Schools—she now teaches 6th grade at Parkwood—district meetings “feel like going to a large family reunion.” She has experienced the District’s ups and downs, and said that while it is a relief to know that instructional cuts are behind us, it is not a relief to know that “I am devoting my time and experience to a district that does not compensate [adequately].”

--While most SEA members spoke about salaries, Highland Terrace Special Education Teacher Kerri Schloredt described how growing expectations, heavy demands, lack of planning time, and scant resources make it challenging to fully meet the needs of the district’s “most needy children.” She asked that some of the issues surrounding Special Education be addressed in the bargaining process. 

--Ilana Cunningham, both a Highland Terrace parent and a Shorewood Teacher, spoke about a colleague who left for more money in Everett. She does not think that low pay will affect things immediately, but it will be a problem “if we do not make a significant investment.”

--Pam Simpson, a Kellogg Math Teacher, comes from a family of educators, as do many Shoreline teachers. Reluctantly, she is considering leaving education because, even as a longtime teacher, she cannot pay all of her bills.

--Ridgecrest Teacher Lisa Witzel grew up in Richmond Beach. Speaking of the longevity of Shoreline’s community of educators, she asked for a show of hands of teachers who also have kids in the district. When many hands went up, she said “we stick around” and asked the District to show teachers the same respect.

Teachers described using their own money for supplies, voiced a desire to raise their own kids in the district, and expressed nervousness about what would happen if more teachers leave the district for more money. Most were hopeful and a few were angry. At the close of the Community Comment period, most of the teachers left the meeting. 

2015-16 Budget Hearing
Earlier in the summer, the School Board reviewed budget drafts, and, as required by State law, Monday’s meeting included a public hearing on the 2015-16 Budget.

Five funds make up the Shoreline School District Budget. The Board was asked to approve the following expenditure appropriation budgets:
  • General Fund $111,211,382
  • ASB Fund $2,641,000
  • Debt Service Fund $20,853,961
  • Capital Projects Fund $20,241,000
  • Transportation Vehicle Fund $1,060,000
Nearly 200 pages of detail on the five funds can be found in the August 24 meeting packet.

Deputy Superintendent Marla Miller pointed out that the 2015-16 General Fund Beginning Fund Balance is $15,627,786 and that the Ending Fund Balance will be $13,911,194, reflecting a reduction of approximately $1.7 million. 

General Fund Notes
• Maintains school staffing standards on the “Shoreline Model” with librarians, nurses, music specialists, family advocates, and paraprofessionals. 
• Levy funds pay for the Shoreline Model, which is not standard in all districts. 
• State funds cover about two-thirds the cost of a position. 
• State funds pay for five schools’ All-Day Kindergarten (ADK) programs. The district covers the rest of the schools; families are no longer charged for ADK tuition. 
• The State would like to reduce reliance on local levies to ensure greater equity across districts.

If and when the State alters districts’ current reliance on local levies, allocations directly from the state would come with limitations on how the funds can be used. Currently, Districts have flexibility to decide how to staff their schools. If more money comes from the state and less from local levy collection, additional requirements and restrictions will be imposed. State funding for ADK comes with additional requirements that the District will implement in order to use the state money. 

Capital Projects Fund Notes
• Monies cannot come over to the general fund to pay for smaller class sizes.
• Entirely locally funded; the District does not get State money aside from large projects like the new high schools. 

Questions From the Board and Points of Discussion
• Salaries comprise 85.38% of the 2015-16 budget. This figure remains consistent, with 84.5% in 2014-15 and 86.22% in 2013-14. 
• ASB Funds are being used in a more timely fashion than in previous years. 

As a part of the Budget Hearing, Board President Jacobs called for Public Comment.
--Tom Jamieson, a Shoreline resident and parent of a Shoreline Schools graduate, explained that he is neutral on the budget yet wanted to speak about past business involving the School District and the City of Shoreline. Mr. Jamieson described the Surface Water Utility dispute and stated that it is time for the district to pay its fair share. [For history of this issue, see the April 2012 Shoreline City Council Agenda Item 7e and a July 2012 news story about the City Council’s vote to continue the waiver on a temporary basis 

When no other community members spoke about the budget, Board President Jacobs closed the hearing and read Resolution No. 2015-13 Fixing, Approving, and Adopting the 2015-16 Budgets and Certification of Budget and Excess Levies for the 2016 Tax Year. 

Superintendent Rebecca Miner thanked District Staff, and Director Spangenberg in particular, for working hard to prepare the budget in a year that the process was very late. 

Board Reports
Debi Ehrlichman offered thanks ahead of time to the community groups and volunteers who put together the Back to School Event, which will be held this Saturday, August 29. Noting the smoke in the air, Director Ehrlichman expressed concern for the citizens in Eastern Washington who are contending with the fires.

Dick Nicholson reported on the recent KCDA board meeting and described how “sales are booming.” 

Mike Jacobs is looking forward to the upcoming school year and thanked all those in attendance.

The Board moved into an Executive Session following the adjournment of the meeting.


Edmonds police seeking owner of dog who bit 6-year-old Shoreline boy at Brackett’s Landing

Police are seeking the owner, shown here
playing with his dog last Thursday
before the child was bitten.
Photo courtesy Edmonds Police Department

Edmonds police are looking for the owner of a pit bull/shepherd mix dog who bit a 6-year-old Shoreline boy at the north end of Brackett’s Landing beach on the Edmonds waterfront last Thursday, August 19.

According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley, after the dog, who was off leash, bit the child in the face, the owner left the scene with the dog and didn’t identify himself. The boy’s mother happened to be taking a cell phone video of the boy at the time of the attack, and police captured photos from that video.

Another shot of the dog owner
Photo courtesy Edmonds Police

The child was taken to Swedish Edmonds following the attack for treatment of punctures to the area around his mouth, chin and arm, Hawley said.

If you can identify the owner, described as a white male, contact Animal Control Officer Debbie Dawson at 425-771-0205.


Echo Lake IS closed

It's not an error this time, Echo Lake really is closed.

The bacteria levels have risen to an unsafe level and the lake has been posted. It joins Hidden Lake, which has been closed and continues to have high bacteria levels.

The current conditions in both lakes make them unsuitable for recreational water activities. Signs indicating closure will remain in place at Hidden Lake, and signs will be posted at Echo Lake this morning.

Results from the next sampling will be available on Tuesday, September 1.

Both lakes will remain closed until such time as it is safe to reopen.For questions, contact Surface Water Quality Specialist Melissa Ivancevich at (206) 801-2453.


Outdoor movie on Sept 12 to benefit Children's Hospital

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Here's another opportunity for a movie under the stars. The Little Lemon Drops orthopedic guild is holding their annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital with an outdoor movie on Saturday, Sept 12 at the Innis Arden Clubhouse, 1430 NW 188th in Shoreline.

$5 suggested donation to support uncompensated care at Children's. Pizza, beer / wine available for sale. Raffle tickets $10.

The movie is family friendly Big Hero. Doors open 6pm, movie at 8pm.


One More for the Summer To-Do List: Donate Blood

By Tom Petersen

The Bloodworks mobile unit will be in Richmond Beach on Saturday, August 29, ready for walk-ups and those with appointments from 10am until 4pm. It will be at its customary location, in front of the Shoreline Fire Safety Center, at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 20th Ave NW.

There is currently a critical shortage of Type O blood, both positive and negative, but all blood types are welcome and encouraged to donate. (If you don’t know your type, Bloodworks will figure it out and let you know!)

Appointments can be made online. All donors must have photo ID when coming to the bloodmobile. The bloodmobile is air conditioned and radio equipped, so it is a very pleasant place on a summer day!


Good Kings Come in Small Packages - children's show at LFP Presbyterian

Good Kings Come in Small Packages - a show by and for kids
Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church
Friday, August 28 at 7pm or Saturday August 29 at 4pm

Good Kings Come in Small Packages is a wonderful children's musical version of the story of Josiah who became king of Judah when he was only 8 years old.

Even though he had a "bad king" as a father he learned to know, love and trust God's instructions for life: the 10 commandments. Josiah became a very good king!

Although at first he just had fun letting everyone eat lots of candies and cookies and playing hooky he eventually learned to love vegies from Brussel sprouts to broccoli and became the king he was born to be with the help of a wise elder who cared about him!

Come enjoy the singing and dancing and jokes that will leave kids of all ages with a big smile on their faces and encouragement in their hearts: good things DO come in a YOU SIZED package when you love and imitate Jesus! Our shows are free so invite a friend!

This show is appropriate for kids from 4-12.

This show was produced by our Children's Summer Art program in which kids helped make all the props and scenery and contributed to producing our show.

Lake Forest Park Church, 17440 Brookside Blvd NE,  LFP 98155, 206-364-2712


Shoreline Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services / Tree Board Regular Meeting Thursday

Regular Meeting Thursday, August 27, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (please note earlier time)
City Hall Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N

Agenda Highlights full agenda
  • Parks and Open Spaces in Densifying Neighborhoods Discussion
  • Critical Areas Ordinance Update


Shoreline Library donates flash drives to Back to School Event

Shoreline Library donates flash drives
to Back to School Event

This Saturday is the annual Back to School Event for the Shoreline School District. Qualified students receive haircuts, clothing vouchers and a backpack filled with school supplies.

In the backpack is a brochure about library services. Each student who brings the coupon on the brochure to the Shoreline library will receive a flash drive or another useful prize.

We want students participating in Back to School to become familiar with our library!

Cash donations as well as gently used clothing can still be donated to the Back to School Drive. Any surplus from Saturday is kept by the PTA's The Works for distribution during the school year.


SEC announces asset freeze against Potala Place Shoreline developer

The developer of Potala Place Shoreline in Aurora Square is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, charged with fraud. See previous story.

Washington D.C., Aug. 25, 2015 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an asset freeze obtained against a man in Bellevue, Wash., accused of defrauding Chinese investors seeking U.S. residency through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program by investing in his companies.

The SEC alleges that Lobsang Dargey and his “Path America” companies have raised at least $125 million for two real estate projects: a skyscraper in downtown Seattle and a mixed-use commercial and residential development containing a farmers’ market in Everett, Wash.  But Dargey diverted $14 million for unrelated real estate projects and $3 million for personal use including the purchase of his $2.5 million home and cash withdrawals at casinos.

“We allege that Dargey promised investors their money would be used to develop specific real estate projects approved under the EB-5 program, but he misused millions of dollars to enrich himself and jeopardized investors’ prospects for U.S. residency,” said Jina L. Choi, Director of the SEC’s San Francisco Regional Office.

According to the SEC’s complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington:
  • Under the EB-5 program, foreign citizens may qualify for U.S. residency if they make a qualified investment of at least $500,000 in a specified project that creates or preserves at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers.
  • Dargey and his companies obtained investments from 250 Chinese investors under the auspices of the EB-5 program.  Path America SnoCo and Path America KingCo operated as regional centers through which EB-5 investments could be made. 
  • Dargey told U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and EB-5 investors that he would use investor money only for the Seattle skyscraper and Everett, Wash., projects.
  • Dargey and his companies misled investors about their ability to obtain permanent residency by investing in the Path America projects.  For example, Dargey knew that USCIS can deny investors’ residency applications if investor money is used for a project that materially departs from the approved business plan presented to USCIS.  Dargey failed to tell investors that he and his companies had departed from the business plan by using investor money for personal expenses and unrelated projects.

Late yesterday, the court granted the SEC’s request for an asset freeze and issued an order restraining Dargey and his companies from soliciting additional investors.  The SEC also was granted an order expediting discovery, prohibiting the destruction of documents, and requiring Dargey to repatriate funds he transferred to overseas bank accounts.

The SEC’s investigation was conducted by Brent Smyth and Michael Foley of the San Francisco office and supervised by Steven Buchholz.  The SEC’s litigation will be led by Mr. Smyth and Susan LaMarca.  The SEC appreciates the assistance of the USCIS. 

Assets from the alleged fraud project were frozen by Judge James L. Robart. Dargey is scheduled for a preliminary hearing for the three fraud claims on Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court in Seattle.

updated 08-28-2015


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