Plan now for Karaoke / Bingo on Feb 10 at Senior Center

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Friday, February 10
Karaoke - Bingo Valentine
Senior Center
18560 1st Ave S #1


City Council meetings in LFP Thursday

At a special meeting of the Lake Forest Park City Council, applicants for two positions on the Planning Commission will be interviewed at 6:45pm.

The regular council meeting will begin at 7pm with two public hearings - one on the Critical Areas Ordinance and one on the Shoreline Schools District Bond Levy.

After a proclamation declaring February as Children's Dental Health month, two new police officers will be sworn in.

Following the Consent Calendar, the new Planning Commissioners will be sworn in and the council will vote on whether to support the school bond. The Critical Areas Update will be introduced.

Meetings are held in City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger, northeast corner of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.


Letter to the Editor: Wholehearted endorsement of Shoreline Schools bond

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for the upcoming Shoreline Schools bond proposition. As a parent of a preschooler and a 4th grader who both attend schools in the Shoreline school district, I’m excited about the proposed early learning campus and the new middle schools.

Without a doubt, early learning gives us the biggest bang for our educational buck. Many studies indicate that kids who have access to quality preschool programs earn more and are more likely to graduate from high school. They are less likely to repeat grades, need special education services, or get into trouble with the law as they get older. The idea for an early learning campus is very forward thinking of the Instructional Programming Committee, and I am grateful to them for being cognizant of all of our learners.

In addition, designing and building new middle schools will benefit our kids’ futures. We need middle schools with great science labs, improved plumbing, roofing, and windows, adequate plugs for the technology that educators and students are using, and flexible spaces to accommodate programs we haven’t even imagined yet. Plus, the plan to move 6th grade into our middle schools will be most successful if new buildings can be designed with this grade reconfiguration in mind.

Lake Forest Park PTA wholeheartedly endorses this bond proposition. Will you join us in voting yes for our schools?

Marley Banker
Lake Forest Park


Physical Poetry was sold out - again

Physical Poetry cast

Shorecrest Hip Hop last week hosted their 10th Annual PHYSICAL POETRY, featuring groups from all over the Northwest. 

Rex Kinney, coach of the Shorecrest Hip Hop dance club, reports that both shows on Friday and Saturday night sold out in record time to an audience of over 900 community members.

This is becoming to be a show that you just can' miss! Keep posted on our 2018 show as we celebrate the Hip Hop Program's 25th year at Shorecrest!


Jobs: Assistant Region Traffic Engineer - Design & Safety Management

WSDOT Shoreline - Assistant Region Traffic Engineer - Design and Safety Management

The Assistant Region Traffic Engineer will play a huge role in ensuring that WSDOT Traffic Operation systems are designed, developed and maintained to ensure the safe and reliable movement of people, goods and resources throughout our region.

The Assistant Region Traffic Engineer, among other things will supervise our Traffic Design and Safety Management Teams, provide expert traffic and safety analysis, and guide delivery of low-cost traffic operations projects on time and within budget.

Full description and application here


Legislative hearing on airplane particulate emssions

The Washington state House environment committee will hold a hearing on HB 1171 Tuesday, January 24 at 1:30pm in the House Hearing Room B, John L. O'Brien, Olympia.

HB 1171 funds a cutting edge scientific assessment of the harms to human health and the environment resulting from SeaTac Airport operations.

The NexGen airplane guidance system funnels airplane arrivals to SeaTac into a narrow corridor which flies over Shoreline. Concerns are noise pollution and ultrafine particulate matter emissions from air traffic.

Local representatives from the Quiet Skies Puget Sound coalition will attend the hearing. Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-46 has signed on as a sponsor of the bill. Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-32 is a member of the committee.

Residents can attend the hearing in person or they can submit written testimony via the legislative website (click on "Comment On This Bill.") Written testimony must be submitted before the hearing, which starts at 1:30pm Tuesday.

Hearing are televised on TVW

Live video is available at the stated time. Archived video becomes available approximately two hours after the close of the hearing or floor session.

Jan 24, 2017 House Environment at 01:30pm


Stay strong and ski injury free this season

Monday, January 23, 2017
Lori Mock is the owner of Motus Physical Therapy and medical staff with the USA Ski and Snowboard teams

By Lori Mock

Ski and snowboard season is upon us and we are all excited to hit the slopes. Here are some tips to help your body stay strong and ski injury free throughout the season.

Most injuries are the result of poor conditioning or faulty equipment.

The most common injuries among alpine skiers and snowboarders are knee sprains, shoulder injuries, head and face injuries, and wrist and thumb injuries.

The knee is the most commonly injured joint, resulting in about one-third of all ski injuries. Injury rates and type vary with uncontrollable factors such as weather and snow conditions. Proper equipment and conditioning, however, are factors that we can control.

Here is a check list before you head to the mountains
  • Be sure you are in good physical condition when you set out on a ski outing. If you are out of shape, select ski runs carefully and gradually build your way up to more challenging trails. Skiers can increase their safety and performance this winter by starting with a conditioning program that includes four components: endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. Aerobic fitness is the key to preventing the end-of-the-day injuries (the last run). Strength and flexibility, focusing on the legs and core, are vital in injury prevention. Balance training is also an important component of a winter sport-conditioning program.
  • Warm up. Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury. Warm up with jumping jacks, running or walking in place for 3 to 5 minutes. Take a couple of slow ski runs to complete your warm up. The few minutes spent warming up will be well worthwhile in injury prevention.
  • Hydrate. Even mild levels of dehydration can affect physical ability and endurance. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after skiing.
  • Skiers and snowboarders should examine their equipment prior to the first run. Are the skis, poles and boots in good condition and properly sized for the individual’s weight, size and skill? Make sure the bindings are also properly adjusted.
  • Many injuries happen at the end of the day, when people try to get in one last run before the day's end. A majority of these injuries can easily be prevented if you prepare by keeping in good physical condition and stopping when you are tired or in pain.

Tips for conditioning
  • Improving flexibility in your ankles, knees and hips will allow for proper shock absorption during your trips down the slopes. Good thoracic rotation will help with providing good mobility for balance and keeping your trunk in the right positions.
  • Incorporate sport specific dynamic exercises into your training program that link the core, hips, and legs. Skiing and snowboarding are complex sports. Training these muscular networks is vital.
  • Stretching: Stretching post-snowboarding or skiing can decrease lactic acid build up and can keep your joints and tissue mobile. Even a quick 10-minute stretch can do wonders for you the next day.
  • Perform active recovery: Easy gentle mobility exercises such as air squats or yoga movements can flush your system from unwanted toxins that can build up after a long day of skiing or boarding.
  • Treat yourself: Sometimes foam rollers aren’t enough to relieve those sore muscles. Soft tissue mobilization from massages not only feels great but helps with circulation while promoting a relaxing recovery.

Enjoy this snow season and stay healthy on your mountain trips!


Jobs: Part-time Passport Agent – SATURDAY HOURS ONLY

The City of Lake Forest Park has an opening for a Part-time Passport Agent – SATURDAY HOURS ONLY.

This is a part-time position with no set schedule. The employee will work Saturdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm when customer demand for passports is high and/or when regular Passport Agents cannot work their assigned shift on Saturdays. Position will begin as soon as the successful applicant can complete the training and certification process to become a certified Passport Agent.

Full description and application here


Map your neighborhood training at LFP Citizens' Commission

Lake Forest Park Citizens Commission will be having a "Map Your Neighborhood" event on Tuesday evening, January 24, 2017, at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, at the Stage Area.

This event is free, open to the public, and non-partisan.

It is the officially adopted, emergency preparedness / disaster planning program, in Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Shoreline.

There will be a training session for the public to attend and then go back to their local neighborhoods to execute the program.

The program is designed to fill the needs during a disaster-type emergency when and where your local police, fire, medical, or utility crews cannot respond in the usual time-frames we are used to.

This Program encourages neighbors to form smaller groups of neighbors that can check on each other and help each other in the event of help needed, and to help secure their property from fires, potential flooding (broken water pipes), and explosions from gas-related events, all within the Golden Hour.

Map your Neighborhood

Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma and reduce property damage. In addition, contributing as an individual and working together as a team helps develop stronger communities and improve the quality of life in the community.

The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level and teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive.


Lynnwood Link Extension update

Lynnwood Link timeline

From Sound Transit

2016 was a busy year for the Lynnwood Link Extension LLE project. Our staff, in coordination with jurisdictional and transit agency partners, started the LLE project's final design phase and began further refining the project's guideway, stations and operating systems. The 30%, 60% and 90% (ready for construction) milestones during this phase are named for their association with a general level of design "completeness". 30% design was completed in the fall and we are working to finish 60% this spring. The LLE project anticipates starting early construction in late 2018 and opening for service in 2023.

Project team and members of the public
review documents at the 30 percent station
design open houses in November 2016.
Photo courtesy Sound Transit
Summary of the 30 percent station design open houses

In November of 2016, the LLE project outreach team hosted three open houses and an online open house featuring the 30% station designs an update on project progress and an opportunity for public comment. Over 4,000 people actively engaged with the project during this time both in person or online.

Project staff received over 175 comments and answered many questions during these open houses. Topics included ridership, pedestrian and bike access, bus coordination, parking and general excitement about the project.

All comments gathered from the public are being shared with the project design team as they continue with 60% design.

Coming up next will be an additional opportunity for public involvement when the project reaches the 60% final design milestone, anticipated for this spring. If you were not able to make the November 2016 open houses or are interested in reviewing the materials displayed, please visit our document archive.

Participation by the numbers
  • More than 400 people attended three public open houses 
  • More than 3,750 participants visited an online open house 
  • 177 narrative, written comments gathered in-person and from online comment forms 
  • More than 650 station name suggestions submitted online and in-person

 Ongoing fieldwork

Sound Transit work crew
uses geotechnical drilling equipment.
Photo courtesy Sound Transit
Work will continue in 2017 and you may see crews in your neighborhood

During 2017, Sound Transit will continue to collect information from the field to inform our final design engineers or project staff.

You may see teams with orange vests and hard hats near the Interstate 5 corridor between Northgate and Lynnwood completing a variety of work activities including utility potholing, geotechnical drilling, and land and tree surveys.

For descriptions of these types of work, look back to our May 21, 2015 project update.

Our Community Outreach team will be reaching out to notify property owners in advance of work where necessary and if you have questions, please give us a call or send us an email.


Photo: Enjoying LaConner at sunset

La Conner bridge
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Just before Lee sent this photo, I was emailing with an old neighbor who moved to La Conner, and wondering why it had been so long since I had been there.

Then Lee sent the photo. It's a clear omen that I need to go back. It has probably changed a lot - hopefully for the better. It was a cute little tourist town - lovely setting on the river, with a pretty restaurant on the other side of the bridge. I don't remember the food but I remember the huge windows overlooking the river.



On the Mayor's Mind: Building a strong community

Mayor Chris Roberts
By Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts

This past weekend, numerous Shoreline residents engaged in many different forms of civic action, from watching the inauguration of the 45th President, to participating in the student walkout on Friday, to marching in the Womxn’s March on Saturday.

It is encouraging for me to see so many people engaged in our political processes.

The actions our community members take to better our community do not go unnoticed.

At our first council meeting of the year, the Council unanimously named a trail near Fremont Pl and NE 160th "Gloria's Path" in recognition of Gloria Bryce.

As it was mentioned during public comment, Gloria's fingerprints are everywhere in the history of Shoreline. She served on both the initial committee that helped incorporate the City and the long range financial sustainability committee, as well as on the boards of the Shoreline Historical Museum and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council. Her efforts in cleaning and maintaining the trail improved our community by creating a new pedestrian connection that is used daily by many residents.

Gloria is just one of thousands of Shoreline residents who take action to create a more welcoming, more inclusive, stronger community.

As a community we plant flowers and pull weeds. We organize community meetings and lead marches. We organize food drives and coach sports teams. We build houses and own businesses. We are teachers and we are healers. We care for our neighbors and perform acts of kindness to strangers.

These everyday actions build a stronger and more robust, more compassionate community. These are the actions and values that the City of Shoreline is built upon.

The Council will consider adoption of Resolution 401 at its next meeting. The resolution states, in part, “that the strength and vitality of our community comes from our rich diversity of cultures, experiences and faiths,” and the “City is committed to ensuring that Shoreline remains a welcoming, inclusive and safe community for all who live, work and visit here.”

The diversity in our community enriches us and makes us better, more understanding people. The conversations I have with Shoreline residents help me become a better representative and open my eyes to new ideas or new approaches.

Our communities are built locally and we shape how our futures will unfold. I am committed to that work and look forward to working with all Shoreline residents to build a more perfect union.


Sound Transit call to artists - perimeter screening artwork project

Schematic plan of the OMFE showing the perimeter fence locations in black. The identified art opportunity is along the western edge of the site, at the top of the schematic.

Sound Transit Call to Artists: Request for Qualifications
  • Perimeter screening artwork project 
  • Operations and Maintenance Facility East, Bellevue, WA
  • Sound Transit Art Program (STart)
  • Design budget: $75,000 (all-inclusive of fees, costs, and taxes)
  • Fabrication and installation budget: $750,000 (all-inclusive of all fees, costs, travel and taxes)
  • Eligibility: open to professional artists or artist teams who reside in the United States
  • Application: Submission of an online application is required for this opportunity
  • Deadline: 5pm PST on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 

4Culture will manage the application and artist selection process for this Sound Transit art opportunity.

Full RFQ for this project

More information and full Request for Qualifications is available here

Artwork project description

Due to sight lines and the future trail activity, the most significant opportunity at the OMFE is its perimeter fence, particularly on the facility's western edge. The OMFE's design/build contractor will work with the selected artist to develop the supporting structure for this perimeter fence and will fabricate and install that structure and concrete base.


The Sound Transit Art Program (STart) is developing a major artwork to screen the perimeter of a planned train yard in Bellevue, Washington, otherwise known as the Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility: East (OMFE). STart is seeking a professional artist who demonstrates an interest in, and has past experience developing, lineal artwork. The artwork response is anticipated to be fabricated largely in metal. Submission requirements for this art opportunity are detailed below.

OMFE project summary

Sound Transit, based in Seattle, Washington, is in the design and construction phase for Link light rail corridors north, south and east of Seattle. The agency is building a network of light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit to serve the greater Puget Sound metropolitan area, including cities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

To care for the additional 90 light rail vehicles that will be added to the fleet when those light rail extensions open, Sound Transit is building a second train yard that will be in Bellevue, Washington. The OMFE will be a nearly 25-acre, rectangular switching yard, with maintenance and operations buildings clustered in its center. The south and east edges of the facility are being designed to accommodate future "transit-oriented development" projects, while the north and west sides of the facility will abut a bicycle/pedestrian trail and protected wetlands.


Shoreline City Council Monday - Ronald Wastewater Board - Parks planning - Immigration Status inquiries

Shoreline City Council Meetings Monday at City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N.

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Special Meeting 5:45pm with the Ronald Wastewater District Board

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm

Agenda includes:
  • Adoption of Res. No. 400 – Permit Angle Parking on Certain Streets
  • Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Execute Purchase Orders Totaling $180,333 to Purchase a 2017 Freightliner Truck and Accessory Equipment for the Street Operations Division
  • Adoption of Res. No. 401 Declaring the City of Shoreline to be an Inviting, Equitable and Safe Community for All and Prohibiting Inquiries by City of Shoreline Officers and Employees Into Immigration Status and Activities Designed to Ascertain Such Status
  • Discussion of Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan Goals, Policies and Strategic Actions
  • Discussion of Res. No. 399 - Adoption Title VI Plan

Link to full Agenda - Download staff documents

Comment on Agenda items


Lake Forest Park Acupuncture and Massage now open

Kieran and Dijana

Lake Forest Park Acupuncture and Massage is now open and serving the local Lake Forest Park and Shoreline community.

The owners and practitioners, Dijana and Kieran, are Lake Forest Park residents who designed a clinic centered around providing you with the best services and care possible. They offer a safe and relaxing environment for you to enjoy your treatments.

Open in Lake Forest Park
Acupuncture and Massage
Dijana Novak practices Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, tui na, dietary analysis, and herbal consultation.

Practice room

Kieran McManimon specializes in Thai massage, rehabilitative massage, deep tissue massage, and Swedish / relaxation massage. Prior to this opening, Kieran was involved in our community teaching yoga at the Dale Turner YMCA.

Lake Forest Park Acupuncture and Massage does accept many major insurance plans, and they offer a discounted rate for seniors. For more insurance information visit their website  or give them a call at 206-364-1481

Lake Forest Park Acupuncture and Massage is located at 18724 35th Ave NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.


Letter to the Editor: School buildings are old and unsafe

To the Editor:

While the proposed Shoreline School District construction bond will not directly affect my family, I’ve always voted for school initiatives because I think it’s impossible for them to ask for too much as they have so little to do their jobs with! The residents who write these tax initiatives are intelligent and thoughtful neighbors, at least the ones I personally know.

The buildings are old and are becoming unsafe for our children. And we have learned that a healthier school environment would be a merging of sixth grade into the seventh and eighth grades. The district has shown repeated financial accountability and good common sense in spending our tax money. Having an $800k savings by retiring a bond early is one impressive example. And there will be much needed transportation improvements around the school areas.

Our school district is on a steep growth path so we need to accommodate those new families to insure the health of our community for the future. Your grandchildren may even want to live here - especially if we preserve and enhance our education system.

Please join me in support of this bond. Vote yes by February 14th!

Donna Hawkey
Lake Forest Park


Authors at Third Place - Hopkins, Bergstrom, Lawson, Riley

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Third Place Books is on the national circuit for authors promoting their new books, so we get to stay up to date on the latest releases. And we get to hear presentations from the authors themselves. If you purchase the book, you can get it signed.

After the holiday break, it's back to a full schedule this week. Here are the offerings:

Ellen Hopkins
The You I've Never Known
Tuesday, January 24 at 7pm
How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves for both the last and the very first time.

Dr. Richard Bergstrom and Leona Bergstrom
Third Calling: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm
Third Calling is a powerful book about finding purpose, passion and spiritual significance in a new season of life. Richard and Leona Bergstrom share thoughtful insights drawn from their own experiences, as well as from the lives of others. The book will inspire and encourage you and the practical steps presented will guide you through a process to re-ignite dreams and unleash new possibilities.

M.A Lawson
K Street
Thursday, January 26 at 7pm
Gripping, cinematic, and endlessly entertaining, K Street is the third installment of M.A. Lawson's Kay Hamilton series, which follows our tough, gun-toting, and fearless heroine as she sets out to find answers and exact revenge.

James Riley
Story Thieves : Secret Origins
Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm 
Bethany travels to a new fictional world to rescue her father in this third book in the New York Times bestselling series, Story Thieves which was called a fast-paced, action-packed tale by School Library Journal from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.


Louisa May Alcott’s classic story, Little Women, comes to SMT

Seattle Musical Theatre, Seattle’s longest-running musical theatre company, has begun production for the third show of its 39th season, Little Women: The Musical.

The show runs from February 17th through March 12th; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm, and a special Thursday performance on March 9th at 7:30pm. 

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested - her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. 
Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.

The original production starred the unparalleled Sutton Foster, who received Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk nominations for her performance.

The SMT production is directed and choreographed by Andrew R. Coopman, with musical direction by Alyssa Taubin.

The cast includes Danielle Barnum, Alyssa Hope Maas, Sarah Fairchild, Carly Hutchinson, Shoshauna Schepps Mohlman, Dawn Brazel, Shane Patrick Hoffman, David M. Connolly, Nick Hyatt, with Alana Peters-Whiting and Taylor Davis rounding out the Ensemble.

Tickets are currently on sale for Little Women: The Musical, as well as for the final show of SMT’s 39th season, the Cole Porter classic, Kiss Me Kate.

Go to the website  to learn more about the company and our upcoming season. Tickets for Little Women: The Musical are here


Shorecrest varsity hip hop team takes First in category

Shorecrest varsity hip hop team
at Redmond high school

On Saturday, January 21, the Shorecrest Varsity Hip Hop Team competed at the Redmond HS Invitational and took 1st Place in the Hip Hop Category.

There were 12 teams competing in Hip Hop and the Scots took top honors. This was the team's 3rd competition of the year, previously taking 2nd at the Bellevue Invitational on December 10th and 1st at the Interlake Invitational on January 7th.

The team finishes off their regular season with two more events at Eastlake HS on February 4th and Kentwood HS on February 25th.

The team hopes to qualify for Districts and State where they are the defending state champions for the past two years.


LFP City Council to discuss aquifer recharge area rule and tree regulations update

City of Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017 Lake Forest Park City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 6pm - 7pm

Council Discussion Topics

1. Review of Proposed Critical Areas Ordinance; Critical Aquifer Recharge Area (CARA) Rules

2. Discussion of Tree Regulations Update


Jobs: Procurement & Supply Specialist
WSDOT is currently seeking a Procurement and Supply Specialist for its Northwest Region (NWR) Purchasing Office located in Shoreline. This position will be providing the NWR with inventory management and procurement support.

Complete description and application information here


Ballots for special election to be mailed Wednesday

Photo by Chris Roberts
By Evan Smith

Ballots for the February 14 special election will arrive soon.

King County elections officials will mail ballots to all registered voters Wednesday.

The deadline to register by mail or online to vote in the election or for current Washington voters to update their addresses was January 16, but new Washington voters may register in person through February 6 at either the King County elections office in Renton or the county elections annex in downtown Seattle.

Ballot drop boxes in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park will open Thursday.

The only item on local ballots will be a Shoreline School District bond measure to rebuild the district’s two middle schools and one of its elementary schools and to build an early learning center.

The bond measure requires a 60 percent “yes” vote to pass and needs a minimum turnout of 16,002 voters – 40 percent of the number of ballots cast in the district during the last general election.

Shoreline School District Proposition 1 is one of only two measures on February ballots around King County.

Cities and school districts around Washington often are reluctant to put bond measures on the ballot in the year after a presidential election because the required turnout is high due to the high turnout the previous November.

Voters must leave ballots in drop boxes by Election Day at 8pm or mail them so they get postmarked by February 8.

Here is the Shoreline School District ballot title:

Shoreline School District No. 412

Proposition No. 1

Bonds to Rebuild Schools and Build an Early Learning Center

The Board of Directors of Shoreline School District No. 412 adopted Resolution No. 2016-19, concerning a proposition to enhance the learning environment and relieve overcrowding. This proposition would authorize the District to:  rebuild Kellogg Middle School, Einstein Middle School and Parkwood Elementary School; build an Early Learning Center at the Children's Center Site that will house the District's mandatory Early Childhood Education program, as well as Shoreline Children's Center and Head Start programs; issue no more than $250,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 2016-19. Should this proposition be:

Approved __

Rejected ___


Crime in Shoreline week ending 1-17-17 mental issues and exploding mailboxes

Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week ending January 17, 2017

Mental health issues: 2 different people in care facilities reported being struck by caregivers - one is being investigated, the other is known to be delusional. Agitated male calls and asks for help. Man found running through the parking lot at Ballinger Village. 3 suicide attempts. 2 males tried to strangle their girlfriends.

01-02  Person found passed out in vehicle at Petco parking lot with 2 year old child in car.
01-04  Boyfriend of one year struck girlfriend in face and stomach with a closed fist.
01-06  Driver with revoked license crashed her car on Aurora at 200th.
01-07  Homeowner came home to discover that shoes had been moved in a suspicious manner.
01-09  Dodge Durango parked at Goodwill had Ford Ranger license plates. Neither reported stolen. No contact with owners. Officer took plates.
01-09  Road rage incident at 152nd and Aurora. Drivers got out of cars and got in a shoving match.
01-09  Man charged with larceny for taking a $2.99 mug from Goodwill.
01-09  Vet with PTSD has breakdown in Wells Fargo bank. Known to police RADAR program.
01-10  Computers stolen from Horizon School. School was locked up for break.
01-10  Wells Fargo deposit bag stolen from office at Holyrood.
01-11  Took wallet and registration from unlocked vehicle.
01-11  Husband hit wife in side of head with fist while they were at Rich's Car Corner parking lot.
01-12  Highly intoxicated female transported to detox.
01-12  Suspect flees from parked, stolen vehicle at 188th and Aurora after arguing with passenger.
01-12  An hour after being Trespassed from Costco, drunken man loiters in Home Depot parking lot, then tells police he wants them to shoot him.
01-12  Woman arrested on felony warrant had heroin on her person.
01-12  Woman in traffic stop had meth and heroin - and no license.
01-12  Two individuals charged after being observed spray painting under 10th Ave NW bridge.
01-14  Unknown suspect blowing up mailboxes in the area of 1500 NE 171st and NE 178th and other locations around Shoreline.


Voices from the Womxn's March on Seattle

On Jackson, headed toward 4th Ave
Photo by Janet Way

By Diane Hettrick

The Womxn's March on Seattle took place on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The 3.6 mile route ran from Judkins Park in the Central District to Seattle Center on Queen Anne Hill, going through downtown Seattle on 4th Avenue.

There were so many marchers that the front of the March reached Seattle Center before the back of the March began.

It started and ended with rallies and there were eight "soapbox speakers" along the way. Crowd estimates range from 120 - 200,000 marchers. Many joined along the way.

By every account, the march was peaceful and inspirational.

Shoreline resident Sis Polin said "It was a loving, peaceful, and hopeful experience"

Many local people were in the March as individuals and as groups.

L-R Maryn Wynne, Pat Weber, Sharon Knight from Shoreline
and Linda Marie from North Seattle.

Maryn Wynne
This was an amazing event to participate in. The energy was strong and peaceful. The seeds have been planted.
 We cannot let hate dominate our national conversation. Instead of reacting we need to be proactive. That is what we are trying to change.

l-r Carol Glenn, Kendahl Adjorlolo, Sue Falk, Veronica Cook
Photo courtesy Kendahl Adjorlolo

Kendahl Adjorlolo
I marched because the newly inaugurated president does not realize he has trampled on the people he claims to want to unify: my Mexican neighbors; my immigrant family members; my disabled friends; our muslim partners in prayer who have sacrificed family in service to this country; and me, a woman. 
Marching is a quiet, but strong way to make a point. We are numerous, we are paying attention, and we will not sit back and allow lies and vitriol lead us. 
Today I marched in step with neighbors and friends as well as men women and children of all genders and ages and colors and ethnic backgrounds. 
We marched for many causes, but we all supported each other, knowing each of us wants to work together peacefully for everyone's personal rights, so collectively we are a strong and unified America. Every one of us wants President Trump to change his tune.

Janet Way with a poster of her grandmother's
cousin Alice Paul, a women's rights activist

Janet Way
This event was a remarkable, awesome, and  massive affirmation of people caring about Women's Rights and their country's future. Everyone was patient, friendly and helpful. 
The event was quite well organized and the coordination nationally and internationally today was remarkable.

Photo by Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham

We were with the Richmond Beach Congregational Church youth group and a number of church members.

Chuck Cook, Mary Jo Heller, Mimma Cook, Theresa Jarvis, Dennis Heller
All Shoreline residents except Theresa, who works in Shoreline

Mary Jo Heller

What an honor it was to be part of the largest woman-powered demonstration in the history of the world. Men too walked in support. This was a message to the president that he cannot ignore the hopes and desires of a majority in the country. 

A March Volunteer

Did I tell you how peaceful the marchers were?  I heard many of them thanking the police for their service keeping order and keeping them safe.

Janet Way, Dan Jacoby, Carin Chase, Heather Fralick
32nd District Democrats

Anonymous Volunteer

It was a very uplifting event for the marchers as I was told by many that they were quite depressed on November 8th and particularly the day of the inauguration. 
They felt the first twinge of hope when they participated in the march. There were many men in the march and many on the sidelines along the route who had signs and cheered us on.

Faren Bachells on Richmond Beach Road

Faren Bachells - A march of one

I'm getting over bronchitis and caring for a family member who just had surgery, but I was determined to get out there and stand (well, sit) with my brothers and sisters! 

Marchers had only praise for Metro and Seattle Police

Metro Transit had extra busses available and just started running free shuttles at the congestion points. At the end of the rally they shuttled everyone back downtown to make their regular connections. They put an alert out to their riders to warn them that every bus route was liable to be off schedule for the day.

Updated 1-23-2017


Hands On Valentines at the Shoreline Historical Museum Jan 28

Ready to be someone's Valentine? Drop in at the Shoreline Historical Museum on Saturday, January 28th, 11:00am to 3:00pm, and in about 10 minutes or so, make an old-fashioned Valentine for someone special!

Aimed at 4-12 year-olds, but everyone is welcome! Free, take home what you make!


WeatherWatcher: Arctic Blast of November 1955

Brother and sister Jarvis and Pat Erickson, children of the Butzke pioneers, 
learn to skate on Echo Lake circa 1955.

Vicki Michels, webmaster for the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association, reminded us that there have been times when Echo Lake froze hard enough for ice skating and the ELNA website has the photo to prove it!

Vicki has, with the assistance of Vicki Stiles at the Shoreline Historical Museum, created a large section on the history of the Echo Lake Neighborhood, which can be seen on their website.

Weatherwatcher Carl Dinse got curious about the actual date of the photo and started researching. The following is what Carl discovered.

By Carl Dinse

Another time when Echo Lake was frozen over completely was possibly November 1955. The above photo is estimated to have been taken that year. I had to do a bit of digging through records from Sea-Tac Intentional Airport, which is what the entire Seattle region uses for their official climate record.

The only significant freeze I could find was November, where two nights in a row the low temperature was in the single digits at Sea-Tac. Typically Shoreline reaches slightly colder than Sea-Tac, but this is the closest climate record station I could find to Shoreline for 1955.

Compared to our most recent bout of Arctic blasts this winter, the one in 1955 only lasted a week, and didn't start with much snow, but ended with a respectable snow event as warming started. November 10, 1955 temperatures at Sea-Tac started to drop with a low recording of 36°F and a rainfall of 0.16 inches (could have been a wet snow too that didn't accumulate). November 11th the temperature cracked a high of 38°F before plummeting into the teens. A total of 1.4 inches of snow was recorded that day at Sea-Tac.

For November 12th - 17th temperatures remained below freezing, setting all time records that have yet to be broken today for coldest temperatures in November.

Low temperatures:
November 11th: 15°F
November 12th: 13°F
November 13th: 14°F
November 14th: 9°F
November 15th: 6°F
November 16th: 21°F
November 17th: 23°F

Here's the temperature graphs and precipitation graphs reconstructed from Sea-Tac compared to historic average:

Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station (Seattle's climate record station).
Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station

Here's the precipitation graph for November 1955:
Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station.
Below is the Daily rain events graph, helps illustrate when large storms moved through:
Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station.
The arctic blast ended with what appears to be an atmospheric river or "Pineapple express". On November 17, 1955 4.6 inches of new snow fell as temperatures started rising, before changing over to rain. On that same day 0.35 inches of rain was recorded (some may have been snow melt off). November 18th had 1.28 inches of rain -- classic signature of an atmospheric river with temperatures getting back to near 50°F.


Statement from Shorewood student protest organizer

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Jose Luis Gandara, Shorewood student organizer of the Friday Inauguration Student Protest, released this statement:

I think that the protest served its purpose. We attracted 150+ students and a good amount of media attention, which allowed us to make sure that the people of Seattle and Shoreline knew how the students of our schools felt.

However, we're a long way from accomplishing what we want.

No justice movement ever happened in a day - and so we understand that no single walkout or event will result in any widespread change. However, we seek to communicate to our cities and our schools that hate and injustice will not be normalized over the next 4 years.

The worst thing that can happen is that people go back to a mindset of complacency and "it is what it is."

Though we can't directly change what our president and legislators will do, we can work to ensure that even on the most local and personal of levels, we continue to preserve our ideas of what is right and just.


Recipe: Slow cooker ham & beans

Slow Cooker Ham and Beans

  • 1 pound dry white beans
  • 2 smoked ham hocks or shanks
  • 1/2-3/4 pound ham, cubed (optional)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 1/2 cups water (or fill empty tomato can)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt


Cover beans with water and soak overnight in the refrigerator. Alternately, cover beans with water, bring to a boil and drain well.

Place all ingredients except salt and hot sauce in a slow cooker, with the ham hocks on the bottom. Cover and cook on high for about 6 hours or on low for about 8 hours.

When the beans are tender, use a fork to mash some of the beans against the side of the pot, just until the broth starts to look creamy.

Remove the ham bones. Pull off any ham still clinging to the bones (it should be very tender) and return the ham to the pot.

Stir and continue cooking until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Season to taste with salt and hot sauce. Ham hocks can be quite salty, so be sure to taste before adding additional salt.

Serve with garlic bread or on buttered toast.

This recipe makes a large batch and keeps well in the freezer.

Recipe from Central Market Mill Creek - Culinary Resource Center


Death notices as of January 21, 2017

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times

Elfreide "Frieda" J. Henning  1931-2016  Frieda was born in Germany and naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1997. Married 47 years and mother of three children, grandmother of three. "She loved working on her home, playing pool, dancing, cards, and camping at the ocean and the mountains."

Einar H. Pedersen  1939-2016  A celebration of life was held at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach for Einar Pedersen, the co-founder of the Olympic Ski School. An avid skiier, he started a small ski shop in Ballard which grew into the Olympic Sports chain, known for its annual Ski Bonkers sale. After fishing for years in Alaska, he and partners started several fishing companies. A proud Norwegian, he was on the Board of the Nordic Heritage Museum and a benefactor for all things Norwegian.

Richard Michael Kuhner  1940-2016  Funeral mass was held at St. Luke in Shoreline. Kuhner had a 31-year career as an executive with Pacific Northwest Bell, AT/T, US West and Quest Communications.

Elmer Clell Norton 1928-2016  A member of the Shoreline Rotary Club for many years, he was heavily involved in Richmond Little League, and actively involved in Seafair, becoming the comptroller through five presidents. Korean War vet, avid skier. Donations suggested to Rotary.

Bob Chivers  1932-2016  Bob died a couple of weeks before his 85th birthday. He was a longtime resident of Shoreline, a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, a volunteer fire fighter, food bank coordinator, and jack-of-all-trades at The Driftwood Players Theater in Edmonds. See obituary

William (Bill) Manning Dilley  1923-2016  Services were held at St. Mark Catholic church in Shoreline. He served in the Navy in WW II and made his home in Shoreline in 1944. He started his own business, Custom Package and Design, in the early 80’s.

Diane Marie Lockhart  1941-2016  Diane loved working in her garden, visiting with her neighbors in her Dayton Ave neighborhood, and creating memorable celebrations for her extended family. Retired from Bank of California.

James A. Morehouse  age 83  Celebration of Life held at the Shoreline Elks club. Donations to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

Ronald Holm  1930-2016  Retired Seattle firefighter and avid square dancer. He loved the water, and boating. Burial at Acacia in Lake Forest Park.

Janice Forsell  1930-2017  Married husband Ron in 1957 and they built a home in Shoreline. She raised three children and supported Ron in his television career.

Jessie Gooding Richeson Perry O'Mara  1916-2017  Passed away in Edmonds. Family in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline.

Betty L. Casey  1923-2017  She was a nurse at Swedish and Northwest hospitals for many years.

Richard William Freitas  1935-2017  Shoreline resident for 55 years. Coached many years in Richmond Little League. Loved gardening and shared his vegetables and flowers with the neighborhood. Burial at Holyrood.

Stig Arne Mansson  1926-2017  Services at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach for Mansson, who was born in Sweden 90 years ago. Employed by RCA Service for 30 years. Member of the Swedish Club. "He enjoyed crosswords, eating lutefisk, and was an excellent cribbage player."

Clydene Staatz  1932-2016  Taught 3rd grade at King's Garden Elementary in Shoreline for 31 years.

William Albert Kelly, MD  1927-2016  Bill and his wife Joan settled in Lake Forest Park to raise their two sons. Bill accepted an Assistant Professorship of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington Medical School, eventually becoming Chairman of the department. He also served as President of the Western Neurosurgical Society. He is known professionally for developing a specialized procedure on the pituitary gland.

Beverlei (Nuzum) Hoerlein  1929-2016  She was a teacher in Hawaii, San Bernardino, and Seattle before retiring to raise her four children in Lake Forest Park. She found time for genealogy research and substitute teaching. She and her husband travelled widely.

Patrick M. Boyle  1932-2017  Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Luke Catholic church in Shoreline. Served in the Army during the Korean war. Attended the UW and worked 35 years for Pacific NW Bell.

Tommie Lynn Robertson  1939-2016  Born in Bremerton and lived in Shoreline. He retired from pharmaceutical sales in 1999 and moved to Shoreline to be close to family. Remembrances are suggested to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Democratic National Committee.

Christina May Lahmer Taran  1920-2017  A spunky lady with a fascinating life, she lived her last days in Shoreline.

John Michael Grosso  1945-2017  Attended Shoreline Community College before joining the Navy in 1965 to serve in Vietnam.

Randy Thompson  1952-2016  Graduated from Shoreline High School in 1971 where he played football. Member of the Iron Workers Local 86. Celebration of life held at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club.

Florence Shapiro  1919-2017  Born in Brooklyn and passed away in Shoreline at the age of 97.


Womxn's March on Seattle - crowds gather

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Judkins Park rally
Photo by Janet Way

11:30am at Judkins Park. A very large crowd gathered for the beginning of the Womxn's March on Seattle.

North end people who didn't get on the charter buses took Metro from the Northgate park n ride. One reported that after watching several totally packed buses go by, Metro added buses to pick up the rest - and it was free.


Students rally in political protest

By Diane Hettrick
Photos by Stephen H. Robinson

Students from Shorecrest, Ingraham, and Shorewood rallied Friday in Shoreline in a political protest against the policies of the newly elected U.S. president.

Ingraham students from north Seattle
march up Aurora to join Shoreline students

Around two hundred students left their classes at lunch time and marched to a gathering place at the Blue Bridge across 155th at Aurora.

Signs expressed their concerns: "Keep money out of politics" "Climate change" "My body My choice", "Keep Fascists out of USA" "Love Trumps Hate" and perhaps what could be called the theme of the rally "We have a voice."

A group from Shorewood waiting for the rally

Marchers were orderly, staying on the sidewalk, waiting for crossing lights. The mood was energetic and impassioned but sober and serious as speakers addressed the crowd.

Motorists honked their support.

Shorecrest students start to arrive

Shorecrest student organizer Ray Mitchell said that organizing a political protest like this isn't easy, but it is achievable, even by high school kids.

Ray said, "We have to stand strong in solidarity with each other to make it through the next four years. A lot of people right now feel like politics is 'too depressing' and that none of it matters, and that is the last thing they should be thinking. Now is the time for action to be taken."

The crowd listens attentively to the speakers, who were standing on the bridge above them.

Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts greets Roberto Saldana,
current president of Shorecrest's Latino Club. 

Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts was one of the speakers.
We are a community that respects the Constitution and the bill of rights. We believe in the freedom of speech, the freedom to assemble, the freedom of conscience, and the freedom of the press. These are the hallmarks of a free and democratic society.  
We will not compromise on these core values that we share. We will not tolerate erosions to our fundamental freedoms. We will not tolerate divisions based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, or religion.

We will continue to use our voice and support the voiceless.

Students protestors allow pedestrian to cross first
as they wait at the light

Roberts was followed by speakers from groups who fear their rights are threatened by the new presidency.

Not all residents thought it was appropriate for students to rally, nor agreed with their viewpoints.


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