Take a virtual ride on the Lynnwood Link

Friday, April 18, 2014

This is a video simulation of the Lynnwood Link Extension’s preferred alignment identified by the Sound Transit Board and provides an animated view of the route and stations based on current designs.

The video starts at the Northgate station, heads north through the heart of Shoreline and finishes at the Lynnwood station. None of these stations or rails exist now. The Snohomish County section shows two routes - one along the west side of the freeway and one up the center of the freeway - because they have not decided on the route.

It is an approximation of what the light rail extension might look like once it is built, but is not intended to show every detail and will change as design progresses.

The preferred alternative was identified from a number of options evaluated in the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and it enables project staff to focus on advancing designs and refining analysis of environmental impacts and mitigation.

The final decision on the route and stations is expected in 2015 after the Final EIS is published, all alternatives in the Draft EIS are under consideration until then.


Earth Day at Ballinger Thriftway next Tuesday

To celebrate Earth Day at Ballinger Thriftway on Tuesday, April 22, they will raffle off a Patagonia backpack filled with Clif Bar snacks and water bottle. Clif Bars will be on sale in the store for 99 cents.

Earth Friendly is a local, environmentally friendly company. For Earth Day, there will be sale prices on their Lemongrass and Lavender liquid hand soap and Grapefruit Dishmate liquid.


Shorecrest meets Marysville Getchell in home tennis match Friday

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Shorecrest girls' tennis team plays a home match with Marysville Getchell Friday after a Thursday match at Everett.

Shorecrest and Getchell meet at Kellogg Middle School at 3:30pm Friday, with junior varsity teams from the two schools playing at the same time at Marysville Getchell High School.

The meeting with Getchell will be the second of the year between the two teams. Shorecrest's 6-1 victory in March didn't count in Wesco 3A standings.

Shorecrest took a 2-3 Wesco 3A record (3-5 overall) into the Thursday match at Everett, after a 7-0 non-conference home loss to Woodinville, April 10, and a 4-3 home conference loss to Stanwood Tuesday

The Shorecrest JVs took a 1-4 (2-6) record into their home match with Everett Thursday after a 7-0 loss at Woodinville and a 6-1 loss at Stanwood.

At Kellogg Middle School, Thursday, April 10

Austin, W, def. Lauren Rutter, SC, 6-0, 6-2;
Springer, W, def Rachel Stevens, SC, 6-1, 7-5:
Miller, W, def. Rosa Rice-Pelepko, SC, 7-5, 6-0:
Naveena, W, def. Alina Tran 6-0, 6-1.

Mosebar/Banks, W, def. Karena Tien/Molly Mrozek SC, 6-3, 6-0;
Matthews/Stafford, W, def. Luci Sui/Zaya Tsolmon, SC, 6-3, 6-1;
McCaw/Koklic, W, def. Bianca Dang/Nora Var, SC, 6-3, 6-2.


Charges added against Seattle lawyer accused of rapes

From our news partner The Seattle Times
King County prosecutors have filed two additional charges of attempted second-degree rape against Danford Grant, a Seattle attorney who now faces a total of nine felony counts in connection with alleged attacks on Asian massage therapists.
One of his victims was a Shoreline woman.

New allegations about the case says that Grant conducted extensive searches on Craigslist and Backpage.com for Asian massage therapists, "conducted online searches for 'rape scenes,' and told at least two of his alleged victims that his wife and children were killed in a car crash."


New Hiking Trips through Shoreline Parks and Recreation

New Hiking Trips
Meet new people, get a workout and explore some of the best destinations in our state without having to plan a single thing. Hiking trips through Shoreline Parks and Recreation take care of all the details allowing you to focus entirely on having a great time.

Our experienced hike leaders know all the best places and will transport and lead you safely though some of the finest trails around. Hikes are designed for a wide range of ages and abilities with each being rated to help you safely select the best one for you. Call 206-801-2600 for more information or to register. 

Upcoming Hikes: 

  • Whidbey Island - History, Beach and Garden Hike - Saturday, May 10, 7:30am-6pm 


Walmart donates $100,000 to Senior Services Meals on Wheels

As part of its Washington state giving program, the Walmart Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Senior Services Meals on Wheels program in Washington so they can help to ensure no senior experiences hunger.

"Walmart is thrilled to partner with Senior Services and their Meals on Wheels program, helping them to raise awareness of senior hunger," said Madeleine Havener, Vice President and Regional General Manager for Walmart in the Northwest. "We're proud to play a part in helping to keep older adults healthy and connected within their community."

Senior Services strives to ensure that no senior experiences hunger. They do this through their Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs as well as referrals to other agencies and food banks. For many, meals are also an opportunity to socialize with other seniors at the senior center or with the delivery driver.

Meals on Wheels offers frozen home-delivered meals for older persons who are unable to leave their home to shop or prepare nutritious meals. The meals are prepared with the special dietary needs of seniors in mind and are adaptable to a variety of special diets. Complete nutritional information is available upon request. Meals are packaged in trays that can be placed either in the microwave or in the conventional oven.

“We are extraordinarily grateful to Walmart for this generous gift,” said Paula Houston, Senior Services CEO. “Meals on Wheels makes it easy for home-bound persons age 60 or more to eat well and remain independent. This $100,000 will provide nearly 20,000 meals for vulnerable seniors in King County.”

The Walmart Foundation, through its State Giving Counsel, recognized local organizations with over $300,000 in grants awarded at the grand re-open of the Walmart Renton store. Along with the $100,000 check presented to the Senior Services Meals on Wheels program, the celebration also included the presentation of checks to local community groups including: the WA United Services Organization, Pike Market Senior Center, Veterans Recreation Rehabilitation Center, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Emergency Feeding Program of King County and Seattle, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County, Hopelink, Share, and Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.


City Light recognized by State Historic Preservation Officer awards

Ross Lodge in Diablo, Whatcom County
after renovation
Photo courtesy Seattle City Light

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) recently announced that Seattle City Light is one of the 11 recipients for the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Seattle City Light was nominated for its rehabilitation of the Ross Lodge in the company town of Diablo, in eastern Whatcom County. Before starting work on the historic Ross Lodge, Seattle City Light made sure that rehabilitation of the lodge would not damage sensitive archaeological resources in the project vicinity. The 75-year old dormitory has been repurposed as an executive conference center after having been abandoned for more than 20 years.

“We are thankful for the honor granted us by the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. This recognition highlights Seattle City Light’s leadership in preservation work and demonstrates our efforts to make historic preservation a priority as the Nation’s Greenest Utility,” Chief of Staff Sephir Hamilton said.

Ross Lodge before renovation by Seattle City Light
Photo courtesy Seattle City Light

Other recent preservation efforts include rehabilitation on the Gorge Inn, the anchor building on old Main Street in Newhalem, part of the Skagit National Register Historic District. “The utility is embracing stewardship of their unique cultural resources in a bold and thoughtful manner. Our hats are off to Seattle City Light,” said Gretchen Luxenberg, a cultural resources specialist with the National Park Service.

The awards program is currently in its 24th year, and exists to recognize persons, organizations and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation. This year, the ceremony will be held on May 13 in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building in Olympia. Washington State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks will be the event speaker. The event coincides with National Historic Preservation Month. The awards are given for preservation efforts that epitomize the spirit of the late Valerie Sivinski, a Tacoma-area architect who became Washington state’s first Capitol conservator.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States.


What's cooking at Central Market

If you're looking for inspiration, answers, tips or new recipes - come by the Culinary Resource Center near Produce at Shoreline Central Market, upper level Aurora Square on Westminster Way.

There's often something to sample, and always recipes for the taking. Below is the lineup for demonstrations.The kiosk is staffed 10 am-6:30pm daily (9 am-5:30pm Sundays) with sampling noon to 4:30pm. If a line appears under the recipe or if the name is in color, you can click to go to the full recipe.

APRIL 18-22, 2014  

Bonus recipe     Bacon Corn Muffins

Sat. April 19   Lamb Leg Provencal
Red Fork Parmesan Mashed Potatoes 

Sun, April 20  Broiled Salmon with our Deli’s Tarragon Citrus Finishing Butter

Mon, April 21  Asian Slaw 

Tues, April 22   Naan Bread Pizzas 


Holy Week at Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of Christ

Richmond Beach Congregational Church,
United Church of Christ
1512 NW 195th St
(corner of 15th NW and Richmond Beach Rd)
Shoreline 98177


Northshore Fire Department announces recent promotions

 From left, Chief Jim Torpin, Captain Mitch Sauer, Battalion Chief Eric Magnuson

The Northshore Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Lieutenant Mitch Sauer to Captain and Lieutenant Eric Magnuson to Battalion Chief. Lieutenants Sauer and Magnuson were recognized for their achievements in front of friends and family at a formal ceremony at fire department headquarters on April 15, 2014.

“We are very pleased to recognize these two individuals for their personal accomplishment and excited for what they will bring to the organization in their new roles,” said Fire Chief Jim Torpin at the badge pinning ceremony.

Mitch Sauer started his firefighting career at the Northshore Fire Department in 1991. He was promoted to a Lieutenant in 2005 and served in the Training Division from 2007-2010. The promotion to Captain is an assignment to the Training Division. Captain Sauer has a real passion for training and is very excited to serve his second assignment to the Training Division.

Eric Magnuson joined the Northshore Fire Department in 1998. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and has been an active member of the department’s Technical Rescue Team since its inception in 2003. Battalion Chief Magnuson brings a strong set of administrative and operational skills to the position.


Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project Open House Tuesday

Lyon Creek December 2010
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project Open House Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join the City, project engineers and environmental experts to discuss the Lyon Creek Flood Reduction Project. Discussion will include project design elements, park restorations, stream corridor improvements and traffic impacts.

Lyon Creek is prone to flooding that damages commercial and residential structures. In 2012, the City was awarded a $3 million grant from FEMA and a $1 million grant from King County to design and construct a flood reduction project.

The City modified its original plan to construct a flood bypass pipe to instead enlarge the culverts through the Town Center under State Route 522. The culvert replacement project will benefit aquatic organisms and provide the same level of flood protection.

Sheridan Beach December 2010
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

Lyon Creek originates in Mountlake Terrace and Brier, flowing through Lake Forest Park and into Lake Washington at Lyon Creek Waterfront Park. With a watershed area of only 2600 acres, it is one of the smallest Lake Washington tributaries. Despite its relatively small size, Lyon Creek causes devastating flooding in Lake Forest Park during large storm events.

The flooding is characterized by the creek overflowing its banks near the Town Center and flowing into McAleer Creek. The flooding causes over $4 million in damage to public and private property for each large event.

Following the December 3, 2007 flood event the City initiated a flood reduction study to identify the source of the flooding and potential solutions. The study was completed in 2009 and recommended that a high flow bypass or culvert replacement be pursued on Lyon Creek to reduce the severity of flooding experienced on lower McAleer Creek and Lyon Creek. 


Overflow crowd expresses grave concerns about projected traffic from Point Wells

Overflow crowd for Point Wells meeting
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Point Wells Traffic Corridor Study Results disclosed at City Hall
Text and photos, Marc Weinberg

Wednesday, April 16, 9pm  .....Tonight's meeting at Shoreline City Hall regarding the Traffic Corridor Study for the Point Wells Development played to a packed and overflowing crowd. The City had to set up more chairs and that wasn't even enough for the standing room only group that spilled into the lobby. The crowd was estimated to be 200. Many were new faces which I had not seen or heard at other City meetings in this series.
Many of the previous community suggestions were displayed on slides, but there was continued grave concern among those in the most heavily impacted areas along Richmond Beach Drive, Richmond Beach Road and many of the customary 'cut through streets' that are used by residents. 

Doors had to be opened and chairs set up in the lobby
for the overflow crowd
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Those concerns were about the impact to individual neighborhoods, the volume of traffic on major traffic corridors like Richmond Beach Road and how changing that from 4 lanes to 3 with the center being a turn lane can accommodate a four hundred percent increase in volume.

Don't just stay tuned. Go the City website and get involved. The process isn't over and your concerns need to be heard. More people need to be at meetings like the one tonight to send a strong message. Watch for the City Council meetings and do not fail to attend those when this subject is on the agenda which we were told will likely be in June.

You can also write to Kirk McKinley, Transportation Planning Manager, and express your concerns.


Shoreline Firefighters' Egg Hunt on the beach Saturday

The Shoreline Firefighters' Association will sponsor its "on the beach" Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19, starting at 1:00pm.

The eggs will be hidden along the beautiful Saltwater Park beachfront. Parking is always challenging so walk or carpool if you can!

Bring your baskets and cameras, and be ready to kick up some sand and find those treasure eggs.


Monthly Death Cafes at Bastyr Center for Natural Health begin April 23

Death is Not a Dirty Word – Let’s Talk About It!
“Every one of us has a terminal illness called life,” says Brad Lichtenstein, ND, who wants to help people more bravely broach the subject of death through a monthly Death Cafe series that starts Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Wallingford. 
“We have a culture of denial. That’s why researchers say we’re the most overweight, indebted and medicated society on the planet,” adds Dr. Lichtenstein.

It might sound like a grim subject for a gathering, but Death Cafes offer a chance to take a more light-hearted approach to a subject often considered taboo. 

“This is a serious conversation, but it’s not to be taken seriously,” Dr. Lichtenstein says. “Some of the people I’ve met who have the best spirit are those who are confronting death and can laugh.”

To add to the light-hearted approach of the often heavy-hearted subject, Bastyr Center plans to stick with the international Death Cafe theme that states: “At Death Cafes people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.”

Cake will be provided by nutrition students from Bastyr University, along with Choice Organic Wellness Teas, which were formulated by a master herbalist at the University.

Death Cafes take place at Bastyr Center for Natural Health at 3670 Stone Way North, Seattle, WA 98103. They are free and open to the public, and take place from 6:30-8:30pm Wednesdays on the following dates: April 23, May 28, June 25, September 17 and October 22.

The campus of Bastyr University is in Kenmore at St. Edwards Park.


Chelsea Handler signs books at Third Place Books on Friday

Chelsea Handler
Uganda Be Kidding Me (Grand Central Publishing)

Purchase your copy of Uganda Be Kidding Me at Third Place Books to receive your signing line ticket.

Friday, April 18 at 2pm

Chelsea Handler visits for an afternoon book signing to celebrate her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. 


Property taxes due for first half of 2014

King County offers secure and efficient online payment system

Property owners in King County have until Wednesday, April 30 to pay the first half of their 2014 property taxes. After April 30, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.

Owners with mortgages normally have their taxes and insurance paid by their mortgage company, but if you choose to pay separately or if your primary mortgage is paid off, you need to pay your own tax bill once or twice a year.

To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently. Tax payments can be made:
  1. By mail if postmarked no later than April 30, 2014. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
  2. Online using King County's convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account. For taxpayers concerned about the Heartbleed bug, King County has reviewed security on its payment processing system and determined that the bug does not pose a threat to the system or to taxpayers' personal information.
  3. In person at Treasury Operations, suite 600 of the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. On Wednesday, April 30, Treasury Operations will be open until 5pm.
  4. At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting this website 
The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit this website.

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations through its website or through customer service at 206-296-0923. 

Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor's Office at 206-296-3920.


Shoreline honors its volunteers

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Volunteers gathered in the Shoreline City Hall Lobby at an event Wednesday to honor their contributions to the city.

City Manager Debbie Tarry and Parks Director Dick Deal expressed their gratitude for the many hours of work that volunteers contribute to the City.

As a "thank you" volunteers were treated to a catered dinner and given free admissions to several dozen local attractions.


Shorewood plays host to MLT softball team Thursday after Tuesday loss at Meadowdale

The Shorewood softball team plays host to Mountlake Terrace Thursday after an 11-1 loss at Meadowdale Tuesday.

Shorewood takes a 1-2 Wesco 3A record (3-7 overall) into the game with Terrace (1-2, 4-6) at 6pm Thursday at Meridian Park School. The two teams are in a battle for the final berth in the Northwest District 3A tournament May 20-22 in Everett.

In Shorewood's 11-1 loss at Meadowdale Tuesday, losing pitcher Holly Ebel scored the T-birds' only run when teammate Shelby Wade was hit by a pitch.

Shorewood had lost a 17-0 non-league game at Casccade Frday in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Abby Gustafsoon hit a double for Shorewood.

The Shorewood junior varsity takes a 0-2 (3-7) record into a 4pm Thursday home game with Terrace after a 15-5 loss at Cascade and a 15-0 loss at Meadowdale.

At Cascade High School, Everett, Friday, April 11

Shorewood -- 0 0 0 0 0 ---- 0 2 4
Cascade------- 4 4 6 3 x -- 17 10 0

At Meadowdale High School, Tuesday, April 15

Shorewood -- 0 0 0   0 1 0 -- 1   1 0
Meadowdale -- 4 4 1  0 0 2 --11 10 0


Shorewood JV Tennis Team plays home match Thursday after Monday, Tuesday losses

Shorewood girls JV Tennis Team
Photo by Betsy Rand

The Shorewood girls' junior varsity tennis team takes a 2-3 Wesco 3A record (3-4 overall) into a Thursday home meeting with Marysville Getchell after losses Monday and Tuesday.

The Shorewood and Marysvile Getchell JVs meet at Shoreview Park at 3:30pm Thursday.

The Shorewood JVs started the week with a 5-2 home loss to Meadowdale Monday and another 5-2 loss at Everett Tuesday.

The team had lost a 6-1 non-league home match to Woodinville Friday, April 11.


46th District Democrats of Washington meet Thursday

The 46th District Democrats General Meeting is Thursday, April 17th, 7:30pm at the North Seattle Community College North Star Dining Room. 

The North Star Dining Room is located on the ground floor of the College Center Building next to The Security Office. Follow this link to a downloadable map.  

Parking is free in any lot between 5:00pm-10:30pm with a permit. Please print a copy and place face up on your dashboard.


Five Shoreline Schools win state's highest honor

Five Shoreline schools are 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners. Winners were announced Wednesday, April 16 by State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer.

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.

“It is important that we use the revised Achievement Index to not only provide feedback to schools and districts on their progress, but also to identify schools with exemplary student performance,” said Mayer. “These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington.”

Shoreline Schools were recognized as top performers in these categories:

Overall Excellence: Lake Forest Park

High Progress: Syre

Reading Growth:
Highland Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Meridian Park, Syre

Math Growth: Highland Terrace, Lake Forest Park

English Language Acquisition: Shorecrest

The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.


Shorewood comes back from non-league tennis loss with Monday and Tuesday wins, going into Thursday match at Marysville Getchell

The Shorewood girls’ tennis team came back from a non-league loss Friday with Wesco 3A victories Monday and Tuesday, going into a Thursday match at Marysville Getchell.

Shorewood takes a 5-0 Wesco 3A record (7-1 overall) into the match at Marysville Getchell at 3:30pm Thursday.

Shorewood lost 6-1 at Woodinville Friday for its first team loss of the season. The non-conference loss does not affect Shorewood’s first-place standing in the Wesco 3A South. Woodinville had a strong singles lineup, but the match was closer in doubles.

The T-Birds rebounded with a 7-0 Wesco 3A win at Meadowdale Monday. The team co captains all won, with senior Daniella Brengelmann at No. 1 singles winning 6-0, 6-0, junior Genevieve O’Malley at No. 4 singles winning 7-5, 6-1 and senior Yanne Corbett at No. 1 doubles joining junior partner Jenny Ahn to win 6-3, 6-4.

The team defeated the visiting Everett Seagulls 6-1 Tuesday at Shoreview Park. Daniella Brengelmann defeated Kindall Gordon of Everett, 7-5, 7-5, in a close match between two of the top singles players in the Western Conference. Shorewood dominated the doubles.

At Woodinville, Friday April 11

1. Austin W def. Daniella Brengelmann SW 6-0, 6-0
2. Stringer W def. Ellie Allen- Hatch SW 6-2, 6-0
3. Sathi W def. Marija Feller SW 6-2, 6-2
4. Miller W def. Genevieve O’ Malley SW 6-2, 6-2

1. Mosbar/Banks W def. Yuanne Corbett/Jeny Ahn SW 6-3, 6-4
2. Mathews/Stafford W def. Emily Wright/Amy Buswell SW 6-4, 6-3
3. Jelena Bojic/Lilly Brons SW def. Renne/Kolic W 6-7, 6-1, (10-6)

At Meadowdale High School, Monday, April 14

1. Daniella Brengelmann SW def. Lee MD 6-0, 6-0
2. Ellie Allen- Hatch SW def. Lund MD 6-1, 6-2
3. Marija Feller SW def. Chand MD 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
4. Genevieve O’ Malley SW def. Nguyen MD 7-5, 6-1

1. Yauanne Corbett/Jenny Ahn SW def. Nikolic/Pham MD 6-3, 6-4
2. Emily Wright/Jelena Bojic SW def. Rai/England MD 6-0, 6-1
3. Grace Taylor/Amy Buswell SW def. Daniggelis/ AlyssaValdez MD 6-0, 6-2

At Shoreview Park. Tuesday, April 15

1. Daniella Brengelmann SW def. Gordon EV 7-5, 7-5
2. Smith EV def. Ellie Allen- Hatch SW 6-3, 7-5
3. Marija Feller SW def. Olson EV 6-2, 6-1
4. Genevieve O’ Malley SW def. Coughlan EV 6-2, 6-1

1. Yuanne Corbett/Jenny Ahn SW def. Sidhu/Faith EV 6-2, 6-1
2. Jelena Bojic/Emily Wright SW def. Linkous/Heman 6-1, 6-1
3. Lilly Brons/Amy Buswell SW def. Overstreet/ Pountain 6-2, 6-3


Shoreline's Nahshon George signs with Idaho

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photo by Wilson Tsoi

On Wednesday, April 16, Shoreline's power forward Nahshon George signed with the University of Idaho. George was a member of the Dolphin Basketball team from 2011-2013. George has taken this past year off to focus on his education and basketball skills and will join the Vandal's Men's Basketball team next season.

"Congratulations to Nahshon. The entire athletic department wants to commend him on his hard work on and off of the floor. We wish him the very best at the next level," states Shoreline Acting Athletic Director, Steve Eskridge.

At 6'8" George was a dominating presence on the boards during his time at Shoreline, leading the NWAACC in rebounds in his sophomore season with 13.21 boards a game. He also was a strong scorer for the Dolphins with an average of 17.42 points.

In his freshman season George was a part of the fast paced and tenacious Dolphin team that gained national attention by scoring an average of 101.58 points per game. The team advanced to the conference championship and placed seventh in the NWAACC.

Nahshon came to Shoreline from Radford High School in his home town of Honolulu, HI.


Car accident on Meridian snaps telephone pole

Photo by A J

Shoreline Area News Contributor A J took a snapshot of a vehicle that just slammed into a power pole, snapping it off at the base, along Meridian Ave North on the east side of the road in the grass between North 200th and North 195th Street around 6:10pm Wednesday evening.

The photo looks southbound on Meridian Ave N. The Mercedes SUV was already in the position you see in the photo with its horn stuck in the on position blaring constantly. 

AJ says, "It seemed quite more serious than normal with both the horn stuck on and a severed telephone pole. While I was talking to the 911 dispatcher I saw three Shoreline Police vehicles (including the Ford Explorer in the photo) speeding north towards the accident with full sirens and lights."

We do not know if more than one car was involved, nor do we know the condition of the driver.


What Happened? Lights and sirens and the need to know

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

What Happened? Lights and sirens and the need to know
By Melanie Granfors

If you live near a fire station, seeing the engine or aid car roll of out the apparatus bay, lights flashing and sirens wailing is no doubt a fairly common occurrence. But the sense of urgency and the wondering "what is happening" is often hard to ignore. 

Shoreline Area News is often asked about such occurrences long after the fact. A resident might email and say "hey, I heard an explosion, and TONS of sirens a few nights ago around 11:00pm. Do you know what was going on?” Chances are it was not a fire, and that it was a very routine call. A lot of folks don't realize how many calls we receive each day, the nature of those calls, and the fact that we sometimes need six or eight personnel on scene. Those personnel come in different rigs... ranging from the huge Ladder 61 to an Aid Car, Medic Unit or Fire engine. 

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shoreline Fire responds to around 9,000 9-1-1 calls per year, averaging 15-20 per day. Eighty-five percent of those 9-1-1 calls are for medical emergencies or injuries. A substantial number of those calls are for falls, auto collisions, and non-emergency problems related to chronic illness. Most information about those medical calls is not released to the public -- and for good reason. Our patients' privacy is protected and we are very careful not to violate their rights. That is why you are discouraged from calling us to ask about what an Aid Car was doing at your neighbor's house, or what condition a patient was in when the Medic Unit transported him or her to the hospital. 

We never know when a call will be life threatening -- or involve multiple patients and agencies. We respond with the same game plan each and every time. We must get there in five minutes or less, be sure we have enough resources to deal with the problem, send a medical patient to the hospital as quickly as possible, and get back "in service" to be ready for the next call. These life-threatening situations, for the most part, do not make the news. Nor should they. Sometimes the best thing responders can do in a tragedy is to protect the victims' privacy.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Very frequently, we are co-responding to an incident with police. There could be as many as six or eight of our units (Aid Cars, Engines, Ladder Truck, Medic Units, MSO and Battalion Chief) responding -- along with several police officers. An example of this could be a cardiac arrest call, an altercation with injuries, several patients in a car crash, or other incidents that require multiple responders. That may sound newsworthy when it's happening. But those calls are a fairly routine situation for us, and not something we would issue a news alert about, unless there were related street closures, or if traffic was affected. 

If there is an event that could affect the public or public safety, The City of Shoreline, Fire Dept. and Police Dept. have notification systems in place, including using Twitter and FaceBook to post important messages about the impacts an incident may have. Check out @shorelinefire on Twitter and Shoreline Fire Dept. on Facebook. Follow us or "like" us to keep up with general news and incidents around the clock! You can also request information from us via those social media sites. 

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Of course, if you feel worried, frightened or concerned about something that happens in your neighborhood, you can always call the business line at the Police or Fire Department, and ask for someone who handles public information. The public information line for Shoreline Fire is 206-533-6564. Be sure you have accurate information about the date and time of the call, and your reason for concern. 

And, of course, never hesitate to call 9-1-1 when YOU are having an emergency -- or if you witnessing one! 


Seattle-produced music video to remember victims of violence

On April 17, 2014, the music video of the song “Remembrance Day” will world premiere on YouTube. Its premiere falls between the anniversaries of the Boston Marathon bombings (4/15/2013) and the Virginia Tech shootings (4/16/2007), and the Oklahoma City bombing (4/19/1995) and Columbine (4/20/1999).

April 17th is also a date proposed as a National Survivors Day by the Koshka Foundation (VT shootings) and others.

“Remembrance Day” is a song inspired, in part, by the many attacks on Americans over the years, including the University of Texas Tower shootings, Columbine, Sandy Hook, and the Aurora Theater shootings.

It was also inspired by a personal brush with tragedy. Members of songwriter David Nyro’s family narrowly escaped being caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing. They left the bomb blast area only moments before it happened.

The recording of the song, and the subsequent music video, was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. That campaign exceeded its goal, raising more than $2,000 in 35 days to record the song and produce the music video.

The mission of the music video is to:

  • Honor the victims, first-responders and affected communities
  • Maintain awareness
  • Spark continuing conversation about the related issues of mental health, gun control, bullying, victim support, and more.

Additionally, the video site will include links to relevant nonprofits and ask people to consider supporting these, and other related causes.

The song was recorded at Empty Sea Studios
The video is being produced by Flying Gecko Productions. 
Remembrance Day was written and performed by David Nyro.


Food for Thought: Screening of A Place at the Table

North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) and Shoreline Community College host documentary screening with panel discussion.

Join Shoreline Community College’s Center for ServiceLearning and North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) for a special screening of "A Place at the Table.” This documentary offers an intimate glimpse into food insecurity in the United States.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of hunger issues in the community and offer proactive steps to combat it. Guests are asked to stay after the film ends for a brief discussion with King County Council member, Rod Dembowski, as well as representatives from Hopelink and the Northshore YMCA.

Shoreline Community College 
Theater Building (#1600)
16101 Greenwood Avenue North map
Shoreline, Washington 98133

Thursday, April 24
Doors open at 5:45pm 
The screening will begin promptly at 6:00pm and the event will end at 8:00pm

The North Urban Human Service Alliance (NUHSA) is an alliance of city, county and state staff, nonprofit human service providers, school districts, faith communities and concerned citizens. 


Nature Speaks: Unfurling

Sword Fern Fiddlehead “Nest"

Nature Speaks: Unfurling
(Article and photos by Jennifer Rotermund)

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  - Goethe

In the Pacific Northwest, April showers bring April flowers. Mother Earth doesn't feel the need to make us wait another month; she rewards our faith in the changing seasons expeditiously. Life giving water coaxes out the most delicate Spring blossoms and then wildly paints the world in every imaginable shade of green. 

Sword Fern Fiddleheads Unfurling

I find myself drawn every April out into our temperate rainforest on the peninsula, where the trees measure life in centuries rather than hours. To walk through a Northwest old growth forest on a rainy day in April is to indulge the primal part of you that is still connected to everything. The heady musk of the forest floor is awakened by Spring rains and wafts up to greet you, sweeping away the stresses of daily life, and enticing you ever forward into the presence of giants I thank everything holy still exist. To be in the immediate presence of 500+ year old Western Red Cedar is to simultaneously experience divinity, while being transported to a time that even our eldest elders have long forgotten in their stories of wisdom. It is the essence of primal reawakening for me. I am stirred and moved. Something within lights up, is renewed and reborn. This is Spring in its most basic purity. 

Unfurling Lady Ferns

Spring is the time of the East, the air element, when the birds remind us of youth with their new songs of courtship. As Spring comes into full bloom, so too have we come full circle through the seasons and are beginning anew. Turning away from what no longer serves us, the fresh air of Spring inspires us to take those first steps on shaky new legs into something new. If we listen closely to Mother Earth, we hear her encouragement to be bold. 

April to me is best represented by the Fern plant and the simple act of unfurling. To unfurl is to make or become spread out from a rolled or a folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind. Easiest to spot as the ground cover in our old forests, our native Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum) holds tight all Winter at its core to a rounded nest of fiddleheads, which begin to gracefully lift and unfurl in April, expanding to their full breath and width in lustrous kelly green. Edible Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and Lady Fern (Athyrium felix-femina) fiddleheads faithfully extend tender new fronds into April's first chilly mornings in bright bursts of chartreuse. 

Unfurling Lady Ferns

Inspired by the teachings of the ferns and the wisdom of the trees, I ask myself, what are the ways in which my life is unfurling and opening as I face each day? As the sun travels a progressively higher arc in the sky, and the days swiftly lengthen, with my feet firmly rooted into life, how do I expand myself newly to meet the opportunity of each new day? I chose to be bold and to follow what inspires me most.

Jennifer Rotermund is the owner of Gaiaceous Gardens (an urban farming and wildlife gardening business with a teaching garden/urban farm and certified wildlife habitat/ sanctuary located in Shoreline). She is a Permaculture Designer, is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Habitat Steward and serves as a Docent at the Kruckeberg Garden. She is also an ordained minister with a particular focus on earth-based forms of spirituality.


Million Step Challenge during May

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Million STEP Challenge at Paramount School Park, 15298 8th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

For the month of May 2014, the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association and the City of Shoreline are partnering to bring a new fitness challenge to the Shoreline Community.

From May 1 - 31st, the Million Step Challenge at Paramount School Park invites participants of all ages to walk, run (or skate) as many laps as possible around the loop path in the name of health, fitness and friendly competition. A lap counter with tracking forms will be installed at the park and starting May 1st participants can log their laps on the forms (or online). Current standing and totals will be posted weekly at the Steps webpage and prizes will be awarded to top steppers at a closing event on Saturday, May 31st from 5-7pm.

Join us at the kickoff event at Paramount School Park on Saturday, May 3rd from 9am-11am. A warm up and inaugural lap will be led by Crossfit Hailstorm with energizing snacks from Earth and Fire Kitchen, both local businesses. The Ridgecrest Neighborhood is sponsoring the event and asks people to bring a donation of a non-perishable food (preferably healthy) for Hope Link - Shoreline's Food Bank.


Holy Week Services at Ronald United Methodist Church

17839 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133, 206-542-2484

April 17th - 7:30 pm
Maundy Thursday
Celebration of Last Supper, Jesus' betrayal and time in the Garden of Gethsemane

April 18th -7:30 pm
Good Friday Service
A time to remember Jesus' walk to the cross, his suffering and death

April 20th - 10:45 am
Easter Worship service


Chuck the Robot fights valiantly but injuries bring him down

2014 Team Pronto with Chuck
By Wes Proudlove, Team Pronto

Team Pronto competes in Portland
Shorewood's own Team Pronto competed last week in Portland at the first PNW regionals for high school robotics. There were 155 teams that registered for the PNW and these teams have been competing for two months for a spot at the Portland event. Team Pronto did qualify to attend, ranking 25th, beating out some very highly sponsored and well funded teams from private and public schools as far south as northern California and as far east as Montana.  

Chuck started out a little worse for wear
Team Pronto's robot Chuck came into the Portland event a little worse for wear from the many previous matches he had played in at previous events. The students had six hours starting Wednesday night and ending Thursday morning to not only replace broken and damaged parts but to rewire Chuck's controls in hopes of stop the electrical demons that had cropped up during some matches at previous events. Testing late Thursday morning provided the team with hope the repairs had done the job and Chuck was ready to make his creators happy.  

Double teaming was destroying Chuck
Competition rounds started Thursday afternoon and continued for 11 hours Friday and another 4 hours Saturday. There were 63 teams at the Portland event and each round that a team plays they are randomly placed with two other alliance teams to play against three other teams in a separate alliance. With teams being randomly sorted to compete, sometimes you get partnered with complementary teams and other times robots don't align very well at all. With Chuck being a strong offensive robot, the best alignment would be either with other scoring robots or very defensive robots, but luck had it Chuck was usually the strongest robot on the field and this caused the other teams to double team him.

Chuck battled until the end
A change of strategy for Chuck
After a few rounds of competing it was evident something had to change. Team Pronto decided, through the great scouting of the team's scouts, that Chuck could give up scoring for a few matches and begin to become a defensive machine in hope of stopping the double teaming that was destroying Chuck's chances of moving on to the finals.

The new strategy worked for a while but Chuck took some huge hits
This defensive posture worked for a few rounds. Chuck collected some wins and brought down some alliances, but in the end it was to late. Chuck had sustained some huge hits that left his hardened frame bent and twisted and his drive train crippled by open circuits. The electrical demons had returned but this time they decided to cause the radio system to go down during a pivotal match. Team Pronto and Chuck were still ranked very high out of the 155 teams but had dropped below the cut off point to travel to the World Championships later this month.  

Nothing to be ashamed of
Team Pronto has nothing to be ashamed about. They built Chuck in six weeks, competed great, and even hosted an event at Shorewood. Team Pronto ranked far higher than teams with budgets 10 times greater than theirs. Team Pronto would like to thank its mentors, parents, sponsors, Shorewood High School, and the Shoreline School District.


Shorewood continues baseball series Wednesday at Mountlake Terrace after Tuesday home victory

Shorewood continues its three-game baseball series at Mountlake Terrace Wednesday after opening the series with a 3-2 home victory Tuesday.

Shorewood and Mountlake Terrace meet at 4pm Wednesday at Mountlake Terrace High School with junior varsity teams from the two schools playing at the same time at Shorewood's home Meridian Park fields.

Shorewood went into the series after sweeping Glacier Peak last week.

Shorewood’s #13, Kory Longaker, and #2, Steffen Torgersen,
were ready to play.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The sweep over Glacier Peak and the Tuesday home victory over Mountlake Terrace gave Shorewood a 9-0 Western Conference 3A record (12-0 overall)

The batter swings away for a strike as
Shorewood catcher, Jacob Bockelie, gloves the pitch.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Thunderbirds won a 6-2 Wednesday, April 9, game at Glacier Peak, a 3-1 Thursday home game and a 9-1 Friday home game.

Shorewood first baseman, Brendan O’Brien,
shifts positions after holding the runner on base.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

In the 6-1 home victory Friday, winning pitcher Ian Oxnevad improved his season record to 3-0. Avery Folltz and Harrison Jacobs each hit 1 for 2 for the Thunderbirds.

Shorewood starter Ian Oxnevad makes the delivery to the plate.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Shorewood junior varsity won a 5-4 home game from Mountlake Terrace Tuesday to improve its record to 7-2 Wesco 3A (10-2 overall).


Photo: bird in flowering tree

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bird in flowering tree
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Birds and flowers - and occasional days of sun.
What more could we want?


Four great events in one weekend at Richmond Beach May 9-11


Experience four great events in one spectacular weekend! Plans are firming up for what promises to be a fun-packed weekend in Richmond Beach. Come celebrate what makes our community special – the arts, the music, the food, the natural beauty, the history and the people!

Due to limited parking at the event sites, off-site parking and shuttle service to all four events will be provided on Saturday, May 10, at Richmond Beach Congregational Church located at 1512 NW 195th. Guests are encouraged to use the shuttle to reduce impact on the neighborhood. Richmond Beach residents are encouraged to walk or carpool, if possible. Visit the webpage for details or follow the signs which will be posted.


Richmond Beach Community Association will be hosting its 15th annual Strawberry Festival at the Richmond Beach Community Park (2201 NW 197th Street) next to the library on Saturday, May 10, from noon to 5:00pm. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Shoreline and the music is supported by a Community Arts Project grant from the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • The sensational music line-up includes: Centerpiece Jazz Band (a “little Big Band”), Folk Voice Band (Scandinavian dance music), Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (Big Band/Standards), Cliff Perry Band (Bluegrass) and Coco Loco (Latin).
  • Scrumptious food will be offered by local restaurants Full Moon Thai Cuisine, Flying Dragon Chinese Cuisine, Puerto Bonito Mexican Restaurant and Streetzeria.  And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Strawberry Festival without traditional Strawberry Shortcake served up by RBCA (freshly baked shortcake from Edmonds Bakery and fresh, juicy strawberries smothered in creamy whip cream–yum!).
In addition, there will be a walking tour of historic Richmond Beach at 1:00pm (meet in front of the library), community and business information booths, Shorewood Photography Exhibit, lots of games and activities for kids and a visit by Shoreline’s finest – the police and fire departments.

*Children’s Parade* New this year is a children’s parade for ages 8 and under. The theme is “Seahawks” and special guest Blitz, the Seahawks’ mascot, will join the parade and be available for photos with parade participants. Dress in Seahawk attire and decorate your wagon, tricycle or scooter in Seahawk colors or gear. However, feel free to be creative—all costumes and d├ęcor are welcome. No bicycles or pets please. Staging begins at 11:15am on NW 197th Street on the north side of the park. The parade begins at 11:30am and will make two laps around the sidewalk on the perimeter of the park led by a Shorewood High School drum line and a YMCA pom team. This is not a competition and is purely for fun. All are welcome!

Questions/volunteers: Contact Sheri Ashleman 206-542-9147 or visit the webpage


Friends of the Richmond Beach Library will be hosting its 48th annual Art Show at the Richmond Beach Library (19601 21st Avenue NW) on Friday, May 9, from 6:00 to 9:00pm, and Saturday, May 10, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The show features handcrafted items including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, photography and original art. Come meet local artists on Friday night and enjoy quartet music provided by Shorewood High School. We encourage artists of handcrafted pieces to either contact Julie Vaughn at 206-321-1934 for more information or pick up an artist's packet at the Richmond Beach Library.


Richmond Beach Rehab (19235 15th Avenue NW) will be hosting its 5th annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 10. Friends, neighbors and car enthusiasts are invited to visit the rehab between 10:00am and 2:00pm to view one of the best displays of cars of yesteryear around. Enjoy live music by The Gentlemen Callers (classic rock) from 11:30am to 1:30pm. For general information, contact Sandi Sweeters at 206-546-2666 or visit the webpage. For Car Show information, contact Ken Morken at 206-782-7171.


The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (20312 15th Avenue NW) will host its 27th Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Friday, May 9, to Sunday, May 11. Explore a wide selection of hard-to-find plant species at the on-site MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery. Enjoy free family activities, food trucks and ice cream, gardening seminars, and tours of the Garden. Garden sculpture, art, and pottery will be available for purchase. For more information, see the webpage.


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