Cartoon: Presidents' Day

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


For the Birds: Wanted - 99-year Leases for Rest Stops

Trees provide food and shelter to raise young Western Wood-Peewee
Photo by Elaine Chuang

By Christine Southwick

You are driving from your “snowbird” condo, to your summer abode. Your gas tank is almost empty. The station you always use is out of gas. You have enough to get to the next station, but when you get there, the land has changed, and development fills that space. Now what?

If you were a bird with this scenario, you would probably fall to the ground, too exhausted and too hungry to travel on.

Black-necked Stilts stopping at the Potholes in Eastern WA
Photo by Elaine Chuang

If you were lucky, you might find enough water, food, and shelter to recover and travel to your breeding or wintering grounds. If not, you, and possibly your whole flock, would die, never to fly again.

This is frequently happening throughout the US. Many migrating birds are finding familiar rest stops and watering holes on their bi-yearly flyways being poisoned by pesticides and fertilizers, drained and plowed for crops, or made into half-filled strip malls.

Habitat loss is the number one cause of bird deaths.

There are fewer and fewer places for birds to rest, feed, raise their young, and find good water.

Distances between resting and refueling stops are often becoming so great that many birds traveling thousand-year-old migration routes will die from exhaustion, not being able to reach the next safe stop-over.

Snags, used first by woodpeckers, provide places for nesting, resting, storing food
Photo by Elaine Chuang

How can you help?

Have a sick tree, or one you fear in your yard?

Make a snag out of the bottom fifteen-twenty feet. Snags are safe, and dead trees shelter local birds from winter storms, offer nesting sites, and provide food. Besides, snags make excellent backdrops to watch the birds that use them.

Trees are the lungs of the earth, so plant a tree or fruiting bush to replace any you take away. (Note: 71% of Shoreline’s tree canopy is in private yards)

Weeds, including dandelions are eaten by many birds Am. Goldfinches
Phoro by Terry Dunning

Don’t make your gardens so clean that they become sterile for wildlife.

Gardens that don’t have bugs, can’t feed birds, salamanders, frogs, or any other wildlife. Make a small brush pile for birds to hide, escape, and find shelter from winter cold. Leaves and weeds are loved by many birds.

If you clear a wild area, don’t do it between March and August. Wait until Labor Day, by then the young have left their ground nests.

If you must cover a ditch, offer water and shelter to replace that which you have eliminated.

When you change the landscape to suit your tastes, ask yourself who and what you are depriving of water, food, and the shelter needed to raise their young.


Shorecrest, Moses Lake, and Cascade High Schools crowned WSBPA High School Varsity Bowling Champions Division 2

Division 2 Champions Boys Varsity Bowling
Coach Veronica Cook

Shorecrest, Moses Lake, and Cascade High Schools emerged victorious after two days of competition at 52nd Annual Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association (WSBPA), State High School Varsity Bowling Championships at Lilac Lanes in Spokane (1112 E. Magnesium, Spokane, WA).

24 five-person teams laced up their shoes competing in three divisions along with 46 bowlers competing in a singles event.
  • Collins Davis and Kasey Shibayama made all-state Team 1 for Division 2.
  • Sam Cox made all-state Team 2 for Division 2.
  • Collins Davis was named Division 2 most inspirational.

Coach Veronica Cook was inducted into the WSBPA coaches Hall of Fame.

More than 1,000 student athletes statewide participated during the bowling season. Now in its 52nd year, this is the 2nd longest running High School Bowling Championship in America, following only New York.

The Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association is a State Chapter of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America based in Arlington, Texas.


Shorewood boys varsity bowling team takes 2nd in state competition

Shorewood bowling team and coaches
Shorewood took 2nd in Division 1 Boys
Jaiden Kellum made All State Team One

Shorewood Bowling Team took second place in Division One at the state tournament this weekend in Spokane. Shorewood finished with the high game scoring 1063, and senior Jaiden Kellum had the high scratch game with 268, making the All State Team One Team with an average of 197.

The team Seniors Jaiden Kellum and Andrei Primitivo, juniors Thomas Harpring, Cameron Hozjan and Anders Rogers and Sophomore Malcolm Jacobson, ended day one in second place, 19-16. Day two, they fought against the best teams in the state, finishing with a record of 40-30 and top pin count overall.

Hall of Fame Coach Tammy Ceesay, and assistant coach Ed Wada both report that they are extremely pleased with this years State run. 

"This is a great group of young men, they came in this year in the last spot in Division One, worked hard and took second place. We are very proud of these fellas" said Ceesay.


Dealing with Zoning is topic at Tuesday MPNA meeting

All are invited to join Meridian Park Neighborhood Association on Tuesday evening in Room 303 at City Hall for an evening focusing on strategies to cope with zoning changes.

The evening's presenters will feature Henry Goss, local realtor and certified appraiser, speaking on the social engineering behind the upzones, and how to make the best of the situation should you choose to stay or leave.

Topics will include dealing with construction, developers, and more. Dale Lydin, civil engineer, will offer resources on property boundaries - where to find yours, and why they matter.

MPNA monthly meetings start at 7pm and usually last for an hour and a half. Light refreshments will be served.

City Hall is located at 17500 Midvale Ave N in Shoreline. For more information or questions, please contact Cynthia Knox at 206-218-3302.

Meridian Park Neighborhood


On the Mayor's Mind: Lobbying for Shoreline

Shoreline City Council
in Olympia
From Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts

Local control is the mantra of the Association of Washington Cities. The organization of cities formed in 1933 to advocate for the cities in Washington State.

This past week, I went to Olympia, with many of my colleagues on the Council, to advocate for Shoreline's legislative priorities and other cities across the State.

Legislators in Washington and other states frequently introduce measures preempting city officials from passing legislation that reflects the values of their residents.

Most notably, the North Carolina legislature passed HB2 in 2016, preventing cities from passing non-discrimination ordinances. Other states passed legislation preventing cities from raising their local minimum wage.

In Washington, several pieces of proposed legislation would limit the ability of Shoreline to regulate homeless encampments, safe injection sites, or site small cell phone facilities.

While in Olympia, we talked with our legislators about these bills, and the need for the legislature to pass legislation dealing with the affordable housing issues we face in the region.

One of the ideas we advocated for was the elimination on the sunset on the document recording fee. This fee supports activities related to creating and implementing state and local plans to end homelessness and is currently scheduled to expire in 2019.

Our legislators also told us about their priorities for the session.

Senator Maralyn Chase talked about her support for the creation of a state bank. She said the creation of a state bank would allow local governments to save money and return profits to the state.

Representative Cindy Ryu talked about her proposal that would implement the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing. The legislation would provide for independent investigations of deadly force incidents and require the collection of data on uses of deadly force in the state.

During our meeting with Representative Ruth Kagi, we talked about her proposal to create the Department of Children, Youth and Families. This proposal came out of a blue ribbon commission recommendation to improve service delivery and outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Our legislators told us to expect a long session as they try to reach agreement of how to fund public education in the state.

Next month, we will meet with our federal delegation about the need to invest in infrastructure funding in our country and in our city.


Authors at Third Place talk about romance, kidnapping, and fantasy

Adventure, romance, imaginary history, and epic heroes await you in Lake Forest Park with this week's selection of authors discussing their books. If you buy their book, the author will sign it for you!

Third Place Books, upper level, Town Center - intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

Elinor Lipman
On Turpentine Lane (Houghton)
Monday, February 20 at 7pm (date to be verified - look for updates)

An endearing romantic comedy from the beloved best-selling author of The Family Man and The View from Penthouse B Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On Turpentine Lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous.

KJ Howe in-conversation with Robert Dugoni
The Freedom Broker (Houghton)
Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm (date to be verified - look for updates)

"Unrelentingly entertaining and impossible to put down, The Freedom Broker boasts the ferociously savvy, serious as hell Thea Paris, who brilliantly plots and fearlessly fights to rescue her kidnapped father from the clutches of expert, deadly opponents." Karin Slaughter, Internationally Bestselling Author of The Kept Woman.

Martyn Burke
Music for Love or War (Tyrus)
Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm

"Music for Love or War is slash-and-burn funny, but also unexpectedly touching and wise. Few writers can take you in one breath from the hills of Afghanistan to the gates of the Playboy Mansion and make you believe every crazy word. Martyn Burke has that special talent." -- Carl Hiaasen, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Bad Monkey.

VE Schwab
A Conjuring of Light : Shades of Magic #3 (MPS)
Thursday, February 23 at 7pm

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists -- and old foes.

Leonide Martin
The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik'nal of Palenque
Saturday, February 25 at 6:30pm

The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik'nal of Palenque is historical fiction set in the ancient Maya city of Palenque in the sixth century. From these misty tropical jungles, a royal Mayan girl with visionary powers becomes the first woman ruler of her city.

Update 2-20-2017: date correction for VE Schwab to Thursday.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 2-13-2017

Selected items from Shoreline Police Blotter week ending 2-13-2017

Trending this week: mental issues, DUI, Trespasses, welfare checks and natural deaths.
Six domestic violence cases where male violated no-contact order to enter female's home. In two cases he assaulted her.

02-04  Chronic anxiety patient believed he had been poisoned by an envelope. Envelope disposed of.
02-04  Purse, passport, and drug paraphernalia in Deseret donation bin.
02-04  Resident seeing 'exotic animals' and 'dead huskies' in his mom's attic, that 'went on forever.'
02-05  Credit and debit cards stolen from YMCA locker used at Fred Meyer.
02-05  Gang tags on Echo Lake Park restroom. Tags on Hamlin Park bathroom.
02-06  Power tools stolen from vacant home at 195xx 7th NE.
02-06  DUI crash into a King County Sheriff's vehicle.
02-07  Wire stolen from construction site on Ballinger Way.
02-07  Unknown individual pried open locked mailboxes on 3rd NE.
02-07  Someone ripped Bose sound system off wall at Cafe Aroma.
02-08  Graffiti on Westlake Dance Center. Tagger arrested - see story.
02-08  Traffic stop for defective equipment led to arrest of driver on felony warrant.
02-08  Burglary and attempted burglary on 165xx block of 21st and 22nd NE
02-09  Cable, security, and internet wires to house on 10th NE were cut, possibly in neighbor dispute.
02-09  Thieves used keys stolen from YMCA locker to steal victim's car.
02-09  Burglar entered three homes in central Shoreline by throwing a rock through the window.
02-11  Naked man in back yard was taken for involuntary mental evaluation.
02-11  Burglary - suspect that son and his wife stole X-Box 1 and controller.


No more of DOSE - prolific tagger arrested in Lake Forest Park

Prolific tagger caught in the act and
arrested in Lake Forest Park
Tagger arrested! Over the last few months “DOSE” has been tagging both public and private property throughout North Seattle, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

Last Sunday night LFP Officers found a suspicious person sitting in a car and investigated. Paint covered clothes, gloves, paint and other tools of the trade led to the identification of “DOSE” who was subsequently arrested.

More than 25 graffiti cases in Lake Forest Park and about another 50 from surrounding agencies can be tied to this one individual.

Charges are forthcoming.


Is someone speeding on your Shoreline street? Here's how to complain

Shoreline Police want you to know...

If you have a Traffic or Speeding Complaint in the City of Shoreline you can report your concerns online.

Complaints can also be completed by phone via the non-emergency number 206-296-3311.

Emergency or in progress situations needing immediate attention should be reported to 911. Police log and track traffic complaints and you have the option of being contacted by offices regarding a filed complaint.

Be aware that any correspondence submitted to the City of Shoreline may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, Chapter 42.56, unless a claim of privilege is established by the private party.


Books to Prisoners book drive at SCC

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Make a book donation to the Books to Prisoners Book Drive today!

Books to Prisoners is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization whose mission it is to foster a love of reading behind bars, encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-empowerment, and break the cycle of recidivism.

The most popular requests are dictionaries, thesauruses, African American history, and fiction.

Books to Prisoners relies on books donated by community members to answer these requests, so please make a book donation this quarter to help a few of the thousands of individuals who request books each year.

Book drop-offs are located in the Shoreline Community College Library 4000 Building (near the main entrance) and the PUB 9000 Building (across from the front entrance). Campus is at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133 (campus maps). There's a small fee for parking during the daytime, until 4pm.

Donations are being accepted now through March 20.


Jet City bout next Saturday at the Rat's Nest on Aurora

SEASON 10, Bout 4
February 25, 2017
Camaro Harem vs. Geritol Mafia
Pink Pistols vs. CarnEvil

The Jet City Rollergirls are excited to bring you our 10th season of hard-hitting, fast-paced flat track derby action. Bouts are held at the Rat's Nest, 19022 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, and feature a food truck, a beer garden, and a 50/50 raffle.

Get your tickets now before prices increase at the door! 

Tickets will be available at the door Bout Day starting at 5pm. Adults $18, Children 6-12 $13, 5 and under free.
Tickets are available online now.

Lobby doors open at 5pm. Track doors open at 5:30pm. Bouting action starts at 6:00pm.

There is no longer a need to bring your own chairs.

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

Registered service animals only please.


Global Affairs - from Shoreline to UW Jackson School of International Studies - to the World

The Global Affairs Center of Shoreline Community College presents . . .

Shoreline Community College (plus) 

UW/Jackson School of International Studies (and on to) 


Alexis Chouery (SCC 2012; ISIS 2015)

Simon Walker (SCC 2012; JSIS 2015)

Ian Waller (SCC 2014; JSIS 2016)

Every year about one-third of Shoreline Community College graduates go on to four-year institutions where they complete their undergraduate degree, then on to international work in places that include Seattle, Olympia, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the world.

We invited some of our graduates, who went on to earn degrees at the Henry Jackson School of International Studies (the University of Washington) to return to the Shoreline campus and to share their stories about education, careers, and some “ah-ha” moments they experienced along the way.

February 23, 2017, 12:30 –1:30 pm
Shoreline Community College 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Room 9208 (campus maps)

This event is FREE, although there is a small fee for parking on campus during the day. To save a seat, go to the calendar page for this event and click on Sign Up.


Shorewood and Shorecrest girls knocked out of basketball finals

Katie Taylor against Marysville Getchell
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Saturday afternoon at Jackson HS, the depleted Shorewood girls were clobbered by Snohomish, 67-25. The T-Birds led 10-9 after the first quarter but it was all Panthers from that point on. Once again, junior Katie Taylor's all-out effort defied belief. She led her team with seven points.

"I'm couldn't be more proud of how the girls kept competing even though the odds kept stacking up against us," said SW Coach Mark Haner after the game, referring to losing Kaitlyn Amundsen, Jalyn Hizey, and Taryn Shelley to season-ending injuries and illness.

Shorewood ended their season with a 17-5 record.

Stanwood      9      16      22      20      67
Shorewood   10      4        7        4       25

The Shorecrest girls suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors, 43-35. The Scots (13-10) trailed by 8 at the half, cut that lead in half going into the final quarter, but the young and unselfish Warriors pulled away down the stretch.

Scots senior Jazlyn Owens led her team with 12 points, while rugged senior Sheridan Stevenson fittingly fouled out in her final game. Both were instrumental last year when the Scots won the school's first basketball state championship.

Edmonds-Woodway     7      15       8       13     43
Shorecrest                     6       8      12        9     35

--Frank Workman


Shorecrest Class of 1977 where are you?

Photo by Jerry Pickard
The reunion committees are gearing up and want to know where you are.

Shorecrest Class of 1977 is celebrating its 40 Year Reunion scheduled for August 19, 2017, at the Sandpoint Country Club, 8333 55th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Searching for our classmates!! 

Please register online and join the Facebook Group - Shorecrest Class of 77.


Shorecrest bowlers in Top 3 at varsity bowling championships in Spokane

Shorecrest bowling team
with advisor Veronica Cook

Moses Lake, Shorecrest, and Ferndale High School Varsity bowling teams emerged as the top three teams entering Sunday’s grand finale of the 52nd Annual Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association (WSBPA), State High School Varsity Bowling Championships taking place at Lilac Lanes in Spokane, WA (1112 E. Magnesium, Spokane, WA).

In singles, Paris Smith (Cascade HS); Leslee Wilson (Shadle Park HS), Aidghan Ziegler (Lynnwood HS) and Goyne Bryden (Omak HS), are in 1st place in their respective divisions after 5 games of qualifications.

24 five-person teams laced up their shoes, competing in three divisions along with 47 bowlers competing in a singles division. Teams and singles championships will be crowned Sunday, February 19th at 2:30pm as the competition resumes at 9:00am.

More than 1,000 student athletes statewide participated during the bowling season. Now in its 52nd year, this is the 2nd longest running High School Bowling Championship in America, following only New York.

Individual results here

--Veronica Cook


Wisdom Café: The liberating effect of clearing space
It's not (all) about the 'stuff'

Most of us want to reduce the 'stuff' we don't want or need anymore, from the tangible to the intangible.

What is mental house-keeping? We'll share some of our best tips for unburdening ourselves.

Tuesday, February 21, 
2 - 3:30pm,
Richmond Beach Library,
19601 21st Ave NW, 
Shoreline 98177.

Come share your wisdom!

These cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, legacy, happiness, and what gives life meaning.

Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation. Connect with others, build community and enjoy our shared wisdom!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.


Preventive care recommendations for seniors - Tuesday at RBCA

RBCA Health and Wellness Speaker Series
Tuesdays in February, 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Beach Congregational Church
1512 NW 195th Street, Shoreline

In place of the monthly community meeting, RBCA’s Board is pleased to announce a series of presentations focused on improving the health and well-being of our residents. During the month of February 2017, speakers from local health care clinics will provide FREE educational talks. All are welcome! Below is a description of this week's presentation.

Tuesday, February 21 
Preventive Care Recommendations for Seniors
Presented by Miriam Smith, M.D. / Family Medicine / The Everett Clinic

Dr. Smith will discuss the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendations for adults 65 and older and do an overview of the evidence for the recommendations.


Are you ready for a disaster? Echo Lake Neighborhood to hear from City Emergency Management Coordinator

On Tuesday, February 21 from 7-9pm at Shoreline City Hall, Rm 301, the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association will hear from Brian Dixon, Shoreline's new Emergency Management Coordinator.

Dixon oversees the planning, response, mitigation and recovery processes in a major emergency situation. He coordinates the response from all local first responders and runs annual training and coordination sessions and drills.

He'll talk about what the city is doing and what citizens can do to prepare for disasters.

City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133. Free parking in City garage.

All who live or work in the Echo Lake Neighborhood are welcome.


Shorewood grad honored as NWC Hitter of the Week

Jacob Bockelie named Northwest Conference Hitter of the Week
Photo courtesy PLU Athletics

From PLU Athletics

TACOMA, Wash. - Pacific Lutheran University baseball student-athlete's Jacob Bockelie landed Northwest Conference Hitter of the Week honors on Tuesday, February 14 for his performance with Lutes baseball over the weekend in southern California.

After sitting out all last season with an injury, Bockelie made his presence felt in the Lutes' (2-1) opening series of the year against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, hitting .455 at the plate with five RBIs and two home runs. The Shoreline, Washington native collected a hit in all three games against the Sagehens, including driving in five runs in PLU's 7-3 victory on Saturday.

The left-handed hitter closed the week with five hits in 11 at-bats, scoring four runs while boasting a slugging percentage of 1.000 and an on-base percentage of .600. The junior was additionally lights out in the field, collecting 15 putouts and one assist with no errors.

The Lutes embark on NWC play this weekend, traveling across town for a three-game series against the University of Puget Sound. First pitch on Saturday's doubleheader is set for 11 a.m. with the series concluding on Sunday at noon.

Jacob is a 2014 Shorewood grad, son of Dave and Lisa Bockelie and brother of Kyla. He was baseball team captain his senior year at Shorewood HS. The team placed 4th in 3A state his senior year while he led in RBIs. Made 2nd team all-Wesco South his junior and senior years. Team placed 1st in Wesco 3A South his junior year.

Updated 2-19-2017


Unique partnership opens affordable housing in Shoreline: Ronald Commons

Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas, Compass Exec Director Janet Pope,
Rev. Kelly Dahlmen-Oeth, County Councilmember Rod Dembowski, Mayor Chris Roberts

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Ronald Commons, an innovative and comprehensive approach to helping North King County’s homeless and low-income residents gain stability and a pathway out of poverty, has opened its doors in Shoreline.

Through a unique partnership between three local organizations with deep roots in the community, Ronald Commons offers 60 affordable apartments to formerly homeless and low-income individuals and families, including formerly homeless veterans and families with a developmentally disabled member.

Ronald Commons faces Linden Ave N.

Ronald Commons also offers residents and the broader community access to critical support services, including a “grocery store-style” food bank, family services, financial education and assistance.

The region is facing a dual challenge: the shortage of affordable housing and an escalating homelessness crisis. At the same time, people who are in crisis are looking for support and stability. Ronald Commons is a direct response to these pressing needs.

Several hundred people attended the groundbreaking ceremony

Residents have begun moving into the newly available units and more than 300 people, including local community leaders, attended a grand opening ceremony held Friday, February 17.

Ronald Commons, which is a collaboration between Compass Housing Alliance, Hopelink and Ronald United Methodist Church, is located adjacent to Ronald United Methodist Church located at 17837 Aurora Avenue N. in Shoreline.

Hopelink has a new, permanent facility in the building.
The playground and raised garden beds are for residents.
Ronald Methodist Church is in the background.

“This is our first permanent housing facility in Shoreline and Compass Housing Alliance is building on nearly 100 years of experience providing shelter, housing and people-centered support services to homeless and low-income individuals,” said Janet Pope, executive director of Compass Housing Alliance. 
“Our goal has always been to provide meaningful solutions to those who need it and we recognize that it is critical that organizations collaborate. That is why we are proud to work with our partners Hopelink and Ronald United Methodist Church. Ronald Commons is one of over 20 locations where we are serving a vulnerable population and it accelerates access to much-needed affordable housing today while creating the vibrant community we want for tomorrow.”
Handicapped accessible unit

Wheelchair accessible bathroom

The 60 units of affordable housing is owned and operated by Compass Housing Alliance, and includes 12 units for veterans and their families. Half of the units are being rented to households who earn 30 percent or below the King County area median income. The other half are being rented to households earning 50 percent or less.

Hopelink reception area

Ronald Commons also includes a new 12,000-square-foot integrated service center, owned and operated by Hopelink, which started serving clients February 7. In addition to a food bank, Hopelink provides a full array of support programs to help stabilize clients who are in crisis, and then provide them with the tools needed to exit poverty on a permanent basis — including adult education, career and family development, energy assistance and financial planning.

Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas said the new facility is part of a “vibrant, cohesive, responsive new approach to helping our low-income neighbors.”

“I had a chance to walk through the new food bank last week, and it was so exciting to see it filled with our clients,” Thomas said. “Not only is this center much larger than our previous location in Shoreline — with added services to help clients — but the food bank is more user-friendly, with three times the number of hours available to visit.”

Entrance to food bank at Hopelink

Thomas said for the first time ever in Shoreline, food bank clients will be able to “shop” as if they are in a regular grocery store. “That’s significant for so many reasons. They’ll be able to take their time reading labels and choosing exactly the foods that are right for their families,” she explained and added that by 2020, the new Hopelink Shoreline center will provide food and comprehensive support services to about 2,500 members of the community every year, providing stability and a path out of poverty.

Food in the food bank comes from community donations, from bulk purchases
made with cash donations, and from other Hopelink food banks in the area.

The new, larger Ronald Commons site replaces the Shoreline Hopelink center that has occupied a leased space at Aurora Square since 2006.

Rev. Kelly Dahlman-Oeth
Photo courtesy Ronald UMC
The new development was constructed on land previously owned by Ronald United Methodist Church, and Pastor Kelly Dahlman-Oeth said he is looking toward building a community “where all are welcome.”

"As a church in the heart of the community of Shoreline, we take seriously our responsibility to be a heart in the community,” Dahlman-Oeth said. 
“We are eager to meet our neighbors, and to build relationships with them that we might learn together, grow together and continue to make our community a place where all are welcome." 


Vehicle plows into apartment building

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

A vehicle plowed into the side of the Ridgecrest II apartments, 412 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155.

The crash occurred sometime after midnight on Saturday, February 18. Shoreline Fire responded and reported that the driver was taken by medics to the hospital with what appear non- life threatening injuries.

Residents have been displaced from three units until the building can be evaluation for stability of structure.


Enchanted April: A perfectly timed play to help in the transition from winter to spring

Lotty convinces Rose to create a better future.
Photo courtesy Edmonds Driftwood Players

Enchanted April 
By Matthew Barber
Novel Elizabeth von Arnim
Directed by Paul Fouhy
Edmonds Driftwood Players
February 17 – March 5, 2017

Review by Doug Gochanour

A perfectly timed play to help in the transition from winter to spring

Relationships are tricky. Some men say that a wife should come with written instructions, but most men don’t read instructions anyway. Resulting unhappy relationships may lead to feelings of constriction, and eventually, to the desire to get away. That scenario plays out here. Lotty Wilkins (Molly Hall) and Rose Arbuthnot (Beaven Walters) are two weary housewives, who each share the frustration of an “empty relationship.”

The post World War I London setting was a difficult time for most everyone, but especially for women in a male dominated society. Lotty is able to capture a vision of a better future as she embodies the power of positive thinking. She invites Rose to join her in escaping their depressive environments. Rose is less certain of the vision, but goes along with Lotty.

The four women experience transformations at San Salvatore
Photo courtesy Edmonds Driftwood Players

Lotty and Rose find an ad for the rental of an Italian Castle for the month of April. It offers the enchantment potential they need. To share the cost of this rental, they bring in two more women, who also have a need for such an adventurous getaway. Once there, the ladies fall under the spell of their sun-drenched surroundings, while dealing with their personal lives and relationships.

For the four women, their experience is much more that just a hedonic vacation. They have the opportunity to explore the differences in their personalities, reassess their goals, and reexamine their relationships.  Each of them transforms into a new, better person, while Lotty and Rose bring empty relationships back to life from the doldrums.

You will be glad to experience the romantic conclusion of Enchanted April. Perhaps we can come away with visions for bettering our own relationships. In any case, this production is certainly excellent, from cast, crew, sets, and all the technical details. Don’t miss it.

Driftwood Players at the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds, 950 Main Street, 98020
Purchase tickets online or call 425-774-9600.


Classifieds: Shoreline City Council meeting cancelled

Shoreline City Council Meeting Cancelled

You are hereby notified that the Monday, February 20, 2017 Shoreline City Council meeting has been cancelled due to the President's Day Holiday.

The next meetings of the Shoreline City Council will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. (Special Meeting) and 7:00 p.m. (Regular Meeting) at Shoreline City Hall.


Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children opens early intervention program

Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children (NWSDHH) will be taking over the well-known Family Conversations program beginning August 1, 2017. 

Family Conversations is currently offered at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Family Conversations program supports families as they explore critical tools that can help their deaf or hard-of-hearing (D/HH) birth to three-year-old child learn and grow. 

Services include family home visits, playgroups with other D/HH families and parent groups.

NWSDHH and Seattle Children’s share the belief that NWSDHH is best positioned to continue advocating for Western Washington families and see Family Conversations into the future.

Lynessa Cronn, NWSDHH Head of School, says both organizations are excited about the transition and how it will strengthen support for families in our region.

“Early intervention is critical to ensuring educational outcomes and long-term success for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. We are honored to continue this important program and grow the impact of Family Conversations in the years to come.”

NWSDHH will continue to deliver the high quality services Family Conversations is known for, connecting families with the widest range of resources and educational pathways for their children. In addition, NWSDHH brings the capacity to offer expanded services and reach even more families in a greater geographic region.

Jill Y. Bargones, PhD, CCC-A, Coordinator of Family Conversations, is looking forward to the transition to NWSDHH.

“We could not be happier about Family Conversations moving to NWSDHH,” says Bargones. “The school has 34 years of experience in our field, and has always been a beacon of hope for the families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children; it is the perfect fit for Family Conversations.”

Seattle Children’s will continue to offer its services to the families currently participating in the program and to any new, eligible families until July 31st, 2017. Services will then move to its new headquarters at NWSDHH in Shoreline on August 1st.

NWSDHH, located in Shoreline, opened its doors in 1982. The only preschool through eighth grade school of its kind in the state, the school provides educational services to deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) students from nearly 20 different school districts in the Greater Puget Sound Region. 

Its mission is dedicated to using spoken English paired with Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) to help D/HH students become self-confident, articulate and academically competitive learners and contributing community members. From the beginning, the focus has been on three outcomes: grade level achievement; English proficiency; and oral communication and listening skills.

For more information about NWSDHH, visit the school’s website or follow the school on Facebook.


Opera preview at Shoreline Library Feb 22 - Katya Kabanova

Katya Kabanova lecture at Shoreline Library Feb 22
Photo by Philip Newton
Norm Hollingshead will lecture on Seattle Opera's Katya Kabanova by Leos Janacek on Wednesday, February 22 from 7-8:30pm at the Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room, 345 NE 175th St, 98155.

Katya, a soprano role, is a young wife in an unhappy marriage. Her weak husband is an alcoholic, and both the young husband and wife are dominated by his mother, the Kabanicha.

Not surprisingly, Katya is lured into an illicit love affair with a handsome young man from the city. Such improper behavior cannot be tolerated for long, and once the Kabanicha finds out, Katya is doomed. Czech composer Janacek's amazing music in this opera makes Katya's final scene one of the most gripping in all opera.

This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.

Katya Kabanova premieres Saturday, Feb. 25 at Seattle Opera and runs through Saturday, March 11. Tickets are available online or by calling 206-389-7676 or 800-426-1619. Ticket prices start at $25. Groups save at least 20 percent: 206-676-5588 or email.


New show opens Feb 21 at Gallery at Town Center

The Gallery at Town Center Presents: 
Cheryl Brown and Kiliii Yüyan

February 21 - April 1, 2017

The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by collage artist Cheryl Brown and indigenous and wilderness photographer Kiliii Yüyan, opening February 21, 2017. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm.

Cheryl Brown is a collage artist, born, raised, and living in the Pacific Northwest. She has a BA in Recreation Administration and a minor in art from Eastern Washington University. She has been an avid quilter, book-maker, and collage artist for years, developing her “Common Bird” series over the last three years. Cheryl enjoys the interaction with people that showing her work at festivals brings and won the Best Artist Award at the 2016 Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival. She currently lives in Edmonds where she is beginning plans to build a backyard studio over the summer and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Northwest Arts Alliance.

Kiliii Yüyan is an indigenous photographer (Nanai) whose work is dedicated to Native cultures and natural history. He has worked alongside Iñupiat whalers in the Arctic, Pitjany aboriginal hunters in central Australia, and Inari Sami reindeer herders in Finland. Through photography, his work tells the stories of the voiceless — people and wilderness in a time of a changing climate.

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Continuing Education: Integrated, self-paced computer lab

Integrated, Self-paced Computer Lab with Kris Bowen

Kris will quickly bring you up to speed with this Microsoft Office lab at Shoreline Community College.

Virtually any office position will require at least some experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ready to get started? Come to a self-paced laboratory environment and work in the company of other job seekers. Learn and practice these programs:

  • Outlook: Set up contact lists. Save email drafts. Link keywords in email messages to websites, maps, and photos. Customize your email messages with your own signature.
  • Word: Set up and save documents. Organize files and folders. Learn mail merging.
  • Excel: Get the basics of data creation. Customize slide shows. A coach will help you navigate the software and help menus.
  • PowerPoint: Insert pictures onto slides. Create text blocks and shapes. Add depth and dimension to text and photos. Produce a slide show. 

This four-week course will prepare you for most any office environment, with all the one-on-one guidance you will need. It's also a great prerequisite to our singularly focused Microsoft application courses.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Windows environment and working with a mouse and keyboard. A memory stick or thumb drive is required for this class.

4:00-7:00pm TWTh
2/21 - 3/16/17 - 12 sessions - Item 6907
Building 1300, Room 1302
Instructor: Bowen, K. - P-CMP 114

Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133, 206-533-6706. Maps and Directions and Parking (Now FREE after 4pm and on weekends).

Current Winter 2017 schedule with other Continuing Education classes.

Contact Ron Carnell to register.


Shorecrest Boys claim District Crown again, 55-52

Shorecrest boys basketball team, coaches and families
after District win against Stanwood.
Photo by Frank Workman

Boys' basketball
District finals Friday, 2-18-2017
Jackson High School
Shorecrest 55 - Stanwood 52

By Frank Workman

This season the Stanwood Spartans slashed a swatch through the state of Washington, defeating every in-state team they faced.

Until Friday night when they ran into a buzzsaw in the Shorecrest Scots.

For the second straight year, the Shorecrest boys (21-2) have claimed the District One championship by defeating Stanwood (21-2) 55-52 Friday night at Jackson HS.

Malcolm Rosier-Butler keeps the ball just out of reach while setting up a play.
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

Scots senior Malcolm Rosier-Butler performed a tight-rope act, scoring 27 points while being in foul trouble throughout the game. MRB was whistled for his second foul just three minutes into the game, yet returned in the second quarter to account for 13 points, giving him 16 for the first half alone. He netted four 3-point baskets in the first half alone.

With MRB on the bench for most of the first quarter, Stanwood sped to a 20-11 lead, with their vaunted half-court trap forcing numerous turnovers and easy baskets.

But the Scots adjusted, outscoring the Spartans 19-7 in the second stanza, including a 14-2 run over a stretch of four minutes, as they took a 30-27 lead into halftime.

MRB picked up his third and fourth fouls in the first two minutes of the second half, the fourth coming on the most questionable call of the entire season.

The game was nip-and-tuck until midway into the final quarter when the Spartans spurted to a six point lead midway into the fourth, 48-42. But the Scots' defense stifled the Spartans down the stretch as they held Stanwood to only four points the rest of the way.

Shorecrest's Chris Lee drives the ball into the paint
between three Stanwood defenders. Photo by Geoff Vlcek

SC's Chris Lee only made one basket all night, but it was a biggie as his 3-pointer broke a 50-all tie with just under a minute to play. Lee finished the night with 8 points (including 5-for-5 from the line) and provided a steady hand against Stanwood's stellar defense.

Stanwood contributed to their own demise by going 2-for-7 from the free throw line in the final quarter.

Coach Brian Fischer cuts down the net
Photo by Frank Workman
Said Scots coach Brian Fischer as he headed happily to the team bus, "We're the only team in Washington to beat those guys." 
(Stanwood's lone loss of the year was a Xmas holiday tournament game against Mater Dei, from Santa Ana, CA.)
 "After losing to them in their gym a week and a half ago, we knew we could beat them if we played well enough. And we sure did."

Both teams were assured a berth to Regionals next weekend. The WIAA will announce pairings on Sunday.

Shorecrest      11     19     9     16     55
Stanwood       20      7      9     16     52


  © Blogger template The Professional Template II by 2009

Back to TOP