Photo: Look to the rainbow

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Mike Remarcke managed to capture the rainbow in the dark gray clouds of this weekend. You can almost see the land on the other side of Lake Washington. And note how the sky is darker outside the rainbow.


American Dance Institute donates free classes to Autism Benefit

American Dance Institute has donated a month of unlimited free dance classes to the 2nd Annual Illuminating Autism Benefit Dinner and Auction Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6pm, at The Rainier Club 820 4th Ave, Seattle

Funds raised support The University of Washington Autism Center (UWAC), which prepares people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for school and life – reducing symptom severity and improving outcomes, regardless of economic need.

"My husband Steve and I attended the inaugural event last year and it was wonderful, said Elizabeth Chayer, Founder and Director of American Dance Institute. It was one of the most inspiring auctions we've ever attended."

Join us on January 27, 2018, at the Rainier Club in downtown Seattle, as we work together to raise funds to support UWAC programs.

For more Information about the Illuminating Autism fundraiser, contact: Tanya Cooke Event Coordinator 206.485.4539.


Shoreline City Council in Olympia for meetings

The Shoreline City Council will attend the Association of Washington Cities’ “City Action Days” in Olympia, Washington on Wednesday and Thursday January 24-25, 2018.

City Action Days is AWC’s two-day legislative conference to educate statewide decision makers about city priorities and to push the City’s agenda forward.

They have also scheduled individual meetings with 32nd District Representatives Sen. Maralyn Chase, Rep. Ruth Kagi, and Rep. Cindy Ryu.


Rep. Gerry Pollet introduces bill to open legislative records to public

Rep. Gerry Pollet D-46
Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) has introduced a bill to significantly increase the openness of the state legislature. HB 2886 would amend the Public Records Act to open most legislative records to the public and news media.

“Washingtonians deserve to know who influences their legislators and who their elected representatives meet with about the public’s business,” said Rep. Pollet. “Other elected leaders are not allowed to operate in darkness, and neither should the legislature.”

If enacted the measure would make available:
  • Calendars and schedules of legislators relating to their conducting public business
  • Administrative budget and financial records
  • Personnel leave, travel, and payroll records
  • Reports submitted to the legislature
  • Correspondence with persons outside the legislature seeking to lobby them or regarding official duties including bill development (except for issues relating to personal matters)
  • Findings or reports of any person or body appointed or designated by the legislature regarding member or staff misconduct

The bill would allow legislators to withhold personal information and personal schedules (e.g., family or medical schedules). It would also protect communications from whistleblowers who want to bring to light fraud or misconduct in state agencies.

The bill’s intent section quotes Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said, “The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.”

“We must give the people the information they require to make quality decisions with their ballots,” said Pollet. “While some protections are warranted, the blanket protection the legislature has afforded itself should end. It’s the democratic thing to do.”

The measure will be referred to the House State Government, Elections and Information Technology ​Committee for a public hearing.

Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle (46th Legislative District), represents part of King County and the city of Seattle including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Lake City.


Letter to the Editor: Legislators should initiate actions to prepare for nuclear attack

To the Editor:

The Bangor Nuclear Submarine base is located 20 miles due west of Shoreline. It is home to the largest nuclear weaponry in the US. Almost 40 % of all US nuclear weapons is located at this submarine base in a quiet, sheltered but easily navigable arm of the Hood Canal. Currently our state prohibits planning and preparing for a nuclear attack. Given the continuing expressions of hostility from our own President of the US in his challenges to the head of North Korea, Kim Jung Il, we here in Shoreline are in direct line of the fallout from such an attack, in which the probability of such a horrific event occurring is increasingly high.

Now is the time for all citizens and voters in cities, counties and communities to speak out and demand that our WA State Legislators in both the House and Senate remove and rescind the current prohibitive legislation against preparing and planning and to initiate legislation that would provide protective solutions to a nuclear attack. Given how extensively nuclear radiation spreads all of Washington State, as well as other states nearby, we are all are in danger of nuclear radiation as well as considerable destruction and death from this possibility. One only has to remember - and not to forget - the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, as well as the domestic disaster at Chernobyl to understand the dangers of nuclear power.

Voters and citizens would be well to contact their WA State Senators and Representatives in Olympia to take immediate action to prepare for a nuclear attack and to fully fund this legislation, and to make this matter a legislative priority.

Gini Paulsen


Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight?

Shoreline Seventh Day Adventist Church
corner of 5th NE and NE 175th
The public is invited to join an 8-session group weight-loss program titled “Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight?”
It’s about how to enjoy a full plate and still lose weight! There are no pills or supplements to buy, and you won’t be required to weigh yourself during the program.

Just come, relax and surprise yourself with many new ideas you can try at your very next meal.”

It is a free program, participant kit is $50 (includes New York Times Bestseller book, workbook, CD, guide)

It begins on January 25, 2018 at 6:30pm. To RSVP or for more info email

The sessions are sponsored by the Shoreline Seventh Day Adventist Church, where the classes will be held. 17424 5th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 (across from library).


Edwin Pratt and Civil Rights

Edwin Pratt, his wife Bettye and daughter Miriam
Photo courtesy Miriam Pratt
Edwin Pratt and Civil Rights

Join us for a riveting program by Michelle Merriweather, Vice President of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

Ms. Merriweather will present the history of local Civil Rights leader Edwin Pratt, who was a resident of the Shoreline community and Executive Director of the Seattle Urban League from 1961 – 1969. Learn how he and his colleagues laid the foundation for continuing the work on Civil Rights today.

Co-sponsored by the Shoreline Historical Museum.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2 - 3pm, Shoreline Library large meeting room, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.


Lakeside student serves as Senate Page for Sen. Frockt

Sen. David Frockt, D-46 and page Harper Meyerson
Photo courtesy LSS
Harper Meyerson, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 15.

Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, sponsored Meyerson’s week in the Legislature.

“It was a privilege to host Harper at the Capitol this week,” said Frockt. “I hope that she enjoyed her time with the Legislature.”

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

“What I’ve learned most while being a page is that government is both more complicated and less formal than people think,” said Meyerson.

Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

”I was surprised that legislators really want to hear what their constituents think,” Meyerson added.

Meyerson is in 10th grade at Lakeside School. She enjoys swimming, ultimate Frisbee, and working on the yearbook at school.

For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact


Opiate forum Tuesday night at Shoreline Center

Opiate forum Tuesday night at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Shoreline Room at the north end of the complex.

The community is invited.

The open and free forum is designed to provide an opportunity for education and discussion about the opiate crisis and how it affects our communities. 

It is a project of Shoreline Police, Lake Forest Park Police, and Shoreline Public Schools. 

Below is the agenda:

Introductions – Coquille Johnson- Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Shoreline Schools
  • Rebecca Minor, Ph.D- Superintendent, Shoreline School District
  • Chief Shawn Ledford, Shoreline Police Department
  • Chief Steve Sutton, Lake Forest Park Police Department
Law Enforcement Perspective (Chief Sutton MC)
  • Steven Freng, Psy.D., MSW- Prevention/Treatment Manager, Northwest HIDTA
  • Ricardo Quintero- Diversion Program Manager, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Richard Cooper- Detective, King County Sheriff’s Office
Resources (Chief Ledford MC)
  • Alison Newman, MPH- Center for Opioid Safety Education, University of Washington
  • Michelle Peavy, Ph.D.- Research and Training Manager, Evergreen Treatment Services
  • Liz M. Braun, Ph.D.- CEO, Residence XII Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services for Women
  • Andrea Arany-Kovacs- Counselor
  • Amy Justham- Pharmacist, Albertsons/Safeway
  • King County Secure Medicine Return (slides only – Chief Sutton will narrate)
Questions from the audience (Coquille Johnson MC)


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire commissioners meeting

Board of Commissioners of Shoreline Fire will hold a Special Meeting
Executive Session not open to the public


Anderson Community celebrates their grand reopening on Friday

The Anderson Community celebrates its Grand Reopening on Friday, January 26, 2018 with a ribbon cutting. harp music, food and beverages.

The community is invited. Please let them know you are coming. Email or call 206-364-9336.

Anderson Community has renovated buildings and is opening a memory care unit.

Anderson Community is located in North City 17201 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


Free dance lessons at Third Place Commons start on Jan 27

Third Place Commons is always a great spot for live music and dancing on weekends, but starting on Saturday, January 27th, it’s also a great place to learn to dance.

Beginning in January, Third Place Commons will offer free community dance lessons on the fourth Saturday night of each month through April.

Each easy, one-hour lesson will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the stage when you can learn and practice dance steps perfectly suited for the evening’s music ahead. No partner required, so come on down!

Then stick around for fantastic live music at 7:30 when you can take to the floor to practice your new moves with old and new friends all night long.

Swing dance will be on the docket for the first dance lesson on January 27th in conjunction with the grand finale of the Swing into the New Year music series featuring Portage Bay Big Band.

Professional dance instructor Ron Bolin, who delighted audiences with his class before the 85th St Big Band back in December, returns to get dancers warmed up and ready for the a rousing night of dancing fun.

This project is supported by a Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council Community Project Award.

Third Place Commons is a community-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space. Third Place Commons is located in Lake Forest Park Town Center at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

Monday, January 22, 2018

Shoreline Community College is recruiting for the following Administrative Exempt position: 

Associate Director-International Education Marketing and Outreach

Full description

Application materials and information on this and other open positions can be found online. Questions regarding employment at the College may be directed to HR by email or by phone at 206-546-4769.


Authors reading at Third Place Books this week

The author events start out on a healthy note - hidden powers of healing and healthy food, but take a drastic turn with murdering supernaturals and finish up with a positive story for children.

Third Place Books, Town Center Lake Forest Park, Ballinger and Bothell Way.

Wayne Jonas, MD
How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal (Lorena Jones/Ten Speed)
Monday, January 22 at 7 pm

Drawing on forty years of research and patient care, Dr. Wayne Jonas lays out a revolutionary new way to approach injury, illness, and wellness. He explains how eighty percent of healing occurs organically and how to activate the healing process.

Kyndra Holley
Craveable Keto (Victory Belt)
Tuesday, January 23 at 7 pm

The master behind the wildly popular food blog Peace, Love and Low Carb, brings together food, fun, and feeling fantastic with more than 130 healthy, low-carb versions of your favorite, most craveable dishes. Whether your goal is to lose weight loss, improve a health condition, or to simply find food freedom, Kyndra’s here to help!

Breeana Shields
Poison’s Cage (Random House)
Thursday, January 25 at 7 pm

Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together as duo of seductress and final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, and each has something—or someone—to lose. In Poison's Kiss, Marinda pulled a dangerous thread. In this sequel, it hurtles to a heart-pounding conclusion.

Special storytime - Kerri Kokias
Snow Sisters! (Knopf)
Saturday, January 27 at 10 am

Join us for a special storytime with Kerri Kokias, author of the debut picture book Snow Sisters! Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn't mean they can’t work together to make the perfect snow day! A heartwarming sibling story from the illustrator of That’s Me Loving You.


Shoreline City Council to meet with planning commission before regular meeting

Shoreline City Council Meetings

Monday, January 22, 2018 – Workshop Dinner Meeting 5:45pm
- Joint Meeting with Shoreline Planning Commission

Monday, January 22, 2018 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm
Full agenda and background documents here

Council will be finalizing details to adopt a BandO tax.
Planning is presenting proposed revisions to the development code, including elimination of neighborhood meetings with developers.

You can comment on agenda items here and watch meetings on your computer.


Master plan approved to guide UW Bothell / Cascadia College campus development

Illustration of what Beardslee Commons might look like
Courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc.

The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College now have a new campus master plan to help guide development of the Bothell campus for the next 20 years.

The Cascadia College Board of Trustees approved the plan January 17, following the approval by the UW Board of Regents January 11. The Bothell City Council approved the plan November 14, 2017.

The plan is the result of more than a year of work by the two institutions in collaboration with the city, neighbors and other community members. The plan addresses building, parking and housing needs along with environmental impacts in a document that directs how the campus would change over time.

UW Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh said final approval of the master plan is a milestone in the history of the campus — and one that points toward its continued success in the future.

“This is a prime example of the long-term planning and collaboration that makes it possible for UW Bothell to offer students access to an excellent UW education. We’re proud of our partnership with Cascadia College and appreciate the engagement of our immediate neighbors and the city of Bothell,” Yeigh said.

Cascadia College President Eric Murray added,
“The master plan represents a significant investment in our students and our community, and allows us to fulfill our commitment to prepare individuals for careers that strengthen our local economy. It has been a privilege for Cascadia to work closely with UW Bothell, the city, and our neighbors to help shape the campus, and we look forward to continuing those relationships.”

Long-term plans call for redeveloping the current Husky Village campus housing into "Beardslee Commons," a new front door to the campus that could include transit-oriented retail, housing and academic functions along Beardslee Boulevard.

While the 58 acres of restored wetlands will be preserved, density would be increased across the 74-acre developed area of the campus. The number of students also would grow to the 10,000 fulltime equivalent (FTE) students as originally envisioned by the Legislature (6,000 at UW Bothell and 4,000 at Cascadia College). The campus currently has 5,669 students at UW Bothell and 2,947 at Cascadia College.

Housing on campus, currently at nearly 300 apartment beds, could grow to between 600 and 1,200 beds in a mix of traditional and apartment housing. The number of parking stalls could increase from the current 2,500 to 4,200.

UW Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education to students in a small campus environment that fosters student achievement. Offering more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.

Cascadia is a public community college offering two-year degrees for transfer to universities, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices, certificate programs, basic education, High School 21+, ESL for adults, and a broad range of non-credit courses and professional training. It is recognized as the state’s university transfer specialist.

The joint campus for UW Bothell and Cascadia is located at 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell


Counties representing 37 million Americans demand Dreamers fix

Rod Dembowski
Representing jurisdictions with a combined population of 37.6 million Americans, 69 county officials from 37 jurisdictions across the U.S. are submitting a letter calling on national leaders to swiftly and comprehensively address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. 

This comes in advance of Friday’s expiration of the federal government’s continuing resolution, which many hoped might provide an opportunity to find a bipartisan compromise on DACA.

“Dreamers are Americans in every aspect but on paper. Not reaching a solution for them to stay is cruel, contrary to the values we have sworn to uphold and protect, and harms communities nationwide,” said Rod Dembowski, vice chair of the King County Council (pop. 2.1 million), whose office is leading the effort
“We are proud to act with what Dr. King called ‘the fierce urgency of now’ and submit this letter to Congress at this pivotal moment in this fight for justice.”

Approximately 800,000 young people in the United States benefit from DACA, with close to 19,000 Dreamers living in Washington. From the State of Washington, county officials from King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties joined the urgent call on Congress for a permanent fix for Dreamers.

“In Pierce County we’re proud to be home to a large immigrant and refugee community. The panic and stress this impasse has caused our Dreamers is heartbreaking. Some returned to school after the break unsure if they’ll be able to complete the semester. Others worry about providing for their families,” said Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young.

“The government asked Dreamers to step forward with the promise of a path to legal status and betrayed that faith. In local government we rely on those relationships to encourage cooperation with law enforcement and service providers. Without that trust our community is less safe.”

“We recognize the many contributions to our country, culture, and communities by these young people,” said Snohomish County Council Chair Stephanie Wright. “We all benefit from being diverse, inclusive, and welcoming communities, and we urge Congress to work together to find a permanent solution.”

“Dreamers that came as children now build this country - and Cook County - as veterans, first responders, teachers and parents,” said Cook County, IL Commissioner Bridget Gainer. “As a country of immigrants when we bring the Dreamers out of the shadows we honor our past and fight for our future.”

County officials expressed in the letter that they have a particular interest in seeing the legal status of Dreamers resolved in a manner that allows them to stay in the communities they call home, and that it is the role and responsibility of local government leaders to protect the rights of their constituents.

“On behalf of OneAmerica, Washington’s largest immigrant advocacy organization, this example of broad support by local elected leaders from across the nation underscores the urgency felt by so many communities for action by Congress to address the crisis created by the President’s decision to rescind DACA,” said OneAmerica Executive Director Rich Stolz.

“At a time when racial animus is playing such a prominent role in national politics, local leaders and communities are clear that protecting these young Americans who know no other home affirms our values as a compassionate and just nation. The growing chorus of voices is clear: Congress must act now.”


LFP COW meeting Monday

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole will meet on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE.

Discuss Ordinance 1163/Adoption of 2015
1. International Building Code and Other Construction Related Codes
2. Discuss and Review Governance Manual
3. Discuss Communications Plan


Good Morning Shoreline! Networking over Breakfast Tuesday

Good Morning Shoreline! Networking over Breakfast, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Aegis of Shoreline, 14900 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 from 7:30am to 8:30am.

Energize your day with coffee, a light breakfast and networking. Build relationships with and get inspiration from other members of the Shoreline business community. Reconnect with friends, make new acquaintances and create new business opportunities.

This is a free event, and open to the public, thanks to Aegis of Shoreline!

Help Aegis plan for a gourmet breakfast with an RSVP now!

This Month we will Feature one of our newest members, Paula Anderson. Paula is a Cruise and Vacation Consultant, with Expedia Cruise Ship Centers.

January is when everyone in the Northwest starts to dream of warmer, dry vacations. Paula is our local expert!

Bring business cards if you have them, and be ready to share a story about your business.

Aegis of Shoreline is providing a complimentary gourmet continental breakfast, and we will meet in one of the rooms in their beautiful facility. We will start at 7:30am and end at 8:30am, but feel free to drop in late or leave early as needed.

Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Aegis of Shoreline.

Please RSVP online or email to help us plan for enough food for everyone.


Gold Star award for Shoreline Schools participation in College Bound scholarship program

Shoreline Public Schools recently received a “Gold Star Award” from Gov. Jay Inslee’s office honoring Shoreline as one of the top performing districts in the state for registrations for the College Bound Scholarship program.

Last year, 83 percent of Shoreline’s eligible eight grade students signed up for the program. Statewide, the average sign-up rate was 71 percent.

The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the pledge.

The program encourages students who might not consider college because of the cost and continue their education beyond high school.

“I’m proud of the incredible work our middle schools’ staff have done in making students aware of the program, its benefits and assisting them with the application process,” said Superintendent Rebecca Miner.

When eligible students apply, they promise to:
  • Graduate from a Washington high school or home school with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Be a good citizen and not be convicted of a felony.
  • Apply to an eligible college and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in a timely manner.

Eligible students must sign up in middle school, by June 30 of their eighth-grade year, to receive this early commitment of state funding. In combination with other state aid, the scholarship covers tuition at public college rates. To receive the scholarship, students must enroll in an eligible college within one year of high school graduation.

More information about College Bound here or call 888-535-0747.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Singing Bones

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

Artist/author Shaun Tan, who surprised and delighted the world with The Arrival in 2006, has created another book to startle the readers into thinking.

Small scraps from 75 Brothers Grimm folktales combine with photos of Tan's alluring, tactile, and unnerving sculptures to make something entirely new.

Some stories, like "The Frog King" are familiar. Yet, when placed beside the frog's picture with beseeching hands lifted, the story is transformed.

Other stories are more obscure. I had never read the story of "Foundling" but I will never forget the art that is paired with it in this book:

Read this book with a friend nearby, so you can share the strangeness and the wonder of it.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms,
youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Artist's Talk: Humaira Abid Thursday at Shoreline Library

Sculptor Humaira Abid
Join Renton-based sculptor Humaira Abid for a discussion of her work with a particular focus on Searching for Home, her solo show at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Searching for Home explores the experiences of immigrant and refugee women through Abid's signature carved sculptures and miniature paintings.

Abid is an award-winning artist whose work has been shown in museum and galleries around the world, including the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the START Saatchi Gallery London, and the National Art Gallery in her native Pakistan.

Free passes to the Bellevue Arts Museum are available with your library card. Visit to learn more.

Thursday, January 25, 7-8pm Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.


PTA meeting to features well-regarded Pediatric Occupational Therapy Team

The Shoreline Special Needs PTSA is excited to welcome guest speakers Rosemary White and Alek Adams at its Wednesday, January 24 meeting.

Many families in the Shoreline area and beyond have benefited from White's physical and occupational therapy practice. The pair will present on child and caregiver relationships, including how to tailor interactions based on your child's sensory and motor profile and stay present in the moment.

White is an Occupational Therapist who brings in her work in Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Sensory Integration and DIR Floortime. Adams is a Child and Family Therapist who studied at Antioch and brings Family Systems Therapy into her work with children and their caregivers. She also has worked in homes and schools embracing the DIR Floortime Philosophy in interactions in these settings.

This month's meeting is in the Highlander Room at the north end of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE. Social time starts at 6:30pm. At 6:45pm Shoreline School Superintendent Rebecca Miner will explain the district levy to be voted on during the February special election. A short business meeting will follow at 7pm, with the presentations at 7:30pm.

Attendees are also asked to consider bringing a white elephant item to donate for the evening's raffle (tickets $1) and / or gently used books to donate for the chapter to resell, with proceeds benefiting chapter programs.

Learn more about the chapter and consider becoming a member. The chapter focuses on the approximately 12% of the Shoreline School District who have a 504 plan or IEP.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 1-2-18

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter week ending January 2, 2018

Trending for the holidays: domestic violence / assaults, suicide attempts,
Trespass from Aurora McDonalds, 145th Walgreens (2), America's Best Value motel (3), Lovers Package, Value Pet Clinic, Aurora Safeway

12-22  Commercial burglary at Shoreline Cigarland. Stole cash and merchandise.
12-25  Graffiti in Echo Lake restroom.
12-25  Subjects assault an individual who threw a rock at their car.
12-25  Window broken at The Little Store and cigarettes taken.
12-25  Graffiti at Hamlin Park.
12-26  Subject enters building 26 at Fircrest, says he is an employee, and takes items including keys to building and van. Suspect's shoes recovered as evidence. The next day he used a key to enter the food storage area.
12-26  Mail thief stole medications from 197xx 6th Pl NW.
12-26  Attempts to break into garage at 8xx NE 170th.
12-27  Package theft from 18xx NE 170th.
12-27  Individual tries to ram police car on 15th NE, police chase, recover stolen vehicle.
12-27  Suspect forced garage door to enter lobby of Rosemont Apts. Pried open a mailbox after trying several but there was no mail inside.
12-27  Echo Lake Apts storage shop was burglarized and key milling equipment stolen.
12-27  Welfare check on toddler whose mother was reported to be on drugs.
12-27  Mail theft on 14xx 27th NE.
12-27  Graffiti at Richmond Beach park.
12-29  Robbery at Home Depot using scissors and a screwdriver.
12-30  Subject arrested in public park on 145th at 2:30am on felony escape and drug warrants.
12-30  Deputies responded to a larceny and arrested a male for aggravated assault and investigation of domestic violence including strangulation, theft, harassment, and trespass.
12-30  Attempted mail theft at Heatherstone Apts on 9th NE.
12-31  Intoxicated driver stopped car in roadway at 175th and Aurora at 12:30am.
12-31  Intoxicated driver stopped car in roadway at 155th and Aurora at 8am
12-31  Two males were trying to help get a friend's belongings but got the wrong apartment.


Tree causes Shoreline power outage

A tree is the cause of a power outage affecting 2983 Shoreline households.

The outage was reported at 7:13am Sunday morning.

Crews have been dispatched and the estimated restoration time is 10:24am.

The area is centered between Aurora and the water and stretches from 155th to 205th.

UPDATE: Power has been restored. Two new outages have been reported, one at a business at Aurora Square, and one affecting 10 customers on Dayton in the 180xx block.


Shoreline Women's March attracts 150 marchers

First, we rally
Photo by s cho

Many local residents went to the big Women's March in Seattle, which attracted tens of thousands of marchers.

Then we march
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

But about 150 preferred to stay closer to home and march in Shoreline. They wore their pink pussyhats, and brought husbands, children, dogs, and lots of handmade signs.

Original signs
Photo by Carin Chase

The event was organized by Shoreline residents Omkari Emenke and Cheryl Tyler Gruwell.

Rally at N 185th
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Marchers gathered on the Interurban Trail at N 175th for a rally, then marched to N 185th for another rally, then back to N 175th, carrying signs.

Fight like a girl!
Photo by Carin Chase
Photo by Carin Chase
Power to the Poll
Photo by Carin Chase
I march for my daughters
Photo by s cho

Vehicles driving by on Aurora honked in support.


New approach for Town Center Vision

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Come talk about Town Center!

The City of Lake Forest Park has made important changes in the way they are approaching the Town Center Vision. They have narrowed the project's geographic scope and put a much greater emphasis on public engagement.

They have set up a series of public meetings, hoping to hear opinions on concepts and design ideas for Town Center from a wide cross-section of Lake Forest Park residents and businesses.

In addition, they have set up a webpage just for information about the current major projects: Your LFP.

This new website will serve as the primary resource for information about major projects, including contact information, project updates, upcoming events, event materials, and other relevant documents.


Shoreline Fire to hold Push-In ceremony for new Ladder Truck

The new ladder truck will be Pushed In to service
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
On Monday the 22nd at 8:30am, Shoreline Fire will be having a "Push-In" ceremony for the new Ladder Truck before placing it officially "in-service".

This will be held at Station 65 address of 145 NE 155th St, Shoreline WA 98155.

We are very excited to have a new ladder truck replacing the 24 year old truck that served us well.

Part of the traditional housing ceremony includes having the firefighters push the new apparatus into the firehouse. The origin is reported to be from the time of horse drawn equipment which could not be easily be backed into the building by the horses.

If you are interested in attending, please park at the Twin Ponds parking lot on 155th and walk over.

Thank you to our community for making this possible!


Letter to the Editor: The President could learn from my grandfather

To the Editor:

On a January day in 1921, my grandfather left his home in Italy for the last time. It was time to escape poverty, put behind him the world war that nearly cost him his life, and take a chance on America. He never saw his parents again.

On Ellis Island, the authorities likely saw my grandfather as just another alien with an odd name, one of millions flooding into America – Italians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Serbs, Croatians, Hungarians, Lithuanians, Czechs, Greeks, and more. Fleeing penury and pogroms. Speaking strange languages, worshipping in strange ways, following strange customs.

If Donald Trump were around then, he likely would have insulted the teeming newcomers with crude slurs.

Nearly a century later, Trump’s vulgar racism is an egregious example of the “otherizing” that periodically afflicts our country. Whenever there is unsettling change, the hunt is on for someone to blame. Wedge-driving, zero-sum politicians like Trump fan fears of “those people.” From Irish immigrants in the 19th century to Latin American and African immigrants today, “those people” have been stereotyped as leeches who steal jobs and don’t fit in.

My grandfather and many like him, then and now, have proved such stereotypes to be false. My grandfather mastered English, worked in a coal mine, learned a trade, and supported his family on a grocer’s income. He contributed his energy and enterprise to America.

My grandfather found a new home in a country not built on “blood and soil” notions that divide and exclude, but on the patriotic ideal that here, liberty and happiness are yours to enjoy and pursue, no matter who you are, what you look like, what you believe, or where you came from.

The president could learn a lot from people like my grandfather, if only he had eyes to see.

Jim DiPeso


Scam alert

By Diane Hettrick

Lake Forest Park Police are warning that an old scam is coming back around.

This is a new twist on an old #SCAM. One of our citizens received a call from 202-381-3260 which is a Washington DC number.
The caller claimed to be from the State Department saying the citizen needed to call back immediately. When our citizen called back, they were told they owed taxes…. really?
The State Department does not collect taxes!!! Remember that if ANYONE calls saying you owe “Taxes” it’s a #SCAM. Stay vigilant and safe!

Shoreline residents also report getting this call.

The newest twist on scam phone calls is that the caller ID spoofs a name and a local number so it looks like it's coming from a real person with a 206 area code.

As someone with a land line who gets three to ten spam calls a day, I have learned not to say "Hello" when I pick up the phone. I wait silently. Usually I get dead air, followed by a disconnect. Sometimes there will be a long pause, an equipment click, and the robo call starts.

I learned when I used to speak first. That often prompted the robo call to start. There was a whole series of calls that sounded like a real person. The speech had pauses for you to respond. "Hi Diane, how are you today?" (pause) Then the spiel starts. You can innocently tell them yes to something and get transferred to someone for the hard sell.

Now when I get one I'm not sure of, when they say "Hello" or "How are you?" I say, "What day is it?" If the answer is "Oh, that's good!" I hang up. 


High school students from across the region unveil 2018 robots at King's event

2017 Unveiling Event at King's
Photo courtesy King's

5th Annual Unveiling Event scheduled for February 9, 2018

FRC Team 4911 CyberKnights, King’s High School’s robotics team, is proud to announce the 5th annual unveiling event which will be held February 9, 2018 at King’s High School in Shoreline. This is an invitation only event and is not open to the public.

Dozens of robotic teams from high schools across the region, along with numerous teams across the world joining through live stream, will come together to “unveil” the robot they are building for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Season. Just a few short weeks later, these teams will be battling it out on the field for a chance to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in April.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience. Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense, six-week time limit, teams are challenged to build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.

This year’s game is called FIRST POWER UP. It has a retro arcade vibe, where teams are “trapped” in a video game and must defeat the boss in order to escape.

Washington State teams have performed well in the global competition with Viking Robotics from Ballard High School on the winning alliance in 2017.

The unveiling event will start with a catered dinner provided by Red Cork Bistro and Catering. Teams will then take turns unveiling their robots which may include CAD drawings, partially built robots, or completely finished bots. In the FIRST spirit of “coopertition” teams will share ideas and provide feedback to each other to help everyone improve.

“The unveiling event is a highlight of the year for me,” said Madeleine Schwitters, CyberKnights President and VP of Engineering. “It’s so fun to see how the different teams approach the game challenge and to learn from other students.”

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills.

The CyberKnights seek to inspire an interest and passion for science and technology while preparing students to become industry leaders in tomorrow’s competitive global marketplace.

The King’s High School’s award-winning robotics program serves as an educational community within King’s Schools as well as FIRST ® Robotics.

The CyberKnights serve as the founding team of King’s Robotics, a group of FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League, and FIRST Lego League Jr. teams. In its endeavor to successfully embody FIRST values and goals, the CyberKnights seek to create a team culture that sustains their community for years to come. From team recruitment, developing student leaders, maintaining a gender-equal team, serving as FIRST ambassadors in outreach, collaborating with each other in a student-led environment and asking corporations to support them as the next generation of leaders, the CyberKnights strive to be an organization of people impacting the world for FIRST.

Starting in 2009 in FIRST Tech Challenge with eight students, the CyberKnights have inspired over 10% of the K-12 students to participate in FIRST programs. CyberKnights Alumni have gone on to pursue fields in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and return to invest in the program as mentors for the current team. The team continues to develop its members in leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.


Five candidates vie for Lake Forest Park City Administrator

Lake Forest Park City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
By Diane Hettrick

The five finalists for the position of City Administrator in Lake Forest Park did a meet and greet with the public on Thursday evening, January 18, 2018 at City Hall.

They were chosen from a field of 41 recruited by the recruitment firm of Colin Baenziger and Associates.

It will be an interesting choice for Mayor Jeff Johnson. All are well-qualified and all have been working in city management. All were low-key, friendly, and personable.

However, each has different areas of strength and experience.

I was interested, but not surprised to find that all of them were drawn to the northwest. Most had been here before – one visits yearly. They have friends or family in Puget Sound. One is a skier, another is an avid hiker. The only one with no previous experience of the northwest has a son who will be attending Central Washington University next fall.

The candidates

Bristol S. Ellington has been an Assistant City Manager in Henderson, Nevada (pop. 293,000) for ten years and served as interim City Manager. He has a background as a city planner and a history of working well with developers. He has a reputation for being deeply involved in the community. He has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Public Administration.

Ron Foggin was City Manager of Dallas, Oregon (pop. 14,600), 12 miles west of Salem for five years. Before that he was an assistant city manager in Lehi, Utah for seven years. He has a financial background and was an award winning city treasurer and finance director. He has a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration.

Phillip D. Hill is the Assistant City Manager of Midvale City, Utah (pop. 30,750), part of metropolitan Salt Lake City. He has been in that position for nine years. Before that he was a city planner then department head. In his current position he has been working with the EPA, state environmental quality department, landowners, and developers in the redevelopment of two EPA Superfund sites. He has a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Business Administration.

Ian McGaughey has been the Town Manager of Clifton, Arizona (pop. 3,700) for over two years. His background is that of a community activist – chambers of commerce, tourism councils, wildlife and recreation land preservation, historic preservation, and seven years as a city councilmember. He has a BA in Communications and a Masters of Public Administration.

J. Mark Rooney is the Village Manager of Carpentersville, Illinois (pop. 39,000). Before that he was Chief of Staff for North Chicago, IL, and Village Manager of Wheeling, IL and City Administrator of Highwood, IL. He has a B.S. in Economics and History and has completed the coursework for a Masters in Public Administration. He is a former Army officer who led troops in Desert Storm.

On Friday, January 19, the candidates and interview teams went through a marathon of meetings, from 8:30am to 3:20pm, meeting individually with the City Council, Leadership Team, Public committee, and Mayor. After that the three panels each met with the mayor.

Now Mayor Johnson will make his selection.


Shoreline Women's March Saturday 2-4pm

Free hats to participants - while supplies last.
Omkari Emenke

Shoreline women will stage their own march on the one year anniversary of the first Women's March.

They will meet at the grassy area north of Walgreens on N 175th and Aurora and march on the Interurban Trail from the meeting spot to 185th and back. The event begins at 2pm.

Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring umbrellas. They will wear bright head coverings and hats.

Pink hats will be handed out FREE while supplies last.


Across Washington, flu taking a toll on people and medical facilities

Washington State Department of Health

Flu illness is widespread across the state and many health care facilities report full waiting rooms and a high demand for treatment of flu and other currently circulating illnesses. 

To help ease the crowding at medical facilities, state health officials want the public to know when and where to seek medical care, and to be on the lookout for warning signs of a potentially life-threatening situation.

State health officials issue recommendations for when and where to get medical care.

Unless they require immediate medical attention, people who have symptoms of flu should contact their doctor before going to a hospital emergency room.

The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness (below), you should go to the emergency room.

In most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the flu have mild or moderate illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.

People who are at higher risk of flu complications should call their health care provider for advice if they get symptoms of the flu.

These groups include:
There are some danger/warning signs that should prompt immediate medical care.

In children:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away if an infant has any of these signs:
  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
In adults:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Recommendations for people who don’t have symptoms of flu:
  • Get a flu shot. It’s recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies and health care providers across the state. Washington provides all recommended vaccines, including flu vaccine, at no-cost for kids from birth through age 18. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Use sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay away from sick people as much as possible. It’s possible to spread flu before you even know you’re sick, so cover your cough, wash your hands often, and stay home if you begin to feel sick.
Typical symptoms of flu illness include:
  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills - Not everyone with flu will have a fever.
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
The Department of Health has a weekly report of influenza activity posted during the flu season. The department’s website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Global Affairs schedule for winter quarter

Global Affairs Center
Shoreline Community College
Winter Quarter 2018 Events

Mark your calendar! All events take place on a Thursday except the March 7 event, and are held at the college, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133, Room 9208 (9000 building). 

All events are FREE. Evening parking on campus is FREE. There is a small fee to park on campus before 4:00pm. 

Send questions or requests for more information to Larry Fuell, Director, Global Affairs Center of Shoreline Community College.

Click on the link for each event for more information and to register to attend.

Thursday, January 25, 12:30-1:20 PM
Immigration Reform and DACA Update
Speaker: Christopher Strawn, Director, Immigration Law Clinic, University of Washington; and, Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigration Rights Project

Thursday, February 1, 7:00-8:30 PM
Transitioning from Military to Civilian Culture
Panel Discussion: Lourdes E. (Alfie) Alvarado-Ramos, Director, WA Department of Veterans Affairs (moderator)

Thursday, February 8, 12:30-1:20 PM
Study Abroad During a Political Crisis - Catalonia Independence
Speaker: Jeannette Idiart, Faculty (English), Shoreline Community College

Thursday, February 15, 7:00–8:30 PM
Palestinians, Israelis, Jerusalem - Peace or Continued Conflict?
Speaker: Dr. Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Thursday, February 22, 12:30-1:20 PM
Mindfulness in the Classroom
Speaker: Mimi Harvey, Faculty (Communications Studies), Shoreline Community College

Thursday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 PM
The Tragedy of North Korea
Speaker Clark Sorenson, Professor of International Studies, Chair of the Korea Studies Program, Director of the Center for Korean Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.

Wednesday, March 7, 12:30-1:30 PM
The Challenge and Promise of a Multicultural South Africa – Summer 2018 Study-Abroad
Speaker: Dr. Ernest Johnson, Faculty (Multicultural Studies), Shoreline Community College

COMING SOON: Information on how to register for Great Discussions 2018. The series of eight weekly discussions of foreign policy issues starts April 12!!


Soup’s On! at the Richmond Beach Library Monday

Celebrate our bounty of vegetables while learning to make hearty soups. Learn the simple basics of soup-making while Chef Laurie Pfalzer whips up Minestrone Soup and Chicken Vegetable Soup - two hearty soups that are easy to create at home.

Learn about seasonal vegetables and herbs and discuss the benefits of eating locally. Enjoy soup in class and take home a set of recipes so you can make soup for your family.

Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options available.

Ages 9+.

Sponsored by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

Monday, January 22, 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.


What's the best way to deal with garbage?

Bulldozers shifting garbage at Cedar Hills
Photo courtesy King County
The Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is the last operating landfill in King County. 

However, according to the King County Solid Waste Division, "Landfilling isn’t our only option for managing garbage in the future." 

As King County revises its Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan they want to hear from you.

What do you think is the best way to deal with all that garbage? Do we continue landfilling until there is no more room, construct a waste-to-energy facility like a mass-burn plant, transport the waste out of county, or is there something else?

Visit the website to review the draft plan and share your opinions on how we get rid of garbage in the future.


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