Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

An account of the first Thanksgiving by William Bradford, first governor of Plymouth Plantation.

“They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. 
For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. 
All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which is place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. 
Besides, they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports. 
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation: S.E. Morison, ed. Knopf. N.Y., 1952. p 90


Open and closed for Thanksgiving

Here are a few things that are open or closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Garbage and recycling services - in this industry, workers can count on only two holidays - Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If Thursday is your regular pick up day, put your bins out on Friday. If Friday is your day, put your bins out on Saturday.

Grocery stores - I checked with a couple.

Loreen at Village Market Thiftway (Ballinger Thriftway) says normal hours on Wednesday, then open Thanksgiving Day from 6am to 5pm. The only day they are closed is Christmas Day. They have a nice espresso café which will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6am to noon. Their cheese counter is amazing - love the

Joel at Central Market (Shoreline) says they will close at 4pm Thanksgiving instead of their usual 11pm closing. They have wonderful fresh made goods - love the chicken pot pies, quiche, and pizza. It's also a very good place to go Christmas shopping.

Lake Forest Park's favorite home town store, Albertson's, is closing at 4pm Thanksgiving Day but returning to its usual midnight closing the next day.

City Hall
Both Shoreline and Lake Forest Park City Halls will be closed on Thanksgiving and I wouldn't plan on doing any business at the County level either. LFP will continue the closure on Friday after Thanksgiving. Can't tell about Shoreline but call first.

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, Metro Transit will operate a Sunday schedule. On Friday, Nov. 28, Metro will operate reduced weekday service.

WSDOT's list of things to do / things to avoid (depending on your point of view!)

Eating turkey isn’t the only thing many of us will be doing this Thanksgiving weekend. Expect thousands to pack Seattle streets for a number of events, including a few that require road and ramp closures:


SCC student voted Baden Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Year

Hayley Warren
Photo by Wilson Tsoi
Hayley Warren was recently voted Baden Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Year by the NWAC coaches.  Warren had recently been named Northern Region MVP for her conference-leading 26 goals. She also had 8 assists while leading the Shoreline Phins to a second round playoff appearance. The Phins lost to Lane 1-2 in that round with Warren scoring the lone Phin goal.

The Phin sophomore was the leading scorer in the conference this season and last, totaling 49 goals while adding 20 assists. She was named Northern Region MVP in both seasons while also playing in the conference all-star game both seasons. Her goal total puts her on the top-10 all-time NWAC scorers list.

Head Coach Aaron Howe says, “Hayley is one of the best finishers in the league. She plays with a lot of heart and leads her team well as a co-captain.”

Warren was the primary forward for the Lady Phins. However, she played defense or outside-mid in high school and club ball, making her accomplishments at the forward position all the more impressive.

“It’s a huge honor. I’m still in shock and don’t think it’s really hit me yet. It proves to me that I can do anything I set my mind to. This award is a culmination of a lot of hours of hard work,” shares Warren.

The Phins finished second in the North, earning the right to host the first round of the NWAC playoffs. The ladies won that round over North Idaho 1-0. Along with teammate Melissa Schuetze, Warren represented Shoreline on the combined North-West All-Star team.

Warren plans on earning her general transfer degree from Shoreline and transferring to a university to continue playing soccer. She plans on pursuing a degree in the health sciences in order to explore a career in physical therapy.


Pain and beyond

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pain and Beyond

This class teaches coping techniques for people with pain-limiting conditions.

Topics include an overview of the anatomy and physiology of pain, stress management, pacing, goal setting and logging, home therapies, nutrition and supplements, and hope, happiness and healing.

Guided imagery, relaxation and gentle exercise are also covered. Pre-registration is required.

Swedish Edmonds, 21601 76th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026
Fridays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19 from 3-5 p.m.
$10 per class
For more information and to register call 425-640-4140.


Holiday DUI emphasis patrols begin Nov 26

Beginning on Wednesday, November 26, law enforcement agencies statewide will be participating in extra DUI patrols.

These patrols will take place through the holiday season until January 1, 2015.

All of these extra patrols are part of Target Zero — striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. 

Additional information at the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.


SCC students hear from American Idol musical director

Students listening to Dave Kochanski
Photo courtesy SCC

Funk / Groove hosted Dave Kochanski, musical director for the American Idol Live tour, via Skype as part of its guest lecture series on Monday, November 24 on the SCC campus.

Kochanski shared his experience working with aspiring performers, working on a demanding national live tour, learning new material quickly, industry experience and more. He also answered questions from the students and shared his thoughts on working in the field.


Blood supplies low - blood drive on campus Wednesday

Blood drive at SCC Wednesday, November 26

Currently, the Puget Sound Blood Center’s blood inventory is really low and they are trying everything they can to collect as much volunteered blood as possible before the Thanksgiving weekend.

Stop by the Blood Drive in the PUB quiet dining room on Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 9-3 p.m. (closed from 11-noon). Campus 16161 Greenwood Ave N. Maps. Small fee for parking on campus.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated and needed! Photo ID is required to donate. Schedule an appointment online or just show up!


Spree Trees, wreaths, and greenery coming soon

Volunteers selling trees 2013

Spree Trees, wreaths, and greenery coming soon!!

Please consider buying your holiday greenery and supporting Shorecrest Senior Spree, the drug and alcohol free senior class graduation celebration sponsored by the Shorecrest PTSA.

A good selection of Doug, Noble and Grand Firs available starting Friday, December 5 at Scott Sherman Auto Care, 1211 NE 175th St. in Shoreline:

  • Friday, December 5th – 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6th – 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7th – 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Rat City Rollergirls Season 11 changes and schedule boasts more activity in Shoreline

The jammers try to break through the defenders
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg
March 2014

The Rat City Rollergirls have changed their approach to roller derby, and with it, their league structure, to create a better fan experience.

Just in time for Season 11, the Rat City home teams — Grave Danger, Sockit Wenches, Derby Liberation Front and Throttle Rockets—will rekindle old rivalries and bring fresh faces to the track for home team season while All-Star players prepare for their own separate season this summer. The home team season will run from Jan. to April, and fans can start purchasing season tickets on Black Friday and individual tickets on Dec. 15.

Rat City also revamped bout production, ultimately deciding to host mid-season bouts at The Rat’s Nest, which is located at 19022 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133. At The Rat’s Nest, fans can get closer to the action while enjoying local bands, food trucks, a fan zone, and new opportunities to interact with some of their favorite skaters in the stands.

For fans who love their derby at KeyArena, a “Three at the Key” package will be available starting Dec. 1, which includes tickets to the home team opener, home team championships, as well as the July 11 All-Star bout where the Rat City All-Stars will play the second best team in the world, the Rose City Wheels of Justice.

The home team season will begin Jan. 10 at the KeyArena with a double header—Sockit Wenches vs. Grave Danger and Derby Liberation Front vs. Throttle Rockets.

The mid-season bouts at The Rat’s Nest will be held on Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, March 28 and April 11, with the final championship bout on April 25 at the KeyArena.

Derby Liberation Front, the winner of Season 10 home team championships, will battle all season long to maintain their title.

The Rat City Rollergirls (RCRG) is Seattle’s premiere all-female, flat-track roller derby league. RCRG is composed of about 80 active skaters and many more retired skaters who are still involved. The skaters are divided among four home teams, the All-Stars and Rat Lab. It is Rat City’s mission to maintain a competitive athletic program, promote the sport of roller derby, provide quality sports entertainment for our fans, and make a positive impact in our community.


Evan Smith: 2014: The year the election skipped us

By Evan Smith

November 4 was the mid-term election, generally second only to the presidential election in voter interest. Not here – at least not this year.

All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the spots in the U.S. Senate, all positions in the State House and half the seats in the State Senate were on the ballot. That got little attention here, with local congressional and legislative districts firmly in Democratic hands and U.S. Senate seats on the Washington ballot.

National Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate in an election that had Senate contests in more than two-thirds of the states. Washington was one of the other states.

Most states elected governors and other statewide officials. That included Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Texas, but not Washington.

This kind of election comes to Washington every 12 years. It happened in 2002. It will happen again in 2026.

In 2004 and 2012, we voted for president, governor and U.S. senator. In 2006 and 2010, we had contests for Washington’s U.S. Senate positions. In 2008, races for president and governor topped the ballot.

In 2016 and 2024, we again will vote for president, governor and U.S. Senate positions. In 2018 and 2022, we’ll fill U.S Senate positions. In 2020, races for president and governor will top our ballots.

We had no statewide positions this year. Only some statewide initiatives got some interest.

The recent election gave Republicans firm control of the Washington state Senate, but control depended on results of a few “swing” districts. Our area got no attention because incumbent Democrats had only token opposition in both the 32nd and 46th legislative districts. Incumbent State Sen. Maralyn Chase won by a 71 percent to 28 percent margin over Republican Robert Reedy in Shoreline and rest of the 32nd District, and incumbent Democrat David Frockt had an 80 percent to 20 percent victory over Republican Van Sperry in Lake Forest Park and the rest of the 46th District.

The 32nd District includes Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of south Snohomish County, south Edmonds, all of Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace. The 46th District includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northwest Seattle.

Republicans narrowed the Democrats’ lead in the state House of Representatives, but there was no competition here with 32nd District Democratic incumbent State Rep. Ruth Kagi leading Republican Alvin Rutledge 71 percent to 28 percent and incumbent 46th District Democrat Jessyn Farrell leading Republican Branden Curtis 82 percent to 18 percent, while 32nd District incumbent Democratic State Rep. Cindy Ryu and incumbent Democratic 46th District State Rep. Gerry Pollet both ran unopposed.

We didn’t have much to excite us at the Congressional level, with Democratic incumbent 7th District U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott defeating Republican Craig Keller 81 percent to 19 percent. The district includes Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, most of Seattle, and some of Seattle’s southwest suburbs.

McDermott was one of six incumbent Washington congressional Democrats winning with at least 55 percent of the vote, while each of three Washington incumbent Republicans has at least 60 percent.

The only exception was the vote to replace retiring Central Washington Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. There the top-two primary gave voters a choice between two Republicans, with establishment Republican Dan Newhouse defeating tea-party favorite Clint Didier by a 51-49 percent margin.

There was little at the county level. Washington decided eighty or ninety years ago to hold elections for state executive positions in presidential election years and for county positions in mid-term elections. That changed when King County and some other counties adopted home-rule charters and moved most county elections to odd-numbered years.

So, our area had little role in the 2014 mid-term election.

Our state and county could make the mid-term election more important.

One possible change could come from an amendment to the state constitution to move the elections for governor and other statewide positions from the presidential year to the mid-term year. Illinois made that change in the 1970s. That meant that after decades of electing governors in presidential years, the state elected a governor for a two-year term to allow a transition to four-year terms in mid-term years. Such a change in Washington would come the same way.

A similar amendment to the King County charter would move elections for some county offices from odd-numbered years to mid-term years.

Those are example of moves we could make to add balance among election years.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.


KCLS Board of Trustees names new Library Director

Gary Wasdin
Director, King County Library System

After a nationwide executive search and selection process, the King County Library System Board of Trustees has selected Gary Wasdin to be the new Director. Wasdin currently serves as Director of the Omaha Public Library in Nebraska. Wasdin will begin his KCLS leadership role January 26, 2015.

According to Interim Director Julie Acteson, 

“The Library System is an essential community asset, with 48 libraries, online and mobile outreach to 1.3 million area residents. Leading KCLS is an important job—and one that opens rarely: the previous Director came to KCLS more than 25 years ago. 
“We’re delighted that Gary has accepted the Board’s offer, and we look forward to welcoming him to KCLS,” Acteson concluded.

The new Director brings substantial experience to the job, with more than 20 years in management positions, including retail, academic and public libraries. His broad and diverse experience gives him an in-depth understanding of leadership, organizational performance, and talent management.

At Omaha Public Library, Wasdin focused on building stronger relationships with communities, elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropic foundations. His approach is based on a strategic vision and deep connections between the libraries and the communities they serve.

Wasdin is enthusiastic about his new job: “I’d like to thank you for choosing me to be your new Library Director. KCLS has a nationwide reputation for excellence, and I’m excited by the opportunity to build upon this great success. I’m looking forward to getting started, and getting to know the people, libraries, and staff of KCLS. Together we will ensure that our libraries anticipate and respond to the needs of all our communities.”


Jazz Ensemble concert at Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club Tuesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

SCC Jazz Band will perform at Belltown jazz club
Photo courtesy SCC

The Shoreline Community College Jazz Band, under the direction of Paul Harshman, will be performing at Tula's Night Club and Restaurant in Belltown Tuesday evening. The SCC Jazz Band will be opening for the pH Factor Big Band, with the first set starting at 7:30pm. There is a cover charge of $8 for this event. 

Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:30pm. Tula's is in downtown Seattle at 2214 Second Ave. Cover charge $8.

The ensemble is comprised of SCC music students who perform works from the libraries of the classic big bands, as well as contemporary arrangements and student compositions.

The ensemble records, tours and performs frequently throughout the Northwest. The Jazz Band has at least one concert per quarter. This quarter they are scheduled to perform at Tula's today, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 as the culminating event of the quarter. There are approximately 22 students involved in the concert. 

The pH Factor Big Band was formed in January of 2008 and was formerly known as the Musicworks Jazz Orchestra. Paul Harshman is the musical director and leads the group. His focus on exciting and challenging repertoire has drawn a highly talented ensemble of musicians that enjoy performing great big band compositions at the highest level. The players are some of the finest in the area and the band has a nice mixture of established and younger musicians that gives the group great chemistry. 

Together, the band strives to entertain the audience and itself by exploring a wide range of music from composers and arrangers such as Bill Holman, Fred Sturm, Maria Schneider, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Herbolzheimer, Chico O'Farrill, Jim McNeely, Tommy Newsom, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter and Stan Kenton.


WeatherWatcher: Weekly report, hope you like rain

Cold Snap and Graphs
Last week's data

Forecast: Like clockwork, the week we celebrate Thanksgiving brings us some of the stormiest and wettest weather we typically see. It's either rain, wind, or cold/snow. This year, rain and wind, and a lot of it. Tuesday looks like it will start the day with heavy rain, totals may amount up to an inch. In the afternoon the rain should ease up however and temperatures will be mild, above normal in the 50's. Wednesday afternoon the rain returns and early indications are pointing to a possible wind event as well for the evening. Thursday more rain is expected, with cooler air moving in and a transition to showers Friday. The weekend looks mostly dry, but the dryness is due to the cold and dry arctic air returning nearby, bringing at least the night time temperatures back down to below freezing.

Cold Snap and Graphs: Last two weeks we had our first cold snap of the season. Arctic air centered over the Rockies and Plains was also partially slipping into Western Washington bringing us the cold and dry weather. For 4 days in a row we had a low temperature below 25°F, and dew points down into the single digits. This was giving us a very low relative humidity for the majority of the sunny weather period. 

I decided to show this dry weather with my usual graphs for the month so far. First is the daily average temperature and daily high and low temperatures. You can see the huge dip in the dark blue line, it also shows how we are back up to a little above the average now. Some of this however is because we've had a habit over the past several years to get our first cold air around the second to the last week of November so the average has been brought down by those semi-annually repeated events. This year the cold was two weeks in, instead of three.

Graphs by Carl Dinse

Graphs by Carl Dinse
The next two graphs show the daily average dew point and the daily rainfall totals for November. Remember that dew point is the temperature at which the current moisture content in the air condenses or saturates. Some of the dew points were down to near 0°F, which means you'll never see fog develop until the actual temperature got to about that temperature. Relative humidities were around the 12-15% range outside.
Graphs by Carl Dinse

Graphs by Carl Dinse
Last week's data:
High temperature: 50.2°F (Thursday)
Low temperature: 23.9°F (Saturday)
Rainiest day: 0.51 inches (Friday)
Total rainfall: 0.55 inches
Warmest day: 47.4°F (Friday)
Coldest day: 31.3°F (Saturday)
Average temperature: 39.3°F
4 year average: 42.8°F


Home for the Holidays: Stocking Stuffer Sale

Home for the Holidays: Stocking Stuffer Sale

The Gallery at Town Center
lower level, Lake Forest Park Town Center
November 18 - January 3

Show Santa just how nice you are: shop local! Stay in Shoreline-Lake Forest Park to buy your holiday gifts and support your local arts organization at the same time. The Gallery at Town Center has a large selection of local artist-made items including jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, and wood. Stop by and discover our most recent additions.

On the walls will be 12”x12” (or smaller) paintings, prints and photography – the perfect gift size. The 2014 show features local artists Kimberlie Brayman, Lynne Greenup, LA Hoffman, Phil Keane, Angie Ketelhut, Jeanine Langerud, Jennifer Munson, Constance Perenyi, Michelle Templeton, Rebecca Tracy, Betty Udesen and Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw. 

Holiday hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm and Sundays, Nov 23-Dec 21, 11am-4pm. We provide boxes and bags for most small items helping to make your gift-wrapping a snap. 
While at the gallery you can sign up to become a member of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and receive 10% off all of your gallery purchases throughout the year.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations. Proceeds from the Gallery at Town Center help fund these programs and events.


LFP residents invited to participate in Hazard Mitigation Plan survey

To prevent loss of life and protect property from the ten known natural hazards in the region, avalanches, dam failures, earthquakes, floods, landslides, severe weather, winter storms, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and fires, the City of Lake Forest Park updates its Hazard Mitigation Plan every five years.

The public comment period began Friday, November 21, 2014 and ends at 5:00pm on Monday, December 15, 2014. The public is invited to help the City build its next plan by offering comments via an online survey, accessed at the link provided below.

At the conclusion of the comment period, City Planners will put the final touches on the plan, which will be presented to the Planning Commission in January 2015. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Hazard Mitigation Survey

A partnership of local governments and regional stakeholders in King County is working together to update the King County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of this plan is to help local governments reduce the exposure of County residents to risks from natural hazards, such as earthquakes and floods. By writing this plan, local governments are able to apply to Federal programs that may provide money that can be used to reduce risks before and after natural disasters. This plan was first created in 2004 and was updated in 2009.

The City of Lake Forest Park needs your help to plan for the possibility of future disasters. We would like to find projects that will help reduce or avoid impacts from natural hazard events. The following questions will help us measure how much local citizens already know about disaster related issues and will help us identify areas where we need to improve. The information you provide will help us organize activities and prioritize projects to reduce the risk of injury or damage to property from future hazard events.

The survey consists of three questions, and there is an opportunity to provide additional comments at the end. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. When you have finished the survey, please click "Done" on the final page.

The Lake Forest Park Emergency Management team thanks you for taking the time to participate in this important information gathering process.

The Police Department would like to hear from the community. Please click on the link below to answer a three question survey on the hazard mitigation survey:


Shoreline City Manager report 11-17-2014

Update for Week of 11/17/2014

Council Meeting Follow-Up
·         November 10 – There were a couple of follow-up questions from the 145th Light Rail Station Sub-Area Zoning Scenario Action:
o   Liquefaction: Here is a map that indicates areas of moderate to high risk of liquefaction around and within portion of the Paramount Open Space. Planning and Community Development Director Rachael Markle has also created a response regarding the City’s Development Code for development in such areas. In very high landslide hazard areas development is prohibited unless a Critical Area Reasonable Use permit can be obtained. The liquefaction areas mapped around Paramount Open Space may or may not meet the definition of the very high landslide hazard area. These areas are also overlain with wetlands and erosion prone soils, which are regulated and place certain restrictions of development upon confirmation.
o   Property Tax Impacts: The City developed a flyer addressing property values and how increases in values affect property taxes. Analysis from more than twenty (20) reputable studies of property values near high capacity transit and TOD generally rise in value, from 0% to 32%, the closer they are to the stations for all land use types.

November 24 Council Meeting
Dinner Meeting
·         Draft agenda of the meeting with the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce

Regular Meeting
·         Adoption of the 2015 Property Tax Levy and Adoption of the 2015 Budget: Council will be adopting the 2015 Property Tax Levy and the 2015 City Budget.  Council has been reviewing the budget since October 13..
·         2014 Budget Amendment – Ordinance No. 700: Proposed Ordinance No. 700 totals $407,817, and increases both revenues and expenditures. The increase in expenditures is offset by the increase in grant revenue totaling $118,983 and the use of available fund balance totaling $288,834. This includes an Urban Forestry Grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) totaling $10,000; a grant from the King Conservation District totaling $18,004; a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Estuary Grant totaling $42,060; and an Emergency Management Performance (EMP) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security totaling $48,919. The remaining $288,834 increase in appropriation is for two purposes: 1) to include a transfer of $260,823 to Fund 221 - Limited Tax General Obligation Bond 2013 Debt Service Fund for the principal and interest payments on the debt issued in 2013 for the North Maintenance Facility and 2) to increase the transfer to Fund 211- Limited Tax General Obligation Bond 2009 by $28,011 to provide additional funding for debt service payments as a result of the continued federal government sequestration that lowered the Build America Bonds subsidy payments. These bonds were issued for construction of City Hall.
·         Chronic Nuisance – Ordinance No. 698: On March 3, 2014, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 675 which enacted a new chapter of the Shoreline Municipal Code (SMC), Chapter 9.30 - Chronic Nuisance Properties. Subsequent to this adoption, a clerical error was discovered that results in the establishment of two appeal periods. An amendment is needed to correct this error so as to ensure a single appeal period.
·         Small Vendor Business License Waiver – Ordinance No. 693: The intent of proposed Ordinance No. 692 is to streamline the process for small vendors to participate in City and non-profit sponsored community building activities and functions. This proposed ordinance would add two exemptions to the Shoreline Municipal Code (SMC) Section 5.05.040. The first would be for small businesses that conduct limited retail sales as part of a City-sponsored event or a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization-sponsored event and have annual retail sales in the City of less than $5,000. The second exemption would apply to individuals and/or businesses who provide recreational instruction services as part of a City-sponsored event or a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization-sponsored event and who generate no more than $5,000 in gross receipts per calendar year within the City.

State Biennial Budget
The information regarding the State budget continues to worsen. Based on recent information the City received the State’s general fund budget gap is expected to grow by another $300 million, bringing the total budget gap to $1.2 billion without addressing the educational funding mandate from the McCleary case. The State is still targeting to release the proposed budget around December 15. The City continues to monitor as there may be state program reductions and reductions in state shared revenues to cities.

Sound City Association
·         Annual Meeting, December 3: This is the meeting in which SCA will adopt their 2015 budget, which the Council position is to oppose.
·         December PIC Meeting: Councilmember Roberts has forwarded two issues that the PIC will vote on next month.
o   Countywide Planning Policy PF-19A regarding school siting. The proposed SCA position is similar to the position that Shoreline took a few years ago. 
o   Taxation on E-Cigarettes and Other Vapor Products: SCA supports increased statewide funding for public health through additional revenue streams dedicated to public health. These sources may include but are not limited to taxes on e-cigarettes/vaping devices with funding dedicated to public health.

Financial Update
October 2014 sales tax, real estate excise tax (REET), and development revenue report. Year-to-date sales tax revenues of $5,657,181 are higher than revised projections of $5,401,949, by $255,232 or 4.7%. REET collections continue to be strong. Collections through October total $1,543,045, and are $38,934 or 2.6%, ahead of revised projections. Total development permit revenue through October 2014 is $1,122,047, which is 44.9% ahead projections and 14.8% ahead of the year-ago levels.
Third quarter line-item budget adjustments. This is a summary of the internal budget adjustments approved by the City Manager during the third quarter.

Council of Neighborhoods
Council will host a dinner with the Council of Neighborhoods on Monday, December 8.

Calendar Items
·         11/22        9:00am Holiday Craft Market – Spartan
·         12/9          5:30-7:00 p.m., 2014 Annual Human Services Awards and Membership Meeting, North Urban Human Services Alliance, Shoreline City Hall. King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski will be speaking.

This and That
·         Article from Urbanland regarding denser suburbs drawing homebuyers with walkable town centers.
·         Ebola briefing paper provided by King County Public Health.
·         List of new business licenses issued in October. 57 new businesses in Shoreline.
·         In 2014 the City’s budget included $45,000 in scholarships for eligible recreation participants. Earlier this week we hit this mark for the first time in City history. Next week will start the registration process for the final session of swim lessons in 2014. I anticipate that there may be a need for an additional $2,000 in scholarship funds in 2014. Given that other recreation revenues are exceeding budgeted revenues I have informed staff to proceed with allowing eligible participants to have access to scholarship funds. Staff will monitor this activity in the first half of 2015 to determine if there needs to be any adjustments made to the 2015 budget.


Call for performing artists

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission is accepting submissions from local and regional bands to perform at the 2015 Concerts in the Parks series. Concerts are held on Sunday afternoons, 3 - 4pm, Edmonds City Park, in July and August.

It is an outdoor venue with a covered pavilion for the performers. Sound system and technician is provided. In addition, concerts may be scheduled in a smaller park venue in downtown Edmonds during the week.

To apply, submit the following by January 7, 2015
  • Letter of interest with name and contact information (phone, mailing address and email) 
  • Promotional material 
  • Music samples (CD’s should be clearly labeled) 
Edmonds Arts Commission
Concert Coordinator
700 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020 
Send or email all requested materials no later than January 7, 2015. Review begins in early January. Applicants will be contacted only if they are asked to be on the schedule. For further information call the Arts Office 425-771-0228.


Shoreline School District selected for inclusion on AP Honor Roll

Shoreline is among a select number of school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Only 14 districts in Washington state were chosen this year.

Shoreline was recognized for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work for students at Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

More Shoreline seniors take at least one AP exam in high school than seniors statewide and nationwide, and exceed national levels of AP exam participation and performance. Since 2011 the District has offered the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test to high school sophomores and others each October. The test helps to identify students for AP coursework and has positively influenced AP enrollment. The District currently offers 19 AP courses in the high schools.

In 2014, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.

Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:
  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
The complete 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.


Mudslide and holiday cancel Northline Sounder service

Northline Sounder service between Seattle and Everett is canceled beginning this evening Monday, November 24 through Wednesday November 26 due to a mudslide. Sound Transit will provide special buses with direct service to/from Northline Sounder stations in addition to local bus service. 

If there are no additional blocking events, service will resume Friday, November 28th. Refer to the Sounder Alerts page for service hours on the day after Thanksgiving. There is no service on Thanksgiving Day.

Special bus service on Tuesday Edmonds-Seattle: A special bus will depart Edmonds Station from the Amtrak parking lot at 6:41 am and 7:41 am. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 5:45 am, 6:15 am, 6:34 am, 6:55 am, and 7:42 am


Local crafters at Sky every Saturday through Dec 20

Every Saturday through December 20th   10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sky Nursery Local Crafters Bazaar

Support local artisans and crafters in comfort!

Once again, Sky will be opening our greenhouse to local craftspeople every Saturday 
from 10am to 4pm for the holiday season.

Vendors will be here Nov 29 through Dec 20.

Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline WA 98133


Frank Workman on Sports: Playing like champions

Sunday, November 23, 2014

O Captain, my captain

Our fearful trip is done; 
If it wasn't for Squalicum
We'd be Number One. 

(With apologies to Walt Whitman)

When the Shorecrest girls' soccer team opened the season at home on September 9 with a 4-0 loss at the hands of Lakeside, few in attendance could have imagined that 74 days later they'd take the same field to play for the State Championship. Many would have been happy with them just making it through Districts and simply qualifying for the sixteen-team State tournament at that point.

Along their way to a 19-5 record and a second place finish in the State's 2A ranks, they soared to phenomenal highs. 

They split their first four non-league games, including a 1-0 loss to crosstown rival Shorewood. But then the bell rang to start the Wesco 3A South season and the Scots came out smoking hot. They won their next eleven straight games, outscoring their opposition 33-5 along the way. They avenged their earlier loss to Shorewood, 3-0. They knocked off this year's 3A State Champions Edmonds-Woodway, 1-0. A surprising 1-0 loss on the last day of the regular season against a desperate Glacier Peak team only served to remind the team of their vulnerability and may have been the kick in the pants they needed to refocus their efforts. 

They won their league with an 11-1 mark. 

All this while being a smaller 2A school playing up a level against 3A competition.

None of this happened by accident.  

Head coach Mindy Dalziel has been at the helm at Shorecrest for ten years. She played for a pair of Scots State Championship teams herself. Her assistant, Lori Henry, is a Shorewood grad who matriculated to the holy grail of womens' college soccer, the University of North Carolina, where her Tar Heels teams went undefeated for three straight years. Henry then went on to play for the US Women's National team that defeated Japan to win the first Women's World Cup. Between the two coaches, they've forgotten more about the game of soccer than most others will ever know.

The coaches did what all great teachers do .... they got the players to want to get better. A position in the starting lineup wasn't given, it was earned from game-to-game based on what went on in practice the days leading up to each match.  

In time, the players meshed. A scorer emerged in junior Sophia Viviano, whose 31 goals accounted for more than half the team's total for the season. Kate Wiper, a sophomore goalkeeper with enormous shoes to fill (following the graduation of four-year starter Frida Swensen) proved the adage that 'you never replace a hero with a zero'. Wiper improved as the season progressed, helped in great part by a defense that boasted three of the team's four seniors (MacKenzie Parry, Kayla Holland, and Alex Murphy). The fourth senior, Meghan Wicken, was deemed the team's unsung hero by Coach Dalziel by season's end.

The team won their first two games at Districts and faced undefeated Squalicum in the District title game. The Storm prevailed 3-0.

Shorecrest blistered Black Hills in the first round of State, 4-0. In the Quarter-finals, they knocked off Liberty, last year's defending 3A State Champs, 4-3, with Miss Viviano scoring all the goals.

Friday night they shot to a 2-0 halftime lead in the Semi-Finals over Ridgefield, and when they took a 3-0 lead in the second half, it appeared as if they were going to mash, shred, and fry the Spudders.   Instead, Ridgefield pushed the Scots to the brink by scoring two late goals before time ran out.

Saturday night's final game saw the Scots score first, and the huge throng representing the entire local soccer and Shorecrest community got their hopes up, dreaming of a sixth championship banner to hang in the gym. But Squalicum proved their mettle by putting intense pressure on the Scots, knocking them onto their heels, scoring the tying goal early in the second half, then the game-winner with six minutes to play.

In the end the Scots just ran out of gas. It was not to be. But they thrilled their fans, not just Saturday night but all season long, including countless young players from the youth ranks who ringed the field as honorary ball girls-and-boys at most games, getting an up-close view of a team that played the game hard, unselfishly, the right way.

A team that played like champions play.


Nov 24 Special LFP City Council meeting

7pm Lake Forest Park City Hall, Council Chambers

The Monday, November 24 council meeting will include a public hearing on three ordinances:
  • Ordinance 1086/Adopting 2015 Property Tax Levy
  • Ordinance 1087/Setting 2015 Sanitary Sewer Rates
  • Ordinance 1089/Adopting 2015-2016 Biennial Budget 
Action or discussion of the following:

Ordinance 1086/Adopting 2015 Property Taxes (action)
a. Alternative Ordinance 1086/Adopting 2015 Property Tax Levy
Ordinance 1087/Setting 2015 Sanitary Sewer Rates (action)

Ordinance 1089/Adopting 2015-2016 Biennial Budget
a. Alternative Ordinance 1089/Adopting 2015-2016 Biennial Budget
Resolution 1442/Setting Surface Water Utility Fee (action)


Shoreline Concert Band concert Tuesday, Dec 2

Shoreline Concert Band

Shoreline Concert Band in performance Tuesday, December 2, 7:30pm at the Shorewood Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave. N, Shoreline 98133.

There is no charge – donations to  Shoreline music scholarship fund accepted at the door.

Theme: “Italian Cuisine”

  • U of Washington Concert Band – directors Lewis Norfleet and Erin Howard
  • North Cascades Concert Band – directed by Rob Pattermann
  • Shoreline Concert Band - directed by Ken Noreen and Dave Johnson

Music: Special Soloist Antonio Deleo, Shoreline Community College student from Italy performing “Carnival of Venice”

Shoreline Concert Band finale – “William Tell Overture”


Words worth: petulant

petulant \PET-chuh-lunt\ adjective
1 : insolent or rude in speech or behavior
*2 : characterized by temporary or capricious ill humor : peevish

"Petulant" is related to the Latin verb "petere," which means "to go to," "to attack," "to seek," or "to request." "Petere" is a relative of the Latin adjective "petulans" ("impudent"), from which "petulant" was derived.

Some other words with connections to "petere" are "compete" and "appetite." "Competere," the Late Latin precursor to "compete," is a combination of the prefix "com-" and the verb "petere."

The joining of "ad-" and "petere" led to "appetere" ("to strive after"), and eventually to Latin "appetitus," the source of our "appetite." Additional descendants of "petere" are "petition," "perpetual," and "impetus." 


Exercise activity for cancer patient to survivor

Active Women, Healthy Women

From cancer patient to survivor, there is an exercise activity appropriate for you. The class is co-sponsored by Team Survivor Northwest and focuses on stretching, strength training and cardio workouts. Registration required. 

Swedish Cancer Institute, Radiation Oncology, at Edmonds
2nd Floor, 21605 76th Ave W, Edmonds 98026

Mondays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15 from 7-8pm    


For more information or to register, call the program manager at 206-732-8350.


Are the Schools Prepared? A Report on Shoreline School District Emergency Preparedness

By Marianne Deal Stephens

Following the recent incident in Marysville, local parents are understandably concerned about school safety and the capacity of the district to handle an emergency. At the November 17 Shoreline School Board Meeting, Don Dalziel, District Director of School Safety and Facility Use, and Chuck Goodwin, District Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, provided an update on readiness for various types of emergencies.

The district takes an all-hazards approach, meaning that it prepares for both natural (earthquake, snow, floods, winds) and manmade (hazardous materials, violence) incidents. The State requires drills of different types for the various hazards, and schools in the district have a minimum of one drill per month.

In late 2012, the district initiated a review and revision of emergency procedures, convening an 18-member task force. Between January and March 2013, new lockout and lockdown procedures were finalized, more than 800 staff were trained, and new Emergency Flip Charts (using a checklist approach) were installed in all classrooms. Each school has an Incident Command System (ICS) and maintains a cache of emergency supplies should students and staff need to stay at the school for a length of time. In addition to internal preparations, the district has partnered with the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park police and fire departments and city governments.

In September 2014, the Lake Forest Park Police Department and the district held a full-scale exercise on a non-student day. See previous article.   In October 2014, the district also held a functional exercise at the Shoreline Center.

For the 2014-15 school year, the district has several points of emphasis, as outlined by Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Chuck Goodwin, including:

  • Mr. Goodwin in front of all staff members at least once
  • Help schools update and train ICS (Incident Response System) teams
  • Help schools with 3-day large-scale emergency event response plan (i.e., earthquake)
  • Help schools with emergency supplies assessment

When asked how our level of preparedness compares with peer districts, Director Don Dalziel answered “quite well,” and explained that in 2008 the answer would have been much different since the district did not have its present level of awareness and planning. Mr. Goodwin fielded questions from the board about student use of electronic devices during incidents. The district is aware of poor cell phone reception in the high schools, and Mr. Goodwin has trained teachers how to coach student use of social media.


Pre-diabetes class (morning) at Swedish Edmonds

Prediabetes: Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 9:30-noon

This class will explain risk factors and how to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 60 percent through dietary and lifestyle changes. Participants are welcome to bring a support person to the class for no additional charge. Pre-registration is required.

Swedish Edmonds
21601 76th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026

$35 per person/includes a support person.

Register online. Call 425-640-4395 for questions. 


Brain Health and Wellness after serious illnesses

Brain Health and Wellness
December 1, 8, 15, and January 12; 1:00 – 2:00pm

Take your stroke recovery to the next level.

Learn the latest science concerning exercise and Multiple Sclerosis.

Learn to exercise to manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. 

Discussion and exercise group will be lead by Lisa Stuebing, CPT, a member of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society.

Fee: $5 for Senior Center members; $6 for non-members.  

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center
18560 1st Ave NE, Suite 1, Shoreline 98155
206 365-1536


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