Photo: Halloween Entry Garden

Monday, October 20, 2014

Victoria Gilleland and Doug Gochanour shared a photo of their entry porch on Circle Drive in Lake Forest Park. The Red Dragon Wing Begonias have been blooming since May. The pumpkins and gourds arrived in October.

The rich colors of fall are with us!


St Luke School's Unity day celebrates uniqueness, diversity, and tolerance

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day is a day where people across the nation wear orange in unity to say no to bullying.

St. Luke School’s 2nd Annual Unity Day Event will happen this Wednesday, October 22, at 2:00pm. 

This year’s theme is “Cool to be Weird” inspired by a song written by local Seattle musician, Tai Shan. We are thrilled to have Tai at the school to perform her amazing song (listen to it here), inspired by The Sneetches story by Dr. Seuss, about celebrating uniqueness, diversity and tolerance. Additionally, the student body will be in orange for unity and take part in activities that celebrate the message of the concert, being unique and comfortable in your own skin.

This event is being sponsored by CLUBG, St. Luke’s Girls Leadership and Sisterhood Club. This club was co-founded by a mom and daughter team, Kimberly and Kaitlin Bell, an 8th grade student at St. Luke. CLUBG’s mission is “girls helping girls develop leadership and sisterhood skills in school communities”, with a key focus on early awareness and prevention of the relational bullying dynamics girls often face in the middle school years.

CLUBG includes a foundational bullying prevention program called Power Up delivered to younger girls in partnership with Girls Scouts Western Washington, followed by an ongoing community of girls supporting each other through monthly connects, leading take action projects in their school, and providing mentoring to the next generation of girls.

St. Luke School is located at 17533 St Luke Place North in Shoreline.


Scotoberfest on Saturday and you are invited

It’s Scotoberfest and you’re invited! 

Enjoy beer, brats, and bargains with the Northwest Scottish community. Hosted by Northwest Junior Pipe Band on Saturday, October 25, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St in Shoreline. 


Admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. And there will be a rummage sale in the parking lot! 

Join us for an afternoon celebration of Scottish culture, pumpkins, and pipes to support NWJPB Northwest Junior Pipe Band.


Former Shorecrest Student and Seattle Singer songwriter donates proceeds of New Album to Susan G Komen

Former Shorecrest student, singer and songwriter Kristin Chambers will be performing her title track "Everything Woman" on King 5 TV's NewDay Northwest, Wednesday Oct. 22, kicking off a week of donating all music download sales to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

Kristin's mother-in-law is a 21 year survivor and two of her close friends have just come out of treatment cancer free. Kristin would like to continue to help researchers make sure everyone can join them in the survivors circle.

“Everything Woman” is a new compilation of original songs that captures Kristin's poetic, heartfelt lyrics and her authentic folk-pop melodies as never before. Produced by Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes) of Seattle's Skoor Sound, "Everything Woman" comes to life with the all-star musical artistry of Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple), Jeff Feilder (Amy Ray), Michael Stegner, Steve Moore (Sufjan Stevens), Al Keith and the arranging brilliance of Hans Teuber.

To hear the title track click Everything Woman. Her pre-release rendition of Beck’s “Eyes That Say I Love You” has already caught the attention of The Seattle Weekly as the top staff pick for summer singles not to miss. To hear her rendition click here “Eyes That Say I Love You”.

In 2010 Kristin released her first original self-produced album “Kristin Chambers", and in 2012 “Endless Road,” which garnered over 100,000 downloads and fans over the internet radio waves. On “Everything Woman,”with the guidance of Producer Eric Eagle, Kristin infuses elements of soul with her beautiful melodies, and poetic lyrics, creating amazingly fresh music.


World Dance party Friday at Shoreline Community College

Learn and then dance the salsa, African rhythm, folk, Bollywood - and who knows what else?

Sponsored by the City of Shoreline, Shoreline Community College, and Dale Turner YMCA, no particular dance experience is necessary, just a willingness to get out on the floor and move.

World Dance Party, Friday, October 24, Shoreline Community College, Pagoda Union Building #9000, 16101 Greenwood Ave N. (map).Special guest performers Different Drummers  (African drumming). 

Event is free, just bring a dish to add to the potluck. Free parking.

Potluck at 6:30pm and dancing from 7-9pm.


Video: forum on gun initiative

Our friends at My Edmonds News videotaped the forum on gun initiatives 594 / 591.

Speaking for I-594 - State Senator Maralyn Chase.
Speaking against I-594 - Jason Colberg

David Donnan was the moderator.

The forum, held Sunday, October 19, 2014, was sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church.

Initiative 594 would expand background checks on gun purchasers in the state. Initiative 591 would prohibit the state from adopting background checks or other restrictions on firearms stricter than federal laws.


Two hours to spare? Donate them to a local school

This Friday, October 24, from 3-5pm, Parkwood Elementary School is hosting a fall Grounds Clean Up to prep their grounds for winter.

We welcome anyone who has 1-2 hours to spare! No RSVP necessary.

Come alone or bring your kids. Please bring your own tools (gloves, brooms, wheelbarrows, shovels, buckets). 

For more information, contact Marion Mohrlok at newsletter @

Parkwood Elementary School, 1815 N 155th St, Shoreline, WA 98133.


Shorecrest Hip Hop Dance Team performing at the Moore Theatre Nov 7

If you purchase a ticket through the link below, 15% of your ticket will go towards the group. This will be a great contribution as the team is preparing to go to Nationals this year in Orlando, Florida!

Show/Ticket Information
November 7th: 7:30PM

Global Party is a high energy performance of cultural and contemporary dance and music. The performance features young, talented, Northwest performers celebrating rich cultural traditions from around the world. A not-to-be-missed experience for all ages. Think Global, Celebrate Local!

To support Shorecrest High School Hip Hop Dance Team visit this webpage

From this link only there are NO Fees on all tickets and help with fundraising efforts for the team! Purchase tickets by November 6th

During checkout when you are entering your payment/address, please type
 "SHORECREST HIP HOP" under the "Billing Address #2"


Freeway blocked from Shoreline to Northgate Monday morning

Traffic camera on the pedestrian bridge at 195th

All but HOV lane were blocked southbound I-5 at Northgate during the rainy Monday morning commute.

Multiple collisions, including a jack-knifed semi, a broken barrier and a diesel spill, had all but the HOV lane of southbound I-5 at Northgate way and the ramp from Northgate to southbound I-5 blocked.

Still a lot of moisture in the air as you go farther south
NE 175th

The backup at 7:30am was 10 miles and growing quickly. Drivers from Sno County were heeding traffic reports to avoid the area and I-405 was just as blocked.

Normal arterial routes through Shoreline were equally jammed - specifically 15th NE. Neighborhood streets worked for a few blocks but drivers eventually had to gain access to an arterial.

Commute times were more than doubled.

Updated 10-20-2014 9:05pm


Photos: Shorewood Homecoming

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shorewood presented its homecoming court at half-time during the football game with Edmonds - Woodway on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Shoreline Stadium

Shorewood’s Homecoming king and queen,
Andrew Christiansen and Grace Taylor
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
 Shorewood’s drill and flag team present the homecoming
court one couple at a time.
Amanuel Mamo and Lola Butcher are presented.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The homecoming court left to right; Amanuel Mamo and Lola Butcher, Cameron McDowell and Christina Garrison, Cole McKission and Bethany Butay, Steffen Torgerson and Amanda McMillan, and Andrew Christiansen and Grace Taylor. Photo by Wayne Pridemore.

Shorewood students and football players wore pink
 to recognize the Fight Cancer campaign.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Many thanks to Wayne Pridemore for getting these Shorewood photos. He has more at his website.

Is there a Shorecrest version of Wayne Pridemore? We'd love to have Shorecrest Homecoming photos! Send them to us here.

Do the smaller high schools have homecoming? Let's hear from them, too!


On the Mayor's Mind

Shoreline Mayor
Shari Winstead
On the Mayor’s Mind
October 20, 2014

Shoreline has come a long way in almost 20 years of being a City. While I didn’t grow up here like many of my friends, I’ve lived here for most of my life. It’s fun to unintentionally explore the City sometimes, and just notice the difference in our neighborhoods and our city.

After a week of fighting a bad cold in our home, we decided to treat ourselves to  Grinders’ sandwiches on Friday night. We all know that means navigating the Aurora Avenue construction, but I took a minute to plan the easiest, safest route, and it wasn’t too bad.

In fact it was fun to see the progress on Aurora. Before we know it, construction will move to the east side. When I went into Grinders, I noticed their sign indicating they had opened in “2004”. Grinders has been open for 10 years? Wow. That was a fast 10 years.

As I waited for our sandwiches, I thought about businesses in Shoreline that had come or gone, or still around after many years. We really have a lot of great, handy businesses in Shoreline. Not just Costco and Home Depot, but Aurora Rents, Highland Ice Arena (that we frequented more often when our kids were young), Jersey’s (another great Shoreline secret, with the best weekend breakfast in town) and of course the former Top Foods property, soon to be home to a Trader Joe’s.

Most of us remember what that site looked like before Top Foods bought and renovated it - a dilapidated, graffiti covered old building. It was quite a (wonderful) transformation when the building changed ownership, and just as much of a disappointment when it closed. But now, we are looking forward to a new business, new life in the building and neighborhood.

Hopefully some smart businessperson will take advantage of having Trader Joe’s as an anchor tenant, and jump on the possibility of success by opening a cafe, coffee house or some other great store in the same building.

We spent the second part of Sunday walking off a disappointing Seahawks game but enjoying the glorious weather down at Richmond Beach. We even saw a kite-boarder take off and surf the beautiful shoreline, with the sun sparkling on the water. 71 degrees on October 19, a brisk wind in the air.

You can’t help but love the Pacific Northwest, and for me, the city I moved to for the school district, some 23 years ago, that wasn’t just home to me, but a place I was proud of.  

Shoreline has challenges, most of them involving change of some kind, most of them uncomfortable, and, without a doubt, to some degree, scary. The only comfort in facing all the changes is knowing that the only constant in life is change. We’ve certainly seen our share of it over 20 years, and the next 20 years will bring even more change. I hope you will join me in being a positive part of change. Check out the city’s homepage, read the Shoreline Area News, attend your neighborhood association meetings. Knowledge is, after all, power.


145th Street Citizens Committee meets Thursday

The 145th Street Citizens' Committee meets this Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 3rd floor classroom.

The committee is formed in response to the subarea and other planning for the 145th Street Sound Transit station.

Speaker for the meeting will be Alicia McIntire, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Shoreline (Topic: 145th Street development - process, scope and timeline).


Densmore Pathway volunteers clean up the pathway for winter

Even at the end of the day, people were still working
Photo by Ellen Wood

Densmore Pathway organizers were delighted to have 19 volunteers who planned to be there and several more who were walking by and were lured in by the joy of pulling weeds at their work party on Saturday, October 18.

Ellen Wood said that "One guy came by pushing a lawnmower, saying that he was on the way to the lawn mower repair shop. He mowed a stretch of lawn while he was there!"

Coffee and snacks were set up under the canopy
Photo by Ellen Wood

It really takes many hands to keep the pathway maintained in the lush greenery of the Northwest and the Pathway is an entire block long. Having around two dozen people at the same time, made it a pleasurable task.

Updated 10-20-2014 8:06am


10% of proceeds to end polio campaign - 5-10pm Oct 23 Lake Forest Bar & Grill

Eat at the Lake Forest (Park) Bar and Grill any time between 5 and 10pm on Thursday, October 23, and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Rotary End Polio campaign.


Shoreline City Council special meeting with SCC and regular meeting - both Monday

Shoreline City Council Meetings

Monday, October 20, 2014 – Special Meeting 5:45pm
Joint Meeting with Shoreline Community College Board and President

Monday, October 20, 2014 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm
Agenda Highlights

  • Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract with CH2mHill for the Development of the 145th Street Route Development Plan
  • Adoption of Resolution No. 364 - Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Discussion of 2015 Proposed Budget – Department Presentations

Comment on Agenda items


LFP City council meeting Monday

The Committee of the Whole will meet at 6pm on Monday, October 20 at City Hall in the northeast corner of Town Center, intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.

Items for discussion: (agenda)

Adjourn at 8pm


Death Café meets Wednesday evening at Third Place Commons

Death Café, an informal group that meets for an open and honest conversation about death, will meet on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30pm at Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way Ne Ste A101, Lake Forest Park, intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.

Organizer Terri says, "I am trying something new this time! I've scheduled this MeetUp around dinner time at a more public location. They do not allow outside food at Third Place Books but have at three different restaurants to purchase food and drinks from. This is a no-host event, so bring cash. I've scheduled 2 hours for this event, leaving time for everyone to order their food and get settled for a stimulating conversation."


Parks - Tree board meeting Thursday

PRCS/Tree Board Regular Meeting
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Shoreline City Hall, Room 303

Agenda Highlights

  • Community Garden Committee Reports
  • Right-of-Way Tree List and November 4 Public Meeting to Discuss the Right-of-Way Tree List
  • Northcrest Park - 827 NE 170th St Shoreline, WA 98155‎
  • PROS Plan Recreation Overview
Link to the calendar listing for full agenda and agenda packet

Comment on agenda items:


Klein Family Haunted Yard - bring food for the food bank

The Klein Family Haunted Yard is well-known to residents of Richmond Beach, as the family has been staging their elaborate Halloween scene for 15 years.

Wednesday, Oct. 29, through Saturday, Nov. 1
19818 19th Avenue NW

They ask only that you bring non-perishable food items for Shoreline's Hopelink Food Bank.


Third Place Books: best sellers, mystery and science, spiritual pathways, and relationships

A signing event Monday, and authors on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, reading from their works, answering a few questions, and signing their books for you. Third Place Books is on the upper level of Town Center at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way. Books can be ordered online.

Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk
Beautiful You (Doubleday)
Monday, October 20 at 7pm
From the author of Fight Club comes a novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Please note that tickets are required to attend this event. Receive your ticket with your purchase of a copy of Beautiful You. One ticket admits two people. Details here.

Tiffany Pitts
Double Blind (Booktrope)
Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm
Filled with mystery and science, and fronted by a strong female lead, Double Blind is the first novel in the Thanatos Rising series. Tiffany Pitts is a former molecular biologist living in the Pacific Northwest. 

Rev. Steven Greenbaum
Practical Interfaith: How to Find Our Common Humanity as We Celebrate Diversity (Skylight Paths)
Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm
For people interested in exploring diverse spiritual paths without feeling they must abandon their own, Practical Interfaith offers an accessible, positive way forward from the troubled habits of our past.

Linda Carroll
Love Cycles (New World Library)
Thursday, October 23 at 7pm
In this dynamic guide to developing healthy relationships, Carroll, a couple’s therapist, elaborates on the development of relationships by examining a common, fundamental problem among them: humans want to form connections but also maintain their independence.


Quick Start Shoreline Tuesday

Quick-Start Shoreline is presented by Shoreline Community College Small Business Accelerator and the City of Shoreline. These workshops are designed to be helpful for start-up, existing or potential business owners. Sessions are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Please join us this Tuesday October 21st for Part Two of this two part series. Attendance at part one is not necessary to benefit from this Tuesday's workshop. 12:00 to 1:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N.

Everything You Wanted To Know 
About Setting up QuickBooks 
But Didn’t Know Who To Ask Part II

Setting up QuickBooks can be frustrating and if it is done wrong it can jeopardize your financial reports. This class is being taught by The Contractors Accountant, Randal DeHart, one of the few accountants with a sense of humor! 

The 3 Missions of this QuickBooks® Training are:
  1. To help you improve cash flow (hopefully 40% to 100% this year)
  2. To increase net profit and create lasting wealth from your business
  3. To have more fun at work and in business – this is an adventure

We will show you some tips and tricks on how professionals do it and everything you see can be used in any business, not just construction. Come ready to have a good time, have some laughs and get your questions answered until the time runs out. Come early for good seating and we hope to see you there!”

Randal DeHart
Randal L. DeHart, PMP, QPA is a twenty year veteran of construction accounting and founder Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington.

He works with contractors and owners of small niche firms to achieve their definition of success by helping them to focus on the top 20% of their clients and jobs that generate 80% of their profit.


Crime in Shoreline: September at a glance

As our crime editor was napping on the job last month, we are running the entire month of September at one time. That means we are going lightly over the top, ignoring car prowl, mail theft, and burglary and listing only the slightly out of the ordinary.

Crime in Shoreline - September 2014 

8-29  A repo man attempted to repo an occupied vehicle in the Costco parking lot from an unruly owner. The driver took off and ran over the repo man's foot, injuring it. The driver was charged with reckless endangerment.

8-31  Unknown suspect broke a glass over the head of  a woman at the Drift On Inn and fled in a vehicle.

9-1  Deputies contacted a man who was in the Full Gospel Church parking lot. He became agitated, took off his shirt and charged at deputies. They tazed him and took him into custody.

9-2  Victim reported theft of 50 signs for an open house he was advertising.

9-3  Highway Robbery at Fred Meyer: a Craig's List deal gone bad when the supposed buyer grabbed the iPad and ran. When the female seller chased him down, he pulled a knife on her.

9-5  Jewel thief stole $15,000 worth of jewelry from condo on NE 177th while owner was away.

9-5  76 gas station on Richmond Beach Road was the scene of a confrontation involving a gun. Suspect pointed gun at victim. As the victim walked away, the gunman fired into the ground.

9-14  Yellow cab driver flags down officer. Says his fare claims to work for police and they will pay the $30 fare.

9-15  Someone broke into rear entrance of Thai Bistro.

9-15  Recovered a $15,000 stolen bicycle that was being advertised on Craig's List.

9-19  Contacted male who was sleeping in the BECU lobby and discovered he was a missing person in a Lynnwood police case. Transported him to Swedish Edmonds where he was released.

9-20  Underaged drinking party went out of control - 17xx NE 148th.

9-21  Man gave his credit card number to phone caller who said he was collecting for law enforcement.

9-22  Thieves broke into the new Salvation Army store and stole a large amount of costume jewelry just before the store held its grand opening.

9-24  Victim reports that someone is submitting his telephone number to be spammed by email lists.

9-26  Complaint of chronic traffic jams at Echo Lake Elementary, as parents drop off kids in the morning and pick them up after school.

9-26  Woman reported that the flowers were stolen from her father's grave at Holyrood Cemetery.

9-27  Physical altercation between two patients at methadone clinic parking lot. 16715 Aurora Ave N.

Going over so many weeks at one time just brings it home to me how much we expect our police to be social service workers. We do not usually report domestic violence, child custody, death investigations, wandering elders, suicidal and otherwise acting out mentally ill, but police spend a significant amount of their time with these folk every week. 



Photo: May you harvest happiness this fall

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Photo by Donna Eggen

Donna Eggen came across this charming garden display on NE 10th as she was on her way to Paramount School Park. The pumpkins say "May you harvest happiness this fall."

(Send your photos of Halloween decorations to Editor).


Volunteer openings with Arts Council

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to serve on the committees for two key events on their calendar: 
  • The Annual Gala for the Arts
  • The Shoreline Arts Festival
Gala for the Arts
Photo by Mark McVeety

Annual Gala for the Arts - Wine, Dinner, Auction - June 6, 2015

Their largest fundraiser of the year is the Annual Gala for the Arts which supports the Arts Council's many areas of programming, including art workshops, summer arts camps for students, Artists in Schools program, sponsored art performances, the Shoreline Arts Festival, and more.

They are looking for enthusiastic, event loving individuals to serve on the 2015 Gala Planning Committee. The volunteer committee meets monthly through May. They are seeking candidates for the following roles:
  1. Gala Co-Chairperson 
  2. Procurement and Item Manager
  3. Decorations Co-Chairperson 
  4. Food, Drinks and Rentals Manager
  5. Gala Special Elements Lead (raffle and wine toss)
Young Ms Holle in her Arts Festival hat
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Shoreline Arts Festival - June 27-28, 2015

It is the largest event of the year! The festival’s admission is free for this two-day community event and features art exhibits, youth art, an artist marketplace, cultural rooms, hands-on art, performances, a food court and various activities to promote the arts.

The Festival Committee meets one evening a month. Each committee member is responsible for a focus area. Ideally, new committee members will consider making a multiple year commitment to supporting this fun, family-friendly community event.

Specifically, they are seeking candidates for the following festival volunteer roles:
  1. Youth Art Show Coordinator
  2. Hands-On Art Coordinator
  3. Performing Arts Coordinator
If interested, see their website for more information and a link to our VolunteerSpot account page where you can sign up.

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.


WeatherWatcher: Weekly report, more rain on the way

Graphs for the month of October
Last week's data

Forecast: We have a short break in the weather on the way for us on Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 70°F. This will be short-lived however, as our next storm moves in late Sunday night and into Monday bringing renewed rainfall. The rest of the week looks like it will stay wet with a series of storms moving through. Expect highs around the low - mid 60's and lows in the 50's. Rainfall amounts will probably be a little lighter at about 1 inch of rainfall total for next week, but it will probably be more spread out instead of in short downpours.

Graphs for the month of October: I wanted to show that the average daily barometric pressure has showed a drop as the storm train got pointed in our direction. So far, we were averaging around 29.7-30.0 inches of mercury at the weather station all summer and fall. When the storms moved in that average dropped down to 29.2-29.4 inches of mercury. 

Rainfall is graphed on the same timeline for October and you can easily see the connection to the low pressure and increased rainfall totals. 

With the third graph you can see we are still running a degree or two warmer than normal, even in the low temperatures. This is a trend that hasn't broken for the majority of the last 4 months.

Last week's data:
High temperature: 66.7°F (Monday)
Low temperature: 50.4°F (Sunday)
Rainiest day: 0.50 inches (Tuesday)
Total rainfall: 1.53 inches (Remember my last report? right in the middle of my 1-2 inches of rain forecast.)
Warmest day: 58.8°F (Monday)
Coldest day: 53.8°F (Wednesday)
Average temperature: 56.2°F (6.2°F above historic average)
Historic average temperature: 50.0°F

For current weather conditions you can go to


Volunteer work crew readies Animal Acres for the winter

Photo by Linda Holman

On Saturday a team of Master Gardeners, Rotarian, park volunteers and students from Shorecrest Interact gathered at Animal Acres Park for the final clean up and putting the garden to bed. Everyone worked diligently and the project was completed in record time.

Photo by Linda Holman

Thanks to everyone who turned out and as always LFP Starbucks for their generous donation. A great community effort.
Photo by Linda Holman

And thanks to Linda Holman for organizing these park clean up efforts. 


Phones will be ringing in Shoreline Sunday afternoon

Telephones will be ringing on Sunday, October 19 from 3 to 6pm when the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation’s annual Calling For Kids Phone-A-Thon is held.

Volunteers will be calling to ask for donations to help support academic excellence and expanded learning opportunities.

If you are unable to answer your phone this Sunday – please consider going to the website  and Click to donate. Your gift in any amount will help provide programs that will assist our students achieve success in school and life.   

Over the past 22 years, SPSF has provided a critical source of additional funding to teachers and students in pursuit of educational excellence through Classroom and Building Grants.

In the 2013-14 school year SPSF granted over $140,000 to classrooms across the District, making a direct impact in every school.

From exciting hands-on science in the elementary schools, graphing calculators for high school calculus classes, the district-wide Bicycle Rodeo for special needs students and summer school funding, the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation makes a positive impact on education. 


Edmonds-Woodway vs Shorewood

Shorewood quarterback, Aaron Okamura, keeps the ball
and sweeps left for an early first quarter gain.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Edmonds-Woodway 55, Shorewood 14

At Shoreline Stadium Friday, October 17, 2014 
Edmonds-Woodway 14 20 7 14 — 55
Shorewood 7 0 7 0 — 14

Thunderbird running back Hassan Kone breaks from the tackle
of a Warrior player and scores on the play
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

E-W—Chantz Justice 12 run (Ebrima Fatty kick)
E-W—Nick Morales 2 run (Fatty kick)
S—Hassan Kone 4 run (kick)
E-W—Nick Venema 47 pass from Morales (kick blocked)
E-W—Venema 22 pass from Morales (Fatty kick)
E-W—Jalen Nash 60 pass from Morales (Fatty kick)
E-W—Venema 2 run (Fatty kick)
S—Aaron Okamura 1 run (kick)
E-W—Tyler Rheinford 9 run (Fatty kick)
E-W—Greyson Fisher 17 run (Fatty kick)

Edmonds-Woodway 3-2 league, 4-3 overall. 
Shorewood 1-4, 2-5.


Ramps to nowhere to be removed from Arboretum

Ramps to nowhere to be removed
Wikimedia commons Allenfolksjr

WSDOT is removing the “ramps to nowhere,” part of the never-completed R.H. Thomson Expressway that would have connected Lake City with south Seattle, bypassing I-5.

Since the project was canceled in 1971, the ramps, located in the Washington Park Arboretum, have been a popular summer spot for divers, usually teen-aged boys, jumping into Lake Washington.


Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Oct 31, Nov 1

Part of the goods from the Seahawks table

Holiday Bazaar at the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center
Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, 10am to 4pm, both days

The annual Holiday Bazaar, held at the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center, will usher in the holiday shopping season October 31 and November 1 with over 20 vendors selling their own handcrafted items.

The Center’s Handcrafters will have a special Seahawk Table this year: Go Hawks!

Enjoy bake sale goodies as you find treasures in the Bargain Corner or rummage sale (with really good stuff!).

The Silent Auction is a great place to find some very special, unique gifts for the folks on your shopping list.

Snacks and lunch will be provided by Kitchen Corner Catering both days.

Volunteer help is always appreciated for this big event. This year, volunteers are needed to help with set up in the silent auction area on Thursday, October 30 as well as at the end of the day on November 1 to help with the closing. Contact Jon Ann Cruver or Judy Parsons at the Center, 206-365-1536, if you would like to help.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is located in the southern-most building of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st AVE NE #1, Shoreline; 206-365-1536.



Support cancer research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Proceeds from doll sales go to pediatric cancer research

The Seattle Children’s Shoreline Bargain Boutique is very excited about focusing their efforts on the 2014 Cancer Awareness Campaign for Dr. Jensen’s research and the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer.

We are proud that last year each of our six Bargain Boutiques raised $2,500 to become Research Champions. This year our goal is $5,000 per store. Our campaign started October 1st and will continue through December 1st.

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research are reprogramming the body’s infection-fighting T-cells so that they have the ability to kill cancer cells with a laser-like focus. 

Dr. Jensen, pediatric cancer researcher
Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research

The approach of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research is a transformative shift away from the debilitating side effects that surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can have on a child’s developing mind and body.

If our cause speaks to you, please help us make our goal by making a donation at the front counter or purchase one of the dolls we have up for adoption and we will hang a yellow ribbon with your name on our awareness wall.

Seattle Children’s Hospital Shoreline Bargain Boutique
15835 Westminster Way N (Aurora Square)
Shoreline, WA 98133, 206-448-7609
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5:30pm 
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Sunday, 12pm to 5pm


Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes

Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes 

Presentation at Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155 on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 7 to 8:30pm in the large meeting room

Journalist Tom Keogh leads this conversation about Sherlock Holmes, the story of his creation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the latter’s subsequent love-hate relationship with the character over decades.

During the discussion, we’ll ask why Holmes still matters in the 21st century, and why we, as a culture, remain so attached to a character invented in 1886. Certainly there are characters from literature, history and popular culture that are revisited from time to time. But Holmes is different: He resides deep within our collective memory and subconscious, re-embraced, resurrected and rebooted every few years – and for each new generation – in ever-shifting visions of who he is and of the major touchstones of his legend.

Coponsored by Humanities Washington.


Forum on gun initiatives Sunday at Richmond Beach Congregational Church

Updated 10-19-2014 9:23am to include sponsoring committee

By Evan Smith

A forum on the two statewide gun initiatives on the November ballot is scheduled for Sunday at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church, sponsored by the church's Peace and Justice board.

Proponents and opponents of expanded background checks will debate the initiatives Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Pilgrim Hall in the basement of the church at the corner of Northwest Richmond Beach Road and 15th Avenue Northwest (1512 N.W. 195th St.

Initiative 594 would expand background checks on gun purchasers in the state. Initiative 591 would prohibit the state from adopting background checks or other restrictions on firearms stricter than federal laws.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Local Rotarian going to West Africa to help with Ebola crisis

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dwight Thompson of Lake Forest Park Rotary (right) and fellow worker
at the Center for Disease Training class in Atlanta GA
for Ebola Workers going to Liberia.

Dwight Thompson, Lake Forest Park Rotarian, has volunteered to serve in Monrovia, Liberia assisting with the humanitarian relief effort due to the Ebola Outbreak in that country.

Dwight will train community volunteers with how to provide grief counseling for Ebola survivors and their family members. In addition to developing mental health support for Ebola health care workers, he will coordinate the re-opening of at least one community medical clinic that has been closed since the beginning of the outbreak.

Working at a grassroots level, Dwight hopes to reduce the public stigma of the victims and coordinate needed health services for communities. His month-long trip is being sponsored by a Liberian NGO and is supported by his Rotary Club and its members.

Dwight Thompson, second from left,
at CDC training in Atlanta

He returned on Saturday from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Training for Ebola Health Care Workers who are deploying to West Africa.

During the training, he learned the latest on the outbreak, required personal safety protocols and measures to be taken for its control.

He leaves on October 30th.

The Lake Forest Park Rotary is accepting donations for medical supplies and logistical support for Dwight's mission in Liberia. Please send your donations to:

Lake Forest Park Rotary Charitable Foundation
PO Box 55983
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Or you may contact any Lake Forest Park Rotarian.

Updated article with PO Box for contributions 10-18-2014 1:24pm


Windless In Shoreline Indoor Kite Group begins its second season

Indoor kite flying returns to Shoreline - Windless In Shoreline has started its second season of indoor kite flying.

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 8pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church gym, 18826 3rd Avenue NW.

Their next session is Tuesday, October 21st.

If you can see, walk, and use your arms you can fly a kite indoors. Come and give this fun and lightly aerobic activity a try.


Richmond Beach Community Association’s 28th Annual Halloween Carnival Oct 25

Richmond Beach Community Association’s
28th Annual Halloween Carnival

Saturday, Oct. 25, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Syre Elementary School, 19545 12th Avenue NW, Shoreline

Costumes, pumpkins and candy, oh my! Stop in for a “spell” at this old-fashioned carnival. Here is what you have to look forward to at this “ghostly” gathering:

· Get into the “spirit” of Halloween with games and prizes!

· “Ghouls” just wanna have fun in the outdoor inflatables!

· Do the monster mash at the cake walk—it’s a graveyard smash!

· Brace yourself for the ex-FEAR-ience of your life at the haunted house!

· FANGtastic prizes await you at the raffle!

· Eat, drink and be “scary” at the snack bar!

Make no “bones” about it, this event is “brewing” with fun. See you there!


Shoreline City Manager's report

From Shoreline City Manager Debbie Tarry

On Saturday, October 11, the City held its Third Annual Monster Mash Dash in conjunction with the Family Safety Fair! Both events were great. We had 300 participants in the Monster Mash Dash, which didn’t include strollers, and there were quite a few of those! Events Coordinator Pam Barrett tells me that this was 70 more or about a 30% increase from the 2012 event! At the safety fair there were over 20 vendors along with representatives from the Shoreline police and fire departments. Home Depot was one of the vendors and they provided materials for kids to build wooden EMS vehicles.

October 13 Council Meeting

Dinner Meeting
·         2015 Legislative Priorities:  Council reviewed the following as its draft 2015 Legislative Priorities:
1.    Support local government financial sustainability and flexibility:
2.    Advocate funding for 145th Street Corridor Project including ensuring safe pedestrian and bicycle access to the future 145th Street Light Rail Station
3.    Defend cities’ ability to assume water/sewer districts without a vote and support clarifying the City utility tax  'proprietary' vs. 'governmental' issue
4.    Support clarification of state law regarding medical marijuana vs. recreational marijuana

Legislative Issues the City Supports:

1.    Transportation funding - adopt new comprehensive transportation revenue package with direct distribution to local governments and additional local option authorities
2.    Maintain and restore funding for infrastructure programs such as the Public Works Trust Fund
3.    Ronald Commons Project capital budget funding request
4.    Advocate for city tools, such as funding and regulatory authority, to support Transit Communities

Regular Meeting
·         Amending Prosecution Services Contract with Sarah Roberts through 2015: Staff requested a one-year extension of the contract.
·         Adoption of Resolution No. 363 Revising the Personnel Policies for the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate: Council adopted the revised definitions regarding extra-help that were discussed with Council at their April 29 meeting.
·         Strategies for Implementing the City’s Climate Action Plan Recommendations: Elizabeth Willmott, of Climate Solutions’ New Energy Cities program, helped present proposed strategies to meet the City’s green house gas reduction targets.
·         Transmittal of the 2015 Proposed Budget: Answers to budget questions from Councilmembers Salomon and Hall

October 20 Council Meeting

Dinner Meeting (5:45 p.m.)
·         Joint Meeting with the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees and President

Regular Meeting
·         Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract with CH2MHill for the Development of the 145th Street Route Development Plan (RDP): The contract amount is $469,140. The project will create a master plan for the corridor from 3rd Avenue NW to Bothell Way NE (SR 522). The RDP will evaluate the needs for capacity, safety, access management, and accommodations for multiple travel modes (vehicles, buses, walking, cycling, and freight).
·         Adoption of Resolution No. 364, Hazard Mitigation Plan: In 2009, the City of Shoreline adopted its State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan). The Plan is a five year plan that expires at the end of 2014. The City must have an up to date FEMA-approved Plan in order to receive any post-disaster funding to help recover from loss after a significant event that impacts our community. This City Plan Annex includes a review of work done to implement the 2009 Plan, an evaluation of new information as to the current hazards we face as a city and experience gained in recent events that impacted the City and/or the County. The draft 2014 Plan was reviewed by the Planning Commission and they recommended on July 10 that the City Council pass a resolution approving the Plan. The draft 2014 Plan has been reviewed by both the State and FEMA, with the State approving the Plan and FEMA’s final approval forthcoming following the City’s adoption of the Plan.
·         2015 Budget Department Presentations: The focus of the departmental presentations will be on any significant changes between the department’s 2014 budget and the 2015 proposed budget. Staff plans to complete department reviews through the Planning & Community Development Department on October 20. On October 27 we will review the Public Works Department, the 2015-2020 Capital Improvement Plan, and the Capital and Operating Surface Water Utility budgets. 

Meetings and Events of the Past Week (October 6-10)
·         New Energy Cities: On Tuesday, Councilmember Hall participated with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett at an after-hours event to discuss the importance of local-governments' proactive commitments to implementing strategies to reduce the carbon footprint through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
·         North End Mayors Meeting: On Tuesday, Mayor Winstead attended this meeting.
·         Naturalization Ceremony in Shoreline: Mayor Winstead participated in this ceremony with Councilmember Hall and Roberts also being in attendance.
·         Chamber of Commerce Meeting: On Wednesday, Economic Development Manager Dan Eernissee was the featured speaker at the Chamber meeting sharing information about the 185th Light Rail Station Sub-Area planning process.
·         145th Subarea Plan Design Workshop II: On Thursday night it was standing room only for the Design Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to get feedback from participants on the “Connecting Corridor” and “Compact Community” zoning options and to explain the environmental review process. Height and density continues to be a concern for many residents.
·         Comcast Newsmakers Interview: On Thursday, Mayor Winstead completed an interview on the City’s light rail and environmental sustainability efforts.

Echo Lake Park Construction Update
Echo Lake Park is nearing completion. The future turf areas were hydro seeded Monday. With cooler temperatures and reduced daylight it will take longer to germinate the seed planted and get the turf established than was originally estimated. The staff worked hard to get the contractor moving faster but was unsuccessful. The quality of work is good, but a small contractor without a lot of staff took longer to get the work done than a larger contractor might have. As a result we will be leaving the construction fence around the site for several more weeks. If the good weather continues we might be able to dedicate the site in November. If the turf areas are not ready for activity it would be a dedication only and then close the park for another month or two for turf establishment. Dick will keep me posted on the schedule. Some photos and descriptions:
·         1st Photo: Looking from the trail across the open field area to the playground and remodeled restroom
·         2nd Photo: The trail near the beach that connects the beach/Interurban Trail area to the restroom and play area. It shows the regarded turf area that will be much more usable than previously.
·         3rd Photo: A much improved beach area with ADA access and a lot of the concrete bulkhead is the right height for sitting. In addition there are picnic table pads where tables will be installed.

Calendar Items
·         October 28 – Shoreline will host a King County Youth Action Plan meeting. King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski is sponsoring this effort.

This and That
·         Planning and Community Development has created a description of the MUR zoning designations that are being considered by the Planning Commission as part of the light rail station development regulations.
·         Trader Joe’s has Shoreline listed on their site as “coming soon!”
·         I received a response letter from Olympic View Water and Sewer District from my October 3 letter stating the City's interest in participating in the District's update to its 2009 Comprehensive Water System Plan and potential amendment to its 2007 Comprehensive Sewer Plan.


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