Photo: Tulips at RoozenGaard

Monday, April 24, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

RoozenGaarde: 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd. Mount Vernon, WA 98273

RoozenGaarde ( is a division of Washington Bulb Company Inc., the largest flower bulb grower in North America with more than 1000 acres of tulip, daffodil, and iris fields located in the Skagit Valley. In addition to the vast fields of flowers, we also grow tulips and lilies year round in our 15 acres of greenhouses.

The company is owned by the Roozen family – tulip and bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the early 1700’s. RoozenGaarde has a beautiful 5 acre display garden (and gift shop) that is planted with over ¼ million bulbs and features an authentic Dutch Windmill!

Each year we completely redesign and replant the display garden to provide for brand new floral sights and splendidly colorful scenes spring after spring.

This year’s design will feature plenty of unique patterns, brilliant color combinations, and the always popular flowering rivers of deep blue muscari! Great photo opportunities abound. A 25 acre tulip field and 22 acre daffodil field sits next to the display garden.


Food, fear, and hot button issues at Third Place Books

Third Place Books Managing Partner Robert Sindelar makes an appearance at the author event on Tuesday, 7pm at Third Place Books on the upper level, Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.

Sindelar will be in conversation with author Laird Hunt about Hunt's book The Evening Road.

The next evening, author Rebekah Denn will be talking to MOHAI Executive Director, Leonard Garfield. On Thursday, Jean Korelitz presents her new novel, set on a college campus.

Laird Hunt 
in conversation with Managing Partner Robert Sindelar
The Evening Road (Little Brown)
Tuesday, April 25th at 7pm
The Evening Road is the story of two remarkable women on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, and eager to flee the secrets they have left behind.
“Hunt brings to mind Flannery O’Connor’s grotesques and Barry Hannah’s bracingly inventive prose and cranks. He is strange, challenging, and a joy to read.” - Kirkus

Rebekah Denn
Edible City : A Delicious Journey
in partnership with MOHAI
Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm
Edible City: A Delicious Journey serves up the story of how people eat in Seattle, and how urban palates have developed over the years. Join two time James Beard Award winner and exhibit curator, Rebekah Denn in conversation with MOHAI Executive Director, Leonard Garfield.

Jean Korelitz
The Devil and Webster (Grand Central)
Friday, April 28th at 6:30pm
From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today's college campuses.


Shorecrest High School discount tickets to White Sox vs Mariners May 19

Get discounted tickets to the May 19 White Sox - Mariners game through Shorecrest High School. You do not need a connection to the school to take advantage of this offer.

There are two ways to purchase tickets:

1.  In person at the Shorecrest Business Office during school hours 9-3pm
2. Online - sign in or create a Shoreline Schools account. Go to Shop: items at all schools: High Schools: Shorecrest: Mariners Game Tickets. Pay for the tickets, download the order form. Email the completed order form and copy of receipt to Veronica Cook.


Shorewood baseball beats Mountlake Terrace for second time in game replay

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Shorewood pitcher Will Smith
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
From MLT

With an April 12 loss to the Shorewood Thunderbirds officially erased from the records books, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks were given a second chance to pick up a win over the T-Birds at Meridian Park Field in Shoreline, but Saturday’s result ended up no different for the two teams than the game played earlier in the month.

Shorewood’s Will Smith held the Hawks to just one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking just two to lead the T-Birds to a 6-1 victory on Saturday.

The game was a replay of the April 12 game that was protested by Terrace Coach Andrew Watters after umpires mistakenly called a balk on Hawk pitcher Jesse Martineau. The protest was upheld by Wesco League officials, who ordered the game be replayed starting from the point of the erroneous balk call with one out in the bottom of the first inning.

The April 12 game had ended with Shorewood a 4-0 victor.

Prep Baseball: Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood, April 22

Terrace           0   0   0     0   1   0     0     —     1      3    2
Shorewood      2   0   0     1   0   3     x     —     6    10    0

Winning pitcher: Will Smith (Shorewood)
Losing pitcher: Jesse Martineau (Mountlake Terrace)

Records: Mountlake Terrace 8-6 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 9-8 overall; Shorewood 9-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 11-4 overall

–By Doug Petrowski


April 28 last day to order bricks to be engraved for the Shoreline Veterans' Memorial next shipment

Shoreline Veterans' Memorial
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Honor the veteran in your life with an engraved brick in the Shoreline Veterans' Memorial next to Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

The red section is all bricks. Those not purchased are blank. If purchased by this Friday, April 28, your brick will be engraved with words of your choice and be installed on the plaza in the next shipment.

You can honor any veteran from any time period. Or do as the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association did and honor all veterans.

Echo Lake Neighborhood Honors Veterans

For questions or to order your brick, contact Dwight Stevens, 206-546-2894


Chiropractor brings LGBT-centered practice to downtown Edmonds

Pirak Chiropractic is on the second floor
at 406 Main Street in Edmonds

On Monday, April 10 Dr. Michael Pirak, D.C. opened the doors of PIRAK CHIROPRACTIC, his new one-man-show chiropractic practice in downtown Edmonds.

There he provides quality chiropractic care to his patients, with a focus on the needs of the LGBT community.

Patient care room

Dr. Pirak has created an environment that is truly conducive to his patient’s needs.

“By taking a step back, and realizing that I don’t need all the trappings of a ‘successful’ practice, (receptionist, X-ray machine, etc.) I can do something different,” states Dr. Pirak.

He goes on to explain that he has kept the cost of doing business as low as possible, so that he can focus on spending more time with his patients.

Waiting room

He continued, “I want to get to the root of the problem, because pain isn’t always just about the physical. And by keeping my practice small, I can afford to see fewer patients, and therefore spend more time with them.”

He is also focusing his efforts on the LGBT communities of Edmonds and Greater Seattle. You don’t have to be an LGBT person to be seen at Pirak Chiropractic, but your compassion is expected, as his office is a designated safe space.

“You have to share a lot of sensitive information with your doctor, and not everyone is good at keeping their opinions to themselves. No one needs to face that kind of judgement, when all they want to do is feel better.”

Dr. Pirak treats everything from headaches to plantar fasciitis, and welcomes all to his inclusive office.

He doesn’t take insurance, but says that by keeping his costs low he can offer prices that could even be less expensive than the average copay.

Learn more, and schedule your appointment online on the website

Pirak Chiropractic, 406 Main Street, Suite 115A, Edmonds, WA 98020

(425) 278-9963 phone
(425) 278-9973 fax


LFP Committee of the Whole meeting Monday

City of Lake Forest Park Council Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, April 24, 2017, at City Hall, Lake Forest Room, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 98155. 6pm - 8pm

Agenda Highlights

Review of March Council Retreat Topics
: Key Projects: ST3-Transit Center and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on SR522; Town center area overlay zoning; Culverts; Parks Open Space Trails (PROST)

Review Initial Feedback on Council Retreat Topics:
  1. Funding Sources for Project Planning Phase
  2. Master Project Plan and Schedule
  3. Needs Assessment for Community Development and Planning
  4. Sub Area Plan Scoping Outline
  5. PROST Scoping
Discuss Retreat in May

8:00 p.m. Adjourn

Future Schedule 
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 Council Work Session Meeting 6 pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 Council Budget & Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 Council Communications Committee Meeting 4:30 pm
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 Council Committee of the Whole Meeting 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm


Great Harvest cookies for LFP blood donors on Tuesday

Give Blood!
It’s Fast, It’s Easy!
It Saves Lives!

Get a freshly baked Great Harvest Cookie!

The Bloodworks mobile bus will be parked in front of the lower level entrance to the LFP Town Center on Tuesday, April 25th from 11am – 5pm (Closed for lunch between 1 – 2pm)

Blood donors can come enjoy a large freshly baked cookie from the popular Great Harvest Bread Company for donating blood.

Please consider giving this gift to those in need. Every day, every minute someone needs blood. Take a little time and make a great impact on someone’s life!

Register online for a specific appointment time, but Drop-Ins are welcome also!


Sound Generations Inspire Positive Aging Award nominees honored

Volunteer crew from Bargain Corner Thrift Shop
Outstanding Team

Text and photos by Jon Ann Cruver

Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) is changing the conversation about aging by celebrating older adults who enrich their communities, challenge stereotypes about aging and serve as valuable sources of wisdom and experience.

The Inspire Positive Aging Awards (IPAA) Luncheon, held on April 20, recognized the 56 nominated inspiring elders at the Bellevue Hilton, seven of whom were given individual recognition. Among the nominees were a number of inspiring elders from Shoreline.

The nominees represent what is best about the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, as well as our community.

Gloria Kawabori, left with daughter Mariko Langdon
Advocacy and Activism

Gloria Kawabori was nominated for Advocacy and Activism. She inspires other through her upbeat attitude, sense of humor, and capacity to encourage and appreciate others. On many occasions throughout her life she has shared her story of her family’s experience in a Japanese incarceration camp. She is very active in the Senior Center’s Kupuna Hula Group.

Jeanne Hayden
Lifelong Learning Award
Jeanne Hayden was nominated for the Lifelong Learning Award. Her kind and generous heart and her skills as a quilter have benefitted many in her 94 years. She is a member of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center ThimbleBelles Quilt Group where she shares her quilting expertise with all members, new and experienced. Over the years she has made roughly 1,000 little quilts to be donated to Childrens’ Hospital for babies and toddlers.

The Bargain Corner Thrift Shop Volunteers were nominated for the Outstanding Team Award.
This group of volunteers takes immense pride in their contributions to the Senior Center. Due to their hard work and dedication, the shop is one of the center’s bigger fundraisers. Each volunteer contributes at least 4 hours a week and many help during special events. There is always a cheerful and positive attitude among the group. They have a zest for life, a passion for staying active and a willingness to share their wisdom.

Dwight Stevens
Defining Inspiration

Dwight Stevens was nominated for the Defining Inspiration Award.
Dwight’s influences can be found all over the Shoreline Community. His strong sense of commitment to giving has resulted in many accomplishments in his 92 years which has made him known as “the personification of the Energizer Bunny”. He is involved in many organizations including the American Legion. He co-founded the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association and the Shoreline Veteran’s Association. Through his vision, he helped create and see built, the Shoreline Veterans Plaza. His enthusiasm and energy in the development of this project was contagious and the site was successfully dedicated in 2016. His nominator said, “Dwight totally explodes the image of an old person. His positive attitude and energy are admired by all.”


Crime in Shoreline - Behavioral Health Unit was busy this week

Selected items from the Shoreline police blotter, week ending April 10, 2017

Trending this week: Shoplifting, Trespasses, Drunks - sometimes all three at once.

04-01  Multiple vehicle prowls at Shoreline Park - credit cards taken.
04-01  Fist fight in Safeway parking lot - participants declined to press charges.
04-02  Tenant at Whitman Plaza tore up the crawl space and roof access looking for the people who were whispering in his ear. Behavioral unit talked to him and suggested resources. He was worse the next day and taken to Northwest Hospital for evaluation.
04-02  Drunk causing a scene at business in 147xx block of Aurora.
04-02  Damage at Prince of Peace church to tree, window, and wood trim.
04-03  Residential burglary from estranged spouse violating protection order.
04-03  Resident with Alzheimer's and dementia on 3rd NW threatened to shoot his neighbor.
04-04  Two different suicide attempts.
04-04  Graffiti at Richmond Highlands park restroom.
04-04  Burglary 197xx Forest Park Dr.
04-05  Burglar 200xx NE 195th Pl.
04-05  Rocks thrown through back bedroom window at 182xx 10th NE.
04-06  2:30am vehicle driving southbound in northbound lanes of Aurora without lights. DUI.
04-06  Aurora Safeway burglarized during night shift.
04-06  185th Midvale storage lockers had padlocks cut and units burglarized.
04-06  Someone signed for the missing packages delivered by UPS, but resident was at work.
04-06  Skimming devices found at Ridgecrest 7-11.
04-06  Car window smashed and backpack stolen from vehicle parked at Marshall's.
04-06  Residential burglary 177xx 22nd Ave NE.
04-07  Graffiti at Richmond Beach Community Park
04-07  Residential burglary 158xx 14th Ave NE.
04-07  Shoes stolen from front porch on 27th NE.
04-07  Residential burglaries at house under construction 5xx NW 205th, and 15xx NE 147th.
04-07  Large juvenile party with alcohol at 8xx NE 195th.
04-08  Tags on east side of pedestrian bridge at 195th. More tags on sound wall by North City Park.
04-08  Multiple cars prowled 202xx 8th NE.
04-08  Occupied stolen vehicle recovered on Aurora. Driver in possession of drugs. Booked KC jail.
04-09  Thief jumped counter at Walgreen's 175th Pharmacy and stole codeine.
04-09  Vehicle stolen overnight from apartment parking lot 22xx NE 197th Pl.


Photo: Roozen Gaarde

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

It was Wayne Pridemore's turn to visit the Skagit Valley.

He says, "Roozen Gaarde was the place to be Friday morning. 900 acres of tulips and daffodils in the beautiful Skagit Valley.

"The sun was out and so were the photographers."

The purple tulips are now in full bloom.


Public Art City of Shoreline #8: Limelight

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N
OPUS Northwest LLC design-build 1% construction funds 2009

Limelight  Linda Beaumont, artist. Paint on aluminum

Beaumont's artwork on the prominent north-facing façade, serves as a backdrop for the outdoor, multi-purpose amphitheater and green space. Her work, entitled Limelight, draws on her memories growing up near Shoreline when the native dogwoods (Cornus Nuttallii) were so prolific.

Limelight is a four-story mural painted directly onto the aluminum metal panels of the building façade using special paint that adheres well to this specific surface and has an extremely hard finish, keeping maintenance to a minimum.

The title of the mural was inspired by the light that glows when the pale yellow blossoms open during the spring bloom. While the dogwood mural will create a spring-like atmosphere year-round, the courtyard will become an especially inviting space when the dogwood trees adjacent to the mural are in bloom.

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline


Shoreline City Council adopts Deep Green Building Incentive program

Bullitt Center, the greenest office building
in the world
On April 17, Shoreline City Council unanimously adopted a Deep Green Incentive Program (DGIP) to encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings in the city.

DGIP provides flexibility in the application of development standards, expedited permitting, and fee reductions to promote construction of green buildings that meet the most stringent levels of available certification programs.

These include the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum level; the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition and Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) certifications; and the Master Builders Association’s Built Green 5-Star and Emerald Star certification levels.

Shoreline’s Deep Green Incentive Program is similar to Seattle’s Living Building Challenge Pilot Program, which allowed for construction of the Bullitt Center, the greenest office building in the world.

Deep green and Living Buildings require a fundamentally different approach to design, permitting, construction, and operations that necessitate flexibility in current codes and regulatory processes to support their development.

The City of Shoreline has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2007 levels by 2030, and 80% by 2050. According to Shoreline’s most recent greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, about half of the community’s GHGs emissions come from the transportation sector, and the other half from the building sector. Adoption of DGIP will help implement Shoreline’s climate action goals and reach emission reduction targets.

The Deep Green Incentive Program will apply to all zones and building types; however, the City Council reduced some of the available incentives in single-family zoning, including removing the potential to request additional height or density or reduce required parking in R-4 and R-6 zones.

Built Green is an environmentally-friendly, residential building certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, developed in partnership with both counties and other agencies in Washington state.

The certification provides builders and consumers with easy-to-understand rating systems, which quantify environmentally-friendly building practices for both remodeling and new home construction, communities, and multifamily development projects.

These systems and the certification framework demystify green building, showcase a variety of sustainable strategies, and provide a flexible path for builders to certify their projects.

Resource-efficient Built Green homes are crafted to exceed building codes and provide homeowners and renters with years of healthy, quality living while promoting sustainable communities and protecting the environment.


Police helicopter over Hillwood Wednesday

By Diane Hettrick

Residents always fear the worst when they hear a helicopter buzzing in circles over their homes.

But in the case of the helicopter over the Hillwood neighborhood on Wednesday night, it was simply chance that Guardian-1 was in the vicinity when Shoreline Police were in the middle of an action.

A Shoreline police unit had executed a narcotics search warrant earlier in the day on Wednesday, in the 100 block of NW 200th Street. At about 7:25pm one of the suspects came home and the police were called.

The suspect fled on foot. Guardian-1 was already in the air and just happened to be in the area, so they assisted with the search, which was unsuccessful.

It’s likely the suspect left in a vehicle. The suspects are known to police, it's a non-violent crime, and police expect to make contact.


Seahawks send retired Shoreline teacher to Pro Bowl in Orlando

Geralyn Shreve, her son Gary and daughter-in-law LaVeta
at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida

By Mary Jo Heller

Geralyn Shreve, longtime Seahawks fan, has had season tickets since 1975.

A retired Shoreline Schools teacher, she was surprised at halftime of the Seahawks’ matchup against Los Angeles this year.

This year the Seahawks began inviting a ticket holder who has supported the team since Day 1 to come onto the field during half time.

Geralyn and her son Gary at the Pro Bowl

Geralyn had entered a drawing for the promotion, which sent all Seahawks ticket holders an email and required them to vote for Pro Bowl players and complete a short form to be eligible.

Geralyn received a call that she would be called down to the field during the Los Angeles game. The announcer on the mic asked her who she thought should be going to the Pro-Bowl.

Geralyn said, “ I think Doug Baldwin because I think he is underrated.”

The announcer then surprised her by saying, “ That’s a good choice. And you’re a good choice to go too.” 

Geralyn, LaVeta, and Gary pose with her 12 flag
and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Geralyn was startled to find that she had won tickets to the Pro Bowl in Orlando. She was allowed to bring her son, Gary, and his wife, LaVeta. The Seahawks paid for the flight, the room, the game, and a televised conference with the players.

Incidentally, that was the first time that Doug Baldwin went to the ProBowl.

Geralyn and Seahawk's mascot Blitz
in the airport

She even received a “fan” shirt to walk through the airport with the Seahawks mascot, Blitz. 

You can read more about her experience on the Seahawks page.

Photos provided by LaVeta Shreve, Geralyn's daughter-in-law.


Space Needle celebrates 55th birthday

 Space Needle #73106  1962
Photo courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives
The Space Needle celebrated its 55th birthday on Saturday. It was originally painted an industrial orange color.

It was the symbol of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

Fun facts about the Space Needle

"The Space Needle sways approximately 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind. It was built to withstand a wind velocity of 200 miles per hour, doubling the 1962 building code requirements.

"When winds around the Needle reach high speeds, 35 mph or higher, the elevators are designed to reduce their traveling speed to 5 mph for safety reasons. During the 1993 Inaugural Day storm, wind gusts reached 90 mph and the top house was closed for an hour and a half."

During the 1960s there was a tiny radio broadcasting booth on the very top of the Needle. Local radio stations took turns broadcasting.

Local radio personality Frosty Fowler was broadcasting on April 29, 1965 when from his vantage atop the Needle he saw the ground start to roll toward him like an ocean swell. He had just enough time to say "Hold on Folks!" before the earthquake hit the needle, whipping it back and forth.

In other local history, this is what the freeway looked like south of downtown Seattle at about the same time.

Photo courtesy WSDOT

Note downtown where Smith Town and the Space Needle loom large. It wasn't until 1969 that the 50 story Safeco Plaza (then the SeaFirst Bank Building) loomed over downtown Seattle. The unimaginative rectangular block of a building was referred to as "the box the Space Needle came in."



Live electrical wires on I-5 stop traffic for hours

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A vehicle slammed into a utility pole at NE 125th and 5th NE
Power to this area will not be restored until Sunday morning
Power Outage Map from Seattle City Light

A violent collision with a utility pole knocked out power to 2500 north Seattle residents, stopped traffic on north and southbound I-5, and caused a rollover accident on I-5.

The incident was reported to City Light around 8:15am Saturday morning.

A driver managed to slam into a utility pole in the vicinity of 5th NE and NE 125th in north Seattle.

When the pole went down, it snapped the electrical wires, which fell across both north and southbound lanes of I-5.

Vehicles were trapped in the Hot Zone,
sitting in the middle of live electrical lines
Photo by Washington State Patrol

A vehicle on the freeway reportedly got tangled in the wires and flipped over. A second vehicle was damaged. It does not appear that the drivers were badly hurt.

Shoreline Fire and Washington State patrol responded, along with City Light crews.

Motorists were trapped on the freeway, sitting in the middle of live, high voltage power lines as well as an accident scene.

Southbound lanes were cleared after about an hour and northbound cars began crossing the median to get away.

City Light crews were still working as the sun went down
They expect to work all night to restore power
Photo from Seattle City Light

It took a couple of hours to clear the wires and the accident from the northbound lanes. Side streets were backing up as well. About 11am the northbound lanes were opened.

At the peak, 2500 north Seattle customers were without power. Those in the vicinity of the downed pole are not expected to have power until early Sunday morning. Crews have been working all day and are expected to work all night until all repairs have been done and power is restored.


Cartoon: Earth Day - April 22 - Saturday

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries[1] are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.[2]

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries.[3][4][5] This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.

A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.[6] While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[7][8]

Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. In 2017, the March for Science occurs on Earth day (April 22, 2017) and is followed by the People's Climate Mobilization (April 29, 2017).


Wyatt Tonkin marks 300th coaching win with a 15 inning, two-day game against rival Shorecrest

Assistant Coach Frank Marier and Head Coach Wyatt Tonkin
Photo by Lisa Hirohata

Wyatt Tonkin marked his 300th win as Shorewood High School's head baseball coach with a 2-1, 15 inning victory over Shorecrest High School on Thursday night, April 20, 2017.

The epic rivalry game was played over two days, having been shut down Wednesday evening due to darkness.

The game resumed on Thursday and after 13 scoreless innings, Shorewood scores one, only to have it tied up in the bottom of the 14th. Jake Fredrickson crushed a solo home run in the top of the 14th, and pitcher Bryan Host and the Shorewood defense held on for the win.

This is Coach Tonkin's 19th year at Shorewood, where he has won multiple league titles and made five trips to the state championship Final Four.

He dedicated the milestone win to his late wife, Alice.

Shorewood is currently in second place in Wesco 3A South, with a 8-2 conference and 10-3 overall record.

--Lisa Hirohata


Indivisible activists assemble in Shoreline

45 booths in the Activist Fair offered information and action items
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

On Monday April 17, for the first time, the largest Indivisible groups in Washington state: Indivisible North Seattle, Seattle Indivisible, Indivisible Eastside, and Puget Sound Indivisible (with combined membership of over 10,000) held a joint event called “Indivisible Town Meeting: Activists Assemble” during the April congressional recess.

The purpose of the event was to reach out to all those folks who feel frustrated, afraid, and angry about where our country is headed, and to leave them feeling inspired and empowered to go out and make a difference. In that respect, we succeeded well beyond our expectations.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Over 300 people gathered in the Shoreline Center auditorium to hear the speakers.

Jonathan Tong, lead organizer for Indivisible North Seattle: "This was the first time Indivisible groups from Tacoma to Everett to Wenatchee got together to fight back. It won't be the last."

The booths were quiet when everyone was inside
listening to the speakers
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

45 booths lined the hallway and reception area for the Activist Fair so "attendees would find easy, effective ways to learn, take their activism to the next level, and network with other progressive activist groups."

Nicole Bradt, Social Media admin for Indivisible North Seattle: “The activist fair was extremely busy and extremely popular with attendees. It was inspiring to watch, and the energy in the room was amazing. Everyone from brand-new activists to seasoned veterans learned something new!” 

Seattle Indivisible is planning a similar event in May.

A complete program of events is found here.

People who want to find their local Indivisible group can do so though the group locator. Put in your zip code and find groups within a 5 mile radius to check out.


Did you lose your glasses?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Dedicated walker Seattle Poppy found this just west of 15th NE on NE 170th. 

If you walk in that area and can't find your specs, they are waiting for you on the mailbox post.


Chase bill to help small business owners, contractors, signed into law

Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill 5734
sponsored by Sen. Chase

A bill to make it easier for more small businesses and contractors to participate in public works projects by lowering the percentage rate a public entity must retain of the contract amount was signed into law on Tuesday.

“In order to grow our economy and encourage small businesses to thrive, we must level the playing field,” said. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds and the sponsor of Senate Bill 5734
“Small contractors might not have bid on public projects in the past because the retainage for the contracted bond requirement was too high. Now, that we have lowered that rate more small businesses and contractors will be able to compete.”

Current law requires that a state or local entity awarding a public works contract must require the contractor to have a surety bond to make sure the contractor faithfully fulfills all provisions laid out in the original public works contract. The surety bond must include all labor, subcontractor and material supplier costs in addition to payment of all taxes and penalties, if applicable. The bond must equal the full contract price. If the contract is $35,000 or less, the bond requirement may be waived; however, 50 percent of the contract amount may be retained by the public entity.

Under Senate Bill 5734, the contractor, general contractor, or construction manager has the option to have the public entity retain 10 percent instead of 50 percent of the contract amount in lieu of the bond requirement for public works contracts up to $150,000, instead of $35,000.

“Empowering all business owners to be self-sufficient and full partners in the growth of the economy is critical,” said Chase. “For our small businesses owned by women and people of color, this bill breaks down significant financial barriers. This is a good step forward for our state and all small business owners and contractors.”

The bill will take effect in 90 days.

Sen. Chase represents the 32nd legislative district which includes Shoreline, Woodway, parts of Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, and northwest Seattle.


Average Joe Cat Show - May 6 in Shoreline

May 6, 2017
10am – 3pm

between Shoreline Center and Shoreline Stadium

202 NE 185th Street
Shoreline 98155


$5.00 per person
$12.00 for a family

Tickets Available at the Door

Enter the Cat Show!

Ready to register your kitty for the Average Joe Cat Show?

Photo Contest Entry!

Be honest … Is your kitty the most photogenic ever? 
Enter your favorite cat photos in our Average Joe Photo Contest!

Online voting for our Average Joe Photo Contest “People’s Choice” Award 
will begin very soon 
so be sure to sign up soon!

Vendor Fair and Event Sponsorship Info

Are you interested in becoming an Event Sponsor or Vendor at our 2017 Average Joe Cat Show?

Questions? Email us for info!

Volunteers Needed!

Interested in helping out with the 2017 Average Joe Cat Show?

Sign up online today!


The Drowsy Chaperone opens at Driftwood Players Apr 28

Edmonds Driftwood Players opens the musical The Drowsy Chaperone for a run from April 28 to May 14, 2017 at the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s.

The story centers around a middle-aged, musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, and as he comments on the music, story, and actors, the show comes to life onstage.

The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a Broadway impresario and his Follies production, comic gangsters, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and the "Drowsy" (i.e. "tipsy") Chaperone to a young actress about to be wed.

Brought to life on the stage at The Wade James Theatre, the very talented production team includes director by Pauls Macs with music direction by Mark Press and choreography by Carissa Meisner Smit and Elizabeth Posluns.

Performances: April 28 - May 14, 2017 
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Performances are located at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St. Edmonds
Tickets are $25. Senior/Junior/Military, $22.
('Babes in arms' are discouraged and a ticket is required for each patron attending the performance.)

Purchase tickets here or call the box office 425-774-9600, option 1.


Soccer teams for children 5 to 18 years old - Hillwood Soccer Club

Parents, how often when school starts, does your child come to you wanting to join fall soccer because their classmates are playing? Well, now is the time to plan ahead.

Hillwood Soccer Club will be forming teams for 5 year old boys and girls (born between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012).

The teams (not co-ed) have six members and can register together as a team if they have a coach. Others who register will be combined into teams.

We will try to place players with friends, same schools or neighborhoods.

The practices are once or twice a week starting in mid-August.

The Season begins in early September and ends late October or early November. Games are played on Saturday mornings. Rubber cleat shoes, shin guards and a size 3 ball are required.

The site will be open for registration May 11, 2017. The registration fee is $90 for micro-soccer, U6 to U9 (U stands for under the age of) or ages 5 - 8.

For children 9 years or older, register by July 31st. For U9 and above, the fee is $135. For proof of age, a photocopy of a certified birth certificate (no hospital certificates) or a current passport is required at registration.

Photo courtesy Hillwood Soccer Club

Register on-line

Hillwood Soccer Club is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing a safe and positive environment for boys and girls, to learn the game of soccer and sportsmanship.

Anyone who enjoys soccer is welcome to assist the team and the club. All parents are encouraged to help on their child's team. This is also a perfect opportunity for high school students to earn their community service hours.

For more information, Call 206-542-3353,  email, and visit the website.
Hillwood Soccer Club, PO Box 60226, Shoreline WA 98160.


Seattle student is page for Rep. Farrell

William Basinski, a student at Nathan Eckstein Middle School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Sponsored by state Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle), William is the son of Andrea and Patrick Basinski of Seattle.

Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor.

In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, pages receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills, and participate in mock committee hearings.

Rep. Farrell represents the 46th legislative district which includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and northeast Seattle.


Photo: Tulips yet to come

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Another from Steve's trip to the Skagit Valley. These guys are about a week behind their red and orange cousins, but will be every bit as spectacular.



Join Superintendent Miner for a State of the Schools presentation

Superintendent Rebecca Miner
will deliver a State of the Schools presentation

The community is invited to join Shoreline Schools Superintendent Rebecca Miner for a State of the Schools Presentation on May 1 at 7pm or May 2 at 10am in the Shoreline Center School Board room, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline.

The Board room is by the main entrance in the center of the building.

Superintendent Miner will present information about the District’s demographics, budget information, academic achievement and much more. There will also be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the presentation.

Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese interpreters will be available at the May 1 presentation.

There is no need to RSVP. If you have any questions, contact Curtis Campbell 206-393-4412.


Shredding event Saturday in Lake Forest Park

Start your spring cleaning with your office!

Windermere Real Estate's Northlake office is holding a free shredding event this Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Drop off your sensitive documents for shredding, from 9am to noon.

 Lake Forest Park Town Center, 17711 Ballinger Way NE  98155

There is a limit of five banker boxes per person.


Safe Streets in Lake Forest Park

The City of Lake Forest Park is leading an effort called “Safe Streets,” to make streets safer and improve connections to transit and amenities like the Burke-Gilman Trail, Interurban Trail, parks, and schools.

The City held an open house on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, to hear community members’ ideas. 

Approximately 70 people participated in the lively event, which provided the opportunity for participants to help refine and prioritize the draft list of transportation improvement projects, such as:
  • Trail connections 
  • New sidewalks and bike lanes 
  • Intersection enhancements 
  • Traffic calming measures 
  • Identifying other “hot spots” 

The Police Department hosted a similar event with Block Watch captains on March 27, 2017.

Fehr and Peers, the consulting firm leading this effort, will be evaluating the results of the public workshop over the next month and will present recommendations to the City Council in the next few weeks.

Check out the project website for more information presented at the open house.


Sign up for free "English for Work" spring classes

“English for Work” teaches skills such as how to write a resume, apply for a job, practice job interviews, and function at work in an English-speaking environment. Last fall, several students were hired for retail positions after mock interviews with prospective employers!

Contact Esther at 425-429-1997 for more information.


Ask the Bird Lady: is it normal for a hummingbird to perch?

Hummingbird at feeder
Photo by Jerry Pickard

A reader asks:

I recently relocated a hummingbird feeder (wasn't having much luck) to a spot under my front eave, and success! It's been found and they seem to like being out of the weather for a bit.

My question is : Is it normal for a hummer to perch on a feeder for a lengthy time? (5 min +) I'm just amazed one would come to a stop like this.

Chris the Bird Lady responds:

It is not unusual for a hummer to do so, especially if the feeder is under cover, and it is wet out.

I have hummers that will stay for a while, then have to leave when another more dominate male chases it off.

I have one feeder with a weather cover where a hummer sat for long times repeatedly when it was snowing.

Chris the Bird Lady


Economic Development update at Chamber May luncheon

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce May Luncheon

Wednesday 10 May 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Note change of location for this event: 

Elks Lodge
14625 15th Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

$20 online / $25 walk-in registration for members
$25 online / $30 walk-in registration for non-members

Register and pay online or email us and pay cash, check or card at the door.
Please register by May 8.

Dan Eernissee

City of Shoreline
Annual Economic Development Update
Dan Eernissee, Economic Development Manager

Dan will discuss successes and future opportunities for private investment along Aurora Avenue and in Shoreline’s light rail station areas. In addition, he will provide updates on the status of Sears, the stalled Westminster Triangle development, and the Police station move to City Hall.

Dan joined the City of Shoreline after ten years serving in the private sector as development lead on over $300 million of residential, retail, and lifestyle-center development. As Economic Development Manager, Dan uses placemaking to attract investment to the city, specifically to Shoreline’s rebuilt 3-mile section of Highway 99, seeking to transform it from an aging strip retail corridor into an eclectic 21st century neighborhood and employment center.

Dan is also President of Lavoro Development, Inc., holds degrees in both business and theology, and teaches real estate investing and business ethics at two Seattle-area universities.


11:30 Registration, networking
11:45 Lunch served
12:00 Introductions, new member and visitor announcements
12:10 Presentation
12:40 Networking
12:55 Announcements
1:00 Meeting ends

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Correction: link to registration has been updated 4/21/17


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