Shoreline woman wins $500,000, plans to return to school

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lotto vending machine
Shoreline Fred Meyer
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
A woman from Shoreline walked past the Washington’s Lottery vending machine in Fred Meyer, 18325 Aurora Ave N, and had a good feeling when she saw the pink, “$30,000,000 Blowout” Scratch game.

She decided to purchase the ticket and shortly after sitting down to scratch her numbers, she realized she had just won $500,000.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for this win,” the woman said.

The winner told Lottery officials she is excited to use her prize money to further her education.

She plans to return to school and get a degree in a subject matter that highlights her strengths. She said she then hopes to get a great job that she’ll enjoy for years to come.

“This came so unexpectedly,” the winner said. “I need to start researching degrees and career paths!”

In addition to going back to college, the winner said she’s going to celebrate with a meal at a nice restaurant and then head to the bank to invest some of the money.

She also plans to take a vacation to a warm destination like Hawaii.

Shoreline Fred Meyer had the winning ticket
for a lucky Shoreline woman
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Proceeds from Washington’s Lottery benefit the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, providing grants to college students statewide.

Learn more about Washington’s Lottery, its beneficiaries and to review all up-to-date winning numbers here.


King County Republicans will have 25% of delegates at State Convention

By Lori Sotelo, Chair
King County Republicans

Since early January, the KCGOP has been engaged in organizing Precinct and Legislative Caucuses, and our County Convention for Republicans in King County. It is big job.

Our Caucus and Convention cycle in King County has many moving parts, most of which no one notices.

In the last two months, KCGOP conducted 2600 Precinct Caucuses at 50 Pooled Caucus locations, gaveled to order sixteen nominating caucuses in King County Legislative Districts, and finalized with the KCGOP County Convention held last Saturday, at the Bellevue Hilton, with more than 500 Republicans in attendance.

In all, King County will be represented by 354 Delegates to the Washington State Republican Convention, nearly one quarter of the delegates seated next month in Pasco. Additionally, we send a strong leadership team to represent the interests of our delegation on the important State Convention Rules, Platform, and Credentials Committees.

We had a successful Caucus and Convention cycle. As the Chair of the King County Republican Delegation to the state convention, I am confident in saying we have the most solid delegation from our county in more than a decade. We are unified in electing a Republican President this November who is committed to respecting our U.S. Constitution and preserving the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.

So, what’s next? MAKE SURE YOU VOTE in the Washington State Presidential Primary. Delegates will be allocated to the Republican National Convention based on the vote of Republicans in our state. Ballots will be mailed May 4th to your registered address. Remember to return your ballot as soon as you can!


Ballinger Neighbors meeting Monday will discuss Outdoor Movie Night

Ballinger Neighborhood

BALNA, the Ballinger Neighborhood Association, will meet on Monday, May 2 from 7-8:30pm at the North City Water District meeting room, 1519 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155.

Come to our May neighborhood association meeting when we’ll be discussing planning for our annual Outdoor Movie Night and holding our 2016-2017 Board Elections.


Open House at local animal rescue Tuesday

Come meet the kitties and celebrate GiveBIG with Seattle Area Feline Rescue!

From 5:00–7:00pm on Tuesday May 3, Seattle Area Feline Rescue will offer snacks, prizes, adorable kitties, and more at their Shoreline adoption center. Community members are encouraged to stop by and join in the fun!

Admission is free, donations are encouraged. All proceeds fund lifesaving care for rescued cats and kittens. Gifts made at the Open House will be stretched by matching funds from The Seattle Foundation as part of a 24 hour GiveBIG event.

The rescue is located at 14717 Aurora Ave N.


City of LFP to present draft Strategic Plan at Town Hall meeting Thursday

For the first time in its history, the City of Lake Forest Park has developed a draft Strategic Plan to identify short and mid-term priorities for action.

City Council, with assistance from the Mayor and city staff, will present the draft plan at a Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for Thursday May 5th, from 6:00-8:00pm in the council chambers at city hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.

Residents of Lake Forest Park are invited to attend to learn more about the plan and will have the opportunity to express their likes and dislikes, make comments, and participate in discussion with council members and their neighbors.

The draft plan, a collaborative effort by the City Council and Administration, includes five goal areas. Each section shows examples of current services provided to achieve the goals, and a short list of “Service and Policy Growth Initiatives for the 2015-2016 Biennium” – or simply put, a collective wish list for the future of the city.

Council will ask for the community’s perspective on what’s missing; gaps in existing services; and what is not needed or desired.

The five goal areas are:

1- Mobility – Providing, maintaining and enhancing a safe, accessible, and integrated mobility system, emphasizing bicycle, walking, safe streets, and transit connectivity, consistent with the character of Lake Forest Park.

2- Healthy Environment – Ensuring the community and environmental health of Lake Forest Park through the effective policies that protect lands, waters, trees, and wildlife, and promote human health.

3- Community Vitality – Creating a sense of community pride and identity in order to create and maintain thriving neighborhoods and vibrant business districts where people can gather, engage, and grow together.

4- Public Safety and Access to Justice – Maintaining a safe community and an accessible justice system through fair, equitable, and customer service driven systems.

5- Accountable and Engaged Government – Delivering a financially sustainable, model government that is responsive to the people of Lake Forest Park.

The draft plan can be found here.


Shoreline Planning Commission open house re light rail system, facilities, and subareas

Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 5 at 7pm, Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Agenda Highlights

  • Public Hearing on Development Code Amendments Related to Light Rail System and Facilities Permitting Process
  • Study Item - Development Code Amendments related to Light Rail Station Subareas

Link to full Agenda and documents

Comment on Agenda items


National Day of Prayer meeting at SCC Thursday

National Day of Prayer meeting at Shoreline Community College on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00pm, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 3000 Gymnasium, Shoreline 98133 (campus maps). Parking is free.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation.

It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Since its inception, this day has continually united Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer while also encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans and is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens together in celebration of  prayer.

This year’s observance for Shoreline/LFP will be held at the SCC gymnasium, Thursday, May 5, 7pm, and is sponsored by the Open Door Christian Fellowship of SCC, along with other college clubs and local places of worship.


Shorecrest tennis 4-29-16

Shorecrest Varsity Girl's Tennis
2A/3A vs Lynnwood at Kellogg Courts
Shorecrest 4  Lynnwood 3

Singles wins from Eli Parsek and Ane Equia and doubles wins from Anna Burke / Sophie Ivens and Tessa Farnam / Victoria Nguyen gave the nod to Shorecrest on Friday against Lynnwood.

1.  Eli Parsek SC vs Sea Choi, 6-2, 6-3 W
2.  Belle Saunders SC vs Kiya Ingram, 6-7, 0-6
3.  Julie Moss SC vs Gablay Leyva, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6
4.  Ane Equia SC vs Olivia Nguyen, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6  W

1.  Anna Burke / Sophie Ivens SC vs Reilly Walsh / Taylor Fahey, 7-5, 6-2  W
2.  Tessa Farnam / Victoria Nguyen SC vs Aunjana Ashoon / Betty Berhanu, 6-0, 6-3  W
3.  Emily Paulsen / Shiyao Li SC vs Hannah Chang, Noelani Cruz, 6-4, 1-6, 4-6


Special game day trains will serve Sounders FC and Mariners fans this weekend

Edmonds Sounder Station
Sounders FC and Seattle Mariners fans can skip gridlock from the viaduct closure this weekend by riding Sound Transit's Sounder event trains to the Sounders FC match Saturday and Mariners game Sunday.

There is a station in Edmonds 210 Railroad Ave, Edmonds 98020 with nearby public parking. Trains arrive approximately 10-15 minutes after leaving Everett.

Map to Edmonds Station
Riders attending the Sounders FC Saturday 1pm match against Columbus Crew can take the train from the north which will depart Everett at 10:45am. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the match.

On Sunday, Mariners fans can take Sounder to the 1:10pm game against the Kansas City Royals. The stadium-bound trains from the north will depart Everett at 11:15am. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the game.

A complete schedule of Sounder service to select Sounders FC and Mariners games this season is available here.

Regular fares apply for all Sound Transit services. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card's E-purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips.

ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available here,


93 year old WW II vet to speak at Legion meeting

The public is invited to the Tuesday, May 3 meeting of the Post 227 American Legion, to hear 93 year old Jack Bodé speak of his experiences in WW II.

Jack lived a storied life. He walked on many continents while experiencing exciting and near death experiences. 
He will tell how he was rejected from enlisting in the US Army as an infantryman in 1942 and told to go back to Ohio State University to continue his technical work on the war effort.
This led to adventures beyond what any 19 year old could fathom. 
All military veterans, their guests and all who are interested in military history are welcome to come to hear how Jack made it all happen.

The meeting will be held at Post 227, 14521 17th Avenue NE, located at the corner of NE 146th St and 17th Ave NE in Shoreline 98155.

Mr. Bodé was originally scheduled to speak at the April 5th meeting, but was injured in a fall. Now recovered, he will be making his original presentation on Tuesday.

A social meet and greet time is held from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. The meeting starts at 7:00pm sharp and refreshments will served after the meeting.


Express lanes on I-5 will stay open until midnight

According to WSDOT, until further notice The I-5 express lanes will remain open northbound until 11:59pm nightly due to the Alaskan Way Viaduct/ SR 99 closure.

The lanes will open southbound on schedule at 5am weekdays and 8am on the weekend.

In other transportation news,

  • The right lane of northbound SR 99 at the Aurora Bridge will be closed from 6:30am to 2pm daily for construction work Thursday, May 5, to Friday, May 6
  • The right lane of northbound SR 99 at the Aurora Bridge will be closed from 7:30am to 5pm for construction work Saturday, May 7


Hilltoppers Garden Club plant sale May 7

The Hilltoppers Garden Club Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday May 7, 2016, 9am-3pm at 14130 Juanita Drive NE, Kirkland 98034, in the QFC parking lot of the Inglewood Village shopping center near Bastyr University.

We will have a large variety of locally grown plants, perennials, native plants, ground covers, shrubs, trees,veggies and more, all acclimated to our area for good growth. Annual fundraiser for beautifying our neighborhoods. Come early for the best selection!


Ridgecrest Neighborhood meeting May 17

From Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association

Ridgecrest is bounded by NE 145, I-5, NE 175, and 15th NE

Ridgecrest Neighborhood meeting Tuesday, May 17, 6:30pm to 9pm. Program starts at 7pm, at the Ridgecrest Elementary Cafeteria, 16516 10th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Join us for some social time prior to the election of the 2016-17 Executive Board of the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association.

Following the elections, City staff will provide us with a look at the past and present levels of service of parks and recreation in our community.

Then it’s time to discuss and listen to your input on future directions.
  • Is there anything missing in our parks, what do we need more or less of?
  • Are there programs or facilities that are ‘must-haves’? 
  • Should park land be part of Light Rail?

All who live in the Ridgecrest Neighborhood are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Shorewood golf in 3 way tie for 1st place

Ryan Farley
Photo by Diane Schultz

The Shorewood Varsity Golf team, led by Coach Andrew Hershey, has had a great start to the season.

Jack Smith
Photo by Diane Schultz

They hosted their only home match of the year at Jackson Park on Monday where they were greeted by the Shorewood Cheer team.

Garett Schultz
Photo by Diane Schultz

Going into this week of play they were tied for 1st place with Meadowdale and Glacier Peak. 

Sophomore Bradley Wong consistently ranks in one of the top positions at every match.


Changing the mood in Shoreline - Sprinkling Happiness

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Drivers are accustomed to political signs, to advertising signs, even to those blow up Gumby type constructions along major roadways.

So hopefully they took a moment to read these happy and uplifting signs from the Shoreline Sprinkling Happiness volunteers Wednesday afternoon at N 175th and Aurora.

A nationwide program, the Shoreline Happiness Sprinkling Ambassador is David Matthews and he can be reached at 206-272-0580.


Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday at Third Place Books

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 30th
Third Place Books
upper level Town Center
Ballinger Way at Bothell Way
Lake Forest Park

Join us all day to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.

     Free Coffee and Honey Bear scones to the first 50 customers
    Spin the prize wheel with each purchase and win!
    Go on a Scavenger Hunt
    Write your very own Staff Pick, we'll feature it throughout the month of May!
    Get a Literary (temporary) Tattoo
    Enjoy FREE drip coffee all day at the Honey Bear Bakery
    Celebrate with Cake at 4pm in the Bookstore Den 

Exclusive Independent Bookstore Merchandise available 4.30.16 
Neil Gaiman Coloring Book, Bookstore Cat Pouches, Limited Edition Seattle Comics, Signed copies of Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, Seattle Bookmarks, and more!


Spring Track workout Thursday with the RB Running Club

Spring Track Workout Thursday, April 28 at Einstein Middle School track, 19343 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline 98177. Workout begins at 6:15pm.

Thursday evening we will meet for another spring track workout at Einstein. These workouts will be designed to help you improve your fitness, running form and speed. The workout will begin promptly at 6:15pm, come early to run a few warm-up laps before the workout.

Here’s what you can expect: 
  • A progression of workouts which will help you improve your running form, efficiency and cardio fitness
  • Dynamic drills to help build coordination, strength, and flexibility
  • Workouts designed to include everyone from walkers to the seasoned competitor
  • Esprit de corps to help motivate, inspire and challenge you to reach your goals


145th Street rezone meetings

Compact Community Hybrid potential zoning scenario map

The 145th Street Citizens' Committee will meet on Thursday, April 28, 7-8:30pm, Room 302 City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

On the agenda is a discussion of the Compact Community Hybrid potential zoning scenario map recommended by the Planning Commission

The Shoreline City Council meeting on Monday, May 2, at 7 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133 includes this agenda item:

  • Motion to Select the Preferred Alternative Zoning Scenario for the 145th Street Station Subarea Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement

Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 5 at 7pm, Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Agenda Highlights
  • Public Hearing on Development Code Amendments Related to Light Rail System and Facilities Permitting Process
  • Study Item - Development Code Amendments related to Light Rail Station Subareas
Link to full Agenda and documents

updated 4-29-16 8:47pm


Art Docent program at Lake Forest Park Elementary helps students learn about art

LFP students creating art
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Lake Forest Park PTA runs an active Art Docent Program at LFP Elementary, training volunteers to provide high-quality art instruction to every student at the school on a regular basis.

Staffed by PTA volunteers, the program goal is to "Bring art to every student in every classroom throughout the year."

Students learn about an artist and the style of the artist. Then they create their own art, based on what they have just learned..

This Shoreline Schools Spotlight episode explains how it works.

See the 3 minute video


LFP City Administrator's report to Council 4-28-16

By LFP City Administrator Pete Rose

I. Intergovernmental and local issues update

Northshore Emergency Management Coalition: Key staff attended a planning meeting for the newly formed coalition (Kenmore and Lake Forest Park; with supporting partners Northshore Fire District and Northshore Utility District) to outline its effort to participate in the Cascadia Rising emergency exercise, planned to be conducted statewide from June 7-10. June 9 was the date selected to exercise the Emergency Operations Center at the Northshore Fire headquarters station.

II. Internal City Information

Public Works responded to an after hours call out and conducted traffic control and installed temporary fencing along the damaged cyclone fence.

Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

III. Council Information

FEMA Region 10 Tour: Staff from the FEMA office came to Lake Forest Park on April 13 to tour the Lyon Creek Flood Reduction project. FEMA was the base funder of this project, with a contribution of $3 million.

State Auditors: The State Auditor is currently at City Hall for the annual audit. This is the first “single audit” in recent memory, with the state auditors also checking compliance on the large federal grants that were included in the Lyon Creek Flood Control and NE 178th “Safe Routes” Sidewalks projects.


Shorewood vs Marysville-Getchell track meet 4-28-16

Results and team scores from Thursday's track meet at Shoreline Stadium between Marysville-Getchell and Shorewood.


Shorewood tennis vs Edmond-Woodway 4-27-16

Shorewood 2  Ed-Way 5

1. Sasha Gaeth SW def. Nicole Ung EW 6-0, 6-0
2. Emily Wright SW def. Leona Aklipi EW 6-4, 6-4
3. Olivia Olson EW def. Bretta Peterson SW 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4. Stephanie Wroblewski EW def. Katie Taylor SW 6-4, 6-0

1. Hailey Rehnfelt / Apphia Liu EW def. Marin Counter / Meredith Rand SW 6-4, 6-4
2. Pauline Lee / Nancy Ou EW def. Maya Talbot / Tina Chi SW 6-2, 6-2
3. Maddy Reunanen / Marina Cekrezi EW def. Anna Soper / Brenna Day 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Sasha Gaeth and Emily Wright remained undefeated for the T-Birds in their 2-5 loss to Edmonds- Woodway. Shorewood's record in league is 7-2 and 10-3 overall. The Thunderbirds travel to Glacier Peak Friday April 29 for a 3:30pm match.


Million STEP Challenge kick off Saturday at Paramount School Park

Saturday, April 30 at 9am is the kick off event for the Million STAIR Challenge. Bring a non-perishable food donation for HopeLink, do your warm-ups and get in a few laps on the Challenge.

How does the Challenge work?
The Million Step Challenge takes place during the month of May. Come out to Paramount School Park (155th St and 8th Ave NE) and walk or run as many laps as you can around the 1/3 mile loop path. Log your steps on tracking forms at the park or online and visit this webpage regularly for updated individual standings and totals.

How do I count my steps?
Log the number of laps you completed each time you visit the park in one of the following ways:
  1. Use the paper Step Tracker sheet located on the walking path. (Tracker has been moved to Southeast corner of park) 
  2. Scan the QR Code on the Step Tracker Box with your smartphone to go to an online version of the Step Tracker you can easily complete. 
  3. Click on the Step Tracker link on the right side of this webpage to go to online version of Step Tracker. 
Walk or run as many laps and log your total laps as many times as you want during May. We’ll convert your laps to steps and keep track of the totals. At the end of the Million Step Challenge we will award prizes to our top steppers. Fine print: To be eligible to win prizes, you must give us your email address at least one time on the ONLINE TRACKER sheet so we'll know how to contact you.

The community goal is 5 million steps - so every step counts!


Photo taken by Lynnwood man to be featured on Forever Stamp

From our friends at 
Lynnwood Today
Story by Natalie Covate

The first day Kevin Ebi, a nature photographer who lives in Lynnwood, went to the top of Mount Haleakala, he was just trying to scout out a good place to take a photo of the next day’s sunrise – but as he ascended the mountain, a heavy storm came in.

“The higher I would climb, the less I could see,” Ebi said.

It was a photo from that first day, however, that the United States Postal Service selected to feature on a stamp celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

Once he braved the storm and made it to the top of Mount Haleakala in November 2008, Ebi ducked into the visitor’s center. It took about an hour, maybe longer, to drive up the mountain, so he did not want to waste the day. He thought he would wait it out. Then there was a brief break in the storm and a rainbow fell near the crater.

Ebi said he noticed an array of color on the stones in the crater.

“Then I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great to get the rainbow to fall on those stones?’” Ebi said. “I knew if this works out, it will be a truly incredible shot. So I waited it out.”

Over the next 90 minutes, about five minutes worth of rainbows descended on the crater. Just one landed directly over the center, barely long enough for Ebi to take one photo.

“This was a magical moment,” Ebi said. “I’m just so honored that this is the photo the postal service chose.”

Meanwhile, he said his wife was in the car under some blankets, waiting for him to get his photo.

He did go back up Mount Haleakala the next two mornings to get the sunrise shot. A few of those shots have been used in magazines and guidebooks, but the upcoming Haleakala stamp will be the widest spread use of the photo showing the rainbow over the crater.

“Sometimes it takes a while for things to get appreciated,” Ebi said. “That was always my favorite (photo) of the batch.”

The collection of 16 forever stamps honoring the National Parks Service includes shots from Acadia National Park in Maine, Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida and Mississippi, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, among several others, to feature the variety of National Parks in the United States. The first-day-of-issue ceremony for the National Parks forever stamps pane will be on June 2.


Photos: Pretty Yellow Flowers

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Ok - not sure what to make of this one. At first I thought forsythia but I don't think their flowers hang in lines like this. Honeysuckle is yellow - do they grow here? Or is there such a thing as a yellow wisteria? I've only ever seen purple.

UPDATE: Consensus is that this is a Golden Chain (laburnum).

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

And here's another one, in white. Are these both wisteria? The white one looks like a tree instead of a vine.

UPDATE: An expert says this is a wisteria, possibly engulfing and killing a tree. See the comment below the story.

My poor mother tried so hard to teach me about flowers. Sorry, Mom, none of it stuck.

Experts, weigh in please.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who responded!



Shorecrest and Shorewood ranked among best high schools by U.S. News

U.S. News and World Report has again recognized Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools for student achievement in their annual ranking of the nation’s best high schools. Both schools have been awarded a silver medal for the news magazine’s 2016 Best High Schools list.

Shorecrest is ranked 10th in Washington out of 477 high schools in the state, and 856th out of more than 28,500 high schools in the United States. Shorewood ranked 14th in the state and 1,038th in the country.

“It’s exciting to see this recognition of the students' achievements and to know that our schools provide rigorous and relevant preparation for college, career, citizenship and life,” said Shorewood Principal Bill Dunbar.

"Having both our high schools receive such a prestigious recognition confirms our everyday experience in an outstanding learning environment that is supported by our students, staff and community,” added Shorecrest Principal Lori Longo.

Best High Schools ranking information for Shorecrest and Shorewood

To create the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News worked with RTI International, a North Carolina-based research firm. High schools were evaluated in three stages:

1. Overall student performance on state-required tests. Students in the schools had to perform better than average to move the school to the next step.

2. How effectively schools educated their low-income and minority students.

3. School graduation rate and well they prepared students for college.

High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) which includes college-level courses.


37th Annual Shoreline Track and Field Invite Saturday, April 30

88 schools and over 1,000 athletes are set to compete in the largest all-boys track invite in the Northwest on Saturday, April 30 at the Shoreline Stadium starting at noon.

Shoreline Stadium will again host many of the best Boys Track and Field teams and individuals from around the state in the 37th Annual Shoreline Invitational scheduled for Saturday, April 30. Field events are scheduled to begin at 12 noon, while the first running event is slated for 1pm.

88 teams and over 1,000 athletes are expected in the biggest all-boys invitational in the Northwest.

With 88 schools signed up to participate, this year’s meet should be the second largest Shoreline meet ever. The only other time it was larger was in 2008, when 92 teams attended. The plus 90-number was largely due to Snohomish Eason Invite being snowed out the week before Shoreline, prompting teams to scramble to find another meet.

This year’s meet is celebrated as the 37th annual meet. The meet first began in 1974 and continued through 1982. With the closing of Shoreline High School, the meet shut down from 1983-88. In 1989, the meet started up again under the name Thunderbird Invitational and has been going strong since.

The name was changed back to Shoreline Invitational in 1994, with both Shoreline high schools (Shorecrest and Shorewood) supporting the meet.

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults $7
  • Students W/ASB $5
  • Seniors and Children $4

Wenatchee Returns to defend title 
Last year Wenatchee scored 55.5 points and beat Jackson by 13 points. The Panthers return a talented team again this year but will be pressed by multiple teams to defend its title. Most notably Bellingham, Blanchet, Eastlake, Lincoln, O’Dea, University and co-host Shorewood look to be the teams to beat on paper.

Wenatchee earned the team win last year, topping the rest of the top 10: Jackson (42.5), West Valley-Spokane (42), Tahoma (38), Inglemoor (34), Bellevue (31), North Central (28), Skyline (28), Shorewood (25) and Kentridge (22.5).

State’s best are here
Of the 17 events that exist on the state leader board, many of the state leaders will be in attendance. In addition, multiple events include three or more of the state’s top 10.

You don’t want to miss the distance races as Shoreline has a history for some record fast times and this year should be no exception!

Other featured events include the Pole Vault, hosting top vaulters in the state led by Blanchet’s Zach Shugart at 16-6, and the High Jump with seven entries over 6-6, led by University state leader Noah Martin at 7-3.


Shorecrest girls tennis vs Glacier Peak 4-27-16

Shorecrest Varsity Girls Tennis
WesCo 2A/3A
4-27-2016 at Kellogg courts

Shorecrest 1  Glacier Peak  6
Shorecrest overall 4-10

After losing the first match, doubles team Anna Burke and Sophie Ivens scored decisive wins in the next two to score the only win for Shorecrest.

1.  Eli Parsek SC vs Michelle Baldini, 1-6, 0-6
2.  Bella Saunders SC vs Katherine Geiger, 3-6, 1-6
3.  Shiyao Li SC vs Lauren Hoopes, 2-6, 1-6
4.  Julie Moss SC vs Marissa Johnson 0-6, 1-6

1.  Anna Burke / Sophie Ivens SC vs Anna Sneesby / Micah Flood , 3-6, 6-1, 6-1  Win
2.  Tessa Farnam / Victoria Nguyen SC vs Issy Koehler / Lauren Olsen 6-3, 3-6, 2-6
3.  Emily Paulsen / Jillian Zhao SC vs Emma Riddle / Laurel Albrecht 1-6, 1-6


National DEA Drug Take Back Day Saturday - but not many local sites

Clean out the medicine chest and dig in the back of the closet. Saturday is the national DEA drug take back day, when you can turn in your unused prescription medications for proper disposal.

Note that proper disposal does not include flushing drugs down the toilet. Filters are not made to take Prozac, Viagra, and other pharmaceuticals out of the water supply.

This event is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

There are no local collection sites. Our police departments do not participate and the only local pharmacy that was in the program, Bartells, has stopped their participation.

However, you have a choice of two neighboring police departments
  • Seattle Police Department North Precinct, across from North Seattle Community College at Northgate, 10049 College Way N, Seattle 98133 Map 10am to 2pm
  • Edmonds Police Department, 250 5th Ave N, Edmonds 98020 Map 10am to 2pm, On an ongoing basis, Monday through Friday.
Not participating on Saturday
  • Mountlake Terrace Police Department, 5906 232nd St SW, Mountlake Terrace 98043 Map. They are not collecting on Saturday, however, they have a locked receptacle in the lobby where prescriptions can be dropped off during business hours 7:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday
  • Brier Police Department is on the DEA webpage, but they are not participating, nor do they have a collection bin.
  • Shoreline Bartells has discontinued participation in the drug take back and removed their collection bin. 
An officer at the Seattle North Precinct said that the process could not be simpler. You simply walk in and give them your prescriptions. An officer will be on duty the entire time - to make sure that people are putting things in the bins and not taking them out. 

At the last Drug Take Back Seattle North collected 500 pounds of drugs.

Updated 4-28-16 12:40pm


Shorecrest student being investigated after assault on another student

Shorecrest interim principal Lori Longo sent a message today to the Shorecrest community

This morning, a Shorecrest High School student was arrested for assault of another student. During the course of this investigation, documents were discovered that indicated the student may have planned acts of violence against the school’s students and staff. 
There is no indication any other individuals were involved in the threat. 
The student is in custody and law enforcement is continuing their investigation into the matter. We do not believe there is presently a threat to the school. 
We appreciate the work of our staff and law enforcement in quickly resolving the situation.


Shorewood Track & Field - Oregon Relays

Ronnie Gary - High Jump
Text and photos by Chris Stuvek

The Shorewood Track and Field team travelled to Eugene, Oregon to compete in the Oregon Relays at Historic Hayward Field on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16. Shorewood finished with a combined Men's and Women's team score of 28 points placing 20th out of more than 70 teams competing.  Full meet results are available here.  More information about the Oregon Relays including race videos are available at

Devan Kirk (in blue) 800 meter run

Highlights of the meet for Shorewood were Ronnie Gary's win in the High Jump (6' 06.75) and 6th place finish in the Triple Jump (44' 06.75), Chris Diaz's win in the 110 Meter Hurdles (14.20) and Devan Kirk's 4th place finish in the 800 Meter Run (1:57.06).

Chris Diaz won the 110 meter hurdles

Other Shorewood top performances included the Girl's Distance Medley Relay (Lisa Jensen, Adrienne Cordell, Brianna McGrath and Rachel Hansen) which finished 12th of 34 teams with a time of 13:13.74, the Boys Distance Medley Relay (Aaron Rainboth, Joshua Harazim, Jose Luis Gandara and Devan Kirk) which finished 10th out of 31 teams with a time of 10:46.28.

Girl's long jump Hai-Ying Aw
Hai-Ying Aw finished in 13th place of 32 in the Long Jump with a jump of 16' 01.75, Aaron Rainboth finished in 13th place of 56 in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 1:59.99, Chris Diaz finished 9th of 48 in the 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 41.01 and the 4 x 100 Meter Relay (Camden Correos, Skylar Widman, Ronnie Gary and Chris Diaz) finished 13th of 30 with a time of 41.19.

PRs obtained at Oregon Relays


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Give King County feedback on Metro services - take the survey

From the office of Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine is inviting the public to share their thoughts on Metro's long-range plan to create a seamless transit system that provides passengers with more fast, reliable options to get to more destinations.

Metro Transit created an online survey and will co-host a series of open houses with Sound Transit where residents can provide their thoughts on the draft of the plan -- Metro Connects -- that will set the course for what transportation will look like in 25 years as King County's population continues to grow.

"I invite everyone to share their ideas as we finalize the long-range plan that will shape the future of transportation in our region," said Executive Constantine. "Metro Connects will be our atlas as we create an integrated transit system that provides more choices to get to more places on time."

The new Link light rail that connects downtown Seattle to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington – with more frequent Metro bus service connecting more neighborhoods to high-capacity mass transit – is the model of an integrated system. Metro Connects will build on the progress that Metro and Sound Transit have made to create a more cohesive transportation network under the leadership of Executive Constantine, who is also Chair of Sound Transit.

Metro will be talking to city councils of Shoreline and Kenmore on May 9.

Open houses with Metro and Sound Transit (the closest are Ballard and Redmond)

Metro and Sound Transit will co-host open houses where residents can share their thoughts about Metro’s long-range plan and the proposed Sound Transit 3 initiative at the same time:

April 19: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th St., Seattle

April 26: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
West Seattle High School
3000 California Ave. SW., Seattle

April 27: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond

April 28: 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m.
Union Station
401 S. Jackson St., Seattle

April 28: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Todd Beamer High School
35999 16th Ave. S., Federal Way

The input Metro receives from the online survey and open houses will help shape the final draft of the long-range plan that Executive Constantine will send to the King County Council this fall.

The draft of Metro Connects is based, in part, on feedback Metro received in 2015 during an extensive yearlong community outreach. Residents told Metro that they want more frequent, better-connected bus and light-rail service to more destinations, starting earlier and ending later each day. Metro Connects is the plan to deliver that service.


Photos: Pretty Purple Flowers

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee Lageschulte takes the flower photos, we publish them, you name them. Prince?

Follow up: It's a wisteria - a particularly gorgeous specimen. Thanks to all who responded!


Executive Constantine previews first step toward preventing child homelessness

King County Executive Dow Constantine provided a preview of a new strategy Tuesday that will prevent youth and families from becoming homeless, based on a highly successful pilot project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It will be the first initiative funded by the voter-approved Best Starts for Kids levy Executive Constantine developed to invest in prevention and early intervention strategies to deliver better outcomes in health and well-being.

The three-year pilot project focused on helping survivors of domestic violence remain in safe, stable housing. Ninety-six percent of those in the program still had housing 18 months later, and 76 percent needed only minimal services after 18 months.

Focusing on the specific needs of individual parents and caregivers

Rather than having a limited number of options for those who are at risk of being homeless, the customized approach starts with case managers focusing on the specific needs of individual parents and caregivers. Examples of customized interventions include helping a parent pay for a commercial driver’s license so he or she can remain employed, get clothes for a new job, or help with the first month’s rent.

“When case managers have flexibility to meet the specific needs of parents and caregivers, children have a chance to be children without the fear and anxiety of homelessness,” said David Bley, Director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “We’re excited that King County, one of the largest regional governments in the United States, is building on the success of our pilot project to prevent homelessness.”

Preventing homelessness is less expensive than providing shelter and prevents children from experiencing the trauma that homelessness can cause, which can have a negative lifelong impact on brain development.

Executive Constantine recently sent his proposal for the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative to the King County Council. The proposal includes $19 million in funding paid for by the Best Starts for Starts levy.

Executive Constantine will deliver his proposal for the entire Best Starts for Kids initiative in June. Half of the funds will invest in prevention strategies that focus on birth through 5, when 92 percent of brain growth occurs. It will sustain the gain by providing early intervention as problems such as serious depression and addiction arise during teenage years. And it will invest in healthier, safer communities that reinforce progress.

--King County Executive's Office


LFP Council meets Thursday

Lake Forest Park City Council meeting Thursday, April 28, 7pm at City Hall 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 2nd floor.

Highlights of the agenda

The Consent Calendar includes:

  • Resolution 1552/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Washington Public Agency Contract – Small Works, Consultant, and Vendor Rosters with Municipal Research & Services Center
  • Resolution 1553/Authorizing Mayor to Execute Stormwater Utility Replacement Agreement, Stormwater Drainage Utility Easement and Release of Prior Easement
  • Acknowledging Youth Court Donations and Establishing Appropriation
Ordinances and Resolutions
  1. Resolution 1554/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Memorandum of Understanding with Washington State Department of Health for the Violent Death Reporting System (introduction)
  2. Resolution 1555/Discussion of Amendment to Governance Manual for Council Vacancy
  3. Ordinance 1122/Approving Master Use Permit for Electric Lightwave/Integra
  4. Ordinance 1123/Amending Budget to Add Funding to the Annual Street Overlay
  5. Proposed Letter In Support of ST3 Project List
Council Action or Discussion
  1. Transportation Benefit District Annual Report for 2015
  2. Setting May 16, 2016 as Date for Special Joint Meeting with City of Kenmore and Northshore Fire District and June 13, 2016 as Special Joint Meeting with City of Shoreline


Josh Cardin named Head Women’s Soccer coach at SCC

Josh Cardin named SCC Head Coach
for Women's Soccer
Photo courtesy SCC
By Donald Brady

Shoreline Community College is pleased to announce Josh Cardin as Head Women’s Soccer Coach. Cardin has extensive experience coaching soccer at the club and high school level.

He is currently the Boys Soccer Associate Head Coach for his alma mater Mountlake Terrace. Cardin has been an Assistant and Goalkeeper Coach for FC Edmonds since 2014. He currently works with the FC Edmonds G05 team that were the first Girls U9 team to win a U10 State Championship for FC Edmonds.

Cardin also spent time working with FC Edmonds Quiet Riot G97. Cardin’s FC Edmonds teams have won or tied 80% of their games under his direction.

Cardin was a three sport athlete at Mountlake Terrace High School and as a club soccer play was named ‘Defensive Player of the Year” while helping his team to three straight undefeated seasons.

As a coach at Mountlake Terrace Cardin has had success with more than just soccer. He helped lead the Men’s Track team to a “combined” State Championship as well as 4 straight playoff appearances for the Football team.

Cardin takes over a program coming off one of the best seasons in school history. The Phins finished 3rd in the North Region making the NWAC Playoffs. They then rattled off victories over Bellevue and Lane to reach the NWAC Championships at Starfire. Eventual champion Spokane knocked off the Phins in the semi final with a goal in the last minutes of extra time.


Shorewood soccer team defeats Mountlake Terrace

Shorewood took a 2-1 boys’ soccer victory over Mountlake Terrace Tuesday at Shoreline Stadium on what Shorewood Coach Bill Wilkins called "another nice night for soccer."

Shorewood had some chances early but was unable to capitalize until the 30th minute, when Jack Bong was able to deflect a corner kick off a couple Terrace defenders and into the goal for a 1-0 Shorewood lead going into the half.

Terrace came out fired up in the second half and scored to tie the match. Terrace had a number of good chances after that and eventually was awarded a penalty kick. Shorewood goalie Isaac Whitaker saved it. This gave the Thunderbirds energy that led to the game-winning goal on a wicked one-touch shot from left to right by Ilya Panek with two minutes left that handed Shorewood the win.

Shorewood has an 8-1-0 Wesco 3A record (10-1-2 overall).


Sleeping Beauty production at the Shoreline Center May 21

Sleeping Beauty
Adaptation by Lani Brockman, Music and Lyrics by Susan Bardsley
Shoreline Conference Center: May 21 at 11am. Tickets online
Production of Studio East

Princess Beauty is a cutie, but being pretty doesn’t cut it when you really want to slay dragons and find adventure. 
Will Beauty get to be her very own hero – or will she be interrupted by a 100-year nap? And will the Prince save her – or will she save him? 
(This StoryBook version isn’t just for girls – the boys will love it, too!)

Studio East is a nonprofit providing theater arts education and opportunities for young people to discover and explore the performing arts. StoryBook Theater is an adult professional touring troupe that presents original musicals for young children throughout the Puget Sound area and performs for over 47,000 people each year. The main location for StoryBook Theater is at the Kirkland Performance Center.


Annual plant sale at Prince of Peace Saturday May 7

Annual plant sale at Prince of Peace, Saturday, May 7 from 9am to 3pm.

Homegrown annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, houseplants and Mother’s Day gifts at affordable prices.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, 206-363-8100.


2016 Shoreline Teacher of the Year

L-R: Assistant Principal Casey Campbell, Principal Lisa Gonzalez,
Teacher of the Year Marilyn Leverson and Superintendent Rebecca Miner

Marilyn Leverson, math teacher at Kellogg Middle School, has been selected as the 2016 Shoreline Schools Teacher of the Year.

“There is no better representative for our district teachers and their professionalism, commitment and work ethic,” said Kellogg Principal Lisa Gonzalez. “Marilyn’s true passion is for the student who has never felt confident or capable in math. With her enthusiasm, her encouragement, and her tireless work ethic, she is able to convert student after student to liking math and seeing themselves as capable math students.”

Leverson will be honored at a reception on Monday, May 23 at 6pm in the Shoreline Center lobby, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. The community is invited to attend.

Leverson has been an educator for 35 years; the last 16 have been with Shoreline Public Schools. She joined the District in 2000 as a math teacher at Shorecrest High School before transferring to Kellogg in 2012.

“I think Ms. Leverson deserves this award because she is always there for her students,” said 7th grade student Eden Ellis. “She is always there for her students in the classroom and during her free time. She is the definition of selfless. I’ve appreciated everything she has done for me throughout this year.”

The Teacher of the Year is selected annually by a committee of staff and community members from nominations received from around the District. The recipient also receives a professional development grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is "that kid" -- the girl with the weird clothes, the weird hair, the weird family. She will never, ever fit it to the crowd at her 1986 Nebraska high school.

The first day on the bus, the only seat available is next to Park -- the only "Asian kid" she's ever known. And he won't talk to her.

Inevitably, perhaps, the two fall in love. Deeply, beautifully, and star-crossedly in love.

John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars​ gave the book a dazzling review. A few parents in the Anoka-Hennepin district (Minnesota) called it dangerously obscene.

Read it for yourself. It's not a fast-moving, explosive, car chasing love story.

It's the other kind.

I hope you like it as much as I did.

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

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


Wednesday May 4 at SCC: The Vision and Work of Goodwill Industries

Darryl Campbell, Goodwill
President and CEO
The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College will present a free program next Wednesday, May 4 from 11:30am -12:30pm in room 9201 PUB: The Vision and Work of Goodwill Industries, featuring Daryl Campbell, President and CEO of Seattle Goodwill since 2014.

Seattle Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

They do this by providing free job training and education – and basic services - to low income individuals throughout five counties in western Washington. Immigrants and refugees make up a substantial part of the population served by Goodwill.

For more details, go to the GAC website.

Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133, room 9201 PUB (campus maps)

There is a nominal charge for parking during the day.


15 year old robs gas station at knife point

From Shoreline Police

Last night at about 1:00 am, a 15-year-old robbed a gas station at knife point. He fled and 911 was called, with an Officer on scene in about 10 seconds.

Shoreline, Kenmore, and Mountlake Terrace Officers surrounded the area and a K-9 Officer and his partner conducted a track of the suspect. As the K-9 unit was tracking, the suspect was located by one of the perimeter Officers and was taken into custody.

Evidence was recovered and the suspect was booked into the Youth Center.


World Dance Party Friday - you are invited

A dish for the potluck and a willingness to 'dance like no one is watching' will get you into the World Dance Party on Friday at the Masonic Hall at 185th and Linden.

Free - food, fun, and multicultural dance and music. 6-9pm

On the menu for the evening: Filipino dance, African Pop, Indian Belly dance, Bollywood and Jai Ho, Contra and old time square dancing with music by a live fiddler, and Swedish and Danish family dance.


Make the most of summer with the Art Council’s arts and jazz camps

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council has announced its summer schedule of camp programming.

We have a long-standing tradition of offering camps that are unique in focus, with jazz and theater options, as well as diverse visual arts classes. We pride ourselves on not filling time, but offering substance to our campers!

For more camp details, including class descriptions and to register, visit the website.

Art4Teens Camp: July 25-29
9am - 4pm at The Shoreline Center. $240
This camp is a multi-disciplinary art experience designed for campers 6th grade and above.

August Arts Camp: August 1-5
9am - 4pm at the Shoreline Center. $240
A weeklong camp where students explore several areas of the arts with accomplished teaching artists. Designed for campers 3rd through 6th grade.

New this year: After Care available from 4-6pm through Shoreline Parks and Recreation.

Shoreline Jazz Camp: August 8-12
9am - 3pm at Shorecrest High School. $330
Young musicians learn and play with some of the region’s most accomplished teachers and performers. The camp includes instruction in large and small ensembles, and a series of master classes to refine campers’ individual skills and understanding of Jazz. Designed for campers in 7th grade and above.

Camp Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for all three camps. Additional details are listed on the Arts Council’s website.

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


Crime in Shoreline week ending 4-11-2016

Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week ending 4-11-2016.

4-2  Several officers responded to a report of shots fired near apartment on 9xx N 198th. When they knocked on the door, it was answered by a convicted felon / registered sex offender with a gun in his hand. Investigation revealed it was a Beretta replica BB gun.
4-3  License plate stolen from Carter Subaru spotted on vehicle in traffic stop in Lynnwood but suspect fled in vehicle.
4-3  Man with makeshift knife kicking over trash cans outside Fireside Homes on Midvale and threatening to "cut people". Told police they should have shot him and he was going to kill the man who raped him. Taken to hospital on involuntary commitment.
4-3  Found Harborview wheelchair in women's restroom at Paramount School Park during regular park check.
4-4  Man reported his vehicle stolen. It was found outside his ex-girlfriend's residence in Shoreline.
4-4  Police stopped a suicidal man from jumping from the I-5 overpass at 145th.
4-4  Intoxicated persons in altercation on Interurban Trail near McDonalds. One was stabbed and the aggressor is in custody.
4-6  Man called in threats to police - from public phone in front of station.
4-6  Man who was high on drugs or alcohol dancing in front of Lovers Packet, creating a disturbance, and refusing to leave. Arrested on outstanding warrants.
4-7  Intruders at St. Marks Catholic church ransacked the entire office building and carried away a small cash and check safe.
4-10  Woman stopped for running a red light was arrested for DUI. While in holding cell she started hitting her head on the sink and yelling she wanted to die. Taken to hospital on involuntary commitment.


Photos: Take a walk at Sky

Monday, April 25, 2016

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

If you want to take a walk to see flowers, greenery, and experience the smell of earth - but want to stay out of the rain - the beautiful glass greenhouses of Sky Nursery are a lovely experience.

The coffee shop is now advertising sandwiches, so you can have an extended visit.

For those who prefer their gardening indoors, there is a large house plant section. The staff are very knowledgeable. I once went in and said - I want to buy three different house plants for people whose idea of plant care is pouring their leftover coffee in the dirt. The staff seemed to enjoy the challenge and sold me three beautiful and extremely hardy plants. Of course I was wise enough not to go back and check on them after I delivered them...

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

And then there are edible flowers.



Managing Life Transitions with Confidence presentation Wednesday

Managing Life Transitions with Confidence
with Rosalie E. Raine, LMHCA, CDP

April 27, 9:30am – 10:45am
15214 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133
Free presentation

Aging, disease, retirement, and loss of a loved one are some of the major life transitions we all experience.

They are all part of being human. Learn how to avoid the lows of Depression and the confusion of Anxiety by understanding the Transitional Process of Change.

Transitions are a part of our life but they don’t need to control our life.

This free presentation is an introduction to the Transitional Process of Change. Rather than be overwhelmed by major life events, you can prepare to move through them with confidence and the knowledge that you have done your best to meet the challenges.


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