Kenmore City Council to Host Coffee with Council on June 5 & 17

Friday, May 26, 2017

Join Kenmore City Council for coffee and a conversation on Monday, June 5 at 7:30am and Saturday, June 17 at 8:00am at Starbucks, 7750 NE Bothell Way.
Citizens are encouraged to attend these informal sessions to ask questions, discuss issues and offer suggestions on any topic of interest.

Coffee with Council is typically held the 1st Monday at 7:30am and 3rd Saturday at 8:00am of each month.


Alzheimer’s Association Recruiting volunteer Facilitators for CAREGIVER Support Groups in Shoreline

Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver!

The Alzheimer’s Association is currently recruiting local volunteers to facilitate Family Caregiver Support Groups in Shoreline.

Family Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent and caring place for caregivers to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss.

Our Chapter trained volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources, and continuing education opportunities.

Individuals who are often best qualified as support group facilitators include: working or retired social workers, nurse and other healthcare professionals, educators, clergy, counselors, and former family caregivers. Commitment of at least one year is required.

Interested in learning more? Contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, 1.800.848.7097 or 206.529.3875,

The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.


Spokane author to read at Third Place Books Saturday

Erin Pringle at Third Place Books Saturday
Spokane author Erin Pringle will read from her new short story collection, The Whole World at Once, at Third Place Books on Saturday at 6:30pm.

Set within a backdrop of small towns and hard-working communities in middle America, The Whole World at Once is a collection of intense stories about the experience of loss. Pringle weaves together spellbinding tales amidst shadowed and foreboding physical and emotional landscapes where each of the characters is in motion against her surroundings, and each is as likely as the next to be traveling with a ghost. A soldier returns home from multiple tours only to begin planting landmines in the field behind his house; kids chase a ghost story up country roads only to become one themselves; one girl copes with the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance during the agricultural fair, while another girl searches for understanding after seeing the picture of a small boy washed onto a beach.

In language that is at once both stark and rich, we enter the lives of the characters deliberately, in slow scenes—time enough for a bird to sing as a man and a girl, strangers, fall to their knees—that are inevitable yet laced with the unpredictable. Dark, strange beauties, all of the stories in The Whole World at Once follow the lives of people grappling with what it means to live in a world with death.

Erin Pringle is the author of The Floating Order. Her work has been selected as a Best American Notable Non-Required Reading, shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship, and a finalist for contests such as the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest and the Kore Press Short Fiction Award. She was awarded a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship, which she used to write and revise many of these stories.

She will answer questions and sign books after the reading. Third Place Books is located in Town Center at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.


Leave a book - take a book

Another of the Little Free Libraries in Shoreline is located at 8th NE and NE 160th.

The libraries are meant to connect neighbors with a shared love of reading.

The library boxes are created by individuals and placed on private property. Every library is unique.

People can donate books by leaving them in the box and take what they would like to read. "Leave a book - take a book."


City Hall Gallery exhibit June 2 offers sneak preview of the 19th annual Kenmore Art Show

“Hunter” by Irina Milton
An exhibit featuring the work of Irina Milton, national award-winning fine-arts painter from Mukilteo known for her lavish interpretations of everyday life, will open Friday, June 2.

Arts of Kenmore Gallery in Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE.
The public is invited to an Opening Reception for “The Art of Irina Milton,” from 6:30-8pm on Friday, June 2 that will include a special presentation by the Ukraine born artist.

The exhibit will remain on display through August 10.
Frequent world travel affords Irina the subject matter to create thought provoking compositions within the realm of realism.

“I am drawn to people in their native costumes and lifestyles, and to the land in which they dwell,” according to Milton. “My artist’s eye is most often captured by the simple and private moments of these native people that so often go unnoticed.”
Irina is the Featured Artist for the 19th Kenmore Art Show. Her painting of a cat curiously perched amongst pantry shelves was incorporated into the poster design for the annual show, open to the public June 21-25 at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore.

AOK Gallery exhibits are made possible by sustaining support from the City of Kenmore and 4Culture. The Arts of Kenmore mission is to promote both passive and active participation in the community through the annual art show, arts grants to schools, and outreach partnerships.

More information about the Arts of Kenmore, the Kenmore Art Show and Volunteer opportunities here or email


City Council sunsets Shoreline Library Board

The Shoreline Library Board 2017
not all members are present - see list of members below
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

On May 15, the Shoreline City Council unanimously voted to sunset Shoreline’s Library Board. After a thorough analysis of the Board’s activities over the past five plus years, and after consulting with the King County Library System’s Executive Director and the current Shoreline Library Board members, City staff and the Council determined the need for a separate Library Board was no longer necessary. Any library related needs will be assumed the City’s Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Board as part of its cultural services duties.

When the City Council created the Board in 1996, one of its primary purposes was to serve as an advisory body to the King County Library System’s (KCLS) Board and to the Shoreline City Council. Since 2012, the Shoreline Library Board has advised each of KCLS and the City Council once.

KCLS has stated that they do not utilize the library boards for capital campaign strategies as they have other public mechanisms to inform that process. They also have multiple avenues for gathering public input at the local levels and the Shoreline Library Board’s efforts are duplicative.

Shoreline has been very fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers over the past 21 years who have served on the Shoreline Library Board. The City Council recognized the current Board members for their hard work and dedication.

2017 Members: Library Board Members: Eileen Wood-Lim (Chair), Chloe Horning, Lisa Oberg, Brooke Shirts, Robert Smith, Karen Thielke, Steven Watson

Youth Members: Elrohi Shuge, Ella McGuigan


Opening night SIFF party at Shoreline Community College Friday


at Shoreline Community College! 
Friday, May 26, 2017

6:00 pm  Wine Tasting, Hors D’oeuvres, Meet and Greet
7:30 pm   Film Screening “The Odyssey” about Jacques Cousteau

Tickets: $50


Proceeds benefit Performance Arts and Digital Filmmaking Scholarships

($20 of the ticket price is tax deductible)

After opening night, moviegoers can get $2 off the purchase price of their ticket to screenings at Shoreline by using promo code SHORELINE2017 at checkout


Feeding the kids over summer

Even in a relatively affluent area like Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, there are families in deep poverty. The current term is "food insecurity". It means that the family does not have enough to eat and they and their children are going hungry.

It has taken decades to recognize the problem and get resources in place. Most of the formal feeding programs in the area are focused on the children, who are fed twice a day at school while school is in session. Most, if not all of the schools have volunteer organizations providing backpacks of food for the kids to take home over the weekend.

During summer, different programs take over. Here are two of them.

Ronald United Methodist Church

Shoreline Schools

With summer right around the corner, it is time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Shoreline Schools will be offering free meals to children 18 years or younger.

This summer, meals will be served at Meridian Park Elementary, 17077 Meridian Ave. N, and Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave. NE, Monday through Friday, from July 10 - August 4. Lunch will be served from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at Meridian Park and 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM at Shorecrest.

There are no income requirements or registration. Anyone age 18 or younger will be served. For more information, contact the Food and Nutrition Services office at 206-393-4209.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like Shoreline Schools to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.


Op-Ed: A love letter to the Shoreline Fire Department and Medics

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Shoreline Fire Medic One van
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline resident G.M. Wiegand is a contributor to the Shoreline Area News

On Thursday, the 18th of May, I met members of the Shoreline Fire Department: the professionals who come to help when one calls 911.

I am 76 years old, severely hearing impaired, suffer from extreme Asthma and a number of other ailments, all associated with maturing (getting older).

I had been struggling with allergies (in response to pollen) and suddenly could not catch my breath, felt my heart race, had chills, felt dizzy, felt shaky, ran a temperature, in short: felt totally out of control.

I am not given to panic, but this was scary.

My daughter, also a Shoreline resident, after consulting with my Doctor, called 911.

And the Shoreline Fire Department came.

..with a Truck
...and several competent Professionals.

The individual in charge (whose name I do not remember) was courteous, competent, calm, reassuring and exuded a sense of being able to handle the situation, that allowed me to turn things over to him, and concentrate on not falling apart.

In addition to all that, he truly paid attention to the fact that I am hearing impaired.

I lipread to understand what is said to me. It is essential that I be able to see the lips of the individual talking to me. If I do not see them, I get a sense of being isolated, and have no idea about what is going on: in a situation like this, it is truly frightening. 

The Fire Fighter who took care of me maintained eye contact with me, kept his face turned to me and made sure that I understood what he said and what was going on.

After a while, a Shoreline Fire Medic van arrived, staffed by similarly competent, confidence-infusing Medics. They loaded me up and transported me to the hospital: driving quickly and gently (no two-wheeled maneuvers), again exuding a sense of competence and calm that allowed me to concentrate on staying calm.

The two of them stayed with me until I was checked into the emergency room.

As it turned out, it was appropriate that I checked into the Hospital: I stayed for 4 days.

I am home now, recovering, and thinking about the whole experience.

I felt the need to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Shoreline Fire Department: Not only are your Personnel chosen carefully and appropriately, but they are trained remarkably well.

Thank You.


SilverSneakers FLEX Classes at Iora Primary Care now open to the community

All Iora Primary Care locations’ SilverSneakers FLEX classes are now open to the community.

This means that all participating insurance plan members can join a SilverSneakers class free of charge, whether or not they’re a patient with Iora Primary Care.

Interested members who aren't on one of the participating insurance plans can also join these classes for just $5 (note: cash to be paid to instructor at the start of the SilverSneakers class).

Shoreline class will be on Strength and Balance

For more information, contact Maddie Grant.

Iora is located at 15214 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

The following positions are open at Shoreline Community College

Associate Dean of Nursing 

The Associate Dean of Nursing provides visionary and innovative leadership to a dynamic and engaged faculty, and will be responsible for strengthening our nursing programs, exercising sound financial decisions, enhancing diversity, and developing College and community partnerships. 

Customer Service Specialist 2 – Enrollment and Financial Aid Services

Under general supervision, this position provides front line customer service to new and continuing students and the campus community by phone, in person and through electronic formats. Located in the Enrollment and Financial Aid Services area, this position provides information and support through the dissemination of information related to financial aid and enrollment services timelines, admissions/ registration processes and procedures, and out-going official College transcripts. This position serves students in a busy open office setting. 


Evergreen School student to volunteer on a Plains Indian Reservation in Montana

VISIONS students in the frame of the fire truck garage they built
for the Lame Deer community in 2016.
Photo courtesy VISIONS

This summer, Evergreen School student Gwendolyn Madill will travel to Lame Deer, Montana with VISIONS Service Adventures, an international community service program for teens.

Madill will join other high school students from around the world on the Cheyenne Reservation, where the teens will live in the community, tackle ambitious service projects, enjoy adventures and explore the surrounding area, and get to know the local customs and traditions.

“Students arrive with the intent of contributing to underserved communities, and end up a part of that community,” says Katherine Dayton, Executive Director of VISIONS. 
“Here, students are able to build relationships with other participants, mentors, and community members, and they get to step out of their comfort zones, do something different, and have experiences that create lifelong impact.”

In Montana, the students will learn the basics of power tools, building picnic tables, planter boxes, or benches for community centers in town. A highlight is serving meals at the Senior Center, where the students will engage with tribal elders and share stories. On the other end of the age spectrum, the students will assist with an educational daycamp for younger children on the reservation. This will be the 26th VISIONS summer in Montana.

In the afternoons and on weekends, students have the opportunity to travel regionally and explore their home base area. In Montana, this means attending a powwow, visiting the Big Horn Battlefield, a backpacking trip, learning traditional crafts, and games with local kids.

All programs are overseen by adult leaders and long-time local partners, who guide and teach the students in hands-on construction and other development projects. Beyond completing service projects, the summer is an opportunity for students to explore the idea of community in both a local and global sense. “VISIONS is not about construction projects,” explains long-time program leader David Kramer. “It is about deconstructing how we view the world and then framing a new vision upon the foundation of real experience with a global perspective.”

VISIONS has been running high school and middle school volunteer travel experiences since 1989, and is well known for programs that are centered on ambitious projects in cross-cultural settings. For more information about VISIONS, contact the office at 406-551-4423.


Shoreline Planning Commission meets Thursday

Shoreline Planning Commission
Front row, from left: David Maul, Donna Thomas, Susan Chang;
Back row, from left: Vice Chair William Montero, Chair Easton Craft, Laura Mork, Jack Malek

The Shoreline Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 7pm in City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

Agenda Highlights (full agenda)
  • Abatement Development Code Amendment
Currently, the Development Code SMC 20.30.777 (A) states that civil penalties and abatement funds must be used to abatement of code violations. Staff recommends that the code be amended to expand potential uses of this fund to include other code enforcement activities in support of Shoreline's code enforcement program. The City's abatement fund contains more money than is required to address abatement needs annually and could be used in support of these other code enforcement activities.

Staff documents

Comment on Agenda items:

Planning Commission meetings are streamed live and then available for viewing online. See page.


Classifieds: Shoreline City Council special meeting

Shoreline City Council Special Meeting

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified of the following Shoreline City Council Special Meeting:

State of the City 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
City Hall - Council Chambers
17500 Midvale Avenue N.
Shoreline, WA 98133

The purpose of the State of the City breakfast is to highlight the City's achievements over the past year and communicate how the City is continuing to achieve the City's vision - Vision 2029. The title of the State of the City Breakfast is “Building Community Together”.


From Shorewood to Nairobi: Shorewood grad has unusual career path

Jill Filipovic at Third Place Books answering questions
about her book, The H-Spot
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Diane Hettrick

Jill Filipovic knew she wanted to be a writer from childhood, but there were other themes in her life as well. Social justice. Politics. She wouldn't have phrased it in those terms when she was in elementary school at Parkwood and got all her friends sign a petition and write letters to Proctor and Gamble to tell them to stop animal testing. Looking back, it is part of the trajectory of her life.

By the time she was in high school at Shorewood, she knew she wanted to be a writer. She worked on the school newspaper and loved it. For college, she chose the journalism path at New York University and headed there right after graduating from Shorewood in 2001.

The room cleared of chairs, fans line up to have Jill autograph
their books at the Third Place Books author event.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

She landed at NYU in August 2001, got settled in the dorms, and three weeks later it was 9-11. "The planes woke me up because they were flying so low." She wasn't close enough to be in the impact zone, but she could see the Towers from her dorm.

In the weeks following, she got to see the softer side of New York. "No honking. People were kind to each other." It was a changed city and she fell in love. "I knew that New York was where I wanted to be."

She graduated with a double major in politics and journalism. By that time, in the aftermath of 9-11 and the lead up to the Iraq War, she had become disenchanted with journalism.

I didn’t want to just report, I wanted to make a difference.

Jill Filipovic, author of The H-Spot
 So she went to law school, graduated, and went to work for a big New York law firm. She worked with small non-profits and volunteered in a NY ACLU law clinic.

She had become interested in feminism in a freshman class on women's studies. The professor asked a blunt question: Are you a feminist? and she couldn't answer, so she started researching. She became fascinated with women's issues both locally and internationally, particularly reproductive rights and sexual violence.

While she was a practicing attorney she started writing a blog on feminist issues. "Blogging was a new thing then, and there were only 4-5 of us writing about women's issues." The bloggers found each other and created an informal network of support.

Journalism made a big shift, women were ascending the ranks in media, and women’s issues became enormous. The feminist bloggers were all recruited to write for publications.

Jill was publishing articles regularly in the Huffington Post and other publications along with her law job, making it an 80 hours work week. Law was good for paying school debt, but it felt like the problems were so big and systematic and she could do so little that she became increasingly frustrated.

She decided that she could make a living as a writer and quit her law firm. She was a columnist for The Guardian for a year. Cosmopolitan magazine recruited her to write a political column.

After several years, she realized that she wanted to write a book.

My columns tend to be focused on one issue and are fairly tight; I wanted the book to be a bit more expansive and detailed, and bring together many different issues into one cohesive package.

She quit Cosmo and started traveling the globe, interviewing women about their lives. Cameroon, Malawi, Brazil, India, Indonesia - she did in-depth interviews with 200 women, often staying in their homes for several days.

In Malawi, she met journalist Ty McCormick. She was still working on her book. When he was offered a job as a bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya, she decided to go with him. They will be married there in January.

When her book, The H-Spot: The Pursuit of Feminist Happiness, was published, she embarked on a national book tour, which eventually led her back home to Shoreline and Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

I'm hoping that the book sets out a big moral vision of what women want for our lives, and some ideas for how we get there.

She appeared at a Town Hall event in Seattle, and then at Third Place Books to a packed house full of Shorewood friends and teachers.

Her mother, Mary Filipovic, still lives in Shoreline. Her father, Michael Filipovic, is in Seattle.

I come back about twice a year, she said, especially for the holidays.

She credits her Shoreline education for supporting and affirming her choices. She particularly cites Shorewood teacher Dana Knox for igniting her passion for learning and giving her the support and confidence to think that she really could be a writer.

Then-counselor Carmen Dellino had a school club called Making a World of Difference that fostered her interests in social justice.

I love Shoreline and Seattle, she said. I love coming back here. Shoreline School District and teachers were sharing, supporting my young interests in writing and politics. I feel very lucky to have that kind of education and support.

Jill's book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness, is available at Third Place Books in Town Center, Lake Forest Park, as well as online.


See 15 years of garden tours and purchase tickets for the 2017 Secret Gardens Tour

New website highlight 15 years of garden tours

The Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park has a new and revised website. The site highlights all 15 years of garden tours with beautiful photos.

Visitors to the site can purchase tickets for the 2017 garden tour or find the ticket outlets.

The garden market this year is even fuller and more delightful. Check out the list of local venders and see if your favorite is returning this year.

Be sure to save the date June 17, 2017 for a terrific garden tour featuring local gardens.


Experience Korea at the Shoreline Arts Festival

The whole family can experience Korea through sights, sounds, tastes, and touch. Children can learn to play the game of Yut Nori, read Korean children's books, make traditional Korean clothing (Jong-y-Jup-Ki), write their names in Korean (HanGul), dress up in traditional Korean clothing (HanBok), play traditional musical instruments (AkGi), and much more.

While the kids are engaged, parents can relax, read about Korean history and culture, partake in tasty treats and drinks which are served on traditional holidays, or participate in the hands-on activities as well.

The Shoreline Arts Festival is June 24-25 at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, 98155.


Shoreline man dies in rock fall near Index

Andy Shehata
Photo courtesy The Hawkeye
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identification of the 21-year-old man who was hiking near Heybrook Lookout off Hwy 2 near Index on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Andrew E. Shehata of Shoreline was climbing with three friends, when he and one of them went off trail and tried to traverse a rock face. The friend got across, but Shehata didn't.

According to one report, he fell into a void and a loose boulder fell on him. His friends called 911 but when Snohomish County Fire District 26 arrived, it was clear that it was a recovery mission, rather than a rescue.

Fire District 26 Assistant Chief Ernie Walters said his agency retrieved Shehata’s body. He said it is not known what exactly caused the rocks to move, but the boulders on that hillside are usually loose.
Walters said that "Emergency responders from fire districts 26, 28 and 7, including some crews from Lake Stevens and Everett, used ropes and other technical equipment to secure boulders in the area, and then removed the ones covering Shehata."

The medical examiner said that the cause of death was blunt force injuries of the head.

Shehata is a 2014 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School.

The funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, May 27 at Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Lynnwood. The burial will be at 2:00pm at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, 205 NE 205th St, Shoreline.


Scene on the Sound: high tides and ferry exercises

Text and photos by Jan Hansen

It’s the time of year when we have greater changes in daytime tide levels, seeing differences of 11 feet and more between highs to lows. The day before yesterday Puget Sound was so calm that one could see the tide coming in.

Then Tuesday there were interesting exercises back and forth and round about for several hours with one of the new Washington State Ferries, military vessels, and even a helicopter participating.

There is behind the scenes work going on to keep us safe.  Thank you to the brave on land, on sea and in the air.


Another special night of giving at the Gala for the Arts

2017 Gala for the Arts
Photo courtesy SL LFP Arts Council

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council would like to thank everyone who came out to this year’s Gala for the Arts!

Because of your unparalleled support, we were able to raise over $53,000 in support of the the arts and arts education! It was a stellar night that consisted of tasty food, drinks, and plenty of games to boot! And it’s not often you get to see a real claw-foot bathtub filled with ice. Guests were dressed to the nines in their 1920’s attire, including Best Dressed Winner, Linda Baarslag-Benson!

It was wonderful seeing so many community members come out to share stories and memories as well as continue to build new ones. We look forward to furthering our mission and promoting the arts amongst the Shoreline Lake-Forest Park community.

The Arts Council is extremely thankful for everyone who put time and energy into making this event a success. We simply could not have done this without you!

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


What to do in retirement - June 20 at Senior Center

Tuesday, June 20 at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center
What do I want to do in retirement
10:30 - 11:30am
$2 members - $4 non member


Memorial Day services at Acacia and Holyrood this weekend

Pond on Acacia grounds
Photo by Jerry Pickard
Acacia 14951 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155

Throughout the weekend Acacia Cemetery will be at the ready to assist visitors. Girl Scouts from Western Washington Troop #42215 will be handing out flags and cooking hotdogs on Saturday. Boy Scouts from Lake Forest Park Troop #348 will be handing out flags and cooking hotdogs on Sunday and Monday.

The Annual Memorial Day Service will be held Monday morning at 11:00am out on the grounds of the memorial park. Chaplain (Colonel) Olen Crowe, USAFVR, Chief of Chaplains, 10th Regional Command, USV-JSC, will be sharing a Memorial Day Address. The Kenmore and District Pipe Band will provide music.

Holyrood grounds
Photo courtesy Holyrood
Holyrood Catholic Cemetery 205 NE 205th St, Shoreline 98155

As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holyrood Catholic Cemetery will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes."

This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

In Shoreline Rev. Vincent Gilmore will celebrate Mass at 10:30am on Monday, May 29. Active military and veterans are invited to participate and recite uniform intercessions followed by a moment of silence.

The local celebration will include Tribute boards where veterans, active military members and their families can write messages. These boards will be available in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

“We are excited to be participating in this heartfelt program and are glad to have the opportunity to give thanks to the military members and veterans within our community for their commitment and service,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle). 
“We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation in the ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes’ program can be just one way to say thanks for all they have done for us”. 

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” encourages community involvement and participation and it is the hope of the program that this initiative will band together thousands of Catholic Cemeteries throughout the nation with past and current military members in this special celebration of remembrance.


Flags at half-staff Thursday for Gov. Lowry

Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in memory of former Governor Mike Lowry who passed away on May 1 at the age of 78 of complications from a stroke.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business on Tuesday, May 30.

Memorial services will be held on May 30, 2017, at 10:30 am at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Renton, Washington.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Please call (360) 239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.

Corrected title 5/26/17 to Thursday


86-Year-Old Shoreline resident receives free wheelchair ramp during Master Builders Association Rampathon®

Shoreline's Ashworth Homes built a ramp for
an 86 year old Shoreline man

It was the perfect day. Sunshine and warmth provided an ideal opportunity to give back to someone who struggles with moving safely inside and outside his home.

86-year-old Leonard Dickey has bad knees and uses a walker to get around the first floor of his Shoreline home. He is unable to walk up and down stairs safely and confidently due to the inability to lock his knees.

Dickey’s inability to safely go for a walk or take a trip to the store is why Rampathon® has existed for 24 years.

The annual one-day event changes the lives of so many families because they are given the gift of freedom once again through the building of a free wheelchair access ramp for those who need it the most. Dickey’s ramp is just one of the 43 ramps built during this year’s Rampathon, held this past Saturday, May 20.

Ashworth Homes, whose team built Dickey’s ramp, has proudly volunteered for Rampathon for the past five years.

“It is a great opportunity to serve the community by providing accessibility and independence to folks who need a little help, but is also a chance for our building teams to work together on a common project,” says Ashworth’s President, Erich Armbruster. 
“It's always a wonderful afternoon, and we are grateful to the MBA for providing the organization and support!”

Rampathon® is an annual event where members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties come together to build ramps for families throughout King and Snohomish counties.

It couldn’t happen without members like Ashworth Homes and 2017 sponsor Dunn Lumber who are willing to donate their time, talents, and materials. Since 1993, more than 440 ramps have been built and $1.7 million of in-kind donations provided for our neighbors in need.

Ashworth Homes has two locations: 14419 Greenwood Ave N, Suite #A-179, Seattle, and 1501 N 200th St in Shoreline.


Shoreline Walks: Ridgecrest & Fircrest Saturday

Ridgecrest walk Saturday
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
Ridgecrest and Fircrest Walk Saturday

Join walk leader Dan Short for a morning walk around the Ridgecrest and Fircrest areas this Saturday, May 27th at 10:00am.

Walkers should meet at the back parking lot of Paramount School Park, 10th Ave and 155th St. From there the group will explore several parks, the surrounding neighborhood and the Fircrest area.

This walk is 3 miles long and rated moderate for some wooded trails and hills. There is no need to register, just show up and join others on the walk.

Walk is approximately 3 miles / 1.5hrs. Rated moderate for some hills.

The free group walk is part of the City of Shoreline’s “Shoreline Walks” community walking program helping Shoreline adults stay active, meet new people (or connect with old friends) and feel safer and more confident exploring our city by foot. No need to sign up, just show up with your walking shoes!

More information on Shoreline Walks here or call Recreation Specialist Marianne Johnson at 206-801-2638.


BALNA's Adopt-a-Road 25th Avenue Clean-up Saturday

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Come join the fun! This time it will be sunny.
Photo by Nancy Moreyra

Saturday ~ May 27th ~ 9:00 - 10:30 am
BALNA's Adopt-a-Road 25th Avenue Clean-up

(meet on 25th Ave by entrance to Aldercrest park lower field)

Join the BALNA quarterly Adopt-a-Road clean-up. We pick up litter along 25th Ave NE between Ballinger Way and NE 205th and along NE 205th from 25th to 19th.

Come out and meet some fellow Ballinger neighbors, have a nice morning walk, and help show neighborhood pride by keeping this busy roadway litter-free. It’s a quick event and students can earn volunteer time.

Gloves and litter bags provided by City of Shoreline.


SC, SW girls in tie for 22nd at state golf tournament

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

One girl from Shorecrest and one from Shorewood were part of a three-way tie for 22nd place in the state 3A girls' golf tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at the Canyon Golf Course in Kennewick.

Jac Longstreth of Shorecrest, Haley Wong of Shorewood and a girl from Interlake all had 36-hole scores of 179 in the two-day tournament. Those scores left them 16 strokes behind the winning 143.

Wong had rounds of 80 and 99, and Longstreth had rounds of 82 and 97.

Three local golfers were eliminated after the Tuesday round: Maria Babcock of Shorewood and Rachel Puetz of Shorecrest both shot 96, and Michelle Lu of Shorewood shot 98.

In the boys' tournament at the Columbia Point Golf course in Richland, Alex Saunders of Shorecrest finished in a three-way​ tie for 36th with a 78-78 -- 156 on the par 72-72 -- 144 course. The winner scored 68-69 -- 137.

Bradley Wong of Shorewood missed the cut with a first-round 83 Tuesday.


Sno-King Middle School League Championship Track Meet in Shoreline Wednesday

High school track meet (sorry no middle
school photos on file)
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The Sno-King Middle School League Championship Track Meet was held at Shoreline Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, May 24.

The Sno-King League includes middle schools from Shoreline, Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett school districts.

Complete results here
Team scores here

Middle school is scored by gender and by grade so you will see scores for 7th and 8th Boys and Girls.


Best fish & chips in Seattle coming to Ridgecrest Monday evening

Hungry yet? Wait until Monday evening in Ridgecrest

Nosh The Truck is coming to Ridgecrest on Memorial Day, Monday May 29.

They will be parked from 5-9pm outside Ridgecrest Pub, which is 21 and over. But families and other pub no-goers can use nearby picnic tables to dine out at.

Nosh is one of the best known food trucks in the Seattle area, with more than one local food critic calling theirs the best fish and chips in Seattle, which is saying a lot.

The Ridgecrest Pub is on N 165 by the intersection with 5th NE. 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155, 206-823-7792. Email.

More details and the rest of the Ridgecrest daily food truck schedule here


Vehicle that crashed into trees was stolen

Photo by Jennifer Klock
Driver inattention was likely the cause of the accident on N 185th that took out two street trees in front of the police station.

Police report that it was a stolen vehicle. The driver and passenger fled on foot from the scene but both taken into custody a short time later.

The driver was treated at the scene by Shoreline Fire and booked into the King County Jail.

She will be charged for possession of a stolen vehicle and damage to the trees.


Car vs tree requires removal of two street trees on N 185th

Photo by Jennifer Klock

Sometime during mid-afternoon of Tuesday, May 23, 2017, a vehicle going westbound on N 185th crashed into two street trees in front of the Shoreline Police station. The vehicle left a trail of parts along the street.

Photo by Jennifer Klock

The trees were so badly damaged that they had to be removed by City crews. You can see them working in the left distance on the second photo.

Thanks to Shoreline resident Jennifer Klock who sent in these photos, taken while the clean-up was going on.


Shorecrest students receive honors at BioExpo

Thirty-nine Shorecrest students at Bio Expo
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Take a tour inside a lung cancer cell

Thirty-nine Shorecrest High School students participated in the 17th Annual Northwest Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR) Student Bio Expo on May 19 at Shoreline Community College.

The event provided students with the opportunity to learn about biotechnology, biomedicine and bioethics.

They were among over 330 students from 20 schools across the state who spent the year independently researching a scientific topic and creating a project around it. Many of the Shorecrest students also earned awards for their projects. A list of those who placed or received honorable mentions is below.

The students are advised by Shorecrest honors biology teachers Shelby Bushman and David Svrcek.

People’s Choice:
Emmanuel Tanumihardia

He was called "the overwhelming favorite at Expo" for programming and developing a virtual reality tour inside a lung cancer cell. You can view the interactive YouTube video here

1st Place: Joy Chen - How Birds Migrate Without Getting Lost

Career Pathways:
1st Place: Priaya Hayre - The Deadly Grasp of Leukemia
Honorable Mention: Mierelle Blanchard - Immortality: Super Soldiers

Creative Writing:
2nd Place: Nicole Nagamatsu - Burning In Your Own Skin: Epidermolysis Bullosa

1st Place: Blaine Aweke - Enhancing Photosynthesis
3rd Place: Max Klewnno - Schizophrenia

3rd Place: Sam Holman - Diabetes

Lab Research:
1st Place: Eric Prieve - CRISPR Cas 9

Molecular Modeling:
2nd Place: Grace Perrin
- Photodynamic Cancer Therapy

1st Place: Emma Howlett - Bioengineering Cartilage: Making a Biological Cyborg
Honorable Mention: Soumya Keefe -  Are Super Humans Possible:  An Experiment in CRISPR Cas 9

Honorable Mention: Daniel Nzanga - Brain on Music

3rd Place: Kim Tran

Honorable Mention: Nico Lee
- 3D Printing


Donate used musical instruments at Folklife

The 2017 Folklife Festival will be your opportunity to put that musical instrument in your garage or attic back into play.

Donations of “lovingly used” instruments will be accepted by representatives of Music4Life™ at the Seattle Center event on Memorial Day weekend.

Music4Life provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. The Seattle-based non-profit acquires instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them repaired (if possible) and then provides them to participating public school districts for use by students in need.

Besides Seattle Public Schools, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Mukilteo and Shoreline Public Schools. The program acquires used instruments from those who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.

“This Music4Life partnership with the Folklife Festival is a tremendous opportunity to connect with the musicians and audience attending Folklife,” says David Endicott, Music4Life Co-Founder and President/COO. 
“If you have a clarinet, a violin or some other musical instrument stored somewhere, bring it to Folklife for donation to Music4Life.”

May 26-29, 2017 at Seattle Center.


Classifieds: Special meeting Friday for Ronald Commissioners


Ronald Wastewater District
Notice of Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
May 26, 2017, 2:00pm
Meeting will be held at the District Headquarters
17505 Linden Avenue North, Shoreline, WA


1. Public Comment: 3 min for public, 5 min for agency representative
2. Executive Session: Legal:  RCW 42.30.110 (l)(i) – possible action to follow
3. Conclusion


Sundays in the Park with the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society

New officers were elected at a recent meeting of the Sno-Isle Genealogical society.

President is Brenda Sanchez, VP is Phylis Jorgenson, Secretary is Kathy Morrow, and Treasurer is Samantha Morales.

Other board directors include Patrick Deagan, Lee Langstad, Marge Reid, Dan Irving, and Patsy Danhof.

Membership is open to anyone interested in family history. For more info call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, 11-3pm.

"Sundays in the Park" start Memorial Day Sunday, May 28 and run thru Labor Day Sunday at Heritage Park in Lynnwood.

Sno-Isle Genealogical society will be open 12-4pm each Sunday to help you with your family history research or just come by to visit the nearly 100 year old house that is home for their research library. The park is at 19827 Poplar Way, Lynnwood. For more info call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday 11-3pm.

Free Beginning Genealogy classes are held the first Saturday of the month at the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood.

The one hour class starts at 10am. Get tips on getting organized started doing research correctly. For more information call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday 11-3pm.


LFP Council meeting Thursday

Meeting Thursday, May 25, 2017 at City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 7pm

The Lake Forest Park City Council will decide whether to authorize advertising for a project manager to oversee the Central Subarea consultant and to coordinate a variety of public and private agencies over the period of the subarea planning project and the lead-up to ST3 decisions affecting the SR 522 Bus Rapid Transit corridor

They further seeks someone with the capacity to assist with the communications program and project management.

At the Council retreat on May 5, the City Council consensus was to move away from using a term limited temporary staff member for this project and to seek a qualified consultant with the capacity to provide high-end help for this and related projects.

Further discussions have led staff to include flexibility to assist with specific projects and to coordinate the communications program.


Classifieds: Commissioner Search

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Ronald Wastewater District is directed by a Board of five elected Commissioners.

After the recent death of long time Commissioner Arnold Lind, the Board is required by law to find and fill this vacant Commissioner position.

Therefore, in order to meet regulatory guidelines, the District is soliciting and accepting applications for the vacant Commissioner position.

By State law, the pay is only $114 a day for approved meetings, but with other benefits such as an insurance allowance.

The District is scheduled for assumption into the City of Shoreline in the near future.

The four current Commissioners will interview applicants, and then appoint the new Commissioner.

If you are interested, submit a letter of intent by June 9, to Ronald Wastewater District, Attn: General Manager, Mr. Mark Gregg, 17505 Linden Ave N., Shoreline WA 98133-0490


Postponed: Progressive Political Forum: Winning back the working class

POSTPONED: Due to a schedule conflict for one of the speakers, this forum has been postponed.

Progressive Political Forum: Winning Back The Working Class
Hosted By: North Lake Aggressive Progressives
Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155

It will be rescheduled.


22 people graduate from Nurturing Trust workshop

Nurturing Trust graduating class #7
Photo courtesy Shoreline and LFP Police

Shoreline Police and Lake Forest Park Police graduated their Seventh class from the Nurturing Trust program. The class is offered jointly by Shoreline and Lake Forest Park police departments.

It is taught in Spanish and designed to help families create a safe community for their children by making them aware of issues that affect children. Six free workshops cover: positive discipline, domestic violence and child abuse, bullying, teen suicide, drugs and prostitution, and leadership.

22 community members participated in series #7, attending all six classes. Graduation and celebration was held on May 10, 2017.


Shoreline family appear in episode of TLC reality show

Emma Montzingo is held by Zach Roloff in Monday's
episode of Little People, Big World

Shorewood graduate Andrew Montzingo, his wife Amanda, and their baby Emma go to visit his long-time friend Zack Roloff in Tuesday's episode of TLC's Little People, Big World.

In this clip behind the scenes, Andrew is in the opening shot, seen from the back. Amanda hands baby Emma to Zack to hold while she takes her turn in a shot. Zack's wife is pregnant.

Here's the clip

Andrew is the son of Vicki Montzingo of Shoreline and Darryl Montzingo of Seattle.


Playing with Words: The Magic of Butterflies and Ladybugs Show

Lisa Taylor does butterflies and ladybugs
The Magic of Butterflies and Ladybugs Show, Thursday, May 25, 10:15am at the Kenmore Library, 6531 NE 181st St, Kenmore 98028.

A family program for all ages, presented by Lisa Taylor, Urban Farmer from Seattle Tilth.

Imagine you have wings and flutter and fly with two beautiful, magical garden creatures: butterflies and ladybugs.

The Garden Critter puppets teach backyard science lessons using music, dance and – of course – fun!


Shoreline fire calls May 8 - 21

Training on extrication
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Fire calls for the week of May 8-14 

Aid - 56
Aid Non Emergency - 9
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 3
Medic - 32
MVA Medic - 1
Cardiac Arrest - 2
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 16
Natural Gas in the Area - 1
Service Call - 4

  • child stuck in elevator, 
  • domestic violence in progress, 
  • blood draw for PD, 
  • buzzing sound from an alarm. 

Smoke Smell - 1
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 1

Shoreline fire calls for the week from May 15 - 21

Aid - 57
Aid Non Emergency - 25
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 9
CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 4
Medic - 43
Cardiac Arrest - 1
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 5
Flooding Minor - 1
Haz - 2 CO alarms
Natural Gas in Residence - 1
Smoke in a Residence - 1
Smoke/Haze in the Area - 1
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 2

  • one bonfire in parking lot at Hamlin Park
  • one at Richmond Beach

Vehicle Fire - 1


5 Acre Woods – Urban Forest - Natural School

We Love 5 Acre Woods
Photo by Jerry Pickard
By Donna Hawkey

A little 5.6 acre of urban forest has remained untouched for forty years and the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation (LFPSF) is leading an effort to help acquire it.

The goal is to preserve “5 Acre Woods,” as it is lovingly referred to by residents, and to establish public trails within this nature gem.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) acquired the land many years ago for a water reservoir site but never developed it for that purpose, so they intend to sell it; the property hasn’t been used by anyone for forty years - except the wildlife!

The 5 Acre Woods vision is for low impact trails and a small playground, but the entire forest is a natural school or laboratory for both children and adults, and a sanctuary for many wildlife species.

Tony Angell leading the May Event with 5 Acre Woods
Lead and LFPSF board member Natalie-Pascale Boisseau.
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The LFP Stewardship Foundation and “Friends of 5 Acre Woods” held a May educational event with a walk to the SPU property led by resident Tony Angell, master sculptor and past supervisor of environmental education in the Office of the State Superintendent of Schools.

“Kids glued to a computer screen are facing the possibility of atrophy of the muscles that are required for full vision, not to mention those large muscle groups that allow us to walk and run and do something with our eye to hand coordination that is beyond punching buttons,” said Angell. "We have never seen anything quite like these potential changes in our children.
“This is a perfect place," Angell continued, "for kids to develop and strengthen their senses – sight, touch, smell and auditory capacity. And here is a laboratory location to apply some of the classroom facts, figures and mechanisms for these measurements first hand. These sensory moments are pathways for discovery of what’s going on in our natural world and will be of singular use throughout our lives. The forest gives us all these free services!”

You can almost hear the birds singing
Photo by Jerry Pickard

This is undoubtedly a nesting place and corridor for many wildlife species since it has been undisturbed for so long. Hawks, eagles, owls, coyote, deer, mountain beavers and even long tailed weasels have been found on this site.

“Steep slopes, a stream, riparian wetland, and hillside seep wetlands all serves as a restorative nursery for the wildlife of our community. Other free forest services are the water purification and containment of run off, the CO2 absorption and noise abatement,” says Angell.

As a master artist and author, his home in Lake Forest Park, where he has lived for half a century, has served as a source of inspiration and type of outdoor studio for his work, so he has a passion for the city’s forest.

So far the LFP Stewardship Foundation has contributed to raising close to $300,000 in conservation grant funds and private donations to purchase 5 Acre Woods so that it can remain a City of Lake Forest permanent nature school and park.

Laura Swaim from Friends of 5 Acre Woods
discovering the giant old growth forest.
Photo by Miguel Esteban
The property is the largest undeveloped site remaining in Lake Forest Park. More grant applications, donations and other sources of funding are pending.

LFPSF’s current activities include continuing monthly walks to 5 Acre Woods to educate the community about its environmental and community value.

Some residents are holding their own house parties to assemble neighbors and discuss how more money can be raised and to bring about further awareness of the project.

And in the summer, there will be other activities such as block parties to continue the efforts.

Another strong community connection and support for 5 Acre Woods took place in 2015 when the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition (SGSC) decided to help facilitate efforts along with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation.

Mary Fleck from SGSC said when she heard of this property and knew of the history and culture of Lake Forest Park and how it has valued its connection to nature, she knew it could be a win-win situation.

“And when residents, strong organizations, and local government work together like this, anything is possible,” she says.

Tony Angell said “we really don’t know what the full diversity of life is in this forest. Clearly not only an abundance of song birds and raptors but reptiles, amphibians, insects and many plants have yet to be inventoried. 
"There’s an old Joni Mitchell song I used to sing when I went out to schools to share stories of nature. There’s a wonderful line that sums up what we’re looking at and it says… ‘Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.’”

5 Acre Woods property is located just north of where 40th Pl NE and 45th Pl NE intersect in Lake Forest Park.

The next two summer walk events are currently scheduled:
  • June 10th with Ben Pedigo, a birder who grew up in Lake Forest Park, will speak to his passion and knowledge of birds.
  • On July 8th Sarah Cooke, a wetland biologist, will discuss the benefit of wetlands.
  • The walks start at 10:30am from the Lake Forest Park Elementary School on Ballinger Way. See the 5 Acre Woods Facebook page for more information. 
Honey Bear Bakery provides complimentary pastries and coffee!
Seattle Green Space Coalition provides juice and fruits!
Come join the fun and learn!

If you want more information about the 5 Acre Woods project, see the projects tab on the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation website. LFPS is a 5013C non-profit and has been in existence for over 20 years.

Donna Hawkey, author of this article, is a 20-year resident of Lake Forest Park. Thank you to Tony Angell for his contributions.


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