Photo: Christmas Lights

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee Lageschulte found this pretty house in Richmond Highlands on the corner of 8th NW and 180th.

Are there any blocks where every house is decorated?


Shorewood - Shorecrest girls' basketball results from Wednesday

Shorewood’s Taryn Shelley put up a shot
as Shorecrest’s Sheridan Stephenson #23,
Ari Rantz #10, and Bianca Harris #4, defend.

Reporting by Frank Workman
Photos by Wayne Pridemore

The injury-depleted Shorewood girls basketball team went on a 21-4 streak to open the third quarter, opening a twenty point lead on their way to an easy 59-48 win over crosstown rival Shorecrest Wednesday night, December 17 in the T-Birds' gym.

Jalyn Hizey #5 fires a pass across the lane.
SC #11 Jazzlyn Owens, #23 Sheridan Stephanson, #10 Ari Rantz

Correction: Jalyn Hizey is #5 in white in the photo above. Chelsea Tuiasosopo-Williams is out for the season with a knee injury. 12-18-2014 10am

Junior Lily Gustafson scored twelve of her game-high 24 points, and Senior Karrin Leazor added nine of her eleven points in the third quarter.

Shorewood was without the services of Lily's sister Abby Gustafson who sprained an ankle at practice on Tuesday, as well as freshman Kaitlyn Amundsen who suffered a devastating season-ending knee injury in Monday's game at Marysville-Pilchuck.

Shorecrest forward Julia Strand pulls down a rebound
between Shorewood’s Lily Gustafson #30 and Karrin Leazer #40.

Sophomore Jalyn Hizey, a Scot last year who transferred this year to Shorewood, scored seven points against her old team, while Soph Danica Bernabe played a near-flawless game at point guard, scoring but two points but splendidly directing traffic and distributing the ball to her taller teammates.

Junior Wurrie Njadoe scored 18 points for the Scots, while teammate Jazzlyn Owens had twelve points on four 3-pointers.

Thunderbird forward Karrin Leazer
drives into the lane and puts up a running shot.
(Correction: Karrin Leazer in the photo above)

Shorecrest travels to Glacier Peak on Friday, while the T-Birds play at Edmonds-Woodway.

SC     6    15   16   11     48
SW   12   12   26    9      59


St. Luke alumni invited to reunion Jan 24


Opera Preview: Tosca - Thursday evening at Shoreline Library

Norm Hollingshead
Operas Plus
Friends of the Shoreline Library are sponsoring an Opera Preview on Thursday, December 18, 7-8pm in the large meeting room at the Shoreline Library.

Norm Hollingshead, retired teacher and opera enthusiast will provide a lively talk about the fantastic opera, Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. Hollingshead gives about 200 opera preview talks a year and leads opera tours to various west coast destinations.

The library is located at 345 NE 175th St in Shoreline. The program is free and open to the public.


Blue Christmas service at Richmond Beach Congregational UUC

On December 21st at 4pm, Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of Christ will have a Blue Christmas service.

You may be hurting or lonely because of losses in your life. You may be struggling with what is happening in our community, our nation, our world. Come and pray with us. 
Come to pray for those who are hurting and lonely. Join us in prayer on this longest night of the year. All are welcome.

The service will be led by Marcia McLaughlin, spiritual director, and Susan Moore, musician. The church address is 1512 NW 195th St (corner of Richmond Beach Rd and 15th NW).  


Shorewood wrestling splits Double Dual Tuesday

Shorewood wrapped up its non-conference dual meet season Tuesday, December 16 by hosting Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville-Getchell. It was tough sledding early against Marysville-Pilchuck as the Tomahawks won the first four matches by points to take a 14-0 lead. After Shorewood’s Rhaye Samson pinned his opponent in the 106 pound match the Thunderbirds had clawed within striking distance at 26-15. Pilchuck responded by ending all hopes of an upset with three straight victories, two by pin. Thunderbird senior captain Erik Harris-Uldall collected his seventh pin in nine matches to close the match at a final score of 43-24.

Despite suffering a difficult loss in the first match the Thunderbirds bounced back with a fury against Marysville-Getchell. Sophomore Elias Thorne got the ball rolling with a high drama 17-11 win at 152 pounds. After Getchell picked up a pair of pins in the 195 and 220 pound matches it was any team's match at 21-12. In the heavyweight match Thunderbird senior Erca Erdenebayer stemmed the tide and pushed his undefeated record to 9-0 with a second round pin. Senior An Nguyen ended the night at 145 pounds when he secured Shorewood’s seventh pin of the match. Nguyen’s win capped a 45-0 run by Shorewood over the last eight weight classes for a huge 66-12 victory.

Shorewood wrestles next this Saturday. December 20th, at the Nathan Hale Invitational.

Shorewood Record: 0-0 League, 2-6 Overall

Shorewood 24 - Marysville-Pilchuck 43 @ Shorewood HS
106: Rhaye Samson (SW) pinned Cole Daurie 3:06
113: Sam Foss (MP) tech. fall Aiden Smith 16-0
120: Johnathan Newman (MP) pinned Tae Thongdee 1:59
126: Jeremy Canido (MP) pinned Shea O’Leary 3:30
132: Matthew McMillan (SW) dec. Steven Duong 6-0
138: Erik Harris-Uldall (SW) pinned Justin Collier 0:22
*145: Ryan Daurie (MP) dec. An Nguyen 5-0
152: Rigo Perez (MP) tech fall Elias Thorne 18-3
160: Keith Pablo (MP) dec. Braden Kalloway 15-8
170: Donovan Hamilton (MP) dec. Kaden Carpenter 9-7
182: Drew Hatch (MP) pinned Andrew Chum 0:46
195: Esdras Valladeres (SW) Dakoda Guzman 2:41
220: Alex Lafave (MP) pined Troy Halloway-Beach 1:38
285: Erca Erdenebayer (SW) dec. Austin Brown 6-2

Shorewood 66 - Marysville-Getchell 12 @ Shorewood HS
106: Rhaye Samson (SW) win by forfeit
113: Aiden Smith (SW) win by forfeit
120: Tae Thongdee (SW) pinned Anthony Labrake 1:35
126: Shae O’Leary (SW) dec. Aiden Noel 4-2 OT
132: Matthew McMillan (SW) pinned Gabriel Broome 3:30
138: Erik Harris-Uldall (SW) win by forfeit
145: An Nguyen (SW) pinned Adrian Diaz 4:49
*152: Elias Thorne (SW) dec. Devin Rose 17-11
160: Braden Kalloway (SW) pinned Daniel Knowlton 1:24
170: Kaden Carpenter (SW) pinned Kevin Bui 1:29
182: Andrew Chum (SW) pinned Zach Moore 1:26
195: Riley Kalaman (MG) pinned Esdras Valladeres 2:46
220: Charles Deidrich (MG) pinned Troy Halloway-Beach


Shorecrest - Kamiak wrestling results

High school prep wrestling: Shorecrest met Kamiak Tuesday, December 16, at Shorecrest High School.

Shorecrest: 6 Kamiak 75

106—Robin Vierra (K) def.. Neil Hornish 12-2
113—Carson Hale (K) won by forfeit 
120—Conor Block (S) def. Talmage Nishimoto 5-2
126—Michael Young (K) won by forfeit
132—Finn O’hea (K) def. Chandler Keopanya 5-2
138—Alex Maxey (K) def. Luke Lotawa 8-4
145—Nate Goodwin (K) won by forfeit
152—Warren Han (K) won by forfeit
160—Spencer Mitchell (K) def. Ben Geider 
170—Cameron McIntosh (K) won by forfeit
182—Conner Mitchell (K) won by forfeit
195—William Jones (K) won by forfeit
220—Austin Pomada (K) won by forfeit
285—Tanner Kunard (K) won by forfeit

Girls 155- Alessandra DelaCruz (K) def. Alyssa Moore

Records—. Shorecrest 0-0, 0-3. Kamiak 1-1 league, 2-1 overall


Home sales in Shoreline during November 2014

These are representative of the home sales at each price point in Shoreline during the month of November 2014.


Photo: Christmas Lights

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Steven H. Robinson photographed these cheerful inflatables somewhere in Central Shoreline.

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Everything you want to know about street construction

Photos courtesy City of Shoreline

The City of Shoreline is in the process of completing the final phase of the Aurora Corridor Project.

The City hired contractor Gary Merlino Construction Company (GMCC) in late 2013 to construct improvements on the final section of Aurora Avenue between N 192nd Street and N 205th Street.

Minimizing the inconvenience to affected businesses, residences, bicyclists, pedestrians, and the motoring public while building a new roadway is a challenge. To minimize the inconvenience, 2014 work has been staged on the west side of Aurora, with travel shifted to the east.

When work on the west side is sufficiently completed in early 2015, GMCC plans to shift traffic to the west and work on the east side. During the summer of 2015, GMCC will shift traffic to both the east and west sides while working on the median. The project will be complete in early 2016, weather permitting.

The City has published a brochure with details about the various steps and stages in street construction. Travelers on Aurora have seen the ground-level effects of the various steps, but the photos show what is being done in the construction trenches.

There are a lot of processes that happen while the street is dug up:

  1. Locating existing utilities under the street
  2. Installing utility vaults
  3. Excavating a utility trench and laying new conduit
  4. Connecting utilities to vaults, access holes, inlets, etc. and the existing system

And all this is before sidewalks, curbs, retaining walls, lights and all the above ground work can begin.

Check out the brochure for more details.


Arts Council Community Spotlight: Lien Tisdale Titus, Engaged Resident

In Celebration of 25 years of doing good in our community, the Arts Council would like to take some time and highlight some of our fantastic members who are doing great things in our community.

Lien (pronounced Lynn) Tisdale Titus - Shoreline

Author of Secret Shoreline Facebook Page

What do you love most about our community?
I love how the community comes together to support each other through local business venues, neighborhood activities, personal reaching out to one another through times of needs and etc.

How do the arts make an impact in your life?
I used to love drawing (pencil) when I was a teenager and somehow lost touch with it upon reaching adulthood. It is so wonderful to see creativity throughout the art community from the very young to the seniors in Shoreline. It makes me smile to watch each festival we have here in Shoreline to have all ages interact with each other to individually bring such beautiful creativity and make it a group effort with wonderful success.

In one word, describe the Arts Council...

Join Lien, take an active role in your community, and become a member of the Arts Council. Individual memberships start at just $35, and you’ll not only receive great member perks, you’ll also get to bask in the warm glow that comes with knowing you’ve helped foster creativity right where you live. Stand with your neighbors who together, over the last 25 years, have invested over $3 million in arts and arts education right here in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. 

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and support the arts in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park


Winter Solstice Feast & Concert and other events at North City Bistro this week

Interior of North City Bistro and Wine

North City Bistro and Wine, 150 NE 177th St in North City, Shoreline, has live music at least three times a week. They always have food, but this week they have a feast as well. 

Wednesday, the talented Karin Kajita and Emily will be playing some of your Holiday Favorites from 7:00-9:30 for $6 Cover. Come in for a glass of wine, a bite to eat and enjoy the show!

Thursday, again it's time to get into the Holiday Spirit with the always fun Diane and Bob, playing their version of songs with a show called A Blackberry Winter. If you've seen and heard them before, you know they are pretty amazing at pulling out some rare and cool tunes, as well as playing lots of your favorites, and they also do "requests"! They never charge a cover, but they do appreciate your tips, so please come and enjoy their show from 7:00-9:30pm.

Friday, Pearl Django is back in the house, and it's a SOLD OUT SHOW, so if you don't already have reservations, I guess you'll just have to wait until next year, sorry.

Saturday, we are doing something new and different. We will have Eugenie Jones and her amazing back up band, The Paul Miranda Trio, playing an early show from 7:00-9:30pm. This is a Winter Solstice Feast and Concert.

The cost for the Feast and Show is $35, and reservations are highly recommended. The menu, which also includes a glass of nice wine will be:

  • Cream of parsnip with roasted pistachio and Aleppo pepper
  • Roasted chicken with spiced carrots and currant cous cous
  • Eggnog bread pudding with mandarin-bourbon sauce

If you can't join us for dinner, Cover Charge for the show only is $10.

New Year's Eve: Chef Bernice has come up with an amazing menu for New Year's Eve, which will include White Truffles and Pork Belly. Call or email for reservations, because we will be closed from Jan 1- 8. This will be your last chance this year, and the music we have in store to bring in the New Year is going to be very fun!

Dinner and Show will be $50 per person, and again, reservations are highly recommended.

Email or call 206-365-4447 for information or reservations.


Lake Forest Park - notification of Registered Sex Offender

The Lake Forest Park Police Department is notifying the public on a recently released sex offender so the public can be aware of this offender’s presence in the community and encourage people to exercise personal safety precautions.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore is a Level 2 offender and you can find more information here.

More information on sex offenders can be reached here.

The individual who appears on this notice has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the sheriff’s office in the county of their residence.

Further, their previous criminal history and circumstances of the crime(s) place them in a classification that reflects their potential to reoffend.

This sex offender has served the sentence imposed upon him by the courts and has advised the King County Sheriff’s office that he she will live at the listed location. He is not wanted by local police at this time.

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. The Lake Forest Park Police Department has no legal authority to direct or restrict where a sex offender may / may not live. Unless court-ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.

Citizen abuse of this information to harass or intimidate sex offenders will not be tolerated and could end law enforcement’s ability to provide such information to the public.


Job Seekers' Roundtable Friday

Meet the Recruiter: Michelle Moore-Hicks, Advantage Sales and Marketing

All Ages Encouraged to Attend: This Friday features special guest, Michelle Moore-Hicks from Advantage Sales and Marketing.

Longer term, temporary positions await those who are looking for 20-25 hr p/wk employment. Event specialists can testify to its fun, decent pay (up to $12 p/hr), and good hours. There are over 30 positions that need to be filled immediately in our area. If you like people, communicate well (there are many at Roundtable who fit this description!), and want some great customer service experience, do not miss hearing what it’s all about this Friday, and handing off your resume/ application to Michelle.

As always, the Conversation Starter blend of coffee, hot green tea, and light snacks accompany the presentation.

Job Seekers' Roundtable at Shoreline Community College, 16161 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, Building 5000, Room 5116 (Ground Floor), Every Friday, 1:00-2:30pm


Photo: Christmas lights

Ridgefield Road in Innis Arden
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Seems like there are more lights this year than in a long time. Lee Lageschulte took this photo on Ridgefield Road in Innis Arden. She says there are a lot of beautifully decorated homes there.

We welcome your photos of holiday decorations in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park - send them in jpg or png format to


Indoor Farmers' Market brings out crafts and crowds

Craft booths in the lower hallways
Photo by Carl Dinse

By Diane Hettrick

It actually wasn't too crowded at the Lake Forest Park Commons Indoor Farmers' Market on Sunday, December 14 2014. You could still get to the tables and talk to the vendors. But it was a bustling event.

JonBoy Caramels
hand made caramels in gift packs
Photo by Jerry Pickard

If you missed it, watch for it next year. The Indoor Markets are mid-month November and December.

Valerie Wall
Whitehorse Meadow Farms
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The upper level in The Commons had food vendors. Some were selling produce as they usually do, and some were selling food gifts. Seems like every year there are more vendors and these were choice.

Olvera Design
Stained glass mosaic mirrors
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Downstairs, Santa was holding court and taking photos with children and the halls were filled with vendors. There were many jewelry makers on site as well as some unique displays such as the mosaic mirrors.

Photo by Jerry Pickard

Margo Wallen "Chief Cat Herder" sold cat themed products at her This Week in Cats booth.

Carl Dinse, WeatherWatcher
Photo by Kathryn
And, as promised, the Shoreline Area News team was on site at our favorite table on the upper level. It was a lot of fun to talk to the people who stopped by and always interesting to meet contributors that we know only through email.


Swedish Edmonds names new Interim Chief Executive Officer

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jennifer Graves
Interim CEO
Swedish Edmonds
Swedish Health Services announced this week it has appointed Jennifer Graves, chief executive officer (CEO) of Swedish Ballard, as the interim CEO of Swedish Edmonds. Graves will begin work in her new role on Jan 1, 2015, with the retirement of current CEO David Jaffe.

In her new role, Graves will lead all administrative and clinical operations at Swedish Edmonds. She will also continue to serve as CEO of Swedish Ballard, where she has spent more than five years successfully leading work to revitalize the campus through quality, safety, operational and facility improvements. Graves continues to be one of the institutions most respected nurse executives.

Graves began her local career in health care more than 25 years ago at the University of Washington Medical Center and worked as a board certified nurse practitioner for two decades. Prior to her tenure at Swedish, she served on the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Graves has been a professor in the nursing programs at both Seattle Pacific University and Northwest University.

Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area.


SC Hip Hop Team takes First on Saturday

Shorecrest team takes First at Interlake

The Shorecrest Varsity Hip Hop Team began their competition season this past Saturday at the Interlake High School Dance/Drill Invitational. The team took First Place with Union HS taking second and Tumwater HS finishing third.

The team hopes to do well at State again this year and go to Nationals in Orlando, Florida! The team consist of 17 students led by co-captains Wendy Luu and Kevin Chhoom.

To help with fundraising, the team's annual dance showcase, "Physical Poetry," is on January 9 and 10, 2015 at the Shorecrest Theater.

Come support the team and watch some amazing professional dance companies from Tango, Tahitian, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Salsa, and more. Tickets are $15 advance purchase and $18 at the door. You are encouraged to purchase your tickets early as last year was sold out.


Words worth: litany

litany \LIH-tuh-nee\ noun
1 : a prayer consisting of a series of invocations and supplications by the leader with alternate responses by the congregation
2 a : a resonant or repetitive chant *b : a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration c : a sizable series or set

"Litany" came to English through Anglo-French and Late Latin, and ultimately from the Greek word "litaneia," meaning "entreaty." A "litany" refers literally to a type of prayer in which a series of lines are spoken alternately by a leader and a congregation.

Recent decades have seen the development of three figurative senses. The chant-like quality of a literal litany led to the "repetitive chant" sense. Next, the repetitious nature of the original litany led to the "lengthy recitation" sense. Finally, the "lengthy recitation" sense led to the meaning "a sizable series or set."


Chamber Business of the Month: Recology Cleanscapes

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month: Recology Cleanscapes

Recology CleanScapes is an employee-owned company that serves eight cities locally and more than 115 along the west coast. We provide garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection in Shoreline, as well as recycling processing and street cleaning services.

Recology CleanScapes has contracted with the City of Shoreline since 2008 and has consistently been ranked the highest ranking public utility in the citizen satisfaction surveys conducted biannually.

2015 will bring positive changes and new programs, namely an Environmental Education Center and an Artist in Residence program. The Education Center will be located at our recycling facility and will welcome residents, school classes, youth groups, and community organizations to learn about recycling and how it is processed and sold.

The Artist in Residence program will provide a stipend to local artists who will make art using materials from the recycling facility. We look forward to this program highlighting the individual and collective value of items we throw away, as well as encourage reduction in consumption.

With a Waste Zero rallying cry, staff at Recology CleanScapes strive to educate customers about the financial and environmental benefits of recycling and composting. We continually work to provide a quality service while reducing garbage to make Shoreline cleaner, greener and more livable.

Recology CleanScapes is proud to be an active member of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce. If you have questions or would like to learn more, Erika Melroy is on the Chamber Board and regularly attends meetings.


Shorewood - Shorecrest game Wednesday to be streamed live

Wednesday night the Shorewood girls' basketball team hosts Shorecrest at 7:15pm in the first of their two scheduled games this season.

The game will be streamed live through the efforts of the Live Video Production Club of SC and SW, with teachers Trent Mitchell and Marty Ballew overseeing their efforts.

Students will be operating three stationary cameras and one portable camera, while others will be working in the studio at the School District office, serving as producers, directors, sound engineers and graphics coordinators.

This is the eighth year of games being aired to the community.

Frank Workman will be calling the action.

Thursday night the two schools'  boys' teams face off at 7:15, also in the Shorewood gym. There will be no webcast for it.


2014-15 District School Improvement Plans

By Marianne Deal Stephens

Every year, the Shoreline School District releases updated School Improvement Plans (SIPs) for every school in the district.

The state superintendent's office (OSPI) explains that “School Improvement is a continuous process schools use to ensure that all students are achieving at high levels . . . each school district receiving state basic education funds MUST develop a school improvement plan or process based on a self-review of the school’s program.” See website 

Why should parents care about SIPs? These plans might appear to be just another bureaucratic requirement that does not have a connection to the classroom. It is true that both creating and making sense of an SIP involves digestion of data: SIPs present student data by subject areas and demographic groups, and set goals for improvement.

However, a careful look at an SIP can give parents a big-picture sense of what happens at their student’s school. What needs have the staff identified? What means will be employed to address those needs? Whose responsibility are those means? What goals are behind the assignments and emphases in the classroom? Parents might discover some of the "why" behind the assignments and activities they hear about at home.

At the November 17 Shoreline School Board Meeting, Director of Teaching and Learning Teri Poff discussed the 2014-15 school improvement plans and Einstein Principal Stephanie Clark presented the plan for Einstein Middle School. The SIPs for district schools are similar but not identical; most schools discuss strategies to address achievement gaps, yet the means to address those varies. Each staff has autonomy to set achievement goals and select proven strategies to meet those goals.

This year, the SIPs come with a caveat. With Washington State changing to the Common Core State Standards and to a new “Smarter Balanced” testing system, setting targets for improvement is challenging since nobody knows how scores on the new tests will compare with scores on the old tests.

Given this difficulty, the District has come up with an overall guideline: if our district was higher than the state average on previous tests, we would like to be at least that same percentage above the state average on the Smarter Balanced tests.

Principal Stephanie Clark explained that Einstein Middle School emphasizes problem solving and perseverance, and has focused attention on achievement gaps with the intention of having an equitable learning environment for all students. Principal Clark described how every Professional Learning Community (teachers’ academic department in middle or high school, or grade cohort in elementary schools) focused on the new Common Core State Standards that include an emphasis on literacy across all subject areas. The staff will encourage all students to think, discuss, question, and problem-solve.

The new School Improvement Plans can be found via the “Schools” tab on the District website

Links to the School Improvement Plans in pdf form below.

Elementary Schools
K-8 School
Middle Schools
High Schools
Preschool/ Elementary Extended Day


Scammers target utility customers by phone, email and in-person visits

Seattle City Light wants to empower its customers to “Spot it, Report it, Stop it”

As temperatures continue to drop and the importance of keeping your home warm rises, scammers are taking full advantage of the situation by targeting utility customers; threatening to shutoff power unless payment is made to a fraudulent bill collector.

Seattle City Light is receiving 25 to 30 reports per week from customers targeted by such scams, often some of Seattle’s most vulnerable residents.

Scammers commonly target non-English speaking individuals, elderly and small business owners. They use phone calls, email, even home visits, posing as Seattle City Light employees. In the scam, they demand the customer’s financial and personal information in addition to payment with a pre-paid credit card (MoneyPak/GreenDot) or else the customer will face an immediate shutoff of service.

Seattle City Light does not call, email or visit customers demanding immediate payment to avoid shutoffs. Anyone who falls behind on payments will receive at least two written notifications before the shutoff process starts.

Additionally, City Light employees will never need to enter your home to conduct any kind of test

If someone claiming to be from City Light approaches you at home and asks for personal or financial information, requests to enter your home, or cannot provide you with employee identification, immediately shut your door, secure your home and call 911.

If a customer suspects a scam attempt or has any questions regarding their bill, City Light urges them to call a customer service representative at 206-684-3000.

City Light is taking a proactive approach toward stopping scams through its “Spot It, Report it, Stop it,” scam prevention campaign.

To learn more about how you can end scams, see this website. The website offers various resources for customers to protect themselves and their family and friends from scams.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.


Photo: Before the storms

Photo by Mary Igl

Taken on December 7 before the big wind storms blew in.


Rep. Kagi reappointed to Chair Early Learning and Human Services Committee

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington State Legislative Support Services
Rep. Ruth Kagi, a nationally recognized leader on early learning, has been reappointed to chair the House Early Learning and Human Services committee for the 2015 session.

Since first coming to the state legislature in 1999, Kagi’s focus has been on improving early learning opportunities and quality child care options for children and families, strengthening the state’s foster care system, and reducing child poverty. 

In recent years Rep. Kagi has fought to preserve these safety net and foster care programs that keep children and families off the streets. 

“The Great Recession has had a devastating impact on Washington’s most vulnerable – children, single mothers, those with disabilities, and the elderly,” Kagi said. 
“Poverty and child homelessness have increased significantly in the last five years. It’s time to recognize the devastating effect the recession and budget cuts have had on our families, schools, and communities.”

Rep. Kagi has also focused her efforts on building and expanding quality childcare and early learning programs in our state, and was recently honored by the Early Learning Action Alliance with the Gold Crayon Award

“We know that almost half our state’s children arrive at kindergarten unprepared to succeed,” Kagi said. Quality early learning can change the trajectory of a child’s life, but Washington invests less than one cent of each tax dollar on early learning. We can’t afford to keep missing this window of opportunity. All Washington’s children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed.”

In addition to her chair position, Rep. Kagi will also serve on the Appropriations committee.


County Council takes action on homeless encampments

Renewing legislation while maintaining commitment to find long-term stable housing for homeless individuals

The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday, December 8 unanimously approved an ordinance renewing and extending the ability to locate homeless encampments in unincorporated King County for the next 10 years.

The ordinance, proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine and sponsored by Councilmember Rod Dembowski, adds new provisions for community notice and enforcement of health and safety codes. The ordinance also acknowledges that encampments are far from an ideal solution to address homelessness in King County, but a necessary reality to protect some of the County’s most vulnerable residents.

“This is an ordinance my colleagues and I hoped we would never have to consider, but the unfortunate reality is that homelessness is still a serious issue in this county,” said Dembowski. “We must renew our commitment to end this systemic problem with every tool at our disposal.”

Since 2005, King County has worked in partnership with the Committee to End Homelessness to implement the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and address root causes.

While Monday’s action is evidence that homelessness has not ended in King County, the effort has successfully funded 5,685 new units of permanent housing, and supports 2,763 emergency shelter units and 2,638 transitional housing units.

Despite these efforts, in January, during the annual One Night Count for Homeless, volunteers located 3,123 individuals living without shelter in King County.

“In every part of King County, people are struggling with homelessness. By renewing this ordinance, the King County Council is acknowledging that we have much more work to do to ensure that no one sleeps outside,” said Alison Eisinger, Executive Director of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. 
“For years, organized tent cities in King County have successfully provided individuals and communities an alternative to people surviving on their own outside. They offer important additional measures of safety and stability, as well as opportunities for concerned members of the public to learn about and take action on homelessness by helping neighbors. 
"Living in tents is an interim means of survival. As we approach the annual One Night Count of people who are homeless outside, the Coalition on Homelessness calls on community members and elected officials across King County to redouble the needed public investments so that no woman sleeps under a bridge, no man on a bench, and no child in a car in King County.”

The ordinance includes an amendment from Dembowski which aims to strengthen King County’s commitment to end homelessness. The amendment requires the County Executive to prepare two reports. The first report examines what it would take to develop one or more micro-housing communities, such as Quixote Village in Olympia, and the second would analyze the availability of appropriate County-owned land that could be used for micro-housing communities.

“My goal is to identify long-term stable housing and put an end to the ongoing cycle of temporary and emergency shelters,” Dembowski said. “Innovative housing projects that are better options for both the homeless and the taxpayer are being implemented throughout the country, and we need to seriously consider these ideas.” 


Dockside Cannabis opens recreational marijuana Store in Shoreline

Dockside Cannabis in Shoreline

New recreational marijuana store, Dockside Cannabis, opened their doors to those 21+ for their Grand Opening on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Dockside Cannabis' first store is located at 15029 Aurora Ave N in Shoreline. They feature a wide array of cannabis products as well as local glass and other paraphernalia.

Store Managers

Dockside Cannabis is owned by the same founders of Dockside Co-op, located in Fremont, founded in 2011. Dockside Co-op was one of the first dispensaries in the nation to receive the Patients First Certification from Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and winner of Seattle Weekly’s reader voted Best of Seattle the past three years.

Now that I-502 has been implemented, Dockside is opening up to the fun, recreational aspect of marijuana and is opening a recreational store as well in Shoreline.

15029 Aurora Ave N
 “We have an opportunity to put a brand new face on what people associate with marijuana and I hope that we can bring in those who haven’t found a cannabis store they feel comfortable in just yet.  
‘Living Dockside’ is all about getting out into the natural playgrounds that surround us and experiencing the beautiful Pacific Northwest,” said Maria Moses, Director of Dockside Cannabis.

Dockside Cannabis is a Washington State Licensed (I-502) retail store that provides cannabis products and associated accessories to residents and visitors of Washington State who are 21 years of age or older.

Dockside Cannabis offers customers a reliable selection of high-quality products in a comfortable, professional setting, where our commitment to sustainable operations is demonstrated by exemplary business practices that protect people and the environment.


Aurora Square Renewal open house and public meeting Thursday

Land parcels in the Aurora Square

Aurora Square Public Meeting
Thursday, December 18, 5-6:45 pm

City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N

Open House for Aurora Square Community Renewal Area Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement.

Learn about the City's initial findings for handling transportation, stormwater, and other impacts caused by the renewal of Aurora Square.

Questions? Steve Szafran, 206-801-2512 or Dan Eernissee, 206-801-2218.


In The Garden Now… Evergreen Huckleberry

Evergreen Huckleberry Shrub
Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

Talk about an easy to grow beautiful shrub for your garden... this is it! Evergreen Huckleberry is native to the Pacific Northwest. It grows beautifully in full shade to full sun, has lustrous evergreen leathery leaves, and produces clusters of whitish pink bell shaped flowers in spring that turn to small tasty blackish fruits in late summer and fall. Those berries that aren’t eaten in the garden by wildlife or hungry family members make their way into mini muffins at our house. 

When an ancient big leaf maple tree split and fell, the rotting stump that was left behind became home to a new huckleberry plant. We broke down the heart of the stump so we could slip in a small plant to be nursed by the rotting wood. The young huckleberry thrives on its maple host or ’nurse log’ and regularly produces a fine crop of berries. 

In the sun evergreen huckleberry stays smaller at around 3 to 5 feet. In its native forests under ideal growing conditions such as those on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas it may reach 15 feet high. The plants are very forgiving when it comes to pruning.

I prune our senior huckleberry plant back when it has been a little too ambitious with its growth. We maintain it at about 4 or 5 feet high and wide. Snipped branches that have begun to intrude on neighboring plants or a garden path are often added to flower arrangements where they hold up admirably.  

Gorgeous foliage, lovely spring flowers, and delicious berries … What a multi-talented garden plant!

Botanical Name:  Vaccinium ovatum

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 20 years.  


On the Mayor's Mind - 12-15-2014

Shari Winstead
Mayor of Shoreline
On the Mayor’s Mind 12-15-2014

First, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Mayor, and to share my thoughts and opinions in this column. 

It’s been a truly wonderful experience. I have appreciated hearing from those who have been kind enough to make comments on my columns, or tell me when we meet at the grocery store, or a City meetings, and specifically thankful to those who have taken the time to send me an an e-mails.

You continue to inspire me. I hope that my columns have helped to inform you, possibly even inspire you, and at best, to cause you to pause and reflect.

I will end this year with a continued feeling of gratefulness, for all the people in my life, my good health, interesting careers, love, kindness and the ability to see the positive side, even through challenging times.

Now it is time to recharge in order to prepare for all that 2015 is sure to bring. Council meetings are finished for the year, but there will continue to be the daily reading of e-mails, articles and  information to help inform and educate us, as we prepare for many exciting projects and decisions next year.

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday, and look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Best wishes,
Mayor Shari Winstead
City of Shoreline


Registration for the 2015 season of Richmond Little League now open

The Ravens win the league championship

Richmond Little League is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 18. We will field teams in baseball for boys and girls and also girls’ softball. Any player registered before February 7 is guaranteed a place on a team.
  • If you register your player before January 1, 2015 you will receive a $10 discount. 
  • Player evaluations (for ages 8 and above). There are three time slots to choose from during registration. Evaluations will be held on February 7, 2014 at Meridian Park. 
Register for the year at Richmond Registration.

Other important dates:
  • January clinics will be held on selected Saturday mornings for registered players.  More information about these free clinics will be made available soon.
  • Parent Meeting during the week of February 23 for Minor (including Kid Pitch), Majors, 90’ baseball and Softball.  There is another Parent Meeting for Tee Ball and Coach Pitch division in March.
  • Annual Jamboree and Hit-a-Thon on May 2rd
When you are registering your player please keep in mind that Richmond Little League is a volunteer organization. Throughout the year our volunteers put in countless hours to give your player a safe and enjoyable environment. We can use and would like any and all help that you can provide. During the registration page you are asked to fill out your information (name, address, etc.). At the bottom is a little box asking about volunteering. Take a moment to consider what you may be able to help with. Selecting this box does not tie you into anything but allows us to let you know about opportunities during the season where you may help the kids of Shoreline.

Contact John Lynch for more information.


145th Station Committee: report on panel discussion on property values and taxes in station rezone areas

By Robin Lombard, Co-chair 145th Street Citizens Committee

More than 80 people (including two council members and a member of the planning commission) showed up for this panel discussion – quite a big turnout for the holiday season. I think that shows just how important this issue is to many Shoreline homeowners.

Each of the three volunteer panelist groups gave a short presentation. We had more than an hour of Q/A before closing the meeting at 8:45.

My top takeaways:

From the King County Assessor’s Office representative Philip Sit, I learned that rezoning alone will not necessarily increase my property taxes. Taxes do not grow directly in proportion to the value of your property. There are a lot of variables involved, and assessment for tax purposes is a complex process. Also, almost 50% of our taxes in Shoreline are due to local assessments (schools, bond levies, etc.). We can all learn more about assessments here. His presentation will be posted on the city website soon (I’ll send out a link when they post it).

From Norm Strickland, who is an appraiser and principal at North Coast Realty Advisors, LLC, I learned that larger parcels of land will be worth more per square foot than smaller parcels. That is, a property is worth more if it is assembled with adjacent properties. That’s because a developer needs a relatively large parcel to build housing of the sort proposed in our neighborhoods (10,000 sq ft minimum for an apartment building). Norm did not have a formal presentation, but he spoke from a lifetime of living and working in the area.

From Henry Goss and Shelley Thompson of Windermere Shoreline, I learned that developers and investors are already buying up homes in the area. Their advice was to think about how things might come together in the future. A developer has to make a profit. It’s important to start understanding the process of how the neighborhood will change over time. 

Lots of people expressed their thoughts in the Q/A portion. The main themes I heard discussed:
  • How to prevent blight/ensure positive change? Hard to compare with other station areas
  • What happens to taxes when the city re-zones/ implements minimum density? Tax values are based on past sales prices
  • Is this an aggressive re-zone? Lots of discussion on this point – it was kind of a hot potato
  • What if neighbors don’t want to bundle property/sell with neighbors? No one knows the full implications
  • Why isn’t re-zone subject to a plebiscite (a direct vote by citizens)? Another hot potato

Volunteer Yoshiko Saheki did a great job recruiting the volunteer panelists and putting this together. She tried but was unable to convince a developer to be part of the panel.

The King County Assessor’s site has a lot of information and videos and will have a page in January that will allow us to see if/ when developers are applying for permits in the station areas.

Next up:

The 145th Station Subarea Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is set to be released in mid-January. There will be a 30-day comment period. There are several meetings where we can learn more (The 145thSCC will have two meetings to learn more about this and provide feedback to the city):
  • December 18: Planning Commission meeting (agenda item) - Outstanding Issues for 185th Subarea Plan and Planned Action. Updated developer codes will be discussed.
  • January 21: Community Forum (hosted by the Shoreline Preservation Society) at the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church at 14724 1st Ave, NE. This promises to be another lively panel session.
  • January 22: 145th SCC Jan meeting (7-9 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 17418 8th Ave, NE). Details to come.
  • February 5: Open house (hosted by 145th SCC) and Planning Commission meeting (6-9pm City Council Chambers). Details to come.


Shorecrest grad honored by national publication

Matt Ehrlichman
Photo courtesy Porch

So you have decided to remodel your home. You have the financing and you are ready to go. Now for the details. What contractors do you need? Who should you hire and where do you find them? You have some general ideas about space and design, but what about the details? What will get the most return on money spent?

Enter new startup company, with its home improvement app.
"Imagine Zillow, Angie’s List and Pinterest (because half the fun is posting photos of your completed projects) all wrapped up in one site." says Chief Marketing Officer Asha Sharma in an article by Caroline McMillan Portillo in Upstart Biz Journal.
Here's how the platform works, Sharma says, "After registering, users can see the cost and details of remodels on their own home. They can see photos of neighbors’ recent home improvement projects — including the actual cost — and see which professionals did the work. And they can peruse reviews of the 1.5 million professionals who’ve registered with the site."

With a Stanford degree and a previous, successful startup under his belt, Founder and CEO Matt Ehrlichman knew what he was doing when he started Porch 14 months ago. With 25 employees working in the basement of his home, he was able to secure a $27.6 million Series A round of financing before the end of the first year, and a contract with Lowe's that put Porch in every one of the home improvement chain's 1,720 stores in the United States.

And now Matt Ehrlichman has been honored as the first to be selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by the national publication USA Today. See the video story here where Matt explains and demonstrates the site.

Now out of the basement of the home that Ehrlichman, a 1998 Shorecrest graduate, shares with his wife Alison, a 1999 Shorecrest grad, Porch has 200 employees in 30,000 square feet in a Seattle building. A partnership with allows app users to get the full history of any home they are interested in, including previous remodeling details.

The company is in rapid growth mode and Ehrlichman feels confident his team of professionals can handle it. In an article he wrote for Upstart, he says,
"Looking back on the previous year makes me realize that there is no such thing as “typical year” for a startup and the “right “ strategy lies in building on your strengths and assets and taking full advantage of the opportunities that come your way."

Ehrlichman is the son of Peter and Debi Ehrlichman of Lake Forest Park, where Matt was raised.

Corrected Asha Sharma's title 12-14-2014


Search suspended for missing Lake Forest Park man

Saturday, December 13, 2014

According to the Herald of Snohomish County,

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office dive team has ended its active search of Blackmans Lake for a missing 38 year-old fisherman last seen Nov. 6. 
After seven days, they were unable to locate the Lake Forest Park man, sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. The Snohomish Police Department, search and rescue personnel and volunteers will scan the lake periodically for signs of the victim, Ireton said.


Soulful Sounds of Christmas XXVI at SCC Monday Dec 22

Pat Wright
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:30pm Shoreline Community College – Pub. Maps

Put some high spirit in your holiday plans. The Soulful Sounds of Christmas XXVI concert has filled the Shoreline Community College campus with Christmas and Gospel Music sounds for the past twenty-six years.

Nichol Venee’ Eskridge

Performing this year for the twenty-fifth time is Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir along with the powerful soloist Nichol Venee’ Eskridge.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the outreach programs of Kingdom Community Worship and Outreach Center, a 501-c3 non-profit organization.

For tickets and more information, call 206-403-7859 or download the ticket order form and click on to the events link.

There is a small fee for parking on campus.


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