Crime in Shoreline week ending 12-7

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending December 7, 2017.

Trending: tagging (graffiti) incidents; domestic violence assaults and violations of court orders; DUI and impaired driver stops and arrests

Ongoing: mental issues, suicide attempts

12-01  Bicycles stolen from storage locker at Ballinger Commons.
12-04  Unknown subject climbed the walls of Royal Property Management on RB Road to get to the rooftop. Scratched graffiti and obscenities into plexiglas panels and damaged A/C unit.
12-04  North City Subway was robbed at gunpoint. Escaped with $247 in cash.
12-04  Residential burglary - cut screen from unlocked window on 2nd floor deck in back of house. Stole jewelry, money, and Metro bus passes.
12-04  Package stolen from front porch on Wallingford Ave.
12-04  Burglar stole iPad from Java Jane coffee stand in Goodwill parking lot.
12-05  Burglar smashed glass door at Kush Club in North City and stole trashbags full of marijuana.
12-05  Employee at Swedish Medical on RB Road stole cash and gift cards meant for employees.
12-05  5th grader texts classmate that she is suicidal for a prank. Classmate calls 911.
12-05  Burglary 165xx 27th NE.
12-06  Stolen vehicle was recovered, then stolen again a week later. DOL now reports it as sold.
12-06  Back door kicked in on abandoned house owned by Sound Transit.
12-06  Person stopped for bicycle violation and arrested on misdemeanor theft warrant.
12-07  Accidental overdose from snorting two Percoset. Transported to hospital.
12-07  Tools stolen from shed at Hamlin Park maintenance yard.
12-07  Burglary on 8th NW while owners out of town. Used step stool to enter unlocked window.
12-07  Equipment stolen from bed of truck.
12-08  Tools stolen from work van at Meadowbrook Apts.
12-08  CPS removed children from home after mother allegedly used drugs in front of them.
12-08  Woman upset about people smoking at transit center, takes videos of them and posts on YouTube.
12-09  Two subjects arrested after breaking into closed Taco Bell.


For the Birds: Whose woods are these...

Pileated Woodpecker (male) on root snag
Photo by Elaine Chuang
By Christine Southwick

I think I know…

Most birds locally, plus many other creatures, use trees for safe roosting spaces, especially during winter’s colder temperatures and wet weather.

Pileated Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Chestnut and Black-capped Chickadees all use holes in bigger trees here to nest, raise their young, and to sleep warmly and stay out of the damp cold

In return, they help keep the forests healthy by eating harmful bugs.

Hairy Woodpecker extracting bug out of branch stub
Photo by Elaine Chuang
If there is dense cover of native trees and shrubby habitat, a few Townsend’s Warblers and Yellow -rumped Warblers will stay in the area, especially if you supply non-frozen water, and suet.

I have a pair of Townsend’s Warblers that I often see in January-March— maybe they have migrated from Alaska, since our winters are milder and have more food than where they nest.

Coopers Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks also nest in our woods, and their successes depend on finding enough prey to feed their offspring-- voles, mice, and yes, birds. Most treed neighborhoods have resident Barred Owls which will eat mice and rats.

And those tall trees with denuded branches at their tops— those branches are the perches from which Merlins and Olive-sided Woodpeckers launch during their food forays. Save them, and you will be rewarded with great sightings.

Red-breasted Sapsucker using its sap holes.
Hummingbirds use them too. It doesn’t hurt live trees.
Photo by Elaine Chuang
Fox Sparrows and Varied Thrushes come to our wooded neighborhoods in the winter-time and then leave in the spring.

If you want them in your yard, you need lots of leaves (corners and under shrubs work well), and if you have a small clump of Himalayan Blackberries Fox Sparrows may stay even longer.

Actually all local sparrows like leaves, as do salamanders, and beneficial bugs.

Native Douglas Squirrels are only found in woods and forests— the more wild and mature, the better.

Townsend’s Warbler in woody brush.
Photo by Elaine Chuang
Some migrators, such a Willow Flycatchers, and many warblers depend on tree-top resting stops during their northern migration, so large tall trees in our own yards and in our parks and green spaces are vital all year round.

Then, we have many warblers that come to our woods in the spring for nesting and go back south for the winter.

Help create places for birds— keep trees, tall and short, evergreen and deciduous, live, partially alive, and even dead (habitat trees—you can create tall or short snags, or save logs.)

Let’s hear it for the BIRDS


Letter to the Editor: The folly of Shoreline Public Works

To the Editor:

Are you concerned about how Shoreline is using your tax dollars? Here’s an example of what is happening right now. If you don’t like it, you can help change it. The intersection at Linden and Firlands Way is being redesigned.

With the redesign, the taxpayer-funded rain garden has been almost completely destroyed to make way for more pavement. This has put a one-hundred year old Douglas fir and a 50 year old Western red cedar at risk. There has to be a walkway within a couple of feet of the trunks of these two trees. The required curb reaches more than halfway into the dripline before the sidewalk can even begin. The City is arbitrarily requiring a standard cement sidewalk be installed under these trees.

There will be one of two outcomes: 1) the trees will survive; the tree roots regrow to restore the tree’s anchor and break the sidewalk within the next ten years; taxpayers will pay to replace it, or 2) the trees will fail; taxpayers will pay to remove the trees and pay to replace them with “approved street trees” resulting in loss of more native tree canopy caused by a City which professes to preserve and protect our canopy.

There is a third alternative. Since taxpayers will have to spend money on this redesign either way, why not make it a win-win-win for the walkway, the trees, and the taxpayers and install an alternative walkway? Doesn’t it make sense to invest a small amount now for the long-term benefits of avoiding the cost of cement sidewalk replacement and/or the trees?

Contractors will be compacting the soil (and the tree roots) beginning Monday at 7AM. If you think this is a poor use of your tax dollars please tell City Council members now. It’s your money.

Boni Biery

Council Members

City Manager
City Engr


Christmas Lights: 13th NW

Christmas Lights - same house - not that you can tell - three different views


Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Cascade Brass Dec 21

Celebrate the Winter Solstice
with Cascade Brass
Thursday, December 21, 7pm
Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a free concert by our local Cascade Brass Quintet.

The group consists of two trumpets, a French horn, a trombone and a tuba. 

Enjoy winter music such as Over the River, Let it Snow and Sleigh Ride, as well as Hanukkah music and Christmas Music.

Take a break from the holiday rush and join us!


Washington's Most Wanted - last known to be living in Lake Forest Park

Nguyen Vo was last known to be living
in Lake Forest Park
Photos courtesy Washington's Most Wanted
From Washington's Most Wanted by David Rose


Seattle Police say Nguyen Vu is being investigated by the department’s Elder Abuse Unit and detectives are asking for your help to locate her.

Police say she met a 61 year old man when they were both in the Overlake psych ward.

They were released on the same day and he told her she could stay at his house that night because she had nowhere else to go.

The next morning, he missed a follow up psych appointment, so officers went to the home where they found him unresponsive in his bed and rushed him to Harborview. He died nine days later and then the administrator of his estate told police that Vu had spent more than $8,000 on the victim’s ‘Amazon’ account.

“Here’s a guy that lets her stay at his apartment, takes her in. Probably shares food. Who knows. She doesn’t care,” said Ret. Det. Myrle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. “But, the fact remains that as soon as he’s out of the picture, then she jumps on the computer and starts stealing him blind.”

Prosecutors have charged Vu with felony identify theft. She also has a warrant for DUI and for another for theft.

She’s 28 years old, 5’5″ and weighs 120 pounds.

Detectives say she was last known to be living in Lake Forest Park.

If you can tell detectives where to find her, use the P3 Tips App on your phone, or call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and get the cash reward of up to $1,000, or submit a tip online.


Sandy Hook Memorial ceremony

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Kristen Nyquist reads a poem
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown CT, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six adults, was remembered at a ceremony in Shoreline.

State Rep. Ruth Kagi spoke about
commons sense gun regulation
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The local chapter of “Moms Demand Action for gun sense in America" met at Briarcrest Elementary, 2715 NE 158th St, 98155, to donate and dedicate a small tree in honor of the victims.

Shoreline Moms Demand Leader Ian Taylor welcomed the attendees. Briarcrest Principal Jonathan Neesan spoke on A Principal’s View.

Shoreline Moms Demand member Kristen NyQuist read a poem.

32nd District State Representative Ruth Kagi spoke on Common Sense Gun Legislation.

Participants placed ornaments and rang a bell
in honor of each victim of the shooting
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The names of the victims were called and a bell sounded, as Moms' members placed commemorative ornaments on the tree.

The Moms Demand finished the ceremony by singing the song: “Keep Them Safe”.


End of the Year Wine Clearance Sale at North City Bistro & Wine Shop

North City Wine Shop
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Ray Bloom at North City Bistro and Wine Shop decided to clear out the "stragglers" - the few bottles of each variety that were left at the end of the year.

He put them in cases on a mix and match basis and offered them to his regular customers at a reduced price.

It worked beyond his expectations.

I sold all of the stragglers, but had so many more requests for cases, I reached out to my reps, and found some Amazing Deals on wines they are trying to close out before January 1. 
I brought in a number of more cases, and these wines are even better deals, with most discounted between 25-50%. 
All cases are $120, but the value of each case is worth at least $150-$250 or more!!

If you are interested, give Ray a call at 206-365-4447 or email or go into the shop, 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155. Check the website for open hours.

This deal will continue through the holidays, so feel free to take advantage -- or you can buy a gift certificate for that Special Stocking Stuffer!

We are about to begin our fifth year here, and it has been a pleasure getting to know all of you!!!


Letter to the Editor: Post Office central location will better serve residents and businesses

To the Editor:

The unexpected closure of the North City Post Office is jolting to those of us who live on or close to the 15th Ave NE arterial, since it provides easy access to this mail station from the south NE 145th border of Shoreline to its north border at NE 205th for both residents and businesses.

However, with the closure many years ago of the Richmond Beach Post Office substation, the current location of the North City PO is inconvenient for those living west of Aurora Ave. Since this PO must serve everyone in Shoreline, moving the location of this PO to better serve all businesses and residents in our city is advisable.

The temporary move to Gateway Plaza means easier access from almost every neighborhood in the city, north to south, and east to west, and especially to Aurora Ave. businesses. A permanent move to a location that also serves all of us in Shoreline is a preferable solution.

So while we who now live close to the current PO location will lose some convenience, the move will hopefully be of benefit for all of Shoreline.

Gini Paulson


Scene on the Sound: the work goes on

Photo by Jan Hansen

It's a gray day on the sound but work goes on. This is another research vessel, Seafreeze America. In the background is the little tug, Swinomish, is slowing taking logs from Everett to Tacoma. At less than 2 knots per hour, it will be a long journey.

--Jan Hansen


Lake Forest Park finalizes purchase of 5 Acre Woods - now to pay for it

5 Acre Woods

In September, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) accepted the City of Lake Forest Park’s $1 million purchase offer for two adjoining, undeveloped parcels near the intersection of 40th Place NE and 45th Place NE, at approximately the 19000 block.

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the City took ownership of the 5.6 acres known as "5 Acre Woods.".

In partnership with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation, planning is underway to create an urban forest park with trails and an outdoor education space.

The city borrowed from a capital improvement budget to make the purchase and will be paid back with donations.

Grants, pledges, and donations now account for roughly two-thirds of the million dollar cost, including more than $500,000 in grants awarded from King County. The City will seek funding from the state.

During the final push to encourage the City to purchase the forest, the Stewardship Foundation made an agreement to raise funds for the shortfall. If these funds are not raised by late 2018, the City could put a portion of the land up for sale for sale for development.

The Stewardship Foundation reached its first fundraising goal and is now calling for the pledges to come in.

They have expressed great appreciation for the support of the community and are asking for continued financial and volunteer support to help make the park a reality. 
"We have raised over $135,000 to date" and "will need more individual donations to help meet the shortfall."

The Stewardship website has contact information, suggestions for raising funds, and information for making donations, including an online donation site.

Volunteer work parties will begin soon to remove invasive ivy from the trees in the park. They will provide tools and training. If you'd like to join in, email the Stewardship Foundation to join the volunteer list.


Christmas Lights: 11th NE

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

16900 block of 11th NE - another full out display


On the (retired) Mayor’s Mind

Friday, December 15, 2017

Shari Winstead and
Chris Roberts
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
A reception was held on Monday, December 11, 2017 to honor Shari Winstead, who is retiring from the Shoreline City Council after eight years.

By Deputy Mayor Shari Winstead

I was humbled and grateful that so many people took time out of their Monday evening to attend my retirement reception.

My service to you, the citizens of Shoreline, as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and a City Councilmember over the last eight years has been one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of my life.

When I launched my campaign in 2009 against an incumbent, many thought it was very unlikely I would win. Hard work, listening to people and engagement in our community proved different.

Prior to running I was deeply involved in the Shoreline community. It was that engagement that caused people to ask me to run for office, which was very flattering – especially since I had never dreamed of doing so. However, I wanted to see our City move in a more progressive, positive manner. I wanted Shoreline to be known as the City with a cohesive council that got things done. So I took on the challenge.

Campaigning was tough. I doorbelled 10,000 homes and raised about $25,000. But campaigning is completely different than the job of an elected official. Even though I had served on several boards, including the neighborhood association, becoming a “policymaker” – which ultimately determines how we will fulfill the citizens' vision of the City - while also balancing a busy full-time job and a family - gave me a run for my money. My natural characteristics of being organized, a planner, and optimistic were put to the test.

Some of the people who came for the reception
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
I served as Mayor through the most contentious time Shoreline has ever seen, the rezone of the land around our future light rail stations.

Trying to predict and plan for the changes that will come to our area in the future was a challenge – and our Council worked diligently and consistently on this issue for five years prior to the final hearings.

Despite our doing our best to inform people of the rezone process with postcards, letters, e-mails, Currents and door-to-door canvassing, most people did not become engaged until the end of the process when flyers stating the Council was coming to get your property – an absolute lie - were posted in neighborhoods.

While I appreciate that people were engaging in the process, most were confused and/or angry, having been misled. Many were happy that we were planning for the growth that would inevitably happen, and were doing our best to limit that growth to areas that would be served by light rail.

Will Hall's tribute to Shari
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
I wrote many articles that were published in the Shoreline Area News during that time, (On the Mayor's Mind) trying to explain what was happening. I read and responded to hundreds of letters and comments, listened to members of the public speak (often swearing and screaming) at Public Comment at City Council meetings.

The comments were important. However, the disrespect made it hard to truly hear the content. 

Unfortunately, public comment is not a town hall forum, so Councilmembers are not allowed to respond to those comments. I learned a valuable lesson that I will forever carry with me.

If you want someone to hear you, be respectful and calm. Whether it’s a co-worker, your spouse, your kids, a neighbor or an elected official – it’s much easier to hear when you are not feeling defensive.

I can be as passionate as they come, and sometimes voice-raising comes with passion, but not disrespect. Every elected official on the Shoreline City Council was doing their best to balance both the needs of our region, the needs of our citizens, and the needs of our planet.

Capturing our future growth near the light rail stations would mean fewer cars on the road, lessening our carbon footprint. Rezoning those areas near the light rail stations for multi-story housing would mean preserving at least 80% of our single family neighborhoods.

For this little guy, she's not the Mayor,
she's Grandma
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Most surprising were people who claim to be environmentalists yet did not understand the logic of the rezone (and ironically continued to waste valuable resources (trees!) printing flyers and signs protesting the rezone).

After extensive Council meetings, some going past midnight, the legislation passed in March 2015. I couldn’t have been happier – happy that the work was done and we had adapted many changes proposed by citizens. And happy that my term as Mayor would soon be over. Those two years probably aged me by 20. I knew the work was incredibly important to the future of our City, and had no regard for the personal sacrifice it required of me. I was simply doing my job.

As I said, the past eight years have been the best and the most challenging. Although the rezone will always be the issue that I will remember the most, there were so many other accomplishments that make me proud.

The most important in my mind was bringing forth the healthy city initiative to our citizens. A healthy city is not just about food and exercise, but also about bringing our community together. The Farmers’ Market, the Monster Mash Dash, Community Gardens and the restructured Celebrate Shoreline festival are just a few of the things that we started in Shoreline during my term.

2017 Council poses for their last photo together
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

We also worked to make our City safer by increasing patrols and supporting the needs of our police department, including the remodel of City Hall so the police department can be housed with all other City services. Besides having the space now needed, the presence of our police department in City Hall will help keep our employees safe. The traffic safety program was in full swing, and many of us saw new stop signs and other traffic calming measures put in place that make our streets safer.

Shoreline is a better place now than it was when I took office. But as I said on Monday evening, that is not because of me alone. I was privileged to work with other councilmembers who believed in working together through adversity, to do our best for the citizens. Our Council was supported by smart, dedicated staff members who would do the research and analysis and provide us a recommendation – recommendations that were often challenged and changed. Council would always receive a respectful thank you from the staff that had worked so hard – even if our final decision was completely different from their recommendation. All signs of true professionals.

Shari Winstead, Mayor,
Deputy Mayor, Councilmember,
Community Volunteer
I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone in Shoreline. While we may or may not have agreed on every issue, we have one thing in common, our love of this very special City. After serving as one of the caretakers and policy makers for the last eight years, and intimately understanding how things get done, I know that without a doubt we are the best. I will always be proud to say I am from Shoreline (just north of Seattle!)

I hope to see you soon in one of our beautiful parks, walking the nature trails or picking up groceries!

Prior to being elected, Councilmember Winstead served on the Shoreline Parks Board, co-chaired the Shoreline Parks, Trails and Open Space bond committee, was a founding member of ShoreDog and a lead in creating the Shoreview Off-Leash Area, a board member of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary club, a member of the King County Partnership for Youth Justice, a board member of the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association, and served on several City advisory boards. You can now find her at home waiting for her new puppy, reading a book, at a yoga studio or riding her bike with her husband Stan.


Calling all high school Juniors to Evergreen State

Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs (separate, one week camps) sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

Evergreen State aims to simulate and emulate Washington State government through a fun and engaging summer program for high school juniors (rising seniors).

Participants will have an opportunity to construct local, county and state governments. Activities include running for office, court proceedings, creating and enforcing laws, pizza parties, a talent show, celebrations, and recreational programs.

You’ll hone your public speaking skills, experience how government works, get inspired by guest speakers, have fun and make new friends for life.

Boys: EBS will be held at the Warm Beach Conference Center, Stanwood, Washington, x 1 week (camp), from June 17-23, 2018.

Girls: EGS will be held (tentatively) at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, x 1 week (camp), from June 10-16, 2018.

If you know of a relative, friend or neighbor who will complete their Junior year of high school in 2018, please encourage them to check out these websites for details.

It is a one-of-a-kind workshop and learning opportunity, unique in the nation …. since 1935 (83 years, and counting).

It will challenge students to grow, improve, and achieve - while preparing them for the responsibilities of adulthood.

Teaches leadership, governance and civics in a non-partisan manner.

Is hands-on, interactive, and fun!

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn additional college scholarships, create lifetime friendships, and add an important milestone to their resume.

For a list of famous / distinguished alumni, see Wikipedia

For additional assistance - including scholarship opportunities (sponsors) to attend EBS / EGS - contact John Crawford, Recruiting Coordinator, EBS / EGS, American Legion Post 234 - Mountlake Terrace 206-542-8952.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: What do you want for Christmas

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


DUI arrests increase in King County during 2017

State Patrol trooper processing drunk driver
Photo courtesy WSP
Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers have arrested a much higher number of DUIs in comparison to last year.

The total number of arrests through the end of November went from 1,999 in 2016 to 2,565 in 2017 in King County alone.

This is an increase of 566 arrests which is over 22 percent.

Staffing levels have increased over 2017 as the WSP is able to hire, train and commission new troopers who can join the others in looking for and apprehending impaired drivers.

Another factor is the continued dedication and hard work by troopers intent on making the roads safer for travelers. This effort has directly affected the reduction of collisions in 2017 by 6 percent.

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit allows troopers
to process drivers on the spot
The Washington State Patrol would like to remind drivers to make good choices throughout this holiday season and beyond.

The Mobile Impaired Driving Unit will be deployed to efficiently process DUIs and extra troopers will be patrolling the roadways to remove impaired drivers.
Enjoy the holidays and be safe.  
Most importantly, NO IMPAIRED DRIVING!


Politics: Frockt says that State Senate majority Democrats must start by passing capital budget

State Sen. David Frockt, D-46
Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, NE Seattle
Vice-Chair, Senate Ways and Means
By Evan Smith

Democratic State Sen. David Frockt, D-46 says that passing a state capital budget should be the first order of business for the new Democratic majority in the State Senate when the legislature reconvenes in January.

The capital budget, supported by the state’s bonding authority, pays for government buildings and other projects such as, 
  • a roof replacement at Shoreline Community College, 
  • the International Community Health Services project in Shoreline, 
  • the McKinnon Creek Wellfield infrastructure improvements in Lake Forest Park, 
  • dental clinic capacity grants, and 
  • grants for buildings at schools and colleges, 
  • flood-control facilities and 
  • early learning facilities.

During the 2017 legislative session, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a capital budget, but the Republican-controlled Senate held up the capital budget over a fix to a State Supreme Court decision on water rights.

A Democratic victory in a November special election gave Democrats a 25-24 majority.

The switch to a Democratic majority makes Frockt the lead vice chairman for the capital budget on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. 
Frockt said early this week, “Passing a capital construction budget is very important for our state.”

Then, Thursday, after Gov. Jay Inslee announced a proposed capital construction budget for 2018, he added this:

“I share the governor’s urgency in passing a long-delayed construction budget. His construction budget proposal rightly builds upon an agreement on a construction budget last July that has yet to receive a vote in the Senate.
“It’s time now for the Legislature to pass a construction budget based on the July 18 agreement and address our urgent infrastructure needs and make important investments in school construction, housing and mental health. As the Senate’s lead negotiator on this matter, I will be pushing for early action when the Legislature convenes in January.”

Frockt represents the 46th Legislative District, including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northeast Seattle. In addition to his place on the Ways and Means Committee, he is a member of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and the committee on human services and corrections.


Christmas Ship visit in Lake Forest Park open to the public

Coming to Lake Forest Park next Wednesday

Argosy Cruise Christmas Ship Festival, Wednesday, December 20 at Lyon Creek Waterfront Park

Park at City Hall, have cocoa with the mayor, then walk to the park for the show!

Lyon Creek Waterfront Park, 17337 Beach Dr NE, (next to the Civic Club) will be open for the public to enjoy the annual holiday celebration that has been part of the Northwest since 1949.

Enjoy the 20-minute choir performance and broadcast from the Christmas Ship starting around 7:55pm!

Before heading down to Lyon Creek Waterfront Park, stop by City Hall for some hot cocoa, apple cider, and cookies with Mayor Jeff Johnson from 7:00-7:30pm.

Parking will be available in front of City Hall, just a short walk from the park.


RakasaFit for Deep Core fitness and fun

Suzanna Davis
Belly dance and core fitness merge into “RakasaFit,” a fun and challenging workout and global community of feminine strength and movement.

Not only for belly dance enthusiasts, this class attracts people from a variety of interests, moving together to an energetic mix of Middle Eastern melodies and modern beats.

Fitness devotee and career belly dance professional, Suzanna Davis, founded RakasaFit, inspired by her love of dance and movement as a way to create healing and community, and supported by decades of experience and cross-disciplinary training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, African, and Middle Eastern dance with international instructors from Egypt and around the world.

Well received internationally, Suzanna’s RakasaFit classes are now offered in Shoreline’s Alive Juice Bar studio in Ballinger Village, Mercer Island Community Center, and soon other fitness outlets throughout the NW. 

Lunges, extensions, and other popular fitness moves are elegantly combined with powerful belly dance drills that demand full extension through the spine and deep engagement of core muscles. 

Belly dance is widely known to bring physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being, yet for some it remains an exotic curiosity. With a consistent format focused on the elemental shapes, vibrations, and energy points of this movement practice, Suzanna makes these benefits accessible to everyone. Although the movements and combinations are basic, the workout is nonetheless challenging, which enables participants of all levels and backgrounds to benefit.

“It's really amazing. I believe it's a huge help no matter what your fitness or dance goals are!” says Amber Swanger, a dedicated student.

Suzanna Davis is also known for her full scale shows such as Belly Dance Off, which has held 23 events in 8 venues across 3 cities since being founded in 2010. RakasaFit reflects the same spirit of quality, authenticity, personal growth, and global community in these events.

Classes are currently held on Tuesdays at 10:30am and Sundays at 12:00 Noon at Alive Juice Bar, 20226 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline 98155.


Post office finds a temporary home at Gateway Plaza

Post Office will be next to Toni and Guy
in Gateway Plaza
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
By Diane Hettrick

The North City Post Office, which has to vacate its building at 15th NE and NE 175th by the end of the month, has signed a lease for space at Gateway Plaza in Shoreline, 18336 Aurora Ave N, Ste 105.

Gateway Plaza is located on the east side of Aurora at NE 185th and contains Bartells, BECU, and several restaurants.

Midvale Ave N runs through the middle of the Plaza. There are access points to Midvale from N 185th, from N 175th in front of City Hall and from several points on Aurora.

The post office will be in a large space at the inside corner of the main building, next to Toni and Guy hair salon and cosmetology school.

All the services currently available at the North City Station will be available at the new location, including counter service and post office boxes.

The lease was effective December 12, 2017 and will be re-evaluated in six to 12 months.

They anticipate December 29 will be the last day of operation at the current North City Station location. 

At the public meeting, customer service managers asserted that they could move the entire operation in one day if they needed to.

The space is intended as a temporary location while the USPS real estate division continues to actively search for a long term solution as close as possible to the current North City location.

Looking south from 185th
Midvale Ave N goes through the Gateway Plaza
The Interurban Trail is in the foreground
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

USPS has already leased the Ballinger Portal site on Ballinger Way from the City of Shoreline to use for parking their delivery vans.

Employees will be able to park in the lot behind the Gateway building.

Midvale Ave N is in the foreground
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
USPS has selected a different site for the mail carriers to work out of, but are not ready to announce it because the lease has not been finalized.

USPS lost the North City location when the new owner of the land put it up for sale. The federal government owned the building but only had a lease on the land.

The lease was renegotiated several times, but the new buyer invoked a clause to end the current lease so they could begin construction of an apartment building on the site.


Christmas Lights: 10th NE

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

This display is on 10th Ave NE, at about 160th. Well worth visiting!


Ferguson to file legal challenge to Net Neutrality rollback

Photo by Janet Way in Aurora Village

Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement on Thursday's Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality.

"Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not. 
"Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country.
 "We are 5-0 against the Trump Administration because they often fail to follow the law when taking executive action. There is a strong legal argument that with this action, the federal government violated the Administrative Procedure Act — again.
"We will be filing a petition for review in the coming days. 
"Allowing internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open internet. Today’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation and small businesses. 
"I was proud to stand with Gov. Inslee yesterday when he announced that Washington state will step up to protect consumers in light of this disappointing federal action.  
"I commend him for his leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to that end."

From The Seattle Times article by Brian Fung:
"Consumers might not feel the effects of the decision right away. But eventually they could begin to see packages and pricing schemes that would steer them toward some content over others, critics of the FCC’s vote argued.
"For example, under the Obama-era rules, Verizon was not allowed to favor Yahoo and AOL, which it owns, by blocking Google or charging the search giant extra fees to connect to customers. Under the new rules, that would be legal, as long as Verizon disclosed it."


Cats: Eaton does have ears - and would like a home, please

Eaton does have ears - and snowy white feet
Born ~05/01/2009
Eaton is a wonderful, affectionate cat.

If you look at his photo, you will notice that he looks like his ears (or pinna) are missing. They are present and accounted for.

They are folded over due to untreated mites and bacteria. He has now received treatment and is ready for his new home.

He is very happy to sit near you, on the other side of the room or on your lap. He has a quiet meow and uses it when he is lonely; looking for his person.

His two favorite things in the world are dinner and breakfast. His third favorite thing is love.

Champion snuggler
He is a champion snuggler in bed. He will sleep on your head, at your feet or in a nearby cozy spot.

He grooms well, uses his litter box and enjoys his many beds in his foster home.

He is in a foster home - please email to arrange a meeting with this handsome fellow.

Commonly asked questions:
  • Does he like to be picked up? Not really, but is getting better as he gets to know his foster mom.
  • Is he litter box trained? Yes. No accidents. 
  • Does he like other cats? Yes. He is a benign companion. We suspect he will be a non-dominant male cat in his new home.
  • Is he FIV positive? Most likely. He has not been screened.
  • Is he healthy? Yes, he is.
More photos


Greenwood Santa

Sassy and Santa

Text and photos by Cynthia Sheridan

At the end of the summer, when most folks are thinking about football, and back-to-school, Steve Branam puts down his razor and begins the four month process of growing out his beard.

Come December, and after a few rounds of conditioner and a professional trim, Steve is ready for his annual Santa gig.

This journey began five years ago when Greenwood Windermere Realty invited Steve, a professional sewer pipe specialist, to play Santa for their customers.

They even loaned him a Santa suit. 

Since then, he has perfected his beard… and eyebrows! and now owns his own Santa suit.

Steve also prides himself on learning tidbits about visitors in advance so he can wow them with his ‘magical’ insight.

You may come across this Santa in many places around the north end, such as your local grocery store and a doctor’s office or two.

Be sure to admire his wonderful curly beard, which is sure to disappear in January.


Friday is enrollment deadline for health insurance to start Jan 1

Photo courtesy Office of the
Insurance Commissioner
From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Open enrollment for people buying their own health insurance ends January 15, 2018. Consumers looking for a health plan for themselves or their families should first visit Washington’s Exchange,

But don't delay - it may take a while to get on the site because it appears to be crashing under the last minute traffic.

The Exchange offers financial help with premiums and lower co-pays and deductibles to people who financially qualify. It’s also where people can see if they are eligible for free coverage through Apple Health, Washington state’s Medicaid program.

This year, the Exchange has two new consumers tools designed to help people find, review and enroll in the coverage that’s right for them:

  • A new app, WAPlanfinder creates a more mobile-friendly shopping experience.
  • Smart Planfinder helps people customize their choices based on the prescriptions they take, the number of doctor visits they expect to make in a year and their preferred providers and facilities.

Eleven insurers have been approved to sell 74 plans in the individual market this year. Seven insurers are selling plans inside the Exchange, and seven are selling outside of the Exchange. 

Coverage is the same if you buy directly from an insurance company, but to get help with your premium and lower cost-sharing, including deductibles, you must buy your health plan through the Exchange.

Cost-sharing subsidies are still available to people who qualify, despite President Trump’s announcement that he would stop paying insurers for providing the assistance. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are still required to offer them.

See all health insurers selling inside and outside of the Exchange and their rates by county.

Open enrollment in the Exchange runs until January 15, but you must select a plan by December 15 if you want coverage to start January 1, 2018.

Check your options first through Washington’s Exchange. It’s the only place to get help with your premium and lower co-pays and deductibles.
Make sure you know which providers and medical facilities are covered. This can change each year, so double-check before your enroll.

Approximately 330,000 people buy their own health insurance through the individual health insurance market.

Last year, more than 182,000 bought coverage through the Exchange and more than 113,000 received financial assistance.


Christmas Ship at Log Boom Park Monday Dec 18 - choir, hot cocoa and luminaria

Come enjoy the lights and caroling of the @ArgosyCruises Christmas Ships as they arrive at Log Boom Park’s luminaria-lit pier, Monday, December 18 at 8:25pm. Warm up with hot cocoa and cider from @DivaEspresso between 8 - 9pm and help launch paper lanterns as the ships depart.

The Christmas Ship Festival has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. People from near and far come together to sail on the Christmas Ship with the choir, join the flotilla on their own boat, or enjoy the choir performances from shore.

The ship, featuring the Pacific Sound Chorus, will depart from Kirkland City Dock, make their first stop at Juanita Beach Park at 7:20pm and visit Log Boom Park at 8:25pm for a 20-minute performance.

Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE, Kenmore

More information about the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival here


Run for the hills - Saturday run in Innis Arden

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Join the Richmond Beach Running Club on Saturday for a run down memory lane as they climb the hills of Innis Arden.

They'll meet in the parking lot of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177, at 8am. After warming up by running down to the RB Saltwater Park and back, They'll head off into the hills.

Here's the route. After the warm up;

  • take a right on 15th Ave NW.
  • at the stop sign, turn left on NW 188th St
  • at Springdale Ct NW (the next stop sign) turn right,
  • this road will now change names three or four times.
  • at 175th, either turn around or take a right.
  • if you keep going, turn right on Greenwood Pl N
  • at the next stop sign, turn right on 3rd.  
  • at the next sign you're at 175th and time to start reversing course.

Coffee afterwards at Richmond Beach Coffee Company, 1442 NW Richmond Beach Rd, Shoreline 98177.


Jump for Joy concert with Caspar Babypants Tuesday Dec 19

Jump for Joy Concert presented by Caspar Babypants.

Tuesday, December 19, 10:30am at Lake Forest Park Town Center, held on the Third Place Commons Stage.

Free family program, all ages welcome with adult.

Get ready to party with Caspar Babypants! Sing and dance along with one of the most popular children’s performers in the Northwest. This family concert features songs from the new album.


Get your kayak and go Christmas caroling on the Slough Saturday

Got a hand-powered watercraft and enjoy caroling? Join the Kenmore Waterfront Activity Center - KWAC on Saturday, December 16, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm for a fun and unique event on the Slough!

Squires Landing Park, 7353 NE 175th St, Kenmore.

For further information, email.


Christmas Ship at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

St. Luke choir sang to the crowd
at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

Argosy's Christmas Ship was at the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Wednesday evening. The Richmond Beach Community Association and the City of Shoreline sponsored the annual event.


There were free cookies, a large beach bonfire, and the Saint Luke School choir.

A beach bonfire sent sparks into the night sky

The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The ship is decorated with hundreds of Christmas lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. The Center for Spiritual Living choir sang a ship-to-shore medley of holiday songs.

Christmas ship and a decorated home

The Christmas Ship comes in close and stops for a program of Christmas carols with a different choir every year.

The full St. Luke choir

People didn't have to wait for the ship to hear a choir - the St. Luke choir sang a full program.


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