Nile Nightmares returns to deliver the screams again in 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Prepare to experience your worst nightmare as the Nile Shriners present their 7th annual haunted attraction, Nile Nightmares.

Screams will be heard across the county line from 12 terror-filled shows, including October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 31.

Shows run from 7pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 7pm to 10pm on Thursday and Sunday nights. Tickets are $20 or $28 for a faster VIP line and can be purchased online or on-site at the box office. Purchase tickets online. Special pricing will be available this year for Thursday shows.

Food and Fear Garden
Those who survive the various haunted houses will love catching their breath in the Food and Fear Garden. Exclusive Nile Nightmares merchandise and photo-ops will be available as well as plenty of food, sweets, and beverages (including frothy evil elixirs for our guests 21 and over).

Nile Halloween Family Funfest
Mark your calendars for the Nile Halloween Family Funfest on Sunday, October 29th. From 2pm to 5pm, the Nile Nightmares creatures retreat to their coffins, caves and crypts, allowing families to enjoy a much tamer haunted house experience. Admission is just $10 per child, parents/guardians get in free! Halloween candy awaits those children brave enough to experience the various haunted attractions.

New this year, a Trunk or Treat event with decorated vehicles and even more Halloween goodies. Enjoy bouncy houses, cotton candy, face painting, vendor booths, and plenty of great food.

Fright Light Night
Darkness sets the stage for the return of the ever-popular “Fright Light Night” on October 31st. On this final night of haunting, the Nile’s haunted grounds go pitch-black, leaving you with only your cunning and a special finger flashlight (available at the box office) to guide the way.

Nile Nightmares is a volunteer-driven, non-profit event benefiting the Nile Shriners.

The haunted house is located adjacent to I-5 off Exit 177 at Nile Shrine Golf Center - 6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace 98043.


LFP residents - clear leaves from storm drains

Recipe for flooding
Leaves blocking drain
The City is prepping for this week’s weather event. It looks like we’ll have some pretty stiff winds combined with heavy rain.

With most of the leaves still on the trees generally that’s a recipe for trees falling and limbs breaking.

The city of Lake Forest Park is urging residents to prepare for the first heavy rainfall of season by cleaning leaves away from storm drains.

The National Weather Service has issued a heavy rainfall outlook for Western Washington extending through the weekend.

---LFP Police


Cheer on the Einstein Tigers Wednesday afternoon

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Looking for some fun on Wednesday afternoon?

Come out and cheer on the Einstein Tigers Middle School football team as they take on Meadowdale.

The game starts at 3:45pm, at the Einstein field, 19343 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support your local school community. Go Tigers!!!


Local firms have projects in Remodeled Homes Tour

Map of remodeled homes in the tour
The annual Remodeled Homes Tour is this weekend, October 21-22, 2017, and local companies are represented.

Irons Brothers Construction Inc. of Shoreline and Chermak Construction Inc. of Edmonds both have homes on the tour.

Both companies are regular participants in Rampathon where they volunteer to build a ramp for someone unable to leave their home because of mobility issues. Both have built ramps in Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle.

  • 16905 Talbot Road Edmonds, 98026 Chermak Construction Inc.
  • 807 N. 50th St. Seattle, 98103 Irons Brothers Construction Inc.

Here's the complete list of addresses.

Presented by the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the Remodeled Homes Tour invites visitors to experience firsthand the finest craftsmanship and most innovative ideas in home remodeling.

See and feel what it's like to live in a gorgeous remodeled home and meet the building professionals who make it all possible. Perfect for those dreaming of remodeling their own home, the tour is an exclusive opportunity to visit some of the finest custom-remodeled private residences throughout our region.

Free tickets here


Lake Forest Park candidate forum Wednesday

Reminder: Wednesday, October 18th - LFP Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for School Board and LFP City Council at Third Place Commons on  Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00pm.

The Forum will be moderated by The League of Women Voters.

Bring questions for the candidates.

Town Center, Lake Forest Park, Ballinger Way


Jes Kilpatrick to represent Shoreline in the 2018 Miss Washington competition

Miss Shoreline
Jes Kilpatrick
Amazon Customer Service rep Jes Kilpatrick was scouted by "Miss USA Pageant" to partake in the upcoming 2018 Miss Washington competition, as Miss Shoreline.

I am representing Shoreline as I have lived here now for the past 3.5 years and do not plan on leaving anytime soon. I am originally from South Seattle, moved up North to go to Western Washington University and after college planted my roots in Shoreline and have been calling it home ever since. 
Jes works full-time as a customer service representative at Amazon in downtown Seattle. In her spare time, she is a freelance model, and model coach and mentor.

Read her story here


WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory, Forecast: Seasonal stormy weather

Storm damage in Shoreline August 29, 2015.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind advisory for the greater Seattle area, including the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park areas. The advisory is in effect Wednesday 11am - 11pm. Southeast winds are expected to increase to 20-30mph with gusts as high as 40mph.

The latest forecast models indicate that winds will be gusting up to 35mph over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, 40mph along the water. The strongest winds are likely between 2pm and 8pm.

Winds this strong and early in the season are likely to down trees, snap branches and cause power outages. 

The National Weather Service also warns to make sure you have flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage, and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. In particular, barbecue grills, gas grills, and generators do not belong inside the house.


Wednesday. Along with the winds gusting to 40mph, we are looking at rain at times with steady rain increasing in the afternoon and evening. Here's where it gets tricky. Models show Shoreline and Lake Forest Park right at the southern edge of the Olympic Mountain rain shadow during this storm.
  • Seattle south is expecting 2.5 - 4 inches of rain Wednesday and Wednesday night. 
  • Rain shadow area (north of 145th street about) is expecting a storm total of 0.5 -1.5 inches of rain. 
So Wednesday and Wednesday night could see anywhere from half an inch to 4 inches of rain. Temperatures will remain in the upper 50's to near 60.

Thursday will start with steady rain decreasing to showers in the afternoon, with another half inch of rain possible. Showers to continue until Friday night. Highs in the mid 50's and lows in the 40's.

Weekend: Saturday steady rain returns lasting through Sunday night. Things look like they'll start calming down a little Monday and Tuesday with Tuesday being just partly sunny. Highs near either side of 60 and lows in the 40's.

For current weather conditions and resources visit


Halloween yards: ghosts and purple trees

Photo by Seattle Poppy

This decorated yard is on 11th NE, just south of NE 170th. This family also decorates for Christmas - and probably a few other holidays as well!


Letter to the Editor: Worried that an injection site in Shoreline would bring crime

To the Editor:

I read Shoreline city council candidate Jin-Ah Kim’s recent letter to the editor where she states:

“I support Safe Sites – But not in Shoreline. Locations are chosen based on crime anyways (sic), Shoreline is not a top choice”.

When candidate Kim first filed her intentions to run for office, I checked her website and at that time her website stated that she favored safe injection sites for Shoreline. Her website has since been changed, but the website still contains a video of a King 5 news story about her candidacy and the interview that she gave King 5 news just a few months ago. The news story tells us what Ms. Kim’s priorities for Shoreline are:

“Kim is pushing for detox centers and mental health services in Shoreline, she favors safe injection sites and an income tax on individuals making more than a quarter million dollars a year” (King 5 News “Recovering Addict Running for Shoreline City Council” May 25, 2017, 01:15-01:29)

The county council is placing one injection site in Seattle, and looking for the placement of a second injection site. With many of the other cities in King County voting to exclude injection sites where will the other one go? I am worried that although not a “top choice”, Shoreline could be the “only choice” according to candidate Kim. I am very concerned that a site in Shoreline will bring more crime and homelessness as addicts stay near the site in order to use it multiple time each day. I believe prevention and treatment are better options for our city.

Pam Cross


Big Pumpkin Bash carnival at Bitter Lake Saturday

The Big Pumpkin Bash Carnival will take place this Saturday evening, October 21, 2017, from 6-8pm. The event is at the “Bitter Lake Annex”/ gymnasium at Broadview-Thomson K-8 school, 13040 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, 98133.

Bring the entire family out for a night of ghoulish-good fun! We will have carnival games, the always popular cake walk, face painting, and much more!

Please bring a can of food to donate to our local food bank. Don't forget to wear your costumes.

Volunteer hours are available during this event, call 206-684-7524 for more details.


Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums silence concerns of residents

To the Editor:

As Chair of the 32nd Legislative District GOP I encouraged our Precinct Committee Officers and Captains as well as neighbors and friends to attend the two previous Shoreline City Council candidate forums.

I am extremely disappointed to hear that the organizers of these forums chose to disenfranchise Shoreline residents through a biased selection of questions favoring a liberal agenda and completely omitting questions from conservatives.

Now we hear that the Chamber of Commerce candidate forum this evening will not allow audience questions at all.

Exactly what is the point of holding a candidate forum if the concerns of residents are silenced?

Lori Theis


Third Place Books to donate 20% of Saturday sales to Puerto Rico

20% of Saturday sales for Puerto Rico
Photo by Jerry Pickard

This Saturday, October 21, 2017, Third Place Books will donate 20 percent of sales at all three of its store locations (Lake Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park) to relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Proceeds will go to Unidos Disaster Relief Fund, sponsored by the Hispanic Federation, an organization that Consumer Reports says “has been reviewed and received high ratings from two of the watchdogs, Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance.”

The donation is the idea of Christina Bearer, a bookseller at Third Place Books Ravenna. “We all know that the individual can be way more powerful when joined together with others,” Bearer said in an email to the company’s management.

“I feel galvanized to turn to my community and ask, what can we do together to address a terrible need? It feels very natural for me to turn to Third Place and hope that maybe we can all do something together, and make a difference that way.”

Third Place Books joins other literary bookstores nationwide that have made similar efforts, like Webster’s (State College, PA) and Island Bookstore (Outer Banks, NC), and publishers like Fireside and Restless Books, as well as the ad hoc group Publishers for Puerto Rico.

The decision to donate a portion of Saturday’s proceeds came quickly: one of the benefits of being a community-based, independently owned business. With little time to organize, we hope that coverage of this fundraiser inspires Seattleites to take part— perhaps by taking care of some early holiday shopping— and that other bookstores and Seattle-based businesses will also participate.


Shoreline welcomes City Meditation Crew for art walk focusing on mindfulness

City Meditation Crew
A member of the nationally-recognized performance art group “City Meditation Crew” (CMC) will lead two 1.5 hour walks in the urban forest of Hamlin Park (16006 15th Ave NE) in Shoreline on Saturday, October 21 (9:00am-10:30am; 2:30pm-4:00pm).

An imaginary city department complete with its own uniforms, CMC “travels the work with local groups… to call attention to local water ways, landscapes, and community interests via silent, moment-to-moment experiences rooted in the arts, culture and well-being for planet and society.”

As a guest of the Shoreline Public Art Program and Shoreline Walks Program, CMC developed Many Colors of Green, a collaborative project that involves contemplation in the forest and the use of smartphones to capture different colors of green. 

CMC will sample workshop participant photographs of greenery to create large scale banner artworks in the coming months.

The program is free and open to a limited number of participants. To be a part of Many Colors of Green, contact Marianne Johnson, City of Shoreline Recreation Assistant at 206-801-2638. Let us know your name, number of participants and event time(s) you would like to participate in. The walks begin at the 2nd parking lot by playground in Hamlin Park.

In case of rain, date will be rescheduled to Sunday, October 22nd (same times and locations).

Funding for City Meditation Crew’s Shoreline Walks event is made possible, in part, with a generous grant from 4Culture’s Tech-Specific Program and Michigan Technical University.


Thornton Creek Alliance meeting Thursday in North Seattle

Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) invites you to its upcoming meeting, open to the public!

Come and learn all about Natural Drainage Systems with Luis Ramirez of Seattle Public Utilities. These projects collect street runoff in swales for biofiltration into the ground, and already exist in parts of Pinehurst and other locations in Seattle.
Thursday, October 19 at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church 10005 32nd Ave NE, Seattle 98125 

Social time: 6:30 pm
Meeting begins: 7:00

Following the presentation will be a short business meeting.

The Thornton Creek headwaters and watershed are in the City of Shoreline



Halloween yards

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

This homeowner at 1631 NW 198th St in Richmond Beach had a lot of fun decorating for Halloween.


Letter to the Editor: Response to previous letter

Editor's note: Any public figure specifically called out in a letter is allowed a letter in response. This is in response to a previously published letter.

To the Editor:

The moderators at the candidate forums filtered out “gotcha” questions. And I think [the letter writer] has made up your mind about me, otherwise call my cell - it’s on all of my literature: (206) 707-9220

Diane gave me 300 words to solve crime and addiction so I’ll try:

I am not talking about active Heroin addicts – I mean people in long-term recovery.

I support Safe Sites – But not in Shoreline. Locations are chosen based on crime anyways, Shoreline is not a top choice.

We can’t help everyone using drugs. We can help those willing. The unhappy truth is that there will never be enough resources to help everyone. That means getting rid of the stigma and bullying them further into the shadows. These are people who need rehabilitation not further penalization, they are already incarcerated enough in their addiction.

Addicts are sick people and need treatment for a disease.

My opponent, Keith McGlashan believes that the Methadone Clinic on Aurora is enough to address the problem. We don’t offer detox at that clinic. Everyone is put on that program for life (unless they detox elsewhere). Also, you can get high on top of Methadone.

Suboxone is an Opioid blocker - meaning that you can’t get high on top of it. Doctors are limited to the number of patients they can have. Governments can lift this cap.

There is only one not for-profit detox center in all of King County, it has 16 beds.

You can’t die from a Heroin withdrawal. Only from alcohol and Benzodiazepines. They told me to drink a six-pack to up my chances and I still didn’t get in. Expanding existing treatment is not enough.

We are going to deal with addicts regardless. It is our duty to educate ourselves, prepare to help those who want it – and help the rest get there.

Jin-Ah Kim
Candidate for Shoreline City Council


Shoreline Planning Commission continues review of Comp Plan

Shoreline Planning Commission regular meeting Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7pm. Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers 17500 Midvale Ave N 98133

2017 Comprehensive Plan Docket - Continuation #3

Full Agenda and documents

Comment on Agenda items here


Raising awareness around teen anxiety - Angst Oct 22

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Shoreline Community Movie project and the Movie Mamas will be screening “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4pm at Shoreline Auditorium.

Prior to the movie we will have a brief introduction to get us tuned into our Resilience and a practice for working with Stress. Following the movie we’ll keep growing our skills and connections (30 minutes) so we leave knowing more about what is happening with our kids/teens, simple practices for working with our own stress and local resources for learning more and getting help.

This film helps start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety with an emphasis on youth and families. The film features candid interviews with children and young adults discussing their anxiety and its impact on their lives, along with a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. The documentary includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

"We felt it was important to make a movie that could raise awareness to open up the conversation and provide hope," said producer and IndieFlix CEO, Scilla Andreen. "So many people struggle with anxiety and have trouble talking about it. We want to change that."

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

Watch the trailer

Suggested donation: $5 per adult; students free. Advance tickets can be purchased online. For more information contact Mary Hart at 206-353-1901.


Hamlin Halloween Haunt Friday

Hamlin Halloween Haunt 
Friday, October 20 from 6-8:30pm at 

Bring the kids for spooky songs and stories as you toast marshmallows around a campfire, ride the hay wagon, play Halloween games, and have your face painted.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

For more information, contact Shoreline Parks 206-801-2600

This family event is free.


Shoreline’s Youth and Teen Development Program awarded $543,355 grant

King County has awarded Shoreline’s Youth and Teen Development Program (YTDP), in partnership with the Center for Human Services, a $543,355 grant.

It was the largest of 32 grants totaling $12.2 million awarded by the County as part of the six-year Best Starts for Kids levy.

YTDP will use the grant to reach underserved youth through a youth employment program. The new positions will provide outreach, leadership training, and peer–to-peer mentorship skills.

The grant will also enable the Center for Human Services to provide much needed mental health services informally and unscheduled to teens on-site at two youth centered locations, the City of Shoreline Teen Center being the biggest.

As Shoreline grows and changes, so do the needs of its youth. Some of these changes have translated into more youth struggling to find a place to feel safe, take ownership, connect with caring adults, and challenge themselves.

The Shoreline community is seeing marked increases in homelessness and substance abuse, and in the number of youth who need mental health services, many for depression and anxiety.

Shoreline has a strong record of supporting youth through programs offered by YTDP, which hosts activities at seven different locations, spanning six days per week with programs operating from one to five days per week. The nexus of programming has been at YTDP’s Teen Center, which offers teens a place outside of school to be engaged in activities and leadership at no cost.

In addition to services offered at the Teen Center, the City also collaborates with the Center for Human Services and King County Housing Authority to support youth at Ballinger Homes. Ballinger Homes is a King County Housing Authority apartment complex with large immigrant and refugee populations.

Grant funding will allow the City to expand services levels considerably to address the growing needs of youth in the Shoreline community.

About Best Starts for Kids

Voters in 2015 approved a six-year levy proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to fund Best Starts for Kids, an initiative to help put every baby born and every child raised in King County on a path toward lifelong success.

It invests in promotion, prevention, and early intervention strategies that promote healthier, more resilient children, youth, families and communities. It is considered the most comprehensive approach to early childhood development in the United States, starting with prenatal support, sustaining the gain through teenage years, and investing in safe, healthy communities that reinforce progress.


DisneyNature’s: Wings of Life - free movie event Nov 4

Free Community Movie
DisneyNature’s: Wings of Life
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Saturday, November 4
Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N 98133

Diggin’ Shoreline invites you to a free community showing of the environmental documentary, DisneyNature’s Wings of Life, narrated by Meryl Streep. Doors open at 1:00pm, and the movie will play twice (1:15pm and 3:00pm).

Come early; get your bag of free organic popcorn. There will be kid-friendly activities and admission is free!

With unique photography, this movie vividly connects the crucial role that all pollinators have in our food production cycle, and what we can do to help protect them and restore their habitat.

Before, during, and after the movie, experience the interactive exhibits in the lobby and learn from local environmental experts about the many characteristics and benefits of pollinators, and how we can ensure their abundance for future generations.

Featured exhibitors include Insect Safari and Puget Sound Beekeepers Association.

This presentation by Diggin’ Shoreline is made possible through partial funding by a City of Shoreline Environmental Services Mini-Grant.


County Council honors Filipino History Month - veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Surrounded by community members and Filipino veterans, the members of the
King County Council proclaimed October Filipino American History Month in King County.
Photo courtesy King County Council

National Recognition Highlights Filipino American History Month

This year’s recognition by the Metropolitan King County Council of Filipino History Month has special meaning for many families throughout the County. The recognition presented by the Council today not only celebrates the rich tradition and heritage of King County’s Filipino community, it also recognizes the bravery and sacrifice of the Filipino soldiers who fought in World War II in support of the United States and to liberate their island nation.

“This year we recognize and celebrate history and heritage, as well as honor and sacrifice,” said Councilmember Larry Gossett, the sponsor of the proclamation. 
“The Filipino community has been active throughout King County for over one hundred years, so we recognize their impact on the region. This year we celebrate those WWII soldiers who are finally being honored for their service to a country that didn’t recognize their sacrifice for over a half century.”

Filipino Veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medal for their service during WWII

On October 25, the members of the Philippines Commonwealth Army and the Special Philippines Scouts who joined the Allied Forces to fight in the Pacific as part of the United States Armed Forces of the Far East, will be recognized for their service. Those soldiers, representing the more than 280,000 Filipino citizens drafted by President Franklin Roosevelt to fight in the war, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in the Pacific along with those Filipinos who served in the US Armed Forces.

The congressional ceremony is the culmination of an effort that has spanned over seven decades to have the service of the Filipino veterans recognized by the United States.

“We secured the Congressional Gold Medal to honor our veterans and demonstrate our deepest gratitude for their supreme sacrifice,” said FilVetREP Chairman Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret). 
“We will ensure that our national celebration of this historic achievement is one that treats our veterans with the utmost dignity and respect. We are, therefore, calling on all our supporters to make this important event happen. It’s for our veterans and they deserve to have a memorable event.”

Along with recognizing the bravery and sacrifice of these veterans, the recognition highlights the history of the Filipino residents on this continent, which predates the arrival of the colonists in what has become the United States by close to 50 years.

Over the last five centuries, Filipinos have become a vital part of the American history, especially on the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. In Washington, Filipinos have worked in a number of industries, but were prominent in the state’s maritime, service, agricultural and fishing industries.

Filipino organizers played a vital role in the desegregation of the unions that represented those who worked in the fishing industry including the Alaska Cannery Workers Union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union.


Prep Football: Snohomish Panthers whomp Shorecrest Scots, 42-7

Ricardo Ruiz scores the Scot's only touchdown
Photo by Gordon Stephenson

WesCo 3A football
Friday, 10-13-2017 at Shoreline Stadium
Snohomish 42 - Shorecrest 7
Overall record:  4-3
Conference record: 1-3

Things started out swimmingly for the Scots: Shorecrest kicked off to open the game and Ameer Haq dove on a loose ball that was bouncing on the Snohomish side of the field to take possession for his team.

Mohammed Al-Jabiri forces the fumble against a Snohomish running back
Photo by Gordon Stephenson

Later in the first quarter, on the Panther's first drive, there was another bounce that went the home team's way. Snohomish QB Langdon Ordill's pass, which was collected by his receiver Trenton Brown at the Scot's 12 yard line, was fumbled when Jacob Cruz and James Huffman hammered Brown on the five, and the ball was recovered in the end zone by Gavin McFarlane for another turnover and a touchback.

But Shorecrest failed to capitalize on those early turnovers, and by halftime the home team was facing a 35-0 deficit. Snohomish running back Keegan Stich added three touchdowns to his stellar season's stats and led all runners with 184 yards.

Gavin McFarlane recovers a Panther's fumble in the Scot's end zone for a touchback
Photo by Gordon Stephenson

Ricardo Ruiz finished with 92 yards for the Scots, which puts his total of 897 yards so far this season among the leaders in the conference. His 45 scoring run, a counter trap led by pulling right guard Jackson Jones, and assisted by a well-executed downfield block by Antonio Stillwell, was the offensive highlight of the night for Shorecrest.

Shorecrest's next game is Homecoming! Come root on the Scots this Friday night, at 5:00pm at Shoreline Stadium as they face the Warriors of Edmonds Woodway.

--Gordon Stephenson


Scene on the Sound: Taking the batmobile south for the winter

Seen over the "Shoreline Sea"
Photo by Jan Hansen

There are strange things forming in the October skies. Last Thursday was a huge travel day.

Before seeing them, I heard the calls of several groups of lesser geese migrating to the southlands.

These large groups formed interesting patterns, not just the traditional V.

Here’s one group that must have been traveling in a batmobile.

--Jan Hansen


Why you should go to candidate forums

Sunday, October 15, 2017

By Tom Petersen

Anybody can look good in a brochure. Anybody can print and post signs. But you wouldn't consciously vote for "just anybody," would you?

The idea undergirding our American Republic from the very beginning is that we have a participatory democracy: that an informed electorate selects its representatives and public servants from among those they know, contact them frequently, and return them to office or bounce them as the quality of their service would deserve.

The office holders themselves are assumed to make every practicable effort to stay in touch with their constituents.

If it doesn't always seem to work that way, it's not for lack of opportunity. There have been three forums already this month, with two more scheduled this week.

It's your chance to "get behind and beyond the brochure:" see for yourself what these people who would speak for you are really like.

Equally important, the office seekers get to see you. You are not a poll number, a demographic slice, a category: you are a person with a life and a community and friends and neighbors, and politicians need to see that, feel that, and be reminded of that.

Speaking of neighbors: they see you too. The strongest communities anywhere in this nation are those where people are secure in the knowledge that other people care, too, and people know each other and put some effort into working together and with their public servants to maintain the general welfare and preserve domestic tranquillity. Going to candidate forums in advance of an election sends a powerful message.

Here's hoping to see a great many of you at the events between now and Election Day!


LFP Citizen's Commission group to meet Tuesday

The next meeting of the Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission will be on October 17, 2017, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Stadler Room of Third Place Commons in Town Center at Lake Forest Park

"Human Services" is the theme for October.

We will be entertaining "Human Services" ideas from the community to help address community concerns, including needs, goals, and future plans.

The "Human Services" Spoke is part of the "Community Services" Spoke.

We are organized as a group of spokes working on the four "retired" commission's work plans, goals, and missions.

Our meeting is free, open to the public, and not limited to Lake Forest Park residents.

For more information contact Mike Dee 206-607-9409.

The group is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.


Letter to the Editor: Getting answers from the candidates

To the Editor,

Last week, I formulated questions for Shoreline's City Council candidates, and attended two candidate forums. At the first, the organizers would not accept questions for specific candidates - only general questions, and only on index cards, and the moderator would decide which questions were "appropriate".

I had brought a question for a specific candidate, and it would definitely not fit on an index card, so I was silenced on two counts.   

But hope springs eternal, so I attended a second forum, with a printed question in hand. I was allowed to put it in the pile for the moderator, but she chose not to ask it. Silenced again.

The upcoming Chamber of Commerce forum will not allow audience questions at all.

The candidate forum formats are extremely disempowering. I wish the organizers would find a way to make them more inclusive, and to remove moderator bias from the equation.

In the meantime, I'm trying again here. Here are my two questions, and I hope the candidates will answer them:

1) for all candidates:

Seattle has a huge problem with street-dwelling heroin addicts. This is a public health and safety disaster, due to the crime required to support a heroin habit, as well as needle litter and human waste in Seattle's public spaces.

How will you ensure that this problem does not take hold in Shoreline?

2) for Jin-Ah Kim:

Three months ago, a Q13 article entitled "Former heroin addict runs for shoreline city council"  quoted you as saying this about active heroin addicts:

"There’s this huge group of people that literally woke up broke every day, and were rich by noon. Every single day. These are the people that can get things done. Use them,"

How, exactly, would you mobilize practicing heroin addicts to solve our city's problems?

Maggie Willson


Beach Orcas taken in for safekeeping

The orcas are going into hibernation for the winter
Photo by Eric C. Kaminetzky

The Beach Orcas were taken down Sunday by RBCA for safekeeping over winter.

Just as leaves fall and return in spring, so will the Orcas.

Beach Orcas is a public art project sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association for the enjoyment of the community.


Shoreline Council meeting Monday

Shoreline City Council
Monday, October 16, 2017 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm

Agenda Highlights
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Approve the Conditional Certificate of Property Tax Exemption for Paceline Apartments
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a Grant Agreement with the Port of Seattle for $54,990 for Economic Development Projects
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 800 – Granting the Ronald Wastewater District a Non-Exclusive Franchise to Construct, Maintain, Operate, Replace and Repair a Sanitary Sewer System within Public Rights-of-Way
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Execute an Amendment in the Amount of $64,407 for the Professional Services Contract with Brown and Caldwell for the 2017 Surface Water Master Plan Update
Study session:
  • Discussing the Proposed 2018 Budget – Department Presentations
  • Sound Transit SR 522/SR 523 Bus Rapid Transit Project Update
Executive session:
  • Executive Session: Potential Litigation – RCW 42.30.110(1)(i)

Link to full Agenda

Comment on Agenda items


Candidate forums on Tuesday and Wednesday

The last two candidate forums before the November election will be held this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 17, 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Shoreline City Council

Chamber of Commerce and Ridgecrest Public House sponsor a forum for Shoreline City Council candidates, including those running unopposed. Questions were prepared by Chamber members about the future of Shoreline. "We will ask about economic development, the City's financial sustainability, protecting natural areas, redevelopment around light rail stations, and more." Crest Theatre, 16505 5th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Reserve your seat with a free ticket available here:

Tickets will also be available the night of the event. One ticket per person, limited availability and first come first serve.

Wednesday, October 18, 7-8:30pm, School Board, LFP City Council

The format will focus on the contested seats, particularly the open school board seat for District 2. There will be questions from both the League of Women Voters moderator and audience. The unchallenged incumbents will also have time to present their views and answer questions.


Skandia Dance on Friday Oct 20 in Lynnwood

Folk Voice Band
Skandia Third Friday Dance, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W., Lynnwood 98036

At 7:30pm, the lovely Rättvik Polska from the Dalarna region of Sweden, and a Skandia favorite, will be taught by Jennifer Roach and Nancy Neuerburg.

This dance is liked by many because it has a wonderful motion during the turn that is created by the lead dancer stepping on beats one and two, while the follow steps on beats one and three.

At 8:30pm, Folk Voice Band will provide its rich variety of tunes for your dancing pleasure. Their great range of dances from all across Scandinavia should make for a wonderful evening.

Class, 7:30pm; dance, 8:30–11pm.

$15 (Skandia members, $10); kids, free.

More information on the web, by email, or phone 425-954-5262.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Raining

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


Q13 features Shorecrest graduate

Q13's Out and About sports segment features Shorecrest graduate Henry Wingo indoor skydiving.

Wingo is in his first season as a player for the Seattle Sounders soccer team.

See it here


Are squid aliens? Ask the author of Squid Empire on Sunday

There's a persistent rumor that squid and octopus are actually aliens who have made themselves at home in our oceans. Author Danna Staaf has written a serious study about squid, but she might entertain a few off-the-wall questions.

Christopher Kimball
Milk Street (Little, Brown)
Wednesday, October 18 at 12:30 pm

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, the first cookbook connected to Milk Street's public television show, teaches a simpler, bolder, healthier way to cook. With more than 125 new recipes, from grains and salads, to a new way to scramble eggs, to simple dinners and twenty-first-century desserts. No tickets or purchase necessary.

Molly Hashimoto
Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette (Mountaineers)
Thursday, October 19 at 7 pm

Explores wild places through the lens of watercolor “en plein air” painting. Steeped in the natural world, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto has been a plein air artist and teacher for more than 20 years, visiting some of the West’s most stunning landscapes.

Danna Staaf
Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods (ForeEdge/University Press of New England)
Sunday, October 22 at 6:30 pm

Squid Empire is an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight’s menu. “Squid Empire, like its protagonists, is nimble, fast, surprising, smart, and weird in the very coolest sense of the word.” —Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus


Windless in Shoreline - indoor kite flying returns Tuesday

Windless In Shoreline invites you to come and see what indoor kite flying is all about.

If you are ages 12 – 90 and mobile, you will want to try this fun activity. It is challenging and lightly aerobic.

Indoor kite flying is becoming more and more popular all the time with local and national competitions.

Indoor kites are indistinguishable from outdoor kites in appearance but they are made of lighter materials.

These super-efficient kites require no wind. Defying gravity, they are propelled by a gentle balance of movement and precise technique.

The flying experience is enhanced with music.

Windless In Shoreline meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church gym, 18826 3rd Avenue NW in Shoreline.

Come and see what indoor kite flying is all about.

Email for further information


King County Republican Liberty Dinner & Auction in Bellevue Oct 27

Join the King County Republican Party and auctioneer extraordinaire and radio host John Curley, for its annual Liberty Dinner and Auction on Friday, October 27th at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
There are only two more weeks until the most exciting auction of the year, so don't delay, and reserve your table now!

We all know John Curley from the Tom and Curley show weekday mornings on KIRO 97.3. But did you know that he also is one of the nation's leading auctioneers, performing at over 100 auctions a year? Don't miss the unhinged energy of John Curley on stage as our premier auctioneer of the night. Click here to see a demonstration of John Curley in action!

Join the KCGOP as we close out this election cycle in style with your Republican friends by your side. This year's auction is one you do not want to miss, with something to bid on for everyone.

KCGOP Liberty Dinner and Auction, Friday, October 27th at 6pm, The Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue 98004.

Ticket prices start at $125 for general admission. Silent auction, general, and VIP receptions will begin at 6pm and the dinner program and live auction will begin at 7pm. Click here to get your tickets now.


Hispanic Heritage art exhibition opens at Shoreline City Hall Oct 26

Oso Celoso
Gabriel Marquez
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program is proud to welcome PUZZLE OUT: 9 ACROSS, a group exhibition that gives visible presence to Latinex culture arts-workers, with a free, opening reception event on Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm. (Art Gallery at Shoreline City Hall, 4th Floor, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133). 

Guest curated by Prof. Tatiana Garmendia (Seattle Central College), the exhibition includes nine artists: Tracy Carrera, Juan Franco, Gabriel Marquez, Rene Julio, Ettie Wahl, Ulises Mariscal, Xavier Lopez, Hugo Moro, Kristen T. Ramirez.

Poetry during the opening reception will be read by Anna Bálint, Maiah Alicia Merino, and Raúl Sanchez, with music performance by Eden Page. Puzzle Out features a variety of media, from drawing to painting to stencil spray, mixed media conceptual, video, sculpture, and photography. Thematically the work is also wide-ranging, with focal points on portraiture, landscape, and the politics of representation. 

Rene Julio

As Garmendia explains, “To ‘puzzle out’ is to find a solution, understand the meaning of, or work out a problem. 
"Just like clues to a crossword puzzle, the nine artists… help resolve the galvanizing language and racist rhetoric that mark the historic election of 2016 and its aftermath. 
"By celebrating the contributions of Latino/a/x creatives, this exhibit challenges racial stereotypes that deny just how vital to our thought leadership and cultural landscape is the varied voice of the Hispanic community. 
"The divergent thinking, aesthetic interventions, and activism present in Puzzle Out: 9 Across demonstrate a cultural agency that reaches far beyond the Latino/a/x demographic.”


Crime in Shoreline week ending 9-26-17 - caught in the act

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter week ending September 26, 2017

Many car prowls this week - most involving a breaking a window on the vehicle. Taken: wallet, purse, credit cards.

09-13 Burglar cut the lock to enter a storage unit at Highlander House on N 183rd, taking a stroller and a child's bike.

09-18 Daughter reported that her mother had punched her in the back of the head with a closed fist; case referred to CPS.

09-18 Man with mental problems was off his meds. Police went for welfare check after it was reported that he had broken a shop window and was running into traffic on Aurora and throwing clothing and paint around.

09-18 BHI deputies responded to report of man with mental issues who was having delusions.

09-19 Unknown male broke the office door of the Salvation Army on Westminster Way.

09-20 Hit and run. Vehicle hit mailboxes, cement post, and tree in the 2300 block of NW 197th. Left vehicle parts behind belonging to either a Kia or a Hyundai.

09-21 Shoreline couple were contacted because they were identified for a Trespass. They were in possession of stolen goods and were booked on outstanding warrants.

09-21 Two lockers prowled at YMCA. Cash was stolen but a gun was left.

09-21 Responding to a possible auto theft in progress, deputies found a man hiding in the garage at the Arabella apartments and arrested him on outstanding warrants, including possession of stolen goods.

09-22 Contacted man who was smoking in bus shelter and arrested him on outstanding theft warrant.

09-22 Investigation of suspicious vehicle in park n ride led to arrest for narcotics possession.

09-22 Stopped driver who made illegal left turn and booked him on outstanding felony warrant.

09-22 A couple, their child, and a friend are living in their cars on Shoreline streets. The adults all have extensive criminal histories.

09-22 BHI deputies responded to a man with mental issues who was off his meds and intoxicated.

09-23 Two juveniles and a friend who had just turned 18 were found at Paramount School Park after hours with alcohol and marijuana. All were released to their parents with a warning.

09-23 Residential burglary in 15300 block of Interlake. Removed the rear slider to gain access.

09-23 TV stolen from unlocked residence on Midvale.

09-23 Residential burglary 15500 block Stone. Forced entry. Took laptop and REI backpack.

09-23 Four teens smoking marijuana in Boeing Creek park after hours. Drugs confiscated and parents called.

09-24 Police interrupted commercial burglary in progress at strip mall on 199th and Aurora. Suspect was inside building and in possession of heroin.

09-25 Burglaries to several units at Ballinger Homes. Burglar was interrupted because neighbor called police. Many items were recovered.


In the Garden Now: Autumn color

Photo by Victoria Gilleland

Autumn Color…..

Redbud Hazel  
(Disanthus  cercidifolius)

Redbud Hazel is one of a few shrubs that consistently produce good fall color in shade. This particular plant has performed admirably under the dry shady canopy of a Western Red Cedar tree in our Lake Forest Park garden.

--Victoria Gilleland, Cottage Garden Designs


Protecting your legacy: Planning for the future at the Senior Center Tuesday

Brian Isaacson, Isaacson Law Firm, PLLC, will be the featured speaker at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:30 to 11:30am.

His interactive slideshow is designed to educate Senior Citizens and their families about long-term care and estate planning.

Bring your questions and come away understanding any next steps you need for your future.


Education and classes for Adults in Shoreline

Shoreline Walks in Echo Lake Neighborhood
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline Recreation
The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) will hear from three local organizations which provide an amazing number and variety of classes for adults in recreation, health, arts and crafts, life skills, and hobbies.

In addition, there are over 100 degrees and certification from our highly acclaimed community college.

On Tuesday, October 17, from 7-9pm, in room 303 of Shoreline City Hall, speakers from three organization will talk about opportunities for adults:

  • Spartan Recreation Center
  • Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center
  • Shoreline Community College

City Hall is located at 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133. Free parking in City Garage.

For more information about ELNA, see the webpage, Facebook page, or email.


Global Affairs: Local Action / Global Impact

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mayor Marilyn Strickland
City of Tacoma

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N, 98133
Room 9208 PUB (Campus Maps)

The phrase "think global, act local" is a call to arms of local activism. It is probably most strongly associated with environmental issues, but it has been used in many other policy realms as well, including trade, immigration, transportation, healthcare, and education.

Marilyn Strickland,
Mayor of Tacoma
Mayor Marilyn Strickland argues that there has been a shift from national to local governments such as Tacoma in seeking progress on these issues.

Support for this event comes from the Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.

This event is open to the public and FREE. However, in order to help better prepare, we ask you to register that you plan to attend. Click here, then click again on Sign Up .

To receive email confirmation, you must provide your email address. Your email address will not be shared with others.

Parking on campus in the evening is FREE.


Ecology proposes ban on dumping raw sewage in Puget Sound

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

To help protect shellfish beds, swimming beaches, and vulnerable natural areas, the Washington Department of Ecology has proposed a rule to protect the Puget Sound from vessels dumping raw or treated sewage into Puget Sound.

The draft rule is available for review and comment through Nov. 30, 2017.

The No Discharge Zone would prohibit the discharge of sewage across 2,300 square miles of marine waters in Puget Sound. This includes all marine waters east of New Dungeness Lighthouse and the Discovery Island Lighthouse to the Canadian border, and fresh waters of Lake Washington, Lake Union, and connecting waters between and to Puget Sound.

The rule comes after five years of stakeholder engagement and public outreach. Ecology gathered data on Puget Sound vessels, pump-out facilities, and the conditions of Puget Sound, as well as conducted boater surveys and research on other states with No Discharge Zones.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency evaluated and approved Ecology’s request earlier this year, determining that the Puget Sound meets the federal standards for a No Discharge Zone.

The no-discharge zone would be the first in Washington and the Northwest. EPA has established more than 90 such zones in 26 states.

Public hearings
Ecology is hosting two public hearings that those interested can join by online webinar.

Hearing 1 (webinar only)
Hearing 2 (webinar only)


Open House for Shoreline Sidewalk Prioritization Plan on Tuesday at 6pm

Do Not Walk
Photo by Dennis Terpstra

Everyone in Shoreline wants sidewalks. Here's the problem:
  • It can cost up to $2.5 million to construct just one mile of sidewalk.
  • It can cost approximately $195,000 per mile to make significant sidewalk repairs along a street lined with trees.

Right now, the City of Shoreline is in a year-long process to create a Sidewalk Prioritization Plan as directed by the City Council in March 2017.

Council is committed to making improvements to the current sidewalk network, both in constructing new sidewalks (or alternative pedestrian facilities) and maintaining and bringing existing sidewalks up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) code.

The process will include input from the citizen Sidewalk Advisory Committee and multiple opportunities for providing input at public open houses.

Major components of the process will be to create a data-driven system for prioritizing projects and researching and recommending ways to fund them. The cost to construct, maintain, and repair the miles of sidewalk the City already has or needs to construct exceeds the City’s currently available resources for this work. The City’s current funding for sidewalk improvements primarily depends on receiving highly competitive, and relatively modest, federal and state grants.

The tree was cut down and the sidewalk rebuilt
Meridian Ave N, about 198th
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The first Open House is Tuesday, October 17, 2017 where staff will explain the City's process for planning for new sidewalks and repairing and maintaining existing sidewalk.

October 17, Tuesday evening, 
6:00 - 8:00pm at Shoreline City Hall, 

A presentation will begin at 6:20pm in the Council Chamber, and an activity to gain your input will be available after the presentation. Comment forms will be available throughout.

More information here

The schedule indicates how the Sidewalk Prioritization Plan process is integrated with the ADA Transition Plan, Sidewalk Advisory Committee and public outreach, and City Council and Board meetings. This schedule will be periodically updated throughout the process as new information or targets are addressed.


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