Orcas and artists at City Hall reception

Friday, April 28, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Photos by Wayne Pridemore

Shoreline City Hall lobby was crowded at the reception for the Orca project. Sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association and the City of Shoreline, 22 artists displayed the orcas they had painted from the blanks provided.

Each artist spoke about their work and their inspiration.

Artist Emily Eng's orca wears its insides on its outside.
Emily is a freelance science illustrator based in Seattle. 

Dave Bloomfield's acrylic painted orca explores the Washington State's nature.
He is a visual artist and writer from the Northwest.

The largest art entered was Geoff Sherwood "Sound Transit" that features a giant octopus and a killer whale in an unlikely friendship. Geoff is a accomplished acrylic artist. 

The orcas will be on display at City Hall and then will be placed in currently undisclosed locations around the Richmond Beach neighborhood. 


Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday, April 29th

Take a photo with Larry
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.

Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different, celebrate with 20 Seattle area stores!

Here we have the wonderful Third Place Books in Town Center, Lake Forest Park, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way.

Lake Forest Park - 9am - 10pm

Free Drip Coffee provided by the Honeybear all day and scones for the first 50 customers.

10am-2pm spin the prize wheel with every purchase, go on a scavenger hunt, go on a blind date with a book, take your picture with Larry, celebrate with cake at 4pm.

Take a picture with Larry and post it on Twitter or Instagram, use #GetLostWithLarry and #SEAbookstoreday and be entered to win a prize pack of Little Bigfoot Books.


Each year there is exclusive merch for Independent Bookstore Day that you can only get on that day.


Spring Fling Folk Dance Saturday

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club invites you to come and celebrate International Dance Day from 7:00 to 9:30pm at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood on Saturday, April 29.

Live music from Allspice Band will give us a whirl. We will do dances from many countries, including partner, no-partner, and set dances, and you don’t need to bring a partner. There will be many easy dances. During band breaks there will be recorded requests.

Ethnic costumes and potluck finger food snacks are encouraged. The Grange has a great hardwood floor and lots of free parking.

We also have dances including lessons every Wednesday and Saturday , starting at 7:00pm. Wednesday is all requests, and Saturday has a program of dances, with room for requests.

The donation is $7.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members. Yearly membership is only $15.00 ($25.00 for a family).

For information, call 360-387-9923, or email dancesnoking@gmail.com


Lakeshore Garden Club Plant Sale in Kenmore Saturday Apr 29

Lakeshore Plant Sale Saturday in Kenmore

Saturday, April 29, 9am - 3pm, in Kenmore, 18740 58th Ave NE

Large selection of perennials and a variety of annuals, shrubs, trees and native plants.

Club info and extensive plant list here


Letter to the Editor: there is hope when young people have such great concern

To the Editor:

I just read the letter that those three Shorewood students composed and will deliver to Governor Inslee today. (Op-Ed: Gov. Inslee bring in the National Guard)

I want to commend them for their fine thoughtfulness and expression of concern for the safeguarding of our citizenry and the protection of our wonderful city as well. There is Hope when young people have such great concern and willingness to speak out to avoid catastrophe and mayhem.

I feel encouraged that such integrity and call for restraint to avoid dire consequences can rise from the youth who will inherit this fractured, polarized nation and world. May this Force for right action be with them and their foresight be honored. Perhaps Leaders of this stature will arise to save not only our own beloved democracy but our very world and planet that is so severely damaged and threatened with extinction.

Sign me  "Encouraged and Grateful"

Jean Monce Bryant
Lake Forest Park


Track results Shorecrest - Edmonds-Woodway Apr 27


Dual Meet Scores - Through Event 35
Edmonds Woodway 76.00    68.00 Shorecrest
Edmonds Woodway 94.00    56.00 Shorecrest

Individual and event results


SCC Multicultural Job Fair May 11

Shoreline Community College

Multicultural Job Fair

Connecting local employers with job seekers from multilingual and multicultural backgrounds

English language learners and multi-cultural job seekers encouraged to attend!

Employers include:
  • Associated Recreation Council AT/T
  • BECU
  • Bright Horizons 
  • Dept. of Social and Health Services 
  • First Student Charter Bus Rental
  • G4s Secure Solutions
  • Goodwill
  • King County Sheriff 
  • Safeway
  • Seattle Police
  • Shoreline School District
  • Starbucks 
  • and more!
Shoreline Community College
Pagoda Union Building (PUB)
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Thursday, May 11, 2017
10:30am – 1:00pm

More information and find an updated employer list here

*Free parking and shuttle service to campus is available in upper lot behind Shoreline Sears at 160th St. between Aurora and Dayton Ave N. Small fee for parking on campus.
Questions? Contact!

WorkSource is an equal-opportunity partnership of organizations that provide employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to people with disabilities. Washington Relay Service: 711. 


LFP Councilmember Phillips to seek re-election

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mark Phillips is running for re-election
to the Lake Forest Park City Council
Today I am announcing my candidacy for re-election to the Lake Forest Park City Council. The last few years have been generally good ones for the City and I am proud of my contributions as a first-term councilmember.

Budgets were balanced without extraordinary property tax increases, mutually beneficial contracts were negotiated with our two organized employee groups, and franchises were awarded or modified, resulting in improved solid waste services and a new cable option for residents.

There were several landmark accomplishments as well. The 20-Year Comprehensive Plan was updated. Stronger Tree Protection and Critical Areas Ordinances were enacted. And the largest capital project in years, the replacement of four undersized culverts on Lyon Creek, was completed in award winning style, eliminating flooding in the Sheridan Beach neighborhood and improving habitat for salmon migration and rearing.

A great pleasure for me has been representing the City on several regional bodies: the Lake Washington/Cedar River Watershed Salmon Recovery Council and the King Conservation District Advisory Committee, where I help set policies to conserve and enhance natural resources across King County.

Some of the future work of the City is already clear:
  • Supporting bus rapid transit on Bothell Way and planning for a park-and-ride facility - both included in the voter approved ST3 plan
  • Implementing the recommendations of the current Safe Streets and Safe Highways studies
  • Securing funding to continue upstream culvert replacement
  • Developing a true Parks Plan – critical for funding future parks improvements

To these I would add several goals for the City that are important to me: joining our neighboring cities in restricting the use of plastic carryout bags, and finding creative ways for Lake Forest Park to be a more active part of the solution to the accelerating global crisis of climate change.

I am fortunate to serve with capable colleagues and a dedicated administration, and look forward to being a constructive voice on the City Council during the next four years.

Mark Phillips


Express lanes closed this weekend - May Day marches on Monday

Express lanes closed this weekend

Drivers heading towards downtown Seattle this weekend should expect lengthy delays on southbound I-5.

The I-5 express lanes will be closed to southbound traffic on Saturday and Sunday so City of Seattle crews can clean up debris alongside the freeway. The lanes will open northbound by 1:30pm daily.

You can avoid delays on southbound I-5 by using alternate routes, such as Aurora to get into Seattle.

May Day protests coming to Seattle

If you have plans to be around Seattle this Monday, May 1, be aware the traffic may be a little heavier than usual. Planned marches and protests are expected to clog the streets in the downtown core, which could make driving on, or getting to, the freeways through the city more challenging.


Shoreline Walks: Twin Ponds and Parkwood

Shoreline Walks has added several new walks to the list of free community walks, part of the City of Shoreline’s Shoreline Walks program.

Join us on Saturday, May 6t at 10am for a hearty three mile walk exploring the Parkwood neighborhood including Twin Ponds Park and the Community Gardens.

This walk is rated moderate for some short staircases and hills.

Walkers will meet up at the Joann Fabrics parking lot at 15236 Aurora Ave N. No need to sign up, just check in with the walk leader and get walking!

Walk is approximately 2.5 miles / 1.5hrs.

For a full list of walks visit www.shorelinewa.gov/shorelinewalks


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Snohomish County Human Rights Commission
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Edmonds Senior Center, 1:30 - 3:30pm

Join elected officials, community leaders and your neighbors to celebrate our social and cultural diversity as we discuss current events, and encourage people and organizations to take concrete action to support diversity.


  • To raise awareness about the importance of inter-cultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion.
  • To build a community of individuals committed to support diversity with real and every day-life gestures.
  • To combat polarization and stereotypes to improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity was adopted in 2001 affirming the conviction that inter-cultural dialogue is the best guarantee of peace and to reject outright the theory of the inevitable clash of cultures and civilizations.

It raises cultural diversity to the level of “the common heritage of humanity:, “as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature”.

It recognizes culture and dialogue as essential for development, that cultural diversity must be preserved as an adaptive process and as a capacity for expression, creation and innovation.

The Declaration aims both to preserve cultural diversity as a living, and thus renewable treasure, that must not be perceived as being unchanging heritage but as a process guaranteeing the survival of humanity; and to prevent segregation and fundamentalism which, in the name of cultural differences, would sanctify those differences and so counter the message of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Snohomish County is undergoing an explosion of diversity with profound social and cultural change with an increasingly diverse population base 14.5% of us are born in other countries.

Snohomish County Human Rights Commission is committed to the full implementation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Declaration for Cultural Diversity, which sets against inward looking fundamentalism the prospect of a more open, creative and democratic world.


Tree flattens car driven by Shoreline resident

The vehicle flattened by a falling tree on I-5 near Fife was driven by a Shoreline woman.

According to TV reporting by KIRO 7, Mary Sabetto was in slow traffic on I-5, going to visit her sister in Tacoma, when the wind pressure caused a diseased tree to snap about ten feet off the ground and fall. As it fell it knocked down other trees, one of which fell directly on top of Sabetto's car, crushing it.

The tree, a cottonwood, fell across three lanes. It also hit another vehicle but that driver was not seriously injured and the car was able to be driven from the scene.

As far as Sabetto knows, she was driving down the freeway and woke up on a gurney at Harborview. She doesn't remember being removed from her car or being airlifted to Harborview.

She's in a collar with a broken rib and compression fractures. She'll be in a body cast for at least six weeks while she heals. She in in pain but was able to talk to a reporter. (See video)

KIRO 7 has a dash cam video of the tree falling.


Rollover on ramp to I-5 blocks traffic to freeway Thursday

A dramatic rollover accident on Thursday April 27, 2017 around 12:30pm, blocked the ramp to northbound I-5 at NE 175th. The semi-truck apparently did not make the turn and flipped, leaving the cab upright.

For a while, motorists were able to skirt by, using the carpool lane onto the freeway.

Crews arrived for the clean up and by 1:30pm had the semi upright. However, their work completely blocked the ramp and drivers had to take another entrance.


Where in the World #4

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

This time the globe trotting photographer is Lee Lageschulte. Marc Weinberg, Lee Lageschulte, and Steven H. Robinson all travel and it should be no surprise to anyone that their cameras go with them.

So - where in the world was Lee when she took this photo?


Don't worry folks - it's only a drill

Active shooter drill
Photo courtesy Northshore Fire

Our police and fire departments never stop training. This particular exercise was an active shooter drill staged as a joint operation between Northshore Fire and the LFP Police department.

These drills are very realistic and the participants take them as seriously as if they were real, so they will be ready when they are in a live situation.


Shoreline Fire Calls April 17-23

Shoreline firefighters training on ladder truck
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Shoreline Fire calls for the week of April 17-23 are as follows...

Aid - 56
Aid Non Emergency - 11
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 5
CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 3
Medic - 54
Cardiac Arrest - 5
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 9
Gas Spill/Absorbent - 1
Natural Gas Commercial - 2
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 1
Service Call - 2
Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 2
Vehicle Fire - 1


CoderDojo Saturday at Richmond Beach Library and Sunday at Shoreline Library

Coding Lab for kids and teens this Saturday April 29 at the Richmond Beach Library, 
19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.
Sunday April 30 at the Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155
Questions? Contact Leslie Carter, Youth Librarian


Meridian Park Neighborhood seeks Board Members - apply now

Looking for a way to be of service in your Meridian Park Neighborhood and put some new leadership experience on your resumé?

Meridian Park Neighborhood Association needs more board members!
This is an opportunity to forge deeper friendships with your neighbors, connect with your community, get to know where you live, and get an understanding of how the City of Shoreline works.

APPLY NOW - Elections are Tuesday, MAY 16 at the monthly meeting at City Hall, Room 303.

We need a Secretary (officer) and Board Members-at-Large. Yes, you can be a board member! 

Fun responsibilities include team planning monthly meetings with relevant topics/speakers, spearhead/support one-time and annual community building and community service projects, and most importantly, BRING YOUR UNIQUE SKILLS AND TALENTS to the Board.

There is a one page application to help us know you better – email us at  to get an application sent to you, or call Gretchen at 206-364-2821 with any questions.

You can also find us on Facebook and message us there.

Correction: Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 16


Jobs: Part-time passport agent in Lake Forest Park

PLEASE NOTE: A City of Lake Forest Park Employment Application is required for this position. Failure to complete an application may disqualify you from consideration for this position.

This is a part-time position on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and occasional Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. when customer demand for passports is high and/or when regular Passport Agents cannot work their assigned shift on Saturdays. We will provide training. Job will begin as soon as the successful applicant completes the training and certification process to become a certified Passport Agent.

This position is primarily responsible for assisting customers with passport applications while maintaining confidentiality. The job’s purpose is to process passport applications for US citizens for convenient and local service and to provide customer service to applicants that have previously applied for a passport and need assistance with additional information requested by the National Passport Agency. Passport agents also take photographs onsite, as needed.

Complete job description and application


Final weekend to see SMT's KISS ME KATE!

Seattle Musical Theatre (SMT), Seattle's longest-running musical theatre company ends its 39th season this weekend with the Cole Porter Classic, Kiss Me Kate!

KISS ME KATE is the charming story of two musical theatre actors- once married, now divorced- as they star together in a Broadway- bound musical version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.

Soon, tensions mount and tempers flare, until it seems no amount of acting can save this show. But when two gangsters arrive to settle an old score, success becomes a matter of survival!

Filled with humor and classic songs like "Wunderbar" and "So in Love", along with sizzling dance numbers like "Too Darn Hot", it's no wonder Kiss Me Kate became Cole Porter's biggest hit!

Secure your seats by visiting SMT's website.


Green Community Design speaker May 11

City of Shoreline continues its Green Building Speaker series on Thursday, May 11 with Green Community Design, Walker Leiser, LFA, PDC, Living Technology Consultant.

Shoreline City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 7-9pm

If you miss an event, videos will be online


Kickoff for 2017 Million Step Challenge Saturday at Paramount School Park

The community is invited to the kickoff of Shoreline’s 2017 Million Step Challenge this Saturday, April 29 at 9am at Paramount School Park, 15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

The Million Step Challenge officially runs May 1 – May 31, however, the kickoff event is your chance to complete an extra day’s worth of steps towards this fun fitness competition.

What is the Million Step Challenge?

The Million Step Challenge is a free month long event that invites people of all ages and abilities to walk as much as they can during the month of May in the name of health, fitness and friendly competition.

Participants compete against each other for prizes, as well as working together to reach the community goal of 5 million steps walked in one month’s time. New for 2017, the Million Step Challenge is expanding to allow participants to walk anywhere they want and log their totals in several new ways.

Using the online step tracker found on the webpage, walkers can log either their steps from a pedometer, miles, or their laps walked at Paramount School Park. There is no need to sign up and participants without internet access can log their totals on a paper version of the step tracker located at Paramount School Park (155th St and 8th Ave NE). Totals are posted online revealing who the current top steppers are and how far we are in reaching our 5 million step goal.

More information can be found here or contact Recreation Specialist Marianne Johnson


38th Annual Shoreline Invitational Track and Field meet Saturday dedicated to Frank Workman and Steve Pouley

T-Bird Devin Kirk, left, is again expected to do well in
the boys 800. Photo by Corey Rainboth at 2016 Invitational

Close to 1,000 athletes from 73 schools are set to compete in largest all-boys track invite in the NW on Saturday, April 29, 2017 starting at noon at Shoreline Stadium, N 185th and 5th NE.

Shoreline Stadium will again host many of the best Boys Track and Field teams and individuals from around the state in the 38th Annual Shoreline Invitational.

Field events are scheduled to begin at 12pm, while the first running event is slated for 1pm. Over 1,000 athletes from 73 schools are expected in the biggest all-boys invitational in the Northwest.

This year’s meet is celebrated as the 38th annual meet. The meet first began in 1974 and continued through 1982. With the closing of Shoreline High School, the meet shut down from 1983-1988. In 1989, the meet started up again under the name Thunderbird Invitational and has been going strong since. The name was changed back to Shoreline Invitational in 1994, with both Shoreline high schools (Shorecrest and Shorewood) supporting the meet.

Ticket Prices: Adults $7
Students W/ASB $5
Seniors and Children $4

Team title up for grabs: Last year, Lincoln nearly doubled up second place Bishop Blanchet by scoring 67 points to win the team title. Blanchet was second with 39. While Lincoln is not back to defend its title, a very balanced field arrives on Saturday. It should be a fun day to see who ends up with top honors. Many of last years top 10 teams return … perhaps one of them will be the winner. 

Last years top 10: Lincoln (67), Bishop Blanchet (39), Inglemoor (37) Kentridge (35), O’Dea (33.5), Tahoma (30), Shorewood (26), University (23), Bonney Lake (23), University (23) and Bellingham (22).

This year Bonney Lake, Jackson and North Central seem to be the strongest on paper. We’ll see how it plays out on Saturday. Should be a fun run towards the team title.

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

The 400 and 800 may be the feature races of the day. Six of the state's top 10 will be racing in the 400, led by third ranked O’Dea product Evan Mafilas. Three of the states top five athletes in the boys 800 will square off as well with Noah Wallace (Lewis and Clark), Chris Bianchini (Glacier Peak) and home town product Devin Kirk (Shorewood) all having times under 1:54.5. 

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

This year's meet is dedicated to Frank Workman and Steve Pouley. 

Don Dalziel, Director of Athletics for Shoreline Schools, says, "We are fortunate in the Shoreline Community to have two outstanding, dedicated announcers working at our stadiums for athletic events. Frank and Steve have been the voices heard since 2004. They are a large reason that Shoreline is able to host events each year and are especially part of the success of this track meet."


Op-Ed: Gov. Inslee - bring in the National Guard for the Seattle May Day March

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May Day March 4th Ave  Seattle 2008
Wikimedia Commons
Shorewood students Jacob Delaney, Tyler Hanthorn, and Keegan Cass have written an open letter to Gov. Jay Inslee with their concerns about the Seattle May Day March. They plan to deliver the letter to his office on Thursday.

Dear Governor Inslee,

We write to you today as concerned citizens and students from Shorewood High School. In light of recent developments in our region and across America, we fear this year’s May Day protest march may likely turn dangerous.

We ask you to carefully consider calling the Washington National Guard into Seattle to protect life and property in the event that the protests become violent.

People are angry. People are scared. They see messages of peace but they are tarnished by the violent actions of a righteously angered people claiming the same values as the ones preaching love. Many of these people do not see a peaceful, non-adversarial approach to ending hatred.

We see our friends losing faith in the government’s ability to impose order, enact just legislation, and keep the peace.

On January 20th, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Following President Trump’s inauguration, many protests broke out across the nation, including in the great City of Seattle. The largest protest in the city that day was a peaceful protest, organized by the Socialist Alternative, that began in Westlake Park.

However, upon their arrival in Red Square at the University of Washington, where a crowd had gathered to see controversial journalist Milo Yiannopoulos, a group of black bloc* rioters emerged from within the otherwise peaceful protest group and began using acts of violence to force people away from the event.

*[Ed. Wikipedia. "A black bloc is a name given to groups of protesters who wear black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing and face-protecting items."]

We were in Red Square when the protests got out of hand. We watched as our friends and neighbors were assaulted and robbed by black bloc rioters. We ran from Red Square to the sound of gunfire.

On the news that night, we saw Seattle Police Chief O’Toole proudly announce that no arrests were made and that the night was a good night for free speech. She may have been right; she may have been wrong, but from the experience we had, this was not a reassuring message. We felt as if the police had been ordered to stand down against a threat to public safety and as a result we did not feel safe in Red Square.

In the weeks since January 20th, we have seen our peers become more open to violent solutions. We have watched our friends on both ends of the political spectrum defend recent political violence and express support for further violence as they see necessary. Outside our community, rallies and protests across the Pacific Northwest have led only to increased tensions.

Marchers for Trump in Lake Oswego, Ore., brought in militants from the Three Percenters for security when a small group of progressives arrived to counter-protest their rally. In Berkeley, Calif., fights routinely break out between the increasingly militant right-wing group the Order of the Alt-Knight and the left-wing militant group By Any Means Necessary. There is an atmosphere of anger, fear, and hate, and it appears to be nearing its boiling point.

On May 1st, there is going to be a protest march in Seattle. In recent years, the annual May Day protests have often gotten out of hand and devolved into riots. Last year on May 1st, people were injured and property was damaged; Seattle police were attacked with rocks, fireworks, and Molotov cocktails. Considering the history of these protests and the growing tension since President Trump has taken office, there is a legitimate fear that this year's May Day protest may likely turn dangerous.

Present at this event will be at least three groups: peaceful protesters, black bloc rioters, and the Seattle Police Department. Also with the recent formation of the Alt-Knights and other calls to action within right-wing circles, it is not unlikely that there may be a violent right-wing resistance to the black bloc rioters as well.

Given the current social and political environment, any spark of violence, chaos, or destruction could undermine the entire purpose of the march, putting countless lives in danger in the process. In addition to the threat to life, we are concerned about acts of arson, vandalism, and looting that occur in these riot situations.

To this end we strongly urge you, the governor, to consider the placement of the Washington National Guard in Seattle for this protest march on the first of May.

We believe the National Guard is suitable for this situation because the stated mission of the Washington National Guard is to, “on order of the Governor, support the civil agencies that have the primary responsibility to protect life and property, and preserve the peace, order and public safety.” 

The May Day protest this year could pose a threat to life and property, as well as peace, order, and public safety.

Concern will be expressed about the presence of a paramilitary organization at the site of a nonviolent protest. Their concern is justified, but so long as the purpose of this placement is to safeguard life and protect property, and so long as this goal can be achieved with integrity and respect for all human life present, including the crowds they will be forced to control, we believe that the presence of the Guard could be instrumental in avoiding a tragedy this year.

If it cannot be ensured that the Guard will be providing for the safety of the protesters, citizens, and police, then they should not be placed in the city. This is not the only solution, and it may not be the best solution, or the one you ultimately arrive at, but it is an option that must be seriously considered because of the severity of this threat.

This is an important decision to make but it must be made carefully. Bringing in the National Guard could save lives, but if implemented poorly it could further increase public distrust in the government. The views of the people will need to be taken into consideration, since this is likely to be a major event our state’s largest city, but the call will ultimately be yours to make, Governor Inslee.


New SR 520 floating bridge named America’s top engineering feat

520 Floating Bridge video and booklet

Precisely one year after opening to traffic, the new State Route 520 floating bridge on Tuesday, April 25, received one of the country’s highest engineering awards: the 2017 Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The annual award was presented the Washington State Department of Transportation during ACEC’s conference in Washington, D.C. to honor the nation’s best overall engineering achievement.

“This is an incredible honor for a remarkable project,” said Julie Meredith, Administrator of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “An amazing, collaborative group of people deserve credit for this.”

Meredith made special note of HDR, the general engineering consultant on SR 520 reconstruction program; Kiewit/General/Manson, the new floating bridge’s design-builder; and KPFF, the bridge’s lead design consultant.

The floating bridge was one of 162 projects throughout the world vying for ACEC’s top engineering award. The new bridge opened to traffic on April 25, 2016, and is the longest floating span of highway in the world, at 7,708 feet. Its predecessor on Lake Washington – opened in 1963 – measured 130 feet shorter.

“This is one of the great engineering feats of our time,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “The new bridge is an example of how our state is working to build a resilient, world-class, multimodal transportation system that will serve generations to come.”

Lake Washington’s extreme depth and soft lakebed required the construction of a floating bridge rather than a conventional fixed bridge.

Online booklet, page 10

The new floating bridge, supported by more, bigger and stronger pontoons than the old bridge, is designed to withstand much stronger windstorms and waves. Moreover, the new bridge provides greater transportation mobility for the region, with bus/carpool lanes in both directions and a cross-lake bicycle-pedestrian path. Its design also allows it to be retrofitted for light rail if the region pursues that option in the future.

When reconstruction of the entire SR 520 corridor is complete, the bridge and connecting highway will carry about 10 percent more vehicles and 17 percent more people during peak traffic hours, while reducing rush-hour, cross-lake commutes between Seattle and Bellevue by about a half hour.

Recent past winners of ACEC’s Grand Conceptor Award are the San Francisco Air Traffic Control Tower (2016); the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span (2015); Wacker Drive/Congress Parkway Reconstruction (Chicago 2014); Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, (Kansas City, 2013); Lake Borgne Storm Surge Barrier (New Orleans, 2012); and the Hoover Dam Bypass (2011).

A brief video documentary and online booklet – both posted on the new bridge’s April 25 one-year anniversary – provide more information about the structure’s design and construction. You can also follow the SR 520 project on Twitter.

Steve Peer, WSDOT communications


Photo: Who thinks up tulip names

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Wayne Pridemore says,

"Have you wondered who thinks up names for tulips? Scarlet Pimpernel, Salmon Parrot, Finola, Buster, Pink Impression, and Zurel, to name just a few.

"My personal favorites are Ice Cream and Cash."


22 orcas at City Hall Thursday for Artists' Reception

Orca Artists Reception

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 7:30pm

Shoreline City Hall Lobby
17500 Midvale Avenue N

Richmond Beach Community Association and the City of Shoreline invite the public to attend an opening reception of the finished artwork for RBCA’s Beach Orcas public art project.

Artists will be in attendance along with all 22 orcas for viewing. Light refreshments and musical accompaniment provided; welcoming remarks by Mayor Chris Roberts, Parks Director Eric Friedli and others at 6:00pm.

All are welcome!


Alpha Delta Kappa awards scholarships to local students

Ella Chandler and Kayla Arnesan
Alpha Delta Kappa is pleased to announce the awarding of two scholarships to future teachers.

Kayla Arnesan of Shorecrest High School and Ella Chandler of Shorewood High School each received $1,000 for post-high school education.

Kayla plans to attend Western Washington University and eventually teach high school.

Ella will go to Washington State University to become an elementary school teacher.

Alpha Delta Chapter of Washington State

ADK is an international fraternal fellowship of women educators established to promote excellence in education and support worthy community programs relating to education, families, and world understanding. Alpha Delta Chapter was organized in Shoreline in 1963 and regularly contributes to local schools and charities.


Shorewood softball ends losing streak with victory over Oak Harbor

The Shorewood softball team ended its season-long losing streak with a 15-14 home victory over Oak Harbor.

Brianne McCaslin hit a double and a triple for Shorewood; teammate Sophie Feise hit three for four with a double; and Haley Osborn hit three for five. Bonnie Paulson was the winning pitcher in the game at Shorewood's home Meridian Park fields.

The Thunderbirds now take a 1-10 Wesco 3A record (1-12 overall) into a Friday 6pm home game with Lynnwood at Meridian Park.

Shorewood vs. Oak Harbor
Meridian Park Field, 4-25-17







--Coach Paul Jensen


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Bubonic Panic

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bubonic Panic : when plague invaded America
by Gail Jarrow

Most people know the basic history of the Black Plague: that it probably started in Constantinople in the year 542, and quickly spread through Europe and the Middle East and killed somewhere between a third and half of the population.

What most people may not know is that cases of bubonic plague still occur in modern times -- and that there have been several outbreaks on the west coast of the United States.

Centered first on the Chinese district of San Francisco (1900-1904), plague bacteria -- mostly carried by fleas on rats, but also on ground squirrels, domestic cats, and even humans -- have gradually spread out on the North American continent.

Plague outbreaks were documented in New Orleans (1914), Los Angeles (1924), and even in Seattle (1907). There were fifteen confirmed cases reported in the United States last year!

Is there cause for concern? Are there steps you can take to avoid becoming part of a Monty Python sketch?


Read this book, and you'll know what to do.

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

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


Orphan Trains are topic of Sno-Isle Genealogical Society meeting May 3

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30pm at the LDS Building, 22015 48th Ave W in Mountlake Terrace, with a program at 7pm by Kent Morgan.

Morgan will cover “Orphan Trains from New York.”

Orphan Trains were the solution the big eastern cities came up with to solve the problem of large numbers of orphans, including children whose parents were sent to the workhouses. They simply packed all the children on a train going west.

The train stopped at towns along the way and people came and picked out children to take. Some children went to loving homes. Some were separated from siblings and sent to a live of slavery.

Guests are welcome.

A free Beginning Genealogy class will be held the first Saturday of the month, May 6, from 10-11am at Sno-Isle Genealogical Research library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood.

For more information on either program, call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday between the hours of 11am and 3pm.


Cover replacement for 60 million gallon reservoir

Aerial view of Horizon View Park and reservoir
Google Earth

Seattle Public Utilities is beginning the process to replace the floating cover on the 60-million gallon Lake Forest Park Reservoir in Horizon View Park.

Installed in 2001, the cover is near the end of its life.

SPU and City of Lake Forest Park staff met to discuss the project, including cover options and drainage needs, Lake Forest Park’s interests at the site, and coordination.

SPU is focusing its evaluation on replacing the existing floating cover with another floating cover or an aluminum cover.

Lake Forest Park staff expressed interest in partnering in some way to help meet other City objectives, including the possibility for more public use of the areas to the north and east of the reservoir itself, more area and greenspace for the perimeter path currently in right-of-way and possible use of solar panels.

Staff also inquired whether a buried reservoir with possible top use was under consideration. SPU is putting together a planning level cost estimate for a buried reservoir as part of the evaluation, but does not see it as a viable option due to a $70-90 million premium over the existing cover replacement options being considered.

Additional meetings will be held as the project unfolds. Construction is planned for 2020.

--City Administrator's report to Council, Lake Forest Park


Obituary: Mike Koski

Michael Anton Koski
April 11, 1987 - April 2, 2017

Michael Anton Koski, a witty and adventurous Washingtonian, passed away on April 2, 2017. He was the youngest son of William and Nancy Koski, brother to Allan Koski, and awesome uncle to Kalan and Kaiya Koski.

Michael was strong, unpretentious, and incredibly artistic. He worked as a union electrician, with an affinity for his boots, Carhartts, and beanies. Michael was a talented artist, and he had an enduring love for music, tattoos, the Seahawks, and art.

He enjoyed the company of close friends and family, and was loved by many. Michael had the gift of giving people a reason to laugh in almost any situation, and giving a shoulder to cry on when people needed it the most.

Michael grew up in the Shoreline neighborhood and was a graduate of Shorewood High School. He was active in helping peers battle drug addiction during the recovery process.

Michael is survived by a very large extended family: the Schmidt family, the Neigum family, and the Koski family.

There will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate Michael’s life on Saturday, April 29 from 1pm to 4pm at the Shoreline Center, Shoreline Room (north end) 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bullseye Dog Rescue or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals


Letter to the Editor: it's time that Washington state lives by its values

To the Editor

I have lived in the greater Seattle area for 22 years (and in Shoreline for the past 9 years), and I love our state. Washington to me represents beauty, innovation through education, and hope for a better world because of our values.

I have also seen rents increase by over 100%, many good people being priced out of their neighborhoods, homelessness increase as a select few have gotten extraordinarily wealthy, and our tax code has become the most regressive in the US. I don’t fault those who have been successful, but I do believe that they should be willing to invest some of their fabulous wealth back into the things that make this state so successful and special.

That’s why I believe in the Democratic led House Bill 2186, which creates common sense revenue for investments like education, infrastructure, and social services for the most vulnerable brothers and sisters. Closing the capital gains loophole is especially smart policy that 42 other states have already enacted, and is projected to raise $715 million for our state while affecting only 2% of Washingtonians. It is time that Washington lives by its values and passes a budget that stops placing so much of the financial burden on the backs of those least able to pay.

Mary Hobbs


Celtic Celebration with Northwest Junior Pipe Band - with or without whiskey

Shoreline based Northwest Junior Pipe Band

A Celtic Celebration! 
 Featuring the Northwest Junior Pipe Band and Friends

“Supporting young pipers and drummers in the Pacific Northwest”

One night only!

Saturday, May 6th concert at 7:00pm
Whisky Tasting Pre-Event at 5:30pm (special ticket required)

For Tickets visit the ECA Box Office

Treat yourself to the dramatic music of the highland bagpipes and drums and the traditional rhythms and melodies of Scottish fiddlers. The evening will showcase the very best young Celtic musicians in the Pacific Northwest.

Join the champion Northwest Junior Pipe Band along with the award-winning Shelton Highland dancers, Irish dancers and Scottish fiddlers as they take you on a highland journey of Scottish and Irish music and dance.

Kick off your evening with our premier whisky tasting pre-event, including Glenfiddich and The Balvenie, led by The Whisky Guy. VIP tickets include the best seats in the house (preferred seating balcony AA / BB) and specially paired hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds benefit NWJPB. Reserve early, seating is limited. What a great way to start your evening!

Visit the ECA Box Office for your tickets, now! Or call 425-275-9595 for assistance.

Check out the band at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in 2015.

Who is the Northwest Junior Pipe Band?

The Northwest Junior Pipe Band (NWJPB), based in Shoreline, is the only youth pipe band in Washington State and is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest. The band is comprised of pipers and drummers aged 8-18.

NWJPB is proud to be the 2015 and 2016 BCPA Grand Aggregate winner, Washington State Champions and the US West Coast Drum Corps Champions.

The band has travelled to Scotland three times to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships, most recently in 2015, where they placed 6th in their division, making them the highest ranked juvenile band outside of Scotland.

NWJPB is dedicated to preserving Scottish musical heritage and developing young musicians. The band operates its own Pipe Band School offering beginning instruction for pipes and drums for youth ages six and up. Along with competing and performing, band members learn the true meaning of dedication, teamwork, responsibility, and serving their community.

Northwest Junior Pipe Band is one of those rare groups that provides enriching, and fun experiences for youth, as well as something highly prized by our kids – a strong social network supporting one another through life-long friendships!

Shoreline and Edmonds based NWJPB plays a variety of venues (private and public), including parades, Veteran’s and Memorial Day events, Northwest Folklife, competitions all across the Northwest, British Columbia and abroad, weddings and funerals, and coming up, their own concert held at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

If you are interested in learning more about the band, or want to support the NWJPB program, join the band at their annual fundraising concert, or stop by the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline on any Thursday evening, where the band practices from 6:30-8:30. Just listen for them - you’re sure to find them! NWJPB, Growing Pipers and Drummers in the Northwest since 1995!

NWJPB is a registered 503(c) Non-Profit, all proceeds go to outfitting the band, travel expenses, and teaching.

We pride ourselves on welcoming all newcomers! Beginners are welcome!

Northwest Junior Pipe Band NWJPB


Conflict in the South China Seas - Thursday at Shoreline Community College

The Global Affairs Center has two events Thursday. A speaker in the morning and Great Discussions continues in the evening.

In the morning...

Finding Your “True North” - My Education Journey
Loretta Fisher (Shoreline, ’07)
Graduate Student, UW, Environmental Science and Resource Management
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:30-12:20
Room 1503

Loretta’s educational journey took her from economics to Asian languages, from criminal justice reform to ecological restoration. She shares her personal experience from growing up in rural Colorado trailer parks to doing serious scientific research as a graduate student, and along the way discovering an avocation that, in her own words ”has enabled me to adapt my educational track over time to find my own unique path.”

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Room 1503 (campus map)
There is a small fee for parking on campus during the daytime.

That same evening the conversation continues . . .

“Conflict in the South China Sea”
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30- 8:30pm
Guest Moderator:  Bill Center, Vice Admiral (retired) U.S. Navy

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Room 1010 (campus map)
Parking is FREE on campus in the evening.
Attendance is limited and there is an entrance fee of $5 payable at the door.

For more information go to the GAC website, or contact Larry Fuell or Jonathan Peebles

For details on more upcoming events -- including a conversation with students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and another conversation with a group of veterans who served in the U.S. military in Vietnam – go to the GAC events calendar.


Shorewood avenges tennis loss to Shorecrest

Varsity Girls Tennis Wesco South
4-25-17 at Shorewood
Shorewood 5 - Shorecrest 2

Shorewood T-Birds led by Senior captains Meredith Rand and Marin Counter defeated Shorecrest Scots 5-2 to avenge a 3-4 loss at Shorecrest the day before on Monday April 24th.

T-Bird Sasha Gaeth won her 11th eleventh straight set match to remain undefeated.

In a very long and hard-fought match Bretta Petersen defeated her Scot opponent in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Also winning for the Thunderbirds were Nicole Nelson in singles and doubles teams Marin Counter / Emily McDowell and Anna Soper / Summer Cornell.

Meadowdale will host Shorewood on Wednesday the 26th with matches starting at 3:30pm.


1. Sasha Gaeth SW def. Anna Burke SC  6-0, 6-0
2. Bretta Petersen SW def. Sophie Ivens SC  3-6, 7-5, 6-4
3. Elizabeth Parsek SC def. Michelle Yang SW  6-2, 6-2
4. Nicole Nelson SW def. Kim Tran SC  6-1, 6-2


1.Bella Saunders / Tessa Farnham SC def. Maddie Bong / Meredith Rand SW 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

2. Emily McDowell / Marin Counetr SW def. Julie Moss / Kate Wiper SC 6-2, 6-4

3. Anna Soper / Summer Cornell SW def. Sydney Leek / Coco Hart SC 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

--Coach Arnie Moreno


Shorecrest v Shorewood varsity tennis results 4-24-17

Varsity tennis
4/24/17 Kellogg MS Courts
Shorecrest 4 -  Shorewood 3
Shorecrest overall record 7-2

Shorecrest players and scores are listed first


1.  Anna Burke Gr 10 v Sasha Gaeth Gr 10  0-6, 0-6  L
2.  Elizabeth Parsek Gr 12 v Bretta Petersen Gr 10  3-6, 4-6  L
3.  Bella Saunders Gr 10 v Violet Murphy Gr 10  6-1, 6-0  W
4.  Tessa Farnam Gr 12 v Brenna Day Gr 11  6-0, 6-0 W


1.  Julie Moss Gr 12 v Meredith Rand Gr 12
     Kate Wiper Gr 12 v Emily McDowell Gr 10   5-7, 6-3, 3-6  L

2.  Sydney Leek Gr 11 v Michelle Yang Gr 11
     Coco Hart Gr 11 v Nicole Nelson Gr 11   6-4, 6-3  W

3.  Kim Tran Gr 10 v Summer Cornell Gr 11
     Nastay Kot Gr 11 v Samantha Rand Gr 9   6-2, 5-7, 6-2  W

Coach Robert Mann


Death notices as of April 21

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times

Royages Easton  1947-2017  His family moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1965, where he attended Franklin High School, Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington.

Thomas M. Fisher  1926-2017  Tom lived in the same house in Shoreline for 68 years. He loved all things about boats and boating and built a 30-foot Monk designed diesel cabin cruiser in his backyard. In 1943 he joined the Navy and saw considerable war action in the Pacific aboard the USS Mississippi.

Gloria Bryce  age 63  Friends and family filled the sanctuary of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church to celebrate the life of Shoreline resident and volunteer Gloria Bryce. See previous notice.

Annette Cecile (Baillargeon) Fischer  1956-2017  Annette taught preschool at St. Mark's for 18 years and was an integral part of the St. Mark's community. "This was her life's calling and she loved every minute of it."  Celebration of life, Rosary, and Funeral Liturgy were held at St. Marks Catholic Church in Shoreline.

Walter Bronowitz  age 64  Services at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club for Walter Bronowitz, who died unexpectedly of a cardiac event on February 9, 2017.

James Leo Kenealy  1924-2017  Lake Forest Park resident loved Model-T Fords. He restored a 1914 Model-T Ford and was an avid collector of accessories. He later collected antique phonographs and music machines. He was in the Navy during WW II, then joined the Merchant Marine and saw the world. He was a member of the Puget Sound chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America, Masonic University Lodge No. 141, the Nile Shrine, and Teamsters Local #174.

Erik Forrest Wyss  Services will be held at St. Mark's for Erik Wyss who died after a 14 month battle with brain cancer. He loved pets and driving fast cars, boats, and motorcycles.

Phil C. Woolwine  Services at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church. Donations can be made to the Seattle Audubon Society.

Richard Patrick "Pat" Sinclair 1949-2017 Pat passed away at his home in Kona, Hawaii. He was a graduate of Shoreline High School. As a young musician, he was "Lance" in the country rock group Lance Romance. In 1980 he moved to Kona, where he played music and grew avocados.

Roland G. (Ron) Hoefer  1922-2017  The Lake Forest Park resident found his work passion in real estate, building his own brokerage firm and building. He was a master appraiser, working first for the FHA, then creating his own company, Western Appraisal. He was elected president of the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He was a Master Mason for 50 years, a member of the Mayflower Descendants, St. Mark Church in Shoreline, and a Fellow of Seattle Pacific University.

Robert (Bob) James Harkleroad  1944-2017  Taught for 31 years in the Shoreline School District. He played baseball in high school and college and coached kid's teams. In his retirement he worked for the Bear Creek Golf Course and the Mariners.

Evelyn V. Schellenberg  1920-2017  Passed away in Shoreline.

Jerald "Jerry" Kellie Bell  1925-2017  For 34 years, Shoreline resident Jerry Bell was a member of the Puget Sounders Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, a national organization, and for 32 years, published the chapter's newsletter. He was in the US Army Air Corps, then US Air Force, for 10 years. He worked as an Architect and Landscape Architect in Seattle for over 60 years, continuing work into his 90s.

Timothy Jay Waterman age 55 died in a work related accident in Lake Forest Park April 13, one day before his 4th child was born. (See KOMO story). Service were held at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church. To make a donation to help the family with funeral costs, visit the GoFundMe site.


Photo: Poem Spring

Spider webs and moss

Bushtits flying in and out

Tiny nests of spring.

Photo and Haiku by Marcia McLaughlin


Shoreline Parks board Thursday

Kayu Kayu Ac Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services / Tree Board Regular Meeting, Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00pm, City Hall Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N. 98133

 Agenda Highlights

  •     Election of Chair and Vice-Chair (Action)
  •     Annual Reports by Community Partners
  •         Shoreline Historical Museum
  •         Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
  •         Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
  •     Ronald Bog Park Wetlands Proposal (Action)
  •     Synthetic Turf Infill Material (Action)
  •     Draft PROS Plan Distribution

Link to the Community Calendar for the full agenda and packet materials

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