Ronnie's story: When your cat is stuck in a tree - call Canopy Cat Rescue

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ronnie spent 11 hours in a tree in Lake Forest Park
Photo by Canopy Cat Rescue

By Cyndi Jewett

Ronnie is a black and white male cat with a tuxedo front and a mustache. I always say "No one is a bigger fan of Ronnie then Ronnie". He is a sweet loving talkative boy who loves treats and walks around like he owns the place.

My 19 year old daughter always makes sure he is in the night and when she still didn't see him at 2am she went outside to call for him and shake his treats. She heard his meow and went to see where he was and found him way up in a tree near our home in Lake Forest Park.

I was at a loss as to what to do, scared for Ronnie and my daughter was panicking. My first thought was the fire department (like in the tv shows), but that isn't a reality as I quickly learned. I called the non-emergency police line and they had no idea where to send me.

I called two emergency vet hospitals and they had no helpful information. This was all before 3am. I decided to leave a voicemail mail for my vet and PAWS to call me in the morning when they opened.

I thought about trying to find someone with a ladder and getting him down myself, but realized that was not a safe option for me, but really had no idea of what to do.

My vet called me first and they suggested shaking treats or opening a can of tune, but I explained there was no way for him to get down by himself, which CCR later confirmed. They had no other options they could offer me.

PAWS called and they gave me the number to Canopy Cat Rescue!!!!!! I was thrilled! I thought there was no help for Ronnie. He was scared and the crows were surrounding him, not happy he was in their tree. I called Shaun at CCR at 8am and he had Ronnie out of the tree by 10:30am. We think Ronnie was in the tree for about 12 hours.

We were told by CCR that they believe he was chased up the tree by another animal, possibly a coyote.

I am doing my best to spread the word, so everyone knows about CCR. They offer an invaluable service that anyone can afford since it is by donation. They suggest $75 to $100, but will take more or less. They believe every cat deserves to be helped getting down from a tree. We as cat owners couldn't agree more. I was happy to donate $100, which is well worth it for their service. Imagine the vet bills if he would have fallen or the medical bills if I would have tried to rescue him...

Canopy Cat Rescue is two brothers-in-law, Shaun Sears and Tom Otto. They are arborists who love cats. They have no problem climbing up 75 feet into a swaying tree to sweet talk a terrified cat into a rescue net.

They rescue treed cats all over Puget Sound. In the last week they have been on Camano Island, Key Peninsula, Renton, Redmond, West Seattle, Renton, Auburn, and Port Ludlow. They average about 400 cats a year, but they have already broken that record this year.

And they have a day job, as arborists specializing in habitat creation and monitoring in tree canopies. 


Letter to the Editor: Jesse Salomon responds

To the Editor:

In reading the responses to the original letter on the issue of racist violence in Virginia last weekend and Trump's unwillingness to clearly condemn that racist violence I feel compelled to write again.

Some of the writers have condemned both sides and while not necessarily agreeing with Trump's sympathy for racists, have agreed with his comments that both sides are to blame.

While I understand some of the writers' stated desire to remain in the center I disagree with their notion of equivalency between far-left and far-right.

Some members of left wing movements have crossed red lines into property destruction and violence. Although I condemn those individual actors, they are a fringe within such movements. I highly doubt for example that the majority of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement would agree with those acts. My sense is BLM is a fairly loose knit organization dedicated to the notion that black lives have been taken less seriously than white lives. They however do not have a governing ideology or an organized intention to take over and govern. In stark contrast, the neo-Nazi movement at its core is about taking power and using violence to forcibly impose its agenda.

I hear the longing of these writers to find a center, an equilibrium and a stability in American politics. Part of me also longs for that. However we should only seek that center after agreeing to exclude and cut out of the body politic the notion that any neo-Nazi movement can be seen as equivalent to other movements of the left or the right.

I believe in freedom of speech. Even hate speech. That's why it's critical that we all participate in democracy and use our voices to condemn neo-Nazis and hold accountable political leaders who refuse to clearly disavow such views.

Jesse Salomon


LFP Rotary awards Jeff Weissman Award to Kenmore Air

Leslie Banks, Greg Monroe and Todd Banks of Kenmore Air have been selected as recipients of the Lake Forest Park Rotary annual Jeff Weissman Business Award for Outstanding Community Service. 

Only those businesses and business persons that have shown exemplary service, fair business practices, and noteworthy ethical behavior are eligible to receive this award. 

You should be proud that members of your community have recognized you as meeting these qualifications.

The award will be announced and they will be recognized at the Lake Forest Park Picnic in the Park at Animal Acres on September 9, 2017. They will be presented with a beautiful crystal trophy on that day.

As winner of the award they will also receive two tickets to the Rotary's annual fundraiser dinner and auction “Havana Nights” at the Inglewood Golf Club on Saturday, February 10, 2018, where they will again be recognized.


Letter to the Editor: Hate speech is not the same as free speech

To the Editor:

I don’t agree that hate speech is the same as free speech. Hate speech is aimed at a person or a group to intimidate them and to arouse fear. It is a form of bullying, assault and terrorism. It is an incitement to violence. It certainly wasn’t what our forefathers had in mind in the context of the rule of tyranny and dictatorship they were rejecting. Free speech was a right to speak aloud opinion, hopefully after due consideration, without fear of being arrested.

Vicki Westberg


Outdoor movie and raffle to benefit Children's Hospital patients

Please join the amazing Little Lemon Drops Guild members on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 6pm at the Innis Arden Clubhouse, 1430 NW 188th, 98177 for their 6th annual Outdoor Movie Night and Raffle event benefiting Seattle Children's. This year's movie is a Disney favorite - Moana!

Bring your family to hear inspiring guest patient stories and help these amazing young philanthropists raise funds for uncompensated care. $5 suggestion donation; concessions and pizza are available, and there's beer and wine for adults.

The Little Lemon Drop guild started in 2007 and currently has 24 active members ranging from 5th to 11th grade.

To date they have raised $100,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital!


Dahlia show coming to Sky Aug 26-27

Irish Blackhart, a recent origination by
Steve and Sandy Boley of Birch Bay, WA
Another banner year for dahlias (after that rainy, cold spring we are experiencing glorious summer weather so our favorite flower is bursting with energy).

The Puget Sound Dahlia Association, known the dahlia world over as the leading club, holds its annual PSDA DAHLIA SHOW at Sky Nursery Saturday, August 26 to Sunday, August 27.

Open and - of course - free during store hours, the show regularly exhibits thousands of perfectly groomed blooms.

Stop by, bring your dahlia questions and share your experiences with veteran raisers. Get more information, purchase growing guides, and become a member of this area's most active dahlia organization!

The show closes on Sunday at 4pm to allow exhibitors to get home for a well-earned rest and dinner.

--Martin Král


New state office focuses on urban mobility & access

Assistant Secretary Patty Rubstello
The Washington State Department of Transportation has set up a new office based in the central Puget Sound region to tackle coordination of a dizzying number of projects coming online in the next six years.

At the last Transportation Policy Board meeting, Transportation Secretary Roger Millar described changes to WSDOT’s organizational structure that will help deliver projects and coordinate work with cities, counties and other partners.

The office for Urban Mobility and Access represents a realignment of existing resources within WSDOT that will focus on coordination of projects within the fast-growing PSRC region, which encompasses King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

The long list of projects active over the next six years include: building a new Colman Dock, rebuilding Alaskan Way, removing the Viaduct, a new streetcar on First Avenue, building the downtown tunnel, heavy maintenance on I-5 and Aurora, major investments on I-405 and 520, and adding light rail across I-90.

“That’s all happening at the same time in terms of capital,” Millar told board members. “Management of mobility is about enhancing our operations planning. It’s about enhancing our construction coordination with our partners. It’s about enhancing our incident response capability."

Assistant Secretary Patty Rubstello will lead the office, which is organized into three divisions: Regional Transit Coordination (co-located at Sound Transit), Management of Mobility, and Tolling.

WSDOT staff also presented information on the state facilities action plan for I-5 preservation and operational improvements, HOV policy and managed lanes, seismic preparedness and local priority state highways.

This information was requested by the Transportation Policy Board to help inform the update of the Transportation 2040 plan.


Wonderland's Night of Wonder Auction and Gala

Join us for fun with purpose! Wonderland's Night of Wonder Auction and Gala is this years not-to-be-missed community event. Night of Wonder is dedicated to raising money in support of infants and toddlers with disabilities and features a cocktail hour, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Don your favorite cocktail attire and get ready for some fun!

Register soon as tickets are going fast and this event will sell out! Click here for more information on attending or contributing to this exciting event.


Assisted living tour of Cristwood

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center continues its popular tours of local assisted living facilities. Designed for senior citizens and their families, this gives everyone a chance to check out local options before it's a crisis situation.

The next tour is Cristwood, on the CRISTA campus in Shoreline. It includes transportation, tour, and lunch. September 12, 11:30am.

Make your reservation at the Senior Center reception desk. 18560 1st Ave NE #1, southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus.


Get involved, volunteer at your local school

In just a few weeks, Shoreline schools will open their doors, ready for thousands of students heading back to the classroom.

You can join them by becoming a Power of One Volunteer.

The Power of One program is a partnership between the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center and Shoreline Public Schools to connect people from the community to vibrant classrooms, libraries and other programs.

For some Power of One volunteers, helping at school is a family affair. 

Terry Bayless helps at her granddaughter’s school. She says, “I like seeing what happens during the school day and my granddaughter loves to see me there. We also have after-school time together each Monday. It’s our favorite day of the week!”

For students, having special one on one time and extra academic support can make a big difference. 

Shirley Fullner is a long-time Power of One volunteer at Ridgecrest Elementary. “I find that volunteering in the schools is so very rewarding when a student who is struggling looks at me with a beaming face and is so happy they have accomplished some reading skills. They feel so good about their accomplishment. I believe this is my gift and calling to work with children who need extra help.”

Teachers appreciate what Power of One volunteers bring to the classroom as well.

“My students appreciate the extra care and attention they get from our Power of One volunteers,” says Monica Holdridge, Briarcrest Elementary, “Our Power of One volunteers extend the amount of small group attention that students get during the day and add their voices to the cheering on of these students as they grow throughout the year.”

The best candidates for Power of One enjoy working with children in a school setting, are able to take direction from teachers/staff, are reliable, can commit to a regular schedule, and pass a Washington State Patrol background check.

Benefits of joining Power of One include access to free training and resources, a school district badge, and support from the volunteer coordinator, Karen Kessinger. 

She helps connect you to the classroom/ teacher/ school that best fits your interests, schedule and availability.

To schedule an interview, contact Karen by phone at 206-365-1169 or email.

Their annual Back To School Orientation is Tuesday, September 5, 9:00-11:30am at the Shoreline - LFP Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE #1, Shoreline 98155

The Power of One Volunteer Program started in 1996 and is a partnership of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center and the Shoreline school district. During the 2016-17 school year, a core of about 50 Power of One Volunteers put in nearly 3,000 hours of time at Shoreline schools and programs. The Shoreline Public Schools Foundation also supports Power of One.

The purpose of the Power of One Volunteer Program is to assist the Shoreline Schools to achieve excellent education for all students. We believe as caring adults we can assist all students to become successful learners.


Letter to the Editor: How can we return to civility?

To the Editor:

How can we return to civility? Recent letters in the Shoreline News from two different viewpoints on the Charlottesville violence are clear examples of our lacking civility and our current discourse. These letters did nothing to help us understand each other better.

How can we return to civility when our current leaders lack so profoundly in their abilities to inspire community and working together? Peaceful leaders from history were leaders that spoke of love and understanding and were pacifists. There is nothing peaceful about KKK and White Supremacy groups who look to oppress, exclude or worse, eliminate (as the Nazi’s did in their genocide of the mid 20th Century). These are not loving, kind groups who are looking to strengthen community, but people who defend white, male dominance in our society and want to strengthen it. Black Lives Matter groups are begging society to acknowledge and understand that it appears that black lives don’t matter, racism is real, and women stand up against gender inequality in society. These groups are not trying to suppress or eliminate others. That is a very big difference, a very different starting point, a very different anger.

We need to empathize with those who are truly oppressed and under threat in our society, people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ and women are at the top of my list. Empathy, listening, understanding… these are the roads to return to civility. A common ground I would hope that most of us could agree on is that hate group efforts to oppress and bully society into their way of thinking is NOT acceptable and is indefensible. Do they have the right to free speech? Sure… but we should not defend what they are saying or claim its reasonableness or likeness to any other group fighting for basic civil rights.

Carrie Campbell


Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild golf tournament fundraiser for cancer research

Founded in 2006 by Lake Forest Park 6th graders in memory of their friend, Sydney Coxon, the Pink Polka Dots are a Seattle Children’s Hospital Junior Guild funding research to cure cancer.

Guild members selling hand made cards
at Third Place Commons market
You may have seen members selling handmade cards and gifts at the LFP Third Place Commons Holiday and Farmer’s Markets, or selling lemonade along the Burke Gilman trail this summer.

This year's tournament will be held at
Echo Falls golf course in Snohomish

The Pink Polka Dots also team up with local sponsors and the Coxon Family Foundation to host the Sydney Coxon Memorial, a fun afternoon of golf followed by an inspirational evening program, including dinner, a silent auction, and dessert. This year we will be hosting at a fabulous new venue, The Golf Club at Echo Falls, in Snohomish.

In eleven years, these philanthropic youngsters have raised over $850,000 to fund groundbreaking research for better treatments, and hopefully someday a cure, for pediatric brain tumors and many other cancers.

Members of the Pink Polka Dots Guilde

The Pink Polka Dots’ fundraising supports the work of Dr. Jim Olson at Children’s Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The funding has allowed researchers to develop exciting treatments including “tumor paint” which makes cancer cells glow for easier surgical removal, and a drug-delivery device which will increase efficacy and minimize side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

Dr. Olson’s latest effort, “Project Violet”, involves discovering and producing cancer-fighting optide drugs from natural sources, like flowers and insects.

Lemonade stand on the Burke Gilman Trail

Funding from Guilds and patient families is critical to researchers' ability to keep moving forward to save lives of children and adults with cancer, and potentially other diseases like Alzheimers and diabetes. To read more about the research and make a donation to the Pink Polka Dots, visit their website.

To Register for Golf and Dinner ($125 pp) or just the Dinner and Evening Program ($60 pp), or to Sponsor or Donate, go to the event site.

The Pink Polka Dots Jr Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Celebrate Shoreline Cruise-In car show Saturday

The Celebrate Shoreline Cruise-In Car Show

Saturday August 19, 2017
10:00am to 3:00pm 

NEW LOCATION (3rd Year!) – at the upper Sears parking lot next to the 
Shoreline Farmer’s Market – with tons of trophies and beautiful cars

Get Car show form here! CS Car Show App 2017
contact us at or 206-542-7111


Free tickets to movies on Friday and Saturday


The Shoreline Area News and Shoreline Community College continue their partnership to keep you entertained this summer with free movies.

  • 8/18: Friday 7pm - The Lego Batman Movie Batman: 9:30pm The Dark Knight
  • 8/19: Saturday 11am - The Avengers, 1:30pm - The Lego Batman Movie
4k Digital Cinema Projector and Dobly 7.1 Surround, LOTS of leg room, and free parking.

Free tickets for all movies with the special deal between the college and Shoreline Area News. Any tickets are good for BOTH films, or one if they only want to see one film. Either way, a ticket is good for both showings that day.


To get your free tickets, email us with your name, how many tickets, and what day (or both days!). The subject should be Superheros.


Get on the list for Northshore CERT class

CERT is an organization of volunteer emergency workers who have received specific training in basic disaster response skills with the intent of supplementing existing emergency responders in the event of a major disaster. 

Following a major disaster, local Fire, Medical, Police, City, and other first responders may not be able to meet the demand for their services. Residents and visitors to our community may need to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life sustaining needs.

The Northshore Emergency Management Coalition CERT program will educate participants about local hazards, basic disaster preparedness, and provide hands on training that includes fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. After completing the CERT academy, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in additional drills and exercises to keep their skills sharp and continue to enhance their knowledge and abilities.

The next CERT academy will begin on September 11, 2017. Registration opens approximately four weeks prior. Classes do fill up and registration is open to the first 30 that submit a completed registration form along with the $35 class fee.

For more information on Northshore Emergency Management Coalition CERT program or to be sure to be notified as soon as registration begins, contact the program manager at 425-354-1744 or by email.


Letter to the Editor: By failing to condemn, Trump condones

To the Editor:

I am responding to Maggie Wilson’s letter published on August 15th. Extremists of any sort can be a danger. But to call the Charlottesville protestors of hate speech “anti-First Amendment” and to put leftist violence on the same plane as the organized espousal of institutional racism serves only to obscure the real issue: The particular menace of hate groups is that their messages promote violence (and worse) against minorities.

Secondly, Wilson has missed the message in Trump’s choice of words. By failing to condemn the hate groups up front (not their right to hate-speech), Trump implicitly condones them. If you have any doubt about that, read what the alt-right is saying about his words.

I would also like to point out that the “dead cops” clip Wilson attributed to BLM was actually of a small contingent of protestors taken after the end of the 2014 Millions March, whose actions were later disavowed by the event’s organizers.

G. Armsden
Lake Forest Park


Finding Kind: end girl-on-girl bullying

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Give your daughter the tools she needs to combat bullying

Almost every girl has experienced bullying. Unfortunately, almost every girl has also contributed to bullying.

The Finding Kind campaign is a movement to end girl-against-girl bullying.

The two-hour Finding Kind event includes a screening of the Finding Kind movie and a facilitated discussion about what girls can do to help prevent and address bullying at school and in the community.

Surveys of girls who participate in a finding kind event report that:
  • 96% were compelled to be kinder to girls after the event
  • Two out of every three girls apologize to someone during or after the event
  • 90% agreed that they did not want to participate in gossip or drama after experiencing the event.
  • 90% realized that they were not alone because of their participation. 

The trailer for Finding Kind is here

Saturday, August 26, from 11:30am - 2pm
The Edmonds Theater, 415 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020
For Girls entering 5th through 12th grade
Cost: $8 per person

Hosted by: Girl Scout Senior Troop 41002

While this event is open to the public, the program is designed for girls and their parents/leaders.


Police department Charity Salmon BBQ Sunday in LFP

Once again this year, your Lake Forest Park Police Department will be cooking up some wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon this Sunday from 10am-4pm (or while supplies last) at City Hall during our great farmer’s market.

The Police Department and our officers are committed to helping Special Olympics Washington with this wonderful fundraiser. Last year, with the help of our major sponsors (Albertsons, Costco, and Icicle Seafoods), we raised just over $13,000. 100% of the proceeds go directly to those special athletes.

In addition to the BBQ, there will be a raffle. The grand prize for the raffle are two club level tickets to the Seahawks v. Cardinals game at Centurylink on December 31st. And, there are UW Football tickets to the Cal game on October 7th.

Lastly, there will be a dunk-tank where you can come try to dunk the Mayor, the police chief, or other officials!

Chief Sutton says, "Thank you all for your support of the Police Department and this event in the past- hopefully you can make it out this Sunday to support our effort this year!"

Town Center, lower level, intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way, Lake Forest Park.


Jazz Walk - where the beats and the eats and the treats hit the streets

The North City Jazz Walk filled five blocks of the business district with jazz and food and people on Tuesday, August 15.

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Treats! Melissa Banker holds the leashes while son Chace Banker holds the rapt attention of their Norwegian Elkhounds with a piece of Krispy Kreme donut.

Where the feet meet the street.
People were on the street throughout the event, as well as filling the eleven venues.

How's this for a different kind of treat? One of the most popular jazz singers in the Northwest, Greta Matassa, performed at the Arts Council's Showmobile outdoor stage.

The Eats were many and varied. Besides Krispy Kreme, and the Here and There food truck, Leena's and Peking House moved to the street. Here and There had a steady but manageable line all through the event. Easy Monkey, North City Bistro, North City Lounge, and Vesper served food inside.

North City Water had popcorn and snacks. Standard Bakery has Sweet Treats. Bethel Lutheran had root beer floats. Rain City had pretzels and beer.

There were a lot of options.

Hook Me Up is a loud and lively, toe-tapping group. They always play at an outside venue, filling the street with music. They kept the beat going into the night.

Vesper Restaurant and Bar has enough indoor space for the bands and some spontaneous dancers. Music performed by Hopscotch and Daniel Arteaga.

13 year old Brooke Lambert was one of the featured singers at the Bethel Lutheran venue. Young in age, but a mature and professional sounding singer, she's one to watch.

The sun was going down and the Rain City Rotary Beer Garden had the best seats in town.


Champagne Sunday performs at Arts Council Concert in the Park

Champagne Sunday performs in Paramount School Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Families enjoyed a free performance by Champagne Sunday at Paramount School Park on Wednesday evening, August 16, 2017

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park are always free and held at various community parks throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park on Wednesdays in July and August at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), rain or shine.

Concerts in the Park are supported by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, Aegis Living of Shoreline, and by Arts Council friends and members.

For more information and details, visit the Arts Council’s website or call 206-417-4645.


Dahlias for Senior Center

Oregon Reign
Photo by John Hibbs
Oregon Reign
7-9" blooms
4-6' tall
Form: Informal Decorative

Strong stems, great cutter and holds up well in bouquets

The dahlias are starting to bloom and Shoreline resident Dr. John Hibbs is back with his project to raise money for the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center.

Hibbs is a dahlia grower, with 75 varieties in his Ridgecrest yard. He has partnered with the Ridgecrest Public House and Bastyr University to provide bouquets of dahlias.

The Pub offers the bouquets in return for a donation to the Senior Center, where Hibbs supervises a weekly naturopathic medicine shift.

Suggested donation is $1 a stem.

The Senior Center, which took a significant financial hit last year when United Way decided to concentrate its funding elsewhere, can use the money.

Last year, Hibbs raised $1670 for the Senior Center with his blooms. He is hoping to bring in more this year. Bastyr is partnering with him once again. Last year they took 100 blooms a week for six weeks and contributed $600.

Bastyr used the flowers to decorate events, acknowledge employees, grace Board meetings, offices, and cafeteria tables.

You can pick up a bouquet at the Ridgecrest Public House, located at 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155 in the Ridgecrest business district, open 4pm – 12am seven days a week.


Solar Eclipse information drop-in session at Shoreline Library Sunday

Solar Eclipse Information Drop-In Session Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2-3:30pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

Shoreline Library is pleased to announce that they are joining more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse.

During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in decades. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.

The solar eclipse event takes place Monday, August 21, 2017.

The Shoreline Library will offer a drop-in information session where you can pick up a pair for free eclipse viewing glasses, view videos about the eclipse, and take home a Solar Eclipse Guide.

Join us outside the library at 9:45am on Monday morning, August 21, to view the eclipse, weather permitting. The eclipse will be at its peak at around 10:20am.

The Shoreline Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library project, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse.

Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, the Girl Scouts, the SETI Institute and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate and the National Science Foundation.


Two local coffee shops closed by Health Department

Coffee Sensation closed for health code violations
The Seattle and King County Health Department closed two local coffee shops for violations recently.

One has since reopened. The entire list can be seen here.

Coffee Sensation — Lake Forest Park, 8/11/17
19305 55th Ave NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Closed: August 11, 2017 at 6:00pm
Reasons: Operating without a valid permit
Imminent health hazard: No access to commissary or warewashing facilities
Status: Closed

Kenmore Beans — Kenmore, 8/9/17
15012 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Closed: August 9, 2017 at 1:45pm
Reasons: Operating without a valid permit
Status: Reopened August 10, 2017 at 1:30pm


Family Day at the LFP Farmers Market Sunday

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don’t miss the fun at Family Day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, presented by Third Place Commons, this Sunday, 10am to 3pm.

Co-presented by the City of Lake Forest Park, Family Day is filled with family-friendly additions for one day only. LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson will be there handing out goodies and sharing community information. And the city will bring in a couple of kid-friendly, “big rig” city vehicles for the little ones to explore.

The day will also be filled with live music beginning with local favorites the Milner Family Fiddles at 11am, followed by steel pan musician Obe Quarless at 1pm.

You’ll also want to be sure to stop by the Bubble Zone where youngsters can experiment with an assortment of bubble wands in different shapes and sizes. And the first hundred kiddos can take away free mini-bubble bottles of their own!

Milner Family Fiddles

In addition, the Lake Forest Park Police Department will join us for their annual Charity Salmon BBQ fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit the Special Olympics. They’ll be serving up baked salmon with sides and also offering up a raffle with great prizes including New Year’s Eve Seahawks tickets.

All this plus a dunking tank! Want to know who will be in the tank? You’ll have to stop by and see!

Of course, the market will also feature all your regular favorites like beautiful flowers, fresh produce, meat, fish, unique local and handmade products, and yummy treats! The LFP Farmers Market is always a great place to spend your Sunday and this week it will be better than ever. So mark your calendars and be sure to join us.

The LFP Farmers Market is presented by Third Place Commons and runs every Sunday from 10am to 3pm at Lake Forest Park Town Center at the intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way. More information here.


Toddler survives two story fall

Arabella Apartments
On Friday, August 11, 2017, a three year old boy fell out of a second story window from an apartment at the Arabella, 17763 15th Ave NE in the North City business district of Shoreline.

Fire and police responded. The child was taken by Aid car to Children's Hospital, with reportedly only minor injuries.


Letter to the Editor: Political violence has indeed come from "many sides"

To the Editor:

Jesse Salomon's sensationalistic letter about Charlottesville is wrong on so many levels.

Salomon calls Heather Heyer a "pro-democracy activist". Heyer's death was tragic, but she was at the scene as part of an anti-First Amendment mob, there to deprive others of their right to free speech. To me, that's kind of the opposite of "pro-democracy". The free speech in question was vile and hateful, but it's still protected by the First Amendment - just look up "Skokie Nazi march".

Salomon condemns President Trump for mentioning violence "on many sides". Where has Salomon been for the last 2 years? There's been plenty of political violence, and it has indeed come from many sides, and frankly, most of it has come from Salomon's side - the so-called "progressive left". A few examples:

In June, a Bernie supporter shot up a Republican baseball practice, nearly killing Representative Steve Scalise.

In May, a violent leftist mob forced professor Bret Weinstein to leave the Evergreen State campus in fear for his life.

Multiple conservative speakers, including Heather MacDonald, Charles Murray, and Ann Coulter, have had their speeches shut down by violent mobs.

In Portland, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade was cancelled, because organizers received this email: "bar the Multnomah County Republicans or we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade and drag and push those people out."

Black Lives Matter chanted "What do we want? DEAD COPS!", and Micah Johnson, who "wanted to kill white people", gunned down 5 Dallas cops as they were guarding protesters at an anti-police brutality march.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. So please, Mr. Salomon, get off your high horse and remove the plank from your own eye before complaining about the speck of dust in the President's eye.

Maggie Wilson


Classifieds: Shoreline City Council Meeting Cancellation Notice


You are hereby notified that the following Shoreline City Council meetings have been cancelled:
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, August 21, 2017 
  • City Council Workshop Dinner Meeting Monday, August 28, 2017 
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, August 28, 2017 
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, September 4, 2017  (Labor Day) 
The next Shoreline City Council meetings are scheduled as follows:
  • City Council Special Meeting Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. 
  • City Council Regular Meeting Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 

Dated this 15th Day of August, 2017.
Jessica Simulcik Smith City Clerk


Celebrate Shoreline Skate Competition Friday at Paramount School Park

Free skate competition at Paramount School Park on Friday, August 18 from 3pm to 7pm. Anyone can enter, but helmets and signed waivers are required. More information here.

Paramount School Park, 15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


Op-Ed: Washington state Republican chair responds to Charlottesville

Susan Hutchison, Chair of the Washington state Republican party, issued the following statement:

The event in Charlottesville called “Unite the Right” was a White Supremacist and neo-Nazi protest march and had nothing to do with the Republican Party. Republicans will never “unite” with these extremists and their views.

I am a co-sponsor of this RNC resolution which denounces these extremist organizations and also explains the historical record of Republicans against racism. Please read it here.

It came to light yesterday, that one participant at the march was the President of College Republicans at WSU. While the Republican Party has no authority over the organization called College Republicans (CR), I promptly contacted their national and state offices with this message:

Swift action is required against James Allsup, the President of CR-WSU who marched in the “Unite the Right” event this weekend. His videos were repulsive and do not represent the values and standards of the Republican Party. I call on you to denounce his actions and affiliations with all white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.

Allsup resigned late yesterday. It should be noted that in a news report Sunday, Allsup did not claim to be a Republican but instead a “paleo-conservative” or “right wing libertarian”.

The Democrats and leftists in our state hope to tie this ugly episode to the Republican party, our elected officials and candidates. Instead, we will use their attacks as an opportunity to affirm our Party’s stand against racism and bigotry.


Chairman Susan Hutchison
Washington State Republican Party
WSRP on Facebook


Shoreline Walks: Community College and Farmers Market Saturday

Walk to the Shoreline Farmers Market
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Join fellow walkers in exploring areas of Shoreline Community College, Boeing Creek Park and the Farmers Market as part of “Shoreline Walks”, a free Community Walking program sponsored by the City of Shoreline.

On Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10am, walk leader Dan Short will lead the group on a fun 2.5 mile walk that is rated moderately easy. Walk includes some trails, roads and will finish at the farmers market for some pursuing of local vendors.

We’ll do a circuit around the college including some sections of flat wooded trails in the neighboring Boeing Creek Park. We’ll finish our walk with time to explore the Shoreline Farmers Market going on at Aurora Square.

Walk is approximately 2.5 miles / 1.5hrs and is moderately easy
Meet at Sears rear parking lot, Aurora Square, 15300 Westminster Way N

Check out the webpage for more details or contact Marianne Johnson, 206-801-2638.


Photo: Flowers at Sunset School Park

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

These beauties must like full sun because they bloomed vigorously in the middle of our heat wave.

They are in the garden at the Sunset School Park in NW Shoreline.


Not too late to register for the Back to School Event

It’s not too late to register for the Back to School Event for Shoreline School District Families.

Register online or by phone at 206-393-4916.

Please register by August 18th to guarantee supplies.

The Back to School event is a community effort that provides school supplies, haircuts, and clothing assistance to families in the Shoreline School District who are living with a low income and/or experiencing circumstances in their life that make it challenging to prepare their children for going back to school.


Jobs: SCC

The following position is available at Shoreline Community College

Career Navigator – Adult Basic Education (Temporary –1 year)
Closes 9/4/17

This position is responsible for recruiting, enrolling, and providing wrap around support for all ABE students. The position offers navigation and student support, success coaching, and barrier reduction to ensure that the diverse ABE student population can successfully transition to the next level of their educational and/or career pathway.

Description and application


Letter to the Editor: Trump's response to the Nazis

To the Editor:

In reference to The Seattle Times article from 8-12-17 "Trump says many sides to blame for violent clashes in Virginia".

My grandmother grew up in Nazi Germany. She used to tell me of the times that led to the rise of the Nazi party. During the instability and economic chaos of the Weimar period fascists and communist supporters would clash in the streets, much like we are starting to see today in the U.S. The Nazi party successfully took advantage of the chaos they helped create by arguing that they would bring stability.

Trump is sowing chaos and racial discord. By refusing to quickly condemn the Nazi terrorist murder of a pro-Democracy activist at a Virginia rally this weekend he sent the message that the victims are equally to blame. In his own words he described the event as an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence that’s on many sides.”

This was about a Nazi murderer and a pro-democracy murder victim. That Trump refused to quickly condemn the Nazis shows which side he is on.

The lesson that I learned from my grandmother is this: Never let them get away with it. If they intimidate you into silence they will take advantage to secure their own power. That is their goal. They are not asking to be heard, or to have a dialogue. As they become more powerful they will intimidate you more and the consequences to you will be more severe. These are the times where we can still speak out and stop the rise of racists and fascists. Today that is our most patriotic American duty. It is a duty not left to protestors but to all of us.

Jesse Salomon


Free Concert by Champagne Sunday, Wednesday at Paramount School Park

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30pm (rain or shine)
Paramount School Park
15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Pack a picnic dinner, gather your family and friends, and come enjoy a free performance by Champagne Sunday, at Paramount School Park on Wednesday, August 16th, 6:30pm.

Endearingly labeled as “Pearl Jam meets Bette Midler”, Champagne Sunday began in Ventura, California in 2005 migrating up to the Pacific Northwest in recent years where they fell in love with the music scene.

Husband and wife members Jessi and Jared Fredeen have been tearing up stages and crowds nationwide with their unique upbeat, roller coaster style shows, firing off gypsy-punk rock songs alongside everything from intimate tear-jerkers to anthemic foot-stompers. This act has a ton of energy, heart, and talent that makes for an engaging, powerful show.

Aegis Living of Shoreline’s free “Hydration Station” will be onsite once again, so be sure to try some of their tasty infused waters throughout the evening.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park are always free and held at various community parks throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park on Wednesdays in July and August at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), rain or shine. Concerts in the Park are supported by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, Aegis Living of Shoreline, and by Arts Council friends and members.

For more information and details, visit the Arts Council’s website or call 206-417-4645.


Jobs: Social Worker

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center has an opening for a part-time social worker.

16 hours a week - Tuesday and Wednesday
Open until filled

Provide information and assistance, arrange for services, problem solve, advocate, individual counseling, maintain existing support and education oriented groups, as well as start new ones. Oversee the volunteer friendly visitor program.


Services Thursday for William Hugh Thomas

William Hugh Thomas
William Hugh Thomas passed away August 6, 2017, at Crista Senior Living in Shoreline, Washington.

Bill was born to Keziah Franks Williams Thomas and John H. Thomas on November 8, 1918, at the Seattle General Hospital, and passed away three months short of his 99th birthday.

January 23, 1942, he married the love of his life, Shirley Jennings. They recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary surrounded by their large family.

After his graduation from Lincoln High School in Seattle in June 1937, Bill joined the U.S. Navy on his birthday at age 17, the earliest he was eligible to enlist.

During World War II, Bill worked as a carpenter’s mate on several ships. Following the war, he stayed in the Naval Reserve until 1949, when he received his discharge papers.

While in the Naval Reserve, he also worked in the Seattle Police Department until rejoining the military in April 1949, this time in the U.S. Army, as a Second Lieutenant. He retired from the Army in December 1963, as a Chief Warrant Officer in criminal investigation.

Following his graduation from the University of Washington in June 1967, Bill established the Law Enforcement program at Shoreline Community College. He retired in 1981 after teaching at SCC for 16 years.

He and Shirley spent considerable periods of time in Israel and enjoyed numerous cruises in various parts of the world. He carried out his love of gardening at their homes on Dayton Avenue North in Shoreline (1963-1973), in Kingston, Washington (1973-1995), and at Richmond Beach in Shoreline, Washington (1995-2015).

A proud Welshman through and through, Bill sang in church choirs and Welsh choirs his whole life. He especially enjoyed singing with many friends in the choir at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline.

Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley Jennings Thomas; sons John, David (Linda), Stephen (Glennyce), James (Sandra), and Daniel (Julie) Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert (Aileen) Thomas and daughter-in-law Shelly Thomas.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 2pm on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Cristwood Activity Center in Shoreline, Washington, with his grandson, The Rev. Seth J. Thomas, officiating.

Donations can be made to King’s Schools at Crista Ministries, 19303 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133.


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