Kruckeberg Solstice Stroll 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Solstice Stroll 2017
Friday and Saturday December 8-9, 2017

Winter is beautiful at night, come see the garden aglow with twinkling lights.

Suggested donation: $10

Solstice Stroll
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

For this event, the garden will be closed during normal hours for this weekend only.

Parking is offsite at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church down the street from the garden at 15th Ave NW and Richmond Beach Road – Free Shuttle Provided.

Kruckeberg is located at 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

Parking and shuttle service at 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177


Working through Bereavement in the Holiday Season

Saturday, November 18, 2017

in the Holiday Season

If you are in bereavement due to:

the death of a loved one, friend or pet; 
loss of employment or your home; 
a dream not realized or lived out

Join us on Saturdays
Dec. 2-16, 30 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018
Noon to 1:30pm

Group leader is Br. John Ryan, OSF, A.A.B. 
Bereavement Counselor 

St. Dunstan’s Church - lower level, room 9



Jobs: WSDOT Shoreline

The following positions are open at the Shoreline office of the WSDOT

TE 3-Design Team Lead
Open until filled
Ideally, someone with Professional Engineering license or the ability to obtain Professional Engineering license in the near future.
Description and application

TE 2-Lead Designer
Closes 11/23/17
Develop and check engineering design calculations, prepare design files, assist in project development, and provide guidance to Engineers in basic design, quantities, cost calculations, plans, and exhibit preparation.
Description and application

Fiscal Analyst 1
Closes 11/23/17
Entry-level position learning internal software systems, using standardized office equipment and learning state and federal regulations.
Description and application

TPS 3-Biologist/Environmental Permit Coordinator
Closes 11/22/17
Apply you current environmental policy, biology experience and training to deliver transportation projects. Your efforts will positively affect the natural ecology of our region along with the livelihoods of our State's citizens.
Description and application


Shoreline City Council Meeting Monday - action of property tax, 2018 budget, fire impact fees

2017 Shoreline City Council

Monday, November 20, 2017 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm

Consent Agenda
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 792 – Repealing in its Entirety Chapter 12.40 Impact Fees for Transportation and Adding a New Chapter to Title 3 Revenue and Finance, Chapter 3.80 Impact Fees for Transportation to the SMC
  • Adopting Ord. No. 799 – Amending SMC 2.30.040 Establishing Maximum and Minimum Allotments for the Employee Benefits Package
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 805 – 2017 Budget Amendment
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Amend the 2017-2018 Human Services Finding Plan and Authorizing the City Manager to Execute Contracts to Implement Approved Programs and Projects
Action Items
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 807 – Property Tax Levy
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 806 – 2018 Budget, 2018-2023 Capital Improvement Program
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 791 – Adoption of Fire Impact Mitigation Fees
Study Item
  • Discussing Funding for Sidewalk Repair, Retrofit and Maintenance

Link to full Agenda and documents

Comment on Agenda items


Recruiting has started for new LFP City Administrator

LFP City Administrator will retire March 31, 2018
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park
Colin Baenziger and Associates, hired to recruit candidates for Lake Forest Park City Administrator, have posted the recruiting brochure for the position.

Applications are due by December 1, 2017.

See the recruiting brochure at Colin Baenziger and Associates. It starts with the beauties of Lake Forest Park, touches briefly on the engaged citizenry who "expect to be heard," then segues into several pages of qualifications, including being a great communicator and valuing transparency.

Current City Administrator Pete Rose is retiring on March 31, 2018, after almost six years of service to the City. He gave a year's notice, to allow the city to plan for his replacement.


WSP seeks witnesses to fatal crash on southbound I-5 Sunday in Everett

Shoreline driver transported to hospital

Republished from Lynnwood Today

The Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating a six-vehicle crash that occurred on Sunday, Nov. 12 and are looking for anyone who may know anything about the crash.

One driver from Everett was killed in the crash. Two drivers, from Lynnwood and Shoreline, were injured in the collision. A driver from Mountlake Terrace was also involved in the crash.

The collision was reported at 11:40pm Sunday when a vehicle was disabled on the shoulder of southbound I-5 in Everett. Three vehicles then crashed into the disabled vehicle. Later, a semi-truck and another vehicle also crashed.

According to the Washington State Patrol, MAIT detectives are examining all aspects that led to this collision and are seeking additional witnesses that may have information surrounding this tragic collision.

If you know anything about this collision, or know someone who does, you are asked to email or call Detective Russ Haake at 425-401-7717,  or Detective Sergeant Jason Kraus at 425-870-4598.


Safe Streets: new lighted beacons at crosswalk on 40th Pl N at NE 185th

Flashing lights at 40th Pl NE and NE 185th
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park
New Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Signals have been installed on 40th Pl NE and NE 185th St in Lake Forest Park near Eagle Scout Park.

The signals are pedestrian activated, meaning they feature a push button mounted on a post that pedestrians press to activate the flashing lights.

Photo courtesy City of LFP
The new signals are an important feature to enhance pedestrian safety in Lake Forest Park. 

This location was recommended to the City through the Safe Streets Study adopted earlier this year by City Council.

See Project Files for more details about the Safe Streets Study.

More of these beacons will be added to crosswalks around the City.


World Without Hate - Dec 3 at Shoreline Center

World Without Hate, on December 3rd from 3-5 at the Shoreline Center, Shoreline Room (north end of complex).

Rais Bhuiyan will describe the path he has been on since being shot in the face by a white supremacist, ten days after 9/11.

His story is about the transformational power of forgiveness, of embracing compassion and mercy, and of teaching others the beauty and peace found in acceptance and empathy.

World Without Hate is a movement, stemming from Rais’s journey of survival to hope and healing, cultivating a world that we all deserve, inspiring a world without violence, a world without victims, and a World Without Hate.

Rais will also share info about WWH’s Empathy Ambassadors Leadership Training Program.

Free tickets here

Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE. Carpool if possible, as on-street parking has been removed from 1st Ave NE. Shorewood student volunteers will be helping to direct attendees to available parking.


PTA Benefit at Elevated Sportz on Dec 4 No School Day

Print off this flyer and take it in for discounts on Dec 4

Let your kids burn off energy at Bothell's Elevated Sportz trampoline center and help the Shoreline Special Needs PTSA chapter raise funds.

Monday, December 4, 2017, 10am to 9pm, 18311 Bothell Everett Hwy #140, Bothell 98012 - no school day for Shoreline Schools.

Mention the chapter when you buy tickets and any extras onsite (advance online sales don't count) and the chapter gets 20% of the proceeds that day. Download the flier and get more info about Elevated Sportz here.

Interested in the special needs chapter, which covers the entire Shoreline school district? There's still time to become a member. Here's the website to learn more.


UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: “The Greenhouse Gas Mystery”

Surya Pathak
Surya Pathak, associate professor in the School of Business at UW Bothell will speak on “The Greenhouse Gas Mystery: Reducing the Global Carbon Footprint”.

7pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Haynes’ Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell

Surya Pathak discusses how the carbon footprint of a product is measured and what society can do to reduce the global carbon footprint. Followed by Q/A. All ages welcome. Free.

UW PUB Night Talks


New Rhythmatics performance is benefit for Northwest Harvest

New Rhythmatics donating ticket sales to Northwest Harvest

The New Rhythmatics are very grateful to be able to share joy through playing music we love. Please join us at North City Bistro on Wednesday, November 22nd, in sharing a little something more with our community.

In anticipation of extra holiday need for local families, 100% of ticket proceeds from this show will be donated to Northwest Harvest. The first 10 pre-purchased ticket holders will receive a choice of The New Rhythmatics CD or t-shirt (limited sizes and colors)! We'll be playing our danceable repertoire of twisty blues, swamp soul, classic country, 60's pop and swing tunes.

Check them out on Facebook.

Let's support our neighbors and have a great time doing it! Music starts at 7:30.

Tickets here or call 206-365-4447 for reservations.


Scene on the Sound: Snow-capped mountains

Friday, November 17, 2017

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Snow capped peaks hobnob with white clouds, as the Olympics gets an early covering of snow.


Take the LFP Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Plan Survey

First question in survey:
What neighborhood do you live in?

Your input is needed! The City of Lake Forest Park is working on its first Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Plan.

Share your thoughts and ideas by taking the survey before December 1st, and share the link with your LFP neighbors and friends!


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

New positions available at Shoreline Community College

Hourly (Temporary) Program Assistant (Counseling) 
Part-time clerical support. Under general direction of the Director of the Counseling Center, this position will provide support to the counseling department in a variety of on-going projects.
CLOSES: 12/10/17
Classified Staff - Program Specialist 2-Loans
CLOSES: 12/10/17
Enrollment and financial aid services. Responsible for administering specialized financial aid programs in compliance with federal, state and college regulations and policies.
Description and application

Application materials and information on this and other open positions can be found online

Questions regarding employment at the College may be directed to HR by email or by phone at 206-546-4769.


Emblem Club holiday bazaar Dec 2 in Shoreline

The Lake City - Shoreline Emblem Club will hold its annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Shoreline Elks, 14625 15th Ave NE, 98155.

Come for lunch, shopping, and buy some baked goods to take home!


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Bears

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


County Executive Constantine directs Public Health to oversee King County juvenile detention reorganization

In an Executive Order signed Thursday, King County Executive Dow Constantine directed Public Health – Seattle and King County and other county departments to provide a plan and timeline to restructure juvenile detention.

The reorganization proposal will be created with input from the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee, the Children and Youth Advisory Board, criminal justice systems partners, and other community stakeholders. It will also identify potential labor impacts and other considerations.

"By adopting a public health approach, we limit the traumatization of youth in detention, and ensure families have access to supports and services in the community," said Executive Constantine. 
"Our Juvenile Detention Officers have embraced restorative justice, and they understand the challenges of adolescence. This Executive Order directs a comprehensive process with input from our officers and others to make a successful transition to Public Health, so that we can fully take advantage of all available resources and strategies to make a difference in the lives of our young people."


Author appearance draws large crowd to Third Place Books

By Diane Hettrick

A large and enthusiastic crowd of primarily females aged 12 - 25 gathered at the Third Place stage Wednesday evening to hear remarks from author Marissa Meyer, who was on the last stop of her book tour with her new release Renegades (Feiwel and Friends).

Writing in the genre of young adult speculative fiction, Renegades has already hit the New York Times bestseller list. Her first stand alone novel, Heartless, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as were her graphic novel Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book.

The event started with a costume contest of fans dressed as superheros. The crowd helped to vote by cheering each contestant. Meyer awarded the prizes.

She answered fan questions (What motivates you to keep writing? "Deadlines") getting appreciative laughs from the audience. She talked about how she loves to write and where she gets inspirations for her characters.

Sometimes, she said, it's random facts, like hearing about a job that was really interesting.

Renegade started with musing about a girl superhero who was attending a school for heroes, while maintaining a normal persona. What if she met a normal boy and started to fall in love, but he was really attending a school for supervillains?

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies who emerged from the ruins of society to establish peace and order. Nova has a reason to hate them, and is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice— and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to so-called villains who have the power to end them both. 

The presentation started at 7pm and lasted about 20 minutes. The signing line stretched from the bookstore to the front door, in alphabetical sections. Fans were still in line when the store closed for regular business.


Rain on the Rain Garden

Veteran Conservation Corps members pause to check plans
while creating the LFP rain garden in Town Center
Photo courtesy Streamkeepers

By Tyson Greer, LFP StreamKeepers

You might say, “Hey, it’s raining.”

Lake Forest Park (LFP) StreamKeepers members say, “YEA! IT’S RAINING.”

That’s because we just completed our first demonstration rain garden. (Where? At Town Center, look for the new split rail fence by LFP Bank of America.)

What’s a rain garden?

A rain garden is a low-tech way to collect, absorb, and filter pollutants in stormwater runoff from parking lots, rooftops, driveways, and other impervious surfaces. Water can’t soak in to these hard surfaces, so it gushes into storm drains that discharge directly into (and pollutes) our creeks and kills fish.

The project is part of our effort to clean up our streams so we can re-establish salmon runs, including Kokanee Salmon.

Our rain garden will help protect Lyon Creek as it cleans stormwater runoff from a large portion of the parking lot between LFP City Hall and the Bank of America. The new “water tolerant” plants in the “garden” will help absorb the runoff as well as look attractive. We are now part of Stewardship Partners’ “12,000 Rain Gardens” campaign.

The Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) installed the Rain Garden, in cooperation with property owner Merlone Geier and Bank of America. SCD sponsors members of the Veteran Conservation Corps (VCC) to work with them to build Rain Gardens. VCC allows vets to transition back into the workplace by offering conservation jobs and environmental training.

VCC members put up the split rail fence around the rain garden site
Photo courtesy Streamkeepers

After the vets put up the split rail fencing, StreamKeeper volunteers did the easier work of planting the plants! In a couple hours, we put in Carex Testacea (“sedge grass”), Juncus effuses (“Quartz Creek”), Leucanthemum (“Sweet Daisy Jane”), Geranium (“Rozanne”), and a Cornus Sanguinea (“Midwinter Fire”).

Then, right on schedule. It rained.

And thanks to…

IEH, a local environmental testing service with worldwide offices, is partnering with LFP StreamKeepers to test samples of rainwater for a broad spectrum of pollutants going in from the parking lot and coming out of the “garden.”

Thanks to King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski and his office, who connected us with the King County’s Water Works grant to “do something good for the streams in Lake Forest Park.” This project was funded by the King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

If you are interested in building your own rain garden, see this article.


County Council approves simplifying Metro Transit fares

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Metropolitan King County Council unanimously approved steps simplifying Metro Transit's complex fare structure to a flat $2.75 adult fare.

The new fare plan eliminates a payment system that fluctuated between time and distance and could cost an adult rider between the ages 19-64 anywhere from $2.50 to $3.25 a ride.

“We’ve heard from the community, and we are responding by making riding Metro Transit in King County easier and more convenient,” said Council Vice Chair Rod Dembowski, chair of the Council’s Transportation Economy and Environment Committee, and prime sponsor of the legislation. 
“Riders, especially ones new to the system, should have the confidence to board a Metro bus and know the required fare. I hope the flat fare makes using Metro more understandable and encourages first-time users to ride Metro.”

The new adult fare does not affect the roughly 1 in 3 Metro riders who pay ORCA Lift— Metro’s low income fare program— or youth, senior, and disabled fares. 

The proposal does away with zone and peak-period fares.

Fare simplification was recommended by the Regional Fare Forum, a group of elected officials from King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, tasked with simplifying and modernizing the region’s transit fare policies. From March to June of 2017, Metro Transit engaged riders in an extensive survey and outreach process to develop the flat fare concept.

Metro Transit’s General Manager Rob Gannon said “Customers can expect better service overall, with faster boardings, reduced delays and improved safety due to fewer disputes over payment when the $2.75 flat fare takes effect.”

The Council also voted for additional funding to assist low income riders who are not covered by ORCA Lift and directed Metro to increase efforts to enroll eligible adults into ORCA Lift before new fares take effect.

The new fare structure will go into effect in July of 2018.


Girl Scout pancake breakfast and craft fair Dec 3

Girl Scout troop 42037 is holding a pancake breakfast and craft fair on Sunday, December 3, 2017 to raise money for a planned trip to New York City in June.

Their event will be held at the Shoreline Elks, 14625 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, from 10am to 12:30pm.


Tickets required for event with author Andy Weir Nov 30

Andy Weir (in conversation with Neal Stephenson) with his new release, Artemis (Crown), Thursday, November 30 at 7pm, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller— a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a smuggler trying to make ends meet on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon. When she sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, she steps squarely into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself— and her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first. 

This special event will include a conversation with Seattle’s own Neal Stephenson and feature set design by Third Place Books. TICKETS REQUIRED, available with purchase of Artemis.

Ticket required for entry. PRE-ORDER NOW to reserve your ticket! 

Third Place Books Lake Forest Park will be transformed into lunar colony Artemis for this special evening with Andy Weir. Come see Third Place Books as you've never seen it, enjoy some moon coffee at Honeybear Bakery and Cafe, and stay to have your book signed by Weir (who will also sign copies of The Martian, available from Third Place Books).


Join Master Native Plant Stewards this weekend to install native plants in local parks

Photo by Lee Lageschulte
Master Native Plant Stewards from the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) will be working in Hamlin, Shoreview, and Twin Ponds parks this weekend.

Volunteer with them to install native plants in these beautiful and ecologically profound urban parks.

Hamlin Park
10am to 1pm
Saturday, November 18
16006 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155
Meet at the far north end of the park, next to the NE 166th Street stairs
Contact to RSVP or for further information

Shoreview Park
9am to 12pm
Sunday, November19
700 NW Innis Arden Way, Shoreline 98177
Meet at the south end of the Shoreview Park Off Leash Dog Park, (at the stairs) just off the Shoreline Community College campus
Contact to RSVP or for further information

Twin Ponds (North End)
10am to 12pm
Saturday, November 18
16501 N 155th St, Shoreline 98133
Meet at the north end parking lot at N 155th St and 1st Ave NE
Contact to RSVP or for further information

Twin Ponds (South End)
10am to 1pm
Saturday, November 18
16501 N 155th St, Shoreline 98133
Meet at the south end parking lot along 1st Ave NE, but north of N 149th St
Contact to RSVP or for further information


Crime in Shoreline week ending 11-06-17

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending November 6, 2017

Trending - domestic violence and child abuse / neglect

10-28  1:30am on Aurora - drug impaired driver hits median barrier and stops at green light.
10-30  Suspect used I-5 restricted lane to drive on North bus base, trespass, and steal traffic cones.
10-30  Man went through cars at Ballinger Village for beer money, then bought single can of malt liquor at Shell station.
10-31  Thief stole keys from locker at YMCA, then used keys to steal wallet from vehicle.
11-01  Woman stole dog food from Central Market, dropped it when chased by security, and fled in waiting vehicle.
11-01  Theft from locker at Y - got iPhone and car keys.
11-02  Stopped suspicious vehicle on 148xx Interlaken Ave N at 2am; arrested both occupants on warrants. One has history of violence and claims links to Piru Bloods gang.
11-03  Burglary via unlocked slider 169xx 4th Ave NW.
11-03  Shorewood HS called about impaired mother picking up child at school.
11-03  10:30pm Deputies responded to report of robbery at Echo Lake Park. Arrested two subjects armed with stun gun and knife. Booked one into KC jail, the other to Youth Service Center.
11-03  Man arrested for returning to Fred Meyer moments after he had been Trespassed.
11-04  Arrested for pulling out roommate's hair during a fight.
11-04  Resident at 157xx Ashworth Ave N taken for mental evaluation after firing his gun in the house.
11-04  Unknown male stole iPad, iPhone, debit card, and cash after being invited into home.
11-04  Locker prowl at Y.
11-04  Fircrest staff contacted drunken male on campus making statements about being pursued by persons with guns.
11-05  Residential burglary 143xx NE 190th.
11-06  1:30am - unknown suspect in North City Safeway prying open cash registers with a crowbar.


Photo: Rainbow on the Shoreline Sea

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Photo by Jan Hansen

The rainbow landed squarely in Shoreline in this photographic evidence captured by Jan Hansen, piercing the clouds and spearing the water.


Shoreline PTA Council: Help provide food baskets and toys to local families

The Shoreline PTA Council, along with community partners the Shoreline Fire Department, Hopelink, Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park, and Dale Turner Family YMCA, are joining together to support families with children in the Shoreline School District who need assistance during the holiday season.

The 2017 Shoreline PTA Council Holiday Baskets Food, Toys and Teen Gifts Drive will run November 27 – December 8, 2017.

Donations of nonperishable food and gift cards for tweens and teens (i.e. Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart, iTunes, etc) may be dropped off at any Shoreline School District school, including the district office, during regular school hours.

Monetary donations may be made payable to the Shoreline PTA Council, note Holiday Baskets, and mailed to Shoreline PTA Council, P.O. Box 55784, Shoreline, WA 98155-5784.

Unwrapped toy donations may also be dropped off at any Shoreline Fire Station. The Shoreline Fire Department will be sponsoring a toy donation drive at the Fred Meyer in Shoreline on Saturday, December 2nd.

For more information, or to donate using PayPal, go to Shoreline PTA and click on donate.

Volunteer here or email the PTA Council.


Chase will chair Senate Economic Development & Trade Committee

Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-32
Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, was selected by the Senate Democratic Caucus to serve as the chair of the Economic Development and Trade Committee for the 2018 Legislative Session.

“Economic development and trade are critical industries in our state that must not be ignored,” said Chase. 
“I am pleased that these issues will once again have their own committee. We have thousands of Washingtonians working every day to provide for their families, their communities, and our state. 
"We need to ensure that we create a climate that will encourage more economic development and growth in trade. This committee has always been bipartisan and I plan to continue that collegial, working partnership. I am honored to serve as chair of the committee.”

Chase will also be a member of the Senate Transportation Committee and the Rules Committee.

After winning a critical special election in the 45th Legislative District earlier this month, Democrats gained a one-seat majority in the Senate. In the majority, Democrats will set the agenda of Senate committees and will determine which bills will be brought forward for votes.


Shoreline Community College shares plans for development of buildings, students

Shoreline Community College President Dr. Cheryl Roberts listens to Stuart Trippel, the senior executive director and chief financial officer explain the capital budget and plans for development on campus at the college during the fall neighborhood community meeting on Nov. 13.
Photo by Aidan Walker

By Aidan Walker

Construction and changes are coming to Shoreline Community College with plans for a new living space, combined health and sciences building and a new image for the college. 

Shoreline community members gathered in the Pagoda Union Building on the Shoreline Community College campus on November 13 at 6:30pm for the fall neighborhood community meeting hosted by college President Dr. Cheryl Roberts.

During the community meetings, local residents come to ask questions of the administration at Shoreline Community College and listen to presentations from faculty members. This is the second neighborhood community meeting. The first occurred on June 21. 

“The meetings are starting to catch on,” Martha Lynn said. “I recognize most of the people here from the last meeting.” Lynn is the executive director of communications and marketing for the college and helps organize the meetings. 

The timeline of the college’s construction of new living spaces and academic buildings is uncertain because no capital construction budget has been passed by the Washington state legislature due to a dispute between Democrats and Republicans over water rights. 

Stuart Trippel, the senior executive director and chief financial officer for the college, did speak about upcoming plans for campus development. The college continues to plan for development and has created a unified identity for media materials in an effort to make the college more recognizable. 
A residence hall with 220 beds is in the works, as well as renovations to the Pagoda Union Building and the construction of a combined health, science, and manufacturing building, which is also waiting on the legislature’s capital budget before moving forward. 

The residence hall is scheduled to begin construction in spring 2018, but if the capital budget takes longer to be approved then the timeline will be pushed back, Trippel said. 

“There’s a possibility of an early December session,” Trippel said. A legislative session in December could mean that the capital budget will pass and allow development to move forward on campus.

Once housing moves forward, then the college will be able to begin working on frontage improvements at the main entrance to the college on NW Innis Arden Way to improve traffic around that area, Trippel said.

Mary Brueggeman, the vice president for advancement, presented on the college’s effort to create a unified graphic design aesthetic across their media, with a set color palette and fonts in order to give Shoreline Community College a distinct marketing look. A style guide has been developed to guide future design related to the college’s image in brochures and on the college’s websites, she said.

A new slogan was adopted for the college as part of this effort to refresh the college’s image. The slogan “Engage. Achieve.” was adopted after a poll of students was conducted about what students thought of when they thought about Shoreline Community College. The tagline will be appearing under the college’s logo in all future college-produced media, Brueggeman said. 

Dr. Alison Stevens, the executive vice president for student learning and success at Shoreline, also spoke about success in retaining students, and has plans to help students who are struggling with pre-college math. Plans include offering more tutoring resources, and utilizing a system that notifies academic professionals when a student’s grades begin to slip, allowing for those students to be guided to resources to help improve their grades. 

“Shoreline Community College is in the top five community colleges in the state for completion,” Stevens said.

Construction designs for development are close to complete, and administrators at the college are waiting to see what happens next. 

“We were just talking about concepts in June,” Roberts said. “Now we have plans.” 


LFP Thanksgiving Farmers Market & Holiday Crafts Fair Sunday

This Sunday is the perfect time to start preparing for your Thanksgiving feast and to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping thanks to the return of the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market and Holiday Crafts Fair!

Start making your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list now so that you’re ready to receive the full bounty of the LFP Farmers Market this Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Pick-up all the freshest and best in Washington grown and produced fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, wines, baked goods, and more.

Find all your favorite seasonal produce to make your holiday feasts extra special. Farm-fresh offerings – including apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garlic, pears, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, winter squash, zucchini, and so much more – will help you top your table in delicious style.

Hidden River, Mollie Bear, and Well-Fed Farms will have lots of meat choices as well to keep your family stuffed and happy over the long holiday weekend. And Wilson Fish will also be on-hand to serve up your chosen catch-of-the-day. You can even pick up a gorgeous holiday wreathe to welcome your guests with extra flair.

Don’t forget that the cap on the Fresh Bucks match has been lifted for SNAP recipients. So your SNAP benefits will be matched dollar for dollar (in even increments) with no limit! (Though they still expire on Dec. 31st, so you won’t want to take more than you can use.) And you can still spend your 2017 Market Bucks at the market, too, through the last market on Dec. 10th!

You’ll also want to beat the rush of Black Friday by shopping at the Third Place Commons Holiday Crafts Fair featuring the unique creations of over 30 gifted Washington crafters and artisans. You’ll be dazzled by a beautiful array of handcrafted works and sure to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (including yourself).

Offerings will include handcrafted jewelry, watches, pens, home d├ęcor, toys, and holiday novelties. Indeed, from fine arts to fabric arts and wearables to potions, lotions, and notions, the Holiday Crafts Fair will truly have something for everyone!

The LFP Fall Farmers Market will take place inside Third Place Commons (on the upper level of LFP Town Center), while the Holiday Crafts Fair will take place as always in the lower lobby of Town Center. Both will be open from 10am to 3pm.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the final fall market and crafts fair on Sunday, December 10th.

The LFP Farmers Market and Holiday Craft Fairs are presented by Third Place Commons, a community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space. Third Place Commons is located at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155.


Shoreline City Council recognizes Meridian Park Elementary for America Recycles Day

Meridian Park Elementary
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools
On Tuesday, November 14, Shoreline City Council recognized the recycling efforts of Meridian Park Elementary School as part of its proclamation of America Recycles Day in Shoreline.

Meridian Park Elementary is one example of the success that students and staff can achieve by improving recycling and reducing waste at their school.

Between September 2016 and January 2017, the school increased its recycling rate 10% by collecting recyclable and compostable materials in the cafeteria. 

All grade levels monitored recycling and waste stations during lunch periods, and second-grade students came in early to help kindergarteners with their lunches, in addition to their own. 

Waste reduction and recycling reminders and successes were included in lunch announcements, and teachers posted student assignments on their teacher webpages instead of printing them on paper.

Throughout the month of November, the Council calls upon residents and businesses to celebrate this 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day, and the significant contribution that everyone in our community contributes to conserve resources and protect our environment by reducing waste; recycling and reusing materials; and purchasing items made from recycled materials.

Meridian Park is on the corner of Meridian and N 175th in Shoreline.


Northwest Girlchoir seeks new singers this January

Join Northwest Girlchoir in January!

For girls who love to sing, Northwest Girlchoir has openings for new singers in grades 1-12 to join in the fun in the new year.

Learn musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills, all while building lasting friendships in a supportive community.

During the span of four decades, Northwest Girlchoir has empowered and inspired thousands of girls and young women in our region to lift their voices in chorus with others.

Choristers perform for thousands of audience members at concerts held across the greater Puget Sound Region and on tours nationally and internationally.

Grades 1-2: Easy online registration is now open for girls entering grades 1-2 to join Prep Choir! Enrollment for Prep Choir is open online until Friday, January 19. Members learn music in a fun and nurturing environment as they prepare for exciting mainstage concerts. Sign up online

Grades 3-12: Fill out the Audition Request form online by Wednesday, December 20 to join one of Northwest Girlchoir’s five progressive choir levels in January! Auditioned choir members enjoy performing at mainstage concerts, in the community and at special events, and even on tours. Learn more here

Scholarships: Financial aid is available for every choir level and we encourage families to apply.
Email for more information or call the office at 206-527-2900.


Police: Rash of vehicle prowls & mail thefts in Lake Forest Park

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
From LFP Police

Beginning November 8th, the city has experienced a rash of vehicle prowls and mail thefts.

We have evidence that these crimes are being committed by one or two groups of criminals. On November 16th officers recovered large amounts of mail that had been discarded by the suspect(s) which indicates the crime spree began in Shoreline.

These crimes have been occurring overnight and most of the vehicles have been left unsecured.

Locations of the vehicle prowls and mail thefts.

Remember to always call 911 if you see anything out of the ordinary. These criminals are looking for any opportunity to steal from you. Remove everything from your vehicle (even a quarter in the cup holder), obtain a locking mailbox, and communicate with your neighbors.

The Police Department has created a "Do it Yourself Crime Prevention Guide" that will give you some ideas in protecting yourself and your property, check it out on our website


Election: Challenger says she’s not surprised by size of McGlashan’s lead

By Evan Smith

Shoreline City Council incumbent Keith McGlashan’s challenger Jin-Ah Kim said last week that she is not surprised by the size of McGlashan’s lead in results of the Tuesday, Nov. 7 election.

McGlashan’s lead over Kim having dropped to 55 percent to 45 percent in returns counted through Thursday with almost all ballots counted. McGlashan had a 60-40 percent lead on election night.

King County officials will continue to count ballots through final certification of results Nov. 28.

Kim said that she hadn’t expected to win.

“I was challenging a 12-year incumbent as an open Opioid addict,” she said. “Win or lose, the whole point was to show someone can while striving to make a difference.”

McGlashan said he hadn’t expected the big lead he had on election night.

“I was hoping to have 55 percent or better the first night,” he said.


Photo:Poem - Wind

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Photo by Judith Muilenburg

"Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you... but when the leaves hang trembling... the wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I... but when the trees bow down their heads... the wind is passing by."
---Christina Rossetti.     1830-1894 


Shoreline Walks: South Woods to Hamlin Park this Saturday

Hamlin Park Walk
Photo by Alice Lawson
Shoreline Walks is offering its last walk of the year this weekend.

Join walk leader Dan Short on Saturday, November 18th at 10:00am for a morning walk through Fircrest, Hamlin Park, Shorecrest and South Woods Park.

Walkers will visit the memorial garden and the chapel at Fircrest along the way. The free walk is part of the City of Shoreline’s Shoreline Walks program and is approximately 3 miles in length with a moderate rating for some hills and stairs. It will take about 1.5 hours.

This is the last walk of the year. New walks will start up in April of 2018.

Meet at the Eastside Dog Park, 20th Ave NE and NE 150th St. (parking lot on 20th)


Shoreline Fire calls Nov 6-12

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shoreline Fire calls for November 6-12
  • Aid - 75
  • Aid Non Emergency - 23
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 6
  • CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 7
  • Medic - 68
  • MVA Medic - 2
    • 1 skateboarder and vehicle collided at Saltwater Park, 
    • 1 unresponsive pt following accident
  • Cardiac Arrest - 2
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 8
  • Appliance Fire - 1 baseboard heater smoke and flames
  • Electrical Odor - smell like smoke coming from baseboard heat
  • Flooding Minor - 1 water main break
  • Haz - Natural Gas Commercial - 1
  • Service Call - 
    • 1 tree down in roadway, 
    • 2 separate calls of person stuck in an elevator, 
    • 1 blood draw for PD, 
    • 1 person stuck on stairs with power wheelchair
  • Smoke Smell - 1
  • Smoke in a Multi Family - 1 (fire in fireplace without opening flue)
  • Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 1 fire started on the steps of Meridian Park Elementary. Extinguished by passerby.


Alzheimer's Association provides help and hope to family caregivers

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer’s Association is marking these events by recognizing and honoring the more than 335,000 caregivers in Washington State who are providing unpaid care to a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

According to the 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, there are approximately 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Washington State. 

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia is exceptionally demanding. Not only do caregivers provide more extensive care in terms of daily living, but they often do so for many years and even decades. This often takes an emotional, physical, and financial toll on the caregiver.

The Alzheimer’s Association assists family caregivers in a variety of ways, ensuring they are never alone on their journey:
  • 24/7 Helpline (1-800-272-3900): Caregivers and people living with memory loss can call anytime day or night for support, information, resources or care consultation.
  • Support groups: Emotional support and education for caregivers in a compassionate and confidential group setting.
    • The local support group for caregivers meets the second Friday of each month from 10:30am – 12:00noon at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1315 N 160th St, Shoreline 98133. For more information contact: Trisha Kostis at 206-783-4189
  • Dementia Family Caregiver Conferences: Free educational events specially designed for family caregivers caring for a loved one with dementia. Residents of King County may attend one or both sessions being offered on Dec. 2, 2017 at Everett Community College and Feb. 3, 2018 at Edmonds Community College. Registration is required.
  • The Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center ( An online portal with information and resources related to daily living, care planning, and much more. Caregivers may also receive support and advice from their peers through ALZConnected, an online message board and caregivers forum. 
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease or available resources, visit or call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.


Volunteers to plant native trees in Twin Ponds Park Saturday

Stream in Twin Ponds
Photo by Vicki Westberg
The southern end of Twin Ponds Park will be the site of a volunteer work party next Saturday, November 18 from 10:00am to 1:00pm rain or shine.

Shoreline citizens have embarked on an effort to restore native habitat along Thornton Creek in Twin Ponds Park and next Saturday they will install Western Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce trees.

Everyone is invited to come to the work party along First Avenue one block north of NE 149th St across from Aegis Assisted Living near the southern part of the park. The project site is adjacent to the parking lot near NE 149th St.

Stewards trained in environmental restoration by the Washington Native Plant Society have been leading efforts to recover valuable habitat along Thornton creek. Volunteers have removed enough weeds to fill more than two large dumpsters and two areas near the bridge across the creek are ready for planting.

This riparian and wetland area once sheltered spawning salmon. This fall as the weeds were removed, valuable native plants that still survive were revealed. Volunteers have found licorice fern, lady fern and wild lily of the valley, plus water parsley that grows in the stream with salmonberry shrubs and willow trees nearby.

The restoration team hopes to see other wildlife return to the area. Perhaps small mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles will find the stream area habitable again. Birds and pollinating insects should also increase. This may become a spot where park visitors can experience a more natural environment with an opportunity for study and learning about wildlife habitat.

If our restoration goals are to be met, we will need regular help from local citizens and neighbors. We hope you are able to join us on Saturday.

Please dress in warm layers. Bring water, boots, rain gear, work gloves and your own tools if you have them. Some gloves, tools, light snacks and water will be provided. Park near NE 149th Street near the southern end of the park across from Aegis Assisted Living. Parking lot may be full. (Avoid the lot at NE 155th St.) Contact us to let us know you are coming or for questions you may have.

This project is sponsored by the Shoreline Department of Parks and Recreation, King Conservation District and the Washington Native Plant Society.


Shoreline School District to place two replacement levies on February 13 ballot

Shoreline School Board 2017
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools
At their November 6, 2017 meeting, the Shoreline School District Board of Directors approved resolutions to place two four-year replacement levies on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot.
These levies would replace existing levies that will expire at the end of 2018.

There will be two propositions for Shoreline School District voters to consider:

Proposition 1: Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations

This replacement levy helps fund education programs not fully supported by state and federal funding, including:
  • Special education programs, highly capable programs and remedial programs
  • Nurses, family advocates, librarians and counselors
  • Building maintenance, utilities and transportation
  • Extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics
  • Professional development for teachers and other staff
The maximum tax rate for Proposition 1 would be $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value annually. This rate would collect:
  • $21,300,000 in 2019
  • $23,500,000 in 2020
  • $25,602,000 in 2021
  • $28,250,000 in 2022
This accounts for roughly 20 percent of Shoreline School District’s operating budget.

Proposition 2: Replacement of Expiring Capital Levy for Technology Improvement and Support

This replacement levy funds instructional technology and internet access for students and staff across the district. These funds help pay for:
  • Student and staff computers and technology access
  • Software, online subscriptions, resources and classroom curriculum
  • Annual maintenance and licensing
  • Equipment upgrades and replacement
  • Staffing, professional development and training
  • Network servers and wireless infrastructure
The estimated tax rates for Proposition 2 would be as follows:
  • $0.23 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2019
  • $0.21 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2020
  • $0.19 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2021
  • $0.17 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2022
These rates would collect $3,250,000 annually.

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on January 24, 2018 and must be returned or postmarked by February 13, 2018. Register to vote here. Both levies require a 50% simple majority approval to pass.

There are four community-wide presentations scheduled (all held in the Shoreline School Board Room, 18560 1st Ave NE):
  • December 13 at 10am
  • December 13 at 7pm
  • January 9 at 10am
  • January 9 at 7pm
You can find more information about the levies, community presentation schedule, request a presentation and submit questions here.

Shoreline School District residents will also receive an informational mailer from Shoreline Schools in January with detailed information about the levies.


Photo: Wind and waves

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The wind whipped up the waves on the Edmonds Beach in the beginning of the windstorm this week.


Community invited to Friendship Follies

The community is invited to the Friendship Follies, this Friday, November 17 at 7pm and a second show on Saturday, November 18 at 6pm.

This is a unique performance, written and performed by the cast, who all have disabilities.

Shoreline Center Auditorium. 18560 1st Ave NE. $5 donation at the door.


24 Shoreline Student Musicians selected to play in All-State Concert

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is nearing its annual conference this February in Yakima. One of the highlights of the conference will be the hundreds of outstanding student musicians from all across the state and the northwest, including 24 of our very own Shoreline students. The Washington Music Educators Association sponsors the All-State Choir, Band and Orchestra process to promote students' dedication to their musical knowledge and skill.

The competitive selection process begins with individual musicians recording an audition and submitting it to WMEA. A panel of judges then ranks each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians is selected.

The highest-ranking musicians qualify to perform in the All Northwest and All State music groups. These students participate in three days of rehearsals that are directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state NAfME Convention in Yakima, Feb. 15 – 19, 2018. Their performances in front of thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.

Honored All-State musicians from Shoreline are:

May Choi, violin
Max Null, flute
Brook Roberts, viola

Dalma Ashby, violin
Sejon Ashby, violin
Tyler Keen, clarinet
Jasmine Mikesell, flute
Jakob Phipps, bass
Heidi Resing, violin
Matthew Walton, percussion

Chris Cummings, clarinet
Henry Girard, string bass
Elizabeth Hickman, soprano
Adeline Kovell, violin
Kevin Lee, Alto saxophone
Veronica Lee, viola
Brandon Mochizuki, violin
Stephen Nichols, clarinet
Ethan Nowack, bass
Ian Paulson, flute
Anna Soper, viola
Sophia Stevenson, viola
Kamil Tarnawczyk, viola
Sing Cheer To, violin


Flock Around The Clock

Do you know someone who needs a good "flocking"?

The Shorecrest High School PTSA is in the midst of its annual fundraiser for this year's Senior Spree. "Senior Spree" is an all-night event at which our young adults celebrate their recent graduation in a safe, alcohol-free and drug-free environment.

For a nominal fee, you can purchase a Flamboyance of Flamingos to be secretly placed in the yard of a neighbor, friend, family member or work associate.

The flamingos land in the dead of night and remain perfectly perched for the next 24 hours, helping their recipient to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, promotion etc. or simply as a light-hearted annoyance.   

The best part is, unlike the geese named for our neighbors to the north, our flamingos leave no mess behind.

This could be someone you know...

“Senior Spree” – this year’s well-supervised event – takes place on June 17th at two secret locations.  The student admission fee of $170 covers most, but not all, of the actual cost. We are seeking contributions via "flockings" to help underwrite event expenses for students who otherwise would be unable to afford to attend.

For the cost of a couple double-tall latte's and a muffin, you can add the color of "pink" to the golden browns of Autumn's fallen leaves and a smile to the face of your..."victim".

For information on how you can support Shorecrest's "Senior Spree", click on this link or email


City of Shoreline Holiday Crafts Market Saturday

The City of Shoreline will hold its annual holiday crafts market this Saturday, November 18 from 9am to 4pm at the Spartan Rec Center, 202 NE 185th St, Shoreline, WA 98155.

The Spartan Rec Center is the building east of the Senior Center and next to the Shoreline Stadium.


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