Photo: Snow in the forecast

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

So in this edition, we have a weather report warning of overnight snow - and a photo of spring flowers. Why not?

I have jonquils that are coming up. The green part is about 4 inches above ground - no flowers yet - but I've noticed that clear-cut west Shoreline gets blooms earlier than those of us in the trees. My jonquils have been snowed on, hailed on, definitely rained on, and they just don't seem to notice.



Shorecrest boys basketball headed for State tournament after comeback win Saturday

Phillip Pepple #55
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

By Frank Workman

For the second straight season, the Shorecrest boys basketball team is headed to the state tournament following their comeback win over Edmonds-Woodway Saturday at Bothell HS, 74-63.

It didn't come easily though, as the Warriors took a 32-26 lead into the halftime locker room on the strength of hitting six 3-pointers in the second stanza.

But the Scots came out ready and rarin' to go in the third quarter, as evidenced by the fact they outscored the Warriors 48-31 over the final sixteen minutes.

Chris Lee #5
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

"We knew we needed to buckle down and we really put the clamps to them on defense in the second half," said junior guard Chris Lee after the game. Lee led all scorers with 24 points, including a clutch 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the decisive fourth quarter.

At halftime, senior captain Steven Lin "told the team to not be fazed, that we've dealt with bigger adversity. I was just trying to keep everyone's mindset positive and to be confident with one another and just really go after them. We had to be more aggressive".

The Scots' aggression showed in how often their guards drove the lane, resulting in 25 free throw attempts, with 20 of them going in.

Malcolm Rosier-Butler #3
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

Senior Malcolm Rosier-Butler was sidelined with a leg cramp for the last three minutes of action, but not before finishing with 19 points, most of them coming on drives to the hoop. When he did miss, junior Philip Pepple was there to grab the rebound and put the ball back in. Pepple scored 18.

Ed-Way closed the lead to 61-56, but SC senior Walter Wang drilled his second three of the game with1:35 left to put the game out of reach. Lee and Pepple closed out the scoring from the free throw line to end the game.

Afterward, a happy coach Brian Fisher had this to say, "We made some mistakes in the first half, but we got smarter as the game went on. We know E-W is good, they have a lot of players, and they really went on a run in the second quarter. 
"This has really been a dream season for us, such as excellent team. We practice hard, we play hard, the boys play for each other. I am so proud of them."

Last year the Scots competed at the 2A level and came within an eyelash of winning the championship, settling for second place.

Stepping up to the 3A ranks this season, the road figures to be rockier for the Scots if they're going to hang another banner in the gym.

They open play Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Tacoma Dome against another Wesco rival, Stanwood, in a loser-out game. The teams split their two games, with the Spartans winning 75-61 on their home court to finish the regular season. The Scots knocked them off 55-52 to win the District Championship ten days later.

The winner of that game figures to face Nathan Hale in the quarter-finals. The number one ranked team in the country had a great recruiting off-season.

Tournament bracket can be found here



King County certifies the school bond election and declares postage paid ballots a successs

Final, certified results

On Friday King County Elections certified the results of the February 14 special election in the City of Maple Valley and the Shoreline School District. The department tested pre-paid postage for this election. Voters in each jurisdiction received ballot packets that included a return envelope with the postage already paid.

One objective of the pre-paid postage test was to see if more voters returned their ballots than in previous special elections.

King County Elections projected 30 percent voter turnout based on previous turnout. However, actual turnout was significantly higher, at 37 percent in Maple Valley, and 40 percent in the Shoreline School District.

“I’m excited to see increased participation,” said Julie Wise, King County Elections Director. “When I was elected, one of my commitments was to remove barriers to voting. As we increase access with pre-paid postage and ballot drop boxes, we’re beginning to see a real impact.”

The pre-paid postage pilot also confirmed King County Elections’ understanding of the U.S. Postal Service processes. About 70 percent of ballots returned by mail were received within two days of being postmarked.

“Director Wise is leading the charge to make King County the national leader in low-barrier voting, all while ensuring our election system is accurate and secure,” said King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski. 
“The pre-paid postage test is another important step in the right direction. Combined with an increased number of ballot boxes and election materials in multiple languages, King County citizens can more easily and effectively exercise their right to vote.”

The pre-paid postage test cost King County Elections $10,140.

Maple Valley voters rejected a general obligation bond for park and recreation facility improvements. Voters in the Shoreline School District, which includes Lake Forest Park, approved a school construction bond.

Election results are available on the King County Elections website.


History of Aurora Village

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Aurora Village probably in the 1970s
View of the west and south sides from Aurora
Photo courtesy History's Dumpster
Reprinted with permission

Aurora Ave N and N 205th St
King County (Shoreline), Washington

Greater Seattle's AURORA VILLAGE CENTER was developed by the Continental West Company.

The shopping hub occupied 35 acres, located 13.9 miles north of the center city. The site, then in unincorporated King County, was adjacent to the King-Snohomish County line.

Originally an open-air mall of fifty stores, AURORA VILLAGE CENTER opened in 1960. It featured a (30,000 square foot) J.C. Penney, (21,000 square foot) Pay 'n Save Drug, Lucky Stores supermarket and (40,000 square foot) F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10.

This appears to be taken from Aurora
Photo courtesy Shoreline Historical Museum

Inline stores included Nordstrom's Shoes, Ernst Hardware, Jay Jacobs, Buster Brown Shoes, Turner Jewelers and Kinney Shoes. A 3-level (180,000 square foot), Seattle-based Frederick and Nelson opened, on the east end of the mall, in July 1963.

Shopping centers in the AURORA VILLAGE trade area included NORTHGATE CENTER / MALL (1950) {4.6 miles south, in King County (Seattle)}, AURORA SQUARE (1967) {2.2 miles southwest, in King County (Shoreline)} and ALDERWOOD MALL (1979) {4.7 miles northeast, in Snohomish County (Lynnwood)}.

Site plan ca 1979
Courtesy Mall Hall of Fame

A 2-level (71,000 square foot) Nordstrom was dedicated in May 1974, along with an adjacent parking deck. 5 years later, the complex was enclosed and climate-controlled. The newly-renovated center, now going as AURORA VILLAGE MALL, encompassed 550,000 leasable square feet and sixty stores and services.

The Luxury Theatres Aurora Village 4 took the place of a shuttered Lucky Stores supermarket and was in business by 1980. By the late 1980s, the shopping center was in a downward spiral. This was exacerbated by the closing of Frederick and Nelson in September 1991. The final nail in the proverbial coffin came on May 30, 1992, when Nordstrom closed its doors for good.

Frederick and Nelson closed in 1991

A redevelopment of the struggling retail hub had been on the drawing board for several years. The plan was to raze the mall, with its two anchors left standing. These were to be worked into a new 777,000 square foot complex with two levels of retail, a food court, multiplex cinema and over one hundred and forty stores and services.

Financing for the project was never secured. The mall fell into disrepair and became a haven for crime. It changed hands three times between 1987 and 1992. The final owner, New York City-based Citicorp, acquired the property by default in October 1992. With the anchor stores, and most of the mall, sitting vacant, Citicorp decided to raze the entire structure. Demolition commenced in late 1993.

A 370,000 square foot power center, known as AURORA VILLAGE CENTER, debuted in June of 1994. It included a 1-level (156,000 square foot) Costco, 1-level (130,000 square foot) Home Depot and Big 5 Sporting Goods (a tenant of the original mall). The shopping center site became part of the newly-incorporated city of Shoreline in August 1995.

Mall Hall of Fame Sources:
Malls of America Blogspot / Keith Milford webmaster
The Seattle Times / Mike Rivest


For professional musician Ian McFeron, Third Place Commons was his first performance space

Speech by Ian McFeron at the Third Place Commons Community Breakfast February 16. A Shorecrest High School grad, singer-songwriter Ian has released 8 albums, toured the country (and internationally) repeatedly. Here he shares both his personal, musical journey and his deep ties to Third Place Commons and our Commons Community.

Shorecrest grad Ian McFeron
As a Shorecrest High School graduate and having attended Kellogg Middle School and Briarcrest Elementary School before that, I’ve been a part of this community for a long time, and this community has been a part of me.

For the past 12 years I’ve made my living writing and recording music, traveling and performing in the United States and in Europe.

The Commons invited me to speak today about my experience growing up as an artist in this community and about my relationship with the Commons - an organization that I feel a strong personal, artistic, and philosophical connection with.

I don’t know what it was that first attracted me to music. Actually, I don’t have any memories of my life before music was a part of it. My parents have told me that I was 2 years old when I started crawling up the piano stool to press the different notes, one by one, to hear what they sounded like. I remember that I always had a fascination with sounds. It was like the world was brimming with voices and every object had a different one.

My parents had an old upright piano that was sort of shoved out of the way, under a staircase in the house where I grew up, and whether it was some sort of gravitational desire to press all those different notes in different combinations to hear what voices spilled out of the keys, or whether that perch beneath the staircase was just a quiet place where I could escape the din of commotion that rattled through the 2 bedroom house that I shared with 8 other members of my family, I started playing that piano for hours every day.

Like a lot of kids I started playing music in the school band in the 5th grade. I played alto-saxophone in the concert band and in jazz band up through high school. I took Greg Boehme’s guitar class at Shorecrest, learning classical style-finger picking along with a dense repertoire of 60’s and 70’s folk and rock tunes.

I took Andy Barker’s creative writing class and became fascinated with the way that collections of words and metaphors could paint pictures that you could match with collections of sounds and melodies and I started writing my first lyrical songs in the breezeways of the old Shorecrest High when I was seventeen.

Through High School and college I wrote songs out of a personal need for self-expression, but I didn’t share them with anyone. I filled old shoeboxes with lyric sheets and cassette tapes of my music, and I stashed them under my bed.

I don’t know if I was scared to risk rejection, or if it just never really occurred to me that anyone else would want to hear what I was writing, but for several years I didn’t have much of an interest in playing my songs for other people. But during college I went with some friends to a cabin at a lake in the east cascade foothills and they coaxed me into playing them some of the songs I had been writing. They told me that they thought the songs were good and that if I booked some shows they would come out to hear me play.

I was just barely 21 with no experience in the music business and no connections in the local music scene. But after that weekend I had this itch. I wanted to try my songs out on other people - people that didn’t know me. But where could I go to play my songs in public?

Well, one of the very first places I performed publicly was on this stage - here at Third Place Commons.

And through performances here, and at pubs and coffee houses around the region, I got up enough confidence to record my first album with a full band.

With some luck, that album got added to rotation on a station called 103.7 “The Mountain”. From there we got opportunities to open for national and international touring acts at venues like ZooTunes, The Showbox, and The Crocodile, which lead to our own headlining opportunities throughout the region. We played Bumbershoot several times, sold out venues like the Tractor and the Triple Door, and went on to record 8 studio albums. We had the opportunity to record the most recent 3 in Nashville with a Grammy-nominated producer and guitarist named Doug Lancio.

From that early performance on the Commons stage, my passion for music grew into a full-time career. My wife, Alisa Milner, and I met and fell in love through our mutual love of music and we bought our first home with a guitar and a fiddle. Together we’ve played thousands of shows, and have traveled half-a-million miles in a van together. Which actually turns out to be pretty good pre-marriage counseling.

Sometimes I think about what a strange journey it has been - how a childhood fascination with sound and words - drawing music out of the piano and learning some chords on the guitar grew into a passion for writing songs, and eventually into an occupation. How that early fascination with sound would go on to form and shape my entire life.

To be sure there are some inexplicable forces at work in music and in life that brought all the pieces together. And it is true that creativity is born out of a certain amount of unexplained magic. But that seed of inspiration doesn’t mature- it doesn’t blossom and bear fruit- until it lands on fertile soil; until it is nurtured and watered by the embrace of a supportive community.

This space is that fertile ground that nurtures and waters the creative passions of people in and throughout this region.

It is where songs are performed for the first time, where stories are written on laptop computers, where authors read from their newly published works, where farmers and artisans bring their goods to sell, where old friends reconnect, where people come to talk about how to live more peacefully with one a other, where book clubs and chess clubs and knitting clubs gather.

It is where individuals come together to form something greater than themselves- where individuals form a community.

Like creativity, community is a living thing- it too needs nurturing and support in order to continue to grow and flourish.

It is people like you - gathered here this morning - who nurture and support this space, so that this space might go on to nurture and support thousands of others. So that a kid with a guitar and some songs in his heart has a place to stand up and sing and connect with the world.

In closing I would like to say thank you to all of you who support this space with your time, your energy, your creativity and your financial contributions. And I would like to say thank you to the Commons for giving countless artists like me that place to connect.

If you would like to help nourish this fertile ground where creativity and community thrive, you can make a gift to Third Place Commons by sending a check to the address below or by giving online here.


Classifieds: Fire commissioners meet with North City Water District

Shoreline Fire Commissioners to meet with North City Water District March 21.


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire public hearing

Public Hearing to hear citizen appeals to the 2017 Fire Benefit Charge.


Herons have returned to Kenmore rookery

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Great Herons have returned to their rookery in Kenmore, as you can see by these photes, which were taken Saturday about noon. They are back and remodeling their nests.

Photo by Steven H. robinson

If you look closely, you can see that the flying heron has a stick in its mouth - building materials for the nest.


70 people enjoyed the Pizza & Pipes event at Haller Lake Community Club

Organ colsole at Haller Lake
Photo from PSTOS Pipeline

On Sunday afternoon, February 12, over 70 folks gathered at Haller Lake Community Club to munch on pizza and fixin’s while listening to theatre pipe organ music.

It was a trip back in time, as Donna Parker, internationally-known theatre organist, entertained the crowd with lively music and fascinating recollections.

Mid-afternoon, the lights dimmed and a vintage black and white Charlie Chaplin silent movie comedy was screened, with Donna providing organ accompaniment.

Haller Lake Community Club houses the restored Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ which is owned and maintained by Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society. Learn more about upcoming theatre pipe organ concerts here.

See more photos and details about this pipe organ here.


Create custom glass tile jewelry at Wednesday’s Create & Make Workshop

Glass Tile Jewelry
Create and Make Workshop
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline

Learn to make sparkling glass tile jewelry in this fun and easy workshop, using non-toxic materials. With help from Sara Chapman of Love that Image, each participant will make a necklace pendant and a pair of earrings to take home or to give as a gift.

Using photos from old magazines we will select images for your jewelry, then cut them out and glue them to the back of clear glass tiles. The back will be sealed with non-toxic sealant, and you will glue on the silver-plated findings and, for earrings, affix the jump rings to the ear wires so they hang properly.

No previous experience necessary. You supply the imaginative spirit, we supply the materials but feel free to bring a magazine or catalog with flower pictures to use for your jewelry images.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 1 and is held from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Horizon Room of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA.

Tickets are $35 and available at BrownPaperTickets.

Want more creative fun? Check out the other Create and Make Workshops this season:

Making Mini-Comics – March 15

Through writing and drawing exercises, build personal content for making your own small press publication.

Basics of Celtic Knotwork – March 29

Learn how to construct a basic Celtic knot with a technique that can be used to fill any kind of space.

How to Henna – April 12

Learn about the history of henna and practice designs on paper and—if daring enough— yourself and your friends!

Create and Make Workshops are brought to you by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


WeatherWatcher: Winter Weather Advisory 1-3 inches of snow

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, in effect from 10pm Saturday night until 10am Sunday morning. The snow advisory is calling for 1-2 inches of snow overnight for the greater Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett areas with another 1 inch of snow Sunday morning. Storm totals  are expected to be up to 3 inches of snow, only in areas above 300 feet in elevation, and particularly in south Snohomish County, maybe north King County areas.

A weak weather system is moving in Saturday evening which will start as rain showers in most places and start changing over to snow overnight. This is another marginal snow event. Snow levels are expected to get down to about 300 feet. Most of the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park area is in this range except near Richmond Beach (west of 8th Ave NW) and in the lower Lake Forest Park watersheds.

I'm expecting rain showers Saturday night with some snow mixing after 6pm. Accumulations are not expected until at least midnight, even then only the highest spots in Shoreline will probably start to see the snow stick. The Hillwood neighborhood, North City neighborhood along 15th Ave NE, and Horizon View neighborhood will probably see it first. In those locations I expect to see 1-2 inches possible overnight into Sunday morning. I don't think we'll see the 3 inch mark with this one, temperatures are just too marginal.

Sunday afternoon - Tuesday we are expecting continued rain and snow showers, mostly rain in the afternoons and rain and snow mixed over night, some spots again could get all snow above 300-400 feet in elevation.

Tuesday night - Thursday we are expected to warm up just enough to be all rain showers. Temperatures in the upper 30's for lows, and mid to upper 40's for highs.

Thursday night - Friday Rain is expected, with breezy conditions, temperatures keeping in the 40's breaking to showers going into Saturday.

Bottom line: Snow is expected for elevations above 300 feet, some places could see up to 3 inches by Sunday morning. More accumulations are possible through Tuesday but they may be spotty and limited. Roads will probably remain mostly clear in most areas after Sunday afternoon. This is another marginal snow event where it'll not quite get cold enough for a full blown solid freeze.


Photo: Poem: Great blue heron

Friday, February 24, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Great blue heron stood
thin as a flat toothpick split
   camouflaged sky blue.

Waits in knee deep waters

   silently creeps jolt attack.

.....poem by Sara Kendrick

Photo taken off riverside trail along Snohomish River near Lowell, WA


Aurora Village Starbucks moves to new building

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Aurora Village Starbucks has moved into a brand new building in the center of the parking lot.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Unlike their previous building at the end of the strip mall, this building has a comfortable drive-thru. Aurora Village shoppers can take care of their business at the other stores and then get a cup of coffee in the drive-thru before heading home.


Ridgecrest and Parkwood residents: Do you want a free, installed smoke alarm Saturday?

Parkwood neighborhood
By Diane Hettrick

Terrific offer from Shoreline Fire. If you live in the Parkwood or Ridgecrest neighborhood AND you click the link to sign up, fire fighters will install a free smoke alarm in your house.

Shoreline Fire is teaming up with American Red Cross on Saturday to install free smoke alarms in Shoreline homes, starting with these two neighborhoods.

They seem to think it's easier to give you a smoke alarm than to rescue you and your pets from a burning house.

Ridgecrest neighborhood
And the Red Cross appears to believe that a smoke alarm is cheaper than three nights in a motel and blankets after you have been burnt out of your house.

If you don't sign up, you might be lucky enough to be home when they knock on your door.

Sign up - I want to hear that they got so many contacts they ran out of alarms and had to restock!


Shoreline youth serves as legislative page in Olympia

Rep. Kagi and Vincent Wilson
Photo courtesy Washington State Legislative Support Services

Vincent Wilson, a student at Lakeside School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Sponsored by state Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle), Vincent is the son of Fatima Lim-Wilson and Adrian Wilson of Shoreline.

Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor.

In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, pages receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills, and participate in mock committee hearings.


Global Affairs Center: Peru's History, Culture, and Place in the world

The Global Affairs Center of Shoreline Community College presents  . . .

Machu Picchu

Peru’s History, Culture, and Place in the World
Mr. Miguel Angel Velásquez
Honorary Consul General for Peru, Seattle

Peru is one of the most important U.S. trade partners in Latin America, including significant contributions to/from the state of Washington.

Total bilateral trade has grown from $9 billion in 2009 to $14 billion in 2015.

Peru has a unique history, culture, and geography. An underlying premise of discussions such as this is that it behooves us to understand the history and views of people in other countries. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:00–8:30 PM
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Room 9208
Shoreline 98133

This event is FREE.
To save a seat, go to the GAC calendar and click on Sign Up.

Other upcoming GAC events you will not want to miss.

Thursday, March 16  
North America in the 21st Century:  Mexico’s Perspective
Dr. Roberto Dondisch, Consul General for Mexico, Seattle.
For details go to the SCC/GAC calendar page

April 13 – June 1 (eight Thursday Evenings)
Great Discussions of Foreign Policy Issues
Eight weekly discussions of current foreign policy issues.  For more detail, including topics and registration (participation is limited), go to the GAC webpage.

**Students can earn credit for participating. Contact Larry Fuell ( for details.

May 23, 2017
A panel discussion with U.S. military veterans of the Vietnam War
More details soon on the GAC website


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Mariners begin spring training

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


Friday afternoon at the Movies

MARCH 3, 1:00-4:00PM
At the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center
in Partnership with Scarecrow Video

Scarecrows Silver Cinema Project is becoming a very special event for the senior center and Classic movie buffs!

“The goal of the Silver Cinema project is to share our collection, one of the world's largest film archives with the elder community, via screenings and discussions The types of film that we tend to show are golden age Hollywood classics of the 40's and 50's. Each screening is introduced by one of our movie experts, and informational fliers about each film are available for viewers to take with them.”

There is no charge for the showing, donations accepted. Popcorn is free! Soft drinks will be made available for a small fee.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center: 18560 1st Ave NE #1, south end of the Shoreline Center; 206-365-1530.


Coffee with Mayor Johnson Saturday

LFP Mayor Jeff Johnson
Coffee with the Mayor on Saturday, February 25, 2017

What’s on your mind? Stop by City Hall on Saturday, February 25, 2017, between 9:00 and 10:30am and have coffee with LFP Mayor Johnson.

He wants to know what is important to you as a resident of Lake Forest Park.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Join us in the Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE.


Attention rumor mill: there was no ICE action in Shoreline

Generic Home Depot photo
Around 2:30pm on Wednesday, Shoreline police were investigating a report that three high school students had stolen a maintenance golf cart from an apartment complex near Aurora Village.

Officers located the students and chased them through the Aurora Village parking lot in the vicinity of Home Depot. At least one of them was captured.

Up the block at the corner of Aurora Village, Hispanic day laborers congregate to wait for jobs.

An eyewitness to the police chase put those facts together and posted this to her Facebook page:

This happened today!
"Went to Home Depot to buy some lumber. ICE agents were in the parking lot arresting guys stumping for work..."

Not ICE agents, said the Seattle ICE representative.

"Our deportation officers conduct targeted enforcement operations every day in locations around the country as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls. 
"These operations involve existing, established Fugitive Operations Teams. 
"ICE does not conduct sweeps, checkpoints or raids that target aliens indiscriminately."

In other words, they would be looking for specific individuals, not doing random sweeps of day laborers.

Meanwhile, the Facebook post is being widely spread and embellished. People are giving each other advice about what to do when confronted by police.

The King County Sheriff's office is doing its best to dispel the rumors, releasing this statement to all media:

There was NO ICE or immigration related police activity at the Shoreline Home Depot earlier this week. We had a large police presence  related to a theft that occurred at a nearby apartment complex and the suspects were seen in the area of Home Depot! 


Pizza sauce runs in their veins - local Domino's owners in national TV ad

Local business owners brother Chris, father Jeff, and brother Pat Farmer
owners of Domino's Pizza on Ballinger Way in Shoreline

Jeff Farmer started working at Domino’s in 1982 as a dough roller. He fell in love with the business and purchased his first store in 1987.

His sons Chris and Pat grew up in the business, working in the stores. They learned the flow of the business, its peaks, lows, trends, until it became second nature to them.

Both say that they love the rush of the business, and pizza sauce seems to flow through their veins.

The three of them have purchased stores together. Pat sold his dream home to finance his first purchase - and has never regretted it.

All three men have put their heart and soul into their businesses and it shows.

Between the three of them, Pat, Chris and Jeff now own 14 Domino’s stores from Snoqualmie to Wenatchee to Sherwood, Oregon.

Locally, they own the Edmonds store at 22941 Highway 99, Unit A, the north Seattle store at 302 N 125th Street, and the new store at 20030 Ballinger Way NE in Shoreline.

Chris lives in Kenmore, Jeff lives in Hoquiam, and Pat lives in Vancouver.

The three of them are featured in a new national TV commercial airing now. The commercial highlights several franchisees, as well as Domino’s new pizza theater store design.

Here's the link to the TV spot


Man with mental issues delays BNSF train in Richmond Beach

Thursday about 4:45pm BNSF railroad contacted the King County Sheriff's Office to assist with a man who was creating a disturbance with a train in Richmond Beach.

The man had asked train personnel for a ride on the train. When they declined, he got on a car anyway. When BNSF security and Shoreline Police responded, he began throwing rocks at them.

As it appeared to be a mental health crisis, Shoreline Fire was called in. He was safely taken into custody without injury to anyone. Fire took him to the hospital for involuntary commitment and evaluation.

The train was delayed during the incident but resumed its scheduled run.


Photos: All about clouds

Photo by Lee Lageschulte
Over Puget Sound from Shoreline

Today, it's all about clouds. The weather was at its zonal best Wednesday and Thursday. Relatives in South King and North Pierce county were posting photos of snow and hail covering the ground but it was warm in Shoreline and probably warmer in Lake Forest Park.

Photo by Jan Hansen
Puget Sound from Shoreline

I was looking at a nice blue sky with pretty white clouds Wednesday and the news report said there was a hail storm in Kenmore. Fortunately Dan Short was on the spot.

Hail over Kenmore - photo taken from Sheridan Beach
Photo by Dan Short

Late Thursday night, Shoreline people were reporting snowfall. Too warm to stick but there's still a possibility of more and colder weather.

Just another day in the Northwest. Imagine how boring it is in places that have nothing but sunshine every day.



Voter-approved levies will increase investments in schools, public safety and transportation

From the office of John Wilson, King County Assessor

Thanks to voter-approved initiatives, an increase in property tax revenue will result in additional investments in schools, police, fire protection, and transportation. The majority of property tax revenue collected in King County – 52 percent – will pay for schools.

King County Treasury began sending out the annual property tax bills on February 14. King County collects property taxes on behalf of the state, the county, cities, and taxing districts (such as school and fire districts), and distributes the revenue to these local governments.

Voters have approved several property-tax increases that will make much-needed investments in child and youth development, public safety, and transportation, including more Sound Transit rail and bus service throughout much of King County.

In some parts of King County, as much as 50 percent of the property tax bill is the result of voter-approved measures.

New levies approved in 2016 for collection this year include:

  • Sound Transit 3 (ST3), which will connect the region’s cities with mass transit including 62 new miles of light rail; bus rapid transit on the north, east and south of Lake Washington; expanded passenger capacity on Sounder south line trains; and parking, bike and pedestrian access improvements at stations throughout the system. 
  • School levies in the Auburn, Federal Way, Tukwila, Seattle, Renton, Mercer Island, Kent, Vashon Island, Lake Washington, and Highline school districts.
  • Renewal of the Low-Income Housing levy in Seattle. 
  • Public safety levies in Normandy Park, Snoqualmie, and Shoreline. 

“Voters are saying yes to spending money on valuable government services, such as schools, fire protection, and transportation improvements. But we know that can be especially tough for those on fixed incomes,” said King County Assessor John Wilson. 
“That’s why we’ve been aggressively reaching out to seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners with the property tax exemption program.”

Low-income seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners may qualify for a property-tax exemption offered by the Assessor’s office. Information on how to apply for an exemption, along with other property-assessment-related information, can be found here. Nearly 5,000 King County homeowners applied for the exemption last year.

Property taxes vary depending upon property location, the assessed value of the property, and the number of jurisdictions levying taxes (such as state, city, county, school district, port, fire district, etc). 
In recent years, our schools have become more dependent on local levy dollars, and numerous special levies have been passed to fund services that were once funded out of state general tax revenue.

With property taxes going up 8 percent on average, that means countywide property tax billings will be $4.8 billion in 2017, up from $4.5 billion last year. Aggregate property values in King County increased by nearly 11 percent, going from $426.3 billion in 2016 to $471.5 billion in 2017.

The majority of property tax revenue – 52 percent – pays for schools. It also pays for police, fire protection, parks and libraries.

The county receives less than 18 percent of the property tax revenue it collects.

While many people naturally assume that the county’s revenue increases as property values rise, that’s actually not the case. 

A state law limits the amount of additional revenue counties receive from an existing property tax to no more than 1 percent each year. One exception is revenue generated from new construction. As a result, the revenue that supports the county’s General Fund does not keep up with inflation and the increasing demand for services as our population grows.

Property owners can find tax levy rates and more property related information by visiting eReal Property Search on the King County Assessor’s website or by calling 206-296-7300.

To avoid interest and penalties, the first half property taxes must be paid or postmarked by May 1, 2017. The second half property taxes must be paid or postmarked by Oct. 31, 2017. If you have a mortgage, your property taxes are included in your mortgage payment.

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South county public forum on homelessness Tuesday

Issues that Matter: Homelessness in Snohomish County

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

At this public forum, experts and audience members will explore the causes of homelessness in our communities and share ideas for solving the problem.

Panelists: Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Elysa Hovard, director of outreach, Cocoon House; Mark Waldin, program manager of South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter.

Moderator: Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County and member, Lynnwood Human Services Commission.


Workshop: Job Searching on Craig's List

Job Searching on Craig's List

Lake Forest Park Library, lower level Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way, LFP.
February 28, 2017, 11am to 12:30pm

Looking for a job? Learn how to search for and reply to ads on Craig's List.

Must have an email address.

Call 206-362-8860 for free registration.


State Superintendent Reykdal: State laws will continue to protect transgender students

Below is a statement from State Superintendent Chris Reykdal on new guidance from the Education and Justice Departments concerning transgender students.

In May 2016, the federal Education and Justice Departments issued guidance on transgender students. The guidance required that schools treat students “consistent with the student’s gender identity.” On Wednesday evening, that guidance was rescinded by the Federal Education and Justice Departments.

Washington state law, though, continues to protect transgender students from discrimination in school, which includes names and pronouns, dress codes, student participation in sports and physical education, harassment, and students' use of restrooms and locker rooms. The federal guidance will not affect state law.

A brief history

In 2006, sexual orientation and gender identity were added as protected classes to the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). Four years later, the Legislature passed a law (codified as Revised Code of Washington 28A.642) explicitly protecting students in Washington public schools against discrimination.

As a result of that law, OSPI in February 2012 issued formal guidelines entitled, “Prohibiting Discrimination in Washington Public Schools.” The guidelines specifically address access to restrooms and locker rooms:

On restrooms: “School districts should allow students to use the restroom that is consistent with their gender identity consistently asserted at school” (p. 30);
On locker rooms: “No student … should be required to use a locker room that conflicts with his or her gender identity” (p. 31).

School districts are required to comply with the guidelines – and have been doing so successfully for five years. The new guidance from the Education and Justice Departments states that “there must be due regard for the primary role of the States and local school districts in establishing educational policy.” 

In short, our state laws continue to protect our transgender students.

My job as Superintendent is to ensure every student in our state receives a high-quality education. Our state laws are explicit. We must not discriminate against our students, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Our state has a long and proud history of embracing differences, and I will not back down from that.


Teenager missing from Woodinville - KCSO asks for help finding her

The King county Sheriff's Office has asked for the public's help to locate a missing 16 year old Woodinville girl, Jessica Dark. Her vehicle was found at the Seattle Times North Creek facility parking lot in Bothell.

When last seen she was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, light gray sweatpants, and black mid-calf hight top shoes. She has a nose ring and a tattoo on her left inner forearm.

If you believe you see her or have information, call Jan Gregory at 206-263-2068 or the Communications Center at 206-296-3311.


Safe Streets Open House in LFP March 21

Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

The City of Lake Forest Park is hosting an open house on Tuesday, March 21 to get community input on priority projects needed to make its streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists and to increase safe connections to transit and amenities like the Burke-Gilman Trail, Interurban Trail, parks, and schools. 

The open house is part of the Safe Streets project, which was initiated by the City in the Fall of 2016. 

Please join the discussion!

Open House - Lake Forest Park Safe Streets Project
Tuesday, March 21
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Lake Forest Park City Hall Council Chambers
17425 Ballinger Way NE

Snacks and beverages will be provided

You can share your ideas and sign up for email updates on the project website.


Donors urgently needed – local blood inventories at critical levels

Blood Drive in Lake Forest Park
Saturday, February 25th 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(closed for lunch 1-2pm)

Bloodworks Northwest has announced donors are urgently needed – all blood types – with local inventories at critical levels. Platelet donations especially needed.

The bloodmobile will be parked between the Windermere Northlake Office at 17711 Ballinger Way NE and the Lake Forest Bar and Grill on the upper level of the Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.

Appointments are recommended, but drop ins welcome. You can register online for an appointment or call 1-800-398-7888.

Windermere is serving refreshments to say “thanks” to those donating blood. Your donation is a gift of life to people in need. Consider taking a few minutes of your time on Saturday to help this urgent need.


Free steel drum concert Mar 15 in Edmonds

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Steel Magic Northwest

Steel Magic Northwest announces its second (ever) concert. "Blast into Spring" which takes place Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 7pm at Edmonds Adventist Church, 8625 196th St SW, Edmonds.

The concert will feature fun, festive music, including original and familiar songs in Caribbean and popular styles. This concert features our open youth class, our "Pan Wizards" youth performance ensemble, and our "Mystical Steel" adult performing ensemble. Several songs will combine more than one group, to form a large mass ensemble.

The concert is free of charge, but tax-deductible donations will be accepted.

Email for more information

An upcoming performance on Saturday, June 3: Steel Magic Northwest co-sponsors the Youth Steelband Summit at MoPOP (formerly the Eexperience Music Project museum). Youth bands from Kent and Shoreline, as well as the Pan Wizards and open-enrollment youth class participating.


Shorecrest Boys play Edmonds-Woodway in Regionals Saturday

Shorecrest team after winning Regionals
Photo by Frank Workman
By Frank Workman

The Shorecrest Scots boys basketball team faces a familiar foe, Edmonds-Woodway, in a familiar setting Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, at Bothell HS, in the 3A Regionals.

The winner advances to the Tacoma Dome. The loser goes home.

SC comes into the game with a season record of 21-2.

The Warriors tied the Scots for second place in Wesco play this season with identical 10-2 league records. This will be a rematch of a January 19 game the host Scots won, 68-67.

Give a slight edge to the Scots for feeling comfortable on the court at Bothell High, as the Scots won the Bothell Holiday Tournament there, winning all three games handily.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), stung by mounting criticism over the years of how teams seem to be unfairly seeded for post-season play, has devised a new plan this year, designed to prevent the most attractive matchups from happening in the early rounds of the state tournament. (What could possibly go wrong?)

The plan is called the Rating Percentage Index (RPI), and as is usually the case with brand-new plans, chances are some changes / improvements will be in store for next year.

One of the features of this year's RPI is that District Tournament play is not taken into account.

Had district games been part of the RPI equation, chances are the Scots would have garnered more respect. They won the Northwest District One championship last Friday, defeating Stanwood 55-52.

Stanwood finished the regular season ranked #8. In the District semi-finals, Shorecrest squashed the Squalicum Storm, 70-65. Squalicum (Bellingham) was ranked #11 in the RPI.

Shorecrest finished the regular season ranked #12, in spite of wins over four 4A teams, including #12 Bothell, #17 Skyline, #21 Auburn-Riverside, and #25 Issaquah, teams that went a combined 51-27. The Scots also defeated perennial 3A power O'Dea.

Ed-Way comes into Saturday's regional ranked #15.

The Scots game will be sandwiched around two terrific girls' contests, as Woodinville faces Chiawana from Pasco at 2, while District Champion Lynnwood plays Mt. Spokane at 6.

For full bracket information, click here


Pedestrian hit by car in Richmond Beach

Around 5pm on Thursday a pedestrian was hit by a car on Richmond Beach Road at 3rd Ave NW. Medics transported the pedestrian to Harborview.

No further information available.


NW Flower & Garden Show: Afternoon Tea with Mrs. Pumphrey

“Afternoon Tea with Mrs. Pumphrey.”
Display 3

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Mrs. Pumphrey is about to host a tea party, but there’s plenty of activities in store for both adults, children and fairies in the enchanting garden.

“Take home ideas” for your own garden: Hardy plants, fruit trees and use of pavers incorporated into a formal design. 

Rooms for fairies in the garden.

Susan Browne Landscape Design / Fancy Plants Gardens. 

2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show, February 22-26
Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. 
Taste of Spring. Tickets. See previous article for shuttle information.


Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association - intro to Disaster Preparedness

The Richmond Highlands Neighborhood spring get-together is Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 2-4pm at the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center, 16554 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

The whole family is welcome for an afternoon of fun and refreshments. Games and snacks for the kids and and Introduction to Disaster Preparedness for the adults.

For more information contact Pete Gerhard.


Critters at the Bog

Bird diversity at Ronald Bog
Photo by Christine Southworth

By Diane Hettrick

There are critters at the Bog. Not really Creatures from the Black Lagoon variety - Ronald Bog is far too open. Two very busy streets border the Bog - N 175th and Meridian Avenue N. The freeway is right next door.

The Bog is so close to the street that a couple of years ago it flooded the intersection.

And it's not very big, as bodies of water go.

Guess who's been keeping their teeth filed down?
Beavers live at Ronald Bog
Photo by Christine Southwick

Yet Ronald Bog seems to have more diversity of wild life than any other body of water in the area - and all our lakes are teeming with life.

Beavers, otters, raccoons, possums, frogs, turtles, enough birds to create a birdwatchers' guide, and (oops) invasive crayfish.

More evidence of beaver teeth
Photo by Christine Southwich

Our Bird Lady Christine Southwick went there for a visit Tuesday and was delighted to encounter:

  • a pair of Hooded Merganser (male and female);
  • 30 American Wigeons feeding on the grass  (these ducks are frequently seen on Green Lake lawns);
  • 8 Canada Geese;
  • one White-fronted Goose with them;
  • 1 Northern Flicker (in tree and on the ground), 
  • a Steller's Jay, and 
  • heard, but didn't see, a Kingfisher.
  • and while searching for beavers, I saw an otter checking me out!

Here's one of the otters that was looking at Chris
Photo by Martin DeGrazia

Volunteer extraordinaire Dick Decker led many weeding and planting parties at the Bog in 2011-2012, removing blackberries and planting hundreds of trees and shrubs. At one point, they had to put fences around the young trees because the resident beavers kept chewing them down.

Martin DeGrazia spends many hours on the Bog taking photos and has set up a Facebook page Ronald Bog Photo Blog with his beautiful photos.

Updated 2-23-2017 names of birds
Updated 2-24-2017 Turns out we have real, dam-building beavers at Ronald Bog! I'd been told that all our locals were mountain beavers, which are more of a burrowing rodent-type creature. I have no photos of either in our towns - if you do - send them in!


Shoreline City Council to continue discussion on temporary encampments

Camp United We Stand in a backyard encampment
Photo by Brad Lancaster
By Diane Hettrick

The Shoreline City Council will continue what has become a contentious discussion on tent city encampments in the city.

The issue of encampments was originally brought forward by staff, who wanted to make the permitting process less bureaucratic for the churches who host the tent cities.

The proposal quickly became entangled with a proposal by residents Brad and Kim Lancaster, who have been lobbying the city council to make backyard camps legal.

The Lancasters got involved when they rescued the small United We Stand tent city when they had a four month gap between church placements. The Lancasters moved them into their back yard.

The Council has been considering enacting a 20 foot set back for camps at any location - that is, the camp would have to be 20 feet from the property lines. Some claim that would make all but three churches ineligible as hosts. Under the 20 foot set back, the Planning Director would have the option to waive the requirement on a case by case basis.

Residents packed the Council meeting where this was previously discussed and testified overwhelmingly against backyard encampments, with or without setbacks.

Homeless professionals are also opposed to back yard camps, saying that individual homeowners do not have the knowledge and resources available to take care of tent cities. They feel it leaves the campers too vulnerable.

Shoreline City Council Meetings
Monday February 27, 2017 – Special Meeting 5:45 p.m. with - Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

Monday, February 27, 2017 – Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Agenda Highlights
  • Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract in an Amount not to exceed $94,268 with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for Wastewater Code and Engineering Development Manual Review and Development and Financial Policy Review and Recommendations
  • Motion to Appoint a Member to the Shoreline Landmarks and Heritage Commission
  • Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract in the Amount of $344,121 with Trinity Contractors Inc. for Construction of the Interurban/Burke-Gilman Connectors Project
  • Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract in the Amount of $100,000 with EarthCorps to Provide Repair and Maintenance for Shoreline Parks and Surface Water Facilities
  • Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract in the Amount of $183,687 with Perteet Inc. for Construction Management Services for the Meridian Avenue N and 15th Avenue NE Pavement Preservation Projects
  • Adoption of Res. No. 402 – Amending the Personnel Policies
  • Continued Discussion of Ord. No. 762 – Amending SMC for Temporary Encampments
  • Discussion and Update of the 147th/148th Non-Motorized Bridge and Preferred Alternative

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