Tree causes Shoreline power outage

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A tree is the cause of a power outage affecting 2983 Shoreline households.

The outage was reported at 7:13am Sunday morning.

Crews have been dispatched and the estimated restoration time is 10:24am.

The area is centered between Aurora and the water and stretches from 155th to 205th.

UPDATE: Power has been restored. Two new outages have been reported, one at a business at Aurora Square, and one affecting 10 customers on Dayton in the 180xx block.


Shoreline Women's March attracts 150 marchers

First, we rally
Photo by s cho

Many local residents went to the big Women's March in Seattle, which attracted tens of thousands of marchers.

Then we march
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

But about 150 preferred to stay closer to home and march in Shoreline. They wore their pink pussyhats, and brought husbands, children, dogs, and lots of handmade signs.

Original signs
Photo by Carin Chase

The event was organized by Shoreline residents Omkari Emenke and Cheryl Tyler Gruwell.

Rally at N 185th
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Marchers gathered on the Interurban Trail at N 175th for a rally, then marched to N 185th for another rally, then back to N 175th, carrying signs.

Fight like a girl!
Photo by Carin Chase
Photo by Carin Chase
Power to the Poll
Photo by Carin Chase
I march for my daughters
Photo by s cho

Vehicles driving by on Aurora honked in support.


New approach for Town Center Vision

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Come talk about Town Center!

The City of Lake Forest Park has made important changes in the way they are approaching the Town Center Vision. They have narrowed the project's geographic scope and put a much greater emphasis on public engagement.

They have set up a series of public meetings, hoping to hear opinions on concepts and design ideas for Town Center from a wide cross-section of Lake Forest Park residents and businesses.

In addition, they have set up a webpage just for information about the current major projects: Your LFP.

This new website will serve as the primary resource for information about major projects, including contact information, project updates, upcoming events, event materials, and other relevant documents.


Shoreline Fire to hold Push-In ceremony for new Ladder Truck

The new ladder truck will be Pushed In to service
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
On Monday the 22nd at 8:30am, Shoreline Fire will be having a "Push-In" ceremony for the new Ladder Truck before placing it officially "in-service".

This will be held at Station 65 address of 145 NE 155th St, Shoreline WA 98155.

We are very excited to have a new ladder truck replacing the 24 year old truck that served us well.

Part of the traditional housing ceremony includes having the firefighters push the new apparatus into the firehouse. The origin is reported to be from the time of horse drawn equipment which could not be easily be backed into the building by the horses.

If you are interested in attending, please park at the Twin Ponds parking lot on 155th and walk over.

Thank you to our community for making this possible!


Letter to the Editor: The President could learn from my grandfather

To the Editor:

On a January day in 1921, my grandfather left his home in Italy for the last time. It was time to escape poverty, put behind him the world war that nearly cost him his life, and take a chance on America. He never saw his parents again.

On Ellis Island, the authorities likely saw my grandfather as just another alien with an odd name, one of millions flooding into America – Italians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Serbs, Croatians, Hungarians, Lithuanians, Czechs, Greeks, and more. Fleeing penury and pogroms. Speaking strange languages, worshipping in strange ways, following strange customs.

If Donald Trump were around then, he likely would have insulted the teeming newcomers with crude slurs.

Nearly a century later, Trump’s vulgar racism is an egregious example of the “otherizing” that periodically afflicts our country. Whenever there is unsettling change, the hunt is on for someone to blame. Wedge-driving, zero-sum politicians like Trump fan fears of “those people.” From Irish immigrants in the 19th century to Latin American and African immigrants today, “those people” have been stereotyped as leeches who steal jobs and don’t fit in.

My grandfather and many like him, then and now, have proved such stereotypes to be false. My grandfather mastered English, worked in a coal mine, learned a trade, and supported his family on a grocer’s income. He contributed his energy and enterprise to America.

My grandfather found a new home in a country not built on “blood and soil” notions that divide and exclude, but on the patriotic ideal that here, liberty and happiness are yours to enjoy and pursue, no matter who you are, what you look like, what you believe, or where you came from.

The president could learn a lot from people like my grandfather, if only he had eyes to see.

Jim DiPeso


Scam alert

By Diane Hettrick

Lake Forest Park Police are warning that an old scam is coming back around.

This is a new twist on an old #SCAM. One of our citizens received a call from 202-381-3260 which is a Washington DC number.
The caller claimed to be from the State Department saying the citizen needed to call back immediately. When our citizen called back, they were told they owed taxes…. really?
The State Department does not collect taxes!!! Remember that if ANYONE calls saying you owe “Taxes” it’s a #SCAM. Stay vigilant and safe!

Shoreline residents also report getting this call.

The newest twist on scam phone calls is that the caller ID spoofs a name and a local number so it looks like it's coming from a real person with a 206 area code.

As someone with a land line who gets three to ten spam calls a day, I have learned not to say "Hello" when I pick up the phone. I wait silently. Usually I get dead air, followed by a disconnect. Sometimes there will be a long pause, an equipment click, and the robo call starts.

I learned when I used to speak first. That often prompted the robo call to start. There was a whole series of calls that sounded like a real person. The speech had pauses for you to respond. "Hi Diane, how are you today?" (pause) Then the spiel starts. You can innocently tell them yes to something and get transferred to someone for the hard sell.

Now when I get one I'm not sure of, when they say "Hello" or "How are you?" I say, "What day is it?" If the answer is "Oh, that's good!" I hang up. 


High school students from across the region unveil 2018 robots at King's event

2017 Unveiling Event at King's
Photo courtesy King's

5th Annual Unveiling Event scheduled for February 9, 2018

FRC Team 4911 CyberKnights, King’s High School’s robotics team, is proud to announce the 5th annual unveiling event which will be held February 9, 2018 at King’s High School in Shoreline. This is an invitation only event and is not open to the public.

Dozens of robotic teams from high schools across the region, along with numerous teams across the world joining through live stream, will come together to “unveil” the robot they are building for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Season. Just a few short weeks later, these teams will be battling it out on the field for a chance to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in April.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience. Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense, six-week time limit, teams are challenged to build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.

This year’s game is called FIRST POWER UP. It has a retro arcade vibe, where teams are “trapped” in a video game and must defeat the boss in order to escape.

Washington State teams have performed well in the global competition with Viking Robotics from Ballard High School on the winning alliance in 2017.

The unveiling event will start with a catered dinner provided by Red Cork Bistro and Catering. Teams will then take turns unveiling their robots which may include CAD drawings, partially built robots, or completely finished bots. In the FIRST spirit of “coopertition” teams will share ideas and provide feedback to each other to help everyone improve.

“The unveiling event is a highlight of the year for me,” said Madeleine Schwitters, CyberKnights President and VP of Engineering. “It’s so fun to see how the different teams approach the game challenge and to learn from other students.”

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills.

The CyberKnights seek to inspire an interest and passion for science and technology while preparing students to become industry leaders in tomorrow’s competitive global marketplace.

The King’s High School’s award-winning robotics program serves as an educational community within King’s Schools as well as FIRST ® Robotics.

The CyberKnights serve as the founding team of King’s Robotics, a group of FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League, and FIRST Lego League Jr. teams. In its endeavor to successfully embody FIRST values and goals, the CyberKnights seek to create a team culture that sustains their community for years to come. From team recruitment, developing student leaders, maintaining a gender-equal team, serving as FIRST ambassadors in outreach, collaborating with each other in a student-led environment and asking corporations to support them as the next generation of leaders, the CyberKnights strive to be an organization of people impacting the world for FIRST.

Starting in 2009 in FIRST Tech Challenge with eight students, the CyberKnights have inspired over 10% of the K-12 students to participate in FIRST programs. CyberKnights Alumni have gone on to pursue fields in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and return to invest in the program as mentors for the current team. The team continues to develop its members in leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.


Five candidates vie for Lake Forest Park City Administrator

Lake Forest Park City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
By Diane Hettrick

The five finalists for the position of City Administrator in Lake Forest Park did a meet and greet with the public on Thursday evening, January 18, 2018 at City Hall.

They were chosen from a field of 41 recruited by the recruitment firm of Colin Baenziger and Associates.

It will be an interesting choice for Mayor Jeff Johnson. All are well-qualified and all have been working in city management. All were low-key, friendly, and personable.

However, each has different areas of strength and experience.

I was interested, but not surprised to find that all of them were drawn to the northwest. Most had been here before – one visits yearly. They have friends or family in Puget Sound. One is a skier, another is an avid hiker. The only one with no previous experience of the northwest has a son who will be attending Central Washington University next fall.

The candidates

Bristol S. Ellington has been an Assistant City Manager in Henderson, Nevada (pop. 293,000) for ten years and served as interim City Manager. He has a background as a city planner and a history of working well with developers. He has a reputation for being deeply involved in the community. He has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Public Administration.

Ron Foggin was City Manager of Dallas, Oregon (pop. 14,600), 12 miles west of Salem for five years. Before that he was an assistant city manager in Lehi, Utah for seven years. He has a financial background and was an award winning city treasurer and finance director. He has a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration.

Phillip D. Hill is the Assistant City Manager of Midvale City, Utah (pop. 30,750), part of metropolitan Salt Lake City. He has been in that position for nine years. Before that he was a city planner then department head. In his current position he has been working with the EPA, state environmental quality department, landowners, and developers in the redevelopment of two EPA Superfund sites. He has a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Business Administration.

Ian McGaughey has been the Town Manager of Clifton, Arizona (pop. 3,700) for over two years. His background is that of a community activist – chambers of commerce, tourism councils, wildlife and recreation land preservation, historic preservation, and seven years as a city councilmember. He has a BA in Communications and a Masters of Public Administration.

J. Mark Rooney is the Village Manager of Carpentersville, Illinois (pop. 39,000). Before that he was Chief of Staff for North Chicago, IL, and Village Manager of Wheeling, IL and City Administrator of Highwood, IL. He has a B.S. in Economics and History and has completed the coursework for a Masters in Public Administration. He is a former Army officer who led troops in Desert Storm.

On Friday, January 19, the candidates and interview teams went through a marathon of meetings, from 8:30am to 3:20pm, meeting individually with the City Council, Leadership Team, Public committee, and Mayor. After that the three panels each met with the mayor.

Now Mayor Johnson will make his selection.


Shoreline Women's March Saturday 2-4pm

Free hats to participants - while supplies last.
Omkari Emenke

Shoreline women will stage their own march on the one year anniversary of the first Women's March.

They will meet at the grassy area north of Walgreens on N 175th and Aurora and march on the Interurban Trail from the meeting spot to 185th and back. The event begins at 2pm.

Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring umbrellas. They will wear bright head coverings and hats.

Pink hats will be handed out FREE while supplies last.


Across Washington, flu taking a toll on people and medical facilities

Washington State Department of Health

Flu illness is widespread across the state and many health care facilities report full waiting rooms and a high demand for treatment of flu and other currently circulating illnesses. 

To help ease the crowding at medical facilities, state health officials want the public to know when and where to seek medical care, and to be on the lookout for warning signs of a potentially life-threatening situation.

State health officials issue recommendations for when and where to get medical care.

Unless they require immediate medical attention, people who have symptoms of flu should contact their doctor before going to a hospital emergency room.

The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness (below), you should go to the emergency room.

In most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the flu have mild or moderate illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.

People who are at higher risk of flu complications should call their health care provider for advice if they get symptoms of the flu.

These groups include:
There are some danger/warning signs that should prompt immediate medical care.

In children:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away if an infant has any of these signs:
  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
In adults:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Recommendations for people who don’t have symptoms of flu:
  • Get a flu shot. It’s recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies and health care providers across the state. Washington provides all recommended vaccines, including flu vaccine, at no-cost for kids from birth through age 18. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Use sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay away from sick people as much as possible. It’s possible to spread flu before you even know you’re sick, so cover your cough, wash your hands often, and stay home if you begin to feel sick.
Typical symptoms of flu illness include:
  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills - Not everyone with flu will have a fever.
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
The Department of Health has a weekly report of influenza activity posted during the flu season. The department’s website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Global Affairs schedule for winter quarter

Global Affairs Center
Shoreline Community College
Winter Quarter 2018 Events

Mark your calendar! All events take place on a Thursday except the March 7 event, and are held at the college, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133, Room 9208 (9000 building). 

All events are FREE. Evening parking on campus is FREE. There is a small fee to park on campus before 4:00pm. 

Send questions or requests for more information to Larry Fuell, Director, Global Affairs Center of Shoreline Community College.

Click on the link for each event for more information and to register to attend.

Thursday, January 25, 12:30-1:20 PM
Immigration Reform and DACA Update
Speaker: Christopher Strawn, Director, Immigration Law Clinic, University of Washington; and, Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigration Rights Project

Thursday, February 1, 7:00-8:30 PM
Transitioning from Military to Civilian Culture
Panel Discussion: Lourdes E. (Alfie) Alvarado-Ramos, Director, WA Department of Veterans Affairs (moderator)

Thursday, February 8, 12:30-1:20 PM
Study Abroad During a Political Crisis - Catalonia Independence
Speaker: Jeannette Idiart, Faculty (English), Shoreline Community College

Thursday, February 15, 7:00–8:30 PM
Palestinians, Israelis, Jerusalem - Peace or Continued Conflict?
Speaker: Dr. Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Thursday, February 22, 12:30-1:20 PM
Mindfulness in the Classroom
Speaker: Mimi Harvey, Faculty (Communications Studies), Shoreline Community College

Thursday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 PM
The Tragedy of North Korea
Speaker Clark Sorenson, Professor of International Studies, Chair of the Korea Studies Program, Director of the Center for Korean Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.

Wednesday, March 7, 12:30-1:30 PM
The Challenge and Promise of a Multicultural South Africa – Summer 2018 Study-Abroad
Speaker: Dr. Ernest Johnson, Faculty (Multicultural Studies), Shoreline Community College

COMING SOON: Information on how to register for Great Discussions 2018. The series of eight weekly discussions of foreign policy issues starts April 12!!


Soup’s On! at the Richmond Beach Library Monday

Celebrate our bounty of vegetables while learning to make hearty soups. Learn the simple basics of soup-making while Chef Laurie Pfalzer whips up Minestrone Soup and Chicken Vegetable Soup - two hearty soups that are easy to create at home.

Learn about seasonal vegetables and herbs and discuss the benefits of eating locally. Enjoy soup in class and take home a set of recipes so you can make soup for your family.

Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options available.

Ages 9+.

Sponsored by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

Monday, January 22, 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.


What's the best way to deal with garbage?

Bulldozers shifting garbage at Cedar Hills
Photo courtesy King County
The Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is the last operating landfill in King County. 

However, according to the King County Solid Waste Division, "Landfilling isn’t our only option for managing garbage in the future." 

As King County revises its Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan they want to hear from you.

What do you think is the best way to deal with all that garbage? Do we continue landfilling until there is no more room, construct a waste-to-energy facility like a mass-burn plant, transport the waste out of county, or is there something else?

Visit the website to review the draft plan and share your opinions on how we get rid of garbage in the future.


Minority business group honors Chase as Legislator of the Year

State Sen. Chase receives award
Photo courtesy LSS
The National Minority Business Advisory Council honored Sen. Maralyn Chase on Monday by naming her 2017’s Legislator of the Year. This is the first time the Seattle-based organization has issued such an award.

Chase, D-Edmonds, was chosen for her work on the Small Business Bonding Relief bill, which brought Washington state’s government contracting provisions into compliance with federal law governing small works bonding requirements.

“As a former small business owner, I understand the challenges these companies face on a daily basis,” Chase said. “I’m proud to accept this award, and will continue to work hard for small, minority businesses statewide.”

Senate Bill 5734 passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate. Gov. Jay Inslee signed themeasure into law on April 20, 2017.

Frank Lemos, president of the National Minority Business Advisory Council, explained in a letter that the SB 5734 provided much-needed help to small, minority businesses.

“The law will aid our small, disadvantaged businesses with much-needed bonding relief. It will also serve as a catalyst to greatly improve the business climate for small minority owned businesses all across our state who are up against record levels of inequity in public contracting,” Lemos said.


Republican 2018 Grassroots Day at the Capitol

Friday, January 19, 2018

Join the King County Republican Party for the 14th annual Grassroots Day at the Capitol on President’s Day, Monday, February 19th.

We will take a chartered bus ride while enjoying coffee and donuts to Olympia making stops along the way in Bellevue, Kent, Federal Way and Tacoma before reaching the Capitol in Olympia.

We have an exciting lineup of events planned which includes a visit and tour with State Treasurer Duane Davidson, a tour of the Secretary of State’s Office, a campus tour, lunch with our County Republican legislators and free time in the afternoon to meet with your legislators, explore the campus, view legislative activity, and much more.

Your $50 registration includes round trip travel, coffee and donuts in the morning and a boxed lunch. Space is limited so make sure to sign up today! To purchase tickets, click here.


Bank robber doesn't have much of a getaway plan

Key Bank, corner of Aurora and N 175th, robbed Friday
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
A bank robber underestimated the Shoreline police.

At about 2:40pm on Friday, a man entered the Key Bank at N 175th and Aurora and demanded money.

No weapons were implied or seen.

Shoreline police caught him 15 minutes later near NE 170th and 15th NE.

Shoreline City Hall, just behind the bank, and surrounding businesses were closed during the police response.

Police report
Today, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a bank was robbed near N 175th / Aurora Ave N. Patrol Officers were in the area within 1 to 2 minutes and they received updated information on the robber's location very quickly. Units were vectored in the North City area and the suspect was boxed in. Detectives, accompanied by a uniformed Officer, spotted the suspect and took him into custody without incident. An associated stolen vehicle was recovered as well.

Updated 1-21-18 with police report and new photo


Photos: Day Trip to Mt. Baker

There are several small and scenic lakes just below Artist Point.

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

Last September, we decided to take a day trip from our home in Shoreline to Artist Point near Mount Baker. It had been about four years since our last trip there.

The trees look like sentinels standing  watch near the Bagley Lakes.

The area provides one of Washington State's most beautiful views of the snow capped volcano. 

Mount Shuksan is just over the next small ridge.

We left early in the morning, 5:30am and we arrived in Bellingham at 7:00am for breakfast. Just a little north of Bellingham we exited I-5 onto Highway 542 and drove the 60 miles to Artist Point area.

Mount Baker, the snow capped volcano, rises to a summit elevation of 10,781 feet. It is visible from some vantage spots in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

1-19-18 Updated official height of Mount Baker


The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration

Exploredia Ten Great Migrations
For more than 200,000 years, Homo sapiens have been moving around the planet, sometimes drawn and sometimes driven by a host of natural and man-made forces: drought, floods, crop failure, war, the quest for survival, or the hope of a better future.

Examine the roots and the routes of human migration from our beginnings in Africa, and trace our oft-branching journey into the 21st century.

What happens when vast numbers of our fellow humans are on the move?

Led by scholar David Fenner, this talk explores the push and pull factors that cause human migration, which in turn can help us understand more fully events in the headlines and better know the mosaic of peoples who have settled in the Pacific Northwest.

Sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2 - 3:30pm, Shoreline Library large meeting room 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.

Free program


Skandia Third Friday Dance

Music from Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag
Photo by Martin Ng
Skandia Third Friday Dance, January 19, 2018, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood 98036. 

Tom Sears and Lisa Brooks will teach Rørospols from 7:30 to 8:30pm. This is a popular and fun dance from the town of Røros in Norway.

At 8:30pm, the dance starts with music from the Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag, then Karin Code from Kalamazoo, Michigan, will play hardingfele music, along with Hale Bill and the Bopps, until 11pm.

Class, 7:30pm; dance, 8:30–11pm. $15 (Skandia members, $10); kids, free. 

For more information, email or call 425-954-5262.


Skandia dance workshop Saturday

Skandia Folk Dance workshop Saturday, January 20, 2018 with Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh teaching Valdresspringar, accompanied by music from Karin Code.

This is an energetic and fun dance done to lively hardingfele music, from the Valdres valley in Norway.

As with other springars, and like swing dancing, there are several possible moves that the lead chooses to dance with the follow, including a fast couple turn at the end of the sequence.

No partner necessary to attend the workshop.

10am – 4pm, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood. Skandia members who preregister pay $30; day-of-workshop admission will be $35 per person for members and nonmembers.

For more information, email or call 425-954-5262.


North Helpline loses a quarter of their food donations with the closing of Sam's Club

Number of clients served in 2016, versus 2017, by ZIP code
at North Helpline's two food banks

By Diane Hettrick

North Helpline 12736 33th Ave NE, Seattle 98125 is a social services agency in Lake City which serves the entire north end with emergency services and food.

We work to make sure our neighbors have food on the table and a roof overhead.

In 2017, realizing the need, they opened a second food bank by Bitter Lake to serve the western half of the area. This greatly increased the number of clients served to almost 1700 a week.

Our Food Bank provides food and other basic essentials to those experiencing hunger or food insecurity during four weekly distributions.

North Helpline finished 2017 strong with successful end of the year fundraising while keeping up with the need during the holiday season.

In the first few weeks of 2018, they were struck a body blow: the closing of Sam's Club.

Last year they picked up over 350,000 pounds of donated food from Sam's Club. Most of that food was fresh, healthy food. This accounted for almost a quarter of their food donations.

Sam's Club was part of their Grocery Rescue program, where they 'rescued' (picked up) food that the grocery stores were going to throw away. They used to visit Sam's Club three times a week.

Our clients have benefited so much from the Sam's Club donations as they donate a lot of meat. We were happy to be able to give out 3 lbs of meat per person! With the loss of Sam's Club, that will, unfortunately, have to change. We will also have a lot less produce.

They hope to contact a few new stores and increase monetary donations so they can buy more meat and produce to fill the need.

They will need community support to increase their food purchasing budget. Donate here.

They will also need additional weekly grocery rescue volunteers as they take on more stores.

In addition to this, the volunteer break room refrigerator stopped working and a van broke down.

If you or anyone you know has a refrigerator or van looking for a good home please let us know.

Contact Kelly Brown, Executive Director


Bluegrass fans: Wintergrass music festival preview in Edmonds Feb 10

Downtown Mountain Boys
perform a free concert in Edmonds
The City of Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Sno-Isle Library and Friends of the Edmonds Library’s free-admission music series, Music at the Library, continues in February with a special preview of the Wintergrass Music Festival featuring a performance by the bluegrass band Downtown Mountain Boys.

The band will lead a jam session following the one hour performance.

Audience members who play an acoustic instrument are welcome to join in the jam session after the concert.

Victory Review calls the Downtown Mountain Boys, “the cream of Seattle-area pickers, top teachers, session musicians, and musicologists.”

Wintergrass Music Festival Preview in Edmonds with the Downtown Mountain Boys
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 - 4:30pm
Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main Street, Edmonds (above the library)

Admission is free

Wintergrass is an annual 4-day, family-friendly, acoustic Bluegrass / folk music festival at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Bellevue, February 22-25, 2018. The festival attracts people from all around the world and features music on four stages, with workshops, youth education programs and all-hours jamming.

Music at the Library continues on Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm with the Edmonds-Woodway Jazz Ensemble, and concludes Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm with Mark Press’ “Music with Theater” program.


Gardening events this weekend

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Stairs at Shoreview Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Twin Ponds (North End)

Saturday, January 20 from 10am to 12pm;

§ 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline WA 98133

§ Meet at the northwest corner of the park along the fence on N 155th St

§ Contact to RSVP or for further information

Shoreview Park

Sunday, January 21, from 9am to 12pm;

§ 700 NW Innis Arden Way, Shoreline, WA 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


Veterans get free haircuts

Post 227 veterans wait their turn for a haircut
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Veterans at Shoreline's American Legion Post 227 got free haircuts on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Vice Commander Larry Fischer gets a trim.
Photo by Jerry Pickard
SportClips at Lynnwood's Alderwood Plaza provided the barber, Kari, who gave Vets haircuts by appointment thru the morning and into the afternoon.

SportClips has donated over one million dollars to various Veterans organizations recently.

American Legion Starr Sutherland Jr. Post 227 is located at 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.


Legislature passes capital budget - local construction projects for schools and surface water can move forward

For the first time in decades, the Legislature failed to pass a biennial capital budget in 2017 after Republicans tied it to an unrelated issue of water rights.

But after less than two weeks of Democrats’ control of both the House and Senate, lawmakers were able to move the vital budget forward.

And they were able to negotiate the Hirst water rights issue that stalemated the last session.

The capital budget pays for buying, constructing and repairing infrastructure projects including schools, parks, community centers, clean air and water systems, corrections facilities, hospitals, clinics, housing and higher education facilities, among others.

46th District - Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, NE Seattle

Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) and Rep. Javier Valdez (D-Seattle) lauded the much-delayed passage of the capital budget today in Olympia.

“Our children’s education and health along with the environment in the 46th District will benefit for many years to come from our finally being able to pass a state capital budget today,” said Rep. Pollet.

Thursday evening, the House of Representatives passed the $4.18 billion-investment capital budget on a 95-1 vote.

“I’m glad we have come together to create jobs, get projects started, and make our district an even more prosperous place to live,” said Rep. Valdez.

The 46th District Delegation, which includes Senator Frockt who now chairs the capital budget process for the Senate, has worked for the past two years to ensure that the capital budget would include a major investment in school funding to reduce overcrowded schools in the 46th and throughout Seattle.

Construction projects in the 46th Legislative District include:

Department of Commerce
  • 2017-19 Building Communities Fund Grant – Mercy House Magnuson Historic Building 9 $1,000,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – Kenmore Boathouse $250,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – SR 104 Fish Barrier Removal $1,200,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – Magnuson Community Center Renovation $2,000,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – Moorlands Community Center Renovation $250,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – University YMCA $600,000
Public Works Assistance Account Construction Loans $1,500,000

State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • St. Edward State Park Environmental Learning Center $75,000
Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
  • 2017-19 WWRP Grants – St Edward Ball Fields $500,000
State Conservation Commission
  • Improve Shellfish Growing Areas 2017-19 $4,000,000
  • Match for Federal RCPP Program 2017-19 $2,000,000
  • Natural Resource Investment for the Economy and Environment 2017-19 $5,000,000
Community and Technical College System
  • Repairs, Maintenance, and Minor Works at Seattle Colleges $1,774,000
Total 46th Legislative District $20,149,000

32nd District - portions of the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, North Seattle, all of Shoreline and Woodway, and certain unincorporated areas in Snohomish County.

In the 32nd district, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, jointed senators from both sides of the aisle in passing the measure.

“Passing a capital budget is a great thing for the 32nd District, and for Washington as a whole,” Chase said. “Our residents deserve better schools, more mental health funding and funding to alleviate homelessness. This capital budget includes all of those things.”

The budget will fund the largest-ever investment in K-12 school construction — about $1 billion. About $861 million will go to higher education projects. About $106 million will go to the Housing Trust Fund, the second highest such investment in state history.

More than $65 million will go to community mental health beds, and about $20 million will go to both Eastern and Western state hospitals for patient safety enhancements and renovations.

About $15 million in the capital budget will fund a dramatic expansion in dental care, benefitting people who previously couldn’t afford treatment.

In Edmonds, the Edmonds Waterfront Center project will receive about $2 million.

In Chase’s own 32nd district, the following projects are funded:
  • $37.8 million for the Science, Engineering and Technology building at Edmonds Community College
  • $3.5 million for Allied Health, Science and Manufacturing for Shoreline Community College
  • $2.5 million for an addition to a newborn screening wing
  • $2.2 million for the South Snohomish County Community Resource Center in Lynnwood
  • $605,000 to increase dental clinic capacity at International Community Health Services in Shoreline

Updated 1-19-18 specifying Shoreline Community College as recipient of funds.


Shorewood Wrestling extends dominance with win over Shorecrest

Wrestling is an ancient sport
Shorewood Wrestling extended its dominance over cross-town rivals Shorecrest Thursday night, January 18, with a 45-33 victory. With the win, Shorewood has now won eight matches in a row and ten out of the last eleven in the series.

The two teams were close early as Shorecrest jumped ahead 12-6 after a late pin by Kaiya Conway at 120 pounds. Shorewood bounced back with a double overtime win by Curt Tanaka at 126 pounds and a pin by Kody Carpenter at 132 pounds to take their first lead at 15-12.

The teams traded wins before senior Edward Soloman stepped up at 170 pounds and captured the first of three straight T-bird pins to give Shorewood an insurmountable 45-21 lead.

Shorewood improves to 4-1 overall on the season and remains undefeated in WesCo South.

Shorewood 45 - Shorecrest 33
@ Shorewood High School

106: Rowan Schweedler SC win by forfeit
113: Nick Lotz SW pinned Roam Shadduck 4:32
120: Kaiya Conway SC pinned Dick Street 5:27
126: Curt Tanaka SW dec. Kelvin Schmidt 3-2 2OT
132: Kody Carpenter SW pinned Chuugi Enkhter 0:41
138: Trentyn Good SC pinned Devin Leach 3:40
145: Cole Becker SW pinned Arthur Christopher 2:41
152: Alex Olivera SW pinned Yacob Benazouz 0:33
160: Ian Mortenzen SC dec. Mark Yamane 12-8
170: Edward Soloman SW pinned Casey Carlow 1:42
182: Hendrik Wirthwein SW pinned Raymond Ricketts-Smith 3:24
195: Phil Ball SW pinned Sulman Sindhu 0:37
220: Matthew Pease SC pinned Taejin Thongdee 2:12
285: David Rivera SC win by forfeit

Shorewood Record: 4-1 Overall, 3-0 WesCo South

--Clark Norton


Groundbreaking for Shoreline Early Learning Center Wednesday

Shoreline Public Schools invites the community to attend a special groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning of construction on the Shoreline Early Learning Center on Wednesday, January 24 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at 1900 N 170th St., Shoreline (where the old Shoreline Children’s Center was located).

There is no need to RSVP, but if you have any questions, contact the Schools' Public Information Office 206- 393-4412.

The Shoreline Early Learning Center is one of four school construction projects being funded by a school construction bond approved by 73 percent of Shoreline School District voters in February 2017.

The other projects to be funded by the bond include rebuilding Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools and Parkwood Elementary.


The Weekend of the Womxn: On Saturday we March, on Sunday we Act

The coming weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the inaugural Women’s March, which filled streets around the U.S., and the world.

The Womxn’s March on Seattle was a historic event, with a record 175,000 marchers.

This year Seattle will mobilize again for a weekend of events called The Weekend of the Womxn.

On Saturday, we march: Saturday, January 20, join thousands of women and their allies and loved ones for the Seattle Women’s March 2.0, organized by Be the Change Network and sponsored by Fuse Washington, CAIR-WA, the ACLU, and more. The March will start at Cal Anderson Park at 10 a.m.Speakers include Senator Maria Cantwell and Rep. Gael Tarelton, among others.

On Sunday, we act: join us Sunday, January 21 for Womxn Act on Seattle, a region-wide day of action, civic engagement, and giving. In partnership with more than 56 regional and national organizations, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward has programmed more than 100 individual actions and events taking place at dozens of local businesses, churches, and nine neighborhood hubs in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and Sammamish. At each hub, participants can attend panels, lectures, workshops and trainings, drop off food and supplies, and register to vote, among myriad other activities.

“We are inspired by this important day our Seattle chapter has organized,” said Sophie Ellman-Golan, Deputy Head of Communications for the national Women’s March. “Womxn Act on Seattle embodies our commitment to intersectional organizing, the redefinition of what constitutes a 'women's rights issue,' and the belief that no one is free until everyone is."

Womxn Act on Seattle day of action events include:
  • Islam 101: An introduction to Islam - 3 p.m. Muslim Association of Puget Sound, Redmond. Learn about the fundamentals of Islam
  • Boundaries and Consent in the Workplace - 11:30 a.m. The Riveter, Capitol Hill. A facilitated discussion that aims to make men more active participants in the ongoing struggle for gender equity, specifically in the workplace.
  • Womxn Power Seattle - 10 a.m. Seattle City Hall. A panel discussion about the intersection of race and gender in leadership with some of Seattle’s most powerful womxn, including Mayor Jenny Durkan, City Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena Gonzales, and State Senator Rebecca Saldana.
  • Digital Storytelling Tools of Disabled Womxn Advocates - 12:30 p.m Impact Hub, Pioneer Square. A short film screening and panel discussion with staff members of Rooted in Rights, a Seattle-based national disability rights advocacy program
  • Intersectional Feminism Panel - 10 a.m. Casa Latina/ 1 p.m. The Riveter / 3:30 p.m. Phinney Neighborhood Association. Women of color discuss the overlapping systems of oppression and discrimination that women face, based not just on gender but on ethnicity, sexuality, economic background and a number of other identities.

Full program and schedule of events here


Habitat restoration at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Habitat Restoration Work Parties
Dates: February 3, 10, 24 and March 3 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Join the University of Washington Ecological Restoration students and your neighbors as we continue to restore Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.

Service participants will learn a brief history of restoration work completed at the park and innovative irrigation technique that can be used in home gardens.

This project will remove invasive species, stabilize steep slopes using bio-engineering and restore native plants that naturally occur on sandy near shore environments.

Volunteers may bring a snack to enjoy during a mid-day break. Come prepared for the forecasted weather and wear sturdy shoes as we will be working on a slope.

The City will provide water and all the tools necessary for the job.

Participants should meet at the restroom located in the Park’s lower parking lot. Contact Susana Villamarin, Parks Project Coordinator, 206-801-2603 for more information.

Participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 14-18 must have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.


Rep. Kagi recognized with national award for leadership on improving child welfare

State Rep. Ruth Kagi
speaking on floor of the House
Photo courtesy LSS
On January 9, 2018, Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) was recognized for her leadership and dedication to improving the lives of families and children with a Casey Excellence for Children Award for Leadership.

The Casey Family Programs is a national foundation working to give children and families more opportunities and reduce the need for foster care.

The Casey Excellence for Children Awards for Leadership recognize leaders who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication to improving the lives of families and children.

Since joining the legislature in 1999, Representative Kagi has focused on improving opportunities and outcomes for all children.

During her first year in the House she co-sponsored the HOPE (Homeless Youth Prevention /Protection and Engagement) Act which provides services and housing for youth experiencing homelessness.

Last year she led a successful effort to restructure the state child welfare system and create the new Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Representative Kagi was instrumental in creating the Department of Early Learning and her advocacy has increased the quality and availability of early learning across the state. The new Department of Children, Youth and Families will build on the success of the Department of Early Learning.

Additionally, Rep. Kagi has championed innovative policies and funding for programs that improve the lives of children and young people. She championed increased access to mental health services for children, better support for foster parents, and lower caseloads for social workers. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, she has secured a wide array of budget items to improve the lives of families, youth, and children.

You can read more about all of the 2018 Casey Excellence Award winners here.

Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle (32nd Legislative District), represents part of King and Snohomish Counties, including Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, and part of Edmonds.


Host families needed for Foreign Exchange Students

Students from all over the world are looking to attend Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools this Fall through International Student Exchange.

They come with their own spending money and health insurance.

You don’t have to have a student in High School to be a great host family.

Families with small children and empty nesters also make great host families.

If you want a student from a particular country, you can be matched to that student.

ISE is a non-profit organization.


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