Photo: It's spring

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Magnolia trees are ready to blossom. Taken on 14th in Innis Arden,


UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: Black Holes and Our New View of the Universe

Joey Shapiro Key speaker at PUB talk.
Astrophysicist Joey Shapiro Key, assistant professor, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Washington Bothell will be the presenter at Pub Night Tuesday.

 “LIGO, Black Holes and Our New View of the Universe,” a Pub Night Talk cosponsored by the University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins.

 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Doors open at 6pm.

Hayne’s Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell.

 Key explains gravitational wave detectors that allow us to study the cosmic collisions of black holes and neutron stars and to peer deeper into the history of the universe. Followed by Q/A. All ages welcome. Free.


Work party at Twin Ponds Park south on Saturday

New Work Party on Saturday, March 24 10:00 to 1:00pm

After eight work parties along Thornton Creek, Shoreline volunteers have removed vast amounts of weeds from a large area and replaced them with native shrubs and trees.

With our warmer weather, the new plantings should spring to life and attract new wildlife along the creek. With plans to restore habitat in a wider area, the Restoration Stewards sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society continue to need new volunteers.
You may join us this Saturday at the work site adjacent to the parking lot in the southern end of the park located along First Ave one block north of 149th St. Avoid the lot at 155th St. The lot could be full so 149th St and vicinity is an alternative place to park.

We will supply tools, gloves, water and light snacks or bring your own. We work in any weather so dress for rain or cold and wear boots as well as sunscreen and hat if needed.

Please email to let us know you are coming or for questions. 


Robotic donation from SMART Technologies benefits Mechatronic students

From left: Greg McNee, Senior Director Software Development at SMART Technologies and Shoreline instructors Keith Smith, Jeff Purdy, and Kory Dean. Far right: EPSON Prosix robotic arm. Photo courtesy Shoreline CC.

SMART Technologies in Seattle recently donated an Epson Prosix robotic arm to Shoreline Community College’s Mechatronics program, diversifying the robotics education students gain at the College.

“It’s an exciting addition to our training tools,” said robotics instructor Jeff Purdy. “Employers look for a range of robotics experience, and while our graduates have always been able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge, familiarity with another system, the Epson Prosix, will definitely expand their job readiness.”

Students currently train on five FANUC robots including a welding robot. The Epson Prosix is a six-axis arm on a linear rail, allowing the robot to operate in a larger space than Shoreline’s current arms.

“Epson robots are prevalent in a broad range of industries, even those beyond the manufacturing of aerospace parts, which is a focus of Shoreline’s program. It makes sense for us to introduce students to other robot types that are out there in the automation world,” said Purdy. “It allows students to learn the differences and similarities, and to better prepare for what they might encounter when they go to work.”

SMART Technologies had been looking for a home for the arm when Jim Eanes, a software development engineer at the company, saw an article about the College’s Mechatronics program in The Seattle Times and reached out to Shoreline.

Instructors had already been discussing expanding the robot types offered in the program when SMART made contact about the arm. “It was a win-win,” said Purdy.

The arm arrived at Shoreline’s facility March 2, and students will begin training on it as soon as it’s assembled at the College.

Learn more about Shoreline’s Mechatronics program.


32nd District Democrats caucus Saturday

The 32nd District Democrats invite you to join your Democratic friends and neighbors as they come together as a Party to elect delegates to the State Convention in Wenatchee in June, and to pass their 2018 platform.

Saturday, March 24th, 10:00am - 3:00pm (doors open at 9:00am)

Shoreline Community College PUB, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

All voters registered in the 32nd Legislative District who declare themselves to be Democrats are eligible to participate. You can preregister here to save time!

This year the 32nd will be electing 11 delegates and 6 alternates to the Washington State Democratic Convention in Wenatchee on June 15th - 16th.

We will also be amending and passing our proposed platform, which states the values and priorities of our local party. The proposed rules and platform can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For any questions not listed below, or to request disability accommodations, please email

How do I run for delegate?

Any registered voter in the 32nd Legislative District who declares themselves a Democrat may run for delegate. If you are interested in running for delegate, please fill out this form and bring it with you to the Caucus. There will also be copies available to fill out at the caucus site. Each candidate for delegate will have up to 1 minute to address the caucus, before we vote by ballot. The top 11 vote receivers, adjusted for gender balance, will be elected delegate, the next 6 will be elected alternate. If you are unable to attend the Caucus but wish to run, please email a completed form and a statement of declaration of your candidacy and party affiliation to

We strongly recommend you send your declaration by March 23rd. Your declaration will be read for up to 1 minute at the caucus in place of a spe

Do you need volunteers?

Yes! We would love volunteers to help with counting ballots, signing people in, and other important duties on-site. We also have opportunities in advance of the caucus. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

Is this event free? Can I donate?

It is free to attend the caucus, but there is a recommended donation of $10 to help us cover the cost of this venue and the materials we use during the caucus, such as copies of the proposed platform. We are a volunteer run, not-for-profit organization that does not receive funding from the state party or campaigns to host this expensive event. We would appreciate your generous support!

You can also become a member of the 32nd District Democrats for just $20, or $32 for whole family in a household, which will give you voting privileges for the year, including on our endorsements!

I'm busy at 10 AM, can I arrive late?

While we would love for everyone to arrive on time, we will be taking votes until close to 2:00pm, or possibly even 3:00pm, and late arrivals can still be credentialed to vote whenever they arrive.

I'm busy later in the day, can I leave early?

While we would love for everyone to stay until the very end, we understand that Saturdays are busy family times. You may leave early, but you will not be able to direct a proxy to vote on items after you go.

Is proxy voting allowed?

No, per state party rules there is no proxy voting allowed

Who can attend?

This is an open meeting and all community members of any age or citizenship status may attend and enjoy our speakers and conversation about important issues. In order to vote, you must be a registered voter in the 46th Legislative District (or a 17-year-old who will turn 18 on or before November 6, 2018) who declares yourself to be a Democrat.


Youth Mental Health First Aid training at St. Luke

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

St. Luke Catholic Parish's Mental Health Ministry will be sponsoring the Youth Mental Health First Aid training on April 15 and 22, 1-5pm. This training will be held in the auditorium at 17533 St. Luke Pl. N. in Shoreline

You must attend both dates to complete the training. The cost is $10 and the registration deadline is April 8th. Contact Anisa Ralls for more information and to register.


Save June 16 for the 16th Annual Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour and Market

Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park June 16, 2018

The garden tour committee has scouted out six gardens for this year’s tour.

Each one has unique features to delight gardeners, photographers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts.

These sneak preview days of spring are tantalizing gardeners with anticipation about what to plant and where to plant.

The market at the garden tour features local nurseries with many unusual plant species that thrive in our moderate northwest environment.

Artists will showcase garden art including birdhouses, glassworks and other garden delights.

You won’t want to miss this wonderful community event so mark your calendars now!



Dark Corners of the City: Literary Murder in Seattle

Volunteer Park is a favorite of mystery writers
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Dark Corners of the City: Literary Murder in Seattle. If you're a murder mystery fan, there's everything to love about that topic.

Seattle has a reputation as a haven for mystery writers. The moody, overcast skies. Constant rain. A population afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

If you're a writer, all you need is a computer and you can live anywhere.

Signing line
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

We have home-grown mystery authors. J.A. Jance, Earl Emerson. K.K. Beck, Mary Daheim, Aaron Elkins, and others who use the northwest as a setting.

Kevin O'Brien and David B. Williams were positively cheerful about the topic in their presentation and book signing at Third Place Books on Monday.

Local authors themselves, they have a perfect collaboration. Williams writes books about Seattle - its corners, its Hidden Haunts (one of his books), places to walk (Seattle Walks). O'Brien writes the murders (Hide Your Fear, You’ll Miss Me When I'm Gone, Disturbed).

And a selfie at Third Place
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Together they collaborated on Dark Corners. On Monday, they bantered back and forth while they shared their secrets with the mystery fans who came to hear them. They came with maps and photos - a whole lecture on where to stash a body and why the history of the location made it such a perfect spot.

The juxtaposition of two cheerful authors cracking jokes about creepy and dark places was entertaining.

Dark Corners of the City: Literary Murder in Seattle, by Kevin O'Brien and David Williams can be ordered from Third Place Books, 206-366-3333.


Correction: Master Gardeners Plant Sale 2018 - May 4-5

The Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) 2018 Master Gardener Plant Sale is scheduled for May 4th and 5th. (A previous article had 2017 dates).

Discover how best to Garden Big in Small Spaces
FREE entry and FREE parking!

Friday, May 4 (4pm-8pm) and Saturday, May 5 (9am-5pm)
UW Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH), 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle

Here’s what you will find:
  • A huge variety of unusual heirloom perennials, rhododendrons, native plants, veggies and herbs along with the best tomato choices around. These plants are known to grow well in our PNW climate.
  • Best of all, have a gardening question? Ask-a-Master Gardener information booth to answer your plant questions and diagnose insect and disease problems.
  • Free parking nearby BUT please do NOT park in the neighborhood adjacent to CUH. Help us to be good neighbors.
  • Over two dozen specialty plant and garden vendors for great Mother’s Day gifts!
  • Great Plant Picks booth. Here you learn more about selecting outstanding plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest gardens.


Affordable Housing Explained

Colonial Gardens is considered workforce housing in Shoreline.
It is open to applicants of all ages and accepts Section 8 vouchers. Photo courtesy KCHA 

By Sam Tilford

Affordable housing is a broad term which can be used and interpreted in a variety of ways, but undoubtedly affects a large portion of the community.

For years the term “affordable housing” was used synonymously with “low income housing”. However, affordable housing is a much more accurate reflection of the broadened range of affordable housing programs and recipients.

The simplified definition of affordable housing refers to housing that is rented at below market rents and serves households at or below 80 percent of the area median income. This means that candidates must make less than 80 percent of their area median income -- with family size in consideration -- to qualify.

"Affordable rent" as defined by Seattle (and Shoreline) government means that the monthly rent plus tenant paid utilities and any mandatory recurring fees required as a condition of tenancy for the unit does not exceed 30 percent of the monthly imputed median income for qualifying units.

Ultimately, the definition of “affordable housing” is ambiguous in that it applies to a plethora of people and situations. There are those in affordable housing who cannot afford to rent anywhere else and there are those who make enough to rent elsewhere but choose to utilize the opportunity to save.

The only true requirement of affordable housing is that tenants must meet median income requirements and pay rent. However, within the confines of that lies stipulations.

Briarwood Apartments is subsidized housing. It is open to seniors 62+ and persons with disabilities. Photo courtesy KCHA

Affordable housing in Shoreline is made possible by the Property Tax Exemption Program (PTE), the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program (MFTE) and the U.S. Housing Act of 1937.

The Property Tax Exemption Program is offered to developers who meet affordable housing standards. Established in 2002 and simplified in 2015, the 12-year affordable program only applies to improvements on buildings; the land value continues to be taxed. After the 12 year period ends, developers will begin to pay both.

In order to qualify, developers must commit 20 percent of a project's units -- with a minimum of four units -- to qualified renters at affordable rates. These rates are determined by a person's income relating to the AMI and unit size.

  • Studios and one bedroom units must be affordable to those earning 70% of the King County AMI.
  • Two bedroom or larger units must be affordable to those earning 80% of the King County AMI.

The Multifamily Tax Exemption Program provides a tax exemption on new multifamily buildings in exchange for setting aside 20-25% of the homes as income- and rent-restricted. By supporting mixed-income residential development in the urban centers, the MFTE program ensures affordability as the community grows. Much like the National Affordable Housing Act, it seeks to provide affordable housing to families.

Established in 1937, the U.S. Housing Act -- or the Wagner-Steagall Act -- set a standard for low-income subsidized housing in America. This seminal legislation has been amended and expanded upon by Congress many times since to create a variety of housing programs. These amendments and expansions include the Gonzalez-Cranston National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 which states that every American family should be able to afford a decent home in a suitable environment. Others like the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 created the Section 8 program and the Community Development Block Grant program.

Ballinger Homes is subsidized housing. It is open to families, seniors aged 55+ and disabled persons. One of the most popular housing developments in Shoreline, it offers youth and teen programs by Homework Factory, after-school mentoring, counseling, parenting classes, adult ESL classes, life skills classes, citizenship classes and adult basic education classes. Photo courtesy KCHA

In Shoreline, affordable housing is made possible by the King County Housing Authority (KCHA). Established in 1939, KCHA provides rental housing and rental assistance to more than 55,000 people -- or over 19,000 households -- in King County who earn less than the King County Adjusted Median Income (AMI).

  • KCHA owns and manages more than 4,269 units of federally funded housing, primarily in King county, for families, elderly and people with disabilities.
  • An additional 5,731 units of low- and moderate- income housing are financed through tax credits or tax-exempt bonds.
  • Federally funded Section 8 Vouchers help more than 12,000 households rent affordable housing on the private market in King County. With a voucher, tenants pay at least 30 percent, but generally not more than 40 percent, of their household income for rent and utilities depending on the neighborhood and apartment they select. More than 2,500 vouchers are reserved for people with unique needs, such as homeless families and people with disabilities.

KCHA provides a broad range of housing at varying levels of affordability. This spectrum includes anyone; from formerly homeless to families saving to buy a home.
  • For federally subsidized housing -- or public housing and Section 8 -- rent is on a sliding scale, where household incomes average around 18 percent of AMI and rent can average around $200-500 per month depending on family size.
  • In workforce housing that is not federally subsidized household income averages 58% of the median income but there is considerable variation in household income. Workforce housing typically involves people who are saving -- whether to get out of debt or purchase a home. In many cases it provides opportunities through resident programming. 
  • KCHA offers the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program which helps residents reach financial independence. They also offer after school programs and guidelines for parents
  • At places like the Ballinger Commons the KCHA targets working households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. Many of these locations -- including the Ballinger Commons -- are not subsidized meaning they have no income requirements other than tenants being able to afford rent.
  • However, in newly acquired locations -- such as Ballinger Commons -- incomes will initially be higher -- closer to 80% of AMI on average. As places become more affordable this percentage will slowly come down.
Ronald Commons is an affordable housing development in Shoreline owned by the Compass Housing Alliance. It features a 12,000 square foot Hopelink Integrated Service Center and food bank. The Integrated Service Center includes a food bank, family services and financial education/assistance for low-income households. Photo by Steven H. Robinson

To a lesser extent, affordable housing is provided in Shoreline by Compass Housing / Hopelink, Cristwood Senior Living and Westminster Church.

Quick guide to “affordable housing in Shoreline”

Non-profit housing:
  • Cristwood Senior Living
  • Ronald Commons
  • Westminster Manor
Subsidized housing for families:
  • Ballinger Homes
  • Peppertree Apartments
Seniors / disabled housing
  • Briarwood Apartments
  • Echo Cove - 4 units only out of two large buildings
  • Lake House
  • Northridge I
  • Northridge II
  • Paramount House
  • Westminster Manor
Workforce housing:
  • Ballinger Commons
  • Colonial Gardens
  • Meadowbrook Apartments
  • Woodlawn North in Lake Forest Park


Spring in the Skagit Valley

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

With the beginning of spring, the time is short to view the waterfowl of Whatcom and Skagit counties. The area's snow geese and swans will soon leave on their migration north.

The region is a world renowned birding area.

The snow geese and swans have wintered in the harvested fields and make an impressive sight on the ground and in flight.

Tourists and local residents alike enjoy the rural area's backroads, searching for huge flocks of the birds. There is also an abundance of ducks, herons and eagles to be seen.

Right now there is a bonus because the daffodils are in full bloom.


Shoreline Fire calls Mar 12-18, 2018

Bike helmet giveaway
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Shoreline Spartan gym, over 350 bicycle helmets were fitted on kids and given away free!

Kohl's donated the helmets and Children's Hospital volunteers fitted them to each child.

Shoreline Fire calls for March 12 - 18
  • Aid - 48
  • Aid Non Emergency - 18
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 5
  • Medic - 35
    • + 40 in Bothell, Northshore some Woodinville including M65, M47
  • MVA Medic - 1 (vehicle into a tree on 15th NE) 
  • Cardiac Arrest - 3
    • + 1 in Woodinville w/M47
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 13
  • Electrical Odor - 2 (both in multi-family complex's)
  • Service Call - 3
    • 1 blood draw for PD, 
    • 1 wash down for substance on roadway
    • 1 tree into roadway
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 2
  • Residential Structure Fire - 1
    • all three occupants and a cat got out safely. ALERTED at 3:30am BY THEIR SMOKE ALARM!


Einstein drama club presents Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr! on Friday & Saturday

Einstein Middle School Drama Club in conjunction with Dandylyon Drama presents Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.!

Based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s educational cartoon series, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr! uses a variety of musical styles to teach grammar, math, science, history, social studies, and political science while telling the story of Tom, a young teacher nervously anticipating his first day on the job.

Relive childhood favorites “I’m Just a Bill” and “Interjections!” at one of three performances at Einstein Middle School Theater (Cafeteria) this Friday, March 23 at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. 19343 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline 98177

Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 students/seniors and can be purchased at the Einstein main office or at the door. All ticket and concession sale proceeds go towards Einstein Middle School to support their theater program.


Thursday will be last council meeting for LFP City Administrator

Thursday's council meeting will be the last one for Lake Forest Park Administrator Pete Rose as he heads into retirement.

He will be honored at a reception before the meeting, from 6-7pm at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE. The regular meeting begins at 7pm.

The full agenda is here.


Where's Dan Short? 3-21-18

Photo by Dan Short

This time, Dan didn't have to go very far from home. This building doesn't hide, but it sits very quietly in the middle of a residential neighborhood. You could call it a group home, but no one does.

Photo by Dan Short

Just to be fair, here's another view of the building. Do you know what it is? Post your answer in the comments - or just think it to yourself and we'll tell you in the next edition!


Crime in Shoreline week ending 3-12-18

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending March 12, 2018

Trending: Domestic violence assaults between parents and teen/adult children. Suicide and mental breakdown calls. Teenagers commiting crimes.

02-27  Road rage incident in Aurora Safeway parking lot.
02-28  Shorecrest student made text message threat of getting guns and killing as many people as possible, then tried to pass it off as a joke.
03-01  Thief broke vehicle window and stole computer bag from vehicle in Home Depot parking lot.
03-04  Person sleeping in car at Linden and N 180th arrested on felony warrant for escape from community custody.
03-04 Vehicle stolen from St. Mark's parking lot.
03-04  Three individuals found in vacant dental building at 17920 Linden were in possession of meth, heroin, suboxone, hydrocodone.
03-04  Unknown suspects broke window of vehicle at Weatherly Condos but didn't take anything.
03-04  Locked mailbox at 200xx Meridian pried open.
03-06  Individual Trespassed from One Cup Coffee and taken for alcohol detox.
03-07  Suspicious vehicle with two occupants in alley. One had a warrant for prostitution.
03-07  Rental house burglarized 145xx 5th Ave NE. Refrigerator and lighting fixtures taken.
03-07  Work van broken into and tools stolen from 165xx 5th NE.
03-08  $1500 Stihl saw stolen from display at Aurora Rents.
03-08  Individual booked on DUI and hit and run after two collisions on Aurora.
03-09  Residential burglary 196xx 20th NE.
03-09  Driver arrested for DUI after driving wrong way at 147th and Meridian.
03-10  Individual contacted at Aurora Safeway for a Trespass passed out in parking lot after being released. Transported by ambulance to Northwest under involuntary treatment act.
03-10  Forced entry to bedroom window but nothing taken from home at 150xx 26th NE.
03-11  Motor stolen from boat at residence on NE 149th.
03-11  Unidentified bone found buried two feet deep in residential backyard.


Come hear them sing - vocal recitals at Shoreline CC Tuesday

You have a choice of daytime or evening on Tuesday to hear the vocal recitals of music students at Shoreline Community College.

The recitals are free and the community is encouraged to attend.

Class Voice Recital
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Shoreline Community College Music Building (800)
16101 Greenwood Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696
Room 818
Free parking

Shoreline Community College Voice Class students will present their final performance for the winter quarter. Students choose their own solo to perform. Music selections range from present-day composers to Early Baroque pieces. Small vocal ensembles will also perform pieces they’ve worked on together.

Students have been working hard to develop their stage presence, as well as their vocal skills. For some, this will be their first attempt at singing in front of an audience, so we've created a very encouraging environment to support them. Performers are always energized by appearing in front of an audience, so we hope to fill the room with supportive faces! This event is FREE and everyone in the community is welcome to attend.
Voice Juries Performance
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Shoreline Community College Music Building (800)
16101 Greenwood Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696
Room 806
Small fee for parking on campus

Students taking private vocal lessons have been working hard all quarter to prepare for this event. They will perform a selected piece before a jury of vocal instructors who will evaluate their performance.

Students hope to receive an Outstanding Performance acknowledgement or an Honorary Performance acknowledgement. Outstanding Performance students will later perform their winning piece at an Honors Recital.

The audience at jury examinations is often comprised of music faculty, friends and family members of the performers, as well as, fellow vocal students and members of the community. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free.


Jobs: Secretary Senior for Shoreline WSDOT

Monday, March 19, 2018

WSDOT in Shoreline has an opening for a full-time, permanent Secretary Senior. 
Closing Date: 04/10/2018 11:59 PM
Recruitment #: 18DOT-NWR-10076

WSDOT’s Local Programs Office in Shoreline has a great opportunity for an energetic administrative professional. As a Secretary Senior you’ll provide a wide variety of complex secretarial and administrative support to internal staff members as well as external stakeholders and will play a pivotal role in the overall success of the office.

To view the entire posting and apply, please visit Secretary Senior


Shooting in Shoreline apartment - but no victim

On Friday, March 16, 2018, just after midnight, Shoreline Deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 1700 block of NE 145th.

When Deputies arrived they located an apartment where several shots had been fired inside, but no one was left in the apartment. There was just a small amount of fresh blood.

KCSO Major Crimes unit is investigating further.


Shorewood softball 3-19-18

Shorewood softball played Blanchet

Meridian Park field 3-19-18






LILY KING 2-4 (2 2Bs)


K. JUDY (3B )





--Paul Jensen


March 20 PTA meeting focuses on inclusion

The Shoreline Special Needs PTSA member meeting will feature the Shoreline School District special education team leading a presentation and dialogue about inclusive education in the district. 

A large portion of the meeting is slotted for feedback and ideas from members. The business meeting will include chapter board elections for the 2018-19 school year.

This month's meeting is in the Ballinger Room at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, south end of the campus. 

Social time starts at 6:30pm, the business meeting is at 7pm, with the presentation at 7:30pm. 

Attendees are also asked to consider bringing gently used books to donate for the chapter to resell, with proceeds benefiting chapter programs. 

Learn more about the chapter and consider becoming a member. The chapter focuses on the approximately 12% of the Shoreline School District who have a 504 plan or IEP.


Lake Forest Park structure fire Monday evening

Lake Forest Park fire
Photo courtesy Northshore Fire
A structure fire at NE 151st and 37th Ave NE in Lake Forest Park closed the roadway for several hours while crews responded.

37th Ave NE was closed between NE 150th and 153rd and drivers were advised to find alternate routes.

Around 7:15pm the roadway was opened but 151st remained closed east of 37th Ave NE.

There were no injuries. Most damage was contained to the attic and roof area.


What's happening with Sears - find out at open house Tuesday

Find out the plans for the Sears site at an open house on Tuesday evening.

The meeting is Tuesday March 20 from 6:30 – 8:00pm at Shoreline Community College. People can drop in any time throughout the night.

The start time has been confirmed by Merlone Geier Partners, new owners of the site.

They have named their project Shoreline Place. MGP solicited input from the community in the form of a survey and received 6,000 responses.

Drop in anytime to meet the Shoreline Place team and learn more about the project vision, what we learned from the survey, and what’s next.

Shoreline Community College Pagoda Student Union Building #9000 PUB, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133. No charge for parking on campus evenings and weekends.


Photo: Flowering plum trees at Shorecrest

Photo by s cho

I'm not sure where they came from but there are several streets in Shoreline with rows of flowering plum trees. 25th NE, along Shorecrest High School and Kellogg Middle School, is one of those streets.

The trees are unremarkable during most of the year. Then they break out in flamboyant pink-purple blooms in the early spring, demanding attention.


Spring - Summer Recreation guide - registration starts Monday

Registration for spring and summer recreation programs begins March 19th for Shoreline residents and March 21st for non-residents.

The most popular classes and camps fill up quickly. Create your account so you can register on line starting at midnight.

Register online or call 206-801-2600.

Shoreline residents: registration begins Monday, March 19.

Lake Forest Park residents: Early Registration for Fall Recreation Programs with City of Shoreline begins Wednesday, March 21

Lake Forest Park residents are eligible for a 24-hour early registration period prior to the start of each season’s programs plus an 8% discount on all program fees (not rentals) through the entire year! Spring/Summer 2018 early registration for Lake Forest Park Residents is Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. online and 8:00 a.m. in person.

The City of Lake Forest Park offers scholarship reimbursements for eligible residents of youth and specialized recreation participants who are registered and attend cultural, recreation, or aquatic programs and camps. The City will reimburse each qualified Lake Forest Park resident up to $100 for summer quarter (and up to $50.00 per quarter for fall, winter and spring). The application form can be downloaded here or found in the lobby at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE..

More information on how to register, scholarship opportunities, or the partnership with City of Shoreline here!

Click here to view the Recreation Guide!


King's High School student advances to PNW District Robotics Championships

Ruth Buck, King's junior, advances to PNWD Championships
Photo courtesy King's

Ruth Buck, of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 4911 CyberKnights, will represent King‘s Schools at the Pacific Northwest District Championship April 5-8, 2018, where she will compete for the opportunity to represent the team at the World Championships later that month.

Ruth, a junior at King's, competed at a local event hosted at Mount Vernon High School and has advanced as a Semi-Finalist to compete with other academically competitive students in the FIRST program.

The Dean’s List Award began in 2010 to celebrate outstanding student leaders whose passion and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of the FIRST most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors this award for the selected top students such as Ruth Buck.

The FIRST Dean’s List Award is awarded to a current student leader who has led their FIRST Robotics Competition team and communities to increase awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, and who will be great leaders of FIRST’s ever-growing student alumni.

Ruth has served to expand the dreams and potential of other students around her.

As a Little Person at four feet and two inches tall, she pushes through academics and robotics with courage, even when hardships come her way. 

Even with these hardships, she has worked around them to be a coach of an all-girls elementary school robotics team, the CyberKnight’s electrical lead-in-training and safety captain, and passionately care for parrots at a bird sanctuary.

Since starting her career in FIRST, she has found a place in her community that helps her develop traits she never knew she would have.

When she was asked how the program has impacted her life, she said, “Once I joined FIRST and went to one of the competitions, I felt like I fit right in. My height doesn’t make me stand out in FIRST. Everyone on every team has their own unique differences and I love that. FIRST is sort of like one big happy family where everyone is treated equally. FIRST has given me a place to fit in and has shown me how amazing engineering is.”

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 asFIRST ® Robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization that seeks to further education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields and provides an environment in which students can grow academically and acquire skills vital to their professional development such as an exceptional work ethic and problem-solving skills.

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-lead 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.


Rob Oxford: Thank you, Richard Sherman

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Richard Sherman in game against the Arizona Cardinals
Photo courtesy NFL
By Rob Oxford

Putting your thoughts and personal opinions on paper, or in this case online, for anyone to read, will always be a gamble.

The simple fact is not everyone is going to agree with you, but that's ok. 

How boring of an existence if we all thought and acted the same? 

Politics, sports, fashion, music, comedy, we all have different tastes.

I love Will Ferrell. I have friends who don't think he's funny. What do they know? I like Heavy Metal and I loathe New Country, but what do I know? Movie reviews, not interested. Fashion sense, I have none. However I do like the look of a well tailored suit.

Recently the Seattle Seahawks released two of my favorite players, Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman. Michael left town with barely a whisper. Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, some will simply say, "He's their headache now".

Michael was an outspoken individual and his time in Seattle was not without controversy. He missed training camp while hoping to renegotiate his contract, protested racial injustice by refusing to stand for the Nation Anthem and most recently, after an incident at a nightclub, accused Las Vegas Police of racial profiling. Many are glad he is gone.

Richard was an original member of the Legion of Boom. A 5th round draft pick, #25 for your Seahawks was also outspoken, provocative, at times too cocky for me, but one heck of a Lockdown Corner. 

The two of them are a big part of why we as Seahawk fans enjoyed a 43 - 8 blowout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and why if you're a football fan, for the past seven years have looked forward to Sundays with great anticipation.

Who among us doesn't recall the lean years of Seahawk Football. I'll admit that at times I was uninterested in watching what would inevitably end up being one for the "loss" column. For many years the Seahawks lacked personality or at least the type of "personalities" needed to win football games. We were the nice guys of the AFC.

We had The Boz ... yawwwn. We had Rick Mirer ... who? We also had Zorn to Largent, who by the way are still nice guys. But the teams who won Championships had Jack Lambert (Steelers), Randy White (Cowboys), Bill Romanowski (49'ers), all considered to be mean and sometimes dirty players.

In 1999 the Seahawks hired 3x Super Bowl winning coach Mike Holmgren and things quickly started to take shape. Then a few years after being cheated, yes I said cheated, out of Super Bowl XL, Pete Carroll was hired. No stranger to controversy himself, he and GM John Schneider set about drafting what would soon become one of the most dominating Defenses in the NFL and the 12's went nuts!

So many tense moments, so many great games, Sports Illustrated cover stories, national headlines, Blue Fridays, Seahawk tattoos, I even know a guy who purchased his own Super Bowl ring. Seattle was once again on the map and whom for that can we thank? In this writer's opinion, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril, of course Russell Wilson and a whole host of other Hawks.

So it bothers me when I see negative comments hurled at players like Richard who have been "let go" by their employer only to be offered contracts soon after by the competition.

I'm certain Richard Sherman is grateful for the opportunity to play football for the 12's.

I'm positive he would have preferred to end his career where it all started and I would imagine his comments about "sticking it" to the Seahawks probably wouldn't have been made had those fans who are bitter not taken his decision to move on so personally.

The casual onlooker forgets all to quickly that professional football is a business. As a savvy businessman I'm confident Mr. Sherman has set himself up financially and probably doesn't need to collect another paycheck for the rest of his life.

After all, he graduated from Stanford. But who among us would turn down 40 million dollars to play a game we love?

As in radio (my profession for the past 27 years) changes are made quite often. Sometimes immediately after being named "Denver's Best DJ". Radio, too, is a business and after being fired from a station for whom I'd worked diligently for several years, the local newspaper asked me why I took a job the very next day with the competition "across the street"? My reply; "My wife has this nasty habit of needing to eat"

Thank you Richard, good luck and Go Hawks!


Get Up and Go 5K Pajama Fun Run May 19

It’s time to get ready to Get Up and Go!

Join the Sheridan Guild on Saturday, May 19, in Lake Forest Park to participate in a family-friendly 5K with 1K option.

Wear your pajamas, walk or run, then eat pancakes!

It starts at 9am outside of Lake Forest Park City Hall 17425 Ballinger Way NE, LFP.

All proceeds benefit uncompensated care and research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. You can register online for $40 (Kids 10 and under are free).


Hero’s Cafe in Lynnwood celebrates its first anniversary

Diners at Hero's Cafe in Lynnwood

Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

Lynnwood’s Hero’s Cafe is now one year old. The Hero’s Cafe is a gathering place for veterans of all branches to come together once a month for fellowship and a free lunch. A place to sign up for veterans benefits.

Veteran Paul Frederickson moved from Wisconsin to Snohomish County where he joined VFW Post 1040. He related to Post Commander John Beam, member Gary Walderman and other members of the post, about a Hero’s Cafe concept and the benefits it could bring to area veterans,

Gary Walderman and several other Post members met at 5 Guys Hamburger Restaurant where they discussed the concept and developed a plan. What started as an idea over lunch by a handful of dedicated veterans has grown into a vibrant, self-sufficient endeavor. The goal to have twelve people at the first monthly gathering was blown away when one hundred twenty five individuals attended. The numbers have remained high, averaging more than one hundred people per gathering each month.

Gary Walderman and Sue Waldin, Community Wellness Program Manager

Jerry Gadek is a Veterans Service Officer with Snohomish County Human Services. He and Gary Walderman met with Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith and Gena Israel, the city’s intergovernmental liaison, who gave their approval for the project.

They also met with Dr. Robin Fenn, Superintendent of Snohomish County Health District and Verdant Health Commission. Dr. Fenn gave them the go-ahead to hold their first meeting on January 31, 2017 at Verdant Community Wellness Center located at 4710 196th St SW in Lynnwood.

Greg Michael with Atari

The Hero’s Cafe meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:00am to 1:00pm with lunch served at 11:00am.

VFW Post 1040 donated $250 start-up money for the first meeting. DAV chapter 13, VVA 423, American Legion Post 66, Post 37, Post 234, Post 1040, Post 8870, The Gold Star Moms, The Red Cross, The Veterans Outreach WorkSource Lynnwood, and Edmonds Community College Veterans Resource Center each sponsored a monthly meeting.

Lt. Dwight Stevens, age 93.
WWII B-17 Pilot

Hero’s Cafe works with many Community Outreach programs to include Puget Sound Honor Flights, and Sebastian Place which provides 20 low income apartments for Veterans. 

Sebastian Place is operated by Catholic Community Services. 

Sebastian Place provides a Veterans' dinner the last Wednesday of each month. The Lynnwood Senior Center provides a Veterans' Coffee from 11:00am to noon every Tuesday.

The Verdant Wellness Center has a one stop Shop upstairs for Veterans' Benefits. It is open from 8:15am to 4:00pm the first Wednesday of each month.

Dr. Robin Fenn and staff receive award. Dr. Fenn holding award 

Dr. Robin Fenn says “It is so hard to believe that it has been over a year already since the first Hero’s Cafe at Verdant!”

"Each month since, we have watched at least 75 Veterans use our space to connect with each other, swap stories, share resources, and feed not only their stomachs but also their souls.

"For all that our Veterans have given us and our country, we at Verdant are proud to support them. This is an important program and I believe it is a key place in pulling the Veteran Community together.” 


Three blockbusters at Third Place Books this week

It's a knockout week at Third Place Books, with a lineup of champions. On Monday, two local authors talk about Seattle as a setting for murder mysteries, and discuss the best places to stage a literary murder.

On Tuesday, one of the premier, best-selling mystery authors comes to town. Elizabeth George brings the 20th book in her best-selling Inspector Lynley series.

Thursday, Pulitzer prize winning author Junot Diaz brings his first children's book, about a little girl in America who wants to understand her heritage and her ties to a country she doesn't remember.

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park Town Center, upper level, Ballinger Way at Bothell Way 98155.

Monday, March 19, 7pm Stage
The Dark Corners of the City: Literary Murder in Seattle
An evening with Kevin O'Brien and David Williams

Local authors Kevin O'Brien (Hide Your Fear, You’ll Miss Me When I'm Gone, Disturbed) and David Williams (Seattle Walks, Hidden Haunts) take a daring adventure through Seattle's creepiest and darkest places. 

In a lighthearted and lively conversation, they'll discuss the sinister corners of Seattle that have been used in fictional murder mysteries while David uncovers the history behind them.

Tuesday, March 20, 7pm
Elizabeth George
The Punishment She Deserves (Viking)

From one of mystery's most lauded and bestselling authors comes a new novel about the lies we tell, the lies we believe, and the redemption we need. Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are forced to confront the past as they try to solve a crime that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of a quiet, historic medieval town in England.

Thursday, March 22, 7pm
Junot Diaz
Islandborn (Dial Books/Penguin)

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz (The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; This is How You Lose Her) comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. Free presentation; Signing line ticket with paid pre-order of Islandborn

Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else.
Hers was a school of faraway places.

So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island — she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories — joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening — Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.

As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: “Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it’s not in you.” Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us — to our families, to our past and to ourselves.


LEARN about Suicide Prevention Tuesday evening at Shoreline Center

The community is invited to a presentation on how to interact with kids when talking about mental health. Learn to help them help themselves and their friends.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm, Shoreline Center 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. Shoreline Room at the north end of the Center.


Everett Herald names two Shorecrest students for all-area basketball teams

Philip Pepple, SC Senior named to all-area team by Herald
Photo by Geoff Vlcek
The Everett Herald has picked its 2018 all-area basketball team for performance over the past season.

Two Shorecrest players - one male, one female - have been named.

Boys First Team: Philip Pepple, Senior, C, Shorecrest

Pepple, the Wesco 3A Player of the Year, averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game while leading the Scots to an 18-6 record.

Julia Strand named to all-area team
Photo by Frank Workman
Girls Second Team: Julia Strand, Senior, C, Shorecrest
After missing nearly all of last season with a torn knee ligament, Strand returned to action this winter and led the Scots to the 3A Hardwood Classic. She averaged 13.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.0 steals per game.


Dangerous felon captured at Aurora Village

Sunday, March 18, 2018, just after 2pm a Metro Bus driver called 911 to report he had just seen Isaiah Wisherd get off a bus at the Aurora Village Transit Center on N 200th in Shoreline. See previous story.

Shoreline Deputies arrived and were able to locate Wisherd within minutes and arrested him without incident. He has been transported to the King County Jail.


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