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Lilac time

Photo by Lee Wolfe

It’s lilac time in the neighborhood. The scent is heavenly and the colors vary from white to deep magenta.

From Better Homes & Gardens: 

“White lilacs represent purity and innocence, while purple lilacs symbolize spirituality. If the blooms edge more on the blue side of the color wheel, they symbolize happiness and tranquility. Magenta lilacs symbolize love and passion.”
--Lee Wolfe


BEWARE: NE 185th from 5th to 8th NE across the freeway may be closed on Monday

NE 185th overpass on Saturday, April 13, 2024 showing the current traffic revisions.
Photo by Carl Dinse

By Diane Hettrick

Do you read the classified notices in The Seattle Times? I don't.

Fortunately, I have readers who do and who sent me this notice of a two week closure of NE 185th from 5th to 8th NE (at the 185th Transit Center) - starting Monday

Published in The Seattle Times classified section Saturday, April 13, 2024
Text transcribed below

No one seems to know about it except the staffer who published the notice. My primary contact at Sound Transit wasn't aware of any closure notices. The City of Shoreline didn't publish any notices - and they just recently published information about other projects and closures.

Since it's a 24 hour line, I called the phone number in the notice and talked to a nice lady who told me that she couldn't find anything - and the calls she expects to field are complaints about bright lights and noise - not major closure announcements.

I also emailed the staffer whose name is in the notice, but he has a 9-5 M-F job and may get back to me on Monday.

As many of you know, 185th east of Aurora is a major commuter route to North City and Lake Forest Park - and soon to the Shoreline North / 185th Sound Transit Station. It is one of only three east - west roads in Shoreline, with 205th and 145th, both of which have their own construction issues.

185th has been challenging enough, with the constant road reconfigurations, but at least drivers with some patience were able to get across the freeway. A complete closure with no notice is a completely different scenario.

Text of notice:

City of Shoreline. 2 week closure of NE 185th Street for Restoration Work.
As early as Monday, April 15, but no sooner than 3 days after this posting Sound Transit will be performing a full closure NE 185th Street between 5th Ave NE and 8th Ave NE as part of the implementation of the new NE 185th Street road alignment. The work includes an updated roadway, curbs and roundabout. This closure will be in place as early as Monday, April 15 through Monday, April 29.
Pedestrian and bike access will be maintained. Local access to residences will be maintained during work. Follow posted signage for access and detours. If the work is delayed a new notice will be distributed.
Contact us:
Community Engagement: or 206-701-1469
After-hours construction: 888-298-2395


Continuing Education: Photography Series: Let there be Light

Light is at the heart of photography. 

In order to create a successful image, you need proper lighting that determines not only brightness and darkness, but also tone, mood and the atmosphere with the vibrancy of color and luminosity on your subjects. 

Learn about lighting types, characteristics, different applications and filters, and how to control the light in your photographs from professional photographer Juan Aguilera. 

This class is also perfect for film students!
  • Dates: Tuesday 4/16/2024 - 5/14/2024
  • Times: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Fee: $159.00
Register here

This class is part of Shoreline Community College's Continuing Education department. Classes are held on campus at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Building 1300, Room 1302.


2024 Theatre Scholarships from Edmonds Driftwood Players

Edmonds Driftwood Players, a nonprofit community theatre, is proud to announce our 2024 Scholarship program. 

Students applying to the scholarship program will be considered for the following 2024 scholarships: 
  • one $1,000 Ralph Eaton Technical Scholarship, 
  • one $1,000 Theatre Arts Scholarship, and 
  • one $500 AC & Norma Gehrig Memorial Scholarship. 
All theatre majors are welcome to apply, but technical degrees will receive priority for the Ralph Eaton Technical Theatre scholarship. Scholarships may be used toward tuition at any college, university, or technical school in the United States.

Deadline for 2024 Scholarship Applications: June 2, 2024 (by 11:59pm)

Submit via email to:

Student eligibility rules:
  • Be a graduating high school senior or currently attending college
  • Have a permanent residence (usually where their parents live) in Snohomish or King Counties
  • Have demonstrated interest and consistent participation in the theatrical/technical arts and intend to pursue further education in theatre arts (performing or technical) in a college, university or technical school
  • There is no limit on the number of years the student can apply during their college attendance
Applicants are required to submit the following documentation for consideration
  • Applicant name, current address, phone number, and e-mail address (If a minor, then parent/guardian name(s) and address(s) are also required)
  • Name of your current school, and name of counselor/advisor
  • Intended college/university/technical school for fall 2024
  • A list/resume of shows (noting role or production position) in which you have participated
  • A letter of recommendation from a drama teacher or another theatre mentor
  • An essay of 300-500 words about your interest in theatre arts and what you plan to study
  • A list of high school or college extracurricular activities, and any awards or honors received (if not already mentioned in your essay)
  • Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) of grades, including the 1st semester of senior year or latest quarter/semester of college
Recipients will be selected through an evaluation of the above information as to content, presentation, and completeness. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for awards. It is recommended to submit all required documents at the same time as your application. 

If your school or mentor would like to submit documents directly to EDP, that is acceptable as long as we receive them by the application deadline. We will not be able to follow-up with individuals regarding missing pieces of their application packets.

The Ralph Eaton Technical Theatre Scholarship was started in 2011 by the family of Ralph Eaton, who was a beloved, long-time volunteer and friend to many at the theatre. The AC & Norma Gehrig Memorial Scholarship was started in 2024 by Keith Gehrig to honor his parents. The Theatre Arts Scholarship is an EDP tradition since 1988.

Edmonds Driftwood Players is a volunteer-based, non-profit community theatre with the mission to produce live theatre that entertains, enriches, and engages the community. Established in 1958, it is one of the oldest operating community theatres in Washington State.


Shorecrest tennis vs Mountlake Terrace 4-11-2024

Photo by Kristi Lin
Girls varsity tennis
Shorecrest vs Mountlake Terrace
at Kellogg M.S.
Shorecrest 5 - MLT 2

  • Katarina Moye (M) def. Lily Haessler 6-1, 6-3; 
  • Zoe Greenweig (S) def. Angela Grachev 6-0, 6-0; 
  • Megan McMullen (S) def. Heran Legesse 6-2, 6-0;
  • Clara Loveless (M) def. Haneen Faraj 4-6, 5-7
  • Lauren Kajimura-Sophie Schmitz (S) def. Tramanh Ho-Ahna Elseberry 6-1, 6-1; 
  • Mia Halset-Thayer Katahara-Stewart (S) def. Ninjin Naranbaatar-Jenna Oh 6-2, 6-0, 
  • Brittany Morales-Talla Gates def. Camden Curtis-Jaya Dean 6-0, 6-0
Coach: Rob Mann


Town & Country Market's April recipe Simply Strawberry Cake

Simply Strawberry Cake
Photo courtesy T&C Market

Recipe of the Month from Town & Country Market
Simply Strawberry Cake

Perfectly ripe and seasonal strawberries turn this cake into a dreamy dessert. Enjoy each bite 'cause this dish won't last long!

You can serve this with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream and extra fresh strawberries.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 Servings

2 c flour
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ c butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 c yogurt or sour cream
¼ c milk
1 tsp lemon zest
1 pound fresh strawberries, tops removed and sliced
Powdered sugar for garnish


Preheat oven to 350˚. Prepare 9-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.

In a separate larger bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Mix in eggs one at a time to butter and sugar mixture. Add vanilla.

Add yogurt, milk, and lemon zest. Mix well.

Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just incorporated. Don’t over mix.

Add half of your batter to prepared pan. Top with half of your prepared strawberries.

Add rest of batter and top with remaining strawberries. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan for at least 15 minutes then remove and dust with powdered sugar to serve.

Shoreline Town & Country Market is located on the upper level of Shoreline Place at 15505 Westminster Way N, Shoreline, WA 98133


YMCA of Greater Seattle sets kids up for a healthy start to the summer at Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is thrilled to announce its annual Healthy Kids Day® event, which will be held on April 20, 2024 beginning at 10a.m. 

This event will be held across 12 locations throughout Greater Seattle. As a free event open to the public, the Healthy Kids Day® event provides many family-friendly activities to foster healthy kids and families and ensure a vibrant and healthy kickoff to the upcoming summer season.

Dale Turner Family YMCA 19290 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline
Featured Activities
  • Bounce House
  • Climbing Wall
  • Family ZUMBA®
Northshore YMCA 11811 NE 195th St, Bothell
Featured Activities
  • WhatsSup Stand Up Paddle Surf and Kayaks
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Mario Racing
  • Gaga Ball
  • Rock Painting
  • Mini Pickleball
University Family YMCA
University Heights Center Park: 5001 University Way NE, Seattle
Featured Activities
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Kids ZUMBA®
The 2024 sponsors [LY1] of this year's event are centered around transforming fun and play into lasting memories. Attendees can look forward to engaging in activities that promote health and wellness among children and their families. The activities vary by location. Families can expect snack ideas, water safety, sports challenges, bounce houses, and arts and crafts.

Loria Yeadon, CEO of YMCA Greater Seattle, shared her thoughts on this event: " Children must remain engaged in physical and mental activities throughout the summer months. At the YMCA, we're passionate about providing families with the resources to develop and maintain healthy habits all year. Healthy Kids Day is a signature free event encouraging families to explore and participate in many fun, healthful Y activities, fostering community connection and wellness. "

The YMCA's signature Healthy Kids Day event is free, where we encourage families to explore and participate in many fun, healthy Y activities, fostering community connection and wellness. If you don't have a Y membership, this is a perfect time to join and get the entire family moving and connected with your neighbors in the community. Join us!

For more details or to sponsor this annual event, please contact the YMCA of Greater Seattle at or our website.

About the YMCA of Greater Seattle

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is the Northwest’s leading nonprofit organization strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Founded in 1876, the Y reaches more than 206,632 people of all backgrounds, abilities, and financial circumstances annually through 14 branches, three overnight camp properties, and more than 200 program sites throughout King, south Snohomish and Lewis counties. Visit


Floyd Schmoe Peace Scholarship now accepting scholarship applications

Floyd Schmoe with Travis Jo Cufley, the first recipient of the scholarship, in 1998 in the Seattle Peace Park, which he created from a weedy patch at the north end of Lake Union.
Photo by Karol Milner.

The Floyd Schmoe Peace Scholarship was established in 1997 and is available to all high school seniors in the Seattle Public Schools, Shoreline Public Schools, and Northshore School District with post-high school education plans. Please see

The scholarship is one of the first of its kind in recognizing an outstanding student dedicated to humanitarian causes. This person could have worked in food banks, tutored homeless children, or any other work for the betterment of our world.

This award will be presented to someone who reminds us that true leadership is more than being the loudest of the group or the ability to control others. Leadership is work and concern for others.

The Floyd Schmoe Peace Scholarship has given awards to 29 deserving students and $41,000 has been dispersed to recipients over a 26 year period.

In 2024, one or more $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to deserving applicants.

Applications must be received or postmarked by May 1, 2024.


Shoreline city council to discuss goals and transportation plan

Back row from left: Councilmembers John Ramsdell, Betsy Robertson, Annette Ademasu, Eben Pobee, Keith Scully Front row from left: Mayor Chris Roberts, Deputy Mayor Laura Mork

By Oliver Moffat

On Monday, April 15, 2024 at 7pm the Shoreline city council will be discussing the City Council Goals and Work Plan and holding a Public Hearing and Discussion of the Transportation Improvement Plan. The public can attend in person at Shoreline City Hall or virtually online. Details on attending and providing public comment are available on the city’s website.

A map from the 2025-2030 Transportation Improvement Plan shows
funded and unfunded projects across the city.

What’s new in the city’s Transportation Improvement Plan?

The city’s transportation improvement plan is updated every year and serves as a six-year roadmap for which transportation projects will be funded and which projects will not be funded.

Here’s a brief summary of what is new in this year’s transportation improvement plan compared to last year’s.

All five unfunded projects in the plan are on the east-side of town (NE 175th, NE 185th, Ballinger Way, 15th NE and 3rd NE).

A map from the city’s Transportation Impact Fee Rate Study shows
High Activity Areas to receive focused planning

What’s new in the city’s Goals and Work Plan?

Each year the council sets goals to direct the work the city does. Here are some highlights from this year’s goals that are new compared to last year’s goals.

  • The city says they will amend the tree code to “streamline administration and improve outcomes”.
  • The city will conduct focused planning on its high activity areas and neighborhood commercial centers and corridors.
  • In 2025, the city plans to build sidewalks along 8th Ave NW from Richmond Beach Road to Sunset Park and along 19th Ave NE between 196th and 205th streets in the Ballinger neighborhood.
  • The city plans to design and consider construction of new parks including Westminster Park, Rotary, West Echo Lake, 192nd/Hemlock, Edwin Pratt, South Ronald Bog and South Twin Ponds.
  • A new action was added to develop a city asset management program.
  • New parking enforcement is planned across the city.
  • The city plans to develop an “equity needs map” for analysis and to inform decision making.
  • The city will implement the recently approved Human Services Strategic Plan.
  • And new this year is a goal to enhance the city’s emergency management plans.


Earth Day trail work in Hillwood April 20, 2024 - bring cardboard

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Help with the ongoing trail maintenance at Greenwood Ave N and 200th in Hillwood

Volunteers have worked for the past two years to reclaim the footpath connecting Greenwood Ave N and N 200th Street from overgrown blackberries, install artwork and a bench, and plant native plants to stabilize the hillside.

Please join us from 10am-12pm on Saturday April 20, 2024 in honor of Earth Day, to begin work on a new section of the hillside. We look forward to planting additional plants in this area later this year!

Questions? Contact Rachel at


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Handyman ??



Shoreline Stadium WesCo track meet 4-11-2024

Jaden Marlow, winner of the 110 Hurdles,
300 Hurdles, Javelin and Long jump. Photo by Todd Linton

Shoreline Stadium WesCo track meet
Shorewood - Shorecrest - Everett

Madeleine Brouillard (in pink shoes) wins the 300 meter hurdles in a photo finish.
Photo by Todd Linton

Team Scores


Shorewood Softball vs Monroe on Wednesday 4-10-2024

Photo by Heather Grutz

Shorewood Softball vs Monroe
Wednesday 4/10/2024
at Meridian Park
Monroe 9 - Shorewood 6

Coach: Paul Jensen


Jobs: City of Shoreline Web/Video Support Specialist

City of Shoreline 
Web/Video Support Specialist
Salary $35.95 - $45.56 Hourly
Part-Time Regular
Opening Date 02/15/2024
Closing Date Continuous

Provide user support and technical assistance on the use of assigned web and audio visual (AV) systems and software applications; to produce digital content for web and video, to  perform all duties associated with recording evening City meetings including testing, troubleshooting, and resolving AV issues to support a successful AV experience; to operate and provide support for web­ based applications and systems.


Jobs: City of Shoreline Wastewater Utility Maintenance Worker ll

City of Shoreline 
Wastewater Utility Maintenance Worker ll
Salary $34.27 - $41.70 Hourly
Full-Time Regular
Opening date 02/13/2024
Closing Date Continuous

Full journey level class within the Wastewater Utility Maintenance Worker series. Wastewater Utility Maintenance Worker II’s perform skilled and specialized wastewater inspection, maintenance, operations, repairs and construction duties; operate eductor combination high velocity water/vacuum sewer cleaning equipment, closed-circuit TV equipment, portable generators, rodding machines, pickup and dump trucks and other specialized equipment as required; may serve as lead worker to Maintenance Worker I’s, part-time, and seasonal employees as assigned.


Jobs: City of Shoreline Engineer II - Capital Projects - 2 or more positions

City of Shoreline
Engineer II - Capital Projects
$113,783.00 - $144,202.00 Annually
Full-Time Regular
Opened 02/16/2024
Closing: continuous

Manage the development and delivery of capital projects subject to strict deadlines, including managing public involvement, overseeing consultants, and meeting schedule and budget objectives. Coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, other departments, outside agencies, consultants, contractors and citizens, and provide highly responsible and complex project management and engineering support to City departments.

Job description and application


Jobs: Shoreline Historical Museum Collections Manager

Shoreline Historical Museum 
Collections Manager
$51,000 annual salary
Full-time – funded for 18 months with possibility of extension

The Collections Manager will become the second full-time employee with a variety of job responsibilities reporting to the Director.

Salary and Benefits: – $51,000 annual, up to $400 per month for health benefits, 10 days paid vacation, Federal holidays with comp day for those that fall on Mondays, 2 days personal leave (can be used incrementally), and 10 days sick leave per annum

Schedule – Tuesday through Saturday, with evening Board meetings and occasional events at various times

Scope of Position

The Collections Manager will be responsible for managing the Museum’s collections and collection practices,. Duties will include the assessment of all incoming collections, retrieval, unpacking, and evaluation of existing stored items. Additional duties will include managing, cataloging and inventorying collection items. This position will be responsible for developing, managing and working with a Museum Collections Committee, as well as coordinating the work of Volunteers.


Discover the Wonders of Costa Rica and Iceland with Collette Travel at the Senior Activity Center

Costa Rica
Tropical Costa Rica
Immerse yourself in a world where volcanoes rumble, waterfalls cascade, and wildlife abounds. 

From the serene Arenal Volcano to the vibrant cloud forests of Monteverde, embark on a riverboat adventure through Cano Negro and unwind on the sandy beaches of Playa Carrillo.

Venture into the land of fire and ice to witness the magical aurora borealis. 

Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle, marvel at the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, and soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal bliss.

Join our special presentation by Toni Ray Ingram to learn more about these breathtaking trips and enjoy light snacks!

Date: April 22, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Activity Center, 18560 1st Ave NE,  Shoreline WA 98155

Space is limited, so please RSVP by phone or in-person to reserve your seat now and step closer to your next adventure!



Food and diaper drive at Richmond Beach Congregational Church on April 20, 2024

Food and Diaper Drive 

Join us in feeding our community by bringing food and diaper donations on Saturday April 20, 2024 from 11am - 1pm to the upper church parking lot of Richmond Beach Congregational Church. 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline, WA 98177

All food donations transported to the Edmonds Food Bank.

All donations gratefully accepted with particular requests for:
  • Diapers for our Diaper Drive: All sizes especially 4-5
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Baby formula
  • Rice (esp jasmine, basmati)
  • Tortillas (wheat or corn)
  • Tomato sauce and paste
  • Canned fish


Brian Gooch 1943-2024

Brian M. Gooch 1943-2024
Brian M. Gooch, beloved husband of Evelyn, passed away at home in Green Valley, AZ on January 3, 2024. 

He was born in Lombard, IL on February 25, 1943 and grew up in Long Beach, CA. He moved his family to Seattle, WA in 1979 where they lived for 36 years, and then retired to Arizona in 2015.

Brian and Evelyn enjoyed a wonderful life of 52 years (50 married) together. His greatest love was family. He was a man of great integrity, caring, kindness and humor and loved helping others. 

He was outgoing and affable and made thousands of friends in his lifetime. His passion for sports was lifelong and he enjoyed a long career as an umpire. 

He was top in his field of residential sales for moving and storage and won many awards over the years in both his professional and sports careers. More recently he enjoyed volunteering at his local fire department for the Fire Corp.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn of Green Valley, AZ; children: son Marshall Gooch; daughters Shawna (Robert) Grupe and Kelli (Craig) Trujillo; brothers Dan and George Gooch; and fourteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Marie C. Gooch, brother Otis Gooch, and son Dana (Fish) Gooch.

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 27 at 4pm at the Nile Shrine (Country Club) Center, Mountlake Terrace, WA. All are welcome to attend.


145th Street Projects construction update

Construction updates for April 12, 2024

The seven-month closure of N 145th Street between 1st Avenue N and I-5 began on Monday, April 1 and will be in place until October 2024. 

Since the closure, construction crews have been working to prepare the site by installing erosion control and tree protection and started tree removals. Puget Sound Energy began their work to realign their utility infrastructure in the closure area.

Closure and detour updates
  • The primary detour routes when heading east and west are N 155th and N 130th Streets. There are no impacts to traffic travelling north and south on Meridian Avenue N, 1st Avenue, 5th Avenue NE or 15th Avenue NE. However, northbound travelers on 1st Avenue are restricted from turning left to go west on NE 155th Street.
  • The pedestrian and bike detour on NE 147th is currently not in place. The north sidewalk of NE 145th St is currently maintained for pedestrians to travel through the work area.

Work schedule
  • Construction crews working for the City of Shoreline are working in the area from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Puget Sound Energy gas crews are also working in the area 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday.

Noise during construction 
  • Nighttime construction work requires a permit and variance from the City of Shoreline.
  • Construction crews working for the City of Shoreline are currently only working during daytime hours.
  • To learn more about allowable noise visit our municipal code.


Home Improvement appointments and Vendor Fair April 23 and May 21, 2024

March 2024 Vendor Fair
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
City of Shoreline Home Improvement Workshop and Vendor Fair 2024
Tuesdays: April 23, and May 21, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Shoreline City Hall Lobby, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133
Free parking in City Garage behind City Hall

Free presentation on Middle Housing and personal appointments with city staff will again be offered at events at Shoreline City Hall.

Almost two dozen vendors were available to talk to people
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The appointments are specific to Shoreline properties but the vendor fair is open to all. There are a number of appointments available on April 23rd, particularly in the late afternoon/ early evening. The May 23rd event has many openings right now.

The first event, on March 26, was very well attended. 

Go to for more information and to make an appointment with City staff to ask specific questions about your home/property, neighborhood, or City permit information. 

Contact Jarrod Lewis, 206-801-2521 or with any questions.


Shoreline’s homelessness plan: “Maintain Current Level of Service” while city comes up with a plan

Back row from left: Councilmembers John Ramsdell, Betsy Robertson, Annette Ademasu, Eben Pobee, Keith Scully Front row from left: Mayor Chris Roberts, Deputy Mayor Laura Mork

At the Monday, April 8 meeting, the Shoreline city council approved a housing and human services plan that recommends continuing to “Maintain Current Level of Service”. 

City staff will study the problem, clarify metrics, and “explore or pilot innovative human service programs” potentially paid for with a property tax levy.

A chart from the 2022 Resident Satisfaction Survey shows that residents want the city to do more about homelessness
As previously reported, in survey results, Shoreline residents want the city to prioritize homelessness and earlier drafts of the plan faced criticism.

The final draft approved by the council on Monday still faced questions from Council members.

The fifty-four page study found that residents want the city to do something about homelessness and the housing affordability crisis.

The plan recommends the city “Maintain Current Level of Service” while continuing to study the problem and said “affordable housing and homelessness solutions require more resources”.

Mayor Chris Roberts questioned why the plan lacked details on specific housing types needed. “But what we don’t have right now… what I’m hearing… we don’t know how many three bedroom units… we don’t know how many ADA accessible units… the city needs,” he said.

A picture of “three circles and a triangle” approved by the city council will direct staff on housing and human services priorities
Deputy Mayor Laura Mork questioned what metrics the city would use to measure outcomes. In reference to a graphic showing three circles and a triangle, she asked, “would the funding on the next slide allow you to make that more concrete?”

City staff told the council they will identify target outcome metrics and continue to study what can be done.

Council member John Ramsdell questioned why the city hasn’t done more. “there are cities in Washington State that have less than a quarter of our population that have housing authorities,” he said.

One recommendation in the plan was for Shoreline to “explore or pilot innovative human service programs” potentially paid for with an affordable housing tax levy.

In the 2020 resident satisfaction survey and again in 2022, residents told the city that addressing homelessness should be its top priority. And residents rated the city’s response to homelessness as the service they were most dissatisfied with. In the 2022 survey, 55% of residents said homelessness should receive the most emphasis by the city while 50.3% of residents said they don’t want property taxes to increase.

Voters in some cities in Washington State have approved property tax levies to fund affordable housing. Since 1986, Seattle has had a housing levy and in 2023 the levy was renewed by voters. Vancouver voters approved an affordable housing property tax levy in 2016 and voters renewed the levy again in 2023. First approved by voters in 2012 and expanded in 2018, Bellingham has an affordable housing levy.

Some affordable housing levies have not been approved. A housing levy campaign in 2017 failed in Jefferson County. Tacoma has attempted to institute a property-tax levy for affordable housing in 2001 and 2005 but has failed in both cases.


Invasive plant removal at Richmond Beach Community Park April 19 and May 14, 2024

Invasive plant removal at Richmond Beach Community Park (adjacent to the Richmond Beach Library) on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 10am to 12pm.

This event is the first of its kind at Richmond Beach Community Park, and coordinated through the City of Shoreline Forest Steward Program. 

We are seeking volunteers to help us at our inaugural work party from 10am to 12pm on Friday, April 19th. We will begin clearing the ivy that runs alongside the stairway up to the park. 

Visitors will see work ongoing throughout the year, as we aim to remove invasive plants, mulch the area, and plant new native plants this fall! 

If you can't make it on April 19th, you will have a second opportunity at 10am on Tuesday May 14th.

Please RSVP to Rachel at so we can provide tools for all volunteers.


Reminder: Shoreline Short Short Film Festival this Saturday April 13, 2024

The Shoreline Short Short Film Festival aims to support emerging and developing filmmakers in Washington State and encourage appreciation for the art of filmmaking in our community.

12 films have been selected to participate in the Festival. These films will be screened at the Shoreline Community College Theater on April 13, 2024.

The best of the best will take home cash prizes and a campy Sasquatch Award!

Date: Saturday 4/13/24
Time: 6:30-10:00pm
Location: Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133
Admission: $20-50
Caution: films may contain adult content


Echo Lake Neighborhood celebrates Earth Day with five events over three days

Friday, April 12, 2024

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) is going all out for Earth Day. 

They have cancelled their usual 3rd Tuesday Zoom meeting this month.

Instead, for this year’s Earth Day weekend, ELNA is hosting five interactive events, each consisting of a featured speaker followed by a "Bioblitz" gathering.

A Bioblitz? What’s that?

A bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. The first BioBlitz was held in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Approximately 1000 species were identified at this first event.

Download the iNaturalist app (not the Seek option; 'Connect with Nature' on iPhone) to your phone (you can do that now) and set up an account if you do not already have one. Our local events are part of the "City Nature Challenge 2024 - Seattle-Tacoma" project. (There are helpful hints on the Registration page)

When you are in one of the parks choose a plant and take a photo, following instructions on the app. 

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 26, 11am, at Shoreline Park, 9030 1st Ave NE

Joy Wood of Green Shoreline Partnership,
"Forest Health and Ecological Restoration"

Saturday, April 27, 10am, at Densmore Pathway (188th between Ashworth and Densmore)

Marla Tullio, 
"Birds and plants of Shoreline's Densmore Pathway"

Saturday, April 27, 11am, at Echo Lake Park 19901 Ashworth Ave N

Ann Michel, 
“Flora, Fauna and Rainwater: the Future of Echo Lake”

Sunday, April 28, 10am, at Shoreline Park, 9030 1st Ave NE

Sara Cammeresi, 
"Native and Invasive Plants at Shoreline Park"

Sunday, April 28, 1:30pm at Midvale Gardens (southeast of 192nd & Midvale)

Derek Creisler,
"Workshop on Weeds - the Midvale Gardens project, its history, and where do we go from here"

In addition:
  • Light refreshments will be available
  • Rain - cancels / does not cancel please check each event listing for details in the link below
  • Everyone is welcome
  • An after-covid in-person community gathering with no covid threat due to it being held outdoors
  • A reason to get outdoors, connect with nature, and connect with members of our local community
  • Learn about plants and animals in our local community
  • Work in pairs, in small groups, or individually to gather photos (a wonderful way for a family to spend time together)
  • Differently-abled (wheelchair, walkers, etc.) individuals can participate as the activity is not athletic. All locations are near paved city trails and have paved trails within the site (Densmore Pathway has a gravel path).
  • You will be helping to create records of the biodiversity in our area
Register and get more information here

We look forward to celebrating Earth Day weekend with our community at these events!


Tulips are starting to bloom in the Skagit Valley

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The tulip fields are starting to bloom in the Skagit Valley. More fields should be in bloom next week.


Ivy removal and gardening party in Woodway Saturday

Ivy Removal & Gardening Party!
Saturday April 13, 2024 from 8:30-11:30am

Join your neighbors to help Woodway’s parks thrive! Volunteers will be removing ivy from Woodway parks on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Supplies & equipment will be provided. Please wear closed-toed shoes!

Volunteers will also be maintaining the flower beds at Town Hall.

Meet at Town Hall @ 8:30am. Volunteers will be working until 11:30am. Families welcome!

Please email us with any questions: or


Let's try again: How to navigate a traffic circle

Courtesy Anchorage Police Department

This graphic is compliments the Anchorage police. Apparently we are not the only ones struggling with this concept.

At least we have lane lines. In Paris, traffic ten abreast traverses the Place de l'√Čtoile. This traffic circle surrounds the Arc de Triomphe at the intersection of ten two-way and two one-way streets. It has no lane markings.

--Diane Hettrick


Did you witness an accident and confrontation at 175th & Meridian Tuesday afternoon?

Hua with her students
On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Mandarin teacher Hua Zhang was headed for her 3:25pm class at Meridian Park Elementary.

She was stopped at a left turn red light at the intersection of 175th and Meridian when her car was hit from behind. That driver immediately drove off, but then had to stop for another light.

Hua ran to his car to tell him that he damaged her car and she needed his insurance information. His response was to push her away and drive off again.

A parent who was near enough to hear the crash saw that another person was recording the incident. If you are that person, please contact

Hua is often in these pages with her teaching, artwork, and dancing. She was only able to get a blurry photo of the hit and run driver who assaulted her.

I'm hoping that we can help her.

--Diane Hettrick


Sen. Salomon funds First-in-the-Nation Ibogaine Study

Ibogaine is a naturally occurring plant medicine derived from the iboga shrub. It is the only substance in the world known to allow a person to substantially reduce most of the withdrawal symptoms from opioids. Not many people have heard of ibogaine treatment, which is available in Mexico and Brazil, but initial studies have shown it to be a cheap and startlingly effective treatment option for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

If this is the first time you’re hearing about ibogaine, I recommend this Ted Talk as an excellent way to learn more about its potential. Current treatment options are mostly relegated to long-term rehabilitation centers and medication-assisted therapy, where a person struggling with heroin or fentanyl dependence is prescribed a safer alternative opioid, such as methadone or buprenorphine. 

Studies have shown ibogaine to be 30% more effective than buprenorphine while exhibiting fewer side effects. In research undertaken at UC San Diego, 30% of participants maintained their sobriety a year after their ibogaine treatment. (While this may sound like a low number, the sad truth is this is a very high success rate for a treatment approach for this type of addiction).

As exciting as these numbers are, the direct lived experience of those who overcame OUD using ibogaine treatment is what motivated me to work on directing state funds toward ibogaine research. When the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Commission considered using addiction relief dollars for ibogaine research, many came forward to speak in support.

“I consider my life pre-ibogaine and post-ibogaine,” said Paria Zandi, a family therapist from Los Angeles. “The best way I can explain it is that Ibogaine gave me a fresh pair of eyes with which to see the world and myself; this year I’ll be ten years sober.”

“I tried every traditional treatment that was out there,” said Jessica Blackburn, who described multiple unsuccessful attempts at sobriety through rehabilitation centers using buprenorphine and methadone treatment before successfully achieving sobriety with ibogaine. “My first treatment gave me years of freedom. I no longer felt powerless, and I’ve never felt powerless since.”

This medicine shows real promise as another tool for treating opioid addiction, but since this does not require taking pharmaceuticals on a long-term basis, there has not been much interest from pharmaceutical companies to invest in the research that would bring a drug to market through traditional means. 

The responsibility falls to us, and this year’s budget directs $250,000 to establish the nation’s first state-funded study into the use of ibogaine therapy for those suffering from opioid addiction.


State Parks co-hosts Washington Coast Cleanup on April 20, 2024

Coast Cleanup April 20, 2024 on
ten ocean beaches
OLYMPIA – April 10, 2024 – As a proud member of the Washington Clean Coast Alliance, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will co-host the annual Washington Coast Cleanup on April 20, 2024

This year’s event will take place at ten state parks: Cape Disappointment, Fort Flagler, Fort Townsend, Fort Worden, Grayland Beach, Mystery Bay, Ocean City, Pacific Beach, Shine Tidelands and Twin Harbors.

In partnership with Washington CoastSavers, Parks puts on three beach cleanup volunteer events a year – and there is always more work to be done. 

In 2023, 1,923 volunteers picked up 133,249 pounds of marine and firework debris off our beaches. That’s equivalent to the combined weight of 10 adult elephants.

During the Washington Coast Cleanup, Parks also works with Washington Surfrider and the Grassroots Garbage Gang to bring in volunteers to support this effort.

On arrival, participants volunteering at a Washington state park will check in at one of these locations:
  • Long Beach: 
    • Bolstad Ocean Beach Approach (OBA), 
    • Seaview OBA
  • Central Coast: 
    • Ocean City OBA, 
    • Chance A La Mer OBA, 
    • Bonge Ave OBA
  • Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca: Shine Tidelands 
    • Chimacum Corner Farmstand: Fort Flagler, Mystery Bay
  • Port Townsend Marine Science Center: 
    • Fort Townsend, 
    • Fort Worden
Volunteers should dress for variable weather conditions, wear sturdy footwear and pack a lunch with plenty of water. Upon check-in, participants will receive supplies to help them pick up debris. However, volunteers are encouraged to bring reusable gloves. The check-in station also serves as the dumpster location for marine debris after collection.

Visit to learn more about the Washington Coast Cleanup, view a list of all participating beaches and pre-register for the event.  A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access on state-managed lands on April 20.

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