Flags at half-staff for Justice Sandra O'Connor

Monday, December 4, 2023

Flag Lowering - 12/04/23 (Justice Sandra O'Connor)

Pursuant to the attached Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on the day of interment, in honor and remembrance of Sandra Day O'Connor, retired Associate of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on the day of interment.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Please email FlagRequests@gov.wa.gov if you have any questions about this flag lowering.


Christmas Lights in Lake Forest Park

LFP Photo by David Walton

LFP Photo by David Walton

LFP Photo by David Walton

Christmas lights and decorations are going up in Lake Forest Park. Nice to see these each year. These are regular decorators in the neighborhood. Very festive!

Two of the images were on 34th Ave NE and one was on 160th street, both in LFP.

--David Walton


Rob Beem to be presented with NUHSA Lifetime Achievement Award

NUHSA Lifetime Achievement Award
Rob Beem
As one of NUHSA’s founders and a staunch advocate for human services funding and support in North King County (NKC), Rob Beem leaves a legacy of extraordinary leadership and impact on our north-end communities. 

Throughout his 20 years at the City of Shoreline (and in the first few years of his retirement), Rob has worked tirelessly to engage local and regional partners in addressing human services needs and building the capacity to fund and support services for North King County’s residents. 

This work involved bringing North King County’s voice to many King County planning and review panels, building local capacity through the Community Public Health and Safety Network, representing North King County on the United Way Board, and joining with other cities to coordinate funding processes. 

His gracious ease in bringing together people, agencies and governments who were ‘doing human services’ also saw him engaging with schools and local service clubs, as well as other cities and funders.

Seeing a need for a regional alliance of human services providers and governments, Rob was critical in the formation and ongoing operations of NUHSA, pulling together local agencies and leaders to connect people engaged in human services work and to expand agencies’ presence and services in North King County. 

Under Rob’s leadership, NUHSA grew from an informal lunchtime all-volunteer networking group to the organization it is today which represents all of North King County and is a sought-after partner by agencies, governments and funders.

Over a career in service to the human services community, he has had the opportunity to champion and/or lead the development of numerous initiatives, services and organizations. 

These include:
  • Shoreline and Bellevue’s human services and affordable housing programs
  • Northshore Shoreline Community Network
  • Shoreline’s DEI program
  • Bellevue YouthLink
  • ARCH (A Regional Coalition for Housing)
  • Ronald Commons
  • Hopelink’s permanent presence in Shoreline
  • United Way North Community Council
  • NE Funders
  • It’s About Time for Kids
  • King County Human Services Roundtable
NUHSA staff, Board of Directors, members and partners are deeply grateful to Rob and the tremendous work he has done to benefit residents and communities throughout King County. His wisdom, humor and gracious leadership will be missed and NUHSA wishes him well as he embarks on a new chapter.

NUHSA is an alliance of non-profit agencies, faith communities, city and county leadership, school districts and members of the community who advocate for a strong and accessible health and human services system in North King County, encompassing Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. 

Through partnership and collaboration, NUHSA supports providers, funders and the community to enhance existing resources and build our capacity to effectively respond to community needs.


Filing open for King Conservation District (KCD) Board

Are you interested in becoming a KCD Board Supervisor

KCD Board Supervisors help steer KCD and the important conservation work we do. 

It is important to us that our board reflects the diversity of King County and its conservation needs.

If you think that your voice can help KCD build clean water, healthy forests, and strong local food systems, consider applying to run in the 2024 Board Election.

The candidate filing period for the Position #1 election for the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors is December 4, 2023, at 8:00am through December 8, 2023 at 5:00pm.

KCD will hold a Board of Supervisors Election in early 2024 for Position #1. Voting begins January 23, 2024 and ends February 13, 2024.

Two of KCD’s Board Seats are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Seat #4 is up for appointment in 2024. The window for applications for the appointed seat is January 1, 2024 through March 31, 2024.


U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star departs Pearl Harbor

The entire crew lined the railing to pay homage to the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor. 
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Graves

So long and farewell to Hawaii, after making our last logistics stop in the U.S. and enjoying some R&R, the crew of the Polar Star is headed to their next port call enroute to Antarctica.

As we departed Pearl Harbor, the Polar Star crew stood united in respect as they passed the hallowed waters of the USS Arizona. A poignant reminder of sacrifice, duty, and the strength of our nation.

Of the 2,403 U.S. lives that were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1,177, or nearly half, died aboard the USS Arizona.
The USS Arizona is one of only two sites where U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and Merchant Marine vessels render honors to a fixed location.


"Live & Wild" Holiday Trees for Salmon at the Northwest Stream Center in Everett

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Adopt A Stream Foundation is selling "Live & Wild" Holiday Trees for Salmon at the Northwest Stream Center 10am to 4pm, beginning Saturday December 2 through December 24, 2023. 

The Northwest Stream Center is located in Snohomish County's McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett WA 98208. 

December, you can also enjoy free admission to the beautiful 32-acre forest and wetland preserve at the Northwest Stream Center enjoying a 1/2-mile stroll past a Trout Stream Exhibit onto an Elevated Forest & Wetland Walk that is just shy of 3-feet above the forest floor and surrounding wetlands... it’s a beautiful place to be and universally accessible. 

There will be a great selection of live 3 to 5 foot-high ($40, $60, $100) Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Grand Fir, and Douglas Fir trees that are in pots. 

After the holidays, if you wish, all trees returned to the Northwest Stream Center will be planted next to local streams helping out next year's salmon runs. 

Everyone who purchases a tree will receive an annual Adopt A Stream Foundation membership as a holiday gift. Benefits include: free entry to the Northwest Stream Center for 2024, discounts to 2024 Streamkeeper Academy events, and 10% discounts on purchases at the Northwest Stream Center Nature Store. 

Not to mention, everyone will get the good feeling that comes with knowing their Holiday Tree for Salmon will be doing great things for the Northwest environment long into the future...a great memory of this holiday season! 

For more information, call 425-316-8592, email aasf@streamkeeper.org, or visit us online


Shoreline Teen Center Holiday Bash Friday

Come to the Teen Center Friday, December 8, 2023 to Check out our Holiday Bash!

Holiday Bash on December 8th from 4-8pm! Olive garden catering! Crafts and gift making! Cookie decorating! Ugly Sweater Contest! Bring your friends, and see you there!!

What we will have:
  • SAGE Events Club cookie decorating
  • Karaoke
  • Gift Making
  • Ugly Sweater Contest
  • Food catered from Olive Garden!
Open to all youth 6th to 12th grade!

Shoreline Teen Center is open from 2:30 to 9:00pm so feel free to come early and stay late for Teen Center games and activities.


SAGE club Friday - come for the cookies - stay for the Holiday Bash

Friday, December 8, 2023 4pm at the Shoreline Teen Center the SAGE (Sexuality Gender Equality) club will decorate cookies, drink hot cocoa, and sing Karaoke.

Come decorate cookie and gingerbread houses with SAGE club, then enjoy the teen center Holiday Bash with food, games, and karaoke!

Meet new people, make friends, and check out the teen center!

Shoreline Teen Center is open from 2:30 to 9:00pm so feel free to come early and stay late for Teen Center games and activities.

Stay and enjoy our Annual Holiday Bash!

Email mhale@shorelinewa.gov with any questions.

The Teen Center is located at 16554 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133


Light is Returning - Sno-King Community Chorale in concert

The Sno-King Community Chorale presents Light is Returning, a choral performance at the Edmonds Center for the Arts next Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 3pm.

Join us as we sing through the darkness. There is beauty in winter, and together we can highlight its natural wonder, celebrate the holidays, and sing of the love of friends and family.

  • $15- youth
  • $22- senior/student/ 
  • $25 adult
The Sno-King Community Chorale is a non-profit organization whose mission is: Cultivating strong community bonds through music. Under the direction of Dustin Willetts, the chorale is a non-audition choir which is open to anyone who shares our vision to grow musically.


A New Business in Town: Sweet Dream Bakes

Cindy Yuong cuts the ribbon for her new business. Photo by Lara Grauer

On Sunday, December 3, 2023, the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce celebrated its newest member with a ribbon cutting ceremony during her Grand Opening celebration at Sky Nursery’s holiday Makers Market. 

Cindy Yuong, owner of Sweet Dream Bakes, is a long time resident of Shoreline, graduate of Shorewood High School, and a new small business owner.

Cindy is the owner and cake artist of Sweet Dream Bakes, a home bakery that specializes in putting your passion onto cakes to make celebrations even brighter. She creates artfully crafted custom designs on cakes to bring the images of your dreams into reality. 

Featuring various Asian flavors, high quality ingredients, and not-too-sweet eats inspired from her travels throughout Asia, Sweet Dream Bakes is here to help you celebrate the most important days of your life with something uniquely yours.

Although based in Shoreline, there is no storefront to visit. Custom cakes are made to order by booking in advance through the website sweetdreambakes.com 

Cakes and sweet snacks are available for pick up, delivery, and at pop ups held throughout the greater Seattle area. You can stay updated with Cindy through Sweet Dream Bakes on Instagram and Facebook.

Cindy Yuong of Sweet Dream Bakes
Photo by Lara Grauer

Currently, Cindy is in the running for The Greatest Baker Competition!  You can visit the competition page to vote for Cindy. Vote and share the link for a Shoreline resident to win the competition and get closer to bringing her dream to life! 

Donations are not required to vote, but any donations will give Cindy more votes while also benefiting The Andrew McDonough B+ Be Positive Foundation, which helps families fight childhood cancer.

The winner of the competition will get to meet the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro himself, get the title of Greatest Baker, a feature in the Bake From Scratch Magazine, and $10,000!

Cindy answered the following questions in her contest entry. Read on to learn more about her business and her dreams for the future:

What makes you a great baker?
  • My passion for connecting with people through food and shared stories is genuine and endless. Putting people’s passion onto cake is a dream.
What's your favorite thing to bake?
  • Chiffon cake! Light, spongy, and most importantly, not-too-sweet! I’ve baked my chiffon cake recipe hundreds of times for my family’s birthdays and parties to test it before setting out to start a cake business with the recipe. I love being able to customize it with various Asian ingredients to feature their potential and share with the world. It’s extra special when someone tells me their mom likes the cake. Our Asian moms are so picky with desserts and not-too-sweet is the highest compliment.
How long have you been baking?
  • I’ve known baking was my calling since sophomore year of high school, 10 years ago. I loved baking fundraiser cookies with my mom as a child, but in high school, I decided to try making a new cake recipe for the holiday feast. I looked up the technique for a Bouche de Noel cake and made it. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s face after trying my cake gave me so much joy. Learning the technique was so fun, I started sharing my baking with #sweetsmonday every week for the rest of my school days, and I continue to share it with the world now.
What would you do with the $10,000?
  • I would fund my dream. I started a home bakery to start out safely, financially (grand opening on 12/3/23!) but I want to have a tea party cafe some day. To me, the ultimate experience is connecting with loved ones over the cutest afternoon tea set up with vintage tea cups, petite desserts, scones, and savory snacks on a tea tower. The elegance & beauty of the tea set up makes me so happy, and of course, the food cannot be lacking on flavor or quality to be pretty. I want to make it a reality.


Shorewood Girls Wrestling opens season with 3rd place victory at Return of the Seahawk Tournament

Stormray Girls: (L-R back row) Tricia Norton (coach), Aly Fellores, Amelia LaClergue, Cora Morgan, Brady Houck (coach), Finley Houck, Sarah Norton, Abi Chishungu
(L-R front row) Ellie Van Horn, Libby Norton, Kiyomi Hakuno. Photo by Jeremy Tantrum

By Coach Tricia Norton

The Shorewood Girls Wrestling team officially kicked off their season Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Chief Sealth High School’s Return of the Seahawk tournament.

The Stormrays finished last season as Regional Champions. Despite losing three of their state participants to graduation in 2023, the girls' team has some new freshmen and is ready to roll. 

After a long and grueling day of wrestling, the Stormrays finished in 3rd place overall out of 26 girls' teams. 

Congrats to medalists: Finley Houck (1st at 120 lbs), Abigaele Chishungu (1st at 190 lbs), Libby Norton (2nd at 115 lbs), Izzy Crave (2nd 155 lbs), and Aly Fellores (3rd at 155 lbs). 

This week Shorewood will host a double dual with the Woodinville Boys and Girls @6:00 pm at SW on December 5.


Scene on the Sound: We love our ferries

Photo by Jan Hansen

It wonderful to see the ferries passing today. So many are looking forward to this service continuing. 

The Edmonds-Kingston ferry route was restored to two-boat service Friday morning, but it’s only set to last through the weekend.

--Jan Hansen


Miyawaki Forest cools flora, fauna and folks: Shoreline Historical Museum invites you to Planting Day, Dec 9, 2023

By Bruce Scholten

Urban trends can be heartwarming. We smile at lovers’ padlocks left on walkways to Seattle’s ferry terminal. Graffiti sometimes turns into murals brightening streets, cafes and businesses.
Nice, you say. But how about a trend that actually cools urban heat islands to fight global warming? 
Enter Miyawaki Forests. The idea was developed by the late Dr Akira Miyawaki, who was hired by Nippon Steel Corporation to landscape its new steelworks. 

For various reasons, the selected plants and trees failed to thrive. The Japanese botanist thought about Nippon’s most durable species, realizing they inhabited ancient temple gardens. Miyawaki researched the flora and fauna that pre-historically preceded the steelworks.

Voila! They flourished. Not only did the right combination of plants grow well, they did so 10-times faster than alternatives. Soil amendments improved fertility, spurred growth and increased water retention – a safety valve against flash floods in an unruly climate.

Thus, the Miyawaki Method was born, with native plants, slugs, bugs and butterflies - cooling cities. 

Densely planted indigenous plants and trees sequester carbon and emit more oxygen for human breathability. Garry oak trees nudge three meters in height in just three years, baffling sound. The roar of diesel buses and clank of garbage trucks is hushed by rustling trees. People enjoy the quiet – even spiritual - solace of an urban green oasis.

Volunteers with dirt for the pollinator hill
Photo by Sally Yamasaki

Shoreline Historical Museum’s Miyawaki Forest project

With a team of volunteers, Shoreline’s Miyawaki Forest project received generous funding from sources including Puget Sound’s Environmental Rotary Club, and Rotary Clubs of Emerald City, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, and Shoreline. Also Miyawaki Forest Friends, King County Conservation District (KCD), SUGi Project, 4 Culture, and Diggin’ Shoreline.

Volunteers are developing 4800 square feet adjacent to the Shoreline Historical Museum, just south of the City of Edmonds.

Guiding Shoreline is architect Ethan Bryson, who in 2016 founded ‘Natural Urban Forests.’ The goal is improving habitability for Seattle’s people, plants and creatures. He envisions Miyawaki forests in the Yakama Nation, in Ellensburg, and in Seattle. 
Bryson says, ‘I was contacted by Shoreline Historical Museum Society member Matt Tullio and we discussed various possibilities for creating forests for the community in Shoreline.’

Part of the Miyawaki magic is quick improvement to local air and soil quality. What about status as a climax forest? Bryson said, ‘Dr. Kazue Fujiwara has said these forests can reach maturity in 60 years as opposed to about 200 years.’

Volunteers create pollinator hill
Photo by Sally Yamasaki

MIYAWAKI URBAN FOREST PLANTING DAY - December 9, 2023, Saturday 10am – 2pm.

Shoreline Historical Museum invites the public – people of all ages – to 18501 Linden Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133, on December 9, 2023, Saturday 10am – 2pm.

10:00 Forest Dedication, 11:00 Forest Planting Begins, Refreshments! Kids’ Activities and Tours!

For more information, contact museum volunteers


Gloria's Birds: I'm assuming the reservations I made

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

to stay in your ravine are good for the entire winter, yes, photog?

--Indeed, I'd have it no other way, you splendid [male] Varied Thrush!

--Gloria Z. Nagler


Shorecrest wrestling season opens with a double dual meet

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Senior Team Captains Peter Grimm and Kaiju Fergerson
Story and photos by Sean Rhodes

The Shorecrest High School Highlanders kicked off their wrestling season November 30, 2023 with a double dual meet against the Everett Seagulls and the Cascade Bruins.

Still only two weeks into the season, about half of the Scots wrestling team was still not eligible for this contest. 

However, the wrestlers who were able to compete proved highly capable.

The action started off nicely for the Scots at the 144lb weight class with junior Kenneth Adams out-muscling the Gulls' Jack Franklin for 3 team points. 

However, from there it was a lopsided exchange, with Everett picking up 30 points in pins and 24 team points in uncontested forfeits. 

The forfeit advantage for Everett included a medical forfeit when senior captain Kaiju Fergerson couldn't finish the 3rd round, despite a 10 point lead. 

Despite some great performances by senior captain Peter Grimm (1st round pin), senior Carter Nichols (1st round pin), and sophomore Avi Wylen (3rd round pin) the team point advantage was too great to overcome for the Scots.

Kenneth Adams, Junior, out muscling the
Gulls' Jack Franklin for 3 team points
Final Score: Everett - 54, Shorecrest 27

144—Kenneth Adams Jr (SC) def. Jack Franklin (EVT) 6-2; 
150—Cashton Moore (EVT) won by forfeit; 
157—Sam Tracy (EVT) pinned Oskar Bohne (SC) 2:29; 
165—Peter Grimm (SC) pinned Alex Buiukli (EVT) 1:18; 
175—Josh Strago (EVT) pinned Devin Montague (SC) 1:43; 
190—Phoenix Monohan (EVT) won by forfeit; 215—Carter Nichols (SC) pinned Maxton Gaiten (EVT) 1:03; 
285—Narinder Chana (EVT) pinned Mateo Domiguez (SC) 1:30; 
106—Mark Martinez (SC) won by forfeit; 
113—George Tracy (EVT) pinned Graham Grabow (SC) 0:54; 
120—Adrian Magnabosco (EVT) won by forfeit; 
126—Ian Lorio (EVT) pinned Laith Salem (SC) 0:43; 
132—Robert Thorne (EVT) won by Injury default over Kaiju Fergerson (SC) 
138—Avi Wylen (SC) pinned Darey Pestana (EVT) 3:14

Lath Salem, Freshman pinned his opponent
After getting a serving of humble pie from the Seagulls, the Scots woke up for their dual against Cascade. 

They bumped a few of their junior varsity wrestlers up into the varsity slots to fill the gaps in the line up. 

The last minute change proved valuable, with some newly minted wrestlers notching their first ever wins in a varsity match. 

This included 126lb Freshman Laith Salem, who pinned his opponent with a double arm bar in the first round! 

Another notable first time varsity win was by 157lb sophomore Oskar Bohne. Bohne is not only new to Shorecrest High School and the sport of wrestling, he is also new to the United States of America. He is a foreign exchange student from Germany living with another SCHS wrestler and his family this year. Welcome to America Oskar! 

Carter Nichols, Senior
This time around, the Scots only gave up 3 forfeits and picked up 3 of our own. 

They also picked up 24 team points in pins thanks to performances by Bohne, Grimm, Salem and Adams

Also contributing to the team point tally was 215lb Carter Nichols with a major decision (4 team points) against Cascades' Fedhi A-Mosawi.

Final Score: Shorecrest 46 - Cascade 33

150—Mario Toledo-Hernandez (C) won by forfeit;
157—Oskar Bohne (SC) pinned Ethan Tran (C) 5:12;
165—Peter Grimm (SC) pinned Matthew Barclay (C) 1:11; 
175—Abraham J Marquez (C) pinned Devin Montague (SC) 3:20; 
190—Edison Ho (C) won by forfeit; 
215—Carter Nichols (SC) maj. dec Fedhi Al-Mosawi (C) 14-2; 
285—Daron Rainey (C) pinned Mateo Dominguez (SC) 1:34; 
106—Mark Martinez (SC) won by forfeit; 
113—Preston Chao (C) def. Graham Grabow (SC) 8-4; 
120—Jehsiah Smith (C) won by forfeit; 
126—Laith Salem (SC) pinned Agustine Dang (C) 0:56; 
132—Kaiju Fergerson (SC) won by forfiet; 
138—Avi Wylen (SC) won by forfeit; 
144—Kenneth Adams Jr. (SC) pinned Nour Qandeel (C) 1:05


Icebreaker Polar Star sailing to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze

Previously we have followed the icebreaker Healy as it sailed through the arctic, conducting science experiments and research in conjunction with Canada, Iceland, and Russia and returning home via the Atlantic and the Panama Canal.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Graves

Now her sister ship the Polar Star has officially set sail in support of Operation Deep Freeze! 🌊🚢🌊

ODF is a crucial mission that ensures delivery of critical supplies to sustain the U.S. Antarctic Program's year-round operations and supports international partnership in the harsh Antarctic environment.

Since leaving Seattle on November 21, 2023, the crew has already successfully executed multiple training drills, held a promotion ceremony for four of the officers aboard, and even caught its first rainbow on its way to the Rainbow State! 🌈

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Graves

On November 23, they made port in Honolulu, in time for Thanksgiving. Despite being far from home, they had a delicious feast prepared by talented Culinary Specialists onboard.


Mod Pizza Raise Some Dough for Cascade K-8 PTSA on Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Mod Pizza Raise Some Dough for Cascade K-8 PTSA
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Use code: MODGIVES20 and Cascade K-8 PTSA will receive 20% of fundraiser sales* during this fundraiser. 

Participate on December 5, 2023 by ordering online using the code MODGIVES20 or by visiting the Lake Forest Park MOD and showing this fundraiser flyer or mentioning the fundraiser at checkout.

* Tax, gift cards and retail sales are excluded from the donation.


Update from Shoreline Schools re closure of Kellogg and Shorecrest on Friday, December 1, 2023

Dec 1 2023

Dear Shoreline Schools Community,

We are writing to share with you an update about the reported safety concerns that led to the decision to cancel school at Kellogg and Shorecrest on Friday, December 1. (see previous article)

In regard to the safety concerns for students and staff at Kellogg and Shorecrest, the following information is what we can share at this time.

Thursday evening, November 30, we received multiple reports of a student who may have been planning to harm another student at Kellogg, potentially with a gun at school. 

Out of concern for safety while these reports were investigated and to allow for a thorough process, we made the decision to cancel school today (Friday) at Kellogg and at Shorecrest. Canceling school is never a decision to take lightly, but we felt it was necessary to fully ensure the safety of students and staff.

Today, in coordination with Shoreline Police, we have been investigating these reports and following up on concerns. 

At this time, there is no reason to believe that there is a risk to student or staff safety at either Kellogg or Shorecrest, and all school activities will resume on a normal schedule on Monday, December 4.

There are two processes currently taking place with regard to the student(s) named in the reports: law enforcement’s investigation, and the school disciplinary process.

In terms of school discipline, the school district is not permitted by law to share disciplinary action. What we can share is that no student will be permitted on a school campus or to return to a campus if there is any safety concern. 

Our school district takes a very deliberate set of actions in conjunction with law enforcement that help guide our decision making. We are taking very seriously the reports that we have received.

Kellogg and Shorecrest will have their counseling teams on hand next week to support students who need someone to talk to or help process their feelings. Please encourage your child to seek this support if you feel they would benefit from it. 

We know that you, as parents and guardians, have helped your children through many challenging issues throughout their lives. Hearing about these situations can also affect students who do not attend schools directly impacted by the school closures. 

You can use this information from the National Association of School Psychologists in having conversations with your child about their feelings: 

We are proud of our students who reported these concerns. 

Also, please take this opportunity to reinforce or encourage with your children that if they see or hear anything that they find concerning, to please:
  • share those concerns or information directly with you, 
  • tell a school staff member, 
  • call the police, or 
  • submit detailed information through our 24/7/365 SafeSchools Alert system.

Thank you for your partnership and support in caring for our Shoreline Schools community.


Superintendent Dr. Susana Reyes
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Brian Schultz
Shorecrest Principal Dr. Chad Towe
Kellogg Principal Becca Whitney


One outage left in north end

Pinehurst outage at 9:15pm Saturday
Not until midnight do City Light crews expect to have the power back on for the 299 customers in the Pinehurst neighborhood north of Northgate. 

This outage is caused by "equipment failure."

The lights are back on for the rest of us in the north end.


In the Dark: power outages after storm

Seattle City Light outages 10:30am Saturday

I don't know how bad it might have been after the wind, which hit here around 3:30am, as predicted (See WeatherWatcher report) but at 10:30am, Seattle City Light reported four outages in LFP / Shoreline and one at Northgate.

  1. LFP a tree in LFP took power out to 313 customers. Dispatched. *8pm
  2. NE Shoreline one customer was out in Ridgecrest, south of the Shoreline library *5pm
  3. NW Shoreline 60 outages in Innis Arden along the Shoreview Park boundary *8pm
  4. N Shoreline one customer in the Westminster Triangle across from Shoreline Place *4pm
Not always, but often a single outage is what's left of a larger outage in the area.

PSE shows no current outages north of Kirkland / Redmond.

*Estimated restoration time.

--Diane Hettrick


Keeping away the dark: Porch Light Parade - Communities Shining Bright

Graphic courtesy City of Shoreline

Starting today and all month long, experience the magic of lights this holiday season across four cities.

Check out homes and businesses in Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Kenmore, and Shoreline that have gone all out this holiday season with light displays. 

This self-guided tour of lights is the perfect outing to enjoy with your family or friends from the convenience of your car.

There is still time to participate and add your display to the map!

To plan your route, find more information, or register, go to: Winter Porch Light Parade


Opportunity to comment on Shoreline's Comp Plan online

Comprehensive Plan Update
Online Open House closes December 10; provide your input!

Shoreline is working to update its 20-year Comprehensive Plan - the vision for the city’s future.

Your input can help bring Shoreline’s future into focus.

The online survey is closing soon! Take the survey by Sunday, December 10, 2023.

The survey closes on Sunday, December 10 and is available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Amharic, and Tigrinya! 
To stay informed about the plan for Shoreline’s future, sign up for project updates here.


Evergreen Beauty College Santa Event for schoolkids provides complimentary Haircuts, Mini Facials, Mini Manicures and more

Evergreen Beauty College, 18336 Aurora in Gateway Plaza, is proud to be hosting our annual Santa Event for kiddos ages K-12.
Complimentary Haircuts, Mini Facials, Mini Manicures and more!

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 11am - 3pm
Call for details: 206-542-1111


Holiday Open House with treats at Town and Country Market December 9, 2023

Treats everywhere at Town & Country Market on December 9 from 12 - 4pm
Photo courtesy Town & Country Markets

Saturday December 9, 2023 from 12 - 4pm
Festive cheer and samples galore at your Shoreline T&C December 9th!

At T&C, we consider you not just our guests, but our family. This December, we invite you into our market – our home – to share with you some of our favorite treats of the season. 

All our department managers and staff will be stepping out from behind the counter to greet you with goodies to sample, festive cheer, and community spirit. 

Come visit some familiar friendly faces and delight in the little joys found at your local Town & Country Market this holiday season.


Public invited to comment on Washington’s 2024-2027 program of multimodal transportation projects

OLYMPIA – A compilation of prioritized transportation improvement projects is now ready for public review and comment through Tuesday, December 19, 2023.

More than 1,200 statewide transportation improvement projects using $3.8 billion in federal funds are included in the 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP for short. 

The draft 2024-2027 STIP is a four-year program of multimodal transportation projects identified through state, metropolitan, regional, tribal and local agency planning processes.

Projects identified as using Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funds must be included in the STIP to authorize the expenditure of federal funds. Also included are regionally significant projects funded through the Washington State Legislature’s Connecting Washington and Move Ahead Washington transportation packages.

The comment period for the STIP is the final step of the community engagement process that began locally during development of individual transportation improvement programs. The Washington State Department of Transportation will accept comments until 5pm Tuesday, December 19. Any comments received by WSDOT will be sent to the local agency or metropolitan or regional planning organization for consideration.

About the STIP

The STIP is a four-year, fiscally constrained, prioritized multimodal transportation program of state, local, tribal, and public transportation transit projects. It includes highways, streets, roads, railroads, transit-hubs, park-and-ride lots, bridges, sidewalks, bike lanes, ferry terminals, trails, and safety projects. The STIP is a calendar-year document and is developed on an annual basis with monthly updates from January through October.

The collaborative effort between WSDOT, local agencies and metropolitan and regional planning organizations ensures projects are consistent with local, regional, and state long-range plans. Some county projects are not included in the draft STIP because state law requires counties to complete their transportation improvement programs by the end of the year; those projects are amended into the final STIP in January.

The current 2023-26 STIP can be viewed online and a similar, searchable database of the 2024-27 STIP will be created in January 2024, following FHWA and FTA approval.

How to comment

Written comments can be sent to: Nancy Huntley or Steve Ahlsten, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia WA 98504-7390, or emailed to: Hqlpstip@wsdot.wa.gov . Comments must be received by 5pm, Tuesday, December 19, 2023.


Local student receives doctorate from UW-Madison

Friday, December 1, 2023

University of Wisconsin Madison
Photo courtesy UW-Madison
MADISON, Wis. (December 1, 2023) - Just over 1,300 students received doctoral, bachelor's, master's and professional degrees in August 2023 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

While there is no commencement ceremony in August, many of the graduates take part in the ceremonies the previous spring or in December.


Shoreline, WA

Shan Lu, College of Letters and Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Statistics

More information about UW-Madison, here.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Gone Phishing


King's High School to retire jersey of NBA player Corey Kispert in sold out ceremony December 20, 2023

Photos courtesy CRISTA

King’s High School has announced that NBA sharpshooter Corey Kispert will be returning to campus on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 for a special ceremony in which his iconic #24 jersey will be retired prior to the Knights’ boys basketball game versus Bear Creek.
The game and ceremony will take place at Mike Martin Gymnasium (330 N 190th St, Shoreline WA 98177) on the CRISTA Ministries campus. The event is sold out.

2016 King's
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

Prior to reaching professional basketball’s highest level, Kispert was a four-year letterman at King’s from 2013-2017, and was an integral part of 1A state championship squads in both 2015 and 2016. He will join his former teammates in a halftime ceremony honoring the back-to-back title teams.

Corey at Gonzaga
Photo by Geoff Vlcek
After graduating from King’s in 2017, Kispert went on to a stellar four-year career across the state at Gonzaga University in Spokane. 

During his senior season in 2020-2021, Kispert was both a preseason and end-of-season selection to the Associated Press All-American First Team, recognizing the five best players in the country. 
He would go on to lead Gonzaga to the national championship game and a 31-1 overall record while capturing the Julius Erving Award as the nation’s top small forward.

Kispert is currently in his third season with the Washington Wizards after having been selected as the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Following the December 20 ceremony and game at King’s, Kispert will be back in action the following night when the Portland Trail Blazers host the Wizards at the Moda Center.

Stated Kispert: “When King’s reached out about this night, I was really excited. It’s going to be great to go back to my school, as I still have a lot of really good friends and people that I consider family on the coaching staff that work at King’s. I can’t wait to get back to see everybody.”

Stated King’s High School Director of Athletics, David Gerig: 
“On behalf of the King’s community, we could not be more excited to welcome Corey back for ‘24Ever a Knight.’ He was an incredible student athlete, and an even better person throughout his many years at King’s. 

"We are looking forward to a special evening on December 20 to honor Corey and his teammates on two state championship teams. Corey’s #24 jersey will hang prominently in our gym, where it will be able to inspire countless other student athletes in the future.”


Fire safety tip: Keep family pets out of the kitchen

Photo courtesy Enumclaw Fire Department

In the last couple of months the Enumclaw Fire Department has responded to multiple incidents that were caused by a family pet accidently turning on a burner on the stove.

Two of the incidents caused fires in the kitchen and one caused a natural gas leak.  

Pets being the cause of kitchen fires is more common than you might think - try Googling "dog on stove."

Kitchen safety is not only for humans. Keep pets out of the kitchen while you're cooking and while you are not home.  

Keep combustible materials off of stove tops at all times.

That applies to toddlers, as well, particularly if you have a stove with control knobs above the oven!


Lake Forest Park Police Calls – 11/01 – 12/01 - 842 calls for service

Lake Forest Park Police Calls – 11/01 – 12/01

Your officers responded to 842 calls for service or self-initiated incidents, which included the following:
  • 347 Traffic related incidents
  • 121 Extra patrols / Business checks
  • 54 Alarms / 911
  • 80 Suspicious Circumstances
  • 10 Transient / Welfare checks
Recently, in one 12-hour shift, officers responded to felony threats, a suicidal subject, a large disturbance involving firearms in which 11 people had to be detained, a burglary in progress, and a welfare check of a possibly suicidal subject. 

Bothell Police Department provided invaluable assistance with these calls to the two officers who were working that night.

While we don't routinely respond to social media posts, please call 206-364-8216 if you have any questions.


WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory in effect overnight; Weekly forecast

National Weather Service weather pattern timeline
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a wind advisory in effect beginning Friday night, December 1, 2023 at 11pm until Saturday morning at 6am. 

Winds are expected to pick up around or after midnight Friday night. The peak of the winds is expected between around 3 to 5am. The wind advisory is in effect for the greater Seattle and Puget Sound area, including the cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

From the National Weather Service:
  • What: South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.
  • Where: Southwest Interior, Everett and Vicinity, Tacoma area, Admiralty Inlet area, Hood Canal area, Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, East Puget Sound Lowlands, Bellevue and Vicinity, Seattle and Vicinity and Bremerton and Vicinity.
  • When: From 11pm Friday evening to 6am Saturday.
  • Impacts: Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
Forecast: We have begun the transition into an active weather pattern that is very typical for the late November and early December time of year here. The jet stream is pointed right at the Pacific Northwest bringing the storm train with it.

For the weekend, we have a series of colder storms moving through, bringing several rounds of heavy rain and wind to the lowland areas. Mountains are expected to be picking up a lot of snow from this first series of storms. Windstorm overnight into Saturday morning. Then another windstorm is expected Sunday afternoon or possibly later into Monday.

Next week the fun continues with a warmer series of storms and a lot of rain. Remember how I mentioned above the mountains would be getting a lot of snow this weekend? The warmer weather next week is expected to bring rain to the lowlands and the mountains. Several inches of rain could fall in the Shoreline area, and many more inches of rain in the Cascade Mountains.

River flooding is expected next week. Small streams and creeks could start to flood and cause localized urban flooding as well. The moderate to heavy rainfall is expected for the most part to last all the way through at least next Thursday with temperatures in the mid 40's to low 50's.

Further out in the forecast shows more storms are likely to move through the region. As the week progresses, I suspect we might see more windstorms show up in the forecast as well.

For current weather conditions visit www.shorelineweather.com

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