The last sunset of summer

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Yes. Summer is officially over. Saturday is the first day of fall. 

Mike Remarcke decided to see how the other half lives and photograph the Olympics instead of his usual Cascades.


First Lady Jill Biden visits Seattle to meet with Fred Hutch staff

Dr. Jill Biden in Seattle this week
First Lady Jill Biden visited the Northwest this week.

Biden spent Thursday and Friday in the Seattle area, capped by remarks at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in support of President Joe Biden's "Cancer Moonshot Initiative."

Her remarks at Fred Hutch:

"Of all the things cancer steals from us, time is the cruelest. We can’t afford to wait another minute for better solutions, better treatments, better cures.

"That’s why my husband, President Biden, and I reignited the Biden Cancer Moonshot – our White House initiative to build a world where cancer is not a death sentence. Where we stop cancer before it starts. Where we catch it early and help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Where we invest in innovative research and help patients and their families navigate this journey.

"For survivors, that journey doesn’t end when they are declared “cancer free.” Side effects from treatment and the constant fear of that next doctor’s appointment linger through remission.

"But with research and the right care for survivors, we can mitigate those side effects and help ease those fears.

"That’s what’s happening here at Fred Hutch, where researchers are working to prevent breast cancer from coming back and metastasizing in survivors, and where clinicians are supporting survivors with quality care that’s designed to meet their unique needs.

"There are 18 million cancer survivors across our country, and thanks to the amazing work being done here, we are adding to that number each day.

"As I’ve traveled the country and the world – I’ve seen innovative programs and partnerships that are making progress. I’ve seen what is possible when we invest in cutting edge research. And I’ve seen that there is so much hope to be found.

"I see that hope here today as well. Your work will change lives, and save lives.

"Through the Biden Cancer Moonshot, we are putting American innovation to work for patients.

"And together, we will make it so the word cancer loses its power, so fewer families know the pain of losing a loved one to this disease.

"That’s the reason we’re all here. That’s why I’m asking you to lean in just a little more, to push your staffs just a little harder – for all the families touched by cancer across the country that are in a race against time.

"That is the urgency of now.

"For Joe and me, this is the mission of our lives. And we are ready and proud to work beside you.

"Now, I look forward to hearing your insights today, and I will bring your stories back to the White House so that others can benefit from your expertise."


Your Voice, Your Choice: A Guide to Voting for Judges - online Tuesday September 26, 2023

Your Voice, Your Choice: A Guide to Voting for Judges, Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 – 8 pm. King County Library System Online Event

Voting for judges is an important part of our democracy. Join a panel discussion to learn what judges do and how to vote for them.

Panel includes: 
  • Moderator William Covington, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director, Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic and teaching professor at the University of Washington School of Law; 
  • Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary I. Yu; 
  • King County Superior Court Judge Karen Matson Donohue; 
  • Retired King County Shoreline District Judge Marcine Anderson.

Sponsored by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. Registration required.


Kingfisher lives up to its name

Photo by Martin DeGrazia

This pretty bird is a Kingfisher - living up to its name after fishing at Ronald Bog.


Fire commissioners from Shoreline Fire and Northshore Fire to hold joint meeting October 24, 2023


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of Shoreline Fire Department will hold a Special Joint Meeting on October 24, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. with the Commissioners of the Northshore Fire Department. The purpose of the special joint meeting is to discuss the 2024 budget.

DATE: October 24, 2023

TIME: 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Shoreline Fire Department
17525 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

To attend the meeting online please use the below information:

Meeting ID: 829 8673 9702
Passcode: 975776
Dial by your location: #1-253-205-0468

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
September 20, 2023


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Good Decision


Small-group piano lessons for youth and adults at Shoreline Community College this fall

Jensina Oliver applauds for student at piano recital
Photo courtesy SCC

Cascade Music and Drama is excited to introduce small-group piano lessons for youth and adults at Shoreline Community College this fall. 

Learn and grow with one of the area’s most sought-after instructors, Dr. Jensina Oliver. Sessions cover rhythm, movement, notation, singing, and early keyboard/piano training. Acoustic piano or digital keyboard with weighted keys required for practice at home. Lessons take place in the keyboard lab in the #800 Music Building on campus, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133.

Register here: Shoreline Community College (

Jensina Oliver
Known for her expressive and passionate performances, pianist Jensina Oliver has delighted audiences as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, China, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, and throughout Europe. 

Her performances with orchestra include appearances with the Hubei Provincial Orchestra of Wuhan, China, and the Utah Philharmonia. 

She was a national finalist of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition, a resident artist at the Banff Chamber Music Festival, and has won several solo and concerto competitions throughout the United States.

Dr. Oliver is in high demand as guest clinician and adjudicator at events, conferences, and competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has taught at Shoreline Community College since 1998 and has a thriving piano studio with students of all ages. 

Ms. Oliver currently resides with her family in Shoreline, WA, where she loves to enjoy all of the beautiful outdoor opportunities that the Pacific Northwest provides.


Shorewood tennis continues its winning ways, defeating Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, and North Creek

JD Drake serving
Photo by Coach Arnie Moreno

Shorewood boys tennis continued their win streak by winning three matches by defeating Mountlake Terrace 7-0 and Lynnwood 7-0. On Tuesday Shorewood defeated one of the top teams in KingCo 4A, North Creek, 6-1. 

Seb Sanchez during a rally
Photo by Coach Arnie Moreno
The match of the day was number 1 singles, JD Drake, rallying after a first set loss, to win a two-hour battle. Drake won with a great overall court game and long rallys. 

Also winning in singles were freshman Seb Sanchez and sophomore Xander Gordon. 

Shorewood swept all three doubles matches. 

Winning in doubles were sophomores Eli Sheffield and Riley Boyd, senior co-captain Henry Franey and sophomore Kristian Hagemeier, senior co-captain Sam Borgida and freshman Drew Johnson. Gordon has stayed unbeaten in his matches.

Shorewood will have a busy week next week. They will host Cascade on Monday, travel to Edmonds Woodway for a matchup of the top two teams in WesCo South, then travel to Meadowdale on Thursday. 

In a rare Saturday match on September 30th, Shorewood will host the 2022 2A state team champions, Sehome from Bellingham, at 11am at Shorewood Courts.

--Coach Arnie Moreno

 Archbishop Murphy
 Cascade (Everett)
 Mountlake Terrace
  • W Wins
  • L Losses
  • iW Overall Individual Wins
  • iL Overall Individual Losses
Note: Standings do not necessarily reflect post-season tournament seedings. League tiebreaker rules always take precedent over league standings shown here


Inslee highlights Washington’s advances in the climate fight at United Nations General Assembly

Gov. Jay Inslee had a busy week in New York City telling the Washington story of climate action to world leaders, business leaders, and environmental advocates during Climate Week NYC.

At the same time as Climate Week NYC brought environmental advocates and public officials to New York City, world leaders were also gathering there this week for the United Nations General Assembly with a focus on climate change. Washington state was one of only 10 subnational entities invited.

That privilege was earned by the state's demonstrated leadership in climate action. Gov. Jay Inslee represented Washington state at the summit, and he was afforded the rare honor of addressing the assembly as a governor.

"The road to destruction is paved with long-term aspirations," said Inslee. "Today is one hundred times more important than tomorrow on what we actually need to do to solve this problem."

The governor highlighted Washington’s advances in the climate fight. This includes the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act to transition to 100% clean electricity by 2045, and the Climate Commitment Act’s cap and invest program for slashing pollution and reinvesting in cleaner options for transportation, energy, buildings and more.

Inslee also joined fellow governors from the U.S. Climate Alliance and the Biden administration Thursday to announce ambitious plans to quadruple heat pump installations nationwide by 2030. 

Collectively the Biden administration and the 25 states in the Alliance will install 20 million heat pumps in the next seven years. Heat pumps can heat and cool homes without releasing carbon emissions and with more efficiency than most heating and cooling systems, reducing energy use and saving consumers money.

Read the full story on Gov. Jay Inslee's Medium


Consider becoming a Power of One volunteer for Shoreline Public Schools

Friday, September 22, 2023

Looking for something worthwhile and rewarding to do with your time? Consider becoming a Power of One volunteer for the Shoreline Public Schools

The Power of One Volunteer Program matches people from the community with volunteer opportunities in the schools to assist Shoreline Public Schools achieve excellent education for all students.

Nancy Willis reading with a student at Ridgecrest Elementary.

Volunteers work directly with students under the guidance of a classroom teacher to provide regular, consistent help during the school day. 

The opportunities include but are not limited to:
  • Tutoring students one-on-one in reading or writing
  • Reading with students in small groups
  • Improving math skills through games and practice
  • Assisting with special projects
  • Providing support in libraries
  • Supporting Multilingual Learners
  • Helping in the College and Career Counseling Center
  • Sharing an expertise, interest or skill
Ginny Scantlebury helping students at Meridian Park Elementary with a special project.

The benefits of joining Power of One include interacting with students in a positive way, being part of a group of dedicated volunteers, free educational trainings and workshops, and ongoing support from the Power of One program coordinator.

Volunteers must undergo a Washington State Patrol background check.

Bill Bear sharing an expertise with a Briarcrest student.

Power of One is a partnership of the Shoreline-LFP Senior Activity Center and the Shoreline School District. This well-regarded program began in 1996 to connect senior members of the community with their neighborhood schools. It continues today as a model volunteer program and welcomes both seniors and non-seniors.

Moni Mungin supporting math students at Kellogg Middle School.

To schedule an interview, contact Program Coordinator Terry Monette at

Terry will help connect you with the classroom, teacher and school that best fits your interests, schedule, and availability.

Join the Power of One Volunteer Program today!

Become a Partner in Learning!

Shirley Fullner, David Bunn and Anna MacGilvra at Ridegecrest Elementary.

Story and photos by Terry Monette, Power of One Volunteer Program Coordinator.


Sports Desk: Shorecrest and Shorewood girls soccer teams off to flying starts

Shorecrest in action
Photo by Evan Caldwell 
Local high school soccer fans have been treating themselves to two teams playing at the highest level in the state. 

About a third of the way into the season, Shorecrest and Shorewood’s girls soccer teams have picked up where they left off last season. 

The Scots at 5-0, the Stormrays 5-1, the only blemish in their schedule being a season-opening loss to last year’s 3A State Champions, Bellevue. 

In fact, it was Bellevue that first knocked out the Stormrays last year in the quarter-finals, then the Scots in the State semi-finals.

The Stormrays are coached by Brooke Pingery, her second year at the SW helm. Mindy Dalziel, the dean of WESCO soccer coaches, has been roaming the sidelines seemingly forever - this is her 24th year with SC.

Great players abound for both teams, too numerous to mention.

The regular season finale finds the two rivals squaring off against each other on Monday, October 23, 2023. Circle your calendars.

Local youth soccer coaches would be well advised to forego at least one weeknight practice and bring their teams (boys and girls) to Shoreline Stadium. Youngsters will get an up-close view of concepts their coaches are trying to instill….. spacing, passing, dribbling, and verbally communicating with each other.

It’s a certainty that the girls they’ll see playing did the same when they were playing for Shorelake or Hillwood.

Click these links for team schedules.


Seattle Waterfront construction makes sure pollutants do not enter the Sound

Bioretention planters at Seattle Waterfront project
Photo courtesy Seattle Waterfront Project

When people think of Seattle, they imagine rain and for good reason - we get a lot of it! With rain (and occasional snow) comes water that flows across hard surfaces picking up pollutants like oil, grease and metals which eventually lead into the Puget Sound. 

Bioretention planters filter the 
runoff before it enters the Sound
To counteract this, the Seattle Waterfront project has installed Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) facilities to treat stormwater runoff on all new roadway surfaces along Alaskan and Elliott ways.

31 bioretention planters on Alaskan Way between Yesler Way and Pine St plus one large-scale 3-tiered bioretention planter on Pike St have been installed. 

Additionally, filtering catch basins or vaults are used as water quality treatment in areas where bioretention cannot be accommodated. 

With these, we are able to treat an estimated annual average of 10.4 million gallons of total stormwater runoff before it enters Elliott Bay. 

The next time you visit the waterfront, know that it isn't just the flowers and landscaping that are thriving— we do our best to make sure our marine buddies are flourishing as well!


Jobs: WSDOT Traffic Analyst Engineer (TE3)

Traffic Analyst Engineer (TE3)

Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$76,179 – $102,475 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking a Transportation Engineer 3 to serve as a Traffic Analyst Engineer in Shoreline, WA. 

This position will perform traffic and safety analysis, document and plan review, traffic modeling review and development, as well as provide traffic operations and design guidance for projects and planning processes affecting state highways in King County. 

The work of this position supports the King County area Traffic Engineers, Local Agencies, and Mega Program Offices to improve safety, quality, and capacity of Northwest Region's (NWR) transportation system.

Job description and application


LFP PD collection for Maui has concluded

Just some of the items collected for Maui relief
Photo courtesy LFP PD
Lake Forest Park Police Department Collection for Maui Fire Emergency Relief Effort has Concluded

The LFPPD would like to thank the LFP community for its support of the Maui fire relief effort and all of the donations dropped off at city hall. The response was great, and the donation window has closed.

It is heartwarming to know our community cares so much. Thank you, again.


Sculptors workshop pottery sale November 3 - 4, 2023


Friday and Saturday November 3rd and 4th
Room 210 and 211

Friday from 12 - 7
Saturday from 10 - 4

Over 25 artists will be selling unique decorative and functional pottery. Everything from mugs, plates, bowls, platters, vases to garden art and sculptural pieces will be available for sale. Come meet the artists and find one of a kind handmade pieces perfect for gifts.

The artists are members of The Sculptors Workshop which has been in existence since 1967 and located at the Anderson Center. Visit our studios and see where the art is created.

For more information, please visit the Sculptors Workshop’s Facebook page, or contact us at 425-774-8282.


CPR/First Aid certification class at Shoreline Community College

CPR/First Aid certification with WestCoast Training and Shoreline Community College Continuing Education

Participants will gain or improve knowledge and skill proficiency in First Aid, CPR, and AED skills to help adult, child, and infant patients in emergency situations. 

This hybrid course is provided in partnership with Shoreline Community College, WestCoast CPR Training and the Health and Safety Institute. 

Start with a comprehensive 4 hour online training course and conclude with a fun and interactive hands-on practice class 

Upon successfully completing this course, participants will receive an adult, child, and infant CPR/AED. First Aid certification card valid for 2 years. 

For 16+ students and adults of all ages. 

Register NOW so you have time to complete the online training before October 4th.
Fee: $109.00
Dates: Online training starts now! 
In person Wednesday 10/4/2023 - 10/4/2023 (prep course online prior to in person training)
Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Shoreline Community College


Seattle Public Utilities and North City Water District activate the “voluntary” stage of water shortage contingency plan.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

After a rapid snowmelt this spring, little to no rainfall this summer, and above-average water consumption due to an ongoing lack of rain, our region’s water reservoirs are lower than usual. In response, Seattle Public Utilities and North City Water District have activated the “voluntary” stage of our water shortage contingency plan.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) — the source / supplier of water for the majority of the utilities in this area, including North City Water — has been closely monitoring the situation all year long. 

Should this year’s El NiƱo pattern continue with a warm, dry fall and winter, SPU has identified a number of strategies to address water supply. Some of these have already been implemented, given the onset of salmon spawning season, others are waiting to be activated or adjusted as we join countless generations who have looked to the skies for rain.

What Does That Mean for North City Water District Customers?

The District is joining with water utilities throughout our region to ask customers to reduce their water use by 10 percent. Here are three ways you can do this around the home:

  1. Shorten your shower (every minute = 2 gallons), and turn off the faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  2. Flush less often if possible, and check to make sure you don’t have a leaky toilet… if you hear your toilet occasionally hissing or refilling, this could be an indicator of a leak. Stop by the District office to pick up easy toilet leak test strips.
  3. Use a broom instead of a hose to do outside fall clean up.

Visit the Saving Water Partnership website for more water conservation advice, rebates, and handy DIY tips!

North City Water District will keep you updated as SPU continues to assess weather, inflow, and reservoir conditions in order to evaluate if further actions are necessary.


KidVantage and Uplift Climbing collecting school supplies and kids clothing for students in need

The van will be at Uplift Climbing September 28 from 12 - 2pm

Every year KidVantage collects back-to-school clothing and school supplies for kids in the community as a part of a “Pencils n Pants” campaign. 

This year we’ve added Van Visits where KidVantage comes to different cities across Puget Sound to collect new school supplies and new or gently used kids clothing. 

Van Visits are easy for donors, simply bring donations by and drop them off with KidVantage at our van! This is a great opportunity to give kids the tools and confidence they need to begin their school year.

KidVantage will be parked outside of Uplift Climbing (17229 15th Ave NE) collecting from 12pm-2pm on Thursday, September 28, 2023. 

The best part is, thanks to Andrew (owner), everyone who brings donations by will get 50% off coupons for climbing! 

There is no limit on coupons! The school supplies and clothing that is collected during this event go right back out to kids through our partner organizations (like the Shoreline School District and ChildStrive).


Shoreline Fire Board of Commissioners: Notice of Public Hearing


TO:  All owners of personal property and improvements to real property located within the geographical boundaries of Shoreline Fire Department.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of Shoreline Fire Department will hold a public hearing at the date, time and place specified below to:

  1. Review sources of revenue for the Department’s 2024 General Expense, General Capital, and ALS Expense, including revenue from property taxes and possible increases in property tax revenues, if any, as required by RCW 84.55.120; and
  2. Review and establish the Department’s benefit charge to be imposed in 2024 for the support of its legally authorized activities which will maintain or improve the services afforded in the Department as provided in RCW 52.18.060.
DATE OF HEARING: Thursday, October 19, 2023

TIME OF HEARING: The public hearing portion of the agenda will begin at 5:00 p.m.


The meeting will be held at the location below:

Shoreline Fire Department Station 61
17525 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

To attend the meeting online please use the below information:

Meeting ID: 842 4806 688
Passcode: 069285
Dial by your location: #253 215 8782

All interested persons are encouraged to attend and provide input.

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
September 20, 2023


Osprey - leaving soon for Mexico

Migration coming soon
Photo by Jan Hansen
By Jan Hansen

The osprey will soon migrate to South America or Mexico. The females have left after the fledging of their young. Males stay to provide food and training. Then they leave followed shortly after by the offspring. 

Wild Scandinavia on PBS has a wonderful presentation of the osprey in Norway that winter in Africa. 

These are such strong birds flying so many miles and able to dive at 75mph with expert aim to catch fish like this one. Another reason to cheer, "Go Hawks!


Fire open house - how fast can you get dressed?

How fast can you get dressed?

What if your outfit was heavy protective gear?

And what if something was on fire?

Shoreline Firefighters had a friendly competition for the benefit of visitors at their Open House on September 16, 2023.

Who could get into their gear the fastest?
Ta da!


Free parking in Washington parks on Saturday

Discover Pass free days in 2023:

Mark your calendars for the four remaining days this year when you won’t need a Discover Pass for day-use parking:
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 – National Public Lands Day
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day
  • Saturday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
  • Friday, Nov. 24 – Autumn Day


End Polio Now fundraiser October 24, 2023 at Lake Forest Grill

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park and the Lake Forest Grill in the LFP Town Center are joining together on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 to host an “End Polio Now” fundraising event. 

The Lake Forest Grill is generously offering to give 20% of proceeds to the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign from 5pm to Close on that evening. Take-out orders will also be included. 

There is still a huge need to reach children in countries suffering from the effects of Covid and political unrest. Getting the vaccine to areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan is difficult and support is very much needed. 

Let’s be a part of the effort and have fun! We hope you can join us! 

If you have any questions, please contact Claire Conway at


Washington has a litter problem

Dept of Ecology
Nearly 38 million pounds of garbage and other debris were strewn across roads, rest areas and state lands last year, according to a new Department of Ecology-commissioned study. That’s nearly 5 pounds per resident annually.

The bulk of the waste – about 26 million pounds – is found on roads and highway interchanges, the report says. Another 10.6 million pounds sullies state and county parks.

More than 8,000 pieces of trash, including cigarette butts, food wrappers, snack bags and glass bottles, peppered each mile of the state’s roadways last spring. That’s well above a national average of about 5,700 pieces per mile presented in a different report.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the most beautiful state in the country marred by litter,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement.
The overall amount of litter in the last two decades is down, though trash at highway interchanges is up compared to the last two statewide studies conducted in 1999 and 2004. Cigarette butts made up a greater percentage of litter last year, compared to 1999.

Research shows that 75% of Washingtonians choose to do the right thing and not litter – but the biggest offenders amongst the other 25% are men 18-44 years old. 
Why do they do it? 
The most common excuse is simply not having a litter bag in their vehicle or the equipment needed to properly cover and secure their load.

The study sampled 182 sites, including roadways, interchanges, rest stops, parks and Department of Natural Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife lands across the state. It did not count litter associated with homeless encampments.

In total, the Department of Ecology and the Department of Transportation spent around $12 million last year to clean up an estimated 7.4 million pounds of litter, according to the study. But that is still less than one-fifth of the trash that accumulates each year.

About half of the trash came from people intentionally littering, such as throwing something outside their window while driving. About 39% of the litter came from unsecured loads, and the remaining 13% came from vehicle and tire debris.

“We acknowledge that roadside litter is not just unsightly but also poses serious safety concerns to travelers – including roadside workers and people who walk, bike and roll,” Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Roger Millar said in a statement.

Revisiting the litter tax and other proposals

The study includes a number of proposals for possible future legislation to help reduce litter.

One option is to reconsider the rate of the state litter tax and what items it covers. Currently, the 0.015% tax charges manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers on certain products, including cigarettes, beer, newspapers and plastic.

Dept of Ecology

The litter tax rate is based on the cost of litter cleanup efforts in 1970, but in 2022, the revenue from the tax only covers less than one-fifth of the estimated litter each year. In the most recent study, about a quarter of the pieces of litter that accumulated were not covered by the tax.

Ecology also said they can use the study to evaluate the effects of recent legislation to ban single-use items, such as plastic carryout bags and service-ware, and determine if more restrictions on single-use items are necessary.

The study also mentions a number of other solutions to reduce litter, including adopting a beverage container deposit-return law, installing more public ashtrays and requiring towing companies to remove all vehicle debris from accidents.


Jobs: City of Shoreline Youth and Teen Development Program Director - 2 positions

City of Shoreline Recreation
Out of School Time Director - Youth and Teen Development Program.
$20.55 per hour

Scope of work:

In this position, you provide direct leadership and supervision of city-sponsored youth and teen program participants. Assist the Recreation Supervisor with the implementation of program activities. Must have the ability to work late afternoon, evening, and/or weekends. 

This program works out of Richmond Highlands Recreation Center and school district locations. Expanded hours are available in the summer.

Apply here

Questions? Email the Youth and Teen Development Program Recreation Supervisor, Amanda at

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