Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches. The following year, he and the SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In his final years, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War.

King County was renamed for him in 2005 (1986) and celebrates his birthday on the third Monday in January.




Closed on Monday for MLK Day

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. Double-check anything you are not sure of.

  • LFP City Hall and Passport Office closed
  • Shoreline City Hall closed
  • Shoreline City Council meeting is cancelled
  • Republic Services normal pick up day in Lake Forest Park
  • Recology normal pick up day in Shoreline - if your pick up was cancelled last week because of weather, you can put out double this week with no extra charge. Also if your pick up last week was cancelled, you can put out all bins this week regardless of the regular schedule.


Film and arts event Feb 8: The Rise of Black Lives Matter

Join Black Lives Matter Shoreline as we honor Black Lives Matter at School National Week of Action with an arts showcase and screening/discussion of the documentary "The Rise of Black Lives Matter."

Featuring work from the Shoreline BLM@School Creative Challenge and performances from Northside Step Team and a student spoken word artist.

This event is FREE and all ages (though be advised that the film contains sensitive subject matter and strong language). RSVP and more info

Special thanks to the City of Shoreline and Shoreline Community College for their support in making this event possible.


The Threepenny Opera opens at Shoreline Community College Feb 28

The ThreePenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill opens at Shoreline Community College on February 28, 2020.

The Threepenny Opera is a biting satire of the post-war rise of capitalism, organized crime, and a timeless tale of how the poor struggle to survive. 

Kurt Weill’s jazzy score provides a thrilling backdrop to this tale of debauchery and deception. Based on The Beggar’s Opera, Threepenny Opera recounts the legend of Macheath (Mack the Knife), a charming and deadly crime lord on the verge of turning his illegal empire into a legitimate business. 

When Macheath secretly marries young Polly Peachum, her father is enraged, and an electrifying and breathless journey begins through the rotting underworld of London. 

Based on Simon Stephen’s brilliant translation for the English National Theater (2016), this production transforms an iconic theater classic into a tale that will thrill and excite!

February 28, 29, March 1, 6, 7, 8, 2020
Friday and Saturdays - 7:30pm
Sunday - 3pm

Music: Kurt Weill
Book: Bertolt Brecht
Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht
Producer and Musical Director: Dr. Charles Enlow
Stage Director: Dr. Duygu Erdogan Monson
Choreography: Lee Ann Hittenberger
Conductor: Bruce Monroe

Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

Free Parking. Drinks and light refreshments available one hour before show time.


Wrestling: Shorewood sends girls team to Lady Hawk Invitational

Shorewood girls wrestling team
with coach Derek Norton

The Shorewood girls wrestling team went to Mountlake Terrace High School on Saturday and wrestled in the first ever Lady Hawk Invitational.

Cossette Lumsden took 3rd at 105lbs

It was the first tournament of the season for the ladies and no one was quite sure what to expect. 

With only five wrestlers the ladies won twelve matches, 10 by pin, and placed 7th out of twenty-two schools.

The 10 pins were the fourth most of any school there. Leading the way were a pair of freshmen as Cossette Lumsden took 3rd place at 105 pounds and Kiana Yoshimura took 4th place at 190 pounds.

--Clark Norton


Register to vote if you are 16 or older

There are seven election dates on the calendar for 2020 in King county. Not all of them will affect us locally. There is a February 11 special election with a number of school districts (not Shoreline Schools). The presidential primary deadline for voting is March 10, 2020.

There are three ways to register:

1. Online

You can register online, 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State's website.

To register online, you will need:
  • current Washington State driver license, or
  • current Washington State ID card
If you do not have either of these, you can still register by mail or in-person.

2. By mail

Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person

You can register to vote in-person at the King County Elections Office in Renton, the Elections Annex in downtown Seattle, or at a Vote Center (downtown Seattle and Renton)

You can also register to vote at one of our community events.

Who can register

To register to vote in Washington, you must be:
  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state
  • At least 18 years old by election day
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
Read more about who can vote in Washington.

Future voters

16 and 17 year olds can now pre-register to vote! Registrants under the age of 18 will have their registrations held until they become eligible to vote.


Decline in enrollment means financial problems for Shoreline Community College

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

After several quarters of continual enrollment growth, Shoreline Community College has experienced a decline in enrollment (7% decline in 2018-19 and an additional 2% decline thus far in 2019-20). 

Two significant external factors are contributing to this change: low unemployment in King and Snohomish counties and federal policies restricting visas for international students who would normally be enrolling in programs and coming in groups for special sessions.

The College has partnerships with high schools and universities in China, Cambodia, and Indonesia with multiple types of exchange programs.

While the College continues to work strategically to increase student recruitment and retention, a $1.9 million gap has been identified between College expenditures and projected collection of revenue.

In order to bring the budget into balance for ongoing fiscal health and viability, all programs and services are being reviewed for potential areas of budget reductions in 2020-21. The College will submit 2020-21 budget recommendations to the Board of Trustees in late January 2020.


Senior and Disabled Property Tax Relief info session Friday at Shoreline Library

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Senior and Disabled Property Tax Relief information session, Friday, January 24, 2020, 2 - 3pm at the Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155

State law provides two tax benefit programs for senior citizens and the disabled: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals.

Yet more than 26,000 qualified seniors and disabled persons have yet to register for the exemption, and only 1 in 100 of those eligible for deferrals are currently enrolled.

  • Are you one of the 26,000 qualified seniors and disabled King County homeowners who have yet to register for the current Senior Property Tax Exemption?
  • Would you like to learn about the new income eligibility rules for 2020 property tax relief?
  • Would you like to learn when and how you can apply?

King County Tax Assessor John Wilson will explain the new eligibility requirements for Senior/Disabled Property Tax Relief that went into effect in January of 2020 (SB5160). The new law sets the King County income exemption limit at $58,423 for income earned in 2019.

Learn how the Senior Citizen / Disabled Exemption works, who might qualify, what to do if you think you might qualify, and where to get help with the application.

Find out more about tax relief at the King County Assessor's Office webpage


Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center Thrift Store is closing - special Going Out Of Business Sale Jan 24-26

Bargain Corner thrift store to close

The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center Thrift Store is closing!

We will have a special 'Going out of Business" sale next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25-26, from 10am – 4pm with 75% OFF most merchandise.

Although we are sad to see the Thrift Store go, we are delighted that we are able expand opportunities for a unique wellness center.

Our little Thrift store has been a delightful place for our members to browse and occasionally purchase items or have a convenient location to donate.

Unfortunately, the Thrift Store has never been very profitable and in recent years it has become even less so. Each of the past five or six years the board has wrestled with keeping the thrift store open or closing it.

It was this last year when it because clear that the opportunities to expand our health and wellness services far outweighed the pleasure of having the Thrift Store open. Those opportunities won out and we made the hard decision to close. The start of a new year seemed the most opportune time.

Board Members will be helping out with the sale, so come 'buy' and ask any questions about the new wellness center or express any concerns that you may have.

--Douglas Woods, President of the Board, Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center


Rep. Pollet working to bring financial accountability to out of compliance special purpose districts

Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-46

In response to the high-profile news media investigative reports and State Auditor reports, the House Local Government Committee held a work session Friday to shine a light on the abuses, fraud, lack of accountability, and lack of fundamental elements of democracy uncovered in some special-purpose districts.

The legislature is considering a bill sponsored by Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-46, (and cosponsored by Rep. Valdez and Rep. Ryu) to bring openness, transparency, and financial accountability to “special-purpose districts” across Washington. HB 2588 seeks to bring sunshine, accountability and the basics of democracy to these districts – many of which are a century or more old and do not even allow for registered voters to vote on special-purpose district representatives.

In introducing the legislation, Rep. Pollet is guided by the belief that no government entity which collects funds from taxpayers should be allowed to operate in the dark year after year without the taxpaying public – or the county which collects the assessments on behalf of the district – being able to know:

  • What the money is being spent on
  • What the annual budget of the district is
  • When elected commissioners meet and what their agendas are
  • Whether the district has filed annual financial statements and is even been found unauditable by the State Auditor
  • Whether the district is even performing the functions for which it collects and receives tax dollars directly assessed on taxpayers
  • How to run for office, who is eligible to run, where the election is held and who is eligible to vote HB 2588 addresses each of these issues

The legislature is also considering HB 2415 by Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila (cosponsored by Rep. Pollet). The bill will make special purpose districts more democratic, equitable, and fair by:

  • Removing requirements for land ownership in order to vote
  • Requiring residency in the district to vote
  • Disallowing corporate voting
  • Removing weighted/more votes voting for larger landowners
  • Removing provisions treating married spouses as one vote

Background information on special purpose districts in Washington state can be found here. Only three of the out of compliance districts are in King county and none are in Shoreline or Lake Forest Park.

Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle (46th Legislative District), represents part of King County and the city of Seattle including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Lake City.


William Gibson and Ciscoe Morris (Oh, La La!) at Third Place Books this week

Tuesday's event with William Gibson requires tickets for the signing line - but the presentation is free. Get a ticket by purchasing the book at Third Place Books.

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm
★William Gibson


William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term "cyberspace" in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer in the early 1980s. Gibson is back with Agency -- a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.

Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: "Eunice," a disarmingly human AI. Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can't: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it. Tickets are required; ticket includes one copy of Agency and admission for two. Tickets are available at

Wednesday, January 22 at 7pm
Ciscoe Morris

Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom

The most beloved and respected gardening expert of the Pacific Northwest, Ciscoe Morris, entertains us with gardening stories and shares advice, information, and wisdom from a career that has spanned 45 years and is still going strong.

Saturday, January 25 at 6pm
Joyce Major

The Orangutan Rescue Club

When eleven-year-old Jaylynn moves to Sumatra, she and her two Sumatran buddies decide to rescue a stolen endangered baby orangutan and quickly get caught up in a dangerous adventure beyond their wildest imaginings.

Sunday, January 26 at 6pm
Robert Herold

The Eidola Project

It's 1885, and a drunk and rage-filled Nigel Pickford breaks up a phony medium's séance. A strange twist of fate soon finds him part of a team investigating the afterlife - the Eidola Project is an intrepid group of explorers dedicated to bringing the light of science to that which has been feared, misunderstood, and often manipulated by charlatans. Called to the brooding Hutchinson Estate to investigate rumored hauntings, they encounter deadly supernatural forces and a young woman driven to the brink of madness. Will any of them survive?


Phoenix Theatre kicks off 2020 with "whimsical and playfully wicked" comedy

Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds kicks off 2020 with David Lindsay-Abaire’s comedy Wonder of the World, a play called “exceedingly whimsical and playfully wicked” by the New York Times, February 7 through March 1, 2020.

Nothing will prepare the audience for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband's sweater drawer. It is so shocking that she has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on.

It's a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as Cass embarks on a journey of self-discovery that has her crossing paths with a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives, and a strange caper involving a jar of peanut butter, all of which pushes her perilously close to the water's edge.

“Full frontal lunacy is on display. A most assuredly fresh and hilarious tragicomedy of marital discord run amok. Absolutely hysterical.” —Variety
"People in psychic pain have never agonized so hilariously as in David Lindsay-Abaire's revved-up, joyously zany play." —Washington Post

Under the direction of Eric Lewis, the cast features Melanie Calderwood, Susan Connors, Hilary Erlandson, Renee Gilbert, Greg Kleciak, Morgan Peeler, Curt Simmons

February 7 - March 1, 2020/ Sat and Sun @ 7:30pm and Sun @ 2pm
The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020

Tickets: $25 adults and $20 Seniors/Students/US Military members and veterans

To purchase: 206-533-2000 or online


Rob Oxford: Taylor’s 4 Runner and THE subwoofer

Taylor's 4Runner
Photo by Rob Oxford
By Rob Oxford

Life is made up of a collection of very special moments. Sadly, many of them are forgotten over time.

For years I have been threatening to write a book. For admittedly selfish reasons, the book would be a collection of my own “special moments” and for the sole purpose of remembering them when the ability to do so becomes more difficult.

In essence it would be a memoir.

Now considering I’m not famous, haven’t invented anything and haven’t a great deal of worldly advice to impart, exactly who would be interested in reading such a memoir is a valid question. I can only hope that when I am laid to rest, whoever comes after will find what they read mildly amusing.

This Christmas I wanted to do something special for my eldest son. While my youngest is still happy with video games, clothes and $350 sneakers, Taylor’s tastes have become a bit more refined. 
Each year we ask both boys to give us a Wish List. Often times it is received after many of their gifts have already been purchased so it’s used more as a barometer. Exactly how well do we know our children and exactly how well were we listening when they started sharing their Christmas wishes with us.

Taylor has been spending a great deal of time modifying his 1999 Toyota 4Runner. He purchased new tires and wheels, added a lift kit (basically a device that makes the vehicle virtually impossible for his Mother or I to get into), mounted a custom rack to the roof and, among other things, installed fog lights and a new muffler which signals to us that he is on his way home yet still several blocks away. All of these things I might add he has purchased with his own money.

This year he asked Santa for a new car stereo.

In the past, having had some experience with cars and car stereos myself, I figured I had this handled. Santa would be free to concentrate on how to deliver my Harley Davidson (I wanted a Harley Davidson when I turned 40… I got a Taylor instead).

One afternoon I stopped by our local car stereo dealer and explained what I had hoped to accomplish. I said I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a stereo for a 20-year-old “Monster Truck” and settled on a moderately priced name brand “in-dash” and a pair of 5.25 speakers for the doors. I scheduled the installation (which cost 3x’s as much as the stereo) and felt confident and proud of my purchase.

Upon completion of the install, Taylor and I excitedly drove to the dealer to pick up his vehicle. While I happily paid the bill, he fiddled with his new car stereo. After joining him in the parking lot, I could immediately sense something wasn’t quite right. In all honesty, I had been expecting delight and immense satisfaction. Instead he was reticent, hesitating to elaborate on exactly what was wrong. I was disappointed. Not sure as to what was the problem, I suggested he take the truck for a spin and we would discuss things at home.

We pulled up to the house together and he asked me if I wanted to hear the stereo? As he preceded to turn up the volume, I began to hear a fuzz or as the salesman would later identify, the speakers “washing out”. This concerned me. Did I purchase an inferior model? Were the speakers inadequate? Had I just wasted a bunch of money? All I wanted was for my son to be happy with his Christmas gift and I was determined to make sure he was.

The next few days were spent trying to figure out why the car stereo wasn’t exactly what either of us had envisioned. Was it the antenna? Was there a problem with the installation?

The very next Saturday Taylor had to work. I agreed to return to the dealer and find out why the stereo sounded the way it did and what if anything could be done.

Needless to say, I was loaded for bear. Raring to go. Prepared to walk in and give them a piece of my mind. How could they charge me so much for something that sounded so bad?

Now on the way there, I was listening to the classic rock station where I work and to me the stereo sounded fine. So, what was I going to tell these guys? How was I going to describe the fact that my son wasn’t happy?

I pulled up a few minutes before they were to open and began rehearsing my speech. Once inside I started to explain that I had spent what I thought was a considerable amount of money and that my son wasn’t overly impressed. I then asked if someone could come outside and listen to the system to see what might be the problem? After asking me a few questions and pulling up my account, a very nice young man replied, “Sure, let’s go check it out”.

Once outside, his first question to me was, “How old is your son?” I replied, “He’s 19”. After turning the volume way past what was comfortable for my 58-year-old ears and hearing what again appeared to be nothing but distortion, he turned to me and said “You need a subwoofer, your speakers are washing out”.

"You need a subwoofer"
Mind you that’s exactly what my wife said; “He needs a subwoofer.” No offense, but what did she know? I’m the one who plays in a band. I’m the one who works at a radio station. Why in the world does he need a subwoofer?

The car stereo specialist went on to explain that kids these days need that bottom end, that THUMP.

He said “it’s all about dat bass, ‘bout dat bass,” to which I replied “we don’t play that song on KZOK." 

He then went on to explain that a subwoofer splits the bass and treble, diverting it from the speakers in the door and evenly distributing it to something called the “sound table."

After assuring me that by adding a couple extra speakers in the back doors and a subwoofer, the stereo would sound exactly how my 19-year-old wanted it, I shelled out the additional cost and they went to work.

Now I thought I had done my homework. It was bluetooth compatible which is what he wanted and you can make the digital display any color you wanted. Cool! What more could a kid possible want? I would soon find out.

Later that afternoon Taylor and I went to pick up his 4Runner.

After paying for the additional speakers and installation, we walked out to the parking lot and Taylor got in the driver’s seat. The salesman from whom I had made the initial purchase joined us and began to demonstrate how the system worked.

Upon hearing the initial THUMP of the bass coming from the subwoofer (a box mounted in the very back of the vehicle) and the high end only coming from the additional door speakers, the corners of Taylor’s mouth began to curl upward ever so slightly until he smiled a smile I will not soon forget. Success! It was absolutely priceless. I could tell that I had knocked it out the park.

Like his Mother, I think he knew early on that he needed a subwoofer, but didn’t want to appear ungrateful or unappreciative.


Legislature has the final word on road usage charges

Traffic jam
Photo by Mike Remarcke

The Washington State Legislature will ultimately decide if a road usage charge will be implemented in Washington

A road usage charge (RUC) system is a per-mile charge drivers would pay based on how many miles you drive, not how much gas you consume. This approach is similar to how people pay for their utilities, including electricity or water.

People who are interested in how a Road Usage Charge might work in Washington can now download the full report from the Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project website. 

On January 13, 2020 the Washington State Transportation Commission transmitted their final report to the governor, state Legislature and Federal Highway Administration on how Washington can begin a transition away from the state gas tax and toward a road usage charge system.

In collaboration with the Washington Road Usage Charge Steering Committee, the WSTC’S report includes analysis and findings of the legal, fiscal, operational, and policy impacts of a road usage charge and provides recommendations and options on how RUC could be implemented in Washington.

The state legislature will ultimately decide if a road usage charge will be implemented in Washington. 

Should the Legislature move forward with a road usage charge, it must consider several key topics, all of which the commission’s final report addressed. Those include how to: gradually transition to a RUC system, determine what vehicles should be subject to paying a RUC, determine the per-mile rate policy, set forth the allowable use of RUC revenue, and determine details around how a RUC program would be implemented.

“We thank the steering committee and volunteer pilot project participants for contributing to years of research and analysis on this innovative transportation funding policy,” said Jerry Litt, chair of the Washington State Transportation Commission. 
“We believe road usage charging is a promising and viable option for Washington, and we look forward to having the Legislature consider a gradual but necessary transition away from relying on the consumption of fossil fuel to fund our roads.”

The 29-member Road Usage Charge Steering Committee has guided Washington’s assessment of road usage charging since 2012. The committee supported and advised on the development of the RUC pilot project and submitted its final report on its road usage charging findings to the commission in October 2019. 

Based upon the findings of the steering committee, the commission determined its final set of recommendations and their final report, which details the results of the 7-year-long assessment of road usage charging. It includes the 12-month-long test drive portion of the pilot project that involved more than 2,000 statewide drivers who logged 15 million miles from February 2018 to January 2019.

As vehicles become more fuel-efficient or switch to electric power, gas tax revenue is expected to decline by as much as 45 percent by 2035. 

In 2012, the Legislature directed the commission to assess the potential of a road usage charge to replace the gas tax. A road usage charge is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads, as opposed to paying by the gallon of gas.


Progress on new Kellogg Middle School

Kellogg Middle School
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Construction on the new Kellogg Middle School is underway with an anticipated completion date of August 2020. The new 150,888 square foot school will have the capacity for 1,071 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. 

The architect for this project is Mahlum Architects and contractor is Hoffman Construction. The total estimated cost for the project is $106,150,000.

Kellogg Middle School
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Frank B. Kellogg Junior High School was originally located at the Aldercrest site at 2545 NE 200th Street. In 1982 a couple of junior high boys shoved burning newspapers down the library book return, which eventually started a fire that destroyed the interior of the building.

The district worked around the damage for a few years, then in 1986 the entire school population was moved to its present site at the former Morgan Junior High on 16045 25th NE. Morgan had been a closed school, being used for district offices.

Kellogg Middle School
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The "new" Kellogg building was built in 1953. It has been remodeled several times, and has been home to thousands of students. Now it will be torn down, as soon as the New Kellogg is complete in August.

The "old" Kellogg was eventually completely demolished.

--Diane Hettrick


“It was a nightmare…” World Concern remembers Haiti earthquake devastation at 10th Anniversary

World Concern staff assess damage - January 2010
Photo courtesy World Concern

“I heard a noise like a storm,” recalls Efanor Nore, World Concern Haiti Country Representative, of the moment when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck his home nation, on January 12, 2010. 

He was driving through Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince when the road buckled in front of him and another car smashed into the broken concrete. Buildings collapsed before his eyes, and people ran into the streets, screaming for help.

“It was a nightmare,” said Nore, as he recounts the day no Haitian will ever forget.

Sunday, January 12, 2020, marked the 10-year anniversary of the devastating quake that hit Port-au-Prince at 4:53pm local time. The disaster caused an estimated 300,000 deaths, displaced more than a million people, and damaged nearly half of all structures in the epicentral area.

World Concern, based in Shoreline, launched a massive response that assisted tens of thousands of people who were affected by the disaster.

Initial aid focused on meeting immediate needs for shelter, water, medical care, and income. In the months that followed, World Concern provided transitional shelters to families who lost their homes, and cash grants to families and business owners to restart businesses that were lost, among other activities.

Since 2010, World Concern has implemented multiple disaster risk reduction projects aimed at equipping families and communities to be better prepared and more resilient in the face of recurring disasters, particularly weather-related disasters, with a goal of bringing national disaster plans that are in place down to the household level, where training and equipping are needed most.

“Community members have to own the process,” explains World Concern Deputy Director of Disaster Response, Maggie Konstanski. “At World Concern, we don’t see disaster as a one-time event, but always aim to leave a community more resilient and protected than before.”
“When communities are truly equipped with early warning systems, trained on how to use them, and they’re owned at the community level, and an effective, safe plan is in place, it does save lives,” says Konstanski. “The community wants to protect and save themselves. We’re giving them the knowledge and tools to protect themselves.”

Despite efforts by the Haitian community, aid organizations, and the government, the unique and extensive challenges in Haiti have prolonged and even crippled rebuilding efforts. Nore believes only about 3% of buildings in Port-au-Prince have been rebuilt in 10 years. And an estimated 38,000 people still live in tents and makeshift camps that were set up after the quake.

Corruption, gang violence, political crisis, and drugs have left the city in a state of ruin Nore feels is even worse than 2010.

Is there hope for Haiti? Nore believes so.

“Haiti is really resilient. Even at this time of political crisis … Haitians still have hope,” he said. 
“They think a new day will come where people around the world will use the example of what Haiti has faced over the past 100 years of suffering to learn … The time of Haiti will come,” he said. 
“We continue to be an example—positively. We face more than any civilization has faced in the past. We hope to use our past experience to move forward.”

More information on World Concern, or to donate, HERE 

World Concern, headquartered in Shoreline, is a Christian global relief and development organization. With our supporters, our faith compels us to extend life-saving help and opportunity to people facing the most profound human challenges of extreme poverty. At World Concern, the solutions we offer, the work we do, creates lasting, sustainable change. Lasting change that provides lasting hope.Our areas of expertise include disaster response, clean water, education, food security, child protection, microfinance and health.


Legislature: Salomon to focus on salmon habitat, protecting pets, cracking down on ‘swatting’

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sen. Jesse Salomon, D 32
Photo Washington State LSS

OLYMPIA – As the 2020 legislative session gets underway this week, Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline) introduced a slate of bills dealing with a variety of issues ranging from cracking down on “swatting” to protecting pets left alone in hot vehicles.

One of Salomon’s first bills to receive a public hearing was Senate Bill 6147 related to shoreline armoring. 

When bulkheads and seawalls are installed, the natural process of beach and sand erosion is disrupted. This can cause a chain reaction of negative environmental impacts including the disruption of fish habitats in the area.

A lack of adequate salmon population has been identified as one of the factors jeopardizing the Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Orca population.

SB 6147 would require the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider less environmentally disruptive alternatives when property owners look to repair or replace bulkheads.

“Last year the Legislature took a good step in the right direction by limiting the expansion of these bulkheads,” said Salomon. “But there’s still more work to be done to protect salmon habitats and our orca population. As these bulkheads and seawalls need to be repaired or replaced, property owners should be asked to consider alternative options that may accomplish the same goals but are less disruptive to the environment.”


With “swatting” incidents on the rise, local law enforcement agencies like the Seattle Police Department are developing creative solutions to address the problem. However, Salomon believes state laws have not kept up with the severity of these crimes and need to be updated.

Salomon introduced SB 6295, which aims to cut down on swatting by increasing criminal penalties for those who make a false report they know is likely to generate an emergency response. Punishments would be increased if there’s a reckless disregard for the safety of others and someone is hurt or killed as a result of the swatting attack.

The measure also allows swatting victims to pursue civil damages from their attackers.

Pets in unsafe vehicles

In 2015, the Legislature increased the penalties for pet owners who leave their animals unattended in unsafe conditions such as a hot vehicle with the windows rolled up. The 2015 law also allows law enforcement and animal control officers to forcibly remove the animal in danger.

SB 6151 would allow firefighters and other first responders to forcibly remove an animal in unsafe conditions and be immune from property damage liability. The bill also extends criminal and civil immunity to good Samaritans who rescue the animal under certain conditions.

SB 6151 is scheduled for a public hearing on Jan. 16 at 10am in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

Punitive damages for aiding in domestic terrorism

Salomon also introduced SB 6239, which allows someone to pursue punitive damages if they are a victim of domestic terrorism. Punitive damages are special or extra damages on top of actual damages that must be authorized by the Legislature and are generally reserved for particularly abhorrent acts.

In 2019, the Legislature passed a law allowing victims of hate crimes to pursue punitive damages up to $100,000. SB 6239 would impose similar liability for acts of domestic terrorism.

“In a worsening political environment, lawmakers need to make a clear statement about what kind of behavior is out of bounds,” said Salomon.

Other legislation sponsored by Salomon this session:

* SB 6332 – Prohibits marijuana shops from selling products with a THC concentration greater than 10%, with some exceptions for medical marijuana patients.

* SB 6333 – Places restrictions on marijuana shops aimed at reducing advertisements and marketing that target youth.

* SB 6335 – Adds climate change as a stated goal of the state’s Growth Management Act.

* SB 6149 – Places additional restrictions on motorized or gravity-siphon aquatic mining.

* SB 6153 – Reduces legal burdens and challenges for those working to restore their driving privileges.

“While this year is a short 60-day session, I’m optimistic about moving these bills through the legislative process and to the governor’s desk,” said Salomon. “This is the work my constituents sent me here to do.”

Policy bills must be voted out of committee by Feb. 7 to be considered for the remainder of the legislative session.

The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to end on March 12.

Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, represents the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle, Shoreline, Woodway, and unincorporated Snohomish County.


Frontier communications seeking bankruptcy to restructure

Frontier Communication in Stamford CT

Frontier Communications, which serves a large section of northwest Shoreline, is seeking bankruptcy protection from its creditors while it restructures its debt.

According to an article in The Seattle Times, "in May it announced plans to sell broadband assets serving 350,000 residential and commercial customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana for more than $1.35 billion as part of its debt-reduction efforts."
"Creditors have been pushing Frontier for a restructuring plan, and the Norwalk, Connecticut-based company has warned that bankruptcy might be the result."


That's the last time I give dog treats to ducks! (But it's all I had, cries the photog...)

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Poor ducks drank and tried mightily to swallow the food while I stood by to render Duck First Aid if necessary (what the heck would I have done if any of them were in dire straits? Duck CPR? With a bill?)

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Fortunately, the ducks managed, and no Duck First Aid was needed...

--Gloria Z Nagler


Work party at Twin Ponds North on Saturday

2020 Stewardship Work at Twin Ponds North

Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10am - 1pm

On January 18th, from 10-1pm, the Washington Native Plant Urban Forest Stewards will be hosting a community work party, at Twin Ponds North.

All are Welcome!

We meet on the far NW side of the park, along 155th street, west of the parking lot.

Please bring gloves, hand pruners, and water. We will also have gloves, tools, water, and snacks on sight.

Contact us with any questions at


Book review by Aarene Storms: Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

The climate has collapsed world-wide, and society has collapsed with it. One of the few remaining livable places is Dinetah, formerly known as Indian Country, and it is ringed by a 60' wall that makes the current US southern "border wall" look like a toddler's sand castle.

In this place, at this time, is Maggie Hoskie, and she hunts the monsters that have come with the end of the last world and the beginning of the new one.

She is aided (sometimes) by immortal beings and creatures out of myths and nightmares. But there are more monsters than monster-slayers, and that is going to be a problem.

If Joe Leaphorn, Harry Dresden, and Mad Max spawned a daughter, she would be a lot like Maggie Hoskie. And her story would be a lot like this one... but this one is maybe even more bad-ass.

The action is intense, the monsters are scary, and the blood flows copiously at times. Also, there's some cussing, and some kissing, and some magic. First in a series. Recommended.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Oogh sandwich

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found 
under Features in the first column of the 
front page of the Shoreline Area News


Free Classic Movie Night at Edmonds' Phoenix Theatre

FREE Showing of It Happened One Night, Starring Clark Gable and Colette Colbert

The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds' Firdale Village is hosting a free movie night on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30pm.

The classic film It Happened One Night is a 1934 romantic comedy in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father's thumb and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable).

Winner of the 1934 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

Classic cartoons will also be shown.

Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds, WA 98020

Admission is free. Donations welcome.


Tickets on sale now for Feb 29 Leap Day Dinner Fundraiser

The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation (LFPSF) invites you to a Leap Day Dinner Fundraiser at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club on Saturday, February 29, 2020. 

Tickets are $85 each and are available now through February 22nd online or by mailed check

The featured guest speaker, Lori Mason Curran of Vulcan Real Estate, will present “Making the Case: Sustainable Design and Green Infrastructure.”

She will dispel the myth that going green is unprofitable by sharing how Vulcan develops commercial properties using innovative sustainable design.

Fundraising activities will include a live auction and raffle. This year’s theme is It’s Easy Being Green in keeping with LFPSF’s promotion of sustainable green development. Proceeds from the event will help LFPSF continue to support these important environmental advocacy initiatives:

  • Mobilizing the community and legal defenses to defend against threats to community environmental standards,
  • Fostering public awareness and involvement of potential development plans for Lake Forest Park Town Center and the environment and quality of life,
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers to remove invasive plants from area parks, plant native species, and repair streamside habitat,
  • Conducting research to restore Kokanee salmon to our streams,
  • Salmon in the Schools - a program to rear salmon in elementary schools that includes a visit by a Native American storyteller on salmon release day. 

Tickets for the salmon dinner and auction go fast so be sure to reserve your seats today. Join us for a fun and informative community event with dinner, dessert, wine, raffle and auction and some surprises too!

LFPSF is seeking sponsors and auction donors. If you would like more information, contact or 206-361-7076.


Lecture: Dementia - the basics and what we know about caregiving - Sunday at First Lutheran

Dr. Eric Larson

Dr. Eric Larson, a national leader in geriatrics, health services, and clinical research, will be presenting a program on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 9:45am at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach. 

He will be addressing Dementia: the basics and what we know about caregiving, and all are welcome to learn from Dr. Larson’s vast medical experience.

Dr. Larson pursues extensive research, ranging from clinical interests such as Alzheimer’s disease and genomics to health services research. A professor of medicine and health services at the UW, he served as Medical Director for the UW Medical Center and Associate Dean for clinical affairs at its medical school from l989 to 2002. 

From 2002 to 2019 he served as a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente’s Health Research Institute, and until 2019 he maintained a small but longstanding internal medicine practice. 

Additionally, he has written or co-authored more than 500 scientific papers and a dozen books, including 2017’s Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a Long, Active Life.

This hour-long presentation will start with some basic facts about dementia and the remarkable numbers of people who, in an aging society, experience Alzheimer’s as a victim or with a family member. Dr. Larson will focus on some of the “lessons learned” from research and personal experiences.

Bring your questions and concerns, as there will be time for Q and A!

Location: First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach, 18354 8th Avenue N.W., Shoreline, WA 98177
Time: 9:45am in the upstairs room

Coffee, tea, and treats will be served.

Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of First Lutheran Richmond Beach.  Dr. Larson is an long-time active member of our congregation, and we are happy to share his presentation with anyone interested.


Sound Transit seeks a volunteer from North King County to serve on agency oversight panel

Sound Transit is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Citizen Oversight Panel representing North King County. 

There is currently one vacancy on the panel for North King County.

Sound Transit actively seeks to include persons from diverse backgrounds and professional areas of expertise to support agency oversight, planning and operations. Persons of color and women are encouraged to apply.

The COP was created in 1997 to independently monitor Sound Transit and make sure it meets its commitments to build and operate a regional bus, light rail and commuter rail transit system.

The 15 COP members represent a variety of interests, professional expertise and experience. The COP meets twice monthly during normal business hours and acts as an independent oversight entity by digging into agency details, asking hard questions and reporting its findings to the Sound Transit Board of Directors.

To Apply: Submit a completed application and a resume to Kent Keel, Sound Transit Board Chair, 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2826. 

To qualify an applicant must:
  • Be a registered voter within the Sound Transit District and reside and/or work in North King County.
  • Have experience/skills in one or more areas related to the panel's responsibilities: business and finance management, engineering, large projects construction management, public facilities and services, government processes, and public policy development or review.
  • Be able to attend meetings twice each month during normal business hours. (The panel’s current meeting schedule is the first and third Thursday of every month from 8:30-11:00am)
Appointment Process

Copies of all applications and resumes will be provided to the Sound Transit Board for its review. The Board's Executive Committee will review and recommend candidates. The Board of Directors will confirm the appointments.

CONTACT: John Gallagher 206-689-4980 or


Community Transgender 101 Training Jan 23 open to the public

Friday, January 17, 2020

Shoreline Public Schools and Shoreline PTA Council will host a Community Transgender 101 Training on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6 - 8pm in the Mt. Rainier Room at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, north end. The training is suitable for ages 12 and older.

The event will feature an engaging and interactive workshop, facilitated by Dr. Robin Nussbaum, will cover basic definitions and terms, concepts of gender and transition, ally/advocate behavior and scenarios/role plays.

The event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP to


Would you like to be in a musical? Audition for Shoreline Community College production

Shoreline Community College regularly stages musicals - and the auditions are open to the public. It's a volunteer gig and you will sign up for a college class to participate. A small price for fame.

Auditions January 30 - 31 for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Shoreline Community College.

Main Characters
  • J. Pierrepont Finch - a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company.
  • Rosemary Pilkington - a secretary at the World Wide Wicket Company who instantly falls in love with Finch.
  • J.B. Biggley - The boss of the World Wide Wicket Company.
  • Bud Frump - Biggley's arrogant and lazy nephew.
  • Hedy LaRue - Biggley's attractive and dim-witted mistress.
Supporting Characters
  • Miss Jones - Biggley's immovable secretary who is charmed by Finch.
  • Book voice - the "voice" of the book How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying which narrates the musical
  • Mr. Bert Bratt - Personnel manager
  • Mr. Twimble - Head of the mail room for 25 years; finally gets promoted to the shipping department.
  • Smitty - Rosemary's best friend and fellow secretary at the World Wide Wicket Company
  • Mr. Milton Gatch - head of the Plans and Systems department
  • Miss Krumholtz - a secretary of Mr. Gatch, then J. Pierrepont Finch.
  • Mr. Benjamin Burton Daniel Ovington - prospective head of the advertising department until Finch reveals that he has graduated from Biggley's college's arch-rival; he is often referred to in the show by his initials, "BBDO."
  • Mr. Wally Womper - the Chairman of the World Wide Wicket Company. He is traditionally played by the same actor as Twimble.
  • Executives and Secretaries - Chorus
Audition details

Thursday, January 30, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, January 31, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

To sign up:
Fill out the form and select your preferred date and time from the options provided.

Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. Please also come prepared to sing a short musical theater or operatic piece. Auditions should not exceed 4 minutes total. You should arrive prepared with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Resumes and headshots are appreciated but not required.

Saturday, February 1, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Rehearsal Schedule:
Spring Quarter, Monday - Friday 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Performance Dates:
May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
Friday and Saturdays - 7:30pm
Sunday - 3pm

Contact info:
Dr. Charles Enlow
Music Department, Shoreline Community College, 206-546-4524


Photo: Hawthorne tree in snow

Photo by Stefanie Gendreau

Just so we can remember how much we like trees and how pretty they are in the first snow.


Registration open for Shoreline Little League spring season

Registration is open for the 2020 Shoreline Little League Spring Season for baseball and softball. 

Interested in attending a free pre-season skills clinic? This clinic is available to registered players that are league age 9-12. All clinics will be held at the Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th St, Shoreline 98155.

At this clinic we will:
  • Get kids who might not have picked up a ball or a bat in several months warmed up for baseball and softball.
  • Give players a solid skill base for the assessment event in February & through the season.
  • Get players ENERGIZED about playing baseball and softball again.

Dates: January 18, January 25 and February 1

Time: 2:00 - 6:00pm - Players will be scheduled for specific 40 minute time slots and notified via email by the Friday prior for their specific clinic time.

Spots are limited, sign up today!

Shoreline Little League endeavors to mentor our community's youth in developing the qualities of sportspersonship, discipline, teamwork, confidence and physical well-being.


Saving 130 trees on Dayton

Trees on N 155th
Photo by Jamie Holter

By Diane Hettrick

We published a story recently about the Shoreline city code requirements that would force the removal of 130 trees along the WSDOT property on Dayton and on N 155th. (See previous article)

The City is sending the first round of City review comments to WSDOT, so the project will be placed on hold until they submit revisions.

Caleb Miller, Associate Planner for the city says that, "We have asked them to provide an arborist report studying three alternatives to the required frontage improvements. 
"Most significantly, we are looking at eliminating the new parking lane that was initially required, which should help to retain many of those trees. But we will need to see the arborist report to know the specific impacts."

Citizens who have submitted comments are receiving this letter in response.

The City has set up a FAQ page that they will update as the process moves along.

In the meantime, concerned citizens have created an advocacy group Save Shoreline Trees, a Washington non-profit organization with over 75 volunteers.

Save Shoreline Trees has asked WSDOT and the City of Shoreline to look at options for the sidewalks which might help save these trees, including meandering sidewalks, permeable pavement sidewalks, or raised platform sidewalks.


Millard fancied himself a square-rigger, braving the high seas...

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Bow wave


Bachelor’s program scholarships available for female graduates of The Seattle Colleges

The Seattle Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering scholarships to women who will be 2020 graduates of The Seattle Colleges (North and South Seattle Colleges and Seattle Central College), and continuing on to earn their Bachelor’s degree in WA State. 

AAUW works to advance equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Eligibility details and application here.


Wrestling: Shorewood dominates Lynnwood

Hunter Tibodeau
Photo by Clark Norton

Shorewood wrestling continued their undefeated season with a dominant win over Lynnwood on Thursday night.

The match began with the big boys at 285 and Lynnwood grabbed a second round pin for an early lead. After a forfeit at 106 pounds the host Royals were ahead 12-0. The Thunderbirds came roaring back behind three pins, two forfeits, and a narrow 8-7 win by senior Kai Layton at 126lbs to score 33 straight team points over the next six weights.

Lynnwood tried to get a rally going after a close 3-2 double overtime win at 152 pounds, but the T-birds had too much depth and fire-power. From 160 to 195 pounds Shorewood grabbed three pins in a row and a major decision, including 182 pound freshman Hunter Tibodeau's team-leading 20th win, as they steamrolled Lynnwood for a 55-21 victory.

Shorewood's next match is Senior Night at home next Thursday, January 23, 2020 against Meadowdale. JV begins at 5:30pm and varsity is at 7pm.

Shorewood Record: 7-0 Overall, 3-0 Wesco South

Shorewood 55 - Lynnwood 21
@ Lynnwood High School

106: Phillipe Ban LYN win by forfeit
113: Clayton Elder SW win by forfeit
120: Quincy Laflin SW pinned Luis Hernandez 0:21
126: Kai Layton SW dec. Kayden Richman-Myers 8-7
132: Aidan Jung SW pinned Julian Mishoe 0:34
138: Curt Tanaka SW pinned Josiah Powell 0:30
145: Kody Carpenter SW win by forfeit
152: Georgino Moraga LYN dec. Devin Leach 3-2 2OT
160: Cole Becker SW pinned Nate Johnson 3:05
170: RJ Buchheit SW pinned Adrian Morgan 3:11
182: Hunter Tibodeau SW pinned Isaac Hernandez 5:45
195: Max Null SW maj. dec. Dylan White 12-3
220: Blake Hendersen LYN pinned Isaac Kabuchi 1:57
*285: Elisha Abahanna LYN pinned Milan Johnson 2:54

--Clark Norton

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