Say goodbye to the street trees: planning begins for 185th Street Corridor

Monday, October 15, 2018

Street trees on NE 185th will be in the way of expansion
Note the bicyclist in the bike lane
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The City of Shoreline is beginning the public process for the redesign of the 185th Street Corridor, anticipating the opening of the 185th Street Shoreline North light rail station.

The goal is to have a corridor that will "be safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars; support bus and light rail transit service; create gathering spaces; and encourage neighborhood businesses."

185th Street Corridor
From Fremont Ave to North City

The 185th MCS will study a corridor from Fremont Avenue N in the Hillwood / Richmond Highlands neighborhoods, east across Aurora Avenue N to 10th Avenue NE, south along 10th Avenue NE to NE 180th Street, and east on NE 180th Street to 15th Avenue NE in North City.

The “Z” shaped corridor connects the Aurora Corridor, the future Link light rail station at I-5, and the North City neighborhood.

Three events are planned for October. This is the first chance for citizens to make their opinions known before plans solidify.

Corridor Walking and/or Biking Tours 
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Spartan Recreation Center, Cascade Room
202 NE 185th Street

Walk or bike along the corridor to review existing conditions, identify corridor components to preserve/enhance, and envision needed changes that could help the corridor work better for everyone.

In order to manage tour sizes, please RSVP and indicate your walk or bike tour preference and number of participants.
Children under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Storefront Studios
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Spartan Recreation Center, Cascade Room

Tuesday, October 23, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Spartan Recreation Center, Cascade Room

Learn more about the process and talk to the team about the existing corridor and the future demands anticipated on the corridor.

Open House
Thursday, October 25, 6:00 to 8:00pm
City Hall Council Chamber

Hear a brief presentation about the project and discuss your ideas for corridor improvements with the project team.

Project updates will be available at


Twin Ponds North work party Saturday

Twin Ponds Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Come Join the Community Effort 

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10am - noon, the Washington Native Plant Urban Forest Stewards will be hosting a community work party at Twin Ponds North.

Everyone is Welcome!

We will be removing blackberries and ivy and mulching.

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 all of these items on sight.

Contact us with any questions at

If you know of anyone else who would love to join us, please feel free to pass on the invitation. We hope you are able to join us.


Dine at Lake Forest Bar and Grill Oct 24 for End Polio Now Rotary fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park wishes to invite the community to join their 5th annual End Polio Now evening of dining at the Lake Forest Bar and Grill on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm for Rotary International’s World End Polio Now event.

The Lake Forest Bar and Grill will be donating 20 percent of all sales to our cause. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will also match all funds with $2.00 for every $1.00 donated.

Rotary International began immunizing millions of children against Polio in the 1970s, first in the Philippines and then in other high risk countries.

As a result, in 1988 Rotary International, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came together to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

More recently the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the fight.

Today we continue to have three countries remaining with cases of Polio: Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Please join us for this important annual Event.


Adult ESL / ELL classes at Bitter Lake Community Center

Adult ESL (English as a Second Language) and ELL (English Language Learners) classes will begin October 24, 2018 at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle 98133.

Attend an Open House on Wednesday, October 17 to meet the teachers and sign up.

For more information, email


Costly turnovers contribute to Shorewood coming up short in loss to Edmonds-Woodway

The Shorewood defense makes a goal line stand

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Shorewood 7 10 0 0 17
Edmonds-Woodway 7 0 6 7 20

Edmonds District Stadium, Friday, October 12, 2018, 5pm
Record as of Game Final:
Shorewood (5-2 overall / 4-2 WesCo South)
Edmonds-Woodway (2-5 overall / 2-3 WesCo South)

By Aaron Bert
Photos by Lisa Hirohata

Winning a football game is just not up to the players on the field - it also comes down to preparation from the coaching staff - and in the matchup between the visiting Shorewood Thunderbirds and the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors - the Warrior coaching staff definitely put in a bit of extra preparation in film study and learned you don’t kick the ball deep to the T-bird kick returners.

It was an early kick-off at Edmonds District Stadium and the T-birds were looking to snag another victory on the Warrior’s homecoming night. Senior Joseph Williamson was lined up deep for Shorewood, but Edmonds-Woodway surprised the Shorewood front 7 and botched the kick to the right sideline where it sailed over the heads of the T-bird receiving team and the Warrior kicker recovered the ball. Edmonds-Woodway snagged the initial momentum and started the game on the Shorewood 38.

Edmonds-Woodway is a one dimensional team, with nary a passing attack. They play old school smash mouth football, lining up their extremely capable running back, senior #2 Cappasio Cherry (5’9/185) behind #7 junior fullback Ben Grimes (5’10/180) and a decent sized offensive line and mainly run off tackle or toss sweeps to the outside. Cherry has proved a workhorse all season carrying the load for Edmonds-Woodway, to include putting up 329 yards rushing last week against WesCo South leading Snohomish, and he proved no different this week against the T-birds. Teams have been successful in stymining the Warrior run this season - but as he proved against Shorewood, give him a chance - and he will make you pay.

Edmonds opened up the scoring by going 38 yards on the ground for a quick touchdown at 9:50 mark in the 1st quarter behind Cherry. It appeared as if Shorewood was caught off guard by the brute running of Cherry and it was taking two to three players to bring him down.

Shorewood bounced back on their next possession, starting on their own 20 - senior QB #4 David Snell (6’3/175) connected with his favorite receiver senior WR/DB #2 Jaro Rouse for a 69 touchdown pass, as Rouse - who is absolutely explosive in the open field, easily outpaced the Warrior secondary and raced into the endzone to even the score at 7-7 with 7:25 remaining in the 1st.

#8 Kevin Hirohata recovers an EW fumble

Edmonds-Woodway took possession on their own 34 and then began to do what you can only do when you are a running team - they began to grind the ball out - steadily marching down the field. On this possession they ran 8 run plays in a row for 9 yards / 22 yards / 4 yards / 3 yards / -1 yards / 5 yards / 4 yards / 1 yard / taking the ball down to the Shorewood 15. The T-birds caught a break - as the Edmonds-Woodway quarterback dropped back for a pass, he was pressured by Shorewood LB #31 Brandon Main (6’2/190) who forced a fumble and it was recovered by senior LB #8 Kevin Hirohata (6’/200) at the Shorewood 20.

In response, Shorewood demonstrated their own prowess in the running game, putting together a 15 play, 76 yard drive to take the ball down to the Edmonds-Woodway 4 where senior RB #3 Robert ‘Take it to the Bank’ Banks (5’8/160) came up short on 3rd and goal and Shorewood was forced to kick a 20 yard field goal. On the drive Shorewood converted twice on 3rd and long, to include a 24 yard strike from Snell to Rouse to keep the drive alive. Shorewood took the lead 10-7 with 7:37 remaining in the 2nd.

Shorewood shut down Cherry on the next two possessions, forcing the Warriors to punt and with 1:05 remaining in the 2nd, Shorewood started at their own 16 and took the ball down field 74 yards behind four straight passes from Snell to take a 17-7 lead into halftime. Snell connected with Rouse for 36 yards, Main for 13, Williamson was stopped for no-gain, and then Snell hit Williamson for the 35 yard touchdown.

The second half opened with Shorewood bending but not breaking and forcing the Warriors to punt. Edmonds-Woodway opened with 3 straight runs and it looked like they were finding their footing in the running game, until the EW QB #11 junior Read Carr (5’11/175) found SW senior LB #22 Kaden Graves (6’3/225) in his face and threw him down for a 13 yard sack. EW was forced to punt and Shorewood regained the ball at their own 35 for their opening drive of the half.

#22 Kaden Graves and #52 Tom Bert make tackle with help from #10 Matthew Bangsberg

Facing a 3rd and 17 at their own 34, T-bird QB Snell was flushed out of the pocket and attempted to make something happen, but his pass flew over the head of the Shorewood receiver and was picked off at the EW 20. The Warriors answered by driving the length of the field and Cherry punched it in for the score from the 2 to bring the score to 17-13 as the PAT was no good. EW milked almost 6 minutes off the clock in their 13 play drive. The T-bird defense did not have an answer this drive to the Warrior rushing attack as they ran the ball 12 times, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

EW forced the T-birds to punt on their next possession and then once again, played a very focused ball-control game, scoring the go-ahead touchdown after starting at their own 20. Burning another 6 minutes off the clock, the Warriors used a combination of deep hand-offs to Cherry and fullback traps to spring for gains of 6, 8, 16, 11, 11, 10, 11 and 2 yards. EW capped the scoring by connecting on a wide receiver screen from the 9 to go up 20-17.

As Shorewood regrouped on the sideline - 4:43 remained in the 4th and it was more than enough time to mount another scoring drive. Shorewood started the drive at their 35 and Snell connected with Rouse for an 8 yard gain. Banks took the inside hand-off and gained the first down with a 4 yard effort. Shorewood was on the move. A solid run was negated on the next play as one of the Shorewood hogs was called for holding, backing up the ball to the SW 40. 

Shorewood shot themselves in the foot the next play with an illegal procedure call and then Snell was sacked dropping Shorewood into a 2nd and 26 at their own 31. With 2:55 remaining, Snell took the snap and sought to create some magic, looking to find one of his speedy receivers downfield, but EW had dropped 7 into coverage and the passing lanes were closed. Snell let the ball fly as he rolled to his right and it was picked off by the EW secondary. The comeback was over and Edmonds-Woodway ran out the clock.

#21 Dashawn Alexander runs back the kickoff

Game Final - Edmonds-Woodway 20 / Shorewood 17

Some takeaways:
  • Shorewood held EW running back Cherry to 58 yards in the first half
  • In the first half - Snell was 8/10 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • This is the 7th game in a row where the Shorewood defense forced a turnover
  • The loss is the 10th straight to Edmonds-Woodway, but was the smallest margin in the series history going back to 1996
  • Shorewood sits at the number 2 spot in the WesCo South behind division leading Snohomish
  • Shorewood plays Marysville-Getchell next week, but the game will not impact their standing in the South Division win or lose
  • Shorewood will play in the week 9 crossover game against a North Division opponent - since Shorewood will be playing the North Division #2 - it will determine the 3rd and 4th place seeding for the week 10 State 3A Playoffs
  • If Shorewood wins the week 9 crossover game - they will play the Pierce County League #3 finisher on November 2nd or 3rd
  • If Shorewood loses the week 9 crossover game - they will play the KINGCO League #2 finisher on November 2nd or 3rd
  • At 4 league wins to date - Shorewood has more league wins in the WesCo than they did between 2013-2017
  • Season success is still on the horizon with 3 games remaining, Shorewood can still match their best season ever at 8-2 from 1977 if they win out
Next game -

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7pm, Shoreline District Stadium - Shorewood Homecoming
Shorewood 5-2 vs. Marysville-Getchell 2-5


Halloween Carnival at Bitter Lake Community Center Annex Oct 20

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bring the entire family out for a night of ghoulish-good fun! 

Carnival games, face painting, and the always popular cake walk! 

Please bring a can of food to donate to our local food bank. 

Don’t forget to wear your costumes! 

.25 cents per ticket or $10 unlimited fun bracelet.


Dementia Care: shifting from crisis to comfort - Wednesday at Aegis

Lori La Bey will speak at Aegis at Callahan House, 15100 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 from 6 - 7pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Her focus is on helping caregivers in families with dementia learn techniques and tools to survive their roles as caretakers and enhance the lives of those they care for.

Free session but RSVP to 206-673-5987.


WeatherWatcher: No end to sunny skies in sight

Blue Skies and a Maple looking west on N 200th St and Linden Ave N
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Blue skies and fall colors is the ongoing trend in our weather and forecast. We are expecting more of the same, sunny skies and clear nights. Some mornings might start with some patchy fog. High temperatures mainly in the 60's, though Tuesday could reach the lower 70's. Lows are expected to be in the 40's basically all week. This weather is expected to continue all the way through next weekend as this monster ridge of high pressure dominates the west coast all the way into Alaska.

Longer range forecasts indicate that we might see some drizzle or rain showers around October 23rd, but no real rain until the end of the month or beginning of November. So far we were at normal for rainfall until the sunny weather put a pause on it.

Temperatures are actually averaging below normal for the month so far, but Tuesday could bring that average up to normal.

For those curious about the windy day on Saturday the Richmond Beach station recorded a gust of 23mph. The forecasted winds were for gusts up to 30mph possible for Saturday afternoon.

For current weather conditions visit


Friends of RB Saltwater Park spend Saturday sprucing up the park

Photos by Wayne Pridemore

On Saturday morning, October 13, 2018 many long time members of Friends of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park had a work party to plant some new shrubs on the hillside and add mulch to other young plantings.

The group has volunteered for years, working regularly in the large park to remove invasive (non-native) plants.

They replace them with native, low-maintenance shrubs.

They always start near the lower parking lot restrooms and work from there.

At times, the King County conservation district has provided funds and expertise. 

Community members volunteer. Students from Shorewood get required volunteer hours by participating.

Kay Lakey, right, is an original member of the Friends of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and has been volunteering regularly. Valeria, left, is a volunteer who attends Shorewood High School.

The "Friends" work with Shoreline's Parks department to maintain the area's new plantings throughout the year.

John Carver has also participated with the park volunteer program for many years.

In the summer, the focus is on removing weeds (a.k.a. invasive plants like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry). In the winter, the focus is on planting young native trees and shrubs.


Photo: The end of the trail

Photo by Seattle Poppy

This beautifully groomed trail in Hamlin Park leads nowhere except to the heart of the park.

Maybe that was the point.


Senior Citizen and disabled persons reduction in property tax presentation

Only 10% of those who qualify, apply for this tax reduction program!

Come learn the facts during this presentation from the King County Assessor's Office. Staff will also be on hand to assist you in completing the application forms or you may schedule an appointment for a later date to meet with the Center Social Worker to complete forms.

Guest speaker: King County Assessor John Wilson


TIME:  10:30am - 11:30am

LOCATION:  Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Ste 1, Shoreline 98155

Call Theresa or Amber at 206-365-1536 for event details


Shorecrest Scots corral Mavericks 52 - 24

#53 Gabe Reyes makes his debut at Fullback

Text and photos by Rob Oxford

Armchair Quarterbacks will be having a field day this week wondering how the Shorecrest Scots managed to put up 52 pts., their highest total all season, on league opponent Meadowdale and why it took the 7th game of the season to accomplish such a feat.

The simple answer? A conscious effort by the Highlander Coaching Staff to adjust their game plan in order to defend against a team that passes more than they run. That was the defensive scheme anyway. Why they chose to go with 6 down lineman and move Cole Francis to the position of blocking Tight End, something they'd not attempted all season, had even the casual football fan asking; "why haven't we been doing this all year?"

Friday Night the normally effective Scots' passing game was shelved for a more brutal and powerful running attack. Attempting only 6 passes and completing 50% of those, QB Eladio Fountain - who successfully plowed the ball into the end zone twice himself - instead marched his team back and forth down the field relying heavily on the the legs of 220 lb. Running Back Markus Selzler, also a Scots Defensive starter and Center turned Fullback, 260 lb. Senior #53 Gabriel Reyes.

#4 Gavin Dalziel Straight through the uprights.

Reyes, who usually spends his Friday Nights making holes, was having the time of his life busting through them for a total of 80 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. His first as a varsity player.

Selzler, who every Highlander fan knows, plays the game with great intensity, led the Scots’ physical rushing attack with 278 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. Bulldozing his way into the end zone on several occasions and running through the Meadowdale defense like one of General Patton's tanks.

Not to be overlooked, RB Cyris Filoteo, whose speed in the open field is unmatched, averaged 6.5 yards on the night and finally dashed into the end zone on a 14 yard carry for his first score of the season to put the Scots on the board first.

Meadowdale drove inside the Shorecrest 25-yard line on each of its first three possessions, but came away with no points after a missed field goal and several stout defensive stands turned the ball over on downs.

As the first half expired, Shorecrest appeared to hold all the cards heading into halftime with an impressive 24-7 lead.

#7 Markus Selzler punishes a Maverick Defender

In the third quarter, feeling the game may be getting away from them, Meadowdale attempted to break the plane on a fourth-and-goal just inches from the end zone but were stuffed by the Scots Goal Line Defense. Unfortunately for the Shorecrest, a mishandled snap on the following possession, allowed the Mavericks to record a Safety and add 2 pts. to their side of the scoreboard which at this point read Shorecrest 31 - Meadowdale 16.

Of special note, making his varsity debut was Sophomore Jordan Glesener #58. Called upon earlier in the day to fill the hole vacated by Damarius Kellogg-Duncan who had been moved to Center in place of Reyes, Glesener along with the rest of the Scots Offensive Line did a commendable job moving the line of scrimmage allowing the Scots ball carriers to tally a additional 21 points in the 4th quarter.

Sophomore Gavin Dalziel, who was again perfect on the night, may have been particularly motivated after spending Thursday afternoon with former Husky HOF'er and ex Los Angeles Raider Jeff Jaeger. Jaeger, who was invited to speak at the Scots Team Diner after Thursday's practice, arrived early in the day and spent much of his time mentoring WesCo's top kicking prospect.

The adjustments Shorecrest made on Friday night, allowing them to enjoy their 52 - 24 win over Meadowdale, may have left some regular starters questioning Coach Christensen's methods. For those players, the toughest thing to remember is that winning takes sacrifice and occasionally that sacrifice may fall upon their shoulders. Luckily, in High School Football ... WINNING as a team can cure most every ill.

Correction: photo captions for 2nd and 3rd photos were switched and have been corrected.


Forefront Teen Suicide Prevention - Parent Training

We don’t know for sure why the number of teens dying of suicide is increasing. But we do know that something is being done by the parents in the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park public schools to help prevent it.

High school parents work overtime to bring the schools an innovative program called “Forefront Suicide Prevention."

The second training session for high school parents will be on Wednesday November 7, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30pm and will be held at the Shorecrest High School in the Commons area.

Shorecrest is located at 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

This session is for those that missed it last time and for incoming freshman families for both Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools.


Who who whoo can turn her head 270 degrees?

Eyes front!

Text and Photos by Gloria Zmuda Nagler 
Edited by John Wiley Lewis

As Douglas Main notes in his useful essay on owls, owls don’t need eyes in the back of their heads. One of the first things I noticed when our local Barred Owls showed up in our yard was that, as advertised, they can turn their heads from front to back without much effort.

Here are two photos of our neighborhood Barred Owl, and in both her body is facing toward the camera — in one of the two pix, though, her head is turned to look behind her. Can you do that? How do they do that?! Fortunately, avian researchers were curious as well, and did some research.

First, though, why did evolution need to come up with a head that can swivel 270 degrees? Owls have comparatively large eyes for their size, which allows them to attain a large image of prey; however, the round eyeballs humans have would result in too heavy an eye for owls, so nature came up with a tubular eye. Weighs less, takes up less space. Three cheers for Mother Nature!

No design is perfect, though, and the price for smaller, lighter eyes is that owls’ tubular eyes are fixed in position and cannot rotate. Owls, therefore, can’t look quickly to the side — bad news for a predator; hence, the need to revolve their heads! But if you and I tried to revolve our heads 270 degrees we would tear the lining of our arteries, producing dangerous blood clots.

I found two (among many, I’m sure) articles from 2013 on recent research as to why owls can rotate their necks so far. Coincidentally, barred owls were one of the species studied!

Eyes to the rear!

Dr. Fabian de Kok-Mercado and Dr. Phillipe Gailloud (see article citation below) looked at CT scans and other evidence to see what happens when the owls’ heads are rotated. They made several findings, and among them: the owls’ neck vertebrae have larger holes than usual (10 times larger than the artery rather than the same size, which is apparently often the case, e.g., in humans) giving the arteries a cushion when they are twisted. They also discovered blood vessels at the base of the owls’ heads which expand to hold more blood to sustain brain function.

If there is magic in the world, it’s evolution!

All photos copyrighted by Gloria Z. Nagler

“Owls of the United States and Canada, A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior”, by Wayne Lynch, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007

“Solving the Mystery of Owls’ Head-Turning Abilities”, by Marina Koren,, discussing the research of Kok-Mercado and Gailloud.

“Biological Twist: How Owls Spin Heads Around”, by Douglas Main, in cooperation with


T-Bird tennis loses close championship match with Ed-Way Warriors

Andrew Counter
Photo by Kristi Lin
The Shorewood Thunderbirds lost a tight battle with the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on September 27, 2018 by a close match score of 3-4. 

After a long afternoon of tight matches between two equally talented teams, it came down to the number 1 doubles teams.
Tyler Gettmann
Photo by Kristi Lin

The T-Birds had won the first set and lost a second set to set up a decisive third set. The two doubles teams battled to 5-5.

The Warriors were able to break the T-Birds serve and then hold on to secure the match win and WesCo South championship. 

Shorewood bounced back and won their last three matches of the season by beating Arlington 7-0, Shorecrest 5-2 and defeating WesCo North league champs Snohomish 7-0.

The T-Birds, led by Captains Bennet Vana, Andrew Counter, and Tyler Gettmann, finished in second place for the first time in four years with a 11-2 record overall and 5-1 WesCo South record.

Steven Lin
Photo by Kristi Lin
Shorewood will send two singles players, Gettmann and Chris Combs, and two doubles teams, Counter, Steven Lin, Vana and Ari Webb, to the WesCo South league tournament October 16th and 17th at Jackson High School.

The top four placers will advance to the District 1 tournament October 23rd and 24th at Arlington High School. The top three placers advance to next Springs WIAA State Championship tournament May 25th and 26th at Kamiakin High School.

Shorewood's Counter and Lin are the defending WesCo and District doubles champions and state tournament qualifiers.

Both WesCo and District tournaments start at 1pm on both days.

Shorewood Tennis team
Photo by Kristi Lin

10 / 12 / 18
@ Snohomish

  1. Tyler Gettmann SW def. Adam Kowalchyk SN 3-6, 6-3 ( 10-5 )
  2. Chris Combs SW def. Robert Lee SN 6-3, 6-1
  3. Derick Han SW def. Chandler Irving SN 6-2, 6-2
  4. Nate Alexander SW def. Colin McDonald SN 7-6 ( 9-7 ), 6-0
  1. Andrew Counter / Steven Lin SW def. Kristion Mack / Cam Stevenson SN 6-3, 6-4
  2. Bennett Vana / Ari Webb SW def. Cade Frediani / Macen Strickland SN 7-6 ( 7-5 ), 6-2
  3. Sam Perkowski / Erik Ertsgaard SW def. Derek Nguyen / Powell Daur SN 6-3, 6-1

--Arnie Moreno


Candidate Reception October 17

Ridgecrest Public House
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The Forum that was not to be, and the reception that remains

In today's climate, it is vitally important for people to get in front of candidates well before sitting down with their ballots and the voters pamphlet. 

Who are you choosing to elect? Anyone can write the right things, but do the people themselves have authenticity, integrity, intelligence, and listening skills?

There are precious few forums organized in the area that give voters the opportunity to see candidates in person, but also to hear them in action, responding in real time to questions and differing points of view.

One such forum was planned for October 17, to be held at the Crest Theater with a meet and greet following at the Ridgecrest Public House, the corporate sponsor of the forum. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. 

Senator Maralyn Chase, challenger Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon, and Representative Cindy Ryu confirmed. Candidate Lauren Davis had a conflict, but would have sent a representative to read her responses to questions. Candidate Frank Deisler had a conflict, and did not take up the offer to respond to questions. And Candidate Dio Boucsieguez did not respond at all.

And so the forum was cancelled. However, there is interest and energy among these candidates to meet the public. So, with the gracious support of the Ridgecrest Pub, the reception is ON.

Please join us for this informal chance to talk with candidates:

32nd Legislative District Candidate Reception
8pm Wednesday October 17
Ridgecrest Public House 

Confirmed attendees include Senator Maralyn Chase, challenger Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon, and Representative Cindy Ryu.

The Ridgecrest Pub is a 21+ establishment, so please plan accordingly.


Richmond Beach candidate forum is lively but professionally run

Jesse Salomon answers a question
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Diane Hettrick

The Richmond Beach Community Association has been holding candidate forums for almost two decades, and moderator Tom Petersen has been presiding for a dozen of those years.

In that time, as the ad says, they have "learned a thing or two."

They needed all that expertise at their forum on October 9, 2018, which featured a somewhat rowdy audience, sets of "gotcha" questions, no show candidates, and a major date conflict.

A date fluke put their forum on the same night as the League of Women Voters Snohomish County - both inviting all the candidates from the 32nd Legislative District. The two organizations coordinated their presentations so the candidates could appear at both.

Moderator Tom Petersen, center. Left is candidate Joe Campagna
right is candidate Les Ponomarchuk
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

District Court Judge

This gave the Shoreline District Court race pride of place on the agenda. Joe Campagna and Les Ponomarchuk are vying for the open seat left by the retirement of Judge Doug Smith. Both candidates live in Shoreline. Both have deep experience and good ratings.

Oddly, Ponomarchuk asked to have a supporter introduce him - something quite unusual in time-limited candidate forums. Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer, also a Shoreline resident, stood up to introduce him. After a couple of minutes it was clear that it was more than an introduction, but the kind of speech that a campaign chair gives at the fundraising event for the candidate.

The audience started shouting for the candidate to speak for himself. Tom Petersen intervened and pointed out that he had agreed to an introduction only and that it was time for the candidate to speak. All this time the audience is shouting, Judge Shaffer is still extolling the virtues of her candidate, and the candidate is standing by. Finally Ponomarchuk spoke for a few minutes, in a halting and fairly inarticulate manner.

In response to audience questions which were written on index cards and handed in to Petersen, the candidates discussed the idea of community courts, which would handle low level property crimes. Both agreed that it was a good idea but Ponomarchuk said there was no money to do it. Campagna said there were costs involved with not doing it which would offset the cost of the court. Many people charged with these crimes are homeless, mentally ill. When they can't make bail, they stay in jail and we pay the cost of their incarceration awaiting trial. We pay for a deputy to transport them from south King county to court. A community court would connect them to services.

When asked what they would do to make the court run more efficiently, Ponomarchuk said that as a court commissioner he presides over the busiest calendar in the state of Washington and is very adept at processing cases quickly.

Campagna said that there are a large number of people who miss their court dates and have to be rescheduled. If Shoreline instituted a reminder system of text messages it would not be necessary to issue warrants, reschedule, and drive them to court.

State Senator

By this time, some of the other candidates had started to arrive from Snohomish county, so Tom brought up the candidates for State Senator for the 32nd District. Maralyn Chase is the incumbent senator and Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon is the challenger. Salomon won the primary with Chase coming in a close section, thus dropping the third Centrist candidate, Keith Smith, from the race.

In Salomon's opening statement he said that he had been seven years on the Shoreline council, a prosecutor working with abused children, and he was running for office because he wants to help to make things better. In this political climate, he said, it's dangerous that political opponents become enemies.

He said that he wants to be someone who gets things done, that it's not enough to just be in office for 17 years. The way to get things done is by building relationships and working together.

Chase said she had been in the legislature for 17 years, 7 in the House and 8 in the Senate, and before that she was a general contractor and she looked forward to serving another term. She said there were ongoing issues in the legislature and cited the McCleary decision, international trade, jobs, and transportation issues.

Part way through the questions that followed, Tom Petersen's skills were challenged again when an audience member started shouting that her questions had not been asked, that her rights were being violated and he was suppressing free speech.

Tom explained that he was disregarding the "gotcha" questions, the questions aimed at only one candidate, and questions that did not pertain to the senate race. The audience member continued to argue, but finally subsided when Tom suggested she write a letter to the editor.
  • State Income Tax: Chase said that we have a regressive tax system and need a state income tax. Salomon said voters were 64% against it and said we need to look at some of the hundreds of tax exemptions on the books like the one for bull semen.
  • Homeless: Salomon said that some have mental issues, some need to get their act together. Shoreline is doing its part with the 198th Street Project. Chase cited an Edmonds CC program educating inmates so they don't end up on the streets when released from Monroe.
  • Unemployment / trade jobs: Salomon said people come from out of state for tech jobs - why aren't we training our own kids? Why are we funding classes in high school that have no practical application? Chase cited the Edmonds CC classes training inmates for trades.
  • Public disclosure for legislators: Chase said that it's important to safeguard citizens and whistleblowers who consult their legislators. (See Op-Ed by Chase). Salomon responded by reading from The Seattle Times' editorial in response to Chase's op-ed and stating that everything he has ever done on the city council is open to the public.

After this session, Tom Petersen declared a brief break and half the audience, which had been standing room only, took the opportunity to leave.

Maralyn Chase answers a question
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

State Representatives

The remaining candidates, for the State House of Representatives, were Cindy Ryu and Lauren Davis. Both were endorsed by Ruth Kagi, who is retiring from her seat in the legislature. Ryu is the incumbent in her race. Both Ryu and Davis won their primaries with huge margins and their Republicans opponents - Frank Deisler against Lauren Davis - and Diodato (Dio) Boucsieguez against Cindy Ryu - have apparently given up.

The Republicans did not respond to invitations to appear at this forum. The League made contact with them but they did not attend that forum. Neither did they appear at a forum at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis has a compelling biography, starting with creating educational programs for preschoolers in Africa, and being the primary caregiver for six years for her best friend, who was drug addicted and suicidal. From this experience, she went to the UW where she wrote Forefront in the Schools, a program designed to train parents and community to identify and help suicidal teenagers. The program is now presented in both Shorecrest and Shorewood as well as other high schools in the state.

She became painfully aware of the deficiencies and limitation of resources to help with addiction treatment and spent months lobbying the legislature, finally passing “Ricky’s Law,” one of the largest investments in addiction treatment in state history.

Cindy Ryu
Cindy Ryu has been in the legislature for eight years. She said she is in the middle of a lot of projects that she wants to continue working on. She loves infrastructure, taking care of the things that you don't see and aren't so interesting but are vital. For example, sewer pipes have to be maintained - if they break, you have a crisis.

She is the chair of the housing committee, which includes housing for the homeless. She was able to pass a law in the last session that allows cities to donate or sell property at a loss, rather than selling to the highest bidder. This change in the law made it possible for the City of Shoreline to work with partners to create homeless house on 198th and Aurora.

Future candidate event
Candidates will appear in one more event, at the Ridgecrest Public House on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8pm.


State Elections Division almost ready for November election

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Information from Secretary of State Kym Wyman

The Elections Division is in the homestretch of preparations for the November General Election.

Ballots have already been sent out to overseas voters and will be distributed statewide next week.

If you’re eligible and not yet registered to vote, you’ll need to visit a county elections office before October 29th to register in person. (see below)

Visit to verify your registration details. If you’ve moved or changed your name, you’ll need to visit the King county elections office to update your information.

Wyman stated, "I’ve been working hard to balance access to the ballot with election security, and I’m confident we’ve been successful on both."

Over the past few months, the Secretary of State's office has been helping all eligible Washington citizens get onto the voter rolls and have convenient access to secure elections. This effort has included voter-registration drives, partnerships with government defense and security agencies, free return postage for all vote-by-mail ballots, and national summits to shape the future of elections security.

Register in person before October 29:
Elections Annex
King County Administration Building
500 4th Avenue, Room 440
Seattle, WA 98104 Get directions
Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4:30pm.

For driving directions, parking information, and public transit to the Elections Annex, see the King County Administration Building location and directions..


Photo: Halloween lights on Serpentine

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Now here's someone with the spirit of Halloween! Bet they have good treats.

Did you hear about the towns in east Virginia that threaten to arrest teens who trick or treat?

“If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as “trick or treat” or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”

They definitely do not have the spirit of Halloween.


Shoreline resident Rhys Kroehler wins $7500 filmmaking prize from IPOEF

A still from Rhys Kroehler's film

By Luanne Brown

For Shorecrest graduate, Rhys Kroehler, 19, keeping a particular secret was hard.

But that’s just what he was required to do when he found out he won the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPOEF) 2018 Video Contest for his age group.

“They notified me by email about two weeks before the IPOEF officially announced the winners on September 26. 
"I was told not to post the news anywhere until they released the information on their website. It was so hard because I wanted to immediately thank everyone who helped me reach my goal of getting more votes than the other entries in my category,” Kroehler said.

Kroehler currently attends the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts where he majors in Film and Television Production with plans to graduate in 2021. He was in a class when he heard the big news.

“The first thing I did was call my mom to tell her. I was not expecting to win so I was shocked, but mostly I was just grateful for everybody who rallied together and helped me when I asked them to,” Kroehler said. 
Still from Rhys Kroehler's film
His sister, Talis Kroehler, 16 and a sophomore at Shorecrest High School, immediately started ‘lobbying’ to be his plus one at the 11th IPOEF Awards Dinner which takes place in Washington, D.C. on December 11, 2018 at the National Building Museum.

She was convincing enough to win him over and will be going with him to the dinner.

The $7500 prize money will be applied toward his tuition and other educational costs.

“I have been amazingly fortunate to have received numerous scholarships to help me afford USC. The IPOEF foundation has given me the ability to confidently say that I will be financially able to attend all four years.”

More than anything, winning this prize has taught him the value of ‘community’. “I wouldn't have been able to do this without all my friends and family members who worked so hard to get my video out there. My thanks to everyone who helped.”

Kroehler’ s prizewinning film explores what the world would be like without patents and can be viewed at this URL


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Bart prepares for fall weather

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


Support group for families struggling with dementia Oct 29

For families struggling with dementia
Aegis offers a Dementia Support Group as well as a free lunch on October 29th.

This is a group designed specifically for families struggling with dementia. The purpose of this group is to provide witness and acknowledgement of the difficulties inherent to this disease process.

The floor is open for sharing individual experiences with new and challenging behaviors and for receiving feedback about what works and what doesn’t. We may also explore topics in research, care or wellness related to dementia depending on group interests.

The group is led by Dr. Jessica Anderson, a licensed naturopathic physician with special interests in aging, hospice and palliative care. She is an advocate for families grappling with the progression of dementia and hosts monthly support groups throughout the Seattle area.

Join us on Monday, October 29, 11:30-1:00 for a free lunch and learn.

Please RSVP to 206-367-6700 or

before October 26…Free valet parking…space is limited

AEGIS OF SHORELINE – 14900 First Ave NE – Shoreline 98155


Resiliency and adverse childhood experiences and how they relate to homelessness

Join residents, businesses, community leaders and others for a presentation and conversation about resiliency and adverse experiences (ACES) as they relate to homelessness in our community at one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, October 16th, 6:30-8:00pm
Ronald United Methodist Church (17839 Aurora Ave, Shoreline)

Tuesday, October 30th, 6:30-8:00pm
Kenmore City Hall (18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore

Learn what it means to be living homeless.
Come away with an increased understanding and useful tools for any situation. 

RSVP is appreciated but not required: 

Sponsored by NUHSA (North Urban Human Services Alliance) and in partnership with representatives from the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park, King County Library System, the Cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, Ronald United Methodist Church, Hopelink, Center for Human Services, Outreach for Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness and Compass


Churches pair up to provide groceries for Ridgecrest Elementary kids in need

Friday, October 12, 2018

City Calvary Chapel and Shoreline
Seventh-day Adventist volunteers pack
food bags for Ridgecrest families in need
City Calvary Chapel and the Shoreline Seventh-day Adventist Church are once again pairing up to supply weekend groceries for 30 selected Ridgecrest Elementary students.

Only prepackaged, individual serving sized items can be used. Food and funds are donated by these church families and by volunteer food drives.

The food is stored at CCC and packed into bags for delivery to the school.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to this program, contact City Calvary Chapel at 206-709-9416, Heidi Skersies at 206-601-3705 or the Adventist Church at 206-363-2355.

Food4Kids backpacks
The photo shows volunteers packaging weekly bags with donated cereal, soups, milk, juice, mac and cheese boxes, granola bars, fruit packets, etc.

For more information about the Shoreline programs, see Food4KidsShoreline

These groups provide food packages to chronically hungry students from low income or homeless households who are at risk of hunger over the weekends when free school meals are unavailable. 

Every Friday students are discretely given a bag of food containing easy to prepare foods which is then tucked into their backpacks and brought home.

Food4KidsShoreline is holding a fundraising 5k run on October 20. It's too late to get a t-shirt but you can still register to run or you can donate. (see previous article)


46th LD Democrats meet Wednesday Oct 17 with panel on low income housing

46th district Dems meet Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7pm
The District Meeting will be Wednesday, October 17th, at 7:00pm, at the Seattle Mennonite Church Auditorium, located at 3120 NE 125th St, in Lake City.

The meeting space is located within a half block of several bus lines, there is secure bike parking out of the weather in the lobby, and parking behind the building in the shared block lot, or across 125th Street in the Chase Bank / Veterans Administration lot after 6pm. 

The program will be an expert panel for a presentation and discussion of Low Income Housing, Two Case Studies. Presentations will explain why low income housing can be so expensive to build, and how we might address our housing challenges in what has become the nation's most difficult housing market for people and families with lower incomes.

October's meeting will also have candidate visits, and Get Out The Vote Activities on the agenda.

The other large piece of business will be consideration of a resolution dealing with the legal age for tobacco sales. The complete text can be found HERE.


Photos: Visible progress on Parkwood Elementary

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The groundbreaking for Parkwood Elementary was held on September 19, 2018. At the time, the site was full of rubble and construction equipment. Now, not quite a month late, a building is rising out of the ground, changing day to day.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Parkwood Elementary School is one of four school construction projects being funded by a school construction bond approved by 73 percent of Shoreline School District voters in February 2017. 

Other projects funded by the bond include construction of the Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center and rebuilding Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools. Pratt and Einstein and both underway and Kellogg will start later.

Parkwood Elementary is on N 155th between Meridian and Aurora in Shoreline.


Obituary: Paul A. Ballard, M.D.

Paul Ballard, M.D.
Innis Arden resident Paul A. Ballard, M.D., age 83, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Northwest Hospital in Seattle.

He was born June 14, 1935, in Seattle, to Donald A. and Dorothy (Chandler) Ballard. He was a 1968 graduate of The University of Missouri School of Medicine.

He worked as a family physician in Seattle for over 40 years.

Paul’s passion in life was medicine and caring for others. He gave tirelessly to helping others through his knowledge and skill in medicine.

He loved reading about and keeping up to date with the medical advances even after he retired from his medical practice.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Dennis Ashman of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his brother Bernard Chandler Ballard. He will be deeply missed. Paul requested a private cremation.


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