CORRECTION: Caregiver support group for families struggling with dementia - Nov 26

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Monday, November 26, 11:30-1:00

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, November 26, 11:30-1:00 
for a free lunch and learn. 

RSVP to 206-367-6700 or before November 23 … Free valet parking … space is limited



Photo: Will work for peanuts

Photo copyright Gloria Nagler

Yep, it's true, dougies will work for peanuts :) 

Look at that lower incisor! Shot this today, and hardest thing was shooting the pic at close range while giving her nut after nut 'till she found one she approved of, without having my fingers mistaken for food (don't try this at home ;).

--Gloria Nagler


Where is Fred Rogers when you need him?

From Dr. François S. Clemmons, modified to landscape under Creative Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

By Brian Boston

It’s hard not to watch “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” and not come away philosophical. This documentary about a human being of seemly infinite grace who became a PBS icon for children puts you in the mood to be reflective and thoughtful about the world in which we live.

Damage Control vs. Usage Improvement
While I do help people use their computers more creatively and effectively, I seem to also spend a lot of time protecting or recovering people from tech scams, identity theft and other malicious acts. Of the five different type of talks I am currently offering at Sno-Isle libraries through their Tech Pros program, only two topics fit into the creative/effective column.

On top of that I had just finished a class on fake news in October (Rumor Mill: How to Find Fact from Fiction on the Web) for the Creative Retirement Institute (EDCC). There I had to show example after example of the vicious fictions created by people feeding the paranoia of their ideological base, picking at the character of anyone who disagrees or simply seeking to profit from the fear and uncertainty generated by incomprehensible threats.

Okay, that sentence was long. It was also depressing. I am sure that some people’s reaction to all this is to crawl to the nearest corner and assume the fetal position.

Fred’s Frame of Mind
So, I was in the right state to see Fred Rogers again in the Oscar-winning documentary by Morgan Neville, (available through Amazon Prime, ITunes, King County Library, Sno-Isle Library and the Seattle Public Library). It was a great antidote to the fake news, public displays of disrespect, and the tendency of people to think the worst of their fellow human beings.

Fred loved people, especially children and thought the best of them. Though Fred died 15 years ago, I know he would be appalled at the relentless pace and vicious content we are hit with every day. But, I don’t think he would get caught up in it.

Instead, I believe he would respond without anger or antipathy to the person, not to the attack:

“You must be particularly upset or angry to speak so hurtfully to others. It must be hard on you and those you care about when you feel like that.”

And then, he would be prepared to listen.

That first part is something most people can understand intellectually. The second part is the hard part, though. Opening yourself up to hear someone is risky, but it is also the secret step to stopping the endless battle and beginning a true dialog.

Are People Worth the Effort?
In writing this, I am reminded of a story told by one of my Tech Support Scam attendees at the Marysville Library. As he recalled the story, a phone scammer called an intended victim who started asking the scammer questions, not about the scam but about the scammer himself.

Finally, the “victim” started sharing with the scammer that he knew this was a scam and shared his feeling the caller was “better than this” and “deserved more than just scamming people.”

Sometime later the scammer called this person back, stating that their phone call changed his life. He quit the scam, gained a legitimate job and learned in the process that he was a better person than he thought he was. Is the story true? I have no idea. I can only hope it is.

Am I suggesting that everyone try to do this? No. This was likely a special circumstance that both people were “primed” to pursue with a positive outcome. If the circumstances seem right, perhaps.

A Lesson in Reaching Out
Oftentimes we aren’t looking for an opportunity for something like this at all. That was the situation for Ben Taylor from Ogden, Utah. Ben has a You-Tube channel where he has, among other things, attempted to scam scammers.

That changed a little over a year ago when Ben received a random message on Facebook:

Ben started to communicate with the scammer (Joel) who initially wanted to receive electronics shipped through a third-party at a suspicious address in the US. Over the next few months of interaction, Ben purchased a camera and sent it to Joel, telling him he would pay for pictures of Liberia. While the first set of pictures were poor quality, Joel practiced and finally started sending very nice pics.

Then Ben took the good pictures, made a photo book (By D Grace of God) and started an Indiegogo campaign to sell the book for $10.

They sold over 1,000 books to people in 40 different countries with Ben splitting the profits 50/50 with Joel. Ben then donated his profits to Joel’s village, having Joel manage the purchase and distribution of school supplies to the poorest children.

If this amazing story ended at this point, it would have been enough for most. Ben and Joel’s story went viral. To continue book purchases and offer more merchandise, Ben started a webpage: bydgraceofgod.

Donations and purchases helped Ben travel to Joel’s village and distribute more assistance to the people of Liberia. It certainly changed the lives of a onetime Liberian scammer and his American business partner forever.

Book and products are available here.

Finding Fred
With stories like Ben and Joel, perhaps I have my answer to “Where is Fred Rogers when you need him?”. The essence of Fred’s approach was to believe that people are inherently good. They just need to be understood and supported so each one could be “as good as they could be” as Fred would say.

When an opportunity presents itself and things align, Fred seems to be there for me. Maybe he can also be there for others. We just need to see the signs and open our hearts to those moments.

More about Ben and Joel’s story

When not thinking about we can treat each other better or occasionally contributing to the Shoreline Area News, Brian Boston helps individuals and groups with technology and offers classes through the Sno-isle Libraries, Computer Q/A at The Commons and the Creative Retirement Institute at Edmonds Community College. More information at


Holiday Crafts Market at Spartan Center Saturday

The big City of Shoreline Parks and Recreation Holiday Crafts Market is this Saturday, November 17.

It runs from 9am to 4pm at the Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th St, Shoreline 98155.

Jewelry - textiles - holiday food - holiday crafts!


46th Dems election party Wednesday - 32nd Dems also on Wed.

46th District Post-Election Party and Analysis: Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm for mixing and mingling.

We will hear from the always informative and entertaining Ben Anderstone of Crosscut! Ben will bring us his fascinating election statistics, trends and maps! 

Our amazing legislators will also join us - Sen. Frockt, Rep. Pollet, and Rep. Valdez, and our VIP special guests! We will also play some election trivia for prizes!

The monthly meeting for November will be in a special location! We will be gathering at the Elliott Bay Brewery, located at 12537 Lake City Way NE, Seattle 98125. Elliott Bay has a lovely downstairs private venue (elevator accessible) with huge video screens for our program.

We'll provide the substantial appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages, a huge variety of alcoholic beverages will be available for individual purchase from the cash bar.

Parking available in a free lot behind the building, on the street in front of the building, and the Lake City Neighborhood is very transit accessible. (this is just a block away, around the corner from our usual meeting space.)

Proposed Agenda - starts at 7:00pm
Call to Order/Flag Salute
Good of the Order
Program: Post Election Analysis
Election Trivia Game
Update from our Legislators!

We are asking $20 at the door to continue our work next year - more if you are inclined, less if you are living lightly. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

32nd District

Monthly meeting is Wednesday November 14th, 6pm Dinner, 7pm at the Richmond Masonic Center in Shoreline.753 N 185th St, Seattle, WA 98133 

Our bi-annual reorganization is December 12th at the same location.


Jobs: Administrative Assistant 3

WSDOT Administrative Assistant 3
Opening Date: 11/13/2018
Closing Date: 11/27/2018 11:59pm

WSDOT is seeking an energetic and organized administrative professional to independently perform duties in direct support of senior management. This position will establish and improve procedures and manage the day-to-day administrative functions relating to payroll, travel, accounting, supplies, invoices, vehicles, security, facilities and telecommunications. This position specifically supports three organization managers as well as a member of the Design/Construction Conference Committee which serves the training and informational needs of the entire Northwest Region, mega projects and additional attendees from Washington State Ferries. This position also provides backup for the Employee Transportation Coordinator.

View the entire announcement and apply: AA3


Jobs: Construction Communications Specialist

WSDOT Construction Communications Specialist

Opening Date: 11/13/2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

WSDOT has an outstanding opportunity for a seasoned communications professional who is media savvy and can effectively represent the agency as its spokesperson in key situations. This position will develop and implement strategic communications plans for highway projects in design and construction. The Construction Communications Specialist will lead internal and external communications efforts to produce information for stakeholders regarding traffic and local construction, and will have the proven ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences.

View the entire announcement and apply: Construction Communications Specialist


County Council passes budget

The County council completed eight weeks of deliberation on the proposed 2019-2020 King County Budget with Tuesday’s unanimous adoption of the $11.7 billion budget.

The budget includes an array of key measures:
  • The restoration of the gang unit, a vital law enforcement tool for communities affected by gang violence.
  • Increasing shelter space for the homeless while increasing oversight of funding for programs.
  • Taking steps to implement a low/no-cost transit fares for Metro’s lowest-income passengers with the goal of having the program in place by 2020.
  • Providing funds to help meet the region’s growing transit needs, including 200,000 hours in increased bus service throughout King County. There are also funds to study new transit options, including Seattle ferry services to and from Renton and Kenmore.
  • Examining the impact of the wastewater system on orcas and salmon

“This budget prioritizes investments aimed at ensuring everyone in King County has the opportunity to pursue their full potential. From housing investments, to expanding access to transit, to innovative criminal justice reform initiatives, this is a budget that puts our progressive values into action. I am honored to have participated in the budget leadership team that led the efforts to complete this work.”
  • --Councilmember Rod Dembowski
For more information, visit the budget page.


Shoreline Veterans Day celebration

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Program participants
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

On Monday, November 12, 2018, three organizations joined in an event to recognize veterans.

Keynote speaker Michael Reagan holds up one of his sketches
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The City of Shoreline, the Shoreline Veterans Association, and American Legion Post 227 held a program at Shoreline City Hall.

The keynote speaker was Edmonds resident Michael Reagan with his Fallen Heros Portrait Project. 

He draws sketches of fallen service members, free, for their families. He has expanded to include the children and teachers who died at Sandy Hook, and the Parkland victims.

Mayor Will Hall
Photo by Jerry Pickard

A brass ensemble played. Mayor Will Hall was the master of ceremonies, welcoming the crowd, leading the pledge of allegiance, giving remarks, and presenting a proclamation from the City.

County Councilmember Rod Dembowski
Photo by Jerry Pickard

County Councilmember Rod Dembowski gave remarks. Dembowski secured the major funding from King County to build the veterans memorial on City Hall grounds. As part of his remarks, he spoke of the poem In Flanders Field, and talked about researching his grandfather's WWI service record in the online records of the Kansas City, Missouri WWI museum.

Major Bill MacCully, Michael Reagan and BG Ray Coffey
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Maj. Bill MacCully of Post 227 gave a reading and MGen Ray Coffey USAVR, Chair of the Shoreline Veterans Committee, introduced the keynote speaker. After, he spoke of the veterans project and gave the closing remarks.

Lt. Dwight Stevens, WWII pilot, co-chaired the
Shoreline Veterans Memorial
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Chaplain CPT Debra Maund USAR gave the invocation and the benediction.



LFP Thanksgiving Farmers Market and Holiday Crafts Fair this Sun, Nov 18

This Sunday, November 18, 2018 is the perfect time to start preparing for your Thanksgiving feast and to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping thanks to the return of the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market and Holiday Crafts Fair!

Start making your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list now so that you’re ready to receive the full bounty of the LFP Farmers Market this Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Pick-up all the freshest and best in Washington grown and produced fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, wines, baked goods, and more.

Find all your favorite seasonal produce to make your holiday feasts extra special. Farm-fresh offerings – including apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garlic, pears, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, winter squash, zucchini, and so much more – will help you top your table in delicious style.

SNAP benefits will once again be matched dollar for dollar (in even increments) with Fresh Bucks for fresh fruits and vegetables. And you can still spend your 2018 Market Bucks at the market, too, through the last market on Dec. 16th!

Then head downstairs to beat the Black Friday crush at the Third Place Commons Holiday Crafts Fair featuring the unique creations of over 30 gifted Washington artists and artisans. You’ll be dazzled by a beautiful array of handcrafted works and sure to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (including yourself).

Offerings will include handcrafted jewelry, pens, woodwork, home décor, toys, clothing, and holiday novelties. From fine arts to fabric arts to potions, lotions, and notions, the Holiday Crafts Fair will truly have something for everyone!

Both events take place at the Town Center of Lake Forest Park. The LFP Fall Farmers Market will be upstairs at Third Place Commons, while you will find the Holiday Crafts Fair in the lower lobby. Both will be open from 10am to 3pm.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the final fall market and holiday crafts fair on Sunday, December 16th (details to come).

The LFP Farmers Market and Holiday Craft Fairs are presented by Third Place Commons, a community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space. Third Place Commons is located in the Town Center at Lake Forest Park at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.


Tickets on sale now for Elks Crabfest

Shoreline Elks present their 3rd annual Crabfest - Saturday, December 1 from 6-10pm.

Live music, Dungeness crab, no host bar featuring red ale. Live music!

$30 tickets can be purchased online now.

Proceeds go to Elks Charities.

The Shoreline Elks are located at 14625 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


Volunteer at your Neighborhood Tax Site

Monday, November 12, 2018

United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign has been proudly assisting low- and middle-income families and individuals for 16 years.

In the 2018 tax season, our wonderful volunteers helped over 23,200 people, bringing $31.6 million back into the community in tax refunds and credits. Also, we connect people to local services and public benefits such as food assistance, healthcare, and financial coaching. For many people who we served, it helps them cover the cost of basic needs like keeping food on the table or a roof over their heads.

"There were too many stories to choose, just one that significantly impacted me. A lot of people were so grateful for our help. The best parts were calculating a return for someone who was feeling stressed for money and didn't expect anything back."~ UWKC Volunteer

We rely on our talented team of volunteers to make this possible. Join us today and help those who need it most. We provide free comprehensive training that will boost your skills, and we will support you throughout the tax season.

Learn more and get involved today,  HERE


Letter to the Editor: Candidates - pick up your signs

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
To the Editor:

Dear Jesse, Maralyn, Joe, Les and all the other candidates who’ve peppered our neighborhoods with your signs:

The voting may be over, but your election chores are not finished: You’ve got work to do.

Energize your teams to go out and pick up all stuff you put throughout the community. Do a thorough search …. don’t simply get the obvious signs … there are plenty of others that have been pushed down and are now part of street and sidewalk debris that so badly needs to be cleaned up by property owners and the city.

While you’re out there, do us all another favor and collect those pro/con sidewalk issue and initiative signs.

You’ve sought our votes by trying to convince us you care --- follow up with some action to prove it!

Larry Lowary


Veterans Day at Evergreen Washelli

Honor guard
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Evergreen Washelli hosted its annual Veterans Day Service on Monday, November 12, 2018.

The day began at 7:00am with flag placement in the Washelli Veterans Cemetery, followed by a band concert at 10:30am and a Service of Remembrance at 11:00am. 

The cemetery is located at 11111 Aurora Ave N.


Home sales in Shoreline during October 2018

The following are properties that sold in Shoreline during the month of October 2018. Data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Photo: House on the beach

Photo by Seattle Poppy

What? You were expecting a McMansion with sweeping views of the Shoreline Sea?

This is different real estate.

Years ago, I went to a house party at a cabin on the Oregon coast. It was a charming place that easily accommodated a dozen people.

The couple who owned it had built the entire structure with things they found on the beach. But I assure you that it didn't look a bit like this one that Seattle Poppy found.



YMCA hosting immigration and visas workshop Monday evening

The Dale Turner Family YMCA is hosting an Immigration and Visas workshop on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 5 - 6pm in collaboration with Foundation for International Services (FIS). 

The public is invited to this free workshop on services and resources for working in the U.S. Learn how an international degree can be useful once it is evaluated into an equivalent U.S. degree.

This workshop is recommended for workers, such as Uber/Lyft drivers, health care, or technology workers who have foreign degrees.

Workshop leaders are Janette Turner and Severine Kassimou, Director of Evaluations, at Foundation for International Services (FIS).

The YMCA is located off Aurora Avenue North and North 192nd St, by the South Echo Lake complex and the 192nd park and ride.

To learn about international credential services see the FIS website here, and reserve your seat at the workshop by emailing


Shady Characters at the LFP Garden Club meeting Tuesday

Alex LaVilla will tell the LFP
Garden Club about
shady characters
On Tues November 13, 2018 the Lake Forest Park Garden Club will have Alex LaVilla, discussing:


While discussing some of the best hardy ferns, Alex LaVilla will touch on some outstanding shrubs, perennials, and grasses as complements to the delicate textures of ferns.

Alex is on the “Great Plant Picks” committee, has been head of the Perennial and Bulb subcommittee since 2001, and works at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle.

Meetings are held at Third Place Commons at Bothell Way NE and Ballinger Way NE at the Town Center upper level stage area. General meeting from 9:15am then a break for coffee and cookies. At 10:30am our speaker will begin. Meeting last usually until 12 noon.

All are welcome to attend to 2 free talks and then we would want you to join the club for $25.00 a year. We have many activities throughout the year. We hold meetings from Sept to May, then have summer activities, like a picnic, bus trip, Christmas party, etc. All level of gardeners welcomed.


Call for Short Films for the 2019 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival, now in its third year. This festival aims to support emerging and developing filmmakers in Washington State and encourage appreciation for the art of filmmaking in our community.

Entries of “short short” films must be between 3 and 10 minutes and will be judged by an esteemed jury of filmmakers and film advocates.

Returning judges include Tony Doupé, SAG/AFTRA Actor and Shoreline Community College Film Department Professor, and Denise Walz, Co-President of PRR Biz.

Added judges include Vivian Hua, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum, and Award-winning producer and founder of Indie Movie Mastery, Jenna Edwards.

Accepted films will be screened on Saturday, February 9 in the state-of-the-art Shoreline Community College Theater, and the best of the best will take home an artsy Sasquatch Award.

Film submissions must be made via Film Freeway no later than December 21st, 2018.

  • Best Picture – $TBD
  • Best Music Video Short – $TBD
  • Best Animated Short – $TBD
  • Viewer’s Choice Award – $TBD
  • Best Comedy Short – $TBD 
  • Best Student Short – $TBD

There is a small fee to submit entries this year. $15 standard fee for all categories except in the Student category. The Student Category fee is $5. Thank you!

All winners will also receive an artsy Sasquatch Award that is sure to be the envy of any Pacific Northwest filmmaker!

  • Films must be 3-10 minutes in length, including credits
  • Filmmakers must have proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images included in the duration of their submission(s)
  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017
  • All non-English films must have English subtitles

  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by January 9, 2019
  • Filmmakers can only submit one film
  • Preference is given to filmmakers working in the Greater Seattle Area
  • Still shots and/or excerpts from selected films may be used by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council for publicity purposes
  • All entries are final and may not be withdrawn from the festival once submitted
Additional information on website!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is proud to present this event with support from the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, and individual donors, like you.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Shoreline Peace Dance this Friday

This month only, the usual 2nd Friday Shoreline Peace Dance will be shifted to the 3rd Friday to avoid overlap with the Annual Peace Dance Retreat Weekend.

See you on November 16, 7:30pm at Namaste Yoga Studio 18021 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Questions... Hayra- 206 546-6092 or


Kenmore Youth Art Show features artists 5 to 18

Dripping Stars by Corinna Scully age 15
The Arts of Kenmore is proud to produce the 6th annual Youth Art – Juried Group Exhibition featuring 40 magnificent works by emerging artists under the age of 18. 

“Youth Art” is a highly competitive visual art exhibition, receiving an overwhelming 83 submissions from artists throughout the Pacific Northwest. All submissions are juried in four age categories: 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-18. Selected artworks in this show are an eclectic confluence of applications from new digital media to traditional pen and ink executions.

Congratulations to the selected artists: Chloe Asmann, Sophia Bourgoin, Iain Boyle, Erin Chao, Emma Harmon, Henry Huang, Ivette Ivanov, Natalie Keys, Austin Kim, Joshua Kim, Ryan Kim, Annaleis Kleven, Cara Kwon, Anna Lee, Thumper Lin, Fred Liu, Mason Luo, Milan Mar, Sua Mcbride, Melissa Mitchell, Emily Mo, Olivia Oomen, Grace Park, Hannah Ren, Trey Schaaf, Corinna Scully, Delaney Sias, Burke Smithers, Aileen Suh, Daniel Sung, Charlie Tchervenski, Emma Tchervenski, Aidan Toomre, Lauren Van Matre, Charlotte Weber, Rebecca Wu, Casey Yang, Rachel Yi, Andrew Zhao, and Sophie Zhang.

The Arts of Kenmore promotes art and culture throughout the community with sustaining support from the City of Kenmore and 4Culture, and art enthusiasts like you!

Support Local, Buy Local! 100% of Art Sales Revenue goes to AOK Grants for Schools supporting Art, Music and Drama in Kenmore K12 schools.

More information HERE


Caregiver support group meets Tuesday

Free caregiver support group meets Tuesday at iora primary care on Aurora. Tuesday November 13, 2018 from 1:30 to 2:30pm.



Classifieds: Ronald Public Hearing on District Budget

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ronald Wastewater District will hold a public hearing on the District's 2019 budget on November 13, 2018 at 7pm at the District offices at 17505 Linden Ave N.


Home sales in Lake Forest Park during October 2018

The following are properties that sold in Lake Forest Park during the month of October 2018. Data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Annual Holiday Scholarship Benefit Brunch and Auction

The Edmonds SnoKing Washington branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its annual Holiday Scholarship Benefit Brunch and Auction on December 1, 2018.

Reservations can be made up to November 21, 2018 HERE

Amazing auction items including: an Austrian crystal necklace and bracelet, picnic/sailing, an Irish dinner, an old-fashioned Singalong!

The keynote speaker is DeLancey Lane, AAUW Activist and College Liaison, Former Intern for Patty Murray and Legislative Assistant to WA Senator Patty Kuderer

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Edmonds Community College, Gateway Hall Rm. 352
20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036. Free Parking.

All are welcome $30 fee. Reservations close 11/21/18
For questions, contact Edmonds SnoKing Branch Leadership

Reservation Form and more information on the Web

The Mission of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.


Lake Forest Park Municipal Court Judge Linda Portnoy nominated for Human Services award

Judge Linda Portnoy
Judge Linda Portnoy, Presiding Judge of the Lake Forest Park Municipal Court, is one of the nominees for the 2018 North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) Human Services Awards. Also nominated from the LFP community is the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park.

NUHSA shared, “Each award recipient has demonstrated a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our North King County community, and has supported or advocated for a strong and accessible health and human services system, strengthening our community through their initiative and leadership.”

Nominees and winners will be honored at NUHSA’s 2018 Human Services Awards celebration on December 4, 2018, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, in the City of Shoreline Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

King County Council Member Rod Dembowski is the featured speaker.

For more information, or to RSVP for this community event, email


Join the work party at Grace Cole Nature Park Saturday

Entrance to Grace Cole Nature Park
Photo by Diane Hettrick
In October the ambitious work party at the Grace Cole Nature Park planted Cedar trees and ferns, tackled the invasive species in the south trailhead and upper trailhead areas, and hauled some more chips to spread in the forest.

It was a productive and satisfying day of improving Grace Cole Park. Thanks so very much to all who participated!

On November 17, 2018 they'll meet again at the Park to continue the improvements for all who enjoy the paths, wetlands and forest of Grace Cole Nature Park, with its ambient wildlife.

They'll start at 9am, and finish at noon. Come for as long as you can spare. There will be snacks and sandwiches.

Your friends and family members are most welcome to participate in this effort to improve this open space which we are so fortunate to have been able to set aside for fun, relaxation and exercise.

Questions? Mamie at 206-364-4410


Veterans Day Sunday, November 11

This is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the origin of Veterans Day. Armistice Day marked the end of World War I.

After the end of World War II, most member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, like United Kingdom and (as Canada in 1931), moved most Armistice Day events to the nearest Sunday and officially began to commemorate both World Wars. They adopted the name Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday.

Other countries also changed the name of the holiday just prior to or after World War II, to honor veterans of that and subsequent conflicts. The United States chose All Veterans Day, later shortened to 'Veterans Day', to explicitly honor military veterans, including those participating in other conflicts.



Homeless youth topic of November RBCA meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7:00 pm - meet and greet; 
7:30 pm - program begins
Richmond Beach Congregational Church
1512 NW 195th Street, Shoreline

The appearance of homeless people on the streets of Shoreline has been a consuming concern for all citizens and a difficult, ongoing challenge for local government and social welfare agencies in recent years. 

Tragically, the problem is bigger than it appears because there is a substantial "hidden" homeless and housing-insecure population: children.

Past RBCA President Jerry Patterson has brought together of panel of experts and hands-on representatives of the groups combating this problem to present at the November public meeting of the Richmond Beach Community Association.

Neighbors will hear about the reality and scope of the problem and what can be done about it.

The meeting is at 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 13, in the basement of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church, at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 15th Avenue NW. 

Come early at 7:00pm to socialize with your neighbors. 

All are welcome.


Help advance a public health agenda of common sense gun safety

Gun violence in the form of mass shootings has once again gripped our nation in the past several weeks — to the point that there are now media stories about “compassion fatigue.” 

There is also an ongoing epidemic of other forms of gun violence: suicide and unintentional shootings.

Here in Washington, voters just passed an initiative that we hope will save lives without compromising Constitutional rights.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help advance a public health agenda of common sense gun safety, think about joining MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA.

There is an informational meeting at the Shoreline Library (345 NE 175th St.) on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00pm for those interested in learning more about the work that MOMS DEMAND ACTION is doing locally and across the nation. You need not be a mom to get involved!

Go to this link to register in advance (or just show up on Wednesday evening). 


Used book sale continues at Third Place Books Sunday

Third Place Books continues its Used Book Sale on Sunday: 9am to 8pm - 40% off

Upper level Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park.


Rep. Cindy Ryu honored with Washington State Outstanding Service to Veterans Award

Rep. Ryu was honored in the Auburn Veterans Parade
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Nine Washington residents were honored in Auburn on Saturday, November 10 with Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards for their contributions to Washington State’s veterans and their families during the past year.

The awards - co-sponsored each year by the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs - recognize individuals who devote time and energy to improving the lives of Washington's veterans and their families.

The awards are presented at a special luncheon in Auburn, following the awardees participation in the City’s annual Veterans Day Parade.

The 2018 Outstanding Service to Veterans are:
  • Bruce McKenty – Lakewood, WA
  • Aaron Quinonez – Auburn, WA
  • Eric Fritts – Tonasket, WA
  • Eric Ballentine – Puyallup, WA
  • Leslie O’Bannon – Stanwood, WA
  • Heartbeat for Wounded Warriors – Onalaska, WA
  • The Mission Continues – Tacoma 1st Service Platoon – Tacoma, WA
  • Sen. Jim Honeyford – 15th Leg. District
  • Rep. Cindy Ryu – 32nd Leg. District


Community invited to Veterans Day celebration Monday at Shoreline City Hall

National artist and veteran Michael Reagan of Edmonds will be the speaker at the Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Shoreline City Hall Lobby 17500 Midvale Ave N, 2pm.

Sponsored by:

  • City of Shoreline
  • Shoreline Veterans Association
  • Starr Sutherland Jr. Post 227 of the American Legion

All are welcome to attend. Free parking in city garage behind city hall.


A fresh coat of paint applied in Shoreline for Veterans Day weekend

Cody Ross Wendy Albee Mark Stovner Dejah Leger Matt Behring Ray Underwood
and Joseph Irons at Shoreline's Compass Veterans Housing
Photo by Melissa Irons

This Saturday, November 10, 2018, local Shoreline remodeling firm, Irons Brothers Construction, along with approximately 75 other volunteers from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties performed interior painting restoration at Compass Housing Alliance Shoreline Veterans Center located at 1301 N 200th St. Shoreline 98133.

Dejah Leger on ladder and Mark Stovner below
Photo by Melissa Irons

Compass Housing Alliance provides housing, shelter, and support services for veterans experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Puget Sound Region. Military veterans experience post-traumatic stress, injury, and other unique challenges as they return from duty to reintegrate into society. Compass Housing Alliance offers a variety of programs and housing that meet the specific needs of military veterans and their families so that the men and women who have served our country are not forgotten. 

Irons Brothers Construction is excited this Veteran’s Day weekend to be using our talents and resources to help improve the lives of the residents at the Shoreline Veterans Center. This Program provides transitional housing and case management for 21 men and 4 women who are veterans. The center’s technology lab offers computer classes and helps residents apply for benefits, look for a job, and access resources online.

Shoreline Mayor Will Hall and General Manager
of Irons Brothers, Joseph Irons
Photo by Melissa Irons
Joseph Irons, the General Manager of Irons Brothers Construction has a passion in serving our veterans. Not only are 25% of our company’s workforce comprised of veterans, but they are also represented across all of our company’s departments - administration, production, and sales. We are proud to have veterans represent our team and to have them give back to other veterans during this annual philanthropic event.

Joseph Irons’ passion for men and women who have served our country comes from his own upbringing as a child. His Mother is a retired Naval officer and his Father retired as a master sergeant from the Air Force after several tours, including World War I, Korea, and Vietnam.

We would like to honor our the veterans at Irons Brothers Construction:
1. Administrator - Scarlet Haney, Air Force
2. Senior Project Developer - Trevor Dodds, Coastguard
3. Project Manager / Lead Carpenter - Cody Ross, Marines

Joseph Irons, Cody Ross, Dejah Leger, Matt Behring, Shannon Dodge,
Mark Stovner, Wendy Albee and Ray Underwood
Photo by Melissa Irons

Painting a Better Tomorrow is a one-day philanthropic event that brings individuals and teams of friends, coworkers, and family together to benefit a social service organization in King and Snohomish counties. Volunteers spend the day giving community areas and living spaces a fresh coat of paint. Painting is frequently the first maintenance item slashed off of an operational budget at many non-profits. Thus for Compass and the Shoreline Veterans Center, we are hopeful that this fresh coat of paint will improve the resident’s housing and life.

Giving our time and talents at this event rewards our team in many ways. This year’s Painting a Better Tomorrow lands on the birthday of the Marines, November 10, 2018. Oorah! We want to thank our staff and all the veterans among us who have served to protect our life and liberty. We are proud to be able to help them with this Painting a Better Tomorrow Event and in our daily work to build and maintain the American dream of home ownership.

--Melissa Irons


Comcast veterans initiatives and hiring program

Comcast is working hard to support veterans and their families as teammates, community partners, and customers.

They have expanded eligibility for their Internet Essentials program to include the more than one million low-income veterans in their service area, most of whom lacked internet.

In Washington, they are the newest partner of the Lacey Veterans Hub in Thurston County. Through funding and support of the Hub’s tech center and computer lab, we assist veterans in applying for jobs, benefits, and tech literacy training.

We've also expanded our partnership with Bunker Labs, the nation’s premier entrepreneurial ecosystem for veterans. Comcast launched the first-ever Bunker Labs Digital Boot Camp pilot program in Seattle, offering technology training to veteran entrepreneurs. Learn more about our partnership in supporting veteran entrepreneurs with this quick video.

Comcast NBCUniversal will hire thousands of veterans, military spouses, and National Guard and Reserve members, bringing its total to 21,000 military hires by the end of 2021. A previous commitment made in 2015 was to hire 10,000 military community members by the end of 2017. They exceeded this goal.

We are so proud of the work our military community employees are leading — and there is still more work to be done. contains information on their benefits for military community members and open positions by military job skill, proximity to military bases, and more.


Senior Center honored its veterans Friday

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center held a Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 9, 2018 at its building on the Shoreline Center campus.

Attendees viewed the Center's videotape, featuring interviews with three of its veterans talking about their experiences in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Wes Gallagher
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver
One of the vets was on a ship assigned to the first H-bomb test on the Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean between Hawai'i and the Philippines.

We knew to cover our eyes with our arms and look down at the deck. When we saw the flash reflected on the deck, we knew it was ok to look up. 
We'd just stand with our mouths open, watching that column climb higher and higher into the air. It would go straight up 11, 12,000 feet and explode in a beautiful fireball of colors. 
Then there would be an explosion, so loud. It was like being hit on the side of the head. One of the explosions broke my eardrum.

After the explosion, radioactive dust would fall for hours. It would be everywhere, on their skin, their clothing. The ship would be covered with it. The sailors would go through decontamination showers and hose down the ship.

Dr. Nola Moore talked about her
experience as a nurse in Korea
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver
A Navy nurse talked about spending a year in a quonset hut triage center in Korea. It wasn't like a MASH unit, she said, although the Army had one right down the road. Theirs was a fully equipped hospital and medical center. 

Their job was to process Navy personnel as quickly as possible and stabilize them so they could be airlifted to ships and taken to long term care. The average stay for a patient was 24-36 hours.

Sid Rouse is a Vietnam vet who was an electrician working below decks in charge of keeping the engines running. His ship was at maximum running speed when something happened - a very loud noise and the ship shuddered. The phones were out and he couldn't reach anyone above to find out the status or confirm his last orders. The hatches were battened down so they were closed off from topside.

Sid Rouse
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver
He managed to make contact with his counterpart at the other end of the ship and his was the same experience. 
He said "I'm going to stop the ship." His counterpart agreed. If they were wrong, they could be courtmartialed for not following their last orders to sail at full speed.
He had made the right decision. A plane had flown through the bridge of the ship and exploded. The captain and all the officers were either dead or in the water. 
The bridge was gone and the secondary con was damaged. No one was steering the ship.

The lunch following featured presentation of the Colors by Naval Base Everett Color Guard, presentation of The Fallen Soldier Table by Kevin Coomer, Sergeant US Army.

Capt. Davis and Col. Horner
Roger Horner, Col. US Infantry, Ret. introduced keynote speaker Capt. Michael F. Davis, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Everett.

A musical presentation by Lewis Wilburn, Air Force Training Command, and reading of In Flanders Field

Half the attendees were veterans and the rest were there to honor family members.


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