Photo: Purple rhodies

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

This purple rhodie is so gorgeous - I want one.

This one belongs to someone in Richmond Beach.
Lee found it on one of her walks.



North City Fire Station 63 will be completely rebuilt on site

Demolition of the old fire station 63
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Shoreline Fire celebrated the start of construction on its newest fire station with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 16. The new station will replace the current Station 63, located at 1410 NE 180th Street, in the North City business district of Shoreline.

Last training in the 50 year old station
Photo by Mike Remarcke

The old station was 50 years old, had undergone two major remodels over its lifetime and was starting to have many of its systems fail. A new, larger station is needed to support program needs and prepare for future growth including increased call volumes.

Since the old property was too small to support this growth, the department evaluated over 20 potential sites in the immediate area. The current site was selected for its location, which had the best response performance measures and had the least impact on the community. The other two of the top three sites would have required the acquisition of at least six properties.

One of the purchased properties behind the station
Photo by Mike Remarcke

The department bought four additional properties behind the old station consisting of a small commercial building and three small houses.

The North City Station 63 serves the northeast portion of Shoreline as its primary response area. Its location just off 15 Avenue NE and access to NE 185 Street is ideal.

Architect's drawing of the new Station 63

The new building will have four apparatus bays with three of them as drive through or with options to drive out the back. The first floor will have offices, work areas and training room. The second floor will have the crew quarters and mechanical spaces. There will be limited props behind the building for training.

Groundbreaking marked the second phase of construction
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Construction activity began on July 23, 2018, but it was all behind the old building, predominantly out of sight. The groundbreaking marked the second phase of construction on the new station.

Faced with the challenge of new construction on an occupied site, the department bought a modular building and installed it on the back of the current property. Firefighters moved into that building and will continue to use it during construction. The modular building will be put up for sale and moved off site when construction is complete.

Modular building for firefighters
and apparatus building
Photo by Mike Remarcke

A new storage building was also constructed in the back corner of the property for apparatus storage. It is currently being used for fire apparatus until the new station is complete so that crews can continue to provide critical services to the North City area.

The architect is TCA Architecture, the same firm that designed three other facilities for the department. The contractor is Shreve Construction LLC, which is the same contractor that recently built the new police station at Shoreline City Hall. Anticipated cost for the project is $10,207,000, predominantly paid for by capital bonds.


Business networking group holds visitors' day Thursday in Lynnwood

BNI Big Dogs of Edmonds/Lynnwood Holds Visitors’ Day

BNI, an international networking organization specializing in business referrals among members, is holding a Visitors’ Day for Business owners in the Edmonds / Lynnwood / Shoreline area. 

BNI is a great way for businesses to experience growth by marketing efforts through word of mouth referrals.

The Big Dogs BNI chapter generated, through the passing of business referrals, over 1.3 million dollars of business for its members this past year.

The Visitors’ Day will be held on Thursday, April 25 8:00am to 10:00am at the Community Life Center, 19820 Scriber Lake Rd Room 108, Lynnwood

Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome. Please call Bob Wilke for reservations at 425-672-4323. For more information about BNI, visit their Facebook page.


RBCC Players presents: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

RBCC Players presents: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The best-kept secret in Shoreline may be the RBCC Players, a community theatre group at Richmond Beach Congregational Church, UCC. Staging musicals and plays since 1984, RBCC Players is open to all. Profits from productions go to seed future productions and each year we donate 10% of our production profits to support charitable organizations.

The 2019 Spring Production is CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. With a cast of over 30, it is a "fantasmagorical" musical adventure about an out-of-this-world car. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."

Performances are Friday and Saturday, May 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 5 at 2:00pm.


YMCA inspires active bodies and fun at annual Healthy Kids Day®

Join the festivities on Saturday, April 27 at the Dale Turner Y from 10am to 1pm to celebrate fun and family. All activities are free and open to the public.

Healthy Kids Day® is a free community event at each local Y, including the Dale Turner Y in Shoreline 19290 Aurora Ave N, to inspire more kids and families to keep their minds and bodies healthy.

Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations and get their bodies moving and to develop lifelong healthy habits. The event features activities such as games, arts and crafts, free snacks and healthy living demonstrations, prize drawings (including a free week to a Y summer camp), free bike helmets and shirts, and coupons for Y memberships.

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen,” says Wendy Bart, Chief Membership and Health Officer for the YMCA of Greater Seattle. 
“We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation, and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”

Kaiser Permanente and the Physio Foundation are proud local sponsors of Healthy Kids Day in the Greater Seattle Area. Kaiser Permanente will provide free bike helmets to the first 200 kids at each of the 11 participating locations. Thanks to a generous contribution by the Physio Foundation, Y instructors will hold free compression only CPR training as well.


Scene on the Sound: Calm seas

Photo by Jan Hansen

...and the sea was like glass


Rep. Valdez has two bills going to the governor's desk

Rep. Javier Valdez, D-46
OLYMPIA – Two bills sponsored by Rep. Javier Valdez, D-46, dealing with hate crimes and 3D-printed guns respectively recently won approval by the Washington State Legislature.

Under current law, crimes motivated by hate are prosecuted as “Malicious Harassment.” HB 1732 strengthens Washington’s hate crimes statutes by clearly calling out these offenses for what they are by renaming the violations “Hate Crime Offenses” in state law.

The legislation also adds “gender identity or expression” to the list of protected categories, and increases the maximum civil liability for those guilty of committing hate crimes from $10,000 to $100,000.

The bill also creates an advisory work group that would take a closer look to identifying the root causes of and preventing hate crimes.

One of the reasons Valdez wanted to sponsor the legislation is the recent spike in hate crimes. Washington state saw an increase of 42% in hate crimes from 2016 to 2017. The Seattle Police Department tracked 521 bias-related crimes in 2018, up from 418 in 2017 and 256 in 2016.

HB 1732 was amended by the Senate to include as a hate crime the act of placing a noose on the property of a victim who is or is perceived to be a member of a racial or ethnic minority group. The Senate made other changes related to the advisory work group.

The Senate changes required approval from the House before the bill could be sent to the governor. The House concurred with those changes on Thursday.

HB 1732 was cosponsored by Rep. Cindy Ryu D-32 and Rep. Gerry Pollet D-46. Sen. Jesse Salomon D-32 is on the Senate Law and Justice committee.

HB 1739 attempts to get out ahead of a potential major public safety concern regarding consumer production of 3D-printed guns. The bill will make it illegal to manufacture, buy, sell, or possess an undetectable firearm in most circumstances.

Untraceable and undetectable firearms are also referred to as “ghost guns” since they do not have serial numbers and may not contain enough metal components to be picked up by common metal detectors.

The Senate made a technical amendment to the bill. The House concurred with that amendment on Tuesday. Rep. Gerry Pollet D-46 was a cosponsor of HB 1739.

Both bills will now go to the governor for his consideration. The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn for the year on April 28.

The 46th Legislative District includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and NE Seattle. The 32nd LD includes Shoreline, Woodway, NW Seattle, and sections of Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace.


Shoreline recertifies as a StormReady Community

NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist (Shoreline Resident)
Reid Wolcott presenting Shoreline Emergency Manager
 Jason McMillan with StormReady Certificate on April 24, 2019.
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The Shoreline Office of Emergency Management is proud to announce that the City of Shoreline has been re-certified as a StormReady Community by the National Weather Service.

StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of extreme weather— from tornadoes to winter storms. 

The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. 

StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives and protect property from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.

To be officially StormReady, a community must:
  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

To verify that all of the StormReady criteria have been met, the National Weather Service conducted a site visit to review the equipment, public engagement plan and emergency plans of the applying community.

Shoreline met all of the requirements for renewal and was presented a recertification certificate on April 24, 2019. Shoreline has been a participant of the StormReady program for many years and is now certified until the next renewal in 2021.


Shorewood softball vs Cedarcrest 4/23/19

Varsity fastpitch softball 3A
Tuesday, 4/23/19 @ Meridian Park fields
Cedarcrest 12, Shorewood 1
Next games: 
Mon, Apr 29— Shorewood at Edmonds-Woodway,4:00pm
Wed, May 1 —Shorewood vs. Shorecrest, 4:00pm, Meridian Park

Shorewood vs.Cedarcrest at Meridian Park

Pitcher(s) and Catcher(s)
CEDARCREST: Mic Carter and Taylor Gerde (catcher)
SHOREWOOD: Skylar Tillman, Rebecca Carson (4) and Haley Canada


Kat Townley 2-4 (3b)
Mic Carter 4-4 (2b, 3b)
Alison Smith 2-3 (2b)

Gracie Long 2-3

--Coach Paul Jensen


Fraud: Local phone scam reported

As reported to Patty Hale this morning from Jim Adam's Auto Clinic in the Ridgecrest Neighborhood.

On 4-24-2019 at 9:25am, Jim Adams Auto Clinic on 5th NE and NE 165th received a phone call from 1-800-479-47520. The caller said he was from PSE and that our service would be shut off within 30 minutes due to non-payment.

The caller said that the total we owed was $998.32 and that they could not accept card or cash payment. He advised me to go to Walgreens and purchase two MoneyPak prepaid cards in the prepaid card section. 

One was to be purchased for $500.00 and the other for $498.32. After I had those cards purchased, I was to call the mentioned phone number and enter extension #6003 for Jason Lopez and give him the barcode numbers off of the two prepaid cards so he could 'update my account information.' 

He advised me that he would call back in 35 minutes to collect that information from me and that a technician in my area would not shut off my service as soon as the account was paid. At 10:20, a "technician" named Mike Miller called and asked for the two prepaid card barcodes that I was supposed to have purchased from Walgreens.

I hung up the call without speaking to him. I have been called by PSE before and their phone number ALWAYS shows as PSE. Not an unknown 1-800 number. I was lucky to have known this was a scam from the start. PSE never outsources their customer services.

I have called the FTC and filed a claim, as well as filed a claim with PSE. I have also called the Washington State Attorney General and filed a claim. The local police forwarded me to the FTC for filing a complaint. I think I've covered all my bases, however I would like to get the word out to the surrounding area about this scam.


County Council recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Representatives from agencies and organizations that assist survivors of sexual assault in chambers for the  proclamation of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in King County.
Members were joined by the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC), the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, King County Women’s Advisory Board, Mother Nation, Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS), Asian Counseling Referral Services (ACRS) and the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress the proclamation.
Council President and representative for Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and other north end cities, Rod Dembowski, far right. 

It is an issue that crosses ages and genders. One in four girls and one in six boys will experience it before they turn 18, and it occurs to one in five women and one in 16 men while attending college.

The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized April 2019 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in King County, recognizing those who have survived sexual assault and working to ensure that no one else will experience it.

“Today we send a message that victims of sexual assault matter and are heard. Shining a light on this topic and helping victims find justice and closure is the reason I spearheaded an effort in 2015 to ensure all rape kits in King County were tested. These actions are just a few examples of how our government supports victims and takes sexual assault seriously.”
--Council Chair Rod Dembowski

Sexual assault is a crime that 45 percent of women and 22 percent of men in this state report having experienced in their lifetime. That number increases for people of color, refugees, immigrants, LGBTQ and other marginalized community members, with one recent study showing that 94 percent of Native American women in Seattle report they have been sexually assaulted.

The King County Board of Health, chaired by Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, this month approved the creation of a Board of Health subcommittee that will focus on a public health approach to preventing sexual assault, domestic violence and missing and murdered indigenous women.

Information is vital in preventing sexual violence. Agencies such as the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) and the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence work on making people aware of the impact of sexual violence and encouraging everyone to be “part of the solution” in stopping it.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month was created in 2001 as a means to bring together local communities in a concerted effort to stop sexual violence.

For more information on sexual assault prevention and on SAAM events in Washington, visit: King County Sexual Assault Resource Center or Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence

The City of Shoreline also issued a proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Photo: Creature from the Black Lagoon...

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

...aka Red-eared Slider emerging from Lake Washington. Look at those claws!

(I remember watching the 1954 movie*...yikes!)


*For those who don't understand the reference:

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study -

1954 horror movie


Shoreline recognized for innovative use of carbon credits to restore Ballinger Open Space

The Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) recently awarded Shoreline its 2019 Spotlight Award for Environmental Stewardship for innovative use of carbon credits to fund environmental restoration at Ballinger Open Space. (see previous article)
Through this program, we will be able to remove three acres of invasive plants from Ballinger Open Space and replace them with 2,000 native trees (1,000 conifers and large trees, and 1,000 smaller trees) at minimal cost to the City.
What distinguishes this project from other restoration projects is the innovative way it is being funded. 

The innovation is that the trees we plant will earn marketable carbon credits. These credits can be sold to local or national companies. 

We are generating new, private-sector funding to help keep our cities green, healthy and equitable.

Shoreline partnered with Mountains-to-Sound Greenway Trust, American Forests and its corporate partner Bank of America, and City Forest Credits to launch the pilot project.

The restoration of Ballinger Open Space is a long-term project. Its success will be judged several generations from now. This was first time each of the parties involved had participated in a project like this, so it required new types of agreements to be developed, go through legal review, and gain approval.

The cleared area will be replanted with trees
Photo courtesy MTS Greenway

Bank of America provided $50,000 in initial funding for the project. The important element is a commitment to maintain the trees for a 25-year period to ensure the carbon credit requirements are met. 

Maintenance will include annual surveys, weed removal, and replacement plantings and will be led by MTS Greenway Trust.

To develop the credits, benefits from the restoration and maintenance needed to be quantified. 

Ballinger Open Space is projected to deliver the following quantified benefits over the next fifty years:
  • Storage of up to 1,000 metric tons of CO2
  • Reduction of over 62 million liters of storm water (rainfall interception), at a savings of approximately $455,000
  • Energy savings (heating and cooling) of $73,000
  • Improvements in air quality valued at over $5,000
  • Total dollar benefits over 50 years valued at $533,000
However, in addition to the quantifiable benefits of this project, the improvements to Ballinger Open Space will create a healthy, urban forest for future generations of Shoreline residents to enjoy.


Photo: Trail clearing at Shoreview Park

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Seattle Poppy came across this scene in Shoreview Park on Easter Sunday. Crews have been at work clearing the trail after this winter's storms and tree falls.

Shoreview Park a large park is by Shoreline Community College at 700 NW Innis Arden Way in the west side of Shoreline.


Lecture: ‘Who Gets to Be a Taxpayer? Race, Tax Policy and Segregation’

Camille Walsh, Assoc Professor, UW
at Pub Night Talk Apr 30
UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: ‘Who Gets to Be a Taxpayer? Race, Tax Policy and Segregation’

Camille Walsh, associate professor from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences examines the coded history of the word “taxpayer,” particularly in the context of racial and economic inequality and segregation in public education.

Pub Night Talks, a free monthly lecture series, is cosponsored by the University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins, featuring university and community experts. Topics have ranged from butterflies to black holes.

7-8:30pm, Tuesday,  April 30, 2019. Doors open at 6pm. Hayne’s Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell. 

Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Seating: first come, first served. Talk followed by Q/A.


Webinar: Beautify and care for your streamside property, May 9, online

Webinar: Beautify and care for your streamside property, online Thursday, May 9, 2019, 8 - 9am.

Curious about what it takes to return your stream, lake or wetland property to its more natural state?

Want to learn ways you can support wildlife, enhance your property’s aesthetic, and reduce maintenance needs? 

Don't miss this FREE 1-hour webinar for homeowners living along the water. Learn from restoration experts about managing stream, lake and wetland properties in a way that supports the environment and your land use needs.

Click HERE for more information


Workshop: Self-care for the overworked and overwhelmed

Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 7-9 pm at The Creativity Loft 1539 NE 177th St, #Suite D, Shoreline 98155.

Whether you're a hard-working professional or a primary caregiver (or both!), work-life balance and personal wellness are paramount to preventing burnout. As women, we tend to give a lot to others, and we do it well. Until sometimes we just can't do it anymore. Continuing to show up as our best selves and contribute requires prioritizing self-care and making conscious choices about the kind of lifestyle we want to lead.

This interactive workshop is an invitation to take a mindful pause and explore creative self-care rituals that you can easily integrate into your busy week. Join us as we reflect on our personal, professional, and family lives, and get clear on simple, joyful changes we can make to navigate life's ups and downs with resilience. Discover ways to connect, replenish + thrive while balancing self-care with other-care.

Also included: Aromatherapy foot soak, Guided meditation, Hand-curated self-care songlist, Healthy, delicious snacks, Tea, coffee, and water

Event hosts

Kristen Jawad
BodyMind Coach, Massage Therapist and Owner of Women’s Wellness Studio
Kristen Jawad is dedicated to cultivating radiant well-being through traditional bodywork therapies and transformational life coaching. She uses The BodyMind coaching model to support her clients on a deeper level.

Sara McArdle
Whole Person Certified Coach, Career Change Agent
Sara coaches women to care for themselves by choosing a professional path that energizes and delights them, and aligns with their most deeply-held personal values.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Workshop will be held at the lovely Creativity Loft in Shoreline. There are seven parking spots in front of the building, as well as street parking in front of houses and apartment buildings farther east down 177th Street. Entrance is through the middle door and up the stairs on the left.


Volunteer opportunities with Kruckeberg Botanic Garden children's programs

Campers at Kruckeberg
Photo courtesy KBG

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden has opportunities to volunteer with their children's programs. 

Summer Camps
  • Friends in the Forest, July 8-12
  • Backyard Botany, July 15-19
  • Garden Gumshoes, July 22-26
Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Each summer camp has a different nature theme and is geared toward a certain age group. 

July 8-12 and 22-26 are camps for kids entering 1st-3rd grade. July 15-19 is for kids entering 4th-6th grade. 

We are looking for volunteer counselors to assist campers during activities, play games, enforce camp rules as needed, and make every camper feel known. 

An extensive knowledge of plants and animals is not required, but volunteers should possess enthusiasm about nature and excitement to work with kids in a naturalistic garden setting. We ask that summer camp volunteers commit to a full camp session (five days), or more if so desired.

Garden Tots

Fridays from 9:30am - 1:15pm
June 7-August 30

Garden Tots is a drop-in program for families with children ages 3-7 years old. It consists of a garden exploration activity and a craft focused on a different nature theme each week.

Volunteers set up materials for the day's activities, check-in families, help with the art project, and clean up. Volunteers should be a welcoming presence in the garden and comfortable interacting with young children and their families. Volunteers can sign up for as many of the dates as they like, but please let us know ahead of time!

Field Trips

2-hour time commitment, at most

Field trips, mostly for preschool through second grade, occur throughout the school year. Volunteers help guide simple activities, based on seasonal field trip themes, at a Garden station through which groups of children rotate. Field trips last for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the age group. They often begin at 10:30am.

These programs are great opportunities for high school and college students (but others not in those categories are also welcomed). Will consider volunteers ages 14 and older. We provide training to familiarize volunteers with program material.

Interested? Email Jessi via or call 206-546-1281 ext. 70.

More details about Children’s Programs here

Kruckeberg is located at 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177


Free screening of Intelligent Lives Apr 30

The Shoreline Special Needs PTSA is hosting a free screening of the movie Intelligent Lives by award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib.

The screening is open to the public. 

There is growing support in our community and our schools for moving away from segregated education, housing and employment for people with disabilities, and toward a truly inclusive society.

This film makes an important contribution to that conversation.

Tuesday, April 30
Doors open at 6:30pm, film begins at 7:00pm
Shorewood High School Theater, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
Cost: Free

Discussion to follow the film.

All are invited!


Shoreline man sentenced to 55 years for his role in international child pornography ring

A man from Shoreline was sentenced yesterday to 55 years’ imprisonment for his role in an international child pornography ring, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.

“The way that these offenders worked together to manipulate innocent girls for their own sexual gratification is truly horrific. And, the way that this defendant in particular extorted these children is especially heinous,” said United States Attorney Schneider. “Parents, please speak with your children about sextortion and cyberbullying so we can keep all of our children safe.”

Sentenced was Michael Berenson, age 30. In addition to his prison sentence and term of supervised release, Berenson was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to each of the identified victims, reaching a total of over $80,000 dollars. United States District Judge Judith Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan imposed the sentence.

According to court records, from at least January 2012 to November 2014, Berenson was part of a group of individuals that worked together, using the Internet, to entice minor females to produce child pornography via web camera on an unmonitored chatroom-based website.

The men recruited the victims from common social media platforms by pretending to be teenage boys interested in chatting with the girls in real time. Once the victims arrived in the chatrooms, the group— all pretending to be teenagers — worked together to build trust and convince the children to engage in sexually explicit conduct on web cameras. Group members then recorded that activity. The girls were unaware that the men were making recordings. Berenson is the 25th defendant to be sentenced here in the Eastern District of Michigan for conspiring to exploit children on this unmonitored website.

Berenson participated in this group from its inception in 2012 until this particular group ceased activity. Berenson however, remained active, targeting minors, directing them to engage in sexual acts, recording such acts and blackmailing the minors until the execution of a search warrant at his residence on May 10, 2017. Berenson also encouraged girls to self-harm and recorded them doing so.

Berenson admitted to victimizing over 1,000 minor girls over the course of the last 10 years. Some of the girls were as young as nine years old.

To date, a forensic examination of his devices recovered over 9,600 videos and images of child pornography and 105,347 child exploitive videos and images. Berenson recorded over 1,128 hours of videos of child pornography and over 3,000 hours of child exploitive conduct.

Sixteen parents and victims were present for the sentencing hearing and made statements to the Court. The FBI has so-far identified approximately 20 victims in the United States.

Assistant United States Attorneys April Russo and Kevin Mulcahy of the Eastern District of Michigan prosecuted the case. The FBI’s Detroit Field Office and Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes task force investigated the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.


Events at the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society

Panama Canal
Photo by Papu Karan
Events at the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society

May meeting

"Isthmus of Panama and the Panama Canal" are the topics of the program to be presented by Kent Morgan at the May 1st meeting of Sno-Isle Genealogical Society which meets at the Family History Library, 22015 48th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace

A short business meeting is at 6:30pm followed by the program at 7pm.

Mr. Morgan is a life enrichment speaker and research historian and often comes in costume relating to his topic. Guests are welcome. For more information call 425-775-6267 on Tues, Thurs, or Sat. 11-3pm.

Free Beginning Genealogy Class

Free Beginning Genealogy Class is held on the first Sat. of the month, May 4th, at 10am, at the Sno-Isle Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood. The 1hr. class will help get you started and organized to research your family history. For more information call 425-775-6267 on Tues, Thurs. or Sat. 11-3pm.


The Seattle Times discovers the Mediterranean Oasis

Dining area of Mediterranean Oasis
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Seattle Times has discovered Shoreline's Mediterranean Oasis.

The Oasis is in Parkwood Plaza, near Joann Fabrics.

We published an enthusiastic review of the Oasis last fall, written by reader Donna Luke-Peterson.

Compare that to the review by The Times reporter: here

The Mediterranean Oasis is open daily from 9am to 11pm; 15238 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline.


Notes from Shoreline City Council meeting April 22, 2019

Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

City Council 4/22/2019 Meeting 
Notes by Pam Cross

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hall at 7:00pm
  • All Councilmembers were present.
  • Mayor Hall Proclaimed April 22, 2019 as Earth Day in Shoreline. 
    • The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 with the message that the success of future generations depends on how we act today to protect our environment.
    • Bettelinn Brown, a long-time community volunteer working in Southwoods Park since 2005, accepted the Earth Day Proclamation 
Report of the City Manager, Debbie Tarry
  • Congratulation to Miranda Redinger, Senior Planner, who is a recipient of a Green Globe Award by King County for being a leader in green building and the regulations the Council has adopted. The Green Globe Awards are the County’s highest honor for local environmental efforts.
  • Tuesday 5/28 is the final Home Improvement Workshop 6:00 to 8:00pm at City Hall. Reserve an appointment to discuss your project at There is also a vendor fair that does not require an appointment.
  • Saturday 4/27 you can celebrate Shoreline’s annual Earth Day Every Day. This event will be held at Central Market from 9:00am to 2:00pm. There are free samples and giveaways. You can register for giveaways to skip the line at 
  • Public Reminders
    • Wednesday 4/24 at 6:00pm in Council Chamber there is a public hearing before the Hearing Examiner regarding the Special Use Permit for the Lynnwood Link Extension Light Rail Transit Project
    • Thursday 4/25 the PRCS/Tree Board will meet at 7:00pm in room 303. 
Council Reports
  • Mayor Hall commented that more environmentally friendly buildings are being built in Shoreline than anywhere else. We had 216 in the last 18 months. He thanked Miranda for her key part in making this happen.
  • Councilmember McGlashan attended the Sound Transit System Expansion Committee meeting and spoke on behalf of the 5 City Coalition on 522/523 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project to thank Sound Transit and staff for trying to get everybody everything they want which is nearly impossible. Also to remind them that two interchanges still need work: 145th and 5th NE as well as Lake City Way and 145th. 
  • Councilmember Chang attended the Regional Transit Committee (RTC) meeting. Two topics were discussed. A consultant spoke on income inequality and described how Metro can be better prepared to serve low income people. Metro is already providing several of the services. The other topic was electrification of the bus fleet including articulated buses. Electrical articulated are supposed to work well in the snow.
  • Councilmember Roberts attended the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee meeting. The King County Conservation District is seeking to raise rates. Many concerns were expressed. The Committee adopted a proposal that is similar to a letter signed by several mayors in King County asking cities to review their policies on affordable housing. 
Public Comment 
  • Rev. Kelly Dahlman-Oeth, Pastor of Ronald Methodist Church, spoke in support of having a Shoreline Community Court (Study Item 9a) and offered to invest his time in it.
  • Alan Charnley thanked the Council for supporting bike lanes. He also hopes Council adopts Action Item 8a Authorizing Salmon Safe
  • George Mauer spoke about changes to Richmond Beach Road in spite of widespread opposition as fraud/deception.
  • Janet Way, Shoreline Preservation Society, spoke against the destruction of more trees in Hamlin Park. Study Item 9b Maintenance Facility Analysis.
  • Laethan Wene invited everyone to attend the Special Olympics on May 5th at Shoreline Stadium. He will be among the competitors. Please come out and cheer us on. 
The agenda and the consent calendar were approved unanimously.

Action Item 8a Authorizing the City Manager to Execute the Salmon-Safe Certification Pre-Condition Agreement
Staff Report by Miranda Redinger, Senior Planner

It was a very brief summary since this was broadly discussed at the April 8th Council meeting.


The primary concern at this point is future costs. There is no extra money to be spent on consultants. $80k to do the assessment is all that was allocated.

The City would not be required to commit to anything. This is an opportunity providing advice and feedback as well as marketing, all as part of the $80k. We need to balance all the varied environmental needs of a city. We thought we were further along until we saw the list of suggested improvements. The assessment has turned to be more informative that we thought. It provides ways we can improve and we can select the most appropriate. It provides a framework. Any potential additional expenses will come before Council as part of the capital project. We are considered a leader in protecting the environmental. We spent the money, let’s do it.

The motion passed unanimously.

Study Items 9a Discussing Shoreline Community Court
Staff report by Christina Arcidy, Management Analyst
Judge Donna Tucker, King County District Court

Community Court (CommCourt) provides an alternative problem solving method for repeat low-level offenders. There are several throughout the country in slightly different forms. King County District Court (KCDC) partners with one in Redmond and another in Burien. They would like Shoreline to be the third.

What does it do?

It provides an alternative to jail for repeat cycle offenders who may suffer from any one, or combination of, homelessness, poverty, substance disorders, or mental health issues.

This is a voluntary program that tries to break the cycle - or stop it at the first offense. In Redmond, CommCourt participants need to report to court every week. CommCourt offers resources and assistance by being co-located with community resource centers that are open at the same time as the court. 15 different resources are in Redmond. That way you can access multiple resources at one location. If one person is unable to assist you, they direct you to another table whose representative can provide what you need. It is also open to the public, and public participation is greater than the number of offenders in Redmond.

Redmond has limited the type of misdemeanors and does not allow felons, driving offenses, or those with a sex offender history. It is suggested to keep the list of misdemeanors as broad as safely can be done.

What kind of results are we seeing?

KCDC doesn’t know the impact on crime yet because it’s too new. Another year or two is needed. Red Hook in Brooklyn showed results of lower recidivism and lower costs. Burien’s has been in operation 8 weeks so their numbers are estimates. Will have better numbers within the next 6 months. If we get an idea of the number of jail days that are reduced, we can calculate the savings since we know the cost per day that we spend jailing.

Collaboration that is needed:
  • The city has to provide space and security. KCDC has money to study results but not implement the system.
  • Several cities want a CommCourt, but KCDC is prepared to ask for Shoreline next because the City has shown interest and the Judges support it. 
Shoreline’s next steps
  • Form a steering committee of community stakeholders and create workgroups to plan the court logistics, eligibility criteria/case processing, resource center, etc

Who determines what the treatment program is? If the individual wants to volunteer, CommCourt does the assessment, the prosecutor and defense attorney reach an agreement on terms and conditions, then this is discussed with the individual and they are told what is expected of them (community service, weekly appearances at court, for example). A contract is signed. If they fail, they go back to regular court and do some jail time or pay some fines.

The saving in court costs and jail costs offset some of the expense of the building and security, as well as the $140/year cost to Shoreline for the Court itself. The resource providers get their money elsewhere.

What kind of facility is needed space wise? Our courthouse is full. What about the third courtroom? It’s too small for resources and they prefer to keep it away from the courthouse in a less formal atmosphere. They need a room large enough to conduct court, and a second room for 20 different agencies and their tables. Space for evaluator. A private room for attorneys to meet with clients and with each other. It’s best if it’s all at one location so people just have to walk down the hall. Shoreline will have to find the space. Security is required by state law (to wand). But this location is needed for only three hours, one day per week. Burien uses their community center and there was no blowback even though it caters to seniors and children. Redmond uses its library and it hasn’t been a problem. Shoreline CC has expressed an interest. It’s not centrally located but is accessible by Metro. 

How are jurisdictional issues addressed since offenders cross jurisdictions. Anyone who lives in Shoreline would be ok. Adjacent jurisdictions sometimes give the person a break when they learn they are an agreement with a CommCourt. Kenmore is not interested so they probably wouldn’t refer many to Shoreline. LFP court could refer to Shoreline CommCourt. Since it’s optional, does it take repeated invitations? No, their public defender/attorney usually encourages participation. Once they’ve had an assessment and been told what is required of them, they know whether or not it’s something they’re interested in. Does it save money? Probably. Does it help the community? Definitely.

This is good for our community. But we have a much smaller revenue stream. Do voters want to spend more still? That would be tough. But we shouldn’t focus solely on the cost.

Think of this as encouraging compassionate accountability. Managing the system without help is formidable. This relies on strong volunteer support to help get people through the door, and encourage them to work with the resource center. Just be there. And police are an important part because these are people they see on the streets. Success, and we want them to succeed, will mean fewer problems in the future for the police.

Study Item 9b Update Discussion of the City Maintenance Facility Analysis
Staff report by Randy Witt, Public Works Director and
John Featherstone, one of Shoreline’s Capital Project Managers

A single Maintenance Facility is not doable and we’re looking at our existing city owned properties. Parks is included in this conversation.

The sites considered for this analysis include:
• Hamlin Yard Maintenance Facility (16006 15th Avenue NE),
• North Maintenance Facility (NMF) (19547 25th Avenue NE),
• Brightwater Portal (Brightwater) (20031 Ballinger Way NE)
• Ronald Wastewater District Property (17505 Linden Avenue N) – property to be transferred to the City following Assumption.

• Highland Plaza (1306 N 175th Street) - Turned out to be too small.
• North City Water District Site - Turned out to be too small, and the timeline didn’t work

Staff recommendation

Scenario A – Hamlin Yard Maximum Capacity

This alternative maximizes the future maintenance facility capacity at Hamlin Yard by proposing a 4,400 square foot (0.1 acre) yard expansion to the north into Hamlin Park. Most of this expansion area would be for the new two-story building footprint, located on the north side of the yard. Scenario A provides the best site configuration for Hamlin Yard, allowing the most space for traffic circulation flow, storage and other operational uses. Scenario A impacts fewer trees and fewer large trees compared to Scenario D by minimizing impacts to a stand of mature trees along the south side of Hamlin Yard. The higher amount of Hamlin Yard canopy covered parking available under Scenario A allows for a smaller maintenance site footprint at the NMF site, and a greater area of that site to be converted to park expansion, compared to Scenario D.

Hamlin Park is an 80 acre park and the existing Maintenance Facility there is about 1.5 acres. This option includes only 0.1 acre additional.

Full details available in the Staff Report available online.


This is a 50 year plan. We just need to get it started. Removing the fewest number of trees is appreciated. It is obvious we need multiple sites. Hamlin Park needs some help with undercover could help offset tree loss. We need protection for the new equipment we are investing in. Will it be possible to put in electric for future use of electric equipment.Should be able to at a later date. Sidewalks need to be put in as part of the changes. They will address that in the design phase. Is it possible to put some of the staff parking someplace other than Hamlin Park? 30 vehicle spots is a lot. We are asking business to provide less parking. Why not use the some of the existing parking at the park? Use street parking. Re-shape parking to work around existing trees? We have 23 FT staff, 10 seasonal, and space for a couple visitors so we are already past the 30. More staff will be hired. We realize we need to have people drive less. 2025 is the final discussion. Let’s put this on the back burner for now.

We all agree this scenario preserves the most trees. If we can save even more, no matter where they are, should we? Council needs to weigh the balance between saving every single tree and a providing services we need to support our growing population. We do that by putting growth where it belongs and providing services to support that growth. Many people want things to stay the same. When we plant trees, as we did along Aurora, no one complained about not preserving the status quo. There are no complaints when we buy new parkland. That is changing the status quo. The status quo is killing our salmon and destroying our environment. We have an opportunity for 5 new acres from the Fircrest property. Here we are talking about 1/10th of one acre. It is Council’s responsibility to see to the needs of the entire community. If we can remove a few trees and still show net environmental benefits, we need to do that. And since this scenario includes multiple locations, we are making improvements in different parts of the City.

We’ve been talking about this for 5 years. We cannot afford to continue to delay. Construction costs continue to rise. This is scheduled for the June 3, 2019 meeting, continued as a discussion item, and will include impact on CIP.

Council agreed to additional outreach to make sure the citizens are aware of the plans and the alternatives we have considered. Let’s get the word out there so people don’t think the City didn’t do enough public engagement.

Meeting adjourned at 9:52pm

The April 29, 2019 Council Meeting has been cancelled.


Scene on the Sound: a lot of boat activity Monday

Photo by Mary Igl

One moment the Sound was full of boats...

Photo by Mary Igl

...and the next moment a sailboat had the entire sound to themselves.


The State of the Schools

School Superintendent Rebecca Miner
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

On April 17, 2019, Shoreline Public Schools Superintendent Rebecca Miner presented information about the District’s demographics, budget, academic achievement and much more.

Two sessions were held in the Shoreline Center Boardroom, 18560 1st Ave. NE, one at 10am and the same session at 7pm.

There will also be a question and answer session at the conclusion of each presentation.

There were questions concerning construction on the the new middle schools and whether the sixth graders would be moving to the middle schools this coming fall.

With the move of 6th graders to the middle schools there may be some realignment of the elementary school boundaries. Moving the 6th graders will also allow for kindergarten classes to be available at more elementary school buildings.

There was a question about the highly capable classes and whether there will be any changes.

There is a committee that will be looking at boundaries, classroom distribution and curriculum that will be making recommendations to the Board this Fall.

In response to a question concerning the Shoreline Center and its future uses, the Superintendent said that the South wing will be rented out this coming fall and the district is waiting for a response from the city concerning any proposal for the use of district property to construct the new swimming pool.

The Senior Center will continue to occupy the separate building at the south end of the campus.

The sessions were videotaped and will be posted.


USAF Academy grad to speak at the American Legion Post 227 meeting May 7

The American Legion Post 227 in Shoreline will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019. A meet and greet starts at 6:30 pm and the program starts at 7:00 pm. Both veterans and the public at large are invited & welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held at Post 227, located at 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. [Behind Goodwill @ NE 145th St and 15th Ave NE]

Guest speaker Vivian Olson will talk about her experiences at both the USAF Academy and on active duty and about how she is a better American and community citizen as a result of her takeaways from both. 

Currently a businesswoman, volunteer, community activist, wife, and mother, Vivian is a case study on society’s ongoing return-on-investment from those who have attended the nation’s service academies. There will be the opportunity for questions after the presentation.

A brief intermission for refreshments after the talk will allow visitors to depart. Post 227 members are urged to stay for the post meeting that will follow the intermission. We hope to see you at the meeting.

While you are at the meeting, you can check out the Post Library that includes a large collection of military related books, video tapes and DVDs. Any of these can be checked out, used and returned by post members and community without charge.


Earth Day: Legislature passes clean electricity bill

The Washington state legislature just passed the strongest clean electricity bill in the nation.

This precedent-setting policy will transition our electricity grid to 100% clean energy in a way that addresses climate pollution, invests in Washington’s workers, and addresses historic inequities as part of the foundation for transitioning our economy to clean and renewable energy.

This landmark legislation:
  • Transitions our entire electric grid to powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2045
  • Phases out coal from our electricity grid by 2025
  • Makes swift progress towards cutting carbon pollution, with strong targets starting in 2030 that holds the utilities accountable
  • Invests in low-income communities through energy assistance programs and requirements around equity analysis in the planning and acquisition of clean energy
  • Incentivizes worker protection in the transition to clean energy
--Washington Conservation Voters


Johnson and Johnson to pay state $9.9 million for deception over surgical mesh devices

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office today announced that Johnson and Johnson will pay $9.9 million to avoid going to trial for misrepresentations and failure to include serious risks in the instructions and marketing materials for surgical mesh devices.

Ferguson is the first state attorney general to file a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson regarding surgical mesh devices.

Approximately 14,000 Washington women had these devices implanted. While precise information is not available, the Attorney General’s Office believes hundreds of those have been adversely impacted so far, ranging from having to go back for another procedure, to having their quality of life impacted dramatically.

The trial was scheduled to begin today.

In May 2016, Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson asserting that the multi-billion dollar corporation violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act by failing to include several serious, life-altering risks associated with its surgical mesh devices in materials for patients and doctors.

Washington women experienced pain, suffering, and life-altering complications that Johnson and Johnson knew were associated with its devices, including chronic pain, pain with sexual intercourse, and numerous urinary issues. Furthermore, the mesh is very difficult and sometimes impossible to remove.

To avoid trial, Johnson and Johnson will pay $9.9 million. Today, Ferguson announced the payment will be used to assist women who received pelvic mesh implants. This is in addition to any recovery they receive in a personal injury lawsuit. Many lawsuits have been filed across the country regarding these devices.

Assistant Attorneys General Daniel Allen and Breena Roos are lead attorneys on the case, assisted by Assistant Attorneys General Katharine Barach, Heidi Anderson, Beth Howe, Patricia Bower and Jeffrey Grant.


Upgraded database ready for Earth Day recycling

Upgraded database ready for Earth Day recycling

Every spring as Washington residents begin their annual cleaning rites, the same question is asked: where can I recycle this? And every spring since 1976, Ecology has worked through its 1-800-RECYCLE line to answer it, search for drop-off services or for collectors who will pick up hard-to-recycle items.

The phone number still works, but today customers have the convenience of searching our newly remodeled, online 1-800-RECYCLE database. It includes 1,578 Washington recycling services and more than 70 different types of recyclable materials, including large appliances like dishwashers, water heaters, stoves, washing machines, and dryers.

Type in your location and material type, and our upgraded database will find nearby services that accept them. 1-800-RECYCLE will give you their address, phone number, business hours, website, and Google Maps location, along with a full list of acceptable materials.

You can find collectors who accept old electronics like computers, monitors, or tablets for free through our electronics-recycling program E-Cycle Washington. Likewise, if you have mercury lights, you can find free recycling locations through our LightRecycle Washington program.

More information


LFP City Council to consider authorization of RADAR program

City Hall, Lake Forest Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
City of Lake Forest Park City Council regular meeting Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00pm, City Hall Council Chambers 17425 Ballinger Way NE

On the agenda:

Ordinances and Resolutions (documents linked to the agenda here)
  1. Resolution 1734/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Interlocal Agreement for the North Sound RADAR Navigator Program
  2. Ordinance 1192/Authorizing the Police Department to Staff Its Reserve Officer Program through the 2019-2020 Biennium 
  3. Ordinance 1193/Amending the Public Works Contract Fund 2019-2020 Budget, Pursuant to the Financial Closeout of the Kenmore Contract and Closing the Fund

The North Sound RADAR Navigator Program enables a group of municipalities partnering to provide its members with an economical mechanism for the efficient administration and coordination of a program for Response Awareness, De-escalation and Referral (“RADAR”) to be used in the event of behavioral health crises.

Over the past decade, police agencies have changed the way they respond to mental health related calls for service. Police officers no longer can just arrive at a scene, arrest a person in mental health crisis, then move onto the next call. Rather, police officers are expected to de-escalate the situation, provide real-time services to those in crisis, and conduct follow-up on the affected parties. This is a huge shift in the way policing has been conducted in the past.

The goals of the Program are to strengthen community/police partnerships, to increase the connection of at-risk individuals with effective behavioral health services and treatments, and to enhance community and first responder safety by reducing the potential for police use of physical force.

The Program endeavors to provide shared resources for mental health professionals(MHP) to partner with law enforcement to connect at-risk individuals to the proper services. 

The Program will provide law enforcement officers with response plans designed to assist in the field with de-escalation and crisis intervention response. 

The Program seeks to protect the public peace, health, and safety; to preserve lives and property; and to ensure the safety of Lake Forest Park residents.

The current partners include the following cities, in addition to Lake Forest Park: Shoreline, Kenmore, Bothell, and Kirkland. 

The program has received funds from a Federal Department of Justice Grant, a Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Grant, and a large endowment from King County. 

Within weeks, a full-time Program Coordinator will be brought on to grow the Program. The vision will be to have 6-8 part-time MHP’s shared among member Cities.


Friday Afternoon at the Movies coming up on Friday, May 3

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and Scarecrow Video’s Silver Cinema Project partner to show some of the most beloved classics for all to enjoy again and again.

This month, The Trouble with Harry will be shown on Friday, May 3, 1:30-3:30pm in the Bridge Room. There is a suggested donation of $2.00.

“The trouble with Harry is that he is dead.” 
In a small Vermont village, a pre-Leave it to Beaver Jerry Mathers stumbles upon a corpse. He runs off to tell his mother (Shirley MacLaine, making her film debut) who recognizes Harry as her ex-husband. 
This 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film also stars Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick, John Forsythe and, watch for it: a passer-by, Alfred himself! 

Come hear more little known facts about this near catastrophic film; it was close to a matter of life or death. The film runs for 99 minutes; enjoy!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is located in the southernmost building of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE #1, 206-365-1536.

Such a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon with your sweetie or friends! Come, enjoy!


Arts Council offers Jazz and Theater summer camps

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is pleased to present another summer of great camp programming!

We have a long-standing tradition of offering camps that are unique in focus with jazz and theatre. 

We pride ourselves on not filling time, but offering substance to our campers! More camp details, including class descriptions and registration HERE.

Summer Theatre Camp with Missoula Children’s Theatre: July 8 – 12, 2019
9am - 3:30pm | Shorewood High School | Cost: $310
Registration is open to all students grades K-12.

An annual Shoreline Arts Festival tradition has now become a full Theatre Camp week in the summer!

This year’s play is Gulliver’s Travels! With his shipwrecked and his trusty computer JCN on the fritz, brave explorer Gulliver finds himself lost in space with nothing but an Invisible Force to guide him! Tune in as this sci-fi spin of the timeless tale of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS will take you out-of-this world!

Group auditions are held on the first day of the camp to determine the campers’ roles, but all registered students participate all week!

Aftercare is available from 3:30-5:30pm!

Shoreline Jazz Camp: August 12-16, 2019
9am - 3pm | Shorecrest High School | Cost: $350
Designed for campers in grades 7th-12th.

Young musicians learn and play with some of the region’s most accomplished teachers and performers. The camp includes instruction in large and small ensembles, and a series of master classes to refine their individual skills and understanding of Jazz. 1 year on an instrument is required, 2 years is preferred.

Camp Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for camps. Additional details are listed on the Arts Council’s website.

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.


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