Meridian Park and Echo Lake neighborhoods to hear about CRT - a valuable resource - on Tuesday

Thursday, November 15, 2018

On Tuesday, November 20th, 7pm -9pm, Meridian Park and Echo Lake Neighborhoods will hold a joint monthly meeting in Council Chambers featuring The Customer Response Team, or CRT, which responds to and resolves inquiries, concerns, suggestions and complaints regarding City infrastructure and Code enforcement and serves as a referral source for City services.

Our speaker will be the Supervisor of Code Enforcement and CRT, Bob Crozier. CRT probably has more relation to our everyday lives than any other city department. They act as the City's (24 hours/7 days per week) first responders to emergency issues not requiring Police, Fire or Medical response. The City of Shoreline Customer Response Team is available to receive requests 24 hours a day at 206-801-2700.

Also on the agenda: David Chen of ELNA and Bill Franklin of MPNA are serving on the Parks Funding Advisory Committee and will have a slide presentation and update. In addition, Hannah King-Jahnke, a Washington Native Plant Steward and Shoreline Garden Club Member will share about the new Community Pollinator Garden that was planted November 3rd along the N 195th Trail between Meridian and 1st Ave thanks to a City of Shoreline Environmental Mini Grant.

Meridian Park and Echo Lake Neighborhood Associations meet on the third Tuesday of each month except December, July, and August, at City Hall on the third floor, 7pm-8:30pm (MP) and 7pm-9pm (ELNA). Light refreshments are served and all are welcome. Contact Meridian Park Neighborhood Association at and Echo Lake Neighborhood Association at for more information.


For the Birds: Snow Geese are flying and eating in Skagit

Snow Geese showing black wing tips
Photo by Elaine Chuang

By Christine Southwick

Every fall over fifty thousand Snow Geese fly from Wrangel Island, Russia, to our Skagit valley. In order to reach these preferred wintering grounds, the flocks fly very high and in narrow routes, stopping at familiar stopovers before landing and wintering in our friendly Skagit farms and wildlife areas.

Exclusively plant eaters, Snow Geese come to the Skagit area for the milder winters and to feast in agricultural fields, some planted specifically for these geese, in a “Barley for Birds” program. Years ago these geese were in danger status, but now they are in danger of over-population. Geese are hunted locally from October to January, in very specific locations, so it is still safe to go view.

Close up of grin patch—black lipstick-right?
Photo by Elaine Chuang

Snow Geese have a unique grin patch (looks like a line of black lipstick), and their wing tips are black. The Blue Goose is a dark morph of the Snow Goose, has a white head, and is rare here.

Snow Geese usually form their long-term pair bonds in their second year, with the females setting up nesting in the same location as they were raised (philopatric). Nestlings leave their swallow nest built on slightly higher ground within hours, but the parents protect their 3-5 young, which usually stay as a family for 2-3 years.

Darker swans are juvies - not Blue Geese. Note gull enjoying the feast too
Photo by Elaine Chuang

Some of the best viewing for the Snow Goose is at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 225-acre Fir Island Farms/Hayton Snow Goose Reserve.

From Interstate 5, take Exit 221 (Lake McMurray/Conway) and turn west. Drive 0.1 mile. Turn right (west) onto Fir Island Road. Drive west 3.2 miles. Turn left (south) at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sign. Drive 0.5 mile to parking area (Discover Pass is required for this parking) There is a short trail along the dike offering views of Skagit Bay and opportunities for shorebird and waterfowl viewing. No hunting is allowed at this site.

Common view from cars—snow on mountains already
Photo by Elaine Chuang

If you are driving to view Snow Geese, Trumpeter Swans, and Tundra Swans, some shoulder in Conway and La Conner parking is prohibited, and it is against the law to walk in private property, to which local farmers and owners rightly object. Be considerate of local traffic.

It is also energy taxing for the flocks to be spooked into flying. So, if you want to see the geese flying, just wait a little while in your car -- thousands of geese are still arriving.


Shoreline Emergency Management Coordinator speaks to Post 227

Post 227 Commander Larry Fischer presented 
Emergency Management Coordinator
Jason McMillan with a certificate of appreciation.
Photo by Richard White

The November 6, 2018 meeting of American Legion Post 227 featured a talk by Jason McMillan.

In June, 2018, McMillan was hired by the City of Shoreline to be their Emergency Management Coordinator. 

He was introduced by Doug Sanders. First Vice Commander of Post 227. 

Post 227 is striving to be prepared to assist the public in the advent of an earthquake or other disaster and Sanders is leading the Post 227 effort toward that end. 

McMillan stated that the three most important things to have in a disaster are water, food and information.

Each household should have enough water and food to last until the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) or some other similar organization arrives to provide help. The length of time the stockpile of water and food should last is still under discussion. McMillan stated that is would be difficult for a family to stockpile enough water to last for more than a few days.

Information will be vitally important during a disaster. It is likely that cell phones would become inoperable. Some local radio stations have capabilities to continue operating during a disaster, so families may be able to receive information using a radio receiver. Ham radio operators will be especially helpful during a disaster.

After giving his talk, McMillan answered many questions from the audience. In response to a question, he stated that training for disaster preparedness is vital. When ordinary people are confronted by a disaster, the natural response is to get away from it. Through training such as that received by first responders, people can learn to head for the danger zone to provide assistance.

At the end of the evening, Post 227 Commander Larry Fischer presented McMillan with a framed certificate of appreciation.


Hidden treasure - lost life insurance policies

Insurance Commissioner
Mike Kreidler
The Life Insurance Policy Locator — launched by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners — has matched consumers with policies totaling $7.3 million in the past two years.

The national association launched the free national locator service in November 2016 to make it easier to connect consumers with lost life insurance policies or annuities.

A total of 459 beneficiaries in Washington state have been matched with the $7.3 million in claims since November 2016.

“The response we’ve received to the policy locator has been greater than anyone could’ve anticipated,” Kreidler said. “State insurance regulators saw there was a need for a national service like this to help consumers. This tool connects consumers with lost policies and possibly money they’re owed.”

In its initial two years, the locator has matched nearly 25,000 consumers with policies, totaling $368 million nationwide.

Learn more about life insurance


Vendor line-up for Sunday’s LFP Farmers Market and Holiday Crafts Fair

Don’t forget to join in the fun this Sunday, November 18th from 10-3 at Town Center of Lake Forest Park for Third Place Commons’ Thanksgiving Farmers Market and Holiday Crafts Fair.

Get a jump on the Black Friday crowds with a day of wonderful shopping at the crafts fair full of jaw-dropping jewelry, amazing artwork, cozy clothing, creative contraptions, sweet-smelling soaps, wow-worthy woodworking, and more! Find something for everyone on your list (maybe even yourself).

Meanwhile, upstairs at Third Place Commons, grab all your favorite seasonal produce and more to make your holiday feasts extra special including goodies from these market favorites:
  • Mollie Bear Farm with lamb, beef and chicken
  • Hidden River with pork
  • Collins Family Orchards with fresh delicious apples and pears
  • Garden Treasures, Caruso Farm, and Alvarez with plentiful fall veggie crops
  • Greenwood Cider and Lopez Island Vineyard with tasty “adult beverages”
  • Wilson Fish with your fishy favorites
  • Doll House with yummy baked treats
  • Blue Cottage Jams with those delicious jams & holiday gift packs
  • Bonnie B’s with their hot peppers
  • FireFlower Sauces with their gourmet hot sauces
  • Shen Zen Tea with serenity in a warm mug
  • The Beekeepers Secret with pure honey goodness
  • Pete’s Toffee with the perfect sweet ending
  • And of course Raft Island Roses with his lovely holiday wreaths
It’s sure to be a splendid day of shopping with all your holiday needs in one place! And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the final farmers market & crafts fair of the year on December 16th.

Third Place Commons, a community-supported 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, presents the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market and Holiday Crafts Fair each year at the Town Center of Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.


Jobs: WSDOT Landscape project designers

WSDOT Shoreline has openings for a Landscape Project Designer –Transportation Planning Specialist 2 In-Training

Opening Date: 11/15/2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This position is open until filled. First resume review will take place on November 29, 2018.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking 2 Landscape Designers to join our landscape architecture office in Shoreline!

We are looking for people who not only have a passion for the environment and landscape design but who can comfortably work at a desk, or out in the field. This person will be involved in a variety of large-scale infrastructure projects while working to ensure the health of the surrounding environment.

The successful candidate will be involved in the analysis, design, contract preparation, construction, and long-term management of transportation landscape projects. The work includes designing and preparing contract plans, inspecting roadside and environmental restoration construction work, and guiding crews during plant establishment.

This position will ultimately integrate transportation facilities into the natural and built environment and meet the functional needs, policy goals, commitments, and permit requirements for the Agency.

The work of this position supports WSDOT's strategic plan through wise management of the roadside as an asset, delivering right-sized projects, supporting multi-modal transportation options, improving environmental conditions, and meeting the expectations of the public for livable communities.

To view the entire posting and apply, visit: Landscape Project Designer - TPS 2 In-Training


Stocking Stuffer Show at The Gallery at Town Center

The Gallery at Town Center Presents: 
The Stocking Stuffer Show
November 13 – December 29, 2018

Shop local this holiday season and support your local arts organization at the same time! The Gallery at Town Center has a large selection of handmade art items by Pacific Northwest artists, including jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, and wood. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting inventory. Stop by and discover our most recent finds.

Gallery Stocking Stuffer show
Town Center LFP
On the walls will be 12”x12” (or smaller) paintings, mixed media, prints, and photography – the perfect gift size. 

Plus, boxes and bags are available for most small items helping to make your gift-wrapping a snap.

Featured Local Artists: Meredith Arnold, Elsa Bouman, Karin Chickadel, Beth Francois, Cara Freeberne, Salyna Gracie, Lynne Greenup, Cheryl Hufnagel, Angie Ketelhut, Susan Lally-Chiu, Jeanine Langerud, Marsha Lippert, Beth Maclaren, Jennifer Munson, Rebecca Shelton, Lauren Tilden, Julie White

Extended Holiday Hours:
  • Every Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5pm
  • Sundays, November 18 – December 23, 11am-4pm
  • Mondays, December 3, 10, 17 and 24, 11am-4pm

While at the gallery, you can sign up to become a member of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and save 10% on all of your gallery purchases throughout the year!

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.

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.


Classifieds: City Council Special Dinner Meeting, November 19, 2018 CANCELLED

You are hereby notified that the Shoreline City Council Special Workshop Dinner Meeting on November 19, 2018 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. has been cancelled.

Please note the Shoreline City Council is still holding its Regular Business meeting on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Shoreline City Hall.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at SMT for the holidays

Direct from the biblical land of Canaan!

It’s Joseph – the favorite son of Jacob – who is blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. 

Follow along on his technicolor journey that includes slavery, betrayal, revelation and a hilarious Elvis-like Pharaoh.

The powerhouse musical duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice bring a multitude of musical genres to the stage, from country-western and calypso to pop and rock 'n roll. 

Director Jeff Orton promises a wild energetic production chock full of outlandish costumes, wacky characters and a cartoon-like Canaan. Foot-tapping, hand-clapping fun for the whole family.

Running November 30 - December 16 at Seattle Musical Theatre at Magnuson Park 7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle 98115. Phone 206-363-2809

Join us for a timeless story for the holiday season!


Volunteer this weekend at South Twin Ponds

This could be you!

Install new plants at Twin Ponds Park this Saturday, November 17 from 10am to 1pm

Shoreline Parks has six sites where our citizens are restoring urban forests and developing wildlife habitats. All the work is done by volunteers including high school students, Boy Scouts and neighbors.

On this coming Saturday new shrubs, trees ferns and ground covers will go in the ground and your volunteer help is needed.

In the past, large amounts of weeds were removed and this Fall we have dug up some remaining roots of the tall vines that once thicketed the site. The soil is easy to dig now and the most rewarding task, planting, awaits you. Please come help out.

Students needing service hours for graduation are welcome.

Our work site is located next to a small, busy parking lot on First Av. one block north of 149th St. where 150th St would be if it existed. It is across from Aegis Assisted Living and near the community garden. Street parking can be found on 149th St. Avoid the lot on 155th St. which can be confused with the correct lot.

Although the current forecast is for very good weather, please come prepared for a rainy or chilly day as we work in all weather. Sturdy shoes and hats are also useful.

We supply gloves and tools plus a large container of water and snack bars. Please feel free to bring your own items, especially a reusable water bottle. Snack donations are welcome too.

Contact: to indicate you are coming or for any questions.


Shoreline Boy Scout Troop makes large impact with Volunteer Service at Twin Ponds Park

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Troop 325 has been working all year at the
south end of Twin Ponds Park

Since their first work party on January 27, 2018, the Boy Scouts of Troop 325, of First Lutheran Church in Shoreline have provided a good portion of the labor for environmental restoration in the southern end of Twin Ponds Park.

Their efforts have resulted in major changes to wildlife habitat along Thornton Creek.They have participated in the Shoreline Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture’s effort to transform degraded areas into renewed urban forests. The Washington Native Plant Society and King Conservation District have also supported this program.

16 foot blackberry vines

Scouts from sixth graders to high school age participated with their leaders and other volunteers. 

Beginning last winter they chopped down thickly entwined, invasive, sixteen foot blackberry vines that prevented native plants from surviving and worked hard to dig out as many deeply buried roots as possible.

Spreading mulch on the cleared areas

They also tackled invasive laurel, ivy and weeds. They returned to spread thick layers of mulch on the cleared areas before some Scouts and other volunteers could begin planting trees and shrubs.

Digging out the blackberry roots

Over the summer, some blackberries did begin to regrow from fragments of roots left behind endangering our new plants and threatening to swamp the area again. This Fall, the Scouts have returned to dig deep into the soil, sometimes as much as two feet deep or three feet across to remove the large mass of roots still lurking as they spread both horizontally and vertically. It usually takes three years of this work to remove the weeds.

The boys are hard workers

Shoreline Park users have commented on the drastic change in the area and some even stop to compliment the hard work they can see happening, noting that one does not often see young people laboring in this fashion.

Hauling out the debris

Troop 325 should be congratulated for helping to make real environmental changes that will allow appropriate plants to survive and provide food and shelter for other types of wildlife. They have helped beautify a prominent piece of parkland and made recreational outings there much more enjoyable. All of Shoreline will appreciate their dedication and efforts.

For citizens wishing to join the ongoing work, the next work party is Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 to 1:00pm. RSVP or inquire at: .

After December 15, we will work on the fourth Saturday of each month.


Shoreline's Blake Snell wins American League 2018 Cy Young Award

Blake Snell playing for Shorewood 2011
Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

The Cy Young Award is now given annually to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, one each for the American League and National League.

The award was first introduced in 1956 by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young. 

Before 1967 only one pitcher was selected to receive the award regardless of which league he worked in.

The awards are voted by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with one representative from each team.

Southpaw pitcher 2011
Blake Snell wins American League 2018 Cy Young Award

The young southpaw pitcher graduated from Shorewood High School in 2011, where he played three seasons for Thunderbird coach Wyatt Tonkin.

He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round, the fifty-second overall pick of the Major League June 2011 draft.

Blake stands at 6 foot 4 inches in height and weighs 200 plus pounds. 

During the past season for Tampa Bay he won 21 games and lost 5. He had an ERA of 1.89 during the 2018 season.

Jacob DeGrom of the New York Mets won the National League Cy Young Award.


Friendship Follies promises to be a delight - shows Friday and Saturday

Friendship Adventures presents 
our 6th annual Friendship Follies Variety Show

2 Shows
  • Friday, November 16 at 7pm
  • Saturday, November 17 at 6pm

Shoreline Center Auditorium, north end of Shoreline Center, 18650 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Please attend our truly unique and highly creative performance in Art, Music and Ability.

Show is written and performed by a cast of 60 people with developmental disabilities. This year's theme is "Dancing Thru the Decades" showcasing music and dance from 1900 to now.

We will dance, we will sing, we will act- you will love it!!

$5 donation at the door


Shoreline Historical Museum Trillium Award Winners Revealed

Trillium Award Winners 2018. Lake Forest Park Trillium Award: Tiffany Salerno;
Shoreline Trillium Heritage Awards: Doug Ito and Mike Longley;
North Seattle Trillium Award:  Jenna Gearhart.
Photo by Shoreline Historical Museum

As part of its Preservation Recognition Program, on Saturday, November 10, 2018 the Shoreline Historical Museum gave its 13th Annual Trillium Heritage Awards to four deserving nominees in North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline.

All of the award winners have worked to keep the historical integrity of their buildings intact, giving their surrounding communities a feeling of depth and meaning that might otherwise have been lost.

North Seattle: 1937 photo of Lebanon House, now La Ba Te Yah Youth Home. 
Courtesy of Washington State Archives, Puget sound Regional Branch

The award for North Seattle went to the La Ba Te Yah Youth Home at 9010 13th Ave. NW, owned by United Indians of All Tribes.

Program director Jenna Gearhart received the award on behalf of the organization. The La Ba Te Yah Youth Home was built in 1930 as the Lebanon House, a place for young women down on their luck. 

Because of the Depression and lack of funds, ownership of the building changed and it went through several transitions over the years: it became a convalescent center, a psychiatric hospital, and an alcohol treatment center, finally coming full circle to its initial use as a safe place for young people in 1991.

Throughout all of the changes, the building itself has been maintained as an iconic neighborhood centerpiece, lending a real sense of historical character to the area.

Lake Forest Park: 1937 photo of Cooper/Niles/Salerno Home. 
Courtesy of Washington State Archives, Puget sound Regional Branch

Accepting the award for a 100 year-old historic building in Lake Forest Park was Tiffany Salerno, owner of the 1918 Cooper/Niles home at 3710 NE 189th Pl.

The home was once part of the 10 acre estate of the Hillandale School for Girls. Both buildings were built for Frank B. Cooper, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, and his wife Margaret, who opened the girl’s boarding school in the larger building on the grounds in about 1928.

Frank Cooper’s son is said to have lived in the smaller house, and may have taught at the boarding school for a time. The house was purchased in 1936 by the Niles, where they lived for 22 years.

Shoreline: Richmond Beach Market Street, ca 1915. J.T. Holloway Real Estate (2531 NW 195th Pl.) and James Holloway Grocery (2525 NW 195th Pl.), far right. 
Courtesy Shoreline Historical Museum.

The Trillium Heritage Award for the Shoreline area went to two side-by-side homes - one built in 1898, at 2531 NW 195th Pl., and one built in 1900 at 2525 NW 195th Pl. Both buildings began life as commercial structures: the earlier building was Richmond Beach’s first real post office, and the second building was the James Holloway Grocery.

These two buildings are just two of at least five structures that once existed on Market Street (NW 195th Pl.) that were built by John T. Holloway. This constitutes the core of the Holloway Historical District. The awards were accepted by owner Doug Ito for the post office building, and owner Lauren Caldwell for the grocery building. These dignified buildings continue to reflect the community’s historic nature as a commercial center. 

The Shoreline Historical Museum’s Trillium Heritage Awards Program encourages excellence in the maintenance of historic buildings in keeping with their original style. Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

--Vicki Stiles


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

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.


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