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Travels with Charlie: Strolling and Rolling Around Volunteer Park

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Story and photos by Gordon Snyder

Volunteer Park is a fantastic place above Seattle in the Capitol Hill area. Charlie and I parked and began strolling around the paths.

If you haven’t been there lately, put this park on your list. It's in the upper section of Capitol Hill at 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle WA 98112
When you arrive, you’re greeted with an amazing photo point framing the Space Needle.

When you turn around there’s the Seattle Asian Art Museum for exploration.

Wandering down the walkway, you come across a real Seattle Gem. The Volunteer Park Conservatory. It is full of plants that will delight everyone.

I’ve been there many times, but, of course, not with Charlie today. Be sure to go inside and get lost with plants.

As we continued strolling around, we pass the old Water Tank. This is the water supply built in the early days. You can go inside and climb the stairs to the top and catch some great views.

Nothing like rolling in the grass after strolling Volunteer Park

Time to head home. Stop for a moment and catch a great view of the Cascades and Lake Washington.  That’s the 520 bridge in the view.

What a great day for Strolling and Rolling…

Gordon Snyder


Tickets to Shorecrest High School's spring musical, Something Rotten!, on sale now

Shorecrest Performing Arts Center as seen from third floor of main building.
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Tickets to Shorecrest High School's spring musical, Something Rotten!, are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets

Something Rotten! drops us into Renaissance London, where two struggling playwrights, Nick and Nigel Bottom, struggle to compete with the mega-star that is William Shakespeare. 
When Nick pays a soothsayer for inspiration and learns that the future of theater involves something called a "musical," the Bottom Brothers attempt an endeavor they're sure will knock Shakespeare off his perch once and for all. 

Hijinks, hilarity, and dazzling wordplay ensue, and theatre will never be quite the same!

A heads-up on content: Like any hearty Renaissance comedy, this one occasionally gets bawdy, with innuendo and some coarse language sprinkled throughout. Though much of it may fly over the heads of younger audience members, we consider this show rated PG-13.

Something Rotten! will run from Thursday, May 9 through Sunday, May 12 and again the following weekend, Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19. 
  • Evening performance times are 7:30pm on Thursdays-Saturdays; 
  • matinees are at 2:00pm each Sunday 
  • 2:00pm matinee prior to the evening show on Saturday, May 18.
Advance ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12/students with ASB card; 
tickets purchased at the door on the day of performance are $20.
Shorecrest High School performing arts center is located at 15343 25th Ave NE in Shoreline.


LFP Water District plant exchange kick-off April 20, 2024

LFP Water District is all set to celebrate Earth Day with our Plant Exchange Kick-off event this year which will be at the District yard on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Lake Forest Park Water District

In 2019 we started an annual plant exchange which was a great success. Thank you to the many participants and the variety of their contributions!

Beginning now and running until SEPTEMBER consider taking part in this plant exchange as you tend your garden, and divide plants. 

Come down and peruse the plants at our office near the entrance gate.

Our list of guidelines is short, please continue to:
  • Identify your donations as best you can with tags.
  • Bring your plants in pots. (We have 1 gallon pots available if you need them)
  • Leave as many plants as you take.
  • Please don’t bring invasive or noxious weed species (see below)
The community of LFP is legendary for its gardens and generosity, let’s share the wealth here!
Please practice social distancing during your visit this year.

We have a number of these plants:
  • Hairy Honeysuckle
  • Red Twig Dogwood
  • Douglas Fir
  • Pacific Crabapple
  • Rose Campion
  • Oregon Grape
  • Salal
  • Hosta
Noxious weeds

Please help control noxious weeds – King County has information and identification guides including this Citizen’s Guide. You may even be interested in using your smartphone to report noxious weeds. 


Additional lane closures on 145th - night time only - from 3rd to 8th - two weeks

Nightly lane restrictions on eastbound and westbound NE 145th St (WA-523) from 3rd Ave NE to 8th Ave NE. The street will be restricted just east of 5th Ave NE. This work will happen at night to minimize traffic and community disruptions.
  • Sunday, April 21, through Thursday, April 25, from 9pm to 5am the following mornings.
  • Sunday, April 28, through Thursday, May 2, from 9pm to 5am the following mornings.
Sound Transit will perform waterline work causing nighttime lane restrictions on NE 145th St (WA-523) 

Drivers should expect delays and uniformed police officers flagging the intersection of 5th Ave NE and NE 145th St.

Residents should expect construction noise from equipment such as a vacuum truck, an excavator, a loader, a concrete saw, a concrete truck, light plants, and various hand tools.

Some bus routes may be affected. Please check the King County Metro website for details.

More project info here

Outreach Specialist: or 206-701-1469


Opening the Poetry Treasure Box April 20, 2024

Opening the Poetry Treasure Box
Saturday, April 20, 11:30am-12:30pm

In person at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline WA 98155. For adults.

In this one-hour workshop, learn how to extend metaphors. Analyze poems, practice techniques and write your own poem.

Presented by Debby Bacharach.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.

Register here


Lake Forest Park moves to slow speed limits across city

An illustration from the Lake Forest Park speed study illustrates
why lower speeds are safer for pedestrians 

By Oliver Moffat

For more than two years, the city of Lake Forest Park has been working on a study of traffic safety.

At the Thursday, April 11 Lake Forest Park regular meeting the city council voted to accept the recommendation to lower speed limits from that study.

Under the proposal, all local access streets across the city would be have their speed limits reduced from 25 to 20 mile per hour.

All arterial streets and collector roads would see their speed limits lowered to 25 miles per hour from 30.

The study considered a number of options that were rejected by the city council including the “85th percentile” method which sets speeds based on how fast cars are going regardless of safety concerns. This method optimizes speed limits for the benefit of car drivers while ignoring safety for walkers and bikers and has been criticized as outdated.

A map for the Lake Forest Park speed study shows which streets
would have their speeds reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph

The option chosen by the city council treats all roadways in a city uniformly and simply sets a default speed limit across the city. This option is simpler and easier to communicate to drivers.

Under Washington State law (RCW 46.61.415) cities are allowed to set speed limits as low as 20 mph on their roads without costly traffic engineering studies.

Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Bainbridge Island have all lowered speed limits to 20 mph on local streets. The proposed changes would make Lake Forest Park’s speeds consistent with Seattle’s.

Lake Forest Park does not have jurisdiction over Ballinger Way (State Route 104) and Bothell Way (State Route 522) because they are state routes controlled by WSDOT.

Council members expressed impatience with WSDOT for not moving to reduce speed limits on those roads and discussed what options the city has to get the state agency to move faster.


Introduction to Brush Lettering Calligraphy - in person at Shoreline Community College

Learn to use brush lettering combined with holiday themes and flourishes to create beautiful cards and gifts for holiday cards and projects. 

The pointed brush is a calligraphic tool that offers many possibilities; both for self-expression and practical uses. 

In this workshop we will explore the basics in using the pointed brush, and an alphabet that will be adaptable for many uses. The final focus of the class will be creative applications and related seasonal themed projects.

Dates: Saturday 4/27/2024
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $59.00
Building: 1500, Room 1502

Register here

A Continuing Education offering of Shoreline Community College.


Shorecrest tennis vs Lynnwood

Girls varsity tennis
Shorecrest - Lynnwood
SC 7 -Lynnwood 0

  1. Lily Haessler (S) def. Adeline Tran 6-0, 6-1
  2. Zoe Greenzweig (S)def. Cece Camacho 6-3, 6-0
  3. Megan McMullen (S) def. Kaitlyn Lopez 6-0, 6-0
  4. Ally Miner (S) def. Victoria Turangan 6-0, 6-0
  1. Haneen Faraj-Brittany Morales (S) d. By Bui-Aya Nakauo 7-6(3), 7-5
  2. Lauren Kajimura-Sophie Schmitz (S) def. Davina Loekito-Ava Barias 6-1, 6-1
  3. Mia Halset-Thayer Katahara-Stewart (S)
  4. Melissa Mai-Jen Phung 6-3, 6-1
Coach: Rob Mann


Shorecrest tennis vs Archbishop Murphy 4-16-2024

Coach Rob Mann and Shorecrest tennis team
Photo by Kristi Lin
Shorecrest varsity tennis
at Kellogg MS
vs Archbishop Murphy

Shorecrest 6 - Archbishop Murphy 1

  1. Miewega Amazona (A) def. Lily Haessler (S) 6-1,6-0; 
  2. Zoe Greenzweig (S) def. Shan Camarillo (A) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; 
  3. Megan McMullen (S) def. Thea Seckinger (A) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; 
  4. Ally Miner (S) def. Ava Faulk (A) 6-0, 6-1
  1. Haneen Faraj-Brittany Morales (S) def. Fernanda Lopez-Posey Kilby 6-0, 6-1; 
  2. Lauren Kajimura-Sophie Schmitz (S) def. Kamdyn Latta-Jules Rioja 6-0, 6-3; 
  3. Mia Halset-Thayer Katahara-Stewart (S) def. Alexia Acuna Avila-Lizzy Robinson 6-3, 6-0
Coach: Rob Mann


Gloria's Birds: Fence-y Finch!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

(Male House Finch peered at photog from between two fence slats...what a handsome bird!)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


ShoreLake Arts' Annual Gala for the Arts May 18, 2024

To celebrate ShoreLake Arts' 35th anniversary, we're going back in time to celebrate how it all began!

Please join us for

ShoreLake Arts' Annual Gala for the Arts
May 18, 2024 | Shorewood High School Commons
Dinner & Live Auction 5pm-8pm | Dance Party 8pm-10pm

We'll travel back to 1989 when Madonna was on top of the charts and ShoreLake Arts (and Taylor Swift) were born.

Don your shiniest fabrics and tease up your locks for an evening of nostalgic revelry featuring a rockin wine and cocktail hour (5-6pm), a totally rad baked potato bar, games, a live auction, and a delicious dessert dash (6-8pm). 

This is a night for all 21 and over to enjoy and help raise money to ensure the future is bright for ShoreLake Arts supporting Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and surrounding areas. Now that's heavy! 


Career speaker at the Teen Center

Upcoming Speaker Event: Kate, Social Worker
Friday April 16, 2024 at 4pm
Richmond Highlands Recreation Center 

Do you want to learn more about different career paths?

Are you in middle or high school?

Come to the Career Speaker Series at the Shoreline Teen Center!

We will have monthly visits from different professionals to talk to any interested middle and high school youth about their work!

What is the speaker series?

We will host monthly events at the Shoreline Teen Center where professionals from various careers will speak about their work and how they got there.

Exact dates and times will vary due to the availability of our guest speakers. We will release event details at least two weeks ahead of the upcoming speaker event. Each event will have at least one speaker as well as catered food. 

Follow us on Instagram and on Linktree to stay up to date with these events!

Follow us on Instagram @SHORELINETEENPROGRAMS to stay up to date on activities and events!


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Mariners



Shorewood Softball vs. Cascade on April 15th

Photo by Heather Grutz

Shorewood varsity softball
at Meridian Park
Shorewood 7 - Cascade 6


South County firefighters rescue two dogs from house fire in Lynnwood

South County firefighter administers oxygen to dog rescued from Lynnwood house fire
Photo courtesy South County Fire

South County (Snohomish) firefighters rescued two dogs from a house fire in Lynnwood Tuesday morning, April 16, 2024. 

The homeowner was away when the fire broke out. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the home and called 911.

Firefighters treated one dog with oxygen. Both dogs were reunited with their owner and appeared to be doing well.
Crews quickly extinguished the fire and kept it from spreading beyond the kitchen. There was smoke damage throughout the house. No one was injured.

Support 7 responded to assist one displaced resident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by South County Fire.


Jobs: City of Shoreline - extra help

Looking for a flexible opportunity to contribute to your community? 

The City of Shoreline is hiring for Extra Help positions!

Current Job Openings:
  • Specialized Recreation Specialist
  • Camp Director
  • Assistant Camp Director (up to 9 positions available at various locations)
  • Youth Outreach Leader
  • Grounds Maintenance Seasonal Laborer


Sound Transit launches onboard passenger survey focused on travel behavior and demographics

Graphic courtesy Sound Transit
Over the next several months, Sound Transit will conduct a survey onboard select bus, Sounder, and light rail routes in the Puget Sound region. This will include select Community Transit and King County Metro routes. 

From April through fall 2024, survey participants will help transit planners understand who rides transit, their origins and destinations, and trip purpose — all to inform transit planning and transit demand modeling.

Surveyors will wear blue vests and a badge with a transit agency logo. They’ll use tablet computers to select participants at random and administer the survey. Paper surveys will be available if necessary. 

All personal information will be removed from all records kept by Sound Transit, and the results will be aggregated to ensure participant privacy and anonymity. Later, Sound Transit will share survey results with the public.

To increase participation in the survey, riders who can’t complete it when approached will be offered options for a follow-up interview. While the survey contains some questions about personal characteristics, surveyors don’t ask about personally identifiable information such as Social Security or bank account numbers.

 More information about the survey here

Sound Transit is required to collect specific demographic data about passengers including race, household income, and language proficiency to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This information is submitted to the Federal Transit Administration approximately every five years.

Sound Transit builds and operates regional transit services throughout the urban areas of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Transit services include light rail, commuter trains, express buses, and their associated stations and facilities.


Route 372 to be deleted; “very frustrating” says Lake Forest Park Mayor

A map from Metro’s website shows planned Shoreline and Lake Forest Park bus routes

By Oliver Moffat

At the Thursday, April 11 Lake Forest Park regular meeting the city council reviewed planned bus route changes from King County Metro.

Route 372 from Bothell to the University District will be deleted in 2025.

A screenshot shows Lake Forest Park Mayor Tom French expressing frustration over the deletion of route 372 to the University District 

In comments, Mayor Tom French said, 

“l, for one, I'm gonna be mourning the loss of that direct bus service. And as the Council has so consistently said, this community is really losing out again in the midst of all this expansion in other areas. 
"And it's very disappointing… once again, Lake Forest Park is a drive through and it's very frustrating for us…”

A map from King County Metro’s website shows the planned Metro Flex zone

Metro will add Metro Flex service in Lake Forest Park, north Kenmore, Brier and southeast Mountlake Terrace that allows riders to use an app to hail a minivan to get a ride within the service area.

There will continue to be no bus service in Lake Forest Park south of Ballinger Way and west of Bothell Way.


Beautiful landscaping

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Photo by Lee Lageschulte
Lee found this display in the Richmond Beach neighborhood. I'm going to venture a guess and say that it's an azalea.

But unless you want to plant one, you can admire it without knowing its name..

--Diane Hettrick


Hamlin Park Cardio Walk Wednesday April 17, 2024

Hamlin Park trail
Photo by Janet Way

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 10:00am  - Hamlin Park Cardio Walk

Ready to step up the pace and get a good workout? Enjoy some Cardio exercise outside with friends and nature. We will meet at 10am between the Hamlin picnic shelter and bathrooms for moderate paced laps through the NE section of Hamlin Park which includes hills and stairs. 

Wear sneakers with good traction and get ready to sweat!

  • Walk is approximately: 1-2 miles / 45 min.
  • Walk Rating: Difficult (faster pace with some steep hills and uneven ground)
  • Meet at: Hamlin Park, 16006 15th Ave NE, Shoreline (2nd parking lot on left, meet near picnic shelter) "Hamlin Park Road"
  • Leader: Beth
Explore neighborhoods, parks and trails on some of the best walking routes in our City. Designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities, each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free. No need to sign up, just show up at the meetup location and we'll take care of the rest! Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome to join.

A full list of walks here


Interurban Trail to Echo Lake - Family & Stroller Walk Friday April 19, 2024

Visit Barbara Jeanne the Turtle at Echo Lake Park
Friday, April 19, 2024, 10:00am
Interurban Trail to Echo Lake - Family & Stroller Walk

Meet at Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool and enjoy a family friendly 3 mile round trip walk along the Interurban Trail up to Echo Lake Park. 

We’ll stop for some playtime on the new playground before heading back to the Preschool. 

This walk is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. All ages welcome.

Explore neighborhoods, parks and trails on some of the best walking routes in our City. Designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities, each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free. No need to sign up, just show up at the meetup location and we'll take care of the rest! Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome to join.


Echo Lake History Walk & Talk Saturday and Sunday

Echo Lake Park and Interurban Trail

The neighborhood walks have become so popular that the Echo Lake History Walk is scheduled on both Saturday April 20, 2024 AND Sunday April 21, 2024.

Saturday is at 10am and Sunday is at 1pm. They will be the same route and presentation.

Explore neighborhoods, parks and trails on some of the best walking routes in our City. Designed for adults ages 50+ but open to all ages and abilities, each walk is led by a Volunteer Walk Leader and all walks are free. No need to sign up, just show up at the meetup location and we'll take care of the rest! Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome to join.

A full list of walks here

Echo Lake History Walk & Talk

Learn some Shoreline history as we walk completely around Echo Lake. There will be longer stops than usual to hear about history and look at old photographs and maps. 

Afterwards there will be an optional extension to walk on the old Trunk Road route for those who want a longer walk. We may walk all the way to the Crista to see the old 1914 Tudor-style administration building.

Come 15 minutes early if you would like to tour the Native Plant Garden. It was planted by fourth grade students in 2009 - 2011 and is maintained by student volunteers.

  • Walk is approximately: 1.5 miles/1.5 hour. Optional extensions are 1.5 miles or 2.5 miles more.
  • Walk Rating: Easy (History Walk) Moderate (Extended Walk)
  • Meet at: Echo Lake Elementary School, 19345 Wallingford Ave N
  • Park on 195th Street, near the Echo Lake School Native Plant Garden.
  • Walk Leader: Donna


185th closed with little notice; Metro bus 348 rerouted without notice

A map from an emailed notice from Sound Transit shows a detour for drivers.

By Oliver Moffat

Sound Transit has closed 185th St between 5th and 8th Ave for two weeks but provided little notice causing frustration from residents. 

Metro’s 348 has been re-routed to bypass the closure without notifying riders.

On Saturday morning, a small, inconspicuous notice appeared buried in the back pages of The Seattle Times.

Sound Transit closed 185th between 5th and 8th Ave. Again.

Which day exactly the closure would occur was not specified: “as early as Monday, April 15, but no sooner than 3 days after this posting,” the notice said.

Residents on social media expressed frustration and confusion as to whether the closure would be for 24-hours or for two weeks.

185th will be closed for two weeks.

Neighbors on social media wondered which 5th Ave Sound Transit was talking about given that 5th runs on the east-side of I5 south of 185th and continues on the westside to the north.

5th Ave remains open on both sides of I5 heading both north and south.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to get through the construction area.

Metro’s 348 bus is running on an unannounced detour and riders had no notice.

On Sunday afternoon, two bus drivers making the run across town from North City to Richmond Beach were unaware of the impending detour. And riders aboard the 348 expressed a mixture of frustration and resignation.

A map from Metro’s trip planner website shows incorrect route information (blue) with actual route (green) and road closure (red)

On Monday morning, an email from Sound Transit was sent to subscribers that said, “some bus routes may be affected. Please check the King County Metro website for details.”

By Monday night, there was still no service alert on Metro’s 348 page and Metro’s trip planner website was showing the 348 bus running along the closed section of 185th as usual.

A 348 Metro driver making the cross-town town run on Monday night was unfazed and simply cut over 180th and went up 5th Ave to bypass the closure.

Emails with questions sent to the city of Shoreline, Sound Transit, and Metro transit were not answered on the weekend.

Mid-day Monday, a response from the City Manager's office sent to the Editor said this:

"This is a Lynnwood Link Extension construction closure by Sound Transit. They updated their website today with information about the work that will be completed at

"The closure notice states that the end date will be April 29 which is an error. It must be reopened by April 28.

"The project coordinator listed on the classified ad is the best contact for this work: Jaybee Ragudo, or 206-701-1469."

The project coordinator has not responded. However, a reader who lives two blocks from the worksite sent a copy of a flyer that was left at her door.

The first sentence reads:
As early as Monday April 15, Sound Transit will be doing work that requires a full 24-hour road closure of NE 185th St from 5th Ave NE to 8th Ave NE as part of the implementation of the new NE 185th St road alignment.

It is not until the next to last sentence that it says "When: Monday, April 15 through Monday, April 29"

Another reader reported attending an information session where they were informed there would be a two-week closure at some time in the future.


One flower might be pretty, together they are amazing

Monday, April 15, 2024

Recycled glass art at Echo Lake Elementary

Spring is here and flowers are blooming including the new art installation at Echo Lake Elementary at  19345 Wallingford Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133.

This year's PTA Family Art Night used recycled bottles and materials to create this colorful new piece to decorate the fence off of 193rd that surrounds the Native Plant Garden. 

Fence near 193rd

The kids (and parents) had fun painting the outside of bottles that were later heated which created the curled petal effect. It’s always a joy to watch families and friends be creative side by side and then ohhhh and ahh over other people’s work. 

The collaborative nature helps bring the school community together and shows how while one flower might be pretty, together they are amazing.

--Story and photos by Kaija Dalan


Looking Back: The Linden apartment fire of 2021

A 2021 fire raged through all four stories of the Linden Highlands Apartments, trapping elderly and disabled residents inside.
On April 14, 2021, around 11:30pm, Shoreline Police Officers were dispatched to the Linden Highlands Apartments at 17520 Linden Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133 for a suspicious circumstances call. Multiple callers heard what they thought were gunshots.

The first Officers on the scene quickly realized the sound was breaking glass. An apartment fire had fully engulfed the first floor and was quickly spreading to all four stories.

Shoreline Fire was quickly on the scene but the fire had spread quickly.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Officers from Shoreline entered the apartment building and began to evacuate numerous elderly and disabled residents who could not escape their apartment units without help. Kenmore Police and Metro Transit Detectives were nearby and joined the rescue efforts.

Emergency response from all nearby fire departments.
Photo KCSO
Lake Forest Park officers came in to assist, helping some residents to evacuate the building, handing out blankets and looking after the displaced residents until the Red Cross could arrive. They prevented an intoxicated and agitated resident from re-entering the fire.

Emergency vehicles from Shoreline, Kenmore, Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Woodinville, and Snohomish county responded to the scene.

When Shoreline Fire arrived on the scene, the Battalion Chief yelled to the Officers to get out of the building because of how quickly the fire was spreading. 

Officers yelled back that there were still people trapped inside and ran back into the burning building.

Fire stayed on scene to take care of any remaining hot spots which could restart the fire.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
These officers and Detectives placed their own lives in extreme danger to help save numerous residents.

Four Officers were transported to Harborview Hospital for smoke inhalation. Two Officers were admitted overnight, but thankfully, they all fully recovered and returned to full duty.

Miraculously there were no serious injuries or fatalities. If it weren't for the heroic actions of these first responders, this would not have been the same outcome. Over 45 families were displaced because of this fire.

Shoreline Fire Chief Matt Cowan wrote a letter to Shoreline Police Chief Shawn Ledford.

I know that I had the opportunity to thank many of the Officers personally at your incident debriefing on the 20th, but I felt compelled to follow that up with a letter of commendation. I listened to the incident and have discussed the call with a few different Officers that were at the fire. 

It seems very clear to me that not only did the Officers go above and beyond in their duties, but that they saved lives that night. And at risk to their own lives with four of them needing to go to the hospital. The residents in the complex were very blessed that the Officers were there on a separate incident when this fire broke out otherwise this fire could have been tragic.  

I do not want to minimize the damage that was done by the fire, but over the years I have seen incidents that would have resulted in far worse outcomes if it wasn’t for the actions of a few. This is one of them. Please pass along my sincere thanks to the Officers, and their Commanders for their heroic actions. 

At the first meeting after the fire, Shoreline Mayor Will Hall, on behalf of the city council, said thank you to the police and firefighters who responded to the huge fire at the Linden Apartments. 

"There were 16 deputies from Shoreline, Kenmore and Metro Transit who showed up and risked their own lives saving the lives of people living in those apartments. In the course of doing that, four of the police officers were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. We wish the best to these officers and everyone else who was affected by this fire."

From left: Acting Shoreline Police Chief Ryan Abbott, Officer Justin Camplin, MPO Terry Ater, Sheriff Cole-Tindall at the presentation of the Medal of Valor award

King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall awarded Shoreline Officer Justin Camplin and Master Police Officer Terry Ater the Medal of Valor, the highest award.

Sgt Jaimes Deer receiving the Sheriff's Star award from Acting Shoreline Police Chief Ryan Abbott and King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall

Shoreline Police Officers received the Sheriff's Star award

She awarded the following Shoreline Police Officers the department's second highest award, the Sheriff's Star;
  • Sgt Jaime Deer,
  • Sgt Tanner Owens,
  • Deputy Ryan Fenton,
  • Deputy Kimberly Swanson,
  • Deputy Alex Glavin,
  • MPO Cary Coblantz,
  • Kenmore Officer Matt Toscano
  • Metro Transit Detective Gerry Meyer,
  • Metro Transit Detective Matt Volpe
  • Metro Transit Detective Ben Emmons
Fire investigators discovered that the fire was caused by faulty wiring in a first floor apartment.


Travels with Charlie: Full “Dude” mode along the Sound today

Charlie, looking his best
Taking advantage of a beautiful day while gathering parts for a project. We were at Home Depot so after headed to the Sound for a stroll.

Charlie was in Full “Dude” mode along the Sound today. He greeted some dogs and flirted with serval ladies…

He’s figured out who to flirt with.

They’d say: Oh..You’re so handsome. What kinda dog are you?

I answer a Cocker-Doodle-Doo.

He gives a few loving hand licks, a smile and looks to the next person he can greet and as if to say “Hello, what a day!”


Gordon Snyder


Shoreline, WA to mark Education and Sharing Day, calling for renewed focus on moral and ethical education

Mayor Chris Roberts has proclaimed April 19, 2024, to be “Education and Sharing Day, Shoreline, WA”. With a growing mental health crisis and crisis of purpose among young people, Education and Sharing Day seeks to highlight the critical need for moral and ethical education.

Education and Sharing Day is a day of national commemoration that has been designated by every president beginning with Jimmy Carter in 1978, to promote and emphasize the importance of moral and ethical education. 

It was championed by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as the most influential Rabbi in modern history. Congress passed a joint resolution, and President Carter then signed it into law, designating the day of the Rebbe’s birthday as Education and Sharing Day.

In his correspondence with President Carter, the Rebbe laid out his vision of Education and Sharing Day as a time to focus on “Education in a broader and deeper sense — not merely as a process of imparting knowledge and training for a "better living," but for a "better life," with due emphasis on character building, and moral & ethical values.”

Each president since Carter, as well as numerous local legislatures, governors and mayors nationwide, annually recognize and proclaim Education and Sharing Day.

In President Biden’s 2022 proclamation, he expressed the impact such an education has on broader society. “The Rebbe’s work reminds us, in the words of the Prophet Amos, to “hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate.” 
We each share a responsibility to live up to those words — in and out of the classroom — and to plant the seeds of love, kindness, and empathy in the hearts and minds of every child in America.

Everyone is encouraged to observe Education and Sharing Day through setting aside time to reflect on how to enhance the moral and ethical education of our youth and increasing in acts of goodness and kindness.

More information on the life and work of the Rebbe here

About Chabad Jewish Center of Shoreline

Chabad offers Jewish education, community and social services for people of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations based on the Rebbe’s vision. For more information, contact Chabad at or visit online at


Continuing Education: Beginning Conversational Japanese

Japanese: Beginning Conversational

Learn basic Japanese phrases, greetings, and easy conversation along with insight into Japanese culture and customs. With expert language teacher Earle Oda.

Dates: Thursdays 4/18/2024 - 6/13/2024
Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee: $99.00

The class is taught online as part of Shoreline Community College's Continuing Education department.


Continuing Education: Understanding Computer Basics

The Continuing Education department of Shoreline Community College is offering a course on Understanding Computer Basics.

It will be held on campus at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133 in Building 1300 on Wednesdays 4/17/2024 - 5/1/2024 from 6 - 8pm.

The instructor is former Shoreline Area News columnist Brian Boston.

Understanding Macs/ PCs, tablets, and smartphones starts with what you already know. 

Even if you use your personal computer, phone or device every day you will learn something new. 

Don't be afraid - Brian Boston can help you find and fill those knowledge gaps and build your confidence as a user of today’s technical tools. 

Please bring your laptop or other personal device to the class. Beginning and returning students are welcome!

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