Photo: Foxglove in full bloom

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Photo by Frank Kleyn

Frank Kleyn reports:

It's a rare sight to find a common foxglove (digitalis purpurea) with a fully open bloom. This volunteer foxglove was found in an naturally tended, undisturbed cedar grove in Richmond Beach.


Rat City Roller Derby packs up and leaves Shoreline

"We're moving everything out of the Rat's Nest - strong skaters = strong movers!"
Photo courtesy Rat City Roller Derby

By Diane Hettrick

The Rat City Roller Derby packed up their goods and moved out of the Rat's Nest on Aurora at 19022 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline.

The building was the former Sleep Aire Mattress Factory, owned by the Pearson family. It was built in 1966 and operated there for over 25 years. It was closed as a business and sat empty for years. Aurora Rents used it as a temporary location while their new building was being constructed at 185th and Aurora.

Rat City Roller Derby has moved out of The Rat's Nest

Rat City moved in at the beginning of 2014 and used it as a practice site and for small, local matches. Their big matches were held at Key Arena and brought in 6000 fans.

They also rented it to another roller group - the Jet City Roller Derby out of Everett.

The Pearson family eventually put the property up for sale and it was purchased in 2016 by a local developer and his partners as a site for an apartment building. The same partnership group built the Malmo apartments and the Paceline apartments - both on or near Aurora.

Rat City was notified that the building would be demolished.

In three years of looking, they have been unable to find a new space.

The issues are space, columns, location, and money. There are many warehouses but they all have columns. Columns are not compatible with a skating track and bleachers. A flat roller derby track requires 8,100 SF (75' wide x 108' long).

As for location, they need something on a main road in Seattle. And money? If they had money to buy land, they wouldn't have to worry about it being sold out from underneath them.

At one point the Roller Derby thought they had found a space in SODO, but that did not work out. The new owners of the Aurora property helped them look, but without success.

Rat City's lease ended October of 2018. Owners extended it through April and then granted them a little more time.

They had a moving sale on May 4, 2019, and then moved everything out on May 19, just after finishing a full day event called the Summer Slam.

They have been able to find a practice space in West Seattle for the summer only.

"There will be bruises"
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg from a match in 2014

Nicole Brodeur, in her column on Rat City, chided the area's millionaires.

"Any one of the region’s countless millionaires or foundations could write these people a check and solve this problem. They need, what, $500,000 for a hunk of land big enough to pour a track, surround it with a fabric building with steel girders and a retaining wall. Electricity and plumbing. Parking. All right, let’s say $1 million. That’s a latte for you fine, rich folks."

Both Brodeur and Nathalie Graham in her feature in The Stranger lamented the loss of the junior teams and the opportunities for young girls to play competitive sports.


Shoreline CC Automotive student headed for national skills competition

Saturday, May 25, 2019

From left: Natalie Tjok, instructor Amber Avery, Caleb Bagwell,
Jeff Cromwell (T-TEN Instructor), Brian Dale, Rory Smith
Photo courtesy Shoreline CC

Shoreline Community College's automotive department recently qualified a student for the state level SkillsUSA competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization that promotes students in the trades at high school and postsecondary level to compete and showcase their skills.

The school competed for the first time in April at the competition in Pasco, Washington.

Shoreline Community College student Caleb Bagwell placed first and is going to nationals against the best automotive student from each state.

Amber Avery, Automotive Service Technician instructor at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N Shoreline 98133, reports that,

Last year I was asked by Nissan to judge at the national skillsusa competition. At that time I was unaware that students could compete at the college level. Once I knew that I wanted to take our Shoreline students to compete.
Easter weekend we loaded up four students at 4:30am Friday morning to head to Pasco for the state competition. The competition consisted of nine hands-on skills stations and an ASE (automotive service excellence) test.

Shoreline CC students placed in the top, with a Toyota T-TEN (Technician Training and Education Network) taking 1st and 3rd.

Shoreline CC automotive student Caleb Bagwell, 30, from Wenatchee, placed 1st in the state competition, qualifying for the nationals.
Shoreline student Rory Smith took third. 

Caleb will be competing at SkillsUSA nationals the week of June 24th in Louisville, KY, up against the top student from each state.

The competition goes from 8am-4pm. The stations will cover all automotive areas (Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical, Automatic Transmissions, Manual Transmissions, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Brakes, and Steering Suspension and Handling)

There will be hands-on stations where the student will diagnose and identify various issues. The last piece will be a written ASE test. ASE is the nationally accredited test that automotive technicians take to show they are proficient in the theory of vehicle repair and diagnostics.

Avery says, "Our students are trained to highest industry standards. It is not uncommon for them to graduate at a much higher level than technicians who have 5-10 years on the job."


Measles - are you at risk?

Measles is spread by coughing
By Diane Hettrick

Just in case you are wondering about the King county measles cases, I have been following the Public Health reports. So far, of the six cases reported in King County, five are linked to SeaTac airport.

With the exception of the Canadian who traveled home via Kenmore Air on April 28th, none of the five got any farther north than 3rd Ave in downtown Seattle.

Since symptoms appear 7-10 days after exposure, you are safe from the Kenmore incident.

The last case is a baby who was taken to the emergency room at Children's on May 24th. 

Measles (rubeola) is an airborne virus, spread by coughing, sneezing, or just breathing. The virus can stay in the air for two hours.

If you have had measles or if you have been vaccinated, you are protected. If you were born before 1957, the CDC isn't worried about you.

The vaccine, MMR, is for mumps and two kinds of measles - the current problem of rubeola and the more serious rubella.

If you aren't sure and you are concerned, consult your physician. Or you can just get another vaccine - the health department says there's no harm to an additional dose of vaccine.

There are public health clinics at Northgate, Edmonds, and Lynnwood that provide low-cost services and don't usually charge visit fees. 


Update on Point Wells: Snohomish county appeal hearing completed

The Point Wells property has been used for oil storage and shipping.
This is an active asphalt storage on the site. The trees are on a
steep, landslide prone hillside where a road washed out.
Google Earth

For newer readers: Point Wells is a proposed development on Puget Sound directly north of Shoreline's Richmond Beach neighborhood. The developer proposed several "villages" of high rise buildings with around 3,000 units. There is only one small road into the development and it runs through Shoreline.

The report following was just issued by the Sno-King Environmental Protection Coalition, a citizen's group formed to fight or at least mitigate the development.

Appeal Hearing Completed

BSRE's appeal hearing before Judge McHale took place on May 10th in the King County Courthouse. BSRE was appealing the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner's decision, later upheld by the Snohomish County Council, to deny BSRE's development application for constructing 3000+ housing units and over 100,000 square feet of commercial and retail space at Point Wells.

The Point Wells site includes Puget Sound shoreline, landslide hazard areas, and is currently served by a single two lane residential street. These characteristics brought into play regulations concerning shoreline development, development in hazardous areas, and transportation access requirements. These issues were all prominently mentioned during the hearing.

Shoreline development

The County has regulations controlling what kind of development can happen along shorelines, and how close to the shoreline any development is allowed. The key regulation in this case is a County requirement that any development not dependent on access to water be set back 150 feet from the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM). The OHWM is defined as the highest location on a beach where, due to consistent tidal action, the character of the beach is distinct from areas further inland.

The County described how BSRE failed to identify the OHWM in their initial application submitted in 2011 and did not correct that mistake until early 2018, just prior to the hearing before the Hearing Examiner. As a result of not identifying the OHWM, BSRE placed several of their buildings within the 150 foot buffer area, creating a substantial conflict with County regulations.

Hazardous areas

The eastern edge of the site includes steep slopes with a large landslide hazard area at the foot of the slope. County regulations do not permit any development inside landslide hazard areas unless there is no other place on the property to place those parts of the development, and unless the landslide hazard can be mitigated so that any part of the development inside the hazard area is as safe as if it were placed outside the area (this is usually done with retaining walls and other means of stabilizing the slope). BSRE's application showed what they labeled the Upper Village, including multiple tall buildings, a transit center, and police and fire stations, was to be constructed in the landslide hazard area.

The County argued that BSRE had admitted that there were other places on the property to place the buildings included in the Upper Village, but that BSRE preferred the site in the hazard area. The County further stated that while BSRE did present some plans to mitigate the potential hazards, the information was not complete enough to determine whether the mitigation was sufficient to make the Village safe. BSRE's failure to make use of other non-hazardous areas on the site for the Upper Village, and their incomplete plans for hazard mitigation both created a substantial conflict with County regulations.

Transportation access

The Urban Center regulations allowed BSRE to build up to a maximum of 180 feet (double to normal 90 foot limit) if the site was near a mass transit station or route and if BSRE demonstrated the additional height was necessary and desirable. The route for Sounder commuter rail does go right through the property, but Sound Transit has no plans to stop at Point Wells so the mere presence of the route would not allow any passengers to board the train.

The County argued that a route without a station violated several other provisions of the County Code that required Urban Centers to include mass transit access, that BSRE had not shown a good faith effort to get Sound Transit to agree to stop at a station should one be built, and in any case, BSRE had not submitted any documentation showing that the additional height was either necessary or desirable. The missing station and the missing documentation made any building over 90 feet in height a substantial conflict with County regulations.

Vesting question

BSRE presented one other claim that could end up outweighing all the other claims. BSRE argued that their vesting rights included the right to resubmit their application to the County within 6 months of the denial and preserve their right to develop under the old 2011 Urban Center regulations.

The County argued that the right to resubmit the application was repealed in 2013, that this right was not vested because it is an application processing regulation not a land use regulation (vesting only applies to land use regulations), and most importantly, the 6 month window ran out in February, 2019 without the County receiving a resubmitted application.

What's next?

Judge McHale promised to issue a decision by June 10, 2019. It's almost certain that no matter what the decision, it will be appealed to the State Court of Appeals; that will guarantee at least one more hearing.

If BSRE loses that appeal, they can then ask the State Supreme Court to review the case, but the Supreme Court is not required to review all appeals and tends to ignore cases where the decision is obvious and there are no new legal issues at question. The County probably believes there is no reason for the Supreme Court to get involved, but that remains to be seen.

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Memorial Day program at Senior Center honored fallen warriors

Honor guard from Naval Station Everett presents the flag
Photo by Jerry Pickard

On Friday, May 24, 2019 the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 held a MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE luncheon to honor those who gave their life while serving our country.

Captain Michael Davis, right, delivered the keynote address
Gen. Ray Coffee of American Legion Post 227 on the left
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The keynote speaker was Captain Michael F. Davis, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Everett.

Col. Roger Horner, Ret.
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Captain Davis was introduced by Col. Roger Horn, Ret.

Commander Richard B. White, Post 227
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Richard B. White, Commander, American Legion Starr Sutherland Post 227, gave remarks.

Center Director Theresa LaCroix thanked everyone for attending and expressed her appreciation to Naval Station Everett for once again participating in the Memorial Day ceremony at the Center.

Artist Michael Reagan of Edmonds was there with a display of his Fallen Heroes Project. Reagan makes drawings of fallen soldiers from their photos and presents them to their families. He and his project are nationally known.

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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Relief map

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


Memorial Day Service at Acacia in Lake Forest Park

Troop 348 raises the flag at the 2017 Memorial Day
ceremonies at Acacia
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Annual Memorial Day Service
11:00am - NOON
Lake Forest Park 98155

Please join us for our annual service on the grounds of Acacia Memorial Park. We gather as community to remember and honor those who gave their all in service to our country.

For more information, please call 206-362-5525.


93rd Annual Memorial Day Service Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park

Memorial Day Monday
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

93rd Annual Memorial Day Service
Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Monday, May 27, 2019 

Hundreds of veterans, their families and the public will gather for our 93rd Annual Memorial Day service and concert in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 11111 Aurora Ave N. in Seattle. 

Scouts, churches, local organizations and families will place flags on all the graves in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery early Monday morning. The 1:30pm concert will feature marches, patriotic selections and other music provided by the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corp, Daniel Helseth, Conductor. The Service of Remembrance begins at 2:00pm, following the concert.

The program will begin with the Parade of Colors. The Color Guard is from the Washington State National Guard. Following will be the National Anthem which will be sung this year by Maria Kesovija, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by William MacCully. 

Chaplain Edward Fackler, will lead us in the Invocation and Benediction with the Memorial Day Address by Samantha Powers, Director of Student Veteran Life at University of Washington.

Wreath Placement Ceremony will be led by the Advisory Board. The program will conclude with a ringing of the Liberty Bell 21 times by Vernon Zimmerman, followed by the Retiring of the Colors. The program should end about 3:00pm.

The public is invited to visit the graves of our Medal of Honor Recipients. Evergreen Washelli is proud to hold the remains of several Medal of Honor Recipients. Please join us today in remembering them. We invite you to visit their graves, read their stories and see an image of the medals received. 

3:15pm Monday May 27th – Following the ceremony, there will be a guided tour of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery which includes the remarkable lives of the Medal of Honor recipients in our care. Our guide will be David Bloch, son of Orville Emil Bloch, Medal of Honor recipient.

David will guide us through the history of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, as well as teach us about the stories of Private William C. Horton, PFC Lewis Albanese, PFC William Kenzo Nakamura, 2nd LT Ronald Leisy, Coxswain Harry Delmar Fadden, CWT Emil Fredreksen and, of course, Colonel Orville Emil Bloch. The tour will start at the Doughboy Statue in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 3:15pm.


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire Commissioners special meeting notice


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of Shoreline Fire Department will hold a Special Meeting at the date, time and place specified below. The purpose of the special meeting is to conduct a workshop to review and update the Rules of Procedure Handbook for the Board of Fire Commissioners.

DATE: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

TIME: 11:00 am

LOCATION: Shoreline Fire Department (upper conference room)
17525 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
May 23, 2019


Save this: Kids' activities at the Shoreline Library in June

Friday, May 24, 2019

Shoreline Library
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shoreline June 2019
Programs for Children, Tweens, and Teens
Shoreline Public Library

Summer Reading is for All Ages this year - visit your local KCLS Library to pick up a summer reading log beginning June 1!

Chess @ the Shoreline Library
Sunday, June 2, 1-3pm
Ages 6 and older; tweens and teens welcome.

Join the club! Play chess, learn chess or teach chess to others. Drop in to enjoy a casual and fun atmosphere with snacks provided. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll have chess boards and people willing to teach those who want to learn.

Snacks provided courtesy of the Friends of the Shoreline Library.

Knight Skies Show
Monday, June 17, 7pm
Ages 5 and older.
Presented by Knights of Veritas.

Throughout history, people have wondered about the movement of planets and stars. Learn about science in medieval times and see examples of armor, weapons and scientific tools.

Space is limited. First come, first seated.

Evening Family Story Time
Monday, June 24, 6:30pm
Ages 3 to 6 with adult, families welcome.

Enjoy stories, songs and a simple craft especially for preschoolers and their families. Lots of wiggling and giggling guaranteed!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, June 25, 10:30am
Ages 3 to 6 with adult, siblings welcome.

Stories, songs and summer surprises just for preschoolers! This is a great way to get your child ready to read.

Summer Meals at the Library
Mondays-Fridays, June 26-August 28, 12-1pm Activities begin at 12:30pm. No lunch on July 4. Ages 1 to 18.

Nourish your body and brain while you read this summer. Grab a FREE lunch and take part in fun activities! In partnership with Hunger Intervention Program.

The Gravity Catastrophe Show
Thursday, June 27, 10:15am
Family program, all ages welcome.

Presented by Alex Zerbe, The Zaniac.

Join us for this “out of this world” show complete with a tornado of juggling and a whirlwind of scientific knowledge!

Space is limited. First come, first seated.


For bargain hunters and seekers of treasure - monthly vendor market at MLT Senior Center

Come have fun shopping at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center’s monthly Community Treasure Chest vendor market on Saturday, June 1st from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Open to all ages!

Our friendly market will feature various arts, crafts, collector items, books, Tupperware, beauty products, plants and much, much more.

If you don’t like shopping on an empty stomach, plan to attend the Center’s community Pancake Breakfast beforehand – flapjacks start rolling off the griddle at 8:00am!

Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace, 98043.

Learn more about this beautiful Center. If you would like to participate as a vendor in future months, contact them via email at to reserve your spot.


Seattle Police seize stolen guns, heroin, meth, fentanyl from house in Shoreline

Photo courtesy Seattle Police

Seattle PD Narcotics detectives have broken up a major drug trafficking ring, suspected of supplying dealers in North Seattle and Shoreline.

On Thursday, May 23, 2019 after a month's-long investigation, members of the Narcotics Unit, North Precinct Anti-Crime Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration served warrants at two homes in Shoreline (167xx Whitman) and Mountlake Terrace, where they arrested three people and seized significant quantities of narcotics and weapons.

Photo courtesy Seattle Police

Police recovered 3.86 kilos of Heroin, 8.82 kilos of Methamphetamine, 1.42 pounds of Cocaine and approximately 69,000 oxycodone and fentanyl pills, as well as a stolen handgun, a stolen rifle, and a stolen ballistic vest and over $113,000 in cash.

Photo courtesy Seattle Police

As police were serving the warrants, one suspect unsuccessfully attempted to escape from police by jumping off a second-story balcony. Another man in the home tossed three one-pound packages of methamphetamine out a window as officers began searching the home.

Police booked three suspects into the King County Jail for weapons and narcotics violations and continue to investigate.


Alpha Delta Chapter of Washington State awards scholarship to Shorecrest student

From left: Karen Novstrup, Scholarship Committee, Mrs. Anu Sharma,
Bhavana Sharma, Kimberly Haff, Scholarship Committee.

Alpha Delta Kappa is pleased to announce the awarding of its annual scholarship. Alpha Delta is a fraternal group of teachers whose work includes creating altruistic opportunities.

Every year Alpha Delta awards at least one $1000 scholarship to a graduating senior entering the field of education. Students are chosen from schools represented by teachers in Alpha Delta Chapter.

Bhavana Sharma, of Shorecrest HS, is this year’s recipient. She is the daughter of Bimal and Anu Sharma. Bhavana became interested in studying education during her experiences as a summer school volunteer. She went on to assist at local elementary school programs and at the YMCA.

Her goal is seeing that all students have an equal chance at success and that no one is excluded. Bhavana has worked hard in high school, taking some honors, AP, and Running Start courses. She plans to use her $1,000 scholarship at either Seattle Pacific University or the University of Washington, Bothell. Bhavana plans on pursuing elementary education.

Karen Novstrup and Kimberly Haff, both retired teachers in the Shoreline School District, were on the Scholarship Committee that evaluated applicants.

As Karen stated, "For me, the heart of ADK is altruism, and in particular, the scholarship program. What better way to support our students and the community than to encourage bright, talented young people to pursue a career in education. It is such a joy to see the enthusiasm of our scholarship winners and feel their excitement at the prospect of becoming a teacher. "

ADK is an international fellowship of women educators established to promote excellence in education and support worthy community programs relating to education, families, and world understanding. Teachers in Alpha Delta Chapter represent Shoreline and Edmonds School Districts. Alpha Delta Chapter was organized in Shoreline in 1963 and also contributes to local schools and charities.


Are all your home improvement projects done? Shoreline has a lot of slots open Tuesday for consults

One on one session
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Free home improvement project information
for Shoreline property owners
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
6:00 to 8:00pm, City Hall lobby
17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Appointments are still available. Complete the information HERE and they will contact you on Tuesday morning to confirm your appointment (as they are closed on Monday for Memorial Day). The more appointment times that work for you will make it easier to fit your request into the remaining openings.

The City of Shoreline has a lot of appointments left in its Home Improvement event on Tuesday.

Are you all really done planning your remodels? What about drainage issues? Are your sewer lines sluggish?

Vendors are great resources
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

You don't have to do the project to plan it. The City is offering 15 minutes of one-on-one attention about your particular project.

What about zoning issues?

Property lines - most people think they own more property than they do.

Do you know which projects require permits?

Of course you don't have to make an appointment to come talk to the vendors who will be there. They are great for advice.

This is the last session of the year. The next event will be a year from now.


The Aurora Borealis shines in Shoreline

Text and photos by Rob Oxford

Since the legendary Parker's Ballroom closed its doors in 2012, the community of Shoreline has desperately needed a quality live music venue. One that could host local as well as national acts.

Thankfully with the recent opening of Aurora Borealis at 16708 Aurora Ave N, we now have one.

This is not to say that live music couldn’t be found in the City of Shoreline before, but bands hoping to play to more than a handful of close friends had to either pack their gear all the way downtown to Seattle or north to Lynnwood. Luckily, that is no longer the case.

The new restaurant and event space which is coincidentally only a stone’s throw from the lot that once housed Parkers, is the perfect addition to a growing Shoreline. Owner Tyler Myers, who had never been in the old Drift on Inn Roadhouse Casino which houses the new establishment, knew exactly what he wanted to do with the space the minute he walked in the door.

Tyler is a business entrepreneur, part-time musician and local resident, which makes spreading the word about his new restaurant even more important. During our recent meeting, Mr. Myers made it very clear than his plans for Aurora Borealis are long term and he hopes to have many opportunities to give back to the community that has welcomed him and that he calls home.

While driving to the restaurant for an introduction, the first thing that popped into my head was, “this is Aurora Ave, where in the heck am I going to park?” Upon my arrival I was overjoyed to find out that I had 250 stalls from which to choose. Bonus!

Restaurant menu has a wide variety of food

The upper level of the building which houses the restaurant is aesthetically pleasing and well lit, which will immediately appeal to any 57-year-old restaurant reviewer who may have forgotten his “readers”. Clean and professionally designed, along one wall are several booths for more intimate dining, while the main floor is spacious and welcoming.

The menu is chock full of comfort food favorites such as meatloaf, pot roast, mac ‘n cheese, a half dozen burgers to choose from or, if you’re in the mood for a steak, try the 8 oz filet, 10 oz rib eye or loosen your belt and order the 24 oz. porterhouse. If pasta, fish or salad are more to your liking, there’s something on the menu for you as well. The mussels, steamers and cheese fondue from the appetizer menu immediately caught my eye, as did the bleu cheese bacon wrapped dates.

Two full bars with draft beers, wines, and bourbons

The Aurora Borealis also features two full bars with an assortment of draft beers, wines and bourbons to choose from, including a 28-year-old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, one of only eight available in the entire state this year. It is also the first bar in the state to feature the Azbar system which delivers over 200 cocktails perfectly poured.

What could be most appealing to local corporations, businesses and charitable organizations just might be the availability of The Aurora Room to host private parties, wedding receptions, sports banquets or other various events and seminars. For smaller business meetings there is an additional conference room two floors up that can be catered to your own specifications.

A massive music venue with stage, digital lighting,
professional sound and video system

Stroll down the stairs and you’ll find a massive music venue with a total capacity of 338, designed by a music lover, for music lovers. From the expansive stage with its digital lighting, to the professional sound and video system capable of video streaming to the posh greenroom for performers, Aurora Borealis has it all and will soon be hosting some of the best talent the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

The restaurant has already scheduled several very funny comedians for its Wednesday Night Comedy Series, but has plans to also host World Cup matches, Seahawk gameday parties and the occasional live radio event.

This weekend the 25th and 26th, check out The Popoffs from 9 – Midnight on Friday and the Michelle Taylor band on Saturday.

Although your family is sure to love it, the new Aurora Borealis Restaurant at 16708 Aurora Ave. N. is much more than a family restaurant. It is an “event space” unmatched by any other for miles around and… a breath of fresh air for Shoreline residents.

The restaurant is currently hiring hosts, servers, kitchen staff and bartenders. For employment information and a complete menu got to their website.


St. Luke School student to compete in National Spelling Bee

Helen Murphy is going to D.C. to
compete in the National Spelling Bee

From St. Luke School in Shoreline

Congratulations are in order for one of our eighth-grade student, Helen Murphy, for moving on to the National Spelling Bee competition in Washington D.C.

The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee will begin on Sunday, May 26, 2019 and ends on Friday, May 31.

Bee Week involves more than just spelling. Spellers attend guest speaker presentations, meet other remarkable students from across the country and have lots of fun!

We are so proud of Helen and wish her the best as she competes in this final round. 

Helen Murphy is graduating from St. Luke School this June and will be attending Shorewood High School next year.


Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes at Holyrood Cemetery

Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline
As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holyrood Catholic Cemetery on NE 205th and 5th NE will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes." 

This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

In Shoreline Rev. Joseph (Jay) DeFolco will celebrate Mass at 10:30am on Monday, May 27. Active military and veterans are invited to participate and recite prayer intercessions followed by a moment of silence. 

The local celebration will include Tribute boards where veterans, active military members and their families can write messages. These boards will be available in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

“We are excited to be participating in this heartfelt program and are glad to have the opportunity to give thanks to the military members and veterans within our community for their commitment and service,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle). 
“We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation in the ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes’ program can be just one way to say thanks for all they have done for us”. 

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” encourages community involvement and participation and it is the hope of the program that this initiative will band together thousands of Catholic Cemeteries throughout the nation with past and current military members in this special celebration of remembrance. 


10th Annual Ridgecrest Neighborhood Garage Sale Day June 1

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
10th Annual Ridgecrest Neighborhood Garage Sale Day on June 1st. Most sales start at 9am.

Sales include the Tabernacle Baptist Parking lot sale (starts at 8am), another sale next door at Grace Presbyterian and at homes throughout the neighborhood.

The sale list will be posted on the evening of May 30th at, Craigslist and

Shoppers, please respect individual posted times and please don’t block mailboxes and driveways.

Ridgecrest Neighbors can still register their sale to be included in the ad. Just email by the morning of the 30th.


Retired county van for the Northwest School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rod delivers a van to the Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

Metropolitan King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski announced that four local organizations, including a school in Shoreline, will receive retired Metro Transit Vanpool vans to provide transportation assistance to low-income, elderly or young people, or people with disabilities.

“There are so many organizations doing amazing work in our community,” said Dembowski. 
“I am honored to secure a retired King County van for each of these recipients, to help support their work with youth and folks with disabilities. The mobility that a van brings will help increase their capacity to continue serving those in need, by providing access to enriching educational, social, and recreational experiences.”

The organizations nominated by Councilmember Dembowski to receive vans this year are:

"We are incredibly grateful for all Councilmember Dembowski does to champion the needs of deaf/hard-of-hearing children, invest in our school’s educational programs and strengthen the quality of education throughout our local community,” said Kabian Rendel, Head of School at Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children.
“Thanks to King County, and the transfer of this van, we can provide our students daily interaction with hearing peers in general education settings and hands-on, educational field trips throughout the year.”

Delivery to current grant cycle recipients is anticipated in mid-2019. Interested organizations can contact Councilmember Dembowski for more information on applying for a vehicle in future grant cycles.


Art in the Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour and Market, June 15

Anneke Wilder in the garden last year.

There are so many things that make the Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour and Market worth the visit to the gardens.

Of course, the gardens are extraordinary.

Visitors can see how gardeners use shade plants, perennial gardens and natural slopes of our area to the best advantage.

And, to enhance your experience in the gardens there will be artists working on oils, and watercolors.

Anneke Wilder is a natural science illustrator.

If you visited the gardens last year you may recall her work. She engaged visitors, especially children while she drew.

Monstera leaf drawing
by Kelsey Nollette
Kelsey Nollette is a botanical artist.

Her recent work includes a life-sized carrot with roots and stem. In the garden Kelsey will be illustrating a Panda Faced ginger plant (Asarum).

Rance Holiman, a Seattle artist, will be painting in oils in the garden.

Nancy Bishop Harvey
Graphic Design
Nancy Bishop Harvey is a graphic designer who works at Shoreline Community College.

Staci Adman has been in the garden in the past.

She organized the mural on the side of the St Vincent building in Kenmore.

Adman is a local artist who works in oils and mixed media.

Monica Lisette-Sanchez will be painting with watercolors in one of the gardens.

Monica Lisette-Sanchez works in a variety of formats.

Encaustic by Monica Lisette-Sanchez
She works in encaustic which is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin.

Art in the gardens is one of the ways the tour is so special.

Tickets to the Garden Tour and Market are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. 

Tickets are now available at Town Center Hardware, Wildbirds Unlimited and the Sunday Farmers Market in Lake Forest Park and at Sky Nursery in Shoreline. 

Tickets and more information are available at


Shay's Restaurant shut down by Public Health for food safety violations

Shay's Restaurant closed by Public Health

Shay's Restaurant located at 15744 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, was closed by a Public Health food inspector on May 22, 2019 at 3:15pm due to the following food safety violations:
  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
  • Improper cooling of potentially hazardous foods
  • Inadequate refrigeration to control food safety
  • Poor personal hygiene practices
  • Inaccessible handwashing facilities
The establishment will be reopened once the inspector confirms that these issues have been resolved.

The Food Establishment Closures homepage is here


Ride the Sounder train to the Seattle Storm opener in Everett

Ride Sounder to cheer on the Storm at their season opener against the Phoenix Mercury at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury
May 25, 2019, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Sounder train schedule

Seattle to Everett
Seattle 10:30 a.m.
Edmonds 10:57 a.m.
Mukilteo 11:12 a.m.
Everett 11:29 a.m.

The Edmonds Station is at 211 Railroad Ave, Edmonds 98020

Upon arrival at Everett Station, passengers may take an Everett Transit shuttle to Angel of the Winds Arena or make the approximately half-mile walk.

Return schedule - from Everett Station to Seattle/King Street Station
Trip departs from Everett approximately 45 minutes after the game ends.


Shorewood golf players make the final rounds in state golf tournament

Edmonds-Woodway coach, Ben Borgida SW, Issey Tanimura SW, Silas Puetz EW, Josh Nelson EW, Coach Hershey SW. Photo by Beth Borgida.

In the boys' 3A state golf tournament, played May 21-22, 2019 at Indian Summer Country Club in Olympia WA, two Shorewood players made the cut after the first day and then placed in the top 20 with Ben Borgida placing 10th.

10 Ben Borgida Shorewood HS 80 74 154
18 Issey Tanimura Shorewood HS 81 77 158

In the girls' tournament, played May 21-22, 2019 at Hawks Prairie Golf Course (Woodlands) in Lacey, WA, two Shorewood golfers made the cut after the first day with Haley Wong ending in tenth place.

10 Haley Wong Shorewood HS 81 79 160
39 Maria Babcock Shorewood HS 95 89 184

Each team was allowed to bring four or five players to the state tournament. After the first day, the teams were cut in half. Awards went to the top 8 players.

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