Soccer: Shorewood girls team named 3A Academic State Champions

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Shorewood Girls Soccer Team are State Academic Champs
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

While the Shorewood Girls Soccer Team’s season may be over, they will still be bringing home a major trophy at the state tournament next weekend. 

That’s because they have been named the 3A Girls Soccer Academic State Champions by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab.

The team, coached by Dan Faires, maintained an incredible 3.87 grade point average this season. In addition to winning in the classroom, they also had a great season on the field, going 9-5 in league play and 10-9 overall.

“Shorewood athletes have an inner drive that shows in the classroom as well as on the playing field,” said Shorewood Athletic Director Joann Fukuda. “The girls soccer team exemplifies what it means to be a successful student-athlete at Shorewood High School with focus, drive and determination to be their best selves.”

The team will accept their Academic State Championship trophy during halftime of the 3A State Championship game on Saturday, November 23 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.


Reminder: Parkwood dedication Tuesday

The dedication for the new Parkwood Elementary School is Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 5:30pm. The school is at 1815 N 155th St, Shoreline 98133.


Shoreline Fire calls for September and October - and photos from crane rescue training

What if you have to rescue an injured worker
from a construction crane? Fire departments
train so they can respond.

Here are the stats for local calls to Shoreline Fire for the months of September and October 2019.

The photos are from a multi-agency training exercise to rescue workers from cranes. They were taken by Steven H. Robinson

Getting to an injured crane worker is a little
more challenging than many rescues

  • Aid - 637
  • Aid Non Emergency - 139
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
    • Motor Vehicle Collision Aid (MVA) - 48
    • MVA Medic - 5 (+6 w/ M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville)
    • MVA Rescue - 1 (+3 w/M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville)
  • Medic
    • Medic - 290 (+245 w/ M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville)
    • Cardiac Arrest - 20 (+15 /M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville)
At least three fire departments participated in the training

  • Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) - 110
  • Dumpster Fire - 1
  • Electrical Odor - 1
  • Flooding Minor - 4
  • Haz - 8 CO alarms
  • Haz Aid - 4
  • Natural Gas
    • Natural Gas in the Area - 2
    • Natural Gas in Commercial - 1
    • Natural Gas/Line Fracture - 1
    • Natural Gas in a Residence - 1
  • Smoke
    • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 12
    • Smoke/Commercial - 2
    • Smoke Residential - 3
    • Smoke Smell/Haze in the Area - 7
    • Smoke/Ventilation - 1
Lower the injured worker to the ground

  • Service Call - 32
  • Still Alarm (when someone comes to our station w/an emergency *please call, in case we are not there) - 2
  • Structure Fires
    • Structure Fire Commercial - 1 w/M142
    • Structure Fire Multi Family - 1 (+1 w/M142 and M157)
    • Structure Fire/Out Building - 1
    • Structure Fire Residential - 1 (+3 w/M157)
    • Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 2
  • Vehicle Fire - 3


Shoreline Rotary to hear from Rep. Lauren Davis on Wednesday morning

Join Shoreline Rotary Wednesday morning, November 20, 2019 at the Shoreline Community College PUB, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

The meeting starts at 7:00am with breakfast and camaraderie; the formal program starts at 7:30am.

Last year, former Shoreline Breakfast Rotarian and State Representative Ruth Kagi retired from her legislative position.

Newly elected State Representative Lauren Davis ably stepped up to the plate and has completed her first year. Representative Davis will give an update on how that year went in the legislature, and fill us in on some of the upcoming challenges for the next session.

Many of us have not yet had a chance to meet our new Representative, so come to this important meeting and give her a warm welcome, and hear what Representative Davis has to say.


Winterfest Craft Fair and Bake Sale Saturday, Dec 7

The 2019 Winterfest Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10am-4pm in the Cascade K-8 Gym, 2800 NE 200th St, Shoreline 98155.

Find unique gifts such as locally-produced arts and crafts, jewelry and home products. Enjoy baked goods, lunch items and live music. This year the Associated Student Body will be hosting a Hot Chocolate Bar!

Vendor Registration Information
Vendor booths start at $35. For more information and to register, visit our:

Vendor Registration Form

Advance set up will be on December 6th from 7pm to 9pm, or starting at 9am on the day of the event. 

To register, ask questions, or for additional info about Winterfest, send an email


Pinky's Passion for Pancakes with Santa - Dec 7

Have a full pancake breakfast, and get your picture taken with Santa at the Pinky's Passion for Pancakes event on December 7, 2019 from 10am to 12:30pm.

Music provided by members of the Seattle's Totally Relaxed Ukelele Musicians.

Tickets for the event are $25 for age 13 and up and $10 for age 12 and below. Money raised will be used to increase awareness and support research for a Parkinson's Cure.

They can be purchased online or by sending payment to P.O. Box 55063, Shoreline WA 98155, or in person at the Easy Monkey Tap House 17537 15th Ave NE, Shoreline WA 98155.

The event will be held at the Easy Monkey Events Center at the same address.


Real estate: $3.2 million property listed in The Highlands

$3.2 million mansion

By Diane Hettrick

An estate in The Highlands designed for D. E. Frederick, co-founder of Frederick and Nelson department stores, is listed for sale for $3.2 million.

Gazebo in the gardens

Designed by architect Lewis P. Hobart of San Francisco, it was built in 1931. The gardens were designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the landscape architect firm which designed Central Park in New York City.

According to the real estate listing, the single family home is "European in its design with a stone exterior, slate roof and copper accents. Only the finest materials were used throughout. Marble floors, Chevron style oak floors, hand-hewn doors and woodwork, along with 17th century rooms imported from Italy. Olmsted designed gardens. A once in a lifetime opportunity."

It is two stories with a basement, 12,955 sq ft, with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Marble staircase

The entry boasts inlaid marble floors, marble walls, marble steps on the sweeping staircase and an intricately designed wrought-iron railing.

Murals and paintings in guest bathroom

The guest bathroom has foiled walls and custom painted murals.

The Venetian room is actually from Italy

The Venetian room was brought over from Italy from a 17th Century manor home and reassembled here. It has marble floors, painted paneling and French doors that open out to a large, open terrace. An elaborate chandelier hangs from the ceiling.

Chinese paintings on silk are inset into the walls

The formal dining room has custom milled wood paneling with insets holding Chinese paintings of birds on silk.

Four other properties in The Highlands are listed for sale.

The Highlands is a planned, gated community of secluded mansions with Puget Sound views. It is located in the southwest corner of Shoreline, with the entrance gate on NE 145th.


Photo: Fallen leaves

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Pretty on the tree - pretty off the tree - and then it's good compost


County to establish Renters' Commission

King County renters will soon have a stronger voice with elected leaders and county departments. The King County Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance to establish a King County Renters’ Commission.

“As inequality grows in this region, it is the Council’s responsibility to ensure that renters’ rights are protected, and their voices are elevated,” said Councilmember Larry Gossett, who was the prime sponsor of the ordinance. 
“The King County Renters’ Commission gives renters the vehicle to strengthen their role in unifying their voices to create and advocate for policies that will benefit renters, especially those in the unincorporated areas of King County.”

The ordinance will set up a seven-member Renters’ Commission that would advise the council and the executive on issues and policies impacting renters in unincorporated King County. 

Councilmembers Larry Gossett and Jeanne Kohl-Welles sponsored the measure as part of a suite of legislation to bolster tenant protections and improve access to affordable housing, primarily in unincorporated areas of King County.

With nearly half of all households in King County renting their homes, rental issues are top of mind for many of the county’s 2 million residents. Additionally, 72% of African American households are renters, compared to 38% of white households, and renter households have significantly lower median household income than homeowners in King County.

“This commission will bring a much-needed fresh perspective to our policy making decisions regarding tenants’ rights and regulations that impact renters,” Kohl-Welles said. “As we move forward as a government and representative body of the people of this County, it is imperative that we continue to bring new voices to the table – especially those voices that have traditionally been left out of the process.”

The seven appointed members will represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives including historically underrepresented groups.

The county Renters’ Commission will monitor enforcement of existing laws, look for opportunities to strengthen and improve those laws or advise creation of new ones. The group will also develop an annual report that includes recommendations on improving affordability with a focus on unincorporated parts of the county.

A committee is still considering other actions that would clarify county code on when and how landlords can evict tenants.


Arts Council's 2020 Community Project Grants application deadline is Nov 15

Cultural Heritage Festival

Do you need help presenting an arts event that serves your community? 

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is here to help. Consider applying for a Community Project Grant. We promote experiences in the arts to enhance the quality of life in our community. Non-profit organizations or community groups that provide arts / cultural programming for the general public are welcome to apply.

We fund special projects, artists’ residencies, and performances that extend the group’s usual scope. Awards range from $250-$1500. Projects take place from January to November. An organization may only apply for one Community Project Grant in any one year.

Please visit our website to apply for a Community Project Grant!

Deadline to apply is 5pm, Thursday, November 15, 2019.

The 2019 List of Awards
  • Dandylyon Drama, Musicals Season 2018-2019, $1,500
  • Edwin T Pratt Mural at Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center, $1,500
  • JHP Cultural & Diversity Legacy, Cultural Heritage Festival, $1,000
  • Shoreline Arts For Justice at Shoreline Community College, Artist Honorarium, $600
  • Shoreline Concert Band, Winter Concert with Special Guest Soloist $500
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.


Book review by Aarene Storms: Losers Bracket

Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher

Annie Boots is a senior in high school, and it looks like she's gonna make it. Her foster family is loving and supporting (even if the dad is a bit of a control freak), she has a few good friends and some skilled social workers on her side, she's pretty good at sports, and she even has a great book group to hang out with at the local library.

If Annie could just stay away from her completely-messed-up biological family, she would be fine.

But she can't stay away. And her mom, her older sister, and her sister's young son Frankie are getting even more dysfunctional, really fast. Then, Frankie disappears.

Spokane-area author Chris Crutcher used to be on everybody's "must read" list each year, and he has a stack of writing awards to prove it. 

He draws on his experience as a family therapist and child protection specialist to portray characters in horrible circumstances. Reading his stuff feels real because it is. You know, going into a Chris Crutcher book, that the story won't be sunshine and roses.

Read it anyhow.

Some cussing. Alcohol/drug use and child abuse is mostly off-page. Dysfunctional relationships and bad ideas are on-the-page, front and center. As is, eventually, redemption.

Recommended for readers ages 12 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Lunch ticket doubles as raffle for large-screen TV

Go to the lunch today (November 16, 2019) at the Northgate Retirement Community. It's a benefit for the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center. Tickets are $10 and $5 goes to the Center.

All those present at the lunch will have a chance at winning a big screen TV. Give them a call to let them know you are coming for lunch. 206-362-7250. 11am to 2pm.

Northgate Retirement Community, 11501 15th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125. 11am - 2pm. You can purchase tickets at the door, but call 206-362-7250 to let them know you'll be there.


Free workshop: how to save a life in an emergency

Join Northshore Fire and NEMCo for a FREE 2 hour workshop and learn how to save a life in the event of an emergency. Event will include three stations for individuals to learn how to "stop the bleed," hands-only CPR and how to use an AED.

Workshops offered at the following times on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Northshore Fire Department 7220 NE 181st St, Kenmore 98028
  • 8am - 10am
  • 10am - 12pm
  • 12pm - 2pm

Pre-registration is not required.

Questions? Call Wendy at 425-354-1742.


Unlicensed food vendor shut down by Health Department

A food vendor operating out of a personal car near a construction site in the North City Business District in Shoreline was closed by a Public Health food inspector on November 13, 2019 at 12:00pm due to lack of a valid food business permit.

She had a pot of food in her car and was selling servings to the construction workers. She was, without permission, on property belonging to a local business. They called the health department which responded immediately and shut her down.


MPNA to host sustainability discussion on Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 starting at 7pm, the Meridian Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA) will present information and host a community discussion on sustainability in relation to our garbage, recycle/re-use, and composting.

Representatives from our local transfer station (King County Solid Waste Division), Recology, and Ridwell will be on hand to give us the latest information on how to most effectively participate in curbside pickup and drop-off services.

The meeting will take place at Shoreline City Hall in Room 301, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133.

Door prizes will be offered including a 3 month free subscription to Ridwell, a gift certificate to Recology Store, and more.

Shoreline recycling and re-use enthusiasts are invited to attend and share their tips on how to most effectively and easily establish sustainable practices at home.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. For more information and questions please find Meridian Park Neighborhood Association on Facebook, email meridianparkna@gmail or call Cynthia Knox at 206-218-3302.


Shoreline School Coach nominated for National Cheer Coach of the Year

The Shorecrest Cheer Team with Coach Marissa Bower (front, left)
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Shoreline School District Cheer Coach Marissa Bower is the Washington state nominee for National Cheer Coach of the Year.

Sixty-two cheerleading coaches from across the United States are vying for the annual award, which honors coaches who have made a positive impact in the lives of their students and communities.

These coaches have been nominated by members of their respective communities.

An online vote will take place here from November 14 through November 28, 2019. The two coaches with the most votes will be named finalists.

Then Greatmats will choose the winner between the finalists, based on their demonstration of service/community impact, integrity and quality of instruction. The winner will be announced on December 13, 2019.


Home sales in Lake Forest Park October 2019

The following are properties that sold in Lake Forest Park during the month of October 2019. Data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Whistleblower


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


Jobs: City of Mountlake Terrace

The City of Mountlake Terrace is advertising for a Permit Specialist

This is a specialized position under the direction of the Community and Economic Development Director that performs technical work, including but not limited to, in intake, processing and tracking of permits, disseminating permit information, computing fees, as well as research, processing and issuance of permits and approvals.

Functions also include, but are not limited to, inputting data in the permit tracking software program, computing planning, building and engineering fees, issuing permits and approvals, disseminating zoning, engineering and building code information and providing technical support to planning, building permit and other staff. A major component of the position includes tracking and monitoring land use applications and their associated notice requirements, statutory deadlines and procedural requirements and keeping customers apprised of the application status.

Work involves the analysis of factual information requiring judgment to select appropriate guidelines and procedures for a variety of development applications. Additionally, requires preparation of and written correspondences related to land use, building permits and permitting activity. This position deals with case sensitive and occasionally controversial issues affecting the public.

For more information view the attached job description.… Read on


Holiday Pet Food Drive to benefit Seattle Area Feline Rescue in Shoreline

Cats Exclusive Veterinary Clinic at 192nd and Aurora is holding its annual Holiday Pet Food Drive. 

It will benefit the Seattle Area Feline Rescue in the Pepper Hill Center at 14717 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

During this season of giving, please remember our local pets in need. The Seattle Area Feline Rescue is a local non-profit shelter, located in Shoreline, helping homeless cats and kittens find new homes.

Bring in cat food of any kind and help us fill the collection barrel located in our lobby. For each pound donated from November 16th through December 24th, Cats Exclusive will match your donation, pound for pound. Your help is greatly appreciated!


WeatherWatcher: One clap wonder strikes near home, up next: Wind

Lightning during a summer storm on Lake Washington from Log Boom Park.
Photo by Carl Dinse

Were you in the area about 10 minutes after 5 PM Friday evening? If so, you probably didn't miss that very loud, ground shaking thunderclap we had.

Mother nature is making up for two weeks of uneventful weather.

A strong Puget Sound Convergence zone developed Friday evening behind the morning's cold front and light rain. The convergence zone crept its way south from Everett to Shoreline and east. This band was so strong, it created a weak rotation within a thunder cell just north of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

Storm cell rotation is usually the warning that a tornado may develop, but in the Puget Sound region tornados are extremely rare, so rotation in a cell is just a sign that we have an unusually strong thunderstorm on our hands.

Around 4:46pm the power flickered as the first cloud-to-ground lightning bolt struck on the western edge of the Snohomish river valley in Everett. 

The power surge from that lightning strike was reported in Everett, Seattle, Shoreline, and Mukilteo. I think it's a safe assumption that was because the lightning struck one of the main power transmission towers crossing the Snohomish river valley into Everett before feeding down towards Seattle.

Then as the Puget Sound Convergence Zone drifted south, at just before 5:10pm a powerful cloud-to-ground-lightning bolt struck right near Interstate 5 and the 220th St SW interchange in Mountlake Terrace.

Area circled in red is the approximate location of the 5:10pm lightning strike.

The lightning strike was really brief, but so powerful it sounded like an explosion followed by a long rumble. The thunder shook buildings through Shoreline and all the way up to Everett. The Shoreline Community Collage seismograph even detected shaking from the thunder at 5:10pm.

To give you an idea what this convergence zone looked like this evening, below are two screen shots of the Doppler radar at the time. First image is the radar for 4:45pm, second image is the radar from 5:15pm.

Radar at 4:45pm

Radar at 5:15pm

Most of the rain from this event stayed north of the county border. Areas in Bothell and east received over an inch of rain in less than one hour. The rain gauge at the Shoreline Richmond Beach weather station didn't have any measurable precipitation, whereas our Shoreline Northridge (Echo Lake) weather station saw 0.01 inches from this event.

Next on the horizon, a new storm is making its way into our region on Saturday. There will be a chance of light rain Saturday afternoon, with winds expected to pick up Saturday evening. This isn't a major wind storm, but there will be strong breezes gusting possibly up to 30-40mph.

Winds taper off Sunday morning, with a relatively calm Sunday afternoon and evening. We have another rainmaker moving in on Monday. Extended forecast after Monday calls for a calmer Tuesday, still breezy but with showers. Wednesday through next Friday, however, looks sunny, clear, chilly and breezy at times. Highs near 50°F with lows in the mid-upper 30's later in the week.

For current weather conditions visit


Not on duty? What in blazes!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

 You mean I didn't have to get up early to show up, today?

--Gloria Z Nagler


Home sales in Shoreline - October 2019

The following are properties that sold in Shoreline during the month of October 2019. Data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Reminder: Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, Nov 16

2018 Friends of the Richmond Beach Library
Book Sale

Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, November 16, 2019

Join the Friends of Richmond Beach Library Saturday, November 16, for its annual November Holiday Book Sale. The sale offers great selections in all categories and genres, with most books priced at $1 or $2.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10am to 4pm

New This Year: A Bag of Books for $5 starts at 3:15pm

Richmond Beach Library 19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline 98177

All proceeds support programs at the Richmond Beach Library. More information here about the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library and the November Holiday Book Sale.


Local author visits Lake Forest Park sixth grade readers

Author Christine Day at LFP Elementary
Photo by Frank Kleyn

By Frank Kleyn

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 local author Christine Day visited the Lake Forest Park Elementary School library to share her debut middle grade novel "I Can Make This Promise” with sixth grade students.

This author visit was made possible by Third Place Books. Christine Day is a local author and grew up in the North Seattle area, though she now lives in Lake Stevens. 

Christine attended Meridian Park, Einstein, and Shorewood. Inspired by her family's history, Christine’s novel tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family's secrets -- and finds her own Native American identity. 

Lake Forest Park students asked excellent questions and Christine provided them with her inspiration to become an author as well as the particulars of the writing and publishing process.

Third Place Books has Christine’s book in stock for all interested readers. Lake Forest Park students loved the book and Christine’s visit and extend a heartfelt thank you to Third Place Books and Christine Day!

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park. 206-366-3333.


Local governments, transit agencies and others join in lawsuit against I-976

King County Executive
Dow Constantine

Statement from King County Executive Dow Constantine

Here in King County – where Sound Transit 3 was overwhelmingly approved and I-976 was defeated by nearly 60 percent – we follow the will of the people and the rule of law. 
We join with others across the state to challenge the constitutionality of I-976, even as we renew our long-standing demand that the legislature reform the tax system and provide better funding options to local governments across the state. 
The only responsible choice is to push ahead, building a transportation system and economy that gives every person access to a better future. ---Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Plaintiffs including the Washington State Transit Association, Garfield County Transportation Authority, King County, Association of Washington Cities, and the City of Seattle filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court alleging that I-976 violates various aspects of the state Constitution. In a separate action, the parties also seek an immediate injunction to prevent I-976 from taking effect.

A lawsuit filed by plaintiffs across Washington claims I-976 is a “poorly drafted hodgepodge that violates multiple provisions of the Constitution,” including the Single Subject Rule.

By violating the prohibition on single subject, the initiative improperly attempted to win support by hiding unpopular provisions among more popular ones, without clearly spelling out what some of those provisions were.  In addition to being misleading, voters would no longer be able to approve local transportation-related investments as the need arises. The initiative would “decimate funding particularly for local transportation and transit projects, including many that have already been approved by local voters.”

Plaintiffs include:

  • Garfield County Transportation Authority, which provides transit to the smallest county in the state. With an annual budget of about $350,000, it relies heavily on state grants. If allowed to take effect, I-976 could reduce transit service in Garfield County by at least 50 percent.
  • Intercity Transit provides services in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm and surrounding areas. I-976 would reduce funding for shuttles, vanpool services, and service for people with disabilities, among other cuts.
  • King County, the state’s largest county, could lose $52 million in Regional Mobility Grant Program awards that fund RapidRide expansion and reliability improvements, $36 million for transit serving persons with disabilities, and other critical transportation funding.
  • City of Seattle would lose about $35 million that funds approximately 8,000 weekly trips in addition to funding for 14,000 ORCA passes for students, low income residents and seniors. Routes funded by the Transportation Benefit District provide off-peak transit options critical to reducing congestion and increasing equitable access to transportation. Also at jeopardy is more than $8M in road maintenance, transit corridor and bike and pedestrian safety projects.
  • Port of Seattle, which contends that increased regional congestion would interfere with cargo terminals, Sea-Tac Airport, industrial lands, and other facilities.
  • Association of Washington Cities represents 281 cities and towns. Sixty cities and towns have adopted vehicle license fees, raising $58.2 million for local transportation needs. I-976 would eliminate this funding.
  • Washington State Transit Association represents 31 transit system that provide 238 million passenger trips annually on buses, paratransit, vanpools, light and commuter rail. I-976 could eliminate essential funding for these services.
  • Amalgamated Transit Union Legislative Council of Washington advocates on behalf of employees who operate public transportation. I-976 would likely eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars from transportation budgets, resulting in the loss of family wage jobs.
  • Michael Rogers is a Lacey resident with cerebral palsy. He relies on paratransit and transit services, and faces substantial harm from I-976, which would likely eliminate funding for services upon which he relies.

The legal action, filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Pacifica Law Group, and Seattle City Attorney’s Office, also seeks an injunction to “prevent and permanently enjoin I-976 from taking effect or being enforced by any Washington official” to be filed separately on Nov. 14.


Differently wired: students with high abilities and special needs

On behalf of the Shoreline Hi Cap Parent Association and Shoreline Special Needs PTSA and by a generous grant from the Lake Forest Park Rotary, we would like to invite to you an upcoming movie screening which is an inspirational documentary about a school environment that embraces neurodiversity.

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Shoreline Conference Center, Shoreline Room (north end)
18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Twice exceptional students (or “2e”) have “a mix of high abilities and special needs – differences such as learning disabilities, attention deficits, and behavioral difficulties” such as autism, Asperger’s, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. 1 in 5 students are neuro-diverse or differently wired and many struggle to learn in a traditional classroom setting. This might describe your child or students that are learning alongside your student.

Following the 77-minute movie (with Spanish subtitles), there will be a moderated discussion with the audience. Translators will be available upon request. A summary of this screening and community question/comments will be presented at a future Shoreline School Board meeting.

RSVP to receive a comprehensive viewer’s guide and request translation services before the screening. This is a free event and all families are welcome but no childcare is provided.


Free screening of MOTHERLOAD film at Shoreline City Hall on Dec 7

The City is hosting a free community viewing of the documentary film MOTHERLOAD on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00pm. 

The film follows director and new mother Liz Canning on her quest to understand the increasing tension between modern life and our hunter-gatherer DNA, and how cargo bikes offer a solution. The 90-minute film will be followed by a short discussion.

In 2018, the City of Shoreline was named a bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Shoreline joins a group of communities throughout the nation making positive changes to include bicycling as a safe and convenient option. 

Bring your bike and your family to this Sustainable Shoreline event! RSVP for free tickets at Eventbrite.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Shoreline City Hall, Council Chambers17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133


Attorney General Ferguson garners first conviction under animal trafficking act

Genetic testing proved the figure
contained ivory
Photo courtesy Atty General's office

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Thursday that Donald Frank Rooney of Everett has pleaded guilty to trafficking in species threatened with extinction under a voter-approved initiative banning the sale or transfer of products made from certain endangered species.

Rooney’s plea and sentencing in Snohomish County Superior Court represents the first-ever conviction under the Washington Animal Trafficking Act (WATA). Rooney was sentenced to 15 days in jail, 30 days of electronic home monitoring, and will pay a $10,000 fine and a $4,000 criminal wildlife penalty paid to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to help fund future enforcement.

In addition to three items Rooney sold to Fish and Wildlife detectives that genetic testing confirmed contained ivory, he will also forfeit over 1,500 similar items found in his home.

Ferguson filed the criminal charges against Rooney under WATA in April.

The charges against Rooney were among the first brought under WATA, which was created by voter-approved Initiative 1401. More than 70 percent of Washington voters approved I-1401 in 2015. The law took effect in 2016. 

It is a felony to sell ivory objects
Photo courtesy Atty General's office

WATA makes it a felony to sell, purchase, trade or distribute parts of specific endangered or vulnerable species of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, pangolin, marine turtle, shark or ray.

In late 2017, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) detectives contacted Rooney after reviewing online listings for items they believed may contain elephant ivory.

The detective went to Rooney’s home, and observed dozens of items that possibly contained ivory. The detective purchased three items believed to contain elephant ivory, which genetic testing confirmed. Officers later executed a search warrant on his home, and, as a result, confiscated more than 1,500 additional items.

The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the cases at the request of the Snohomish county Prosecutor’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office generally does not have original criminal authority, and cannot prosecute crimes without a request from a county prosecutor or the governor.
Assistant Attorney General Scott Marlow and AAG Brad Roberts with the Attorney General’s Counsel for Environmental Protection handled the case for Washington.

Attorney General Ferguson created the Counsel for Environmental Protection in 2016 to protect our environment and the safety and health of all Washingtonians.


81 unit townhome development under construction on N 145th

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The site will have 81 townhomes
Intracorp is the developer

Remember this story? There goes the neighborhood about the dozen homeowners who banded together to sell their homes to a developer?

Thanks to a reader's lead, we can now report that this site will be a large townhouse development - Towns on 145th.

Intracorp development
Towns on 145th

There will be 81 two, three, and four bedroom Townhomes with attached garages, ranging in size from 1,325 to 2,399 square feet.

Designed by Milbrandt Architects in Kirkland, Towns on 145th is expected to be complete by 2022. It boasts courtyards and greenspaces, preserved trees, covered decks and other outdoor spaces.

The development is at 1st NE and NE 145th

Inside, features include laminate floors, stained and painted wood cabinetry, quartz countertops, glass tile backsplashes, steel railings, and stainless steel appliances.

They are marketing to young professionals with families and touting the Shoreline School District and the 145th Transit station. The planned pedestrian bridge will make the site even more attractive.

Asking price will be in the $700k to $900k range.

Update: Apparently no one told the marketing department that the lots were clearcut. Neighbors report that one tree was left on the site.

The map was added to show the location of the project.


Duwamish Heritage event Saturday at Shoreline City Hall

Princess Angelina in Seattle

Duwamish Heritage, November 16, 2019, 2:00pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133. Free parking in city garage.

Come celebrate and learn more about the history of the Duwamish, the indigenous tribe of this area. 

2:00pm - Welcome Ceremony by Ken Workman and Traditional Performance by Blake Shelafoe

2:30pm - Film Screening of Princess Angeline (53 minutes)

Kikisoblu, named Princess Angeline by early settler Catherine Maynard, was the daughter of Chief Seattle. She lived alone towards the end of her life, refusing to leave her homeland. The film explores the story of the Duwamish people and their unrecognized tribal status, primarily through the life of Princess Angeline.

Learn what historical events led her to be one of the few Duwamish people left in Seattle by the 1890s, only 35 years after the peace treaty guaranteeing that land would be reserved for the Duwamish  -- but it never happened.

3:30pm - Q/A with Edie Loyer Nelson, Duwamish Tribal Member

4:00pm - Close


Shoreline Fire: Sparky says BE SAFE!!!

Sparky says BE SAFE!!!

From Shoreline Fire

Sparky says BE SAFE!!!

We went on a chimney fire, food on the stove fire, and plastic item on fire in a microwave Wednesday.

As we are coming into the cold season, get your chimney cleaned if you use it. Stay near the stove when cooking with a lid that fits over the pot/pan.

Please check your smoke alarm batteries. If the alarms themselves are over 10 years, replace the whole unit. If you have a 9 volt battery, that should’ve been changed with the time change.

We’d love to see you this holiday season, but not in an emergency setting 😊


Ready ... set ....

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler


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