Breaking Free Sports Camp at Calvin Presbyterian July 25-29

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The "Breaking Free Sports Camp" for 4 to 12 year old elementary school kids will be held July 25-29, 2011, 5 - 8:15 pm, at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 18826 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177, 206-542-6181.   

Elementary age kids choose from basketball, cheerleading, flag-football, or soccer for the week. All 4 and 5 year olds participate in Team 45. 

The camp features Christian coaches, quality sports instruction, positive role models, daily Bible times, skits, music, and fun. 

Every camper receives a camp t-shirt, camp literature, daily take home Bible studies and light snacks.  (Please feed your child a healthy meal each day before camp).

$50 per child, $35 per additional family member.  Scholarship donations and requests available online.

Register Now at Calvin Presbyterian 


Shorecrest boys tie for 11th in State 3A track championships

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Shorecrest boys’ track and field team tied for 11th in the State 3A championships in Tacoma Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Scots scored 23 points led by 10 points from the first-place finish by Dillon Baker in the 110-meter hurdles and 8 points from the second-place finish by the 4x100-meter relay.

The Shorewood girls tied for 28th with 8 points, 6 from the third-place finish by Miriam Mboya in the 100 meters. Shorecrest finished one point behind the Thunderbirds with 7 points.

Boys’ Team scores — North Central 56, Liberty (Issaquah) 49, Kamiakin 37.5, Wilson 37, Kennedy Catholic 36, Kelso 28, Glacier Peak 27, Lakes 27, Peninsula 26, Shadle Park 24, Bellevue 23, Shorecrest 23, Hanford 21, O'Dea 20.5, Lincoln 20, Prairie 20, Yelm 19, Timberline 19, Pasco 15, Foss 13, Lynnwood 12, Bremerton 10, Eastmont 9, Ferndale 8, Franklin 8, Oak Harbor 7, Hazen 6, Camas 6, Auburn Mountainview 6, Decatur 5, Nathan Hale 5, Mount Si 4, Mountlake Terrace 4, Bainbridge 4, Mountain View 3.5, Rainier Beach 3, Sedro-Wooley 3, Mount Spokane 3, Mercer Island 3, Mount Vernon 3, University 2, Seattle Prep 2, Everett 1.

Girls’ Team scores — Holy Names 61, Kamiakin 46, West Valley (Yakima) 41, Camas 37.5, Highline 35, Nathan Hale 31, Juanita 29, Mountain View 28, Mount Spokane 27.50, Columbia River 27, Eastmont 26, North Central 25, Shadle Park 24, Kennewick 24, Kelso 21.50, Hanford 21, Lakeside (Seattle) 21, Glacier Peak 20, Timberline 13, Bishop Blanchet 11, Foss 10, Bonney Lake 10, Seattle Prep 10, Prairie 9, Everett 9, Lakes 8, Shorewood 8, Oak Harbor 7, Shorecrest 7, Sedro-Woolley 7, Rainier Beach 6, Southridge 6, Lincoln 5, West Seattle 5, Chief Sealth 4, Mercer Island 4, Bellevue 3, Liberty (Issaquah) 3, Decatur 3, Yelm 2, University 2, Kennedy 2, Enumclaw 2, Wilson 1.

Complete results at WIAA 


LFP Police Blotter, May 16-22, 2011. Loose dogs and Bothell Way gone wild

By Diane Hettrick - Categories are mine, reports from police

The usual crazy stuff on Bothell Way
5-16...145xx Bothell Wy, 4:10am. Driving on wrong side of street.
5-20...NE 153/Bothell Wy. Female passenger on bus hit another passenger. County didn't have units available and requested LFP unit.
5-20...14712 Bothell Wy. Observed truck leaving former marijuana clinic. Verified that building remained red-tagged for no occupation.
5-20...145xx Bothell Wy. Sgt stopped vehicle for failing to yield to stationary emergency vehicle and using cell phone while driving. Driver showed signs of alcohol. Tested, performed poorly. Transported to station, issued citation and released.
5-21...NE 145/Bothell Wy, 1:07am. Attempt to stop vehicle for lane violation, hitting curb. Vehicle ignored lights and siren. Tried to box him in, he accelerated to 70 mph. Turned on 130th NE. Officers chose not to pursue, notified Seattle PD. Ran plate and notified Sno County who went to house of registered owner. Found evidence of assault with no victim present. Roommate indicated son took father's/suspect vehicle and left residence.
5-22...145xx Bothell Wy, Elks. Birthday party shut down early, just after midnight, and guests were trying to find rides home. Some were hanging out in parking lot drinking beer. Cabs were called to take them home.
5-22...145xx Bothell Wy, 1:07am. Men warned for urinating in public.

Apartments on Bothell Way
5-17...36xx NE 155, apartments. Maintenance worker found bullet in outside wood railing that wasn't there the day before.
5-18...36xx NE 155. Tenant found woman outside building, saying she was locked out. Rambling, trying to get into caller's apartment. Police identified her as someone with warrants from South Seattle and took her into custody.

Shoplifters, beggars, and disturbances at Towne Centre
5-16...Towne Centre, Rite Aid. Shoplifter.
5-19...17001 Bothell Wy. Customer made a disturbance, saying he gave clerk a 100 dollar bill and she only gave him change for 20. Police determined that he gave her a 20.
5-21...Towne Centre, gym. Employee called for disturbance in women's locker room. Woman upset because lock was gone from locker. Yelling, screaming, cursing. Told she could stay if she made no more disturbance.  She found the lock.
5-22...Towne Centre. Aggressive panhandler at Albertson's.

Could be mail theft
5-16...192xx 40 Pl NE. Found mail on ground under mailboxes. Not sure if anything is missing.

Car prowls and vandalism
5-17...195xx 45 NE. Motor vehicle prowl and vandalism. Slashed front seats.
5-17...195xx 45 NE. Motor vehicle prowl. Stole CDs
5-20...158xx 32 NE. Vandalism. Driver side window broken.
5-20...195xx FP Dr NE. Graffitii spray-painted on fences, mail box.
5-20...16xx NE 195. Graffiti spray-painted on Jersey barrier. Same tags as down the block.

Off-leash dogs
5-19...192xx 35 NE. Woman's dogs are running loose and standing in traffic. She was home but kept refusing to talk to officer. At one point she took the dogs inside but they went right back out again.
5-21...174xx Ballinger. Man walking his dog when it was attacked by another dog. Happened in the triangle area at 47 NE and NE 178. Other dog with two younger females and all off leash. Man's dog required surgery. Animal control will follow up.
5-21...175xxx 32 NE. Verbal confrontation between neighbors over off-leash dog coming in 1st neighbor's yard. Dog previously came in his yard to attack his dog.

And other strange things
5-18...near the Goat Trail. Car was hit by something which broke the passenger side mirror.
5-22...35xx NE 189 Pl. Man has been in his back yard, yelling, for two hours. Man is drinking in his back yard, with a legal fire in a fire pit. Told to let the fire burn out and go inside.


Over 45 Garage Sales in three eastside neighborhoods this Saturday

Updated Friday, June 3, 1:03am

If you missed the garage sales in Richmond Beach and Meridian Park a couple of weeks ago, fear not. You have another chance.

This Saturday, June 4, 2011, three more neighborhoods are holding garage sales.

Ridgecrest - Briarcrest - North City - 9am to 4pm.

For a list of all registered sales, click here to download in Word from Google Docs.

Or, check out the map below and then just cruise the neighborhoods, looking for balloons.

North City in dark green, Briarcrest in turquoise, Ridgecrest in medium green. Fircrest is state land.


Bastyr University Blooms for 13th Annual Herb and Food Fair on Saturday, June 4

Oregano. Photo by Thomas Then.
The 13th Annual, student-run, Bastyr University Herb and Food Fair is set to kick off on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm on the University campus in Kenmore.

This year’s theme is "Growing Healthy Families," and highlights the numerous connections that herbs, nutrition and other natural health practices have with supporting the wellness of our community.

“For more than a dozen years, Bastyr University has welcomed our friends and neighbors to the campus for the Herb and Food Fair,” said University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “It is a wonderful time to learn about natural health and wellness in a beautiful and family-friendly setting.”

Among the highlights of this year’s Herb and Food Fair are guest speakers Chanchal Cabrera, an author and herbalist who lectures widely on herbalism, nutrition and health; and Cynthia Lair, a whole-food cookbook author, Bastyr faculty member and creator of the web show Cookus Interruptus.

Thyme. Photo by Marie Richie.
The Herb and Food Fair also offers expert cooking and herbal medicine-making demonstrations, live entertainment, tasty food and herbal gifts for sale, herbal foot soaks and facials, free acupuncture demos, children’s activities, and guided tours through the surrounding gardens and woods.

The free event is expected to draw 3,000 to 4,000 attendees.

Tarragon. Photo by Rbaucher.
Parking Information: Event visitors are encouraged to park for free at the Kenmore Park and Ride (at 7346 N.E. Bothell Way) and take the free Bastyr shuttle directly to the Herb and Food Fair. The bus runs every 15 minutes from 9:30 am to 5:45 pm. Limited parking also will be available on campus for a $5 fee. Bastyr University is located at 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, adjacent to St. Edward State Park.

Out of respect to the neighbors, please do not park at St. Edward State Park.


Activities at the Senior Center June 2011 - not just for seniors

18560 1st Ave NE, Suite 1, Shoreline, WA 98155
206 365-1536
June Activities

Karaoke-BINGO June 10
Have you been thinking about giving Karaoke a try? Well at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center we have paired Karaoke and BINGO together to provide a night of fun. The evening begins with a couple of Karaoke songs and then a couple of BINGO games. There is fun and great food for only a $10.00 admission which includes a packet for 8 bingo games. Cold beer and wine are sold, and there is plenty of food and soft drinks offered; ages 21 and over. Call to make reservations. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and BINGO starts at 7:00 p.m.

Cooking with Chef Janice
The Chef Janice Cooking Classes are very popular. May is usually the time to plant an herb garden, but it looks like that will be happening in June. As the herbs grow you will learn how to use them while preparing your meals. Also, a trip to the Farmers Market might be offered where participants will learn about fruits and vegetable from other countries, and how to prepare them. Classes in June will be 1st, 15th, & 29th. Fee: Members $5, Non-Members $7.00 sign-up at the front desk.

Philippine Heritage Meal June 13
When was the last time you were able to enjoy lumpia? Well come and join us for lunch at the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center and enjoy a traditional Philippine meal of Adobo Pork, Lumpia, Pancit, Fresh Fruit, and Leche Flan. Cost for participants 60 yrs and older is a suggested donation of $3.00, and under 60 yrs old the cost of the meal is $6.00.

Birthday Lunch, June 16
The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center provides a free lunch for current members celebrating their birthday. The Birthday Lunch sounds very tempting: Chicken Cordon Blue, Saffron Rice, Sautéed Spring Vegetables, Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake. Entertainment, birthday cake and prizes are part of the fun.

New Class – “Clutter Control”
Feeling Cluttered in your home? Know someone you care about who has clutter? Then join this group and find ways to get rid of the clutter. Find out how other deal with it – or don’t! For those who want, we will develop a plan to help you de-clutter. Facilitated by Scott Theisen, M.S.W.  Wednesdays, 11am to noon.

PROBUS Invites, June 21 (Everyone is welcome)
Bob Ferguson, King County Council member will be talking about the Veterans and Human Services Levy. King County voters approved the Veterans and Human Services Levy in 2005. The Levy invests over $13 milling per year for six years in cost-effective proven programs. Half of the funds are dedicated to veterans and their families and the other half serve working families and vulnerable residents including people with disabilities and seniors. Levy funds served over 50,000 diverse clients through 2009. The contribution of a typical homeowner is less than $15 a year.

Joel Estey, Regional Veterans Service manager for King County, will be sharing information and pictures from the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, WA. The museum features 9,000 square feet main gallery with 85 display cases and hundreds of displays honoring our veterans. Their mission is to honor, and perpetuate the memory of the service men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces down through the history of our country during peacetime or war.

New take out meal service available at the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center
During the week you can purchase a meal at the Senior Center for lunch, and take home a meal if there is food remaining after lunch is served. However on weekends, if you do not cook or you do not have the time, you do not eat balanced meals. In fact you eat whatever there is around the house. So, to help you out, a new scratch meal service is being offered on Fridays for those of you who may need meals for the week-end. Meals can be purchased for yourself, parents, friends or neighbors. We will need your orders by Wednesday, and your meals will be ready for pick up on Friday. They will come in containers that are both freezable and microwaveable. Call or come by the Senior Center to find out what the Friday menu will be each week. The price for these meals will be $4.00 each.

Arts Festival Happenings June 25 and June 26:

Famous Arts Festival Breakfast
Want a tasty breakfast at a reasonable price and then join in the fun at the Arts Festival? Well you’re in luck! At the breakfast you can enjoy pancakes, French toast, eggs and sausage. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. and closes at noon or when the food runs out. Look for our Sponsor information.

Kitchen Corner Catering
Our own Chef Janice will be a vendor in the Food Court at the Arts Festival. She will be serving, Italian Meatball Sub, Hot Scones; a special treat for the kids “a banana rolled up in a PB&J sandwich, and more. Drop by to say “hi” and check out the other items being offered.

Other things to do
The Thrift Shop will be open again this year for all of you interested in a great buy! Raffle tickets will be on sale for the 2011 quilt by the ThimbleBelles. The theme is the American Revolution Freedom Trail. It is a beautiful quilt. The Senior Singers will be performing and the Hokulani Hula Studio Dancers will be dancing in the Shoreline Room.


CORRECTION: Miriam Mboya of Shorewood finished third in State 100 meters

A Sunday post incorrectly stated the placing of Shoreline sprinter Miriam Mboya in the 100 meters at the State 3A track and field championships in Tacoma Saturday. As the race summary below correctly notes, Mboya finished third.

100 meters -- 1, Jaeger (West Valley-Yakima) 12.25 … 3, Miriam Mboya (Shorewood) 12.43.


Evan Smith: CORRECTION- Hutchinson already has served four terms as LFP mayor

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

When I wrote Sunday about the election for Lake Forest Park mayor, I said that current Mayor Dave Hutchinson would not seek a fourth term. ...

A reader tells me that Hutchinson already has served four terms as mayor and that, had he run again, he would have been seeking a fifth term.


Carter Osborne of Shorecrest places eighth in State at 800 meters

Carter Osborne of Shorecrest placed eighth in the 800, meters Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the State 3A track and field championships in Tacoma.

800-1, Wordell (North Central of Spokane) 1:54.55; … 8. Carter Osborne (Shorecrest) 1:58.23.


Evan Smith: A contest for Lake Forest Park mayor

ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Lake Forest Park will have a contest for mayor this year.

Former City Councilwoman Mary Jane Goss registered her intent to run for mayor with the State Public Disclosure Commission May 20.

Current Councilman and Deputy Mayor Dwight Thompson registered with the PDC in April.

Registering with the PDC allows candidates to raise and spend money for the Aug. 16 primary and Nov. 8 general election. Neither Goss nor Thompson has yet reported raising or spending campaign money.

Goss said Sunday that the King County Democratic organization has endorsed her.

Goss and Thompson seek to replace Mayor Dave Hutchison, who has announced that he will not seek a fourth four-year term. Hutchison won re-election without opposition in 2007.

Goss won election to the LFP Council in 1997 and 2001. After she didn’t seek re-election in 2005, she became active in the Shorecrest PTSA, helping change the High School's math curriculum.

Goss said Sunday that she got back into politics as part of the group that opposed LFP’s property-tax-levy-lift proposal that voters defeated by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin last August.

She criticized Thompson for not getting the message from the voters’ rejection of the tax measure and said that City government should be more transparent to citizens.


Quick-Start Shoreline Business Workshop, Tuesday May 31

Making Informed Real Estate Decisions
and an update on the
Shoreline Area Commercial Real Estate Market

Please join us on May 31, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N.

Quick-Start Shoreline is presented by Shoreline Community College Small Business Accelerator and the City of Shoreline. These workshops are designed to be helpful for start-up, existing or potential business owners. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Kevin Grossman
For our May 31st Workshop:
Kevin Grossman, the owner and Designated Broker of Grossman Services, Inc. and involved Shoreline community member will be sharing information on making informed real estate decisions and providing a brief overview of the current Shoreline area commercial real estate market.

Kevin is a commercial and investment real estate broker specializing in working with business tenants and buyers. He has helped clients lease, purchase and develop over 3,000,000 square feet of business space. Clients’ requirements have included office space, advanced manufacturing space, distribution, mixed use and retail from Portland to Bellingham, including complex LEED renovation projects. From startup and early growth companies to Fortune 500 companies, he takes pride in learning about his clients’ goals and guiding them successfully through the decision making process.


Shoreline student in production of 13 at the Broadway Bound Children's Theatre

Shoreline student Samantha Wool
Photo courtesy Broadway Bound
Young actors from across the Seattle area are currently in rehearsal for Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre’s production of 13 The Musical which runs Friday, June 17 through Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19 at the Falls Theatre at ACT. 

Recently seen on Broadway, the engaging, high-energy rock musical, which focuses on the struggles of teenagers, as seen through their eyes, was composed by Tony-Award winner Jason Robert Brown.

Among the actors participating is one student from Shoreline – Samantha Wool.

13, like Broadway Bound’s other spring production, is a show that explores Jewish traditions. 13 focus on Evan Goldman, who spends a large portion of the show gearing up for his bar mitzvah. When we first encounter Evan, he is a New Yorker who recently learned that his parents are getting divorced; even more devastating news arrives when he learns that he is moving to a small town in Indiana. 

Once there, Evan just wants to blend in and make it to his bar mitzvah, hoping that some of his new school friends will join him to celebrate. However, instead of smooth sailing, Evan cannot seem to avoid being dragged into the issues that his peers face. Evan does his best to assist them and fit in. Ultimately, Evan learns some incredibly valuable lessons about friendship, self identity, and what is really important.

“You really experience the journey and struggles that Evan goes through; struggles that mostly come from his trying to fix everything and fit in,” said cast member Anna Given, who plays the role of Charlotte. “But he comes to the realization that maybe that should not be his top priority.”

At its core, 13 The Musical emphasizes that home is where the heart is. “Like so many, Evan doesn’t see the beauty that is already present in his life,” said Broadway Bound Founder and Director of 13, Jimmy Nixon.

The production staff includes Director Jimmy Nixon, Choreographer Sonia Dawkins, Musical Director Barbara Lynne Jamison, Lighting Designer Tom Sturge, and Scenic Designers Norm Spencer and Martin Christoffel. This is the fifth show in Broadway Bound’s 15th anniversary season. The season began in August, with the world-premiere staging of an original musical God Lives in Glass (Rainier Beach High School) and continued recently with Hairspray and Willy Wonka. The 2010-2011 season will conclude with performances of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr., also at the Falls Theatre at ACT, and the performances of 13.

Tickets to 13 The Musical are $17.50 and are available online, by phone at 206-292-7676, or in person at the box office at ACT Theatre. More information about 13 The Musical and Broadway Bound here.
--From Jordan Lusink


Shorecrest boys second in State 3A 4x100 relay

The Shorecrest boys' 4x100 meter relay team of Keegan Lockler, Dillon Baker, Sean Dever and Chris Uchytil placed second Saturday in the State 3A track and field championships in Tacoma.
The Scots’ time of 43.22 seconds placed them just behind the winning Yelm team that had a time of 43.15.


Cruise the Ave car show was a great success for all involved

Fan Favorite / Best In Show, 1965 Mustang Fastback, "Shaboom",
owned by Marly and Bob Champion.
Photo courtesy Les Neu.

The Cruise the Ave So They Shall Walk Classic Car Show was held at the Sears Plaza (Aurora Square) on Sunday, May 1, 2011. 

It was a collaboration among They Shall Walk, Shoreline Community College, City of Shoreline and the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.

Photo by Mark McVeety
Les Neu of They Shall Walk was the organizer.
"We had 38 preregistered cars at the breakfast at Shoreline Community College. By 11:30am we had 90 cars registered in the parking lot. The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Trade, Crafts and Art Fair had 50 booths set up around the east and north side of Sears. All in all the weather was fantastic and everybody enjoyed the Garage Band from the Back Door Pub in Lake City and the hot dogs served by the Knights of Columbus. A big Thank you to Club Hollywood, for the great support and the gift certificates prizes they donated along with Sears for the Craftsmen tools and tool boxes they donated for prizes."

--Les Neu, Director of Resources, They Shall Walk
When I asked Laina Lungren Sears Manager if "She had seen a bump in sales" because of the car show and craft booths. "Bump?" Laina said. "More like a mountain!"  --Les Neu
Photo by Mark McVeety

"Shoreline is made up of so many gems, and it is home to so many enthusiastic contributors! Sunday was a wonderful display of They Shall Walk – a wonderful non-profit doing meaningful work – partnering with SCC and local businesses, especially Sears and the Chamber, to produce an event for us all to enjoy."  --Dan Eernissee, City of Shoreline Economic Development Manager

Photo by Mark McVeety
"It was a real thrill to watch my vision of having Shoreline Community College connected to the Ave with a cruise come to life. SCC certifies between 10 and 12 thousand auto technicians a year, we have hundreds of international students on campus who buy cars each year, we have a fantastic automotive business base in Shoreline; I am confident that this and our upcoming cruises will serve as an excellent vehicle for connecting these communities.  We have great things planned, and a great team; clearly Les and the Chamber proved that with this event."
--Mark McVeety, Director of the Business Accelerator for SCC

Photo by Mark McVeety
The car show was so successful that another one is already being planned. The big addition for the First Sunday, October 1, 2011, "Cruise the Ave so They Shall Walk" will be the addition of an "Automotive Swap Meet".


Local 6th grade student trains Guide Puppies for the Blind

Sunday, May 29, 2011

By Marge Mueller, Richmond Beach Community News

When sixth grader Meredith Rand presents her school service project at Highland Terrace Elementary on June 2nd, she will be showing an activity that is very special to her. For a year, Meredith was a “puppy sitter,” caring for and training a Guide Puppy for the Blind.

Meredith became interested in Guide Puppies through her school’s nurse, who has been a puppy sitter. Working through Guide Puppies of Seattle, Meredith learned about the requirements for puppy sitting, her family was evaluated, and eventually she met Fergie, her charge. She was shown how to train the dog in weekly meetings of the group. The dogs used in the program are Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, or lab/golden mixes. They are raised with their mothers until they are eight weeks old, and then are ready for their new home.

Meredith and Fergie.  Photo courtesy Richmond Beach Community News.

Meredith’s task was to provide Fergie with a nurturing home for one year and teach her basic hand motion commands such as “sit,” stay,” “wait,” “down,” and “do your business.” One of Meredith’s early mishaps was early on, when a not-as-yet-trained Fergie “did her business” on the floor of Home Depot.

When the dogs are out in the community they wear a small green jacket identifying them as Guide Puppies for the Blind. When wearing the jacket, they can go anywhere that a guide dog can go: stores, parks, restaurants, or schools. Part of Merideth’s job is to share information about the dogs with the community. She has a card with a photo of the dog and information about the training program, which she gives to interested people.

After a year of training, the dog is evaluated, and if it is ready, it is recalled and goes to “doggie college” where it is taught more advanced skills for three to four months. Meredith admits that it was a sad time for her when Fergie was recalled; however, she hopes to get another puppy. Some people she knows have raised nine or ten pups.

If the dog advances through all eight stages of training, it is ready to begin its job assisting a sight impaired person. Fergie, the puppy that Meredith trained, successfully completed her full training program, and now is assisting a young woman in Florida. Dogs that, for some reason, are unable to complete the program can become part of different programs, such as therapy dogs, or might become pets of their original family.

Contact information for puppy raising and other programs can be found at the website Guide Dogs for the Blind or call 800-295-4050.


Evan Smith: Candidates already filing for ballot positions

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

I’ve been saying for months that candidates file for ballot positions June 6-10.
That’s true for those who file online or file in person at the County elections office in Tukwila, but candidates who file by mail have been able to do so since Friday, May 20.
We’ll know at noon Monday, June 6, who has filed early for city, school district, utility district, county and port district positions.
As filing week goes on, we’ll get indicators of which of the non-partisan offices will require a primary ballot,
Positions with three or more candidates appear on the August 16 primary ballot. Positions with only one or two candidates appear only on the November 8 general-election ballot.


Aurora Corridor, N 185th to N 205th - City construction update

To be competitive in seeking outside funding, the last mile of Aurora (N 185th to N 205th Streets) has been broken up into two separate projects: N 185th to N 192nd Streets and N 192nd to N 205th Streets.

At its December 13, 2010 meeting, the Shoreline City Council awarded the construction contract for the N 185th to N 192nd Streets section in the amount of $8.2 million to Johansen Excavating based in Buckley, WA. The contract amount is below the City’s original cost estimate of $9.1 million. Total estimated cost for this section including construction, right-of-way acquisition, construction management, contingencies, design, and environmental is approximately $15.5 million. The City’s cost share is roughly 10% with the balance coming from funding partners at the federal, state, and county level.

Please visit the Construction Page for additional information.

The City hosted a Meet the Construction Team Open House on January 26, 2011 for the benefit of nearby businesses, tenants, and property owners who will be impacted by the project. View display boards for some of the information shared at this meeting.

N 185th to N 205th
Initial work to install a stormwater pipe through the intersection of Aurora and N 192nd Street has been completed, traffic has been shifted to the east, and crews have begun construction on the west side of Aurora. Crews will trench to install underground utilities and will build several retaining walls due to grade changes in this area.

Other construction activities include building new sidewalks, rain gardens, landscape zones and driveways. Construction on the Rain Garden Plaza (pdf download) at the King County Metro Park and Ride on the southwest corner of N 192nd Street and Aurora will begin early and continue throughout the project.

Work is expected to begin on the east side of Aurora in mid-summer, after construction on the west side is generally complete. Finally, crews will construct medians and left- and U-turn pockets in the middle of the roadway. Work between N 185th and N 192nd Streets is expected to be complete in winter 2012, weather permitting.

Download the Design Map to see the locations of sidewalks, curbs, driveways and more.

New: Plaza and green walls
Improvements for this section of Aurora will be similar to those on the first two miles including wider sidewalks separated from the roadway by landscaping and other amenities, traffic-level and pedestrian-level lighting, and landscaped center medians with left turn and U-turn pockets.

New to this segment of the Aurora Corridor Project are “green walls” (download pdf) and a plaza that will be located near the King County Metro Park and Ride on N 192nd Street and Aurora. Green walls are walls designed to incorporate living elements such as climbing plants. Due to the change in grade at this section of the corridor, retaining walls are necessary on both the east and west sides of Aurora. To help improve the appearance of these structures, the wall design will allow low-maintenance, evergreen and deciduous plant species to grow on and cover the face of the walls. At some locations, plants will grow up over decorative steel mesh or wire panels to add a three dimensional aspect.

Underground stormwater treatment and storage systems are necessary at N 192nd Street and Aurora, near the King County Metro Park and Ride. Instead of merely covering the space with grass or concrete, the City is taking advantage of the opportunity by creating a plaza. Designers carefully considered important parameters such as creating access for maintenance vehicles, providing a safe space, preventing loitering, and thinking about future development opportunities.

The plaza will also incorporate rain gardens, planting beds, and benches. Rain gardens use water-loving plants to mimic forests, collecting, absorbing and filtering stormwater runoff naturally. Designers are also incorporating educational signs that will describe the drainage improvements along the Aurora Corridor.

HDR Engineering is the design consultant and will provide design services during construction. KBA, Inc. will provide construction management services and EnviroIssues will assist with community outreach and manage the 24-hour hotline.

N 192nd to N 205th Streets
Phase: Design/Preliminary Right-of-Way Acquisition

HDR Engineering continues design work for Aurora between N 192nd and N 205th Streets with design components similar to those of the other miles of the Aurora Corridor Project. The City has received State approval of its Right-of-Way Plan and property acquisition is underway. City staff have met with property owners to discuss the project and any potential impacts to their respective properties. Additional funding will continue to be pursued for this segment, and the City anticipates that construction between N 192nd and N 205th Streets could begin as early as the summer of 2012.

All material in this story from City of Shoreline, where you can access more information and sign up for email updates.


Aurora construction N 165th to N 185th - City construction update

Aurora Avenue between N 165th and N 185th Streets is currently under construction. On November 16, 2009, the City awarded the construction contract to Marshbank Construction, Inc. in the amount of $19,069,831.68. Marshbank was given formal notice to proceed with construction on January 4, 2010. The construction of this segment is anticipated to be completed the summer of 2011. Please visit the Construction Page for additional information.

Marshbank’s work is split into three distinct stages. The first construction stage shifted traffic on Aurora to the west so that construction focused on the east side. Undergrounding of the existing overhead utilities, installation of sidewalk and curbs, and initial paving were included in this first stage of work.

The contractor is finishing up stage two activities where traffic was shifted to the east side of Aurora for crews to complete the undergrounding of utilities and install sidwalks, curbs and driveways along the west side. The contractor has also begun a transition to the third stage where traffic in each direction is pushed out to the curbs and the median work as well as the landscape work will be completed.

Download the Design Map to see the locations of sidewalks, curbs, driveways and more.

The City has assembled a strong and experienced team to assist us in the construction of this section of Aurora:

HDR Engineering designed the project, and will remain on the team to provide design services during construction. In this role, HDR checks all submittals from Marshbank and is ready should any design modifications be needed due to unforeseen circumstances or changes.

KBA Construction Management performs the construction management function, which includes project inspection, testing, and budget and expense tracking.

EnviroIssues is the project community outreach team responsible for 24-hour hotline management and working with the contractor to provide early warning to businesses on changes to their frontage and access. Their charge is “no surprises” for businesses, residents and property owners in the construction zone.

To learn more about the Aurora Corridor Project, download the project fact sheet and frequently asked questions (FAQs).


Shoreline Police Blotter May 16-23, 2011. Shoplifting, thievery, and obstructing officers

By Diane Hettrick
Categories are mine, reports come from the police

They caught most of the shoplifters
5-17...14500 15 NE, Goodwill. Shoplifter was switching tags and concealing items.
5-17...17524 Aurora, Walgreens. Reported a shoplift by chronic shoplift suspect who has hit several Walgreens. Suspect is a dark-skinned black male in his 30s, 5'10", thin build, black short hair, wearing baseball cap, brown/white striped shift, khaki pants.
5-18...14500 15 NE, Goodwill. Shoplifter.
5-18...183xx Aurora N, Fred Meyer. Subject who had already been drinking conceals bottle of champagne under his shirt and left store without paying. Caught by store Loss Prevention Officer.
5-18...158xx Westminster, Marshalls. Shoplifter removes security and price tags, conceals items in large handbag and walks out of store. Stopped by store Loss Prevention Officer. Is verbal with LP.
5-18...1335 N 205, Home Depot. Shoplifter stole tools.
5-20...15711 Aurora N, Sears. Shoplifter stopped by Loss Prevention Officers.
5-20...1201 N 175, Top Foods. Adult male shoplifts beer.
5-20...15505 Westminster, Central Market. Man caught stealing beer, has outstanding felony drug warrant.
5-21...14510 Aurora N, Walgreens. Teenaged boy stole a carton of cigarettes.

Obstructing an officer
5-19...200xx 15 NE. Subject damaged victim's belongings, then lied to officer, using her sister's name. Arrested for obstructing an officer.
5-19...20121 Aurora N, Ace Check Cashing. Suspect falls for scam, obstructs police upon arrival.
5-22...NE 165/5 NE. Traffic stop. Driver confrontational, refused commands, drunk. Arrested for obstructing an officer.

The Grandson Scam (notice that it's never the Granddaughter Scam)
5-18...18xx N 147. Unknown subjects called, claiming to be responding party's grandson, asking for money. (They didn't fall for it).

5-16...172xx 11 NE Residential Burglary.
5-18...15711 Aurora, Sears. Burglary. Used truck to break glass doors to enter store.
5-20...15740 Aurora N, The Grill King. Burglary. Broke out lower window slat at front of building and entered restaurant. Removed 3 boxes of alcohol from the cooler and the coins in 3 styrofoam cups under the cash register at the front counter.
5-20...15215 Aurora N, Pho Ha. Broke window to enter restaurant.
5-22...15200 Aurora N, Aurora Prints. Rock through front door, cash drawer stolen

Theft, car prowls and things that go bump in the night
5-17...14xx NW RB Rd, apartments. License plate stolen from car in parking lot.
5-18...163xx Aurora N. Wallet taken from rehab facility office.
5-18...183xx Dayton Pl N. TV was taken from hall closet where it was being stored at a 24 hour assisted living home for developmentally disabled adults. No suspect information.
5-19...14500 15 NE. Bag containing wallet stolen from front seat of vehicle parked at Goodwill.
5-19...933 N 182, Sun Hair Salon. Signs stolen from sidewalk.
5-19...16503 Aurora N, U Haul. Gas siphoned from two parked U-Haul trucks.
5-20...167xx Corliss N. Car prowl.
5-21...14900 Aurora N, People's Storage. Woman left her purse on front seat while she went to storage unit. Someone smashed passenger window and took her purse.
5-22...1900 N 175, church. While building was occupied, someone stole two laptop computers and a video camera.
5-22...196xx 20 NE. Stolen vehicle recovered.

Vandals and mischief
5-18...25xx NW 192 Pl. Windows broken on the outside of home.
5-19...167xx N Park N. Student's car parked on street. Someone walked on it and broke the windshield.
5-20...150xx Dayton N. Broke driver's window.
5-21...165xx 27 NE. Someone with a loud muffler drove up and tossed a large rock through front window.
5-22...12xx NW 201. Rear window of vehicle shattered.
5-22...200xx 10 NW. Mailbox knocked down.
5-22...198xx 25 NE. Tires slashed
5-23...2545 NE 200, Aldercrest Annex. Plywood torn off windows of abandoned school.

5-16...183xx Sunnyside N. Divorced spouse reported missing.
5-17...11xx N 180. Her Diazepam is missing. Sister was visiting her.
5-17...197xx 10 NE. Owner of adult family home is concerned after she thinks that a client takes too many pills. Client actually hid pills because he doesn't like the staff holding them back.
5-17...N 167/Linden on the Interurban Trail. Two drunk males get into physical fight, one threatens to kill the other. There was "no willing victim" so no arrests.
5-18...145xx Stone N. H and B are friends and were out last night hanging out in Capitol Hill in Seattle. H got her car broken into and items stolen by unknown person. They left the area and came back to D's apartment. At the apartment subjects got into a fight and wrestled around until broken up.

Drugs, sex
5-18...184xx Aurora N, Bartells. Pharmacist reported individual buying excessive amounts of ephedrine.
5-19,,,17202 15 NE, Safeway. Woman called in forged prescription for oxycodone.
5-20...154xx Linden N. Found subject sleeping in stolen car with methamphetamine on seat of car and in subject's pants.
5-22...145xx Whitman. Driver picked up a prostitute but was stopped by police before any sex act occurred.
5-23...N 192/Aurora. Driver arrested for DUI, refuses breath test. After being put in a holding cell, is caught attempting to snort cocaine she had concealed in her bra.

Street sweeping
5-17...N 155/Meridian N. Traffic stop. Passenger not wearing seatbelt. Had warrant and drugs.
5-17...16500 Aurora. Traffic stop. Driver has suspended license, felony warrant for drugs, and misdemeanor warrant for DUI.
5-19...I-5 southbound at milepost 175. Drivers racing in and out of traffic. Shoreline Police caught one and impounded vehicle.

The welcome mat has been taken in
5-18...17900 Linden N. Transient sleeping at dental office. Arrested for trespass.
5-18...155xx 15 NE. Church had allowed couple to live in house next to church, but they failed to pay rent. Evicted from house. Found man sleeping under portable on church property. Trespass.


Exploring our parks: Blue Heron Park in Lake Forest Park

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
By Mary Jo Heller

A word about the parks of Lake Forest Park and Shoreline: this is not an attempt at history, really. That you can find that on either city’s website. It is just a look at what is in a park, and why you would want to go. Parks are a major part of being a city and should be used. First you have to know they’re there.

I had been to Third Place Books, the Starbucks on Bothell Way, and even biked along the Burke Gilman, but was unaware of Blue Heron Park, tucked away across the street from Starbucks. 

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
This is another Lake Forest Park "pocket park," with four parking spaces - and a concrete bike rack that fits with the theme of the park, but isn't very useful. This seemingly new park was created from the 1989 King County Open Space Bond, although it looks as though it has recently been updated. 

The bark and plantings look new, and the logs that seem as though they have fallen along the path are actually "strewn" about the plantings to make it seem more natural. It works. 

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
This half acre is a great setting with several recycled material benches to sit and watch nature hidden away from Lake City Way, just a block away. There are signs explaining this endeavor toward stewardship: the chemical free nature of the park, the salmon spawning, even the recycled benches. 

McAleer Creek in Blue Heron.
Photo by Mary Jo Heller
McAleer Creek runs through here too, as it does in several other parks, and salmon have been seen from the bridge. The signs say that blue herons have been seen here too along the creek, although they weren't fishing today. The creek is clearly visible, and the bridge that runs across it is quite fun. The bright yellow disks make you smile as you walk along. Eyes onto the creek? Mod yellow leaves?

Path to meadow
Photo by Mary Jo Heller
Entering through a tunnel of trees, you will find another short path to a meadow area. It seems as through elves might have pointed out that way and then run ahead and out the other path from the meadow. Just enough room for a few children to play, (about 40 X 40) this is not a large enough space to even throw a frisbee. On a nice sunny day, however, just sitting on the grass surrounded by trees on all sides is tranquil enough.

The new Blue Heron Bridge.
Photo by Mary Jo Heller
Come across the Burke Gilman on your bike, grab a Starbucks, and sit and relax. Stay long enough to see if the herons might land, looking for food. This is nesting season, though, so if you drove and brought a dog, it might be best to leave her in the car. We looked up but didn't see any nests; then again, we are awfully close to the road.

You won't find many other spectators with so few parking places, although it is ADA accessible. This park is also great as a biking destination. As with the other parks in Lake Forest Park I've visited, there are no bathroom facilities.

The city of Lake Forest Park has info on the park here.

And if you are intrigued by blue herons, there are many great sites and YouTube videos.


LFP Historic Signs, #1 The Early Years

As part of the the 50th Anniversary Celebration, the City of Lake Forest Park created and installed a series of signs marking significant events in the history of the City.  Sign #1, The Early Years, is installed near City Hall. 


Lake Forest Park Farmers' Market, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm


Shoreline Farmers' Market shows their plans at Echo Lake Neighborhood Association meeting

By Brenden Lemkin, Shoreline Farmers' Market Association

On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, the Shoreline Farmers' Market organization was given the floor for a presentation to the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association. The meeting was based around Looking Up In A Downturned Economy, a presentation by Shoreline's Economic Development Manager, Dan Eernissee. Dan has been working with us on behalf of the city in to establish a farmers market at the new Town Center Park site.

A focal point of our presentation was the economic benefits of a Shoreline Farmers Market. This lined up nicely with Dan's presentation which focused on Shoreline's fiscal stability as well as many short and long term projects in the works. A few of his visions are: Increasing retail and parking at Aurora Square (Central Market's home, possible movie theatre, park and ride, etc), rebranding N 160th St by the Sears mall to capture the Shoreline Community College connection to the city and Aurora, and of course, the Town Center Subarea plan.

The farmers market was a hot topic at this meeting and we were thrilled to discuss and answer questions from the Echo Lake community. Our organization looks forward to future opportunities to present the work we are doing. All of the feedback we receive is extremely helpful for us and we are excited to hear what Echo Lake Neighborhood Association thinks of our plans. We thank the ELNA Board for hosting us at their meeting and we look forward to doing it again.


Shorewood gymnast at national gymnastics meet

2011 Washington State Gymnastics Team

Shorewood Senior Tyanna DeNova (back row-third from the right) competed at the High School Senior Nationals Invite Friday May 20, 2011 in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. 

DeNova placed 58th on Vault with a 8.4 (3rd highest WA Score), 63rd on Bars with a 6.15 (7th highest WA Score), 77th on Balance Beam with a 7.05 (9th highest from WA), 65th on Floor with a 7.8 (5th highest from WA) and 48th in the All Around with a 29.4 (6th highest from WA).

--Susan Riley


Book review by Aarene Storms: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Aarene Storms, Youth Services Librarian
Richmond Beach Library, KCLS

"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by C. Alan Bradley

11-year-old Flavia deLuce is the youngest daughter of a fine old English family fallen onto hard times in the early 1950's. Fascinated by chemistry--and obsessed with poisons--Flavia is delighted rather than terrified when she finds a dead body in the cucumber garden. The murder (of course it is murder!) is the most interesting thing that has ever happened to Flavia, and soon she is hot on the trail of the murderer.

Eccentric stamp collectors, incompetent police detectives, a loony local librarian, an overly-motherly housekeeper who is a terrible cook, and some high-class sleight-of-hand are all part of a who-dunnit adventure that Agatha Christie would envy.

Although the protagonist is a precocious young girl, the book is written for an adult audience with cultural and historical references that younger readers would miss. The audiobook narrated by Jayne Entwistle is a delight. This book is the first in a series of "Flavia deLuce" mysteries.
The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern


Kenmore featured in Kitsap Sun story by Shoreline native

The Kitsap Sun newspaper has an article about communities that decided to incorporate as cities. The old community of Silverdale, near Bremerton. is floating a proposal to incorporate.

The writer, Brynn Grimley, who graduated from Shorewood, reviews four communities that decided to incorporate, including Kenmore.


Shorewood loses State baseball championship in last inning

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Updated 5-29-2011 7am
The Shorewood baseball team lost the State 3A championship Saturday, May 28, 2011, when Mount Si scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the championship game 5-4.

The loss in the championship game, the Thunderbirds' first of the season to another Class 3A team, gave the Thunderbirds second place in the State 3A tournament and a final record of 24-3.
Mount Si 5, Shorewood 4
Cheney Stadium, Tacoma
Shorewood    010 120 0 -- 4 8 4
Mount Si       200 000 3 -- 5 7 2

Shorewood­ Batting
Max Jacobs



Trevor Mitsui


In the top of the first inning, Shorewood's Duncan Hendrickson hits a single.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore.
Henry McAree, Shorewood's starting pitcher, fires one to the plate in the bottom of the first inning.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore.
The Mount Si runner is called safe in first inning action.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore.
Shorewood's Max Jacobs dives back to first base in the second inning.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore.
Mount Si wins 3A title.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore.


More on the Burke Gilman Trail detour

Our intern, Mark D. Goodwin, previously reported on the discussion at the Lake Forest Park City Council meeting about the detour route for the Burke Gilman Trail, which will be closed for maintenance this summer. (Mark's story here)

Here's a follow up story from our News Partner, The Seattle Times.

A two-mile stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park will close for up to six months of reconstruction work starting June 15.
The closure will be from Northeast 145th Street to Log Boom Park in Kenmore.


Destinations: All-ages activities for the weekend

Parent Map has info on three great events this weekend. Naturally, their focus is on children, but these are great activities for any age.

Music, music, everywhere at this longtime Memorial Day weekend trad performance blowout. Don't miss Monday -- six Kindiependent bands will be onstage starting at 11 a.m. (Recess Monkey alert!) and playing straight through to 3 p.m. Plus! Tons of activities for kids in the Folklife Commons. May 27-30: Friday-Monday, opens 11 a.m.

Take a sweet springtime ride aboard one of the Northwest Railway Museum's antique trains, through the Cascade foothills and to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Anyone with a valid, current military ID card rides roundtrip for just $5. May 28-30: Saturday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Take 10-minute walk through old-growth forest down to the outdoor Kitsap Forest Theater, where The Mountaineers Players (who have been performing here since 1923) treat you to a classic musical. Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 2 p.m.; June 4-19, 2 p.m.

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