Park Volunteers complete another gardening day in LFP Parks

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Park Volunteers at Lyon Creek, August 26, 2011
Photo courtesy LFPSF
Park Volunteers pose proudly at Lyon Creek after their work party on August 26, 2011. Some of the invasive weeds they removed from the park are piled in front of them.

The volunteers are coordinated by the LFP Stewardship Foundation. The once a month work parties are held simultaneously in every park in Lake Forest Park.

The last session of the season will be from 9am to 12noon, September 23 at Lyon Creek, Blue Heron, Animal Acres - Eagle Scout, and Horizon View.

For more information, contact Linda Holman, Coordinator, Park Volunteer Program.


2011 High School Girls’ Swimming and Diving Schedule

2011 High School Girls’ Swimming and Diving Schedule

Tuesday, September 13
Shorecrest at Meadowdale, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool
Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Thursday, September 15
Shorewood at Meadowdale, 2:45 p.m. at Lynnwood Pool
Kamiak at Shorecrest, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Tuesday, September 20
Shorewood at Lynnwood, 2:45 p.m. at Lynnwood Pool
Mariner at Shorecrest, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Thursday, September 22
Shorecrest at Edmonds-Woodway, 2:45 p.m. at Lynnwood Pool
Oak Harbor at Shorewood, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Saturday, September 24
Zone Diving Meet, 10 a.m, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Tuesday, September 27
Shorecrest at Lynnwood, 2:45 p.m. at Lynnwood Pool
Mariner at Shorewood, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Thursday, September 29
Shorecrest at Mountlake Terrace, 2:45 p.m. at Lynnwood Pool
Edmonds-Woodway at Shorewood, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Tuesday, October 4
Stanwood at Jackson, 2:30 p.m. at West Coast Aquatic Center
Kamiak at Shorewood, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Saturday, October 8
Zone Diving Meet, 10 a.m., Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Tuesday, October 11
Marysville Getchell, Marysville Pilchuck and Shorewood, 2:45 p.m. at Marysville Pilchuck H.S.
Jackson at Shorecrest, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Thursday, October 13
Monroe at Shorecrest, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool
Kamiak, Glacier Peak, Shorewood and Snohomish, 3:30 p.m. at Kamiak High School

Tuesday, October 18
Marysville Getchell, Marysville Pilchuck and Shorecrest, 2:45 p.m. at Marysville Pilchuck H.S.

Thursday, October 20
Shorewood at Shorecrest, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Saturday, October 22
Zone Diving Meet, 10 a.m., Kamiak High School

Friday, October 28
Wesco 3A JV Championship Meet, 3:30 p.m. at Shoreline Pool

Nov. 3,4-5, Northwest District 3A championships, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Nov. 10-11, 3A State Championships, Federal Way


North City Co-op Preschool registering for fall classes

The North City Co-op Preschool is now registering for fall classes.

Five parent/tot classes are being offered for children 1 to 5 years old and their parents or caregivers.

Classes include
  • a preschool program,
  • toddler groups, and
  • mixed age family classes

The school offers an evening family class on Thursdays.

Children enjoy a full range of educational activities while adults learn child rearing techniques in discussion groups led by instructor, Cathy Childs.

The preschool, affiliated with Shoreline Community College, is located at 816 NE 190th in the North City Education Center. For more information about classes, visit the webpage.  

For a school tour call 206-362-4069.


Scout troop 853 and the Ozette Loop Expedition

The Ozette Loop Trail
By Kurt Herzog, Scoutmaster

If Troop 853 were going to beat the tides, we had to be up at 5 am to hike two miles north across slippery rocks and deep sand wearing packs that were at least a quarter of our body weight. When we arrived at our destination, the river which the park service said was there… wasn't.

By this time of year it had dried up, which meant another mile or two to the next water source. By 10 am, a couple of scouts were tired…

On the Boardwalk. Photo by Kurt Herzog.
Scouts fall through rotten boards
half a dozen times.
Boy Scout Troop 853 had been planning our annual summer trek since last September. Scouts get to choose the destination and do the planning. This year the boys chose The Ozette Loop Trail -- a 9-mile trek from Lake Ozette in the northwest corner of Washington in Olympic National Park to the Pacific Ocean coast -- to Sand Point, north to Cape Alava and back.

August 11
We left Shoreline and drove the five and a half hours to Ozette, camping at the Lost Resort near the national park campground.

August 12
Up at 6 a.m. to pack up and drive a mile to the start of the trail. Much of the trail to and from the coast is a boardwalk made of cedar planks built by the park service so the hike sounds like a breeze. However, we find that many of the boards are broken through or, even worse, about to break through.

Within the first hundred yards, our lead scout, Michael (our smallest, lightest scout ) breaks completely through one board, falling hard. He says he can't feel his arm. We check it and it turns out he's just hit his funny bone and it's fine. He is soon up and back on his way, but we need to be very careful. A broken limb will obviously mean the end of the trip for everybody.

By the end of our three-mile hike to Sand Point, scouts have fallen 7-8 times. Miraculously, nobody is hurt. That would be a different story if it had been an adult.

The water is cold, but they don't care.  Photo by Kurt Herzog
When we arrive at the ocean, the sun is out and it is beautiful. This as close to Hawaii as you can get in the Northwest. The scouts get their bear buckets out and have lunch. They immediately decide to wade in the ocean. They deserve it. The water is cold, but they don't care.

Dinner is "freezer-bag chili," dehydrated backpacking food we made ourselves to save money.

Michael and Joaquin by sleeping tarps set up with a taut-line hitch.
Photo by Kurt Herzog

A couple scouts want to camp outside. Older scouts use their Wilderness Survival Merit Badge training to show the scouts how to set up a tarp for sleeping using the good old taut-line hitch. This turns out to be the highlight of the entire trip for a couple scouts.

August 13
Five a.m. always come too early. It's freeze-dried eggs for breakfast and then we need to get packed up fast. A few of the scouts are in a daze and don't know how to get started. Their Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) Max reminds them what needs to be done first and then guides them through the rest of the process.

Our destination tonight is supposed to be Wedding Rocks, so called because Native Americans have carved petroglyphs at the site representing a marriage. The ranger at the park headquarters where we obtained our required permit assured us there was fresh water at the site for us to filter for drinking. When we arrive, there is nothing. We have no choice but to keep going to Cape Alava.

Dragging foraged firewood in a travois
Photo by Kurt Herzog
Cape Alava is also beautiful. Fires are allowed here, but the place has been picked clean of firewood so the next day we spend exploring tidepools and hike another mile or two north to get firewood. The scouts lash together a travois -- a sort of three-legged sled -- and load it up with firewood which they drag back to camp.

It's a long way and there was firewood closer, but it keeps them busy and it teaches them to perhaps plan a little better next time.

Scouts sit for hours around the campfire, telling stories.
Photo by Kurt Herzog

Later, the ever-watchful park ranger is on his nightly patrol through the campsites and appears out of the dark to remind us to keep all food in bear buckets. He is already annoyed because another group of campers has improperly stored their food and chipmunks and/or raccoons have made a big mess.

There are doubtless bears somewhere around, but the park service's main concern is the raccoons who have learned that campers are an easy source of food. We have seen a good deal of wildlife on our trip: several bald eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, tame deer, raccoons, countless chipmunks and even a very unafraid coyote who glided silently within 10 feet of the early-rising scoutmaster and through all the other campsites sniffing tents and packs for breakfast.

Tomorrow we hike the boardwalk back to Ozette and then drive home. But tonight, we have freezer-bag Minestrone and sit for hours around the campfire telling stories. Planning for next year's trip will start in just a couple of weeks. 

Call Scoutmaster Herzog at 425-244-5840 if you want to be part of it.


Brown Bear washes 26,000 autos for free

Over 26,000 autos left Brown Bear Car Washes August 25, 2011 in sparkling condition as the Seattle-based company celebrated its 54th anniversary by offering free car washes.

Brown Bear Car Washes provided 26,523 free "Bear Essential" car washes over 12 hours at 20 tunnel locations, including the one on Aurora in Shoreline, bringing the total to 132,163 over the past six years.

Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat said each location averaged 111 washes per hour over a 12-hour period with no mechanical failures.
"The pace was fast and furious and it's a tribute to our team that we were able to serve so many customers," said Odermat. "It's our way of saying thank you to the communities we serve, and hopefully we introduced new customers to the kind of service and value we deliver year round."


Shoreline High School class of 1961 remembers fellow classmates

George Saltman, class advisor, Shoreline High School.  Photo by Steven H. Robinson.

By Diane Hettrick

Sharon Dowdy Shannon says that class reunions aren't just buffets and cocktails.

The Edmonds resident said that it's about a shared history and sense of place. It's about the people and their lives.

Sharon has a unique viewpoint. For fifty years, ever since she was elected the Recording Secretary of the Shoreline High School Graduating Class of 1961, she has been organizing class reunions.

"Shoreline High School has no sense of place," she said. "Other graduating classes have a high school to come back to. Our high school has been turned into an administrative and conference center (the Shoreline Center) so successfully that most people don't even realize it was ever a high school. 
"All we have is one small trophy case."

She would like to see more to honor all the classes that graduated from Shoreline High School, from the first graduating class in 1958 until the last graduating class in 1986.

Class of 61 members in the old courtyard.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
She has her sights on an interior courtyard, used only for large events like the Shoreline Arts Festival. It is just south of the large Shoreline Room, formerly the school lunchroom. There was a fountain, she said, and students would gather there at lunchtime.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

It was at this courtyard that members of the class of 1961 gathered on Friday, August 26, 2011. As part of their 50 year reunion, they held a memorial tree planting and placed a plaque to honor the 73 class members who have passed on.

Two faculty members joined the 1961 graduates. George Saltman was the advisor for the class and later the principal of Shoreline High School. Mr. Waller was a young teacher at the high school.

Sharon Dowdy Shannon and Bruce Kramer read the names of deceased classmates.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Mr. Saltman spoke at the gathering. Sharon and classmate Bruce Kramer read the names of the deceased before a moment of silence.

The class of 1961 had between 530-578 students, depending on the source. They were one of the few classes to enter as freshman and spend four years in high school. Shoreline High School opened in 1955 and was closed in 1986,
Sharon would like to see the courtyard restored and named the Shoreline High School Memorial Terrace. "At least then," she said, "we would have a place to call our own, and a lasting memorial to Shoreline High School."


Shoreline Pool extends Rec Swims to start of school

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Registrations started 8/22 for lessons beginning September 6, 7 and 10th. 

Fall Schedule starts 9/1

The Pool is closed September 5th for Labor Day.

Shoreline School's summer extension Rec Swims:
9/1 and 9/2 - 2:00-3:30pm
9/6-9/9 - 1:15-2:45pm

Afternoon Lap and Family Swim:
9/1 and 9/2 - 12:45-1:45pm

Regular Afternoon Lap and Family Swim Fall Schedule:


Free concert at Berean Bible Church September 11

David Harsh will play on September 11 at Berean Bible Church
National award-winning Christian artist David Harsh will perform a special concert on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6pm at Berean Bible Church in Shoreline. 

This Washington State native performs a mix of acoustic Christian folk, rock and pop that appeals to all ages. Trained as an opera singer, Harsh's innovative and heartfelt music is constantly breaking the mold. Whether he is playing piano or 2 guitars at once, layering multiple sounds with his loop station or tapping all over the instrument, his music captivates the hearts of all those who hear him.

Berean Bible Church is located at 2345 N 185th in Shoreline, kitty-corner from the south end of the Shoreline Center. A free-will offering will be taken and refreshments will be offered at the close of the concert. 

For more information about David Harsh see his webpage.  Call 206-363-1466 for concert information and directions.


Pilot program aims to prevent or reverse childhood obesity

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bastyr University in Kenmore and Premera Blue Cross in Mountlake Terrace have created a pilot program to prevent or reverse childhood obesity.

Approaching from a viewpoint of family education, participating families will learn about health, nutrition and exercise in a one-day workshop. The workshop is a pilot program for a week-long day camp for children which will launch in Summer of 2012.

The Active Pediatric and Parental Lifestyle Education (APPLE) Core pilot program takes place Saturday, September 10, 2011, from 9am to 5pm on the Bastyr University campus in Kenmore.

"Premera Blue Cross and Bastyr University have a shared goal of improving the health of our members and our communities," said Neil Kaneshiro, MD, Assistant Medical Director at Premera Blue Cross, who is meeting with families at APPLE Core. 
"Childhood obesity is a leading cause of chronic lifelong illness, and we are pleased to partner with Bastyr to empower and enable children and families to manage their health."

The program is seeking a dozen local families - 12 adults and their children, to participate in the one-day program, free of charge. To be eligible, children should be between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, and parents must complete a registration and health history questionnaire form.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this innovative workshop, email Jeanne Garthwaite with the subject title "APPLE Core." Include names, address, telephone number, email address and total number of family members who wish to attend. For more information, call 425-602-3260.


2011 Steps Against Domestic Violence at Greenlake October 30

Fundraiser Walk at Greenlake Park to benefit children's services at New Beginnings

The 4th Annual Steps Against Domestic Violence-Seattle will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2011, at Green Lake, beginning at 10am at the Greenlake Community Center. 

The Walk is both a fundraiser for the children's services at New Beginnings and a means of raising awareness about domestic violence.

Organizer and Shoreline resident Arthur Peach says "The walk will be in the honor of all victims and survivors of domestic violence. 
"The goal of the event is to raise awareness that domestic violence is unacceptable in our society due to the harm it causes to not only the victims, but their children, family and friends."

The 2010 Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk gets underway.  Photo by Steven H. Robinson.

New Beginnings is a Seattle agency.
“New Beginnings provides domestic violence services to those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence – physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.”
To register or to become a sponsor, email Arthur Peach or call him at 206-412-3198.


2011 High School Cross country Schedule

2011 High School Cross Country Schedule

Thursday, September 8
King's at Turtle Soup Invite, 4 p.m. at Kelsey Creek Park, Bellevue

Saturday, September 10
Everett, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Shorewood, Cascade, Edmonds-Woodway, Kamiak, Arlington, Marysville Pilchuck, Snohomish at Sehome Invitational, 10 a.m. at Bellingham Civic Stadium
Shorecrest, King's, Sultan at Tahoma Coed Relays, 8:30 a.m. at Lake Wilderness State Park, Maple Valley

Thursday, September 15
Glacier Peak, Mountlake Terrace at Shorecrest, 3:45 p.m. at Hamlin Park
Shorewood, Mariner, Lake Stevens at Monroe, 3:45 p.m. at Sky River Park, Monroe
Granite Falls, South Whidbey at King's Relay Meet, 4 p.m. at King's H.S.

Saturday, September 17
Everett, Lynnwood, Shorewood at South Whidbey Invitational, 10 a.m. at South Whidbey H.S.
Cascade, Jackson, King's, Arlington at Sundodger Invite, 12 p.m. at Lincoln Park, Seattle

Tuesday, September 20
King’s in Cascade Conference jamboree, 4 p.m. at Lakewood H.S.

Thursday, September 22
Shorewood, Snohomish, Stanwood at Edmonds-Woodway, 3:45 p.m. at Lynndale Park
Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace, Shorecrest at Everett, 3:45 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium

Friday, September 23
King's Cross Invite, 12 p.m. at King's H.S.

Saturday, September 24
Everett boys, Shorewood at Nike Pre-Nationals, 9 a.m. at Portland Meadows Race Track, Portland, Ore.
Shorecrest at 3 Course Challenge, TBA at Seaside 3 Course, Seaside, Ore.

Thursday, September 29
Jackson, Lynnwood, Monroe, Shorecrest at Stanwood, 3:45 p.m.
Shorewood, Marysville Pilchuck, Kamiak, Arlington at Meadowdale, 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 1
King's at Mt. Baker Invitational, 11 a.m. at Silver Lake Park, Maple Falls
Shorecrest, Shorewood at Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawk Twilight Invitational

Thursday, October 6
Cascade, Everett, Lynnwood at Shorewood, 3:45 p.m. at Hamlin Park
Lake Stevens, Marysville Pilchuck, Shorecrest at Snohomish, 3:45 p.m. at Snohomish Golf Course
King's, Lakewood, South Whidbey at Cedarcrest, 4 p.m. at Cedarcrest H.S.

Saturday, October 8
King's at Quincy Invite, 12 p.m.

Thursday, October 13
Shorecrest, Shorewood at North County Invitational, Marysville

Saturday, October 22
Shorecrest, Shorewood at Wesco 3A championships,

Sunday, October 23
King’s at Cascade Conference championships, 10 a.m. at Lakewood H.S.

Saturday, October 30
District Championships

Saturday, November 6
State Championships, Pasco


Community Transit cutting services

Our News Partner Lynnwood Today reports that Community Transit is in process of deciding how to cut their routes.

"Community Transit’s Board of Directors is expected to decide on Thursday which routes will be affected by service cuts. The agency is slashing 20 percent of service, or roughly 80,000 hours, due to a shortfall blamed on low sales tax revenue. That’s in addition to cuts made in 2010 that eliminated Sunday and holiday service. 
“'By this time next year we will have cut about a third of the service and about a third of the employees that we had at the beginning of 2010,' Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor said in April."

Many Shoreline residents commute to Seattle and the University of Washington on CT routes, either via I-5 or Aurora. CT shares the Aurora Transit Center with Metro and the City of Shoreline has long been interested in luring CT even farther south, to the Park and Ride at N 192nd.

The Board of Directors will decide on the details of service cuts this Thursday, with suggestions of more to come.


Celebrate Shoreline Festival

The Festival was held at Ridgecrest Elementary, just off 15th NE, on August 20.  Like the Pied Piper, the Parade led people right to the Festival and Car Show.  Here are a few of the scenes of the day.

The Council of Neighborhoods Fishing Pond is always a popular spot.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore.

Some of the volunteers working at the Council of Neighborhoods booth from left to right; Nora Smith, Arthur Peach, Gretchen Atkinson, Jack Malek, and Sheri Ashleman.

Jerry Gernert of Kirkland sprays detailing wax on his 1929 Ford Model A roadster pickup.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore.

The Scotsman practicing his face-painting skills.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Shoreline Police.  On the right, East Storefront Officer Greg McKinney.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson


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

Sunday, August 28, 2011

N 165th - N 185th Streets (Marshbank Construction)

This week, crews will:
  • Stripe permanent lanes on Aurora starting Sunday night (8:00 p.m.). Work will occur each night through Friday morning. Watch for shifting, temporary single lane closures on Aurora.
  • Continue crosswalk construction at Aurora and Midvale Avenue. Single lane closures and traffic delays are expected.
  • Continue adjusting grates and other iron features on Aurora to ensure a smooth transition to the new pavement. A single north and southbound lane may be intermittently closed.
  • Install concrete curbs ("C-curbs") on Aurora, N 175th Street, and N 185th Street and continue wiring new signals and street lights.
  • Pour the southeast sidewalk corner of N 185th Street and Midvale Avenue.
  • Continue landscaping and installing signage, railings, and mailboxes along Aurora, N 175th Street, and N 185th Street. A single north and southbound lane on Aurora may be intermittently closed.
  • Continue converting electrical, phone, and communications services to new underground systems and removing old overhead lines.

N 185th - N 192nd Streets (Johansen Excavating)

This week, crews will:
  • Work at night to pave the work zone along the west side of Aurora. Paving is expected to be complete by Friday morning (weather permitting).
  • Continue intermittently closing N 192nd Street west of Aurora to complete paving activities.
  • Continue pouring sidewalks on the west side of Aurora.
  • Finish installing new stormwater and communication systems on N 192nd Street east of Aurora within the temporary work zone.
  • Continue planning for major excavating, grading and paving work at the N 192nd Street intersection scheduled for mid-September. Following intersection work, crews will shift construction to the east side of Aurora.
  • Continue construction activities near the Shoreline Park & Ride. Work near the park and ride lot will continue through early 2012.


Comcast program for low-income families with children in school

Comcast has a program for reduced cost internet service and low-cost computers for families whose children are on the free-lunch program because the family is at or below the poverty level - currently one in four children in Shoreline Schools.

The program is called Internet Essentials. Internet service is $9.95 a month and computers are $149.99. Taxes are not included.

For an application, call 855-8-INTERNET (855-846-8376).


Come Bark in the Park at PAWSwalk on September 10

PAWSwalk, Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Seattle's Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE.

Check-in opens at 8 am - Walk begins at 10 am

Join thousands of walkers and their canine pals for the 20th Anniversary of PAWSwalk!

By participating in PAWSwalk, a benefit event for PAWS, you can save the lives of thousands of animals in our community. Help us reach our goal of $200,000…and have a great time while you’re at it!

Activities at PAWSwalk will include a 5k walk through the park, the Kids’ Zone, a canine agility course, FlyBall demonstrations, contests for you and your dog, shopping, and free samples galore.

Every year PAWS cares for more than 6,000 injured, orphaned or abandoned animals. You can help make sure there’s enough kibble to go around by lacing up…and taking a walk!


Troop 317 spends a week in the woods

Photo by Bruce Pyper

By J. Bruce Pyper, Scoutmaster, Troop 317

Boy Scouts from Troop 317 spent a week at summer camp the first week of August. Seven boys and three adults spent the week at Camp Pigott, near Monroe, learning in the great out of doors. 

The boys could have slept in a “bunk house,” but they all opted to sleep in canvas tents.
Photo by Bruce Pyper

Throughout the entire week there was not a single X-box or Wii or I-pod or I-Phone. Instead, the boys learned about the environment, wilderness survival, how to shoot a rifle or a bow and arrow, swimming in a lake, and how to weave baskets.

They also rode mountain bikes and mountain boards (a cross between snow boarding and skate boarding). Some of the boys learned about soil and water conservation while others learned about geology or birds.

The mornings were foggy but the lights were on in the mess hall.
Photo by Bruce Pyper

There was some complaining during all this learning about being back in school during summer vacation, but the deer wandering through camp and the rabbits scampering across the road quickly reminded the boys that they were not in school.

Troop 317 placed second in the camp-wide troop competition -- not too shabby for a “young” troop (this was the 2nd year at camp for most of the boys).

The competition was made up of events that tested their ability to work together and knowledge of scout skills. In addition, the seven boys earned a total of 29 “merit badges” and three partial badges (one boy went home early since he was sick).

The Ranger's Cabin was across the lakePhoto by Bruce Pyper.

Merit Badges are what Boy Scouts receive when they show they know about or can do certain things. For example, there is a First Aid Merit Badge that the boys receive when they show they know the principles of basic first aid. There is also a Basketry Merit Badge that the boys can earn by weaving a small basket along with a stool. Just so you know, a “passing grade” for the stool was determined by a large-ish camp counselor sitting on it.

The boys had a great time and are already talking about camp for next year.


Edmonds Floretum Garden Club awards $1,000 hortricultural scholarship to Shoreline resident

Courtney Olander
Photo courtesy MyEdmondsNews
and Edmonds Floretum Garden Club
Courtney Olander, a Shoreline resident working toward her technical associate degree in landscape design at Edmonds Community College, was recently awarded a $1,000 horticultural scholarship from the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.

The Floretum Garden Club, which raises money for scholarships through plant sales, is dedicated to improving horticulture and the environment.

Information in this story courtesy of MyEdmondsNews.


Public Hearing on Southeast Neighborhoods Legislative Rezone

The City of Shoreline Notice of Public Hearing of the Planning Commission for Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a legislative rezone for the Southeast Neighborhoods Subarea that will implement the intent of the adopted Subarea Plan

Interested persons are encouraged to provide oral and/or written comments regarding the above project at an open record public hearing. 

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., September 1, 2011, in the Council Chambers at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue North. 

Comments received by the date of the public hearing will be included in the hearing record.


Sandcastle Contest sums up the summer

Several hundred people spent a perfect day on the beach.
Photo by Sheri Ashelman, courtesy the Richmond Beach News.
By Jack Malek

The 2011 Sandcastle Contest on August 21, 2011 at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park had 23 official entries. An estimated 200–300 people turned out in perfect weather to either lend a hand with building a sandcastle or enjoy the efforts of the others. 

The Islanders Steel Band kept people moving.  Photo by Sheri Ashelman.
The event is part of Celebrate Shoreline and is co-sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association and the City of Shoreline. The Northwest Family Chiropractic and Massage sponsored the concessions.

Concessions at the ready.  Photo by Jerry Pickard.
With such a great turnout, plans are already afoot for next years’ event, with added categories, such as a People’s Choice Award, which will mean more awards and more fun for everyone.

Esteemed Judges:

  • Rich Gustafson, ProShoreline
  • Bob Pfeiffer, President of The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
  • Evan Voltsis, Proprietor of Spiro’s Restaurant


Photo by Bob Pfeiffer. Courtesy the Richmond Beach News
1st Place Overall: Lizard Sculpture, Iyad Owen-Elia and Marty Owen, Team Owen; gift certificate to Hill’s Restaurant

2nd Place Overall: Northwest Sandcastle, Keith, Jack and Ava Hamilton, Team Hamilton; gift certificate to Full Moon Thai Cuisine

Beware the Troll.  Photo by Sheri Ashelman. Courtesy Richmond Beach News.
3rd Place Overall: Troll Sculpture, Enzo, Luca, Karin and Ben Chickadel, Team Sandy Sand; gift certificate to the new Pizza Mia and to the Flying Dragon Chinese Cuisine

Honorable Mention, Family Category: Tied between two Sandcastles
  • Team Bears, Yan, Kaela and Thai Saechao and Ai-Khue Nguyen, gift certificate to Spin Alley Bowling
  • Team Forever, Takumi and Mikoto Kawano, Win Tongtawee, Pamela Chivapat and Alexander Volper; gift certificate to Spin Alley Bowling

Honorable Mention, Teen Category:

Happy Bear.  Photo by Jerry Pickard.
Happy Bear Sculpture with Seaweed Bowtie, Ellyn Rivers and Alex Colella, Team Felon and Beazus; gift certificate to Spin Alley Bowling

Honorable Mention, Kid Category:

Whale Sculpture, Theo and Lilly Steinmetz, Jack and Noah Bowerman and Zan Godfrey, The O’s; gift certificate to Spiro’s Pizza


LFP Historic Signs, #6: Horizon View Nike-Ajax Missile Base

A set of signs commemorating and explaining the important historic sites in Lake Forest Park was placed around the City for the 50th Anniversary, celebrated earlier this summer.
This one acknowledges LFP's part in the Cold War.

Signs previously published:

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