Letter to the Editor: Robin McClelland has been rated "Outstanding"

Monday, October 31, 2011

To the Editor:

Robin McClelland has been rated OUTSTANDING by the Municipal League. She has served this community as a Planning Commissioner by appointment from the elected City Council. Her credentials are impeccable.

Where she lives is immaterial. Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin.

La Nita Wacker


King's Kaper Kandyland Carnival

Families enjoyed the King's Kaper Kandyland Carnival at King's School on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Photo by Tom Burley.

Sponsored by the King’s High School Class of 2012 to benefit graduation night festivities, there were 15 booths of classic games such as the dunk tank and cake walk, a gigantic inflatable slide and castle bounce house.

In costume for the King's Kandyland Kaper Carnival.  Photo by Tom Burley.

Naturally, the guests were in costume.  These three graciously interrupted their fun to pose for Tom Burley's camera.

In addition to great entertainment, the Kaper offered food for guests to purchase.  A car-load of unpurchased food and beverages was taken to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission Men's Shelter the next day.

King’s Schools is a private Preschool through Grade 12 school in Shoreline, part of the CRISTA Family.


Story Swap with the Storytellers Guild on Friday in north Seattle

Storyteller Cynthia Westby
The Seattle Storytellers Guild hosts a monthly Story Swap on the first Friday from 7-9 pm at the Bridge Coffee House located at 2150 North 122nd Street, Seattle, WA 98133.

You are invited to join them on Friday, November 4th at 7 pm.

Storytellers tell traditional and personal stories for adults of approximately 5-8 minutes each. Everyone is welcome to tell a story. Both listeners and storytellers are welcome and the evenings are always a delight. Cynthia Westby hosting.

Coffee and snacks are available for purchase.

The Seattle Storytellers Guild, founded in 1982, is a nonprofit organization of tellers and story enthusiasts who actively promote the art of storytelling for adults and kids. The guild provides a forum for traditional storytelling, sponsors professional events, and provides performance and training opportunities for tellers at all levels. Our membership includes professional storytellers, writers, folklorists, traditional storytellers, oral historians, speakers, musicians, elders, ministers, health professionals, librarians, and teachers. Storytellers of all levels and interests are welcome.


LFP man named Pharmacist of the Year by state association

The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) announced its 2011 awards winners, "who underscore WSPA’s commitment to the quality of care." The winners were recognized at an awards dinner October 22, 2011 during the 2011 WSPA Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington.

“This year's award winners span a remarkable breadth of achievement in innovation, research, education, leadership, and accomplishment," said Jeff Rochon, WSPA chief executive officer. "We're very proud to recognize excellence in all of these areas of endeavor, and hope that the example of these remarkable individuals will inspire others.”

Chuck Paulsen, R.Ph
WSPA Pharmacist of the Year
Chuck Paulsen R.Ph. of Lake Forest Park was named 2011 Pharmacist of the Year.

The Pharmacist of the Year Award honors pharmacists who possess qualities of excellence in routine practice and association activities, is an exemplary role model, and who has contributed to the service and skill of WSPA during the past year.

Once the owner of two independent pharmacies and currently the Senior Director of Pharmacy at QFC, Chuck has actively dedicated his time to the improvement of the profession. Under Chuck’s leadership, the QFC pharmacy team expanded pharmacy services to include the expansion of immunizations, MTM, and health screenings, just to name a few. He also oversaw and introduced an internship program and a community pharmacy residency program.

Chuck joined the WSPA in 1997 and has been actively involved ever since. Currently the chair of the Washington State Pharmacy Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Council (LRAC) Steering Committee, Chuck volunteers a tremendous number of hours to the pharmacy profession in Washington state through the on-going influence of LRAC. He also serves on the Washington Recovery Assistance Program for Pharmacy (WRAPP) Advisory Board and the King County Public Health Community Pharmacy Advisory Committee. In the past, Chuck has served on the WSPA Board as secretary/treasurer and on the WSPA/DSHS Third Party Committee.

Chuck is a community leader as well. He currently serves on the Lake Forest Park Planning Commission and the City’s 100 Year Legacy planning vision task force. He has served on the City’s Financial Futures task force and is a member of Rotary. And not only does he encourage pharmacists to run for public office, but he is leading by example as he is running for the Lake Forest Park City Council.

Other awards:
  • Bowl of Hygeia Award: Robert Slagle, R.Ph. (Republic, WA)
  • Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award: Brandy Singer, R.Ph. (Spokane, WA)
  • Pfizer Health System Pharmacist of the Year: Roger A. Woolf, Pharm.D. (Seattle, WA)
  • Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award: Nanci Murphy, Pharm.D., R.Ph. (Seattle, WA)
  • David Almquist Award: Angela Stewart, Pharm.D. (Yakima, WA)
  • Rod D. Shafer Award: Bill Fassett, Ph.D., R.Ph. (Spokane, WA)
  • Distinguished Leadership Service Award: Dan Connolly, R.Ph. (Seattle, WA)
  • Pharmacist Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award: Dawn Ipsen, Pharm.D. (Snohomish, WA)
  • Pharmacy Student of the Year: Karen Craddick (Seattle, WA)
  • Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award: Sandi Tschritter, CPhT (Spokane, WA)
  • Cardinal Health Generations RX Award: Michaelene Kedzierski, R.Ph., CDP (Seattle, WA)


Letter to the Editor: Janet Way is a leader dedicated to our past, present, and future

To the Editor:

Every city should have government and decision making that is truly responsible to all of its citizens, listens to their concerns, is open, transparent and accountable. It should be cognizant of the short term good as well as the long range benefit of actions. It should protect small businesses and residents with average incomes as well as the well off. It should make decisions that support livability in its many forms. When called for it should study new ways of doing things.

Janet Way has demonstrated many times over that she believes in these things and commits herself to following through on them. She has many successes to her credit due to her organizational skills and foresight. She organized a neighborhood and spearheaded the restoration of Paramount Park Open Area saving it from development. She was instrumental in forging environmental design in the Aljoya Thornton Place development at Northgate which was not only beautiful but provided habitat, flood control downstream, and clean water entering Lake Washington. It took a number of years, but she persisted. Democracy is messy.

Her current passion is preserving and promoting our heritage within plans for the new Town Center. She does her homework and makes sure how the issues are going to affect the city's growth, the environment, small businesses, and the homeowner. She has an extensive and impressive list of contacts. Shoreline is indeed fortunate to have a candidate of this caliber, a leader dedicated to our past, present, and future.

Vicki Westberg


38th Annual Northwest Artists' Holiday Show Saturday, Sunday Nov 5-6

Photo from EUUC.org

Northwest Artists' Holiday Show
November 5 and 6, 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church

  • $3 admission
  • free childcare
  • free parking

Renowned artists
Award-winning artists will be selling paintings and prints in the Upstairs Gallery. Dozens of other renowned artists will offer pottery, jewelry, glass bowls, candles, wearable art, and gourmet food in over 50 booths on the main floor.

Gifts for friends and family
You will find many gifts under $25. Here is a sample of the artistic genres and materials represented at this year's art show.
    • Watercolors
    • Oil paintings
    • Prints
    • Photography
    • Cards
    • Jewelry Blown glass
    • Glass jewelry
    • Glass vases
    • Metal creations
    • Garden art
    • Pottery Ornaments
    • Clothing
    • Fiber art
    • Leather
    • Gourmet foods
    • Soaps


Top stories for October 2011


2012 Preliminary Library Budget Meeting Tuesday, November 8, Kenmore

The King County Library System (KCLS) is holding community meetings to discuss proposed strategic plans and budget allocations for the coming year. 

It is an opportunity for public discussion to help shape the way KCLS provides service in libraries, online and in the community.

2012 Budget priorities include:
    • Effectively delivering service goals
    • Enhancing print and digital collections
    • Providing innovative technology, software and equipment
    • Maintaining current staffing costs as KCLS moves toward the Future Services Model
    • Continuing responsible fiscal management to sustain quality libraries
    • Conserving revenue to cover annual operating expenses for several years to come

Please join in the conversation:

Tuesday, November 8, 7:15pm
Kenmore Library
6531 NE 181st Street
Kenmore 98028


Shorecrest girls’ soccer team in District semifinal game Tuesday at Everett after Saturday victory over Ferndale

Updated 11-1-11 7:48am
The Shorecrest girls’ soccer team meets top-seeded Everett in a Northwest District 3A tournament semifinal game Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium after a 3-0 first-round victory over Ferndale Saturday, Oct. 29, at Shoreline Stadium.
The victory over Ferndale gave Shorecrest a 13-3-1 season record going into the semifinal game at Everett (16-0-1)
Shorecrest tied Everett, 0-0. at Shoreline Stadium in September and lost at Everett, 2-0, Oct. 18.

The winner of the Shorecrest-Everett game will advance to the District championship game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium against the winner of the other Tuesday semifinal game between second-seeded Meadowdale and third-seeded Mount Vernon.
The semifinal losers will meet Thursday at 5:30 at Shoreline Stadium for the District’s third berth in the State 3A playoffs beginning Nov. 8.
Meadowdale reached the semifinals by eliminating Shorewood Saturday, 2-0, at Edmonds Stadium.

Shorewood finished the season with a 6-9-2 record.

Everett is ranked third among State 3A teams, with Meadowdale eighth.
 In Shorecrest’s 3-0 victory over Ferndale, Kate Hildahl scored with an assist from Bri Lasconia, Nicole Harris scored on a penalty kick, and Delancey Miller scored an unassisted goal; goal keeper Frida Swensen recorded the shutout.

Shorecrest had finished third in the final Wesco 3A standings with a 12-3-1 regular-season record after winning at Glacier Peak, 1-0, Oct. 24. Lasconia scored the only goal, with an assist from Harris. Swensen recorded the shutout.

Shorewood had finished the Wesco 3A season Wednesday, Oct. 26, with a 1-0  loss at Glacier Peak.
The Thunderbirds had defeated Oak Harbor, 2-1. Oct. 24 at Shoreline Stadium. Jennifer Franklon scored both goals for Shorewood.

The Shorewood junior varsity defeated Oak Harbor, 3-0, Oct. 24 and tied Glacier Peak, 1-0, Oct. 26.

The Shorecrest junior varsity played a 0-0 tie at Glacier Peak Oct. 24.


ESPN Co-Founder is a LFP resident

Bill Rasmussen, who co-founded the sports network ESPN with his son Scott in 1978, was the featured speaker at a benefit for the Imagine children's Museum of Everett on October 27, 2011.

Rasmussen and his son are no longer involved with the running of ESPN but are pleased at the direction the network has taken.

According to an article in the Everett Herald,
"In 2006, Rasmussen and his wife, Mickey, moved to Lake Forest Park to be near daughter Lynn, her husband, Louie Van Hollebeke, and granddaughters Donna, now 16, Jessica, 12, and Sarah, 8. Donna Van Hollebeke is a junior at Everett's Archbishop Murphy High School and a member of the girls swim team."
 Rasmussen is working on his second book.
"One activity he enjoys very much is giving speeches to civic groups and schools. He talks about the birth of ESPN, about the process of seeing a dream become a reality, about the importance of self-belief. He usually closes with a question."
Read the entire article.

Learn more about Rasmussen by visiting his website.


WeatherWatcher: October 15-28 Fall is here - dry / sunny, wet / cold

-Fall is here, we've had a few storm fronts blow through that have produced normal sized rainfalls or rain events for the area for this time of the year.

The week ahead:
-We should have dry to sunny conditions for Tuesday and early Wednesday. We will have overnight fog in spots as well.
-Thursday - Friday we are turning wet again. This time it will be colder as our La Nina winter starts to take hold. We should have our first mountain pass snowfalls later this week, so if you have any weekend travel plans over the passes, be prepared for winter weather.

October 15th-21st:
The extremes:
High temperature: 60.1ºF (Wednesday the 19th)
Low temperature: 41.4ºF (Sunday and Monday the 16th and 17th)
High humidity: 100%
Low humidity: 60% (Monday and Tuesday the 17th and 18th)
Barometer high: 29.884 inHg (Monday the 17th)
Barometer low: 29.382 inHg (Wednesday the 19th)
Barometer shift: 0.502 inHg
Rainiest day: 0.08 inches (Friday the 21st)
Total rainfall: 0.12 inches

The averages:
Warmest day: 53.0ºF (Wednesday the 19th)
Coldest day: 46.4ºF (Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th)
Average temperature: 50.0ºF
Average humidity: 96%

October 22nd - 28th:
The extremes:
High temperature: 59.4ºF (Saturday the 22nd)
Low temperature: 36.9ºF (Wednesday the 26th)
High humidity: 100%
Low humidity: 47% (Wednesday the 26th)
Barometer high: 29.943 inHg (Tuesday the 25th)
Barometer low: 29.353 inHg (Friday the 28th)
Barometer shift: 0.590 inHg
Rainiest day: 0.28 inches (Saturday the 22nd)
Total rainfall: 0.88 inches

The averages:
Warmest day: 55.4ºF (Saturday the 22nd)
Coldest day: 43.4ºF (Wednesday and Thursday the 26th and 27th)
Average temperature: 47.4ºF
Average humidity: 94%

Warmest and coldest days are based on average temperature of the entire day, starting at midnight. All other averages are based on the whole week. All weather data unless otherwise noted is sourced from Carl's Shoreline Weather Station.


Coffee with a Friend: the Blu Cafe at New Hope Church

Vicki Michels is a woman on a mission - and that mission is to find every coffee shop in the area where you can get a good cup of coffee and sit down to enjoy it with a friend. She has consumed many mocha mint non-fat sugar-free lattes and raspberry muffins in search of information to share with our readers.

Signs point to the Blu Cafe.
Photo by Vicki Michels

at New Hope Church
19350 Firlands Way North
206-595-5929 (Manager Steve Moll's cell phone)

By Vicki Michels

There is nothing really remarkable about this little hole-in-the-wall except that it is welcoming, light, and spacious. There is no charge for anything – except, of course, they dearly appreciate donations. If you're ever broke but jonesing for a caffeine fix, come on in. But I always drop a $5 bill into the jar for a bagel and a mocha/macadamia latte.

The BLU CAFÉ is very casual, and part of the "outreach" to the community. Everyone is quite welcome. It's not a very visible place, and the manager volunteer Steve Moll is delightful and hungry for company. (He also has a memory like an elephant! A month after I first visited, when I came in, he said "Hello, Vicki! How ya' doing?")

The church pastor was originally from Kauai – thus the "tropical" accents of palm trees and pineapples. The feeling is a Hawaiian concept of community as "family".

There is a lot of room for meetings and groups. More visitors would be most welcome. Police and firefighters often stop there for quiet coffee and conversation.

The Blu Cafe has a full counter, pastries, espresso, and  tables for two.
Photo by Vicki Michels

A little curtained stage area holds kids' toys and a play area. The photos here were taken on August 2, and advertise their "National Night Out" with munchies, hot dogs, popcorn, three bands, and a dunk tank.

(This is not so much a business as it is a community parlor. One should never feel shy about coming here. Note that your writer here is an atheist, and I still felt totally warm, welcome, and comfortable.)

HOURS: Note this shop is open only three days a week.

Open – Tue, Wed, Thu 9:00 a.m.
Close – Tue, Wed, Thu 5:00 p.m.

The Cafe has its own mugs, with logo.
Photo by Vicki Michels

There are pre-packaged baked goods (bagels, sweet rolls, cookies). The ones I have bought are fresh and yummy. Again, payment is by donation.


There is plenty of parking available, both outside the café itself and also above in the church parking lot.


Besides a few comfy lounge chairs with coffee table toward the back, there are perhaps 12 tables with chairs. The tables could be easily moved around for whatever seating you like. During good weather, there are tables outside for a bit of sunlight and fresh air.

The church pastor is from Hawaii, which inspired the grass umbrellas.
Photo by Vicki Michels


Outlets are scarce, but there is free Wi-Fi for folks with their own laptops.


The New Hope Foursquare Church sign can be seen on Aurora, but the area must be entered from Firlands, the street behind the church.  For easiest access travel west on 192nd (at the Park and Ride), then turn north/right on Firlands, and turn east into the parking lot.


MOMIX: Botanica -The Seasons Will Never Be The Same

MOMIX Botanica Flower Fan

Experience the seasons with a unique perspective when internationally renowned dance company MOMIX presents Botanica, Friday November 4 at 7:30pm at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020. Tickets are available online or by phone (425) 275-9595. Ticket prices are $15-$40.

MOMIX artistic director Moses Pendleton
Following his BA in English Literature at Dartmouth College, MOMIX artistic director Moses Pendleton joined the dance group Pilobous which began at Dartmouth. The group shot to fame in the1970's, performing on Broadway under the sponsorship of Pierre Cardin, touring internationally, and appearing in PBS's Dance in America and Great Performances series. 

By the end of the decade, Mr. Pendleton had begun to work outside of Pilobolus, performing in and serving as principal choreographer for the Paris Opera's Integrale Erik Satie in 1979 and choreographing the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1980. In 1981 he created MOMIX, establishing a reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography. 

His partner in creativity, Cynthia Quinn, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Riverside and continued there as an Associate in Dance for five years. As a member of Pilobolus, she performed on Broadway and throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Israel and Japan. Ms. Quinn began performing with MOMIX in 1983 and has appeared in numerous television programs and music videos. She assisted Moses Pendleton in the choreography of Pulcinella for the Ballet Nancy in France, Tutuguri for the Berlin Opera Ballet, Platee for the Spoleto Festival USA, Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel in New York, AccorDION for the Zurich-Vorbuhne Theatre and Carmen for the Munich State Opera.

About Botanica
The latest work from the company, Botanica, is an immersion in the natural world, as viewed through Moses Pendleton's mythic but playful imagination, with props and costumes designed in part by Michael Curry. With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, it reveals nature’s changing imagery. It's a journey through the four seasons that showcases Momix's most ambitious multimedia work to date and highlights the renewable energy of the MOMIX performers, with costumes, projections and custom-made props and puppetry adding an extra dose of fantasy to the elixir.

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a non-profit performing arts facility located in picturesque downtown Edmonds, Washington. Housed in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and education outreach programs.


Tent City 3 returns to Shoreline

Tent City 3 sets up in the Prince of Peace parking lot.
Photo by Marc Weinberg
By Marc Weinberg

Tent City 3, on the move again.

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 Tent City 3 returned to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 14514 20th Avenue NE, Shoreline 98155 (on the corner of 145th St NE). This is their third visit to Prince of Peace and their sixth stay in Shoreline. They will live there for 90 days.

It takes a lot of work to set up tents for 100 people.
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Tent City 3 is home to 100 adults. Residents are always in need of clothing, bedding, towels and organizations that can provide hot meals. The only items they can cook on site are those that can be put in a microwave.

For more details on their needs consult this website or the SHARE website

A Tent City 3 resident arranges her living space.
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Better yet, stop by and meet the residents. Find out from them what their needs are and you may be surprised how rewarding your experience will be.

I've been documenting their life through my images since 2008, writing articles, raising money and finding donations. Some of my many photos are here 

Tent City 3 during set-up at Prince of Peace.
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Tent City 3's last stop in Shoreline was at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Patty Price wrote an article about that stay which you can read here.

Ready for residents, Tent City 3 moves every 90 days
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Calvin Presbyterian is just down the street from Einstein Middle School. Principal Stephanie Clark said that the summer Tent City 3 was at Calvin, Tent City residents volunteered to take care of the much-beloved school garden during the hot, summer months when school was not in session, keeping the garden alive and well-tended.
"They just wanted to help," she said, "and the garden would have died without them.  They wanted to be part of the community."


Quick-Start Shoreline Business Workshop, Tuesday November 1

The Tuesday Quick-Start Shoreline Business Workshop for start-up, existing or potential business owners will be held on November 1, 2011 from 12 noon 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. The sessions are free and open to the public; feel free to bring a brown bag lunch or a snack.

WRITE ON!: Creative Business Writing Workshop

Sandy Bjorgen, IMPROV-able Results
Presenter / Facilitator: Sandy Bjorgen, IMPROV-able Results

Overcome writer's block or self-consciousness or the "hitting the send button too soon" syndrome! Write for fun. Write for work. Develop original material. Say what you mean. Learn to separate the creating stage from the critiquing stage, so you can get out of your own way and allow your inner creative genius to emerge.

Practice exercises that will help you generate new material quickly - whether for stories, presentations, letters, email, newsletters, journals, articles, or other business-related documents.

Draft and craft in a supportive small group.

You'll have the opportunity, if you wish, to:
1) create just for yourself
2) create and share
3) receive feedback from others
4) develop a keener eye for editing

Sandy Bjorgen is the founder of IMPROV-able Results. She teaches people to think and speak under pressure with confidence, credibility, and creativity. She conducts applied improvisation training and communication coaching for corporations and individual business professionals. Sandy creates a supportive, dynamic, innovative environment in which you can discover and bring out your best and accelerate your learning through direct application. She is also an RSP (Recovering Shy Person) who can help you turn nerves into nerve and get better results with others, both at home and at work.


Shoreline Goes “Inside Out” for student art project

Middle school students from Room Nine Community School installed larger than life portraits of inspiring family and friends around Shoreline last week. 

The striking black and white portraits with accompanying stories are part of the global Inside Out art project. The first location for the art installation opened on October 22nd at Third Place Commons. 

Next, Shoreline City Hall will show the project at their quarterlygallery opening on November 3, 2011 from 5:30-7:00pm. The students posted their outdoor installation of the project on Saturday, which can be seen outside the Subway sandwich shop on the northwest corner of Aurora and 185th.

The students call themselves the ShorelineNighthawks Association for Pictures (SNAP). The last names are withheld to protect the identity of the families and friends who have been life changing for these young people. Each of the large posters has a unique web address that allows you to read the story of the individual featured in the portrait online.

Michael Callahan, a teacher from Room Nine, who helped the students with the project reflected:

The stories of the family members and friends are heart-warming, but equally so was the humanity, compassion, and seriousness shown by these kids. They stuck with the process over several months despite setbacks. This is one art project they will remember for a long time.

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.

These exhibitions are documented, archived and viewable virtually on the Inside Out website or YouTube channel.

The project was created by French street artist, “JR”, after he won a TED prize in late 2010. To date over 13,000 images have been shared around the world. Inside Out participants were highly visible in the Tunisian revolution (Arab Spring).

About Room Nine Community School
The Room Nine Community School, established in 1974, is located in Meridian Park Elementary School in the Shoreline School District. It is an alternative learning choice for students grades K-8, with an enrollment of 100 students.

Room Nine addresses students’ needs through a wide range of curricular vehicles, including standard curriculum, community resources, field trips, projects, and teacher/parent/student-generated activities. Parent involvement is a cornerstone of the school.


LFP Garden Club learns about sensitive soils in November

Master Gardener Frankie Dennison
Photo courtesy Frankie Dennison.
The Lake Forest Park Garden Club will meet on November 8, 2011.  

Speaker for the meeting will be Master Gardener Frankie Dennison on the topic of "Sensitive Soils and Fall Propagation."

The presentation will be held at 10:30am at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park shopping center upper level by the stage area. Ballinger Way and Lake City/Bothell Way.

The public is invited.


A Night at the Bistro with Lee Oskar and Friends

Lee Oskar in benefit for Children's
Updated 10-31-2011 7:51pm
The BlueStar Seattle Children's Hospital Guild presents Lee Oskar and Friends at the North City Bistro.

Join BlueStar for an appetizing evening of euphonious adventure and inspiration, benefiting Seattle Children's Hospital.

Sponsored by Lee Oskar Harmonicas and sponsored in part by the North City Bistro and CBC Distributors, the legendary Lee Oskar will perform two sets. 

Premier donors will enjoy the first seating with an extraordinary four course meal and wine provided by CBC Distributors. Premier donors will receive two signed Lee Oskar harmonica’s, one to keep and one to give to a pediatric patient at Seattle Children's. 

The second seating will be available to general donors featuring an amazing set by Lee and his band with special menu options available for purchase. Don't miss out on your chance to experience Lee Oskar live in this exquisite setting.

Sunday, November 20, 2011
North City Bistro 1520 NE 177th St. Shoreline, WA 98155
Contact the North City Bistro for ticket information at 206-365-4447.


Shoreline City Council Recap for September and October 2011

From the Office of the City Manager

October and November are when the City Council reviews and adopts the budget for the coming year. 

The City Manager transmitted her proposed 2012 budget to the Council on October 17. The Council began reviewing the budget on October 24 and will continue to do so until the final budget is adopted, which is currently scheduled for November 28. 

Council will hold two public hearings on the budget – November 14 and 21. Citizens are encouraged to provide input at any of the upcoming Council meetings and at the public hearings. Meetings take place at City Hall and start at 7:00 pm. Citizens are also encouraged to submit their concerns or suggestions in writing to the City Council if they are unable to attend the public hearings.

Below is a recap of the Shoreline City Council’s work for the months of September and October.

  • Update on Point Wells
  • Update on Sound Transit’s North Corridor Transit Project – alignment issues and guiding principles for Shoreline in providing its position to Sound Transit
  • Regulation of false fire alarms under SMC 9.20
  • 2012-2016 Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Update
  • 2011 Second Quarter Financial Report
  • Extension of Property Tax Exemption Program
  • Revision to City’s business expense policy
  • Amending SMC Section 2.60 to update City’s purchasing policy
  • Revision of City’s business expense policy to comply with IRS regulations
  • Healthy City Strategy work plan
  • Discussion of International Green Construction Code
  • Discussion of legislative rezone implementing the Southeast Neighborhood Subarea Plan
  • Discussion of Initiative 1183 (privatization of liquor sales in Washington) and whether or not Council should take a position in support or opposition to it.
  • Update on 2010 Census
  • Update on jail services contracts
  • 2012 Proposed Budget
Public Hearings
  • Receive citizen comments on the adopted interim regulations and six-month moratorium on collective gardens
  • 2012 Human services funding plan and proposed 2012 Community Development Block Grant capital funds
  • 2011 Surface Water Master Plan
  • Receive citizen comments on whether Council should approve Resolution 317 supporting Shoreline School District Proposition 1, a supplemental levy to support class size
Action Taken
  • Adopted Ordinance No. 620 amending SMC Section 2.60 updating City’s purchasing policy
  • Adopted Resolution 318 Revising City’s business expense policy to comply with IRS regulations
  • Approved neighborhood mini-grants for Echo Lake, Briarcrest and Ridgecrest Neighborhood Associations
  • Authorized City Manager to enter into an agreement for 2011 Emergency Management Performance Grant funds
  • Appointed Kayla Caldwell as youth member to the PRCS Board
  • Adopted Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
  • Adopted Ordinance No. 612 regulating false fire alarms and changing penalty from civil infraction to civil penalty.
  • Adopted Resolution No. 317 supporting Shoreline School District’s Proposition 1, supplemental levy to support class size
For more information on the items outlined above and to obtain the most updated agenda for City Council meetings, go to the website 

For information about the City of Shoreline in general, go to the City website.


Letter to the Editor: GOV WATCH sets the record straight

To the Editor:

One mayoral candidate spent a great deal of money trying to discredit LFP GOV WATCH. The "attack" piece that he mailed contained statements that weren't true, deceptive statements, and innuendo.

Fortunately, with the help of a large number of volunteers, GOV WATCH distributed a one page flyer to households throughout Lake Forest Park to set the record straight. Because the "attack" piece arrived so late we were unable to mail a response.

Beginning May 9, 2011, GOV WATCH filed accurate Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) reports that state who our officers are and list our contributors. Members of GOV WATCH have appeared in public forums and held numerous coffees throughout the City. It is our goal to provide factual information to our citizens.

A copy of the flyer that was distributed is available on the GOV WATCH website in case you missed it.

We encourage you to vote for our GOV WATCH endorsed candidates:

For Mayor:
* Mary Jane Goss

For City Council:
* Brian Cathcart (position 2)
* Tom French (position 6)
* Jeff Johnson (position 4)

Stephen Plusch, Chair, 
Lake Forest Park


Letter to the Editor: Decisions should be informed ones, based on facts

To the Editor,

I agree the divisiveness Mr. Micheline is sensing in the City grew out of last year’s tax proposition and it was “democracy in action” when citizens overwhelmingly voted it down.

The Council’s “solution” was to pass a budget that avoided a tax increase in 2011 but assumed there would be increases from 2012 through 2016. Expenditures from 2011 through 2016 were planned to exceed revenues, generating a $1.2 million deficit and depleting operating balances.

Mr. Micheline pointed out our citizens want change. The change they want, however, is away from the fiscal policy of the incumbent City government to spend beyond our revenue. The 2011-2012 budget provided our officials the opportunity to “hear the citizens” and change their approach, but they did not. Gov Watch grew out of this failure to listen to citizens and their priorities. Its purpose is to present factual information, support citizen priorities, and encourage citizen involvement in City issues.

Some of the divisiveness in the city results from the type of comments his letter contains. Attacking Gov Watch supporters rather than discussing the information and solutions they propose is not productive. Neither is making unsupported allegations regarding Ms. Goss’s reputation and abilities rather than discussing her positions on the issues. An unbiased look at the prior actions as well as the distorted facts and innuendo promulgated by her opponent would provide a more realistic view of why the City is divided.

I would like a City government that listens to the citizens, communicates fully and openly, and operates with greater efficiency, within our means.

We should look at the past records of the candidates, their current positions, and the practicality of the solutions they advocate. We may still differ, but our decisions will be informed ones based on facts.

Don Nibouar
Lake Forest Park


Letter to the Editor: I endorse Janet Way for Shoreline City Council

To the Editor:

I endorse Janet Way for Shoreline City Council.

I first encountered Janet Way about 15 years ago when the City of Shoreline and a developer wanted to build a 11 unit apartment building next door in my single family neighborhood. Sitting in on City Council and Planning Commission meetings and reading everything I could find at the library, I ran across a Paramount Park Neighborhood Association rebuttal to a city plan. Author was Janet Way and it was the most clearly written planning document I’d run across. When I finally heard Janet speak at a public meeting, I was impressed with her passion and her knowledge. This is how our friendship began.

I have followed Janet’s public life these past 15 years and have been impressed with the energy and knowledge and social skills she puts into everything she does. She did a good job representing the underrepresented when she was on the Shoreline City Council. In every instance she researched diligently, voiced her views knowledgeably in public, and spent time one on one with any who wanted to pick her brain. Her background in parks, land use and the environment is broad and deep. Her friendships give her immediate access to experts. During the five years I attended almost every Shoreline City Council and Planning Commission meeting (as audience), when Janet was there she was at least as in-depth prepared as the staff and council and usually more prepared.

For energy, passion, intelligence and in-depth preparation and commitment, Janet Way is my choice for Shoreline City Council.

Thank you for listening to me.

Ginger (Virginia) Botham


Letter to the Editor: The choice for me is clear - I'm voting for Jesse Salomon

To the Editor:

I am a 47 year resident of Richmond Beach. I love this unique and beautiful community. Unfortunately the character of our community is threatened by the proposed development of 3,100 condo units at Point Wells, located at the north end of Richmond Beach Drive. The only access point for all the cars would be up Richmond Beach Drive and the potential effects of traffic this development would add to our residential neighborhoods, not to mention most of Shoreline east of Aurora is unthinkable.

I know Jesse and trust him on this issue. He has the competence both as an attorney and a former planning commissioner to take this head on. As the only attorney on the Shoreline City Council, Jesse would bring a professional perspective that could be very useful.

The Council over the next year or so will be making some very consequential decisions on whether and how to negotiate with the developer and whether to go to court to block the development. As someone who has tried ten jury trials and negotiates every day with opposing council, Jesse has the tough mindedness, knowledge base and the experience, to best serve us.

Robin McClelland on the other hand now says she is against the Point Wells development but her past statements make us wonder if this is so. Just see the official minutes from the December 3, 2009 Shoreline Planning Commission. In regards to Point Wells development it is quoted that:

Ms. McClelland suggested that rather than only thinking about the negative impacts of the proposal, she suggested the City turn their thinking around and consider opportunities to create a destination for residents of Shoreline. The City should seek every type of mitigation possible to provide facilities and amenities that benefit the City economically, recreationally, and socially. They should not limit themselves only to the issue of transportation…."

The choice for me is clear - I’m voting for Jesse Salomon.

Donn Charnley


Aurora construction update for the week of October 30, 2011

N 192nd, looking toward Aurora
Photo by Diane Hettrick

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

This week, crews will:
  • Continue removing temporary signal poles and equipment between N 170th and N 180th Streets.
  • Continue restoration activities along Aurora including landscaping and installation of remaining concrete features. Intermittent lane closures may be required. Restoration work will continue throughout the fall.
  • Activate the permanent traffic signal at N 185th Street and Midvale Avenue.

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

This week, crews will:
  • Continue installing curbs on the east side of Aurora and N 192nd Street.
  • Remove temporary fencing adjacent to the Shoreline Park & Ride and install a permanent railing. A single lane in the southbound direction will be closed during this work. Periodic sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours will also be required. Please look for designated pedestrian pathways and follow the directions of signs and flaggers.
  • Conduct electrical work in preparation for installation of permanent street lighting.
  • Continue pouring the concrete face of the new retaining wall in front of Sky Nursery.
  • Continue pouring concrete features of the Rain Garden Plaza at the northeast corner of the Shoreline Park and Ride.

Check the website for detailed construction information.


Lady Dolphin Volleyball has marathon day, finishes 2nd at Mt. Hood tournament

The Lady Dolphin Volleyball Team went 5-2 over the weekend.
Photo by Wilson Tsoi.
The Shoreline Community College Volleyball Team played 7 matches over two days, 5 matches on Saturday alone at the Mt. Hood Community College Volleyball Tournament (Gresham, Oregon). The Lady Dolphins finished second to the host Mt. Hood CC Saints.

SCC opened tournament with a 5 set victory over Linn-Benton Community College, the #2 ranked team in the NWAACC. SCC won the 5th and deciding game by a score of 16-14. SCC then beat Pierce College 3-1 to end Friday’s action. On the second day Linn-Benton CC gain a bit of revenge, beating SCC 3-1 to send the Dolphins to the loser’s bracket. But then SCC went on a run and beat Clackamas CC 2-1, Chemeketa CC 2-0 and got the final say on Linn-Benton 2-0 to reach the finals of the tournament.

In a class battle, the Lady Dolphins loss 3-2 to Mt. Hood, #3 ranked team in the NWAACC, with the fifth and deciding game going 15-13.

SCC is now 21-9 on the season and 6-1 in the region and has clinched a NWAACC Championship bid already. SCC will return to Mt. Hood Community College on November 17-20 to play in the NWAACC Volleyball Championship, hosted by Mt. Hood. SCC has three regular season games left, playing their final home match this Wednesday night at 7:00 PM against Whatcom Community College.

The SCC squad finishes the regular season on the road, playing at Everett CC on November 4th and then Bellevue College on November 8th. The final match against Bellevue may decide the region championship, as both teams have one region loss.


Shorecrest, Shorewood football teams both play home games this week

Both Shorecrest and Shorewood will play home football games at Shoreline Stadium this week.

Shorecrest will play host to Mount Vernon Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a Northwest District qualifying game, with the winner to meet undefeated Metro League champion O’Dea Saturday in a quad-district playoff game in Seattle . The winner of the Saturday game advances to the State 3A round of 16 Nov. 11-12.

The Scots take a 5-4 record (5-3 Wesco 3A) into the game against Mount Vernon (6-3, 1-1 Northwest Conference 3A).

Shorewood will finish its season Friday at 7 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium against Squalacum of Bellingham.

The Thunderbirds take a 2-7 season record (2-6 Wesco 3A) into the game against Squalacum (3-6, 3-4 Northwest Conference 2A division).

The Shorecrest junior varsity (0-4) plays a home game Monday at 6 p.m. against Marysville Getchell (0-7).

The Shorewood junior varsity will take a 3-3 record into a game at Sedro Woolley (6-2).


SCC Women's Soccer Drops 1-0 Game To Green River

Sunday, October 30, 2011

SCC played good defense, but offense could not muster a goal.
Photo by Wilson Tsoi.
The Lady Dolphin Soccer Team dropped an important match to Green River Community College Saturday, October 29, 2011, 1-0 at Dolphin Field on the SCC Campus. SCC now falls into 4th place in the region, with only the top three teams making the playoffs. SCC has two more matches next week, Wednesday at Whatcom Community College and then next Saturday at home against Edmonds CC.

Green River scored in the 26th minute and while Shoreline dominated much of the second half, they could not put the ball in the net.

SCC is 7-6-4 overall and 7-5-2 in the region. Green River moves to 10-4-3 overall and 8-4-2 in the region.


Photo: Solitude - Fishing in the Fog

"Solitude - Fishing in the Fog" is the photo that recently won second place in the Essentially Edmonds photo contest.  Photographer Marc Weinberg is a Shoreline resident.  See previous story.



Kellogg wins three Sno-King Middle School Cross Country team championships

Kellogg Middle School won three of the four team championships at the Sno-King League meet at Shoreline Stadium, Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Kellogg won the 7th- and 8th-grade girls’ and 7th-grade boys’ championships, and placed third among 8th-grade boys at the 10-team meet among teams from the Shoreline, Edmonds and Mukilteo school districts.

Einstein placed second behind Kellogg in the 7th-grade boys’ and girls’ races, second behind Brier Terrace in the 8th-grade boys’ race and third behind Kellogg and Harbour Pointe of Mukilteo in the 8th grade boys’ race.

Lisa Jensen of Einstein finished third and Maria Victoria Zahalko of Kellogg seventh among 8th-grade girls; Aaron Reinboth of Einstein finished fifth and Rhaye Samson of Einstein seventh in the 8th-grade boys’ race; Skyler Singh Head and Seth Joseph Zeda Walton of Kellogg finished fifth and sixth in the 7th-grade boys’ race; and Emily Grace Hicks of Kellogg finished seventh in the 7th-grade girls’ race.

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