Treat or Treat

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wolf and Robot

By Diane Hettrick

Trick or Treaters seem to be an endangered species in my neighborhood - we got one group of six teenagers - so we had to import a couple of Mine Craft characters.

They got the benefit of the low numbers and came back with about ten pounds of candy each.


Rain City Rotary October service project at Jacob's Well

Rain City Rotary at Jacob's Well

On October 19, 2013 members of Rain City Rotary had a service project at Vision House Jacob’s Well in Shoreline.

"It is a special place to us, and this is the third time we have worked there. The first time we shoveled dirt around the foundation. The second time it was framed and we swept up construction debris. This time we stained sections of the fence that will enclose the property. We also painted some interior stairs and picked up wood scraps and trash outside. We enjoyed making the place look better!  It is exciting to see it so close to being ready for the families!"

Shawnmarie Stanton said “I’m grateful we had the opportunity to contribute time and energy toward making these beautiful homes a reality. I’m truly impressed with the wonderful work Vision House has done and continues to do.”

Rain City Rotary meets most Thursday evenings at 6:30pm at Shoreline City Hall. For more information visit Rain City Rotary or call 206-367-3122.


Shoreline PTA Council 6.12 endorses 2014 school levies

The Shoreline PTA Council, which is comprised of representation from the 16 PTA's within the Shoreline School District, voted unanimously to endorse the replacement Educational Programming Operations and Maintenance Levy and the Capital Levy for Technology and Support on the February 2014 ballot.

Sarah-Ann Woodfield, Council Vice President of Advocacy stated: "The Shoreline Model is a reality because of Levy funds. These funds provide about 25% of the revenue for the District. State and Federal funding only provide 65% of the District budget. We endorse the upcoming levies while continuing to demand that the legislature fully fund basic education by 2018."


Shoreline City Council Meeting Monday October 28, 2013

Mayor Keith McGlashan presented a proclamation
to Jenna Higgins, Recycling Coordinator
for King County Housing Authority
Photo by Devon Vose Rickabaugh

By Devon Vose Rickabaugh

Mayor Keith McGlashan presented a proclamation recognizing November 15, 2013 as America Recycles Day. Receiving the proclamation was Jenna Higgins, Recycling Coordinator for King County Housing Authority.

Meadowbrook Apartments is one example of the success that is possible in multi-family residential properties through multi-agency partnerships. In 2012, Meadowbrook Apartments partnered with CleanScapes and the King County Housing Authority to site recycling dumpsters, distribute recycling containers to each apartment, and conduct a door-to-door recycling education campaign. 

The apartment residents enthusiastically responded by recycling 41% of what they had previously been putting in the garbage. Typically, the average recycling rate in multi-family residences is only 25%.

In addition, Meadowbrook received a 4-star, EnviroStar certification for safely disposing of 78 pounds of household hazardous waste, switching to less toxic products, and improving their chemical storage methods. “Not only has Meadowbrook Apartments protected public health through safe disposal, but they have saved our natural resources through recycling, and reduced their solid waste costs by approximately $350 per month.”

The Council meeting continued the department budget presentations including the Public Works Department, the 2014 Capital Improvement Plan, the Surface Water Utility budget (including both operating and capital needs), and a brief description of other funds.

The City’s Director of Public Works Mark Relph gave an overview of  the Public Works Department Budget which recommends hiring an additional full time Engineering Technician to specifically support Streets, Traffic, and Fleet and Facilities operations and implement a Study for Asset Management. 

”The core value of an asset management system is the ability to achieve operational efficiencies and cost-effective outcomes through management, tracking, and analysis of City assets and the work orders that guide the management of the assets. Inherent in all systems are both the tools that allow the work to be accomplished and the labor needed to accomplish the work. In this case, without the staff needed to implement and maintain the City’s asset management system, the value-added effectiveness of the tool will be significantly diminished.” Relph said the department does not have the staff  now.

Relph emphasized the creation of a Water Comprehensive plan must happen in January 2014 to pave the way for the creation of the Water Utility Fund when Shoreline separates from Seattle and creates its own water utility in 2021. A more in depth discussion of the Water Utility will take place on November 25th which will include discussion of the city's assumption of the Ronald Waste Water Utility.

Public hearings for the 2014 budget will be on November 4 and November 18th with adoption of the budget scheduled for November 25th. Anyone may view the budget by going to the city's website,  then click on Budget and CIP Policies under the government tab.


Shorecrest girls soccer game to be televised live on Saturday

The Shorecrest Girls soccer team, WESCO South first place finishers in the regular season, open District One playoffs Saturday evening at 6pm at Shoreline Stadium against Stanwood.

The game will be televised live on Comcast Channel 26 by the Live Video Production Club of Shorecrest and Shorewood.  It will also be streamed live at

The Scots (13-2-1, overall) defeated Stanwood (5-10)  2-0 on October 22 in a fog-shrouded contest.

Joining Frank Workman on the telecast will be SC senior Chris Iacolucci, a member of the Scots boys soccer team that finished second in State last spring.


Northwest Artists Holiday Show Saturday and Sunday

by Sue Coccia © Earth Art International 2013

You are invited to the Northwest Artists Holiday Show, November 2nd and 3rd -- Saturday and Sunday -- from 10am to 5pm at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, 8109 224th Street SW, Edmonds, 98026.

Admission only $3, includes free parking, complimentary shuttle and complimentary child care. 

Now in its 40th year, this reputable show features more than 50 admired Northwest artists with holiday decorations, pottery, glass art, photo cards, paintings, kitchen gear and gadgets, garden decor, soaps, scents, specialty foods, clothing, jewelry ... gifts for everyone on your list. 


Shoreline resident honored by with Courage in Business award

Influential publication has honored Shoreline resident Bob Donegan, President of Ivar's restaurant group, with its Courage in Business award.

"Since Donegan arrived as chief financial officer in 1997 and became president after the death of his predecessor in 2001, Ivar's has moved in a direction that has proven good for both its employees and its business. He looked at high employee turnover, running at more than 400 percent annually in much of the company and decided to emphasize good pay, benefits and even retirement plans for employees. 
"While other restaurants pursue a path of low wages in a competitive and increasingly personality-based culture, at Ivar's, the philosophy is that the company knows its most important asset: Its workforce — not, as the saying goes, the valued customer. Long before Obamacare, the company began offering full benefits to part-time employees and it matches every contribution they make to their 401(k) plans with a 50 percent donation."

Read the entire article 


Lake Forest Park residents: Bring your used batteries to City Hall for free recycling

Photo by Anton Fomkin
Attention Lake Forest Park residents: did you know that the City receives a grant every year to pay for you to recycle used batteries for free? 

Help divert unnecessary waste from the landfill by bringing your used batteries down to City Hall.

Hours are Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm.

Questions? Call 206-368-5440.


Free lecture Friday at SCC - Evolving Perspectives On the Global Economy

Tim Payne
Bob Francis

Evolving Perspectives On the Global Economy

On Friday, November 1, 2013 from 10:30-11:30am at Shoreline Community College, Room 1104 (map), two Shoreline Community College professors will discuss the global economy. 

  • Bob Francis, Acting Dean, Social Sciences Division, Shoreline Community College
  • Tim Payne, Professor of Economics and International Studies, Shoreline Community College

This event is FREE and open to the public. Parking is metered.

Part of the Global Eyes series organized by the Global Affairs Center.


Richmond Highlands man starts write-in campaign against unopposed Shoreline incumbent Councilman Hall

By Evan Smith

Richmond Highlands resident Michael Bachety has announced a write-in campaign for the Shoreline city council position that Councilman Will Hall now holds.

Bachety said Sunday that he decided to run for the position when he got his ballot and noticed that Hall and two other incumbents were running unopposed.

By the time he decided to make the write-in campaign, the deadline for registration as a write-in candidate had passed. Registered write-in candidates have their votes counted even with minor misspellings.

Bachety and his family have lived in Shoreline since 2009.

He said that he got interested in local politics when neighbors were talking about a possible land deal near their homes, a proposal to build a large apartment building on the only green space in the area.
“Every homeowner in our neighborhood was against this, and we then learned that the city council changed the setback ruling -- building 15 feet from the curb was changed to zero feet,” he said. “We will be losing our big trees and gaining a giant wall right off the curb. 
“The frustration only compounded when we were collectively ignored by the city council; they allowed the landowner to subdivide the property in order to move the building process forward and made no compromise on the setback ruling. 
“Why was the city council more concerned about future residents than the current ones? My concern was simply to have sidewalks put in, since there would be more traffic, more cars, more visitors, more deliveries. 
“Currently, residents and many Shorewood students literally have to walk in the street at points. 
“I have since learned of other high-density apartment buildings being considered in regards to the vision of Shoreline. What never seems to get talked about is how current infrastructure will grow as the population does. I hope to live in Shoreline for a long time, and I selfishly have to think 15 years from now when my children will be walking home from school in what will be a much more crowded city with many more frustrated and speeding drivers. 
“Receiving my ballot and seeing these same council members running unopposed was a final straw of sorts. This is not a proper democracy and officials can become apathetic if they feel there are no consequences to their decisions. What I have learned from listening to others is that this is a recurring problem. If elected officials do not proactively work to seek a common ground or a solution for the greater good, then the only thing left to do is protest, and that is why I come to you now to ask for your vote. 
“Compromise is not a dirty word to me and greater efforts should be visibly made to find solutions to satisfy the constituency that one represents. Also, as the fifth and youngest child growing up, I know all to well what it feels like to be bossed and ignored. I have tried to fight the good fight ever since."

Bachety said that he chose to challenge Hall because he found that of all the council members, Hall was the most dismissive of his neighbors’ concerns.

Bachety said that he plans to campaign only by using social media. He has not registered with the State Public Disclosure Commission or made any plans to raise or spend money. Hall has reported raising $8,913 and spending $5,115.

Shoreline had a write-in campaign four years ago, when Councilman Keith McGlashan was unopposed on the ballot. Write-in candidate Wendy DiPeso registered with both the County elections department and the State Public Disclosure Commission; she ran with the backing of the 32nd District Democrats, raised and spent $19,247, and campaigned throughout the city. Yet McGlashan, who raised 17,567 and spent only $12,118, won with about 79 percent of the vote.


Free oil change for homeless, low income folk

Shoreline and North Seattle people who are homeless, low income, or simply fallen upon hard times who otherwise cannot afford to get their oil changed this winter can get a full service oil change, free of charge on November 16, 2013 from 9am to 1pm in Shoreline.

Skilled volunteers will provide fresh oil, a new oil filter specific to the car, top of other fluids and check tire pressure.

Register by calling 206-371-2141. Have this information ready when you call: Year, Make, Model and Engine Size of your car. Registration deadline is Sunday, November 10th. 2013.


Audition workshop at Shoreline Community College Friday

Shoreline Community College Department of Music will be hosting a musical theater and drama audition workshop on Friday, November 1 from 1 to 3pm in the Shoreline Campus Theater, 16101 Greenwood Avenue North in Shoreline.(map)

This workshop is open to the public and is free of charge.

Teresa Thuman, Director and Found of Sound Theater Company, will be conducting the workshop. Ms. Thuman has extensive theater experience as an actor, director, producer and stage technician. The forum will focus on various aspects of the audition process, from preparing audition material in the form of songs, arias, and monologues, to presentation and proper etiquette and attire.

Anyone who is interested in any type of theater experience and the audition process - whether musical theater, operatic, or dramatic stage productions - is welcome to attend. There will opportunities for questions and feedback during the final portion of the workshop.

For further information contact Dr. Charles Enlow, Shoreline Community College, 206-546-4524.


SCC Women’s Basketball 2013-14 schedule released

SCC Basketball with Team NPIRE,
an Australian Club Team, an opponent in 2012-13
Photo by Wilson Tsoi

Shoreline Community College released on Thursday the 2013-14 Women’ s Basketball schedule. The schedule features 13 home games, 5 pre-region home games plus a game against Northwest Indian College in January. SCC will play 3 of 4 games in November at home, including the opening game on Saturday, November 16th against Simpson University JV.

The Lady Dolphins will travel to Yakima, WA on December 20-22 for the NWAACC Crossover Tournament at Yakima Valley Community College.

SCC finished 2012-13 with a 10-15 record, after a starting the pre-region schedule 6-4, but SCC struggled in the region, going 3-11.


SCC Women’s Soccer defeats GRCC 6-1, playoff hopes still alive

The Shoreline Community College Lady Dolphin Soccer team routed Green River Community College on Wednesday in Kent, WA with a 6-1 victory. And with Edmonds CC defeating Everett CC on Wednesday, the Dolphins remain one point away behind the Trojans for the final playoff spot in the NWAACC Northern Region.

Hayley Warren, the NWAACC leading scorer,
had four goals against Green River CC
Photo by Wilson Tsoi

In the GRCC match, Hayley Warren booted in 4 goals on the day, as the NWAACC’s leading scorer had a big day, scoring at the 4th, 39th, 58th and 59th minute marks in the game. Cayla Dahl and Ashley Cole had the other two goals for SCC on the day. Montana Powell, Ashley Cole (2) and Allison Shelton (2) had the assists for the Dolphins on the day. SCC lost the shutout in the 77th minute as both Ashley Swan and Melissa Schuetze shared the goalkeeping job in the game.

SCC is now 10-6-4 on the season and 7-6-2 in the NWAACC Northern Region. Green River falls to 5-12-2 overall and 2-12-2 in the region. Shoreline plays Whatcom Community College on Saturday at Twin Ponds field at 6:00pm as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team.

The Dolphins will know early that day if they are playing for a NWAACC playoff spot or not. Everett CC is now in third place in the region, with a 7-5-3 record in the region and 24 points. Shoreline is one point behind them with 23 points.

EVCC plays Skagit Valley College at home on Saturday at Noon. If Everett loses or ties that game, that will open the door for SCC to defeat Whatcom on Saturday night and move into 3rd place, the final NWAACC playoff spot for the region. A Everett CC victory over SVC, then Everett will be the 3rd place team. If EVCC ties SVC and SCC ties WCC, then EVCC still goes to the playoffs, with a one point advantage over SCC. But Skagit Valley did defeat Everett 2-0 earlier in the region schedule.


Bellevue College defeats SCC Volleyball 3-0

Photo by Wilson Tsoi

The Shoreline Community College Volleyball Team suffered a 3-0 loss at Bellevue College on Wednesday night as the Bulldogs handled SCC, 25-19, 25-13, 25-22.

The Dolphins offensive attack was shutdown, as no one for SCC had over 6 kills and setter Monica Postor only could manage 17 assists in 3 sets. Emily Denham, Sara Pang and M’Kaliah Redden all had 6 kills on the evening for Shoreline. Monica Postor had 17 digs for the SCC defense and Elena Estrada had 12.

The Lady Dolphins are now 19-12 for the season and 6-3 in the NWAACC Northern Region. Bellevue moved to 24-5 overall and 8-1 in the region. Bellevue is ranked #4 in the latest NWAACC Volleyball Poll.

Shoreline will face Everett Community College on Friday night in the SCC Gym at 7:00pm in another NWAACC Northern Region match. SCC defeated EVCC 3-1 in their first meeting earlier in the season.


Special Sounders FC and Seahawks Sounder trains this weekend

Sounder trains will serve Saturday Sounders FC match against Portland Timbers, Sunday Seahawks game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sounders FC and Seattle Seahawks fans can hop aboard special Sound Transit Sounder trains this weekend to enjoy hassle-free travel to and from the games.

Sounders FC Game Day Train Service - Saturday, Nov. 2 - Inbound trains to the highly-anticipated 7 p.m. match between the Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers on Saturday will depart Everett Station at 4:50 p.m. Trains will arrive at King Street Station at 5:43 p.m. and 5:49 p.m., respectively - in time to enjoy pregame festivities. 

Outbound trains back to Everett leave 35 minutes after the game. Detailed schedules by station can be found here.

Seahawks Game Day Train Service - Sunday, Nov. 3 - Inbound trains from Snohomish County will depart Everett at 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. with stops in Mukilteo and Edmonds, arriving at King Street Station at 11:14 and 11:29 a.m. 

Returns trains to Everett will leave Seattle 15 and 35 minutes after the game. An online schedule of Sounder trains serving Seahawks games is available here

Link's Stadium Station is a four-block walk from Century Link Field and Safeco Field. 

Complete Sounder and Link schedule information here

Regular fares will apply for all Sound Transit services. ORCA and all standing transit passes will be accepted.


Off-leash dog park opens Friday in Saltwater Park

Friday, November 1, 2013, the Saltwater Park off-leash dog park opens for business. The seasonal park is located at the south end of the beach. It will be open daily: Dawn until Dusk,

Dogs are required to have licenses to be in the City's dog parks. In addition, owners are warned that there has been a rise in the number of parvovirus cases and advised to have their dogs vaccinated. Parvo is potentially deadly and very contagious. The virus is extremely hardy and can survive in contaminated soil for over a year.

Saltwater Park is located at 2021 NW 190th Street.  Map and Directions

More information on Shoreline Dog Parks.


Law enforcement coalition seeks serial bank robber who robbed Shoreline bank

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a serial bank robber nicknamed the “Cyborg Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least four different banks in the past two months, most recently in Bothell on October 23.

The subject may be a white male, between 5’9” and 6’0” tall, of thin build. During the robberies, he covered his face with a distinctive cloth and wore the hood of his sweatshirt over his head. He has also worn clear, latex gloves.

The subject is wanted for his alleged involvement in at least four bank robberies, generally taking place in late afternoon:

  • September 24, 2013 (Tue) – Key Bank, Bellevue, WA
  • October 2, 2013 (Wed) – Banner Bank, Woodinville, WA
  • October 18, 2013 (Fri) – US, Shoreline, WA
  • October 23, 2013 (Wed) – Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, WA

Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspected robber should refrain from approaching him and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.  Callers may also reach task force officers Detective Mike Mellis at 206-263-2086 and Detective Steve Hoover at 425-452-7868.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force includes members from the FBI, Bellevue Police Department, Auburn Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle Police Department.


Used book sale at Third Place Books Nov 9-10

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Plan ahead for the big used book sale at Third Place Books at Town Center in Lake Forest Park.


What's cooking at Central Market

If you're looking for inspiration, answers, tips or new recipes - come by the Culinary Resource Center near Produce at Shoreline Central Market, upper level Aurora Square on Westminster Way.

There's often something to sample, and always recipes for the taking. Below is the lineup for demonstrations.The kiosk is staffed 10 am-6:30pm daily (9 am-5:30pm Sundays) with sampling noon to 4:30pm. If a line appears under the recipe or if the name is in color, you can click to go to the full recipe.

OCT. 30-NOV. 5, 2013 

Bonus recipe   Blood Soup

Thurs, Oct. 31  5-7:30 p.m. Join us for our Annual Halloween Party 

Sat, Nov. 2  Shepherd’s Grain Old World Hot Cereal featuring Baobab Fruit Cubes 

Sun, Nov. 3  Red Fork Sloppy Joes Sliders featuring our Big Board Ground Sirloin 


Ghoulish delights at Senior Center Halloween lunch

Aargh, matey! These pirates proved their fearlessness
by partaking in the ghoulish luncheon provided at
the Senior Center Halloween lunch.
Photo by Jon An Cruver

Menu items of Monster Slime and Cadaver Ribs didn't deter this scalawags from lunch at the Senior Center Halloween party on October 30, 2013.

June Robinson won the best costume prize
Photo courtesy Senior Center

"Gypsy" June Robinson won the "best costume" prize! June is a long time senior center member and one of the center's Senior Singers. The group entertained the ghoul crowd during the Halloween lunch fun! 

Go online to find out about more fun lunches, classes and activities at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center.


And the beat goes on... expanded dates for weekend music at Lake Forest Park

Big Band Night at The Commons

Town Center at Lake Forest Park announced expanded dates for its popular weekend music program, which will kick off on November 1. Concerts will be held on Fridays and Saturday nights at the center’s Commons area.

The concert series is under management by Friends of Third Place Commons, a nonprofit organization founded to manage the Commons community. The program will receive additional financing by Madison Marquette Retail Services (MMRS).

“We are so proud to offer additionally programming for this beloved music program,” said Tory Glossip, Senior General Manager for MMRS. “Working with Friends of Third Place Commons, has been a pleasure and we are confident the program will continue to be highly attended and receive support from the community.”

Town Center at Lake Forest Park, which is managed by MMRS, is a Seattle-area neighborhood center offering a dynamic mix of retail, dining and entertainment options with more than 240,000 square feet of retail space. The center’s Third Place Commons offers more than 800 community events throughout the calendar year.

“The music program has received an enormous outpouring of support from the community and we are thrilled to see it expand,” said Constance Perenyi, Executive Director for Friends of Third Place Commons. “We look forward to continuing our support of local musicians and providing entertainment to the community.”

MMRS provides a full range of real estate services for 20 million square feet of retail and mixed use properties throughout the United States. The company specializes in enhancing the value of retail assets through an integrated approach to leasing, property management, marketing and development services. MMRS has headquarters in San Francisco and Washington, DC and regional offices located in Charlotte, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Seattle.


Shoreline salon raises over $25,000 for the Justice & Soul Foundation

The team at James Alan Salon and Spa raised over $25,000
for the Justice and Soul Foundation in 2013.
Matthew Fairfax, at left

Team members at the James Alan Salon and Spa have raised over $25,000 so far in 2013 for the Justice and Soul Foundation, co-founded by owner Matthew Fairfax.

The money has been raised to build a cosmetology school in Cambodia through the Justice and Soul Foundation. The mission of the school is to provide training and a sustainable career to survivors of the sex trafficking industry.

Salon team members have hosted an art show that included personal, hand-created items by several team members and offered for sale. All of the items were donated and included poetry, photography, and paintings. The art walk raised over $10,000 for the Justice and Soul Foundation.

In addition, team members have contributed $6500 to date to the Foundation through payroll deduction. Fairfax has matched that contribution for a total of $13,000 raised.

“The team at James Alan Salon and Spa has always believed that it’s important to support the community that supports us, and we’ve always participated in fundraising and community service efforts as a way to give back. By partnering with the Justice and Soul Foundation, we have the ability to truly transform lives and provide a sustainable future to victims of sex trafficking. And though we may never meet the women we’re able to help, at James Alan Salon and Spa it’s a value to assist and support others when and where we can,” explained Salon Manager Kim Smith.

The James Alan Salon and Spa offers a full range of services including waxing, make-up application, permanent cosmetics, hair extensions, and hair and skin care to meet the needs of a wide and diverse community. Voted Washington CEO Magazine’s “Best Small Company to Work For” in both 2003 and 2005, the team at James Alan Salon and Spa focuses on customer satisfaction as the primary goal.

The Justice and Soul Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on eliminating the sexual exploitation of young women and children globally as well as the restoration of the survivors. Through the Founders’ shared connections to the salon and fashion industry, and, after several years of research, planning and interviews, they are enlisting the support of the beauty industry to create a sustainable, systemic solution that addresses sex trafficking.


Shorecrest's Vince Santo Pietro is finalist for national science teaching award

Vince Santo Pietro
finalist for state teaching award

Vince Santo Pietro, science teacher at Shorecrest High School, has been selected as a state-level finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). 

Santo Pietro has taught science at Shorecrest since 1994. He was Shoreline’s 2012 Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for 2013 Puget Sound Regional Teacher of the Year.

Vince has served for many years as Shorecrest Science Club advisor, as school Webmaster, and on its emergency preparedness committee. He has been a member of District technology committees, served as the District's representative to the Washington State Public Health Lab assessment committee, and on the design team for the new Shorecrest building.

Each year he organizes a popular Astronomy Night that is open to the public. His students receive UW credit in the high school program, and he received a two-year Murdock grant to do astronomy research at the UW.

Vince is married to Nadine Santo Pietro, who teaches integrated arts at Echo Lake Elementary. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor of arts in Chemistry and from the University of Pennsylvania with a master of science in Chemistry. He also has a masters in education from Seattle Pacific University.

A statewide committee comprised of content-area experts and award-winning teachers selected the finalists during the summer. The national PAEMST program recently confirmed their nominations.

“These amazing teachers are not only innovating in their own classrooms,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn, “they are also inspiring innovation in their colleagues. The leadership and mentoring of teachers like these make Washington a standout in STEM education. Their efforts will benefit students for many years.”

The national PAEMST program typically announces national award recipients in the spring. State-level finalists are recognized by regional and state math and science associations and invited to several annual state events for award-winning educators.


City Light partners with nonprofits to promote discount program

Seattle City Light has partnered with 10 large non-profit affordable housing providers to enroll eligible income-qualified customers in the Utility Discount Program that provides a 60 percent discount off Seattle City Light bills and 50 percent discount off Seattle Public Utilities bills.

The Housing Partnership Program allows the utility to enroll customers through a shortened application process by using information from affordable housing providers rather than requiring the tenants to apply separately for the discount. Simplifying the application process is expected to bring in new customers who were previously unaware of this benefit.

“This program enables City Light to streamline the application process for customers who are most in need, allowing them to apply for the rate discount program at the same time as they apply for affordable housing,” City Light Customer Care Director Kelly Enright said. “This is just one part of the major effort underway as part of our Strategic Plan to assist customers who are having difficulty with their bills. We are also helping them better manage their energy use through home energy visits and other conservation measures.”

The affordable housing providers who have signed agreements with Seattle City Light include Bellwether, Catholic Housing Services, Capitol Hill Housing, Compass Housing, King County Housing Authority, Low Income Housing Institute, South East Effective Development, YWCA, Plymouth Housing Group and Solid Ground. Non-profit affordable housing groups must meet federal and/or state guidelines for low-income operations, each agency must enter into a signed agreement with Seattle City Light, and the program will undergo periodic audits.

“It’s a win-win-win situation for our residents, our organization, and also for City Light,” said Tristan Heart Hunter, Portfolio Manager for Capitol Hill Housing. “It makes sense to enroll our residents into City Light’s Utility Discount Program at the time that they are signing their leases. We have already verified income eligibility at that point, and it allows our families to avoid another lengthy application process. We want people to be financially stable and be able to pay their rent and other bills on time; having access to City Light’s Utility Discount Program helps our residents achieve that.”

For more information on the Utility Discount Housing Partnership Program contact Wendy Johnson at (206) 233-2155 or go online.


SCC Volleyball dominates NWAACC Northern Region “Players of the Week”

Emily Denham

The Shoreline Community College’s Volleyball Team dominated the NWAACC Northern Region “Players of the Week” for “Week 8″ of the season.

SCC middle blocker Emily Denham was voted as the Offensive Player of the Week, Dolphin setter Jayln Anderson was the Setter of the Week and Shoreline’s Libero, Elena Estrada, was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Denham, a sophomore from Meadowdale High School had 28 kills in two combined matches (3-1 victories over Edmonds CC and Skagit Valley College) with 3 solo blocks, 2 block assists, 24 digs and 5 service aces. Anderson, a sophomore from Kamiak High School in  Mukilteo, WA had 53 assists in those two games with 3 service aces and 14 digs. Estrada, another sophomore, from Cascade High School in Everett, WA had 33 digs from her defensive specialty position.

The Lady Dolphins are 19-11 on the season, 6-2 in the NWAACC Northern Region and play at Bellevue College on Wednesday. Bellevue is tied with Olympic College for first place in the region, with a 7-1 region record and an overall record of 23-5 and are ranked 4th in the NWAACC.


Wesco 3A South champion Shorewood doubles team to meet runner-up Shorecrest team Wednesday for district championship

Wesco 3A South champion Shorewood doubles team to meet runner-up Shorecrest team Wednesday for district championship; division champion Shorecrest singles player to play for district third place

Shorecrest singles and doubles players with coaches
at Wesco 3A South championships
Photo by Ned Sato

Shorecrest singles player Nishaant Limaye and the Shorewood doubles team of Stuart Schachle and Cameron McDowell won Wesco 3A South championships last week going into the Northwest District 3A tournament this week.

Schachle and McDowell defeated Shorecrest's Andrew Copsey and Chris Sato 6-1, 6-1 for the South Division championship Wednesday, Oct. 23. The two teams will meet again for the District title Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Shorewood High School. Both teams will qualify for the State tournament in May.

Limaye lost in the District singles semifinals Tuesday, but he will have a chance in Wednesday competition to play for the District’s third berth in the State tournament.

At the Wesco 3A tournament last week at the Snohomish and Glacier Peak high school tennis courts, Shorewood placed all of its players in the top six. Thunderbird Senior Logan Keebler placed fourth in singles to also qualify for the district tournament. Placing fifth in singles was senior Jamie Wright. Alejandro Uvence and junior Scott Park placed sixth.


Shoreline artist will have artwork in the Affordable Art Fair in Seattle

Blindfold Gallery by Sue Danielson

The Affordable Art Fair will return to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall November 7 – 10, giving area residents the opportunity to browse and shop among thousands of contemporary art pieces all under one roof, and at a variety of price points.

Notably, Shoreline resident, Sue Danielson with Blindfold Gallery, will have her artwork showcased at the show! Seattle is one of only two U.S. locations for The Affordable Art Fair, and the event will feature some of our best local galleries, including the Linda Hodges Gallery, James Harris Gallery and ArtXchange, to name a few.

A great event for everyone – from seasoned collectors to families and first-time buyers – the fair offers an inspiring and friendly atmosphere with thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs, ranging from $100 - $10,000. In addition to the artwork itself, the fair offers unique programming including a wide variety of artist talks, panel discussions, cocktails, workshops such as printmaking, kids’ activities and more.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.


Tree House begins new class session Nov 5

Tree House Iyengar Yoga, 18021 15th Ave NE in Shoreline, announces a new 9-week session of classes beginning November 4, 2013.

Students new to Tree House get a free class in the beginner Level I or Gentle class. Tree House recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of providing quality yoga instruction in our area.  But you get more than yoga classes at Tree House, you also get a community of caring people who support local services.

We invite you to join us on Thanksgiving morning from 9:30--11 for our Fifth Annual Benefit class for Northwest Harvest. Just one example of our community coming together to support the wider community. For more information on classes or events see the webpage.



Alien spacecraft lands in Saltwater Park

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Alien spacecraft - Photo by Frank Kleyn

Frank Kleyn got the photographic evidence for a space landing in Saltwater Park. Last seen at Ronald Bog during Summerset Arts Fest, the craft was said to be piloted by space ponies.


Daylight savings time ends this weekend

Daylight saving time ends this weekend, so be prepared to lose an hour. "Spring ahead - fall back"

Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. It could be a matter of life or death.

Set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.


Flag at half-staff Nov 1

Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, November 1, 2013, in memory of U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley who passed away on October 18 from complications related to a stroke.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business on Friday, November 1 or first thing Monday morning, November 4.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Please call (360) 816-2216 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.

A public memorial service in honor of Speaker Foley’s life and service to the citizens of the United States and the state of Washington will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013, at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane, Washington (near the Gonzaga University campus).


Discounts on cats and kittens through Nov 3 at Seattle Humane

"Seasons" is a 1 year old female
available for adoption

In celebration of National Cat Day, Seattle Humane is offering deep discounts for cats and kittens Oct. 29 through Nov. 3. The shelter is waiving fees on all cats one year and older, and kitten adoptions are only $50 (two for $90).
Looking for a snuggle bug, calm companion, or rabble rouser? We have the purrfect feline for everyone and our Adoption Advisors are great matchmakers.

All of our adult cats have been tested for Feline Leukemia/FIV. Adoptions also include 30 days of pre-paid health insurance, a collar and identification tag, and a certificate for an examination by a King County veterinarian.

Visit the website to take a peek at just some of the many kitties available for adoption and come see them all in person at the shelter in Bellevue.


The next Shoreline City council meeting

Here's what's planned for the next Shoreline City Council meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013

5:45 p.m.: Council Dinner Meeting
Council will discuss its priorities for the 2014 legislative session.

6:45 p.m.: Shoreline Transportation Benefit District Board Meeting
Board will discuss adoption of the 2014 Transportation Benefit District Budget.

7:00 p.m.: Shoreline City Council Meeting

2014 Budget
Council will hold a public hearing and continue discussions on the proposed 2014 Budget and 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Update on 185th Street Station Area Planning
Staff will provide an update to Council on the progress that has been made on the City’s efforts to create a subarea plan around the 185th Street light rail station area. Staff will also update Council on what has been done so far around planning for the 145th Street station area. 


Can we afford Elder Care? Free workshop addresses the issue

The New York Times recently reported seventy-five percent of Americans nearing retirement age in 2010 had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts. With that in mind, Anderson House in Shoreline will host a “Smart Aging” Workshop entitled “Can We Afford Elder Care?” Thursday, November 7th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Jeff Otis, Financial Planner
Financial planner Jeff Otis will help participants take a closer look at their financial resources and learn how to maximize what they already have. 

“Most of my clients are retirees,” Otis said. “I help them preserve the capital they have saved, to generate income, and to protect against inflation.” Otis works with Evergreen GaveKal in Bellevue, which manages over $1 billion in assets for more than 600 clients.

Appetizers will be served along with a wine tasting and there will be giveaways and prize drawings during the evening. The first 10 people to register will receive a free copy of “The Complete Elder Care Planner” by Joy Loverde.

“Can We Afford Elder Care?” is the second in a series of three “Smart Aging” workshops presented at Anderson House this fall. A flyer describing the complete series can be downloaded here.

Anderson House is located at 17201 15th Ave NE in Shoreline and interested participants can RSVP to Jill or Cathy at (206) 364-9336.

For more information about Anderson House (skilled nursing) and Anderson Plaza (assisted living), visit our website.


Public Health warns:Pedestrian injuries on the rise amongst teens due to inattention

Inattention can be just as dangerous for pedestrians as it is for drivers. And as more teens tune into music, text, and check the Internet while on the go, they’re tuning out potential hazards — prompting the state Department of Health to ask kids to tune out those devices.

Nationally, pedestrian injuries among 16 to 19-year-olds have increased 25 percent in the past five years according to Safe Kids, which works to prevent accidental injuries to children. That late-teen group accounts for half of all pedestrian deaths among youths 19 and younger. A new Safe Kids study of more than 34,000 middle and high school students showed that of those who were distracted, about 40 percent were texting, about 40 percent were wearing headphones, and 20 percent were talking on phones.

From 2006 to 2010, the most recent period for which figures are available, Washington had 43 teen pedestrian deaths, ranking number 18 among the 37 states with more than 10 such deaths. It’s close to the national per capita average.

“Those texts and calls can wait, and kids can listen to music at other times,” said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes, a pediatrician. “It’s more important to walk safely. And if you’re driving, of course, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.”

With daylight saving time nearing an end for the year, it’s darker outside when many teens go to or from school. That makes it even more important to pay close attention while walking.

Safe Kids Washington suggests that parents talk to kids, especially teens, about the danger of distracted walking. Start the discussion early about safe use of technology — and keep talking about it. Parents can set a good example by showing what crossing the street safely looks like, and by avoiding texting while driving and other distractions.

Teens should put devices down and turn headphones off; look, listen, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing a street. They should also be on the lookout for cars that are turning or backing up. Driveways and parking lots can be especially dangerous.


Calligraphy of 8th century Ireland

One page of the Gospel of Matthew
from the Lindesfarne Gospels
On November 12, 2013, from 7:00-9:00pm, at ArtWorks, Write On Calligraphers president, Katy Huston, will share photos and stories about her recent trip to Ireland and the famous 8th century calligraphic work Lindesfarne Gospels.

The story of this manuscript is important in history and lettering arts. Refreshments will be offered and exemplars will be available. This is a free lecture open to the public. Parking is free at ArtWorks, which is located at 201 2nd Ave S, Edmonds 98020.


Holiday Bazaar at the Senior Center

Hand knit slippers are a very popular item from the Senior Center Handcrafters
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver

Yes, it’s true: November is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate the start of this fall month than at the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center?

Get a head-start on the festive season starting Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 10:00am-4:00pm and help support your community’s senior center at the same time. With over 25 craft vendors, including the Senior Center Handcrafters, you are bound to find a special something for someone special. The Bake Sale is sure to have some lovely yummies that you can munch on as you walk around the Silent Auction to find even more answers to your holiday gift list.

Then there is always the Rummage Sale where hidden treasures could be found. The ThimbleBelles Quilters are going to be selling raffle tickets for their beautiful Floral Fantasy quilt; the drawing will be held on Saturday during the bazaar. Lunch and snacks will be served by Kitchen Corner Catering.

Join us for a Shoreline Community tradition. The Senior Center is located in the southern-most building of the Shoreline Center: 18560 1st AVE NE #1, 206-365-1536.


Alert Shoreline

Do you want to be notified about police alerts affecting your neighborhood? When a road is closed near your home? What is on the City Council’s or Planning Commission’s agenda for an upcoming meeting? Then sign up for Alert Shoreline! Alert Shoreline is the City’s new mass communication system that will provide residents with emergency notifications and community news.

You decide how you wish to be informed in an emergency – email, text, phone, or cell phone. You can also input several different addresses of places important to you, such as your home, your child’s school, and/or your work. If there is an issue near one of those locations, such as a road closure or police alert, you will be notified.

In the event of an emergency where there is an immediate danger to public safety, the City will have the capability of calling everyone that has a number listed in the White Pages whether they have registered with Alert Shoreline or not. Eventually, the City hopes to be able to notify everyone, even those with blocked numbers and mobile phones as their only phone. However, if you wish to receive any of the community alerts, you will need to register with Alert Shoreline.

When you register, you will be able to select from a range of community topics important to you to receive periodic updates. Such topics could include Aurora Corridor construction, Emergency Management, or Neighborhoods News. Alert Shoreline takes the place of the City’s current eNews system. PLEASE NOTE: If you registered on the City’s old eNews system and wish to continue to receive notifications, you MUST create a new account through Alert Shoreline.

Sign up here. If you have questions contact Management Analyst Eric Bratton 206-801-2217.


New Shorewood theatre for school and community use

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The new Shorewood High School 450 seat theatre will be available for public use as well as school use. A jazz concert Tuesday evening is free and open to the public.

This is a significant upgrade for Shorewood, whose previous theatre was built in 1953 as a junior high auditorium with a stage.


Rat City Rollergirls break into World Champs

Monday, October 28, 2013

Defender hits the deck during a smashing Rat City charge
Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

After being thwarted for the past five years, Shoreline’s Rat City Rollergirls All-Star Team will make their triumphant return to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 1 International Championships on Friday, November 8 in Milwaukee, WI. Rat City will be one of twelve teams competing to bring home The Hydra Award Trophy. They face off against Ohio Rollergirls Friday evening and the rest of the weekend will follow the fate of winners and losers according to the bracket.

"This game [against Ohio] will make us or break us,." said Rat City's All-Star Skater, Jukesapose. "It's going to take a lot of work to beat Ohio and if we succeed there, then we get to face the no. 1 team in the world - Gotham Girls from NYC." 

Rat City All Stars captured four wins, and suffered four loses this year against some of the top teams in the world: London, New York and Montreal among others. Seattle's roller derby team won their seat in Championships after placing third last month in Division 1 play offs in Salem, OR after bankrupting. 

The All Star team is comprised of the toughest, most-competitive skaters from the league's home teams. Longtime Seattle derby stars Carmen Getsome, Jalapeño Business and Luna Negra team up with new transfers Jukestapose and Sintripetal Force to bring this world powerhouse to the track. Defensive strategy, jammer agility and team-wide determination characterize this year's All Star team. 

About Rat City
The Rat City Rollergirls (RCRG) is Seattle’s premiere all-female, flat-track roller derby league. RCRG is composed of about 80 active skaters and many more retired skaters who are actively involved in the organization. The skaters are divided among four home teams: Derby Liberation Front, Grave Danger, Sockit Wenches, and Throttle Rockets. In addition, a small number of skilled, dedicated skaters are chosen to represent the league on an expanded elite A/B team, called the Rat City Rollergirls All Stars. With lightning-fast jammers and a swarm of precision blockers, the women of Rat City have taken the international derby scene by storm, placing well in WFTDA-sanctioned tournaments and maintaining a ranking among the world’s top derby teams. RCRG has consistently graduated to larger and larger venues, finally finding a home at KeyArena, home of the Seattle Storm WNBA team and former home to the Seattle Sonics NBA team.


Democrats sponsor free viewing of film: GMO OMG

There will be a free showing of GMO OMG, a film by Jeremy Seifert, on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 6pm at the Richmond Masonic Center, 753 North 185th St Shoreline 98133.

6:00pm - Socialize -  drinks and popcorn - 6:30pm - Movie.

Discussion immediately following movie on I-522 with Senator Maralyn Chase and guests.
"GMO OMG Official Trailer" available to view here.

The showing is sponsored by the 32nd LD Democrats, along with democratic partners - King County, Snohomish County and 1st LD Democrats.

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