T-Birds outswim Glacier Peak and Snohomish on Tuesday

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Held at Shoreline Pool, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
After both meets SW 7-0

Shorewood 96 vs. Snohomish 66

200 med relay SW 1:59.84 (Britt Blomso, Christina Garrison, Nicola Gerbino, Maya McCants)
200 free SNO  2:10.10 Maddie Donohue
200 IM SNO 2:21.61 Alyssa Hyland
50 free SW 27.69 Christina Garrison
Diving SNO 161.85 Natalie St. Marie
100 fly SW 1:01.20 Britt Blomso
100 free SW 1:00.33 Megan Pitts
500 free SNO 5:52.60 Maddie Donohue
200 free relay SNO 1:51.90 (Alyssa Hyland, Sedona Munguia, Emma Chonzena, Maddie Donahue)
100 back SW 1:02.05 Britt Blomso
100 breast SW 1:12.93 Christina Garrison
400 free relay SW 4:03.23 (Nicola Gerbino, Maya McCants, Christina Garrison, Britt Blomso)

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Shorewood 110 vs. Glacier Peak 65

200 med relay SW 1:59.84 (Britt Blomso, Christina Garrison, Nicola Gerbino, Maya McCants)
200 free SW 2:13.23 Nicola Gerbino
200 IM SW 2:34.13 Megan Pitts
50 free SW 27.69 Christina Garrison
Diving GP 227.60 Annika Dayton
100 fly SW 1:01.20 Britt Blomso
100 free SW 1:00.33 Megan Pitts
500 free SW Nicola Gerbino 6:04.10
200 free relay SW 1:53.00 (Megan Pitts, Kirsten Bjorge, Sydney Pedersen, Meredith Rand)
100 back SW 1:02.05 Britt Blomso
100 breast SW 1:12.93 Christina Garrison
400 free relay SW 4:03.23 (Nicola Gerbino, Maya McCants, Christina Garrison, Britt Blomso)

Photo by Wayne Pridemore


Get ready for Halloween with Relief Block Printing

Pumpkin by Theresa Neinas
The imagery and subject matter of Halloween lends itself spooktacularly to the medium of relief block printing. 

Spiders, skeletons, ravens, witches hats, bats, and more! All of these themes are perfect for the stark black and white achieved with simple relief printing. 

Artist Theresa Neinas will help you create a block print design suitable for Halloween greeting cards or a framed image for your Halloween home decor. Other imagery is welcome too. Come with your own inspirations. No experience necessary for this hands-on workshop designed for adults wanting to express their hidden creativity.

Block print by
Theresa Neinas
Relief Block Printing workshop with Theresa Neinas
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30pm
Shoreline Center – Horizon Room
$35 – Get tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets

Relief block printing gives individuals a means of expression beyond a single drawing. When an image is transferred onto a block and carved it con be duplicated. In this workshop students will work with small woodblocks, developing an images (or working from a prompt) and carving the block. In the second hour of the class students will print their creations!

About the Instructor: Theresa Neinas is a Seattle, Washington based artist who transplanted from the mid-west at age 19. That year was a turning point for Theresa as she had to make the choice to stay in Wisconsin or start a new life in Washington … with $200 in her pocket and a one way train ticket it was, at the time, a sound decision. She started out the first year of her educational journey at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin and after years of taking fun classes she finally knocked off the science and math classes she needed to receive her BA in Art from the University of Washington in 1990 (To her surprise she enjoyed those classes as well). Theresa has been doing lino block prints since 1995 (she is self taught in this medium) and has been enjoying its process ever since.

Join us for one of our other fall workshops and Get Your Art On!!

Needle Felting with Erin Nix
Tuesday, October 21
6:30pm, Shoreline Center – Horizon Room

A beginner needle felting workshop where participants will learn safety, techniques, and how fun, cheap, and easy of a craft needle felting is to start. Participants will run through common beginner mistakes, tricks to get around them and make your craft flourish, and most importantly spend time jumping right in and trying the process out. Erin Nix will be working with individuals as the group progresses, and will provide handouts on summary topics, as well as lists of places to find materials to continue working in needle felt.

Acrylic Painting with Hester Mallonee
Tuesday, November 4
6:30pm, Shoreline Center – Horizon Room

In this workshop students will learn the very core principles of acrylic painting: how to choose canvas shapes and brushes, how to get an exciting composition, how to make the background recede and the foreground come forward, how to get rich shadows and catchy highlights, how to get realistic rocks, grass, and trees, and how to archivally finish the painting. All supplies will be provided, so just come with your creativity!

Got questions? We got answers! More info available on our website. Want to talk to a human? Email Kelly Lie at  or call the Art Council office at 206-417-4645.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations. 


Shorewood bests Glacier Peak in girls' soccer

Shorewood hosted Glacier Peak in a conference girls soccer game at Shoreline Stadium September 30, 2014. 

Peak opened with a good chance early that was stopped by Ashley Garay. At the 15th minute Siena Helland scored unassisted to make it 1-0 Shorewood.

In the 33rd minute Lisa Jensen converted a free kick from about 25 yards out to make it 2-0 Shorewood at the end of the half.  That is how the game ended.

Glacier Peak is 1-2-0 in league and 2-5-0 for the season while Shorewood is 2-0-2 in league and 3-3-2 overall. Garay was in goal for Shorewood while Emilie Pedersen was goalie for Glacier Peak.


School district to offer flu shot clinics

Community included - insurance required

From the Shoreline School District

The Shoreline School District is committed to helping keeping our staff, students, parents and community healthy throughout the entire flu season. That’s why the District is partnering with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for the district.

Many people believe that seasonal influenza (“the flu”) is much like the common cold and that it cannot be prevented. But influenza is a serious and potentially dangerous disease. Each year nationwide students miss approximately 38 million school days due to the flu and each year parents miss more that 10 million workdays caring for their sick children.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to receive a “flu shot” each year. The CDC recommends that everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated against the flu.

Flu Shot Clinics will be held at the following central locations within the district:

  • Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave. N.E. – Wednesday, October 15 from 3 to 7 pm in the Commons.
  • Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave. N., – Wednesday, October 22 from 3 to 7 pm in the Commons.

Clinics will be open to all Shoreline School District staff, children (four years of age and older) families and community. Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms will be available at the clinic site.

All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill all insurance plans including Apple Health (Washington State Medicaid) plans. Flu shots are considered preventative care and are not subject to deductibles or co-pays. This means no out-of-pocket expense for participants.


Words worth

beholden \bih-HOHL-dun\ adjective

: being under obligation for a favor or gift : indebted

"Beholden" was first recorded in writing in the 14th century, in the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." "Indebted," which entered English through Anglo-French, is even older, first appearing in the 13th century. English speakers in the 14th century would also have had another synonym of "beholden" to choose from, a now-obsolete sense of "bounden," which today means "made obligatory" or "binding."


The Community Rallies to Host Giant Free Health Clinic at Seattle Center

Photo courtesy Seattle Center

More than 50 health, human service and civic organizations from across the State of Washington are joining together to produce Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical® , Oct. 23 – 26, in KeyArena at Seattle Center. This giant health clinic offers a full range of FREE dental, vision, and medical care to underserved populations in the region.

Healthcare professionals and other community volunteers will donate time, resources and expertise to serve as many as 4,000 patients at the four-day Clinic. 

“Organizing and implementing an event on this scale requires months of planning, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of actively engaged partners. It represents the serious dedication of a caring community to address healthcare issues at the local level, to make a difference for the most vulnerable among us,” said Christine Lindquist M.P.H., Executive Director of Washington Healthcare Access Alliance.

In addition to the Clinic, a FREE resource fair will be held Oct. 25 – 26 in Seattle Center Armory to help individuals and families connect with local health, human and social service providers. 

HealthFest will include offerings ranging from free flu shots and health insurance navigation, to demonstrations of nutritional and fitness ideas, educational discussions and more.

Learn more at: Seattle Center or 206-684-7200.


Shorecrest - Shorewood Varsity Boys Tennis

Shorecrest - / Shorewood Varsity Boys Tennis, WesCo 2A/3A, September 30, 2014 at Kellogg Middle School courts.

Shorecrest 1 Shorewood 6


1. Cameron McDowell (SW) def Daniel Wackter (SC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0

2. Nick North (SC) def Hugh Gaevert (SW) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

3. Gunnar Thorstenson (SW) def Jake Goldstein-Street (SC) 6-0, 6-1

4. Jack Bong (SW) def Steven Zhu (SC) 6-2, 6-4


1. Scott Park, Kyle Berquist (SW) def Kasey Shibayama, Winston Park 6-1, 6-2

2. A J Barth, Eli Hecker (SW) def Holden Hawkey, Tae Min Hong (SC) 6-2, 3-1

3. Cameron Harford, Simon Forinash (SW) def Chris King, Finn Donnelly 6-0, 6-0

Shorewood 6-0 league, 8-1 overall. Shorecrest 1-5, 1-8.


Comp Plan Visioning Process in LFP Saturday

Come help build the Comprehensive Plan vision statement in a Workshop and Open House, Saturday, October 4, at the Lake Forest Park Elementary gym, 18500 37th Ave NE in LFP.

Share your ideas for Lake Forest Park! The City has been meeting with residents and community groups all summer long to gather input for the Comprehensive Plan visioning process. Hear the highlights and help craft the vision statement for the Comprehensive Plan. Your participation and ideas will be very valuable. 

We hope to see you there!
  • 9am - 9:30am (Open House)
  • 9:30am - 12pm (Workshop)


Armed robbery on the Burke Gilman Trail

On September 29, 2014 at approximately 9:50pm, a subject contacted Lake Forest Park Police Officers in person at the Police Department. The victim stated he was walking south in the 16700 block of the Burke Gilman Trail in Lake Forest Park when he was confronted by two subjects who robbed him at gunpoint. 

Suspect #1 is described as a white male in his 20’s, 6’-03” tall with a skinny build, black goatee and mustache wearing a black hoodie and gray denim jeans.

Suspect #2 is described as a white male in his 20’s, 6’-00” tall with a skinny build, black bandana, blue shirt and black jacket with denim jeans.

The suspect’s identities are unknown at this time and investigators are requesting assistance from the public in identifying both suspects.

For additional information, contact Detective Tony Matthews at 206-364-8216 ext. #532.


Vision House Shoreline - Jacob’s Well: The back story

Jacob's Well Ribbon Cutting
Photo courtesy Vision House

Save another child from homelessness.

Vision House is holding a dessert fundraiser to celebrate the housing of 12 homeless mothers and their children in their new facility in Shoreline, Jacob’s Well, a transitional housing complex.

The fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 21st, from 6:30 – 8pm at the Lynnwood Convention Center: 3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA. The event is open to the public and is free to attend. Guests will be invited to make a donation during the presentation. RSVPs are required by October 15 on the webpage or contact Andrea, 425-228-6356.

The vision for Jacob’s Well began a few years ago when Kurt Campbell, a local business owner, brought together a group of local clergy to discuss the needs of the community.
“Our goal was to bring local churches together to serve the community in a way that no one church could do alone,” says Kurt. “Since that first meeting, 2885 individuals, 191 businesses, 66 churches, 32 organizations and 18 foundations have participated in the project, from raising funds to volunteering on the construction site, to helping procure grants and in-kind donations. It’s truly a community-led project.”

Susan Camerer, Vision House Executive Director and Co-Founder, said, 
“Jacob’s Well was built debt-free on a pay-as-you-go process with hundreds of volunteers and professionals from local businesses, churches and community groups. It’s been a huge blessing to see the community come together with passion and conviction to complete this facility to help homeless mothers and their children have a safe place to rebuild their lives.”

About Vision House
Vision House provides transitional housing, child care and support services to homeless mothers and their children, and separately to men recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Since Vision House began in 1990, more than 800 homeless children, women and men have received housing and support services to assist them in achieving independence and self-sufficiency.

Vision House owns and operates four transitional housing facilities and a child care center in south King County. Vision House Jacob’s Well facility in Shoreline adds another 12 units, a child care center, counseling offices and after school program space. Phase II will bring an additional 8 units. Their residents come to them from all across the greater Puget Sound area.


Pink Polka Dots junior guild raises another $86,000 for cancer research this year

2014 Volunteers

To Cap Off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild Raises Another $86,000!

Photos and text from the Pink Polka Dots

It’s always sunny for the Pink Polka Dots’ biggest event of the year: a golf tournament with dinner and a silent auction at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett. The 8th Annual Sydney Coxon Memorial Golf Tournament on September 6th capped off another year of successful fundraising, bringing the total raised for the year to just over $86,000!

Each year, the Pink Polka Dots team up with Integrated Technologies, Inc. and the Coxon Family Foundation to host a fun afternoon of golf followed by an inspirational evening program.

Founded in 2006 by local 6th graders in memory of their friend, Sydney Coxon, the Pink Polka Dots are a Seattle Children’s Hospital Junior Guild funding research to cure cancer. You may have seen members selling handmade cards and gifts at the LFP Third Place Commons Holiday and Farmer’s Markets, or selling lemonade along the Burke Gilman trail this summer. This year, the Pink Polka Dots also raised money with North City’s USA Karate Academy at a self-defense workshop for college-bound teens.

In eight years, these philanthropic youngsters have contributed almost $750,000 to fund groundbreaking research for better treatments, and hopefully someday a cure, for pediatric brain tumors. The Pink Polka Dots’ fundraising proceeds support the work of Dr. Jim Olson at Children’s Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The funding has allowed researchers to develop exciting new treatment methods including “tumor paint” which makes cancer cells glow for easier surgical removal, and a drug-delivery device which will increase efficacy and minimize side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

Dr. Olson’s latest effort, “Project Violet”, involves discovering and producing cancer-fighting optide drugs from natural sources, like flowers. Funding from Guilds and patient families is critical to researchers' ability to keep moving forward to save lives of children and adults with many types of cancers, and potentially other diseases like Alzheimers and diabetes.

To read more about the research, and make a donation to the Pink Polka Dots, visit their website 


International Community Health Services Community Clinic opens its doors in Shoreline

ICHS Clinic in Shoreline
now open

All photos by Steven H. Robinson

International Community Health Services (ICHS), a non-profit community health center serving the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander communities and underserved populations in Seattle for more than 40 years, has opened the doors on the first-ever community health center in Shoreline.

Located on Aurora Avenue North, just north of 165th Street, it offers a full range of both medical and dental services.

Ten dental chairs

The new ICHS Shoreline Medical and Dental clinic, at 16549 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, has 20 medical exam rooms, 10 dental chairs and is poised to serve thousands of patients in the coming years. The clinic will be the first of its kind in Shoreline, but this is ICHS’s fourth full-service clinic with others in Bellevue and in Seattle’s International District and Holly Park neighborhoods.

20 medical exam rooms

The new Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic location is part of ICHS’ vision and a long-term understanding of the changes in the Asian Pacific Islander and other underserved communities throughout King County and the need for more primary care services due to health care reform.

Grand opening ceremony Sept 25

ICHS held a grand opening celebration on Thursday, September 25. Teresita Batayola (ICHS CEO), Laurie Wylie (Reg. Administrator for Health Resource and Services Administration) and Chris Eggen (Deputy Mayor Shoreline were the speakers.

Teresita Batayola the CEO of ICHS said, “It is exciting to be expanding to meet the needs of the Shoreline community. We have a long history of not only making sure we serve our patients in their language, but ensuring we provide culturally appropriate services as well. Our experienced and trusted health care teams are here for patients from any background and income level. No one is turned away. ”

Traditional Chinese Lion Dancers performed
bringing Best Wishes

In addition to the full range of medical and dental services for people of all ages, ICHS also provides interpretation in any language and offers a sliding fee scale for the uninsured.

Corrected building address 10-03-2014 4:38pm


N 198th Street Trail Clean-up Oct. 4

Volunteers are needed to help pull invasive plants, blackberries, ivy and yellow archangel, on the N 198th Street Trail, Saturday, October 4, 10 am to noon.

Bring your own gloves and hand pruners. Some larger tools will be provided. 

Just show up and we will find something for you to do. 

Volunteers at a previous work party

Hillwood Community Network has maintained this little piece of woods in our neighborhood for four years and has officially adopted this trail. Teenagers are welcome and these hours count toward community service hours.

This little trail is located on N 198th St., between Fremont Ave N and Dayton Ave N in the Hillwood neighborhood. Parking is easy on the Dayton end of the trail.

All are welcome for one hour or for two. 10am to noon.


Help clear your local storm drain

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

There are more than 7,000 storm drains in Shoreline. City crews work to keep storm drains clear, but when the Northwest rain starts coming down, it takes everyone's help to keep the water going in the right direction!

During the storm season, October through March, residents can volunteer to “adopt” a storm drain, and remove leaves and other debris that accumulate on top of drains after storm events.

By joining the Adopt-A-Drain Program you help:
  • Prevent localized flooding in your neighborhood by keeping drains free of debris.
  • Protect fish and other wildlife by keeping pollutants from entering streams, lakes and Puget Sound. 

To learn more about the program, or to sign-up, visit the project page or call Surface Water and Environmental Services at 206-801-2450.


First Thursday artist open house Oct 2 at Garden Essentia

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meet October's Artist:
D.ita Olson (Oil Painting)

October 2 - 5:00 - 7:00 (open house)

Come enjoy a refreshment and meet local artist:  D.ita Olson. Her new series 'Back to Colour - The Collections' as well as her other art will be on display and available for purchase throughout October.


D.ita, a.k.a. Debi Olson, has been a professionally working artist since 1979. She attended Seattle's Cornish Fine Institute of Art. Her portfolio includes ivory scrimshaw, fabric art, murals, set design, scenic art, sculpture, encaustic wax, tile work and of course, oil painting.

Her paint subject focus has varied over the years, beginning with still life and landscape, then moving on to a ten-year span of photographing Mexico and painting the results in her Seattle studio. The past three years have inspired her to capture scenes from around the Puget Sound

Garden Essentia, 20152 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline 98155, 206-453-3920, email.



Shorewood cross country does well at Nike Pre-Nationals at Portland Meadows

Shorewood Cross Country competed this past Saturday (9/27) in Portland, OR in the prestigious Nike Pre-Nationals Meet held at Portland Meadows. The top five varsity teams are awarded plaques and the top 50 runners in each race receive a medal.

There are three varsity divisions and an elite championship division. There are also several levels of JV races. Most races are 5000 meters. Teams from all over the west coast and sometimes teams from farther away like Colorado and Kentucky come to compete. This year was no different with elite teams from California and Arizona.

Shorewood brought 57 athletes to the meet. Shorewood had an outstanding showing bringing home 2 plaques, 17 medals, and 38 athletes set new personal best times (personal record - PR) with 11 more running a new seasons best time (SB).

Shorewood boys varsity placed 2nd among 21 teams with Andrew Christianson (SB), Cameron Sanders, Shane Peterson (PR), and Chris Gerbino (SB) winning medals and Devan Kirk (PR), Aaron Rainboth (SB), and Siem Hailai (PR) also running varsity. There were 151 runners in this race.  

Shorewood girls varsity placed 3rd among 25 teams with Brianna McGrath (PR), Ellie Shoop (PR), Rachel Hansen (PR), and Elizabeth Lapham (SB) winning medals and Emily Farden (PR), Phoebe Crampton-Haywood (SB), and Amanda McMillan (PR) also running varsity. There were 178 runners in this race.

In the boys freshman JV race Matthew McMillan (PR) won a medal and there were 240 runners in this race. The freshman boys placed 9th out of 22. All freshman boys set new personal bests, Jack Parkinson, Tuguldor Myagmarsuren, Alex Tong, Jay Won, Kenassa Sarka, Ben Korn, Spencer Lu, and Henry Ha.

In the sophomore boys JV race Patrick Antush (PR), Kyan Feller, and Fidel Chishungu (PR) won medals in a field of 202 runners. The sophomore boys placed 9th out of 18 teams. Other sophomores were Tae Thongdee (SB), Allen Saewong (PR), Thomas Neufeldt (SB), Bjorn Kalvoy (SB), and Senay Hailai (PR).

In the boys junior/senior JV race Jared Hanson (PR), Jun Won (PR), Liam Gleeson (PR), and Declan Andrews (PR) won medals in a field of 228 runners. The senior boys placed 6th out of 21 teams. Spencer Westmoreland (PR), Connor Elvrum (PR), Luke Ryder (SB), and Peter Moore (SB).

In the girls freshman/sophomore JV race girls who set new personal bests included, Elisha Klco, Rachel Neroutsos, Erin McConnachie, Rebecca Martinez, Kimi Hamon, Morgan McCurdy, and Olivia White. This race included 202 runners. The girls placed 12th out of 16.

In the girls junior/senior JV race Alison Feise (PR) won a medal. Myung Thongdee (PR), Gayle Chan (SB), and Ally Thomas (PR). There were 126 runners competing in the race.

In a novice race of 3000 meters Spencer McCuistion set a new personal best.

Teams receive scores if they have five or more runners. Varsity races in this meet are limited to seven runners. The place of the runner is the points that goes towards the team score. The top five runners points are added together for a team score. The lower the score the better (like golf).


Not even bearly legal

Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

From our friends at Lynnwood Today comes this story of a 19 year old Everett woman who wanted to live life in the fast lane by feigning a car pool during Monday's I-5 commute through Lynnwood.

Even though she had tinted windows, the State Patrol figured it out and pulled her over for driving in the HOV lane with a stuffed bear in her passenger seat. She was also was ticketed for speeding and driving without insurance.


Arts October! starts Friday at City Hall

Arts October!

Get inspired! Find your inner artist! Create art! Artists in Action, professionals and you!

Ann Blanch and Sue Williams will kick off Arts October in the Shoreline City Hall lobby on Friday, October 3 10:00am -3:00pm.

They’ll be demonstrating Sumi and pastel painting, unique crochet and more which you can watch, discuss and even try for yourself.

Two painters will fill out the City Hall lobby schedule. Lake Forest Park watercolor artist Kathy Collins will be painting, and helping you paint, on Wednesday, October 8th from 1:30 - 4:00pm. and Amy Pleasant will set up her “studio” where you can watch her paint with acrylics, on Tuesdays, October 14 and 28th from 10-3. She’ll be working on a slightly abstracted still-life painting this year.

A new location for 2014 is the Spartan Recreation Center lobby. They will host Shoreline printmaker April Richardson on Tuesdays, October 7th and 21st, noon-2 p.m. and Sumi and pastel painter Ann Blanch and crochetmeister Sue Williams on Friday, October 17th. They will be working on their own work but you’ll be able to try your creative hand as well.  These are great opportunities to watch professional artists in action and ask lots of questions. Please stop by!

More information about City Arts here. To find out more about some of the artists check out their websites: Kathy Collins, Amy Pleasant, and April Richardson.


How fast do you read? Book discussion Monday Oct 6 - and Oct 13

Join the Richmond Beach Library Book Discussion Group for a lively discussion of The Warmth of Other Suns: The epic story of America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 7-9pm Richmond Beach Library meeting room.

Too fast for you? The Shoreline group will give you another week.
Join the Shoreline Library Book Discussion Group for a lively discussion of The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.

Monday, October 13, 2014, 7-8:30pm Shoreline Library large meeting room.
Start Time: 7pm. New members are always welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.


County Council cancels February 2015 transit service reductions

The Metropolitan King County Council today tabled — until completion of the County’s 2015-2016 budget — any further service reductions on Metro Transit. This action canceled the proposed bus cuts and service changes slated for February 2015.

Following the defeat of Proposition 1 in April of this year, the County Executive asked the Council to approve legislation that would reduce Metro bus service by 550,000 hours between September 2014 and September 2015.

A majority of the King County Council sought a different approach, and on June 9, passed an ordinance sponsored by Councilmember Rod Dembowski approving the service reduction for September of this year, totaling 161,000 annual service hours on bus routes that were below the 25 percent productivity threshold as part of the County’s adopted Transit Service Guidelines. The remaining cuts were tabled. The County Executive vetoed the ordinance.

In June, the Council also adopted a motion calling on the Executive to consider several strategies to reduce or prevent the additional proposed service reductions.

In July, the council adopted—and the Executive signed—an ordinance laying out a process that would account for Metro’s finances when assessing future cuts.

After today’s action, Councilmember Dembowski released this statement:

“For the last five months I have been focused on the clear message I heard from voters following the defeat of Proposition 1 – voters wanted more work from Metro to ensure we have the most efficient transit division possible. In June, Councilmember Jane Hague and I put forward a plan to identify additional cost savings, efficiencies, and new revenue to reduce Metro's annual budget gap, and thereby significantly decrease the number of transit service hours that need to be cut. Today, I am happy to report that the plan is working. 
”We live in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and the demand for a world class transit and transportation system is higher than ever. I am pleased that there is now consensus to cancel further service cuts to allow the County Council to complete the King County Budget and for Seattle voters to act in November on Seattle’s Proposition 1. This is an approach that a majority of us on the County Council supported from the outset.”


Ballinger Neighborhood Association meets Monday, Oct 6

Mark your calendar to join us at our next BALNA community meeting.
We have a special guest speaker:
King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski!

Monday, October 6th, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Lake Forest Park Montessori Gym
(19935 19th Ave NE, Shoreline)

Here are some of the topics we've asked CM Dembowski to address:
  • Metro bus service to Shoreline area and unsafe bus stops on Ballinger Way.
  • Stream stewardship and flooding; addressing regional impacts on our local streams.
  • Unsafe traffic conditions in areas without sidewalks.
  • Increasing number of homeless teens in north King County and budget commitments to help this emerging issue.
  • Update on oil trains.
We'll also have time for CM Dembowski to take other community questions. 

Don't miss this local opportunity to hear what he's working on as our County Council representative.

Ballinger Neighborhood Association (BALNA) is an organization of neighbors existing solely to benefit our community, seeking to capture the best of community life, believing that neighbors need neighbors, and embracing our urban diversity and all who call the Ballinger Neighborhood "Home." 


Power outage in Lake Forest Park

Power outage in Lake Forest Park

A neighborhood in Lake Forest Park was startled by the sound of an electrical transformer blowing this afternoon, Monday, September 29, 2014.

City Light at first thought it was tree branches falling on a line, the usual cause of power outages in our area, but after a crew came out they were unable to find the cause.

Our reporter talked to one of the lineman (the spotter on the ground) and he says they couldn't find any wires that looked damaged, or any animals or anything that may have shorted the transformer or any of the lines on it.

They disconnected eight houses from the transformer and replaced the fuse to make sure the transformer wasn't bad. That worked so they undid the fuse, attached all the houses and re-installed the fuse and everything worked normally. The lineman said this is the scariest kind because they don't know if the fuse is going to blow again as soon as they hook it up, or blow in an hour etc. 

The power went back online uneventfully and stayed on, so the problem has apparently been resolved.


Branches on power lines cause outage in Shoreline

The power was out for customers who live in Shoreline between N 175 and N 185 / Richmond Beach Rd after branches fell on power lines along Dayton Ave N near St. Luke's. Police and fire were on the scene and power crews were on their way.

The outage occurred at 9:28pm. By midnight there was some improvement, with 139 customers without power. However, full restoration was projected for 5:01am Monday.

Some improvement by midnight


Quick Start Shoreline - Tuesday September 30

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Join the business community for a two part Quick-Start series on Tuesday, September 30 and Tuesday October 2, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N for the first of a special two part series on helping your business become more visible.

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

Hiring Interns
“A two part series designed to help the business owner find and hire interns the RIGHT way.”

  • Sept 30 How Learning Center North prepares students to help YOUR company
  • Oct 7     How we can take the work and risk out of hiring an Intern
In this workshop series you will learn how LCN can provide your business with interns:

Who are paid by us
Trained by us
Managed by us
Insured by us
and Educated by us!

Don’t miss learning about this valuable opportunity!

Caitlin Cordell
Learning Center North
Caitlin Cordell has been working in Shoreline supporting youth development for the past 6 years. She has been the Employment Specialist at LCN for the past three years. In that time she has supervised over 70 students in Work Experiences around the greater Shoreline and Seattle area and has taught over 100 students in job search skills and career development. LCN has partnered with 27 different private, public, and non-profit organizations that provide critical training in work skills. She has primarily worked in the non-profit world, but is very excited to partner with more small businesses. 

Guru Dorje
Learning Center North
Guru Dorje is the Director at Learning Center North (LCN). He has dedicated 14 years to this program and has seen it grow from a small GED program to a nationally renowned Drop-Out re-engagement program that transitions youth to and through a college education. The most recent full year data collected has shown 80% retention rate of our higher barrier students (as compared to the overall retention rate of the college which is around 41%). All of this has been done with implementing a relational, value based programming that Guru has been critical in supporting, implementing, and now spreading to other programs serving high barrier students.

Corrected for date 09-29-2014 3:50pm


Day of Caring - Microsoft employees spend the day at three Shoreline schools

Newly painted student designed drawings
hang on a fence at Parkwood Elementary

All photos courtesy Shoreline Schools

The United Way of King County Day of Caring is an annual event where employees are given the day to volunteer at a non-profit, usually to work on special projects.

“At United Way of King County, we believe that everyone has a role in building a strong community,” said Jon Fine, CEO of United Way of King County. “It’s inspirational to see thousands of people going out to do the work. That’s what it means to live united and that’s why we make it easy and accessible, so people can volunteer all year long.”

11,800 volunteers lent their time and energy to nonprofits all over the county as part of the 2014 United Way Day of Caring.

  • More than half of the volunteers came from Microsoft
  • 533 projects hosted by tons of nonprofits
  • 57,328 hours of work finished, valued at $1.5 million
The sign says it all.

In Shoreline, Microsoft volunteers spent the day on September 19, 2014 at three schools in the Shoreline School District: The Children's Center, Parkwood Elementary, and Briarcrest Elementary.

Microsoft has a long history with the district, having come to the Children's Center for 10 years now. It was the third year for Microsoft employees at Parkwood and Briarcrest.

Children's Center
The commitment of volunteers continues to provide a wonderful space for children and their families in over eight Interactive play spaces and rqo traditional playgrounds. The project for the day was be to restore and beautify the Dinosaur Interactive Garden, re-cutting and painting dinosaur shapes, painting the surrounding chain link fence, and adding landscape touches to the area leading up to the garden. Other tasks for the day included weeding, pruning and redefining other interactive gardens.
Volunteers beautifying the grounds at the Children's Center.

Everything is checked off the To Do list at the Children's Center.

Briarcrest Elementary
Briarcrest is a K-6 public school in the Shoreline School District. With a large campus with huge garden beds, they wanted some help with a fall gardening day, removing weeds and old growth. Volunteers helped the kindergarteners plant some tulip bulbs at the end of the day. "Thank you, Microsoft, for helping our school look great for our students and families at BC!"

Briarcrest students assisting volunteers

A busy day cleaning up the Briarcrest campus.

Parkwood Elementary
Volunteers spent the day cleaning up and beautifying the grounds of the school. At Parkwood, volunteers also called families to remind them of curriculum night event, and painted murals now displayed on the school's fence facing Wallingford Avenue North.
A volunteer phoning parents to remind them of Curriculum Night.

Volunteers painted murals based on those drawn by Parkwood students.
Hedge trimming crew at Parkwood.


Traffic advisory for Lake Forest Park Monday

Lake Forest Park Police, in cooperation with Northshore Fire Department, Lake Forest Park Police Department, Shoreline Police Department, Bothell Police Dispatch, and Shoreline Fire Department will be conducting a day-long training exercise Monday, September 29, 2014 at Lake Forest Park Elementary, 18500 37th Ave NE.

The school borders Ballinger Way, the main thoroughfare in Lake Forest Park. The number of emergency vehicles and activity may be a distraction for drivers, so proceed with caution.


Photos: Shorewood at cross-country meet Sept 25

The Shorewood varsity, in blue uniforms, get off to a good start
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Photographer (and Shorewood Booster) Wayne Pridemore was at the four-team high school cross-country meet on September 25 at Martha Lake Airport Park in Snohomish County.

Lynnwood, Jackson, Marysville-Pilchuck, and Shorewood (in blue) were in the running. Shorewood sent a boy's varsity, boy's JV, and a combined varsity / JV girl's team.

The varsity team stays together and works as a group
in the first lap
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Shorewood’s combined JV and varsity girls team
 displays determination during the second lap
Photo by Wayne Pridemore


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