Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

From everyone at the Shoreline Area News - may 2015 be prosperous and bright!


Try your skills at Orienteering in Shoreview Park Saturday

Orienteering is like a combo of hike and scavenger hunt. Teams move at their own pace, generally through deeply wooded areas. The local group is Cascade Orienteering Club and they have previously staged events in Hamlin Park. See previous article.

Find out what it's like on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Shoreview park, 700 NW Innis Arden Way.

Register online for $13 by 9pm on January 1 (New Year's Day). Check in at the event from 10am to noon. Follow the signs and start by the SCC soccer field.


SCC holds orientation for new international students

International students participate in the first day of ISOP
at Shoreline Community College

International students, along with their family and friends, came to Shoreline Community College on December 29, 2014 to get ready for the start of winter quarter classes.

The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is an important opportunity for international students to get to know Shoreline and more about the academic and life experience in the U.S., according to International Education Executive Director Diana Sampson.

To make sure they have the best chance for success, all international student are required to attend ISOP. Many students arrive in the U.S. several days ahead of time to get acclimated and some rest before embarking on their U.S. academic experience.

At Shoreline, the ISOP experience is spread out over multiple days and includes:

  • Math and English placement tests
  • A campus tour given by American students
  • Academic advising and registration for classes
  • Meetings with International Education staff
  • Seminars about life and study in the USA
  • A tour of Seattle

While most international students start in fall quarter, Shoreline staff members conduct ISOP before every quarter to make sure each new student is as prepared as possible.

Shoreline offers educational opportunities to students from around the world, with nearly 40 nationalities represented on campus. The international experience available on campus is also a benefit to domestic students and fulfills one of the college’s goals to prepare all students to be successful in an increasingly globalized world.


What to do with the Christmas Tree?

The tree should still be good and you can enjoy it for another week. But for those who like to plan ahead - here are the local ways to dispose of your Christmas tree.


If you are fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood served by a Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop, you will have found an envelope at your door with instructions about what day to put your tree at curbside for pick up by your local scout troop. The envelope is for your donation for troop activities. If you did not get an envelope, you are not in the service area.

City of Shoreline Recycling Event - Saturday, January 10, 8-4pm

Meridian Park School parking lot, 17077 Meridian Ave N

The City hosts a one day Christmas Tree Recycling Event to help Shoreline residents recycle their holiday trees. Remove all hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and tree stands. Do not bring flocked, artificial or garden trees, branches, wreaths, or swags.

Trees will be recycled by Recology CleanScapes, but they won’t be chipped on-site at the event. If there is snow or ice on the road on event day, January 10, call 206-801-2450 for a recorded message of the event’s status.

Recology CleanScapes yard waste collection - Shoreline 

If you have Recology CleanScapes yard debris collection, recycle your tree curbside. Cut your tree into 4 foot lengths, and place them next to your yard debris container at the curb for collection at no cost. No flocked, tinseled, or artificial trees are accepted; and trees without a yard debris cart next to them will not be collected.

Recology CleanScapes garbage collection - Shoreline
If you have a flocked, tinseled or an artificial tree, and you have Recology CleanScapes curbside garbage collection, cut it to fit inside your garbage cart for free collection. If the tree is taller than 4 feet, cut it into 4 ft. sections, and put them next to your garbage cart for a collection cost of $4.08.

Recycling and Transfer Station - all residents
Recycle your tree for a cost at the Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station at 2300 N. 165 St. Please call (206) 477-4466 for information on rates.

Pacific Topsoils - North Seattle and Kenmore
Recycle your tree for $3 at Pacific Topsoils in North Seattle (1212 N 107th St, Seattle) or Kenmore (7500 NE 175th St, Kenmore). 


Jim Hammond retiring from PSADA

Jim Hammond
James R. Hammond, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association (PSADA), has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2014.

“Jim has been a great supporter of our automotive program for more than four decades,” said Shoreline Community College President Cheryl Roberts in a notice to the college’s Board of Trustees. “We wish him well.”

The PSADA offices are co-located with the Professional Automotive Training Center at the college.

The SCC Automotive program is nationally recognized, and strongly supported by the automotive industry. Virtually all program graduates leave with a job.


Benefit for severely injured Mountlake Terrace football player

From our neighbor, the MLTNews

The public is invited to a Laugh Out Loud comedy show benefit for the family of Michael Hunt, a Mountlake Terrace senior football player who was severely injured in the first game of the year.

The event is set for 7:30pm, Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace 98043.

Tickets available at the door only for $10 (students, high school minimum) and $20 (adults). Doors open at 7pm.

Hunt spent four days in the hospital and continues to need physical therapy.


WSP launches online scheduling program for VIN inspections

From Washington State Patrol

The State Patrol is required to do VIN inspections on vehicles that have been rebuilt after being destroyed or declared a total loss by an insurance company. They also perform physical inspections as required on vehicles reported stolen, homemade vehicles, or other vehicles without a proper VIN, when there is a VIN discrepancy, when there is a record dispute, when ownership is in doubt, or other special cases as directed by the Washington State Department of Licensing.

If you are one of the many individuals who need a Washington State Patrol vehicle inspection, the process for scheduling just got easier. WSP is announcing the launch of an online program designed to streamline the process for scheduling a VIN inspection.

Better yet, the new system will help you determine if your vehicle needs an inspection at all.

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number, and is the unique number assigned to every vehicle by the manufacturer. While the state issues license plates, VINs are the one true identifier of every vehicle.

Previously, those needing to schedule an inspection needed to call by phone, leave a message and then wait for a return call to schedule the appointment. This year alone, inspectors handled over 47,000 phone calls. In the process, they discovered that many customers didn’t need an inspection at all. 

Now, customers need only go to the webpage and select VIN Inspection Schedule under “Hot Topics” on the right side of the page. The new page includes a great deal more information designed to allow vehicle owners to educate themselves on the VIN inspection process. We included a more detailed FAQ (frequently asked questions), inspection checklists and the links to online calendars.

With this new program, the WSP expects our phone calls to drop dramatically and our wait-time for inspections to decrease significantly over time. To make further improvements to this process, we welcome your contact with feedback and suggestions.


Donations used to purchase new AEDs for Northshore Fire

As a result of gracious donations received in 2014, the Northshore Fire Department recently purchased four life-saving Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) units for use in the department’s non-emergency vehicles.

The department’s non-emergency vehicles are normally driven by personnel who have emergency medical training. These new AED units provide these individuals with an invaluable tool that can save precious treatment time and improve the odds of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Monies donated to the Northshore Fire Department are used to purchase items that would not necessarily be included in the regular budget, but would be of great value to the community at large. These new AED units are similar to those that you may have seen in schools, malls and other public places.

For more information about public AEDs or to sign up for a CPR class visit the Northshore Fire website and look under the “Quick Links” section.


Shoreline City Manager's Report - week of 12/29/2014

Weekly Update for week of 12/29/2014
From Shoreline City Manager Debbie Tarry

Wishing all Shoreline residents and businesses a Happy New Year. As your City Manager I want to express my appreciation to the Shoreline community for working closely with City elected officials, volunteers, and staff to make 2014 a productive and fruitful year. It is my hope that you have seen your city government contribute to the community’s long-term vision: “Shoreline is a thriving, friendly city where people of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds love to live, work and play, and most of all, call home.” Shoreline City staff are looking forward to continuing our commitment of quality customer service to the Shoreline community in 2015 as we continue to deliver highly valued public services! 

Council Meetings Start Again January 5, 2015
The January 5th Meeting Agenda includes:

·         2015 Arts Council Contract ($60,000)
·         2015 Shoreline Historical Museum Contract ($60,000)
·         Authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Perteet for on-call construction management and inspection services ($150,000)
·         Waiving Council Rule 2.4, A through E, and Appointment of Youth Member to service on the Shoreline Library Board
·         Discussion of Business License Program and Adoption of Ordinance No. 692 Business License Exemption Program for individuals/businesses who generate no more than $5,000 in gross receipts per calendar year within Shoreline while:
o   Conducting limited retail as part of city-sponsored event or a non-profit organization-sponsored event (501(c)3); or
o   Who provided recreation instructional services or performance services as part of city-sponsored event or non-profit organization-sponsored event (501(c)3)

January 12 Agenda
·         Dinner Meeting (5:45 p.m.) – Executive Session and then Council Operations
·         Regular Meeting:
o   Proclamation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
o   Discussion of City Street Regulatory Options (to include tolling under the Transportation Benefit District authority)

Library Board – Youth Position
On December 23,Recreation Superintendent Mary Reidy and the Chair of the Library Board interviewed a qualified candidate for the currently vacant youth board position. They recommend that Ella McGuigan be appointed by Council on January 5, 2015. An early January appointment would allow for Ms. McGuigan to attend the January 8, 2015 Library Board meeting and engage in the final stages of Board goal development.

Light Rail – Affordable Housing
The Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County has reached out to Council to discuss the proposed affordable housing provisions in the 185th Street Station Area development regulations. Council is scheduled to review those provisions on January 26. The Housing Consortium is supportive of the proposed regulations and wants to encourage the Council to adopt them. The Consortium will be part of the presentation on the 26th.

Economic Development
Last week we received over $190,000 in permit revenue. We received full applications for 1.) the Potala Apartments located in the Westminster (Denny) Triangle for 320 units, 2.) the Arabella 2 apartments reapplication located on NE 180th St. for 107 units (just west of Arabella 1 apartments), and 3.) the Sunrise Apartments at 20015 Ballinger Way with 60 units. All of the developments will have underground parking.

Aurora Update
As of last Friday almost all of the west side of Aurora has been paved with the goal of getting it cleaned up and more accessible through the holidays. Merlino worked through the afternoon of the 24th and will return to work on January 5.

Employee of the Year
On December 9, staff honored Shoreline Pool Manager James McCrackin as our Employee of the Year! I awarded Team of the Year to the Transportation Corridor Study (Point Wells) Team.

Finance Update
·         November Revenue Report for sales, gambling, and real estate excise tax. Total sales tax for the month of November is greater than budget projections by 7.6% and year-ago levels by 3.4%. Year-to-date receipts are higher than the budget projection by $650,697 or 11.5%. Total REET collections through November 2014 totaling $1,689,984 are ahead of the budget projection and revised projection by 17.6% and 4.2%, respectively, as well as the year-ago level by 15.5%. Total development revenue collections through November are $1,209,785, which is 47.6% ahead of projections and 11.3% ahead of 2013 levels.

Agenda Planner Items
·         January 12 – Executive Session added to Dinner Meeting.
·         February 23 – The Regular Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. The reason that the meeting is starting early is that Council will be making a decision on the “Preferred Alternative” for the 145th Light Rail Station to be studied in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and is scheduled to adopt the 185th Light Rail Station Sub-Area Plan and related Development Regulations, so Council anticipates needing extra time.

This and That
·         I have received letters of interest from the cities of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore to explore contracting with Shoreline for emergency management services. I met with both of the City Managers on Monday, December 29, to discuss the issue along with other items including SR523 and the 145th Corridor Study.
·         King County Councilmember Dembowski has notified the City that King County has approved $2.85 million in capital funding for the Compass Housing Ronald Commons project. This project is one of six that were approved county-wide.
·         We are hoping for more Food Truck Thursdays in 2015. Economic Development Manager Dan Eernissee and Neighborhoods Coordinator Nora Smith have been working with the Ridgecrest and Richmond Beach Neighborhoods and are moving forward with plans for 3 weeks of 3 trucks in 3 locations in Shoreline in 2015. Hopefully there will be 9 different trucks in total. Locations proposed: Ridgecrest – 165th & 5th; Aurora Square – east parking lot of Sears; Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – the Terrace. Dates would be the three Thursdays following Celebrate Shoreline.
·         List of new business licenses issued in November. 35 new business licenses for businesses located in Shoreline.
·         Summary of the recent meeting between City staff and management of the Polaris apartments regarding parking issues. It was a good meeting to resolve neighborhood complaints and Polaris staff was very responsive.


Photos: Early morning mountains

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunrise over the Olympics
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The recent clear, cold weather and mountain snow have created beautiful mountain views. Lee Lageschulte got up early to get this shot of sunrise over the Olympics. And later in the morning, this clear, sunny view of the same scene.

Snow capped mountains
Photo by Lee Lageschulte


Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers

Volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels
Shoreline LFP Senior Center

MOW (Meals on Wheels) is in need of volunteer drivers now. If you are looking for a very worthwhile volunteer opportunity and enjoy driving, this might just be for you.

The MOW program serves people who are homebound due to illness or disability or have difficulty shopping or cooking.

MOW volunteers are at the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The meals are delivered on Thursday mornings between 9:00am and noon.

Potential volunteers can come by the Senior Center to talk to the organizers on Tuesday or Thursday mornings.

18560 1st Ave NE, Suite 1, Shoreline, WA 98155
206 365-1536 during business hours M-F


New student welcome event at SCC Jan 2

The SCC Student Leadership Center is holding a new student welcome on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 11am to 4pm in the PUB 9000 building (maps)

Meet other students, learn how to navigate the campus and gain the tools needed to be successful at SCC!

There will be lots of opportunities to win FREE prizes, explore the campus, learn how to get involved on campus and meet our Student Leaders and Staff.

Here is the schedule:

  • Kim Thompson, Dean of Students
  • Ashley Cowan, Student Body Association President
  • Guru Dorje, Learning Center North
  • Student Leadership Center
1:30pm LUNCH
  • [activities: human bingo game for a prize]
  • Joyce Fagel, University of Washington / Shoreline Community College Academic Advisor
  • Student Leadership Center
  • [Fun activity for prizes]
  • Edwin Lucero, Safety / Security
  • [activity: speed friending, final quiz for prizes]
4pm End of Program


Vicki Carnahan to retire from Center for Human Services after 18 years

Vicki Carnahan at her retirement party at CHS

By Tanya Laskelle

After 18+ years of dedicated employment and service to Center for Human Services and the local communities in which it serves, Vicki Carnahan is retiring at the end of December.

Vicki started her journey with Center for Human Services as a volunteer and transitioned into employment, performing various jobs such as a child care provider, volunteer coordinator, teaching parenting classes and for the last several years has been the organization’s receptionist and site coordinator at the building on 170th and 15th Ave NE.

Vicki has also been a longtime active member of the North City Business Association.

We will greatly miss Vicki at Center for Human Services and wish her well in her retirement.  The community has benefited greatly from her years of dedicated service.

In Vicki’s own words “Shoreline is a thriving and progressive city that I have been proud to be a part of”.

CHS hosted a retirement party for Vicki. The cake is decorated with her famous words “Center for Human Services, how may I help you?”

Center for Human Services is a community-based nonprofit youth and family services agency that has been a resource to children, youth, adults and families since 1970.


Help with the Twin Ponds food bank garden work party

Kevin Osborn, Manager of the Shoreline HopeLink, says that contributions from the food bank garden at Twin Ponds has made an enormous difference for the HopeLink food bank.

You can help support this effort by joining the other volunteers at the garden on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10am to 12noon. For questions or more information, email.

The Twin Ponds Garden is at the south end of Twin Ponds Park, between 155th and 145th on 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


One Cup Coffee shop in Shoreline

By Diane Hettrick

Since the most recent Mayor's column, people have been contacting me to find out the location of the coffee shop she mentioned in her article.

The One Cup Coffee shop is right on Aurora, at N 170th (16743 Aurora map). The church that rent it space - Bethany North - meets in the Shorewood auditorium. 

The site was formerly Sugar's, which has been closed for five years. The building has been completely remodeled into a bright, attractive business.

I have been communicating with the church leaders. One Cup had a soft opening and is currently in shake down mode. They have requested that I wait until their official Grand Opening to do a business profile.

However, that should not stop any of you from checking it out and letting me know what you think.

Corrected relationship with Bethany 1-5-18


Wind snaps cable on North City Christmas tree

North City Water District tree
will be back in place soon
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Estimated 52 mph gusts of wind (according to WeatherWatcher Carl Dinse) snapped one of the cables on the North City Water District Christmas tree atop the district's water tower.

The remaining cables slid out of place, dropping the blue lights out of range of vision for most viewers (anyone live in the Arabella?).

District Manager Diane Pottinger, P.E. says that a new cable had to be ordered and should be in place very soon.


One weekend only: Lark Eden at the Driftwood Players in Edmonds

Lark Eden
by Natalie Symons

Thelma, Mary, and Emily have been friends since their childhood.  From their teenage tribulations to their aged reminiscence, their letters are both darkly comic and deeply moving as they discover the fingerprints we unknowingly leave on the hearts of those we love.  A beautiful way to start the New Year! 

Directed by Doug Staley and featuring the talents of Patty Bonnell, Lily Kister, and Carissa Meisner Smit.

Driftwood Players at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main Street, Edmonds 98020
A TIPs Production

One weekend only! January 15-18, 2015
Thurs-Sat at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
All tickets are $15.00
Purchase tickets on-line at www.edmonds-driftwoodplayers.org
or call 425-774-9600


Reward offered in Lake Forest Park coyote trapping

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal trap that resulted in the death of a coyote in Lake Forest Park, Wash.

On December 21, a 15-year-old girl who was walking her dog in a wooded area of a watershed discovered a dead coyote in a steel-jawed leghold trap.

The coyote was found at a creek, where she had apparently dragged herself after she managed to pull the trap that gripped her foot loose from the stake that the devices are typically attached to.

Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS, said: “The person responsible for setting this cruel and indiscriminate trap caused the coyote to suffer immensely and, ultimately, to die from exposure. Equally concerning is the risk that a person or family pet could have stumbled into the trap.”

  • Leghold traps can crush or tear the skin, bones and connective tissue of the victim and render the animal defenseless against the weather and predators. Animals caught in leghold traps sometimes chew or twist off their limbs in their efforts to escape the trap.
  • Leghold traps are indiscriminate and can maim or kill any animal that triggers them, including companion animals and threatened or endangered species.
  • In 2000, the passage of citizens’ initiative 713 largely outlawed the use of body gripping animal traps – including leghold traps – in Washington state.
  • In 2012, the city of Lake Forest Park enacted an ordinance that banned the use of body gripping animal traps.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Sgt. Kim Chandler at 425-775-1311, ext. 122. Callers may remain anonymous.


Photo: the SAN Santa

Monday, December 29, 2014

SAN Santa Frank Workman
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

Geoff Vlcek captured this image of our sports columnist Frank Workman, as he broadcast the December 19, 2014 Glacier Peak at Shorecrest Varsity Boys Basketball game.

Like everyone who contributes to the Shoreline Area News, Frank wears many hats.


Not a good day to take the Edmonds ferry: logging truck accident

Logging truck on SR 104 at Dayton in Edmonds
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shoreline Area News photographer was on the spot soon after a logging truck in downtown Edmonds lost its load on SR 104.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Steve reports that a logging truck from the Kitsap Peninsula was headed to deliver logs to Everett when the pin connecting the trailer portion to the truck separated as the driver slowed for a yellow traffic light.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Eastbound right lane of Highway 104 was blocked at Dayton Street until the logs could be moved.


On the Mayor's Mind - 12.28.14

On the Mayor’s Mind
By Shoreline Mayor Shari Winstead

If you’ve been anywhere around me since last April, you’ve probably heard me mention my excitement for the arrival of my first grandchild. It’s with much happiness that I announce that my grandson, Cameron James Hawkins was born on Dec. 16, 2014, weighing in at 10 lbs. on the dot! And of course, I must express my gratefulness to my amazing son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Shawna Hawkins, (See previous article) for making me a grandmother! I can’t help but share this adorable picture!

Mayor Shari Winstead and grandson Cameron
Photo by Stan Hansen

While we have been enjoying lots of great family time over the holidays, I was very excited to see the opening of One Cup Coffee Shop, located in the former Sugar’s building. The building has undergone a complete transformation, now with beautiful windows and design elements. Even better, this coffee shop is a partnership with Bethany Community Church.

"In a region overrun with coffee shops, One Cup Coffee represents a unique blend of world-class coffee and community service. Bethany selected One Cup to be its non-profit partner at The Junction not simply because of the quality of its specialty drinks, but also because One Cup owner Christian Kar shares Bethany’s goal of offering community fellowship and outreach in the name of Christ. Next time you’re meeting a friend or need a momentary break, think One Cup. Open Monday-Friday 5am-6pm, Saturday 6am-6pm.”

As a person who frequently meets with folks at coffee shops, it’s great to have a centrally located coffee shop that isn’t too loud or too crowded for a peaceful conversation. One Cup has great coffee and great food. I hope you’ll support this new Shoreline business.  

When I was campaigning in 2009, I heard from many people how much they wanted Shoreline to be more “family friendly” - less casinos and no strip club. I shared those concerns. After I was elected, I became more educated about he other side of the coin - all businesses, whether or not considered “desirable, " bring in revenue for the City.

Many great projects in Shoreline have been funded by taxes paid by casinos. However, when smoking was banned from indoor public spaces in 2005, we saw the revenue from those establishments severely decline. Rather than raise the tax rate on these struggling businesses, we chose to let the economy drive the industry, and sure enough, we have seen most of the casinos close.

What most people don’t know is that the casinos (and Sugar’s) were holdovers from before Shoreline was incorporated, opened under King County’s code.

Things are changing in Shoreline. And our City will become an even more desirable place to live as light rail makes its way north. Our great neighborhoods will not only have the single family residences, but some will start to look a little different.

In December, we received permitting applications for three different multi-family housing complexes, the largest at the Westminster triangle - under the pedestrian bridges and adjacent to Aurora Square. Having more residents in this area, with easy access to transit and shopping, will no doubt bring more businesses and redevelopment to Aurora Square, something we have wanted to see for a long time.

Great things are happening in Shoreline, and 2015 will no doubt be an exciting year.  

I wish you and your loved ones the best in the upcoming year!

Mayor Shari Winstead


Polar Plunge with the Running Club on Thursday

Jeffrey Martin shows his style
in the 2014 Plunge

Join the Richmond Beach Running Club for the 2015 POLAR PLUNGE at Greenlake on New Year's Day, January 1, 2015.

What will it be - cannon ball, swan dive, high knees, or the traditional feet first? 
Time to start getting psyched up for this New Year's Day Greenlake Run and Polar Plunge!!!

Meet up by the Greenlake east side parking lot (7201 E. Green Lake Dr)
  • 8:00am for two laps
  • 8:30am for one lap around the lake
  • and then .... you know!!!

Bring a couple of towels and some extra clothes.

Coffee at Starbucks after the Plunge.


Sounder train might resume runs on Wednesday

Sounder northline trains are cancelled for Tuesday.

If there are no additional blocking events, Northline Sounder train service will resume its regular weekday schedule on Wednesday, December 31. 

There is no service on Thursday, New Year’s Day.

Morning bus service for 12/30/14: 

Edmonds-Seattle: A special bus will depart Edmonds Station at 6:41 am and 7:41 am at the north side of the Amtrak lot. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 5:45 am, 6:15 am, 6:34 am, 6:55 am, and 7:42 am

Riders are advised to monitor for updates to Sounder Northline service prior to your commute.


SCC student wants to adopt younger brother after both parents die

From left: Cory, Brad, and Jordan Rice
Brad's high school graduation
Photo from Go Fund Me site

My Edmonds News.com reports that a Go Fund Me site has been set up for a Shoreline Community College student and his brother, whose father died very unexpectedly on Christmas Eve. 

Their mother died six years ago of brain cancer.

The brothers, Brad and Jordan Rice of Edmonds, are now dealing with funeral costs, living expenses, and most of all, with legal issues. Brad, age 19, is trying to obtain legal custody of Jordan, 16, so they can stay together.


New Year's Eve lunch at Senior Center Wednesday

New Year's Eve Celebration, Wednesday, December 31, 11:45am

Help to Ring the Old Year out 
with this hearty meal by Chef Janice:

Roasted pork with caramelized apples and onions, 
carrots and broccoli, 
baked potato with sour cream and chives, 
peach cobbler and 
New Year's Cheer!  

Meal starts at 11:45am. Arrive early to assure you will have a seat. A $3.00 donation for seniors 60 and older is recommended, participants under 60 can enjoy this meal for $6.00.

Free parking in south lot, Shoreline Center.

The Senior Center dining room is in the southernmost building of the Shoreline Center complex at NE 185th and 1st NE.


Eric Friedli selected as Shoreline’s new Parks Director

City Manager Debbie Tarry has selected Eric Friedli to be the City’s new Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Director. Friedli's selection is the culmination of an extensive search after Parks Director Dick Deal announced his retirement.

“I’m excited to have Eric join our team as the City’s new Parks Director,” stated Tarry. “He has an extensive background in strategic planning and management with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, which will be a great asset for us as we look toward the future.”Friedli’s first day of employment with the City will be Monday, February 2.

Friedli has worked for the City of Seattle for over 25 years, 15 of which he spent in the Parks and Recreation Department. Friedli is currently the Acting Deputy Superintendent for the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.

He has been in this position since 2010. Previously, he served in various capacities in the Seattle Parks Department including as a Strategic Advisor, Enterprise Division Director (Golf Course, Special Events, Films, Picnic Shelters, Concessionaires, etc.), and Director of the Sand Point Magnuson Park programming and facilities. Early in his career, Friedli served in Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and Office of Long Range Planning.

"Shoreline has a great system of beautiful parks and fun recreation and cultural programs," stated Friedli. "I am excited to work with the Shoreline team to help keep up the great work they do every day. I am also looking forward to getting to know the residents of Shoreline and working with them to ensure we are providing what they need to keep Shoreline a place they like to call home."

The City received 36 applications for the position. Of those, staff identified nine candidates for initial screening. The City Manager then chose six semi-finalists to be interviewed by two panels and the City Manager. Three finalists were interviewed by representatives from the City’s Park Board and a second interview with the City Manager.


Update: Comment period for Public Hearing on 185th Subarea is Jan 15

The City of Shoreline has updated its website to show that the deadline for comments for the Planning Commission Public Hearing on the 185th Subarea is Thursday, January 15, 2015.


Seahawks Christmas

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee says this is her favorite Christmas ornament. I suspect it is everyone's favorite ornament today.


Fire at Desert Sun Tanning at Gateway Plaza

Gateway Plaza 185th and Aurora

Shoreline Fire reports that a tanning bed caught on fire at Desert Sun, in Gateway Plaza, between 183rd and 185th on Aurora. The fire was reported at 1pm on Sunday, December 28, 2014.

The fire was contained to one room, but smoke moved into a shared attic space with Little Caesars Pizza next door.

One person was evaluated and cleared of smoke inhalation. No other injuries. Aurora and 183rd were closed to traffic while the cleanup was done.


Senior Center turns 40

Senior Center celebrates its 40th birthday!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center officially began on March 17, 1975. It was organized under the sponsorship of a Shoreline Community College staff member. The Senior Center was organized with the help of a small group of interested community members. 

The first site was in a building at Fircrest School where the center had an auditorium and a kitchen. Sharon Fink was selected as the first director. She stayed until 1982 when she became Director of the Kirkland Senior Center.

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


Orienteering Saturday Jan 3 in Shoreview Park

Shoreview Park orienteering on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Check in from 10am to noon.

Register online for $13 by 9pm January 1.


Insurance Commissioner: Does insurance have to replace my entire roof?

Photo courtesy OIC
From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Here's a consumer question related to winter weather: My insurer will repair a portion of my roof that was damaged, but won’t replace the entire roof to match. Can they do this?

This is a common question and it's a frustrating issue for consumers. The short answer is yes, insurers can do that.

Home insurance policies cover direct physical damage to the roof, like a tree branch falling in a wind storm and poking a hole in the roof, or blowing a section of your shingles off and allowing water to enter. The insurer will repair the damaged portion of the roof and any resulting water damage. The insurer would not pay to repair any sections of your roof that are not damaged. 

If you decide you want the entire roof replaced, you would have to pay for replacing all non-damaged areas of the roof.

Read more about homeowner insurance on our website. Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.


20% off on everything at Third Place Books New Year's Day

Gear up for the annual New Year's Day sale at Third Place Books, New Year's Day, January 1, 2015.

Upper level of LFP Town Center, corner of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.


Health & Wellness: Healthy breathing is the key to wellness

Healthy breathing is the key to wellness

It’s said that taking our first breath is one of the hardest things we’ll ever do. As babies and young children, we breathe in a healthy, natural way. But by the time we reach adulthood, we have developed dysfunctional breathing habits. Many of us breathe high in the chest or down low, in an artificial manner. We are not taking full advantage of the gift of breath. 

Breathing deeply massages our organs, pumps blood throughout our system, and calms our mind. Some breathing techniques have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and even help with joint pain, insomnia, and diabetes. Healthy breathing is associated with better digestion, weight loss, increased energy, and more.

When we don’t breathe fully, we are not fully alive! 

Pranayama is a yoga term that literally means “breath extension” but can also be understood as a way of changing our breathing patterns. Of course we are breathing all the time, but we benefit a great deal from savoring the breath— from stopping and paying attention to the breath, especially if we are rushing, multi-tasking, angry, or scared. Imbibe the breath. Enjoy it as you would a sip of wine or a kiss, or I daresay a bite of chocolate!

Of the many pranayama techniques for retraining ourselves to breathe fully, here are two that are easy and fun:

Straw Breathing
One student of yoga reported that this helped her curb her road rage!

It’s simple. Take a regular drinking straw in hand. Take a breath in, and put the straw in your mouth to exhale. Make sure you close your mouth around the straw just enough so all of your outbreath pours through the straw. Exhaling through the straw forces you to slow down your breath. This in turn stimulates the vagus nerve, which is associated with improved mood.

Equal Breathing, or “Samavrtti”
This one is simple, too. Start with the number 6, but if 6 is too long, shorten the count to 5 or 4. Or you might lengthen the count to 7 or 8. Whatever the number, breathe in for the same length of time that you breathe out. Notice the peaceful effects of this technique, even after only a minute or two.

Conscious breathing reminds us that much, if not all, of what we need to heal and be at ease in our bodies is within us. Take a deep breath right now and reclaim your power to feel good!

Angeline is the owner of Richmond Beach Yoga


Lease to own a home of your choice

Free Class: lease to own a home of your choice

On January 29, 2015 at 6:00pm, Century 21 North Homes Realty, Inc. will be offering a free one hour class on leasing a home of your choice, with the opportunity to buy the home.

If you have:

  • An income of at least $50,000. a year (either by yourself or combined).
  • Must lease for minimum of 1 year
  • Must have 2 months rent up front

If you've encountered some credit issues, have tax liens or have a difficult time saving for the downpayment, this is a legitimate program that can get you in to the dream home of your choice.

The class has a size limit - contact 206-363-8509 to reserve a place. 

The Fenton Real Estate Team, Century 21 North Homes Realty, Inc., 11330 Roosevelt Way NE (just north of Northgate Way, where Roosevelt splits from Pinehurst.


Northline Sounder canceled for Monday

Northline Sounder service between Everett and Seattle is canceled for Monday December 29, 2014, due to a mudslide. Sound Transit will provide special buses with direct service to/ from Northline Sounder stations in addition to local bus service.

Edmonds-Seattle: A special bus will depart Edmonds Station at 6:41am and 7:41am at the north side of the Amtrak lot. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 5:45am, 6:15am, 6:34am, 6:55am, and 7:42am.

The 416 makes stops along N and NE 205th St before it gets on the freeway.


Christmas Lights

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

This scene was found in Shorewood Hills I off Innis Arden Road.


Shoreline book discussion group on Jan 12

Join the Shoreline Library Book Discussion Group for a lively discussion of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister.

Monday, January 12, 2015, 7-8:30pm in the large meeting room of the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.

New members are always welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.


Death Notices as of December 21

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Viola D. McDonald  1922-2014  Services were held at Shoreline Community Church for Viola McDonald, mother-in-law of Frank Henderson, who also died recently after an early Christmas celebration arranged by his family.

Douglas C. Mitchell  1937-2014  Shoreline resident died 11-20-14 from complications of heart disease. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Willette J. Mitchell. Served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Princeton and the Yorktown. Employed by Continental Can until plant closure.

Harlan Herbert Lahmann  1936-2014  Shoreline resident spent three years in the Navy, then worked for the Bon Marché for many years. He retired from the Shoreline School District. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon. Services at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach.

Gordon McDowell  1929-2014  Served in the U.S. Army. Married to Lannita, who preceded him in death. Raised their daughter in Shoreline, where he was a parent volunteer in Shoreline Schools.

Joan Marjorie Ross  age 94  A British war bride, she lived in Seattle, Shoreline, and Edmonds. Services were held at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Shoreline.

Reuben F. Lewis  1923-2013  Served in WWII, fighting in Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Warner Day "Brooks" Brooksbank  age 81  Lake Forest Park resident since 1989 when he joined the Washington State Patrol. After retiring, he visited Australia and New Zealand. Back home he enjoyed "playing his organ, golfing, visiting pawn shops, and continually upgrading the inventory of his gun and knife collections."

Shirley Janette (Lothe) Hogle  1935-2014  Shoreline resident moved here in 1950 with her husband, Clifford Brock Hogle in 1950. They raised their children in Shoreline and only recently sold their home to become full-time Arizona residents.

Jacqueline Trullinger Parkhurst  1930-2014  Jackie taught in the Shoreline  School District for 20 years as a substitute teacher and spent many years as a volunteer with the Children's Hospital Orthopedic Guild and SPL Friends of the Library.

Jennifer Ann Dahl  1973-2014  Graduated from Shoreline Community College in 1993 

Christine Elizabeth Hjort  1966-2014  Shorecrest High School graduate, she was a well-respected science teacher at Skyview Jr. High School in the Northshore School District.

Dorothy Marie Scholze  1921-2014  Mass was said at St. Mark's in Shoreline.

Aaron Endymion Taitum Sebren  age 43  An artist, he attended Evergreen School for the Gifted in Shoreline.

Ronald William Cross  1939-2014  Shoreline resident was an avid genealogist. As a long term-member of the Seattle Genealogy Society he spent considerable hours researching his family's history and helping many others. Over the years he contributed significant records, books and materials to the Society. In pursuit of this hobby, Ron traveled to many sites in the US and visited Sweden researching his ancestry.

Winona Lundemo McPherson  1924-2014  Services were held at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations to World Concern.

Vina Derbyshire  1938-2014  Passed away in Shoreline, after an extended battle with ovarian cancer, leaving a large, extended family.

Florine Dai Fleck  1931-2014  Obtained her nursing degree from Shoreline College during the 1970s.


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