WeatherWatcher: Winter Weather Advisory has been issued

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 10pm New Years Eve until 10am New Years morning. Accumulation up to 1-2 inches is expected, slightly more if we get a convergence zone.

Snowfall in Everett 10:30pm
So far Shoreline has had some flakes and some hail
Due to low light conditions a long exposure was used to take this photo,
causing the snow flakes to appear as long streaks.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The majority of the snow is expected to accumulate between 3am and 9am Sunday morning. If we end up under a convergence band we could see even 3-4 inches. There is extreme uncertainty in the model forecasts even as the event is starting up. Be prepared for winter weather conditions if you are planning to do any driving after the New Year has rung in.

The cold blast I discussed here is still expected to follow lasting well into next weekend with a threat of a new snow storm moving in next Friday evening. I'm still watching things closely to see if a major event becomes visible on the horizon.

Stay safe!

For current weather conditions visit


Keeping Your Balance - Keep Moving class at Senior Center

Toshiko Aramaki
Falls are one of the main causes of injury and loss of independence every year for hundreds of adults 65 and older. To help turn that fact around, exercise and awareness help improve your balance, and make your legs stronger while helping you feel better and more confident.

The next session of Keeping Your Balance Keep Moving class at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is now pre registering individuals for the session to be held on 10 consecutive Wednesdays, February 1 to April 5, 2017, 1:00-2:30pm.

Participants are encouraged to attend all classes for maximum benefit. Each class will include some exercises, some discussion and guest speakers.

The instructor is Toshiko Aramaki, certified, experienced teacher. Her mantra is always "keep moving" because she feels it is basic to maintaining good physical and mental health.

Come learn the factors that increase chances of a fall and how you can get control to turn the chances around!

There is no fee for the program because of funding by the Shoreline Fire Department.

Classes are held at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, southern-most building of the Shoreline Center campus, 18560 1st Ave. NE #1.

You may register by phone: 206-365-1536. The Senior Center is a Community Partner of Sound Generations.

Correction: phone number 1-3-17


Photo: Ducks at Ronald Bog

Ducks at Ronald Bog
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Now that it's illegal to feed ducks and geese, their numbers are sustainable, and it's a treat to see them (instead of a mess that someone has to clean up).

These beauties are at Ronald Bog, where Wayne Pridemore shot this lovely photo with the misty background.

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park are full of wild critters - you just have to be there at the right time to see them.


Technology assistance at local libraries

Technology assistance at Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Richmond Beach Libraries - January 2017

Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline, WA, 98177. 206-546-3522
Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA, 98155. 206-362-8860
Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St., Shoreline, WA, 98155. 206-362-7550

Computer Class: One-on-one Computer Help 
Date: Most Tuesdays
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Shoreline Library
Description: Do you have computer or software questions? Volunteers are available for 30-minute one-on-one appointments. Please call 206.362.7550 to make an appointment. You may bring your own laptop, but TechTutors cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.

Computer Class: One-on-one Computer Help 
Date: Most Fridays
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Shoreline Library
Description: Do you have computer or software questions? Volunteers are available for 30-minute one-on-one appointments. Please call 206.362.7550 to make an appointment. You may bring your own laptop, but TechTutors cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.

Computer Class: One-on-one Computer Help
Date: Most Saturdays
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Shoreline Library
Description: Do you have computer or software questions? Volunteers are available for 30-minute one-on-one appointments. Please call 206.362.7550 to make an appointment. You may bring your own laptop, but TechTutors cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.

eReader and Digital Downloads Demo
Date: 1/6/2017
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Library: Shoreline Library
Location: Large Meeting Room
Description: Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader device or computer during this digital downloads demonstration. If this ebook downloading session is inconvenient for you, ask about making an appointment with staff for individual assistance.

Computer Class: Beginner BiblioCommons Library Catalog
Date: 1/13/2017
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
Library: Shoreline Library
Location: Small Meeting Room
Description: Learn the basics of searching the library catalog, understanding your results, placing holds, and registering your account. Please note: this class is taught lecture style in a meeting room and is not hands-on. Please call 206.362.7550 to register.

Computer Class: Advanced BiblioCommons Library Catalog
Date: 1/27/2017
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
Library: Shoreline Library
Location: Small Meeting Room
Description: Learn about managing your library account and BiblioCommons settings in My KCLS, advanced searching, using your Shelves and Lists, and how to participate in the BiblioCommons community.
Please note: this class is taught lecture style in a meeting room and is not hands-on.
Please call 206.362.7550 to register.

eReader and Digital Downloads Demo
Date: 1/29/2017
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Library: Shoreline Library
Location: Large Meeting Room
Description: Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader device or computer during this digital downloads demonstration. If this ebook downloading session is inconvenient for you, ask about making an appointment with staff for individual assistance.


End of the Year Run on the Burke Gilman Saturday

Burke Gilman trail
Courtesy RB Running Club

Richmond Beach Runners say "It's New Year's Eve and there's no better way to prepare for the night's frivolities than coming out for a morning run."

Meet up Saturday morning, December 31, in the Starbucks' parking lot behind the Lake Forest Park Town Center 17039 Bothell Way NE, 98155, for your Saturday morning run and coffee fix.

The Burke is the flattest, most lost-proof, paved trail around. If you've never run it, come try it out.

All will start and end together by running out 30 minutes and back 30 minutes. This is a great all speeds and abilities run. Plus, there will be a speed option for those interested.

Stretchers be there at 8:00am. Non-stretchers be ready to run at 8:10am.


Shorecrest boys basketball win the QFC Holiday Tournament after toppling O'Dea and Kelowna

Phillip Pepple leaps toward the basket in SC-SW game
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Shorecrest boys basketball team came, saw, and conquered the last three days, winning the QFC Holiday Tournament at Bothell High by convincingly defeating the previously-undefeated hosts, the Bothell Cougars, 80-61, in the championship game Friday night.

The Scots opened tourney play Wednesday against the Kelowna, B.C. Owls, last year's undefeated provincial champions. Shorecrest blazed to a 28-2 lead in the first six minutes and were never headed from that point. Four Scots tallied double figures in the opener, with Phillip Pepple leading the way with 20 points. Daggy Menelik had 18, Chris Lee 15, and Malcolm Rosier-Butler 14.

Thursday night's semi-final match was against vaunted O'Dea, and the Scots bested the Irish, 74-67. Chris Lee led all scorers with 26, while Pepple and Rosier-Butler each notched 23 points.

Friday's finals were against an undefeated (9-0) Bothell Cougar team that was missing a couple players to injury. Showing no pity, the Scots once again started fast, leading 19-10 after the first quarter. SC took a 32-25 lead into halftime. Shots were falling from all directions in the second half for the Scots as they scorched the nets for 27 third quarter points and 21 in the last quarter, when Coach Brian Fischer was able to empty his bench in the game's final minutes.

Throughout the three games the Scots combined tenacious ball-hawking defense, unselfish ball movement, and smart heads-up play to bring home the champion's trophy.

Rosier-Butler, Lee, and Pepple were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Pepple earning MVP honors.

Shorecrest (9-1) resumes play at Meadowdale Tuesday night at 7:15.

Schedules for all teams can be found here


Join the RB Runners for the Greenlake Polar Plunge - or not

Friday, December 30, 2016

Green Lake Polar Plunge Sunday
Photo courtesy RB Runners

From the Richmond Beach Runners

8:00 or 8:30am Greenlake Run and Polar Plunge Sunday!

Well, it's a New Year and to keep the tradition, this Sunday morning's run will be meeting at Greenlake.

Meet by the food store and boat rental near the east parking lot.

There are two start times; the 8:00 time is for a two lap run, 8:30 if you would like to sleep in a little more.

The plunge part is optional but highly recommended.

If you do plan on taking the plunge after the run, don't forget the towel and dry clothing!

After the run and plunge, head to Starbucks for some Java and to go over 2016 goals for those who made last year's new year's run - as well as create 2017 goals.

This is truly a great way and fun way to start off the new year. Don't let the thought of the plunge part stop you from coming out.


Local students on Central Washington University Honor Roll
These local students have qualified for Central Washington University's Fall Quarter 2016 honor roll.

Central undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or better grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, while carrying at least 12 graded credit hours of study are eligible for the honor roll.


Dalusag, Kevin - Senior 
Ulziibileg, Mary - Senior 

Lake Forest Park

Khan, Faraz - Senior 
Leask, Will - Senior 
Mueller, Harrison Riley - Freshman 
Riley-Payne, Jordan Alexander - Senior


Aponte, Franz - Junior 
Clark, Jens Kristjan - Senior 
Cook, Bethany Stella - Senior 
Doran, LiLi Nixin - Junior 
Gabrielle, Eric Mark - Junior 
Hensel, Rebecca Mae - Freshman 
Higgins, Alex - Senior 
Mentele, Laura - Sophomore 
Nguyen, Ngoc Thi Bich - Senior 
Tran, David - Junior 


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Game Day

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


Shorecrest grad receives $2,500 annual scholarship from Coca-Cola

UW Bothell Library
The University of Washington Bothell has received a $100,000 scholarship grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to increase the number of students who succeed at becoming the first in their families to graduate on time from a four-year college.

Officials believe a $2,500 annual scholarship combined with existing programs of timely academic support and engagement can make a big difference in the number of first generation students who stick with college to graduation.

The first 10 students in the UW Bothell Coca-Cola Engaged Scholars pilot program started in fall quarter and are each receiving $2,500 a year for four years.

They are: Nora Abdi, Pedro Suarez, Xie C. “Tiger” Song, Michelle Cauich, Dureti Bilal, Xuan D. Nguyen, Denisse Gonzalez, Janessa Agpaoa, Midhadu Kedir, and Shoreline resident / Shorecrest graduate Rebeka Mekonen.

"For more than 20 years, The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided scholarships to students who are the first in their families to attend college," said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. "We're proud of the impact these scholarships have on the lives of the recipients, and we appreciate all that the University does to support them." 

The 10 were selected from an existing program designed to help historically disadvantaged, low-income and first generation students of great promise who could benefit from additional academic support. It’s called the Academic Transition Program (ATP).

The ATP students also benefit from UW Bothell’s First Year and Pre-major Program in which they attend Discovery Core classes. These classes enrich the student experience by integrating learning across a variety of academic disciplines, improving their academic skills and supporting their sense of belonging among peers and to the University.

After the first year programs, Coca-Cola Engaged Scholars are subsequently expected to take part each year in a high-impact practice available through the UW Bothell Student Success Center, such as study abroad, undergraduate research, community-based learning, or internships.

UW Bothell is a leader in the number of first generation students it admits, 49 percent. Nationally, the number of incoming first year, first generation students is about 30 percent, according to the federal Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics. 

UW Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education for students of tremendous potential. Offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.


Shoreline Planning Commission to tour Bullitt Center

Bullitt Center on E Madison in Seattle
The Shoreline Planning Commission will be touring the Bullitt Center, the "Greenest Commercial building in the world" at 1501 E Madison St in Seattle on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 3:30pm.

The purpose of the "meeting" is to examine Green Building incentives.


Photo: Don't forget to feed the hummingbirds

Photo by Shirley Sidell

Don't forget to keep nectar in your hummingbird feeders and make sure it doesn't freeze.

You can make your own nectar with 1/4 cup of cane sugar to 1 cup of water. NOTE: do not use beet sugar -- the hummers can taste the difference.

Wild Birds Exclusive in Lake Forest Park Town Center is a good resource for feeders and ready made nectar. It's located at the south end by Mod Pizza.

Keep the feeders clean -- without soap.

During the cold weather, which WeatherWatcher Carl Dinse thinks will be most of January, Bird Lady Christine Southwick says she has at least two or three going so that there is always food, even when she is cleaning one of them.

Christine says "My favorite way during really cold spells is to wrap Christmas lights (the old style, not-LED) against and around the feeder, making sure that the ports are clear. The heat from the lights is enough to keep a full feeder from freezing, down to about 18-19 degrees F."


Shoreline Library Board meets Jan 5 at Richmond Beach library

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline Library Board meets Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.

The agenda includes information sharing from board members and an update from the KCLS Staff.

Contact the Library Board


Photo: Attention knitters

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Attention knitters: here's what to do with the end of the skeins. Make lots of tiny Christmas sweaters to hang on the tree. Actually, this sweater would look good in full size!


WeatherWatcher: Larger cold outbreak on the way

We have a major weather pattern shift occurring this weekend that is going to make December's cold air bursts look like just a few warning shots.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has even issued a special weather statement regarding the likely snowfall and cold weather taking hold. The good news is, there isn't a large amount of snow in the forecast at this time. The transition to the cold pattern is expected Saturday evening into New Years Day.

Snow: Accumulating snowfall is expected up to one inch or more Saturday evening into Sunday morning. There is still uncertainty as to the amount but it is likely that at least one inch will fall. Temperatures after the snowfall will not break the freezing mark for the forecasted future well into next week Friday. This means any snow that does accumulate will stay around for a while.

Cold: Models short term and long term show no end to this major pattern cycle that is expected to keep us in the ice box for 1-2 weeks or more. This pattern additionally leaves the door wide open for storms to bring us snow events as there is no real blocking high pressure protecting us overhead.

Here's NOAA's 6-10 day temperature probability outlook for January 4th - 9th.

The message is that it will be cold.

The basic set up has a upper level ridge over the Gulf of Alaska, forcing the jet stream in the Western Pacific to move north through Alaska and the Arctic and then southeast just off shore of the North American coast well past the Northwest into California.

This upper level circulation pattern is not unheard of. It has happened many times in past cold winters for our region. Other winters that had this upper level circulation pattern are December 2008, January 1969, and December 1950.

Here's some short statistics from these examples of Seattle winters that experienced this upper level pattern:
  • December 2008 had a total snow accumulation of 13.9 inches reported at Sea-Tac. January, February and March that same winter recorded another 9.4 accumulated inches of snowfall in smaller snow events.
  • December 1968 - January 1969 Sea-Tac recorded 67.5 inches of total snow accumulation spread across several events. December had 22.1 inches and January had a whopping 45.4 inches.
  • January 1950 was known for the Seattle Blizzard of 1950. Friday January 13, 1950, the blizzard moved in from the Pacific with strong winds and temperatures dropping down to 10°F. That month 57.2 inches of snow was recorded at Sea-Tac.
So the challenge with these storm totals listed above is that there weren't very good records kept here in the Shoreline area before recent decades. With any snow event there is always a large variability from Sea-Tac to Shoreline.

Bottom line: This is a serious cold pattern, we are looking for low temperatures to be in the teens and high temperatures to be in the upper 20's for all of next week. We might break past the freezing mark during the peak of the afternoon for a short time one or two days next week. The door is wide open for a major snow event next week. It is just too early to tell what will happen right now, but if this cold and upper level pattern holds true to what models indicate we are wide open for a significant snow event within the next two weeks.

Not to scare anyone of course, but be prepared for the possibility of winter weather that we haven't seen in at least 8 years.

For current weather conditions visit


Third Place Books New Year's Day sale

Get ready to fill up your book shelves! Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park, is holding its New year's Day Sale with 20% off everything.

Buy now, start reading, and you'll be ready to donate your books to the summer book sales!


Diabetes Prevention group starting February 2017

Dale Turner YMCA, Shoreline
Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm
Starting February 2nd

If you're at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.
Change is tough - but we can help.

Program features
  • 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year.
  • Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach.
  • A group that offers motivation and support.
  • Includes 3 month membership to the YMCA.

For more information, contact Brie Davis, 206-344-3181


Richmond Beach Blood Drive on New Year's Eve

By Tom Petersen

The year-end party starts early in Richmond Beach, with the arrival of the mobile unit for THE last blood drive in Bloodworks Northwest's vast territory for 2016!

Come ring out the old by wringing out some crimson for the best cause there is: saving lives.

It's milestone season for the Richmond Beach Blood Drive, too: In October it celebrated the 50th modern-day blood drive in RB, and this March it will be the 50th event at the Shoreline Fire Safety Center.

In between is this Saturday's New Year's Eve Blood Drive, and sometime on Saturday Bloodworks will collect the 1000th pint donated in the neighborhood.

Richmond Beach's bloodmobile welcomed its 1000th registrant two years ago, but because some people are inevitably deferred for precautionary medical reasons, the number of pints actually collected lags a bit behind.

Coincidentally, the same day as that 1000th registrant, Richmond Beach topped 100 gallons collected.
Now, it is certain that the 1000th pint will be collected Saturday.
Whoever gives pint #1000 will receive a Bloodworks goodie bag!

Many people have already made appointments but there are still spaces available, and walk-ups are always welcome and needed.

The Bloodmobile will be at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 20th Ave NW, open from 10am to noon and 1pm to 4pm. Please bring photo I.D.

Appointments can be made online or by calling 1-800-398-7888.


LFP City Council adopts legislative priorities

The Lake Forest Park City Council will meet jointly with Kenmore City Council on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6pm in Kenmore in a legislative send off for 46th District Legislators.

The 2017 legislative session begins in Olympia on Monday, January 9, 2017.

The Council adopted its top priorities for the session on October 13, 2016

1. Secure culvert funding
2. Corridor study

Secure Culvert Funding
Lake Forest Park is the ideal suburban environment on Lake Washington for salmon to return and spawn. We have a healthy canopy and two stream systems that have historically supported significant populations of salmon. Unfortunately, aging culverts, and one collapsed culvert, restrict the ability of salmon to spawn in Lake Forest Park. The City is committed to restoring its creeks. To accomplish this goal, each creek will need a series of culvert replacements. Lake Forest Park respectfully requests that the state be a key funding partner in this multi-year project. Of particular interest is a series of culverts around SR 104 on Lyon Creek. WSDOT has given high priority to replacement of the SR 104 culvert, but for there to be true creek restoration, a downstream private culvert that collapsed in 1997 and undersized public culvert also need to be replaced. The City seeks a partnership with the State to package the three culverts into one project with multiple funding partners so that this key project can be underway in the next 2 years.

Corridor Study
A corridor study of SR 522 and SR 104 is underway in Lake Forest Park with the help of state funding. Concurrently, the City is funding a safe streets study to improve arterials and neighborhood streets including their connections to the state highways. The City has also begun to build relationships with the neighboring jurisdictions of Kenmore and Shoreline and has aggressively pursued Sound Transit 3 project elements for Lake Forest Park, including a parking structure, sidewalks and bus rapid transit. The City is also committed to contributing to future complete transportation projects over the next decade.

Other Legislative Priorities

  1. State-Shared Revenues -The City requests that as the Legislature develops its 17-19 budgets that it fully fund local-state shared revenues, and further asks that the legislature restore full funding to the liquor revolving account. The City supports legislation that restores liquor profit revenues to pre-2012 levels by removing the 2011 cap, and restoring the 50/50 revenue sharing relationship over multiple biennia and dedicating the revenue to public safety.
  2. Police Body Cameras -The City will monitor legislation emerging from the Task Force on Use of Body Worn Cameras.
  3. Transit-Oriented Development - The City supports legislation and funding programs that support transit-oriented development in urban areas.
  4. Infrastructure Funding - Lake Forest Park supports developing a statewide solution to local infrastructure funding needs to fill the void created with the ending of the Public Works Assistance Account.


Managing the Attention Spotlight: ADHD and Anxiety

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Eastside CHADD will hear Chris McCurry, Ph.D. on Managing the Attention Spotlight: ADHD and Anxiety

Eastside CHADD provides support and information for north King County families and individuals living with ADHD.

Chris McCurry, Ph.D. returns to Eastside CHADD to help us understand the both ADHD and anxiety. This 90-minute presentation (plus 30 minutes for Q/A) describes the common origins of both ADHD and anxiety and what we, as parents and as clinicians, can do to help.

Topics covered will include temperament, early psychosocial development, and the executive functions of the developing brain. Strategies for supporting and encouraging our children will be presented.

Chris McCurry, Ph.D.
Chris McCurry, Ph.D. is a husband, a father, and a clinical child psychologist in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood anxiety.

He is the author of two books, one for parents and one for clinicians; Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance (2009) from New Harbinger Publications, and Working with Parents of Anxious Children: Therapeutic Strategies for Communication, Coping and Change (2015) from W.W. Norton.

CHADD Members free; Non-Members suggested donation $5
7:00 - 9:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Please arrive early to volunteer. Eastside CHADD is an all-volunteer group.

Evergreen Healthcare (formerly Evergreen Hospital Medical Center), Surgery and Physicians Pavilion, 12040 NE 128th St, Kirkland 98034, Room TAN 101 (downstairs)


Registration open for Get Up and Go 5k fun run in April

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Registration is now open for this local fun run, scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2017.

This is a 5k run or walk, and there is also a kid friendly 1k short dash!

The race begins and ends at the Town Center in Lake Forest Park.

Early Bird registration is only $25 until February 10, and all proceeds will benefit research and uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Registration and more information: Get Up and Go 5k  LocalRaces


Crime in Shoreline for two weeks ending 12-26-2016

Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, weeks ending 12-19 and 12-26-2016

Lots of requests by businesses to Trespass sleepers, shoplifters, dine and dashers, mentally ill people, drug users.
Several suicide attempts.
Car prowls where car window was broken.
Multiple issues with alcohol and drug intoxication.

Over two weeks, there were over 20 calls for interpersonal issues. None involved assault but all required a police presence. Electronic stalking, harassment, fights between cousins, mother / son, father / daughter, former marrieds, former dating relationships, neighbors, co-workers, roommates, eviction, caregiver / employer.

12-12  Homeless person, mentally ill, and sick, lay down on Innis Arden Way, partially in roadway.
12-12  Richmond Beach woman's car scratched in garage, possibly by estranged husband's ex-wife.
12-13  Package thefts along 155th
12-13  Valuables stolen from Tree House Iyengar Yoga while class was in session.
12-13  Wallet stolen from vehicle at the Y.
12-14  21st Pl NE - male and female team stealing packages from porches.
12-14  Purse stolen from vehicle at west side dog park.
12-14  Fraudulent online job site pretending to be Whole Foods scammed resident out of money.
12-15  Domestic complaint - couple arguing over water use.
12-16  Vehicle stolen while warming up in driveway.
12-17  ditto
12-18  Attempted burglary at Apostolic Lutheran Church on 19555 Fremont. Graffiti.
12-19  Subject reports that someone he knows stole his revolver several years ago.
12-19  Costco shoplifter picked up with FitBit, jacket, underwear, and other items under her clothes.
12-20  Package stolen 176xx Ashworth.
12-20  Purse stolen from vehicle at Parkwood Elementary and credit card used at Aurora Safeway.
12-21  Package theft 181xx 15th NE.
12-21  Male taken for mental health evaluation after standing on car in middle of road and yelling.
12-22  Packages stolen 180th and Ashworth.
12-22  Shoplifter apprehended taking six boxes of Rogaine from Costco.
12-22  Resident committed suicide in his home with a handgun.
12-24  Mail theft 8xx NW 190th.
12-24  Unknown male and female worked together to steal a computer from Day's Inn.


Photo: Innis Arden as a Japanese landscape

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The layers of landscape and cloud and the muted tones remind me of a Japanese landscape painting. The colors are Northwest, of course.

Have you noted how many of us dress to match our landscape? All raincoats are black and beige. No one much wears bright yellow and orange. Colors and patterns are muted.

It isn't just the Birkenstocks and socks that identify us as Northwesterners - it's the colors.



Shoreline Planning Commission continues public hearing about incentives for Green developers

Shoreline Planning Commission meeting Thursday, January 5, 2017, 7pm, Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


The City of Shoreline has goals to reduce greenhouses gasses and air pollution. Since buildings produce a large share of that pollution, the City embarked on the Deep Green Incentive Program to encourage developers to build to Green standards.

The planning staff worked with developers and created incentives attractive to developers so they would work to green standards.

On December 1, 2016, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on draft Ordinance No. 760 and implementing regulations for the DGIP. The staff report from that meeting is available here.

During this public hearing, Commissioners raised several questions and concerns about draft regulations, specifically with regard to potential unintended consequences of allowing density and height bonuses in single-family zones. Commissioners requested additional information, offered several options for staff analysis, and voted to continue the public hearing

The proposed concessions include a "height bonus" and a greatly reduced number of parking spaces, as well as waiver of fees, and no requirement for neighborhood meeting for larger projects.

Link to full Agenda
Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


Lake Forest Park Water District presents ‘Water Protector Award’ to Lake Forest Park resident Tracy Furutani

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Adcom President Julie Hungar, Commissioner Bill Donahue, Commissioner Dave Hammond,
Commissioner Eli Zehner, General Manager Alan Kerley

Lake Forest Park Water District is honored to present the ‘Water Protector Award’ to the Lake Forest Park Water District Citizen Advisory Committee in appreciation of the work done by one of its members, Tracy Furutani.

The Water Protector Award is awarded to individuals and organizations that show exceptional leadership in protection of LFPWD’s drinking water.

Tracy Furutani
Photo by Brian Demong
Tracy Furutani, as a Lake Forest Park Water District Advisory member, provides aquifer modeling education to local elementary students, promotes stewardship of water sources and protection of our locally sourced drinking water.

Recently Tracy organized a North Seattle College student study that was instrumental in the recent designation of Critical Aquifer Recharge Area for the Lake Forest Park Water District’s drinking water.

Tracy has shown outstanding leadership in protecting and ensuring continued a legacy drinking water resource for the Lake Forest Park community.

LFPWD Commissioners Dave Hammond, Eli Zehner and Bill Donahue; General Manager Alan Kerley; District staff and our community thank him for his service.

Lake Forest Park Water District provides locally sourced well water to an area within Lake Forest Park. The original development of Lake Forest Park community in 1909 was founded on the spring fed drinking water source and the resource has been a staple of LFP community since that time.


Oil Transportation Safety Act topic of League of Women Voters Snohomish County meeting Jan 4

The Transportation Committee of the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Lynnwood Library from 10am to 12 noon.

Representatives from the Washington State Department of Ecology will speak about the “Oil Transportation Safety Act”, state bill 1449 passed in 2015, and the “Oil Movement by Rail Notification Act” passed in 2016.

Invited to attend are local elected officials, first responders, and members of the public interested in safety issues regarding oil transportation by railroad.

Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library is located at 19200 44th Ave W. in Lynnwood.


Open enrollment for steel drum class

Steel Magic Northwest drummers
Photo courtesy Vannessa Villavicencio

Steel Magic Northwest has opened enrollment for its steel band classes for the Winter 10-week session, following their inaugural "Holiday in Steel" concert on Decmber 15th. The concert featured all three of their groups (two youth and one adult) and raised nearly $3000 in donations and matching funding.

The ten-week class is open to youth 5th grade and up. The "Pan Wizards" youth performing ensemble is open by audition only to youth 7th grade and up. The adult performing group is also open by audition. The two performing groups will be ongoing in preparation for the warmer months, when they intend to perform regularly in the area.

For more information, visit the website.


Stabbing in Shoreline

Tuesday, December 27 at 10am Shoreline police responded to a report of a stabbing in the area of N 173rd and Ashworth Ave N.

When officers arrived they found the victim near the intersection at that location. He said he had been stabbed in the chest at a nearby house in the 1200 block of N 173rd St.

The victim, a 23 year old Mountlake Terrace man, had been at the house visiting the suspect when they got into an argument. The suspect choked him and then stabbed him.

The suspect then fled in a vehicle while the victim ran outside yelling that he had been stabbed.

The victim was taken to Harborview and immediately taken to surgery. His current condition is unknown but a police spokesman said it was very serious yesterday when he was transported.  

Suspect is known to the victim but has not yet been located.


Senior Citizen Technology Help Day January 16

Are you a senior citizen? Could you use a little help with technology? If so, stop by the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, on Monday, January 16 between 8:30-11:30am.

Students from Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools will be hosting a “Senior Citizen Technology Help Day” to provide FREE one-on-one technology assistance to senior citizens who want to learn more about using technology in their daily lives.

Computers and teen tech experts will be available for seniors to learn how to:
  • Send and receive emails
  • Create a social media profile
  • Skype video-conference
  • Send photos online
  • Watch online videos
  • Search for information
  • Use emojis
  • …and much more!

Seniors are also encouraged to bring any of their own devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets) that they need help with.

If you have any questions, contact Curtis Campbell or 206-393-4412.


Search and Rescue teams spend Christmas rescuing hikers

Search and Rescue volunteers waded across a river to rescue
a hiker who was injured by falling ice at Franklin Falls
Photo courtesy KCSO

I used to work for a very small company that was full of skiers and hikers. They spent a lot of energy trying to convince me to take up skiing, ignoring my protests of bad knees. Two of the skiers - who spent every weekend in the mountains - were search and rescue volunteers.

So I have an idea of what it takes to do this job and a great appreciation for those who do it. It's not nearly as much fun as a downhill run and a great deal more work. The risks can be high but the rewards can mean saving a life.


This is from the King County Sheriff's Office:

More than 50 volunteer members from King County’s Search and Rescue Unit spent much of Christmas Day and evening rescuing hikers in the mountains off of I90. The first mission was spent searching for a lost hiker near Rattlesnake Ledge Trail.  The second involved rescuing a hiker who had been injured from falling ice near Franklin Falls, and the third was finding a man who became lost hiking the Mt. Si trail.

While many of us were home enjoying Christmas day more than 50 King County Search and Rescue volunteers spent much of the day hiking through snow and water to help hikers in the mountains during three different missions in the mountains near I90.

King County Search and Rescue received the first call around 2pm near Rattlesnake Ledge Trail. A group was hiking the trail when a man became separated from the group. 911 was called when the man did not show up at the summit. 19 Search and Rescue members showed up for the search. The man was found hiking down the trail as the rescue teams were headed up to look for him.

1972 PinzGauer snow vehicle owned by
a member of Search and Rescue
Photo courtesy KCSO
The second rescue call came in during the first search. Three Search and Rescue members were testing a new snow vehicle, a 1972 PinzGauer, which is privately owned by a Search and Rescue member. The group was flagged down by some citizens who said a hiker had been injured by falling ice near Franklin Falls. Search and Rescue members hiked to the falls, waded through the water and contacted the victim. (see photo above) The victim had sustained a hip injury from the falling ice.

More than 30 members responded to help carry the victim through the steam and down to a rescue vehicle which transported him to a waiting ambulance. The new snow vehicle was used to shuttle rescue members up the road as close to the falls as possible.

The third call came in during the Franklin Falls mission. A man who had been hiking the Mt. Si Trail had become lost on his way down the trail. When it became dark and he could not find the trail he called 911. 14 Search and Rescue members responded to find him and bring him down safely.

Our volunteer Search and Rescue members make a huge difference in our community. They use their own vehicles, equipment, time and money for the benefit of others. They are a gift that keeps on giving!


Photo: Snow in the Olympics

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Olympic Mountains
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

As promised, the snow is starting to fall in the mountains and the snow pack is starting to build.


You Can't Take it with You - but you can see the movie

Friday Afternoon at the Movies starts January 6, 1:30 – 4:00 pm, at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center.

The Silver Cinema Project, hosted by Seattle's famous Scarecrow Video, has come to Shoreline with its collection of classic films.

The goal of the Silver Cinema project is to share our collection, one of the world’s largest film archives, with the elder community, via screenings and discussions. 
The types of film that we tend to show are golden age Hollywood classics of the 40’s and 50’s. Each screening is introduced by one of our movie experts, and informational fliers about each film are available for viewers to take with them.

The free films will be shown on the first Friday of the month, from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Popcorn, sodas and beer will be offered for a minimal fee.

It is not necessary to be a Senior Citizen or to belong to the Senior Center.

The first movie will be held on Friday, January 6 and it is Frank Capra's “You Can’t Take it with You”, a wonderful comedy about an eccentric family.

IMDB describes it as "A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family."

Starring Jean Arthur, James Stewart, and Lionel Barrymore, it was released in 1938. Directed by Frank Capra, it was based on a play by George S. Kaufman.

updated 12-30-2016


Girls’ Try Hockey For Free event Jan 8

Washington Female Hockey Association (WWFHA) hosts a Girls’ Try Hockey for Free event on Sunday January 8 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at Highland Ice Arena. This session is for all girls, age 4 – 9, from Seattle to Monroe and Shoreline to Issaquah, and beyond.

Girls are given the opportunity to try the sport of ice hockey in a welcoming and open environment!

No ice skating experience or equipment necessary.

Gear will be provided while supplies last.

More details and registration here -- limited to the first 30 players; the last session registration was closed early so please register early to reserve your spot!

WWFHA is the only girls' hockey association in the Northwest dedicated 100% to growth and development of female hockey players – empowering them through the sport. More information here or send questions here.

Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, 206-546-2431.


Free Christmas tree recycling for LFP residents Jan 7

Free Christmas tree recycling event at LFP City Hall lower parking lot January 7, 2017 9am to Noon

Lake Forest Park residents: there will be a free Christmas tree collection / recycling event on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9am to 12 noon at the City Hall lower parking lot. Republic Services will be on hand collecting for the free recycling.

The Lake Forest Park Youth Council will also be present helping to support the free event and raising money for the Lake Forest Park Police Department Nurturing Trust Program Fund.

Join us to enjoy some free recycling!
  • Bring bare trees and remove all tinsel, lights, ornaments, and no flocked trees.
  • Secure your load and bring proof of address in the form of a valid photo ID.
  • Only passenger vehicles can enter.
Shoreline residents can also recycle Christmas trees on Saturday, January 7, 2017. See previous article


Classifieds: Shoreline City Council Meeting - CANCELLED

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Monday, January 2, 2017 Shoreline City Council meeting has been cancelled due to the Holiday.

The next meetings of the Shoreline City Council will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. (Special Meeting) and 7:00 p.m. (Regular Meeting) at Shoreline City Hall.

City Council Webpage

Contact Us:
Bonita Roznos
Deputy City Clerk
(206) 801-2232


46th District State Legislative Session send-off event January 4, 2017

Sen. David Frockt

Join the Cities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park in hosting a 46th District State Legislative Session Send-Off event next Wednesday, January 4, beginning at 6:00pm, followed by the Delegation Town Hall meeting beginning at 7:15pm.

Rep. Jessyn Farrell

Meet 46th District State Legislators Senator David Frockt, Representative Jessyn Farrell, and Representative Gerry Pollet as they prepare for the 2017 Session of the Washington State Legislature.

Rep. Gerry Pollet

Both events will take place at Kenmore City Hall, located at 18120 68th Ave NE.

For more information, contact the Kenmore City Manager's Office at 425-398-8900.



Washington state House of Representatives names committee chairs

The 2017 Washington state Regular Legislative Session is scheduled to begin January 9.

The House Democratic Caucus of the Washington state legislature has named committee chairs and vice chairs for the upcoming legislative session. (Click here for a complete HDC committee list.)

Democrats have a majority in the House, so it is their privilege to chair all committees. Republicans will name their ranking members for each committee.

Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs
Rep. Cindy Ryu (Shoreline), chair - 32nd district
*Rep.-elect Nicole Macri (Seattle), vice-chair

Early Learning and Human Services
Rep. Ruth Kagi (Seattle), chair - 32nd district

Rep. Tana Senn (Mercer Island), vice-chair

Higher Education
Rep. Drew Hansen (Bainbridge Island), chair
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle), vice-chair - 46th district

Rep. Judy Clibborn (Mercer Island), chair
Rep. Jessyn Farrell (Seattle), vice-chair - 46th district
Rep. Jake Fey (Tacoma), vice-chair
*Rep. Sharon Wylie (Vancouver), vice-chair

Leadership Team - Democrats

Speaker of the House (designate*): Rep. Frank Chopp (D-Seattle)
Majority Leader: Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington)
Majority Caucus Chair: Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle)
Majority Floor Leader: Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard)
Majority Whip: Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane)
Deputy Majority Whip: Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) - 46th district

State Senate - Standing Committees

The state senate has a Republican majority, so they name the committee chairs and vice-chairs. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-32, has been named Ranking Minority Member of the Agriculture, Water, Trade, and Economic Development committee. She also serves on the Rules committee.

Sen. David Frockt, D-46, serves on the Higher Education, Law and Justice, and Ways and Means committees.

The 32nd District includes all of Shoreline and parts of Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, and Lynnwood.

The 46th District includes all of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park and parts of Seattle.


CORRECTION: Briarcrest storytelling is next Friday, Jan 6

Come join your neighbors for an evening of storytelling on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Come prepared with a five- to seven-minute story to share, or just come to listen and enjoy.

Join us for this fun event at 16010 25th Ave NE from 7 to 9 pm. (park across the street at the east Hamlin Park lot.)

Bring your stories and your treats to share!

This is a free, all-ages event sponsored by your Briarcrest Neighborhood Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote community.

We hope you'll join us!

12-27-2016 A previous story implied that the event would be this Friday, December 30.


John Miguel Esteban and Brooke Borcherding at Gallery at Town Center

The Gallery at Town Center Presents: 

John Miguel Esteban and Brooke Borcherding

January 3 – February 18, 2017

The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by photographer John Miguel Esteban and painter Brooke Borcherding, opening January 3, 2017. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm. Also, please join the artists and other art lovers at the Gallery for a reception on Friday, January 20 from 5pm to 7pm.

John Miguel Esteban has been an executive, creative director, and writer for advertising and design firms, schools and start-ups. In 2010, he began his journey behind the lens as a photographer. His installation in the Gallery is a small sampling of one of his favorite projects and one of Seattle's defining places: Fishermen’s Terminal, home to the North Pacific fishing fleet and the largest marine workforce on the west coast. Each visit deepens his connection to the Terminal as he discovers its below-the-surface beauty.

"To sit on the west wall and watch the sun come up over the fleet at dawn; to smell the peculiar mix of odors from diesel, fish and welding; and to read the names of more than 500 fisherman who have lost their lives -- these are things that every Seattleite should experience," says Esteban.

The Terminal is much more than commerce. It's living history. It's the last dedicated commercial fishing port in a major American city.

Brooke Borcherding is an emerging landscape artist living and working in Seattle. Her practice focuses on painting from life and transforming studies into larger studio pieces that she calls “deconstructions.”

Borcherding has always been inherently drawn to the things that surround her, and took her easel outdoors for the first time in 2009, observing and learning from both nature and her plein air painting peers at the University of Oregon, where she earned her BFA in 2010.

Borcherding’s process is exploratory, building up the the landscape in an abstract manner with blocks of color and then putting together bits and pieces, finding order in the chaos to re-form what we can identify as a place. Her goal is to create an engaging visual scene that takes you deep into space and dances between the real and the inevitable unreal of paint on a canvas.

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.

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