Mrs. Wiggleworth's Hat book launch Feb 13 in Shoreline

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mrs. Wigglesworth

Mrs. Wigglesworth has been telling stories in Shoreline schools for over 10 years and has told stories in all but two of Shoreline schools (Lake Forest Park and Brookside). She wears bright clothes, big hats, big costume jewelry, and tennis shoes.

And now, there's a book about her! Mrs. Wigglesworth's Hat was written by her alter ego, Shoreline resident Pat Erickson and illustrated by Michael McMullin and Sue Brown.

This book is about a time when Mrs. Wigglesworth went to Meridian Park  to tell stories and a gust of wind carried her hat away. What could she do? She always wears a hat to tell stories - would the children even recognize her without a hat? 
Mrs. W. goes through a  number of hats that her friends at Meridian Park share with her. Which one will be the one that makes her feel enough like herself to be able to tell stories to the kindergarten students?

The book launch party is on Saturday, February 13 from 1-3pm at the EM Event Center, 17537 15th NE, Shoreline. All are welcome.

Mrs. W will be there and would be SIMPLY DELIGHTED to see some of the students that she has told stories to over the years!  Books will be available for purchase at $10 each, with $1 of each sale going to Pinky's Passion for a Parkinson's Cure. For the first 35 books sold, the purchaser will receive a free poster!


Shoreline Planning Commission meets Thursday to study Sound Transit amendments

Shoreline Planning Commission meets Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7pm in the Council Chambers of Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Study item: Sound Transit Amendments

Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


Jobs: Transportation Planning Specialist 5 (Environmental Manager)

Transportation Planning Specialist 5 (Environmental Manager) at the Shoreline WSDOT office.

The Northwest Region Environmental Office is seeking to fill a Transportation Planning Specialist 5, Snohomish and King County (SnoKing) Area Environmental Manager position that is responsible for leading the SnoKing environmental team and facilitating on-time, on-budget delivery of environmental deliverables and services for WSDOT projects primarily located in Snohomish, and King Counties.

For a direct link to apply click HERE.

For inquiries about this position, contact Peter Asai at 206-440-4066 or email.  Reference recruitment number 2016-NWR-015.


SEIU to pay more than $39,000 after AG lawsuit over failure to report in-kind contributions

Service Employees International Healthcare 775NW (SEIU 775) will pay more than $39,000 after an Attorney General’s Office lawsuit over its improper reporting of in-kind and cash contributions.

The union agreed to file its reports in accordance with state campaign finance law; $6,562 of its $45,806 judgment will be suspended as long as it does so and complies with campaign finance laws going forward. This includes costs, fees and civil penalties.

The union’s political action committee, SEIU 775 Quality Care Committee (SEIU 775 PAC), will also pay $6,000, with $1,500 of that suspended as long as it updates its reports and complies with reporting requirements.

In late July 2015, the Attorney General’s Office received a Citizen Action Complaint from the Freedom Foundation against SEIU 775 alleging multiple violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws.

The matter was referred to the state Public Disclosure Commission, which opened a formal investigation. The Commission reported that SEIU 775 had not violated state law on the majority of the allegations. However, it may have violated the requirement to report in-kind contributions of staff time to operate and manage its political action committee.

Following a review of the PDC’s information, the AGO determined that enough evidence existed that SEIU 775 and SEIU 775 PAC failed to properly file reports of both in-kind and cash contributions.

The office filed a complaint in September alleging that SEIU 775 failed to file reports of cash contributions totaling $1.39 million (all reported properly by SEIU 775 PAC) as well as in-kind contributions — including staff time, office space, postal and Web services, and telephones — made to the SEIU 775 PAC from 2010 to 2015. While SEIU 775 PAC reported receiving the cash contributions, the PAC failed properly to report any in-kind contributions it received from SEIU 775.

This judgment brings the case to a close. The Attorney General’s Office is charged with enforcing the state’s campaign finance disclosure law to ensure free, open, and fair elections in Washington state.



Wednesday panel discussion: Political and Economic Changes in Myanmar (Burma)

Larry Dohrs, Visiting Scholar
in Southeast Asian Studies
The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College will present a panel discussion about Political and Economic Changes in Myanmar (Burma), on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00pm in Room 9208 (Quiet Dining Room) at Shoreline Community College.

The public is welcomed to this free event.

Myanmar (Burma) is undergoing significant political and economic reforms.

On November 8, 2015, The National League for Democracy, led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (who was under house arrest from 1989 to 2010), won a stunning nationwide election, defeating a military establishment that has ruled Myanmar since 1962.

Yet the military will continue to hold many levers of power, suggesting that a complex dance between entrenched interests and the will of the people is the new reality.

With us to discuss these changes is Larry S. Dohrs, Visiting Scholar in Southeast Asian Studies, Texas Christian University, Chairman, Board of Directors, US Campaign for Burma. For more details go to the GAC website.

Like all GAC event, admission is FREE and open to the public.  There is a small fee for parking on campus during the daytime and Free during the evening.

Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 98133 (campus maps)


Gymnastics meet Shorewood vs Shorecrest

The placement for each of the four events is presented to the spectators.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Shorewood met Shorecrest girls gymnastics on Saturday Jan 30, 2016.
Final score SC 141.2 - SW 134.35.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Some of the Shorecrest gymnastic team relax before the competition begins.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The teams come out at the start of the meet. Shorecrest is in the background of the photo as Shorewood enters. 

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood's Maki Nakano performs on the high bar.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood's Chandler Smith completes her floor exercise.


Jobs: Current openings at Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College is a major employer in Shoreline. Listed below are the current open positions.

Recruitment is ongoing for some positions: visit for other job opportunities

The college is located at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 1-25-2016

Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending 1-26-2016

1-18  Eight storage units at the public storage at 14900 Aurora were broken into.
1-18 Two sisters broke into Einstein Middle school and were arrested.
1-20 Employee at RB QFC notified police that an elderly woman was trying to put $4000 on a quick-cash card. Police discovered she was being scammed by someone pretending to be a KCSO detective.
1-21  12xx NE 169th, purse stolen from kitchen counter, apparently through open garage door and unlocked kitchen door.
1-21 One unit of building at 162xx 15th burglarized.
1-21 Robber (since caught) who robbed Heritage Bank at 4-corners at gunpoint netted $654.
1-21 192xx 11th Ave residential burglary - stole guitars and skis.
1-21 Assist to Edmonds PD after their K-9 discovered three fugitive car thieves in the crawl space of a Shoreline home at 192xx Ashworth.
1-23 Residential burglary at 163xx Densmore - stole jewelry.
1-25 Graffiti tags at Paramount School park, Twin Ponds, power box at 8th NE, old Safeway Haggen store.


Quick-Start Shoreline resumes with 'working session' Tuesday

Join the business community at a Quick-Start “Working Session” on Tuesday, February 2 from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133.

Quick-Start Shoreline is presented by Shoreline Community College Small Business Accelerator and the City of Shoreline. These workshops are designed to be helpful for start-up, existing and potential business owners, and business leaders who want to sharpen their innovation and entrepreneurial skills in a welcoming environment. Sessions are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Quick-Start Shoreline Working Session: Business Model Canvas – Customer Focus

Have you heard of the Business Model Canvas? Have you tried to use it to define your next big idea, but ended up staring at  a – well – blank canvas? This Quick-Start Working Session is the first in a series that will help you use this visual planning tool to help you uncover new possibilities, define top opportunities, and create a visual game plan to get you there.

This Business Model Canvas workshop will help you:
  1. Identify your top current customers and uncover new ones. 
  2. Create a visual representation of your key partners, top customers, and channels to take your venture to the next level.
  3. Take home a world-renowned business planning tool that is both easy to use and paints a picture of your future business potential.

Business planning is future planning – a Business Model Canvas is another tool for your business and professional development toolkit that works!  Simple, useful, proven and fun – this will be a great kick-off Quick-Start for 2016.

Goal of the Quick-Start Working Sessions
To provide our SCC Business Accelerator Community with access to leading experts and cutting edge business tools that can close the GAP in idea-to-expansion knowledge. These workshops will give start-ups, teams, students and leaders a chance to gain practical knowledge, as well as engage in hands-on training, networking, and knowledge sharing in a safe and collaborative environment that elevates the playing field for all who participate.

Format of the Quick-Start Working Sessions
Each working session will focus on a single topic. Quick-Start staff and area experts providing key insights and knowledge regarding the topic in a 20 minute lecture format. After the lecture, the attendees will break into working sessions to engage with the topic as it relates to them. We will invite Quick-Start mentors and local entrepreneurs as a resource to the attendees to help answer any questions and think through any problems they may be facing.

Networking will begin at noon.
Lecture will begin at 12:15pm.
The working sessions will be open from 12:35pm to 1:30pm.

Shoreline Community College Small Business Accelerator
Tiffany McVeety, MBA

Tiffany McVeety is author of the Entrepreneurial Edge Small Business Toolkit and two other books. In addition to her role as Shoreline Community College Small Business Accelerator Director, she serves The International Alliance for Women as their Director of Micro Credit and trains emerging leaders through the US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program.

Get Connected! Visit is on Facebook: SCC Small Business Accelerator.  Get involved! Tiffany can be reached at 206-289-0523 or


Food Trucks in Ridgecrest - a different cuisine every day of the week

Ridgecrest Public House Week Food Truck Schedule, February 1-7, 2016

The Ridgecrest Public House at 5th NE and NE 165th continues to sponsor food trucks outside their business most weekdays.

Those over 21 are welcome to bring their food inside the Pub to eat.

The winter hours are 5-8pm. When the weather gets better, the hours will be extended and outdoor seating will be available.

Monday 1st: El Cabrito
Mexican food

Tuesday 2nd: Bread and Circuses
Sandwiches: burger, roast port, salmon reuben, chicken, tofu taco, and fried Brussel sprout caesar

Wednesday 3rd: Napkin Friends
Soups, sandwiches, salads

Thursday 4th: The Peach and The Pig
Pulled pork, grilled chicken, or mushroom sandwiches, meatballs and mushrooms, prawn salad, beer

Friday 5th: Streetzeria
Italian food, salads, salads on flatbread, 11 different pizzas

Saturday 6th: Off the Rez
Tacos (pulled pork indian, beef chili indian, chicken chili verde), Quinoa Succotash. Indian as in Native American.

Sunday 7th: Yummy Box
Asian food: pork stew, bacon burger, Indonesian beef, popcorn chicken, chicken curry, fried noodles.


Shoreline piano series Sunday 3pm at SCC

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Jensina Oliver, pianist and Sergio Lappottelli, flutist, in concert Sunday, 3pm at Shoreline Community College campus theater. 16101 Greenwood Ave N. (campus maps)

The Shoreline Piano Series is back with Shoreline music faculty Dr. Jensina Oliver joined by Sergio Pallottelli on flute. Sergio is flying in from Houston for the concert - he is an international performer and teacher. The duo will perform pieces by Mozart, Debussy, Paganini, and even some tangos by Gardel!

As usual, the concert proceeds go directly to the SCC Piano Scholarship Fund to build the scholarship program for music students in need of financial assistance.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • General admission - $15
  • SCC faculty and staff, Seniors, and other students - $10
  • SCC students with ID - $5


Op-Ed: My faith in humanity has been shaken

Ruth Gronvold and her husband are regular "stair walkers" at Saltwater Park.

On Saturday, January 30, 2016 about 4:10pm, my husband and I went to Richmond Beach Saltwater Park to walk the stairs. We placed our water bottles on the north side of the stairs three flights down from the top. As I warmed up I took off my jacket and rolled it up and placed it next to the bottles.

As we did our laps on the stairs my husband and I would stop and get drinks from our water bottles.

On my ninth lap up the stairs, my husband was ahead of me on the stairs, I looked over and noticed that our bottles and my coat were gone. I asked him if he had taken them and moved them. He said no.

We ran up to the top of the stairs to see if we could see anyone one walking away with them and then down to the parking lot. No luck.

The stairs had multiple groups of adults and adults with children waking up and down the stairs while we were there. We have been to the park to walk the stairs many times and have always left our bottles and jackets to the side of the stairs without ever having them stolen.

We are most distressed to think that a fellow stair walker would steal our possessions. It turned into what was a great hour of exercise into a most unfortunate event.

We lost two blue REI Nalgene bottles, one wide mouth and one narrow mouthed. The wide mouthed bottle had three stickers on it. Two black and white REI stickers and one green sticker that said 'Evergreen' on it. The wide mouthed bottle also had a mouth piece in it. My women’s black Eddie Bauer wind breaker with a hood was also taken.

The value of this items will not break us to replace them, but it is just the idea that they were taken while we were out walking the stairs at Richmond Beach enjoying what this great area has to offer.

I have never had anything like this happen to me and my faith in humanity has been very shaken. People need to know that their possessions are at risk if left by the side of the stairs while exercising and to be on the watch.


Briarcrest Neighborhood evening of storytelling Friday

Hey Briarcrest! Come join your neighbors for an evening of storytelling on Friday, February 5 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

We will welcome two special guests whose tales will inspire the rest of us to tell one of our own! Come prepared with a five- to seven-minute story to share, or just come to listen and enjoy. Feel free to bring a treat to share!

We'll be meeting at the home of Jon and Amy Anscher, 16010 - 25th Avenue NE, Shoreline. There is plenty of parking in the east Hamlin Park lot as well as at Kellogg Middle School.

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!

Do you live in the Briarcrest Neighborhood? It's the teal blue area on the the map.


Good Knits book club Monday Feb 8 - knit and discuss the book of the month

Good Knits Book Club - A Man Called Ove
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us to knit or crochet while we discuss A Man Called Ove.

In Ove's ideal world, everyone would follow the rules, act with integrity at all times, and drive a Saab; unfortunately, the rest of the world has other ideas.

Bring your own project or help us reach our goal of providing 200 hats for the homeless in December.

New to knitting? Come at 6:30 and get a free lesson. Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park Town Center upper level, intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.


Author events at Third Place Books this week

Julie Christine Johnson
In Another Life
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Three men are trapped in time. One woman could save them all. In Another Life by Port Townsend author Julie Christine Johnson is a beautifully written story of love that transcends time. It’s dual narrative and time-slip elements provide an arresting glimpse into the historic South of France and will appeal to fans of Susanna Kearsley and Kate Morton.

Polly Campbell
How to Live an Awesome Life
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

When you live in awe of your life you are open to diverse experiences. Some are easy and joyous. Others totally suck. But you are okay because you know that within every experience the possibilities are limitless.

Catherine Armsden
Dream House
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

In the months following her parents’ fatal car accident in Maine, architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart: anxious with her two young children, alienated by her clients’ grand house dreams, and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco. While she and her sister Cassie are cleaning out their childhood home on the coast of Maine, they stir up painful memories and resentments over family possessions.

Third Place Books is on the upper level of Town Center in Lake Forest Park at the intersection of Ballinger and Bothell Way.


Elementary STEM Day on Friday, a no school day, February 5

UPDATE: Registration is full for this event.

The Shorecrest High School Technology Student Association is hosting an Elementary STEM Day on Friday, February 5 (no school day for students).

The event will be held at Shorecrest High School 15343 25th Avenue NE, Shoreline, 98155, in Room 180. Students in grades K-6 have the opportunity to attend one of two separate sessions, either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm.

The cost is $25 per child and pre-registration is required. Click here for the registration packet

Activities will include:
  • Design challenges
  • Building an electric motor
  • Building a newspaper structure
  • Making a shoebox fly
  • Learning computer coding
  • Technology games
  • Laser-cutting
If you have any questions, email Kari Potter.

Update 02-01-2016


145th Subarea Plan Schedule

Shoreline City Staff has outlined the following schedule for moving forward with the 145th Subarea Plan. This schedule assumes selection of a Preferred Alternative that requires minimal new analysis and that the Planning Commission and City Council complete their decision-making during the allotted meetings.

  • February 18: Planning Commission meeting: Discuss two white papers produced by OTAK- Geotechnical Considerations for High Groundwater or Peat Conditions, and Station Subarea Wetlands Assessment
  • March 3: Planning Commission meeting: Update on 145th Street Corridor Study
  • March 17: Planning Commission meeting: Discuss zoning scenarios analyzed in DEIS and any potential modifications based on information from white papers or Corridor Study
  • April 7: Planning Commission meeting: Recommend Preferred Alternative zoning scenario (it is possible this recommendation could happen at the end of the March 17 meeting, but this date is reserved if any of the previous topics take more time than anticipated)
  • May 2: City Council meeting: Council selects Preferred Alternative for analysis in FEIS
  • May-June- OTAK produces FEIS (timeframe will depend on whether there is additional analysis with regard to zoning scenarios from DEIS)
  • April 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16- Planning Commission meetings: Discussion of Development Code amendments for 145th Station Subarea- number of meetings dependent on amendments proposed 
  • June-July- OTAK produces Subarea Plan, staff creates Planned Action Ordinance, Planning Commission reviews
  • August 4- Planning Commission Study Session on ordinances
  • August 18- Planning Commission public hearing on ordinances
  • September 12- Council Study Session on ordinances 
  • September 26- Council adoption of ordinances


Ronald Wastewater District 2016 Public Meeting Dates

Ronald Wastewater Board of Commissioners
2016 Public meeting dates

Ronald Wastewater holds regular public meetings with the Board of Commissioners at the District Office located at 17505 Linden Avenue North, Shoreline, 98133. The regular meetings will start at 6:00 pm and shall be on the dates in 2016 as follows:
  • February 9th
  • February 29th
  • March 8th
  • March 22nd
  • May 10th
  • May 24th
  • June 14th
  • June 28th
  • July 19th
  • July 26th
  • August 9th
  • August 23rd
  • September 13th
  • September 27th
  • October 11th
  • October 25th
  • November 8th
  • November 29th
  • December 13th
  • December 27th


Shoreline Council meeting Monday to discuss staffing for capital projects

Shoreline City Council Meeting
Monday, February 1, 2016 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm
17500 Midvale Ave N, Council Chambers

Agenda Highlights

  • Proclamation of Black History Month
  • Adoption of Ord. Nos. 737 and 738 - Amending Fee Table, Chapter 3.01 of the Shoreline Municipal Code to Correct Errors and Add an Additional Fee
  • Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract with MJ Takisaki Inc. in the amount of $561,628.79 for the Shoreline Pool Long Term Maintenance Project
  • Discussion of 2016-2019 Priority Environmental Strategies
  • Discussion of Capital Project Staffing
Link to full Agenda (includes link to full staff documents)
Comment on Agenda items


Super Bowl High School Honor Roll delivers Golden Football to Shorecrest

Golden Football presented to Shorecrest High School
in honor of Super Bowl player Mark McGrath
Photo by Mr. Cho

The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll celebrates the high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history. It is designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with this year's game - number 50 - and honor the high schools and communities that have positively impacted the game.

More than 2,000 schools and nearly 3,000 individuals will be honored through this program.

Super Bowl High School Honor Roll schools will receive a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson for every player or head coach who graduated from the high school and was on an active Super Bowl roster.

Shorecrest High School has three players who played in four Super Bowls and will receive three Golden Footballs.


Photo: Christmas repurposed

Photo by Jerry Pickard

Jerry Picard says, "On Sheridan Heights one person has had their Christmas lights up since last October. With a few small changes they have now become - - - - - Valentines Lights!"


King County unregistered contractor must repay elderly Shoreline victim more than $31,000

An unregistered contractor who convinced an 87-year-old Shoreline woman to hire him nine times in one month must repay the victim more than $31,000.

Contractor Stephen B. Nelson, 50, of Woodinville, pleaded guilty in King County District Court this week to a gross misdemeanor count of unregistered contracting. Judge Ketu Shah ordered Nelson to serve two years on probation and repay the victim within two years. He also must undergo a drug and mental health evaluation, follow any treatment recommendations and pay court fees, which may be converted to community service.

If Nelson fails to follow the terms or commits a crime within two years, he will face a $5,000 fine and up to 364 days in jail.

Hire registered contractors

“This case shows why it’s so important to make sure you hire a registered contractor,” said Elizabeth Smith, assistant director of L / I’s Fraud Prevention and Labor Standards. “Unregistered contractors often target senior citizens to scam, but it could happen to anyone.”

The Washington Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case based on an investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Nelson, who was doing business as American Landscape, first removed a tree and repaired a chimney on the victim’s Shoreline house in February 2013, charging papers said. After completing that work, he kept offering to do more repairs on that home and a rental house in Seattle that the woman also owned.

Son discovers scam

Over the course of a month, the woman wrote Nelson’s wife nine checks ranging from $629 to $8,650 to pay for the repairs in advance, charging papers said. The following month, the victim’s son discovered his mother had hired an unregistered contractor. The son cancelled five jobs that had yet to be completed and asked Nelson to refund his mother for those jobs.

The woman’s son told L/I his mother hadn’t sought the repairs, but that the contractor gained her sympathy by telling her he had health problems, according to the L/I investigation.

Safety violations for electrocuted worker

Nelson had been registered as a general contractor from May 2009 until his license was suspended in August 2012. Apart from the criminal case, Nelson and his business received two civil infractions for unregistered contracting in 2011 and 2013.

In 2012, L/I cited his business for safety violations and imposed fines of $35,800 after an employee was killed by high-voltage power lines while removing a tree on residential property. Nelson appealed and as part of a settlement agreement reached in May 2013 ­− three months after the Shoreline and Seattle incidents − L/I waived the fine on the condition that he never again work in the arborist or tree-trimming industries.

Nelson still owes L/I more than $329,000 in unpaid workers’ compensation insurance premiums, penalties and interest, and more than $3,600 for the contractor infractions. L/I is pursuing collection of the debts.

Protect My Home

State law requires contractors to register with L/I, which confirms they have a business license, liability insurance and a bond to provide some recourse for consumers if problems arise. Consumers can verify contractor registration online.


Volunteer drivers needed to help local seniors remain healthy and independent, one mile at a time

Volunteer drivers give Lavonne Raven
her independence back
92-year-old Lavonne Raven can attest to the value of the Volunteer Transportation program, which matches local seniors with caring volunteer drivers to take them to their medical appointments.

Like many others who are no longer able to drive themselves, she relies on Volunteer Transportation to access important medical care.

Lavonne was never a homebody, so she was devastated when her family took her keys away two years ago. She no longer had the freedom to come and go as she pleased, and she had a long list of recurring appointments.

She struggled with getting to her oncologist, urologist, orthopedic specialist, vascular surgeon, chiropractor, physical therapist, audiologist and eye doctor. She felt like she’d lost her independence.

It was then that Lavonne discovered the Volunteer Transportation program, which quickly became a huge part of her life. She continues to use the service multiple times per week. 
“I truly do not know what I’d do without the program. It is just so wonderful. Each driver is marvelous, and each ride is like a day out for me!” she says.

Lavonne is just one of the program’s 2,000+ clients, and each senior has a unique story what the Volunteer Transportation service means to him/her. But one common theme is the same in all client narratives: Volunteer drivers ensure that they have the good health and high spirits they need to keep “on the road” to improved quality of life.

More volunteer drivers are needed throughout King County! Use your own car and choose the times, days and areas in which you wish to drive. Call 206-748-7588, email or visit the webpage to find out more. Go the “extra mile” for local seniors!


Youth Council of Lake Forest Park - Winter Event Update

This month after the frenzy of the holidays was over, the Youth Council participated in the annual Christmas Tree and Storm Debris Recycling event.

People came to drop off their old Christmas trees or collected storm debris to be properly recycled. The Youth Council was there with hot cocoa, Cracker Jacks and a warm smile to greet residents.

Every year the Youth Council does this to raise money and awareness to a certain issue. In the past, donations have been collected for the Safe Harbor fund - used for victims of domestic violence to help remove themselves from bad situations. Luckily there were enough funds for the program this year, so the Youth Council chose to search for a new organization to focus its efforts on.

The Youth Council chose the Nurturing Trust program and raised $283.65 at this year's Christmas Tree and Storm Debris Recycling event.

The Nurturing Trust program is offering community workshops to the Lake Forest Park and Shoreline community. The classes educate participants on important issues on family and community communication such as positive discipline, teen suicide, substance abuse, leadership, bullying, domestic violence and child abuse.

Donation to the Nurturing Trust program

The classes are put on by our Shoreline and Lake Forest Park law enforcement and integrate Spanish in order to bridge the language gap and allow participants to feel more comfortable relying on their police officers.

Overall the program, which has been running for two years now, has had positive results and feedback. The Youth Council’s donations are going towards creating a better educated and connected community.

Classes start the beginning of February, if you are interested in attending the program or would like more information please call 206-801-2719 or email, space is limited.


Services Feb 20 for Community Leader Dale Wright

Dale Lawrence Wright 1924-2015

Dale Wright passed away on Christmas Day 2015 in Kirkland, WA after a brief illness. He is deeply mourned by his family and many friends who will miss his intelligence, humor, strong values and commitment to service and community.

Dale was born on August 10, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa to Dale and Cecilia (Tholl) Wright. He excelled in sports in school, playing basketball and participating in track and field. In 1943, he joined the army as part of the Army Specialized Training Program and served in Europe in the 8th Armored Division.

While he was in the Army, his parents moved to Seattle for work and health reasons. Dale followed in 1945 after the war, but a part of him was always a Sioux City boy. He spoke fondly about his extended family back in Iowa and how much he enjoyed his life there.

Once in Seattle, Dale attended the University of Washington under the GI Bill, obtaining a degree in Accounting and Industrial Management in 1949. He went on to build a successful career, working for almost 40 years for various manufacturing and service companies.

While at the University, Dale met his future wife Virginia (Ginny) Schurman and they were married in 1949. Dale and Ginny enjoyed 61 years of marriage, living mostly in Shoreline, and had four children, Pam, Jody, Greg and Brian, and later on were delighted to have three grandchildren, Corey, Michael and Christopher. Dale always made time for family, taking annual camping trips all over the West and devoting evening and weekends to family activities.

In 1988, Dale enthusiastically embraced retirement by reading books, cultivating a beautiful lawn, refinishing furniture and playing tennis. He and Ginny traveled extensively in the United States for a couple of years, and traveled to Europe.

In 1999, Dale became heavily involved in the newly incorporated city of Shoreline, and was instrumental in the development of Shoreline’s Aurora Corridor Project, designed to improve Highway 99 for better livability, commerce, and safety. In the highly politicized atmosphere of the time, Dale felt that the voices of citizens were not being heard and created the Aurora Citizens' Advisory Task Force, Vision Aurora, to give voice to those citizens.

He served on the Echo Lake Elementary Site Council. After representing the group on the Echo Lake Traffic Improvement Committee, he held a two year term as co-chair of the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association and represented that organization at the Council of Neighborhoods for several years more.

He was a founder of Pro Shoreline, a booster organization that helped identify candidates for public office. He worked closely with Shoreline councilmembers, who valued his intelligence, public service, and commitment to Shoreline.

He enjoyed assuming leadership, grew to savor politics, admired and befriended many people and was named as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. His involvement in Shoreline leadership, politics and community was a high point in his life and his family is all very proud of him for it.

Dale’s influence extended to people of all ages. He was generous with his time and enjoyed long discussions on all sorts of topics as he loved to explore and learn. He was a good friend and mentor, was grounded in experience and common sense, and shared freely, with humility and humor, his wisdom and advice.

Dale is survived by his children Pam Wright, Joanne Wright and Greg Wright (Vonnie) and is preceded in death by his son Brian, his wife Virginia, and his sisters Betty Sorensen and Mary Ann Law.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Dale’s Celebration of Life will be at 1pm on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 First Ave. NE, Shoreline WA, 98155.


Farewell to a favorite: surprise party for pharmacist at QFC Richmond Beach

Friday, January 29, 2016

Kathy and Dave have worked together for years

Friday evening members of the Shoreline community gathered to say a final farewell to Kathy, who is retiring after 19 years working as a pharmacist at the QFC Richmond Beach in the Richmond Village Shopping Center at 4-Corners.

Kathy is such a wonderful, sassy, personable woman -- we hit it off instantly. I thought that it would be a great idea to organize a surprise gathering of customers.

Customers wishing Kathy well in her retirement
"But we'll miss her!"

We walked in with a group of about 16 people and sang our version of "For she's a jolly good fellow".

We are definitely going to miss her bright smile.

--Diana Crosby


Shoreline woman wins $50,000 on scratch ticket from Shoreline's Luckiest Store

7-11 at 185th and Ashworth in Shoreline

A Shoreline woman is now $50,000 richer thanks to a gut feeling at the cash register that directed her to play a different Washington’s Lottery Scratch game.

The woman stopped at her local 7-Eleven, 1232 N 185th St, Shoreline 98133, with what she told Lottery officials was a lucky feeling about a certain Scratch game.

When she came to the counter to purchase the ticket, she was told the store was sold out and she had to choose a different game to play. At the last minute, she decided on “Jackpot Riches,” and that was the big winner!

The winner jokingly told to Lottery officials that it seems like every time she plays a game she didn’t plan on playing, she ends up winning something.

The store is one of the Lucky Lottery stores, one of the top ten winning stores in 2014 (see previous story).

The winner is a superstitious lottery player with a particular process for picking her games. If she wins any money playing Scratch, she’ll use those winnings to purchase another ticket of the same game, but only when the feeling is right. The winner said her husband gifted her $30 worth of Scratch tickets and it took her a year to use them all because she only played when she had a good feeling.

The winner shared big plans for her prize. After a celebratory dinner at Azteca, she and her family expect to use the remaining money as a down payment for a house in Shoreline.

Proceeds from Washington’s Lottery benefit the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, providing grants to college students statewide. Learn more about Washington’s Lottery, its beneficiaries and to review all up-to-date winning numbers here.


Photo: What makes you smile?

Oil spot makes me smile
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Go out and look for something interesting today, I did. I went for a walk and found the oil spot, and think what a small thing that is which can radiate a smile on my face. After the hard rain, so glad to see the sun come out this afternoon.

--Lee Lageschulte


My insurance premium went up. How can I find out the reason for the increase?

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Consumers frequently ask us this question. Your agent or insurer should be able to provide you with an explanation other than “there was a general rate increase.” We recommend that you obtain a policy-specific premium breakdown directly from your agent, and that you ask for a rate worksheet comparison between your old premium and your new premium. 

Every policy is priced differently, depending upon the type of coverage you want and what are called underwriting factors.

Underwriting factors for auto insurance may include:

  • Household/family driver records.
  • Driver(s) age(s).
  • Type of vehicle(s).
  • The number of miles you drive per year.
  • Where you live and/or drive your car.
  • Level of coverage being purchased
  • There may be surcharges or discounts unique to your situation.
Underwriting factors for homeowner’s insurance may include:
  • The age of your home.
  • The materials used to build your home.
  • Your home’s value, as based upon its size and features.
  • Your home’s location.
  • Prior claims or losses for the home.
Read more about understanding auto insurance and understanding home insurance.

Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.


Senior night for Shorewood wrestling as they take down the Meadowdale Mavericks 43-25

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It was Senior Night at the Shorewood gymnasium as the Thunderbird wrestling team hosted the Meadowdale Mavericks Thursday. The match began at 160 pounds with Shorewood's freshman Philip Ball.

Although he lost, Ball set the tone for his team as he never stopped fighting in a close 15-12 decision.

After another tough loss at 170 pounds Shorewood faced an early 7-0 deficit. Junior Troy Beach, dropping down to the 182lb weight class for the first time this season, used four takedowns as he secured the T-Birds first win of the night 14-5.

Meadowdale's Liam Ball, ranked #7 in the state, picked up a pin at 195lbs to give the Mavericks a 13-4 lead. Two matches later Thunderbird Senior captian Japhet Valladares dominated his opponent for a pin in just 1 minute 12 seconds to give Shorewood their first lead of the night at 16-13.

Shorewood would never trail again. At 145 pounds T-Bird sophomore Alex Olivera rallied from a 5-0 deficit to 6-5 lead before pinning his opponent in the first round to complete a 39-9 run by the Thunderbirds. The final score of 43-25 gave Shorewood its third victory in a row over Meadowdale.

Shorewood Record: 3-3 WesCo South, 7-9 Overall

Shorewood wrestles next in the district tournament next Friday and Saturday, February 5th and 6th, at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 5pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday.

Shorewood 43 - Meadowdale 25
@ Shorewood High School

160: Henry Nguyen (MD) dec. Philip Ball 15-12
170: Jesus Hernandez (MD) maj. dec. Esdras Valladares 15-5
182: Troy Beach (SW) maj. dec. Benjamin Duong 14-5
195: Liam Ball (MD) pinned Riley Teeters 1:38
220: Brandon Hernandez (SW) pinned Thomas Cheeney 4:22
285: Japhet Valladares (SW) pinned Bryce Chapman106: Nick Lotz (SW) win by forfeit
113: Rhaye Samson (SW) win by forfeit
120: Adrian Guzman (MD) dec. Shinkwang Moon 9-2
126: Beck Millett (MD) pinned Ruslan Bekniyazov 0:45
132: Tae Thongdee (SW) pinned Aria Zarei 3:46
138: Fidel Chishungu (SW) dec. Elias Lynch 4-3
145: Alex Olivera (SW) pinned Eugene Yang 1:52
152: Antonio Samayoa (MD) dec. Shay O'Leary 10-5


SW girls host mighty Lynnwood Friday

Local basketball fans are in for a treat Friday night when the Lynnwood Royals, the defending 3A girls state champions, bring their perfect 16-0 record to the Shorewood gym to face the T-Birds at 7:15.

The Royals are led by 5' 10"  Mikayla Pivec, last year's Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Washington. The Oregon State-bound senior teams up with Jordyn Edwards (Colorado State) for a powerful one-two punch.

Lynnwood defeated Shorewood 69-33 on January 6.

The Live Video Production Club of Shorewood will be webcasting the game.


Republican Party Grassroots Day Feb 15 in Olympia

Join King County Republicans for the 2016 King County Republican Party Grassroots Day at the Capitol on President's Day, Monday February 15. This annual event is a great opportunity to join with like minded grassroots activists for a day of action at our State Capitol.

Meet at one of three pick up locations for the chartered bus and enjoy coffee and donuts on the ride to Olympia.

Planned activities include a tour of the Secretary of State's office with Kim Wyman, a tour of the Capitol campus, lunch with our King County Republican legislators, and free time in the afternoon for individual meetings with your legislators, exploring the Capitol campus, viewing committee hearings, and much more. KCGOP staff is available to help arrange afternoon activities.

Be sure to click here and register today as space is limited!

Also coming up: February 20 10am. Republican Party Precinct Caucuses will be taking place across Washington State. Contact your local legislative district Republican organization for more details regarding your precinct caucus location and how to participate.


Ask the Bird Lady: Best feeder for woodpeckers

Photos by Christine Southwick

Do you have a question for The Bird Lady, Christine Southwick? Send it to us.

Question from reader Vicky Turner:

What is the best type of feeder for woodpeckers including the Pileated woodpeckers currently at our suet feeder? The less squirrel friendly the better.

Answer from The Bird Lady:

Greetings Vicky,

The best suet feeders for Woodpeckers are the ones with a wooden extension. Both Wild Birds Unlimited, and Seattle Audubon Nature Shop sell these. Get one that has the standard size holes like the regular suet holders.

These make squirrels work so hard for the suet that they don't usually go after them.The bigger holes in the cross-wires some suet feeders have make it too easy for these furry beasties, and result in your suet disappearing within a day.

Since woodpeckers are bug eaters, suet is their preferred feeder food, but they will eat shelled seeds.

The best deterrent for squirrels depends on positioning feeders wisely.  Squirrels can jump five feet, and are adapt and weighing down a branch and then jumping from that closer position.

Tall poles with squirrel baffles on the main pole, plus baffles above the feeders have worked the best for me. Remember to keep branches away for the pole set-up, or the squirrels will out-smart you, a much too common occurrence.

Pictures are all mine in my yard.

The Bird Lady


AXIS Dance Company performs in Edmonds Feb 6

ECA Presents: AXIS Dance Company
Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:30 PM
$29, $24 & $19 | Youth/Student $15 
Tickets available HERE

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is proud to present AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities.

Founded in 1987, the company has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form called physically integrated dance. AXIS collaborates with world-class choreographers and composers to create completely new and innovative performances. For a preview of their featured piece to go again, click here.

The company will perform at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Saturday February 6th at 7:30pm. There will be a special pre-show reception at 6:00pm for veterans and their guests, sponsored by Operation Military Family Cares.

ECA is offering special pricing for active military, their family and guests, and dance students. Please call the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595. ECA 410 4th Ave N, Edmonds, WA 98020.


32nd District Democrats to hold Lt. Governor Forum Friday in Lynnwood

By Evan Smith

The three announced Democratic candidates for Washington lieutenant governor will meet in a forum at the Lynnwood Convention Center Friday at 6:30pm.

The Convention Center is at 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood.

Everett Herald politics writer Jerry Cornfield will moderate the forum among the three candidates: State Rep. Jim Moeller and State Sens. Karen Fraser and Cyrus Habib.

Incumbent Democratic Lt. Governor Brad Owen has yet to announce whether he will seek a sixth four-year term. He has reported no campaign fundraising or spending.

Two Republicans and a Libertarian also are declared candidates.

Candidates file in early May for places on the August primary ballot. The top two vote getters in the primary, regardless of party, advance to the November general-election ballot.

The 32nd Legislative District Democrats are sponsors of the Friday event. The 32nd District includes Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, Lynnwood, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, and parts of Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Shoreline Police catch bank robber in Edmonds

Police road block

Thursday afternoon King County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives, TAC-30, and Shoreline Police arrested the Heritage Bank robber from last week's robbery.

Detectives had asked for the public’s help identifying the man and his female accomplice who robbed the Heritage Bank in the 18800 block of 8th Ave NW in the Richmond Village shopping center at 4-Corners in Shoreline at gunpoint around 4pm on Thursday, January 21. (See previous article)

According to My Edmonds News,

Shoreline police assisted by four King County Sheriff SWAT members on Thursday afternoon surrounded a house in the 1400 block of 8th Avenue South in Edmonds and arrested a suspect in a Richmond Beach area bank robbery last week.

According to Shoreline police spokesman Deputy Steve Perry, the action occurred at 2:24 p.m. The suspect was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered.


An Easy Way to Research your Shoreline School: 2015-2016 School Improvement Plans

By Marianne Deal Stephens

In late 2015, Shoreline Schools posted School Improvement Plans (SIPs). In Washington State, every public school must come up with a School Improvement Plan that is “data-driven, promotes a positive impact on student learning, and includes a continuous improvement process” (Washington Administrative Code).

All SIPs generally follow a format of half the plan focused on literacy and half on math. The plans present data from state and local assessments, which vary by grade level. Assessments may include the following:

The results from these assessments are detailed by subgroups so that the school and district can identify achievement gaps. After the numbers, the schools present an action plan for student academic growth.

Action plan elements vary by level and location. At Ridgecrest Elementary, teachers will implement new reading curricula, increase the frequency of small group instruction for students not meeting standards, and use close reading strategies across content areas, among other measures.

At Highland Terrace Elementary, students in 3rd-6th grade will have access to additional math practice through IXL, and teachers will provide small group instruction to students who need it following whole group math lessons. In all schools, strategies include both broad measures affecting all students and targeted measures focusing on small groups or individual students.

Middle school strategies reflect the nature of the school structure. Among many other measures, Kellogg will achieve routine use of Cornell Note-taking in all applicable subjects (the note-taking method is an element of the all-school AVID program), and create a new SIOP model for ELL students. Einstein will provide interventions in classes and during support periods like Working Lunch and after-school Tiger Tutoring.

High School plans make it clear that literacy is not limited to English and math to standard math classes. Shorecrest High School involves several departments in the literacy effort: Art, Counseling, English, Social Studies, Leadership, Learning Resource Center, World Language, and Science. In the same way, various departments share the math goals: Directed Studies, Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Tech/ Business, Math, Music, PE/ Health.

Shorewood High School calls on all staff to “delve deeper into course failure rates” and to support students through targeted intervention.

Many School Improvement Plans have a component addressing community and family involvement, which has “a positive impact on student learning (Washington Administrative Code). Parkwood and Briarcrest Elementaries have monthly Cafecitos sessions for Spanish speaking families, and Meridian Park Elementary will host Family Nights for Kindergarten and First Grade to teach content strategies and games to support learning at home.

To support families who speak a language other than English at home, Einstein will train staff to use Language Line to engage families and increase the use of TransAct for sharing documents. Shorecrest will have family outreach to the Ballinger Homes area, including having Student/ Parent Conferences on site.

Parents and community members can access the School Improvement Plans on the District website  . Questions about the plans or schools can be directed to the building principals.

Elementary Schools
Middle Schools
High Schools


Suspect detained after alleged threats cause lockouts at three Shoreline schools

Kellogg Middle School and Hamlin Park
All perimeter doors were secured after school Thursday afternoon in a lockout at Kellogg Middle School, Briarcrest Elementary, and Shorecrest High School, after a Kellogg student allegedly made threats towards a school or individual at a school.

There were reports this person was trying to obtain a weapon. This person was seen near Kellogg at the end of the school day. Police responded and the subject was seen running into a wooded area.

Police focused their search is in the area of Kellogg and Hamlin Park. KCSO resources, including the Guardian One helicopter, were involved along with Shoreline Police.

The person was not found in the vicinity. However police followed investigative leads and apprehended a suspect. Law enforcement informed the school district that there was no credible threat.

However, Thursday evening activities at Kellogg and Shorecrest, including the SC Performing Arts Center, were cancelled.

All schools will continue on a normal schedule Friday. Out of an abundance of caution, there will also be additional police presence at Kellogg on Friday.


Fruit tree and terrarium presentations at Sky this Saturday

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saturday, January 30th 11:00am – 1:00pm
Fruit Tree Selection, Pruning, and Care - Charlie Shull

Hungry for summer?  You can grow apples, pears, peaches, even figs and persimmons in your own back yard!

Charlie will go over everything the beginning (or not-so-beginning) orchardist needs to know: where to site your trees, the best varieties for western Washington (and for you), how to plant, fertilize, prune your trees, and how to deal with common problems.

After the presentation, Charlie will be available to answer questions. Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N. Shoreline 98133 206-546-4851

Saturday, January 30th 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Terrariums:  Gardening in Glass - Hannah Dayley

Constructing a terrarium balances art and science.  You’re putting together a tiny low-input ecosystem—a mini desert (open terrarium for succulents and cacti) or rainforest floor (traditional globe type terrarium filled with humidity lovers).

Hannah will first explain the science of terrarium construction:  how to construct the base layers (gravel, charcoal, soil), how to choose plants suitable for your terrarium’s light level and style, how to plant them.

Then she’ll show you the art—how to select plants with complementary forms and colors and how to use decorative rocks, colored sand, and accents to add the finishing touches to your project. Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N. Shoreline 98133 206-546-4851

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