Richmond Highlands neighborhood Fun, Food, and ThankFulness Sunday, Nov 6

Monday, October 31, 2016

Richmond Highland neighbors will gather at the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center, 16554 Fremont Ave N in Shoreline on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 2 - 4pm.

Free, family friendly. Meet your neighbors for pumpkin pie and cider.

Map of the Richmond Highlands neighborhood


Twin Ponds Park Fall Planting Party Sunday

This newly mulched area is
the target of the fall planting party.
Photo by Yoshiko Saheki
Twin Ponds Park Fall Planting Party Fall Planting Party Sunday, November 6, 2016, 9:30am to Noon, 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline 98133.

Meet on the Meridian Avenue side near the covered wood chip pile.

Celebrate the end of Daylight Savings Time by participating in a fall planting party at Twin Ponds Park!

Earlier this year, the Stewards of Twin Ponds Park removed ivy, bindweed and blackberry in an area along the southern edge of the park.

It is now time to plant, to take advantage of the rainy seasons. The City of Shoreline Parks Department has generously agreed to purchase the native plants that are suitable for this topography.

Please help us plant! We also want to extend this restoration area and could use help taking out more invasives and moving in mulch.

Bring your own gloves and your favorite gardening tool. The Stewards will provide larger tools, such as loppers and shovels.

Remember, you get an extra hour of sleep on the morning of November 6th. You will feel refreshed and ready to help the environment by planting native plants in Twin Ponds Park!

Questions? Feel free to email


AG report details data breaches affecting 500K Washingtonians

From the Washington state Attorney General

Nearly half a million Washingtonians had their personal information compromised as a result of data breaches between July of 2015 and July of this year, according to a report issued today by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The release coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The Attorney General’s report details the sources and impacts of data breaches reported to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) under new, stricter notification and reporting requirements adopted by the Legislature in 2015. Attorney General Ferguson proposed the legislation. Its prime sponsors were Rep. Zack Hudgins and Sen. John Braun.

During the first year after the law took effect, 39 data breaches met the reporting threshold of 500 affected Washingtonians. Those 39 incidents occurred at companies and organizations ranging from school districts to national retail chains and affected at least 450,000 Washingtonians. The number is undoubtedly higher, since several companies reported that they were unable to determine the number of individuals affected.

While most of the breaches impacted less than 10,000 individuals, one breach in the tele-communications industry affected more Washington residents than the other 38 breaches combined. 

In that instance, T-Mobile informed the AGO that an intruder obtained the sensitive data of nearly 330,000 Washingtonians.

 “Information is power, and this new law gives my office and Washingtonians valuable information about potential risk to their personal information and their businesses,” Ferguson said. 
“Data breaches are a serious threat to our security, and my office can use this information in our efforts to protect the people of Washington.”

The report also details the causes of the breaches. Malicious cyber attacks accounted for the largest share of the breaches. A significant number also resulted from unauthorized people, such as third-party vendors or employees, gaining access to information.  A small number of breaches resulted directly from loss or theft.

The Attorney General’s report includes a look at the potential costs of data breaches to both companies and consumers, as well as a more detailed look at what types of Washington organizations were affected by the breaches and what types of consumer information were exposed. It also provides resources for affected businesses and individuals.

More information about data breaches in Washington, including the individual data breach reports submitted to the AGO, is available online. Information for businesses on reporting data breaches is available here.



LFP Citizens' Commission meeting Tuesday

The Lake Forest Park Citizens' Commission will have it's 7th Public Meeting- Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Third Place Commons on the upper level of the Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Ways, Lake Forest Park.

All are invited to attend, bring cookies (optional), and ideas.

An Informal Cookie Social will start at 6:30pm and the meeting will run from 7-9pm. The after meeting will be at the Lake Forest Park Bar and Grill. (9:10-10pm).

The LFP Citizens' Commission is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.


Happy Halloween


Halloween by Arthur Peterson

Out I went into the meadow, 
Where the moon was shining brightly, 
And the oak-tree’s lengthening shadows 
 the sloping sward did lean; 
For I longed to see the goblins, 
And the dainty-footed fairies, 
And the gnomes, who dwell in caverns, 
But come forth on Halloween. 
All the spirits, good and evil, 
Fay and pixie, witch and wizard, 
On this night will sure be stirring.


Photos: Halloween decorations

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Another dramatic Halloween decoration in Shoreline, spotted and photographed by Lee Lageschulte.


Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips from LFP Police Chief Steve Sutton

Be safe on Halloween night!

When it comes to children, incorporate safety measure into their costumes or bags whenever possible.

Add reflective tape and lights to make sure your child can be seen by drivers.

Have them carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see and be seen by others.

For adults, remember the busiest hours of trick-or-treating are between 5:30-9:30pm.

Be diligent and aware of the children around you when driving or out and about.


Photo: Dangers of texting

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Public Service Announcement: Be aware of the dangers of texting and flying.


Shoreline program manager inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame

Washington touchdown against Oklahoma
in 1986 Orange Bowl
Dan Eernissee #51

Dan Eernissee, City of Shoreline Economic Development Program Manager, was recently inducted into the University of Washington Husky Hall of Fame.

From left: Barry Switzer, Danny Bradley QB, Dan Eernissee, Coach Don James

A football player in college, Dan was co-captain of the Husky football team, playing under the legendary Dawgfather Don James.

1984 team captains Tim Meamber, Danny Greene, Jim Rodgers,
and Dan Eernissee with Coach Don James

At a ceremony held October 23, 2016 in a sold-out event at the Alaska Airlines Area, Dan's entire team was inducted into the Hall of Fame for their win over Oklahoma in the 1984 Orange Bowl.

Dan Eernissee, left, speaking on behalf of the team
at the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Dan was chosen to speak on behalf of the team at the Hall of Fame event.

From the Hall of Fame listing for the 1984 football team.

‣ Finished 1984 season with a record of 11-1, 6-1 in the Pac-10.
‣ Won the 1985 Orange Bowl with a 28-17 win over No. 2-ranked Oklahoma; first team from the West Coast, or from the Pac-10, to play in the Orange Bowl game
‣ Ranked No. 2 in the final AP and UPI polls, but also named national champions by Football News, Berryman and the National Championship Foundation (which named multiple champions)
‣ Head coach: Don James
‣ Captains: Dan Eernissee, Danny Greene, Tim Meamber, Jimmy Rodgers
All-American Selections
‣ DT Ron Holmes (1st-team); ILB Tim Meamber (2nd-team); OLB Fred Small and PK Jeff Jaeger (honorable mention)
All-Pac-10 Selections
‣ Holmes, Meamber and Small were all first-team All-Pac-10 selections; Holmes won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10’s defensive lineman of the year; C Dan Eernissee, OT Dennis Maher and QB Hugh Millen were first-team Academic All-Pac-10


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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


Wild Halloween Girls' Hockey Skate

Photo courtesy Washington Wild

The Washington Wild 8U girls' hockey team turned their practice into a Wild Halloween Girls' Hockey Skate at Highland Ice Arena.

Players dressed up in costumes while they went through hockey drills and small area games. Everyone had a spooky time and all costume stayed in place despite the players zipping around on the ice.

For more information on learning to skate and play girls' ice hockey, visit the WWFHA Washington Wild website, which will be hosting a Girls' Try Hockey for Free event on November 12th at 4:45pm at Highland Ice Arena, 18005 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, View on Map.


New Washington voters can register in person through 6pm Monday

By Evan Smith

New Washington voters can register through 6pm Monday, but they must register in person at either the King County elections office in Renton or the Voter Registration Annex in downtown Seattle.

Both offices will be open from 8:30am to 6pm Monday, the eight-day deadline before the November 8 election for in-person voter registration.

The King County Elections office is at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton.

The Voter Registration Annex is in the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.

Voters who register in person Monday will have a ballot sent by mail Tuesday.


Mystery Park #2 revealed

Photo by Seattle Poppy
Several got it right. The abandoned tractor (I think that's what it is) with the trees growing through it is in the park in Ridgecrest officially called Paramount Open Space.

Sometimes called lower Paramount, it's the wetland park with the ponds and wet weather streams.

No stories about the tractor, though. That will have to continue to be a mystery.

Anyone else have park mysteries?


For the Birds: Halloween Bird—The Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
Photo by Pat Taylor
By Christine Southwick

A witch flying in front of a full moon, with a large owl with ears sitting on a branch is a common Halloween picture.

The Great Horned Owl is that large owl. It does not have horns, nor are their ears located in those distinctive tuffs of feathers. They have large eyes, even for owls, are long-lived and have very powerful talons.

Great Horned Owls are so adaptive that they have the widest prey base and live in the greatest variety of habitat of any North American owl.

Great Horned Owl on post in field
Photo by Marlin Greene
The only habitat that they avoid is arctic-alpine regions.

While they prefer to eat rabbits, skunks, and rodents, their menu may include grouse, coots, smaller owls, even reptiles, amphibians, fish, and during lean times, large insects. If hunting is really poor, they will hunt during the day.

These owls are large and need habitat with open areas. Fragmenting of our local forests has opened up areas that were once too dense for them. They usually hunt by the perch and pounce, “sit-and-wait” method, but will hunt by quartering fields if the prey is scarce.

Great Horned Owl nesting on cliff
Photo by Eric Bjorkman
Great Horned Owls use nests built by other large birds -- hawks, crows, even Great Blue Herons, which means these owls are most often found in deciduous trees that are on the edges of fields. They will use cliff edges and crevices where trees are rare, and can easily survive in the desert.

Owl feathers are remarkably soft and great isolators, which enables these females to keep their eggs warm even when temperatures outside are more than 70 degrees colder.

Long-term monogamous, the pairs can be heard courtship calling in early winter. By late February the female will be sitting on one to four eggs for over a month, during which the male brings her food.

GH owlet in snag with White-breasted Nuthatch
Photo by Nancy J. Wagner Photography
The nestlings stay in the nest for six weeks, and then start climbing out on the nearby branches. The nestlings take short flights at seven weeks, and become fully fledged at nine-ten weeks. The parents feed and teach their young for several months, sometimes into October.

Great Horned Owls may fly long distances during fall and early winter, but don’t migrate.

One of the best ways to find these masters of camouflage is to look for whitewash on the tree/cliff face, and look for pellets (packets of indigestible bones, fur, hair) near the base of their perches or nest.


Einstein - Kellogg football game Wednesday

If you like watching the annual Rotary Cup football game between Shorecrest and Shorewood you’ll love the “future of Rotary Cups” as the football teams from Einstein and Kellogg middle schools clash on Wednesday, November 2nd at Shoreline Stadium.

These cross town rivals meet for a great match up as they represent their respective middle schools, and set the stage for the players to move on to high school next year.

Come on out and support these student-athletes and your community. Game time is 3:45pm at Shoreline stadium, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, south-east corner of the campus.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 10-24-2016 - many vehicle break-ins

Selected items from the Shoreline police blotter, week ending October 24, 2016.

  • 2 reports of vehicle break-in just to steal change. 1 smashed the front window and stole a diaper bag. Another got a cell phone and wallet. Others stole registration, aspirin, work folder, backpack full of valuables, center console. 2 at SCC and several at 188xx 1st NW with no details.
  • 7 mental issues / suicide attempts taken for involuntary hospital evaluation
  • 2 taken for drug / alcohol detox
  • 1 mail theft 152xx 6th NE
10-12  Lawn furniture stolen from fenced back yard 3xx NE 151st.
10-15  Neighbor dispute over cut tree. 2xx NW 201st.
10-16  Two males apprehended in storage unit not their own were booked on outstanding warrants.
10-17  Burglary - door kicked in at 17xx NE 150th.
10-17  Counterfeit $20 given as change at Shoreline Transfer station.
10-17  Vehicle stolen from Chuck Olsen Kia service center over the weekend.
10-17  Medical call at Shorewood for student with bad reaction to a marijuana chocolate cookie.
10-17  Game camera stolen from unlocked shed 145xx Wallingford.
10-17  Couple fight over his infidelity. She destroys his TV and is charged with vandalism.
10-18  Man with Alzheimer's was on city street, lost. Daughter contacted.
10-18  Racial slur leads to fight. Arrest for assaulting officers while armed with a handgun.
10-18  Large amount of household junk dumped behind Children's Center.
10-18  Police pursue and catch a tagger who tossed a loaded firearm during pursuit. 6xx N 185th.
10-20 Arco station on 145th robbed by unknown males.
10-20  5xx NE 170th. Unknown person hooked up a trailer and boat to their vehicle and drove off.


Photo: Halloween decorations

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Some of our Shoreline neighbors go all out for Halloween - like this beauty photographer by Lee Lageschulte. I wonder what it looks like at night...


Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

Graphic courtesy RASKC

Halloween is "spook-tacular" for kids of all ages, but the holiday can be pretty scary for our pets. Regional Animal Services of King County would like to remind pet owners of a few safety tips before the ghosts and goblins come begging.

  • Never feed candy to your pet, especially chocolate. If you suspect your dog or cat has gotten into Halloween treats, contact your veterinarian right away. 
  • Costumes can be scary to some pets. If your pet is easily spooked by strangers or loud noises, consider keeping them safe in a pet crate or confined to a quiet room while trick-or-treaters are out. 
  • Since they can escape when you open the door for trick-or-treaters, be sure your pet is wearing a collar with a license or ID tag securely attached. You may also consider microchipping your cat or dog. Check with your veterinarian. 
  • If your pet does escape, check with all local shelters (PAWS) and animal rescue groups, as scared pets can sometimes travel long distances. You can file a report on RASKC's website at


Help establish priorities for Shoreline's parks and open space needs

The City of Shoreline is in the process of writing the next six-year Plan for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PROS Plan) and we would like you to be a part of our continued discussion about our future.

You are invited to join us for a presentation about capital improvement project ideas and how we establish priorities for Shoreline’s parks and open space needs citywide and within the two light rail station subareas.

Shoreline City Hall on Tuesday, November 1 from 7:00-9:00pm.

For more information about the meeting, contact Parks Project Coordinator Maureen Colaizzi at or 206-801-2603 or visit

--City of Shoreline


DUI emphasis patrol this weekend

Saturday, October 29, 2016

WSP Impaired Driver Unit
The King County Sheriff’s Office and 16 other local law enforcement agencies in King County are participating in a DUI Emphasis this weekend.

Over 50 extra officers combined from the agencies will be on patrol targeting DUI drivers.

Agencies participating include the King County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Liquor Control Board and police officers from city police departments including Bellevue, Black Diamond,  Burien, Covington, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Muckleshoot, Port of Seattle, Redmond, SeaTac, Seattle, and Shoreline.

The Washington State Patrol Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) will be operating to support law enforcement with DUI processing. MIDU officer staff process impaired drivers in a faster manner to allow patrol officers to return to the road.

Funds for the emphasis have been provided by the King County Council and Washington Traffic Safety Commission Target Zero program.


19th Annual Student Success Breakfast Thursday at SCC

Photo courtesy SCC

19th Annual Student Success Breakfast
Shoreline Community College
19101 Greenwood Ave N
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Attend Shoreline's 19th Annual Student Success Breakfast to help raise funds to provide emergency assistance and scholarships for our college students in need.

Tickets include a tasty hot breakfast and live music provided by Funk 'n Groove, along with fabulous emcee Jim Dever of KING5 TV!

Tickets: $50 (or $500 for a table sponsorship)

Learn more


Shoreline Library Board meeting Thursday

Shoreline Library Board meeting Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St. Shoreline 98155.

Agenda Highlights

  • KCLS Staff Report
Link to Agenda

Comment on Agenda items


In The Garden Now….'Shaina' Japanese Maple

Dwarf Red Japanese Maple, with witch

Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

She’s back! Once again what looks a lot like ‘The Halloween Witch’ has returned to our garden just in time for the holiday. This time she’s landed in a bright red dwarf Japanese maple. ‘Shaina’ is a beautiful small tree that sports intense crimson leaves from spring through fall … a worthy addition to most any garden.

Most gardeners would love a tree that’s easy to grow, compact, provides color in the garden for an extended period of time, and that grows well in a variety of growing conditions. ‘Shaina’ Dwarf Japanese Maple does all of this!

Petite purplish red to crimson leaves appear in spring. Exact color is dependent on the amount of sunlight, water, type of soil, growing conditions, and the time of year. Our ‘Shaina’ provides beautiful color for 8 months of the year in a semi shady bed of our garden.

‘Shaina’ is a compact globe forming Japanese maple that seems more like a medium to large shrub. It typically reaches 4 feet wide by 6 feet high after many years and can be tucked nicely into a smaller garden.

Because she’s a dwarf tree ‘Shaina’ can be grown beautifully in a container for many years. If you can find a spot for this eye catching tree in your garden plant one. You’ll love It!

(Botanical Name: Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’)

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 20 years.


Post 227 meeting Tuesday will hear from WWII vets who went on Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

  • The American Legion Post 227 in Shoreline will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, November 1, 2016.
  • Two WWII veterans, Dr. Guy Boswell and Roy Johnson, will discuss their recent Honor Flights. Boswell was in the US Army Air Corp and served in various areas including Burma. Johnson was in the US Army and served in the South Pacific. The Honor Flights to our Nation’s capital are provided free of charge to military veterans by a non-profit corporation whose motto is “One Last Mission.”
  • The meeting will be held at Post 227, located at 14521 – 17th Ave. NE, Shoreline, 98155, (at the corner of NE 146th St. and 17th Ave. NE.) All military veterans and guests are welcome to attend.
  • A social, meet and greet time is held from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm sharp and refreshments will be served after the meeting. While you are there, you can check out the Post library that contains many militarily related books, video tapes and DVDs. The community can borrow, use and return any of these items at no charge. Post 227 members look forward to seeing you on Nov. 1st.


Letter to the Editor: Transit Oriented Development misunderstood

To the Editor:

I recently attended the Lake Forest Park ST3 forum and left convinced that Shoreline is making a mistake with Transit Oriented Development. We need to design density around business centers and busing commuters to the rail station (just like the ST3 plans) while moving the rest of the car trips away from the station. I feel strongly enough about this concept I am asking you to vote No on Shoreline Prop 1to express a lack of confidence in the City’s current rezone plans.

My proposal supports existing businesses while the city plans imply 4 new business centers (at Shoreline Center, Town Center, 145th south of the Crest and 145th west of the freeway). I'll bet there are more bus riders going to the station if they reside near the business centers than station density optionally using buses to go to the grocery store and other errands.

Station density means commuters can walk, but will congest the area for everything else. Zoning to single lot MUR 70 means there isn't enough parking underneath. Putting it alongside means you reduce walkability. If we want to support the north shore cities and improve walkability, we have to move Shoreline density away from the 145 station.

The Shoreline rezones EIS included a traffic study that depends on business centers inside the rezone for car trip reduction. The current zoning treats business as an afterthought which means we applied the wrong model. The city budget includes a half million dollars for a traffic study for 185th which goes down the drain without a different model. These are a couple of reasons why I am requesting you to vote No on Shoreline Prop 1 and show you lack the confidence in their dumb density.

Dave Lange

updated title 10-30-2016


How many self-storage facilities do you want on Aurora?

145th Aurora Storage
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Development Code including new and updated regulations related to Self-Service Storage Facilities.

Staff have already approved development permits for two new storage facilities, and six more have made pre-applications.

At that point, the City put a moratorium on new permits until regulations could be established.

Proposed regulations include what zones self-service storage facilities can be located, site design standards, building design standards, operational standards, fences, walls, accessory uses, and landscaping.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 7pm in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

Shoreline Planning Commission
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

Agenda Highlights - Link to full Agenda

  • Self Storage Development Regulations and Draft Ordinance 765
  • 2016 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket

Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


Review: Sweeney Todd is a scandalously ghoulish presentation at Seattle Musical Theatre

Sweeney Todd
October 28 – November 20, 2016
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Directed by Chris Mayse
Music Director Michael Nutting
Rated: PG-13

Review by Jim Anderson

Sweeney Todd performing at Seattle Musical Theater’s digs on Sand Point Way in Magnuson Park, is a great find.

Perhaps the quest for ghouls, goosebumps, ghastliness during this season combats the commercialization of that other pending season with the more benign trees and elves and mangers and stars.

That quest is probably made totally complete by one evening here with the Seattle Musical Theater, now through November 20th.

While some teens in the audience relished in the show’s darker elements, there were a few younger children asking deep questions of their elders about the nature of good and evil during intermission.

This may not be a show for many among the weak or young of heart of any age.  There is plenty of sadness and darkness in Sweeney Todd.

But you know who you are, you who relish in the prospect of evil made to seem simple! To hear the chorus howl and bemoan what’s presented on stage is a delight by itself and the accompanying music only adds to the lessons portrayed.

Despite the darkness, there are truly profound lessons to hear from Sweeney Todd. One is that optimism and pessimism are not merely opposites; rather, the embrace of either optimism or realism can often, as in the case of Sweeney Todd, be bludgeoned by pessimism.

The other is that a hard-hearted avoidance of forgiveness or the quest for revenge may indeed kill, or lead those who are hard of heart to kill, the very thing one might otherwise wish to embrace. And, oh, for only the ability to perceive the gift before blinded eyes.

Be glad for Sweeney Todd – that you need not be him.


SMT is located in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle 98115. Free parking.

Tickets can be purchased online


The Rec is an after-school space for young people

Learn more about the City of Shoreline’s youth and teen programs at their upcoming open house. Richmond Highlands Recreation Center, 16554 Fremont Ave N, Wednesday, November 9, 5 - 7pm. 
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

School ends for the day - the City of Shoreline’s Youth and Teen Development Program opens its doors to Middle School and High School age participants.

Located a few blocks south of Shorewood High School on Fremont Ave, The Rec is within walking distance for many students (a bus stop is right outside for those a bit farther away).

The Rec is a fun, relaxing, and supportive space for young people to spend time after school. A variety of activities are offered including basketball, pool, ping pong, video games, and arts and crafts.

Did we mention they have Wi-Fi and warm food available daily?

The Rec is open Tuesday-Thursdays 2:30-7:00pm, Fridays 2:30pm-12:00am, and Saturdays 7:00pm-12:00am and is located at the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center, 16554 Fremont Ave N.

Beyond their core drop-in programming, a range of other activities and opportunities are available such as leadership development, song-writing, hip hop dancing, and educational workshops covering mental health and crisis intervention, domestic violence prevention, and job readiness.

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

For parents familiar with the popular Tween Night program offered for 5th and 6th graders, you’ll be glad to know they have expanded to include Middle School Night on the third Saturday of every month during the school year. Meant to act as a stepping-stone into their regular after-school programming, the building is still open to High School age participants, but with activities geared towards a younger audience.

The program is entirely free and only requires that the youth participants sign themselves in when they arrive. They always have consistent, trained, and caring staff onsite, with extra staffing and the School Resource Officer interacting with participants on weekends.

Questions – Contact Austin at 206-801-2643


Reckoning with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte
The Global Affairs Center presents

Reckoning with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Dr. Vicente Rafael, University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies

Since the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, the Philippines has received much attention in the media, unfortunately not all of it good.

President Duterte’s domestic policy has focused on combating illegal drug trade by initiating a nationwide drug war that resulted in more than 2,000 vigilante murders to date.

Now, he says he is cutting off military relations with the U.S., and has welcome new relations with China.

November 3, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Room 9208, Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133 (maps)

FREE Event, but do register at this page, click on Sign Up.


Mystery in the Park #2

Photo by Seattle Poppy

You did a great job on the last mystery in the park - see how you can do with this one.

Do you know what park this is? (we do and we'll tell tomorrow)

Do you know the story behind the photo (we don't - so bonus points if you do!)

Here's another view.

Photo by Seattle Poppy


Shoreline City Council meeting Monday -- cancelled

Shoreline City Council Meeting - CANCELLATION NOTICE

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the following Shoreline City Council meeting has been cancelled:

City Council Regular Meeting
Monday, October 31, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

The next regular meeting of the Shoreline City Council will be held on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Shoreline City Hall.


Trunk or Treat at Shoreline Community Church Monday

Trunk or Treat, Monday, October 31, Shoreline Community Church, 125 NE 185th St, Shoreline 98155, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Join us Halloween Night for free candy, decorated cars, fun games, free raffle prizes and so much more!

The fun starts at 6pm in the back parking lot and goes until 8pm.

You are not going to want to miss this event. We will be raffling off a bunch of prizes: Cold Stone gift cards, iTunes gift cards, and Toy R Us.

The raffle, games and candy are free!


Project update for Lynnwood Link light rail stations at Open House Nov 16

The Lynnwood Link Extension project through Shoreline has entered final design, the process that advances design work from approximately 30 to 100 percent completion.

Final design offers many opportunities for residents, neighborhood organizations, property owners and businesses to get involved.

Each open house will focus on the station design(s) in that area.

All open houses will be held from 6-8pm. A brief presentation starts at 6:10pm. Stop by anytime.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, Lynnwood – Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, Seattle / Shoreline – Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N 
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, Mountlake Terrace - Nile Shrine Country Club, 6601 244th St SW 
Ask questions and provide feedback on:
  • Station designs 
  • Project plans 
  • Station names 
  • Project benefits and potential impacts 
  • Public art 
  • Related projects 
Can't make it to a meeting? Participate online!
More information


Volunteer Opportunity at Grace Cole Nature Park Saturday

Friday, October 28, 2016

On Saturday, October 29, from 9:00am to 12:00 noon, you are invited to volunteer with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the park at 9:00am, where the day’s tasks will be working on trail maintenance, plantings, and removal of invasive ivy and blackberry. 

Some tools will be provided but feel free to bring a tool of your liking. A sharp shovel is good for digging out roots.

Lunch will be provided (sandwiches and other items) at 12 noon but please bring your own water bottle.

Dress for the weather, rain or shine, and feel free to bring family and friends to help volunteer at the Grace Cole Nature Park work party.

Thank you to all of the volunteers for giving your time to make Grace Cole Nature Park an enjoyable place to walk, relax and enjoy!

Directions to Grace Cole Nature Park


Shorecrest Drama presents 'A Wrinkle in Time' Nov 10-13 and 17-20

Shorecrest Drama will present their production of A Wrinkle in Time on November 10-13 and 17-20 at the Shorecrest High School Theater, 15343 25th Ave NE. Thursday, Friday and Saturday showings begin at 7pm and Sunday showings begin at 2pm. 

Meg Murry is the quintessential square peg: a middle-school math whiz with glasses and a short temper. But when she and her strangely gifted little brother set off to find their missing father, they’re catapulted across time and space to a world where being different isn’t just an annoyance — it can cost you your life.
Even with the help of curious otherworldly beings, Meg will have to conjure every power she can find, and then some, to put her family back together.

Shorecrest presents a new adaptation of this mind-expanding science fiction story that’s still a favorite with the young and young at heart.

Order tickets online


Extended hours for new voter registrations Saturday and Monday

By Evan Smith

New Washington voters have extra time for in-person registration Saturday and Monday.

The King County elections office in Renton and the Voter Registration Annex in downtown Seattle will have rare open hours Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Both offices also will be open Monday from 8:30am to 6pm.

Monday, October 31, marks the eight-day deadline before the November 8 election for in-person voter registration.

The King County Elections office is at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton. The Voter Registration Annex is in the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.

Voters who register in person will have a ballot sent by mail the next workday.

The deadline to register on line or by mail or for currently registered Washington voters to update their addresses was October 10.

Evan Smith can be reached at


International Baccalaureate candidate school in Shoreline - St. Luke School

Principal Rick Boyle with student

“Our vision is to offer a world-class international school for elementary and middle school students right here in the heart of Shoreline,” says Rick Boyle, Principal at St. Luke. 
“This is not what you typically think of your local Catholic school. But we’re not a typical Catholic school. It’s not enough to offer a traditional curriculum anymore. The world is changing and so are we.”

This isn’t just talk, either. St. Luke is a now a new candidate school for the global International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.

Once authorized, St. Luke School will be the first IB program for elementary and middle school students in Shoreline. In fact, it joins only thirteen such programs in the entire state of Washington.

Research shows that students in the IB program performed better than non-IB students in a global International Schools’ Assessment study and that IB better prepares students for the rigor of college and world of work.

As an IB school, St. Luke will join a worldwide network of highly respected IB World Schools, working together to share best practices.

“We want students at St. Luke to have the 21st century skills that colleges and employers are looking for,” adds Meaghan Roach, St. Luke’s IB Coordinator and former international school teacher. 
“These include skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, strategic planning and creativity.”

During the next couple of years, St. Luke teachers are learning and planning for the inquiry based teaching methodology of the IB. Teachers have already visited existing IB programs across the state to see IB in action.

One of the most important features of an IB school is their focus on inquiry; supporting students of all ages to ask important questions, research, initiate responsible action, reflect and transfer the conceptual knowledge learned to unknown situations in the future.

St. Luke has a jump start on inquiry through their school-wide garden project.

In the garden, students investigate where their food comes from, observe successes and failures in growth patterns, and partake in the cycle of food from seed harvesting, to planting, then harvesting and composting.

St. Luke School also partners with Seattle Tilth Organization to develop rich curriculum that includes literature, math concepts, science observations, and art. 

Curious about St. Luke School?

Come to their Open House on November 30 at 6:30pm to see firsthand the innovative work being done.

St. Luke School is proud of their efforts to lead the way in best practice and are currently accepting applications for new students in kindergarten through eighth grade. All faiths are welcome to apply.

See their school website for more information on their IB journey. St. Luke School is located at 17533 St Luke Place North, Shoreline 98133.

Photos courtesy St. Luke School


Candidate issue statement from Democratic 46th District Rep. Pollet

By Evan Smith

Incumbent Democratic 46th Legislative District State Rep. Gerry Pollet recently sent a statement about what he believes are the most important issues in the November election. His opponent on the Nov. 8 ballot, Libertarian Stephanie Heart Viskovich, has not sent a statement.

The district’s other incumbent representative, Democrat Jessyn Farrell, is running unopposed.

The 46th Legislative District includes Lake Forest Park and Kenmore along with northeast Seattle.

Here is Pollet’s issue statement:

Legislative District 46, Representative Position 1
Gerry Pollet (Prefers Democratic Party)—

I ask to continue serving as your State Representative to make our tax system more fair, properly fund our children’s schools, make college affordable, and protect our environment and consumers.

I am deeply involved in our community – from reducing overcrowding in our schools to protecting Lake Washington. I understand higher education as a faculty member at the UW School of Public Health.

2014 and 2015 Higher Education “Legislator of the Year.”

To provide every child with the education they deserve, we have to make our tax system much more fair and increase support for education from pre-kindergarten through college. I am working to ensure that the wealthiest corporations in the world pay their fair share – closing loopholes and reinstating taxes on Wall Street investment income.

Stephanie Heart Viskovich (Prefers Libertarian Party)—

Has not responded to requests for a statement.

Evan Smith can be reached at


North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) Endorses City of Shoreline Proposition 1

NUHSA advocates for human services in North King County (NKC), on behalf of its residents and the agencies that serve them.

With all the attention this election cycle on the presidential race, it’s easy for city propositions to get lost. But that doesn’t mean they’re not important! City propositions can have a far more direct impact on our daily lives, and there’s one on this year’s ballot NUHSA cares deeply about.

The City of Shoreline’s Proposition 1: Levy Lid Lift is a maintenance and operations levy to maintain basic public safety, parks and recreation, and community services.

This is not a new tax, but rather a request to continue funding important city programs at the same rate as they have been from 2010 to 2016.

Losing this funding would be devastating to our local human services agencies at a time when the need is already drastically increasing.

From the Proposition statement:

Proposition 1 would help fund and maintain current levels of police and emergency service, including neighborhood safety and traffic patrols; school safety programs; and community crime prevention programs. Proposition 1 would also help fund park and trail maintenance; playgrounds and play equipment; ball fields, restrooms and the Shoreline pool; and preserve recreation programs for youth, families, and seniors. Proposition 1 would also continue funding for community services for seniors, youth, and individuals and families in need. Levy funds will not be used to replace existing funds used to pay costs of such programs and services.

NUHSA’s Board met this week and voted to ENDORSE Proposition 1.


Saturday run through Innis Arden with the Richmond Beach Running Club

The road isn't really like this -
it goes straight up!
Come on out and join the fun of running through Innis Arden this Saturday, October 29.

While the route is hilly, it also provides outstanding panoramic views of the Sound ... if you can stop panting long enough to look...

If the rain starts as the weather forecast suggests, the post-run coffee will sure feel good.

Stretchers should meet in parking lot of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177 at 8:00am.

Non-stretchers be ready to run at 8:10am. All speeds and ability levels are welcome.

Contact the Richmond Beach Running Club right here


Photo: Brugger's Bog

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Brugger's Bog
Photo by Lien Tisdale Titus

Brugger's Bog is on 25th NE just north of Ballinger Way. It borders the City's North Maintenance Facility. Brugger's Bog is a Shoreline City park.

It boasts a playground and swings, picnic areas, trails, and stream access to Ballinger Creek.


Looking for Halloween events?
One way to find all the Halloween events published in the Shoreline Area News is to go to our front page at and look for 'Halloween' under the Features tab in the first column.

It will show you all the articles published with the tag "Halloween." They are not necessarily in calendar order, so scroll past the ones that have already taken place - there's more!


RBCA Halloween Carnival Saturday at Syre Elementary School

The annual Halloween Carnival sponsored by the Richmond Beach Community Association will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 3 - 7pm at Syre Elementary, 19545 12th Ave NW.

There is an early opening for kids with special needs and their families from 2 - 3pm.


Shorewood freshman earns his Eagle Scout Award

Board of Review. From left: friend and Shoreline resident John Fahey, Troop Advancement Chair Bob Anderson, Will's Scoutmaster Dave Seger, Will, Council Advancement Chair Rod Gowdy, and family friend and Shoreline resident Greg Hampton.

Shorewood High School freshman and Boy Scout Troop 838 member, Will Anderton, completed his Eagle Scout project over the summer then successfully passed his Board of Review on October 18th to earn his Eagle Scout Award.

The new playground table at Echo Lake Elementary

Echo Lake Elementary approached Will about researching, planning, designing, and helping install a table where kids could color, draw and play board games during recess. The project grew to also include painting a design under the table and re-painting the school's hopscotch areas.

Will and friends repaint the hop scotch games
on the Echo Lake Elementary playground

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest achievement in scouting and requires the scout to earn badges, complete service hours, learn and teach outdoor skills, take on leadership roles, and plan, organize and complete a personal service project in his community.

Will presented his concept to the Echo Lake PTA

Only about 5% of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Rank. This represents more than two million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Will earned his Eagle Scout a little over a month before his 15th birthday. He comes from a long line of Eagle Scouts on both sides of his immediate and extended families.


Family Carnival at Tabernacle Baptist Monday evening

Tabernacle Baptist Church is hosting the Tab-A-Rama Family Carnival on Monday, October 31 from 6-8pm.

This free, all-ages event is safe family fun with Game Booths - Prizes - Cotton Candy - Hot Dogs - Face painting - Lots of CANDY!

It is for all ages but especially planned for children grade 6 and under. You may wear a costume.

Tabernacle Baptist Church, 16508 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, 206-362-8363, Ridgecrest neighborhood.

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