Don't Drip & Drive - free inspections at SCC Automotive

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shoreline Community College automotive program is offering a series of free auto leaks workshops on campus in the automotive building 2100 between during February and March.

The campus is located at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133.
Directions to campus  Campus map
Free parking in evening

Dates of the workshops being offered at Shoreline are:

02/09/17             6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
02/16/17             6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
02/23/17             6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
03/02/17             6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
03/09/17             6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
03/16/17             6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
03/23/17             6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Register for a workshop and inspection time slot at Shoreline Community College on the day of your choice.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews

Senior Greg Gaines has planned out his last year at Benson High School: he's going to keep an insanely low profile, make lousy films, and survive until June.

It's good to have a plan. A plan makes excellent traction when you crumple it up and drive over it.

And that is, essentially, what happens Greg's plan. His mom greets him at the end of Senior Year Day 1 and tells him that Rachel has cancer, and that he, Greg, will go and befriend her.

If this was a regular book about cancer, Greg and his friends and family would learn a touching lesson about the sweetness of life and the bitterness of death. If this was a book by John Green you would need three boxes of tissues just to face the world after the final page.

But it isn't. Here are a few lines from the final chapter, just to give you a taste of the narrative voice:

...doesn't mean I'll be making a film out of this book. There is no way in hell that is going to happen. When you convert a good book to a film, stupid things happen. God only knows what would happen if you tried to convert this unstoppable barf-fest into a film. The FBI would probably have to get involved. There's a chance you could consider it an act of terrorism....

Greg's sarcastic, self-deprecating voice throughout the story rings true to anyone who has ever been a teen -- or even spoken to a teen lately. However, Earl nearly steals the show several times. I won't quote any lines from Earl, partly because I don't want to spoil the fun of reading Earl in context, and partly because he cusses so much that every other word would be bleeped. And that is absolutely all I will say about Earl, except maybe this:
Great story, great characters, buckets of cussing and talking about sexual situations, but no bare skin except sometimes the bald head of Rachel, which looks (according to Greg and Earl) like Darth Vader when he takes his helmet off: "insanely white, like it had been boiled, and sort of veiny and lumpy." Not exactly an erotic image, but hey: cancer isn't very pretty.

Oh, and by the way: there is a movie.

And according to folks at Sundance, the movie didn't totally suck.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Four Shoreline gymnasts qualify for 3A Gymnastics State Championships

Qualified for State
l-r Julianne Oshiro, Jacy Elizondo, Christina Warner, Victoria Collins
Photo by Susan Riley

Shorewood gymnast Christina Warner as well as Shorecrest gymnasts, Julianne Oshiro, Jacy Elizondo and Tory Collins, qualified Saturday at the District 1 Championships for the 3A Gymnastics State Championships.

Warner qualified as an All Around (Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise) while Oshiro will compete on Vault and Floor Exercise, Elizondo on Uneven Bars and Collins on Balance Beam.

District 1 Championships Results:

1-Sehome  147.9
2-Shorecrest 140.85
3-Shorewood 127.5
4-Sqaulicum 125.775
5-Bellingham  53.275

2-Christina Warner, Shorewood 8.05
7-Oshiro, Shorecrest 7.8

Uneven Bars
5-Warner, Shorewood 6.65
7-Elizondo, Shorecrest 6.4

Balance Beam
3-Warner, Shorewood 8.05
8-Collins, Shorecrest 7.8

Floor Exercise
3-Warner, Shorewood 9.05
6-Oshiro, Shorecrest 8.8

All Around
3-Warner, Shorewood 31.8
7-Oshiro, Shorecrest 29.875


The Internet of Things: Beyond the Hype - North City Tech Meetup Monday

Mike Maas
Cisco Technical Evangelist
The next North City Tech Meetup will be on Monday, February 6th from 7 to 9pm at the Shoreline Library meeting room, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 981553

 The topic is “The Internet of Things”. Everyone is welcome, there is no cost to attend and no membership required. RSVP is suggested, but not required, just show up if you can!

Presentation Title - The Internet of Things: Beyond the Hype

Speaker Biography
Mike Maas is a Cisco Technical Evangelist focused on Internet of Things. He works in the DevNet team helping to facilitate technology access, content, and experiences to developers around the world. Mike has way too many systems, devices, and gadgets with never enough time to tinker with them all.

Presentation Description
In this discussion we will survey the state-of-the-art relating to the Internet of Things and try to separate what is marketing hype from what is production-ready and what is reality from fiction.

We will cover a large swath of the technologies and use cases from the ground to the cloud with professional insight into where the field is and where it is going. There will be some equipment show-and-tell and time for questions so please come and join the discussion.

North City Tech Meetups follow an every-other-month schedule. One month we feature a speaker and alternate months are general discussions. We meet at either the Shoreline Library or Lake Forest Library depending on their availability. You can check out the site above for each month’s topic.


Transportation Fair showcases alternatives to driving Feb 7

Transportation and mobility issues have a universal impact on many social services agencies, and are possibly the number one barrier to people, especially those with disabilities, receiving services.

If this issue is a challenge for you or the people you work with, check out the Transportation Fair this Tuesday, February 7, at the Shoreline Senior Center.

While it is being held at the Senior Center, the information is for people of all ages and the event is open to everyone.

Tuesday, February 7, 11am to 2pm.

Get an ORCA card and learn your options.


Scene on the Sound: USS Nimitz

Photo by Jan Hansen
Photo taken from Shoreline

The USS Nimitz sailed by about 9:30am Tuesday morning, on the last day of January.

From Wikipedia

"USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is a supercarrier of the United States Navy, and the lead ship of her class. One of the largest warships in the world, she was laid down, launched and commissioned as CVAN-68 but was redesignated CVN 68 (nuclear-powered multimission aircraft carrier) on 30 June 1975 as part of the fleet realignment.

"The ship was named for World War II Pacific fleet commander Chester W. Nimitz, who was the Navy’s third fleet admiral. Nimitz had her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk until 1987, when she was relocated to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. Following her Refueling and Complex Overhaul in 2001, her homeport was changed to NAS North Island in San Diego, California. The home port of Nimitz was again moved to Naval Station Everett in 2012.

"In January 2015 Nimitz changed homeport from Naval Station Everett to Naval Base Kitsap.[4]
USS Nimitz Air Power emonstration

"With the inactivation of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in 2012, Nimitz is now the oldest American carrier in active service."


OSPI cites study that ranks Washington 46 out of 50 in education spending

From the Office of the Superintendent of Public Education

Although it’s one of the wealthiest states in the country, Washington gets an “F” in terms of education spending, according to a recently released study.

Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card,” published by the Education Law Center, compares state education funding systems using a variety of data. Among its findings, the report examined what the authors call “effort.” Effort refers to the total amount of state and local spending on education in relation to the gross state product, which is the total value of goods and services produced by the state.

In 2013, the most recent year for which complete data exist, Washington ranked 46th of the 50 states.

“Relative to our economic growth, we don’t put enough back into education,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We rank ninth in the country in terms of our per capita gross state product. Yet less than three percent of that wealth is spent on public education. We need to do better.
“As one comparison, Mississippi – which ranks 50th in per capita gross state product – puts more than four percent into public education.”

Reykdal also noted that the study ranked Washington 49th out of 51 (50 states and Washington, D.C.) in terms of wage competitiveness, which “compares teachers’ salaries to the salaries of other professionals in the same labor market and of similar age, degree level, and hours worked.”

“Our rank is a function of how much we value the talent we have,” he said. “We must improve! We need sincere conversations in this state about what it means to recruit and retain quality teachers.”

Reykdal pointed to Senate Bill 5607, which would overhaul education funding. “I’m very encouraged by the comprehensiveness of the bill,” he said, “and the willingness of the Senate to propose fairly sweeping changes. Any plan that moves the needle on student achievement must increase our overall investment in K-12 significantly, support our educators with market-rate compensation and drive more dollars into high-need communities.”


WeatherWatcher: Snow is back in the forecast, monthly graphs, last week's data

Snow has returned to the forecast later this week, almost right on time. You might remember I mentioned we could have another shot at snow and cold in my previous report on January 16. Cold air is surging south out of British Columbia once again this week. We are already seeing freezing temperatures Tuesday evening. Expect clear skies and low temperatures in the mid-upper 20's with highs in the upper 30's until Friday.

Friday morning through the weekend looks interesting and very inconsistent in the computer models. There are two low pressure systems wandering off the west coast, according to models for this weekend. First one, on Friday morning, is expected to bring showers starting as snow, then changing over to rain. Each model run changes the forecast to rain showers, while others hint at a more snowy pattern. I'd say the chance right now that we'll see any accumulating snow for Friday is about 20-30%.

The tracking of the low pressure centers, both Friday and over the weekend, are uncertain, and a slight change in their paths will put us into either snow, rain, or just cold. It's possible but not certain at this time that we could have a snowy weekend, possibly lasting well into next Tuesday.

Bottom line: It's far to early to tell at the moment because there is much uncertainty, but the right pieces are in place to possibly cause a snow event for the Shoreline area.

Month to date graphs:
I wanted to show that we've been below normal temperature for the majority of January, and rarely above normal, putting the month as a whole much colder than normal. Below are two graphs. The first is the daily average temperature compared to normal; the second is the daily high and low temperatures compared to normal.

Daily average temperature compared to normal.
Daily High and Low temperatures compared to normal.

On precipitation we are running just a little below normal, thanks to our arctic high pressure that dominated the first half of January, and a ridge in the jet stream that occurred in the last week of January.

Precipitation compared to normal plus snow accumulation.

Last week's data highlights (January 21 - 27):
High temperature: 51.3°F (Friday)
Low temperature: 31.8°F (Tuesday)
Rainiest day: 0.14 inches (Sunday)
Total rainfall: 0.16 inches
Warmest day: 44.1°F (Saturday)
Coldest day: 36.3°F (Tuesday
Average temperature: 40.3°F, normal for the week was 43.0°F (2.7°F below normal)

For current weather conditions visit


Destinations: Lowell Riverfront Trail

Reflecting Water
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Inverted landscape
on waters tranquility
nature artistry.

poem by Christian Lambeaux 2014

An asphalt trail starts at Lowell and follows the west bank of the Snohomish River to south Everett. It is an easy walk where one can enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

Reflecting Water 2
Photo by Wayne Pridemore has information on the Lowell Riverfront Trail here.

--Wayne Pridemore


Classifieds: Ronald Wastewater Commissioners

Ronald Wastewater District
Notice of Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
January 31, 2017, 11:00am

1.    Public Comment:  3 min for public, 5 min for agency representative
2.    Resolution 17-04  Employee Incentive Program
3.    Conclusion


LFP Residents: Be Safe - Be Seen

LFP Rotary and the City have partnered again to purchase Be Safe Be Seen flashers.

Pick them up at City Hall or ask a Police Officer to get one for each member of your family!

These flashers are free and easy, and they might save your life on the dark and winding streets of Lake Forest Park.


Attorney General files suit against President's immigration Executive Order

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit in federal court against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. 

Ferguson’s complaint asks the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.

The Attorney General also filed a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order seeking an immediate halt to the Executive Order’s implementation.

The complaint asserts that the President’s actions are “separating Washington families, harming thousands of Washington residents, damaging Washington’s economy, hurting Washington-based companies, and undermining Washington’s sovereign interest in remaining a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.”

“No one is above the law — not even the President,” Ferguson said. “And in the courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails. It’s the Constitution.”

Ferguson argues that the Executive Order violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection and the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, infringes individuals’ constitutional right to Due Process and contravenes the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.

Major Washington state institutions supported the Attorney General’s lawsuit through declarations filed alongside the complaint. In their declarations, Amazon and Expedia set forth the detrimental ways the Executive Order impacts their operations and their employees.

On Saturday, a federal judge in Brooklyn issued an order enjoining the Trump Administration from enforcing its Executive Order as to certain individuals who have arrived in the United States. Ferguson’s lawsuit is broader in scope and seeks to invalidate entire sections of the Executive Order nationwide.

“Never has our system of checks and balances been more important. Washington is filing the first suit of its kind in the nation, thanks to the good work of Attorney General Ferguson and his team,” said Gov. Jay Inslee, who joined Ferguson at today’s press conference. 
“I would not be surprised to see more. Until Congress takes this Administration to task for the obvious moral and legal injuries suffered by innocent, law-abiding people entering our country, it is up to states to protect and promote the rights of the people who reside in our borders.”

Today’s complaint asks the court to declare major sections of the Executive Order illegal and unconstitutional and to enjoin the Trump Administration from enforcing the policy.
The Attorney General also asks to court to schedule a hearing within 14 days.

A copy of the complaint will be available on the Attorney General’s Office’s website.

AG Ferguson was interviewed on the Rachel Maddow show Monday.


2-1-1 Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Washington Information Network 2-1-1 is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday, January 31st. 

Since its inception, 2-1-1 has helped over three million callers statewide.

Last year alone, the service answered over 1,700 calls from people living in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential, and easy-to-remember phone number where people can receive information and referrals to essential health and human services such as:
  • Where to go for food and shelter
  • What to do if the utilities are turned off
  • Where to get free or low-cost health or dental care 
  • How to get rent or mortgage assistance 
  • Where to find job assistance and employment resources
  • How to get help with civil legal issues, including eviction

Individuals and families in search of critical services often struggle with where to turn for help and can become easily overwhelmed or discouraged when they are turned away.

2-1-1 is a great “first call for help.” Calls are answered by professional Information and Referral Specialists who assess a person’s unique needs and refer them to the agencies best equipped to assist them.

Callers also receive useful information about when, where, and how to access services — all of which greatly improve a person’s odds of getting the help they need.

In King County: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-621-4636
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

TTY 206-461-3610 or 7-1-1 Relay
Language interpretation is also available.

Visit us online
Search for community resources online 


Presentation on School Bond Tuesday and Wednesday

A reminder that due to the delivery delay of the Shoreline School Bond Information Pamphlet to the 98133 and 98177 zip codes serviced by the Bitter Lake Post Office, there will be two additional community presentations provided by the school district this week.

They will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 10am and Wednesday, February 1 at 6pm in the Boardroom at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE.

Additionally, you can find more information and view a video of a previously recorded informational presentation here. You can also contact the District with any questions you have at 206-393-4412.


Health & Wellness Speaker Series in Richmond Beach

Health and Wellness Speaker Series
Sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association

In place of its monthly community meeting, Richmond Beach Community Association is pleased to announce a series of presentations focused on improving the health and well-being of our residents. 

During the month of February 2017, speakers from local health care clinics will provide free educational talks.

These presentations are free of charge and all are welcome.

Meetings start at 7:30pm and will last approximately one hour. They will be held at the usual meeting facility, Richmond Beach Congregational Church, located at 1512 NW 195th Street in Shoreline.


Tragedy at Beaver Lake Park

Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish
Photo courtesy Sammamish Parks

By Diane Hettrick with information from the KCSO

This story did not take place in Shoreline or Lake Forest Park - but the first part of it could have.

Vehicles prowls are common at city parks. People carry guns. In the Beaver Lake case, that was the recipe for tragedy.

On Wednesday, January 25th just after 2:30pm, a 22 year old Sammamish man and his girlfriend were walking their dog in Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish.

They saw someone breaking into their car. The man ran to his car and confronted the suspect, who got into another vehicle.

The man got his gun and fired shots at the suspect vehicle. He was run over and killed by the suspects as they fled the scene of the crime.

Detectives learned a credit card stolen from another vehicle in the same parking lot was used about an hour later at a Fred Meyer store in Renton.

Detectives obtained surveillance photos of two suspects attempting to use the stolen credit card. An associate of the pair identified them as 17 year old female from Federal Way and a 16 year old male from Des Moines.

On Friday, January 27th, King County Sheriff’s detectives conducted an undercover operation in the city of Des Moines as part of the Beaver Lake Park homicide investigation.

About 10:30pm, detectives used a ruse to get a 16 year old male, who detectives believed was connected to the homicide, to come outside so he could be safely questioned.

However, Detectives were approached by the 16 year old male and a 17 year old male, both armed with pistols. Detectives identified themselves as law enforcement officers and ordered the pair to drop their weapons. The 17 year old male fired his pistol at the detectives. Three detectives returned fire, striking the male.

The other male, who was the one being sought by detectives, fled on foot.

The 17 year old male who had been shot was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, but later died from his injuries. His pistol was recovered next to where he was found.

The other male dropped his loaded pistol while fleeing. The pistol was later found where it was dropped.

He was eventually located hiding in a nearby apartment and taken into custody without incident.  He was booked into Youth Services Center for weapons charges.

Detectives do not believe he was at the scene of the Beaver Lake Park homicide.

Detectives continued to search for the 17 old female who was seen in the Fred Meyer surveillance photos using a credit card stolen at the park. She was located Saturday morning at a house in Skyway with a 23 year old female who has been identified as the driver of the vehicle that killed the 22 year old man in Sammamish.

The 23 year old female was arrested and booked for Vehicular Homicide and the 17 year old female was arrested for Identity Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. Both women were at the scene of the Beaver Lake Park homicide.

The three male deputies involved in the shooting are a sergeant, 42 years old who has 11 years with Sheriff’s Office; a detective, 36 years old and 10 years with Sheriff’s Office; and a detective, 36 years old with 5 years at Sheriff’s Office.

Update:  King County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 16 year old girl Tuesday morning in Federal Way. Detectives believe she was the third occupant in a vehicle that struck and killed a 22 year old man at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish last Wednesday during a botched car prowl.

Detectives also believe she is one of the women who used a credit card stolen from another vehicle at Beaver Lake Park around the time of the homicide.

Detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects in the Beaver Lake Park homicide.

updated 1-31-14 4:30pm


Community Breakfast at Third Place Commons on Feb 16

Join Third Place Commons on Thursday, February 16th for the Annual Community Breakfast. This year’s festivities will feature both familiar program favorites and some fun surprises.

The always lively, fast-paced breakfast is Third Place Commons’ biggest fundraiser, and fun-raiser, of the year – the perfect time to come together and show support for our shared Commons Community!

This year’s theme will focus on music and arts programming at the Commons, and especially the youth programming that gives youngsters countless chances to engage, learn, and grow both as audience members and as participants!

Third Place Commons is proud of the many partnerships that make Commons programming such an invaluable community resource, including partnering with Shoreline Schools to welcome regular student arts programming from musical performances to PTA Reflections events.

In addition, Third Place Commons is delighted to recognize two outstanding arts educators from Shorecrest High School with this year’s Friends of the Community Award.

Shorecrest’s Music Chair Vince Caruso and Art Chair Laura King will be honored jointly at the event for their efforts to help local students learn and thrive through the arts. Join the fun on Feb. 16th to show your support for these excellent educators!

And speaking of students learning and thriving through the arts, gifted musician and recording artist Ian McFeron is a Shorecrest grad who has toured across America bringing his unique blend of acoustic pop meets Americana, blues, and swing to audiences everywhere.

Shorecrest grad Ian McFeron is featured
at the Third Place Commons Community Breakfast

Ian will offer a short keynote address at the breakfast to share a little about his journey from local music student to nationally known musician, and how the Commons has fit into that journey.

Don’t miss this chance to join friends, neighbors, and colleagues for great conversation, a lively program, and a fantastic opportunity to support an organization that sits right at the heart of our community. Doors open at 7am and you’ll be on your way to a great day by 8:30pm. Tickets are $50/seat, or bring your friends to a table for eight for just $375. Buy your tickets here!

Every year, Third Place Commons hosts over 900 free events for all ages including live music (and dancing) every Friday and Saturday night and community performances by local schools, private studios, community nonprofits, and amateur musicians.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn sessions offer children from infants to aged 5 a chance to explore, discover, and have fun with their caregivers on a weekly basis while special family programs like Halloween at the Commons and Family Day at the Farmers Market have become popular annual celebrations for families throughout the community.

And since events at the Commons are always free and open to everyone, Third Place Commons provides a uniquely accessible venue that serves our community like no other.

Of course, Third Place Commons also presents the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market from May to October each year where they make fresh, healthy, and locally grown and produced foods readily available to everyone.

And their Market Bucks food assistance program, funded by local donors just like you, provides vital access for low-income neighbors who otherwise might not be able to benefit from these same nutritious goodies like fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, meats, and fish.

It’s your support that makes all of this programming possible each year and the annual breakfast is the ideal time to show that support! Contact or call 206-366-3302 with questions, and get your tickets online at Tickets can also be purchased in-person at Third Place Books.

Third Place Commons is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to fostering real community in real space. It is located at 17171 Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park.


Friday Roundtable: Get places with Terra Staffing

Terra Staffing employment specialist and recruiter, Sarah Hoffman will join the conversation at Shoreline Community College Job Seekers' Roundtable with details about Terra, what you might expect during a placement interview, and who’s hiring.

Word is that office staffing companies are at the very least even with requests for workers, and numbers of workers to be hired. So it’s a strong possibility that if you need something fast in the temp or temp-to-perm sphere, Terra could be your last stop.

Bring your resume! (If you bring it on a thumb drive, I’ll project it for tips and takeaways.)

This is a great opportunity to get placed quickly!

Friday, February 3, 1:00-2:30pm
Shoreline Community College Building 1400, Room 1402
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133
SCC Campus Map

Ron Carnell Chair, Classified Staff Professional Development Committee, 206-533-6706


Registration open for Shoreline Little League 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Shoreline Little League 2017 baseball and softball season is just around the corner. For drafted divisions AAA and above, softball assessments are scheduled for February 3rd and baseball assessments are February 11th and 12th.

Register now to make sure you don't miss the assessments! Practices for AAA and above begin March 1st.

Registration is open for all divisions for T-ball through Seniors. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Shoreline Little League website.

If you are a returning player, please update the form for your child including the school from the drop down menu, choosing a uniform size and registering for any volunteer positions.

Click HERE to begin the registration process.


32nd District Democrats to hear Nick Licata on citizen activism

Former Seattle city councilmember Nick Licata will talk about his book Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World.

Wednesday, February 8 meeting of the 32nd District Democrats, 7pm at the Shoreline Masonic Hall, 753 N 185th, Shoreline 98133.

Licata, one of Seattle's most effective leaders of political and social change since the 1960s, has written a smart and powerful book, explaining how to get organized, congregate power, and master the tactics for change. Licata's observations on the intricacies of power will not only educate an activist who wants to make a difference in today's world, but will empower them through insightful tools such as effective communication methods.

Business meeting to follow. Full Agenda here.

Agenda will include a discussion and update on the 2017 Legislative Agenda with the 32nd Legislative Action Committee - "learn where to put your new skills on how to lobby in Olympia to work!"


Pizza & Pipes Feb 12 at Haller Lake

$25 will get you pizza, dessert, beer / soda / coffee -- plus a theater organ concert and silent movie cartoon.

Reservations are essential as the pizza is being brought in. Send an email with your name and the number of people in your party.

Sunday, February 12, 1:30pm, Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave N, Seattle.


Photo: There are never enough mountains

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Beautiful views of snow-capped mountains are good for the soul.

Look - breath - think calm thoughts.

All will be well.



Shoreline City Council Monday - property tax exemptions, parental leave, drug enforcement among items on agenda

Shoreline City Council Meeting, Monday, January 30, 2017, Regular Meeting 7:00pm.
City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N, Council Chamgers

Agenda Highlights

  • Proclamation of Black History Month
  • Authorize the City Manager to Approve the Conditional Certificate of Property Tax Exemption for 205 Apartments
  • Authorize the City Manager or Designee to Execute an Interlocal Agreement with the US Department of Justice for Participation in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program
  • Adoption of Res. No. 403 Delegating Authority to the City Manager or Designee to Legally Bind the City of Shoreline for the Sole Purpose of Requesting Federal Reimbursement for Transportation Projects
  • Discussion of Ord. No. 762 – Amending SMC for Temporary Encampments
  • Discussion of Ord. No. 771- Amending the Property Tax Exemption Program to Encourage Affordable Housing Application Deadline
  • Discussion of Paid Parental Leave Policy
  • Discussion of Res. No. 402 – Amending the Personnel Policies
Link to full Agenda and Staff documents

Comment on Agenda items


Thousands at Immigration Rally at Westlake Saturday night

Seger family of Shoreline at the Immigration Rally at Westlake
l-r Jamie Cottle, Andrew Seger. David Seger, Sandra Michelle, Lizzy Carroll
Debbie Frank Seger in front

Photos show thousands of people in the streets around Westlake as the protests continue about the ban on immigrants from seven Muslim countries. There was so much confusion around the order that anyone who was from one of those countries and was not a citizen was being detained.

Photo by Debbie Seger
That included people with green cards and resident status. The ban was enacted so swiftly that many were caught in transit.

Protests were held at SeaTac airport on Saturday night (see previous article) and a rally and march at Westlake Center and surrounding streets on Sunday night.

Corrected 1-30-2017 for number of countries and days of the protests.


In the Garden now ... Danger lurks

'Yellow Jacket' or wasp
Dept of Healt
By Victoria Gilleland

Beware! Our wasp friends are still in the neighborhood, but semi-dormant.

Last week while picking up debris in our garden I was stung by a wasp that looked a lot like the yellow jackets pictured here.

I was stung on the hand through my cloth garden glove probably because I had, so to speak, "Put the squeeze on the Little Guy." For several days my hand was red and swollen at the sting site.

When I mentioned my wasp encounter to some of my gardening friends, several shared their personal stories of having had similar unpleasant experiences. Some were surprised that wasps could be disturbed and sting in the cold winter months. It can happen!

Many told stories of bees and wasps hiding out in the wood pile and emerging in their house once firewood was taken inside and temperatures climbed. Others discussed having been pursued and stung by aggressive wasps that had inadvertently been disturbed indoors or outside. There were those who had severe reactions to stings they had sustained. My recent sting was no fun but not nearly as bad as some I’ve heard about.

For more information take a look at this informative article on Bees and Wasps produced by Washington State Department of Health:

So, all of you who venture outside to enjoy our brisk winter weather and/or want to get a head start on gardening in 2017 need to remain vigilant. You never know what you might encounter.

Stay safe!

(Scientific Genus & Species: Vespula vulgaris)

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.


Quirky Gourmet: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with lemon-garlic sauce
prepared by a reader
Photo by Austin Carpp
Devra Gartenstein is the owner of Patty Pan Grill in Shoreline. She is the author of Cavemen, Monks and Slow Food: A History of Eating Well, The Accidental Vegan, and Local Bounty.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

Makes 4 servings

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the Brussels sprouts with two tablespoons oil, half a teaspoon of salt, and the pepper. Arrange them on a baking sheet.

Toss the garlic cloves with enough oil to coat them, wrap them in foil, and place them in a separate corner of the same baking sheet.

Roast the Brussels sprouts and the garlic for about half an hour, or until the Brussels sprouts start to brown and the garlic becomes aromatic.

When the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the pulp out of the skins and mash it with a fork. Mix it with the remaining oil and salt, as well as the lemon juice. Serve the sauce on the side, as a dip, or toss the roasted Brussels sprouts with it before serving.

(Ed. note: absolutely delicious)


Shorecrest Boys swamp Shorewood, 85-52 in Hoopapalooza

Thunderbirds Naode Mehari, #2 ,Thomas Hundhausen #25 and
Scots Steven Lin #40, and Dagmawe Menelik track the loose ball.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

1-28-2017 Boys' Basketball
Shorecrest gym
Shorecrest 85 - Shorewood 52

The last thing the Shorecrest boys basketball team needed was an extra emotional edge just before tipoff when they hosted their cross-town rivals Shorewood at Hoopapalooza Saturday night.

Kat Rodriguez brought down the house
with her rendition of the National Anthem
Photo contributed
But they got one anyway when senior Kat Rodriguez belted out an inspiring rendition, the best rendering of The Star Spangled Banner since Whitney Houston sang it at the 1991 Super Bowl.

With that added boost, the high-flying Scots spurted to a 27-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and were headed on their way to a convincing 85-52 win over the T-Birds.

Scots' coach Brian Fischer was able to empty his bench in the second half with the Scots holding a commanding 45-16 halftime lead.

Senior captain Steven Lin said after the game, "Right now our team is really finding good chemistry with one another and playing solid basketball, and it's always a plus to do so during a rivalry game." 
Lin, who epitomizes the Scots' unselfish play went on. "It just feels likes there's something extra to play for whenever it's our cross-town rival."

Shorewood coach George Edwards had to be proud of how his outmanned team scrapped in the second half, nearly playing the powerful Scots even in the final sixteen minutes.

Highlander Philip Pepple, a junior, goes for the dunk.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
But it was too much Phillip Pepple and Malcolm Rosier-Butler early, as they combined for 25 of the Scots' first half points.

The T-Birds finish off the season with road games next Tuesday and Friday at Arlington and Marysville-Getchell before hosting Snohomish on Senior Night, Monday February 6, 2017.

The Scots (8-1, 16-1) host Snohomish Tuesday and Arlington on Friday, their Senior Night. Monday the 6th they'll travel to face Stanwood, which is undefeated (9-0) in league play.

Full information can be found here

Shorewood 4 12 16 20 52
Shorecrest 27 18 20 20 85

SW - Mekonen 1; Mehari 3; Ishkanov 2; Hammer 15; Johnson 14; Ordona 5; Hundhausen 7; Santos 2; Vojnikovic 3.

SC - Rosier-Butler 18; Lee 12; Menelik 7; Steele 2; Camara 6; Acker 9; Mosley 11; Lin 4; Pepple 16.

--Frank Workman


Open house at Seattle University Continuing Education

Sunday, January 29, 2017

You are invited to attend the Open House showcasing Seattle University’s School of New and Continuing Studies, Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5-6:30pm in the Casey Atrium on Seattle University's campus on Capitol Hill.

The school of New and Continuing studies currently offers hybrid degree completion programs in Digital Technology and Cultures as well as Organizational Leadership and a professional certificate in Web Development.

Come to campus and learn how New and Continuing Studies is tailoring programs to fit adult students. 1215 E Columbia St, Seattle 98122. 206-220-8280.

More information or RSVP


SW Girls stifle Shorecrest in Hoopapalooza, 46-30

Shorewood's Taryn Shelley eyes
the basket as she gets set to shoot.
1-28-2017 Girls' Basketball
Shorecrest gym
Shorewood 46 - Shorecrest 30

The basketball rule book says you only have to play five players at a time.

Shorewood's girls basketball coach Mark Haner took it literally Saturday night as his starting lineup played the whole game in the T-Birds' 46-30 win over rival Shorecrest in the Scots gym in Hoopapalooza 2017.

The five are Davi Borromeo, Ledia Musye, Bella Hotham, Katie Taylor, and Taryn Shelley. Shelley led all scorers with 20 points, and she was first to give credit to her teammates.

Shorewood's Katie Taylor puts up
a shot from just outside the key in
early game action.

"Katie and Davi played controlled and were able to handle their pressure very well," said the WSU-bound senior center after the game.

"And Bella and Ledia worked hard down low and were scrappy on defense. Shorecrest is always tough, but it was a good win and I'm proud of my team".

Indeed, Taylor and Hotham were demons on the boards and defense, repeatedly stealing Scots' passes to the low post and blocking shots, holding the Scots far below their season average of 50 points.

In fact, with the Scots desperately trying to rally in the final quarter, SW held them to a single basket.

With the win, the T-Birds have thrown the WesCo 3A standings into a quagmire, with four teams (SW, SC, Snohomish, and Marysville-Getchell) tied for second place at 7-2, behind Lynnwood (9-0).

Thunderbird Ledia Musye, dark uniform, battles
Highlander Jazlyn Owens for a rebound.

Only three games remain in the regular season. The T-Birds host Arlington Wednesday and Marysville-Getchell on Friday (Senior Night) , before ending league play at Snohomish on Monday February 6.

The Scots travel to Snohomish Wednesday and Arlington Friday, before hosting Stanwood on their Senior Night, Monday February 6.

Thunderbird Bella Hotham looks to pass.
For full league information, click here

Shorewood 13  11   9  13   46

Shorecrest   8    6  12   4    30

SW - Borromeo 3; Musye 5; Hotham 6; Taylor 12; Shelley 20.

SC - Lee 5; Dietz 4; Owens 8; Wood 3; Gresch 4; Stephenson 6.

--Story by Frank Workman
--Photos by Wayne Pridemore

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