Sky: Basalt columns and other pondless water features

Monday, July 31, 2017

Learn to make one of these
Photo courtesy Sky Nursery
Sunday, August 6, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

DIY Basalt Columns and Other Pondless Water Features with Gretchen Brevoort

Love the look of those basalt columns, but not sure how it all goes together?

Come learn how simple it really is to put together a beautiful water garden display.

Learn step-by-step instructions to complete a basalt column water feature, or any other fountain set-up that requires a reservoir.

Free; no registration required.

Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline 98133, 206-546-4851


Public Art City of Shoreline #18: Twirl Spin Jump

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
Spartan Recreation Center, 202 NE 185th St
1% for Art Program 2011

Twirl Spin Jump  Virginia Paquette, artist. Painted Steel

Artist’s statement: Twirl Spin Jump, constructed of welded and painted steel, is based on repeated linear shapes of circles and ovals “in motion.” These are meant to relate to the equipment and physical activities happening inside the recreation center i.e.: twirling, spinning and jumping, and reflect the spirit of the place by making a lively welcome at the entrance.

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline


Friday Afternoon at the Movies hosted by Scarecrow Video

Friday Afternoon at the Movies, August 4, 1:00-4 pm, FREE

Hosted by Scarecrow Video, the Silver Cinema Project is an opportunity to enjoy and then discuss golden age Hollywood classics. Each screening is introduced by a Scarecrow expert. This month’s film is It Happened One Night, Frank Capra’s acclaimed romantic comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable.

Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn't give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he'll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants .... a really juicy newspaper story.

NEW this month! The Senior Center has new, better speakers to help make your movie day experience even better! 

Plus we have AC! More reasons for you to come and enjoy an Afternoon at the Movies!


LFP Citizens' Commission meets Tuesday

The Lake Forest Park Citizens' Commission will be meeting at 7:00pm, and 6:30pm for the Informal Cookie Session (feel free to bring cookies or snacks), outside of the Town Center Mall near the new culvert construction.

We will be outside, checking out the Award-winning Lyon Creek Flood Mitigation Construction Project and reminding people to get their Election Ballots into the Drop Box at LFP City Hall by 8:00pm, and gathering to observe the National Night Out.

This event is free, open to the public, non-partisan, and people are welcome to show-up and leave whenever they like. The group is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.

Feel free to bring food and drinks, since we will be away from the restaurants and stores.

Don't have a National Night Out in your Neighborhood? Not a problem, come down and observe it with us. 7:00 -9:00pm.


Seattle Tutoring Services scholarship

Local business Seattle Tutoring Services is now offering a new scholarship.
It's geared towards folks who have overcome obstacles big and small related to their learning disabilities.

The scholarship is named the Seattle Tutoring Services Learning Disability Scholarship and the award is for $200. It can be used for tuition at the student's community college, technical school or university.

More details at Seattle Tutoring Services.


Workshops on using android phones - pre register now

The AARP TEK program will hold three sessions on the use of Android Smartphones at the Shoreline library meeting room on Wednesday, August 9.

Beginner - Intermediate - Sharing on Facebook.

Registration is requested. 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

Intro to Android Smartphones: Beginner Workshop
Wednesday, 8/9/2017, 2-3:30pm
Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room

Are you new to mobile technology and ready to discover the power of apps? Join us for a hands-on workshop covering smartphone skills from Touchscreen Basics, Texting, Taking and Sharing Photos, Downloading Apps, and more.
Taught by instructors from the AARP TEK program.
If you do not have your own Smartphone, devices will be provided at the classes.
Please register by calling AARP at 1-866-740-6947

Beyond the Basics: Android Smartphones Intermediate Workshop
Wednesday, 8/9/2017, 4:30 -5:30pm
Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room

So you have the essentials down, but you're ready to take things to the next level. Join us and learn tips and tricks for your Android phone, like how to share your location with friends, control your Smartphone with your voice, edit photos, and more! Smartphone experience recommended.
Taught by instructors from the AARP TEK program.
If you do not have your own Smartphone, devices will be provided at the classes.
Please register by calling AARP at 1-866-740-6947

Privacy and Sharing on Facebook With Android Smartphones
Wednesday, 8/9/2017, 6:30 -8:00pm
Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room

Learn to control what you see and who sees what you share on Facebook in this hands-on social media workshop. Android Smartphone experience recommended. You MUST bring Facebook Username and Password.
Taught by instructors from the AARP TEK program.
If you do not have your own Smartphone, devices will be provided at the classes.
Please register by calling AARP at 1-866-740-6947


Free Concert by Lost Dogma, Wednesday at Pfingst Animal Acres Park


August 2, 2017 6:30pm (rain or shine)

Pfingst Animal Acres Park
17435 Brookside Blvd NE 
Lake Forest Park 98155

Pack a picnic dinner, gather your family and friends, and come enjoy a FREE performance by Lost Dogma, at Pfingst Animal Acres Park on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Lost Dogma is a 6-piece American band based in Seattle. (Although Toby, their lead vocals and guitar, is a Shoreline local!) Their sound is a perfect mixture of hauntingly beautiful rock and roll beats and melodies, with inspirations from classic American artists which include Tom Petty and Gram Parsons. You can find the band performing at different Seattle events year round.

We’re in for another sunny night of outside tunes, so be sure to stay cool and try some infused waters at the Aegis Living of Shoreline’s free “Hydration Station.”

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park are always free and held at various community parks throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park on Wednesdays in July and August at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), rain or shine. Concerts in the Park are supported by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, Aegis Living of Shoreline, and by Arts Council friends and members.

For more information and details, visit the Arts Council’s website or call 206-417-4645.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations.


Eric's Heroes features Shoreline resident

Hillwood Park
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
KOMO reporter Eric Johnson does a weekly column honoring a community member he considers a hero.

The subject of this week's story is Dennis Peters of Shoreline, and his son Steve.

It's a lovely story, about a lasting father-son bond.

You can read it here: A father, a son, and a game of catch going on for 40 years

If you look at the photo gallery, you will know that Hillwood Park does not have waterfront.



By Diane Hettrick

Ok everyone. Dig the ballot envelopes out from under the pile of junk mail, and get the voters' pamphlet. If you can't find the pamphlet, you can create it online here.

You need to fill out your ballot and turn it in TOMORROW.

August 1, 2017 Primary and Special Election Day

There's not a lot on our ballots, but it's pretty important for the people who are running.

Shoreline has one council position with three people. The top two in this election will go on to the general election in November.

Their race is on the BACK of the ballot.

Otherwise, we have the King county Cultural Access Program, County Executive, and three Port Commissioners.

Ballot drop boxes by 8pm

  • Lake Forest Park City Hall, Ballinger Way
  • Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave N
  • Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave NE

Mail your ballot

  • First class postage
  • Make sure you get it in before the last pickup so you get an Aug 1 postmark


Photo: Russian sage

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Russian Sage photo by Seattle Poppy

Seattle Poppy reminds us of the beautiful things to see when you slow to a walk and pay attention to your surroundings.

This beautiful bed of Russian sage is in a yard near the bluff trail by Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.


Laid Off, Ramp Up! - Monday at MLT Library

Monday, July 31, 2017, 9:30-11:30am, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace 98043

Laid Off, Ramp Up!

Have you had the wind taken out of your sails?

Whether you were just laid off, been out of work awhile, or working in a job that is a dead end, this workshop will give you concrete tools to talk to prospective employers confidently.

This is a hands-on workshop: a little writing, gathering into small groups, and moving from one conversation to another.

You will transition from being with like-minded individuals to stepping outside your comfort zone. You will create an infomercial of yourself that you can share anywhere.


Opera Preview: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Seattle Opera production of
Madam Butterfly
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 7-8:30pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155.

Opera Preview: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Even though it was a disastrous flop in its 1904 premiere in Milan, Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly has emerged as one of the most popular operas ever written, performed dozens of times a year in opera houses all over the world.

Why? Madama Butterfly is a touching story of a 19th century Japanese woman who is loved and then abandoned by an American naval officer. More importantly, though, Madama Butterfly contains some of the loveliest and most poignant music Puccini ever composed.

This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.


Special Use Permit hearing for new North City Water District Maintenance Building

Old Northwest Church property
owned by North City Water District

On Tuesday August 1, the Hearing Examiner will be taking public comment regarding North City Water District's Special Use permit and variance to redevelop the vacated Northwest Church Property for the maintenance of vehicles, shop, equipment storage, vehicle and machinery parking, fueling facility, and an onsite utility yard with outdoor storage.

North City Water District is also requesting a zoning variance to construct an 8-foot wall and/or fence along all property lines. Your input is needed to help this project be of most benefit to the neighborhood.

Come share your thoughts, comments, and tell us what you’d like to see at the Public Hearing:

6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
at Shoreline City Hall in the Council Chamber
17500 Midvale Avenue North in Shoreline, Washington

Oral or written comments will be accepted. We hope to see you there!

Project Background:

In 2014, North City Water District purchased The Northwest Church property — a 3.2 acre site located just southwest of Hamlin Park, at 15555 15th Avenue NE in Shoreline, Washington.

At that time, the District applied for and received a Special Use Permit to reuse the existing structures on the site for our new Maintenance Facility.

After extensive site and facility analysis, the District is now in the process of redesigning the site, which will identify our long range vision for the property. We are currently seeking a Special Use Permit from the City of Shoreline to redesign the site for our maintenance facility.

A neighborhood meeting was held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm (see previous post). Copies of the minutes from that meeting can be viewed and downloaded here.


North City Tech Group: High Level Overview of Deep Learning

The North City Tech Group will meet on Monday, August 7, 2017, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Shoreline Public Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155. 

Everyone is invited, there is no fee. You may RSVP at our Meetup page, but feel free to show up without registration.

Presentation: A High Level Overview of Deep Learning

Deep Learning is the workhorse tool now being used in image analysis and speech to text translation, and it looks like its applications will only be growing. This talk will provide high level pass over the basics of neural network technology, how it is being applied, why has it recently become so effective, and where is it going.

Speaker Bio: Thomas L. Skillman
Biomedical Research Information Technology Directory, Benaroya Research Institute.

Tom Skillman is a senior manager of biomedical technology companies. He provides information technology leadership including strategic planning, research data management and analytics, strategic planning, financial modeling, and operations management experience.

Early in his career, with a BS in Physics and a MS in Computer Science, Skillman developed unique embedded real-time software flown in NASA satellites. Later, at Boeing, Skillman led significant innovation efforts that created computer models of high speed machining, developed AI based autonomous vehicle controllers, and patented advance sensor and signal processing systems.

In his current position as Director of Research Technology at Benaroya Research Institute, Skillman collaborates with research scientist to apply novel information technology to accelerate their research. This includes the design and management of the research data and analysis infrastructure, assisting researchers in managing, analyzing, and visualizing their scientific data. Applied technologies include NoSQL database, scalable cloud computing, t-SNE analytics, and custom VR applications.

The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at either the Shoreline or Lake Forest Park Library.

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 Meetup page for each month’s topic.


WeatherWatcher: Heat wave coming this week

Fire on Lake Ballinger July 29, 2009
during all time record of 103.4°F.
Photo by Carl Dinse

We have a heat wave on the way this week, expected to peak on Thursday. The temperatures are going to be warm enough that the National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an Excessive Heat Watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon until Friday evening.

We are expecting the warmest daytime temperatures since July 29, 2009. Records in the area south of Seattle are expected to be broken; however we might be slightly cooler due to the influence of winds from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Daytime temperatures are expected to ramp up into the low 80's through upper 80's into Wednesday.

Thursday we are likely to see a low to mid 90's high temperature for the hottest day. We could even get into the upper 90's.

The reason for the uncertainty for Shoreline and Lake Forest Park is due to the placement of this heatwave. The northern tip of this heatwave is expected to end around central Seattle but it could be slightly further north or south.

If you plan to travel south beyond Seattle or toward the east side of Lake Washington, you could see temperatures on Thursday into triple digits.

The good news is that nighttime temperatures are still expected to make it down to the low 60's. We will at least be able to cool down and sleep at night throughout the week.

Models show a cool down starting on Friday with the weekend returning back to seasonal temperatures.


New bike lanes on 1st NE connect to east - west trail

As part of the Bike Plan Implementation, new bike lanes have been created on 1st Ave NE from NE 185th to NE 195th.

NE 195th is the east-west bike trail which runs from Meridian Ave N to 5th Ave NE and transitions to the pedestrian bridge over I-5.

The bike lanes remove all the on-street parking in front of the Shoreline Conference Center and the Shoreline Pool. The off-street nose-in parking in front of the tennis courts and Shoreline Park remain.

The Shoreline Center is notifying customers about the parking revision but has not yet suggested alternative parking.


City Light to begin installing advanced electrical meters

The standard advanced meters have white labels.
They also have FCC ID labels, which are required
by law because they have a radio transceiver in them.
By Diane Hettrick

Seattle City Light will begin upgrading existing electrical meters to advanced meters July 31, 2017.

The Advanced Metering program will replace more than 420,000 meters by the end of 2018, enhancing service for customers, while helping the publicly owned utility become more efficient.

Advanced meters will record customer energy-use information throughout the day, just as today’s meters do.

Using wireless communication similar to cell phones and WiFi, customer energy-use information will be sent several times a day in 90 second transmissions to City Light using radio frequency waves.

The new meters eliminate the need to have meter readers physically read the meters - or to have the utility estimate bills when the meter readers cannot work the route.

It means that residents will not be alarmed by strangers peering over their fences or walking in their back yards looking for the meter. Police will not have to spend their time hunting down "intruders" who turn out to be meter readers.

Billing will always be accurate, neither based on estimates, nor influenced by a lichen-covered meter cover.

Once the meter data is connected to other computer systems, power outages will be reported automatically. No more will customers have to hunt for the outage line number in the dark to call in a power outage. The utility will know exactly where the outages are the instant they occur.

When the data is connected to City Light computer system, customers will be able to see daily online updates of their energy use and what it costs.

Once the data is within City Light’s secure firewall, the information will be matched up with customer accounts for billing and other customer service activities.

Puget Sound Energy, which already uses automated meter reading infrastructure for electrical and gas, is in the middle of upgrading to deploy two-way automated metering technology.

City Light customers who do not wish to receive the benefits of an advanced meter can choose to opt out. To learn more visit the opt-out page here. Opt-out meters look like advanced meters except they have a blue label and no FCC label.


Death notices as of July 25, 2017

Oil painting by Christyne Westphal
Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them.

Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times

Don Rahkonen  1927-2017  Sgt in Occupation Army in Japan; called up to guard against "rogue sagebrush" in Hanford during Korean War. Designed and built 5-level hillside view home in Richmond Beach, where he lived for 45 years. Olympic-grade ski racer and coach. Services at St. Luke.

Douglas Douwe Dykstra  1936-2017  Born Douwe Dijkstra in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, he worked at the Christian daily newspaper, Friesch Dagblad, and served in the Dutch military. In 1958 with wife and baby, he immigrated to Seattle to join family here. Owned Continental Printing. A celebration of life was held at Shoreline Christian Reformed Church.

Daniel A. Lyons  1922-2017  Army service in Europe and Philippines during WW II. Board of Management of the Shoreline YMCA 1972-1982. Active member of Shoreline Breakfast Rotary. Contributions in Dan's memory may be made to Rotary Foundation or the Shoreline YMCA.

Jeannette Marie Eeckhoudt  1943-2017  Shoreline resident for 29 years. Avid fly fisher and birder. A scholar and outdoorsman, she was "most at home by a trout stream or next to a campfire with her friends."

Phyllis Marian Botto / Robinson / Clark  1922-2017  With first husband Bill, in 1962 they built a Jim Hussey designed home in Lake Forest Park, where they lived for 30 years. Avid player of tennis, golf, and bridge, she loved to travel.

Bonnie Duncan Peters  aged 97  Died peacefully among family at home in Lake Forest Park. In the 1940s she worked in The Seattle Times information bureau, where she said she was the "Google of her time".  Her second marriage was to a man she dated in high school after they reconnected at their 50th high school reunion. Passionate about golf, basket weaving, and genealogy which she worked on up to two weeks before her death. Services at LFP Civic Club.

Helen Sinclair Gaevert  age 83  She was involved in many charities, including Shoreline Healthy Start.

Warren D. Elmer  1924-2017  Served as part of the 10th Mountain Division Ski troops sent to Italy to fight in WW II. A State Farm representative, he retired at age 84. A life long liberal, his daughters have childhood memories of doorbelling for local Democratic candidates. A celebration of life was held for Warren and his wife Jane at their Shoreline home.

Sally Gagner McGlynn  1933-2017  Volunteered at St. Luke in Shoreline.

William Francis Ryan II  age 83  Services at St. Luke in Shoreline for Edmonds resident. The army veteran enjoyed "gun collecting, travel, Starbucks and Redhook with friends and family."

James "Barry" Holt  1929-2017  The Lake Forest Park resident "volunteered countless hours in his decades of service at the Northshore Senior Center and other Community club positions." Retired from Boeing, he traveled the world.

Florence Faye Matheny DeShazer  1921-2017  A Shoreline resident since 2012, she and her husband spent 30 years in Japan as Free Methodist missionaries, helping to start 23 churches.

Barbara Lee Lewis  1932-2017  A longtime active member of St. Mark Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul, services were held at St. Mark, with graveside service at Holyrood.

Alisa (Olberg) Landreth  1965-2017  Services at Berean Bible Church. Donations to "Vision House/Reading Program as Alisa was a voracious reader and spent endless hours reading to her boys."

Joyce Acker Tingley  1932-2017  Raised her family in Lake Forest Park. Sang in the Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church Choir, and the Choir of the Sound. She was a Shoreline Community College preschool teacher for 30 years, from 1969-1999. After retirement from teaching, she operated the Richmond Beach post office. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 5 at 3:00pm at the Innis Arden Clubhouse located at 1430 NW 188th Shoreline 98177.

Frank Reynold Bender  1934-2017  An ordained minister by the Assemblies of God for 50 years, he was deeply involved in the Shoreline Community Church. Frank participated in ministry at nursing homes, jails and homeless missions. He and his wife Erma were interim pastors of All Tribes Church for Native Americans. "Frank officiated basketball for many years for recreation leagues, junior and senior high schools and community colleges. He started up a group of basketball officials for Special Olympics of Washington, and refereed at the International Special Olympics in both 1983 and 1987. He was involved as a Special Olympics volunteer in both basketball and track and field from 1976 - 2014, and was recognized as volunteer of the year by the State organization."

Daniel L. Kolbeck  1942-2017  Services at St. Luke in Shoreline and graveside at Holyrood.

Robert Bradley Brewer, Jr.  1961-2017  Lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. "Bob loved the outdoors; camping, boy scouts, boating and transferred love of nature to his boys. He was actively involved in Indian Guides, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as his boys grew." A celebration of life was held at Lake Forest Park Civic Club.

Robert Peck Rogers  1934-2017  Active in the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club and played tuba in several community bands. Worked at Aetna from 1958-1972 when he started his own business. He was varsity rowing crew at the UW, then formed the Lake Washington Rowing Club and rowed competitively, winning the gold medal at the Pan American games in 1959 and taking fifth in the 1960 Rome Olympics. An avid skier, boater, biker, and hiker, climbing Mt Adams and Mt Hood, and Mt. Rainier twice.


Photo: For Birds Only

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Seattle Poppy walks around Shoreline a lot and makes wonderful finds of odd, quirky, and charming things, which she shares with us!


Photos: Tour de Terrace car show

Photo by Debbie Frank Seger

Tour de Terrace had a full day of activities Saturday, including a car show. It ended with a fireworks display that startled Shoreline residents.

Photo by Debbie Frank Seger
Activities continue on Sunday.

See previous article.

In the meantime, a Lake Forest Park man's vehicle won a category in the 2017 car show held at the Edmonds Church of God July 15.

Clay Rudolph's 1969 Chevy Camaro SS 396 won the Best Muscle Car category.

Sorry - no photo.


Accident Friday blocks traffic on Ballinger

Looking east on Ballinger Way
Photo courtesy WSDOT

A crash on Friday, July 28 in the right lane of westbound SR 104 / Ballinger Way blocked traffic on Ballinger right at the I-5 off ramps.

In the photo, emergency responders have blocked both off-ramps from I-5 but are allowing one lane to pass on westbound Ballinger.

For some reason, a police vehicle is blocking the right lane of eastbound Ballinger Way, just before the exit.

Drivers were stuck on the off-ramps. Those exiting the freeway from northbound lanes were forced to go to the next exit and turn around to exit southbound on I-5.


Classifieds: Ronald Wastewater Board special meeting Tuesday

Public Notice

Ronald Wastewater District
Notice of Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
August 1, 2017, 6:00pm

Meeting will be held at the District Headquarters
17505 Linden Avenue North, Shoreline, WA

1. Public Comment:  3 min for public, 5 min for agency representative
2. Wastewater Service Contract Agreement update
3. Conclusion


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Ghosts on Summer Vacation

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


Shoreline Planning commission public hearing on code amendment for wireless telecommunication facilities

Shoreline Planning Commission
Shoreline Planning Commission, Thursday, August 3, 2017 – 7pm, 
PUBLIC HEARING: Wireless Telecommunication Facilities Development Code Amendment

Full Agenda and staff documents

Comment on Agenda items


Renovation and repairs begin on Twin Ponds Park

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Old lights in a pile at the side of the fields
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The City of Shoreline is completing needed repairs to the field turf and lighting at Twin Ponds Park, 16501 N 155th St 98133.

Work has begun on Twin Ponds Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Repairs include:
  • Replace synthetic field turf and sand/rubber infill with new synthetic turf and sand/cork infill.
  • Replace the existing wooden poles and light fixtures with new metal poles and light fixtures.
  • Provide new parking lot lighting at the north parking lot and add pedestrian path lighting from the north parking lot to the athletic field.

For further information, contact Noel Hupprich, City of Shoreline Capital Project Manager, 206-801-2472.


City Council Monday to discuss Flood Reduction and Maintenance Facility

Shoreline City Council
Shoreline City Council meeting Monday, July 31, 2017 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm

Agenda Highlights

National Night Out Against Crime

Adopting Resolution No. 412 Approving the 2017-2023 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan for the Purpose of State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Funding Eligibility

Adopting Ordinance No. 786 - Park Impact Fees

Discussing Ordinance No. 788 - Development Code Amendment to Expand Use of Civil Fees and Other Fees Collected

Discussing the North Maintenance Facility Alternatives Analysis and Preferred Alternative and discussing the 25th Avenue NE Flood Reduction Project Alternatives Analysis and Preferred Alternative

Executive Session: Litigation – RCW 42.30.110(1)(i)

Link to full Agenda with access to staff documents

Comment on Agenda items

You can watch Council meetings live or after the fact on your computer; information here


Crime in Shoreline week ending 7-10-17 - don't leave your drugs in the patrol car

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending July 10, 2017

06-30  $1000 stolen from chiropractor business on N 200th.
07-02  Individual found on Interurban Trail at 3pm vomiting blood, with no idea of what happened. Orbital fractures led police to open an assault case.
07-03  Found narcotics, 30 vehicle keys, and credit cards on street at NE 147th.
07-03  Front door security camera stolen from residence on 155xx Stone Ave.
07-03  Individual sitting on sidewalk at 11xx N 200th, smoking something, then collapsed.
07-03  Graffiti at Richmond Beach library park, Innis Arden reserve, Shoreline park.
07-03  Female arrested for punching, biting, and scratching her roommate.
07-04  Detached shed burglarized on Stone Ave.
07-04  Shoplifter Trespassed from Walgreen's 175th/Aurora hears voices and claims to have Google mind control.
07-04  Person arrested on drug charge at Shoreline Motel left a baggie of heroin in the patrol car.
07-05  Individual contacted on Aurora for a noise complaint was arrested on $5000 DUI warrant.
07-05  Tools stolen from locked maintenance office at Echo Lake Apartments.
07-07  After dispute, man calls 9-1-1 making claims of rape and child abuse against other person.

Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending July 17, 2017

07-07  Home for sale burglarized at 26xx NW 196th.
07-08  Intoxicated person shoplifts alcohol from Walgreen's 175th and Aurora.
07-10  Warrant subject found in bathroom at Echo Lake Park during park check after dark. Booked into jail.
07-10  Burglar at 158xx 15th NE entered via pet door.
07-10  Woman called to report a burglary. When officer arrived, she was wearing nothing but a shirt, with feces dripping down her leg. Referred to Customer Response Team.
07-10  Woman claimed to have alcohol poisoning and was threatening self-harm. Transported to NW Hospital via ambulance.
07-10  Fireworks confiscated from house at 20xx N 152nd.
07-10  Bicyclist stopped for violation had drugs, cash, and an outstanding warrant.
07-10  Car prowl in Y parking garage.
07-10  Graffiti at Innis Arden Reserve and Sunset Park.
07-11  Domestic Violence between mother and son.
07-11  Domestic Violence between father and son.
07-11  Burglary 158xx 25th NE. Personal items taken and valuable items left.
07-11  Intoxicated driver waiting at Highland Terrace Elementary to pick up his daughter from summer school.
07-12  Woman with mental issues wandering around Innis Arden.
07-12  Two drivers get in a fist fight over a parking space at Hae-Nam Kalbi on Aurora.
07-13  Smash and grab from vehicles at dog parks.
07-14  Detached garage broken into - tools and bikes taken. 147xx 26th NE.
07-16  Unknown suspect entered Cafe Aroma through an open window and stole an empty safe.


Photo: More flowers

Friday, July 28, 2017

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

It's supposed to be over 80 degrees all weekend. Admire the flowers now - they'll probably wilt or melt - oh, wait! that's me who will wilt and melt.

76 degrees is ok, but no higher. And no lower than 65. Anything outside of that is excessive and to be complained about.



Paws and Pints on Sunday

Sunday, July 30th, 10am – 5pm – Paws and Pints - $10

Gallagher’s Where U Brew is hosting the first ever Paws and Pints event!! There will be beer, food, raffle prizes, a silent auction and a pub crawl!!

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Squeaky Toy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit mobile free pet store helping the pets of disabled veterans, low income families and the homeless.

This is a family friendly event (root beer for the kiddos) and please feel free to bring your pets!! 

There is also still room to book your own space to brew your own beer!! Fifty dollars from every batch of beer brewed on Sunday goes directly to The Squeaky Toy!!

Gallaghers’ Where U Brew, 180 W Dayton St, Suite105, Edmonds 98020, 425-776-4209


Eruption author at Third Place Books Monday for LFP / Shoreline READS

Steve Olson, author of Eruption
at Third Place Books Monday

2017 Lake Forest Park / Shoreline READS 

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens
by Steve Olson 
Monday, July 31 at 7pm

Third Place Books
Lake Forest Park 

No tickets or purchase necessary 

Join Steve Olson and the rest of your community at the Third Place Commons Stage as he discusses the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, one of the largest eruptions in human history.

His book combines details from science, history, politics, and the stories of the fifty-seven people who died.

Want to read it in advance? Get a 20% off a copy of Eruption here, or pick one up now at Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, intersection Ballinger and Bothell Way, Lake Forest Park.

"Natural disasters are revelatory. 
The manner in which a society interprets 
a catastrophe and responds to the chaos 
exposes many of the accepted truths, 
prejudices, hopes, and fears of a culture. 

--Nicholas Shrady, The Last Day
(as quoted in Eruption)


"It's in there flowin'
It's in there growin'

You don't believe me
That this scenery

Could be a
Cold-blooded killer"

--The Presidents of the United 
States of America, "Volcano" 


Health Dept: Time for back-to-school immunizations

The Washington State Department of Health is urging parents and guardians to make sure their kids’ immunizations are up to date before heading back to school this fall. 

Last school year (2016-2017), 85 percent of kindergartners were completely immunized. This school year’s goal is 95 percent. View a list of the elementary schools that achieved 95 percent last year. 

Local schools on the 95% list: Briarcrest, Parkwood, St. Mark, Syre

Students could be excluded from school if there’s an outbreak of a disease they are not immunized against. Vaccines are critical protection for children; they also help keep other kids around them safe from many diseases.

See all required vaccinations for kindergarten through 12th grade and child care and preschool.

Besides English, the list of required vaccinations is also available in seven different languages such as Spanish, Chinese, and Somali.

Parents and guardians can check their child’s immunization status or print their Certificate of Immunization Status at

Vaccines are provided at no cost to all kids through age 18. If a health care provider charges a fee to give the shot, parents or guardians may ask to have it waived if they cannot afford it.

By law, no child can be turned away from getting a recommended vaccine from their regular health care provider because the family cannot pay.

Get help finding a health care provider by calling the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 or visiting

--Washington State Department of Health


Court rejects motion to dismiss two defendants in Eyman campaign finance case

A court Friday rejected a motion by two defendants in a $2.1 million campaign finance case involving Tim Eyman and for-profit signature gathering firm Citizen Solutions, asking the court to dismiss the case against them.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon issued an oral ruling rejecting a motion to dismiss Citizen Solutions and its principal, William Agazarm.

“Mr. Eyman misled the public and contributors who thought they were donating to one initiative, but instead were supporting Mr. Eyman’s personal expenses and a completely different initiative,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. 
“That could not have happened without the participation of Mr. Agazarm and Citizen Solutions. Today’s decision is a victory for transparency, and allows the case to proceed toward trial with all responsible parties.”

Among other allegations, the lawsuit contends Agazarm and Citizen Solutions participated in a scheme to conceal campaign money the company received and then funneled to Eyman. Eyman then used the funds from Citizen Solutions to fund an unrelated initiative campaign, and for his personal living expenses, in violation of state campaign finance law.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Linda Dalton and Assistant Attorney General Jeff Sprung are handling the case.

The Attorney General’s Office enforces the state’s campaign finance disclosure law to ensure free, open and fair elections in Washington state.


Update from Sound Transit

Light trail is coming to Shoreline
Sound Transit update of July 28, 2017

Permanent station names adopted

On Thursday, July 27, the Sound Transit Board adopted the permanent names for the four stations of the Lynnwood Link Extension.

From south to north:
  • Shoreline South/145th
  • Shoreline North/185th
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Lynnwood City Center

A significant amount of public input was received on station names for the Lynnwood Link Extension. We received more than 7,500 station naming suggestions at 30 percent station design open house meetings in Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood in November 2016, and through an online survey in April 2017. Thank you so much for your input – it helped us reach this important decision!

60 percent design open houses completed in Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace

We wanted to extend a thank you to community members who attended our open house meetings in Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace on May 24 and June 28. The open house meetings offered opportunities for the community to get involved by having conversations directly with project staff. 

An online open house was also available between May 24 and July 28 for those that could not make the in-person meetings and wanted to review and comment on the latest station designs.

Overall, more than 3,200 community members participated in the 60 percent final design open houses so far.

Design work at the Lynnwood Transit Center has required more intensive coordination than anticipated between our project partners at the City of Lynnwood, Community Transit, Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit Express Bus. A station design open house meeting for Lynnwood is anticipated to take place this fall as the project continues through the final design phase.

For more information:


LFP man in vehicle crash in Yakima

According to the Yakima Herald, 37 year old Adam Accettella of Lake Forest Park was not injured when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was rear-ended on I-82 in Yakima Thursday, July 27, 2017 .

Accetella was a passenger in a semi-truck driven by Esmir Zunic, 40, of Fort Lewis. The vehicle was rear-ended by 38 year old William Larsonberg of Pullman, who was driving a 2016 Toyota Rav4.

Larsonberg was taken to the hospital. Zunic and Accettella were not injured.


KIM Seattle: where 5th graders can dissect pig hearts

Trevor and Sgian in the Pig Heart Dissection module
Photo by Melissa Crawford

Program that keeps kids’ attention
By Angelique Phillips

Expose. Hook. Mentor.

This is the mission of Kids in Medicine and Science, a program that provides students with both science education and laboratory experience.

Kids in Medicine and Science, more commonly known as KIMSeattle, is a nonprofit program for students ranging all the way from kindergarten to 12th grade.

KIMSeattle’s Founder and Executive Director, Joanie Block, talked about how she was a part of another medical education and training nonprofit before KIMSeattle. Her child’s teacher at Brookside Elementary in Shoreline invited her to do presentations that aligned with their health and community learning units.

As she was designing the facility she noticed how interested her son was with the equipment.

“He was just really inspired just by being there and so I had the idea to bring kids into the facility and teach them on the same platform that we were designing for physicians, which was essentially small, lots of hands on type work” said Joanie.

According to administrators, KIMSeattle’s goal is to get students interested in science at a young age, and keep them interested throughout their educational journey.

KIMSeattle offers several different programs; their sessions being held either through outreach by the program, meaning they go to the school requesting the session, or at Shoreline Community College.

Shoreline Community College partners with the KIMSeattle program by providing a space for the teachers of the program to teach the students involved. SCC allows KIMSeattle to bring students to utilize one of their science laboratories while partaking in activities such as a full pig heart dissection.
Photo by Angelique Phillips

This partnership with the college gives students the opportunity to work within a laboratory, completing things such as a full pig heart dissection.

“Every program needs to be authentic -- real instruments, tissue, lab supplies or whatever it is,” said Joanie Block.

Shoreline Community College isn’t the program’s only tie to the Shoreline area.

Joanie’s a Shoreline parent herself and has recruited current and retired Shoreline Schools teachers for the program. Current district teachers Matt Alford and Denise Peters volunteer as their schedules permit. Retired district teachers and principals volunteering with the program include Kaydee McGillvray, Paul Lesh, Lori Longo, and Joan Lesh - who was the teacher that originally invited Joanie to make presentations in her classroom.

KIMSeattle intern Lauren Hanna talked about the relationship KIMSeattle has with the Shoreline community, and how just Einstein, Kellogg, and Shorecrest High School have all participated in the program.

The program tries to spread itself between elementary, middle and high school students, but in an effort to raise money, KIMSeattle scaled back its teaching this past school year.

“Many schools are long-term customers, but increasing demand outweighs our capacity. This results in our having to turn down 50 percent of requests for programs each year,” said Lauren.

In order to combat this lack of funding, KIMSeattle has plans to create versions of their program suitable for distribution. This distribution will not only expand the program’s reach, but also potentially generate revenue.

Stillwater 5th graders in the class portion
of the Heart Module program
Photo by Melissa Crawford

It is efforts like these that will allow more students to have an experience like Cody, a 5th grade student at Stillwater Elementary.

Cody and his classmates in Stillwater Elementary 5th grade classes participated in KIMSeattle’s program called The Heart Module. In this module, students are given the opportunity to perform a pig heart dissection and are taught about things like heart disease and the ways the blood flows through the heart.

In Cody’s post-lab report he talks about the pig heart he and his classmates were able to both look at and cut into. “There’s a lot of blood in the human body. Pretty cool,” he wrote in his report.

KIMSeattle strives to meet every student where they’re at, whether it’s teaching elementary students like Cody, Trevor, and their 5th grade classmates, or students just about to enter into college.

“What we found in our outcome data following a heart module, which was initially surprising, was kids reported that they wanted to exercise, eat healthy and learn more about their bodies,” said Joanie.

The program wants kids to walk away wanting to take better care of themselves, and through things like donations and people stepping up to volunteer with the program, KIMSeattle can continue to teach the next generation.

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