Photos: Trick or Treaters

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

When porches fill

With little feet

It's time to call out,

"Trick or Treat!" 

---Rusty Fischer

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

At Pridemore's door, you cannot lose

you get candy - and your photo in the News!

---No one is going to claim this


Celebration of Winged Things on Saturday

​Coming Saturday: A Celebration of Winged Things!
Free Community Movie
DisneyNature’s: Wings of Life
Saturday, November 4
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N (98133)

Diggin’ Shoreline wraps up its year of pollinator discovery with a FREE celebration of winged things—honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, moths, and more with two showings of the DisneyNature movie, Wings of Life (1:15 and 3:00pm).

Be sure to come early to get your bag of free organic popcorn. Before, during, and after the movie, experience these:
  • Don Ehlen of Insect Safari and his 4-table display of flying insects and other bugs, featuring pollinators. 
  • Wondering about what it takes to host a honey bee hive or other things you can do to help save them? Be sure to visit with the folks from Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. 
  • Want to know more about native plants and the pollinators attracted to them?
Stop by the Washington Native Plant Society Master Native Plant Stewards table and hear about the work they’ve been doing at Boeing Creek, Shoreview, Hamlin, Twin Ponds, and Brugger’s Bog Parks throughout the City of Shoreline to preserve and restore native habitat.
  • Take apart a flower at the flower dissection table hosted by the Biology Department of Shoreline Community College. Discover just what pollinators eat and where within a flower their life-giving food source is found.
  • Diggin’ will, of course, have some cool take-home crafts and activities and information to share, too.
Insect costumes are encouraged!


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

Two new openings at Shoreline Community College

Facilities Operations Maintenance Specialist

Under the general direction of the Maintenance Supervisor, this position will evaluate equipment operations problems and emergencies in the multiple buildings on campus, take appropriate action to return equipment to its normal operating condition, respond to emergency calls and reported malfunctions on mechanical, electrical or utility systems, apply journey-level knowledge in associated trades, work independently and exercise independent judgment to solve problems.

Description and application

Office Assistant 3 – Music Department

Under general supervision, the Office Assistant serves as the initial point of contact providing customer service to students, faculty, staff and the community. This position provides office support functions necessary for the effective operations of the department.


Holiday Benefit Dinner at Shorecrest Nov 14 for Holiday Basket Fund

The Shorecrest ASB and Shorecrest PTSA will host their annual Holiday Benefit Dinner on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Shorecrest Commons (15343 25th Ave NE) to benefit the Shoreline Holiday Baskets Food and Teen Gift Drive.

This year’s dinner theme is “Fall’s Harvest” and will be catered by the renowned Shorecrest Culinary Arts Program. Guests will also be treated to entertaining musical and dance performances from some of Shorecrest’s amazing student performance groups.

Come kick off the holiday season with great food and entertainment for a great cause! All proceeds go to the Shoreline Holiday Baskets Food and Teen Gift Drive.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

There are three ways to purchase your ticket (through Nov. 9)
  • In person - from Andy Denney at the ASB Window, Shorecrest High School 
  • By mail – fill out order form and mail to Holiday Benefit Dinner, c/o Shorecrest High School 15343 – 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
  • By credit card - use the following link and use the “guest login” 
    • To find and buy tickets, go to: Items at all schools and High schools and Shorecrest and Fill out your choices

All proceeds from this event will be used for the Shorecrest Holiday Basket Drive in partnership with the Shorecrest PTSA

Tickets purchased through the mail and online will be available at “will call” on Tuesday, November 14 or can be picked up ahead of time the Shorecrest ASB. Bring printed receipts for online tickets. If you have any questions, contact ASB Coordinator Andy Denney, 206-393-4291.


Shoreline Fire calls Oct 9-15 and 16-22

Four Shoreline fire fighters packing up to come home
from fighting wild fires in California
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Shoreline Fire calls for  the week of October 9-15

  • Aid - 50
  • Aid Non Emergency - 23
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 4
  • CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 8
  • Medic - 40
  • MVA Medic - 1
  • MVA Rescue - 1
    • vehicle into a tree @ 1:45am Sunday, extricated and taken by Aid to hospital
  • Cardiac Arrest - 5
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 8
  • Flooding Minor - 1
    • bathroom faucet would not shut off
  • Gas Spill/Absorbent - 1
    • from a vehicle at gas station
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 3
  • Smoke/Haze in the Area - 1
  • Service Calls - 4
    • toddler locked self in bedroom
    • 2 blood draw
    • fire extinguisher exploded)
  • Vehicle Fire - 1 on I-5
    • turned out to be a radiator leak

Shoreline Fire calls for  the week of October 16-22

  • Aid - 76
  • Aid Non Emergency - 7
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 6
  • CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 0
  • Medic - 26
  • MVA Medic - 0
  • Cardiac Arrest - 0
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 15
  • Flooding Minor - 1
  • Service Call - 4
    • 1 blood draw
    • 1 hydrant hit
    • 1 odd odor
    • 1 tree down and blocking roadway
  • Smoke Smell - 1
  • Vehicle Fire - 1


Tree City USA award to be presented at Hillwood Park work party Saturday

Hillwood Park
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Shoreline has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the fifth year in a row.

Come celebrate by helping remove invasive species and plant new trees and plants in Hillwood Park on Saturday, November 4, from 10am to 2pm.

Hillwood Park, 18947 3rd NW Ave 98177

As part of the work party events, Linden Lampman, Urban Forestry Specialist from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, will present Mayor Chris Roberts and Park Board Chair Betsy Robertson with the Tree City USA recognition.

Representatives from EarthCorps will be on hand to lead the work party and provide some environmental education along the way. The work party is from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Join your neighbors and fellow native plant enthusiasts in mulching, removing invasive species, and replacing them with native plants. The Shoreline Parks Department is providing native ground covers, trees, and shrubs for planting.

Dress appropriately; long sleeves, gloves, and a hat are recommended. Tools and gloves will be available, but you will be most comfortable with your own pair of gloves. Feel free to bring a trowel, fork, and/ or loppers if you have them. For more information, email Kirk Peterson or call him at 206- 801-2611.

Shoreline achieved 2016 Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four standards: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of a least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.


Letter to the Editor: I strongly support Heather Fralick for school board

To the Editor,

I strongly support Heather Fralick as our next school board member. She is smart, considerate, fair, and kind - all qualities we want in our elected officials.

When I first met her, I noticed right away she cares for all the kids at our school and really wants to make sure that every student has a safe learning space. She is a volunteer teacher at school where she reads to the kids and gets the students excited about learning.

She is deeply committed to continuing the traditions of excellence in our schools, advocating for full funding of our children’s education, and working with parents and educators to achieve the best outcomes for every Shoreline and Lake Forest Park student.

Every time I talk with her, I am impressed by her passion, dedication, and commitment to public education and the Shoreline School District.

Susan McIntyre


LFP “Big Five” Coffee Meeting Saturday Nov 4

Mayor will be joined by other
elected officials on Saturday
Mayor Jeff Johnson said he had a “crazy idea” one day and that was to bring the salmon back to the City of Lake Forest Park creeks and streams.

Today that idea is coming alive with much more as City elected officials host a coffee on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00am to 10:30am at LFP City Hall Council Chambers to answer questions about the “Big Five” planning efforts.

Mayor Johnson said that he is looking forward to following through with the City Council Strategic Plan and all the “Big Five” visions they have outlined, as well as taking action to create regulations that helps anyone who wants to “invest in us” to do that in “the right way.”

City elected officials are wanting to hear your questions about all this.

What are the “Big Five?” They represent planning across the entire City. 
Ideally they will all interrelate together to bring solutions and ideas to enhance our community and improve living conditions going forward and into the next 50 years. 

Find out more at these links:

1.  Central Subarea Plan
The coming of Sound Transit’s bus rapid transit (BRT) and a proposed park-and-ride structure to be built in the vicinity of the Town Center or somewhere in LFP, has initiated a plan that will include visioning and helping to shape a new Central Subarea Plan. The entire Town Center area will be examined for redevelopment and is a central part of this plan’s discussion.

2.  LFP Safe Highways

Focuses on developing options to make both SR 104 and SR 522 safer and better, while accommodating transit, pedestrians and bicycle riders.

3.  LFP Safe Streets

Examines all other surface streets' safety issues and seeks to increase better connections to transit and other amenities like parks, schools and the Burke-Gilman Trail; priorities will need to be established.

4.  Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST)

Planning for current and future park plans and trails. First meeting to take place on November 8th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

5.  Healthy Creeks

Website still in development. (Mayor Jeff Johnson’s idea to bring salmon back to the creeks -- ask him about it on Saturday.)


Letter to the Editor: Observing the Candidates for City Council Position 1

To the Editor:

I am writing to offer my personal observations of the candidates in the upcoming election for City Council Position 1 between Keith McGlashan and Jin-Ah Kim.

Ms. Kim’s campaign flyer tries to discredit Mr. McGlashan by stating “He was Mayor when the Point Wells development was approved . . .”. While true that Mr. McGlashan was the Mayor, does Ms. Kim not know that it was Snohomish County where the property sits that approved the development? Or does she know and just not care if a true statement can be manipulated to imply something that makes your opponent sound bad? Not very good either way.

I saw Ms. Kim in person at a Democratic political meeting earlier this year. She attacked a candidate seeking an endorsement from the group by stating that an unflattering article was “the very first item that appears on a Google search of your name.” It was disappointing to learn later that the unflattering article was not really the first item that appeared on a Google search about the candidate. The article could be found, but it took some work and was clearly not “the very first item” that appeared. Ms. Kim seems comfortable distorting the truth for political advantage.

My observations of Keith McGlashan are very different. I do not know Mr. McGlashan well and don’t agree with every decision he has made, but I have found him to be informed and thoughtful about his decisions, and respectful and honest in our discussions.

Truth from our elected officials is still important, maybe more now than ever in the age of Trump. My concerns about Ms. Kim’s approach to politics and what that would mean for the Shoreline City Council led me to contribute to Mr. McGlashan’s campaign, and I urge Shoreline residents to vote for him in the upcoming election.

Tim Friedrichsen


Crime in Shoreline weeks ending 10-16-17 - Double Edition

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week ending October 9, 2017

09-25  Vehicle used in burglary fled after attempted high risk stop. Pursuit ensued but ended for public safety reasons.
09-26  Woman and 13 year old son were walking in Fred Meyer parking lot when a man in a car pulled next to them and started masterbating.
09-30  Attempted burglary of Ridgecrest Public House. A pry bar was used on the front door.
10-02  Burglar forced way into house through back door window, took numerous items, and likely assaulted the dog.
10-03  Slider forced on condo and dog stolen at Echo Cove. Possible suspect is subject of protection order.
10-03  Bicyclist ran red light at N 160th and Aurora and was hit by a car and injured.
10-05  Busted two different people selling drugs in parking lot of police station at midnight and 1am.
10-05  Cable wire cut at residence with ongoing civil battle over ownership.
10-06  Mail thief caught on Ashworth with a backpack full of mail.
10-06  Female driver was followed down 15th NE by a bicyclist brandishing a knife and calling racial slurs.
10-07  Drunken 18 year old with a bottle of vodka falls on sidewalk. Officer pours out the vodka and issues a warning.
10-07  Drunk driver causes two car collision on Aurora at 1am.
10-07  Hospice caregiver became concerned when client did not answer door. Called Fire for a welfare check. They forced open the apartment door, but client was not at home.
10-08  Arrest for DUI hit and run collision at I-5 off ramp at 175th.
10-09  Pedestrian who was stopped for violation at 12:30am headbutted officer and was booked for assault.

Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week ending October 16, 2017

Trending this week: Drunks, mental breakdowns, suicide attempts

10-08  Woman at Hideaway Casino sent for involuntary commitment after mental breakdown. She was undressing in bathroom, opening restaurant packages, and incoherent.
10-09  Driver stopped for using a cell phone, following too closely, and blocking a driveway, was arrested on DUI.
10-10  Adult with mental issues runs away from group home and is located at Starbucks.
10-10  Safeway employees at 155th called about a suicidal man who was running into traffic.
10-10  Pedestrian called about a man who was stumbling and walking in the middle of the road on Meridian.
10-11  Officers responded to a call from a juvenile who was thinking about killing herself over rumors at school.
10-11  Drunk enters the wrong apartment through unlocked slider and falls asleep.
10-13  Man with mental issues told postal worker he was going to shoot him.
10-13  Patron at Spartan Gym lost wedding ring.
10-13  Vehicle abandoned at Ballinger McDonald's had what appeared to be stolen mail in it.
10-14  Person who kicked in front door at 3am to burgle house at 158xx 5th NE was arrested.
10-14  House egged and vehicle damaged at 5xx NW 185th.
10-15  Man sleeping at Aurora Safeway was arrested on department of corrections felony warrant.


Happy Halloween in cartoon and rhyme

   Halloween 1992

Here they come beating a path to my door,
In twos and threes, and fours or more,
Floating, bloating, and gloating with “Goshes!”
Arms flopping, feet stomping in ghoulish galoshes.

I open the door -- look out at the street.
Oops, those furtive urchins are down by my feet.
“Is it that time again?” I ask, beating a hasty retreat,
But they ambush me with “Trick or Treat!”

My, you’re a cute rumpled dumpling,” I mumble
And stick out a tray of food for fast fumbling.
“Take two, my little Petite Piece of Pasta.
At the Mirabeau or Canlis these morsels would cost ya.”

Yes, little jesters, keep gesturing and pestering.
Keep those digestive juices just festering.
Halloween beans and licorice cookies,
I’ve reams of rollicking recipes, rookies.

Yes, it takes a staunch stomach and that’s no joke.
This beast of a feast isn’t for finicky folk.
So eat spinach and carrots until the next time
When I greet you again with more rare food and rhyme.

Witchie (Vicki) Westberg


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Ghosts

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family move to Bahia de la Luna because Cat's little sister Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool salty air from the sea. Soon the girls and their family learn that the town and nearby mission is haunted--and the townspeople welcome the ghosts.

They even throw a big dia de los muertos party every year so they can enjoy music and dancing with the dead. Maya, aware that her disease will probably kill her sooner rather than later, is thrilled to meet the ghosts, but Cat isn't so sure. She doesn't want all these dead people to hurt her sister.

This sweet graphic novel story of friendship and family is beautifully illustrated in Telgemeier's signature style, with expressive characters and fun backdrops.

HOWEVER, the book (and the author) have been accused of cultural appropriation: the author is not Mexican-American, and yet her story centers around the Mexican tradition of welcoming the beloved dead.

As a storyteller, I do not stand firmly against cultural appropriation. If we forbid everyone from the outside a culture to look inside via stories, world peace would be truly impossible, and I don't believe that. This book centers around a young, culturally-mainstream American girl; although her abuela was Mexican, her mother rejected the Mexican culture as a teen and has raised her daughters away from Mexican traditions. Therefore, Cat's experience with the dia de los muertos tradition allows other non-Mexican readers to follow her as she learns.

This is a major goal of fiction: to bring the reader closer to something new, and this book achieves that goal.

Recommended for ages 8 to adult.

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


For the Birds: Scary Halloween Birds

Barn Owl by Kervin Keatley

By Christine Southwick

You’re walking in the dark in your Halloween costume, the wind is slightly blowing, making the trees groan, when you suddenly hear a loud scream and hiss! What was that??? And is that floating white thing coming toward you???

Coming to get you! - not really
Barred owl by Sandra Rothenberg

For centuries, the innocent, farmer-friendly, Barn Owl has been scaring people out of their wits with their “ungodly” screams and other sounds. Almost any unidentified night sound can be frightening, especially if it seems to come out of nowhere, and then disappear into thin air!

Floating eyes moving in the night—is that a ghost, or one of our local Barred Owls silently moving through the forest? And beware! During breeding and brood dispersal seasons, owls will hurry intruders out of their territories by strafing them with their talons, their only weapon. So leave quickly. Once they stop chasing you, you can turn around and watch as they return to their favorite roost. They have definite boundaries which they inforce, and don’t seem to mind trespassers once they have been expelled.

Leucistic Fox Sparrow (Discovery Park)
by Kathy Slettebak
Owls and Northern Harriers often hunt at dusk or early dawn, and their ethereal ups and downs can either awe you, or run chills down your spine. Add wisps of fog, and night winging-creatures can become downright creepy.

What about common birds that seem to be ghostly tinted instead of the normal coloring? Are this cursed birds, or just look like they are possessed?

Some birds are leucistic, meaning that some of the species-normal pigments are missing, creating white feathers, often in patches. If this leucism is caused by genetics, then that bird will stay that way for life.

If the colors are strange due to nutrition, then after the bird’s next molt, the feathers may come in the commonly accepted colors. (Albino birds lack melanin, creating permanently white birds with pink eyes.)

leucistic chickadee
And why are Common Ravens often associated with witches? Could it be that people fear birds that will feast on exposed bodies—animal or human, perhaps even vampire bodies?

Really, for most humans, any unusual noise at night sets our nerves on edge. Peoples have created all types of stories and myths about night-travelers, scary sounds, and unexplained happenings that can cause people to start running, fall down and even hurt themselves. At least they thought they were alone…



Death Cafe meets Wednesday to celebrate Day of the Dead

Please join us as we celebrate Day of the Dead
Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Death Cafe is a meeting for people to discuss death and dying. This one, on Wednesday November 1, 2017 will be special because they are including an altar in the Dia de los muertos style. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures and tokens to honor the dead loved ones and add to our temporary altar in the library.


Halloween safety tips - and free reflectors at LFP City Hall

Stop by Lake Forest Park City Hall to pick up a free reflector.

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.

  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.


Gloria Bryce Endowment Fund for the Arts close to reaching goal

Gloria Bryce
Photo by Hugh Bryce

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council 
Announce New Endowment Fund for the Arts

The Gloria Bryce Endowment Fund

In our lifetime, there are those amazing individuals we meet along the way who elevate us, inspire us, and make us want to be better. Their energy makes us feel valued and loved. They care about making a difference in their community.

Without a doubt, Gloria Bryce was that kind of individual. We treasure the time we spent with her. She created many ripple-effects with her generosity and good work. We miss her dearly, and we hold close our memories of Gloria. Her thoughtfulness for her community and the arts are her legacy.

We are happy to report on the progress of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Arts Council's first endowment fund in honor of Gloria Bryce. This fund was created in 2017 to ensure Gloria's commitment to making a difference continues in the Arts Council's programming for generations to come. Gloria was instrumental in so many of our current programs. We are thankful for her love of arts education and family events. We are proud to have her name associated with our programming and we invite you to help the endowment fund reach its first milestone.

The 2017 goal for the Gloria Bryce Endowment Fund is $100,000. We've almost reached this mark. We are pleased to announce we've raised just over $90,000, but to keep the momentum going we need your support. All gifts thus far have been automatically doubled through a generous match challenge provided by Bill and Jan Schnall. Gifts up to a total of $50,000 will be matched in full, including gifts of stocks or securities.

The Arts Council is committed to cultivating creativity right here in our community through arts education, workshops and hands-on art activities -- and we help celebrate community with concerts, festivals and unique events. Please join us in building a legacy.

We’d like to thank those who have already given in honor of Gloria Bryce. A full list of contributors can be found on our website here.

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


Spooky Halloween run with RBRC

Join the Richmond Beach Running Club at American Brewing Company, 180 W Dayton St, Warehouse 102, Edmonds 98020, for a very spooky Tuesday Night Social Run.

Run a route of 3-4 miles in your best Halloween costume.

All Social Runs begin at 6:03pm - rain or shine. After the run, stick around for some conversation and a pint or two.

All paces, experience levels, and beer preferences (even root beer) are invited and welcome.

It is beginning to to get dark earlier and will be darkish when we begin our run. Run smart. Run safe.

Bring your safety gear for the run- fluorescent apparel, vest, headlamps, blinky lights, etc. Let's stay visible and safe this Fall.


First Thursday features paintings and jewelry Nov 2

Monday, October 30, 2017

Meet November Featured Artist 

Sherrill Hull (Painting)

Liz Lyell (Jewelry) - Nov 2 only

Thursday November 2 - 5:00 - 8:00pm (open house)

Garden Essentia

We are excited to bring you Seattle artist Sherrill Hull. Her whimsical art work, posters and cards will be available for the month of November.

Sherrill Hull
Artist Sherrill Hull was raised in the San Francisco Bay area and educated in Fine Art with an emphasis on Classical Art. She also studied Design Sculpture and Commercial Art.

Sherrill lived in British Columbia Canada in the early 70s, working on illustrating, private commissions and teaching. She moved to the Seattle area in the mid 1980's where she continued teaching before turning her talents to Murals, Trompe L'oeil, and faux finishing. Appearing in 5 successive Seattle Street of Dreams, helped to establish her as one of the most accomplished and sought after Muralists and Trompe L'oeil artists in the area.

She has appeared in several publications including: Northwest Living, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, Seattle Design Resources, Sunset Magazine Ideas for Great Babies Rooms, the cover of Designers Resources, and the Seattle Times Pacific NW. She appeared on the television show Evening Magazine and has also been featured in two television shows in Canada.

Sherrill is presently working creating illusions in Trompe L'oeil, Murals and Faux finishes and teaching art in her studio. She is also working on a series of Fine Art work and is available for commissions.

Liz Lyell

Jewelry Trunk Show November 2nd only
by artist Liz Lyell


LFP - have coffee with your elected officials on Saturday

City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
LFP residents - come have coffee with your elected officials on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9am - 10:30am at City Hall.

Join your Lake Forest Park elected officials to discuss and answer questions on the "Big Five" planning effort.

17425 Ballinger Way NE, 98155

This is in place of the Coffee with the Mayor scheduled for this date.


Shoreline will be well-represented in boys' tennis state championships next May

District champions. From left: Shorewood doubles team Steven Lin and Andrew Counter,
singles champion Gunnar Thorstenson, coach Arnie Moreno
Photo courtesy Shorewood tennis

The Shoreline School District will be well represented next May when the Boys Tennis Finals are held in Kennewick.

The Shorewood team finished a dream season, winning the Northwest District One 3A Tournament. The T-Birds went undefeated (10-0) in league matches, 15-1 overall. The sole blemish on their mark was a loss to undefeated (16-0) 4A District Champion Jackson HS.

SW’s Gunnar Thorstenson claimed the District Singles Championship, defeating Colin Weller from Squalicum in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Thorstenson will go into State a number one seed.

Also winning the District championship and advancing to state for the T-Birds as a number one seed is their doubles team of Andrew Counter and Steven Lin.

Shorecrest players going to state.
From left: coach Rob Mann, singles player Faiz Khan,
doubles team Ben Silbert and Reed Tangeman
Photo courtesy Shorecrest tennis

Shorecrest will be represented next May, as well.

The Shorecrest team finished second in the District Tournament. Faiz Khan took third place in singles, and their doubles team of Ben Silber and Reed Tangeman also finished third in Districts, qualifying all of them for the State Finals in May.

Arnie Moreno is the Shorewood coach. Rob Mann coaches the Scots.


Halloween scarecrows in Edmonds

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Edmonds Historical Museum sponsors a scarecrow competition every year, for businesses and residents, displaying charming and creative scarecrows in front of their businesses and homes.

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The Richmond Beach Running Club has a special run every year, from scarecrow to scarecrow, trying to spot them all.

Probably the most traditional one in the contest.
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

You are encouraged to go to their website and vote for your favorites. And if you want to drive around and look at them, there's a map.

This is the fourth year of the event, which seems to be growing in popularity.


Bring the whole family to Third Place Commons on Halloween night

Bring the whole family to Third Place Commons on Halloween night for candy, magic, and more.

Start with safe, fun trick-or-treating for the kids throughout Lake Forest Park Town Center from 4 to 6pm.When the goody bags are full, head to Third Place Commons where there will be creepy coloring and crafts until magician and entertainer Louie Foxx takes the stage at 6pm.

Known as the “one-man side show,” Louie Foxx is a beloved entertainer for audiences of all ages who has even appeared on America’s Got Talent! Louie will be serving up magic, comedy, cowboy tricks, and more, plus some special Halloween surprises that will surprise and delight parents and kids alike.

Halloween at the Commons featuring Louie Foxx is sponsored in part by the good folks at the Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library, so thanks to them for making this fantastic, family event possible. And remember that events at Third Place Commons are always free and open to everyone, so join in the fun!

Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155


Public Hearing on Shoreline development code amendments

Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on 2017 Development Code Amendments 

Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 7pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N. 98133

Link to full Agenda

Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


NW Artists’ Holiday Show Saturday and Sunday

Sunday, October 29, 2017

NW Artists’ Holiday Show
Saturday, November 4 and
Sunday, November 5, 2017
10am to 5pm

Award-winning artists from the Pacific Northwest will be selling paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, glass, candles, wearable art, and gourmet food in over 50 booths.

Admission is free, but they would appreciate it if you purchased a $3 ticket at the door to help offset the costs.

Free parking and shuttle service. Free childcare while you shop.

Northwest Artists' Holiday Show, 8109 224 Street SW, Edmonds 98026


Five things to know about Shoreline’s new Academy of Music and Dance

Shoreline Academy of Music and Dance will open this fall

The Shoreline Academy of Music and Dance is slated to open its doors this fall, and here are five things they would like you to know.

1-    They are renovating the old Guitarville building on Highway 99, north of Costco, and they share a space with another family friendly Shoreline business, MakerLab Northwest! More fun for the whole family. If you haven’t seen that building in a while, you should drive by. It's looking great! 23931 Highway 99, 98026.

2-    They are installing professional “floating” Marley dance floors that rest on hundred of foam blocks, and are the same type of floors found in professional ballet theaters around the world. These floors reduce fatigue and injury.

3-    The academy owners are Ridgecrest residents (along with their 3 children and 2 dogs)! They also own the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance, which has served thousands of students since it opened in 2010. In fact, there are quite a few Shoreline families currently driving to the Ballard Academy to take dance and music lessons. A note to those families… your commute is about to get a lot shorter!

4-    There will always be a front desk person to assist you. Whether it's finding that perfect lesson time, or tracking down the right kind of ballet slippers, or helping you figure out what size guitar to get for your 8 year old, they will have you covered.

5-    The newly remodeled space will have multiple dance and music rooms so you can enroll two or more family members in classes at the same time, thus saving you lots of driving time! And btw... all academy instructors are university trained, background checked, and able to teach students of all ages! That's right... dad can take those guitar lessons he has been dreaming about while his little princess takes her ballet class.

They are currently in the permitting process and will be opening this fall. More information on the Shoreline Academy of Music and Dance here.


Single Malt Scotch class Nov 7

Not to worry. This crowd was lining up for
Jazz Walk, not for the Scotch Class
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
North City Bistro and Wine Shop is hosting a Special Single Malt Scotch Class with Scotch aficionado, Rob Williamson, on Tuesday, November 7th at 6pm.

These classes always sell out, as we only allow about 12-15 people attend, in order to keep it intimate and comfortable. The class will last about 90-120 minutes and will start at 6pm.

Rob will be pouring 5 Single Malts from various regions, and in different styles, as well as talking about the distilling process.

This as a great opportunity to taste some fairly rare Single Malts, and learn about how they are made, and what makes them different.

This class costs $50, and reservations will be required by email to Bistro owner Ray Bloom.

The North City Bistro and Wine Shop is located at 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155


Letter to the Editor: Why I'm voting for Jill Brady

To the Editor:

In response to the Letter to the Editor on October 27 regarding the upcoming School Board election, whatever title a candidate has previously held does not matter nearly as much as the candidate having the proper experience.

While being a community college instructor is an important profession, it is not as pertinent to the School Board position as being an expert on K-12 policy or curriculum - or having the expertise to provide oversight and management of a multi-million dollar K-12 education system. Jill Brady has not only been a PTA officer and leader for 14 years, she has:

- Broad district experience and connections as Co-President/Trustee of the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation
- Deep understanding of curriculum and district priorities as a member of multiple district committees
- Comprehensive knowledge of education funding challenges as an education advocate and member of four successful bond/levy campaigns that have provided crucial funding and support for our Shoreline schools

Jill Brady also has the perspective of a parent who has experienced all three levels of our K-12 system and is familiar with the schools, staff, teachers and parents in our district. It is the totality and breadth of these experiences, along with her background in business and deep roots in our community, that make her the right choice to serve as our next school board member.

My vote is for Jill Brady!

Jill Steinberg


Detectives seeking witnesses to felony hit and run on I-5 at NE 85th

The door was ripped off and a passengers ejected and injured
Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

At approximately 10:10pm on Thursday, October 26, 2017 the Washington State Patrol received a report of a serious collision NB I-5 just south of NE 85th.

Upon arrival, troopers observed a BMW SUV severely damaged and missing the left rear door. One of the passengers was a 16 year old male who was ejected and suffered multiple fractures. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Mangled SUV door on roadway
Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

Witnesses stated that two or three SUVs were racing, struck the BMW SUV and fled the scene. It is unclear whether the vehicle that was struck was involved in the racing prior to the collision. The two vehicles that fled were described as a silver BMW X5 and another SUV. Witnesses also stated that two or three passengers fled from the damaged vehicle prior to troopers arriving on scene.

Due to the nature of injuries, WSP detectives are seeking the drivers of the two fleeing SUVs for Felony Hit and Run. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact Detective Ruth Medeiros at 425-401-7719 or by email


One-on-one computer help at Shoreline Library

On most Fridays and Saturdays at the Shoreline Library, you can have 30 minutes of one-on-one computer help.

Just call 206-362-7550 to make an appointment. Volunteers are available for 30-minute sessions to answer your computer or software questions. You may bring your own laptop, but TechTutors cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.

Appointments will be between 11am and 1pm.

Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.


Seattle Humane takes in 154 dogs and cats from Puerto Rico

Seattle Humane is taking in dogs and cats
from disaster areas
Seattle Humane received 154 animals from Puerto Rico Sunday night from shelters desperate to relieve overcrowding following Hurricane Irma.

This is Seattle Humane's sixth transfer in an effort to open up space and resources in shelters following a series of hurricanes that devastated Texas and Puerto Rico.

The dogs and cats will be transported on a commercial flight organized by the Humane Society of the United States.

Seattle Humane offered to help when they received word that no other organizations in the southern United States had the capacity to take in more animals.

The flight was to arrive at the Boeing Field International Airport between 10 -11pm Sunday evening where Seattle Humane staff and volunteers planned to work around the clock to receive the animals and make them available for adoption following medical examinations and behavior assessments.

One of the dogs on the flight was surrendered to a shelter in Puerto Rico by a man who refused to leave his destroyed home until his dog had a safe place to go. The Humane Society of the United States and Seattle Humane coordinated to transfer the dog to Seattle where the man's family members who live in the area will look after the dog until he finds a new residence.

Seattle Humane's Life-Saver Rescue team is still bringing in dozens of pets weekly from overcrowded Washington shelters and beyond where they've run out of space or resources. On Saturday Seattle Humane staff drove to Eugene, OR to receive pets who couldn't go to California shelters due to wild fire devastation in the region.

This transfer has been made possible thanks to contributions to Seattle Humane's Disaster Fund. Monetary donations to support the shelter's continued efforts can be made through the Seattle Humane Disaster Fund.


Football: Shorecrest Scots prevail against league rival Mountlake Terrace, 34-22

Senior Brayden Victor pulls in the Scot's first TD
 in the opening quarter

Prep Football
Shorecrest 34 vs Mountlake Terrace 22
Friday, 10-27-2017 at Shoreline Stadium
Overall record: 5-4
Conference record: 2-4

In a Wesco 3A South battle full of surprising plays, two point conversions, and officials' yellow flags, the Shorecrest Scots prevailed with a 34-22 victory over the Mountlake Terrace Hawks.

Shorecrest struck first, driving 70 yards on eight plays, with Scots' QB Eladio Fountain hitting Senior Brayden Victor from 12 yards out for the score. Freshman Gavin Dalziel, who has been perfect this season with 11/11 PAT's in the past three games, converted the kick to put the Scots up 7-0. The Hawks took the ensuing kickoff and started a 15 play drive that took the rest of the first quarter to complete, and was capped by a five yard pass, and a two point PAT to put their squad up 8-7.

Chris Lee pulls in a touchdown pass in the first half

Terrace's next play took the Scots by surprise when their onside kick was recovered by the Hawks who took advantage of the fortunate bounce and quickly scored again, converting another two point PAT to go up 16-7.

Then it was Shorecrest's turn. After Senior running back Ricardo Ruiz was stopped for small gains, Fountain took to the air and used his favorite target, Senior Chris Lee, to take chunks of Hawks' territory, finishing with a 35 yard strike that Lee pulled in at the five yard line and carried into the end zone. The 6'3" Lee, who is also a starter for the Scots' basketball team, leads all Shorecrest receivers this season with 659 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

#12 Jacob Cruz forces a fumble

This drive also marked the beginning of a flag frenzy; Terrace was called for defensive targeting, and each team had penalties for personal fouls on this drive. In a game where both teams gained over 300 yards, it was the officials who led in total yardage, penalizing the Scots 15 times for 140 yards and the Hawks 20 times for 215 yards.

The second half opened with the Scots taking the kickoff and driving 60 yards to go up 21-16, earning a lead they would never relinquish. These points came from Fountain, who ran up the right side of the field from 19 yards out for his first rushing TD. Fountain was helped with terrific downfield blocking by Rico Dellaguardia, Lee, and Senior guard Jackson Jones who has been a key player on the Scots' offensive line all season long.

A gang of Scots, including Seniors #70 Max Long and
#55 Mohammed Al-Jabiri, attack the Mountlake Terrace QB

After stopping the Hawks' next drive, Junior Sammy Seliga returned their punt to the Scots 24 yard line and Senior Ricardo Ruiz got his turn to score for Shorecrest. Ruiz, who broke 1000 yards rushing for the season and ended the game with a total of 1066, ran like William the Conqueror with gains of 17, 9, and 13 yards before taking Fountain's short pass and going to the house from the Hawks' 13 yard line. This was Ruiz's second TD reception of the season, taking his team leading TD total to 14. Fountain, who had his most efficient game of the season, ended the night hitting 14 of 16 targets for 172 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Scots will finish their season at home next Friday night at 8:00 in an interleague game against Newport High School, of Bellevue.

--Text and photos by Gordon Stephenson


Photos: Shoreline police station construction

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Checking in on the construction of the new Shoreline police station on N 175th. The site is full of small construction equipment.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The interior remodeling is done. The 3rd floor meeting rooms have been improved, and the Planning department has been moved to the third floor.


Random works of art: Cairns by Pilgrim

Text and photos by Cynthia Sheridan

The Balancing Man, also known as Pilgrim, has found a new spot for his lifelong vocation of creating structures in harmony with the law of gravity.

Along the exterior edge of his apartment complex, Pilgrim has built a garden of balancing rocks.

Recently he was required to move the structures from one side of the driveway to the other, an amazing feat which he was able to complete in one short weekend.

This is a local curiosity not to be missed; the standing rocks are located in the parking lot of North Ridge Apartments, at 1530 NE 177th St in North City.


Insurance Commissioner approves 11 health insurers for individual plans - but rates are up

According to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, eleven health insurers are approved to sell 74 plans in Washington's 2018 individual health insurance market (PDF, 138 KB). The average premium increase this year has jumped to 36.4 percent due to President Trump's decision to stop funding the cost-sharing reduction assistance.

He reports that the president's decision increased rates by 10 percent on average in Washington state.

2018 Approved rate changes by insurer

Health insurerApproved average* rate change due to CSR funding endingApproved average* rate change if CSR funding is restored

Sold inside/outside Exchange
Asuris Northwest Health25.00%25.00%Outside
BridgeSpan Health Co.16.00%16.00%Outside
Coordinated Care Corp.45.85%30.03%Inside
Health Alliance11.76%11.76%Outside
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington23.26%15.53%Both
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest28.30%18.89%Both
LifeWise Health Plan of Washington33.73%26.20%Inside
Molina Healthcare of Washington61.25%45.53%Inside
Premera Blue Cross35.51%29.71%Inside
Regence BlueShield24.60%24.60%Outside
Regence BlueShield of Oregon23.30%23.30%Outside
Total approved average* change
*weighted by enrollment as of March 2017
"I'm very disheartened to have to approve these rates," said Kreidler  
"For months, we've struggled with the ongoing uncertainty at the federal level and have shared our concerns with our Congressional delegation and with the president's administration.  
"I warned of the harm their actions could inflict on real people and their families. The president's decision to stop making cost-sharing subsidy payments and weakening the enforcement of the individual mandate to buy health insurance are behind the surge in premiums we're seeing this year.  
"The other major cost driver is the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs -- something the administration promised to tackle, yet has failed to take on."

See insurers and their rates by county

Consumers who select a silver-level plan inside the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) will see an additional rate increase due to the end of cost-sharing reduction funding. However, they will still receive cost-sharing assistance if they income qualify, and any rate increase would be mitigated if they qualify for these subsidies or Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTCs). People who select a silver plan and do not qualify for subsidies will be hit the hardest by the president's decision.

Last year, approximately 110,000 people purchased silver plans through the Exchange.  More than 73,000 of them received subsidies.

More than 300,000 people in Washington - or about 5 percent of our state population - do not get health insurance from their employer and must buy a plan through the individual health insurance market. They can buy these plans through the Exchange or directly from an insurer. However, subsidies are only available through the Exchange.

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