Story of the VFW “Buddy” Poppy

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Poppies in Flanders Fields
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Flanders Fields is the name of World War I battlefields in the medieval County of Flanders, which spans southern Belgium and northwest France.

The poem "In Flanders Field" is dedicated to the memory of those men and women who fought and died for the Allied forces in World War I. The “Buddy” Poppy has become the true symbol honoring all those veterans who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.

Since 1922, the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) has offered “Buddy” Poppies in exchange for donations to raise funds for its charitable programs on behalf of needy and disabled veterans, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow 
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders fields. 

Colonel John McCrae 


In April of 1915, a battle weary Canadian soldier (Colonel John McCrae) viewed the final resting place of thousands of young men (some his former buddies) who had fallen in the 2nd Battle of Ypres in Belgium. Despondently he contemplated the rows of hastily dug graves --- each marked by a lonely white cross.

In sudden revelation, he heard the singing of larks in the sky, and amid the graves he saw patches of red, wild, poppies --- struggling through the battle-torn soil and the graves to bring their message of life amongst death.

Inspired, Col. John McCrae sat down and penned 3 short verses --- his poem “In Flanders Fields”. His published poem brought a message of confidence to millions of people --- establishing the Flanders “Buddy” Poppy as the symbol of faith and hope in a war-torn world.

Col. McCrae’s poem has survived in print and in the hearts and minds of generations. The Poppies which provided his inspiration still bloom in Flanders Fields --- their message of hope has become reality through the VFW Buddy Poppy.

Every year, more than 13 million people donate for and wear a VFW Buddy Poppy to honor veterans. The VFW Buddy Poppies are made by patients in veterans’ hospitals in the USA. The work provides needed therapy for hands and minds crippled by the ravages of war, and the pay earned provides a few simple luxuries to ease the boredom of hospital life.

In keeping with its pledge “No one does more for veterans,” Buddy Poppy events are conducted exclusively by volunteers from VFW Posts --- the VFW uses the proceeds to fund aid and assistance to disabled / needy service male/female veterans, homeless veterans and widows / orphans of deceased veterans.

--Post Commander Carl Christophersen, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Blackburn-Aurora Post 3348, Shoreline, Seattle, and vicinity.


North City Water maintenance yard is a hive of activity as site is prepared for construction

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Site preparation continues at the future home of the maintenance yard for the North City Water District. The site is at 15555 15th Ave NE, just south of Hamlin Park. 

The building debris has been cleared and the site is now being graded.

Eventually there will be five buildings on the site.

1. Office/Crew Administrative Building:
  • Offices
  • Large workroom for field crews
  • Toilets, showers and lockers
  • Lunchroom
  • Areas to clean up and store wet gear
2. Shops / Parking Building (attached to the Office/Crew Administrative Building):
  • A series of regular bays with vehicle access
  • Secure small parts storage
  • Workshop for working on meters and hydrants
  • Enclosed vehicle parking
  • Covered area in front
  • Back wall will shield operations from the neighbors to the west

3. Drive-Through Vehicle Wash Building:
  • A drive thru heated parking space for the Vactor will be attached
4. Decant Building:
  • This is where vactor truck spoils are discharged. The vactor is used to excavate around water pipe breaks; the excavated soils are a watery consistency, like milkshakes. The decant building separates the water from the solids.

5. Fueling Station:
  • This will ensure District vehicles can be fueled in the event of a natural disaster; it will be covered by an open canopy.
  • An adjacent standby generator will provide power to the entire site, it will be secured with a weather and sound enclosure.


Radium Girls opens at Shorewood Nov 8

Radium was magic: it glowed in the dark, made tumors shrink, and supposedly was a fountain of youth.

In the 1920s, hundreds of young women took jobs painting radium onto doll eyes, house numbers, and -- in the case of Radium Girls -- watch dials. 

As these young women developed mysterious illnesses and died in enormous numbers, nobody wanted to believe that it might be due to this miracle element, even when the dial painters are testifying against their companies on their deathbeds. 

Radium Girls covers the true-to-life story of Grace Fryer, a dial painter fighting for her day in court as she and her coworkers draw closer and closer to death. Will justice be achieved?

Radium Girls will run from Thursday, November 8, through Saturday, November 10, and again the following weekend, Thursday, November 15 through Saturday, November 17 in the Shorewood Theatre. All performance times are from 7pm.

Visit Brown Paper Tickets to reserve your tickets. Advanced ticket prices are $10, and will cost $12 at the door.

The Shorewood Performing Arts Theatre is at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Salmonella from Costco cucumbers

Photo courtesy
State health officials are working with state, local and federal public health partners to investigate the source of six Salmonella infections.

The six cases include residents of King (1), Snohomish (1), Thurston (1), Yakima (2) and Pierce (1) counties. All were infected with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. The last confirmed case reported illness on Sept. 15.

Five of the six people reported buying and eating English cucumbers from various Costco stores in Washington. The cucumbers linked to the illnesses were sold in three-packs of individually wrapped cucumbers.

If you bought English cucumbers from Costco between Aug. 18 and Sept. 10 and still have them in your refrigerator, the Department of Health recommends throwing them away.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Halloween crab cakes

Friday, October 19, 2018

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


Letter to the Editor: Overbuilding has become the norm

To the Editor:

I do not know Ms Wilson and did not attend the event mentioned in the News, however I share her concern regarding the overbuilding that has become the norm in our city. 15th NE and NE 175th is a prime example. Has anyone taken an aerial view of the backup in that area every week day from approximately 3pm until 6pm. The apartment complex is not yet built, imagine when it is occupied. This is only one of many examples that we are facing. I know we can’t go back to the ‘old days’ but greed for $$ should not be #1 in the minds of our governing bodies. Finally, we residents of our city should not be shut down nor ignored with our concerns.

Frances Chambers


General Barry McCaffrey speaks to joint meeting of Shoreline and LFP Rotary clubs

From left: Shoreline Pres. Lynn Cheeney, District Governor Alan Merry,
Leigh Readdy, General Barry McCaffrey, and Paul McMurry.
Photo courtesy LFP Rotary

From LFP Rotary

President Lynn Cheeney of the Shoreline Rotary Club expressed the excitement of all as our two clubs gathered at Shoreline Community College on October 10, 2018. She welcomed our Club and encouraged us to join in a pleasant opening sing-along.

Retired General Barry McCaffrey was the inspiration for our joint meeting. We were not disappointed. His was a powerful and informative presentation.

When he retired in 1996, General McCaffrey was the youngest and most highly decorated four-star general in the Army . He has received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his time in the Vietnam War, two Silver Stars, and two Distinguished Service Crosses, the second-highest U.S. Army award for valor.

McCaffrey was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame at the US Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning in 2007. Subsequently, he served five years in President Clinton's cabinet as Drug Czar and is currently the Military Analyst for NBC and MSNBC. (per Wikipedia)

As security analyst for NBC News, McCaffrey speaks on issues in the headlines including the latest events in the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Latin America. He continues to travel extensively to Iraq, Pakistan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan both testifying to Congress and briefing the White House National Security Council staff, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and senior leaders in the Department of Health and Human Services. (per the Washington Speakers Bureau)

More information on General McCaffrey HERE.


Shorewood grad enrolls in doctoral program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Jessica Gaevert
Jessica Gaevert of Shoreline is a doctoral student at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a school integrated with the world-famous children's hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gaevert is a member of the second class of students ever admitted to the school, where students work toward their doctorate alongside internationally renowned biomedical scientists at one of the world's premier research and treatment centers for pediatric cancer and childhood disease.

Gaevert, who is the daughter of Julie and Richard Gaevert, graduated from Shorewood High School in 2014. She went on to earn a bachelor’s of science degree in microbiology from Colorado State University in 2018.

“One of the highlights of the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences program is that the curriculum for first year graduate students requires us to interact with patients and learn how our research can translate into treatment for a child that desperately needs it,” says Gaevert, whose research interests are microbial genetics, human genetics, genetic diseases, and genetic alterations in cancer. 
“I am someone who is very empathetic, and my goals are to have a positive impact on the lives of others through science. This program is perfect for me because the idea of translating research into a way that helps others is a core goal of the program and of mine.”

Class sizes at St. Jude are limited to 10 to 15 students per year, and admission is highly selective. The students interact extensively with research and medical experts throughout their first year and also follow St. Jude patients from the beginning of their first year. This clinical care experience is just one of the fundamental components of the program.

“We are creating an integrated approach to help these future scientific leaders develop an understanding of how laboratory discoveries become new therapies,” says Stephen White, D.Phil., dean of the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “We are looking for students who want to make an impact that can change patients’ lives.”

Doctoral research can be pursued in diverse areas with top basic and translational research faculty. St. Jude has superb programs in pediatric oncology, infectious diseases, genetic and blood disorders, drug discovery and international medicine. Throughout training, students are supported by generous benefits, extraordinary core facilities, and a collaborative, close-knit environment — all in the heart of the vibrant, musical city of Memphis.

More information about the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences HERE.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (“St. Jude”) is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


Wonderland Developmental Center to open groundbreaking clinic for prenatal substance exposure

Site of Wonderland's new clinic in Canyon Park

On October 6, 2018, Shoreline-based Wonderland Developmental Center hosted its annual Night of Wonder Gala and Auction and officially announced its groundbreaking new Hope RISING™ Clinic for Prenatal Substance Exposure.

Wonderland’s clinic will be the nation’s first comprehensive center specializing in diagnosis and treatment of children birth through 12 years of age with suspected or confirmed prenatal exposure to any substances. Located in the Canyon Park area of Bothell, Washington at the Pacific Medical Center, the clinic is slated to open in early 2019.

“Hope RISING Clinic will revolutionize treatment and support for children with prenatal substance exposure as well as for the families who struggle day in and day out to care for them,” said Michelle Stiller Bradley, Wonderland’s Director of Programs and Services. 
“Evidence-based therapies and supports through our Boundless™ Program will reduce the shame and stigma and help children and families rise to their full potential. We are ready to make a difference!”

Hope RISING™ will address the shockingly high numbers of individuals and families whose lives are being devastated by substance abuse, including the opioid crisis. An estimated of 40,000 babies are born each year in the United States with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Alcohol is just one of many substances that can cause harm prenatally. Every 25 minutes, a baby is born in the U.S. suffering from opioid withdrawal. Snohomish County and the Olympic Peninsula lead the state in expectant mothers using opiates.

“Wonderland is addressing one of the most pressing issues by establishing a critically needed and unparalleled response to serving children and families impacted by prenatal substance exposure,” said Dr. Susan Astley, Director of the WA State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network.

Hope RISING Clinic (Resources, Intervention, and Support to Inspire and Nurture Growth) for Prenatal Substance Exposure will be available to families regardless of income, insurance or ability to pay, and will offer the following programs:
  • FASD Diagnostic Clinic: Interdisciplinary assessment and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders utilizing the FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic CodeTM.
  • Training and oversight provided by the FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network (FAS DPN) Clinic, University of Washington. 
  • BoundlessTM Program: Clinical and in-home therapeutic services and support for children with suspected or confirmed prenatal exposure to any substances, and for their families. 

Wonderland Developmental Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and early-intervention agency based in Shoreline, currently serving 250 families and their children ages birth to three years each month in north King and south Snohomish counties. For over 50 years, Wonderland has been committed to providing a strong and equitable foundation for children and their families with diverse needs and abilities to flourish through therapy, education, advocacy, and resources.


Commentary: Sidewalks in Shoreline

Priority list for new sidewalks

By Diane Hettrick

On the ballot: Sidewalks - Shoreline only

Earlier this year, the Shoreline City Council added a $20 fee to vehicle licenses to create additional funds for repair of sidewalks. What's driving this in particular is the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Our sidewalks lack curb cuts and the street trees (wrong variety thanks to well-meaning King county action 50 years ago) are cracking and pushing up sections of the sidewalk. In many areas it's safer to walk in the street.

But what about new sidewalks where none currently exist?
  • Yes, the city budgets a modest amount each year for new sidewalks.
  • Yes, developers pay for sidewalks at their developments.
  • Yes, the city gets grant money, particularly through the Safe Routes to School funds.

Candidates for city council have said for years that the one issue they hear when talking to citizens is "sidewalks." Everybody wants them, but nobody wants to pay for them. And a lot of people who think they want them aren't so excited when they find out they will lose 2 - 12 feet of what they thought was their front yard.

City councils have talked about sidewalks since Shoreline was incorporated, so kudos to this council for actually trying to do something about it.

They tried to get a broad cross-section of opinion on how to proceed by forming a citizen's committee, with staff guidance. The large committee met a couple of times a month for an entire year. They took numerous field trips to look at places recommended for immediate action and they debated how to pay for increasing the number of new sidewalks built every year.

In setting priorities for where sidewalks should be built they considered things like access to business areas, and filling gaps in areas with existing sidewalks. They recommended sidewalks leading to trails, bus stops, and parks. The 12 sites on the priority list are designed to serve the largest number of people.

They built in criteria so that less affluent areas, and areas with minority populations would get as much consideration as more politically active areas.

The funding would come from an increase in the sales tax which would bring Shoreline's tax to mid-point for surrounding communities. Remember there is no sales tax on food, by state law.

And now that it's on the ballot, all the knee jerk "No New Taxes" people are screaming. Many people are complaining because they assumed that new sidewalks meant their block.

Other people have qualms. Last year's property tax hike was pretty shocking financially and there's the prospect of funding the Community / Aquatics Center for next year. Tax fatigue is a very real thing.

Some civically involved people are campaigning against the proposition. A spokesperson from the sidewalk committee is now oppositing the proposition. People who campaigned for previous tax measures are opposing this one. Not because they are against sidewalks, but because of the way the finances are structured in the proposition.

City council members are basically shrugging their shoulders. Their attitude is - people said they wanted sidewalks - we figured out how to get sidewalks - now they have to decide.

Flawed or not, I doubt there is much political will to go back to the drawing board if this proposition fails.


Ballots are here - some things you might want to know

By Diane Hettrick

My ballot arrived today - it had a few surprises and in some ways was easier than I expected.

I'll be glad to see the TV ads disappear, although I always remind myself that they are good for the economy.

A few things you might want to know:

Initiative 1631 - pollution tax - Seattle Times info

The Yes side says the tax will be on the polluters and the money will be used for cleaning up pollution. The No side says there's no plan for how the money will be spent.

Initiative 1634 - taxes on "certain items intended for human consumption" - Seattle Times analysis here

This is all about Seattle and the tax they put on high sugar drinks. Shoreline and Lake Forest Park do not have such a tax, although I was told that at least one 7-11 was passing on the cost to Shoreline residents. The soda industry, such as Coca-Cola, has poured millions into the No campaign, implying that groceries will be taxed and little old ladies will be unable to afford food. Grocery taxes are prohibited in the state.

Initiative 1639 - firearms

There has been so little publicity on this that I forgot it was on the ballot. I'm so surprised that the NRA didn't blanket the airways with ads - maybe I watch the wrong channels. This initiative is a collection of the ideas to make the community safer without restricting gun ownership - but I suspect you already have a position on this.

Initiative 940 - law enforcement - Seattle Times article

The ballot wording sounds innocuous but the Times analysis says it's about making it easier to "prosecute law-enforcement officers who have allegedly misused deadly force." The Seattle police union is against it, Tim Eyman filed a lawsuit against it, the legislature was crafting a competing bill, and the Washington supreme court decided what would go on the ballot. It all sounds very messy.

What you really need to know about initiatives is that they are submitted by citizen groups. After two years, the legislature can start amending them, and they usually do.

Advisory Vote 19 - pipeline taxes

The state currently levies taxes on oil that arrives by ship and rail, so there is money immediately available to clean up spills. This extends the tax to oil that arrives by pipeline. If you agree, vote to "Maintain."

These races are on the ballots:

United State Senator
  • Maria Cantwell (incumbent)
  • Susan Hutchison (previous chair of state Republican party)
U.S. Congressional Representative
  • Pramila Jayapal (incumbent)
  • Craig Keller
State Legislature 32nd District - Shoreline only
  • Senate
    • Jesse Salomon (Shoreline Deputy Mayor)
    • Maralyn Chase (incumbent)
  • Representative Pos 1
    • Cindy Ryu (incumbent)
    • Diodato (Dio) Boucsieguez
  • Representative Pos 2 - retiring Ruth Kagi's seat
    • Lauren Davis
    • Frank Deisler
State Legislature 46th District - Lake Forest Park only
  • Senate
    • David Frockt (incumbent)
    • Beth Daranciang
  • Representative Pos 1
    • Gerry Pollet (incumbent)
    • Jeff Patton
  • Representative Pos 2
    • Javier Valdez (incumbent)
    • Jerry Zeiger-Buccola
King county prosecuting attorney
  • Dan Satterberg (incumbent)
  • Daron Morris

Here's where we got to skip some work. The state judicial candidates are all running unopposed. For future years when there are contested races, bookmark

Shoreline District Court

We do have a contested race for an open seat on the Shoreline District Court.
Their information was not included in the Voters' Pamphlet. There was a rumor that a supplemental pamphlet would be mailed out, but apparently not. The state does have their voters' pamphlet information online and I have linked it to their names (above).

They are also covered in and here are the specific links:
Incumbent district court judge Marcine Anderson is running unopposed.

Voters' Forum

I've been informed that Meridian Park PTSA will have a voters' forum on November 1, so you'll have another opportunity to get information.


Fill the truck Saturday for FOSCKO - Friends of the eastside orchestras

FOSCKO supports the orchestras of
Kellogg MS and Shorecrest HS

The supporters of the Shoreline Schools Eastside Orchestra programs would like to introduce FOSCKO - Friends of Shorecrest and Kellogg Orchestras.

We are a new 501(c)3, parent run, charitable organization here in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park supporting… you guessed it…. Shorecrest and Kellogg Orchestras! Our goal is to allow ALL students opportunities for growth and travel within the Eastside Orchestra program.

All funds raised will be distributed to both schools to offset the costs of the following (and more):
  • Travel- From time to time the students have the opportunity to participate in some wonderful educational (and fun) trips.
  • Outside Clinicians – Working with outside specialists allow the students to grow and experience different and specialized teaching styles.
  • Scholarships – We hope to offer financial assistance to those that need it for travel, private lessons, summer camps, or other educational opportunities that they would otherwise not have access to. 

In 2019 the Shorecrest HS orchestras will be travelling to University of British Columbia
, where they will embark on an educational journey as they have the opportunity to work with clinicians at UBC, tour the University, perform on an international stage, and attend the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th. Not to mention, they will be visiting the VSO during the 100th anniversary season!

A chance to recycle your stuff and help the
orchestra kids

FOSCKO will be hosting fundraisers throughout the year and our inaugural fundraiser is THIS SATURDAY, October 20th from 2-5pm in the Shorecrest HS South (Student) Parking lot at 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Come help fill the truck! (The Goodwill truck that is) Goodwill is a certified E-Waste recycler so bring all your old computers, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals like printers, keyboards and mice⌨️💻🖥🖨💽💾🕹

Of course all of your other household items and clothes and shoes are welcome too! (Nothing larger than an end table please)

Please check out our Web Page (still a work in progress and growing with us) for upcoming concerts, fundraisers and other fun Orchestra related community activities.

There will be a dance in the spring, “A Night in Vienna” so stay tuned for more information on this fun community event.

ALSO please “Like and Follow” us on Facebook to stay up to date with our community happenings.

If you’re a business owner, you might consider a corporate sponsorship… Your company name will be listed in all upcoming concert programs, and featured on a pre-concert slideshow. ALL donations received are tax deductible, so please give generously to benefit ALL the students in our orchestra programs.

Thanks so much Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities for always supporting your students!

--Megan Sanderson FOSCKO President


Benefit Breakfast to inspire and encourage attendees to impact local homelessness issue

Jacob's Well in Shoreline will add ten additional units
and a larger child care facility

Vision House, a local non-profit providing transitional housing and support services to homeless moms, dads and kids, is hosting a breakfast event to save lives and rescue families from homelessness in the greater Seattle area.

The benefit breakfast will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:30am at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood.

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., world-renowned expert on depression, anxiety, abuse and addiction will be the guest speaker. He has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and CNN while also being a best-selling author of 37 books. Dr. Jantz will speak on the struggles homeless families experience with anxiety and depression and how that affects their ability to find stable housing and leave homelessness for good.

Cristine, a mother who graduated from the transitional housing program, will also be speaking about her difficult experience being homeless and how she was able to change her life by living at Vision House. She will encourage event guests to donate to help other homeless moms and kids that have yet to be reached.

The breakfast is open to the public and free to attend. Parking is free.

This event is sponsored by Hawk Alley Tailgate, HomeStreet Bank,, Comstock Jewelers, Team Echelbarger, Auto Warehousing Company, Coordinated Care, James Alan Salon, Jan Domek Photography, North Sound Church, Pillar Properties, Bethany Community Church North, The Drain Doctors and Windermere Real Estate.

Vision House is a non-profit organization providing transitional housing, child care and support services to homeless families. Since its beginning in 1990, the faith-based organization has served more than 1,200 homeless children, women, and men, each receiving the support they need for achieving independence and self-sufficiency.

Headquartered in Renton, the agency currently owns and operates 36 units of debt-free housing and two child care facilities in Shoreline and Renton.

Construction has started on 10 additional units at the Shoreline property that will also include a larger child care.


What you need to know this Medicare enrollment season

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Catherine Field, Humana
By Catherine Field, Intermountain Market President, Humana

It’s that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year.

People typically have a lot of questions as they research their Medicare options, which primarily include Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, before finding the plan that best fits their needs.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions Humana licensed health insurance agents get from consumers during the Medicare Annual Election Period:

When is the annual enrollment period to choose a Medicare plan for 2019?

The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2018, for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Do I have to re-enroll in Medicare every year?

You don’t need to sign up for Original Medicare each year. However, you should review your Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage annually, since Medicare plans and personal circumstances can change every year. If you take no action during the annual enrollment period, you’ll typically automatically be re-enrolled in your same medical or prescription plan for 2019.

Does Medicare include coverage for my prescription drugs?

Original Medicare does not cover most prescription drugs. Many Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage, or you can sign up for a Part D Prescription Drug Plan separately. A licensed agent can look up your medications and tell you what the cost of each drug would be on a plan.

How are health insurers like Humana able to offer Medicare Advantage plans with no monthly premium?

Private insurers keep premiums low through programs like disease and chronic care management, which help people better manage health conditions and, in turn, reduce health care costs. Keep in mind that you still need to pay your Medicare Part B premium, which covers medical services and preventive care. You might want to use the additional premium dollars you save for out-of-pocket medical costs, such as co-pays.

How do I find out if my doctors, hospitals and specialists are in my Medicare Advantage provider network?

Most Medicare Advantage plans offer easy-to-use online tools to help you find doctors and hospitals that are in the plan’s network. A licensed agent can also help you look up hospitals and doctors to see if they’re accepting a plan and taking new patients.

If I select a Medicare plan for the coming year, and then find I don’t like it, can I drop it and choose another plan?

The plan you select by December 7 will be your Medicare plan for all of 2019, with few exceptions, so it’s wise to research your options carefully.

If you sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan for 2019, and then find it’s not the right fit, between Jan. 1 and March 31, there will be an Open Enrollment Period during which you can switch from a Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Advantage-Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Advantage plan with or without prescription drug coverage, or choose Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan.

Full information on 2019 Medicare health and prescription drug plans is available on, and for Humana plans at You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) (or TTY: 1-877-486-2048) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or call Humana at 1-877-877-0714 (TTY use 711) 8am to 8pm local time seven days a week.

Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and PFFS organization, and stand-alone prescription drug plan, with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on plan renewal.


Letter to the Editor: A flawed sidewalk plan

To the Editor:

While I believe that most residents in Shoreline would agree with Ms. Leitzelar, three out of four of her very legitimate reasons (#2-4) for voting “yes” on prop 1 actually support a “no” vote on this flawed sidewalk plan. In the same order as Ms. Leitzelar’s numbered comments, here’s why:

1) Most all of us agree that Shoreline needs more sidewalks. I’ve been strolling two feet from traffic on gravel and grass patches along 10th NE for 14 years. It’s not a safe feeling.

2) It is true that many of our sidewalks need repair. However Prop. 1 does not explicitly fund the repair of any sidewalks in Shoreline. If, after a 20 year period, there are funds left over, the remaining funds can be used for sidewalk repair.

3) It is true that there is not enough funding to build all the sidewalks everyone would like, but recognize that many of the sidewalks that Shoreline does have (~75 miles) were built not with just City funds, but with grants and requirements placed on developers. We are entering a period where significant portions of Shoreline will undergo development and new sidewalk requirements will be placed on those developers. There are many opportunities for sidewalk grants, just Google “sidewalk grants” I believe you will be surprised. Shoreline builds about one mile of sidewalk per year based on these types of grants. Prop 1 will build about 5 miles in 6-7 years.

4) New sidewalks are expensive. Consider that Prop. 1 will generate around $59M ($17M paid in interest and debt insurance) in funding via sales tax to fund only 12 projects (~5 miles) of sidewalks that lie along busy arterials. In fact, about 29% of the funds you would be voting in with a “yes” on Prop 1 actually go to interest payments, much the same as interest paid on a mortgage. Shoreline citizens are then paying around $6M per mile for these sidewalk projects, but actually $9.2M per mile when the interest payments are included. $13M is held in reserve for 20 years as a cushion for cost overruns. It is from this $13M that repairs may be made.

Finally, residents should understand that none of the new sidewalk projects funded by Prop. 1 are located within neighborhoods. This when 75% of residents who were polled regarding sidewalks want sidewalks in their neighborhoods, because who wouldn’t? Yes, vote for sidewalks, yes let’s put money and resources into sidewalks, but no, Prop 1 is the wrong plan to get to the sidewalks that citizens in Shoreline want. Please a have a look at the wealth of information and ideas presented at I recommend reading through the FAQ presented on that site which will help guide you through what Prop. 1 actually does fund and where information can be found from the City’s reports.

Jarred Swalwell


Early morning thieves on bicycles

Stock photo
A reader reports that Monday morning, October 15, 2018 two car prowlers and probable mail thieves, each with a bicycle, worked NE 166th St off 15th NE around 0140. 

They stopped and inspected the CMBs indicating mail was a target and entered one car.

He captured images of them on video and shared them with the Shoreline Police when he reported the crimes.

One was wearing a large backpack and the other had a grocery bag over his handlebars.

They looked at the locking Community Mail Box but did not attempt to break in to it. They did prowl a car. Other neighbors in the vicinity reported their cars being prowled.

Police always recommend locking vehicles and never leaving anything of value in the vehicle.

Thieves usually have a route that they work and unlike the daytime package thieves, they don't return to the same place so warning the neighbors after the fact does little good.


General Election ballots mailed to Washington voters today

King County Elections mailed ballots to about 1.3 million registered voters for the November 6 General Election. The department estimates a 60 percent voter turnout rate.

From the office of the Washington Secretary of State

Washington’s voting period for the fall General Election begins this week with the mailing of ballots. Voters’ Pamphlets have already been sent statewide.

Voters have until 8pm November 6 to return their ballots to one of hundreds of drop boxes located around Washington. The state is also providing postage-paid ballot return envelopes this year.

Voters are encouraged to mail in ballots prior to Friday, November 2, to ensure the envelopes are postmarked by Election Day. Registered voters can verify their status and information online at or by consulting county elections officials, and unregistered eligible voters have until October 29 to sign up in person to vote in the General Election.

Any registered voter who doesn’t receive a ballot by Friday, October 26, should contact a county elections official to obtain a replacement. Online multilingual and audio-only voters’ guides and other information about the General Election can be found at the Secretary of State’s website.

“Every eligible Washingtonian deserves the opportunity to have their voice heard,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington’s top elections official. 
“In this election, we’re taking unprecedented steps to keep the system secure while providing access to eligible citizens in every county of the state. Government functions best when the entire public is informed and participating, and the time to take part is now.”

Wyman urged voters to return their completed ballots well before the November 6 deadline, especially if voting by mail, to ensure that the ballot is received on time. Along with providing registration information, Washington’s MyVote website also enables voters to track when county officials receive their ballots for processing.

“Because voting by mail is so convenient, there is a temptation to put it off until the last minute yet a late postmark will disqualify a ballot,” Wyman said. “Fortunately, there’s a very simple solution – get your ballot in early to make sure your voice is heard.”


Stewardship Foundation annual meeting with photographer / author Paul Bannick

Stewardship Foundation 

Featuring Special Guest:
Photographer and Author, PAUL BANNICK

You are invited! Come hear the highlights of the year and what is next for the Stewardship Foundation. Enjoy refreshments, meet and vote for the Board of Directors, and hear a presentation by Paul Bannick.

LFP City Hall Council Chambers

2:30-5pm Saturday November 3rd

Paul Bannick is an award-winning author and wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. 

Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation. 

Paul is both the author and photographer of two best-selling bird books, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls (Braided River 2016) and The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds (Mountaineers 2008). His second book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, received Gold Medal in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards "Animals/Pets" category.


Girl Scout baby formula and diaper drive at Lynnwood Fred Meyer

On October 21, 2018 from 10am to 6pm, Girl Scout Troop 41002 is holding a baby formula and diaper drive at Fred Meyer's on 2902 164th St SW, Lynnwood, to benefit the Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique.

Wellspring Family Services is a non-profit that serves homeless and low income children, and they give families all around King County and Seattle access to services that can improve their lives.

The Baby Boutique provides families with essential items that they need to care for their children, from diapers and formula to seasonal clothing and learning toys.

Troop 41002 consists of girls from Edmonds, Seattle, and Shoreline in the 10th and 11th grade.


Letter to the Editor: Shoreline needs entertainment options

To the Editor:

I am genuinely concerned. My wife and I drove past the Rat City RollerGirls' venue recently. There were young children roller-skating inside and we went in to inquire about signing up our own young children. This is when we learned that by next year they will be evicted and yet another apartment building will go up in its place. Later that week I saw a city councilmember and when I mentioned how sad I was about losing the Rat’s Nest, I was retorted with a simple, “you’re allowed to sell your land.”

So what’s next on the chopping block, the Highland Ice Arena? Spin Alley bowling? Should the city drain Echo Lake and replace everything with more apartments? The city council does have the ability to set limits, preserve or place restrictions on development. Past land development make it appear that developers are driving this vision for short-term profits and the city council is either benefiting by it or complicit with it.

I want Shoreline families to have entertainment options without having to drive to other towns; which is the case currently when my kids are invited to any party. Lynnwood, Edmonds and other towns manage to have businesses that cater to fun and entertainment. Shoreline is becoming a borough of Seattle to simply sleep.

It’s deeply unfortunate that the Shoreline city council is allowing the city they represent to be paved over, with no apparent benefit to their constituents other than packing Shoreline with more constituents.

There are only so many chickens you can cram in a cage and I am fearful that we will live in an overly congested city with inadequate infrastructure and nothing to do but go to bed.

Michael Bachety


Northwest Artists' Holiday Show - a two-day event

Northwest Artists’ Holiday Show
10am - 5pm November 3 and 4, 2018 

On Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th, Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 8109 224th St. SW, Edmonds, will throw open its doors to holiday shoppers for the 45th annual Northwest Artists’ Holiday Show.

With nearly 50 artists’ booths, the show will be open from 10am to 5pm. Attendees can expect to find beautiful and practical one-of-a-kind gifts from handmade soaps, jewelry and clothing to pottery, paintings and photography.
Holiday décor, candles, and gourmet foods are also featured in booths throughout the building. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served in the upstairs loft, where more art will be for sale.

Sue Coccia of Earth Art International, a long-time participant in the show, has again loaned the image of one of her unique paintings to the Northwest Artists’ Holiday Show. This year it is a beautiful and timely Orca. Sue, an Edmonds resident and well-known artist, has been featured in the publicity for the show for the last seven years.

Requested donation to the Northwest Artists’ Holiday Show is $3, which is good for both days and includes parking and complimentary childcare. A free shuttle service will serve nearby parking lots on both Saturday and Sunday.

More details, directions and information about artists in the show HERE or on Facebook: Northwest Artists’ Holiday Show.


Work begins on the 2nd Art Walk Edmonds mural

The ink has hardly had time to dry on the first installation, but work has begun on the second and final mural of the 2018 season for Mural Project Edmonds (MPE).

The second endeavor from the newly formed MPE, a committee under Art Walk Edmonds, is a nautical-themed mural that will wrap the building that houses Mar•Ket Fish Mongers and Eatery at 508 Main St in Edmonds.

Muralist Nick Goettling, from Tacoma, Washington, was chosen as the muralist for this project because his graphic style lent itself well to the vision that the MPE and mural sponsors, Shubert Ho and Andrew Leckie had for the building. He also has an abiding respect for the history of the area.

“I am a Pacific Northwesterner through and through,” said Goettling. “As an artist who works nationally, I’ve found that the most rewarding projects are the ones that let me engage with the local culture and history of our beloved Puget Sound. 
"I first learned some of Edmonds’ history from my dad, who lived there for a decade and would retell the hilarious, fascinating stories he learned from the famous historian, Murray Morgan.”

Much different in style and substance from the first mural installed, this particular mural will take on a vintage, nautical feel, with a few surprises the viewer will discover only upon close inspection. This mural was sponsored by Mar•Ket Fish Mongers & Eatery owners Shubert Ho and Andrew Leckie, who had a specific vision for the mural.

“We wanted it to not only be eye-catching, but something that invited the viewer to stop and look closer. Perhaps even take selfies with it!” Ho said. 

ensnared in the big picture 
The two collaborated closely with the MPE committee and the artist to come up with just the right image to make their vision come to life.

MPE plans to develop a few new murals each year and is already evaluating projects and locations for next summer. Building owners and businesses who are interested in sponsoring a mural next year should contact Art Walk Edmonds

The overall goal of the new MPE is to bring professional-level, well-planned artistry to our community and to fit appropriately into the chosen space. To pay for these endeavors, MPE is using funds raised by Art Walk Edmonds’ Summer Wine Walks, as well as donations and sponsorships by building owners and businesses.

Anyone interested in donating to the Art Walk Edmonds can do so online. Companies or entities interested in sponsoring a new mural should contact Art Walk Edmonds,

Art Walk Edmonds is held monthly in the picturesque waterfront town of Edmonds on the third Thursday throughout the year, rain or shine.


Jobs: SCC Economics Instructor

Shoreline Community College is hiring for the following position: 

Instructor-Economics (Winter and Spring Quarters 2019, pro-rata contract, 66.67% of full-time).

Job description and application information HERE


Blast from the Past: Ecological Resilience on Mount St. Helens

UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins:

“Blast from the Past: Ecological Resilience on Mount St. Helens” by Cynthia Chang, assistant professor, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Washington Bothell.

Pub Night Talk cosponsored by the University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins, 7-8:30pm, Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Doors open at 6pm. 

Hayne’s Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell.

Cynthia Chang
Since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, plants have recolonized, survived and adapted to the once-barren blast zone.

Chang, a plant ecologist, explains how this natural experiment provides valuable lessons in the era of global change.

Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Seating: first come, first served. Talk followed by Q/A.


Letter to the Editor: What I wanted to ask the candidates

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I knew about fake news, but I didn't know we had it in Shoreline. Imagine my surprise when I read this in Sunday's article about the 10/9 RBCA Candidates Forum:

"Part way through the questions that followed, Tom Petersen's skills were challenged again when an audience member started shouting that her questions had not been asked…."

Here's what actually happened:

The question I submitted to Tom did not meet with his approval, so instead of asking the question, he gave me a public lecture on why it was out of line. I did indeed respond to Tom’s condescending mansplanation, but that's a far cry from "an audience member started shouting."

The gatekeeper format is already tremendously disempowering, but having the gatekeeper decide that my question is "not worthy," and then having him publicly chastise me is even worse. Worse still is seeing the incident misreported in the Shoreline Area News.

Here’s the question Tom didn’t want to ask:

“The people of the 32nd Legislative District are suffering from out-of-control growth. ST3 construction and the radical rezone are ruining whole neighborhoods. Small children are being bussed across town to kindergarten because their neighborhood schools are full. At the same time, our politicians are forcing "road diets" on us, reducing road capacity just when they've created increased demand. To top it all off, they give tax breaks to real estate developers to build "affordable housing," causing taxes to rise for the rest of us, while further increasing congestion."

So our politicians are inflicting population growth and road shrinkage on us, severely damaging our quality of life. To add insult to injury, they send us the bill for things we never wanted in the first place.

Council Member Salomon, in the past you have supported ST3, radical rezoning, road diets, and tax breaks for real estate developers. Are you willing to renounce these policies and instead support policies that benefit your constituents?

Senator Chase, do you support these policies? If not, what will you do to help your constituents stop them?

Margaret Willson


4Culture Announces the Launch of the 2019 Arc Artist Fellowship

Offering Operating Support to King County Artists

As one of the largest funders of individual artists in the region, 4Culture is proud to announce the Arc Artist Fellowship. Now in its second year, it provides operational support for King County artists. 

Unrestricted awards of $12,000 may be used to offset daily expenses for Fellows as they pursue their creative work. The Fellowship includes modest promotional support through the 4Culture website.
Full Release

An unrestricted grant allows artists to apply funds when and where it is most needed as they develop their artistic practice. Fellowship funds can be used to offset costs related to rent, childcare, health care, transportation, space rental, legal support, equipment, materials, workshop fees, residencies, and more.

The Arc Artist Fellowship has an eligibility requirement changes annually. For 2019, eligible applicants must be artists who identify as trans, non-binary, neurodivergent, and/or artists with physical, developmental, behavioral/emotional and/or intellectual disabilities.

Expanding on last year’s eligibility focus on artists with disabilities, and learning from conversations with past applicants, the current round of Fellows, artists, and community organizations, we seek we seek to better support and celebrate variations of human diversity including the trans and non-binary communities.

Marketing support has been identified as a top priority for today’s working artist. The Arc Artist Fellowship will provide each Fellow with a page on the 4Culture website to use for promotional purposes, featuring a description of their work, biography and images.

The 2019 Arc Fellows will assist in determining the Arc Eligibility Requirement for next year’s fellowship as well as participate in a public cohort presentation organized by 4Culture and in planning and community engagement for the 2020 program.

The application deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 5:00pm PDT

Related Links
For inquiries about the Arc Artist Fellowship contact:


Spooky night at Kruckeberg Gardens Oct 26-27

Photo by Lee Lageschulte
Spooky Night 
at Kruckeberg Gardens
October 26 and 27, 2018
from 4:30pm to 8:30pm

For two nights we’ll invite all the ghouls and goblins to the garden for a frightful walk through drifting fog and cobwebs.

This is an evening event, rain or shine.

The parking lot will be closed for this event.

We have reserved the parking lot at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church and will provide a free shuttle service to and from the garden.

The garden will be closed on these dates during our regular operating hours due to this evening event.

Admission is FREE! (suggested donation of $10 encouraged)

Parking: Richmond Beach Congregational Church (free shuttle about every 15 mins)


ADHD - genetics or environment

Eastside CHADD meets Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 7-9pm - doors open at 6:45pm.

New location at the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue, 209 100th Ave NE, 2nd Floor, Bellevue 98004.

Joel Nigg, Ph.D., will provide an orientation to what ADHD is and how to think about it. He will then summarize the controversy on genetic and environmental effects, and focus on emerging evidence for how lifestyle and alternative treatments can supplement standard treatments to maximize progress for you and your family. Q/A will follow.

Joel Nigg, PhD
Dr. Nigg is a Professor in the OHSU Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the Division of Psychology in Psychiatry.

He also serves as the Director of the ADHD Program, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland. Dr. Nigg authored the book, Getting Ahead of ADHD published by Guilford Press, 2017.

All are welcome to join us for this informative meeting.
  • Eastside CHADD Members : No fee - a membership benefit
  • Non-members: Suggested donation of $7 to help defray the meeting costs and chapter expenses

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder


Restaurant review: Mediterranean Oasis Bakery and Kitchen

Counter and seating area
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Donna Luke-Peterson

My family saw the Grand Opening sign on the new Mediterranean Oasis Bakery and Kitchen next to the Joann's store at the Parkwood Plaza Mall.

It was much bigger than I expected, with a large cafe and eating area with lots of modern chairs and tables -- and delicious food!

The owner is Palestinian from Jerusalem. He spent 20 years in
Chicago in the restaurant business before returning to Seattle.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Amazing crispy falafel, beef shawarma, freshly baked pita bread, and fresh-made hummus! We were even given samples of the beef and hummus to try beforehand.

Our combo plates came with a fresh mixed salad (no raw onions, yay!) Big portion of the beef shawarma -- but I will be coming back for the savory, puffy, crisp, falafel next time for sure.

Large amount of tasty pita bread baked daily
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

They also had "pies" on their menu that looked like large flatbreads (like pizza pie, maybe?) with meat, cheese, or spices -- something else to try next time.

Friendly staff, very helpful. We also bought a large package of fresh baklava treats -- delicious! Ate a few there, and lots to take home to share, too.

About half of the packaging is in Arabic
then you run into something like French's mustard
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Big selection of groceries, spices, exotic spices, drinks, candy, canned goods, plus refrigerated and frozen section. And dishes, tea, hookahs ... just about everything! And looks like a fresh meat / butcher section coming in the near future, too.

Give it a try!!

Mediterranean Oasis 
Bakery and Kitchen
Parkwood Plaza (Joann's, Shari's, new Starbucks)

Hours are from 10am - 10pm every day - and sometimes later. 

If they are there and still have food in the kitchen, they'll feed you.

They will also cater your events. 

They have signed on with GrubHub, if you want to have your food delivered.


Taco Time coming to south Shoreline

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

One taco place is replacing another at 15010 Aurora. Taco Time is building a new restaurant between Goldie's Casino and the Seattle Restaurant Store, all just south of the Parkwood Plaza, itself under major reconstruction.

Google Earth

Taco Time replaces Taco Bell, which was previously on the site.

For those needing a Taco Bell fix, there's one in Lake Forest Park at 14506 Bothell Way NE - corner of 145th and Bothell Way.

There is a Taco Time a couple of blocks south in Seattle at 14300 Aurora. They will be moving to this new Shoreline location and they will be replaced by a Pecos Pit.


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