Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Basket Case

Saturday, March 31, 2018

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


Bill to protect Washingtonians’ religious information becomes law

Disclosing someone’s religious affiliation to the federal government constitutes an unfair practice and a violation of state discrimination laws, as a result of legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

House Bill 2097, sponsored by Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, mandates the same protections against religious discrimination as contained in companion legislation in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby.

The new law:

  • Prohibits employers from requiring disclosure of an employee's religious affiliation;
  • Prohibits public agencies and personnel from using agency resources to disclose an individual's religious affiliation to the federal government or to compile information regarding individual religious beliefs, national origin or ethnicity for immigration or law enforcement purposes;
  • Restricts local and state law enforcement agencies from collecting or using information about an individual's religious affiliation, with limited exceptions; and
  • Exempts personal information about an individual's religious affiliation from disclosure under the state Public Records Act.

“No one should have their religion used against them, whether through prejudice or through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” Palumbo said. “This law ensures the privacy and protections to which we all are entitled.”


Easter Egg Hunt at RB Saltwater Park

And they're off!
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

By Wayne Pridemore

Rich Sewell, a firefighter with the Shoreline Fire Department, was the master of ceremony for the Easter egg hunt at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park on Saturday, March 31, 2018. This was the 63rd time that the fire department has hosted the event. The turnout was huge for Saturday's event which was very well organized. The kids had a great time.

Shoreline resident Chada Jaisook brought her son, Thorin, to enjoy the adventure of the hunt. Thorin was styling out with his bow tie and rabbit ears.

Lots of family, lots of cameras, lots of Easter eggs
Photo by Wayne Pridemo

Shoreline's Fire Department had placed the plastic eggs early Saturday morning in three different age appropriate areas. All the eggs contained a treat but there were also numbered eggs as well as golden ones that won big time prizes.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The older children got a more challenging hunt.

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

It was apparent that the crowd had a great time watching the kids.

The kids were ready and excited to hunt for the hundreds of Easter eggs.

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

There was a high degree of cuteness during the event.


Still time to enter the Edible Book Festival

Book: Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins
Creation: Tibetan Peach Pie by Doug Subcleff
Photo by Bob Pfeiffer

Enter your Culinary Creations in the Annual Edible Book Festival to be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11:00am – 1:30pm at Third Place Commons 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park 98155

Register online by Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Or register in person day of at 10:45am. Event starts at 11am.

Your creation should be inspired by a book, or pun on a book title, and made out of edible ingredients—sweet or savory.

Creation: Green Legs of Spam
Jan Wilkinson
Photo by Bob Pfeiffer

It may look like a book, tablet, or scroll ... or be completely unique. Check out Pinterest for inspiration.

It’s free to participate and you’ll be eligible to win fabulous prizes from Third Place Books! This event is free and open to the public.

And just so you know - on Saturday after the judging people are going to eat your creation - so take your photos ahead of time!

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


Photo: Swan Lake

Friday, March 30, 2018

Swans on Bitter Lake
Photo by Bruce Hill

I asked Bruce Hill, who lives on Bitter Lake, if he had any photos of eaglets. He responded something to effect of "that would be a miracle" and then sent me his best bird photo as a consolation.

So here we go - two young swans who briefly visited Bitter Lake in 2016 when Bruce had his camera pointing in their direction.


Comedy for a Cause - funny fundraiser for Shorecrest Spree and Track

Comedy for a Cause is back on Sunday, April 8 at 7 pm - 9pm at Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Center 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

Join us for an evening of comedy with Brad Upton and friends!

Enjoy some laughs and help raise money for Shorecrest's 2018 Senior Spree event and Track and Field! Spree is an all-night graduation celebration co-sponsored by the Shorecrest PTSA and GRAD NIGHTS. It takes place right after graduation.

Get tickets now online

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $15.

Brad Upton "Hilarity for Charity" is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared recently at Caesar's Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival.

He has spent the last eight years as the opening act for the legendary Johnny Mathis and did multiple shows all over the country with the late, great Joan Rivers.

Since 2007 he has coached the hurdlers at Shorecrest High School.

Brad mixed his Track and Field background with comedy and served as the on field announcer at the 2014 USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.


Fifth Annual Kenmore Hydroplane Cup April 7

fifth Annual Kenmore Hydroplane Cup on April 7

Get ready to hear the nostalgic sounds of hydroplanes on the Sammamish River in Kenmore! 192 Brewing Company and the Seattle Outboard Association proudly present the fifth Annual Kenmore Hydroplane Cup on April 7. The opening ceremonies start at 10:00am with races taking place between noon and 4:00pm.

The two- and three-cylinder outboards will leave the Kenmore Boat Launch, 17150 68th Avenue NE, for a timed exhibition race at the entrance to the river. Kenmore native Kay Myers Brewer will be announcing the river race along with Jim Olsen.

Drivers will individually race upriver past the Boat Launch, Squire's Landing Park, around the bend to Kenmore city limits, and return back to the Kenmore Boat Launch. The best viewing areas will be on the Sammamish River Bridge multi-use path and at Squire's Landing Park, 7353 NE 175th Street. Admission is free for the event.

The Vintage Inboards will be doing a show and shine at the Kenmore Boat Launch, so be sure to bring a camera.

On Friday, April 6, the community is invited to the Fifth Annual Hydro Happy Hour at the 192 Brewing Company, 7324 NE 175th Street. Come meet drivers past and present and view the hydroplanes on display.

This historic event brought the community to the banks of the Sammamish River between the years 1938 and 1976. The event idea was reintroduced to the community after local artist Amberly “Gaul” Culley organized the Sammamish Slough race exhibit at Kenmore City Hall in 2013.

This year, you are invited to witness history in the making. Bring your friends and family out to create your own Sammamish River hydro memories.


Next year's Shoreline Schools calendar will have early release every Wednesday

The Y will open after school programs
at all elementary schools
At their March 26, 2018 meeting, the Shoreline School Board unanimously voted to approve a recommendation to adopt a partial release calendar model to support student success through a research-based instructional professional development model.

This will change next year’s school calendar (2018-2019) from a 175-day school year with full non-student days throughout the year to a 180-day school year with a weekly 90-120 minute early release for students on Wednesdays when there are five days of school.

There will not be an early release during weeks when there are not five days of school, such as weeks with holidays or other non-student days. The final length of the early release (90-120 minutes) will be determined this spring and announced in a future communication.

Having heard from families and anticipating that this change will have an impact on families and create childcare / after-school supervision needs, Shoreline Schools has partnered with the Dale Turner Family YMCA, City of Shoreline, as well as expanding the Children’s Center’s ability to serve more students, in order to meet those needs.

Recognizing that families who may want to access those childcare options on the partial release days may face financial issues, the School Board approved offering scholarships of $50 per month for the first year for students who qualify for free or reduced priced meals to help ease the transitions.

To support middle school students on partial release days, the Hang Time Program hours will be extended on those days. You can find more information on the Einstein Hang Time Program and about the Kellogg Hang Time Program.

The City of Shoreline will also extend their Teen Center hours at the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center on partial release days for high school students. There is no fee for the Teen Center. Learn more about the Teen Center HERE.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about the partial release calendar recommendation adopted by the School Board and how it was developed.

Q1. Why did the District adopt a weekly partial (early) release day?

Our expectations of students, and therefore of teachers, have continued to grow and change. Instructional staff will use this time to:
  • Learn new strategies to teach students with increasingly diverse learning needs
  • Review student learning data to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and adjust teaching to improve outcomes for students
  • Implement new curriculum that is designed to prepare students for a more complex world
  • Master and incorporate new technology into the learning environment
  • Plan and prepare for their daily instruction of students

Q2. Won’t this result in less instructional time for students?

With implementation of a partial release model, the amount of instructional time for students will be restructured with little to no reduction in overall instructional time. Shoreline will return to a 180-day student year, adding back five full days of school, and lengthen the existing early release days.

Although we have not finalized the exact length of the early release days, we expect the release to be between 1 ½ and 2 hours per release day. Shoreline will continue to meet or exceed the minimum hours of instruction required by the State of Washington.

Q3. Why have the early release day on Wednesday? Why not Monday or Fridays?

Being able to adequately staff after-school programs is one of the top considerations in recommending early release on Wednesdays. We have heard from our Children’s Center Extended Care supervisors and partners at the Dale Turner Family YMCA and City of Shoreline that finding staffing for that short period of time on Mondays or Fridays would be difficult to staff and lead to limits on the numbers of students we could serve in those programs.

Q4. How was this recommendation developed?

A joint committee convened in the 2015-2016 school year to examine a best practice professional development model that research has shown supports higher levels of academic achievement for students. Recognizing that this model of instructional professional development would have a direct benefit to our students, the committee began presenting their recommendations and collecting feedback from families, staff and community in the spring of 2016.

While there was high support for providing teachers with the most effective professional development and collaboration model, there were concerns expressed about the limited options for childcare on those partial release days. Recognizing more after school supervision options needed to be developed before considering adopting the partial release model, the Board of Directors authorized additional study through the Partial Release Stakeholder Advisory Committee (PRSAC) to study the impacts of a partial day release model and seek partnerships to develop programs to meet families’ needs on those days. The committee has met throughout this school year and developed a number of partnerships to provide options for all families who want to access them.

The PRSAC recently held a series of community meetings to present their recommendation and shared information on the additional after-school options that would be available on the partial release days. The committee also collected feedback and answered questions from attendees. They presented their recommendation to the School Board on March 12, 2018 and the Board unanimously approved the recommendation at their March 26, 2018 meeting.

Q5. Who can I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school’s office or the District Public Information Office at (206) 393-4412.


Shorecrest tennis wins a close match against Edmonds-Woodway

Anna Burke in 3-21-18 game
Photo by Rob Mann
Shorecrest varsity girls' tennis
WesCo 2A/3A
3-30-18 at Kellogg MS
Shorecrest 4 - Edmonds-Woodway 3
Shorecrest overall record 4-1

Shorecrest won all their singles matches and lost all their doubles against Edmonds-Woodway on Friday.

Shorecrest players listed first

  1. Kate Ivens v Olivia Olson   6-2  6-0  W
  2. Sophie Ivens v Leona Aklipi   6-3  6-3  W
  3. Anna Burke v Nicole Ung   6-1  2-6  6-3  W
  4. Bella Saunders v Mari Cekrezi  6-2  7-6  7-2  W
  1. Sydney Leek / Kim Tran v Hailey Rehnfeldt / Alexi Huffman   4-6  6-3  5-7  L
  2. Emma Leek / Coco Hart v Marla Thal / Cristabel Jamison   4-6  0-6  L
  3. Cindy Luo / Alyssa Oshiro v Alice Sohn / Rosemary Chong  2-6  1-6  L
--Coach Rob Mann


Nominations still open for American Legion Life Changer Award

Chaplain Larry Fischer presents the 2016
award to Kim and Brad Lancaster
You likely know someone who has made life better for others. That someone might be a friend, a teacher, a doctor, a pastor or anyone.

You can gain recognition for that deserving person by nominating him or her for an American Legion Life Changer Award. It’s easy to nominate someone and a successful nomination will provide a wonderful reward for that deserving person.

See They Changed Lives to read about previous winners.

To make a nomination, write up to 300 words describing how your nominee made life better.

Include the full name, address and phone number of the nominee, as well as your full name, address and phone number. Then, before May 1, 2018, email the nomination.

Or send the nomination to American Legion Post 227, PO Box 55193, Shoreline, WA 98155-0193.

The Life Changer award is sponsored by the Starr Sutherland Jr. Post 227 of the American Legion. Post members will select the winner. The winner will receive a framed certificate plus a $200 gift certificate for dining at the enchanting Sky City restaurant atop the Seattle Space Needle.

Any questions about the awards program can be directed to the above email address. That special someone, who has made life better for you or for others that you know, deserves recognition and YOU can get it for him or her.


Insurance Commissioner moves to stabilize the individual health insurance market

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler recently approved a new regulation to help stabilize the individual health insurance market by increasing the number of geographic areas an insurer can use to set rates.

Insurers are allowed to vary how much they charge their enrollees depending on provider reimbursement costs in different parts of the state. Previously, Washington was divided into five rating areas. The new rule increases the number of rating areas to nine. Each area is assigned a rating factor based on provider reimbursement costs. This is just one of the factors insurers can use to calculate premiums for enrollees who live in that geographic area.

“By increasing the number of rating areas, we can more accurately reflect the experience of the insurers in our market and provide incentives for them to offer coverage in more parts of the state, especially in our rural areas,” Kreidler said.

To protect consumers from excessive differences in premiums from one part of the state to another, Washington is one of a few states that caps the allowable difference in premiums. The new rule gives insurers willing to offer individual health insurance coverage in most or all of the counties in the state somewhat greater latitude in setting their premiums.

“We anticipate this will encourage insurers to offer individual health insurance in more counties,” Kreidler said.

How much someone pays for their health plan depends on a number of factors, including:
  • Their age, 
  • How many people are covered, 
  • Whether or not they smoke, 
  • Where they live; and 
  • The type of plan they choose. 
“More than 300,000 people in Washington state buy their health insurance in the individual market and they’ve faced tremendous uncertainty this year because of deliberate actions by the federal government,” said Kreidler. 
“Now they’re facing premium increases as well as limited plan choices - especially in rural parts of the state. Expanding the number of rating areas in our state is just one step we can take to help stabilize this market for consumers.”

Kreidler proposed legislation this year to create a state-based reinsurance program for the individual market similar to the federal reinsurance program in place under the Affordable Care Act from 2014-16. Kreidler’s proposal would have lowered premium increases by up to 10 percent. The Legislature supported the proposal but could not reach agreement on a funding source.

“I’m committed to using every tool we have to stabilize the individual health insurance market – including proposing a reinsurance program again,” Kreidler said. 
“But in the meantime, we must look at every opportunity we have to improve this market. Now that the Trump administration and Congress have failed to help consumers, it’s up to the states to take the lead.”

In light of the new rule, one insurer – Premera Blue Cross – has already committed to cover any potential “bare” county in 2019.


Easter at Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of Christ - sunrise service and pancake breakfast

Easter Sunrise Service held at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, lower shelter on beach. Dress warmly and join us to greet the sunrise with a warm fire, scripture, song, and communion.

Traditional Worship
Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of Christ
corner of 15th Ave NW and NW Richmond Beach Road

No matter how you celebrate Easter, enjoy pancakes!


Jayapal visits Edmonds to discuss health care, gun reform and more with 7th District constituents

Rep. Jayapal intently listens to constituents’ questions during the Town Hall at the Edmonds Senior Center.

Republished from

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal returned to Edmonds on Thursday, March 29, to host a town hall meeting at the Edmonds Senior Center for her 7th District constituents.

“The Edmonds Senior Center is such an important place. It’s such an important community, location and center, and I’m so blessed to have this in my district,” she began.

For the first half hour, Jayapal talked about a few topics for which she is fighting and she believes the 7th District cares about before answering constituents’ questions.

“The first thing is for you to know how grateful I am to you for electing me and giving me this honor and privilege of representing you in D.C.,” she said. “It really means so much to me. And it means so much to me because this is such a consequential time in our country’s history.”

Jayapal came as an immigrant to America alone with nothing in her pockets at age 16. Today, she is in the U.S. Congress as the first Indian-American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives and the first person of color ever in the Democratic delegation for our state.

Jayapal shared that the 7th District is the most engaged congressional district in the country. This means that her D.C. office gets the most mail, email and phone calls of any district in the country, adding up to almost 300,000 in the 15 months since Jayapal has been elected. Jayapal said she also likes hearing from her constituents in person. This is her 15th town hall, one for every month she has been in office, and her second in Edmonds since being elected.

After introducing her team members who were present, she reminded the crowd about her case work.

“You can always contact us if you have any issues with a federal agency,” she said. 
“This is what we do, and we’re really, really good at it.”

Her team has closed over 500 constituent cases so far, and has been able to get $581,259 back for 7th District constituents. This statement received a round of applause.

“As a minority party, as Democrats (this statement was interrupted by a cry of ‘Not for long!’ from the crowd) we do have to be an opposition party,” she began. “But we also have to be a proposition party. We have to propose the vision of what we stand for.”

Jayapal said she wants to bring hope to people who have felt traumatized around the country since the presidential election and let them know people are fighting.

The first issue she talked about was expanding Medicare for all. With hopes of Democrats taking back control of Congress in November, she is starting a Healthcare for All caucus, which would move health care to a single payer system. The Affordable Care Act has influenced the majority of Americans to believe healthcare is a human right, she said, but there are still issues related to people getting quality affordable health care. Jayapal said she believes the best way to achieve this is to have a government-funded system that takes the profits out of the health care system.

“No one should be one health care crisis away from bankruptcy,” she said. “That’s just not right.”

Second, she talked about expanding and protecting Social Security. Jayapal said she views Social Security as a collective program where everyone’s dollars are going toward taking care of each other.

“It is not an entitlement program, it is an earned benefit program,” she said.

Third, she wants to tackle student debt. She has introduced a bill called College for All, which Sen. Bernie Sanders also introduced in the Senate. They want to push college as an affordable option for anyone.

“Nobody should worry about being $40,000 in debt if they go and get a higher education,” she began. “A tiny tax on Wall Street could pay for all of our kids to be able to go to college without debt.”

Additionally, she said she’s been working diligently on immigration issues, something with which she’s very familiar. She also worked on a bill related to reforming the U.S. detention system and stopping the use of private detention facilities.

The last topic she wanted to briefly share was democracy reform.

“I do not take any corporate PAC money. I do not believe people should take corporate PAC money,” she said. “We need to end Citizens United.”

The crowd responded with a round of applause. Jayapal said she wants a public financing system for elections and has created a set of five bills all around election reform.

“We do have to fight against a lot of things that are happening right now in our country that we are pushing back on,” she continued. 
“We have a president who likes to be the star of his own reality TV show and likes to govern in chaos. Likes to operate in chaos — I can’t call it governing . . . My biggest concern is we don’t get numb to what’s happening, that we don’t allow the unacceptable to become acceptable” she said.

Jayapal talked about her meeting with students affected by the Parkland school shooting and encouraged her constituents to recognize the fight young people are making. She said she was in Washington, D.C. for the rally, where more than half a million people came to march. The Parkland students came to see her the day before the rally to talk about gun reform. All were high school freshmen.

“They are doing this because they know what is right and it is our job to follow and to support and to make sure that we ban assault rifles,” she said. “They are an inspiration, and so we have tremendous hope in front of us.”

The remainder of the meeting covered topics such as tax reform and the Omnibus budget before Jayapal answered constituents’ questions. Attendees expressed concerns about pharmaceutical drug prices, access to health care, immigration, subsidies on meat, gun violence and the housing crisis.

A 12-year-old student activist for gun reform and school walkouts asked what the biggest issue is for young people. Jayapal returned the question to him to answer, and he responded that it was gun violence.

“I think it is violence in all forms.” Jayapal added. “Gun violence is a big piece of that but I also think it is violence of the soul.”

— Story and photo by Hannah Horiatis


Photos: Lee's been flocked

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee Lageschulte woke up Wednesday morning to find pink flamingos all over her yard.

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

She had been "flocked" by the Young Life youth group.

Photo of Lee Lageschulte

There was only one solution. She dressed to match and took photos.


Rob Oxford: The Boys are Back in Town

Rob Oxford is ready for baseball
Cue Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back In Town". It's Opening Day 2018 and King Felix is on the mound.

The Mariners hosted the Cleveland Indians Thursday at Safeco Field and just like every year, they start the season off tied for first and with great expectations. Could this be the year? Scott Servais is back as Skipper. Mel Stottlemeyer Jr. returns as Pitching Coach and Edgar Martinez, who must wait another year to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, promises to get the most out of each players plate appearance. 

Although he joined us late and struggled during Spring Training in Peoria, Ichiro is back where it all started and joining him are fan favorites Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino. The talk of Spring Training has to be the big bat of Daniel Vogelbach, who's 7 HR and 15 RBI's lead the team and earned him the nickname "Vogelbomb". His 3 run shot against the Rockies sealed a win for the M's during their last game down in Arizona.

Another exciting addition to the squad is Centerfielder Dee Gordon who's guaranteed to throw out plenty of runners looking for extra bases. MLB Veteran Scott Brosius will make his debut waving runners around 3rd and Taylor Motter (currently assigned to the Tacoma Rainiers) and Ben Gamel who could easily be mistaken for a Heavy Metal rhythm section with their signature locks, will hopefully get plenty of action in the infield and outfield respectively.

Finally as is the case every year, the pitching seems to be the teams biggest concern. With David Phelps and Erasmo Ramirez both on the 10 Day DL., the M's will again pin much of their hopes on "Big Maple" James Paxton, Edwin Diaz and newly acquired free agent LHP Wade LeBlanc.

Saturday's 1:10 start will be the first opportunity to add to your Bobblehead collection with Robinson Cano Bobblehead Day. So oil up your glove, don't forget your hoodie and I'll meet you at the corner of Edgar and Dave.

(The Mariners edged the Indians, 2-1, on Opening Day at Safeco Field.)


Bird expert Christine Southwick to speak at Ballinger Neighborhood meeting Monday

2018 is the Year of the Bird. The challenge is to help build a better world for birds by taking a simple but meaningful action each month.

You can start by coming to BALNA’s April meeting to hear from guest speaker Christine Southwick, Shoreline’s own bird expert.

Monday, April 2, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM. (Guest speaker will start at 6:35)
Cascade K-8 School (2800 NE 200th St, Shoreline)

Christine will talk about the importance of birds in our environment. Join us for a celebration of our winged neighbors, and learn about International Migratory Bird Day.

Christine is an engaging speaker who shares her own considerable experience working with birds, and creating habitat for them.

Parking is in the front of the school, then walk up the breezeway to enter the main building entrance.
More information about BALNA, along with agendas and minutes from prior meetings are available on their website.


Jobs: Church nursery attendant

Nursery Attendant

Shoreline United Methodist Church is currently in search of a Nursery Attendant to serve every Sunday from 10am until 12pm. The compensation for this position is $11.50 per hour. All potential candidates must pass a State Background Investigation. If you are interested, please contact Nellie Ann Mills 206-363-3040 


Moscow Ballet to audition young dance students for parts in Nutcracker

The internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet is returning to Seattle for two performances at the Paramount theater Thursday, November 8th, and Friday, November 9th at 7pm.

Greater Seattle area dance students with one year of ballet training are invited to audition for the ancillary roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker. These roles include little snowflakes, mice, party children, snow sprites, snow maidens, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabian, and Chinese dancers. Auditions are free.

Local students perform their roles on stage with the Moscow Ballet.

American Dance Institute with studios in Shoreline has been chosen again to host the Moscow Ballet's Dance With Us program. Dates for the youth auditions and rehearsals for the Great Russian Nutcracker performances at the Paramount Theater in Seattle will be announced soon.


Jobs: Shoreline CC

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Shoreline CC has these positions open:

Instructor – Nursing (Tenure Track) 
We are recruiting for two instructor positions. Typical duties include the following:
  • Provide instruction, including theory, clinical, and skills labs
  • Develop curriculum and assess program outcomes
  • Promote and provide program information to prospective students
  • Participate in accreditation, college governance, division work, and campus-wide activities

Associate Dean – Nursing (Nursing Administrator/Director)
The Associate Dean of Nursing will direct administrative and instructional activities of Shoreline Community College's nursing programs. The Associate Dean will provide leadership and management for current and future programs related to nursing.



Double dual track meet Thursday hosted by Shorecrest

3-29-18 track meet at Shoreline Stadium.
Double dual meet with Shorecrest, Edmonds-Woodway and Marysville-Getchell

Individual events and scores here


LWV forum on Snohomish County transportation issue Apr 18

A League of Women Voters Forum to clarify both pro and con of possible solutions to Snohomish County Transportation Issues will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Meadowdale School Great Hall, 6002 168th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037

Forum Panelists include Roger Millar, WA State Secretary of Transportation; Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit; Emmett Heath, CEO of Community Transit; Josh Brown, Executive Director of Puget Sound Regional Council; David Hablewitz, Stop; Steve Marshall, Executive Director of Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions; Senator Steve Hobbs, WA State Senate Transportation Committee; and Senator John McCoy, WA State Senate Transportation Committee. Karen Madsen will moderate the Forum.

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County is a non-partisan organization promoting democracy through education and action for the citizens of our county. Membership is open to both men and women 16 years and older. We do not support any individuals or candidates for offices, but we do take positions on issues of importance to all including voting rights, public education, health care for all, and fair revenue.


Shoreline Conference Center to cease operation

Shoreline Center

Big changes will be coming to the Shoreline Conference Center this summer. The Conference Center, which has been operated by Shoreline School District as an enterprise program to generate revenue, will be phasing out and ceasing operations and rentals to outside groups.

“While the operation has been an asset to the community, it has unfortunately had difficulty generating positive or neutral operating loss over the last few years,” said Deputy Superintendent Marla Miller. 
“Projections for the current fiscal year indicate the cumulative deficit will grow to $250,000, which has a significant impact on the District’s general fund as it has to cover the deficit.”

The Conference Center’s rooms and spaces will continue to be utilized by the District for its own needs, including housing all its early learning programs for a few months while the new Early Learning Center is being constructed. The programs’ students and staff will occupy most of the south end of the building and a few rooms in the north end from July through December of this year.

After the early learning programs move into their new school, the District will seek long-term leases for the available spaces on the south end of the building.

The Shoreline Room and other north end rooms will continue to be utilized by the District and their internal partners, but will not be available for rent to outside groups.

The auditorium will continue to be available for rental to outside groups.

“In part, the timing of this change provides us the opportunity to reassign Conference Center staff to comparable positions elsewhere in the district that will soon be vacant due to staff retirements,” said Miller.

Miller also noted that the District has been incredibly grateful for all of the community groups and organizations that have used the Conference Center for their gatherings over the years. If you are in need of meeting space and need some local recommendations, feel free to contact the District Public Information Office at (206) 393-4412.


Seattle Police motorcycle officer injured in collision on I-5 in Shoreline Thursday morning

Looking south from the NE 205th camera

A Seattle PD motorcycle officer was injured in a collision Thursday morning on I-5 just south of NE 205th. Trooper Rick Johnson of the Washington State Patrol reported that the officer was up and talking when Shoreline medics arrived. He was taken to Harborview with unknown injuries.

Looking north from the NE 195th camera

The HOV lane was blocked for an hour during investigation. His bike was down in the lane and eventually removed by a tow truck with lift.

Traffic in both directions was severely impacted. The KING 5 new helicopter circled the scene for half an hour.

It is unknown what the officer collided with.


Shorewood tennis loses to Snohomish and beats Lynnwood

WesCo Prep Tennis 3-30-18

Snohomish @ Shorewood
Snohomish 6 Shorewood 1

  1. Katri Shields SN def Bretta Peterson SW 6-4, 6-2
  2. Tessa Rugg SN def. Maddie Bong SW 6-4, 6-2
  3. Celia Forester SN def. Brynn Morrison SW 6-2, 6-4
  4. Shay Ryder SW def. Hayley Bradshaw SN 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
  1. Haddi Vanassche / Sam Anderson SN def. Katie Taylor / Emily McDowell SW 6-3, 6-3
  2. Jordan Danly / Kennedy Duran SN def. Michelle Yang / Nicloe Nelson SW 8-6
  3. Elena Forester / Alle Graham SN def. Tess Galley / Samantha Rand SW 6-1, 6-4

WesCo North League Champs Snohomish came in with a very consistent team and defeated Shorewood 6-1.

The only T-Bird winner was Shay Ryder, at number four singles, winning 7-6, 6-4 with consistent groundstrokes.

Many of the matches were close as the T-Bird players could not win a majority of the "big" deciding points in close games. The young Thunderbird team is continuing to improve with every match as they prepare for WesCo South league play. Shorewood defeated Lynnwood 7-0 on Wednesday March 28th to get their first league win. Next league match is Friday March 30th at Meadowdale. Matches start at 3:30pm.

Shorewood 7 Lynnwood 0

  1. Brynn Morrison SW def. Olivia Nguyen LY 6-3, 6-3
  2. Shay Ryder SW def. Sea Chil LY 6-2, 6-1
  3. Tess Galley SW def. Maika Truong LY 8-3
  4. Mahilet Abraha SW def. Mara Micak 8-2
  1. Bretta Peterson/ Maddie Bong SW def. Nicole Porter / Sara Ngeyen LY 6-0, 6-0
  2. Katie Tyalor / Emily McDowell SW def. Suh Choi / Leanne Vu LY 6-0, 6-0
  3. Michelle Yang / Nicole Nelson SW def. Sara Vo / Vivian Sou LY 8-0


Sounder trains run Sunday for the Mariners game

Sounder train
Mariners fans can bypass weekend traffic and take Sound Transit’s popular game day Sounder train to the 1:10pm game against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, April 1.

The stadium-bound trains from the north will depart Edmonds at 11:11am. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the game.

A complete schedule of Sounder service to 12 Mariners games this season is available here.

Weekday afternoon Mariners games are served by normally scheduled Sounder Trains.

Special Sounder service is in addition to regular Link light rail service to and from Safeco Field. Link runs every 10 minutes on Sunday at the University of Washington, and in downtown Seattle. Link’s Stadium and International District stations are a short walk from Safeco Field.

Fans with a valid Mariners game ticket can ride Link light rail courtesy of the Mariners on game days. Through June 3, game tickets are valid on Link starting three-hours before the first pitch through the end of Link’s regular daily schedule. Regular fares apply for all other Sound Transit services.

King County Metro bus schedules can be found here

ORCA Cards cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card’s E-purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region. More information is available at


Syre Diversity Assembly

Photo by Puneet Bhargava

Syre Elementary School held a diversity assembly, showcasing the peoples and cultures that make up the Syre community.

Syre is part of the Shoreline School District and is located in the northwest section of Shoreline at 19545 12th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177.


Project update: Lynnwood Link Extension

Report to community 
from Sound Transit

Sound Transit continues to refine and finalize the design of the Lynnwood Link Extension track and stations.

This is an ongoing effort with input and collaboration from multiple partner agencies, engineers, contractors and artists.

Last year, cost estimates to complete construction of the Lynnwood Link Extension were higher than planned. The project team worked with its partner agencies to find potential design refinements that will help reduce costs while maintaining the project scale and scope:
  • 8.5 miles of Link light rail service between Northgate and Lynnwood
  • 4 stations: Northeast 145th Street, Northeast 185th Street, Mountlake Terrance Transit Center and Lynnwood Transit Center

Stay tuned for upcoming informational forums this summer, where more details about the latest designs of each station will be shared as the project nears the 90 percent design milestone.

Work to secure federal funding

In addition to preparing for construction, we continue to work with our federal partners to secure $1.17 billion in Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funding from the Federal Transit Administration. Earlier this month, the agency submitted a formal Full Funding Grant Agreement application, kicking off a negotiation on a final agreement that we expect can be executed this summer.

While due diligence toward successful execution of this grant is ongoing, we received promising news last week that the President has signed a spending bill that includes funding for the CIG program. We will continue working with members of our Congressional delegation to advance our application.

Did you know?

Lynnwood Link will be gearing up for active pre-construction work throughout this year, with major work anticipated to start in late 2018. You can expect to receive project-wide updates about construction this fall. In the meantime, we are actively working with the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood to get ready for construction. You may receive more local information regarding preconstruction activities such as utility work, demolition, clearing, grading and permitting processes in your neighborhood.

Some of these activities include:
  • Plant salvage events
  • Property acquisition
  • Community meetings
  • Localized pre-construction activities, such as clearing and grading
  • Field work, including geotechnical borings and survey work
Looking ahead to the rest of 2018

Spring 2018
Design continues toward construction-ready plans

Summer 2018
Localized demolition
Informational forums in Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood
Design continues toward construction-ready plans

Late 2018
Construction begins

See entire project schedule »

Stay connected

Get project updates »

More information

Contact our outreach team at
24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395


Basic DNA for Family Historians

Basic DNA for Family Historians is the topic of the program at the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

A short business meeting at 6:30pm will be followed by the program at 7pm given by Janice Parker Allred.

Some of the questions to be answered are: 
Have you taken a test? 
Do you want to take a test? 
Are you afraid to take a test? 
Do you know which test you should take? 
Do you know which company you should use? 
Do you know what a test will tell you? 
Do you know how DNA testing can help you with your family history research?

All these and more will be discussed when the society meets at the Family History Center, 22015 48th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace. Guests are invited.

For more information call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, 11am - 3pm.


Found: Dan Short 3-29-18

Motorcycle Hill
Photo by Dan Short
Did you find Dan Short? Many of you did!

He was on NE 185th just before 10th NE, staring at the hill which was once called "Motorcycle Hill."

Story is that before the street was paved, motorcyclists used to ride up and down the hill at high speeds, doing wheelies and U-turns.

Reportedly one of them skidded and died there.

If you got this one right - congratulations!

If you didn't - there will be another chance next week!


Certified Scrum Master to speak at North City Tech Meetup Monday

Aki Namioka will speak at
North City Tech Meetup
North City Tech Meetup, Monday April 2nd , 7pm at the Shoreline Public Library, Large Meeting Room, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155

Attendance is free, RSVP requested, but not required.

Scrum and Agile Software Development by Aki Namioka

In 2017, more than 50% of the IT organizations in this country have adopted Agile, and the demand keeps growing. Why? What is so compelling about Agile? This meeting will start with a short introduction to Agile, and then Aki will use the interests of the audience to guide the rest of the conversation.

Topics can include, but are not limited to: Agile adoption, Agile practices, benefits of Agile, and trends in Agile organizations. Bring your burning questions to the meeting for a fun engaged dialog about Agile, Scrum, XP, etc.

Aki Namioka has been an Agile practitioner since 2002 and a Certified Scrum Master since 2010. She is currently a Senior Agile Consultant with Plaster Group, and has helped several organizations transform into high-functioning Agile teams, using XP, Scrum, and Kanban. Aki’s background includes Boeing, IBM Global Services, and Cisco Systems. Her clients include Starbucks, and Puget Sound Energy. Aki enjoys learning from others in the Agile community, and is on the Steering Committee for BeyondAgile, on the Board of Agile Open Northwest, and was co-chair of Agile Open Northwest 2018.

The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at one of our local libraries: Lake Forest Park, Shoreline or Kenmore.

North City Tech Meetups follow an every-other-month schedule. One month we feature a speaker and alternate months are general discussions. You can visit the page for each month’s topic.


Updated: Work Parties in local parks - April and May

Work party at Brugger's Bog on April 8
Photo by Lien Titus

Join WNPS Master Native Plant Stewards and volunteer in April and May to help restore urban forests across the City of Shoreline.

Come meet your neighbors and do good to weed out invasive species and install native plants – rain or shine! 

Five different projects and 10 different community work parties.

Boeing Creek

2nd Saturdays from 10am to 2pm; (4/14, and 5/12)
  • 320 NW Innis Arden Way, Shoreline 98177 
  • Meet at the north end of the Shoreview Park Off Leash Dog Park, just off the Shoreline Community College campus. The restoration project is just over the border into Boeing Creek Park, on the far side of the dog park. 
  • Contact Sheraden at to RSVP or for further information 
Brugger’s Bog

2nd Sundays 9am to 1pm; (4/8, and 5/13))
  • 19553 25th Ave NE
  • Meet at the end of the dirt/gravel path entrance to the park on the bridge 
  • Contact to RSVP or for further information 
Hamlin Park

3rd Saturdays from 10am to 1pm; (4/21, and 5/19)
  • 16006 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Meet at the far north end of the park, next to the NE 166th Street stairs
  • Contact to RSVP or for further information 
Twin Ponds (North End)

Select Saturdays from 10am to 12pm; (4/21, and 5/19)
  • 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline WA 98133
  • Meet at the northwest corner of the park along the fence on N 155th St
  • Contact to RSVP or for further information 
Twin Ponds (South End)

4th Saturdays from 10am to 1pm (4/28, and 5/26)
  • 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline WA 98133
  • Meet at the south end parking lot along 1st Ave NE near the community garden
  • Contact to RSVP or for further information


Shoreline Math Olympiad draws 750 participants

Briarcrest team
The 20th annual Shoreline Math Olympiad was held on Saturday March 10, 2018 on the beautiful campus of Shoreline Community College. Over 750+ students participated this year from public and private schools in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

It is a free event open to all 4th – 8th grade students who want to challenge themselves with fun individual and team tests in math.

Parkwood team
After the entertaining antics of the Alex Zerbe, “The Zaniac” wowed the crowd, the event sponsors and city, college dignitaries helped hand out medals to the Mathletes.

This event is organized by the Shoreline Math Olympiad committee with the help of community sponsors: 
Shoreline School District, 
Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, Shoreline Mathnasium, 
James Alan Salon, 
Menchies Shoreline, 
Smart Service Shoreline, 
Chuck Olson Kia Chevrolet, and 
Shoreline Community College.

Highland Terrace team
2018 School Participation Results - Awards to the top three schools based on the percentage of eligible school students participating in the event.

1st place - Shoreline Christian with 41.79%

2nd place - St. Mark Catholic with 39.71%

3rd place - Briarcrest Elementary with 33.65%

Shoreline Math Olympiad awards medals to the top 40% of the individuals participating, and the top 60% of teams participating. 

"We do not break ties." 

If there are many award winners starting at 1st place, medals for the top 40% or 60% students will vary. Team and Individual Awards listed on the NEW WEBSITE located here!

Save the date for the 21st annual Shoreline Math Olympiad next year on Saturday March 9, 2018! Results, practice tests and details will be listed on the website closer to the date.


Increase in Passport Acceptance Fees effective Monday, April 2

The U.S. Department of State Passport Services has increased the fee passport acceptance agencies are required to charge applicants who submit their passport applications in person. Effective Monday, April 2, 2018, the acceptance fee increases from $25 per applicant to $35 per applicant.

Fees for the passport book and card remain unchanged. Please check here for specific information about those passport fees.

The City of Lake Forest Park is open for passport services at City Hall on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00 to 4:00pm; and Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with the last application taken at 3:30pm on Saturdays. Passport services is closed on legal holidays.

Some applicants are eligible to renew their passports by mail. Please check here for information about renewing your passport by mail.

To access the U.S. Department of State Passport Services website, click here. Through this website, applicants are asked a series of brief questions and then directed to the appropriate form (apply/renew in person or renew by mail).

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