Kenmore names new Chief of Police

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Kenmore Chief of Police
Peter Horvath
The City of Kenmore has hired Chief Peter Horvath as the new Chief of Police, effective May 24, 2018. 

Chief Horvath has served as the Interim Chief since February 5, 2018 and will take over duties as new chief immediately. 

The City of Kenmore contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office to provide high quality and professional law enforcement services to the community. 

Chief Horvath leads a team of twelve highly trained officers, including one detective, all assigned solely to the City of Kenmore.

“After an extensive interview process with candidates, I am pleased to select someone with Chief Horvath’s leadership and experience,“ stated Rob Karlinsey, City Manager. 
“Pete’s positive attitude and community-oriented policing philosophy will be a great fit for Kenmore”.

A 26-year veteran of the King County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Horvath came to Kenmore from the Sammamish Police department and has a wide range of leadership experience in patrol, tactical, and detective operations.

“I am so honored to join the Kenmore family. Our department will continue to work closely with the community and build partnerships to proactively address and solve problems together,” stated Chief Horvath.

Chief Horvath takes over from Chief Cliff Sether, who proudly served the Kenmore community as its first police chief after incorporation, starting on August 31st, 1998. The City of Kenmore is grateful to Chief Sether for his many years of service and commitment to Kenmore residents, families and businesses.


How We Heal our Trauma - June 6 at Richmond Beach Congregational Church

Rebekah Demirel
How We Heal our Trauma with Guest Speaker – Rebekah Demirel 

“When we face and eventually, integrate our difficult experiences, we can become stronger and more resilient people.”

What is trauma? A deeply distressing or disturbing experience.

The word covers a wide range of experiences from child abuse, serious illness, long term unemployment, divorce, bullying, homelessness, spousal abuse, addictions, sexual molestation, the death of a parent or a child, the threat of gun violence, moving to a new, unknown location to war!!!

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7 o’clock in Lena Voorhies room at Richmond Beach Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, we bring you Rebekah Demirel.

Rebekah Demirel is a clinical counselor and trauma specialist, acupuncturist and East Asian medicine practitioner and former ambulance paramedic. Her professional background and her personal history of early adversity has facilitated the development of her Trauma Integration Programs trainings presented for many social service, medical professionals and other groups for the past fifteen years, helping them be “well enough to do the job of caring for others.”

Rebekah, herself, is a living testament, showing that nothing and no one is beyond redemption. This personal belief of an ever-present and unending pool of grace for everyone is at the core of her trauma integration training work and all she does, helping people find peace and joy in their lives.

In her debut book, Nothing’s for Nothing – Transformation Through Trauma, Rebekah recounts stories of childhood violence, abuse and neglect, forcing her to leave home at age thirteen, for an uncertain future on Vancouver’s streets and in foster care, while also found throughout those pages are stories of hope, understanding, reconciliation, forgiveness and healing of her painful past.

So we invite you to come and explore ways to integrate and begin healing. Ms. Demirel will speak, read stories and answer questions. It promises to be an informative evening. Wednesday, 6th of June in Lena Voorhies room at 7 o’clock – Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th St., Shoreline.


See you at the movies Friday for Adam's Rib with Hepburn and Tracy

The story begins with Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) waiting outside her husband's (Warren Attinger - Tom Ewell) office to follow him when he leaves to what she believes will be a romantic tryst.

We get an idea of her motive when she drops her purse and a small revolver spills out. Her hunch is right, and after reading the directions how to use the weapon, she closes her eyes and starts shooting, wounding but not killing, her husband.

The story shifts to a stylish apartment building where a servant is bringing breakfast to the bedroom of Adam (Tracy) and Amanda (Hepburn) Bonner. They scan the lead stories as they eat and prepare for work, noting the attempted murder story.

Adam arrives at his office (Assistant District Attorney) and discovers he has been assigned to the case which he assumes will be a 'slam dunk'. He calls to tell Amanda, an attorney in private practice, the news and rub it in how he will put this one away quickly.

Amanda hangs up on him, determined to defend this woman, believing women are treated differently than men and that this woman was justified in her actions.

The movie shifts to the courtroom where the action and the fun begins. Each night the trial carries over into their personal life. A little dated now, it was somewhat shocking in 1949 that a woman could, heaven forbid, compete in the 'men's domain'. Where are there inequities today that need to be corrected? The chemistry between Tracy and Hepburn is at its best and makes for a very funny, romantic comedy that deserves its place in AFI' Top 100 Laughs.  --From Lu's Reviews

DATE: Friday, June 1st

TIME: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

LOCATION: Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline

COST: Suggested donation $2/person

A representative from Scarecrow Video will be on hand to share unique tidbits associated with the making of the movie as well as the on/off screen romance of two of our favorite actors, Tracy and Hepburn.

See you at the movies!


Orange the Overpasses Friday June 1

In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the Shoreline local group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, along with local groups from Bothell/Mill Creek, Lynnwood and the Eastside, will “Orange the Overpasses” during the afternoon and evening commute on Friday, June 1st.

Group members will wear orange and gather at the following overpasses from 3:30 to 6:00pm to raise awareness about gun violence:

N 145th St and I-5
N 185th St and I-5
236th St SW and I-5
164th St SW and I-5
41st St and I-5
Bothell-Everett Highway and I-405
160th and I-405
Hwy 522 and 102nd NE

About the #WearOrange Campaign:

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 – just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013.

Spearheaded by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety, the Wear Orange campaign asks Americans who believe that it is possible to do more to save lives from gun violence to wear orange on June 1st to recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Those who wear orange pledge to honor the lives of Americans stolen by gun violence, to help keep firearms out of dangerous hands and to protect children from gun violence. Orange is the symbol of the gun violence prevention movement, and is used by activists all over the country to raise awareness.


New show open at Gallery at Town Center

The Gallery at Town Center Presents: 
Robert DeFreest and Mary McInnis
May 15 - June 23, 2018

The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by Photographer Robert DeFreest and Pastel Artist Mary McInnis. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm.

Robert DeFreest
“My goal is to create images on film which capture the solemnity and haunting beauty of the night. These images are quiet meditations on forlorn locales & the effect weather has in creating mood pieces. Nocturnal railroad environments are a well spring of mood & atmosphere.” 
“These locations abound with a mournful beauty and a peaceful solitude few people explore. It is this sense of aloneness (not to be confused with “loneliness”) which I strive to visually convey (sans Photoshop or any other post process effects), rather relying on natural effects (fog, rain, snow & the light of the moon) in order to -hopefully- create arresting images.”

Robert’s formal education in the arts began at the University of New York at New Paltz in the theatre arts, with a concentration in design, construction and acting. Within a year he transferred to the state University of New York at Binghamton to pursue filmmaking. After graduation he worked in theatre, film and television in various capacities.

It was after relocating to the Pacific Northwest that he discovered low light and night photography, which quickly blossomed into a passion. He is self taught in photography, having no formal education in it, instead opting for the school of constant experimentation. This paid off with acquiring a job as a photographer for ten years in Las Vegas, NV. Having recently relocated back to the Pacific Northwest he is once again pursuing the type of work which fuels his creative spirit and imagination.

Mary McInnis
What is it about art and the creative process that causes one to spend an entire life pursuing creative outlets of various kinds: drawing, painting, photography, stagecraft, handcrafts, music, even creating a living space for troll dolls and harnesses for toy horses? 
This has been my life’s pursuit mixed in with raising two girls and now a granddaughter, voracious reading, watching classic movies, traveling whenever possible, volunteering in various capacities. I am surrounded by art – my own, my friends’, in books and magazines. Music of all kinds (with a few exceptions) fills the air in my home, my studio, and my car. 
I cannot fight it. It is who I am.

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.

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


10 things about author Erica Miner, The Agatha Christie of Opera

Erica Miner
Photo by Stephen Miner
10 things about author Erica Miner, 
The Agatha Christie of Opera

By Luanne Brown

1. The Agatha Christy of Opera, A.K.A. Erica Miner, has lived in Edmonds, WA for the past year-and-a-half.
2. Erica’s latest book, “Death by Opera” is set at the Santa Fe Opera and is the second in her Opera Murder Trilogy series, published by Twilight Times Books. 
3. Erica was a professional violinist with the Metropolitan Opera until an accident left her unable to play. 
4. Writing — another lifelong interest, replaced her passion for playing the violin after her accident. 
5. Erica is an Aries, which makes her very excitable when it comes to ideas, events, and writing books about murder! 
6. With more new commissions for opera than at any other time in recent history, Erica hopes to attract new people to this art form through her books. 
7. Her favorite cozy mystery writers are Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew), which she read as a girl in Detroit, MI, and Agatha Christie. (Janet Evanovich is pretty awesome, too!) 
8. Police procedurals on television and consultations with a detective and police Sargent for her first book “Murder in the Pit”, helped her write realistic scenes. This book was set among the glitter and glitz at the Metropolitan Opera. (Apparently the opera company wasn’t keen on the ‘no hole’s barred approach she took in basing parts of her book on real-life ‘behind the curtain’ scandals!) 
9. When she’s not busy plotting out her next cozy mystery, Erica interviews other accomplished and note-worthy people. Over the years she’s spoken with Sir Neville Mariner (Founder of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields), George Chakiris (of West Side Story fame), and Darlene Shiley, who is a PBS philanthropist.

10. The heroine of “Murder in the Pit”, young violinist Julia Kogan returns for “Death by Opera”. In this book, she and her cohort, NYPD detective Larry Somers, head to the Santa Fe Opera House, where they must join forces to stop a murderer on the loose.

You can ask Erica Miner even more questions on Saturday, June 2, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park at 6pm where she will read from and discuss her new book.


CORRECTION: Living with Chronic Pain group meets TUESDAY

Ellie Heintze, ND LAc
CORRECTION: The original article said Monday - the group actually meets on Tuesday, June 5.

The topic for June's Living With Chronic Pain Support Group meeting is anti-inflammatory foods.

The facilitator Dr. Ellie Heintze, founder of the Pain Relief Project.

The group is free, open to all, and will meet beginning TUESDAY June 5, 2018 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm in the Conference Room, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave, Ste 1, Shoreline, the stand-alone building at the south end of the Shoreline Center.


Bumblebee Code!

Photo and text by Gloria Z. Nagler 

When I processed this photo of a bumblebee (found her in my neighbor’s tree) first thing I noticed were her feet — had to see what the internet had to say!

Turns out her feet are in the news: last Spring Dr. Richard Pearce (University of Bristol) and his colleagues published their research in “Scientific Reports” explaining that bumblebees’ smelly feet constitute a code that, among other things, helps lead others to lunch.

The scientists' experiments showed that the bees leave a scent wherever their feet touch a surface, and that other bees can distinguish their own nest mates from stranger bees, and their own scent from their sister bees’ scents.

Perhaps in this way they “tell” other bees which flowers they’ve found visit-worthy, and also can use the code to avoid flowers they’ve already visited. Just another reason to be amazed by our bees:)


Ridgecrest garage sales Saturday

Ridgecrest Garage Sale Day is Saturday, June 2nd, 8am - 4pm. 

We are hoping for a great day with lots of bargains throughout the Ridgecrest Neighborhood this Saturday!

For those who live in Ridgecrest and want to be included in the advertising, the DEADLINE TO REGISTER YOUR SALE IS THURSDAY BY NOON.

Register by emailing Be sure to include the address of your sale and any specialty items. If your are joining forces with your neighbors, having multiple sales in your cul de sac - let us know that, too.

Anyone from anywhere can shop the Sales! So that all the followers of Shoreline Area News will know where to shop on Saturday, we will post all registered Sale Sites Friday night and Saturday at: and Ridgecrest Neighborhood 


Provide feedback online for the SR 522/NE 145th BRT Project

Sound Transit has opened its online open house for you to learn more about the SR 522/NE 145th Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and share your thoughts. It will be live until June 13.

If you'd like to learn more about the project in-person, come to the Thursday open house at Brookside Elementary school.

Lake Forest Park Public Meeting
Thursday, May 31, 6-8 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Brookside Elementary School // 17447 37th Ave. NE

During these public meetings, you'll have the opportunity to:
  • Learn more about the project purpose, goals and schedule
  • Give feedback on potential project features
  • Talk with project staff to learn more and share your ideas

Background on the SR 522/NE 145th BRT Project

The SR 522/NE 145th BRT Project will provide fast, frequent and reliable bus-based transit service from north Lake Washington communities to the new Shoreline South/145th light rail station.

Riders will be able to transfer between the SR 522/NE145th BRT, I-405 BRT, Link light rail and other transit service provided by Sound Transit, Community Transit and King County Metro. 

Approved by the region's voters through the Sound Transit 3 plan, the representative project includes nine stations in the north Lake Washington area, with stops in Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Bothell, with every other trip running to Woodinville.

Through this project, Sound Transit will also build additional parking in Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Bothell.


Planning for this project is underway and your participation is important. To start construction as fast as possible, the project team has established an ambitious planning and environmental analysis timeline.

Throughout 2018, staff will engage with neighboring communities to learn about their priorities and ideas for the project. It's critical for the community to engage during this early project development phase, as this feedback will help shape the refined project.

For more information:


FREE Community Walk - Fircrest & Shorecrest Walk

Join walk leader Dan this Saturday, June 2nd at 10:00am for a morning walk through several areas of Southeast Shoreline including Fircrest, Hamlin Park, Shorecrest and South Woods Park. 

The guided walk begins at the Eastside Dog Park, located at 20th Ave NE and NE 150th St. (parking lot on 20th) and will explore several streets, sidewalks and trails throughout the area.

The 2.7 mile walk is rated “Moderate” and includes some hills and staircases making it a great workout for those capable, but is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.

The free group walk is part of the City of Shoreline’s “Shoreline Walks” community walking program helping Shoreline adults stay active, meet new people (or connect with old friends) and feel safer and more confident exploring our city by foot.

No need to sign up, just show up with your walking shoes! For more information on Shoreline Walks, visit the website or call Recreation Specialist Marianne Johnson at 206-801-2638.


New traffic safety Red Light Photo Enforcement Camera at SR 522 / SR 104

The City of Lake Forest Park has a plan to help mitigate traffic safety concerns, address the increase in traffic volume on SR 522/Bothell Way NE, and improve pedestrian safety.

A new traffic safety red light photo enforcement camera is being installed at the intersection of SR 522/Bothell Way NE and SR 104/Ballinger Way.

To comply with state law, “Photo Enforcement” signs have been posted in the area. It is anticipated the camera, and enforcement, will go live this summer.

An additional announcement will be made prior to the “go live” date.

More information about the Traffic Safety Photo Enforcement Program here.


Shoreline fire calls - two weeks - May 14 to 20 and May 21 to 27

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

New recruits being trained on extrication
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Fire calls 
for May 14 - 20

Aid - 66
Aid Non Emergency - 13
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 6
MVA Medic - 1 in Bothell w/M65
MVA Rescue - 1 in Bothell w/M47
Medic - 39 (+ 37 in Bothell, Northshore some Woodinville including M65, M47)
Cardiac Arrest - 4 in Bothell and Northshore w/M65
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 7
Electrical Odor - 1
Gas Spill/Absorbent - 1 (following a non-injury vehicle collision)
Haz - 1
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 2
Smoke/Haze in the Area - 1
Structure Fire/Multi Family - 1 in Bothell w/M47
Vehicle Fire - 1
Working Residential Structure Fire - 1

Training to handle cardiac arrest
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Fire calls 
for May 21 - 27

Aid - 64
Aid Non Emergency - 8
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 3
MVA Medic - 2
Medic - 34 (+ 27 in Bothell, Northshore some Woodinville including M65 and M47)
Cardiac Arrest - 3 (+ 1 in Bothell w/M65)
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 12
Bark Fire - 1
Brush Fire - 2
Service Call - 2 (1 blood draw for PD, 1 stuck cat in rafters rescued = happy owner)
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 1 (possible trash burning in fireplace)
Smoke/Smell - 1
Smoke/Ventilation - 1(from an extinguished grease fire in apt.)
Structure Fire/Outbuilding - 1
Structure Fire/Residential - 1 (turned out to be a bark fire)


Free shred day at Sound Credit Union Saturday June 9

Sound Credit Union is hosting a Free Shred Day as a service to the community.

Saturday, June 9 - 9am-1pm (or until truck is full)

3 box limit

Shoreline Branch 16330 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline 98133

All items are shredded on site in the truck.

It is not necessary to be a customer of Sound Credit Union.


Scene on the Sound: 20 story cruise ship on the Shoreline Sea

Ships that pass in the night
The 20 story Norwegian Bliss sails the Shoreline Sea
Photo by Jan Hansen

Just after 10pm Wednesday a twenty story cruise ship sailed through the Shoreline Sea following her christening in Seattle. The Norwegian Bliss is Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship and weighs in at 168,028 gross tons. She was built by Meyer Werft in Germany in just 18 months. Delivered on April 19, she is the largest ship to have gone through the Panama Canal. 

This is a report from Yahoo finance:

SEATTLE, May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a month-long show-stopping tour around the United States including previews in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, Norwegian Cruise Line's highly-anticipated ship, Norwegian Bliss, was officially christened today in her summer home of Seattle. 
Following a preview sailing from May 30 – June 2, Norwegian Bliss, the third ship in the most successful class in the line's history, will commence her inaugural summer season with cruises to Alaska including calls in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Victoria, British Colombia beginningJune 2. She will join Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl as the youngest fleet ever to cruise to Alaska. 
Norwegian Bliss was welcomed to her summer home with a sky-high water-canon salute by the Seattle Fire Department, as she cruised into Port of Seattle. The recently renovated and expanded Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, a public-private investment between Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and the Port of Seattle, received the 168,000-gross-ton ship with a capacity of 4,004, double occupancy, early this morning. The enhanced terminal features three times the square footage, increasing the usage capacity by 300 percent, a dedicated lounge for suite guests and more guest-facing elements providing a seamless, comfortable and stylish ship-to-shore experience.

--Jan Hansen


Echo Lake Robotics Club ranks high in international competition

L-R: Katerina Sitaras, Inara Cutler, Mak Kanzler, Xavier MacDonald and Hyeon Kim
Their teams placed in the top 140 out of 7,100 teams from 63 countries
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

When Echo Lake Elementary 4th grade teacher Shari Wennik started an after-school robotics and coding club this year, she probably didn’t imagine they would place in the top two percent of teams competing in a global robotics competition, but that is exactly what they did.

Two of Wennik’s robotics teams placed in the top 140 out of 7,100 teams from 63 countries who recently competed in the Wonder League Robotics Competition.

The students learned creative problem solving, coding and robotics by competing against more than 22,000 students in collaborative teams to design solutions to science and technology challenges. They submitted their results and evidence through the online competition platform.

The two teams from Wennik’s club who made the top 140 were:
  • Team Blooper Video (Inara Cutler and Katerina Sitaras) 
  • We Don’t Come in Peace (Mak Kanzler, Hyeon Kim and Xavier MacDonald)

"The students had worked extremely hard on all of the different coding challenges since October, so the five months of weekly problem-solving, teamwork and creativity really paid off," said Wennik. 
"The teams definitely earned their spot in the finals and it was such an honor to qualify, especially in our first year and with so many teams competing."

The Wonder League is a growing, worldwide network of elementary coding and robotics clubs using Wonder Workshop’s program to inspire an early love of coding, computer science and STEM education. Teams of students with access to one set of Dash and Dot robots, which students program using code, and participate in the robotics competition where they develop problem-solving and creativity skills through learning to code.

“As the advisor, what I witnessed in terms of learning went way beyond coding; it was really about perseverance,” said Wennik. 
“The best part was watching the students solve extremely difficult problems; countless times they could have given up, but teammates bounced ideas off of each other until they came up with a solution that worked. I absolutely love seeing this grit in students and I know that trait will serve them well no matter what they choose to do in the future.”

Echo Lake Elementary is located in north central Shoreline at 19345 Wallingford Ave N.


End of SIFF run in Shoreline June 1-2 Friday - Saturday

The Seattle International Film Festival finishes its Shoreline run this Saturday with four films. The SIFF films are shown at the Theatre at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N.

Here's the line up for Friday and Saturday.

Friday, June 1, 2018 | Shoreline | 4:30 PM
Supa Modo

In this beautiful, bittersweet, and profound film from Kenya, a town comes together to make the wishes of a terminally ill young girl come true-help her achieve her dreams of becoming a superhero through the magic of cinema.

Friday, June 1, 2018 | Shoreline| 6:30 PM
C’est la Vie

Providing a sober, chic, and elegant wedding party in a 17th century French palace proves to be a tall order for a beleaguered caterer and his mishap-prone staff in the latest lovable French farce from the filmmaking team behind The Intouchables.

Friday, June 1, 2018 | Shoreline | 9:00 PM
Last Child

When the male half of a grieving middle-aged Korean couple saves a teenage boy from bullying, he learns the shocking truth behind his teenage son's accidental drowning six months prior in this subtle story of how grief can bring people together and drive them apart.

Saturday, June 2, 2018| Shoreline | 1:00 PM
The Most Dangerous Year

Two years ago, a group of Washington State families with transgender children banded together with activists and like-minded lawmakers and fought tooth and nail against the wave of anti-trans rights legislation that swept the nation and their home state. This is their story.

Saturday, June 2, 2018| Shoreline| 3:30 PM
Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

Meet the fascinating felines and the people who pamper then in this whimsical look at the ins and outs of Canada's competitive cat show circuit, where the claws come out when a Turkish Angora and an adorable fluffy red Persian face off to take home the national award for Best in Show.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | Shoreline | 6:00 PM
Webfest at Shoreline

SIFF launches its new Episodic Content category with this exciting, diverse collection of outstanding new pilots and webisodes. Ranging from absurdist comedies to surprising dramas, this collection captures the excitement of this flourishing new format.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | Shoreline | 8:30 PM
Virus Tropical

Based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Power Paola, this tender and funny animated feature follows a woman — from conception to young adulthood — as she fumbles her way through dysfunctional family life, friendships, new schools, and awkward romances.


Follow Your Dream to the SeaChordsmen musical play June 30

The SeaChordsmen Chorus presents "Follow Your Dream". A musical play built around the dreams of a young boy. We'll follow him as he moves through his life, imagining and experiencing the joys and trials of life --- a light-hearted, whimsical journey.

Many of the songs you'll likely recognize as they are from many of Disney's and other's movies: Second Star to the Right, Candyman, You Can Fly, Cheer up Charlie, Toyland, Wizard of Oz, When you Wish Upon a Star, and more.

Shows are at 2pm and 7pm, Saturday, June 30 at the Shorewood High School Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, WA (one block west of Aurora on 175th)

Tickets available online


Photo: Unusual sunset and rain clouds

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

I looked out my window Tuesday evening and the entire sky was rosy pink. The leaves on the trees were fluttering and it looked like it might be raining.

"Strange sky," I thought. "Lee's going to send me a sunset photo."

Right on both counts. It was another strangely beautiful sunset - and Lee Lageschulte did not let me down.

I don't think it actually rained and the rosy sky lasted a few short minutes. Lee got just the right moment.



92nd Annual Memorial Day Celebration at Evergreen- Washelli Memorial Park

Text and photos by Steven H. Robinson

The day started at 7am with staff and Boy Scout and Cub Scout units along with Rainbow Girls, Veterans organizations, motorcycle and church groups placing flags at veteran’s headstones. These efforts continued until after 9:00am.

Peter Sessum, left, and volunteers from a motorcycle club
placing flags

While taking photographs of volunteers placing flags I met Peter Sessum, an Army Veteran who has served or trained in eleven different countries including Afghanistan. He created “The Dogtag Chronicles” website to give a voice to veterans after hearing misconceptions about the military from classmates.

Peter had taken two days off from his work as Media Relations Specialist at FEMA to clean headstones with other veterans in preparation for Memorial Day Celebrations. He was back on Monday morning working with volunteers to ensure every veteran’s headstone had a flag, remembering their service to our country.

Color guard

I also spoke with Shoreline Veterans, Scouts and Cub Scouts and Rainbow Girls who were moved by the experience of remembering our veterans and were impressed by the number of conflicts that were represented by the veterans interred at Evergreen-Washelli -- from the Civil War to current conflicts throughout the world. 

SPU Drum corps

At 1:30pm Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corps played a musical prelude. At 2:00pm the celebration began with the Parade of Colors, followed by Memorial Day addresses by Lieutenant General Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Michael Reagan from the Fallen Heroes Portrait Project.

Michael Reagan
Speaking with Michael Reagan, a Marine veteran member who grew up in North Seattle and served in Viet Nam, he related how he has developed a love for those who have served and had never met in person. He has completed over 10,000 portraits most of them of veterans whom he did not know.

Statue of WWI doughboy

He continues to create portraits of veterans for their families to remember them. During his address he stated his belief that as we repeat the names of those who served and died they will be remembered, and he named many of those veterans. He encouraged those in attendance to spend time walking through the memorial park and reading the names of the veteran so they will be remembered, particularly on this Memorial Day.


Free beginning genealogy class Saturday

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Free Beginning Genealogy class is this Saturday June 2, 2018 from 10 - 11am, at the Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood.

This class is offered on the first Saturday of every month. The time to get started with your family history is now!

Drop-in class or call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, 11am to 3pm.


Cooking with Diabetes - free class at Senior Center Friday

Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD
Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD, Dietitian for Living Well Alliance Team, Pacific Medical Centers, will be presenting “Cooking with Diabetes – learning fun new tips and recipes for managing blood sugars.”

Join us for this informative, fun session on Friday, June 1st, from 1:30pm - 2:30pm at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

There is no cost to attend the support group sessions and all are welcome. 

Christy will involve the class in making two recipes which the group will sample upon completion.


Mayor Johnson vetoes Conservation Cluster Housing ordinance

Mayor Jeff Johnson of Lake Forest Park has vetoed Ordinance 1174, approved by the City Council on May 24, 2018, amending the Lake Forest Park Municipal Code relating to Conservation Cluster Housing.

On May 29, 2018, Mayor Johnson gave notice to the City Council regarding the veto. He expressed his disappointment in the action taken during his absence and reminded the council of the importance of taking time to assess proposed changes.

He reminded the council of the goals previously identified for cluster housing and the importance of an open and transparent planning process.

His entire letter is here.


Orbital Space Colonies presentation at North City Tech Meetup

Larry Gales, PhD
The next North City Tech Meetup will feature Larry Gales, PhD. presenting “Orbital Space Colonies, a Far Better Home in Space than Mars”. 

June 4th, 7 to 9pm at the Shoreline Public Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline.

  1. Why should humans attempt to live beyond our planet earth.
  2. Why is space so insanely expensive and what can be done about it.
  3. What are the advantages/disadvantages of orbital space colonies versus life on the Moon, Mars, or other planetary bodies?
  4. How can space colonies allow us to achieve interstellar flight and colonize much of our milky way galaxy, all within the framework of existing technology.

Larry last presented on Energy Efficiency, this time it will be more speculative, but just as interesting and informative. Larry is great presenter and his presentations tend to be very interactive.

Larry has an MS in math and a PhD in computer science from the University of Washington. He has worked as a computer programmer, computer consultant, and as a Research Associate Professor at the Center for Quantitative Sciences in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife, at the University of Washington, often applying or analyzing computer models of biological systems.

In retirement he has concentrated on environmental issues, and once a year teaches an 8 week course titled “Energy, the Environment, and Climate Change: a Future for our Children”, with a special emphasis on energy efficiency. But while the environment has recently been his main emphasis, for many decades he has used his scientific background to closely follow all aspects of space technology, including space conferences, online discussion groups, and personal contacts. These have given him a very broad understanding of the issues involved in space technology.


September Meetup will be a Pitch Panel - If you are interested in participating contact Ken Berkun

September 10th, Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St ·Shoreline

This is an opportunity to practice your startup’s pitch in a safe and friendly environment, receiving constructive suggestions on how to improve your presentation.

Six companies will make a five minute pitch to a panel of experts and receive constructive feedback on their presentation. This is NOT Shark Tank - our friendly and supportive environment is designed to help you improve your presentation and help you raise important seed money.

Leaders of all types of businesses are welcome to present, not just tech.

Panel Members include:
  • Ken Berkun, Serial Entrepreneur and Angel investor
  • Jonathan Feil, attorney to tech startups
  • Loren Lyon, Angel Investor and Tech Executive
  • 2 Others, TBD
You may find this presentation useful when working on yours.

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.

You can visit the page for each month’s topic.


King county lawsuit blocks feds from terminating teen pregnancy prevention program

King County won an important victory in U.S. District Court after demonstrating that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services acted unlawfully in abruptly cancelling its Teen Pregnancy Prevention grants two years early.

“We sued the federal government because they are attempting to eliminate funding for programs based on science and evidence in favor of right-wing ideology that is out of touch with reality,” said Executive Constantine. 
“We stood up for our youth and for teachers who depend on the FLASH curriculum, one of the most respected sexual health education programs in the nation."

The ruling means HHS must now process King County’s application within 60 days, and it can only deny funding if it can show good cause or that the County failed to comply with the terms of the grant. During the initial three years, the FLASH grant received stellar reviews from HHS.


Scene on the Sound: icebreaker USCG Healy

USCG Healy - icebreaker
Photo by Jan Hansen

Jan Hansen says "What a treat to see an icebreaker that has received several commendations for exceptional service. Today the USCG Healy sailed by as she headed out; her ETA back is 21 November."

The following information is taken from Wikipedia.
USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is the United States' largest and most technologically advanced icebreaker as well as the US Coast Guard's largest vessel. In addition, it is the US Military's only surface vessel capable of operating in the Arctic. She is classified as a medium icebreaker by the U.S. Coast Guard. She is homeported in Seattle, Washington and was commissioned in 1999. On September 5, 2015, USCGC Healy became the first unaccompanied United States surface vessel to reach the North Pole.
USCGC Healy is an optimally manned vessel, meaning she has the minimum number of personnel staffed in order to safely navigate. Due to the vast array of missions conducted by Healy, it is vital that crewmembers are fully qualified on a number of duties. Healy operates two A-Frames, one on the aft working deck and one on the starboard side. There are two articulated cranes on the aft working deck, with the starboard side rated to 15 short tons (14 t) and the port side rated to 5 short tons (4.5 t). The aft working deck provides ample space to conduct science and research operations. 
Healy has a forecastle crane with a load capacity of 3 short tons (2.7 t), and two 04 level cranes with load capacities of 15 tons each. Healy has a Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) that uses its Bow Thruster system, which aids in navigation and station keeping during science operations. Its flight deck is capable of landing both of the Coast Guard's helicopter airframes, and attached is a hangar that can house 2 HH-65 helicopters. Healy can accommodate 8 ISO vans on the ship, which are used as science labs and workstations. 
Healy has three small boats on board. One is the 38 ft (12 m) Arctic Survey Boat (ASB), which is on the starboard side. Healy has two 26 ft (7.9 m) Cutter Boat Large (CBL) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB), one on each side.
October 29, 2015: USCGC Healy received the Coast Guard Unit Commendation award for exceptionally meritorious service from 24 June to 29 October 2015 during their Arctic West Summer 2015 deployment. Healy traveled over 16,000 miles, took over 25,000 water and ice samples from 72 science stations, and became the first unaccompanied U.S. surface vessel to reach the North Pole. 
She also engaged with the crew of the German icebreaker Polarstern while at the North Pole in support of the international scientific mission Geotraces. Finally, Healy became the first vessel to broadcast a live feed from ice-bound Arctic waters, streaming video of a search and rescue exercise to shore-based coordinators.


Bike Drive Saturday to benefit Bike Works

On Saturday June 2nd, the Shoreline Recology Store will host a bike drive benefitting Bike Works. They invite area residents to drop off their unwanted bicycles, bicycle parts and accessories.

For each bike that you donate, you will receive a raffle ticket for a basket of goodies, including two stainless steel Hydro flask water bottles, a solar power bank, and a variety of other eco-friendly products, valued at $200.

Where will your bicycle go? It could be refurbished by the Bike Works Recycle and Reuse Team to be sold in the Community Bike Shop in Columbia City at an affordable price.

It could be part of Bike Works’ youth or adult bike repair classes, where students learn to overhaul bikes. Or it could be fixed up by one of our regular volunteers. Afterwards, Bike Works staff inspect each bike before giving it away to community members with limited resources.

Watch this video to find out more about Bike Works bikes.

Drop off your bike at the Recology Store Shoreline on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11am to 2pm, 15235 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Cats: Want royalty in your home? Lady Priscilla is available for homage

I'm sure you already know who I am ... a kitty like me needs no introduction. Lady Priscilla is my title and I know my worth.

At first I like to get a feel for someone's intentions, so I may hiss or growl, but if you stick around and give me enough time to make a judgement, you will see I am actually really sweet.

I am particular about the way hands touch me -- my favorite is the top of my head, I love it!

The more you are graced with my presence, the more you will learn about me and we will surely have a beautiful friendship. I know I am gorgeous, but I am ready to be loved for more than my looks, I know I have a lot to offer someone.

When you arrive, just tell them Lady Priscilla is waiting.

Priscilla is a 4-year-old cat waiting to find a family at Seattle Area Feline Rescue in Shoreline, 14717 Aurora Ave N.

Thank MEW!


Free stuff at the Good Neighbor Giveaway Saturday

Shoreline United Methodist Church is repeating their successful Good Neighbor Giveaway on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10am to 2pm. The church is located at 14511 25th Ave NE.


CORRECTION: Living with Chronic Pain Support Group begins TUESDAY, JUNE 5

Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc
The topic for June's Living With Chronic Pain Support Group meeting is anti-inflammatory foods.

The facilitator Dr. Ellie Heintze, founder of the Pain Relief Project.

The group is free, open to all, and will meet beginning TUESDAY June 5, 2018 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm in the Conference Room, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave, Ste 1, Shoreline, the stand-alone building at the south end of the Shoreline Center.



Shoreline student graduates from University of Puget Sound

Alissa Kaufhold, a 2014 graduate of Shorecrest High School, graduated from the University of Puget Sound on May 13, 2018. Kaufhold majored in psychology with an education studies minor, and was awarded the degree bachelor of arts.

Kaufhold is the daughter of Toni and Jeff Kaufhold of Shoreline.

While a student at Puget Sound, Kaufhold participated in the Repertory Dance Group.

Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, independent, national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Wash.


Police station open house Saturday 9:30 - 11:30am

Monday, May 28, 2018

Entrance to the Shoreline police department
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shoreline Police have moved into their new station at City Hall. They will show it off this Saturday at an early morning open house 9:30 to 11:30am, with a brief program at 9:45am.
Extension and gated parking area
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

It is part of City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N. The entrance is in the inner courtyard, next to the toadstool lantern artwork and across from the City parking garage.

Police station extension from N 175th
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The offices are on the first floor of the original City Hall building. The extension is a garage and a sally port which allows officers to drive prisoners into a secure area before moving them into the holding cells.

The City has said they expect to sell the old building on N 185th.


Average Joe cat photo contest ends May 31

Purrfect Pals annual online photo contest deadline for entries is May 31st.

Go to the contest website to enter (or vote for) your favorite cat photos!

Remember, we have some great prizes lined up this year including a GoPro HERO6 Black Camera (for taking adorable cat photos and videos, of course!).

Winners will be selected based on the number of online votes they receive before the contest ends at 11:59pm on May 31st.

The contest is a fundraiser for the Purrfect Pals cat shelter. They are located in Arlington but hold frequent adoption events in Shoreline.


World Dance Party at Northshore Senior Center June 8

Photo courtesy Northshore Senior Center
Northshore Senior Center is hosting a World Dance Party on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 6-9pm at the Center, 10201 East Riverside Dr., Bothell. All ages welcome.

This event is open to the public.

This year’s Potluck Theme is Pizza Party. You can bring - or have delivered - your favorite pizza to share or bring a side dish (green, veggie, fruit, pasta). Beverages and desserts provided.

Have fun learning dances from around the world in 10 minute mini-sessions.

For more information, including names of local pizza providers, contact Glen at 425-286-1029.

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