Phoenix Theatre 24 Hour Theatre Festival with All Female Playwrights and Directors

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Phoenix Theatre Presents WONDER WOMEN 
Annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival 
August 24 and 25, 2018 

The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds is holding their annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival Friday and Saturday August 24 and 25. This year’s festival is entitled Wonder Women and features six short plays all written and directed by women.

Approximately 18 local, well-known actors, six playwrights and six directors will gather at the Phoenix Theatre at 7:30pm on Friday, August 24th. Actors will arrive wearing a costume of their choosing and with one prop. Directors blindly choose the actors, and playwrights are randomly assigned to each group.

The writers then leave to create a 10-minute play overnight using their given costumed actors and various props. Actors and directors reconvene early on Saturday, August 25th, to rehearse until the performance at 7:30pm. The public is invited to attend the selection process on Friday evening, then return for Saturday evening’s performance to see the six short plays that have been fully created in only 24 hours. 

“The Wonder Women theme of this year’s festival is especially exciting,” says Phoenix Managing Director Debra Rich Gettleman. “There are so many talented women in this area. We want to bring their talents and extraordinary skills to the front of these creative projects.”

Festival dates:
  • Kick-off and selection process – Friday, August 24th at 7:30pm - Free 
  • Performance – Saturday, August 25th at 7:30pm - $20 
  • Location: The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds 98020
  • For tickets or information: online or by phone at 206-533-2000 

There is plenty of free parking and ADA accessible access around the back of the building. Call if you will need to use the back entrance or to have ADA seats reserved.


West Coast Self-Storage opens new storage facility in Shoreline

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

West Coast Self-Storage on Aurora

West Coast Self-Storage Group and 16523 Partners, LLC announced the opening of their newest self-storage facility, West Coast Self-Storage Shoreline. The facility, which opened on February 3, 2018, is located at 16523 Aurora Ave N, just north of intersection of 165th St and Aurora Ave N in Shoreline.

Stephen Bourne, of the architecture firm Site + Plan + Mix LLC, designed the facility, which features 688 self-storage units, amounting to 88,529 rentable square feet of storage space.

Both drive-up and inside storage units

The facility offers both drive-up access storage units and inside storage units, a majority of which are heated. Additional property amenities include high-tech security measures, a covered loading and unloading area, and a retail store offering boxes and packing supplies.

The facility is also slated to be a U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer, meaning it will have moving trucks available for reservation.

The building was built by JPR Construction, headquartered in North Bend, WA.

“We’re excited to be opening our newest facility in Shoreline. It represents the continuing evolution of self-storage aimed at offering customers a higher level of service and amenities,” said John Eisenbarth, Vice President of Operations for West Coast Self-Storage.

West Coast Self-Storage Group is a self-storage property management, acquisition, and development company headquartered in Mill Creek, WA. The company currently has 55 managed and owned locations with thirty-nine stores in Washington, nine stores in Oregon, and seven stores in California.


10th Annual Outdoor Movie Night will feature 2 hour pre-show fun and games

Ballinger and Meridian Park Neighborhood Associations once again present the wildly popular free Outdoor Movie Night at The Aldercrest Annex, a spacious venue in Shoreline on August 25th starting at 6:30pm.

A giant movie screen will be set up on one end of the field and tents of activities will ring the grassy seating area. The Snack bar will be open with enticing and refreshing treats. This year's film presentation is the epic fantasy "The NeverEnding Story".

For two hours before the movie, children of all ages will have the opportunity to play a variety of games, make movie-themed crafts, get their faces painted, take pictures in the photo booth, have a balloon animal made, and make giant bubbles. Robotics and remote control planes will be demonstrated.

Right before the movie there will be multiple prize drawings, and each group entering the event together will receive a complimentary ticket, with more available for a nominal donation. This event is a fundraiser for neighborhood activities. There is no charge to attend this event. Any donations are thankfully received.

After the prize drawings are complete, the movie begins and runs 94 minutes.

Please bring: a blanket or low backed chair to sit on, flashlight for leaving after dark, sunglasses and/or a hat, and a jacket due to a temperature drop when the sun goes down.

The Aldercrest Annex is located at 2545 NE 200th St. near 25th Ave NE and Ballinger Way NE. There is free general parking, ADA designated parking close to the field, and carpooling is encouraged!


Free Concert by The Irish Experience Wednesday at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

CONCERTS IN THE PARK – The Irish Experience – Celtic Music
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30pm (rain or shine)
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

Gather your family and friends, and come enjoy a free performance by The Irish Experience at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (a beautiful setting for live music!) on Wednesday, August 15th, 6:30pm. Bring your picnic blankets, hats, low chairs, snacks, and dancing shoes!

The Irish Experience was formed in 1996 to entertain pub crowds on Saint Patrick’s Day, and their music quickly found a much broader appeal. Attracting fans of all ages, their upbeat performances have been praised for guiding folks through the gnarly turns and tempering their road rage.

Their self-titled first CD is a mainstay on the World Music charts in 10 countries, reaching as high as #4. Their recordings and arrangements have been featured in movies, on TV, in musical theater, and in a musical greeting card.

On “Green Energy”, their second release, The Irish Experience return with more electrifying fiddle, rock guitar, downright doghouse bass, and masterful drums.

Plus, try some refreshing infused waters from our presenting sponsor Aegis Living of Shoreline’s free “Hydration Station.”

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

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


Be prepared for emergencies - free training session

September is National Preparedness Month. Are you ready for the next big winter storm, earthquake or other disaster?

If not, the Northshore Emergency Management Coalitions is putting on a free 4 hour workshop on emergency preparedness at Northshore Fire Station 51 in Kenmore on Saturday September 8th.

The workshop is a mixture of classroom and hands-on training focusing on being prepared for when disaster strikes.

The class runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm and will feature hands on fire extinguisher training, developing an emergency plan and building an emergency kit of supplies.

To register, contact Carl Lunak via email or by phone at 425-354-1744.


A glimpse into the life of photographer Edward Curtis

Monday, August 13, 2018

Join us for a glimpse into the life of famous Seattle photographer and ethnologist, EDWARD CURTIS, as Julia Gibson, Shoreline City Librarian, shares excerpts from Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.
Julia will also have several books on hand highlighting his most famous photographs!

Friday, August 17, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, Exercise Room. 18560 1st Ave NE #1 - southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus.

Free, all are welcome


Frolic at the Lake on Thursday

Join the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association for a pleasant evening by the lake, this Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5 - 8pm.

Get your dinner from the Off the Rez food truck and your dessert from Moonie Icy Tunes.

Bring chairs or blankets to sit on either in the sun or under the trees, depending on the weather.

Listen to the Voices 4 Jazz Quartet or watch the kids on the play equipment. Dip your toes in the water of the lake.

Echo Lake Park is on the Interurban Trail and across from the Transit Center on N 200th and Ashworth.

Everyone is welcome!


15th NE to be closed Tuesday evening

Booths and pedestrians will be in the street Tuesday
for Jazz Walk. 15th NE will be closed from NE 175 - 180th
from about 6pm to 11pm
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
15th NE will be closed Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018 through the North City Business District for the North City Jazz Walk.

The street will be blocked off from NE 175th to NE 180th from 6pm to 11pm. Times are somewhat approximate. No vehicle traffic will be allowed.

The street will be full of booths, pedestrians, and musicians.

Plan your evening commute accordingly.


Shoreline Schools public surplus sale Wednesday

Entrance to school district warehouse
where sale will be held
Google Earth
Shoreline Public Schools will hold a public surplus sale on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the District Warehouse, 2003 NE 160th St., Shoreline (inside Hamlin Park).

Items for sale include school and classroom furniture, fixtures, equipment and other items, including:
  • Desks
  • Cabinets
  • Metal wire shelving
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Plates, dishes with rolling dollies
  • Vintage projectors
  • Stainless steel kitchen tables
  • File cabinets
  • Professional lawn aerator
  • Commercial lawn mower (non-working)

Sale will be held at the school district warehouse
in Hamlin Park
Google Earth
No computers or vehicles are included in this surplus sale. 

Purchased items must be picked up no later than 1:00pm on Thursday, August 16, 2018. 

Payments for items can be made with cash or credit card. 

Sales are final, as-is, where-is, no returns, no refunds. The District will not be liable for injuries or damages to items, property or personnel incurred during the moving and/or subsequent use of the items.


Air quality alert for Puget Sound region due to wildfire smoke

Warning of a smoky morning Tuesday
This photo was taken on 9-6-2017 at 8:10am
Photo by Carl Dinse

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties have issued an air quality alert. Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems.

They expect air quality to reach levels that are UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS overnight Monday and into Tuesday in many areas. A high pressure system is pushing upper level wildfire smoke down.

Smoke from British Columbia and fires in the Cascades is continuing to build in the Puget Sound region Monday. Winds Tuesday afternoon could help clean the air. 

They do not this to last as long as it did last summer. They are forecasting for GOOD to MODERATE air quality Wednesday and beyond.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems: Chest pain, Fast heartbeat, Coughing, Stinging eyes, Asthma attack, Trouble breathing, Irritated sinuses, Headaches.

  • Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.
  • Stay indoors when possible.
  • Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports. 
  • Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the "recirculation" switch. Use an indoor air filter if available. 
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center. 
  • Avoid driving, when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car's fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don't pull air from outside. 
  • Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.
  • N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you. More information here.
  • For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health's Smoke From Fire tips
  • Air quality conditions may change quickly. Check the air quality forecast regularly at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's website.
As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.


OSPI rewrites the rules on student discipline

Chris Reykdal SPI
Increased emphasis is placed on lowering overall discipline rates and providing educational services for students who miss school because of their discipline.

In the 1970s, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) established rules for student discipline. Although the rules matched the era, they are, by today’s standards, outdated.

New rules, formally adopted on July 30 by OSPI, encourage schools to use best practices when addressing student behavior—which should decrease the use of suspensions and expulsions.

“The state discipline rules were created four decades ago,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. 
“Our students and schools are vastly different today. The new rules provide more clarity and they allow for student, family, and community input in developing local discipline policies.”
“While some students do occasionally need discipline, our approach must be different,” he said. “We should do what we can to make suspensions and expulsions the last option while ensuring our schools are safe. The numbers are clear: This is an equity issue, and some groups of students are impacted much more than others.”

In the 2016–17 school year, 3.5 percent of all students in the state were suspended or expelled. However, the rates of discipline were much higher than the average for certain groups of students. Among students receiving special education services, the percentage was 7.1 percent. For Black/African American students, the percentage was 7.4 percent, and for Hispanic/Latino students, the rate was 4.1 percent.

The Washington State Legislature passed a law in 2016 that aimed to help close opportunity gaps in learning. The passage of the bill pushed OSPI to update the student discipline rules that had been on the books since the 1970s. In rewriting the outdated rules, the agency gathered feedback from families, students, educators, and community members through three public comment periods and eight public hearings.

The new rules will help guide school discipline policies, so that the rules are applied fairly across the state. They also require districts to include parents and guardians when updating their discipline policies.

In general, the rules:
  • encourage schools to use best practices while minimizing the use of suspensions and expulsions;
  • prohibit schools from excluding students from school for absences or tardiness;
  • further limit the use of exclusionary discipline for behaviors that do not present a threat to school safety;
  • prohibit the use of expulsion for students in kindergarten through grade four; and
  • clarify expectations for how school districts must provide students the opportunity to receive educational services during a suspension or expulsion. 

“We were happy to see OSPI approach the discipline rules by engaging stakeholder groups through a long and exhaustive process,” said Scott Seaman, the Executive Director of the Association of Washington School Principals. 
“While not every group is going to agree on every single word of the final rules, we can all agree on the importance of reducing suspensions and keeping our kids in school, and hopefully, keep working together to make it the reality for all the students in our state.”

Because the rule changes are so comprehensive, they are being phased-in during the next two school years. This will give school districts time to implement new procedures; train staff; and engage with parents, families, and the community.

Starting in 2018–19, for example, the new rules will not allow schools to suspend or expel a student from school for absences or tardiness. Starting in 2019–20, additional conditions and limitations on the use of suspension, expulsion, and emergency expulsion will go into effect. (See Questions C2 and C3 in the “Technical Q/A” for more information about when the new rules go into effect.)

Districts must give a suspended or expelled student the opportunity to receive educational services. The new rules require that the student be allowed to continue to participate in the general education curriculum; to meet educational standards; and to complete subject, grade-level, and graduation requirements.

“Every day students are suspended or expelled is a day their education is disrupted,” Reykdal said. “The new rules will minimize that disruption.”

State law requires that a student expelled or suspended for longer than 10 days (called a “long-term suspension”) has a “reengagement plan” in place before they return to school. District officials must meet with the student to create the plan within 20 days of the suspension and no later than five days before the expulsion or suspension ends. The new discipline rules provide that a school district must hold the reengagement meeting sooner if the family requests an early meeting.

For more information


Alaska and the Pillars of Hercules at Third Place Books

A portrait of human frailty and resilience and a romping adventure mark the books of the featured authors at Third Place Books this week.

Upper level Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.

Thursday, August 16, 7pm
Kristin Hannah
The Great Alone

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska--a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

Friday, August 17, 6pm
Tony Cliff
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules

Having survived a close shave in England, where she was falsely accused of spying for the French, Delilah has set out with her companion Selim for more agreeable adventures in central Asia. But when she stumbles on an artifact that may be a clue about the location of the legendary third pillar of Hercules, Delilah and Selim are drawn back to Europe on an Indiana-Jones-style archeological caper that pits her against a ruthless enemy . . . and forces her to team up with the most unlikely partner of all time: her sworn enemy, Jason Merrick, the man who framed her for espionage!

Delilah Dirk and the Pillar of Hercules is the third book in the Delilah Dirk series, following 2016's similarly well-received The King's Shilling.


Photo: Non-standard buskers at Shoreline Farmers Market Saturday

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A group of harpists with full-sized harps performed for shoppers at Saturday's Farmers Market in Shoreline. 

Weather was sunny in the morning and they were under a canopy.
Not your usual folksinger with guitar case open.



Shoreline city council meeting Monday

Shoreline City Council dinner meeting Monday will focus on operations. 5:45 - 6:45pm in Room 303 at City hall.

Regular council meeting at 7pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N,

They will consider and/or pass a long list of ordinances, including the controversial tree ordination exception for MUR 70 zones.

Agenda Highlights

  • Proclamation of Celebrate Shoreline (Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services)
  • Adopting Resolution No. 424 – Establishing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Grievance Procedure and Designating the City’s ADA Coordinator (City Manager’s Office)
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Ten Year Extension of the Seattle Fiber One Agreement - Addendum 33 (Public Works)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 835 – Consideration of Condemnation of Property for the Community and Aquatics Center (City Attorney Office)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 833 – Amendments to Shoreline Municipal Code Chapter 20.50 for MUR-70’ Zone Tree Retention (Planning & Community Development)
  • Discussing Ordinance No. 834 – Budget Amendment – Amending the 2018 Final Budget by Increasing the Appropriations in Certain Funds (Administrative Services)
  • Discussing Ordinance No. 831 – Amending Section 5.05 (Business Licenses) of the Shoreline Municipal Code to Amend the Responsibility, Expiration Date, Penalty Rate, add a Delinquency Schedule for Late Renewal of Business Licenses, and Other Revisions Necessary to Adhere to the Association of Washington Cities’ Business License Model (Administrative Services)
  • Executive Session: Property Acquisition – RCW 42.30.110(1)(b) and Litigation – RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) (City Attorney Office)

The planning commission for Thursday has been cancelled. The next meeting is Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:00pm - Regular Meeting


Free events in parks this week Aug 13-19

Caspar Babypants Tuesday at Cromwell Park
Here's a list of free events in local parks this week August 13-19, 2018

Bring something to sit on and something to eat and enjoy the shows!

Tuesday Aug 14
Lunchtime Music Series
Cromwell Park
noon - 1pm
Caspar Babypants
18030 Meridian Ave N
City of Shoreline

Tuesday Aug 14
Tuesday Concerts
Hazel Miller Plaza
noon - 1pm
The Harmonica Pocket
5th Ave S and Maple St
Edmonds Arts Commission

Wednesday Aug 15
Evening Concerts in the Park
Kruckeberg Botanical Garden
The Irish Experience
20312 15th Ave NW
Shoreline Arts Council

Thursday Aug 16
Summer Concert Series
St. Edwards State Park
6 - 8pm
Marina and the Dreamboats
14450 Juanita Dr NE
City of Kenmore

Thursday Aug 16
Thursday Concerts
Hazel Miller Plaza
5 - 6:30pm
Maya Soleil
5th Ave S and Maple St
Edmonds Arts Commission

Sunday Aug 19
Summer Concert in Park
Edmonds City Park
3 - 4pm
Gothard Sisters
3rd Ave S and Pine St
Edmonds Arts Commission


Kenmore city council to get update on Lakepoint project Monday

Kenmore City Hall
Kenmore City Council will receive an update on Lakepointe during an August 13, 2018 meeting starting at 6pm at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE

The council be learning more about a financial feasibility study that was just completed on Lakepointe.

Lakepointe is 50+ acres on the Lake Washington peninsula southwest of the SR 522 / 68th Ave NE intersection. As the last undeveloped land on Lake Washington, Lakepointe offers a valuable opportunity for redevelopment and economic growth.

It is envisioned to be a vibrant mixed-use waterfront village, bringing commercial space, retail, housing, more public access to the water, as well as a variety of other public amenities to Kenmore. 

The community has already expressed their desire to see open space, public parks, and even more access to the waterfront. Check here for more information and attend or watch the meeting.

There will be time for public comments. 


Rite Aid and Albertson merger is off

Image sources: Albertsons / JeepersMedia 
According to the grocery store blog Coupons in the News the Rite Aid chain and grocery giant Albertsons called off their planned merger a day ahead of a contentious Rite Aid shareholder meeting where the deal would more than likely to have been voted down.

"Several major investors had objected, saying that Rite Aid stakeholders would be getting the short end of the stick in the combined company." So they are going it alone for now.
Albertsons disagreed and was unwilling to change the terms of the merger.

So the deal is off.

The original plan was to put a pharmacy in every Albertsons and grocery items in Rite Aid. Rite Aid stores would remain, unless they were too close to an Albertsons.

Rite Aid was almost bought out by Walgreens in 2015 but that deal also fell through.


WeatherWatcher: More heat and smoke, then a cool down

Storm clouds over SW Shoreline Saturday
Photo by Gregg Haughian

We had several downpours move through the area Saturday, as forecasted. There were even some thunderstorms but they missed Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. Shoreline ranged from 0.28 inches of rain near Richmond Beach to around 0.18 inches of rain towards I-5 at my weather station.

This week the wildfire smoke haze returns, and along with it more above normal heat. Temperatures are expected to range in the low-mid 80's most of the week with lows near either side of 60°F.

Tuesday is the exception with a high temperature expected to possibly reach the low 90's once again. The smokey, warm and otherwise sunny weather at this time is expected to last through next weekend.

Here are the temperature graphs for high and low temperatures for August so far. Only August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th were cool enough to fit in the realm of average temperature for this time of year.

For current weather conditions visit 

P.S. Can you see the jet flying through the clouds?


Where the beat hits the street - Jazz Walk Tuesday

Where the Beat hits the Street!
12th  annual North City Jazz Walk
Tuesday, August 14th

Stroll the street, grab an inexpensive bite to eat and hear two free open to the public music venues OR purchase a bracelet and have access to eight additional indoor venues.

Music at two free outdoor venues will start at 6:30pm.

Eight indoor venues will require a bracelet for entrance.

There's still plenty of time to get those tickets to the North City Jazz Walk on Tuesday, but time is running out if you want the discounted price at $20.00.

Bracelets are $20 until midnight August 13 and $25 day of event.

The event has a number of ways to purchase tickets.

Tickets can be purchased Online with an additional handling fee, or at seven locations throughout Shoreline. Those locations include:

In North City
  • Leena’s
  • Golden Bow Flowers and Gifts
  • Vesper
  • North City Bistro and Wine Shop 
  • Easy Monkey Taphouse
In Shoreline
  • Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Avenue N 
  • Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Avenue NE, #1 
At 6pm Street closes and Jazz Bites start. Numerous food options will also be available as part of Jazz Bites and parking is free in multiple lots.

Visit the North City Jazz Walk website for more information.


Op-Ed: Paine Field expansion impacts Shoreline and North King County

Antonov AN-225 on the taxiway, copyright, Marc Weinberg

Text and photos by Marc Weinberg

During the 1970’s and 80’s I was an active pilot often flying in and out of Paine Field, Everett. During that time there was an effort by Snohomish County to enlarge the facilities and incorporate commercial aviation at the field. As you can imagine there were many homeowners and local businesses who were concerned about this potential development.

There was a community effort to reach an agreement. I served as Chairman of the Paine Field Mediation Team, and the Steering Committee, as well as the Community Council consisting of more than a dozen users of the field from flight service companies to Boeing.

Over several years we hammered out a plan, approved by the Snohomish County Planning Commission that confirmed that the airport would remain a ‘general aviation’ facility and not serve “commercial flights”. This gave the green light to the thousands of homes and businesses that have been developed along the Mukilteo Speedway.

If you’ve been keeping up with media reports you know that this agreement declared 35 plus years ago has been overturned and passenger flights were expected to begin in the fall of 2018. This has been delayed by the FAA because Alaska Airline, Southwest and United will bring more passengers than originally approved in the 2012 environmental impact assessment.

Paine Field Boeing Facility at night, copyright, Marc Weinberg

The FAA has required a new review because of increased operation by more airlines and a different fleet mix, which in fact would double those previously anticipated.

The three airlines mentioned plan to have 24 flights per day or 48 take-offs and landings accounting for about 1,000 passengers. If service demand increases Alaska could bring in their 737 fleet which seats up to 189 passengers, but even without the Alaska expansion, operations could account for over 2,000 passengers per day.

Residents north of the Everett area appear to be looking forward to having an alternative to driving to SeaTac, but many residents and merchants are greatly concerned about an increase of traffic, road congestion and overflight noise. Mukilteo brought a law suit the Washington State Supreme Court refused to hear.

If you are concerned about the noise of overflights in your area, be alert for another opportunity to voice your opinion in the coming months as the FAA is required to provide a 30 day public comment period.

There are several ‘real time flight tracking Apps’ that are easy to use. For example: ‘flight tracker and flight aware’. Each can provide information about the airline, altitude, speed, etc. which is a handy detailed description that you can use to call the ‘noise complaint” hot line at 425-388-5125 option 4. In addition, of course, you can track your flight information when traveling. 

The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft
built in the Ukraine in the 1980s, copyright, Marc Weinberg

The longest main runway is virtually North/South which puts both departing and landing flights (depending on the wind) in our direction. There are noise abatement procedures if the airport and the pilot choose to follow them.

Currently the airport is classified as a national reliever facility. Could it become an international airport and what would that mean in addition to the current direction of commercial flights? I’m sure the residents near SeaTac Airport would have an answer.

Yes there are some travel benefits, but at the expense of our largely residential community. We all know that growth and change are inevitable, but how it occurs is up to each of us to determine.

Get involved as many of us did nearly 40 years ago because as you can see nothing is forever and commitments can be broken.


Seattle Dahlia Society joins Puget Sound Dahlia Association for annual Show

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Saturday August 25th Noon to 6 pm
Sunday August 26th 9am to 4pm

Seattle Dahlia Society and 
Puget Sound Dahlia Association

Annual Dahlia Show
Sky Nursery

Check out this eye-catching display of beautiful and unusual dahlia varieties.

Growers will be competing in a number of categories, including breeding new varieties.

Check out the latest introductions, enjoy seeing quality dahlias, and marvel at arrangements, baskets, and vases brimming with flowers.

Once the judging is done (at noon on Saturday), you are free to take photographs, write down favorite varieties (some of which will be for sale at Sky Nursery next spring), and talk with dahlia experts.


Four food trucks + live music = beach party Wednesday

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 kicks off the first of two Wednesdays of food trucks in Richmond Beach. With breathtaking views, anticipated sunshine, incredible food and a multi-genre Bluegrass / Americana band, this beach party promises to be rockin’!

Choose scrumptious fare from four trucks in the lower parking lot. Get your food to go or move to the upper shelter to enjoy your food and live music. Walk, bicycle or carpool if possible; parking is limited.

Where Ya At Matt will be bringing New Orleans soul food, such as Po’ Boys, Muffelata, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Shrimp 'n Grits, Red Beans 'n Rice and Hot Beignets.

Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max delivers a variety of delicious island dishes and flavors that include Aloha Rice Plate, Loco Moco, Poke Rice Bowl, Poke Salad, Poke Sandwich Wrap, Kalua Pork and Yakitori Chicken.

Hallava Falafel is a modern Mediterranean food truck that offers an authentic Russo-Turkish menu of falafel, shawarma and Middle Eastern fries with a range of toppings from different meats to vegetarian options.

Incredibowls offers a great range of dishes in bowls. Each dish features a different main ingredient paired with a number of veggies and sides. Choose between meats from chicken to pork belly, packed with Asian flavors. Most bowls are topped with pickled cucumbers, kimchi and fresh veggies.

The Weavils are a Seattle-based Bluegrass/Americana band. Not confined to a single genre, their sets include Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Cajun and even a few Hawaiian tunes. They do a mix of covers and original music.

Richmond Beach Gear will be available for purchase. Check out the orca-inspired gear from t-shirts, mugs, aprons, coasters, totes, note cards and more! RBCA has a whale of a selection for you to choose from. Cash, debit and credit cards welcome.


Photo: Storm rolled in over the Shoreline Sea

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday on the Shoreline Sea
Photo by Jan Hansen

The weather change today looked as dramatic as it felt. However, this ominous looking cloud really didn't do much more than create a cloud cover, drop a little rain - oh, and knock the temperature down about ten degrees.

It was nice to be cold for a change but the hot weather will be back.



Sound Transit begins early demolition work on purchased properties

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Early demolition work for the Lynnwood Link Extension properties in Shoreline has begun.

Nineteen structures will be removed between 7th Ave NE and 8th Ave NE adjacent to NE 185th St NE. Demo began this week and is planned to take approximately one month.

Demo work will take place during normal daytime work hours and Sound Transit says that crews will make every effort to minimize noise, dust, and debris to the extent possible.

Authorized salvage companies have removed materials prior to demolition and the contractor will recycle clean wood, metal, concrete, and other usable demolition debris.

The early demolition work will clear the path for construction activities slated to begin in mid-2019 and minimize unauthorized activity at these sites.

After-hours emergency? 24-hour construction hotline: 1-888-298-2395.

The photos in this article are all from 8th Ave NE.


Lake Forest Park City Council moves toward a plastic ban ordinance

By Donna Hawkey

Lake Forest Park Vice-Chair and City Councilmember Tom French has been the lead for proposed City Ordinance 1181 that intends to “restrict the use and sale of single-use plastic bags and non-compostable food service containers, utensils, and straws within the City of Lake Forest Park.”

At the City Council’s August 9, 2018 business meeting, Councilmember French thanked all the residents who have worked so hard to help bring this new proposed City ordinance to reality, and especially the on-going years of support from LFP resident Jean Robbins and Councilmember Mark Phillips.

Ordinance 1181 will undergo minor revisions as per suggestions from other Councilmembers, and on September 13, 2018, a Public Hearing will be set with the revised Ordinance for consideration of a Council vote at that same meeting. City Councilmembers previously discussed a plastics restriction during their May 21st Council Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting.

Councilmember French stated that he has been compiling and analyzing information on plastic data from many resources. He spoke of his personal experiences as a scuba diver where he witnessed sea turtles eating plastic, and he stated, that even in remote areas where no humans are living, plastic waste is found.

Plastic bags can take 500 years to degrade in a landfill, never breaking down entirely, instead becoming microplastics that continue to pollute. When plastics break up in the water, they release chemicals that can become toxic such as bisphenol A (BPA) which can enter the food chain or even possible water supplies. Microfibers from the plastics are now found everywhere on the planet, and we may even be consuming them in our food and our drinking water according to scientists.

Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation President Julian Andersen read a prepared statement which included, “Lake Forest Park prides itself in its environmental sensitivity. This ordinance is consistent with our community culture; we believe it is supported by the majority of citizens.”

A representative from the Town Center fishing store “The Avid Angler” showed City Council their store compostable paper bags and also suggested that there be more recyclable containers placed throughout the Town Center.

A former Shorecrest High School student stated that the young generation “will inherit this planet so this is for our future.”

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, July 2017, “Humans have produced nine billion tons of plastic and counting. Over half of that material was created in the last decade.”

Waste Management reports that only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling.

These bags are a constant problem for all recyclers. They fly off the conveyer belts and get stuck in the equipment, creating costly stalls in their operations.

Plastic bags should not be put in blue recycle containers. In LFP, the bags can be recycled at Albertson’s plastic bag recycling bins.

Donna Hawkey can be reached at


Outdoor Movie Night and Raffle to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital

The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild will hold their 7th annual Outdoor Move Night and Raffle on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

The event will be held at the Innis Arden Clubhouse, 1430 NW 188th St, Shoreline. $10 suggested donation. Pizza, movie snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Raffle tickets are $10 each. Email for purchase information.

All proceeds go to Children's Hospital.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Bear's dinner

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


Parks Funding Advisory Committee formed

The plan is to combine a pool and recreation facilities in one buildng
After review of 35 applications received for the new Parks Funding Advisory Committee, City Manager Debbie Tarry has selected 16 Shoreline citizens.

All were reviewed with the goal of forming a committee that represented a broad range of Shoreline residents.

Factors considered included different community organizations and interests, neighborhoods, and demographics.

Citizen's Advisory Committee members:
  • Donald Bell
  • David Chen
  • Bill Franklin
  • Philip Herold
  • Joan Herrick
  • Jean Hilde
  • Carolyn Hope
  • Julian Larson
  • Jeff Potter
  • Esaac Mazengia
  • Sara Raab McInerny
  • Yvette Perez
  • Betsy Robertson
  • Cecelia Romero
  • Nan Skinner
  • Sally Wolf
The Committee will meet roughly every three weeks beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018 through March 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public and are posted on the city's community calendar.

The goal of the Committee is to explore funding options and prioritize projects for park improvements and a community and aquatics center. 

Using the Committee’s input, the City Manager will make recommendations on park funding to the City Council. Council will review the City Manager’s recommendations and make a decision on next steps.

The City Council adopted the 2017-2023 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan on July 31, 2017.
The PROS Plan includes a new Community and Aquatics Center to replace the Shoreline Pool and Spartan Recreation Center, and strategies to make sure Shoreline’s park and urban forest system keeps pace with growth in the City.

Additional Resources


Back to School Consortium Event scheduled for Aug 25

On Saturday, August 25, the annual Back To School Event will take place at Ridgecrest Elementary from 12:30pm - 4:00pm. For the past 17 years, the Shoreline community has come together to support our students and their success.

This year they plan to serve 1,000 students.

There are many ways to participate in this event. To make a financial donation, visit this webpage and look for the “Donate” button.

Donations of backpacks, school supplies, socks, underwear, shampoo, and conditioner can be made at the Center for Human Services, 17018 15th Ave NE in Shoreline. Other drop box locations include The Dale Turner Family YMCA, the Spartan Gym, Third Place Books and all the Shoreline and LFP Starbucks.

Look for the boxes with the yellow school bus logo. 

A list of needed items can be found here. This year’s most needed school supplies are: composition notebooks, ear buds, loose leaf dividers, pointed and blunt tip scissors, fine line color markers, and scientific calculators.

To register for the August 25 event to receive supplies, visit the webpage, or call The WORKS information line at 206-393-4916 and leave a message.

Opportunities to volunteer prior to or on the day of the event can be found here or feel free to leave a message on The WORKS information line.

Back to School Consortium Members include the Center for Human Services; City of Shoreline; Dale Turner Family YMCA; Hopelink; Ronald United Methodist Church; The Salvation Army; Shoreline Community Care; Shoreline School District; Turning Point; and The WORKS of Shoreline PTA Council; Lake Forest Park Rotary, and the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary has generously participated for many years.


Canopy Cat Rescue in Edmonds

Sky in a half-dead birch tree
Canopy Cat Rescue was in the neighborhood this week. 

On Tuesday, they retrieved Sky from a dying birch tree in Edmonds.

Sky was about 40 feet up in the tree for about a day.

"As I was climbing up to her, I kept saying 'please don’t climb higher... please don’t climb higher' and she must have heard me because she stayed put and was really happy to see me."

If she would have gone higher, as many cats do, the rescue would have been extremely difficult because the top 25 feet of the tree she was in was completely dead.

Canopy Cat Rescue - Shaun Sears and Tom Otto - are cat-loving arborists and experienced tree climbers. They have a full-time business as arborists.

They also work on-call, 24/7, all over central Puget Sound, rescuing cats from trees. They were in Edmonds last month but haven't been in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park since last fall.

If you have a cat stuck in a tree, call them 1-(877)-721-MEOW, email or use the contact form.

They are non-profit and work on a donation basis.


Site preparation for North City Water's maintenance facility on schedule

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Demolition was right on schedule for the North City Water District's property at 15555 15th Ave NE in Shoreline.

This was the site of the Northwest Church which held its grand opening in Lynnwood May 2017, after selling their Shoreline property to the North City Water District.

Before demo, the Water District offered the site to all local fire departments to conduct training sessions in actual buildings. Four to six departments accepted the offer.

Four buildings on the site have been demolished. All the pavement and concrete will be taken up as well.

This will be the site of the District's new Maintenance Facility. Construction will begin as soon as permits are in hand.

The site is 3.2 acres.


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