Photo: House on the beach

Monday, November 12, 2018

Photo by Seattle Poppy

What? You were expecting a McMansion with sweeping views of the Shoreline Sea?

This is different real estate.

Years ago, I went to a house party at a cabin on the Oregon coast. It was a charming place that easily accommodated a dozen people.

The couple who owned it had built the entire structure with things they found on the beach. But I assure you that it didn't look a bit like this one that Seattle Poppy found.



YMCA hosting immigration and visas workshop Monday evening

The Dale Turner Family YMCA is hosting an Immigration and Visas workshop on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 5 - 6pm in collaboration with Foundation for International Services (FIS). 

The public is invited to this free workshop on services and resources for working in the U.S. Learn how an international degree can be useful once it is evaluated into an equivalent U.S. degree.

This workshop is recommended for workers, such as Uber/Lyft drivers, health care, or technology workers who have foreign degrees.

Workshop leaders are Janette Turner and Severine Kassimou, Director of Evaluations, at Foundation for International Services (FIS).

The YMCA is located off Aurora Avenue North and North 192nd St, by the South Echo Lake complex and the 192nd park and ride.

To learn about international credential services see the FIS website here, and reserve your seat at the workshop by emailing


Shady Characters at the LFP Garden Club meeting Tuesday

Alex LaVilla will tell the LFP
Garden Club about
shady characters
On Tues November 13, 2018 the Lake Forest Park Garden Club will have Alex LaVilla, discussing:


While discussing some of the best hardy ferns, Alex LaVilla will touch on some outstanding shrubs, perennials, and grasses as complements to the delicate textures of ferns.

Alex is on the “Great Plant Picks” committee, has been head of the Perennial and Bulb subcommittee since 2001, and works at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle.

Meetings are held at Third Place Commons at Bothell Way NE and Ballinger Way NE at the Town Center upper level stage area. General meeting from 9:15am then a break for coffee and cookies. At 10:30am our speaker will begin. Meeting last usually until 12 noon.

All are welcome to attend to 2 free talks and then we would want you to join the club for $25.00 a year. We have many activities throughout the year. We hold meetings from Sept to May, then have summer activities, like a picnic, bus trip, Christmas party, etc. All level of gardeners welcomed.


Call for Short Films for the 2019 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 Shoreline Short Short Film Festival, now in its third year. This festival aims to support emerging and developing filmmakers in Washington State and encourage appreciation for the art of filmmaking in our community.

Entries of “short short” films must be between 3 and 10 minutes and will be judged by an esteemed jury of filmmakers and film advocates.

Returning judges include Tony Doupé, SAG/AFTRA Actor and Shoreline Community College Film Department Professor, and Denise Walz, Co-President of PRR Biz.

Added judges include Vivian Hua, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum, and Award-winning producer and founder of Indie Movie Mastery, Jenna Edwards.

Accepted films will be screened on Saturday, February 9 in the state-of-the-art Shoreline Community College Theater, and the best of the best will take home an artsy Sasquatch Award.

Film submissions must be made via Film Freeway no later than December 21st, 2018.

  • Best Picture – $TBD
  • Best Music Video Short – $TBD
  • Best Animated Short – $TBD
  • Viewer’s Choice Award – $TBD
  • Best Comedy Short – $TBD 
  • Best Student Short – $TBD

There is a small fee to submit entries this year. $15 standard fee for all categories except in the Student category. The Student Category fee is $5. Thank you!

All winners will also receive an artsy Sasquatch Award that is sure to be the envy of any Pacific Northwest filmmaker!

  • Films must be 3-10 minutes in length, including credits
  • Filmmakers must have proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images included in the duration of their submission(s)
  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017
  • All non-English films must have English subtitles

  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by January 9, 2019
  • Filmmakers can only submit one film
  • Preference is given to filmmakers working in the Greater Seattle Area
  • Still shots and/or excerpts from selected films may be used by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council for publicity purposes
  • All entries are final and may not be withdrawn from the festival once submitted
Additional information on website!

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is proud to present this event with support from the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, 4Culture, and individual donors, like you.

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.


Shoreline Peace Dance this Friday

This month only, the usual 2nd Friday Shoreline Peace Dance will be shifted to the 3rd Friday to avoid overlap with the Annual Peace Dance Retreat Weekend.

See you on November 16, 7:30pm at Namaste Yoga Studio 18021 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Questions... Hayra- 206 546-6092 or


Kenmore Youth Art Show features artists 5 to 18

Dripping Stars by Corinna Scully age 15
The Arts of Kenmore is proud to produce the 6th annual Youth Art – Juried Group Exhibition featuring 40 magnificent works by emerging artists under the age of 18. 

“Youth Art” is a highly competitive visual art exhibition, receiving an overwhelming 83 submissions from artists throughout the Pacific Northwest. All submissions are juried in four age categories: 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-18. Selected artworks in this show are an eclectic confluence of applications from new digital media to traditional pen and ink executions.

Congratulations to the selected artists: Chloe Asmann, Sophia Bourgoin, Iain Boyle, Erin Chao, Emma Harmon, Henry Huang, Ivette Ivanov, Natalie Keys, Austin Kim, Joshua Kim, Ryan Kim, Annaleis Kleven, Cara Kwon, Anna Lee, Thumper Lin, Fred Liu, Mason Luo, Milan Mar, Sua Mcbride, Melissa Mitchell, Emily Mo, Olivia Oomen, Grace Park, Hannah Ren, Trey Schaaf, Corinna Scully, Delaney Sias, Burke Smithers, Aileen Suh, Daniel Sung, Charlie Tchervenski, Emma Tchervenski, Aidan Toomre, Lauren Van Matre, Charlotte Weber, Rebecca Wu, Casey Yang, Rachel Yi, Andrew Zhao, and Sophie Zhang.

The Arts of Kenmore promotes art and culture throughout the community with sustaining support from the City of Kenmore and 4Culture, and art enthusiasts like you!

Support Local, Buy Local! 100% of Art Sales Revenue goes to AOK Grants for Schools supporting Art, Music and Drama in Kenmore K12 schools.

More information HERE


Caregiver support group meets Tuesday

Free caregiver support group meets Tuesday at iora primary care on Aurora. Tuesday November 13, 2018 from 1:30 to 2:30pm.



Classifieds: Ronald Public Hearing on District Budget

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ronald Wastewater District will hold a public hearing on the District's 2019 budget on November 13, 2018 at 7pm at the District offices at 17505 Linden Ave N.


Home sales in Lake Forest Park during October 2018

The following are properties that sold in Lake Forest Park during the month of October 2018. Data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Annual Holiday Scholarship Benefit Brunch and Auction

The Edmonds SnoKing Washington branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its annual Holiday Scholarship Benefit Brunch and Auction on December 1, 2018.

Reservations can be made up to November 21, 2018 HERE

Amazing auction items including: an Austrian crystal necklace and bracelet, picnic/sailing, an Irish dinner, an old-fashioned Singalong!

The keynote speaker is DeLancey Lane, AAUW Activist and College Liaison, Former Intern for Patty Murray and Legislative Assistant to WA Senator Patty Kuderer

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Edmonds Community College, Gateway Hall Rm. 352
20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036. Free Parking.

All are welcome $30 fee. Reservations close 11/21/18
For questions, contact Edmonds SnoKing Branch Leadership

Reservation Form and more information on the Web

The Mission of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.


Lake Forest Park Municipal Court Judge Linda Portnoy nominated for Human Services award

Judge Linda Portnoy
Judge Linda Portnoy, Presiding Judge of the Lake Forest Park Municipal Court, is one of the nominees for the 2018 North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) Human Services Awards. Also nominated from the LFP community is the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park.

NUHSA shared, “Each award recipient has demonstrated a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our North King County community, and has supported or advocated for a strong and accessible health and human services system, strengthening our community through their initiative and leadership.”

Nominees and winners will be honored at NUHSA’s 2018 Human Services Awards celebration on December 4, 2018, from 5:30 – 7:00pm, in the City of Shoreline Council Chambers, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

King County Council Member Rod Dembowski is the featured speaker.

For more information, or to RSVP for this community event, email


Join the work party at Grace Cole Nature Park Saturday

Entrance to Grace Cole Nature Park
Photo by Diane Hettrick
In October the ambitious work party at the Grace Cole Nature Park planted Cedar trees and ferns, tackled the invasive species in the south trailhead and upper trailhead areas, and hauled some more chips to spread in the forest.

It was a productive and satisfying day of improving Grace Cole Park. Thanks so very much to all who participated!

On November 17, 2018 they'll meet again at the Park to continue the improvements for all who enjoy the paths, wetlands and forest of Grace Cole Nature Park, with its ambient wildlife.

They'll start at 9am, and finish at noon. Come for as long as you can spare. There will be snacks and sandwiches.

Your friends and family members are most welcome to participate in this effort to improve this open space which we are so fortunate to have been able to set aside for fun, relaxation and exercise.

Questions? Mamie at 206-364-4410


Veterans Day Sunday, November 11

This is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the origin of Veterans Day. Armistice Day marked the end of World War I.

After the end of World War II, most member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, like United Kingdom and (as Canada in 1931), moved most Armistice Day events to the nearest Sunday and officially began to commemorate both World Wars. They adopted the name Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday.

Other countries also changed the name of the holiday just prior to or after World War II, to honor veterans of that and subsequent conflicts. The United States chose All Veterans Day, later shortened to 'Veterans Day', to explicitly honor military veterans, including those participating in other conflicts.



Homeless youth topic of November RBCA meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7:00 pm - meet and greet; 
7:30 pm - program begins
Richmond Beach Congregational Church
1512 NW 195th Street, Shoreline

The appearance of homeless people on the streets of Shoreline has been a consuming concern for all citizens and a difficult, ongoing challenge for local government and social welfare agencies in recent years. 

Tragically, the problem is bigger than it appears because there is a substantial "hidden" homeless and housing-insecure population: children.

Past RBCA President Jerry Patterson has brought together of panel of experts and hands-on representatives of the groups combating this problem to present at the November public meeting of the Richmond Beach Community Association.

Neighbors will hear about the reality and scope of the problem and what can be done about it.

The meeting is at 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 13, in the basement of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church, at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 15th Avenue NW. 

Come early at 7:00pm to socialize with your neighbors. 

All are welcome.


Help advance a public health agenda of common sense gun safety

Gun violence in the form of mass shootings has once again gripped our nation in the past several weeks — to the point that there are now media stories about “compassion fatigue.” 

There is also an ongoing epidemic of other forms of gun violence: suicide and unintentional shootings.

Here in Washington, voters just passed an initiative that we hope will save lives without compromising Constitutional rights.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help advance a public health agenda of common sense gun safety, think about joining MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA.

There is an informational meeting at the Shoreline Library (345 NE 175th St.) on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00pm for those interested in learning more about the work that MOMS DEMAND ACTION is doing locally and across the nation. You need not be a mom to get involved!

Go to this link to register in advance (or just show up on Wednesday evening). 


Used book sale continues at Third Place Books Sunday

Third Place Books continues its Used Book Sale on Sunday: 9am to 8pm - 40% off

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


Rep. Cindy Ryu honored with Washington State Outstanding Service to Veterans Award

Rep. Ryu was honored in the Auburn Veterans Parade
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Nine Washington residents were honored in Auburn on Saturday, November 10 with Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards for their contributions to Washington State’s veterans and their families during the past year.

The awards - co-sponsored each year by the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs - recognize individuals who devote time and energy to improving the lives of Washington's veterans and their families.

The awards are presented at a special luncheon in Auburn, following the awardees participation in the City’s annual Veterans Day Parade.

The 2018 Outstanding Service to Veterans are:
  • Bruce McKenty – Lakewood, WA
  • Aaron Quinonez – Auburn, WA
  • Eric Fritts – Tonasket, WA
  • Eric Ballentine – Puyallup, WA
  • Leslie O’Bannon – Stanwood, WA
  • Heartbeat for Wounded Warriors – Onalaska, WA
  • The Mission Continues – Tacoma 1st Service Platoon – Tacoma, WA
  • Sen. Jim Honeyford – 15th Leg. District
  • Rep. Cindy Ryu – 32nd Leg. District


Community invited to Veterans Day celebration Monday at Shoreline City Hall

National artist and veteran Michael Reagan of Edmonds will be the speaker at the Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Shoreline City Hall Lobby 17500 Midvale Ave N, 2pm.

Sponsored by:

  • City of Shoreline
  • Shoreline Veterans Association
  • Starr Sutherland Jr. Post 227 of the American Legion

All are welcome to attend. Free parking in city garage behind city hall.


A fresh coat of paint applied in Shoreline for Veterans Day weekend

Cody Ross Wendy Albee Mark Stovner Dejah Leger Matt Behring Ray Underwood
and Joseph Irons at Shoreline's Compass Veterans Housing
Photo by Melissa Irons

This Saturday, November 10, 2018, local Shoreline remodeling firm, Irons Brothers Construction, along with approximately 75 other volunteers from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties performed interior painting restoration at Compass Housing Alliance Shoreline Veterans Center located at 1301 N 200th St. Shoreline 98133.

Dejah Leger on ladder and Mark Stovner below
Photo by Melissa Irons

Compass Housing Alliance provides housing, shelter, and support services for veterans experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Puget Sound Region. Military veterans experience post-traumatic stress, injury, and other unique challenges as they return from duty to reintegrate into society. Compass Housing Alliance offers a variety of programs and housing that meet the specific needs of military veterans and their families so that the men and women who have served our country are not forgotten. 

Irons Brothers Construction is excited this Veteran’s Day weekend to be using our talents and resources to help improve the lives of the residents at the Shoreline Veterans Center. This Program provides transitional housing and case management for 21 men and 4 women who are veterans. The center’s technology lab offers computer classes and helps residents apply for benefits, look for a job, and access resources online.

Shoreline Mayor Will Hall and General Manager
of Irons Brothers, Joseph Irons
Photo by Melissa Irons
Joseph Irons, the General Manager of Irons Brothers Construction has a passion in serving our veterans. Not only are 25% of our company’s workforce comprised of veterans, but they are also represented across all of our company’s departments - administration, production, and sales. We are proud to have veterans represent our team and to have them give back to other veterans during this annual philanthropic event.

Joseph Irons’ passion for men and women who have served our country comes from his own upbringing as a child. His Mother is a retired Naval officer and his Father retired as a master sergeant from the Air Force after several tours, including World War I, Korea, and Vietnam.

We would like to honor our the veterans at Irons Brothers Construction:
1. Administrator - Scarlet Haney, Air Force
2. Senior Project Developer - Trevor Dodds, Coastguard
3. Project Manager / Lead Carpenter - Cody Ross, Marines

Joseph Irons, Cody Ross, Dejah Leger, Matt Behring, Shannon Dodge,
Mark Stovner, Wendy Albee and Ray Underwood
Photo by Melissa Irons

Painting a Better Tomorrow is a one-day philanthropic event that brings individuals and teams of friends, coworkers, and family together to benefit a social service organization in King and Snohomish counties. Volunteers spend the day giving community areas and living spaces a fresh coat of paint. Painting is frequently the first maintenance item slashed off of an operational budget at many non-profits. Thus for Compass and the Shoreline Veterans Center, we are hopeful that this fresh coat of paint will improve the resident’s housing and life.

Giving our time and talents at this event rewards our team in many ways. This year’s Painting a Better Tomorrow lands on the birthday of the Marines, November 10, 2018. Oorah! We want to thank our staff and all the veterans among us who have served to protect our life and liberty. We are proud to be able to help them with this Painting a Better Tomorrow Event and in our daily work to build and maintain the American dream of home ownership.

--Melissa Irons


Comcast veterans initiatives and hiring program

Comcast is working hard to support veterans and their families as teammates, community partners, and customers.

They have expanded eligibility for their Internet Essentials program to include the more than one million low-income veterans in their service area, most of whom lacked internet.

In Washington, they are the newest partner of the Lacey Veterans Hub in Thurston County. Through funding and support of the Hub’s tech center and computer lab, we assist veterans in applying for jobs, benefits, and tech literacy training.

We've also expanded our partnership with Bunker Labs, the nation’s premier entrepreneurial ecosystem for veterans. Comcast launched the first-ever Bunker Labs Digital Boot Camp pilot program in Seattle, offering technology training to veteran entrepreneurs. Learn more about our partnership in supporting veteran entrepreneurs with this quick video.

Comcast NBCUniversal will hire thousands of veterans, military spouses, and National Guard and Reserve members, bringing its total to 21,000 military hires by the end of 2021. A previous commitment made in 2015 was to hire 10,000 military community members by the end of 2017. They exceeded this goal.

We are so proud of the work our military community employees are leading — and there is still more work to be done. contains information on their benefits for military community members and open positions by military job skill, proximity to military bases, and more.


Senior Center honored its veterans Friday

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center held a Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 9, 2018 at its building on the Shoreline Center campus.

Attendees viewed the Center's videotape, featuring interviews with three of its veterans talking about their experiences in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Wes Gallagher
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver
One of the vets was on a ship assigned to the first H-bomb test on the Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean between Hawai'i and the Philippines.

We knew to cover our eyes with our arms and look down at the deck. When we saw the flash reflected on the deck, we knew it was ok to look up. 
We'd just stand with our mouths open, watching that column climb higher and higher into the air. It would go straight up 11, 12,000 feet and explode in a beautiful fireball of colors. 
Then there would be an explosion, so loud. It was like being hit on the side of the head. One of the explosions broke my eardrum.

After the explosion, radioactive dust would fall for hours. It would be everywhere, on their skin, their clothing. The ship would be covered with it. The sailors would go through decontamination showers and hose down the ship.

Dr. Nola Moore talked about her
experience as a nurse in Korea
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver
A Navy nurse talked about spending a year in a quonset hut triage center in Korea. It wasn't like a MASH unit, she said, although the Army had one right down the road. Theirs was a fully equipped hospital and medical center. 

Their job was to process Navy personnel as quickly as possible and stabilize them so they could be airlifted to ships and taken to long term care. The average stay for a patient was 24-36 hours.

Sid Rouse is a Vietnam vet who was an electrician working below decks in charge of keeping the engines running. His ship was at maximum running speed when something happened - a very loud noise and the ship shuddered. The phones were out and he couldn't reach anyone above to find out the status or confirm his last orders. The hatches were battened down so they were closed off from topside.

Sid Rouse
Photo by Jon Ann Cruver
He managed to make contact with his counterpart at the other end of the ship and his was the same experience. 
He said "I'm going to stop the ship." His counterpart agreed. If they were wrong, they could be courtmartialed for not following their last orders to sail at full speed.
He had made the right decision. A plane had flown through the bridge of the ship and exploded. The captain and all the officers were either dead or in the water. 
The bridge was gone and the secondary con was damaged. No one was steering the ship.

The lunch following featured presentation of the Colors by Naval Base Everett Color Guard, presentation of The Fallen Soldier Table by Kevin Coomer, Sergeant US Army.

Capt. Davis and Col. Horner
Roger Horner, Col. US Infantry, Ret. introduced keynote speaker Capt. Michael F. Davis, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Everett.

A musical presentation by Lewis Wilburn, Air Force Training Command, and reading of In Flanders Field

Half the attendees were veterans and the rest were there to honor family members.


Fire update - residential fire - firefighters on their way to California - boat rescue - badge ceremony

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Michael Majeed and Jared Linke
Shoreline firefighter promotions
Residential structure fire at 146th and 12th NE in Shoreline, Friday evening, November 9, 2018. Extinguished under crawl space.

In other fire news, Shoreline firefighters are on their way to California.

In old news from October 28:
‪Call this morning prior to 7am for a possible rescue of family on a boat that was beached on sandbar by Point Wells. They had gotten out and safely to shore prior to our arrival. However, because the boat was still beached, more calls were made to 911 for us to investigate. The ATV was utilized to cover all the potential locations up and down the beach. Thanks to: Sno Co, King Co and Coast Guard.

Current news:
Badge pinning ceremony for two of our recent promotions. Congratulations to driver/engineer Michael Majeed on his promotion to Lieutenant. Congratulations also to Firefighter Jared Linke on his promotion to Driver/Engineer. We wish these two exceptional firefighters much success in their new roles.


Yarn Revolution Saturday

-- a pop up market of local hand dyed yarn and fiber will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 12-6pm at the Easy Monkey Event Center in North City, 17537 15th Ave NE B, Shoreline 98155.

Yarn Revolution features NW indie yarn dyers and makers. 

We hope this will be more than just a yarn market, but an event where people connect.

Fly Your Flag
The market will be held on Saturday November 10th at the EM Event Center below the Easy Monkey Taphouse in Shoreline. 

The market will be open from noon until 6pm. The taphouse is open from 4pm until 11pm and we encourage everyone to hang out upstairs!

A limited edition 2018 show colorway “Fly Your Flag” dyed by @nanostitchlab will be available in the Yarn Revolution merch booth on November 10th. Get one while supplies last.

We have an event page on Facebook @yarnrevolution and a website


Support veterans by donating to Buddy Poppy project

Local veterans will be out again on Saturday in front of Fred Meyer, accepting donations for their Buddy Poppies.

They will have red Buddy Poppies and two different sizes of American Flags.

10 members of VFW Post 3348 will be located at the two main entrances to Fred Meyer, spread out over various shifts from 9:00am to 5:30pm on Saturday, November 10th.

Other members of the Post will be at the Fred Meyer store on NW 85th in Greenwood.

They are all volunteers and do not get paid anything for their time. Stop by and say hello - thank them for their service.

We still have WWII vets in our community - they are in their 90s. There are a lot of Korean War vets - they are in their 80s. VietNam vets are in their 70s.

Listen to their stories - wear their poppies - donate to veterans causes.


Brown Bear Car Wash salutes veterans and current service military with free car washes Sunday for Veterans Day

Shoreline Brown Bear tunnel wash
Photo by Diane Hettrick

Free car wash Sunday, November 11

Company will also donate $1 to Puget Sound Honor Flight for every car washed on Veterans Day

Saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash offers free washes to current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, this Sunday, November 11.

The free “Beary Clean” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 26 tunnel wash locations from 8am to 6pm.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Upon arrival, drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant. HERE is a list of Brown Bear’s 26 automated tunnel wash locations.

Shoreline's tunnel wash is at 16032 Aurora Ave N.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past four years, Brown Bear has donated more than $32,000 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of saluting those who currently serve our country and have made past sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran.

Brown Bear Car Wash, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc., owns and operates a total of 48 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores. It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S. and is widely recognized within the industry as being a leader in the environmental movement.


Shoreline City Council meetings cancelled Monday

Because of the Veterans Day holiday (observed) the Shoreline City Council has cancelled both the dinner meeting and the regular council meeting for Monday, November 12, 2018.


Veterans Day Free Skate Monday at Highland Ice

Highland Ice is holding its annual Veterans Day Free Skate on Monday, November 12, 2018.

The free session will run 9:30am - 5:15pm. 

Admission is free for everyone, skate rentals are available for $4 per pair.


Canterbury Faire Holiday Bazaar honoring our veterans

Friday, November 9, 2018

The St. Agnes Guild’s annual Canterbury Faire Holiday Bazaar is coming up on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St, Shoreline 98133.

Swing by the church that day between 9:30am and 3:00pm for an opportunity to pick up some fabulous handmade presents from a variety of vendors — for Christmas or yourself!

Hot Lunch $5, coffee, and super-tasty snacks will be available for purchase. 

You can buy raffle tickets for a beautiful hand made quilt!''

Proceeds Benefit the Saint Agnes Guild Outreach Program.

Recipients include:
  • Community Dinners 
  • Local USO 
  • Matthew House 
  • New Beginnings 
  • United We Stand 
  • Union Gospel Mission 
  • Wounded Warrior 


SW grad Blake Snell one of three finalists for American League Cy Young Award

Blake Snell pitching in the 2011 State
semi-finals at Camas
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
By Ryan Phelan

When Blake Snell came back to Shorewood High School in October, it wasn’t to bask in his own limelight as one of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers this year, It was to watch his brother David play football.

“He was there on Senior Night for his brother, and at first I didn’t recognize him because he had his hood up over his hair,” said Vicki Gorman, the school’s athletic director. 
“He came for his brother. He wanted it to be about his brother. He didn’t want it to be about him.”

Like it or not, it might be all about him soon. Snell, who graduated from Shorewood in 2011, just finished off his first all-star season for the Tampa Bay Rays, and is one of three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award.

Snell is a frontrunner for the prize, but for Snell’s high school coach, Wyatt Tonkin, and the Shoreline community, his potential for greatness was apparent, both in his ability and his character.

He had the ability to strike out 19 batters in seven innings, but his coach remembers him for how much fun he made the game when he wasn’t playing it.

“He had the certain intangibles you just couldn’t teach,” said Wyatt Tonkin, Shorewood High School’s baseball coach since 1999. “The four years went by so fast, but it was really remarkable and it was fun.”

Wyatt Tonkin, Shorewood High School’s baseball coach, and Vicki Gorman, the school’s athletic director, stand beneath Shorewood High School’s retired jerseys on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Blake Snell’s jersey was retired by the school in 2016. Photo credit: Ryan Phelan

Snell’s intangibles exuded themselves in his leadership, Tonkin said. He led by example and on the field effectively paired a competitive fire with lighthearted fun. People gathered around him in the locker room.

Now in just his third season in Major League Baseball, the 25-year-old left-hander won 21 games -- the best in the majors -- while posting an earned-run average of 1.89, the best in the American League. For Snell, who jumped straight from high school into professional baseball, it has been a breakout year.

Even back when he pitched for Shorewood, the stats spoke for themselves.

“When we retired his number, (See previous article) I had to go into the gym, and it's was a packed gym,” Tonkin said. “We were playing Shorecrest, our archrivals, and I had to read his stats. They were like cartoon numbers. I said people aren’t going to believe this.”

Over his three years on the varsity team, Snell earned an ERA of 1.38, and struck out 218 batters over 131.2 innings. He went undefeated his senior year and won eight games, with a ERA of 1.00, which was fifth in Washington state. Four of those wins were complete-game efforts, in which Snell pitched all nine innings.

Blake Snell 2011 Shorewood
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Despite Snell’s success on the field, Tonkin offered just as much praise for Snell’s character off of the pitcher’s mound.

“He’s a fun guy,” Tonkin said. “He is a jokester, a prankster and a happy-go-lucky guy. He had a smile that nobody could resist. 
But once you handed him that ball, and he went between those lines, he became a lion. He would compete like nobody else. You just had that feeling when he was on the mound that we couldn’t lose.”

Over the years, the Shorewood baseball team has been blessed with talented pitchers, Tonkin said. The kind you don’t need to press to work hard.

“I think that's one of the reasons why our program has been successful, and it's one of the things I emphasize,” Tonkin said. “It’s not too tough when you get kids like Blake.”

Shorewood High School baseball coach Wyatt Tonkin stands next to the school’s trophy case on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Tonkin has been the coach since 1999. Photo credit: Ryan Phelan 

Coach Tonkin’s life has long been rooted in baseball. He pitched for O’Dea High School in Seattle before playing for Bellevue Community College and later the University of Washington. In 1976, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and spent three seasons pitching in the minor leagues before being released.

“When your glass just shatters, you have to pick it up and start over,” Tonkin said, sliding some keys across the table as if they’re a pink slip. “You’ve geared your whole life to play baseball, and all of a sudden they say you can't anymore.”

But baseball is still there and his Shorewood cap and polo shirt say it before he does. He credits his wife Alice for giving him the confidence and motivation to get into coaching.

“Once I got into it I just couldn’t get enough,” Tonkin said. “I just loved the heck out of it. I loved the kids and the atmosphere. It's kind of fun to set the direction and build your own program.”

The trophy case contains several awards and pieces of memorabilia from the baseball team at Shorewood High School on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. This included a ball signed by coach Wyatt Tonkin following his 300th career win in 2017. Photo credit: Ryan Phelan

Tonkin has spent 21 seasons at the helm of the program. In April 2017, he collected his 300th career win for the team he has spent his entire coaching career. (See previous article) That same year, he was elected to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Tonkin’s openness to new skills, methods and inspirational tactics has enabled the program’s success under his tenure, Gorman said. He often speaks at coaches clinics around Washington and Oregon.

“It’s how much you learn after you think you know it all that really counts,” Tonkin said.

In a coaching career filled with successes, one of Tonkin’s greatest moments came in 2010, when his team made a surprise run to the state championship on the backs of its young pitchers, including Snell. Along the way, Snell beat Puyallup High School, the top-ranked team in the state, in the first round of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Class 4A regionals. Ultimately, Shorewood made it to the state championship at Safeco Field.

“We go to warmup and I get called to go underneath the stadium for a coin flip,” Tonkin said. “Then I come out to hit infield, and there is just a sea of blue -- from way up behind third base all the way behind home plate.”

Blake Snell’s retired jersey hangs in Shorewood
High School on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.
Snell was drafted 52nd overall
in the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Photo credit: Ryan Phelan
They lost that game but laid the groundwork for the following season, in which the team won 24 games and lost just three. Snell contributed heavily toward that win total, striking out 118 batters over 56 innings pitched.

“I never really thought at that point when we were coaching that he’d be a Cy Young candidate,” said Shea Tonkin, Wyatt’s son and former assistant coach for Shorewood. 
“But he definitely was Cy Young quality when we coached him. That's for sure.”

“We’re kind of a small community even though we’re right next to Seattle,” Gorman said. “But the Shorewood community came out big-time for the team.”

Snell has not forgotten Shorewood. In his spare time, he has come back to Shorewood to help out the school’s basketball team, which he also played on in high school, as an assistant. 

A professional athlete, particularly one as hardworking as Snell, working with players imparts valuable lessons, not just for sports, but for life itself, Wyatt Tonkin said.

“When he did come to Seattle this year, everywhere I looked there were guys there who had played for us, and they were all there to see Blake,” he said. “He’s modest, but he also understands that a lot of kids are looking up to him. He is so much a part of the community.”

Snell was in town when the Rays played the Mariners on June 3. He pitched his first major-league start in Safeco Field against one of his idols, Felix Hernandez, who won the Cy Young Award when Snell was a senior in high school. On that day, Snell struck out his first seven batters.

“What I’ve learned from kids like Blake is that for an athlete like him, it's not a mindset, it's a lifestyle,” he said. “When he was a junior, and he pitched at Safeco Field he said, ‘Coach, I’m going to be here again one day.’”
“He was serious.”


Veterans' Weekend Blood Drive in Richmond Beach

The Bloodworks Northwest mobile unit will be in Richmond Beach Saturday, November 10, from 10-4.

It will be in front of the Shoreline Fire Safety Center at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 20th Ave NW.

Walk-ups welcome and encouraged, but be aware of peak times in the morning and in the last hour.
Photo ID required.

All donors receive Richmond Beach Blood Drive 10th Anniversary swag!


Photo: Foggy morning on Echo Lake

Photo by Gregg Haughian

Thursday morning was chilly and foggy all over the area, but particularly dramatic at Echo Lake.


Fred Meyer celebrates store remodel with big donation to Food Lifeline

Store manager Jennifer Spence presents a $62,000 check
to Food Lifeline's Mitra Karami and Renee Rosier
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Fred Meyer celebrated the completion of the $12 million remodel of their Shoreline store, 18325 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, with a ribbon cutting and ceremonial presentation of a check for $62,000 to Food Lifeline.

Shoppers line up early to get free breakfast items
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

They started at 7am with free breakfast items to the first 200 shoppers. Some people were lined up before 6:30am waiting for the doors to open. A diverse group of shoppers each took away 1 dozen eggs, a package of bacon and a half gallon of orange juice.

There were free glazed donuts and Starbucks provided free coffee to shoppers.

Sherrill Ereckson (Garden Center Manager) and Jan Henderson
(Hanging Deli clerk) cut the ribbon
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The ceremony started on time with many corporate employees, representatives from the construction company, local political, Chamber of Commerce, and Food Lifeline representatives as well as store employees and family. 
  • Food Lifeline - Renee Rosier (Director of Volunteer Engagement) and Mitra Karami (Major Gifts Officer)
  • Shoreline Mayor Will Hall and Councilmember Chris Roberts
  • Chamber of Commerce President Dale Sutton, Secretary Judy Parson and other chamber members
  • Nate Daum, City of Shoreline Economic Development
  • Fred Meyer Tenured Associates (38 years each) - Sherrill Ereckson (Garden Center Manager) and Jan Henderson (Hanging Deli clerk)
  • Fred Meyer President, Joe Grieshaber
  • Fred Meyer District Manager, Jim Harvey
  • Store Director, Jennifer Spence
Nate Daum acknowledges his introduction while Food Lifeline, Shoreline councilmembers,
Chamber officers, and the store manager look on
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

According to a spokesperson for Fred Meyer, 

We are really focused on moving the needle with our Zero Hunger / Zero Waste strategy and Food Lifeline is a big partner for us on that journey. We donate huge amounts of food to them in addition to money. 
Local community is very important to us and that is why we partner with local agencies and politicians. We are planning an even bigger check presentation for Food Lifeline at our Monroe store re grand opening on Wednesday, November 14.

Shoppers fill the aisles
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Food Lifeline, whose warehouse was previously in Shoreline, is the "food banks' food bank." They have the capacity to take in and purchase large quantities of food. They repackage it and distribute it to the small, local food banks who serve local communities. 

Large cash donations allow them to purchase food in bulk, getting a better deal than any individual food bank can on its own.

Fred Meyer's Zero Hunger / Zero Waste mission: "We're committed to ending hunger in the communities we call home and eliminating waste across our company by 2025."


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