Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 21, 2019

A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. – Lift Every Voice

Mon. Jan. 21, 2019 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. North, Edmonds

Our Beloved Community

10am – Noon: Free morning session for parents and children with activities and art projects.

7:30pm – 9:00pm: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Inspiring a beloved community in song, spoken word and dance. This event will feature Dr. Gloria Burgess, The Sound of the Northwest Choir Directed by Juan Huey-Ray, Price Arts Dance, Josephine Howell & Band, Barclay Shelton Dance Center and JHP Legacy. Contact Donnie Griffin at for sponsorship opportunities and more information. Admission: GA $10, Student $5, $12 GA Day of Show


Coyotes are everywhere right now

Coyote by King's on the CRISTA campus last week
in the Hillwood neighborhood
Photo by Gina Fieser
By Diane Hettrick

This is mating season for coyotes and they are everywhere right now - all over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

Hormones are high and behavior can be a little dicey.

In pioneer days, coyotes (Canis latrans) were restricted primarily to the sagebrush lands, brushy mountains, and open prairies of the American West. Wolves occupied the forests. 
Coyotes have since taken advantage of human activities (including the reduction of gray wolf populations) to expand their range throughout North and Central America.

There are dens in every wooded area. Coyotes are not nocturnal by nature (they have adapted to night to avoid humans) so they have no trouble going about in the daytime.

In 2016 this coyote killed a dog in its
backyard then lay down for two hours
Photo by Jennifer Meredith Dodd
During mating season, do not leave small children and pets unprotected. Fortunately Child Protective Services and leash laws have prevented most of this behavior.

Don't leave your pets out at night - and daytime is a problem now.

Last weekend a coyote attacked and killed a dog in Lake Forest Park.

Particularly do not leave pet food outside. If you feed your animals outside, supervise and pick up the food afterwards.

You may want to avoid walking your dogs in wooded parks, streets, and trails right now.

Here are more warnings from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
  • Never feed coyotes
  • Don’t give coyotes access to garbage
  • Prevent access to fruit and compost
  • Enclose poultry (chickens, ducks, and turkeys) in a secure outdoor pen and house

After they mate, things will settle down until spring when it's time for the two year olds to leave the den and find their own homes.


For the Birds: Feathers are more than beautiful

Osprey fishing
Photo by Doug Parrott

By Christine Southwick

Feathers are beautiful with their palette of colors, plus their myriad of shapes and sizes, even though there are only six distinct types of feathers.

But their beauty camouflages their strengths:
Pileated woodpecker, male plumage
Photo by Kelly McAlliser
  1. Best insulation per inch
  2. Waterproof
  3. Allows birds to fly—only birds have feathers. They provide up, forward (lift and thrust), down (braking), turnings, pin-point landings, and they allow birds to fly amazing distances during migration, often non-stop.
  4. Lightweight, but strong enough to survive wind, rain, storms and sun damage. Their intensity of colors signals their gender and fitness for mating. Research is finding that UV coloring (which humans can’t detect) provides birds with major information.

The structure of a feather is unique: Feathers are made of keratin, the same protein as nails and hair, and like nails and hair, a feather stops being alive once it reaches its full length.

The shaft of the feather is attached into muscles or bone (flight feathers only) and distributed in distinct symmetrical tracts. The feather vane is attached to the shaft. The vane is made of barbs attached to the shaft (technical term rachis). Barbules branch off the barbs, and interlocking barbicels cover these barbules. This arrangement allows a feather to flex and still stay connected to its various parts

Green heron in wetland
Forrest Gamble
Have you ever picked up a tattered feather, and run your fingers across the vane, causing the barbs to zip together, unzip, and zip back, making it look whole again?

Feathers need to be intact to be windproof and waterproof and flex to precise flight maneuvers. This is exactly what birds are doing when they preen their feathers -- zipping the barbules together again to make their feathers functional.

The first time that I really looked at the structure of a feather, I thought that Velcro could learn something from this hundreds-of-thousands-years-old evolutionary structure.

Feather unhooked
Indeed, new research has found that no matter the size of the bird, from hummingbirds to condors, barbule spacing ranges from 8 to 16 micrometers. 

This consistency is believed to be a key factor in the strength and flexibility of feathers.

So maybe Velcro and other adhesives can learn important properties from the structure of feathers.

But for me, feathers are amazing, both for their strength, their amazing colors and their ability to refasten to themselves. Besides, they are fun to blow on and watch them flex and flutter.


WeatherWatcher: Calm weather, windy weather, then calm weather again

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Super Blood Wolf Moon Sunday night
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Forecast: We have a fairly calm day ahead for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures near the mid 40's. A chilly evening is ahead with lows in the upper 30's and some breezy conditions as our next storm arrives.

Tuesday rain is likely with a quarter inch possible, highs near 50°F with breezy south winds. Tuesday evening into Wednesday rain continues and it gets windy with wind gusts from the south up to 40mph. Wednesday the rain is expected to back off a bit with showers or rain at times. Lows Tuesday night around 35-40°F and highs Wednesday in the lower 50's.

Wednesday evening things calm down and the rest of the work week looks dry, mostly sunny or partly cloudy with highs near 50°F and lows into the mid-upper 30's.

Our next chance of rain appears to be next Sunday.

El Niño status: We are currently under an El Niño watch. It hasn't developed yet, but is expected to develop early February and continue into the 2019 spring season. There's only about a 65% chance that an El Niño will develop.

What this means for us? We should probably expect more of the same to continue with our winter weather patterns. I think we're going to see some more breaks from the storms with high pressure ridging over the west coast off and on through late winter and early spring.

We may also be the first snowless winter since the 1991-1992 winter season. There's one small hint of a chance of a cold snap near the beginning of February but it's very marginal, and too early to tell if we'll have any moisture with it.

For current weather conditions visit


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Night of Cake and Puppets

Night of Cake and Puppets
by Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim DiBartolo

Zuzanna begins the narrative with the story of a gruesome little puppet her grandfather used to scare small children:  the head made from a real fox skull with black glass eyes, sharpened teeth, and Cossack garb (complete with fur hat).

Then she switches gears, and gushes a bit about this boy she is crazy to meet: Mik, the "violin boy" who is Zuzanna's boyfriend in this author's Daughter of Smoke and Bone books. This lovely, talented, beautiful boy... to whom Zuzanna is too shy to speak.

One night, she takes a handful of scuppies (tiny wishes) and crafts a little adventure for Mik: a treasure map, with a drawing of herself at the center of the page where "x-marks-the-spot."

And thus, the magic begins.

Small, quiet, and powerful, this novella should be uber-creepy, but becomes delightfully sweet instead. The illustrations are swirly, gothic, and delightful.

And now, I want cake.

Recommended for readers ages 12 to adult. Some scariness, no blood, some kissing (YES!!!) and thoughts of further intimacy but nothing on the page. 

You do not need to read the Smoke and Bones books to appreciate this. You only need to understand that magic is real, and that I love this book.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Hams - check in to Shoreline Auxiliary Communications Service net at 1930LT Monday

All licensed amateur radio operators (“hams”), 

particularly those in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, North King County and South Snohomish County,
are invited to check into the Shoreline Auxiliary Communications Service net, which meets every Monday at 1930LT (7:30pm) on the Shoreline repeater on the CRISTA tower.

frequency 442.825MHz offset +5.00MHz tone 103.5Hz

Meet your neighbor hams.
Check the operation of your equipment.
Get some additional air time.
Prepare to better help your family and neighbors in time of emergency.

Shoreline ACS


Phoenix Theatre presents It Could be Any One of Us - opening Feb 1

Phoenix Theatre Presents Alan Ayckbourn’s

A Comedy Thriller with Multiple Endings

In a windswept country house a family of artistic failures wrangles over a will. A detective who has never solved a case, a writer whose works have never been published, an artist who’s never shown a painting, a composer whose compositions have never been performed, and a dysfunctional teenager are the prime ingredients for this murder mystery. 
The victim, however, is not who it should be, and the murderer’s identity changes overnight. 

Throw in a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and comedic thrills, and you’ve got The Phoenix Theatre’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s It Could Be Any One of Us, running February 1-24, 2019.

Directed by Jay Jenkins, It Could Be Any One of Us is a play with multiple endings. Alan Ayckbourn wrote it this way and left it up to the director to choose whether he or she would want the same murderer throughout the run of the play or a different murderer for each performance.

The Phoenix’s production will surprise the audience with a different ending each night, determined by a card game on stage that steers the actors in any given direction.

Patrons are invited to see the show again at a discount to experience a different ending of the play.

The ensemble includes Susan Connors, Tom Cook, James Lynch, Curt Simmons, Tina Devrin, and Sydney Kaser. The creative team includes Jim Thompson (scenic design), Elizabeth Shipman (costume design), Linda Curry (lighting design), Susan Connors (set dressing), and Karen Thielke (prop designer).

Performance February 1-24, 2019. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm at The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds 98020.

Tickets are $25 adults ($20 for seniors, students and military) and are available online or by phone at 206-533-2000.

There is plenty of free parking, and ADA access into the theatre at the back of the building. Please call if you will need to use the back entrance.


Peace Dance for racial healing

Circle Works has scheduled Peace Circle Dances from January 29 to April 23, 2019 every other Tuesday from 6 - 9pm in the Davis Building 14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.

Peace circles are a different way of talking about race/ism that is relational, preemptive, and proactive. The circle process taps into both ancient practices and modern processes to create trust and belonging.

Sessions are $65 each or $449 for all eight evenings. Register HERE

For more information contact Dr. Pamela Taylor 206-851-9782.


Big Band Dance at the Shorewood Commons Feb 9

The Shorewood Jazz Band will be hosting their student-led Big Band Dance at the Shorewood Commons from 7pm - 11pm. 17300 Fremont Ave N, 98133

The event is fun for people of all ages and features the SWHS and Einstein middle school jazz bands as well as dance lessons by Mark Kihara. Lessons are a group event, with the whole crowd participating. They begin at 7pm.

There will also be a raffle and snacks.

Semi-formal clothing is recommended and as it is a Jazz event, 1940s attire is also welcome.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and all of the proceeds go to help the SW Jazz program. Tickets can be bought from the SW business office during school hours, online from *, or at the door.

*Link will be live mid-week.


Photo: Julian practiced his flamenco moves at every opportunity

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

Gloria says: Cooperative Steller’s Jay in our yard (feed ‘em a few nuts and they’ll do anything :)


Seattle Humane offers support to Federal employees who are not being paid

Seattle Humane Pet Food Bank locations
Seattle Humane will offer resources from their Pet Food Bank to federal employees who are struggling to make ends meet during the government shutdown.

Seattle Humane's Pet Food Bank provides pet food assistance to low-income pet owners and families experiencing hardship. 

Pick-up site locations include: 

Pet food donations and other supplies can be dropped off at the shelter in Bellevue, or delivered via Seattle Humane's Amazon Wish List or retailer of choice. 

The greatest need for Pet Food Bank clients are dry cat food, wet dog food, cat treats, and cat toys. Woof and purrs of thanks!

Seattle Humane is located at 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue 98005


Seattle Symphony offers free tickets to furloughed Federal government employees for remaining concerts through June 2019

Seattle Symphony
Photo by Brandon Patoc
Offer includes up to four complimentary tickets and must be reserved by February 1, subject to availability.

The Seattle Symphony announced that furloughed federal government employees are eligible to receive up to four complimentary tickets for Seattle Symphony performances for the remainder of the 2018–2019 season.

Tickets must be reserved by February 1 in person or by calling the Ticket Office. A government-issued ID is required upon pick up.

Subject to availability, concerts on the following series are included: Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season, Seattle Pops series, Untuxed series, [untitled] series, Baroque and Wine series, In Recital series, Chamber series, Fluke/Gabelein Organ Recitals, Family Concerts and Tiny Tots Concerts.

“Federal employees devote their careers serving the greater nation,” shared Krishna Thiagarajan, President & CEO of the Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall. 
“At a time when they are being asked to make sacrifices, we hope our small gesture can help alleviate some of the burdens they and their loved ones are experiencing.”

How to reserve tickets
  • Phone: Call the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 206-215-4747 or toll-free at 866-833-4747.
  • In Person: Visit the Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall, located at Third Avenue and Union Street.
  • Ticket Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday, 1–6pm

Performances are held in Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, Seattle 98101

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received three Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year.


Shoreline Home Improvement Workshops Mar 26, Apr 23, May 28

The City of Shoreline's very popular home improvement workshops have been scheduled for 2019.

Sessions will be held on March 26, April 23, and May 28.

At these sessions, City Planning staff will give 15 minute individual sessions to review your plans and ideas for home improvement and answer your questions about your project.

In addition, there will be a large vendor fair, with businesses related to home remodels. This year sewer representatives will be present for those who are considering replacing their sewer lines.

Residents will need to make appointments for the individual sessions but anyone can come to the vendor fair, which will be open between 6 - 8pm. The event is held at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133. Free parking in the City garage.

You can sign up now for any of the sessions.


Seattle Opera offers free tickets to federal workers Sunday and Wednesday

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Il trovatore
Photo by Jacob Lucas

Seattle Opera is pleased to offer tickets to furloughed federal government workers. Workers can receive two free tickets to the company’s performances of Il trovatore on Sunday January 20 at 2pm and on Wednesday, January 23, at 7:30pm at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St, Seattle 98109.

To redeem, simply present your federal government ID at the McCaw Hall box office before the performance. The box office opens two hours prior to performances; noon for the matinee and 5:30pm for the evening show.

“We at Seattle Opera are grateful for all that our federal workers do, and wish to show our solidarity and thanks by inviting them to enjoy a night of beautiful music at McCaw Hall,” said General Director Aidan Lang.

Seattle Opera’s Il trovatore runs now through January 26 at McCaw Hall.

Established in 1963, Seattle Opera is committed to serving the people of the Pacific Northwest with performances of the highest caliber and through innovative educational and engagement programs for all.


The Little Engine That Could playing live in Shoreline on March 16

StoryBook Theater debuts a new musical, The Little Engine That Could, in partnership with AAA Washington.

This show follows a broken-down engine struggling to deliver her toys to the children on the other side of the mountain. There are many trains who are willing to help, but they all seem to have more important things on their minds.  
The focus of Little Engine is believing in yourself, and the musical also weaves in messages about traffic safety and distracted driving.

The Little Engine That Could is recommended for ages 3+ and has a running time of 55 minutes. 

The local, professional cast will perform at the Shoreline Conference Center: March 16 @ 11am and 1:30pm* (*Sensory-friendly performances)

Tickets are $15 (including service fees) and can be purchased online or 425-820-1800. 


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Sunday drive

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


Lake Forest Park City Town Center Visions and January 16 DEIS public hearing draw overflow crowd

Overflow crowd at January 16th Public Hearing
Photo by Jason Colberg

The City of Lake Forest Park’s Planning Department and the Otak design firm held a hearing on January 16, 2019 for public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Town Center. City Hall saw an overflow crowd of residents at the meeting, with many concerns.

Sound Transit plans to add a park n’ ride facility and Bus Rapid Transit at Town Center, so a DEIS is needed now to study the potential environmental impact of proposed changes to land use codes.

Since the Town Center has not been renovated in years, and the LFP community has expressed interest in redevelopment per a 2004 task force report, this also initiated further redevelopment exploration.

However, density considerations in the 2004 report stated a possible 270 maximum units. Today with unprecedented regional growth, that figure has climbed to possibly 1,500 multi-usage units.

Property owners Merlone Geier, the City Council, City staff and outside consultants such as Otak are being pushed hard by Sound Transit’s aggressive plan deadline. It creates a “chicken before the egg” type of dilemma.

At the DEIS hearing, Jamas Gwilliam, Merlone Geier Vice-President of Development, said they have enjoyed all the community input so far, and look forward to continued discussions.

But, he said, there is currently “no plan for Merlone Geier to redevelop” the site. He said they would make that determination “after” they see what decisions the City and Sound Transit make. 

Residents expressed many concerns
Photo by Jason Colberg

Redevelopment scenarios that represented higher density numbers than residents even thought possible created outrage.

Those that were involved with the process, such a representative from the LFP Planning Commission (composed of citizens) said he felt “deceived” in regard to projected density numbers.

Residents also stated shock and dismay over the idea of relocating the Third Place Commons on the top of the park n’ ride facility.

Lake Forest Park residents don’t feel heard.

Because of the ST3 deadline for their planned project, an intricate weave of decision making is needed quickly, and that creates an awkward process.

This can create communication breakdowns and misunderstandings.

Current Town Center regulations allow buildings as high as 65 feet tall. That too was a surprise to many residents.

Concept boards with broad design scenarios were presented in October. Some expressed that they did not see specific density details. The scenarios don’t include many specifics because the goal is to design as much flexibility into a future planning process as possible.

Planning for an unknown future

Due to long term rental contracts with Albertson’s and Ross Dress for Less organizations, as well as other business considerations, estimates are that it could be up to 20 years before redevelopment can take place. Leases can be purchased as an incentive, but that is costly. Also, business representatives have expressed concerns about a substantial construction disruption.

Uncertainty within the retail sector is another factor.

Housing predictions remain steady, according to regional growth estimates. But the cost of labor and materials continues to rise.

Indeed, a lot more changes and unknowns will occur in the next one or two decades. 

Ros Bird was in attendance and spoke at the
hearing about her shock in placing the
Commons on the roof of the parking facility.
Photo by Donna Hawkey
Examples of citizens’ concerns.

In October, one resident stated: “It seems the 'Big Bully Sound Transit' is making all the rules now." That was the same tone at the DEIS hearing.

Sound Transit has not determined the final location for the 300 stall park n’ ride, yet the city is expected to modify building codes by the end of February and complete a DEIS in record time. One suggestion was to modify only the codes necessary to accommodate the park n’ ride facility.

Citizens with professional qualifications gave opinions that the DEIS is outrageous in its assumptions and should be thrown out and the entire document recreated.

The Stewardship Foundation expressed the possibility of tainting the highly valued artisan water supply. They said, “The DEIS information makes the adequacy water supply question a reasonable concern.”

Some residents welcome density

A resident announced she speaks on behalf of “the concerns of those who were not in the room.”

She explained that their family is caring for an aging grandfather. Her 20 year-old son is a helping caregiver, but they live in a small home.

Two other sons would like to live in LFP and be nearby their family; however they need to be in walking distance of public transit services, and they can’t afford single-family housing here.

Without alternatives to housing, generations of LFP families may not be able to continue their linkage and remain close to aging families and their friends, and that too saddens many residents.

Uncertainty and unrealistic deadlines can create mistrust

It’s inevitable that some future development will take place at Town Center, but the extreme deadline is also pitting neighborhoods against each other.

Sound Transit has imposed deadlines that seem nearly impossible for a process that usually takes several years to accomplish.

A lot is at stake here. Mistakes could occur, and LFP taxpayers could bear the brunt of added financial burdens, as well as environmental strains and permanent damage if planning is not carefully done. The City Staff is small for the workload, and City-wide communications are minimal.

If this DEIS proceeds as scheduled, the citizen’s LFP Planning Commission said they would not have time to comment on code modifications before the City Council fully votes.

An LFP Planning Commission representative shared deep frustration by this process – it has been challenging for this dedicated group of volunteer citizens to do a great job on behalf of the residents, and that alarm was sounded loud and clear.

Vice-President, Development Jamas Gwilliam from Merlone Geier
clarified that they had no specific plans for redevelopment.
Photo by Jason Colberg

Third Place Commons’ future location is unclear

Third Place Commons functions as an independent non-profit and has needs specific to their mission. Currently, scenarios show the Commons relocated to the roof of the parking garage. Residents shared concern that this will change the dynamics of what is considered the heart of the community today.

Not only do our youth suffer from nature deficit, but we are all at risk for social deficit disorders. Technology has changed levels of human interaction opportunities, so the Commons today plays an integral part in the fabric of a healthy community.

Where are the City Council members and Sound Transit

Residents wondered why no members of City Council nor anyone from Sound Transit attended the DEIS public hearing.

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Jeff Johnson said that City Council has been working very hard for the citizens. He says that everyone is doing their best during this enormous challenge and thanked the residents for attending.


Hear the entire January 16th Public Hearing HERE
Review Town Center visioning details HERE

By Donna Hawkey – dhawkey


In The Garden Now…..Nurse Log

Arborist's Term : Nurse Log

Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

I rounded the corner and there she was
in repose.... a fallen tree, 
moss covered, 
home to insects and other creatures, 
red huckleberry just as nature planned. 

What a treasure!

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 20 years.


The Olmsted Landscape Legacy Across America and the Pacific Northwest

Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: “The Olmsted Landscape Legacy Across America and the Pacific Northwest” by Portland-based historian Laurence Cotton, who served as consulting producer on the 2014 PBS documentary “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.” 

Pub Night Talks is a free monthly lecture series featuring the work of experts from the University of Washington and the local community, cosponsored by UW Bothell and McMenamins. 

Topics have ranged from black holes and butterflies to ecological resistance and storytelling through engineering.

7-8:30pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Doors open at 6pm.  Haynes’ Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell.  

Historian Laurence Cotton
Cotton screens the documentary and lectures on Olmsted’s legacy of including green spaces in urban planning in the late 19th century, including New York’s Central Park. 

Cotton also references the work of Olmsted’s son, John Charles Olmsted, who designed parks in Seattle (an “emerald necklace” of dozens of miles of scenic boulevards, according to, Portland and Spokane in the early 1900s. 

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


Reminder: Shots for Steph 3 on 3 fundraiser Sunday

Shots for Steph Fundraiser:  3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and other fun family activities!

Because no one fights alone!

Sunday, January 20, 2019 Shorewood High School, 10am - 4pm

Join us for a fundraiser benefiting Stephanie Stewart, a Shorewood High School Alum and Shoreline resident. Stephanie was diagnosed with endometrial and uterine cancer in April 2018. She's a fighter (#stephstrong), but the cancer is giving us a battle, having now metastasized to her brain, hip, lungs and liver.

After a number of surgeries, Steph is again undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. All funds raised will be used to help with medical bills, the cost of treatment and living expenses, as she is not currently able to work.

Come cheer Steph on in her battle and have some fun with an all ages 3 on 3 tournament, corn hole, 3 point/free throw contests, a coloring station and food!

We will also have raffles - including a chance to win an F/V Northwestern jacket, autographed by Capt. Sig Hansen of the Deadliest Catch!

Can't make the fun but want to help out?  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated!

To register your team or for more information, contact Sarah Edinger at 206-200-5440.


Sound Transit to remove 1,000 trees along track - 3,700 replacement trees will be planted - most in Ronald Bog

Sound Transit graphic

Report from Juniper Nammi, Sound Transit Project Manager for the City of Shoreline. Part of the agenda packet for the Parks/Tree Board meeting

Sound Transit has been working with the Washington Department of Transportation to negotiate tree replacements along the light rail development corridor.

Most of the track is on the ground. Tree removal 35 feet on either side of the track is required, resulting in the removal of over 1,000 trees from Washington Department of Transportation property, City right-of-way, and from individual property. 

Approximately 2,700 native trees and over 1,000 non-native trees will be replanted to meet or exceed City of Shoreline replacement requirements.

All of the trees will come down at once in March 2019. 

Replacement trees must be planted in Shoreline. (See Sound Transit's flyer: More Transit - More Trees.)

A partnership with King Conservation District would allow funds from Sound Transit to offer a package of trees and shrubs to private land owners for a landscape buffer in areas where the code requirements for landscape buffers do not apply along the rail.

This could contribute roughly 400 additional trees in the Ridgecrest neighborhood and portions of North City and Ballinger. 

Final designs will be shown at an open house in February. The last opportunity for public comment is prior to the final issuance of permits.

Early work, expected to begin in March, involves tree removal, noise barriers, staging equipment, moving utility lines, and demolishing remaining houses.

Neighborhoods will be notified by direct mailings and articles in Currents as well as door-to-door outreach. 

Actual construction will begin mid-summer. The Board would appreciate talking points on this topic including the facts related to the project. 

Sound Transit is taking measures to survey for bird nests in existing trees and to deter initial nesting habits. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is guiding that effort. 

Comments and questions can be directed to Ms. Nammi through


Shoreline Parks/Tree board meeting Thursday

Ivy out at Shoreline Park
The Shoreline Parks/Tree board will meet on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 7-9pm at Shoreline City Hall Conference Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave NShoreline 98133

Agenda Highlights
  • 2018 Tree Report/2019 Workplan
  • 2018 Public Art Report/2019 Workplan
  • Update on the Park Funding Advisory Committee
  • Update on the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Strategic Plan
  • Discussion of the 2019 PRCS/Tree Board Workplan
Link to Full Meeting Packet


Kinderfest - learn about programs of the Shoreline School District on Sat, Jan 26

Do you live in Shoreline or Lake Forest Park and have a child who will be 5 years old by August 31, 2019? 

If so, Kinderfest is the place for you!

Kinderfest is an opportunity for parents and guardians of incoming kindergartners to learn about the programs offered by the Shoreline School District.

Join us on Saturday, January 26 from 10am - 12pm at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, to receive information on food services, transportation, nurses, English Language Learners, Special Services, Highly Capable Program and PTA. 

Each elementary school will have representatives available to answer questions. Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese interpreters will be available.

Limited, no-cost childcare will be available on-site for children who are over two-years-old and potty-trained. Please note that food will not be allowed in the childcare room due to possible allergies.

Kindergarten registration will begin on February 4 at your neighborhood school. In order to attend kindergarten in the fall, your child must be five years old by August 31, 2019 and reside in the cities of Shoreline or Lake Forest Park.

For more information on registration please visit the Enrollment webpage 

If you have additional questions, contact Trinitee Swan at 206-393-4365. 


Jobs: Environmental Sciences/Biology/Hydraulic Internships

WSDOT Shoreline - Environmental Sciences/Biology/Hydraulic Internships – Northwest Region

Opening Date: 01/17/19
Closing Date: Open until filled

WSDOT Northwest Region Environmental Office has two exciting internships for currently enrolled students who want to observe and participate in real world application of their current field of study.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the exciting work WSDOT is doing to meet environmental stewardship goals in a real world setting.

The Environmental Office directly supports the transportation needs of Washington State by providing environmental technical studies, field investigations, interagency coordination, and construction support to WSDOT projects and operations.

The successful candidates will receive exposure to the various roles in the Environmental Office and WSDOT project teams and gain hands-on experience assisting the program in hydraulics, fish and wildlife, environmental permitting, cultural resources, air quality, acoustics, water quality, and wetlands studies.

This is a temporary position/internship lasting approximately three to five months.

Please note the initial resume review will take place on March 1st. To view the entire posting and apply, visit: Environmental Sciences Interns


Arts Council’s Create and Make Workshop: Polaroid Emulsion Lifts - Wednesday at the Senior Center

Thelma Harris

Arts Council’s Create and Make Workshop: Polaroid Emulsion Lifts

Polaroid Emulsion Lifts, With Thelma Harris
Create and Make Workshop
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Come and spread your creative wings with the Create and Make Workshop Series! Wish you could pull up and give way to creative abandon from time to time? Look no further: The Create and Make Workshops are here and are guaranteed to be tons of adult-creative fun!

Participants will create a beautiful and unique image in this workshop. After observing a demonstration on Polaroid emulsion lifts, you will learn how to deconstruct a Polaroid photo by removing the emulsion (image) and transferring it to watercolor paper or other surfaces. 

Impress your friends with your new skills by creating handmade photographic gifts!

The Create and Make series allows you to construct and explore different art mediums and techniques with a local art professional in a comfortable, fun environment.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, January 23, and is held from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Shoreline/LFP Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA.

Tickets are $40, or $35 for Arts Council Members and available at

Create and Make Workshops are brought to you by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Seattle Musical Theatre presents Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida

A timeless story of forbidden love...

Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida

Based on Verdi’s beloved 19th century opera, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is a timeless story of forbidden love set on the banks of the Nile. 

Featuring a Tony and Grammy award-winning score, Troy Wageman directs the talented local cast through rousing rock numbers and heart-wrenching ballads.

Running for 13 performances only
February 8-24

Seattle Musical Theatre at Magnuson Park, 7120 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, (206) 363-2809


Casino Night Saturday Jan 26

Join Seattle Children's Shoreline Bargain Boutique for Casino Night on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm.

Bring cash for "Spin the Gift Wheel." There will be raffles and silent auction items. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Proceeds go to Seattle Children's Hospital.

Shoreline Bargain Boutique, 15835 Westminster Way N, Shoreline 98133.


Elder Law Attorney lecture at Shoreline Library Jan 23

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:30 - 8pm at the Shoreline Library large meeting room, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155

Hear from:
  • an Elder Law Attorney to ensure that you have taken all of your legal steps to preserve your independence for as long as possible; 
  • a Home Care Advisor to learn how to help people stay in their homes with assistance for as long as possible; 
  • a Senior Housing Referral Specialist to understand what options are out there for assisted living and what the costs of those may be; and 
  • a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and licensed Broker who will outline the steps to downsizing, marketing and selling seniors' homes.


Furloughed federal workers should stay alert to avoid shutdown scams

From the office of the Washington State Attorney General

Resources are available for federal employees in Washington who are furloughed or working without pay, and other workers who are affected by the partial federal government shutdown, to help them make financial decisions and avoid scams associated with the shutdown.

Consumers who wish to make a complaint to the Attorney General’s Office about a business operating in Washington State may do so HERE.

Payday loans and tax refund advances

If you have missed paychecks as a result of the shutdown, you may be considering loans or tax refund advances to help make ends meet.

Consumers considering payday loans or tax refund advances should thoroughly investigate the costs of the loan or advance and consider less costly options, which may include:
  • Obtaining a small loan from a bank or credit union. Many financial institutions are offering low- or no-interest loans to furloughed federal employees
  • Considering a short-term loan from a family member or friend
  • Asking your creditors for additional time to pay your bills
  • Freezing subscription services you can do without for a short period, such as streaming services or gym memberships

A payday loan is a high-interest, short-term cash loan. In most cases, a consumer gives the lender a post-dated personal check for the amount of the loan plus a fee. The lender holds the check for an agreed period (usually one to four weeks), then deposits it.

The fees on payday loans typically represent exorbitantly high interest rates. For example, if a lender charges a fee of $100 to make a $1,000 loan for two weeks, the annual percentage rate of the loan is 260 percent. This is more than 15 times as high as the average credit card rate of approximately 17 percent.

The Washington Department of Financial Institutions has additional information for consumers considering payday loans on its website.

A tax refund advance — also called a refund anticipation loan — is a type of loan offered to advance part of an anticipated tax refund to a consumer.

Such loans may appear attractive to taxpayers who are concerned about the shutdown delaying their tax refunds. 

However, these loans often come with fees that make them more expensive than they appear. Some tax preparers promote tax refund advances as free, but charge application or credit-check fees, or charge higher fees for preparing tax returns. Loans that anticipate the arrival of the refund (and repayment of the loan) by a certain date may have penalties that kick in if the refund is delayed.

The Federal Trade Commission has useful information on its website for dealing with debt.

Student loan repayment

The partial shutdown does not affect your obligation to make timely student loan payments.

If you are struggling to make your student loan payments during the shutdown, you should carefully consider your options. 

While you may be able to temporarily postpone making your payments through deferment or forbearance, doing so will likely increase your monthly payments when the forbearance or deferral period ends. 

This is because interest will continue to accrue on unpaid amounts, and you will have to pay interest on the unpaid interest going forward.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education has warned borrowers working toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness that periods of deferment or forbearance will not count toward the 120 payments needed to qualify for loan forgiveness.

Borrowers concerned about falling behind on their payments should contact their student loan servicers to discuss repayment options. The U.S. Department of Education has additional information for furloughed federal employees on its website.

Telemarketing calls

Consumers should be extra vigilant about unsolicited or automatic calls from telemarketers and scammers during the shutdown because many of the federal agencies that regulate these calls are unavailable.

For example, the national Do Not Call list is not operating during the shutdown, so consumers cannot add their phone numbers to that list.

Consumers should not respond to unsolicited calls or texts offering loans or other solicitations related to the government shutdown, and should never give personal or financial information to such a caller. 

For example, telemarketing calls indicating to federal employees that they are pre-approved for loans that require nothing more than payment of a processing fee are likely not legitimate, as no reputable lender would offer loans without checking a borrower’s credit.

Unemployment benefits

Consumers should be wary of offers to expedite unemployment benefits for furloughed federal workers for a fee.

If you are interested in applying for or obtaining information about unemployment benefits, contact the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) directly. ESD has a webpage that answers questions about unemployment benefits related to the shutdown, and can be reached by phone at 800-318-6022.

Fake job postings and work-from-home scams

If you are looking for temporary work during the shutdown, beware of fake job postings or work-from-home offers that require application fees or other costs.

Do some research about any company you are considering working for, and ask to speak to other employees. You can find information on any business entity in Washington on the Secretary of State’s website.

Consumers who wish to make a complaint to the Attorney General’s Office about a business operating in Washington State may do so HERE.

The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.


Kiss sculpture being relocated within Ronald Bog park

Friday, January 18, 2019

Sound Transit is offsetting impacts to wetlands as a result of light rail construction in Shoreline by creating new wetlands at Ronald Bog Park on N 175th and I-5. (see previous article)

The first step in constructing the Ronald Bog Wetland Mitigation Site is to move Michael Sweeney’s The Kiss to a new location within the park.

The Kiss
Michael Sweeney, artist
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
Starting today, Sound Transit will construct a new earthen mound approximately 200 feet east from the sculpture's current location and then carefully transfer the sculpture to the new mound (see map on back).

Construction of the wetland mitigation site is expected to begin in summer 2019.

A few parking stalls will be temporarily occupied for construction use. A temporary road access will be installed for equipment access to work site.

The work area will be marked and fenced off from public access. Work will occur from 7am - 4pm, Monday – Friday and take approximately five weeks to complete.

  • Outreach Specialist: My Nguyen, or 206-398-5300.
  • After-hours construction hotline: 1-888-298-2395.
  • King County Public Art Collection: Jordan Howland, or 206-263-1589


Joe Campagna sworn in as Shoreline District Court judge

Joe Campagna is sworn in by
Supreme Court Justice Sheryl McCloud
Photo by Steven H. Anderson

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Joe Campagna was sworn in as the newest judge on the Shoreline District Court.

Joe takes the position formerly held by Doug Smith, who retired after 30 years on the bench. The second District Court judge is Marcine Anderson. Both justices live in Shoreline.

Judge Campagna and Mira
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The ceremony was presided over by Donna Tucker, Chief Presiding Judge, District Courts, and attended by a courtroom full of judges, attorneys, and family, and half a dozen toddlers, including the Campagna's 4 year old daughter Mira.

The oath of office was administered by Supreme Court Justice Sheryl McCloud.

A friend and associate of Joe's flew in from New York City, where he is an attorney for the ACLU. He spoke of how no matter what the task at hand, Joe would always do "more."

Joe, in an emotional speech, thanked his wife Margaretta for her unfailing support, not hesitating to jump into a campaign with a tiny, new baby. He thanked his extended family for their support as well as the judges, and city councilmembers who supported his campaign.

"The District Court is most citizens' primary contact with the American judiciary system," Joe said. "I am humbled and honored to be elected to this position and look forward to starting work tomorrow!"


Shorewood Booster Auction and Dinner Mar 9

The Shorewood Booster Auction is on March 9th! 

A full dinner auction event at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave N, including wine, spirits and games. 

Ticket sales are now live. REGISTER HERE (to purchase tickets)

Come enjoy a fun night of community and fundraising! Our kids in this community want to engage in extracurricular clubs and sports, and we have the opportunity to help them do that.

You don't have to have a Shorewood student, we still want you to come and get involved. See what you can do to help these kids succeed as leaders, athletes and community participants!

We hope to see you on Saturday, March 9th at 6pm.

Questions? Contact


Parent Map's North Sound Preschool Preview Jan 27 at Shoreline Community College

Stop in and play awhile. 

Bring the family to ParentMap's FREE Preschool Preview events. 

While they explore and play, check out all the best local preschools in your area and pick the right fit for your child.

Our Preschool Preview resource fairs create vital in-person connections between parents and educational opportunities in your community. 

It's like speed dating — to pick a preschool! Discover dozens of early learning options and community programs in one convenient spot.

North Sound Preschool Preview (register here)
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019
Shoreline Community College, Shoreline

If you're coming let us know! Although our Preschool Preview events are free to all, we would appreciate your taking a moment to register to help in our planning.


Senior Citizen technology help day Monday

Want some help?
We have teenagers
Are you a senior citizen? 
Could you use a little help with technology? 

If so, stop by the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE, on Monday, January 21 between 8:30-11:30am.

Students from Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools will be hosting a “Senior Citizen Technology Help Day” to provide one-on-one technology assistance to senior citizens who want to learn more about using technology in their daily lives.

Computers will be available for seniors to learn how to:
  • Send and receive emails
  • Create a social media profile
  • Video calls
  • Send photos online
  • Watch online videos
  • Search for information
  • Use emojis
…and much more!

Seniors are also encouraged to bring any of their own devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets) that they need help with.

If you have any questions, please contact Curtis Campbell at or 206-393-4412.


Pollet puts legislative focus on local government, education, taxes

State Rep. Gerry Pollet
By Evan Smith

Democratic State Rep. Gerry Pollet says that he will emphasize local government, education and the state tax system in the legislative session that started Monday.

The local government element comes with his leadership post on the Local Government Committee in the House of Representatives.

“As Chair of the Local Government Committee, I will be working to provide our local cities, counties, fire, water and sewer districts with the resources they need to protect public safety and provide the services that residents expect,” Pollet said last week.

The education element comes from his concern for a need to keep working on state support for public schools.

“Our schools continue to face a financial cliff with inadequate funding to provide our students key elements of ‘basic education,’’ despite the Supreme Court ruling that this is the state's responsibility,” he said. 
“Districts face a shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars every year in state funding to lower class sizes and pay for special education and bilingual education. Districts are no longer allowed to fund basic education with local levy dollars. What are our school districts supposed to do? 
"A top priority of mine is legislation to fully fund basic education.”

Paying for all of this leads to his focus on the state’s tax system.

“We also have to make our tax system more fair –- closing massive tax loopholes and taxing wealth instead of relying on regressive sales and property taxes,” Pollet said.

“I will be supporting a capital gains tax on large investments (not including homes or retirement accounts) to reduce state school property taxes and provide relief for seniors on limited incomes.”

He is a member of both the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on College and Workforce Development.

His focus on education extends to providing money to help students pay for college.

“I will be introducing a new Washington Promise to allow all qualified low and middle income students to attend college without debt, along with legislation to provide for our community and four year colleges to have evidence-based programs to help students stay in school and complete degrees or work force certificate programs,” he said.

He added that another area of his work on higher education will include legislation to stop for-profit colleges and vocational schools from defrauding students or pushing them into massive student-loan debts that they will never be able to repay.

“While I succeeded in passing legislation to start regulating the for-profit colleges a year ago, the Trump Administration has eliminated essential protections for student consumers which we need to replace with state-level protections, he said.

A local issue he said he will work on is legislation he will introduce to “protect the public from noxious and toxic odors from the Kenmore asphalt plant alongside the Burke Gilman Trail and Lake Washington.

“For too long, industry has been shielded by a state law preventing the City of Kenmore and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency from processing complaints from people exposed to the odors while on the Burke-Gilman Trail or at Town Center.”

Pollet represents the 46th Legislative District including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and North and Northeast Seattle.

Evan Smith can be reached at

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