The Aurora Borealis shines in Shoreline

Friday, May 24, 2019

Text and photos by Rob Oxford

Since the legendary Parker's Ballroom closed its doors in 2012, the community of Shoreline has desperately needed a quality live music venue. One that could host local as well as national acts.

Thankfully with the recent opening of Aurora Borealis at 16708 Aurora Ave N, we now have one.

This is not to say that live music couldn’t be found in the City of Shoreline before, but bands hoping to play to more than a handful of close friends had to either pack their gear all the way downtown to Seattle or north to Lynnwood. Luckily, that is no longer the case.

The new restaurant and event space which is coincidentally only a stone’s throw from the lot that once housed Parkers, is the perfect addition to a growing Shoreline. Owner Tyler Myers, who had never been in the old Drift on Inn Roadhouse Casino which houses the new establishment, knew exactly what he wanted to do with the space the minute he walked in the door.

Tyler is a business entrepreneur, part-time musician and local resident, which makes spreading the word about his new restaurant even more important. During our recent meeting, Mr. Myers made it very clear than his plans for Aurora Borealis are long term and he hopes to have many opportunities to give back to the community that has welcomed him and that he calls home.

While driving to the restaurant for an introduction, the first thing that popped into my head was, “this is Aurora Ave, where in the heck am I going to park?” Upon my arrival I was overjoyed to find out that I had 250 stalls from which to choose. Bonus!

Restaurant menu has a wide variety of food

The upper level of the building which houses the restaurant is aesthetically pleasing and well lit, which will immediately appeal to any 57-year-old restaurant reviewer who may have forgotten his “readers”. Clean and professionally designed, along one wall are several booths for more intimate dining, while the main floor is spacious and welcoming.

The menu is chock full of comfort food favorites such as meatloaf, pot roast, mac ‘n cheese, a half dozen burgers to choose from or, if you’re in the mood for a steak, try the 8 oz filet, 10 oz rib eye or loosen your belt and order the 24 oz. porterhouse. If pasta, fish or salad are more to your liking, there’s something on the menu for you as well. The mussels, steamers and cheese fondue from the appetizer menu immediately caught my eye, as did the bleu cheese bacon wrapped dates.

Two full bars with draft beers, wines, and bourbons

The Aurora Borealis also features two full bars with an assortment of draft beers, wines and bourbons to choose from, including a 28-year-old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, one of only eight available in the entire state this year. It is also the first bar in the state to feature the Azbar system which delivers over 200 cocktails perfectly poured.

What could be most appealing to local corporations, businesses and charitable organizations just might be the availability of The Aurora Room to host private parties, wedding receptions, sports banquets or other various events and seminars. For smaller business meetings there is an additional conference room two floors up that can be catered to your own specifications.

A massive music venue with stage, digital lighting,
professional sound and video system

Stroll down the stairs and you’ll find a massive music venue with a total capacity of 338, designed by a music lover, for music lovers. From the expansive stage with its digital lighting, to the professional sound and video system capable of video streaming to the posh greenroom for performers, Aurora Borealis has it all and will soon be hosting some of the best talent the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

The restaurant has already scheduled several very funny comedians for its Wednesday Night Comedy Series, but has plans to also host World Cup matches, Seahawk gameday parties and the occasional live radio event.

This weekend the 25th and 26th, check out The Popoffs from 9 – Midnight on Friday and the Michelle Taylor band on Saturday.

Although your family is sure to love it, the new Aurora Borealis Restaurant at 16708 Aurora Ave. N. is much more than a family restaurant. It is an “event space” unmatched by any other for miles around and… a breath of fresh air for Shoreline residents.

The restaurant is currently hiring hosts, servers, kitchen staff and bartenders. For employment information and a complete menu got to their website.


St. Luke School student to compete in National Spelling Bee

Helen Murphy is going to D.C. to
compete in the National Spelling Bee

From St. Luke School in Shoreline

Congratulations are in order for one of our eighth-grade student, Helen Murphy, for moving on to the National Spelling Bee competition in Washington D.C.

The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee will begin on Sunday, May 26, 2019 and ends on Friday, May 31.

Bee Week involves more than just spelling. Spellers attend guest speaker presentations, meet other remarkable students from across the country and have lots of fun!

We are so proud of Helen and wish her the best as she competes in this final round. 

Helen Murphy is graduating from St. Luke School this June and will be attending Shorewood High School next year.


Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes at Holyrood Cemetery

Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline
As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holyrood Catholic Cemetery on NE 205th and 5th NE will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes." 

This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

In Shoreline Rev. Joseph (Jay) DeFolco will celebrate Mass at 10:30am on Monday, May 27. Active military and veterans are invited to participate and recite prayer intercessions followed by a moment of silence. 

The local celebration will include Tribute boards where veterans, active military members and their families can write messages. These boards will be available in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

“We are excited to be participating in this heartfelt program and are glad to have the opportunity to give thanks to the military members and veterans within our community for their commitment and service,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle). 
“We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation in the ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes’ program can be just one way to say thanks for all they have done for us”. 

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” encourages community involvement and participation and it is the hope of the program that this initiative will band together thousands of Catholic Cemeteries throughout the nation with past and current military members in this special celebration of remembrance. 


10th Annual Ridgecrest Neighborhood Garage Sale Day June 1

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
10th Annual Ridgecrest Neighborhood Garage Sale Day on June 1st. Most sales start at 9am.

Sales include the Tabernacle Baptist Parking lot sale (starts at 8am), another sale next door at Grace Presbyterian and at homes throughout the neighborhood.

The sale list will be posted on the evening of May 30th at, Craigslist and

Shoppers, please respect individual posted times and please don’t block mailboxes and driveways.

Ridgecrest Neighbors can still register their sale to be included in the ad. Just email by the morning of the 30th.


Retired county van for the Northwest School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rod delivers a van to the Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

Metropolitan King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski announced that four local organizations, including a school in Shoreline, will receive retired Metro Transit Vanpool vans to provide transportation assistance to low-income, elderly or young people, or people with disabilities.

“There are so many organizations doing amazing work in our community,” said Dembowski. 
“I am honored to secure a retired King County van for each of these recipients, to help support their work with youth and folks with disabilities. The mobility that a van brings will help increase their capacity to continue serving those in need, by providing access to enriching educational, social, and recreational experiences.”

The organizations nominated by Councilmember Dembowski to receive vans this year are:

"We are incredibly grateful for all Councilmember Dembowski does to champion the needs of deaf/hard-of-hearing children, invest in our school’s educational programs and strengthen the quality of education throughout our local community,” said Kabian Rendel, Head of School at Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children.
“Thanks to King County, and the transfer of this van, we can provide our students daily interaction with hearing peers in general education settings and hands-on, educational field trips throughout the year.”

Delivery to current grant cycle recipients is anticipated in mid-2019. Interested organizations can contact Councilmember Dembowski for more information on applying for a vehicle in future grant cycles.


Art in the Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour and Market, June 15

Anneke Wilder in the garden last year.

There are so many things that make the Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour and Market worth the visit to the gardens.

Of course, the gardens are extraordinary.

Visitors can see how gardeners use shade plants, perennial gardens and natural slopes of our area to the best advantage.

And, to enhance your experience in the gardens there will be artists working on oils, and watercolors.

Anneke Wilder is a natural science illustrator.

If you visited the gardens last year you may recall her work. She engaged visitors, especially children while she drew.

Monstera leaf drawing
by Kelsey Nollette
Kelsey Nollette is a botanical artist.

Her recent work includes a life-sized carrot with roots and stem. In the garden Kelsey will be illustrating a Panda Faced ginger plant (Asarum).

Rance Holiman, a Seattle artist, will be painting in oils in the garden.

Nancy Bishop Harvey
Graphic Design
Nancy Bishop Harvey is a graphic designer who works at Shoreline Community College.

Staci Adman has been in the garden in the past.

She organized the mural on the side of the St Vincent building in Kenmore.

Adman is a local artist who works in oils and mixed media.

Monica Lisette-Sanchez will be painting with watercolors in one of the gardens.

Monica Lisette-Sanchez works in a variety of formats.

Encaustic by Monica Lisette-Sanchez
She works in encaustic which is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin.

Art in the gardens is one of the ways the tour is so special.

Tickets to the Garden Tour and Market are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. 

Tickets are now available at Town Center Hardware, Wildbirds Unlimited and the Sunday Farmers Market in Lake Forest Park and at Sky Nursery in Shoreline. 

Tickets and more information are available at


Shay's Restaurant shut down by Public Health for food safety violations

Shay's Restaurant closed by Public Health

Shay's Restaurant located at 15744 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, was closed by a Public Health food inspector on May 22, 2019 at 3:15pm due to the following food safety violations:
  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
  • Improper cooling of potentially hazardous foods
  • Inadequate refrigeration to control food safety
  • Poor personal hygiene practices
  • Inaccessible handwashing facilities
The establishment will be reopened once the inspector confirms that these issues have been resolved.

The Food Establishment Closures homepage is here


Ride the Sounder train to the Seattle Storm opener in Everett

Ride Sounder to cheer on the Storm at their season opener against the Phoenix Mercury at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury
May 25, 2019, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Sounder train schedule

Seattle to Everett
Seattle 10:30 a.m.
Edmonds 10:57 a.m.
Mukilteo 11:12 a.m.
Everett 11:29 a.m.

The Edmonds Station is at 211 Railroad Ave, Edmonds 98020

Upon arrival at Everett Station, passengers may take an Everett Transit shuttle to Angel of the Winds Arena or make the approximately half-mile walk.

Return schedule - from Everett Station to Seattle/King Street Station
Trip departs from Everett approximately 45 minutes after the game ends.


Shorewood golf players make the final rounds in state golf tournament

Edmonds-Woodway coach, Ben Borgida SW, Issey Tanimura SW, Silas Puetz EW, Josh Nelson EW, Coach Hershey SW. Photo by Beth Borgida.

In the boys' 3A state golf tournament, played May 21-22, 2019 at Indian Summer Country Club in Olympia WA, two Shorewood players made the cut after the first day and then placed in the top 20 with Ben Borgida placing 10th.

10 Ben Borgida Shorewood HS 80 74 154
18 Issey Tanimura Shorewood HS 81 77 158

In the girls' tournament, played May 21-22, 2019 at Hawks Prairie Golf Course (Woodlands) in Lacey, WA, two Shorewood golfers made the cut after the first day with Haley Wong ending in tenth place.

10 Haley Wong Shorewood HS 81 79 160
39 Maria Babcock Shorewood HS 95 89 184

Each team was allowed to bring four or five players to the state tournament. After the first day, the teams were cut in half. Awards went to the top 8 players.


Shoreline Schools retirement celebration Thursday May 30

Join Shoreline Schools for their 2019 Retirement Celebration on Thursday, May 30 from 6-8 pm in the Shoreline Room, Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE.

Retirees attending the recognition event this year include:
  • Debbie Black, Parkwood Elementary
  • Lisa Faidley, Shorewood High School
  • Vicki Gorman, Shorewood High School
  • David Johnson, Shorewood High School
  • Zina Levit, Shorewood High School
  • Nancy Nissen, Shorewood High School


Buddy poppies and flags at Shoreline Fred Meyer Friday and Saturday

VFW Post 3348 Senior Vice Commander
 Ken Christophersen is point person for
the VFW volunteers at Shoreline Fred Meyer
VFW Post 3348 (of Shoreline) will make the traditional Buddy Poppies available to the public at the Shoreline Fred Meyer this Friday - Saturday, May 24-25, 2019. 

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and allows the public to show their appreciation for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard).

One aspect that seems to be obscured from the American consciousness is that when any man or woman signs up for any of the five Armed Forces, they are in fact offering their life for the American public.

No man or woman, upon being accepted and signing their recruitment papers, actually knows where they will serve. The Armed Forces’ purpose is to protect America. Some die in doing so --- in serving their country

Poppies support veterans
In addition, we have found that having American Flags available is very popular with kids. Thus we will have two of the smaller (not full-size) versions --- desktop size (6” x 4”) and garden size (12” x 8”). Sometimes we run out of flags so the old adage applies: Early come; Early leave with a Flag and Poppy or two.

Eight members of VFW Post 3348 will be rotating through our tables that will be set up at both entrances to the Shoreline Fred Meyer on both Friday and Saturday, May 24th & 25th (9:30am to 6:00pm.)

They are there offering Poppies and/or flags to the public. They are told that they are NOT to sell anything. They are there to offer an opportunity for people to demonstrate their appreciation for veterans. Every dime we receive goes to assist veterans. All VFW members on site are unpaid volunteers.

The Point Person for the Shoreline Fred Meyer is Shoreline resident, VFW Post 3348 Senior Vice Commander, Ken Christophersen. [Sidenote: Vice Commander Ken is also a 1964 graduate of the soon to reopen (Sep 2019) State-of-the-Art Lincoln High School of Seattle --- which is a few blocks south of Green Lake.]


Commanding Officer Naval Station Everett to deliver remarks at Memorial Day event at Shoreline LFP Senior Center

The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center is having a special luncheon event for Memorial Day and everyone is welcome.

Friday, May 24, 2019 from 11:30am to 1pm at the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. $4 for lunch.


We invite veterans, active duty, family and friends to join us in honoring those who gave their life while serving.

Naval Station Everett

Fallen Soldier Table

Keynote Speaker
Captain Michael F. Davis
Commanding Officer
Naval Station Everett

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Photo: Don't feel inadequate

Photo by Mike Remarcke

I suspect that some of the Secret Garden tour gardens look this good, but this is the Arboretum with crews of groundskeepers and a budget you can only dream of.

Pretty, isn't it?



Einstein Middle School teams sweep the board at SNO KING track championships

All four Einstein teams won the 3A title

All four teams from Einstein Middle School ended in first place out of 15 teams participating in the SNO KING Track championships held at Shoreline Stadium Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

It was a clean sweep for the Einstein Teams! (7th Girls, 8th Girls, 7th Boys, 8th Boys)

See the team scores for all schools  HERE

Individual events at all levels HERE


Join Shoreline Rotary to raise funds for the new museum - June 1

Join Shoreline Rotary in a fabulous fundraiser for the Shoreline Historical Museum.
Go to Home for History and sign up today!


Special purpose district candidates who have filed for election

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park have a number of special purpose districts for services.

These districts have boards and the commissioners are elected by the citizens served by the particular district.

Those who are unopposed have essentially just been re-elected, unless there is a write-in candidate.

Write-ins register but do not get their names on the ballot. Write in names have to be written and spelled exactly as the candidate has registered.

Only two of these positions have challengers and all will appear on the November ballot.

Shoreline / Lake Forest Park

North City Water District, Commissioner Position 2
  • Patty Hale


Shoreline Fire Department, Commissioner Position 2
  • Kimberly Fischer
  • Tom B. Moffat
Shoreline Fire Department, Commissioner Position 5
  • Ken Callahan
Highlands Sewer District, Commissioner Position 2
  • Karl V. D'Ambrosio
Ronald Wastewater District, Commissioner Position 2
  • Gretchen Atkinson
Ronald Wastewater District, Commissioner Position 3
  • Laura Mork
Ronald Wastewater District, Commissioner Position 4
  • Craig Degginger
  • David M. Harris Withdrawn

Lake Forest Park

King County Fire Protection District 16, Commissioner Position 2
aka Northshore Fire
  • Josh Pratt
  • Rik Holley Withdrawn
King County Fire Protection District 16, Commissioner Position 4
aka Northshore Fire
  • Rick Webster
  • Tyler Byers Withdrawn
Lake Forest Park Water District, Commissioner Position 2
  • Eli Zehner
Northshore Utility District, Commissioner Position 2
  • Thomas Mortimer
Northshore Utility District, Commissioner Position 5
  • Don Ellis
  • George Keeney


Northshore Fire Chief resigns - Fire commissioners weighing next steps

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Former Northshore Fire Chief
Jim Torpin

According to sources, Northshore Fire Chief Jim Torpin unexpectedly and abruptly resigned his position during the week of May 12, leaving the department without a chief.

The Board of Commissioners called a meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Station 51 in Kenmore.

Fire Commissioners from Shoreline and Woodinville were present along with the Firefighters Union Presidents from Shoreline, Northshore, and Woodinville.

A motion was made to make Eric Magnuson the acting Fire Chief of NSFD, but apparently no decision was made.

The unions, during public comment, made a pitch to contact Shoreline Fire and Woodinville Fire and have a public, open, special meeting to explore possible options for the future of fire service in North King County, such as consolidation with either department.

The commissioners did not address it at that time, but listened to public (union) comment, and will evaluate options.


Governor signs capital construction budget that invests in King county priorities

Sen. David Frockt, D-46
including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore

Budget includes Town Center to Burke Gilman Trail Connector (Lake Forest Park): $500,000

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a $4.9 billion two-year capital construction budget that invests in Seattle’s people and priorities, including housing, healthcare, early learning and the environment.

“The Seattle area is growing and changing rapidly, and with that change we must provide the necessary supports to build a modern city that is welcoming to all,” said Sen. David Frockt, vice chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Senate’s lead capital budget writer. 
“This capital budget supports that vision, investing in the areas that will help our city and the surrounding areas thrive.”

Statewide, the budget provides $175 million in affordable housing investments, the second highest in state history. This allocation includes $35 million in permanent supportive housing to help address those living with substance use disorders and experiencing behavioral health crises.

The supportive housing investments complement a $117 million investment in community behavioral health. In Seattle, this includes $6 million for a new Downtown Emergency Service Health Clinic, $371,000 for SeaMar Community Health Centers Behavioral Health expansion, and $2.2 million for the Virginia Mason Acute Stabilization.

Additionally, $33 million is provided to the University of Washington Medical Center to begin work on a new 150 bed behavioral health teaching hospital facility. This project will revolutionize behavioral health care in Washington state by providing a skilled workforce and an increased treatment capacity.

Continuing the focus on improves behavioral health facilities, the capital budget provides $500,000 to Harborview Medical Center for behavioral health enhancements.

The budget also provides $28.5 million for the early learning capacity grant program —including $1.5 million specifically for the Roosevelt Child Care Center in Seattle.

A record $1.04 billion is invested in the School Construction Assistance Program, which provides grant funding for school districts throughout the state.

The budget also invests in a number of projects related to salmon and orca recovery including nearly $50 million for the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Program (PSAR) and $26 million in the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board, addressing local, upstream culverts.

The following projects are funded in the 46th District:

46th Legislative District: $9.636 million
  • NorthHaven Affordable Senior housing Campus (Seattle): $1 million
  • Lake City Community Center Replacement (Seattle): $2 million
  • Outdoors for All (Seattle): $1 million
  • WA Poison Control IT (Seattle): $151,000
  • Log Boom Park Waterfront Access and Nature Viewing (Kenmore): $405,000
  • Squire's Landing Waterfront and Open Space Access (Kenmore): $500,000
  • Twin Springs Park (Kenmore): $155,000
  • Town Center to Burke Gilman Trail Connector (Lake Forest Park): $500,000


Sound Transit starting field work with homeowners along NE 145th

Full BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project map
Courtesy Sound Transit

Field work is starting along the SR 522 / NE 145th BRT corridor

To continue advancing the design of the SR 522/NE 145th Bus Rapid Transit project, Sound Transit will need to conduct some field work along the corridor.

Sound Transit will contact property owners to request access to private property and to conduct field work.

After receiving approval from property owners in the form of Right of Entry (ROE) authorizations, field crews will begin performing survey work, geotechnical drilling, noise and/or vibration monitoring, and other activities essential for advancing the project's design.

What are Right of Entry (ROE) Authorizations?
  • ROE authorizations are voluntary agreements signed by both ST and property owners
  • ROE authorizations allows Sound Transit representatives access to property for specific and agreed upon purposes
  • Sound Transit will give property owners advance notice of any field work to minimize disruptions to occupants and tenants
  • Most activities take between 1-3 days to complete
Additional fieldwork

Those who live and/or travel the project corridor will also notice crews performing field work in the public right of way. If this work presents any impacts to traffic, we will provide advanced notification so you know what to expect.

What's next?

Sound Transit representatives will begin contacting select property owners in the next few weeks to seek authorization and answer questions about the ROE process. Once Sound Transit has collected authorizations from property owners, field work will take place over the next 24 months.

Your cooperation and assistance are highly valued as we complete our field work during this phase of the project. As always if you have any questions please reach out to us at


Community Parking Lot Sale at Tabernacle Baptist Church June 1

50 families participate at the parking lot sale
Tabernacle Baptist church

On Saturday, June 1 from 8 am - 2 pm Tabernacle Baptist Church is having a Community Parking Lot Sale in their church Parking Lot as well as an Estate Sale.

Tabernacle Baptist Church is at 16508 8th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 in the Ridgecrest neighborhood.

In the past over 50 families have registered, selling books, toys, furniture, games, clothes, baby items, household items, craft supplies, decor, fishing gear and much more.

We still have space available for people who want to sell their things and it's free to participate.

We will be giving out FREE hot dogs and lemonade while they last. We are registered with the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Yard Sale Event.


Veterans bowl free on Memorial Day at Spin Alley

Spin Alley Bowling Center wants to honor all active duty military and Veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 by giving them Free Bowling.

The staff at Spin Alley Bowling Center, 1430 NW Richmond Beach Rd, Shoreline 98177, want to show their appreciation to all Veterans for their service to our country.

We are on the honor system so all a person needs to do is announce that they are a Veteran and their bowling and bowling shoes are free of charge on Monday.

It would be helpful to call 206-533-2345 to reserve a lane.


Death notices April 1-30, 2019

Painting by Chrystine Westphal
Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them.

Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better

Obituaries extracted from The Seattle Times and other sources

Marjorie Merrill Christianson age 90 A memorial service was held at Cristwood Park Activity Center for the Crista resident.

Mary Burglehaus age 100 After her first husband died after 27 years of marriage, Mary went to work at Frederick and Nelson, where she met Cliff Burglehaus. They married and moved to Shoreline where she had a beautiful garden. She loved to travel and collected art from the places she visited.

Warren E. Wilkins 1937-2019 Services were held at Calvin Presbyterian Church for Edmonds resident Wilkins. He was a banker by profession and a Ret. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

Maureen Tucker age 90 Funeral Mass and reception held at St. Mark's in Shoreline with burial services at Holyrood Cemetery. "She loved to garden and in her retirement years on Camano Island enjoyed capturing floral scenes on canvas."

Ronald E. Beechner 1942-2019 Army veteran who worked in the hospitality and global shipping industries. He lived in Lake House in Shoreline.

Amanda Marie Ream 1979-2019 Amanda, raised in Lake Forest Park, lost her year-long battle with cancer. She leaves behind a husband and two young sons, as well as a large and close knit family. She was a dedicated homeschooler, gardener, and cook. "She was always dreaming up and coordinating memorable trips, creating memories that friends and family will cherish forever."

Mary Elizabeth Heien 1922-2019 age 97 She and her husband moved to Shoreline in 1957 where she worked at the Sears Aurora store, retiring in 1980. "She enjoyed gardening, reading and her quilting group, winning a 1st prize. She loved to bake and always had homemade cookies"

Ronald C. Thompson 1935-2019 Died in Shoreline after a long illness. He had a long career as a pastor to university students in Berkeley, California. In retirement, he and his wife moved to Seattle where he worked part-time at First Presbyterian Church and built houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Beverly Ann Tessmer Aasen 1934-2019 She raised her family in Lake Forest Park, "cheering at sporting events, attending school plays, and hosting family dinners." She worked for 32 years in the deli and meat departments for Safeway and Albertsons. She loved reading, Elvis, cribbage and "had an impressive collection of owl figurines."

Charlotte Louise Crane 1937-2019 A celebration of life was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church. She worked as a Pharmacy Tech at Fircrest School but retired early to care for her parents full time. She enjoyed "boating, beach combing, Bible study, bowling, softball, knitting and crocheting, and coffee with many friends."

Patricia Diane Frost 1962-2019 Services at Shoreline Free Methodist Church. She was a beloved preschool teacher, respite caregiver, and Special Education paraeducator in the Edmonds School District for many years.

Gwendolyn "Gwen" Elizabeth Josephine Merendino Raudsep 1938-2019 Long-time Shoreline resident. Gwen climbed all of the major peaks in Washington except Mount Rainier, lived in Germany for six years and traveled all over the US and the world, spoke both German and Italian, and completed two major house remodels. She started a co-op preschool and taught parent education classes at Shoreline Community College. She worked as a legal secretary, retiring in 2007.

Carl R. Peters 1937-2019 Shoreline resident Carl was a "quiet, peaceful man who had a great memory and loved his family and grandchildren." He was a Vietnam vet. As a young man he won the Oregon State Men's Singles Badminton Championship two years in a row.


SIFF opens Shoreline run Friday with Brittany Runs a Marathon

Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. 

Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the longest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 140,000 annually.

The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 400 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year.

SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, arthouse, international titles, and classic repertory film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 175,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 8,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.

SIFF has been showing films for five years at the Shoreline Community College Theatre 16101 Greenwood Ave N.

The Shoreline films show from Friday May 24 to Sunday June 2. Many of the films will feature personal appearances by the directors.

Purchase tickets hereParking fees apply Monday to Friday before 4pm. 

Film schedule

Brittany Runs a Marathon
5/24  Friday
7:30PM Brittany Runs a Marathon 103 min (Director Paul Downs Colaizzo scheduled to attend)

The Wild director Mark Titus
5/25  Saturday
1:00PM The Wild 60 min (Director Mark Titus scheduled to attend)
3:30PM Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak and Chic 100 min
6:00PM All About Me 100 min
8:30PM Who Let the Dogs Out 84 min

The Wild

5/26  Sunday
1:00PM Top End Wedding 103 min
3:30PM Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story 90 min
6:00PM Sink or Swim 122 min
8:45PM Palace for the People 90 min


5/27  Monday
1:00PM Minuscule - Mandibles... 92 min
3:30PM The Apollo 101 min
6:00PM Stuffed 85 min (Director Erin Derham scheduled to attend)
8:15PM Volcano 106 min 

Stuffed director Erin Derham

5/28  Tuesday
6:30PM The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia 92 min
8:45PM Emma Peeters 87 min

5/29  Wednesday
6:30PM A Faithful Man 75 min
8:30PM Eastern Memories 86 min

Edge of the Knife

5/30  Thursday
6:30PM All My Loving 118 min
9:15PM Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) 105 min (Native Haida speaker may attend)

5/31  Friday
4:00PM A Dog Called Money 90 min
6:30PM Meeting Gorbachev 91 min
9:00PM The Good Girls 93 min

The Footballist

6/1  Saturday
1:00PM The Footballest 98 min (Director Miguel Angel Lamata scheduled to attend)
3:30PM Timeless Beauty 85 min
6:00PM Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story 82 min
8:00PM The Man Who Bought the Moon 103 min


6/2  Sunday

1:00PM 2040 92 min
3:30PM Artifishal 75 min (Director Josh "Bones" Murphy scheduled to attend)
6:00PM Swinging Safari 97 min
8:30PM The Realm 121 min

Artifishal director Bones Murphy

General admission tickets for film screenings are $15 and may be purchased in advance HERE.


Shorecrest students win awards at Annual Student BioExpo

Shorecrest students win awards at BioExpo
Photo by Lisa Chen

The 19th Annual Student BioExpo was held on Friday May 17, 2019 at Shoreline Community College. Student BioExpo is a yearlong program that provides a platform for students to learn about and showcase their knowledge of biotechnology, biomedicine and bioethics.

There are 14 Expo Categories: Art, Career Pathways, Creative Writing, Dance / Drama, Global Health, Journalism, Lab Research, Molecular Modeling, Multimedia, Music, Neuroscience, SMART team (3D-printing), Teaching, and Website.

This approach reflects the Next Generation Science Standards, based in Personalized Student Learning (students choosing a topic of their own choice) and linked to deep science content plus rigorous technical reading and writing.

Students from David Svrcek’s and Jessica Raman’s Honors Biology classes researched a molecular level biotechnological / biomedical subject and represented the information through a creative project.

34 students from Shorecrest High School were judged at BioExpo, along with 250 other students from schools in the region on their ability to communicate the science concepts through interviews, research papers, and their projects.

The following list of students won awards at this year’s event.


Kai Hoeger – 1st – Career Pathways: Gut Microbes & Cancer
Eliana Nagel – 1st – Creative Writing: Schizophrenia Gene
Angela Seymour – 2nd – Creative Writing: CRISPR
Paige Marty – 3rd - Creative Writing: Depression
Brianna Blanchard - 1st – Dance / Drama: Bipolar Disorder
Audrey Hamm - 2nd - Dance / Drama: Optogenetics
Matt Gardner – 1st – Journalism: Dopamine / Schizophrenia
Flora Cummings – 2nd – Journalism: Flu Glue
Bobby Parsek - 3rd – Lab Research: Bacterial Chemotaxis
Ellie Coleman – 2nd – Multimedia: Neural Prosthetics
Thomas Rhodes – 3rd – Multimedia: Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma
Rohan Wassink – 1st – Music: Leukemia
Calvin Rice - 2nd – Music: Cultured Meat
Andrew Miner - 3rd – Teaching: Scorpion Tumor Paint
Lacey George - 2nd – Website: Small Bowel Adenocarcinoma


Notes from Shoreline Council meeting May 20, 2019

Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Shoreline City Council Meeting
May 20, 2019
Notes by Pam Cross

Mayor Hall called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

All councilmembers were present.

Report of the City Manager Debbie Tarry

Tuesday, May 21st, there is an Open House regarding 175th Street Corridor Improvements between Stone Ave and I-5 at 6:00-8:00pm in City Council Chamber. An online Open House is also available at

Tuesday May 28th is the final Home Improvement Workshop 6:00 to 8:00pm at City Hall. Reserve an appointment to discuss your project at

There is also a vendor fair that does not require an appointment.

Thursday June 6th is the State of the City Breakfast from 7:00-8:30am at Shoreline City Hall. RSVP to Heidi Costello at or call 206-801-2214. The event is free.

Public Reminders

The PRCS/Tree Board will meet Thursday May 23rd at 7:00pm in room 303.

In honor of Memorial Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, May 27th. There will be no Council meetings. The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, June 3rd.

Council Reports

Councilmember Chang attended the monthly Regional Transit Meeting that featured a workshop addressing equity and sustainability when integrating Metro buses with all ride shares, scooters, bicycles etc. and how technology will assist in the coordination.

Mayor Hall met with Edmonds Mayor Ed Earling to advocate for funding for improved non-motorized access to light rail stations.

Public Comment

Susie McDowell, Robin McClelland, Jim Wigfall, Lyn Sherry, Aaron Franklin

Ed Vanna, Theresa LaCroix, and Joanne Donohue made favorable comments regarding the CAC.

Students Simon and Spencer requested Council impose a ban on plastic straws. They can’t be recycled with current equipment. The benefits to the environment outweigh the cost.

The agenda was approved unanimously.

The Consent Calendar was adopted, without discussion, unanimously.

Action Item 8(a) Public Hearing and Discussion on the Reprogramming of 2018 and 2019 Community Development Block Grant Capital Funding to Implement Approved Programs and Projects

Staff report by Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn, Grants Administrator

This City receives City General Fund dollars and federal CDBG funds (approximately $320,831) annually. After allocation to regional projects, administration and local capital projects, about $154,00 remains. A Public Hearing is required to “reprogram” these funds. The recommended projects are (1), $108,000, (2) $44,189, and (3) $42,404.

“Housing set aside” has been used in Shoreline, however there are no housing projects currently able to use the funds.

There are four applications for use of these funds
  • Center for Human Services (CHS) – Fire Escape/Play Area
  • Compass Housing – Water Leak Repair at Ronald Commons**
  • Hopelink – Shoreline Service Center Capacity Improvements (carpet and room divider)
  • Contingency to Compass and Hopelink to reach total funds

**The water damage is caused by water flowing between floors, not by improperly installed or damaged water pipes. See discussion below.

The Council is expected to vote on this June 3rd.

No questions from Council.

No public comments.

Council discussion

Compass Housing water issue: City would have to sue the contractor/designer in order to recover funds if negligence can be proven. It was designed and built to code and is a newer building, but there are gaps from floor to floor allowing water to travel down to lower floors.

Housing set aside: why do we set it aside if it’s so hard to use? It isn’t a large amount of money, and there are federal rules and “strings” attached. This money can be added together to use for a larger project. Unfortunately federal funds are decreasing from year to year. We always ask for more.

In the future, hope we can attract more and larger projects. Hate to have to find these smaller projects that aren’t high priority. When we ask for increased funds we need better projects to show how we’re spending the money.

Study Item 9(a) Discussing Community and Aquatics Center and Park Improvements Priorities and Funding

Staff report by Eric Friedli, PRCS Department Director

Thanks to staff members and for input from the community.

This project started in 2011 and included outreach efforts to various stakeholder and community groups as well as concept designs, forming an advisory committee, and a community survey.

The 2017 PROS Plan established a goal to build a new Community and Aquatics Center with an objective to “place a proposal for a new community/aquatics center before the voters by 2020 and open a new facility in 2022.”

The most recent cost estimate for the Community and Aquatics Center is $88.1 million. In summary, the staff recommendation is for the following:

• Provide a Community and Aquatic Center that includes an 8-lane lap pool, a pool viewing area for approximately 500 spectators, increases the community facility space by 6,000 square feet which will include a commercial kitchen to provide for dedicated time for senior use or could proceed without these options

• Site the Center at 17828 Midvale Ave N and proceed with acquisition of this property at about same cost if built on SD property

Staff requests Council to direct staff to prepare legislation and other materials for placing a 20-year $88.1M bond measure on the ballot at the November 2019 General Election.

Does the Council concur with staff’s recommendations of:
1.  Additional features included in CAC (listed above)

2.  Location on Midvale instead of offered SD property on a 50 year lease (cost is about the same at either location)

3.  Size and duration of bond measure (SD may contribute $2.4M and/or there may be funding from the King County Levy $5M). If we request less money than we need, a new bond measure will be required to fund the difference. If we approve more than we need, repayment would be lower because the grants or gifts would go to pay off the bond.
The contribution by the SD was based on earlier negotiations regarding the use of their land. They offered three options: the land, capital investment of $2.4M, or providing operation and maintenance costs. Their preference was the land.

KingCo Parks Levy includes funding for pools in form of grants with a maximum of $5M. It will be a competitive grant we would have to apply for but don’t know the details and won’t know until after the primary if this will even be available.

4. Timing of the bond measure. An alternative to the November ballot would be a Special primary or general election in 2020.

5. Not including additional park improvements in the bond measure for Brugger’s Bog, Hamlin (Briarcrest), Richmond Highlands, and Hillwood. Including them would increase the bond to $106M.

Next Steps:
  • 6/10 for continued discussion, or
  • 6/24 discussion of a resolution authorizing the placement of a ballot measure on the 2019 General Election
  • 7/29 Adoption of the resolution
  • 8/06 Deadline to submit!

Additional features

The recommendation from staff is still expensive but the additions of senior center space and two additional swimming lanes will be a real asset.

It doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money on a big building and not fulfill some of the basic needs of the community. It is a relatively small increase to add the senior center and extra lanes.

Without the diving well, the pool will be deep enough at one end to dive and play water polo. The six lanes had already included the extra depth. A separate well would add too much cost for half a dozen users.

The space for the senior center is not dedicated - it is shared-use with programming, parks, and classes - with priority to senior center and their offices.

This project is a “legacy piece.” Council has listened and incorporated the improvements that have been included.

Is this the right size and the right cost for all of the elements that have been included? Answer: staff has gone through numerous iterations, what we offer and want to offer, hours of operation, cost of operations, maintenance and construction etc, We believe this is the right size of building for Shoreline. Also, building as one project is less expensive than separate rec and pool centers.


“Free” land from the School District was very tempting but further research determined that the it was revenue neutral. The reason is the MUR zone of that location has different environmental regulations. It would have to meet “passive house.” The building proposed will not meet passive house because it would then be “$10M more expensive.” Passive house is really designed for residential structures and there’s no way to determine how it would affect greenhouse gas savings in this type of building. The Midvale site is designed LEED Gold.

The Midvale location is centrally located and has less impact on neighborhoods than it would at the SD property. And investing a large amount of money on a site the City doesn’t own, even with a 50 year lease, is taking an unnecessary risk. We could have the same problem we have with the senior center and the Historical Museum. Both were SD buildings that needed to move.

Construction on the SD property was going to be quite challenging.

Additionally, there were conditions on the SD property and parking was a distance away. Midvale is more accessible by public transportation.

Bond measure size and duration

How long will the building last? Maybe we should use 30 years and include some of the park issues? How long does the public want to carry that debt?

Unfortunately, the interest rate goes up if you go to 30 years. CAC is only thing being discussed now. It is possible if the SD gives $2.4M could we reduce the bond by that amount. But we won’t know about the KingCo. Levy. It is possible that there will be a lot of private fundraising, but we can’t reduce the bond amount betting on private fundraising.

A lot of people are “aging at home” and are not cash rich. Even $50/month can be too much for people on a limited income. Even $20/month could be the breaking point.

When you look at the numbers comparing a 20 to a 30 year bond, the total interest paid is higher on a 30 year term. The average annual payment is a little less, but over the additional 10 years it’s $30MM more.

We need to fund the full amount but be aware that $5-10 might be tremendously important to many benefitted by having the extra money. 20 years is preferable but should not be the deciding measure.

It is financially responsible to retire the debt sooner which would also help future Councils. With the debt gone, they can move on to other priorities that arise.

We should reduce the amount and advise the SD that they should be funding the increases that are improvements to serve the entire competitive swim programs and local SD. Why should Shoreline taxpayers pay for those increases? If we reduce the bond measure, the SD may feel more pressure to ante up. We should also include the KingCo levy. By showing we don’t have it fully funded, we are showing our need for the levy funds. We can tell the taxpayers we are looking at other revenue streams. This will show potential private contributors that we need more money, instead of asking for donations to fund a fully funded project.

4 to 3 in favor of 20 year term

6 to 1 in favor using full amount


There has been plenty of outreach and plenty of response so a November ballot does not seem too soon. The current pool is on its last legs.

2020 is a presidential year so more people vote, but every delay increases the cost.

We need to make sure this is a standalone. If there are other local measures, this would be an even higher lift .

Staff presents the right time for a bond when it has its best chance of passing.

We need to take advantage of momentum.

The Council 100% in favor of November date.

Park Improvements

We need to include the parks because we need parks for our growing population. We need to find ways to fund and improve our parks.

But the price tag for CAC is so high and yes, we need more parks, but added to this, it will be too much.

We should rely on grant funding for parks.In a few years look at a park improvement.

We are talking about improvements to four parks. No major land purchase and some areas really need work, especially this list of 4. They missed the last park bond. This is a little increase on a big ask.

It could be two separate ballots but don’t want them to be competing.

Need to keep it simple on the ballot. Don’t make voters decide between parks and pool.

Hillwood Park always get put aside.It’s a wetland, and there is nothing to draw people there unless you want to play soccer in the mud. But more people will use the pool/rec center.

We don’t want ballot confusion. More people go to parks than the pool but no one wants to threaten this big landmark.

Moved to June 24, Discussion. Last time for public comment.

Scheduled for adoption on July 29th,

Meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.


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Local students to earn degrees from University of Kansas

Photo courtesy University of Kansas

LAWRENCE KANSAS — The names of nearly 5,000 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this spring — representing 90 Kansas counties; 45 other states, territories, and Washington, D.C.; and 49 other countries — have been announced by the University Registrar.

Degrees are officially conferred in June.

Many candidates took part in KU’s annual Commencement ceremony, which was May 19.

Students from our area:
William Marshall Donovan, Kenmore, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Sydney Ashlyn Chappell, Shoreline, Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology


Everything is free at the UNCOMMON garage sale

The UNCOMMON church garage sale is returning to a Shoreline neighborhood near you, at 145th and 25th Ave NE. Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9am to 2pm.

This is the sale where everything is free. 

Shoreline United Methodist Church can’t guarantee you will find something you need; but, you are sure to have fun at this community, sharing event.


Tickets for Mill Creek Garden Tour available at Sky Nursery

Doherty Garden
Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club

Mill Creek Garden Club 
5th Annual Mill Creek Garden Tour and Artisan Market 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019 

The Great Garden Heist! 

Six gardens, five hours, one camera and lots to steal — ideas of course! 

Whether your goal is to update your garden, “glam” up your patio, or construct a perfect pathway to nowhere; attend the 5th Annual Mill Creek Garden Tour and Artisan Market and you’ll discover lots of ideas to get you started on the journey to a fabulously livable garden. Good golly, get it done, and we might smooth-talk you into showing your garden on next year’s Tour!

Heatherwood West
Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club

This leisurely trek, photo op and chance to quiz MCGC volunteers and gardeners-in-residence occurs Saturday, June 22. Enhancing your reconnaissance caper will be ten artisans selling garden-related art in each of the featured yards. Who knows, you may dig up the perfect artifact for your landscape project. The gardens are open from 11am – 4pm and the tickets are priced at $15 each, or $20 on Tour Day.

Purchase those tickets — CASH or CHECKS only — at the following locations: Artisan Custom Framing and the University Book Store, both in the Mill Creek Town Center. Also stop and shop at McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery in Snohomish, Molbak’s in Woodinville or Sky Nursery in Shoreline, 18528 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Tickets will not be sold in the gardens!

K and K Wood Products
Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club

This is more than a run-of-the-mill garden tour, it’s also a feel-good fundraiser: a percentage of the artisan sales and all ticket proceeds go to Mill Creek Garden Club’s “Giving through Gardening” Grant Program, which in the 2018-19 year awarded $7,000 to community organizations.

Grab your tour brochure with its Field Notes inside, slip into those sleuthing shoes and we’ll be on the lookout for you. There’s bound to be at least one great idea that catches your eye — and we don’t care if you copy it!

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