Photo: Beatrice hovered .. undecided

Monday, September 30, 2019

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

...she preferred the dainty dandelions to these unwieldy sunflowers, but had just read that dandelions' nectar lacks critical amino acids necessary to produce offspring. What to do, what to do...

--Gloria Z Nagler


Emergency preparedness fair brings all providers together to educate the public

Bloodworks bought the Bloodmobile
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, the cities of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore teamed up for the Northshore Preparedness and Safety Fair at Town Center in Lake Forest Park.

It was both inside and outside Town Center, with the Bloodworks bloodmobile in the parking lot outside the upper level along with Evergreen Health’s Mobile Mammography van.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Inside in Third Place Commons, local agencies came together to present emergency preparedness and safety information.

New Police Chief Mike Harden was there to talk to citizens. The Moulage Mayhem people were there to explain their role in making the active shooter drills more realistic for the responders.

NEMCo explained their role as emergency coordinators
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Cascade Bicycle Club taught people how to fit bicycle helmets. The Washington Search and Rescue organization and their subgroup specialized in animal resdue were there.

Kid activities promoted caution
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

There were activities and prizes aimed at educating kids such as the vintage display above. The fair brought together everyone involved in responses to emergency situations so they could share their knowledge with the public.


Pre-registration required for popular Kruckeberg classes: Mindfulness or Ferns or Wreaths

Pathway at Kruckeberg Garden
Photo by Wayne Pridemore


Taught by Jessica Hancock, ND. While we slowly stroll through the garden, we will engage with our senses to open and deepen our connection to the wonder and healing power of nature. This class will utilize elements of mindfulness meditation and shinrin-yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) to help ground and calm mind, body and spirit.

Jessica Hancock, ND, is a naturopathic physician and co-teacher at Mindful in the Wild. She utilizes mindful healing approaches in her private practice in Shoreline.

Kruckeberg Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.

FERN PROPAGATION WORKSHOP - NOVEMBER 9, 2019 - 10:30am – 12:30pm

Are you interested in learning how to grow more ferns? Come to the garden and learn the fine art of fern propagation with one of our staff horticulturists, Heidi Koonz. She will discuss fern morphology and life cycles, and how the propagation process works. Class participants will go home with some new ferns to nurture as well as the skills they need to produce more plants.

Kruckeberg Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.

10:30am – 11:30am or 12:30pm – 1:30pm or 2pm – 3pm

Create a festive wreath to brighten your winter days with a diverse array of locally-sourced greenery. 

Whether or not you’ve crafted a wreath before, our veteran instructors will be there to guide and inspire as you complete your own unique design.

All craft materials will be provided, including pruning shears to share (optional: bring your own gardening gloves to protect your hands from sap or holly). 

This seasonal favorite fills up fast and pre-registration is required. Three session times to choose from. This class will be held indoors. 

Kruckeberg Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required. Will be online in October.


Book review by Aarene Storms: Check Please!

Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Eric "Bitty" Bittle just wants to bake pies, listen to pop music, vlog, play hockey, and maybe make some friends on the college hockey team. A former Southern Junior Champion figure skater, he's kinda small for hockey, but he's wicked fast on the ice and that counts for a lot on a competitive team.

It will take a long time for Bitty to come out as gay to his teammates...especially to team captain (and secret crush) Jack Zimmermann. In the meantime, there are college classes, epic keggers, and (of course) hockey.

Don't let the big-eyed manga style of the illustrations fool you: this is not a kiddie comic. The characters are college guys (and gals) and they are rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. In other words, they are hockey players. They are also good friends, and much sweeter to each other than you might think.

I wouldn't normally put "hockey player" and "adorable" in the same sentence, but this book practically requires that I do. Love the supportive environment, love the ongoing references to fabulous food (mmmMMMmm, pie!), love the art, love the story.

Highly recommended for ages 14 and up.

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


Basic Bonsai Creation and Care class is full - sign up for wait list

Bonsai by Robert Cho
On Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm Robert Cho will hold a hands-on seminar on Basic Bonsai Creation and Care at Sky Nursery.

He has done this presentation several times before and apparently the word is out, because the class, which is limited to 20 people, is full.

In the class, which costs $50, Cho explains all the basics of creating and caring for a bonsai, and helps participants to create their own. The class fee ($50) covers starter tree, pot, and all materials.

This class is full; call or email to be added to the wait list.

Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133 206-546-4851



WSDOT has posted several jobs for the Shoreline office and one for the Ballinger facility.

Highway Maintenance Worker 2 (MT2) - Ballinger, Days
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 10/06/19 11:59pm

This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves working with their hands, knowing their work is done on roadways and Roadsides in a variety of weather. This team member will assist with the maintenance and operations of the state highways, and adjacent right of ways to assure they remain in a condition that promotes the movement of traffic, and safety to the motoring public.

View the entire posting and apply: HMW2 - Ballinger Days

Design Lead - Transportation Engineer 2 (Multiple Positions)
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
First resume review will take place on October 10, 2019.

As a Lead Designer, you will apply standard engineering procedures and techniques to accomplish a wide variety of work in the office. The experienced lead designer directs activities and collaboratively solves problems to aid in the development of preservation and improvement projects. These roles will play a vital role in the delivery of the Design-Build portion of Fish Passage programs, helping to reestablish fish passage migration routes.

View the full announcement and/or apply: Design Lead - Transportation Engineer 2

Project Delivery Environmental Assistant -Transportation Planning Specialist 2 (In-Training)
Closing Date/Time: October 17, 2019 11:59pm

WSDOT's Environmental Office has a fantastic opportunity for an energetic professional who has a passion for environmental issues and responsible project delivery. In this full time permanent position, you will be able to apply your current environmental policy and biology experience and training as well as develop both the breadth and depth of your professional knowledge through hands on training and collaboration with WSDOT staff, Federal, State, and Local agencies, Tribal governments, and the public. A partial list of your involvement will include assisting with delivering permits for and/or complying with:

The National Environmental Policy Act
The State Environmental Policy Act
The Endangered Species Act
The Clean Water Act
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act
The Marine Mammal Protection Act
The Washington State Hydraulic Code
The State Environmental Policy Act
The Shoreline Management Act
Critical Areas Regulations
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

Your involvement and initiative will be supporting the natural ecology of our region and the livelihood of the public. With this in mind, WSDOT is searching for someone wants to make a truly rewarding contribution. This is a unique hybrid role where you will spend half your time as a biologist and the other half permitting.

View this full job announcement and/or apply: Project Delivery Environmental Assistant

Acquisition and Relocation Supervisor - Property and Acquisition Specialist 6
Closing Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 11:59pm

WSDOT is looking for a qualified individual to supervise acquisition and relocation staff responsible for acquiring the real estate, and relocating the people, possessions and businesses from property needed for transportation projects. Additional duties include the preparation of acquisition and title clearing documents, legal descriptions, and Real Property Vouchers, as well as reviewing acquisition and condemnation transmittals. This position will also coordinate and perform final reviews and revisions to legal documents and is responsible for scheduling the final action meetings and coordinating the publication of meeting notices in local newspapers.

If you would like to work in real estate with a flexible, day shift schedule, in a cooperative, team-oriented environment, this may be a perfect opportunity for you!

View the entire announcement and apply: PAS6 - Acquisition and Relocation Supervisor

Survey and RW Technician - Transportation Technician 3 (In-Training)
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 10/09/19 11:59pm
The first review of applications will be on October 2, 2019

This position will work with the Survey Crew and Right of Way Office to provide a number of support activities for construction, design, and PS&E phases of WSDOT projects.

View the full announcement and/or apply: Survey and RW Technician

Project Manager - Transportation Engineer 3
First resume review on October 7, 2019.

Looking for a project manager who will be responsible for performing design work, reviewing design work, and administering consultant agreements involved with the preparation of various engineering documents. This role provides consultants and support staff guidance and direction regarding WSDOT standards and procedures as well as reviews documentation to ensure that designs meet standard practices. 

View the entire posting and apply: Project Manager - TE3


Letter to the Editor: Prop 1 is about far more than a swimming pool

To the Editor:

I am writing to encourage folks in Shoreline to vote in the upcoming election Tuesday, November 5 and beyond that to please vote for our new Parks, Pool and Recreation Center. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make our city the friendly and viable place we all desire.

Prop 1 is about far more than a swimming pool. It is also about several other amenities that are really needed in Shoreline. One thing I am excited about is the indoor walking track around the perimeter of the double gymnasium. Many of us, over the years, have gone to the malls for the walking exercise we need and desire. Now malls are changing drastically and even disappearing so an indoor walking track will be even more necessary. Many of our citizens need a safe, indoor place to do their walking.

I hope you will consider this measure carefully and realize the many benefits it will have for our beautiful city. Please vote YES on Prop 1!

June Howard


AAUW Coffee and Conversation on third Fridays in Edmonds

New to Edmonds/ SnoKing? Ready to meet your neighbors? Time to volunteer?

Check out the American Association of University Women’s “Coffee and Conversation.” It’s inclusive, it’s casual, it’s energizing!

10am on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Cafe Louvre and every third Friday. 210 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020

Need more info? Check the website or email at


Monthly Community Treasure Chest vendor market Saturday in MLT

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Come to the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Drive, MLT (in Ballinger Park) on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10am to 3pm for our monthly Community Treasure Chest vendor market! 

Come peruse the lovely arts, crafts, health and beauty items, kitchen goods, baby items, birdhouses, vintage items and MUCH more! Admission is FREE, as well as lots and lots of FREE PARKING!

If you don’t like shopping on an empty stomach, come early for our delicious Pancake Breakfast. A wonderful, home cooked breakfast will be served from 8:30am to 11:00am and the cost is just $5.00. Proceeds benefit our vibrant and beautiful senior center!


Saturday: Food drive at 4-Corners' Richmond Beach QFC

Food Drive Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1 - 7pm
Richmond Beach QFC
Benefit for Hopelink Food Bank
Sponsored by


Alice Hoffman at Third Place Books Thursday - tickets required

Best-selling author Alice Hoffman will speak at Third Place Books on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7pm presenting her new book, The World We Knew.

In 1941, during humanity's darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites - Alice Hoffman.

Ticket purchase includes a copy of The World That We Knew and admission for TWO people. Tickets are required for admission. General seating: first come, first served. Tickets Available with Online Purchase of The World That We Knew.

Third Place Books, upper level Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it's his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.
Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she's destined to be.
What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah's Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.


WeatherWatcher: Lightning and Thunder return to the skies again

Convergence zone clouds over Shoreline.
Photo by Jan Hansen

Lightning and thunder returned to our skies for a third time this month on Friday, September 27, 2019. The atmosphere above us has been cooling rapidly over the past few weeks. This is due to an upper level jet stream pattern that has locked in place bringing us arctic air. If the upper level pattern continues to favor this configuration we may be in for a stormy and snowy winter.

Friday's storm was actually the result of a classic Puget Sound Convergence Zone event. We had cold air moving out of the Frasier river canyon from interior British Columbia colliding with mild moist air moving in from the southwest.

Here's the radar image at 5:30pm on Friday showing the developing convergence zone. The nice arc shape is actually the wave of colder air pushing south, creating the strong convection and precipitation band.

Radar image by the National Weather Service

Here's the image at 6:30pm as the lightning approached the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park area. You can see how the precipitation band is now well into downtown Seattle near Elliot Bay.

Radar image by the National Weather Service

Some of the more intense showers had some hail, as well, that briefly accumulated in lawns and on decks.
Photo by Jan Hansen

Forecast: This week should be relatively calm, but much cooler than we are used to. We're going to start the week with mostly sunny skies and clear nights, lows in the 30's, highs into the upper 50's. We may see our first frost this week. 

The sunny skies start to fade Wednesday afternoon with increasing clouds and a slight chance of rain Wednesday night. Thursday through the weekend we warm up a bit to lows in the 40's, highs near 60, and a chance of rain for the entire period.

For current weather conditions visit


Lake Forest Park adopts Homeless Youth Resolution

For the last two years, the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park has sponsored the Homeless Youth Project, dedicated to finding ways to address the needs of homeless youth in our community, focusing specifically on homeless high school students in the Shoreline School District.

After meeting with County officials, local Service Providers, and School District representatives, the LFP Rotary Homeless Youth Project is working to bring the problem to the attention of the Lake Forest Park and Shoreline City councils in order develop support for assisting this growing, yet under-served population within our communities.

On September 26, 2019, the Lake Forest Park City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution 1743, “Confirming support for the establishment of a comprehensive homeless youth resource center serving Lake Forest Park and Shoreline, Washington.” (Attached)

This is a major step forward in our community’s recognition of the issue and a new approach to working on this problem.

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park will continue to support and advocate for our homeless students, and with the help of existing Youth Service providers and our community leaders in both LFP and Shoreline, we hope to expand services, assist these under-served students complete their education, and break the cycle of homelessness.

For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park or George Piano at



WHEREAS, the lack of housing or housing instability - homelessness - is a major problem for our nation, state and King County; and

WHEREAS, homelessness almost always has profound negative consequences for an individual’s mental and physical health, and economic prospects; and

WHEREAS, the effects of homelessness can be especially damaging for youth, including incomplete educational accomplishment, life-long mental health conditions and economic disadvantage; and

WHEREAS, 40,000 Washington public school students were identified as homeless during the 2016-17 school year, and

WHEREAS, the Shoreline School District student population includes, on average, several hundred homeless students, about 100 of whom are high school students; and

WHEREAS, while there are shelters, emergency housing, counseling, medical referral and other resources for homeless adults and many families in north King County, there are extremely limited resources available for north county homeless youth, especially those living outside a family context; and

WHEREAS, the Lake Forest Park Rotary Club, through its Homeless
Youth Project, has for several years provided monetary and material assistance to
homeless youth via the Shoreline School District and social service agencies, and

WHEREAS, the LFP Rotary Homeless Youth Project is advocating among service clubs,
homeless youth service providers and local governments for the establishment of a
comprehensive homeless youth resource center serving Lake Forest Park and Shoreline;

WHEREAS, there are positive indications of willingness of homeless youth service providers in other areas of King County, to extend those services to north King County; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Lake Forest Park, as follows:

Section 1. Confirmation. The City Council of the City of Lake Forest Park confirms its strong support for the establishment of a homeless youth resource center providing comprehensive services to youth in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline, Washington.

Section 2. Corrections. The City Clerk is authorized to make necessary corrections to this resolution including, but not limited to, the correction of scrivener’s/clerical errors, references, ordinance numbering, section/subsection numbers and any references thereto.

PASSED BY A MAJORITY VOTE of the members of the Lake Forest Park City Council this 26th day of September 2019.


Photo: Sunset

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The arbor at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park at sunset on Friday, September 28, 2019. We certainly have variety in our weather.


Little Lemon Drops raise $32,000 for Seattle Children's uncompensated care fund

Photo by Kristi Lin

By Caroline Gugger

On Saturday, September 7th the Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild hosted a memorable "Indoor" Movie Night featuring the classic movie "Up". The guild had a record breaking year, raising $32,000 (and counting!) for Seattle Children's uncompensated care fund.

Outdoor movie night became Indoor movie night
Photo by Kristi Lin

The Outdoor Movie had to be moved indoors as the area experienced a prolonged and dramatic thunder and lightning storm.

Celebrate the Seniors
Photo by Kristi Lin

They used the occasion to celebrate the seniors who have participated in the guild for many years and have been instrumental in leading the younger girls and organizing fundraising activities. Allison Jaquish (4 years) Audrey Rogerson ( 8 years) Samantha Rand (10 years ), Samantha Combs (4 years), and Caroline Gugger (10 years).

The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild of Seattle Children's Hospital was founded in 2007 with a small group of girls and a lemonade stand.

The girls honor parent leader Betsy Rand
who has been with the group since 2007
Photo by Kristi Lin

The guild has grown to twenty-two enthusiastic 10-18 year old girls who together want to support kids who are patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital. They are helping to provide kids an opportunity to receive the highest quality healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay.


The downtown Bon Marché is closing

By Diane Hettrick

The Seattle Times broke the news on Saturday.

Macy's landmark store at Third and Pine streets in downtown Seattle will close in February of next year, the company confirmed Saturday, ending a long history of retail and holiday tradition as its online rival Amazon has continued to grow under its own roof.

Here's the story

Life as we know it will cease to exist. What about the Thanksgiving parade? What will happen to the Frangos?

That store was the first place I ever saw an escalator. When I was a young teen, I would ride the escalator to the sixth floor and back down again, sometimes twice.

I had a job with Allied Stores and our offices were on the sixth floor. Because we worked for the parent company, not the store, we had a suite of offices with windows and high ceilings.

I used to love coming into the building in the morning when the store was dark. They would leave a few spotlights shining on small round tables with special displays of jewelry. It was spooky and mysterious and beautiful all at the same time.

When there was a sale, it was a little terrifying to see the shoppers on the sky bridge, pressed up against the glass doors waiting for the store to open. One time I didn't make it to the office before the doors opened. It was like the movie scenes where the hero is in the middle of a cattle stampede.

There are two floors below the "basement" where all the office staff worked. It was a whole different world from the shoppers above. The elevators that went to those floors were in the employee hallway where shoppers never went. I felt like I knew the secret passageway through the castle.

I thought it would be claustrophobic in the office floors, but it was just a normal large office with lots of desks and bright lights. Underground two floors.

The store still plans to “ring in” the season on Nov. 29 with the 29th annual Macy’s Holiday Parade and fireworks show.
The downtown store will continue to operate through the 2019 holiday season, Rosenberg said. However, this year the 161-foot high Macy’s star that is lit annually to mark the start of the holidays in Seattle will not shine.

Apparently the store had shrunk to two floors and the sixth floor I remember so fondly now is occupied by Amazon.

Amazon is being blamed for the store's closing. I think it was the beginning of the end when it stopped being The Bon Marché.

And what about the Frangos?


Attorney General Ferguson files 50th lawsuit against the Trump Administration

Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Attorney General Bob Ferguson, with the filing of the Endangered Species Act lawsuit last week, has now filed 50 lawsuits challenging unlawful actions taken by the Trump Administration.

The 50th lawsuit challenges Trump Administration rules that significantly undermine the Endangered Species Act, a cornerstone of national conservation law critical to Washington’s effort to save species such as the southern resident orca. Read more about this lawsuit here.

Ferguson has not yet lost a case against the Trump Administration. After more than two years of litigation, no court to rule on the merits of the Attorney General’s arguments in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration has ruled against the office.

Of the 50 lawsuits:
  • 26 — more than half — involve environmental protections (record: 13-0);
  • 11 relate to immigration (record: 4-0);
  • 7 relate to health care access (record: 2-0);
  • 2 relate to consumer protections for student borrowers (record: 1-0);
  • 1 relates to 3D-printed guns (record: 1-0);
  • 1 relates to the military transgender ban; and
  • 1 relates to net neutrality.

Answers to some frequently asked questions about the litigation are below.

How many of the 50 lawsuits is Washington leading?

Washington state is the lead plaintiff state (or co-lead) in 19 of the 50 lawsuits. Thirteen of the 21 victories are final and cannot be appealed, which means they cannot be overturned. These victories include cases involving the original travel ban, energy efficiency rules and the census citizenship question.

What is the cost to taxpayers of these 50 lawsuits?

Negligible. The Attorney General’s affirmative litigation divisions (Civil Rights Division, Consumer Protection Division, Counsel for Environmental Protection, and the affirmative section of the Complex Litigation Division) lead every case in which Washington state is the lead plaintiff, and the majority of cases in which Washington joined multistate litigation led by other states. 

Multistate efforts led by other states require significantly fewer resources from the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Affirmative litigation divisions have not received any taxpayer funding since January 2017. They are fully funded through recoveries in successful civil enforcement cases. Consequently, the impact to taxpayers from this federal litigation is negligible. Unlike other states, the Legislature has never appropriated funds for this work.

At any given time, the Attorney General’s Office is handling approximately 20,000 legal matters. While these 50 lawsuits attract significant public interest, they represent a small fraction of the overall work of the office.

Where can I find more information?

Because transparency is important to the Attorney General’s Office, the office maintains an up-to-date list of all its federal litigation cases, including case summaries, case status and lead state, on its website. That list can be found here.


State Parks collecting oral histories about Mount St. Helens eruption

To commemorate next year’s 40th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption, Washington State Parks is looking for people who were affected by this major event in Washington state’s history.

Over the next few months, staff from the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center will spearhead an effort to collect stories from current and past residents, as well as from individuals near and far who were affected by the volcano’s eruption on May 18, 1980.

“We want to record these poignant memories before they are lost or forgotten,” said Alysa Adams, Visitor Center interpretive specialist. 
“You can pick up a historic newspaper or read a book about the eruption, but first-hand encounters from community members paint the real picture of that day. These voices need to be heard to preserve this part of history.

People have several options for sharing their Mount St. Helens stories:

Throughout this winter, State Parks staff will be converting these written and oral histories into a temporary exhibit at the center. They plan to make the exhibit accessible to the public from mid-May through October 2020, with this experience included in the visitor center’s regular admission. The temporary display also will showcase historical publications and artifacts from the 1980 eruption.

The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, run by Washington State Parks, functions as a gateway to the volcano, which lies about 30 miles to the east. Visitors can learn about the historical significance of the landscape before, during and after the eruption and how the eruption affected nearby ecosystems.

On a clear day, a walk on the Visitor Center’s interpretive trail affords a spectacular view of Mount St. Helens in the distance. More information here.


Seward Park 5k raises awareness for organ and tissue donation

Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the wait list to receive an organ or tissue transplant.

As the world’s most-trusted provider of transplant solutions, Renton’s LifeNet Health will host the Share the Love 5K and One Mile Run, an event that aims to raise awareness for organ/tissue donation, shed light on the immediate need for donors, and further its commitment to saving lives, restoring health and giving hope.

The 5K will be held at Seattle’s Seward Park on Saturday, October 5 at 8:00am. Sign up, learn more or donate here.


Photos: 185th station area

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Mike took the above photo from the 185th overpass on I-5. The 'road closed' sign is on 7th NE, formerly a dead end with nine houses. 

Sound Transit is asking for permission from the city to vacate 7th and part of the 185th right of way where the houses were removed. A public hearing is scheduled for October 9, 2019 at 6pm at City Hall, 17500 Meridian Ave N.

The light link station and parking garage will be built on this site.

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Sound Transit recently did a large giveaway of mulch created from the trees removed from the area. They will use a large portion of it themselves for landscaping. Other giveaways are possible.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: We won!

Huskies 28 - USC 14

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


Scene on the Sound: Shift change

Photo by John Slomnicki

Wally Schirra in foreground and Cape Intrepid in background. Shift Change. The Cape and sister ship Fisher had been out in the Pacific for a few days doing drills, now it is Wally's turn.

— John Slomnicki at Richmond Beach, Washington


Armed robber sentenced to 11+ years in prison for Mountlake Terrace cannabis store robbery

One of two men who robbed a marijuana store at gunpoint was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 138 months in prison and five years of supervised release for three federal felonies. 

Eric Henry Woodberry, 23, was convicted in June 2019 of robbery, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime.

At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones said, the robbery was a “very aggressive, very violent action on your part… (the victims) were terrified.”

According to records in the case and testimony at trial, Woodberry and co-defendant Bradford M. Johnson robbed Rainier Cannabis in Mountlake Terrace on November 21, 2017. The men entered the store carrying a stolen short-barreled rifle and a handgun. Both wore masks. They forced the employees onto the floor, took their phones and then ordered two of the employees to fill large bags with marijuana products and cash.

When they saw police arriving at the front of the store, they ran out the back and attempted to hide from police in the nearby neighborhood. With the assistance of a police tracking dog, officers located Woodberry hiding in a boat, trailered next to a house a few blocks from the store. Johnson was located a short time later.

Court records detail two other robberies and a Seattle robbery/burglary linked in police reports and state charging documents to Woodberry.

Johnson is scheduled for sentencing on November 22, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Mountlake Terrace Police Department, with assistance from the Lynnwood Police Department, Edmonds Police Department, Everett Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Patrol.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Erin H. Becker and Stephen P. Hobbs.


Revision to Walk and Talk the 185th Corridor

Bus from Monka to Spartan
By Diane Hettrick

The Walk and Talk scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 to tour the area around the 185th Shoreline North light rail station and traffic corridor has revised plans to hold a discussion at the Easy Monkey Tap House in the North City Business District. (See original article)

Easy Monkey is closed on Tuesdays.

Instead the discussion, planned for 6pm - 7pm, will be held at the Monka Brewery, 17211 15th Ave NE, just down the street. Monka confirms that they are looking forward to hosting the group and have a capacity of 49.

Organizers of the tour, Feet First, expected that most people would want to walk back to their vehicles, parked at the Spartan Gym.

Be aware that the route along NE 180 has two major construction projects, no sidewalks but a painted line on the north side. The street is dark enough that pedestrians are not only close to traffic but very hard to see. Reflective gear is advisable.

10th NE also has no sidewalks but a wider area to walk around the parked cars.

Feet First advises that Bus #348 leaves NE 175th and 15th NE at 6:55pm and 7:25pm and goes by the Spartan Gym / Shoreline Center.


Walk and Talk the 185th Street Corridor on Tuesday, Oct 1

Saturday, September 28, 2019

N 185th
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

You’re invited to a Walk and Talk Tuesday October 1, 2019

The City of Shoreline is partnering with Feet First on a walking tour of the Shoreline North/185th Station area (walking tour map attached). 

Please join us to learn more about how the City worked with the community to create a vision for the 185th Street Corridor with multimodal connections to the Aurora Corridor, future light rail station, and the North City business district. 

Learn about the Trail Along the Rail project and walk over the 195th Street pedestrian bridge to discuss the City’s Complete Streets grant project to close the last pedestrian/bike gap from this bridge to the Interurban Trail.

Mayor Hall will be on hand to welcome all, and City and Feet First staff will be joining you for the walk and discussion. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Walk 4pm – 6pm -  Discussion 6pm – 7pm

Walk begins at the Spartan Recreation Center (Cascade Room) 202 NE 185th Street, Shoreline 98155.  Walk ends at the Easy Monkey Taphouse 17537 15th Ave NE Suite B, Shoreline 98155

RSVP: Please email your RSVP to

Questions? Please email


SPU students start new school year with community service in Shoreline

Before classes begin at Seattle Pacific University on September 30, more than 700 students, faculty, and staff, will spend Saturday, September 28, 2019 cleaning up parks, removing invasive plants in urban areas, and working in homeless shelters as part of SPU’s commitment to community engagement. 

The annual event known as CityQuest is a way to introduce new students to the many community service organizations throughout the area. The day starts with a rally in Martin Square on campus at 9:30am. Students will work at more than 20 locations.

SPU students will be at the CRISTA Senior Living from 11am until 2:30pm. (19303 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133)


Friday Afternoon at the Movies October 4, 2019

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and Scarecrow Video’s Silver Cinema Project partner to show some of the most beloved classics for all to enjoy again and again.

This month, Ulee’s Gold will be shown on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 1pm - 2:30pm in the Bridge Room. The film runs for approximately one hour and 55 minutes. There is a suggested donation of $2.

A reclusive beekeeper slowly pulls his dysfunctional family back together. 
He is raising his two granddaughters because their father is in prison and their mother has gone missing. Starring Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford. 
Fonda won a Golden Globe Award for his performance and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is located in the southern-most building of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE #1, 206-365-1536.

Such a nice way to spend a Fall Friday afternoon with your sweetie or friends! Come, enjoy!


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire special meeting

Shoreline Fire Commissioners will hold a special meeting to review and discuss the Commissioners' budget for fiscal year 2020.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 10am at Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Ave N, upstairs conference room.


Letter to the Editor: Fees from a larger number of users will not offset the environmental impact of the new pool

Friday, September 27, 2019

To the Editor:

If the proposed pool was a replacement of the same size as the current Shoreline pool I would be inclined to vote for it. But the pool on the November 2019 ballot is a much larger Olympic sized competitive pool that will have a huge environmental footprint. Pools of this size take 630,000 gallons to fill. While a filtering system will be in place to keep the water clean, users will be taking showers before and after they use the pool to keep themselves and the pool as clean as possible.

An Olympic sized competitive pool will no doubt attract students beyond our two Shoreline high schools. Students from such places as Woodway and Kenmore, as well as from public Seattle high schools (e.g, Ingraham, Ballard, Nathan Hale, and beyond) plus local private schools will want to use this pool. The fees generated by the use of this pool by such a larger number of users will not offset the environmental footprint of so many people driving to this pool from far distances. The water consumption of this pool and its use comes at a time when thousands of new residents will soon move into the many Shoreline apartment complexes now under construction, and this population increase may well exceed amount of fresh water available, given the consequences of global warming.

For this reason I will not vote for this pool.

Gini Paulsen


Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality

Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality, 6:30-8pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - Meridian Park Elementary Cafeteria 17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Bonnie Rough, author of Beyond Birds and Bees, will be speaking about how to raise young people with healthy, positive, shame-free, and egalitarian attitudes about bodies, gender, sex, and relationships. Q/A and book sale/signing to follow.

Hosted by Meridian Park PTSA, Syre PTA, Brookside PTA, and Highland Terrace PTA. Free childcare provided by Dale Turner YMCA.

Birds, Bees, and #MeToo: Helping Our Kids Build Gender Equality 

Now that the #MeToo movement and current events have parents and educators asking how best to raise young people with healthy, positive, shame-free and egalitarian attitudes about bodies, gender, sex, and relationships, Bonnie J. Rough, author of Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality, will share the practical lessons she learned as a parent and journalist when she took a close look at the world-famous Dutch approach to sex education, instrumental in producing one of the most sexually healthy and gender-equal societies on the globe. 

With immediate takeaways for parents/caregivers and time for sharing and questions, this event will show how we can make the most of — and enjoy — life’s many opportunities to change the conversation with our kids as we empower them to build a more equitable and inclusive future.


OCT 6 Candidate meet and greet - North Seattle Progressives

OCT 6 Candidate meet and greet
Sunday October 6, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm

Sponsor: North Seattle Progressives (NSP)

Featuring: Progressive candidates from the cities of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Edmonds and Lynnwood, King and Snohomish counties, Edmonds, Shoreline and Seattle school boards, Snohomish county courts

Southernmost building on the Shoreline Center campus, facing N 185th

North Seattle Progressives is a community-based, all-volunteer, action-oriented organization working to support progressive values and policies. We believe in the ability of an educated and informed electorate to make sound decisions democratically. We are very excited to provide voters and candidates in our community the opportunity to meet each other and discuss issues of concern. This will be an informal, conversational setting with no speeches or candidate statements.

Please stay until 5:00pm and join us for our regular Weekly Action meeting. We highlight actions for the coming week and hold break out groups in the areas of Healthcare, Elections, Immigration, Environment, Defending Democracy and more.

All local forums listed here


OCT 5 Candidate forum - Meridian Park PTSA and Meridian Park NA

Present 2019 Candidate Forum and Meet and Greet 
11am to 1pm Saturday, October 5th

The Meridian Park Neighborhood Association and Meridian Park Elementary PTSA will present a Candidate Forum and Meet and Greet from 11am-1pm on Saturday, October 5th in the Meridian Park Elementary cafeteria. 

We encourage the Shoreline community to come and hear the current School Board and City Council candidates discuss services and issues regarding school-age youth. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.

Post your questions for the candidates and RSVP here

Meridian Park Elementary cafeteria 17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133


OCT 3 Candidate forum - Briarcrest NA and Ridgecrest NA

OCT 3 Candidate Forum
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7pm

Sponsors: Briarcrest Neighborhood Association, Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association, and Shoreline Area News

Featuring: Shoreline City Council forum and Shoreline School Board meet and greet

Lower level, outside, front entrance


OCT 1 Candidate forum - Shoreline PTA Council and NUHSA

OCT 1 Candidate Forum
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7pm

Sponsor: Shoreline PTA Council and NUHSA
Featuring: Shoreline City Council and Shoreline School Board

Moderated by the League of Women Voters

Shoreline Room at the north end of the complex


October is Political Month: four opportunities this week to meet candidates

Ballots for the fall election will go out on October 16 and must be turned in by November 5th.

To help you make choices on candidates for the main races, seven different organizations (so far!) are holding forums and meet and greets so you can see and hear from the candidates in person.

This week there are four.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7pm
Sponsor: Shoreline PTA Council and NUHSA
Moderated by the League of Women Voters
Shoreline Center
18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155
Shoreline City Council and Shoreline School Board

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7pm
Sponsor: Briarcrest NA, Ridgecrest NA, Shoreline Area News
Prince of Peace meeting hall
14514 20th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155
Shoreline City Council
Shoreline School Board meet and greet

Saturday October 5, 2019 from 10am to 1pm
Sponsor: Meridian Park PTSA
Meridian Park Elementary cafeteria
17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133
Shoreline City Council and Shoreline School Board
Candidate Forum with Meet and Greet

Sunday October 6, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Sponsor: North Seattle Progressives (NSP)
Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center
18560 1st Ave NE #1, Shoreline 98155
Progressive candidates from the cities of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Edmonds and Lynnwood, King and Snohomish counties, Edmonds, Shoreline and Seattle school boards, Snohomish county courts
Candidate Meet and Greet

The complete list is here.

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