Shorecrest Dublin Dollars Irish Dinner Saturday - support the band trip to Ireland

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Shorecrest Dublin Dollars Irish Dinner
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 5:30pm – 10pm
Lake Forest Park Civic Club

This is a fundraising event for the Shorecrest High School’s trip to Ireland in March! A delegation of 175 students from Marching band, Flags, Cheer, Highland dancers and Pipers will be traveling to Ireland to compete and perform in various parades and community events.

Please join us for a fun evening with fabulous food, music and dance, and perhaps a dram of whiskey or two! The Shorecrest Irish Dancers, Pipers and Marching Band will perform. Additional music by Crònan playing haunting laments to rabble-rousing reels and jumpin’ jigs.

Bring your friends and family! Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

We appreciate your support of this amazing opportunity for our students to travel internationally and represent our community in Ireland!

Questions? Email


A week of activities for Black Voices: A Community Opportunity Feb 3-7

In recognition of Black History Month, you are invited to join Shoreline Public Schools and the City of Shoreline in our inaugural Black Voices: A Community Opportunity on February 3-7, 2020. All are welcome!

This week of community evening events seeks to center Black voices, as well as celebrate and affirm our Black students and their families. 

Our community partnerships emphasize that our commitment to families must extend beyond the walls of our schools. We recognize that when the lights go off in our buildings, we still live, work and socialize together throughout our community. We learn best when we learn alongside one another, and recognize the wealth of knowledge those within our communities offer. 

As a community, we must affirm our commitment to learn from and look out for our neighbors, including those whose voices have been underrepresented in our current systems. We are committed to fostering those opportunities.


Shoreline PTA Reflections Art Program celebrates student artists and sends 37 to state

Artist not named
Photo by Tiffany Megargee

Shoreline PTA Reflections Art Program celebrated all district participants last week with an art show reception at the Shoreline Center. 

Finalists and Honorable Mention awardees were named and a People’s Choice piece was voted upon by those in attendance. 

Congratulations to People’s Choice winner Natalie Ositis from Shorewood High School. Natalie created a 3D artwork piece “Grandma Mila’s Cabin” made out of 2000+ popsicle sticks and a million other precise details of creativity.

The 37 Finalists from the district will now move on to the state level competition.

Artist not named
Photo by Tiffany Megargee

Congratulations to all the approximately 130 participants this year and to the following awardees:


Primary K-2 grade

Zoe MacDicken – Visual Arts, Cascade K-8
Alina Li – Visual Arts, Highland Terrace
Ada Wirkala-Bryant – Visual Arts, Parkwood
Leia Wirkala-Bryant - Visual Arts, Parkwood
Nola Mercado – Visual Arts, Ridgecrest
Ethan Wong - Visual Arts, Ridgecrest
Dorothy Summers – Visual Arts, Syre
Dylan Werbeck - Visual Arts, Syre

Intermediate 3-5 grade

Lillian Chin – Visual Arts, Briarcrest
Jenabel Towillis – 3D Visuals Arts, Cascade K-8
Alaina Buker – Music Composition, Echo Lake
Kiyomi Hakuno – Photography, Highland Terrace
Neena Mercado – Visual Arts, Ridgecrest
Sophie Schmitz – Literature, Ridgecrest
Nina Vermillion – Visual Arts, Ridgecrest
Kate Campbell – Literature, Syre

Middle 6-8 grade

Fiona Reed – Visual Arts, Cascade K-8
Hannah Roy – 3D Visual Arts, Cascade K-8
Sofi Almacen – Visual Arts, Einstein
Jayla Lancaster - Visual Arts, Einstein
William Shirts – Music Composition, Einstein
Jasmine Zimmer - Visual Arts, Einstein
Lauren Atherton – Film Production, Kellogg
Lydia Chin – Photography, Kellogg
Lydia Chin – Visual Arts, Kellogg
Lily Fredericks – Visual Arts, Kellogg
Rebecca Rhodes – Literature, Kellogg
Taylor Draper – Photography, Lake Forest Park
Calen Dunnett – Photography, Ridgecrest

High School 9-12 grade

Jasmine Chiu – Visual Arts, Shorecrest
Molly Grauer - Visual Arts, Shorecrest
Elliott Guy - Visual Arts, Shorecrest
Julia Neils - Visual Arts, Shorecrest
Thea Jacobsen - Visual Arts, Shorewood
Natalie Ositis – 3D Visual Arts, Shorewood *Also voted “People’s Choice Award”
Eleanor Shirts – Music Composition, Shorewood
Forrest Neander – Visual Arts, Special Artist, Shorewood


Primary K-2 grade

Sterling Mitten – Visual Arts, Brookside
Dahlia Mitchell - Visual Arts, Lake Forest Park
Sophie Swartzendruber – Visual Arts, Parkwood
Jimmy Facilla – Photography, Syre

Intermediate 3-5 grade

Lillian Chin – Photography, Briarcrest
Grace Porter – Literature, Brookside
Olive Steiber – 3D Visual Arts, Cascade K-8
Luke Stone - Visual Arts, Cascade K-8
Asher Billups – Music Composition, Lake Forest Park
Joshua Smith – Film Production, Parkwood
Masatoshi Taura – 3D Visual Arts, Parkwood
Ethan Wong – Photography, Ridgecrest
Kynzie Conlan – 3D Visual Arts, Ridgecrest

Middle 6-8 grade

Ella Lyons - Visual Arts, Brookside
Ella Lyons - Literature, Brookside
Abby Shambaugh – Visual Arts, Brookside
Rosie Cameron – Visual Arts, Cascade K-8
Lena Phillips – Literature, Echo Lake
Angela Gankhuyag – Visual Arts, Einstein
Emmaline Helgeson - Visual Arts, Einstein
Renee Lehto – 3D Visual Arts, Einstein
Angelina Vaughn – Visual Arts, Ridgecrest
Victoria Facilla – Photography, Syre

High School 9-12 grade

Neve Lin – Visual Arts, Shorecrest
Gianna Reed - Visual Arts, Shorecrest
Ethan Saito – 3D Visual Arts, Shorecrest
Mercy Haub – Music Composition, Shorewood


Olympic Fly Fishers will hear about Smallmouth Bass Waters Feb 11

Smallmouth Bass
Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife

The February meeting of the Olympic Fly Fishers "OFF" will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Dr., MLT

Our speaker David Paul Williams’ topic will be “Washington’s Best Smallmouth Bass Waters” (more details on our website).

The meeting will begin at 6pm with a social hour, followed by dinner and Mr. Williams' talk at 6:45pm.

The meeting is free. Dinner is $20.

Guests are welcome.


Echo Lake Neighborhood Assn meets Tuesday

Echo Lake Neighborhood

Now that the snow is gone, the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association is emerging to hold its annual Round Table meeting, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7-9pm at Shoreline City Hall, Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

Free parking in the City garage. Coffee and cookies.

Board members will be elected, volunteers will be recognized, and participants will have the opportunity to talk about what they would like the organization to provide information on for the next year.

Meetings are open to anyone who lives or works in the Echo Lake Neighborhood, which is bounded by 205th, I-5, 185th, and Aurora.


Meridian Park Neighborhood Assn to hear about Ronald Bog Tuesday

Meridian Park Neighborhood Update 1/21/20 on Ronald Bog Changes

Everyone is invited to attend the presentation and Q/A about the new construction, plantings, and reconfiguration of Ronald Bog Park.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in Room 301 at Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133. Free parking in city garage. 7 - 8:30pm.

Light refreshments will be served.


Drop-In Genealogy help at Shoreline Library Saturday

Shoreline Library

Drop-In Genealogy Help at the Shoreline Library Saturday January 25, 2020 from 2-3pm, with a volunteer from the Seattle Genealogical Society.

Heidi Mair, who holds a Certificate in in Genealogy and Family History from the University of Washington, will provide a free consultation on your research and perhaps help you break through some of these brick walls.

Shoreline Library small meeting room, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.


Rep. Davis bill will close pharma warehouse distributor tax loophole, fund addiction recovery

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-32

Olympia—With over half of the House Democrats as co-sponsors, (including Rep. Pollet and Rep. Valdez) Rep. Lauren Davis (D-32) introduced new legislation on Monday to fund addiction pre-treatment and recovery support services by closing the pharmaceutical warehouse distributor tax loophole.

Substance use disorder services occur along a continuum of care that includes three distinct and equally important parts: pre-treatment, treatment, and recovery support. 

Pre-treatment services and recovery support services are critical to engaging individuals in substance use disorder treatment and helping them remain in recovery after treatment completion.

However, since neither pre-treatment nor recovery support services are insurance billable, there is little to no funding for them.

“We send people to treatment over and over but fail to help them stay in recovery by not funding critical recovery support services like housing, employment and education support, and recovery coaching,” said Davis.

Pre-treatment services are especially effective at engaging individuals experiencing homelessness.

“These services meet individuals in active addiction where they are, including in homeless encampments, jails, and hospital emergency rooms to build trust, engender hope, and encourage these individuals to seek help and healing,” Davis explained.
“Pharmaceutical warehouse distributors have played a significant role in the opioid epidemic by serving as purveyors of large quantities of opioids to pharmacies across the state, so it only makes sense to ask them to play an equal role in recovery,” she continued.

Currently, pharmaceutical warehouse distributors enjoy a lower business and occupation manufacturing tax than Boeing. The business case that led to the creation of their tax preference was remedied by the legislature five years ago, but the tax break remains on the books.

Closing the loophole will raise about $20 million per year.

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-Shoreline (32nd Legislative District), represents part of King and Snohomish Counties, including Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and part of Edmonds.


Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches. The following year, he and the SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In his final years, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War.

King County was renamed for him in 2005 (1986) and celebrates his birthday on the third Monday in January.




Closed on Monday for MLK Day

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. Double-check anything you are not sure of.

  • LFP City Hall and Passport Office closed
  • Shoreline City Hall closed
  • Shoreline City Council meeting is cancelled
  • Republic Services normal pick up day in Lake Forest Park
  • Recology normal pick up day in Shoreline - if your pick up was cancelled last week because of weather, you can put out double this week with no extra charge. Also if your pick up last week was cancelled, you can put out all bins this week regardless of the regular schedule.


Film and arts event Feb 8: The Rise of Black Lives Matter

Join Black Lives Matter Shoreline as we honor Black Lives Matter at School National Week of Action with an arts showcase and screening/discussion of the documentary "The Rise of Black Lives Matter."

Featuring work from the Shoreline BLM@School Creative Challenge and performances from Northside Step Team and a student spoken word artist.

This event is FREE and all ages (though be advised that the film contains sensitive subject matter and strong language). RSVP and more info

Special thanks to the City of Shoreline and Shoreline Community College for their support in making this event possible.


The Threepenny Opera opens at Shoreline Community College Feb 28

The ThreePenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill opens at Shoreline Community College on February 28, 2020.

The Threepenny Opera is a biting satire of the post-war rise of capitalism, organized crime, and a timeless tale of how the poor struggle to survive. 

Kurt Weill’s jazzy score provides a thrilling backdrop to this tale of debauchery and deception. Based on The Beggar’s Opera, Threepenny Opera recounts the legend of Macheath (Mack the Knife), a charming and deadly crime lord on the verge of turning his illegal empire into a legitimate business. 

When Macheath secretly marries young Polly Peachum, her father is enraged, and an electrifying and breathless journey begins through the rotting underworld of London. 

Based on Simon Stephen’s brilliant translation for the English National Theater (2016), this production transforms an iconic theater classic into a tale that will thrill and excite!

February 28, 29, March 1, 6, 7, 8, 2020
Friday and Saturdays - 7:30pm
Sunday - 3pm

Music: Kurt Weill
Book: Bertolt Brecht
Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht
Producer and Musical Director: Dr. Charles Enlow
Stage Director: Dr. Duygu Erdogan Monson
Choreography: Lee Ann Hittenberger
Conductor: Bruce Monroe

Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

Free Parking. Drinks and light refreshments available one hour before show time.


Wrestling: Shorewood sends girls team to Lady Hawk Invitational

Shorewood girls wrestling team
with coach Derek Norton

The Shorewood girls wrestling team went to Mountlake Terrace High School on Saturday and wrestled in the first ever Lady Hawk Invitational.

Cossette Lumsden took 3rd at 105lbs

It was the first tournament of the season for the ladies and no one was quite sure what to expect. 

With only five wrestlers the ladies won twelve matches, 10 by pin, and placed 7th out of twenty-two schools.

The 10 pins were the fourth most of any school there. Leading the way were a pair of freshmen as Cossette Lumsden took 3rd place at 105 pounds and Kiana Yoshimura took 4th place at 190 pounds.

--Clark Norton


Register to vote if you are 16 or older

There are seven election dates on the calendar for 2020 in King county. Not all of them will affect us locally. There is a February 11 special election with a number of school districts (not Shoreline Schools). The presidential primary deadline for voting is March 10, 2020.

There are three ways to register:

1. Online

You can register online, 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State's website.

To register online, you will need:
  • current Washington State driver license, or
  • current Washington State ID card
If you do not have either of these, you can still register by mail or in-person.

2. By mail

Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person

You can register to vote in-person at the King County Elections Office in Renton, the Elections Annex in downtown Seattle, or at a Vote Center (downtown Seattle and Renton)

You can also register to vote at one of our community events.

Who can register

To register to vote in Washington, you must be:
  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state
  • At least 18 years old by election day
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
Read more about who can vote in Washington.

Future voters

16 and 17 year olds can now pre-register to vote! Registrants under the age of 18 will have their registrations held until they become eligible to vote.


Decline in enrollment means financial problems for Shoreline Community College

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

After several quarters of continual enrollment growth, Shoreline Community College has experienced a decline in enrollment (7% decline in 2018-19 and an additional 2% decline thus far in 2019-20). 

Two significant external factors are contributing to this change: low unemployment in King and Snohomish counties and federal policies restricting visas for international students who would normally be enrolling in programs and coming in groups for special sessions.

The College has partnerships with high schools and universities in China, Cambodia, and Indonesia with multiple types of exchange programs.

While the College continues to work strategically to increase student recruitment and retention, a $1.9 million gap has been identified between College expenditures and projected collection of revenue.

In order to bring the budget into balance for ongoing fiscal health and viability, all programs and services are being reviewed for potential areas of budget reductions in 2020-21. The College will submit 2020-21 budget recommendations to the Board of Trustees in late January 2020.


Senior and Disabled Property Tax Relief info session Friday at Shoreline Library

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Senior and Disabled Property Tax Relief information session, Friday, January 24, 2020, 2 - 3pm at the Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155

State law provides two tax benefit programs for senior citizens and the disabled: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals.

Yet more than 26,000 qualified seniors and disabled persons have yet to register for the exemption, and only 1 in 100 of those eligible for deferrals are currently enrolled.

  • Are you one of the 26,000 qualified seniors and disabled King County homeowners who have yet to register for the current Senior Property Tax Exemption?
  • Would you like to learn about the new income eligibility rules for 2020 property tax relief?
  • Would you like to learn when and how you can apply?

King County Tax Assessor John Wilson will explain the new eligibility requirements for Senior/Disabled Property Tax Relief that went into effect in January of 2020 (SB5160). The new law sets the King County income exemption limit at $58,423 for income earned in 2019.

Learn how the Senior Citizen / Disabled Exemption works, who might qualify, what to do if you think you might qualify, and where to get help with the application.

Find out more about tax relief at the King County Assessor's Office webpage


Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center Thrift Store is closing - special Going Out Of Business Sale Jan 24-26

Bargain Corner thrift store to close

The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center Thrift Store is closing!

We will have a special 'Going out of Business" sale next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25-26, from 10am – 4pm with 75% OFF most merchandise.

Although we are sad to see the Thrift Store go, we are delighted that we are able expand opportunities for a unique wellness center.

Our little Thrift store has been a delightful place for our members to browse and occasionally purchase items or have a convenient location to donate.

Unfortunately, the Thrift Store has never been very profitable and in recent years it has become even less so. Each of the past five or six years the board has wrestled with keeping the thrift store open or closing it.

It was this last year when it because clear that the opportunities to expand our health and wellness services far outweighed the pleasure of having the Thrift Store open. Those opportunities won out and we made the hard decision to close. The start of a new year seemed the most opportune time.

Board Members will be helping out with the sale, so come 'buy' and ask any questions about the new wellness center or express any concerns that you may have.

--Douglas Woods, President of the Board, Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center


Rep. Pollet working to bring financial accountability to out of compliance special purpose districts

Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-46

In response to the high-profile news media investigative reports and State Auditor reports, the House Local Government Committee held a work session Friday to shine a light on the abuses, fraud, lack of accountability, and lack of fundamental elements of democracy uncovered in some special-purpose districts.

The legislature is considering a bill sponsored by Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-46, (and cosponsored by Rep. Valdez and Rep. Ryu) to bring openness, transparency, and financial accountability to “special-purpose districts” across Washington. HB 2588 seeks to bring sunshine, accountability and the basics of democracy to these districts – many of which are a century or more old and do not even allow for registered voters to vote on special-purpose district representatives.

In introducing the legislation, Rep. Pollet is guided by the belief that no government entity which collects funds from taxpayers should be allowed to operate in the dark year after year without the taxpaying public – or the county which collects the assessments on behalf of the district – being able to know:

  • What the money is being spent on
  • What the annual budget of the district is
  • When elected commissioners meet and what their agendas are
  • Whether the district has filed annual financial statements and is even been found unauditable by the State Auditor
  • Whether the district is even performing the functions for which it collects and receives tax dollars directly assessed on taxpayers
  • How to run for office, who is eligible to run, where the election is held and who is eligible to vote HB 2588 addresses each of these issues

The legislature is also considering HB 2415 by Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila (cosponsored by Rep. Pollet). The bill will make special purpose districts more democratic, equitable, and fair by:

  • Removing requirements for land ownership in order to vote
  • Requiring residency in the district to vote
  • Disallowing corporate voting
  • Removing weighted/more votes voting for larger landowners
  • Removing provisions treating married spouses as one vote

Background information on special purpose districts in Washington state can be found here. Only three of the out of compliance districts are in King county and none are in Shoreline or Lake Forest Park.

Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle (46th Legislative District), represents part of King County and the city of Seattle including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Lake City.


William Gibson and Ciscoe Morris (Oh, La La!) at Third Place Books this week

Tuesday's event with William Gibson requires tickets for the signing line - but the presentation is free. Get a ticket by purchasing the book at Third Place Books.

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm
★William Gibson


William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term "cyberspace" in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer in the early 1980s. Gibson is back with Agency -- a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.

Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: "Eunice," a disarmingly human AI. Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can't: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it. Tickets are required; ticket includes one copy of Agency and admission for two. Tickets are available at

Wednesday, January 22 at 7pm
Ciscoe Morris

Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom

The most beloved and respected gardening expert of the Pacific Northwest, Ciscoe Morris, entertains us with gardening stories and shares advice, information, and wisdom from a career that has spanned 45 years and is still going strong.

Saturday, January 25 at 6pm
Joyce Major

The Orangutan Rescue Club

When eleven-year-old Jaylynn moves to Sumatra, she and her two Sumatran buddies decide to rescue a stolen endangered baby orangutan and quickly get caught up in a dangerous adventure beyond their wildest imaginings.

Sunday, January 26 at 6pm
Robert Herold

The Eidola Project

It's 1885, and a drunk and rage-filled Nigel Pickford breaks up a phony medium's séance. A strange twist of fate soon finds him part of a team investigating the afterlife - the Eidola Project is an intrepid group of explorers dedicated to bringing the light of science to that which has been feared, misunderstood, and often manipulated by charlatans. Called to the brooding Hutchinson Estate to investigate rumored hauntings, they encounter deadly supernatural forces and a young woman driven to the brink of madness. Will any of them survive?


Phoenix Theatre kicks off 2020 with "whimsical and playfully wicked" comedy

Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds kicks off 2020 with David Lindsay-Abaire’s comedy Wonder of the World, a play called “exceedingly whimsical and playfully wicked” by the New York Times, February 7 through March 1, 2020.

Nothing will prepare the audience for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband's sweater drawer. It is so shocking that she has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on.

It's a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as Cass embarks on a journey of self-discovery that has her crossing paths with a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives, and a strange caper involving a jar of peanut butter, all of which pushes her perilously close to the water's edge.

“Full frontal lunacy is on display. A most assuredly fresh and hilarious tragicomedy of marital discord run amok. Absolutely hysterical.” —Variety
"People in psychic pain have never agonized so hilariously as in David Lindsay-Abaire's revved-up, joyously zany play." —Washington Post

Under the direction of Eric Lewis, the cast features Melanie Calderwood, Susan Connors, Hilary Erlandson, Renee Gilbert, Greg Kleciak, Morgan Peeler, Curt Simmons

February 7 - March 1, 2020/ Sat and Sun @ 7:30pm and Sun @ 2pm
The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020

Tickets: $25 adults and $20 Seniors/Students/US Military members and veterans

To purchase: 206-533-2000 or online


Rob Oxford: Taylor’s 4 Runner and THE subwoofer

Taylor's 4Runner
Photo by Rob Oxford
By Rob Oxford

Life is made up of a collection of very special moments. Sadly, many of them are forgotten over time.

For years I have been threatening to write a book. For admittedly selfish reasons, the book would be a collection of my own “special moments” and for the sole purpose of remembering them when the ability to do so becomes more difficult.

In essence it would be a memoir.

Now considering I’m not famous, haven’t invented anything and haven’t a great deal of worldly advice to impart, exactly who would be interested in reading such a memoir is a valid question. I can only hope that when I am laid to rest, whoever comes after will find what they read mildly amusing.

This Christmas I wanted to do something special for my eldest son. While my youngest is still happy with video games, clothes and $350 sneakers, Taylor’s tastes have become a bit more refined. 
Each year we ask both boys to give us a Wish List. Often times it is received after many of their gifts have already been purchased so it’s used more as a barometer. Exactly how well do we know our children and exactly how well were we listening when they started sharing their Christmas wishes with us.

Taylor has been spending a great deal of time modifying his 1999 Toyota 4Runner. He purchased new tires and wheels, added a lift kit (basically a device that makes the vehicle virtually impossible for his Mother or I to get into), mounted a custom rack to the roof and, among other things, installed fog lights and a new muffler which signals to us that he is on his way home yet still several blocks away. All of these things I might add he has purchased with his own money.

This year he asked Santa for a new car stereo.

In the past, having had some experience with cars and car stereos myself, I figured I had this handled. Santa would be free to concentrate on how to deliver my Harley Davidson (I wanted a Harley Davidson when I turned 40… I got a Taylor instead).

One afternoon I stopped by our local car stereo dealer and explained what I had hoped to accomplish. I said I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a stereo for a 20-year-old “Monster Truck” and settled on a moderately priced name brand “in-dash” and a pair of 5.25 speakers for the doors. I scheduled the installation (which cost 3x’s as much as the stereo) and felt confident and proud of my purchase.

Upon completion of the install, Taylor and I excitedly drove to the dealer to pick up his vehicle. While I happily paid the bill, he fiddled with his new car stereo. After joining him in the parking lot, I could immediately sense something wasn’t quite right. In all honesty, I had been expecting delight and immense satisfaction. Instead he was reticent, hesitating to elaborate on exactly what was wrong. I was disappointed. Not sure as to what was the problem, I suggested he take the truck for a spin and we would discuss things at home.

We pulled up to the house together and he asked me if I wanted to hear the stereo? As he preceded to turn up the volume, I began to hear a fuzz or as the salesman would later identify, the speakers “washing out”. This concerned me. Did I purchase an inferior model? Were the speakers inadequate? Had I just wasted a bunch of money? All I wanted was for my son to be happy with his Christmas gift and I was determined to make sure he was.

The next few days were spent trying to figure out why the car stereo wasn’t exactly what either of us had envisioned. Was it the antenna? Was there a problem with the installation?

The very next Saturday Taylor had to work. I agreed to return to the dealer and find out why the stereo sounded the way it did and what if anything could be done.

Needless to say, I was loaded for bear. Raring to go. Prepared to walk in and give them a piece of my mind. How could they charge me so much for something that sounded so bad?

Now on the way there, I was listening to the classic rock station where I work and to me the stereo sounded fine. So, what was I going to tell these guys? How was I going to describe the fact that my son wasn’t happy?

I pulled up a few minutes before they were to open and began rehearsing my speech. Once inside I started to explain that I had spent what I thought was a considerable amount of money and that my son wasn’t overly impressed. I then asked if someone could come outside and listen to the system to see what might be the problem? After asking me a few questions and pulling up my account, a very nice young man replied, “Sure, let’s go check it out”.

Once outside, his first question to me was, “How old is your son?” I replied, “He’s 19”. After turning the volume way past what was comfortable for my 58-year-old ears and hearing what again appeared to be nothing but distortion, he turned to me and said “You need a subwoofer, your speakers are washing out”.

"You need a subwoofer"
Mind you that’s exactly what my wife said; “He needs a subwoofer.” No offense, but what did she know? I’m the one who plays in a band. I’m the one who works at a radio station. Why in the world does he need a subwoofer?

The car stereo specialist went on to explain that kids these days need that bottom end, that THUMP.

He said “it’s all about dat bass, ‘bout dat bass,” to which I replied “we don’t play that song on KZOK." 

He then went on to explain that a subwoofer splits the bass and treble, diverting it from the speakers in the door and evenly distributing it to something called the “sound table."

After assuring me that by adding a couple extra speakers in the back doors and a subwoofer, the stereo would sound exactly how my 19-year-old wanted it, I shelled out the additional cost and they went to work.

Now I thought I had done my homework. It was bluetooth compatible which is what he wanted and you can make the digital display any color you wanted. Cool! What more could a kid possible want? I would soon find out.

Later that afternoon Taylor and I went to pick up his 4Runner.

After paying for the additional speakers and installation, we walked out to the parking lot and Taylor got in the driver’s seat. The salesman from whom I had made the initial purchase joined us and began to demonstrate how the system worked.

Upon hearing the initial THUMP of the bass coming from the subwoofer (a box mounted in the very back of the vehicle) and the high end only coming from the additional door speakers, the corners of Taylor’s mouth began to curl upward ever so slightly until he smiled a smile I will not soon forget. Success! It was absolutely priceless. I could tell that I had knocked it out the park.

Like his Mother, I think he knew early on that he needed a subwoofer, but didn’t want to appear ungrateful or unappreciative.


Legislature has the final word on road usage charges

Traffic jam
Photo by Mike Remarcke

The Washington State Legislature will ultimately decide if a road usage charge will be implemented in Washington

A road usage charge (RUC) system is a per-mile charge drivers would pay based on how many miles you drive, not how much gas you consume. This approach is similar to how people pay for their utilities, including electricity or water.

People who are interested in how a Road Usage Charge might work in Washington can now download the full report from the Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project website. 

On January 13, 2020 the Washington State Transportation Commission transmitted their final report to the governor, state Legislature and Federal Highway Administration on how Washington can begin a transition away from the state gas tax and toward a road usage charge system.

In collaboration with the Washington Road Usage Charge Steering Committee, the WSTC’S report includes analysis and findings of the legal, fiscal, operational, and policy impacts of a road usage charge and provides recommendations and options on how RUC could be implemented in Washington.

The state legislature will ultimately decide if a road usage charge will be implemented in Washington. 

Should the Legislature move forward with a road usage charge, it must consider several key topics, all of which the commission’s final report addressed. Those include how to: gradually transition to a RUC system, determine what vehicles should be subject to paying a RUC, determine the per-mile rate policy, set forth the allowable use of RUC revenue, and determine details around how a RUC program would be implemented.

“We thank the steering committee and volunteer pilot project participants for contributing to years of research and analysis on this innovative transportation funding policy,” said Jerry Litt, chair of the Washington State Transportation Commission. 
“We believe road usage charging is a promising and viable option for Washington, and we look forward to having the Legislature consider a gradual but necessary transition away from relying on the consumption of fossil fuel to fund our roads.”

The 29-member Road Usage Charge Steering Committee has guided Washington’s assessment of road usage charging since 2012. The committee supported and advised on the development of the RUC pilot project and submitted its final report on its road usage charging findings to the commission in October 2019. 

Based upon the findings of the steering committee, the commission determined its final set of recommendations and their final report, which details the results of the 7-year-long assessment of road usage charging. It includes the 12-month-long test drive portion of the pilot project that involved more than 2,000 statewide drivers who logged 15 million miles from February 2018 to January 2019.

As vehicles become more fuel-efficient or switch to electric power, gas tax revenue is expected to decline by as much as 45 percent by 2035. 

In 2012, the Legislature directed the commission to assess the potential of a road usage charge to replace the gas tax. A road usage charge is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads, as opposed to paying by the gallon of gas.


Progress on new Kellogg Middle School

Kellogg Middle School
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Construction on the new Kellogg Middle School is underway with an anticipated completion date of August 2020. The new 150,888 square foot school will have the capacity for 1,071 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. 

The architect for this project is Mahlum Architects and contractor is Hoffman Construction. The total estimated cost for the project is $106,150,000.

Kellogg Middle School
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Frank B. Kellogg Junior High School was originally located at the Aldercrest site at 2545 NE 200th Street. In 1982 a couple of junior high boys shoved burning newspapers down the library book return, which eventually started a fire that destroyed the interior of the building.

The district worked around the damage for a few years, then in 1986 the entire school population was moved to its present site at the former Morgan Junior High on 16045 25th NE. Morgan had been a closed school, being used for district offices.

Kellogg Middle School
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The "new" Kellogg building was built in 1953. It has been remodeled several times, and has been home to thousands of students. Now it will be torn down, as soon as the New Kellogg is complete in August.

The "old" Kellogg was eventually completely demolished.

--Diane Hettrick


“It was a nightmare…” World Concern remembers Haiti earthquake devastation at 10th Anniversary

World Concern staff assess damage - January 2010
Photo courtesy World Concern

“I heard a noise like a storm,” recalls Efanor Nore, World Concern Haiti Country Representative, of the moment when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck his home nation, on January 12, 2010. 

He was driving through Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince when the road buckled in front of him and another car smashed into the broken concrete. Buildings collapsed before his eyes, and people ran into the streets, screaming for help.

“It was a nightmare,” said Nore, as he recounts the day no Haitian will ever forget.

Sunday, January 12, 2020, marked the 10-year anniversary of the devastating quake that hit Port-au-Prince at 4:53pm local time. The disaster caused an estimated 300,000 deaths, displaced more than a million people, and damaged nearly half of all structures in the epicentral area.

World Concern, based in Shoreline, launched a massive response that assisted tens of thousands of people who were affected by the disaster.

Initial aid focused on meeting immediate needs for shelter, water, medical care, and income. In the months that followed, World Concern provided transitional shelters to families who lost their homes, and cash grants to families and business owners to restart businesses that were lost, among other activities.

Since 2010, World Concern has implemented multiple disaster risk reduction projects aimed at equipping families and communities to be better prepared and more resilient in the face of recurring disasters, particularly weather-related disasters, with a goal of bringing national disaster plans that are in place down to the household level, where training and equipping are needed most.

“Community members have to own the process,” explains World Concern Deputy Director of Disaster Response, Maggie Konstanski. “At World Concern, we don’t see disaster as a one-time event, but always aim to leave a community more resilient and protected than before.”
“When communities are truly equipped with early warning systems, trained on how to use them, and they’re owned at the community level, and an effective, safe plan is in place, it does save lives,” says Konstanski. “The community wants to protect and save themselves. We’re giving them the knowledge and tools to protect themselves.”

Despite efforts by the Haitian community, aid organizations, and the government, the unique and extensive challenges in Haiti have prolonged and even crippled rebuilding efforts. Nore believes only about 3% of buildings in Port-au-Prince have been rebuilt in 10 years. And an estimated 38,000 people still live in tents and makeshift camps that were set up after the quake.

Corruption, gang violence, political crisis, and drugs have left the city in a state of ruin Nore feels is even worse than 2010.

Is there hope for Haiti? Nore believes so.

“Haiti is really resilient. Even at this time of political crisis … Haitians still have hope,” he said. 
“They think a new day will come where people around the world will use the example of what Haiti has faced over the past 100 years of suffering to learn … The time of Haiti will come,” he said. 
“We continue to be an example—positively. We face more than any civilization has faced in the past. We hope to use our past experience to move forward.”

More information on World Concern, or to donate, HERE 

World Concern, headquartered in Shoreline, is a Christian global relief and development organization. With our supporters, our faith compels us to extend life-saving help and opportunity to people facing the most profound human challenges of extreme poverty. At World Concern, the solutions we offer, the work we do, creates lasting, sustainable change. Lasting change that provides lasting hope.Our areas of expertise include disaster response, clean water, education, food security, child protection, microfinance and health.


Legislature: Salomon to focus on salmon habitat, protecting pets, cracking down on ‘swatting’

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sen. Jesse Salomon, D 32
Photo Washington State LSS

OLYMPIA – As the 2020 legislative session gets underway this week, Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline) introduced a slate of bills dealing with a variety of issues ranging from cracking down on “swatting” to protecting pets left alone in hot vehicles.

One of Salomon’s first bills to receive a public hearing was Senate Bill 6147 related to shoreline armoring. 

When bulkheads and seawalls are installed, the natural process of beach and sand erosion is disrupted. This can cause a chain reaction of negative environmental impacts including the disruption of fish habitats in the area.

A lack of adequate salmon population has been identified as one of the factors jeopardizing the Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Orca population.

SB 6147 would require the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider less environmentally disruptive alternatives when property owners look to repair or replace bulkheads.

“Last year the Legislature took a good step in the right direction by limiting the expansion of these bulkheads,” said Salomon. “But there’s still more work to be done to protect salmon habitats and our orca population. As these bulkheads and seawalls need to be repaired or replaced, property owners should be asked to consider alternative options that may accomplish the same goals but are less disruptive to the environment.”


With “swatting” incidents on the rise, local law enforcement agencies like the Seattle Police Department are developing creative solutions to address the problem. However, Salomon believes state laws have not kept up with the severity of these crimes and need to be updated.

Salomon introduced SB 6295, which aims to cut down on swatting by increasing criminal penalties for those who make a false report they know is likely to generate an emergency response. Punishments would be increased if there’s a reckless disregard for the safety of others and someone is hurt or killed as a result of the swatting attack.

The measure also allows swatting victims to pursue civil damages from their attackers.

Pets in unsafe vehicles

In 2015, the Legislature increased the penalties for pet owners who leave their animals unattended in unsafe conditions such as a hot vehicle with the windows rolled up. The 2015 law also allows law enforcement and animal control officers to forcibly remove the animal in danger.

SB 6151 would allow firefighters and other first responders to forcibly remove an animal in unsafe conditions and be immune from property damage liability. The bill also extends criminal and civil immunity to good Samaritans who rescue the animal under certain conditions.

SB 6151 is scheduled for a public hearing on Jan. 16 at 10am in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

Punitive damages for aiding in domestic terrorism

Salomon also introduced SB 6239, which allows someone to pursue punitive damages if they are a victim of domestic terrorism. Punitive damages are special or extra damages on top of actual damages that must be authorized by the Legislature and are generally reserved for particularly abhorrent acts.

In 2019, the Legislature passed a law allowing victims of hate crimes to pursue punitive damages up to $100,000. SB 6239 would impose similar liability for acts of domestic terrorism.

“In a worsening political environment, lawmakers need to make a clear statement about what kind of behavior is out of bounds,” said Salomon.

Other legislation sponsored by Salomon this session:

* SB 6332 – Prohibits marijuana shops from selling products with a THC concentration greater than 10%, with some exceptions for medical marijuana patients.

* SB 6333 – Places restrictions on marijuana shops aimed at reducing advertisements and marketing that target youth.

* SB 6335 – Adds climate change as a stated goal of the state’s Growth Management Act.

* SB 6149 – Places additional restrictions on motorized or gravity-siphon aquatic mining.

* SB 6153 – Reduces legal burdens and challenges for those working to restore their driving privileges.

“While this year is a short 60-day session, I’m optimistic about moving these bills through the legislative process and to the governor’s desk,” said Salomon. “This is the work my constituents sent me here to do.”

Policy bills must be voted out of committee by Feb. 7 to be considered for the remainder of the legislative session.

The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to end on March 12.

Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, represents the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle, Shoreline, Woodway, and unincorporated Snohomish County.


Frontier communications seeking bankruptcy to restructure

Frontier Communication in Stamford CT

Frontier Communications, which serves a large section of northwest Shoreline, is seeking bankruptcy protection from its creditors while it restructures its debt.

According to an article in The Seattle Times, "in May it announced plans to sell broadband assets serving 350,000 residential and commercial customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana for more than $1.35 billion as part of its debt-reduction efforts."
"Creditors have been pushing Frontier for a restructuring plan, and the Norwalk, Connecticut-based company has warned that bankruptcy might be the result."


That's the last time I give dog treats to ducks! (But it's all I had, cries the photog...)

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Poor ducks drank and tried mightily to swallow the food while I stood by to render Duck First Aid if necessary (what the heck would I have done if any of them were in dire straits? Duck CPR? With a bill?)

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Fortunately, the ducks managed, and no Duck First Aid was needed...

--Gloria Z Nagler


Work party at Twin Ponds North on Saturday

2020 Stewardship Work at Twin Ponds North

Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10am - 1pm

On January 18th, from 10-1pm, the Washington Native Plant Urban Forest Stewards will be hosting a community work party, at Twin Ponds North.

All are Welcome!

We meet on the far NW side of the park, along 155th street, west of the parking lot.

Please bring gloves, hand pruners, and water. We will also have gloves, tools, water, and snacks on sight.

Contact us with any questions at


Book review by Aarene Storms: Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

The climate has collapsed world-wide, and society has collapsed with it. One of the few remaining livable places is Dinetah, formerly known as Indian Country, and it is ringed by a 60' wall that makes the current US southern "border wall" look like a toddler's sand castle.

In this place, at this time, is Maggie Hoskie, and she hunts the monsters that have come with the end of the last world and the beginning of the new one.

She is aided (sometimes) by immortal beings and creatures out of myths and nightmares. But there are more monsters than monster-slayers, and that is going to be a problem.

If Joe Leaphorn, Harry Dresden, and Mad Max spawned a daughter, she would be a lot like Maggie Hoskie. And her story would be a lot like this one... but this one is maybe even more bad-ass.

The action is intense, the monsters are scary, and the blood flows copiously at times. Also, there's some cussing, and some kissing, and some magic. First in a series. Recommended.

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


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Oogh sandwich

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


Free Classic Movie Night at Edmonds' Phoenix Theatre

FREE Showing of It Happened One Night, Starring Clark Gable and Colette Colbert

The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds' Firdale Village is hosting a free movie night on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30pm.

The classic film It Happened One Night is a 1934 romantic comedy in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father's thumb and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable).

Winner of the 1934 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

Classic cartoons will also be shown.

Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds, WA 98020

Admission is free. Donations welcome.


Tickets on sale now for Feb 29 Leap Day Dinner Fundraiser

The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation (LFPSF) invites you to a Leap Day Dinner Fundraiser at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club on Saturday, February 29, 2020. 

Tickets are $85 each and are available now through February 22nd online or by mailed check

The featured guest speaker, Lori Mason Curran of Vulcan Real Estate, will present “Making the Case: Sustainable Design and Green Infrastructure.”

She will dispel the myth that going green is unprofitable by sharing how Vulcan develops commercial properties using innovative sustainable design.

Fundraising activities will include a live auction and raffle. This year’s theme is It’s Easy Being Green in keeping with LFPSF’s promotion of sustainable green development. Proceeds from the event will help LFPSF continue to support these important environmental advocacy initiatives:

  • Mobilizing the community and legal defenses to defend against threats to community environmental standards,
  • Fostering public awareness and involvement of potential development plans for Lake Forest Park Town Center and the environment and quality of life,
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers to remove invasive plants from area parks, plant native species, and repair streamside habitat,
  • Conducting research to restore Kokanee salmon to our streams,
  • Salmon in the Schools - a program to rear salmon in elementary schools that includes a visit by a Native American storyteller on salmon release day. 

Tickets for the salmon dinner and auction go fast so be sure to reserve your seats today. Join us for a fun and informative community event with dinner, dessert, wine, raffle and auction and some surprises too!

LFPSF is seeking sponsors and auction donors. If you would like more information, contact or 206-361-7076.

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