Renaissance vocal concert of madrigals, ballets and chansons Feb 8

Friday, January 31, 2020

"Rebirth," a 5-voice ensemble with Kathleen Bennett, Wil Sederholm, Susan Senft and friends, will perform a concert of Renaissance pieces in Edmonds on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30pm.

The evening's concert will include the popular Thomas Morley's madrigal "Now is the Month of Maying," along with pieces that are rarely performed, like "Dolcissima mia vita" by Italian fringe composer Carlo Gesualdo. 

It will include a wonderful collection of 16th and 17th century vocal music by many other composers such as Dowland, Monteverdi, di Lasso, Passereau, des Prez and more.

Tickets available at the door: $15 for adults and teens/children under 12 free.

Saturday, February 8 at 7:30pm in Chapman Hall at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 8109 224th Ave SW, Edmonds 98026 (just west of SR99).


WeatherWatcher: Wind Advisory in effect, snow in the forecast

A snow shower from Shoreline's past.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory which is in effect until 7am Saturday morning. Strong winds are expected, with gusts as high as 45mph overnight into Saturday morning. Local power outages are possible, unsecured objects could be blown around, falling small tree branches possible.

The strongest winds have probably ended but it is still expected to be gusty during most of the overnight hours into Saturday morning.

We are expecting a lot of rain Saturday, with big changes occurring late Saturday night. Snow levels drop, at first to about 500 feet, which is above most areas in the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park area. So late Saturday evening we could start seeing snow mixing in with rain showers.

By Sunday morning the snow level is down to 300 feet, with a chance of snow, turning over to rain during the afternoon hours. Sunday night back down to snow and rain mix, or snow after midnight, with the snow level near 300 feet once again.

Monday, mostly cloudy but dry, highs around the low 40's and lows down into the 30's.

Tuesday our next storm approaches, starting as snow early in the morning with breezy winds. We warm up quickly to the mid 40's Tuesday afternoon, when everyone should be back to 100% rain. Rain is expected to continue Wednesday through Friday with mild temperatures, highs near 50°F and lows in the mid to upper 40's.

Bottom line: This current threat of snow is not a major event. It is very marginal, warmer than the January events. Any snow that accumulates will likely quickly melt away during the afternoon hours.

There is one wild card in this mix, a Puget Sound Convergence zone is expected Saturday night, but where it will be is very uncertain. The convergence zone is probably the only weather feature that is likely to generate accumulating snowfall in the area. The zone could produce possibly 1-4 inches, but it is unknown where it will form and park. Some models have another Puget Sound Convergence zone Sunday evening as well. Both events could create a window of opportunity for accumulating snow.

Both Saturday evening and Sunday evening's events have been forecasted to be anywhere between Everett and Sea-Tac, but in a narrow west to east band about 3-10 miles wide.

I'll reiterate however, this snow threat is on the warm side, and most accumulating snow isn't going to last very long especially during the daylight hours.

Extended forecasts are pointing to a cooler pattern at the end of next week, and at this time more snow is in that forecast but it's a bit early to have any details figured out. Long range forecasts are pointing toward a bigger cold snap in the second half of February. The idea has been in the long range forecasts now for about two weeks but keep in mind, the farther out the forecast, the less accurate it is.

For current weather conditions visit


Scene on the Sound: Flying saucers continue to come in over the Salish Sea

Photo by Jan Hansen

Flying saucers continue to fly over the Salish Sea in Shoreline. It is unclear if it is an invasion or just a scouting expedition. They tend to dissolve after a time.

It's worth noting that the whole flying saucer idea started in western Washington when smaller, more compact looking versions of the lenticular clouds were observed hovering around the peak of Mount Rainier.

The story of alien invasion in "flying saucers" went viral and spawned a whole genre of speculative and science fiction.

But we're not responsible for "little green men" or big-headed alien lifeforms. Some other part of the country did that.

I have a 'genealogy cousin' (8th cousin twice removed) who lives in Roswell. He told me about a neighboring rancher who earns money in the off season by taking tourists to see where the aliens landed. He takes them far up in the hills and shows them a valley. They go home with a story and he goes home with money in his pocket.

--Diane Hettrick


Local Cat who survived cruelty to be featured on Kitten Bowl VII Sunday

“Courage” overcame abuse to find a happy home in Seattle
Photo by K.A. Moore Photography

Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFe Rescue) announced that the inspiring story of Courage, a cat who came to the Rescue in 2018 after an unknown attacker cut off her ears and tail, will be featured this Sunday, February 2, 2020 on the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl VII.

Courage used to live outdoors in Eastern Washington on the property of a senior gentleman, until one day she disappeared. A few days later, Courage reappeared, but her caretaker saw that she was bleeding: someone had cut off her ears and tail.

He never found out who hurt her, and he treated her injuries as best he could. Eventually the wounds closed, and Courage carried on. As time passed, Courage’s elderly guardian was no longer able to care for the cats on his property. Courage came to SAFe Rescue for a second chance. She was ill with a respiratory infection and various other health conditions, and she needed medical treatment and multiple surgeries to recover.

After she was strong enough to find a home, Courage was adopted by a Seattle family. (Her adopter posts regular updates about her happy new life on Courage’s Instagram account

Courage’s journey to a happy home has been documented by the Hallmark Channel and will be aired as a pre-recorded feature during the Kitten Bowl broadcast.

“Courage’s transformation from abused to loved is truly an inspiration; Courage shows us that the kindness of our community is much stronger than one person’s cruelty,” said Shelley Lawson, Development and Communications Director at SAFe Rescue and foster mom to Courage during her recovery.

Seattle Area Feline Rescue is a nonprofit organization that takes in homeless felines from the Puget Sound region and beyond and finds them loving families. Seattle Area Feline Rescue opened its Shoreline Adoption Center in 2014 and has since grown to be one of the largest feline-specific rescues in the country. Last year, SAFe Rescue found homes for 2,018 cats and kittens.

More information about SAFe Rescue here. More information on Courage here and here

Seattle Area Feline Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill organization in Shoreline, at 14717 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133. (501c3 #91-2041961.) SAFe Rescue takes in homeless cats and kittens, gives them the care they need to recover, and finds them loving homes. Over 2,000 felines—including seniors and special needs cats — find homes at SAFe Rescue each year as people in search of new friends visit the welcoming storefront Adoption Center. An extensive network of community volunteers and foster families helps the rescue carry out its mission and save more lives.


Jobs: City of Shoreline

The City of Shoreline has an opening for:

Recreation Specialist I (Specialized Recreation)

CLOSING DATE: 02/16/20 11:59 PM

This position is an integral part of a 4-person team. The team works together on a daily basis providing programming for individuals with developmental disabilities. Planning activities, leading various programs, and effectively navigating the unique challenges of this group of individuals are what this position is comprised of. This team functions successfully by using a high level of communication, being open to feedback, having the ability to follow directions, and by being able to handle and resolve conflict in a timely and appropriate manner. Majority of the time spent in this position is working in an environment with 40 or more individuals with high needs in program Monday-Thursday. Because of this, it is important that the team be able to trust and rely on each other daily.


To lead and assist in implementing recreation activities by overseeing extra help and patron participation. Provide administrative support to recreation programs, prepare recreational facilities for participant use and provide guidance for classes, activities and special events. This position will also help provide support for city of Shoreline special events, including, but limited to, day of event support, pre-event preparation and ongoing event activities.


Wrestling: Shorewood boys in triple-dual against Ingraham, Cedarcrest, and Edmonds-Woodway

Quincy Laflin
By Clark Norton

It was a wild day of wrestling for the Shorewood Thunderbirds on Wednesday as they took their undefeated record to Edmonds-Woodway high school for a triple-dual against Ingraham, Cedarcrest and Edmonds-Woodway.

The wrestling began with Shorewood facing the Metro League Ingraham. The T-Birds found themselves behind 12-6 after the first three weights. At 126 pounds freshman Isaac Van Horn pulled off a back-and-forth 18-12 victory and it was all Shorewood from then on. 

Over the eight weight classes from 126 to 182 pounds Shorewood went on a 44-0 run as they cruised to a 56-20 victory.

The second contest of the night was Shorewood against Cedarcrest. Both teams entered the match undefeated in the league and eying a District Championship. 

Sophomore Quincy Laflin stepped on the mat first at 113 pounds and picked up his seventh pin in his last seven matches to give Shorewood an early lead. After each Shorewood win Cedarcrest responded with a win of their own for an 18-18 tie after 145 pounds. 

A forfeit at 152 gave Shorewood another narrow lead. Junior Cole Becker at 160 pounds wasted no time as he needed just 38 seconds to pin his opponent to stretch the Thunderbird advantage. RJ Buchheit and Hunter Tibodeau continued the pin party as Shorewood jumped out to a 42-18 lead with just four weights to go. 

At 195 pounds Cedarcrest stopped the bleeding with a tough second round pin by Matthew Weinert, ranked #2 in the state. With momentum back on their side they pinned again at 220 and 285 pounds and then got a forfeit at 106 to tie the team score 42-42. 

It went to the rule books as the referees and coaches went through the tie-breaker rules to determine an outcome. It went all the way to the ninth tie-breaker, most first points scored across all of the individual matches, for Shorewood to be declared the winner and remain undefeated.

Devin Leach
After the close call against Cedarcrest, Shorewood finished the night against the reigning Wesco South Champion Edmonds-Woodway Warriors. 

With both teams undefeated the winner would clinch a district title. 

The dual began at 120 pounds and Ed-way wasted no time as they got a pin to open the scoring. Things looked bad for Shorewood in the second bout as Isaac Van Horn fell behind 7-2 after the first period. He picked the bottom position to begin the second round and reversed his opponent to his back for a pin to tie the team score 6-6. 

The Warriors pulled back ahead by winning the next three weights. Thunderbird senior captain Devin Leach went out at 152 pounds and faced off against two-time state placer Howie Hare. Leach left zero doubt as he dominated the entire way for an 8-1 win. Cole Becker followed Leach and got his 3rd pin of the day.

Hunter Tibodeau
After a loss at 170 pounds it was freshman Hunter Tibodeau at 182 pounds. Tibodeau tossed his opponent to his back in the opening seconds of the first round and got the pin. 

With the win, Tibodeau not only got his team-leading 26th win of the season, but he broke the Shorewood record for most regular season wins by a freshman. 

The teams each got a close decision in the next two weights as Edmonds-Woodway clung to a 28-24 lead with three weights left. Showing why they are reigning champs, Edmonds-Woodway closed the night with a pair of pins at 285 and 113 sandwiched around a forfeit at 106 for a final team score of 46-24.

Shorewood wrestles next against their cross-town rivals Shorecrest Friday night, January 31, 2020 for the Spartan Cup. Wrestling will begin at 7pm at Shorecrest.

Shorewood Record: 10-1 Overall, 5-1 Wesco South

Isaac Van Horn
Shorewood 56 - Ingraham 20
@ Edmonds-Woodway HS

*106: Galen Baird IHS win by forfeit
113: Quincy Laflin SW SW pinned Julian Collins 0:35
120: David Urcino IHS pinned Kai Layton 4:27
126: Isaac Van Horn SW dec. Soloman Dowidar 18-12
132: Aidan Jung SW pinned Christian Bailey 1:02
138: Curt Tanaka SW win by forfeit
145: Kody Carpenter SW pinned Amerino Fennell 0:57
152: Devin Leach SW tech. Fall Flynn Baird 15-0
160: Cole Becker SW pinned Abdi Hassan 3:54
170: RJ Buchheim SW pinned Athanase 0:33
182: Hunter Tibodeau SW pinned Kieran Giesness 2:39
195: Tre Harstad IHS dec. Max Null 10-3
-1 Team Point IHS, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
220: Isaac Kabuchi SW pinned Graham Ritter 0:38
285: Cristian Tinoco IHS pinned Milan Johnson 0:12

R.J. Buchheit
Shorewood 43 - Cedarcrest 42
@ Edmonds-Woodway HS
(+1 Team Point SW, Tie-Breaker criteria I (Most first points of the match scored))

106: Gabriel Arroyo CHS win by forfeit
*113: Quincy Laflin SW pinned Ashton Butterfield 3:59
120: Bryant Reid CHS pinned Kai Layton 3:45
126: Isaac Van Horn SW pinned Francisco Contreras 1:47
132: Hayden Dill CHS win by injury default Aidan Jung
138: Curt Tanaka SW pinned Shawn Nykreim 0:20
145: Evan Reid CHS pinned Kody Carpenter 3:02
152: Devin Leach SW win by forfeit
160: Cole Becker SW pinned Joseph Jensen 0:38
170: RJ Buchheim SW pinned Shad Mills 2:45
182: Hunter Tibodeau SW pinned Wayne Wright 1:01
195: Matthew Weigert CHS pinned Max Null 2:42
220: Macauley Miles CHS pinned Isaac Kabuchi 3:56
285: Rylan McPhee CHS pinned Milan Johnson 1:33

Cole Becker
Shorewood 24 - Edmonds-Woodway 46
@ Edmonds-Woodway HS

106: Ethan Nguyen EW win by forfeit
113: Baylor Deckinger EW pinned Quincy Laflin 1:33
*120: Reece LeCompte EW pinned Kai Layton 1:23
126: Isaac Van Horn SW pinned Emmanuel Boake-Ansah 2:38
132: Jacob Pahre EW pinned Joseph Rivera 1:32
138: Ousman Fatty EW dec. Curt Tanaka 9-8
145: Alex Rapelje EW pinned Kody Carpenter 5:07
152: Devin Leach SW dec. Howie Hare 8-1
160: Cole Becker SW pinned Alec Rust 1:37
170: Russel Hare EW maj. dec. RJ Buchheit 12-3
182: Hunter Tibodeau SW pinned Charlie Van Horn 0:37
195: John Christian-Erikson EW dec. Max Null 4-3
220: Isaac Kabuchi SW dec. Evan Gibbs 7-4
285: George Kartano EW pinned Milan Johnson 2:38


Update on NE 155th St closures - this weekend and mid-February

NE 155th St closed to through traffic (1st Ave NE to 3rd Ave NE) for the weekend starting February 1, 2020. Closure hours will be 7am to 10pm.

In order to perform necessary utility work related to the Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension project, NE 155th St from 1st Ave NE to 3rd Ave NE will be fully closed to all traffic on February 1.

The closure has been scheduled for the weekend at the request of the City in order to minimize the impact on traffic. Read Sound Transit's Closure Notice for more information.

Completion of the necessary utility work will require an additional full closure of the same area on NE 155th Street for three days in mid-February, at this time anticipated to be Friday - Sunday, February 14-16.

For further information regarding the utility work closures on NE 155th Street, see Sound Transit’s January 9 Notice on their Project Updates web page.

Until approximately February 28, drivers should not be surprised at delays, flaggers, partial closures,  and detours. Pedestrians and bicycles might be able to get through.

To report any issues related to construction, contact Sound Transit’s 24-Hour Construction Hotline at 888-298-2395.

For traffic information, contact Sound Transit’s Traffic Hotline at 206-612-6209.


Bridges to Home: Homelike skilled nursing care for medically fragile children being built in Shoreline

Ashley House is a nonprofit with thirty years of experience caring for children with complex medical needs and caring for families as their kids transition from hospital to home. 

They have partnered with Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop Bridges to Home, which will be the first pediatric skilled nursing facility in Washington State. Bridges to Home will provide fifteen beds with 24/7 skilled nursing services for children.

Kids with medically complex needs are difficult to discharge because our region has no skilled nursing facility dedicated to children. Hospital care for medically complex children can exceed $10,000 per day, and there is a waiting list for pediatric hospital beds.

Seattle Children’s had more than 1500 “avoidable days” last year, when children were ready to leave the hospital but could not be discharged because no facility could provide 24/7 nursing and other essential supports. Many pediatric providers and payers are seeking a solution.

Bridges to Home will provide appropriate care at a much lower cost in the community. Services will include care for children using ventilators, dialysis, feeding tubes and other complex treatments.

Parents will be able to learn how to provide care in a home-like setting, where siblings and loved ones can visit. Social workers will help plan kids’ transitions and nursing care and case management will follow families home.

The facility will be located at 18904 Burke Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133. A former, very large, single family home is being remodeled to fit the needs of Ashley House. The organizers and board members have been communicating closely with immediate neighbors and the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA). 

The property, which neighbors called "The Mansion," was originally a single-family home, then had been a kind of boarding house and then vacant for some time. Neighbors are thrilled that it will be cleaned up, remodeled, and used for such a good purpose.

During a presentation at ELNA, an Ashley House board member who lives and works in Shoreline talked about the experience of having his medically fragile child released by Children's when he and his wife had little knowledge or experience about how to properly take care of him.

Ashley House purchased the property for $1.3 million. They have worked through all the zoning and permitting process and usage has been approved by City of Shoreline. They consulted with neighbors to hear concerns and incorporate solutions in the planning.

The "Mansion"
Google maps

The estimated Capital need is $3.3 million. The project total estimated cost is $5.5 million but construction bids are still pending.

The facility will serve about 45 patients annually, with an annual budget of $7 million and 40-45 full time employees, including 32 direct care staff. Medical and Program directors and project managers have been hired.

The patient care rooms are on the main floor. A basement provides parking, laundry, storage, and generator space. The upper floor will be offices, training and consultation space, and a break room.

Children’s Hospital contributed a gift of $1 million to assist in development, construction and operations. HCA is planning a special daily rate. DSHS has approved the regulatory framework. The Department of Health has granted the certificate of need.


StoryBook Theater’s upcoming sensory-friendly performances

Thursday, January 30, 2020

StoryBook Theater is excited to be in their third season of offering sensory-friendly performances for each of their musicals. Thanks to Safeco Insurance Fund, the StoryBook team is able to present 12 sensory-friendly shows a season for only $7 a ticket.

StoryBook’s goal is to ensure everyone is able to experience the magic of live theater. In order to make their shows more accessible for individuals with autism, neurodiversity, Asperger syndrome, Down syndrome or other sensory processing disorders or special needs, they adjust the sound and light levels, offer a quiet space, and make sure to have friendly ushers to offer assistance to those in need.

In addition, StoryBook offers venue tours and social stories on their website that carefully explain what to expect during your hour at a StoryBook show.

Over the past three years, the most common feedback from parents has been gratitude for a safe space their child can be themselves. It’s ok if they make noise, move around, play with a toy, or wear their headphones. It’s a place both parent and child can relax, feel safe, and enjoy a live theater experience.

“We really appreciate the sensory-friendly shows, without which my daughter wouldn’t have been able to enjoy any educational and entertaining live theater,” a recent StoryBook patron said. 
Another patron commented, “Thanks for this fantastic opportunity. You made it possible for me to go to the theater with my son!”

Coming up, StoryBook has four sensory-friendly performances of Little Red, and four more of The Frog Prince in the spring. View the website for more details and ticket information.

Little Red sensory-friendly shows:
  • February 1 at 1:30pm – Renton Carco Theatre
  • February 9 at 3:30pm – Kirkland Performance Center
  • March 8 at 3:30pm – Everett PUD Auditorium
  • March 21 at 1:30pm – Shoreline Conference Center

The Frog Prince sensory-friendly shows:
  • April 18 at 1:30pm – Renton Carco Theatre
  • April 26 at 3:30pm – Kirkland Performance Center
  • May 9 at 1:30pm – Shoreline Conference Center
  • May 17 at 3:30pm – Everett PUD Auditorium

About Studio East and StoryBook Theater

Studio East has become one of the largest children’s theater training programs in the Seattle area. Studio East is the home of StoryBook Theater, an adult professional touring troupe that introduces young children to live theater at venues throughout the Puget Sound area. Today, Studio East serves over 60,000 people annually with a comprehensive program of drama classes, theater arts camps, Mainstage productions and live performances for children from ages 3 through 19.


Classifieds: Notice of fire meeting rescheduled


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department has rescheduled the February 6, 2020 Board meeting from 5:00 4:30 p.m. to accommodate the Departments promotional pinning ceremony.

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
January 30, 2020


Spring reservations for ferries to San Juans, BC, and Port Townsend Feb 5

The first round of vehicle reservations for the spring ferry schedule (March 29 through June 20) on Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, British Columbia and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes will now be available starting at 7am Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Don’t plan quite that far ahead? Don’t worry! 

While the first tier opens on Wednesday, the second tier of reservations opens two weeks before each specific sailing and the final 30% of space on each sailing becomes available two days before.


Parkwood Elementary participates in Traveling Mural

Parkwood students pose with their Traveling Mural before sending pieces of it to other schools
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Parkwood Elementary Librarian Amanda Workman and her students recently participated in a Traveling Mural project. The massive art project connected eight schools from across the U.S. and Mexico.

“Our students made a 10-foot mural focused on moments of kindness,” explained Workman. “Over 400 Parkwood students from kindergarten through 6th grade decorated 4x4 inch square capturing a moment of kindness, quotes or art and attached them to the paper to create the mural.”

Parkwood’s Traveling Mural made of mural sections from eight schools
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

They then cut the mural into sections and mailed them to the seven other schools. Those schools then sent a section of their own murals back to Parkwood.

“Now we all have giant murals in a collage style made from each school,” said Workman.

Closeup of Parkwood’s Traveling Mural section
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The schools are also using the project as an opportunity to learn about each other. Each school sent a little biography about their school along with their mural sections. The schools are also working to schedule a Skype call together in February.

The other seven schools that participated in the project are:

  • John B. Sliney Elementary in Branford, CT
  • Colegio Ingl├ęs Americano in Monterrey, Mexico
  • East Farms Elementary in Farmington, CT
  • Waukon High School in Waukon, IA
  • New Glarus Elementary in New Glarus, WI
  • Kensington Elementary in Kensington, NH
  • Partridge Elementary in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO


Resolute raptor

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

The blurriness is a result of the feathers and feet in rapid motion. I don't think I realized that eagle wings bent like that. Gloria strikes again!  - Editor


Shoreline Schools hosts Prevention Night: Substance Abuse and Mental Health on Feb 10

Shoreline Schools will host its annual Prevention Night on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Shoreline Center, Shoreline Room, 18560 1st Ave. NE (north end). 

This year’s event will focus on substance abuse and mental health.

Experts from King County Public Health and Ryther will present on teen substance use and mental health. Attendees will learn about, current trends, signs and symptoms that someone you know may need support and what resources are available in our community.

Light refreshments will be available.


Wrestling: Shorewood boys win tournament title and four of the girls place

Shorewood wrestling teams

Shorewood wrestling headed down to Raymond Washington over the weekend to compete in the Doug Makaiwi Memorial Tournament at Raymond High School. As the reigning tournament champions the Thunderbirds had a lot of pressure to perform at their best.

Shorewood's sole individual title came from sophomore Quincy Laflin at 113 pounds as he pinned every opponent he faced.

It was a true team effort at the other weights as Shorewood had ten other wrestlers place in the top 3 to run away with another team title.

While the boys took home a team title the Thunderbird girls also had a strong showing. Kiana Yoshimura won her first tournament title as four of the ladies placed in top 3.

--Clark Norton


Presentation on Self-Care by Lisa McAndrew Marquart Sunday at First Lutheran Richmond Beach

Lisa McAndrew Marquart
Sunday at First Lutheran RB

Sunday February 2nd at First Lutheran Richmond Beach: Presentation on Self-Care by Lisa McAndrew Marquart

Anxiousness and stress, caused by the ups and down of life, can be keep us from enjoying life to the fullest. Self-Care has purpose and can help establish a feeling of vitality and restore balance in our lives

Lisa McAndrew Marquart will be presenting a program about self-care and how to get started toward a happier and more fulfilling life on Sunday February 2, 2020 at 9:45 am at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach.

Lisa serves as founder, whole-health behavior change specialist, and lead educator for Baton Health®

Lisa received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Washington State University and post-graduate fellow’s training in community health interventions at Stanford University. Her major interests are in Caregiver Well-Being, Family Engagement Strategies, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Across Life-Stages, and Novel Community-Centered Approaches to Improve Whole Child Outcomes.

Please join us and learn more about practical ways of integrating self-care into our busy lives.

First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach
18354 8th Avenue NW Shoreline 98177
Sunday, February 2, 2020
9:45am in the upstairs room


Public Health Seattle - King county: New "public charge" rule threatens the health of our communities

WIC benefits are NOT affected
By Keith Seinfeld, Public Health Insider

A new immigration rule that Public Health–Seattle and King County (PHSKC) Director Patty Hayes calls “inhumane” went into effect on January 27, 2020, because of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The rule would penalize some immigrants who use certain health, food or housing services and then apply for permanent (Green Card) status. 

This is scaring some people from using basic services that they are legally entitled to use — services that keep them healthy and promote overall community health.

Much of the harm from the new rule comes from spreading fear, unnecessarily. So, it is important to note this key fact: Many important health and nutrition programs are exempted from the final version of the new rule, thanks to more than 200,000 comments opposing the first draft.

For example, using these services would not impact anyone’s immigration status:
  • The WIC nutrition program for families with young children
  • Medicaid health services for pregnant women and for children under age 21
  • School breakfast and lunch programs

That means people may not need to disenroll themselves or their children from public programs.

Still, the rule does apply to many adults on Medicaid and to the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamps program.

That’s a key reason why so many healthcare organizations, including American Academy of Pediatrics, American Hospital Association, and American Public Health Association, have strongly opposed the new rule.

Every person’s situation is different, so those affected may need to speak with an attorney or legal advocate.

King County residents or those who work in Seattle in need of legal services for their immigration case can call 206-816-3870 to find out if they qualify.

The City of Seattle is in the process of working with community-based organizations to launch a series of informational workshops to present accurate information about public charge. They hope to start these events in February. 


Author, educator, lecturer to speak at American Legion Post 227 meeting Feb 4

The American Legion Post 227 in Shoreline will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, February 4, 2020. A meet and greet starts at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7:00pm. Both veterans and the public at large are invited and welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held at Post 227, located at 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. [Behind Goodwill @ NE 145th St and 15th Ave NE]

The Post will welcome John Fredrickson, a USAF Veteran with service as an Aircrew Life Support Specialist during the Vietnam War. He authored four published books related to the aircraft industry after 36 years with the Boeing Company. 

John will speak on “Close Air Support During the Korean War,” interwoven with the clash of Soviet vs. American developed aircraft from WWII to the Vietnam war era.

A brief intermission for refreshments after the talk will allow visitors to depart. Post 227 members are urged to stay for the post meeting that will follow the intermission. We hope to see you at the meeting.

While you are at the meeting, you can check out the Post Library that includes a large collection of military related books, video tapes and DVDs. Any of these can be checked out, used and returned by post members and community without charge. Also, for more information about Post 227,


Notes from Shoreline City Council meeting January 27, 2020

Shoreline City Hall and Council Chamber
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline City Council Meeting 
January 27, 2020
Notes by Pam Cross

Mayor Hall called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
Councilmembers McConnell and Roberts were out on City business.


Mayor Hall proclaimed the month of February 2020 as Black History Month in the City of Shoreline. Fraol Debele from Shorewood High School’s Black Student Union accepted the proclamation.

Report of the City Manager Debbie Tarry

Join neighbors and other community volunteers to restore and improve Shoreline Parks. Volunteer work parties will be Saturdays and Sundays in February at Brugger’s Bog, Twin Ponds and Hamlin Parks. Check the City’s web calendar for additional details.

Black Voices: A Community Opportunity - Inaugural Event
In recognition of Black History Month, everyone is invited to join Shoreline Public Schools and the City of Shoreline at a series of events Feb 3 - 7 that seek to center Black voices, and celebrate and affirm Black students and their families. Some events require pre-registration. Please visit for RSVP links and additional information.

The Rise of Black Lives Matter: Arts Showcase and Documentary Screening.

On Feb 8 from 1:00 to 4:00pm join Black Lives Matter-Shoreline for an arts showcase and free screening and discussion of the documentary film “The Rise of Black Lives Matter.” This event will be held at Shoreline Community College. The event is free and open to all ages. Please note that the film does include sensitive subject matter and strong language.

Tween Night at the Richmond Highlands Rec center Feb 8 from 6:30 to 10:30PM. This is a free fun evening for 5th and 6th graders. Parents must sign kids in and out at the door.

Public Reminders

Members of the City Council will attend the Association of Washington Cities’ “City Action Days” Conference in Olympia on Jan 28 and 29.

The Feb 3 Council meeting has been cancelled. The next Council meeting will be Monday Feb 10.

The Planning Commission will meet on Feb 6 at 7:00pm in the Council Chamber.

Council Reports

Councilmember Chang attended the King County Regional Transit Meeting and was elected Vice Chair of the Sound Cities Association group for the regional transit committee.

There is a survey online about how bus service might change when the Northgate Station opens. There are significant changes to Shoreline routes. This is still in the planning stages so please give your input now. Type in your search engine “North Link Connections Mobility Project Survey.”

Public Comment

The following people spoke in favor of Save Shoreline Trees to retain the 130 trees scheduled for destruction for the WSDOT building remodel on Dayton Ave N. Recent alternatives still require the destruction of a great number of this old growth timber.
  • Don Keusal, Seattle
  • Jan Buchanan, Shoreline
  • Janet Way, Shoreline, Shoreline Preservation Society
  • Kathleen Russell, Shoreline
  • Kristi Magee, Shoreline
  • John Ramsdell, Shoreline
Westminster Triangle neighborhood has an opportunity for a neighborhood park. An 18,000 square foot property is available. The owner has been resisting developers but needs to sell the property and he would like the City to consider purchasing it for the neighborhood.

Mark Stevens, Shoreline
After referring to the comments made by Fraol Debele from Shorewood High School’s Black Student Union, spoke about growing up in the segregated South.

The agenda was approved unanimously.
The Consent Calendar was adopted, without discussion, unanimously.


(a) Discussing the 145th and I-5 Interchange Project Delivery Strategy

Nytasha Walters, Transportation Services Manager provided the staff report

This is a very difficult interchange with a lot of congestion and a history of accidents. Now we are faced with the upcoming light rail station, increased supporting transit, and increased density in this rezone area.

The City is moving forward with the design of two roundabouts with a wide multi-use pathway on the north side of the 145th Street / I-5 overpass bridge deck, which WSDOT supports because it best meets the criteria of performance, safety, cost effectiveness, and risk that it can be fully funded and completed on time for light rail.

This project requires coordination with multiple entities including WSDOT, the cities of Seattle and Shoreline, King County, Sound Transit and others. It also requires completion of the Interchange before the opening of the light rail station (2024) in order to avoid impeding traffic to the station by having to travel through a construction zone.

The City is currently working on a funding strategy to ensure that the funds required to construct the Project are obtained within the desired time frame and financial risks to the City are minimized. In the near term, there are key funding issues as the Project transitions from 10% design to 30% design and ultimately past the 30% design milestone to final design and the construction phase.

Project Delivery Option 1 is to stop where we are at 10% but this makes it unlikely that the project will be constructed.

Staff recommends pursuing Project Delivery Option 2 which includes confirming formal WSDOT approval for this approach and entering into an agreement with Sound Transit to provide $1 million to support the Project to 30% design. This will allow the City and our partners to continue to seek funding for the construction phase of the Project. This will also keep the Project on track for completion before the light rail station is built. Staff will provide Council with a project funding update and seek additional guidance in the last quarter of 2020. Refer to staff report for details of funding needs and sources.


Q: This looks like a great design that has addressed our earlier concerns. What if we run out of money - will we have to work with a less desirable option?
A: No, this is the acceptable design.

Q: Are there cheaper designs that offer the same advantages?
A: No.

Q: Why is Shoreline responsible for the funding? Why isn’t this a WSDOT project?
A: Celeste Gilman - Deputy Director, Regional Transit Coordination Division - WSDOT. We have little control over how funds are spent throughout the State - and we get significant direction from the legislature. There are a lot of projects going on such as the fish passage barrier removal injunction. This Project wasn’t meeting the WSDOT threshold to get the funding in time.

Q: We are responsible for design and funding, then hand off the Project to WSDOT. Why do we have to do that?
A: WSDOT has the skills to complete this project so the handoff makes sense.
A: Shoreline does not want to completely hand over future design of this Project. Great time and effort has been put in to meet the needs of Shoreline and we want to make sure that the final design still works for us.

Q: Given WSDOT metered roads, could a meter backup traffic into the roundabout? And if it does, what happens then?
A: Having the second lane allows traffic to continue to move if one lane is backed up behind traffic at a meter.
A: Council would like staff to consider this. It might be possible both lanes would get backed up.

Q: The pedestrian bridge spans the entire I-5 roadway. Wouldn’t a center pier save money?
A: It cannot have a center pier because of restricted use of fixed objects from Mountlake Terrace to downtown Seattle. There is not enough room. Existing center piers will not be replaced but on new bridges they are not adding new center piers.

Direction to staff. If this project does not get built, the interchange will fail and traffic will push out to the surrounding streets as well as the residential neighborhoods, discouraging and/or prohibiting people from getting to light rail. Let’s move forward with design as staff proposed.

(b) Discussing Ordinance No 876 - Amending Chapter 3.70 of the Shoreline Municipal Code to Modify the System Improvements Eligible for Park Impact Fees

Eric Friedli, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services presented the staff report.

The proposed amendment is necessary to provide more opportunities for addressing the shortage of parks and open space within the Westminster Triangle neighborhood and to implement the Shoreline Place Development Agreement approved in September 2019 via Resolution No. 441.

The proposed amendment would expand the geographic area for acquisition and development to include the Westminster Triangle neighborhood making projects in that area eligible for Park Impact Fees and would expand the geographic boundaries of these projects west to Dayton Avenue and south to 145th Street for the Shoreline Place development.

Q: Is there available park property identified within this immediate area?
A: Yes, the 18,000 sf lot with single family residence (mentioned by a speaker tonight). The house is in poor shape and the City is currently obtaining an appraisal for the property. But there is no guarantee that this property will be purchased.

This neighborhood does need a park - there isn’t one within 1 mile walking distance.

Added to Consent for Feb 10.

(c) Discussing Ordinance 879 - Amending SMC 3.27 for Multifamily Property Tax Exemption Conditions within the Shoreline Place Community Renewal Area

Nate Daum, Economic Development Manager, presented the staff report.

The PTE (Property Tax Exemption) program provides a 12-year property tax exemption on new housing construction and improvements in exchange for at least 20% of the units qualifying as affordable housing.

PTE is an efficient tool for the creation of affordable housing (not low-income housing) as it combines exemptions from all taxing jurisdictions. The result is that for every property tax dollar the City elects to forgo over the 12-year tax exemption duration, the investor experiences a savings of approximately eight dollars on its property taxes. This provides the trade-off necessary to allow for 20% of the units to be rented at below market rates. While programs vary from city to city, property tax exemption is now so commonplace that some multifamily homebuilders do not consider investments in areas where it is not available.

SMC 3.27.040(D) provides a specific requirement that within the Shoreline Place Community Renewal Area there is 500 total unit cap that can qualify for the property tax exemption program. This is the only residential target area in Shoreline and in King County to have such a limit.

Although the valuation of the project may not be fully on the City’s tax rolls for twelve years, therefore lowering the amount of new property tax, there are other revenue streams that will be generated by the project and the occupants of the units to offset the costs of providing services to the new residents. These include:
  • Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) when the property is sold, park and transportation impact fees, sales and use tax on construction, sales & use tax as new residents occupy the units, utility taxes and taxes on products purchased in Shoreline by the new tenants. Even with the property tax exemption, Shoreline can receive as much as four times the amount of taxes if the project is built than if they didn’t build the project.
Staff recommends removing the cap.


Should we remove the cap or increase the total units cap?

We don’t want Shoreline Place to be 100% multi-family housing, and we had to work really hard to get them to put in any commercial. We envisioned Shoreline Place as a city center where people could gather.

We shouldn’t treat one development different from the others. And we need to look at this citywide - look at the big picture. By limiting the property tax exemption by utilizing a cap, we may not get more retail but instead get housing without affordable housing. Or we may get no development at all.

The demand is for housing in today’s market. The housing sector is where we can attract redevelopment dollars. With the property tax exemption we can get affordable housing in addition to the housing we’re going to get anyway. Developers are building housing requiring the walkability and vibrant urban development people are looking for. The high quality is creating the environment we want developed with plazas and parks and tree-lined streets.

Retail space can be hard to fill. Anchor tenants are difficult to find. Retail is changing and small retail spaces seem difficult to occupy. We can always push for more retail in addition to the affordable housing.

Can we extend past 12 years? This is the amount of time the developer has to offer those units as affordable (and as a result the tax exemption applies). There could be an extension of this program.

Staff plans to review our existing policies, including property tax exemption, and provide options for potential changes in the scope of the upcoming Housing Action Strategy project between now and early 2021.

Since there are two Councilmembers away on City business, and we still have some questions, we will schedule this for Action on Feb 10th with the understanding we will have this ordinance in front of us and an amendment to replace the cap with a higher cap if we decide not to eliminate it.

Meeting adjourned


Basketball: Shorecrest Girls host Meadowdale tonight - seek revenge for playoff loss last year

Amanda Lee
2018 photo by Geoff Vlcek

From the Sports Desk

Every team anticipates the release of the season’s schedule.

Players and coaches peruse it with great interest, paying particular attention to their opener, games against their traditional rival, and, most pointedly, to the game against the team that ended their season last year.

The biggest game gets circled on everyone’s schedule.

Last year the Shorecrest girls basketball team had their greatest regular season in school history, going 17-2. But then the snows came in early February, cancelling playoff games for over a week.

Inexplicably, the Scots dropped back-to-back games in Districts, the final game coming against Meadowdale, ending their season in humbling fashion and dashing their dreams of a return to the State Tournament in Tacoma.

Tears were shed, teeth gnashed, and promises made among the players to avenge that most bitter defeat at the next opportunity.

That opportunity comes tonight, Thursday, January 30, 2020 when the Scots host Meadowdale at 7:15pm in the Shorecrest gym.

The visiting Mavericks enter the game with an impressive 12-4 season record, 8-2 in Wesco play.

The Scots are 13-1 overall, 7-1 in league action.

Shorecrest is led by a pair of stalwart seniors, Amanda Lee and Sydney VanNess, both four year starters. Junior Kiana Lino anchors the post for the Scots.

This promises to be a hotly contested, highly skilled, and passionately played game.

Local youth teams and their parents would be wise to attend, so as to pick up a few pointers and lend their voices to what can be expected to be girls high school hoops at its finest.

It’s not too late for you —- to circle your calendar.


Lake Forest Park resident named to University of Wyoming honor roll

The University of Wyoming lists the following nonresident students on the 2019 fall semester academic Dean's and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls.

The honor rolls consist of regularly enrolled undergraduates above freshman standing who earned a 3.4 or better grade-point average, and freshmen who have earned a 3.25 or better grade-point average.

To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades.

Lake Forest Park     
Benjamin H. Newell


Free performance Saturday - Letters Aloud at Shoreline Community College

Letters Aloud - The Road To Fame 
Curated and hosted by Paul Morgan Stetler. 
Musical accompaniment by Jamie Maschler. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:30pm
Shoreline Community College 

Tickets are free and so is the parking! Non-perishable food donations for the SCC Food Pantry gladly accepted.

How did Bruce Lee become a star? What did David Bowie make of his first U.S. fan letter? And what did Oprah Winfrey write to her 16-year old self?

Hot off touring through Alaska, Idaho, and Washington, Letters Aloud brings its newest show, THE ROAD TO FAME to Shoreline Community College.

Join us for a trip down the bumpy, winding roads of fame through letters to and from luminaries like Andy Warhol, Emily Dickinson, Tom Hanks, Stephen King, Serena Williams, John Cleese, and Muhammad Ali — including some of the greatest rejection letters ever written.

All read aloud by Shoreline Community College faculty members Tony Doupe’ and Debra Pralle, along with numerous student and faculty guest readers.

Learn what makes the famous tick, from their humble beginnings, to ambition and hard work, to the rewards of admiring fans and lessons learned. With live musical accompaniment and a dynamic slideshow.

Corrected: performance is at 7:30pm


Live and Local for February 1, 2020

Live and Local

There's a lot of live and local music to choose from each weekend. Most venues have food, some have dancing. Most have a cover charge and require reservations.

All have great local bands and entertainment!

This Saturday, February 1, 2020 here's what's happening

Yo La Tango at Monka Brewing Co.

Yo La Tango - free and family friendly (no pets) 4:30 - 6pm

Two guitars playing tango music!

Monka is a new micro brewery in the North City Business District. Feel free to bring in your own food and enjoy their craft beers.


Passarim - $12 Cover - 8 - 11pm

North City Bistro and Wine Shop, 1520 NE 177th St, Shoreline 98155

Call 206-365-4447 or go to website and fill out the simple reservation request form in order to secure seats for the show. Then buy your tickets here.

This bossa nova quintet is based in Seattle and performs regularly at Serafina Restaurant and Egans Ballard Jam House. The group has recently been featured on the Starbucks bossa nova compilation entitled In A Bossa Nova Mood.

Passarim provides an understated and seductive musical experience.

Francesca Merlini Vocal
Nick Torretta Saxophone, Flute
Brian Willett Guitar
Leo Raymundo Stand-up Bass, Vocals
Paul MIranda - Drums, Percussion

North City Bistro has built a reputation as a genuine venue for artists and music lovers alike. Very intimate, with a great wine and food selection. Open with music: Tuesday – Saturday. Wine Shop: 2:00pm. Kitchen: 4:30pm to Close.

Monster Road at Aurora Borealis

Monster Road - $10 cover - 7 - 10pm

16708 Aurora Ave N - Shoreline 98133

Inspired by classic 60’s and 70’s R/B/Soul, MONSTER ROAD brings their high energy show to the dance floor every single time with songs you just don’t get to hear anymore.

Vegas veteran Susan Apple and Seattle soul singer Roosevelt McQuarter, Jr. share a dual front as the band’s lead vocalists and between their killer harmonies and award-winning musicians’ grooves, their show will have you tapping into your yesterday in no time.

The Aurora Borealis is a restaurant and event space with live entertainment most days of the week.

View from the state at TPC as the
Solid GOLD Big Band plays

Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band - FREE and family friendly. 7:30 - 9:30pm

Third Place Commons Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE in Lake Forest Park.

This 20-piece dance and show band is styled after the amazing house bands in Las Vegas. With two world-class vocalists and a full horn section, nothing compares to the ‘wall of sound’ you get from Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band.

Thanks to Merlone Geier, TPC provides free live music every Friday and Saturday. Third Place Commons is a beloved community space with a full calendar of activities and a Farmers Market in the summer.


Skularoid Presents: Sundodger w/ Watch Rome Burn and Death Coach - 
9pm – 12am - $8 cover - 21+

Darrell's Tavern 18041 Aurora Ave N. 206-542-6688.

Heavy rock metal and punk bands at Shoreline's own Dive Bar.

Live music, vintage decor, pizza, tacos, hotdogs, and free pool.

Photo by Jan Hansen


For a complete listing of live music in Shoreline throughout the week, check out the calendar on the Music in Shoreline site.


Wilma applied a little eyeliner,

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Wilma applied a little eyeliner...

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

but knew she could never be the dandy that was her Walter -- studley duck, indeed! 
(Wood Duck couple on Lake Washington the other day)

--Gloria Z Nagler


Shoreline Community College board of trustees approves measures to meet budget shortfalls from enrollment decline

Shoreline Community College campus
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

After several years of continual enrollment growth, Shoreline Community College has experienced a decline in enrollment and faces a $2.3 million shortfall. The College is focused on realigning its expenses and revenue to bring its budget into balance for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Employee reduction in force may be necessary
At the January 22, 2020 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board approved the President’s recommendation that an employee reduction in force may be necessary, authorizing the College to begin the proposed budget reduction process. In March, the Board will formally approve any reductions, with the full 2020-21 budget adopted in late June.

The proposed adjustments for the 2020-21 budget include reductions in employee positions, goods and services, and other support, such as part-time faculty hiring, non-mandatory travel, and stipends.

While proposed employee reductions have been identified as necessary in several areas, the College has also determined unmet position needs in others. With this mind, several new positions are being created to address specific unmet need across all impacted employee groups. The net result of the proposed changes to employee positions would be:
  • Administrative/Exempt – Reduction of 6 positions, creation of 1.5 positions (net change of -4.5 positions)
  • Classified Staff – Reduction of 12 positions, creation of 7.25 positions (net change of -4.75 positions)
  • Faculty – Reduction of 1 position, creation of 3 positions (net change of +2 positions)

These proposed position adjustments will allow the College to better streamline operations and improve how the College helps students to enroll, persist, and graduate.

“The College is thoughtfully pursuing ways to bring our budget into balance. Because colleges are people-focused organizations, it is unfortunate that we are unable to significantly realign the budget without affecting some employee positions – and we are very sensitive to the impact this has on our students, employees, and the communities we serve. 
"However, we have prioritized the proposed reductions in a way that minimize impact on students and employees as much as possible,” said President Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

Men's soccer team may be discontinued
One recommendation presented to the Board of Trustees is to discontinue the Shoreline’s men’s soccer team in fall 2020, in the face of a reduced Athletics budget related to a decline in student fees. The recommendation is also based on a team history of low academic achievement, persistence, and retention as well as increased costs for insurance and facility maintenance. The College would continue offering six other competitive sports, including women’s soccer.

Dental Hygiene program not on list of budget reductions 
Some students and employees have expressed fears about Shoreline’s Dental Hygiene program being eliminated, though it is not on the list of budget reductions for 2020-21. The College is actively collaborating with key faculty and community partners to identify short- and long-term solutions to a two-fold challenge: locating appropriate space to house the program and addressing the program’s high cost of instruction. Updates about solutions will be shared in the coming weeks as conversations continue.

“The proposed budget changes that have been provided to the Board of Trustees are grounded in clear principles that align the College with our strategic plan, ensure adequate reserves for financial stability, and allow for further innovation and workflow efficiencies,” Roberts added. 
“We are now entering a problem-solving mode with College constituents to fine tune our recommendations before the Board of Trustees finalizes the budget this spring.”

In fall 2019, each campus department completed a self-review assessment. This data heavily informed the College executive team’s systematic budget review and rationale for the proposed changes. The new budget would go into effect July 1, 2020.

Founded in 1964, Shoreline Community College offers more than 100 rigorous academic and professional/technical degrees and certificates to meet the lifelong learning needs of its diverse students and communities. Dedicated faculty and staff are committed to the educational success of its 10,000+ students who hail from across the United States and over 50 countries.

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