Case updates September 27, 2020

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Case updates September 27, 2020

United States
  • cases 7,095,422 - 36,335 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 204,328 - 295 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *no death reports on weekends
  • cases 86,638 - 369 since last report
  • hospitalizations 7,477 - 22 since last report
  • deaths* 2,100 - 0 since yesterday

King county
  • cases 22,212 - 94 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,362 - 7 since yesterday
  • deaths 758 - 0 since last report

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 608 - 1 new
  • hospitalizations 105 - 0 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 68 - 1 new
  • hospitalizations 4 - 0 new
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


Last call for volunteers! Help make this coming winter safe for those lacking adequate shelter

Last call for volunteers! 

Help make this coming winter safe for those lacking adequate shelter!

After successfully piloting the Shoreline Severe Weather Shelter last winter, the City of Shoreline and NUHSA welcome St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church as a partner and host for this winter's emergency shelter.

Volunteers (over 18 years old):
  • are needed to commit to being on-call for a certain number of nights each month between November 1st and March 30th (shelter will open only when weather is below 34 degrees F)
  • will be provided with training and then will be responsible for welcoming guests and supervising the shelter overnight (partial shifts can be arranged)
  • will be paired with another person and can trade off sleeping and being awake as only one person needs to be awake for fire watch between 11pm and 5am
Training is being provided SOON, so don't delay!

COVID-19 protocols and requirements will be implemented. For more information or to volunteer, please email or call 206-550-5626.

Thank you for making a difference!


Virtual Wellness Walk to benefit Senior Center

We are excited to announce our first virtual event to support Seniors in the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park communities and the surrounding areas. It will start on October 10 and finish on October 18.

The best part about a virtual walk is that you can walk anywhere and anyway that feels good and safe – on a treadmill, in your neighborhood, at a local park or anywhere else you have in mind. You can walk on your own or with a few friends or family members. Don’t forget to take photos to share!

Registration is $25 per person and $5 for each additional family member. All proceeds benefit the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center


Jobs - Instructors at remote learning camps

Extra Help - Extra Help - Instructor (Remote Learning Camp)

This recruitment has been re-opened and the position will be posted until filled, first review of applications on October 6th

Schedule: up to 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday between 8:00am – 5:30pm

8.5 hours a day (30-minute unpaid lunch)

Types of positions available: Instructors at 40 hours/week and Instructors on an as needed basis (substitute instructors)\\

General Purpose and Scope of Work

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will help assist in a child recreational and educational programs that support Remote Learning.

These positions will work as part of a team which is responsible for planning and monitoring the activities of children enrolled in the program. Incumbents will interact with children to keep them engaged in intellectual, creative, artistic and physical activities throughout the day. Support remote learning for participants and develop and coordinate activities outside remote learning time. Communicate with peers daily to ensure proper supplies and equipment are available.

To review the complete job announcement and apply, please click here.


Flags continue at half-staff forJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Flag Lowering - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Updated)

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened by the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, and directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in her memory immediately.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Please call (360) 902-0383 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.


Local park: couple practicing for a performance


Actually, we don't really know if they were practicing for a performance, but they've definitely got moves!

Lee Lageschulte came across them in a local park

and caught a few dramatic shots of their practice session.


Shoreline Schools seeks Input Team Members for Elementary Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum adoption

Shoreline Public Schools’ Elementary Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum Adoption Team is seeking participants for an Input Team to support the SEL curriculum adoption decision-making process.

The Input Team will explore, review and provide feedback the two finalist curricula, Second Step and Ruler. The team will review instructional materials, teacher guides and asking questions of people currently using the curricula. The team members will then rate each curriculum using a rating tool created by the Adoption Team.

Anyone can apply to participate on the Input Team! We are seeking a diverse representation of families, staff and community members to serve in this important group. Apply HERE!

Applications must be received by 5pm on October 9 to be considered.

The Input Team will meet via Zoom on Oct. 19, Oct. 22, Nov. 9 and Nov. 12 from 3:15-5:15 pm each day. Input Team members must be able to attend all four sessions.

If you have any questions, contact Karena Valiquette, PBIS/SEL District Lead at


North City Tech Meet Up: Restoring the Apollo Guidance Computer: Lessons from a 50-year-old system

North City Tech Meet Up
Monday, October 5, 2020, 7 to 9pm

Online Zoom Meeting - Free and open to everyone

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 858 7210 0612
Passcode: 966991

Restoring the Apollo Guidance Computer: Lessons from a 50-year-old system

The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) played a critical role in the Moon landings. One of the first computers to use integrated circuits, the compact AGC provided guidance, navigation, and control onboard the spacecraft. 

This talk explains how we repaired an AGC (including its ferrite core memory), got it running, and ran the original Moon landing software on it. 

I'll also discuss the AGC's innovations in software engineering, user interfaces, interpreters, real-time computing, and multi-tasking, along with its performance mining Bitcoins.

Ken Shirriff

Ken Shirriff restores old computers, including a Xerox Alto and an IBM 1401 punch card computer. 

His blog ( discusses reverse engineering everything from chargers to microprocessors. 

He wrote the Arduino IRremote library and added seven characters to Unicode. 

Ken was formerly a programmer at Google and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley.

Organizer note:

The silver lining of the Covid-19 pandemic is that we can bring in speakers from all over, not just in the Seattle area. This presentation by Ken Shirriff would not have been possible otherwise. Having followed Ken’s blog for some time I and thrilled that he is able to join us from Silicon Valley via Zoom for this presentation.

Ken’s bio doesn’t begin to do justice to the level of effort involved in reverse engineering and restoring the Apollo systems and many other devices. His blog is both entertaining and informative. Just understanding how the moon landing was accomplished with so little computing horsepower is one thing, actually making the computer work and then mining Bitcoin on it is something else entirely.

Ken assures me that he will leave lots of time for questions.

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Time: Oct 5, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at one of our local libraries: Lake Forest Park, Shoreline or Kenmore. 

People of all levels of interest and experience are encouraged to attend. 

There is always time for introductions and discussions. 

Skip the traffic and join with your fellow north-enders once a month for interesting presentations and discussions.

Group site:

For the time being all North City Tech Meetups will be online using Zoom.


Volunteer for the annual Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

Photo by Mary Jo Heller

Every year hundreds of volunteers across the state get up and out for the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Count. 

At the last count 425 caring neighbors volunteered across 431 sites in 46 cities throughout Washington state! 

This is your chance to be a part of a statewide data-collection effort that will inform decisions about funding for sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes in communities all across Washington state, including yours.

The annual count will take place Tuesday October 20, Wednesday October 21, and Thursday October 22, 2020.

Volunteers choose either a morning (7 to 9am) or evening (4 to 6pm) shift and choose from the designated locations to document the pedestrians and bicyclists who pass by. After signing up, every volunteer receives detailed instructions.

Sign up to volunteer today!

The data is made publicly available, and it is used frequently by governments, transportation planners, and nonprofits to design projects, track changes, and to measure the demand and benefits of investing in active transportation.

Invite friends, family and people in your networks, to help cover the whole state!

If you have questions, email


Faced with a pandemic, the Northshore Performing Arts Foundation goes virtual with weekly shows

Every week on Wednesday at 7pm

By John Lehrack, Managing Director NPAF

As you may imagine, planning for the future of a performing arts organization during Covid is a daunting adventure. In early March of this year we had a great slate of shows lined up for our 20-21 season and had to cancel all of them due to the pandemic. Fear not, however! The Board and I have been hard at work planning a future for NPAF and I'm excited to share some of that with you now.

Since 2006, we have rented space at the Northshore Performing Arts Center at Bothell High School. The space is managed by the Northshore School District. Per directions from the governor, NSD has opted for a largely remote learning year, meaning there will be very little activity on campus, including the theatre. At this time, it looks like the theatre will be closed to us until Fall, 2021. We promise you that when reopening can safely happen, we will have a fantastic season just waiting in the wings for your enjoyment.

In the meantime, we are going virtual. Beginning on October 7, we will feature live broadcasts of spectacular local performers for your viewing pleasure on Wednesday evenings. 

You'll be treated to jazz, the blues, classical performers, a cappella artists and more. In December we are partnering with Emerald Ballet Theatre to bring you a virtual Nutcracker. Best of all; these performances will be FREE to you.

With the kick-off of our season so close, we can always use more help to ensure its success.

Are you a social media whiz? Is video creation your thing? If so, why not volunteer with us? We're looking for folks with mad Tik Tok and Instagram skills to help create promotional videos for our virtual concert series. If this is something that you're passionate about and would like to help promote the performing arts, please contact me at


Rain clouds, blue skies, fluffy white clouds

Monday, September 28, 2020

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Yes - we love it all. Skies in three shades of blue, dark gray rain cloud, fluffy white clouds, flat water in Puget Sound, land on the other side.

And in my yard the rhody is now well-watered and the wind blew off all the dead yellow leaves. The lawn of variaged weeds is fresh and green. The raccoons, unlike the coyotes, are still pretending they don't live here and certainly could not be responsible for the missing fruit from the pear trees.



This Week at Third Place Commons - Art and the Art of Voting

Monday at noon, Third Place Commons will launch its last online auction when bidding opens for a beautiful original painting on canvas by artist Meenakshi Sinha, entitled “Spring Brings Smiles.”

Yes, all good things must come to an end, and this will be the final auction in the TPC Awesome Auction-a-thon, a two month long series of fundraising auctions to support Third Place Commons and the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market.

It may be turning colder outside, but the winner of this lovely piece will get to enjoy this cheerful bounty of springtime colors all year round. This is the perfect piece to carry you through the winter doldrums and keep the promise of springtime ever present no matter how gray it turns outdoors.

Bidding takes place on the Third Place Commons Facebook page directly in the comments section of the auction post, which launches at noon. Bidding will remain open until Friday at noon and the winner will be the highest bidder at that time.

These auctions have raised vital operating support to sustain Third Place Commons, now in its 20th anniversary year, through these difficult times, along with its largest program, the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market. Your generous bidding on this final item will help secure the future for these well-loved community institutions.

Meanwhile, Third Place Commons’ free online programming continues all week long (every week) with German conversation Mondays at 5:30, French Conversation Tuesdays at 5:30, and Spanish conversation Thursdays at 5:30. Folks of all skill levels are welcome, so get the links to join in these friendly, easygoing sessions (and info on other free programs) at

But the virtual programming doesn’t stop there! This Wednesday night, September 30, 2020 at 7pm, make a plan to join the conversation for a free session entitled “Fostering Democracy through Ranked Choice Voting.”

Presented by the nonpartisan, nonprofit FairVote Washington, this informative program is your chance to learn about a more meaningful way to vote and how to make it happen here in Washington State. No more settling for the “lesser of two evils” when you vote! Register here to attend this free event.

Third Place Commons, a community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building real community in the heart of Lake Forest Park. In addition to presenting its largest program, the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, Third Place Commons now also fosters real community in digital space. 

To learn more, or to make a gift to support the market and the Commons, visit


Case updates September 26, 2020

Case updates September 26, 2020

United States
  • cases 7,059,087 - 49,871 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 204,033 - 853 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *no death reports on weekends
  • cases 86,269 - 439 since last report
  • hospitalizations 7,455 - 24 since last report
  • deaths* 2,100 - 0 since yesterday

King county
  • cases 22,118 - 118 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,355 - 2 since yesterday
  • deaths 758 - 0 since last report

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 607 - 1 new
  • hospitalizations 105 - 0 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 67 - 0 new
  • hospitalizations 4 - 0 new
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission meets online Monday

The next Meeting of the Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission will be Monday, September 28, 2020, from 7-9pm.

We will be using the Google Meet Platform, since it is free, and does not have a time cut-off, like say Zoom, and it is easier to use than Skype / Microsoft Teams.

Platform Website

Google Meeting Code: smk-eaqf-hcw

Google Meet Platform Link:

Sorry for the late notice, we will be trying to have more meetings in the future.

If anyone has any updates, we will let you chime-in, when we get to that topic, item or otherwise. Or if anyone from one of the Community Partners, feel free to send them along, or attend, and we will let you present yourself.

The agenda is informal.
The Commission is not part of LFP city government but is a private, volunteer group.

--Mike Dee


Third Place Books presents Reid Forgrave, in conversation with Michael Sokolove

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 6:00pm

Zac Easter could be your neighbor, your classmate, your son.

In December 2015, Zac Easter, a twenty-four-year-old from small-town Iowa, decided to take his own life rather than continue his losing battle against the traumatic brain injuries he had sustained as a no-holds-barred high school football player.

For this deeply reported and powerfully moving true story, award-winning writer Reid Forgrave was given access to Zac's own diaries and was able to speak with Zac's family, friends, and coaches. He explores Zac's tight-knit, football-obsessed Midwestern community; he interviews leading brain scientists, psychologists, and sports historians; and he takes a deep dive into the triumphs and sins of the sports entertainment industry.

Forgrave shows us how football mirrors America, from the fighting spirit the game has helped inscribe in our national character to the side effects of the traditional notions of manhood that it affirms. But above all, 

Love, Zac is a warning to parents and those entrusted with the care of our kids not to ignore concussions and warning signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). F 
or parents struggling to decide whether to allow their kids to play football, this eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and ultimately inspiring story may be one of the most important books they will read.

Reid Forgrave writes about sports and other topics for GQ, the New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones, among other publications. He has covered the NFL and college football for and CBS Sports, and he currently writes for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The article in which he first wrote about Zac Easter is included in Best American Sports Writing 2018 . A past life found him working at the Des Moines Register in Iowa, where he wrote long-form narrative journalism and covered the state's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Forgrave lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons. Love, Zac is his first book.

Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of three previous books: The Ticket Out, Hustle, and Warrior Girls. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy (Hardcover)
By Reid Forgrave
ISBN: 9781616209087
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Algonquin Books - September 8th, 2020

The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball (Paperback)
By Michael Sokolove
ISBN: 9780399563294
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019 


Wisdom of the Drum

Wisdom of the Drum
Wednesday, September 30, 11am-12pm
Register here

Learn about West African drumming, specifically from the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

Using historical fact and knowledge gained from original research from the Ayan (traditional drum society) of Nigeria, Javoen Byrd will incorporate a participatory drum circle facilitation, song and games for this interactive and educational workshop.

Learn more about Javoen's work. The Hawk Foundation

Sponsored by the King County Library System


Eagle Scout projects at Five Acre Woods

A large grove of tall trees. All have ivy wrapped around their trunks, going up 25 feet.
Ivy growing up trees is NOT A Good Thing
Photo courtesy LFPSF

There are presently three Eagle Scout projects planned for completion from late August through early October in Five Acre Woods.

One will remove ivy climbing up trees. Those vines have regrown 15-feet high since volunteers cut the big vines on trees a year and a half ago!

The second project will remove ivy that is overgrowing downed trees and shrubs at the southeast part of the park. 

This action should facilitate access to that area so community volunteers can remove the ground cover ivy.

The third Eagle project will remove the large invasive English Holly and English Laurel shrubs from the park east of the wetland, as well as small plants of those species within 15-feet of the large ones. 

The work of all these projects will be done by groups of five or less people, all wearing masks and keeping good distance from each other. We expect it will take 3 to 4 days for each project due to the small size of the work groups.

The new trail constructed by two Eagle projects earlier this year is getting lots of use and many favorable comments. It allows people to experience different habitats closer to the wetland than is accessible from our other trails.

Foundation Board member and Scout liaison Doug Hennick reports that people are respecting Five Acre Woods quite well by staying on trails and keeping out of the wetland. We commend these young community volunteers for improving the park for all to enjoy!

Listen to the KUOW story: "Rip the ivy out of your yard right now. Seriously" and be inspired to get rid of the ivy encroaching in your yard.

The WA State Noxious Weed Control Board has more information on identifying and removing English Ivy.

--Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation


As she opened one eye, she scolded photog:

A beautiful barred owl is sleeping on a branch. One eye is just barely open..
Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Did you forget that I'm a crepuscular bird...I need my sleep in the afternoon. Begone, pesky photog!

(Barred Owls are probably crepuscular rather than nocturnal, meaning they hunt in the dawn and dusk when their prey are likely to be active.)

--Gloria Z Nagler



Looking for a place to donate goods?

For all of you who have cleaned out your closets and storage areas, and don't want to wait in line at Shoreline Goodwill, there is a nearby truck event you can take advantage of.

Just a short distance into Snohomish county and west of Hwy 99, there will be a Goodwill donation truck in the parking lot of Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026.

It's a 'fill the truck' event to benefit Chase Lake Elementary in Edmonds.

Saturday, October 3, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm

Goodwill will make a donation of $600 to Chase Lake Elementary for each truck that is filled. 

So purge your closets, your unwanted items will help support a school!

If it is like all the other Fill the Truck events, there will be volunteers there to help unload your car.


Hopelink offering free GED classes online for local students

In response to COVID-19, Hopelink is now offering free GED classes online for students who live in or near our service area. Students who need to be at home can still get help earning their GED or high school diploma, a credential which will help them get a better job, prepare for college, or fulfill their personal goals. 

Celia, one of our Hopelink students, had been trying to get her GED for twenty years, but her work and family responsibilities always took precedence. Finally this year, she has been able to make it work!
Every morning, she helps her elementary-aged kids with school and activities, and in the afternoon, her older children watch the little ones so she can study. As of today, she has passed three of her four GED tests, including math! “I tell my friends, if I can do it with seven kids at home, then you can, too!”

For more information, please send an email to Debbie Margolis at or call her at 425-457-9685.


Unlicensed food vendor shut down

An unlicensed food vendor selling home-prepared foods from a personal vehicle and found operating at 17229 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on September 22, 2020 at 11:00am.

The food establishment closures homepage is online

To protect the public, food vendors are required to have commercial kitchens, licenses and permits, and are periodically inspected for clean and safe food handling.


Ahead of the Curve - Washington Women, 1910-2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Ahead of the Curve - Washington Women, 1910-2020
Presented by John Hughes (Ahead of the Curve) and Legacy Washington.

Wednesday, September 30, 7-8pm

Washington has been Ahead of the Curve since it first granted women the right to vote in 1883. 

In 1910, our state became the fifth to include women's suffrage in its constitution — a decade ahead of the nation. And Washington women keep blazing trails in fields from science to bridge building. 

Discover the pioneering spirit of some larger-than-life women and little-known stories with big impacts on Washington, the nation and beyond.

Presented by John Hughes, Co-Author and Chief Historian Legacy Washington.

Find the Ahead of the Curve book here and virtual exhibit here

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library. In partnership with Mercer Island Historical Society.


Gallery North’s October exhibit “Melodies Held in Silence” features paintings by Irina Milton

Christmas is Over by Irina Milton

This October, Gallery North proudly presents “Melodies Held in Silence” featuring a collection of still life painting by Irina Kirienko Milton. 

Irina Kirienko Milton is an explorer in life and art, which leads to her unique perspective. She always seeks to see new aspects of her subjects that she can incorporate into her artwork.

Irina explores the human condition, human-made objects, and the natural world in all its manifestations.

She pushes the limits of what is possible in her painting, seeking challenges and learning from the experience.

“Much of my artistic work centers around still life paintings. All of my still lifes are singing beautiful melodies of love and joy. Stop a moment and reflect on these paintings and feel the harmony.”

Gallery North is located at 401 Main St. Edmonds. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.


City with a Past, City with a Future: The 25th Anniversary of the City of Shoreline

October 3, 2020 at 10:30am

City with a Past, City with a Future: 
The 25th Anniversary of the City of Shoreline

Image courtesy of the Shoreline Historical Museum. 1995, Left to right: Shoreline City Council Members Ron Hansen, Bob Ransom, Mayor Connie King, Larry Bingham, Linda Montgomery, Scott Jepsen and Cheryl Lee approve the first “City of Shoreline” sign at 145th and Greenwood.

Have you ever wondered how we got here?! Now's your chance to find out! (And this doesn't have anything to do with the Big Bang Theory!)

Enjoy an hour with Vicki Stiles, the director of the Shoreline Historical Museum, as we look at the history of the City of Shoreline, how it got its start and how its history informs its future.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.

Registration is required by October 2 at 10:30am. Register at the King County Library link below, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.


Shoreline Central Market says "Let us shop for you!"

Order groceries online and we’ll shop for you! Pick them up curbside without getting out of your car, or have them delivered to your home.

Early in the pandemic we heard from many of you that you want to shop our markets but were wary of going into a store. So we fast-tracked our online ordering project and are up and running! 

You can now shop our markets from home and choose curbside pickup or delivery. And best of all, our own food-loving personal shoppers do your shopping for you with the same care they take in selecting food for their own families.

Here’s how it works in a nutshell:


Click the “Order Online” link above to get to our online store.
  • Select your nearest market from the “My Store” tab.
  • Set up an account (or shop first and create your account at checkout).
  • Shop by selecting items to place in your online shopping cart.
  • Select delivery or curbside pickup and choose a time from the openings available.
  • Enter your credit or debit card information and complete your order.
  • Receive your groceries at your specified delivery or pickup time!

More information HERE

Just off Aurora at 15505 Westminster Way N, Shoreline 98133206-363-9226

Temporary Hours: 7am - 10pm


Dept of Ecology: Smoky siege – A look back at the smoke storm of 2020

Smoke plume over Washington
Photo courtesy Dept of Ecology

The Department of Ecology provides a look back at the smoke storm of 2020

The record-shattering smoke storm of 2020 is now behind us. 

Rain clouds have replaced the choking fog of smoke that held Washington in a vice for more than a week, and the annual dread of late-summer wildfires appears to have eased.

Before we get back to business as usual, however, we wanted to review: 

-what exactly happened in the first three weeks of September, 

-what it did to all of us that were stuck breathing that toxic soup, and 

-what we can learn from this smoke event to prepare us for future summers when the smoke returns.

Read more HERE 


Case updates September 25, 2020 including the neighbors; U.S. tops 7 million cases

Case updates September 25, 2020

  • cases 726,000 - 5,573 since yesterday
  • deaths 76,243 - 399 since yesterday

  • cases 151,671 - 1,251 since yesterday
  • deaths 9,262 -  1 new since yesterday

United States
  • cases 7,009,216 - 50,584 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 203,180 - 851 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *no death reports on weekends / holidays.
  • cases 85,830 - 604 since last report
  • hospitalizations 7,431 - 19 since last report
  • deaths* 2,100 - 0 since yesterday

King county
  • cases 22,000 - 71 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,353 - 4 since yesterday
  • deaths 758 - 0 since last report

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 606
  • hospitalizations 105 - 0 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 67 - 0 new
  • hospitalizations 4 - 0 new
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


Shoreline Schools Black and Brown Families Virtual Town Hall October 12 sponsored by Equity Team

Shoreline Schools Equity and Family Engagement Department will host a Black and Brown Families Virtual Town Hall webinar on Monday, October 12 from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Although this meeting is open to all, the voices and conversations will be centered for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

Join us to learn more about what has and will be happening in our schools and district to address the needs of our BIPOC students and families. This is also an opportunity for school leaders to hear the needs and concerns of our BIPOC families.

We really want to hear from you, so please share this information with your friends and family.

Register HERE

What is an Equity Team?

The goal of the Equity Team is to promote institutional change within Shoreline Public Schools to better serve our community. Each school and the district office have an Equity Team that provides direction and leadership in culturally relevant professional development, policies and practices. The Equity Team works to provide an equity-focused lens to examine our work and institutionalize change.

Equity Teams support increased capacity building and training on racial equity, anti-racism and culturally relevant practices of all staff, significant improvement in policies, procedures, decision-making processes, allocation and use of resources, community engagement and more. This work is grounded in a mission to support and advocate our families, staff and students who have been historically underserved.


Third Place Books presents Christopher Paolini - To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (Tickets Required!)

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

This is a Virtual Event and Tickets are required Purchase Tickets Here!

Each ticket purchase includes access to the event, and a copy of Christopher Paolini's new novel TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS.

The first 100 ticket buyers will receive SIGNED bookplates. All ticket holders will receive a special complimentary swag item! Books will be available for pickup or shipping (within the United States) after the event date.

A brand new epic novel from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Paolini.

Exploring new worlds is all Kira Navarez ever dreamed of doing. But now she has found her nightmare. 
On a distant planet ripe for a colony, she has discovered a relic previously unseen by human eyes. It will transform her entirely and forever. Humanity will face annihilation.

She is alone. We are not.
There is no going back.

Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and has lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana. He published his first novel, Eragon, in 2003 at the age of nineteen, and quickly became a publishing phenomenon. His Inheritance Cycle—Eragon and its three sequels—have sold nearly 40 million copies worldwide. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is his first adult novel.

James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the hottest summer reads (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.


Photo:Poem The Hummingbird's Farewell

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The Hummingbird's Farewell 

Two little white blossoms
So stately and tall
The hummingbird there
Knows that now it is Fall

He's come there to tell them
He loves every one
And he will be happy
When Spring has begun

The days are quite gloomy
The rain has begun
All Nature is thirsty

He's come there to thank them
For ALL that they give
Their Beauty and Sweetness
That helps Him to live

He's whispering to them
Before you depart
Just know that your Sweetness
Lives on in my heart

--jean monce bryant


Reminder from Shoreline Schools: Learning Option preference survey closes Sunday night

Shoreline Schools Superintendent Rebecca Miner is asking families to take their Learning Option Preference Survey (one minute), if they have not already done so. Over 5,500 submissions have been turned in so far. 

It will close at midnight Sunday night, September 27, 2020.

The survey is not a commitment to either option. The purpose of the survey is to give an estimated percentage range based on which way people are leaning at this point in time.

Details of each option are not available at this time, but will be shared well before families are asked to commit to a learning model for their children.

It is an intricate and complex process to develop two separate learning systems that will run concurrently with the same number of staff and resources. 
Some decisions will be contingent upon bargaining and other collaboration with our employee groups, and others will depend on the number of students we will estimate for each option. 
We also expect to receive updated health and safety protocols guidance next week from the Department of Health that will need to be incorporated into our plans. 
We deeply appreciate your patience and grace as we thoughtfully and thoroughly work through these processes.


Localized flooding in Shoreline Friday

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Photo by Heather McLaughlin

Shoreline Public Works crews responding to flooding on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 2:00pm on 185th and 10th. This is looking south on 10th from the new roundabout in the North City neighborhood of Shoreline.


September is apple harvest season

Photo and apples by David Walton

September is apple harvest season in Western Washington. 

Jonagold apples are a great variety, even in backyards!


Jobs: City of Shoreline

City of Shoreline
Plans Examiner II

Closes 10/11/2020


Shoreline is an inclusive City that endeavors to build a work culture which embraces diversity, encourages participation, and promotes equity.

This position's focus is on conducting residential plan reviews (IRC) for compliance with locally adopted Washington State Building Codes. It will also provide backup for residential/plumbing/mechanical on-site inspections.
The incumbent will join a building plan review staff of three other seasoned plans examiners to support sustained local redevelopment construction growth in this inner-ring city of 55,000. The City is preparing for two Link Light Rail Stations and the School District touts an aggressive school facilities capital improvement plan. City Staff is proud of our customer service focused work ethic.

A qualified applicant will have experience and skills in accurately checking building plans and specifications; interpreting, applying and enforcing applicable building codes; performing on-site inspections and customer service. Preferred experience involves electronic plan review and project management practice.

To respond to inquiries from developers, contractors and the general public regarding building code compliance issues; to receive, review and approve building plans and applications for building permits; to serve as project manager for residential project review; to conduct on-site inspections of buildings for code compliance; and to perform a variety of plans examination tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

This is the full journey level class within the Plans Examiner series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Plans Examiner I by the level of supervision received and by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including reviewing and approving building plans and specifications, and conducting on-site building inspections. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. This class is distinguished from the Plans Examiner III in that the latter performs plans examination work supporting building projects of greater scope at a higher level of responsibility and has supervisory responsibility.

Job description an kd application


New Shoreline Community College online class - Director Series: Light and Shadow: The Films of Josef von Sternberg

Josef von Sternberg and
Marlene Dietrich

Travel back to Classic Hollywood with facilitator George Watt as you explore the films of Josef von Sternberg! 

Revered and reviled in his own time, Sternberg is notable for a series of films in which he directed Marlene Dietrich and is renowned for his lighting, mise en scene, staging, and costume design.

Sternberg's surviving silent films are remarkable examples of the silent art form, and his gangster film during this period launched the gangster film cycle of the following decade.

Students will view six of Josef von Sternberg's films throughout the class and learn how to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize each film. 

Additionally, students will discuss how the various elements of each film - lighting, camera work, composition, sound, costume, etc. - work together to create meaning and examine cultural influences, including race, ethnicity and gender roles.

Film titles are available on the Internet, via YouTube, or from streaming services, such as Amazon Prime. Some titles are available on DVD from public libraries, from rental services such as Netflix, or may be purchased on DVD or Blu-ray.

Fee: $149
Dates: September 30th - November 4th (Wednesdays)
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Click here to register today! Questions? Please email


AG Ferguson: Mesh manufacturer Bard must pay Washington $2.38 million for failing to disclose the risks of its transvaginal mesh devices

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Friday that Bard, a medical device manufacturer and formerly one of the biggest manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices, will pay $2.38 million to Washington for misrepresentations and failure to include serious risks in the instructions and marketing materials for surgical mesh devices.

The money will go into a larger restitution fund, established after the Johnson and Johnson mesh recovery, for women who received transvaginal mesh devices. 

In April 2019, Ferguson announced a similar, separate resolution of Ferguson’s case against Johnson and Johnson over the company’s failure to disclose the serious risks of their surgical mesh devices. On the eve of trial, Johnson and Johnson agreed to pay $9.9 million to Washington.

Read more here


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Pamplona 2020

Three men run along the sand next to the water, hotly pursued by a cheerful pack of running seagulls. The caption says The Running of the Gulls.


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Rolling Stone publishes op-ed from Gov. Inslee in recognition of Climate Week

Gov. Inslee meeting with local leaders in fire-ravaged communities
Photo courtesy Washington state

Rolling Stone published an op-ed this week from the governor in recognition of Climate Week and the many challenges that lay ahead in guaranteeing a sustainable future for Washingtonians. The op-ed reads, in part:

"While we know this administration would be wise to change its destructive path – by bringing our country back into the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, by putting in place strong clean car standards, or by restoring key environmental protections razed by Trump’s cronies – we know they won’t. 
"However, public opinion is clear even after years of misinformation and downright lies. There is not enough oil money in the world to stop the American people from rising up for what’s right, and it’s time to hit back.

"Let this Climate Week be a reminder not merely of the long road ahead, but of our own power to make that journey together. Start now, so that in Climate Week 2021 we’ll have a little less distance to cover."

Read the op-ed on Rolling


Case updates September 24, 2020

Case updates September 24, 2020

United States
  • cases 6,958,632 - 42,340 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 202,329 - 918 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *no death reports on weekends / holidays. Clark county had delays in uploading data and did a large amount at once which is reflected in these numbers.
  • cases 85,226 - 988 since last report
  • hospitalizations 7,412 - 55 since last report
  • deaths* 2,100 - 20 since yesterday

King county
  • cases 21,896 - 93 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,353 - 11 since yesterday
  • deaths 758 - 0 since last report

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 602 - 1 new
  • hospitalizations 105 - 0 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new in previous 24 hours

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 67 - 0 new
  • hospitalizations 4 - 0 new
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


Lake Forest Park Town Center – Burke-Gilman Trail Connector: Overpass or Underpass?

Option A Mid-block crossing approximately where the current Bank of America building sits.
Viewed from the south at Town Center
V+M Structural Design

By Tracy Furutani

How should pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles get from the Burke-Gilman trail to the Town Center and the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) garage and stops?

Three preliminary options, two of which involve an overpass across Bothell Way (State Route 522) and the other an underpass, were presented to the Lake Forest Park City Council Thursday night.

“This project has a lot of constraints on it, “ said Schaun Valdovinos, the president and principal engineer of V+M Structural Design, the firm hired by the city to perform the preliminary design, funded by a state Department of Commerce grant.

The constraints include Lyon Creek, which parallels Bothell Way in the project area, a patchwork of privately-owned parcels and buildings on either side of the roadway, and overhead power lines and buried fiber optic cables. 

Option B Overpass - viewed from the north
V+M Structural Design

Three alignment options for the crossing were investigated, he said:

  1. “mid-block” overpass (Option A) approximately where the current Bank of America building sits, 
  2. overpass (Option B)
  3. underpass (Option C) on the south side of the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.

Councilmember John Wright raised the point of an underpass’s effect on the Lake Forest Park aquifer, and Councilmember Semra Riddle pointed out some seismic safety and traffic disruption concerns.

Councilmembers Tom French and Lorri Bodi both wondered if any of the options would be used by people crossing Bothell Way, rather than those people continuing to use the existing level crossings.

The cost of the construction of the crossing, which has not been funded, would be least for the mid-block overpass, according to Valdovinos.

Option C underpass on the south side of the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way
Viewed from the north on the Burke-Gilman trail
V+M Structural Design

The overpass at the intersection would be more expensive because of the need for an elevator for accessibility on the east side.

The underpass would be still more expensive because of the high water table in the area and the need for continuous pumping.

The mid-block overpass would have the least impact on the trees lining Bothell Way.

“This is preliminary design work to understand all the constraints of our future project and that we’re not presuming at this point that other property owners would concur or enter into any agreement that involves their property,” said Donnelle Dayao, Project Manager for the city.

The next step in the project is the December presentation of the Type, Size and Location (TS&L) report, which will contain information such as recommendations and numerical cost estimates.

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