WeatherWatcher: Photogenic end to a Thanksgiving weekend

Monday, November 30, 2020

From a balcony in North City, overlooking the McAleer and Lyon creek watersheds towards Mt. Baker. You can see the shallow layers of fog in the valleys. Photo by Jon Ann Cruver

A rare break in late November weather gave way to a brilliant sunny day with a mix of patchy fog and high clouds in the area. Clear skies overnight Sunday morning produced some radiative cooling, an effect that often occurs during the longer clear nights between the fall and spring equinox. 

Infrared radiation from the surface radiates back out to space, causing the ground to cool down faster than the air above it. With relative humidity levels at near 100% as the ground cooled, a shallow layer of fog formed in lower elevation areas.

We were also between weather systems on Sunday, with our next rainmaker threatening to arrive sometime after midnight Monday morning. 

The approach of this storm front produced the high clouds, particularly the lenticular clouds north and east of the Olympic Mountains. You'll notice our sunset was rather red in the photos below, indicating the approaching storm front isn't far off.

Several of our readers sent in photos from across Shoreline from Puget Sound to North City. I'll start with the east side, from the North City neighborhood:

Sun filtered by fog on top of a ridge in North City.
Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

Then we transition over towards Richmond Beach and the Puget Sound where the fog was thinning. You can still see a hint of the fog very close to the water.

Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains with lenticular clouds from Innis Arden.
Photo by Jan Hansen

Finally we'll finish off the day with yet another spectacular sunset at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. The park was full of visitors, many of them enjoying the view on walks around the park.

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Those red skies I mentioned earlier, demonstrate one of the oldest meteorological rules of forecasting. Red skies at sunset or sunrise indicate an approaching or departing storm front. 

The old sailor's saying: "Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red skies at night, sailors delight." In our case though, the red sky is the approaching storm this time, as it will hit overnight, not after sunrise.

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Forecast for Monday is a stormy one, as we are expecting a round of rain to arrive overnight, with winds increasing as well. Gusts could get as strong as 40mph in the morning before easing a little in the afternoon to 20-30mph.

Once we get through the storm on Monday though, high pressure rebuilds and clears us up with patchy fog in the mornings, sunny afternoons, and clear and chilly nights. We could see patchy frost in places through the rest of the work week and into next weekend. 

Careful on those morning commutes if it takes you out on exposed side streets before sunrise.

For current weather conditions visit


Home for the Holidays: SeaChordsmen go virtual

The Seattle SeaChordsmen present their annual holiday concert online this year. Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7pm.

The show will be broadcast on YouTube. The YouTube event is here:

The chorus web site is here: It has information on how to join. We already have Shoreline and Edmonds members!

Your generous donations will go to area food banks.


Briarcrest Neighborhood: Collecting much needed supplies for our neighbors in Tent City

Tent City 3 February 2009, photo copyright Marc Weinberg
We are expecting another cold winter

By Jean Hilde

This week, from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4, the Briarcrest Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a collection for our neighbors living in Tent City.

Everyone is invited to participate! 

With winter coming on, we're hoping to help provide much-needed food, shelter, clothing and personal hygiene items from the below list. 

If you'd like to contribute, please bring your donations to Patty Pan, 15550 27th Ave NE in Shoreline (look for the tent in front) from Monday through Friday this week.

What's needed
  • Food: Canned or instant soups, chili, tuna, peanut butter, coffee, sugar
  • Disposable plates, cups and utensils (compostable is best)
Clothing can be used or new
  • Work clothing: for both physical labor and office work, adult men's and women's sizes
  • Long underwear: adult men's and women's sizes
  • Sweaters, wool caps, gloves, scarves, socks, hand and foot warmers
  • Boots
Personal items: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, hand lotion
  • Aspirin, cold remedies, other over the counter medications
Sleeping bags, blankets
  • Cots, air mattresses, sleeping pads
Tarps and tents (these are in high demand)
  • Pallets and nails


Giving Thanks to Sunshine Espresso

Lori Joubert takes a selfie with the staff of
Sunshine Espresso

Story and photo by Lori Joubert

The staff at Sunshine Espresso does more than serve beverages and pastries.

They do a whole lot of listening to our Shoreline community members and make us feel valued.

The coffee kiosk is located in the North City Business District at 17705 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155 


Case updates November 28, 2020

Case updates November 28, 2020

United States
  • cases 13,142,997 - 143,333 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 265,166 - 1,210 deaths since yesterday

Washington state
  • cases 162,700 - 2,066 since last report
  • hospitalizations 10,759 - 96 since last report
  • deaths 2,703 - 0 since last report

King county
  • cases 43,740 - 356 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3,190 - 26 since yesterday
  • deaths 858 - 2 since yesterday

  • cases 11,005 - 120 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 748 - 9 since yesterday
  • deaths 198 - 1 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,108 - 17 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 131 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 70 - 0 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 132 - 0 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 6 - 0 since yesterday
  • deaths 2 - 0 since yesterday


Gallery North announces December’s Holiday Show: “Gifts of the Season”

Gallery North in Edmonds is celebrating the holiday season with “Gifts of the Season” featuring unique works of art created by our 20 local artists. 

This exhibit will feature various creative interpretations of artful gifts that provide wonderful, unique items for gift-giving to yourself, or for family members and friends. Gift possibilities include more than traditional paintings and photography.

Winter-worn by Ben Groff

Gallery artists have created beautiful items to decorate the home, small artworks, jewelry to address the uniqueness of the wearer, hand-crafted wood, medallions, pottery, and glass designed to enhance any decor.

This year’s holiday show opens December 1, 2020 at Gallery North in downtown Edmonds. All artwork and gift items are available for purchase during the show which is open to the public throughout the month of December, Tuesday through Sunday, 11-5.

Christmas Eve by Leanna  Leitzke

About Gallery North: In operation for almost 60 years, Gallery North is one of the longest running artist-run cooperative galleries in the nation. It continues its mission to promote and sell local art in the heart of downtown Edmonds. 

Open 6 days a week, Gallery North is located at 401 Main Street, Edmonds, Washington. For further information, call the gallery at 425-774-0946 or visit the website at


Restoring a section of McAleer Creek with herbicides and physical removal of invasives

Hand removal and pesticides were used to clear invasives from a section next to McAleer Creek.
Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

The Lake Forest Park Tree Board has recognized invasive species as one of the detriments to the health of our urban canopy. English Ivy for example, suppresses and excludes vegetation better suited for wildlife and native plant species.

In fall 2019, the Lake Forest Park Tree Board applied for and received a grant for $45,000 from the King County Council, administered by King County Waterworks.

The goal of the grant is to restore a section of McAleer Creek along Perkins Way to improve the creek’s water quality and aid in the restoration of Kokanee salmon. 

The grant was officially awarded in May 2020, and the project started shortly after. The grant-related work must be completed by December 31, 2022.

After grant approval, the Tree Board and City contacted the affected landowners to obtain permission to access their property for the proposed work. These permissions were all granted by August 2020. 

During the summer, five ecological restoration companies were invited to bid on the project. Applied Ecology was selected to perform the removal of the invasive plants along the Creek.

Applied Ecology treated invasive plants for four days in August, using both physical removal and targeted herbicide applications. 

Invasive larger trees and/or shrubs such as English Holly and Laurel were injected with pellets of herbicide. 

Aquatics-approved herbicides were employed on the ground surface, and care was taken ahead of their use to isolate and protect native plants already in the area.

Those invasive plants overhanging or right beside the creek were not sprayed but were left for later removal by hand. The company conducted this hand removal over a three-day period in November.

Further invasive removal is scheduled for summer 2021, followed by native plant restoration plantings in both fall 2021 and in winter and fall of 2022.


Shoreline Planning Commission to review 185th Street Subarea Plan progress report

Shoreline Planning Commission Meeting
Regular Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:00pm
Held Remotely on Zoom

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Call into the Live Meeting: 253-215-8782 or (Webinar ID: 930 9892 9154 passcode: 603720)

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Baby otters at Ronald Bog

When you have the feeling you are being watched. There are two kits in this photo.
Photo by Martin DeGrazia

A mother otter has been making appearances around Ronald Bog with her two kits. It's more than a little challenging to get all three in the same photo, but Martin DeGrazia aka Bog Whisperer is working on it.

Freshwater otters are different from the seagoing kind but they have been known to share territory. Photo by Martin DeGrazia

Seems like the only time they are all in frame is when they are swimming in the Bog. You get to see a nose and occasionally some teeth.

Three at once! Photo by Martin DeGrazia

There's a mom and baby in Echo Lake, as well. Probably in their other locations - Twin Ponds, McAleer Creek - but they have not yet posed for the camera.


Black Voices Read-Along Tuesday at Third Place Books

Join Shoreline Schools for a special Black Voices Read-Along in partnership with Third Place Books Lake Forest Park beginning on December 1, 2020.

The featured author is Jewell Parker Rhodes and participants can choose from two of her books, Ninth Ward or Ghost Boys, for the read-along.

Learn more and sign up at (If necessary, copy the link and paste it into your browser)

In preparation of our read-along, please make sure to get a book! Thanks to our generous sponsors at Third Place Books, readers are able to use a coupon to purchase a copy of the Black Voices books for 20% off at the Lake Forest Park store.


HistoryLink: Mountlake Terrace incorporates on November 29, 1954

New Mountlake Terrace councilmembers H. Scott Wilson,
Harley McFarland, Gilbert Geiser, Lester Steele, Patricia Neibel,
November 1954. Photo courtesy City of Mountlake Terrace
Mountlake Terrace incorporates on November 29, 1954

By Phil Dougherty
Posted 3/18/2008 Essay 8531

On November 29, 1954, Mountlake Terrace, located in south Snohomish County, formally incorporates, after a close vote approving incorporation the preceding week.

The fledgling city has mushroomed from a few scattered homes in 1949 to a tightly packed community with more than 5,000 residents in just five years.

A newly elected five-member city council names Gilbert "Gil" Geiser (1919-1987) acting mayor of the new city.

A Terrace, A Lake, and A Mountain

Mountlake Terrace can trace its beginnings to 1949, when the development team of Peterson-LaPierre, Inc., bought an abandoned airport just north of present-day 244th Street SW, between 60th and 61st avenues W (just east of today’s I-5). They found that the flat airport runway looked like a terrace, and that some parts of the property had views of both Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier. Thus Mountlake Terrace seemed like a natural name for what started out as a housing development.

Then the housing development grew in leaps and bounds. The economy was booming, and with World War II veterans starting families and settling down, there was a huge need for housing. Within five years the housing development had grown into a community that encompassed about one square mile covering an area between present-day 216th and 244th avenues SW and 48th and 68th avenues W.

Growing Pains

But although the number of houses and families in the new community boomed, the infrastructure needed to support them did not. People moving to Mountlake Terrace had to wait for a year to get a telephone -- and when they did they were on a 10-party line. There were no paved streets, and storm drains were open ditches. Police protection was provided by the sheriff’s office in Everett, 15 miles away.

Things finally came to a head one night in the summer of 1953 when someone tried to break into the home of Patrick McMahan (1930-2013), a Seattle firefighter who lived in Mountlake Terrace. The culprit was evidently scared off when he realized that McMahan’s wife, Beverly, was home. Beverly McMahan called the sheriff’s office. The sheriff did not respond until late the next afternoon. Patrick McMahan decided there had to be a better way.

McMahan approached the Edmonds city council and inquired if Edmonds was interested in annexing Mountlake Terrace, but the council turned him down. He then organized the Mountlake Terrace Study Committee to determine the feasibility of incorporating the small community. McMahan and another Mountlake Terrace resident, Fred Smethurst, were named co-chairmen of the committee; Levy Johnston and Bill Hennessey, two local attorneys, were also early and active leaders on the committee. They prepared a petition for incorporation as a third-class city, which was approved by the Board of Snohomish County Commissioners. On August 24, 1954, the commissioners set the vote on incorporation for November 23.


There was considerable give-and-take between local residents over whether to incorporate during the autumn of 1954. This finally culminated in a meeting on November 16 at the Mountlake Terrace Elementary School, where council candidates spoke and issues were discussed. On Election Day, precisely 1,000 people voted. The incorporation measure passed, though by a fairly close vote of 517 to 483. The measure was defeated in several precincts, mostly notably the precincts that voted at the Mountlake Terrace Elementary School.

The election ballot actually had two questions. The first was on the issue of incorporation, and the second was to name five residents to serve on the city council if incorporation was approved. Twenty people ran for the five positions. Elected were Gilbert “Gil” Geiser, 35 (Geiser received 540 votes, more than the total vote to incorporate), Harley McFarland, 36, Patricia Neibel, 26, Lester Steele, 31, and H. Scott Wilson, 32. Neibel had actively opposed incorporation but ran for a council spot, saying that if it passed, someone who had questioned the need for a city should be on the city council.

The new council had its first meeting on the evening of November 24 and named Geiser the first city mayor. The next Monday, November 29, 1954, Mountlake Terrace’s incorporation became official under a council-manager form of government, and the council appointed Evan Peterson as the first city manager.

County officials estimated the city’s population at 5,104 in 1954; the 2000 U.S. Census pegged the population at 20,362, with a population density of 5,036 people per square mile, making Mountlake Terrace one of the most densely populated communities in Washington state.

This essay made possible by: Henry M. Jackson Foundation


David A. Cameron, Charles LeWarne, M. Allan May, Jack C. O’Donnell, Lawrence O’Donnell, Snohomish County: An Illustrated History (Index, WA: Kelcema Books LLC, 2005), 298-302; “Mountlake Will Become City,” The Seattle Times, November 24, 1954, p. 4; Charles Russell, “Mountlake Terrace Is Newest City,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 25, 1954, p. 26; “Census 2000 Data for the State of Washington”, U.S. Census Bureau, website accessed March 12, 2008, (; "History," The City of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, website accessed March 12, 2008 (

Note: This essay was updated on September 24, 2013.


You see what you want to see

Sunday, November 29, 2020


Photo by Jan Hansen

Go right ahead and admire the shapes and shadows, the perfect placement for the path of moonlight on the Sound. See how the clouds try to pretend they are a mountain range and the land is an anonymous ribbon of darkness.

All I can see are the two trees, holding hands in the moonlight and leaning affectionately toward each other as they watch the sun set.



The Science of Star Trek

The Science of Star Trek
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7-8pm
For teens and adults.

Register here: (If necessary copy link and paste into your browser)

Join Dr. Michael Wong on a journey through the cosmos to uncover the real-life science behind the fictional universe of Star Trek! Dr. Wong is a Post-Doc at the University of Washington where he studies planetary atmospheres, habitability, biosignatures and the emergence of life.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodmont Library.

Please register. You will be sent a Zoom link two hours before the program. Registration closes three hours before the start of the program. This event will not be recorded.


Race and Equity Training: How to BE Anti-Racist!

Race and Equity Training: How to BE Anti-Racist!

Four dates offered:
Select date and register online ($40) to receive zoom link.

Ranice Innocent, educator and trainer with Let’s Do Work, is offering training to learn ways to build awareness around racial injustice and inequities to become anti-racist.

She will review “cultural competency” pillars; identify cultural filters, stereotypes and biases; discuss intent vs. impact, implicit bias; and “why” in walking with racial equity and an anti-racist lens. 

Contact Ranice at with any questions.


Poetry and Prose Circle

Poet Rose Ramm Gamble

Poetry and Prose Circle 
with Rose Ramm Gamble
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30-8:30pm 
For adults and teens

Register: (If necessary copy the link and paste it into your browser)

Rose Ramm Gamble is a corn-fed Nebraska revolutionary. A veteran of the Midwest punk scene and wannabe mystic of Catholic heritage, her dogma descends mostly from The Beatles lyrics. 

When Rose stomps out her poetry, it's a shaman journey through social justice covens, parochial school studios, redneck trailer parks, therapy couches, mosh pits and briars of shiny black berries, ripe for the picking.

In the Poetry and Prose Feedback Circle, we will spark ideas using random or collected word lists as starting points for writing. Activities will include studying sample poetry, gathering word lists, and assembling word arrangements that provoke and unblock the flow of ideas.

We will have the option of sharing our workshop writing with the group, and we will also have an opportunity to receive feedback on this or another piece of writing that we bring. I

In collaboration with Redmond Association of Spokenword. Sponsored by the Friends of the Redmond Library.

Meeting ID: 834 4479 7592 Passcode: 372124


Hopelink's English for Work goes online

Do you know people who would benefit from improved English skills in order to find work, but cannot attend a class due to COVID restrictions?

In response to this situation, Hopelink will continue to provide free English for Work classes online.

About English for Work Online

This free ONLINE course is designed to help immigrants and refugees who speak some English to improve their language skills while they prepare for work. 

 Students develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing, and technology skills; receive one-on-one advising; and participate in remote mock interviews conducted by local employers. 

Every quarter, many of our students find jobs. Employers know about us, and frequently make us aware of job openings. In addition, Hopelink volunteers often help to connect students with employers.

Key Information
  • Remote Orientations begin the week of January 4, 2021.
  • Classes will meet via Zoom from January 20 through March 30.
  • Morning and evening class options are available.
  • Classes are best suited to students who have intermediate or advanced-level English communication skills. We assess students to determine their level and help decide if our program is a good fit.
  • Clients can contact us to register for orientation by emailing or by leaving a voicemail message at 425-250-3007.
  • Clients who enroll and who do not have a computer may be able to borrow a Hopelink Chromebook to participate in the class.

To enroll, individuals must:
  • plan to get a job in the U.S. or to enroll in job training/college to prepare to get a job (within the next 6 months)
  • be able to participate in 2-hour online classes twice a week and complete online homework.
  • complete orientation
  • be 18 years or older
  • not have a B, F, J, or M visa
  • live near a Hopelink Center (for example, in Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, or one of the surrounding cities)
How to enroll
  • Step 1: Contact us to register for orientation and complete the English for Work Registration form.
  • Step 2: Attend group orientation on Zoom.
  • Step 3: Complete a reading and writing assignment. Complete paperwork. Step 4: Have a phone appointment with a teacher.
  • Step 5: Start class! Classes meet two times a week on Zoom. 
See more information on our webpage: (If necessary copy the link and paste it in your browser)

Feel free to contact us at with any questions.


Book review by Aarene Storms: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

18-year-old Susan Arkshaw figures it's time to find out who her dad really is. Her mom has always been a bit ... fae ... about the topic. How hard could it be, really?

Well, first there is the "uncle" who isn't quite a vampire, and then there's a (left-handed) bookseller named "Merlin" who has skills that a secret agent would envy, and there's also his (right-handed) bookseller sister who has a different but equally freaky set of skills, and then also it's entirely possible that Susan's dad is a mountain....

If Sir Terry Pratchett had wanted to write a police procedural for Ben Aaronovich's "Rivers of London" series, it might turn out a lot like this. And, if you like that kind of thing, you'll probably like this.

Action, adventure, car chases, magic, death, minor cussing, creepy weird stuff, fancy tea, and a distinct possibility of sequels.

Recommended for ages 14 to adult.

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS

Previous reviews by Aarene Storms HERE


The Maple is showing off her new gown


Photo by Jo Simmons

At least one spectacular tree is left in the area that the wind and rain have not beaten into submission.

Photo by Jo Simmons

This maple lives in the area north of Westminster Way - but no guarantee it will continue to look like this for long.


December TeleCafes at the Senior Center

Join the TeleCafe every Wednesday at 2:00pm on Zoom

Each week, a special guest shares their expertise with community members.
Join us for this free, fun and relaxing hour.

Zoom ID: 859 8484 8513             
Password: senior2020
Dec. 2       MEAL PLANNING FOR 1-2 PEOPLE with Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD

Dietitian for Living Well Alliance Team - Pacific Medical Centers
In this timely session with Christy, you will be given tools and expert advice on the best ways to manage your food for health. We’ll touch on tips for planning, saving money at the store and meal preparation. You will leave with tools, recipes and a strategy to get started.
Dec. 9       HOLIDAY CREATIONS with Kathy Brower

We are happy to have paper and Greeting Card artist Kathy Brower, Longtime Shoreline resident, join us again in the cafĂ© to lead us in making Holiday cards and gift tags. A master at using everyday paper items found in one’s home, Kathy loves using her imagination to create one-of-a-kind items to share with family and friends. There is no need to be really “creative or craft experienced’ to participate. Any skill level can accomplish the planned project. We have prepared packets of materials that will be used. Call the Center at 206-365-1536 to reserve a kit to pick-up at the front door before December 7th. Plan to join in the fun!
Dec. 16     EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS with Birgit and Phillip Ages

Join us for a fun Holiday Celebration with a favorite couple of the Senior Center, Birgit and Phillip as they perform holiday music from Europe. They will also be singing some classic favorites and we can sing along.



Case updates November 27, 2020

Case updates November 27, 2020

United States
  • cases 12,999,664 - 176,572 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 263,956 - 1,283 deaths since yesterday

Washington state
  • cases 160,634 - 2,467 since last report
  • hospitalizations 10,663 - 167 since last report
  • deaths 2,703 - 0 since last report

King county
  • cases 43,384 - 481 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3,164 - 35 since yesterday
  • deaths 856 - 3 since yesterday

  • cases 10,885 - 115 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 739 - 7 since yesterday
  • deaths 197 - 1 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,091 - 20 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 130 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 70 - 1 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 132 - 6 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 6 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 2 - 0 since yesterday


145th off ramp closed overnight Monday

Sound Transit construction crews will be mobilizing the crane to construct the columns for the future aerial guideway for the Lynnwood Link.

The northbound off-ramp at 145th will be closed overnight from 11pm Monday night November 30 to 5am the next day.

Neighbors should expect some construction noise.


Beautify and Care for Your Stream or Lakeside Property webinar

Beautify and Care for Your Stream or Lakeside Property

Wednesday, December 2, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

RSVP for December 2 (see below)

Learn from restoration experts about managing your yard to support both the environment and your own needs.

Curious about what it takes to return your stream, lake or wetland property to its more natural state?
Want to learn ways you can support wildlife, enhance your property’s aesthetic, and reduce maintenance needs?

Don’t miss this FREE 1-hour webinar for homeowners living along the water. Learn from restoration experts about managing your yard to support both the environment and your own needs.

  • Minimizing pollution runoff on your property
  • Controlling invasive weeds
  • Utilizing native plants for wildlife habitat and erosion control
  • Adding value and beauty to your yard naturally

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Prediabetes and Children: What parents need to know

Priyanka Naik DO
By Priyanka Naik, DO at Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed)

November was American Diabetes Awareness Month. Now, more than ever, it is important to understand your family history, know your risk factors for certain diseases, and keep a healthy and active lifestyle. These are key elements to maintaining your family’s health – something that can be difficult for many this year.

Luckily, our knowledge of diabetes and prediabetes continues to increase, along with ways to minimize risk to ensure we stay healthy during this time of uncertainty. Understanding these factors is incredibly important, as one in five adolescents and one in four young adults currently live with prediabetes according to the CDC.

In an effort to raise awareness about prediabetes, Dr. Naik from PacMed’s Northgate location discusses prediabetes among children to help us better understand the topic and keep our loved ones healthy.

What is the difference between Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes commonly occurs during childhood and is caused by the body’s self-destruction of islet cells in the pancreas, leading to a lack of insulin production by the body. Alternatively, Type 2 Diabetes is commonly caused by insulin resistance in the body, eventually leading to decreased insulin production in later stages of the disease.

What should parents know about diabetes and what are some key symptoms parents should be aware of?

Parents should know that diabetes can occur at any age. Common risk factors include:
  • Obesity
  • Family History
  • Sedentary Lifestyles
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Steroid Use
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated Cholesterol
Common symptoms of diabetes include:
  • Increased Thirst
  • Increased Urination
  • Increased Hunger
  • Changes in Vision
  • Unintentional Weight Loss
  • Frequent Infections
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Ketones in Urine
  • Non-Healing Sores
What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is characterized by higher than normal glucose levels. It is incredibly important to monitor individuals with prediabetes, as prediabetes can lead to diabetes.

How does prediabetes affect kids and adults – is there any difference?

If prediabetes is not controlled with lifestyle changes, it can start affecting other organs in the body, such as our eyes, kidneys, and skin. Prediabetes and diabetes both also increase our risk of cardiovascular events.

Are there any preventative measures that families should be aware of as it relates to diabetes?

I recommend my patients stay hydrated, eat a diet rich in fiber and whole grains, exercise regularly, avoid fad diets, and keep weight under control to avoid getting prediabetes and diabetes.

What health-tech advancements have been made for diabetes patients?

Currently, the FDA has approved multiple continuous self-glucose monitoring systems that do not involve the use of needles or strips. Instead, you can get your reading with the swipe of a device, which can be checked 24/7. This method allows you to control the “highs and lows” of diabetes, leading to optimal control of one’s glucose levels.

Additionally, advances in the artificial pancreas is continuously underway. An artificial pancreas not only monitors glucose levels, but also delivers an optimal dose of insulin to the patient.

Is there anything else related to diabetes that you’d like readers to be aware of?

Prevention and early detection are key! If you have any of the risk factors or symptoms listed above, please reach out to your primary care physician to discuss the optimal age for routine screening and lifestyle changes. Our health is so important, and it is possible to control prediabetes if the necessary steps are taken.


Light at the Beach

Saturday, November 28, 2020


Light at the Beach - Photo by Janet Way


King County District Court suspends commencement of jury trials through January 11, 2021, due to COVID-19

To help keep the public, jurors and court employees safe during a time of rapidly increasing novel coronavirus infections in Washington state, King County District Court is temporarily suspending commencement of new jury trials through January 11, 2021.

Shoreline District Courthouse

The court will continue to assess the suspension period on a bi-weekly basis, which could result in an earlier re-start of jury trials or extension of the suspension, as conditions warrant.

As part of its COVID-19 response, King County District Court previously had expanded its capability to conduct hearings via videoconference. In its latest emergency order, the court encourages video hearings, whenever possible and appropriate, and has expanded the types of hearings that may presumptively be conducted by video without the court’s prior approval.

“The court will continue to monitor the public health situation and will rely upon guidance from the State Department of Health and other health experts to further alter our operations, if needed,” says King County District Court Presiding Judge Susan Mahoney. 
“The health of our staff and other court users is our primary consideration in all operational decisions.”

Court users can find the latest information on changes to court operations and services online at COVID-19 Impacts to King County District Court or by calling (206) 205-9200.

About King County District Court

King County District Court is the largest court of limited jurisdiction in Washington state, processing approximately 200,000 matters per year. The district court operates at 10 locations throughout King County: Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, King County Courthouse (Seattle), King County Jail (Seattle jail calendars only), Redmond, Maleng Regional Justice Center (Kent), Shoreline and Vashon Island (one day per month).


Sound Transit online Open House closes November 30, 2020

This is the last week to visit the Sound Transit online open house

See station design updates, share your thoughts through the online survey and learn what’s next for the project. 

The online open house closes on Nov. 30 and is available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Amharic, Somali, Tagalog and Urdu.


Case updates November 26, 2020

Numbers are going to be skewed for a couple of days as SAN and many of the reporting agencies took off one or two days for Thanksgiving. Washington state doesn't report deaths on the weekend.

Case updates November 26, 2020

United States
  • cases 12,823,092 - 142,739 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 262,673 - 1,397 deaths since yesterday

Washington state

  • cases 158,167 - 4,261 since last report
  • hospitalizations 10,496 - 254 since last report
  • deaths 2,703 - -1 since last report

King county
  • cases 42,903 - 800 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3,129 - 65 since yesterday
  • deaths 853 - 0 since yesterday

  • cases 10,770 - 211 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 732 - 20 since yesterday
  • deaths 196 - -1 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,071 - 8 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 129 - 2 since yesterday
  • deaths 69 - 0 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 126 - 1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 5 - -1 since yesterday
  • deaths 2 - 0 since yesterday


The rarely seen two-headed seagull, at Lake Washington this week!:)


Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

You do understand that this is a joke? Sorry - just checking.


Shoreline Parks Board to consider names for new parks

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board Meeting
Attend the Meeting via Zoom Webinar:
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Agenda Highlights
  • Director's Report
  • Park Naming Recommendations

Link to Full Meeting Packet [PDF] (available the Friday before the meeting)

Comment on Agenda Items


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Hope you enjoyed your turkey dinner...


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter here


Paul Lewing studio sale - by appointment only

Paul’s studio sale will be a little different this year. 

It will still feature Paul’s tiles, trivets and paintings as well as Rupa Palasamudram’s functional pottery, but with extended times and by appointment. 

We will have doors and windows open, masks required, one party of any size at at time.

It will begin Saturday November 28, 2020 and run through Sunday December 6, 10am- 5pm every day. 

To book a time slot and get directions call or text 206-919-2664 or email 

It’s been a hard year for all of us, so remember to buy local this holiday season, and remember that Sunday is Artist Sunday.


Rotary Sharing Tree

This year it's a donation box - but the spirit is the same

Rotary of Lake Forest Park has had a Sharing Tree in Town Center for many Decembers. 

This year is different, of course, but the Rotary Club is not about to stop their tradition of helping children during the holidays.

This year the Rotary Club will place a donation box on the lower level of the Lake Forest Park Mall to accept gift cards, cash, or checks.

The Donation Box will be in place from November 28 – December 20, 2020.

Here's what to put in the box: Gift cards focused on local stores that provide toys, clothing, electronics, etc. for children and teens.

The cards will be given to Center for Human Services, North Helpline, and Youth Gift Baskets.

By participating in The Sharing Tree, the community’s collective effort will make a substantial impact for children to experience the joy of the holidays!


Driftwood Players Annex Trunk Sale


Like many others during this time at home, the Driftwood Players are cleaning out the closets and finding a lot of things that don't need to be kept.

Their closet is just a lot bigger than the rest of ours and has some very interesting things in it.

They are holding an Annex Trunk Sale with a lot of furniture and some quirky stage props used in productions.

Lots of chairs! 

New inventory added all the time. 

Check out the inventory HERE!


Drive-Thru Worship Nativity Pageant

Drive-Thru Worship Nativity Pageant
Richmond Beach Congregational Church, UCC
1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline, WA 98177

THIS SUNDAY November 29, 2020 at 10:00am

Sunday November 29th is the First Sunday of Advent. A Sunday of HOPE!

Everyone is invited to experience the story of the Nativity in an untraditional way. 

Drive-Thru Worship will include familiar faces, familiar scripture, familiar music and fresh expressions of the familiar story of Jesus’ birth. 


Come as you are! Stay in your car! Please wear your mask. One family per car.

All cars are asked to gather and check-in at the Spin Alley bowling alley parking lot by 10:00am. 1430 NW Richmond Beach Rd, Shoreline, WA 98177

This staging area will allow staff to keep a line of cars off the road. Staff will excuse cars to RBCC's north parking lot entrance for Drive Thru Worship.

Holiday Giving Tree Donations: Outreach will gratefully receive your donations.

All RBCC hosting participants will be wearing masks and gloves.

Health Notice: By attending Drive-Thru Worship, you are acknowledging that you have been symptom free of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, new loss of taste and smell, flu like symptoms) for 14 days prior to Drive-Thru Worship. Do not attend if you or anyone in your car who has experienced symptoms or has had close contact with someone who has.

Worship will be photographed and filmed for viewing on Facebook and YouTube later in the day. By attending you are giving RBCC permission to include your photograph and/or recorded image. Say cheese!


Cartoon: The editor takes a day off

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Yup, no Shoreline Area News today.

We will return to our regular programming after your 

Editor gets some sleep.

Thanks to Whitney Potter for expressing it so well!


Happy Thanksgiving


Have a good Thanksgiving. Call all your family members and see how they are doing. Call friends. Talk to people you care about and be grateful they are healthy.

Eating turkey is not a requirement. Have fish. Tofu. Leftovers.

We'll be thinking of you!


The Richmond Beach Turkey Day Fun Run goes virtual

By Teresa Pape
RBCA Executive Director

The RBCA will not be hosting the “official” Turkey Day Fun Run this year. We encourage all participants to be safe and to find your own way to exercise. 

On the Richmond Beach Community Association’s website, you can find a map of the traditional walking and running courses.

If outside exercise is not for you, jump on your treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike or stay cozy in bed and pick a route from the Richmond Beach TV YouTube Channel.

There are a few options to choose from. Experience walking the full route, walking the short cut, or have fun racing against our fast runner, Matthew. His GoPro views will make your head wobble as you gobble up the sights of Richmond Beach.

Thank you to the sponsors for this year’s event.
  • Beach House Greetings
  • Campbell Volkswagen of Edmonds
  • Cascade Fusion
  • Cori Whitaker Homes
  • Eric Carlson DDS
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Jack Malek Windermere Real Estate
  • Lowe Orthodontics
  • Scott Piteo Graphics
  • The Christophilis Team
  • Tradewinds Capital Management
  • Walnut Street Coffee

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