Resident dies in apartment fire

Friday, October 15, 2021

Autumn Ridge apartments image from
Shoreline Fire was dispatched just before 2am Friday, October 15, 2021 to the Autumn Ridge apartments in the 15100 block of Stone Lane N in Shoreline.  

An older adult male in the apartment was found unresponsive inside and passed away on scene. 

The fire was contained to one unit. The cause is being investigated.


Halloween decorations: why hasn't anyone thought of a clown before now?

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Brilliant! With so many people terrorized by clowns, it's amazing that it took so long for clown halloween decorations.

This one is on 4th NE, south of library at NE 174th.


Case updates October 13, 2021

Delta variant
As of October 11, 77.6% of Washingtonians 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 71.4% of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

United States 
  • Total cases  44,615,528 - 92,217 new
  • Total deaths 718,681 - 1,713 new

Washington state 
  • Total confirmed cases 612,757 - 2,432 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 38,344 - 108 new  
  • Statewide ICU occupancy by COVID-19 patients - 26.8% 
  • Total deaths 8,198 - 46 new  

King county 
  • Total confirmed cases 148,950 -  408 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 8,242 -  19 new   
  • Total deaths 1,939 -  10 new  

  • Total confirmed cases 36,662  - 69 new 
  • Total hospitalizations 1,763  -    6 new 
  • Total deaths 484 -   1 new  

  • Total confirmed cases 3,219 -  3 new    
  • Total hospitalizations 241 -   0 new   
  • Total deaths 109 -  0 new    

Lake Forest Park 
  • Total confirmed cases 493 - 0 new 
  • Total hospitalizations 21 -    0 new
  • Total deaths 5  - 0 new


Jobs: Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College is recruiting for the following positions:

Fiscal Analyst 4

Date of first consideration: October 24, 2021

Job description and application

Program Specialist 2 – Guided Pathways Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits (Temporary)

Date of first consideration: October 31, 2021

Job description and application

Grounds and Nursery Specialist

Date of first consideration: October 31, 2021

Job description and applications

Interested applicants may apply at for our full-time and part-time positions. It’s easy to search for open positions using the search bar and filtering tools.


School district seeks applicants for committees to write pro and con statements on replacement levies

Shoreline Center photo from Google maps

Shoreline School District No. 412 is seeking applications from citizens interested in being appointed to a committee to write the pro/con statements for the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet related to the District’s upcoming Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy ballot measure to be considered at the February 8, 2022 election.

Those interested should send their name, address, phone number and which position they represent (pro or con) to Curtis Campbell at 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155-2148, or via email to by October 22, 2021. 

The Board will take action on the appointments at its November 2, 2021 regular board meeting. You can find more information about the replacement levies at


Live Music Is Back at Third Place Commons

Have you been missing the thrill of live music? Great news! Weekend Music is back at Third Place Commons!

Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 3-5pm to enjoy tunes from many of our longtime Commons favorites and some new surprises as well. Here’s what’s coming up:
  • Saturday, October 16 – Scott Cossu (Jazz)
  • Sunday, October 17 – Mach One Music (Big Band)
  • Saturday, October 23 – Island Jazz Quintet (Jazz) (*Special Time: 4-6 PM)
  • Sunday, October 24 – Emerald City Horns (Funk/Soul)
  • Saturday, October 30 – Rainy City Riff Raff (Standards & Party Favorites)
  • Sunday, October 31 – File Gumbo (Zydeco)

Unfortunately, for the time being, the dance floor remains closed. But the music is still great and the spirit of community rocks on.

So spend an afternoon with us for a musical reprieve from the worries of the world and leave with a song in your heart.

Check the Third Place Commons online calendar for details on future music dates and other upcoming events including the Lake Forest Park Prop 1 Pro and Con Forum on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Third Place Commons – a community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – has been building real community in the heart of Lake Forest Park for over 20 years. In addition to presenting its largest program, the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, Third Place Commons now also fosters real community in digital space with TPC At Home programs.


Letter to the Editor: New Protective Tree Code Amendments needed NOW

To the Editor:

I am very concerned about the loss of tree canopy in Shoreline and the ultimate implications for our entire community. 

A hopeful event happened on October 7, 2021 when a dedicated group of Shoreline residents presented new protective tree code amendments to the Shoreline Planning Commissioners.

First a wakeup call. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2021 report is available for all to read. “The IPCC's climate change report is 'code red for humanity,'” says UN secretary-general. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg states, “The climate crisis is not going away. It’s only escalating, and it’s only growing more intense by the hour.”

We are in serious trouble. We need visionary policymakers—it’s no longer business as usual with current city codes for trees, sidewalks, and buildings.

Our cities faced unprecedented heatwaves last summer that caused 112 deaths in our state. Vital information on importance of trees to lessen heatwave impacts and heat-island effects had previously been sent to Shoreline city staff. Instead of rallying behind the best science, Shoreline city staff denied most of these new tree code recommendations that save trees.

The Planning Commission has the opportunity to change the trajectory the city staff continues to pursue for Shoreline that allows far too many trees to be destroyed for development. 

The Planning Commissioners can be the visionary policy makers who do not ignore implications of climate emergency and advocate tree codes and design that incorporates existing tree habitat into the landscape of a building project; these commissioners could advise against the continued destruction of our trees in such an ignorant hubristic manner. 

Trees and development can coexist with informed leadership to guide the way. The new tree code amendments are so needed now to protect our climate fighting heroes – our significant and mature trees.

Nancy Morris


Letter to the Editor: Tracy Furutani for LFP Council

Letter to the Editor: 

There are tough choices for voters on the Lake Forest Park City Council ballot this November between smart, qualified candidates. For me, one clear standout is Tracy Furutani.

As a professor at Seattle North College his classes include physics and environmental science, with emphasis on climate change. He is also a Fulbright Scholar, recently teaching physics at Amur State University in Russia.

Tracy is a long-time resident of Lake Forest Park with strong civic involvement, bringing his scientific perspective and knowledge to bear on matters of concern to our City. Tracy serves as an advisor to the Lake Forest Park Water District and is a founding member of the LFP chapter of People for Climate Action, working to develop educational materials and programs to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. 

He is a member of The LFP Stewardship Foundation’s Streamkeepers program, where he brings greater accuracy and rigor to monitoring and understanding the quality of the water in our streams. He is also a member of the Shorelake Arts board of directors.

Tracy has impressed me as being very well versed on a broad range of local government issues, frequently commenting on matters before the City Council, and reporting to the community about City Council meetings through the Shoreline Area News.

I’ve worked with Tracy on many projects, and have always appreciated those experiences. Tracy is collaborative, respectful of other opinions and willing to take on the detailed tasks that move projects ahead. I am very excited about the opportunity we have to put his insight, good judgement and energy to work on the City Council.

Mark Phillips
Lake Forest Park Councilmember


Movie premiere TONIGHT (Friday) at The Crest: The Paper Tigers

The Paper Tigers is coming to the
Crest Cinema in Shoreline!

Limited seats available for the special Friday night premiere.

A very special screening event of the locally produced feature film The Paper Tigers will be making its homecoming premiere this Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:30pm at the historic Crest Cinema Center in Shoreline.

Join the community and Shoreline Film Office for a showing of

The Paper Tigers 

followed by a Q / A session with Writer/Director Bao Tran, Producer Al'n Duong, Producer Dan Gildark, and Editor Kris Kristensen.

If this isn't already cool enough, Mayor Will Hall of the City of Shoreline just proclaimed October 15th as The Paper Tigers Day!

"Shoreline is proud to have played a supporting role in the production of the award-winning film The Paper Tigers."
- Will Hall

Tickets available here!

Film Synopsis:

As teenagers, kung fu disciples Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan) and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) were inseparable. Fast forward 25 years, and each has grown into a washed-up middle-aged man seemingly one kick away from pulling a hamstring—and not at all preoccupied with thoughts of martial arts or childhood best friends. 

But when their old master is murdered, the trio reunites, soon learning that avenging their sifu will require conquering old grudges (and a dangerous hitman still armed with ample knee cartilage) if they are to honorably defend his legacy.

THE PAPER TIGERS has a runtime of approximately 111 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some strong language, offensive slurs, and violence.


“The direction is clear, the kicks are brutal, the backdrops are vivid, and the gags land as hard as the body blows.”

Can't attend this Friday night? Not to worry!
The Paper Tigers will show at the Crest from October 15th -21st.
Showtimes at 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm

Tickets Available Online!

Questions? Email Nate at

The Crest is located at 16505 5th Avenue NE, Shoreline, WA, 98155.


Seeking Shorewood students, staff, parents/guardians and alumni for Mascot Committee

The principal of Shorewood High School is forming a committee to begin the process of selecting a new mascot for the school. 

The committee will be comprised of members of the Shorewood school community, including one to three parents/guardians of current students; one to three alumni of the school; one to three staff members of the school; and a minimum of three and up to ten students of the school. 

If you are interested in participating in this committee, please complete this brief form by 5:00pm on Monday, October 25.
We expect that nominations for mascot ideas will begin to be accepted next week. A message will be shared when the nomination process begins with information on how to submit nominations for mascot ideas. 


Agenda for Shoreline council meeting October 18, 2021

The agenda for the October 18, 2021 Shoreline City Council meeting includes three action items.

Public Comment
In addition to the regular Public Comment period provided for in the agenda, and as per Council Rules of Procedure 6.1.B, which applies to an Action Item that is before the City Council for the first time and is not part of the consent agenda, public comment for these three items will follow the staff report but precede Council review.

8(a) Authorizing the City Manager to Enter Into the North King County Coalition on Homelessness Memorandum of Agreement

At the direction of the City Council, the North King County Task Force on Homelessness was created to address the need for an Enhanced Shelter in North King County. With the opening of the Oaks Enhanced Shelter earlier this year, that initial goal was achieved. Given the ongoing challenge of addressing homelessness in communities across North King County, the Task Force membership recommended a shift to operate as an ongoing Coalition that would be formalized through a joint Memorandum of Agreement.

The proposed members of the Coalition are the cities of Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Woodinville as well as a number of community organizations.

8(b) Action on the purchase of Real Property located a 18525 10th Ave NE and 18537 10th Ave NE,


8(c) Action on the purchase of Real Property located at 18531 10th Avenue NE, and authorize the City Manager to take the necessary steps to complete the property purchase

Full agenda, staff documents, and instructions on viewing and commenting on council meeting HERE


CORRECTION: John Ramsdell's position on the Shoreline tree canopy was misstated

John Ramsdell, Shoreline council candidate
In our recent coverage of the environmental candidate forum for Shoreline City Council (Shoreline City Council candidates discuss the environment) John Ramsdell's position on the preservation of Shoreline's tree canopy was misquoted.

I was quoted as saying "Mr. Ramsdell said the City talks about a zero reduction in tree canopy, but acknowledged, regretfully, that’s probably not possible". 
Rather I recall saying that "...the City talks about a zero reduction in tree canopy, but acknowledged, regretfully, that’s not happening. 
I recall mentioning that I reviewed Shoreline's large tree removal policy that requires a permit for removing trees over 30 inches in diameter. I suggested that reviewing the permitting process would be an important step to preserve our old-growth trees. I also recall that Chris reiterated my idea at looking at the permitting process.

Ramsdell is running unopposed for position #1. His previous opponent, David Chen, is still on the ballot; however, he has withdrawn and moved to Portland, Oregon for a job.


Lake Forest Park Council Candidate Maddy Larson

Ballots will be mailed October 16, 2021 for the November 2 general election.

Maddy Larson is running for council position 5, currently held by Mark Phillips, who is retiring at the end of his term. Larson's opponent is Tracy Furutani.

Maddy Larson
Maddy's statement

Dear LFP Residents,

I have appreciated the time so many of you have taken over the last few months to Zoom, talk on your doorsteps, email, meet over coffee, and walk together to share your insights and concerns about our community.

I’ve been moved by the love you have of our little city – and I share in those sentiments. It’s my sole motivation for running for LFP City Council. 

I’ve listened as you expressed your desire for sensible policies and plans that address speeding and increase pedestrian safety throughout our community – especially for getting our children to school and ourselves to public transportation. With similar conviction you, also, shared your desire for sound policies that improve our natural environment, climate resiliency, public safety, parks, and housing. On all counts, I’ve heard you loud and clear.

There wasn’t one neighbor who didn’t worry about the many pressures and demands that continue to come our way. In the face of these realities, you deserve a representative who will guide and manage these changes in ways that improve our environment and quality of life. That’s my vision for our city. 

As someone who has served the public in many roles -- as a science educator, non-profit leader, and volunteer Planning Commission member -- I know how to communicate, collaborate, and get things done. If you elect me to our city council, I will continue to reach out and listen to you as your representative. 

You can count on me to:

• Work with you to build on LFP’s legacy for the future. Together, we can ensure LFP continues to be a welcoming community and an exemplar of environmental sustainability and stewardship.

• Support balanced growth in scale with our small city, including affordable housing city-wide. I have a proven track-record when it comes to innovative, not bigger, city-wide development solutions.

• Actively protect and enhance our community assets, the things that make LFP unique: our community gathering places at Town Center and in our parks; our green spaces and trees; and our streams and lakefront.

• Commit to using our financial resources wisely, including managing our public services with efficiency.

• Advocate for safe walkways and traffic mitigation that reduce speeding and cut-through traffic in our neighborhoods.

This kind of leadership and stewardship will not only ensure LFP remains an amazing place for us to live – it will allow us to leave a positive legacy for future generations.

MADDY IS ENDORSED BY: Current LFP City Councilmembers Lorri Bodi and John Wright, former LFP City Councilmembers Don Fiene and Jack Tonkin; All LFP Planning Commissioners; Council Candidates Paul Sanford and Jon Lebo; Community Leaders Mamie Bolender, Tyson Greer, Jim Halliday, Kim Josund, Barbara Sharkey, Randi Sibonga; AND MANY MORE OF YOUR LFP NEIGHBORS.


Lake Forest Park Council Candidate Larry Goldman

Ballots will be mailed October 16, 2021 for the November 2 general election.

Larry Goldman is running for council position 7, currently held by John Resha, who is retiring at the end of his term. Goldman's opponent is Paul Sandford.

Larry Goldman
Larry's statement

Hello! I’m Larry Goldman, I’m a UW Chemistry Instructor, and I’m running for Lake Forest Park City Council Position 7. Our community is one of the safest, most environmentally proactive, and most livable cities in Washington. 

I’m running for City Council because I want to preserve and enhance our tree-canopied residential community while finding ways to make it easier for people to get around town and enjoy our natural environment.

Over the summer I’ve walked to thousands of homes to meet with residents from the Southern Gateway to Horizon View, from Balaton to Sheridan Beach, and all points in between. 

I’ve listened to what people are passionate about and shared my own priorities. As a teacher I believe in open communication. It’s essential that our community is able to easily keep track of our City’s administration, projects, and priorities. 

It’s also essential that our City Council remains well-informed about the interests of our community and community responses to council proposals. As a Councilmember I will hold regular drop-in “office hours” so we can continue these conversations.

As I walked through our neighborhoods, I confirmed that in too many areas it is simply unsafe for children to walk to school, for adults to walk to their bus stop (if their neighborhood even has bus service), or for families to walk their dogs. 

I am committed to improving pedestrian safety and transit access. I will prioritize building sidewalks near all five schools serving our LFP students. I will integrate safety data and community guidance to prioritize additional traffic, bike, and pedestrian safety improvements in all our neighborhoods.
I support public park spaces for all our residents. Lake Forest Park is the only city bordering Lake Washington to lack a public lakefront park. LFP, with generous grants from the county and state, is in the process of purchasing two acres just east of Lyon Creek Preserve to develop into a public lakefront park. One of my top priorities on the Council will be developing this park in a way that meets the needs and desires of our residents.
I love living in Lake Forest Park. Meeting so many of my neighbors during my campaign has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to serving on the city council to make LFP an even more pleasant city in which to live. Thank you for your support and for your vote!


CANCELLED: Embroidery for Beginners through Shoreline Community Continuing Education

Photo courtesy Shoreline Community College

CANCELLED: Sorry - but maybe it will run at a different time.

Original story
Looking to create new décor to celebrate the spooky season? Learn the basics of embroidery with facilitator Tricia Karsky in this fun and introductory in-person class. 

Students will choose between three simple embroidery designs to make their own. In only three sessions, students will complete projects in their embroidery hoop and it will be ready to hang or gift to the ghoul of your choice! 

A basic embroidery kit is included in the cost of the course. Embroidery for Beginners (

Please note that students must wear a mask to participate in any on-campus courses and information regarding COVID guidelines and vaccination status will be emailed to all students. To see a full catalog of classes, please visit the Continuing Education Course Catalog.


Emergency closure of Interurban Pedestrian Bridges in Shoreline after extensive vandalization

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The Interurban Pedestrian Bridges which connect the Interurban Trail across Aurora Avenue N and N 155th Street in Shoreline are temporarily closed.

While the Interurban Trail remains open during the bridge closure, crossing N 155th and Aurora will require the use of stairs. Trail users who are unable to navigate stairs should detour around the area.

Almost every one of the panels was hit and cracked.
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

In the early hours of Thursday, October 14, 2021, the glass panels which form the sides of the Interurban Pedestrian Bridges were vandalized.

Almost every one of the panels was hit at least once with a hard object and cracked. 

Bridge closure is necessary while we stabilize the damaged glass panels to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers on the roadways below. At this time, both Aurora Avenue N and N 155th Street remain open to vehicles and pedestrians.

Police are investigating the incident.

Installed in 2007, the glass panels were designed by artist Vicki Scuri and funded by the City’s 1% for the Arts program.


Halloween decor by night

Photo by Seattle Poppy

Told you it was good at night! Seattle Poppy sent this photo in of the house we featured yesterday in Patricia Hale's article. (Halloween display by day and by night)

The house is on 12th NE south of NE 170th in the Ridgecrest neighborhood.

Speaking of Ridgecrest - are they the only ones with decorations? Send your photos to



Seattle City Light wants your input

Seattle City Light is conducting a Customer Satisfaction Survey and wants to hear from their residential customers. 

As a public, not-for-profit utility, City Light answers to customers first, not shareholders, and your feedback is critical for helping shape the future of City Light programs and services.

If you have opinions about power outages, your utility bill, different types of renewable energy, and more, this is your opportunity to provide your input


Celebrate the Trees of LFP at the October 17 Farmers Market

Betsy Piano and her giant sequoia
The City of Lake Forest Park’s volunteer Tree Board is sponsoring a booth at the last Farmers Market of the season on Sunday, October 17. 

Stop by the booth between 10:00am and 2:00pm to meet some board members and check out the following:

  • Ask the Arborist! Wondering what kind of tree might be a good choice for your yard? 
    • Curious whether some pruning might improve your view? 
    • Worried about a potentially hazardous tree in your neighborhood? 
    • Bring your photos and questions for Ashley Adams, our City Arborist.
  • Free yard waste bags for the Ivy Out Challenge: 
    • Pledge to remove invasive, tree-choking English ivy in your yard; 
    • receive free yard waste bags to dispose of it.
  • Champion Tree celebration: View photos and stats of the biggest LFP trees found by students in this spring’s Champion Tree contest. 
    • Bring a photo and the location of the biggest local trees you’ve found to add to our Champion Tree registry!
  • Free tree seedlings! (Pending availability)
The LFP Farmers Market is held in the area near City Hall in Town Center at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.


Eat and do good - No More Polio night at Lake Forest Bar and Grill Oct 26

LFP Rotary and Lake Forest Bar and Grill are teaming up to host a “No More Polio” Night.

It’s a celebration to

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 5-9pm.

20% of all proceeds will go to the eradication of polio.

Come dine with us…

Buy a gift-card

Do take-out


LFP officer locates vehicle involved in road rage incident in Kenmore

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shooting in Kenmore. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, a road rage related shooting occurred in the city of Kenmore. The suspect vehicle fled but was located by LFPPD Officer Carlsrud at 145th and SR522. 

This contact allowed King County detectives to investigate and likely identify the suspect shooter. 

A prime example of how our police departments work together.

Great work by all officers and deputies involved.


Letter to the Editor: Please vote YES on Prop 1 in Lake Forest Park

To the Editor:

If you live in Lake Forest Park, you’ve seen them all over: signs claiming that the levy funding sidewalks and parks (Proposition 1) is a “61% percent increase… FOREVER.” If you, like me, are a homeowner on a tight budget with a property-tax bill of $6,000+, that sounds scary – maybe scary enough to make you forget that you support improving sidewalks and parks, right?

Let’s get real. The proposed increase is only on LFP city taxes, currently less than $1 per $1,000, or 0.1%, which funds all city services, from police to administration to infrastructure. The proposed levy lifts that to $1.59 per 1,000. The median property owner’s taxes will increase by less than $400 annually, or about a dollar a day. That money pays for urgently needed improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks to keep children safe while walking to school, and for the maintenance and development of city parks. This also includes the potential to design and develop a new public community park on recently acquired waterfront property in the heart of town.

These are amenities and improvements that many of us strongly support – but they cost money, and won’t happen unless we are willing to pay for it. As for the tax increase lasting “forever” -- well, what of it? We won’t stop needing parks and sidewalks after a one-time fee is paid. Why make parks and pedestrian safety into second-tier priorities, funded only on a temporary project-by-project basis, while paying annual taxes for everything else the city does?

A “No” vote on Prop 1 is not actually a vote for a “better way” to do the projects – it’s just a path to more stalling to keep taxes low and prevent anything getting done. I hope you will join me in voting “YES” on Proposition 1.

Robert Anderson
Lake Forest Park


Night work along the I-5 and State Route 104 Interchange may start next week

As early as Monday, October 18, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin a night operation along the I-5 and the SR 104 Interchange in Shoreline to complete concrete pours for the elevated guideway for the future Lynnwood Link Extension. 

This work will include a full closures of SR 104 as well as on-ramp closures. 

Detours will be provided (see map for the full closure detour). The contractor has obtained a Temporary Noise Variance to complete this work. This work is weather-dependent and may need to be rescheduled.

  • Overnight full closures of SR 104 Monday, October 18 through Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 10pm – 7am each night (see map for detour route).
  • Overnight closures of the on-ramp from Eastbound SR 104 Monday, October 25 through Thursday, October 28 from 10pm – 7am each night.


Case updates October 12, 2021

Delta variant
As of October 11, 77.6% of Washingtonians 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 71.4% of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

United States 
  • Total cases  44,518,018 - 84,086 new
  • Total deaths 716,370 - 1,820 new

Washington state 
  • Total confirmed cases 610,325 - 2,140 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 38,236 - 279 new   
  • Statewide ICU occupancy by COVID-19 patients - 27.2% 
  • Total deaths 8,152 - 90 new  

King county 
  • Total confirmed cases 148,542 -  582 new  
  • Total hospitalizations 8,223 -  10 new   
  • Total deaths 1,929 -  3 new  

  • Total confirmed cases 36,593  - 172 new 
  • Total hospitalizations 1,757  -    -1 new 
  • Total deaths 483 -   1 new  

  • Total confirmed cases 3,216 -  7 new    
  • Total hospitalizations 241 -   1 new   
  • Total deaths 109 -  0 new    

Lake Forest Park 
  • Total confirmed cases 489 - 1 new 
  • Total hospitalizations 21 -    0 new
  • Total deaths 5  - 0 new


King County Library System and FEMA Partnership Makes Registering for Funeral Assistance Easier

A partnership between the King County Library System (KCLS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) improves community access to the technology and resources needed to register for FEMA Funeral Assistance

This collaboration between KCLS and FEMA connects people with free community resources and expertise at libraries throughout King County (outside the city of Seattle).

If you incurred COVID-19-related funeral, burial or cremation expenses on or after January 20, 2020, FEMA may be able to help you with some of those costs. Applying for FEMA Funeral Assistance begins with a phone call to (844) 684-6333. 

Applicants must provide documentation before FEMA can fully process their application. Individuals who need help submitting their paperwork can use KCLS library scanners, computers, fax machines and internet access to upload files; Library staff are available to assist with the process. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available by request.

“As trusted sources of information and assistance, public libraries are well-versed in connecting community members to important resources,” stated KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “KCLS extends our services and support to King County residents, and we hope this partnership helps our communities in their times of need.”

To apply for FEMA Funeral Assistance, call 844-684-6333. The helpline is open Monday through Friday, from 6:00am to 6:00pm PST. Multilingual services are available. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. You must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien to apply.

However, there is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien. To learn more about funeral assistance eligibility, view this video in English or Spanish.

To make an appointment with KCLS, call (800) 462-9600. To schedule an appointment with a KCLS Digital Navigator, visit the Computer and Internet Help page at

For more information about FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance |


Parkwood and Twin Ponds Walk this Saturday

Shiny new Parkwood school photo by Mike Remarcke

Join walk leader Dan on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:00am for a free walk around the Parkwood Neighborhood, including the new Parkwood School and Twin Ponds Park.

The guided walk begins in the Twin Ponds Parking Lot on N 155th St and is 2.9 miles long with a rating of moderately easy.

The free group walk is part of the City of Shoreline’s “Shoreline Walks” community walking program helping Shoreline adults stay active, meet new people (or connect with old friends) and feel safer and more confident exploring our city by foot.

No need to sign up, just show up at the meetup location. For more information on Shoreline Walks, please visit or call Recreation Specialist, Marianne Johnson at 206-801-2638.

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:00am
Parkwood and Twin Ponds Walk

Walk 2.9 miles along part of the Interurban Trail, through the Parkwood neighborhood including the shiny new Parkwood School, and through Twin Ponds and the Community Garden.

Walk is approximately 2.9 miles / 1.5 hours
Walk Rating: Moderately Easy

Meet at: Twin Ponds Park (Parking lot on N 155th St) (NOT the parking lot on 1st by the community gardens)

Walk Leader: Dan

Read more... Hopelink Fundraising Drive continues its fund-raising drive to fill Hopelink’s shelves and help end hunger in Shoreline. Our goal is $10,000 – and generous friends have already contributed $5,365. Please give generously to push us over the top – and beyond.

The End Family Hunger Campaign supports Hopelink to help families in need of food and other resources. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of families in our community have had their lives turned upside down. Many continue to struggle. 

Every day, members of our community visit food banks for nutritious food for their families. At Hopelink, they also receive a renewed sense of hope, knowing they are not alone.

Many thanks to the many who have donated so far.

Since 2014, the 4-Corners neighborhoods in Shoreline have collected over 3 ½ tons of food during our annual Hopelink Food Drives at our local QFC. 

During the pandemic we’ve had to switch gears and go digital. Hopelink actually gets more benefit from dollars than it does from food donations. They can buy exactly what they need and there is no waste. They can buy in bulk and receive discounts that we cannot. There is no need for a list of items needed. Cash works and this is a safe, no contact way for you to help. Please join us in this effort to defeat hunger.

Please, click the link and give today! is a 503(c)3 and a collaboration of the four neighborhoods whose corners meet at Richmond Beach Road and 8th Ave NW: Hillwood Neighborhood Association, Richmond Beach Community Association. Innis Arden Neighborhood, and Richmond Highlands Neighborhood Association. 4-Corners' mission is to build community and support the neighborhoods.


Have you seen snowplows in Shoreline?

Just in case you are wondering - these are the primary routes that will be kept clear of snow and ice.

No, it's not yet time for Snowmageddon, but the City of Shoreline wants to be ready. 

Snow and ice season may be another month or two away, but residents may see multiple snowplows out on the roadway from Tuesday to Friday October 12 - 15, 2021 as crews conduct annual training.

The training provides an opportunity for snowplow drivers and support personnel to review procedures; inspect and test all the equipment; and take to the streets to practice driving the established snowplow routes.

“The work that the snowplow operators do is difficult and dangerous,” said Public Works Superintendent David LaBelle. 
“They work long shifts so it’s important that they be well trained and prepared to do that task. This hands-on training gives our newer employees a chance to familiarize themselves with the vehicles and snow routes when there’s no snow on the road, while giving those with more time on the job a chance to become reacquainted with the plow routes and equipment.”

The City is equipped with six trucks fully outfitted with plows and spreaders dedicated to snow removal and ice control. Approximately 6,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and 150 tons of rock salt is stocked and ready to aid the snow and ice removal efforts.

For more information on the snow and ice program or to see our primary and secondary plow routes, go to


Suspicious device found in Safeway parking lot N 155th

Police cars along the perimeter of the taped off area in front of Safeway awaiting the results of the bomb squad investigation. Photo by Mike Remarcke

Around 3pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Shoreline Police responded in force to the report of a suspicious device found near N 155th and Aurora Ave N by Safeway.

Besides more than half a dozen police vehicles, Shoreline Fire had three units briefly on scene. When they were not needed they returned to their regular duties. Photo by Steven H. Robinson

They were joined by several units of Shoreline Fire, an FBI agent, and Guardian One flew overhead. 

Bomb squad technicians include a specially trained K-9 unit.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Technicians, with a specially trained K-9, from the King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) soon arrived on the scene.

Safeway employees waited outside the taped area,with police officers.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Out of an abundance of caution, police cleared the grocery store of customers and workers while they investigated.

Technicians at work. Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The KCSO technicians secured the suspicious device, making certain that the area around N 155th St / Aurora Ave N was safe. They opened the area to the public, Safeway employees went back to work and shoppers returned.

The Sheriff's Office thanked the Shoreline community for their patience.


See this Halloween display by day and by night

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Story and photos by Patricia Hale

This house, in the Ridgecrest Neighborhood is located on 11th Ave NE, just south of NE 170th. They decorate for lots of holidays. But at Halloween, they go all out. 

Big stuff can easily be seen from your vehicle, but lots of small details make this a special place to check out both during the day and after dark when it is all lit up!


LFP Council meetings Thursday

Lake Forest Park City Council 2021

At their 6pm work session on Thursday, October 14, 2021, the Lake Forest Park city council will discuss the American Rescue Plan Act with City Administrator Philip Hill.

At their regular meeting at 7pm, the agenda includes a number of resolutions:

Ordinances and Resolutions

  • Resolution 1812/Authorizing Mayor to Sign a Renewal of the Professional Services Agreement with V+M Structural Design for Town Center to Burke-Gilman Trail Connector Phase I: Type, Size and Location Study
  • Introduction of Resolution 1813/Authorizing Mayor to Sign a Purchased Services Agreement with New Restoration and Recovery Services, LLC DBA Aqualis for Drainage Catch Basin Inspection and Data Collection Services
  • Resolution 1814/Authorizing Mayor to Sign the SeaShore Transportation Forum Agreement 
  • Resolution 1815/Development of an Implementation Plan as Required by Resolution 1810 
  • Ordinance 1225/Renewing Master Use Permit Renewal for Zayo Group 
  • Ordinance 1226/Renewing Master Use Permit for Astound Broadband/Wave 
  • Ordinance 1229/Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget 
  • Resolution 1816/Authorizing Interfund Loan from the Sewer Capital Fund to the Strategic Opportunity Fund 

Full agenda with links to staff documents, information on viewing the meeting virtually and making comments HERE


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